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There's a lot going on in January, as Amazon just announced a huge bot banwave which affected the game's concurrent player stats, and next week brings the Witcher crossover event, featuring a brand new island with quests and characters from the franchise, not to mention the cosmetics (including free ones, Twitch drops, and store items)!
Heroes of Arkesia,
This week, many players have noticed a drop off in the number of concurrent users displayed in Lost Ark’s Steam stats. This change is the direct result of a roll out of a significant number of bot account bans, which utilized new and highly-effective tactics to target and remove bots from the game.
Players should expect these bot bans to have a positive impact on gameplay, including improved Market and Auction House experiences, decreased lag in heavily populated areas, and fewer bots present in the game.
In the coming months, we will continue to deploy large scale bot ban waves, implementing new methods of identifying and actioning against bots en masse. We will keep players updated about the deployment and impacts of these ban waves as they occur.
Thank you for your patience as we continue working to improve Lost Ark.
And the big Witcher January event:
Witcher Event (Source)
A beautiful island’s festivities have been interrupted by a mystifying vortex. Uncovering the mysteries will lead to encounters with iconic characters from The Witcher on an all-new island and in new event quests! The Lost Ark x The Witcher collaboration and event will begin on January 18 after weekly maintenance, and run until February 22.
As you work with Geralt, Ciri, Dandelion, Yennefer, and Triss through a series of story and daily quests, a variety of Witcher themed items are available as rewards. Quest rewards include Witcher Potions, 3 Jukebox songs, a new Card Set featuring 5 Witcher Characters, a Stronghold structure, Emoticons & Selfie Stickers, and even a Title!
Unlock the all-new event island by speaking with the Guild Investigator in major cities. Participating in the event requires completion of the [Set Sail!] Main Story Quest, which unlocks the ability to sail around Arkesia. With Main Quests & Daily Quests to be completed, players can use the Ocean Liner for quick trips to White Wolf Haven Island.
Gear up like Geralt and Ciri with new Witcher Themed cosmetics found in the in-game store— from a wallpaper to weapon skins to full outfits that add Witcher hairstyles, you’ll strike fear into the heart of all monsters in Arkesia. These special cosmetics aren’t the only way to look Witchery in the new year; a unique Twitch Drop with Witcher-inspired Mokoko skins accompanies the January update. Visit our Twitch Drops page or tune into your favorite Lost Ark content creator on Twitch after the update releases to learn more.
Learn more about the upcoming event on the release page, and find some of the unique cosmetics showcased below!
Amazon have finally announced when we'll be getting the new and improved Tripod system, and it's next week! There are some important details on the change, as you'll want to store all your tripods so you don't lose them, and there's a few ways to take extra advantage of the switch as well. Read up on all the details of how the system works below.
Next week as a part of our November 16th Update, the Skill Tree Transfer System (often referred to as the Tripod System) will be updated. In this new system, Skill Tree Effects will no longer transfer to gear, and will instead transfer to your characters.
We will have full details on this system written out in our patch notes for the November Update, but wanted to let players know of a few changes with the system ahead of time.
First and foremost, as all Skill Tree Effects will be removed from your gear with this new system, it is important to store your Skill Tree Effects in your Skill Tree Inventory ahead of the November 16th update. Skill Tree Effects that are not stored in the Inventory will be lost.
In order to save your Skill Tree Effects, you will need to visit a [Transfer Skill Tree] vendor in a major city, click the “Inventory” button, and select your Skill Tree Effects from your gear to be saved in your inventory. Having your Skill Tree Effects saved in your Skill Tree Inventory will ensure that they are transferred over to the new system following the November Update. Please note that for any duplicate Skill Tree Effects that are saved, only the Skill Tree Effect of the highest level will be transferred over.
Because some classes have new skills that will replace older ones in this update, players will receive a compensation for those skills’ Skill Tree Effect. To receive compensation, the character must have a Lv. 2 or higher Skill Tree Effect for the impacted skill before the update. Compensation details will be included in next week’s patch notes.
Please also note that the new system will not require Skill Tree Inventory slots. Any Crystals used to purchase additional slots will not be refunded when the system changes, but all Skill Tree Effects stored in expanded Skill Tree Inventory slots will transfer to the new system. Please be aware of this if you are considering buying additional Skill Tree Inventory slots prior to the update.
