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MapleStory Buccaneer Skill Build Guide - Remastered Destiny Update

February 19, 2024

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.

All Explorers got a major revamp in the Destiny V.233 Patch update, including Buccaneer!

With the revamped Buccaneer, training through the early levels of 1-200 are no longer a chore. You get some great mobbing skills, with fast animation and great hitbox range. You get access to Serpent Skills which auto activate whilst attacking, allowing you to wipe out large maps of mobs easily.

As a bossing class, Buccaneer make for a great damaging dealing class that can survive plenty of 1hit KO attacks. When they arrive at 5th job, they have iframe skills from Lightning Form that will allow them to dodge fatal attacks, and they have lots of mobility that keeps them out of harm's way during certain boss mechanics.

  • 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), Pirate Leap (+2)
  • Pirate Leap (MAX)
  • Sommersault Kick (MAX)
  • Shadow Heart (MAX)
  • Bullet Time (MAX)
  • Dash (MAX)
  • Double Shot (MAX)

You can choose between Sommersault Kick and Double shot as you main attacking skill but you'll find Sommersault Kick is the better for mobbing. Max out Pirate Leap early on for better mobility.

Shadow heart increases your damage and after that the other skills don't matter too much; Dash gives you a small speed boost when double tapping direction keys.

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. Cannot be used when equipped with a gun. Main Attack Skill
Shadow Heart Shadow Heart Increases your Critical Rate and Critical Damage. Passive Buff
Pirate Leap Pirate Leap Use while in the middle of a jump to jump even farther. The higher the skill, the farther the jumping distance. Can also be used with the jump key. Double Jump Skill
Double Shot Double Shot Fire consecutive shots that split on impact and explode on nearby enemies. Can only be used when equipped with a gun. Secondary Attack Skill
Dash Dash Use by double-tapping, and then holding, Left or Right. Increases Speed, Jump, and Knockback Resistance for the dash's duration. Not affected by buff duration increase effects. Can also be used in the air. [Dash Activation: Right-Right or Left-Left] Right-click to lock the command. 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:

  • Static Thumper (+1), Knuckle Mastery (+2)
  • Knuckle Mastery (5)
  • Agile Knuckles (MAX)
  • Sea Serpent (+1), Sea Serpent Burst (+1), Vortex Jump (MAX)
  • Advanced Dash (MAX)
  • Static Thumper (MAX)
  • Knuckle Mastery (MAX)
  • Dark Clarity (MAX)
  • Sea Serpent (MAX)
  • Sea Serpent Burst (MAX)
  • Physical Training (MAX)
  • HP Boost (MAX)

Static Thumper is your main attacking skill and is a great mobbing skill. As a second job Brawler, you'll get access to Sea Serpent skills. These skills are automatically triggered when you attack mobs; they have a cooldown that you can visually see.

You'll want to max out your Agile Knuckles skill early on for the Attack Booster, and then after that you get lots of Passive Damage abilities.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Static Thumper Static Thumper [Fighting Skill] Attack multiple enemies with a shockwave when landing from a jump. 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
Agile Knuckles Agile Knuckles Increases Attack Speed and Strength. 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
Advanced Dash Advanced Dash Move rapidly by double-tapping, and then holding, Left or Right. While moving rapidly, press the down arrow key to make a sudden stop. Momentarily increases your Speed and Jump, although buff duration increase effects cannot extend that moment. If you input this command when you cannot activate Advanced Dash, Dash will activate instead. [Dash Activation: Right-Right or Left-Left] Secondary Attack Skill
Vortex Jump Vortex Jump Allows you to double jump in mid-air. Press the Jump and the Up Arrow Key together while jumping to activate. Jump Skill
Sea Serpent Burst Sea Serpent Burst [Sea Serpent Skill] Attack the enemies in front of you with a Sea Serpent shockwave. Activates upon using fighting skills (excluding Octopunch) and isn't affected by cooldown reset effects. Does not cost SP. Requires the Sea Serpent skill. Passive Skill
Sea Serpent Sea Serpent Call upon the power of the Sea Serpent that lies sleeping below the waves. Your fighting skills periodically invoke the Sea Serpent's power to attack nearby enemies. Unaffected by attack reflection. Can be toggled On/Off. Toggle Skill

Marauder Third Job Skill Build

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

  • Turning Kick (+1), Greater Sea Serpent I (+1), Serpent Scale (+1)
  • Serpent Assault (+1)
  • Turning Kick (MAX)
  • Greater Sea Serpent I (MAX)
  • Serpent Scale (MAX)
  • Serpent Assault (MAX)
  • Precision Strikes (MAX)
  • Roll Of The Dice (MAX)
  • Groggy Mastery (MAX)
  • Admiral Wings (MAX)
  • Corkscrew Blow (MAX)

Turning Kick is going to be your main attacking skill in 3rd job as it has the best mobility and mobbing range.

You get an increase Sea Serpent skill and a new Serpent Scale skill; this activates automatically once you gain 5 stacks. Upon 5 stacks, you'll enter Assault Mode and when using Fighting Skills (Turning Kick) you'll activate Serpent Assault automatically for a short period.

