Lost Ark: How to Upgrade Your Gear – All You Need to Know About Gear Honing

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When the end game begins at level 50, it becomes important to strengthen your gear in Lost Ark in order to advance. In this guide, we’ll tell you why this is so and what you have to pay attention to.

Why you have to upgrade your gear: Up to level 50, it’s very easy to increase your gear level because you’ll keep earning new gear over time. Unfortunately, from the end game on, it gets a bit more difficult. From now on, you won’t constantly get new gear, but you’ll have to improve the ones you have.

This is how you improve your Gear in Lost Ark

The first step towards a higher gear level is to do Chaos Dungeons and Guardian Raids as many times as you can until you finally farm all the Tier 1 armor. This will initially get you to level 302.

Alternatively, of course, you can do the Abyss Dungeon to buy iLvl 302 gear from the rewards at an Abyss merchant in town.

You will now keep this gear for quite a while, and until you have upgraded it 15 times, bringing it to level 600. This is necessary sooner or later to advance in the story and get new equipment.

Upgrading gear in Lost Ark – the basics

How can you upgrade your gear? By completing certain activities, such as Chaos Dungeons and Guardian Raids, you farm so-called Destruction Stone Fragments, Guardian Stone Fragments, Harmony Fragments, and Harmony Jumpstones. These are the raw materials you need to upgrade your armor at the first T-level. Once you reach the 2nd or 3rd T-level, you will receive the materials corresponding to your level in the respective Endgame activities.

Once you have collected some of them, you can strengthen your equipment with the help of an NPC. On the map, this NPC is indicated by a hammer symbol and is usually located in the city corner with all the merchants.

The gear screen will open automatically. Now select an equipment item on the left side and press “Upgrade”. Then drag the slider to the right, go to the “gear boost” field at the bottom and your gear is one level higher.

However, you should only bring your armor and weapons to +15, since higher levels don’t help you any further. The stats are increased only minimally, and from +15 you also advance in the story.

Difficulties with upgrading

Upgrading your gear also brings one or two difficulties. In the beginning, everything goes smoothly, up to and including +5, upgrading is still very favorable and cannot fail. However, with every level above that, the cost of upgrading increases, and the probability of success decreases. In the beginning, you should still manage several levels a day. After a while, however, it can take an extremely long time to gather the necessary materials. Especially on the 3rd T-level, this quickly becomes a pain.

If the upgrade fails, your gear stays at the same level, but your hard-earned materials are gone. To prevent this from happening too often over time, there are items that increase the probability of success. A so-called star modem grants you a few extra percentages for upgrading tier 1 gear. For tier 2 you need a moon modem and for tier 3 a sun modem.

If you are particularly unlucky and upgrading an item typically fails, the chance of success increases until you eventually reach 100%. By this point, however, you’ve already wasted quite a few materials.

These are the chances of success and material costs

Armor:

