MapleStory Cadena Skill Build Guide

Cadena is one of the MapleStory Nova Thief who specializes in chain weapon to attack enemies and uses it to move herself to a specific location instantly. She starts in a town called Savage Terminal which is a back alley planet in Grandis. It’s the place is where the Shadow Merchants branch resides along with the bad guys. All other jobs can access this location via Pantheon’s portal. For Angelic Buster and Kaiser, they need to complete the necessary quests that allow them to travel to Maple World. Cadena is a member of the royal family and Grandis’ Nova race. She got injured when Magnus invaded and overtook the citadel. She abandoned her real name and committed to becoming stronger by joining as one of the Shadow merchants member. KMS (Korea MapleStory) released Cadena on July 7 2017.

Cadena Overview

CLASS: Nova
EQUIPMENT TYPE: Thief
PRIMARY WEAPON: Chain
SECONDARY WEAPON: Transmitter
PRIMARY STAT: Luck (LUK)
LINK SKILL: Increase your damage by 5/10% against enemies lower level than your character and additional 5/10% to enemies affected with status effects.
MAPLE UNION EFFECT: LUK +10/20/40/80/100
JOB SKILLS: I: CadenaII: CadenaIII: CadenaIV: CadenaHyper SkillsV: Cadena

Cadena Pros and Cons

Pros

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  • All of his skill is AoE, and she is an excellent mobber.

Cons

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  • You need to link skills together for maximum DPM (Damage Per Minute) as they have no main bossing skill
  • Not beginner friendly
  • Need to spam button similarly to Aran, Battle Mage and Blaster job. Quite tiring for long grinding.
  • From 1 to 3rd job is weak, rise at 4th job

MapleStory Cadena Videos

Ayumilove MapleStory New Nova Thief Job – Cadena (July 6, 2017)

MapleStory Thief Nova: Cadena 1st Job Skill Preview

MapleStory Thief Nova: Cadena 2nd Job Skill Preview

MapleStory Thief Nova: Cadena 3rd Job Skill Preview

MapleStory Thief Nova: Cadena 4th Job Skill Preview

Cadena Beginner Job Skills

Bargainer
Receives price discounts on purchases at shops.
Level 1: Receives 4% discount on purchases if the item does not cost more than 70% of the selling price. If there are any similar effects, the one with higher effect will take place.

Merchant Return
Quickly return to the hideout using the shortcut only known to Shadow Merchants.
Level 1: MP 100, Teleport to Shadow Merchant hideout, Cooldown: 600 seconds.

Intensive Assault (Link Skill)
Attacking weaker enemies becomes more effective.
Level 1: Increase your damage by 5% against enemies lower level than your character and additional 5% to enemies affected with status effects.
Level 2: Increase your damage by 10% against enemies lower level than your character and additional 10% to enemies affected with status effects.

Cadena Beginner Skill Build: Everything maxed.
Explanation: These are Cadena innate abilities. No SP required.

Cadena 1st Job Skills

Chain Arts: Chase
Strikes an enemy with a chain and move towards them instantly. If the key is hold down and released, it will move you to the location where the chain strikes regardless enemy or location. Throwing chain forward will link to an enemy while throwing chain downwards at 45° degrees [↓ + skill key] or upwards at 45° degrees [↑ + skill key] connects to ground or platform within a certain distance. Downwards technique can only be executed in air. When skill key is pressed while the chain is linked to an object, it will instantly move you there and temporarily enter Dark Sight state.
Level 10: MP 100, Deals 100% damage 1 time to 1 enemy and slow them for 5 seconds.

Chain Arts: Stroke
Note: Level 10 required to learn Chain Arts: Stroke 1st Enhancement
Attack multiple enemies 2 times using chain. The second hit knockback enemies and temporarily slow them. This skill can be linked with other skill except itself to deal more damage.
Level 10: MP 13. 1st hit: Deals 150% damage 2 times to 4 enemies. 2nd hit: Deals 150% damage 2 times to 6 enemies. Targeted enemies will be slowed for 5 seconds. Final damage +10% when linked skills used after 1st hit except for itself.

Summon Cutting Scimitar
Instantly cut enemies horizontally. This skill can be used in mid air and can be linked with other attacking skills.
Level 20: MP 15, Deals 125% damage 5 times to 6 enemies. Cooldown: 4 seconds.

