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Building Community Beyond Maykoko FestMay 30, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/1O049KsWjVvtRt3jzI1BYN/7bc50d1b7cb6556fb4b837b627b31af7/LA_Mokoko_01_1920x1080.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, From raiding together clad in Mokoko garb to over-indulging on a flurry of feasts, it’s been a fun month watching the community pull together to complete the Maykoko Fest challenges and earn rewards for all. While the event portion of Maykoko Fest ends with the month of May, the Mokoko Emote Competition continues! Submission collection for the contest runs until June 12. After the submission deadline ends on June 12, our team will spend a few days selecting 10 finalists. Once the finalists are selected, the community can vote on their favorites by using reactions in Discord from June 16 - 23, and the top 5 will be selected as winners and added into the game. We’ve seen some great submissions already and can’t wait to see what else arrives. Maykoko Fest drawing to a close doesn’t mean the community building and activities will stop. We have a lot of new and returning players setting foot in Arkesia— and with new dangers arriving soon in Elgacia, more teamwork will be needed. We wanted to highlight two great ways of getting involved in the community to either prepare or help others prepare for the raids and team-based challenges that lie ahead. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/7tGg4I3emQDJN08wqNI7Il/3402117ce211eda688eb1532db57df1d/lost_ark_screeenshot_003_1920x1080.jpg Community Lost Ark LFG Discord If you’re a Lost Ark player, you’ve probably heard of Stoopzz— a content creator notorious for his hot takes and enthusiasm for the game. Recently, Stoopzz led a community effort to build a new LFG experience for gamers looking to run or learn raids. With support from other Lost Ark content creators and his passionate community, they’ve built a great experience for players looking to learn, teach, or just run a quick raid with others. “At its core, an MMORPG is about establishing relationships within the community to tackle challenges and difficult group raid encounters in hopes of creating long-lasting memories. To support this, the Lost Ark community has come together to create a central Discord server to assist new, returning, and existing players on their Lost Ark journey. While we can’t promise instant raid clears (like an Instant Una Completion Ticket), we can provide an opportunity to find like-minded individuals. Having a guild, static, or a couple of friends to play alongside of can really make a world of difference, and that’s something I’m willing to foster through this Discord. I’ll see you all in the world of Arkesia!“ -Stoopzz Join the community-run Lost Ark LFG Discord here! Mokoko Mentor Program We wholeheartedly agree with Stoopzz, and have been working on a program for Lost Ark veterans to help coach new players and impart their wisdom in the Official Lost Ark Discord. Before a player is ready to join a raid group at all, there’s a lot of information and questions that arise. From the...Design your own Lost Ark emote during this Maykoko Fest competitionMay 23, 2023 - PCGamesNWhen it comes to MMOs like Smilegate's Lost Ark, one of the most alluring qualities a game can have is its community outreach. Including fans when making decisions or during fun events sets such online games apart from the rest of the market. Lost Ark has recently involved its community during the Maykoko Fest, a month-long event in which players earn rewards, and the newest Maykoko Fest is an emote design competition allowing fans to create their own Mokoko-themed expressions. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Lost Ark's newest class lets you reach endgame faster than ever Lost Ark Slayer release date pushes ahead of Aeromancer to meet demand Lost Ark is cutting back grind to add new stuff "as fast as we can" Maykoko Fest Emote Design CompetitionMay 22, 2023 - Community AnnouncementsHeroes of Arkesia, We’re excited to announce a new, special addition to Maykoko Fest— starting today, we’re launching an emote design competition for the community to create in-game Mokoko-themed emotes. The prize? Your art being uploaded into Lost Ark as an emote for the community to use! Submission collection for the Mokoko emote contest will run from May 22 to June 12. After the submission deadline ends on June 12, our team will spend a few days selecting 10 finalists. Once the finalists are selected, the community can vote on their favorites by using reactions in Discord from June 16 - 23, and the top 5 will be selected as winners and added into the game. You can enter your submissions to the emote contest through the official Lost Ark Discord by creating