Lost Ark Start: What you need to know – Preload, Head-Start, Launch

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Soon it will be time and the ARPG Lost Ark will also start with us. So that you are not taken by surprise at the start, we have all the information for you about the preload, head-start, and the launch.

When does Lost Ark start? Lost Ark launches on February 11, 2022, and is distributed by Amazon Games. The Korean developer Smilegate, who has been successfully running the ARPG in Korea and Russia for years, is still responsible for the development.

Everything about Lost Ark Preload and Head-Start

When does the preload start? The preload, in order to download the game in peace before the official start, starts for everyone on Monday, February 7th at 5:00 p.m UTC.

You will not be able to create a character or reserve a name.

When is the Head-Start? The Head-Start, i.e. early access to the game, which is available to all Founders Package buyers, starts on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at 5:00 p.m UTC.

This allows Founders Pack owners to travel the world of Lost Ark 3 days before all other players.

The official launch will then take place on Friday, February 11th at 5:00 p.m UTC.

Do you want to do everything right from the start? Then check out our Lost Ark Map Guides to make sure you don’t miss out on any collectibles.

What you need to know about the Server

Server Reset Times (Daily, Weekly, Bosses, Events, etc.) are per Region. Daily and weekly resets will be done at 1AM (or 2AM, depending on Daylight Saving Time and the regional time where the server is located) or after any scheduled downtime is completed. Core content such as raids, dungeons, and PvP events will maintain the best local hours by applying the following times offset calculated from each region’s 0 hour.

  • US West UTC-7
  • US East UTC-4
  • EU Central UTC+1
  • SA East UTC-3

This means that a dungeon meant to open at 7PM on server time (UTC) will be open for US West 7 hours later to make it more playable/accessible for US West players. The same goes for every region using the timings listed above.

It is also worth noting that the in-game UI will display server time, not a player’s local machine time. For example, US West will display Pacific time for all players to reflect the server’s time.

Please note that after the game is launched, server reset times may be adjusted slightly to best fit player and server needs.


This is the list of servers that will be open for players to select, beginning from the Head Start on February 8th. Additional worlds may be opened based on population levels.

EU Central
  • Neria

  • Kadan

  • Trixion

  • Calvasus

  • Thirain

  • Zinnervale

  • Asta

  • Wei

  • Slen

US East
  • Azena

  • Una

  • Regulus

  • Avesta

  • Galatur

  • Karta

  • Ladon

US West
  • Mari

  • Valtan

  • Enviska

  • Kazeros

  • Agaton


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