MapleStory Marksman Skill Build Guide

MapleStory Archer Marksman Archer can advanced as a Bow Master or Marksman. This specific job route is determined when you reach Level 30. For this job, you will undergo as Crossbowman (2nd Job Advancement), Sniper (3rd Job Advancement) and Marksman (4th Job Advancement).

Marksman Overview

CLASS: Adventurer/Explorer
PRIMARY WEAPON: Crossbow, Crossbow Arrow
CHARACTER CARD: Critical chance +1/2/3/4%
JOB SKILLS: I: ArcherII: CrossbowmanIII: SniperIV: MarksmanHyper Skills

Marksman Changelog

GMS v.163 – FIREPOWER Updates (2015-06-30)
GMS v.150 – Rising Heroes (2014-06-17)
GMS v.143 – RED Part 1: First Impact (2013-12-04)
GMS v.137 – Unleashed (2013-06-19)
GMS v.132 – Hyper Evolution (2013-04-03)
GMS v.123 – Tempest (2012-11-28)
GMS v.118 – Champions (2012-09-21)

Marksman Pros and Cons

+ Sharp eye (Max crit damage +30% and Critical Rate +20%) is an awesome party buff!
+ 3rd job Aggressive resistance prevents one-hit-KO as it removes 60% damage intake.
+ Puppet to pull aggro. Useful during gollux fights and different multi-platform maps.
+ Unique play style. Aware of how far you are from boss to output max damage.
+ Excellent mobility with double jump and awesome hookshot macro.
+ High % skills allowing you to farm in Twilight Perion early with Pierce arrow.
+ Overall best archer for mobbing and best bossing mid-ranged funding.
– Worst hyper in the game. Buff is useless, and attack is weaker than all 3rd job skills.
– Damage heavily influenced by distance away from mob.
– Going up in range is extremely hard due to lack of Attack% buff skills.
– Insanely unstable damage (20% min crit damage and 120% max critical damage.
– Most crossbows cover up your beautiful face. Need good cash shop weapons.

Archer 1st Job Skills

Please refer to Archer 1st Job Skill Build Guide as it is shared by Bow Master and Marksman.

Crossbowman – Archer 2nd Job Skills

Physical Training (Passive)
Improves STR and DEX permanently through physical training.
Level 1: Permanently increase STR by 6 and DEX by 6.
Level 5: Permanently increase STR by 30 and DEX by 30.

Crossbow Booster (Supportive)
Required Skill: Crossbow Mastery (5)
Doubles the attack speed of your weapon. Must have a crossbow equipped.
Level 1: MP Cost: 29, Duration: 20 sec
Level 10: MP Cost: 11, Duration: 200 sec

Iron Arrow (Active)
Fires a steel arrow that can penetrate a crowd of enemies.
Level 1: MP Cost: 11, Damage: 279%, Max Enemies Hit: 6
Level 20: MP Cost: 15, Damage: 450%, Max Enemies Hit: 6

Soul Arrow: Crossbow (Supportive)
Increases Weapon ATT and allows you to use a Crossbow without using arrows for a short time.
Level 1: MP Cost: 13, increases Weapon ATT by 11 for 66 sec, able to attack without consuming arrows
Level 20: MP Cost: 22, increases Weapon ATT by 30 for 180 sec, able to attack without consuming arrows

Crossbow Mastery (Passive)
Increases the weapon mastery and accuracy of crossbows.
Level 1: Crossbow Mastery: +14%, Accuracy: +12
Level 10: Crossbow Mastery: +50%, Accuracy: +120

Final Attack: Crossbow (Passive)
Required Skill: Crossbow Mastery (3)
Grants a chance to deal additional damage after an attack. Must have a crossbow equipped.
Level 1: Proc Rate: 2%, Damage: 100%
Level 20: Proc Rate: 40%, Damage: 150%

Net Toss (Active)
Throws a net on enemies, limiting their movements and inflicting damage.
Level 1: MP Cost: 12, Attack up to 8 enemies with 161% damage 2 times. At 25% chance, enemies can’t be moved for 6 sec. For bosses, it only lasts for half as long and movement speed will be reduced by 50%

[Specialized Skill] When attacking nearby enemies, increase your critical hit rate; when attacking far away enemies, increase your total damage.
Level 1: Enemies between 18 and 200 distance – Critical Hit Rate: +3% to +20%, Far Enemies – Total Damage: +4% to 30%

