MapleStory Archer Skill Build Guide V1

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MapleStory Bowman is an Explorer Archer which has 2 subclasses (Hunter and Crossbowman) Hunter uses Bow while Crossbowman uses Crossbow. Take note that 2nd 3rd and 4th job skills requires specific weapon (Bow or Crossbow – depending on the path you have chosen in 2nd Job) to activate the skill. Archer class has the highest amount of accuracy, easily hitting enemies successfully even if monsters are above their levels.

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Archer 1st Job Skills

Common Skills

Archer Mastery (Passive)
LV1: +15 Accuracy, +15 Avoid, +8 Range, +2 Speed, 146 Max Speed.
LV15: +225 Accuracy, +225 Avoid, +120 Range, +30 Speed, 160 Max Speed.

Critical Shot (Passive)
Permanently increase Critical Hit Rate.
LV1: +2% Critical Hit Rate.
LV20: +40% Critical Hit Rate.

Arrow Blow (Active)
Attack 3 enemies 1 time.
LV1: 10 MP, 204% Damage.
LV15: 15 MP, 260% Damage.

Double Shot (Active)
Attack 1 enemy 2 times.
LV1: 8 MP, 113% Damage.
LV15: 14 MP, 155% Damage.

Bowman Skill Build: Everything maxed except Double Shot.
1. Add 1 SP into Double Shot.
2. Max Archer Mastery, Arrow Blow and Critical Shot.
3. Dump remaining SP into Double Shot.

Archer 2nd Job Skills

Common Skills

Bow/Crossbow Mastery (Passive)
Permanently increase the weapon mastery and accuracy.
LV1: 14% Mastery, +12 Accuracy.
LV10: 50% Mastery, +120 Accuracy.

Physical Training (Passive)
Permanently increase STR (Strength) and DEX (Dexterity).
LV1: +6 STR, +6 DEX.
LV5: +30 STR, +30 DEX.

Bow/Crossbow Booster (Supportive)
[REQUIRE] LV5 Bow/Crossbow Mastery.
Temporarily reduces attack and skill delay.
LV1: 29 MP, Lasts 20 sec.
LV10: 11 MP, Lasts 200 sec.

Final Attack (Passive)
Grants a chance to deal additional damage after an attack.
LV1: 2% to deal additional attack with 100% Damage.
LV20: 40% to deal additional attack with 150% Damage.

Double Jump (Active)
Allows you to leap forward. Higher skill level improves leap distance.
LV1: 26 MP.
LV5: 10 MP.

Soul Arrow (Supportive)
[REQUIRE] LV5 Bow/Crossbow Booster.
LV1: 15 MP, Lasts 30 sec.
LV10: 20 MP, Lasts 300 sec.

Hunter Skills

Arrow Bomb (Active)
Attack 6 enemy 1 time with an explosion with a chance to stun.
LV1: 14 MP, 285% Damage, 22% Stun for 2 sec.
LV20: 24 MP, 380% Damage, 60% Stun for 6 sec.

Silver Hawk (Supportive)
Summons a silver hawk to temporarily attack 1 enemy nearby you with a chance to stun.
LV1: 20 MP, 158% Damage, 34% Stun. Summon lasts 96 sec.
LV20: 38 MP, 270% Damage, 90% Stun. Summon lasts 180 sec.

Hunter Skill Build: Everything maxed except Silver Hawk.
1. Add 1 SP into Arrow Bomb.
2. Max Bow Mastery, Double Jump and Physical Training.
3. Add 6 SP int Bow Booster and 4 SP into Soul Arrow.
4. Max Arrow Bomb, Bow Booster, Soul Arrow and Final Attack.
5. Dump remaining SP into Silver Hawk.

Explanation:
Arrow Bomb will be your primary attacking skill as a 2nd Job HUnter. Use it on either flat or bumpy platforms with abundant of enemies. You do not need to max Silver Hawk as it will be replaced with Phoenix which can flame enemies, dealing damage over time. Make sure you have at least LV10 Silver Hawk to unlock Phoenix.

