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MapleStory Lara Skill Build Guide

June 12, 2024

Lara is the latest class added to MapleStory who combines the power of land spirits and magic to deal powerful damage to mobs. Lara is part of the Anima class of characters, as a Mage job using INT equipment. This class is available from December 1st in GMS for all to play and was released during the MapleStory On Air update.

Lara Overview

Lara is a unique class that utilizes the power of land spirits that create massive explosions to mobs on the map, provide buffs and other effects as Lara moves around and activates them. Lara was released for the MapleStory V228 On Air update and comes from the new region called Narin, a village that awakens a mysterious bell that Lara uses. The last Anima class to be released was Hoyoung and now it finally has a new class to share CashShop inventory with!

Training Lara is incredibly fun and satisfying. From second job onwards, you get access to the dragon veins that will randomly spawn around the map. You can then interact with them to either deal massive AOE attacks, increase your damage via temporary buffs or use them for mobility. It will probably be one of the fastest level 200 classes and then from 5th job going forward you'll be able to map control even the biggest of maps with your gigantic AOE attacks.

Lara bossing is also very useful. It is slightly RNG as the different types of Dragon Veins that spawn can sometimes make for unpredictable situations; Wind Veins Manifestations can give super knockback but if they don't spawn in the right place, you'll need to use your Dragon Vein Conversion skill to transform it, which can be difficult in hectic boss fights. Lara is a new class, so the damage output is great and scales very well into 5th job. Lara doesn't have an Iframe skill either, but plenty of passive support skills to help with party bossing in end-game.

Lara releases December 1st 2021 in GMS! Check out the New MapleStory Class Preparation Guide for getting ready to play your new Lara!

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

  • Weapon: Wand
  • Job: Mage
  • Class: Anima
  • Shared Cash Shop Inventory: Hoyoung
  • Legion Block: + INT (10/20/40/80/100)
  • Link Skill: Nature’s Friend (After defeating 20 mobs, get an 11% damage boost for 30 seconds (+30 second cooldown))
  • Primary Stat: INT
  • Inner Ability: Passive Skills: +1

Lara First Job Skill Build

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

  • Essence Sprinkle (+1), Jump For Joy! (+2)
  • Jump For Joy! (MAX)
  • Essence Sprinkle (MAX)
  • Mountain Kid (MAX)
  • Leap Up (MAX)
  • Response (MAX)
  • Peerless Mountain (MAX)

In first job, Lara has a main attacking skill called Essence Sprinkle that hits up to 5 enemies- which is great for a first job skill! When you eventually max out Mountain Kid, you'll also have a 40% chance for hit 3 more mobs.

You get two mobility skills: Jump for Joy! is your standard flash jump skill and Leap Up allows you to jump up several platforms vertically. Great for getting around those large early level maps.

Peerless Mountain is a toggle skill for reducing damage, which is needed since Lara has no Magic Guard skill.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Essence Sprinkle Essence Sprinkle Draw out the earth's flowing essence to attack enemies. Main Attack Skill
Response Response Draw out your potential through a deep communion with nature. Passive Buff
Peerless Mountain Peerless Mountain A Mountain Spirit appears to protect you when you are in danger. Toggle Skill
Mountain Kid Mountain Kid Use the essence of the earth to call helpful Mountain Spirits. Mountain Kid is unaffected by attack reflection. Passive Buff
Leap Up Leap Up Create a platform to jump up high. Jump Skill
Jump For Joy! Jump For Joy! Create a platform, then jump once more while in the air to move a greater distance. Jump Skill

Lara Second Job Skill Build

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

  • Eruption: Heaving River (+1), Eruption: Whirlwind (+1), Eruption: Sunrise Well (+1)
  • Wand Mastery (5)
  • Wand Booster (MAX)
  • Eruption: Heaving River (MAX)
  • Eruption: Whirlwind (MAX)
  • Eruption: Sunrise Well (MAX)
  • Fortune Fitness (MAX)
  • Mountain Seeds (MAX)

In second job, you get two skills called Dragon Vein Reading and Dragon Vein Eruption. Dragon Vein Reading will spawn up to 10 elemental veins around the map you are on. You can then use Dragon Vein Eruption to consume the spawned veins to produce explosive attacks based on the type of vein that was erupted.

