MapleStory Character Card Deck System Guide (Grade + Bonus Effects)

May 20, 2017 Update: This system is replaced with Maple Union in MapleStory Beyond!

MapleStory Card System allows you to make use of your idle characters within your account. However, that character must be at least Level 30 for the system to create a card out of it. Each card has unique attributes based on the job and card grade. Mix and combine 3 different cards and the resulting effect/benefits will be applied to all characters in the same world of that account. You will be provided 2 card decks, each with 3 card slots. The card grade is determined by the level of your character. Cygnus Knights can only have up to Grade A (Level 120). To access the “Character Card”, click the button located on the top-right of the character selection screen.

Card Deck Overview

List of Grades by Level
Job Card Bonus Effects
3 Card Deck Bonus Effects
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
Best Card Combinations for Job

List of Grades by Level

Explorer, Resistance, Hero, Sengoku, Nova, Cygnus, Beast Tamer, Kinesis

  • Grade B : Level 30
  • Grade A : Level 60
  • Grade S : Level 100
  • Grade SS : Level 200

Zero

  • Grade B : Level 110
  • Grade A : Level 130
  • Grade S : Level 160
  • Grade SS : Level 200

Job Bonus Effects (Grade B/A/S/SS)

  • Angelic Buster: DEX +10/20/40/80
  • Aran: +70% chance to replenish HP on attack every 60 sec. Replenish HP 2X when attacking multiple monsters. Replenish HP +2/4/6/8%
  • Ayame: *None*
  • Battle Mage: Damage when hit -2/3/4/5%
  • Beast Tamer: Ignore Enemy Defense +2/4/6/8%
  • Bishop: MP Potion Effect +5/10/15/20%
  • Blaster: Ignore Enemy Defense +1/2/3/5%
  • Blaze Wizard: 0.5/1/1.5/2 magic damage per character level.
  • Bow Master: DEX +10/20/40/80
  • Buccaneer: Final Damage +(2/3/4/5 * Playing character level)
  • Cadena: LUK +10/20/40/80
  • Cannoneer: EXP loss on death -2/3/4/5%
  • Corsair: Summon duration +4/6/8/10%
  • Dark Knight: Max HP +2/3/4/5%
  • Dawn Warrior | Soul master: Defense +2/3/4/5%
  • Demon Avenger: Boss Damage +1/2/3/5%
  • Demon Slayer: Abnormal Status Resistance +1/2/3/4%
  • Dual Blade: LUK +10/20/40/80
  • Eunwol | Shade: Critical Damage +1/2/3/4%
  • Evan: 70% chance to replenish MP on attack every 60 seconds. Replenish MP 2X when attacking multiple monsters. Replenish MP +2/4/6/8%
  • Fire-Poison Magician: Max MP +2/3/4/5%
  • Hayato: Critical Damage +1/2/3/4%
  • Hero: Defense +2/3/4/5%
  • Ice-Lightning Magician: Final Magical Damage +(0.5/1/1.5/2 * Playing character level)
  • Jett: Summon duration +2/4/8/10%
  • Kaiser: STR +10/20/40/80
  • Kinesis: INT +10/20/40/80
  • Luminous: INT +10/20/40/80
  • Kanna: Boss Damage +1/2/3/4%
  • Marksman: Critical chance +1/2/3/4%
  • Mechanic: Buff duration +5/10/15/20%
  • Mercedes: Skill cooldown -2/3/4/5% (Takes priority over item potential. Cooldown cannot be lower than 1 sec)
  • Mihile: Defense +2/3/4/5%
  • Night Lord: Jump +2/3/4/5%
  • Night Walker: LUK +10/20/40/80
  • Paladin: Final Physical Damage +(0.5/1/1.5/2 * Playing character level)
  • Phantom: Meso Rate +1/2/3/4%
  • Pink Bean: *None*
  • Shadower: Speed +2/3/4/5%
  • Striker aka Thunder Breaker: Final Damage +(2/3/4/5 * Playing character level)
  • Wild Hunter: 20% chance to deal 4/8/12/16% increased damage when attacking
  • Wind Breaker | Wind Archer: DEX +10/20/40/80
  • Xenon: Bonus Stat +5/10/20/40 for STR, DEX, and LUK.
  • Zen: Critical Damage: +1/2/3/4%
  • Zero: Bonus EXP Per Monster Kill +4/6/8/10%
  • Sword Art Online ~ Kirito | Asuna | Leafa: *None*

Explanation

Playing character level means the character that you have selected to play in-game (boss/training) instead of the character card level.

Card Deck Bonus Effects

Unique Deck Effect (Non-Stackable)

  • Powerful Charge (3 Warrior Cards – HP bonus damage) +4/6/8/10%
  • Magical Storm (3 Magician Cards – MP bonus damage) +4/6/8/10%
  • Pinpoint Aim (3 Bowman Cards – Final Attack damage) +1/2/3/4%
  • Weak Point Targeting (3 Thief Cards – Critical damage) +1/2/3/4%
  • Pirate’s Way (3 Pirate Cards – Ignore Enemy Defense) +2/4/6/8%
  • Free Spirit (3 Explorer Cards – All Stats) +2/5/7/10
  • Honor of Cygnus (3 Cygnus Cards – All Stats) +2/5
  • The Glorious Return (3 Hero Cards – All Stats) +2/5/7/10
  • Blaze of Resistance (3 Resistance Cards – All Stats) +2/5/7/10

Regular Deck Effect (Stackable)

  • Warrior’s First Step (3 Rank B Cards – HP and MP) HP 300, MP 300
  • Warrior’s Growth (3 Rank A Cards – ATK, HP and MP) ATK +1, M.ATK +1, HP 500, MP 500
  • Warrior’s Feat (3 Rank S Cards – ATK, HP and MP) ATK +3, M.ATK +3, Boss ATK +3%, HP +700, MP +700
  • Completed Warrior (3 Rank SS Cards – ATK, HP and MP) ATK +5, M.ATK +5, Boss ATK +5%, HP +1000, MP +1000

Explanation

If the deck contains 3 cards of the same kind (also known as 3 of a kind cards), you will gain bonus effects from the deck itself! For example, let’s assume the cards we have in 1 deck are all level 200 and are all explorer warrior (Hero + Paladin + Dark Knight). This means you will gain the 3 card deck bonus effects which are “Powerful Charge (3 Warriors)” + “Free Spirit (3 Explorer)” + “Completed Warrior (Level 200)”. Take note that you can only have 1 unique deck effect but can have multiple regular deck effect. For example, if you were to have 2 deck of cards and both decks have all level 200 warrior cards, you will only get 1 Powerful Charge Deck Effect but 2 Completed Warrior Deck Effect.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Rank determined by Character Card Level?
Rank is determined by the rank of the average character level in the set. 100+100+94 -> A rank (98 average), 106+100+94 -> S rank (100 average).

Do we gain benefits from two decks at once? Essentially granting you 6 class bonuses and two combo bonuses? Yes. You get the effects of all 6 cards, + 2 set bonuses for the 2 sets.

If I have 3 Explorer cards but they’re not in the same deck, do I still get the effect? Or do the cards all have to be together for that to work? A: All 3 Explorer cards MUST be in the same deck in order to benefit from Three-of-a-kind Bonuses.

Can I have 2 or more of the same job placed within these 3 decks? A: No, only 1 unique job can be place in all decks. If you have a Buccaneer in the 1st Deck, you are not allowed to place another Buccaneer into the 1st nor 2nd nor 3rd deck of cards. In short, you can’t place more than 1 Buccaneer card in a deck, let alone 2 Buccaneer for its awesome damage. Only unique jobs.

What “level to physical+magical damage” means. Is it just % Total Damage?
Your level multiplied by the card’s effect, added to your damage range. The Paladin card only affects physical damage ranges, the I/L Archmage card only affects magical damage ranges, the Buccaneer card affects both.
Ex. Level 120 Bucc (Mutliplier is 4)
Level 200 character, range is 100000.
200 * 4 = 800, range becomes 100800.

Ex. Level 200 IL (Multiplier is 2)
Level 180 Mage, range is 50000.
180 * 2 = 360, range becomes 50360.

Ex. Level 200 IL (Multiplier is 2)
Level 180 Warrior, range is 50000.
Range is unchanged, IL only affects damage range for magicians.

List of Best Card Combination Guide

Players are provided a total of 3 decks where each deck can contain up to 3 cards. All cards and card decks apply their bonus effects to all characters within your game account in that particular world. It’s recommended to create all 9 cards and leveling them up to Level 100 (S Rank) to support your main character to reach Level 250 more quickly! The end game card combination below focuses on cards that can scale with your damage range.

Deck 1 ~ Pirate Set: Ignore Enemy Defense +2/4/6/8%

Eunwol | Shade: Critical Damage +3%
Mechanic: Buff Duration +15%
Cannoneer: EXP loss upon death -4%

Explanation

Getting the 3 Pirate set bonus is important, as extra Ignore Enemy Defense (IED) is always useful. In addition, the Shade and Mechanic cards are extremely useful. For the final slot, I think Cannoneer card is more useful than the Xenon card at endgame, but you can substitute Xenon in if you’re leveling a new character, for more low-level damage/mitigation.

Deck 2 ~ No Set

Beast Tamer: +6% Ignore Enemy Defense
Marksman: +3% Critical Rate
Hayato: +3% Critical Damage

Explanation

Again, IED, Critical Rate, and Critical Damage are all stats that scale well. Substitute Blaster for Beast Tamer, if you weren’t able to make a Beast Tamer when her window was open.

Deck 3 ~ Warrior Set: HP bonus damage +4/6/8/10%

Blaster: Ignore Enemy Defense +3%
Demon Slayer: Abnormal Status Resistance +3%
Zero: Bonus EXP Per Monster Kill +8%

Explanation

Again, Blaster is nice for the extra IED. Zero’s usefulness is self-explanatory. Extra Experience Rate (EXP) is good at any level. If you’re on Reboot, substitute Kanna or Demon Avenger for Zero, for the extra Boss Damage. As for Demon Slayer, getting 100% status resistance is extremely useful, and it can be difficult to cap. Importantly, even if you are capped, getting 3% status resistance from a card can save you hyper stat points that can instead go into scaling damage stats. If you have 100% status resist WITHOUT hyper stats, you can drop Demon Slayer for Demon Avenger, to get a bit of extra Boss Damage.

Early Game Card Deck Combination

If you’re leveling a fresh character, you can swap out both Blaster and Demon Slayer, and instead take Aran and Evan. I’ve found those cards to be very useful in streamlining the training process. The people who malign them as useless are, I believe, mistaken as to the extent of their effects. I’ve leveled 20+ characters to 100+ now, and on essentially all of them, I didn’t use a single potion until I was close to 100.

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251 thoughts on “MapleStory Character Card Deck System Guide (Grade + Bonus Effects)

  1. Danilo

    Hello, i haven’t played “maplestory” for a long time and i’m trying to change my character cards but i can’t see the button, any help please

  2. William9

    Hi, do you allow guest posting on ayumilove.net ? :) Let me know on my email

  3. Ayumilove Post author

    @aqua: Yes, I’ll be creating a new page about Maple Union System that replaces the Character Card System :-)

  4. aqua

    will you be updating this list for Beyond system? (maple union)

  5. Ayumilove Post author

    @LittleDeath: Thanks for sharing this info! To add on, you can have multiple unique effects from a single set of deck.

  6. LittleDeath

    You can get more than 1 unique deck effect from a single set.

    Example:
    Blaster + Demon Slayer + Demon Avenger = Powerful Charge + Blaze of Resistance

  7. Diego

    Question: if I have a Paladin with Sacrosanticy (invecibility hyperskill) and a Mechanic with 5% buff duration (effect job card), my Sacrosanticy hyperskill will have 5% more time?

  8. Sea

    So, does that mean that Buccaneer’s card is fundamentally better then both I/L mage and Paladin? Since it has higher multiplier and affects both types of damage.

  9. Ayumilove Post author

    @Jason: Thanks for the latest changes! I have updated Zen character card from Critical Rate to Critical Damage :)

  10. Ayumilove Post author

    @Josh: Great observation you have there! Yes, Demon Avenger can be also used if you have that job in your account to boost your boss damage! I have updated the guide above to include Demon Avenger. :)

  11. Jason

    another small change

    Zen character card has change from Critical rate to Critical Damage w.e.f 15/2/17 on MSEA

  12. Josh

    Hi,

    great guide thank you for this. Just curious why would you switch out Zero card for Kanna in reboot when you can instead put Demon Avenger’s card which has a 1% additional boss damage and is still in the warrior category?

  13. Ayumilove Post author

    @LunaMoonChan: The combination of having all magician in 1 deck for all 3 decks will only provide 1 Unique Deck Effect which is “Magical Storm”. You will not get 3 “Magical Storm” effect! I would recommend to grab the “Weak Point Targeting” (3 Thief Cards) + Pirate’s Way (3 Pirate Cards) for more damage for the other 2 decks to go with Magical Storm.

  14. LunaMoonChan

    Oh i found out that it doesnt work
    =(

  15. LunaMoonChan

    Hi all, i’ve got a question.
    Is this combination posible?
    1st deck: Luminous + Kinesis + battle mage
    2nd deck: Explorer magicians I/L Mage + F/P mage + Bishop
    3rd deck: Evan + Kanna + Blaze Wizzard

  16. Zaylenn

    Can fw character card stack with explorer I/L cuz both card is add 1.5ma per char lvl?

  17. Kinesis1160

    Pirate Set: Xenon/Angelic + Shade + Mechanic
    i suggest replace Cannoneer to Xenon since it give stats when farming
    if you fight some boss like gollux, Hard Hilla, Chaos PB…, (lose exp when die) use Cannoneer card

  18. Ayumilove Post author

    @Xelavi: Three-of-a-kind deck effect can only have 1. If you have 2 decks and each deck has all warriors, you will not get 2 Powerful Charge but only 1. Happy New Year 2017!

  19. Xelavi

    Can I put both decks all warrior ? Then will I get 2x of the 10% hp for warriors ?
    Powerful Charge (3 Warrior Cards – HP bonus damage) +4/6/8/10%
    So 20% bonus hp? If 2 decks

  20. Grim476

    @gunkungg He put Blaster in deck 3 so he can have the warrior set effect since Beast Tamer isn’t a warrior but Blaster is

  21. gunkungg

    Beast Tamer: Ignore Enemy Defense +2/4/6/8%
    Blaster: Ignore Enemy Defense +1/2/3/5%
    Why you recommend Blaster in deck 3?

  22. xMenace

    I guess if you want more stats you can use DA, DS, and blaster for the 3rd set. Gives you warrior card deck effects + resistance card deck effects.