Crossbowman – Archer 2nd Job Skill Build: Everything maxed except Iron Arrow.
0. Rangefinder is auto-maxed.
1. Iron Arrow (1) Soul Arrow: Crossbow (1)
2. Crossbow Mastery (MAX)
3. Crossbow Booster (3)
4. Soul Arrow: Crossbow (MAX)
5. Physical Training (MAX)
6. Iron Arrow (19/20)
7. Crossbow Booster (MAX)
8. Final Attack: Crossbow (MAX)
9. Net Toss (MAX)

Sniper – Archer 3rd Job Skills

Dragon’s Breath
Draws upon the spirit of the dragon to fire a powerful arrow of tremendous force that knocks back enemies. The arrow becomes more powerful the more enemies it passes through. Note: Pierce effect is 1.2x per monster, identical to Pierce.
Level 1: MP Cost: 20, Damage: 453%, Max Enemies Hit: 6
Level 10: MP Cost: 28, Damage: 525%, Max Enemies Hit: 6

Explosive Bolt
Cause small bolts to discharge from enemies you strike. The initial target takes more damage.
Level 1: MP Cost: 12, Damage: 548%, Number of Hits: 1, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Initial Target – Damage: +143%, Range: 400
Level 20: MP Cost: 18, Damage: 700%, Number of Hits: 1, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Initial Target – Damage: +200%, Range: 400

Freezer (Element: Ice)
Temporarily summons Freezer to deal Ice damage to up to 4 monsters. Permanently increases weapon and magic defense.
Level 1: MP Cost: 43, Duration: 76 sec, Damage: 228%, Max Enemies Hit: 4, Freeze Duration: 1 sec, Passive Effect – Weapon and Magic Defense: +3%
Level 10: MP Cost: 70, Duration: 220 sec, Damage: 390%, Max Enemies Hit: 4, Freeze Duration: 3 sec, Passive Effect – Weapon and Magic Defense: +30%

Reckless Hunt: Crossbow
[Toggle Skill] Reduce your weapon and magic avoid to increase your critical hit rate and critical damage.
Level 1: Weapon and Magic Avoid: -5%, Maximum Critical Damage: +7%
Level 10: Weapon and Magic Avoid: -50%, Maximum Critical Damage: +25%

Pain Killer
Consume herbs collected from your travels to escape status effects. Permanently improves your status effect and elemental resistances.
Level 1: MP Cost: 31, Status Effect Cancel, Duration: 1 sec, Status Effect Immunity – Cooldown Time: 642 sec, Passive Effect – Status Effect and Elemental Resistance: +1%
Level 20: MP Cost: 50, Status Effect Cancel, Duration: 1 sec, Status Effect Immunity – Cooldown Time: 300 sec, Passive Effect – Status Effect and Elemental Resistance: +20%

Fire a hook at the furthest enemy within range, dealing damage and pulling yourself behind it. While moving, you cannot take touch damage. Permanently increases your max HP.
Level 1: MP Cost: 12, Damage: 116%, Passive Effect – Max HP: +4%
Level 10: MP Cost: 21, Damage: 170%, Passive Effect – Max HP: +40%

Evasion Boost
Improves your chances to dodge enemy attacks. When you succeed, your attacks for the next 1 second will be Critical Hits.
Note: Evasion Rate is the rate at which a character avoids damage by its Avoidability stat, i.e. 50% chance to Avoid from stat with 20% Evasion Rate = 50 * 1.2 = 60% chance to Avoid
Level 1: Evasion Rate: +12%, Avoid success, all attacks for 1 sec will be Critical Hits
Level 10: Evasion Rate: +30%, Avoid success, all attacks for 1 sec will be Critical Hits

When attacking, ignore some of the monster’s defense. Permanently increases accuracy and damage.
Level 1: Defense Ignored: 6%, Accuracy: +6%, Total Damage: +5%
Level 20: Defense Ignored: 25%, Accuracy: +25%, Total Damage: +15%

Mortal Blow
Has a chance to instantly kill an enemy, recovering HP and MP.
Level 1: Activation Rate: 3% when HP is below 3%, Recovers 1% HP and MP
Level 10: Activation Rate: 15% when HP is below 30%, Recovers 5% HP and MP

