Combat Readiness Gunlancer Raid Build Guide


The Combat Readiness Gunlancer aka. Blue Build Gunlancer has the highest survivability with decent Stagger damage in Lost Ark. Combat stat focuses on Specialization combined with his identity skill Defensive Stance allow the Gunlancer to tank the majority of boss's skills with ease. Additionally, Specialization increases the damage of his spammable blue normal skills like Shield Bash and Shield Shock. Combat Readiness also increases the damage dealt by the Gunlancer every time he gets hit, allowing the Blue Build Gunlancer to deal consistent damage without having to dodge most attacks. Unfortunately this can lead to mana issues at lower tiers and requires the mana regeneration buff from a Bard.

The Gunlancer is 1 of only 2 classes with a full immunity counter stance skill: Counter Gunlance in Lost Ark (the other being Glavier). This adds another tool to the Gunlancer's repertoire to increase his survivability.

Besides damage, Gunlancers can also support the team with shields, damage reduction buffs and target armor debuffs from Nellasia's Energy and Bash. They can also interrupt many dangerous boss skills with their Taunt Skill Shout of Hatred which simultaneously increases the Frontal and Back Attack damage that your team deal.

Be aware that Gunlancer is the only class whose Spacebar moves them backwards. This is a huge turn-off for most of the players. But after a few days of gameplay, you will get used to it. Overall, the Gunlancer is a highly efficient class that doesn't require many resources or gold to be viable.

Check out the Solo Knight Gunlancer for an alternative Gunlancer playstyle.

Check out the Guardian Raids and Abyssal Dungeons guides for an introduction to their content.

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 50 before transitioning to it. Check out the Gunlancer Leveling and 1-50 Leveling guides to reach Level 50.

Very High
Front Attack

Raid Skill Build

  • Shout of Hatred is the main gauge generator skill for Gunlancer. Defensive Stance must be turned off to gain gauge.
  • Bash provides an Armor Destruction debuff on target, and a Ready Attack self-buff, with good stagger damage.
  • Nellasia's Energy is a party shield used to reduce and absorb incoming damage.
  • Leap Attack , Guardian's Thunderbolt , Shield Charge and Shield Bash are the main damage skills of this build.
  • Dash Upper Fire is your main Counter Attack Skill.
  • Shield Bash and Dash Upper Fire are your Destruction Check skills when needed.
Use the Scroll Bar to see the minimum Skill Point allocation


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  • Awakening: Guardian's Protection for instant max Identity Gauge gain and Damage Reduction Or Lance of Judgment to increase the Crit Chance of the party members and to deal more damage.
  • Replace Leap Attack with Surge Cannon for more Stagger and Weak Point/Part Destruction Damage.
  • If you are comfortable Counter Attacking with only Bash, then Shield Shock can replaced Dash Upper Fire but will lose out on a Destruction Check skill.

Gameplay & Skill Rotation

Combat Readiness usually does not require the player to dodge a lot of mechanics; instead, you simply tank the attacks. Just remember that it doesn't protect you from %HP damage skills and 1-shot mechanics, so manage your Defensive Stance Shield Meter properly. Especially be careful if there is no Support class in the party or your Nellasia's Energy is on Cooldown. Other shields take priority in soaking damage before Defensive Stance's shield.

Turn off Defensive Stance before using Shout of Hatred, as no Shield Meter can be gained when Defensive Stance is up.

Stagger Burst Rotation

  1. Bash
  2. Optional : Surge Cannon
  3. Optional : If you have Dash Upper Fire maxed.
  4. Shield Bash
  5. Guardian's Thunderbolt
  6. Leap Attack
  7. Optional : Shield Shock
  8. Shield Charge

Stats Priority

Combat Readiness Gunlancers run Specialization and Crit as this build runs mostly Normal Skills (Blue Skills), which can all be enhanced by Specialization stats. Furthermore, Shield Meter gain is increased to further boost the amount from Shout of Hatred for easier Defensive Stance management.

Push Specialization as high as possible in Tier 3 because it further increases damage of their Normal Skills (Blue Skills). Only take Crit on your Necklace as this build has low Cooldowns and does not rely on Head Attacking too often for damage output.


Class Engravings provide powerful benefits that can significantly change playstyle. Battle Engravings are generally used to increase damage. Below are the recommended Engravings for this build.

Check out the Engraving Guide for more details.

(*)These Engravings should only be used at Level 3.

Starter Engravings

  • Combat Readiness grants damage increase to all general skills(Blue Skills) and also increase durability of shields from both identity skills. This engraving offers no penalty at any level, so you can equip it even at level 1 without worrying about inefficiencies.
  • Barricade provides a flat 16% damage increase when you have a shield up. This should be pretty much the entire time if you're a Combat Readiness Gunlancer.

Add-On Endgame Engravings

  • Stabilized Status is a great Engraving since it's unlikely for a Combat Readiness Gunlancer to ever take damage unless the player does not manage their Shield Meter well.
  • Hit Master is an alternative to Grudge and Cursed Doll as most main damage skills do not have Head Attack requirement. but it is recommended to replace it when min-maxing damage output.
  • Spirit Absorption increases Attack Speed and Movement Speed by a significant amount at Level 3. This helps you to position and cast quicker.
  • Adrenaline provides an easy source of Crit Rate with you have high Cooldown Reduction jewels.
  • Awakening reduces Awakening Skill cooldown for higher usage to generate Shield Meter.

