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MapleStory Wind Archer Skill Build Guide

March 28, 2024

Wind Archer is the ranged Cygnus Knights archer class in MapleStory that is powered by devastating wind attacks that make training a breeze. Wind Archer is one of the most popular Cygnus Knight classes due to their amazing mobbing skills throughout all five job advancements. They're also a decent bossing class and are easy to play.

Originally released in 2009, Wind Archer used to have a level cap of 120. They have since been revamped into full class that can hit max level, take on 5th job and stand on their own.

Wind Archer Overview

All Cygnus Knights were revamped as part of the 2022 update V.237 Ignition! They increased their damage skills, improve mobility and added in some new storylines for you to follow.

Like most Cygnus Knight classes, the theme for Wind Archer is really consistent amongst all the skills: Green. Wind Archer is a bowman type job, so you'll be using arrow consumables for most of your attacks (although there is a skill that prevents consumption). Wind Archer has gone through lots of class upgrades (with more to come) to make playing it a lot smoother as they do have a lot of buffs to manage. Apart from that, the class is fairly easy to manage and has plenty of good useful skills.

Training a Wind Archer will likely be one of the easier classes through levels 1-200. They have great mobbing skills, including Trifling Wind which can keep mobs you've missed under control. For the most part. you'll only be using one or two attacking skills and by the time you get to 5th job you'll be able to wipe entire maps out with epic V-matrix skills. If you were looking for a first-class to play, Wind Archer is perfect for it's simple mechanics and decent damage.

Bossing wise, Wind Archer is very consistent. There are no janky-skills you need to manage or combo-skill gameplay to boost damage; you simply buff up and attack. Their damage might not be at the top range of the DPS charts, but they are more than capable of taking on the end-game bosses in MapleStory with a decent amount of funding. What Wind Archer is great for is their survivability, with lots of skills that can help them tank 1-hit KO skills, dodge boss attacks and great mobility.

  • Weapon: Bow
  • Job: Bowman
  • Class: Cygnus Knight
  • Shared Cash Shop Inventory: Blaze Wizard, Wind Archer, Thunder Breaker, Dawn Warrior, Night Walker, Mihile
  • Legion Block: + DEX (10/20/40/80/100)
  • Link Skill: Cygnus Blessing (Level 10: Attack Power: +25, Magic Attack Power: +25, Abnormal Status Resistance: +15, All Elemental Resistance: +15%)
  • Primary Stat: DEX
  • Inner Ability: 20% Boss Damage

Wind Archer First Job Skill Build

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

  • Breeze Arrow (MAX)
  • Whispers Of The Wind (MAX)
  • Storm Elemental (MAX)
  • Wind Walk (MAX)
  • Gust Swift (MAX)

Your main attacking skill is Breeze Arrow, which can hit up to five enemies at once. This is an amazing first job mobbing skill so you'll likely breeze through the early levels. You get two attack buffs with Storm Elemental and Whispers of the Wind. Wind Walk allows you to teleport through enemies without getting hit.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Breeze Arrow Breeze Arrow Fires off a wind-infused arrow. Main Attack Skill
Wind Walk Wind Walk Your arrows walk on the wind, flying straight through any monsters they touch. Teleport Skill
Whispers Of The Wind Whispers Of The Wind Whispers of the wind teach you ancient knowledge of body and mind. Passive Buff
Storm Elemental Storm Elemental Summons a wind elemental to bolster your powers. Toggle
Gust Swift Gust Swift Leap once more while already in the air. Press the up key at the same time to move upward. Required Skill: Wind Walk Lv. 1. Flash Jump Skill

Wind Archer Second Job Skill Build

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

  • Gust Shot (+1), Bow Mastery (+1), Agile Bows (+1)
  • Trifling Wind I (+1), Sylvian Aid(+1), Spiraling Vortex (+1)
  • Spiraling Vortex (MAX)
  • Gust Shot (MAX)
  • Bow Mastery (MAX)
  • Trifling Wind (MAX)
  • Sylvian Aid (MAX)
  • Physical Training (MAX)
  • Agile Bows (MAX)

Wind Archer in second job has two attacking skills you can use: Gust Shot and Spiraling Vortex. Spiraling Vortex does have a better hit range than Gust Shot, but it also knocks enemies back slightly.

Next you want to put points in Agile Bows for Attack Speed and Sylvian Aid to remove arrow cost.

The rest of the skills are passive buffs!

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Gust Shot Gust Shot Fire off a speeding arrow in a straight line. Main Attack Skill
Trifling Wind I Trifling Wind I Summons the Spirit of Wind to confuse nearby enemies. Toggle Skill
Sylvan Aid Sylvan Aid The blessings of the Sylph give you a leg-up against your enemies. Passive Buff
Physical Training Physical Training Permanently increases STR and DEX through sheer physical training. Passive Buff
Spiraling Vortex Spiraling Vortex Spins to create a vortex of wind that knocks back enemies. Can be resisted by some monsters. Secondary Attack Skill
Bow Mastery Bow Mastery Increases Bow Mastery. Passive Buff
Agile Bow Agile Bow Increases the attack speed of your weapon for a short time. Must have a bow equipped. Passive Buff

Wind Archer Third Job Skill Build

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

  • Sentient Arrow (MAX)
  • Albatross (MAX)
  • Trifling Wind II (MAX)
  • Emerald Flower (MAX)
  • Second Wind (MAX)
  • Featherweight (MAX)
  • Pinpoint Pierce (MAX)

Your new main attack skill is Sentient Arrow. The range on the skill isn't huge, but it's decent enough for most maps around 3rd job level.

