MapleStory Dawn Warrior Skill Build Guide

MapleStory Dawn Warrior Skill Build Guide

calendar_today22nd October 2021

Dawn Warrior is a Cygnus Knight class that uses one-handed and two-handed swords to drive their enemies back into the abyss. Originally released back in 2009, Dawn Warrior is now a fully-fledged MapleStory class with it's own unique 5th job skills that allow it to take on the toughest bosses in end-game MapleStory.

Dawn Warrior is a Warrior job, so their main stat is STR and they make use of either one-handed or two-handed swords depending on your preference. Most Dawn Warriors will use a Two-Handed Sword when they reach end-game as the damage is considerably more than using one-handed + a shield.

Dawn Warrior Overview

In June 2009, MapleStory GMS released the Cygnus Knight classes, which included Dawn Warrior. They were originally limited to level 120 only, and were more of a side-character than a main character class for MapleStory. All the jobs were similar to the Explorer classes, with Dawn Warrior being most like a Hero (or Crusader back in the day). Today, Dawn Warrior's are their own unique class that can be trained up to max level (current level 300 at the time of writing this guide!).

With Dawn Warrior, you'll burst through the first 200 levels of MapleStory with its great mobbing skills and high-damage output. As you get to fifth job and beyond, you'll find training to be very fun as you have great mobbing and range on your slash attacks. It's a very simple class to play with very little buffs to micro-manage or keep up. They can train in both big and small maps, with small maps you're going to comfortably clear the entire map of mobs before they respawn!

Bossing with Dawn Warrior requires control management. One of their main attacking skills has a forced jump-movement that if not properly managed, can cause the class to die in certain bosses. That being said, most players who main Dawn Warrior find it easy and rewarding to play. DPS of Dawn Warrior is very good, probably slightly less than Hero Explorer class under best conditions. Dawn Warrior has a short i-frame in 5th job with Soul Eclipse that can help you dodge 1-hit KO attacks.

  • Weapon: One-Handed / Two-Hand Sword
  • Job: Warrior
  • Class: Cygnus Knight
  • Shared Cash Shop Inventory: Blaze Wizard, Wind Archer, Thunder Breaker, Dawn Warrior, Night Walker, Mihile
  • Legion Block: + MAXHP (250/500/1000/2000/2500)
  • Link Skill: Cygnus Blessing (Level 10: Attack Power: +25, Magic Attack Power: +25, Abnormal Status Resistance: +15, All Elemental Resistance: +15%)
  • Primary Stat: STR
  • Inner Ability: 20% Boss Damage

Dawn Warrior First Job Skill Build

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

  • Triple Slash (MAX)
  • Hand of Light (MAX)
  • Soul Element (MAX)
  • Inner Voice (MAX)

Your main attacking skill is Triple Slash, that can hit up to 3 mobs at a time. You'll want to max Hand Of Light second as it gives you an attack boost, followed by Soul Element.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Triple Slash Triple Slash Slashes distant enemies vertically and swiftly. Main Attack Skill
Soul Element Soul Element Summons a wind element to gain its powers. Buff
Inner Voice Inner Voice Strengthens the soul and empowers the body. Passive Buff
Hand Of Light Hand Of Light Empowers your weapon with your own fighting spirit. Passive Buff

Dawn Warrior Second Job Skill Build

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

  • Trace Cut (+1), Falling Moon (+1) Flicker (+1)
  • Sword Mastery (5)
  • Soul Speed (MAX)
  • Trace Cut (MAX)
  • Falling Moon (MAX)
  • Sword Mastery (MAX)
  • Divine Hand (MAX)
  • Inner Harmony (MAX)
  • Flicker (MAX)

In second job you get introduced to the Falling Moon skill. This skill is required to be on in order to use your new main attacking skill Trace Cut.

When you progress further, you'll get another skill in 3rd job called Rising Sun that will alter the attacking skills strength.

You'll first want to max Soul Speed to increase your attacking speed, and then max your main attacking skill Trace Cut. This skill is a bit awkward because it actually attacks behind the character (you can use it with Flicker which is a rush attack skill).

The rest of the skills add passive damage.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Trace Cut Trace Cut Cuts down afterimage of passed enemies. Main Attack Skill
Flicker Flicker Flickers past enemies while slashing them. Dash Skill
Sword Mastery Sword Mastery Increases One-Handed and Two-Handed Sword Mastery Passive Buff
Soul Speed Soul Speed Expend willpower to increase reaction speed. Buff
Inner Harmony Inner Harmony Trains the body and mind to work as one in battle. Passive Buff
Falling Moon Falling Moon Calls down the power of the moon to strengthen your weapon. Toggle Skill
Divine Hand Divine Hand Perform an accurate strike with your unshakable faith. Passive Buff

Dawn Warrior Third Job Skill Build

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

  • Moon Shadow (+1), Rising Sun (+1), Moon Cross (+1)
  • Moon Shadow (MAX)
  • Moon Cross (MAX)
  • Rising Sun (MAX)
  • True Sight (MAX)
  • Inner Voice (MAX)
  • Will Of Steel (MAX)
  • Soul of the Guardian (MAX)

In third job, you get two new attacking skills. Your main attacking skill is Moon Shadow and using it with Falling Moon stance is a lot better than Rising Sun. Rising sun increase damage and attack speed, whereas falling moon increase damage lines. The stances also change how the skill behaves.

