MapleStory Pathfinder Skill Build Guide

MapleStory Adventurer Explorer Pathfinder MapleStory Pathfinder (KR: 메이플스토리 패스파인더) is an inquisitive adventurer who is mesmerized by ancient relics. While on expedition, Pathfinder found an Ancient Bow which allows them to utilizes ancient power but in exchange of being cursed. They wield Ancient Bow to attack enemies. Pathfinder have 3 types of skills which are Cardinal Force skill, Ancient Force skill and Enchant Force skill. Cardinal Force Skill are the primary skills to charge the Relic Gauge with Ancient Force and it also sets the type Relic Pattern. Ancient Force skills consumes Ancient Force instead of MP to delivers a more powerful damage against enemies. Enchant Force skills consume both Ancient Force and Relic Pattern. There are 3 types of Relic Pattern (Discharge, Blast, Transition). Cardinal Discharge skill sets the Discharge Pattern, Cardinal Blast skill sets the Blast Pattern and Cardinal Transition skill sets the Transition Pattern. Discharge enhancement allows Enchant skill is specifically deal with large enemies mobs better. Blast enhancement allows Enchant skills to deal high amount of damage to a small amount of enemies. Transition enhancement allows Enchant skill to debuff enemies or to enable movement during combat. MapleStory Pathfinder job is released in KMST on Jan 17, 2019 and in KMS on Jan 31, 2019. It is approximately released to GMS and MSEA around early April or late July 2019 (3 ~ 6 months).

Pathfinder Overview

CLASS: Adventurer/Explorer
EQUIPMENT TYPE: Archer
PRIMARY WEAPON: Ancient Bow
SECONDARY WEAPON: Relic Gauge
PRIMARY STAT: Dexterity (DEX)
LINK SKILL: None
MAPLE UNION EFFECT: DEX +10/20/40/80/100
BEST INNER ABILITY: Attack Speed +1, Attack +30
JOB SKILLS: I: ArcherII: PathfinderIII: PathfinderIV: PathfinderHyper SkillsV: Pathfinder

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Pathfinder Relic Gauge Pattern Explanation

MapleStory Pathfinder Relic Gauge Pattern Explanation
Discharge Enhancement: Enables Enchant skill to clear large mobs of enemies easily.
Blast Enhancement: Enables Enchant skill to deal large amount of damage to small amount of enemies.
Transition Enhancement: Enables Enchant skill to debuff enemies or allow movement during combat.

Archer Beginner Skills

Return to Partem
Return to hometown.
Level 1: Cooldown: 600 seconds

Ancient Curse
When wielding the Ancient Bow, it decreases your stats due to an unknown ancient curse. However, this ancient curse can be weakend based through Curse Weakening skills. The Ancient Bow does not consume arrows.
Level 1: Status Resistance: -20, Defense: -20%, Critical Rate: -20%
Level 2: Status Resistance: -20, Defense: -20%
Level 3: Status Resistance: -20
Level 4: No curse effect.

Pathfinder Beginner Skill Build Guide: Everything maxed.

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

Archer 1st Job Skills

Curse Weakening I
Weaken the Ancient Curse by activating the Relic’s power through continous battle.
Level 1: Use Cardinal Force skills to activate this skill. Stacks up to 10 times. Critical Rate +2% per stack.

Cardinal Discharge (Cardinal Force Skill: Discharge Relic Pattern)
Note: Cardinal Discharge Enhancement requires Level 20
Shoot enemies with guided arrows. No damage received from enemies using Damage Reflect when attacked by guided arrows.
Level 20: MP Cost: 10, Deal 110% damage 2 times up to 4 enemies. Fire 2 additional arrows at a single enemy if you hit less than max number of enemies.

Double Jump
Jump again during midair to move a certain distance. You can press UP KEY to jump upwards or DOWN KEY to fall quickly.
Level 10: MP Cost: 10, Jump a certain distance.

Archer Mastery
Pmeranently increase attacking range, movement speed and max movement speed.
Level 15: Attack Range: 120, Movement Speed: 30, Max Movement Speed: 160

Critical Shot
Permanently increases your critical rate.
Level 20: Critical Rate: +40%

Pathfinder 1st Job Skill Build Guide:
0. Curse Weakning I (MAX)
1. Cardinal Discharge (1)
2. Doube Jump (MAX)
3. Archer Mastery (MAX)
4. Critical Shot (MAX)
5. Cardinal Discharge (MAX)

Pathfinder 2nd Job Skills

Relic Charge I
This skill allows you to charge Relic Gauge with Ancient Force when using Cardinal Force skill. Use Ancient Force skills to utilize Ancient Force in Relic Gauge.
Level 1: Relic Gauge max capacity is 1000.
Replenish Relic Gauge with 8Ancient Force when Cardinal Force hits an enemy.
Replenish Relic Gauge with 4 Ancient Force when a guided arrow from Cardinal Discharge hits an enemy.