Aggressive Resistance
Absorb some of the damage you deal, temporarily creating a barrier that will block damage taken. Rather than stacking the effect, each attack will renew the barrier.
Level 1: Every 8 sec, 2% of damage done converted into a shield, absorbing 6% damage taken – Maximum HP Absorbed: 11%
Level 10: Every 8 sec, 20% of damage done converted into a shield, absorbing 60% damage taken – Maximum HP Absorbed: 65%

Sniper – Archer 3rd Job Skill Build: Everything maxed except Dragon’s Breath.
1. Hookshot, Dragon’s Breath, Explosive Bolt, Freezer (1)
2. Reckless Hunt: Crossbow (MAX)
3. Marksmanship (MAX)
4. Explosive Bolt (MAX)
5. Freezer (MAX)
6. Hookshot (MAX)
7. Mortal Blow (MAX)
8. Aggressive Resistance (MAX)
9. Evasion Boost (MAX)
10. Pain Killer (MAX)
11. Dragon’s Breath (4/10)

Marksman – Archer 4th Job Skills

Last Man Standing
When attacking a single enemy who is alone, deal more damage.
Level 1: When there are no enemies within 80 Range of the target, Damage: +2%
Level 10: When there are no enemies within 80 Range of the target, Damage: +20%

Bolt Surplus
Attacks that deal two hits or more gain an additional hit, and Rangefinder’s effects are improved.
Level 1: Attacks that do 2 or more hits: +1 Hit, Rangefinder – Critical Hit Rate: 21%, Total Damage: 31%
Level 10: Attacks that do 2 or more hits: +1 Hit, Rangefinder – Critical Hit Rate: 30%, Total Damage: 40%

Piercing Arrow
Pierce through enemies with an arrow that amplifies its damage as it passes through targets. Note: Gains 1.2x damage for each monster it passes through.
Level 1: MP Cost: 24, Damage: 205%, Number of Hits: 4, Max Enemies Hit: 6, Range: 500
Level 30: MP Cost: 42, Damage: 350%, Number of Hits: 4, Max Enemies Hit: 6, Range: 500

Vital Hunter
Discover an enemy’s weakness at range, gaining the ability to shoot past its defenses. Note: Total Defense Ignore is reached at 400% range.
Level 1: Defense Ignored: +1%, For every 40 range, Defense Ignored: +1%, up to a total of +31%
Level 20: Defense Ignored: +10%, For every 40 range, Defense Ignored: +4%, up to a total of +50%

Crossbow Expert
Pre-requisite: Level 10 Crossbow Mastery
Increases Crossbow Mastery, Weapon Attack, and Maximum Critical Damage.
Level 1: Crossbow Mastery: 56%, Weapon ATT: +1, Maximum Critical Damage: +1%
Level 30: Crossbow Mastery: 70%, Weapon ATT: +30, Maximum Critical Damage: +15%

Arrow Illusion
Create an illusion out of arrows that will draw enemies in and damage them, as well as counterattack.
Level 1: MP Cost: 30, Duration: 16 sec, HP: 27,500, Area of Effect Damage: 113%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Stun Rate: 12%, Stun Duration: 1, Reflect Damage: 330%
Level 30: MP Cost: 70, Duration: 45 sec, HP: 100,000, Area of Effect Damage: 200%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Stun Rate: 70%, Stun Duration: 4, Reflect Damage: 1200%

Hero’s Will
Cures you from being Seduced. The cooldown decreases as the skill level increases.
Level 1: MP Cost: 30, Cooldown Time: 600 sec
Level 5: MP Cost: 30, Cooldown Time: 360 sec

Fire a carefully aimed shot for a chance to defeat an enemy with a single shot. Boss monsters resist this effect, but still take severe damage.
Level 1: MP Cost: 340, Instantly Defeats Normal Enemies, Damage: 2583%, Number of Hits vs. Boss Monsters: 1. Defense Ignored: 2%, Critical Hit Rate: 100%, Cooldown Time: 20 sec
Level 30: MP Cost: 50, Instantly Defeats Normal Enemies, Damage: 4410%, Number of Hits vs. Boss Monsters: 1. Defense Ignored: 20%, Critical Hit Rate: 100%, Cooldown Time: 5 sec

