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Comprehensive Guide to MapleStory 2!

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MapleStory 2 is the upcoming sequel to MapleStory, with an entirely new block art style and a large focus on customization! This is my Comprehensive Guide to MapleStory 2, with information on everything I experienced in the CBT.

If you have any questions, comments, or anything you would like me to add, please comment and I’ll see what I can do!

Table of Contents

 

  • Basics
    • Story
    • Character Creation
    • Beauty Street
    • Dynamic Motions
    • NPCs
    • Jobs and Skills
    • User Interface
    • Parties
    • Guilds
  • Items
    • Potions
    • Equipment
    • Mounts
  • World
    • Maple World
    • Black Market
    • Shadow World
    • Binoculars
    • Treasure Chests
    • Mysterious Hats
    • Elite Monsters
    • Bosses
    • Death
    • Party Quests
    • Trophy System
    • Taxi
  • Customization
    • Custom Equipment
    • Housing
    • Riding
    • Designer Market
    • Posters
    • Smart Reporting
  • MAVIEW
    • News
    • Estates
    • Maps
    • Encyclopedia
    • Rankings
  • Events
  • Ending Notes

Basics

 

Story

The story line of MapleStory 2 focuses on the Lapenta, a power that was used to seal away a great evil long ago. Protect the Lapenta in order to keep this evil out of Maple World!

Character Creation

MapleStory 2 has a robust character creation system. You can change your hair, eyes, skin colour, face markings and clothing, with a large colour choice for each! It will be hard to find anyone who looks the same as you.

Currently, you can have 5 characters. And if you haven’t noticed, character names can be 3~12 letters!

User Interface

UI

The UI in MapleStory 2 is a bit different from MapleStory 1. Right off the bat, you’ll see that there’s no giant information bar along the bottom of your screen, there’s still a lot of stuff there but you can still see the world behind it.

  • In the top left is the current time and your mesos (these can be moved around)
  • In the top right is the minimap, which also allows you to quickly change channels, see everyone that is currently in the same map as you, as well as other special NPCs, shops, and quests (you can choose which of these you want to see).
    • You can change its size by dragging the corner, or even its transparency.
    • If you hold Tab, the minimap will be expanded to show the entire map.
  • In the middle is you! You’ll see your character’s name and above yourself, and your guild if you’re in one.
  • Below is the main UI of the game.On the left is the chat.
    • It has different colours for different chats (all, party, friends, guild, etc) and you can create chatrooms with specific people as well.
    • There’s also a button for easy access of dynamic motions (see below).
    • You can also change to the Battle tab to remove all messages except things like experience/items gained.

Next to the chat is what you’ll look at the most, it has your hotkeys, as well as your HP, SP, and EP.

In MapleStory 2, there is no such thing as MP, it is replaced with SP which is always at 100 for everyone, it never increases. Many skills will consume this SP but some will regenerate it, so you’ll have to combine skills to fight effectively. EP is used for Action skills, most of which are movement skills. EP heals much faster over time than HP or SP.

Camera

On the bottom right is your character, as well as a camera which you can use to take pictures, the ability to change your profile picture, and if you have a house, there will be a house icon which you can use anywhere to return to it instantly.

Beside those are icons for each of the UI windows. At the very bottom of the screen is your EXP. The max level in MapleStory 2’s CBT was level 35.

Character Information

The first icon is for character information. Here, you can see/change your profile picture (including uploading something from your computer), as well as your class and level, guild, and a message you can share with others.

Below are your equipment (talked about later), as well as your stats (damage, defense, STR, DEX, INT LUK). On the side is a detailed list of all stats (and I mean detailed), you can toggle it on or off. In MapleStory 2, you do not get stats to assign, they are automatically assigned as you level up.

Items (Equip)

The items window looks like this, at the bottom it lets you drop mesos, auto arrange, or change your item auto loot settings (unlocked through the Trophy system). It is split into three tabs, the first being for equipment.

Items (Building)

The second tab is for all building related items such as furniture and decorations.

Items (Etc)

The last tab is Etc, it’s literally everything else. There’s potions, books, and random monster drops and quest items.

Strafe (Level 2)

This is the skill window, but I’ll talk about that in a later section.

Quests

The quest window is a bit different this time. Instead of being separated by areas, they’re grouped into quest lines. You can see all of the completed quests and your current quest in a quest line. On the right side is the description and completion requirements, and you can open the quest helper (on the right side of the screen) through this window.

Once you fully complete a quest line, it will be moved to the second tab, where you can read about them. There is no available quests tab in MapleStory 2.

Hero Trophies

The next icon is for the Trophy system, which I love! I’ll talk about this later as well.

MAVIEW

MAVIEW is an information site created by Nexon for MapleStory 2, it can be accessed in-game (although it’s a bit slow) or through your web browser. I’ll talk about this later on.

Maple World Map

The world map allows you to see all the areas in the game. Areas which you have not visited will be black and white. The world map also shows available/completable quests, taxis, and bosses (and which channels they are currently spawned at).

If you tick the Hot Places button at the top right, it will show you areas where there are a lot of users together.

Messages

The messages window allows you to send and receive letters from other users. You can also attach mesos and items. The special messages tab is for letters from GMs (I got some cool items from them).

Community (Current Map)

The community window has four tabs. The first is users which are in the same map as you, you can see their names, level and job, trophy score, message, and homes.

Community (Buddies)

The next tab is for your buddies. You can see the same information as above as well as their current channel and map. The third tab is for buddy requests and the fourth tab is for your blacklist.

Guild

Guilds are also in MapleStory 2! In the guild window, you can see the guild name, creation date, members, leader, trophy score, message, and your guild mark. I’ll talk more about this later.

Designer Market

The Designer Market is a place where users can buy and sell their customized equipment! It’s very easy to put up a design for others. I’ll talk about this later as well.

Menu

The last icon is for the menu, you can change channels, change your settings, change characters, or exit the game.

Zoom (1) Zoom (2) Zoom (3)

There are 3 main zoom-in views of the game, which you can change at any time by using your scroll wheel.

Dynamic Motions

Like MapleStory, characters have a ton of emotions they can show! You can activate them by putting them on a hotkey, by double clicking them in the window, or by typing /command in the chat.

From the beginning, you’ll have 12 of them, which is already more than MapleStory, but there are a ton more which you can buy from shops! One shop is even in the Guild Lounge.

Beauty Street

Beauty Street is an area in Tria where you can customize your character further. Here, you can change your hair and eyes (there’s so many more options than at creation), and you can choose custom colours from a colour wheel!

My favourite feature here though is the ability to change the colours of your equipment! For all of your non-Skin items (I’ll explain this a little bit later but think of them as Cash equipment), you can customize them! Love your hat’s stats but hate that it doesn’t match your outfit? This solves your problem~

Currently, in CBT, Beauty Street is free but when the game actually comes out, it will use something called Maple Coupons. I think this place is most likely going to be similar to the Cash Shop (notice the remixed music haha), but I bet they’ll give opportunities to get Coupons for non-paying players as well.

NPCs

Oshkal

In MapleStory 2, this is what it looks like when you talk to an NPC. Some of the more important NPCs have illustrations but every single one has voice overs! You use the ESC/Space buttons to go through the dialogue.

The one thing I found super annoying was that if you go through the dialogue too fast (i.e. spam Space), it will cancel the dialogue and you’ll have to start over from the beginning.

Skill System

The way that skills work in MapleStory 2 are that you only have access to 2 of them at level 10. Then, as you level up, more will become available to you! Skills are separated into three categories:

  • Active: attacking skills which use up SP and buff skills
  • Passive: skills with passive bonuses
  • Action: movement skills which use up EP

SP in this case stands for Stamina, and like I said above, all characters (no matter your job or level) have 100 SP. This is used for your active skills, and will replenish slowly over time (all jobs have an attacking skill which doesn’t use up SP and replenishes SP when used).

