Pirate-Brawler Guide

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The guide on this page was created for an older and outdated version of Maplestory and is now inaccurate to the current gameplay and no longer deemed useful. Please do not edit or delete this article.

This is a guide for Brawlers by MapleMario. I will be continually updating this guide as I train my pirate to tip you on what to do. I'm currently playing on my third brawler.

Pirate Promotional Image

Why pick brawler?

  • It is decent in all jobs. Magicians are highly early-job-biased, while gunslingers and hunters are highly late-job-biased. Brawlers are more all-around.
  • Has moderate amounts of HP and MP. Slightly lower HP than a warrior, significantly higher MP than a warrior.
  • Brawlers get a mob-attack first job Somersault Kick. Unlike gunslingers, brawlers can hit well with this skill because STR is their primary stat.
  • Brawlers get a transform in third job, which allows them to use cool skills.
  • Brawlers are highly stun-oriented, and they get a critical skill third job that affects stunned monsters (Stun Mastery).

Maple Island

AP Build: automatically generated.

Icon Skill Name Description Type Mastered Element Prerequisites
ThreeSnails.gif Three Snails Hurls snail shells to attack monsters from long distance. Active 3 x -
Recovery.gif Recovery Enables the user to recover HP constantly for 30 sec. Supportive 3 x -
NimbleFeet.gif Nimble Feet Enables the character to move around quickly for a short amount of time. Supportive 3 x -
Blessing of the Sprite.png Blessing of the Fairy Skill Point will increase by 1 when the related character reaches above Lv.10. Supportive 20 x -
Empress's Blessing.png Empress's Blessing Grants 1 skill level for every 5 levels your highest level Cygnus character has. Between Blessing of the Fairy and Empress's Blessing, the higher increase is applied. Supportive 30 x -
Link Manager.png Link Manager Allows you to manage your Link Skills, either by sharing with other characters on your account, or by choosing which skills to use on this character. Supportive 1 x Must reach level 10.
Echo of Hero.png Echo of Hero Increase weapon attack and magic attack on all players around. Supportive 1 x Must be a level 200.
Maple Return.png Maple Return Return to Maple Island. Supportive 1 x Must reach 2nd Job.
Will of the Alliance.png Will of the Alliance Strong force is released according to the Willpower of the Alliance. Passive 1 x Complete The Birth of an Alliance.

SP Build:
Level 2: +1 Nimble Feet NimbleFeet.gif
Level 3: +1 Nimble Feet NimbleFeet.gif
Level 4: +1 Nimble Feet (MAX) NimbleFeet.gif
Level 5: +1 Three Snails ThreeSnails.gif
Level 6: +1 Three Snails ThreeSnails.gif
Level 7: +1 Three Snails (MAX) ThreeSnails.gif

Training Spots:
Levels 1-10. Do all Maple Island quests. Do the first couple of quests until you get to the woman that gives you the letter to take to the chief of Amherst. Then, go to Amherst and do Rain's Maple Quiz and start Pio's Collecting Recycled Goods. Continue going to the rightmost portal, cracking open all the crates that you see. When you pass by the Chief, talk to him. Finish the woman's quest and get his training recommendation. Continue going to the rightmost portal, still breaking the crates. Once you get to Mai, do all her trainings. If you ever come across a crate, break it open (do this until you have 5 of each item for Pio's quest). Anyways, by the time you're done, Mai tells you to go to Bari. First, stop by the Chief again; he will reward you with experience and a recommendation letter. Then, go talk to Pio to finish the quest, and do the next quest (it consists mainly of talking to him). Finally, make your way to the crossroads (A Split Road) between Southperry and Amherst, go into the Southperry portal and do Bari's training. If you're still level 9 once you finish his quest, try the map In a Small Forest (the top-middle portal in the map with Bari). It has loads of orange mushrooms on the bottom floor. Then go right to Southperry and make it to Victoria Island.
These tips should help you make it out of Maple Island in record time.