If you want to learn how to take full advantage of the upcoming Skill Tree Transfer System changes and get a head start on learning about the upcoming system, check out these videos by some of our Lost Ark content creators:
Amazon have detailed the upcoming Reaper class, coming with next week's reset, as they go into its playstyle, the stealth element, as well as all the engravings and skills it has to offer. We're also getting both a Punika Powerpass and a Hyper Express event, so getting the Reaper up to speed should be no problem at all!
Heroes of Arkesia, On November 16, the Reaper Advanced Class will arrive in Arkesia. Reapers are true Assassins, and masters of stealth. From powerful back-attacks inflicted by their daggers to misleading opponents by vanishing and summoning clones, Reapers have a variety of tools at their disposal to vanquish whatever threat crosses their path.
The Reaper will join the Deathblade and Shadowhunter as the third Assassin Advanced Class. In this Lost Ark Academy, you’ll find information to see if the Reaper 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 into what the class is all about, here’s a note from Reaper expert Grenton on why the Reaper is his favorite class:
“Reaper was the first class that I picked up when I started playing Lost Ark about a year and a half ago. Even with the game releasing in the West I still regularly played my Reapers. The class is very unique in the way it moves and deals damage. It has the best sound design out of any class I've played and constantly keeps you on your toes. If you're looking for a fast-paced and rewarding class to play, you found her. She's the Reaper!”
Key Mechanics & Class Identity
The Reaper’s Class Identity is built around three Modes; Normal Mode, Persona Mode, and Chaos Mode.
While in Normal Mode, the Persona Meter fills up over time and each time a skill hits the target. When the Persona Meter is full, you can enter Persona Mode by pressing Z. The Chaos Meter increases upon every successful Dagger Skill and Shadow Skill hit while the Persona Meter is full. When the Persona Meter is full, enter Chaos Mode by filling up the Chaos Meter through continuously using Dagger and Shadow skills without pressing Z.
Summon a Shadow Illusion, become stealthy, and the gauge starts decreasing. The Shadow Illusion remains until you attack. You remain stealthy even if you use Movement or Stand Up skills while in stealth. In Persona Mode, Move Speed +30%, and you become stealthy, but are exposed to hostile adventurers within 4m. In Persona Mode, Swoop Skills Damage is increased by 25%, and the effect can be stacked up to 5 times depending on the duration of the Persona Mode. When you attack or the gauge is exhausted, you return to Normal Mode.
Crit Rate +15%. Move Speed +10%. Atk. Speed +10%. Chaos Mode initially lasts for 9s. If your Dagger Skills continuously hits a foe or if you use a Shadow Skill, the duration of Chaos Mode will be reset to 9s. At the end of Chaos Mode, the Chaos Meter gets reset and reverts back to a full Persona Meter.
Like other Advanced Classes, the Reaper has two unique Class Engravings that enhance different aspects of the class. The Hunger Class Engraving is focused around generating more Chaos Meter and dealing even more damage while in Chaos Mode. Lunar Voice is focused on landing huge Swoop attacks while in Persona Mode, granting immediate damage increases to Swoop instead of requiring stacks to be generated.
Level 1 - Chaos Meter +30%. Atk. Power +12% when the Chaos Meter is full.
Level 2 - Chaos Meter +30%. Atk. Power +18% when the Chaos Meter is full.
Level 3 - Chaos Meter +30%. Atk. Power +25% when the Chaos Meter is full.
Level 1 - Swoop Damage +120% instead of the Swoop Enhancement effect that stacks every 1s upon switching to Persona Mode.
Level 2 - Swoop Damage +140% instead of the Swoop Enhancement effect that stacks every 1s upon switching to Persona Mode.
Level 3 - Swoop Damage +160% instead of the Swoop Enhancement effect that stacks every 1s upon switching to Persona Mode.
The Reaper has three Skill categories; Dagger, Shadow, and Swoop skills. Dagger and Shadow skills are used to charge up Persona and Chaos Modes, and Swoop skills are heavily amplified by Persona— allowing the Reaper to unleash devastating attacks.
Nightmare - Throw a dagger at the target location to inflict Damage. Use the skill again and teleport behind the hit target if there is no obstacle between you and the foe. Move Speed +10% for 2s after teleportation.
Shadow Vortex - Gather strength and pull foes to you, inflicting Damage. Use the skill again to deliver a powerful spinning blow, inflicting Damage.
