Lost Ark One-Stop-Shop Guides and Checklists

Whether you’re new to the game, a completionist, or even a streamer looking to create your content plan Streaminal is here to provide you with the necessary resources to be successful. Lost Ark is a beautiful game with an insanely large span of content to explore and complete. The problem is that it is presented to you as a massive tidal wave and, for many, is hard to digest and understand what’s going on. One of the biggest complaints seen with new players in Lost Ark is that they are massively overwhelmed on what to do once reaching level 50. But do not worry, we will get you off and running in the right direction!

Leveling 1-50

Leveling is pretty straightforward in Lost Ark. There are a couple of different quest icons you will come across as you progress. You will see yellow exclamation marks, purple exclamation marks, yellow exclamation marks with a chainlink, orange arrow markers, and blue globe markers. As you level you will start following the main story questline (orange arrow icon) progressing through maps, eventually you will reach sailing where the orange main story quest icons will change to the blue globe icon as you begin sailing to different zones.

Lost Ark quest icon markers

You have a couple of different options you can follow leveling:
Speedrun to Endgame: Only accept and complete the Main Story quests (Orange and Blue markers) to Arthetine where you then proceed with all quests until level 50. For max efficiency, you can quest until level 49 and 546,000 experience points then head to North Vern to hit level 50 there.
Efficiency to Endgame: Only accept and complete Purple icons, Yellow Chainlink icons, and the Main Story Quests. This will grant you level 50 before completion of the Main Story questline.
Completionist: Accept all quests for 100% completion for each map zone. Longest time to reach level 50, but all leveling content will be completed without any need to cycle backward for missed quest rewards.

The purple icons and the yellow chainlink icons are important to complete as they do provide needed rewards such as extra skill points, permanent roster stat increases, potions, and engraving books. It should be noted that if you go the speedrun route for leveling 1-50 you can always go back to the zones and complete the purple quests and yellow chainlink quests at a later time.

PowerPass Warning! Using the PowerPass to boost another character will auto-complete all yellow quests from the first five continents. If you were looking to boost a character and continue exploring the word you have not completed yet on your main you will be missing out on seeing any yellow exclamation mark questlines on that new character.


Leveling Builds (Skills and Tripod Upgrades): Malth’s Leveling Builds (Google Doc)
This is an excellent Google Doc provided by MalthTV who streams on Twitch. The document has tabs on the bottom where you can select your class and follow how your skills should be upgraded per level to optimize your leveling experience. To understand the spreadsheet the level is your Skill level for that ability and the 1,2,3 numbers are the tripod passives to upgrade (color-coded by row color) – 1 being left passive, 2 being middle passive, and 3 being the right passive.

Path to Legion Raids (Skipping T1/T2 Content ASAP): NA/EU Real Endgame Rush (Google Doc)
A great checklist spreadsheet with an abundant source of information available as you learn your way to entering T3 content. It provides you clear guidance step-by-step direction throughout the Lost Ark world and allows you to mark each step as complete so you do not lose your place between breaks. Notice the multiple tabs on the bottom of the spreadsheet to make sure you are not missing out on valuable information.


Storyline Completion

If you haven’t already, your main focus after hitting level 50 should be to complete the main story questline (Blue Globe icons) thru Shushire and obtain your Wish Equipment Chest reward for 302 item level gear. This gear is the exact same gear you would receive in your first Chaos Dungeon runs, but with the benefit of being 100% guaranteed instead of up to RNG.

Dailies / Weeklies

There are many to-do’s and events in Lost Ark that are reset every day or once every week. It is important to prioritize these activities as they will grant you material that will be used to progress your character further through the tier levels of content in the game. These objectives can be fairly easy to complete and most do not take up much of your time


Lost Ark Dailies/Weeklies Checklist: Lost Ark Daily/Weekly Checklist (Google Doc)

This spreadsheet will help keep you organized as you work through your daily and weekly activities, especially when you start adding ALTs into the mix and quickly lose track of what you have done and have not done across all your characters.


Una’s Tasks

Una’s Tasks (ALT + J) are your Daily Quests of Lost Ark if you are familiar with the World of Warcraft endgame. You are offered to select three quests per day per character obtaining various required materials needed for gear progression on completion.

Lost Ark Una's Tasks providing daily and weekly quests and activities,
Lost Ark Harmony Leapstone

You should be especially looking out for and prioritizing the quests rewarding Harmony Leap Stones. These are a much-needed item for Honing and starting to stockpile these early on will only benefit you later as a success for upgrading gear becomes much more RNG.

Chaos Dungeons

In Chaos Dungeons you are tested against time (5 minutes per stage) for defeating never-ending waves of monsters, named elites, and bosses all while being rewarded with honing materials and accessory drops. Chaos Dungeons should be run daily for maximum profit in rewards. This helps also with Una’s Tasks as you can often pick up Weekly Tasks for completing. Chaos Dungeons are fairly easy and only require 10-15 minutes of your time per run, however, you are only limited to two completions per day per character.