a post in the "Mokoko Emote Contest" section with the image of your artwork attached (JPG or PNG under 25mb). Find the full contest rules here. We’re excited to see what the community submits! Don’t forget to enter your emote submissions before the June 12 deadline, and check back on June 16 to vote on your favorite finalists. In the meantime, celebrate Maykoko Fest by completing weekly events and earning rewards. When Lost Ark players reach certain milestones, all will be rewarded. Check the calendar to learn what you need to accomplish each week. Arthetine Nightrider ShowcaseMay 10, 2023 - Community AnnouncementsHeroes of Arkesia, The Western exclusive Arthetine Nightrider cosmetic collection is now available in-game! From concepting and brainstorming to bringing the cosmetics to life in Arkesia, our teams at Amazon Games and Smilegate RPG had a lot of fun collaborating on this special project. Our goal was to unite distinctly Western shapes (high crown, wide brim hats, cowboy boots, spurs) with the iconic Cyberpunk theme. Using the internal project name "Cyberpunk Cowboy", we asked what it would look like if technology had continued to advance in the wild Scraplands of Arthetine without law or subjugation. In that lawless world, we envisioned the rise of a local warrior culture where stylish cowboys rode down unwitting cargo trains and travelers alike on the backs of their cybernetic Machinalis mounts. These raiders and saboteurs stylized themselves as the Arthetine Nightriders— and the bright flashes of their neon gear and baying of their steel hounds became the notorious symbols of impending doom. Find the journey from concept to final cosmetic of each class, mount, and pet all showcased, along with quotes from the Smilegate RPG art team who brought this band of outlaws to life. Assassin “The concept in mind was a futuristic outlaw lurking in a dark alley. I am very happy to show the results, and hope the players enjoy the skins!” Concept: https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/5KG9OuGzJCQGIh8gQnipCH/c10262a8ae55837279cb422b1e89ce01/LA_Nightrider_AssassinConcept_MayMTX_1920x1080_CT-001916.jpg Final Cosmetic: https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/68l74nQKOeGi2B9fzWwWGo/1e778cc028f4fe373a7da0d682b0c2dd/LA_Nightrider_Assassin_MayMTX_1920x1080_CT-001916.jpg https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/21tan3qC5cg9klzYa0sSX/596ae3edef993567c3f72ee12cee6b83/LA_MAY_Lineup_Assassin_1080.jpeg Gunner Gunner (M) “We used an exaggerated silhouette and tough coat design to emphasize the SF-style cowboy look.” Concept: https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/cEoWrOiSU2KLDXyx97psJ/8a8ef1c8e76eb488b682c76b3053d09d/LA_Nightrider_Gunner_M_Concept_MayMTX_1920x1080_CT-001916.jpg Gunner (F) “The collaboration of Cowboy and Cyberpunk was an appealing topic to me, and I was very glad to have the opportunity to work on them. The concept of the design was to give the feeling of wildness and freedom with the effects, along with futuristic points to make them more interesting.” Concept: https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/1UJaXIlvupWjH1CGG23NUZ/4bf9e4f1217f31e7cbef162b25b5aab9/LA_Nightrider_Gunner_F_Concept_MayMTX_1920x1080_CT-001916.jpg Final Cosmetic: https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/2zc6fqwbSZdzhWRp0TXRoX/a9c593a777922611d9c9fdad0989857e/LA_Nightrider_Gunner_MayMTX_1920x1080_CT-001916.jpg https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/212DbqE9a8nRH6ih49p2om/b2a5ffbe1fffda534321e683ca37edc6/LA_MAY_Lineup_Gunner_1080.jpeg Martial Artist Martial Artist (M) “The motif for the skin was a highwayman, with points added on both arms and legs to highlight the Striker’...May 2023 Twitch DropMay 10, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/673omwK80uIL9PPObDpskJ/366f3129a8db2d25b8e6434913f203a1/LA_AllTiers_Pheon-BattleItems_TwitchDrop_Web_1920x1080_CT-001801.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, A tiered Twitch Drop with valuable items and a cute pet accompanies the May “Slay Your Way to Elgacia” Update, available for members of the Lost Ark Creator Program to enable on their channel. The first tier contains the Collective Battle Items Chest at two hours of watch time. The second tier contains 20x Pheons and 1,000x Amethyst Shards at four hours of watch time, and the third tier contains the Brave Vivi Pet! Make sure to head over to Twitch and watch your favorite Lost Ark content creators to earn the drops before they end on June 6. Viewers will need to accumulate 2 hours of watch time in participating Lost Ark streams to claim the first tier, and the second and third tiers can be claimed after accumulating an additional 4 hours of watch time each (for a total of 10 hours for all three tiers in participating Lost Ark Streams). Full instructions on account linking and claiming can be found on our Twitch Drops page. We’ll see you in Arkesia and on Twitch, watching members of the Lost Ark Creator Program. May 2023 Release NotesMay 9, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/3wsIcqPeaVf8xniRgcEJbC/5defab8dadee71769747fc9e979a85f0/LA_Roadmap2023_May_1920x1080_CT-001792.