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MapleStory Destiny Live Talk!

MapleStory Destiny Live Talk

Earlier today, the MapleStory team held the MapleStory Destiny Live Talk, a live Q&A with the general director Kang Won-ki and the planning team director Kim Chang-seop, to talk about things that they didn’t fully explain during the showcase as well as answer questions from players in real-time. I’ll summarize most of the main points that they mentioned, it might be a little vague in parts just because of the format of the event.

And of course, tonight, the Adventurer remaster will be released in the test world! The post will probably take a long time considering I’ll have to translate 14 jobs’ skills so expect delays. I might post early and constantly update until I’m done as well but I’m not sure yet.

Here’s the full video, it starts about 1 hour in. The entire thing lasted over 2 hours! They have the video split into different subsections so I’ll use them for the summary.

Adventurer Remaster/All Jobs Balancing

  • The balance patch will be released on the test world on January 18 (tomorrow’s patch will only include the remaster). It will be released on the official servers on January 27 together with the Adventurer remaster.
  • On January 27, they will provide another Tera Burning Booster. The Adventurer remaster event will also provide a Fakesolabs (they are considering a Fake Arcane).
  • After the Adventurers, they are planning a Cygnus remaster.
  • Balance patches are based on hunting, bossing, and utility. The numbers are important, but they also try to differentiate each jobs’ experiences and fun. In the above graphs, the left shows the average number of mobs killed per minute (level 260+ on the top, all levels at the bottom) by each job labelled 1-45. The right shows the Jin Hilla solo clear times from July to December for each job labelled 1-45 (e.g. the #1 class solos Hilla in about 55% of the time as the #45 class).
  • They will try to refrain from nerfing jobs and instead buff weaker classes. However, if certain classes become problematic, they will nerf them but not enough to completely ruin the experience of playing them.
  • They will continue to improve jobs with structural problems with remasters, but before that, they will be improved through balance patches. This includes things like Battlemage’s Teleport jump problem, Soul Master’s forced jump problem, and Night Walker’s jump cancel problem.
  • They are looking to equalize utility in terms of binds, up jumps, and stance.
    • Erda Nova will be changed into an instant AoE bind with a lower cooldown.
    • Up jumps will be added to jobs that don’t have them.
    • 100% stance will be provided by default. Mikhail’s link will be changed to a different effect.
  • They will continue to lower the number of buffs by changing them into passives. In the Adventurer remaster, all Adventurer jobs’ boosters will be changed to passive skills and Guided Arrow will be turned into an on/off skill.
  • They will improve the inefficiency of Symbols for Xenon and Demon Avenger.
  • They will be more careful when adding new items/buffs to make sure they include HP.
  • They will add all-stats scrolls from Spell Traces and add a Star Force Conversion skill for Xenon.
  • They are constantly looking at feedback from various channels, and encourage players to share what improvements they want for their jobs.


  • The story will be built up more quickly.
  • They will add more story related content that doesn’t necessarily relate to the main storyline.
  • They will fix inconsistencies in the current story.
  • The new boss Kalos has an important story and will begin a new part of the journey.
  • They will add characters like Testonen to the Adventurer story.
  • They have hired new staff that have played the game for a long time and have more knowledge about the lore.


  • As an RPG, they must always add new higher tier bosses to provide end-game goals. They started working on Kalos as soon as Seren was defeated, if they waited until more people could clear a boss, it would be too late.

September and October Boss Difficulty Clears

  • They used numerical data to see where they needed to add new boss difficulties. (e.g. from September to October in Scania, 57.1% of people that cleared Hard Will did not clear Chaos Guardian Angel Slime and 84.4% of people that cleared Hard Dunkel did not clear Black Mage)
  • For the Ethernel set, only 3 parts (hat, top, bottom) will be added at first. The other 4 parts will be released over time as the Grandis story continues, but not in the Destiny update. They will also shorten the time it takes to get them from the previously stated ‘6 months’.

July to December Mesos Generated

  • The Boss Crystal price changes are working as intended. They expect that the decrease in Chaos Root Abyss prices will stop within the month, and that the increase in other prices will stop within the first half of the year. In the above graph, from July to December, the purple bar is the percentage of mesos generated through Boss Crystals, the gray is meso drops from hunting, and the dark gray is from Ursus.

Maple Guide & New Players

  • They will significantly decrease the costs to level up Arcane Symbols up to Lacheln on January 27. They will also look into decreasing later areas’ Symbol costs afterwards.
  • They will continue to improve the Maple Guide, like adding hunting grounds that are right beside towns.
  • Mastery Books will be removed.
  • The number of Storage and Damage Skin slots provided by default and the maximum slots will be increased.
  • They are looking into providing Mega Burning through regular gameplay such as the Daily Gift instead of only being during events.


