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Team Update: Combating RMTFeb 16, 2024 - Community AnnouncementsHeroes of Arkesia, Combating bots and player-to-player real money transactions (RMT) is a key focus of our team. While many of our past actions have been focused on reducing the efficacy and number of bots to improve the player experience of every adventurer in Arkesia, we have also been developing measures to better identify and action against RMT at scale. Our team conducted a major ban wave targeting accounts that transacted large amounts of RMT Gold earlier this week. To accompany this ban wave, we wanted to take a moment to reiterate our stance on RMT and correct some misconceptions we’ve seen circulating in the community. While we can’t share all of the measures that our team is taking (as that would grant those attempting to break the rules an upper-hand), we can share a general look into those policies. Infractions will be punished on an escalating basis, taking into account the severity of the RMT and the number of previous infractions, all the way up to permanent bans. If a player RMTs Gold, we will take it away. Spending the Gold after receiving it will not prevent disciplinary action. If the player spends the Gold and it can't be taken away, that increases the severity of the infraction, leading back to the point above. We track RMT Gold through multiple accounts, so washing the Gold through secondary accounts will not protect an account from action. Every account involved in the chain will face punishment. There is a false perception that spending money in the game prevents significant disciplinary action when RMT-ing. The recent ban wave included users that monetarily invested in Lost Ark. We know that RMT is a top player concern and negatively impacts the in-game economy for all players. While we can’t always share a look into our plans, we are persistently combating bots and RMT. Thank you for your feedback and support as we work to continually improve the Lost Ark player experience. February Update from Amazon Games & Smilegate RPGFeb 13, 2024 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/35SzHNct6fghTK0PS3RvQu/6bb37039954b546deeadea234687d9f2/LA_Blog_SS_09_1920.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, With the Anniversary Update’s focus on celebrating the Lost Ark community, we wanted to share updates on some topics that we know players are interested in. While we don’t have final plans or policies for some of the updates, it’s important to our team that players receive an early look into some of our upcoming key initiatives. As a preface for the update, we’re excited to share a message with Western players from the team at Smilegate RPG. Greetings Adventurers, For starters, we’d like to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of Western service, and express gratitude for all adventurers that enjoyed Lost Ark. Looking back at the year of 2023, we began with the Rowen continent and Brelshaza Hard all the way to the Voldis continent and Ivory Tower in December. This is no small amount of content, as we had 4 new continents and 4 new classes in a relatively fast pace. This was to close gap between KR version, but we are aware that you were fatigued due to the quick updates. Our goal for 2024 is to balance the speed of the adventurers’ contents progression and gap between KR contents update. As announced by the Roadmap, Breaker will be released in March and Thaemine will release in April. As Thaemine will be challenging to try, we have prepared various events starting in February. It would be our great pleasure if you could have fun and show what you are all made of. The SGR Studio staff are hyped about your future challenges! As for the latest Echidna (Ladon) Raid and Kurzan continent released in Korea, we are collaborating with Amazon Games to find the optimal update timing. Once decided, the update plans will be announced in the future with more detail. We’re not only working on new content, but also to update existing contents. This is to address difficulties in playing the existing contents, such as rebalancing the difficulty of Brelshaza. Both Server Merge, and Region Merge that have been constantly suggested by you adventurers are being prepared. We are working alongside Amazon Games to schedule the merges. It is difficult to disclose in detail about the preparations we are making for Western service here, but we will be able to do so separately soon. We will closely listen to your voices in community so that the adventurers will be able to have more enjoyable experience with Lost Ark. We thank you all again for untarnished love for Lost Ark, and with that we have prepared Anniversary Gift. It would be a great joy for us if you enjoy them. We will do our best in 2024 for you adventurers to have a great time at Arkesia. May your health soar high and your life be filled with happiness. Sincerely, Smilegate RPG Roadmap Updates https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/6xtmpe02VkWmkRzVnD4vBb/0a6adb70582e5160a9843eb7b6379d12/LA_Roadmap_APR_KeyArt_1920x1080_CT-003022.jpg Road To Thaemine To better help players prepare ...Second Anniversary Community CelebrationFeb 8, 2024 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/4j0rrWuKraK95QZ0bFGsId/3581bd9aee4c15a26c4aad9f2129aa17/EN_LA_2ndAnniversaryCard_Final_Web_1920x1080_300kb_CT-003154.