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Lost Ark is finally seeing its western release after a long and successful period in Russia and Korea. There are 15 classes in total with the launch of Lost Ark in Western regions, with more to be added every three months to bring the game up-to-date with other versions of the game.

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This guide covers the available classes in the game and more details about their specialized classes. There is Warrior, Martial Artist, Gunner, Mage, and Assassin. Here's a closer look at all of them. We have broken down each class with pros, cons, mechanics, playstyles, abilities, and engravings. You can click the links to jump through to our more detailed class overviews or visit our build guides for even more advanced tips.

Lost Ark is excellently balanced between its available classes. A lot of Tier Lists might tell you what the "best" classes are, but in reality, Lost Ark is the sort of game that can be played however you want. This guide is designed to help you pick a class based on mechanics rather than what is considered meta.

Updated February 22, 2022: If you're still having trouble deciding what class you want to play in Lost Ark, we've included a video guide that further illustrates your options.


These sword-wielding warriors are the bulky class in Lost Ark, but the different classes offer more ways to play your typical melee character. They are relatively beginner-friendly and classes like the Gunlancer provide a lot of versatility and a strong overall role. The Warrior class is divided into Advanced Classes:

  • Berserker
  • Paladin
  • Gunlancer

The Destroyer class is not available in the western launch of Lost Ark, but will likely be added later. We will update this guide when that happens.

Martial Artist

These are pretty unique classes in Lost Ark and mostly focus on dealing damage with their hands, knees, etc. Essentially these are your fast-paced melee DPS classes, suitable for clearing endgame content (the Soulfist, in particular, has an amazing Awakening skill for this) or for dominating in PvP, like the Striker's juggling build. You've got four options at launch, spread across female and male versions of each class:

  • Striker
  • Wardancer
  • Scrapper
  • Soulfist


It's all in the name: Gunner is a class that offers plenty of ranged utility and damage. The Gunslinger and Deadeye rotate three separate weapons and change between them to balance cooldowns and combos. The Artillerist hits very, very hard. The Sharpshooter wields a technologically-advanced bow and summons a magic hawk. These classes are squishier but provide some of the very best DPS in the game. There are four unique advanced classes under the wing:

  • Gunslinger
  • Artillerist
  • Deadeye
  • Sharpshooter


Welcome to the classic mage archetype in Lost Ark. These classes are all about magical damage, both elemental and with some big AoE hitters. The Summoner was removed from the NA/EU launch of the game, so there are only two available classes in this category at the time of writing:

  • Bard
  • Sorceress

The Bard is your classic support archetype in Lost Ark, alongside the Paladin.


The Assassin classes in Lost Ark are some of the best-looking and most enjoyable to play. They're all about big damage, high mobility, and typically really shine in PvP. Like all classes in the game, though, there is a lot of balance for PvE, too. Here are the two you'll get with the launch:

  • Shadowhunter
  • Deathblade

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Lost Ark PvE And PvP Tier Lists

This is an interesting topic - you'll see a lot of PvE and PvP tier lists out there for the classes, and it's true there are some classes that are more popular than others. However, to place classes into a strict tier list really goes against what makes Lost Ark so great - these classes are pretty well-balanced, overall, and the meta changes somewhat regularly with new classes added and tweaks to Class Engravings and abilities to change how classes play.

Rather than a strict PvE or PvP tier list, here's a rough overview of the most popular classes in Lost Ark determined by player data and community polls.

  • Sorceress - She's relatively new, which means this class will likely be popular at NA/EU launch.
  • Paladin - People just love the tanky Warrior class, even if the DPS build is a bit of a meme by this point. To be fair, the Paladin has some great-looking abilities and provides a lot of role strength for partying in the endgame. Want to feel wanted? Play the Paladin.
  • Deathblade - Deathblade is a badass class. There isn't much more to say about it than that. Lots of flashy moves, high mobility, and a cool-looking character model guarantee the Deathblade a top spot.
  • Bard - Like the Paladin, the Bard is a very popular class due to the success of the support role in Lost Ark. A lot of endgame content requires a support class, so the more Bards the better.
  • Berserker - The Berserker's Madness build is currently one of the most popular in the game, so this may be warping data on this one.

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