MapleStory Mercedes Skill Build Guide

Introduction

MapleStory Legends Mercedes Job Selection Mercedes is one of MapleStory Hero Archer (Legend) born with special abilities and traits. They are Elf who are experts in wielding dual crossbows, not 2 separate crossbows like the ones used by Marksman. They are very agile, moving across large maps and multiple platforms without any hassle. Mercedes primary stat is DEX (dexterity). KMS (Korea MapleStory) released Mercedes on Jul 26 2011. GMS (Global MapleStory) released Mercedes on Dec 16 2011.

Mercedes is the ruler of the elves, who have been asleep for hundreds of years. Along with Aran and Freud, she is one of the five heroes who sealed the Black Mage. Much like Aran, Mercedes and her people were cursed by the Black Mage before he was sealed, causing the elves to fall into a long sleep. Before succumbing to the curse, Mercedes sealed the elves’ home of Elluel so that no one could enter while the curse still held sway.

During Mercedes’ tutorial, you see a fully animated video of her, Freud, and Afrien attacking the Black Mage’s stronghold, then you play through the ensuing events in the past. Upon awakening in the present, Mercedes find that she has weakened considerably and that the other elves are still sealed.

Mercedes Overview

CLASS: Hero
EQUIPMENT TYPE: Archer aka Bowman
PRIMARY WEAPON: Dual Bowgun (unique 2-handed weapon)
SECONDARY WEAPON: Magic Arrow (unique offhand equipment)
PRIMARY STAT: Dexterity (DEX)
LINK SKILL: Elven Blessing – EXP Rate +10/15/20%
CHARACTER CARD: Skill Cooldown -2/3/4/5%

Mercedes Related Guides

MapleStory Mercedes Quests Guide

Mercedes Changelog

GMS v.149 – Legacy of Nine (2014-05-12)
GMS v.148 – Grand Athenaeum (2014-03-26)
GMS v.143 – RED Part 1: First Impact (2013-12-04)
GMS v.142 – Dawnveil Demons of Tynerum (2013-10-16)
GMS v.137 – Unleashed (2013-06-19)

Mercedes Pros and Cons

+ Has high mobility
+ Has interesting storyline
+ The mount is a unicorn + pegasus.
+ Good for mobbing and bossing.
+ Has grouping skills.
+ Has passive skill that replenishes HP and MP quickly.
+ Job Advancements and Mount upgrades occur automatically upon reaching required level.
+ Unique hairstyle and overall color theme is green.
– Low HP
– No active draining skill results in more potions consumed.
– Some people may see male and female genders look alike.

Mercedes Storyline

Mercedes (Queen of Elf) and Freud invaded Temple of Time to defeat Black Mage but was unsuccessful. She was knocked unconscious in Leafre. During that time, a Mapler was travelling from future to Leafre of Past while tracking Arkarium. He found Mercedes lying unconscious and revived her using Essence of Arien. Mercedes awakens and spotted Freud (Evan) and Afrien (King of Onyx Dragon). Freud died as he took the curse on Afrien behalf to protect him. Afrien left behind an egg (this egg gives birth to Mir where a boy trains it and becomes the next Evan). Afrien took Mercedes back to her hometown, Elluel. Mercedes warns her citizen regarding the curse and quickly seal off Elluel from outside world to prevent Black Mage spell from infiltrating but her effort was futile. One by one, the elves were encased in ice and lastly Mercedes was frozen and put into deep sleep due to the curse placed by Black Mage. After a century passed by, Mercedes awakens from her slumber and found that her people still remained trapped in ice. She could remember her past as if it just happened yesterday. Mercedes was surprised her level dropped from 200 to 10, causing her to shout in anger. She calmed down and recap the events that happened before her, and proceed with training herself on Slimes nearby Elluel to be strong enough to venture into Maple World.

Mercedes Notes

  • Mercedes can only be created by selecting the Mercedes option when creating a new character.
    At creation, you can change Mercedes’ gender and face.
  • Mercedes is Lv.10 with her 1st job already obtained by the time the required portion of her tutorial is complete.
  • Her 2nd job advancement can be made at Lv.30 through a quest.
  • After making the 2nd job advancement, she automatically makes job advancements at Lv.60 and Lv.100.
  • She gains 65 SP for her 1st job skills, so they all can be raised to their max level.
  • Mercedes can equip Bowman type equipment, and she uses a new type of weapon called dual bowguns.
  • She must have a dual bowgun equipped in order to perform most of her skills.
  • Dual bowguns use magic arrows as their ammunition. These magic arrows are not consumed when used. Lv.10, 30, 60, and 100 magic arrows can be purchased in Elluel.
  • Dual bowguns that are of a higher level than the beginning one are only available at the merchant found in Elluel (up to Lv.25). They can also be obtained through smithing, monster drops, and from certain events.
  • Mercedes can get a unicorn mount starting at Lv.70 and can upgrade it starting at Lv.120.
  • Each Mercedes character has its own individual Cash Inventory not shared with other characters.

Mercedes Beginner Job Skills

Elven Healing Elven Healing (Passive)
Uses energy purified by nature to continuously recover HP and MP.
Level 1: Recovers HP and MP by 5% of Max HP and MP every 4 seconds.
Elven Healing is by far the best healing passive auto recovery skill compared to all MapleStory Jobs! It heals your HP and MP while moving or idling by % , as if you are drinking mini elixir potions. While I was training my Mercedes, I did not use a single potion unless I’m fighting against boss or power-leveling by spamming skills unnecessarily.

