For the classification of Thieves, see Category:Thieves.

Explorer Thief is one of the five class archetype job 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.

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).

Job Branch

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.

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.
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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

  1. 1.0 1.1 Confirmed by the GMS Community Manager.
  2. Also provides the voice(s) of Demon (Male), Neinheart, Carlisle, Dr. Y, Kudan, Regulator, Dutiful Regulator, Regulator Sergeant, Magician (Male), and Baroq.
  3. Also provides the voice(s) of Sugar, The Goddess of Maple World, and Dual Blade (Female).
  4. Also provides the voice(s) of Neinheart, Hawkeye, Shade (Male), Gupi, Baroq, Hiver, Hoodlum, Magnus (FriendStory), Grendel the Really Old (Borderless/Convergence), Black Mage (Borderless/Convergence), Handsome Monk, Warrior (Male), Magician (Male), Dual Blade (Male), and Tess.
  5. Also provides the voice(s) of Cygnus, Irena, Aria, Athena Pierce, Female Student (FriendStory), Ghost (FriendStory), Lepi, Magician (Female), Dual Blade (Female), and Olive.