Agent Shift
This skill allows jumping twice in mid air after a jump.
Level 5: MP 5, Jump distance increases.

Agent Step
Permanently increase your evasion rate and max movement speed.
Level 10: Evasion Rate +15%, Maximum speed +20

Collecting Four-Leaf
Permanently increase your LUK.
Level 10: Permanently increases LUK by 50.

Cadena 1st Job Skill Build: Everything maxed except Summon Cutting Scimitar.
1. Chain Arts: Stroke, Chain Arts: Chase, Summon Cutting Scimitar (1)
2. Agent Shift (MAX)
3. Collecting Four-Leaf (MAX)
4. Agent Step (MAX)
5. Chain Arts: Stroke (MAX)
6. Chain Arts: Chase (MAX)
7. Summon Cutting Scimitar (18/20)

Cadena 2nd Job Skills

Chain Arts: Stroke 1st Enhancement
Required Skill: Level 10 Chain Arts: Stroke | Note: Level 10 required to learn Chain Arts: Stroke 2nd Enhancement
Enhance Chain Arts Stroke 2nd hit damage.
Level 10: Chain Art: Stroke 2nd hit deals 200% damage 3 times to 6 enemies.

Summon Scratching Claw
Attack multiple enemies with a claw. Can only be activated in air and can link with other attacks.
Level 20: MP -20, Deals 235% damage 4 times to 10 enemies. Cooldown: 3 seconds

Summon Throwing Wing Dagger
Summon a throwing dagger that knockback enemies upon contact and explodes upon expiring.
Level 19: MP -28, Throwing dagger expires upon performing 40 hits or lasts 10 seconds whichever comes first. Deals 205% damage per hit and deals 450% damage 3 times to 8 enemies when explode. You can manually explode the summon by activating the skill again. Cooldown: 10 seconds.

Weapon Booster
Temporarily boost attack speed for chain weapon.
Level 10: MP -10, attack speed increased by 2 stages for 200 seconds.

Weapon Variety I
Note: Level 10 required to learn Weapon Variety II
When activating a skill that summons weapon, you temporarily gain a buff which boosts all attacking skills damage. Activating multiple unique summon weapon skill will allow you to stack more buff while activating the same summon weapon skill refreshes the buff duration. This skill does not apply for Chain Arts skills.
Level 10: Damage: +5% per buff. Buff Duration: 10 seconds. Buff stacking/reseting activates an additional attack that deals 100% damage 2 times to 5 enemies. Additional attack cooldown: 0.5 seconds. Passive Effect: Cutting Scimitar’s Damage +80%

Weapon Mastery
Permanently increase weapon mastery on chain and all summoned weapons.
Level 10: Weapon Mastery: +50%

Physical Training
Permanently increase LUK and DEX through physical training.
Level 5: Permanently increase LUK by 30 and DEX by 30

Quick Service Mind I
Note: Level 10 required to learn Quick Service Mind II
Permanently increase attack, evasion rate, critical rate and critical damage.
Level 10: Attack: +15, Evasion Rate: +20%, Critical Rate: +10%, Critical Damage: +5%

Cadena 2nd Job Skill Build: Everything maxed.
1. Chain Arts: Stroke 1st Enhancement, Summon Throwing Wing Dagger, Weapon Variety (1)
2. Weapon Mastery (MAX)
3. Weapon Booster (MAX)
4. Quick Service Mind I (MAX)
5. Physical Training (MAX)
6. Chain Arts: Stroke 1st Enhancement (MAX)
7. Summon Throwing Wing Dagger (MAX)
8. Weapon Variety I (MAX)
9. Summon Scratching Claw (MAX)

Cadena 3rd Job Skills

Chain Arts: Stroke 2nd Enhancement
Summon Shooting Shotgun
Summon Slashing Knife
Summon Releasing Bomb
Weapon Variety II
Temper
Weak Point Attack
Basic Detection

Cadena 3rd Job Skill Build: Everything maxed.

Cadena 4th Job Skills

Chain Arts: Stroke Final Enhancement
Summon Striking Brick
Summon Beating Needle Bat
Chain Arts: Tough Hustle
Chain Arts: Takedown
Nova’s Warrior
Nova Hero’s Will
Weapon Variety III
Weak Point Converging Attack
Weapon Expert
Quick Service Mind II

Cadena 4th Job Skill Build: Everything maxed.

