KMS ver. 1.2.119 ~ The Technological Age
December 30, 2010 216 Comments
Finally!~ The second part of the Chaos update has been released.
The ‘Technological Age’ update is an exciting update because you can learn new profession skills.
High-leveled players are in for a treat, because the Door of the Future has been added in this patch.
I promised earlier that I would explain the new profession skill system when it hits the official server. And it’s finally here!
What are profession skills?
Profession skills are special skills that any character over Lv. 30 can learn. There is a special map where you can learn the profession skills.
To enter the map, you will need to find the portal that looks like this. ↓
Every major town has a portal like this. In this update it is finally open for access.
When you go through the portal, you will discover the beautiful hometown called Meisterville.
Meisterville is the hometown where you can learn profession skills from different skill masters.
There are five profession skills in MapleStory.
When you are Lv. 30 or higher, you can learn two out of five profession skills from the following masters:
Master of Collecting (Herbalism): Stachel
Master of Alchemy: Karien
Master of Mining: Nobum
Master of Blacksmithing (Equipment production): Eisen
Master of Jewel Crafting (Accessory production): Meltz
When you arrive in Meisterville, you have to speak with Himmel, the head master.
Unfortunately, they force you to choose between something that you maybe might not like. At first, I wanted to learn Blacksmithing and Jewel Crafting, but that is not possible.
You can learn the following combinations:
Herbalism + Alchemy
Mining + Jewel Crafting
Mining + Blacksmithing
In the end I took Mining and Jewel Crafting and it’s really fun so far. If you choose for Mining, you will get a pickaxe from Nobum.
Mining is essential for Jewel Crafting because you need to make plates from ores. The only way you can get ores and crystals is through Mining.
Mining is really fun! Everywhere in Maple World you can find rocks and start mining.
There are many rocks that you can mine.
The bigger the rocks, the better ores and crystals you find. You see that big purple rock? If you mine that rock, a crystal will drop. It’s so easy~! ^^
The heart-shaped rock is something else.. If you mine the heart-shaped rock, it has a chance to drop ore fragments.
It can also drop a rock or a leaf that lives on equipment.
The only way to raise this rock is by feeding it equipment. When the rock grows and evolve, you’ll get a reward. I’m not raising a rock, because you will need to feed it with a lot of equipment.
With Mining you can obtain ores, but you can also make plates, jewels and crystals with it. For example, crafting an adamantium plate costs me 2 adamantium ores and a special ingredient that you can buy in Meisterville.
Sometimes when you are crafting a plate or something else, it might fail… But in return, you will receive some Magic Powder.
Nobum and the other masters gives you an event quest when you learned the Mining skill. If I can get my Mining to level 7, I will get Nobum’s golden pickaxe and an upgraded bag to store my ores and plates and other stuff in.
Look how many ores and crystals I got from mining! There’s more in that green bag.
The second profession skill that I learned is Jewel Crafting. This is one amazing skill. Why? With Jewel Crafting you can make these kind of equipment:
Yeah those are some very wanted equips. However, you need to use a recipe for equipment over Lv. 100 to reveal what kind of material you need.
Recipes can be bought in Meisterville but that is really limited. For really good equipment, you will need to find recipes from monsters and bosses.
I got this recipe for a Lv. 110 shoulderpad at Dual Pirates. I can use it and it will show what kind of ingredients I need to craft this shoulderpad.
This shoulderpad adds +8 INT, +4 weapon and magic attack and +36 physical and magic defense.
Top: Himmel is on the left. On the right side, you can buy ingredients from the NPC merchant.
Bottom: the NPC on the left sells Blacksmithing recipes and the NPC on the right sells Alchemy recipes.
I like this profession skill system, but after raising levels of my profession skills I discovered that I need item crystals. Speaking of crystals… The Maker skill has been removed in this update! I have Mining and Jewel Crafting, but those skills cannot make item crystals.
Alchemy can disassemble and fuse items. That means I have to make a mule character and pick Alchemy for that character…
With Alchemy, you can make different kind of potions. Potions that increase HP, MP, AP, attack, accuracy etc.
Alchemists can even make Giant Potions and potions that transform you into a monster.
When you use a Giant Potion, your size will increase and you will only be able to attack monsters by jumping up and down.
But yes… Alchemists can make item crystals. Do you know what’s even worse? You will need to raise your Alchemy skill if you want to disassemble higher leveled equipment.
Alchemy Lv. 1 : up to level 50 equipment
Alchemy Lv. 2 : up to level 70 equipment
Alchemy Lv. 3 : up to level 90 equipment
Alchemy Lv. 4 : up to level 110 equipment
Alchemy Lv. 5 : up to level 130 equipment
Alchemy Lv. 6 : all equipment
But there is something that Alchemists can make for other people like us who don’t have Alchemy or are lazy to raise the skill level of Alchemy so we can disassemble.
Alchemists can make this fish tank, or whatever it looks like. You can disassemble equipment with it.
Everyone can make use of it and disassemble their items to get item crystals.
Today someone created this fish tank in channel 1 free market and everyone could disassemble their items up till level 90.
Which means that this player had Alchemy level 3 when he created the tank.
If you choose to learn Alchemy then you must learn Herbalism too.
With Herbalism, you can collect different herbs in Maple World.
When you collect herbs, you can make herb oil which is required for Alchemy to make potions.
If your profession skill is Mining or Herbalism, you will obtain a special bag where you can store your herbs or ores. In the beginning, you will get a bag that has only four slots, but when you further raise your skill level you can expand the amount of slots.
