Skill Points

As of Season 2, the maximum amount of extra Skill Points is 102 from non-leveling sources. There are additional skill points for leveling from 51-60, however we’re unsure of how many skill points exactly are awarded beyond level 52. Level 51 and level 52 award 6 skill points per level up.

Of significance is that at level 55, skills may be leveled to 11, and at level 60, skills may be leveled to 12. Level 11 and level 12 of skills each cost 6 points each and are significant boosts to a skills output compared to the 10 previous levels. It has been observed that simply by reaching level 55, one’s output can increase by 10-15%, depending on class.

Leveling as far as it can be observed currently is linear beyond level 50. However, as of this time the amount of EXP sources in the game are very scarce, and it’s expected to take a few weeks per level up through meager amounts of EXP in contents such as Chaos Dungeon or Corridor.

Players can reasonably reach 340 skill points after Papunika releases which allows for a build of 1 level 4 skill and 7 level 10 skills. The next breakpoint after that is at 360 skill points, which is somewhat challenging to achieve without leveling up beyond 52, an already-tall feat.

As of Season 2, skill resets are always free and can be done whenever you aren’t in combat or in an instance which forbids changing skills. You can however always change skills in a workshop area if the instance has it.

Skill Point Potion

Acquisition Method

Advanced Skill Point Potion Island’s Heart (20)
Advanced Skill Point Potion Adventure Book – Papunika (80%)
Advanced Skill Point Potion Mark of Ignea (8)
Advanced Skill Point Potion Star of Orpheus (2)
Advanced Skill Point Potion Star of Orpheus (6)
Skill Point Potion Adventure Book – East Lutheran (70%)
Skill Point Potion Tower of Shadow 20F
Skill Point Potion Tower of Shadow 50F
Skill Point Potion Tower of Fate 20F
Skill Point Potion Tower of Fate 50F
Skill Point Potion Tower of ???
Skill Point Potion Tower of ???
Skill Point Potion Quest – Silvery Wave Lake – Back into Place
Skill Point Potion Giant’s Heart (4)
Skill Point Potion Giant’s Heart (6)
Skill Point Potion Giant’s Heart (10)
Skill Point Potion Giant’s Heart (12)
Skill Point Potion Quest – Calaza Village – Those buried in the black ground
Skill Point Potion Quest – Calaza Village – The final melody
Skill Point Potion Reputation – Whispering Song Island – Choir Teacher
Skill Point Potion Adventure Book – North Bern (60%)
Skill Point Potion Quest – Nia Village – Eternal Love
Skill Point Potion Adventure Book – Shushire (50%)
Skill Point Potion Adventure Book – Rohendel (70%)
Skill Point Potion Quest – Lutheran Castle – Light shining in black fields
Skill Point Potion Quest – Twilight Haze – An Egg
Skill Point Potion Quest – Twilight Island – [Awakening] sunset
Skill Point Potion Quest – Frozen Sea – Hidden breeze
Skill Point Potion Quest – Serene Island – Strong Stone

Note that if you’ve already obtained the Skill Point Potions from Tower of Shadow and Tower of Fate in Season 1, you will have to get them again in Season 2 since the towers have reset.

Skill Attributes

Skills have attributes in Lost Ark that often reflect on how to use them. In Season 2, there are some differences, and some have remained the same.

Backattack (Updated): When attacking the enemy from behind while using a skill that has Backattack, the skill inflicts 5% bonus damage and has a 10% increased chance to critical (down from 20% bonus damage in Season 1).

Impairment (1-5): Unchanged, dictates the neutralization level of a skill. Damage does not impact how much neutralization a skill does, only the hit count and Impairment rating. In some cases, skills that have a lower Impairment rating will inflict higher neutralization damage than ones with higher ones. Neutralization can be further increased by the Overwhelm skill rune, by up to an additional 30%.

Destruction (Updated): Attribute is used in certain mechanics that require you to destroy the parts of an enemy, such as Kaiser’s leg armors, Chromanium’s shell, Achates’ wings, or Yoho of Dark Night’s tail. Penetration and Cutting have been removed since Season 1, and all skills that are used to break in some capacity now only use Destruction. Destruction can also be inflicted using Destruction Bombs. If a skill or item has Destruction 2, it inflicts 2 HP of Destruction. Body parts of bosses have a hidden separate HP, such as 10.

Headattack (New): This is the opposite to Backattack. When hitting the enemy from their front with an attack that has the Headattack attribute, the skill inflicts 20% more damage and has 10% increased neutralization damage. A new Engraving has been added to the game that increases Headattack damage by 3%/12%/25%, ‘A Dual Price’.

