The Igniter Sorceress is a class in Lost Ark that offers a unique and slightly more challenging playstyle for players looking to maximize their damage per second (DPS) in short burst periods. While it may possess less mobility compared to the Reflux Sorceress, the Igniter build compensates with significantly higher power. It is the preferred choice for those who prioritize dealing substantial DPS. However, it requires careful attention to avoid missing the burst window, as it would result in decreased DPS output.
Maximizing Damage Potential with Arcane Rupture
The Igniter build revolves around amplifying the identity gauge, specifically Arcane Rupture. Players must build up the identity gauge meter to reach 100% and then unleash the full power of Arcane Torrent at the right moment to optimize their damage potential.
Priority Stats: Specialization, Crit, and Swiftness
In the Igniter build, players should prioritize Specialization as their primary stat, followed by either Crit or Swiftness. Specialization plays an important part in enhancing the power of Arcane Rupture and its accompanying damage. As for the secondary stat, players can choose between Crit, which ensures additional damage on each hit, or Swiftness, which adds a level of comfort to the rotation. This choice depends on personal preference and playstyle.
AOE Combats in Chaos Dungeons and Cube
Chaos Dungeons and Cube are primarily centered around AoE combat. In these scenarios, players need to incorporate a few AoE skills into the Igniter’s arsenal to maximize damage output on multiple enemies. Since the Igniter specializes in burst damage, players must gather enemies closely and position themselves strategically before unleashing havoc upon them.
Skill Rotation and Key Abilities
The Igniter build focuses on empowering Blaze to increase its frequency of use for applying debuffs on enemies. Frost’s Call, in combination with the Wealth rune, serves as the primary means of building the identity gauge quickly. These two skills should be instantly cast to efficiently build up the gauge.
During raids, the main priority is to focus on single target damage and use powerful, long cast time spells such as Doomsday and Explosion. The key remains on swiftly building and frequently replenishing the identity gauge meter, positioning oneself strategically, and executing Arcane Rupture at 100% followed by a sequence of hard-hitting skills. Ideally, this should be done during a vulnerable phase of the boss to maximize the impact.
Igniter Sorceress vs. Reflux Sorceress
Using an Igniter Sorceress in raids offers the advantage of significantly higher DPS compared to Reflux. However, it requires precise knowledge and memorization of boss patterns and attacks. Positioning must be adjusted accordingly, and the burst window should be timed to coincide with vulnerable moments of the boss to maximize damage output. In contrast, Reflux Sorceress focuses on continuous skill spamming.
Skill Cancels and Optimization
Squall serves as the primary counter skill, while Blaze acts as the main source of synergy during raids. It can comfortably be used between other skills if the synergy application was overlooked. Explosion, Doomsday, and Punishing Strike are the key hard-hitting attacks. They require channeling time, and precise execution, making it even more important to use them during Arcane Rupture only.
Doomsday can have its ending animation canceled by following it with Rime Arrow or Punishing Strike, or by using the space bar. Upgrading and maximizing these three core skills should be the priority, followed by the builders (Frost’s Call, Rime Arrow, and Esoteric Reaction). Blaze and Squall serve specific purposes and can be prioritized accordingly.
Skill Rotation and Meter Building
The Igniter playstyle revolves around reaching 100% identity gauge, then using Arcane Rupture and unleashing Arcane Torrent during the burst window. Every action taken by the Igniter should contribute to achieving the most effective, possible damage output during the burst window.
Maintaining Blaze is important to keep the synergy and debuff active. With two charges, this should not be too challenging. When outside the burst window, focus on building the meter. Frost’s Call, Rime Arrow, and Esoteric Reaction are the skills used to fill the identity gauge. They provide decent damage while also contributing to meter progression.
The core damage dealing skills can be used to fill the meter or for sudden bursts of heavy damage. However, players should be careful when doing so, to ensure that the meter is not close to being full, and that the core skill will have time to recharge before the meter reaches 100%. Additionally, avoid using Doomsday outside the burst window, as it should be reserved as the opening ability for every Arcane Rupture.
Squall can also be used to build the meter, but be mindful of boss patterns, as Squall serves as a counter skill. If Squall is on cooldown when a counter is needed, it can disrupt the rotation. Hold on to Squall for counters when necessary.
