Smilegate prides itself on its well-designed end-game raids where players must cooperate with each other to overcome daunting challenges until the boss’s health points reach zero. In order to ensure raids run as smoothly as possible, the Lost Ark community – and the entire MMORPG community in general – have a few key manners that must be adhered to at all times. Here are some of the most important ones to ensure the raiding experience is enjoyable for everyone involved.
Don’t be a stingy with items
While it’s understandable to optimize the amount of gold you spend per encounter, it’s considered a bad way to do so in a lot of PvE content. Saving health potions in encounters where there are finished or non-existent revives will make other players’ experiences harder than necessary; saving utility items can also make certain mechanics impossible. This behavior is extremely common in the community, and it’s despised enough by Korean Lost Ark players that some have even been banned for it.
Understand the different types of Lost Ark lobbies and their expectations
Mainly, there are usually five types of lobbies for endgame raids: learning, reclear, experience, teaching, and transport. I will briefly explain what is the purpose of these lobbies and the common expectations to defend for each type.
Learning – The main purpose of this party is to learn. Clearing is a bonus, but the goal of the party is to observe enemy boss patterns and find ways to overcome them. These lobbies are also where players are expected to be understanding and tolerant of others who make mistakes and cause party wipes. These parts also take a lot of time, especially for Legion Commander raids like Valtan and Vykas. Experienced players are discouraged from joining these lobbies, as eliminating these encounters too quickly could prevent others from practicing further.
Reclear – These lobbies are for players who have completed the raid at least once. Although the main objective of the group is to complete the raid, players should not be expected to make no mistakes. Making too many mistakes on the same mechanic will eventually get you banned.
Experience – These lobbies are for players who have extensive experience in removing content. Players in these lobbies are meant to clear mechanics with relative ease; as such, any major error can result in the player being expelled. Players in these lobbies are quick to express their annoyance if forced into multiple replays, so make sure you know the boss encounter well before applying. Don’t join these lobbies unless you can do the mechanics almost perfectly.
Carry – These lobbies are unique in that players who join are not expected to do anything. Hosts will typically be high-level characters who will clear content for attendees for a fee. Remember that you have to pay hosts before they start.
Teaching – These lobbies are similar to bus lobbies with one critical difference; here, higher item level players teach the mechanics to new players who have trouble tackling them on their own in learning lobbies. When learners feel they have acquired enough information, teachers are there to clear up the encounter and complete the content. While some charge a fee, there are also others who will do it for free. Don’t forget to give all the teachers all the auction items at the end to show your gratitude.
Build Your Lost Ark Character Properly Before Applying
Starting with Legion Commander raids, certain expectations are set for players applying to complete encounters. Players should have at least four tri-level burns and an appropriate distribution of key stats, such as Crit, Specialization, and Speed. Tri-port levels and gems are also essential parts of your build that lobby hosts will consider. Attempting to apply for these encounters without having these requirements is not only inconsiderate, but will likely result in rejection from most lobbies in addition to carrier lobbies.