Friday, September 25, 2015

Maplestory Name Change Event

Ever thought about changing the name of your Maplestory character?  Well guess what.  You will be able to soon.  This is an interesting and unexpected event from Nexon.  Apparently there are millions of names that are just sitting there on inactive accounts.

I guess Nexon decided it's time to clean house!  Here is what they plan to do.

"For the first time ever, we plan to perform a truly massive name change. All characters under Lv. 200 on accounts that have not been logged in since January 1, 2013 will have their names changed to a combination of numerals. This change will be performed in the scheduled maintenance on October 15."

Any account that has not been logged into since the beginning of 2013 will have their character names changed to a series of numbers instead, which will release their character names out into the wild to be used once again.

Too bad they didn't give some examples.  Like, for example the name, "RedDogJesus" will be available once again!  Or one example of a name that will be available will be "MapleGuy".  I wonder if some cool one word names will be available like. "Dude". :)

Anyway, I'm sure when the event happens between October 15th through the 21st it will be fun to check it out.  Everyone will get 1 free name change but you will also be able to purchase additional name changes from the cash shop between October 22nd through October 27th for 10,000NX or $10.  The names will be processed on October 28th.

Some other things to note.  Banned accounts will not be affected so that know maple criminals don't have a way to hide.  Also rankings and everywhere else your name appears will be changed to reflect the new names.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Maplestory Boss Guide 2015

Bossing in Maplestory in 2015 has never been easier and with the new reward point system it makes bossing even more worthwhile.  You will also gain a lot of experience, obtain good equips, get lots of potions for free and more.  This guide will help assist you in your bossing efforts.

Here is a quick list of bosses you should run daily, in order to keep your progression going at a steady pace.  Having them listed is helpful so you don't forget any and make sure you get the maximum amount of reward points per day.  Each of the main bosses give 50 reward points each and theme bosses give anywhere from 40 to 10 points each.  Check your quest list for details on the rewards from each boss.

Main Bosses
  • Zakum and Chaos Zakum (easy gives no reward)
  • Horntail and Chaos Horntail
  • Normal and Hard Hilla
  • Von Leon
  • Arkarium
  • Cygnus (2 entries per week.  Once per day and resets on Thursday.)
  • Pink Bean
  • Easy Magnus = 20 Reward Points
  • Krexel = 40 Reward Points
  • Normal Magnus or Hard Magnus (Normal is daily, hard mode resets on thursdays, both have same point values)
  • Normal or Chaos versions of Root abyss bosses (2 entries per week.  Once per day and resets on Thursday.)
  • Ranmaru (Normal and hard)
  • Princess No
  • Gollux

Theme Bosses
  • Tarantulus - Stone Collossus
  • Demolisher - Riena Strait
  • Prison Guard Ani - Lion King Castle
  • Ephenia - Ellin Forest
  • Ravana - Golden Temple
  • Angry Targa - Scarlion & Targa PQ - Malaysia
  • Furious Scarboss - Scarlion & Targa PQ - Malaysia
  • Emperor Toad - Ninja Castle
  • Grosso Polpo - Commerci
  • Livyatan - Commerci
  • Black Viking - Mushking Castle
  • King Castle Golem - Lion King Castle
  • Mole King - Ellinel Fairy Academy
  • Captain Darkgoo - Gold Beach
  • Dragon Rider - Dragon Rider PQ
  • Perfect Visitor - Alien Visitor PQ
  • Rex - Hoblin King PQ
  • Furious Targa - Scarlion & Targa PQ - Malaysia
  • Furious Scarlion - Scarlion & Targa PQ - Malaysia
  • The Boss - Showa Town
  • Galacto-Drill - New Leaf City - Alien Boss
Theme bosses and some of the main bosses have pre-quests that have to be completed in order to fight them.

Friday, August 7, 2015

How To Get Mesos Fast in Maplestory 2015

Note: This guide deals with only legit ways of earning money in the game and does not discuss hacking, cheating, scams, etc. It's also assuming you have a decent level character with decent gear so you can at least run the easy and normal level of the main bosses.

