MapleStory Zero Skill Build Guide

MapleStory Zero Skill Build Guide

calendar_todayPosted on 11th January 2021

MapleStory Zero is a unique class that allows you to play two characters at the same time. Introducing Alpha and Beta, players can switch between characters on the fly to increase their damage as they battle mobs across Maple world. Zero also comes with a great Legion block that gives up to 10% extra EXP, so the class is well worth training up to give you benefits for your other MapleStory characters.

Zero Overview

Zero has a unique playstyle compared to most classes in the sense that you are playing two characters at once. Alpha and Beta make up Zero's split personality, and using different skills activates either one of the characters. You gain additional benefits from swapping between the two characters during battle, including stacked buff damage and extra attacks.

The class is a time-limited one; meaning you can only create Zero during a specific event period. This is usually around major MapleStory updates, such as Winter and Summer. Zero can also now be created in Reboot World as of patch 219.

Zero also starts at level 100 (instead of the usual level 1!). In order to create a Zero, you need at least 1 level 100+ character already created.

Training a Zero is a very interesting character due to it's tag ability. Zero uses a rotation of multiple skills to maximize damage; you get great map coverage with teleportation skills, however, newer players may struggle to properly work out which skills to use. Zero gains a stackable damage buff each time you tag between Alpha and Beta characters, meaning, it's in your best interest to use the skill types of both characters.

As a bosser Zero gets some very useful skills that make them a good end-game bosser. They come equipped with several Iframes that have reducible cooldowns, including one that allows you to be immune for 15 seconds. In terms of damage, Zero has some unique property that make it useful when it comes to scaling up damage. For one thing, their weapon stats are automatically transferred across, including potential and star-force.

Notes

  • Zero has a storyline quest that you can complete up to level 180. At level 120, you can venture into normal Maple World and train that way if you like.
  • Completing the Zero storyline will boost your Zero's Link skill and passive skill.
  • Zero weapon can be upgraded automatically every 10 levels, transferring star-force and potentials.
  • Zero's weapon stats are basically doubled (one weapon for Alpha, one for Beta)
  • You can gain trait stats from Zero's Library by reading books (3 per day)
  • You can earn Time Coins from Dungeons in Zero's storyline that can be used to purchase weapons and upgrade existing equipment
  • Zero has no MP; instead they use Time Force, which is consumed by skills and recovers over time.
  • Weapon: Lapis/Lazuli
  • Job: Zero
  • Class: Zero
  • Shared Cash Shop Inventory: none
  • Legion Block: +EXP% (4/6/8/10/12)
  • Link Skill: Rhinne's Blessing (max level: Ignore Def + 10%, Damage Reduction: 15%)
  • Primary Stat: STR
  • Inner Ability: +1 Attack Speed

Zero Skill Build

Zero does not go through any Job Advancement like other MapleStory classes. Instead, you level up the skills for Alpha and Beta characters. You gain SP for each level as normal, with many skills having a level requirement before you can upgrade them. You can max all skills for Zero before you get to level 200, so don't worry too much about following this skill build.

Transcendent Skills

You automatically obtain these skills when you reach their required level. Zero does not have Hyper Skills.

  • (Level 100) - Double Time
  • (Level 110) - Time Distortion
  • (Level 120) - Time Holding
  • (Level 140) - Rewind
  • (Level 160) - Shadow Rain
  • (Level 200) - Focused Time

Alpha Skill Build

Long Sword Mastery starts at skill level 8.

We don't add points to Shadow Strike as the teleportation can mess up your ability to combo. It also is bad for bossing since it pushes you forward uncontrollably (however, this is being changed in an update in the future, so you max this when the change happens in future updates).

  • Moon Strike (+1), Piercing Thrust (+1), Long Sword Mastery (+1)
  • Long Sword Mastery (MAX)
  • Flash Assault (MAX)
  • Time Generator (+1)
  • Spin Cutter (MAX)
  • Rolling Cross (MAX)
  • Rolling Assault (MAX)
  • Reinforce Body (MAX)
  • Wind Cutter (MAX)
  • Wind Striker (+1)
  • Advanced Spin Cutter (MAX)
  • Storm Break (MAX)
  • Grand Rolling Cross (MAX)
  • Divine Leer (MAX)
  • Advanced Rolling Assault (MAX)
  • Advanced Storm Break (MAX)
  • Wind Striker (MAX)
  • Time Generator (MAX)
  • Moon Strike (MAX)
  • Piercing Thrust (MAX)

In your early levels, you'll be using Moon Strike to spam attack. Using Moon Strike twice will use the combo skill Piercing Thrust. Next you'll want to save your SP so we can easily max out Flash Assault, which comes at level 110 (it does have a cooldown, however, using the Tag system you can reduce it very quickly). Add one point to Time Generator for help with recovering Time Force.

