Deadeye Lost Ark Class Guide

Detailed breakdown of the Deadeye Class in Lost Ark
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This guide goes over everything you need to know about the Deadeye Class in Lost Ark. Showcasing an overview of the Deadeye’s playstyle. What are the Deadeye’s strengths and weaknesses; from levelling to end game content. The role of Deadeyes in Raids, Dungeons, and PvP. This guide will go over skill abilities, builds, and tips to help you become a top-tier Deadeye.

Deadeye Class Guide Overview

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The Deadeye in Lost Ark is a Gunner type class that wields 3 different guns: Dual Pistols, a Shotgun and a Rifle. Their musical instrument is an Electric Guitar. The Deadeye is a Hybrid DPS; that means they attack from both Ranged and Melee distances.

The Identity Skill of the Deadeye differs from other classes in that they do not have a traditional Identity Skill instead, they have the Weapon Stance Switch. The Deadeye switches between their weapons at any time, instantaneously. Depending on the mechanics of the fight, the player must choose which weapon to use in each and every scenario.

The Dual Pistols are typically used to Debuff the target to Increase the Crit of those attacking it. Additionally, they buff the players movement and attack speed. Finally, many of the Pistol abilities provide the Deadeye with very high mobility.

The Shotgun is used for close ranged damage.

The Rifle or Sniper is used for Long ranged damage.

There are two distinct playstyles that players can choose from through the use of the Deadeye’s Class Engravings:

  • Enhanced Weapon – Changing Weapon Stance increases Crit Rate for 9s.
  • Pistoleer – Only use Pistol skills, but increases their damage.

Both playstyles are viable in endgame content so pick your favorite flavor. The Pistoleer Engraving playstyle is typically less used as its damage is lower than when using the Enhanced Weapon Engraving. Swapping Weapons and managing cooldowns is part of the enjoyment of the Deadeye, however if you want a very simple experience choose the Pistoleer engraving is perfectly fine.

Role of a Deadeye

Deadeyes are a pure DPS class in Lost Ark. In PvE, they focus on sustained damage to the boss and keeping the Debuff that increases Crit Rate for any attack (including party members) towards the Boss. In PvP, they are going to be one of the highest threats in regards to damage in the arena.

Strengths

  • High Damage
  • High Mobility – Pistol Abilities and Combo Dodge (spacebar)
  • Provides Increased Crit Rate to party

Weaknesses

  • Lower health pool and defense stat
  • Can be difficult to master landing very close back attacks with the shotgun.

Skills

The following table is a list of all Lost Ark Deadeye Skills that you will unlock and at which level you will do so. Click each line to expand the table.

