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MapleStory Hayato Skill Build Guide

June 12, 2024

Hayato is a MapleStory class that originated from the Japanese version of MapleStory. Wielding long Katana blades, Hayato slashes and dashes towards its enemies, making it a really fun and mobile class to play. Whilst Hayato's Link Skill isn't too useful, they do have a great Legion Grid bonus of Critical Damage, so the class is well worth leveling up for the bonus.

Hayato Overview

Hayato was release in March 2013 in patch 131 in GMS, a month after the release of the other Sengoku class Kanna. They use two types of weapons: the Katana as their main weapon and the Kodachi for the sub weapon. In terms of mechanics, Hayato has a cool skill that allows it to turn into a bossing or mobbing class. Quick Draw in the beginner tab of your skill window will allow you to change "stances", and only certain skills can be used, which you'll want to switch between when bossing or mobbing (normal training).

In terms of training Hayato, they are a really mobile and fun class to play. Their skills allow you to dash all over the map, hitting enemies at will and dealing some nice damage. It takes a bit of getting used to as there are quite a few skills to manage, but once you get your skill rotation down, you'll be singing Hayato's praises. The better you can manage your attacks, the more damage you can output as Hayato has a skill called Battoujutsu Advance that gives you stacks of damage buffs for using skills.

As a bossing class, Hayato is a decent entry. Whilst the class is not an original KMS class (it doesn't appear in the main version of MapleStory) it means the class doesn't get updated or tweaked very much. Most classes are getting improvements to their damage to scale with later harder bosses, but since Hayato is from JMS, you have to wait until they update the class. Hayato can use Hitokiri Strike as a 3-second invincible frame to help dodge one hit KO attacks, but Hayato also has many skills for dodging that can help dodge one-hit ko attacks.

Check our our MapleStory Training Guide to help find the fastest maps to level up your characters.

  • Weapon: Katana
  • Job: Warrior
  • Class: Sengoku
  • Shared Cash Shop Inventory: Kanna, Hayato
  • Legion Block: Critical Damage (1%/2%/3%/5%/6%)
  • Link Skill: Keen Edge (+25 All Stat, +15 attack/magic power)
  • Primary Stat: Str
  • Inner Ability: 20% Boss Damage

Hayato First Job Skill Build

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

  • Sanrenzan (+1), Surging Blade (+1), Battoujutsu Leap (+1)
  • Battoujutsu Leap (MAX)
  • Sanrenzan (MAX)
  • Surging Blade (MAX)
  • Center Ki (MAX)
  • Shouryuusen (MAX)

In first job, your main attacking skill is Sanrenzan. You should be using Surging Blade or Shouryuusen to activate Battoujutsu Advance buff intermittently when attacking as it can get up to 8 stacks with a 15 second duration. Battoujutsu Leap is your flash jump skill - max this early for better mobility around maps.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Sanrenzan Sanrenzan Slashes 4 enemies at once with 3 consecutive blows. Main Attack Skill
Surging Blade Surging Blade Dashes through enemies with an upward swing of the blade. Can be used four times in a row with no delay. Pushes back multiple enemies in front when moving. Can be resisted by some monsters. Secondary Attack Skill
Shouryuusen Shouryuusen Uses Sword Energy to create a wave of twisting wind to launch enemies into the air. Secondary Attack Skill
Center Ki Center Ki Controls the flow of energy within the body to increase physical traits. Passive Buff
Battoujutsu Leap Battoujutsu Leap The swiftness of the Battoujutsu allows you to leap once and swing your sword to leap again. Double Jump Skill

Hayato Second Job Skill Build

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

  • Jin Sanrenzan (+1), Katana Booster (+2)
  • Katana Booster (MAX)
  • Jin Sanrenzan (MAX)
  • Unfaltering Blade (MAX)
  • Military Might (MAX)
  • Rising Slash (MAX)
  • Vapor Blade (MAX)
  • Falcon Dive (MAX)

