MapleStory Shadower Skill Build Guide

MapleStory Shadower Skill Build Guide

calendar_todayPosted on 25th September 2020

MapleStory Shadower is a 4th job class of the Explorer Thief job branch. Shadower doesn't use Throwing Stars, instead they use their dagger to deal ninja-like moves from the shadows. This job branch used to be known mostly for it's chief bandit skill, Meso Explosion, which was highly useful against bosses with lots of HP. But times have changed, and now Shadower's enjoy great mobility, decent mobbing and stack up well when bossing.

Shadower Overview

Starting at level 10 in Kerning City, the Dark Lord Job Advancement instructor allows you to choose the path of Rouge. Training is slow in the beginning levels due to having no decent mobbing skills, but as you climb towards 4th job, you will then start to train faster. Shadower follows the path of Bandit at level 30, Chief Bandit at level 60 and finally Shadower at level 100.

Unlike Night Lord, you don't need to use Throwing Stars for this Thief class.

Whilst Shadower's main mobbing skill isn't the great (Boomerang Step), when you reach a decent amount of damage mobbing becomes very fun as Meso Explosion can help wipe out entire maps. Training them is a bit of a struggle as the skills don't have wide hit-boxes in the early levels and since Shadower is an Explorer, their damage is usually lacking behind the newer classes.

That being said, they have some of the most useful bossing skills in the game. Smokescreen offers a party-wide damage reduction skill and critical damage boost, as well as having an i-frame (invincibility skill) in Trickbade.

  • Weapon: Dagger
  • Job: Thief
  • Class: Explorer
  • Shared Cash Shop Inventory: Explorer Jobs
  • Legion Block: +Luk (10/20/40/80/100)
  • Link Skill: Thief's Cunning (+3-6% Damage upon debuffing enemies, 10 sec duration)
  • Primary Stat: Luk
  • Inner Ability: 20% Boss Damage

Rouge First Job Skill Build

Since you're going the route of Shadower, you only have enough skill points to max 5 of the 6 skills. You won't need Lucky Seven so leave that skill un-maxed.

  • Double Stab (+1), Flash Jump (+2)
  • Flash Jump (MAX)
  • Double Stab (10)
  • Haste (MAX)
  • Nimble Body (MAX)
  • Double Stab (MAX)
  • Dark Sight (MAX)
  • Lucky Seven (10)

Unfortunately, Double Stab is a single target attack. That means there's no mobbing in your early levels and so training to level 30 can be quite slow compared to other classes. However, you do have great mobility in Flash Jump and Haste skills, making it very fun to get around Maple World.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Double Stab Double Stab Quickly stabs an enemy twice. Main Attack Skill
Haste Haste Temporarily increases Speed and Jump for all party members. Permanently increases maximum Speed. Buff
Nimble Body Nimble Body Permanently increases Luck. Passive Buff
Flash Jump Flash Jump Use while in the middle of a jump to jump even further. The jumping distance increases as the skill level increases. Flash Jump
Dark Sight Dark Sight Allows you to hide in the shadows for a short time. While Dark Sight is active, you cannot be hit by enemies, but attacking or using a skill will reveal you. You can still use the Flash Jump skill while Dark Sight is active. The cooldown when Dark Sight is deactivated is affected by damage dodged in proportion to your to Max HP. Press the skill key again to deactivate Dark Sight.

Transform Skill

Lucky Seven Lucky Seven Throws 2 throwing stars based on LUK, regardless of Claw Mastery. Main Attack Skill

Bandit Second Job Skill Build

As a Rouge, when you reach level 30 you can job advance into two different classes. If you want to become a Shadower, you'll need to choose Bandit as your second job advancement class.

  • Savage Blow (+1), Dagger Master (+2)
  • Dagger Mastery (+3)
  • Dagger Booster (+6)
  • Savage Blow (MAX)
  • Dagger Mastery (MAX)
  • Physical Training (MAX)
  • Channel Karma (MAX)
  • Shield Mastery (MAX)
  • Dagger Booster (MAX)
  • Steal (MAX)
  • Mesoguard (MAX)

Savage Blow is your new mobbing skill that can hit up to 8 mobs at once. It doesn't have a wide hit-box area, so you will need to be moving around maps in order to train efficiently. Steal and Mesoguard arn't really utilized until you get to bossing, so you can max these last.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Savage Blow Savage Blow Deals very quick consecutive attacks to a monster. Main Attack Skill
Dagger Mastery Dagger Mastery Increases Dagger Mastery Passive Buff
Steal Steal Quickly attack multiple enemies, and get a chance to steal one of the items that the target drops and a potion that recovers HP or MP immediately. You can steal each item and potion only once from a single enemy. Can attempt repeatedly until you succeed. Potions stolen from bosses recover HP and MP fully and boost Attack Power for a short time. Secondary Attack Skill
Shield Mastery Shield Mastery Increases DEF, Avoidability, and Attack Power when a shield or dagger scabbard is equipped. Passive Buff
Physical Training Physical Training Permanently increases LUK and DEX through sheer physical training. Passive Buff
Mesoguard Mesoguard Uses Mesos to absorb up to 50% of damage taken. Buff
Dagger Booster Dagger Booster Uses MP to temporarily increase the attack speed of your dagger by 2 levels Attack Speed Buff
Channel Karma Channel Karma Increases your Attack Power. Passive Buff

Chief Bandit Third Job Skill Build

Chief Bandit introduce one of your better mobbing skills that will provide very useful when you get to 5th job. Meso Explosion allows you to deal damage to mobs all around you, but that damage is quite low during the early levels. For that reason, you may find it useful to just keep using your second job skill Savage Blow + Shadow Partner.

  • Shadow Partner (MAX)
  • Pick Pocket (MAX)
  • Meso Explosion (MAX)
  • Dark Flare (MAX)
  • Midnight Carnival (MAX)
  • Advanced Dark Sight (MAX)
  • Venom (MAX)
  • Meso Mastery (MAX)
  • Phase Dash (MAX)
  • Into Darkness (MAX)
  • Enveloping Darkness (MAX)

Chief Bandit sits in a strange place. It's new attacking skill Midnight Carnival is a single-target attack that deals lots of lines of damage. This isn't really very useful when training as you want to be hitting as many mobs as possible with each attack. Pickpocket can be turned on so that all mobs drop meso coins and then combine that with meso explosion you'll start damaging other mobs all around you. Some prefer to use Shadow Partner + Savage Blow for mobbing.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Midnight Carnival Midnight Carnival Overwhelms enemies with supersonic slashes. Single Target Attack Skill
Shadow Partner Shadow Partner Summons a shadow partner that mimics the summoner. It does not have its own HP and disappears when it is hit with an attack that changes its appearance or restricts movement. It cannot mimic Meso Explosion, summoned monsters, or 5th Job Common Skills. Buff
Venom Venom Permanently coats your dagger with venom, giving all your attacks the chance to Poison enemies. The Poison is not stackable, and the enemy's HP cannot drop below 1 Passive DOT
Pick Pocket Pick Pocket Drops 1 meso every time you attack with your skills (besides Meso Explosion, 5th Job Common Skills, and Summoner attacks). Can be toggled #cOn/Off#. Toggle Skill
Meso Explosion Meso Explosion Sends Mesos dropped by Pick Pocket flying to damage enemies. The more mesos there are, the more damage they will do. Mob Attack Skill
Phase Dash Phase Dash Dashes at the enemy with blinding speed, damaging and knocking them back. Can be resisted by some monsters. Dash Attack Skill
Meso Mastery Meso Mastery Increase the amount of mesos that drop. Skills that use mesos become more efficient. Passive Buff
Into Darkness Into Darkness Melts into the darkness and teleports you behind the furthest enemy in range. You remain in Dark Sight after teleporting, and the cooldown is shared with Dark Sight. Teleport
Enveloping Darkness Enveloping Darkness Cloaks yourself in darkness, increasing Max HP, Abnormal Status Resistance and Elemental Resistance permanently. Passive Buff
Dark Flare Dark Flare Temporarily summons the Dark Lord's throwing star. Party members nearby will reflect enemy damage. Cannot reflect more than half of the enemy's Max HP. You will not be damaged when hitting an enemy with attack reflection. Summon
Advanced Dark Sight Advanced Dark Sight Hones your stealth technique, allowing you to attack and use skills during Dark Sight, with a chance of maintaining stealth. Being attacked by enemies may automatically trigger Dark Sight, and attacking during Dark Sight deals increased damage.Dodging an attack that deals damage proportional to Max HP using the automatically-triggered Dark Sight will not trigger Dark Sight's cooldown (but Dark Sight will be deactivated). Transform Skill

Shadower Fourth Job Skill Build

At level 100, Shadower becomes available. You can max all the skills out in 4th job, but you will need Mastery Books from shops to upgrade your skills.