Elven Blessing Elven Blessing (Passive)
[Job Specialty Skill] Allows you to return to Elluel, in addition to permanently receiving extra EXP through the blessings of the ancient Elves.
Level 1: Returns you to Elluel (Cooldown: 1800 sec)
Additional Effect: Permanently receive 10% additional EXP
Level 2: Returns you to Elluel (Cooldown: 1800 sec)
Additional Effect: Permanently receive 15% additional EXP
Level 3: Returns you to Elluel (Cooldown: 1800 sec)
Additional Effect: Permanently receive 20% additional EXP
Elven Blessing rewards bonus EXP for each defeated monster or quest completed. Grinding will be a bit less tiresome to level up. At level 70, you can select a character on the same account and to benefit from this permanent additional EXP!

Updraft Updraft (Passive)
Quickly move up on ladders or ropes.
Level 1: Can be used on ladders or ropes. [Command: Up Arrow Key + Jump ]
Updraft is rocket-rope skill is really helpful when climbing long rope/ladder. It can take you up to the top platform within split second. I tend to forget to use it for shorter ropes.

Elven Grace Elven Grace (Passive)
Rulers of the Elves are naturally gifted with swift movement, and fatal charms.
Level 1: Permanently increase attack speed 1 level. Movement Speed 10, Jump: 20, Charm +30
Elven Grace speeds up your move and jump speed to reach monsters, destination and for any other occasions faster. Long distances would not feel boring unless you’re more fond with mounts.

Mercedes Beginner Skill Build: Everything maxed.

Explanation:
All the skills above are special traits that only belongs to Mercedes. No SP is required to be channeled into any of the skills above.

Mercedes 1st Job Skills

Swift Dual Shot Swift Dual Shot (Active)
Fire arrows at multiple enemies in front of you.
Level 1: MP Cost: 8, Arrows Fired: 3, Damage: 106%, Max Monsters Hit: 3
Level 20: MP Cost: 14, Arrows Fired: 3, Damage: 125%, Max Monsters Hit: 3
Mercedes 1st Job primary attacking skill. If monsters can be 1HKO (1 Hit Knock-out) with Level 1 skill, leave it at that and proceed to max other skills to aid you in leveling.

Potential Power Potential Power (Passive)
Activates hidden powers within. Increases movement speed and maximum movement speed. Grants a fixed chance of avoiding enemy attacks.
Level 1: Movement Speed: +2, Max Movement Speed Limit: +151, Enemy Attack Avoidance Rate: 6%
Level 15: Movement Speed: +30, Max Movement Speed Limit: +165, Enemy Attack Avoidance Rate: 20%
Potential Power is certainly useful when combo with Glide Blast. When monsters are quite close, you want to just get into the right distance quickly by walking towards the target instead of performing Glide Blast that might past over them.

Glide Blast Glide Blast (Active)
Move forward during a jump by tumbling. Movement distance increases as the skill level increases.
Level 1: MP Cost: 28, jumps a certain distance
Level 10: MP Cost: 10, jumps a certain distance
Max Glide Blast early to take advantage of the speedy travel as it reduces the time taken to reach a specific location (example: towns, training grounds, enemies). If you found a training spot that has monsters stuffed like a can of sardines, then you can opt to max this at a later time and distribute your SP to max other skill that improves your leveling progression (example: primary attacking skill).

Sharp Aim Sharp Aim (Passive)
Permanently increases Critical Rate.
Level 1: Critical Rate +2%
Level 20: Critical Rate +40%
Sharp Aim is recommended to max last. It takes a lot of levels compared the rest of the skills to enhance your character leveling at peak performance. In addition, it is based on success rate, so its not that great to perform 1 hit KO all the time with critical while training but certainly useful for boss and monsters that has high amount of health.

Mercedes 1st Job Skill Build: Everything maxed.
1. Swift Dual Shot (1)
2. Acrobatic Jump (MAX)
3. Potential Power (MAX)
4. Swift Dual Shot (MAX)
5. Sharp Aiming (MAX)

Explanation:
This build focuses more on mobility instead of damage as Mercedes hometown has many monsters scattered far and wide. Having Acrobatic Jump and Potential Power max early removes the hassle of walking long distances and catching prey. Next, max Swift Dual Shot and Sharp Aiming for more damage to defeat tougher enemy faster.

Mercedes 2nd Job Skills

Piercing Storm Piercing Storm (Active)
Continuously fire arrows containing the power of nature. Arrows can penetrate enemies.
Level 1: MP Cost: 14, Damage: 82%, Max Monsters Hit: 6, Number of Penetration Attacks: 4
Level 20: MP Cost: 24, Damage: 120%, Max Monsters Hit: 6, Number of Penetration Attacks: 4

Rising Rush Rising Rush (Active)
Pushes back multiple enemies in front of you before launching them into the air. You can deal additional damage by attacking the enemies in the air.
Level 1: MP Cost: 20, Damage: 138%, Launch Damage: 148%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Additional Damage when Attacking in Air: 3%
Level 10: MP Cost: 25, Damage: 210%, Launch Damage: 220%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Additional Damage when Attacking in Air: 30%

Parting Shot Parting Shot (Active)
Required Skill: Rising Rush (1)
Fires arrows at enemies launched into the air with Rising Rush. Can only be used after Rising Rush.
Level 1: MP Cost: 12, Damage: 49%, Number of Attacks: 4, Max Enemies Hit: 8
Level 5: MP Cost: 16, Damage: 85%, Number of Attacks: 4, Max Enemies Hit: 8

Dual Bowguns Boost Dual Bowguns Boost (Supportive)
Required Skill: Dual Bowguns Mastery (5)
Uses MP to increase the attack speed of your Dual Bowguns by 2 levels for a fixed period of time.
Level 1: MP Cost: 29, Duration: 20 sec
Level 10: MP Cost: 11, Duration: 200 sec

Spirit Surge Spirit Surge (Supportive)
Increases Damage and Critical Chance for a fixed period of time.
Level 1: MP Cost: 25, Damage: 1%, Duration: 68 sec, Critical Chance: +1%
Level 15: MP Cost: 45, Damage: 15%, Duration: 180 sec, Critical Chance: +15%

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

Final Attack Dual Bowguns Final Attack: Dual Bowguns (Passive)
Required Skill: Dual Bowguns Mastery (3)
Grants a chance to deal additional damage after an attack. Must have Dual Bowguns equipped.
Level 1: Final Attack Chance: 2%, Final Attack Damage: 55%, Number of Hits: 2
Level 20: Final Attack Chance: 40%, Final Attack Damage: 75%, Number of Hits: 2

Physical Training 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.

