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MapleStory Kanna Skill Build Guide

June 12, 2024

Kanna is perhaps the most popular class in MapleStory and is famed for their spawn-enhancer skill Kishin Shoukan. Kanna, originally from Japanese MapleStory, has great map control with its many skills, summons and full-map attacks. She is considered the best farming class as they can increase the amount of mobs on maps in MapleStory, similar to the item Wild Totem.

Kanna Overview

Kanna came to Global MapleStory in patch V.129 Mark Of Honor: Kanna and is part of the Sengoku class line. Kanna is a magician, utilising INT equipments and magic attack. As a class, Kanna has everything. She has great mobility with her Mana Warp skill; giant summons to place around maps to help with clearing out mobs and really good damage against both bosses and normal monsters. Kanna doesn't use MP, instead she uses Mana, which is replenished overtime.

Training a Kanna is made really easy with the skill Kishin Shoukan. This controversial skill allows Kanna to increase the amount of mobs on a map for 30 seconds (and indefinitely once they hit 4th job), which allows them to gain more EXP. Kanna is the only class with a spawn enhancer skill; the only other way to increase mob spawn count is by using a Wild Totem or Frenzy Totem. Many players will make what is known as Kanna-mules to increase the spawn of mobs on maps for their main character.

UPDATE: Kanna's Kishin Shoukan skill no longer increases spawn rate. As of version 233, Kishin Shoukan now gives a +10% EXP buff instead.

As a bossing class, Kanna is one of the best to have in your party. They have great 5th job skills like Spirits Domain for increasing damage of all party members and they have the longest Bind skill in the whole of MapleStory (15 seconds!). They can equip two fans (one for their Haku summon) to enjoy the benefits of double magic attack. The only thing Kanna lacks is an iframe to dodge 1-hit KO attacks.

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

  • Weapon: Fan
  • Job: Mage
  • Class: Sengoku
  • Shared Cash Shop Inventory: Kanna, Hayato
  • Legion Block: Boss Damage (1%/2%/3%/5%/6%)
  • Link Skill: Elementalism (+10% Damage)
  • Primary Stat: Int
  • Inner Ability: 1+ Attack Speed / 20% Boss Damage

Kanna First Job Skill Build

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

  • Shikigami Haunting (+1), Mana Warp (+1), Ghost Yaksha Trainee (+1)
  • Shikigami Haunting (MAX)
  • Mana Warp (MAX)
  • Ghost Yaksha Trainee (MAX)
  • Spiritual Enlightenment (MAX)

Kanna has a great first job compared to most classes. You get your own summon called Ghost Yaksha Trainee (this will get upgraded each job advancement) and Shikigami Haunting is a decent mobbing skill. You'll most likely fly through these first few levels; Mana Warp is your teleport skill- pressing it without a direction key will teleport you to Mana Veins (they appear randomly as you defeat mobs).

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Shikigami Haunting Shikigami Haunting Use your power as a Spirit Walker to attack enemies in front of you. Main Attack Skill
Spiritual Enlightenment Spiritual Enlightenment Gain understanding of the natural order of the spirit world to bolster the strength of mind and body. Passive Buff
Mana Warp Mana Warp Use your power as a Spirit Walker to teleport to a location of your choice via the currents of Mana.If used while standing still, you will immediately teleport to a nearby Mana Vein that you've discovered. If used in a town, where the flow of Mana is murkier, you will be teleported to a random location.This skill consumes Mana only when used in town. Teleport Skill
Ghost Yaksha Trainee Ghost Yaksha Trainee Summon the Ghost Yaksha Trainee and command it to attack and push back enemies. Summon

Kanna Second Job Skill Build

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

  • Shikigami Haunting 2 (+1) Radiant Peacock (+2)
  • Radiant Peacock (6)
  • Haku Reborn (MAX)
  • Shikigami Haunting 2 (MAX)
  • Ghost Yaksha Brother (MAX)
  • Exorcist's Charm (MAX)
  • Radiant Peacock (MAX)
  • Soul Bomb (MAX)
  • Shikigami Charm (MAX)

In second job your Shikigami Haunting skill is upgraded to be a better mobbing skill. You also get an Attack Speed booster in Radiant Peacock, so max this early on. Haku Reborn is a summon that doesn't attack mobs- instead it puts buffs on you. You can also equip a second Fan weapon to Haku to boost your damage. Exorcist Charm is a great mobbing skill but it's damage is relatively low in the early levels.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Shikigami Haunting 2 Shikigami Haunting 2 In-depth study has enhanced your Shikigami Haunting. Increases the attack power of Shikigami Haunting and the number of enemies hit. Has a chance of tossing a devil-destroying talisman to burn enemies and slow them down. Main Attack Skill
Soul Bomb Soul Bomb When your target is defeated, its soul explodes, dealing additional damage to nearby enemies. Passive Buff
Shikigami Charm Shikigami Charm Use your power as a Spirit Walker to focus Mana around your feet, flinging you backward and leaving behind a vortex. (You can use the directional keys to make slight adjustments to the direction you fly.) Teleport Skill
Radiant Peacock Radiant Peacock Brandish your fan in such a way that it resembles a peacock with its tailfeathers spread wide, increasing the attack speed of the fan by 2 levels. Attack Speed Skill
Haku Reborn Haku Reborn Haku takes human form to fight by Kanna's side using Spirit Walker skills. Buff Skill
Ghost Yaksha Brother Ghost Yaksha Brother Summon the dependable Ghost Yaksha Brother and command it to attack and push back enemies. Summon
Exorcists Charm Exorcists Charm Use your power as a Spirit Walker to draw a large protective charm, attacking enemies and purging the area by calling forth a dark cloud that sears evil beings. Secondary Attack Skill