Rolling Cross is great for mobility; getting to those higher platforms whilst doing lots of damage to mobs is great. It gets even better when using Rolling Assault and Grand Rolling Cross. Reinforce Body is a passive that greatly increases your Critical Rate (amongst other buffs).

Wind Cutter and Wind Striker are your best mobbing skills in the game. Wind Cutter creates tornados and Wind Striker sends them on their way to deal damage to surrounding mobs. Wind Cutter has a 15 second cooldown, so you need to use the Tag system to reduce it. When you get access to Storm Break at level 150, this skill gets even better.

Divine Leer is a great passive also that increases your final damage.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Moon Strike Moon Strike Attacks distant enemies and pulls them towards you. Can be resisted by some monsters. Main Attack Skill
Piercing Thrust Piercing Thrust Thrusts your Long Sword forward to knock back enemies with the tip. Can be resisted by some monsters.[Skill Requirements]: Moon Strike Lv. 1 [Command]: While Moon Strike is active, activate Moon Strike again. Chain Attack Skill
Shadow Strike Shadow Strike Quickly move to the nearest enemy and attack, unleashing a strike that penetrates and deals additional damage. Unaffected by attack reflection.[Skill Requirements]: Piercing Thrust Lv. 1 [Command]: Activate Moon Strike after Piercing Thrust Chain Attack Skill
Long Sword Mastery Long Sword Mastery Increases Long Sword Mastery, Attack Power, and Attack Speed. Damage, Attack Speed, Speed and Jump are further increased when using a Long Sword. Passive Buff
Flash Assault Flash Assault Instantly moves forward, damaging enemies in your path. Cooldown Attack Skill
Time Generator Time Generator Increases Alpha's Time Force Recovery speed. Also grants a chance to recover Time Force when Alpha attacks an enemy. Passive Buff
Spin Cutter Spin Cutter Attacks enemies with spinning strikes. [Skill Requirement]: Flash Assaulter Lv. 1 [Command]: While Flash Assault is active use Flash Assault again Chain Attack Skill
Rolling Cross Rolling Cross Spins at very high speed, leaping forward and up, cutting through enemies in your path. Cooldown Attack Skill
Rolling Assault Rolling Assault Advances forward while spinning at high speed. Attacks knock back enemies in your path. Can be resisted by some monsters. [Skill Requirement]: Rolling Cross Lv. [Command]: While Rolling Cross is active use Rolling Cross again Chain Attack Skill
Reinforce Body Reinforce Body Strengthens Alpha's body and increases Max HP, Abnormal Status Resistance, Max Time Force, and Critical Rate. Passive Buff
Wind Cutter Wind Cutter A twister, created on a target's location for a set duration, inflicts damage on surrounding enemies. Cooldown Attack Skill
Wind Striker Wind Striker Attacks enemies in front of you and releases a vortex. [Skill Requirement]: Wind Cutter Lvl. 1[Command]: While Wind Cutter is active use Wind Cutter again Chain Attack Skill
Advanced Spin Cutter Advanced Spin Cutter An even more powerful Blade Ring attack. Increase the Blade Ring's damage and adds a blade that pierces through on both sides for additional damage. Unaffected by attack reflection.[Skill Requirements]: Blade Ring Lv. 10 Chain Attack Skill
Storm Break Storm Break Attacks the enemies in front of you, creating a whirlpool which pushes forward and deals additional damage to enemies in its path. Unaffected by attack reflection.[Required Skill]: Wind Striker Lv. 1 [Command]: After using Wind Striker, use Wind Cutter Chain Attack Skill
Grand Rolling Cross Grand Rolling Cross An even more powerful Rolling Cross attack. Increases damage and produces 3 blades at once that pierce multiple enemies. Unaffected by attack reflection.[Skill Requirement]: Rolling Cross Lv. 20 Chain Attack Skill
Divine Leer Divine Leer Increases Alpha's Criticals. Also grants a chance to inflict a bleeding effect on the target and restore your HP. Unaffected by attack reflection. Passive Buff
Advanced Rolling Assault Advanced Rolling Assault An even more powerful Rolling Assault attack. Increases damage and produces 3 blades at once that pierces enemies left, right and above. Strikes with double the number of blades if activated as an Assist Skill. Unaffected by attack reflection.[Skill Requirement]: Rolling Assault Lv. 20 Chain Attack Skill
Advanced Storm Break Advanced Storm Break An even more powerful Storm Break. Increases damage. Also creates a moving Vortex with a Shock Field, continually inflicting damage on enemies nearby. Unaffected by attack reflection.[Skill Requirements]: Storm Break Lv. 20 Chain Attack Skill

Beta Skill Build

Heavy Sword Mastery starts at level 8.