Crossbowman Skills

Iron Arrow (Active)
Attack 6 enemies 1 time with an arrow that penetrates through them.
LV1: 20 MP, 285% Damage.
LV20: 26 MP, 380% Damage.

Golden Eagle (Supportive)
Summons a golden eagle to temporarily attack 1 enemy nearby you with a chance to stun.
LV1: 20 MP, 158% Damage, 34% Stun. Summon lasts 96 sec.
LV20: 38 MP, 270% Damage, 90% Stun. Summon lasts 180 sec.

Crossbowman Skill Build: Everything maxed except Golden Eagle.
1. Add 1 SP into Iron Arrow.
2. Max Crossbow Mastery, Double Jump and Physical Training.
3. Add 6 SP int Bow Booster and 4 SP into Soul Arrow.
4. Max Iron Arrow, Crossbow Booster, Soul Arrow and Final Attack.
5. Dump remaining SP into Golden Eagle.

Explanation:
Iron Arrow will be your primary attacking skill as a 2nd Job Crossbowman. Use it on flat platforms with abundant of enemies. You do not need to max Golden Eagle as it will be replaced with Frostprey which can freeze enemies. Make sure you have at least LV10 Golden Eagle to unlock Frostprey.

Archer 3rd Job Skills

Common Skills

Mortal Blow (Passive)
Has a chance to finish off an enemy with a single blow, and recover HP & MP. This chance only takes effect after you have deal damage to an enemy. Therefore, this skill is not useful against them who can be defeated in 1 or 2 hits.
LV1: 3% Instant Death if enemy HP below 3%. +1% HP MP upon instant kill.
LV10: 15% Instant Death if enemy HP below 30%. +5% HP MP upon instant kill.

Evasion Boost (Passive)
Grants you a chance to dodge enemy attacks. When you succeed, attacks made by you in the following 1 second will result in Critical Hits.
LV1: +12% Dodge.
LV10: +30% Dodge.

Concentrate (Supportive)
Temporarily increases Weapon Attack and decreases the MP consumed when using skills. Stacks with other buffs.
LV1: 12 MP, +11 Weapon Attack and -6% MP Cost for 66 sec.
LV20: 50 MP, +30 Weapon Attack and -25% MP Cost for 180 sec.

Puppet (Supportive)
Summons a Puppet (doppelganger) for a given duration. When the Puppet is summoned, monsters will attack the Puppet instead of you.
LV1: 32 MP, Puppet HP 1900, Summon lasts 24 sec.
LV10: 50 MP, Puppet HP 10000, Summon lasts 60 sec.

Strafe (Active)
Attack 1 enemy 4 times.
LV1: 23 MP, 134% Damage.
LV20: 32 MP, 210% Damage.

Ranger Skills

Roasting Shot (Active)
Attack 6 enemies 1 time with flame. Affected monsters receives Damage Over Time (DoT).
LV1: 20 MP, 387% Damage, DoT 62% every sec for 3 sec.
LV20: 30 MP, 520% Damage, DoT 100% every sec for 6 sec.

Arrow Rain (Active)
[REQUIRE] LV5 Mortal Blow
Attack multiple enemies 3 times with a chance to stun them.
LV1: 24 MP, Attack 5 enemies with 113% Damage. 3% Stun for 1 sec.
LV20: 36 MP, Attack 10 enemies with 170% Damage. 60% Stun for 4 sec.

Phoenix (Supportive)
[REQUIRE] LV10 Silver Hawk.
Summon a fire bird that attacks 4 enemies 1 time nearby you and has a chance to stun them.
LV1: 43 MP, Summon lasts 76 sec. 228% Damage. 41% Stun for 2 sec.
LV10: 70 MP, Summon lasts 220 sec. 390% Damage. 95% Stun for 2 sec.

Drain Arrow (Active)
Attack 1 enemy 1 time and some of the damage dished out to the enemy is used to replenish your HP. You cannot absorb more than half of your Max HP or more than the enemy’s Max HP.
LV1: 20 MP, 274% Damage. 14% damage dealt replenish HP.
LV20: 32 MP, 400% Damage. 50% damage dealt replenish HP.