Advanced Engravings

Note: The Advanced Engravings are the Best in Slot setup for Tier 3 content. The penalties attached to these can be hard to overcome for new players. Only use the following engravings if you are experienced with the boss fight!

  • Grudge* increases damage done while also increasing damage received. The engraving is a highly effective damage increase without needing specific positioning, making it worthwhile even with the penalty.
  • Cursed Doll* provides an easy Attack Power increase at the cost of 25% healing penalty. The healing penalty can be punishing for inexperienced players not familiar with boss mechanics.

Optimal Setups

Engravings are listed in order of priority from left to right.


Combat Readiness
Cursed Doll
Stabilized Status


Combat Readiness
Stabilized Status
Cursed Doll
Spirit Absorption

Gear Sets

These are the specific gear sets for each tier.
Check out the Gear Set Guide for more details.

Notes :

  • If speedrunning your alts, you can skip Abyss Dungeon Gear up to 1370 gearscore by just honing Chaos Dungeon Gear.
  • If you're close to 1445 gearscore and were already doing Valtan/Vykas Normal Mode, you can skip crafting the Legendary Legion Raid Gears.
  • If you have already crafted Relic Gears, hold onto them because once you unlock the Gear Set Conversion feature, you will be able to freely swap between Relic Legion Raid Sets.

"Play at your own pace" Route

Tier 1

340 gearscore
Seraphic Oath Set

460 gearscore
Boisterous Elemental Set

Tier 2

840 gearscore
Marvelous Earth Set

960 gearscore
Unyielding Will Set

Early Tier 3

1302-1370 gearscore
Twisted Dimensional Set

Tier 3 Argos Set

1370 -1415 gearscore
Preordained Diligence Set

Tier 3 Legion Raid Set

1415 - 1444 gearscore
Hold onto Preordained Diligence Set

1445+ gearscore
Nightmare Flower Set

Legion Raid Optional Path

Poem of Salvation Gloves & Shoulders is preference if you have Demonic Beast's Bone to craft them early and you'll be able to convert them into Nightmare Flower Set pieces after you unlocked Gear Set Conversion.


Runes enhance Skills with extra bonuses. All Rune drops are account bound and have limited availability, so placement of Runes on the correct Skills is important. Below are the recommended pairings.
Check the Rune Guide for more details.

Guardian's ThunderboltGalewind
Leap AttackGalewind
Shield BashRage
Shield ChargeGalewind
Shout of HatredFocus
Nellasia's EnergyFocus
Dash Upper Fire*Overwhelm
Surge Cannon*Galewind
Shield Shock*Bleed
  • Rage is best used with Bash so it can increase the speed of our Skill Rotation.
  • Galewind is ideal for speeding up your best damage dealing skills.
  • Quick Recharge is used for skills closer to the end of your rotation for highest effectiveness.
  • Overwhelm is used to further improve the Stagger we apply.
  • Focus reduces mana cost of skills.
  • Bleed works best on Shield Bash or Shield Shock due to low cooldowns.

(*) Optional skill choices.

Gear Skill Tree

While Gems add benefits to skills, you can also increase the effects of Skill Tree themselves. Skill Tree levels go up to 5 and each level can increase the damage, cooldown reduction or buff that they provide.

For more information on how to add equipment Skill Tree and how to get them, please visit our Skill Tree System Guide.

Guardian's ThunderboltDamage Luck
Tough Strike
Lightning Stalk
Leap Attack*Direct Blow
Electric Field
Low Shock
BashReady Attack
Shield BashNimble Movement
Weak Point Detection
Additional Hit
Shield ChargeEnhanced Strike
Destruction Charger
Shout of HatredQuick Preparation
Nellasia's EnergyQuick Preparation
Shield Shock*Nimble Movement
Ready Defense
2nd Turbulence
Dash Upper Fire*Ready Attack
Weak Point Detection
Extra Shell
Surge Cannon*High Explosive Shot
Focus Fire

(*) Optional skill choices.


Gems grant bonus damage and cooldown reduction to specific skills. You can only equip 11 of these Gems at a time so it is recommended that you prioritize the Gems for your most important skills.

Please visit our Gem System Guide for more information like how to create higher tier Gems.

Attack Gems

Leap Attack
Shield Bash
Shield Charge

Guardian's Thunderbolt*
Surge Cannon*
Shield Shock*

Cooldown Gems

Leap Attack
Shield Bash
Shield Charge
Shout of Hatred
Nellasia's Energy

Guardian's Thunderbolt*
Surge Cannon*

(*) Optional gem choices.

Card Sets

Cards are an endgame system for maximizing your character. Below are the recommend sets for this class.
Check out the Card Guide for more details on how to obtain them.

Budget Card Set

Optimal Damage Card Set


  • Class with the highest survivability in Lost Ark.
  • Specialization is the main Combat Stat of the Combat ReadinessGunlancer.
  • Specialization combined with Defensive Stance make you nearly invincible.
  • Use Bash before you use your main damage skills.
  • Turn off Defensive Stance before using Shout of Hatred.


Written by Rei
Reviewed by Raxxanterax


Aug 6th 2022
Updated Pros and Cons section.

Jun 11th 2022
Adjusted Gearsets section to include Vykas parts.