Spirit Catch - Perform a quick thrust forward to inflict Damage, then dart 4 meters in the same direction and deliver one final attack that knocks foes down for Damage.
Spinning Dagger - Move 5 meters forward as you throw daggers around you to inflict Damage, then slash at foes upon landing for Damage.
Piercing Blade - Perform 2 sharp thrusting attacks to inflict Damage. Use the skill again to deliver 2 more thrusts for Damage. Airborne foes are launched back into the air.
Reaper's Call - Madly hack at foes in front of you, attacking them 4 times for [Dark] Damage.
Phantom Dancer - Spin toward the target location and move 5 meters as you slash at foes for Damage. Use the skill again to move another 5 meters while pushing foes and attacking them for Damage.
Death Scythe - Quickly move 3 meters toward the target location and slash at foes 2 times for Damage. Use the skill again to perform another slash and inflict Damage, knocking foes down.
Distortion - Call forth the darkness of a twisted space to quickly move 10 meters forward, inflicting Damage to foes caught in the path. Inflict additional Damage to foes in your path upon landing. Ignore collisions with adventurers and Guardians.
Call of the Knife - Summon the Reaper's blade at the target location, inflicting Dark Damage to foes within a 3-meter radius. Foe Move Speed reduced temporarily. The Reaper's Sword pulls foes close as it inflicts Damage and explodes, inflicting Dark Damage. The Move Speed debuff can be stacked up to 5 times, causing temporary Fear in foes for max stack.
Shadow Storm - Move 2 meters forward and thrust your weapon to inflict Damage, then summon shadows to viciously cut and slice foes for Damage over 10 hits. Use Flurry to the end to move 6 meters forward and inflict Damage. Cancel Flurry midway to inflict Damage. Airborne foes are launched back into the air when hit and knocks them back.
Shadow Double - Summon a shadow clone at the target location that lasts for 6s. Use the skill again for you and your clone to throw a shuriken at the target location, inflicting [Dark] Damage.
Black Mist - Conceal yourself behind a dark shadow at the target location and attack foes as you move. While the skill is active, all incoming Damage -20%. Inflict Damage, and at 4 stacks, inflict Fear on foes for 2s. Ignore collisions with adventurers and monsters while moving.
Shadow Trap - Summon a shadow trap at your current position, then move 6 meters backward, detonating a shadow that inflicts Damage to foes within a 3-meter radius, stunning them for 2s.
Glowing Brand - Vanish in the air and move up to 8 meters toward the target location before striking down, inflicting Damage and launching foes airborne.
Rage Spear - Gather red shadow energy and thrust forward to inflict Damage and paralyze foes within an 8 meter radius.
Dance of Fury - Gather red shadow energy to quickly move forward, inflicting Damage. Inflict additional Damage to airborne foes. Perform another slash for Damage as you return to your position.
Silent Rage - Jump 3 meters backward and gather dark energy to shoot yourself forward, slashing foes for Damage and knocking them down as you move. Ignore collisions with adventurers and Normal monsters while moving.
Lunar Eclipse: Cadenza - Focus all shadow and lunar energy to summon a giant shadow area that inflicts Damage to nearby foes, pulling them close. The shadow clone jumps through foes, inflicting Damage, before creating a massive explosion that launches foes in the air for Damage.
Solar Eclipse: Requiem - Focus your mind and blend into the shadows for 4s. Use the skill again to sneak up to your foe in the shadows and deliver 3 strikes to inflict Damage, launching your foe in the air with the last strike. Become Stealthed again for 4s upon each strike, and you can still attack foes while you are not. Ignore collisions with adventurers and Guardians during skill use.
In next week’s update, the Reaper will release with two progression events, a Punika Powerpass and a Hyper Express Event that helps accelerate a character from Item Level 1302 to 1445.
Players will receive a Punika Powerpass after completing Punika's quest “Berver's Friend” during (or before) the event period. The Punika Powerpass will function like the North Vern Powerpasses available to players in the launch version of Lost Ark— once you’ve completed the storyline through that continent, you can use it to bring an alternate character to that point in the game. With the Punika Powerpass, you'll receive Item Level 1302 gear.
Players will be able to designate one character between item Level 1302 and 1445 on their roster to participate in the Hyper Express Event, where they’ll earn honing materials, and level up quickly to Item Level 1445. The designated character will earn rewards from missions when increasing their Item Level to 1445— which grants a particularly valuable reward.
