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Explorer Thieves are the fourth Explorer and overall character classification (class) introduced to MapleStory. Explorer Thieves can attack from afar or up close depending on their weapon of choice. They regularly use their natural agility to navigate the area to gain the upper hand.

Three types of Explorer Thieves exist: Night Lord, Shadower, and the Special Explorer Dual Blade. Night Lord wields a Claw and can toss Throwing Stars at enemies from afar. Shadower wields a Dagger and attack enemies up close, and can utilize a special Body Count system to gain extra attack power or deal extra damage on single enemies. Dual Blade uses a Dagger in one hand and a Katara in the other to attack enemies up close and slice through enemies with ease.

When the player reaches Level 10 as a Beginner, aspiring Thieves (excluding Dual Blades) will be sent to the Hideout in Kerning City to talk to the Dark Lord, who will advance the player to a Rogue. The player will be given an HP and MP boost, as well as a basic thief weapon. Dual Blade, unlike the other two, is created separately and has a separate tutorial and job advancements.

Upon reaching Level 30, regular Thieves will be given the choice to advance to Assassins (eventually becoming Night Lords) or Bandits (eventually becoming Shadowers).

Open Advancement

The Open Advancement system was introduced during Part 1 of the RED update. It allows Explorers to switch jobs in their class by paying a certain amount of mesos, which increases based on your character's level as well as the number of times you have previously used the Open Advancement system; as an alternative, players can use Job Advancement Coins (obtained via special events), which will take priority over the meso cost.

Features and Rules

  • Players must be an Explorer, at least level 101 and have made the 4th job advancement.
  • One can only change jobs once a day.
  • One can only change jobs in their specific class (e.g. a Dual Blade can switch to a Night Lord or a Shadower, but a Dual Blade cannot switch to a Bowmaster).
  • All Skill Points are reset upon switching.
  • Mastery Books used before switching will be reset.
  • V Skills (Skill Nodes and Boost Nodes specific to that class) will be locked and unable to be used, but they will not be removed.
  • After switching classes, a Level 100 weapon box for that class is received.
Click on one of the selection buttons below for the respective classes.

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Job and Skills

Class Beginner.png Novice Skill Macro Test.png Manager Skill Macro Test.png Operator Skill Banner of Plenty I.png Guild Skills Skill Monster Riding.png Miscellaneous Skills


Class Warrior.png Hero Class Warrior.png Paladin Class Warrior.png Dark Knight
Class Magician.png Magician (Fire, Poison) Class Magician.png Magician (Ice, Lightning) Class Magician.png Bishop
Class Bowman.png Bowmaster Class Bowman.png Marksman Class Pathfinder.png Pathfinder
Class Thief.png Night Lord Class Thief.png Shadower Class Dual Blade.png Dual Blade
Class Pirate.png Buccaneer Class Pirate.png Corsair Class Cannoneer.png Cannoneer
Class Jett.png Jett

Cygnus Knights

Class Warrior.png Dawn Warrior Class Magician.png Blaze Wizard Class Bowman.png Wind Archer Class Thief.png Night Walker Class Pirate.png Thunder Breaker
Class Mihile.png Mihile


Class Aran.png Aran Class Evan.png Evan Class Mercedes.png Mercedes Class Phantom.png Phantom Class Luminous.png Luminous Class Shade.png Shade


Class Blaster.png Blaster Class Battle Mage.png Battle Mage Class Wild Hunter.png Wild Hunter Class Mechanic.png Mechanic Class Xenon.png Xenon
Class Demon Slayer.png Demon Slayer Class Demon Avenger.png Demon Avenger


Class Kaiser.png Kaiser Class Angelic.png Angelic Buster Class Cadena.png Cadena Kain


Class Illium.png Illium Class Ark.png Ark Class Adele.png Adele


Class Hayato.png Hayato Class Kanna.png Kanna


Class Hoyoung.png Hoyoung

Child of God

Class Zero.png Zero


Skill Pink Powerhouse.png Pink Bean

Beast Tamer

Class Beast Tamer.gif Chase


Class Kinesis.png Kinesis

Wu Shen

Class Mo Xuan.png Mo Xuan

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