Lost Ark needs a Korean VPN to patch and play. You must be connected the entire way while patching and playing. If you disconnect from your VPN in the middle of gameplay, you will be kicked out of the game.

You also need a verified account to play.

Game VPNs vs Regular VPNs

Game VPNs only affect the game and not your entire PC. This is the recommended option if you’re going to be streaming the game. It is also usually the cheapest option compared to regular VPNs and it works better for ping.

Regular VPNs are full VPNs and affect your entire PC. These are much easier to work with for updating and downloading Lost Ark. These also have general uses outside of gaming such as accessing blocked services in your country or increasing privacy while web browsing or torrenting.

If you’d like to read more about VPNs for general uses, I recommend reading the entries on privacytools.io and thatoneprivacysite.net.

Most regular VPNs allow an amount of simultaneously connected devices. This is an option to consider if you plan to use the VPN on multiple devices or with others. However, it is technically against the TOS of some VPN services to share accounts and your account could be terminated. I suggest setting up a non-personal email and payment method if you’re going to do this.

Game VPNs only allow one connection at a time.

VPN List

Below are options that have been tested by me and the community. I have included general information, pings for each VPN from different locations, free trials and deals.

Game VPNs

Regular VPNs

Free VPNs

Game VPNs

Exitlag

This is the best option for ping and stability. Exitlag supports Lost Ark officially and has its own KR download node for patching Lost Ark. My ping is the lowest with Exitlag and it is stable. It also automatically sets up itself with the optimize feature and is way less clunky to use than the other VPNs.

Pricing: $6.50/30 days, $18.50/90 days, $35.00/180 days

Free Trial: 3 days

Deals: Use coupon GINGIN for 15% off

Ping:

Location Ping
Florida 204
France 240
Germany 230-250
Hawaii 140
Italy 260
Netherlands 230-250
Norway 250-270
Philippines 78
Singapore 78
Sweden 250-265
United Kingdom 230
Virginia 200-220

ExitLag Review

Exitlag Setup Guide

PingBooster

Pingbooster supports Lost Ark officially. The prices are average for a VPN, but because this is more game-focused you may have better results with this compared to a regular VPN. They also offer a 4-day free trial for confirming your mobile number.

Pricing: $3.99 1 monthly, $10.99 3 monthly, $19.99 6 monthly, $35.99 1 yearly

Deals:

Free Trial: 4 days for entering your mobile number.

Ping:

PingBooster Setup Guide

Mudfish

Pricing: $2.99 minimal deposit. 99¢/month for Unlimited Subscription or $1/10GB Pay Per Data

Reload Options: $2.99, $4.99, $9.99, $29.99, $49.99, $99.99

If you get charged tax, contact Mudfish support to get a refund on credits for tax.

Deals:

Free Trial: You get a small amount of credit for signing up for an account.

Ping:

Location Ping
Brazil 300
Canada 150-220
California 180-200
France 280-350
Germany 250
Hawaii 200
Italy 300
Scotland 250-280
South America 280-310

How to choose the best mudfish nodes

Mudfish was only recommended during CBT3 because it was the only option available. Now that there are more convenient options, I cannot recommend it anymore due to:

1) People having to troubleshoot too often to get it to work

2) Nodes not working at all

It is still the cheapest option available if you’re on a tight budget.

Regular VPNs

NordVPN

A very fast and stable VPN for updating, installing and playing the game. The 3-day free trial requires no credit card to use.

This VPN allows up to 6 simultaneously connected devices. You’ll need to connect to different Korea servers on each device or use different protocols.

Pricing: $11.95/month for monthly plan, $6.99/month for 1 year, $9.00/month for 6 months

Deals:

Free Trial: 3 days

Ping:

Location Ping
New Jersey 180-218
Virginia 220

ProtonVPN

Their basic plan for $5/month only offers one Korean server. The plus plan is $10/month but offers all Korea servers and faster speeds. However, some will have better luck with this if the other VPNs don’t work. The free trial offers 7-days and requires no credit card to use.

Basic plan allows 2 simultaneous connections, Plus plan allows 5 simultaneous connections, Visionary plan allows 10 simultaneous connections.

Pricing: Basic plan $4/monthly, Plus Plan $10/monthly, Visionary $30/monthly

Deals:

Free Trial: 7 days

Ping:

Free VPNs

Free VPNs will give you terrible ping and are sketchy because they steal your data. Patching will be slow and your connection may cut off randomly. It is worth paying for a VPN to play the game.

Take advantage of the free trials if you need to. All the VPNs listed here have free trials.

But otherwise, here are the options:

Soft Ether

This was used by some to patch the game during CBT3, but I don’t recommend it for actually playing.