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MapleStory Fire Poison Archmage Skill Build - Remastered Destiny Update

February 19, 2024

MapleStory Fire Poison Arch Mage is one of the three different explorer mages you can choose from. One of the original four jobs to be introduced into MapleStory, Fire Poison Arch Mages utilize many damage over time skills that make them an interesting class compared to most others in MapleStory. Whilst their mobbing can be lackluster, they have incredible high damage during late game, allowing you to one-hit mobs much earlier on compared to other classes.

Fire Poison Arch Mage Overview

Fire Poison Arch Mages generally use their damage over time skills whilst teleporting around large maps and one-hitting them to finish them off. When you get to Arcana and level 230, your skills will start getting closer to one-shoting making the class a very good mobber. Unfortunately, the early levels of up to 200 can be quite painful due to slow attack times, small hit boxes and generally lack-luster skills. Fifth job adds some great skills to make the class more viable including Poison Nova.

All Explorers got a major revamp in the Destiny V.233 Patch update, including Fire Poison Arch Mage!

As a bossing class, Fire Poison Arch Mages are considered the best of the mages. Their damage over time skills can get around damage reflect and canceling moves, allowing you to deal high-damage constantly. They don't have a single i-frame skill (to prevent death from one-hit ko moves), but Mages in general have great survivability with their teleport and magic guard moves.

Fifth job unlocks three new skills that aid in mobbing. Poison Nova and DoT Punisher both have short cooldowns that will make attacking large maps full of mobs very easy. Combined with your Poison Mist skills, it makes for some very fast training and leveling. Elemental Fury is a great short burst skill that also has a very short cooldown.

Explorer Magicians can job advance into either Bishop, Ice/Lightning Arch Mage or Fire/Poison Arch Mage.

  • Weapon: Staff & Wand
  • Job: Mage
  • Class: Explorer
  • Shared Cash Shop Inventory: Explorer Jobs
  • Legion Block: +Max MP (1%/2%/3%/4%/5%)
  • Link Skill: Empirical Knowledge (+1-3% Damage, 1-2% Ignore Def, stacks up to 3 times, 10 sec duration)
  • Primary Stat: Int
  • Inner Ability: +1 Attack Speed

Magician First Job Skill Build

You can max all your skills in 1st job. All magicians should follow this skill build.

  • Energy Bolt (+1), Teleport (+1), Mana Wave (MAX)
  • MP Booster (+1)
  • Energy Bolt (MAX)
  • Teleport (MAX)
  • MP Boost (MAX)
  • Magic Guard (MAX)
  • Magic Armor (MAX)

Your main attacking skill as a Magician is Energy Bolt. The energy bolt is a lot better than the pre-big bang version and can hit up to 4 enemies at once! You will want to max Teleport quite quickly as it allows for better mobility. Magic Guard is your most useful skill that you will be using even when you get to 5th job; it basically turns your MP into HP, allowing you to absorb massive amounts of damage. You can toggle this skill on/off.

MP Boost will increase your Attack Speed, so worth putting a point in it early on.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Energy Bolt Energy Bolt Fire a condensed energy bolt that explodes on contact with an enemy. Main Attack Skill
Teleport Teleport Allows you to teleport to other locations on the same map using the arrow keys. Teleport
MP Boost MP Boost Increase Max MP and Attack Speed. Also increases MP proportional to your level. Passive Buff
Magic Guard Magic Guard A portion of the damage dealt to you affects your MP instead of your HP. Does not apply to attacks that inflict damage in proportion to your Max HP.\nActivated automatically when you have at least 1 MP, and is ineffective when you have 0 MP. Can be toggled On/Off with the skill key. Toggle Skill
Magic Armor Magic Armor Uses magic to increase DEF. Passive Buff
Mana Wave Mana Wave Expel a blast of mana that propels you upwards. This skill is automatically triggered when you press the Jump key while holding the Up Arrow key. If you continue holding the Jump key, you will slow your descent for a short period. Teleport Skill

Fire Poison Wizard Second Job Skill Build

You can max all your skills in second job. Start your skill build with:

  • Poison Breath (+1), Ignite (+1), Agile Magic (+2)
  • Agile Magic (MAX)
  • Poison Breath (MAX)
  • Flame Orb (MAX)
  • Ignite (MAX)
  • Elemental Drain (MAX)
  • Spell Mastery (MAX)
  • Meditation (MAX)
  • High Wisdom (MAX)
  • MP Eater (MAX)

Poison Breath got a huge boost in the revamp and should now be your main attacking skill due to it's hit box range.

Flame Orb is your secondary main attacking skill as a Fire Poison Wizard. Unfortunately, it only attacks in front of you so we definitely recommend using the Poison Breath skill. Ignite can complement your Flame Orb attack, but at this low level, the damage is very minimal for controlling map spawn.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Flame Orb Flame Orb A fire-attribute attack. Creates and throws a burning orb at multiple enemies. Main Attack Skill
Agile Magic Agile Magic Increases Attack Speed and Intelligence. Attack Speed Buff
Spell Mastery Spell Mastery Magic Mastery and Magic ATT increase. Passive Buff
Poison Breath Poison Breath Conjures a poison-attribute cloud, inflicting fatal damage to enemies. The enemies will take additional periodic damage for a short time. Main Attack Skill
MP Eater MP Eater Absorb the enemy's MP when attacking with Magic skills. Absorption efficiency is reduced against bosses, resulting in less MP gained. Passive Buff
Meditation Meditation Temporarily enhance the Magic Attack of all party members nearby through meditation. Buff
Ignite Ignite Grants Fire magic a chance to create a wall of fire at the target location (excludes Inferno Aura). Unaffected by attack reflection. Can be toggled On/Off. Passive DOT Skill
High Wisdom High Wisdom Permanently increase INT through mental discipline. Passive Buff
Elemental Drain Elemental Drain Increases final damage based on the number of nearby enemies affected by your damage-over-time effects. This does not include DoT from your Beginner Skill.  

Fire Poison Mage Third Job Skill Build

You can max all your skills in second job. Start your skill build with:

  • Explosion (+1), Arcane Overdrive (+1), Elemental Decrease (+1)
  • Creeping Toxin (MAX)
  • Elemental Decrease (MAX)
  • Explosion (MAX)
  • Arcane Overdrive (MAX)
  • Element Amplification (MAX)
  • Burning Magic (MAX)
  • Poison Mist (MAX)
  • Teleport Boost (MAX)
  • Teleport Mastery (MAX)
  • Elemental Adaptation (MAX)

As a third job Fire Poison Mage you get many damage boosting passive skills that can start taking your damage into the higher realms. Your fire damage becomes better too with Burning Magic skill. Explosion is your main attacking skill, but it's good to also use Creeping Toxin alongside it for map control.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Explosion Explosion Creates a fire-attribute explosion near you that hits nearby enemies. Main Attack Skill
Creeping Toxin Creeping Toxin Conjures a poison-attribute totem, which spreads a toxic pool over the map horizontally. The pool cannot spread beyond the edge of a platform, but is highly combustible. If you cast fire magic over a toxic pool shortly after it is created, it will detonate, yielding a massive explosion. These explosions can also detonate neighboring toxic pools. Cooldown attack
Teleport Mastery Teleport Mastery When activated, instead of consuming extra MP, enemies at the teleport destination will take damage and become Stunned. Also has a chance to apply more damage over time. Also permanently increases Knockback Resistance. Can be toggled On/Off Toggle Buff
Poison Mist Poison Mist Temporarily creates a poisonous fog around you, dealing poison damage to all enemies nearby. DOT Attack Skill
Mana Burn Mana Burn When attacking with fire, grants a chance to burn out the enemy's MP to deal extra damage that ignores enemy defenses Passive Buff
Elemental Decrease Elemental Decrease Decreases the Elemental Resistance to all of your attacks. Also permanently increases final damage. Passive Buff
Elemental Adaptation Elemental Adaptation Cover yourself with a veil of fire and poison to defend against debilitating status conditions. Regenerates after blocking a status condition, and applies cooldown after successfully blocking a certain number of conditions. Also permanently increases Status Resistance and Elemental Resistance. Toggle Buff
Element Amplification Element Amplification Increases the MP cost and the Damage of your magic skills except for Inferno Aura. Passive Buff
Burning Magic Burning Magic Increases all of your damage over time durations and final damage when you attack enemies under damage over time, stun, freeze, darkness, or paralysis effects. Passive Buff
Arcane Overdrive Arcane Overdrive Permanently increases Critical Rate and Critical Damage. Passive Buff
Teleport Boost Teleport Boost Increases your maneuverability by enhancing the range of Teleport.  

