Welcome to the Wardancer, an advanced class under the Martial Artist tree in Lost Ark. The Wardancer is a fast-paced melee character with some useful party-based buffs to improve your team in PvE and PvP.
Much like the other Martial Artist classes, the Wardancer has some balanced builds between PvE and PvP, has a charging gauge for special abilities, and is fairly squishy. This guide covers an overview of everything you need to know about the class.
We've updated this article multiple times to bring this Wardancer class overview in line with what you can expect with the NA/EU launch version of Lost Ark.
Wardancer Class Overview
The Wardancer is a high-mobility, high burst damage, melee class that really shines in PvP arenas, although there are suitable builds for PvE. The Wardancer can build her power gauge and then unleash high-powered special abilities. Like other classes in Lost Ark, your playstyle is determined by your choice of Engraving. You'll find that the Wardancer has a fair bit of downtime between bursts, so be aware of this before you begin leveling. This guide is designed to help you make the right choice before you start working on your main. So here is our tip: during high-level endgame content you will spend your time, well, not doing much at all.
The Wardancer's playstyle is determined by whether you opt for the Engraving that grants you more Orbs in your gauge (Esoteric Skill Enhancement), or the Engraving that removes the gauge entirely (First Intention). We will cover this in more detail below, but in short: the meta Wardancer build relies mostly on the second Engraving, empowering your ordinary attacks. It provides more consistent damage but is a pretty dull playstyle compared to some other Lost Ark classes.
- High mobility
- A good string of combo abilities and damage for PvP
- Decent burst damage
- Quite straightforward gameplay, not the most exciting class
- If you miss your burst, you're essentially wasting your time
- The Wardancer also has a string of back-attacks that are harder to hit
Best Engravings For The Wardancer
Like all other classes in Lost Ark, the Wardancer has two class engravings. These are Esoteric Skill Enhancement and First Intention. Here's a detailed overview of each Engraving.
|Esoteric Skill Enhancement
The Esoteric Skill Enhancement engraving is hardly used at all. This is mostly because its mild damage buffs are just not as strong as the buffs from First Intention. However, using the First Intention engraving does mean some of those more interesting Esoteric skills are less impactful. As it currently stands, however, you will be hard-pressed to find a build that features the Esoteric Skill Enhancement engraving. First Intention is by far the more popular Engraving.
We should point out that Lost Ark has an incredibly flexible class build system and a lot of versatility when it comes to deciding how you want to play. Just because something isn't 'meta' it doesn't mean it's not viable. If you really like the Wardancer, it pays to experiment with the class and decide for yourself what sort of playstyle you want to go for. Then you can start looking at more advanced builds.
Best Wardancer Skills
The Wardancer has applicable builds for both PvE and PvP, although she is typically more common as a PvP class. However, PvP is usually determined by a set template, so we've outlined a very simple skill build for the Wardancer below to give you an idea of what your build might end up looking like. We will go into more detail about abilities, leveling order, and runes in our best Wardancer build guides.
|Call Of The Wind God
|Sky Shattering Blow
|Moon Flash Kick
|Full Moon Kick
|Sleeping Ascent Celebration
|Blessing Of The Wind
|Swift Wind Kick
|Water Round Kick
|Furious Spin Axis
There are also two Awakening skills to choose from on the Wardancer:
- Flash Rage Blow - Dash attack then hold the ability to deal consistent damage, as well as a Shockwave that knocks players back. Charge up ability.
- Fist Of Dominance - Pulls foes close to you. Mobility ability that lets you move quickly past enemies. The final blow knocks opponents backward.
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