MapleStory Shadower Skill Build Guide

MapleStory Thief Bandit Chief Bandit Shadower Thief can advanced as a Shadower or Night Lord. This specific job route is determined when you reach Level 30. For this job, you will undergo as Bandit (2nd Job Advancement), Chief Bandit (3rd Job Advancement) and Shadower (4th Job Advancement). Shadowers are dagger wielding, shield toting 4th job of the Thief job lineup. Possessing extremely unique skills themed around meso use, shadow abuse, and flashy dagger acrobatics, Shadowers enjoy high damage and very high defense, second to only Paladins. Shadowers are excellent mobbers come 4th job and somewhat niche but effective bossers. However, our early jobs are painful leveling due to the lack of a decent mobbing skill until 3rd job. Our damage is high, but it is somewhat tricky to maximize the damage Shads can deal due to expensive equips, slow rebuffs, and having clunky, delayed skills. Despite these shortcomings, Shads are fantastic class.

Thief Overview

CLASS: Adventurer/Explorer
EQUIPMENT TYPE: Thief
PRIMARY WEAPON: Dagger
SECONDARY WEAPON: Dagger Scabbard
PRIMARY STAT: Luck (LUK)
LINK SKILL: None
MAPLE UNION EFFECT: LUK +10/20/40/80/100
BEST INNER ABILITY: Attack +30, Boss Damage +20%
JOB SKILLS: I: RogueII: BanditIII: Chief BanditIV: ShadowerHyper SkillsV: Shadower

Shadower Changelog

GMS v.179 – MapleStory V 5th Job (2016-12-15)
GMS v.178 – Limitless (2016-11-29)
GMS v.177 – Strange Secret Stories (2016-10-19)
GMS v.174 – Heroes of Maple: Reborn (2016-06-22)
GMS v.172 – Maple’s Eleven (2016-04-21)
GMS v.168 – Reboot (2015-12-02)
GMS v.163 – FIREPOWER Updates (2015-06-30)
GMS v.157 – Shinning Stars (2014-12-03)
GMS v.143 – RED First Impact (2013-11-30)

Shadower Pros and Cons

Pros

  • *Share your pros on this job!*
  • High damage and defense.

Cons

  • *Share your cons on this job!*
  • Difficult to get good shields for best damage.
  • Less mobility compared to other thieves. Example: Night Lord has Shadow Web, DB has Ascension Blade to jump further/ avoid 1hko skill.

Thief 1st Job Skills

Please refer to Thief 1st Job Skill Build Guide as it is shared by Shadower and Night Lord.

Bandit – Thief 2nd Job Skills

Dagger Mastery
Increases the weapon mastery and accuracy of daggers.
Level 1: Dagger Mastery: + 14%, Accuracy: +12
Level 10: Dagger Mastery: + 50%, Accuracy: +120

Physical Training
Permanently improves LUK and DEX through sheer physical training.
Level 1: Permanently increases LUK by 6 and DEX by 6
Level 5: Permanently increases LUK by 30 and DEX by 30

Dagger Booster
Required Skill: Dagger Mastery (5)
Doubles the attack speed of your weapon. Must have a dagger equipped.
Level 1: MP Cost: 28, Duration: 20 sec
Level 10: MP Cost: 10, Duration: 200 sec

Channel Karma
Temporarily increase your weapon attack.
Level 1: MP Cost: 15, Weapon ATT: +11, Duration: 66 sec
Level 20: MP Cost: 22, Weapon ATT: +30, Duration: 180 sec

Savage Blow
Deals very quick consecutive attacks to a monster.
Level 1: MP Cost: 25, attack 8 enemies with 135% damage 3 times.
Level 20: MP Cost: 30, attack 8 enemies with 192% damage 3 times.
Savage Blow used for 2nd job primary attacking/training skill for Bandits.

Steal
Quickly attack many enemies, with a set chance to steal an item and/or produce a potion from them. The potion can only be stolen from an enemy once, but it can be repeated until it is successful. When used against regular monsters, the potion heals random HP and MP. When used against bosses, the potion heals all your HP and MP and gives you 30 attack for 3 minutes.
Level 1: MP Cost: 12, Steal Chance: 31%, Max Enemies Hit: 4, Damage: 294%, Stun Duration: 2 sec. When consuming a potion that was stolen from a boss, it recovers HP/MP and activates Weapon ATT +30 buff for 3 minutes
Level 10: MP Cost: 24, Steal Chance: 49%, Max Enemies Hit: 4, Damage: 330%, Stun Duration: 5 sec. When consuming a potion that was stolen from a boss, it recovers HP/MP and activates Weapon ATT +30 buff for 3 minutes
Steal not suitable for training purposes.

Shield Mastery
Increases Weapon Defense, Magic Defense, Avoidability, and Weapon ATT when a shield is equipped.
Level 1: When shield is equipped – Weapon/Magic DEF: +11%, Avoidability: +2%, Weapon ATT: + 3
Level 10: When shield is equipped – Weapon/Magic DEF: +110%, Avoidability: +20%, Weapon ATT: + 15
Hunt a Shield for Thieves. Warrior and Mage Shields aren’t equip-able. The most basic shield of thief is dropped from Ligator. Getting it early allows you to gain Shield Mastery benefits, in particular the extra damage from Weapon Attack.

