Lost Ark needs a Korean VPN to patch and play. You must be connected the entire way while patching and playing. If you disconnect from your VPN in the middle of gameplay, you will be kicked out of the game.
Below are options that have been tested by me and the community. I have included general information, pings for each VPN from different locations, and links to deals and free trials.
Game VPNs only affect the game and not your entire PC. This is the recommended option if you’re going to be streaming the game. It is also usually the cheapest option compared to regular VPNs and it works better for ping.
Best option! This is the best option for ping and stability. Exitlag supports Lost Ark officially and has its own KR download node for patching Lost Ark. Trying the free trial and my ping is the lowest with Exitlag and it is so stable! It also automatically sets up itself with the optimize feature and is way less clunky to use than the other VPNs.
Pricing: $6.50/30 days, $18.50/90 days, $35.00/180 days
Free Trial: 3 days free
Deals: Use coupon ‘LADB’ for 15% off
Pingbooster supports Lost Ark officially. The prices are average for a VPN, but because this is more game-focused you may have better results with this compared to a regular VPN. They also offer a 4-day free trial for confirming your mobile number.
Pricing: $3.99 1 monthly, $10.99 3 monthly, $19.99 6 monthly, $35.99 1 yearly
Deals: Buy 1 Get 1 Free
Pricing: $2.99 minimal deposit. 99¢/month for Unlimited Subscription or $1/10GB Pay Per Data
Reload Options: $2.99, $4.99, $9.99, $29.99, $49.99, $99.99
If you get charged tax, contact Mudfish support to get a refund on credits for tax.
Free Trial: You get a small amount of credit for signing up for an account.
Mudfish was only recommended during CBT3 because it was the only option available. Now that there are more convenient options, I cannot recommend it anymore due to:
1) People having to troubleshoot too often to get it to work
2) Nodes not working at all
It is still the cheapest option available if you’re on a tight budget.
Regular VPNs are full VPNs and affect your entire PC. These are much easier to work with for updating and downloading Lost Ark. These also have general uses outside of gaming such as accessing blocked services in your country or increasing privacy while torrenting.
Their basic plan for $5/month only offers one Korean server. The plus plan is $10/month but offers all Korea servers and faster speeds. However, some will have better luck with this if the other VPNs don’t work. The free trial offers 7-days and requires no credit card to use.
Pricing: Basic plan $4/monthly, Plus Plan $10/monthly, Visionary $30/monthly
Free Trial: 7-days ProtonVPN Free Trial
A very fast and stable VPN for updating and installing the game. I was ready with the full client pre-downloaded and had no issues with the free trial. The 3-day free trial required no credit card to use.
Pricing: $11.95/month for monthly plan, $6.99/month for 1 year, $9.00/month for 6 months
Free Trial: 3-days NordVPN Free Trial
Free VPNs will give you terrible ping and are sketchy because they steal your data. Patching will be slow and your connection may cut off randomly. It is worth paying for a VPN to play the game. At the very least it will only cost an extra $3 on top of the $13 you pay for an account.
Take advantage of the free trials if you need to. I have linked free trials for all of the VPNs listed here.
But otherwise, here are the options:
This was used by some to patch the game during CBT3, but I don’t recommend it for actually playing.