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MapleStory Marksman Skill Build Guide

MapleStory Marksman Skill Build Guide

calendar_todayPosted on 12th November 2020

Marksman is a 4th job Explorer Archer class that has a focus on range and single-shot attacks to deal heavy-hitting damage to enemies. Marksman is part of the original MapleStory classes, and has gone through a few updates to make it the class it is today. As an Explorer Archer, it shares many skills with it's Bowmaster counterpart, including party buffs such as Sharp Eyes.

Marksman Overview

Explorer Classes were given a huge makeover in the MapleStory Red update and many classes were changed from what they looked like during the pre-bigbang era. Marksman was one of these classes and now plays quite differently to how it used to. That being said, the differences between Marksman and Bowmaster are subtle.

As a Marksman, your distance from mobs matters. The skill Rangefinder effects how much damage you do at close and far range depending on the mode you're in. Marksman have decent map mobility, with a double jump and Hookshot skill allowing you to climb to platforms far away.

The main difference between Marksman and Bowmaster is their 4th job attacking skills. Marksman use Snipe to fire single arrows at targets that deal heavy damage. They are not auto-targeted, so making sure you hit mobs is all part of learning how to play Marksman. Their 4th job can be quite clunky to play, but when you get to 5th job you unlock Split Shot skill, which makes Marksman a really good mobber. The only issue with this 5th job skill is that is has a 50% uptime.

In terms of bossing, Marksman don't have the best DPS. Many prefer Bowmaster over Marksman for true end-game bosses, but they still can hit pretty hard.

  • Weapon: Crossbow
  • Job: Archer
  • Class: Explorer
  • Shared Cash Shop Inventory: Explorer Jobs
  • Legion Block: +Critical Rate (1%/2%/3%/4%/5%)
  • Link Skill: Adventurer's Curiosity (+10% Critical Rate, +35% Chance to add monsters to your Monster Collection)
  • Primary Stat: DEX
  • Inner Ability: +1 Attack Speed

Archer First Job Skill Build

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

  • Arrow Bow (1), Double Jump (2)
  • Double Jump (MAX)
  • Arrow Bow (MAX)
  • Archery Mastery (MAX)
  • Critical Shot (MAX)

As an Archer you'll get lots of critical damage and critical rate. Your main mobbing skill in first job is Arrow Bow, which is pretty decent for a first job skill. Max double jump as soon as possible to help with mobility and training faster.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Arrow Blow Arrow Blow Shoots arrows at multiple enemies. Main Attack Skill
Double Jump Double Jump Allows you to use the Double Jump skill to move very quickly. Double-tap the up arrow key to jump again while in midair. Double-tap the down arrow key to descend more quickly. Flash Jump Skill
Critical Shot Critical Shot Increases Critical Rate. Passive Buff
Archery Mastery Archery Mastery Gain proficiency in the fundamentals of Archery. Increases Range, Movement Speed, and Max Movement Speed. Passive Buff

Crossbowman Second Job Skill Build

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

  • Iron Arrow (1), Crossbow Mastery (2)
  • Crossbow Mastery (5)
  • Crossbow Booster (6)
  • Iron Arrow (MAX)
  • Crossbow Mastery (MAX)
  • Physical Training (MAX)
  • Soul Arrow: Crossbow (MAX)
  • Final Attack - Crossbow (MAX)
  • Net Toss (MAX)
  • Crossbow Booster (MAX)

Iron Arrow is your main attacking skill in second job. It doesn't auto-target, so you need to be accurate with your shots otherwise the arrow will just fly over your opponent's heads. Get Crossbow Booster as soon as possible to make your slow attacking that much more bearable. Net Toss isn't very useful; the rest are damage boosting.

You'll also get a skill called Rangefinder, which increases your Final Damage the further you are away from mobs.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Iron Arrow Iron Arrow Fires a steel arrow that can penetrate enemy defenses. Main Attack Skill
Soul Arrow: Crossbow Soul Arrow: Crossbow Increases Attack Power and allows you to use a Crossbow without bolts for a short time. Buff
Rangefinder Rangefinder When attacking nearby enemies, increases your Ignore Defense. When attacking far away enemies, increases your final damage. Passive Buff
Physical Training Physical Training Permanently increases STR and DEX through sheer physical training. Passive Buff
Net Toss Net Toss Moves backwards and throws a net on enemies, limiting their movements and inflicting damage. Secondary Attack Skill
Final Attack: Crossbow Final Attack: Crossbow Grants a chance to deal additional hits after an attack. Must have a crossbow equipped. Passive Buff
Crossbow Mastery Crossbow Mastery Increases Crossbow Mastery. Passive Buff
Crossbow Booster Crossbow Booster Uses MP to temporarily increase the attack speed of your Crossbow by 2 levels. Attack Speed Booster

Sniper Third Job Skill Build

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

  • Explosive Bolt (MAX)
  • Marksmanship (MAX)
  • Mortal Blow (MAX)
  • Evasion Boost (MAX)
  • Reckless Hunt: Crossbow (MAX)
  • Hookshot (MAX)
  • Frostprey (MAX)
  • Dragons Breath (MAX)
  • Pain Killer (MAX)
  • Aggressive Resistance (MAX)

