Maplestory Zen Skill Build Guide

MapleStory Adventurer Dragon Warrior Job Selection 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). In this revamped version, the ZEN uses a Gun as his main weapon, and a Martial Fist as his secondary weapon. His primary stat is Dexterity. Although he is an Explorer, his Cash Wardrobe cannot be shared with other Explorers or characters. The character’s journey starts at Level 1, and like all other Explorers, goes through a series of Job Advancements, the first one being at Level 10, second advancement at Level 30, third advancement at Level 60 and fourth advancement at Level 100. 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 Overview

CLASS: Explorer (special)
EQUIPMENT TYPE: Pirate
PRIMARY WEAPON: Gun (2-handed weapon)
SECONDARY WEAPON: Martial Fist
PRIMARY STAT: Dexterity (DEX)
LINK SKILL: Core Aura (Random Stat)
MAPLE UNION EFFECT: Critical Damage +1/2/3/5/6%
BEST INNER ABILITY: Attack Speed +1, Attack +30
JOB SKILLS: I: ZenII: ZenIII: ZenIV: ZenHyper SkillsV: Zen

Shared Skills

Please refer to Shared Skill Build Guide for more details as it is shared among all jobs in MapleStory.

Zen Beginner Skills

MapleStory Retro Rockets Retro Rockets (Passive)
Permanently increases Movement Speed, Max Movement Speed, and Jump. Max Level is 1.
Level 1: Passive Effects – Movement Speed +50, Max Movement Speed +30, Jump +20

Zen 1st Job Skills

MapleStory Hongwu 1st Art: Shadowless Strike Hongwu 1st Art: Shadowless Strike (Active)
Attacks the enemies in front of you with a 3 hit combo. After learning the other Arts, this skill will trigger them in order, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Art. Can be triggered with individual Arts key. On key down, combos are not affected by skill intervals.
Level 1: Damage: 106%, Number of Attacks: 3, Max Enemies Hit: 8.
Level 20: Damage: 125%, Number of Attacks: 3, Max Enemies Hit: 8.

MapleStory Accelerated Shot Accelerated Shot (Active)
Fires a bullet towards the front. Holding down the skill button will allow for continual firing. You will be able to move when you hold down the skill button.
Level 1: MP Cost: 3, Damage: 102%, Number of Attacks: 1, Maximum Range: 300
Level 10: MP Cost: 8, Damage: 120%, Number of Attacks: 1, Maximum Range: 300

MapleStory Somersault Somersault (Active)
Press a direction key while jumping to activate a somersault. Pressing another direction key while somersaulting will result in a second somersault in the direction that was pressed.
Level 1: Movement distance increase as the skill level increases. Upon activation, pressing the jump key with another direction key to perform a second somersault.
Level 5: Movement distance increase as the skill level increases. Upon activation, pressing the jump key with another direction key to perform a second somersault.

MapleStory Dragon BlitzDragon Blitz (Active)
Instantly charge towards the enemy and release your stored energy with a violent attack. If there is no monsters near you, you will charge forward. When linking with other skills, you will not be affected by skill intervals.
Level 1: MP Cost: 3, Damage: 180%, Number of Attacks: 1, Max Enemies Hit: 4
Level 5: MP Cost: 15, Damage: 200%, Number of Attacks: 1, Max Enemies Hit: 4

MapleStory Way of the ChivalrousWay of the Chivalrous (Passive)
Mastering all the basics, your Range, Movement Speed and Maximum Movement Speed.
Level 1: Range: +8, Movement Speed: +2, Max Move Speed: +146
Level 10: Range: +80, Movement Speed: +20, Max Move Speed: +155

MapleStory Shadow SpeedShadow Speed (Supportive)
Unleashes your hidden energy to increase your attack speed.
Level 1: MP Cost: 21, Increase Attack Speed by 2 Stages for 40 sec
Level 15: MP Cost: 35, Increase Attack Speed by 2 Stages for 180 sec

