Engravings in Lost Ark are special effects that can be found on Accessories and Ability Stones. There are Normal Engravings and Negative Engravings. These effects modify certain abilities or characteristics of a character such as improving Ambush Damage, Max MP or in the case of Negative Engravings, reducing your Attack Speed. There are also Class Engravings which modify Class-specific abilities and traits and in some cases, drastically change the way a Class plays. This page covers information on Engravings including Point Activation, Custom Engravings and more.

  • Engravings work off of a Points System in order for their effects to be activated.
  • The type of Engravings is rolled randomly on Accessories and Ability Stones upon obtaining them.
  • You can have one Custom Engraving on each Ring piece

Lost Ark Engravings Guide

Engravings and Accessories

Engraving Points & Activation

Each Engraving effect has 3 Levels with the effect becoming stronger with each level activated. Activating the effect requires accruing points in the engraving by equipping accessories that grant them. Level 1 of the Engraving is activated with 5 Points, Level 2 is activated with 10 Points and Level 3 is activated with 15. Accessories will roll with a certain amount of points towards a specific Engraving effect and you can equip the right combination of Accessories to accumulate enough points and activate the engravings you desire. 

Using the Max MP Increase Engraving effect as an example, equipping a necklace with +3 towards the engraving and then two rings with +1 each will grant you a total of 5 Points, activating the Level 1 effect which improves your max MP by 5%. Using the same necklace but equipping two earrings and two rings with +2 towards the effect each will yield 11 Points total, activating the Level 2 effect and increasing your max MP by 15%. Note that Engraving levels do not activate until you reach the 5 Point, 10 Point or 15 Point thresholds.

Essentially, you will need a minimum of 5 Points in an Engraving before it can even provide its effects but Points are tallied up across all your equipped Accessories. Ability Stones have a slightly more complex system with regards to Engraving Points but they are also included in your Point totals. See the Ability Stone section below for details. 

 

Negative Engravings

Accessories  can also roll with Negative Engravings which, if activated, will incur penalties to characters. The Negative Engravings that you will come across are Attack Power Decrease, Attack Speed Decrease, Movement Speed Decrease and Defense Decrease. Similar to Normal Engravings, these effects have 3 Levels with each subsequent level incurring a larger penalty. Negative Engravings work off of the same Point System.

Except for Defense Reduction, all Negative Engravings incur a 2%/4%/6% penalty at each Level. Defense Reduction incurs a 5%/10%/15% penalty.

 

The amount of Engraving Points rolled on Accessories and Ability Stones is determined by their Rarity Tier. The following table displays the Point distribution across T1 Accessory Subtiers. Note that for Accessories, from Epic Quality onwards, you will roll two Normal Engravings and one Negative Engraving per piece.

 

Engraving Point Distribution
Rarity Necklace Earrings Rings Ability Stone
T1 Rare + 1 Point Normal + 1 Point Normal + 1 Point Normal + 0 to 6 Points Normal
+ 0 to 6 Points Normal
+ 0 to 6 Points Negative
T1 Epic + 1 to 2 Points Normal
+ 1 to 2 Points Normal
+ 1 Point Negative
+ 1 to 2 Points Normal
+ 1 to 2 Points Normal
+ 1 Point Negative
+ 1 to 2 Points Normal
+ 1 to 2 Points Normal
+ 1 Point Negative
+ 0 to 8 Points Normal
+ 0 to 8 Points Normal
+ 0 to 8 Points Negative
T1 Legendary + 2 to 3 Points Normal
+ 2 to 3 Points Normal
+ 1 Point Negative
+ 2 to 3 Points Normal
+ 2 to 3 Points Normal
+ 1 Point Negative
+ 2 to 3 Points Normal
+ 2 to 3 Points Normal
+ 1 Point Negative
+ 0 to 9 Points Normal
+ 0 to 9 Points Normal
+ 0 to 9 Points Negative

 

Custom Engravings

In addition to Engravings found innately on your Accessories, you can also manually apply one Custom Engraving on each of your Rings. Both Normal and Class Engravings can be applied as Custom Engravings. However, you must first learn the Engravings by reading Engraving Recipe Books. Each Engraving effect has its own Recipe books. These can be obtained from various activities such as Chaos Dungeons, Guardian Raids and Tower of Shadow. Certain Merchants on the islands may also sell a weekly stock of Books in exchange for the islands' respective currencies. Books can be rewarded from these sources as individual books, as a Random Engraving Recipe Pouch which awards a random book, or an Engraving Selection Pouch from which you can choose the Engraving you want from a large selection.