LevelIconSkill NameCooldown (seconds)TypeDescription
10iconAT02 Grenade6PointThrow a grenade at the target location within 10 meters, inflicting 149 Damage.
10iconEnforce Execution12ComboDash 4 meters forward, deliver an upper kick that inflicts 48 Damage, and perform a head attack and counter attack. Rapid fire your handgun 8 times, causing up to 196.5 Damage. The handgun attack keeps pushed foes airborne.
10iconMeteor Stream20PointFire a volley of bullets into the arir, then control them to crash into the target location, inflicting 491 Damage and launching foes into the air.
10iconPlasma Bullet8NormalFire a plasma bullet that travels at a low speed while continuously inflicting 21 Damage.
10iconSign of Apocalypse24ComboFire your shotgun 2 times, inflicting 144 and 183 Damage. Nearby foes receive x2 Damage.
10iconSomersault Shot9NormalSomersault to move 10 meters forward while firing your handgun to deal 152 Damage.
10iconSpiral Flame27NormalFire a powerful flame bullet, launching foes into the air for682 [Fire] Damage. Sets the ground ablaze, inflicting 56 [Fire] Damage every 0.8s for 2.4s.
10iconSpiral Tracker8PointThrow a spinning handgun at the target location within 10 meters, inflicting up to 261.0 Damage over 15 hits.
12iconEquilibrium16NormalFire your handgun across a broad area, inflicting up to 499.7 Damage.
14iconHour of Judgment30NormalFires 3 bullets in a cone-shaped area. Each bullet inflicts 171 Damage, for a total of 525.2 Damage. Bullet fragments scatter behind the hit target, with each fragment inflicting 42 Damage.
16iconCatastrophe24HoldingThrows a claymore at the target location and detonates it, inflicting 709 Damage and launching foes into the air.
18iconDeath Fire24HoldingFire a volley of bullets over 2.9s to attack all nearby foes, causing up to 479.1 Damage over 9 hits. Hit the Perfect Zone to throw a grenade as you jump backward, inflicting 262 Damage and launching foes into the air.
20iconShotgun Rapid Fire36NormalFire your shotgun 3 times, inflicting 161, 161, and 215 Damage, pushing foes far back with the last shot. Nearby foes receive x2 Damage.
20iconTriple Explosion27ChainFire an explosive bullet at the target location, inflicting 309 Damage. You can use this skill up to 3 times in a row.
22iconDexterous Shot6ComboMove 6 meters as you glide and fire your handgun 4 times to inflict 91.1 Damage to nearby foes. This skill can be used up to 2 times in a row.
26iconQuick Shot8ChainQuickly fire 2 times, inflicting 81 Damage. This skill can be used up to 2 times in a row.
28iconShotgun Dominator24HoldingFire two shotguns at foes, inflicting up to 223.2 Damage, followed by a finishing shot that knocks down foes for 145 Damage. Nearby foes receive 2x the Damage.
32iconAimed Shot24NormalFire 4 rounds of high-caliber bullets while rotating at the target location. The first three bullets inflict 150 Damage and foe Move Speed -80% for 2s. The last one inflicts 252 Damage and knocks foes down.
36iconCruel Tracker18NormalFire your handgun 6 times, inflicting 247.8 Damage, followed by one final shot that inflicts 242 Damage.
40iconLast Request36NormalFire a powerful explosive bullet, inflicting 780 Damage and launching foes into the air.
50iconPerfect Shot30PointFire a high-speed large-caliber bullet that inflicts 274 Damage. Hit the Perfect Zone to inflict 1099 Damage and knock back foes.
LevelIconSkill NameCooldown (minutes)TypeDescription
50iconBursting Flare5NormalSummon a large-caliber rifle and shoot 3 times. The first 2 bullets inflict 111 Damage to directly hit foes ending in a burst along the trajectory that pulls foes in for 111 Damage. The last shot inflicts a total of 666.1 Damage: 111 Damage to directly hit foes and 111 Damage to foes affected by its final burst, knocking them away.
50iconClay Bombardment5NormalThrow multiple explosives around, then burst-fire your handgun at them to inflict 111 Damage in addition to 111 explosion Damage, launching foes into the air.

Deadeye 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 of your 2 free skillbook slots, choose abilities based on this:

  • One for AoE (Area of Effect) Normal Enemies
    • Select Tripods that increase effect range (Wide Strike) and increase damage to Minor and Normal types of enemies (Law of the Jungle).
  • One for Single Target Bosses and Elites
    • Select Tripods that increase single target damage (Single Strike) and increase damage to Challenge or higher types of enemies (Weak Point Detection).

In general, it is better to have a few skills at level 10 than to have 8 skills all levelled equally. That is because the 3rd tier of Tripods typically make the skill perform much differently and more powerfully than at lower levels. Also keep in mind you’re levelling experience will be much faster with movement skills and tripods to make your character move further and faster.

