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Lost Ark Shadowhunter Class | Unleash Demonic Powers!
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Lost Ark Shadowhunter Class | Unleash Demonic Powers!

Lost Ark Shadowhunter Guide on MMOPIXEL

Lost Ark is a global phenomenon recently released in Europe and North America. Considering it switched into a free-to-play model, hordes of new players are exploring Arkesia and testing out various classes.

Lost Ark has a lot to offer, and it’s easy to get confused. There are a total number of 15 classes to choose from, but only one can embrace demonic energy and enter a demon form.

Here, we’ll cover all Shadowhunter’s abilities and how to distribute skill points for either PvP or PvE builds. Follow this guide and unleash chaotic power with MMOPIXEL!

What Is Lost Ark Shadowhunter Class?

Shadowhunter (on the left) looks similar to Deathblade but that’s all they have in common

Shadowhunter is an advanced class from the Assassin tree, the other being the Deathblade. Both classes are very distinct, regardless of falling under the same category. 

While the Deathblade is more about fast-paced combat, the Shadowhunter offers incredibly destructive powers when shapeshifting into powerful demonic forms. Upon transforming, they’re stealthy, agile, and can tear down foes in a couple of hits.

Playing an Assassin in Lost ark means high-risk, high-reward playstyle, although Shadowhunter is more beginner-friendly out of the two. Being able to awaken their inner demon from Identity Skill grants you health and movement speed for additional tankiness.

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Shadowhunter Advantages

A list of pros when picking up Shadowhunter.

  • Beginner friendly.

  • Compelling Demonic Mode.

  • Two different playstyles.

Shadowhunter Disadvantages

A list of cons to consider when picking up Shadowhunter.

  • Challenging PvP due to lack of Super Armor on most of its abilities.

  • Demon builds are clunky early on.

  • Human builds need a powerful gear to be relevant.

Shadowhunter Skills

Common skills to use in our builds

Here, we’re going to break down Shadowhunter’s normal skills and each awakening skill. To avoid confusion, we’re only describing skills you will use in our builds.

Shadowhunter Normal Skills

Icon

Name

Level

Cooldown

Description

Demonic Slash

10

10s

Dash forward to inflict damage 3 times before swinging your demonic weapon.

Demon’s Grip

20

18s

Rapidly thrust your demonic arm forward and pull foes to you, inflicting damage.

Thrust Impact

16

18s

Use a burst of your weapon's powers to pull foes close before quickly sliding back to evade enemies and inflict damage.

Howl

40

30s

Gather demonic powers and let out a cry that damages nearby foes, inflicting Fear for 2s.

Demonic Clone

10

12s

Call forth an incarnation of the devil to attack by your side. Move forward and punch two times, then strike the ground with one final blow.



Rising Claw

10

12s

Dart forward, then deliver an uppercut launching foes into the air.

Demon Vision 

14

24s

Focus demonic energy and shoot a ray of death forward to knock foes away. Charge up to channel longer before knocking enemies away for more damage.

Decimate

50

27s

Gather demonic powers to swing your arms forward and summon giant demon arms that slash at foes.

Grind Chain

20

6s

Violently claw at foes to inflict damage, then deliver another claw attack as you move forward.



Sharpened Cut

36

18s

Move 9 meters forward while quickly spinning, inflicting damage to your foes. Ignore collision with normal monsters during the skill motion.

Piercing Thorn

28

20s

Summon infernal spikes at the target location within 12 meters, knocking foes down.

 Shadowhunter Awakening Skills

Icon

Name 

Level

Cooldown

Description

Gate of Eruption

50

300s

Open up the gates of hell, scattering hellish energy across the land that inflicts damage to foes and inflicts Fear for 4s. Dark energy periodically rises from the earth, explodes at the end, dealing damage, and knocks foes away.

Fallen Ruin

50

300s

Shoot an energy ray straight to the ground. The laser causes an explosion moments later, knocking foes away.

 Shadowhunter Engravings

Each profession has two Class Engravings, which determine its playstyle. Shadowhunter is no different in this aspect. You can choose between two Engravings when going PvP or PvE. Let’s dive into them and learn which performs best for this class.

Class Engravings

Demonic Impulse

Perfect Suppression

Composure State does not trigger when Demonize ends. Upon Demonize, the Demonic Skill cooldown is reset.

Increases Shadowburst meter build-up for all skills. However, it disables Demonize in exchange for normal skill damage.

Engraving Levels

No Bonus Effect

+20% normal damage, +50% Shadowburst meter build-up

+15% Crit while in Demon Form

+25% normal damage, +50% Shadowburst meter build-up

+30% Crit while in Demon Form

+30% normal damage, +50% Shadowburst meter build-up

Demonic Impulse and Perfect Suppression

Demonic Impulse is mandatory for every demon build. It allows bypassing the 30-second cooldown between transformations. While in demon form, you’ll gain a significant damage boost to your abilities thanks to increased crit chance. Due to the heavy reliance on skills instead of gear, we think this is the best way of experiencing Shadowhunter.

