Wardancer Lost Ark Class Guide

Detailed breakdown of the Wardancer Class in Lost Ark
wardancer class guide lost ark

Our Wardancer Lost Ark class guide covers everything you need to know about this Martial Artist 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 Wardancer Lost Ark class, we’ve got you covered below.

Wardancer Class Guide Overview

The Wardancer in Lost Ark is a Martial Artist type class that wields a lightweight Fist Weapon on each hand. The Wardancer is a Melee DPS, getting up close and personal in the faces of their targets. They combo together punches, kicks, and powerful elemental skills throwing enemies up in the air. Their musical instrument is an Lute.

The Identity Gauge of the Wardancer is the Elemental Meter. Successful hits to enemies with their Basic attack and Normal Skills will fill up the meter. There are 3 orbs, or bubbles, in their meter which once full, are the resources of special Esoteric Skills. These Esoteric Skills, when used, consume 1 or 2 Elemental Bubbles depending on the skill.

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

  • First Intention – Increased Damage; No longer uses Elemental Meter, and therefore does not use Esoteric Skills.
  • Esoteric Skill Enhancement – Increase amount of Elemental Orbs to 4. Esoteric Skills inflict bonus damage per orb consumed.

In end game content, the First Intention is the most popular due to the consistent burst damage that this playstyle provides. The Esoteric Skill Enhancement is not as strong as the other playstyle. In the Meantime, check out our Striker Guide if you would like to be an effective party member with a very similar playstyle.

Role of a Wardancer

Wardancers are a melee DPS class in Lost Ark that also provides good synergy with their buffs.

In PvE, they provide a number of offensive buffs and can provide some a buff that reduces damage taken. They have decent burst damage but are generally not the highest damage overall. They can be particularly difficult to play as they have to line up burst combos that benefit tremendously from back attacks.

In PvP, they continue to provide good buffs, have great chained knock-up combinations, but many skills can be hard to hit given the small range they have. With a few good movement skills, they can engage and disengage fairly easily.


  • High Burst Damage
  • High Mobility
  • Provide Movement Speed, Attack Speed, Crit Rate Party Buffs
  • Can provide minor damage mitigation
  • Easy to learn


  • Lower Sustained Damage
  • Can be difficult to master landing back-attack abilities.


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

LevelIcon Skill NameCooldown (seconds)TypeDescription
10iconMoon Flash Kick22ComboCharge forward while kicking, inflicting 73, 56 Damage. Press the skill hotkey 3 times to deliver 4 kicks at amazing speed that inflict 144.4 total Damage, another spinning back kick to inflict 68 Damage, followed by the finishing blow that inflicts 225 Damage and knocks foes back.
10iconTriple Fist6NormalViolently swing your fists 3 times while advancing 4 meters forward, inflicting 41, 41, and 98 Damage.
10iconLightning Kick9NormalDeliver a flurry of kicks that inflict 39 [Lightning] Damage 3 times, and strike down at foes causing 175 Damage. Downed foes are lifted off the ground, and airborne foes are slammed onto the ground for 43 Damage.
10iconSky Shattering Blow8ComboPerform a roundhouse kick, inflicting 66 Damage. Use the skill again to kick upward, sending targets flying for 92 Damage. You can change your direction during additional attacks.
10iconFlash Heat Fang14NormalThrow punches to inflict 258.2 total Damage over 9 hits, followed by a finishing blow that inflicts 169 Damage.
10iconEsoteric Skill: Spiral Impact8NormalPerform a powerful strike that can distort space. On hit, inflict 409 Damage.
12iconSeismic Strike16NormalInflict 94 Damage every 1s up to 5 times to foes within the earthquake’s range.
14iconEsoteric Skill: Rising Fire Dragon16NormalInflict 29 Damage while you gather [Fire] energy, then soar into the air and deliver 5 strikes for 72, 51, 86, 123, and 362 Damage.
16iconSleeping Ascent Celebration16ComboTackle foes, inflicting 51.9, 79.3 Damage. Use as a combo to deliver a upper kick and inflict 192 Damage, launching foes into the air. You can change the attack direction while performing the additional strike.
18iconEsoteric Skill: Lightning Strike14NormalRelease [Lightning] energy to inflict 364 Damage over 3 hits, stunning foes for 2s. Increases Damage by 20% against Frozen foes.
20iconSwift Wind Kick20NormalDeliver a spinning kick in the air, attacking foes 22 times, inflicting up to 559.1 Damage over 2.5s. You can move up to 14 meters while using this skill, changing the direction with your cursor.
20iconWind’s Whisper30NormalGain the blessing of wind for all party members within a 24 meter radius, increasing Move Speed and Atk. Speed by 11.0% and 5.5% respectively for 6.0s.
24iconPhoenix Advent18PointFocus [Fire] energy and soar into the air to land at the target location within 7 meters. Inflict 19 and 18 Damage as you come down, and 295 Damage upon hitting the ground, knocking foes down.
28iconEsoteric Skill: Call of the Wind God16HoldingCreate a tornado that attacks foes for 81 Damage 13 times over 3s and pulls foes close. Can move up to 12 meters while using this skill.
32iconRoar of Courage25NormalLet out a battle cry, inflicting 241 Damage and pushing surrounding foes away. On hit, foe Crit Resistance -3.0% for 6s.
36iconSweeping Kick25ComboSweep foes off their feet, inflicting 56 Damage 2 times. Use the skill one additional time to change your direction and deliver a spinning kick in the air, inflicting 76, 95, 190 Damage.
40iconEsoteric Skill: Blast Formation20NormalStrike at the ground to cause 3 explosions. The explosions advance forward in consecutive order to inflict 195, 293, and 488 Damage, launching foes into the air. You have Paralysis Immunity while using this skill.
50iconEnergy Combustion36NormalErupt the energy inside you to push foes away inflicting 43 Damage. Then call forth a gust that shrouds your body, inflicting 34 Damage every 0.5s for 20.
LevelIcon Skill NameCooldown (minutes)TypeDescription
50iconUltimate Skill: Fist of Dominance5NormalUse the power of elementals and release an energy field, pulling foes close. Fly past foes and attack up to 6 times while absorbing 6 elemental forces, inflicting up to 666.1 Damage. After the last attack, absorb the typeless energy field and strike down to the center of it, inflicting 111 Damage and knocking foes back. Damage received –80.0% while flying past foes.
50iconUltimate Skill: Flash Rage Blow5HoldingCrouch, then dash 6 meters forward in a straight line. Hold the skill hotkey to deliver vicious strikes that inflict up to 1,332.1 Damage, followed by the shockwave that knocks foes back for 111 Damage. Releasing the skill key before the Holding Meter is maxed out will produce a minor shockwave that inflicts 111 Damage.