Zen 1st Job Skill Build (65 SP): Everything maxed.
1. Hongwu 1st Art, Dragon Blitz (1)
2. Shadow Speed (3)
3. Way of the Chivalrous (MAX)
4. Shadow Speed (8)
5. Hongwu 1st Art (MAX)
6. Shadow Speed (MAX)
7. Somersault (MAX)
8. Accelerated Shot (MAX)
9. Dragon Blitz (MAX)

Explanation:
Zen’s primary attacking skill is both Hongwu 1st Art and Dragon Blitz. They will need to be used in combo to gain best training result and fastest attacking method. The reason not to use Accelerated Shot is because the MP usage is quite costly. Start off with adding 1 SP (Skill Point) into unlocking Hongwu 1st Art and Dragon Blitz. Next, add 3 SP into Shadow Speed to get at least 60 second buff duration for attack speed boost. Always buff yourself up with Shadow Speed to reduce the delay between combo-ing the 2 skills above. When its done right, you will be invincible and monsters can’t deal any bump damage towards you. Then, max Way of the Chivalrous to gain additional walking speed which is useful for traveling long distance (back and forth of quest area, towns for repotting, and swapping training grounds). Add 5 more SP into Shadow Speed so it now gives you 120 seconds buff duration. Max Hongwu 1st Art to increase your primary attacking skill damage, very useful for unfunded characters. Once that is done, max Shadow Speed for longer buff duration, followed by Somersault. Somersault here is pretty weak. It could not jump as far compared to most jobs that has Flash Jump Technique, more like half the distance. That’s the reason why its max latter. Finally, Accelerated Shot is maxed. Dragon Blitz is capped at Level 4 (minus 1 SP from this skill) because Accelerated Shot is dependent by a 2nd job skill called Advanced Accelerated Shot. Do not cap Dragon Blitz early game because higher level only increases the damage little but the MP consumption raised by a big margin.

Zen 2nd Job Skills

MapleStory Hongwu 2nd Art: Double Dragon Hongwu 2nd Art: Double Dragon (Active)
Required Skill: Hongwu 1st Art: Shadowless Strike (MAX)
Infuse your Qi into the gun and push back enemies while dealing damage. Mobs that are pushed back has a chance to be stunned. After learning the other Arts, this skill will trigger them in order, 3rd, 4th Art. Can be triggered with individual Arts key.
Level 1: MP Cost: 16, Damage: 125%, 5% chance to stun for 1 sec.
Level 20: MP Cost: 35, Damage: 220%, 5% chance to stun for 1 sec.

MapleStory Panda Earthquake Panda Earthquake (Active)
Summon a panda to slam the ground, causing a shockwave that hits multiple enemies and knock them into the air.
Level 1: MP Cost: 5, Damage: 205%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Knocks Enemies into the air
Level 10: MP Cost: 14, Damage: 250%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Knocks Enemies into the air

MapleStory Extreme Shadow Extreme Shadow (Active)
With extreme speed rushes pass the enemies and attacks them at the same time. After using Panda Earthquake or pressing the up button when using this skill, you will be able to move upwards.
Level 1: MP Cost: 21, Damage: 103%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Attacks: 1
Level 10: MP Cost: 30,Damage: 130%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Attacks: 1

MapleStory Qi Circulation Qi Circulation (Supportive + Passive)
Condenses your Qi to your limbs to increase attack.
Level 1: [Supportive] MP Cost: 29, Critical Rate +1%, Total Damage +1%. [Passive] STR +1, DEX +1.
Level 20: [Supportive] MP Cost: 10, Critical Rate +20%, Total Damage +20%. [Passive] STR +20, DEX +20.

MapleStory Advanced Accelerated Shot Advanced Accelerated Shot (Passive)
Required Skill: Accelerated Shot (MAX)
Gathers power from nature to increase the power of Accelerated Shot.
Level 1: Increase Accelerated Shot Damage by 125%
Level 5: Increase Accelerated Shot Damage by 145%

Gun Expert (Passive)
Increases mastery of guns.
Level 1: Mastery of Guns: +14%
Level 15: Mastery of Guns: +70%

