MapleStory Archer Skill Build Guide

MapleStory Archer MapleStory Archer can advanced as a Bow Master or Marksman. This specific job route is determined when you reach Level 30. This guide takes account of the new changes aka revamp made by KMS (Korea MapleStory) Developers starting off with kMSt ver. 1.2.479 – Adventurer Warrior and Magician Reorganizations Patch! Bowmen, also known as Archers, are a part of Explorers and are the characters that wield Bows and Crossbows. They use long-range attacks and are capable dealing splash damage. They also have the highest accuracy, thus granting them the ability to fight Bosses earlier than the other classes. Their strength at long-range combat allows them to defeat creatures much larger than them earlier than other classes. However, they are one of the classes that have the lowest HP, causing them to wash HP or blood-mastering to gain more HP.

Archer Overview

CLASS: Adventurer/Explorer
SECONDARY WEAPON: *This is determined in 2nd-job*
MAPLE UNION EFFECT: *This is determined in 2nd-job*
BEST INNER ABILITY: *This is determined in 2nd-job*

Bowman Beginner Skills

Please refer to Explorer Beginner/Novice Skill Build Guide for more details as it is shared among Warrior, Archer, Magician, Thief and Pirate.

Bowman – Archer 1st Job Skills

Archer Mastery (Passive)
Builds proficiency in the fundamentals of Archery. Increases Range, Movement Speed, and Max Movement Speed.
Level 1: Range +8, Movement Speed +2, Max Movement Speed Increased to 146
Level 15: Range +120, Movement Speed +30, Max Movement Speed Increased to 160

Double Jump (Active)
Allows you to double-jump to cover more distance. Double-tap the ↑,↑ arrow keys to jump once in midair. Press the ↓,↓ arrow keys to descend quickly.
Level 1: MP Cost: 28, jumps further
Level 10: MP Cost: 10, jumps further

Arrow Blow (Active)
Shoots arrows at multiple enemies.
Level 1: MP Cost: 5, Damage: 200%, Max Enemies Hit: 4
Level 20: MP Cost: 11, Damage: 295%, Max Enemies Hit: 4

Critical Shot (Passive)
Increases Critical Rate.
Level 1: Critical Hit Rate: +2%
Level 20: Critical Hit Rate: +40%

Archer Skill Build Guide: Everything maxed.
1. Archer Mastery, Arrow Blow (1)
2. Double Jump (MAX)
3. Archer Mastery (MAX)
4. Arrow Blow (MAX)
5. Critical Shot (MAX)

MapleStory RED Archer primary attacking skill will be Arrow Blow. Add 1 SP into Arrow Blow to unlock it and leave it at Level 1 first as it will be sufficient for training purposes. Double Jump to reach monsters quicker and speed up traveling. Archer Mastery for additional stat and mastery. Arrow Blow for more damage. Max Critical Shot last since the extra damage pops up randomly whereas maxing Arrow Blow provides constant damage improvement.

Additional Information

Archer Related Guides

MapleStory Archer Skill Build Guide V1

Archer Changelog

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21 thoughts on “MapleStory Archer Skill Build Guide

  1. Eruc

    Whats the skill build for 2nd job and 3rd and 4th? I don’t see it q.q

  2. Tony

    Hi there, thanks for keep updating this website, this is only reliable database i can find now. As a player coming back after 2005-2010, I found this reboot server very attractive. I’m planning to have a low fund Thief class just because the double jump. Right now Im debating btw shadower and DB, since thief has always been my main class. From tons of research, it looks like shadower get buffed heavily because of 0 cd meso explosion. Combining that with i-frame and meso guard, it looks like shadower is tankier and has better bossing dpm then db. Plz help me to decide, thank you

  3. Ayumilove Post author

    @Jajankenz: You distribute the AP (Ability Points) into DEX (Dexterity)! This improves the damage for Archers.

  4. Jajankenz

    What do I use in ability points ???
    How should I distribute them ?

  5. Ayumilove Post author

    @Dustin: The links to 2nd, 3rd and 4th job is at the very top of this guide. Introduction: MapleStory Archer Archer can advanced as a Bow Master or Marksman… Click either Bow Master job or the Marksman job to view the 2nd, 3rd , 4th jobs skills.

  6. Dustin

    on you V2 where is the build for 2nd job and 3rd job?

  7. Ayumilove Post author

    @Kazuya: I tried both Crossbowman and Hunter. Hunter skills are more fancier and flexible whereas Crossbowman is straightforward. Hunter skills aims for faster attack (shorter attack delay) whereas Crossbowman skills is a little more sluggish but compensated with extra damage dealt in each attack.

  8. Kazuya

    HI. i was wondering which job advacement is better? hunter or crossbowmen. i’ve saw the arrow bomb in hunter skill but was not impressed. is crossbowman skill better?

  9. Ayumilove Post author

    @Joshua: It depends, some skills will be replaced and/or migrated to different job advancements. Based from my experience, some of the 4th job skills are moved down to 3rd job, and some 3rd job skills are moved down to 2nd job. And new skills are added into 4th job, few old skills deleted from 1st and 2nd job.

  10. Ayumilove Post author

    @Ice: I did some quick checking and it seems its a PvP (Player vs Player) skill. It can only be used in PvP mode instead of PvE (Player vs Enemies/Monsters)

  11. Ice

    Is the skill Nature’s Drain for real? It makes bowmasters with Hurricane seems pretty OP with all that lifesteal and mana recovery.

  12. Joshua

    Hi, I play Maplestory in Maplesea which is in Malaysia,Singapore and Philippines. So I was wondering, if this Red patch comes to Maplesea, will this affect the existing characters like changing their skills or do they still remain the same?

  13. OppaDen

    @Jin: i dont have it but i thought u can check ur total boss damage and def ignored from ur character window(if im not wrong) Tell us the result

  14. Jin

    hi, just wondering im a xbow master, i got marksmanship which ignores 25% def, light wash link skill from luminous for 10% def, and fool proof shot (eq) which ignores 15% x 2 , and another eq falcon wing heavy xbow which ignores 30% def….
    my question is do they stack ?? a total of ignore 25+10+15×2+30 =95% which is unlikely outcome…
    hope u can clarify my doubt…=p

  15. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi chichi, it does not really removes the consumption of arrows. I have corrected the Archer Mastery description. It still consumes arrows when Soul Arrow is not activated. However, once you run out of arrows, you will still be able to activate skills. One reason to have arrows is for their extra weapon attack damage. Similarly to Throwing-Stars that gives additional weapon attack to Thief’s Assassins’ Claws.

  16. chichi

    hello ayumi
    archer mastery says that it permanently removes the consumption of arrows. What exactly does that mean since archers get soul arrow which already lets us not use arrows? Just a little confused and would like clarification if you know. ^_^

  17. (GMS)gamer

    Hi Ayumilove, has this update come out for(GMS)yet?

  18. Jasquan

    Oh thanks. That sounds a bit complicated…I guess I’d rather not have to deal with all that stuff then.

  19. Ayumilove Post author

    Hi Jasquan, you will need to have a KSSN (Korea Social Security Number) to register to the game. And you need to always apply yourself to get into each KMST season.

  20. Jasquan

    Ayumi, how do you play on the KMSt server? Does it require anything special (like using IP stuff) or do you just simply make a character? Thanks in advance.