Illusion Step
Temporarily increases Dexteriy and avoid greatly. Permanently reduces damage taken from enemies. Note: Dodge Rate is its own individual rate, separate from avoid.
Level 1: MP Cost: 20, Duration: 66 sec, Dexterity: +11, Dodge Rate: +1%, Damage Taken: -2%
Level 30: MP Cost: 35, Duration: 240 sec, Dexterity: +40, Dodge Rate: +30%, Damage Taken: -20%

Sharp Eyes
Temporarily grants party members the ability to locate an enemy’s weak spot to deal fatal damage to that enemy.
Level 1: MP Cost: 30, Duration: 10 sec, Critical Hit Rate: +6%, Maximum Critical Damage: +1%
Level 30: MP Cost: 45, Duration: 300 sec, Critical Hit Rate: +20%, Maximum Critical Damage: +30%

Maple Warrior
Increases the stats of all party members.
Level 1: MP Cost: 10, Duration: 30 sec, All Stats: +1%
Level 30: MP Cost: 70, Duration: 900 sec, All Stats: +15%

Marksman – Archer 4th Job Skill Build: Everything maxed.
1. Piercing Arrow, Snipe, Bolt Surplus, Vital Hunter, Arrow Illusion (1)
2. Bolt Surplus (MAX)
3. Crossbow Expert (MAX)
4. Piercing Arrow (MAX)
5. Sharp Eyes (MAX)
6. Illusion Step (MAX)
7. Snipe (MAX)
8. Arrow Illusion (MAX)
9. Last Man Standing (MAX)
10. Vital Hunter (MAX)
11. Maple Warrior (MAX)
12. Hero Will (MAX)

Marksman Hyper Skills

Snipe – Cooldown Cutter
Required Level: 155
Snipe’s Cooldown Time -100%

Snipe – Limit Break
Required Level: 177
Increases Snipe’s maximum damage. Maximum Damage: 400,000,000

Snipe – Reinforce
Required Level: 195
Snipe Damage +20%

Piercing Arrow – Extra Strike
Required Level: 149
Piercing Arrow Number of Hits +1

Piercing Arrow – Reinforce
Required Level: 168
Piercing Arrow Damage +20%

Piercing Arrow – Spread
Required Level: 189
Piercing Arrow Max Enemies Hit +2

Sharp Eyes – Persist
Required Level: 143
Sharp Eyes Duration +30 sec

Sharp Eyes – Guardbreak
Required Level: 162
Sharp Eyes Ignore Enemy Defense +5%

Sharp Eyes – Critical Chance
Required Level: 183
Sharp Eyes Critical Hit Rate +5%

Bullseye Shot
Required Level: 150
With a remarkable amount of concentration, pinpoint your enemies’ weakspots and target them. MP Cost: 200, Duration: 30 sec, Critical Hit Rate: +20%, Maximum Critical Damage: +20%, Defense Ignored: +20% – Cooldown Time: 90 sec

High Speed Shot
Required Level: 170
Concentrate your body and soul into a single long range shot. MP Cost: 300, Damage: 4000%, Max Enemies Hit: 12 – Cooldown Time: 30 sec

Epic Adventure
Required Level: 200
A power only available to Adventurers who have explored the Maple World that increases your damage and maximum damage. MP Cost: 100, Duration: 60 sec, Damage: +10%, Max Damage: +5,000,000 – Cooldown Time: 120 sec

Marksman Hyper Skill Build
1. Piercing Arrow – Reinforce (MAX)
2. Piercing Arrow – Extra Strike (MAX)
3. Snipe – Limit Break (MAX)
4. Snipe – Cooldown Cutter (MAX)
5. Snipe – Reinforce (MAX)
6. Bullseye Shot (MAX)
7. High Speed Shot (MAX)
8. Epic Adventure (MAX)
9. Hyper Dexterity (MAX)
10. Hyper Health (MAX)
11. Hyper Mana (MAX)
12. Hyper Weapon Defense (MAX)
13. Hyper Magic Defense (MAX)
14. Hyper Critical (MAX)

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48 thoughts on “MapleStory Marksman Skill Build Guide

  1. Ayumilove Post author

    @Aslal: Thanks for your feedback on the different hyper skill build!

  2. Aslal

    Ayumi, I’d like to say that the hyper skills vary entirely on what you plan on doing and how funded you are. If you’re not hitting 300m (soon to be 400m because of buff in KMS) with Snipe consistently, you shouldn’t be using Snipe: Limit Canceler, and Pierce: Spread would be a better option for training. I’m guessing that this guide would be for most people in that range.

