MapleStory Beast Tamer Skill Build Guide

MapleStory Beast Tamer Skill Build Guide

calendar_todayPosted on 16th April 2021

Beast Tamer is a limited-time event class in MapleStory that can switch between different animal forms and skill setups. The class comes from the China version of MapleStory and is not available in the original Korean MapleStory servers. Beast Tamer usually returns one or two times a year and once a player has created the character they have it forever. Beast Tamer is unique in that it does not Job Advance, instead it has four different skill paths it can take.

Beast Tamer Overview

Beast Tamer was released in patch V.145 Beast Tamer in Global MapleStory. Beast Tamer can switch between four different animal modes: Bear, Leopard, Hawk and Cat. Whilst in each mode, Beast Tamer can utilize the skills that mode and switch on the fly to change up their play style. There isn't any job advancements, instead you just get SP as you level up. At level 200, you get access to 5th job like normal MapleStory classes.

Beast Tamer has gone through some significant revamps since it was first released. The most recent was during the RISE update, in which passive buffs of the different animal modes no longer applied when switching between each mode.

Since Beast Tamer has four different animal builds to choose from, it's a little tricky to decide on what is the best way to optimize the class. The scenario changes for when you want to boss end-game versus training up to 5th job too. Depending on how far you want to take your Beast Tamer, you'll want to adjust accordingly. Those who just want to try out the class for fun, it's better to go into the mindset of training efficiently and then perhaps resetting your SP later on.

As a bossing class you'll mostly be using Bear mode, occasionally switching to apply buffs. One the main issues with BT is their damage output- its recent nerf meant it lost up to 50% damage. Whilst it can still clear the majority of mid-game bosses, funding is required. The class can be extremely tanky and can act as a useful support role when switching animal modes. They have a 15 second Hyper Skill that provides invincibility and a 190 skill that combines all the buffs/passives of all four animals for a short duration- which is great for bursting down bosses.

  • Weapon: Beast Tamer Scepter
  • Job: Magician
  • Class: Beast Tamer
  • Shared Cash Shop Inventory: Beast Tamer
  • Legion Block: +Ignore Enemy Defense (1/2/3/4/5)%
  • Link Skill: Focus Spirit (+10% Boss Damage, +10% Critical Rate, +5% MaxHP, +5% MaxMP)
  • Primary Stat: INT
  • Inner Ability: +1 Attack Speed

Beast Tamer Skill Build

The best animal mode to train Beast Tamer is currently the Leopard mode. Bear mode is great for bossing so this build will use the remaining SP for that mode. When you get to late game and have a lot of damage, you'll want to change your build to use Bear, Cat and Hawk modes. A rather crude look at the different animal modes are:

  • Bear Mode - Bossing
  • Leopard - Mobbing / Training
  • Hawk - Mobility / Bossing
  • Cat - Support

If you just want to train Beast Tamer for Legion or Link Skills, Bear + Leopard Modes are the best. If you want to main Beast Tamer, you should look at optimizing Bear, Hawk and Cat modes.

Bear Mode Build

  • Paw Swipe (MAX)
  • Majestic Trumpet (MAX)
  • Well Fed (MAX)
  • Dumb Luck (MAX)
  • Deep Breath (MAX)
  • Fort Follow-Up (MAX)
  • Defense Ignorance (MAX)
  • Furious Strikes (MAX)
  • Bear Strength (MAX)
  • Really Deep Breath (MAX)
  • Li'l Fort (MAX)
  • Fort the Brave (MAX)
  • Bear Assault (MAX)
  • Fishy Slap (MAX)
  • Bear Reborn (MAX)
  • Billowing Trumpet (MAX)
  • Table Flip (MAX)

Bear Mode features the Furious Strikes spammable attack. This skill is actually decent at mobbing too, the problem is you can't move around when using it, so it really only works on very small maps. It's great for bossing, which is why Bear Mode is usually the best mode for Beast Tamers when bossing. Majestic Trumpet is a damage over time skill that spreads fire everywhere.

