Lost Ark: Shadowhunter Best Builds

Shadowhunters, otherwise known as "Demonic," feature some of the best build variety in Lost Ark, featuring two vastly different PvE builds and multiple PvP options. Whether you love wielding bladed tonfas or the raw power of a demon, the Shadowhunter has you covered.

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In this guide, we'll be looking at three builds for the Shadowhunter—two for PvE, one for PvP. These builds are easy to learn, fun to play, and dish out a respectable amount of damage. Each build is quite long, so feel free to use the table of contents above to find a specific build. We cover everything from Tripods to recommended stats.

Updated May 13, 2022: The build guides in this article have been updated with better formatting and some tweaks to ensure that your Shadowhunter is the best it can be, and we've also added a helpful video guide that tells you all about the best Shadowhunter builds.

Demonic Impulse (PvE)

Why Play This Build?

Do you love carving through hordes of enemies with melee attacks? Do you love flashy skills? Are you a Devil May Cry fan? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, this build is for you. In essence, this build focuses on minimizing the downtime on your Shadowburst gauge, allowing you to use your demon form in every engagement.

This is done by utilizing the Demonic Impulse Engraving and skills that grant a copious amount of Shadowburst energy. Your human form will be throwing out as many skills as possible to activate your demon form, unlocking a new suite of skills that deal immense damage and have low cooldowns. You'll deal incredible single-target damage, have solid AoE clear, and will be both fast and stylish while doing so. Be warned: this build is a slog to level.

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Perfect Suppression (PvE)

Why Play This Build?

If you prefer the Shadowhunter's standard attacks more than its demon form skill bar, this is the build for you. Perfect Suppression builds are focused on staying human, using the Shadowburst gauge as a way to juice up some of your attacks. Tripods and gear are much more important on these sorts of builds, so it's recommended you make this once you're experienced with the Shadowhunter. The payoff is more than worth it, allowing you to cleave through hundreds of enemies and bosses alike with high-damage bladed tonfas and demonic powers.

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Demonic Chain (PvP)

Why Play This Build?

This build is tuned towards 3v3 group PvP. 1v1 PvP builds are mostly personal preference.

Do you love carving through hordes of enemies with melee attacks? Do you love flashy skills? Are you a Devil May Cry fan? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, this build is for you. In essence, this build focuses on minimizing the downtime on your Shadowburst gauge, allowing you to use your demon form every engagement.

This is done by utilizing the Demonic Impulse Engraving and skills that grant a copious amount of Shadowburst energy. Your human form will be throwing out as many skills as possible to activate your demon form, unlocking a new suite of skills that deal immense damage and have low cooldowns. You'll deal incredible single-target damage, have solid AoE clear, and will be both fast and stylish while doing so.

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