GMS V.183 – Kerning City Superstars (2017-02-22)


Make your way through Kerning Tower, a new theme dungeon for players Lv. 145 and above, and help music producer Blake manage the promotion of The Jackpot 5’s new album as they compete in the Kerning City Superstars competition! Then take a look at the system changes and improvements we’re making as part of ‘A Better Maple’. Make your NX work for you with the introduction of the Maple Value Points (MVP) Service, which gives rewards based on how much NX you spend. We’ve also got several new events for you to join. Make new friends, cook up some steamed buns, and unearth ancient artifacts! All this and more in the Kerning City Superstars update!

V.183 – Kerning City Superstars is live on March 1!

Table of Contents

NEW CONTENT

Theme Dungeon: Kerning Tower

Requirement: Lv. 145 and above

  • Enter the new Kerning Tower and help Blake with his musical woes.
  • Blake has come up with a new sound that he’s confident will catapult him back to the top. He just needs a singer, and a talent scout, and basically everything. That’s where you come in!
  • Work your way through Kerning Tower to find the new talent Blake needs. Fight through new monsters and meet new people who will play a vital role in your quest.

Rewards:

  • Jackpot Entertainment Co-CEO: Title. Req. Lv: 150, STR/DEX/INT/LUK: +8, MaxHP/MaxMP: +400, Weapon ATT/Magic ATT: +1.

‘A Better Maple’ System Changes

We’ve been working hard to improve MapleStory, and have made the following changes:

  • Monsters now drop potions proportional to the monster’s level.
  • Pets follow characters more quickly and pick up items. When the character is moving quickly, the teleportation range of pets is increased.
  • When a pet buff is enabled or disabled, the message will now appear in the “Combat” tab.
  • The icons of items that have expiration dates have been changed so that it’s easier to see them in your inventory.
  • Potential Stamps, Bonus Potential Stamps, and Golden Hammers now function similar to cubes, where you double-click the item, and then click on the piece of equipment you want to modify.
  • If you receive a completion stamp for content using the Maple Guide, you can move to that content’s location through the Maple Guide, regardless of your character’s level.
  • The stats have been changed to HP when Demon Avenger characters obtain the following items from Mu Lung Dojo: Hero’s Gloves, Mu Gong’s Gloves, So Gong’s Gloves, Expert’s Gloves, or Expert Apprentice’s Gloves.
  • Maximum down jump height has been increased for all jobs, except Mechanics.
  • Mechanics can now select the color of their mech, instead of receiving a random color.
  • The Shop tab in the Silent Crusade UI now sells the same items as the Silent Crusade Hideout NPC shop. Items such as Spell Traces are also available for sale.
  • You can purchase multiple items at once from coin shops (does not apply to certain items).
  • The buff and debuff icons display concurrently on monsters.
  • Soul skill durations are displayed on the upper right-side of the screen.
  • You can right-click a character’s name from the chat window to receive the options to Whisper, Add Friend, Party Invite, etc.
  • If the ‘Revive Character’ button is clicked during the character deletion grace period (ghost state), you can check one more time before reviving the character.
  • Meso and EXP amounts displayed in the chat window are separated in units of 1,000 to increase readability.
  • You can now assign other shortcuts to the ESC and Scroll Lock keys. The Main Menu and Screenshot shortcuts can now be assigned to other keys.
  • The icon color of Epic Potential Scrolls Unique Potential Scrolls, and Legendary Potential Scrolls has been changed to easily differentiate from regular Potential Scrolls.
  • The display for NPC names have been altered to improve readability.
  • Unused NPCs and certain moving background graphics will be removed to improve stability within the Event Hall.

Due to last-minute issues, the following previously announced changes will not be implemented at this time:

  • Angelic Busters have more Cash customization options:
    • Cash items such as outfit, top, bottom, eye accessory, ear accessory, shoes, and cape are customizable.
    • Weapon and ring cash items are shared regardless of transformation state.
    • Angelic Buster’s Dress-Up tab in the equipment window has been moved to the Cash tab to see both before and after transformation customization options at once.
    • The Hyper Coordinate skill has been removed since you can customize using the Cash tab in the equipment window.
    • You can view the before and after customization options via the Dress-Up button in the Cash Shop’s preview area.

