BEST Lost Ark Gunner Class [Top 4]

Confused about whether to choose the Gunslinger, Deadeye, Artillerist, or Sharpshooter Gunner Class in Lost Ark? Worry not, we've got you covered!

Gunner classes are great at dealing precise damage, may it be from close range or a long distance. These characters use technologically advanced weapons to dominate the world of Arkesia. We’ve already mentioned that the Gunner class has four advanced sub-classes: the Gunslinger, Deadeye, Artillerist, and Sharpshooter.

Key Takeaways
  • Gunners in Lost Ark are a firepower class that excels in close to long-range damage. At level 10, players can choose between four advanced gunner classes: Gunslinger, Artillerist, Deadeye, and Sharpshooter.
  • Each class has its own set of skills and unique moves, as well as two engravings that modify the character’s playstyle.
  • The Gunslinger class can use three different weapons: dual pistols, a shotgun, or a sniper rifle, and has high mobility.
  • The Artillerist class uses explosive weapons and can control damage output and range.
  • The Deadeye class has a variety of weapons to choose from and deals double damage with shotguns in close range compared to gunslinger.
  • The Sharpshooter class uses mechanical bows as their primary weapon and excels in mobility and single-target damage.
  • You can choose the class that best fits your playstyle.

What Are The Advanced Gunner Classes In Lost Ark?

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Advanced Gunner Classes in Lost Ark

Gunners are among the five starting classes that Lost Ark provides, and they mainly stand out in firepower and other long-ranged attacks.

Gunners excel in firepower, wielding bows and explosive weapons for precise damage across close to long ranges. They’re straightforward aggressors, making this article a must-read for Gunner enthusiasts.

Upon reaching level 10, Gunners choose from four Advanced Gunner Classes: Gunslinger, Artillerist, Deadeye, and Sharpshooter. There’s no single “best” Gunner class; each offers unique benefits, so the choice is yours!

On that note, if you’re a solo player looking to take on the immense battlegrounds of Lost Ark, then consider reading about the Best Solo Classes

All Advanced Gunner Classes

Here’s a quick overview of all the Advanced Gunner classes in Lost Ark:

ClassesWeaponsSkillsShotgun SkillsAwakening Skills
Gunslinger GunsAT02 Grenade, Meteor Stream, Plasma Bullet, Quick StepHour of Judgement, Shotgun Rapid fire, Dual BuckshotEye of Twilight, High- Caliber HE Bullet
Artillerist LaunchersFirepower Meter, Barrage Meter, Enhanced Shell, Gatling GunN/AMissile Barrage, Heavy Turret
DeadeyeGunsAT02 Grenade, Meteor Stream, Spiral Tracker, Death FireSign of Apocalypse, Shotgun Dominator, Last Request Clay Bombardment, Bursting Flare
Sharpshooter BowsRapid Shot, Aromatic Arrow, Arrow Wave, Salvo, Hawk ShotN/AFenrir's Messenger, Golden Eye

Without further ado, here’s a list of all the gunner classes in Lost Ark:

  1. Gunslinger: Great for all kinds of ranged action
  2. ArtilleristExpect explosions with these guys. Huge Explosions!
  3. Deadeye: They have a vast range of arsenal to choose weapons from
  4. Sharpshooter: They use mechanical bows as their primary weapon

Gunslinger Gunner Class

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Gunslinger Class in Lost Ark

The first gunner subclass we’ll look at is called the ‘Gunslinger’. The Gunslinger is by far one of the most popular gunner classes in Lost Ark. You can make use of three different weapons with Gunslinger equipped; Dual Pistols, a Shotgun, or a Sniper Rifle

With these in your locker, the gunslinger will be able to manage enemies at all ranges. Shotgun for close, pinpoint range. Dual pistols are for close to mid-range, whereas the sniper rifle is for long-range marksman shots. 