Engraving Recipe Books come in different Rarity tiers. Learning an Engraving requires you to read 20 Books of the Uncommon Quality first. This will grant you access to that particular Custom Engraving with +3 Points. You can increase the Points granted by reading books of subsequent tiers. Each tier requires reading 20 recipe books. Note that you cannot jump tiers and each tier of the Custom Engraving must be unlocked in order.

The following table displays each Book tier and the amount of Points they grant to your Custom Engraving.

Book Quality Books Required Points
Uncommon Quality Recipe Books 20 +3
Rare Quality Recipe Books 20 +6
Epic Quality Recipe Books 20 +9
Legendary Quality Recipe Books 20 +12

Note that the above data is taken from the KR/RU versions of Lost Ark. While the NA/EU version will launch with the Engraving System, not all tiers of Engraving Recipe Books may be available at launch.

Once a Custom Engraving is unlocked, simply visit any Engraver Craftsmen NPCs who can be found in any major cities. Select your Ring and the Engraving you wish to use and then pay for the service. Custom Engravings can be replaced whenever you wish and the process costs Silver every time. Note that once you unlock a Custom Engraving, it is unlocked for ALL of your characters on the server.

 

Engravings and Ability Stones

Ability Stones are a special equipment worn in the Ability Stone slot. Each character can equip one Ability Stone. All Ability Stones offer a Base Effect that increases your Vitality. More importantly, Ability Stones will roll two Normal Engravings and one Negative Engraving upon obtaining them. However, these Engravings do not provide any Points until the stone is faceted (cut). Ability Stones cannot be equipped until faceted completely.

Faceting is the process of cutting the Ability Stone to activate Engraving Points. You can visit an Ability Stone Cutter Craftsman NPC in any of the major cities to begin the Faceting process. In the Faceting Window, you will see the stone's Engravings listed, each with several diamond-shaped nodes and a hammer button at the end. These nodes represents a Faceting attempt for that particular Engraving. Higher rarity stones will have more faceting attempts per Engraving.

Clicking on the hammer icon will spend Silver and attempt to cut the corresponding Engraving onto the stone. If successful, a node will light up and display a +1 underneath, indicating that +1 Point towards that Engraving has been successfully cut onto the stone. If unsuccessful, the node will darken indicating failure. Each time you succeed, the Success Rate for the next attempt goes down by 10%. Conversely, every failure will raise the Success Rate back up by 10%. Current Success Rate is indicated in the top right. At the bottom of the window is a list of bonuses you can acquire for successfully faceting the stone a number of times. The bonus is always additional Vitality. Note that the text "Chance of cracking" above the Negative Engraving is a misnomer as your ability stone is not damaged or destroyed in any way during this process. Instead, this value indicates how likely you are to fail in cutting the Negative Engraving onto your stone on the next attempt. The higher the value, the better as you don't want to succeed in adding Points to the Negative Engraving.

Work on your stone until all attempts have been used to complete the Faceting process. Ability Stones are a great way to gain a lot of Points towards an Engraving. The trade off is the amount of RNG involved in cutting Normal Engravings while minimizing the Negative Engravings. Once you complete the faceting process, you will be able to equip the Ability Stone and gain its benefits. Note that there is no way to reset an Ability Stone once it is cut but you can dismantle any stones you've botched or simply don't want to use. Dismantling stones will reward you with a number of Powders of Mystery which can be exchanged for new stones at the same NPC.

 

All Lost Ark Engravings

 

Normal Engravings
Negative Engravings
Class Engravings

 

 

Quick Search of All Lost Ark Normal Engravings

 

Engraving Effect
Max MP Increase [Example Only] Lv. 1  
Lv. 2  
Lv. 3  

 

Quick Search of All Lost Ark Negative Engravings

 

Engraving Effect
Attack Speed Decrease [Example Only] Lv. 1  
Lv. 2  
Lv. 3  

Quick Search of All Lost Ark Class Engravings

 

Engraving Class Effect
Engraving Class Lv. 1  
Lv. 2  
Lv. 3  

 




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