Largely you’ll be in the Pistols stance for all the movement skills to travel when you cannot mount up. The basis of the allocation of points goes like this: select Tripods that increase Mobility, Attack Speed, and Cooldown Reduction. These Tripods are typically found in the first tier. Here are the mobility skills you should focus on keeping at Level 4:

  • Enforce Execution (default ability)
  • Somersault Shot (default ability)
  • Dexterous Shot (lvl 22)

Then dealing big damage with the Shotgun, due to the x2 damage of these shotgun skills:

  • Sign of Apocalypse (default ability) 1
  • Shotgun Rapid Fire (lvl 20) 1
  • Shotgun Dominator (lvl 28)

1 For Boss fights, have a copy of your skills except swap to these tripods: Shotgun Dominator Tripod 3: Approached Apocalypse and Shotgun Rapid Fire Tripod 3: Special Bullet

The Rifle is hardly used except for filler damage.

Skill Progression

Below is an example Skill Progression Chart, and their Tripods, that you can use to Level your Deadeye.

LevelIconSkill NameSkill LevelTripod 1Tripod 2Tripod 3
11iconEnforce Execution4Excellent Mobility
12iconEquilibrium4Weakness Exposure
13iconSign of Apocalypse4Close Shot
14iconHour of Judgment4Quick Preparation
iconSomersault Shot4Agile Movement
15iconSpiral Flame4Quick Aim
16iconCatastrophe4Quick Aim
17iconEquillibrium6
18iconEquillibrium7Weakness ExposureEnemy Raid
19iconDeath Fire4Swift Fingers
20iconEquilibrium10* (remove all other skill points)Weakness ExposureEnemy RaidVital Point Shot
21iconEnforce Execution4Excellent Mobility
22iconSomersault Shot4Agile Movement
iconDexterous Shot4Agile Movement
23iconShotgun Rapid Fire4Combo Rapid Fire
24iconSign of Apocalypse4Close Shot
27iconSign of Apocalypse7Close Shot
28iconShotgun Dominator4Close Shot
31iconShotgun Dominator7Close ShotSwift Preparation
34iconShotgun Rapid Fire7Combo Rapid FireQuick Preparation
38iconShotgun Dominator10Close ShotSwift PreparationThe Ruler
42iconSign of Apocalypse10Close ShotQuick PreparationAftermath of Calamity
46iconShotgun Rapid Fire10Combo Rapid FireQuick PreparationExtended Shot
47iconLast Request7Quick PreparationExecution
49iconDexterous Shot7Agile Movement

Gear

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 Specialization.

Deadeye PvE Build – Chaos Dungeon

Here’s a basic PvE build for Deadeyes. It’s good for content such as Chaos Dungeons, Tower Event, and Quests.

The basic rotation is very straightforward. It’s more of a priority than a rotation. Gather enemies and clear them with Shotgun Skills. Then swap to pistols when they are on cooldown and use Equilibrium to clear targets. Also, if you need to be on the move you should be using pistols and their abilities.

Deadeye Chaos Dungeon Stat Priority

Your stats should be more focused on Specialization for increased weapon damage. Secondly, the next best stat is Crit. Roughly in a 70:30 ratio, respectively. In this build, you do not need Swiftness for the Pistol Abilities and buffs from the Tripods make up for it.

Deadeye Chaos Dungeon Build

This build requires 260 Skill Points which will potentially require the collecting of a few extra skill points from Shushire or Rohendel if you have it unlocked.

IconSkill NameSkill LevelTripodsNotes
iconSpiral Tracker42Tripod 1: Weakness Exposure – Debuff to Increase Crit Rate on Target
AT02:Grenade43
3
2
Tripod 1: Weakness Exposure – Debuff to Increase Crit Rate on Target
iconEnforce Execution41Optional damage Tripod 1: Excellent Mobility
iconMeteor Stream1Optional Damage
iconSomersault Shot42Mobility
iconEquilibrium102
2
2
High AoE Damage
iconDexterous Shot1Mobility
iconCruel Tracker1Optional Damage
Sign of Apocalypse101
1
1
High damage
iconShotgun Rapid Fire101
1
1
High damage
iconShotgun Dominator103
2
1
High damage
Last Request101
3
2
High damage
iconSpiral Flame43Optional AoE Damage

Deadeye PvE Build – Enhanced Weapon

Below is a good basic PvE Build using the Deadeye class engraving Enhanced Weapon. This build the preferred build in end game content, however it can be difficult to play. It is generally a good build for all types of content including Chaos Dungeons, Tower Event, and Quests, Guardian Raids, and Abyss Dungeons.