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Apart from good weapons, the gunslinger also offers one of the best mobility amongst the gunner classes in Lost Ark. We will now look at the two engraving choices you get with Gunslinger as your gunner class. 

Engravings

The decision you make while choosing the engraving for your Gunslinger class will prove to be the key aspect of your Lost Ark journey. Depending on your playstyle, you will choose the one that suits you best. 

The 2 engravings that you can get for your Gunslinger class in Lost Ark are:

Time To Hunt

Time Hunt Engraving for your gunslinger class will massively increase your critical rate on each level. However, this only applies to pistols and the sniper rifle. On top of that, you won’t be able to use the shotgun at all.

Despite having no access to the shotgun, Time To Hunt is still a viable engraving since you have fewer weapons to cycle through. The character will have more mobility and will induce more critical damage. 

Once you reach level 3 of Time To Hunt engraving, your gunslinger will have her crit rate increased to 30%.

Peacemaker

The ‘Peacemaker’ engraving, your second option, is popular due to its unique weapon buffs and no shotgun restriction. It boosts attack speed in a handgun stance, increases shotgun crit rate, and grants extra damage for 9 seconds to enemies under 50% HP while in a sniper rifle stance.

From my experience, These buffs enhance versatility and gameplay enjoyment. At level 3, it offers 15% attack speed for handguns, 25% shotgun crit rate, and 30% more damage to enemies below 50% HP in sniper rifle stance.

Skills

There are many skills that you can choose from in order to give the gunslinger class buffs. These skills are concentrated in each of her stances: handguns, shotguns, and sniper rifles. 

So make sure you utilize and upgrade the ones that you think are the best for your playstyle. 

Here are the Best Skills for the Gunslinger Gunner Class in Lost Ark:

  • Spiral Tracker: Launches a spinning handgun within 10 meters, dealing 233 damage over 15 hits.
  • Quick-Step: Slide forward up to 6 meters and fire the handgun for 155 damage.
  • Equilibrium: Fires handguns over a wide area for 965 damage.
  • Perfect Shot: Fires a high-speed sniper rifle bullet for 274 damage; hitting the perfect spot inflicts 1099 damage and knocks back enemies.
  • Spiral Flame: Fires a lethal flame bullet, launching foes into the air for 682 Fire damage; sets the ground on fire for 56 damage every 0.8s for 2.4s.
  • Shotgun Rapid Fire: Shoots 3 consecutive shotgun shots, dealing 274, 274, and 365 damage.
  • Sharpshooter: Fires shotguns from both hands 7 times, causing 1493 damage to enemies.
  • Meteor Stream: Shoots bullets into the air, guiding them to crash into a location for 445 damage and launching enemies into the air.

Awakening Skills

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Awakening Skills of Gunslinger

These skills are unique for each class and are way more powerful than normal skills. As we’re on the topic of Gunslinger, let’s check out the Awakening Skills you can adopt during your gameplay. 

There are two Awakening Skills that you can choose from in the game. Both of these skills offer a unique ability to your character, which enhances their performance one way or another on the battlefield. With that said, let’s check out the Awakening Skills for the Gunslinger Class.

Eye Of Twilight

The Gunslinger’s Eye of Twilight Awakening Skill in Lost Ark is exceptionally powerful. Here’s why:

  1. Dueling Target: The Gunslinger selects the nearest enemy in range as their dueling target.
  2. Eye of Twilight Debuff: The selected enemy is afflicted with the Eye of Twilight debuff, which reduces their Move Speed by -80% and Attack Speed by -40%. This debuff lasts for 3.5 seconds.
  3. High Damage Output: After a 2-second countdown, the Gunslinger rapidly draws and fires their pistol, dealing a massive 11,672 Damage. This attack also applies Weak Point Level 2 and Stagger (Mid-high) to enemies who have the Eye of Twilight debuff on them.
  4. Without Debuff: If the enemy doesn’t have the Eye of Twilight debuff, they still suffer significant damage, totaling 4,260.
  5. Debuff Removal: After the shot, the Eye of Twilight debuff is removed from the target.

