MapleStory Class Tier List – Best Classes Ranking

Last Updated on September 5, 2021 by Samuel Franklin

MapleStory Class Tier List – Best Classes Ranking

This MapleStory class tier list will help you in selecting the best class for you that meets your needs. Be it the strongest bossing character, an unfunded account, pure fun or a challenge by picking the worst from this class ranking list. When it comes to best there are many factors to consider in MapleStory and while there are some clear top tier options ultimately the best class will be one that fits your goals and playstyle preferences which this class guide will assist with.

Unlike other MMOs your choice of class in MapleStory is one that comes with less pressure given that any character you train contributes to your account wide bonuses (Legion and Link Skills) so even if you change your mind later they will still contribute to your main character strength. Other mechanics of MapleStory like weekly boss resets also encourage players to have bossing mule side characters that these class experiments can be utilised for. This article is designed for both normal and Reboot servers given there are currently no server restricted classes (historically Zero was limited to non-Reboot).

MapleStory Best Class Overview

All the MapleStory classes available have been ranked below on the following categories to help you determine the best class for you. Note that these have been rated based on their level 200 position as its from this point onwards you’ll have all your abilities and spend the most time training or bossing. These ratings can be used alongside a MapleStory class quiz with a few available to help you narrow down your class choice.

    • Mobbing: Mobbing directly impacts your training speed and how easy you can clear a particular training map. These days most classes have been designed with a reliable mob attack although some still lack height or reach on these attacks that make some of the best MapleStory training maps out of reach. It can also impact the likes of Meso rates that you can expect to obtain that are particularly important on the Reboot server. A good mobber is also likely to have good mobility and DPS which are also rated seperately.
    • Bossing: The other side of the core MapleStory gameplay is bossing which is primarily done solo until the late game bosses. A good bossing character kit means they are capable of holding their own in these fights by having targeted powerful attacks, invincibility in their skills (i-frames) or even passive IED. Strong bossing classes in MapleStory are likely to have high DPS and utility which are rated separately as well.
    • Mobility: Mobility has always been the top of my list in importance and why I played an Assassin/Night Lord in the early days of MapleStory as they were one of the few character paths that offered speed boosts (Haste) and a double jump (Flash Jump) at the time. These days the MapleStory character meta has changed to where all classes have some form of mobility skill. That being said there is still a vast gap between the best mobility characters with multiple movement options vertically and horizontally while others might be limited to one.
    • DPS: Some players love to see big numbers on their MapleStory screen as they output high DPS. This is rated based on overall damage per second of both burst and off burst. If damage is your primary interest in a class then this should be the driver of your best MapleStory class decision. There are a number of DPS charts online that are regularly updated that you can refer to for further detail.
    • Utility: A factor towards the end of your MapleStory adventure where utility is key to late game bosses characters with utility can buff themselves and their allies. That being said there are plenty of utility skills that are useful outside of bossing with the likes of spawn enhancers, map wide attacks and summons.
    • Funding: This is a rating of how much funding a character needs to reach their full potential and also an element of cost to get there. This is primarily driven by how much damage comes from their equipment versus their skills (active and passive). Popular classes also often have higher funding costs as there is more demand for their weapons and other equipment on the Auction House. This may be an important rating if you are looking for the best unfunded class in MapleStory.
    • Pre-Level 200: This is a general rating of the characters ability to reach level 200 to help you determine the effort involved to reach the mid game or for the purposes of training Links and Legion characters. Higher rated characters here can seamlessly handle themselves along the way and don’t rely on picking up significant items along the way or themselves rely on assistance from account bonuses.
    • Complexity: The difference between the early MapleStory classes and current iterations are dramatic. On the simple end of the scale you’ll be using only a few attacking skills and not need any combos for maximum damage while at the complex end you’ll have different gauges to manage and have to use your skills in the correct order.

MapleStory Best Class Tier List

All classes below are rated on a S-D (S>A>B>C>D) tier rating based on the categories listed above in comparison to each other in alphabetical order. S tier is considered best in all circumstances, B is average while D is the worst. Complexity is rated on an alternative High (H), Medium (M), Low (L) scale.

Class Mobbing Bossing Mobility Utility Funding Pre-200 Complexity
Adele S S A B S S M
Angelic Buster A A S D A A M
Aran B B A C A A M
Ark A A S A B S M
Battle Mage B C B S C A H
Beast Tamer B C S A D S M
Bishop D C C S B A L
Blaster C A S D A A H
Blaze Wizard B A A C B A H
Bowmaster B B B C B B L
Buccaneer B A A B C C L
Cadena A A A B C A M
Cannoneer A A A C B B L
Corsair C B B D B B M
Dark Knight C A B C A C L
Dawn Warrior B A B B A A M
Demon Avenger D C A B A C L
Demon Slayer A A A C A A M
Dual Blade C S A C A B M
Evan A B C C C B H
Fire/Poison Arch Mage B B C D B C M
Hayato A A A C A B M
Hero C S B C A C L
Hoyoung A S A B A A H
Ice/Lightning Arch Mage S C C B S A L
Illium A B A C C A M
Jett B C S D C A L
Kain B B A C B A M
Kaiser C A B C B B L
Kanna S C B S S S M
Kinesis A B B B C A M
Luminous S A B C A A L
Marksman B B B C B D L
Mechanic A C A B C B M
Mercedes C B B B B D H
Mihile C B C B B B L
Night Lord A S B D B B M
Night Walker B A S B B C H
Paladin C A B S B B M
Pathfinder A B B B S A L
Phantom B B A B D B M
Shade C B A S A B L
Shadower A C B B B B M
Thunder Breaker S B A C S S H
Wild Hunter A B B B C A L
Wind Archer B A B B C A L
Xenon A D S B B A L
Zero A B S S B C M


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.

Sam has played MapleStory since beta with thousands of Steam hours played and regularly returns to the game for the MMO progression curve, boss challenges and community it offers. His favourite class is his level 226 Night Lord for its fast ranged attacks and solo boss potential who is currently exploring the ends of the Arcane River while building up Legion characters on the Scania server.


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