Roll Of The Dice gives you a random buff when you roll it; this skill improves later on in other job advances.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Turning Kick Turning Kick [Fighting Skill] Spin after jumping to kick multiple enemies in front. Has a chance to stun enemies. Main Attack Skill
Corkscrew Blow Corkscrew Blow Charge enemies and knock them back with an energized fist. This skill can be used while using other skills and moving forward. Can be resisted by some enemies. Links with Octopunch. You can instantly approach the enemy in the direction Octopunch is linked to attack. Secondary Attack Skill
Serpent Scale Serpent Scale Using Sea Serpent skills generates Sea Serpent Scales which can be consumed to use even more powerful abilities. Each Sea Serpent Skill generates one Serpent Scale upon use. Consume 5 Serpent Scales to enter Assault Mode, allowing you to harness more of the serpent's power. While in Assault Mode, your fighting skills trigger Assault skills instead of Sea Serpent skills. Assault Mode ends upon using 1 Assault skill. Assault Mode's duration is unaffected by buff duration extensions. In Auto Mode, Serpent Scales are automatically consumed upon collecting 5 scales. Auto Mode On/Off: Right-click Toggle Skill
Serpent Assault Serpent Assault [Assault Skill] Attack a large area with twin serpent shockwaves. Unaffected by attack reflection. Does not consume SP. Assault Skill
Greater Sea Serpent I Greater Sea Serpent I Enhances your connection with the Sea Serpent's power, allowing you to conjure a more powerful shockwave. Activates upon using fighting skills (excluding Octopunch) and isn't affected by cooldown reset effects. Passive Buff
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. Permanently increases Attack Power. Passive Buff
Admirals Wings Admirals Wings Focus on defensive maneuvers for a boost to defense. Passive Buff
Groggy Mastery Groggy Mastery Can recover quickly from being stunned. Critical Rate and Critical Damage increase when attacking enemies affected by abnormal statuses. Attacks also have a chance to stun targets. Passive Buff

Buccaneer Fourth Job Skill Build

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

  • Hook Bomber (+1), Greater Sea Serpent II (+1), Sea Serpent Burst II (+1)
  • Aggressive Stance (+1)
  • Hook Bomber (MAX)
  • Greater Sea Serpent II (MAX)
  • Sea Serpent Burst II (MAX)
  • Typhoon Crush (MAX)
  • Speed Infusion (MAX)
  • Aggressive Stance (MAX)
  • Crossbones (MAX)
  • Maple Warrior (MAX)
  • Double Down (MAX)
  • Time Leap (MAX)
  • Octopunch (MAX)
  • Sea Serpent's Rage (MAX)
  • Raging Serpent Assault (MAX)
  • Nautilus Strike (MAX)
  • Defensive Stance (MAX)
  • Hero's Will (MAX)

Congrats on reaching Buccaneer! Your new 4th job skills are split betwene bossing and normal training skills.

Your main attacking skill will be Hook Bomber; you'll want to also max Greater Sea Serpent II and Sea Serpent Burst II. These skills are all activated whilst using Fighting Skills.

When bossing, you'll want to switch to Octopunch and you'll activate Rage skills.

You get two stance attacks that you can switch between; Aggressive gives you a damage buff and Defensive will reduce the damage you take.

Speed Infusion will increase you attack speed and Time Leap will reset the cooldown on skills (useful for Roll Of The Dice)

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Hook Bomber Hook Bomber [Fighting Skill] Throws a punch that attacks the enemy in front with a powerful explosive energy. Main Attack Skill
Octopunch Octopunch [Fighting Skill] Pummel enemies in front. This skill only activates Sea Serpent and assault skills that have Enrage. Single-Target Attack Skill
Raging Serpent Assault Raging Serpent Assault [Assault Skill] Call forth an enraged Sea Serpent by using Octopunch while in Assault Mode. Unaffected by attack reflection. Your increased mastery of Assault skills empowers your Serpent Assault. Passive Buff
Typhoon Crush Typhoon Crush Ignores enemy's defense and increases Final Damage and Attack Power. 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 accelerations, and everyone in the team will have their attack speed doubled. Buff
Sea Serpent Burst II Sea Serpent Burst II [Sea Serpent Skill] Enhances your connection with the Sea Serpent's power, allowing you to strike enemies with an even more powerful shockwave. Activates upon using fighting skills (excluding Octopunch) and isn't affected by cooldown reset effects. Passive Buff
Nautilus Strike Nautilus Strike Order the Nautilus to attack multiple enemies at once. The Nautilus is unaffected by attack reflection. After learning this skill, direct skill attacks deal 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
Sea Serpent's Rage Sea Serpent's Rage [Sea Serpent Skill] Call upon the power of the Sea Serpent to bite and tear your enemies. Triggers upon using Octopunch. Enemies struck by Serpent's bite are marked with the Serpent's Mark, which increases their Damage Taken for a set period. Not affected by cooldown reset effects. Passive Buff
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 soul of a proud sea serpent to temporarily increase Attack Power. Also increases Status Resistance, Elemental Resistance, and Knuckle Mastery as passive effects. Buff
Greater Sea Serpent II Greater Sea Serpent II A deeper connection to the Sea Serpent's power enhances the power of your serpent shockwaves and unlocks new Sea Serpent skills. Passive Buff
Defensive Stance Defensive Stance Be on the defensive and have a chance to reduce damage taken. As skill level increases, so does the trigger chance. Can only trigger once every second. Passive Buff
Aggressive Stance Aggressive Stance Take up an aggressive battle stance, causing successful attack skills to grant a buff that increases your damage. Permanently increases Corkscrew Blow's damage. Passive 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.

  • Hook Bomber - Spread
  • Double Down - Saving Grace
  • Octopunch - Extra Strike
  • Octopunch - Boss Rush
  • Octopunch - Reinforce
  • Serpent Utility
  • 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
  • Lightning Form
  • Howling Fist
  • Trinode: Hook Bomber, Sea Serpent Blow, Octopunch
  • Trinode: Sea Serpent's Rage, Nautilus Strike, Corkscrew Blow

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 Lightning Form 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


01/03/2023 - Updated for Remastered Skills

08/12/2020 - First update


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