Maplestory 2 Archers are the generic long ranged class that do medium to high damage over a certain distance. Archer class has the “Snipe” passive skill which increases the amount of SP it recovers if the Archer is a certain distance away from a monster, which translates into a lot more DPS. Archers are extremely squishy due to no heals or shields and the fact that their movement ability is usable only once every ~6 seconds. The Archer Class is considered medium difficulty to play and this MS2 Archer Build Guide will teach you how to build the strongest Archer in order to clear any of the highest level content available.
Check the video below for a brief intro into the Archer character.
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These are the focused item stats for our Archer Build Guide.
Weapon: Piercing > Physical Attack > Dexterity > Boss Damage.
Headgear/Suit/Top/Bottom: Boss Damage > Physical Attack > Accuracy.
Gloves: Boss Damage > Physical Piercing.
Shoes: Boss Damage > Accuracy.
Cape: Piercing > Boss Damage
Belt: Piercing > Boss Damage
Earring/Amulet: Piercing > Boss Damage
Archer Attribute Points
Archers mostly put all their points into Dexterity because going CRIT requires you to get a decent amount of extra critical damage from items. If you ever get to that point, with maxed out critical damage gear, make sure to swap your Attribute Points to critical rate. It’s hard to say at what threshold this should occur. If you ever wonder if it’s better to go Dex or Crit with your current gear setup, put all points into DEX and test your damage per second (DPS) against training dummies which can be found in any Guild House/Hall. Try the same experiment with your Attribute Points fully in critical rate and compare the two DPS numbers. Performing this test each time your critical damage changes by a fair amount will let you easily decide what kind of AP setup is better, and since Attribute Point resets are free, you lose nothing but a couple of minutes!
|A Bronze Eagle moves you 7.5 m forward. This movement skill can cancel other skills.|
Costs 80 stamina.
|Restore 5 SP every 0.5 sec. When no enemies are within 4 m, the amount of SP restored becomes 8.|
|Fires a barrage of arrows which deal 153% damage to 8 enemies up to 7 m. Holding the key is going to trigger a 3-hit combo. The second shot does the same damage as the first one. On the third one though, you perform a reverse somersault and rapidly fire arrows which deal 82% damage 3 times.|
Costs 12 SP.
|Fire a stream of arrows that deal 32% damage 3 times to the closest enemy up to 9 m in front of you.|
|Archer jumps back 3 m and fires 3 volleys of arrows. The arrows are 2 m apart and deal 108% damage each, hitting up to 5 enemies. All three volleys have a 40% chance to be critical hits regardless of your critical rate stat. This spell can cancel other abilities. Knockback immunity is granted to the user for the duration of this skill.|
Costs 40 stamina.
|Bronze Eagle flies by your side for 15 s when you land a critical hit. The Eagle increases your Dexterity by 4.4% and awaits your command. Once he appears, he is on a cooldown for 18 seconds.|
|Shoot a series of ignited arrows 3 times, dealing 42% damage to the closest enemy up to 9 m in front of you. This skill will autocast while the skill key is held down. Fire arrows pierce the enemy 3 times and hit enemies behind the main target.|
Costs 7 SP.
|This skill permanently increases your physical attack by 1% and movement speed by 1%.|
|Fire three ice arrows at once, dealing 58% damage to enemies up to 9 m in front of you whilst decreasing their movement speed and jump power by 4% for 5 sec. Ice arrows pierce the enemy 4 times and can hit enemies behind the main target. The movement speed reduction effect can stack to a maximum of 10 times. At max stacks, the target will be frozen for 2 seconds. Costs 6 SP.|
|Rains down a volley of arrows that deal 39% damage 20 times to 8 enemies within a 4.5 m radius. Hold the skill down for 0.5 sec to fire the arrow 7.5 m in front of you instead. You are granted knockback immunity while this skill is being cast.|
|Bronze Eagle attacks the enemies, dealing 302% damage to 8 enemies up to 9 m in front of you. Your companion also scratches enemies, dealing an additional 60% damage every sec for 6 sec and reducing their movement speed and jump power by 30%. This skill can only be used while Bronze Eagle is flying beside you and the Bronze Eagle disappears after the skill is used.|
|Increases your piercing by 1% and evasion by 1.|
|Archer creates a magic seal that affects 5 tiles around him, increasing the critical rate of allies who absorb it by 13 and their accuracy by 1 for 180 sec. The seal lasts for 20 sec and Sharp Eyes also increases your critical rate by 4.|
|Archer regenerates 1 SP every second for 30 sec. For the duration of this effect, Bronze Eagle deals 25% damage when you attack, capped at once every 3 sec.|
|Swing your bow and deal 244% damage to 8 enemies within 3 m. Deals an additional 183% ice damage to targets frozen by Ice Arrow debuff and consumes the effect.|
|Loose a spinning arrow up to 12 m in front of you, dealing 372% damage to 20 enemies in its path. Holding the key down for 0.5 sec will enhance the arrow to Lvl. 2, increasing its damage to 725%. Holding the key down for 0.5 sec at Lvl. 2 will enhance it to Lvl. 3, increasing its damage to 1078%. You are going to shoot the arrow automatically when it reaches Lvl. 3 and you will be immune to knockback while this spell is casting. This skill can only be used while Snipe is active so play smart!|
|Increases Archer’s attack speed by 1% and improves Screwdriver Shot skill. Improved Screwdriver Shot can be cast in Snipe mode and inflicts greater damage but cannot be reinforced. Also increases improved Screwdriver Shot damage by 5%.|
Archer All Content Sharp Eyes DPS Build
This MS2 Archer Build is very strong for any content, from leveling to end game but it is weaker than the second Archer Build in terms of Boss damage if you can’t max your pierce on this build. The Sharp Eyes DPS Archer Build is rather simple to play and as such is beginner friendly.
The main abilities that we’re maxing out in this Archer Build are Rapid Shot and Arrow Storm. Conditioning gives a nice Dmg and Movement speed boost but is not required to be at max level (just unlock Sharp Eye). Using the Sharp Eye will allow you to buff yourself and your allies and having that bonus critical rate will help with spawning your Bronze Eagle.
The basic skill cycle of this Archer Build is to use Sharp Eyes for the buff, then pop Screwdriver Shot accompanied with Arrow Storm and then while those are on cooldown spam Rapid Shot until they come off cooldown and repeat the process. Don’t forget that you can also use your Bronze Eagle Claw to dish out quite a bit of damage every time he spawns. If you ever wonder why your SP is so low, it’s probably because you’re not using the Snipe passive to your advantage, always stay at long range away from your enemies. We put 1 point into Evasive Salvo because Archers lack movement abilities (Eagle Glide can’t be used often) which then helps a lot to avoid enemies. You can macro Rapid Shot and press the arrow up key to cast it faster (this trick works for all classes).
Archer Chaos Raid/Dungeon/World Boss Pierce Build
This MS2 Archer Build is focused around the Agile Archer Passive skill which gives you the much needed piercing versus any type of Bosses. This build is an excellent boss killer if you don’t have expensive gear which caps your pierce to 30% but it’s much harder to play than the first one and a bit weaker for any other content.
This Archer build has almost the same play style, the only minor difference is that you now have to sacrifice points form Sharp Eye and Eagle Claw for Ice Arrow which can be used to slow and freeze enemies. Macro which you can setup is Rapid Shot (and Arrow Storm if you’re lazy).