MapleStory Link Skills is only available in certain jobs which can be shared with only one character in the same world. Link skill have 3 levels. The first level is unlocked at Level 1 but can only be shared upon reaching Level 70. The second level is unlocked upon reaching Level 120. The third level is unlocked at Level 210. It does not follow Level 60 nor Level 100 Tempest Job Advancement. Also Level 2 Link Skills happen to be release later depending on different MapleStory region, so it might be available in KMS but not in GMS yet or perhaps both have not implement Level 2 yet. Link skills allows you to grant another character within the same world with the abilities from the original character. Cygnus Knights Blessing Skills is not a link skill since it does not link to 1 character but it applies its benefits to the whole world (not just one character).
Link Skill News
[UPDATE 2013-NOV-28] It seems that GMS players found that there is a limit of 12 link skills that you can linked to 1 character. To see the limit of link skills, open up your skill tab, click on the link skill icon and you will notice x/12 Transferred Skill. If it doesn’t for your MapleStory client, it means they have yet to impose the cap for link skills per character.
[2013-JUN-14] Several characters’ link skills will now go up to level 3 when they reach level 210. This includes the link skills for Cannoneers, Mercedes, Phantom, Luminous, the Demon Slayer, Mihile, Kaiser, and Angelic Buster.
Link Skill Limitations
1. You can’t have 2 of the same jobs linking 1 character.
2. You can’t link a skill to 2 or more characters in the same world.
3. The linked character can be changed once a day.
4. A character can be linked by one or more classes that have a link skill.
5. You can start sharing your link skill to another character if the linker is Level 70 and above.
Link Skill Level Unlock
Link Skill Level 1 – Character Level 1
Link Skill Level 2 – Character Level 120
Link Skill Level 3 – Character Level 210
Top 12 Link Skills to Use
1. Mercedes (Exp Rate Boost for Training Level 1-250)
2. Zero (Ignore Enemy Defense and Reduce Damage Taken)
3. Kaiser (Max HP)
4. Kanna (Damage)
5. Zen / Jett (Stats + Weapon/Magic Attack)
6. Luminious (Ignore Defense)
7. Demon Avenger (Damage)
8. Beast Tamer (Boss Damage, Critical Rate, Max HP and Max MP)
9. Demon Slayer (Boss Damage)
10. Phantom (Critical Rate)
11. Hayato (Weapon/Magic Attack)
12. Cannoneer (All Stats)
13. Xenon (Additional STR, DEX, LUK Stats)
14. Angelic Buster (Temporary Skill Damage Boost)
List of Link Skills by Jobs
The stats below each skills applies to linked characters.
Angelic Buster (Terms and Conditions)
Temporarily boost damage for 10 seconds. Cooldown 90 seconds.
LV1: +60% skill damage for 10 sec when active
LV2: +90% skill damage for 10 sec when active
LV3: +120% skill damage for 10 sec when active
Beast Tamer (Elf Focus)
LV1: Boss damage +4%, Critical rate +4% and MaxHP MaxMP +3%
LV2: Boss damage +7%, Critical rate +7% and MaxHP MaxMP +4%
LV3: Boss damage +10%, Critical rate +10% and MaxHP MaxMP +5%
Cannoneer (Pirate Blessing)
Permanently boost all stats, Max HP and Max MP. Useful if you have insufficient secondary stat for equipment OR use it to boost your Max HP for higher survivability in boss raids.
LV1: Permanently increases STR by 15, DEX by 15, INT by 15, LUK by 15, Max HP by 5%, and Max MP by 5%.
LV2: Permanently increases STR by 25, DEX by 25, INT by 25, LUK by 25, Max HP by 10%, and Max MP by 10%.
LV3: Permanently increases STR by 35, DEX by 35, INT by 35, LUK by 35, Max HP by 15%, and Max MP by 15%.
Demon Avenger (Wild Rage)
Permanently increases damage.
LV1: +5% Damage.
LV2: +10% Damage.
LV3: +15% Damage.
Demon Slayer (Fury Unleashed)
LV1: +10% Damage to Bosses.
