Lost Ark is the latest MMORPG getting major attention in the west. The developers, Smilegate studios are bringing their popular Korean MMORPG to the west, equipped with localization, and a closed beta that is live right now (at the time of writing). Like almost every MMO, Lost Ark utilises a class and subclass system, which allows you to specialize in a more fitting playstyle.
At the time of writing, there are over 20+ subclasses, especially in the Korean version of the game. However, both the Russian version and the Western version have yet to get all the subclasses. We will create a table letting you know the naming variations for every Lost Ark class, along with what the classes do, especially for those participating in the Western version of the game.
What’s the difference between Lost Ark classes?
The most important thing to note about the Lost Ark classes is that every class is a DPS. Every class has damage dealing skills, each with damage-dealing builds. Some are better than others, especially the unofficial support classes. However, everything can clear all the content, some might be slower or require more skill than others. Below we provide a rundown on the class dynamics, along with a focus on the support like characters in the game.
The Warrior only has one DPS character at the time of writing for the western audience. The Berserker is your heavy-hitting wild man, that feels exactly like how you expect a Barbarian or Chieftan plays in Diablo or PoE.
The Gunlancer is the class that has the heaviest armor in the game. If you want the tank archetype this is it. You get abilities that do major zoning, along with grips and other very controlling skills, combined with a variety of melee and diving based skills. In PvP, many players use the Gunlancer has off support, using their CC tools to generate pressure while doing some damage on the side.
The Paladin is one of the two major supports in Lost Ark. We will go into more detail later on in the support section.
Martial Artists are the eastern-inspired classes, each with different martial artists themes. Some are based on Japanese fighting games, with the Striker having combos and ranged skills that resemble characters like Ryu. The idea of the class is to go in, do crazy combo bursts and back out again. Meanwhile, the Wardancer is the more controlling variation. The Scrapper is the alternative if you want to use fist weapons, while the Soulfist blends ranged and melee together.
Gunners are the dedicated range class in the game. Before we go further, the Deadeye and the Gunslinger are essentially the same class. However, there are a few variations in their skills here or there, with the biggest being the character’s genders. The most important part is the class uses a variety of rifles, pistols and shotguns, all useful for long, mid and close-range combat. On the other hand, the Sharpshooter is your dedicated long-range sniper character, using bows and sniper rifles to nuke the opposition. Lastly, the Artillerist is the ironclad, using heavy weapons like bazookas, artillery, flamethrowers. They can also turn into a turret and start blasting while stationary. In PvP, these have incredible burst damage but are hard to pull off.
In the western version, there is only two mage subclass. The Bard is a support class, that we will talk more into later. Therefore, there is only one dedicated DPS class for the mage, the Summoner. The Summoner uses a variety of arts to summon animals, elementals and images of creatures to fight for them. Expect to fire phoenix out, while summoning magma boys to fight for you, among other magic schools to blast your enemies into the air or on the ground.
The western version only has two Assassins types at the minute. The Shadowhunter is an assassin, which turns the character into a demon when they charge up. If you like the Demon Hunter vibe from WoW, this is the character for you. In PvP, the character can turn into a demon and safely throw demon bolts and play as a ranged assassin if you so wish. The Deathblade, on the other hand, is the charging assassin, mixing combos and cleaving with dual wield swords. If you like your rogue archetypes, this one will stand out the most.
Lost Ark Supports
This section is dedicated to the two community defined classes, the Paladin and the Bard. The Paladin is all about healing, generating buffs and CC for his team. You can build it like a ret paladin from WoW if you want, but the build will not have you doing as much damage as other DPS Lost Ark classes out there. Many players love playing with a paladin, as the utility they provide is fantastic, and they are by far one of the most sort out of the Lost Ark classes for PvP. They can charge in, be tanky, and provide healing and buffs to ensure they can survive anything.
Meanwhile, the Bard uses a song system, which greatly enhances two purposes, damage output or healing output. The damage output grants its allies the opportunity to buff their damage for several seconds, which works great in cooldown windows on boss fights or in PvP. Meanwhile, they can use their resource to enhance healing in an area. Overall, a very skill dependent support, but it has incredible value.
Hopefully, this Lost Ark class guide helps you out a lot when choosing what you want your main or alts to be in the western Lost Ark launch. We will keep this article updated when more and more of the Lost Ark class and subclasses arrive in the west.
Lost Ark class system
Here is a table containing every single Lost Ark class and subclass. Note that some subclasses have naming translation variations. For example, the Paladin is the western name, but Korea and Russia (to an extent) refer to it as a Holy Knight. Both subclasses are the same thing, just localized differently. We have created these tables so you can much easily navigate any guides or translation issues while Lost Ark localisation work continues.
|Paladin (Holy Knight)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Martial Artist Subclasses||Korea||Russia||Western|
|Soul Fist (Soulmaster)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Wardancer (Battle Master)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dead Eye (Demon Hunter)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Deathblade Blade (Blade)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Shadow Hunter (Demonic)||Yes||Yes||Yes|