Maplestory Zen Skill Build Guide

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MapleStory Zen is an Explorer Pirate Class. This class is special because its MapleSEA version of TMS (Taiwan MapleStory 蒼龍俠客) of Dragon Warrior (Explorer Pirate Class). All of Zen skills are similar to Jett from GMS (Global MapleStory) just that the skill name, skill description and skill icons are different but the skill attributes remains. Take note that Zen and Dragon Warrior have a few different 4th Job skills which are not shared among each other. Zen is the daughter/son of a father who lives in an emperor temple, the father goes out and he fights the emperor of darkness. Zen is formerly an exclusive TaiwanMS / ChinaMS job released in Justice. It is part of the Pirate Branch and is has mixture of skills similar to Buccaneer and Gunslinger.

Zen Related Guides

MapleStory Zen Training Spots Level 1-250
MapleStory Zen Hyper Skills

Zen Overview

CLASS: Explorer (special)
PRIMARY WEAPON: Gun (2-handed weapon)
SECONDARY WEAPON: Core Fragment (unique offhand equipment)
LINK SKILL: Core Aura (Random Stat)
CHARACTER CARD: Summon Duration +2/4/8/10%

Zen Storyline

Zen’s father, Zhi Zun was the Commander of the Hong Wu Troupe. He was responsible for protecting the safety of the Emperor with his expertise in martial arts. The story began from an ordinary training day for Zen. Zen was training very hard, hoping that one day he would be as powerful as his father.

One day, Zhi Zun sent his capable assistant, Aide, to train his son. After a long period of training, Zen returned home thinking that his skills had improved significantly. However, he could not find any signs of Aide and his father at home. At that instant moment of his panic, Aide appeared with serious injuries. Aide did not tell Zen what had happened but asked him to run away immediately. Zen was so worried about his father that he rushed out and started shouting for the latter.

While Zen was out looking for his father, he discovered that the Palace was in total chaos. Suddenly, he heard sounds of a huge fight in the distance, and ran toward the source, thinking that his father would be there. Upon reaching the scene of combat, Zen saw his father fighting a figure that looked like the Emperor. The Emperor seemed like he was being controlled by an unknown dark force. After an exchange of blows, the Emperor realized that Zhi Zun was too powerful. At that very moment, he saw Zen running into the battle. Thinking that Zen was a better target, the Emperor targeted him instead.

Seeing that his son’s life was in danger, Zhi Zun used himself to shield Zen from the Emperor’s attack. The Emperor’s attack injured Zhi Zun severely, and Zhi Zun could not continue with the battle. Realizing that his son was in a grave situation, Zhi Zun ordered Aide to escape with Zen. Knowing that Zen was unwilling to leave without his father, Aide had to lie to Zen that Zhi Zun would be joining them later. It was upon hearing this that Zen agreed to leave.

When they reached the boat, Aide confessed to Zen that Zhi Zun had died during the fight and tasked her to give a chest to Zen. Aide said that within the chest, Zen will be able to obtain the power needed for revenge and that it was up to him to keep it safe. As the boat sailed away, they encountered a horrible storm in the sea and the boat almost sunk. Luckily, they ran into Kyrin and she rescued Zen and Aide. Surviving the fate of death on the sea, Zen’s journey to avenge his father’s death begins….

