Soulfist Lost Ark Class Guide

Detailed breakdown of the Soulfist Class in Lost Ark
Soulfist Lost Ark Class Guide
Soulfist – Lost Ark

Our Soulfist Lost Ark class guide covers everything you need to know about this Gunner subclass, including its overall role in the team, its strengths and weaknesses, some tips, and more. Lost Ark allows you to control a number of classes, who all come with different benefits in PvE and PvP content. So if you want a breakdown of the Soulfist Lost Ark class, we’ve got you covered below.

Soulfist Class Guide Overview

The Soulfist in Lost Ark is a Martial Artist type class that wields a magical floating amulet called a Focus. The Soulfist is a Hybrid DPS, that means they attack from both Ranged and Melee distances. Instead of Mana they use a special Energy resource called Ki. Their musical instrument is an Lute.

The Identity Gauge of the Soulfist is the Hype Meter. Unlike other classes, the Hype Meter is starts at full capacity and is usable at any time to enter the 3 stages of their Identity Skill: Hype Mode. Activation of Hype Mode restores KI Energy, reduces skill cooldowns, Increases Attack Speed, and Increases Damage. Once Hype Mode ends, there is a cooldown period. Refer to this chart for all the information regarding Hype Mode:

Hype LevelKi Energy RestoredCooldown RecoveryAttack SpeedDamage IncreaseDurationFatigue Period
1515%5%10%90 seconds15 seconds
28110%10%25%40 seconds25 seconds
318025%15%60%20 seconds50 seconds

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

  • Energy Overflow – The Fatigue Period from using all Ki energy no longer exists. Damage increased if below 30% Ki energy. Hype Mode no longer restores any Ki energy.
  • Robust Spirit – Only enters Hype Mode Level 3. Improved Ki energy recovery; Damage increased.

In end game content, the Robust Spirit Engraving is the most popular due to the very satisfying burst damage of the Awakening Skill: World Decimation. This is the hardest hitting skill in the game and will out DPS any other skills you cast as a Soulfist. However, if you miss the boss with this nuke ability, your DPS will be very, insultingly low. The Energy Overflow has a quicker playstyle but with more consistent sustained damage but less overall damage; they also use the Annihilating Ray Awakening Skill.

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Role of a Soulfist

Soulfists are a pure DPS class in Lost Ark. In PvE, they provide the highest burst damage with the World Decimation Awakening skill. They are fairly easy to play, however as mentioned earlier damage is heavily reliant on hitting the awakening skill. In PvP, they are going to be provide a lot of damage and can support the team from the backlines. They also have great movement and have many ways to keep the enemy away from them. However, they do have a lack some super armor.


  • Highest Burst Damage in the game
  • High Mobility
  • Provides Attack Power Party Buffs


  • Lower Sustained Damage
  • Low health and defense
  • Damage will be low if Awakening skill misses.


The following table is a list of all Lost Ark Soulfist Skills available and at which level they are unlocked.

