MapleStory Cadena Skill Build Guide

MapleStory Cadena Skill Build Guide

calendar_todayPosted on 18th March 2021

Cadena is a MapleStory Nova class that uses chains to attack enemies, grapple to nearby platforms and perform devastating combos on enemies. Cadena has been reborn after an injury left her in a deep slumber, now ready to take on the world of MapleStory once again. Equipped with a new weapon type called Chain, Cadena is a thief type class that prioritizes LUK equipment and weapon attack.

Cadena Overview

Cadena was released in patch V190 Nova: Liberation Of Cadena on November 2017. Cadena is part of the Nova Class group, which includes Kasier and Angelic Buster. Cadena's hometown is Savage Terminal, where she was raised by Shadowdealers in a world full of mischief. Like most classes of MapleStory, Cadena's sub weapon is a Warp Forge that can be purchased from the Secondary Weapon Seller in Leafre.

Cadena is a class with great damage and really fun mobbing mechanics. If you like a class that is all about chaining attacks (no pun intended), using different skills and being very mobile, then Cadena is for you. Cadena also has a lot of avoidability stat, meaning she can dodge many attacks from mobs. By using different skills, you stack up damage buffs, making Cadena a formidable damage-dealing class.

As a bossing class, Cadena excels at damage dealing. She has an iframe for dodging 1-hit KO attacks too and has some useful flying skills to help dodge floor based attacks (Like Lotus's lightning attacks). As Cadena is primarily a combo class, part of the managing the skill of this class is based on executing your combos without fault; this can be slightly tricky as some skills are a bit clunky and hard to manage. The reward for mastering them though is high, with top-tier damage.

  • Weapon: Chain
  • Job: Thief
  • Class: Nova
  • Shared Cash Shop Inventory: Cadena, Kasier, Angelic Buster
  • Legion Block: +LUK (10/20/40/80/100)
  • Link Skill: Unfair Advantage (+6% damage against weaker opponents and abnormal status afflicted mobs.)
  • Primary Stat: LUK
  • Inner Ability: 20% chance to skill cooldowns

Cadena First Job Skill Build

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

  • Chain Arts: Thrash (+1), Shadowstep (+1), Chain Arts: Pursuit (+1)
  • Shadowstep (MAX)
  • Chain Arts: Thrash (MAX)
  • Uncanny Luck (MAX)
  • Summon Scimitar (MAX)
  • Chain Arts: Pursuit (MAX)
  • The Way Of Shadows (MAX)

In first job your main attack skill is using your chain to whip your enemies up. Chain Arts: Thrash requires you to just press your normal attack key. Chain Arts: Thrash can be used twice, but if you use another skill after the first hit, it will gain 10% Final Damage. Summon Scimitar is your first cooldown skill (4 seconds) and launches your character forward dealing damage to mobs (6), which is great for a first job character and combining it with your main attack skill the damage is really good. Chain Arts: Pursuit allows you to use your chain to grapple to nearby platforms or mobs.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Chain Arts: Thrash Chain Arts: Thrash Press the Attack Key to whip your chain forward, then bring it crashing down. Enemies hit by the 2nd strike are pushed back. Foes struck by the chain are slowed for a short time.Other attacks can be used between the 1st and 2nd strikes to inflict enhanced damage. Can be used while using your other skills. Main Attack Skill
Chain Arts: Pursuit Chain Arts: Pursuit Use your chain to grapple to a platform or enemy. Press the skill key to launch the chain horizontally or at a vertical angle.Striking horizontally only targets monsters, while striking vertically only targets platforms within a certain distance. While airborne, you can strike downward to temporarily slow your descent.If the Skill key is pressed again while the chain is tethered, you will quickly move to the target location. When the chain is tethered and while moving with the skill, you become temporarily stealthed where you cannot be hit, and attacking or using skills will deactivate the stealth.Enemies struck by the skill are briefly slowed. Can be used while using your other skills.Up + Skill key] Launches 45 deg. upward[Down + Skill key] Launches 45 deg. downward Teleport Skill
Uncanny Luck Uncanny Luck Your hard life on the streets has left you with a certain wisdom that some might attribute to luck. Passive Buff
The Way Of Shadows The Way Of Shadows Your training in the ways of the Shadowdealers has left you with a permanent boost to Avoidability and maximum movement speed. Passive Buff
Summon Scimitar Summon Scimitar Summons a scimitar to instantly cut through enemies. Usable while airborne and with your other skills. Cooldown Attack Skill
Shadowstep Shadowstep Use mid-jump to jump a second time. The jump distance increases with the skill level. Double Jump Skill

Cadena Second Job Skill Build

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

  • Chain Arts: Thrash II (+1), Weapon Mastery (+2)
  • Weapon Mastery (5)
  • Weapon Booster (6)
  • Chain Arts: Thrash II (MAX)
  • Weapon Master (MAX)
  • Summon Shuriken (MAX)
  • Summon Claw (MAX)
  • Muscle Memory (MAX)
  • Wisdom Of Shadows (MAX)
  • Physical Training (MAX)
  • Weapon Booster (MAX)