Perfect Suppression Engraving is meant for those who want to utilize the human build fully. With enhanced Shadowburst meter build-up and bonus damage, you will gain a significant boost to your gear. Remember to prioritize better equipment over anything else to deal effective damage. That’s why we strongly advise going with Demonic Impulse instead.

 Best Shadowhunter Engravings

We gathered the best Engravings which all Shadowhunter builds can benefit from. Here’s the list of suggested Engravings for Shadowhunter Assassin class:

  • Grudge. Gain a 20% damage boost in exchange for 20% more damage taken. A solid choice for every DPS character, including Shadowhunter.

  • Raid Captain. Increase damage by 45%, according to your Move Speed modifier. Both human and demon builds can utilize this engraving since they possess a lot of movement speed bonuses.

  • Keen Blunt Weapon. Deal 50% more critical damage with a chance to deal -20% damage.

  • Master of Ambush. Attacks from behind deal additional 25% more damage. Shadowhunters deal more damage with back attacks by default, making it a great pick.

  • Cursed Doll. If you’re having a hard time positioning yourself in battle, pick this instead of Master of Ambush. It gives you 16% more damage in addition to a 25% bonus to healing. Increased health recovery is excellent for survivability.

 The Best Shadowhunter PvE Build

Clearing dungeons in demon form grants a huge boost to your crit rate

This build focuses on minimizing the downtime on Shadowburst gauge, thus allowing you to use your demon form as often as possible. You have to utilize the Demonic Impulse Engraving for Shadowburst energy to do so. 

Throw as many skills as possible while in human form to fill out the meter and activate your demonic form. This way, you’ll deal massive single-target damage in addition to solid AoE clear.

Demon Skills don’t have Tripod upgrades, so they refer only to your human skills.

 Skills

Skill

Skill Level

Tripod I

Tripod II

Tripod III

Demonic Slash

4/10

Excellent Mobility

-

-

Demon’s Grip

10/10

Quick Preparation

Encroaching Power

Stretching Hand

Thrust Impact

10/10

Swift Thrust

Deep Thrust

Encroaching Power

Howl

10/10

Quick Preparation

Encroaching Power

Scream of Fury

Demonic Clone

10/10

Vital Point Strike

Fist of Destruction

Enhanced Release Encroachment

Rising Claw

7/10

Naively Honest

Concussion

-

Demon Vision

10/10

Concentrated Release

Encroaching Power

Instant Discharge

Decimate

10/10

Swift Fingers

Weak Point Detection

Cruel Hand

 These skills are mostly ranged, so keep your distance while in combat. It’s best to use Thrust Impact first, retreat with Demonic Slash, then use any other skill to build up Shadowburst energy. With enough enemies, you’ll be able to use demon mode within seconds between each transformation. It’s best to Use Fallen Ruin as an Awakening Skill.

 The Best Shadowhunter PvP Build

Shadowhunter in PvP battle

If you want to step aside from taking part in endgame raids and dungeons, consider switching to PvP build. Shadowhunter is excellent for PvP in close-quarter combat while still destroying anyone from ranged distances. 

Use this build to fully utilize those qualities by giving her crowd control AoE attacks and support capabilities. We listed down the best skills just for that.

Skills

Skill

Skill Level

Tripod I

Tripod II

Tripod III

Demonic Slash

10/10

Excellent Mobility

Nimble Movement

Chain Charge

Thrust Impact

10/10

Swift Thrust

Enhanced Explosion

Spectral Explosion

Grind Chain

10/10

Swift Thrust

Deep Thrust

Encroaching Power

Sharpened Cut

7/10

Excellent Mobility

Infiltration Attack

-

Demonic Clone

10/10

Vital Point Strike

Fist of Destruction

Encroachment Discharge

Rising Claw

7/10

Naively Honest

Giant Hand

-

Demon Vision

10/10

Quick Release

Electric Discharge

Instant Discharge

Piercing Thorn

10/10

Enhanced Strike

Triple Thorn

Massive Thorns

The Best Awakening Skill for PvP is Gate of Eruption. Due to its four-second fear effect as well as its large radius, you can single-handedly turn the tides of any PvP battle when used correctly. Use your skills to build up Shadowburst using melee and ranged abilities to transform as often as possible.

Lost Ark Shadowhunter Summary

Shadowhunters are meant to beat the demons at their own game. Thanks to their Awakening Abilities, they can deal even more damage than most classes. However, the lack of super armors might be punishing for beginners. This class is easy to learn but hard to master. 

Being effective means a deep understanding of her abilities and taking advantage of cooldown resets between your transformations. Remember, you’re still an assassin, not a tank. If you want to check out more guides regarding Lost Ark, sign up on MMOPIXEL to be aware of all content we’re uploading.

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