Meso Guard
Uses Mesos to absorb up to 50% of the damage taken. Amount of Mesos consumed is based on Skill Level and damage reduction rate.
Level 1: MP Cost: 12, Duration: 127 sec, defend 77% of Guarded Damage.
Level 10: MP Cost: 27, Duration: 190 sec, defend 50% of Guarded Damage.
Meso Guard halves the damage inflicted by enemies regardless its level (Level 1 or Max Level). The difference is the buff duration and the amount of mesos which meso guard consumes from your inventory for reducing the damage. The percentage (example: 77% and 50%) is the amount of meso the skill will consume upon your character getting hit. The lower the %, the less money gets taken away from you. At level 1, 77% of that halved damage was being taken away from your mesos in your inventory. At level 10 now, 50% of that halved damage is being taken away now. I’ll use an example for a better understanding. A monster hits you and does 2000 hp damage. Meso guard halves that damage so you receive 1000 hp damage. At level 1, 77% is taken away from the halved damage. So 77% of that 1000 is 770, which means 770 mesos gets taken away from your inventory for cutting 2k hit in halve. Now lets try level 10. we’ll use 2000 hp damage again. Meso guard will halve that to 1000 hp damage received. At level 10, 50% of the mesos gets taken away from the halved damage. So 50% of that 1000 is 500, which means 500 mesos gets taken away from your inventory for cutting 2k hit in halve. This saves more meso’s in the long run considering a health potion replenishes health with 1:1 ratio (1 meso to 1 HP)

Bandit Skill Build: Everything maxed except Steal.
1. Channel Karma, Savage Blow, Meso Guard, Shield Mastery (1)
2. Dagger Mastery (5)
3. Dagger Booster (6)
4. Dagger Mastery (MAX)
5. Channel Karma (MAX)
6. Shield Mastery (MAX)
7. Savage Blow (MAX)
8. Meso Guard (MAX)
9. Dagger Booster (MAX)
10. Physical Training (MAX)
11. Steal (9/10)

Chief Bandit – Thief 3rd Job Skills

Shadow Partner
Summons a shadow that mimics your actions for a set period. Shadows do not have HP and disappear when their summoning durations expire. The shadow cannot mimic Meso Explosion which directly moves coins.
Level 1: MP Cost: 40, summons a shadow that makes an additional hit that is 13% of the final damage for all attacks for 86 sec
Level 20: MP Cost: 64, summons a shadow that makes an additional hit that is 70% of the final damage for all attacks for 200 sec

Dark Flare
Temporarily summons the Dark Lord’s throwing star. Party members nearby will reflect enemy damage. Cannot reflect more than half of the enemy’s Max HP. You will not be damaged from hitting an enemy with attack reflection.
Level 1: MP Cost: 60, Duration: 22 sec, Inflicts 208% for the duration, Reflects 350% enemy damage when hit within the zone, Cooldown: 260 sec
Level 20: MP Cost: 100, Duration: 60 sec, Inflicts 360% for the duration, Reflects 1300% enemy damage when hit within the zone, Cooldown: 60 sec

Venom
Note: Level 10 required to learn Toxic Venom.
Permanently coats your dagger with venom, giving all your attacks the chance to Poison enemies. The Poison is not stackable, and the enemy’s HP cannot drop below 1.
Level 1: Poison Chance: 12%, 54% damage every 1 sec for 3 sec
Level 10: Poison Chance: 30%, 90% damage every 1 sec for 6 sec

Enveloping Darkness
Through fellowship with the darkness, permanently increase your maximum HP, status effect resistance, and elemental resistance.
Level 1: MaxHP: +2%, Abnormal Status Resistance: +3%, Elemental Resistance: +3%
Level 10: MaxHP: +20%, Abnormal Status Resistance: +30%, Elemental Resistance: +30%

Midnight Carnival
Overwhelms enemies with supersonic slashes.
Level 1: MP Cost: 22, Number of Attacks: 8, Damage: 81%
Level 20: MP Cost: 22, Number of Attacks: 8, Damage: 138%

Phase Dash
Dashes at the enemy with blinding speed, damaging and knocking them back. Also pushes Mesos on the ground in the direction of the attack.
Level 1: MP Cost: 18, Damage: 325%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Attacks: 2, Number of Mesos pushed: 26
Level 20: MP Cost: 45, Damage: 420%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Attacks: 2, Number of Mesos pushed: 45

Meso Mastery
Increase the amount of mesos that drop. Skills that use mesos become more efficient.
Level 1: Mesos Dropped (by monsters): 4%, Pick Pocket Meso Drop Rate: 4%, Mesoguard Damage Guard Rate: 2%, Mesos Consumed by Mesoguard: -4%, Meso Explosion Damage (per shot): +12% points. Passive Effect: Attack Power: +1
Level 5: Mesos Dropped (by monsters): 20%, Pick Pocket Meso Drop Rate: 20%, Mesoguard Damage Guard Rate: 10%, Mesos Consumed by Mesoguard: -20%, Meso Explosion Damage (per shot): +60% points. Passive Effect: Attack Power: +5