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, February 8 marks two years of Lost Ark in the West, and we have a variety of events and gifts planned to celebrate the Lost Ark community. With the 2 Extreme Update, our goal is to thank the Lost Ark community for their continued passion, dedication, feedback, and support as we continue on this journey together. We can’t state enough how much we appreciate those who have joined us on this adventure! Learn about the gifts and special events we’ve planned to celebrate the community in Arkesia this month. Year 2 Recap From introducing four new endgame raids to starting new community-centric video series, new player improvements, and many new classes, the second year of Lost Ark in the West has been filled with new adventures. While it’s impossible to capture the magnitude of everything the Lost Ark community accomplished, we hope this encompasses some of the special moments you shared with friends and other adventurers alike. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/4fli23H4awk8CDLp7BcA7n/9d243dd8cb819d4e4728f433dcec3756/EN-Lost-Ark-2-Year-Anniversary-Infographic-16x9-CT-000003700.jpg Data encompasses player activity from January 15, 2023 to January 15, 2024. Data from banned accounts has been removed from the statistics. Celebrate In-Game Anniversary Gift https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/3D89lhiLWUUHg62jlfIpF8/11e9889e8b646fe24e2506aeba5c1d69/LA_WEB_2nd_Anniversary_Gift_1920x1080__1_.jpg To thank our players for their passion, support, and participation in the Lost Ark community, we’ve prepared a gift that’s now available! Log-in and find the gift in your Product Inventory. 2nd Anniversary Headband Selection Chest x1 Winter Trail Effect Selection Chest x1 Structure: 2nd Anniversary Cake x1 Winter MokoCahni Skin Selection Chest x1 Chaos Dungeon Rest Bonus Recovery Brew x5 Pheon x50 Legendary Engraving Recipe Selection Chest x5 Regulus's Light Currency Chest x20 Special Legendary Card Selection Pack x1 Book of Judgment Chest x1 Wishful Amulet x5 Menelik's Tome x5 Special Anniversary Events https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/5dARZqVy4G1WTpmM5kiggI/326bc1a1e97a7c7f2db957991c053f2d/LA_Feb_Release_Note_Images_Arkesia_Festival_G_1080_CT-003213.jpeg Join the celebration in-game with multiple special events! Participate in the Arkesia Festival where every two weeks there are new co-op quests for players to participate in, as they earn tokens to trade in for valuable rewards which even include the new Providence and Unity Skins. In addition to the Arkesia Festival, a new Birthday Bash Event will take players on a trip down memory lane and lead them to earn rewards by re-experiencing some of the most iconic pieces of Lost Ark content that released over the last year. The Twinkle Twinkle Exchange Shop has also returned, an Event Gold Shop where players can exchange...2 Extreme Release NotesFeb 6, 2024 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/4bGpSasO756fvbUrADujLc/279bfedaf9056a6d21784830d6f48f37/EN_LA_FebKeyArt_2Extreme_1920x1080_CT-003200.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, The February “2 Extreme” Update arrives in Arkesia tomorrow. Downtime will begin on February 7 at 1AM PT (9 AM UTC) and is expected to last 4 hours. The February Update includes Valtan Extreme, several special anniversary events, and more! Find the full list of content, events, skins, and other updates below. Henry is back with an episode of “Patch Notes with Henry” for any players looking for an express video explanation and visual showcase. Let us know on YouTube if you enjoy this type of content from our team and would like to see more heading forward. Want all the details? Find the full list of content, events, skins, and other updates below! Valtan Extreme https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/4rDmYbt6rK8YGwihsQpxdZ/5816a381539d8038ba3ee352a065933c/episode_Valtan_08_1920x1080.jpg Valtan will return in a new, challenging version of the 8-player raid. There are two versions of Valtan Extreme - Normal at Item Level 1580, and Hard at Item Level 1620. With greater challenge comes greater rewards. There are first-time-clear rewards that will be given upon clearing 2 Gates, along with rewards as you reclear. Each roster can enter the raid once every 2 weeks, with gate progress bound to the character that cleared the first gate. Gold can be obtained regardless of the character being designated to earn Gold or not upon clearing. Reward opportunity resets every 2 weeks, and the rewards can be claimed by the cadence below: 2/7 (after maintenance) - 2/21 (before maintenance) 2/21 (after maintenance) - 3/6 (before maintenance) 3/6 (after maintenance) - 3/20 (before maintenance) Players can enter through the Legion Raid 'Demon Beast Commander Valtan' entry UI by clicking the 'Extreme' button, and the corresponding Party Finder sections have been added to the UI. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/21k7Gu6lVn4XlGbxqrIf0o/41f95afc59bbe7293de5dc0193807cd9/LA_Feb_Release_Note_Images_Extreme_Valtan_B_1080_CT-003213.jpeg When a Gate has been cleared, players can reset the progress by using the 'Gate Reset' feature. When a Gate is reset, all progress on Gate 1 is reset and the player can either select a different difficulty and try the raid again, or players can enter the raid with a different character. Events The Freja Island Event will draw to a close with the February Update. A new Daily Log-in Reward track and new Fever Time events have been added that include special second anniversary rewards. The Daily Playtime Rewards will continue until February 28. Added a new event shop with tabs for several special anniversary events. Arkesia Festival https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/5dARZqVy4G1WTpmM5kiggI/326bc1a1e97a7c7f2db957991c053f2d/LA_Feb_Release_Note_Images_Arkesia_Festival_G_1080_CT-003213.jpeg Players can take part in celebrating Lost Ark’s Second Anniversary at the Arkesia ...Creating Voldis - Behind the ScenesFeb 2, 2024 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/6akISXnNEDG86cpwRa1DzI/66f0f09050ed0820aac6a2098e203330/LA_Zeherade_Splash_1920x1080.