There are various ways you can earn mesos in Maplestory.  Some ways are easier than others.  Some ways are faster than others. The fastest way to make mesos is also the most expensive way. Just spend a bunch of money and buy meso bags from the cash shop.  Of course most people don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on Maplestory, so this is where this guide comes into play.

The Right Perspective
The first thing you need to ask yourself is, what are you trying to get mesos for.  Maybe you're trying to buy a basic fafnir set? Maybe you really want a certain chair?  Or maybe you really need a lot of spell traces?  Whatever it is, set a goal and use this guide to help you reach that goal.

The thing about Maplestory is there are always things to be working toward, and you'll find you are always working toward several things at once.  This is what makes the game engaging and fun in my opinion.

I have this three prong approach that I like to use. 

1. Collecting Meso Drops From Monsters
This is by far one of the easiest ways of earning mesos in Maplestory.  Of course it is also slow and boring.  You can make it less boring and faster by having a pet with the advanced pickup feature though.  You can buy it from the cash shop.  It's the skill that makes the pet actually walk on it's own and pickup items.

Here's the formula. Find a map that isn't too big but with high monster spawn rate/density that you can kill quickly.  Do this while using a familiar that increases meso drop rate or similar boosts.

2. Selling Drops From Bosses
I love this method.  Once you are able to kill all the main bosses you'll be able to rack up quite a few million mesos by simply selling the potion stacks and useless equips you find from bosses.  I think I earned around 11 mil yesterday, and I didn't even kill ALL the bosses.

Keep an eye out for dropped items that have EPIC potential and above.  % to main stat potentials are always useful and you might be better off selling those in the free market.

3. Selling Stuff in the Free Market Using a Robot Stand
This method takes a little work but is the most lucrative and I find it fun.  The cool thing about it is once you set it up you can just move on to other methods of making mesos while it does the work for you.

Robot stands currently cost 1700 reward points.  Rewards points can be earned through bossing and star planet mini games.  The robot stand can be setup in any open free market space and will stay open until it expires.

What's awesome is you don't have to stay logged in for it to work.  So you can just list your items and come back later to check it.  It;s such an exciting feeling waking up in the morning and checking your stand and finding 10's of millions of mesos :)

Figuring out what to sell is where the work comes in.  It's a market place, so things change all the time. The key is to have a process and become familiar with the value of items.

These days it's really easy to price items.  All you have to do is go to any main general store NPC (Henesys, Leafre, etc.) and buy a bunch of Owl's of Minerva.  Then go into the free market and go through any trade-able items you aren't using and see how much they are selling for.  Any sort of enhancement items usually sell well and are always in demand.  Such as scrolls, cubic blades, etc.  B and higher nebulites are good too.

Make sure to write down a list of the items you are going to sell and their prices so you can easily list them once you buy your Robot stand.  Simply price the items lower than the lowest person selling the item so your items come up first when someone searches for them.

Once you get some experience you'll know which items are in high demand but are short on stock so you can price higher. It takes time to learn the details, but you'll get it eventually.

Multiple Characters
Finally, remember that your bank and cash shop reward points are shared between all your characters.  Plus bosses can only be run a certain amount of times per day per character.  So by all means level multiple characters so you can run more bosses for more reward points and more mesos :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Maplestory Black Heaven: First Chapter

Today Maplestory announced the first chapter of the new update called Black Heaven.  There will be a series of updates that will expand on the main story line of the game.  The first one comes in the form of some revamps of resistance characters.

Character Revamps
They are only revamping the Mechanic, Wild Hunter and Battle Mage though, and left out the Demon Slayer for whatever reason.  Maybe in a later update?  Anyway, March 11th is when this patch goes live.

New Game Mechanics
They are hinting at new graphics updates and other with new content, like aerial battles.  Check out the Black Heaven Trailer video.

Free Gift Pack!
An interesting little bonus for this patch. They are having people register on the 9th for a free gift pack. See the details of the gift pack below.

"Register for Black Heaven: First Chapter before March 9th with an account that is Level 33 or higher. Then log in to MapleStory after the update goes live, but before midnight on March 14th, to receive a FREE Black Heaven Ignition Gift Pack!

*Black Heaven Ignition Gift Pack includes Orchiroid Coupon, Royal Hair Coupon, Royal Face Coupon, Hair Color Coupon (VIP), Gelimer, Gelimer's Teddy, Pet Snack, 1000 Reward Points Token, Character Slot Expansion Coupon and EXP Present Box (10).

*Limit 1 gift package per event-registered account. Only available to accounts in good standing that are Level 33 or higher as of March 4, 2015. Registrations must be confirmed prior to midnight on March 9th to be eligible. Gift package will be distributed to all confirmed registrants approximately 1 week after end of log-in period. Nexon America's computers will be the official time-keeping devices. All times in Pacific Daylight Time."

I'm already excited for the mechanic updates.  I was already having fun playing the old mechanic.  Can't wait to see the new look and skills.

MapleStory: Black Heaven Trailer

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

How To Travel Anywhere Fast In Maplestory

Now that the town of Momijigaoka exists it can be leveraged as an amazing tool to travel anywhere in Maplestory very quickly.  No more need for those slow ass boats.  From any town where you have access to the dimensional mirror you can teleport to Momijigaoka.  From there you can get back to the six path crossways so you can use the pantheon teleporter to go anywhere instantly.

First step is to head to Henesys and talk to Spinel - World Tour Guide. She's located on the left side of the town.

Travel to Mushroom shrine (You must travel to mushroom shrine from Henesys for this to work) and head to the right until you get to Showa Town.  Talk to Hikari and ask to enter the bath house.  Once inside buy a bunch of strawberry milks, for traveling back to mushroom shrine.


Now travel back left to mushroom shrine again and talk to Spinel again to travel back to Henesys. Once there you can use the quick move feature at the bottom of the map to go to six path crossways and on to the Pantheon Portal.

It's that simple :)  Now, anytime you need to get somewhere far away, you simply have to return to the nearest town and teleport to Momijigaoka, then use the strawberry milk to get to mushroom shrine, then to Henesys and to ANYWHERE!

UPDATE: You can get straight to Henesys through Friendstory after you complete the first intro.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Maplestory Power Leveling Guide 2015

UPDATE: Join my guild, Interstellar :)

Hello Maplers!  This guide will show you the best spots to train along with dungeons and party quests to get you leveled up as fast as possible in GMS.  Whether you're new or getting back into maplestory after a long break, this guide will help you.

The information in this guide is up to date as of January 2015, where Star World became available and Blaze Wizards became awesome.  Maplestory has made it easier than ever before to level up quickly.  A lot has changed in the past year to make things easier to get leveled up.  

You can follow the built in Maple Guide to level up also, but I found it doesn't always give you the best results depending on how you like to play.  This guide will help out with that.

NOTE: For the best results you should start a character at the beginning of a 2x event.  They usually have one every weekend.  For even BETTER results purchase a 2x coupon on top of it from the cash shop and you'll get to 4th job in like a few hours if you follow this guide.

Pro Tip :) - Keep track of Tot's Know how as you level and complete all of the tasks as soon as possible.  You can get some very useful stuff right off the bat.  Gear every 10 levels, a pet, inventory expansion card and even a 1.5x EXP coupon, plus more.

Level 1-30 - Character Quests
Most character classes have their own quest line to begin which will help you level up from 1 to 30 quickly. You can usually follow those quests and you'll be level 30 in no time.  However if you wish to just start slapping around innocent looking snails and such, to power level right off the bat, then the following info will help.

Level 15-30 - Golems (Golem's Temple) or Blue Mushmom
If you prefer to just grind monsters for leveling, then Golems are the way to go here.  NPC Bruce has been moved right inside of the Golem training grounds now.  So you can even do his simple quests for the Golems as well to speed up leveling to 30.

Depending on how powerful your class is at the beginning, I've found that just hunting Blue Mushmom over and over will get you to 30 pretty quickly.  Just start at channel 1 and go up 1 channel until you find him.  Once you kill he'll always appear in the next sequential channel.

Level 20-30 Evil Eyes (Ellinia) - Various maps in Ellinia.  They have a large density and spawn.

Level 30-40 - Theme Dungeon (Faerie Forest)
Once you hit level 30 you should get a quest notifier in the white bulb for this theme dungeon. Follow the quest line here and you'll be teleported to Ellinia.  Talk to Fanzy and start the quest.  It's pretty straight forward and will get you to 35 quickly.  If you happen to be on 2x you should get to 40.  You get a medal at the end.

Level 40-50 - Theme Dungeon (Gold Beach)
At 40 you'll get a quest notifier to enter gold beach.  Lots of monster killing quests here so 2x really shines.  You can get to 50 pretty easy.  You get a medal at the end.

Level 50-60 -  Theme Dungeon (Rein Strait)
This is a new and fun little dungeon to level you from 50-60.  You sail a boat from place to place doing quests and following a neat little story line.  You even get a decent face accessory at the end.

Level 50-69 - Ludi PQ (Lubridium Party Quest)
Party questing has been simplified.  You can use dimensional mirror to access the party quest zone where most of the PQ's are on 1 map.  Most people use Ludi PQ to level from 60-100.  You just need a party of 3.  Go to the PQ map in channel 1 and shout J<Ludi PQ.  Run this over and over for about 1 level per run.

Level 60-65 - Theme Dungeon (Mushroom Castle)
This is now a level 60 dungeon.  Charse castle has been removed and Mush Castle has been revamped as a level 60 dungeon with a whole cinematic theme to it.  It's kind of slow for leveling because of all the story content but if you enjoy that stuff it's not a bad little run.  It even has a tiny jump quest to annoy you.

Level 65-70 - Drakes (Sleepywood)
Good ol' Drakes!  The very first map outside of Sleepywood has been and remains a great little spot to train.  Depending on the killing power of your class, you can level anywhere from 60-80.  The monster density is always high here.  You can even do the drake attack and Ronny's marble quest lines for added EXP.

Level 70-90 - Sand Rats and Scorions (Ariant) - Go to Magatia and go 2 screens left.  You'll find a map with a high density and spawn rate.

Level 80-90 - Roids (Magatia) - Another popular map with high spawn and simple map to navigate.

Pro tip: As always partying with a Kanna or Bishop will speed up your leveling.  If you have a laptop, level a kanna and bishop on a separate account to 3rd job for kishin and holy symbol skills.  Really helps out for power leveling.  Plus you can charge people mesos for this service.

Level 70-140 - Romeo and Juliet (Party Quest)
You can start this quest as early as level 70.  However, you will find that you will get crappy exp if you are partied with people far from your level.  Try to party with people close to your level as the monster's level is determined by an average of the party's levels.  Most people won't want to complete the PQ.  The key is to get to the map that spawns roids and train there until the time runs out.  I've seen a guy get from level 70-90 in one run!

Level 100+ - Daily Boss Runs (Bossing)

After you've advanced to your 4th job and begin getting some decent gear you'll find that bossing is the most effective method of leveling in the game. Bossing has become much easier now.  Most of the main bosses you can solo now and have easy modes.  Zakum can be easily accessed now through El Nath. Talk to your class's 3rd job instructor and be teleported to Zakum instantly.  No more insane jump quest!

You can now queue up bosses using the party menu.  Click the boss tab. Select a boss and you'll be automatically matched up with other Maplers who queued up the boss.

Try to join a guild and party up for the higher versions of the bosses.

Each class has different capabilities.  Try out each boss to get a feel for how well you can fight them on your own and party and gear up as much as you can.  Remember to always have high % healing potions and all cures when bossing.

Level 50+ Easy Zakum - (El Nath) - Can be soloed pretty easily by any class around level 100 twice a day.  Easy 1 level per run on early levels.

Level 90+ Norm/Chaos Zakum - (El Nath) - Depending on how well geared you are you can solo the normal version of Zakum.  Party with others as needed for Chaos.

Level 115+ Easy Magnus - (Pantheon) - Magnus can be run once per day.

Level 120+ Papulatus - (Lubridium Clocktower)
Complete the quest line and you can run this boss twice a day.

Level 120+ Normal Ranmaru (Dead Mine III) - Normal Ranmaru is pretty easy and can be run twice a day.

Level 120+ Hilla - (Azwan) - Hilla becomes available at 120 and can be run twice per day.  She's pretty easy, just beware of her reflect attack skill.

Level 125+ Root Abyss - (Von Bon, Pierre, Crimson Queen and Vellum) - You need to be partied with at least 1 other person to run RA.  Can be run twice a day.

Level 125+ Easy/Normal Von Lean - (Lion King Castle) - Has damage reflect so can be annoying.  You can die and still continue the fight but you lose exp.

Level 130+ Easy/Normal Horntail - (Minar forest) - Can also be soloed twice a day on easy mode as well.

Pro Tip :) I recommend doing Horntail as your first boss of the day.  Defeating Horntail gives you a +30 ATT buff for an hour.  This will speed up your kill time on all the other bosses.  

Level 135+ Chaos Horntail - (Minar forest) - You need to be pretty strong to solo this boss.  Try to party.

Level 140+ Easy/Normal Arkarium - (Temple of Time) - This boss can be really annoying.  He does a lot of annoying status affects.  You can die up to 20 times however before failing.

Level 140+ Normal Gollux - (Crimsonheart Castle) - Can be done once per day. Easier to do Gollux with a party as there are several parts to battle.

Level 140+ Dimensional Invasion Party Quest - This is a great way to level and even collect boxes and gear.  Party up if you're not strong enough to solo.  Can be run 10 times a day.

Level 140+ Temple of Time (Pink Bean Quest Line) - You can start on the quest line for pink bean.  Lots of monster killing quests.

Level 140+ Princess No (Hieizan Temple) - Can be done 10 times per day.

Level 155+ Normal Magnus (Pantheon) - Can be done once a day.

Level 155+ Stone Colossus Theme Dungeon (Stone Colossus in Minar forest) - Start the quest line in the town.

Level 160+ Normal Pink Bean (Temple of Time) - Can be done once per day.

Level 160+ MP3 (Singapore) - If you go all the way to the right until you see a ghost ship the map your on has a large number of monsters that have a high spawn rate.  Great training spot.

Level 160+ Krexel (Singapore) - Krexel is the giant tree at the top of the building in Singapore.  He is not listed in the boss menu and cant be queued up.  He also has pretty high HP but he's pretty easy an he gives good exp and drops lots of 80+ equips that can be used or sold for mesos.  He can be done twice a day.

Pro Tip :) Activate a rune before entering a boss fight. Us that ATT buff to save time :)

Level 165+ Official Knight B (Second Drill Hall) - This is the most popular and best end game training spot.  Usually full on every channel, but try to find a free spot in a party.  The ideal scenario is to get in a full party that has a Bishop and Kanna during 2x.  Good luck :)

If SDH is absolutely packed then you can try Official Knight A in the First Drill Hall as an alternative.

Level 170+ Chaos Pink Bean (Temple of Time) - Can be done once per day.

Level 170+ Hard Hilla (Azwan) - Can be done twice a day.

Level 170+ Cygnus (Stronghold) - Cygnus can be done only twice in 7 days.

Level 175+ Hard Magnus (Pantheon) - Can be done only once every 7 days.

Level 180+ Kritias (New Theme Dungeon Minar forest) - This new high level dungeon has daily quests that can be done.

Level 180+ Madman Ranmaru (Dead Mine III) - Madman Ranmaru is pretty hard if you dont have a party with high enough DPS.  His minions can heal him fast and these flames will slowly consume the map and instant kill you if touched.

Level 180+ Hard Root Abyss (Von Bon, Pierre, Crimson Queen and Vellum)

Level 200 - 250 Scrapyard
The monsters here are really strong so make sure you have a lot of weapon defense and or dodge.  Also watch out for falling debris on the maps as they can do a lot of damage.

Level 200 - 210 - Alien Visitor PQ - Once you reach 200 this place will become available.  You only need party of 1-4. There are 180 accessories you can get from this PQ as well.  5 stages to complete each run.  Rank B gives about 20 mil exp.