Item LevelHoning LevelSuccess RateMaterial
302Tier 1 +1100 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 90
Harmony Shards: 90
Harmony Leapstones: 2
320Tier 1 +2100 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 90
Harmony Shards: 90
Harmony Leapstones: 2
340Tier 1 +3100 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 90
Harmony Shards: 90
Harmony Leapstones: 2
360Tier 1 +4100 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 135
Harmony Shards: 180
Harmony Leapstones: 3
400Tier 1 +5100 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 135
Harmony Shards: 180
Harmony Leapstones: 3
420Tier 1 +6100 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 135
Harmony Shards: 180
Harmony Leapstones: 3
440Tier 1 +790 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 210
Harmony Shards: 240
Harmony Leapstones: 4
460Tier 1 +890 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 210
Harmony Shards: 240
Harmony Leapstones: 4
480Tier 1 +980 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 285
Harmony Shards: 420
Harmony Leapstones: 6
500Tier 1 +1080 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 285
Harmony Shards: 420
Harmony Leapstones: 6
520Tier 1 +1170 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 360
Harmony Shards: 600
Harmony Leapstones: 8
540Tier 1 +1270 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 360
Harmony Shards: 600
Harmony Leapstones: 8
Gold: 5
560Tier 1 +1360 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 450
Harmony Shards: 780
Harmony Leapstones: 9
Gold: 5
580Tier 1 +1460 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 510
Harmony Shards: 960
Harmony Leapstones: 9
Gold: 5
600Tier 1 +1540 %Guardian Stone Fragments: 600
Harmony Shards: 1200
Harmony Leapstones: 13
Gold: 5
820Tier 2 +1100 %Guardian Stones: 135
Life Shards: 120
Life Leapstones: 3
840Tier 2 +2100 %Guardian Stones: 135
Life Shards: 120
Life Leapstones: 3
860Tier 2 +3100 %Guardian Stones: 135
Life Shards: 120
Life Leapstones: 3
880Tier 2 +4100 %Guardian Stones: 202
Life Shards: 240
Life Leapstones: 6
900Tier 2 +5100 %Guardian Stones: 202
Life Shards: 240
Life Leapstones: 6
920Tier 2 +6100 %Guardian Stones: 202
Life Shards: 240
Life Leapstones: 6
940Tier 2 +790 %Guardian Stones: 315
Life Shards: 360
Life Leapstones: 8
Caldarr Fusion Material: 1
Gold: 5
960Tier 2 +890 %Guardian Stones: 315
Life Shards: 360
Life Leapstones: 8
Caldarr Fusion Material: 1
Gold: 5
980Tier 2 +980 %Guardian Stones: 427
Life Shards: 600
Life Leapstones: 11
Caldarr Fusion Material: 2
Gold: 5
1000Tier 2 +1080 %Guardian Stones: 427
Life Shards: 600
Life Leapstones: 11
Caldarr Fusion Material: 2
Gold: 5
1020Tier 2 +1170 %Guardian Stones: 540
Life Shards: 900
Life Leapstones: 15
Caldarr Fusion Material: 3
Gold: 7
1040Tier 2 +1270 %Guardian Stones: 540
Life Shards: 900
Life Leapstones: 15
Caldarr Fusion Material: 3
Gold: 7
1060Tier 2 +1360 %Guardian Stones: 675
Life Shards: 1200
Life Leapstones: 20
Caldarr Fusion Material: 5
Gold: 10
1080Tier 2 +1450 %Guardian Stones: 765
Life Shards: 1500
Life Leapstones: 23
Caldarr Fusion Material: 5
Gold: 10
1100Tier 2 +1540 %Guardian Stones: 900
Life Shards: 2040
Life Leapstones: 27
Caldarr Fusion Material: 7
Gold: 12
1304Tier 3 +1100 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 82
Honor Shards: 22
Honor Leapstones: 2
Silver: 11100
1307Tier 3 +2100 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 82
Honor Shards: 22
Honor Leapstones: 2
Silver: 11380
1310Tier 3 +3100 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 82
Honor Shards: 22
Honor Leapstones: 2
Silver: 11660
1315Tier 3 +4100 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 120
Honor Shards: 32
Honor Leapstones: 4
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 2
Silver: 11960
1320Tier 3 +5100 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 120
Honor Shards: 32
Honor Leapstones: 4
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 2
Silver: 12240
1325Tier 3 +6100 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 120
Honor Shards: 32
Honor Leapstones: 4
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 2
Silver: 12540
1330Tier 3 +760 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 156
Honor Shards: 42
Honor Leapstones: 4
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 2
Silver: 12840
Gold: 70
1335Tier 3 +845 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 156
Honor Shards: 42
Honor Leapstones: 4
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 2
Silver: 13160
Gold: 70
1340Tier 3 +930 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 156
Honor Shards: 42
Honor Leapstones: 4
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 2
Silver: 13480
Gold: 70
1345Tier 3 +1030 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 192
Honor Shards: 50
Honor Leapstones: 6
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 4
Silver: 13820
Gold: 70
1350Tier 3 +1130 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 192
Honor Shards: 50
Honor Leapstones: 6
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 4
Silver: 14140
Gold: 70
1355Tier 3 +1215 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 192
Honor Shards: 50
Honor Leapstones: 6
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 4
Silver: 14500
Gold: 70
1360Tier 3 +1315 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 228
Honor Shards: 60
Honor Leapstones: 6
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 4
Silver: 14860
Gold: 70
1365Tier 3 +1415 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 228
Honor Shards: 60
Honor Leapstones: 6
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 4
Silver: 15220
Gold: 70
1370Tier 3 +1510 %Guardian Stone Crystals: 228
Honor Shards: 60
Honor Leapstones: 6
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 4
Silver: 15600
Gold: 70

Weapons:

