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MapleStory Buccaneer Skill Build Guide

MapleStory Buccaneer Skill Build Guide

calendar_todayPosted on 8th December 2020

Buccaneer is a Pirate Explorer class that uses knuckles to deal devastating damage to mobs in MapleStory. Released as one of the first new jobs since the original MapleStory classes, Buccaneer has gone through many changes over time for its style of play, which involves charging your skills to maximize damage. Their play style is great for horizontal mobbing and 5th job can change their game play style considerably.

Buccaneer Overview

Pirates were originally released in 2008 and as it was the first time the game was receiving new content in the form of brand new classes, they were very hyped up. Their home town is Nautilus and share the Pirate Blessing Link Skill.

During the first 200 levels of Buccaneer, you will excel at horizontal mobbing but suck at vertical mobbing (and mobility for that matter). Their fourth job skill Double Blast can research across the entire screen when fully charged and deals decent damage to mobs. Luckily, there are plenty of horizontal maps for you to train on with great spawn.

As a bossing class, Buccaneer can maximize their damage by properly maintaining their Energy Charge. Energy Charges boosts the damage of their skills, but depletes over time as you use them, so setting  your Buccaneer up for bossing can sometimes feel trivial. That being said, they have some great skills for damage, including some short iframes and great mobility to get out of trouble.

  • Weapon: Knuckle
  • Job: Pirate
  • Class: Explorer
  • Shared Cash Shop Inventory: Explorer Jobs
  • Legion Block: +STR (10/20/40/80/100)
  • Link Skill: Pirate Blessing (max level: Str+70, Dex+70, Int+70, Luk+70, MaxHP +1225, MaxMP +1225, Damage Taken: -15%)
  • Primary Stat: STR
  • Inner Ability: 20% Boss Damage

Pirate First Job Skill Build

You can max all of your skills in first job. Follow this build:

  • Sommersault Kick (1), Octopush (2)
  • Octopush (MAX)
  • Sommersault Kick (MAX)
  • Shadow Heart (MAX)
  • Bullet Time (MAX)
  • Dash (MAX)
  • Double Shot (MAX)

In first job you want to use Sommersault Kick as you main attacking skill because it has better mobbing than Double Shot, thus allowing you to train faster. You get some decent passives with Shadow Heart increasing your Critical Rate and Damage early on. Max also Octopush for mobility around maps.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Sommersault Kick Sommersault Kick A devastating kick that accompanies a backward somersault. Attacks all enemies in the vicinity. Main Attack Skill
Shadow Heart Shadow Heart Increases your Critical Rate and Critical Damage. Passive Buff
Octopush Octopush Use while in the middle of a jump to jump even further. The jumping distance increases as the skill level increases. Double Jump Skill
Double Shot Double Shot Fires two consecutive shots at the enemy. Secondary Attack Skill
Dash Dash Double-tap the left or right arrow to perform a dash or jump dash. Also cancels all knockback. Dash Skill
Bullet Time Bullet Time Permanently increases Max Movement Speed and Jump. Passive Buff

Brawler Second Job Skill Build

You can max all of your skills in second job. Follow this build:

  • Tornado Uppercut (1), Knuckle Mastery (2)
  • Knuckle Mastery (5)
  • Knuckle Booster (6)
  • Tornado Uppercut (MAX)
  • Knuckle Mastery (MAX)
  • Physical Training (MAX)
  • Corkscrew Blow (MAX)
  • Dark Clarity (MAX)
  • HP Boost (MAX)
  • Perseverance (MAX)