Zen Notes

  • With the launch of the ZEN class, a new core system have been implemented which is relatively unique to them. The Core System allow ZEN character to share the ability with any other character similar to the Mercedes “Elven Blessing” but what make it special is that these core system of ZEN can be modified.
  • The core stats can be modified and share to another character. List of Core Stats are Magic Attack, Weapon Attack, Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Luck,
  • New Cash Items which will only be visible in the ZEN Cash Shop.
  • Stellar Cosmic Dust Solidifier
    1. The ability to freeze the current core stats for 30days upon each consume.
    2. The core stats can only be freeze for a max of 365 Days.
    3. The core system will be unlocked upon any usage of “Supernova Dust” and “Condensed Supernova Dust”.
    4. No reimbursement will be made for any accidental modification to the core stats which cause the “Stellar Cosmic Dust Solidifier” to lose it effect on the core systems.
  • Supernova Dust
    1. The ability to re-config the core stats and have a chance to increase it tier.
    2. The max stats tier is capped at 35 per stats.
    3. Although Supernova Dust have the ability to increase a stats tier, it also have the ability to drop the stats tier back to the basic (This effect will happen randomly).
    4. The core stats will be reset to default once the timer is up, please ensure that you have use “Stellar Cosmic Dust Solidifier” to freeze the stats.
    5. No reimbursement will be made for failure to freeze the stats and resulted in the lost of the core stats.
    6. Only a “Completed Core” (Level 120 Core) will have a chance to have its tier increased.
  • Condensed Supernova Dust
    1. The ability to re-config the core stats without affect the core tier.
    2. Mainly used for after the highest tier, so as to re-config the stats without affecting the core tier.
    3. The core stats will be reset to default once the timer is up, please ensure that you have use “Stellar Cosmic Dust Solidifier” to freeze the stats.
    4. No reimbursement will be made for failure to freeze the stats and resulted in the lost of the core stats.
  • Cosmic Dust Shifter
    1. The ability to turn the core stats in the clock-wise direction once.

Zen 1st Job Skills

Chivalrous Movement (Passive)
Permanently increases Accuracy, Maximum Speed, and Jump.
LV1: +22 Accuracy, +2% Max Speed, +1% Jump.
LV10: +220 Accuracy, +20% Max Speed, +10% Jump.

Lion’s Might (Passive)
Permanently increases critical hit rate and minimum critical damage.
LV1: +2% Critical Hit Rate, +1% Minimum Critical Damage.
LV10: +20% Critical Hit Rate, +10% Minimum Critical Damage.

Dragon Wing Attack (Active)
Attack 6 enemies with an uppercut that unleashes a strong whirlwind.
LV1: -18 MP, 254% Damage.
LV20: -24 MP, 330% Damage.

Double Shot (Active)
Attacks an enemy twice with bullets.
LV1: -4 MP, 127% Damage.
LV20: -7 MP, 165% Damage.

Somersault (Active)
Flip forward while in mid air. Flip distance increases as skill level increases.
LV1: -28 MP, jumps a certain distance
LV10: -10 MP, jumps a certain distance

Violent Impact (Active)
Attack 6 enemies with your fists.
LV1: -10 MP, 384% Damage.
LV20: -20 MP, 460% Damage.

Zen 1st Job Skill Build: Everything maxed except Violent Impact.
1. Add 1 SP into Dragon Wing Attack, Violent Impact and Double Shot.
2. Max Somersault, Double Shot, Chivalrous Movement and Lion’s Might.
3. Dump remaining SP into Violent Impact.

Zen 2nd Job Skills

Gun Mastery (Passive)
Permanently increases the weapon mastery and accuracy of Guns.
LV1: +12% Gun Mastery, +6 Accuracy.
LV20: +50% Gun Mastery, +120 Accuracy.

Physical Training (Passive)
Permanently increases Strength and Dexterity.
LV1: +3 Strength, +3 Dex terity.
LV10: +30 Strength, +30 Dexterity.

Thunder Resurgence (Supportive)
Permanently doubles gun attack speed.
LV1: -30 MP, Lasts 10 sec.
LV20: -11 MP, Lasts 200 sec.

Dream (Supportive)
Temporarily increases weapon attack and accuracy.
LV1: -15 MP, +1 Weapon ATT, +84 Accuracy, Lasts 66 sec.
LV20: -24 MP, +30 Weapon ATT, +160 Accuracy, Lasts 180 sec.

Triple Shots (Active)
Attacks an enemy 3 times.
LV1: -10 MP, 124% Damage.
LV20: -16 MP, 181% Damage.

Will of the Chivalrous (Supportive)
Recovers HP and MP at a set interval.
LV1: Recovers 1% HP and MP every 19 sec.
LV15: Recovers 8% HP and MP every 5 sec.

Panda Earthquake (Active)
Attack 6 enemies with shockwave caused by Panda slamming on the ground.
LV1: -18 MP, 455% Damage.
LV20: -30 MP, 550% Damage.