EP is the white bar underneath your HP and SP, and it regenerates much faster than HP and SP. It is used for all movement-type skills such as dashes, teleports, and other things like flying.

Strafe (Level 2)

In contrast to MapleStory 1, you will not get SP upon level up to put into skills. Rather, you need to use Crystals to upgrade them!

Strafe (Level 3)

As the skill level increases, the number and types of Crystals will increase. As skill levels increase, their damage, range or SP restored might increase, and for skills which use up SP, their SP consumption will decrease.

Crystals can be found by fighting bosses or through golden chests found in maps. In CBT, you could buy the most basic type of Crystal from shops for 1500 mesos each.

Flying Balloons

There are a bunch of Action skills which you can unlock through gameplay or skill books. This balloon one is unlocked when you hit level 20 I think.

Heaven's Guardian

At the library in Tria, there are two skill books available to buy: Quick Swim which allows you to move quickly through the water and Heaven’s Guardian which allows you to fly by holding on to a pig (I think it’s faster than the balloons).

Jobs

Knight

KNIGHT

The Royal Guard, under the leadership of the Prime Minister Cal, protect Tria Palace and the area around it and act as guardians to the royal family. They are known for their incredible loyalty, chivalrous spirit, and excellent swordsmanship. The Royal Guard’s cardinal rule is to protect Ereb, it is of utmost importance to keep her safe from those who threaten her.

The Royal Guard’s elite Knights are strong warriors who defend their allies with a Long Sword and Shield. Their shields and armour, made with the latest technology, is a collaboration between Tria and Perion. They are smelted by a skillful artisan from Tria using the finest minerals found in the nearby lava region. They are not only famous for their durability but also for their beautiful design.

Weapon: Long Sword (right hand), Shield (left hand)
Attributes: Physical, Holy
Stats: 
STR, weapon attack, defense
Difficulty: 3/5

Knight Skills

  • Cross Swing [required level: 10]
    • Level 1: Deals 25% damage 2 times on up to 5 enemies. If you hit an enemy successfully, heal 5 SP.
  • Tornado Slash [required level: 10]
    • Level 1: Consumes 20 SP and swings your long sword around you, hitting up to 8 enemies for 65% damage 2 times. Enemies hit are pulled towards you slightly.
  • Throwing Shield [required level: 12]
    • Level 1: Consumes 10 SP and throws a shield at an enemy within 9m, dealing 75% damage and decreasing their defense by 15% for 10 seconds. After hitting an enemy, the shield will bounce to other enemies up to 2 times.
  • Charge [required level: 14]
    • Level 1: Consumes 2 EP and rushes forward 3m. Up to 5 enemies within 2m will be hit, dealing 55% damage. After using the skill, there is a 20% chance to increase your shield’s defense by 15% for 3 seconds.
  • Shield Wall [required level: 15]
    • Level 1: For 10 seconds, increase your shield’s strength in 9 blocks around you. While in this area, you and your party members will take 50% reduced physical damage.
  • Holy Strike [required level: 17]
    • Level 1: Consumes 40 SP and infuses your sword with a holy aura, hitting up to 8 enemies 6m in front of you, dealing 280% damage. Enemies hit will have a 20% chance to be immobilized for 2 seconds.
  • Piercing Blade [required level: 20]
    • Level 1: Consumes 10 SP and hits 5 enemies around you with your shield for 60% damage with a 30% chance to stunning them for 1.5 seconds. Pressing the key again will consume 5 SP and stabs your long sword forward 3m for an additional 180% damage.
  • Trumpet of March [required level: 23]
    • Level 1: Blow a horn for you and up to 5 party members within 3m, increasing your STR and attack speed by 30% for 10 seconds. Cooldown: 180 seconds.

Wizard

WIZARD

Since ancient times, Ellinia’s fairies have stayed deep in the woods, creating their own world away from humans. But suddenly, the world was thrown into severe chaos and in need of their power. They opened their door slightly, and began to carefully accept adventurers who were interested in their ancient knowledge.

Humans who have acquired knowledge with the help of the fairies are referred to as Wizards. They throw themselves in their studies due to their desire to learn everything about the world. However, some get so wrapped up in it that they disregard everything and everyone else in the world.

Weapon: Staff
Attributes: Fire, Ice, Lightning
Stats: INT, magic attack, attack speed
Difficulty: 1/5

Wizard Skills

  •  Magic Claw [required level: 10]
    • Level 1: Hit up to 3 enemies 8m in front of you with the power of magic for 20% damage 2 times. If you hit an enemy successfully, heal 5 SP.
  • Chain Lightning [required level: 10]
    • Level 1: Consumes 12 SP. Hit up to 8 enemies 7.5m in front of you with the power of lightning, dealing 70% damage. Holding down the skill key will continue the attack.
  • Frost Nova [required level: 12]
    • Level 1: Consumes 10 SP. Create a cold frost, hitting up to 8 enemies 8m in front of you for 75% ice damage and lowering their movement speed by 50% for 3 seconds.
  • Teleport [required level: 14]
    • Level 1: Consumes 2 EP to teleport 3m forward.
  • Energy Wave [required level: 15]
    • Level 1: Consumes 40 SP. Create a magic explosion, hitting up to 8 enemies 4.5m around you for 100% damage while pushing them back 1.5m. If an enemy is affected by Frost Nova’s freeze effect, they will take 150% extra damage.
  • Fire Tornado [required level: 17]
    • Level 1: Consumes 40 SP. Create a fire tornado which moves forward 7.5m. Any enemies in its patch will be hit with 180% damage and will be burned, dealing 10% damage every second for 10 seconds.
  • Thunder Whip [required level: 20]
    • Level 1: Create a whip made of lightning, hitting up to 5 enemies within 7m and dealing 55% damage 2 times with an 80% chance to electrocute them for 2 seconds.
  • Flame Burst [required level: 22]
    • Level 1: Consumes 7 SP. Create a flame that explodes, hitting one enemy within 9m, dealing 70% damage. This skill will hit critically and if an enemy is affected by Fire Tornado’s damage over time, they will take 50% extra damage.

Priest

PRIEST

The Priest shares the teachings of God and was sent to the palace privately to help give emotional stability to others. With a divine aura, the Priest calms them and brightens their lives while staying at their sides.

Holding their Scepter infused with holy power and blessed scriptures given to them by God, in order to help bring the world salvation, many walk the path of the Priest. However, it is not easy as only those that are gifted with patience and unshakable serenity, as well as intelligence and quick judgement can meet the qualifications.

Weapon: Scepter (right hand), Spell Book (left hand)
Attributes: Holy, Fire
Stats: magic attack, maximum HP, critical chance
Difficulty: 4/5

Priest Skills

  •  Heaven’s Light [required level: 10]
    • Level 1: Hit up to 3 enemies 8m in front of you with holy light, dealing 40% damage. If you successfully hit an enemy, heal 3 SP. After attacking, enemies will take 15% increased holy damage for 5 seconds.
  • Holy Explosion [required level: 10]
    • Level 1: Consumes 20 SP. Use your holy aura to create an explosion, hitting up to 8 enemies within 3m, dealing 100% damage. Enemies within 2m who were hit by Heaven’s Light will take an extra 80% damage.
  • Holy Cross [required level: 12]
    • Level 1: Summon a holy cross for 5 seconds. Every second, up to 8 enemies within 3m of the cross will take 20% damage and be pushed back 1m.
  • Shield of Archon [required level: 14]
    • Level 1: For 60 seconds, protect yourself with holy power, decreasing damage taken by 15%. Enemies around you will take 10% damage.
  • Heal [required level: 15]
    • Level 1: Consumes 15 SP. Heal 150% of your magic attack as HP for you and 3 other party members.
  • Angel Ray [required level: 17]
    • Level 1: Consumes 40 SP. Create a ray of holy energy, hitting enemies 12m in front of you for 300% damage. Allies within 1.5m of the ray will be healed for 100% of your magic attack.
  • Strong Faith [required level: 18]
    • Level 1: When your SP higher than 50%, you will deal 10% increased damage to monsters.
  • Sanctuary [required level: 23]
    • Level 1: Create a holy area (5 blocks parallel and perpendicular to your current block) for 10 seconds. Every second, enemies standing on the area will take 45% damage while allies standing on it will be healed for 75% of your magic attack.