You can either use Tornado Uppercut or Corkscrew Blow in second job as your main attacking skill. Both are pretty similar in terms of damage, however Energy Vortex gets better when you max out your Energy Charge and can provide better mobbing because of mobility. Get your Knuckle Booster as soon as possible to make your skills hit faster, and thus allow you to train faster.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Tornado Uppercut Tornado Uppercut Performs a fast uppercut that creates a wild tornado and attacks enemies. When the energy is charged fully, you create a stronger Energy Vortex that travels further. Main Attack Skill
Physical Training Physical Training Permanently increases STR and DEX through sheer physical training. Passive Buff
Perseverance Perseverance Recovers HP and MP over time. Passive Buff
Knuckle Mastery Knuckle Mastery Increases Knuckle Mastery. Passive Buff
Knuckle Booster Knuckle Booster Double-tap the left or right arrow to perform a dash or jump dash. Also cancels all knockback. Attack Speed Skill
HP Boost HP Boost Improves your physique to permanently increase Max HP and resist knockback. Passive Buff
Dark Clarity Dark Clarity Calms your heart to provide an increase to Attack Power. Passive Buff
Corkscrew Blow Corkscrew Blow Allows you to punch multiple monsters at once with an energized fist. Can be used by linking with Octopunch. Secondary Attack Skill

Marauder Third Job Skill Build

You can max all of your skills in third job. Follow this build:

  • Hedgehog Buster (1), Precision Strikes (1), Supercharge (1)
  • Hedgehog Buster (MAX)
  • Spiral Assault (MAX)
  • Static Thumper (MAX)
  • Precision Strikes (MAX)
  • Supercharge (MAX)
  • Stun Mastery (MAX)
  • Roll Of The Dice (MAX)
  • Admiral's Wings (MAX)

Third Job you can choose between either Static Thumper or Hedgehog Buster for your main attacking skill. Using Spiral Assault and Hedgehog Buster makes for great horizontal mobbing. Get Supercharge, Precision Strikes and Stun Mastery maxed for increased passive damage. Roll of the Dice will give you a random buff when used.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Hedgehog Buster Hedgehog Buster Ignites the energy to attack multiple nearby enemies. Has a chance to stun enemies. Main Attack Skill
Supercharge Supercharge Enhances the effects of Energy Charge, including charge amount and max energy, when attacking. Also charges twice the energy when attacking a boss. Passive Buff
Stun Mastery Stun Mastery Critical Rate increases when attacking stunned enemies. Attacks also have a chance to stun targets. Passive Buff
Static Thumper Static Thumper Hits the ground to cause a shockwave that pierces through multiple enemies. When the energy is fully charged, it increases damage. Main Attack Skill
Spiral Assault Spiral Assault Summons superhuman strength to charge enemies and knock them back. This skill can be used while using other skills and moving forward. Links with Corkscrew Blow. You can instantly approach the enemy in the direction Corkscrew Blow is linked to attack. Can be resisted by some monsters. Rush Attack Skill
Roll Of The Dice Roll Of The Dice Test your luck! Roll a die to get a random buff. Roll a 1 and you get nothing, but Roll of the Dice cooldown is reduced. Buff
Precision Strikes Precision Strikes Increases Critical Rate and critical damage. Additional Critical Rate against bosses. Passive Buff
Admirals Wings Admirals Wings Focus on defensive maneuvers for a boost to defense. Passive Buff

Buccaneer Fourth Job Skill Build

You can max all of your skills in fourth job. Follow this build:

  • Double Blast (1), Ultra Charge (1), Double Down (1)
  • Double Blast (MAX)
  • Crossbones (MAX)
  • Ultra Charge (MAX)
  • Speed Infusion (MAX)
  • Typhoon Crush (MAX)
  • Maple Warrior (MAX)
  • Pirates Revenge (MAX)
  • Nautilus Strike (MAX)
  • Octopunch (MAX)
  • Dragon Strike (MAX)
  • Time Leap (MAX)
  • Double Down (MAX)
  • Hero's Will (MAX)