Ranger Skill Build Everything maxed except Strafe.
1. Add 1 SP into Strafe, Roasting Shot and Concentrate.
2. Add 5 SP into Mortal Blow.
3. Max Arrow Rain, Concentrate and Roasting Shot.
4. Max Mortal Blow, Phoenix, Drain Arrow, Puppet and Evasion Boost.
5. Dump remaining SP into Strafe.

Sniper Skills

Snapfreeze Shot (Active)
Attack 6 enemies 1 time and temporarily freeze them.
LV1: 20 MP, 407% Damage. Freeze 1 sec.
LV20: 30 MP, 540% Damage. Freeze 3 sec.

Arrow Eruption (Active)
[REQUIRE] LV5 Mortal Blow
Attack multiple enemies 3 times with a chance to seal them.
LV1: 24 MP, Attack 5 enemies with 113% Damage. 3% Seal for 1 sec.
LV20: 36 MP, Attack 10 enemies with 170% Damage. 60% Seal for 4 sec.

Frostprey (Supportive)
[REQUIRE] LV10 Golden Eagle.
Summon an ice bird that attacks 4 enemies 1 time nearby you and freezes them.
LV1: 43 MP, Summon lasts 76 sec. 228% Damage. Freeze 1 sec.
LV10: 70 MP, Summon lasts 220 sec. 390% Damage. Freeze 3 sec.

Dragon’s Breath (Active)
Requires Skill Book: Dragon’s Breath
Attack multiple enemies 4 times and also knockback them away from you.
LV1: 20 MP, Attack 4 enemies with 104% Damage.
LV10: 28 MP, Attack 6 enemies with 140% Damage.

Sniper Skill Build: Everything maxed except Snap Freeze Shot.
1. Add 1 SP into Dragon’s Breath, Snapfreeze Shot, Concentrate, Evasion Boost.
2. Add 5 SP into Mortal Blow.
3. Max Arrow Eruption, Concentrate, Frostprey, Dragon’s Breath.
4. Max Evasion Boost, Strafe, Puppet, Mortal Blow.
5. Dump remaining SP into Snap Freeze Shot.

Archer 4th Job Skills

Common Skills

Marksmanship (Passive)
Permanently increases accuracy and ignoring a portion of enemy defense.
LV1: Ignores 7% Enemy Defense, +1% Accuracy.
LV10: Ignores 25% Enemy Defense, +10% Accuracy.

Bow Expert / Marksman Boost (Passive)
Permanently increases weapon mastery, weapon attack and minimum critical damage.
LV1: 56% Mastery, +1 Weapon Attack, +1% Minimum Critical Damage.
LV30: 70% Mastery, +30 Weapon Attack, +15% Minimum Critical Damage.

Maple Warrior (Supportive)
Temporarily increases all stats for party members.
LV1: 10 MP, +1% Stats, 30 sec
LV30: 70 MP, +15% Stats, 900 sec

Hero’s Will (Active)
Remove some abnormal effects.
LV1: 30 MP, Cooldown 600 sec
LV5: 30 MP, Cooldown 360 sec

Spirit Link (Passive)
Enhances your stats by linking your summon spirit with yours.
LV1: +1% Damage, +11% Max HP, +1% Defense, +1% Resistance to All Elements.
LV30: +15% Damage, +40% Max HP, +30% Defense, +15% Resistance to All Elements.

Elite Puppet (Supportive)
[REQUIRE] Max Puppet
Summons an improved version of Puppet who can attack enemies and absorbs some damage you have taken from enemy.
LV1: 50 MP, Summon lasts 60 sec. HP 11800, 210% Damage. 6% Damage Absorb.
LV15: 70 MP, Summon lasts 60 sec. HP 30000, 350% Damage. 20% Damage Absorb.

Sharp Eyes (Supportive)
Temporarily raises Critical Rate and Critical Max Damage.
LV1: 30 MP, +6% Critical Rate, +1% Critical Max Damage.
LV30: 45 MP, +20% Critical Rate, +30% Critical Max Damage.