Meso Explosion
Required Skill: Pick Pocket (1)
Sends nearby Mesos flying to damage enemies. Mesos that belong to others cannot be moved.
Level 1: MP Cost: 20, Damage: 81% per meso per enemy, Damage: +30% per 5 mesos, Max Enemies Hit: 10, Max Number of Projectiles: 5
Level 5: MP Cost: 20, Damage: 100% per meso per enemy, Damage: +30% per 5 mesos, Max Enemies Hit: 10, Max Number of Projectiles: 15

Pickpocket
1 meso will drop when you attack with your skills (besides Meso Explosion). Can be toggled On/Off.
Level 1: Meso Drop Chance: 14%, Max Mesos Created: 15. When mesos are consumed from being hit with Mesoguard up, up to 5 mesos drop. Mesos do not drop from Venom or Sudden Raid, which do damage over time.
Level 5: Meso Drop Chance: 30%, Max Mesos Created: 15. When mesos are consumed from being hit with Mesoguard up, up to 5 mesos drop. Mesos do not drop from Venom or Sudden Raid, which do damage over time.

Chief Bandit Skill Build: Everything maxed except Midnight Carnival.
1. Midnight Carnival (1) Phase Dash (1) Shadow Partner (1)
2. Pickpocket (1) Meso Explosion (1)
3. Meso Mastery (MAX)
4. Pickpocket (MAX)
5. Shadow Partner (MAX)
6. Dark Flare (MAX)
7. Enveloping Darkness (MAX)
8. Meso Explosion (MAX)
9. Phase Dash (MAX)
10. Venom (MAX)
11. Midnight Carnival (14/20)

Explanation:
Midnight Carnival is not maxed because due to Meso Explosion nerf which now has 5 seconds cooldown instead of 0 seconds. Dark Flare and Assassinate combo spam does much more damage compared to Midnight Carnival and Meso Explosion against bosses.

Shadower – Thief 4th Job Skills

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

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

Shadow Shifter
Grants a chance to summon a wooden doll to take damage in your place.
Level 1: Additional Avoidability Chance: 16%
Level 30: Additional Avoidability Chance: 45%

Sudden Raid
Calls in a horde of friends to set the stage on fire.
Level 1: MP Cost: 290, Damage: 715%, Max Enemies Hit: 15, Number of Attacks: 3, Damage Over Time: 94% damage every 1 sec for 5 sec, Cooldown: 60 sec
Level 30: MP Cost: 290, Damage: 1150%, Max Enemies Hit: 15, Number of Attacks: 3, Damage Over Time: 210% damage every 1 sec for 10 sec, Cooldown: 30 sec

Prime Critical
Enhances Critical Growth. Also increases maximum critical damage permanently.
Level 1: Over time or when attacking, Critical Rate: +3%. Passive Effect: Max Critical Damage: +6%.
Level 10: Over time or when attacking, Critical Rate: +4%. Passive Effect: Max Critical Damage: +15%.

Dagger Expert
Required Skill: Dagger Mastery (10)
Increases Dagger Mastery, Weapon Attack, and Minimum Critical Damage.
Level 1: Dagger Mastery: +56%, Weapon ATT: +1, Minimum Critical Damage: +1%
Level 30: Dagger Mastery: +70%, Weapon ATT: +30, Minimum Critical Damage: +15%

Toxic Venom
Required Skill: Venom (10)
Increases Venom’s poison chance and permanently increases poison damage.
Level 1: Poison Chance: 32%, 115% damage every 1 sec for 5 sec, Can be stacked 2 times
Level 10: Poison Chance: 50%, 160% damage every 1 sec for 8 sec, Can be stacked 3 times

Shadower Instinct
Awakens the Shadower’s merciless instincts to increase Attack and ignore enemy DEF. As a passive effect, this skill allows you to rack up a Body Count with each attack, which can be used to further enhance your other attacks.
Level 1: MP Cost: 10, Duration: 28 sec, Weapon ATT: +1, additional 10 each point of Body Count (uses entire Body Count). Passive Effects: Enemy DEF Ignored: 1%, Accumulate Kill Body Count upon attack.
Level 20: MP Cost: 22, Duration: 180 sec, Weapon ATT: +20, additional 10 each point of Body Count (uses entire Body Count). Passive Effects: Enemy DEF Ignored: 20%, Accumulate Kill Body Count upon attack.

Boomerang Stab
Grants a chance to stun an enemy after making two fast slashing attacks. Also enhances all attack skills permanently.
Level 1: MP Cost: 22, Max Enemies Hit: 6, Damage: 568%, Number of Attacks: 2, Stun Chance: 32%, Stun Duration: 1 sec. Passive Effect: All attack skill damage increases by 5%.
Level 30: MP Cost: 40, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Damage: 742%, Number of Attacks: 2, Stun Chance: 90%, Stun Duration: 4 sec. Passive Effect: All attack skill damage increases by 25%

Assassinate
Attack an enemy’s vital points over and over to deal tremendous damage. Cast the Assassinate skill once more after the first three strikes to deal huge critical damage. You will no longer be hidden after dealing critical damage. When used while hidden,Assassinate damage increases. Also does more damage when Body Count is 5.
Level 1: MP Cost: 30, Damage: 395%, Number of Consecutive Attacks: 3, Press the skill key once more to deal 410% damage 2 times as the final blow, also a guaranteed critical. When Dark Sight is used, damage increases by 34%. Damage increases by 150% when Body Count is 3.
Level 30: MP Cost: 44, Damage: 627%, Number of Consecutive Attacks: 3, Press the skill key once more to deal 700% damage 2 times as the final blow, also a guaranteed critical. When Dark Sight is used, damage increases by 150%. Damage increases by 150% when Body Count is 3.