Jin Sanrenzan is your main attacking skill; the other three: Rising Slash, Falcon Dive and Vapor Blade all can help with mobility as they help you dive high into the air whilst proccing your Battoujutsu Advance skill. They also can be linked with each other, such as Rising Slash + Falcon Dive work well together as a mobbing duo. Military Might is a buff you'll need to cast and Unfaltering Blade gives you a massive 30% Critical Damage passive buff.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Jin Sanrenzan Jin Sanrenzan Slashes 5 enemies at once with 3 consecutive blows. Main Attack Skill
Vapor Blade Vapor Blade Damages multiple enemies as you fly forward. Press jump twice to execute. Your distance will increase with skill level Passive Buff
Unfaltering Blade Unfaltering Blade Your blade has been tempered and maintained with the utmost care. Passive Buff
Rising Slash Rising Slash Leaps high in the air to slash at enemies. Enemies hit by the slash are launched into the air. Secondary Attack Skill
Military Might Military Might Temporarily increases Max HP, Max MP, Physical Attack Power, Speed, and Jump. Buff Skill
Katana Booster Katana Booster Utilize supreme concentration to temporarily increase attack speed by 2 levels. Attack Speed Booster
Falcon Dive Falcon Dive Jumps high into the air to drop a fierce strike from above. Secondary Attack Skill

Hayato Third Job Skill Build

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

  • Fuu Sanrenzan (+1), Dankuusen (+1), Willow Dodge (+1)
  • Fuu Sanrenzan (MAX)
  • Willow Dodge (MAX)
  • Dankuusen (MAX)
  • Merciless Blade (MAX)
  • Warrior's Heart (MAX)
  • Sweeping Sword (MAX)
  • Whirlwind Cut (MAX)

As you move into third job, your new main attacking skill is Fuu Sanrenzan. Whilst playing a good skill to chain with it is the Dankuusen skill to help you teleport through mobs and dealing damage as you go. You get a new buff-stacking skill called Willow Dodge that can be stacked up to 5 times when you dodge an enemy. Warrior's Heart and Merciless Blade offer some passive buffs, whilst Whirlwind Cut and Sweeping Sword can be chained together to deal damage to lots of mobs.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Fuu Sanrenzan Fuu Sanrenzan Slashes 4 enemies at once with 3 consecutive blows. Main Attack Skill
Willow Dodge Willow Dodge Hayato's secret technique. After dodging an attack, gain a chance to get boosted attack damage. Stacks up to 5 times. Passive Buff
Whirlwind Cut Whirlwind Cut Dash forward as a whirlwind of death. Sends enemies flying into the air if used right after Shouryuusen. Passive Buff
Warrior's Heart Warrior's Heart This Battoujutsu technique was once believed to be lost. After dealing a critical hit, get a chance to recover some HP. Secondary Attack Skill
Sweeping Sword Sweeping Sword Teleport behind an enemy to knock them back. Attack Speed Booster
Merciless Blade Merciless Blade Your attacks leave bleeding wounds, dealing HP damage over time. Bleeding doesn't stack and can't cause the target's HP to go below 1. Secondary Attack Skill
Dankuusen Dankuusen Flashes through multiple enemies with deadly precision. Use directly after Shouryuusen to auto-target enemies in the air. Secondary Attack Skill

Hayato Fourth Job Skill Build

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

  • Rai Sanrenzan (+1), Cleaver (+1), Bloodletter (+1)
  • Rai Sanrenzan (MAX)
  • Cleaver (MAX)
  • Jinsoku (MAX)
  • Akatsuki Warrior (MAX)
  • Bloodletter (MAX)
  • Shinsoku (MAX)
  • Eye For an Eye (MAX)
  • Tornado Blade (MAX)
  • Sudden Strike (MAX)
  • Iron Skin (MAX)
  • Hitokiri Strike (MAX)