Wardancer 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.

Skill Progression

Here are the Regular Damaging Skills to focus on when you unlock them:

  • Swift Wind Kick (AoE) (lvl 20)
  • Wind’s Whisper (AoE and Buff) (lvl 20)
  • Lightning Kick (Mobility) (default ability)
  • Moon Flash Kick (Gauge Generation) (default ability)
  • Seismic Strike (AoE) (lvl 12)
  • Sweeping Kick (Damage) (lvl 36)
  • Sleeping Ascent Celebration (Mobility) (lvl 16)

Here are the Esoteric Skills listed in order of what you should use when they become available:

  • Call the Wind God (best mobility)
  • Rising Fire Dragon (best damage)
  • Blast Formation
  • Spiral Impact
  • Lightning Strike

To simplify everything, follow this priority:

  1. Make Level 10 if you can: Swift Wind Kick > Wind’s Whisper > Sweeping Kick > Lightning Kick
  2. Otherwise add points here to make Level 7: Sleeping Ascent Celebration > Seismic Strike > Esoteric Skill: Call of the Wind God
  3. Then, make other skills you are using on your skill bar Level 4.

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

LevelIconSkill NameSkill LevelTripod 1Tripod 2Tripod 3
11iconLightning Kick4Sharp Movement
12iconSeismic Strike4Sustain Enhancement
13iconMoon Flash Kick4White Flame Kick
14iconSeismic Strike7* (remove all other skill points)sustain enhancementlaw of the jungle
15iconLightning Kick4Sharp Movement
16iconMoon Flash Kick4White Flame Kick
17iconSleeping Ascent Celebration4spiral kick
18iconEsoteric Skill: Rising Fire Dragon4Absorption Strike
20iconSwift Wind Kick10* (remove all other skill points)Lightning Round KickQuick Preparation
21iconSeismic Strike4Sustain EnhancementExtreme Training
22iconLightning Kick4Sharp Movement
iconMoon Flash Kick4White Flame Kick
23iconSleeping Ascent Celebration4spiral kick
24iconSeismic Strike7* (remove all points except Swift Wind KickSustain EnhancementLaw of the Jungle
28iconEsoteric Skill: Call of the Wind God7Earth StormOver Revolution
30iconWind’s Whisper10* (remove all other points except Swift Wind Kick)Oath of the WindQuick PreparationSuperwind
33iconEsoteric Skill: Call of the Wind God7Earth StormOver Revolution
36iconSeismic Strike7Sustain EnhancementLaw of the Jungle
38iconLightning Kick10* (remove wind god and seismic strike)Sharp MovementThunder KickFlash Lightning
41iconEsoteric Skill: Call of the Wind God7Earth StormOver Revolution
43iconSeismic Strike7Sustain EnhancementLaw of the Jungle
46iconMoon Flash Kick7White Flame KickSingle Strike
49iconMoon Flash Kick10White Flame KickSingle StrikeFull Moon Kick


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.