You get three different types of eruption skills: Heavy River, Whirlwind and Sunrise Well. Mobbing in second job is extremely fun, although damage might be low starting out.

Mountain Seeds spawns like seeds that help you fight monsters as you use Eruption Skills.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Dragon Vein Reading Dragon Vein Reading Read the earth's pulse to discover the location of Dragon Veins containing the earth's essence. Passive
Dragon Vein Eruption Dragon Vein Eruption Consumes the surrounding Dragon Veins to cause the power dormant in the Dragon Veins to erupt. Main Attack Skill
Wand Mastery Wand Mastery Increases Wand Mastery and Magic ATT. Passive Buff
Wand Booster Wand Booster Uses MP to temporarily increase your wand's Attack Speed by 2 levels. Attack Speed Booster
Mountain Seeds Mountain Seeds Plant seeds that grow Mountain Spirits, who then attack nearby enemies and, if there is an active Eruption skill of any attribute within a certain range, will push enemies towards the Eruption skill. Toggle Skill
Fortune Fitness Fortune Fitness Increases Intelligence through physical training. Passive Buff
Eruption: Whirlwind Eruption: Whirlwind Wind Spirits periodically exhale a sweeping gust of breath, creating a whirlwind that continuously attacks nearby enemies. Passive Buff
Eruption: Sunrise Well Eruption: Sunrise Well Several Sunlight Spirits join together to combine into a frightening giant form, then scatter to cover the surroundings with lava. Passive Buff
Eruption: Heaving River Eruption: Heaving River Several River Spirits combine into a giant form. Periodically causes a surge that attacks the surroundings. Passive Buff

Lara Third Job Skill Build

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

  • Where the river courses (+1), Wind Swing (+1), Sunlight-Filled Ground (+1)
  • Geomancy
  • Dragon Vein Echo
  • Immaculate Thought
  • Manifestation: Where the River Courses
  • Manifestation: Wind Swing
  • Manifestation: Sunlight-Filled Ground
  • Dragon Vein Traces
  • Wakeup Call

In third job, Lara gets new Manifestation skills for the three elemental veins. Where The River Courses creates a one-way path to another Water Vein allowing you to traverse through long maps and attack. Wind Swing gives an attack speed buff and gives you a small area to prevent super knockback, while Sunlight-Filled Ground gives a damage buff and heals HP.

You get Dragon Vein Traces which lets you teleport to nearby veins, Wakeup Call hits out a cluster of arrows to attack surrounding mobs on a cooldown and Dragon Vein Echo gives you a 5% Final Damage buff for 20 seconds when you activate a vein!

All the Manifestation skills give passive damage boosters and so does the Geomancy skill.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Manifestation: Where The River Courses Manifestation: Where The River Courses Manifest the power of the river within a Dragon Vein to allow travel along the river's flow. Passive
Manifestation: Wind Swing Manifestation: Wind Swing Manifest the power of the wind within a Dragon Vein to create an area with a continuous updraft. Passive
Manifestation: Sunlight Filled Ground Manifestation: Sunlight-Filled Ground Manifest the power of sunlight within a Dragon Vein to create an area bathed in the sun's warm glow. Passive
Wakeup Call Wakeup Call Awaken multiple dormant Dragon Veins in the area, all at once. Cooldown Attack Skill
Immaculate Thought Immaculate Thought Temper the mind to be pure and spotless. Passive
Geomancy Geomancy Increase the power of skills by studying geomancy. Passive
Dragon Vein Traces Dragon Vein Traces Use the Earthly Energy that periodically accumulates in your body to instantly move to a nearby Dragon Vein and attack nearby enemies. Teleport Skill
Dragon Vein Echo Dragon Vein Echo Each time a Dragon Vein is consumed, the remaining essence restores HP and MP and temporarily increases Final Damage. Passive Buff

Lara Fourth Job Skill Build

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

  • Nature Master (+1)
  • Absorption: River Puddle Douse (+1), Fierce Wind (+1), Sunlit Grain (+1)
  • Nature Master (MAX)
  • Insight (MAX)
  • Advanced Wand Mastery (MAX)
  • In-depth Geomancy (MAX)
  • Absorption: River Puddle Douse (MAX)
  • Absorption: Fierce Wind (MAX)
  • Absorption: Sunlit Grain (MAX)
  • *Sob* (MAX)
  • Anima Warrior (MAX)
  • Best Friend (MAX)
  • Mountain Embrace (MAX)
  • Anima Hero's Will (MAX)

Fourth job Lara gets access to Absorption skills and her Eruption Skills all get boosted to giant versions that make mobbing extremely fun. Nature Master is the skill which improves you previous Eruption Skills so max that first.