Smokescreen
Drops a Smokescreen near you. All party members within Smokescreen range will not take damage for the duration. For attacks that are based on max HP ratios, the damage will be reduced. In addition, enemies inside the Smokescreen will take more critical damage.
Level 1: MP Cost: 16, Critical Damage within the Smokescreen: +2%, Damage Taken in Proportion to HP: -1%, Duration: 31 sec, Cooldown: 358 sec
Level 30: MP Cost: 46, Critical Damage within the Smokescreen: +20%, Damage Taken in Proportion to HP: -10%, Duration: 60 sec, Cooldown: 300 sec

Shadower Skill Build: Everything maxed.
1. Boomerang Stab, Shadow Shifter, Assassinate (1)
2. Sudden Raid, Smokescreen, Shadower Instinct (1)
3. Prime Critical (MAX)
4. Dagger Expert (MAX)
5. Boomerang Stab (MAX)
6. Shadower Instinct (MAX)
7. Maple Warrior (MAX)
8. Shadow Shifter (MAX)
9. Assassinate (MAX)
10. Toxic Venom (MAX)
11. Smokescreen (MAX)
12. Sudden Raid (MAX)
13. Hero’s Will (MAX)

Shadower Hyper Skills

Boomerang Stab – Extra Strikee
Required Level: 149
Number of Attacks: +1

Boomerang Stab – Reinforce
Required Level: 168
Damage: +20%

Boomerang Stab – Spread
Required Level: 189
Monsters Hit: +2

Meso Explosion – Enhance
Required Level: 143
Mesos Used: +5, Meso Drop Rate: +20%

Meso Explosion – Guardbreak
Required Level: 162
Monster DEF Ignored: 10%

Meso Explosion – Reinforce
Required Level: 183
Damage: +20%

Assassinate – Reinforce
Required Level: 155
Damage: +20%

Assassinate – Boss Rush
Required Level: 177
Boss ATT Damage: +20%

Assassinate – Limit Break
Required Level: 195
Max damage increased to 70,000,000

Flip of the Coin
Required Level: 150
Flips a lucky coin to conjure up a blessing of awesomeness.
Can only use when you land a critical attack. MP Cost: 50, Duration: 120 sec, Damage: 5%, Critical Chance: 10%, Max Damage: 10000000, Max Stacks: 5

Shadow Veil
Required Level: 170
Summons a dark ally to deal damage over time. Cannot use Dark Sight while attack is in effect.
MP Cost: 300, Max Enemies Hit: 15, Damage: 800%, Duration: 12 sec.
Cooldown: 90 sec

Epic Adventure
Required Level: 200
Call upon the bravery deep within to increase damage output and max damage.
MP Cost: 100, Duration: 60 sec, Damage: +10%, Max Damage: +5000000
Cooldown: 120 sec. Applies to any Explorer class within the party

Shadower Hyper Skill Build Guide:
1. Assassinate – Reinforce (MAX)
2. Assassinate – Boss Rush (MAX)
3. Boomerang Stab – Reinforce (MAX)
4. Boomerang Stab – Extra Strike (MAX)
5. Meso Explosion – Reinforce (MAX)
6. Flip of the Coin (MAX)
7. Shadow Veil (MAX)
8. Epic Adventure (MAX)

Explanation:
Check this Hyper Stats Guide for more details!

Shadower 5th Job Skills

Please refer to MapleStory 5th Job Skills Guide for more details on Skill Cores, Special Cores and Enhancement Cores!

Shadower Skill Cores

Shadow Assault
Instantly approach and cut down enemies.
Level 1: Consumes 300 MP. Instantly rush to an enemy and deal 620% damage 6 times on up to 10 nearby enemies with an additional 25% critical rate. You can use this skill with the arrow keys to choose the direction of your first attack, you can use this skill up to 4 times. Cooldown after 1st attack has been used: 60 seconds (during which you can use the 2nd~4th attacks).
Level 25: Consumes 300 MP. Charges forward and attacks up to 10 monsters at 1220% 6 times. Critical Rate +25%, Ignore +100% Monster DEF. Advances toward the direction of the pressed direction key. Can attack enemies up to 4 times. Cooldown after the first attack: 60 sec, but 2-4 attacks can be made.

Eviscerate
After attracting an enemy’s attack, move behind them and perform a powerful counterattack. The counterattack can damge enemies using Damage Reflect or Damage Ignore.
Level 1: Consumes 650 MP. After being used, if you are attacked by an enemy before a certain period of time, instantly move to the enemy with the highest maximum HP that you have attacked and deal 1550% damage 9 times with an additional 100% critical rate and 100% defense ignore. If you are not attacked by an enemy, summon your hidden allies to deal 572% damage 5 times on up to 12 enemies. Cooldown: 8 seconds.
Level 25: Consumes 650 MP. After being used, if you are attacked by an enemy before a certain period of time, instantly move to the enemy with the highest maximum HP that you have attacked and deal 2750% damage 9 times with an additional 100% critical rate and 100% defense ignore. If you are not attacked by an enemy, summon your hidden allies to deal 1100% damage 5 times on up to 12 enemies. Cooldown: 8 seconds.