Focus on making sure the Debuff to Increase Crit Rate is on the Target at al ltimes. This should be easy as there are 3 skills that have Tripods in this build which grant it:

  • Spiral Tracker
  • AT02:Grenade
  • Equilibrium

Then swap to your Shotgun and get as close as possible to the rear of the boss to benefit from their 2x damage component and back attack bonus damage.

  • Sign of Apocalypse
  • Shotgun Rapid Fire
  • Shotgun Dominator
  • Last Request

Lastly, you can perform Perfect Shot from a safe distance.

Deadeye Enhanced Weapon Stat Priority

Your stats should be more focused on Specialization for increased weapon damage. Secondly, the next best stat is Crit. Roughly in a 70:30 ratio, respectively. In this build, you do not need Swiftness for the Pistol Abilities and buffs from the Tripods make up for it.

Deadeye Enhanced Weapon Build

This build requires 260 Skill Points which will require the collecting a few extra Skill Points in Shushire and Rohendel.

IconSkill NameSkill LevelTripodsNotes
iconSpiral Tracker42Tripod 1: Weakness Exposure – Debuff to Increase Crit Rate on Target
iconAT02:Grenade43
3
2
Tripod 1: Weakness Exposure – Debuff to Increase Crit Rate on Target
iconEnforce Execution41optional damage Tripod 1: Excellent Mobility
iconMeteor Stream0optional damage
iconSomersault Shot43Tripod 1: Ignore Collision – mobility to move through boss
iconEquilibrium42Tripod 1: Vital Point Strike – Debuff to Increase Crit Rate on Target
iconDexterous Shot42Mobility
iconCruel Tracker0optional damage
iconSign of Apocalypse101
1
2
High Damage
iconShotgun Rapid Fire101
1
2
High Damage Alternative – Tripod 1:Combo Rapid Fire – faster and can cancel long animation if needed
iconShotgun Dominator103
1
2
High Damage
iconLast Request101
3
2
High Damage
iconPerfect Shot102
1
2
High Damage

Deadeye PvE Build – Pistoleer

Below is a good basic PvE Build using the Deadeye class engraving Pistoleer. It is less complicated than the Enhanced Weapon build and has less damage potential. But due to the high mobility and simplicity, it might be safer to use for some content if you are struggling. It’s good enough for Chaos Dungeons, Tower Event, and Quests, but can also be used in Guardian Raids, and Abyss Dungeons.

Deadeye Pistoleer Stat Priority

Maximize Crit as much as possible. Then focus on distributing points to Swiftness. Roughly in a 70:30 ratio, respectively.

Deadeye Pistoleer Build

This build requires 268 Skill Points which will require the collecting a few extra Skill Points in Shushire and Rohendel.

IconSkill NameSkill LevelTripodsNotes
Enforce Execution71
2
Damage
Meteor Storm103
3
2
Damage
AT02:Grenade43Tripod 1: Weakness Exposure – Debuff to Increase Crit Rate on Target
Plasma Bullet102
1
1
Damage
Equilibrium101
1
1
Tripod 2: Decimation Shot – Narrower cone for increased damage
Dexterous Shot42Mobility
Quick Shot101
2
1
Damage
Cruel Tracker101
2
2
Damage

Deadeye PvP Guide

In Player versus Player Arenas, Deadeyes typically play the role of a “Lone Wolf”. With their extremely high mobility, super armor, and damage, they are an indominable threat to all other players. While they don’t provide any utility other than 10% Crit Bonus, they are very good at eliminating the competition on their own.

PvP Stats

  • 1000 Swiftness
  • 249 Domination
  • 1 Crit

Deadeye PvP Skills Build

Feel free to change whatever skills you like depending on your playstyle and how you see fit.