Mercedes 2nd Job Skill Build: Everything maxed except Piercing Storm.
1. Piercing Storm, Rising Rush, Parting Shot (1)
2. Dual Bowguns Mastery (5)
3. Dual Bowguns Boost (6)
4. Parting Shot (MAX)
5. Spirit Surge (MAX)
6. Dual Bowguns Mastery (MAX)
7. Rising Rush (MAX)
8. Dual Bowguns Boost (MAX)
9. Physical Training (MAX)
10. Final Attack (MAX)
11. Piercing Storm (19/20)

Mercedes 3rd Job Skills

Stunning Strikes Stunning Strikes (Active)
Fires a volley of arrows at several enemies with a chance to stun. Any enemies who are already stunned will receive additional damage.
Level 1: MP Cost: 20, Damage: 145%, Number of Arrows: 4, Max Monsters Hit: 5, Stun Chance: 23%, Stun Duration: 2 sec, Additional Damage to Stunned Enemies: 1%
Level 20: MP Cost: 35, Damage: 240%, Number of Arrows: 4, Max Monsters Hit: 5, Stun Chance: 80%, Stun Duration: 6 sec, Additional Damage to Stunned Enemies: 20%

Leap Tornado Leap Tornado (Active)
Spin in mid-air and fire a hail of arrows all around you. This skill can only be used while in mid-air, and requires 120 or more Jump.
Level 1: MP Cost: 33, Damage: 119%, Number of Attacks: 4, Max Enemies Hit: 8
Level 20: MP Cost: 45, Damage: 195%, Number of Attacks: 4, Max Enemies Hit: 8

Unicorn Spike Unicorn Spike (Active)
Summons a sacred unicorn to blast through enemies and weaken them for a short time. Weakened enemies will take more damage from your party members.
Level 1: MP Cost: 38, Damage: 239%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Critical Attacks: 5, Additional Damage Debuff Chance: 19%, Additional Damage Debuff Duration: 5 sec, Additional Damage: 5%. Cooldown: 20 sec
Level 20: MP Cost: 62, Damage: 315%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Critical Attacks: 5, Additional Damage Debuff Chance: 95%, Additional Damage Debuff Duration: 15 sec, Additional Damage: 15%. Cooldown: 10 sec

Gust Dive Gust Dive (Active)
Uses the power of wind to dive down onto multiple enemies, dealing damage to all of them. Requires 120 or more Jump.
Level 1: MP Cost: 30, Damage: 138%, Number of Attacks: 3, Max Enemies Hit: 6
Level 20: MP Cost: 45, Damage: 195%, Number of Attacks: 3, Max Enemies Hit: 6

Aerial Barrage Aerial Barrage (Active)
A combo skill used after lifting enemies into the air with Rising Rush. Fly towards airborne enemies, peppering them with swift attacks. In addition, permanently increases the damage caused by Rising Rush.
Level 1: Active Effects – MP Cost: 28, Damage: 97%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Attacks: 6, Instant Death Chance: 2%. Passive Effects – Rising Rush Damage: +7%
Level 5: Active Effects – MP Cost: 28, Damage: 105%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Attacks: 6, Instant Death Chance: 10%. Passive Effects – Rising Rush Damage: +15%

Ignis Roar Ignis Roar (Supportive)
Summons the power of the Fire Spirit to greatly increase your ATT for a time. Permanently increases Avoidability.
Level 1: Active Effect: MP Cost: 40, ATT: +2, Duration: 47 sec
Passive Effect: Avoidability: +5%
Level 20: Active Effect: MP Cost: 60, ATT: +40, Duration: 180 sec
Passive Effect: Avoidability: +20%

Water Shield Water Shield (Supportive)
Borrows the power of the spirits to raise a water barrier around you for a fixed period of time. The barrier absorbs a portion of the damage you receive, and increases resistance against abnormal status and all elemental attacks.
Level 1: MP Cost: 60, Absorbs 12% damage for 108 sec and increases resistance to abnormal status and all elemental attacks by 7%.
Level 10: MP Cost: 100, Absorbs 30% damage for 180 sec and increases resistance to abnormal status and all elemental attacks by 25%.

Elemental Knights Elemental Knights (Supportive)
Randomly summons an Ice Spirit, Fire Spirit, or Shadow Spirit to aid you in battle. Ice Spirit: Has a chance to freeze enemies. Fire Spirit: Deals continuous fire damage to enemies. Shadow Spirit: Deals increased damage.
Level 1: MP Cost: 132, 1 random Spirit summoned for 70 sec.
Ice Spirit – Damage: 370%, Freeze Chance: 18%, Freeze Duration: 3 sec
Fire Spirit – Damage Over Time: 370% chance of causing 56% damage every 1 sec for 3 sec. Shadow Spirit: Damage: 409%. Cooldown: 192 sec
Level 10: MP Cost: 60, 1 random Spirit summoned for 160 sec.
Ice Spirit – Damage: 550%, Freeze Chance: 90%, Freeze Duration: 5 sec
Fire Spirit – Damage Over Time: 550% chance of causing 110% damage every 1 sec for 5 sec. Shadow Spirit: Damage: 625%. Cooldown: 120 sec

