A new Lost Ark class is expected to launch later this week. The Glaivier, and advanced Martial Arts class, is arriving very soon and like her Martial Arts cousins, she has a dynamic playstyle.
The Glaivier switches between two stances, which are basically a "quick" stance and a "power" stance. The Focus stance uses the short spear of the Glaivier to do a barrage of hits, while the heavy, "Flurry" stance, switches to the glaive for powerful, deadly hits. Switching between the two stances gives the Glaivier different bonuses, such as increased movement speed, attack speed, damage or critical damage.
Engravings-wise, the choice is simple: if you like swapping between styles and using the full inventory of skills, pick the Pinnacle class engraving. If you want to stay in the Focus style and just slash enemies dead, pick the Control class engraving.
Below, you can read the full preview of the Glaivier to help you prep for her release.
Heroes of Arkesia,
The Glaivier will arrive in Arkesia later this week! Practicing an artistic and deadly form of martial arts, the Glaivier slices her way through the battlefield, weaving together attacks with her spear and glaive. In this Lost Ark Academy, you’ll find information to help you start planning the skills and engravings you’re interested in using to enhance your Glaivier, and how to catch up with your existing characters.
Planning for the Glaivier's launch
To prepare for the release of the new Martial Artist Advanced Class on April 21, learn about the Glaivier’s unique playstyle, class Engravings, and skills.
Stance swapping & dual meter
The Glaivier has two distinct skill sets which can be swapped between— Focus and Flurry— with each stance and skill set represented by one of her two weapons. The shorter spear is used to unleash a furious barrage in the Focus stance, while the longer glaive harnesses the Flurry stance for gracefully lethal strikes and sweeping attacks. While certain builds may focus your attention onto one of these weapons, an effective Glaivier can maximize their potential by creating balance between the two stances, building up energy in one stance which grants an impactful stat-boost when swapping to the other.
While you can press [Z] at any time to swap weapons and change between the Focus and Flurry stances, the Glaivier’s specialty is her “Dual Meter”. Over time, and as you hit enemies with skills, your Dual Meter will charge, filling up three segments. When you swap, the meter energy you’ve accumulated will be used, granting increasingly powerful boosts corresponding to the meter level that you’ve reached. These bonuses are based on the stance you’re swapping to.
Swapping from Flurry to Focus:
Dual Meter level 1 grants a 5% Move Speed bonus
Dual Meter level 2 grants a 10% Move Speed and 10% Damage bonus
Dual Meter level 3 grants a 15% Move Speed, 10% Damage, and 25% Crit Damage bonus
Swapping from Focus to Flurry:
Dual Meter level 1 grants a 5% Attack Speed bonus
Dual Meter level 2 grants a 10% Attack Speed and 10% Damage bonus
Dual Meter level 3 grants a 15% Attack Speed, 10% Damage, and 25% Crit Damage bonus
Next, we’ll dive into how to further enhance, or remove, the stance swap mechanic with Engravings.
Like all Advanced Classes in Lost Ark, the Glaivier will have two class-specific Engravings, each based around a different playstyle.
Continuing and enhancing the stance swapping nature of the Glaivier, the Pinnacle Engraving replaces the Dual Meter Stage 3 effect, granting increasingly powerful bonuses as you progress through the three levels of Engravings.
Not a fan of stance swapping, but still want to play the Glaivier? This is the Engraving for you. Control disables the Focus stance, but increases the damage of Flurry skills by 18% at level 1, 27% at level 2, and 36% at level 3. While you’ll have access to fewer skills, and no swapping for bonuses, this damage increase will help you pack a punch.
Final tip — excited to play the Glaivier? Give it a head start with the new Powerpass! In the April Update, a Feiton Powerpass will be granted to all players’ accounts to accompany the release of the Glaivier. The Feiton Powerpass will function like the Vern Powerpasses available to players in the launch version of Lost Ark— once you’ve completed the storyline through that continent, you’ll be able to use it to bring an alternate character to that point in the game. If you’ve completed Feiton already, you’ll be able to use the Powerpass on your new Glaivier right away (or another character, if this lethal Martial Artist isn’t your cup of tea). If you haven’t made it to Feiton yet, but are getting close on your main character, it might be worth pushing through so you don’t have to start from scratch on your new Glaivier— unless you’d like to experience the main storyline again!