Fire Poison Arch Mage Fourth Job Skill Build

You can max all your skills in second job. Start your skill build with:

  • Flame Sweep (+1), Arcane Aim (+1), Buff Mastery (+1)
  • Flame Sweep (MAX)
  • Arcane Aim (MAX)
  • Buff Mastery (MAX)
  • Mist Eruption (MAX)
  • Meteor Shower (MAX)
  • Infinity (MAX)
  • Arcane Aim (MAX)
  • Ifrit (MAX)
  • Maple Warrior (MAX)
  • Fervent Drain (MAX)
  • Flame Haze (MAX)
  • Hero's Will (MAX)

Flame Sweep is your main mobbing skill as a Fire Poison Arch Mage combined with your 3rd job Creeping Toxin skill. Maxing out all your passive damage buffs early will help your with killing the stronger mobs in the level 140 range. Ifrit and Meteor Shower can help clear mobs that have 1HP and Infinity is a great boost skill for bossing.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Flame Sweep Flame Sweep A fire-attribute attack. Sweeps the area in front of you with a powerful flame. Enemies struck by the flame are burned and take continuous damage. (Some enemies can resist this attack.) Main Attack Skill
Mist Eruption Mist Eruption Permanently increases Poison Mist's continuous damage. Upon using the skill, nearby Poison Mists explode, dealing fatal poison damage to enemies. The damage will increase proportional to the number of continuous damage effects applied to the target. You cannot detonate Mists set by others.\nNot affected by cooldown resets. If the mist explodes successfully, the cooldown of Flame Haze will reset. DOT Attack
Meteor Shower Meteor Shower Summon meteorites from the sky to inflict intense fire damage against multiple enemies.#c Your attack skills permanently have a chance to summon a meteorite, which falls on a single enemy to inflict damage# (excludes Inferno Aura). Cooldown 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
Infinity Infinity Lets you use skills without spending MP by concentrating and drawing out unlimited mana. Also continually recovers HP and MP and increases the damage of all Magic Attacks. Burst Buff
Ifrit Ifrit Summons a fire ifrit that attacks multiple enemies for a short time. Also permanently increases mastery. This skill isn't affected by enemy damage reflection skills. Summon
Heros Will Heros Will Hones your resolve to ignore certain abnormal status effects. Immune to Abnormal Status for 3 sec after use. Buff
Flame Haze Flame Haze Surrounds enemies with burning poisonous mist to make them untouchable# while slowing them down with continuous damage. Also forms Poison Mist clouds where the skill strikes enemies, or around you if no enemies are struck. DOT Skill
Buff Mastery Buff Mastery Permanently increases Magic Attack and increases the duration of all buffs on you. Also permanently increases Knockback Resistance. Passive Buff
Arcane Aim Arcane Aim Ignores a portion of enemy Defense when attacking. Damage dealt increases with consecutive attacks. Stacks up to 5 times. Passive Buff
Fervent Drain Fervent Drain Increases the effect of Elemental Drain.  

Fire Poison Archmage 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.

  • Flame Sweep - Reinforce
  • Flame Sweep - Extra Strike
  • Mist Eruption - Cooldown Cutter
  • Mist Eruption - Guardbreak
  • Mist Eruption - Reinforce
  • Inferno Aura
  • Megiddo Flame
  • Epic Adventure

Fire Poison Archmage 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.

Fire Poison Archmage's Nodes should include:

  • Posion Nova
  • DoT Punisher
  • Elemental Fury
  • Poison Chain
  • Trinode: Ignite, Mist Eruption, Flame Sweep
  • Trinode: Meteor Shower, Flame Haze, Teleport Mastery

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

  • Decent Holy Symbol
  • Decent Sharp Eyes
  • Decent Speed Infusion
  • Erda Nova
  • Rope Lift
  • Mana Overload
  • Ethereal Form
  • Unreliable Memory
  • Mind Delve
  • Maple World Goddess's Blessing

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Poison Nova Poison Nova Releases a poisonous cloud that spreads in all directions, striking nearby enemies. You can detonate the cloud to inflict additional damage. Cooldown Attack Skill
DoT Punisher DoT Punisher Summons flame orbs from another dimension to pursue enemies. The number of orbs you summon depends on how many damage over time stacks you have on enemies. Cooldown Attack Skill
Elemental Fury Elemental Fury Unleash the fury of flame in the form of an enraged spirit. Can be only used when Ifrit is summoned. Burst Attack
Poison Chain Poison Chain Unleash a fatal poison on a chain of enemies. Poisoned enemies periodically release clouds of additional poison, damaging both themselves and other nearby enemies. Even if they survive the initial explosion, the poison effect stacks, raising the power of further explosions. If an enemy dies or disappears before an explosion, the poison spreads to nearby enemies immediately. Once a certain number of explosions has occurred, the poison will wear off from every enemy simultaneously. Doesn't activate Elemental Drain, and is unaffected by attack reflection. Cooldown Attack Skill


20/09/2022 - Updated for Destiny V.233 Update

26/03/2021 - Added new 5th Job Skill from the Awake update.

20/10/2020 - First update


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