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Lost Ark: Wardancer Class Detailed Guide and Skill Build

Wardancer is a martial artist class that focuses on hand-to-hand combat with an elemental twist in Lost Ark. Unlike Scrapper (Detailed Scrapper guide here), the Wardancer skill set consists of a variety of strikes. If you’re looking for diverse martial arts, Wardancer has you covered. If the thought of getting up close and personal with your enemies sounds appealing, but you also kind of want to play a mage too, Wardancer will be fit to you.

We always encourage players to test a class themselves before they start playing that class. At the end of the day, you wouldn’t want to spend your time with something you don’t have fun.

You can check all classes in Lost Ark here.

Lost Ark: Wardancer Class Overview


The Wardancer is a high-mobility, high burst damage, melee class that really shines in PvP arenas, although there are suitable builds for PvE. The Wardancer can build her power gauge and then unleash high-powered special abilities. Like other classes in Lost Ark, your playstyle is determined by your choice of Engraving. You’ll find that the Wardancer has a fair bit of downtime between bursts, so be aware of this before you begin leveling. This guide is designed to help you make the right choice before you start working on your main. So here is our tip: during high-level endgame content you will spend your time, well, not doing much at all.

  • The Wardancer’s playstyle is determined by whether you opt for the Engraving that grants you more Orbs in your gauge (Esoteric Skill Enhancement), or the Engraving that removes the gauge entirely (First Intention).
  • We will cover this in more detail below, but in short: the meta Wardancer build relies mostly on the second Engraving, empowering your ordinary attacks.
  • It provides more consistent damage but is a pretty dull playstyle compared to some other Lost Ark classes.

Lost Ark: Wardancer Class Pros & Cons

We will cover how these, as well as the class Engravings, impact the playstyles for the Wardancer.


  • High mobility
  • A good string of combo abilities and damage for PvP
  • Decent burst damage


  • Quite straightforward gameplay, not the most exciting class
  • Squishy
  • If you miss your burst, you’re essentially wasting your time
  • The Wardancer also has a string of back-attacks that are harder to hit

Lost Ark: Wardancer Class Best PvE build

SkillSkill Level (/10)Rune IIIIII
Energy Combustion10Esoteric ExtortionN/APower of Training
Esoteric Skill: Blast Formation7Final ExplosionFlame ExplosionN/A
Lightning Kick10Sharp MovementThunder KickFlash Lightning
Moon Flash Kick10White Flame KickSingle HitFull Moon Kick
Pheonix Advent10Wide HitFerocious AttackNimble Movement
Roar of Courage7Magick ControlImpaired MobilityN/A
Swift Wind Kick10Water Round KickWide HitFurious Spin Axis
Triple Fist10Fist of DarknessSturdy ArmorLightning God Fist

Lost Ark: Wardancer Class Best PvP build

Similar to a PvE Striker build, the name of the game in PvP will always be damage, but this set of abilities puts more of a focus on mobility. This allows you to evade devastating attacks from opponents while dishing out damage in huge bursts.

So, in order to maximize your PVP strength, here are all the skills you’ll need:

SkillSkill Level (/10)Rune IIIIII
Energy Combustion10Elemental ExtortionN/APower of Training
Esoteric Skill: Blast Formation10Final ExplosionFlame ExplosionN/A
Lightning Kick10Sharp MovementThunder KickFlash Lightning
Moon Flash Kick10White Flame KickSingle StrikeFull Moon Kick
Phoenix Advent10Wide StrikeFierce AttackNimble Movement
Roar of Courage7Magick ControlImpaired MobilityN/A
Swift Wind Kick10Water Round KickWide StrikeFurious Spin Axis
Triple Fist10Fist of DarknessSturdy ArmorLightning God Fist

Lost Ark: Wardancer Class Identity Skills

Wardancer shares the Esoteric Orbs gauge with the Striker. These Orbs charge up as the Wardancer deals damage with normal skills. Then, she can expend them to cast powerful Esoteric Skills, which many players refer to as “spenders.” This is the core of both the Wardancer and Striker’s gameplay. Build up your Esoteric Obs, then spend them for massive bursts of damage.

The Wardancer generates Elemental Orbs by dealing damage. Esoteric skills consume the orbs to deal high burst damage.

Lost Ark: Wardancer Class Engravings

Engravings are a key component of endgame customization in Lost Ark. There are many generic engravings that all classes can use which provide major boosts to your character, though often with considerable downsides. There are also two class Engravings for each class, which create distinct playstyles for endgame content. Wardancer’s class Engravings are:

Esoteric Skill EnhancementFirst Intention
  • Level 1: Increases Elemental orbs by 1. Esoteric skills inflict 8 percent more damage for every orb you currently have.
  • Level 2: Increase damage by 10 percent for each orb.
  • Level 3: Increase damage by 12 percent for each orb.
  • Level 1: All damage output increased by 15 percent, but you can’t earn Elemental orbs anymore.
  • Level 2: All damage output increased by 20 percent.
  • Level 3: All damage output increased by 25 percent.

There are two class-specific engravings that players can use for the Wardancer Class.

The Esoteric Skill Enhancement engraving is hardly used at all. This is mostly because its mild damage buffs are just not as strong as the buffs from First Intention. However, using the First Intention engraving does mean some of those more interesting Esoteric skills are less impactful. As it currently stands, however, you will be hard-pressed to find a build that features the Esoteric Skill Enhancement engraving. First Intention is by far the more popular Engraving.

We should point out that Lost Ark has an incredibly flexible class build system and a lot of versatility when it comes to deciding how you want to play. Just because something isn’t ‘meta’ it doesn’t mean it’s not viable. If you really like the Wardancer, it pays to experiment with the class and decide for yourself what sort of playstyle you want to go for. Then you can start looking at more advanced builds.

First Intention Engravings

  • First Intention
  • Grudge
  • Keen Blunt
  • Adrenaline
  • Raid Captain

Lost Ark: Wardancer Class Awakening Skills

There are also two Awakening skills to choose from on the Wardancer:

  • Flash Rage Blow – Dash attack then hold the ability to deal consistent damage, as well as a Shockwave that knocks players back. Charge up ability.
  • Fist Of Dominance – Pulls foes close to you. Mobility ability that lets you move quickly past enemies. The final blow knocks opponents backward.

Lost Ark: Wardancer Class Best Gems to Use

Attack GemsCooldown Gems
Esoteric Skill: Rising Fire Dragon / Flash Heat FangEsoteric Skill: Rising Fire Dragon / Flash Heat Fang
Lightning KickLightning Kick
Moon Flash KickMoon Flash Kick
Sweeping KickSweeping Kick
Energy CombustionWind’s Whisper
 Roar of Courage

Lost Ark: Wardancer Class How to Build a Wardancer (2022) Video

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