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Lost Ark Cards System Explained & Best Bonuses – Full Guide

Lost Ark has many intricate systems that offer players a lot of variety when it comes to building their character. One of the most overlooked systems is the Cards System.

With cards so easily acquired, it’s a shame that not many players are taking full advantage of this system. There are definitely more interactive and important systems, but when you are in the end-game, every bit of help you can get is important.

While you can build up your card deck while going along with the story, the best and most important bonuses will be unlocked from either important story event cards or legendary packs, which are rarer.

Speaking of end-game, it’s vital you start as early as possible when it comes to preparation. Check out our knowledge transfer and engravings guides to be a step ahead!

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How Does the Card System Work in Lost Ark

Even though at first glance it might seem complicated, the card system in Lost Ark is actually fairly simple.

Each card represents either a character or an important object or artifact from the game. Also, each card comes from a set of cards.

Combining two or more cards from the same set in your deck will unlock bonuses based on the number of combinations that you have in your deck.

The effects differ from card to card and from set to set with the most powerful cards being legendary cards. There are also sets that only have a few cards, so if you decide to use those sets, you are going to have to combine them with other sets.

There are up to six base bonuses to unlock in a set, and then a few more (depending on the set) that you can acquire by leveling your cards. To unlock the best bonuses you are going to have to level up (awaken) all of the cards in a single set.

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To awaken your cards you have to choose the card that you want to level up and assign it however much Card Enhancement XP that it needs. You get this XP through opening card packs or deleting duplicate cards.

Keep in mind that there is no way to split a stack of cards at the moment, so make sure you delete a card that you are not using in your main deck and that you think you will be getting later.

Also, cards are a roster-wide system, so don’t worry about getting them on different characters. To make the most out of the roster system, make sure you’re using your Lost Ark Powerpass correctly.

Make sure you know how to get Cards in Lost Ark to maximize your in-game boosts!


Books are very small bonuses that record all of the cards you earn throughout your journey. Even if you delete them, they still remain in your books section.

Once you complete a set, it will grant you a small, permanent stat boost. This is more for the completionists out there, as the bonuses only become good once you complete many combinations of books.

For more exact details about each card and book, check out the Lost Ark Wiki.

Lost Ark card system explained - books and bonuses
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What Are the Best Card Bonuses in Lost Ark?

With so many bonuses being available at your disposal, in the beginning, it won’t matter too much which bonuses you choose, just deck it out with whatever you have from the same set.

However, as you go further and further into your adventure, you can pinpoint exactly which cards and sets you want to complete, get to the codex and find out how to get them.

Here are some of the best card sets bonuses and bonuses you can find:

We’ll Meet Again Set:

  • Sian
  • Vrad
  • Madnick


  • 3 Set Bonus: Reduces incoming damage by 12% when HP is below 50%.
  • 3 Set Bonus (9 Awakening): Reduces incoming damage by 16% when HP is below 50%.
  • 3 Set Bonus (15 Awakening): When HP falls below 50%, taking an attack immediately regenerates health for 5 seconds with a 10 minute cooldown period.

Light of Salvation Set:

  • Shandi
  • Azena and Ianna
  • Nineveh
  • Kadan
  • Thirain
  • Wei


  • 6 Set Bonus: Increases Dark Resistance by 30%.
  • 6 Set Bonus (12 Awakening): Transforms your attack damage to Holy Damage.
  • 6 Set Bonus (30 Awakening): Increases Holy Damage by 15%.
Lost Ark Card system explained
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There are many sets with many bonuses, and the best thing you can do is look at all of them and try to fix some flaws of your class with them. The card bonuses are definitely useful, but they do not fundamentally change how you play your character.

They are a fun, nice system and definitely more of a completionist type of achievement, but, in games like Lost Ark every little bonus counts.

If you want more free bonuses, make sure you pick up your free launch celebration gift.

And finally, if you’re looking for more end-game content to sink your teeth into, here’s how to get Providence Stones fast.

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