True Sight adds a debuff to enemy to lower their defense and the rest are passive buffs.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Moon Shadow Moon Shadow Spin in place to cut down everything in sight. Main Attack Skill
Moon Cross Moon Cross Cuts down distant enemies at an angle before pulling them toward you. Dash Skill
Will Of Steel Will Of Steel It takes a strong mind to push through hardships. Passive Buff
True Sight True Sight See through the veil of the physical world to pierce your target's soul. Buff
Soul Of The Guardian Soul Of The Guardian Call forth the ancients to defend yourself. Passive Buff
Rising Sun Rising Sun Focuses the power of the sun into your blade. Toggle Skill
Inner Voice Inner Voice Focus your mind to reinvigorate your body. Passive Buff

Dawn Warrior Fourth Job Skill Build

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

  • Solar Pierce (MAX)
  • Equinox Cycle (MAX)
  • Soul Pledge (MAX)
  • Student of the Blade (MAX)
  • Unpredictable (MAX)
  • Master of the Sword (MAX)
  • Speeding Sunset (MAX)
  • Equinox Slash (MAX)
  • Impaling Rays (MAX)
  • Call Of Cygnus (MAX)

Solar Pierce is your new main mobbing skill and Speeding Sunset is your bossing skill. You'll get a new skill called Equinox Cycle, which will automatically switch modes for you each attack, allowing you to get the best of both Rising Sun and Falling Moon. This should be your main active stance from now on.

You get a bind in Impaling Rays and the rest of passive damage buffs.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Solar Pierce Solar Pierce The radiant sun pierces the enemies. Main Attack Skill
Unpredictable Unpredictable Attack with an unpredictable strike, negating enemy defenses. Passive Buff
Student Of The Blade Student Of The Blade Increases the Mastery, Attack Power, and Critical Damage of One-Handed and Two-Handed Swords. Passive Buff
Speeding Sunset Speeding Sunset Splits the target in two with a sword as hot as the blazing sun. Boss Attack Skill
Soul Pledge Soul Pledge Form a contract with the ancients to become an unwavering warrior. Passive Buff
Master Of The Sword Master Of The Sword You become a master of the sword, mastering both types of powers. Passive Buff
Impaling Rays Impaling Rays Summons swords from the sky to impale your enemies. Affects bosses. Bind
Equinox Slash Equinox Slash Charges forward and slashes the enemy. Can only be used in the air while using Equinox Cycle. Can be used while using your skills. SP is not required for this skill, and it can be used if you learn the Equinox Cycle skill. Secondary Attack Skill
Equinox Cycle Equinox Cycle Reconfigure the solar and lunar cycles. Buff
Call Of Cygnus Call Of Cygnus Grants the blessings of Cygnus's awakening to temporarily increase all stats for you and your 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

Dawn Warrior 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.

  • True Sight - Enhance
  • Divide and Pierce - Reinforce
  • Careening Dance - Reinforce
  • Careening Dance - Guardbreak
  • Careening Dance - Boss Rush
  • Styx Crossing
  • Glory Of The Guardians
  • Soul Forge

Dawn Warrior 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.

Dawn Warrior's Nodes should include:

  • Celestial Dance
  • Rift of Damnation
  • Soul Eclipse
  • Flare Slash
  • Trio: Styx Crossing, Moon Dancer, Crescent Divide

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

  • Decent Holy Symbol
  • Decent Sharp Eyes
  • Decent Speed Infusion
  • Erda Nova
  • Rope Lift
  • True Arachnid Reflection
  • Weapon Aura
  • Impenetrable Skin
  • Empress Cygnus's Blessing
  • Phalanx Charge

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Celestial Dance Celestial Dance Simultaneously unleashes the power of the sun and moon. Cooldown Attack Skill
Rift Of Damnation Rift of Damnation Creates a rift between the world of the living and the Underworld when used with Styx Crossing. Attacks against afflicted enemies are unaffected by attack reduction or attack reflection. Cooldown attack skill
Soul Eclipse Soul Eclipse Focuses your wisdom and the strength of your soul to call forth a stunning eclipse. When the sun and moon are completely overlapped, use the skill one more time to use Equinox Divide. The eclipse is unaffected by attack reflection. Burst / Iframe
Flare Slash Flare Slash Unleash an explosive eruption of forged Spiritual Resin. Activates when your attack skill hits while in Falling Moon or Rising Sun stances. Flare Slash is unaffected by attack reflection. Max Level 25. Passive Buff


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The Dawn Warrior got changed some time ago, is this guide going to be updated to reflect that? I noticed the 1st job skills here and on the game were different.
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It is on our to-do list; hopefully get all the Cygnus Knights done before New Age!
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