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Order of the Emperor Arcanist Build Guide for PvE

Build

required skill points: 356

This Lost Ark Arcanist build is a version of the Emperor build for raids. It has four main damage skills and the Emperor Card on top of that. Two of those skills, EvokeEvoke and CheckmateCheckmate, deal damage after a big delay.

Comparing the two builds, the Emperor one is not as dependent on Ruin stacks and feels more fast-paced due to high Swiftness. But it is still, in my opinion, harder to play than Empress because of skills with delayed effects. You are required to hit 3 main damage skills in short buff windows and it is not that easy because of the delays.

If you want to check out the Empress's Grace build, see it here.

Note:

This build is nearly unplayable without a full Nightmare relic set unless you use a food buff and/or have support in your party for more mana regeneration.

Call of Destiny

10

Call of Destiny

Nimble MovementQuick DrawChain Attack
Purify
Return

10

Return

Weakness ExposureConcentrated CardExposed Darkness
Focus
Dark Resurrection

10

Dark Resurrection

Piercing StrikeIntense CardFurious Blow
Galewind
Evoke

10

Evoke

Quick DrawConc. Magick CircleSplit Magick Circle
Focus
Scratch Dealer

10

Scratch Dealer

Weakness ExposureWeak Point AttackSafety Device
Galewind
Checkmate

10

Checkmate

Piercing StrikeConc. DarknessDeadline
Galewind
Stream of Edge

7

Stream of Edge

Acceleration StreamDark Edge
Bleed
Celestial Rain

10

Celestial Rain

Vital Point HitEnhanced StrikeWeak Point Detection
Quick Recharge

Skill priority

Evoke
Checkmate
Dark Resurrection
Celestial Rain
Stream of Edge
Call of Destiny
Return
Scratch Dealer

Since the red abilities themselves don't deal much damage, you should prioritize leveling the rest of the skills to unlock more tripods instead of leveling red skills to level 11 and 12 on character levels 55 and 60.

The Awakening of choice is the Prismatic MirrorPrismatic Mirror. We do not use the DeathboundDeathbound here because its only purpose is to do big burst damage and without any Specialization, the Awakening damage is weak. Use the Prismatic MirrorPrismatic Mirror at the beginning for some Tarot Cards draws.

How to play

Build Combo Rotation:

EvokeEvoke > Stream of EdgeStream of Edge > Scratch DealerScratch Dealer > Dark ResurrectionDark Resurrection > ReturnReturn > (activate EvokeEvoke if you are not using the double circle tripod) > full channel CheckmateCheckmate > Celestial RainCelestial Rain.

Do not forget to use Call of DestinyCall of Destiny when it is off cooldown for more Tarot Cards draw.

Tarot card tips:

  • Use Star after the full rotation so the cooldown reduction from this card provides its full potential
  • Use Wheel of Fortune to double cast Dark ResurrectionDark Resurrection. If you know you have time – use it for x4 EvokeEvoke with the double circle tripod.
  • Death is a huge damage buff. Save it and use it in the middle of the given rotation so every main damage ability benefits from the card. Same goes for the Twisted Fate card.
  • Unfortunately, the Judgment card is useless in this build since you have only one (red) skill and it is not even dealing the biggest damage here. If you get it you might as well just cycle it away.

engravings

Order of the Emperor

1

Order of the Emperor

Grudge

3

Grudge

Adrenaline

3

Adrenaline

All-Out Attack

3

All-Out Attack

Raid Captain

3

Raid Captain

Mass Increase

3

Mass Increase

  • Order of the EmperorOrder of the Emperor: We go for level 3 Emperor for the maximum damage increase for the common card skills.
  • GrudgeGrudge: This engraving provides the most damage increase of any non-class engravings in the game.
  • AdrenalineAdrenaline: This engraving is here for more consistent crits.
  • All-Out AttackAll-Out Attack: The engraving is used to shorten the channel time of the CheckmateCheckmate skill as well as increase its damage. Note that you can’t make the channel time less than 2.6 seconds. It might feel bad to build an entire engraving only for one skill but this skill deals the most damage if fully channeled so it is important to make it easier to use.
  • Raid CaptainRaid Captain: We have bonus movement speed from the Swiftness stat and from the Scratch DealerScratch Dealer third tripod buff. Do not forget the Ghost Tarot Card as well.
  • Mass IncreaseMass Increase OR Cursed DollCursed Doll: use Mass increase only if you have All-Out AttackAll-Out Attack. Otherwise use Cursed DollCursed Doll.

combat stats

Crit

500

Swiftness

1500

Specialization

0

Endurance

0

Domination

0

Expertise

0

The best set to use is the Nightmare set. Without it, this build feels very mana-hungry.

Attack Gems

Evoke

Evoke

Checkmate

Checkmate

Dark Resurrection

Dark Resurrection

Celestial Rain

Celestial Rain

Prioritize Damage and Cooldown on Dark ResurrectionDark Resurrection, CheckmateCheckmate, EvokeEvoke. Damage gem only on Celestial RainCelestial Rain and Emperor Card.

Cooldown Gems

Evoke

Evoke

Checkmate

Checkmate

Dark Resurrection

Dark Resurrection

Call of Destiny

Call of Destiny

Return

Return

Scratch Dealer

Scratch Dealer

Cooldown gems are on utility skills and card meter gain skills Scratch DealerScratch Dealer, ReturnReturn, Call of DestinyCall of Destiny.

gear tripods

Call of Destiny
Nimble MovementNimble Movement
Quick DrawQuick Draw
Chain AttackChain Attack
Return
Concentrated CardConcentrated Card
Exposed DarknessExposed Darkness
Dark Resurrection
Piercing StrikePiercing Strike
Intense CardIntense Card
Furious BlowFurious Blow
Evoke
Quick DrawQuick Draw
Conc. Magick CircleConc. Magick Circle
Scratch Dealer
Weak Point AttackWeak Point Attack
Safety DeviceSafety Device
Checkmate
Piercing StrikePiercing Strike
Conc. DarknessConc. Darkness
DeadlineDeadline
Stream of Edge
Acceleration StreamAcceleration Stream
Dark EdgeDark Edge
Celestial Rain
Vital Point HitVital Point Hit
Enhanced StrikeEnhanced Strike
Weak Point DetectionWeak Point Detection

Prioritize crit synergy tripod "Exposed Darkness" tripod on ReturnReturn.