Counterattack (New): A new system and attribute in Season 2. Skills with the Counterattack attribute will instantly neutralize a boss when struck from the front during a counterable motion. In order to pull off a counterattack, the attack must be inflicted from their front and during the frames of the counterattack motion, which can be seen when the enemy glows blue momentarily. It is possible to inflict the Counterattack neutralization after the enemy’s attack motion has already started, but it is harder, especially if you play on higher ping. Counterattack motions are typically dashes. Not all bosses can be counterattacked.

All classes have at least 1 Counterattack skill, but most will never use them since they may be on skills that don’t contribute high damage or because they are classes that are rarely in front of bosses.

mage or because they are classes that are rarely in front of bosses.

Gif courtesy of 홍홍.

List of Headattack & Counterattack Skills

Class

Headattack

Counterattack

Berserker

Chain Sword Jumping Smash Mountain Crash Chain Sword

Warlord

Bash Dash Upper Fire Fire Bullet Burst Cannon Rising Spear Counter Spear Shield Shock Shield Push Bash Dash Upper Fire

Destroyer

Dreadnought Power Strike Heavy Crush Jumping Smash Earth Smasher Earth Eater Neutralizer Seismic Hammer Perfect Swing Identity skills also have it. Dreadnought Power Strike

Holy Knight

Holy Sword Punishment Messenger’s Sword Holy Sword

Battlemaster

Spiral Blast Spiral Blast

Infighter

Instant Hit Sweeping Strike Decisive Strike Judgment Sundering Fist Instant Hit Sweeping Strike

Soul Master

Straight Tackle Heaven Reversing Palm Straight Tackle

Lance Master

Moon Rise Sky Wheel Mantra of Dawn Moon Rise

Devil Hunter

Last Supper Last Supper

Blaster

Napalm Swing Frontal Bombing Buckshot Napalm

Hawkeye

Evasive Shot Persistent Chase Claymore Mine Evasive Shot

 
Scouter

Backflip Strike High Voltage Discharge Backflip Strike

Bard

Rhythm Buckshot Rhythm Buckshot

Summoner

Released Will Water Spirit Released Will

Arcana

Serendipity Four Cards Return Mysterious Surge Serendipity

Blade

Headhunting Headhunting

Demonic

Fetranian Claws Fetranian Claws

Reaper

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*Because I don’t play all classes, for understanding sake I will take skill names from this popular Russian skill builder on skills I’m unfamiliar with.

Skill Runes

You can equip special runes to any of your skills. Each skill may be equipped with one rune. These runes impart additional bonuses specifically when you are using that skill. Runes come from a variety of contents. They can freely be equipped and removed from skills at no cost. Skill presets will also memorize which skill is set to use which rune.

In certain cases, you are able to obtain more than one copy of a rune if it has multiple sources. In the case of the Gale Rune, you are allowed one copy of the rune from each Raid Tier

In the case of the Bleed rune, Bleed does not stack from the same player (in the case of equipping multiple Bleed runes) and inflicts the same amount of damage at all rarities. Different Bleed stacks can be applied on the same target by different players. Unlike most Bleed effects you may remember from Season 1, the Bleed inflicted by the rune is extremely powerful and can crit. It is meta for basically all damage dealers in the game. If you are starting in JP or Global, random drop from T1 Calendar boss is the only source of this rune until Yorn’s field boss.

Rune Name Grade Effect

Acquisition Method

Condemnation Legendary 40% chance to apply the Condemnation state to yourself for 3 seconds. Expedition Territory Vendor – Saha

Judgment

Legendary 40% chance to consume the Condemnation effect to apply the Judgment effect. Increases mana recovery by 100% for 6 seconds and reduces cooldowns of skills cast during this interval by 15%. Masterpieces (44)

Focus

Legendary 40% reduced mana cost. Voyage Wonders (42)

Frenzy

Legendary Chance of +16% Attack and Movement Speed for 6 seconds on cast. Papunika Chaos Gate

Overwhelm

Legendary +30% skill neutralization. Expedition Territory Vendor – Borja

Overwhelm

Legendary +30% skill neutralization. Island of Grief (3600 Red Thread)

Richness

Legendary +40% identity gauge generation. Star of Orpheus (5)

