Lost Ark Controller Guide – Shortcuts to Maximize Your MMO Experience

ByJose A. York

Feb 12, 2022

Traditionally, MMOs are best played with mouse and keyboard, but Lost Ark isn’t a traditional game, is it? Before I get carried away, know that you’ll probably have a better experience playing this isometric action RPG with classic inputs. However, Lost Ark is playable with a controller, if not totally enjoyable. I would even argue that combat feels better on a controller, despite the general discomfort of navigating menus, inventories, and action bars on a gamepad.

However you play Lost Ark, boredom will soon set in if you don’t learn its many keybindings and controllers. For the sake of convenience, I hope this Lost Ark controller guide lets you beat demons and bandits with a gamepad in hand.

Lost Ark officially supports Xbox controllers, so the shortcuts below reflect that.

The basics

The basics:

Movement – Left Stick

Interact / Progress Dialogue – L3

mouse cursor – Right Stick

Interaction / Picking up items / Mouse click – R3

Skip cutscene – Button B

World’s map – Back button

Expand minimap – RB + Back Button

Game menu – RB + start button

Character profile – LB + start button

Emotes – Right dpad

Inventory – Left dpad

Scores (Fast Travel, Buffs, etc.) High Dpad

Push to talk – Lower Dpad

combat skills

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Combat Skills:

Dodge Roll – A button

Basic attack – X button

Ultimate Skill 1 – Y button

Ultimate Skill 2 – Button B

Combat Skill 1 – Left Bumper + X

Combat Skill 2 – Left Bumper + Y

Combat Skill 3 – Left bumper + B

Combat Skill 4 – Left bumper + A

Combat Skill 5 – Left trigger + X

Combat Skill 6 – Left trigger + Y

Combat Skill 7 – Left trigger + B

Combat Skill 8 – Left trigger + A

Guild Skill 1 Left bumper + left Dpad

Guild Skill 2 Left bumper + Upper Dpad

Guild Skill 3 Left bumper + Right Dpad

Guild Skill 4 – Left Bumper + Lower Dpad

Guild Skill 5 Left trigger + left Dpad

Awakening skill Left bumper + Left trigger + X

control mate – Left trigger + R3

Navigation commands

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Navigation controls:

ship horn – X button

Quick navigation – A button

Mooring mode – Y button

auto sail – Button B

Mount Skills

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Mount Skills:

One of my favorite surprises about Lost Ark is the mount skills. Depending on the rarity of the mount, you may have several special visual effects to show when you mount it. For example, my legendary Three-Headed Cerberus (included in the Platinum Founder’s Pack) has three mount skills: Frontal Security, Unlocked, and Detect Souls.

speed acceleration – One button (double tap to double jump)

Mount Skill 1 – Left Bumper + X

Mount Skill 2 – Left Bumper + Y

Mount Skill 3 – Left bumper + B

To disassemble – Left bumper + A

Battle Items, Custom Slots, and Item Pages

Battle Items, Custom Slots, and Item Pages:

The two action bars on the right side house customizable battle items and item slots. The top item slot bar is empty by default; however, you can drag and drop healing potions, toys, food, emotes, sheet music, and mounts into each space. The lower action bar contains battle items such as damage shield potions, more health potions, flash grenades, and battle standards. Finally, there are a total of four predefined pages that you can switch between on the fly.

Item Preset 1 – Right bumper + right trigger + left Dpad

Item Preset 2 – Right bumper + right trigger + Dpad up

Preset Item 3 – Right bumper + right trigger + right Dpad

Preset Item 4 – Right Bumper + Right Trigger + Bottom Dpad

Custom slot 1 – Right bumper + X

Custom Slot 2 – Right + Y bumper

Custom Slot 3 – Right bumper + B

Custom Slot 4 – Left Bumper + Right Bumper + X

Custom Slot 5 – Left Bumper + Right Bumper + Y

Custom Slot 6 – Left Bumper + Right Bumper + B

Battle Item 1 – Right trigger + X

Battle Item 2 – Right trigger + Y

Battle Item 3 – Right trigger + B

Battle Item 4 – Right trigger + A

Quest Items

Quest specific items:

I’m not going to lie. I haven’t had a quest yet that requires me to use a specific item, but I found these hotkeys listed in the Lost Ark settings menu, so I’m listing them here for your convenience.

quest item 1 – Right bumper + left Dpad

quest item 2 – Right bumper + Up Dpad

quest item 3 – Right bumper + right Dpad

quest item 4 – Right bumper + lower Dpad

quest item 5 – Right trigger + left Dpad

quest item 6 – Right trigger + Dpad up

quest item 7 – Right trigger + right Dpad

quest item 8 – Right Trigger + Down Dpad


We hope this Lost Ark controller guide will be useful to you in the first hours of your adventure. If you’re looking for more content covering the new action-focused MMO, be sure to read our Lost Ark review impressions and watch our weekend streams for a chance to win some great Twitch drops.