MapleStory Best Shoulders Progression & How To Get Them

Last Updated on March 19, 2024 by Samuel Franklin

In this guide I detail the best MapleStory shoulders available and how to get them to ensure smooth progression and increase your damage potential. While a relatively simple equipment slot in terms of options the shoulder slot is a key contributor to your overall damage through set bonuses, Star Force and % stat from cubing.

Each shoulder below includes information on how to obtain it, the equipment stats and other considerations in deciding when to use a particular shoulder. All of these shoulders are equally applicable to Reboot and non-Reboot players and listed in my recommended progression order.

Table of Contents:
MapleStory Best Shoulders Overview
Royal Black Metal Shoulder (Level 120)
Hayato’s Treasure (Level 140)
AbsoLab Shoulder (Level 160)
Arcane Umbra Shoulder (Level 200)

MapleStory Best Shoulders Overview

The table below summarises the stats and sources of the best shoulders currently obtainable in MapleStory in progression order. While there are a few other shoulders available before Absolab (level 160) these take significant time or effort to acquire for only marginal damage improvements depending on your other equipment setup.

Shoulder Required Level Source Stats
royal-black-metal-shoulder-iconRoyal Black Metal Shoulder 120 Any Magnus difficulty
  • +10 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +6 Weapon Attack
  • +6 Magic Attack
  • +100 Defence
hayato-treasure-iconHayato’s Treasure 140 Princess No Quest
  • +11 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +7 Weapon Attack
  • +7 Magic Attack
  • +100 Defence
absolab-shoulder-iconAbsoLab 160 Lotus and Damien
  • +14 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +10 Weapon Attack
  • +10 Magic Attack
  • +100 Defence
arcane-umbra-shoulder-iconArcane Umbra 200 Lucid and Will
  • +35 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +20 Weapon Attack
  • +20 Magic Attack
  • +300 Defence

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Royal Black Metal Shoulder (Level 120)

  • +10 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +6 Weapon Attack
  • +6 Magic Attack
  • +100 Defence

The first notable shoulder that players can obtain and I recommend using is at level 120. While there are other shoulders before this the effort involved for the small stats is not worth it as items before this point are quickly replaced. There is some level of luck involved in acquiring this shoulder with it dropping from any Magnus difficulty (easy/normal/hard) although given this is a regular boss fight you will eventually obtain one.

Not only does this item offer reasonable base stats that will add up when combined with your other equipment pieces it is also part of the powerful Boss Accessory Set that makes this a viable shoulder all the way up to players obtaining their AbsoLab shoulder. It’s this set effect that makes this arguably the MapleStory best shoulder for progression given players can obtain it and effectively forget about the equipment slot until much later in their journey if they wish.

Other shoulders that players may find around this time include the Golden Flower Shoulder (obtainable in Yu Garden) and the level 130 Antique Leaf Shoulder (available from Oko in Root Abyss) although there are better ways to spend the applicable currencies from these locations.

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Hayato’s Treasure (Level 140)

  • +11 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +7 Weapon Attack
  • +7 Magic Attack
  • +100 Defence

A potential shoulder upgrade becomes available at level 140 and like the shoulder above provides a powerful set bonus with the Sengoku Treasure Set when paired with the Kanna’s Treasure ring and Ayame’s Treasure belt to reach the 3 set bonus. Players need to judge their own equipment options at this stage in determining when (or if) to switch to this item as you will want to maintain the 7 set IED bonus from the boss set which the Royal Black Metal Shoulder counts towards as it is critical to MapleStory bossing success.

Generally reaching this 7 set bonus is done without the shoulder using face, eye, earrings, ring, pendant, pocket and badge slots instead and if this is the case for you then swapping over to all of the Hayato items should come out ahead on damage. I would ensure you keep the Royal Black Metal Shoulder on hand though as you may need to shuffle it back into your equipment line up at some point to maintain the Boss Accessory 7 set bonus. This shoulder is obtained by completing the Princess No quest line which is likely something players will be doing anyway given the other items from Princess No are great additions to your equipment slots.

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AbsoLab Knight/Mage/Archer/Bandit/Pirate Shoulder (Level 160)

  • +14 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +10 Weapon Attack
  • +10 Magic Attack
  • +100 Defence

The shoulder that you will use for the longest time in your MapleStory career that makes it worth investing resources into obtaining and upgrading. Available at level 160 players will need to defeat Lotus and Damien alongside weekly tasks to acquire this gear which offers improved stats and a new powerful set bonus.

This is where players may need to start shuffling around their other equipment pieces to optimise available set bonuses and out of the box the AbsoLab Shoulder in itself may not be stronger until players have at least another item from the AbsoLab set. It’s at this stage of your MapleStory best shoulder progression that I recommend you increase your investment through Star Force and cubing to get a shoulder that you are happy with as AbsoLab is a staple equipment set for a large portion of the mid to end game push for players.

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Arcane Umbra Knight/Mage/Archer/Thief/Pirate Shoulder (Level 200)

  • +35 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +20 Weapon Attack
  • +20 Magic Attack
  • +300 Defence

This level 200 shoulder is powerful although is difficult to obtain and upgrade to reach its full potential. Obtained from the Lucid and Will boss fights in combination with enemy monsters from the late game areas of Lachelein, Arcana, Esfera, Sellas and Tenebris players will accumulate droplets to trade for the items over a series of months.

While the base stats alone are notable the Arcane Umbra Set and the potential power boost from Star Force on this equipment piece make it an end game necessity to push the highest tiers of content that MapleStory has to offer its player base. Given the investment required though the community recommendation is for players to continue using AbsoLab until they can make a full switch to Arcane gear.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms.

With over 2,000 hours of MapleStory played since beta Sam has experienced the evolution of MapleStory firsthand and continues to return for the satisfying progression, the thrill of overcoming challenging bosses and the enduring joy of the community interactions. Playing primarily solo as his level 226 Night Lord for the swift ranged attacks and dominating solo boss power Sam is currently exploring the depths of the Arcane River and the expanding Maple World on the Scania server while developing a legion of powerful characters to support his account.

This extensive experience with MapleStory has given him a deep understanding of the game’s mechanics, hidden secrets and ever-evolving game landscape. He is excited to share his knowledge and insights with fellow Maplers, helping them navigate their own unique stories through the world of MapleStory.

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