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The Spring update release date is here and it's close, as we'll be seeing the new Hanumatan Guardian and Brelshaza Hard mode with next week's maintenance! The full update notes will arrive next week.
April Update (Source)
The Hanumatan Level 6 Guardian Raid and Brelshaza Hard Mode bring Ancient quality gear and accessories to Lost Ark next week in the April 12 Spring Update!
The Solar Guardian Hanumatan is hallowed in Anikka. The martial artists of Anikka followed Hanumatan's movements to develop a martial art. A powerful force of destruction in the Chain War 500 years ago, Hanumatan has sensed chaos looming in Arkesia and has woken from a long slumber.
After spectating the state of the world with dispassionate eyes, he has come to a conclusion: Humans are the enemies endangering Arkesia. Hanumatan must be stopped, before his cold and furious wrath destroys every life form on Arkesia. Challenging Hanumatan in a Guardian Raid will require Item Level 1540, and like Brelshaza Hard Mode, Ancient accessories can be earned by successful parties.
Interested in learning about ongoing progression events to catch up? Check out the Preparing for Brelshaza Hard Mode article. Brelshaza Hard Mode and Hanumatan aren’t the only content set to arrive on April 12— stay tuned to PlayLostArk.com and our social media channels for the full list of new content, cosmetics, and quality of life updates in next week's Release Notes. Until then, we'll see you in Arkesia!
Amazon have shared all the details on both the new Artist subclass and the many new events coming with the March update on the 15th! We'll have three events going when the new support class arrives, with another Punika Powerpass, Hyper Express event and a Story express event, as well as a new Engraving Support system on top!
Artist and Events (Source)
Heroes of Arkesia,
On March 15 the Artist Class will arrive in Arkesia accompanied by special progression events in the March “Art of War” Update. The Artist is capable of tactical versatility with illusion powers from her brush, and specializes in supporting her team. With her magical brush and flowing ink, the Artist can either choose to attack foes directly or summon holy beasts by painting them. While the Artist's attack power is on the low side, she is capable of providing strong support to allies, and rescuing them from peril with her illusion powers— making her a welcome member of any party. The Artist is the first Advanced Class an entirely new class category; Specialists, who will have more than one appearance in 2023.
Before we dive into the class specifics and details on the progression events, we have a quick note if you missed our original announcement about bringing the Artist to the West.
We know there’s been a lot of speculation in the Lost Ark community on how the Artist Class would arrive in the Western version of Lost Ark, and we want to be transparent with players excited for its release. Previously, we’ve stated that there may be some content in the original version of the game that gets adapted for Western audiences. While our goal is to preserve the authenticity of the original game, we also work with Smilegate RPG to make localization updates to ensure the game feels approachable and representative of our Western players. Nothing gameplay-related will change for the Artist Class, but some skins will be modified to better fit Western norms. Specifically, skins with short skirts will have shorts added underneath the skirt, and other skins will have adjusted pant lengths or tights added. We will be working to preserve the original spirit of the skins when applying these changes to ensure players will have a variety of compelling customization options for this uniquely versatile class.
The Artist can fill the Harmony Meter Identity Gauge by landing skills on foes, filling up three Harmony Orbs. Harmony Orbs can be used to cast Moonfall and Sunrise. These two Identity Skills do not have a cooldown.
Moonfall - (Uses 2 Orbs) Strike the ground with a powerful stroke. Temporarily increase Outgoing Damage of all party members within 24 meters.
Sunrise - (Uses 1 Orb) Focus energy and summon a Sun Marble at the target location within 10 meters, which recovers HP. Up to 3 Sun Marbles can be summoned at once, and each Sun Marble lasts for 60s.
As an Advanced Class, the Artist features two unique Class Engravings. Full Bloom improves her support capabilities, while Recurrence bolsters her offense.
When casting Sunrise, the energy spreads to recover the HP of Party Members within 24 meters of the Artist and Sun Marble:
Level 1 - Recovers up to 7% of the Artist's Max HP.
Level 2 - Recovers up to 11% of the Artist's Max HP.
Level 3 - Recovers up to 15% of the Artist's Max HP.
Upon using Moonfall or Sunrise, gain an effect that temporarily increases the Artist's Critical Hit Rate and Critical Damage:
Level 1 - Increases Critical Hit Rate by 6% and Critical Damage by 20% for 60 seconds.
Level 2 - Increases Critical Hit Rate by 9% and Critical Damage by 30% for 60 seconds.
Level 3 - Increases Critical Hit Rate by 12% and Critical Damage by 40% for 60 seconds.
Stroke: Ink Shower - Concentrate dimensional power into the brush and inflict Damage as you spread your energy.
Stroke: Sprinkle - Concentrate dimensional energy into the brush and then inflict Damage to foes in a cone-shaped area up to 9 meters away.