Ranger

RANGER

Rangers are a part of the vigilante group called the Green Hoods, founded by the legendary archer Hastur. The Fifth Captain Oscar monitors Henesys and the surrounding area. Tria and Henesys are geologically close, and there is seemingly a relationship between the royal family and the Green Hoods. There is a rumour that they are related to the royal family and carry out unofficial activities in secret, but it has not been confirmed.

The cool and precise Rangers show an innocent look when dealing with animals, and they are always accompanied by their eagle friends.

Weapon: Bow
Attributes: Physical, Fire, Ice
Stats: DEX, weapon attack, critical chance
Difficulty: 2/5

Ranger Skills

  •  Strafe [required level: 10]
    • Level 1: Shoot arrows at one enemy 9m in front of you, dealing 25% damage 3 times. If you hit an enemy successfully, heal 3 SP.
  • Multi Shot [required level: 10]
    • Level 1: Consumes 20 SP. Shoot arrows at up to 8 enemies 7m in front of you, dealing 120% damage. Enemies hit will be knocked back 0.5m.
  • Ice Arrow [required level: 12]
    • Level 1: Consumes 15 SP. Shoot an ice arrow 10.5m in front of you, dealing 80% damage 3 times. Enemies hit will have their movement speed decreased by 50% for 3 seconds.
  • Evasion Shot [required level: 15]
    • Level 1: Consumes 1 EP. Jump backwards 3m and shoot arrows forward, hitting up to 5 enemies for 10% damage 3 times.
  • Rapid Shot [required level: 17]
    • Level 1: Consumes 12 SP. Shoot a fire arrow, hitting enemies 9m in front of you for 50% damage. Holding down the skill key will continue the attack. Enemies hit will be burned and take 20% damage every second for 3 seconds.
  • Golden Eagle [required level: 20]
    • Level 1: Summon a golden eagle for 60 seconds. The eagle will wait for a command and while it is summoned, your DEX will be increased by 15%.
  • Eagle Strike [required level: 20]
    • Level 1: The golden eagle will soar 12m in front of you, hitting up to 8 enemies for 300% damage. Enemies hit will be stunned for 2 seconds. The golden eagle must be summoned to use this skill.
  • Sharp Eyes [required level: 23]
    • Level 1: Consumes 50 SP. Increase the critical rate of you and up to 5 allies within 3m by 5% for 180 seconds.

Assassin

ASSASSIN

Although some people know about the Assassins, very little is known about their existence itself. However, it is obvious that after the world fell into chaos and the Dark Wind’s leader Wynn Steelton had died that immoral and inhumane events that were not a problem previously have been increasing steadily.

Recently, rumours were spread about the Dark Wind, which was led by Wynn Steelton, that they had secretly trained Assassins for immoral actions in the name of ‘justice’, and many people who were mourning for Wynn Steelton were shocked.

Weapon: Pair of Stars
Attributes: Physical, Fire, Ice
Stats: LUK, weapon attack, attack speed
Difficulty: 3/5

Assassin Skills

  • Lucky Seven [required level: 10]
    •  Level 1: Throw both hands’ stars at enemies 7m in front of you, dealing 35% damage each. The stars will then bounce to another enemy. If you successfully hit an enemy, heal 4 SP.
  • Circle of Stars [required level: 10]
    • Level 1: Consumes 20 SP. Throw a circle of stars, 4.5m around you, dealing 45% damage to enemies hit. This skill will use both of your left hand’s stars and right hand’s.
  • Boomerang Star [required level: 12]
    • Level 1: Consumes 15 SP. Throw your right hand’s star forward 7.5m. The star will travel forward then return after a short period of time, dealing 70% damage 2 times to any enemies in its path.
  • Dodge [required level: 14]
    • Level 1: Consumes 2 EP. Quickly move 3m in one direction.
  • Clone: Shadow Web [required level: 15]
    • Level 1: Consumes 10 SP. Summon a shadow clone at your current location and move backwards 3m. After 1 second, the clone will explode, dealing 10% damage on up to 5 enemies around it. Enemies hit will take 5% damage every second for 5 seconds and their movement speed will be decreased by 55%.
  • Star Burst [required level: 15]
    • Level 1: Consumes 40 SP. Throw your left hand’s stars once then your right hand’s stars forward 9m, dealing 180% damage each on up to 8 enemies. Enemies with a Death Mark will take 80% additional damage and the Mark will disappear.
  • Fatal Attack [required level: 23]
    • Level 1: Find your enemies’ weak spots, your attacks will critically strike for the next 4 seconds.
  • Dark Sight [required level: 25]
    • Level 1: Conceal yourself in the shadows for 30 seconds. While hiding, your movement speed will be decreased by 40% and every 0.3 seconds you will heal 1 SP. Hitting an enemy will instantly remove the Dark Sight effect.

Thanks to 엘리스 of Insoya for the pictures of the skills above! Please note this data is from the Alpha test, many numbers have been changed.

Berserker

BERSERKER

Rulers of the battlefield who love to fight. Without fear due to their obsession and madness, Berserkers rampage while wielding their Great Sword and instill fear within their opponents. They charge straight into enemy lines, destroying them with their overwhelming power. When cornered, they bring out an even more amazing strength.

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Maple World’s Berserkers are known to be raised in a tribe from Perion. In order to survive the barren and harsh environment, their tribe became stronger and more gifted warriors than others. Those who learnt to swing a sword before they could even walk were given the name Berserker.

When one of the three Lapenta which was protecting the Maple World fell, chaos arose. Perion’s Chief, Heart of Red Wolf, allowed even those not from the tribe, but who had extraordinary fighting spirit and tough strength become a Berserker. However, the physical and mental prowess needed exceed human limits, and very few become true warriors.

NOTE: This class was unavailable during CBT.

Heavy Gunner

HEAVY GUNNER

Carrying their heavy artillery weapons called Cannons, they are outlaws of the battlefield and destroy everything with a casual look on their faces. Even with their natural strength, dexterity, and powerful weapon, they are hard to work with. Their unpredictable and eccentric natures mean never-ending problems with these brats.

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The Heavy Gunner is from the ‘Talisker’ area in Kerning City, where they work as hired mercenaries for scientists. Many of them used to be regular, hot-blooded people in Maple World. These scientists provided them superior weapons so they could become stronger but due to their free-spirited nature, the group mentality was weak. Now, many Heavy Gunners are running rampant all over the world, showing off their power.

NOTE: This class was unavailable during CBT.

MapleStory 2 - Thief

THIEF

With sleek and crafty movements, their enemies beg for mercy in front of their eyes. Faster than light, they swing their daggers in both hands as their enemies fall to the ground.

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Instead of justice and morals, power is what matters in alleyways, which is where the wandering rebel Jonathan Button and his group of followers, Thieves, began. Because of this, some people think its funny to call them “alley misfits who don’t even know the basics of life”.

However, the Thieves do not like this point of view. Although they are outsiders who rejected society, they live freely without others telling them what to do, which some people envy.

NOTE: This class was unavailable during CBT.

Parties

Party

Parties in MapleStory 2 can have a maximum of 10 people! You’ll be able to see your party members’ HP and share experience with them. There is also a Damage Meter which records the total amount of damage from each person.

Guilds

Guild

Guilds in MapleStory have more information available to its members. You can see the date it was created, the number of members, the leader (and his information) as well as the Guild Trophy score and the Guild Message.