Maple Value Points (MVP) Service

  • The Maple Value Points (MVP) Service gives rewards based on how much NX you spend in MapleStory.
  • Depending on the amount of NX spent, you will be placed in different MVP tiers.
  • In order to provide everyone with a fresh start, all NX spent will begin calculating starting after the game update on March 1. Going forward, your tier will depend on the amount of NX spent in the past 3 months (starting from March 1), as well as the total amount of NX spent over your account’s lifetime (starting from March 1).
  • You will receive daily rewards as well as monthly gifts and perks depending on your tier.
  • MVP Bronze Tiers (based on lifetime spend):
    • Spend 10,000 – 99,999 NX (Lifetime): MVP Bronze I
    • Spend 100,000 – 199,999 NX (Lifetime): MVP Bronze II
    • Spend 200,000 – 299,999 NX (Lifetime): MVP Bronze III
    • Spend 300,000 or more NX (Lifetime): MVP Bronze IV
  • MVP Special Tiers (based on spend within past 3 months):
    • Spend 300,000 – 599,999 NX (Past 3 months): MVP Silver
    • Spend 600,000 – 899,999 NX (Past 3 months): MVP Gold
    • Spend 900,000 or more NX (Past 3 months): MVP Diamond
  • Once you achieve an MVP Bronze tier, it will never go down. However, MVP Special tiers reset at the end of the month and you must climb back into them to reap the rewards.

Rewards:

  • Daily Rewards include:
    • MVP Superpower Buff
    • MVP Recovery Potion
    • MVP Megaphone
    • Unity Training Center Entrance Charm
    • MVP Plus EXP Buff
    • Hyper Teleport Rock
    • MVP Mu Lung Dojo Entry Coupon
    • Monster Park REBORN Free Entry Ticket
  • Monthly Rewards include:
    • MVP Title
    • Maple Points Coupon
    • MVP Label and Chat Rings
    • MVP Special Damage Skin
    • Damage Skin Storage Scroll
    • Shining Noblesse and Eternal Noblesse capes
    • Born to Be Gold and Born to Be Diamond medals
    • MVP Diamond Shop
    • Glow Spell Chair

ADDITIONAL UPDATES

Bug Fixes

  • Beast Tamer’s Gold Card Buff will now properly buff party members.
  • There was an issue where the Black Heaven Act III beginning and ending cutscenes appeared swapped. This issue will be fixed so that the correct cutscene appears at the correct time.
  • An issue where the Luminous tutorial UI shows untranslated text will be fixed.
  • The description for the final set bonus on the Dragonic Lapis Renewal will be fixed.
  • The NPC Rice Cake Mommy Moon Bunny will no longer appear in Pantheon.
  • The NPC Christmas Tree will no longer appear in Ludibrium.
  • A text error in the description for the Shadow Jacket will be fixed.
  • A text error in the description for the Shadow Cape will be fixed.
  • The Special Medal of Honor will now award the appropriate amount of Honor EXP.
  • The Storm Growth Potion can now be removed from your inventory by speaking with the Maple Administrator and selecting the ‘NoDrop Item Remove’ option.
  • Monsters will now spawn properly in the Blackgate maps.
  • The Tot’s Know How UI will no longer remain on the screen when the player returns to the login screen.

Boss Von Leon Hard Mode

Requirement: Lv. 33 and above

  • For you Maplers who are looking for an additional challenge, Von Leon invites you to test your mettle in Hard Mode!
  • You can fight Von Leon in Hard Mode once a day. The daily entry limit for Hard Mode is separate from the Easy and Normal Von Leon.

Rewards:

  • Noble Ifia’s Ring: STR/DEX/INT/LUK: +5, MaxHP/MaxMP: +200, Weapon ATT/Magic ATT: +2
  • Royal Von Leon Equipment: Can be purchased for all classes with Lion King Medals

Aran and Xenon Quest Revamp

  • Some of Aran and Xenon’s quest lines have been updated.
  • Aran
    • Aran’s early quests in Rien now have navigation to help you get to where you need to go. This carries forward even after leaving Rien up until the Black Wings’ quest line.
    • Along with the new navigation, some of the level requirements have been lowered.
  • Xenon
    • Some of Xenon’s early quests now have navigation.
    • Portals that you can use have been updated so that they are more easily identifiable.

NEW EVENTS

Kerning Tower Opening Celebration

March 1 – April 4This event ends at midnight PDT.
Requirement: Lv. 145 and above
To celebrate the grand opening of Kerning Tower, we are celebrating with an opportunity to get some goodies!
If you manage to complete Kerning Tower during the event period, you can receive the Kerning Tower Grand Opening Party Favor.
Rewards:

  • Kerning Tower Grand Opening Party Favor: Open to receive:
    • Finding Your Roots: Untradeable, Req. Lv: 35, STR/DEX/INT/LUK: +2, MaxHP/MaxMP: +150.
    • Notable Earrings: Untradeable, Req. Lv: 45, STR/DEX/INT/LUK: +2.
    • Free Spirit Piercing: Untradeable, Req. Lv: 45, STR/DEX/INT/LUK: +1.
    • Kerning Tower Memories Chair: Untradeable, recovers 100 HP/MP.