Stay tuned to PlayLostArk.com and our social media channels for the full list of updates in next week's Release Notes (and some more Reaper tips from Grenton)! Until then, we'll see you in Arkesia.
This week's update brings season 2 of the Ark Pass, with tons of free stuff for players to (very easily) earn, as well as Chaos Dungeon, Stronghold and other fixes!
Weekly Update (Source)
Heroes of Arkesia,
All Lost Ark servers and regions will be taken offline on Wednesday, October 12th at 12 AM PT / 7 AM UTC / 9 AM CEST for our scheduled weekly maintenance. Downtime is estimated to last up to 4 hours and includes the following fixes:
Ark Pass Season 2 is arriving! Beginning on October 12th, players can complete missions in-game to earn rewards including honing material selection chests, pirate coins, and pheons! Players can also exchange Royal Crystals for the Premium Ark Pass, which will include additional rewards such as the Icebloom Deer Selection Chest, or the Super Premium Ark Pass, which includes the Respite and Glory Skin Set. Fixed an issue causing the Chaos Dungeon Rest Bonus value to be set to an invalid number on some characters. In cases where this is occurring, the Rest Bonus has been rounded up to the nearest 10. Withheld gold spent to craft items in the Stronghold will now be refunded as withheld gold if crafting is cancelled. This only applies to withheld gold spent; if non-withheld gold is spent to craft an item which is later cancelled, it will be refunded as non-withheld gold. Fixed an issue that caused the “/groupinvite” chat command to not function. Fixed an issue that caused the cutscene shown at the end of Naruna Hot Springs to repeat. During this time, the second round of server merges will also take place. Downtime for regions experiencing server merges is expected to take longer than our standard maintenance, with an estimation of up to 12 hours. Details about these server merges can be found here:
Amazon have shared their plans for Lost Ark for the rest of the year and beyond, with the biggest news being that Brelshaza is coming in December! We're also getting more raids (Mystic Abyss, Vykas Inferno, Achates Tiral Guardian) and progression events this month, the Reaper and Summoner classes by the end of the year, the new Caliligos Guardian raid, Ark Pass Season 2 and a lot more!
Heroes of Arkesia,
The Rage with the Machinist Update recently released a ton of new content in Arkesia with the Machinist Advanced Class, Kakul-Saydon Legion Raid, and new progression events— but we know players are eager to learn what’s arriving in the coming months, so let’s dive in. There are two main stories being told over the next three months as we look to close out 2022:
The next few months mark the road to the Brelshaza Legion Raid— one of the most challenging, unique, and beautifully dangerous raids in all of Lost Ark. As we head toward the climactic battle against the Phantom Legion Commander, new raids will be added in October for the heroes in Arkesia to hone their teamwork, skills, and ability to overcome unique mechanics, and new progression events to provide upgrade materials and progression opportunities. December will bring Brelshaza alongside a host of other content to end the year with a bang!
The release of both the Reaper and Summoner Advanced Classes over the next three months conclude our plan of releasing the first 21 Advanced Classes before other new (or future) classes are added and give new opportunities for players to fill out their rosters with their favorite playstyles.
The content and updates found below are some of the highlights we know players are eagerly awaiting, and is not a comprehensive list of every change arriving in Arkesia over the next few months. Stay tuned to our website and social channels for future release notes including the full list of new content, cosmetics, balance changes, events, bug-fixes, and more included in these updates.
New Event: Mystic Abyss Raid
The Guardian Mystic, formerly known as the Herald of Vairgrys and the Ark Carrier, has begun to cast dangerous mists from the permeated chaos and must be vanquished in this new, limited-time Abyss Raid. During the Abyss Raid event, 'Scale of Harmony' is applied, changing character stats to match the Guardian's level. Item Level 1302 or higher is required to battle Mystic, and an abundance of weekly rewards await those who rise to the challenge.
Vykas Legion Raid - Inferno Difficulty
The most difficult version of Legion Raids, the Inferno difficulty is all about proving you’re among the best of the best in Arkesia, and earning prestige. Rather than chasing the normal rewards of gear, materials, and everything else you’d receive in a Legion Raid, Inferno rewards instead showcase your victory with titles, achievements, Stronghold structures, and more! ‘Scale of Balance’ is applied, and the raid requires use of the Book of Coordination, so everyone’s gear is normalized against the level of your Legion Commander opponent. Entry into the Vykas Legion Raid Inferno difficulty will require Item Level 1460.
