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Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide

The Thief class is a dual-wield melee class that has high mobility and damages enemies by utilizing poison (damage over time) mechanics. Maplestory 2 Thieves are often looked down upon because they are the worst class in the game when the player isn’t skilled enough. Even the average Thief players are useless which means the Thief class has an extremely high skill threshold. This MS2 Thief Build Guide will teach you how to build the strongest Thief in order to clear any of the highest level content available and master all of the Thief’s skills.

Check the video below for a brief intro into the Thief character.

Table of contents

  1. Gear
  2. Attribute Points
  3. Skills
  4. Builds

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Thief Gear

These are the focused item stats for our Thief  Build Guide.

Weapon: Piercing > Physical Attack > Boss Damage.
Headgear/Suit/Top/Bottom: Boss Damage > Physical Attack > Main Stat.
Gloves: Boss Damage > Physical Piercing.
Shoes: Boss Damage > Accuracy.
Cape: Piercing > Boss Damage
Belt: Piercing > Boss Damage
Earring/Amulet: Piercing > Boss Damage

Thief Attribute Points

The Thief main Attribute Points are Luck, Critical Rate and Health. Maxing Luck is often the best choice but if you are not a good player and don’t know enemy boss mechanics then placing some points into Health might be a good idea. If you go the Luck route, make sure you get some more Crit stats from gear. As with all other classes, in certain gear setups one Attribute Point setup will work better than another, the AP reset is free so just experiment until you find the setup that works best for you.

Thief Skills

 

Mind Stealer

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Mind Stealer

Thief moves forward 4.5 m, dealing 40% damage to 3 enemies in its path and absorbing their energy to restore 10 SP per target.
Spirit Thief

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Spirit Thief

Attacks against enemies restore 4 SP on hit.
Double Slash

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Double Slash

Stab with your daggers, dealing 31% damage 2 times to 3 enemies up to 3 m in front of you. Your movement speed increases by 30% while Cunning is active, and some skills are upgraded. The damage of each attack is affected by the weapon in each hand.
 

Poison Edge

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Poison Edge

Dealing 68% poison damage to 5 enemies up to 3 m in front of you. Keep pressing the spell key to trigger a 5-hit combo. The fifth hit deals 72% poison damage and moves you 3 m in the direction you select.
Normal: While Cunning is active, this skill is empowered.
Costs 10 SP.
Empowered: Poison the target for an additional 11% poison damage every second for 13 sec on each hit of this skill. This effect can stack up to 5 times. Cunning is canceled when this skill activates.
Costs 10 SP.

Somersault Kick

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Somersault Kick

 

Perform a somersault kick which deals 238% damage to 5 enemies up to 3 m in front of you:
Normal: breaking their stance and decreasing their movement speed by 30% and jump power by 30%. While Cunning is active, this skill is empowered.
Empowered: stunning them for 1 sec. Cunning is cancelled when this skill activates. Thief will be immune to knockback while this skill active.
 

Mind Breaker

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Mind Breaker

Increase the number of targets that can be hit by the skill Mind Stealer to 5 and the skill’s damage by 50%.
 

Poison Vial

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Poison Vial

Throw a vial of poison at the closest enemy up to 7.5 m in front of you, dealing 45% poison damage. The vial breaks on impact, splashing a toxic liquid that poisons 5 enemies within 3 m and deals 35% poison damage every second for 10 sec.
Costs 15 SP.

Cunning Tactics

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Cunning Tactics

 

Recover 20 SP and activate Cunning for 5 sec. While Cunning is active your movement speed increases by 30% and some skills become empowered.

Vicious Cuts

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Vicious Cuts

 

Deal 35% damage 5 times to 3 enemies up to 3 m in front of you. While Cunning is active, this skill is empowered. The damage of each attack is affected by the weapon in each hand. Costs 28 SP.

Quick Step

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Quick Step

 

Move backwards 3 m and recover 1 SP.
Costs 40 stamina.

Blade Dance

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Blade Dance

 

Deal 42%, then 42%, and then 56% damage to 8 enemies within 3 m.
Normal: While Cunning is active, this skill is empowered.
Costs 26 SP.
Empowered: Your spin grants you a 81% chance to evade enemy attacks for 1 sec. Cunning is cancelled when this skill activates. Costs 26 SP.
 

Surprise Attack

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Surprise Attack

If a target is afflicted with Poison Edge or Poison Vial, they’ll take an additional 313% poison damage, and the poison will be removed. While Cunning is active, this spell is empowered.
Normal: Stab 3 enemies up to 3 m in front of you, dealing 101% damage.
Empowered: Spin with your daggers out, dealing 101% damage to 8 enemies within 3 m.
 

Haste

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Haste

For 60 seconds, 4 SP is consumed in 0.5 sec intervals to increase your attack and movement speed by 13% and physical attack by 8%.
 

Retaliation

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Retaliation

Dodge an attack and position yourself for a counterattack, which restore 12  SP, increases physical attack and magic attack by 4.5%, and increases evasion by 6 for 12 sec. This effect can’t activate again for 1 seconds.
 

Ruthless Guille

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Ruthless Guille

Deal 2% additional poison damage to targets afflicted with Poison Blow or Poison Vial.
 

Deft Combatant

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Deft Combatant

Thief increases the damage output of Vicious Cuts and Somersault Kick by 1%.

Mesoguard Plus

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Mesoguard Plus

 

Thief covers himself in shields. If Cunning is active, the skill costs no mesos, and Cunning will be removed.
Normal: Spend 777 mesos to create a meso shield that lasts 4 seconds and reduces all damage taken by 26%.
Empowered: The meso shield empowers your weapon for 12 seconds, increasing physical attack by 11% and reducing damage taken by 2.6%.

Thief Builds

Please note that Thief is very hard to play especially because you can’t really macro any of the skills, if you do, you’ll be doing nothing compared to other classes.

Thief Mind Breaker, Vicious Cuts Build

This Thief build has the highest DPS and works well for both leveling and end game content, especially because it is based on doing damage instantly rather than DoT like the second Thief build.

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Vicious Cuts Build

The basic idea of this Thief build is to use Cunning Tactics which will upgrade your Vicious Cuts to do twice as much damage. Somersault Kick with Mind Stealer in this Thief build work as ways of regenerating SP.

Gameplay

Pop the Haste buff, swing Poison Edge, pop Cunning Tactics and stab the enemy to death with Vicious Cuts. When you run out of SP, Somersault Kick, dash and Double Slash to regenerate it and continue using Vicious Cuts once your SP pool is 80% or higher.

Thief Poison DoT Build

This Thief build is focused around the Poison mechanics of MS2. The basic idea is that you poison the enemy and then watch their HP go down whilst you avoid hits. Please note that this gives your enemies more time to hit you, therefore making this build a lot harder to play.

Maplestory 2 Thief Build Guide Poison Dot Build

Gameplay

The basic rotation for the Poison Thief build is Cunning Tactics, Poison Edge, Poison Vial and once the Poison is close to running out use Surprise Attack because it’ll do more damage per poison stack.

Have you built your Thief differently and achieved better results? Feel free to send us your MS2 Thief build if that’s the case!

 

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