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MapleStory Pathfinder Skill Build Guide

June 12, 2024

Pathfinder is an Explorer class of the Archer job branch. It's actually one of the newest Explorer classes in MapleStory, releasing in July 2019 with patch 206. Pathfinder's have great mobbing skills compared to other Explorer classes and can deal decent damage at bosses. They have to juggle two types of skills, but it's made incredibly easy using MapleStory's Macro skills.

Pathfinder Overview

Despite belonging to the Explorer class group, Pathfinder doesn't really feel like an Explorer. This is probably due to the fact that the Explorer jobs all came out in 2004, almost 15 years behind Pathfinder! Pathfinder has its own unique gameplay style, allowing you to chain different attacks together to create explosive mobbing skills. Pathfinder doesn't use consumable arrows either, instead it relies on Cardinal Force to deal damage.

Relic Gauge

As a mobbing class, Pathfinder is up there as one of the best. Once it reaches fourth job, they have a huge range of attack, able to hit multiple platforms and a skill that heat-seeks other mobs like Nightlord's Assassin's Mark. Newer players may be confused about how to juggle the skills, but in reality it's quite simple. Players have to combine two skills, Cardinal Deluge and Cardinal Burst, to boost their Relic gauge to activate bonus damage. There are plenty of cool-down type skills to micro-manage also.

As a bosses, Pathfinder tends to be lower down on the DPS range. For mid-game, Pathfinder is great at bossing and damage dealt is on-par with other classes. When it gets to end-game, Pathfinder tends to slow down, and needs more damage-boosting gear than other classes. That being said, it has a lot of utility skills to help it maneuver boss mechanics, including a useful iframe for dodging 1-hit KO attacks.

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  • Weapon: Ancient Bow
  • Job: Archer
  • Class: Explorer
  • Shared Cash Shop Inventory: Explorer Jobs
  • Legion Block: +DEX (10/20/40/80/100)
  • Link Skill: Adventurer's Curiosity (+10% Critical Rate, +35% Chance to add monsters to your Monster Collection)
  • Primary Stat: DEX
  • Inner Ability: 20% Boss Damage

Pathfinder First Job Skill Build

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

  • Cardinal Deluge (1), Double Jump (2)
  • Double Jump (MAX)
  • Cardinal Deluge (MAX)
  • Archery Mastery (MAX)
  • Forceful Shot (MAX)

At this point, Pathfinder is pretty simple class (as are most first job classes). Cardinal Deluge is your main attack skill. This skill will be used throughout your journey; it gets stronger with each job advancement so don't worry too much about it's low damage and mob hit just yet. Get double jump as soon as possible to make getting around easier.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Cardinal Deluge Cardinal Deluge [Cardinal Force] An archery technique that zeroes in on targets within range. The damage from the guided shots fired with this skill cannot be reflected. 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
Forceful Shot Forceful Shot Increases your 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

Pathfinder Second Job Skill Build

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

  • Cardinal Deluge Amplification (1), Cardinal Burst (1), Ancient Bow Mastery (1)
  • Ancient Bow Mastery (5)
  • Ancient Bow Booster (6)
  • Cardinal Deluge Amplification (MAX)
  • Cardinal Burst (MAX)
  • Swarm Shot (MAX)
  • Bountiful Deluge (MAX)
  • Ancient Bow Mastery (MAX)
  • Physical Training (MAX)
  • Ancient Bow Booster (MAX)

Finally, Pathfinder starts to get a bit interesting. When you obtain Cardinal Burst, you'll want to create a macro skill (from the skill UI tab) and combine Cardinal Deluge + Cardinal Burst into the macro then assign the key to your keyboard layout as your main attacking key. This will allow you to properly charge your Relic Gauge and reduce the cooldown on Ancient Force skills, such as your Swam Shot.

