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Explorers comprise the very first branch of character jobs available in MapleStory. Consisting of Warriors, Magicians, Bowmen, Thieves, and Pirates, their five individual modes of gameplay set the foundation and became the core archetypes of classification for all subsequent jobs to come.

They are the main group of Maplers who fought in the general effort against the Black Mage and his horde of evil monsters, with the Cygnus KnightsHeroes of Maple, and other Maplers later joining them to lead the battle against the Black Mage. Explorers are given their own storyline in the RED update.


Beginners are the first Explorer job in MapleStory. All new players who are in the category of "Explorers" start the game as Beginners on Maple Island. At level 10, Beginners may make their first job advancement and become either a Warrior, Magician, Bowman, Thief, or a Pirate. Though Beginners are not considered one of the five character classes available for job progression within the Explorers, some people choose to remain as a Beginner past the first, second, or even third job advancement periods. They do this for a variety of reasons, the main one being that it is a challenge to take a Beginner that far.


Permanent Beginners, also known as Perma-Beginners, are Beginners who choose not to make a job advancement. They get several perks, including no EXP-loss upon death and plenty of respect after reaching a certain level. However, disadvantages to being a Perma-Beginner include having less HP and MP (Health and Mana Points), lack of skills, and very limited access to equipment. Their build is similar to that of a Warrior's so they rely mostly on melee weapons, but they will also never hit as high as most Warriors. It is hard to level up as a Perma-Beginner since a majority of quests are job-restricted, and it is harder to take down most monsters than other characters.


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"Special" or "Elite" Explorers are jobs that fall under one of the five classes but aren't available through conventional means. To access these jobs, one must choose them individually from the character creation screen. As of yet, these elite explorer jobs are only available to Thieves and Pirates and they all have their own lore created to set the stage for why and how they're different from their traditional counterparts. Aside from that lore, however, they tend to follow the general Explorer storyline introduced in the MapleStory RED update.

Another aspect that sets them apart from the rest of the Explorers, the Cygnus Knights (save for the Mihile job) and most Resistance jobs, is that while the player is free to choose the look, style and gender of the special explorer, there are canonized interpretations of these specific characters, an aspect drawing more from character types like Heroes, Sengoku, Nova, Child of God and Kinesis. The only exception to this possibly being the Dual Blade, though one could argue that the intent is to tell the story of a singular Dual Blade.





  • The NPC characters who accompany your character in the Explorer plotline are named Sugar, Tess, Olive, and Rondo. If the character is designated as "You", their names form the acronym, "STORY".


Characters and Skills
Job and Skills (Click on icon for skills)

Class Beginner.png Beginner Skill Link Manager.png Link 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 Class Kain.png 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 Skill Land's Connection.png Lara


Skill Pink Powerhouse.png Pink Bean Pet Mini Yeti.png Yeti

Beast Tamer

Class Beast Tamer.gif Chase

Child of God

Class Zero.png Zero


Class Kinesis.png Kinesis

Wu Shen

Class Mo Xuan.png Mo Xuan


Skill Macro Test.png Game Master Skill Banner of Plenty I.png Guild Skills Skill Monster Riding.png Miscellaneous Skills