Beginner is a character class in MapleStory. All new players who are in the category of Explorer start the game as Beginners on Maple Island. At level 8 or 10 (depends on which job you take), Beginners may make the first job advancement and become either a Warrior, Magician, Bowman, Thief, or a Pirate. The game recommends beginners to make the advancement to a magician at Level 8, and Level 10 for the other first job advancements. Though Beginners are not considered one of the "main" character classes, some people choose to remain as a Beginner past the first, second, or even third job advancements. 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 cheaper taxi rides, no EXP-loss upon death, and plenty of respect. 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. Nonetheless, plenty of players are proud to be Beginners.
Islanders are a special "class" of beginners, that spend the majority of their lives residing on Maple Island. These characters not only choose not to job advance, but they also choose not to leave the island. As such, it is even harder for these characters to level. Quests are few, and they must rely on seasonal events to gain new equipment and exp. They must also be able to count on their friends to send them equipment, items, and other materials. Monster variety is VERY limited; the highest level monsters they can fight are Pigs and Orange Mushrooms. Most Islanders quit at level 20-ish.
Noblesse are special Beginners (child) that are related to a previous character (parent) that has an additional skill call "Blessing of the Sprite" which buff up the character using the power of the sprite that make a character's (child) level rises 10, 1 skill point goes up for the connected character (parent). Noblesse as have special Job classes exclusive for them such as: Dawn Warrior, Blaze Wizard, Wind Archer, Night Walker, and Thunder Breaker also they max out their levels at level 120.
Legendary Heroes are unique that the character's class is that of the chosen Legendary Hero. Legends are the beginner for the Aran class. Legends exist as Arans who haven’t rediscovered any of their powers yet. While they share the same skills available to normal Beginners, there is a non marked skill which allows the class to hit more than one monster at a time while using a Pole Arm weapon. They also disregard the attack speed of Pole Arm weapons, granting them all the same speed.
Citizen is a special beginner class, they were born in Edelstein, and they become a Resistance after making the job advancement.
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