This skill is devastating due to its high damage output and the debuffs it inflicts on enemies, making it a formidable asset for the Gunslinger class in Lost Ark.

High-Caliber HE Bullet

The Gunslinger’s second Awakening Skill, High-Caliber HE Bullet, delivers explosive damage to multiple enemies. It involves targeting an enemy, moving back, and firing a bullet that deals 11672 damage and causes an explosion in a designated area. For explosive action, explore the High-Caliber HE Bullet Awakening Skill with your Gunslinger.

Artillerist Gunner Class

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Artillerist Class in Lost Ark

The Artillerist Gunner class in Lost Ark is perfect for those who love explosions and have no rules on the battlefield. While they lack the agility of Gunslingers, they make up for it with massive firepower and heavy armor.

Artillerists wield Huge Guns, which can serve as either a Launcher or a Flamethrower. However, their movement is notably slower due to the weight of their weapons and armor compared to other gunner classes in Lost Ark. These warriors excel at close to mid-range combat, capable of targeting multiple enemies simultaneously and finishing battles in a badass style. 

Engravings

It’s time to review the two class engravings you will get once you pick Artillerist as your gunner. Yet again, the choice you make is dependent on your style of gameplay. 

So, here are the two engravings you can choose from for your Artillerist gunner class. 

Barrage

The first engraving under review is called the ‘Barrage’. The Barrage engraving works hand in hand with the Artillerist Barrage. It offers great cumulative stat building for your character, especially when many enemies are in a battle.

Once equipped, the Barrage engraving will reset the cooldown for all Barrage-related skills whenever you kill an opponent. Therefore, you can safely assume that you can carry out lots of explosions without having to worry about the cool-down.

Once you reach level 3 of the Barrage engraving, the bombardment skill damage will increase by 2% per kill (can go max till 25 kills). 

Firepower Enhancement

The second engraving you can get for your Artillerist class is the ‘Firepower Enhancement’. This engraving is utilized more than the Barrage engraving by Lost Ark players. The Firepower Enhancement increases the crit rate, and it also buffs up the defense. 

Firepower Enhancement is great for clearing out dungeons, and it helps in taking less damage while increasing the crit rates, which works wonderfully in PvE situations. The sheer strength of the engraving will surprise you.

At level 3 of Firepower Enhancement, the crit rate will increase by 25%, 30%, or 35%, depending on the Firepower gauge level. Along with that, the Artillerist will also see its incoming damage reduced by 30%.

Skills

The Artillerist gunner class in Lost Ark has a lot of skills to choose from. And you guessed it right! They’re all related to even more explosion and destruction. Without wasting any more of your time, let’s review them.

In my opinion, here are some of the Best Skills in Lost Ark for Artillerist Gunner Class:

  • Flamethrower: Fire a flamethrower for 4 seconds, dealing 1584 fire damage.
  • Air Raid: Shoot large-caliber bullets into the air, landing on random enemies, launching them into the air, and dealing up to 681.6 damage.
  • Barrage Howitzer: Bombard a target area, dealing 1558 damage, sending enemies flying, and reducing their defense by 12% for 12 seconds.
  • Barrage Energy Cannon: Fire a penetrating energy cannon, knocking back enemies and dealing up to 5818 damage.
  • Napalm Shot: Stuns enemies with a large AoE attack, igniting the battlefield for damage over time.
  • Energy Field: Summon a shield that absorbs 31% of your max health in damage for 4 seconds; essential for the Barricade Engraving.
  • Homing Barrage: Deploy a homing device within 8 meters of the target, launching a missile after 4 seconds, dealing 1673 damage and sending enemies into the air.
  • Gravity Explosion: Create a gravitational field to pull enemies, dealing 221 damage, then trigger an explosion that deals 1082 damage to knocked-away enemies.