Absorption Skills allow you to absorb Dragon Veins on the map and obtain a buff. When you next use Essence Sprinkle, you'll activate the absorbed skill also.

Mountain Embrace allows you to tank damage, with a 55% HP shield activated (and further boosted via Hyper Skills). You get plenty of passive damage buffs with *Sob*, In-depth Geomancy, Advanced Wand Mastery and Insight all stacking damage for you.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Dragon Vein Absorption Dragon Vein Absorption Consumes the surrounding dragon vein to absorb the dormant powers within. Main Attack Skill
*Sob* *Sob* Increase stats by maintaining a relaxed and positive state of mind. Passive Buff
Nature Master Nature Master Appreciate and become one with nature to better wield its powers. Passive Buff
Mountain Embrace Mountain Embrace Envelop your body with the nurturing power of the mountain to reduce damage. HP Shield Skill
Insight Insight Possess the insight to see the true nature of things. Passive Buff
In-depth Geomancy In-depth Geomancy Increases the power of skills by mastering geomancy. Passive Buff
Dragon Vein Conversion Dragon Vein Conversion Converts the attribute of the target Dragon Vein. Transform Skill
Best Friend Best Friend Become a true friend of the earth to draw out its essence even more extensively. Passive Buff
Anima Warrior Anima Warrior Temporarily increases the stats of all party members. Buff
Anima Hero's Will Anima Hero's Will Hones your resolve to ignore certain abnormal status effects. Immune to Abnormal Status for 3 seconds after use. Buff
Advanced Wand Mastery Advanced Wand Mastery Increases Final Damage and Magic ATT to enable better control of the wand. Passive Buff
Absorption: Sunlit Grain Absorption: Sunlit Grain When Essence Sprinkle hits, the Sunlight Spirits gather together to emit spheres of condensed sunlight that pursue and attack enemies. Passive Buff
Absorption: River Puddle Douse Absorption: River Puddle Douse When Essence Sprinkle hits, a mischievous River Spirit appears, along with a small body of water, and attacks enemies by dousing them. Passive Buff
Absorption: Fierce Wind Absorption: Fierce Wind When Essence Sprinkle hits, a Wind Spirit appears and causes a fierce wind that deals continuous damage to enemies. Passive Buff

Lara 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.

  • Eruption/Absorption - Reinforce
  • Eruption/Absorption - Boss Rush
  • Essence Sprinkle - Boss Rush
  • Wakeup Call - Cooldown Cutter
  • Dragon Vein - Enhance
  • Unconstrained Dragon Vein
  • Vine Coil
  • Arbor Away

Lara 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.

Lara's Nodes should include:

  • Big Stretch
  • Land’s Connection
  • Surging Essence
  • Winding Mountain Ridge
  • Trio: Essence Sprinkle, Mountain Kid, Mountain Seed
  • Trio: Dragon Vein Eruption, Dragon Vein Absorption, Wakeup Call

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
  • Lotus Flower
  • Ethereal Form

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Big Stretch Big Stretch Awaken multiple dormant Dragon Veins in the area, all at once. Max Level 25. Cooldown Attack Skill
Land's Connection Land’s Connection Call every type of land spirit in Mother Nature's existence to frolic together. Max Level 25. Burst Skill
Surging Essence Surging Essence Fill the earth's flowing essence with magic and make it bloom, causing a mountain land spirit to surge forth. Max Level 25. Cooldown Attack Skill
Winding Mountain Ridge Winding Mountain Ridge Calls forth quirky Mountain Spirits who love to run. Max Level 25. Summon Skill


19/11/2021 - First update


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