If you’re looking for a scrappy ranged fighter, then our Lost Ark Gunslinger build guide has exactly what you need. The Gunslinger in Lost Ark is a dynamic DPS class focused on high mobility and dealing extensive damage at all ranges, though settling on a class Engraving may remove their up-close attack capabilities
Either way, the Gunslinger is a solid choice for PvP and PvE, especially with these builds. This Gunslinger guide covers the best choices for leveling (PvE, essentially), Raids, and PvP. Note we've opted for the Peacemaker class Engraving, which boosts critical rate and lets you continue using the shotgun.
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Bset Lost Ark Gunslinger Build For PvE
|Skill Point Priority||Level||Runes||Effect|
|Spiral Tracker||1||N/A||Continuous ranged damage|
|Quick Step||4||Excellent Mobility||Slide, then fire|
|Somersault Shot||1||N/A||Move forward 10 meters, then fire|
|Equilibrium||10||Weakness Exposure, Enemy Raid, Vital Point Shot||Fires handgun and hits across a broad range|
|Death Fire||10||Keen Strike, Flame Bomb, Infinite Decimation||Continuous heavy damage, throws grenade if you strike the Perfect Zone|
|Dextrous Shot||1||N/A||Glide and unleash four consecutive shots. Can be used twice|
|Bullet Rain||4||AoE Fire||Heavy damage in broad AoE|
|Peacekeeper||4||Excellent Mobility||Heavy damage, chain as combo for higher power|
|Shotgun Rapid Fire||12||In a Tight Spot, Enhanced Shot, Special Bullet||Three-blast shotgun strike|
|Last Request||1||N/A||Fires an explosive round that launches foes|
|Dual Buckshot||1||N/A||Two-blast shotgun strike|
|Sharpshooter||12||Ranged Shot, Omnidirectional Fire, Guardian's Breath||Seven consecutive shotgun strikes|
|Spiral Flame||10||Quick Aim, Growth Bullet, Rear Blast||Strong shot that launches foes and sets the nearby area on fire|
|Perfect Shot||1||N/A||Fires one high-powered round|
|Focused Shot||12||Quick Aim, Double Tap, Final Strike||Two-shot rifle blast|
The Gunslinger’s leveling build includes a broad range of attacks and attack types, from heavy-hitting combo moves to those designed to increase mobility. That’s good, since mobility is key in most of Lost Ark’s bigger conflicts. When you need to keep your distance and do more damage than just the regular sniper rifle allows, Spiral Tracker, Death Fire, and Bullet Rain keep you safe without letting the fight drag on.
This build's shotgun and rifle skills are where most of your damage comes from, and unlike the PvP build, it leans more heavily into AoE attacks and those that deal continuous damage.
Best Lost Ark Gunslinger Build For PvP
|Skill Point Priority||Level||Runes||Effect|
|Spiral Tracker||4||Weakness Exposure||Continuous ranged damage|
|AT02 Grenade||7||Ranged Throw, Freeze Grenade||Heavy explosive AoE damage|
|Quick Step||7||Excellent Mobility, Tenacity||Slide forward then fire|
|Somersault Shot||10||Agile Movement, Master of Evasion, Super Armor||Dash forward, then fire|
|Death Fire||10||Tenacity, Chain Throw, Infinite Decimation||Continuous ranged damage|
|Dexterous Shot||7||Agile Movement, Excellent Mobility||Fire while moving|
|Peacekeeper||4||Excellent Mobility||Heavy damage, chain for combos|
|Bullet Rain||1||N/A||Heavy damage|
|Hour of Judgment||1||N/A||Heavy close-range damage|
|Shotgun Rapid Fire||4||Combo Rapid Fire||Three attacks that may stagger|
|Last Request||10||Quick Prep, Execution, Volley||One heavy blast that launches foes|
|Sharpshooter||4||Endless Magick Bullet||Fires seven consecutive shots|
|Spiral Flame||4||Quick Aim||Strong fire shot that launches enemies|
|Catastrophe||10||Tenacity, Defenseless Target, Carpet Bombing||Throws an explosive that deals heavy damage and launches foes|
|Perfect Shot||7||Stable Stance, Perfect Aim||Fires one long-range bullet that deals incredibly high damage|
|Focused Shot||10||Quick Aim, Enhanced Bullet, Quick Finish||Fires the rifle twice|
The Gunslinger PvP build uses most of the same skills, but the skill point investment is heavier, which opens more options for runes/tripods. The goal here is augmenting the base skills and giving them more destructive power. For example, AT02 Grenade is fine on its own, but the Freeze rune gives it significantly more utility in a PvP setting. Adding Excellent Mobility lets you move even further after using a skill, including skills that already have extra movement built in. Your enemies can’t hit you if they can’t catch you.
The Shotgun and Rifle skills are fairly straightforward and focus on dealing tremendous amounts of damage and close and long range. They might be more limited in scope, but these are the skills that will see you through to victory.
What Are the Best Gunslinger Raid Skills?
|Skill Point Priority||Level||Rune||Effect|
|Spiral Tracker||4||Weakness Exposure||Extended ranged damage|
|AT02 Grenade||1||N/A||Throws a grenade to deal heavy fire damage|
|Quick Step||4||Life Absorption||Dash forward and fire a shot|
|Somersault Shot||1||N/A||Leap forward and fire a shot|
|Equilibrium||1||N/A||Broad AoE attack|
|Dexterous Shot||7||Weakness Exposure, Excellent Mobility||Glide and fire four consecutive shots|
|Peacekeeper||4||Exceptional Mobility||Heavy damage, string together for combos|
|Bullet Rain||1||N/A||Continuous AoE damage|
|Shotgun Rapid Fire||12||In a Tight Spot, Enhanced Shot, Special Bullet||Fires three powerful blasts|
|Last Request||7||Quick Prep, Execution||Fires an explosive round that launches foes|
|Dual Buckshot||12||In a Tight Spot, Enhanced Fire, Final Strike||Fire two powerful blasts|
|Sharpshooter||12||Special Bullet, In a Tight Spot, Guardian's Breath||Fire seven consecutive blasts|
|Catastrophe||1||N/A||Throws an explosive, launches foes|
|Perfect Shot||12||Stable Stance, Kill Confirmation, Enhanced Shot||Fires one high-powered round, deals extra damage if you hit the Perfect Zone|
|Focused Shot||12||Quick Aim, Double Tap, Final Strike||Fires two rifle blasts|
|Target Down||12||Quick Aim, Large Magazine, Steady Aim||Fires three strong, aimed blasts|
The Raid build emphasizes the shotgun and rifle more than the pistols, expanding on the Gunslinger’s more powerful skills to make short work of foes. The Shotgun build in particular brings out the best of the Peacemaker Engraving and works wonders with a Crit-focused equipment loadout, especially Rapid Fire and Sharpshooter. It's a powerful build sure to see you through the toughest endgame challenges Lost Ark throws at you.
If you’re still getting to grips with Lost Ark, check out our recommendations for the best starting classes. The Powerpass and Knowledge Transfer systems means you won’t be stuck in one class if you want to change things up, so check out our other build guides as well, including Bard and Paladin, and how to level up your gear. They're all worthwhile guides.