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, Join the Design Teams including the Scenario and Sound teams at Smilegate RPG for a look into the design and insight into the process when creating the themes, experiences, and sounds of Voldis. There may be a few spoilers found below if you haven’t played through Voldis’ storyline yet, so proceed with caution or come back after you’ve ventured to the city of the sages. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/6jHSBxCcRfHLXZN2p3pmDF/26d12048bcfc64bf96699332939f1e4c/LA_Concept_Zeherade_1920x1080.jpg How does Voldis fit into the larger story of Lost Ark? Are there future stories that will take place there? Voldis is the continent born from the butterfly effects of many important events throughout Arkesia’s history. Key events such as the Hollow War, Chain War, choices made by the Guardians, and the reform of Sacria all played their unique roles in the creation of Voldis. The Adventurers’ journey of finding the Ark ends in Elgacia. After that, adventurers visit Voldis for the pursuit of a new objective, opening up a whole new phase different from the past. In a nutshell, Voldis is where the past and the present encounter each other, leading to the future— making this region a crucial bifurcation revealing deeper concepts of the lore in Lost Ark. Is there a message you want to send to the adventurers through the Voldis storyline? We want to share with the adventurers another story through Zeherade and the Sages of Voldis. So far, Lost Ark has discussed themes regarding creators and creations, determinism and free will, cause and effect, light and darkness, good and evil each with various perspectives for us to think about through the stories found within of Lost Ark. We wanted to tell a new story to adventurers through Voldis, the current endgame continent with Zeherade, Mariu, the Sage’s Tower, and the Guardians. From Sacria where their endless pride was answered by an apocalypse, to Voldis’ Ivory Tower of knowledge that was built by those who lost their faith, Voldis shows many concepts - Sorrow of mortals that struggles in front of the immortal beings. Ironically, because mortals inevitably meet an end, their remarkable will gets passed on to the next generation. This also leads to the concepts such as birth and death, and interesting perspectives surrounding life and creations. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/01PjV8yWi446lztaDoU9p2/cabaf3ce6c8dbf3d97cdd69648c2d1d3/LA_Sage-s_Tower_1920x1080.jpg By travelling around the Sage’s Tower, which houses all the knowledge of the world, and being part of their story, you will be able to take a peek in the interesting thoughts of people of the Voldis. With that, you may find out the intersecting perspectives of the people from Voldis, and from the continents as they have faced or got influenced by various events, and also compare the previous journey...2 Extreme Date Announce & Anniversary Art Contest WinnersJan 31, 2024 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/3z8Gx4rBodagsFM3Z56fIr/59ffabe7b47daf20b1b65b6453f2f254/LA_Roadmap_FEB_KeyArt_1920x1080_CT-003022.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, The February ‘2 Extreme’ Update arrives in Arkesia next week on February 7, bringing Valtan Extreme, a ton of special anniversary events, and more! Find teasers for some of the key content and the winners of the Anniversary Art Contest below. Valtan Extreme Valtan will return in a new, challenging version of the raid. There are two versions of Valtan Extreme - Normal at Item Level 1580, and Hard at Item Level 1620. With greater challenge comes greater rewards. There are first-time-clear rewards that will be given upon clearing 2 Gates, along with rewards as you reclear. Each roster can enter the raid once every 2 weeks, with gate progress bound to the character that cleared the first gate. Second Anniversary Celebration To celebrate the anniversary in game, we’ll have several fun in-game anniversary events for players to enjoy accompanied by special rewards. Players can take part in celebrating Lost Ark’s 2nd Anniversary at the Arkesia Festival. Each week of the festival there will be a new co-op quest for players to participate in, keeping things fun and fresh as you earn tokens to trade in for valuable rewards. In addition to the Arkesia Festival, a new Birthday Bash Event that will take players on a trip down memory lane and lead them to earn rewards by re-experiencing some of the most iconic pieces of Lost Ark content. Stay tuned for the full details in next week’s release notes. We recently completed the Anniversary Art Contest, where players created and submitted anniversary-themed loading screens that will be added into the game during the second anniversary celebration. We’re excited to announce the three winners ahead of next week’s update, and congratulate the talented winners! Winner: Nyaffie https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/3AiLkpUeCYMANqQBIBhxrA/46f5dad396d07dc23c1a53126142b759/Nyaffie_Anniversary_Loading_Screen_1080_CT-003264.jpeg Winner: Analiciá https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/6gP19M1B4Lm22J2PyRK3Gu/d5b0a96e20eb55ae2bb6a5bfb4296728/Analici__Anniversary_Loading_Screen_1080_CT-003264.jpeg Winner: Xrebirth https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/1XUMChXwS12wOff6ze9SNO/fadab5ceac26bb1b878280b3a50a94ce/Xrebirth_Anniversary_Loading_Screen_1080_CT-003264.jpeg Be on the lookout for these pieces of fanart in the game next week, or head over to the Official Lost Ark Discord Server to see all of the awesome community submissions. The full release notes will be shared next week, and in the meantime, we’ll see you in Arkesia. Lost Ark updates will always be "a couple of months behind Korea"Jan 21, 2024 - PCGamesNLost Ark is preparing to celebrate the two-year anniversary of its global launch, yet while it's done a lot of work to catch up to the Korean version of the game, developers Amazon Games and Smilegate are unlikely to ever quite reach a point of parity. In the wake of its most recent balance update and ahead of the much-anticipated Thaemine legion raid, PCGamesN speaks with Lost Ark community lead Roxanne Sabo about its current and future plans. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Lost Ark finally gets much-requested balance update, and new content The best MMO and MMORPGs to play in 2024 Lost Ark's much-requested balance update won't arrive until January Brelshaza Inferno Twitch DropJan 10, 2024 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/2GNuxnQTYtHs4MiBtB1IpV/b8323479155f15f636531c5480c7e40f/LA_TwitchDrop_BrelshazaInfernoDrop_1920x1080_CT-003189.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, A Honing Material Twitch Drop accompanies the Brelshaza Inferno Raid. Rather than tiers, there are 2 Drops, each with their own watch time. Unlike tiered drops, watch time for each drop is earned simultaneously. Drop 1 - 4hrs - Collective Battle Item Chest (x3) Drop 2 - 8hrs - Honing Material Chest Protection Stone Pouch (x10) Obliteration Stone Pouch (x5) Honing Shard Selection Chest (x5) Honing Leapstone Selection Chest III (x5) This month, the Twitch Drops will open up first to Twitch Streamers valiantly attempting to defeat Brelshaza Inferno. Members of the Creator Program can submit Twitch handle and show their interest in participating by filling out a form in the Creator Program Discord Server. The event will begin on January 10 and last for 48 hours. Those participating will be the only ones with access to the Drop until the event ends, after which the drop will open up to the entire Lost Ark Creator Program! Make sure to head over to Twitch and watch your favorite Lost Ark content creators to earn the drops before they end on February 6. We wish content creators and players alike good luck as they work to vanquish Brelshaza in her most difficult form! We’ll see you in Arkesia. January Release NotesJan 9, 2024 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/017dvYoLVGHiuLevMatEez/14294357ff70d10057507915e8b62cf8/EN_LA_FireUpTheNewYear_JanKeyArt_1920x1080_CT-003157.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, The January Update arrives in Arkesia tomorrow. Downtime will begin on January 10 at 12AM PT (8 AM UTC) and is expected to last 8 hours. The January Update includes the Inferno mode of Brelshaza, a new Adventure Island, along with a ton of quality of life (QoL) updates and balance changes. Find the full list of content, events, skins, and other updates below! Henry is back with an episode of “Patchnotes with Henry” for any players looking for an express video explanation and visual showcase. Let us know on YouTube if you enjoy this type of content from our team and would like to see more heading forward. Want all the details? Find the full list of content, events, skins, and other updates below! Spotlight Brelshaza Legion Raid Inferno Difficulty https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/7gPf7FX3KGfGvwrtgrSwwq/538af7093624412a3760e0f432a54cf6/LA_Roadmap_JAN_KeyArt_1920x1080_CT-003022.jpg The most difficult version of Legion Raids, the Inferno difficulty is all about proving you’re among the best of the best in Arkesia, and earning the accompanying prestige. Rather than chasing the normal rewards of gear, materials, and everything else you’d receive in a Legion Raid, Inferno rewards instead showcase your victory with titles, achievements, Stronghold Structures, and more! The Inferno difficulty of Brelshaza will require Item Level 1560, and as a piece of equalized content, a full build set-up in the Book of Coordination. 2 new achievements and 2 new titles have been added. 1 new stronghold structure and 1 toy added in the exchange shop. Phantom's Gaze, the trade material for Phantom Legion Commander Raid Chest will be sent to Universal Storage upon clearing the Phantom Legion Commander Brelshaza Inferno. Captain Token, the trade material for Captain's Reward Chest can be obtained after clearing 'Path of Glory: Captain Token' achievement. Brelshaza Inferno' category has been added to the partyfinder. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/5K40JVmYH6CKJM5SoGvMgs/02ba24bd2a71219b1816ae4eefaf5518/LA_Jan_Release_Note_Images_Brelshaza_Inferno_Rewards_0003_1080.jpeg Unlike other Inferno Legion Raids that include every gate, Inferno Brelshaza is focused on the final two gates of the original raid— the two original gates where players encounter Brelshaza. Lai Lai Adventure Island https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/5DleRB4oitUwCbRk9OHEBr/a7ffcf23ab79672b8da1e7909dadbbf7/LA_Jan_Release_Note_Images_Lailai_Island_0005_1080.jpeg A new Adventure Island has been added in the sea to the south of Punika. Lai Lai Island can be entered through Procyon's Compass on a schedule, like other Adventure Islands. 