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MapleStory Ice Lightning Archmage Skill Build Guide - Remastered Destiny Update

November 5, 2022

Ice Lightning Mage (or Archmage as they're called in 4th job) are one of the most popular Explorer classes in MapleStory. Using a combination of different ice and lightning attacks, this mage is great for mobbing and training. Ice Lightning Mage is one of the three pathways a mage can choose and is often described as a really popular class due to it's chaining attacks that can attack mobs all over the map from a single position. You'll start off in Maple Island, where you'll progress to Ellina to advance as a Magician.

Ice Lightning Archmage Overview

The Explorer mage classes of MapleStory have often struggled behind some of the flashier new jobs released, but Ice Lightning Archmage is one job that has kept it's popularity. If you want a class that is very easy to train and has great mobbing skills, Ice Lightning is definitely a job you should consider. Their Chain Lightning skill can hit multiple platforms and mobs at once, meaning your mobility isn't needed too much. They really excel is tight maps, where they can cover all mobs from a single location. When they get to end-game, they are some of the best farming classes available in the game.

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

In terms of Bossing, Ice Lightning Archmage neither excels or disappoints. It has some very good skills, like it's Freezing Breath bind skill that will bind an enemy for up to 13 seconds whilst also acting as an i-frame that provides invincibility against one-hit KO attacks. You still use the Chain Lighting skill as your main bossing attack, and damage is relatively good despite the class being one of the first mages to be released.

When you get to 5th job, you'll unlock some of the best map control skills in the game. Ice Age covers the entire map for 15 seconds (and when you can one shot, that means a full 15 seconds of clearing a whole map). You also get Bolt Barrage and Spirit Of Snow which aid in keeping a map clear for long periods of time, maximizing your EXP rates.

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: +Int (10/20/40/80/100)
  • 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

Ice Lightning Wizard Second Job Skill Build

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

  • Cold Beam (+1), Thunder Bolt (+1), Freezing Crush (+1)
  • Agile Magic (MAX)
  • Spell Mastery (MAX)
  • Freezing Crush (MAX)
  • Chilling Step (MAX)
  • Meditation (MAX)
  • High Wisdom (MAX)
  • MP Eater (MAX)

As an Ice Lightning Wizard, you finally unlock two of your specialty attacks. Cold Beam and Thunder Bolt should be used in tandem; when you attack a frozen enemy you have a chance to add a damage stack to the mob. This will increase your damage when you use a lightning based skill (Thunder Bolt) against them. At the lower levels, you may find you don't need to really think about this mechanic- which is fine. But when you get to stronger mobs, being able to use both Lightning and Frozen skills together can really increase your damage output.

Agile Magic is your attack speed boosting skill and Meditation will give you a damage buff.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Cold Beam Cold Beam An ice-attribute attack. Grows sharp ice crystals in front. Any enemies who come in contact with the crystals will freeze and slow down. Deals great damage to fire-attribute enemies. Main Attack Skill
Thunder Bolt Thunder Bolt A lightning-attribute attack. Create a powerful magnetic field, which hurls down lightning bolts on up to 6 enemies. Secondary Attack Skill
Spell Mastery Spell Mastery Increases Magic Mastery and Magic ATT. Passive Buff
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
Magic Booster Agile Magic Increases Attack Speed and Intelligence. Attack Speed Buff
High Wisdom High Wisdom Permanently increase INT through mental discipline. Passive Buff
Chilling Step Chilling Step When you use the Teleport skill, #cyour path will freeze immediately and deal damage to enemies that pass over it, freezing them as well#. Unaffected by attack reflection. Can be toggled On/Off with the skill key. Passive Buff
Freezing Crush Freezing Crush Grants Critical Damage Bonus when attacking Frozen enemies. Bonus increases per stack of skill. Using lightning-based attacks against Frozen targets consumes stacks and grants a Damage Bonus for each stack.  

Ice Lightning Mage Third Job Skill Build

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

  • Ice Strike (+1), Arcane Overdrive (+1), Elemental Decrease (+1)
  • Elemental Decrease (MAX)
  • Ice Strike (MAX)
  • Arcane Overdrive (MAX)
  • Element Amplification (MAX)
  • Thunder Sphere (MAX)
  • Storm Magic (MAX)
  • Shatter (MAX)
  • Teleport Boost (MAX)
  • Teleport Mastery (MAX)
  • Frost Ward (MAX)
  • Elemental Adaptation (MAX)

Ice Strike is your main attacking skill; you don't get a new main attacking lightning skill (instead Storm Magic amplifies your lightning damage for Thunder Bolt). You do get a Lightning Summon called Thunder Sphere, that you can place down on the map to deal lightning damage to enemies around you.

