Lost Ark: Every Class Ranked Worst to Best For PvE and PvP (2023)


Almost every class in Lost Ark is viable in PvE and PvP, but which classes are the absolute best of the best?

Before your Lost Ark journey properly begins, you’re going to have to answer the question that is already stumping millions of players: “What is the best class in the game for me?”

So far as that goes, Lost Ark is one of those RPGs that benefits from shockingly well-balanced classes that all bring something interesting to the table. Whether you’re a PvE player, a PvP player, or like to dive into both modes, it’s easy enough to pick the Lost Ark class that just “feels” right to you and learn to do well with them. You’re almost always better off picking the class that you enjoy playing the most over a class that you don’t really enjoy but suspect might be “better.”

However, I completely understand if you want to go into Lost Ark with at least a slightly better understanding of where every class stands in the overall rankings. Keeping in mind that these rankings can change based on future updates, specifics scenarios, your own abilities, and what players may discover about each class in the coming weeks, here’s a rough look at where every Lost Ark class currently stands for PvE and PvP play:

Lost Ark: Every PvE Class Ranked Worst to Best

Lost Ark: PvE C-Tier Classes

15. Deadeye


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14. Scrapper

13. Deathblade

Lost Ark: PvE B-Tier Classes

12. Shadowhunter

11. Sharpshooter

10. Soulfist

9. Striker


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8. Artillerist

Lost Ark: PvE A-Tier Classes

7. Wardancer

6. Gunslinger

5. Berserker

4. Sorceress

Lost Ark: PvE S-Tier Classes

3. Paladin

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2. Gunlancer

1. Bard

What we see in the C-Tier are a few classes that sometimes struggle to distinguish themselves from the competition. I may be underrating Scrappers slightly in a PvE environment, but there are other classes that tend to be able to do a little more without having to manage as many mechanics and resources. Just know that they’re still more than capable in most PvE scenarios if you take the time to figure them out.

Deadeye and Deathblade are also respectable PvE DPS classes, but they shine much brighter in PvP (more on that in a bit). You can certainly use them in PvE if you just want to focus on one class, but they’re just a step below the next tier of classes in terms of what they bring to the table vs. how “difficult” it is to get the most out of them.

In the B-Tier, we have a few PvE classes that you can either move up a tier or down a tier depending on how well you play them and what kind of group they are in. That’s especially true of Shadowhunter and Soulfist, which are two “transformation” classes that can be tricky to get the most out of until you really put some time into learning how to master them. Artillerist is in a similar spot, though I think their “survivability” helps their learning curve.

Sharpshooter and Striker are interesting. They’re two classes I love that tend to rely on speed to a degree that sometimes comes at the cost of their pure damage potential. They’re fun to play, and you won’t hate having them in a party, but if we have to start drawing lines between the DPS classes, I’d say that’s the line that separates them from the rest of the pack in this category.


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The A-Tier is where we start to see classes that are a bit “easier” to get more out of. Wardancer’s solid DPS skills are elevated by some incredibly useful buff abilities that make them great to have in a raiding party. Gunslingers can be difficult to learn, but they’re a great ranged DPS class that can really dish out some incredible damage in a variety of scenarios.

Berserker and Sorceress are just phenomenal damage dealers, full stop. It’s hard to top the raw damage that a Berserker brings to the table, and a good Sorceress has an answer to pretty much everything. The latter’s incredible AoE abilities are also phenomenal.

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At the top of the list, we have three classes that you just can’t replace. Bards top the list by virtue of being a class that makes every party they’re in significantly better than they would be otherwise, while Paladins’ ability to support, soft tank, and still dish out some damage makes them a real jack of all trades. As for Gunlancers…well, they just can’t be beaten as pure tanks.

Lost Ark: Every PvP Class Ranked Worst to Best

Lost Ark: PvP C-Tier Classes

15. Striker

14. Sharpshooter

13. Scrapper

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12. Artillerist

Lost Ark: PvP B-Tier Classes

11. Soulfist

10. Berserker

9. Wardancers

8. Shadowhunter

Lost Ark: PvP A-Tier Classes

7. Gunslinger


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6. Gunlancer

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5. Sorceress

4. Deadeye

Lost Ark: PvP S-Tier Classes

3. Bard

2. Deathblade

1. Paladin


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PvP is generally a bit tougher to rank than PvE simply because there are so many variables and matchups to consider. That being the case, it really comes down to which classes you’ll get the most out of in the most common PvP scenarios.