There is a rest bonus for Chaos Dungeons where for every completion skipped will add 10 points into the Rest Bar located on the top of the Chaos Dungeon queue screen. You can accumulate up to 100 points (5 days skipping both runs) where every 20 points will grant you bonus loot for the next dungeon completion. The best strategy if utilizing rested bonus loot is to skip two days of running the dungeons and then on the third day complete your two runs for double bonus loot – resulting in only missing out on one full day of loot. If you are looking to rush progression it is much better suited to just run Chaos Dungeons daily without any rested points.

Lost Ark Chaos Dungeon home screen.

Level Selection should simply be your highest level accessible to your current gear as it will provide you with the best rewards available. There is really no need to go back and farm lower-level Chaos Dungeons.

Aura of Resonance is the daily reset for running Chaos Dungeons. You receive 100 Aura of Resonance each day which allows you to complete two entries – each entry consuming 50 Aura of Resonance. Once you deplete your Aura of Resonance pool you can continue running Chaos Dungeons, however, the loot table is changed so that monster kills only provide collectible tokens instead of gear. There are two tokens, Perception Shards and Disorder Crystals, that can be exchanged at Magick Scholar Jeneca who is near the Chaos Dungeon entrance and provides various upgrade materials to be purchased until the weekly quantity limit is reached.

Lost Ark Perception Shard after depleting Aura of Resonance
Lost Ark Disorder Crystal after depleting Aura of Resonance

Lastly, monster hitpoints scale with party size. Many consider soloing Chaos Dungeons to be the optimal and preferred method for farming.

Guardian Raids

After Chaos Dungeons comes Guardian Raids which can be run in parallel with the Chaos Dungeons for farming. You are allotted two Guardian Raid completions a day per character. Make sure the Guardian Soul checkbox is activated to receive loot for defeating the boss. If you have a higher gear score to clear a stronger guardian boss then you would queue the weaker boss without the Guardian Soul checked so that you save the better completion rewards for the stronger boss. This is because higher-level bosses do drop more Harmony Leap Shards to accelerate your gear progression.

Lost Ark Guardian Raid home screen.

You can solo Guardian Raids if you like a challenge, but many prefer to use the Matchmaking or Find Party for group play.

It should be noted for Guardian Raids that you cannot use heal-over-time Regular Healing Potions (Grey/Normal Potions) and must use percentage instant-heal Battle Potions instead (Green/Uncommon and Blue/Rare Potions). It is important to remember to utilize only the grey heal-over-time potions in Chaos Dungeons and not waste your percentage instant-heal potions.

Abyssal Dungeons

Abyssal Dungeons become unlocked once completing the North Vern questline (specifically Waiting and Leaving quest) and obtaining an item level of 340 minimum. These dungeons are especially important because they allow you to start farming crafting materials for crafting your six-piece gear sets that unlock bonus stats when equipped with two pieces or five pieces. Abyssal Dungeons are four-person parties – sadly, there are no solo opportunities. These endgame dungeons can be pretty tough and entail defeating two or three rounds of bosses.

Lost Ark Abyssal Dungeon home screen.

Abyssal Dungeons drop accessories, ability stones, engraving books, cards, and crafting material for gear sets. If you don’t get the drops you were looking for after defeating the dungeon there is a popup to pay gold to get additional loot.

Similar to Guardian Raids, Abyssal Dungeons only enable the use of percentage instant-heal Battle Potions (Green/Uncommon and Blue/Rare Potions).

Honing

Gear Honing is the main source of gear progression in Lost Ark. Rather than obtaining upgraded gear through monster drops you instead farm materials where you then upgrade your current equipment to become a little bit stronger – over and over again. There are many ways to obtain these honing materials, let be Chaos Dungeons, Guardian Raids, Abyssal Dungeons, Una’s Tasks, Exchange Vendors, and utilizing the Auction House. You also are granted honing material for first-time clears of normal and hard-mode dungeons seen throughout the storyline quest.

Lost Ark Gear Honing for upgrading gear stats and item level.

If you are looking for prioritizing what gear should be upgraded first below is the order in which gear should be upgraded. Certain gear slots do indeed have better main stat gains over others, so in an effort to maximize your character’s damage output you would want to pursue in the order listed below.

Honing Gear Priority:
1. Weapon Slot
2. Gloves
3. Shoulders
4. Helmet
5. Pants
6. Chests

Sailing

Upgrading Ships

Estoque is the overall best ship that you can upgrade early on and it can be relatively easy. It is very inexpensive to upgrade the ship to level 5; afterward, it does start to become more tedious.

Lost Ark Estoque ship

To upgrade your ships you need to obtain various ship materials, such as basic/tender/sturdy timber and basic/heavy/strong iron ore. These can all be obtained through your life skills by cutting down trees and mining ore veins and then crafted in any major city. Alternatively, you can buy these ship materials in the Auction House. Lastly, you will need Estoque blueprints starting at ship level 3 upgrade which can be purchased from the Merchant Ship in Wavestrand Port for Gienah’s Coins (1,500 coins needed for 60 blueprints to reach ship level 5).