  23. question

    er why do u suggest demon slayer instead of demon avenger? the +3 status resistance is like 0%-1% increase only in the stat window. i think 3/5% boss damage better.

    and im planning to use like this since im a demon avenger. mechanic maybe nxt time make, now just for pirate set effect.>

    warrior set effect
    Dark Knight: Max HP +2/3/4/5%
    Demon Avenger: Boss Damage +1/2/3/5%
    Zero: Bonus EXP Per Monster Kill +10%

    random
    Blaster: Ignore Enemy Defense +1/2/3/5%
    Marksman: Critical chance +1/2/3/4%
    Hayato: Critical Damage +1/2/3/4%

    pirate set effect
    Angelic Buster: DEX +10/20/40/80
    Cannoneer: EXP loss on death -2/3/4/5%
    Eunwol: Critical Damage +1/2/3/4%

  24. Ayumilove Post author

    @question: I’m not sure whether Wild Hunter card activates every hit or every skill trigger. The card does not provide much details.

  25. question

    does the wild hunter card activates on every hit continously?

  26. Ayumilove Post author

    @xJayden: It’s probably a mistake on MapleSEA side since the previous one was Minimum Critical Damage and it should be changed to Critical Damage. I’ll update the guide for MapleSEA current Zen now to have Critical Rate.

  27. xJayden

    Zen card effect now is % crit rate.

  28. Ayumilove Post author

    @DefNotjosh: You’re right! Demon Avenger and Kanna have the same card effect “Boss Damage”. That should prevent it from breaking Warrior Set.

  29. DefNotjosh

    “If you’re on Reboot, substitute Kanna for Zero, for the extra Boss Damage. ”

    Wouldn’t Demon Avenger be the better choice? Same character card without breaking the warrior set.

  30. Soh Jiong Hao

    Okay, thank you. I have FaceBook messaged the GMs.

  31. Ayumilove Post author

    @Jiong Hao: I have checked on my side and the data above should be accurate.

    1. Hayato Card Effect is Critical Damage (checked in GMS – Global MapleStory). The previous card effect of Hayato is 8% Min Critical Damage (before MapleStory V 5th Job patch).
    2. EDIT: Zen Card Effect should be Critical Damage (not similar to Jett Card).

    I guess that they are mistakes in the MapleSEA patch/changes which are yet to be fixed.

  32. Soh Jiong Hao

    http://maplestoryseatips.blogspot.sg/2016/03/maplesea-hyper-skills-skill-points-from.html

    http://maplestoryseatips.blogspot.sg/2016/03/maplesea-lists-of-characters-to-train.html

    http://maplestoryseatips.blogspot.sg/2016/03/maplesea-boosting-your-mains-damage.html

    Zen and Hayato boost 3% critical rate, each, at Rank S (3rd URL).

    Card combinations updated for the 3rd URL.

    Thank you.

  33. Ayumilove Post author

    @kururumi: Thanks for the feedback! I have updated the following card job effects based on GMS v.178 patch:

    1. Wind Archer (Wind Breaker): Accuracy +2/4/6/8% → DEX +10/20/40/80
    2. Bow Master: Accuracy +2/4/6/8% → DEX +10/20/40/80
    3. Dual Blade: Avoid +2/3/4/5% → LUK +10/20/40/80
    4. Night Walker: Avoid +2/3/4/5% → LUK +10/20/40/80
    5. Hayato: Min Critical Damage +2/4/6/8% → Critical Damage +1/2/3/4%
    6. Eunwol | Shade: Min and Max Critical Damage +1%/2%/3%/5% → Critical Damage +1/2/3/4%

  34. Ayumilove Post author

    @Ayane: Magician Set does not apply because Demon Avenger does not use MP System to activate their skills.

  35. Ayumilove Post author

    @Arzhel: I have updated the card deck combination above based on the user’s comment (Quinnocent).

  36. Ayumilove Post author

    @question: Yes. It’s advisable not to get those card with that effect as they are not good for both mid-game and end-game.

  37. Ayumilove Post author

    @Asteralia: Thanks for the notice! I have added Blaster card effects into the guide above.

  38. question

    what does this means? ” Final Physical Damage +(0.5/1/1.5/2 * Playing character level)” does it mean if im lvl 200 my att range +400?

  39. Arzhel

    Jumped into the game again and are slightly confused regarding the decks.

    What are a good deck for an Aran?.

    I am really new to this deck building so sorry if it sounded wierd :)

  40. kururumi

    wind archer and bowmaster now gives a card similar to angelic burster nightwalker and i suppose assasins branch gives luk too hayato now gives crit dmg 3% at lv 3 demon slayer now gives status resist +2
    los of changesnges on last gms patch to cards

  41. Ayane

    Do mage 3 set apply to demon avenger?

  42. Asteralia

    Blaster is out so could you update it?

  43. Alex

    We need more detailed yet accurate combinations of the character card. Any thought of MapleSEA combination? Assuming have all character cards with S grade.

  44. Ayumilove Post author

    @Sy: If the Dark Knight’s Beholder have summoning duration, then it will apply.

  45. Sy

    Does Captain — character card( Summon duration) apply to dark knight’s beholder?

  46. Ayumilove Post author

    @Norman Lau: Thanks for your feedback! I have updated Wild Hunter Character Card: “Chance to instant kill +0.5/1.0/1.5/2.0%” to “20% chance to deal 4/8/12/16% increased damage when attacking”

  47. Norman Lau

    hello @Ayumilove could you please update this guide? seems a bit outdated as of september, i.e. wild hunter card just got changed to 12% increased damage with a 20% activation chance which seems insane to me

  48. Ayumilove Post author

    @NightWalker: Jobs that has Final Attack passive skill will benefit from Final Attack Damage card effect.

  49. Ayumilove Post author

    @human90: The effects from Jett card and Corsair card will stack as they are both different cards. However, you will not get stack effect from 2 or more of the same Job card (example: 2~3 Jett cards in 1 card deck)

  50. human90

    hi a question
    jett and cosair is stack card?

  51. NightWalker

    Final Attack Damage +1/2/3/4%
    is that classes without final attack like thief will also benefit from it or just classes having final attack and advanced final attack

  52. Ayumilove Post author

    @Confused: The person’s name who offered his card deck build.

  53. Confused

    What does KENT mean?

  54. NaztyDemon

    Can you have 9 different warrior cards = 3 warrior class decks and get 12%/18%/24%/30% hp bonus damage for demon avenger?

  55. NaztyDemon

    Can u have 9 warrior class decks and have 30%hp dmg max for demon avenger?

  56. DSGuy2003

    merely curious here – but on the pirate’s deck [ignore def] – is that strictly weapon defense being ignored? or is it both weapon and magic defense?

  57. Daelit

    What would be the best card set for a Demon Avenger?

  58. Quinnocent

    Now that I’ve actually got most of the cards under my belt, I think I have some idea of what I would consider the ideal card build.

    To start, a lot of the flat damage bonuses (just about anything that adds +damage/level, as well as the Magician/Warrior set bonus) are added as final damage after all other calculations. These amounts (usually below 1k damage) become trifling additions once your damage per line is in the millions. On top of that, the Magician and Warrior set bonuses use your BASE max HP/MP, before gear and skills. The “before skills” part is important, since a lot of warrior and mage classes with high HP/MP only have those high totals because of an early passive skill that adds HP/MP per level. As an example, your high-level magician with 60k MP with gear/buffs most likely only has ~10k actual base MP.

    In addition, any card which raises only a single stat, as well as the Xenon card, adds a flat amount that isn’t affected by stat% from gear or skills. Only All Stats from card set bonuses are affected by stat%, and those amounts are generally too small to be worth caring about.

    Functionally, this makes a lot of card and set bonuses nearly useless at endgame, right off the bat. Instead, you should focus on cards which increase secondary damage stats that scale with your range.

    So here is what I would recommend:

    Deck 1:
    Shade (+3% to Min and Max Crit Damage)
    Mechanic (+15% Buff Duration)
    Cannoneer (-4% XP loss on death)

    Getting the 3 Pirate set bonus is important, as extra IED is always useful. In addition, the Shade and Mechanic cards are extremely useful. For the final slot, I think the Cannoneer card is more useful than the Xenon card at endgame, but you can substitute Xenon in if you’re lvl’ing a new character, for more low-level damage/mitigation.

    Deck 2:

    Chase/Beast Tamer (6% IED)
    Marksman (3% Critical Chance)
    Hayato (6% Minimum Critical Damage)

    Again, IED, Critical Chance, and Critical Damage are all stats that scale well. Substitute Blaster for Chase, if you weren’t able to make a Chase when her window was open.

    Deck 3:

    Blaster (3% IED)
    Demon Slayer (3% Status Resistance)
    Zero (8% XP from monster kills)

    Again, Blaster is nice for the extra IED. Zero’s usefulness is self-explanatory. Extra XP is good at any level. If you’re on Reboot, substitute Kanna for Zero, for the extra Boss Damage.

    As for Demon Slayer, getting 100% status resistance is extremely useful, and it can be difficult to cap. Importantly, even if you are capped, getting 3% status resistance from a card can save you hyper stat points that can instead go into scaling damage stats. If you have 100% status resist WITHOUT hyper stats, you can drop Demon Slayer for Demon Avenger, to get a bit of extra Boss Damage.

    If you’re lvl’ing a fresh character, you can swap out both Blaster and Demon Slayer, and instead take Aran and Evan. I’ve found those cards to be very useful in streamlining the training process. The people who malign them as useless are, I believe, mistaken as to the extent of their effects. I’ve leveled 20+ characters to 100+ now, and on essentially all of them, I didn’t use a single potion until I was close to 100.

  59. AnimeGirlX

    Actually the grinding and boss decks is meant for which class I know that mage classes don’t use dex or str.
    There are other class that use str/dex like Pirate Class, Warrior Class, Thief Class etc.

  60. Cream

    Wild Hunter card is changed to % chance to do x% increased damage when attacking. @L30, it’s 20% for 4% increased

  61. Benedict Tan

    Under the bossing deck build, kaiser (str) and angelic buster (dex), are bad choices for bossing for jobs that does not require those stats. Kaiser card is only good for warriors or pirates like eunwol/viper while angelic buster is only good for jobs that uses dex. Using kaiser card on my NightLord is pointless, while dex gives me a small boost since it is my secondary stat. My point is that kaiser and angelic buster are situational cards which can be good/bad, depending on which job your main is. I am not sure if you are trying to list down a general bossing deck build or what, but if you are, then I would suggest putting cards like bucc for dmg range increase.

    Secondly, your grinding deck build has no zero in it for exp boost?

  62. Ayumilove Post author

    @John: Magical Storm doesn’t effect Kinesis as they use Kinesis Points to utilize their skills to attack enemies or defend from enemies attacks.

  63. John

    Am I correct in assuming that Magical Storm doesn’t affect Kinesis since he doesn’t use mana?

  64. Ayumilove Post author

    @Louis: The stats will stack with one another if they are from different jobs. MapleStory disallow you to have 3 Luminous cards in 1 deck to get 240 INT (80 for each card) in total.

  65. Louis

    Does kinesis and Luminous stack? so lets say both are ss grade. will both stack to give 160 INT (80 for each card) in total?

  66. Nimue

    Whoops I posted it 2 times cauze it went wrong with my internet I guess.
    Sorry for that <3

  67. Nimue

    Hey There!

    I was wondering if you’re grinding and using the: Grinding Deck. Why dont use a Zero Card instead. It gives 10% Exp. which is good at early and late lvls :p, I think it’s better than resistance / Str :o.

    Nimue

  68. Nimue

    Hey There!
    I was wondering if you’re grinding with the Grinding set, why don’t use a zero card instead of Demon Slayer / Kaiser which gives you like 8/10% Bonus Exp Which is a lot better for grinding I guess then Resistance & Str :o.

  69. Soh Jiong Hao

    @Calvin Leong: You are correct – Xenon’s character card is considered as both a Thief card and a Pirate card.

    @All/Everyone: A repost of my MapleStorySEA blog posts on character cards, link skills, will of the forces beginner skill, empress blessing beginner skill, as well as the contents page blog post. They may be quite outdated, but I hope the blog posts can help players who experience the same content whichever legally licensed version they play in. Feel free to leave comments, suggestions and questions in my blog. Alternatively, I can be contacted the fastest via FaceBook (Please FaceBook message me) at https://www.facebook.com/mapleseafreebossruns

    Thank you.

    http://mapleseafreebossruns.blog.com/2015/03/09/maplesea-lists-of-characters-to-train-to-boost-damage-range-for-specific-main-characters-1-refers-to-the-main-character/

    http://mapleseafreebossruns.blog.com/2014/07/21/maplesea-boosting-your-mains-damage-range-part-1-of-2-character-card-combination-right-side-of-character-selection-screen/

    http://mapleseafreebossruns.blog.com/2014/07/21/maplesea-boosting-your-mains-damage-range-part-2-of-2-lv30lv150-revamped-koc-empress-blessingknight-of-cygnus-bless/

    Contents page blog post:

    http://mapleseafreebossruns.blog.com/2014/07/21/purpose-of-this-blog/

  70. Ayumilove Post author

    @EBGaming: Thanks for your feedback! I have updated the guide above.

  71. EBGaming

    Hey Ayumi, I just wanted to let you know that the I/L card adds magic DAMAGE, not magic attack.

    I just checked this, and can provide an SS if needed. (Note this was in reboot, so maybe it’s different?)

  72. Soh Jiong Hao

    Glad to help:)

  73. Ayumilove Post author

    @Soh Jiong Hao: Thanks for sharing your written blog post here as it helps others too :)

  74. Soh Jiong Hao

    Hi again, Ayumilove. I would like to share the following blog post I have written, for MapleStorySEA players. It includes the order to train characters to train to boost the damage of specific main characters.

    I have also added in the order to train characters when Kinesis, and when Blaster (which are both jobs from the original KMS) arrive in MapleStorySEA. (Hopefully, MapleStorySEA is still operating by then:x)
    http://mapleseafreebossruns.blog.com/2015/03/09/maplesea-lists-of-characters-to-train-to-boost-damage-range-for-specific-main-characters-1-refers-to-the-main-character/

    The blog’s server has low bandwidth, so 502 Bad Gateway may be encountered. You may have to keep refreshing the webpage.

    Thank you.

