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Lost Ark Arcanist – New Class Explained!
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Lost Ark Arcanist – New Class Explained!

Lost Ark Arcanist Advanced Class explained on MMOPIXEL

Arcanist is the new Advanced Class for Mages. Well, it isn’t exactly new since Korean players have been playing her for a few months now. Using her card deck, she can deal massive damage and feature various AoE effects. Arcanist class will join the Bard and Sorceress as the third Mage Advanced Class.

In this Lost Ark class guide, you can evaluate whether Arcanist is worth playing and if the class is suitable for you. We’ll cover her skills and engravings and provide you with some tips to be more effective on the battlefield. We’ve also included two build propositions so you’ll know how to play her properly immediately. 

Table of Contents

Arcanist Class Overview

Card Deck Cards

Arcanist Class Engravings

The Order of the Emperor 

Empress’s Grace

Arcanist Class Skills

Normal Skills

Stacking Skills

Ruin Skills

Awakening Skills

Best Builds

PvE (Empress Build)

PvP (Emperor Build)

Summary

Arcanist Class Overview

Arcanist is a squishy class, but she has a trick up her sleeve for every situation

Lost Ark Arcanist uses her cards to deal damage and inflicts various debuffs on her enemies. She has three different abilities: Normal skills, Stacking skills, and Ruin skills. You’ll always start with Normal skills to build up the Arcanist’s Specialty Meter, thus dealing more damage. 

The other two skills, Stacking and Ruin, should be used together for summoning powerful Magick attacks. As the name suggests, Stacking will build up to 4 stacks on the enemy target. When a Ruin skill lands, it consumes those stacks for much higher damage output. Utilizing these mechanics is fundamental if you want to be a decent Arcanist.

Since playing cards are usually based on luck, Arcanist possesses a specialty skill called “Card Deck,” which throws a random card with a special effect. Every basic attack charges the Card Meter, and once it is full, a random card is drawn from the Card Deck with a devastating effect. Below, you’ll find a complete list of cards from the Card Deck.

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Card Deck Cards

Card Name

Effect

Three-Headed Snake Card 

Basic Attack changes into three directions for 16s. Earn one stack on hit. Damage to foes +100%. Damage to Challenge or lower monsters +400%.

Mayhem Card

For 30s, Attack Speed +3% for 4s every time skills are used, up to 15%.

Twisted Fate Card

For 4s, your skill Damage either stays the same or increases by 40%.

Corrosion Card

For 30s, gain a 30% chance of +10% Damage for 5s.

Ghost Card

Ignore collision with monsters. Move Speed +20% and Damage from foes -50% for three hits for 16s.

Cull Card

For 4s, Crit Rate for all skill attacks increase by 100%, and Crit Damage +50% when they hit one foe.

Balance Card

For 30s, your Stacking skills are enhanced and grant you one more stack with each hit.

Judgment Card

For 4s, Ruin skills always trigger the four stack effect, regardless of the actual number of stacks cast upon foes.

Moon Card

Cooldown -10%, and MP Recovery Speed increases by 20% for 30s.

Star Card

Recovers 100% MP. Remaining skills Cooldown -15% except for Awakening, Movement, and Stand Up skills.

Wheel of Fortune Card

The Cooldown of the next skill decreases by 100%.

Royal Card

Fills empty card slots. You can obtain up to 2 cards.

Emperor Card

Inflict Damage to foes within a 14-meter radius. (Class Engraving dependent).

Arcanist Class Engravings

The Engraving you'll choose will determine Arcanist's playstyle

Like other Advanced Classes in Lost Ark, Arcanist Engravings are divided into two categories that enhance her attack damage, stacking, and unique buffs. These two engravings are presented as follows:

  • The Order of the Emperor. It affects the Card Deck by enhancing its Normal Skills, which helps build an additional Deck Meter and grants you the Emperor card to add to your deck, dealing damage.

  • The Empress’s Grace. Increases your damage output once you’ve used a Ruin ability after gaining four stacks.

The Order of the Emperor 

  • Level 1. The Normal Skills Deck Meter increases by 50% and deals 10% more damage. Emperor Card is added to your deck, dealing significant damage when used. 

  • Level 2. The Normal Skills Deck Meter increases by 50% and deals 20% more damage. Emperor Card is added to your deck, dealing significant damage when used. 

  • Level 3. The Normal Skills Deck Meter increases by 50% and deals 30% more damage. Emperor Card is added to your deck, dealing significant damage when used. 

Empress’s Grace

  • Level 1. Increases 4 stack Ruin Damage by 20%. After hitting an enemy, it recovers 30% of Mana.

  • Level 2.  Increases 4 stack Ruin Damage by 25%. After hitting an enemy, it recovers 30% of Mana.

  • Level 3.  Increases 4 stack Ruin Damage by 30%. After hitting an enemy, it recovers 30% of Mana.

Arcanist Class Skills

Arcanist has plenty of AoE attacks

Here’s a complete list of all Arcanist skills, followed by the Awakening Skills. Remember, you can customize these basic skills through the Tripod system. Sooner or later, players will figure out what combinations work best for both PvP and PvE.

Normal Skills

Skill Name

Effect

Call of Destiny

A rain of cards falls on enemies dealing Damage. Airborne foes receive extra damage and are slammed onto the ground. Inflict Stagger Damage when the skill's Stack effect gets triggered.