    If you are hitting 300m (400m in KMS) guaranteed, then it depends if you boss regularly: bossing regularly but still training from time to time, I’d suggest using all three hyper skills for Snipe along with Pierce: Spread and Pierce: Extra Strike; not training at all would probably warrant Sharp Eyes: Guardbreak and Sharp Eyes: Critical Chance instead of piercing hyper skills.

    I can put a range later if needed, but I’d have to do some math on it.

    TL;DR: Don’t use Snipe: Limit Canceller

  3. Jonathan

    Sorry Ayumi, The level is based on current MapleSEA update.

  4. Jonathan

    Ayumi, the hyper skill level you got it wrongly… The Sniping – Cooldown Reduction level required is 195. While the Sniping – Reinforce is 155

  5. Ayumilove Post author

    @David Nguyen: Sorry for the late reply. I have made some changes to Marksman Hyper Skill Build to cater for Snipe Limit Break in exchange for Piercing Arrow Spread.

  6. Ayumilove Post author

    @Neko: Thanks for your feedback! I’ll update Marksman Hyper Skill Build to swap Piercing Arrow Spread with Snipe Limit Break.

  7. Neko

    Ayumi wouldn’t it be better if you max Snipe-Limit Break instead of Piercing Arrow-Spread because snipe can easily hit damage cap and its also your main bossing skill as a Marksman

  8. victor

    i quited my marksman after that update, so sad see archer like that =/

  9. SGLORDSxMM (Cass)

    playing xbow in maplesea is like harcore mode.
    snipe cd lv 195. impossible to solo boss wif pierce dmg wif unfunded
    snipe dmg is like 2x or 2.5x of piercing dmg ….

  10. David Nguyen

    Why not put a point in Hyper skill Snipe Limit Break

  11. Adam99

    Hey ayumi, wouls you mind share your idea of Bowmaster/ Marksman with the comparison and the differ base on your experience.

  12. Ayumilove Post author

    @Henk: Thanks for your feedback. It depends on player’s playstyle, some may find Arrow Illusion useful in certain situations where they need to distract monsters attention away from you, so you won’t get hit/knockback and can spam your attacks safely. However, if the boss monster always perform AOE attacks, that certainly isn’t useful but it still perform damage reflect against enemies who attack the Puppet.

  13. Henk

    Hey Ayumi, why do you prefer to max arrow illusion after snipe? I noticed that i barely use the skill. Is it really worth putting 30 points in it? Putting those points into maxing last man standing and vital hunter seems more useful.

  14. Megumi

    I started playing again few days ago and I still can’t figure my skills. What happened to Strafe? What skill should I use on 1v1?

  15. Ayumilove Post author

    @Lyrris: Not sure whether MapleSEA will follow GMS or KMS that has the Snipe Cooldown Cutter at Level 155 (which makes it more fun when you can spam it instead of waiting for 5 seconds).

  16. Ayumilove Post author

    @Fatewinds: It’s listed in the Hyper Skills but not in the Hyper Skill Build. If you find yourself hitting max cap damage and frequently perform boss raid, you can swap that skill with Piercing Arrow Hyper Skill.

  17. Fatewinds

    Hey Ayumilove. Why didn’t you include Snipe: Limit Break in your list of Hyper Skills?

  18. Lyrris

    Hello, I have a question with the snipe skill. The require lv for the snipe — cooldown cutter in maplesea is lv195. Would Maplesea revamp and unlock the snipe — cooldown cutter at lv155 ?

  19. Ayumilove Post author

    @Itzonno: Marksman is kinda rare as most players choose Bow Master for its super speedy attacks. When comparing their skills side by side, they are kinda similar with Headshots aka Brain Scrambler. If you are into Boss Raids, Corsair is better as they have AOE Battle Ship attacks.

  20. Itzonno

    Hi ayumi, i was just wondering what your opinion was on a corsair compared to marksman in terms of entertainment, damage and rarity. Thx for the guides!

  21. Ayumilove Post author

    @Marksman Player: Hi, GMS has done some revamp on their Hyper Skills before RED patch, so the skill levels here differ to MSEA. I can include the ones from MSEA if you could kindly provide them :)

  22. Marksman Player

    Ayumi, why in maplesea marksman hyper cool down cutter of sniping at 195 lvl?