Cadena Hyper Skills

Non-Chain Arts – Reinforce
Non-Chain Arts – Critical Rate
Non-Chain Arts: Boss Killer
Chain Arts: Stroke – Reinforce
Chain Arts: Stroke – Extra Target
Chain Arts: Stroke – Next Attack Reinforce
Chain Arts: Takedown – Reinforce
Chain Arts: Takedown – Wave Reinforce
Chain Arts: Takedown – Cooltime Reduce
Professional Agent
Chain Arts: Crush
Merchant’s Special Elixir

Cadena 5th Job Skills

Cadena Skill Cores

Cadena Enhancement Cores

  • ?

MapleStory Old to New Official Skill Names

Cadena 1st Job Skills

  • Chain Arts: Chase → ? (SAME)
  • Chain Arts: Stroke → ? (SAME)
  • Summon Cutting Scimitar → ? (SAME)
  • Agent Shift → ? (SAME)
  • Agent Step → ? (SAME)
  • Collecting Four-Leaf → ? (SAME)

Cadena 2nd Job Skills

  • Chain Arts: Stroke 1st Enhancement → ? (SAME)
  • Summon Scratching Claw → ? (SAME)
  • Summon Throwing Wing Dagger → ? (SAME)
  • Weapon Booster → ? (SAME)
  • Weapon Variety I → ? (SAME)
  • Weapon Mastery → ? (SAME)
  • Physical Training → ? (SAME)
  • Quick Service Mind I → ? (SAME)

Cadena 3rd Job Skills

  • Chain Arts: Stroke 2nd Enhancement → ? (SAME)
  • Summon Shooting Shotgun → ? (SAME)
  • Summon Slashing Knife → ? (SAME)
  • Summon Releasing Bomb → ? (SAME)
  • Weapon Variety II → ? (SAME)
  • Temper → ? (SAME)
  • Weak Point Attack → ? (SAME)
  • Basic Detection → ? (SAME)

Cadena 4th Job Skills

  • Chain Arts: Stroke Final Enhancement → ? (SAME)
  • Summon Striking Brick → ? (SAME)
  • Summon Beating Needle Bat → ? (SAME)
  • Chain Arts: Tough Hustle → ? (SAME)
  • Chain Arts: Takedown → ? (SAME)
  • Nova’s Warrior → ? (SAME)
  • Nova Hero’s Will → ? (SAME)
  • Weapon Variety III → ? (SAME)
  • Weak Point Converging Attack → ? (SAME)
  • Weapon Expert → ? (SAME)
  • Quick Service Mind II → ? (SAME)

Cadena 5th Job Skills

  • Non-Chain Arts – Reinforce → ? (SAME)
  • Non-Chain Arts – Critical Rate → ? (SAME)
  • Non-Chain Arts: Boss Killer → ? (SAME)
  • Chain Arts: Stroke – Reinforce → ? (SAME)
  • Chain Arts: Stroke – Extra Target → ? (SAME)
  • Chain Arts: Stroke – Next Attack Reinforce → ? (SAME)
  • Chain Arts: Takedown – Reinforce → ? (SAME)
  • Chain Arts: Takedown – Wave Reinforce → ? (SAME)
  • Chain Arts: Takedown – Cooltime Reduce → ? (SAME)
  • Professional Agent → ? (SAME)
  • Chain Arts: Crush → ? (SAME)
  • Merchant’s Special Elixir → ? (SAME)

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5 thoughts on “MapleStory Cadena Skill Build Guide

  1. Ayumilove Post author

    @Axel: Yeah, I was wondering the same thing as well about where Cadena will get the additional boost of speed and jump after increasing the max limit.

  2. Axel

    Can’t deny, being a thief without any kind of haste/movement speed/ jump boost just seems stupid.

    I mean, they give you a skill that raises your maximum speed to 160 but no speed or jump boosts.
    What’s the point in raising the cap without giving any in the first place?

  3. Ayumilove Post author

    @Surprise: Thanks for sharing your pros and cons on Cadena. I’ll add them into the guide above!

  4. Anchovies

    Pros: Link Skill is dope, Very mobile, Shops are cheaper

    Cons: You need to link skills together for maximum Dpm as they have no main bossing skill, Not beginner friendly

  5. Surprise

    Pros : All of his skill is AoE, and she is a VERY GREAT MOBBER

    Cons : From 1 to 3rd job is weak, rinse at 4th job

    Source : X3TheAran5 streaming cadena