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MapleStory 2 – Final Test Review!

Hey guys, it’s been almost two weeks since the Final Test for MapleStory 2 ended! I had a ton of fun and was able to play a lot more than the first CBT due to the removal of the time limits. I thought you might want to know my opinions on the game since I don’t think I’ve talked about it much and it might help tide you over until you can play.

Speaking of which, MapleStory 2 will return in July! Although there’s no information on whether or not it will be the full game release or just the OBT, I’m excited!

I only had the chance to play one job in the Final Test, Heavy Gunner! I’m a sucker for the Archer branch in any game haha. In the first CBT I chose Ranger, and to be honest, Heavy Gunner was 100x better. Ranger’s skills were sort of boring and lacked the ‘punch’ of shooting missiles and spitting fire at enemies that Heavy Gunner had.

In terms of other classes, I believe Knight was a bit disappointing to other users. It wasn’t as tanky as it should be and didn’t have a big impact in parties. Berserker was very popular, it looked very fun to play! I didn’t see many Wizards but Priests were a big help in any party, their supporting abilities are so useful. Assassins are what you would expect, they’re fairly nimble and throw stars haha, this was a very popular job as well. Finally, the third new class was Thief, which I heard was not very strong so not many users played it.

Hopefully they can change up some of the less popular jobs so they’re up to par with the others before the next testing phase.

In terms of levelling, I was able to reach a much higher level than last time! This testing period, the max level was 30 and I got to 25 in about 4-5 days. The early levels are pretty boring because you only have access to a few skills but as you get higher and unlock better skills, hunting and fighting bosses becomes more fun!

If they keep the same experience requirements and quest rewards, then your best bet to level fast will probably be to gather a party and grind at the most popular maps with others.

In MapleStory 2, if you hit a monster once you’ll get the full experience and your own drops no matter who kills the monster (regardless of if they’re in your party or not). This is what allows party training to be most efficient, as you can group up monsters and kill them quite fast with everyone else’s help.

Arwen's Glass Shoes

For quests, although the story lines are entertaining, the experience rewards are lackluster. They’re fine from level 1 to 15-ish but after that, even doing all of the quests available to you at each level will only get you to ~75%, and it only goes down from there. At level 25, I only got like 50% of my total experience to next level by doing quests, so grinding becomes a must.

What I did was grind a few levels at a time then do all of my available quests because I was interested in the story haha. For example, the fairy Arwen returns in MapleStory 2, and guess what? She lost her Glass Shoes!

I tried out a party quest for the first time, Golden Tower Research near Kerning City. It had a few interesting mechanics like having to stand on all four switches to clear a room and things like that, and there were like three boss stages! If you noticed, if you die in a party, you can switch to a ‘cinema mode’ which lets you follow one of your other party members.

I waited to revive until the end because if you do die in a boss stage, you cannot re-enter the boss room unless your party members are able to kill the boss.

There are actually a ton of other party quests in the game and I’m sure they all have something different about them. They’re not very good for experience but the rewards are pretty cool, I got some blue equipment from this one!

Devlin Chief

The bosses in MapleStory 2 are hardcore! They definitely require a lot of people to work together to fight them! My Heavy Gunner was fairly squishy and I had to work extra hard to dodge attacks, otherwise I would get two-shotted. You need to figure out a boss’ attack patterns to fight them well. For example, there’s a turtle boss that… poops all over the island he spawns on and it does SO MUCH DAMAGE if you stand in it.

Something super cool was that when fighting Devlin, a group of users managed to defeat it but then Bella appeared and summoned a stronger Devlin Chief in it’s place (like the cinematic)!

I didn’t actually get a chance to try out actual PvP. There are a few ways you can fight against other players:

  • Shadow World (open world PvP)
  • Red Duel (1v1 PvP)
  • Bloody Tear Mine (free-for-all PvP)
  • Peaks of Valor (guild PvP)

Shadow WorldShadow World Users

The only one I experienced was Shadow World, because I was doing a few quests there. It’s so annoying because for 10 minutes after entering Shadow World, you are protected from other players but after that, it’s so difficult to finish your quests while making sure no other players kill you…

Pokemon Trainer Red

If you guys have watched my videos, you might have noticed my character’s outfit. My friend Rigu designed it based off of Red from Pokemon and it turned out awesome!

I even put up the designs in the Designer’s Market and it sold pretty well, I made like 3000 Merit haha.

I was able to try out housing this time as well! I got an apartment at first which gave me a small area to decorate however I wanted, which was cool, but I wanted an entire room.

Land Contract

So… I bought some land. It cost like 900k mesos!! The saddest thing was I spent all of my money on the land and ended up not having enough money to buy a building to put on it, so I had nothing to decorate. R.I.P. my mesos.

MapleStory 2 Log-in Screen

All in all, you guys should definitely try out MapleStory 2 when it becomes available to you! It’s a much more party-oriented game than the current MapleStory so if you’re one of those players who prefer to solo everything, it might not be your type of game.

I am currently working on updating my Comprehensive Guide to MapleStory 2 with a lot of new information which I have collected from the Final Test, so watch out for the 2nd edition!

Ready 2 Play

So, what is coming next for MapleStory 2? Like I said before, it’s either going to be the open beta or the full release of the game!

On May 29 at 11 AM KST, there will be a media showcase on the Ready2Play homepage where MapleStory 2’s schedule and new information will be released!