  • Boomerang Stab (+1), Dagger Expert (+1), Prime Critical (+1)
  • Boomerang Stab (10)
  • Dagger Expert (10)
  • Prime Critical (MAX)
  • Boomerang Stab (MAX)
  • Dagger Expert (MAX)
  • Shadower Instinct (MAX)
  • Shadow Shifter (MAX)
  • Maple Warrior (MAX)
  • Toxic Venom (MAX)
  • Assassinate (MAX)
  • Smokescreen (MAX)
  • Sudden Raid (MAX)
  • Hero's WIll (MAX)

Boomerang Stab is your new mob attack skill. You'll soon notice that it's attack range is limited quite a lot, so you'll want to be combining Pickpocket + Mesos Explosion to make the most of your mobbing and training. You get a few useful bossing skills in 4th job, including Smokescreen which can reduce damage and sometimes act as an I-frame skill for certain boss mechanics.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Assassinate Assassinate Attacks an enemy's vital points over and over to deal tremendous damage. Cast the Assassinate skill once more after the first three strikes to deal a finishing blow. You will no longer be hidden after the final blow. When used while hidden, increases Assassinate damage. Also does more damage when Body Count is 3. Will not be pushed back by any enemy attack when using Assassinate. Single Target Attack Skill
Boomerang Stab Boomerang Stab Grants a chance to stun an enemy after making two fast slashing attacks. Also permanently increases final damage. Main Attack Skill
Toxic Venom Toxic Venom Increases Venom's poison chance and permanently increases poison damage. Passive Buff
Sudden Raid Sudden Raid Calls in a horde of friends to set the stage on fire. Unaffected by attack reflection. FMA Skill
Smokescreen Smokescreen Drops a Smokescreen near you. All party members within Smokescreen range will take no damage for the duration. For attacks that are based on max HP ratios, the damage will be reduced. Chance of Advanced Dark Sight increased within Smokescreen's range. In addition, enemies inside the Smokescreen will take more critical damage. Buff Skill / IFrame
Shadower Instinct Shadower Instinct Awakens the Shadower's merciless instincts to increase Attack and ignore enemy DEF. As a passive effect, this skill allows you to rack up a Body Count with each attack, which can be used to further enhance your other attacks. Buff
Shadow Shifter Shadow Shifter Grants a chance to summon a wooden doll to take damage in your place. Passive Buff
Prime Critical Prime Critical Enhances Critical Growth. Also increases Critical Damage permanently. Passive 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
Heros Will Heros Will Hones your resolve to ignore certain abnormal status effects. Immune to Abnormal Status for 3 sec after use. deBuff
Dagger Expert Dagger Expert Increases Dagger Mastery, Attack Power, and Critical Damage. Passive Buff

Shadower 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.

  • Meso Explosion - Reinforce
  • Meso Explosion - Enhance
  • Boomerang Stab - Reinforce
  • Boomerang Stab - Spread
  • Boomerang Stab - Extra Strike
  • Flip The Coin
  • Shadow Viel
  • Epic Adventure

The hyper skills of Shadower are actually pretty good and you might have a hard time deciding what's best to use. You can boost your main bossing skill Assassinate, with extra damage, boss damage and ignore def. Or you can boost your training skills; you can remove the Boomerang Stab - Spread as you probably won't need to hit 10 enemies at once- adding Meso Explosion - Guardbreak might be useful for extra IED. You can reset Hyper Skills for mesos so if you make a mistake don't worry.

Shadower 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.

Shadower's Nodes should include:

  • Trickblade
  • Shadow Assault
  • Sonic Blow
  • Trinode: Boomerang Stab, Meso Explosion, Dark Flare
  • Trinode: Assassinate, Shadow Veil, Sudden Raid

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

  • Decent Holy Symbol
  • Decent Sharp Eyes
  • Decent Speed Infusion
  • Weapon Aura
  • Erda Nova

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Trickblade Trickblade Move behind the enemy damaged by Assassinate to deal a fatal attack. Attacks linked with Assassinate are unaffected by attack ignore and attack reflection. Single Target Attack Skill / Iframe
Sonic Blade Sonic Blade Move faster than the speed of sound, dealing consecutive attacks along the way. You will not be pushed back by any enemy attacks when casting Sonic Blow. Burst Attack Skill
Shadow Assault Shadow Assault Instantly move to slash enemies. Dash + Buff Skill
Slash Shadow Formation Slash Shadow Formation Team up with dark allies in a special formation to perform a joint attack. Can be used without a casting motion when used while Assassinate or Boomerang Stab is in use. Skill is unaffected by attack reflection and by effects of Shadow Partner. Burst Attack Skill


26/11/2020 - Added new 5th Job Skill from the Awake update.

25/09/2020 - First Version Live.

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