You can upload any image (that doesn’t break the rules) as your Guild Mark! You can also edit the Guild Message for all members to read, and change the ranks of the guild.

Guild Information

In this guild, the ‘Junior’ rank was custom (because the original was in Korean obviously haha). You’re even able to send a letter to all members of the guild easily through this system.

Guild Lounge

In Tria, you can enter the Guild Lounge if you are part of a guild. I think this area of the game is instanced, one per guild, because this area is special. First of all, it’s a cool place for you and your guild members to hang out in!

Secondly, the Guild Lounge has special vendors who sell rare items, and the higher your guild’s Trophy Score (combined total Trophy Score of all members) is, more rare items will be available.

Items

 

Potions

Red Potion

There are a large variety of items in the game. First of all, there are things like herbs and potions. Herbs heal less HP, and they work over time but they have no cooldown. Potions heal more HP instantly, but you cannot use them consecutively (they have a cooldown). There are also elixirs which give stats for certain periods of times.

Mounts

Ducky Mount

Mounts in this game come in the form of items, which you can hotkey to summon. In addition to this Ducky and other animals, you can also get car mounts. Mounts can be collected from trophy rewards, quests, and shops.

Equipment

Green Hood's Shotbow

Equipment in this game has a few categories:

  • Hat
  • Earrings
  • Pendant
  • Belt
  • Top
  • Gloves
  • Bottom
  • Ring
  • Cape
  • Shoes
  • Weapons

Each item can have different stats, really cool things like increased skill damage, increased elemental damage, resistance to elemental attacks, damage reduction, etc.

Enchanting with Ophelia

You can also talk to Ophelia in the Blacksmith Streets to enchant your equipment using Onyx Fragments. I’m not too sure how this works, but it looks like based on the number of enchantments, the success rate will change.

Transparent Badge

There are three badge slots as well. I’m not sure what other kinds there are but I had a Transparent Badge that allowed me to choose which of my equipment I wanted to make transparent.

Racer Goggles

Now, the second tab in the equipment window is for Skin items. Skin items cover up your regular equipment! You can collect these from shops, quests, or monsters. Items designed by you or other players are also Skin items~

World

 

World Map

Maple World

MapleStory 2 takes place in Maple World, long before the time of MapleStory. Although in the distant past, it has many of the same cities, including Lith Harbor, Henesys, Ellinia, Perion, and Kerning City. Even the Ant Tunnel returns, nearby Henesys!

Maple World Map

Now, just because it’s the same world, doesn’t mean it’s the same. MapleStory 2’s geography is completely different, and the block style allows for a huge variety of maps! There are even new areas such as Tria, Alikar Prison, the Blacksmith Streets, and Goldus Tower in Kerning City. I couldn’t make a video showing the entire world but once the game comes out, explore it yourself!

Black Market

Near Kerning City, there is a shady area called the Black market! Here, users can talk to the Trader Sheryl to put up their items for sale (non-customized items only). Then, other users who visit the Black Market can see these items for sale and buy them.

This area is the only place where you can sell your items I believe, other than the Designer Market (for customized items).

Shadow World

Shadow World Map

In Shadow World, huge scary monsters with the power of the shadows exist! These monsters hold special gems and items which cannot be found in Maple World. You can enter Shadow World through cracks in dimension found all across Maple World.

However, Shadow World also has a strange caveat: users can fight each other there! If you’re ready for the challenge, find a crack and start the battle. When you enter Shadow World, your HP will be increased by a lot. This is probably because of the sheer strength of the monsters as well as to make fights with other users longer.

Shadow World can be used as a way to travel through Maple World, as it is much smaller so you can go from portal to portal faster, but the monsters are much bigger and stronger, and you might be slain by other Maplers.

Player vs. Player

Red Duel

MapleStory 2 has a couple of options for player versus player content! First of all is Red Duel. In the Red Duel, you’ll face someone else one-on-one so you can test their skills. Be the last one standing to win!

You’ll continue to fight until you lose, so try to get the biggest winning streak you can! You must be level 30 or higher to access Red Duel.

Tears of Blood Mine

Next up is the Bloody Tears Mine (hardcore name haha). In the Mine, you’ll have to fight everyone around you, it’s a free for all! You must be level 30 or higher to access Bloody Tears Mine.

You can choose to beat down on your opponents, be fast and race around the battlefield, or even just hide in a corner, but the point of the game is to obtain the highest score!

Shadow World

The last place for PvP is actually Shadow World! Like I said just above, you can fight other users as well as monsters in Shadow World. You can enter Shadow World at any level but the monsters are super strong so you’ll probably wait until like level 35 anyways haha.

Binoculars

Binoculars

One of the things I loved most about MapleStory 2 were these binoculars, you can find them in a lot of maps and if you go up to them, they’ll zoom the screen out and let you see the entire map all at once! It’s just a really cool minor feature and some of the maps look really good.

Tria Royal Road (South) Winding Canyon

Here are some screenshots of what it looks like.

Treasure Chests

Treasure Chest

In many maps, you’ll be able to find treasure chest, which can be opened for prizes! Brown treasure chests only give mesos but gold ones can give rare items like gems required to level up skills. They’re hidden all over, even under water or in other secret areas, so look closely!

Mysterious Hats

Mysterious Hat

Sometimes, while you’re hunting monsters, a Mysterious Hat will appear on the ground. You have 30 seconds to decide if you wish to enter, and if you do, a Bonus Round will begin! Bonus Rounds are just a small mini game in which you can get cool prizes or collect mesos. There’s a lot of different kinds, like:

Beatbeat Money Tree

  • Beatbeat Money Tree: climb to the top of a hill and beat down on a tree that drops mesos

Broken Ludibrium

  • Broken Ludibrium: go around the map, collecting mesos on the ground

Goomba King's Treasure

  • Goomba King’s Treasure: collect a key from a king’s tomb and use it to open a chest for an item

Rainbow Slime Factory

  • Rainbow Slime Factory: choose which colour Slimes to feed into a conveyor belt in order to create special elixirs

Snowy Dreams

  • Snowy Dreams: an icy maze with prizes along the way, reach the end to spin a wheel for rare items

Elite Monsters

Boogiecauli Urza Zombie Mushmom

Elite Monsters are very similar to MapleStory’s area bosses, defeating them is usually the final task in a quest line and they spawn in regular monster maps after set intervals of time.

They are actually really strong, if you’re fighting them at the level range you’re supposed to be at, you’ll definitely need to work with other users to take them down! There’s a huge variety of them, you can see them all here. (I’ll talk about MAVIEW later on, but it’s great.)

Bosses

Enraged Baphomet Giant Turtle Cold Blooded Baphomet

Bosses on the other hand are much, much, much stronger! They are generally a lot bigger than Elite Bosses, have a ton more HP, and do way more damage.

Gryphon

That being said, bosses tend to have more fun mechanics as well, such as Gryphon who you can climb on as he flies around or The Last Bajar, who you can hold on to when he jumps from platform to platform.

Most bosses spawn only at set times of the day, but some bosses (like Zakum and Balrog) have different requirements. Like MapleStory, you’ll need to craft an Eye of Fire in order to enter Zakum’s Altar!

Death

Tombstones

While exploring Maple World, you might find yourself surrounded by powerful monsters, and you might even die! Don’t worry, because MapleStory 2’s death system is a bit different.

Like MapleStory, a tombstone will fall from the sky, but now, other users can break your tombstone in order to revive you! In regular maps, I believe this can be done any number of times but during bosses, there is a limit imposed (as seen through the black, chained tombstone).

Death Curse

When you revive (whether or not it was other users or you pressing ‘ok’), you’ll be respawned in the same map but you’ll see that you have been cursed! For every death, your HP and SP will be limited by a certain percentage (up to 50%). This means it’s more and more likely for you to die again haha.