  • Rising Slash (+1), Air Raid (+1)
  • Heavy Sword Mastery (MAX)
  • Flash Cut (MAX)
  • Solid Body (MAX)
  • Rising Slash (MAX)
  • Spin Driver (+1)
  • Air Raid (MAX)
  • Wheel Wind (MAX)
  • Armor Split (+1)
  • Giga Crash (MAX)
  • Falling Star (MAX)
  • Earth Break (MAX)
  • Air Riot (MAX)
  • Throwing Weapon (MAX)
  • Advanced Throwing Weapon (MAX)
  • Advanced Wheel Wind (+1)
  • Immune Barrier (MAX)
  • Advanced Earth Break (MAX)
  • Armor Split (16)
  • Spin Driver (11)
  • Critical Bind (MAX)
  • Spin Driver (MAX)
  • Armor Split (MAX)
  • Advanced Wheel Wind (MAX)

Beta uses slow and heavy-hitting skills compared to Alpha. You'll start off with using Rising Slash, which combos to use Air Raid and Air Riot. Max your passive skill Heavy Sword Mastery at the beginning for that extra damage boost.

At level 105, you gain Flash Cut. Throwing Weapon adds additional damage (by throwing your weapon at the enemy) but we have better combos than this skill so we max it later (despite it being available at level 110). Instead, Solid Body is your passive skill that gives you 100% Knockback Resistance.

Spin Driver comes at 115 but it needs Wheel Wind at 125 to be decent. It gets even better with Advanced Wheel Wind, but it's not as good as other skills so we max it last. Armor Split is your level 130 passive, that ignores mob defense for 10 sec.

Giga Crash , Falling Star and Earth Break combine to be a 3-hitting damage skill. You get Advanced Earth Break at level 170 which adds some damage over time with lightning.