So far as that goes, Striker and Sharpshooter run into a similar roadblock: what you put in vs. what you get out. Strikers’ CC abilities are certainly powerful (and they can steamroll specific opponents), but they’re generally not as good in team scenarios and they lack some of the versatility of other options. Sharpshooters are also seemingly built for PvP, but their big cooldowns and squishy nature mean that they can get thrown off their rhythm a bit too easily.

I like Scrappers a little more in PvP than many other players, but their higher defense and strong combos are ultimately hindered by their susceptibility to CC abilities that can pretty much shut them down. Artillerists would also probably be bumped up a tier were it not for the fact that they’re a bit too slow and a little too easy to counter.

Just as it was in our PvE rankings, the B-Tier is filled with classes that can be bumped up or down a tier depending on how comfortable you are with them.

Soulfists have a lot to keep up with and tend to rely on specific combos performed at the right time, but they can turn the tides of battles pretty quickly. Berserkers are still powerhouses, but their lack of mobility and viable CC options is much more obvious in PvP than PvE. Wardancers are surprisingly tanky and bring interesting defensive options to the table, but they can be awkward to effectively fit into a PvP team due to their hybrid style and aren’t always the best in one-on-one situations (though they could easily be bumped up a tier if you’re really good with one). Shadowhunters, meanwhile, can steamroll certain opponents but sometimes struggle to reach their final form against skilled players.

Deadeyes move into the A-Tier by virtue of their versatility and ability to survive (and thrive) in tough close-range scenarios. Gunslingers remain tough to master, but you can’t deny their damage potential or how annoying they are in PvP. Gunlancers are also simply frustrating to deal with in team battles, while a great Sorceress makes up for their lack of defenses with their ability to remain at a safe distance at most times while still dealing incredible damage.


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Bard and Paladin find themselves atop the tier list yet again by virtue of their incredible support options that simply can’t be replaced in team battles (Paladins are also quite capable in one-on-one scenarios). Meanwhile, Deathblades (the class pretty much made for PvP) rightfully find themselves near the top of this list due to their ridiculous combination of CC, anti-CC, stealth, and low-cooldown abilities.

Lost Ark: What is the Best Class in the Game?

Putting aside our prior warning that there are quite a few good classes in Lost Ark (and all of them are viable), the lists above should give you a pretty good idea of where each class stands so far as the overall rankings go.

Simply put, Bard and Paladin are kind of in a tier of their own due to their viability in both PvE and PvP scenarios. Some players are just not going to enjoy playing the support role (especially in the case of Bard’s playstyle), but it’s hard to overlook what they bring to the game. Gunlancers are also prized for their unique playstyle, but you do need to be willing to commit to that tank life in order to learn to love them.

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Sorceress and Gunslinger are two very interesting ranged DPS options that should appeal to players who want to keep their distance and really put the work into a class that is viable in PvE and PvP scenarios. If you’re looking for melee options that do very well in both modes, Wardancers and Soulfists are probably your best options. Shadowhunters are also solid (or better), in both, while Artillerists, Deadeyes, Strikers, and Sharpshooters are also fairly consistent (in ways good and bad) in both PvE and PvP scenarios.

Berserkers and Deathblades are particularly interesting since they excel in one mode (PvE and PvP, respectfully) and are noticeably worse in the other. If you’re going to pick one, it’s best to use the “boost” you get at level 50 on an alt character that will thrive in the mode your primary class is weak in.

Scrappers are really the only class oddity at the moment. I’ve seen good Scrapper players do incredible things with the class, but you really have to love their playstyle in order to get past how much time you’re going to need to put into mastering them.


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What is the best class for PvE in Lost Ark? ›

Best Lost Ark classes: PvE

Up in the S-tier are two Warrior classes: Berserker, and Gunlancer. They're accompanied once more by the Bard, and the Destroyer. The Paladin class has moved to the top in the most recent meta, thanks to its support skillset.