Illusion Step (Supportive)
[REQUIRE] LV5 Concentrate.
LV1: 20 MP, Lasts 66 sec. +11 DEX, +1% Dodge Rate.
LV30: 35 MP, Lasts 240 sec. +40 DEX, +30% Dodge Rate.

Bow Master Skills

Advanced Final Attack (Passive)
[REQUIRE] Max Final Attack
Permanently increases Weapon Attack and Accuracy. Its the successor of Final Attack with improved activation rate to deal an extra attack for each arrow shot.
LV1: +6 Weapon Attack, +1% Accuracy, 41% chance to deal 162% damage.
LV30: +20 Weapon Attack, +10% Accuracy, 70% chance to deal 162% damage.

Broiler Shot (Active)
[REQUIRE] Max Roasting Shot.
Attack 6 enemies 4 times with flame. Affected monsters receives Damage Over Time (DoT) every second for a period of time. The successor of Roasting Shot with damage and DoT enhanced.
LV1: 35 MP, 175% Damage. DoT 104% for 7 sec.
LV10: 55 MP, 220% Damage. DoT 140% for 12 sec.

Hurricane (Active)
Attack 1 enemy with arrows launched at a tremendous speed, like a catastrophic rainstorm. Pressing the skill key will fire arrows continuously. Fires 8 arrows per second without including Final Attack.
LV1: 7 MP, 173% Damage.
LV30: 9 MP, 260% Damage.

Bow Master Skill Build: Everything maxed.
1. Add 1 SP into Advanced Final Attack, Hurricane, Broiler Shot.
2. Add 1 SP into Elite Puppet, Spirit Link and Illusion Step.
3. Max Bow Expert, Broiler Shot and Marksmanship.
4. Max Advance Final Attack, Spirit Link and Sharp Eyes.
5. Max Hurricane, Elite Puppet, Maple Warrior, Illusion Step and Hero’s Will.

Marksman Skills

Ultimate Strafe (Active)
[REQUIRE] Max Strafe.
Attack 1 enemy 8 times while ignoring a portion of enemy defense.
LV1: 34 MP, 160% Damage. Ignores 2% Defense.
LV10: 36 MP, 205% Damage. Ignores 20% Defense.

Snipe (Active)
Attacks 1 enemy 1 time for regular and 6 times for boss with massive critical damage
LV1: 340 MP, 430% Damage. Ignores 11% Defense. Cooldown 20 sec.
LV30: 50 MP, 720% Damage. Ignores 40% Defense. Cooldown 5 sec.

Piercing (Active)
Attack multiple enemies 6 times with an arrow that pierces through enemy where each pierce increases its damage.
LV1: 24 MP, 202% Damage. Penetrates 4 enemies.
LV30: 42 MP, 260% Damage. Penetrates 8 enemies.

Marksman Skill Build: Everything maxed.
1. Add 1 SP into Ultimate Strafe, Snipe and Piercing.
2. Add 1 SP into Elite Puppet, Spirit Link and Illusion Step.
3. Max Crossbow Boost, Ultimate Strafe and Marksmanship.
4. Max Piercing, Spirit Link and Sharp Eyes.
5. Max Snipe, Elite Puppet, Maple Warrior, Illusion Step and Hero’s Will.

Archer Hyper Skills

Common Hyper Skills

Epic Adventure (Level 200)
Temporarily increase damage by 20% the ability to pass the damage cap by 50,000 for 60 seconds. Cooldown 120 seconds.

Bow Master Hyper Skills

Phoenix – Reinforce (Level 143) +20% Phoenix’s damage.
Phoenix – Persist (Level 162) +20 sec Phoenix’s duration.
Phoenix – Bonus Attack (Level 183) +1 Phoenix’s hit per enemy.
Broiler Shot – Reinforce (Level 149) +20% Broiler Shot’s damage.
Broiler Shot – DoT Persist (Level 168) +5 sec Broiler Shot’s DoT duration.
Broiler Shot – DoT Reinforce (Level 189) +20% Broiler Shot’s DoT damage.
Hurricane – Split Damage (Level 155) Hurricane’s damage is halved but +1 hit per enemy.
Hurricane – Add Range (Level 177) +50 Hurricane’s range.
Hurricane – Moveable Shot: Enables movement while using Hurricane.