Secret Training (Passive)
Permanently increases Strength, Dex, Maximum HP, Maximum MP and Dodge Chance.
Level 1: STR +3, DEX +3, Max HP +3%, Max MP +2%, Dodge Chance +6%
Level 15: STR +45, DEX +45, Max HP +45%, Max MP +30%, Dodge Chance +20%

Zen 2nd Job Skill Build (94 SP): Everything maxed except Panda Earthquake.
1. Advanced Accelerated Shot, Extreme Shadow (1)
2. Gun Expert (MAX)
3. Advanced Accelerated Shot (MAX)
4. Qi Circulation (MAX)
5. Secret Training (MAX)
6. Hongwu 2nd Art (MAX)
7. Extreme Shadow (MAX)
8. Panda Earthquake (9/10)

Explanation:
Zen’s primary attacking skill at 2nd job will still rely on 1st job combo skills which are Hongwu 1st Art and Dragon Blitz on earlier levels because Zen’s 2nd job skills is very ineffective in terms of range, casting delay and damage. Panda Earthquake has a huge casting delay, making it difficult to attack while moving around at fast speed. Hongwu 2nd Art has slight casting delay and has a shorter shooting distance compared to Accelerated Shot. Extreme Shadow lacks damage and can’t be used for killing enemies except for moving around. Therefore, use the 1st job skill until Level 40 where monsters at that range drops lots of mesos (approximately 100 meso and above), then you can switch to using Accelerated Shot where you will spam tons of Blue Potions. Purchase these Blue Potions in bulk, 1 inventory slot can hold 300 Blue Potions, so it will take 3 slots for 900 Blue Potions. These MP potions gives the best MP to Meso Ratio but the disadvantage is you need to drink the potion often to replenish your MP bar. While holding down the Accelerated Shot key, you can tap on the quickslot shortcut key to replenish MP (I allocate Blue Potions on SHIFT button). This method is useful for killing enemies quickly at flat maps where spawns are abundant.

Zen 3rd Job Skills

MapleStory Hongwu 3rd Art: Dragon Surge Hongwu 3rd Art: Dragon Surge (Active)
Required Skill: Hong Wu 2nd Art: Double Dragon (MAX)
Instantly push forward and deal damage to many enemies. After learning the other Arts, this skill will automatically trigger the 4th Art. Can be triggered with individual Arts key.
Level 1: MP Cost: 18, Damage: 222%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Attacks: 3
Level 20: MP Cost: 75, Damage: 260%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Attacks: 3

MapleStory Dragon's Raid Dragon’s Raid (Active)
Leaps into the air and fires flaming bullets at the enemies. Holding down this key will allow you to continuously attack for a period of time.
Level 1: MP Cost: 6, Damage: 103%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Attacks: 1, Cooldown: 3 seconds.
Level 20: MP Cost: 25, Damage: 160%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Attacks: 1, Cooldown: 3 seconds.

MapleStory Dragon Destroyer Dragon Destroyer (Summon)
Summons a dragon cannon to attack all nearby enemies. Attacks 2 times per second.
Level 1: MP Cost: 7, Damage: 155%, Cooldown: 28 seconds.
Level 10: MP Cost: 25, Damage: 200%, Cooldown: 22 seconds.

MapleStory Lightning Ambush Lightning Ambush (Active)
With great force, attacks the enemies behind you teleports them to the front.
Level 1: MP Cost: 7, Damage 82%, Max Enemies Hit: 10, Number of Attacks: 1
Level 20: MP Cost: 25, Damage 100%, Max Enemies Hit: 10, Number of Attacks: 1

Maplestory One with Nature One with Nature (Supportive)
Absorbs the essence of nature and become one with it, giving you the power to use all of nature’s energy.
Level 1: MP Cost: 44, Duration: 55 sec, DEX: +2%
Level 20: MP Cost: 68, Duration: 150 sec, DEX: +8%

MapleStory Void Steps to Advanced Extreme Shadow Void Steps to Advanced Extreme Shadow (Passive)
Mastering the art of flying, you are able to launch another Extreme Shadow against enemies while you are in the air.
Level 1: MP Cost: 27, Damage: 133%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Attacks: 2
Level 10: MP Cost: 32, Damage: 160%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Attacks: 2

