3 tips for new and returning MapleStorySEA players

MapleStorySEA, a game of 14 years and running has transformed massively over the years. As of mid-2019, MapleStorySEA has 44 jobs, with Pathfinder joining the ranks of Explorer classes recently.  

Players following MapleStorySEA’s journey over the years have experienced multiple UI changes, EXP curve reductions and quality of life adjustments; making their journey that much simpler and enjoyable. As nostalgic as MapleStorySEA is, many players have returned at various points of its many patches only to find the game different from the one they left.

As a result, it can be overwhelming for a new or returning player when booting up the game.

If you are one of these people, then here are some tips you can follow to make learning the game that much easier!

1) Unsure of where to go or how to proceed

Whether picking up from where you left off or starting as a newbie, MapleStorySEA’s vast landscapes of towns and other areas can be confusing. If you are ever confused on where to go next, or want to find a suitable training map, consider checking your  Maple Guide (default shortcut key: U).

The Maple Guide provides training maps within your level range. Throughout your progress, you will see a variety of suitable maps for your level.  You can instantly teleport directly or near to the recommended areas, making it a breeze to navigate.

Be sure to obtain stamps on your favourite maps too! Completing stamps for your Maple Guide allows you to quick teleport to those maps again, even when you have exceeded the recommended level range for that specific map.

You can even check out what drops/rewards you can get from the area, and how to get a completion stamp for a particular map through the Maple Guide!
You can even check out what drops/rewards you can get from the area, and how to get a completion stamp for a particular map through the Maple Guide!

If questing is more your speed, then check out the  light bulb icon located to the left of your game screen. In there, you will find quests sorted by level, making it easy to view quests around your level to get started on helping some Maple residents in need.

Questing in modern MapleStorySEA is a far more rewarding experience. Many quests and questlines have had their EXP amounts and eventual rewards revamped to be significantly better than before, making it worth your time and effort to complete them.

Certain theme dungeons reward useful items such as Mastery Books (used for 4th job skills), equipment and even Mesos
Certain theme dungeons reward useful items such as Mastery Books (used for 4th job skills), equipment and even Mesos

Furthermore, some quests may offer rewards that can last until late in the game, so definitely give questing (especially Theme Dungeons) a try!

2) Confused by different advice from veteran players

A common reaction new players (and even returning ones) have is to seek out jobs that are considered the best or strongest. These classes may have attracted you by their DPM (damage per minute), DPS (damage per second) or even HPS (hits per second). 

Then you hear other players telling you what is BiS (best in slot) for your equipment, what gear you should have at your level, and where the best training maps are.

In pursuit of the best of everything and being optimal, you may risk confusing yourself and worse, playing a class you do not enjoy which can result in a soured experience.

Why go through all that when there is an easier way to make a decision?

Veteran players have played long enough to know the optimal training maps and gear setups, but also remember that time and effort has gone into building their characters up in the first place!

You may not have the same kind of gear or stats to be able to handle their recommended maps. If you just started, gear drops from monsters should more than suffice. As you progress, you will gradually start bossing for certain special equipment.

Eventually, you will start acquiring even better gear and items to boost your overall damage output. Most gear you get very early is replaceable, but those you attain at higher levels (140+) will tide you over for a long time.

These items drop from the bosses stated, and are part of the Boss Accessory set (which gives bonus stats). Consider getting some (or all) of these, be it solo or with some help!
These items drop from the bosses stated, and are part of the Boss Accessory set (which gives bonus stats). Consider getting some (or all) of these, be it solo or with some help!

For classes, what is best for one player may not be best for you. When starting off, any job is frankly, fine. Explore and have fun with whatever class you are playing!

And if your initial chosen class is not to your liking, jump to another one.

Besides, each different class you play contributes to your main character in one way or another, so don’t feel like you’re wasting your time if you ever decide to switch characters. With 44 (and increasing) jobs, I’m sure you’ll be able to find a class or two that you’ll like!

3) Being overwhelmed by different systems to get stronger

As you progress through the levels, you may realize your character isn’t dishing out as much damage as you would like. Aside from just regular Ability Points (AP), Skill Points (SP), and Hyper Stats/Skills, there are other ways to get stronger.

The various systems however can be overwhelming. It is understandable therefore for players to get a little lost – there really are numerous ways to customise your character in game!

However, if you are just starting out, do not focus on all of them at once. After all, some are more Meso/time intensive. Here’s a quick rundown of the various systems that will aid you in getting stronger during your Maple journey.

There are lots of methods to allow your character to rise in power gradually.
There are lots of methods to allow your character to rise in power gradually.

If the systems mentioned in the image above seem like a blur of words to you because you’ve just started the game, not to worry! Upcoming articles will cover each system more in-depth, so that you can understand them better.

While the amount of content in game is quite large, there have been constant improvements to make levelling and progression easier than before. In fact, now is a great time to return. With the Burning World event in MapleStorySEA, you get 1+2 levels per level your character achieves, up to level 130!

In closing, MapleStorySEA is about exploration, so take your time to enjoy the visuals, music and gameplay while growing stronger in the process.

Happy Mapling!

Written by: Justin ‘whackybeanz’ Eng

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