As you might have noticed, Hayato has a lot of different attacks and fourth job adds a few more to your arsenal. Rai Sanrenzan is your main attacking skill and Shinsoku is used for bossing when you activate Quick Draw mode. Jinsoku will help get Willow Dodge stacks up as it adds 25% avoidability and an Eye For an Eye skill is a toggle skill that will attack enemies after you successfully dodge. Hitokiri Strike offers you some invincibility when used, so it's a great move for bossing and dodging 1-hit ko attacks.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Rai Sanrenzan Rai Sanrenzan Slashes 8 enemies at once with 3 consecutive blows. Has a chance to deal additional damage. Main Attack Skill
Sudden Strike Sudden Strike Leaps into the air to deliver an impossibly fast cut. Secondary Attack Skill
Shinsoku Shinsoku Focuses your fury and skill to attack a single enemy. Can only be activated in Quick Draw stance. Passive Buff
Jinsoku Jinsoku Hayato's secret technique. After successfully avoiding an attack, grants a chance to reduce incoming damage for a time. Passive Buff
Iron Skin Iron Skin Permanently increases Status Resistance and Elemental Resistance. Passive Buff
Hitokiri Strike Hitokiri Strike The ultimate in destructive blows. Attacks multiple enemies with a guaranteed critical. Can instant KO enemies, and Hayato's Critical Rate increases for a short period after use. Secondary Attack Skill / Iframe
Eye For An Eye Eye For An Eye A technique passed down from the Battoujutsu masters. Enables you to parry an enemy attack when you dodge. Unaffected by attack reflection. Toggle Skill
Cleaver Cleaver Your blows cleave through armor to deal more damage. Passive Buff
Akatsuki Warrior Akatsuki Warrior Temporarily increases the stats of all party members. Does not stack with Maple Warrior, Call of Cygnus, Nova Warrior, President's Orders, Rhinne's Protection, or Akatsuki Warrior. Buff Skill
Hero's Will Hero's Will Hones your resolve to ignore certain abnormal status effects. Immune to Abnormal Status for 3 sec after use. Buff Skill
Bloodletter Bloodletter Increases the bleeding caused by Merciless Blade. Passive Buff
Tornado Blade Tornado Blade Turns your blade into a tornado of steel, pushing all enemies around you to one side. Secondary Attack Skill

Hayato 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.

  • Shinsoku - Reinforce
  • Shinsoku - Extra Strike
  • Shinsoku - Boss Rush
  • Hitokiri Strike - Cooldown Cutter
  • Hitokiri Strike - Persist
  • Falcon's Honor
  • Veritable Pandemonium
  • God Of Blades

Hayato 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.

Hayato's Nodes should include:

  • Battoujutsu Zankou
  • Battoujutsu Ultimate Will - God of Blades
  • Iaijutsu Phantom Blade
  • Instance Slice
  • Trinode: Rai Sanrenzan, Shinsoku, Rai Blade Flash

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

  • Decent Holy Symbol
  • Decent Sharp Eyes
  • Decent Speed Infusion
  • Erda Nova
  • Rope Lift
  • Weapon Aura
  • True Arachnid Reflection
  • Sengoku Force, Assemble!
  • Princess Sakuno's Blessing

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Battoujutsu Zankou Battoujutsu Zankou Charges quickly with the energy of the crescent moon to slash several enemies. Can attack a single enemy repeatedly and recover Hayato's sword energy after use. Burst Attack Skill
Battoujutsu Ultimate Will - God Of Blades Battoujutsu Ultimate Will - God Of Blades Releases the maximum amount of Sword Energy required to materialize the blade god. Absorbs Sword Energy from the enemy, performs a final attack at the end of its duration or by using the skill again and restores your Sword Energy. Summon Skill
Iaijutsu Phantom Blade Iaijutsu Phantom Blade Delivers a series of unbelievably swift strikes. Successful strikes grant a buff that stacks up to 5 times. Buff Stack Skill
Instant Slice Instant Slice Display your masterful swordsmanship by slicing down your enemies in a single blinding flash. This skill can be activated even while using other skills. Cooldown Attack Skill


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