Mercedes 3rd Job Skill Build: Everything maxed except Gust Dive.
1. Leap Tornado, Gust Dive and Aerial Barrage (1)
2. Ignis Roar (MAX)
3. Leap Tornado (MAX)
4. Aerial Barrage (MAX)
5. Stunning Strikes (MAX)
6. Water Shield (MAX)
7. Elemental Knight (MAX)
4. Unicorn Spike (MAX)
5. Gust Dive (19/20)

Explanation:
Leap Tornado and Aerial Barrage are 2 great Mercedes skill for fast leveling. This depends on player training spot preferences. If you plan to train on long horizontal platform, max Aerial Barrage first. Otherwise, max Leap Tornado. I used Leap Tornado in Jesters Training Map as it has many close platforms where Aerial Barrage is very ineffective.

Before maxing either one of them, proceed with maxing Ignis Roar first for an incredible additional damage. Stunning Strikes can switch queue with Water Elemental and Elemental Knight if you don’t frequently shoot much. Unicorn Spike is good for bossing or very tough monsters but it isn’t spammable.

Mercedes 4th Job Skills

Staggering Strikes
Required Skill: Stunning Strikes (MAX)
Enhances the strength of your Stunning Strikes.
Level 1: MP Cost: 35, Damage: 288%, Number of Arrows: 4, Max Monsters Hit: 8, Stun Chance: 80%, Stun Duration: 6 sec, Additional Damage to Stunned Enemies: 20%

Ishtar's Ring Ishtar’s Ring (Active)
Required Skill: Stunning Strikes (MAX)
Borrows the power of Ishtar, a legendary weapon, to rapidly fire arrows at enemies ahead of you. Hold down the skill key to fire arrows continuously. In addition, damage from Stunning Strikes will be increased permanently.
Level 1: Active Effect: MP Cost: 8, Damage: 126%, Number of Attacks: 2
Passive Effect: Stunning Strikes Damage: +7%
Level 30: Active Effect: MP Cost: 10, Damage: 155%, Number of Attacks: 2
Passive Effect: Stunning Strikes Damage: +25%

Spikes Royale Spikes Royale (Active)
Required Skill: Leap Tornado (10)
Jump into the air while raining down legendary spears that deal damage to multiple enemies. Enemy DEF will decrease, and all attacks will become critical hits. In addition, damage of Leap Tornado will increase permanently.
Level 1: Active Effect: MP Cost: 40. Critical Attack – Damage: 447%, Max Enemies Hit: 12, Number of Attacks: 3. Enemy DEF: –1%, Duration: 5 sec. Passive Effect: Leaf Tornado Damage: +11%
Level 20: Active Effect: MP Cost: 60. Critical Attack – Damage: 580%, Max Enemies Hit: 12, Number of Attacks: 3. Enemy DEF: –20%, Duration: 15 sec. Passive Effect: Leaf Tornado Damage: +30%

Lightning Edge Lightning Edge (Active)
Dashes through multiple enemies. Ignores collision with bosses while attacking.
Level 1: MP Cost: 54, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Damage: 275%, Number of Attacks while moving forward: 3, Debuff while attacking boss: Ishtar’s Ring Damage: +20%, Duration: 10 sec.
Level 30: MP Cost: 74, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Damage: 420%, Number of Attacks while moving forward: 3, Debuff while attacking boss: Ishtar’s Ring Damage: +20%, Duration: 10 sec.

Rolling Moonsault Rolling Moonsault (Active)
A combo skill used after lifting enemies into the air using Rising Rush. Spin enemies in the air while attacking them. In addition, the damage caused by Rising Rush will be permanently increased.
Level 1: Active Effects – MP Cost: 54, Damage: 142%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Attacks: 6. Passive Effects – Rising Rush Damage: +12%
Level 20: Active Effects – MP Cost: 70, Damage: 180%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Attacks: 6. Passive Effects – Rising Rush Damage: +50%

Ancient Warding Ancient Warding (Supportive)
Required Skill: Ignis Roar (5)
For a fixed period of time, receive the Ancient Spirit’s protection, which increases your damage and HP. In addition, the chance of Avoidability for Ignis Roar will be increased permanently.
Level 1: Active Effect: MP Cost: 45, Damage: +1%, HP: +50, Duration: 65. Passive Effect: Ignis Roar’s Avoidability Chance: +6%
Level 30: Active Effect: MP Cost: 80, Damage: +30%, HP: +1500, Duration: 210. Passive Effect: Ignis Roar’s Avoidability Chance: +20%

Dual Bowguns Expert Dual Bowguns Expert (Passive)
Required Skill: Dual Bowguns Mastery (MAX)
Increases Dual Bowguns Mastery, Weapon Attack, and Minimum Critical Damage.
Level 1: Dual Bowguns Mastery: +56%, Weapon ATT: +1, Minimum Critical Damage: +1%
Level 30: Dual Bowguns Mastery: +70%, Weapon ATT: +30, Minimum Critical Damage: +15%

Defense Break Defense Break (Passive)
Ignores enemy DEF and Elemental Resistance, and increases maximum critical damage on your attqacks. Also applies to Boss monsters.
Level 1: Ignored Enemy DEF: 6%, Ignored Elemental Resistance: 6%, Critical Damge: +3%, Boss ATT: +0%
Level 20: Ignored Enemy DEF: 25%, Ignored Elemental Resistance: 25%, Critical Damge: +30%, Boss ATT: +15%

Advanced Final Attack Advanced Final Attack (Passive)
Required Skill: Final Attack Dual Bowguns (MAX)
Permanently increases ATT and Accuracy. Greatly increases the damage and activation rate of your Final Attack. Mastery Book is required to master the skill to level 30.
Level 1: Permanently increases ATT by 6 and Accuracy by 1%. Also has a 46% chance of activating 91% damage Final Attack 2 times.
Level 30: Permanently increases ATT by 20 and Accuracy by 10%. Also has a 75% chance of activating 120% damage Final Attack 2 times.

