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We have a very detailed look at the Destroyer, as Amazon lay out the entire class (which has received very significant changes recently) ahead of its release next week! Only the second sort-of-tank in the game, despite its lack of an actual shield, it has plenty of defensive power and a taunt. So let's take at everything related to the class.
Heroes of Arkesia,
On May 19, the Destroyer Advanced Class will arrive in Arkesia. Armed with a variety of skills centered around charging into the heart of the fray, their hammer attacks are so catastrophically crushing that Destroyers can bend gravity to their will— slowing, launching, pushing and pulling enemies— whatever it takes to utterly, beyond a shadow of a doubt, destroy them. The Destroyer will join the Berserker, Paladin, and Gunlancer as the fourth Warrior Advanced Class. In this Lost Ark Academy, you’ll find information to see if the Destroyer is the class for you— and if so, help you start planning the skills and engravings you’re interested in using to enhance your impact on the battlefield.
Before we dive in, it’s also worth noting for existing Lost Ark fans that the Destroyer includes the rework (tuning and balance changes) recently made in other regions. Let’s see if the Destroyer fits your playstyle, or is a new experience you’re interested in trying.
Key Mechanics and Class Identity
A true tank, the Destroyer has high health, the ability to generate shields, and heavy-hitting attacks that deal massive amounts of Stagger damage. The trade-off comes at the cost of the Destroyer’s attack and movement speed— this hulking warrior has a huge Gravity Hammer that needs to be toted around the battlefield. While the Destroyer’s overall speed is slow, some of his skills allow for bursts of speed to leap or charge into the fray. With his ability to manipulate gravity, the Destroyer won’t be the slowest moving combatant on the field— he can move effortlessly through his intense gravitational attacks, while enemies are slowed, weakened, and crushed. Besides, you don’t need to move at all when you can just pull enemies toward you. While the Destroyer’s attacks may be slower or require charging up, they hit extremely hard— especially when consuming Gravity Cores.
Gravity Cores & Gravity Release
The Destroyer’s skills are separated into two categories, Concentration Skills and Gravity Release Skills. When used successfully in combat, Concentration Skills allow the Destroyer to charge up to three Gravity Cores. The Gravity Release Skills consumes any Gravity Cores you’ve charged up to generate a shield and greatly enhance the damage output of that attack. Using one Core grants a 10% damage bonus for the Gravity Release skill being used, and 10% of maximum HP as a temporary shield. Two Gravity Cores grant a 25% damage bonus for the skill and 20% of maximum HP as a shield, and using all three Gravity Cores grants a 45% damage increase for the skill and 30% of maximum HP as a shield.
In game, the type of skill can easily be identified by its color; Concentration Skills that charge up Gravity Cores are blue-colored, and Gravity Release skills are purple. Making sure you have a balance of these skills, is key, as charging up and spending Gravity Cores will help maximize your damage output.
Identity Skill - Hypergravity Mode
The Destroyer's Identity Skill is Hypergravity Mode, which can be activated by pressing [Z] after charging your Gravity Meter (separate from Gravity Cores) through combat. When Hypergravity Mode is activated, in-range enemies' movement speed and attack speed becomes slower, you gain shields, and you become immune to debuffs, knockdowns, pushes, and other incoming negative effects.
While you'll lose access to most of your skills during Hypergravity, your basic, or “auto” attack becomes heavily enhanced to deal more damage, and you can use a new ability— Vortex Gravity. When using this ability, you'll strike your hammer downward, inflicting damage, and explode gravitational energy in front of you, inflicting more damage, then pull in foes within a 6 meter radius. While in Hypergravity Mode, you can use your enhanced basic attack, press [Z] to use Vortex Gravity, or press [X] to cancel out and return to your normal skillset.
Class Engravings & Skills
Class Specific Engravings
The Destroyer’s two Class Engravings each enhance a different unique aspect of the class. The Gravity Training Engraving can be used to decrease the amount of time needed to charge the Gravity Meter, and increases the effectiveness of attacks while Hypergravity Mode is active. Similarly, the Rage Hammer Engraving is used to maximize the damage inflicted by Gravity Release Skills, by increasing Crit Rate and Crit Damage based on the amount of Gravity Cores used. Find the exact enhancements listed below.
Level 1: During combat, the Gravity Meter recovers 1% every 1s. Basic Attack and Vortex Gravity Crit Rate +10% and +4% Attack Damage to foes during Hypergravity Mode.