Awakening Skills

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Awakening Skills of Artillerist

As for the Awakening Skills, which are far superior to the normal skills in Lost Ark, we have two abilities for the Artillerist. The first one is known as the ‘Missile Barrage‘, and the second is called the ‘Heavy Turret‘.

Both of the Awakening Skills create some groundbreaking power on the battlefield. These skills will surely shake your enemies. 

Missile Barrage

First, we have ‘Missile Barrage,’ an Awakening Skill of the Artillerist gunner subclass in Lost Ark. It lives up to its name, launching 20 rockets into the air. These rockets explode at your chosen location, dealing 45,000 damage to all nearby enemies.

Heavy Turret

Next up, we have the Heavy Turret. The Heavy Turret is another great option to opt for as it fully utilizes the build of the Artillerist class. With this Awakening Skill, your Artillerist will use a heavy turret for a specified amount of time.

If you’re looking to cause pure chaos on the battlefield, then Heavy Turret skill is meant for you. It will last for 20 seconds, during which you will wreak havoc with a laser and even a guided missile. By the end of these 20 seconds, I guarantee that half of the battlefield will be cleared up!

Deadeye Gunner Class 

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Deadeye Class in Lost Ark

Without following any order, Deadeye is yet another best gunner classes in Lost Ark. Deadeye is very similar to the Gunslinger class. Some people call him the male counterpart of Gunslinger. This is due to the fact Deadeye also uses three weapons, which include Dual Pistols, a Shotgun, and a Sniper Rifle. 

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Deadeye has a high level of mobility and is one of the best close-range gunner classes in the game. That’s exactly where the difference lies between Deadeye and Gunslinger. The Deadeye class deals twice as much damage with shotguns at close range. In contrast, the damage dealt by the Deadeye decreases with the enemy’s distance.

So, if you want some close-range shortie action, then the Deadeye is worth playing with. For further clarification, I will go through his Engravings, Skills, and Awakening Skills. 

Engravings

Now that you have chosen Deadeye as your gunner, let’s go through the two class engravings you will get to choose from. Once more, the decision you make will depend entirely on how you want to play Lost Ark.

So, for your Deadeye gunner class, here are the two engravings you can select from.

Pistoleer

The first engraving for the Deadeye Gunner class is the ‘Pistoleer‘. As the name suggests, this engraving focuses totally on the handgun stance. This is not Deadeye’s strongest point; however, the engraving can still prove quite useful if utilized the right way. 

With Pistoleer, the damage to enemies will increase during battles. However, it only works with the handgun stance. So you won’t be able to use the shotgun as efficiently with this stat buff. 

When the engraving reaches level 3, the overall damage to foes will increase by a massive 40%. 

Enhanced Weapon

My top pick among Deadeye engravings is Enhanced Weapon. Unlike Pistoleer, it offers versatility and doesn’t limit your stance choice, allowing for a smoother playstyle.

Enhanced Weapon increases Deadeye’s crit rate every time you switch weapon stances, providing a consistent crit rate boost regardless of the weapon in use. At level 3, it grants an additional 30% crit rate for 9 seconds upon changing your weapon. It’s the superior choice for the Deadeye gunner class in Lost Ark.

Skills

Moving on to the skills section of the Deadeye, it’s quite obvious that most of the strongest skills are linked to the shotgun stance. Despite that, I will still list down all of the top skills for Deadeye in Lost Ark. Some of these skills are similar to the ones I saw under the Gunslinger section.