LevelIcon Skill NameCooldown (seconds)TypeDescription
10iconBolting Crash12NormalDart forward and trip foes to inflict 113 Damage, then advance 3 meters forward to crash into foes, knocking them back for 170 Damage.
10iconDeadly Finger16NormalDodge 2 meters backwards and quickly thrust your finger diagonally at the sky multiple times, inflicting 73 Damage 6 times. Damage to airborne foes +30%.
10iconEnergy Bullet8NormalQuickly shoot condensed energy ahead of you 3 times. Foes take 73 Damage every 1 hit.
10iconMagnetic Palm14HoldingJump 3 meters forward and inflict 32 Damage 3 times. Smash the ground with your palm and draw foes near while inflicting 32 Damage. Release your palm to launch the pulled foes in the air for 191 Damage. Hold the skill hotkey to shoot your energy into the ground for up to 1s.
10iconPulverizing Palm9NormalQuickly dash 4 meters forward, inflicting 73 Damage. Strike foes with energy-charged palms to inflict 36 Damage 2 times and deliver the last strike to inflict 96 Damage. The last strike inflicts +100% Damage on airborne foes.
10iconVenomous Fist8NormalThrow your palms forward to inflict 20 Damage over 1239 hits, then Damage as you pull in foes. There is a 30% chance that foes will be Poisoned for 3s upon hit.
12iconLightning Palm16NormalPush your palms, inflicting 313 Damage to foes. Airborne foes are knocked back when hit.
14iconHeavenly Squash20PointDrop a massive palm at the target location, inflicting 460 Damage. Damage +30% to foes down on the ground or in the air.
16iconFlash Step8ChainRapidly move toward the target location, inflicting 73 Damage to foes at the destination. Airborne foes are launched back into the air when hit. Use the skill again within 2s to use the skill 2 more times. Cooldown +4s and Energy consumption by 2x per additional use.
18iconPalm Burst18NormalConcentrate energy on your palms and release it forward to inflict 384 Damage, moving 3 meters backward.
20iconTempest Blast24NormalShoot energy forward, and then push your palms again to shoot a larger, more powerful plume of energy that inflicts 531 Damage.
24iconShadowbreaker16NormalQuickly strike the ground where you stand with your palm 2 times, inflicting 108 and 108 Damage. Strike again with the other palm to inflict 215 Damage. The first strike instantly slams airborne foes onto the ground, inflicting 50% more Damage.
28iconForce Orb18NormalQuickly shoot a powerful energy ball from your palm. This ball slowly disperses, attacking foes and knocking them down inflicting 338 Damage.
32iconCrippling Barrier24HoldingRelease a barrier around yourself, which slows down foes within range. Hold for up to 3s to sustain the barrier and inflict 68 Damage 11 times. Each hit casts a debuff on foes, causing Move Speed and Atk. Power -10%. This debuff stacks up to 4 times.
36iconMerciless Pummel20NormalMove 2 meters forward and deliver a punch to inflict 124 Damage, followed by a right kick and a straight punch, inflicting 150 and 224 Damage. You can change the attack direction in between the blows.
40iconEnergy Blast30HoldingFocus energy on your hands and hurl it toward the target location to inflict 125 Damage, knocking foes away. Hold for up to 3s to inflict 859.0 Damage over 20 hits, while freely changing the attack direction.
50iconEnergy Release30NormalRotate your arms, and then stomp on the ground in a controlled manner, sending forth a shockwave. All party members within a 24 meter radius receive -12% Damage for 6s.
LevelIcon Skill NameCooldown (minutes)TypeDescription
50iconAnnihilating Ray5HoldingGather energy and shoot an energy ray forward. Hold the skill hotkey to hit foes up to 5 times, inflicting 555.1 Damage over up to 1.5s. Afterwards, a comrade’s soul appears to lend you energy and hurls an even stronger blast that attacks foes at the front 6 times over 1.2s, inflicting up to 666.1 Damage and knocking them back. If you stop holding before the Holding Meter is maxed out, the comrade’s soul will appear and attack foes instantly.
50iconWorld Decimation5PointPerform an attack at the target location. Raise your hands above your head and concentrate energy for 3s, and then drop it on the selected area, inflicting 111 Damage to foes.

Soulfist 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).

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.

Skill Progression

Flash Step is the only real Movement Skill available, you should add skill points to make it lvl 10 upon reaching level 20.

Following that, everything else is simply damaging skills, which is up to you as to which one you choose to put points into. The priority becomes focusing on AoE combinations such as Magnetic Palm > Deadly Finger > Heavenly Squash. Once reaching Level 32 you unlock Crippling Barrier which is a good AoE ability you can add at the beginning of you combo.