Doctor William

To remove this curse, you’ll have to go back to town and talk to a doctor to remove it.

Party Quests

Of course, MapleStory 2 has party quests! Join together with your friends in order to tackle these quests. In the CBT, only two party quests were available to play. I think they both require 4 people.

The first is the Golden Tower in Kerning City, where you and your party must battle your way down to the basement. Halfway through, you’ll fight some bosses, after which you’ll be rewarded with some chests of prizes (and again after the final bosses).

The second is the Forest of Life in Ellinia, where shadow monsters are attacking in order to try to destroy the Green Lapenta! You and your party must protect the Lapenta while reinforcing the gates and defeating hordes of monsters.

(Thanks to 네오소울 of YouTube for the videos!)

Trophies

Hero Trophies

The trophy system in MapleStory 2 is like an achievement system, it tracks your progress on a variety of things and you’ll get a shiny trophy as well as a prize for each one you get. It was really fun to try to collect these, I’m sure I’ll spend a lot of time on this in the real game haha.

Your Trophy Score is the number of trophies you have collected.

Trophies are split into two types, the first being Hero Trophies. These are further split into Battle, Adventure, and Life. Each one has many trophies for you to collect, like killing a certain number of monsters (or types of monsters), running a certain distance (which awards you with the Ducky mount!), or looting a certain number of items (which awards you with auto-loot!).

Daily Trophies

The other types of trophies are Daily Trophies, which as the name indicates, reset daily. They’re simpler tasks which award experience, mesos, and potion items when completed.

Taxi

Taxi Stop

Throughout your adventure, you’ll find many taxi stops in both towns and regular maps. By walking near them, you’ll ‘activate’ them.

Taxi Map

After doing this, you can use any taxi stop to go to any other taxi stop you’ve ‘activated’! It’s the quickest way to travel, the taxi system in this game is honestly SO useful, it’s great.

Customization

 

Custom Equipment

Creating Custom Equipment

After buying a Custom Equipment item from a vendor, you’ll be able to customize your item, name and wear it or even trade it to other users! There’s a bunch of different equipment types so you can make an entire outfit!

All custom equipment are Skin items, so they’ll go over your regular equipment.

template_1421822605

When you want to design it, the in-game UI will allow you to edit the template it gives you (it opens Microsoft Paint by default but you can use any program) or upload an image that it will automatically set up.

If you would like to get a head start on designs, here is all of the templates that I found in the game! Some of the M/F ones might be the same but I wanted to be thorough.

Akatsuki Outfit

My friend Rom used the custom item system to model his character after a certain Akatsuki member, haha.

Here’s a video by the MapleStory 2 team which shows off how to create your own equipment.

Housing

A new system in MapleStory 2 is housing! You can have your own house or apartment to decorate~ You can even teleport straight to your home from almost any map in Maple World in an instant.

Buying Land

If you have a lot of money, then you’re off to a good start. You can rent land in almost every map in MapleStory 2! The ones designated for housing are white blocks in n x n squares, and the more blocks, the more expensive.

Once you buy the land, it’s yours for the specified contract duration (usually 30 days). You can decorate the blocks you have and create a house on it! Inside, you can design your home fully, there’s no restrictions on what you can do.

You can also buy pre-made houses, these have no area for you to decorate outside your house so they’re like the in-between step of houses and apartments.

Apartment Lobby

If you’re on the poorer side, then apartments are for you! They also have a contract (for 30 days), and are cheaper than regular houses.

Apartment Decorating

However, apartments do not give you the ability to decorate your yard (there is none) and inside your home, only a certain number of blocks are available for you to place furniture.

Apartment Chatting Together Swimming Pool Diverse Housing

 

Apartments

There’s also two types of apartments, one where you can actually enter and see a giant common area for you to interact with other people, and one where it just opens a UI for you to choose a room.

 Male Mannequin Female Mannequin

There are a ton of furniture items available for you to use to decorate. They’re available to buy in shops around Maple World. In addition, you can buy mannequins to put in your home, which can be used to display outfits! You can even swap outfits with these mannequins on the go, so it’s easy to have multiple outfits which you like to wear.

Balrog's Head Infernal Zakum

You can also set up a chest to store items. Another really cool thing is that after defeating bosses, you’ll get Boss Statues! These statues can be set up inside your home and they’ll give you certain stat boosts. For example, both Balrog and Zakum’s ones give 15% increased damage to bosses.

paper house

Of course, there’s customization for housing as well! You can create a large variety of buildings (to place on your land), furniture, and decorations! Here is all of the templates that I found in the game.

Riding

Logo_Jeep

In addition to the monster mounts I talked about earlier, you can get cars in MapleStory 2! They’re faster but really, really, really expensive. And like equipment and furniture, you can create custom cars as well!

There’s only one template in the data so I’m not sure if there are other types than just this jeep.

Designer Market

Designer Market

The Designer Market is a place where users can buy or sell their custom items! It’s very easy as you just input a custom items of your own, and it will automatically sell copies of that equipment to other users.

You can sell equipment, building items, or riding items. On the left is where you can try them on and see how they look.

Posters

Poster

Sometimes you’ll see posters and billboards around towns. Here, you can upload an image or use one you took in-game to put up for other users to see!

Poster Settings

You must pay for 1 hour intervals during which the image you select will be shown. You can see which slots other users have taken and which slots are still available. I believe each channel has its own schedule.

Smart Reporting

Prison

Because MapleStory 2 has such a high focus on customization (including clothes and billboards), they knew it might be abused by some users. That’s where the Smart Reporting system comes in. There is a 3 step system:

  1. Users can report other users who have broken the rules by pressing right-click -> report.
  2. Users who are reported multiple times will be immediately ‘blinded’, so other users will not be affected by them.
  3. Further misbehaviour will land those users in prison, where they will not be able to participate in-game content.

The Smart Report system will automatically collect relevant evidence when you report someone, based on the way you report them.

Chatting Window Reporting

For users who are posting abusive or obscene things in the chat, you can right-click on their name to report them.

Character Reporting

Users who abuse the customizable content and wear offensive or inappropriate clothing can be reported by right clicking on their character.

Poster Reporting

When you see a bad poster or billboard, you can report the user who put it up easily by right clicking on the poster.

Market Reporting

Finally, if a user is selling inappropriately designed items on the market, you can report them by pressing the report icon in the top right of the item.

Prison Prison Tour

Misbehaving users will be sent to Alikar Prison, an island created for users to reflect on their actions while they cannot play the game. Other users can visit Alikar Prison and laugh at the prisoners haha.

MAVIEW

 

MAVIEW

MAVIEW is one of my absolute favourite things about MapleStory 2! It is an online resource for MapleStory 2, which can be accessed both in-game and on any internet browser (on your computer or phone). It has so much information which updates in real-time.

You can check out MAVIEW yourself here. I really suggest going through it, it’s very cool.

News

MAVIEW News

The first tab is News. It shows official posts from the MapleStory 2 website as well as extra posts by GMs, like the ones that talk about the first time bosses have been defeated in the server!

Estates

MAVIEW Estates

The Estates tab allows you to easily look at available land prices all around Maple World and information about each lot.

Maps

MAVIEW Maps

The Maps tab is really, really great, you can explore Maple World without having to move an inch. You can look through or search for any map and see all the information about it (including level, NPCs, monsters, estates, what the map looks like).

Encyclopedia

MAVIEW Encyclopedia (Items)

The Encyclopedia tab is my favourite out of all of them. It’s exactly what you think it is, a complete information hub for everything in the game!

It’s split into three: the first being items. Here, you can look through equipment (with a cool advanced search system), building items, and etc. items.

MAVIEW Encyclopedia (Monsters)

The second part is for monsters. For each monster, you can see its name and level, what it looks like, a description, and which maps it spawns in (which links to the map tab, cool!).