Here are some of my favorite skills for Deadeye Gunner Class:

  • Spiral Flame: Fires a powerful flame bullet, launching enemies into the air, inflicting 1463 fire damage and igniting the battlefield.
  • Hour of Judgement: Shoots three bullets in a cone-shaped area, dealing a total of 1100 damage (367 damage per bullet) with splinter damage of 91 behind the target.
  • Triple Explosion: Fires an explosive bullet to a specific target’s location, repeatable three times, with each bullet causing 662 damage.
  • Aimed Shot: Fires four high-caliber bullets while moving around the enemy, with the first three inflicting 321 damage and slowing enemy speed by 80%, and the last bullet causing 541 damage and knocking the enemy back.
  • Last Request: Fires an explosive bullet for 1673 damage and launches enemies into the air.
  • Sign of Apocalypse: Increases shotgun damage at close range.
  • Meteor Stream: Fires multiple bullets into the air and guides them to land in a chosen area, dealing 1053 damage and launching enemies into the air.
  • Shotgun Rapid Fire: Enables firing the shotgun three times, dealing 346, 346, and 462 damage, with the final shot pushing enemies far back and nearby enemies suffering x2 damage.

Awakening Skills

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Awakening Skills of Deadeye

The Awakening Skills are one of the game’s most powerful skills. So it’s essential to go through the possibilities of each gunner. Therefore, we will now look upon the Awakening Skills of the Deadeye gunner class, which will clear out many things for you. 

It may even make a choice between Deadeye or Gunslinger a lot easier. Here are the two Awakening Skills for Deadeye’s class without further ado.

Bursting Flare

Upon using the Bursting Flare Awakening Skill, Deadeye will summon a large-caliber sniper rifle. He will shoot three times, and the first two shots will inflict 111 damage. That’s not all! Along the bullet’s trajectory, the nearby enemies will also receive 111 damage. The last bullet will inflict 666 damage. 

Clay Bombardment

The Deadeye’s other Awakening Skill, Clay Bombardment, diverges from bullets, focusing on explosives for added versatility. With Clay Bombardment, Deadeye scatters claymores across the battlefield. These explode when you burst-fire with your pistols, dealing 111 damage to nearby enemies.

Additionally, the claymores cause 111 explosive damage. This skill excels at clearing enemy-infested dungeons and offers various aggressive attack options.

Sharpshooter Gunner Class

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Sharpshooter Class in Lost Ark

The Sharpshooter specializes in stealth and wields a unique mechanical bow with arrows that have various effects on enemies. They are highly agile and can provide long-term assistance.

Sharpshooters can summon a Hawk pet for battle, using it to distract enemies or cause significant damage through self-destruction. With their mechanical bow, they excel at precise targeting and exploiting enemy weaknesses. If you favor traditional weapons and stealth, the Sharpshooter gunner class is an excellent choice.

Engravings

If you’re planning to choose the Sharpshooter as your advanced gunner class in Lost Ark, you must learn about their initial engravings. These engravings revolve around the summoning of the Hawk. Therefore, depending on your style of play, you can choose any of the two following engravings for Sharpshooters.

Let’s now get to know the engravings for the Sharpshooter gunner class:

Loyal Companion

The first Sharpshooter engraving is ‘Loyal Companion,’ enhancing the Hawk with key buffs, ideal for strategic play. With ‘Loyal Companion,’ the Sharpshooter calls the Silverhawk Mark 2, boosting its speed, AoE radius, basic attack damage, and duration.

At level 3, the Hawk gains a 2% speed increase, 60% larger AoE radius, 150% more basic attack damage, and doubles its battlefield time. Furthermore, the Hawk inflicts 12% more damage to enemies.

Death Strike

The second engraving, called ‘Death Strike,‘ is more compact than the Loyal Companion engraving. Although, both engravings are linked with the Hawk in one way or another. The Death Strike will increase the damage inflicted on enemies during battles.

The engraving comes into action when the Last Rush is activated. After the activation of the ability, the Hawk’s meter will get recovered by 50% in an instant. Additionally, each enemy you hit will receive 40% extra damage for the next 8 seconds, which is ample time to take the upper hand in the battle and deal massive amounts of damage to the enemies. 