Curse Weakening II
Weaken the Ancient Curse by activating the Relic’s power through continous battle.
Level 1: Use Cardinal Force skills to activate this skill. Stacks up to 10 times. Defense +2% per stack.

Cardinal Discharge Enhancement
Required Skill: Cardinal Discharge (MAX)
Enhance Cardinal Discharge.
Level 20: MP Cost: 15, Deal 200% damage 2 times up to 5 enemies. Fire 2 additional arrows at a single enemy if you hit less than max number of enemies.

Cardinal Blast (Cardinal Force Skill: Blast Relic Pattern)
Note: Cardinal Blast Enhancement requires Level 20
Shoot an arrow in a straight line. The arrows explode upon enemy contact or reached max range.
Level 20: MP Cost: 20, Deal 200% damage 3 times up to 4 enemies.

Split Mistel (Ancient Force Skill)
Fires an arrow using Ancient Force which pierces enemies while generating additional magic arrows for each enemies being pierced.
Level 19: Force Cost: 50, Deals 200% damage 4 times up to 8 enemies. The 2 additional magic arrows being generated deal 100% damage 4 times. Cooldown: 10 seconds

Ancient Bow Booster
Temporarily increases attack speed of Ancient Bow by 2 stages.
Level 10: MP Cost: 11, Duration: 300 sec

Ancient Bow Mastery
Permanently increases mastery of Ancient Bow and Attack Power.
Level 10: Ancient Bow Mastery: 50%, Attack +20.

Physical Training
Permanently increases strength and dexterity.
Level 5: STR: +30, DEX: +30.

Pathfinder 2nd Job Skill Build Guide:
0. Relic Charge I, Curse Weakning II (MAX)
1. Cardinal Discharge Enhancement, Cardinal Blast, Split Mistel (1)
2. Ancient Bow Mastery (MAX)
3. Physical Training (MAX)
4. Ancient Bow Booser (MAX)
5. Cardinal Discharge Enhancement (MAX)
6. Additional Discharge (MAX)
7. Cardinal Blast (MAX)
8. Split Mistel (MAX)

Pathfinder 3rd Job Skills

Curse Weakening III
Weaken the Ancient Curse by activating the Relic’s power through continous battle.
Level 1: Use Cardinal Force skills to activate this skill. Stacks up to 10 times. Status Resistance +2% per stack.

Cardinal Blast Enhancement
Enhance Cardinal Blast.
Level 10: MP Cost: 20, Deals 300% damage 3 times up to 5 enemies.

Cardinal Transition (Cardinal Force Skill: Transition Relic Pattern)
Attack enemies by swinging your weapon at them. Use arrow keys to move forward or upward to move into close proximity before attacking or use without arrow key to attack in the same position.
Level 20: MP Cost: 20, Speed Aura Cost: -1. Deals 260% damage 4 times up to 6 enemies. Gain 1 Speed Aura every 7 seconds up to 5 times.

Triple Impact (Ancient Force Skill)
Fire 3 exploding arrows downwards after jumping upwards. The arrows explode upon enemy contact or reached max range.
Level 20: Force Cost: 50, Deals 400% damage 4 times up to 4 enemies. The 2 additional magic arrows being generated deal 100% damage 4 times. Cooldown: 10 seconds

Raven
Temporarily summon a Raven with dark element which attacks up to 4 enemies simultaneously. No damage received from enemies using Damage Reflect when attacked by Raven.
Level 10: MP Cost: 70, Summon Duration: 220 sec. Raven deals 390% damage up to 4 enemies. [Passive Effect: Defense +30%]

Curse Tolerance
Temporarily increases status resistance. While buff is active, you gain additional status resistance if enemies inflict you with status. Permanently increases status resistance and elemental resistance.
Level 14: MP Cost: 58, Buff Duration: 300 sec, Status Resistance: +20 when you are inflicted with a status while buff is active [Passive Effect: Status Resistance: +30, Elemental Resistance: +30%]

Ancient Guidance
Enhance Pathfinder combat abilities when Relic Gauge is filled to a certain amount.
Level 10: Final Damage +30% for 30 seconds when Relic Gauge is filled to 2000. [Passive Effect: HP: +50%]

Additional Blast
Required Skill: Lv.5 Cardinal Blast Enhancement
Has a chance to generate a guided arrow when using Cardinal Discharge while Relic is in Blast Pattern. No damage received from enemies using Damage Reflect when the guided arrow attacks them.
Level 20: 40% chance to create 1 guided arrow when using Cardinal Discharge while Relic is in Blast Pattern. The guided arrow deals 160% damage 4 times.