MapleStory Hongwu Secret Manual Hongwu Secret Manual (Passive)
The hidden manual of Hongwu, imparts techniques to handle guns and knuckles. Greatly increases damage and critical rate.
Level 1: Damage: +10%, Critical Rate: +5%
Level 20: Damage: +20%, Critical Rate: +15%

MapleStory All Seeing Eye All Seeing Eye (Passive)
Trains your eyes to spot enemies weakness and the ability to predict their attacks.
Level 1: Defense Ignored: 6%, Damage: +5%
Level 20: Defense Ignored: 25%, Damage: +15%

Zen 3rd Job Skill Build (124 SP): Everything maxed.
1. Hongwu 3rd Art, Dragon’s Raid, Lightning Ambush, Dragon Destroyer (1)
2. Hongwu Secret Manual (MAX)
3. All Seeing Eye (MAX)
4. One with Nature (MAX)
5. Hongwu 3rd Art (MAX)
6. Dragon Destroyer (MAX)
7. Lightning Ambush (MAX)
8. Void Steps to Advanced Extreme Shadow (MAX)
9. Dragon’s Raid (MAX)

Explanation:
Zen’s 3rd job primary attacking skill will be Hongwu 3rd Art aided by Lightning Ambush. Lightning Ambush is used to vacuum monsters behind you regardless their platform location and relocate them in front of you but at the lowest platform. This skill is very useful for both training and party quest (Ludibrium PQ, Orbis PQ) as you can vacuum monsters located at the top without climbing the ladder. Dragon’s Raid seems buggy as it will DC (disconnect you from the game), so avoid using in PQ as it might waste your PQ entry attempts. Dragon Destroyer summon is useful for bossing especially when the boss casts critical armor where it only absorbs critical damage from your attacks. Dragon Destroyer bypasses that buff the boss puts on. The Void Steps to advanced Extreme Shadow basically upgrades the Extreme Shadow damage and doubles the hit rate.

Zen 4th Job Skills

MapleStory Hongwu 4th Art: Dragon Drive Hongwu 4th Art: Dragon Drive (Active)
Required Skill: Hongwu 3rd Art: Dragon Surge (MAX)
Attacks and push back enemies.
Level 1: MP Cost: 19, Damage, 205%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Hits: 3
Level 20: MP Cost: 95, Damage, 300%, Max Enemies Hit: 8, Number of Hits: 3

MapleStory Dragon Volition Dragon Volition (Active)
Required Skill: Advanced Accelerated Shot (MAX)
Fires the gun at supersonic speeds.
Level 1: MP Cost: 15, Damage: 183%
Level 30: MP Cost: 18, Damage: 270%

MapleStory Dragon Dance Dance of the Dragon (Active)
Summon your father’s power, unleashing a storm of punches while moving. Holding down this key will allow you to continously fire and by using the movement keys you will be able to move left and right. At skill level 20, the skill interval will be removed and you will be able to continuously attack.
Level 1: MP Cost: 3, Damage: 84%, Max Enemies Hit 8, Number of Attacks: 2
Level 30: MP Cost: 9, Damage: 200%, Max Enemies Hit 8, Number of Attacks: 2

MapleStory Exploding Fist Exploding Fist (Active)
Gathers all your Qi and ignites them instantly to deal damage to monsters in front.
Level 1: MP Cost: 20, Damage: 710%, Number of Enemies Hit: 10, Number of Attacks: 3, Cooldown: 9 seconds
Level 10: MP Cost: 26, Damage: 800%, Number of Enemies Hit: 10, Number of Attacks: 3, Cooldown: 5 seconds

MapleStory Dragon Immolation Dragon Immolation (Active)
Summons a Dragon to fill the entire map in a sea of flames.
Level 1: MP Cost: 360, Damage: 550%, Max Enemies Hits: 15, Number of Attacks: 3, Cooldown: 87 seconds.
Level 10: MP Cost: 450, Damage: 820%, Max Enemies Hits: 15, Number of Attacks: 3, Cooldown: 60 seconds.