Here is the progression of which skills you’ll use and replace on your skill bar as you unlock better abilities. Feel free to add points into these or other skills in between key levels where you’ll want to max out certain abilities. Use this as a guideline for your levelling experience:

  • Lvl 12 – Lightning Palm
  • Lvl 14 – Heavenly Squash
  • Lvl 16 – Flash Step replaces Venomous Fist
  • Lvl 20 – Tempest Blast replaces Pulverizing Palm
  • Lvl 28 – Force Orb replaces Bolting Crash
  • Lvl 32 – Crippling Barrier replaces Energy Bullet
  • Lvl 36 – Merciless Pummel replaces Lightning Palm

For Bosses, in your second skill book you can choose Tripods that improve damage to single targets and “push-immune” foes; such as Weak Point Detection.

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

LevelIconSkill NameSkill LevelTripod 1Tripod 2Tripod 3
11iconDeadly Finger4Swift Fingers
12iconMagnetic Palm4Sturdy Armor
13iconHeavenly Squash4Hard Hitter
14iconEnergy Bullet4Ranged Hit
15iconLightning Palm4Prepared Attacker
16iconFlash Step7 *(remove points from Lightning Palm, Energy Bullet, Heavenly Squash)Excellent MobilityVictory Shout
20iconFlash Step10* (remove all other pointsl)Excellent MobilityVictory ShoutTireless
21iconMagnetic Palm4Sturdy Armor
22 icon Deadly Finger4Swift Fingers
iconHeavenly Squash4Hard Hitter
23iconTempest Blast4Song of Time
26 icon Deadly Finger7Swift FingersDefenseless Target
28iconForce Orb4Quick Preparation
29iconForce Orb7Quick PreparationPowerful Wave
32iconCrippling Barrier10*
(Lvl 4 in each: Magnetic Palm, Deadly Finger, Heavenly Squash and Force Orb)
Quick PreparationHard HitterKeen Judgement
33iconTempest Blast4Song of Time
36 icon Deadly Finger7Swift FingersDefenseless Target
iconMerciless Pummel4Wide Strike
39iconHeavenly Squash7Hard HitterHarsh Training
41iconForce Orb7Quick PreparationPowerful Wave
43iconTempest Blast7Song of TimeHarsh Training
45iconMerciless Pummel7Wide StrikeClear Hit
48iconHeavenly Squash10Hard HitterHarsh TrainingEnormous Palm


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.

Soulfist PvE Guide

Below is a good basic Soulfist PvE Build that is generally a good build for all types of content such as Chaos Dungeons, Questing, Guardian Raids, and Abyss Dungeons.

The Rotation or Skill Priority is pretty straightforward. Aim to be in Hype Mode Level 2; use Buff Abilities, then 2 or 3 Damaging skills and repeat.

  • Use a Buff Ability:
    • Ex: Pulverizing Palm, Flash Step
  • Use Main Damaging Ability:
    • Merciless Pummel, Force Orb, Heavenly Squash

For the Awakening, make sure to be in Hype Mode Level 3, then use buff abilities before the skill. The order would be as follows:

  • Hype Mode Level 3 >
  • Energy Release >
  • Flash Step >
  • World Decimation.

Soulfist PvE Stat Priority

Maximize Specialization as much as possible; to increase the effects of Hype Mode. Then focus on Crit as a secondary stat.

Soulfist PvE Build

This Soulfist build requires 328 Skill Points which will require the collecting a extra Skill Points in Shushire and Rohendel.

IconSkill NameSkill LevelTripodsNotes
iconEnergy Release103
Party Attack Power Buff, Additional Self Attack Power Buff.
iconPulverizing Palm72
Self Attack Power Buff.
iconFlash Step73
Self Attack Power Buff.
iconMerciless Pummel101
High Damage
iconHeavenly Squash101
iconForce Orb101
iconTempest Blast101
High Damage

Soulfist PvP Guide

In Player versus Player Arenas, Soulfists typically play the role of a back line damaging support and also provide very powerful burst damage given the right opportunity. They generally don’t go in on their own, instead they choose their opportunities to single out and burst single targets, or try to catch 2 or 3 enemies with their Awakening. They have incredible damage potential through their main combo. Both Awakening Skills are useful, Annihilating Ray is easier to play with, but World Decimation will deal massive damage but can be very difficult to hit.