Your main attack skill gets upgraded to Thrash II in second job, hitting more mobs and higher damage dealt. You will want to get your Weapon Booster skill maxed early on for that additional attack speed. You get two new cooldown skills; Summon Claw can be used when your character is in the air and Summon Shuriken fires out a spinning star to hit mobs. Muscle Memory will allow you to gain stacks of extra damage buffs when you switch between your Summon skills (Summon Shuriken and Summon Claw). You'll want to use these skills in your attacking rotation to get the damage boost.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Chain Arts: Thrash II Chain Arts: Thrash II Enhances Chain Arts: Thrash's second hit. Main Attack Skill
Wisdom Of Shadows Wisdom Of Shadows Call upon your training as a Shadowdealer to permanently increase your Attack Power, Avoidability, Critical Rate, and Critical Damage. Passive Buff
Weapon Mastery Weapon Mastery Increases Mastery with all Summoned Weapons, as well as your Chain Arts. Passive Buff
Weapon Booster Weapon Booster Consumes MP to increase the attack speed of all weapons for a short time. Must have a Chain equipped. Attack Speed Booster
Summon Shuriken Summon Shuriken Summons a spinning shuriken that explodes, maiming enemies and knocking them back. Can be resisted by some monsters. Cooldown Attack Skill
Summon Claw Summon Claw Summons a claw weapon that strikes downward diagonally. Only usable while airborne. Can be used with your other skills. Cooldown Attack Skill
Physical Training Physical Training Your physical training grants you a permanent bonus to LUK and DEX. Passive Buff
Muscle Memory Muscle Memory Extensive training with a varied assortment of weapons increases the damage of#c all of your attacks. Whenever you switch summoned weapons, you execute a bonus attack and receive the Muscle Memory buff. The additional attack is unaffected by attack reflection.This buff stacks up to the number of summonable weapons you possess (excluding Chain Arts). Summoning any weapon besides the last one used will refresh this buff. Muscle Memory is not affected by effects that increase buff duration. Passive Buff

Cadena Third Job Skill Build

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

  • Chain Arts: Thrash III (+1), Summon Shotgun (+1), Summon Daggers (+1)
  • Chain Arts: Thrash III (MAX)
  • Muscle Memory II (MAX)
  • Summon Shotgun (MAX)
  • Keen Eye (MAX)
  • Summon Daggers (MAX)
  • Cheap Shot (MAX)
  • Summon Decoy Bounce (MAX)
  • Determination (MAX)

Another upgrade to your main attack skill Chain Arts: Thrash III. You also get 3 new Summon skills: Summon Shotgun, Summon Daggers and Summon Decoy Bounce. Summon Shotgun and Summon Decoy Bounce all blast you back, but you can cancel the animation using Chain Arts: Pursuit. All of your summon skills have cooldowns, so you want to get into a habit of rotating the skills to make use of them. Muscle Memory gets upgraded, and Cheap Shot will increase damage against Abnormal Status enemies.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Chain Arts: Thrash III Chain Arts: Thrash III Enhances Chain Arts: Thrash's second hit. Main Attack Skill
Summon Shotgun Summon Shotgun Summons a shotgun that fires a fan-shaped blast with enough power to knock you back. Enemies closer to the blast take more damage. Cooldown Attack Skill
Summon Decoy Bomb Summon Decoy Bomb Jumps backwards while releasing a series of explosives. When used while airborne, the bombs are dropped at your current location. The bombs explode after a set time and are unaffected by attack reflection. Cooldown Attack Skill
Summon Daggers Summon Daggers Summons 2 daggers to instantly slash upward. If used while airborne, you will remain in the air until the attack is finished. Enemies struck by the blade are Terrified for a set time. Cooldown Attack Skill
Muscle Memory II Muscle Memory II Your continued training and familiarity with your weapons enhances their deadliness. Overrides the effects of Muscle Memory, except for the passive bonus to Summoned Weapon skill damage, which is stacked. Passive Buff
Keen Eye Keen Eye Sizes up your opponents to determine their weaknesses, allowing you to deal more effective blows and increasing your Avoidability permanently. Passive Buff
Determination Determination Permanently increases Max HP, Status Resistance, and Elemental Resistance through constant training. Passive Buff
Cheap Shot Cheap Shot Delivers a strategic blow against weakened opponents Passive Buff

Cadena Fourth Job Skill Build

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

  • Chain Arts: Thrash IV (+1), Weapons Expert (+1), Muscle Memory III (+1)
  • Chain Arts: Thrash IV (10)
  • Summon Brick (10)
  • Summon Spiked Bat (10)
  • Chain Arts: Reign Of Chains (10)
  • Chain Arts: Thrash IV (MAX)
  • Weapons Expert (MAX)
  • Muscle Memory III (MAX)
  • Summon Brick (MAX)
  • Summon Spiked Bat (MAX)
  • Cheap Shot II (MAX)
  • Wisdom Of Shadows II (MAX)
  • Nova Warrior (MAX)
  • Chain Arts: Reign Of Chains (MAX)
  • Nova Temperance (MAX)
  • Chain Arts: Beatdown (MAX)

Your fourth job gives you your final Chain Arts upgrade! You get two new summon skills called Summon Brick and Summon Spiked Bat. Summon Spiked Bat is great for bossing as it's damage increases when there is only a single target. Chain Arts: Reign Of Chains will pull mobs towards you and deals great damage when you hold it down. It has a long cooldown, unfortunately.