Pathfinder Macro

Relic Gauge

Now you don't actually have to focus on charging your Relic Gauge at this point in time as you only have one Ancient Force skill which isn't all that useful. But you'll want to practice using this setup as when you get to 4th job you'll have more skills to manage. For now, enjoy mobbing with Cardinal Deluge and Cardinal Burst macro.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Cardinal Burst Cardinal Burst [Cardinal Force] An archery technique that launches an explosive arrow of condensed energy that flies straight ahead. The arrow will detonate when it hits an enemy or reaches its maximum range. Main Attack Skill
Cardinal Deluge Amplification Cardinal Deluge Amplification [Cardinal Force] Enhances the Cardinal Deluge skill Passive Buff
Swarm Shot Swarm Shot [Ancient Force] Call on the relic's power to imbue a shot with a mysterious aura. Each time the arrow pierces an enemy, additional magic arrows will split off and attack nearby enemies. Cooldown Attack
Physical Training Physical Training Permanently increases STR and DEX through sheer physical training. Passive Buff
Bountiful Deluge Bountiful Deluge Manifests the power stored within the relic to call forth magical arrows that chase and attack enemies in range for a set amount of time.These magical arrows are not affected by attack reflection skills. Passive Buff
Ancient Bow Mastery Ancient Bow Mastery Increases your Ancient Bow Mastery and Attack Power. Passive Buff
Ancient Bow Booster Ancient Bow Booster Consume MP to increase the attack speed of your Ancient Bow by 2 levels for a short time. Attack Speed Buff

Pathfinder Third Job Skill Build

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

  • Cardinal Burst Amplification (MAX)
  • Bountiful Burst (MAX)
  • Archer's Essence (MAX)
  • Shadow Raven (MAX)
  • Guidance Of The Ancients (MAX)
  • Cardinal Torrent (MAX)
  • Triple Impact (MAX)
  • Evasion Boost (MAX)
  • Cursebound Endurance (MAX)

In third job you get lots of damage boosts to your existing attacking skills. You now also get some new mechanics; when you fully charge your Relic Gauge, you can activate Guidance Of The Ancients, which provides a final damage boost. Cardinal Torrent is movement and damage skill that regenerates every 7 seconds, with up to 5 max uses stored at any one time. You get a new Ancient Force skill in Triple Impact, that has a 10 second cooldown. You also get a summon in Shadow Raven, which can deal decent damage to mobs around you.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Cardinal Burst Amplification Cardinal Burst Amplification [Cardinal Force] Enhances the Cardinal Burst skill. Main Attack Skill
Triple Impact Triple Impact [Ancient Force] Leap up and fire 3 explosive arrows downward. These arrows will explode when they come in contact with an enemy, or when they reach their maximum range.If you are already airborne, the arrows will be fired immediately without the leap. Cooldown Attack
Shadow Raven Shadow Raven Calls forth a dark-elemental Raven for a period of time. The summoned Raven can attack up to 4 enemies at once.The Raven's attacks cannot be reflected by attack reflection skills. In addition, permanently increases your Defense. Summon
Guidance Of The Ancients Guidance Of The Ancients When the Relic Gauge has increased by a certain amount, the relic emits a powerful energy that enhances the Pathfinder's combat capabilities.The relic's activation status is displayed around the gauge. If the gauge is full, the activation level will not increase Passive Buff
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
Cursebound Endurance Cursebound Endurance Your growing resilience to the curse grants you the ability to resist abnormal status ailments for a set amount of time.Any status ailment received while this buff is active will further increase your status resistance. Permanently increases both your status resistance and all elemental resistances. Buff
Cardinal Torrent Cardinal Torrent [Cardinal Force] An archery technique used to achieve high mobility. Release Swiftstrike Energy stored in your weapon as a short burst of speed that propels you to your destination, then swing your weapon to attack nearby enemies.You can use the directional keys to move left, right, or up with this skill. If used without directional input, you will swing your weapon at your current location. Attack Skill
Bountiful Burst Bountiful Burst Manifests the power stored within the relic to call forth magical arrows that chase and attack enemies in range.These magical arrows are not affected by attack reflection skills. Passive Buff
Archers Essence Archers Essence Increase your combat ability by further perfecting your archery fundamentals. Passive Buff

Pathfinder Fourth Job Skill Build

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

  • Advanced Cardinal Force (1), Combo Assault (Deluge) (1), Glyph Of Impalement (1)
  • Advanced Cardinal Force (MAX)
  • Ancient Archery (MAX)
  • Ancient Bow Expertise (MAX)
  • Glyph Of Impalement (MAX)
  • Combo Assault (Deluge) (MAX)
  • Bountiful Torrent (MAX)
  • Sharp Eyes (MAX)
  • Maple Warrior (MAX)
  • Illusion Step (MAX)
  • Hero's Will (MAX)

Fourth job updates all your Cardinal damage skills with Advanced Cardinal Force with more damage and more mob attacks. You get a new cooldown Ancient Force skill in Glyph Of Impalement, which will deal more damage to targets that have stacked Curse debuffs on them (the little icon that appears above a mob when you normal attack them). Combo Assault is a new type of skill called Enchant Skill. It has a 20 second cooldown, but it can be shortened when using your macro skill. Combo Assault will deal damage depending on what mode is activated in the Rune Gauge.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Advanced Cardinal Force Advanced Cardinal Force Enhances all Cardinal Force skills with the power of the restored Relic. Passive Buff
Sharp Eyes Sharp Eyes Temporarily grants party members the ability to locate an enemy's weak spot to deal critical damage to that enemy. Buff
Maple Warrior Maple Warrior Calls forth a dark-elemental Raven for a period of time. The summoned Raven can attack up to 4 enemies at once.The Raven's attacks cannot be reflected by attack reflection skills. In addition, permanently increases your Defense. Buff
Illusion Step Illusion Step Greatly increases your DEX and Avoidability, and reduces damage taken. Passive 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
Glyph Of Impalement Glyph Of Impalement [Ancient Force] Call forth spears of dark energy imbued with the power of the Ancient Curse to attacks nearby enemies.Deals greater damage to enemies afflicted with the Ancient Curse debuff. This skill can be cast while using other skills. Cooldown Attack Skill
Combo Assault Combo Assault [Enchant Force]Attack nearby enemies with your bow, then let loose a magical arrow to attack enemies in a wider range. Deluge Enhancement - Increases the magical arrow's effective range. Burst Enhancement - The bow attack will deal a powerful strike to a single enemy. Torrent Enhancement - The bow attack inflicts additional stacks of the Ancient Curse debuff on enemies. Cooldown Attack Skill
Bountiful Torrent Bountiful Torrent Manifests the power stored within the relic to hex your arrows with the curse's energy when using the Cardinal Deluge and Cardinal Burst skills. Permanently increases Attack Power. Passive Buff
Ancient Bow Expertise Ancient Bow Expertise Increases your Ancient Bow Mastery, Attack Power, and Critical Damage Passive Buff
Ancient Archery Ancient Archery Train in the forgotten techniques of the ancient archers to enhance your combat ability. Passive Buff

Pathfinder 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.

  • Cardinal Force - Reinforce
  • Cardinal Force - Bountiful Enhance
  • Cardinal Force - Extra Strike
  • Ancient Force - Boss Rush
  • Ancient Force - Enchant Enhance
  • Ancient Astra
  • Awakened Relic
  • Epic Adventure

Pathfinder 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.

Pathfinder's Nodes should include:

  • Nova Blast
  • Raven Tempest
  • Obsidian Barrier
  • Relic Unbound
  • Trinode: Cardinal Deluge, Cardinal Burst, Cardinal Torrent
  • Trinode: Glyph Of Impalement, Ancient Astra, Triple Impact
  • Trinode: Combo Assault, Swarm Shot, Shadow Raven

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

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Nova Blast Nova Blast Consume your entire Relic Gauge to fire a bolt of obliterating energy that pierces all. The more Relic Gauge consumed, the stronger the attack will be. Burst Attack Skill + iframe
Raven Tempest Raven Tempest Uses the power of the relic to call forth the true form of the Shadow Raven to wreak havoc. The summoned Shadow Raven moves in search of enemies, and you can also press the skill to manually change its direction. Enhanced Summon Skill
Obsidian Barrier Obsidian Barrier Projects the relic's power as a protective shield. While within the shield, you will receive no damage from enemies' normal attacks, and reduced damage for attacks that deal a fixed percent of damage. Party members who receive the protection of this skill will deal increased Critical Damage when attacking any enemy afflicted by the Ancient Curse debuff. Protection Skill
Relic Unbound Relic Unbound [Enchant Force] Sets up an attacking Relic by completely liberating the power of Relic. When Pathfinder's attack hits, Relic that was set up resonantes and attacks according to the emblem. Cannot be used if there is no Relic emblem. Deluge Enhancement Sets up Relic that rapidly shoots arrows at the enemy in front. Burst Enhancement Sets up Relic that projects arrows that explode when hit. Torrent Enhancement Sets up several Relics that simultaneously attack the enemy in a certain range. Cooldown / Summon Attack Skill


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

First update - 10/11/2020


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