Dodge
Avoid enemy attack at a certain rate. When successfully avoid attack, all attacks becomes Critical Hit for 1 second.
Level 10: Chance to avoid attack: 30%

Essence of Archer
Permaenntly increase combat ability.
Level 10: Critical Rate: +10%, Damage: +20%

Pathfinder 3rd Job Skill Build Guide:
0. Curse Weakening III (MAX)
1. Cardinal Transition, Triple Impact, Cardinal Blast Enhancement (1)
2. Essence of Archer (MAX)
3. Cardinal Transition (MAX)
4. Cardinal Blast Enhancement (MAX)
5. Ancient Guidance (MAX)
6. Triple Impact (MAX)
7. Raven (MAX)
8. Curse Tolerance (MAX)

Pathfinder 4th Job Skills

Relic Charge II
Enhance Relic Charge. Max Level is 1.
Level 1: Relic Pattern will be reset upon using an Enchance Force skill.
Replenish Relic Gauge with 16 Ancient Force when Cardinal Force hits an enemy.
Replenish Relic Gauge with 8 Ancient Force when a guided arrow from Cardinal Discharge hits an enemy.
Replenish Relic Gauge with 8 Ancient Force when Raven hits an enemy.

Curse Transition
Debuff enemies with Ancient Curse when using certain skills. Debuffed enemies received additional critical damage. Enemies that are cursed will have higher priority to be attacked by the Raven. Max Level is 1.
Level 1: Inflict Ancient Curse debuff to enemies when using a certain skill which can stack up to 5 times for 8 seconds. Critical Damage: +4% per stack against debuffed enemies.

Advanced Cardinal Force
Enhance all Cardinal Force skills.
Required Skills: Lv.10 Cardinal Discharge Enhancement, Lv.10 Cardinal Blast Enhancement, Lv.20 Cardinal Transition
Level 20: MP Cost: 30 (for All Cardinal Force Skills),

Edge of Resonance (Ancient Force Skill)

Combo Assault

Discharge Enhancement

Blast Enhancement

Transition Enhancement

Sharp Eyes

Maple Warrior

Hero’s Will

Additional Transition

Ancient Archery

Ancient Bow Expert

Illusion Step

Pathfinder Hyper Skills

Sharp Eyes – Persist
Required Level: 140
Level 1: Sharp Eyes Duration: +30 seconds

Sharp Eyes – Ignore Guard
Required Level: 150
Level 1: Sharp Eyes Ignore Defense: +5%

Sharp Eyes – Critical Rate
Required Level: 180
Level 1: Sharp Eyes Critical Rate: +5%

Cardinal Force – Reinforce
Required Level: 140
Level 1: Cardinal Force Skills Damage: +20%

Cardinal Force – Additional Enhance
Required Level: 165
Level 1: Activation Rate of Additional Discharge and Additional Blast: +10%

Cardinal Force – Bonus Attack
Required Level: 190
Level 1: Cardinal Force Skills Number of Hits: +1

Ancient Force – Boss Killer
Required Level: 150
Level 1: Ancient Force Skills Damage against Boss: +20%

Ancient Force – Ignore Guard
Required Level: 165
Level 1: Ancient Force Skills Ignore Enemy Defense: +20%

Ancient Force – Enhant Enhance
Required Level: 180
Level 1: Enchant Force Skills Damage: +20%

Relic Evolution
Required Level: 140

Ancient Astra
Required Level: 160

Discharge Enhancement
Required Skill: Ancient Astra

Blast Enhancement
Required Skill: Ancient Astra

Transition Enhancement
Required Skill: Ancient Astra

Epic Adventure
Required Level: 190
Call upon the bravery deep within to increase damage output.
Level 1: MP Cost: 100, Duration: 60 sec, Damage: +10%. Cooldown: 120 sec. Applies to any Explorer class within the party

Pathfinder 5th Job Skills

Ultimate Blast

Raven Tempest

Obsidian Barrier

Obsidian Barrier Discharge

Obsidian Barrier Blast

Obsidian Barrier Transition
Level 1: Ancient Force Cost: 500, Decreases damage from %HP by 60% for 15 seconds. Cooldown of moving the barrier: 2 seconds. Cooldown: 300 seconds.