Movement Ability:

  • Flash Step

Damage Dealers:

  • Force Orb
  • Deadly Finger
  • Heavenly Squash
  • Merciless Pummel

Hard CC:

  • Tempest Blast (Tripod 1: Song of Time – 1.5s Stun)

Combo opportunities:

  • Flash Step (engage and stagger) or Magnetic Palm (knock up)>
  • Force Orb (knock up) >
  • Deadly Finger (damage) >
  • Heavenly Squash (finisher)

A note to make the combo above even stronger, enter Hype Mode Level 3, use Energy Release for the Damage Buff, then Flash Step 3 times to the target for another Attack Power Buff and complete the rest of the combo to deal massive damage.

Outside of Hype Mode Level 3, use Energy Blast and Tempest Blast to keep the enemy away from you and your teammates. These can also be used as a safe opener for the main combo.

PvP Stats

  • 1000 Swiftness
  • 249 Specialization
  • 1 Crit

Soulfist PvP Skills Build

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

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

IconSkill NameSkill LevelTripodsNotes
iconEnergy Release73
Tripod 1: Fighting Spirit Enhancement – Attack Power Party Buff
Tripod 2: Energy Release Enhancement – Damage Mitigation Party Buff
iconMagnetic Palm71
Knock up
Tripod 2: Tenacity – Super Armor
iconFlash Step103
Tripod 2: Victory Shot – Attack Power Buff
iconForce Orb103
Damage, Knock up.
iconDeadly Finger102
iconHeavenly Squash101
iconEnergy Blast101
Peel enemies from Teammates
Tripod 2: Tenacity – Super Armor
iconTempest Blast103
Ranged Stun
Tripod 1: Song of Time – 1.5s Stun

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

Best Soulfist Engravings

If you prefer the more consistent and quick damaging Soulfist playstyle choose Energy Overflow. If you prefer the super burst Soulfist playstyle, choose Robust Spirt. All the other engravings can stay the same. Take note that you can use both Class Engravings if you’d like. but the damage boost of Robust Spirit is generally less than other Optional engravings listed below.


iconRobust SpiritLv. 1: When using Hype, enters level 3 immediately, and while in Hype Mode, Energy recovery speed +200%. Damage +15%.
Lv. 2: … Damage +25%.
Lv. 3: … Damage +35%.
Guardian Raid
Abyss Dungeon
iconAwakeningLv. 1: Awakening Skill Cooldown -10%. +1 maximum use.
Lv. 2: … -25% … +2
Lv. 3: … -50% … +3
Chaos Dungeons


icon GrudgeLv. 1: Damage +4% to Boss or above monsters. Damage -20% from Boss or above monsters.Chaos Dungeons
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
iconCursed DollLv. 1: Atk. Power +3%. Healing -25%, natural recovery excluded.
Lv. 2: Atk. Power +8%…
Lv. 3: Atk. Power +16%…
Chaos Dungeons
iconSpirit AbsorptionLv. 1: Atk./Move Speed +3%.
Lv. 2: … +8%.
Lv. 3: … +15%
Chaos Dungeons

Gear Sets

Below is a list of all the gear sets and their bonuses that available to Tier 1 Soulfists. 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)
340Legendary Boisterous 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)
340Legendary Dense 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)
340Legendary Enraged 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)
340Legendary Mist2-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)
302 Epic Seraphic Oath2-Set: Attack Speed +8%
5-Set: Additional Damage +10%
Abyss Dungeon (Valley of Beasts)
Abyss Dungeon (Spirit of the Necromancer)
302 Epic Stalwart 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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