You will get plenty of damage increasing passive skills in third job.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Ice Strike Ice Strike Create an ice-attribute explosion near you that attacks nearby enemies. Main Attack Skill
Teleport Boost Teleport Boost Sends forth a frozen chain, pulling in enemies and freezing them. Can be resisted by some monsters. Secondary Attack Skill
Thunder Sphere Thunder Sphere Summon an orb of condensed lightning. The orb discharges a high-voltage current on nearby enemies to deal lightning-based attacks. The orb can be fixed in place by using the skill again with the down arrow key. The orb will then be periodically summoned to attack enemies in a wider range. The orb's attack does not consume freezing stacks. Summon
Teleport Mastery Teleport Mastery Enhances maneuverability by boosting the range of Teleport. Cannot be used at the same time as Teleport Mastery - Range. Can be toggled On/Off with the skill key. Passive Buff
Storm Magic Storm Magic Increases final damage when you attack enemies under damage over time, stun, freeze, or darkness effects. Passive Buff
Shatter Shatter When attacking frozen enemies, you have a chance to ignore a portion of their defenses. Passive Buff
Elemental Decrease Elemental Decrease Temporarily decreases Elemental Resistance to all of your attacks. Also permanently increases final damage. Passive Buff
Elemental Adaoption (Ice, Lightning) Elemental Adaption (Ice, Lightning) Form a barrier of ice and lightning. If you get hit by a debilitating status condition, the barrier immediately activates to deflect it and futuer debilitating status conditions for a short time. Also permanently increases Status and Elemental Resistances. Buff
Element Amplification Element Amplification Increases the MP cost and the Damage of your magic skills. Passive Buff
Arcane Overdrive Arcane Overdrive Permanently increases Critical Rate and Critical Damage. Passive Buff
Frost Ward Frost Ward Creates a bulwark of jagged ice that pushes enemies backwards, damaging them. Freezes and slows enemies on hit. Deals extra damage to fire-attribute enemies.  

Ice Lightning Archmage Fourth Job Skill Build

You can max all your skills in fourth job.

  • Chain Lightning (+1), Arcane Aim (+1), Buff Mastery (+1),
  • Chain Lightning (MAX)
  • Arcane Aim (MAX)
  • Buff Mastery (MAX)
  • Frozen Orb (MAX)
  • Infinity (MAX)
  • Elquines (MAX)
  • Maple Warrior (MAX)
  • Frost Clutch (MAX)
  • Blizzard (MAX)
  • Freezing Breath (MAX)
  • Hero's Will (MAX)

Fourth Job introduces your new main mobbing skill Chain Lightning. This skill is amazing for training; it's lightning will travel to surrounding mobs on different platforms, allowing you to smoothly navigate larger maps. It's even better in smaller maps as training then means you rarely have to move around. Combine that with your full map attack in Blizzard, Frozen Orb and Elquines, you have a very good training class. Freezing Breath is your bind skill and Iframe, whilst also getting some great burst damage from Infinity.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Chain Lightning Chain Lightning Attack the target with a high-voltage lightning-attribute attack, stunning the enemy with a high critical rate. Chain Lightning can chain attack targets near the target. Main Attack Skill
Blizzard Blizzard Summons spears of ice from the sky, showering multiple enemies with a nasty blizzard to freeze them. Upon attacking, permanently grants chance to damage single a enemy with a Blizzard FMA skill
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
Heros Will Heros Will Hones your resolve to ignore certain abnormal status effects. Immune to Abnormal Status for 3 sec after use. Buff
Frozen Orb Frozen Orb Create and throw a Frozen Orb that fires ice shards everywhere to deal ice damage. The orb slows significantly when it encounters an enemy. Unaffected by attack reflection. Secondary Attack Skill
Freezing Breath Freezing Breath An ice-attribute attack. Freeze yourself and your enemies with cold, powerful air to stun them and continually reduce their Defense. Enemies hit by this skill will resist any further stuns for 90 seconds. Bind / Iframe
Elquines Elquines Summons Elquines for a short time. Elquines can attack multiple enemies at once. Attacks from Elquines freeze enemies and do not trigger damage reflection. Learning the Elquines skill grants a permanent increase to Spell Mastery Summon
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
Frost Clutch Frost Clutch Increases the effect of Freezing Crush. Passive Buff

Ice Lightning 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.

  • Chain Lighting - Reinforce
  • Chain Lightning - Spread
  • Chain Lightning - Extra Strike
  • Frozen Orb - Reinforce
  • Frozen Orb - Spread
  • Absolute Zero Aura
  • Lightning Orb
  • Epic Adventure

Ice Lightning 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.

Ice Lightning Archmage's Nodes should include:

  • Ice Age
  • Bolt Barrage
  • Spirit Of Snow
  • Jupiter Thunder
  • Trinode: Lightning Orb, Chain Lightning, Frozen Orb
  • Trinode: Elquines, Blizzard, Thunder Sphere

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
Ice Age Ice Age Covers the world in the ice of an ancient glacier. Unaffected by attack reflection. FMA Attack
Bolt Barrage Bolt Barrage Summons a wall of lightning that pulses forward, electrocuting enemies in its path. Cooldown attack skill
Spirit Of Snow Spirit Of Snow Summons the devastating frosts of the El Nath Mountains. Summon
Jupiter Thunder Jupiter Thunder Launch orbs full of the thunder god's power directly at your enemies. The orb goes inside the enemy it touched to deal continuous shock damage. An electric current flows periodically around that enemy to attack others. If the enemy touched by the orb dies or disappears, another one appears in the location of the enemy and moves. The orb disappears if it consumes all of the max number of shocks or moves beyond a certain distance. Skill 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.

12/10/2020 - First update


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Cold Beam and Thunder Bolt at 2nd Job aren't listed in order for when to max
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