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Ascend: Hand of Kul was developed by Signal Studios and published by Microsoft Studios. It was released into public beta on September 25, 2013, free of charge. XBLAFans awarded the game a deserved Buy It! rating in our review.
Welcome to our Ascend: Hand of Kul guide! This guide aims to provide information on the many unique features in Ascend. In addition to the core mechanics, you'll find tips on making use of Ascend's varied equipment, items and spells. You'll find comprehensive lists of each area in the larger world, the many dungeons that populate it, the achievements you'll earn for progressing through it and the game's "collectibles" in the form Lore Stones hidden throughout it.
As Ascend: Hand of Kul is ongoing and new content is being planned and added, we can't guarantee our guide will cover all aspects of the title in the future. But for those looking to get a foothold in the game and learn how to make the most of their time spent hacking, slashing, looting and learning, you've come to the right place. If you've yet to check out Ascend: Hand of Kul, you can find our impressions in the official review.
Many sections of this guide contain information that pertains to Ascend's story progression. Consider this a general blanket warning – this is spoiler country! Click on each image to visit that section of the guide.
Ascend: Hand of Kul houses Lore Stones scattered throughout the many areas of its much larger world. Each tablet contains short, lore-based writings regarding some of Ascend's key figures, the history of its world or the game's varied features. There are a total of 48 stones to find, ranging from the very first area to the very last. Below you'll find a list of all current Lore Stones, including: the location of each stone, its name, order in which you'll encounter it, where to find it on the map, brief written directions and its associated lore text.
You're required to discover all 48 Lore Stones to unlock an achievement. Visit the Achievements section of this guide for more information on achievements.
One of the many draws found within Ascend: Hand of Kul is the perpetual hunt for its arsenal of equipment. Each piece is stylish and dramatic, ranging from infernally horned helmets to suits of full plate, crackling with divine energy. That urge to find the perfect weapon or piece of armor to compliment your champion's look might be half the fun, but it's important that your gear serve a purpose. There's no point in being the best looking Caos if you're dressed for failure – substance over style is the name of the game. With that in mind, there are two major points to consider when choosing how to outfit your would-be champion.
Ascend: Hand of Kul is littered with dungeons comprised of multiple floors, increasingly difficult enemies and loot-filled chests. Some dungeons are required to complete in order to progress through Ascend's story, while others are completely optional and only serve as a means to earn experience, items and equipment.
Ascend's dungeons are randomly generated, meaning the layout and content changes and refreshes. This refresh period currently takes place at 11PM Pacific Standard Time, allowing you to gather each dungeon's contents once per day. Below we've documented every dungeon currently available in Ascend: Hand of Kul, broken into non-alignment and alignment-specific categories, along with the number of floors and a loose approximation of loot contained therein. For more information on the best dungeons to farm for equipment, visit the Farming section of this guide.[Editor's Note: The number and quality of chests for each dungeon listed below are represented as we encountered them and should only be used as a ballpark estimation of what to expect during your experience.]