Combat Readiness Gunlancer Skill Guide for Lost Ark

Last updated on Apr 02, 2023 at 12:00 by Lavender 1 comment

The Gunlancer uses both a gunlance and a shield to both destroy their enemies and protect their allies. Gunlancers come jam-packed with an arsenal of support actions, as well high damaging skills, making it versatile in all environments. Gunlancer comes in two playstyles, Combat Readiness and Lone Knight.


Combat Readiness: Skill Descriptions, Tripods, Gems and Runes

Gunlancer's skills are split between either Normal (blue) skills or Gunlance (red) skills. While using Combat Readiness Icon Combat Readiness, our Normal skills are buffed by a flat amount, making them more potent to use. Due to this, we typically run almost entirely blue skills.


Normal Skills

The blue Skills in a Gunlancer's kit tend to be the more diversive skills. These Normal skills provide us with our synergy buffs, our taunt, and the ability to shield and cleanse the party. Most of them come with some type of mobility as well.

  • Bash Icon Bash: This is effectively your spam skill. It should be used on cooldown to maintain the buff it gives, Armor Destruction Icon Armor Destruction. It also serves as a counter, but should never be held for that purpose, sinice we have another counter in our kit, explained below.
  • Shield Charge Icon Shield Charge: Deals a moderate amount of damage, but it's main perk is how mobile it makes us. The cooldown on this is short enough to make this a reliable form of mobility.
  • Shield Bash Icon Shield Bash: Short cooldown skill that deals a high amount of Stagger damage to the target. Make sure this is up for stagger checks, but otherwise use on cooldown for damage.
  • Leap Attack Icon Leap Attack: Another high-mobility skill, but also one of our two big burst skills. In the build we've put together, we've opted for using Shockwave Icon Shockwave, but Electric Field Icon Electric Field is also a viable option. Just keep in mind, the enemy will need to sit in the puddle you leave for it to be effective.
  • Guardian's Thunderbolt Icon Guardian's Thundercrack: Recently revamped, this skill deals the most damage in our entire build. The range on this skill is pretty big, but it's usually not even a consideration since the rotation has you use Leap Attack Icon Leap Attack prior to Guardian's Thunderbolt Icon Guardian's Thundercrack.
  • Shout of Hatred Icon Shout of Hatred: Every burst window should start with this attack, ideally with Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance off to generate Shield Meter, then toggled on to take advantage of Barricade Icon Barricade and to gain stacks from your class engraving. This skill provides one of the best synergy buffs in the game with Open Weakness Icon Open Weakness and also functions as your taunt, allowing you to get your front positionals with ease.
  • Nelasia's Energy Icon Nelasia's Energy: At base, this skill provides a 25% damage reduction to all party members, but this skill is capable of doing so much more. Shout of Purification Icon Shout of Purification serves as a party wide cleanse for tripod row two, while row three has the option between a party wide shield or a party wide Attack Speed buff. The majority of the time you will want to take the shield, but if you know your group doesn't need it, feel free to take the synergy instead.
  • Shield Shock Icon Shield Shock: Not widely used, but can be taken if you don't need a counter with Dash Upper Fire Icon Dash Upper Fire. Gunlancer's are expected to counter by the community, so don't expect to take this and people not notice. Very situational.

Gunlance Skills

Combat Readiness Icon Combat Readiness doesn't use very many of these. Your build can handle at most two Gunlance skills and still function, but in order for that to work you need to be willing to give up Nelasia's Energy Icon Nelasia's Energy. Most builds will only contain a single red skill.

  • Dash Upper Fire Icon Dash Upper Fire: By far the most common choice, as it serves as a reliable counter with added mobility. We take Excellent Mobility Icon Excellent Mobility for this reason. The only reason you drop this skill is if a counter is not needed in your group. An example of this would be something like Gate 1 or Gate 3 of Argos.
  • Counter Gunlance Icon Counter Gunlance: On Solo Knight Icon Lone Knight this skill makes Gunlancer extremely sturdy, but the fact is, Combat Readiness Icon Combat Readiness just doesn't need it due to the uptime on Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance.
  • Fire Bullet Icon Fire Bullet: Should only be used for fights where Weak Point damage is required. Even then, you may only be speeding a fight up by a small amount in exchange for not having a reliable counter and/or losing access to a party shield.

Awakening Skills

While most classes in this game have a definite Awakening to choose from for a specific engraving, Gunlancer can freely cycle between theirs given the situation and needs of the group.

  • Guardian's Protection Icon Guardian's Protection: Possibly one of the most abusable Awakenings in the game, this skill places a large bubble on the ground that party members can stand in to receive 40% damage reduction on top of Super Armor. If you want to see how strong this is, use this during Deskaluda when the green tethers attach to your party members. Fair warning, people tend to not know what this does, or they don't expect it to happen and will still run away from it when it's used. May be worth pinging people to stand in it when it's placed.
  • Lance of Judgment Icon Lance of Judgment: Pretty straight forward, provides a 10% Crit Rate buff to all party members inside of it's radius for 10 seconds. Either plan the usage out with a premade, or try to use this after a boss has been knocked down after a stagger check to make sure people abuse the buff entirely.


Below is a table consisted of recommended tripods for each skill. Prioritize tripods that either buff your damage, or the tripods on your heavier hitting Normal skills, with the goal of having 18 max level tripods.
Skill Name Tripod 1 Tripod 2 Tripod 3
Bash Armor Destruction Icon Armor Destruction (N/A) Ready Attack Icon Ready Attack (High) Bell Strike Icon Bell Strike N/A (Optional)
Shield Charge Enhanced Strike Icon Enhanced Strike (Low) Quick Pace Icon Quick Pace (Low) Destruction Charger Icon Destruction Charger (Low)
Shield Bash Nimble Movement Icon Nimble Movement (Low) Weak Point Detection Icon Weak Point Detection (Medium) Additional Hit Icon Additional Hit (Medium)
Leap Attack Quick Prep Icon Quick Prep (High) Shockwave Icon Shockwave (High) Low Shock Icon Low Shock (High)
Guardian's Thundercrack Weak Point Detection Icon Weak Point Detection (High) Tough Strike Icon Tough Strike (High) Lightning Stalk Icon Lightning Stalk (High)
Shout of Hatred Quick Prep Icon Quick Prep (High) Shield Icon Shield (Low) Open Weakness Icon Open Weakness (N/A)
Nelasia's Energy Quick Prep Icon Quick Prep (High) Shout of Purification Icon Shout of Purification (N/A) Survive Icon Survive (Medium)
Dash Upper Fire Excellent Mobility Icon Excellent Mobility (N/A) Wide Hit Icon Wide Hit (N/A) Optional (N/A)










  • 02 Apr. 2023: Guide Added
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