Immune Barrier has a 25% chance to make you immune to damage; it's great for bossing but at 25% chance it's not something you'd want to rely on. And probably one of the best skills for Beta is the Critical Bind skill. It allows you to bind bosses for 5 seconds (with a 35 second cooldown); giving you 20% critical damage and extra 30% critical rate when Alpha then attacks.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Rising Slash Rising Slash Launches enemies in front of you into the air. Can be resisted by some monsters. Main Attack Skill
Air Raid Air Raid Attacks enemies in front of you, stomping on them in midair.[Skill Requirement]: Rising Slash Lv. 1[Command]: Use #cRising Slash twice in a row. Chain Attack Skill
Air Riot Air Riot A more powerful Air Raid, increasing its damage and giving it a wide shockwave. Unaffected by attack reflection.[Skill Requirement]: Air Raid Lv. 10 Chain Attack Skill
Heavy Sword Mastery Heavy Sword Mastery Increases Heavy Sword Mastery, Attack Power, and Attack Speed. When attacking with a Heavy Sword weapon, damage increases when striking fewer targets. Passive Buff
Flash Cut Flash Cut Forcefully swing your long sword to attack multiple enemies in front of you. Cooldown Attack Skill
Solid Body Solid Body Strengthens Beta's Body, improving Defense, Abnormal Status Resistance, Elemental Resistance, and Knockback Resistance. Passive Buff
Spin Driver Spin Driver Uses your Great Sword's weight to revolve in place, creating a whirlwhind that pulls enemies in. Cooldown Attack Skill
Wheel Wind Wheel Wind Spin like a whirlwind for a short time and attack enemies nearby. Use the Left and Right arrow keys while spinning to move. [Skill Requirements]: Spin Driver Lv. 1[Command]: While Spin Driver is activated use Spin Driver again Chain Attack Skill
Armor Split Armor Split Strengthens the Heavy Sword. Grants a chance to split enemy armor and decrease enemy defense rate when attacking. Passive Buff
Giga Crash Giga Crash Hammer the ground with your sword to attack front enemies. Cooldown Attack Skill
Falling Star Falling Star Jumps into the air, driving your sword into the ground in one decisive blow.Creates a shockwave on impact that does additional damage. Unaffected by attack reflection.[Skill Requirements]: Giga Crash Lv. 1 [Command]: While Giga Crash is active use Giga Crash again Chain Attack Skill
Earth Break Earth Break Jumps high into the air, bringing down the Great Sword hard enough to split the ground beneath you.Creates a shockwave on impact that does additional damage. Unaffected by attack reflection.[Skill Requirements]: Falling Star Lv. 1 [Command]: While Falling Star is active use Giga Crash Chain Attack Skill
Throwing Weapon Throwing Weapon Throws your Great Sword with all of your might, cleaving through all enemies in its path. Unaffected by attack reflection.[Skill Requirement]: Front Slash Lv. 1 [Command]: While Flash Cut is active use Flash Cut again Chain Attack Skill
Advanced Throwing Weapon Advanced Throwing Weapon An even more powerful Throwing Weapon attack. Increases damage and adds a knockback effect. Can be resisted by some monsters. Unaffected by attack reflection.[Skill Requirements]: Throwing Weapon Lv. 10 Chain Attack Skill
Advanced Wheel Wind Advanced Wheel Wind Empowers your Blade Tempest, increasing its damage and enabling it to draw in monsters. Can be resisted by some monsters. [Skill Requirements]: Blade Tempest Lv. 20 Chain Attack Skill
Immune Barrier Immune Barrier Generates a protective shield that has a chance to block damage for a short time. #cYou are invincible at the moment the shield is created. Buff
Advanced Earth Break Advanced Earth Break An even more powerful Rolling Assault attack. Increases damage and produces 3 blades at once that pierces enemies left, right and above. Strikes with double the number of blades if activated as an Assist Skill. Unaffected by attack reflection.[Skill Requirement]: Rolling Assault Lv. 20 Chain Attack Skill
Critical Bind Critical Bind Beta's attack has a chance to bind enemies. Bound enemies will bleed and are more vulnerable to Alpha's attacks. Critical Bind does not share resistance with other incapacitation skills. Bind Attack

Using Both Alpha and Beta

The key to Zero is using both characters to reduce the cooldown of their skills and stack damage buffs. For example, Wind Cutter has a 15 second cooldown; however using Moon Strike reduces the cooldown by around 3 seconds. Sticking with just Alpha however will negate your Doubletime transcendent skill, which stacks damage each time you switch between Alpha and Beta for up to 22 seconds.

It takes a bit of getting used to and keyboard layout is crucial. Newer players will find using the basic skills for Alpha and Beta (Moon Strike and Rising Slash) to combine well for quick damage; as you get used to these you'll want to throw in Wind Cutter for it's great mobbing ability.

Zero 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.

Zero's Nodes should include:

  • Chrono Break
  • Twin Blades Of Time
  • Shadow Flash
  • Ego Weapon
  • Trinode: Spin Cutter/Rolling Cross/Rolling Assault
  • Trinode: Wind Cutter/Wind Strike/Storm Break

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

  • Decent Holy Symbol
  • Decent Sharp Eyes
  • Decent Speed Infusion
  • Erda Nova
  • Rope Lift
  • Weapon Aura
  • Impenetrable Skin

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Chrono Break Chrono Break Freeze time, breaking through its limits! Binds enemies for 90 seconds. During that time, bound enemies are immune to Limit Break and other bind skills. The damage dealt at the end of the skill is unaffected by invincibility, attack ignore and attack reflection, but cannot be fatal. Bind+Damage Skill
Twin Blades Of Time Twin Blades Of Time Alpha and Beta attack together to demolish the enemy. Hold the skill key to perform a series of linked attacks. Immediately performs a final Joint Attack when Alpha and Beta's skills end, or when the skill key is released. Burst Attack Skill
Shadow Flash Shadow Flash Drive swords into the earth to create a personal sanctuary, use the skill again, then inflict a devastating attack after you teleport back in time. Teleport Attack Skill
Ego Weapon Ego Weapon Send your weapon to attack enemies with a will of its own. Activated upon successful hits of the Zero character's direct attack skills. A separate cooldown is applied between Alpha and Beta. Targets and attacks the enemy with the highest max HP. Ego Weapon is unaffected by attack reflection. Passive Buff (cooldown)

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