Shadower Enhancement Cores

  • Steal (4% per level)
  • Savage Blow (4% per level)
  • Muspelheim (3% per level)
  • Meso Explosion (3% per level)
  • Edge Carnival (3% per level)
  • Dark Flare (3% per level)
  • Assassinate (2% per level)
  • Boomerang Step (2% per level)
  • Sudden Raid (2% per level)
  • Shadow Veil (2% per level)

Shadower V-Matrix Skills Guide

Main V Skill: Shadow Assault
Trio #1: Assassinate / Shadow Veil / Sudden Raid
Trio #2: Boomerang Stab / Dark Flare / Meso Explosion
Trio #3: Savage Blow / Midnight Carnival / Phase Dash
Note: Bolded = essential skill | Non-bolded = non-essential skill.

MapleStory Old to New Official Skill Names

Shadower 2nd Job Skills

Shadower 3rd Job Skills

Shadower 4th Job Skills

  • Sudden Raid → Sudden Raid (SAME)
  • Shadower Instinct → Shadower Instinct (SAME)
  • Assassinte → Assassinate (SAME)

Shadower Hyper Skills

  • Veil of Shadows → Shadow Veil

Shadower 5th Job Skills (GMS | MSEA)

  • Shadow Assault → Shadow Assault (SAME)
  • Eviscerate → (SAME)

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110 thoughts on “MapleStory Shadower Skill Build Guide

  1. Ayumilove Post author

    @beeplance: Zakum do drop shield but its quite rare though. I used about 10 characters to perform solo Zakum and only 1 character had a chance to get the shield.

  2. Ayumilove Post author

    @HawkWard: Thanks for your feedbac! Shadower 3rd Job Skills and 4th Job Skills has been updated.

  3. HawkWard

    Update 3rd job and assassinate in 4th job

  4. beeplance

    Anyone has any advice on what low level monsters to hunt for shields for Bandits? Thanks in advance!

  5. Ayumilove Post author

    @Im-The-One: Yes, you can change to different job for Explorer Thief. It’s called “Open Advancement”. There are a few pre-requisites to change job:
    1. You must be at least Level 101 and have completed the 4th job advancement.
    2. Can change jobs once per day.
    3. Can only change within the same class (e.g. Thief -> change to any Thief other than Warrior/Pirate/Magician/Bowman)
    4. All skill points are reset. You will need to repurchase Mastery Books 20 and 30!
    5. Your primary stat will be switched depending on job (e.g. Buccaneer = STR -> Corsair = DEX)
    6. Link skill for the previous class will be lost.
    7. You will gain a Level 100 weapon box for that class.

    It will cost Job Advancement Coins or paying a certain amount of mesos.
    It will cost more meso if your character level is very high and also the number of times the job has switched to different job.

  6. Im-The-One

    Can i change from a shadower to a night lord?

  7. Ayumilove Post author

    @KelvinTHM: Create a Kanna mule, set First/Second/Third Inner Ability to Obtain Meso +% and Drop +%. Then farm all the way!

  8. Ayumilove Post author

    @knight: Thanks for the notice regarding MapleSEA Beyond patch. I’m currently looking at the details and will be performing the necessary updates. :-)

  9. knight

    Beyond patch is out for mapleSEA pls update guide if necessary :D

  10. SuBi

    @join @Panthaero
    I do play the class of course. Welp I got your point, shadower has omnidirectional teleport skill, but you need a mob to be there, unlike DB and NL, they can easily avoid banban’s 1hko jump attack, hmag spinning attack and etc.

  11. KelvinTHM

    any idea how to earn mesos? im just coming back to maplesea after quitting for a long time, new account new characters no mesos even to buy pots and basic equips…

  12. ThatOneGrammarNazi

    You misspelled nice in description. xD

  13. Keke

    Assassinate damage 1.5x when bodycount 5? But I can get body count 3 only.

  14. john

    @ subi
    do you even play the class? double flash jump, a rush, and two omnidirectional teleport skills is less mobility? mobility is defo not a con of shad

  15. Panthaero

    Subi, I can see what you mean about them lacking direct upward mobility, but I feel the point is moot with double flash jump and “into darkness” as well. You’re entitled to your opinion of course.

    Bengus extra meso is always good in reboot, but the meso dropped from the skills, arrnt useable :c

    Ayumi, if you get a chance could you modify assassinate? I think at max the second portion does two hits of 700%

  16. Bengus

    would extra meso drop be a pro if on reboot type server? :o

  17. Ayumilove Post author

    @SuBi: Thanks for sharing your cons’s on Shadower. It has been added into the Shadower’s Pros and Cons section :)

  18. SuBi

    Cons: Less mobility compared to other thieves.
    Example: Night Lord has Shadow Web, DB has Ascension Blade to jump further/ avoid 1hko skill.

  19. Panthaero

    Assassinate hyper “limit break” should be changed to “guard break” I believe 10%.

  20. Rainyseason

    There is a new skill for 3rd job called into dark and advance dark sight. I not sure for 4th job because my shad just reach 3rd job. Thanks! :)

  21. will

    +meso explosion can hit pass super weapon defense (it is now a magic attack) so little downtime when bossing (combined with midnight carnival and pickpocket)
    +excels on massive maps (‘dark flare’, ‘shadow veil’ and now ‘into darkness’ – an amazing tele skill)
    +attacking skills from second, third, fourth, hyper and fifth job are all used end game frequently providing a varied training and bossing experience.
    -main bossing skill assassinate has inconsistent output due to dark sight mechanic and shadower instinct count. not to mention critical damage as well as critical rate fluctuates constantly for all skills.