Fourth Job you get access to your Double Blast mobbing skill. This skill is great for horizontal maps; when charged it can hit mobs the entire length of the screen. Crossbones is also a good buff to get early as it gives +30% Damage. You bossing skill is Octopunch; but you won't need that until you start fighting bosses. Double Down gives you additional chance at getting powerful buffs and Speed Infusion increases your attack speed even further. Time Leap is great for refreshing your cooldown skills and is a great party bossing skill too.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Double Blast Double Blast Focuses you energy to fire powerful bolts. The damage and range are greater than Energy Blast. Main Attack Skill
Octopunch Octopunch Pummels enemies with supernatural punches. Number of hits and attack range increase when fully charged. Single-Target Attack Skill
Ultra Charge Ultra Charge Push the energy control ability to extremes to enhance all the effects of fully charged status. Passive Buff
Typhoon Crush Typhoon Crush Grants a chance to ignore all enemy DEF. Applies to Bosses as well. Passive Buff
Time Leap Time Leap Resets the cooldown of all the skills being used by all party members, including yourself.Does not affect skills not affected by cooldown reset.Time leap is not affected by cooldown reset and party members that received the Time Leap's effect cannot receive it again for a set time. Buff
Speed Infusion Speed Infusion Uses HP and MP to temporarily increase the attack speed of a weapon. This can be combined with other boosters, and everyone in the team will have their attack speed doubled. Buff
Pirates Revenge Pirates Revenge Decreases damage taken and boosts your own damage. As skill level increases, the duration, trigger chance, and damage all increase. Can only trigger once every second. Passive Buff
Nautilus Strike Nautilus Strike Order the Nautilus to attack multiple enemies at once. Nautilus is unaffected by attack reflection and, after use, deals additional attacks for a set time when attacking with physical skills. Energy cannot be charged with additional attacks. Full Map Attack
Maple Warrior Maple Warrior Temporarily increases the stats of all party members. Does not stack with Maple Warrior, Call of Cygnus, Nova Warrior, Hero of the Flora, President's Orders, Anima Warrior, or Rhinne's Protection. Buff
Heros Will Heros Will Hones your resolve to ignore certain abnormal status effects. Immune to Abnormal Status for 3 sec after use. Buff
Dragon Strike Dragon Strike Awakens a sleeping dragon from the depths of Maple World to damage multiple enemies, and increases damage taken for a while. Can only be used when fully charged. Secondary Attack Skill
Double Down Double Down Try your luck! Roll two dice, and if both have the same number, you'll receive a very powerful buff: Passive Buff
Crossbones Crossbones Summons the souls of pirates past to temporarily increase Attack. Also increases Abnormal Status Resistance, Elemental Resistance, and Knuckle Mastery as passive effects. Buff

Buccaneer 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.

  • Buccaneer Blast - Extra Strike
  • Double Down - Saving Grace
  • Octopunch - Extra Strike
  • Octopunch - Boss Rush
  • Octopunch - Reinforce
  • Power Unity
  • Epic Adventure
  • Stimulating Conversation

Buccaneer 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.

Buccaneer's Nodes should include:

  • Serpent Vortex
  • Lord Of The Deep
  • Meltdown
  • Howling Fist
  • Trinode: Buccaneer Blast, Octopunch, Nautilus Strike
  • Trinode: Power Unity, Dragon Strike, Spiral Assault

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

  • Decent Holy Symbol
  • Decent Sharp Eyes
  • Decent Speed Infusion
  • Erda Nova
  • Rope Lift
  • Loaded Dice
  • Overdrive
  • Pirate's Banner

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Serpent Vortex Serpent Vortex Erupt with the force of the ocean as you charge forward. Use an arrow key with the skill to charge forward up or down. Dash Skill
Meltdown Meltdown Unleash your rage and soar to new heights of power. Double-tap an arrow key to teleport in that direction. Use the skill again to attack nearby enemies with a huge orb of energy. The orb of energy is unaffected by attack reflection. You are invincible while creating the orb. Multi Use / Iframe / Teleport
Lord Of The Deep Lord Of The Deep Calls upon the spirit of the dreaded sea serpent that slumbers beneath the savage tides to wrap yourself in a deadly barrier that maims all foes who venture near Attack Skill
Howling Fist Howling Fist Strike with all the force of a raging leviathan. Invincible while striking after collecting force. Energy cannot be charged with Howling Fist. Burst Attack Skill


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