  75. Ayumilove Post author

    @all: I have removed the following set of deck combination (see below) to make way for optimal character card decks! I’ll place it here in case you need them as reference:

    Money Saver Deck
    1. Every attack has 70% chance to replenish 4% of Max HP. (Aran)
    2. Every attack has 70% chance to replenish 4% of Max MP. (Evan)
    3. Increases meso acquisition by 4% for every meso loot. (Phantom)
    4. Boost all stats by 5. (3 Hero Cards)
    5. +1 Weapon Magic Attack, +500 Max HP MP (3 Rank A Cards)

    Magician Damage Boosting Deck
    1. +1 Magic Attack per level (Ice/Lightning Magician)
    2. +4% Magic Attack per level (Blaze Wizard)
    3. +3% Max MP (Fire/Poison Magician)
    4. 6% of Max MP add into damage (3 Magician Cards).
    5. +1 Weapon Magic Attack, +500 Max HP MP (3 Rank A Cards)

    Non-Magician Damage Boosting Deck
    1. Every attack has 70% chance to replenish 4% of Max HP. (Aran)
    2. +3% Max HP (Dark Knight)
    3. +1 Weapon Damage per level (Paladin)
    4. 6% of Max HP add into damage (3 Warrior Cards)
    5. +1 Weapon Magic Attack, +500 Max HP MP (3 Rank A Cards)

    Pure Damage Deck
    1. +3 damage per level (Buccaneer)
    2. +3 damage per level (Thunder Breaker)
    3. +1 Weapon/Magic Damage per level (Paladin / Ice-Lightning Magician)
    4. +1 Weapon Magic Attack, +500 Max HP MP (3 Rank A Cards)

    Survivability Deck for Boss Raid
    1. +3% Defense (Dawn Warrior)
    2. +3% Defense (Hero)
    3. +3% Defense (Mihile)
    4. 6% of Max HP add into damage (3 Warrior Cards)
    5. +1 Weapon Magic Attack, +500 Max HP MP (3 Rank A Cards)

  76. Calvin Leong

    Hey Ayumilove, been a fan of your work, and need to ask you a question here. Is Xenon’s character card considered as both a thief and also a pirate card?

  77. Ayumilove Post author

    @Kyle: Yes, you can have multiple pirate decks stacked provided the jobs of each deck are unique. This same applies to other jobs (e.g. warrior)

  78. Kyle

    Hey Ayumi! I’ve been a long time user of your site mainly through skill builds. However, I want to know if I can have 2 pirate decks and have their effects stacked or not? I don’t believe I’ve seen this question within the FAQs section and so I asked. Thank you for all you do!!

    Have a nice day!! :)

  79. Ayumilove Post author

    @Demosthenes: Thanks for your feedback! Previously MapleStory only releases 2 decks, but now they have 3 decks available for players to create their unique combination decks. You will get both Free Spirit and Magical Storm bonus ~ This same applies for the other card combination.

  80. Ayumilove Post author

    @Gus: Sorry for the confusion caused! I have replaced “Viper” with “Buccaneer” to make it consistent throughout the guide :)

  81. Gus

    You first mention of Buccaneer you used Viper, which was was a bit confusing.

    The only reason I noticed this is because I love your guide and am using it to try and find what order to create my characters, thank you! :)

  82. Demosthenes

    Can you get 2 different three-of-a-kind bonuses from one deck? For example, let’s say you put I/L, F/P, and a Bishop into a deck. Would you get both the Free Spirit and the Magical Storm bonus? If not, which one gets picked and how can we determine that?

    Also, in the beginning of this guide it says that you are provided with 2 decks, but isn’t that supposed to be 3 decks? And if so, would you be able to get the bonuses from all 3 decks?

  83. Ayumilove Post author

    @Random: Thanks for the notice! I’ll be updating the guide above to cater the new Cygnus Knights Card System.

  84. Random

    I’m pretty sure you know already but I think Cygnus Knights cards are the same as the others like 30-59 is B.60-99 is A and 100-(?) is an S. Not sure about SS, but it should be the same.

  85. Ayumilove Post author

    @KaosParagon: Thanks for notifying about the broken link in the website side bar! I have replaced the broken link that you mention with the correct working one. Perform CTRL+F5 to force Internet Browser to get a fresh copy of the fix page from my server.

  86. KaosParagon

    Clicking the link for the character card system guide on the side table of contents brings you to the wrong page.

    Should be brought here to: http://ayumilove.net/maplestory-character-card-system-guide/

    Instead it brings you to: http://ayumilove.net/maplestory-card-system/

  87. TwinInOne

    Hi there! Does Cygnus (Dawn Warrior) has S rank? Since it can now leveled up to lv250. I want to get the Powerful Charge effect by combining my Zero, Dawn Warrior and Demon Avenger.

  88. Some Stranger

    I’m having trouble figuring out whats better at S rank, thunderbreaker/striker, or a Kaiser, assuming this for a thief, then for a warrior. the bonus damage of +4 per level doesn’t sound amazing as for a 150 character this would be 600(added to the range I’m assuming which is kind of sad by that level). but u listed the damage as the better perk in you deck builds as opposed to the +40 str

  89. QUESTION

    Does Magical Storm work on a a non-magician? And likewise does Powerful Charge affect a Magicians’s (like Battle Mage) damage range?

  90. CrazyTale

    Hey, I have my Zero to level 131 and it counts as an A rank already, I wonder if they changed it at all?

  91. BALLS

    Any card combo suggestion for Night Walker?

  92. 4MinuteHero

    I have a 3 warriors deck (“A” Hero, “B” Paladin and Spearman), giving me +2 to all stats, +300 HP/MP and supposedly 4% of my character’s Max HP as damage.

    However, my damage range only went up by 60 for my level 30 Spearman with 3607 HP ( unbuffed and equipped with only a Fish Spear to see the damage range). I derived it after deducting the added 15 damage from my B grade Paladin and the damage added from the +2 to All Stats.

    If the 3-Warriors Set gives 4% of Base HP instead of Max HP, then my Spearman’s Base HP would be 1500 at level 30.

  93. Anymouse

    Does Mihile count as an explorer or a cygnus for character card? Mihile needs mastery books for 4th job skiills, so I wondered if it might be an explorer.

  94. Ayumilove Post author

    @Jon Koay: Hayato and Kanna (Sengoku Jobs) have their own category – 暁の陣 (silver background).

  95. Jon Koay

    Ayumilove, the sengoku job like hayato and kanna is belong to what type of character cards, hero, explorer or none?

  96. Kyuriin

    @Soh Jiong Hao , TL;DR Plz

  97. Soh Jiong Hao

    I apologise. There is no link skill for BattleMage in MapleStorySEA, so it should only be trained to level 100, not level 120. What I posted before this has one instance of ‘lv120 BattleMage’. Thank you.

  98. Soh Jiong Hao

    Based on MapleStorySEA (Does NOT have Beast Tamer and Kinesis):
    INDEX
    [1] Main: Magicians (Primary stat INT, secondary stat LUK)

    [2] Main: Demon Avenger(warrior). (Primary stat HP, secondary stat STR)

    [3] Main: Dark Knight(warrior). (Primary stat STR, secondary stat HP)
    3rd job Cross Over Chain skill (individual skill buff) of Dark Knight, increases the damage range of the character
    using it more, if its unharmed buffed HP is higher.

    [4] Main: Phantom(thief). (Primary stat LUK, secondary stat DEX)
    Skills to steal from explorers:
    ** EFFECTS OF STOLEN SKILLS ARE REDUCED. (LESS POWERFUL)***
    2nd job: Rage from a Hero
    3rd job: Cross Over Chain from a Dark Knight
    3rd job Cross Over Chain skill (individual skill buff) of Dark Knight, increases the damage range of the character
    using it more, if its unharmed buffed HP is higher.
    4th job: Final Cut from a Dual Blade

    [5] Main: Xenon(thief/pirate hybrid). (Primary stats STR, DEX and LUK, NO secondary stat)

    [6] Main: Thief which is NOT Phantom and NOT Xenon. (Primary stat LUk, secondary stat DEX)

    [7] Main: Warrior, Bowman or Pirate, which is NOT Demon Avenger, NOT Dark Knight and NOT Xenon.
    (Primary stat STR, secondary stat DEX for such warriors, Primary Stat DEX, secondary stat STR for such bowmen, Primary stat STR, secondary stat DEX for Cannon Shooter, viper and striker, AND Primary stat DEX, secondary stat STR for Angelic Buster, Captain and Zen)

    ** PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE SPECIAL NOTES, IF ANY. THANK YOU.***
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    [1] Main: Magician with NO link skill(Primary stat INT, secondary stat LUK)
    =
    SPECIAL CASES TO TAKE NOTE OF:
    If main character magician is Luminous
    OR
    if main character magician is Kanna
    =
    1) lv100+ MAGICIAN Main (level 120+ for Luminous)
    Characters to train to boost damage range:
    2) level 150 revamped Knight of Cygnus FOR LEVEL 30 EMPRESS BLESSING, for +30 weapon/magic attack to all OTHER characters EXCEPT ITSELF. (IMPORTANT NOTE: This CAN be Flame Wizard. If it is not Flame Wizard, a level 120 Flame Wizard must also be trained. Refer to character number 12 in this list. Thank you.)
    3) lv120 Kanna (***NOTE: Only needed if the main character is NOT Kanna.***)
    4) lv120 Demon Avenger
    5) lv120 Xenon
    6) lv120 Hayato
    7) lv120 Cannon Shooter
    8) lv120 Zen
    9) lv120 Angelic Buster
    10) lv120 Demon Slayer
    11) level 120 Luminous (***NOTE: Only needed if the main character is NOT Luminous.***)
    12) lv120 revamped Flame Wizard (***NOTE: Only needed if the character at number 2 in the list is not Flame Wizard.***)
    13) lv100 Viper
    14) lv180 Zero
    15) lv120 Phantom
    16) lv100 Dark Knight
    17) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    18) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    19) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    =
    20) level 120 Kaiser (**Note: Only needed if the main character IS a LUMINOUS, OR a KANNA.***)
    *************************************************************************************
    Up to 12 link skills from other characters can be used.
    LINK SKILLS to USE: (The names and details of the link skills will NOT be stated here, unless necessary.)
    1) level 2 or higher, up to level 10, link skill from level 120 knights of cygnus
    2) level 2 link skill from level 120 Kanna (NOTE: If the main character is a Kanna, this will be the main character’s own link skill.)
    3) level 2 link skill from level 120 Demon Avenger
    4) level 2 link skill from level 120 Xenon
    5) level 1 link skill from level 70+ Hayato (Not sure if level 2 link skill at level 120 will be released in the future for MapleStorySEA.)6) level 2 link skill from level 120 Cannon Shooter
    7) link skill from level 120 Zen (link skill at level 70: MINIMUM +2 to STR, DEX, INT, LUK, weapon attack and magic attack.
    link skil at level 120: MINIMUM +3 to MINIMUM +2 to STR, DEX, INT, LUK, weapon attack and magic attack.)
    8) level 2 link skill from level 120 Angelic Buster
    9) level 2 link skill from level 120 Demon Slayer
    10) level 2 link skill from level 120 Luminous (NOTE: If the main character is a Luminous, this will be the main character’s own link skill.)
    11) level 5 link skill from level 180 Zero (This is obtained when the 2nd last Zero storyline quest is done at level 178. Maple World quests and EXP from Maple World are unlocked after completion of the last Zero storyline quest at level 180).
    12) level 2 link skill from level 120 Phantom
    =
    13) level 2 link skill from level 120 Kaiser (**Note: Only needed if the main character is a LUMINOUS OR a KANNA.***)
    *************************************************************************************
    9 Rank S CHARACTER CARD COMBINATION: (IMPORTANT: the commas separate each group of three.)
    Zen + Viper + Cannon Shooter, Dark Knight + Hayato + Demon Avenger, Kanna + Luminous + Flame Wizard.
    *************************************************************************************
    NOTE:

    1) level 100 to level 199 Ice/Lightning Archmage has the same character card boost (at Rank S of the character card) as level 100 to level 199 Flame Wizard, but Ice/Lightning Archmage’s card is of the explorer type, while Flame Wizard’s card is of the knights of cygnus type. If level 100+ Ice/Lightning Archmage is used in place of level 120+ Flame Wizard for the character card combination for this main character, one more character must be trained (which is the level 120+ Flame Wizard), to reach level 10 for the stackable knight of cygnus link skill, for % elemental resistance and % status resistance.

    2) NOTE: Revamped Knights of Cygnus refer to Soul Master, Wind Breaker, Striker, Flame Wizard and Night Walker ONLY. Mihile is NOT included in them.
    The % elemental resistance and % status resistance link skill of revamped knights of cygnus, can be stacked up to level 10, when all 5 DIFFERENT revamped knights of cygnus are trained to level 120, with their link skills passed to one single character.

    3) There are 2 job revamps for the 5 knights of cygnus –
    The first revamp was for Soul Master, Wind Breaker and Striker. The second revamp was for Flame Wizard and Night Walker. Only revamped knights of cygnus can train beyond level 120, and only revamped knights of cygnus have the % elemental resistance and % status resistance link skill.

    4)***NOTE: DO NOT use Eunwol’s link skill for main.***

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    [2] Main: Demon Avenger(warrior). (Primary stat HP, secondary stat STR)
    1) lv120+ DEMON AVENGER Main
    2) level 150 revamped Knight of Cygnus FOR LEVEL 30 EMPRESS BLESSING, for +30 weapon/magic attack to all OTHER characters EXCEPT ITSELF.
    3) lv120 Kanna
    4) lv120 Kaiser
    5) lv120 Xenon
    6) lv120 Hayato
    7) lv120 Cannon Shooter
    8) lv120 Zen
    9) lv120 Angelic Buster
    10) lv120 Demon Slayer
    11) lv100 Dark Knight
    12) lv120 Luminous
    13) lv100 Battlemage
    14) lv100 Viper
    15) lv120 Eunwol
    16) lv180 Zero
    17) lv120 Phantom
    18) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    19) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    20) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    21) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    *************************************************************************************
    Up to 12 link skills from other characters can be used.
    LINK SKILLS to USE: (The names and details of the link skills will NOT be stated here, unless necessary.)
    1) level 2 link skill from level 120 Demon Avenger (OWN LINK SKILL in this case)
    =
    2) level 2 or higher, up to level 10, link skill from level 120 knights of cygnus
    3) level 2 link skill from level 120 Kanna
    4) level 2 link skill from level 120 Kaiser
    5) level 2 link skill from level 120 Xenon
    6) level 1 link skill from level 70+ Hayato (Not sure if level 2 link skill at level 120 will be released in the future for MapleStorySEA.)
    7) level 2 link skill from level 120 cannon shooter
    8) link skill from level 120 Zen (link skill at level 70: MINIMUM +2 to STR, DEX, INT, LUK, weapon attack and magic attack.
    link skil at level 120: MINIMUM +3 to MINIMUM +2 to STR, DEX, INT, LUK, weapon attack and magic attack.)
    9) level 2 link skill from level 120 Angelic Buster
    10) level 2 link skill from level 120 Demon Slayer
    11) level 2 link skill from level 120 Luminous
    12) level 5 link skill from level 180 Zero (This is obtained when the 2nd last Zero storyline quest is done at level 178. Maple World quests and EXP from Maple World are unlocked after completion of the last Zero storyline quest at level 180).
    13) level 2 link skill from level 120 Phantom
    ************************************************************************************
    9 Rank S CHARACTER CARD COMBINATION: (IMPORTANT: the commas separate each group of three.)
    EunWol + Xenon + Viper, Kaiser + Dark Knight + Hayato, Kanna + Luminous + Battlemage.
    *************************************************************************************

    NOTE:

    1) level 100 to level 199 Ice/Lightning Archmage has the same character card boost (at Rank S of the character card) as level 100 to level 199 Flame Wizard, but Ice/Lightning Archmage’s card is of the explorer type, while Flame Wizard’s card is of the knights of cygnus type. If level 100+ Ice/Lightning Archmage is used in place of level 120+ Flame Wizard for the character card combination for this main character, one more character must be trained (which is the level 120+ Flame Wizard), to reach level 10 for the stackable knight of cygnus link skill, for % elemental resistance and % status resistance.