MapleStory Maple Warrior Maple Warrior (Supportive)
Increases the stats of all party members.
Level 1: MP Cost: 10, All Stats: +1%, Duration: 30 seconds.
Level 30: MP Cost: 70, All Stats: +15%, Duration: 900 seconds.

MapleStory Immovable Immovable (Supportive)
Strengthens your lower body to increase various stats including Boss Damage.
Level 1: MP Cost: 78, Duration: 85 sec, All Stats: +1, Critical Rate: +1%, Stance: +12% Damage, Damage against Bosses: +1%
Level 20: MP Cost: 40, Duration: 180 sec, All Stats: +20, Critical Rate: +20%, Stance: +50% Damage, Damage against Bosses: +20%

MapleStory Advanced Dragon Volition Advanced Dragon Volition (Passive)
Zen’s Specialty Skill. When attacking continously with Dragon Volition, an additional attack will be triggered at every 100 second interval. This skill has master level of 1.

MapleStory Death Strike Death Strike (Passive)
Training hard in the handling of weapons, increase Mastery, Minimum Critical Damage and Maximum Critical Damage.
Level 1: Mastery: +61%, Critical Damage: +11%
Level 20: Mastery: +70%, Critical Damage: +30%

MapleStory Invulnerable Invulnerable (Passive)
Expens your Qi to strengthen your body.
Level 1: Increase Damage: +1%, HP: +11%, Weapon and Magic Defense: +1%, Abnormal Status and Elemental Resistance: +1%
Level 20: Increase Damage: +11%, HP: +30%, Weapon and Magic Defense: +20%, Abnormal Status and Elemental Resistance: +20%

Zen 4th Job Skill Build Guide (255 SP): Everything maxed.
1. Hongwu 4th Art, Dance of the Dragon, Exploding Fist (1)
2. Dragon Volition, Advanced Dragon Volition, Dragon Immolation (1)
3. Death Strike (MAX)
4. Immovable (MAX)
5. Invulnerable (MAX)
6. Dance of the Dragon (MAX)
7. Maple Warrior (MAX)
8. Hongwu 4th Art (MAX)
9. Dragon Volition (MAX)
10. Exploding Fist (MAX)
11. Dragon Immolation (MAX)

Explanation:
Zen’s 4th Job primary attacking skill will be either Dance of the Dragon or Dragon Volition depending on your opponent. Dragon Volition is usually used for 1 vs 1 such as bosses whereas Dance of the Dragon is utilized for mobbing which is very useful when there are many monsters around such as Dimension Invasion, Nett Pyramid and Evolution Lab. Dragon Volition is recommended for bossing because it deals extra damage with the aid of Advanced Dragon Volition passive skill. First, add 1 SP (Skill Point) to unlock the active skills which are Hongwu 4th Art, Dance of the Dragon, Exploding Fist, Dragon Volition and Dragon Immolation. Also add 1SP to Advanced Dragon Volition to allow Dragon Volition to have a chance to deal super high damage which does slightly boost your boss damage. Second, max Death Strike to decrease the damage gap between your min and max base damage and also boost up both min and max Critical Damage. Third, max Immovable to gain Stance ability which prevents monsters from knockbacking you. This is very convenient for bossing where you can continuously attack without stopping and avoid getting bumped out from a high platform (e.g. Zakum platform). Plus, Immovable improves your bossing damage tremendously while improving the success rate of dealing a critical strike. Fourth, max Invulnerable to boost your overall damage and improve Zen’s survivability with an increase of max HP, weapon defense and magic defense. This helps in reducing HP potion cost too in terms of Elixir consumption and reduce damage intake! Fifth, max Dance of the Dragon to improve the primary attacking skill. You can swap this with Dragon Volition if you are planning on bossing early or regularly with party. Sixth, max Maple Warrior to boost your base stat, as a result, boosting your base damage and improving all of your attacking skills. Seventh, max Exploding Fist for some serious instant damage which is regularly combo-ed with Aura Burst for bossing. Exploding Fist can be used hand-in-hand with Lightning Ambush for training purposes. Finally, max Dragon Immolation and Hongwu 4th Art. The reason to max Hongwu 4th Art near to the end is it does not improve your Hongwu 3rd Art damage plus the MP consumption is quite costly.