Now that you've maxed Bear mode, you can use your remaining SP to either max more skills in Leopard mode or use some of the other skills in Hawk or Cat mode.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Paw Swipe Paw Swipe Attacks several enemies 3 times.[Command]: Tap Attack Key multiple times Main Attack Skill
Majestic Trumpet Majestic Trumpet The bear uses the power of nature to ignite a fire. Enemies caught in the blast take damage. Unaffected by attack reflection. DOT Skill
Well Fed Well Fed Increases Max HP and INT while in Bear Mode. Passive Buff
Dumb Luck Dumb Luck When in Bear mode, increases Knockback Resistance and Defense by a certain amount, and damage taken when hit by enemies is reduced. Passive Buff
Deep Breath Deep Breath The bear sucks in air to pull enemies close. Secondary Attack Skill
Fort Follow-Up Fort Follow-Up Li'l Fort appears after every 4th attack to deal an additional attack.[Command]: Attack 4 times with a Bear Mode Active Skill Passive Buff
Defense Ignorance Defense Ignorance Ignores a portion of enemy defense and increases Attack speed while in Bear Mode. Passive Buff
Furious Strikes Furious Strikes Using Paw Swipe 4 times in a row will activate a special skill, allowing multiple follow-up hits.[Command]: Continues to attack after the 3rd hit of Paw Swipe. Passive Buff
Bear Strength Bear Strength Permanently increases Critical Rate, Critical Damage and Magic ATT while in Bear Mode. Passive Buff
Really Deep Breath Really Deep Breath The bear sucks in air to pull enemies close from the left and right. Passive Buff
Li'l Fort Li'l Fort Summons a toy bear to just go nuts on the enemy. Summon Skill
Fort The Brave Fort The Brave Permanently increases Magic ATT while in Bear Mode. Passive Buff
Bear Assault Bear Assault Focuses your attacks. You'll hit fewer enemies but deal more damage. Also increases Max HP and MP and ignores some monster defense. Single Target Switch Skill
Fishy Slap Fishy Slap Hold down the skill key to smack enemies with a fish. Secondary Attack Skill
Bear Reborn Bear Reborn Allows you to resurrect while in Bear Mode. You gain invincibility as your HP recovers.Resurrection is available when the skill icon is active in the upper right. Resurrect Skill
Billowing Trumpet Billowing Trumpet Enhances the spark in Majestic Trumpet to form a hellish inferno. Passive Buff
Table Flip Table Flip The bear goes into a rage and flips a table at the enemy. Cooldown Attack Skill

Leopard Mode Build

  • Leopard's Paw (9)
  • Thunder Dash (1)
  • Leopard's Paw (MAX)
  • Leopard Hide (6)
  • Leopard's Pounce (MAX)
  • Rippling Feline Muscles (MAX)
  • Macho Dance (2)
  • Macho Dance (4)
  • Macho Slam (4)
  • Leopard Hide (8)
  • Bro Attack (MAX)
  • Leopard's Roar (MAX)
  • Thunder Trail (1)
  • Macho Incarnate (1)
  • Leopard Hide (MAX)
  • Three-Point Pounce (1)
  • Thunder Dash (MAX)
  • Advanced Thunder Dash (MAX)
  • Deadly Fangs (MAX)
  • Leathal Lai (MAX)
  • Leopard Reflexes (MAX)
  • Thunder Trail (MAX)
  • Party Time (MAX)

You'll get around a total of 63 SP when you reach level 30. This build focuses on the Leopard's animal mode which you can select by using the Critter Select skill in the beginner tab. Your main attack skill is Leopard's Paw, which gets upgraded automatically with Leopard's Pounce. You just need to use the normal attack key for this skill. You get Thunder Dash as a cooldown attack skill that can hit up to 8 mobs at a time. You get a combo skill in Macho Dance and Macho Slam- both can be a bit jarring to use at first but getting used to them will allow you to cover maps really quickly.

