Thanks to their popularity as an archetype and their inherent ability to take out enemies from safe distances, Archers have become a staple class in RPGs. This is very much true in MapleStory 2. So if you want to channel your inner Legolas and be a sharpshooter yourself, here’s a guide on how to build one and what to spend your Maplestory 2 mesos on.
Beyond the Bow: Attributes and Gear
First things first: attributes. For the Archer, you’ll be pumping both DEX and Crit. How much you’ll put on either depends on how much damage you’ll be churning out. To get the optimal balance, you can attack the training dummies outside any guild house/hall and fine-tune your attribute points depending on the result.
As for gear, these will be the necessary bonuses each piece of gear must have. The bonuses are arranged according to priority.
Weapon:Piercing > Physical Attack > Dexterity > Boss Damage
Headgear/Suit/Top/Bottom: Boss Damage > Physical Attack > Accuracy
Gloves: Boss Damage > Physical Piercing
Shoes: Boss Damage > Accuracy
Cape: Piercing > Boss Damage
Belt: Piercing > Boss Damage
Earring/Amulet: Piercing > Boss Damage
Eagle Eye: Mad Shooting Skills
Now for the Archer skills! There are a lot of them, but we’ll only cover the class’s bread-and-butter skills, which are the following:
Rapid Shot – The archer shoots ignited arrows thrice, dealing 42% damage to the nearest enemy within 9 meters. On top of that, the arrows pierce the enemy thrice and hit the other enemies behind it. The skill will be autocast if the skill key is held down.
Arrow Storm – The archer fires a volley of arrows, dealing 39% damage 20 times to 8 enemies inside a 4.5m radius. To increase the range to 7.5m, hold the skill down for 0.5 seconds. During casting, you have knockback immunity.
Bronze Eagle – This bird serves as the archer’s companion, flying by to their side whenever they land a critical hit. The Bronze Eagle increases their Dexterity by 4.4% and becomes available for commands.
Bronze Eagle Claw – Bronze Eagle attacks the enemies, dealing 302% damage to 8 enemies. This attack also does an additional 60% damage per second for 6 seconds, and also reduces their movement and jump power by 30%.
Agile Archer (passive) – Increases piercing by 1% and evasion by 1.
Conditioning (passive) – Increases physical attack and movement speed by 1%.
Sharp Eyes – Increases critical rate of allies within 5 tiles around the archer by 13 and accuracy by 1 for 180 seconds. The seal lasts for 20 seconds, and increases the caster’s critical rate by 4.
Ice Arrow – The archer fires 3 ice arrows that deal 58% damage to enemies 9m in front of you. The ice arrows pierce the enemy 4 times and hit enemies behind the initial target. On top of that, enemies’ movement speed is lowered by 4% per hit, and can stack to a maximum of 10 times.
Simple and Reliable Archer Builds
There are two Archer skill builds. The first is the Archer All Content Sharp Eyes DPS Build. For this build, you open with Sharp Eyes for the buff, then begin the offense with Screwdriver Shot and Arrow Storm, and subsequently follow up with Rapid Shot while those are in cooldown. In addition, you can also use Bronze Eagle Claw from time to time.
If you have trouble with SP, use the Snipe passive as it gives you an SP recovery boost if there are no enemies within 4m. Also, for evasion, get Evasive Salvo, as you can’t always use Eagle Glide.
The next build would be the Archer Chaos Raid/Dungeon/World Boss Pierce Build. It’s almost similar to the first, except you’ll put more points in Sharp Eyes and Ice Arrow for this one. Sure, other offensive skills will pack a bit less of a punch, but it more than makes up in Piercing and Boss damage, as well as utility.
So there you have it–the Archer for Maplestory 2.Hopefully, you’ll try our recommended builds and have a blast with them!