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Ascended armor refers to eighteen visually identical armor sets, each named after a great craftsman from the history of Tyria. Each set has a specific attribute combination and the skin is called Illustrious armor in the Wardrobe.
 Armor sets by attribute
There are 19 ascended armor sets, each set having a different attribute prefix. The specific stat-allocation varies by armor type; see Equipment for details.
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 Ascended chests
- Primary article: Ascended chest
Ascended chests drop from Fractals of the Mists, Tequatl the Sunless, exotic champion loot bags, reward chests of Guild Missions and give any armor piece with a given prefix. The prefix of the chest corresponds to the prefix for the ascended armor, for example Occam's Armor Chest contains Occam's "Carrion" armor.
Ascended armor is crafted using ascended materials and a complex process. Players will need to purchase a Recipe: Ascended Insignia and use it to acquire the recipe for the prefix they want. Players also need to purchase an ascended armor recipe for the appropriate piece of armor; a heavy helm requires a Recipe: Ascended Heavy Helm for example. The prefix of the armor recipe and the insignia recipe have to match. The components for the armor requires the equivalent of tier 7 crafting materials for each crafting profession.
 Full set
 Per armor piece
Each piece of armor needs the same base ingredients:
|Required item||Primary ingredients||Component materials|
|Ascended Insignia|| |
5-10 fine material (see this list - note that the Giver's can't be used.)
| (All except the chest piece)
Lesser Vision Crystal
20 Skill point
| (Chest piece only)
20 Skill point
|Two armor piece components|
| (Tailor and Leatherworker only)
|Armor piece||Components||Bolts of Damask||Elonian Leather Squares||Deldrimor Steel Ingots|
|Bolt of Damask||Ascended||450|
|Elonian Leather Square||Ascended||450|
|Deldrimor Steel Ingot||Ascended||450|