Lost ark guide: all classes and which ones are the best

We garnish our presentation of all classes from the EU release of Lost Ark with tips on how to play them best.

In the EU version of Lost Ark, you will have five basic classes and 15 subclasses to choose from. We present you the best ones for each type of player

In the EU version of Lost Ark you can choose from five basic classes and 15 subclasses. We present you the best ones for each type of player.

The hotly anticipated action role-playing MMO Lost Ark launches on 11. February 2022 finally also with us in Europe (all info to Preload and release time). With currently 15 different classes Lost Ark offers an incredibly large selection and thus presents you with a really tough decision right from the start of the game.

In order to make this easier for you, we present you here all classes of Lost Ark and give you also hints on the partially contained Genderlock and the differences between the sexes. We got help from Boncer, a Lost Ark pro with thousands of hours of gameplay, who gives you tips on which class is best suited for which species. Where necessary, we have added the English terms to it.

All Lost Ark classes in the introduction

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Lost Ark is a big and complex online roleplaying game. Newcomers tend to lose the overview. Therefore, we have compiled helpful guides to the MMO. We explain the basic mechanics of Lost Ark and tell you useful tips and tricks:

You can find more tips in our guide overview for Lost Ark.

All classes from Lost Ark

As of now, we know of 15 classes that Lost Ark will offer at the European release in 2022. In the Korean version, which already started in 2018, 21 classes are currently already available.

At the beginning of the game you choose one of seven base classes: You can choose between warrior, mage, cannoneer, cannoneer assassin, martial artist or martial artist. As the names of the classes already reveal, your gender is linked to the chosen character – male mages, for example, simply don’t exist at the moment. After completing the tutorial and reaching level 10, you will need to further specialize and choose a subclass. The classes that will be available in 2022 are presented here.

Lost ark guide: all classes and which ones are the best

About our expert

Boncer has been playing Lost Ark since 2018. First on the Korean server, since 2019 on the Russian server. Prior to Lost Ark, he has had plenty of MMO experience, including World of Warcraft, Ragnarok Online, Tera, and Blade and Soul.

His main character the Pistol Lancer, but he plays many other classes as well. To be always well informed, he also watches many Korean streamers like Jiudau or Saintone. If you have any questions, Boncer will be happy to answer them. You can find him regularly at the big German Lost Ark streamer Senderfn in Discord or on Twitch, where he is a moderator.

Warrior classes

Berserker

The Berserker is a powerful melee class that relies on a huge two-handed sword. He can enter the so-called burst mode, in which he gains increased attack and movement speed and deals huge amounts of damage with new special skills.

What our expert says

Difficulty level: Very simple

Main character values:

  • Damage Build: Specialty, Critical Damage

Because of its simplicity it is often chosen by beginners. Most damage comes from his Z-form, also called Berserk mode. The Berserker is also easy to play in PvP, but there it is difficult to achieve a high ranking with him.

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Paladin

The Paladin is the supporter among the warriors. He uses his connection to the gods to cast holy buffs on himself and his party. But he is also good at dealing damage when he unleashes the wrath of the gods with his one-handed sword.

What our expert says

Difficulty levelSimple

Most important character stats:

  • Support build: Specialty, Speed
  • Damage Build: Critical hit chance, Speed

The Paladin can be played as both a support and damage dealer. A hybrid build is also possible. His healing comes not only from his aura, but also from the shields he can give to the party. The Paladin also reduces incoming and increases outgoing damage for all party members.

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Pistol Lancer

The Pistol Lancer is the class that could most easily be called a tank. With his shield and various skills, he deflects the attacks of his enemies and masterfully absorbs large amounts of damage.

What our expert says

Difficulty: Easy

Most important character stats:

  • Tank: specialty, critical hit chance
  • Damage: Critical hit chance, Speed

There are two ways to play the Pistol Lancer: In the community they are called Red and Blue Pistol Lancer. The red one stands for pure damage, while the blue one can take a lot of damage for it though. The only tank build in the game can not only spread shield barriers, but also draw aggro from bosses with its Taunt ability. In PVP, however, he can use taunt to interrupt enemy attack rotations.