  1. Lol
    May 23, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Global OBT maybe?

    • Max
      May 25, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Nope, it’s going to be Korea only. China will be the next region to receive MS2!

      • lildemon
        May 26, 2015 at 9:56 am

        So other regions will be ip banned or you need to have a korean passport for registration?

        • Anonymous
          May 27, 2015 at 5:49 pm

          I hope its somethimes this summer for china as im going there

        • Max
          May 27, 2015 at 6:20 pm

          MapleStory and the MapleStory 2 tests did not have any IP bans so I doubt the actual game will, you just need a Nexon Korea account to play.

  2. May 23, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Been waiting since 2013 for this game, how much longer… q_q

  3. Wyllowisp
    May 23, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Wow. The two classes that I wanted to main, Knight and Thief, are complete garbage. Just hope that they make them stronger or better, but not OP. I don’t want to see Berserkers and Assassins as the only classes played by users.

    • Anonymous
      May 24, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      lol i that would be the case then it would be the same as maplestory =P

  4. Anonymous
    May 24, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Okay, so, um… in the login screen:

    What does that sign beside the A4 message means? “Beware the raining arrows”? xD

    • Anonymous
      May 24, 2015 at 9:05 am

      The two stickers that are located on the right side are the South Korean equivalents of the ESRB rating system. The sticker on the left says “violence” while the sticker on the right says “suitable for all ages”.

      • Anonymous
        May 24, 2015 at 11:55 am

        Aaah, makes sense.

        Their choice of image is pretty funny, though.

  5. Anonymous
    May 24, 2015 at 8:42 am

    “For quests, although the story lines are entertaining, the experience rewards are lackluster.”, Augh, before big bang memories x_x

    Your outfit is awesome btw ^^

    • Max
      May 25, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Haha thanks!

  6. Anonymous
    May 24, 2015 at 12:00 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 ^^

    • Max
      May 25, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      There wasn’t really any funding in the testing phases, you just used the best items that you got from monsters or your friends 😮

  7. ryanelsic
    May 24, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Im glad grinding is still a must, its what made me love the first maplestory and i dont want to be repeating silly quests all the time for experience. grinding also forces you to interact and meet new people!

    • CATS
      May 29, 2015 at 2:02 am

      no it doesn’t. it just sucks your soul out while you get repetetive stress injuries for 1%. grinding should be an option, with questing as an equally viable choice. if for no other purpose than to put some degree of focus into your mindless clicking.

  8. Anonymous
    May 24, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I don’t get how anyone can love grinding. Grinding is BORING. And it doesn’t automatically make it a necessity to meet new people. Maplers in MS1 STILL grind, and do so in solo mode, even with decent quests available. It doesn’t change anything to make grinding a must–people will still want to solo, and just to annoy those who like quests, they’re forced to grind solo too because people think that grinding is some mythical force that forces partying while it doesn’t. People go solo for everything now, so why will less quest EXP change anything?
    It just makes me want to play MS2 less. I hated grinding in MS1 pre-BB mode, and I’m going to hate it here.
    Kind of a shame, because it may have otherwise been fun.

  9. Anonymous
    May 24, 2015 at 8:44 pm


  10. GreenManly
    May 25, 2015 at 8:18 am

    i love games that boost party EXP it makes me happy to meet people and makes friend and that was the best thing i enjoyed in ms the PQs Bosses with friend always make me love the game. Max lets play together 😀

    • Max
      May 25, 2015 at 8:30 pm


  11. sleepysheepy
    May 28, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Is there a confirmed date for MS 2 release for global? I’m dying… Waited for this release for forever….

    • Max
      May 28, 2015 at 6:32 pm


  12. CATS
    May 29, 2015 at 2:00 am

    when I hear “party oriented”, the impression I get is “poorly balanced”.

    admittedly, after watching and riding the rollercoaster of maplestory, it’s not suprising at all that wizet/nexon would screw the pooch a second time.

    of course, I’ve always been the type who works alone and groups up only when he wants to, with people who are actually worth working with. so of course I don’t respond well to “and we tailored this to require you to work together with an unreliable bunch of nobodies that leave you wishing you hadn’t had them around anyway”. I never was sold on the arguement that having a “massive” number of people to possibly play with should mean having to work with all of them.

    • June 6, 2015 at 8:23 am

      “Party oriented” doesn’t have to mean poorly balanced, and if you’ve been paying any attention to the betas it seems to be anything but. Sure it hasn’t been fully released yet but the evidence speaks for itself. The classes are very obviously more role specific rather than being the same generic speed/damage class they’ve all become in the original. But you enjoy what you enjoy, that’s subjective and there’s no point in arguing that but there’s definitely room for you as a player. It’s not like you have to play with a bunch of randos. You can form a small guild and keep it to just you guys and do everything together.

  13. May 30, 2015 at 5:26 am

    “The saddest thing was I spent all of my money on the land and ended up not having enough money to buy a building to put on it, so I had nothing to decorate. R.I.P. my mesos.”


  14. ClaudiaMoon
    August 20, 2019 at 1:11 am

    MappleStory 2 is better than I tought. Really great review with few tips that can help players 🙂
    I wrote my own review https://mmogo24.blogspot.com/2019/06/mapplestory2-review-2019-few-facts.html a little bit based on your review and lots of informations are the same. Thanks!

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