Which class is the strongest in Lost Ark? ›

Gunlancer. Gunlancers are the tankiest class in the game, and on top of that they can do amazing damage. The fact that they can support their team makes them incredibly versatile as well.

What is the easiest class to play in Lost Ark? ›

Generally speaking, melee classes and tanks will be easier for those getting used to the mechanics. For this reason, any of the warrior class options - such as the Berserker, Gunlancer or Paladin - are good first choices for beginners.

Which Lost Ark class is best for solo? ›

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  • Berserker (Warrior) Berserkers deal great damage with their swords and a lot of their attacks do stagger damage, which prevents your foes from fighting back. ...
  • Paladin (Warrior) ...
  • Gunslinger (Gunner) ...
  • Striker (Martial Artist) ...
  • Sorceress (Mage)
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What is the easiest class to learn PvP Lost Ark? ›

Striker. A striker is a hit-and-run class later in the game, but they start pretty powerful compared to the monsters in Lost Ark. This is an advanced Martial Arts class that is probably the easiest to use.

What is the fastest class in Lost Ark? ›

The Deathblade is the complete opposite. It is ranked as one of the fastest classes in the game and is able to stun enemies in multiple ways while applying damage over time.

Is Paladin better than Bard Lost Ark? ›

Is Paladin or Bard better in Lost Ark? Paladin is better in the early raids because its very simple to get the heals and the dps. Bard is better in the later raids because you can overheal through mechanics and give a better dps buff.

Is Paladin good in PvE Lost Ark? ›

Like every member of the Warrior base class, the Paladin earns a high spot on our Lost Ark classes tier list, thanks to impressive attack and defence stats that make him suitable for sub-DPS duties in addition to providing protection for the rest of his team.

What is the easiest class to play in Lost Ark 2023? ›

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Glaiviers are one of the easiest classes to level up because they have excellent AoE skills, and mobility, and have one of the best parrying skills in […]

What are the most fun classes in Lost Ark? ›

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  • 1475 Bard (5x3)
  • 1472.5 Mayhem Zerker (5x3)
  • 1460 Igniter Sorc (5x3)
  • 1415 (eventually EL) Scouter.
  • 1331.66 EW Deadeye.
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Are all classes Good Lost Ark? ›

Lost Ark is excellently balanced between its available classes. A lot of Tier Lists might tell you what the "best" classes are, but in reality, Lost Ark is the sort of game that can be played however you want.

Can you solo everything in Lost Ark? ›

Lost Ark doesn't restrict players from playing solo, but you should consider a few things before committing to this playstyle. The game can be challenging when alone as you don't have other players assisting you in fights with other classes and abilities.

What is 1st limit PvP Lost Ark? ›

In PvP, you must grind 66,791 XP to attain the 1st Limit, which is the needed XP for this tier. It's a lot simpler to say than it is to accomplish. In actuality, to reach the 1st Limit, you must be among the top 0.30 percent of your server's players.

Is Lost Ark PvP pay to win? ›

Is Lost Ark pay to win 2022? Considering only that, Lost Ark would be, indeed, pay to win. But none of the items and status upgrades you can get in the in-game store are exclusive for those who spend money. That's why for many people, Lost Ark is still just a free-to-play game where you can go without spending a penny.

When should I start PvP Lost Ark? ›

In order to unlock PvP in Lost Ark, you need to reach Level 20, and have accessed Luterra Castle as part of the main story.

Is Paladin Tankier than Bard Lost Ark? ›

Compared to the other support class the Bard – Paladins will be much tankier and focus a bit more on damage while maintaining damage buffs and damage reduction buffs to the team. The bard tries to be more defensive, keeping allies alive longer with shields and heals.

Is Bard or Paladin harder? ›

But bards skills seem to be on a much lower cd. Roundabout 30sec for paladins 2 biggest skills, his shield and biggest team buff are very long cds. Paladin is alot easier to play and do well with because you dont have to run around trying to shield people while they're running away.

Which is better Bard or rogue? ›

Both are great skill and utility classes, so the only question is “what role you want to fulfill?” If the party is lacking in magic, choose bard. If the party is lacking in damage output, choose rogue.

How good is gunslinger in PvE Lost Ark? ›

The Gunslinger is one of Lost Ark's best character classes, coming right at the top of our tier list, and is a strong contender for the best PvE DPS class in the game. Gunslingers wield three guns, and with their boosted crit rates and extremely high movement speeds, they're one of the nimblest classes in the game.

