Lost Ark Russia

How to play Lost Ark in Russia before release

Now that the Closed Beta is over, you may want to keep playing Lost Ark. The only way is to play in another region (Korea, Japan, or Russia). The most recommended one is Russia since it won’t give you much trouble to get playing and is probably the geographically closest to your location.

The only downside to playing in Russia is that you’ll need a VPN, non-Russian IPs are blocked from playing the game.

From my personal experience, I’ve used Surfshark VPN, with a latency of around 78ms from Western Europe. A very nice advantage of Surfshark is that you can use as many devices as you want at the same time, this means that you could pay for a few months with some friends and save some bucks.

IMPORTANT NOTE Lost Ark Russia progress WON’T carry over to the western release.

Downloading the game

Lost Ark Russia is managed by Mail.RU, you’ll need to download their launcher MY.GAMES to install the game. I heavily recommended google translating the page for better understanding.

Installing the game

Once you’ve downloaded and installed MY.GAMES you’ll be asked to create a Mail.ru account. Luckily, you can also use a Google Account to log in. I strongly suggest this option, it’s much easier.

Your Lost Ark download should start automatically. If it doesn’t start try enabling your VPN and searching for it on MY.GAMES Catalog. The launcher is also available in English, I recommend turning off the VPN while downloading the game as it’s not necessary on this step and it will increase your download speed.

Applying the English Patch

Lost Ark RU is officially only available in Russian, you will need a community-made English Patch to translate it.

Unzip it and open LaoTranslation.exe

To apply the English Patch you need to follow these steps:

  1. Enter your game folder path.
  2. Select Russia Region on the top right.
  3. Click “English” to apply the english patch.
  4. Click “Minimize” to minimize the tool.

IMPORTANT You’ll need to repeat these steps every time you open the game.

Enabling the VPN

Before launching the game you need to enable your VPN and set the location to Russia.

Launching the game

Once you’ve applied the English Patch and enabled the VPN you can finally launch the game. On MY.GAMES select Lost Ark and click Play. The game takes a long time to open, so don’t worry if you can’t see it immediately.

When the game has launched you’ll be prompted with the server selection. Choose the server that starts with an A, that’s where all the non-Russian community is.

How to launch the game from now on

To launch the game from now on follow the next steps:

  1. Open MY.GAMES launcher.
  2. Turn on the VPN.
  3. Apply the english patch.
  4. Launch the game.

That’s it! Now you’re ready to play Lost Ark!

Common Issues

“I can’t launch the game because it says that my region isn’t supported”

That’s an issue with your VPN, try again restarting the game, the launcher, and the VPN following the steps above.

“There are no servers on the server list”

Close the game, reconnect your VPN and launch it again.

Comment section


  1. My LaoTranslation.exe failed to start because no Qt platform plugin could be initialized. Any known fix for this error?

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