I decided to do a bit of digging to see what the botting landscape looks like in Lost Ark NA / EU currently, and found a Discord server for an infinite chaos pixel bot run by English-speaking sellers (and not people reselling Chinese bots). I wanted to share a few screenshots from it that I found interesting, and for the most part just downright disheartening for players trying to keep up and play Lost Ark legitimately.
Efforts have been made to not share the name of the bot and hide Discord user information, and I will not be sharing this information in comment responses either. My goal is not to advertise whatsoever.
It’s my hope that by sharing this that I can spread a little awareness about how bad the situation is currently, and the fact that it’s not solely players from other countries botting on our servers for the purpose of RMT, but that previously legitimate players are now engaging in botting as well to get ahead.
Servers Stats - This server has been around since April and has managed to rack up 2670 members, with about 1000 currently botting.
Bot cost - 50 euros for a lifetime license. As someone with experience in the shadier realm for other games, this is incredibly cheap and basically an ignorable startup cost for most. You could probably recoup the cost in a week of botting.
Works on all classes - This bot seems to have some level of functionality for all classes in the game, not just the hordes of Sorc / Berserkers that you tend to see running around. This has helped people start botting on their main accounts / characters as well.
Bot Ban Status - After searching through it seems like one person has received a 3 day ban for botting culminating from user reports in matchmade chaos dungeons. I wasn’t able to find anyone else claiming they had been banned. This is probably the most disheartening part of this post.
Botting Discussion - Some botters talking about how long they bot per day and detection chances. Many of the members claim they just bot 24 hours a day due to having no fear of being banned any time soon.
Botting Progress - One member remarking that their main account has 9 t3 alts and has been botting for hundreds of hours undetected. Doing this legitimately would be an extreme (boring) time sink for other players.
Bonus: Even Botters Have Standards - Maybe I’ll dive in to the Market Scam Discord for another post, but that’s another can of worms I’d rather leave unopened for now.
All in all, I think this paints an extremely bleak landscape for Lost Ark NA / EU, and its only going to get worse as more people flood in to these communities and new / better bots are created. None of the players in here seem to express any fear of being banned or punished by Amazon / Smilegate, and feel empowered to bot with impunity, even on their main accounts.
Outside of this Discord, I’ve also seen an uptick in new accounts and groups beginning to post on RMT sites. Whether these are new startup operations also stemming from China / Russia / other countries I can’t say, but I wouldn’t be surprised if NA / EU players begin deciding to make a little extra cash with their ill-begotten honing materials.
I really hope Smilegate and Amazon start trying to solve this problem in earnest, because what they’ve been doing has not been working in the slightest, despite claiming millions of account bans. I personally feel incredibly disheartened to keep putting so much effort in to my alts when I could just be farming 24 hours a day without issue.