Zen Hyper Skills

MapleStory Dragon Dance Bonus Attack Dragon Dance – Bonus Attack
Required Level: 143
Dance of the Dragon’s Number of Attacks: +1

MapleStory Dragon Dance - Extra Target Dragon Dance – Extra Target
Required Level: 162
Dance of the Dragon’s Monsters Hit: +1

MapleStory Dragon Dance - Reinforce Dragon Dance – Reinforce
Required Level: 183
Dance of the Dragon’s Damage: +20%

MapleStory Exploding Fist - Bonus Attack Exploding Fist – Bonus Attack
Required Level: 149
Exploding Fist’s Number of Attacks: +1

MapleStory Exploding Fist - Critical Rate Exploding Fist – Critical Rate
Required Level: 168
Exploding Fist’s Critical Rate: +20%

MapleStory Exploding Fist - Guard Break Exploding Fist – Guard Break
Required Level: 189
Exploding Fist’s Ignore Defense: +20%
MapleStory Dragon Volition - Boss Killer Dragon Volition – Boss Killer
Required Level: 155
Damage Volition’s Boss Damage: +20%

MapleStory Dragon Volition - Add Range Dragon Volition – Add Range
Required Level: 177
Damage Volition’s Range: +20%

MapleStory Dragon Volition - Reinforce Dragon Volition – Reinforce
Required Level: 195
Damage Volition’s 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

MapleStory Aura Burst Aura Burst
Required Level: 170
Gathers all your Qi and ignites them to cause an explosion, damages monsters in front and pushes them to the back.
MP Cost: 300, Damage, 800%, Max Enemies Hit: 1, Number of Attacks: 15, After a successful hit, continue the attack by hitting up to 10 enemies behind 1 time for 400% damage.

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. Dragon Dance – Reinforce (MAX)
2. Dragon Dance – Bonus Attack (MAX)
3. Exploding Fist – Extra Strike (MAX)
4. Dragon Volition – Reinforce (MAX)
5. Dragon Volition – Boss Killer (MAX)
6. Bamboo Armor (MAX)
7. Aura Burst (MAX)
8. Epic Adventure (MAX)

Explanation:
Check this Hyper Stats Guide for more details!

Zen 4th Job Advancement Guide
Once you reach level 100, you will receive a quest for Aide. Accept that quest and head to the Nautilus. Then, find and talk to Aide. Aide will tell you to go to Magatia to get 2 Weird Clue from Homunscullo, loot the green powder it drops. Once you collected everything, head back to Nautilus and find Aide. Next, you will be told to head to Mu Lung to find 10 Memory Clues. Get them from Sage Cat, loot the purple powder it drops. Find Aide again when you’re done. After that, Aide will ask you to go to Leafre to find 10 Imporant Clues. You can hunt them from Black Kentaurus. The drop rates are quite low for this one. The quest item is white powder. Return to Nautilus and talk to Aide when you’re finish collecting them. This time, Aide needs you to go to Mu Lung again. But this time she give you an item, use this at the map Entrance to Sky Forest (First map at the left of Mu Lung, map filled with Chipmunks). Then, you will be teleported to another map with a boss in it. Kill it and return to Nautilus.

Zen 5th Job Skills

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

Zen Skill Cores

Fiery Dragon Storm
A fiery storm imbued with the power of a dragon pulls enemies into its center. The dragon’s power, when released, attacks a broad area, inflicting damage that increases in proportion to the storm’s cumulative damage. Fiery Dragon Storm does not affect enemies in the Damage Reflection status.
Level 1: MP Cost: 1000. Creates a fiery storm that pulls and Stuns up to 8 enemies and periodically inflicts 500% damage on them. Storm Duration: 10. Let the storm expire naturally, or use this skill again to release the dragon’s power, attacking a broad area at 660% Damage. This area-effective damage increases by up to 20400% in proportion to the damage that your allies have inflicted on the enemies within the storm’s range. Cooldown: 120 sec.
Level 25: MP Cost: 1000. Creates a fiery storm that pulls and Stuns up to 8 enemies and periodically inflicts 1460% damage on them. Storm Duration: 10. Let the storm expire naturally, or use this skill again to release the dragon’s power, attacking a broad area at 1980% Damage. This area-effective damage increases by up to 30000% in proportion to the damage that your allies have inflicted on the enemies within the storm’s range. Cooldown: 120 sec.

