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Lost Ark: This is how housing works and the island brings you these advantages



Lost Ark: This is how housing works and the island brings you these advantages

Lost Ark is not only an action role-playing game with a great combat system and a great staged story campaign, you can also expect MMO features such as dungeons, raids, and housing. In this article, we want to introduce you to the last-named home system around your own island and its advantages.

As is well known, Lost Ark will be released on February 11, 2022, with all pioneer package owners even being able to get into the action RPG MMO from February 8. You can look forward to a wonderfully powerful combat system, a great staged story campaign, and crisp endgame content in the form of dungeons and raid challenges. You will encounter another important feature well before you reach the maximum level of 60. After an important milestone in the already For the action mentioned above, your warrior will be rewarded with his own island, which will function as your housing base, control center, creative construction kit, and game within the game in the future. In this article, we summarize everything you need to know about the paradisiacal home.

Housing in Lost Ark

Our island from Lost Ark reminds us a little of the garrison from WoW. You can expect a large property with an existing property. You unlock other parts of the island or additional islands as well as new buildings through research in the laboratory, whereby the look and positioning of the facilities are specified here, as in the WoD feature. So there are certain limits to your own creativity. Nevertheless, you can give the island your own touch on a small scale. Items from the building, furniture, and props categories that have been researched in the laboratory or received as a reward can be produced in the workshop in order to arrange them quite freely on the available spaces. Nice: You can also position the currently inactive characters on your account on the island.

Cross-account progress

As with many other things in Lost Ark, the progression of your island applies to all characters on your account. With the sheet music “Song of Home and Hearth” you can teleport yourself directly to your fortress from anywhere in the world at any time. That also makes sense. You always have an overview of the current research status, for example, but you can only carry out housing actions when you are on the island.

The main features of the island

Speaking of which: What does your island actually bring you, apart from escapism from everyday life as a hero and a beautiful view? We will introduce you to the most important functions below:

The laboratory

In the laboratory, you can commission research to unlock more parts of the island, upgrade existing buildings, or learn recipes for all sorts of items. These can be useful items such as potions, cooking recipes, or instructions for furniture. Your bank account can also be expanded through your research. This storage space is open to all characters on your account and can be used to make certain items, such as chests, available to all of your warriors. The research time varies greatly. While you don’t need to set aside an hour for a simple cooking recipe, unlocking an island lot can take half a day. By the way, you can’t just do research straight away. Research costs materials such as iron ore and wood that need to be gathered beforehand. In addition, the process always costs some silver or gold pieces. In addition, most actions on the island consume action energy. This resource has a maximum and refills at regular intervals. However, if you have used up all action energy, you have to wait until the value has regenerated sufficiently, or you use special items to get additional energy points.

The workshop

In the workshop, you craft items using the researched schemes. For the production, you also need collected raw materials such as flowers or stones, action energy, and gold. The production time of green items is a few seconds. For blue items, you wait almost half an hour per pack of three, for an epic one hour. In fact, there are no manufacturing professions in Lost Ark. You can “only” practice and level up the professions gathering, logging, mining, hunting, fishing, and excavation. If you want to produce stuff with the collected things, you need the workshop. And here’s the full program, from the already mentioned potions to grenades, tools for professions, buff food, and upgrade materials for your equipment.

Station and expeditions

Another parallel to the WoD garrison: You can send selected NPCs on expeditions from the station on your island. These missions reward you with fortress expedition experience, pirate coins (currency for traveling merchant ships or islands occupied by pirates) and seals that can be exchanged for special items with merchants have a positive influence on the outcome of the expeditions by providing the perfect counter to, for example, ice or wind stress. Especially worthwhile are special missions, where you can basically force your sailors to complete the time-limited endgame content such as raids for you. If you master the challenges yourself with your character,


At level 50 you have reached a so-called soft cap. You can get to this point fairly quickly (about 20 hours). After that, the number of experience points required increases drastically, similar to Black Desert. So that you don’t have to grind all the twinks from 50 to 60 in addition to your main character, there’s the training feature on the island. Through the training, you can have your twinks “afk” leveled up to a maximum of two levels below the level of your current highest character. In other words: If your main character has reached the maximum level of 60, you can bring your twinks up to just before 59 and then level up (plus a bit) manually. Important: The training continues even if you are offline or play a different character.

The wardrobe

If you have established a particularly close bond of friendship with certain NPCs in the world via the relationship feature (status “Familiar”), you can also place them on your island. And so that not all NPCs look the same on every island, the art designers have given the figures different outfits, which you can select via the “Wardrobe” item once they have been activated.

Dealer visits

Dealers keep visiting your island and then offer you their assortment for sale for seven hours. The offer is very different, from sailors for expeditions to recipes and usable items. You pay with the seals that you have earned through the NPC missions.

The island and real money currency

A lot of things on the island take a lot of time. And many of these time-wasters can be shortened several times a day with certain tokens or (blue) crystals or even ended immediately. Blue crystals can be obtained from real-money royal crystals or gold. And the alternative wardrobe costumes of the NPCs also cost blue crystals. So if you leave money in the shop for royal crystals and exchange them for blue crystals, you can buy yourself a big-time advantage, especially when it comes to research. The bottom line is that this advantage is so small that it simply doesn’t matter. After all, the housing systems do not affect character strength, and grenades and the like can also be bought in the auction house if necessary

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