Bleed

Legendary Inflicts Bleed on the target for 6 seconds. Tier 3 Calendar Boss

Gale

Heroic

12% increased cast speed. Tier 4 Guardian Raid

Gale

Heroic

12% increased cast speed. Tier 5 Guardian Raid

Follow-Up

Heroic

Chance of 12% reduced cooldown after casting the affected skill on that skill. Tower of Fate 45F

Purify

Heroic

70% chance to remove 1 debuff on you when casting the skill. Mark of Ignea (5)

Condemnation

Heroic

30% chance to apply the Condemnation state to yourself for 3 seconds. Masterpieces (24)

Judgment

Heroic

30% chance to consume the Condemnation effect to apply the Judgment effect. Increases mana recovery by 100% for 6 seconds and reduces cooldowns of skills cast during this interval by 15%. Marie (Affinity – Trusted)

Focus

Heroic

30% reduced mana cost. Giant’s Heart (13)

Focus

Heroic

30% reduced mana cost. Expedition Territory Vendor – Flor

Frenzy

Heroic

Chance of +12% Attack and Movement Speed for 6 seconds on cast. Payton Chaos Gate Yorn Chaos Gate

Overwhelm

Heroic

+20% skill neutralization. Adventure Book – Payton (30%)

Overwhelm

Heroic

+20% skill neutralization. Star of Orpheus (3)

Richness

Heroic

+30% identity gauge generation. Voyage Wonders (34)

Richness

Heroic

+30% identity gauge generation. Field Boss – Blue Hole Island

Guardian

Heroic

8% max HP shield during skill animation. Island’s Heart (50)

Bleed

Heroic

Inflicts Bleed on the target for 5 seconds. Tier 2 Calendar Boss

Bleed

Heroic

Inflicts Bleed on the target for 5 seconds. Lutia (Affinity – Trusted)

Gale

Rare

8% increased cast speed. Tier 2 Guardian Raid

Gale

Rare

8% increased cast speed. Tier 3 Guardian Raid

Iron Wall

Rare

Damage reduced while casting by 8%. Walpurgis Dungeon Boss

Iron Wall

Rare

Damage reduced while casting by 8%. Adventure Book – North Bern (20%)

Follow-Up

Rare

Chance of 8% reduced cooldown after casting the affected skill on that skill. Tower of Shadow 45F
Condemnation

Rare

20% chance to apply the Condemnation state to yourself for 3 seconds. Expedition Territory Vendor – Roan

Judgment

Rare

20% chance to consume the Condemnation effect to apply the Judgment effect. Increases mana recovery by 100% for 6 seconds and reduces cooldowns of skills cast during this interval by 15%. ???

Focus

Rare

20% reduced mana cost. Field Boss – Uncharted Island

Focus

Rare

20% reduced mana cost. Expedition Territory Vendor – Gador

Frenzy

Rare

Chance of +8% Attack and Movement Speed for 6 seconds on cast. Anihc Chaos Gate

Overwhelm

Rare

+10% skill neutralization. ???

Overwhelm

Rare

+10% skill neutralization. Adventure Book – Shushire (10%)

Richness

Rare

+20% identity gauge generation. Giant’s Heart (5)

Richness

Rare

+20% identity gauge generation. Expedition Territory Vendor – Maximel

Guardian

Rare

5% max HP shield during skill animation. Field Boss – Butterfly Island

Bleed

Rare

Inflicts Bleed on the target for 4 seconds. Tier 1 Calendar Boss

Gale

Uncommon

5% increased cast speed. Tier 1 Guardian Raid

Iron Wall

Uncommon

Damage reduced while casting by 5%. Dooky Island Boss

Iron Wall

Uncommon

Damage reduced while casting by 5%. Expedition Territory Vendor – Frauke

Focus

Uncommon

10% reduced mana cost. Field Boss – Spida Island

Focus

Uncommon

10% reduced mana cost. Expedition Territory Vendor – Astiel

Overwhelm

Uncommon

+5% skill neutralization. Field Boss – Spida Island

Overwhelm

Uncommon

+5% skill neutralization. Expedition Territory Vendor – Elaine

Richness

Uncommon

+10% identity gauge generation. Expedition Territory Vendor – True

Richness

Uncommon

+10% identity gauge generation. Dooky Island Boss
Richness

Uncommon

+10% identity gauge generation.

Ea Dalin (Affinity – Trusted)

Credit by Saintone’s

This is information aggregated during my time playing Lost Ark on the Korean servers post-Season 2. As this is regional, some information may not apply to the RU, JP, or Global versions of the game. You can find gameplay of LAO Season 2 KR from my Twitch or YouTube channels. For corrections or questions you can reach me on Discord at Saintone#4599.