Shadowhunter Lost Ark Class Guide

Detailed breakdown of the Shadowhunter Class in Lost Ark
Shadowhunter Lost Ark Class Guide

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

Shadowhunter Class Guide Overview

The Shadowhunter in Lost Ark is an Assassin type that wields two double edged daggers called Haladies. Their musical instrument is a Flute. The Shadowhunter is a Hybrid DPS; that means they have both Ranged and Melee attacks.

Their Identity Gauge, the Shadowburst Meter, fills up upon successful hits to enemies. Once full players can activate it to enter Demonize; which transforms the character into a demon and grants access to the use of 6 unique Demon only skills. Demonize also gives the player 20% increased health and movement speed, the player is also immune to interrupts. Once ended the Player must wait 30 seconds before they can enter Demonize again due to the Composure Debuff.

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

  • Perfect Suppression aka “Human Form” Disables Demonize and instead improves the damage of all Normal Skills.
  • Demonic Impulse aka “Demon Form”: Disables Composure to allow entering Demonize more often and improving Crit Rate.

Both playstyles are viable in endgame content so pick your favorite flavor. The one caveat being that the Demon Form playstyle is really only viable with the Second Level of the Demonic Impulse Engraving, which may be difficult to get early on. And the Human Form playstyle is viable even with only the First Level of the Perfect Suppression engraving.

Role of a Shadowhunter

Shadowhunters are a pure DPS class in Lost Ark. In PvE, they focus on sustained damage to the boss. In PvP, they are largely a “Poke” class that focuses on harassing enemy players repeatedly getting in and out of combat in rapid succession.

Strengths

  • High sustained damage
  • High burst damage (demonize only)
  • High Mobility
  • Straightforward and easy class to learn

Weaknesses

  • Lower health pool
  • Not much utility
  • Only one short attack damage party buff

Skills

The following table is a list of all Lost Ark Shadowhunter Skills that you will unlock and at which level you will do so.

LevelIconSkill NameCooldown (seconds)TypeDescription
10iconDemonic Slash10NormalDash forward to inflict 58 Damage 3 times before swinging your demonic weapon for 58 Damage.
10iconNimble Cut6NormalUse your demonic weapon to slash forward 3 times, inflicting 50, 50, and 66 Damage.
10iconSlasher8NormalSwing your demonic weapon downward to inflict 114.9 Damage, followed by an upper swing for 173.9 Damage.
10iconRising Claw12NormalDart forward and inflict 29 Damage, then deliver an uppercut for 268.9 Damage, launching foes into the air.
10iconSpinning Dive16NormalSpin and leap to inflict 254.6 Damage to foes, then perform one final slash that inflicts 165 Damage and pushes foes away. Airborne foes are launched back in the air when hit.
10iconDemonic Clone12ComboCall forth an incarnation of the devil to attack by your side. Move forward and punch 2 times, inflicting 262.3 Damage, then strike the ground with one final blow that inflicts 172 Damage.
10iconRuining Rush6NormalCharge forward to inflict 278.0 Damage and deliver a ferocious claw attack for 918.5 Damage.
10iconDeath Claw4NormalPerform a quick claw attack for 337.0 Damage, then deliver a powerful upper blow to inflict 1,168.5 Damage.
10iconDestruction8NormalRelease the demonic energy latent within you to inflict up to 628.5 Damage.
12iconCruel Cutter18NormalToss your weapon and wipe out foes in front of you, inflicting up to 762.5 Damage as you move forward. Airborne foes are launched back in the air when hit.
14iconDemon Vision24ChargeFocus demonic energy and shoot a ray of death forward to inflict 411.8 Damage, knocking foes away. Charge up to channel longer before knocking foes away for 829.1 Damage.
16iconThrust Impact18NormalUse a burst of your weapon’s powers to pull foes close, inflicting 99 Damage, before quickly sliding back to evade foes and inflict 395 Damage.
18iconBrutal Cross10NormalSwing your weapon forward with force to inflict 293.8 Damage, knocking foes back.
20iconDemon’s Grip18NormalRapidly thrust with your demonic arm forward and pull foes to you inflicting 443.2 Damage.
20iconGrind Chain12NormalThrow your weapon forward to inflict 163.1 Damage, then another 176.9 Damage as it comes back to you. This skill cannot be canceled while your weapon is away from you.
20iconGore Bleeding6NormalViolently claw at foes to inflict 210.0 Damage, then deliver another claw attack for 524.0 Damage as you move forward.
24iconDemolition16ComboDart forward with crossed weapons to inflict 146 Damage. Use the skill again to quickly perform 2 slashes that inflict 149.5 Damage. Use the skill once more to swing your weapon and inflict 199.3 Damage, pushing foes away.
28iconPiercing Thorn20PointSummon infernal spikes at the target location within 12 meters to inflict 433.1 Damage, knocking foes down.
30iconLeaping Blow18PointLeap to the target location and smash the ground, causing a shockwave that inflicts 57.0, 347.5 Damage.
32iconSpinning Weapon24ComboLaunch the weapon on your left arm forward and make it spin for 2s to inflict 296.9 Damage. Use the skill again to launch the weapon on your right arm to inflict 296.9 Damage over 2s.
36iconSharpened Cut18NormalMove 9 meters forward while quickly spinning, inflicting up to 468.2 Damage. You ignore collision with normal monsters during the skill motion.
40iconHowl30NormalGather demonic powers and let out a cry that inflicts 338 Damage to nearby foes, inflicting Fear for 2s.
40iconBlood Massacre20NormalRaise your hands and gather blood energy to cause an explosion that inflicts 492 Damage.
50iconDecimate27NormalGather demonic powers to swing your arms forward and summon giant Demon arms that slash at foes to inflict 671.0 Damage.
LevelIconSkill NameCooldown (minutes)TypeDescription
50iconGate of Eruption (Normal Form)5PointUnleash demonic powers to open up the gates of hell, scattering hellish energy across the land that inflicts 64 Damage to foes and inflicts Fear upon them for 4s. Dark energy periodically rises from the earth, inflicting up to 495.0 Damage. The energy explodes at the end for 546 Damage and knocks foes away.
50iconFallen Ruin (Demon Form)5NormalSoar into the air and shoot an energy ray straight to the ground to inflict 495.0 Damage. The laser causes an explosion moments later, knocking foes away for up to 1,390.0 Damage.

