The long list of Lost Ark servers can be daunting when you first boot up the game. You’ll want to consider your choice carefully, especially since you can’t change your server later on.
Although Lost Ark was already a well-established game in some Asian countries prior to its release in the West, its expanded catchment area means that it’s only growing in popularity. This hype is pretty understandable; it's quite unique compared to other MMOs on the market, on top of being free to play. The bump from Amazon promoting it on Twitch hasn’t hurt either.
Popularity can, of course, bring server issues that leave players facing long queue times, missing characters, and the frustrating moment when specific servers get locked to prevent new characters from being added.
However, after a lot of fast hotfixes and the addition of the Europe West region, the game is in far better standing. Whilst some servers are busier than others, there are a lot of options for you to choose from.
We’ve put together this guide to help you figure out what servers are available, what you need to know before you choose one and how to check their status.
Lost Ark servers
Lost Ark servers and regions
In its western release, Lost Ark covers a total of five regions: North America West, North America East, Europe Central, Europe West and South America. The most recent addition is the eight server Europe West region, which was added in response to high levels of player demand and to ease the queues.
Lost Ark servers: what to know before choosing
Lost Ark has a ton of servers for you to choose from. Once you find the region that best suits your ping needs, there are some small details you might want to check before creating your character.
It’s important to note, characters can't be transferred from one server to another in Lost Ark. Also, consider where your friends are playing since there is no option for partying with players on different servers even if they are in the same region.
It may benefit to try and find out the predominant language of the server you are considering joining. For example, in South America, there is a server where Portuguese speakers can be found more easily than in others.
Here are all servers in Lost Ark so far:
West North America
East North America
When looking for a server to create your character, pay attention to how populated it is. In the selection screen, servers might present four different statuses: good, busy, full, or maintenance. These are related to the current situation of that specific server, which means it will change status during the day, depending on if it is a more crowded period or not. You can check the status of a server at the Lost Ark’s official website.
Servers that are usually “Good” will present a lower population compared to servers that are “Busy”. Which scenario is better depends on you what you are looking to do. Fewer people means less chance of facing queues, but it also means fewer people doing certain content, like killing world bosses or PvP.
On the other hand, a server might present a message right beside its status saying whether it is open for new characters or not. The character creation’s status might take longer to change, depending on the server.
Lost Ark servers: does Lost Ark have PvP servers?
It's important to know that Lost Ark does not have PvP servers. Unlike other MMOs in which servers have PvP inherently enabled on them, Lost Ark doesn't work like that.
In this game, PvP happens in an arena where players can face matches against each other in three different modes: Team Deathmatch, Deathmatch, and Team Elimination. It can only be accessed by completing the main story quest at around level 26.
There might be servers where there's a concentration of a population and guilds focused on PvP or PvE content though. Take a look to see what suits you better.
Even though there is not an exact method to find this information, you can find posts on Reddit or the official forums of people asking which server would match what they are looking for in Lost Ark in terms of content.
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