Level 2: During combat, the Gravity Meter recovers 1.5% every 1s. Basic Attack and Vortex Gravity Crit Rate +20% and Attack Damage +10% to foes during Hypergravity Mode.
Level 3: During combat, the Gravity Meter recovers 2% every 1s. Basic Attack and Vortex Gravity Crit Rate +30% and Attack Damage +20% to foes during Hypergravity Mode.
Level 1: When using a Gravity Release Skill, Crit Rate +3% and Crit Damage +5% based on the amount of Cores used.
Level 2: When using a Gravity Release Skill, Crit Rate +4% and Crit Damage +10% based on the amount of Cores used.
Level 3: When using a Gravity Release Skill, Crit Rate +5% and Crit Damage +15% based on the amount of Cores used.
Find a full list of the Concentration and Gravity Release skill descriptions below, followed by the two Awakening skills. If you’re interested in seeing some of these showcased in video, checkout our Destroyer Class Page! And remember, these are just the base skills - each can be customized further through the Tripod system as you experiment to find what works best against the different threats found throughout Arkesia.
Concentration Skills (Core Charging Skills - Blue)
Dreadnaught - Take a ready stance with your hammer on your shoulder, concentrating your energy on your Cores, and then hit the ground to send forth a shockwave, inflicting damage, and use the momentum to jump high. While jumping, slam your hammer down onto foes.
Earth Smasher - Swing the hammer above your head in a circle and strike the ground, inflicting damage and creating a huge boulder. Take a swing at it to break it and propel the fragments in a cone-shaped blast. The foes hit by the boulder fragments are stunned.
Endure Pain - Let out a roar, inflicting damage to foes within a 6 meter range. Upon using the skill, gain a buff making you immune to Pushes and reducing incoming damage.
Gravity Force - Hold your hammer close to the hammerhead and swing it at foes in front of you. Afterward, your hammer releases gravitational energy, attacking foes in a straight line 7 times for damage, pulling them close. Foes affected by the energy receive damage and are forcefully pulled to a nearby position.
Gravity Impact - Strike your hammer downward, inflicting damage, and start injecting gravitational energy where you stand. Gradually pull and attack foes 8 times, and then instantly explode the energy, pulling all the foes to you at once inflicting damage.
Heavy Crush - Raise your hammer above your head, then smash the ground with enormous gravitational force, inflicting damage.
Jumping Smash - Leap to the target location within 10 meters and swing your hammer down to the ground, inflicting damage.
Power Shoulder - Crouch and charge 5 meters forward with your hammer held in front of you, attacking 4 times to inflict damage. Use as a combo to raise the hammer high and inflict damage, launching foes into the air.
Power Strike - Raise your hammer above your head and smash the ground 3 times, each smash inflicting damage.
Running Crash - Hold to sprint forward and charge at foes, inflicting damage over 7 hits. The gravitational energy explodes when you release the skill key or max out the Holding Meter, launching foes into the air for damage.
Gravity Release Skills (Core Consuming Skills - Purple)
Earth Eater - Smash the ground behind you, then deliver a horizontal swing with chunks of rocks following your hammer. Spin a total of 3 times, each spin inflicting damage. Your hammer goes higher with each spin until you swing it down to the ground to inflict damage.
One-Man Army - Swing your hammer sideways to inflict up to 6 blows. damage increases with each blow.
Full Swing - Strike behind you with your hammer and spin 360 degrees, attacking surrounding foes 3 times in total. Overcharge to inflict more damage.
Neutralizer - Imbue your hammer with gravitational energy, and swing it downward with might, inflicting damage. This ground smash causes a shockwave within an 8 meter radius, inflicting damage with no paralysis effects. Use the skill again to hit the ground 2 more times, inflicting more damage. Shockwaves inflict the same amount of damage.
Seismic Hammer - Hold your hammer upside down, then jump and smash the ground, inflicting damage. The crash forms a cone-shaped wall that stretches 11 meter, inflicting damage.
Gravity Compression - Thrust the handle of your hammer into the ground and release a gravitational wave while inflicting damage. Hold for 2s to release a black hole, inflicting damage over up to 9 hits. If you stop holding before the Holding Meter is maxed out, the black hole explodes and inflicts damage to foes within a 5 meter radius. Max out the Holding Meter to cause a bigger explosion, inflicting damage to foes within a 6 meter radius.
