MapleStory Best Totems Guide & How To Get Them

Last Updated on March 16, 2024 by Samuel Franklin

Unlock the best totems in MapleStory with this guide to MapleStory totems and how to get them for your account to ensure you are maximising the damage from this equipment slot. With dozens available from various sources totems can be a confusing piece of item progression for new or returning MapleStory players to find the perfect set of 3.

With this guide you will be able to easily compare the different totem options to determine the best for your stage of progression factoring in the availability or cost. With an easy to reference table players will be able to identify which totems are from time limited events, quests or directly purchasable along with information on how to obtain them. For most players based on availability and investment required I recommend that you use the Afterlands Totems and eventually upgrade to the Guild Castle Brooch totems once you can afford their significant cost as they provide better stats.

Table of Contents:
MapleStory Best Totems Overview
Frenzy Totem
Ancient Slate Replica
Hunter Totems
Dark Totems
Guild Castle Brooch
Yu Garden Totems (Antique Totems)
Afterlands Totems

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MapleStory Best Totems Overview

With players able to equip up to 3 totems at a time you can mix and match the totems below although in most situations you will want to equip all 3 from a set due to the applicable equipment set bonus for equipping them all. Players should also factor in their Meso budget, time investment required and event limitations when choosing their personal best totems with these factors explored in detail further in this page. The best MapleStory totems in order are:

Totem Source Stats
frenzy-totem-iconFrenzy Totem Event (Marvel Machine & Philosopher’s Book)
  • +30 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +10 Weapon Attack
  • +10 Magic Attack
  • Allows use of the Monolith skill
ancient-slate-replica-iconAncient Slate Replica Event (Misty Island Legacy)
  • +20 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +5 Weapon Attack
  • +5 Magic Attack
  • Can be flamed for bonus stats with special Lava Stone Rebirth Flame from the event
hunter-totem-iconHunter Totems Event (Marvel Machine)
  • +12 to 32 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +6 to 16 Weapon Attack
  • +6 to 16 Magic Attack
dark-doom-totem-icon dark-avenger-totem-icondark-grin-totem-icondark-hellia-totem-iconDark Totems Event (Dark Lords of Darkness Totems)
  • +9 to 36 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +0 to 15 Weapon Attack
  • +0 to 15 Magic Attack
blue-guild-castle-brooch-icongreen-guild-castle-brooch-iconred-guild-castle-brooch-iconGuild Castle Brooch Guild Castle (500 million Mesos each)
  • +7 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +7 Weapon Attack
  • +7 Magic Attack
  • 2 Set Effect of +5 Weapon and Magic Attack
  • 3 Set Effect of +15 Weapon and Magic Attack
yu-horseback-doll-riding-totem-iconyu-jade-kettle-totem-iconyu-bronze-incense-burner-totem-iconYu Garden Totems (Antique Totems) [Temporary] Quest (Rare Collection)
  • +20 or 22 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +10 or 12 Weapon Attack
  • +10 or 12 Magic Attack
  • 3 Set Effect of +15 Weapon and Magic Attack
afterlands-adler-figurine-itemafterlands-beodog-figurine-itemafterlands-billy-figurine-itemafterlands-mansa-figurine-itemAfterlands Totems Quest (The Afterlands)
  • +20 to a single stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +7 Weapon Attack
  • +7 Magic Attack
  • 3 Set Effect of +10 Weapon and Magic Attack
lirenis-wish-totem-iconLireni’s Wish Phantom Forest Treasure Chest (Defeat Phantom Forest Field Boss)
  • +7 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +7 Weapon Attack
  • +7 Magic Attack
nine-tailed-fox-totem-iconNine-Tailed Fox Shaolin Temple Theme Dungeon (Chief Priest Boss)
  • +14 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +2 Weapon Attack
  • +2 Magic Attack

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Frenzy Totem [Event] (Normal Servers Only)

  • +30 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +10 Weapon Attack
  • +10 Magic Attack
  • Allows use of the Monolith skill

The most desired totem in MapleStory with this unlocking the ability to use the Monolith skill that dramatically increases monster spawn rate on the map when cast. This is similar to the Wild Totem (retired from MapleStory Global in November 2022) although the Frenzy Totem will last 10 minutes regardless of whether or not that person stays on the map. With this in mind the purchasing of frenzy service has become a MapleStory market where players spend tens of millions of Mesos per hour to have the holder of this item cast it on their map every 10 minutes.

This item was exclusively available from Marvel Machine and Philosopher’s Book events which were only available to Non-Reboot servers up until 2019. If you’re wondering how to get frenzy totems in Maplestory currently then the only method is to purchase one from another player as they are tradeable items although finding a player willing to sell one and having sufficient funds to purchase one means 99.99% of players will never hold this item.

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Ancient Slate Replica [Event]

  • +20 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +5 Weapon Attack
  • +5 Magic Attack
  • Can be flamed for bonus stats with special Lava Stone Rebirth Flame from the event

While the raw stats at first glance might not seem like the highest stats available compared to other totems the Ancient Slate Replica is a flammable totem that allows it to become the most powerful totem choice with some luck. The unique Lava Stone Rebirth Flame is used to flame this totem with players focusing on high main stat and all stat percentage to maximise the damage of this item.

