What is Adaptation in Lost Ark – and what does it do, explained

Higher is better.

Adaptation in Lost Ark is an interesting thing, and it occurs once you get your Stronghold. But what exactly is Adaptation, and what does it do?

Adaptation is a percentage that can increase your chance of getting higher-tier rewards on missions sent from your Dispatch Station. The higher the Adaptation percentage, the more rewards you can make, and of course, lower means a lower chance of getting better rewards.

Adaptation for each mission defaults at 0 percent. Once you start selecting crew members, this will change—the percentage increases based on the mission information and what crew you choose to undertake the said mission.

How to increase Adaptation in Lost Ark?

To increase Adaptation, you need crew members with the same specialization as the mission. All specializations are based on elements, and when you use the crew with the same element as the mission, the Adaptation percentage will increase massively. If you use crew members with different elements, Adaptation will increase slightly.

For example, Thwarting the Rebels is a normal mission. In the Mission Information, it has an Ice symbol. This means that you need crew members who specialize in Ice. The more crew who have the Ice specialization, the higher the increase in Adaptation.

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Select the sailors who have the Ice Symbol next to their name from your crew. Or use Auto Formation as it automatically selects the best crew for the mission. On some missions, you'll get more specializations needed to reach the Adaptation cap, this differs with every mission, but higher is always better. When able, always select the best crew.

Your pets also count as crew members for missions, and each pet has its own element specialization, which will massively help with Adaptation increase.

How to increase Adaptation rewards in Lost Ark?

To get the best rewards from this mission, you need Adaption to be over 100 percent, or ideally the cap. Sure, you can send a boat out on missions at 47 percent say, but the overall rewards will be lax compared to 150 percent.

Acquire more crew and pets when you can, and have multiple specializations, not just one of each.

All missions you send out are in real-time hours, so ideally, you do not want to send out a mission for eight hours and get lackluster rewards when you get better ones. But saying that, in the early game of acquiring your Stronghold, your crew should be sent out all the time.

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