Shadowhunter 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).

Skill Progression

At early levels you will use Demonic Slash for damage and movement. Demonic Clone is great for AoE.

Cruel Cutter is top priority for getting to level 10; it has amazing damage. If you don’t run into mana issues, take nimble movement instead as the first Tripod slot. Secondly, Thrust Impact is the next priority for getting to level 10.

Demon’s Grip is great for pulling in enemies closer to you and has decent damage. Sharpened Cut has a good movement aspect to it.

Later on you’ll unlock Howl at level 40, it has great AoE damage. If you’re in a party, take the Tripod 3: Scream of Fury for a party wide damage buff.

You will have left over skill points at some levels and between levels not listed below, just put them into whatever you feel like or wait until the next checkpoint to save time removing points later. There are 7 skills listed in the chart below, as for the 8th skill, I personally enjoy Demon Vision, with the Tripod 1: Concentrated Release and Tripod 2: Encroaching Power.

Below is a Shadowhunter Skill Levelling chart that shows progression of skill points and their Tripods.

LevelIconSkill NameSkill LevelTripod 1Tripod 2Tripod 3
11iconDemonic Slash4Excellent Mobility
12iconCruel Cutter4Magick Control
16iconThrust Impact4Wide Explosion
20 iconCruel Cutter10*
(remove points from everything else)
Magick ControlEarth AttackEncroachment Release
21 iconDemonic Slash4Excellent Mobility
22iconThrust Impact4Wide Explosion
22iconDemonic Clone4Vital Point Strike
23 iconDemon’s Grip4Quick Preparation
24iconThrust Impact5
30iconThrust Impact10*
(remove points from Demon’s Grip and Demonic Clone)
Wide ExplosionDeep ThrustSpectral Explosion
31iconDemonic Clone4Vital Point Strike
32iconDemon’s Grip4Quick Preparation
34iconDemonic Clone7Vital Point StrikeFist of Destruction
36iconSharpened Cut4Enhanced Slash
38iconSharpened Cut7Vertical SlashVertical Slash
40iconHowl4Quick Preparation
44iconHowl10Quick PreparationLaw of the JungleMighty Roar
46 iconDemonic Slash7Excellent MobilityNimble Movement
48iconDemon’s Grip7Quick PreparationPiercing Hand

Gear

Just equip the highest Item Lv. item you find. Focus on Agility for increased movement speed, reduced casting time, and faster skill cooldowns. Secondly, your next best stat is Specialization.