Your Trifling Wind gets upgraded and you get a new buff to manage called Eagle Eye, which also increases attack speed.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Sentient Arrow Sentient Arrow Creates a powerful gust using the emerald condensed with the power of wind as a medium to indiscriminately attack enemies on the left and right. Main Attack Skill
Trifling Wind II Trifling Wind II Summons a spirit of the wind to attack nearby enemies. Soul energy appears in the direction the Wind Archer is facing, except when using certain skills. Attacks by always including the boss with the highest Max HP within range. Required Skill: Trifling Wind I Lv. 20. Level 20 required to learn Trifling Wind III. Toggle Skill
Second Wind Second Wind Strengthens the soul and empowers the body. Passive Buff
Pinpoint Pierce Pinpoint Pierce Shoot off two arrows to strike the same enemy and weaken them. Targets the boss with the highest Max HP within range. Secondary Attack Skill
Featherweight Featherweight Your body becomes as light as a feather, gaining freedom from enemy attacks. Passive Buff
Emerald Flower Emerald Flower Summons a green crystal flower that attracts nearby enemies. Enemies intoxicated by the scent will be slowed. Lv 10 required to learn the 4th Job skill 'Emerald Dust'. Summon Target
Albatross Eagle Eye Master the power of the legendary Albatross to boost your combat stats. Level 20 required to learn Albatross Hunt. Passive Buff

Wind Archer Fourth Job Skill Build

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

  • Fairy Spiral (MAX)
  • Trifling Wind III (MAX)
  • Bow Expert (MAX)
  • Sharp Eyes (MAX)
  • Stormbringer (MAX)
  • Albatross MAX (MAX)
  • Touch Of The Wind (MAX)
  • Emerald Dust (MAX)
  • Song of Heaven (MAX)
  • Call Of Cygnus (MAX)
  • Cygnus Knight's Will (MAX)

In fourth job, Fairy Spiral becomes your new mobbing skill. You can mob with Song of Heaven, but this skill is better for bossing than mobbing in most cases. You get to upgrade your Trifling Wind and it now starts to feel very significant. Sharp Eyes and Call Of Cygnus are two new buffs you have to manage and your Albatross skill gets a new upgrade. Song of Heaven and Emerald Dust are useful for bossing and the rest are passive.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Spiraling Vortex Fairy Spiral Swings the bow lightly in place as if dancing with the wind to create a strong gale that attacks enemies. Can be resisted by some enemies. Also boosts Sentient Arrow. Main Attack Skill
Trifling Wind III Trifling Wind III Harass the enemies with constant gale-force winds. Soul energy appears in the direction the Wind Archer is facing, except when using certain skills. Attacks by always including the boss with the highest Max HP within range. Required Skill: Trifling Wind II Lv. 20. Toggle Skill
Touch Of The Wind Touch Of The Wind Become one with the wind through a divine blessing. Passive Buff
Song Of Heaven Song Of Heaven Play the song of heavens to sweep away enemies. Secondary Attack Skill / Boss Attacking Skill
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
Emerald Dust Emerald Dust Emerald Flower is enhanced to be more effective in battle. Passive Buff
Call Of Cygnus Call Of Cygnus Grants the blessings of Cygnus’s awakening to temporarily increase all stats for you and your 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
Bow Expert Bow Expert Increases Bow Mastery, Attack Power, Critical Damage, and Damage when attacking Boss Monsters. Passive Buff
Albatross Max Albatross Max Borrow the power of the legendary Albatross. The passive effect is added to Albatross. Required Skill: Eagle Eye Lv. 20. Passive Buff
Stormbringer Stormbringer Calls down a torrential storm on your enemies. Unaffected by attack reflection. Secondary Attack Skill
Cygnus Knights Will Cygnus Knights Will Hone your resolve to ignore certain abnormal status effects. Immune to most abnormal status effects for 3 sec after use. Certain abnormal status effects and combat orders will still get through. Debuff skill

Wind Archer 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.

  • Trifling Wind - Reinforce
  • Trifling Wind - Enhance
  • Trifling Wind - Double Chance
  • Song Of Heaven - Reinforce
  • Song Of Heaven - Boss Rush
  • Monsoon
  • Glory Of The Guardians
  • Storm Whim

Wind Archer 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.

Check out the 5th Job V-Matrix Guide for more in-depth details about fifth job.

Wind Archer's Nodes should include:

  • Howling Gale
  • Merciless Winds
  • Gale Barrier
  • Vortex Sphere
  • Trio: Storm Bringer, Song Of Heaven, Trifling Wind I
  • Trio: Fairy Spiral, Spiraling Vortex, Monsoon

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
  • Guided Arrow
  • Vicious Shot
  • Empress Cygnus's Blessing
  • Phalanx Charge

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Howling Gale Howling Gale Summons a ferocious gust to punish your enemies. Consumes all your wind energy upon summoning. The gust grows stronger in proportion to the wind energy consumed. Unaffected by attack reflection. Consumable Skill / Charge skill
Merciless Winds Merciless Winds Calls upon the Spirit of Wind to conjure deadly homing projectiles that track down your foes. Cooldown attack skill
Gale Barrier Gale Barrier Activate a wind barrier around yourself that will defend you and decimate your enemies. Creates a whirlwind when you attack to deal additional damage. Elemental is consumed upon defending against an attack and the wind barrier will disappear when it's completely consumed. The whirlwind is unaffected by attack reflection. Cooldown Buff
Vortex Sphere Vortex Sphere Condense powerful winds into a sphere, then launch it in a slow, straight line. A gust occurs periodically with the Vortex Sphere at the center, pulling in surrounding enemies. Skill is unaffected by attack reflection. Max Level 25. Cooldown attack skill


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