korean fashion MMO lost ark is famous for its legion raids, endgame activities where teams of players have to work together in complicated multi-stage boss fights. Of april road map suggested a May “trial” release for the first Legion Raid, against demon commander Valtan, who has now been confirmed by Amazon Games.
“Because Legion raids are challenging and time-consuming,” writes Amazon, “there are gates (or checkpoints) that will save the player’s progress as they advance in the raid. Valtan is an eight-player Legion raid, has 2 gates and introduces a number of new mechanics. Players will need to be item level 1415 to attempt normal difficulty and 1445 for hard difficulty.”
The Valtan raid also introduces a new level of rarity. Crafting materials obtained in the raid can be turned into relic gear, which includes accessories with more engraving nodes. This might not sound super impactful, but in Korea it changed viable builds to some advanced classes. The DPS paladin buildingfor example, depends on relic gear.
The May update will also add more skins, something players have been asking for. (Lost Ark’s western release was a rare MMO that looks like it should be selling more In addition to regular additions to the store, a limited-time store called Neria’s Wardrobe will offer some more modern-looking clothing items, including t-shirts, jeans, and snapback caps. here is one trailer for some modern fashion from the korean release.
The thing that excites me the most is hidden in the “quality of life updates” section: front and rear attack indicators. Lines indicating exactly where the relevant part of a boss’s hitbox starts and ends would be useful in both landing counters (which should be aimed forward) and skills that deal more damage to an enemy’s head or butt. It seems like a small thing, but with Guardians like the evil tree Levanos and other blobby bosses, tackling it can be surprisingly dark. I would love to see accurate hitbox circles for players added next.
Other quality of life changes in this update include “the ability to check daily and weekly content participation in a new menu, UI updates, improved party finder and party invites, dismantling of updated items, convenience features for Market/Auction House and some features like being able to randomly summon favorite mounts and new hairstyles for customization!” A menu to track all things daily and weekly in Lost Ark would be a godsend, so this is another nice addition.
The May update is also bringing the previously announced advanced class of destroyers and Deskaluda Guardian Raid, Challenge Guardian Raids, new guild activities including PvP island sieges, more activities for the newly added mainland of South Vern and Wild Wings Island. It’s another weird island of events, where you fight a giant chicken, I think? From the update: “Seeking revenge for eating their friends and family, the Crispy Golden Chickings are planning to invade the island. Players transform into chicken or beer to fight Boss Chicking to earn event coins.” OK sure.