Some combos available with this build include:

  • Enforce Execution (engage)>
  • Spiral Tracker (stagger) or AT02 Grenade (stun) >
  • Last Request (Finisher) or Catastrophe (knock up)

You can even combine all 5 of the above attacks in one big combo like this:

  • Enforce Execution (engage)>
  • Spiral Tracker (stagger) > (swap to Shotgun)
  • Last Request (Damage) > (swap to Pistols)
  • AT02 Grenade (stun) > (swap to Rifle)
  • Catastrophe (Damage and Knockup)

And Finally, you can add Enforce Execution and Death Fire (Requires Tripod 3: Infiltrate Decimation) before the above combo to get this whopping 7 point combo:

  • Enforce Execution(gap closer) >
  • Death Fire (engage and then cancel after dash animation) >
  • Spiral Tracker (stagger) > (swap to Shotgun)
  • Last Request (Damage) > (swap to Pistols)
  • AT02 Grenade (stun) > (swap to Rifle)
  • Catastrophe (Damage and Knockup) >
  • Perfect Shot (finisher)

Pro Tip: When using Catastrophe in close quarters, press it again in quick succession to speed up the animation and have the explosion hit faster.

Awakenings Combos:

  • AT02 Grenade (stun) > (position enemy to the right of your character)
  • Awakening: Clay Bombardment
    • or
  • Aimed Shot (stun) >
  • Awakening: Bursting Flare

Any other skills not listed here can be up to you to add to your skill bar for filler damage.

Below is a general Deadeye PvP build that is a great foundation to build upon.

IconSkill NameSkill LevelTripodsNotes
iconSpiral Tracker42Staggering and Limiting enemies positioning.
Crit Rate Bonus
Tripod 1: Weakness Exposure – Debuff to Increase Crit Rate on Target for 6s
iconAT02 Grenade71
3
Long range Freeze CC
Tripod 2: Freeze Grenade – for 1.5s stun.
iconEnforce Execution71
2
Mobility; knock up
iconSomersault Shot102
3
2
Movement
Tripod 3: Super Armor – Evade interuptions
iconDeath Fire102
3
1
Engage skill; Knock up
iconQuick Shot42Paralysis (long stagger)
iconLast Request101
3
2
High Damage, Knock up
iconSpiral Flame43
iconCatastrophe101
2
1
High Damage, Knock Up
Tripod 1: Tenacity – Super armor
iconAimed Shot101
3
1
Tripod 2: Stun Effect – final shot produces 1.5s stun
iconPerfect Shot102
3
2
Tripod 1: Stable Stance – Super Armor
Tripod 2: Kill Confirmation – very high damage
Alternative: Perfect Aim – cancelable animation to bait targets into dashing

Here’s Youtuber NG – NoBlade NoGame showcasing some quality PVP gameplay displaying a lot of the techniques and strategies listed above.

Best Deadeye Engravings

The Enhanced Weapon class engraving can be swapped out for the other one: Pistoleer. For each, they only require the first level of the class engraving, but obviously getting them to level 3 is a priority. The other engravings benefit each build and remain the same between both builds.

Mandatory

IconEngravingDescriptionSource
iconEnhanced WeaponLv. 1: Changing Stances enhances your weapon. Crit Rate +20% for 9s.
Lv. 2: …Crit Rate +25% for 9s.
Lv. 3: …Crit Rate +30% for 9s.
Guardian Raid
Abyss Dungeon
iconGrudgeLv. 1: Damage +4% to Boss or above monsters. Damage -20% from Boss or above monsters.
Lv. 2: Damage +10%. …
Lv. 3: Damage +20% …
Chaos Dungeons
Cube
iconMaster of AmbushLv. 1: Damage +5% for successful back attacks.
Lv. 2: Damage +12%…
Lv. 3: Damage +25%…
Chaos Dungeons
Cube