  22. Nino

    Shield mastery also works, having a secondary equipped.
    You can get them at lvl 30,60 and 100, so there’s no need to farm a shield.
    Although Khanjar and DKanjars are better, because they can be scrolled (not neccesarry in reboot) and have higher base att then the secondaries.

  23. Iask

    So if u have no meso with you, will mesoguard not work or will it cost nothing?

  24. abcde

    Hi Ayumi! With GMS 1.77 Meso Explosion got buffed (no more cooldown, can be used mid-combo(?)) among other things for shadower. In your 3rd job Explanation, you did not max Midnight Carnival due to the ME cd and said Dark Flare + Assassinate is a better combo.

    Is that still the case? To not max MC and use Dark Flare + Assassinate instead for bossing?

  25. Ayumilove Post author

    @Visitor12345: Thanks for sharing your pros and cons for Shadower! I have added them into the Pros and Vons section list above.

  26. KelvinTHM

    anyone playing maplesea can add my shadower “SteaIthCreed”,

    anyway Ayumi you’re great man! thanks for all the hard work I think most of the players follow your guides :)

  27. Visitor12345

    Pros for shadower: high damage and defence
    Cons: hard to get good shields for best damage

  28. Ayumilove Post author

    @TacoSeller: I would personally choose Hero because of its tankiness and simple attack mode.

  29. TacoSeller

    Hey Ayumi,shadower or hero?

  30. Ayumilove Post author

    @Hwotospell: Thanks for your feedback! I’ll get to it as soon as possible to update the outdated content. Thanks again for stopping by! Do check out the new 5th job skill section as MapleStory will be releasing this new skills soon for Level 200+ players.

  31. Hwotospell

    Ayumi, there is a rework In shadowers skills already. Do you mind updating this guide. Im a returning mapler and holy you are still around. I remember I read and watched all of your stuff a few years back. Can’t believe you are still active. Keep up the good work

  32. Moaz

    @Legion

    No because midnight carnival has such a low %dmg, it won’t make much of a difference maxing it out, since you probably won’t hit damage cap anyway.

  33. Legion

    With the return of meso explosion coming soon should I max midnight carnival then?

  34. Noalm

    @ShogunDr4gon also, if you want to compare damage, DBs are more focused on attack speed while Shadowers are more of a damage dealer. Dual blades are better mobbers imo. but shadowers are great bossers. if we talk about popularity, db are way more popular, on the other hand, shadower’s main are starting to reduce over time.

  35. JaggedVenom

    @ShogunDr4g0n
    This is late-ish, and I may not be Ayumi but I think I can answer this mostly easily. Both in their own ways are very tanky. Shadower is tanky just by having High Defense, Meso Guard, and a shield as a secondary. Dual blades on the other hand, aren’t tanky, BUT, they have a sweet 90% dodge, which goes a LONG way.. So its basically:
    If you want to be tanky through the use of RNG/Dodge – Dual Blade is for you
    If you want to be tanky through the use of a shield/Defensive skills, and less Dodge- Go Shadower.
    Hope this helped

  36. ShogunDr4g0n

    Hi ayumi, i’m a casual mapler, always going and coming back from like 11 years now, and your website have being a humungous help whenever i decide to maple, honestly these time on keep playing for a while, sorry couldn’t help say “THANKS AYUMI”. So, something i always look in a class with good surviability, betwwen DB and shadower, wich one die less???, by the way it would be nice, if you could add a pro and cons section here and in your few guides that doesn’t have them, the are a terrific guideline to know what they can or can’t do certain jobs

  37. Typo

    Can you add shadower pros and cons?

  38. aslamak

    where is the 2nd job skill critical growing?
    Level 1: For every certain period or for ever attack, increase critical rate 2%
    maxed on job adv.

  39. Ayumilove Post author

    @Matezz: Thanks for your compliment :)

  40. Ayumilove Post author

    @J: Thanks for your feedback! I have removed the SP requirements for Shadower 3rd Job Pickpocket.

  41. J

    for 3rd job Pickpocket don’t require any SP to be unlock.

  42. Matezz

    Ayumilove you are great <3

  43. Dalv

    May I ask why dark flare maxed and midnight carnival is not? I’ve always been told to leave dark flare unmaxed because it’s not as useful.

  44. CloudCloud9

    Erm Does shadower need mastery skill books ?

  45. Banana

    May I know the pros and cons of shadower?

    And skill description of savage blow and midnight carnival should be swapped

  46. Ayumilove Post author

    @hi: I have updated Shadower skill to set Midnight Carnival from 16 to 14 (max).

  47. hi

    How come I maxed everything except Midnight Carnival but it’s at level 14?

  48. ZeVMaple

    Hey Ayumi, I noticed that there is a minor error in the skill list. In 3rd Job, Meso Explosion says required skill is Pickpocket 1, but Pickpocket says required skill is Meso Explosion 3, so just wanted to point that out if any maple beginners came to check that out. Like I said, it is only a minor error

  49. Poom

    @anonkihime it can be crafted by the crafting skill :)

  50. AnonKihime

    Where can we get Thief’s Shield? Help is needed please…..