Perfect Swing - This skill can be charged for 2s. When used midway, advance 3 meters forward and charge at foes to inflict damage, followed by a powerful smash inflicting damage. Overcharge the skill to move 4 meters forward and deliver an even fiercer blow to inflict damage.
Terra Break Hammer - the ground in front of you, inflicting damage as gravitational energy drops from the sky. The ground cracks, casting a gravitational field. All foes within the field are knocked down. Swing your hammer upward to create anti-gravity and inflict damage. All foes within range are shot into the air. Concentrate your energy and jump, hammering foes flat to the ground for more damage. This skill restores your Gravity Meter by 100%.
Big Bang - Gather gravitational energy then explode it, inflicting damage to foes in a 3.2 meter radius and knocking them away. All incoming damage -50% and gain immunity against debuffs, Pushes, and Move Speed reductions. Ignore collisions with normal foes while gathering energy. You can move while gathering gravitational energy. damage and the explosion radius up to 8 meters, depending on how long you gathered energy.
Leveling Up & Looking Ahead
We’re excited to see the Destroyer’s impact on the battlefields of Arkesia, helping raid groups complete stagger checks and dishing out massive damage when the Destined for Destruction Update releases on May 19. Interested in catching your Destroyer up to the rest of your roster? There are a few progression paths you can take. If you haven’t leveraged them already, there are two current progression events available for a limited time:
The Express Mission Event that can be activated on any character to enable faster honing through Tier 1 & 2, and special event missions that grant progression materials, battle items, and more as completion rewards.
A Feiton Powerpass that immediately drops an alternate character at the end of the Feiton storyline (Item Level 960).
Both these progression events will be sticking around until June 30, so make sure to use them while you can! We’ll strive to be more clear if an Advanced Class will be releasing during future progression events, so players can better plan ahead. In addition to the limited-time events, every player received 2 Vern Powerpasses at launch, and players can use the Knowledge Transfer feature in their Stronghold to help move a new alternate character through previously completed continent storylines.
We’ll see you, soon bearing colossal hammers, in Arkesia!
Amazon talked about the ongoing "war" against bots in Lost Ark, as they went on to detail all the steps that have been taken so far, as well as future plans (although remain vague on those, so as not to show their hand).
Heroes of Arkesia!
We know that bots have been causing frustration within the community, and we share in that frustration. Over the past few months we’ve made a number of changes to Lost Ark in order to combat bots. We know that there’s still work to do, and we want to share some detail on how we’re approaching this ongoing issue so we can give Lost Ark players a better experience.
Since Lost Ark launched, we’ve been fighting a war against the bots infiltrating Arkesia. Addressing bots can be especially challenging in free-to-play games because it’s so easy to create an account and enter the game, but we’re working on multiple fronts to fight them. Here are some of the measures we’ve taken so far:
Permanently banned several million accounts that participated in botting, hacking, or gold selling.
Level-gated area chat to keep brand-new accounts from spamming gold-selling advertisements.
Actively updated the game’s automatic chat moderation with lines and phrases that we know are commonly used by gold sellers.
Changed the reward structures of quests and events to add a stronger deterrent against using bots to farm gold.
Updated and improved Easy Anti Cheat detection capabilities to better identify and act against bots.
Enabled a native detection system to help quickly identify bad actors and take action against them.
Improved reporting tools in-game to help our players report bots and our support staff act more quickly on reports.
Blocked IP from regions where we do not have publishing rights that have shown large amounts of bot activity.
Blocked VPNs to stop bad actors from working around IP bans.
While each of these tactics has shown some measure of success in removing bots from the game, our work is far from over. We can’t share all the details, because we don’t want to help bot users more easily adapt to our tactics, but we’re working closely with Easy Anti Cheat to improve their support of Lost Ark and with Smilegate RPG to improve the native bot detection system, while tuning events and rewards to prevent or remove paths for bot abuse. We’re also exploring new ways to help combat bots natively at scale.
We’ve heard some questions from the community about tools like Captcha or two-factor authentication. These tools would require sizeable platform and architectural changes to implement in Lost Ark. Real-world account owner identification is another method used in some regions, but the global scale of the Western version of the game and varying laws in the territories where we operate Lost Ark make this a less realistic solution for us. We’re continuing to explore our options for additional tools that are scalable and could make a significant impact.
As we continue our quest to rid Arkesia of bots, we are also conscious of possible pain points some of these measures might cause for our players, and are working to balance this. We appreciate your patience as we continue working to bring the best possible Lost Ark experience to our players.