  • The Stella Pass was intended as an easier way to get additional rewards from the event instead of having to invest a lot of time in Burning World, but they apologize for not considering any purchase methods other than Maple Points.
  • The Event Ring Only Legendary Potential Scroll being untradeable was a beginner’s mistake and they apologize.
  • They apologize that there was no Christmas event this year, they were too busy working on other content and events. Happyville actually had a bug that allowed players to access a GM map which is why it didn’t return.
  • The next Beauty Awards event is scheduled for April.
  • They won’t keep events hidden anymore. They have announced the Special Sunday Maple events in advance.
    • Miracle Time – as before
    • Petite Pet Time – base reward of a Sherbet pet, lucky reward of a permanent vac pet
    • Shining Star Force Time – 5/10/15 and 30% discount on Star Force costs together
    • Fashion Time – base reward of the Chew CHew set, lucky reward of the 1st~12th Master Label set
    • Hair Time – base reward of a Custom Mix Dye Coupon, lucky reward of the 1st~12th Master Label Hair Coupon
  • Future events were meant to have additional Harmony Coins and they apologize for not saying so earlier.


  • The second player-developer conference will be held around the 19th anniversary.
  • They are improving Nexon Now so you can check the logs, which will be provided within the first half of the year.
  • They are still working on the smart Boss Matching system but it is delayed. They are considering adding a bulletin board type matching system in the meantime. It is expected to be added in the first half of the year.
  • It is quite difficult to improve 2-handed weapon motions but they will improve things that block characters’ faces.
  •  The director said that high-level areas and stories that require you to level up are part of the experience of an RPG, and they will consider accessibility in the future but there will be no changes for now.
  • However, they will make it easier to do things like replay previous stories, where you won’t need to actually perform any of the previous quests again to watch the story.
  • They will improve the skill cooldown alert to increase visibility when skills are blocked by the countdown. They will also add an option for players to keep the older version if they want.

Going Forward

  • They will start a blog where MapleStory developers can share their thoughts.
  • They will release a road map for the first half of the year together with the February Maple Update Info Centre video.
  • They are giving out Live Talk rewards to all players starting this Friday.
    • Maximum Growth Potion
    • Selective Growth Potion Voucher
    • Experience Core Gemstone
    • Selective Symbol Voucher (100 Arcane Symbols or 25 Authentic Symbols)
    • Mannequin
    • Beauty Awards Face and Hair Coupons
    • 1000 Melody Coins
  1. Anonymous
    January 5, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    Insanely fast and well done Max. Love the content 😀

    • Anonymous
      January 5, 2022 at 6:32 pm

      This reads like an Andy comment.

  2. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.
    January 5, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    I can’t believe nexon is so stingy and won’t give us FREE ARCANE WEAPONS 😡

    • Anonymous
      January 5, 2022 at 8:15 pm

      lol free arcane weapons, are u crazy or what? Yeh and lets also ive free BM weapons for everyone , oh and no one has to liberate anymore, actually, lets just give the new set to everyone for free cuz why not right?

      • Anonymous
        January 6, 2022 at 12:27 am

        They gave out free arcanes for the flame bs chill lmao

    • Max
      April 24, 2022 at 1:09 am

      so true bestie

  3. hella high
    January 5, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Reminder to boycott Nexon America, I wish I could play KMS.

    • errtz
      January 18, 2022 at 3:30 am

      really ? GMS just nerf kishin and all of you riot quit the game , imagine play kms you dont have gollux set , no familiar , no sweetwater weak af , then boyscott KMS again xd

      • Anonymous
        January 20, 2022 at 11:47 am

        they’re boycotting mainly bc more than half of the GMS Reboot servers are insanely laggy, making the game barely playable or even unplayable. Check the Maplestory reddit page for more information. Thank you.

  4. SomeFaggot
    January 5, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    100% stance for every character! I’ll finally be able to harvest ore and herb veins without being knocked around for an hour.
    Symbol and Starforce efficiency improvements sound good, too.
    I’m glad they’re considering Cygnus changes. Night Walker desperately needs a mobbing skill for high HP monsters. Bats are useless in reboot.

  5. Anonymous
    January 6, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Party finder from kms2 is a decent system for finding partys. If they put smth like that in maple it’d be pretty nice.

  6. Anonymous
    January 6, 2022 at 1:46 am

    No striker news? So sad

  7. Anonymous
    January 6, 2022 at 5:23 am

    Remember to support the GMS boycott!

  8. acitro593
    January 6, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    So what exactly is changed to the Adventure story line with Testonen? Ellen Forest, Temple of Time, and Kao (and thus part of Arcane River) are heavily intertwined with him, so how exactly will they be changing that?

    Also, what number is each Job in the charts?

    • Max
      January 7, 2022 at 11:40 am

      Not sure about your first question.
      They didn’t say which jobs were what, but the #1-45 in the first graph is not necessarily the same in the other, just imagine they made the graphs separately then removed the labels so people wouldn’t get mad if their job is too strong/weak lol.

  9. Anonymous
    January 6, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Shouldn’t it be: They started working on Kalos as soon as Seren was *added* or else it would have been too late when Seren was defeated.

    • Max
      January 7, 2022 at 11:41 am

      Hard to summarize but basically the question was why are you adding a new boss when only like 0.02% of the population has cleared Seren, and they said that by the time they work on and release a new boss, the number of people that can clear the last one goes up by a lot so they have to future proof.

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