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, The May “Slay Your Way to Elgacia” Update arrives in Arkesia tomorrow. Downtime will begin on May 10 at 12AM PDT (8AM UTC) and is expected to last 4 hours. Slay your way to Elgacia with the Slayer Advanced Class and new story quests. The Slayer isn’t the only content arriving in Arkesia— with new progression events, the Ebony Cube, Event Guardians, Legion Raid balance changes, Quality of Life (QoL) updates, and new cosmetics, this update should make everyone’s life better in Arkesia. Find the full list of content, events, skins, and other updates below! Spotlight Slayer Advanced Class https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/3Dv92i5pjWW2rcOFmPu7oT/50fe1941cdcf082d243e195e6886463a/LA_Slayer_Web_Images__2__1080.jpeg The Slayer is the fifth Warrior Advanced Class— a female remix of the Berserker class. A melee warrior who stirs up the battlefield with her greatsword and Burst Mode, this powerful class has the potential to overwhelm anything in her path. Successful attacks with the Slayer fill the Fury Specialty Meter, which, when full, can trigger Burst Mode. During Burst Mode, the Slayer's damage and movement speed greatly increase, and a Specialty skill called Bloodlust (unique to the Slayer) can be used to unleash powerful slashes and stabs. In Burst Mode, Atk. Speed, Move Speed, and Crit Rate are greatly increased. (Atk. Speed +20%, Move Speed +20%, Crit Rate +30%). Bloodlust allows you to quickly slash at foes in front of you to inflict Damage, then perform a powerful stab, knocking them away for more Damage. This skill is only available while in Burst Mode, and can be used with key. Ebony Cube https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/5YMbDWHoGS0nqYcKlEAtG5/81497bbe2a39d76d3cd5fb50f5943d2c/LA_EbonyCube_1920x1080_CT-001836.jpg What is hidden beyond the seal the cube? Why did they make this cube? The Cube is a secretive ruin made by the Haals, an ancient race that were endowed with powers by the gods. After the disappearance of the Haals, the Cube was filled with demons and monsters. The cube's seal lifted, and its true name has been released - Ebony Cube. Adventures are gathering to break the Forbiddance of the cube— will you join them? Clear waves of enemies in a new activity that consolidates Boss Rush and Cube. With all the original rewards of both activities rolled into one, completing should feel more impactful while also cutting down on the grind. Four clear ranks exist: Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. Silver, Gems, Leap Stones, XP Cards, Combat Engraving, Honing Support Materials can all be earned, and both Lucky & Mega Lucky stages can be encountered randomly with bonus rewards. The Ebony Cube will arrive with three levels: 1st Forbiddance - Item Level 1302+ 2nd Forbiddance - Item Level 1490+ 3rd Forbiddance - Item Level 1540+ Event Guardians https://images.ctfassets.net/um...Lost Ark's newest class lets you reach endgame faster than everMay 5, 2023 - PCGamesNThe class Lost Ark players worldwide have been most excited about is almost here, with the Lost Ark Slayer release date arriving in Arkesia on May 10. Jumping ahead of the Aeromancer due to "high levels of anticipation and positive feedback" among the western audience, this latest addition to the MMORPG promises to have plenty of players trying it out. The good news is that you'll be able to dodge a lot of the Lost Ark grind to catch your Slayer up. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Lost Ark Slayer release date pushes ahead of Aeromancer to meet demand Lost Ark is cutting back grind to add new stuff "as fast as we can" The best MMORPG and top MMOs you should play 2023 Slayer Lost Ark AcademyMay 4, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/3iIPJ4iU76s7YdMUhyqJtW/c8f42d05ae48e1807ba671dcb07a190d/LA_Slayer_Web_Images_LAA4_1080.jpeg The Slayer arrives in Arkesia next week on May 10, accompanied by progression events to help players quickly level up. Learn about the Slayer’s abilities, engravings, and progression events below. The Slayer is the fifth Warrior Advanced Class— a female remix of the Berserker class. A melee warrior who stirs up the battlefield with her greatsword and Burst Mode, this powerful class has the potential to overwhelm anything in her path. Successful attacks with the Slayer fill the Fury Specialty Meter, which, when full, can trigger Burst Mode. During Burst Mode, the Slayer's damage and movement speed greatly increase, and a Specialty skill called Bloodlust (unique to the Slayer) can be used to unleash powerful slashes and stabs. In Burst Mode, Atk. Speed, Move Speed, and Crit Rate are greatly increased. (Atk. Speed +20%, Move Speed +20%, Crit Rate +30%). Bloodlust allows you to quickly slash at foes in front of you to inflict Damage, then perform a powerful stab, knocking them away for more Damage. This skill is only available while in Burst Mode, and can be used with key. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/015n2gUE2o8WCrFogr1Qun/d9f29897d4c054d78a910490a63c8429/LA_Slayer_Web_Images__4__1080.jpeg Class Engravings Punisher Damage +7% (lvl 1) / 15% (lvl 2) / 25% (lvl 3) while in Burst Mode and Bloodlust Crit Rate +5% (lvl 1) / 10% (lvl 2) / 20% (lvl 3). Fury gain -25% and Burst duration -50%. When Burst ends, Exhaustion does not occur. Predator Fury Meter +3% (lvl 1) / 6% (lvl 2) / 10% (lvl 3) and MP +1% (lvl 1) / 2% (lvl 2) / 3% (lvl 3) when hitting an enemy and absorbing their vigor. (Cooldown: 1s) In Burst Mode, Crit Damage +10% (lvl 1) / 25% (lvl 2) / 40% (lvl 3) and gain Fatigue every 3s. Fatigue: Fury Meter Consumption +10% every 3s, and cannot use Bloodlust. When Burst Mode ends, the duration of Exhaustion will be reduced according to the stacks of Fatigue. The Fury Meter is fully recovered when Exhaustion ends. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/5DthL6x4ASFB5TdbMFWjda/097456d07729fbe369a116acc63e94ce/LA_Slayer_Web_Images__5__1080.jpeg Skills Flash Blade - Perform a diagonal slash to inflict Damage. Cross Blade - Swing your greatsword in an X shape, inflicting Damage for each swing. Fury Blade - Jump and swing your greatsword to inflict Damage and launch foes into the sky, then strike down to inflict Damage and knock them down. Wild Stomp - Stomp the ground with one foot to attack all foes within a 4-meter radius inflicting Damage, inflicting Earthquake on them for 3s. Wild Rush - Charge 7 meters toward the target location and inflict Damage to foes in your path. Punishing Draw - With your greatsword pinned to the ground, create a crack in the earth and raise it upwards. Deal Damage and launch foes high into the air. Ground Smash - Thrust your greatsword into the ground, inflicting Damage. Then pull ...Maykoko FestMay 1, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/6E7ajHgyYR7NigWovseRgF/fca38de1187bc765ef37810dcf6be15c/Maykoko-1920x1080-EN.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, We’re excited to present the inaugural Maykoko Fest— a community celebration of all things Mokoko throughout the month of May. Celebrate Maykoko Fest by completing weekly events and earning rewards! When the community reaches the weekly goals, all Lost Ark players will be rewarded. Checkout the calendar below to learn what you need to accomplish each week. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/4pEWcphL9aJ26fdoTN7lw9/d57e81e3a96e4d9bbb2ac28b725d3b61/mokoko-hero_in_game_EN_1920x1080.jpg Week 1 (9AM PT May 1 - 8:59AM PT May 8) Goal: Use 3 million Mokoko emotes (max 10 per player per day) Reward: x10 Honing Shard Selection Chest (each chest contains x8 T3 Large Honor Shard Bags). Week 2 (9AM PT May 8 - 8:59AM PT May 15) Goal: 1 million Chaos Dungeon or Guardian Raid clears while wearing a Mokoko Skin. Each player in the activity counts as one completion. Reward: x10 Honor Leapstone Selection Chest (each chest contains x125 Honor Leapstones or x25 Great Honor Leapstones). Week 3 (9AM PT May 15 - 8:59AM PT May 22) Goal: Complete 250,000 Legion Raids while wearing a Mokoko Skin. Each player in the activity counts as one completion. Reward: x100 Ancient Platinum Coins (2M Silver & x25 Pheons Week 4 (9AM PT May 22 - 8:59AM PT May 29) Goal: 150,000 Stronghold Feasts created and shared Rewards: Reward for 50,000: x5 Una’s Daily Task Completion, x5 Una’s Extra Task Reward for 100,000: x3 Legendary - Epic Card Pack Reward for 150,000: The Gamer Moko Pet https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/2XoY4xLZE2LsbsMUzeAldy/dd87149c829785ec9d61a53f71e758bb/1920x1080-mayokoko-prizes.png If the Lost Ark community succeeds, rewards will be distributed 3hrs after the end of the week! Curious how a week is progressing? Make sure to checkout the Maykoko Fest event page. We’re excited to join you for a celebration of all things Mokoko in May! We wish you luck in accomplishing the community event goals, and we’ll see in Arkesia, clad in Mokoko garb. Lost Ark Slayer release date pushes ahead of Aeromancer to meet demandApr 26, 2023 - PCGamesNThe Lost Ark Slayer release date is sooner than expected as the female Berserker advanced class pushes its way past the Aeromancer in a new Lost Ark roadmap. That means you'll get to take the greatsword-wielding combatant into action in May, with progression events planned for the fantasy game to accompany each class's arrival. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Lost Ark is cutting back grind to add new stuff "as fast as we can" The best MMORPG and top MMOs you should play 2023 Lost Ark April update patch notes add Hard Brelshaza and Ancient gear Ebony Cube NoticeApr 26, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/5YMbDWHoGS0nqYcKlEAtG5/81497bbe2a39d76d3cd5fb50f5943d2c/LA_EbonyCube_1920x1080_CT-001836.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, The Ebony Cube arrives in two weeks, on May 10. Clear waves of enemies in a new activity that consolidates Boss Rush and Cube. With all the original rewards of both activities rolled into one, completing should feel more impactful while also cutting down on the grind. Ebony Cube will arrive with three levels: 1st Forbiddance - Item Level 1302+ 2nd Forbiddance - Item Level 1490+ 3rd Forbiddance - Item Level 1540+ As Ebony Cube will replace the existing Cube & Boss Rush activities, we wanted to provide two weeks’ notice so you can figure out the best plan for your tickets. Ebony Cube entrance ticket drop rates will be the same as the old Boss Rush entrance tickets. Titles earned from old Cube & Boss Rush activities will remain obtainable from Ebony Cube. Existing tickets in your inventory will be unusable when the update drops, so you can choose to use them ahead of time or convert them into Silver or Entrance Ticket Trade Vouchers (a new item that lets you select the level of Ebony Cube best suited to your Item Level), after the update drops. Here’s how the conversions will work: Cube: Cube - 30,000 silver Elite Cube - 40,000 silver Dimensional Cube Normal - Entrance Ticket Trade Voucher x15 Dimensional Cube Hard - Entrance Ticket Trade Voucher x20 Boss Rush: Hall of Silence - 50,000 silver Hall of the Sun Normal - Entrance Ticket Trade Voucher x45 Hall of the Sun Hard - Entrance Ticket Trade Voucher x60 Hall of the Sun Inferno - Entrance Ticket Trade Voucher x75 And here’s how many vouchers you’ll need for each Ebony Cube Ticket: 1st Forbiddance (Item Level 1302+) - 75 Vouchers 2nd Forbiddance (Item Level 1490+) - 100 Vouchers 3rd Forbiddance (Item Level 1540+) - 125 Vouchers While a balanced approach to exchanging or using tickets might be the right play, we wish all the best to those looking for maximum value and knocking out all their tickets. Let us know your final count on our social channels! In the meantime, we’ll probably see you in a Cube or Boss Rush run. 2023 Roadmap - Part 2Apr 25, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/wXrUHjrWVOt7sex5zO91I/d498f3b691db2e76b495455af6f72157/EN_LA_Roadmap2023_May-Aug_1920x1080_CT-001792.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, We recently released a letter from Amazon Games & Smilegate RPG discussing state of the game and some directional changes we’re excited to make to better support new players and listen to our existing player feedback. While that letter covers the broader initiatives, the 2023 Roadmap will dive into the biggest pieces of content arriving over the next four months. Before we explore the content, we know there are a few shocked faces out there seeing that the Slayer will arrive before the Aeromancer. Don’t worry, both will arrive with progression events to help players gear up quickly! We saw the high levels of anticipation and positive feedback surrounding the Slayer in the West when it was released in Korea in January, and coupled with many requests to try the class from our players— we decided to bring this class to you sooner rather than releasing the classes in order. New continents and Legion Raids have to be updated in order, while classes don’t have the same restrictions. The content found below are some of the 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. The descriptions provided are meant to be summaries of the content, and not provide any potential lore spoilers. 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. May https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/3wsIcqPeaVf8xniRgcEJbC/5defab8dadee71769747fc9e979a85f0/LA_Roadmap2023_May_1920x1080_CT-001792.jpg Slayer Advanced Class The Slayer is the fifth Warrior Advanced Class— a female remix of the Berserker class. A melee warrior who stirs up the battlefield with her greatsword and Burst Mode, this powerful class has the potential to overwhelm anything in her path. Successful attacks with the Slayer fills the Fury Specialty Meter, which, when full, can trigger Burst Mode. During Burst Mode, the Slayer's damage and movement speed greatly increase, and a Specialty skill called Bloodlust (unique to the Slayer) can be used to unleash powerful slashes and stabs. The Slayer will release in