Maple Warrior Maple Warrior (Supportive)
Increases the stats of all party members. Mastery Book is required to master the skill to level 30.
Level 1: MP -10, All Stats +1% for 30 sec
Level 30: MP -70, All Stats +15% for 900 sec

Hero's Will Hero’s Will (Active)
By focusing your mind, you can ignore some abnormal status effects. However, this will not work on all abnormal status effects.
Level 1: MP -30, Cooldown 600 sec
Level 5: MP -30, Cooldown 360 sec

Mercedes 4th Job Skill Build: Everything maxed.
1. Ishtar’s Ring, Rolling Moonsault, Spikes Royale (1)
2. Staggering Strikes (MAX)
3. Dual Bowguns Expert (MAX)
4. Ancient Warding (MAX)
5. Rolling Moonsault (MAX)
6. Advanced Final Attack (MAX)
7. Defense Break (MAX)
8. Ishtar’s Ring (MAX)
9. Maple Warrior (MAX)
10. Spike Royale (MAX)
11. Lightning Edge (MAX)
12. Hero’s Will (MAX)

Explanation:
Damage boosting skills such as Dual Bowguns Expert and Ancient Warding are maxed early to boost all offensive skills damage output. Before maxing them, add at least 1 SP into 4th Job Offensive skills to allow easier training, since they do much more damage compared to max 3rd job skill.

Mercedes Hyper Skills

Ishtar’s Ring – Reinforce
Required Level: 143
Ishtar’s Ring Damage +20%

Ishtar’s Ring – Guardbreak
Required Level: 162
Ishtar’s Ring Monster DEF Ignored +20%

Ishtar’s Ring – Boss Rush
Required Level: 183
Ishtar’s Ring Boss ATT +20%

Spikes Royale – Reinforce
Required Level: 155
Spikes Royale’s Damage +20%

Spikes Royale – Armorbreak
Required Level: 177
Enemy DEF -20% when hit by Spikes Royale.

Spikes Royale – Temper Link
Required Level: 195
Required Skill: Spikes Royale (1)
Leaf Tornado Damage +30%

Water Shield – Reinforce
Required Level: 149
Water Shield Damage Absorption +10%

Water Shield – Immunity Enhance 1
Required Level: 168
Water Shield Abnormal Status Resistance +10%

Water Shield – Immunity Enhance 2
Required Level: 189
Water Shield Elemental Resistance +10%

Elvish Blessing
Required Level: 150
Uses the blessings of the greatest Elvish minds to enhance Stance status and dramatically increase ATT. MP Cost: 300, Duration: 60 sec, ATT: +80, Power Stance: x%. Cooldown: 90 sec

Wrath of Enreal
Required Level: 170
Unleash Enreal’s fury on enemies. MP Cost: 200, Max Enemies Hit: 10, Damage: 300%, Number of Attacks: 10. Cooldown: 8 sec, Max Damage: 3000000

Heroic Memories
Required Level: 200
Recalls the oath of the Maple Heroes to Maple Heroes to increase damage and max damage cap. MP Cost: 100, Duration: 60 sec, Damage: +10%, Max Damage: +50000. Cooldown: 120 sec. Only applies to hero classes within the party

Mercedes Hyper Skill Build
1. Ishtar’s Ring – Reinforce (MAX)
2. Ishtar’s Ring – Guardbreak (MAX)
3. Ishtar’s Ring – Boss Rush (MAX)
4. Water Shield – Immunity Enhance 1 (MAX)
5. Water Shield – Reinforce (MAX)
6. Elvish Blessing (MAX)
7. Wrath of Enreal (MAX)
8. Heroic Memories (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 Rate (MAX)

MAPLESTORY OLD TO NEW OFFICIAL SKILL NAMES

Mercedes Hyper Skills
Ishtar’s Ring – Reinforce -> Ishtar’s Ring – Reinforce (SAME)
Ishtar’s Ring – Add Range -> Ishtar’s Ring – Range Up
Ishtar’s Ring – Linked Reinforce -> Ishtar’s Ring – Temper Link
Legendary Spear – Reinforce -> Spikes Royale – Reinforce
Legendary Spear – Reduce Armor -> Spikes Royale – Armorbreak
Legendary Spear – Linked Reinforce -> Spikes Royale – Temper Link
Water Shield – Reinforce -> Water Shield – Reinforce (SAME)
Water Shield – Immunity Enhance 1 -> Water Shield – Immunity Enhance 1 (SAME)
Water Shield – Immunity Enhance 2 -> Water Shield – Immunity Enhance 2 (SAME)
Elven Blessing -> Elvish Blessing
Wrath of Enlil -> Wrath of Enreal
Hero’s Oath -> Heroic Memories

Mercedes Skill Preview

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127 thoughts on “MapleStory Mercedes Skill Build Guide

  1. Megumi

    Thank you so much for this guide. Last time I played my Mercedes was 2 years ago so I have to put points on everything again. Was wondering why I can’t add more points on staggering strikes? I can only put 1.

  2. Ayumilove Post author

    @kaz: I have updated the video section with MapleStory Mercedes 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Job Skill Preview RED

  3. Ayumilove Post author

    Updated Mercedes Skills to GMS v.149 Patch. (Buffed: Staggering Strike, Advanced Final Attack, Unicorn Spike, Piercing Storm, Stunning Strikes)

  4. juanchi

    There´s an error in rising rush. It says:
    Fires arrows at enemies launched into the air with Rising Rush. Can only be used after Rising Rush.
    Enemies lift up in air will receive extra damage from any attacks.
    The first two sentences are from parting shot.