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Mage Classes

Sorceress

The sorceress is a classic caster class that destroys its enemies with elemental magic. Similar to the Sorceress in Diablo 2, the Sorceress relies on fire, ice and lightning skills. For example, she can slow down her enemies with ice arrows, trap them with a lightning vortex and then roast them with a wall of fire – as a finishing move, she then drops a thick metor from the sky.

Our assessment

Difficulty levelMedium

Most important character values:

  • Ignition Build (Damage): Specialty, Speed

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Bardin

The musician is one of the offensively weaker classes, but is still an important addition to any team. With her harp sounds she lulls enemies and heals her party members – the perfect class for those who like to play supporters or healers.

This is what our expert says

Difficulty levelSimple

Main character stats:

  • Support (lower cooldowns): Speed, Specialty
  • Support (more healing): specialty, speed
  • Hybrid (healing and damage): Critical hit chance, Speed

The Bard is played by most players as a support player, as it is much harder to be effective with the hybrid skill. Not only does the Bardin act as a primary healer, but she also increases the outgoing and decreases the incoming damage of the party.

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Cacanonian/Canonian classes

Artillerist

The Artillerist is a tank made human. He relies on fat armor and even fatter guns. With rockets, flamethrowers, Gatling guns and napalm shells, it has an incredible amount of destructive power – but it lacks agility.

This is what our expert says

Difficulty levelEasy

Most important character statsCritical hit chance, speed

The artilleryman is one of the strongest damage distributors. Just like the summoner, it has the disadvantage that you have to know the bosses in order for the skills to hit their target. However, it can take more damage because it can give itself a shield. This is another reason why in PVP it is one of the classes that you don’t like to have as an opponent as a pro.

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Sharpshooter

The sniper is much more agile than the artilleryman. He is an expert at keeping the distance to his opponents with various jump attacks. From a distance, he then relies on typical archery skills such as hail of arrows or explosion arrow.

This is what our expert says

Difficulty level: Medium to heavy

Main character values:

  • Damage: Specialty, Critical Hit Chance
  • Burst Damage: Critical Hit Chance, Specialty

The difficult thing about the art shooter is its abilities: To work, they must be charged at the touch of a button and then unleashed at the right time. As a typical archer, however, he suffers somewhat from his weak defense. However, he can hide for a short time and switch between melee and piggyback combat fluently, which is especially useful in PVP.

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Art shooter

The archer relies on classic firearms such as pistols, rifles and shotguns. Overall, however, he is considered more of a melee class, as his most powerful skills are triggered with the Shotgun and do not have a long range.

This is what our expert says

Difficulty: Hard to Very Hard

Key character values:

  • Enhanced Weapon Build (damage): Specialty, Critical Hit Chance
  • Pistoleer Build (damage): Specialty, Critical Hit Chance, Speed

The artificer is among the most challenging classes in the entire game. The challenge here lies in the management of the three different weapons – by the way, the shotgun causes the most damage. If you like it a bit easier, you can play a pistol build, where the other weapons are locked. Despite the high difficulty, the overall damage dealt is lower than the female variant, the artificer.

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Artistic shooter

Many of the skills of the artistic markswoman are similar in function to those of the artistic marksman, but even so, the two classes have slightly different strengths. The female variant is a bit easier and less risky to play, as its focus on rifles and handguns allows it to achieve maximum damage output even at medium range.

What our expert says

Difficulty level: Medium to heavy

Main character stats:

  • Peacemaker Build (Damage): Critical Hit Chance, Specialty, Speed
  • Time to Hunt Build (damage): critical hit chance, specialty, speed

The same applies to the female artificer as to its male version: weak defense, but extremely high damage if you master the complicated switching between weapons. Overall, her damage turns out a little higher, because she can fall back on better skills for her sniper rifle.

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