May with a powerpass and progression events. Stay tuned to our website and social channels for event details leading up to the May update. Ebony Cube, Progression Improvements, & QoL Updates Clear waves of enemies in a new activity that consolidates Boss Rush and Cube and replaces them. Later this week, we’ll post a notice with information on what ...Lost Ark is cutting back grind to add new stuff "as fast as we can"Apr 20, 2023 - PCGamesNAs Lost Ark year two continues to ramp up, developer Smilegate and publisher Amazon Games lay out their 2023 plans as they aim to cut back on endgame and daily grinds to introduce more new content faster without player burnout. The Diablo-style MMORPG had a successful first year following its worldwide launch, albeit one marred by a wealth of bots and server troubles, but Amazon says it has big plans to improve the game for both hardcore players and complete newcomers. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The best MMORPG and top MMOs you should play 2023 Lost Ark April update patch notes add Hard Brelshaza and Ancient gear The best new MMOs worth playing 2023 Team Update - Letter to the CommunityApr 19, 2023 - Community AnnouncementsHeroes of Arkesia, Our teams at Amazon Games and Smilegate RPG met recently to discuss player feedback, share insights, and talk about the next steps for Lost Ark in the West. The dust hasn’t settled yet and our teams have a lot of work on the horizon to materialize these conversations, but we wanted to share our thoughts and plans with you. We’d like to start off with a huge ‘thank you’ from both of our teams before we dive in. The love and dedication shown by so many while playing Lost Ark has been inspirational. While we’re extraordinarily grateful to see the excitement around the recent updates, we understand that you are still experiencing inconveniences and pain-points. Last year, our top priorities were introducing content into the Western shores of Arkesia at an appropriate cadence to avoid burnout, working to pull forward quality of life (QoL) changes, and waging the war on bots. Now, our goal is to continually improve the Lost Ark experience, while layering in the exciting content that has yet to arrive. Many updates and changes are required to achieve this goal, and that’s only half of it— to constantly work on creating a better game, we need to listen to our player base and ensure that you feel heard so we can build a better game together. We recognize that we’ve fallen short of accomplishing our desired relationship. Like the game itself, our current goal is to continue to grow, improve, and foster a better connection. As we work to set the best course for the rest of 2023 and beyond, you’ll find some of our thoughts and plans below. These are focused on areas of player feedback and directional goals, not content coming to Arkesia over the coming months. While you might still find one or two spoilers, we’ll be following up with the 2023 Roadmap - Part 2 next week to share those plans. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/30574swDPLtHZYGO2Oha7o/3de197a0455eec65f6f6339368e7af52/LA_April_Press_Screenshots_Brelshaza__8__1080.jpeg The War Against Bots One of our top priorities over the last year was taking care of the bot problem. Enormous effort was made on both Smilegate RPG and Amazon Games’ part, and together we’ve implemented a variety of changes to restrict bots from exploiting the system to gain economic benefits. During this process, we realized new players may be hindered from progressing, like not getting enough gold for honing. We’ll keep an eye on these unwanted side-effects, and actively work to resolve them. Material accumulation by bots also requires action. We have banned millions of bot accounts in an ongoing effort, but the materials they have produced still pose a risk of inflation. We will continue to take strong actions against RMT participants, and will take future action based on both gold and other materials' production figures. Many technical measures have been developed and tested, and we will continue to invest in future measures. Specific tactics can't be revealed for security reasons, but we can assure yo...Brelshaza Hard Tips & Tricks with Saintone & ATKApr 14, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/4Jit64TAvuyRrkcVoRpuM4/a0f198944b68801eec38cd87d54fa8ef/Brelshaza_LA_Academy_1920x1080.