2 new Normal Quests, 1 new Competitive Quest added 3 new toys added as rewards from Competitive Quest Sugary Baby Piñata Lemony Piñata Golden Baby Piñata Mokoko Seed added Island Soul ad...Lost Ark finally gets much-requested balance update, and new contentJan 3, 2024 - PCGamesNLost Ark updates are something most big fans of Smilegate's stunning MMO look forward to, and they always spark conversation. Players have feedback to share regarding patches, whether they bring new content or highly requested balance changes, and the game's upcoming January patch is no exception as fans have waited to see it come to fruition for a while now. The developer now says the update is just about ready, and it'll push the global edition of Lost Ark closer to its Korean counterpart. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The best MMO and MMORPGs to play in 2024 Lost Ark's much-requested balance update won't arrive until January Lost Ark October update celebrates Halloween with a haunted house January Update AnnouncementJan 3, 2024 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/7gPf7FX3KGfGvwrtgrSwwq/538af7093624412a3760e0f432a54cf6/LA_Roadmap_JAN_KeyArt_1920x1080_CT-003022.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, The January Update arrives in Arkesia next week, on January 10. The January Update includes the Inferno mode of Brelshaza, Lai Lai Island - a new Adventure Island, along with a ton of quality of life (QoL) updates and balance changes. The January Update will include a new base build, which includes a variety of QoL updates, along with the balance changes from Korea. While the QoL updates will encompass the ones releasing in the fall, all of the balance changes will be included. For information on base builds and how we approach bringing balance updates and QoL updates to the west, you can learn more in our Team Update - Bringing Balance Changes to the West. Brelshaza Legion Raid Inferno Difficulty The most difficult version of Legion Raids, the Inferno difficulty is all about proving you’re among the best of the best in Arkesia, and earning the accompanying prestige. Rather than chasing the normal rewards of gear, materials, and everything else you’d receive in a Legion Raid, Inferno rewards instead showcase your victory with titles, achievements, Stronghold Structures, and more! The Inferno difficulty of Brelshaza will require Item Level 1560, and as a piece of equalized content, a full build set-up in the Book of Coordination. Unlike other Inferno Legion Raids that include every gate, Inferno Brelshaza is focused on the final two gates of the original raid— the two original gates where players encounter Brelshaza. To take a look at more of the content arriving in the first part of 2024, make sure to checkout Part 1 of the 2024 Roadmap. Stay tuned for the full release notes next week, along with some teasers on our social media channels. In the meantime, we’ll see you in Arkesia! Happy New Year!Dec 31, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/1IvYBg9XASUj53DbvmLR7M/2260098db00f09ec156f6a0da50deba6/EN-US_LA_HNYCard_16x9_Final_1920x1080_CT-002825.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, Something shimmers in the eastern Sea of Gienah, north of Anikka. Will venturing to this phenomenon grant good fortune for the new year? Find the mystical island and join us at 11:59PM (server time for each region) tonight for a special celebration in Arkesia welcoming in the new year! Not able to make it? Don’t fret, this special event will last until January 10, 2024, taking place every 2 hours. We appreciate the feedback, support, and passion of the players that we’ve seen all year long from the members of the Lost Ark community. We’ve had both challenges and sensational moments that have led to 2023 being a special year, and look forward to the exciting experiences with you in the new year. With our 2nd anniversary arriving in February, we’ll have more moments to celebrate the last year. In the meantime, we’ll see you in Arkesia. Happy Holidays!Dec 25, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/1EryYNrYlDWoePwEpYN9tN/be27b512acfb8381992e3779796135be/EN-US_LA_HolidayCard23_1920x1080_Final_CT-002824.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, Join us for a holiday special Tavern Talks with Roxx complete with some notable guests and holiday wishes from our team! Celebrate in-game with the Freja island event. Have you been good this year? Find out as you traverse the Naughty and Nice Maze on Freja Island to earn rewards. You can enter every even hour (2PM, 4PM, etc.), and once per roster per day, or earn tokens from clearing Chaos Dungeons and Guardian Raids. Tokens from Freja Island can be spent at the event shop, which has a variety of valuable items and holiday-themed rewards that can be earned! Special event feast items will also be available during the event. If you haven’t logged for a few days, don’t forget to claim your Year’s End Gift celebrating the holidays and end of 2023! It will be available for a character on your Roster to claim from their Product Inventory: 2023 Mokoko Cahni Skin Selection Chest Special Legendary Card Selection Pack - This pack contains Varkan and Vairgrys as selection options Legendary Elixir Support Chest - Contains 500 Stabilized Ductility Catalyst and 5 Splendid Elixir of Wisdom Processed Chaos Stone Chest - Contains 30 Processed Chaos Stones (Weapon) and 90 Processed Chaos Stones (Armor) Book of Judgement Chest - Contains 4 Books of Judgement Collective Battle Item Chest x10 Aura of Resonance x2 Happy Holidays! We’ll see you in Arkesia. Year End GiftDec 19, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://pbs.twimg.com/media/GBviIdEboAAKxu6?format=png&name=900x900 Heroes of Arkesia, As 2023 comes to a close, the teams at Amazon Games and Smilegate RPG wanted to thank our players for another fantastic year in Arkesia and celebrate with a special gift! Following the December 20th downtime, the Year End Gift will be sent to your product inventory for one character on your Roster to claim. It includes: 2023 Mokoko Cahni Skin Selection Chest Special Legendary Card Selection Pack - This pack contains Varkan and Vairgrys as selection options Legendary Elixir Support Chest - Contains 500 Stabilized Ductility Catalyst and 5 Splendid Elixir of Wisdom Processed Chaos Stone Chest - Contains 30 Processed Chaos Stones (Weapon) and 90 Processed Chaos Stones (Armor) Book of Judgement Chest - Contains 4 Books of Judgement Collective Battle Item Chest x10 Chaos Dungeon Rest Bonus Brew x 2 Ancient Platinum Coin x100 Happy holidays, and we’re looking forward to celebrating a new year with you in Arkesia! You can see what the first part of 2024 has in store in our 2024 Roadmap - Part 1. Ivory Tower Release NotesDec 19, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/1WUoUtzj2QteWREshmVWp/d79fda1a452d6a490991740e87c0715f/LA_Ivory_Tower_Beauty_Screenshot__4__1080.jpeg Heroes of Arkesia, The Ivory Tower Abyssal Dungeon, new Elixir System, and some special winter sales arrive in the second part of the December Update. We’re also excited to announce that we will be bringing changes to the Elixir system when they launch, alongside the launch of the changes in Korea. Downtime will begin on December 20 at 1AM PT (9 AM UTC) and is expected to last for 4 hours. Find the full list of content, special winter sale items and other updates below! Ivory Tower Abyssal Dungeon https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/36h21pW6L50q8r5q7g9noY/df55063bcab498d86caf22d3513ed7cc/LA_Ivory_Tower_Beauty_Screenshot__2__1080.jpeg The Ivory Tower is a new 4-player Abyssal Dungeon located in Voldis, which has 4 gates. The entrance Item Level is 1600 for the Normal difficulty and 1620 for the Hard Difficulty. The rewards include Honing Materials (Refined Protection Stones, Refined Obliteration Stones, Radiant Honor Leapstones, Honor Shards), Gold, special hidden rewards, and materials for the new Elixir system, such as Elixir of Wisdom and Energy of Wisdom. To enter the Ivory Tower of Chaos, players will need to complete the pre-requisite quest Adento’s Legacy. Elixirs https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/3M7pLQnNfVId65qAnAxQBp/8b251e92262ae88a254f7ead4f7f3718/LA_Elixir_Menu_01_1080.jpeg Elixir Summary Elixirs can be obtained after clearing Abyssal Dungeon: Ivory Tower of Chaos 'Trampled Gardens'. Guide Quests will be added in-game to teach players how to use and interact with the system. Elixirs are a new system which will drastically increase player’s combat abilities by imbuing their gear with new, powerful effects. Epic elixirs will be obtainable through the Normal mode of the Ivory Tower Abyssal Dungeon, while Legendary Elixirs can be earned via Hard mode. Once obtained, Elixirs need to be refined and imbued onto a player’s gear. To refine an Elixir, players need to first get ‘Ductility Catalyst’ by paying gold and Chaos Stones. Catalysts are also acquirable through Wandering Merchant in Voldis. The refining process requires both a certain amount of Gold and Catalysts. Players have a set amount of tries for each refining process, and players can use the advice from the three Sages of the Tower to pick the best outcome possible. Players will need to think carefully and use the advice well – it’s important to understand the logic of the system. There are powerful Set bonuses to aim for when special conditions are met. The refining process is unlike any other experience in Lost Ark – it relies on a certain amount of luck, but it also requires the players to think carefully and logically to plan for the best outcome. Once the Elixir is done refining, players can imbue the Elixir to their equipment to get bonus effects. Only 1525 Ancient Gear earned from the Akkan Legion Raid can be imbued wit...2024 Roadmap Part 1Dec 18, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/6dvdHeEJIjixZnkA2ixIOu/c22e193cdbd01694fb73f9290820f37f/EN_LA_Roadmap_Jan-Apr_KeyArt_1920x1080_CT-003022.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, We’re excited to share the first part of the 2024 roadmap, which includes the major planned content pieces arriving in Arkesia in the first few months of 2024. Join Product Manager Andy Lin, Head of Editorial Henry Stelter, and Community Manager Roxanne Sabo for our team’s video update. The roadmap content discussed are highlights we know players are eagerly awaiting, but the roadmap is not a comprehensive list of every change arriving in Arkesia over the next few months, and could change. As we approach each month, more details will be shared. There will be plenty of other quality of life (QoL) updates, balance tuning, adjustments to support new and returning players, and unique events. Stay tuned to our website and social channels for future release notes including the full list of new content, cosmetics, balance changes, events, bug-fixes, and more included in our major monthly updates. With that, let’s dive in. The normal written roadmap can be found below. January https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/7gPf7FX3KGfGvwrtgrSwwq/538af7093624412a3760e0f432a54cf6/LA_Roadmap_JAN_KeyArt_1920x1080_CT-003022.jpg Brelshaza Inferno The most difficult version of Legion Raids, the Inferno difficulty is