This tab also has a great search system, you can isolate things like Elite monsters or bosses. For these types of monsters, they’ll even show their spawn times (if possible).

MAVIEW Encyclopedia (NPC)

The third part is NPCs, which allows you to see their names, appearances, descriptions, and which maps they appear in.

Rankings

MAVIEW Rankings (Guild)

The last tab is for Rankings. There’s three different parts to this one as well, the first being for guildsHere you can see the game’s guild rankings, in terms of Trophy Score!

MAVIEW Rankings

The second part is for bosses! At the top, you can choose one of the prominent bosses in the game and see who has cleared it. There are three rankings for each boss based on the order of clearing them, the speed of the party’s clears, and the number of times a person has cleared it.

You can see the party members, the date, and clear time for each. Based on these rankings, no one was able to beat Balrog or Zakum in CBT haha.

MAVIEW Rankings (Designers Market)

The third part is for the Designer’s Market. Here you can see who has made the most money from the Designer’s Market, or who has sold the most designs.

Events

 

There are many events in this game for you to participate in. In the CBT, the events were at specific times of the day, and they had two different ones at the same time (so you had to choose which you wanted to play). When an event is about to begin, you can open the World Map and click on the portal in Queenstown to be teleported there instantly!

The event in the video above is called Trap Master, a game of chance where you have to avoid being on a block when it falls. Make it to the end of five rounds and you’ll win!

Spring Beach

There is a similar event called Spring Beach, in which you must avoid standing on geysers and last until the end.

One event is called Crazy Runners. This is a platforming race against the clock, reach the end of the track before time is up! But it won’t be easy, there’s a ton of obstacles and other users in your way.

The last event I saw was Ludibrium Escape, which was also a platforming race. This time however, the game takes place in forced 2D perspective, which makes it much more difficult. (Thanks to DulGi Lee for the video!)

Ending Notes

 

All in all, I had a ton of fun playing MapleStory 2. The block-style was a bit weird to me when they first revealed it, but it really grew on me! Being able to climb to the top of Ellinia, see the winding canyons of Perion, and industrial buildings of Kerning City was really cool.

The combat is also much more interactive than MapleStory, since monsters are a lot stronger and you have to use a combination of skills to hunt effectively. For my Ranger, I had to use my Ice Shot to slow them while kiting back with Strafe and Multi Shot.

Bosses were a ton of fun, fighting them with other users while trying to dodge all of their attacks. You definitely cannot stand around in one place and expect to live.

In terms of levelling, I found it to be a good pace. I didn’t actually make it that far (level 14) but I found that just by doing the available quests I would be able to level up once every hour or two. I heard that in higher levels though, that quests are less frequent and it requires a lot more grinding.

Comments

What’s next for MapleStory 2? I’m not sure, the MapleStory 2 team has been super vague about it haha. They said they received more than 7,000 reports and comments which they’re going to go through.

CBT Hat Adventurer Items

I think that the next testing phase will be open beta though, because they have mentioned it while talking about the special items which will be given to CBT participants. Look forward to more news about MapleStory 2~!

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  1. Shimto
    February 8, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Wow so much things to read, now I dunno if I want to read it or wait till a release on NA serv >_<

    • Dark Evan
      March 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Akatsuki member? I don’t remember seeing him in Momijigaoka’s Military Encampment, Camp Akatsuki, in the Sengoku Era related stuff… Hmm… Did they tease MORE Sengoku classes?

      Because if so, we REALLY need another JMS blogger to brag about JMS original content, so we can beg GMS to make it, so they will import HALF of it from JMS (the half we don’t care about)

  2. Jeff
    February 8, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    bravo Max, you’ve outdone yourself!

    • Max
      February 8, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Thank you!

  3. Anonymous
    February 8, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    do you think theyll add an option to change the white of the eye to black? like idk the berserker art and such (by such i mean ghouls XD)

    • Max
      February 8, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      They might, you can already change the colour of the ‘black’ part of the eye as well as the ‘colour’ part. It probably would be good to add so users can match the Berserker stock art 😛

  4. OutofArea
    February 8, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    That copy/paste storyline smells delicious.
    Aside from that, the game looks really good

  5. Yamyam
    February 8, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I actually read it all, worth the read good guide

    • Max
      February 8, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  6. Anonymous
    February 8, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks you really much !!

    • Max
      February 8, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      No problem! 🙂

  7. SpiritOfMir
    February 8, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Wow! Awesome job 🙂

    • Max
      February 9, 2015 at 3:57 am

      Thanks!

  8. Anonymous
    February 8, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Cool nice work max, oh and I have a question about housing. When you buy a house does an actually house show up that you can go in, like the apartment, and the amount of blocks is how big the interior is, or do you just get to put blocks there and not go into an interior that you can put stuff in?

    • Max
      February 8, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      The way houses work is that the land you buy has a maximum number of buildings (usually 1) so let’s say you buy a 2×2 spot. You can put down 1 ‘building’ (i.e. your house) and 3 outside decorations, and then you can enter the house and decorate inside (it will be the size of a regular house, not 2×2). It’s bigger on the inside!

      • Anonymous
        February 13, 2015 at 5:28 pm

        cool thanks max!

  9. Anonymous
    February 8, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    What kind of resolution and graphics options are there?

    • Max
      February 8, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      There’s a lot of graphics options, you can customize basically everything. For resolution, there are also a ton of options, I played at 1920×1080 which I think was the highest.

      • Anonymous
        February 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

        But your monitor can’t go higher then 1920×1080? So thats probly why you couldn’t even see higher resolutions? (not sure how it works).
        Anyway I saw in some video there was 1280×800 resolution, but no 1280×720.
        Wonder if there is 1920×1200 or 2560×1600 available – any1 could get that information?

  10. Anonymoose
    February 8, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Amazing job max, covering this amount of information with your personal insight was well worth the read. I cant imagine doing what you do, writing this much out for all of us to read seems like a daunting task. Thanks for all your hard work!!!

    • Max
      February 9, 2015 at 4:00 am

      No problem! I’ve been working on it bit by bit for the past couple of weeks haha.

  11. February 9, 2015 at 12:26 am

    How much fps were you getting and what are your pc specs?

    • Max
      February 9, 2015 at 3:59 am

      I’m on a laptop with an i7 processor and a GT635M and I got about 30~40fps on highest settings and 60fps on medium.

      • Anonymous
        February 11, 2015 at 9:29 pm

        Nice. How good or bad is the ping between people? In maplestory 1 it’s awful, if you have 2 computers you can see how delayed it is. Has this been improved in 2 since postioning and stuff seems far more importan? and it will effect how good or bad the PvP elements are.

        • Max
          February 12, 2015 at 12:12 am

          It probably depends on your internet, I had no trouble seeing other players move around or whatever but I didn’t really pay attention to that stuff :p

        • Likey Likey
          February 12, 2015 at 4:42 am

          Wouldn’t that be different for GMS anyhow? Even if it were good in KMS that doesn’t mean it would be any good for GMS. Even worse that this was a test instead of an open release. It’s almost impossible to get good network data based on something like this.

  12. Pockethole
    February 9, 2015 at 1:42 am

    designer market? i’m going to be rich. now that business is my idea of fun.

  13. sleepysheepy
    February 9, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Is the lag a problem? i’m not sure if my laptop can handle to graphics… are there settings to tone down the graphic levels? Thanks for the guide, really nice, im really hyped to play~ (if my laptop can handle it T_T)

    • Max
      February 9, 2015 at 4:00 am

      The are a ton of graphics settings that you can change, I’m sure you’ll be able to play if you use low settings!

  14. Worried
    February 9, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Looks great but I have some concerns. Any problems with hackers in the game? Has there been any word about how easy/hard it is to hack?