Double Helix (Active)
Attack 6 enemies twice while pushing them forward (knock-back).
LV1: -15 MP, 249% Damage.
LV20: -35 MP, 306% Damage.

Zen 2nd Job Skill Build: Everything maxed except Panda Earthquake.
1. Add 1 SP into Double Helix, Panda Earthquake and Triple Shots.
2. Add 5 SP into Gun Mastery and 6 SP into Thunder Resurgence.
3. Max Gun Mastery, Dream, Physical Training and Double Helix.
4. Max Thunder Resurgence, Will of the Chivalrous and Triple Shots.
5. Dump remaining SP into Panda Earthquake.

Zen 3rd Job Skills

Indestructible (Passive)
Permanently increases Critical Rate and ignore a portion of enemy’s DEF.
LV1: +2% Defense, +30 Max HP MP.
LV20: +30% Defense, +600 Max HP MP.

Sturdy Body (Passive)
Permanently increases Critical Rate and ignore a portion of enemy’s DEF.
LV1: +11% Critical Rate, 1% Enemy DEF Ignored.
LV20: +30% Critical Rate, 20% Enemy DEF Ignored.

Luck of the Dice (Supportive)
Roll a die to get a random buff. Roll a 1, and you get nothing.
LV1: -40 MP, Buff Lasts 66 sec, Cooldown 500 sec.
LV20: -60 MP, Buff Lasts 180 sec, Cooldown 200 sec.

Dual Gun Flash (Active)
Attacks 6 enemies 2 times with scatter shot.
LV1: -20 MP, 355% Damage.
LV20: -40 MP, 450% Damage.

Octo-Cannon (Active)
Summons a Chinese style naval cannon that attacks nearby enemies.
LV1: -10 MP, 83% Turret Damage, Summon Lasts 20 sec, Cooldown 29 sec.
LV20: -18 MP, 140% Turret Damage, Summon Lasts 30 sec, Cooldown 10 sec.

Tiger’s Charge (Active)
Attack 6 enemies with a powerful tiger ram that can knock-back them 400 pixels.
LV1: -23 MP, 204% Damage, 658% Explosion Damage.
LV20: -35 MP, 280% Damage, 734% Explosion Damage.

Fist of the Truth Seeker (Active)
Attacks an enemy 8 times with storm of punches.
LV1: -20 MP, 102% Damage.
LV30: -28 MP, 140% Damage.

Zen 3rd Job Skill Build: Everything maxed with 1 free SP.
1. Add 1 SP into Dual Gun Flash, Tiger’s Charge and Sturdy Body.
2. Max Dual Gun Flash, Sturdy Body and Luck of the Dice.
3. Max Indestructible, Tiger’s Charge, Octo-Cannon and Fist of the Truth Seeker.

Zen 4th Job Skills

Critical Offense (Passive)
Permanently increases critical rate and critical damage. Grants additional critical rate and critical damage against bosses.
LV1: +6% Critical Rate, +4% Critical Damage. +1% on both against Boss.
LV20: +15% Critical Rate, +10% Critical Damage. +20% on both against Boss.

Counterattack (Passive)
Temporarily increases damage upon being hit. Duration increases as skill level increases. Counterattack effect can only take place once every 50 seconds.
LV1: Upon being hit, damage +6% at 4% chance, Duration: 18 sec.
LV10: Upon being hit, damage +15% at 40% chance, Duration: 45 sec.

Double Down (Supportive)
Roll 2 dice and if both have same number, you receive a powerful buff! Requires LV20 Roll of the Dice. 200 sec cooldown for all levels.
LV1: -60 MP, 10% chance of rolling 2 dice, Buff Lasts 184 sec.
LV5: -60 MP, 50% chance of rolling 2 dice, Buff Lasts 200 sec.

Maple Warrior (Supportive)
Temporarily boost all stats by percentage.
LV1: -10 MP, +1% All Stats, Lasts 30 sec.
LV30: -70 MP, +15% All Stats, Lasts 900 sec.