Stroke: Hopper - Ride the brush and bounce up, draw an arc, and then travel 6 meters. Inflicts Damage to foes around the landing spot before knocking them down. Can be used up to 3 times in a row.
Stroke: One Stroke - Channel dimensional power into the brush and unleash it 12 meters forward to inflict Damage and knock down foes.
Stroke: Upward Stroke - Lunge 2 meters in the target direction and draw a large circle to inflict Damage and send foes airborne. This skill can be used twice in a row.
Paint: Inkrise - Summon an ink swamp within 12 meters of the target location that lasts for 4s. Targets in the swamp receive Damage every 0.5s and suffer Move Speed reduction for 2s.
Paint: Butterfly Dream - Draw orchids and butterflies that inflict Damage to foes up to 8 meters ahead of you. After the butterflies fly forward to inflict Damage, draw orchids and butterflies a second time to deal the same amount of Damage again.
Paint: Drawing Orchids - Unfold a 14-meter-long Artist's Scroll in front of you and push foes back with Damage, then inflict Damage every 0.5s a total of 6 times.
Paint: Pouncing Tiger - Summon a black tiger with the dimensional energy imbued in the ink to inflict Damage and knock foes down.
Paint: Moonsketch - Make a drawing on the ground at the target location within 12 meters for 2s, that unleashes an explosion to inflict Damage and lift foes into the air.
Paint: Starry Night - Concentrate dimensional power into the brush to change the space and inflict Damage every second for 0.6s on foes within a 6-meter radius up to 5 times.
Paint: Door of Illusion - Create a dimensional opening at the target location within 12 meters to teleport one party member to your location. The dimensional opening lasts for 10s, allowing party members to interact with it and travel as far as 32 meters. The transported party member generates a shield that absorbs Damage for 6s.
Paint: Ink Well - Leap and smash the ground with the brush for Damage, then create a puddle of ink that lasts for 3.5s. The ink puddle inflicts Damage over 12 hits, then launches foes in the air upon expiration, dealing additional Damage.
Paint: Sun Well - Create an Artist's Scroll at the target location within 10 meters. The Artist's Scroll lasts 4s, inflicting Damage every 0.5s. Instantly recovers partial MP for all party members within 24m.
Paint: Crane Wing - Draw and summon a crane that attacks foes.
Paint: Sunsketch - Gather dimensional energy into the brush and inflict Damage to nearby foes. Incoming Damage is reduced for all party members within 24 meters.
Masterwork: Spectacle - Summon an 8-meter-wide Artist's Scroll and start drawing to deal Damage 5 times. Any foes caught in the attack are then lifted into the air for additional Damage and inflicted with critical resistance reduction and movement speed reduction.
Masterwork: Efflorescence - Levitate in the swirl of flower petals and inflict Damage to foes within 24 meters. Grant a shield (absorbs Damage) to every ally within range. The Artist also gains 2 Harmony Orbs upon use.
The following Punika Powerpass, Hyper Express Plus, and Story Express progression events will all run from March 15 to June 14. Unlike prior progression events, this update’s character designation and mission periods are the same.
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 this version of the Punika Powerpass, you'll receive Item Level 1340 gear.
Hyper Express Plus
Pairing well with the Punika Powerpass, players will be able to designate one character between item Level 1340 and 1445 on their roster to participate in the Hyper Express Plus Event, where they’ll earn honing materials to quickly level up to Item Level 1445 and beyond. The designated character will earn rewards every 15 Item Levels up to 1445, including a wealth of Silver, honing materials, Gems, Engravings, and even a Legendary Card Selection Pack!
Engraving Support System
As a new feature available with the Hyper Express Plus, the Engraving Support system lets players choose 4 engravings to be in effect at level 3 during the event. Here’s how to get started:
After selecting a Hyper Express Plus character, the Engraving Support button will light up.
Click the Engraving Support button to open the Engraving Support page and select your 4 desired Engravings.
Press the Activate Engraving Support button to start using their effects.
The effects of Engraving Support will also be shown in your Character Profile.
Clear story missions to level up a character from Item level 1 to Item level 1340 and earn rewards like Item Level 1340 Argos Legendary Gear that will help you progress even further. With progression to Item Level 1340, the Story Express event also sets you up to take advantage of Hyper Express Plus and more easily get any new character up to Item Level 1445.
Any character that has not yet completed the ‘On the Border’ quest from Rethamis can become a designated Story Express character. Select Story Express Character through the ‘Event Quest’ window and clear story missions for valuable progression materials. Story completion rewards include Crystalline Aura (14 days), Epic Class Engraving Recipe Selection Pouch, Epic Combat Engraving Recipe Selection Pouch, and additional honing materials. Skipped quests via a Powerpass or Knowledge Transfer will not offer Story Express completion rewards.
You can only have one designated Story Express character per account. If you delete your Story Express character, you will not be able to designate another one.