  51. Em0Kur0

    Hi Ayumi, I wanted to ask that how to get Tsukuyomi’s Execution Dagger or hunt what monster can get it.Hope u know :)

  52. JohnWonDb

    Yea meso explosion works with shadow partner and your crit rate. So without hyper it hits about 50 times per second. If u are extremely funded this can replace assasinate

  53. NWFTW

    Does shadow partner can mimic meso explosion.I try to test but so hard to tell the different when have and without Shadow partner when using meso explosion.

  54. So Funny

    when is shadower in gms getting his assassinate animation change and stuff?

  55. Skydancer

    Does Meso explosion get used in 4th job?

    Wouldn’t using the Hyper Meso Explosion – Enhance be more useful for the added drop rate and extra 5 lines?

  56. Edask

    With Shadower, what is the best training skill? Boomerang, or Assassinate?

  57. YourFans

    This page is Shadower skill build, of course is Shadower la

  58. Game

    shadower or dual blade?

  59. YourFans

    To: Ayumilove

    I need help! Why my 3rd job skill Midnight Carnival is 14/20 when i reach lvl 100 and yours is 16/20?

  60. YourFans

    To: Ayumi

    I need help! Why my 3rd job skill Midnight Carnival is 14/20 when i reach lvl 100 and yours is 16/20?

  61. Smexy

    I just came back from not playing since 2010 before mechs were introduced. I’m on a 101 CB that’s still on 3rd job. Do I get 4th job before I allocate any SP and what about AP? I’m currently at 100+31 dex (low dex somewhat). Since there isn’t a dex requirement what should I do now?

  62. Ayumilove Post author

    @toothlessthief: You gain SP when you reach 1st job (level 10), 2nd job (level 30), 3rd job (level 60) and 4th job (level 100) in RED/Rising Heroes patch.

  63. toothlessthief

    When I turned to lvl 71, I didn’t get any sp, is that right or should I have gotten some?

  64. l0ng

    Hi, do you have any idea which sdw “combo skills” are fastest dps against boss

    pure assassinate or ds and assassinate? and whether to use meso explosion, its hard to tell because of the delays for ds and assassinate as well as meso explosion delay

  65. yo

    Hey why is MW maxed so early?

  66. Ayumilove Post author

    @leo: Midnight Carnival hits 1 enemy.

  67. leo

    Ayumi, just asking, but how many enemies does ‘Midnight Carnival’ hit?

  68. Ayumilove Post author

    @PinkNoodle: Thanks for your note! I believe that this was applied in RED Update where Bandit Secondary Weapon activates Shield Mastery.

  69. Pinknoodle

    Ayumilove. Just wanted to let you know that Shield Mastery now works fine with Dagger Scabbards.

    @EdwardLimChinShen
    I’m currently level 151 on my new Shadower and my range is 75k buffed. Which I feel is pretty weak. I think I had like 20-25k range at level 100.

  70. EdwardLimChinShen

    What is the average damage range for a Shadower at level 100 and higher, as I only have a range of 5000~7000 and I feel like I have lower damage than others.

  71. LongzaiixD

    I wan to ply Damage and I dun knw which more better, I wan dps fas, a lot of Dmg.

  72. Ayumilove Post author

    @longzaiixD: It depends on your play style though. Do you like to move around while attacking? Choose Dual Blade. Do you prefer staying at 1 spot and moving a little bit while attacking, plus save some funds and do some special tricks with meso? (e.g. meso explosion), choose Shadower. Shadower is great for first timer too, since Meso Guard help save lots of meso. Just to take note that Shadower Shield is a little bit difficult to obtain since there are no NPC stores selling it, whereas Katara has more availability.

  73. longzaiixD

    In red dual blade can change to shadower and which job better during red shadower or dual blade??

  74. Ayumilove Post author

    @Bacon: Thanks for the corrections. I’ll apply them now :)

  75. Bacon

    Meso Explosion – Reinforce should be at level 183
    and
    Meso Explosion – Enhance should be at level 143
    and
    Assassinate – Reinforce should be at level 195
    and
    Assassinate – Limit Break should be at level 155
    and
    Boomerang Stab – Reinforce should be at level 168

  76. Ayumilove Post author

    @Icky: I have added my Meso Guard explanation (just below the Meso Guard official details) if you want more clarification on how it works. :)

  77. Ayumilove Post author

    @Jon: It’s differs for different players though. 50m seems a small amount when its in a populated server, where things are cheap.

  78. Ayumilove Post author

    @Salem: Assassinate skill details has been updated.

  79. Salem

    The assassinate skill got wrong details please recheck :)

  80. Jon

    Hey Ayumi, i was just wondering, I made a shadower during the 2x event and i have ~50m funding. Would you say that’s enough to be at least decent?

  81. Ayumilove Post author

    @greg: It’s possible with RED patch. All you need to do is reach advanced as 4th Job, level up once (at least Level 101), and pay a sum of meso to change from Shadower to Night Lord.

  82. greg

    Hi Ayumi, I Have A Shadower And I Wanna Know If Have Any Kind Of Way To Change My Char To Be Another Thief Class, Is That Possible Ty.