Pirate Style (Supportive)
Temporarily boost attack damage, abnormal status resistance and elemental resistance at the cost of lowering avoidability. Higher level increases the chance of triggering Stance Effect (preventing monster from knock-backing you when receiving damage).
LV1: -45 MP, +1% Attack, +21% Resistance and Stance, -15 Avoid, Lasts 66 sec.
LV30: -55 MP, +10% Attack, +40% Resistance and Stance, -300 Avoid, Lasts 180 sec.

Dartle (Active)
[REQUIRE] LV20 Triple Shot.
Attacks an enemy with streams of bullet. Hold down the skill key to constantly fire bullets.
LV1: -6 MP, 243% Damage per shot.
LV30: -9 MP, 330% Damage per shot.

Hero’s Will (Active)
Removes all status effects such as Cursed/Seduce.
LV1: -30 MP, Cooldown 600 sec.
LV5: -30 MP, Cooldown 360 sec.

Continual Aiming (Active)
Target lock a specific enemy. All succeeding attacks will only affect it and not enemies closest to you. Target will receive extra damage from other attacks thrown by you.
LV1: -25 MP, 458% Damage, +1% Bonus Damage.
LV20: -37 MP, 610% Damage, +20% Bonus Damage.

Regret of the Proud Dragon (Active)
Summons Shenlong (mythical dragon) to bombard 15 enemies 3 times around you.
LV1: -350 MP, 404% Damage, 60 sec cooldown.
LV30: -350 MP, 520% Damage, 30 sec cooldown.

Headshot (Active)
Instantly kills an enemy with one shot. Enemies who are immune to instant death will receive epic critical damage 4 times that ignores a portion of their defenses.
LV1: -10 MP, 510% Damage, 11% Defense Ignored. 10 sec cooldown.
LV30: -10 MP, 800% Damage, 40% Defense Ignored. 5 sec cooldown.

Heroic Raid (Active)
Attacks 6 enemies 4 times using a sharpshooter bear.
LV1: -25 MP, 474% Damage.
LV30: -55 MP, 590% Damage.

Zen 4th Job Skill Build: Everything maxed.
1. Add 1 SP into Heroic Raid, Dartle and Critical Offense.
2. Max Double Down, Counterattack and Heroic Raid.
3. Max Critical Offense, Headshot and Pirate Style.
4. Max Dartle, Continual Aiming, Maple Warrior and Hero’s Will.
5. Max Regret of the Proud Dragon.

Zen Hyper Skills

143 – Fist of the Truth Seeker – Reinforce : Damage +20%

162 – Fist of the Truth Seeker – Boss Killer : Boss Damage: +20%

183 – Fist of the Truth Seeker – Bonus Attack : Number of Attacks: +1

149 – Heroic Raid – Bonus Attack : Number of Attacks: +1

168 – Heroic Raid – Reinforce : Damage +20%

189 – Heroic Raid – Extra Attack : Monsters Hit: +2

155 – Dartle – Boss Killer : Boss Damage: +20%

177 – Dartle – Add Range : Range: +50

195 – Dartle – Reinforce : Damage +20%

Bamboo Armor
Required Level: 150
Maximizes Zen defenses.
MP Cost: 300, Duration: 180 seconds, Max HP: +40%, Status/Elemental Resistance: +15%., Damaged Reduction: +15%, Cooldown: 90 seconds

Hongwu’s Might
Required Level: 170
Summons a dragon to blaze enemies from above.
MP Cost: 300, Damage: 800%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, No. of Attacks: 5

Epic Adventure
Required Level: 200
Call upon the bravery deep within to increase damage output and max damage.
MP Cost: 100, Duration: 60 seconds, Damage: +10%, Max Damage: +5000000, Cooldown: 120 seconds. Skill only applies to Explorer Classes within the party.