New & Returning Log-in Bonuses
This upgraded log-in reward track will support new and returning players with 15 days of rewards to help kickstart their journey through Arkesia. It includes new and improved bonuses including Engraving Recipe Selection Chests (Uncommon to Legendary), a variety of Honing Material Selection Chests, Pheons, and a Legendary - Epic Card Pack.
The Artist and the progression events aren’t all we have planned for the March Update— the 48v48 PvP Tulubik Battlefield releases along with quality of life updates, balance changes, new events, cosmetics, and the third Ark Pass! Stay tuned to PlayLostArk.com and our social media channels for the full list of updates in next week's Release Notes. Until then, we'll see you in Arkesia.
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!
The next big patch arrived to lost Ark on Wednesday, with the huge Brelshaza Legion raid, Summoner class, Caliligos Guardian raid, new tier 3 gear and progression materials, Festivity Island, store updates and a LOT more.
Patch Notes (Source)
Heroes of Arkesia,
The December “Wreck the Halls” Update arrives in Arkesia tomorrow. Downtime for the update will begin on December 14 at 12AM PDT (8AM UTC) and is expected to last 4 hours. The road to Brelshaza concludes tomorrow, when the cunning and ruthless Phantom Legion Commander arrives. Brelshaza isn’t the only powerful force arriving in Arkesia— Caliligos, the master of lighting, is available to challenge in a new Guardian Raid, and the Summoner Advanced Class adds a new powerful tool for any player looking to bolster their roster. The new content doesn’t stop with the new raids and a new Advanced Class. New Tier 3 Progression Materials, higher level South Vern ‘Void’ Chaos Dungeons, and Hard T3 Cube & Boss Rush activities (Item Level 1490) arrive along with a new Neria’s Wardrobe, a festive Holiday Event, and a new accessory type; the Bracelet. Find the full list of new content, events, cosmetics, and other updates below!
Brelshaza Legion Raid
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’s known to charm her enemies and inflict them with awful hallucinations. With so many encounters, the Item Level requirements rise every two gates. Here's where your gear will need to be to challenge Phantom Legion Commander Brelshaza:
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
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. A special training ground for the Brelshaza Legion Raid will also be opened in Trixion. Phantom Marks will be introduced along with the Legion Raid, along with a new page becoming available at the Legion Raid Exchange NPC where Phantom Marks can be exchanged for rewards.
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. The Summoner will join the Bard, Sorceress, and Arcanist as the fourth Mage Advanced Class. Learn more about the Summoner’s Class Identity, Skills, and Engravings in the Summoner Lost Ark Academy.
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.
Tier 3 Activity & Progression Updates
New T3 Gear & progression materials have been added. A new Relic gear set can be crafted from materials earned in the Brelshaza Legion Raid. Requirements for crafting the new set: Item Level 1490 and complete the "Kill the Legion Commanders and leave the gear behind" achievement, which requires: Regardless of the set, equip 6 pieces of Demon Beast and Covetous Legion Commander Relic gear at the same time.
The new Relic gear can be honed up to Lv. 20, raising the maximum Item Level from 1575 to 1590. The honing success rate will be different from existing Legion Raid gear.
The new Relic gear has the same set effect as existing Legion Raid Relic gear.
If you gear transfer an existing Legion Raid Relic gear piece into the new Relic gear, the gear quality will also be transferred. If the gear to transfer into has a higher quality, the quality will stay the same. Artisan's Energy, honing XP, and increase in success rate after fail are not transferred. After transfer is complete, the gear that you used will have a honing level of 0.
Added new progression materials that can be used to hone the new Relic gear set:
Marvelous Honor Leapstone
Superior Oreha Fusion Material
The new progression materials can be earned from the new Void Chaos Dungeons, Caliligos Guardian Raid, Challenge Guardian Raid, Challenge Abyssal Dungeon, Stronghold Crafting and Research, the Brelshaza Legion Raid, and Una’s Quests.
T3 Hall of the Sun (Hard) Boss Rush and T3 Dimension Cube (Hard) both arrive in the Wreck the Hall Update. Both requiring Item Level 1490 for entry, these new difficulties will challenge heroes with a gauntlet of new enemies— but with bigger challenge comes bigger rewards.
Added two new South Vern Void Chaos Dungeons. With new progression materials, Bracelets, along with the standard Chaos Dungeon rewards, there’s plenty of rewards for clearing the new Void levels. Item Level requirements:
Void 1 - Item Level 1490
Void 2 - Item Level 1520
New Bracelet Accessory
The new Bracelet accessory increases character stats, and has perks, but doesn’t have Engravings slotted into it like other accessories. Bracelets have fixed bonuses and granted bonuses. Fixed bonuses are granted at random when you obtain a bracelet and cannot be changed. Granted bonuses can be added or changed through Bracelet Specialist NPC, who can be found in major cities across Arkesia! Bracelets can be earned from the Brelshaza Legion Raid, Caliligos Guardian Raid, and South Vern’s new Void Chaos dungeon.
