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Lost Ark Crashing At Startup Fix (PC)

Is Lost Ark crashing at launch? This is what you can do.

Lost Ark is a highly anticipated MMORPG that has been live in Korea since 2019 but has released in NA/EU in 2022. The game is extremely popular even at the launch of its early access but unfortunately, some are not able to experience it due to Lost Ark crashing on PC at launch. There are many reasons why this could be happening and today, we will look at what you can do to fix the crashes at startup.


How to Fix Lost Ark Crashing at Launch on PC?

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Here are a few things you should do if Lost Ark is crashing on your PC.


Check Compatibility

Check the System Requirements and the compatibility of the Windows OS version you are using. As per the official requirements, the game needs a Windows 10 64-bit system so if you have Windows 7, you will have to upgrade to 10 to be able to play this game.

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 / AMD Ryzen 3
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 460
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c or higher (2010 June)
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB+ available space
  • Additional Notes: Internet connection required to play, offers in-game purchases


Verify Steam Game Files Integrity

  • Launch the Steam client.
  • Search for Lost Ark in your library.
  • Right-click on it and click on Properties.
  • Click on Local files.
  • Click on Verify integrity of game files.
  • Wait until the verification process is completed.
  • Re-launch the game to see if the error persists.

Update GPU drivers


This is a general check that you need to make just in case there are compatibility issues. If there’s an update that’s required, make sure to download the drivers from the official site of the manufacturers. Uninstall and reinstall the drivers if required.

Allow Lost Ark through your Antivirus and Firewall

Make sure to allow the game in your Antivirus software or disable it and the firewall while you are playing the game.

Lower the Graphics Quality

Check if lowering the texture quality and resolution makes a difference and lets you play the game without the annoying crashes. Although it will reduce the visual experience, if it helps you enjoy smoother gameplay then it’s worth doing.

Restart the game / Restart your PC

Yep, this one is the classic fix that could potentially work and is worth a try when you come across a black screen or random crash while playing.

Close other apps running in the Background

If your PC is getting overheated or overloaded due to the number of programs and applications running in the background, then the game will lag and crash often. Make sure to close everything beforehand (especially the RAM hogging apps) and check if Lost Ark is still crashing on your PC.

In case you are also facing stuttering issues while playing Lost Ark, here are some things you can try.