Lost Ark is a 2.5D fantasy MMORPG that’s a mix of Diablo 3 and FFXIV. If that combo sounds compelling, and it is, then this is the RPG for you.
Lost Ark might be one of the best RPG games of the last few years, as shown by its meteoric rise and player base. If you’re looking to join this community, then you need to hit the ground running.
Here’s everything you need to know to get started in Lost Ark.
Getting Started with Lost Ark
Lost Ark is currently only available for PC when purchased on Steam. This is true for gamers in the EU and North American markets. Lost Ark has not signaled plans for further expansion into consoles, but they might add more platforms as Lost Ark continues to be a success.
Lost Ark is free-to-play, but does feature in-game transactions, but we’ll get to that later!
Lost Ark Classes and Advanced Classes
Lost Ark has 5 different classes, and each of those classes has 2 to 4 Advanced Classes that you can specialize into at level 10. Here are the 5 Lost Ark classes and what makes each unique.
- Warrior—This is your classic tank. If you want the toughest tank in the game, that’s currently the Gunlancer specialization
- Martial Artist—High DPS and high mobility. Martial Artist is a great class for people who want to deal damage, but also be able to move freely through the fight
- Gunner—This is a ranged DPS class that unlocks a damage-oriented archer or the more futuristic Artillerist
- Mage—Mage splits between your classic MMO wizard and a Bard which acts as the support class for Lost Ark
- Assassin—Assassin is the ultimate Lost Ark DPS class. If you want high damage and flashy combos, this is your class
Complete the Tutorial
The first place that you’re going to experience in the world of Lost Ark is the tutorial world. This walks you through handling all of the basics of the game and gives you the skills you need to start fighting the main story quests.
Definitely take your time with the tutorial world. It’s tempting to try and breeze through it, but this game has a steep learning curve.
You should take advantage of the safety and simplicity of the tutorial world before jumping into the game itself.
How to Level Up in Lost Ark
The fastest way to level in Lost Ark is to focus on the main story quests. These give you the most experience. It will only take you somewhere between 10-20 hours to reach max level by completing all of the main story quests.
You can pick one of the Martial Artist classes if you want to move through the main story quests even faster. Martial Artists are the most mobile classes. They make burning through these quests even faster.
However, every single class and advanced class is capable of soloing all of the main story content. Play what you like, and you’ll be able to reach max level just by going through the story.
Your Guide to Lost Ark Dungeons
Dungeons are the bread and butter of incense questing and Lost Ark. However, we’ve got a few tips that most players don’t know.
Dungeons come in normal and hard difficulty. You should skip hard difficulty unless you personally want to challenge yourself.
Hard dungeons come with better gear, but you’ll be going through gear so fast as you level that the better gear from hard dungeons will hardly matter.
You can also find secret dungeons throughout the world of Lost Ark As you access by examining Scrolls.
How to Get Money in Lost Ark
Lost Ark has a few different currencies. The main are Blue Crystals, Silver, Gold, and Pirate Coins.
Blue Crystals are used for vital buffs. You can get these through normal play or through in-game transactions.
Silver and Gold are the normal in-game currencies. Fast travel, buying items, and upgrading gear are all done with Silver and Gold.
Pirate Coins are earned through sailing the seas. You’ll pick up Pirate Coins as you meet daily and weekly objectives. You can use Pirate Coins to buy materials.
Lost Ark Endgame
Endgame is where you’ll be putting all of your Lost Ark skills to the test.
You unlock the endgame after completing the main story quests and reaching the max level. The endgame gives you access to the best gear and the hardest fights in the game.
The Lost Ark endgame is currently made up of:
- General Endgame Raids
- Guardian Raids
- Chaos Dungeons
- Abyss Dungeons
Pay-to-win or Play-to-win?
Video games might be able to help you with anxiety, but that might not be the case for pay-to-win games.
Pay-to-win is a problem that’s been creeping up in free-to-play gaming. Essentially, players with enough money to buy all the microtransactions they won’t have an unfair advantage over players who just don’t have the cash to throw at the game.
The end game of Lost Ark is riddled with microtransactions that can improve the level of your gear. This means that you can pay to win the Lost Ark end game.
This is definitely problematic, but the dev team behind Lost Ark has said that they’re looking into this and considering changing how end-game transactions work in their game.
Wrapping Up Our Lost Ark Guide
Lost Ark is a solid free-to-play MMORPG that only has a few problems when it comes to pay-to-win transactions.
Outside of that, the game is super fair and you can pick any class you like, solo the MSQ, then start rocking those endgame raids.
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