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Lost Ark Sharphooter beginner’s guide: Builds, skills, engravings

Here is a beginner friendly Lost Ark Sharpshooter guide if you need one.

Updated: Mar 14, 2022 1:40 pm
Lost Ark Sharpshooter Guide

Lost Ark true dedicated hunter class is the Sharpshooter, which comes with the usual antics of sniping down targets, stealthy and even a pet robot owl. If the Lost Ark Sharhpshooter sounds like the class for you, then read below for a beginner-friendly Sharpshooter guide.

Lost Ark Sharpshooter Guide

This Lost Ark Sharhotter guide will look at every facet you need to look into. The first is the build itself. Every class has two class engravings, both of which change the entire way you play the game. We will mention these class engravings and what skills you want to use with them once you get to the end game. 

In addition, we will go through the typical skill setup in this Lost Ark Sharpshooter build. We are looking at sources like the best Russian and Korean players (if you follow this link be aware the class is called Hawkeye in Korea). That way, we can give you an idea on how the class is supposed to play when you get to level 50 and start creating builds. Lastly, we are taking a look at the Engravings and runes, which are ways to further strengthen your character, either through its skills or general output.

Lost Ark Sharpshooter Build

Lost Ark Sharpshooter Build
Hope you like wind-up style casts. The Sharpshooter has plenty.

What makes the Lost Ark Sharpshooter build so interesting is that no end game Korean player can decide on a concrete build. The most common class engraving setup you’ll see is level three Death Strike, with either a level one or level three 

Death Strike is a class engraving that increases your identity skill generation when using Last Rush, the skill that sends your pet into its death to detonate itself. Meanwhile, you get a 20% damage taken debuff on the target you hit for eight seconds. The percentage of damage taken goes up by 10%, rising to 40% at level three.

The other class engraving is Loyal Companion. This class engraving summons a Silver Hawk mk2, which does AOE-based auto attacks, along with increased damage, attack speed, and activation time. It also applies a +4% incoming damage debuff to the target.

So, we recommend playing with whichever engraving you prefer or taking both. If you opt for both, you want to summon your pet and get out as much identity gauge as possible, to then send it in with Last Rush, ideally when your big CDs are back up. That way, it allows you enough time using the pet and enough identity gauge generation while it is up to keep the cycle of birds rolling.

And yes, this does mean that your identity gauge is all about filling it up to send out a mechanical silver hawk.

Lost Ark Sharpshooter Skills and Tripods

Lost Ark Sharpshooter Skills
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SkillWhat it doesTripod 1Tripod 2Tripod 3
Arrow WaveSends a slow-moving arrow that deals damage to enemies it passes through.HellfireSlowPreferential based on Single Target or AOE needs.
Atomic ArrowSends out an arrow with an explosive tip, detonating upon impact.Amplified DamageEnhanced Arrowhead – Crit chance increased by 30% adds electrocute to potentially stun targets.Long Fuse – increased damage
Blade StormMelee ranged AoE attack that sends blades out around you.Silver MasterLightning BladeBlade Dance – cast while moving.
Charged ShotA charge based shot that increases damage based on charging time.Quick PrepDouble ShotFast Shot – removes the need to charge for extra damage
Dead SlashQuick melee attack in front of you.Silver MasterNightfall – PvP Sawtooth – PvEDouble Slash
Moving SlashDash 8 meters and deal damage along the way.Excellent Mobility – 10-meter dashNANA
Sharp ShooterSend ten arrows, up to three arrows can hit the target – both Aoe and Single Target skill.Vital PointWeak point – against bosses only. Ruthless Shot is good for other situations.Focused Shot – 5 arrows now hit a single target and raise the crit damage to 50%
Snipe – level 50 skill bookHold down the aim and then release to fire. Hit the perfect zone charge u for more damage.Quick PrepWeak Point DetectionEasy Prey – increases crit chance by 30% and crit damage by 100%

As you can see, the typical Lost Ark Sharpshooter build is all about pumping as much damage into your skills and making it easier to land them. You also need melee skills as it makes it easier to generate your identity gauge, thanks to the Silver Master. Some of these tripods are also interchangeable, depending on if you are going into PvP, AOE content, or single target boss progression.

We highly recommend looking at the Lost Ark Sharpshooter skills yourself and understanding why these skills are so good. That way, you can figure out this class is for you.

If you’re looking for more PvP themed skills, you can opt for skills like Smokescreen Arrow or DM-42 for some added knockback. You’re best removing your melee skills for these skills as generating identity gauge is not that important, especially when you’re a squishy backliner that is designed to do sustained damage with some added burst here and there when the setup is right. These skills will help you survive longer by adding debuffs and knockback skills.

Lost Ark Sharpshooter Awakening Skills

Awakening Skills are basically the ultimate skills in Lost Ark. These skills unlock when you get to level 50, and you perform quests. One of the Sharpshooter Awakening Skills you get is Fenrir’s Messenger, which allows the Sharpshooter to send out a giant wolf. The more you charge the skill, the more it’s damaged over time.

The other Sharpshooter Awakening skill is the Golden Eye. The skill sends out for golden hawks, which spin around in an area and create a tornado. It also allows the Sharpshooter to enter stealth for seven seconds.

The Golden Eye awakening skill is very good for PvP and AOE situations, while the strengthened blees from Fenrir is the Awakening skill you’ll want for progression on end game raiding.

Please be aware the translations may be slightly wrong.

Lost Ark Sharpshooter Engravings

Engravings are a passive upgrade system in Lost Ark. As you play the game, you will take on end game features like Chaos Dungeons, World Bosses and more, with some of the rewards being Engraving books. You can earn random buffs to different gameplay elements when you get these books.

Since you’re a very heavy crit based damage dealer, you naturally want damage increase engravings. The best Lost Sharpshooter Engravings is Grudge, which increases damage by 20%, but increases your damage taken by 20%. This is okay since you are a very heavy ranged class and can easily avoid mechanics on boss fights. The other is Precise Weapons, Cursed Doll and Keen Blunt Weapon, as this help to affect your critical strike chance and critical damage. However, they tend to have other negative side effects, like lower your health recovery and reducing your normal damage hit.

Another engraving that you will like is Hit Master. Hit Master enhances the damage of your skills that are not front or back attacks. Since the Sharpshooter skills you use are mainly charge or place on the ground skills, it means you get up to a 16% damage buff for free with no other drawbacks.

You can learn more about Lost Ark Engravings here if you’re interested.

Lost Ark Sharpshooter Skill Runes and gems

The last point we want to cover in this Lost Ark Sharpshooter guide is the skill runes and gems. Runes and Gems is a feature that comes much later in the game. But, we feel it is worth mentioning as they add more fun to your skills. Most of the time, you will want Cooldown reduction on your skills, identity gauge generation skills with Silver Master Tripods, and perhaps a bleed effect on the atomic arrow. Or, you can go ahead and get damage increase runes on your skills so you can keep building that damage ceiling up.

This concludes the Lost Ark Sharpshooter guide. Hopefully, you have an idea of how a typical Lost Ark Sharpshooter build looks. If you’re interested, we have many guides over on our Lost Ark hub if you fancy getting a look at more guides and Lot Ark content.

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