What is MapleStory?
MapleStory (MS for short) is a 2-dimensional, think of those classic arcade Mario games, Massively Multi-player Online RPG. The RPG stands for "Role-Playing Game". This is just a short way of saying that you'll take on the role of a character in the game, and you will decide how they develop.
MapleStory has over 50 million players world-wide and is growing. But hat's the secret of such a high popularity? First of all, this game is like no others and it is absolutely free of charge. Developed by the South Korean company Wizet, it has a unique artistic style, great character customization and heavy socialization aspects, such as guilds and hunting parties.
In this guide we'll cover MapleStory Global (includes North America and any country without a localized server), but some general information may be applicable to all servers.
Most of the people will start laugh right away at this outdated game when they hear that MapleStory is a 2-dimensional side-scrolling MMORPG. But in fact, comparing to â€œmuch betterâ€ popular games such as World of Warcraft, Age of Conan etc, MapleStory's 2-dimensions is a strength, not a weakness.
This is what makes MapleStory something special and different from all other games. And its exclusive and excellent graphics never appears flat. It's exceptional for a 2D game.
Since the game is free to play in all aspects, includeing access to all its in-game features and game areas, no restrictions for leveling or skills, the developers of MapleStory introduced the Cash Shop to generate revenue. This is a virtual shop where players can buy items using Nexon Cash. These items are mainly for some additional customization of your character or your character's pets (clothes, hair styles, accessories etc.). In order to do this you need to purchase Nexon Cash directly from the MapleStory website (http://maplestory.nexon.net/), or from several participating stores (Target, CVS, Duane Reade etc.) selling Nexon Cash Cards.
Real money (USD) can be exchanged for Nexon Cash with following exchange rate:
1$ = 1,000 NX Cash
You can buy cards with 5, 10, 25 or 50 dollar values. Nexon Cash has an in-game name: NX Cash or NX.
Classes and Jobs
All characters begin the game as beginners. Once players have trained their characters to the appropriate levels and have met the stat requirements, they may choose from four classes: warrior, thief, magician and bowman. But before you even start playing the game the first time, you need to decide which one you are going to follow. This is because in order to create a balanced character, you need to distribute stats of your character in a proper manner from the very beginning.
You will need to distribute ability points when you create a character. Ability points are points that you put on four certain stats:
- Dexterity (DEX) is mainly for bowmen and decides their accuracy. Other classes that need some dexterity are thieves and warriors. Magicians should always keep their dexterity at 4, as it's useless for that class.
- Luck (LUK) is the magician's ability and is only used for this job. How much intelligence you have determines how big an increase in MP you get at each level up, but this ability is only useful for magicians.
- Strength (STR) decides how much damage you can do with a basic attack. High strength is necessary for warriors, but also bowmen and strength bandits need some of it. The only job that should ignore strength completely are magicians. Strength increases HP when you level up.
- Intelligence (INT) is the magician's ability and is used only by this job. How much intelligence you have determines how big an increase in MP you get at each level up, and this ability is only useful for magicians.
Most characters will be required to raise two stats. Warriors will have to raise STR for damage, and DEX for accuracy. Bowmen require STR to hold their bows and DEX to raise damage. Magicians require a little bit of LUK to hold their wands and staffs(staves as fantasy spelling?) and INT for damage. Thieves generally require mostly LUK and some DEX, although one may choose to become a STR bandit to be able to equip STR daggers. STR bandits still need plenty of LUK. But generally, most Bandits stick with LUK. We will cover all these classes in this guide, and it is strongly recommended to make your choice from the start so you can draw ability points in proper manner. Via the dice rolling, you must try to obtain the lowest possible score for the â€œuselessâ€ stats of your future warrior, bowman, magician or thief.
- For warrior you will need LUK and INT = 4 or 5.
- For bowman you will need LUK and INT = 4 or 5.
- For magician you will need STR and DEX = 4 or 5.
For thief you will need STR and INT = 4 or 5; DEX and INT = 4 or 5 (for STR bandits). Technically speaking, classes are your the first job advancement. There are four job advancements for every class. Where is first job advancement your global choice, after which you will have to develop your character accordingly chosen class. The first and second job advancements are not reversible, you cannot go back and you have to level up in the chosen direction. The player is not given a choice for their third or fourth job. It has already been decided by what was chosen as the second job.
Thankfully, MapleStory has pretty well-balanced classes and jobs. The down side is that some have advantages over the others. Let's take a close look at these four different classes and their jobs advancement.
Read about the MapleStory classes: Bowman, Magician, Thief and Warrior.
Although almost everyone who plays Maplestory will decide to advance into a job at level 8 or 10, some might decide to not do so. These players are called Permanent Beginners (Perma Beginners, also known as supernoobs).
So the hardest part is deciding which class is fit for you, not for anyone else. It might be because of the massive damage, type of attacks, specific skills, looks, or just fun, but it must be fit for you to play it. Otherwise, you will get bored and it won't be fun for you at all.
We hope this guide will give you few good ideas for your character development and valuable information about different classes and jobs of Maplestory. Happy Mapling!