  83. Nelson

    If i plan on switching my UA shad to another thief class, will i be able to keep the vampire skill?

  84. Maplestory12203

    Aymuilove,

    Which job is stronger or better.(shadower)or(bow master)?

  85. Maplestory12203

    Hi ayumi,

    I just want to know which job is better shadower or dark kinght?

  86. Alix Chang

    @ Icky on March 5, 2014 at 1:54 AM @

    That’s true,
    it is counter productive just to increase the duration of the skill,
    this is not a rare question.

    it is perfectly balance due to this skill,
    it makes shadower a tanker 2nd to only paladin in maple.

    thanks,
    Alix Chang

  87. Icky

    I have a question about Mesoguard:
    So, I know it helps with def but as I’m leveling it, I noticed the percentage being blocked is going down.
    I.E. lvl 9 guards 53% while using up to 10 mesos
    lvl 10 guards 50% while using up to 10 mesos
    isn’t this counterproductive?

  88. Game

    is shads good with no funs onley skill bock and potion(mastey bocks)

  89. Alix Chang

    Dear Ayumilove,

    can you re-check the skill “Assassinate”?
    it says the last hit is 100% crit rate, with a 1300% damage.

    thanks,
    Alix Chang

  90. Ellie

    Hey Ayumi, is shadower stronger than dual blade after red?

  91. Imbadatnames

    Hey ayumi. It says on my hyper skill list that boomerang step extra strike is unlocked at lvl149. And the last thing. In fact all of them seem flipped in GMS

  92. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Stanley, Dual Blade is much more mobile compared to Shadower, so if you like mobility keep Dual Blade. If you prefer to have some change (bored being Dual Blade), you can switch to Shadower and later on switch back to Dual Blade if it isn’t your taste. I have tried many jobs, each jobs have their own advantages and disadvantages. For instance, Cannonneer lacks the mobility compared to most jobs including Adventurer Warrior, therefore even though it has powerful hit skill, its mobility makes it inconvenient for me to play, therefore I avoid training it.

  93. Stanley

    hello
    i have recently returned to maple cus of red impact but i am not sure if i should change jobs from dual blade to shadower. Can you give me some advice please
    Thanks

  94. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Christian, I have previously added my recommendation under the Shadower Hyper Skill Build. You can check that out :)

  95. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Akin, thanks for spotting the missing skill. I have reupdated Shadower 4th Job Skill Build Guide which includes the Assassinate skill.

  96. Akin

    Hmmm, so we don’t max Assassinate? Just leave it at +1?

  97. Christian

    Which hyper skills would you max? Im struggling to find out which I should max. :/

  98. WildHeartless

    MarsOreo… once your critical reaches 100% it reset and starts increasing again. Prima Critical just boosts the effect of critical growing, so at max level you would only gain 4% critical every 2 seconds or attack, not 6%.

    btw I think this class should have gotten a new hyper skill… with critical growing/prima critical and flip of a coin… it just seems its a bit much focused on critical chance… almost to the point it is overkill… maybe swap out the critical chance in Flip of a coin, for say enemy defense ignored, would have been perfect!!!!!

  99. EliteGamer970

    Should I use the edge carnival aand boomerang step combo or not?

  100. MarsOreo

    Hi Ayumilove! I would like to ask some skills that I do ony understand. The critical growing will rose your critical by 2%, so once it reached 100%, does the critical wears off or continual effect?
    2) The prima critical is the advanced version of crtitical, so if it’s maxed, does the prima critical stacks with critical growing or separate differently? Pls reply thx. :)

  101. anonymous

    wait what? 50% increased crit damage where did that come from, i only see 15% lol, or if u wanna count smokescreen 35 or if its multiplicative 38%, and smokescreen was present before RED.

  102. Edvin

    OMG, Bommerang Step still active with a badly terrible attack speed!! And Assasinate damage decreased,sad==

  103. YukiAkira

    Before RED Assassinate delay is 1170ms (1.17s), excluding the final hit. RED Assassinate delay is 750ms (0.75s). Which means they hit faster, so it’s still a buff. And don’t forget after the RED update Shadowers have 50% increased crit damage on both minimum and maximum crits.

  104. Snapple

    I thought that was already implemented before RED..?

  105. YukiAkira

    Look on the bright side, at least Assassinate now collects Body Count orbs!

  106. Snapple

    i think the critical hit thing is quite ridiculous. since you can reach 100%Crit very easily.. theres no point in increasing Crit chance lol.

  107. Kent

    Hm Ayumi, is the last hit for assasinate is 1320%? (or 2x damage) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH9K5ThauIM If so, its like combining 2 hits for the last one

  108. anonymous

    !! assasinate extra hit is gone also, terrible.. reduced damage and 1 less hit also

  109. anonymous

    @greenarrowspark2, Yeah totally agree, cap on assasinate increased but damage reduced -.- i consider that a nerf , only thing now is if I’m reading it correctly if we wait long enough we’ll have 100% crit rate or perma crit. which makes assasinate less useful also since the last strike is 100% crit.. plus.. without any equipment, we can get 80% crit already, 5% base, 15% phantom instinct, 50% flip of the coin, 10% hyper crit.

  110. greenarrowspark2

    And Shadower’s still don’t get a drain skill. -_- TBH, Shadower’s didn’t really get a good revamp compared to classes like Dark Knights. Same with Buccaneers.