By level 70 you should have used around 120 / 120 SP. Before you begin on Bear Mode, you will want to max some of your Leopard skills first. By now your Leopard Paw attack should be dealing a good amount of damage after being upgraded by Leopard's Roar and Lethal Lai. Your attack speed gets boosted by Leopard Reflexes and Party Time allows you to leap across the map dealing damage to mobs. Thunder Dash becomes a great mobbing skill also, as it's cooldown is effectively wiped out and the skill has a DOT effect with Thunder Trail.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Leopard's Paw Leopard's Paw Get a dose of Lai's muscles to knock back enemies in your path. [Command]: After 2 hits, combo with Leopard's Pounce [Extra Command]: Combo with Leopard's Roar Main Attack Skill
Thunder Dash Thunder Dash Your snow leopard buddy dashes at the enemy, dealing damage. If the Leopard's Paw, Leopard's Pounce, Leopard's Roar, Macho Slam, or Three-Point Pounce skill are in use, they will be canceled by the activation of this skill. Cooldown Attack Skill
Leopard Hide Leopard Hide Grants a chance to recover HP whenever monsters are defeated. Maximum 10% per attack. Triggers at most once per attack. Passive Buff
Leopard's Pounce Leopard's Pounce Dash forward and rip into enemies. Passive Buff
Rippling Feline Muscles Rippling Feline Muscles Increases Magic ATT, Intelligence, Speed, and Jump when in Snow Leopard Mode. Passive Buff
Macho Dance Macho Dance Shoot up into the air, damaging nearby enemies. Can be chained into Macho Slam. Chain Skill
Macho Slam Macho Slam Slam into enemies below you. Can be used during a jump or after Macho Dance. Chain Skill
Bro Attack Bro Attack Gain a chance to summon a baby snow leopard to deal extra damage when you attack. Bosses and some monsters are immune. Buff
Leopard's Roar Leopard's Roar Roar to inflict additional damage after Leopard's Pounce. Also enhances the Damage and Number of Enemies Hit with Leopard's Paw and Leopard's Pounce.[Command] Press the [attack key] after using Leopard's Pounce Passive Buff
Thunder Trail Thunder Trail Unleashes a ghostly Snow Leopard mirror image during Thunder Dash, damaging nearby enemies. Passive Buff
Macho Incarnate Macho Incarnate Lai shows his true form after Macho Slam, shocking and stunning all nearby enemies. Also increases the Max Enemies Hit with Macho Dance and Macho Slam. Summon Skill
Three-Point Pounce Three-Point Pounce The snow leopard makes a three-point attack, slashing at nearby enemies with his claws. Secondary Attack Skill
Advanced Thunder Dash Advanced Thunder Dash Travel further during Thunder Dash to deal more damage. Passive Buff
Deadly Fangs Deadly Fangs Magic ATT and Final Damage are increased by the effects of Deadly Fangs. Passive Buff
Lethal Lai Lethal Lai Increases the attack count and damage of certain Snow Leopard Mode skills. Passive Buff
Leopard Reflexes Leopard Reflexes When transformed into Snow Leopard mode, Attack Speed and Magic ATT will be increased, and a portion of Defense is ignored. Passive Buff
Party Time Party Time The snow leopard charges wildly across the entire map, dealing damage. Cooldown Attack Skill

Hawk Mode Build

Hawk mode gets decent mobbing towards the end of its build. Formation Attack is a very good spammable skill for bosses. Follow this skill build:

  • Formation Attack (MAX)
  • Sky Walk (MAX)
  • Vertical Draft (MAX)
  • Eka Express (MAX)
  • Fly (MAX)
  • Hawk Flock (MAX)
  • Max Mobility (MAX)
  • Defensive Formation (MAX)
  • Eka Glider (MAX)
  • Feather Cloak (MAX)
  • Regroup (MAX)
  • Raptor Talons (MAX)
  • Baby Bombers (MAX)
  • Bird's-Eye View (MAX)
  • Verteran Formation (MAX)
  • Razor Break (MAX)
  • Feather Boots (MAX)
  • Tornado Flight (MAX)