If all skills are on cooldown, auto attacks can be used to help build the identity meter. Doomsday is the most important damage dealing skill, so always maximize its use within Arcane Rupture. Explosion and Punishing Strike should also be used during the Arcane Rupture window if possible.
To maximize the time within Arcane Rupture, delay pressing the Arcane Rupture button and use Doomsday first. Press Arcane Rupture right before Doomsday impacts the boss, optimizing both damage and the duration of the Arcane Rupture burst window.
Learn the animation cancels for skills. Explosion can be canceled into Punishing Strike, which can then be canceled by Rime Arrow immediately after. This combo remains the same whether under Arcane Rupture or not.
Avoid using Blink, as it depletes the identity gauge. Since the Igniter Sorceress aims to reach 100% gauge, Blink should only be used in life-threatening situations that require a quick escape.
Awakening Skill and Engravings
Regarding the Awakening Skill, prioritize using Enviska’s Might as it deals good damage with a wide area of effect (AoE), making it easier to hit the target. Apocalypse Call is more secondary, as the falling meteors have a higher chance of missing the target due to their spread out trajectory.
For engravings, the recommended ones for an Igniter build are as follows:
- Class Engraving: Igniter at Level 3 (essential for the build).
- Damage Engravings:
- All-Out Attack Level 3: This engraving increases holding and casting speed, as well as the attack of holding and casting skills. It effectively reduces the cast times of skills like Explosion or Doomsday, providing a significant damage bonus for Igniter Sorceress.
- Other Damage Engravings:
- Hit Master at Level 3: Increases overall damage.
- Grudge at Level 3: Increases damage dealt but also increases damage taken.
Optional Variant Engravings on Level 3 can provide additional benefits based on individual preferences or specific needs. These include:
- Adrenaline: Provides additional damage without drawbacks but requires stacking it 6 times to maximize its use.
- Cursed Doll: Offers flat guaranteed damage but is not a priority for this build.
- Precise Dagger: Beneficial if the player is looking for more Critical Damage.
- Raid Captain: A safe addon engraving that slightly boosts damage based on the player’s Move Speed bonus but is not a priority engraving for this build.
Gear and Gem Selection
For endgame, once players have obtained Relic Gear, those using the Igniter build should aim for the following gear sets to maximize their character:
- Nightmare Flower (2 pieces)
- Dominion Fang (4 pieces)
These gear sets will enhance the stats of Specialization, Swiftness, and Crit, which are important for the Igniter build.
When selecting Bracelets and Accessories, prioritize the following stats (in order):
By prioritizing these stats, players can further optimize their Igniter build for maximum damage output and effectiveness.
To maximize the Igniter build, players have the option to increase the level of their Tripods, which can provide additional buffs or enhance skills. Each tripod can be leveled up to 5.
For this Igniter build, we recommend prioritizing the leveling of tripods in the following order:
- Core damage dealing skills: Focus on leveling the tripods associated with the main damage dealing skills of the build.
- Meter building skills: Tripods associated with skills that help build the identity meter, such as Frost’s Call and Esoteric Reaction. Increasing their levels can improve the speed at which the meter fills up, allowing for more frequent bursts of Arcane Rupture.
- Cooldown reduction: Tripods that reduce the cooldowns of important skills.
- Other Tripods: After prioritizing the core dps skills, meter building skills, and cooldown reduction, players can level up the remaining tripods based on their individual preferences or specific needs. This can include tripods that provide additional utility or bonuses to secondary skills.
To maximize the Igniter build, prioritize getting Attack Gems for Doomsday, Explosion, Punishing Strike, Rime Arrow, Esoteric Reaction, and Frost’s Call, ideally to level 7.
The most optimal endgame damage set for the Igniter build is the Light of Salvation legendary card set. However, if acquiring that set takes time, players can use the following sets as viable alternatives:
- Deep Dive: Provides damage reduction and additional damage.
- Lostwind Cliff: Offers damage reduction and increased Critical Hit Chance.
These sets can serve as viable alternatives until the full Light of Salvation set becomes available.
With this comprehensive guide, players can now embark on their journey as an Igniter Sorceress in Lost Ark. Master the rotation, maximize the burst windows, and prioritize the right stats and gear to unleash the full potential of this powerful character class. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to experiment and find the playstyle that suits you best. Good luck on your adventures!