This is a FAQ I wrote that is also pinned on /r/LostArkGame.
All the info you need to get started on this game is available in the Lost Ark Discord. Some important channels that you should read are #guides-and-info, #lost-ark-help, #troubleshooting, and #account-relations for getting started.
How do I play Lost Ark?
You’ll need a verified account which requires a Korean phone number tied to an identity and a VPN if you’re playing outside of Korea. See this guide for obtaining accounts and this guide for recommended VPNs. For discussing accounts, please use the #account-relations channel in the Lost Ark discord.
How do I download the game?
You either download the game through the launcher with a Korean VPN or use community uploaded Google Drive links. See this download guide for instructions and use the #troubleshooting channel in the Lost Ark discord for help.
How do I change my account password?
On the stove website, login and go to your account settings. There is an option to reset your password and it doesn’t require you to confirm anything. You will need a Korean VPN to access the website.
About Lost Ark Region Lock
Is Smilegate blocking foreigners from playing?
The answer is yes. But not due to verification, that is another issue that will be answered next. The only part where Smilegate is actively blocking foreigners with is the IP block and reverification waves. IP block is their own decision and not due to any laws in Korea AFAIK.
Is verification meant to block foreigners from playing?
The answer no, but we happen to be blocked at the same time for an unrelated reason. The reason Korea requires you to verify your personal information to play games is due to the laws there.
There is the Cyber Defamation law where you can be fined or sent to prison for saying something that defames someone; true or not, it is still punishable. So Koreans are not allowed any anonymity when they comment on the internet because their IRL identity is tied to what they say online.
Then there is the Shutdown Law that prevents kids from playing too much. Some games like Korean MapleStory 2 blocks kids from playing at 0:00 to 06:00. The game will not allow you login and give you popup about it.
So the verification part of accounts isn’t something directly intended by Smilegate to block foreigners.
But what about the reverification waves?
This is the only other part where they stopped foreigners from playing. They did one a few weeks after OBT. People lost their accounts.
How do I play this game with my own phone number?
You are required by law to register with the government to live or work in Korea for 90 days or more and to get an Alien Registration Card (ARC). Once you land in Korea, your visa is void and you required to carry your ARC at all times. Using your ARC you can register for the game.
Can I use a Korean prepaid sim or VOIP number to verify my account?
No, it will not work because the system checks the personal information on the phone account and requires it to match your stove account personal details. Prepaid sims and VOI
Is there a global release yet?
No, the game is currently only available in Korea. At the Lost Ark media event, they confirmed that they wanted to eventually bring it over globally, but that they wanted to focus on the Korean version first.
Any dates you hear about EN version right now are all speculation. No real, actual or concrete dates or estimates have been confirmed by Smilegate which is the only reliable source you should wait for.
However, both CN and RU servers have been officially announced but with no testing dates.
Is this game free-to-play?
Yes, it is free-to-play in Korea with cash shop. The only reason it’d cost something to play is if you can’t make your own account and have to use other services. But the game is still free-to-play if you live in Korea.
Will there be a wipe after Open Beta?
No, there will not be a wipe going into release.
Is there an English Patch? What are the risks involved?
There is an English patch being actively developed that you can find pinned in the #engpatch-reports-discussion channel of the Lost Ark Discord. A lot of the important UI elements have been translated already. Modifying the client can get you banned, which is different from a reverification because it is permanent and can’t be undone. There is always a risk, but being smart about it by not streaming with it will help.
What is reverification?
When your account is flagged for suspicious activity (changing IPs too quickly, entering wrong passwords too much, etc) your account will require you to confirm the phone number on the account. You can only confirm the phone number that is on the account and not a different one. They will send you a code that you have to input onto the website. There is no way around this other than having access to the original phone number.
Is it possible to play without knowing Korean?
You can use OCR tools to translate the game with Google Translate. There are also many guides that translate everything in the Lost Ark Discord that you can find in #guides-and-info.
What does the cash shop contain?
Various convenience items, faster crafts, revival feathers, character customization, skins, mounts/pets, other decorations, extra dungeon entries.
What classes are available in this game?
There are 3 classes for each branch with the Assassin and Specialist branches being datamined but unannounced at this time.
Warrior: Berserker, Destroyer, Warlord (Released)
Magician: Arcana, Summoner, Bard (Released)
Fighter: Battle Master, Infighter, Soul Master (Released)
Gunner: Hawkeye, Devil Hunter, Blaster (Released)
Assassin: Shamanking, Pirate, Shadow (TBA)
Specialist: Astrologer, Musician, Alchemist (TBA)
I can’t decide on a class, what should I do?
Note that after the tutorial, you get sent to trision gate which lets you test the 3 classes of your branch before choosing it. It will unlock 8 skills without any tripods but you can take this time to get a feel of the classes before you decide. After choosing your class, there is currently no way to change it and you’d have to make a new character.
Where can I find class builds?
Join the Lost Ark Discord and get your role in the #role-assignment channel by typing .role classname. Then check the pinned messages in your class discussion channel. You can also browse around lost ark inven for builds but the site is in Korean.
What are tripods and how can I respec?
Tripods are like addons for your skills that add special effects such as reduced cooldown, elemental buffs, changing attack patterns, etc. You unlock three tiers of tripods at skill level 4, 7 and 10. You can change your tripods at anytime for free.
To reset your build, press the button on the bottom left of the skill page. The costs depends on how many skill points you have, but at level 50 it should cost 22k.
How do I use the warp portals?
First you have to press G to interact with the portal to unlock it. Make sure to do this for every portal on every map you visit. Then you should be able to warp to the portal using the world map. The costs to warp depends on how far you warp away to and how far you are into the game (i.e. higher level continents cost more shillings.) You can only warp within the same continent.
How can I access the training room?
At around level 30 in the main quest, you’ll unlock the 2nd music option in the F2 menu. Playing this song and talking to the NPC there takes you to Trision gate. This area lets you test all your skills and tripods on summoned dummy mobs without spending any shillings on respec.
I’m stuck on a quest that says 1/7 arks. What do I do here?
At this point, you no longer follow the orange main quests and start doing blue quests. After completing each continent of blue quests, you will get 1 out of the 7 arks. After obtaining 4/7 arks, you are done with the main quest so far as that’s all that has been released at this time.
I’ve reached level 50 which is the cap. What now?
1) Get your level 50 skill and ultimate skill.
2) Finish up the main quest up to Shusire and unlock 4/7 arks.
3) Do PVP arena by going to the Colosseum icon in the main towns.
4) Work on increasing your ilvl. This game offers many ways to obtain end game gear and you should read the end game guide in #guides-and-info in the discord. Here is one of the guides you can find in there.
Where can I unlock my 50 skill and ultimate skill?
After you get to 50 and a bit after questing in Bern, you have to go to Trision gate and start the purple quests with the NPC there. After finishing these purple quests, you’ll obtain two consumable items that you use to unlock both skills. Ultimate skills require a material to use that costs 250 shillings each that you can buy from one of the general vendors in the main towns with the backpack icon.
Please comment any other questions and I’ll add them here.
How do I find a group for raids, dungeons, etc?
Join the Lost Ark discord and use the #looking-for-group and #lfg_server_6-11 channels. You may want to join a guild discord in the same server by using the #guild-recruitment and #looking-for-guild channels.
You can also try using the Korean Cheat Sheet if you want to find a Korean player party in-game.
Any questions to add? Post a comment below.