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Lost Ark: This is how you change channels and play with friends


Lost Ark: This is how you change channels and play with friends

The new MMORPGs Lost Ark has finally arrived on Steam. It is well known that you like to play such an MMORPG with your friends, but how do that work in Lost Ark? Channels and character-specific friend lists and guilds make it difficult. We have all the information.

How do friends work in Lost Ark? In order to add friends in Lost Ark, you must first be aware that friend lists in the new MMORPG are unique to each character. The only exception to this is the squad friends list.

In order to add someone to your squad friends list, you must first be "normal" friends with one of their characters.

This is atypical for newer MMORPGs and therefore takes some getting used to. This means that each of your characters has their own friends list. So also the characters of your friends.

So if you have one of your friends' characters in the list, you don't automatically have their others in your friend's list as well, unless you are friends in the roster. The same applies to guilds, by the way.

So if you create a new character, you'll have to start over from the beginning when it comes to guilds, friends, and partying. Even your own guild is not automatically available on your other characters. You have to invite yourself or make a request to join.

How do you add friends? You can easily add friends in Lost Ark via the UI in the friend's menu. To do this, click on Community in the menu at the bottom and select Friends there.

In the add tab, you now type in the character name that you want to add as a friend and send him a request. If he accepts, he will appear as a friend in your list in the future and you can see his online status and invite him to groups via the menu.

From there, once he accepts your request, you can send him a Squad Friends List request so you can see each other's all of your characters on the list online.

How do you play with friends? Just because you're playing Lost Ark on the same server doesn't mean you're automatically playing together. Each region and each city is divided into different channels.

You can see these channels at the top right of the screen. There is a different number of channels for each zone, which also varies based on the current number of players. 

If you enter a zone, you end up in a random channel. However, your group is not preferred, so you may not be able to see your fellow players at all.

Change channels - but how?

How to change channels? There are two ways to do this, both of which work similarly, but involve a certain trick.

  • Click on your channel in the top right, a drop-down menu will open and you can select any channel. If you click on it, you change the channel to the selected one.
  • This is done via a short loading screen and is only possible when you are not in combat. However, if the preferred channel is red, you can be shown that it is full and you cannot switch.
  • Also, you can only change channels every 30 seconds.

But what to do when your friend is on a channel that is full? There is a way to do this.

  • If you are not currently in combat, CTRL and right-click on your party member. You have to be in a group and your fellow player has to be on a different channel.
  • Now you can select "Join the other player's channel". Another short loading screen follows and you have arrived. With this option, you can even switch to actually full channels to gamble with your friends and defeat world bosses.

find friends

How to make friends in Lost Ark? The guild browser offers a good way of finding fellow players. Similar to the friend's menu, you can reach it via the community interface or via the shortcut Alt+U.

Every guild on your server that is not full is displayed here. You can then use this interface to make a guild request, which can then be answered by the leader or an officer of the selected guild.

Note that you only have your guild on one character. While this allows you to join a different guild with each character, it will take up some guild slots if you want each of your characters to be in the same guild.

How to create a guild? You can also do this via the interface by pressing Alt+U. If you have not yet joined a guild, the window will open and you will have the option to create a guild for 2,000 silver.

Then you can invite people as usual and you can also be found in the guild browser and send you joining requests. 

How do you do this? Are you already playing Lost Ark with friends or are you more of a solo player in the new MMORPG? Do you know any other tricks for playing with friends? Write it to us in the comments.