Zen Hyper Skill Build Guide:
1. Heroic Raid – Bonus Attack (MAX)
2. Heroic Raid – Reinforce (MAX)
3. Heroic Raid – Extra Attack (MAX)
4. Dartle – Reinforce (MAX)
5. Dartle – Boss Rush (MAX)
6. Bamboo Armor (MAX)
7. Hongwu’s Might (MAX)
8. Epic Adventure (MAX)
9. Hyper Dexterity (MAX)
10. Hyper Health (MAX)
11. Hyper Strength (MAX)
12. Hyper Weapon Defense (MAX)
13. Hyper Magic Defense (MAX)
14. Hyper Critical Rate (MAX)

Zen Jobs Skills Video Preview

MapleSEA Zen 1st Job Skill Preview

MapleSEA Zen 2nd Job Skill Preview

MapleSEA Zen 3rd Job Skill Preview

MapleSEA Zen 4th Job Skill Preview

Zen Changelog

Jan. 26, 2013 – Guide published.
Feb. 5, 2014 – Added Zen Hyper Skills based on MSEA “Return of the Zen”.

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71 thoughts on “Maplestory Zen Skill Build Guide

  1. Anonymus

    @Ayumilove:: Then you can try with this site:

    IDK if those are all the new skills, but it’s all what its says.

  2. Ayumilove Post author

    @Anonymus: Thanks. The images they shown seems like a gif file. I could translate the skill names, but there isn’t any skill details mention there.

  3. Anonymus

    @Ayumilove: Here is the link to TMST main page, it shows some of the new revamped ZEN (Dragon Warrior)s skills. =3

    It looks like they also revamped the Hyper skills and changed the secondary weapon.

  4. anarrow

    Hi Ayumilove, does Zen need any skill book?
    BTW, I LOVE your guide! I always refer to your site whenever I wanna create a new character. Thank you very much.

  5. Ayumilove Post author

    @helpmepls: Hmm, I could not get much source on this. No icons and the details. If you know any Chinese sites that describes the skills in detail from the TMST version, I could perform the translation.

  6. helpmepls

    STMST 061 – Dragon Warrior/Zen 1st – 4th Job Skill…:
    Its a YouTube video. I hope the link works :)

  7. Ayumilove Post author

    @helpmepls: I’ve been to TMS site at, but it does not say anything about Zen skills revamp. Could you post a direct link to the page that has the info?

  8. Ayumilove Post author

    @Mastel: Thanks for the note. I realized that this job has a special skill that replenishes both HP and MP in percentage every 5 seconds. I’ll amend the Hyper Skill Build Guide. You can swap Hyper Mana for Hyper Strength for extra damage boost (but not that significant).

  9. Mastel

    Hi Ayumi, In MapleSea the Zen seems to have some skill Change, so far I noticed, that Double Down Max LV is 10, with 100% Actived. And May I ask is Hyper Mana really needed? I hardly see my Zen use my Mp more than 20 % since it can recover quick.

  10. Ayumilove Post author

    @Ominousmoon: I have encountered this issue before. Maybe some jobs does not have link to it. Still, you can train at Gold Richie area. The mobs there provides good EXP.

  11. Ominousmoon

    My zen character did not recieve the Gold Richie there a job quest that is linked to it?

  12. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi TF, Zen is similar to Jett, it has high damage (much higher than Mercedes base damage). Once you fund it, it will become super strong (just below Phantom) since Phantom can steal other player skills to buff himself up.

  13. Gamel

    I think the 3rd job for ZEN requires some edits. Apparently you don’t get a free SP, and one of the skills for 3rd job must not max. Total : 124 SP

  14. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Caden, I’m waiting for MSEA to officially released their version of Hyper Skills :)

  15. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Kule, Level 120 upgrades to Level 2 Link Skill. Level 70 allows Zen to link his/her Level 1 Link Skill to another character within the same server of your account.

  16. MSEA

    you should update link skill, it is said zen now have core aura according to MSEA official
    and the character description should stated that zen is based on GMS jett

  17. Kule

    Is Zen worth getting for the link skill? And if yes, lvling the char to 70 and 120 makes whats diff?

  18. Caden

    Could we have an updated guide on Zen? Currently there’s a hyper skills that was released for the class and I would like to know what hypers we should max to build our character to it’s fullest potential.