Perfect Suppression Build

Here’s a good Human Form build for Shadowhunters. The good thing with this build is that it is viable throughout all tiers of content. This Normal form build is best paired with at least 1 level of the Perfect Suppression Engraving. It’s good for all content such as Chaos Dungeons, Tower Event, Quests, Guardian Raid, and Abyss Dungeon.

For this build, you can swap out Rising Claw for your skill of choice if you don’t a need counter.

If you’re using other abilities not listed here, make sure to choose Tripods such as Encroachment Discharge and Encroachment Release . These are important as you are no longer using the Identity Gauge to go into Demonize form.

Always use Howl, when it’s available, before your big hitting abilities for the Party Attack Buff

Human Form Stat Priority

Firstly, your stats should be more focused on Crit. Secondly, Swiftness for faster skills and movement.

PvE Build Normal Form

This build requires 268 Skill Points which will require the collecting a few extra skill points from Shushire or Rohendel if you have it unlocked.

IconSkill NameSkill LevelTripodsNotes
iconCruel Cutter102
2
2
Tripod 3: Encroachment Release – as you will not be entering Demonize.
iconThrust Impact103
3
2
High Damage
iconSharpened Cut103
2
1
Damage
iconHowl103
2
1
Tripod 3: Scream of Fury – Party Damage Buff
iconDecimate103
2
1
Damage
iconSpinning Weapon72
3
Damage
iconRising Claw42Counter Attack
Tripod 1: Naively Honest – to make sure your counter won’t be interrupted.
iconDemonic Slash41Movement ability

Shadowhunter Demonic Impulse Build

Below is a good Demon Form build for Shadowhunters. This Demonize Build is viable only if you have the second level of the engraving Demonic Impulse. This is due to the fact that you do not receive any Crit Rate from only having the first level achieved. It’s good for all content such as Chaos Dungeons, Tower Event, Quests, Guardian Raid, and Abyss Dungeon.

Make sure to choose abilities that give the most Identity Gauge gain and choose a Tripods such as Encroaching Power which increase the amount of Shadowburst Meter gained.

Always use Howl before you use the other abilities for the Party Attack Buff

Demon Form Stat Priority

Maximize Specialization as much as possible to gain more Identity Gauge. To help with getting into Demonize Form within one rotation, use the Wealth Rune to build more of the Shadowburst Gauge Meter. Next, if you’re good on Specialization, Crit is the next best stat to choose.

PvE Build Demonize

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

IconSkill NameSkill LevelTripodsNotes
iconDecimate102
1
1
High Identity Gauge Builder
iconHowl103
2
1
High Identity Gauge Builder
Tripod 2: Encroaching Power – Identity Gauge
iconThrust Impact103
3
1
Tripod 3: Encroaching Power – Identity Gauge
iconDemonic Clone102
3
1
Tripod 3: Enhanced Release Encroachment – Identity Gauge
iconDemon’s Grip73
2
Tripod 2: Encroaching Power – Identity Gauge
iconDemon Vision72
3
Tripod 2: Encroaching Power – Identity Gauge
iconDemonic Slash71
3
Movement ability
iconRising Claw42Counter Attack
Tripod 1: Naively Honest – to make sure your counter won’t be interrupted.

Shadowhunter PvP Guide

In Player versus Player Arenas, Shadowhunters are a “poke” type class. This means that they engage and disengage in and out of combat very quickly and often to try to catch the target off guard.

PvP Stats

  • 1000 Swiftness
  • 249 Domination
  • 1 Crit

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:

  • Sharpened Cut (stagger) >
  • Demonic Clone (knock up) >
  • Thrust Impact* (finisher)
  • Demonic Slash >
  • Rising Claw (knock up) >
  • Thrust Impact* (finisher)

A nice ranged combo:

  • Grind Chain (stagger) >
  • Demon Vision (1.5 Second Stun) >
  • Piercing Thorn

*after the second attack, Thrust Impact might not be within range to hit the target, walk or dash forward to close the gap.

