Skip to main content

Lost Ark: Best classes for beginners

Lost Ark has already seen incredible growth in Eastern regions, offering more than 20 classes for players to explore. For its Western debut, however, players only have access to 15. These are spread across five base classes, each one intended for a different type of playstyle.

If you’re just dipping your toes into the world of Lost Ark — or are an MMO newcomer in general — it’s important to pick a class that’s easy to learn and won’t punish you for making small mistakes.

Here’s everything you need to know about the best beginner classes in Lost Ark.

Further reading

Lost Ark classes explained

Five base classes are available in Lost Ark, each one offering a variety of sub-classes. These sub-classes further specialize the playstyle of their base class and make it easy to find something that fits your needs. Here’s a quick look at every class available in Lost Ark at launch.

Warrior

Lost Ark Warrior class in full gear.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Above all else, Warriors excel at melee combat and dealing damage. All that power comes at the price of agility. So if you’re looking to dance around enemies and deal damage from afar, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you want to get up close and personal and be the centerpiece of your team, there’s not a better fit.

Three sub-classes are available for Warriors:

  • Berserker: Wields greatswords and boasts impressive defense. Entering burst mode will grant them improved attack speed and movement — offering mobility not typically seen in this class.
  • Paladin: Wields a holy book and one-handed swords. They excel at granting passive buffs to teammates and dealing moderate damage in close quarters.
  • Gunlancer: Wields a gunlance and shield for the best defensive stats in the class. They’re incredibly slow when attacking, although they can deal massive bursts of damage when used properly.

Martial Artist

Lost Ark Martial Artist class on a black background.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Moving fast and striking faster, Martial Artists are a nimble class. That speed also comes in handy when dodging attacks — most of its four sub-classes don’t offer impressive defense stats.

  • Striker: Wields elemental gauntlets and attacks with fast aerial combos.
  • Wardancer: Wields light gauntlets and stores up elemental energy before unleashing devastating attacks.
  • Scrapper: Wields heavy gauntlets and delivers a constant barrage of attacks to stagger and defeat enemies with ease.
  • Soulfist: Capable of dealing significant ranged damage, this class is excellent for those seeking a unique twist to the standard Martial Artist formula.

Gunner

Lost Ark Gunner class poses on a black background.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Capable of specializing in futuristic projectiles or old-fashioned bows, the Gunner class is all about dealing damage at a distance.

Four Gunner sub-classes are available:

  • Gunslinger: Fast but fragile, the Gunslinger excels at swapping out weapons to tackle their current challenge.
  • Artillerist: Essentially the opposite of Gunslingers. Wielding gigantic guns, this class deals huge damage but isn’t the most fleet of foot.
  • Deadeye: Wields shotguns, double handguns, and rifles to optimize their damage based on their enemies’ weaknesses.
  • Sharpshooter: Uses mechanical bows and specialized arrows to confer special status effects on their prey.

Mage

Lost Ark Bard on a black background.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Only two sub-classes are available for Mages, although both deal significant damage while offering little in the way of defense. Here’s what you need to know about the Bard and Sorceress.

  • Sorceress: Wields a staff and calls upon elemental spells to deal damage across large areas.
  • Bard: Heals teammates using their harp, while also bringing several offensive skills to the battle when called upon.

Assassin

Lost Ark Assassin wielding swords.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

If you’re looking to slink around in the shadows and deal fast, precise strikes to hordes of enemies, the Assassin class is a perfect fit. Both of its sub-classes further augment this base playstyle, with each one offering something unique.

  • Shadowhunter: Shape-shift into demonic forms to launch devastating attacks and gain increased health and movement speed.
  • Deathblade: Traditional assassin-type class that uses three swords and fast-paced attacks to quickly dispatch enemies.

Best Lost Ark classes for beginners

Lost Ark classes posing on the battlefield.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Every class in Lost Ark brings something unique — and useful — to the battlefield. However, new Lost Ark players should give careful consideration to which class they choose to play first. While it’s possible to thrive as any of the 15 classes, there are a few that are easier to master than others.

Here are a few classes to consider if you’re a Lost Ark newcomer.

Artillerist

Boasting impressive defensive stats and some of the best offensive skills in the game, the Artillerist is a well-rounded class. The ability to deal significant damage at a distance is a key feature of the class. Combine that with its stellar health and defense stats, and it’s easy to see why the Artillerist is a perfect fit for newcomers.

There are a variety of ways to build out this class, although we’d recommend checking out Flamethrower, Air Raid, and Buckshot.

Berserker

It’s never ideal to spam your skills, but the Berserker class makes the bad habit a bit more forgiving than others. Their attacks always deal loads of damage and often push back foes that don’t die after the first hit. They’re a rather squishy sub-class of Warrior, however, so make sure to keep an eye on your health during heated encounters and bring a few more potions than you think you’ll need.

Whirlwind, Crime Hazard, and Hell Blade are all good skills for beginners to master.

Sorceress

Although you won’t be able to absorb many hits before going down, the amount of damage you can deal as a Sorceress makes it a great first class. Not only does she deal damage but also the elemental attacks are filled with dazzling effects that make combat a feast for your eyes. Your dodge skill can also be used to cover significant distances. So even though you can’t take many hits, it’s rather easy to avoid incoming attacks.