  19. LolXD

    @Daity Well, Zen and Dragon Warrior have ore skills than Jett, but some Jett’s skills a are stronger…

  20. Deity

    Ayumi, can you show zen’s guns like you did for jett? Also, why did they put more skills in zen than jett?

  21. OppaDen

    @Yi heng: mind if u share the source? i dont think i heard zen having any hyperskill, like what Weww said

  22. Loh yi heng

    hmmm the zen skill was been changed and if can i would like to see the hyper skill cuz i haven see the hyper skill yet.

  23. Weww

    The history of Zen: Zen was created from TMS first, then GMS copied them and re skinned to Jett, then Maplesea Copied as Dragon Warrior. Essentially, they are all the same juz different names, skill animation and maybe a little difference in skills. Abt hyper skill, i think that they will not receive any hyper skill as they are not an original class released by KMS (means not an official maplestory character)

  24. john keyes

    what is his, link skill? or beginner skill? looks alot like Jett, but looks awesome fun to play :) i wonder if we are getting Zen, and how is he a explorer? did MapleSea say hes a explorer??? interesting to read. oh and is Dragon warrior a warrior class or pirate class also?

  25. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Zex, Jett, Zens and Dragon Warrior are more or less the same. They are just rebranded version of their MapleStory region :)

  26. Zex

    Akumi, is it just me or does Zens play style resemble Jetts play style was too much…

  27. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Kalo, Violent Impact should not be maxed. I have corrected the skill build description to avoid confusion :)

  28. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Russel Lau, I think its more towards the ranking? S Rank gains 4% critical damage. Kindly correct me if I mistaken :)

  29. Russel Lau

    Zen character card description is 1/2/3/4% crit dmg everytime your char gains a if I have a lvl200 zen, and I train my new char from lvl 1 to 200, in theory I will get 800% crit dmg?seems too imba to me..

  30. S5Duh &S1Phantom =)

    Please refer to this =)

  31. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi S5Duh &S1Phantom, what kind of potential are you referring to? Is it the one for the items? I thought MapleSEA has it long time ago (I’m playing GMS so I don’t follow SEA much since it updates so slow). The Potential Guide can be found at

  32. S5Duh &S1Phantom =)

    Maplesea updated the addition potential system.. Ayumi can u make a guide or a explanation abt it .. i kinda confuse.. and Does Zen get hyper skill cuz i had lv 104 Zen and 140 Phantom(Post~Justice) and i heard they change the exp from lv 65~75 and 100 to lv 125 does this means i will lv up or lv dwn cuz they change the exp??

  33. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi vinyx TEO, although the skill description and stats are not updated yet, the skill build guide remains the same: Tempest only reduces the level advancement cap which also means they will need to reduce some of the skills max level too and this balances out everything.

  34. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi izenzation, it seems that MapleSEA will be catching up with GMS with their next extremely big update which includes Hyper skills, Monster park revamp, Item reorganization and Increased drop rates. Check this video out by playparksea The video might missed out displaying Zen’s Hyper Skill or maybe only some are included. But since Zen is exclusively for MapleSEA, its most probably we need to wait for MapleSEA to create the HyperSkills for Zen, unless they copy over from Jett.

  35. izenzation

    hi ayumi , should i stick with my lvl150 zen ? im very worried that there is no hyper skills for zen :(
    is the posibility of hyper skills for zen since theres is no hyperskils for jett

  36. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Haha, of course these classes will be unlocked to attract Maplers to return to their server to create this exclusive job. Just hope that they are unlocked once MapleSEA has released a big patch along with it. :)

  37. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi haha, I’m not sure since MSEA has begin to slow down termendously in their upload patch updates. Whenever there is a big patch going on or certain big events, there is a high chance they unlock the locked classes for a short duration before locking them again, or when they released a new job.

  38. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Haha, Gun Mastery is used to decrease the gap between the min and max damage, therefore dealing stabler damage.

  39. Kucinta

    What if I had boomed my opened treasure box (special shield) at level 110, how can I get a new one? Will I get a new 1 at 4th job advancement? *cry*

  40. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Muhammad Zulhusni, I think it’s only once whereas other job is kinda special such as Xenon who can double Flash Jump aka double Somersault.