Optional

IconEngravingDescriptionSource
iconSpirit AbsorptionLv. 1: Atk./Move Speed +3%.
Lv. 2: Atk./Move Speed +8%.
Lv. 3: Atk./Move Speed +15%
Chaos Dungeons
Cube
iconCursed DollLv. 1: Atk. Power +3%. Healing -25%, natural recovery excluded.
Lv. 2: …+8%. …
Lv. 3: …+16%. …
Chaos Dungeons
Cube
iconKeen Blunt WeaponLv. 1: +10% Crit Damage but your attacks have a chance to deal Damage -20%.
Lv. 2: +25% Crit Damage…
Lv. 3: +50% Crit Damage…
Chaos Dungeons
Cube

Gear Sets

Below is a list of all the gear sets and their bonuses that available to Tier 1 Deadeyes. You can mix and match 2-Set bonuses using 2 or 3 different ones. Depending on your playstyle and what’s available to you, you may want to take two 2-set bonuses instead of a full 5-set Bonus. You can also have one set for Chaos Dungeons and other Solo Content, and another for Guardian Raids and other Group Content.

Item LevelRaritySet Bonus NameEffectsSource
385RelicDark Night2-Set: When attacking a foe, 30% chance for +8% Atk and Move Speed for 6s. (Cooldown: 3s)
5-Set: Increases Crit Rate by 40%, but decreases Crit Damage by 40%.
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Welcome 3)
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Nightmare 1-4)
385RelicPhantom Memory2-Set: Attack Speed and Move Speed +5%
5-Set: Increases Damage with an Awakening Skill to Seed or lesser monsters by 60%. Increases Damage to Challenge or lesser monsters by 60% when hitting them with an Awakening Skill for 10s. (Cooldown: 60s)
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Welcome 3)
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Nightmare 1-4)
385RelicVoid Afterimage2-Set: Decreases damage taken by 30% when HP is below 30%.
+15% Atk. Speed and Move Speed, +10% Skill Cooldown.
5-Set: When hitting a foe with a normal attack, +15% Additional Damage for 3s (Cooldown: 1s)
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Welcome 3)
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Nightmare 1-4)
340LegendaryAwakened Hatred2-Set: Combat Resource Recovery Speed: +30%
5-Set: Crit Damage +25
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
340LegendaryBoisterous Elemental2-Set: Increases Attack Speed and Move Speed by 4% for 6s, up to 8% when attacking monsters Boss rank or above. (Cooldown: 3s)
5-Set: Increases damage to monsters Boss ranked or above by 12%.
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
340LegendaryDense Confusion2-Set: Attack Speed and Move Speed +4%
5-Set: Crit Rate +15%
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
340LegendaryEnraged Nature2-Set: Move Speed +8%
5-Set: Atk. Power +4% for 8s, up to 12% when attacking a monster Boss ranked or above. (Cooldown: 3s)
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
340LegendaryMist2-Set: Decreases damage taken from Normal ranked monsters by 20%.
5-Set: Increases damage dealt to monsters Challenge rank or below by 15%.
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
302EpicAncient2-Set: When hit while HP is below 20%, restores 3% of Max HP for 15s each time you hit a Normal monster. (Cooldown: 60s)
5-Set: Increases damage by 17% when hitting 3 or more foes.
Abyss Dungeon (Valley of Beasts)
Abyss Dungeon (Spirit of the Necromancer)
302EpicRugged Valley2-Set: Move Speed +8%
5-Set: Atk. Power +4% for 8s, up to 12% when attacking a monster Boss ranked or above. (Cooldown: 3s)
Abyss Dungeon (Valley of Beasts)
Abyss Dungeon (Spirit of the Necromancer)
302EpicSeraphic Oath2-Set: Attack Speed +8%
5-Set: Additional Damage +10%
Abyss Dungeon (Valley of Beasts)
Abyss Dungeon (Spirit of the Necromancer)
302EpicStalwart Years2-Set: Attack Speed +8%
5-Set: Additional Damage +10%
Abyss Dungeon (Valley of Beasts)
Abyss Dungeon (Spirit of the Necromancer)
Total
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