Welcome maplers/beginners! Need a guide before you begin your long journey from as a thief? You have come to the right place! This guide covers about what is actually a thief all about, what’s so special about playing this job, and what could this job offers you for the next 2nd, 3rd and 4th job advancement. Sounds interesting? Grab a drink and read on!
Contents at a Glance
What is a Thief? [Top]
Luck, a bit of dexterity, and power highlight this job, and in the battles, they are apt to using special skills such as sneak attacks and hiding. They handle daggers and claws, and use skills such as stealing, moving fast, and etc. to help themselves. Clothing-wise, to move quickly and unnoticeably, they prefer tight clothes with bland colors that don’t attract unnecessary attention. The job order for the thieves reveal a 2-way job route. In order to advance as one of these jobs, various requirements need to be fulfilled. You should take time deciding what kind of a thief you want to become down the road before committing to route. (Maplestory.nexon.net, 2005)
Why be a Thief? [Top]
- Very cool and unique skills in 3rd and 4th Job (i.e. Meso Bomb, Meso Up, Alchemist, Meso Guard)
- Furthest range (similar to Bowman attacking distance)
- Highest avoidability among all jobs (Luck is their main attribute for damage and avoidability)
- Able to do jump shot easily (for Assassins)
- Has useful party skills (i.e. Haste)
- Have Poison Attack in 4th Job.
- Easy to train from 2nd job till 3rd job.
- Weapon Attack boost Thief damage more compare to any other classes. (1 WA = 5 LUK)
- Loses only 5% EXP (experience) if perish in battle. (Other classes -10% EXP)
- They have different AP path : Pure Luck (Dexless) / Low Luck / Normal Luck Thief.
- Low HP (Has high risk of being killed easily against boss or high level monsters)
- Difficult to deal with mobs in close range, similar to Bowman.
- Unstable damage due to critical shot.
- Mostly solo by themselves while training.
- Training will be slower during 4th Job as other classes (i.e. Magician) have full screen attack.
- Does not have any element advantages. (i.e. Fire/Poison/Ice/Lightning/Holy)
- Expensive equipments for sale since the majority play as Thief. (Naruto fans ???)
What type of Thief suits me? [Top]
There are 2 sub-class in Thief which are Assassin and Bandit. Assassin uses claw to throw daggers and throwing-stars while Bandit uses dagger/cutter along with shield to fight against enemies. Below is a list that states the pros and cons for each sub-class.
- Trains much faster than Bandit since it has range attack.
- Able to KS (kill steal) anyone in 2nd and 3rd Job.
- Great asset in Party Quest as they provide range attack support and haste (party member skill)
- Has high DPS (damage per second) compare to Bandit in any flight (2nd, 3rd, 4th)
- Lucky 7 skill does not depend Mastery Skill.
- In 3rd Job, they have Alchemist and Meso UP, both combined to save meso (lift up the burden)
- Thief core equipments (claw, throwing star) and LUK/DEX scrolls cost a fortune to purchase.
- Difficult to find throwing-stars dropped by monsters/boss monsters.
- Boring skills from 3rd to 4th job since it relies often on throwing skill.
- 3rd Job has Shadow Partner that requires consuming 1 Summoning Rock per activation.
- Needs to recharge throwing star.
- Consumes lesser HP potion as it fights from far distance.
- Has many unique skills to fight monsters. (i.e. Boomerang Step, Savage Blow, Assaulter, Meso Bomb)
- Able to kill multiple monsters within the crowdy mobs easily compare to Assassin.
- They have Meso Bomb that deals the most damage compare to any 3rd job classes.
- Has Steal skill used to grab some stuff from an enemy multiple time before killing it.
- Has Meso Guard to protect their health (HP)
- Cheaper equipments compare to Assassin class.
- Meso Bomb requires Dark Sight to place meso bags underneath the boss. Could get killed.
- Consumes more HP potion than Assassin because its close range combat.
They’re all balanced up. Main difference is at higher levels luck bandits often have difficulty in maintaining their character because of the steep prices of luck daggers. Strength bandits have a much easier time in maintaining their character because, surprise, their daggers are dirt cheap. Another difference is that at lower levels strength bandits deal damage faster than luck bandits.