Unlimited Shuffle

Throw a stack of cards at the target location, inflicting Damage over six hits. The cards launch foes into the air and slam them to the ground dealing Damage.

Return

Throw a card toward the target location to inflict Damage and Counterattack. Use the skill again to inflict Damage and slam foes onto the ground.

Mysterious Stampede

Swiftly move to your left, and then return, inflicting Damage.

Dark Resurrection

Throw cards at the target location to summon a Demon that attacks foes and deals [Dark] Damage, inflicting Fear upon them.

Evoke

Cast a magick circle that lasts for 10s at the target location. Use the skill again to inflict Damage to foes.

 

Stacking Skills

Skill Name

Effect

Quadra Accelerate

Throw cards toward the target location 4 times, dealing Damage with each hit.

Scratch Dealer

Move toward the target location and inflict Damage. Use the skill again to strike downward, inflicting Damage.

Spiral Edge Leap

Leap 7 meters toward the target location while throwing a card inflicting Damage.

Dancing of Spineflower

Launch a flurry of cards while moving 11 meters towards enemies over three seconds, dealing damage at least six times, then additional damage with the last card. Use the skill again to return to your starting position.

Checkmate

Quickly throw cards toward the target location, inflicting Damage with each hit.

Stream of Edge

Open two portal gates at the target location for 5s, attacking all foes between the gates for Damage over 15 hits.

Infinity Shower

Throw cards at the target location to inflict Damage. Use this ability mid-air for additional Damage.

Ruin Skills

Skill Name

Effect

Celestial Rain

Call down a rain of cards at the target location to inflict Damage. Airborne foes receive additional Damage and are slammed onto the ground. Inflict Stagger Damage when the skill's Stack effect gets triggered.

Four of a Kind

Quickly throw a card at the target location to inflict Damage. Inflict Stagger Damage when the skill's Stack effect gets triggered. 

Serendipity

Fan out the card at the target location, inflicting Damage, then fan the card again to inflict Damage and knock foes away. Inflict Stagger Damage when the skill's Stack effect gets triggered.

Secret Garden

Instantly inflicts Damage to nearby foes. Damage increases with the number of stacks. Foes with four stacks are slammed onto the ground. Inflict Stagger Damage when the skill's Stack effect gets triggered.

Awakening Skills

Skill Name

Effect

Prismatic Mirror

Summon a stack of enormous cards at the target location to inflict Damage, then throw smaller cards that inflict Damage over time. The giant cards flock together and explode, inflicting Damage and launching foes into the air. You are granted 2 Specialty Cards upon explosion.

Deathbound

Summon the Card of Death, inflicting Damage and knocking foes away. Damage to foes increases according to the number of stacks.

Best Builds

PvP and PvE builds for Arcanist

At the time of writing, Arcanist is a relatively new class, so the absolute best builds are yet to come. However, when Arcanist settles for good, there will be a ton of builds to choose from. For now, we encourage you to check the best PvP and PvE builds according to the Reddit community. We’ve listed them down below. 

PvE (Empress Build)

Skill

Skill Level

Rune 1

Rune 2

Rune 3

Celestial Rain

10

Vital Point Hit

Enhanced Strike

Weak Point Detection

Serendipity

10

Piercing Strike

Lucky Blow

Intended Luck

Secret Garden

10

Vital Point Hit

Perfect Secret

Secret Chance

Call of Destiny

10

Nimble Movement

Quick Draw

Chain Attack

Return

10

Weakness Exposure

Concentrated Card

Exposed Darkness

Spiral Edge

10

Mind Enhancement

Ruthless Shot

Quick Pace

Scratch Dealer

10

Excellent Mobility

Weak Point Attack

Safety Device

Quadra Accelerate

7

Nimble Movement

Card Draw

N/A

Engravings:

  • Empress’ Grace (1)

  • Grudge (3)

  • Barricade (3)

  • Cursed Doll (3)

  • Hit Master (3)

  • Adrenaline (2)

Sets:

  • Argos – Pre-Ordained

  • Legion – Nightmare

Stats:

  • Max Spec

  • Crit Secondary

PvP (Emperor Build)

Skill

Skill Level

Rune 1

Rune 2

Rune 3

Celestial Rain

10

Vital Point Hit

Enhanced Strike

Weak Point Detection

Evoke

10

Quick Draw

Conc Magick Circle

Overlap Magick Circle

Dark Resurrection

10

Piercing Strike

Intense Card

Furious Blow

Call of Destiny

10

Mind Enhancement

Quick Draw

Concentration of Destiny

Return

10

Weakness Exposure

Concentrated Card

Exposed Darkness

Checkmate

10

Piercing Strike

Conc Darkness

Deadline

Scratch Dealer

10

Weakness Exposure

Weak Point Attack

Safety Device

Stream of Edge

7

Acceleration Stream

Dark Edge

N/A

Engravings:

  • Emperor’s Edict (1)

  • Grudge (3)

  • Raid Captain (3)

  • All-Out Attack (3)

  • Mass Increase (3)

  • Adrenaline (2)

Sets:

  • Argos – Pre-Ordained

  • Legion – Dominion

Stats:

  • Max Swiftness

  • Crit Secondary

Summary

Arcanist is a difficult class that requires a lot of patience and devotion to be actually useful. However, the results are well worth the effort, and in the right hands, Arcanist is an extremely fun and rewarding character to play. People will become more familiar with her as time passes, so better watch out for her when playing PvP. See you in Arkesia!

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