The last profession skill that players can learn is Blacksmithing. I’m going to keep it short for this one. With Blacksmithing you can make your own armor and weapons. You must learn Mining first to learn Blacksmithing. Mining is also essential for Blacksmithing because you need refined jewels to make equipment as a Creator. A player who learns Blacksmithing is called a Creator.
If you no longer wish to continue keeping your current profession skill, then you can unlearn your skill. Keep in mind that once you’ve unlearned a skill, you will have to start from scratch…
There is a limit on how much you can mine, create or collect. Because there is a fatigue system for this profession skill system.
From my experience, my fatigue goes up fast if I have mined a lot rocks. Each rock you mine costs 1 fatigue.
The fatigue depends on the item you want to mine, create or collect. As a Jewelist, crafting a Lv. 50 ring costs me 20 fatigue.
Besides increasing your fatigue, you can also increase your skill mastery. The only way to raise the level of your profession skill is by increasing your skill mastery.
An NPC in Meisterville sells two different fatigue drinks.
The first fatigue drink decreases your fatigue by 10. However, you must pay 1,000,000 mesos.
The second fatigue drink decreases your fatigue by 5. However, you must pay 300,000 mesos.
You can only use 3 fatigue drinks each day. But if you don’t want to spend your meso on these drinks then you don’t have to worry because every hour your fatigue decreases by 5. In Korea your fatigue resets to 0 when it’s midnight.
The profession skill system is attached with another system. The personality system.
What is the personality system?
The personality system is a system where you can raise the levels of six different personality traits. Each personality trait gives you a buff.
You can see the chart of your personality status along with your profession skills.
I think I find this the most fun and interesting system of all, especially because of the buffs.
There are six personalities traits:
Charisma (can be increased by hunting bosses)
Increase in PvP damage
Increase in ignoring the monster’s defense
Decrease in EXP upon death
Sense (can be increased by collecting herbs)
Increase in MP
Increase in quest EXP
Insight (can be increased by mining and revealing the hidden potential of items)
Increase in accuracy
Increase in avoidability
The ability to show the hidden potential of an item using a free magnifying glass
Will (can be increased by completing party quests, by gaming time and by leveling up profession skills)
Increase in HP
Increase in physical defense
Increase in magic defense
Resistant to statuses
Craft (can be increased by creating equips/items)
Increase in the success rate of scrolls
Increase in the success rate of getting double the skill mastery you earn
Charm (Charm can be increased by equipping/using cash items and when your fame goes up)
Increase of a new equip slot (pocket slot)
Facial expression rewards
When I logged on after the patch went live, I already had Lv. 10 Charm! I have almost over 1100 fame. +_+
Everyday I hunt for bosses to increase my Charisma because a decrease in EXP when you die and an increase in ignoring the monster’s defense is really good.
There is a limit on how much Charisma, Sense, Insight, Will, Craft and Charm you can get. The daily limit is 500.
I always hunt for Dodo in the Temple of Time and Dodo gives 50 Charisma. Since there is a limit of 500 that means I can only kill 10 Dodos.
Look in the image above, you can see that I’m getting +50 Charisma and +42 Charisma. The red text says that I have reached my daily limit. ㅠ.ㅠ
So yeah.. that’s basically the profession skill system and the personality system. This is definitely fun and I recommend every other player in other versions to keep your ores, plates and jewels. You won’t regret it!
High-leveled players are going to have to some
difficulties fun with this update. Players will be able to reach a new map designed for level +160 players through the Temple of Time. There players will discover that Henesys has been destroyed and that Ereb has descended to earth.
Long story short:
In the future, Empress Cygnus becomes interested in the World Tree, so eventually she went to search for this phenomenon.
The Empress and her knights succeeded in searching for the World Tree, but… they fell into a trap by the Black Magician. He took the soul of Empress Cygnus and her knights and made them into his puppets.
Because of this curse by the Black Magician, the island of Ereb lost its holy power and descended to Victoria Island. There, Empress Cygnus and her knights started attacking Maple World…
The ultimate boss who is much more harder to defeat than Pink Bean: Empress Cygnus
She was already impossible to defeat in the test server but guess what? Nexon gave her a huge buff in the official server.
HP: 1,000,000,000 → 2,100,000,000
Physical Attack: 17750 → 25500
Magic Attack: 22750 → 35500
Her evil ”Dark Knights” were given a huge boost as well. Empress Cygnus can summon two versions of these ”Dark Knights” minions. One version is stronger, has more HP and gives more EXP. The other version is weaker and gives little EXP.
HP: 100,000,000 → 600,000,000
HP: 150,000,000 → 1,650,000,000
The physical and magic attack of both versions are boosted as well.
Players who are Lv. 170 or higher who dare to challenge Empress Cygnus can start an expedition team of maximum 18 members and battle against her in channel 13 with a time limit of 1 hour.
But in this current situation this boss is just too hard. Empress Cygnus has a lot of abilities (I think even more than Pink Bean) and they’re very dangerous. She can cast Shinsoo, monsters from the future Ereb and her ”Dark Knights”.
She can cast Dark Genesis, Zombify, Damage reflection, she can forces to exit you from the map, she can cancel the potential effect of your item, she can cast this whirlwind, she can burn you with birds that she can call and there are more abilities. Also there is a cooldown on every consumable potion when you fight her. It’s unbelievable…
Empress Cygnus is the only boss who can drop level 140 equipment!
Each set requires you to have 170 in the secondary stat, but it comes with a tempting bonus:
- 2 set effect: +300 physical and magic defense, +200 accuracy and avoidability
- 3 set effect: +15% MaxHP and MaxMP
- 4 set effect: +15 weapon attack and a reduction in duration of all abnormal statuses
- 5 set effect: +15 allstat and all skill levels +2
- 6 set effect: +30 weapon attack and +30% damage against bosses