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.

You also need a verified account to play.

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

Regular VPNs

Free VPNs

Game VPNs

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.

Exitlag

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

Ping:

Location Ping
Florida 204
France 240
Germany 230 -250
Hawaii 140
Italy 260
Netherlands 230-250
Norway 250-270
Philippines 78
Singapore 78
Sweden 250-265
United Kingdom 230
Virginia 200-220

Exitlag Setup Guide

PingBooster

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

Free Trial: Get a code for a 1-day and 3-day free trial after entering your mobile number.

Ping:

PingBooster Setup Guide

Mudfish

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.

Deals:

Free Trial: You get a small amount of credit for signing up for an account.

Ping:

Location Ping
Brazil 300
Canada 150-220
California 180-200
France 280-350
Germany 250
Hawaii 200
Italy 300
Scotland 250-280
South America 280-310

How to choose the best mudfish nodes

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

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.

If you’d like to read more about VPNs for general uses, I recommend reading the entries on thatoneprivacysite.net and privacytools.io.

ProtonVPN

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

Deals: Plus Plan $79.99/2 year for $3.33/month or $59.99/1 year for $4.99/month + 10% coupon for entering email @ Stacksocial

Free Trial: 7-days ProtonVPN Free Trial

Ping:

NordVPN

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

Deals: $107.55 for 3 years $2.99/month

Free Trial: 3-days NordVPN Free Trial

Ping:

Location Ping
New Jersey 180-218
Virginia 220

Free VPNs

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:

Soft Ether

This was used by some to patch the game during CBT3, but I don’t recommend it for actually playing.