    I really dont want it to be like GMS that has hackers in every level map and Nexon does nothing about it. 😦

    • Max
      February 9, 2015 at 4:02 am

      I don’t think there’s any way to predict that, I didn’t encounter any hackers but its CBT and I doubt anyone has worked on anything like that yet. For KMS, the only problem was the sheer amount of botters in lower level maps.

  15. Mehhhhhh
    February 9, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Not really liking the cooldown on potions and elixirs. Dragon Nest is the same way and I really didn’t like that.

    • Likey Likey
      February 12, 2015 at 4:47 am

      It’s a great system to level the playing field. This way you actually need a healer and/or a defense buff for harder content. Otherwise it wouldn’t be much of a RPG: Just give everyone every skill and let them go at it instead of working together with unique skills. Which is what is currently attributing to the imbalance of MS1. People say every class is equal but that is just totally untrue unless you have systems like potion cool down.

    • Anonymous
      February 15, 2015 at 5:15 am

      Its basicly like Diablo 2 and Diablo 3. Seems maybe weird at first but its actually making it more tactical instead of just chugging down potions to win fights.

  16. gamegamer
    February 9, 2015 at 9:05 am

    how to download?

    • Max
      February 9, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      They actually took down the download link after CBT ended.

      • gamegamer
        February 9, 2015 at 3:26 pm

        when the game will relise?

        • Max
          February 9, 2015 at 6:11 pm

          No dates have been announced yet.

  17. LovelyBishop
    February 9, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Max, thank you so much for this wonderful guide! ❤

    I was wondering, does the Priest class have any teleport skills, like I believe I saw in one of the videos? I think it was a forward rush with wings. Thank you!

    • Max
      February 9, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      I’ve been trying to look for a good resource for MS2 skills but I can’t find any… but I’m sure they have some sort of Teleport skill. Every job has an Action Skill!

  18. Anonymous
    February 9, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    As someone who loves making textures for 3D models; I’m going to have allot of fun with these customization options 🙂

  19. Anonymous
    February 9, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    This is a really amazing guide! Thank you for all the hard work you put in! ^_^

    • Max
      February 9, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      🙂

  20. Anonymous
    February 9, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    How are the item given out when in parties?
    does everyone receive the item or first pick first get basis

    • Max
      February 9, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      I haven’t tried parties myself, but based on how it worked when I fought random bosses with random users, I got my own drops that no one else could see.

  21. Anonymous
    February 10, 2015 at 11:07 am

    So i have a question about housing, the lease is 30days so when the 30 days is up do the items go back into your furniture tab, or is it when you place the furniture down, it stays in you furniture tab but is just shown in the house.

    • Max
      February 10, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      I would think the first one, but it wouldn’t really matter either way lol.

  22. February 10, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Has anyone been able to dump the image files like they did with Alpha? Apparently it’s illegal and Nexon has warned against it saying it is a legally punishable act, but they said they can’t do anything about image dumps overseas…

    also has anyone been able to get hold of the new BGMs? The Ellinia one sounds great and I also want to hear the full version of the Eos Tower BGM heard in some of the mini games

    • Max
      February 10, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Nope, last time the encryption password was really easy to find but this time it’s much harder so no one has cracked it yet :p

  23. Anonymous
    February 10, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    how can we play outside country zone? im from singapore

    • Max
      February 12, 2015 at 12:12 am

      I’m not sure, you can try using a VPN?

  24. suchdogemuchdoge
    February 10, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    I was very interested in the Alkir Prison System…So what is the duration of you being “locked in” if you commit a heinous crime? Also people can laugh at you while you’re there…thats kinda messed up.

    • Max
      February 12, 2015 at 12:13 am

      It’s probably the same thing as a ‘ban’ so it depends on how bad the thing you did was :p

  25. February 11, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Great Max~
    May I ask when will release the english version?

    • Max
      February 12, 2015 at 12:19 am

      No dates yet :p

    • February 16, 2015 at 12:38 am

      Idk if it’s the WORLDWIDE release but April 29

      • February 16, 2015 at 6:04 pm

        April 29 is only a speculation because that was the release date for MapleStory, and MS and MS2 happen to share the same CBT dates

        I doubt that MS2 will be released that early, but I’m positive that OBT will come around before summer, which will be fine by me because I have a Nexon Korea account 😀

  26. Anoymous
    February 11, 2015 at 4:47 am

    um, is there anything more about shadow world? like you can defeat another player, does it drop rewards? or can you revive them when they died?

    • February 11, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      For now the only other content seems to be the treasure chests scattered across the world that yield better rewards than their Maple World counterparts

      I also assume that Shadow World mobs yield superior drops as well

    • Max
      February 12, 2015 at 12:20 am

      I don’t believe you get any rewards from killing other players but I’m not sure, I never got high enough to try it out. Shadow World mobs drop good stuff though, so it’s not all about the PvP there.

      • Anoymous
        March 9, 2015 at 7:15 pm

        I wonder if people will abuse the pvp potential here and kill all roadcomers, except for the ones which pay money? sounds pretty troubling if happens

  27. Peanut
    February 12, 2015 at 1:40 am

    How many items can you carry? Can you increase the inventory size? Is there a shared stash so you can move items to other chars on your account, and if so how big?

    • Max
      February 12, 2015 at 7:42 am

      There’s only 36 slots, and I didn’t see any way to expand them in CBT, but they’ll probably add that in later.

      Yes there is a storage system, very similar to MapleStory! I forget how big it is though…

  28. Likey Likey
    February 12, 2015 at 4:55 am

    I am interested in shadow world. I wonder if your party members can be damaged by your attacks there and if not does that mean you can gang up on other people by taking a large expedition there.

    • Max
      February 12, 2015 at 7:40 am

      You can’t hit your party members, friendly fire is off in this game :p

      • Likey Likey
        February 12, 2015 at 2:38 pm

        Has Auction house been confirmed?

        • Max
          February 13, 2015 at 4:59 pm

          I didn’t see an auction house but I think you can open a shop at the black market in Kerning City (something I forgot to check out >_<)

          Just looked it up for you, the Black Market acts as an auction house, you can put up items and set the price and other users can buy them. I’ll be adding a section about it now!

  29. Prince Edward
    February 13, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    The classes are a bit different than I expected, they really almost include a pirate class which we all know the pirates didn’t come around until later. It sounds like some history or story re-writing may go back and forth between MS 1 and 2.

  30. TheGuyWhoCares
    February 13, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    The only thing I’m looking for in MS2 are more ways to reach cap damage.

    In MS1, if you had no real life money or you don’t know how to invest/sell items, then it’s impossible to reach even 5 million damage…

    For MS2, there should be more ways to raise your damage to extreme measures other than a ton of real life money or knowing advanced marketing tactics.

    • February 13, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      It would be better if the tankier classes strive for tank

    • February 15, 2015 at 12:41 am

      Or, you know, classes actually playing their roles would be nice too.
      The problem with MS2 is that MS1 players are obsessed with the damage cap. I’m of the belief that, since they’ve finally come to the realization that P2W is bad, we’re not going to see any ability to cap damage, and instead being a good player is going to be about having a good house, good equips, and a lot of skill.
      Skilled play is something I’ve been hoping for for a long time, and now we might actually see that happen.

    • Anonymous
      February 15, 2015 at 5:19 am

      @Max Can you remove the damagenumbers in the UI? So not see xxxxx damage popping up on every monster you hit all the time.
      Really dislike seeing those millions of damage popping up and spamming the entire screen in MS1 (from vids only, never got that far ;p)

      Also hope they will lower the maxium damage you can get in terms of numbers. Feels very pointlesss to do 5 million or 5.2 million. Damage in the thousands would be my choice.
      (and since you balance hp based on that monsters don’t become stronger/weaker)

      • Max
        February 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm

        I don’t think I saw an option for that

  31. Sumnight
    February 16, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Hi Max!

    I have read through your whole article. It is really full of details and helpful! Just wanna ask if it is possible for me to translate it into Chinese and share your article to forums in China. Maplestory was used to be the most popular game in China and I know loads of people are also waiting for MS2.