  5. Seth

    Hey was wondering if you could update some of your skills since merc was revamped because lvl 1 now is 121% dmg 2 times and I was wondering what max was im guessing 150 idk though.

  6. ltohack

    Pumpkinking, the skill is located on the link manager. You open the menu up and you should be able to drag it out and place it on a hotkey. Then it should be usable.

    HeroezMastazz, Stunning strikes does a low amount of damage. As to what was written in the guide: “Stunning Strikes can switch queue with Water Elemental and Elemental Knight if you don’t frequently shoot much.” Usually, Mercedes use their comboed skills in order to train, and thus do not use stunning strikes as often.

  7. Pumpkinking

    Hi ayumi im here to update u on the mercedes build that they have actually removed her even blessing active skill it does not show up on the skill menu thus u cannot port to elleul automanicaly anymore this is creating a very large problem for even in quests it says to use the skill and u cannot

  8. Ayumilove Post author

    Thanks HeroezMastazz for the correction! I have updated that in the skill build and in description.

  9. SoR0XaS

    I wouldn’t say the KoCs are in the same level as Xenon though, BoltWolf. More like Xenon and AB are the top classes curently.

  10. BoltWolf

    Alexander, no class will be strong permanantly because they will eventually be nerfed. In MSEA, KOC and Xenon are the strongest at the moment. Xenon has been nerfed in GMS but remains strong. Kaiser has the highest DPS in the game for bossing.

  11. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Alexander, they would need more money to be powerful compared to other classes that already has weapon attack supportive skills such as Mechanics. Mercedes sacrifice some damage power in return for agility (jumping, climbing rope, traveling, etc). Other characters such as Aran has limited attacking range and slow movement but compensated with higher raw damage and fast attacking skill.

  12. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Alexander, most classes need tons of meso to be truly strong except for a few jobs that has passive weapon/magic attack boost such as Mechanics. In my experience, Mercedes needs some funding to be truly strong (needs to equip Potential equipment) to be stronger.

  13. Alexander

    Hi ayumilove, i need to know if the mercs need so much money to get the true strong. Greetings! :D

  14. Qwerty91994

    on GMS, there is an update revamping several characters, you should look them up here:

    http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/updates/update-notes/00HDW/v-142-dawnveil-demons-of-tynerum-update-notes

    they increased mercedes’ skills a bit and there’s a new skill on her fourth job:

    [NEW] Staggering Strike: At Master Level (1): Damage: 150%, Number of Arrows: 4, Max Monsters Hit: 8, Stun Chance: 80%, Stun Duration: 6 sec, Additional Damage to Stunned Enemies: 20%; Requires Skill: Stunning Strikes Lv.20 (3rd Job)

  15. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi WakakaMerc, the skills here shows stats for GMS, not KMST. Changing it to KMST, GMS players would tell me that the damage is nerfed (opposite).

  16. WakakaMerc

    there is a lot of update on mercedes, pls look into (orange mushroom) there have the latest update on all job!

    http://orangemushroom.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/kmst-ver-1-2-490-lion-kings-rose-garden-job-balancing/#more-8312

  17. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi LeoUtokyte, cash users uses potential scroll/cube on them to get potential buff.

  18. LeoUtokyte

    Hi Ayumi, can I know what does Mercedes’ magic arrow (Sub-EQ) does? I remember seeing some NPC shops that sells those arrows but they did not add anything at all.

    Oh and, I love you and your whole guide :) It guided me through all my other jobs (too), thanks!

  19. AngelicLuminous

    Ayumilove, my Mercedes usually gets around 4-6k per line and 23-30k from Elemental Knights. How come occasionally I get a line of ridiculous damage, like 65000 recently?

  20. (GMS)gamer

    Ya he likes to scroll his weapons and he has a lot of scrolls and I soled it yesterday so will it make me any weaker oh and ya he has good equipment

  21. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi (GMS)gamer, was that guy a Mercedes? Mercedes couldn’t do that much damage unless he is equipped with some powerful scrolled equipment or using additional deck card to improve his damage OR using attack buff/potion.

  22. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi (GMS)Gamer, even though you sold your lvl 30 magic arrows, you can still purchase them from the shop within 24 hours. Otherwise it will be lost for good along with the equivalent mesos you paid for. Just head back to the same/any shop that you sold your magic arrow and purchase back at the same price you sold for.

  23. (GMS)gamer

    Hey Ayumi I accidently sold my lvl 30 magic arrows but I still have my lvl 10 one so will it effect any thing?

  24. (GMS)gamer

    Ok because I have been watching some gameplay on youtube and this gut when he was 39 to 55 like 10000 on 55 and 3000 on 39

  25. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi (GMS)Gamer, I could not remember what damage I’ve been performing on my Mercedes at that level. But I could give you a rough estimate for Mercedes 4th Job (Level 120) which is around 8,000 to 11,000 damage with clean equips but with deck card and link skills attached.

  26. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi (GMS)gamer, it will come back sooner or later. Currently I’m playing Mercedes. What a coincidence :D

  27. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Merocellerie, nice name you have there :D Probably you are equipping a low level weapon. Grab a dual bow gun which is equivalent to your level and level up a little bit. Distribute those AP (Ability Points) gained from each level up into DEX (Dexterity). Putting it into other stat will not increase your damage much unless its DEX.

  28. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Lubricant, previously monsters in MapleStory drop specific mastery books. However, MapleStory has underwent various changes and the last thing I know about it is obtaining it via Mystery Mastery Book. I have over 40 Mastery Books in my mule covering a wide variety of jobs. For me, I would either sell them in Free market in exchange of meso and use it to buy the mastery book I need.