Achates Trial Guardian
A challenging experience akin to the Inferno difficulty of Legion Raids, the Achates Trial Guardian Raid can only be entered after setting up your build through the 'Book of Coordination'. If defeated, prestigious rewards of achievements and a Legendary Title will be earned by the vanquishing party to award prestige and celebrate their hard-fought victory.
Other Key Content
These 3 Raids aren’t the only thing arriving in October— players in San Diego can join us at Twitchcon (more details to come), and those in Arkesia can look forward to Arkpass Season 2, Neria’s Wardrobe Halloween Edition, the continuation of the September progression events, and Competitive Proving Grounds Season 2 will kick off at the end of the month!
Reaper Advanced Class
Reapers are true Assassins, and masters of stealth. From powerful back-attacks inflicted by their daggers to misleading opponents by vanishing and summoning clones, Reapers have a variety of tools at their disposal to vanquish whatever threat crosses their path.
Other Key Content
Tripod Transfer System Improvements which guarantee the transfer Tripods through a new “Amulet” material used for applying Skill Tripods, bring new notification improvements, Skill tree guide quest improvements, and add a Skill Tree Transfer mission in the 'Training Area'.
Balance Update including:
Changes to the Legion Raid Hallucination Gear Set Effect
Class balance updates to the Berserker, Destroyer, Scrapper, Soulfist, Glaivier, Artillerist, Sharpshooter, Gunslinger, Machinist, and Arcanist .
Stronghold Improvements, such as Interior decorations, a new Trophy System & Trophy Room, Gifting, the ability to place mounts & pets, Structure placement updates, new Jukebox music, HUD improvements and new mini-games.
The Mystic Abyss Raid Event will continue in the beginning of the month for players to continue to build their raid skills and earn valuable rewards as they push toward the slew of threats arriving in December, alongside a special progression event.
Summoner Advanced Class
Despite their delicate constitution, Summoners are a force to be reckoned with in any battle. They call forth elemental spirits to fight for them, each with their own special skills to help the Summoner shine in every situation. With a powerful variety of water, lightning, earth, and more unique attacks, the Summoner is a welcome addition to the roster of available Mage Advanced Classes.
Brelshaza Legion Raid (Phantom Astalgia: Déjà Vu & Normal Difficulty)
Face Brelshaza, Commander of the Phantom Legion in an immersive and challenging 8-player Legion Raid spanning 6 unique gates and encounters. The most cunning and ruthless of all the Legion Commanders, she is known to charm her enemies and inflict them with awful hallucinations. With so many encounters, the gates work differently and the Item Level requirements rise every two gates. Similar to the “Midnight Circus: Encore” difficulty of the Kakul-Saydon Legion Raid, an easier difficulty is available for players to practice the difficult encounters and mechanics.
Phantom Astalgia: Déjà Vu - Item Level 1430
Gates 1 & 2 - Item Level 1490
Gates 3 & 4 - Item Level 1500
Gates 5 & 6 - Item Level 1520
Caliligos Guardian Raid
Caliligos is the master of lightning, commanding blue lightning to bring his enemies to their knees. His wings are as swift as wind, and the power of blue thunderbolts concentrate in his horn, sharper than any spears, to pierce the hearts of his enemies. As a ruler of the skies, he was worshipped in the past as a god. But Caliligos is no god— he’s a cruel ruler of the sky and a ruthless guardian. Caliligos will join the gauntlet of Level 6 Guardians. The Item Level requirement to challenge Caliligos is 1490.
Other Key Content
The new content doesn’t stop with the new raids and a new Advanced Class! Higher level South Vern ‘Void’ Chaos Dungeons, and Hard T3 Cube & Boss Rush activities (Item Level 1490) will arrive along with Neria’s Wardrobe Pajama Edition, a festive Holiday Event, and a new accessory type— the Bracelet, which can be earned from the Brelshaza Legion Raid, Caliligos Guardian Raid, and South Vern’s new Void Chaos dungeon. The Bracelet increases character stats, but doesn’t have Engravings slotted into it like other accessories.
We’re excited to see players vanquish the myriad of threats arriving in the coming months as they grow their skills in challenging activities, and grow their rosters with new Advanced Classes and earn impactful rewards to help progression. In the meantime, stay tuned to our website, social channels, and the release notes for the full list of new content, store updates, events, bug-fixes, and more over the coming months. See you in Arkesia!