Lost Ark’s has fantastic classes and it lets you boost them to endgame

Few things in an RPG are as important as good class design, but it’s not easy to provide players with unique experiences that suit their own playstyle. And that’s exactly what makes classes in Lost Ark special. The new MMOARPG from the developers of Tripod Studio and Smilegate RPG is not only full of great classes and fantastic battles, but it also shows these classes better than in most games. This gives players plenty of ways to create new characters without getting too grindy.

It’s a top-down RPG similar to Diablo. Lost Ark includes five classes, a total of 15 advanced classes. The classes here are more like categories (marksman, berserker, martial artist, sorcerer, and assassin), while advanced classes are classes with special personalities and abilities – marksman, bard, sorceress, marksman, dismantler, battle dancer, marksman etc.

Unlike other MMOs, there are no strict tanks or supports here. There are some tougher characters (such as Gunlancer who can give himself a personal shield but lacks the dodge that other players have) and there are characters that can help allies (such as Bard and Paladin, who can give extra damage or shields their teammates). But everyone in Lost Ark can still do their fair share of damage.

However, each subclass seems to fill a specific niche. Riflemen do a lot of damage, but they are vulnerable during the attack and do little to no benefit to their team. All four advanced Martial Artist classes are designed to deal damage, but also offer additional benefits such as the ability to daze bosses or additional buffs to teammates.

Unfortunately, one of the most annoying features of the game is that subclasses are limited to the character’s gender. There can only be male Scrappers, but in order to play a Wardancer, you will have to play a female character. It’s a stupid system and a definite letdown, but it doesn’t detract from the overall experience of Lost Ark.

Good class design is imperfect alchemy. Each class is made up of dozens of different systems and ideas combined to create something that players will still enjoy after 100+ hours of play. Smilegate finds these systems all over the place, starting with the core abilities of the game. Most classes can use eight different abilities at the same time out of nearly 20 of their choice. While some builds can be significantly more optimal than others, each ability stacks with each other in a way that complements other abilities, either directly enhancing them or assisting them. Your cooldowns flow more smoothly. Lost Ark also offers dozens of ways to increase abilities, from engravings to tripods and runes.

It’s a dizzying amount of settings, and I still don’t fully understand all of these nuances, even after almost 100 hours. But that’s exactly what I want from an MMO. It’s a level of detail that lets me feel like I’m in control of the specifics of my classes and allows me to tweak and fiddle around with the perfect setup for each fight – even if it takes me a while to fully understand it all.

Moreover, all these skills interact with the abilities of teammates. There are shields, buffs, and debuffs, as well as positional spells that serve to push your team forward. For example, in a support class such as Lost Ark Bard can stand next to the Gunslinger if he sees that she is about to use a particularly destructive ability. Or Bard can throw a shield next to an ally who is about to get hit.

Even when players plan their attacks next to other players, they have a lot of little things of their own to think about. In addition to enhancing their own abilities, players can enhance certain spells by using them in different ways. Combo abilities have additional effects depending on how many parts of the ability the player uses – which they can select by simply pressing the ability key multiple times. Other skills deal more or less damage if players attack in front of or behind an enemy, making positioning a critical component to effectively playing your class.

All these little layers ensure that the players always have something to do, and in addition, the “correct” order to complete them. It’s a kind of infinite skill ceiling that makes Lost  Ark Classes are so much fun to play, no matter how much time you have already spent mastering them.

Even if you don’t use abilities in perfect order, each skill is still rewarding and worthwhile thanks to great gameplay effects and animations. In the midst of a chaotic fight, I can see and hear my own spells, recognize their animations, and notice my teammates’ spells so I can better know when they’re combos.

Also important, Lost Ark The endgame encounter design, especially its endgame bosses, is actually complex enough to require that kind of precision. As with any good MMO, you need to know how to squeeze as much damage out of your abilities as possible while dodging boss attacks and supporting your team. These fights, which can often last up to 10 or 15 minutes, are intense and difficult, but they are also the most rewarding content in the game. They make learning all the nuances of your class worthwhile.

The downside of having so many interesting classes, at least for most MMOs, is that many players will only get to fully experience one or two of them given the time investment required. But Lost Ark there is a way around this problem. Once you’re done Lost Ark in the main storyline, you immediately receive two Power passes that allow you to instantly level up characters to 50, skipping all previous quests. In addition, players can also use in-game gold to purchase the so-called “knowledge transfer”, which also skips the character to level 50.

Both of these options help make the prospect of playing as an alto and experiencing more great playable classes much more appealing than if you had to spend 10 hours to level them up – not to mention that alts can help you farm additional resources for your main character. once you reach Lost Arkendgame.

None of this suggests that Lost Ark would ideally. Its ending is pretty hard work; its microtransactions are questionable at best, and none of that matters much if flimsy servers keep you stuck in hours-long queues. But I forget about all of that when fighting monsters with my favorite class is so satisfying. And since you spend about 90% of your time on this, Lost Ark, an easy game to love.

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