Demonize form provides a small heal and has Paralysis Immunity which will help you from being CC’d. Ruining Rush is a dash attack ability. Leaping Blow is a great gap closer you’ll want to combo into Blood Massacre to make a very powerful attack.

Alternatively you can use Demon’s Grip instead of Sharpened Cut to bring the enemy in closer for a longer chain of attacks that can deal massive damage. The rotation would look like this:

  • Grind Chain (stagger) >
  • Demon’s Grip (gap close) >
  • Rising Claw (knock up) >
  • Demonic Clone (knock up) >
  • Thrust Impact (finisher)

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

IconSkill NameSkill LevelTripodsNotes
iconDemonic Slash101
3
1
High Mobility, Armor
iconThrust Impact103
2
2
High Damage Combo Finisher
iconGrind Chain102
2
1
Very Long Range Poke Attack
iconDemonic Clone103
3
2
Good Damage
Tripod 1: Naively Honest – Paralysis Immunity
iconDemon Vision101
1
1
Tripod 2: Electric Discharge – Stun 1.5 seconds
iconPiercing Thorn103
2
2
Ranged Knock up
iconSharpened Cut71
3
Mobility, Armor
iconRising Claw72
1
Knock up
Tripod 1: Naively Honest – Paralysis Immunity

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Best Shadowhunter Engravings

Demonic Impulse Build

This Demonize Build is viable only if you have the second level of the engraving Demonic Impulse. This is due to the fact that you do not receive any Crit Rate from only having the first level achieved.

Mandatory

IconEngravingDescriptionSource
iconDemonic ImpulseLv. 1: The Composure effect does not activate when Demonize ends. Upon Demonize, Demonic Skill Cooldown is reset.
Lv. 2: …and Crit Rate +15% while Demonic Mode is active.
Lv. 3: …and Crit Rate +30% while Demonic Mode is active.
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
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

Optional

IconEngravingDescriptionSource
iconRaid CaptainLv. 1: Outgoing Damage +10% of basic Move Speed bonus percentage.
Lv. 2: Outgoing Damage +22% …
Lv. 3: Outgoing Damage +45% …
Chaos Dungeons
Cube
iconCursed DollLv. 1: Atk. Power +3%. Healing -25%, natural recovery excluded.
Lv. 2: …+8%. …
Lv. 3: …+16%. …
Chaos Dungeons
Cube
iconSpirit AbsorptionLv. 1: Atk./Move Speed +3%.
Lv. 2: Atk./Move Speed +8%.
Lv. 3: Atk./Move Speed +15%
Chaos Dungeons
Cube

Perfect Suppression Build

You only need to have 1 level of Perfect Suppression for this build as each tier above only provides 5% more damage. It’s much easier to get the other engravings on this list too.

Mandatory

IconEngravingDescriptionSource
iconPerfect SuppressionLv. 1: Normal Skill Damage +20%. Shadowburst Meter +50% for all skills. Disables Demonize.
Lv. 2: Normal Skill Damage +25%. …
Lv. 3: Normal Skill Damage +30%. …
Guardian Raid
Abyss Dungeon
icon Grudge Lv. 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
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

Optional

IconEngravingDescriptionSource
iconRaid CaptainLv. 1: Outgoing Damage +10% of basic Move Speed bonus percentage.
Lv. 2: Outgoing Damage +22% …
Lv. 3: Outgoing Damage +45% …
Chaos Dungeons
Cube
iconCursed DollLv. 1: Atk. Power +3%. Healing -25%, natural recovery excluded.
Lv. 2: …+8%. …
Lv. 3: …+16%. …
Chaos Dungeons
Cube
iconSpirit AbsorptionLv. 1: Atk./Move Speed +3%.
Lv. 2: Atk./Move Speed +8%.
Lv. 3: Atk./Move Speed +15%
Chaos Dungeons
Cube

Gear Sets

Below is a list of all the gear sets and their bonuses that available to Tier 1 Shadowhunters. 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)
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