  23. Kyo

    is snipe cooldown cutter really at level 155 ? or 195 ?

  24. Ayumilove Post author

    @Tenshi: Thanks for spotting the missing skill in 3rd Job Skill Build. I will rectify it now :) You can place Evasion Boost before Aggressive Resistance.
    8. Aggressive Resistance (MAX)
    9. Evasion Boost (MAX)
    10. Pain Killer (MAX)
    11. Dragon’s Breath (Dump)

  25. Tenshi

    Hey ayumi for the 3rd job advancement skill point distribution where do we put points into evasive boost?

  26. Ayumilove Post author

    @Shawn Jun: Both have their pros and cons. Play the one that suits your style :D

  27. Ayumilove Post author

    @Paulfx29: I have not used net throwing at all when bossing. But you can max Net Throwing instead of Iron Arrows should you find it more helpful in the long run. I’ll update the skill build guide based on your feedback. Thanks!

  28. Ayumilove Post author

    @buffybot: Sorry for the late reply. I’ll take a look into Marksman Hyper Skill and fix it. I found out that the hyper skill level is changed before RED patch which is in GMS v.137 Unleashed, but in GMS v.143 RED, it did not overwrite them :)

  29. buffybot

    Hi, first want to say thanks for all the efforts you put into your guides. Just wanted to let you know that the cooldown cutter for snipe is no longer at level 195 and is now at 155. Reinforce for snipe is now at level 195 instead.

  30. Paulfx29

    Hi Ayumi! First of all, love your guides <3 Here's the question: Wouldn't be better to max net throwing instead of Iron arrow? I think in the long term it will be far more useful

  31. Shawn Jun

    Crossbow master or Bow Master is better ? If Marksman is better , why ? If Bowmaster is better , why ? And how do I fund ignore ?

  32. LWZ

    P.S. Wild Hunter’s max. critical damage is in Maplewikia, but not at your site. I think they only change Marksman. But still can someone please explain? Thanks. =)

  33. LWZ

    Just asking, since when Crossbow Expert for Marksman the effect of min. critical damage changed to max. critical damage? Because before RED and even after Big Bang patch, BM and MM both the effect are min. critical damage. But I checked Maplewikia and your site after RED patch and found out that it is changed to max. critical damage for Marksman. Same applies to Wild Hunter. Can someone clarify this?

  34. Bob

    Well forget to add obviously long range true shotis not for spamming but once in a while heavy damage to multiple mobs

  35. Bob

    Well forget to add obviously long range is not f

  36. Bob

    To eh, yes it’s 4000% and 4410% for long range true shot and snipe respectively , long range is for multiple mobs while snipe is for bossing , eg long range on all 8 Zakum arms while snipe for the body.

  37. Eh.

    I was just wondering if I got this right… Long Range True Shot is 1 atk of 4000% but Snipe is 1 hit of 4410%….?

  38. Cake

    I can’t say that I know for sure since I can’t play KMS to test it out; and if I could, it would be difficult to test for a 20% damage increase, since your range is always changing with each hit. But I would believe that Last Man Standing wouldn’t activate, because, to me, a mob is any enemy that can be attacked. So the arms above, below, left to, or right to, should be considered mobs. Also, on orangemushroom’s blog, he wrote that its within 80 range of either side. So I if it’s based on left and right only, it could activate, if and only if Zakum’s arms were 80+ range apart. And I don’t know what exactly range is in maplestory, so I couldn’t test/verify as to whether or not they are 80 range apart. Hope this helps.

  39. Bob

    Thanks cake, a question regarding last man standing , will it activate when I fight Zakum when it has the arms on still, because unlike hillia, I can do multiple hits on Zakum ( eg, pierce ) and it hits more than one target, are he arms considered ” other mobs” or do I still get the 20% damage when I hit all the arms ?