You can find a full list of the Glaivier’s skills below, but if you’re interested in seeing a few video showcases, checkout the Advanced Class page for the Glaivier.
Flurry stance skills
Double Strike — Strike with your spear 2 times, inflicting damage.
Windsplitter — Strike with your spear in multiple directions, inflicting damage and pulling foes close.
Stampeding Slash — Madly brandish your spear while moving forward, inflicting damage 3 times, followed by a finishing blow that inflicts damage. Airborne foes are launched in the air again when hit.
Wheel of Blades — Spin sideways, inflicting damage 3 times, followed by a finishing blow that inflicts damage. Airborne foes hit by the spinning attack are launched in the air again, and then get slammed to the ground with the last blow.
Flash Kick — Use your spear as a lever to advance forward, inflicting damage 3 times, followed by a strong kick that inflicts damage.
Vault Stick — your spear in the ground and do a somersault, inflicting damage and launching foes into the air.
Blue Dragon's Claw — Move forward, inflicting damage, then spin your spear to inflict damage 6 times and retreat. Airborne foes are launched in the air again when hit.
Half Moon Slash — Drag your spear across the ground while moving forward, inflicting damage 2 times, followed by a diagonal upward slash that inflicts damage. Hit foes are launched in the air.
Chain Slash — Strike upward with your spear to inflict damage and launch foes into the air then slash with your spear while advancing forward, inflicting damage. Afterwards, slash 2 times in the opposite direction, inflicting damage. Airborne foes are launched in the air again when hit.
Cutting Wind — Move forward past foes to inflict damage 3 times and return to your position, inflicting damage.
Soul Cutter — Slide forward and swing your spear to inflict damage before immediately going back and crouching down. Use the skill again to charge forward and inflict damage 2 times, then quickly swing your spear to the left and right for one final strike that inflicts damage. Airborne foes are launched in the air again when hit.
Raging Dragon Slash — Enlarge your spear and spin 360 degrees to inflict damage, knocking foes back.
Spear Dive — Jump up and thrust your spear forward and inflict damage to nearby foes before performing a rotating kick attack that inflicts damage 4 times. Use the skill again to land at the target location, swing your spear, and inflict damage.
Shackling Blue Dragon — Spin your spear where you stand and strike down with force, creating a shockwave that inflicts damage. Foes hit by this skill will see a decrease in Crit Resistance.
Focus stance skills
Spiraling Spear — Lower your stance and thrust your spear, inflicting damage.
4-Headed Dragon — Thrust your spear 8 times in front of you, inflicting damage, followed by a finishing thrust that inflicts even more damage.
Thrust of Destruction — Gather energy onto your spear, inflicting damage to foes at close range, then thrust forward, releasing a beam of energy that inflicts damage while knocking foes back.
Starfall Pounce — Jump within range of the target location and create a shockwave as you land, inflicting damage and launching foes into the air. You can change direction before you land.
Dragonscale Defense — Block attacks from the front with your spear, negating damage in proportion to your Max HP. If you successfully block an attack within 1.1s, thrust your spear forward for damage 2 times.
Red Dragon's Horn — Hold the skill hotkey to focus your mind and gather energy, then aim and thrust your spear toward a foe within a 12 meter radius at a 90 degree angle, inflicting damage. Hit the perfect Zone to extend the attack range up to 16 meters, inflicting damage and knocking foes back.
Yeon-Style Spear Technique: Spear Meteor
Perform an attack at the target location. Leap backward while facing forward, focus energy onto your spear, and throw it at the target area. The spear strikes the ground to inflict damage, then causes an explosion that inflicts damage, knocking foes back with the last hit.
Yeon-Style Spear Technique: Storming Red Dragon
Focus your mind and thrust your spear in front of you to inflict damage, then pull it back, inflicting damage and pulling foes closer. Afterwards, swing your spear and inflict damage 5 times, followed by a series of thrusts that inflict damage 8 times. Move past foes and deliver a finishing blow, inflicting damage and knocking foes back.
Thanks for joining us for another Lost Ark Academy! We’re excited to see you master the Glaivier’s skills on the battlefields of Arkesia later this week. If you’re new to Lost Ark, we’ve put together a playlist of tutorials and guides to help you get up-to-speed on our YouTube channel. Learn from some knowledgeable Lost Ark players and content creators in the Lost Ark Academy YouTube playlist.
We’ll see you in Arkesia!