Lost Ark ship upgrading
Lost Ark sailors Pupuring and Ahu obtained from Wavestrand Port Merchant

There are two sailors you should rush to obtain – Ahu and Pupuring. They are sold by the Wavestrand Port Merchant Ship for Pirate Coins.

Check out our Guide for Recruiting Pupuring!

Islands

As you progress in Lost Ark and start sailing from continent to continent you will notice small islands scattered across the ocean all over the world. These islands are valuable for T1 and partly T2 content as they provide a wealth of resources needed for honing equipment. Some islands feature special interactions such as Merchant Vessels, Pirate NPC’s, and various Coin currencies.

Lost Ark open sea map for islands

There are over 70 islands available in Lost Ark to explore and discover various awards to obtain. These islands also contain collectibles such as Mokoko Seeds and Island Tokens. Island Tokens are spent at Opher the Lonely Island for vanity items like mounts, emotes, skill point potions, stronghold structures, and secret maps.


NA/EU Island Checklist for T1/T2 Content: GiantWaffle’s Island Completion Checklist (Google Doc)
Twitch Streamer GiantWaffle combined this handy checklist to keep track of what islands have been completed for T1 and T2 content – loosely based on MeloArkWind’s guide below. We found this to be a very useful checklist in our Lost Ark Journey into Islands.

NA/EU Island Quest Rewards: MeloArkWind’s Island Reward Guide (Google Doc)
A very detailed list by Twitch Streamer MeloArkWind hand-holding you through each island progression by providing details and pictures on what to do. We feel it’s a little cumbersome and clunky to navigate through, but supplemented with GiantWaffle’s checklist above it does prove to be a really valuable reference.

NA/EU Island Summary Guide: Island Reward Quick Reference Guide (Google Doc)
This guide is handier if you are simply looking for what each island rewards from completing rather than guiding you through step-by-step. It gives a quick visual for which islands have enhancements, engraving books, pirate coins, card packs, and tokens.


TLDR

Checklists and Guides for most Lost Ark activities to help keep you organized and time-efficient for progressing through T1/T2 content.

Leveling Builds (Skills and Tripod Upgrades): Malth’s Leveling Builds (Google Doc)
This is an excellent Google Doc provided by MalthTV who streams on Twitch. The document has tabs on the bottom where you can select your class and follow how your skills should be upgraded per level to optimize your leveling experience. To understand the spreadsheet the level is your Skill level for that ability and the 1,2,3 numbers are the tripod passives to upgrade (color-coded by row color) – 1 being left passive, 2 being middle passive, and 3 being the right passive.

Path to Legion Raids (Skipping through T1/T2 Content ASAP): NA/EU Real Endgame Rush (Google Doc)
A great checklist spreadsheet with an abundant source of information available as you learn your way to entering T3 content. It provides you clear guidance step-by-step direction throughout the Lost Ark world and allows you to mark each step as complete so you do not lose your place between breaks. Notice the multiple tabs on the bottom of the spreadsheet to make sure you are not missing out on valuable information.

Lost Ark Dailies/Weeklies Checklist: Lost Ark Daily/Weekly Checklist (Google Doc)
This spreadsheet will help keep you organized as you work through your daily and weekly activities, especially when you start adding ALTs into the mix and quickly lose track of what you have done and have not done across all your characters.

NA/EU Island Checklist for T1/T2 Content: GiantWaffle’s Island Completion Checklist (Google Doc)
Twitch Streamer GiantWaffle combined this handy checklist to keep track of what islands have been completed for T1 and T2 content – loosely based on MeloArkWind’s guide below. We found this to be a very useful checklist in our Lost Ark Journey into Islands.

NA/EU Island Quest Rewards: MeloArkWind’s Island Reward Guide (Google Doc)
A very detailed list by Twitch Streamer MeloArkWind hand-holding you through each island progression by providing details and pictures on what to do. We feel it’s a little cumbersome and clunky to navigate through, but supplemented with GiantWaffle’s checklist above it does prove to be a really valuable reference.

NA/EU Island Summary Guide: Island Reward Quick Reference Guide (Google Doc)
This guide is handier if you are simply looking for what each island rewards from completing rather than guiding you through step-by-step. It gives a quick visual for which islands have enhancements, engraving books, pirate coins, card packs, and tokens.

Bonus Handy Documents

NA/EU Server Selection: Server Population and Guilds (Google Doc)
Before creating a character this reference provides a breakdown for each server within a region along with guilds and languages used. This can be useful when starting out to ensure the server you choose to play on fits your community criteria. It should be noted that larger servers may be exposed to queue times during peak hours.

Lost Ark Keyboard Shortcuts: Overlay/UI Keyboard Shortcut Cheatsheet (PNG file)

NA/EU In-Game Systems: Lost Ark Launch Systems TLDR (Google Doc)
Provides valuable information for class builds, rapport progress, card sets, engraving setups, and rotating merchants. This is a great general guide for topics not entirely discussed in this post.

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