Vertical Draft allows you to jump high in the air. Sky Walk is an improved double jump. Eka Express is like mystic door but gives +10% critical damage. Defensive Formation allows you to have a flock of birds attack whilst using the Fly skill. Glide is similar to Demon Slayer's jump glide. Baby Bombers can be used whilst in the air for effective damage. Veteran Formation will increase the amount of enemies you hit with your standard attack, making it a lot more useful to spam and use.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Formation Attack Formation Attack Baby hawks attack in formation. Can be directed left or right. Can't be used while airborne. Main Attack Skill
Sky Walk Sky Walk Eka gives you a little lift, giving you an extra double jump. Double Jump Skill
Vertical Draft Vertical Draft Tap Up Arrow Key while jumping to jump even higher. Double Jump Skill
Eka Express Eka Express Creates a portal to the nearest town. All party members can use it to travel. Buff
Fly Fly Launch into the air with Eka to unlock additional attacks.[Command]: Press and hold [up] + [jump] to fly. Press [down] +[jump] to land. Buff
Hawk Flock Hawk Flock Increases the speed of the entire party while in hawk mode. Buff
Max Mobility Max Mobility In Hawk mode, Magic ATT and Attack Speed are increased by the effects of Max Mobility. In addition, it permanently ignores a portion of enemy defense rates. Passive Buff
Defensive Formation Defensive Formation Eka's friends come to your aid while you're flying, attacking enemies in range.Can only trigger while airborne.Defensive Formation can't penetrate boss armor. Passive Buff
Eka Glider Eka Glider Press the skill key while in the air to switch to Glider status. Glide Skill
Feather Cloak Feather Cloak In Hawk mode, basic Jump and Critical Rate are increased due to the effect of Feather Cloak. Passive Buff
Regroup Regroup Summons any party members on the same channel who are above Lv. 9 to your location. Buff
Raptor Talons Raptor Talons Eka's talon becomes so sharp, your ATT increases. Passive Effects: Adding bleeding damage to all attacks while in hawk mode. Buff
Baby Bombers Baby Bombers Calls Eka's ground-bound allies to attack.Can only be used while airborne. Secondary Attack Skill
Bird's Eye View Bird's Eye View Eka enhances her eyesight to boost Critical Rate and Defense of nearby party members. Buff
Veteran Formation Veteran Formation Improves the damage of Formation Attack. Displays the improved effect after the threshold is reached. Passive Buff
Razor Beak Razor Beak Eka's beak becomes so sharp, your whole party's ATT increases. Buff
Feather Boots Feather Boots In Hawk mode, Speed and Critical Damage are increased by the effects of Feather Boots. Passive Buff
Tornado Flight Tornado Flight Eka's friends stir up a tornado to attack. Hold down the skill key and press the direction keys to steer. Cooldown Attack Skill

Cat Mode Build

Cat mode build is all about support. Follow this build:

  • Friend Launcher (MAX)
  • Cat Wit (MAX)
  • Kitty Battle Squad (MAX)
  • Kitty Treats (MAX)
  • Purr-Powered (MAX)
  • Sticky Paws (MAX)
  • Meow Heal (1)
  • Cat's Claws (MAX)
  • Meow Clure (1)
  • Purr Zone (MAX)
  • Meow Card (MAX)
  • Friend Launcher - Enhance (MAX)
  • Mouser's Insight (MAX)
  • Fire Kitty (1)
  • Meow Revive (MAX)
  • Meow Gold Card (MAX)
  • Friends of Arby (MAX)
  • Cat's Cradle Blitzkrieg (MAX)

