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How to Play

You will need to sign up an account to enjoy MapleStory, along with its guilds, communities, and other various services.

Start the Game

Step 1: Download Game Client

image(Click on the button to go to the Download page)
To play the game, you’ll need a program that executes it, and the set-up is called the client. Note: The download may take some time.

Step 2: Install Game

Double-click Setup on “MSSETUP.EXE” to install MapleStory, after the client is downloaded.

Step 3: Sign up MapleStory Account

You’ll need to sign up an account to enjoy MapleStory, along with its guilds, communities, and various other services.

Step 4: Run MapleStory

Once installation is completed, you’ll see a mushroom-looking MapleStory icon on your desktop

imageDouble click on the it to start the game.
Note: Before starting the game, please make sure you have DirectX on your computer. Download DirectX if it not installed in your computer.

Step 5: Login to start Game

Select the Gateway (Singapore or Malaysia) you wish to start in, then login with your login ID and password registered when signing up an account to start enjoying MapleStory.


About the World and Character


After login, the screen will scroll up to show available worlds. There are currently 2 worlds available at MapleStory, with 20 channels per world.

Note: Your account has access to all the worlds available, but your character isn’t. Wherever the world the character is created, the character only belongs in that world. Within the world, however, the character can be at whichever channels it wants to be.


After selection of the world and channel to play in, you’ll be sent to the Character page. You are able to “Select”, “Create” or “Delete” a character.

- “Select a Character”
Allows you to choose the character you wish to represent, train and groom within MapleStory.
If you already have a character, double-click on it to start the game. Create a character if you have not created one.

- “Create a Character”
Allows you to create a new character. You may create 3 characters per account.

> Character’s Name
Enter the character name of your choice, and click on “CHECK” to see if the name is available.

> Character’s Appearance
Choose face, hairstyle, top, bottom, shoes, and weapons from the list.

Click on “OK” to create the character.

- “Delete a Character”
Allows you to delete a character. For security purpose, you are required to enter your 13-digit AisaSoft Passport ID.

About the Game Screen

Game Interface

Once you have chosen your character and entered the game, you’ll see the game screen, with the character in the middle. You will also notice a long stretch of buttons and information at the bottom of the screen. That is the game interface.


Through the interface, you can check your name, level, HP and MP. You can see the chat window within the game. On the right, you’ll see the Quick Slot where you can put your favorite skill. Click on MENU or press ESC during the game to access the Game Menus such as System Option and Game Option, and also to choose to quit the game.

Playing the Game

Controlling the Character

Once you start playing the game, you’ll see your character as the beginner. To move your character, press one of the arrow keys on the keyboard. To jump and attack, press Alt and Ctrl on the keyboard.


After killing a monster, you’ll see a message on the bottom-right corner of the screen flashing ‘You have gained experience (+****). That’s the amount of EXP gained by hunting down a monster. Once you reach a certain amount of EXP, you’ll be able to level up.

(Press A to see your stats or look at the EXP meter next to MP bar at the bottom of the screen to see how much more EXP you need to level up.)

When you level up, you’ll be awarded with Ability Points. Press A, and designate your Ability Points to wherever they are needed, be it STR, DEX, INT, LUK, or MaxMP & MaxHP. Stat of Beginner and Nobless will be automatically increase for each job until 1st job advancement or upon reaching level 11. Once you have leveled up, your HP and MP will be full again.

When you hunt a monster, it’ll usually drop off a leftover and some Mesos. They can be picked up through the button Z. The leftovers can be used for quest or sold to the stores for Mesos.

Job Advancements

You can make the job advancement, job adv. for short, once you reach level 10 (8 to be a magician.). To advance, head over to the job advancment area at one of the occupational towns.

1st Job Advancement

You are required to fulfill the requirements listed as follows:

Town:Perion, Victoria Island
Location:Warriors’ Sanctuary
Town:Ellinia, Victoria Island
Location:Magic Library
Town:Henesys, Victoria Island
Location:Bowman Instructional School
Town:Kerning City, Victoria Island
Location:Thieves’ Hideout
Town:Nautilus Dock, Victoria Island
Location:Navigation Room

Once you have advanced, your character’s maximum HP or MP will increase, along with receiving 1 Skill Point, SP for short. From then on out, every level up will bring 3 Skill Points, and you’ll be able to acquire new skills.