Kanna Third Job Skill Build

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

  • Shikigami Haunting 3 (+1), Ghost Yaksha Lieutenant (+1), Spirit Path (+1)
  • Kishin Shoukan (MAX)
  • Shikigami Haunting 3 (MAX)
  • Ghost Yaksha Lieutenant (MAX)
  • Spirit Path (MAX)
  • Tengu Strike (MAX)
  • Lifeblood Ritual (MAX)
  • Mana Balance (MAX)
  • Yosuzume (MAX)
  • Blossom Barrier (MAX)

Third job for Kanna is in a bit of strange position. You do get access to the spawn enhancer skill Kishin Shoukan, but it only lasts for 30 seconds and has a 60 second cooldown. It's only when you hit 4th job will the skill have an unlimited duration. You also get a really good secondary attack skill called Tengu Strike- you may prefer to max this first instead of Shikigami Haunting 3 depending on the maps you're training on. Blossom Barrier is only really good during bossing.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Shikigami Haunting 3 Shikigami Haunting 3 Channels Kagutsuchi, the god of fire, to enhance Shikigami Haunting. Shikigami Haunting will have increased Attack Power, hit more times, and cover a wider range. Main Attack Skill
Yosuzume Yosuzume Upon landing successful attacks with Spirit Walker skills, Shikigami Charms inside Kanna's sleeves will fly out and attack in concert. Passive Buff
Tengu Strike Tengu Strike Summons twin Tengu to simultaneously attack enemies to the right and left.Use the skill again while the Tengu are summoned to have them return to Kanna and attack again with a 100% critical. Secondary Attack Skill
Spirit Path Spirit Path Hone your skills as a Spirit Walker, enhancing your power to subdue unclean beings. Passive Buff
Mana Balance Mana Balance Converts some of your vitality into positive and negatively charged energies, immediately recovering some of your Mana. Buff Skill
Lifeblood Ritual Lifeblood Ritual Gain knowledge of a secret art that allows one to steal vitality from unclean souls while strengthening the body. Passive Buff
Kishin Shoukan Kishin Shoukan Calls forth the demons Hana and Yuki, who attack any enemies trapped between them. The demons' presence strengthens the dark energy on the map, causing enemies to respawn more quickly. Spawn Enhancer Skill
Ghost Yaksha Lieutenant Ghost Yaksha Lieutenant Summon the powerful Ghost Yaksha Lieutenant and command it to attack and push back enemies. Summon
Blossom Barrier Blossom Barrier Use your power as a Spirit Walker to create a Blossom Barrier to protect yourself and members of your party. The barrier reduces damage from enemies' attacks by %, while Status Resistance is increased by and Knockback Resistance is increased by %.When used on a Mana Vein, the barrier will absorb the vein's energy to enhance the barrier, as well as restore additional Mana for yourself while you stand within it. Buff Skill

Kanna Fourth Job Skill Build

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

  • Shikigami Haunting 4 (+1), Haku Perfected (+1), Kasen (+1)
  • Nightghost Guide (MAX)
  • Shikigami Haunting 4 (10)
  • Haku Perfected (MAX)
  • Kasen (MAX)
  • Shikigami Haunting 4 (MAX)
  • Ghost Yaksha Boss (MAX)
  • Nine-tailed Fury (MAX)
  • Shikigami Doppleganger (MAX)
  • Bellflower Barrier (MAX)
  • Vanquisher's Charm (MAX)
  • Orochi Unbound (MAX)
  • Falling Sakura (MAX)
  • Akatsuki Warrior (MAX)
  • Binding Tempest (MAX)
  • Hero's Will (MAX)