LV2: +15% Damage to Bosses.
LV3: +20% Damage to Bosses.
Eunwol / Shade (Close Call)
LV1: Ignore Death Chance +5%
LV2: Ignore Death Chance +10%
LV3: Ignore Death Chance +15%
LV1: 4% minimum critical damage.
LV2: 8% minimum critical damage.
Hayato (Keen Edge)
LV1: Increase all stats by 10 and weapon attack by 5.
LV2: Not Available!
LV3: Not Available!
Zen / Jett (Core Aura)
Adds random stats to STR/DEX/INT/LUK and WATT/MATT (? for level 2). You can use NX Items purchased from Cash Shop to change the Core Aura’s stats. Currently Jett has max Level 1 Link Skill.
1. Supernova Dust – Change Core Aura’s stats.
2. Cosmic Dust Shifter – Rotate stats of Core Aura. Changing STR > DEX > INT > LUK.
3. Condensed Supernova Dust – Change Core Aura’s stats with a higher chance of better stats.
4. Stellar Cosmic Solidifier – Lock Core Aura’s stats for 30 days. Can stack up to 365 days and will unlock if Core Aura’s stat is changed by using an item.
5. Star Dust – Change Core Aura stats. Available only from monster drops.
LV1: STR, DEX, INT, LUK, Weapon ATT, Magic ATT. (Small Boost)
LV2: STR, DEX, INT, LUK, Weapon ATT, Magic ATT. (Medium Boost)
LV3: STR, DEX, INT, LUK, Weapon ATT, Magic ATT. (Large Boost)
Kaiser (Iron Will)
Permanently increases Max HP.
LV1: +10% Max HP.
LV2: +15% Max HP.
LV3: +20% Max HP.
Deepens your connection to the elements to provide a permanent damage increase.
LV1: +5% Damage.
LV2: +10% Damage.
LV3: Not Available!
Luminous (Light Wash / Permeate)
Ignores a portion of enemy defense (magic and weapon defense).
LV1: Ignores 10% Defense.
LV2: Ignores 15% Defense.
LV3: Ignores 20% Defense.
Mercedes (Elven Blessing)
[ACTIVE] Sends you to Elluel, cooldown 1800 seconds. Passively increases EXP Rate. Best skill to gain more experience when training your primary character to Level 200 OR use it to travel back to Victoria Island. Elluel is a secret hideout accessible by Mercedes only.
LV1: +10% EXP
LV2: +15% EXP
LV3: +20% EXP
Mihile (Guardian of Light)
Temporarily resist knockback from enemy attacks. Cooldown 180 seconds.
LV1: 100% Knockback Resist for 90 sec.
LV2: 100% Knockback Resist for 110 sec.
LV3: 100% Knockback Resist for 130 sec.
Phantom (Deadly Instinct)
Permanently increases Critical Rate.
LV1: +10% Critical Rate.
LV2: +15% Critical Rate.
LV3: +20% Critical Rate.
Cygnus Knights (Cygnus Blessing)
Increases resistance to statuses and elements. You can stack this Link Skill up to 5 times. If linked, this skill’s effects will be reduced to 2% (5% for level 2).
LV1: +2% Resistance.
LV2: +5% Resistance.
If other Cygnus job classes exist on one account, then they can be stacked up to 5 times for each character to grant a link skill. Effects are reduced when used as a link skill. The link skill(s) can be stacked up to five(5) because of the five(5) different Cygnus job classes. IE: One(1) of each Cygnus job class will stack, but not multiples of the same class. Example: Soul Warrior Dawn Warrior + Blaze Wizard Flame Wizard + Wind Breaker Wind Archer + Striker Thunder Breaker + Night Walker
Xenon (Hybrid Logic)
Permanently increases all stats.
LV1: +5% All Stats (STR, DEX ,LUK, INT)
LV2: +10% All Stats (STR, DEX, LUK, INT)
Zero (Rhinne’s Blessing)
Ignore Enemy Defense +2/4/6/8/10% and Damage Taken -3/6/9/12/15%
This skill can be leveled up by collecting the Goddess’ tears.