Most of the skills you’ll learn early on are viable for quite some time, although Lightning Burst, Frost Explosion, and Blaze are great for eliminating large groups.

Editors' Recommendations

Topics
Jon Bitner
Jon Bitner is a writer covering consumer electronics, technology, and gaming. His work has been published on various websites…
The best developments to get first in Manor Lords
A town in a valley in Manor Lords.

It feels a little bit like cheating in Manor Lords, but the development upgrades you can get can do some powerful things to improve your settlement. However, to balance things out, the development points you need to unlock these enhancements are given out very sparingly. In fact, you won't get even close to the amount needed to unlock everything on the sphere grid. To make matters even more stressful, there's no way to undo a choice you make, so any point spent in error is locked in until you start a new game. There's none that can make your game harder, but if you pick one that offers no benefit to your current settlement or goals, it might as well be a negative in terms of the opportunity cost. For the best experience, here are the developments you should invest in first.
How to get development points
Before you can spend any development points in Manor Lords, you have to earn them. This is a slightly obfuscated system that you may not fully understand if you're not paying close attention, but it does make sense once you know what's going on. Development points are tied to you reaching new settlement levels. You can incrementally grow to a small village, a medium village, a large village, a small town, a medium town, and -- finally -- a large town. Each one requires a larger number of burgage plots and for you to upgrade more of them to higher levels. In any one settlement, you can earn six development points.
Best developments to get first

The development tree is broken down into four segments: farming, trade, gathering, and industry. Here are some of the best ones you can unlock early.
Heavy Plow
No settlement can survive only on hunting and foraging for food. Farming is the only way to make sure your storehouses are well stocked with food, but even a fully staffed farm is painfully slow to harvest. The Heavy Plow upgrade adds a plowing station to your farms so you can make use of an ox to not only make plowing your fields far faster, but also tospeed up transporting your crops to the storehouse.
Charcoal Burning
Preparing for winter is your primary concern for your first year, if not the first two, in Manor Lords. Lack of food is one thing, but if you run out of fuel to keep your population warm, they won't last long. Firewood is your basic form of fuel, but it is very inefficient. This development lets you build a charcoal kiln that gives you two charcoal for every one firewood you feed into it. That will double your potential fuel reserves in a snap.
Deep Mining
All natural resources will eventually run dry. While you can regrow trees and let berries regrow, ore deposits only have so much material for you to mine before they're tapped out. You can break the laws of nature with the Deep Mining development that lets you upgrade any mine into a deep mine that somehow never runs out of ore. This only works on the slightly rare rich deposits, but is still incredibly powerful to have an unending source of ore to build or sell.
Sheepbreeding
Speaking of getting an unending source of materials and money, Sheepbreeding makes something that you would expect to happen, but by default does not, actually occur. If you have a sheep farm, those sheep will be completely uninterested in mating and having more sheep babies. Snag this development to let nature take its course and get yourself an infinite supply of sheep for materials and to trade for quite a high price.
Better Deals
And while you're trading, unlock better deals to keep from getting ripped off. There's a tariff on anything you import in Manor Lords of 10 regional wealth, but this perk waives that annoying fee. Since you never quite know what resources you will have and what you will need to import to build your next structure or upgrade, importing is essential for reaching the late game. The earlier you invest in this, the more you'll save in the long run.

Read more
The best Stardew Valley mods
Emily talking to the player in Stardew Valley.

After so many years of support, it might feel like there's nothing left that needs to be added or changed in Stardew Valley. This farming sim lets you live your best life in the quiet countryside with your own farm, NPCs to meet and date, Easter eggs to find, and quests to complete.

Multiple updates have only expanded the number of things to do in a game you could already spend hundreds of hours in. But the developer behind this game is just one person, and even an entire team couldn't match the output of the entire modding community. Given the meteoric success this game has had and sustained for so many years, there have been hundreds of mods created by passionate fans. These mods can make your humble little farm life feel completely fresh, as well as smooth out a couple of lingering rough edges in the game. We've farmed up the absolute best Stardew Valley mods you should try for yourself.
Stardew Valley Expanded
Each major update to Stardew Valley adds a host of new features, but one fan just couldn't wait and decided to make their own unofficial expansion called Stardew Valley Expanded. Just looking at the feature list of this mod, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a true expansion, or maybe even a sequel. It adds 27 new NPCs, 50 more locations, 27 fish, two new farms, and even updates a couple of existing things. That's not even mentioning the new music, quests, objects, festivals, and more. The entire thing was made to feel as seamless with the base game as possible, and is intended to give that same feeling of wonder and joy players had when playing the game for the first time.
NPC Map Locations

Read more
All upcoming PC games: 2024 and beyond
Ships flying by giant purple towers.

While the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X might dominate the gaming news spotlight, the PC continues to be one of the best gaming platforms out there. 2024 has seen a variety of high-profile releases already, and there's still more to come.

If you're searching for your next big PC game (or want to see what's on the horizon before investing in a new rig), here are the best upcoming PC games set to arrive in 2024 and beyond.
Upcoming PC games 2024
Confirmed 2024 releases
Here’s everything that’s on our radar for 2024. The games immediately below have set release dates. We'll get into anything that's more up in the air below the confirmed launches

Read more