Pre Big Bang
Victoria Island is the main continent of Maplestory. It is also the largest, and holds a vast number of unique monsters. While having many weak monsters (such as red, blue & green snails), it also has many stronger ones in the dungeon, including the mighty Jr. Balrog.
About Victoria Island
Victoria Island is the largest and most important continent in MapleStory. There are three other continents, including Maple Island, Masteria and Ossyria. It is also home to a island called Florina Beach, accessiable via Lith Harbour, Orbis and Ludibrium.
There are six towns in Victoria Island, four of which are suited for a specific class.
List of towns
Lith Harbor is the town the Beginners will arrive in when taking the airship from Southperry. The shops in this town carry lots of beginner's equipment. There is a ship here which will take you to Florina Beach.
Ellinia is the Magician town where beginners can become magicians and magicians can achieve their second job advancement. Ellinia is the only town on Victoria Island besides Lith Harbor that doesn't contain a passage to the dungeon; it does, however, have its own tree dungeons widely used by all classes. You can take the skyboat to Ossyria from here.
Kerning City is the Thief town where beginners can become thieves and thieves can progress to their second job advancement. Kerning City is the home of the Kerning City Party Quests and contains the entrance to a very challenging route to the dungeon.
Henesys is the Bowman town. It's the easiest town to reach by walking from Lith Harbor, and has several hunting grounds for low level players to train. It's arguably the biggest town on Victoria: it has a hair salon, tan salon, weapons, armour and jewellry store, potion/miscellaneous store, game area, large free market, a park, a hidden street leading to the Mushmom, and a petpark.
Sleepywood is inside the Dungeon of Victoria and is by far the hardest town to reach on the island. Sleepywood contains no job advancements, but it has a few NPCs, a healing sauna with a shop, and a mysterious statue. There is a shoemaker by the name of Chrishrama who crafts boots and shoes for all jobs. Sleepywood contains the entrance to a long and dangerous path into the heart of Victoria's dungeon that's full of relatively high level monsters.
Post Big Bang
The layout of Victoria Island was almost completely altered by the Big Bang, and most of the monsters had their levels changed. It is still home to the five Explorer classes (or six, if you include Dual Blades), as well as Evan.
There are six main towns on Victoria Island, four of which are home to job instructors. All can be accessed through the Six Path Crossway. There are also several smaller areas that contain a few NPCs and shops but are not proper towns.
Lith Harbor is one of the first places newly created Explorers visit. Its shops sell items for beginners, and the monsters in the area are all very weak.
Like Lith Harbor, Sleepywood is not associated with any one class. However, the towns are opposite in almost every other way -- where Lith Harbor is designed for beginners, Sleepywood is home to the strongest monsters on Victoria Island.
Another town was added in the Legends patch for the new Hero class, Mercedes.