Best Friends Forever

March 1 – March 21This event ends at midnight PDT.
Requirement: Lv. 33 and above (Zero characters must have completed up to Chapter 2).

  • It’s matchmaking time! Jerry and Terri invite you to find your Best Friend match.
  • They will conduct interviews and look for potential candidates based on your level. Make a new friend to party with, and earn some excellent prizes!
  • Accept the the quest ‘Find your new best friend’ and you will be provided with a membership card. This membership card allows you to open the BFF Finder UI and find the perfect someone.
  • Complete different missions together, hunting monsters or avoiding obstacles!
  • After you complete all of the missions, you can provide feedback about your match.

Rewards:
As you play, you’ll earn BFF Coins, which can be used to purchase items through the Shop inside the BFF Finder UI. You can get rewards such as:

  • Monster Park REBORN Coupon
  • Mastery Book 20, 30
  • Me and the Moon Chair
  • Trait Boost Potion
  • BFF Selection Stage Chair
  • And more!

Hasty Hunting

March 1 – March 14This event ends at midnight UTC.
Requirement: Lv. 33 and above (Zero characters must have completed up to Chapter 2).

  • Welcome to the Hasty Hunting event!
  • Here you will hunt monsters, fight Inferno Wolf, activate runes, and more in order to receive random prizes.
  • The rewards, Haste Boxes, range from basic to intermediate to advanced, and finally ending with the superior box. Open a Haste Box to receive one random reward!

Rewards:

  • Basic Haste Box
    • Spell Trace (x100)
    • Power Elixirs (x10)
    • Basic Hunter’s Honor Medal: 7-day duration.
    • Silver Potential Stamp: 7-day duration.
    • Chaos Scroll 100%: 7-day duration.
    • Pure Clean Slate Scroll 5%: 7-day duration.
  • Intermediate Haste Box
    • Spell Trace (x200)
    • Power Elixirs (x20)
    • Intermediate Hunter’s Honor Medal: 7-day duration.
    • Gold Potential Stamp: 7-day duration.
    • Chaos Scroll 100%: 7-day duration.
    • Golden Hammer 50%: 7-day duration.
    • Pure Clean Slate Scroll 10%: 7-day duration.
  • Advanced Haste Box
    • Spell Trace (x500)
    • Intermediate Hunter’s Honor Medal: 7-day duration.
    • Golden Hammer 50%: 7-day duration.
    • Epic Potential Scroll 50%: 7-day duration.
    • Pure Clean Slate Scroll 10%: 7-day duration.
    • Innocence Scroll 50%: 7-day duration.
    • Chaos Scroll of Goodness 50%: 7-day duration.
  • Superior Haste Box
    • Spell Trace (x800)
    • Advanced Hunter’s Honor Medal: 7-day duration.
    • Pure Clean Slate Scroll 10%: 7-day duration.
    • Master Craftsman’s Cube: 7-day duration.
    • Chaos Scroll of Goodness 50%: 7-day duration.
    • Meister’s Cube: 7-day duration.
    • Incredible Chaos Scroll of Goodness 60%: 7-day duration.

March Attendance Check

March 1 – March 21This event ends at midnight UTC.
Requirement: Lv. 33 and above

  • The Teeny White Monkey needs your help! He’s being bullied by some really big monsters. The big monsters have been taking his treasure and he wants your help to teach them a lesson.
  • Log in each day and hunt 200 monsters within your level range (10 levels below and 20 levels above) to earn a daily reward.
  • Click on the calendar UI to accept your reward.
  • This event can be completed once per world.
  • The daily quests reset at 4:00 PM (Pacific) each day.

Rewards: Earn rewards such as:

  • Pendant of the Spirit
  • Spell Trace (x400)
  • 1 hour 2x Exp Coupons
  • Donut Damage Skin
  • And more!

2x EXP & Drop Weekends

March 4 – March 5March 11 – March 12March 18 – March 19
Requirement: Available for all levels

  • We will be running 2x EXP & Drop events during March! Be sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on these chances to power through your level-ups!