    Hope you can reply me 😀

    • Max
      February 17, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      That sounds fine, just put a link back here 🙂

  32. Definite Chroma
    February 17, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Will we be able to buy land or a house and share it with another person?

    • Max
      February 17, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      I don’t think so.

  33. Definite Chroma
    February 18, 2015 at 2:47 am

    I have two questions… Would you be able to pay for the house before the time is up so you won’t lose it?(I know kinda a dumb question..) and will Berserker, Thief, and Heavy Gunner be released on the game release day?

    • Max
      March 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      I’m not sure about the housing thing but I think it would be good for them to add that. For your second question, definitely! I bet they’ll be available in the next testing phase!

  34. CATS
    February 20, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    >no cooldown on the heal items that take time to work
    well that’s basically meaningless. unless multiple consumed items stack their effect (which is unlikely, given the modern MMO world’s focus on hamstringing the player instead of helping them survive) why would anyone even bother consuming more than one during it’s duration?

  35. BOOBS
    February 21, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    This is so informative Max! Thanks for all the effort you put into this ❤
    I just have 2 questions:

    1) Will it be compatible for MacOSX?
    2) Will it be free?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Definitely
      February 21, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      I’m definitely not Max, but I can give you a breif answer for number two:

      Maplestory 2 will be free to play and will stay that way forever because whatever mmo Nexon makes, it will be free. The only downside to this is that Nexon is known for making the previous Maplestory more pay to win and that threw off a large portion of players from playing Maplestory anymore.

      Today, people are optimistic, hoping that Maplestory 2 won’t become it’s p2w cousin Maplestory 1 and that Maplestory 2 will have way more ways to earn mesos.

  36. Nilo
    March 4, 2015 at 12:25 am

    When the game does come to NA it won’t be in Alpha test correct? It might just be Closed beta to Open beta? I was just wondering what phases it’ll be in when it does come to NA! Thanks 🙂

    • Max
      March 22, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Nobody knows~

  37. Anonymous
    March 14, 2015 at 5:24 am

    wow. thanks max
    I have question:is there any job use spear or polearm? I really like very long weapons

    • Max
      March 22, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      There are no spear or polearm users at the moment 😮

  38. Filli
    March 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    First of all, do not bother by my english, I’m not a native hahaha

    I discovered this new MapleStory today (I’ve been away from this world since it died in the Big Bang release) and I am too excited about it! I can’t believe I will be back to the good old days!

    Mgiht you answer me something, please? What about Party Quests? Are they only about killing monster?

    I remember playing some PQ’s in the old Maple and it was about killing monsters and more stuff, like jumping parts, looking for something, collecting pieces… it was a real mix of things + work group and I really do love Jump Quests. Are there some besides the ones in mini game? Are there any jumping party or different mechanisms in party quests? Puzzles?

    And my second quest is about travelling. Is there gonna be boards to travel around the world like the good times? Hiding inside it to not be killed by Balrog? Travelling through cities carefully to not die from monsters as a beginner having no money to use the taxi? hahaha

    MS1 was all about a social community and I really loved exploring it with friends, and I hope MS2 brings it back. Thanks!

    And I really appreciate your post. It’s amazing! Good job, mate.

    • Max
      March 28, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      For PQs: the two I mentioned are the only ones that were in CBT, but they might add more! Hopefully they can add some of that other stuff you want in future PQs.

      There were no jump quests which I found, but one of the events is a jump quest (Ludibrium Escape)!

      Since there’s only one continent (so far), there’s no boats or stuff like that. Maybe in the future when they add another continent they’ll add boats again?

      • Filli
        April 2, 2015 at 3:22 pm

        I hope it happens! I love Jump Quests and I hope to see some in the future. I am so hype about that game like I have never been before! Until it’s released, I’ll be watching gameplays and etc.

        Jump Quests, Party Quests with puzzles and Boats, three missing things that’d make the game overcome maplestory 1 (more than it already did).

        Thanks for the reply :).

        • Filli
          April 2, 2015 at 3:26 pm

          I am imagining going through ludibrium’s tower if they release it! A huuuuuuuuge mountain of blocks to climb. OMG ❤

  39. Jonas
    April 8, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Amazing Job, Max 😀
    Is it certain that they’ll release maplestory 2 in NA? if it is, when?
    And.. I’m from Brazil, I’d like to know if latin americans will be able to access NA server.

    • Max
      April 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      I’m sure they will, but no dates have been announced yet! And I’m not sure about that, the restrictions might be similar to that of MapleStory?

      • Jonas
        April 12, 2015 at 2:03 pm

        oh no :/
        but thanks anyway :3

        • Filli
          April 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm

          I am brazillian too and I think there won’t be any global ip block since it’s gonna be a global release. Maybe if they create a latin america or brazillian server by any brazillian company we should get ip ban, besides it, I’m not sure it will happen.

  40. April 8, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    MapleStory2’s Final Testing was announced today 😀

  41. Anonymous
    April 21, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    I am Malaysian. I love this game so much, it is so cute and looks fun. Hope can play it soon.

  42. Butterfly
    May 4, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Max can you please please please set me a spot in CBT or let me make an account through your or something please? ;-; I just really want that cool CBT item D:

  43. Anonymous
    May 25, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    What do you feel is going to be the cheapest class to fund? What will be the most expensive? Great job on the blogs! Keep up the good work ^^

  44. peter
    May 28, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Are there different world’s like in MS1? Or is it just one big world/server to play in? Thanks in advance!

    • Max
      May 28, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      There are icons for different worlds in the data but for the testing phases, there’s only been one so far. I’m sure they’ll add the others in the full release 🙂

  45. Anonymous
    July 4, 2015 at 1:42 am

    The Mysterious Hats made me remind of nostale where we get to fight together and collect items after the mobs fight.

  46. Ditzy
    July 13, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Hey everyone at OJ mushroom! Ditzy here and I thought I’d share my leveling guide with you guys, feel free to stop by and check out the quickest way to level to 30!

  47. July 17, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I really hope you do get to see this. Love the guide, did plenty to get me hyped before I jumped into the game. However…I am dissapointed there are no ‘fan translations’ of like menus and what-not. I can understand nothing yet on quests and stuff like that, but interface translation, or a brief translation would be appreciated. Do you have any idea if something like that exists? I can’t find anything. (Like a good translation of what everything in the options menu means…I don’t want to tweak something and mess something up and have no idea what I even did.. 😦 )

    • Max
      July 17, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Tria.tv is a really good resource for translations for MapleStory 2, you should check it out! 🙂

      • July 21, 2015 at 9:16 pm

        Oh my god, thank you so much this helps a LOT. xD ❤ ❤

  48. Anonymous
    August 17, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    What really disappointed me is that they went to the block terrain. I wouldn’t care if it was still 2D, but using block terrain just….. makes me cringe. I just hope they still keep their good character story lines. (Like shade/EunWol. Liek if u cri everytiem ;~; )

    • Sean
      August 17, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Are you serious? Eunwol had the worst motherf*cking story of all time besides maybe Mihile. Zero is the real deal in terms of storyline. Eunwol was just Nexon’s cheap attempt at forcing out a few tears from its players to hide how horrible his storyline actually was. I’m so glad they kicked out Oh Han-byeol (the director of MapleStory from 2010-2014, the last thing he did was release Eunwol). Although, yes, MapleStory2’s storyline is actually pretty good. I would say it’s better than the Maple one in some ways. Also, the block terrain is kind of weird at first, but I got used to it after a while. At least only the terrain is made of blocks unlike in Minecraft (which everyone thinks MapleStory2 somehow stole from) where literally everything is in blocks, including players and mobs.

  49. Jessica
    September 16, 2015 at 2:21 am

    The wizard is actually rated 4/5 stars for difficulty in the open beta.

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