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, The April Update brought the cunning and ruthless Phantom Legion Commander Brelshaza back, stronger than ever, in a more challenging version of the 8-player Legion Raid. Hard mode increases the difficulty and increases the rewards, ushering in the new Ancient quality of gear & accessories. With the first weekend of raiding quickly approaching, we wanted to share some words of encouragement from veterans who’ve battled Brelshaza before. Find some tips and tricks about Brelshaza and Ancient gear from Lost Ark legends Saintone & ATK below, along with links to their channels for those looking for full raid guides. Saintone Greetings Adventurers! The battle against Brelshaza reaches greater heights as you prepare to challenge her Legion Raid in Hard mode! Unlike previous Hard modes, the reward for Brelshaza's Hard mode rewards a new material which allows you to craft Ancient-quality weapons and armor. Ancient gear provides a smidge more stats, but more importantly, they allow you to hone beyond +20 (Item Level 1590) and go all the way up to +25 (Item Level 1615). Each hone beyond +20 increases the item's overall level by just 5, so do bear in mind that the gain is lesser at these stages for a higher cost. As for the set bonuses, these new Ancient items share set bonus with their Relic counterpart, so if you have partial Relic and partial Ancient of the same set, they both count towards that set, so you don't have to worry about losing your set bonus as you're replacing your pieces. Moreover, once you transfer your Relic Brelshaza gear over to Ancient, you'll be left with a shell item that you can then dismantle for a full Relic material refund, which you can then exchange for Chaos Stones if you want. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/SyXl0Rzn1uLn5hOtEkCN7/3201d856233aae07f3e04ec5b355e8de/LA_April_Press_Screenshots_Brelshaza__5__1080.jpeg In the raid, you'll find the individual fights to feel mostly familiar, but pose a few new challenges in each gate. While most of the major mechanics work the same way, patterns and gimmicks in general have been strengthened in such a way that will throw a wrench or two into the existing strategy you may already be familiar with. For example, in the first gate, in Normal mode, you're required to counter the boss multiple times in a row as it rotates. Typically, the group gathers together and everyone launches their counters together, and one is bound to land, repeat ad nauseum until the pattern ends. In Hard mode, any player that successfully counters the boss becomes silenced for the remainder of the pattern and must intercept ghost arrows from reaching the boss while the rest of the party continues landing counters. Many of the mechs may defeat your party once or twice during your progression, but don't worry! Most of the differences are simple enough to und...Lost Ark April update patch notes add Hard Brelshaza and Ancient gearApr 12, 2023 - PCGamesNThe latest part of the Lost Ark Spring update 'The Art of War' is here, as the Lost Ark April patch notes arrive for the fantasy MMORPG. This month's patch brings plenty to look forward to, with the arrival of Brelshaza hard mode and its corresponding new tier of Ancient gear. There's also a new guardian raid, the opening of Fortunespire tier three, the introduction of powerful Sidereal gear, and of course plenty of snazzy cosmetics to delight players. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The best new MMOs worth playing 2023 The best MMORPG and top MMOs you should play 2023 Lost Ark's most anticipated class is coming to the West very soon April Update Twitch DropApr 12, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/4b6udMKnlwzj3KqppeWmBI/15753fc11b6aa94d7e727b622ed36d77/LA_BattleItems-HoningSupport_TwitchDrop_Web_1920x1080_CT-001793__1_.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, A tiered Twitch Drop with valuable items accompanies the April Update, available for members of the Lost Ark Creator Program to enable on their channel. The first tier of the Twitch Drop contains 5 Honing Support Selection Chests and 10 Regulus' Light Currency Chests. The second tier contains 10x 4 Battle Item Chests and 1,000 Amethyst Shards. Make sure to head over to Twitch and watch your favorite Lost Ark content creators until the drop ends on May 9. Viewers will need to accumulate 4 hours of watch time in participating Lost Ark streams to claim the first tier, and the second tier can be claimed after accumulating an additional 4 hours of watch time (for a total of 8 hours in participating Lost Ark Streams). Full instructions on account linking and claiming can be found on our Twitch Drops page.Spring Update: April Release NotesApr 11, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/5m7PYILfwzUhsTHxsmKrG6/6df7fbab47f315361f0b906075330aa1/EN_LA_SpringUpdate-April_ArtOfWar_1920x1080_CT-001759__1_.jpg Heroes of Arkesia, The April Update arrives in Arkesia tomorrow. Downtime will begin on April 12 at 12AM PDT (8AM UTC) and is expected to last 6 hours. The cunning and ruthless Phantom Legion Commander arrives, stronger than ever. Brelshaza Hard Mode isn’t the only powerful force arriving