Times:

  • Saturday, March 4, 2017
    • PST: 12:00 AM – 3:00 AM & 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • EST: 3:00 AM – 6:00 AM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM & 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
    • CET: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM & 3:00 AM – 6:00 AM (March 5)
    • AEDT: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM & 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM (March 5) & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (March 5)
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017
    • PST: 12:00 AM – 3:00 AM & 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • EST: 3:00 AM – 6:00 AM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM & 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
    • CET: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM & 3:00 AM – 6:00 AM (March 6)
    • AEDT: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM & 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM (March 6) & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (March 6)
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017
    • PST: 12:00 AM – 3:00 AM & 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • EST: 3:00 AM – 6:00 AM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM & 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
    • CET: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM & 3:00 AM – 6:00 AM (March 12)
    • AEDT: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM & 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM (March 12) & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (March 12)
  • Sunday, March 12, 2017
    • Pacific: 12:00 AM PST – 4:00 AM PDT & 11:00 AM PDT – 2:00 PM PDT & 7:00 PM PDT – 10:00 PM PDT
    • Eastern: 3:00 AM EST – 7:00 AM EDT & 2:00 PM EDT – 5:00 PM EDT & 10:00 PM EDT – 1:00 AM EDT (March 13)
    • CET: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM & 3:00 AM – 6:00 AM (March 13)
    • AEDT: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM & 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM (March 13) & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (March 13)
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017
    • PDT: 1:00 AM – 4:00 AM & 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    • EDT: 4:00 AM – 7:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM & 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM (March 19)
    • CET: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM & 3:00 AM – 6:00 AM (March 19)
    • AEDT: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM & 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM (March 19) & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (March 19)
  • Sunday, March 19, 2017
    • PDT: 1:00 AM – 4:00 AM & 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    • EDT: 4:00 AM – 7:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM & 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM (March 20)
    • CET: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM & 3:00 AM – 6:00 AM (March 20)
    • AEDT: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM & 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM (March 20) & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (March 20)

Hot Week

March 6 – March 12 The Hot Week times are midnight (12:00 AM) to midnight (12:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time (PST).
Requirement: Lv. 30 and above (Zero characters must have completed up to Chapter 2).

  • During the event period, log in and click the gift box icon on the left side of the screen to receive a Gift Box, and then double-click the box in your inventory to open it.
  • The Gift Box can be obtained once every day until midnight, and can be opened until 1:00 AM PST (4:00 AM EST / 10:00 AM CET / 8:00 AM AEDT) of the following day.
  • If you obtain a Gift Box every day from Monday to Saturday, then on Sunday—in addition to Sunday’s reward—you can select another gift! You can select one from all of the items that were given out from Monday to Friday. You are not required to have received each day’s Gift Box on the same character in order to be eligible for the extra gift, but it does have to be with characters in the same world (multiple worlds in World Alliances don’t count).
  • Reward items for each day’s Gift Box are listed below.

Rewards:

  • Monday, March 6
    • Non Reboot worlds only: Innocence Scroll 50%: Untradeable, 7-day duration.
    • Reboot world only: Mysterious Meso Pouch
  • Tuesday, March 7
    • 1000 Reward Points Token: Untradeable, 7-day duration.
  • Wednesday, March 8
    • Selective 4 Slot Coupon: Untradeable, 7-day duration.
  • Thursday, March 9
    • 1000 Maple Points: Untradeable
  • Friday, March 10
    • 2x Drop Coupon (x3): Untradeable, 7-day duration. Use to receive 2x Drop for 1 hour.
  • Saturday, March 11
    • Epic Potential Scroll 50%: Untradeable, 7-day duration.
  • Sunday, March 12
    • Job Advancement Coin: Untradeable, 7-day duration.

And if you received a Gift Box every day this week (with characters in the same world, not world alliance), then you can also select one additional reward from the items given Monday through Saturday!

Spell Trace Fever Time

March 11 – March 12March 18 – March 19
Requirement: Available for all levels, in non-Reboot worlds only.

  • Enjoy higher success rates when upgrading your equipment during our Spell Trace Fever Time Event!