Pathfinder Enhancement Cores

Cardinal Discharge/Additional Discharge
Final Damage: +7% per level. Max Level: 50 (60 with Matrix Points)
Level 20: Max Targets: +1
Level 40: Monster DEF Ignored: +20%

Cardinal Blast/Additional Blast
Final Damage: +7% per level. Max Level: 50 (60 with Matrix Points)
Level 20: Max Targets: +1
Level 40: Monster DEF Ignored: +20%

Cardinal Transition
Final Damage: +7% per level. Max Level: 50 (60 with Matrix Points)
Level 20: Max Targets: +1
Level 40: Monster DEF Ignored: +20%

Raven
Final Damage: +7% per level. Max Level: 50 (60 with Matrix Points)
Level 20: Max Targets: +1
Level 40: Monster DEF Ignored: +20%

Split Mistel
Final Damage: +7% per level. Max Level: 50 (60 with Matrix Points)
Level 20: Max Targets: +1
Level 40: Monster DEF Ignored: +20%

Triple Impact
Final Damage: +7% per level. Max Level: 50 (60 with Matrix Points)
Level 20: Max Targets: +1
Level 40: Monster DEF Ignored: +20%

Edge of Resonance
Final Damage: +7% per level. Max Level: 50 (60 with Matrix Points)
Level 20: Max Targets: +1
Level 40: Monster DEF Ignored: +20%

Combo Assault
Final Damage: +7% per level. Max Level: 50 (60 with Matrix Points)
Level 20: Max Targets: +1
Level 40: Monster DEF Ignored: +20%

Ancient Astra
Final Damage: +7% per level. Max Level: 50 (60 with Matrix Points)
Level 20: Max Targets: +1
Level 40: Monster DEF Ignored: +20%

MapleStory Old to New Skill Names

Path Finder Beginner Skills

  1. Return to Partem →
  2. Ancient Curse →

Path Finder 1st Job Skills

  1. Curse Weakening I →
  2. Cardinal Discharge →
  3. Double Jump →
  4. Archer Mastery →
  5. Critical Shot →

Path Finder 2nd Job Skills

  1. Relic Charge I →
  2. Curse Weakening I →
  3. Cardinal Discharge Enhancement →
  4. Cardinal Blast →
  5. Split Mistel →
  6. Ancient Bow Booster →
  7. Ancient Bow Mastery →
  8. Physical Training →

Path Finder 3rd Job Skills

  1. Curse Weakening III →
  2. Cardinal Blast Enhancement →
  3. Cardinal Transition →
  4. Triple Impact →
  5. Raven →
  6. Curse Tolerance →
  7. Ancient Guidance →
  8. Additional Blast →
  9. Dodge →
  10. Essence of Archer →

Path Finder 4th Job Skills

  1. Relic Charge II →
  2. Curse Transition →
  3. Advanced Cardinal Force →
  4. Edge of Resonance →
  5. Combo Assault →
  6. Discharge Enhancement →
  7. Blast Enhancement →
  8. Transition Enhancement →
  9. Sharp Eyes →
  10. Maple Warrior →
  11. Hero’s Will →
  12. Additional Transition →
  13. Ancient Archery →
  14. Ancient Bow Expert →
  15. Illusion Step →

Path Finder Hyper Skills

  1. Sharp Eyes – Persist →
  2. Sharp Eyes – Ignore Guard →
  3. Sharp Eyes – Critical Rate →
  4. Cardinal Force – Reinforce →
  5. Cardinal Force – Additional Enhance →
  6. Cardinal Force – Bonus Attack →
  7. Ancient Force – Boss Killer →
  8. Ancient Force – Ignore Guard →
  9. Ancient Force – Enhant Enhance →
  10. Relic Evolution →
  11. Ancient Astra →
  12. Discharge Enhancement →
  13. Blast Enhancement →
  14. Transition Enhancement →
  15. Epic Adventure →

Path Finder 5th Job Skills

  1. Ultimate Blast →
  2. Raven Tempest →
  3. Obsidian Barrier →
  4. Discharge Enhancement →
  5. Blast Enhancement →
  6. Transition Enhancement →

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2 thoughts on “MapleStory Pathfinder Skill Build Guide

  1. Khaz

    Hey, wanted to know if Pathfinder will be able to take advantage of buff/summon duration? [exclude the Raven skill since it’s recastable]
    And what version of the class do you think we’ll get on gms? the first version, or the nerfed version? [latest kms version of the class]

    btw, do you think that Pathfinder will scale well in gms when it comes to mobbing capabilities with kishin?

  2. Barium5

    Wouldn’t Pathfinder be a Special Class like Dual Blade and Cannoneer? This would complete all jobs having a 3rd branch.