Skills

Next up, I have the extensive list of skills that Lost Ark offers for the Sharpshooter. The list in the game may seem a bit overwhelming, but to make things easier for you, I have listed down the ones I deem best. 

Furthermore, from my experience, it’s worth admitting that the Sharpshooter Gunner class has some of the best skill animations in the game!

Here are the Best Skills for the Sharpshooter Gunner Class in Lost Ark:

  • Arrow Shower: Shoots multiple arrows into the air, creating an arrow shower that deals 188 damage over 2 seconds.
  • Arrow Wave: Launches a tornado arrow at the target area, dealing 171 damage, with the potential for up to four hits on the same enemy.
  • Blade Storm: Throws a rapid storm of blades, dealing 137 damage six times, followed by three more hits of 122 damage.
  • Charged Shot: Charges the shot for increased damage (three stages); uncharged deals 462 damage, stage 1 deals 616 damage, and overcharged deals 1540 damage, also knocking back enemies at stage 1 or higher.
  • Electric Nova: Fires an electrically charged arrow for 366 damage to the target, 163 damage to nearby enemies, and 121 damage to those slightly farther away; shocked enemies suffer 74 damage/second for 3 seconds.
  • Smokescreen Arrow: Inflicts 238 damage with an arrow and creates a 6-second smokescreen, reducing the movement speed of nearby enemies.
  • Stalker: Rapidly leaps 8 meters forward, dealing 342 damage and knocking down enemies.
  • Shadow Arrow: Quickly fires arrows, dealing 252 damage, and applying the Shadow’s Curse to blind opponents and reduce their movement speed by 30% for 4 seconds.

Awakening Skills

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Awakening Skills of Sharpshooter

As for the Awakening Skills, I will yet again mention that Sharpshooter has one of the best animated skills in the game. And that is true about its Awakening Skills as well! Even the names of these superior skills are cool. 

Let’s wrap up this extensive best gunner class in Lost Ark review with a little more detail. So here are the two Awakening Skills that come alongside the Sharpshooter class.

Fenrir’s Messenger

The first Awakening Skill, Fenrir’s Messenger, summons a formidable ally to assist the Sharpshooter in battle. Under its effect, a ferocious Fenrir’s Messenger deals 111 damage with each hit.

Upon releasing the assigned skill hotkey, a smaller but equally damaging Fenrir’s Messenger appears. Despite seemingly modest damage numbers, the skill’s frequent attacks overwhelm and prove its effectiveness in battle.

Golden Eye

The Sharpshooter’s final Awakening Skill, ‘Golden Eye,’ surpasses Fenrir’s Messenger. It delivers devastating battlefield damage. The skill summons four golden hawks, forming a strengthening whirlwind dealing up to 1221 damage to caught enemies. It also launches foes into the air, rendering the Sharpshooter invisible for 7 seconds.

Golden Eye excels in creating chaos, making it ideal for dungeon battles or facing multiple enemies, appealing to both aggressive and stealthy players.

My Thoughts On Gunner Class

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Best Gunner Class in Lost Ark

I discussed all the sub-classes because each character brings something unique to the battlefield, and it all comes down to the preference of the player in question. 

Some people like to play with an “All Guns Blazing” approach; for them, the Artillerist is the best gunner class. Some people like playing highly accurate and stealthy gameplay, and they may fare better with a Sharpshooter build. Then, some people love versatility in games, which is why Deadeye and Gunslinger might suit their needs most.

Therefore, there’s no outright answer to our question of who the best gunner class is in Lost Ark. However, I will tell you my take on it. For us, the Sharpshooter is the best gunner class in Lost Ark, followed closely by the Gunslinger class. The Sharpshooter offers a lot of buffs and debuffs through his skills and abilities; apart from that, the assisting Hawk is a great help in battles. 

There you have it! My take on Lost Ark’s best gunner classes. I hope you learned some valuable stuff in this article, and I wish you the best of luck with your Lost Ark playthrough!

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