    2) NOTE: Revamped Knights of Cygnus refer to Soul Master, Wind Breaker, Striker, Flame Wizard and Night Walker ONLY. Mihile is NOT included in them.
    The % elemental resistance and % status resistance link skill of revamped knights of cygnus, can be stacked up to level 10, when all 5 DIFFERENT revamped knights of cygnus are trained to level 120, with their link skills passed to one single character.

    3) There are 2 job revamps for the 5 knights of cygnus –
    The first revamp was for Soul Master, Wind Breaker and Striker. The second revamp was for Flame Wizard and Night Walker. Only revamped knights of cygnus can train beyond level 120, and only revamped knights of cygnus have the % elemental resistance and % status resistance link skill.

    4)***NOTE: DO NOT use Eunwol’s link skill for main.***

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    [3] Main: Dark Knight(warrior). (Primary stat STR, secondary stat HP)
    3rd job Cross Over Chain skill (individual skill buff) of Dark Knight, increases the damage range of the character
    using it more, if its unharmed buffed HP is higher.
    DARK KNIGHT (Primary stat STR, secondary stat DEX, 3rd job Cross Surge(Cross Over Chain) skill boosts the dark knight’s damage range by a % of the unharmed buffed maximum HP of the dark knight):
    1) lv100+ DARK KNIGHT Main
    2) level 150 revamped Knight of Cygnus FOR LEVEL 30 EMPRESS BLESSING, for +30 weapon/magic attack to all OTHER characters EXCEPT ITSELF. (IMPORTANT NOTE: This CAN be Flame Wizard. If it is not Flame Wizard, a level 120 Flame Wizard must also be trained. Refer to character number 12 in this list. Thank you.)
    3) lv120 Demon Avenger
    4) lv120 Kanna
    5) lv120 Xenon
    6) lv120 Kaiser
    7) lv120 Hayato
    8) lv120 Cannon Shooter
    9) lv120 Zen
    10) lv120 Angelic Buster
    11) lv120 Demon Slayer
    12) lv100 Viper
    13) lv100 Paladin
    14) lv120 Luminous
    15) lv180 Zero
    16) lv120 Phantom
    *********************************************************************************
    Up to 12 link skills from other characters can be used.
    LINK SKILLS to USE: (The names and details of the link skills will NOT be stated here, unless necessary.)
    1) level 2 link skill from level 120 Kanna
    2) level 2 link skill from level 120 Demon Avenger
    3) level 2 link skill from level 120 Xenon
    4) level 2 link skill from level 120 Kaiser
    5) level 1 link skill from level 70+ Hayato (Not sure if level 2 link skill at level 120 will be released in the future for MapleStorySEA.)6) level 2 link skill from level 120 Cannon Shooter
    6) link skill from level 120 Zen (link skill at level 70: MINIMUM +2 to STR, DEX, INT, LUK, weapon attack and magic attack.
    link skil at level 120: MINIMUM +3 to MINIMUM +2 to STR, DEX, INT, LUK, weapon attack and magic attack.)
    7) level 2 link skill from level 120 Cannon Shooter
    8) level 2 link skill from level 120 Angelic Buster
    9) level 2 link skill from level 120 Demon Slayer
    10) level 2 link skill from level 120 Luminous
    11) level 5 link skill from level 180 Zero (This is obtained when the 2nd last Zero storyline quest is done at level 178. Maple World quests and EXP from Maple World are unlocked after completion of the last Zero storyline quest at level 180).
    12) level 2 link skill from level 120 Phantom
    *************************************************************************************
    9 Rank S CHARACTER CARD COMBINATION: (IMPORTANT: the commas separate each group of three.)
    Zen + Viper + Cannon Shooter, Dark Knight + Paladin + Hayato, Angelic Buster + Kaiser + Xenon.
    *************************************************************************************
    NOTE:

    1) level 100 to level 199 Ice/Lightning Archmage has the same character card boost (at Rank S of the character card) as level 100 to level 199 Flame Wizard, but Ice/Lightning Archmage’s card is of the explorer type, while Flame Wizard’s card is of the knights of cygnus type. If level 100+ Ice/Lightning Archmage is used in place of level 120+ Flame Wizard for the character card combination for this main character, one more character must be trained (which is the level 120+ Flame Wizard), to reach level 10 for the stackable knight of cygnus link skill, for % elemental resistance and % status resistance.

    2) NOTE: Revamped Knights of Cygnus refer to Soul Master, Wind Breaker, Striker, Flame Wizard and Night Walker ONLY. Mihile is NOT included in them.
    The % elemental resistance and % status resistance link skill of revamped knights of cygnus, can be stacked up to level 10, when all 5 DIFFERENT revamped knights of cygnus are trained to level 120, with their link skills passed to one single character.

    3) There are 2 job revamps for the 5 knights of cygnus –
    The first revamp was for Soul Master, Wind Breaker and Striker. The second revamp was for Flame Wizard and Night Walker. Only revamped knights of cygnus can train beyond level 120, and only revamped knights of cygnus have the % elemental resistance and % status resistance link skill.

    4)***NOTE: DO NOT use Eunwol’s link skill for main.***

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    [4] Main: Phantom(thief). (Primary stat LUK, secondary stat DEX)
    Skills to steal from explorers:
    ** EFFECTS OF STOLEN SKILLS ARE REDUCED. (LESS POWERFUL)***
    2nd job: Rage from a Hero
    3rd job: Cross Over Chain from a Dark Knight
    3rd job Cross Over Chain skill (individual skill buff) of Dark Knight, increases the damage range of the character
    using it more, if its unharmed buffed HP is higher.
    4th job: Final Cut from a Dual Blade
    =
    1) lv120+ Phantom Main
    2) level 150 revamped Knight of Cygnus FOR LEVEL 30 EMPRESS BLESSING, for +30 weapon/magic attack to all OTHER characters EXCEPT ITSELF. (IMPORTANT NOTE: This CAN be Flame Wizard. If it is not Flame Wizard, a level 120 Flame Wizard must also be trained. Refer to character number 12 in this list. Thank you.)
    3) lv120 Demon Avenger
    4) lv120 Kanna
    5) lv120 Xenon
    6) lv120 Kaiser
    7) lv120 Hayato
    8) lv120 Cannon Shooter
    9) lv120 Zen
    10) lv120 Angelic Buster
    11) lv120 Demon Slayer
    12) lv100 Dark Knight
    13) lv100 Paladin
    14) lv120 Luminous
    15) lv100 BattleMage
    16) lv100 Evan
    17) lv120 Eunwol
    18) lv180 Zero
    19) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    20) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    21) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    22) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    *************************************************************************************
    Up to 12 link skills from other characters can be used.
    LINK SKILLS to USE: (The names and details of the link skills will NOT be stated here, unless necessary.)
    1) level 2 link skill from level 120 Phantom (OWN LINK SKILL in this case)
    =
    2) level 2 or higher, up to level 10, link skill from level 120 knights of cygnus
    3) level 2 link skill from level 120 Demon Avenger
    4) level 2 link skill from level 120 Kanna
    5) level 2 link skill from level 120 Xenon
    6) level 2 link skill from level 120 Kaiser
    7) level 1 link skill from level 70+ Hayato (Not sure if level 2 link skill at level 120 will be released in the future for MapleStorySEA.)
    8) level 2 link skill from level 120 cannon shooter
    9) link skill from level 120 Zen (link skill at level 70: MINIMUM +2 to STR, DEX, INT, LUK, weapon attack and magic attack.
    link skil at level 120: MINIMUM +3 to MINIMUM +2 to STR, DEX, INT, LUK, weapon attack and magic attack.)
    10) level 2 link skill from level 120 Angelic Buster
    11) level 2 link skill from level 120 Demon Slayer
    12) level 2 link skill from level 120 Luminous
    13) level 5 link skill from level 180 Zero (This is obtained when the 2nd last Zero storyline quest is done at level 178. Maple World quests and EXP from Maple World are unlocked after completion of the last Zero storyline quest at level 180).
    *************************************************************************************
    Dark knight card is needed due to Phantom being able to steal Dark Knight’s Cross Surge (Cross Over Chain) skill, which boosts its damage range by a % of its unharmed buffed HP.
    9 Rank S CHARACTER CARD COMBINATION: (IMPORTANT: the commas separate each group of three.)
    EunWol + Angelic Buster + Xenon, Hayato + Dark Knight + Paladin, Kanna + Battlemage + Evan.
    *************************************************************************************
    NOTE:

    1) level 100 to level 199 Ice/Lightning Archmage has the same character card boost (at Rank S of the character card) as level 100 to level 199 Flame Wizard, but Ice/Lightning Archmage’s card is of the explorer type, while Flame Wizard’s card is of the knights of cygnus type. If level 100+ Ice/Lightning Archmage is used in place of level 120+ Flame Wizard for the character card combination for this main character, one more character must be trained (which is the level 120+ Flame Wizard), to reach level 10 for the stackable knight of cygnus link skill, for % elemental resistance and % status resistance.

    2) NOTE: Revamped Knights of Cygnus refer to Soul Master, Wind Breaker, Striker, Flame Wizard and Night Walker ONLY. Mihile is NOT included in them.
    The % elemental resistance and % status resistance link skill of revamped knights of cygnus, can be stacked up to level 10, when all 5 DIFFERENT revamped knights of cygnus are trained to level 120, with their link skills passed to one single character.

    3) There are 2 job revamps for the 5 knights of cygnus –
    The first revamp was for Soul Master, Wind Breaker and Striker. The second revamp was for Flame Wizard and Night Walker. Only revamped knights of cygnus can train beyond level 120, and only revamped knights of cygnus have the % elemental resistance and % status resistance link skill.

    4)***NOTE: DO NOT use Eunwol’s link skill for main.***

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    [5] Main: Xenon(thief/pirate hybrid). (Primary stats STR, DEX and LUK, NO secondary stat)
    1) lv120+ Xenon Main
    2) level 150 revamped Knight of Cygnus FOR LEVEL 30 EMPRESS BLESSING, for +30 weapon/magic attack to all OTHER characters EXCEPT ITSELF. (IMPORTANT NOTE: This CAN be Flame Wizard. If it is not Flame Wizard, a level 120 Flame Wizard must also be trained. Refer to character number 12 in this list. Thank you.)
    3) lv120 Demon Avenger
    4) lv120 Kanna
    5) lv120 Hayato
    6) lv120 Cannon Shooter
    7) lv120 Zen
    8) lv120 Angelic Buster
    9) lv120 Kaiser
    10) lv120 Demon Slayer
    11) lv100 Viper
    12) lv100 Paladin
    13) lv120 Luminous
    14) lv120 Zero
    15) lv120 Phantom
    16) lv120 Kaiser
    17) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    18) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    19) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    20) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus

    *************************************************************************************
    Up to 12 link skills from other characters can be used.
    LINK SKILLS to USE: (The names and details of the link skills will NOT be stated here, unless necessary.)
    1) level 2 link skill from level 120 Phantom (OWN LINK SKILL in this case)
    =
    2) level 2 or higher, up to level 10, link skill from level 120 knights of cygnus
    3) level 2 link skill from level 120 Demon Avenger
    4) level 2 link skill from level 120 Kanna
    5) level 2 link skill from level 120 Xenon
    6) level 1 link skill from level 70+ Hayato (Not sure if level 2 link skill at level 120 will be released in the future for MapleStorySEA.)
    7) level 2 link skill from level 120 Cannon Shooter
    8) link skill from level 120 Zen (link skill at level 70: MINIMUM +2 to STR, DEX, INT, LUK, weapon attack and magic attack.
    link skil at level 120: MINIMUM +3 to MINIMUM +2 to STR, DEX, INT, LUK, weapon attack and magic attack.)
    9) level 2 link skill from level 120 Angelic Buster
    10) level 2 link skill from level 120 Kaiser
    11) level 2 link skill from level 120 Demon Slayer
    12) level 2 link skill from level 120 Luminous
    13) level 5 link skill from level 180 Zero (This is obtained when the 2nd last Zero storyline quest is done at level 178. Maple World quests and EXP from Maple World are unlocked after completion of the last Zero storyline quest at level 180).
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    9 Rank S CHARACTER CARD COMBINATION: (IMPORTANT: the commas separate each group of three.)
    Zen + Viper + Cannon Shooter, Paladin + Demon Avenger + Hayato, Angelic Buster + Kaiser + Xenon.
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    [6] Main: Thief which is NOT Phantom and NOT Xenon. (Primary stat LUK, secondary stat DEX)
    Primary stat LUK, secondary stat DEX: (non-job hybrid thief type (NOT XENON) – Night Lord, Shadower, Dual Blade) EXCEPT PHANTOM AND XENON
    1) lv100+
    2) level 150 revamped Knight of Cygnus FOR LEVEL 30 EMPRESS BLESSING, for +30 weapon/magic attack to all OTHER characters EXCEPT ITSELF. (IMPORTANT NOTE: This CAN be Flame Wizard. If it is not Flame Wizard, a level 120 Flame Wizard must also be trained. Refer to character number 12 in this list. Thank you.)
    3) lv120 Demon Avenger
    4) lv120 Kanna
    5) lv120 Xenon
    6) lv120 Hayato
    7) lv120 Cannon Shooter
    8) lv120 Zen
    9) lv120 Angelic Buster
    10) lv120 Demon Slayer
    10) lv100 Paladin
    11) lv120 Luminous
    12) lv100 Battlemage
    13) lv100 Evan
    14) lv120 Eunwol
    15) lv120 Zero
    16) lv120 Phantom
    17) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    18) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    19) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    20) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    (***NOTE: This character(stated as number 20) is NOT NEEDED if main character is a Night Walker(which is a knight of cygnus itself. HOWEVER, the characters in numbers 17, 18, 19 AND 20 are STILL NEEDED.***)
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    Up to 12 link skills from other characters can be used.
    LINK SKILLS to USE: (The names and details of the link skills will NOT be stated here, unless necessary.)
    1) level 2 link skill from level 120 Phantom (OWN LINK SKILL in this case)
    =
    2) level 2 or higher, up to level 10, link skill from level 120 knights of cygnus
    3) level 2 link skill from level 120 Demon Avenger
    4) level 2 link skill from level 120 Kanna
    5) level 2 link skill from level 120 Xenon
    6) level 1 link skill from level 70+ Hayato (Not sure if level 2 link skill at level 120 will be released in the future for MapleStorySEA.)
    7) level 2 link skill from level 120 cannon shooter
    8) link skill from level 120 Zen (link skill at level 70: MINIMUM +2 to STR, DEX, INT, LUK, weapon attack and magic attack.
    link skil at level 120: MINIMUM +3 to MINIMUM +2 to STR, DEX, INT, LUK, weapon attack and magic attack.)
    9) level 2 link skill from level 120 Angelic Buster
    10) level 2 link skill from level 120 Demon Slayer
    11) level 2 link skill from level 120 Luminous
    12) level 5 link skill from level 180 Zero (This is obtained when the 2nd last Zero storyline quest is done at level 178. Maple World quests and EXP from Maple World are unlocked after completion of the last Zero storyline quest at level 180).
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    9 Rank S CHARACTER CARD COMBINATION: (IMPORTANT: the commas separate each group of three.)
    EunWol + Angelic Buster + Xenon, Hayato + Paladin + Demon Avenger, Kanna + BattleMage + Evan.
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    [7] Main: Warrior, Bowman or Pirate, which is NOT Demon Avenger, NOT Dark Knight and NOT Xenon, and NOT MAGICIANS.
    (Primary stat STR, secondary stat DEX for such warriors, Primary Stat DEX, seconddary stat STR for such bowmen, Primary stat STR, secondary stat DEX for Cannon Shooter, viper and striker, AND Primary stat DEX, secondary stat STR for Angelic Buster, Captain and Zen)
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *** SPECIAL NOTE:
    (IF YOUR JOB IS HAYATO, CANNON SHOOTER, ZEN, ANGELIC BUSTER, DEMON SLAYER, KAISER, EUNWOL, OR ZERO,
    YOU DO NOT NEED TO TRAIN ANOTHER CHARACTER WHICH IS OF YOUR MAIN’S JOB, THAT IS, THE LIST BELOW
    WILL BE SHORTENED BY 1 CHARACTER IN THAT CASE!!!)
    OF COURSE, YOU NEED TO CREATE AND TRAIN THAT MAIN CHARACTER FIRST, BEFORE TRAINING OTHER CHARACTERS
    TO BOOSTS ITS DAMAGE RANGE!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1) lv100+ Main (level 120+ Main if the main character, which FITS THIS CATEGORY, has a link skill.)
    2) level 150 revamped Knight of Cygnus FOR LEVEL 30 EMPRESS BLESSING, for +30 weapon/magic attack to all OTHER characters EXCEPT ITSELF. (IMPORTANT NOTE: This CAN be Flame Wizard. If it is not Flame Wizard, a level 120 Flame Wizard must also be trained. Refer to character number 12 in this list. Thank you.)
    3) lv120 Kanna
    4) lv120 Demon Avenger
    5) lv120 Xenon
    6) lv120 Hayato
    7) lv120 Cannon Shooter
    8) lv120 Zen
    9) lv120 Angelic Buster
    10) lv120 Kaiser
    11) lv120 Demon Slayer
    12) lv100 Paladin
    13) lv120 Luminous
    14) lv100 (Ice, Lightning Archmage)
    15) lv120 Eunwol
    16) lv180 Zero
    17) lv120 Phantom
    18) lv120 Battlemage
    19) lv100 Evan (NOTE: NOT needed by main characters without MP bars(which do NOT use MP))
    20) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    21) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    22) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    23) lv120 revamped Knight of Cygnus

    ***NOTE: DO NOT use Eunwol’s link skill for main.***

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    Up to 12 link skills from other characters can be used.
    LINK SKILLS to USE: (The names and details of the link skills will NOT be stated here, unless necessary.)
    1) level 2 or higher, up to level 10, link skill from level 120 knights of cygnus
    2) level 2 link skill from level 120 Kanna
    3) level 2 link skill from level 120 Demon Avenger
    4) level 2 link skill from level 120 Xenon
    5) level 1 link skill from level 70+ Hayato (Not sure if level 2 link skill at level 120 will be released in the future for MapleStorySEA.)
    6) level 2 link skill from level 120 Cannon Shooter
    7) link skill from level 120 Zen (link skill at level 70: MINIMUM +2 to STR, DEX, INT, LUK, weapon attack and magic attack.
    link skil at level 120: MINIMUM +3 to MINIMUM +2 to STR, DEX, INT, LUK, weapon attack and magic attack.)
    8) level 2 link skill from level 120 Angelic Buster
    9) level 2 link skill from level 120 Demon Slayer
    10) level 2 link skill from level 120 Luminous
    11) level 5 link skill from level 180 Zero (This is obtained when the 2nd last Zero storyline quest is done at level 178. Maple World quests and EXP from Maple World are unlocked after completion of the last Zero storyline quest at level 180).
    12) level 2 link skill from level 120 Phantom
    =
    13) level 2 link skill from level 120 Kaiser (**NOTE: Only needed if the main character is a Kaiser, a Hayato, a Cannon Shooter, a Zen, an Angelic Buster, a Demon Slayer or a Zero.***)
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    9 Rank S CHARACTER CARD COMBINATION: (IMPORTANT: the commas separate each group of three.)
    EunWol + Angelic Buster + Xenon, Hayato + Kaiser + Paladin, Kanna + BattleMage + Evan
    (Note: level 100 Evan is NOT needed by main characters without MP bars(which do NOT use MP). Therefore, such main characters can choose NOT to train Evan, and replace the level 100 Evan card in this combination, with the level 120 Luminous card.)
    *************************************************************************************

    NOTE:

    1) level 100 to level 199 Ice/Lightning Archmage has the same character card boost (at Rank S of the character card) as level 100 to level 199 Flame Wizard, but Ice/Lightning Archmage’s card is of the explorer type, while Flame Wizard’s card is of the knights of cygnus type. If level 100+ Ice/Lightning Archmage is used in place of level 120+ Flame Wizard for the character card combination for this main character, one more character must be trained (which is the level 120+ Flame Wizard), to reach level 10 for the stackable knight of cygnus link skill, for % elemental resistance and % status resistance.

    2) NOTE: Revamped Knights of Cygnus refer to Soul Master, Wind Breaker, Striker, Flame Wizard and Night Walker ONLY. Mihile is NOT included in them.
    The % elemental resistance and % status resistance link skill of revamped knights of cygnus, can be stacked up to level 10, when all 5 DIFFERENT revamped knights of cygnus are trained to level 120, with their link skills passed to one single character.

    3) There are 2 job revamps for the 5 knights of cygnus –
    The first revamp was for Soul Master, Wind Breaker and Striker. The second revamp was for Flame Wizard and Night Walker. Only revamped knights of cygnus can train beyond level 120, and only revamped knights of cygnus have the % elemental resistance and % status resistance link skill.

    4)***NOTE: DO NOT use Eunwol’s link skill for main.***

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    Thank you.
    CREDITS:
    Sources used:
    1) YouTube video description used:
    The video’s video info shows the 3-card together combinations and the individual card’s boost, except for ZEN’s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R54LjZ7iwEo
    Credits to “MasteringGaming” (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkx7Ck9lKEexmkEZGWV9ZQw).
    ——-
    2) Guide used: http://ayumilove.net/maplestory-character-card-system-guide/
    Credits to the author of “AyumiLove” (Website: http://ayumilove.net/)
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  99. Ayumilove Post author

    @Soh Jiong Hao: Thanks for your feedback! I’ll update the description now (login screen -> character selection screen)

  100. Soh Jiong Hao

    AyumiLove, for the last sentence in the first paragraph of this article,
    “To access the “Character Card”, click the button located on the top-right of the login screen.”,
    I think “the login screen”, should be changed to the “character selection screen”.
    “The login screen” may mean the screen for keying in our username and password.
    “The character selection screen” refers to the screen with at most 8 characters being shown.

    Thank you:) – a MapleStorySEA player

  101. Soh Jiong Hao

    I would also like to contribute the following skills for Phantom to steal, and this combination was recommended to me by another player on FaceBook, whose name I have forgotten to take note of. The highest buffed damage range which can be attained from this combination, is when rage, dark knight and final cut are active, and when Phantom also uses its own HP/MP boosting buff, and is at fully healed buffed HP. Thank you:)

    IMPORTANT NOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!! PHANTOM WILL BE ABLE TO STEAL CANNON SHOOTER & DUAL BLADE SKILLS FROM RED PATCH ONWARDS!!!

    Advice: most damage boosting explorer job skills to steal from RED patch onwards:

    1st job – iron body from dark knight, hero or paladin (ONLY FOR DEFENSE, THIS DOES NOT BOOST DAMAGE RANGE)

    2nd job – rage from hero (BOOSTS DAMAGE RANGE)

    3rd job – cross surge (cross over chain) from dark knight (BOOSTS DAMAGE RANGE)

    4th job – final cut from dual blade (STRONG 1-MOB ATTACK WITH COOLDOWN)

    Thanks to a friend:)
    Screenshots:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=599645320130860&set=pcb.599645680130824&type=1&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=599645313464194&set=pcb.599645680130824&type=1&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=599645326797526&set=pcb.599645680130824&type=1&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=599645323464193&set=pcb.599645680130824&type=1&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=599645330130859&set=pcb.599645680130824&type=1&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=599645333464192&set=pcb.599645680130824&type=1&theater

  102. Soh Jiong Hao

    I am a MapleStorySEA player.
    I wish to contribute my MapleStorySEA FaceBook notes’ content here. (on character card combinations) My FaceBook notes are mostly based on [email protected] methods, and mostly based on my own experience. Content not by me are credited to either other players, or other MapleStory guide/content authors.
    I stress that my FaceBook notes are only restricted to my FaceBook friends – I unfriend or do not become FaceBook friends to those who are caught engaging in monetary trading by me. Thank you. (The same privacy setting is applied to the FaceBook photo albums used for the FaceBook notes.)
    I can be contacted most easily via FaceBook messaging at http://www.facebook.com/mapleseafreebossruns

    For the content, it is as follows:
    From
    https://www.facebook.com/notes/soh-jiong-hao/maplesea-lists-of-characters-to-train-to-boost-damage-range-for-specific-main-ch/756719581090099
    =========
    The reason for the creation of this list is to revise the order for adding the highest to lowest damage boosting characters for
    specific main characters. I have decided to the order to be such that the characters that boost damage range in the stat window,
    are added first (highest to lowest damage boosting), followed by the characters which do NOT boost damage range in the stat window,
    but boost effective damage(ignore % monster defense and increase % critical rate, and increase % critical damage).
    =
    =
    =
    ***EVEN IF YOUR MAIN CHARACTER IS A REVAMPED KNIGHT OF CYGNUS(ABLE TO LEVEL UP PAST LEVEL 120),
    YOU WILL STILL NEED ANOTHER REVAMPED KNIGHT OF CYGNUS FOR LEVEL 30 EMPRESS BLESSING!!!!***
    =
    =
    =
    ***The characters that require you to train them to level 100, do NOT have link skills, i.e. explorers which are NOT Zen and NOT Cannon Shooter***
    =
    =
    =
    ‘1)’ refers to the main character!!!
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    Details of individual cards and card combination effects:
    https://www.facebook.com/notes/soh-jiong-hao/maplesea-boosting-your-mains-damage-range-part-1-of-2-character-card-combination/430790163683044
    Equip character cards via ‘Character Card’ at the right of the character selection screen.
    =
    Details of empress blessing (important details for levels 25 to level 30 empress blessing) and link skills:
    https://www.facebook.com/notes/soh-jiong-hao/maplesealv30lv150-revamped-koc-empress-blessingknight-of-cygnus-blessing-of-the-/430780557017338
    Empress Blessing: +30 weapon/magic attack to all OTHER characters (EXCEPT the revamped knight of cygnus giving this boost!!!),
    when the revamped knight of cygnus giving this boost is at level 150
    (important details for levels 25 to level 30 empress blessing):
    At levels 125, 130, 135, 140, 145 and 150,
    please accept the light bulb quest at the left of the screen, then use the revamped knight of cygnus beginner skill to return to Erev.
    Then, speak to NPC Nineheart to increase your empress blessing level to levels 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.

    Link skills: Pass them to the desired character,
    via beginner skills > link management > apprentice unchangeable.
    The character receiving a link skill can be changed after every midnight, and ONLY ONCE AFTER EVERY MIDNIGHT.
    Level 1 link skill is unlocked at level 70, except for Zero.
    Level 2 link skill is unlocked at level 120, except for Zero.
    Zero’s link skill does not unlock at level 100 (the starting character level of Zero.)
    Zero’s max link skill (level 5) unlocks after completion of the 2nd last Zero storyline quest at level 178.
    Completion of the last Zero storyline quest at level 180, unlocks the earning of EXP from Maple World and silent crusade
    for Zero.
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    Important card combination effects:
    Each of the first 3 effects can only occur once in a card deck.
    1. 3 rank S pirate cards equipped together: +6% monster defense ignored
    2. 3 rank S magician cards equipped together: +8% max mp added to damage range
    3. 3 rank S warrior cards equipped together: +8% max hp added to damage range
    4. ***3 rank S explorers, OR 3 rank S resistance, OR 3 rank S knights of cygnus equipped together, etc: +7 to all stats
    (Meaning that 6 or 9 rank S explorers equipped together give +7 to all stats, while 3 rank S explorers, 3 rank S resistance
    and 3 rank S knighs of cygnus equipped together give a total of +21 to all stats)***
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    =
    One character can only inherit up to 12 link skills from other characters.
    Index list:(To facililate finding using Ctrl+F. Just Ctrl+F ‘[?]’ two times, without the quotation marks, where ? is the index number, as shown below.)
    ** PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE SPECIAL NOTE, IF ANY. THANK YOU.***

    [1] Main: Magicians (Primary stat INT, secondary stat LUK)

    [2] Main: Demon Avenger(warrior). (Primary stat HP, secondary stat STR)

    [3] Main: Dark Knight(warrior). (Primary stat STR, secondary stat HP)
    3rd job Cross Over Chain skill (individual skill buff) of Dark Knight, increases the damage range of the character
    using it more, if its unharmed buffed HP is higher.