Is Gunlancer or Paladin better? ›

Well Gunlancer's an indirect support. The sheer amount of weakpoint/destruction, Counter and Stagger on their skill kit, along with the taunt, really does make a shocking amount of difference. Paladin is much more a classical support with buffs, a solid counter game, shields and healing.

What is the best PvP creature in Ark? ›

1 Wyvern
  • With multiple variations of the wyvern, Fire, Ice, Lightning, Crystal, etc. ...
  • The ability to fly and shoot lightning/fire/poison is a valuable skill for the Scorched Earth players. ...
  • Wyverns are just extremely op for PVP battles.

Does PvP matter in Lost Ark? ›

PvP in Lost Ark is a fun, competitive and refreshing experience if you have been deep diving into the PvE content Lost Ark has to offer. Similar to other titles such as World of Warcraft, Lost Ark's premium PvP experience is formatted into a similar Arena setting. With 3v3 being the forefront of the experience.

What kind of PvP is in Lost Ark? ›

Lost Ark PvP Modes

Deathmatch (one player) – six players fight each other at the same time, the player with the highest number of kills wins the game. Team Deathmatch (one to three players) – two teams of three battle against each other to score the most amount of kills within a set period of time.

Is Paladin a good PvP class Lost Ark? ›

The Paladin is one of the best classes in Lost Ark, thanks in large part due to its support capabilities through party-wide buffs, as well as decent damage output. If you want to stay up close in fights, as well as contribute more than just attack power to any content you do, the Paladin is a great choice.

What is the most op weapon in Ark? ›

1 Longneck Rifle

Easily the best weapon in the game, the longneck rifle has amazing range, causes extreme damage, and is easy to obtain. Both the weapon and its ammo are inexpensive, and no player regrets making it. Adding a scope to it is the best strategy and will allow players to kill any unsuspecting prey.

What is the rarest creature on ark? ›

The Phoenix is by far the rarest creature in all of ARK: Survival Evolved. Not only does just one spawn per map, but it will also need to be a heatwave for the mythical beast to appear. It will only ever appear on the Scorched Earth map, however it will re-spawn if the heatwave continues.

What is the biggest predator in Ark? ›

With no natural predator, the Giganotosaurus is considered the apex predator of the Island with its strength and size. One could argue that it is the driver of evolution on the maps they can be found on. Those that are strong enough to take one down or tame one are guaranteed to thrive nearly unchallenged.

What rank is 1st limit Lost Ark? ›

In PvP, you must grind 66,791 XP to attain the 1st Limit, which is the needed XP for this tier. It's a lot simpler to say than it is to accomplish. In actuality, to reach the 1st Limit, you must be among the top 0.30 percent of your server's players.

Is Ark better PvP or PvE? ›

PvE is strongly recommend for those who may be new to the game and would like to learn the basics. Or simply those who look to play just to build, tame and experience a somewhat peaceful ARK experience. Here only wild dinos, the elements, drowning, fall damage and hunger/dehydration can cause you to die.

Is Berserker good in PvP Lost Ark? ›

Best Lost Ark Berserker build: leveling and skills for PvE and PvP. Berserker is one of the best classes in the game at quickly demolishing groups of monsters.

When should I start PvP in Lost Ark? ›

In order to unlock PvP in Lost Ark, you need to reach Level 20, and have accessed Luterra Castle as part of the main story.

How do you get Tier 1 PvP in Lost Ark? ›

To unlock ranked PVP matches you need to play non-competitive matches repeatedly until you reach Tier 1. Once you get to Tier 1, you will be able to participate in ranked matches.

Is Bard or Paladin better Lost Ark? ›

Is Paladin or Bard better in Lost Ark? Paladin is better in the early raids because its very simple to get the heals and the dps. Bard is better in the later raids because you can overheal through mechanics and give a better dps buff.

Is Paladin the strongest class? ›

Paladins are the most durable, survivable, and self-sufficient class in the game. As such, they both make excellent solo characters and are excellent additions to nearly any party regardless of existing capabilities. In a party, they serve as a Defender, Face, and Striker.


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