First Job: Pirate

First Job Brawler-Pirate

AP Build:
STR = Everything that doesn't go into DEX
DEX = Your level
INT = 4
LUK = 4


Icon Skill Name Description Type Mastered Use
Bullet Time.png Bullet Time Increases accuracy and avoidability. Passive 20 Gives you accuracy needed to hit some monsters.
Straight.png Flash Fist Uses MP to speed up the punch to rapidly attack enemies. Active 20 Your primary first job single target attack, though it gets replaced quickly.
Somersault Kick.png Somersault Kick A devastating kick that accompanies a backward somersault. Attacks all enemies in the vicinity. Active 20 Your primary mobbing skill in first job. This is also your primary training skill for 20-30.
Double Fire.png Double Shot Fires two bullets at once to apply double damage to monsters. Active 20 Useless for a brawler.
Dash.png Dash Press left or right arrow twice to temporarily boost speed and jumping ability. Active 10 Very useful for traveling. (This skill can be assigned to a hotkey)

SP Build:

1. 10 Straight.png Flash Fist
2. 1 Dash.png Dash or 11 Straight.png Flash Fist
3. 11 Somersault Kick.png Sommersault Kick (gets you to 5 mobs)
4. 10 Bullet Time.png Bullet Time (get 15 if you plan to KPQ early)
5. 20 Somersault Kick.png Sommersault Kick
6. 20 Bullet Time.png Bullet Time
7. 10 Dash.png Dash or 20 Straight.png Flash Fist
8. 11 Straight.png Flash Fist or 1 Double Fire.png Double Shot

Build notes: The reason I put maxing flash fist into parentheses is that flash fist is quickly replaced in second job, whereas dash is useful forever. Note: some people will say don't get dash because it can get annoying if you accidentally double-tap an arrow key and activate it. First off, I don't really see how that can get annoying. Oh no, I'm wasting trivial amounts of MP! Second off, if you're careful that'll never happen. The reason for 1 in Double Shot is because 1 dash is really pointless, and if you're really adamant about maxing flash fist you won't want dash at all.

   Just making a statement here, the lookout for accidanitly double-tapping and activating dash is because it deletes haste, which will then need to be recasted.

^ Just about every gunslinger maxes the skill and they don't seem to have any complaints about it, so how could it be any more bothersome to a brawler? Obviously the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, otherwise a lot more slingers would be putting points into FF instead of maxing dash.
Level 10. Immediately after your job advancement, go back to Lith Harbor and do Leader Al's first quest (he just talks a lot and gives you 1500 exp). This should level you to 11.
Levels 11-15. Do the hunt and collect quests that involve ribbon pigs and pigs. Do these at the same time as your beginner pirate's training quests. (Or HPQ)
Levels 15-18. Caution Falling Down
Levels 18-2x. Final training quest (where you kill 10 green mushrooms), and all the quests that follow. The ones after you get Crocell Hat are optional, but get the Crocell Hat. It's really good.
Levels 2x-30. Sand rats/scorpions at Sahel 1/2/3. (If you get really bored, try Dark Sand Dwarves in the leftmost or rightmost portal in Sahel 2. They have a magic attack and aren't great hp/exp, but they have a phenomenal spawn rate.) (Or KPQ)

Second Job: Brawler

Note: I don't have a high-level brawler yet so my advice isn't personal. However, I've taken the time to collect it from a variety of sources, so it's not off the top of my head!
AP Build: Same as first job build; DEX = level, all the rest goes into STR. (In second job you might want to think about capping DEX.)


Icon Skill Name Description Type Mastered Element Prerequisites
HP Boost.png HP Boost Permanently increases Max HP. Passive 10 x -
Dark Clarity Skill.png Dark Clarity Calms your heart to provide a temporary increase to Weapon Attack and Accuracy. Supportive 20 x -
Knuckle Mastery.png Knuckle Mastery Increases the weapon mastery and accuracy of knuckles. Passive 10 x -
Tornado Uppercut2.png
Tornado Uppercut.png
Tornado Uppercut
Energy Vortex
Tornado Uppercut: Performs a fast uppercut that creates a wild tornado and attacks enemies. When the energy is charged fully, you create a stronger Energy Vortex that travels further.
Energy Vortex: Create a wild energy vortex to attack enemies.
Active 10 x -
Spinning Punch.png Corkscrew Blow Allows you to punch multiple monsters at once with energized fist. Active 20 x -
Energy Charge.png Energy Charge Charges up your energy while attacking. When the energy is fully charged, your body strengthens and you have a chance to enter Power Stance. Uses energy instead of MP when using most attack skills. Receives only half the effect when charging energy. Passive 1 x -
Physical Training.png Physical Training Permanently improves STR and DEX through sheer physical training. Passive 5 x -
Knuckle Booster.png Knuckle Booster Doubles the attack speed of your weapon. Must have knuckles equipped. Supportive 10 x Knuckle Mastery Lv. 5
Perseverance.png Perseverance Recovers HP and MP over time. Passive 10 x -