Third job is a bit of struggle. Explosive Bolt and Dragons Breath are both very slow attacking skills, even with Crossbow Booster. You'll have to bear with these attacking skills until 4th job. Frostprey is your summon that can help with mobs around you. Hookshot is great for teleporting around maps that are big with lots of platforms.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Explosive Bolt Explosive Bolt Fires an arrow that sends multiple bolts in all directions on impact. The enemy struck by the initial arrow takes additional damage. Main Attack Skill
Dragons Breath Dragons Breath Draws upon the spirit of the dragon to fire an arrow of tremendous force that pushes enemies away. Can be resisted by some monsters. The effect increases with each enemy pierced. Secondary Attack Skill
Reckless Hunt: Crossbow Reckless Hunt: Crossbow Reduces Avoidability and increases Critical Damage.Can be toggled On/Off. Toggle Skill
Pain Killer Pain Killer Consumes a prepared Herb to remove Abnormal Status immediately. Additionally, increases all Elemental Resistances and Abnormal Status Resistances permanently. Buff
Mortal Blow Mortal Blow Grants a chance to deal additional damage to an enemy and recover HP & MP. Passive Buff
Marksmanship Marksmanship When attacking, ignores a portion of enemy Defense. Permanently increases your Damage. Passive Buff
Hookshot Hookshot Fires a hook at the furthest enemy within range, dealing damage and pulling yourself along. Press the down arrow key to move while triggering Arrow Illusion within range. While moving, you won't collide with monsters. Also increases your HP. Teleport
Frostprey Frostprey Temporarily summons a Frostprey to deal ice damage to up to 4 enemies. This skill is not affected by enemy damage reflection skills. Also permanently increases Defense. Summon
Evasion Boost Evasion Boost Grants you a chance to dodge enemy attacks. When you succeed, attacks made by you in the following 1 second will result in Critical Hits. Passive Buff
Aggressive Resistance Aggressive Resistance When attacking, create a barrier for a short time that reduces a percentage of incoming damage. Every attack creates a new barrier. Passive Buff

Marksman Fourth Job Skill Build

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

  • Piercing Arrow (1), Crossbow Expert (1), Bolt Surplus (1)
  • Piercing Arrow (10)
  • Crossbow Expert (10)
  • Sharp Eyes (10)
  • Maple Warrior (10)
  • Piercing Arrow (MAX)
  • Crossbow Expert (MAX)
  • Sharp Eyes (MAX)
  • Maple Warrior (MAX)
  • Arrow Illusion (MAX)
  • Bolt Surplus (MAX)
  • Vital Hunter (MAX)
  • Illusion Step (MAX)
  • Last Man Standing (MAX)
  • Snipe (MAX)
  • Hero's Will (MAX)

Finally, a decent mobbing skill. Piercing Arrow is really fast and good at mobbing early on. It still doesn't auto-target, but it can hit up to 6 enemies at once and deals decent damage. Snipe is your bossing skill, but it's on a 30 second cooldown so you will be using this with Piercing Arrow until you unlock the Hyper Skill Snipe - Cooldown Cutter which gets rid of the 30 second cooldown. You get a decent buff in Sharp Eyes, that's also useful to party members. Arrow Illusion can be good for pooling monsters together in large maps.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow Fires an arrow. Its effect increases with each enemy it hits. Main Attack Skill
Snipe Snipe Fires a carefully-aimed shot to deal severe damage. Single Target Attack Skill
Vital Hunter Vital Hunter The further you are from your enemy, the lower their defenses will be. Passive Buff
Sharp Eyes Sharp Eyes Temporarily grants party members the ability to locate an enemy's weak spot to deal fatal damage to that enemy. Buff
Last Man Standing Last Man Standing Attacks against a lone target do much more damage. Passive Buff
Illusion Step Illusion Step Greatly enhances DEX and Avoidability for a short time. Also permanently reduces damage taken. Buff
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
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
Crossbow Expert Crossbow Expert Increases Crossbow Mastery, Attack Power, and Critical Damage. Passive Buff
Bolt Surplus Bolt Surplus Increases the number of attacks for all multi-hit skills. Also increases Rangefinder's Ignore Defense and maximum final damage increase. Does not apply to Summon or 5th Job Common or Skills. Passive Buff
Arrow Illusion Arrow Illusion Summons an arrow illusion for a short time to draw enemies in and damage them. If you get hit during the skill, you will launch a powerful counterattack. Not affected by attack reflection. Summon

Marksman 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.

  • Piercing Arrow - Reinforce
  • Piercing Arrow - Extra Strike
  • Snipe - Cooldown Cutter
  • Snipe - Reinforce
  • Snipe - Boss Rush
  • High Speed Shot
  • Epic Adventure
  • Bullseye Shot

Marksman 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.

Marksman's Nodes should include:

  • Split Shot
  • Surge Bolt
  • Perfect Shot
  • Repeating Crossbow Cartridge
  • Trinode: Final Attack, Snipe, Piercing Arrow
  • Trinode: High Speed Shot, Frostprey, [anything]

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

  • Decent Holy Symbol
  • Decent Sharp Eyes
  • Decent Speed Infusion
  • Erda Nova
  • Rope Lift
  • Vicious Shot
  • Guided Arrow
  • Fury Of The Wild

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Perfect Shot Perfect Shot Catch your enemies square in your sights. Use the left-mouse button to attack and the right-mouse button to cancel the skill. Iframe
Split Shot Split Shot Magically enchants your arrows to explode as they approach the enemy, releasing countless more arrows. Cooldown Mobbing Skill
Surge Bolt Surge Bolt Concentrate and deploy a powerful spirit arrow. Concentrate by pressing the key down. Activates an enhanced Surge Bolt when used after concentration is complete. It won't be canceled if you use a different skill while you concentrate. You can activate the Surge Bolt while using Net Toss, Snipe, Piercing and High Speed Shot if you've concentrated for just a short time. Cooldown Attack Skill
Repeating Crossbow Cartridge Repeating Crossbow Cartridge Use a special cartridge that allows you to fire multiple arrows at once. Use the skill again to activate a Full Burst Shot with the same cartridge. Cooldown Attack Skill


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

12/11/2020 - First update

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