Lost Ark: All Founder’s Packs explained – what exactly does that bring me?

After a long wait, Lost Ark will finally be released on February 11, 2022 with us. Amazon Games is bringing the mix of MMO and action role-playing games from developer Smilegate to the West, after Lost Ark had already had a very successful start in Korea, Japan and Russia.

Update: The article originally appeared a few months ago. On the occasion of the upcoming release of Lost Ark, we have fundamentally revised it and added the latest information.

Lost Ark is a classic Free2Play game, i.e. you can simply download and play it when it is released. Alternatively, however, there is also the option of what is known in advance Founder’s Packs to pre-order. In our overview we present the individual packages and tell you what advantages they bring.

Free2play and thus also Pay2Win? Not guaranteed. In our plus story you can find out how Amazon would like to adapt the in-game shop to a large extent so as not to offend players:

How Lost Ark is changing its shop to attract Diablo players


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How Amazon is changing the shop in the west

These Founder’s Packs are available

In total, Amazon offers four different Founder’s Packs (pioneer packages), which cover a price range from 15 to 100 euros. Similar to other games with founder packages, the following applies: the more expensive the package, the more advantages.

Bronze Founder’s Pack

With 14,99 Euro The Bronze Founder’s Pack is the cheapest of the four packages and offers the following advantages:

  • Three days early access (February 8, 2022)
  • exclusive pet
  • 30 days of crystal aura
  • Title of the pioneers

Basically, the package is especially interesting if you want to start a few days before the official release. Titles and pets are nice bonuses, but you can get some of them for free in-game too. the Crystalline may be the biggest incentive, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

Silber Founder’s Pack

With 24,99 Euros, the Founder’s Pack Silver is a bit more expensive. Here you get these advantages:

  • Three days early access (February 8, 2022)
  • exclusive pet
  • 30 days of crystal aura
  • Title of the pioneers
  • 1,000 Royal Crystals
  • Silver storage box

The Royal Crystals are Lost Ark’s real money currency. With this you can purchase cosmetic items, companions and other things in the in-game shop.

In the Silver storage box In the meantime, it is not about additional storage space, but you get the following in-game bonuses:

  • 30 resurrection feathers (resurrect if you die)
  • 10,000 pieces of silver (standard game currency)
  • Equipment box for adventurers (contains various items, such as flame grenades or sleep bombs)
  • Collector’s tool box (free crafting tools, which you can also purchase for in-game currency)
  • Adventurer Advancement Chests for level 20, level 30, level 40 and level 50 (contain silver and healing potions)

Gold Founder’s Pack

There’s a big leap in price with the Gold Founder’s Pack: the package costs 49,99 Euro and offers you these advantages:

  • Three days early access (February 8, 2022)
  • exclusive pet
  • 30 days of crystal aura
  • Title of the pioneers
  • 4,000 Royal Crystals
  • Gold supply box
  • exclusive avatar of the pioneers
  • Character expansion slot

With the gold package, you get more of the real money currency, while the gold supply box contains the same as its silver counterpart. The avatar, in turn, is a skin for a class of your choice – you have to choose wisely.

Not to be neglected is the expansion space for characters. You can buy them separately in the game, but one is included in the gold package. Without it, you have six places free at the beginning.

Platin Founder’s Pack

The most expensive of the four Founder’s Packs is platinum and costs a whopping 99,99 Euro. In return you get the following advantages:

  • Three days early access (February 8, 2022)
  • exclusive pet
  • 30 days of crystal aura
  • Title of the pioneers
  • 7,000 Royal Crystals
  • Platinum supply box
  • exclusive avatar of the pioneers
  • also avatar of the pioneers – exclusively in the platinum package
  • exclusive mount of the pioneers
  • Platinum welcome chest
  • Character expansion slot

The platinum package has a little more of everything: The platinum supply box offers more than the silver and gold versions, there are more royal crystals and in addition to the pet you also get an exclusive mount and another avatar.

The welcome chest, on the other hand, offers an exclusive login screen, an exclusive building for your island fortress, a box with legendary relationship gifts and a limited pack of cards.

What is the crystal aura?

What all packages share is the crystal aura, which is valid for 30 days. This is a buff that you can purchase yourself later in the in-game shop and that gives you some advantages to progress a little faster in some cases. More precisely, the aura grants you the following bonuses:

  • Triport fee waiver (free teleport)
  • 50% discount on the steamer (ship to travel across the seas)
  • Daily NPC affinity interaction +1
  • Restoration of life energy + 10% (required for skills such as hunting or cutting wood)
  • Bifrost: place +2 (allows you to return to places you have already visited)
  • Song of Return: Cooldown -50% (shorter cooldown to go straight back to home)
  • Fortress research: -10% (research time reduced)
  • Fortress crafting: -10% (crafting time reduced)
  • Fortress expedition: -10% (expedition time reduced)
  • Fortress action energy: regeneration speed + 10% (increased energy regeneration for fortress projects)
  • Ultimate anti-stress in the fortress (special scarecrow to increase leveling speed)
  • Crystal Benefactor Title (additional title)

Buyers of the Platinum Founders Pack can look forward to one of these skins.
Buyers of the Platinum Founder’s Pack can look forward to one of these skins.

In summary, the crystal aura offers you advantages to advance a little faster in the world and you rise faster in the level. However, we cannot yet estimate how much the individual advantages actually affect the feel of the game.

Is that Pay2Win?

The question of all questions to which we cannot yet give a detailed answer based on the EU version. The individual packs certainly offer playful advantages, but their impact cannot yet be definitively assessed.

However, we already took a look at the Russian version of Lost Ark and had a chat with a longtime gamer about the subject. You can find all information here:

How much Pay2Win is really in the MMO?


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How much Pay2Win is really in the MMO?

The developers of the EU version told us in the interview that you should get all content by playing the game. However, paying players can expect slightly faster progress. How much do these advantages work in arena PVP, for example, and whether we are ultimately in the European version of Pay2Win or Pay2Progress have to speak, will be shown in the test at the latest.

In any case, our Maurice does not have high hopes for people who do not want to spend money:

Amazon finally brings Lost Ark to us - but Maurice fears a Pay2Win disaster


Amazon finally brings Lost Ark to us – but Maurice fears a Pay2Win disaster

By the way, there is even more information about Lost Ark, the individual classes and the release in our detailed information hub. There you can also find out what the endgame of the upcoming MMO will look like.