  29. Ayumilove Post author

    Thanks Kibou for your input, I’ll make the necessary changes to Mercedes skill build :)

  30. Kibou

    @ayumilove
    why should we max elemental knight instead of gust dive?
    because elemental knight is useless you know
    they dun really attack

  31. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Lubricant, some 4th Job Skills have a max level of 30 such as Advanced Final Attack. To unlock the level 10 cap, you need to use Level 20 and Level 30 Mastery Books. Level 20 allows your skill to unlock from level 10 to 20, whereas Level 30 Mastery book allows you to further unlock cap level of 20 to 30. These books can be obtained from monster drops especially bosses, mystery book or purchase from other players via Free Market with Meso.

  32. Lubricant

    Hi Ayumi.. I’ve not been playing my Merc for quite a long period and when i got back to my Merc, all the skills I can only add up to 10 points maximum…except for Rolling Moosault and Ancient Warding’s I still can max it to 20 and 30 respectively.. What should i do?? My level is 123 and I went to “max” Dual Bowguns Expert, Ancient Warding, Rolling Moonsault and Advanced Final Attack already..because all master lvl only 10…

  33. Chau

    there are: 3 olders,(3 guards) ang 1 child in 3 children to the right of olders are unfreeze.

  34. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Chau, I don’t recall having those NPC unfreeze after completing the quests. They just remain as they are I guess.

  35. Chau

    hey, Ayumi, there is some NPCs(elf town) still freeze when I complete Quests, how do I unfreeze those NPCs?

  36. DeSnowy

    67 str isn’t a lot, no need to worry, now just put the remaining in dex and buy some % dex equipment to make up for the loss.

  37. MC

    hi, i opened my mercedes at the moment she appear and didn’t played with her from then. now i back to play with her, but then i saw that i have too much AP on star (i am lvl 83 with 67 pure star points) is this really matter?

  38. DeSnowy

    Thanks ayumi, never noticed that hyper skill was at lv 143 till now. I’m already 147 xD

  39. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Kyle, shouldn’t it be 4 SP for all job advancements for Mercedes?

  40. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi DeSnowy, do you mean the Hyper Skill that boost Ishtar Ring’s damage? There is one called Ishtar Ring’s Reinforce that boost its damage by +20% which is unlocked at level 143.

  41. Kyle

    Hi, I’m just dropping by to say that this is a great guide. Also, I’ve got my Mercedes to 4th job at level 100. You actually get 3 SP in 3rd job AS WELL as 4 SP in 4th job. That means you can raise Gust Dive to level 19. Hope you see this and fix your description so people won’t be misinformed like me. :)

  42. Ayumilove Post author

    Thanks ShYGuY154 for the correction! I have updated the skill description :D

  43. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi ShYGuY154, Ishtar’s Ring has the same rate of fire (RoF) with Hurricane. Hurricane shoots 8 arrows whereas Mille Aiguilles whacks 6 times per second (6 x 2 hits per attack = 12 hits). Even though Mille Aiguilles hits more, the damage is lesser than Hurricane damage.

  44. ShYGuY154

    Also, I’ve spotted a typo regarding one of the 4th job skills:

    Rolling Moonsault (Active)
    A combo skill used after Rishing Rush. Attack 8 enemies 6 times.

    “Rishing Rush?” xD Sounds like fishing rush.

  45. ShYGuY154

    Is Ishtar’s Ring’s RoF as fast as Mille Aiguilles (Phantom) or Hurricane (Bowmaster)? Thanks. :D

  46. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi huareu, sorry its my mistake! I copy and paste the skill build template from 3rd to 4th job. Thanks for spotting it. I’ll fix it right away :)

  47. huareu

    eh. why 4th job thr
    1. Add 1 SP into Ishtar’s Ring, Rolling Moonsault, Stunning Strikes and Spikes Royale.
    nid add stunning strikes le? o.o

  48. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi ItsMe, Mercedes 3rd Job Advancement is Level 60 (Tempest Update), whereas MapleStory client that does not have Tempest Update will be Level 70 for 3rd Job Advancement. This rule applies to all classes/jobs except Evan and Cygnus Knights (unrevamp 2013).

  49. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi … , Demon Slayer would be best followed by Cannoneer, Mercedes and Zen. This is based on using basic weapons (not scrolled) at their level.

  50. ..............

    Ayuimlove, is demon slayer or mercedes or cannoneer or zen stronger?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  51. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi GradeA, if you are on GMS, I suggest you go for either Kaiser, Kanna or Angelic Buster as they do not need much funding to become powerful. When I played the above 3 characters, I often stumbled upon Mercedes Dual Bow Guns more often than I expected from monster drops, so you could say they are pretty easy to get if you train in the common areas, such as Latest CD and Penguins at Mushroom Kingdom.

  52. GradeA

    Hi Ayumi,
    After not having played for about 3 years im left with some questions.

    Is Mercedes a character you would advice for someone with no funding at all and what equips are easy and cheap to pick up?

    Thanks in advance!

  53. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Lol, it depends on which skills they use and the map and the player control skills For example, Evan 9th Growth have Flame Wheel which basically barbecue the entire monster on a particular flat lane with ease even if they are located far from you. Whereas Mercedes have skills that allows them to hop onto different platform quickly to perform their finishing kill. If both can deal 1 hit ko, Mercedes can k

  54. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Merc428, Pure DEX (Dexterity) is preferable for optimum min-max damage on Mercedes. If you are playing on a MapleStory version that does not support the Tempest Update yet, Mercedes Equipment requires some STR (Strength) to use them.