While we're not quite getting the huge May update this week, as it's scheduled for May 19th, we do get the usual shorter weekly maintenance with one fix for PvP leaderboards as well.
Maintenance is expected to last 4 hours and starts at 12 AM PT / 7 AM UTC / 9 AM CEST.
Heroes of Arkesia,
All Lost Ark servers and regions will be brought offline on May 12th at 12 AM PT / 7 AM UTC / 9 AM CEST for a regularly scheduled weekly maintenance and update. Downtime is estimated to last up to 4 hours, and is focused primarily on backend improvements. This update will also include the following fix:
Fixed an issue that prevented the PvP leaderboards from loading on various servers. As an additional update, our May Content Update will be happening during our next downtime on Thursday, May 19th as initially scheduled. We’ll share full details and patch notes for the update next week, but in the meantime you can get a first look at the incoming content in our May Update Reveal article.
We’ll see you back online soon — just one week of prep left until Legion Raids arrive in Arkesia!
Lost Ark May Update: Reworked Destroyer, Legion and Guardian Raid, Class Tuning, Challenge Guardian Raids, Guild Activities and More!By Starym
Here comes the huge May update reveal as Amazon share everything that's coming this month, and it's a lot! First off while we don't have a definitive date, it seems very likely we'll see the update either on the 19th (when the current guardian raid event finishes) or the week after that.
As for content, we have the very first Legion raid, Valtan, Deskaluda guardian, the reworked Destroyer class, Challenge guardian raids, a new skin wardrobe shop, new PvE and PvP guild activities, new quests and world activities, class tuning, and much, much more!
May Update (Source)
Heroes of Arkesia,
In last month’s April & May Roadmap, we gave a first look at what you could expect in May’s major update. In that article, we discussed our approach of monitoring player progression and feedback to find the correct release timing for more end-game content, such as the Valtan Legion Raid and the Deskaluda Guardian Raid. After closely monitoring alongside Smilegate RPG, we feel that enough of our player base has reached the item level needed to participate (or is within easy striking distance to get there over the next few weeks) and have decided this is the right time for these activities to enter the western shores of Arkesia.
It is never our goal for players to feel they need to pay to progress, and players who haven’t reached the item levels required to participate shouldn’t feel pressured— continue to enjoy the journey of exploration and challenging yourself at your own pace. For newer players eager to hit the high levels required to participate in end-game activities, we hope that the Express Event Missions and extension of the Guardian Raid Event to May 19 will help you progress while still teaching the vast variety of mechanics and game modes in Lost Ark. As existing fans of Lost Ark know, there are still many new activities, challenges, enemies, and more that have yet to be released, and we can’t wait to bring more experiences to Arkesia. We’re excited to introduce the first Legion Raid this month and can’t wait to witness your battles against this legendary foe. With that, let’s dive into the content arriving in May.
Legion Raid - Valtan (Normal & Hard Modes)
Valtan will introduce the first Legion Raid into the western version of Lost Ark. Legion Raids are difficult team-based activities that require teamwork to understand and execute the strategy necessary to counter each Legion Commander's unique characteristics, abilities, and mechanics. As Legion Raids are challenging and take time, there are gates (or checkpoints) that will save player's progress as they advance through the Raid. Valtan is an eight-player Legion raid, has 2 gates, and introduces a swathe of new mechanics. Players will need to be item level 1415 to attempt normal difficulty, and 1445 for hard. The Valtan Legion Raid will also introduce a new rarity for gear - “Relic”. Relic gear can be crafted from materials earned in the raid. It provides more impactful armor and weapon bonuses, alongside bigger stat bonuses and more engraving nodes on accessories.
Deskaluda Guardian Raid
Guardians are powerful entities that can tip the scales toward good or evil. A new Guardian will arise and must be vanquished before they usher in an age of darkness. Deskaluda will require an item level of 1415 to attempt. As with the other Guardian Raids, you can attempt to vanquish Deskaluda alone, with a party, or matchmake with up to three other heroes. Similar to the rewards in the Valtan Legion Raid, players will also have a chance to earn Relic quality accessories from defeating Deskaluda.