Flame Tiger Miasma
Controls miasma sustained by the power of the Flame Tiger. Pressing the skill button after casting the skill changes its mode. This skill is not affected by enemies in Damage Reflection mode.
Level 1: Consumes 1000 and summons a miasma that can be scattered or concentrated for 42 seconds. There is a 3-second cooldown for switching between the miasma modes. This skill attacks the enemy with the highest HP within its range first.
Scatter: Moves to 4 targets in its range and periodically attacks up to 8 enemies below them at 210% Damage 4 times.
Concentrate: Move to 1 target in its range and periodically attacks up to 10 enemies below it at 355% Damage 5 times.
Cooldown: 180 sec.
Level 25: Consumes 1000 and summons a miasma that can be scattered or concentrated for 90 seconds. There is a 3-second cooldown for switching between the miasma modes. This skill attacks the enemy with the highest HP within its range first.
Scatter: Moves to 4 targets in its range and periodically attacks up to 8 enemies below them at 450% Damage 4 times.
Concentrate: Move to 1 target in its range and periodically attacks up to 10 enemies below it at 715% Damage 5 times.
Cooldown: 180 sec.

Zen Enhancement Cores

  • Hongwu Art (+7% per level)
  • Accelerated Shot (+7% per level)
  • Dragon Blitz (+7% per level)
  • Panda Earthquake (+5% per level)
  • Extreme Shadow (+5% per level)
  • Dragon’s Raid (+3% per level)
  • Dragon Destroyer (+3% per level)
  • Lightning Ambush (+3% per level)
  • Dragon Volition (+3% per level)
  • Dance of the Dragon (+2% per level)
  • Exploding Fist (+2% per level)
  • Aura Burst (+2% per level)

Zen V-Matrix Skills Guide

Main V Skill: Fiery Dragon Storm
Trio #1: Hongwu Art / Dragon Volition / Aura Burst
Note: Bolded = essential skill | Non-bolded = non-essential skill.

Additional Information

Zen Storyline

ZEN is the child of Zhi Jun, the Commander of the Hongwu Troupe. Having great expertise in the martial arts, Commander Zhi Jun was responsible for protecting the safety of the Sunyao Emperor. The story begins from an ordinary training day for ZEN. ZEN was training very hard, hoping that one day he would be as powerful as his father. Zhi Jun assigned his trusty assistant, Suha, to train ZEN.

After a long period of training, ZEN returned home thinking that his skills had improved significantly. However, he could not find any signs of Suha nor the Commander at home. At that instant moment of his panic, Suha appeared with serious injuries. Suha did not tell ZEN what had happened but asked him to hide immediately, but all ZEN could think about was his father and rushed out to look for him. Once outside, 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. Realizing that Commander Zhi Jun was too powerful for him, the Emperor thought that ZEN would be a better target instead. Seeing that his son’s life was in danger, Zhi Jun used himself to shield ZEN from the Emperor’s attack. Commander Zhi Jun was severely injured from the attack and could not continue with the battle. Sensing that his son was in a grave situation, Zhi Jun ordered Suha to escape with ZEN. Knowing that ZEN was unwilling to leave without his father, Suha had to lie to ZEN saying that the Commander will join them later.
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When they reached the boat, Suha confessed to ZEN that his father had died during the battle and tasked her to give a chest to ZEN. Suha 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 Suha. 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,
  • 4 New Cash Items which will only be visible in the ZEN Cash Shop: Stellar Cosmic Dust Solidifier, Supernova Dust, Condensed Supernova Dust and Cosmic Dust Shifter.

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 Changelog

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136 thoughts on “Maplestory Zen Skill Build Guide

  1. Lambnana

    For those who don’t know about this, Zen is removed at Feb 2021 at TMS and CMS, MSEA will be removing this boi at 6 April sadge.