In this Artillerist Leveling Guide we cover everything you need to know on your journey to level 50 in Lost Ark. We’ll teach you what you should focus on, the skills you should make priority, and which skills to level to as you continue on.
Artillerist Levelling Guide
We recommend that you try out all the skills and play whatever is the most fun for you. However, if you just want to speed up the process (maybe that’s the most fun for you) or you’re tying to power through levelling an alt, follow this level by level breakdown of what skills to use and level up and which tripods to activate.
You can swap between saved skill tree slots whenever for free (even in combat as long as no skills are on cooldown). It’s recommended to use both your skillbook slots, choose abilities based on this: one for AoE (packs of normal enemies) and one for Single Target (Boss/Elites).
Artillerist Skill Priority
The Artillerist doesn’t have many movement abilities. The only ones available are:
- Swing (unlocked at Level 16 and you need it to be Level 7 for Tripod 2: Advancing Strike)
- Jump Bombardment (unlocked at Level 20 but you have max it out to Level 10 to get the Tripod 3: Rocket Jump and at that point you’re wasting points that could be used for higher damaging abilities)
Then there are the filler skills. Which you can choose to put points into before removing some or all of them when we need to max out our High Damage Skills to Level 10. (in order of importance by damage)
- Multiple Rocket Launcher (Combat Lvl 12)
- Enhanced Shell (default skill)
- Howitzer (default skill)
- Gatling Gun (default skill)
- Buckshot (default skill)
High Damage Abilities
Finally, the High Damage abilities you’ll want to max to level 10 when you can in this order:
- Flamethrower (lvl 14) (max at Lvl 20)
- Gravity Explosion* (lvl 32)
- Napalm (default skill)
- Plasma Storm (lvl 28) (keeping at level 7 is fine)
- Air Raid (lvl 12)+
- Homing Barrage (lvl 40)+
*You can create a second skill build for boss fights by using Air Raid (Tripods 2-3-2) to replace Gravity Explosion.
+Both Air Raid and Homing Barrage can be tricky for new players to time and hit properly, but when they do… oh lord are them those numbers satisfying. You will eventually have to learn to use them in Raids at End Game, so you might as well give it a shot practicing while you level.
Below is an example Skill Progression Chart, and their Tripods, you can use to Level your Artillerist.
To simplify everything, follow this priority:
- Make Level 10 if you can: Flamethrower > Gravity Explosion > Napalm > Air Raid > Homing Barrage
- Make Level 7 with leftover points: Plasma Storm > Multiple Rocket Launcher > Enhanced Shell > Swing
- Make Level 4 if any points remain: Howitzer > Gatling Gun > Buckshot
Skill Level Guidance
|Level||Icon||Skill Name||Skill Level||Tripod 1||Tripod 2||Tripod 3|
|14||Flamethrower||7||Quick Preparation||Ranged Flame|
|18||Napalm Shot||7||Wide Explosion||Vital Point Bombardment|
|20||Flamethrower||10* (remove points from everything else)||Quick Preparation||Ranged Flame||Incinerate|
|24||Napalm Shot||7||Wide Explosion||Vital Point Bombardment|
|28||Plasma Storm||7||Swift Fingers||Sustain Enhancement|
|30||Napalm Shot||10* (remove points from Fillers)||Wide Explosion||Vital Point Bombardment||Chain Explosion|
|32||Gravity Explosion||10*(replace Napalm Shot)||The More the Merrier||Sturdy Armor||Planetary Gravity|
|33||Napalm Shot||7||Wide Explosion||Vital Point Bombardment|
|36||Plasma Storm||7||Swift Fingers||Sustain Enhancement|
|38||Napalm Shot||10||Wide Explosion||Vital Point Bombardment||Chain Explosion|
|41||Plasma Storm||7||Swift Fingers||Sustain Enhancement|
|43||Multiple Rocket Launcher||7||Flame Rocket||Quick Bombardment|
|44||Air Raid||10||Quick Fire||Lightning Bombardment||The Big One|
|47||Homing Barrage||7||Guiding Enhancement||Law of the Jungle|
|49||Homing Barrage||10||Guiding Enhancement||Law of the Jungle||Power bomb|
Gear While Leveling
Just equip the highest Item Lv. item you find. Focus on Swiftness for increased movement speed, reduced casting time, and faster skill cooldowns. Secondly, your next best stat is Crit.
Now that you’ve made it through this sub-guide, make sure you are ready for the End-Game once you hit level 50. Check out our End Game Artillerist Guide.
Also note that these sub-guides are also part of our full-scope Artillerist Class Guide which will encompass all of these sub guides.
As always, you can also use our Guide Directory article to see all of our Lost Ark Guides in a nice, detailed, organized fashion: