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!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Maplestory Power Leveling Guide 2015

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.  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 be 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.

Note: As always partying with a Kanna or Bishop will speed up your leveling.

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 to fight Krexel for an ATT buff.

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)

I really hope this guide helps you!  If you notice I'm missing something or have a recommended power leveling area you think should be added please leave a comment below.  Also if you found this guide useful please share it.

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.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Maplestory 2 Teaser

Nexon has launched a teaser for Maplestory 2.  The video is purely cinematic and doesn't show any actual gameplay, which sucks, because that's what really matters.  Anyway, I am excited to see a sequel to one of my favorite games.

Maplestory 2 is supposed to launch in Korea this year.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Maplestory Power Leveling Guide 2013

UPDATE: Click Here for an up to date guide for 2015!

These days, leveling up in Maplestory is much faster than it was in the past and this power leveling guide will help guide you.  I will try to keep this as relevant and accurate as possible and update it when necessary.  Things change a lot in Maplestory and there is always new information.   The strategy is to level up quickly but without getting bored.  I found that mixing quests along with the best Themed Dungeons and grinding areas is the best way to level quickly and even making it fun.

NOTE: If possible try to time your leveling when a 2X EXP event is happening.  If you can afford a 2X EXP coupon from the cash shop to stack on top of that, you will find it even easier.

I don't know how you feel, but I hate just grinding for levels. Mixing quests may take a little longer but you don't get as bored.  Not to mention you can get some decent items along the way.

The newest classes such as Angelic Buster, Kaiser, Luminous, Etc. have their own beginning quests to make leveling up much easier.  You should just follow those quests up to the highest point you can.  Leveling from 1-30 is pretty simple with any class.  Just fight golems or blue mushmom right outside of Henesys until you get to 30.  You can even grab some quests along the way to speed things up.  Each town has their own set of quests.  I find that in general doing Henesys quests are the easiest to 30.

Level 1-30 - Your class specific quests or random monsters your level.
For other classes just fight monsters close to your level or Henesys quests.  If you are completely new to Maplestory then click on the leveling up guide below the map to get info on monsters your level.  You want to fight monsters that you can kill only in 1 hit.

NOTE: Nexon has simplified the party quests and leveling up.  At anytime in town you can click the "Quick move then Dimensional Mirror" or "Level-Up Guide" right underwear the map to see what monsters are available for your current level, as well as which party quests are available to you.

Level 30-40 - Mushroom Castle
You should get an invite to this castle at level 30.  Once you do, go there and complete the entire set of quests.  You will level from 30-40 really fast.  You will also get a decent medal by completing all the quests. If you finish the quests before level 40 just do the repeatable quest at the end until you are 40.

Level 40-60 - Drakes -Sleepywood - Silent Swamp
On the first map right outside of sleepy wood is a great spot to train.  High spawn rate and easy map with a teleporter to quickly get to the top.

Level 40-45 - Kerning Shopping Center (CD's)
Head on over to Kerning city and take the subway to the Kerning shopping center.  You can start on the series of quests here and complete those if you want or you can just go straight to the top of escalator and fight CD's.

Keep in mind CD's is a popular map, so if you find it to be too full you can go fight drakes right outside of Sleepywood also.

Level 45-50 - Orbis Quests
Talk to Kreil the Fairy and start the quests to help out Spiruna in the lunar pixie area.  You wont have to do too many quests before you get to 50.  You could even stay at CD's to 50 if you want.

Level 50-70 - Chryse Castle
Once you reach level 50 go to Orbis and go one screen to the left and talk to Ericsson.  You should get an invite automatically at level 50.  Talk to the giant people here and do all the quests they tell you too.  The quests are pretty easy and you can level pretty fast to 70 if you follow them all.  Once you defeat the boss in this area you can get a repeatable quest that gives you over 50k exp each time.  Not bad at all.  If you are on 2x EXP you can just grind on the first map of rabbits until 60 really fast.

Level 70-75 - Sakura Castle
You should get an invite to this castle at 70.  Otherwise just click on the mirror portal for party quests and is listed there.  Complete all the quests and the Gigtoad boss to get to 75 quickly.  You can start Omega Sector's quests at 70 but Sakura Castle is faster to 75.

Level 75-80 - Omega Sector
If you do all the quests in Omega sector involving the aliens you will go from 70-80 pretty quickly and you will be moving around a lot and doing different things so it is not grindy.  Depending on your class and how well you can kill mobs you can sit in the map that has a heavy spawn rate of Zeta Grey's.  Those are the flying ones.  They can give you pretty good exp.

Level 80-85 - You have a few options here

Jesters in Haunted Mansion
Roids/Neo Roids in Magatia

Gallopera in Malaysia

Depending on how your character plays these areas can be good or bad.  Try them all and see which you prefer.

Level 90-110 - Aliens in NLC NERFED

You can go to New Leaf City and complete the alien quests.  Talk to the Mayor.  Once complete you get access to the alien maps.  They give 1000 experience each.

Level 100+ - Evolution System

This new PQ is a really good replacement for LHC leveling beyond 100.  You can customize the maps controlling attributes like monster levels and HP, map background, types of drops, etc.

Level 100-110 - Again a couple options

Ghost Pirates in Ludibrum
Dual Ghost Pirates in Ludibrum
Master Death Teddy in Ludibrum

NOTE: Lion Heart Castle Party Training Areas have been nerfed :(

Level 120-200 - Kenta in Danger PQ/Escape PQ/Resurrection of the Hob King PQ/Dragon Rider PQ

I found the Dragon Rider PQ to be particularly fun and you can get the soaring skill to fly around.  The cool thing is you are allowed to do the PQ 10 times n one day.  The EXP is pretty decent as well.  There are pre-quests you have to do.  Talk to Cheif Tatamo in Leafre and start the Dragon Rider's Identity quest.

Level 120+ Soloing Normal Zakum

Finish the pre-quests. (See Youtube for videos) Go to channel 8 and you can solo Zakum twice a day for some really good exp.

Level 120-130 - Papulatus twice a day in Ludibrum

Level 120-130 - Kacchu Musha in Ninja Castle

Level 125-135 - Female Boss in Showa

Level 125-130 - Blue Dragon Turtle in Leafre

Level 125-130 - Red Dragon Turtle in Leafre

Level 125-135 - Rexton in Leafre

Level 125-135 - Brexton in Leafre

Level 140-200 - Dimensional Invasion Party Quest

Level 140-200 - Temple of Time (Furthest map you can go)

Level 165-200 - Official Knight B at Knight Stronghold in Henesys ruins

Level 200-250 - Twilight Perion - Ancient Mixed Golems

The new 250 level cap has opened up a whole new future for Maplestory!