Shikigami Haunting 4 is your main attacking skill. Vanquisher's Charm is meant to be for single-target bossing, but most people will still use Shikigami Haunting 4 due to not using Mana. You want to max Nightghost Guide first as this will allow you to keep Kishin Shoukan up for as long as you are attacking mobs. You get the final version of your summon, Ghost Yaksha Boss, which is one of the best summons in the game. Nine-tailed fury attacks all mobs on the map- but it also gives a 40-second buff that increases damage too, so you'll want to add it into your rotation. Binding Tempest is a 10 second bind- you'll want to use the 15 second bind Hyper Skill instead: Veritable Pandemonium.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Shikigami Haunting 4 Shikigami Haunting 4 Steadfast training has yielded true mastery of Shikigami Haunting, empowering the skill to its full might. Increases the attack power of Shikigami Haunting, as well as its range and the number of enemies hit. Main Attack Skill
Vanquishers Charm Vanquishers Charm Blast the enemy with evil-destroying charms. Hold down the skill key for a rapid-fire attack.If the 5th Job Advancement skill 'Liberated Spirit Circle' has been learned, it will be automatically activated if not on cooldown. Passive Buff
Shikigami Doppleganger Shikigami Doppleganger Create a large paper shikigami that looks just like Kanna. The Shikigami Charm receives a share of Kanna's Mana each time Mana is consumed, and once enough Mana has been accumulated, it will burn, damaging nearby enemies.Can be toggled On/Off Teleport Skill
Orochi Unbound Orochi Unbound Temporarily release the sealed shikigami, Orochi, to immolate enemies in a wide area with its mighty power.Can also be used while in the air. Knockback Resistance is automatically set to 100% while casting. Attack Speed Skill
Nine-Tailed Fury Nine-Tailed Fury Unleash Haku's power to attack all enemies in sight. Haku applies a damage increase buff after the attack, and reacts to Kanna's attacks to launch his own attacks. Buff Skill
Nightghost Guide Nightghost Guide Grants the chance to invoke a spirit when attacking that deals damage to enemies and curses them. Enemies cursed by the spirit yield additional EXP and have a greater chance of dropping higher quality equipment upon defeat. Summon
Kasen Kasen Increases the Mastery and Damage of fans. Secondary Attack 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.  
Haku Perfected Haku Perfected Liberate Haku's Mana, upgrading Haku Reborn to Haku Reborn 2. With his powers unfettered, Haku can take human form longer and use even more powerful Spirit Walker skills.  
Ghost Yaksha Boss Ghost Yaksha Boss Summons the mighty Ghost Yaksha Boss and command it to attack and push back enemies  
Falling Sakura Falling Sakura Call forth a sakura tree to slam down in front of you. Enemies around the tree will suffer multiple hits while you and your party members recover HP.  
Binding Tempest Binding Tempest Throw a charm imbued with the power to seal demons at the enemies before you, temporarily turning them to stone and stunning them in place.  
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.  
Bellflower Barrier Bellflower Barrier Use your power as a Spirit Walker to create a Bellflower Barrier, strengthening yourself and your party members. Inside the Bellflower Barrier, Attack Power is increased by % and Boss Damage is increased by %.When used on a Mana Vein, the barrier will absorb the vein's energy to enhance the barrier, as well as restore additional Mana for yourself while you stand within it.  

Kanna 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.

  • Geomancy - Spread
  • Bellflower Barrier - Boss Rush
  • Bellflower Barrier - Cooldown Cutter
  • Geomancy - Persist
  • Bellflower Barrier - Persist
  • Circle Of Suppression
  • Veritable Pandemonium
  • Princess's Vow

Kanna 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.

Kanna's Nodes should include:

  • Yuki-Musume Shoukan
  • Spirit's Domain
  • Liberated Spirit Circle
  • Great Yaksha: Great Oni Lord's Legion
  • Trinode: Shikigami Haunting, Boss, Tengu Strike
  • Trinode: Exorcist's Charm, Kishin Shoukan, Shikigami Doppelganger

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

  • Decent Holy Symbol
  • Decent Sharp Eyes
  • Decent Speed Infusion
  • Erda Nova
  • Erda Shower
  • Rope Lift
  • Etheral Form
  • True Arachnid Reflection
  • Mana Overload
  • Sengoku Force, Assemble!
  • Princess Sakuno's Blessing

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Yuki Musume Shoukan Yuki-Musume Shoukan Summons a wintry ghost known as the Yuki-onna. The Yuki-onna helps Kanna attack enemies and boosts her spiritual abilities. Summon Skill
Spirits Domain Spirits Domain Summons a Spiritstone that amplifies the abilities of you and your party. It grows more powerful as it absorbs mana. The effects of Spirit's Domain do not stack Buff/Attack Cooldown skill
Liberated Spirit Circle Liberated Spirit Circle Summon a magic circle that releases spirits wrongfully sacrificed to perform evil spells. After 5 uses, you can call forth an even larger circle. Passive Damage Attack Skill
Ghost Yaksha: Great Oni Lords Legion Ghost Yaksha: Great Oni Lord's Legion Open a portal to the underworld, calling forth the Great Lord himself to visit his wrath upon the wretched. Skill is unaffected by attack reflection. Summon Skill


01/07/2022 - Updated skills based on V.233 Destiny: Remastered Patch

14/04/2021 - Updated boost nodes

11/03/2021 - First update


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You put Illium skills in the nodestone section for this Kanna guide. Could you update the best Kanna nodes? Thanks
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