  40. Cake

    Hi Bob, I know that you didn’t ask me, but I thought I’d give you my opinion. Piercing Arrow wasn’t nerfed because additional bolt makes it 5 hits, and charge makes you attack much faster. So I’m pretty sure it was buffed.
    As for Snipe, it was nerfed. Consider that you can do max damage (50m). With one snipe, max damage that is possible is 400m. But with max you could do 500m (450m w/o hyper) Also, if you didn’t do that much damage, it’s still nerfed (considering you have all hyper skills for snipe used).
    The damage difference is either 670% or 588% depending on how the 20% hyper skill works.
    Hyper skill ADDS 20% damage to each attack:
    Old Snipe: 10(490%+20%)=5100%
    New Snipe: 1(4410%+20%)=4430%
    Hyper skill MULTIPLIES 20% to each attack:
    Old Snipe: 10(4.90×0.2)=10(5.88)=5880%
    New Snipe: 1(44.1×0.2)=5292%
    So, in conclusion, Piercing arrow buffed, Snipe nerfed.
    But I heard that snipe is the strongest skill when spammable. And even more so since (as far as I know) it’s affected by weapon speed, crossbow booster and speed illusion.
    Hope this helps.

  41. Bob

    Hi, Ayumi, what’s your view on marksman in the RED patch? Did piercing get a nerf? because of reduced damage, or a buff because of the removal of charging time, im clueless about the damage calculations, and how about sniping? from 10 hits to 1 hit ( 10 hits including the old hyper skill ) , damage reduction overall, and the defense ignore, would it affect the bossing ability greatly?

  42. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Peter Park, Marksman and Bow Master seems fun to play where they can swing around like spiderman. In my opinion, that skill should be the pirate’s one since it uses somewhat anchor item or grappling hook to rail into enemies. Somehow I felt it does not fit for archer. Or perhaps for Ninja/Assassin new movement skill along with their Flash Jump. I really like the have change the Piercing Shot (Pierce) where it can fire multiple times similarly to Hurricane.

  43. Peter Park

    Hi. Right now my main is a Marksman, and I was wondering after the Red patch which class would be the best to play. I’ve been playing Marksman for quite a while, and was planning on probably changing it when Red comes. Which Explorer Class would be the best after Red?

  44. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Just an Archer, primary skill does more damage than Dragon Pulse. For me, I don’t spam Dragon Pulse to kill enemies but push them once to keep them away at a far distance and fire away with a more powerful skill that deals more hits per enemy. If enemy can be killed in 1-2 hits with primary skill, the benefits does not get to apply their magic for both Mortal Blow and Dragon Pulse.

    Monsters only take more damage if you have them at the very end (away from you) after the 1st hit from Dragon Pulse. So if the monsters are already close to you, you use Dragon Pulse. If they are far from you, you can start triggering your primary skill.

    And if the target is not dead after the push, you can use this as an opportunity to rail into them to meet more monsters ahead.

  45. Just an Archer

    Yes, I know how the skill is used,but the fact is that it is used and it does do damage. Mortal Blow is a terrible skill because it requires a specific set of conditions (i.e. to see it trigger consistently you’d have to be killing mobs with 7 hits which is not really feasible since mobs usually die in no more than three) to trigger for a lackluster effect (The HP restoration is meager and the instant kill effect doesn’t affect training speed in any sort of important way). This is even more true post RED since it is no longer a pre-requisite for Arrow Eruption.

    You described the main use of Dragon Pulse and that alone is enough to justify maxing it. This becomes even more apparent when you take into account Distancing Sense’s damage boost (i.e. by pushing monsters away you will do more damage to them, which is more important than the boost to crit rate that you get up close because additional damage is a more consistent boost and because Marksmen have a very high crit rate to begin with).

    The only reason I could imagine one wanting to leave Dragon Pulse unmaxed is so it’s less likely to kill targets you want to catch with Steig Eisen but that doesn’t really make any sense.

  46. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Just an Archer, I do play Marksman and based from my experience, I find myself using it less often for defeating enemies but as a skill to knockback multiple enemies into a tight corner and later finish them with Marksman primary skill. The skill build guide above acts as a reference guide but not strictly required to be follow. I’m all ears on optimizing jobs skill build :)

  47. Just an Archer

    Not maxing Dragon Pulse is stupid, Marksmen increase their damage by increasing the distance between themselves and their targets which is exactly what Dragon Pulse does. I don’t think you’ve ever played a Marksman if you would foolishly suggest that one max Mortal Blow of all things at the expense of a skill that is not only useful, but will be key well into a player’s 200s.

  48. Cake

    Thank you for posting the bowman revamps. :D And is Snipe’s Cooldown Cutter still Lv. 195 in KMS, even though it’s Lv. 155 in GMS? And does Epic Adventurer increase the damage I do by 5m or does it make my max range increase by 5m?