in Arkesia— Hanumatan, the wrath-filled Solar Guardian, is available to challenge in a new Guardian Raid, and Ancient quality gear grants bigger and better bonuses. New raids, higher level South Vern Chaos Dungeons, Inferno Boss Rush, new quests, and Sidereal Weapons all arrive along with new cosmetics. Find the full list of content, events, skins, and other updates below! Spotlight Brelshaza Hard Mode https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/6mxQMp29gbfrQMI6hovwav/169ee77c78b352f4a73c607df664d286/LA_Brelshaza_LA_Academy_No_Logo_1920x1080.jpg The Phantom Legion Commander returns in a more challenging version of the 8-player Legion Raid. Hard Mode increases the difficulty and increases the rewards, ushering in the new Ancient quality of gear & accessories. Brelshaza Hard mode requires: Item Level 1540 for gates 1 & 2 Item Level 1550 for gates 3 & 4 Item Level 1560 for gates 5 & 6 The new Item Level requirements aren’t the only difference, as Brelshaza Hard introduces a variety of new challenges and mechanics. Hanumatan Guardian Raid https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/28ZcQEN39NnuYsF3fw1usF/7172e0e18235b105ffd43feaa64f81ea/April_Hanumatan_01_1920x1080.jpg The Solar Guardian Hanumatan is hallowed in Anikka. The martial artists of Anikka followed Hanumatan's movements to develop a martial art. A powerful force of destruction in the Chain War 500 years ago, Hanumatan has sensed chaos looming in Arkesia and has woken from a long slumber. After spectating the state of the world with dispassionate eyes, he has come to a conclusion: Humans are the enemies endangering Arkesia. Hanumatan must be stopped, before his cold and furious wrath destroys every life form on Arkesia. Challenging Hanumatan in a Guardian Raid will require Item Level 1540, and like Brelshaza Hard Mode, Ancient accessories can be earned by successful parties harvesting the Guardian's soul. Like in other Level 6 Guardian Raids, there's a chance that the Legendary Galewind Rune can drop (once per Roster). The related Aberrant Mist Forest Island has been added. Ancient Quality Gear & Accessories Gear Ancient gear can be crafted with materials acquired from Legion Raid Phantom Legion Commander Brelshaza Hard mode. The following conditions must be met before crafting Ancient gear: Reach Item Level 1540. The Achievement 'Phantom Shard Remnants' level 1, earned by equipping a full 6-set of Relic gear from the Phantom Legion Commander Raid (simultaneously, and regardless of the set bonus). Tier 3 Upper Relic gear can be transferred to Ancient lev...Mokoko Birthday CelebrationApr 5, 2023 - Community AnnouncementsApril 5th is a special day in Arkesia — it’s the Mokoko Birthday Celebration! Players can join in on the party with a special gift! Log in before June 30th to receive a Mokoko Hammer Selection Chest, which can be claimed from your Product Inventory. The Mokoko Hammer is an in-game toy, and while it won’t carry you through a Legion Raid, players can use it to bash, bonk, and leave colorful marks across Arkesia. Happy Birthday Mokoko! Spring Update: April Date AnnounceApr 4, 2023 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/28ZcQEN39NnuYsF3fw1usF/7172e0e18235b105ffd43feaa64f81ea/April_Hanumatan_01_1920x1080.jpg The Hanumatan Level 6 Guardian Raid and Brelshaza Hard Mode bring Ancient quality gear and accessories to Lost Ark next week in the April 12 Spring Update! The Solar Guardian Hanumatan is hallowed in Anikka. The martial artists of Anikka followed Hanumatan's movements to develop a martial art. A powerful force of destruction in the Chain War 500 years ago, Hanumatan has sensed chaos looming in Arkesia and has woken from a long slumber. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/1RsvQRUPYC0oqfyhhtyMk5/0f4fb4184105afd10a05d0109d6a56d7/LA_April_Press_Screenshots_Hanumatan__3__1080.jpeg After spectating the state of the world with dispassionate eyes, he has come to a conclusion: Humans are the enemies endangering Arkesia. Hanumatan must be stopped, before his cold and furious wrath destroys every life form on Arkesia. Challenging Hanumatan in a Guardian Raid will require Item Level 1540, and like Brelshaza Hard Mode, Ancient accessories can be earned by successful parties. https://images.ctfassets.net/umhrp0op95v1/3i4AsaJk08GNYlinyqm3Xv/d398450d781912c93516f1b787bf9344/LA_April_Press_Screenshots_Hanumatan__1__1080.jpeg Interested in learning about ongoing progression events to catch up? Check out the Preparing for Brelshaza Hard Mode article. Brelshaza Hard Mode and Hanumatan aren’t the only content set to arrive on April 12— stay tuned to PlayLostArk.com and our social media channels for the full list of new content, cosmetics, and quality of life updates in next week's Release Notes. Until then, we'll see you in Arkesia!