    [4] Main: Phantom(thief). (Primary stat LUK, secondary stat DEX)
    Skills to steal from explorers:
    ** EFFECTS OF STOLEN SKILLS ARE REDUCED. (LESS POWERFUL)***
    2nd job: Rage from a Hero
    3rd job: Cross Over Chain from a Dark Knight
    3rd job Cross Over Chain skill (individual skill buff) of Dark Knight, increases the damage range of the character
    using it more, if its unharmed buffed HP is higher.
    4th job: Final Cut from a Dual Blade

    [5] Main: Xenon(thief/pirate hybrid). (Primary stats STR, DEX and LUK, NO secondary stat)

    [6] Main: Thief which is NOT Phantom and NOT Xenon. (Primary stat LUk, secondary stat DEX)

    [7] Main: Warrior, Bowman or Pirate, which is NOT Demon Avenger, NOT Dark Knight and NOT Xenon.
    (Primary stat STR, secondary stat DEX for such warriors, Primary Stat DEX, secondary stat STR for such bowmen, Primary stat STR, secondary stat DEX for Cannon Shooter, viper and striker, AND Primary stat DEX, secondary stat STR for Angelic Buster, Captain and Zen)

    ** PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE SPECIAL NOTE, IF ANY. THANK YOU.***
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    [1] Main: Magician with NO link skill(Primary stat INT, secondary stat LUK)
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *** SPECIAL NOTE:
    (IF YOUR JOB IS LUMINOUS,
    YOU DO NOT NEED TO TRAIN ANOTHER CHARACTER WHICH IS OF YOUR MAIN’S JOB, THAT IS, THE LIST BELOW
    WILL BE SHORTENED BY 1 CHARACTER IN THAT CASE!!!)
    OF COURSE, YOU NEED TO CREATE AND TRAIN THAT MAIN CHARACTER FIRST, BEFORE TRAINING OTHER CHARACTERS
    TO BOOSTS ITS DAMAGE RANGE!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1) lv100+ Main
    Characters to train to boost damage range:
    2) level 150 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    3) lv120 Kanna
    4) lv120 Demon Avenger
    5) lv120 Xenon
    6) lv120 Hayato
    7) lv120 Cannon Shooter
    8) lv120 Zen
    9) lv120 Angelic Buster
    10) lv120 Demon Slayer
    11) lv120 Luminous
    12) lv100 (Ice, Lightning Archmage)
    13) lv100 Viper
    14) lv180 Zero
    15) lv120 Phantom
    16) lv100 Dark Knight
    ***NOTE: DO NOT use Eunwol’s link skill for main.***
    Rank S CARD COMBINATION for magicians (magic damage type) jobs:Primary stat INT, secondary stat LUK – Bishop, Ice/Lightning Archmage, Fire/Poison Archmage, Flame Wizard, Battlemage(a non-magic guard type magician) , Luminous, Kanna

    Zen + Viper + Cannon Shooter, Dark Knight + Hayato + Demon Avenger, (Ice/Lightning) Archmage + Luminous + Kanna.
    https://www.facebook.com/mapleseafreebossruns/media_set?set=a.524751790953547.1073741839.100002561932116&type=3

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    [2] Main: Demon Avenger(warrior). (Primary stat HP, secondary stat STR)
    1) lv120+ Main
    Characters to train to boost damage range:
    2) level 150 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    3) lv120 Kanna
    4) lv120 Xenon
    5) lv120 Hayato
    6) lv120 Cannon Shooter
    7) lv120 Zen
    8) lv120 Angelic Buster
    9) lv120 Demon Slayer
    10) lv120 Kaiser
    11) lv100 Dark Knight
    12) lv120 Luminous
    13) lv100 (Ice,Lightning) Archmage
    14) lv100 Viper
    15) lv120 Eunwol
    16) lv180 Zero
    17) lv120 Phantom
    ***NOTE: DO NOT use Eunwol’s link skill for main.***
    DEMON AVENGER (Primary stat HP, secondary stat STR):
    EunWol + Xenon + Viper, Kaiser + Dark Knight + Hayato, Luminous + Kanna + (Ice,Lightning) Archmage.
    https://www.facebook.com/mapleseafreebossruns/media_set?set=a.701293643299360.1073741859.100002561932116&type=3

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    [3] Main: Dark Knight(warrior). (Primary stat STR, secondary stat HP)
    3rd job Cross Over Chain skill (individual skill buff) of Dark Knight, increases the damage range of the character
    using it more, if its unharmed buffed HP is higher.
    DARK KNIGHT (Primary stat STR, secondary stat DEX, 3rd job Cross Surge(Cross Over Chain) skill boosts the dark knight’s damage range by a % of the unharmed buffed maximum HP of the dark knight):
    1) lv120+ Main
    Characters to train to boost damage range:
    2) level 150 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    3) lv120 Demon Avenger
    4) lv120 Kanna
    5) lv120 Xenon
    6) lv120 Hayato
    7) lv120 Cannon Shooter
    8) lv120 Zen
    9) lv120 Angelic Buster
    10) lv120 Demon Slayer
    11) lv120 Kaiser
    12) lv100 Viper
    13) lv120 Luminous
    14) lv180 Zero
    15) lv120 Phantom
    ***NOTE: DO NOT use Eunwol’s link skill for main.***
    Zen + Viper + Cannon Shooter, Dark Knight + Paladin + Hayato, Angelic Buster + Kaiser + Xenon.
    https://www.facebook.com/mapleseafreebossruns/media_set?set=a.642055665889825.1073741850.100002561932116&type=3

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    [4] Main: Phantom(thief). (Primary stat LUK, secondary stat DEX)
    Skills to steal from explorers:
    ** EFFECTS OF STOLEN SKILLS ARE REDUCED. (LESS POWERFUL)***
    2nd job: Rage from a Hero
    3rd job: Cross Over Chain from a Dark Knight
    3rd job Cross Over Chain skill (individual skill buff) of Dark Knight, increases the damage range of the character
    using it more, if its unharmed buffed HP is higher.
    4th job: Final Cut from a Dual Blade
    1) lv120+ Main
    Characters to train to boost damage range:
    2) level 150 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    3) lv120 Demon Avenger
    4) lv120 Kanna
    5) lv120 Xenon
    6) lv120 Hayato
    7) lv120 Cannon Shooter
    8) lv120 Zen
    9) lv120 Angelic Buster
    10) lv120 Demon Slayer
    11) lv100 Dark Knight
    12) lv100 Paladin
    13) lv120 Luminous
    14) lv100 (Ice,Lightning) Archmage
    15) lv120 Eunwol
    16) lv180 Zero
    ***NOTE: DO NOT use Eunwol’s link skill for main.***
    PHANTOM: Primary stat LUK, secondary stat DEX. (EXCEPT OTHER THIEVES) Dark knight card is needed due to Phantom being able to steal Dark Knight’s Cross Surge (Cross Over Chain) skill, which boosts its damage range by a % of its unharmed buffed HP.
    EunWol + Angelic Buster + Xenon, Hayato + Dark Knight + Paladin, (Ice,Lightning) Archmage + Luminous + Kanna.
    https://www.facebook.com/mapleseafreebossruns/media_set?set=a.661204123974979.1073741854.100002561932116&type=3&uploaded=3
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    [5] Main: Xenon(thief/pirate hybrid). (Primary stats STR, DEX and LUK, NO secondary stat)
    1) lv120+ Main
    Characters to train to boost damage range:
    2) level 150 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    3) lv120 Demon Avenger
    4) lv120 Kanna
    5) lv120 Hayato
    6) lv120 Cannon Shooter
    7) lv120 Zen
    8) lv120 Angelic Buster
    9) lv120 Demon Slayer
    10) lv100 Viper
    11) lv100 Paladin
    13) lv120 Luminous
    14) lv120 Zero
    15) lv120 Phantom
    ***NOTE: DO NOT use Eunwol’s link skill for main.***
    Primary stats consisting of STR, DEX & LUK. No secondary stat: XENON (thief/pirate hybrid)
    Zen + Viper + Cannon Shooter, Paladin + Demon Avenger + Hayato, Angelic Buster + Kaiser + Xenon. https://www.facebook.com/mapleseafreebossruns/media_set?set=a.563601727068553.1073741843.100002561932116&type=3

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    [6] Main: Thief which is NOT Phantom and NOT Xenon. (Primary stat LUk, secondary stat DEX)
    Primary stat LUK, secondary stat DEX: (non-job hybrid thief type (NOT XENON) – Night Lord, Shadower, Dual Blade) EXCEPT PHANTOM AND XENON
    1) lv100+
    Characters to train to boost damage range:
    2) level 150 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    3) lv120 Demon Avenger
    4) lv120 Kanna
    5) lv120 Xenon
    6) lv120 Hayato
    7) lv120 Cannon Shooter
    8) lv120 Zen
    9) lv120 Angelic Buster
    10) lv120 Demon Slayer
    10) lv100 Paladin
    11) lv120 Luminous
    12) lv120 (Ice,Lightning) Archmage
    13) lv120 Eunwol
    14) lv120 Zero
    15) lv120 Phantom
    ***NOTE: DO NOT use Eunwol’s link skill for main.***
    EunWol + Angelic Buster + Xenon, Hayato + Paladin + Demon Avenger, (Ice, Lightning) Archmage + Kanna + Luminous.https://www.facebook.com/mapleseafreebossruns/media_set?set=a.701296493299075.1073741861.100002561932116&type=3&uploaded=3
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    [7] Main: Warrior, Bowman or Pirate, which is NOT Demon Avenger, NOT Dark Knight and NOT Xenon.
    (Primary stat STR, secondary stat DEX for such warriors, Primary Stat DEX, seconddary stat STR for such bowmen, Primary stat STR, secondary stat DEX for Cannon Shooter, viper and striker, AND Primary stat DEX, secondary stat STR for Angelic Buster, Captain and Zen)
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *** SPECIAL NOTE:
    (IF YOUR JOB IS HAYATO, CANNON SHOOTER, ZEN, ANGELIC BUSTER, DEMON SLAYER, KAISER, EUNWOL, OR ZERO,
    YOU DO NOT NEED TO TRAIN ANOTHER CHARACTER WHICH IS OF YOUR MAIN’S JOB, THAT IS, THE LIST BELOW
    WILL BE SHORTENED BY 1 CHARACTER IN THAT CASE!!!)
    OF COURSE, YOU NEED TO CREATE AND TRAIN THAT MAIN CHARACTER FIRST, BEFORE TRAINING OTHER CHARACTERS
    TO BOOSTS ITS DAMAGE RANGE!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1) lv100+ Main
    Characters to train to boost damage range:
    2) level 150 revamped Knight of Cygnus
    3) lv120 Kanna
    4) lv120 Demon Avenger
    5) lv120 Xenon
    6) lv120 Hayato
    7) lv120 Cannon Shooter
    8) lv120 Zen
    9) lv120 Angelic Buster
    10) lv120 Demon Slayer
    11) lv120 Kaiser
    12) lv100 Paladin
    13) lv120 Luminous
    14) lv100 (Ice, Lightning Archmage)
    15) lv120 Eunwol
    16) lv180 Zero
    17) lv120 Phantom
    ***NOTE: DO NOT use Eunwol’s link skill for main.***

    EunWol + Angelic Buster + Xenon, Hayato + Kaiser + Paladin, (Ice,Lightning Archmage) + Kanna + Luminous. https://www.facebook.com/mapleseafreebossruns/media_set?set=a.701296126632445.1073741860.100002561932116&type=3
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    Thank you for reading this. I hope that this helps someone in some way. :)

  103. Dawnwad

    Hi guys, I think this would be a good setup:

    1st Set
    -Mechanic (buff duration)
    -Shade (min/max crit damage)
    -Random pirate
    3 pirate set (defence ignore)
    Reasoning: buff duration less frequent rebuffing = more dps, also more uptime for CD buffs. min/max crit damage is really good. Throw in any pirate (doesn’t matter which as all other pirates cards are somewhat lacklustre) to complete the set for pirate because defence ignore is always good.

    2nd Set
    -Zero (bonus exp)
    -Beast Tamer (defence ignore)
    -Hayato (min crit damage)
    Reasoning: bonus exp helps u level up faster, defence ignore to hit harder on bosses, and min crit damage is just another dps boost.

    3rd Set
    -Aran* (%hp recovered on attack)
    -Evan* (%mp recovered on attack)
    -Mercedes (cool down reduction)
    3 hero set (all stats boost)
    Reasoning: less time spent using pots means more time attacking = more dps. Cooldown reduction can also be a massive increase to dps for some CD skills.

    *if you’re using a familiar for the hp/mp recovery instead or if your character has passive hp/mp recovery (or doesn’t require mp at all), then I would swap the Evan and Aran cards with demon slayer’s status resist and battle mage’s damage reduction, or kanna and demon avenger’s boss damage.

    What do you guys think? Is this the best deck build?

  104. Element

    Are I/l Mage and blaze wizard final damage or magic attack?

  105. Element

    Can a deck have 2 unique deck effects? Ex. All 3 explorer Mage cards. Will it give both the magician set effect and explorer set effect? I saw on another site it says we can only get 3 unique effects from decks.

  106. Xeo322

    @Powstrike: Xenon is both thief and pirate and can activate both set effects as needed when it is sloted.

  107. Powstrike

    For the Kent deck build, the last deck consists of 2 pirates and a thief. Are there any particular reasons for not getting the pirate or thief deck set bonus?

  108. Ayumilove Post author

    @Csy21st: All 3 decks will take effect.

  109. Csy21st

    currently there are 3 decks, so only the first 2 decks affect or all 3?

  110. Paxton Ly

    Is zero+palidin+dark knight good?

  111. yooo

    Can I have two of the same set bonuses at one time, like say, two ‘Magical Storm’ combos stacked together? In other words, I have 2 decks of 6 Magician class character cards.

  112. Ayumilove Post author

    @AlexNg: Let’s take an example: Your account has 2 jobs. Level 200 Paladin and Level 100 Kaiser. Level 200 Paladin provides a multiplier physical damage of 2 in your deck card. When you are playing Kaiser, Kaiser’s level will be multiplied by 2 and this produces 200 physical damage (Level 100 x 2 = 200). This damage will be added to the final damage of Kaiser’s (after the deduction of enemy’s defenses and skill multiplier). Assuming Kaiser deals 1000 damage to an enemy, he/she will now deal 1200 with Paladin’s deck card bonus.

  113. AlexNg

    Paladin Final Physical Damage +(0.5/1/1.5/2 * Playing character level)
    what does it mean? @@?

  114. Unknown

    @Ayumilove thank u for replying to my comment hope maple will update it. Gd luck with future maplestory guides :D!