Chain Arts: Beatdown is your bind skill that gives you invincibility when casting and then you get more upgrades to your passive buffs.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Chain Arts: Thrash IV Chain Arts: Thrash IV Enhances Chain Arts: Thrash's second hit. Main Attack Skill
Wisdom Of Shadows II Wisdom Of Shadows II Call upon your continued training as a Shadowdealer to further enhance your combat prowess. Stacks with the bonuses of Wisdom of Shadows. Passive Buff
Weapons Expert Weapons Expert For all Summoned Weapons and Chain Arts, increases Weapon Mastery, Attack Power, Critical Rate, and Critical Damage. Passive Buff
Summon Spiked Bat Summon Spiked Bat Summons a spiked bat that crashes down on foes. Usable three times consecutively. You can move during use by pressing the directional keys. Using another skill before activating the 3rd hit will trigger the skill's cooldown. Enemies struck by the 3rd Hit are Confused. Cooldown Attack Skill
Summon Brick Summon Brick Summons a huge brick and jumps forward, using your chains to bring it crashing down. Jumps farther when used while pressing the up arrow key. Can only be used while airborne. Cooldown Attack Skill
Nova Warrior Nova Warrior Temporarily increases the stats of all party members. Does not stack with Maple Warrior, Call of Cygnus, Nova Warrior, Sengoku Warrior, Presidents Orders, or Rhinne's Protection. Buff Skill
Nova Temperance Nova Temperance Hones your resolve to ignore certain abnormal status effects. Immune to Abnormal Status for 3 seconds after use. Buff Skill
Muscle Memory III Muscle Memory III Your continued training and familiarity with your weapons further enhances their deadliness. Overrides the effects of Muscle Memory II, except for the passive bonus to Summoned Weapon Skill Damage, which is stacked. Passive Buff
Cheap Shot II Cheap Shot II Delivers a deadly blow against weakened opponents. Your attacks against enemies affected by abnormal statuses have a chance to cause enemies to Bleed. Overrides Cheap Shot. Passive Buff
Chain Arts: Reign Of Chains Chain Arts: Reign Of Chains Swing your chain creating a brutal vortex of steel, drawing in and demolishing nearby foes. On hit, refreshes Muscle Memory. Cooldown Attack Skill
Chain Arts: Beatdown Chain Arts: Beatdown Snaps your chain out far and fast in a merciless flurry of strikes. Enemies struck by the initial blow are stunned. Grants a full stack of Muscle Memory. Foes hit cannot be stunned again for 90 seconds by Chain Arts: Beatdown, or other skills. MP Cost: 255, Damage 300%, Attacks: 2, Stun Length: 10 seconds. Strikes nearby foes from high to low HP. Charges up a secondary attack enhanced by number of skill key presses, & a final strike hitting up to 10 foes. Bind / Iframe skill

Cadena 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.

  • Chain-less Arts - Reinforce
  • Chain-less Arts - Boss Rush
  • Chain Arts: Thrash - Reinforce
  • Chain Arts: Thrash - Linked Attack Reinforce
  • Chain Arts: Beatdown - Cooldown Cutter
  • Chain Arts: Crush
  • Shadowdealer's Elixir
  • Veteran Shadowdealer

Cadena 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.

Cadena's Nodes should include:

  • Apocalypse Cannon
  • Chain Arts: Void Strike
  • Chain Arts: Maelstrom
  • Muscle Memory Finale
  • Trio: Chain Arts: Thrash, Chain Arts: Crush, Chain Arts: Beatdown
  • Trio: Summon Daggers, Summon Shotgun, Summon Scimitar
  • Trio: Summon Brick, Summon Spiked Bat, [free]

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

  • Decent Holy Symbol
  • Decent Sharp Eyes
  • Decent Speed Infusion
  • Erda Nova
  • Rope Lift
  • Venom Burst
  • Might of the Nova
  • Last Resort
  • Grandis Goddess's Blessing
  • True Arachnid Reflection

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Apocalypse Cannon Apocalypse Cannon Summons an ancient Nova Weapon reforged by the Shadowdealers. The cannon draws in energy, and eventually fires. Does not trigger Attack Reflection. Cooldown Attack Skill
Chain Arts: Void Strike Chain Arts: Void Strike You throw your chains with such intensity that they tear through the fabric of space and time, wreaking havoc on your foes. Does not trigger Attack Reflection. Cooldown Attack Skill
Chain Arts: Maelstrom Chain Arts: Maelstrom Whips chains at high speed to create a maelstrom that will strike fear into the hearts of all your enemies. There can only be 1 maelstrom, and it is unaffected by attack reflection. Attack Skill
Muscle Memory Finale Muscle Memory Finale Push the limits of weapon mastery to inflict additional hits with even greater power. Skill is unaffected by attack reflection. Preparation time is reduced when a specific attack skill hits. Max Level 25. Passive Skill

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