Cat mode has a lot of passive party buffs. That means you don't even need to cast these skills for your party to get the benefits. You can possibly leave Kitty Treats alone, since the 600 extra HP/MP is not needed. Sticky Paws gives +20% item drop rate! Cat Claws gives +30% Critical Rate and 10% Critical Damage. Meow Card gives you a random chance to either get +40% damage buff, +2 attack speed or 25%+ MaxHP and when you have Gold Card enabled, you get a chance of all 3 buffs! Friends of Arby is a passive party buff of Holy Symbol and Meow Revive gives you a chance to revive a teammate.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Friend Launcher Friend Launcher Baby hawks attack in formation. Can be directed left or right. Can't be used while airborne. Main Attack Skill
Cat Wit Cat Wit Eka gives you a little lift, giving you an extra double jump. Passive Buff
Kitty Battle Squad Kitty Battle Squad Tap Up Arrow Key while jumping to jump even higher. Passive Party Buff
Kitty Treats Kitty Treats Creates a portal to the nearest town. All party members can use it to travel. Passive Party Buff
Purr-Powered Purr-Powered Launch into the air with Eka to unlock additional attacks.[Command]: Press and hold [up] + [jump] to fly. Press [down] +[jump] to land. Passive Buff
Sticky Paws Sticky Paws Increases the speed of the entire party while in hawk mode. Passive Party Buff
Meow Heal Meow Heal In Hawk mode, Magic ATT and Attack Speed are increased by the effects of Max Mobility. In addition, it permanently ignores a portion of enemy defense rates. Heal Attack Skill
Caw's Claws Caw's Claws Eka's friends come to your aid while you're flying, attacking enemies in range.Can only trigger while airborne.Defensive Formation can't penetrate boss armor. Passive Party Buff
Meow Cure Meow Cure Press the skill key while in the air to switch to Glider status. Buff
Purr Zone Purr Zone In Hawk mode, basic Jump and Critical Rate are increased due to the effect of Feather Cloak. Secondary Attack Skill
Meow Card Meow Card Summons any party members on the same channel who are above Lv. 9 to your location. Buff
Friend Launcher - Enhance Friend Launcher - Enhance Eka's talon becomes so sharp, your ATT increases. Passive Effects: Adding bleeding damage to all attacks while in hawk mode. Passive Buff
Mouser's Insight Mouser's Insight Calls Eka's ground-bound allies to attack.Can only be used while airborne. Passive Party Buff
Fire Kitty! Fire Kitty! Eka enhances her eyesight to boost Critical Rate and Defense of nearby party members. Secondary Attack Skill
Meow Revive Meow Revive Improves the damage of Formation Attack. Displays the improved effect after the threshold is reached. Buff
Meow Gold Card Meow Gold Card Eka's beak becomes so sharp, your whole party's ATT increases. Passive Buff
Friends Of Arby Friends Of Arby In Hawk mode, Speed and Critical Damage are increased by the effects of Feather Boots. Passive Party Buff
Cat's Cradle Blitzkrieg Cat's Cradle Blitzkrieg Eka's friends stir up a tornado to attack. Hold down the skill key and press the direction keys to steer. Cooldown Attack Skill

Beast Tamer Hyper Skill Build

Hyper skills are available at level 140. You get Hyper Skill Points as you level towards 200, but not enough to max all the skills, so choose wisely. These skills mostly help increase the damage of your current skills.

  • Furious Strikes - Reinforce
  • Furious Strikes - Extra Strike
  • Furious Strikes - Boss Rush
  • Formation Attack - Reinforce
  • Formation Attack - Spread
  • Group Bear Blaster
  • Team Roar
  • All Together! Critter Crossing!

Beast Tamer Fifth Job Skill Build

Upon reaching level 200, you will now have access to the V Matrix, which acts as your new fifth job skills. Each class gets their own skills to use, along with boosting nodes to increase the damage of existing skills. To obtain new skills, you open up items called Nodestones, which drop from every mob in Arcane River. You have limited number of slots in your V Matrix, so you want to obtain perfect nodes for maximize your character's damage.

Beast Tamer's Nodes should include:

  • Champ Charge
  • Cub Cavalry
  • Aerial Relief
  • The Greatest Show on Maple World Is Coming!
  • Trio: Paw Swipe, Li'l Fort, Table Flip
  • Trio: Formation Attack, Baby Bomber, Tornado Flight

All 5th Job classes should try to also obtain these:

  • Decent Holy Symbol
  • Decent Sharp Eyes
  • Decent Speed Infusion
  • Erda Nova
  • Erda Shower
  • Rope Lift
  • Ethereal Form
  • Mana Overload
  • Otherworld Goddess's Blessing
  • True Arachnid Reflection

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Champ Change Champ Charge Summon a sparkly orb bursting with power Multiple Options
Cub Cavalry Cub Cavalry A real superstar takes theif spotlights where they go. Enemies, being unworthy of the spotlight, take damage under its rays, while your own abilities are boosted. Summon Cooldown
Aerial Relief Aerial Relief Transform Eskalade into a character so cute that he might as well be a magical girl mascot. Burst Attack Skill
The Greatest Show On Maple World Is Coming! The Greatest Show on Maple World Is Coming! Come one, come all! Witness the greatest show this world has ever seen. You won't believe it, and you'll never forget it! Additional Attack will be applied while the circus is maintained, and additional attacks will be unaffected by attack reflection. Cooldown Attack Skill

Changelog

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