Item LevelHoning LevelSuccess RateMaterial
302Tier 1 +1100 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 150
Harmony Shards: 150
Harmony Leapstones: 2
320Tier 1 +2100 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 150
Harmony Shards: 150
Harmony Leapstones: 2
340Tier 1 +3100 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 150
Harmony Shards: 150
Harmony Leapstones: 2
360Tier 1 +4100 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 225
Harmony Shards: 300
Harmony Leapstones: 4
400Tier 1 +5100 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 225
Harmony Shards: 300
Harmony Leapstones: 4
420Tier 1 +6100 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 225
Harmony Shards: 300
Harmony Leapstones: 4
440Tier 1 +790 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 350
Harmony Shards: 400
Harmony Leapstones: 6
460Tier 1 +890 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 350
Harmony Shards: 400
Harmony Leapstones: 9
480Tier 1 +980 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 475
Harmony Shards: 700
Harmony Leapstones: 9
500Tier 1 +1080 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 475
Harmony Shards: 700
Harmony Leapstones: 9
520Tier 1 +1170 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 600
Harmony Shards: 1000
Harmony Leapstones: 12
540Tier 1 +1270 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 600
Harmony Shards: 1000
Harmony Leapstones: 12
Gold: 10
560Tier 1 +1360 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 750
Harmony Shards: 1300
Harmony Leapstones: 15
Gold: 10
580Tier 1 +1460 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 850
Harmony Shards: 1600
Harmony Leapstones: 15
Gold: 10
600Tier 1 +1540 %Destruction Stone Fragments: 1000
Harmony Shards: 2000
Harmony Leapstones: 21
Gold: 10
820Tier 2 +1100 %Destruction Stones: 225
Life Shards: 200
Life Leapstones: 5
840Tier 2 +2100 %Destruction Stones: 225
Life Shards: 200
Life Leapstones: 5
860Tier 2 +3100 %Destruction Stones: 225
Life Shards: 200
Life Leapstones: 5
880Tier 2 +4100 %Destruction Stones: 338
Life Shards: 400
Life Leapstones: 9
900Tier 2 +5100 %Destruction Stones: 338
Life Shards: 400
Life Leapstones: 9
920Tier 2 +6100 %Destruction Stones: 338
Life Shards: 400
Life Leapstones: 9
940Tier 2 +790 %Destruction Stones: 525
Life Shards: 600
Life Leapstones: 13
Caldarr Fusion Material: 2
Gold: 10
960Tier 2 +890 %Destruction Stones: 525
Life Shards: 600
Life Leapstones: 13
Caldarr Fusion Material: 2
Gold: 10
980Tier 2 +980 %Destruction Stones: 713
Life Shards: 1000
Life Leapstones: 18
Caldarr Fusion Material: 3
Gold: 10
1000Tier 2 +1080 %Destruction Stones: 713
Life Shards: 1000
Life Leapstones: 18
Caldarr Fusion Material: 3
Gold: 10
1020Tier 2 +1170 %Destruction Stones: 900
Life Shards: 1500
Life Leapstones: 25
Caldarr Fusion Material: 5
Gold: 15
1040Tier 2 +1270 %Destruction Stones: 900
Life Shards: 1500
Life Leapstones: 25
Caldarr Fusion Material: 5
Gold: 15
1060Tier 2 +1360 %Destruction Stones: 1125
Life Shards: 2000
Life Leapstones: 32
Caldarr Fusion Material: 7
Gold: 20
1080Tier 2 +1450 %Destruction Stones: 1275
Life Shards: 2500
Life Leapstones: 38
Caldarr Fusion Material: 7
Gold: 20
1100Tier 2 +1540 %Destruction Stones: 1500
Life Shards: 3400
Life Leapstones: 38
Caldarr Fusion Material: 10
Gold: 25
1304Tier 3 +1100 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 138
Honor Shards: 32
Honor Leapstones: 4
Silver: 15860
1307Tier 3 +2100 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 138
Honor Shards: 32
Honor Leapstones: 4
Silver: 16240
1310Tier 3 +3100 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 198
Honor Shards: 32
Honor Leapstones: 6
Silver: 16640
1315Tier 3 +4100 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 198
Honor Shards: 46
Honor Leapstones: 6
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 2
Silver: 17040
1320Tier 3 +5100 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 198
Honor Shards: 46
Honor Leapstones: 6
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 2
Silver: 17460
1325Tier 3 +6100 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 198
Honor Shards: 46
Honor Leapstones: 6
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 2
Silver: 17900
1330Tier 3 +760 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 258
Honor Shards: 60
Honor Leapstones: 8
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 4
Silver: 18320
Gold: 120
1335Tier 3 +845 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 258
Honor Shards: 60
Honor Leapstones: 8
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 4
Silver: 18780
Gold: 120
1340Tier 3 +930 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 258
Honor Shards: 60
Honor Leapstones: 8
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 4
Silver: 19240
Gold: 120
1345Tier 3 +1030 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 320
Honor Shards: 74
Honor Leapstones: 10
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 4
Silver: 19720
Gold: 120
1350Tier 3 +1130 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 320
Honor Shards: 74
Honor Leapstones: 10
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 4
Silver: 20200
Gold: 120
1355Tier 3 +1215 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 320
Honor Shards: 74
Honor Leapstones: 10
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 4
Silver: 20700
Gold: 120
1360Tier 3 +1315 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 380
Honor Shards: 88
Honor Leapstones: 10
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 6
Silver: 21200
Gold: 120
1365Tier 3 +1415 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 380
Honor Shards: 88
Honor Leapstones: 12
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 6
Silver: 21720
Gold: 120
1370Tier 3 +1510 %Destruction Stone Crystals: 380
Honor Shards: 88
Honor Leapstones: 12
Simple Oreha Fusion Material: 6
Silver: 22260
Gold: 120

Transfer of upgrades

It’s extremely likely that, over time, you’ll stumble across a piece of gear whose base stats are better than those of the armor you’re wearing. So what’s the next step? You certainly don’t want to waste the countless hours of work you’ve put into improving your current gear.

Fortunately, you don’t have to. Just talk to the same NPC who upgraded your gear and switch to the “Gear Transfer” tab at the bottom. Here you can conveniently transfer the buffs from one piece of gear to another for a small silver fee. Your old gear will be completely used up, and your new one will get all the upgrades it contains.

At which level do you already have your gear, or are you desperate? Write us your opinion in the comments!

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