Welcome to the Artillerist. This heavy-hitting gunner class is probably one of the most enjoyable to play in Lost Ark, mostly because of its extremely powerful, visceral attacks that fill your screen with destructive chaos.
This overview guide covers some mechanics of the Artillerist, goes over how the Engravings impact your playstyle, and an overview of skills. We'll also include a short section on gameplay in T1 and beyond.
We continue to monitor and update this class overview where necessary. Changes aren't extremely frequent in Lost Ark's meta, but this overview will always be up-to-date with relevant information.
Artillerist Class Overview
So, should you play as the Artillerist? If you like big explosions and impactful abilities then this is the class for you. Honestly, the Artillerist just feels fun to play, and rather than just all show, the class stays relevant into the majority of endgame content, even if the abilities can get a bit tricky to land on late-game bosses.
You've got a real balance between tankyness, damage, and CC-immunity with the Artillerist. Thanks to a regular rotation of big-hitting combos and burst damage, you will be putting out consistent DPS with abilities that aren't too difficult to hit.
The Artillerist's Identity Gauge accrues Firepower over time. When your gauge is full, you enter into your badass Turret-mode, a high-damage yet static piece of kit that can easily solo PvE content, including some bosses and late-game content. Watch out, though. You can't dodge or move while in turret mode.
Best Artillerist Engravings
First up, let's take a look at the Artillerist's two Class Engravings.
Which one do you take with the Artillerist? Overall, the Firepower Enhancement engraving sees more use for PvE leveling and endgame clearing. Not only is the incoming damage reduction great for difficult content, but the boost to your crit rate also helps you deal even more damage during your burst window.
The Barrage Engraving boosts your Identity skill, which isn't really the main focus for the Artillerist, mostly because it makes you a sitting duck. This isn't so great when you're trying to clear a Raid or a Dungeon, even if you can clear waves pretty quickly with the turret. The Firepower Enhancement is a more reliable and consistent engraving.
As a side note, though, Lost Ark is a fairly balanced game, which means there are builds and playstyles out there that value the Barrage engraving. You can play however you want.
Other Recommended Engravings For The Artillerist
|At level 3, Grudge increases your damage to Boss or above level monsters by 20% while also reducing incoming damage by 20%. It's pretty much a go-to for any endgame PvE content.
|At level 3, Cursed Doll increases attack power by 16% and reduces healing by 25%. This is another go-to Engraving. The only time you might see this drop off is in very high-level, late-game raids due to its healing downside.
|Keen Blunt Weapon
|At level 3, Keen Blunt Weapon increases your crit damage by 50% but increases the chance that your regular attacks do 20% less damage. This is fine on the Artillerist thanks to the crit rate chance from Firepower Enhancement and your high burst damage.
|At level 3, Barricade provides an extra 16% damage to enemies while shielded. Pretty handy, then, that the Artillerist has a shield.
We will cover a more detailed breakdown of the Artillerist's best engravings in our build guide.
Best Artillerist Skills
This section is designed to give you a brief overview of the different Artillerist skills in a sample skillset that hovers between the 240-300 skill points mark. Rather than a detailed build breakdown, this is an overview of what sort of skills the Artillerist has on offer, as well as how the whole class comes together with shields, CC-immunity, and high burst DPS.
|Vital Point Bombardment
|Vital Point Attack
|The Big One
|The More The Merrier
|Vital Point Bombardment
Here's a look at the two Awakening skills for the Artillerist:
- Missile Barrage - Fires 20 rockets into the sky which then fly to the targeted location, and explode for 45,000 damage.
- Heavy Turret - Summons a heavy turret that lasts for 20 seconds. It inflicts damage with a laser and guided missiles.
That's all for this class overview, you can find out more information about specific builds in our upcoming Artillerist build guide.
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