Lost Ark – Skill Attributes Guide

Skill Attributes

Skills have attributes in Lost Ark that often reflect on how to use them.

Back Attack: When attacking the enemy from behind while using a skill that has Back Attack, the skill inflicts 5% bonus damage and has a 10% increased chance to crit. Bonus damage can be increased by up to +25% via engraving.

Stagger (1-5): Dictates the stagger level of a skill. Damage does not impact how much stagger a skill does, only the hit count and Stagger rating. In some cases, skills that have a lower Stagger rating will inflict higher stagger damage than ones with higher ones. Stagger can be further increased by the Overwhelm skill rune, by up to an additional 30%.

Weak Point (1-5): Attribute is used in certain mechanics that require you to destroy the parts of an enemy, such as Kaiser’s leg armor, Chromanium’s shell, Achates’ wings, or Yoho of Dark Night’s tail. Weak Point can also be inflicted using Destruction Bombs. If a skill or item has Weak Point 2, it inflicts 2 HP of Weak Point. Body parts of bosses have a hidden separate HP, such as 10. Corrosion Bomb applies a debuff on an enemy which makes all incoming Weak Point apply as one level higher.

Frontal Attack: This is the opposite to Back Attack. When hitting the enemy from their front with an attack that has the Frontal Attack attribute, the skill inflicts 20% more damage and has 10% increased stagger damage. Bonus damage can be increased by up to +25% via engraving.

Counter: Skills with the Counter attribute will instantly neutralize a boss when struck from the front during a counterable motion. In order to pull off a Counter, the attack must be inflicted from their front and during the frames of the counterable motion, which can be seen when the enemy glows blue momentarily. It is possible to perform a Counter after the enemy’s attack motion has already started, but it is harder, especially if you play on higher ping. Counter motions are typically dashes. Not all bosses can be countered. This mechanic became increasingly more important starting from South Vern and onwards.

All classes have at least 1 Counter skill, but most will never use them since they may be on skills that don’t contribute high damage or because they are classes that are rarely in front of bosses. All classes must know how to use their Counter skill during the Legion Raid, Valtan.

List of Frontal Attack & Counterattack Skills

ClassFrontal AttackCounterattack
BerserkerChain Sword
Jumping Smash
Mountain Crash
Chain Sword
GunlancerBasic Attack
Sharp Spear
Bash
Dash Upper Fire
Charge Stinger
Fire Bullet
Burst Cannon
Spear Shot
Rising Spear
Counter Spear
Shield Shock
Shield Push
Bash
Dash Upper Fire
DestroyerBasic Attack
Dreadnought
Power Strike
Heavy Crush
Jumping Smash
Power Shoulder
Earth Smasher
Running Crash
Earth Eater
Full Swing
Neutralizer
One Man Army
Seismic Hammer
Perfect Swing
Identity skill also has it.
Dreadnought
Power Strike
PaladinHoly Sword
Punishment
Executioner’s Sword
Holy Sword
Executioner’s Sword
BattlemasterSpiral Blast
Heavenly Kick
Spiral Blast
Heavenly Kick
ScrapperInstant Hit
Sweeping Strike
Decisive Strike
Judgment
Sundering Fist
Instant Hit
Sweeping Strike
SoulfistStraight Tackle
Heaven Reversing Palm
Thunder Palm
Straight Tackle
Thunder Palm
Lance MasterMoon Rise
Sky Wheel
Mantra of Dawn
Moon Rise
StrikerSpiral Blast
Heavenly Kick
Spiral Blast
Heavenly Kick
DeadeyeLast Supper
Execution
Last Supper
Execution
ArtilleristNapalm
Swing
Frontal Bombing
Buckshot
Napalm
Swing
SharpshooterEvasive Shot
Persistent Chase
Claymore Mine
Vital Slash
Evasive Shot
Vital Slash
ScouterBackflip Strike
High Voltage Discharge
Excelion Beam (Identity)
Backflip Strike
Excelion Beam (Identity)
GunslingerLast Supper
Peacekeeper
Last Supper
Peacekeeper
BardRhythm BuckshotRhythm Buckshot
SummonerReleased Will
Water Spirit
Released Will
ArcanaSerendipity
Four Cards
Return
Mysterious Surge
Serendipity
DeathbladeHeadhunting
Earth Slash
Headhunting
Earth Slash
ShadowhunterRising Claw
Death Claw (Identity)
Rising Claw
Death Claw (Identity)
ReaperShadow TrapShadow Trap

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