all about proving you’re among the best of the best in Arkesia, and earning the accompanying prestige. Rather than chasing the normal rewards of gear, materials, and everything else you’d receive in a Legion Raid, Inferno rewards instead showcase your victory with titles, achievements, Stronghold Structures, and more! The Inferno difficulty of Brelshaza will require Item Level 1560, and as a piece of equalized content, a full build set-up in the Book of Coordination. February https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/3z8Gx4rBodagsFM3Z56fIr/59ffabe7b47daf20b1b65b6453f2f254/LA_Roadmap_FEB_KeyArt_1920x1080_CT-003022.jpg Second Anniversary Celebration To celebrate the anniversary in game, we’ll have a number of fun in-game anniversary events for players to enjoy, with rewards to match. Players can take part in celebrating Lost Ark’s 2nd Anniversary at the Arkesia Festival. Each week of the festival there will be a new co-op quest for players to participate in, keeping things fun and fresh as you earn tokens to trade in for valuable rewards. In addition to the Arkesia Festival, we’re still fleshing the full details of an additional event that will take players on a trip down memory lane and lead them to earn rewards by re-experiencing some of the most iconic pieces of Lost Ark content. Valtan Extreme Valtan will return, ready for vengeance from all the card runs in a new, challenging version of the raid. There are two versions of Valtan Extreme - Normal at item level 1580, and Hard at item level 1620. There are first-time-clear rewards that will be given upon clearing 2 Gates, along with rewa...December Twitch Drop & Creator SpotlightDec 13, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/BVdhFoWgjj9anjB8SeZ8F/149e511489feba210baf3aae7a37e605/LA_WinterChamkuri_TwitchDrop_1920x1080.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, A Winter Chamkuri Mount Selection Drop accompanies the Voldis Wonderland Update, available for members of the Lost Ark Creator Program to enable on their channel. There are two Drops, each with their own watch time. Unlike tiered drops, watch time for each drop is earned simultaneously. Drop 1 - 2hrs - Amethyst Shard x1000 Drop 2 - 6hrs - Winter Chamkuri Selection Chest Icy Chamkuri Mount Rudolfie Chamkuri Make sure to head over to Twitch and watch your favorite Lost Ark content creators to earn the drops before they end on January 9. Creator Spotlight https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/4pUgt5hqafyZE6cvHFzhKB/61c17df0a0edc549e31fb71f3d13d563/LA_Creative_Spotlight_December_All_1920x1080.jpg Looking for creators to watch as you earn your Twitch Drops? The featured content creators are members of the Lost Ark Creator Program— learn more about them below! Rayina Twitch Channel Hi! My name is Rayina and I am a Lost Ark Streamer! Started this game when it came to NA almost 2 years ago now and made my community join me. We are still just as addicted as we were when we first started. Honestly, I owe this a lot to this game. I grew so much on Twitch, met many new friends, but I also ended up meeting my fiancé thanks to Lost Ark. I don't offer many educational tips about the game, but I do offer some laughs and a good time. Baker Twitch Channel Hi Guys, I'm Baker and I've streamed mainly Lost Ark for almost 2 years now. I play on the EU Region and do a lot of raids and projects like the “Fate Ember Research” or Gold Earning Challenge (Corpa Week) together with my amazing community. I've also been working closely with Amazon Games and new players as a "Mokoko Mentor" on the Jump-Start servers and welcome anyone in stream who has questions. I'm a Striker main but play way too many classes because I love a variety of playstyles and the uniqueness of every class. Come by if you want to enjoy chill vibes with us. MycaPlays Twitch Channel My name is Myca and I’ve been streaming Lost Ark since launch, almost 2 years now. I strive to create a positive and helpful streaming community that everyone feels welcome in. I love Lost Ark and am always pushing to defeat the newest content as it releases with my amazing community. I’m an Artist main and have always loved support/healer roles in MMOs and Lost Ark is no different! Feel free to drop by and ask me any questions you might have about the game or just to hang out! Voldis Wonderland Release NotesDec 12, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/tmwWW6WM5SjaDUGOsX6ko/0a7e0c7b1f16aa6f8a3b977c098d2b19/EN_LA_NovKeyArt_VoldisWonderland_1920x1080_CT-0025792.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, The Voldis Wonderland Update arrives in Arkesia tomorrow. Downtime will begin on December 13 at 1AM PT (9 AM UTC) and is expected to last 5 hours. With a new continent to explore, Guardian Raid, Holiday Event, and the start of Proving Grounds Season 4, the first of our December Updates has something for every player. Find the full list of content, events, skins, and other updates below! Henry is back with an episode of “Patchnotes with Henry” for any players looking for an express video explanation and visual showcase. Let us know on YouTube if you enjoy this type of content from our team and would like to see more heading forward. Want all the details? Find the full list of content, events, skins, and other updates below! Spotlight New Continent - Voldis https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/6lc9HiUZS9wwcHd8sXpwE5/8a3b06fa8f5af3ce5978f361428865c6/LA_Voldis_Beauty_Screenshot__3__1080.jpeg Voldis is a new continent with an entrance Item Level of 1520 and above. The continent of Voldis is the land of sages and alchemy, with the magnificent city of Kalinar located at the mouth of Ketsla River. The city is always bustling with tourists seeking advice from the renowned sages. The city itself has a fantastic view and is full of cute Homunculi dashing to-and-fro as they run the citizens’ errands. Voldis is home to the Sages, who delve into many secrets regarding alchemy, the body, and the mind. They are well-respected for their vast knowledge and powers, and with the Chaos Guardians returning, their aid will be more than helpful in the upcoming war. Outside of the city, much of the continent is full of giant trees – all part of the Great Rainforest. The Rainforest holds many mysteries, with powerful monsters lurking in the shadows. Players can get help from the Raiyas, the people of the Forest, to enter the Sage’s Tower and reach the end of the story. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/4cre7PcDd4K1VmSu7kjuQ3/b276341c9b3a6b845ab238096419ba4f/LA_Voldis_Beauty_Screenshot__4__1080.jpeg To experience Voldis, players will need to reach Item Level 1520, complete the following pre-requisite quests: Pleccia World Quest "Twilight Hill", Voldis Prelude Quest "Shattered Sea's Cradle", and then receive quest "Kalinar, City of Sages" at Macaboa Port in Voldis. After the story has ended, players can complete their Adventurer’s Tome, as well as complete a brief set of epilogue quests. Notably, Voldis introduces a new Field Boss— Drakus, a 1610 Chaos Gate, and a 1610 Chaos Dungeon. Voldis will also include: Voldis Guide Quest ' Guides: Voldis' added Una's Task & Quests added for Voldis 5 New Rapport NPCs. Voldis Adventure quests can be accessed after completing Voldis World Quests. Prerequisite: 'A Historic Alliance' Adventure Quest completion. 4 Rapport Items added Can exchange Voldis Ra...December Update AnnouncementDec 5, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/6lc9HiUZS9wwcHd8sXpwE5/8a3b06fa8f5af3ce5978f361428865c6/LA_Voldis_Beauty_Screenshot__3__1080.jpeg Heroes of Arkesia, We wanted to share our plans for releasing the massive amount of content that arrives alongside Voldis. This month, we will have two major updates, a week apart, on December 13 and 20. The December 13 update will include Voldis, the Gargadeth Guardian Raid, a new seasonal event, Proving Grounds Season 4, and much more! Stay tuned to next week’s release notes for the full details. After a week of exploring Voldis, encountering the new threats of the Guardian Gargadeth, Field Boss Drakus, and more, the Ivory Tower Abyssal Dungeon will release alongside Elixirs on December 20. DECEMBER 13 - VOLDIS WONDERLAND VOLDIS Voldis is a new continent with an entrance Item Level of 1520 and above. The continent of Voldis is the land of sages and alchemy, with the magnificent city of Kalinar located at the mouth of Ketsla River. The city is always bustling with tourists seeking advice from the renowned sages. The city itself has a fantastic view and is full of cute Homunculi dashing to-and-fro as they run the citizens’ errands. Voldis is home to the Sages, who delve into many secrets regarding alchemy, the body, and the mind. They are well-respected for their vast knowledge and powers, and with the Chaos Guardians returning, their aid will be more than helpful in the upcoming war. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/6B0Cf3mDr1ICL9kaZy2HQW/898013555ebe6c58dd92f0e1b6e15f30/LA_Voldis_Beauty_Screenshot__7__1080.jpeg Outside of the city, much of the continent is full of giant trees – all part of the Great Rainforest. The Rainforest holds many mysteries, with powerful monsters lurking in the shadows. Players can get help from the Raiyas, the people of the Forest, to enter the Sage’s Tower and reach the end of the story. After the story has ended, players can complete their Adventurer’s Tome, as well as complete a brief set of epilogue quests. ADDITIONAL CONTENT Players can look forward to the Gargadeth Guardian Raid, Proving Grounds Season 4, a new seasonal event, and much more! DECEMBER 20 - ENDGAME UPDATE https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/1WUoUtzj2QteWREshmVWp/d79fda1a452d6a490991740e87c0715f/LA_Ivory_Tower_Beauty_Screenshot__4__1080.jpeg Learn about the Abyssal Dungeon and Elixir system below— and be on the lookout for more information and news as we head toward the December 20 endgame update. IVORY TOWER ABYSSAL DUNGEON The Ivory Tower is a new Abyssal Dungeon located in Voldis, which has 4 gates. The entrance Item Level is 1600 for the Normal difficulty and 1620 for Hard Mode. The rewards include Honing Materials (Refined Protection Stones, Refined Obliteration Stones, Radiant Honor Leapstones, Honor Shards), Gold, special hidden rewards, and the new Elixir system. ELIXIRS Elixirs are a new system which will drastically increase player’s combat abilities by imbuing their gear with new, powerf...Lost Ark's much-requested balance update won't arrive until JanuaryNov 25, 2023 - PCGamesNLost Ark updates have been a source of contention for the massively multiplayer ARPG since its western launch in February 2022. First released in South Korea in December 2019, the MMORPG's worldwide version has long struggled to try and catch up with its Korean counterpart. That disparity comes into clearer view whenever big, popular changes arrive for Korean players - with the most recent such incident causing developers Amazon Games and Smilegate to address the matter directly. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The best MMO and MMORPGs to play in 2023 Lost Ark October update celebrates Halloween with a haunted house The best new MMOs worth playing 2023