Lost Ark: Is the New Anti-Bot System the Answer to the Huge Botting Problem?

Wrath of the Covetous Legion Update
Wrath of the Covetous Legion Update Amazon Game Studios

The Wrath of the Covetous Legion Update for Lost Ark brings a lot of new content, including new raids, dungeons, and cosmetics. The patch also delivers quality-of-life changes, including a new system to prevent bots from ruining the game.

Lost Ark, developed by Smilegate RPG and published by Amazon Game Studios (AGS), has a global audience. Ever since its release, the game has been suffering from a huge botting problem that still persists today.

AGS made efforts to fight the issue, like blocking VPN users, banning accounts suspected of using botting programs, and introducing harder content that may keep botters at bay. But all of these things only mitigate the problem somewhat. In other words, these measures were not enough to completely stop bots from ruining the game.

With the newly released Wrath of the Covetous Legion Update, AGS tries a new thing that may hurt botters - the CAPTCHA system. So, this is how it works: when entering a new zone, the game may sometimes ask players to submit a text CAPTCHA response which must be answered within several minutes. Failure to comply will likely result in some kind of punishment.

If that’s not enough, the latest patch has added prevention mechanisms to limit gold-seller activity. Simply put, new store purchases will now have a three-day waiting period before they can be traded or transferred out of the buyer’s account. This encompasses mailing, trading, gifting, or selling on the auction house.

The Wrath of the Covetous Legion Update has plenty of other QoL changes, such as:

  • Added Stronghold Research that improves alternate characters’ honing rates on their journey to Item Level 1,415. This can be researched at Item Level 1,460.
  • Refreshed the daily log-in reward track.
  • Added new settings to change the Damage font size.
  • Chest contents can now be sorted in alphabetical order.
  • Updated some localization text and in-game terminology. For example, Tier 3 honing stones have changed from Guardian Stone Crystals to Crystallized Guardian Stones.

So, what do you think? Are the new measures to deter players from using bots in the game?

Lost Ark is available on PC.

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