SP Build:
Level 30. 1 MaxHP
Levels 31-33. 3 MaxHP (MAX)
Level 34. 1 CSB, 2 Mastery
Levels 35-40. 3 Mastery (MAX)
Levels 41-42. 3 Booster (6)
Levels 43-48. 3 CSB (19)
Level 49. 1 CSB (MAX), 2 DU
Levels 50-55. 3 DU (MAX)
Levels 56-61. 3 BSB (18)
Level 62. 2 BSB (MAX), 1 Booster (7)
Levels 63-66. 3 Booster (19)
Level 67. 1 Booster (MAX), 1 MP Recovery
Levels 68-70. 3 MP Recovery (MAX)

End result: Maxed Improving MaxHP, Corkscrew Blow, Knuckle Mastery, Knuckle Booster, Double Uppercut, Backspin Blow, MP Recovery, and 1 Oak Barrel.
Build notes: No oak barrel maxing because it's basically Dark Sight with a fail rate.
In addition, you can put 1 SP into corkscrew blow before you start improving MaxHP, as you'd only lose 20 HP or so and it's really fun to play with.

Training: Levels 30-40. CPQ is your best bet. Sakura Cellions if you want to take a break, these are pretty OK exp and have the drops of a 5x while having the stats of a 3x.
Levels 40-50. CPQ is still pretty good. If you're funded/rich, try Truckers. Great mobs and great spawn. You can also try Golems in Sleepy Dungeon IV. (Straw Target Dummies are another option.)
Levels 50-80. MP3
Levels 50-60. Truckers, Voodoos/Hoodoos, LMPQ if you get tired of grinding.
Levels 60-70. Voodoos/Hoodoos, LMPQ if you get tired.

Third Job: Marauder

Note: This SP build is taken from a variety of online sources, but still isn't completely figured out. The exact levels for certain skills at certain times aren't perfect, and neither is the order. However, it is a working build.
AP Build: Same as before.


Icon Skill Name Description Type Mastered Element Prerequisites
Stun Mastery.png Stun Mastery Critical Rate increases when attacking stunned enemies. Attacks also have a chance to stun targets Passive 10 -
Supercharge.png Supercharge Enhances the effects of Energy Charge like energy charge amount and max energy when attacking. Also charges twice the energy when attacking a boss. Supportive 20 x -
Energy Burst.png Energy Burst
Hedgehog Buster
Energy Burst: Ignites the energy to attack multiple enemies nearby. Has a chance to stun enemies. When energy is fully charged, you can use an enhanced Hedgehog Buster with better range and speed.
Hedgehog Buster: Ignites the energy to attack multiple nearby enemies. Has a chance to stun enemies.
Active 20 x -
Precision Strikes.png Precision Strikes Increases Critical Rate and critical damage. Additional Critical Rate against bosses. Passive 10 x -
Roll of the Dice.png Roll of the Dice Test your luck! Roll a dice to get a random Buff. Roll a 1 and you get nothing. Supportive 20 x -
Admiral's Wings.png Admiral's Wings Focus on defensive maneuvers for a temporary boost to defense. Supportive 10 x -
Static Thumper Mar.png Static Thumper Hits the ground to cause a shockwave that pierces through multiple enemies. When the energy is fully charged, it increases damage. Active 20 x -
Spiral Assault.png Spiral Assault Summon the soul of a super human to charge enemies and knock them back. Links with Corkscrew Blow. Active 20 x -

SP Build:
1. Energy charge to a decent level (5? 8? 10?)
2. Max Energy Blast, Energy Drain
3. Max Charge
4. Max Stun Mastery
5. Max Transform
6. 21 Shockwave or Max Oak Barrel+Rest into SW


29 Aug, 2010. Summer's almost over! Added more reasons to use dash, or rather, more reasons not to not use Dash.
01 Jan, 2010. Happy New Year! I added a rough outline for the Marauder skill build.
28 Nov, 2009. Not a guide update but I started my first Thunder Breaker, DrFranklin on Khaini.
26 Nov, 2009. Happy Thanksgiving! Completely rewrote Maple Island section to be more in-depth and step-by-step.
25 Nov, 2009. Put this guide under the Brawler Guides section on the Pirate page.
24 Nov, 2009. Added a few images.
23 Nov, 2009. Added second job guide.
22 Nov, 2009. Created this guide, added Maple Island and first job.

End Notes/Disclaimers

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