This totem was available during the Misty Island event during December 2022 to January 2023 (v.238 Ignition patch) with the special flames also only available during the event timeframe. In the event players were challenged to survive on a remote island as you craft items for survival while managing your hunger, surviving against new monsters and completing missions on the island to earn both the totems and limited number of flames available.

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Hunter Event Totems [Event]

  • +12 to 32 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +6 to 16 Weapon Attack
  • +6 to 16 Magic Attack

Another event specific totem these were available from Marvel Machine in 2016 and are tradeable totems that allows them to still appear on the non-Reboot auction houses. Given the increasing rarity of these totems and their powerful stats they are an expensive purchase though and generally not a viable progression path. The totems in order of power are the Rabbit Totem, Hunting Dog Totem, Hog Totem, Bear Foot Totem, King of Beasts Totem and Hunter Totem.

Starting from the Rabbit Totem with 12 all stat and 6 weapon/magic attack each increase in totem power adds 4 all stat and 2 weapon/magic attack. As the strongest totem in this set the Hunter Totem has 21 all stat and 16 weapon/magic attack. Given these totems have not been around since 2016 many in the MapleStory community (and myself) doubt it will ever return and something players will need to weigh up the Meso cost on the auction house compared to the stats provided in determining if purchasing this totem is worthwhile.

The Hunter Event Totems options (worst to best totem) are:

  • Rabbit Totem (12 all stat & 6 weapon/magic attack)
  • Hunting Dog Totem (16 all stat & 8 weapon/magic attack)
  • Hog Totem (20 all stat & 10 weapon/magic attack)
  • Bear Foot Totem (24 all stat & 12 weapon/magic attack)
  • King of Beasts Totem (28 all stat & 14 weapon/magic attack)
  • Hunter Totem (32 all stat & 16 weapon/magic attack)

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Dark Lords of Darkness Totems [Event]

  • +9 to 36 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +0 to 15 Weapon Attack
  • +0 to 15 Magic Attack

Originally available through the Dark Lords of Darkness Halloween event where players collected daily items and were then rewarded with a random totem from the available options. This event was held in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 with the totems also added to the Marvel Machine during 2019. Similar to the Hunter Event totems above though these have not been seen since 2019 and is unlikely to return so these can only be acquired on non-Reboot servers through the auction house for billions of Mesos.

The Dark Lords of Darkness Totems options (worst to best totem) are:

  • Bronze (9 all stat & 0 weapon/magic attack)
  • Silver (18 all stat & 5 weapon/magic attack)
  • Gold (27 all stat & 10 weapon/magic attack)
  • Dark (36 all stat & 15 weapon/magic attack)

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Yu Garden Totems [Quest]

  • +20 or 22 All Stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +10 or 12 Weapon Attack
  • +10 or 12 Magic Attack
  • 3 Set Effect of +15 Weapon and Magic Attack

Also known as the Shanghai Totems these are one of the best Reboot totems given many of the historical event totems are unavailable with the Horseback Riding Doll Totem, Jade Kettle Totem and Bronze Incense Burner Totem. Importantly these totems are only temporary and will disappear after 30 days although can be obtained an unlimited number of times by repeating the quest. The Bronze Incense Burner has slightly higher stats than the other totems in this set but is also considered the hardest of the 3 to acquire.

In order to obtain these players must complete some introductory quests from The Far East (Yu Garden) and obtain a specific rare monster drop that corresponds to each totem. While these are rare many players opt to complete them at the same time as their Yu Garden Dailies. Given the effort involved I only recommend these totems for players that acquire the rare drops during other activities like Yu Garden Dailies as farming them every 30 days is not worth the time for the stats these provide over other permanent totem options.

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Afterlands Totems [Quest]

  • +20 to a single stat (STR, DEX, INT, LUK)
  • +7 Weapon Attack
  • +7 Magic Attack
  • 3 Set Effect of +10 Weapon and Magic Attack

While the weakest totem stat wise on this list I consider these to be the best totem for the majority of the MapleStory player base given their ease of acquisition. This is because they are readily available from a quest, aren’t limited to events, don’t cost a significant amount of Mesos and don’t require farming every 30 days. This also means I don’t recommend players pursue other totems like the Lireni’s Wish or Nine-Tailed Fox as the Afterlands Totems have greater power than both of these options.

While you lose some stats for this convenience the MapleStory Afterlands quest can be completed in approximately an hour and serve as a fantastic equipment placeholder until an event opportunity arises our you can afford the Mesos for the Guild totems. This quest also rewards a high amount of experience which means these totems are ideal to acquire for Link Skill, Legion or bossing mules as well. There are 4 totems available in the Afterlands Souvenir Set that are themed after characters from the Afterlands quest line (Beodog, Billy, Adler and Mansa Figurine) that each specialise in one of the main class stats.

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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