Wardancer Deathblow PvE Guide

Below is a good basic Wardancer PvE Build for all types of content such as Chaos Dungeon, Questing, Guardian Raids, and Abyss Dungeons.

The Rotation or Skill Priority is very straightforward; Engage, Buff, Damage.

  • Engage with:
    • Sleeping Ascent Celebration or Lightning Kick
  • Roar of Courage
  • Wind’s Whisper
  • Damage with:
    • Sweeping Kick
    • Moon Flash Kick
    • Flash Heat Fang

If you do not have enough skill points, focus on maximizing the ones bolded above first.

Wardancer Deathblow Stat Priority

Maximize Crit as much as possible. With all the Crit buffs you receive, it is possible to go over Crit Rate cap at later levels. Then focus on Swiftness as a secondary stat for faster cooldowns.

Wardancer PvE Build

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

IconSkill NameSkill LevelTripodsNotes
iconSleeping Ascent Celebration71
Tripod 2: Ready Attack – Attack Power 3s Buff
iconLightning Kick101
Mobility; Damage
iconEnergy Combustion71
Tripod 1: Combustible Armor – Damage Mitigation
iconFlash Heat Fang102
iconRoar of Courage101
Debuff on target – Increased crit rate
iconWind’s Whisper103
Movement, Attack Speed, Crit Party Buff
Tripod 3: Ready Attack – Self Attack Power Buff
iconMoon Flash Kick102
iconSweeping Kick102
High Damage

Wardancer PvP Guide

In Player versus Player Arenas, Wardancers play a semi-supportive role by providing attack and movement speed buffs, as well as some damage mitigation. Secondarily, they also provide fair damage through long winded juggling knock-up combinations of moves.

Hard CC:

  • Esoteric Skill: Lightning Strike – 2s Freeze
    • Dash (spacebar) before to get more range on this stun

Possible Combo opportunity:

  • Energy Combustion (buffs) >
  • Lightning Kick (engage, knock up) >
  • Sky Shattering Blow (knock up) >
  • Swift Wind Kick (knock up/down) >
  • Moon Flash Kick (knock up) > (dash or walk toward)
  • Wind’s Whisper (finisher)

Another option is to use EVERY skill on the hotbar in the build below like this:

  • Energy Combustion (buffs) >
  • Dash (spacebar) >
  • Esoteric Skill: Lightning Strike (stun) >
  • Sky Shattering Blow (knock up) >
  • Swift Wind Kick (knock up/down) >
  • Moon Flash Kick (knock up) >
  • Sleeping Ascent Celebration (re-engage, knockup) >
  • Wind’s Whisper (finisher) > (dash away)
  • Lightning Kick (disengage)

In PvP the best Awakening Skil is Fist of Dominance. It is best combo’d immediately following using the skill Sleeping Ascent Celebration.

PvP Stats

  • 1000 Swiftness
  • 249 Endurance
  • 1 Crit

Wardancer PvP Skills Build

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

Some useful alternatives:

  • For a Stun: Use Esoteric Skill: Spiral Impact Instead (Tripods: 3-2-2) of Esoteric Skill: Lightning Strike.
  • Phoenix Advent (Tripods 1-3-2) – Tripod 2: Freeze Effect for a 1s Freeze

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

IconSkill NameSkill LevelTripodsNotes
iconMoon Flash Kick102
Finisher Knock down
iconSleeping Ascent Celebration101
Mobility, Knock-up
iconSky Shattering Blow42Knock-up
iconSwift Wind Kick102
Damage, Knock-up
iconEnergy Combustion101
Damaging Aura Buff, Damage reduction buff
iconWind’s Whisper101
Party Buffs
Tripod 3: Superwind – Finisher damage
iconEsoteric Skill: Lightning Strike103
Freeze 2s
iconLightning Kick101
Mobility, Damage

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

Best Wardancer Engravings

Currently, the Wardancer only has one main build, utilizing the First Intention class engraving. It provides strong burst damage.

The Esoteric Skill Enhancement is not as strong as the other playstyle. In the Meantime, check out our Striker Guide if you would like to be a more effective party member with a very similar playstyle.


iconFirst IntentionLv. 1: Damage to foes +15%, but you can no longer gain Elemental Meter.
Lv. 2: Damage to foes +20%..
Lv. 3: Damage to foes +25%..
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
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


Icon EngravingDescriptionSource
iconRaid CaptainLv. 1: Outgoing Damage +10% of basic Move Speed bonus percentage.
Lv. 2: Outgoing Damage +22%…
Lv. 3: Outgoing Damage +45%…
Chaos Dungeons
icon Master of AmbushLv. 1: Damage +5% for successful back attacks.
Lv. 2: Damage +12%…
Lv. 3: Damage +25%…
Chaos Dungeons
iconCursed DollLv. 1: Atk. Power +3%. Healing -25%, natural recovery excluded.
Lv. 2: …+8%. …
Lv. 3: …+16%. …
Chaos Dungeons

Gear Sets

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