  115. Ayumilove Post author

    @Unknown: Previously they were only 2 decks and they have upgraded to 3 decks. I’m not sure if they would want to increase 1 more deck. We will need to wait for the official announcement :D

  116. Unknown

    Do u think it’s possible to have more than 3 decks in future maplestory? It wld be useful

  117. Ayumilove Post author

    @ChuChuTrain: “Powerful Charge” is a unique deck effect. Therefore, having 2 warrior decks does not stack more than 1 Powerful Charge. This was tested with my characters (Mihile + Dawn Warrior + Dark Knight) + (Demon Avenger + Kaiser + Aran). This limitation also extends to other 3-of-a-kind effects such as “Magical Storm”, “Pinpoint Aim”, “Pirate’s Way”, “Honor of Cygnus” etc.

  118. ChuChuTrain

    lets say if i have 2 warrior deck….will the Powerful Charge stack? ._.

  119. reephlex

    @nar, yes the warrior’s feat effect stacks, my question is however, does putting 6 different warrior classes give 16% of hp into damage? or does powerful charge not stack?

  120. nar

    correction: can all 3 decks contain rank S cards of different characters AND different jobs?

  121. nar

    hi, i play msea. is it possible to have 3 decks of the same three-of-a-kind combo?

    eg. if most of my non-cygnus characters are above level 100, can all 3 decks contain rank S cards of different characters and achieve 3 times the warrior’s feat effect?

  122. Sleipnir

    Sorry, i meant *final damage.

  123. Sleipnir

    Hi, Ayumi,
    by “playing character level,” does that mean that the level of my thunder breaker or paladin (no matter how low) does not affect the bonus damage i’ll get?

    let’s say my thunder breaker is level 30, but my main character that i play is level 140, will i get a total of 5×140 bonus damage?

  124. yuki

    Hi, Ayumi, if you are free could you mind telling me if 3 warrior card and all S rank card stacked? Just that phantom health is low, so im looking into maximising his health.

  125. Ayumilove Post author

    @TribalArcher: Thanks for your feedback. Hayato Card Details has been corrected!

  126. Ayumilove Post author

    @SoFunny: Thanks for your feedback. Hayato Card Details has been corrected!

  127. So Funny

    ..the hayato info is wrong his card is min cri damage.

  128. Oz

    I used this to improve my Battle mages hit

    3mages
    Luminous
    BaM(cuz i like it and is my main)
    IL

    so i get extra ILs dmg and lumins Int, also mp goes to dmg nad lumins link 15%df ignore

    3Warriors
    DK
    DW
    DS

    Not best cards but gets att buff on hp (notice that BaMs has lots of hp, extra hp from DK and boss dmg from Ds, the DW is cuz i had it from before card system it was my cygnus knight i recommend changing it for either kaiser or a paladin

    3 thiefs

    Xenon
    Phantom
    Sin

    Ok Xenon and phantom cuz of link skills also xenon at 120 gives 10% stats and +40 stats
    the 3 thief deck gives extra 4% min crit dmg, as my Bam has 90% crit chance (60% on skills+ 15% from phantom + 10% on ring and 5% on a cape) improving my crit dmg was pretty much cool so i recomend this build, what do u think?? XD

  129. TribalArcher

    The Hayoto Card effect you have up there is incorrect. Hayoto gives increased minimum critical damage by “x”%. Not Crit rate.

  130. Ayumilove Post author

    @darren: To answer the question regarding Buccaneer vs Paladin card effect, its best to use Buccaneer if your damage multiplier is below 2.5x. A level 200 paladin effect on another level 200 character provides +410 damage range. (Adds to your min-max damage in your stat window), whereas a level 200 Buccaneer effects on another level 200 character gives a nett +1000 damage to your total damage you have output to an enemy (bypasses the critical damage/skill multiplier damage/etc).

  131. darren

    does this mean that i can see an increase attack stat? because at lvl 100 my buccaneer adds only 80 damage in the attack stat line for my lvl 143 demon slayer. dont know if its worth to make a paladin in this case

  132. Ayumilove Post author

    @darren: Paladin and Buccaneer are similar though. Just that both of them does not directly increases your Weapon Attack but added to the total damage.

  133. darren

    Dear Ayumilove,

    can you explain more about paladin and buccaneer card?
    i made a buccaneer to lvl 100 but it only increase the damage of my demon slayer by about 80.
    thus i am unsure if i should create paladin since its card is quite similar yet does not provide any link unlike other warrior classes

  134. Ayumilove Post author

    @Emimen: Yeah, both Min and Max Critical for Hero Eunwol Card.

  135. Ayumilove Post author

    @Blade: Thanks for your notice regarding the differences between these 2 pages. The correct one would be Final Physical Damage. If it was Weapon Attack, Paladin card will be too OP (Over Powered)!!!

  136. Blade

    In Paladin’s Skill Build Guide, u stated his character card is Final Physical Damage increases per level but here its Weapon Attack increase per level. Which one is correct or did I misunderstood the term final physical damage? :)

  137. Ayumilove Post author

    @jam: You could only have 1 unique job in the character card system. You can’t have 3 paladin in 1 combination card, or 1 paladin in each 3 combination card.

  138. jam

    Wouldn’t the best dmg be 3 palidan 200 cards?

  139. Ltohack

    Hayato’s character card skill is minimum crit damage % (On GMS atleast). I don’t know its exact values but at S rank it’s 6% more minimum crit damage.

  140. Emimen

    Hero Eunwol card Bonus Effects (in) and Max Critical Damage +1/2/3/5%

    in O_O Min right?

  141. Ashdown

    Hi Ayumi! I am somewhat new to MapleStory and now have a level ~165 Phantom. What cards would you recommend for me to have if I’m going to main him? The pure damage deck seems very tempting, but perhaps there’s a better option? Since I haven’t played much, it’s difficult for me to get to that “funded” level. I am working my way there, but until then, would that pure damage deck maximize my efficiency as a Phantom?

  142. VamosRamos

    Hi ayumilove, what would you suggest if I wanted to main a wildhunter? Thanks :)

  143. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Hank, here is a suggestion (Zero + Demon Avenger + Hayato) = warrior deck set + 3 Link Skills, and (Mercedes + Phantom + Eunwol) = mix deck set + 3 Link Skills. You will need to do some research on your side, whether you can play them till level 100 without getting bored and also whether you are interested in using those link skills more than the stats provided by the deck card. You will need to weigh your options :)

  144. Hank

    if i want to play a Angelic buster, what character card and what link skill are best / i only have 6
    character slot

  145. jerry

    Dear ayumi,
    So ice lightning and blaze wizard give m.atk per lv or magic damage per lv

  146. Ayumilove Post author

    @Jerry: Magic Attack is the value that multiplies your Magic Damage. The source of magic attack can be obtained from equipment.

  147. jerry

    dear ayumi, the flame wizard add magic attack or magic damage. what was the different between magic attack and magic damage

  148. Ayumilove Post author

    @KC: Its added upon your total net damage against an enemy (after deduction of enemy’s defense). Also, the damage boost is minuscule. I would pick up other warrior types just to get a warrior deck (e.g. Zero + Demon Avenger + Dark Knight)

  149. KC

    Ayumi. I want to ask how does the damage per level character card work? Is it shown in our attack range or something else? Cause I don’t see any difference in my damage after putting them together.

  150. Kreami

    So Ayumi, which would you prefer in a third deck for pure dmg?
    Pinpoint Aim or Weak Point Targeting.

    It can either be Xenon, Jett, Angelic Buster.
    Or Xenon, Dual Blade, Phantom.

    Decks I already have:
    Powerful Charge Deck 1.
    Kaiser, Hayato, and Demon Avenger.

    Magical Storm Deck 2:
    Luminous, Kanna, Beast Tamer

    List of Cards I have (All S+):
    DK, DB, Jett, DS, Kaiser, Lumi, AB, Kanna, Hayato, Xenon, DA, WA, BT, Phan, I/L Mage.

  151. KC

    Dear Ayumilove,

    What set of character cards would you recommend for Demon Slayer and Viper?

  152. JiaChen

    Dear Ayumilove,

    What set of character cards would you recommend for Phantom?

  153. Ayumilove Post author

    @sniper: All warrior card deck (Aran, Kaiser, Demon Avenger) + (Mihile, Dawn Warrior, Dark Knight) + (Luminous, Battle Mage, Kanna) just for its bonus 3-deck card effect.

  154. sniper

    Dear Ayumilove,

    What set of character cards would you recommend for Demon Avenger?

  155. SoFarSoFail

    @Ayumilove: Ahh I see…. Thank you so much for your prompt clarification.

    Btw, is Hayato card effect Critical Rate +1/2/3/4% or +2/4/6/8%? Some other guide stated that its +2/4/6/8%. I’m not sure which is the right one though. Just so you know..

    Regards

  156. Ayumilove Post author

    @SoFarSoFail: At the point the guide was made, there was only 2 card decks. MapleStory has increased the limit to 3 card decks. Xenon is considered both Thief and Pirate. So you can mix Xenon with 2 Thief Cards (Shadower + Night Lord) or 2 Pirate Cards (Buccaneer + Gunslinger).

  157. SoFarSoFail

    Hi, I’ve got some questions.

    Well can say that I’m confused actually.

    From the 3rd deck KENT Deck Build suggested to include Angelic buster + buccaneer + Xenon for Ignore 6% Def effect. If im not mistaken the % def effect will only take place when there’s 3 Pirate job in the deck.

    Is Xenon consider a Thief or Pirate?

    Thanks.

    P/S you mentioned on the introduction “You will be provided 2 card decks”. Is it not 3 actually? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

  158. Jay

    Does this mean that kanna will not get any bonus damage from the Magical Storm Set? Kinda hard figuring out the best setup for kanna since she is the only mage without mana

  159. Ayumilove Post author

    @lifeless: Thanks for the notice! I have added Luminous into the table and Zen at the bottom part.

  160. lifeless

    the job bonus effect table is missing luminous while the bottom part is missing zen

  161. solid_ice8

    @sCxLumi; that’s not the case.

    http://postimg.org/gallery/1d0pmma4/

    3 S Rank Cygnus VS 3 S Rank Explorers

    You’ll noticed that Cygnus set is missing that +5 all stats

    I imagine that they’ll fix it when Night Walker and Blaze Wizard gets revamped as well.

  162. sCxLumi

    Isnt the cygnus have S and SS grade since some Cygnus had revamped

  163. Ayumilove Post author

    @Dizzykiller: Xenon character card can be used as a Thief/Pirate (example: Xenon + Angelic Buster + Corsair OR Xenon + Dual Blade + Night Lord). Tested in GMS v145.

  164. Dizzykiller

    Ayumilove , may I ask? Xenon consider theif card or pirate card? And let’s say if I put xenon in 1st deck with another 2 theif, and as my 2nd 2 pirate..which set bonus will active?

  165. Ayumilove Post author

    @John Paul: Thanks for the note! I’ll add them right away :)

  166. John Paul

    Zero’s Character card system is quite different if you feel like editing it :o

    Lv 120 – B
    Lv 140 – A
    Lv 160 – S
    Lv 200 – SS

  167. Ayumilove Post author

    @Days: They should stack with one another since both are from different classes. I have yet to test it. Please feedback if you manage to test it :)

  168. Days

    Hello Ayumi, does marksman and hayato link skill stack? both adding critical %

  169. Eomin

    Is the warrior set bonus based on max hp or base hp

  170. ltohack

    Does anyone know if the Three-of-a-kind Deck bonuses stack?

    For example, if I were to have three decks made with characters of all S rank:
    Deck 1: Paladin-Demon Slayer-Demon Avenger
    Deck 2: Hayato-Dark Knight-Hero
    Deck 3: Mihile-Dawn Warrior-Kaiser

    Would I recieve 3x Warrior’s Feat (3 Rank S Cards – ATK, HP and MP – ATK +3, M.ATK +3, Boss ATK +3%, HP +700, MP +700) and 3x Powerful Charge (3 Warrior Cards – HP bonus damage – +8%)? That would be 24% bonus damage from Hp lol.

  171. Ieatmonkey

    to Teddy, yes that set works, i’m currently using that set bonus with all 3 of em at rank S, and giving 6% ignore def as a set bonus.

  172. lego101

    hello ayumi. As you know, the RED patch is coming soon to GMS, so i decided to open the new cleric. i have a lot of cards, and i dont know which decks combination will be the best. my cards are: mrcedes-A, cannoner-B, demon slayer-A, phantom-A, luminous-S, kaiser-B, aran-B, angelic-B, kanna-B, hayato-A, thunder braker-B and spearman-B. I really apprecaite if you’ll help me

  173. Teddy

    Hi ayumi just wondering the pirate set deck can I have like a striker bucc and xenon and still get the effect?

  174. Angrybirds

    How can i get a deck that adds both luk and wepon attack?

  175. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Shulily, they are not the same. Damage and weapon attack are totally different. 1 Weapon Attack would produce around 30-50+ damage depending on your job. Claw with higher attack than average would produce more damage compared to a sword if used by an Assassin.

  176. SHULILY

    hello ayumi. i love all your guides. when i need help or im confused about something i check your guides. all are a big help! thanks! my question is about the “+3 damage per lvl” can you pls clear me that part? this is how i understands it. +3 per lvl = i multiply +3 to my current lvl e.g 3×150 giving me +450 damage. is that correct? wait ummm.. nvm… i thought damage and weapon attack are the same thing lol. my bad

  177. Pandi

    Do you think you could update the “LIST OF BEST CARD COMBINATIONS”?

  178. uchihajaw

    paladin att 1.5 is better then bucanner ?

  179. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Leonid, thanks for the feedback on the Hayato Card :D I learnt something new from you too!

  180. Leonid

    well this is embarrassing, apparently you have to have 2nd job before you can use even the first card.
    i got the 2nd job for my hayato and the it was the hayato card

  181. Leonid

    Hi Ayumilove, i got a lvl 49 cannoneer, lvl 91 dawn warrior and just go a lvl 30 hayato and i have no idea why i cant find a card for hayato it only shows 2 card. i got hayato so i can get a warrior set cause my dawn warrior has like no mp capacity. so can you help me understand why i got no third card, do i have to get to higher lvl or get second job first?
    Thank you in advance amyumilove

  182. Juniar

    hello Ayumilove , i want to ask that if i have 6 mage , can i get double
    Magician Damage Boosting Deck ?

  183. SoR0XaS

    @lalalalala, yes it does.

  184. lalalalala

    is evan and luminous counted as magician??? for example if i were to have luminous evan and ice/lightning in one set does it count as 3 magician cards?? :O

  185. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi PyreXiaVzla, you can have several Warrior’s Feat Bonus. If you have 2 Decks that meets that requirements, you have 2 Warrior’s Feat.

  186. PyreXiaVzla

    Hi Ayumilove, thank you so much for providing us the best guide for maple!

    I have a question though, let say I have Deck 1,
    a Rank S Luminous
    a Rank S Mercedes
    a Rank S Phantom
    this deck will give me the bonus of “Warrior’s Feat” and “The Glorious Return” correct?