2nd Job Advancement

Head over to the job advancement area and you’ll go through a test according to your job. Once you pass the test, you’ll be choosing one of the jobs available under the job you currently own. The requirements will be LEV 30, SP 0 no matter which job.
Note: Once you have chosen your path, you can’t choose a different path and advance with another job later on.

About the Items

Items are classified in five big groups, (Meso, equipment, use, etc., pet) along with cash items. Items can be picked up through the button Z.

The currency used in MapleStory. It can be acquired through hunting down the monsters or selling the leftovers from the monsters at various stores.

Equipment items
Items that the character puts on. Items that fall under equipment are hats, weapons, accessories, earrings, top, bottom, gloves, shoes, and etc. The standard to equip the items are based on the job, skill points and level required.

Use items
Items which are needed to recover HP or MP in the game. Town Scrolls that allow the character to return to the corresponding town are also classified as “use’ items.

Etc. items
Items which are the leftovers from the hunted monsters. They can be sold at stores for Mesos. Some of which are required items for quests. Minerals and jewels also are considered as Etc. items

Cash items
Avatar item that helps decorate the character. Click on the Cash Shop button at the bottom-left corner to enter, and the items are NOT FREE. Cash item is usually an equipment item that the character put on, but there are also items that allow the character to change hairstyle, skin color, or hair color.

About Skills

The general summary of Skill System

Excluding the beginners, the other four jobs (warriors, magicians, bowmen, and thieves) have their own, unique skills. As the character makes advancements, numerous skill slots will be available. The skills won’t be available for use just by obtaining the skill book, but rather, the skills will be obtained through using SP’s earned after every level up.

Types of Skill

Skills are divided into two different categories, active and passive.

Passive Skill : Works without really doing anything special
Active Skill : Uses up MP and others to start up the skill; works for a set period of time.

About Quest

Doing Quests

Lots of different quests await you in MapleStory. To do a quest, you need to first look for an NPC that provides one. The requirements for a quest can vary, but usually involves level, fame, job, and/or items. Through the quest, the character can gain items, EXP and others that directly affect your character.
There are two types of quests, one-time quest and repeatable quests. A one-time quest can only be completed once, and then it’s over. Repeatable quests can be done again even after completing it the first time. You can access quest names, quest in progress, ended quest, and quest info’s on the See Quest Info window at menu (HotKey: ESC).

Key Terms

NPC: Short for Non-Player Character. Not controlled by any users, but by the game system itself.

Quest: A specific task given by an NPC. If it is completed, the character is rewarded for the hard work. The character can gain items, EXP and others rewards that directly affect your character. If the character quits midway through, no reward will be given.

Item: It’s everything in the game other than the characters, NPC, and the monsters.

Town: A peaceful place where no monster resides. Characters can make different job adv. in different town. Weapon stores and potion stores are available for upgrades of equipments items, restocking of used items and sales of items. The towns are accompanied by various NPC’s to greet the characters, too.

Field: Describes all area of land that is a hunting ground. Since it doesn’t designate a particular area, it is usually labeled as a *** field, named to the nearest town.

Dungeon: A special hunting place out of the fields. Usually dungeons present more powerful monsters than the ones on the field, and so it’s a hunting place more suitable for the higher-leveled characters.

Skill: A special act that a character can pull off while hunting. Skills can be acquired through job advancements. In order to use the skills, you are required to use Skill Point to acquire different skills. More sets of skills are available on each job advancement.

Meso: An official currency in MapleStory. Can be used at stores and/or trades for business.

GM: Short for game-master, who helps to safeguard MapleStory so that players enjoy the game with ease.

SP: Short for Skill Point. Acquired after each level up, and with it, the character can acquire a skill or raise the skill level.

AP: Short for Ability Point. Acquired after each level up, and with it, the character can raise the ability of their choice. (STR, DEX, INT, LUK, MaxHP & MaxMP)