Preparation (Level 150)
Temporarily increase weapon attack by 50, 100% stance, and 20% boss damage for 30 seconds. Cooldown 90 seconds.

Wind of Frey (Level 170)
Attack 8 enemies 8 times dealing 500% damage with 200% damage over time every second for 10 seconds. Cooldown 15 seconds. Maximum damage for this skill is 3,000,000.

Marksman Hyper Skills

Frostprey – Reinforce (Level 143) +20% Frostprey’s damage.
Frostprey – Persist (Level 162) Frostprey’s duration +20 seconds.
Frostprey – Bonus Attack (Level 183) Freezer’s +1 hit per enemy.
Piercing – Reinforce (Level 149) +20% Piercing’s damage.
Piercing – Extra Target (Level 168) Piercing’s attacks +2 enemy.
Piercing – Bonus Attack (Level 189) Piercing’s +1 hit per enemy.
Snipe – Reinforce (Level 155) +20% Snipe’s damage.
Snipe – Bonus Attack (Level 177) Snipe’s +1 hit per enemy.
Snipe – Cooldown Reduce (Level 195) Snipe’s cooldown removed.

Bullseye (Level 150)
Temporarily increase Critical Rate +20%, maximum Critical Damage +20% and ignores +20% enemy defense for 30 seconds. Cooldown 90 seconds.

Long Range Trueshot (Level 170)
Attack 12 enemies within a certain distance with 4000% damage. Cooldown of 30 seconds. Maximum damage for this skill is 99,999,999.

Archer Changelog

2014-04-06: Restructuring hyperlinks in guide to ease navigation.

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37 thoughts on “MapleStory Archer Skill Build Guide V1

  1. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Guy 1, sorry for the late reply! I have set both archers to have the same common skill : Marksmanship. Thanks for the correction.

  2. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Fish, they should have the same speed 8 arrows per second since they are the same mechanics but decorated in colorful skill animation.

  3. Guy 1

    You listed Marksmanship as a skill only marksman has. And IIRC, Bow Masters have that skill too.

  4. Fish

    Thank you Ayumilove!.. Btw may i ask a question regarding the speed of bowmaster’s hurricane , wildhunter’s wild arrow blast , mechanic’s siege mode and wind hunter’s sky song.. which of the skills are of faster speed then the other?

  5. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Fish, Hurricane skill triggers Final Attack for Bow Master.

  6. Fish

    Hi Ayumilove… a question here.. do final attack proc when using the hurricane skill from bowmaster?

  7. jake

    what hyper skills should we get for bowmaster because they all seem to be good but whats the best possible comination

  8. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Lavi, I think all bowman can jump and shoot like Mercedes. I’m able with my Wild Hunter, so probably that would apply. If you have a Marksman, you could try it out :)

  9. lavi

    marksman can jump shot on his 4job? like mercedes shot wile she jump?

  10. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi (GMS)gamer, all bowman except Mercedes has Soul Arrow.

  11. (GMS)gamer

    Hi Ayumilove does hunter have a skill that uses like soul arrows like wild hunter?

  12. AgentSuPa

    @ShyGuy:
    Arrow Eruption hits 10 mobs similar to Arrow Rain, so you max it instead of snapfreeze =)

  13. Ayumilove Post author

    You’re welcome Michael Casanova-Morales :)

  14. ShYGuY154

    I don’t own a marksman so I’ll hypothesize.
    I think it’s not maxed because Arrow Eruption has better mobbing capabilities (I guess?) and Snapshot Freeze can be replaced with Pierce (4th job).

  15. MG

    May I ask for Sniper, why never max Snapshot Freeze?
    Is Arrow Eruption better than Snapshot Freeze?