Destroyer Advanced Class
We’ve talked about the cataclysmic impact that Warriors have on the battlefield, but nothing embodies this better than the hammer-wielding Destroyer. Armed with a variety of skills centered around charging into the heart of the fray, their hammer attacks are so catastrophically crushing that Destroyers can bend gravity to their will— slowing, launching, pushing and pulling enemies— whatever it takes to utterly, beyond a shadow of a doubt, destroy them. Dealing massive stagger damage, the Destroyer is a welcome addition to any party attempting to vanquish powerful foes. The Destroyer will join the Berserker, Paladin, and Gunlancer as the fourth Warrior Advanced Class.
Additional May Content
Challenge Guardian Raids
Challenge Guardian Raids will add a new weekly activity for players looking for a challenge. Each week, players can attempt to defeat three Challenge Guardians. Every Guardian has their own required item level to enter, and each week one Guardian will rotate out, replaced by a different foe. Differing from a normal Guardian Raid, Challenge Guardian Raids will apply ‘Scale of Balance’ so that your characters’ item level will be adjusted appropriately to that of their enemy. Additionally, players cannot use the Battle Workshop in the raid region. However, with increased challenge comes increased rewards. Rewards for each Challenge Guardian can be obtained once per roster, per week, and offer more diverse rewards than normal Guardian Raids.
New Quests & Open World Activities
South Vern Activities - Chaos Line Hard Mode, Thunderwings Field Boss, the South Vern Chaos Gate, South Vern Ghost Ship, and South Vern Chaos Dungeons will all be arriving in Arkesia.
Wild Wings Island - Arkesia is a vast land, filled with a myriad of menacing and sometimes, well, less-menacing threats. Seeking revenge for eating their friends and family, Crispy Golden Chickings are planning to raid the island. Players turn into a chicken or beer to battle the Chicking boss to earn event coins. The quicker you defeat waves of enemies, the quicker more Chickings appear and the more coins you can earn! Wild Wings Island is a new event island where players can participate in co-op quests or join solo to help suppress this unique uprising.
New Guild Activities
While being in a guild has been a helpful source of finding raid groups and providing benefits like the guild shop, new PvE and PvP guild activities will be arriving in May. Issue challenges across Arkesia to control guild bases to prove your guild is the best around.
Island Siege - A PvP guild activity that allows you to battle other guilds in PvP combat. Your ranking is determined by how many points you earn from capturing objectives and defeating enemy players. Earn rewards and perks like gems, accessories, ability stones and more.
Raid Match - Enter a base with your guild and challenge the powerful Sylmael Devourer. Once summoned, you’ll have limited-time to cooperate with your guild and quickly destroy the Sylmael Devourer. The faster you kill, the more you move up in the guild rankings.
If you’re not in a guild yet, time to start searching! You can use the [Alt-U] hotkey or find the guild menu on the list of menus by pressing escape. Once there, if you’re not in a guild, you can browse through and apply! Many awesome Lost Ark content creators also have series of guilds for their communities, so make sure to see if there are guilds for any communities or friend groups you might already be a part of.
We heard players wanted more skins, so we’re adding a month of Neria’s Wardrobe alongside the normal store updates that will happen in May. Neria’s Wardrobe is a limited-time skin shop that sells individual skins (head, chest, pants, etc.), and will be around for roughly a month. Players can buy individual items for their character, such as snapback hats, t-shirts, jeans, fit and flare dresses, and more. Your character will be modeling modern fashion while fighting epic bosses.
Quality of Life Updates
May will also introduce a bunch of quality of life changes, including front and back attack indicators, the ability to check daily & weekly content participation in a new menu, UI updates, improved party finder & party invites, updated loot dismantling, convenience features for Market/Auction House, and a few fun features, like being able to randomly summon favorited mounts and new hairstyles for customization!
Balance Tuning & Updates
Including a recent rework of the Destroyer Advanced Class to increase his impact on the battlefield, Smilegate RPG recently released a balance patch on many of the Advanced Classes to tune, update, and further define these classes’ roles on the battlefield. We’ll provide more specifics for players unfamiliar with these changes in the release notes, but you can look forward to these changes coming to Arkesia alongside the Destroyer.
We’re excited for the new activities coming to Arkesia later in May, seeing players attempt the first Legion Raid, participate in more end-game content, and watching Guild vs. Guild action ramp up. We know that players are always curious what’s on the horizon. Now that we’ve locked in Valtan, Deskaluda, & more end-game content for May, we’ll be taking a look at the roadmap for summer and share a glance later this month at our plans. As always, we’ll continue monitoring player data and feedback into our decision making, and look forward to hearing your thoughts.
We appreciate and thank you for your continued support as we progress on this adventure together!