Times:

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017
    • PST: 12:00 AM – 2:00 AM & 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    • EST: 3:00 AM – 5:00 AM & 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM & 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    • CET: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM & 3:00 AM – 5:00 AM (March 12)
    • AEDT: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM & 5:00 AM – 7:00 AM (March 12) & 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (March 12)
  • Sunday, March 12, 2017
    • Pacific: 12:00 AM PST – 3:00 AM PDT & 11:00 AM PDT – 1:00 PM PDT & 7:00 PM PDT – 9:00 PM PDT
    • Eastern: 3:00 AM EST – 6:00 AM EDT & 2:00 PM EDT – 4:00 PM EDT & 10:00 PM EDT – 12:00 AM EDT (March 13)
    • CET: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM & 2:00 AM – 4:00 AM (March 13)
    • AEDT: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM & 4:00 AM – 6:00 AM (March 13) & 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (March 13)
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017
    • PDT: 1:00 AM – 3:00 AM & 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • EDT: 4:00 AM – 6:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM & 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM (March 19)
    • CET: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM & 2:00 AM – 4:00 AM (March 19)
    • AEDT: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM & 4:00 AM – 6:00 AM (March 19) & 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (March 19)
  • Sunday, March 19, 2017
    • PDT: 1:00 AM – 3:00 AM & 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • EDT: 4:00 AM – 6:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM & 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM (March 20)
    • CET: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM & 2:00 AM – 4:00 AM (March 20)
    • AEDT: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM & 4:00 AM – 6:00 AM (March 20) & 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (March 20)

Artifact Hunt

March 22 – April 4This event starts and ends at midnight UTC.
Requirement: Lv. 33 or above (Zero characters must have completed up to Chapter 2).

  • Explore Maple World in search of ancient artifacts, and gather Artifact Points that can be redeemed for rewards!
  • You can acquire Artifact Points in three different ways:
    • Hunt monsters within your level range (10 levels below and 20 levels above) and retrieve Unidentified Artifacts.
    • Destroy the Unearthed Artifacts that appear in major towns.
    • Use the Excavation Tool Pouch daily.

Rewards:

  • Redeem your Artifact Points for rewards including:
    • Ancient Hand Chair
    • Relic Damage Skin
    • Epic Potential Scroll 50%
    • Golden Hammer 100%
    • ARF Member Title
    • Nodestone
  • You can also earn the following rewards:
    • Sign in on the 2nd weekend of the event (April 1 and 2) and receive a Hieroglyph Damage Skin.
    • Hunt Rhinojinn and he may drop an Ancient Guardian Chair.
    • Redeem the Excavation Tool Pouch for 5 days and receive a Big Expedition Hat Coupon.

Steamed Bun Maestro

March 22 – April 4This event starts and ends at midnight UTC.
Requirement: Lv. 33 or above (Zero characters must have completed up to Chapter 2).

  • Become a connoisseur of Steamed Buns! Accept the quest ‘Steamed Bun Maestro!’ from your event notifier to begin this event.
  • Hunt monsters within your level range (10 levels below and 20 levels above) in order to obtain the items you need to create delicious Steamed Buns! Each Steamed Bun you create will award you with EXP and a random trait boost.
  • Create 10 Steamed Buns in one day to get a Golden Steamed Bun, which will award you with a 2x EXP coupon and a trait boost of your choice. Each day, you can craft a maximum of 10 Steamed Buns.

Rewards:
With each Steamed Bun you craft, you will gain Bun Buxx, which can be used in the point shop to obtain various items such as chairs, scrolls, cubes, etc! Some of the items include:

  • Steamed Bun Savant: Title. Limited-Time Stats. STR/DEX/INT/LUK: +50. Weapon ATT/Magic ATT: +20. Boss Damage: +30%. Ignore Def: +30%. MaxHP/MaxMP: +2000.
  • Steamed Bun God: Medal. Limited-Time Stats. STR/DEX/INT/LUK: +30. Weapon ATT/Magic ATT: +10. Boss Damage: +10%. Ignore Def: +10%. MaxHP/MaxMP: +2000.
  • Meister’s Cubes
  • Storm Growth Potions

Chocky Day

March 22 – April 4This event starts and ends at midnight UTC.
Requirement: Lv. 33 or above (Zero characters must have completed up to Chapter 2).

  • Wrap yourself in a tale of mystery, intrigue, and betrayal with the Chocky Days event quests!
  • A new quest is made available every day, but the quests must be completed sequentially in order to progress.

Rewards:

  • Each quest gives valuable rewards including:
    • Detective Damage Skin
    • Spell Trace (x5,000)
    • Epic Potential Scroll 50%
  • You can also gain Honor EXP throughout the duration of the event by collecting Unreliable Clues for NPC Yettson.
  • Additionally, if you log in during the 1st weekend (March 25 and 26) and 2nd weekend (April 1 and 2) and clear an Episode, you will be rewarded with a Yettson Chair and a Peplock Chair respectively.

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