  16. Eyoviel

    Currently in MSEA because of episode 2 of maplestory release. All skills and points have been reset. My UA Bm is currently level 193 with 30sp extra and I’ve max every single skills there is, every job advancement for BM.

  17. edeathd

    just gonna ask this..how much SP does a ua bowman get all in all…considering he hove than all +3SP point quest for being a UA :3

  18. Michael Casanova-Morales

    thank you thx to u i finally got awesome damage and builds

  19. Ayumilove Post author

    Thanks stylofaux! I have updated Hurricane and Broiler Shot stats :)

  20. stylofaux

    Hi Ayumi, Hurricane’s damage is increased to 260% after the recent Hyper Skills update in MapleSEA. Also, Broiler shot’s damage is changed to 220% and hits 4 times.

  21. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Wilsonn, in my opinion, both are somewhat equally powerful. Bow Master is a bit more flexible (like an auto-car without the need to switch gears) whereas crossbow master uses more manual attack (like a manual car with gears+clutch to switch). Bow Master just hold down the Hurricane skill button to persistently fire volley of arrows. Crossbow Master uses Snipe skill, spam Snipe by hitting that skill button many times.

  22. Wilsonn

    so in your opinion, crossbowmaster or bowmaster is better with their hyper skills included?

  23. Ayumilove Post author

    You’re welcome Zakum. Hmm, why does a Zakum needs a skill build ;D

  24. Zakum

    Love It Thanks For all the Information :D Best Skill build Guide

  25. Ayumilove Post author

    Thanks Shinyschmo for the note!

  26. Shinyschmo

    Quick comment~ Marksmanship (in fourth job) is a shared skill. :)

  27. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Zakum, preferably create a Mercedes for Archer class and you will not regret it :) Adventurer classes are so much harder than the remaining classes to level up based on my playing experiences.

  28. Zakum~

    i like to create a bowmaster But i do not know isit hard or not.

  29. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Zakum, both are equally powerful in their own ways. Bow Master is powerful with their Storm of Arows, but getting hit by an enemy disrupt the flow or arrows, whereas Marksman can deal Sniping damage , but will player remember to use them often after the skill has cooldown?

  30. Zakum

    Marksman or bow master stronger???

  31. Ayumilove Post author

    Thankx xXDuckyClaimerXx, I have corrected Crossbowman 3rd Job Skill Build and Dragon’s Breath information.

  32. xXDuckyClaimerXx

    For The third adv for crossbowman, How come you don’t put any points in strafe(on the website) But you put points in ultimate strafe? You need to fix that :]

  33. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi MapleChristian, if you want the best powerful mobber class, no doubt is the Demon Slayer. It’s 4th Job Skill Demon’s Cry is equivalent to Magician’s 4th Job Skill Genesis, Meteor Shower, or Blizzard before Big Bang where you can spam it continuously provided you have sufficient Fury (DF = Demon Force). I have a Demon Slayer and comparing it with my Dark Knight, Paladin, Hero and Mihile, I could conclude it beats all of them in terms of mobbing, mobility and innate skills. I guess its a little on par with Kaiser though. I find Demon Slayer more fun to play with. If you are focusing on Bowman, Mercedes hands down beat all explorer archers (since it has skills from both classes). The latest Wind Archer class revamped by KMS looks fun to play with too but lacks a little mobility from Mercedes the Elf. If its just Explorers, then I could recommend Mihile (Radiant Blast), Buccaneer (Buccaneer Blast), Ice Lightning Magician (Chain Lightning), Captain-Corsair (Eight-Legs Easton aka ELE).

  34. Maplechristian

    Hi ayumi, I was wondering your opinion on what bowman class I should choose. I’m looking for a powerful mobber class that doesn’t have to be a bowman. Just the best explorer mobber.

  35. abc

    Testing 1 2 3

  36. Anna

    Small mistake!

    Arrow Bomb will be your primary attacking skill as a 2nd Job Crossbowman.

    ^^^ it should be Hunter :)

  37. ForkyDarg (@ForkyDarg)

    THANKYOU