Know Your Enemy
Fortunately for beginners, the creatures found in and around Maple Island, the gameÂ’s training island, are relatively few in number and not that dangerous, which gives them all the breathing space they need to start to develop their characters in relative peace. When youÂ’re feeling more confident and experienced, or perhaps part of a group of fellow adventurers eager to rack up the experience points and Mesos quota, higher level monsters can be found wandering the maps of Victoria Island. The really nasty, highly dangerous monsters patrol around the central area of the Island where the dungeon is, and for boss action, Ossyria is the place to try your luck. In fact there are four fearsomely cute bosses awaiting you there, so itÂ’s not a place for the feint hearted.
Each monster has its own unique behavior and attack patterns: some will head straight for nearby players, while others take a less aggressive stance. Equally, some attacks and skills are more effective against certain monsters than others, meaning itÂ’s up to players to figure out how best to tackle each individual monster. Of course, learning when not to take a monster on is just as important: if the fight isnÂ’t going well, itÂ’s time to back off as every time your character dies you stand to lose a hefty chunk of your precious experience points.
Some of MapleStory's monsters look like butter wouldnÂ’t melt in their mouths Â– even the names are cute: Blue Snail, Orange Mushroom, Ribbon Pig, Green Slime Â– but donÂ’t be fooled: they wonÂ’t think twice about rushing straight in to drain your health bar. The important thing to learn is that, although youÂ’ll often come away battered and bruised from your encounters with some of the gameÂ’s more dastardly foes, itÂ’s always worth the effort because of the invaluable experience points gained. The trick is to be prepared for those instances: plenty of health and magic potions and a little help from your friends can get you through even the tightest spot.
To help players work out which encounters to take on, monsters, like players, are categorised by experience level. While the level 1-10 monsters shouldnÂ’t pose too much of a problem for beginners, those in the level 51-60 category are best left until players have accumulated a good level of experience. Players are encouraged to Â‘trainÂ’ by finding an area full of monsters of a similar level before spending time racking up the experience points. To help out, certain maps in MapleStory are designated Â‘training areasÂ’. Here monsters have a very fast respawn time (the time taken for a defeated monster to reappear), ensuring a never ending flow of sword-fodder. However, these areas can get busy, meaning youÂ’re often competing with other players for kills, as much as you are with the monsters.
Beyond experience, the best thing about taking down monsters is the presents they randomly leave behind afterwards. These usually consist of small amounts of Mesos, but monsters sometimes drop items as well. What gets dropped is completely random, although itÂ’s usually proportionate to the monsterÂ’s level. Most often itÂ’s a special item required to complete specific quests, or an ingredient to make a more powerful item, but if youÂ’re lucky, a lower level monster might drop a really valuable and powerful piece of equipment from time to time. Even more reason to hunt down every monster you see!
There are three ways to harvest Mesos in MapleStory: Drops from the monsters you kill, taking on one of the many in-game quests (either on your own or as part of a party of friends), and buying/trading items. The dropping rate in MapleStory is fairly random and thereÂ’s no way of getting around this - other than relying on your luck setting. Obviously if youÂ’re really lucky youÂ’ll be rewarded with more drops and opposite is true if your luck rating is low. ItÂ’s worth noting that by taking on and defeating different monsters youÂ’ll improve the rate at which you stack up the Mesos. Getting involved in many of the gameÂ’s quests is a fun way to pass the time in MapleStory and a sure-fire way of racking up even more of those precious Mesos as well as gaining lots of experience to level up quicker. Buying/trading items is a worthwhile and profitable skill that every Mapler should take time to learn that, if done correctly, will make you rich pretty quickly. The golden rule is to buy cheap and sell high! ItÂ’s simple, really.