    If I equip my Deck 2,
    a Rank S I/P Mage
    a Rank S Luminous
    a Rank S Battle Mage

    Will I have another bonus of “Warrior’s Feat” or I can only receive 1 “Warrior’s Feat” from 2 decks?
    Please correct me if I’m wrong. Thanks a lot!

  187. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi GW, it only adds few damage to your total damage, not weapon attack.

  188. GW

    Hi ayumi,about paladin card info.Does it add weapon attk per lvl? And baucaneer,what does bonus dmge per level mean? It adds to ur range/to ur dmge applied on boss??

  189. SoR0XaS

    Here’s mine.

    Xenon + AB + Striker (6% def ignored) [S rank Pirate’s way]
    Captain + DB + Crossbowmaster ( all stat +7) [S rank Free Spirit]
    Kaiser + DA + Mihile ( 8% hp to bonus damage) [S rank powerful charge]

    Hope this helps!

  190. Leonid

    Hi Ayumilove, thx for your help but i for got to mention that my Cygnus knight is i magician and and not one of the 3 that got buffed so i he can only go up to 120 and i don’t know if any of those are an issue.

  191. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Leonid, perhaps MapleStory developers have yet to update Cygnus Knight card rank yet even though they have implemented the Cygnus Awakening patch.

  192. Leonid

    Hi Ayumilove, i was just wondering why dont i get a second triple S effect when i have a triple S effect and in the second set have 2 lvl 140 cards with one cygnus knight at lvl 120? is it because cygnus knights dont count? or someting like that?

  193. proSnapple

    For all explorer theif, SPEED and JUMP is mandatory. technically this make theives useless.

  194. A noob

    Marksman (Critical chance) +1/2/3/4% vs Hayato (Critical Rate) +1/2/3/4%

    Don’t these two mean the same thing?

  195. Edwin

    izzit now Cygnus up to 200 lvl can get SS card in MapleSea?

  196. Kent

    hm maybe the 3 of a kind bonus section can be improved to split into “unique deck bonuses(only can have one of each)” and “stack-able deck bonuses” all those bonuses that start with “warrior’s … to completed warrior are stack-able. Magical storm and the rest that require a specific combination are unique, and can only provide the bonuses once.

  197. Amosai

    Hi! Can i ask if i have 6 magician cards, is it possible for me to get 2 magical storm decks? Would they stack? Thanks in advance for the answer!

    Special Note: This website is GREAT! Helped a lot when i started maplestory! Keep it up!

  198. Kent

    Some minor changes that can be made to the card deck build, replace Angelic Buster with striker to further increase damage, and if u boss a lot u may want to replace paladin with Demon Avenger for a little more damage on bosses.

    So the new deck builds I use as shown below

    1) Dark knight + Kaiser + paladin( 4% hp + 40 Str + 1.5 x level damage) 8% hp to damage
    2) Battle mage + Evan + F/P mage( -4% damage taken + 70% chance to restore 6% mp + 4%mp) 8% mp to damage
    3) Striker + buccaneer + Xenon ( 4 damage/level + 4 damage/level + 20 str/luk/dex) ignore 6% def
    The second deck build /2) can be replaced by 3 thieves for 3 % max crit damage ( only for characters with high crit rate 70% or more to be effective)

    You can do the calculations to see either 3 thieves or 3 Mage gives you a better damage boost, e.g. a 17k range 4k mp, 0.08 x 4000 = 320 damage from mp, 0.7 x 0.03 x 17000 = 357 effective damage increase(not shown in range) which makes 3 thieves only slightly better in this case.

    Another thing, I’m not sure if % total damage increase (wild rage/elementalism/ potential from weapons) affects these damage increase whether from buccaneer/striker/ % hp to range/ % mp to range. Has anyone tried it? Does it add the damage before or after the % total damage multiplier has been applied?

    Finally, status resist etc, utility wise, I can get enough from link skills , therefore I choose to maximise damage for Deck builds

  199. Ayumilove Post author

    Thanks for your input Guilt, probably I could try our your deck card combination once I have my Dark Knight and Battle Mage setup :)

  200. Guilt

    My all-purpose warrior setup:

    1.) Dark Knight [+% Max HP], Kaiser [+STR], Hayato [+% Min. Crit. Dmg.] => 3 Warrior Bonus.

    2.) Angelic Buster [+DEX], Xenon [+STR/DEX/LUK], Mechanic [+% Buff Duration] => 3 Pirate Bonus.

    3.) Battle Mage [+% Dmg. Reduction], Demon Slayer [+% Status Resist], Demon Avenger [+% Boss Dmg.] => 3 Resistance Bonus.

    It doesn’t completely maximize damage, but since the Bucc and Pally effects are negligible even at lvl 200+, I’ve foregone them for more utility. Likewise, as warriors don’t exactly have the highest MP, I’ve found more success with the diverse effects of various Resistance cards than with the 3 Magician Bonus.

  201. Kent

    yep tried it too, doesn’t work, upon inspection I found that it read unique deck bonus, which means you can only have 1 type of deck bonus, “powerful charge/ Pirate’s Way.. etc “

  202. izoZZZ

    hmm tried making 2 decks of warrior(consisting of 6 different warriors) didnt work to get the additional 8% hp added to damage

  203. Kent

    That’s also an interesting idea, I’ve never tried that myself, was just playing around with the characters i already created. Maybe I’ll try that out, and if i do , ill post if you can stack 2 powerful charges.

  204. izoZZZ

    Kent build looks interesting,
    BUt if i were to change it from

    2) Battle mage + Evan + F/P mage( -4% damage taken + 70% chance to restore 6% mp + 4%mp) 8% mp to damage
    to
    Demon Avenger+Demon Slayer+(any other warrior ie aran/hero) Would the 8% hp added to dmg stack with 1?

  205. Ayumilove Post author

    Thanks Kent for sharing your MapleStory Deck Card Build! Other players might find it useful to learn how to increase their current damage.

  206. Kent

    My 3 decks, for maximum damage, not including cygnus chars

    1) Dark knight + Kaiser + paladin( 4% hp + 40 Str + 1.5 x level damage) 8% hp to damage

    2) Battle mage + Evan + F/P mage( -4% damage taken + 70% chance to restore 6% mp + 4%mp) 8% mp to damage

    3) Angelic buster + buccaneer + Xenon ( 40 dex + 4 damage/level + 20 str/luk/dex) ignore 6% def

    Or for mage
    1) Dark knight + aran + paladin
    2) luminous + I/L mage + F/P mage
    3) Buccaneer + xenon + Cannoneer or Angelic Buster

  207. anonymous

    I think it was a mistranslation they did from kms, probably + 150 physical damage(ATT)/ 150 damage to your range

  208. Colin

    hey Ayumi,
    I’m just curious about something :
    Buccaneer (Bonus damage per level) +2/3/4/5
    Paladin (ATK per level) +0.5/1/1.5/2

    this means per character level right? like for Buccaneer, if I’m lvl 100 it adds 500dmg to my range. and for Pala’s card, if I’m lvl 100, it adds 150 atk? and atk meaning damage range or atk as in Weapon Attack?

  209. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Dylan, probably I guess Xenon can fit in both roles (pirate and thief).

  210. Dylan

    My Deck was:
    Hayato
    Kaiser
    Paladin

    I think this works best for Kaiser, what do you thinkt

    Btw, if I did a set of 3 thieves or 3 pirates, would Xenon be pirate or thief?

    Thanks

  211. bryan

    hmm what is your opinon on aran card? do you think it is good?

  212. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi iDreamyDark, net damage is acquired by subtracting from physical defense, whereas net magic damage is acquired by subtracting from magical defense. If you are a non-magician hitting on a high-magic-defense monster, your damage will not be reduced by it. Therefore, to train efficiently, you need to know your monsters specs :) Some of the high magic defense monsters are pixies (star, lunar, sun). Warriors love to train on them but they deal quite a punch with magic attacks. If you could kill them within 1-2 hits quickly, you avoid receiving magic damage.

  213. iDreamyDark

    Ayumi i was wondering is their a diffrence between Damage in general and Magic Damage ?

  214. Kelvin

    Can I have 1 hero set n 1 resistance set together?

  215. micklyo

    What is the different between Critical Rate (Hayato) & Critical chance (Marksman)?
    Thanks in advance.

  216. Joel Chan

    Does Luminous count as a Magician card?

  217. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi bryan, thanks for highlighting the missing Zen Grade + Bonus Effects. Could any Zen players share what effects they provide?

  218. bryan

    what about zen?

  219. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Joe, I have updated Blaze Magician Rank B and Rank A stats. Thanks for the notice!

  220. Joe

    Blaze Mage B rank 0.5ma, A rank 1ma per lv. Not %. >.<.

  221. Benard Peh Chong Lin

    If I got 6 Warriors of S rank, Can I make 2 Warrior Deck of Powerful charge [2x(8% Hp into damage)]?
    And how is the %Hp damage being calculate?
    Is the damage output of powerful charge higher than S rank Buccaneer & Striker & Xenon combine effect? Take example if the Powerful charges has Paladin & Aran & Dark Knight. Effect on a Warrior class, maybe Kaiser
    I know there is a lot of calculations for the last question but if u can explain the maths of hp% damage then mostly I will be able to calculate myself for the last question.

  222. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Anything, currently GMS has 2 decks. Maximum is 3 decks. Not sure if KMS has 5 decks.

  223. Anything

    In msea we r allowed to use 3 decks

  224. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi IxKatarax, they can stack with one another as long the link skills differs (different name skill from different jobs)

  225. IxKataraxI

    Hi Ayumilove,thanks for the reply.Here is my last question.Is the paladin and baucanner card effect stackable??

  226. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi IxKataraxI, Paladin Card formula is something like this: For instance, you have SS Paladin Card (effect is 2x) and your Dual Blade (DB) is Level 100. Physical Damage = Dual Blade Level * Paladin Effect. So, 100 x 2 = 200 damage added to your physical damage range. So if your current Dual Blade physical damage range is 3000-4000, it will become 3200-4200. The higher your Dual Blade is, the more damage you will gain from Paladin Card Effect. However, for Buccaneer, it boost both physical and magical damage, and does it alot more than Paladin. For example, you have SS Buccaneer Character Card (effect is 5x) and your Dual Blade (DB) Level is 100, Physical and Magical Damage = Dual Blade Level * Buccaneer Card Effect, 500 = 100 x 5. If your current damage range is 3000-4000, it will become 3500-4500 for both magician and non-magician. In short, go get the Buccaneer Character Card if you want to link to Magician and Non-Magician.

  227. IxKataraxI

    Hi Ayumilove,
    Firstly,i would like to thank you for the guides,its really good and I had recommended to my friends.I have one question about the card effect on paladin and baucanner. For baucanner (plus 3 dmge per lvl),lets say i have a lvl 100 baucanner,does it mean that my db will receive 3*100 dmge as well?If it is,can it be stacked with paladin’s dmge (1 weapon dmge per lvl)?
    Please please reply asap.I would like to train both if there is dmge added to my db :)
    Many thanks

  228. Ayumilove Post author

    Thanks Jose Kok for the compliment :)

  229. Jose Kok

    ayumi.. your guide is the best =D

  230. Ah Jin

    Is Striker and Thunder Breaker the same job?Why they are Adding different stats?=…=

  231. Ayumilove Post author

    Sorry RaikaZero for the slow reply. Was busy preparing for exams :( I have added Xenon Card stats into the list. Thanks for the reminder!

  232. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Collis, Buccaneer would be better than Paladin.

  233. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Jeremy, it only applies to your total base damage. Obviously its not weapon attack or magic attack. Otherwise, it will be to overpowered :D

  234. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Edward, 3 Warrior Cards means any job which is a warrior (can equip warrior armor) is a warrior. For example, Dawn Warrior is a Warrior. Mihile is a warrior. Warrior can be from different categories such as Cygnus Knight, Resistance, Legends, Explorer, Nova, Sengoku.

  235. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Bubbles, to answer your question, three-of-a-kind deck effect is stackable.

  236. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi cheh1, I have added Luminous Deck/Card Stats Benefits :)

  237. cheh1

    Hello Ayumi. You seem to be missing Luminous from the list~

  238. Jeremy

    for the pure damage deck does the +3 damage for buccaneer and thunder breaker apply to both wa and ma or does it apply to wa only?

  239. Bubbles

    Hi Ayumilove and all,

    Just wondering if anyone happen to know whether the three-of-a-kind deck effect is stackable? For example, if I have 6 unique warrior cards – hero, dark knight, aran, mihile, paladin, demon slayer, does that mean that I would have 2 times of “Powerful Charge (3 Warrior Cards – HP bonus damage)” effect?

    Thanks in advance. =)

  240. edward

    i was wondering, 3 Warrior Cards mean any character that is using warrior equipment? or must be Dark Knight, Paladin n Hero?

  241. collis

    what the different of +3 damage per level (Buccaneer) and +1 Weapon Damage per level (Paladin) ? which more better ? which card shld i get ?

  242. collis

    hi, i play maplesea and i had done my lvl 120 stricker and planning to create a ua to get the nice dmg character card. To create paladin or buccaneer which better to boost my main WH dmg ? any suggestion for me ? thx and appreaciate alot.

  243. Hollow

    Hi I have three characters a hayato, kanna, and demon slayer. I’m wondering which would give my characters more of a damage boost in the long run.

    -Deleting my kanna and creating another warrior in order to get the 3 warrior card set

    -keeping my kanna and using its link skill (10% damage)

    and if I were to pick another warrior to make what options should i consider?

  244. RaikaZero

    Dark_wizzie@ It stacks, I have 2 Warrior’s Feats & The Glorious Return.
    Also Ayumi you forgot Xenon card.

  245. Dark_wizzie

    I assume bonus set effects don’t stack; 3 adventurers level 200 will get the level 200 set effect, instead of having 3 adventurer set effect.

  246. Neph

    How does buccaneer and pally’s atack/dmg per lvl works? And does Marksman’s critical chance have any diff from critical rate? Answers would be much appreciated.

  247. RaikaZero

    The Sengoku class has a custom card. It appears to be white. Possibly having it own deck.

  248. AznInQuestion

    Okay Thanks Ayumi!!

  249. Darkstar

    nice post… what’s the difference between +? Damage & +? Weapon attack and which one is better? TQ for your kind reply :)

  250. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi AznInQuestion, all jobs that can reach level 200 is based on the following grade system: (Grade B : 30-59) , (Grade A: 60-99) , (Grade S: 100-199) , (Grade SS: 200). Cygnus Knights which have a maximum level cap of 120 follows this grading system: (Grade B: 30-69) , (Grade A : 70-120).

  251. AznInQuestion

    Thanks for the post and are you sure it is still 120? I have a Mihile and he is level 100 but has a S card grade is that for all classes but cygnus and evans? just my curiosity sorry if it is bothersome