  55. Jack

    I use to play maplestory but when big bang started i stopped playing. Back in those days you travel to orbis to form a guild with your party. I want to have a guild in real life, maplestory has motivated me so much. Ayumilove how do you write so clearly, i am so interested in your blogs. Did you come up with a summary or write down notes as you were playing maplestory, and than plan writing like a report in your blog, so you gathered the information together, and it took alot of attempts to get the right sentence structure? email me too [email protected]

  56. Cherry

    Hi, I’m a level 126 Mercedes but because of my friend’s (very) bad opinion, I can’t up Advanced Final Atk. What should I do to distribute the skill points evenly without Adv Final Atk?

  57. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi William, if you do have the set of equipment, I don’t see the reason not to use them :) However, those equipment are really expensive, for instance, the cape itself priced at 1.2b (billion meso) depending on which server you are in. The more populated server like Scania might sell them cheaper if there are more supply than demand.

    Falcon Wing Sentinel Cap / Falcon Wing Sentinel Cape / Falcon Wing Sentinel Gloves / Falcon Wing Sentinel Suit / Falcon Wing Sentinel Boots / Falcon Wing Composite Bow / Falcon Wing Heavy Crossbow

  58. Potato

    I was wondering on 3rd job to put one point in stunning strikes because in GMS you get 4 points for job advanement. Stunning strikes helps in netts pyramid if you don’t wanna train.
    Plz reply

  59. william

    Hey i was wondering if it’s possible to equip the entire falcon set with mercedes and would you recommend that?

  60. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Marcus, You can cap it at Level 2 if you wish. No harm. I don’t use it that much too.

  61. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Marcus, The last SP (Skill Point) for Maple Warrior only adds a few seconds to make it last longer. You could max it out, however, you need to take 1 SP from another skill. It depends on your preferences. If you do not use a skill that much, probably you can take 1 SP from it and place into Maple Warrior.

  62. Donna Lim

    Hi , my Mercedes aldry 116 lvl ,but my attack only 1k~2k ,add buff also not high 4~6k only.
    I want ask why that happen in my Mercedes?

    Pls fast reply,thk~

  63. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Ecolise, my Mercedes could not add Elemental Knights in macro as well. SO its not just you :D

  64. Ayumilove Post author

    @sheary06: I don’t think its required. If you can get cubed items which has hyperbody skill, then it will solve most of your low HP problems :)

  65. Ayumilove Post author

    @lagger:

    You must be a 4th Jobber (Level 120+)

    1) Talk to Chief Tatamo at Leafre
    2) Talk to Carta at Aqua Roat Carta’s Cave
    3) Collect 40 Piece of Courage from Hidden Street Warped Dimensoin.
    3a) However, entering that area costs 1 Miniature Pianus.
    3b) You only have 5 minutes to collect all Pieces.
    3c) Failing to do so, re-enter room but cost another Miniature Pianus.
    4) Give Piece of Courage to Carta
    5) Talk to Eurek the Alchemist at Leafre/Ludibrium/Sleepywood/El Nath.
    6) Collect 10 Mithril Plate and 1 Ragged Wristband from Griffey (Boss)
    7) Give those items to Eurek to process it, and send to Carta.
    8) Carta rewards you a Hero’s WIll Mastery Skill Book to unlock the skill.

  66. im lagger

    hi, i’m playing maple SEA and i don’t have Hero’s Will, does that skill requires lev 180+?

  67. Ayumilove Post author

    hi Wenhong, if you use Add Auto-AP, you would not need to worry about how you add the stats. Just add as much into DEX and the rest is based on the scrolled equipment that has STR. It’s different from people to people.

  68. Wenhong

    Erm…how many base str need to up is the best..i wanna wear 140 item.. which is 170 str needed..help please..

  69. itsrANdomYOsH

    I would like to find out that why Gust Dive would not be maxed, since Aerial Barrage will be replaced with Rolling Moonsault.

    GMS maplers have been recommending me to max Gust Dive , while MSEA maplers, Gust Dive.

    Also, having said to have free lv 30 skillbook for Mercedes, I was wondering which one to pick?
    Offered recommendations :
    Ancient Warding lv 30
    DGB Exper lv 30

    So I’m in a dilemma right now.
    Do reply my ASAP! Thanks! ;)

  70. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi AcidicPotato, You should be able to view it in ability point tab. The value added is to the base not the red colored value. Example: STR 100 (+10) , where 10 is from equipment (weapon/armor/accessory)

  71. AcidicPotato:D

    oh, btw, is the physical training visible in the ability point tab? or its invisible?, my STR now is 120

  72. Ayumilove Post author

    hi AcidPotato,

    You can cap you STR (Strength) at any point depending on your funds. Assuming you want to get Abyss Blooms (Level 125 Dual Bow Gun with 125 STR requirement), you will need base STR of 100 and Max Physical Training (Permanent 30 STR) to get you a total of 130 Strength.

    If you are a funded Mapler, you can achieve this with even lowest base STR, such as 25 STR (the minimum for all archers) with Godly Scrolled Equipments = Overall Armor (+30 STR) + Belt/Pendant/Zakum Helmet/etc (45+ STR) + Skills and still get the ultimate Dual Bow Gun – Falcon Wing Dual Bowguns (Level 140 with 170 Strength)

  73. AcidicPotato:D

    hi, i’m playing MapleSEA. btw, can i just cap my STR at 110 or 130 since physical training gives us 30 STR without STR eqs? :O

  74. ayumilove Post author

    In KMS it shows 3 spirits whereas GMS and SEA shows 1 Spirit. Different Versions I think. It happened to my Mercedes too.

  75. MKiyo

    Hi, I have a mercedes on the third job and I’m confused with the spirits skills. On the video it shows 3 spirits, but on the skill info it says it summon 1 random spirit. Will the spirit skills be 3 when maxed or just 1 random spirits?