Bot Prevention Updates
We know that bots have been causing frustration within the community, and we share in that frustration. As we wage the war on bots infiltrating Arkesia, we’re continuing to try new methods. In this update, we’ve worked together with Smilegate RPG on new prevention measures.
To prevent bots from negatively impacting the player-driven economy, we’ve updated the list of economic and social systems restricted from accounts that haven’t achieved a trusted status in Lost Ark. Previously, untrusted accounts were prevented from accessing economic and social features such as initiating player-to-player trades and sending player mail. With the prevention updates, untrusted accounts will now be restricted from the Auction House, Market, Loot Auctions, Stronghold Gifting, and all player-to-player trading. We’ve banned millions of bot accounts over the past few months, and have additional ban waves planned to purge existing bot accounts.
The path to earn trusted status won’t change, and these updates will only affect newly created accounts after the update. Existing Lost Ark players will not be impacted. New adventurers arriving in Arkesia can earn their trusted status in multiple ways, and can choose the path that’s right for them. The first option is for new players to enable the Steam Guard mobile authenticator, and have a Steam profile that’s no longer a ‘Limited User’ account. This is an easy path that won’t require making any Lost Ark purchases. Alternatively, new players can also receive trusted status by making any purchase in Lost Ark through either Steam or Amazon. You can learn more about the Steam Guard mobile authenticator here, and learn about Steam’s trusted status here.
Two other updates are also included in this update to prevent bots from negatively impacting the player-driven economy:
Converted some quest rewards from Gold to Silver.
Added a daily 20 item registration limit per Roster for the Auction House and Market.
As we continue our quest to rid Arkesia of bots, we understand it may affect new players who install after the update. We’re keeping a close eye out for feedback, so please continue to share your experiences with us on the forums. We appreciate your patience as we continue working to bring the best possible Lost Ark experience to our players.
Celebrate the holidays on Festivity Island in a new event! Use the Ocean Liner for express travel to the new island, and help Turry the Polar Bear with a variety of quests. Earn Joytide Stars and Joytide Twilight Stars by completing event quests, that you can trade for special items and valuable rewards during the event, and Snowflake Powder that can be used to bake a special Stronghold feast. During the event period, bake a Winter Festival Cake in your Stronghold and share the feast! Visit Chef Hyde of the Stronghold and click on the "Order Cooking Meal" tab to request "Feast: Winter Festival Cake" from the feast menu.
Added the Phantom Ghost Ship requiring Item Level 1490 off the northwest coast of South Vern.
Added a new track of daily log-in rewards.
Added Kakul-Saydon to the list of Legion Raids eligible for Procyon’s Protection.
Updated Tier 3 activities to support the new Tier 3 progression materials, including Challenge Guardian Raid rewards, Challenge Abyssal Dungeon rewards, Stronghold Crafting and Research, and Una’s Quest rewards for players that have reached Item Level 1490.
Get cozy and warm with a new winter-themed Neria’s Wardrobe, or more formal with the Festival and Ball skins. Celebrate the Summoner’s release with an exclusive Summoner Skin, the Summoner Dawn skins, and special packages found in the in-game store. With new mounts, and pets, and Stronghold Structures, there are plenty of new cosmetics showcased below!
New Neria’s Wardrobe
Festival and Ball Skins
Magic Bed Mount
Cloaked Fox & Nutcracker Pets
A Small Village in Snow Wallpaper
Holiday Stronghold Structures
Notable Bug Fixes
Fixed an issue causing some skins to now be shown in the Skin Storage menu when sorting by set.
Fixed an issue with the Reaper's Identity Gauge tooltip.
Fixed an issue causing the voice over audio to be missing during the "Proud Memories of Adventure" Stronghold quest.
Fixed a missing quest after finishing “Before Going on an Adventure”.
Fixed an issue that prevented players from accessing the 9th stage of Ancient Elveria after destroying certain props.
Fixed an issue causing missing VO for a female character in the "Crown of Lakebar" quest.
Fixed an issue that prevents a crocodile on Volare Island from taking damage.
Fixed an issue that prevented the Starving Ghoul in Ancient Elveria from attacking players.
Fixed an issue that caused PvP bot names to be mentioned twice in the lobby for custom Proving Grounds matches.
Fixed an issue occasionally preventing players from loading into an instance when the entrance confirmation was accepted immediately after it was displayed.
Fixed an issue causing "LS" to not function in some scenarios while using a controller.
That’s everything in the Wreck the Halls Update - but keep an eye out for exclusive Twitch Drops every Thursday that keep the rewards coming! In the meantime, we’ll see you in Arkesia.
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: