Meso

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The meso (pl. mesos) is the virtual currency used in the game. It is used either to buy items from NPCs or to trade with other players. Mesos are obtained through quests, by killing monsters, and through commerce with NPCs or other players.

Description

Mesos can come in various forms including the most basic and cheap bronze coin, then the gold coin, next a bundle of cash, and then a sack of gold.

Bronzecoin2qn.png Bronze Coin - 10-49 mesos

Gold Meso.png Gold Coin - 50-99 mesos

Bundlecash.png Bundle of Cash - 100-999 mesos

Bag Meso.png Sack of Gold - 1000-50000 mesos

You cannot drop more than 50000 Mesos at one time. Saying this, you also cannot drop less than 10 Mesos at one time. You can earn lots of mesos, allowing you to spend it on necessities for your character. You shouldn't waste mesos! The limit of mesos you can hold is 2,147,483,647(2^31-1), but there is a storage NPC in each town for you to store mesos in.

Earning Mesos

Are you short on mesos? Need funding to purchase your next equipment? Looking for a way to gain mesos faster? This short guide will list some of the do's and do not's of meso earning for each class.

All Classes

  • Do Winston's Fossil Dig-up quest. The 30K mesos obtained are a considerable amount for the level (21).
  • Do the quest Alex the Runaway Kid. The level 25/30 earrings obtained saves you from buying earrings at that level.
  • Do the quest Fairy's Horn Flute at levels 30-40, as it will give Blue Moon Earrings. This will save you from buying earrings at level 40.
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  • Do pick up all drops, as they can be sold.
  • Do the quests "To The New World", "Jane the Alchemist", "Subani's Legacy", and "Peace At Eos Tower" at level 40. These quests will give good rewards, boosting your mesos by a large sum. All 3 quests can give a 60% Scroll for Gloves for Attack, which sells for 15~42 million mesos (the actual price depends on the server you are on)
  • Do the quests that give you EOS and Orbis tower scrolls. EOS scrolls sell for 20k-100k each, and Orbis scrolls 75k-200k.
  • Do the quest Terminating The Dark Force, which is the final sequel to the quest The Ore of Dark Crystal. Although the dark crystal ores might be pricey, they are worth the overall scrolls.
  • Do Party Quests. Especially for Ludibrium Party Quest, because you may recieve great prizes, such as Capes, Earrings and Scrolls. However, make sure that you can survive through Alishar otherwise you can't receive those items. The Kerning City Party Quest (lvl 21-30) is also very good, because it occasionally provides overall and glove scrolls, and enough potions so that you rarely have to buy any.
  • Do keep your solid horns or foxtails or anything that can be used for the exhange quest. people will buy them at a higher price as compared to the NPC.
  • Do keep your money in the bank to refrain from buying unnecessary things.
  • Do not beg for mesos, it gives people the impression that you are a poor MapleStory player. Some players will get very annoyed when asked for mesos and you might get a defame instead.
  • Do not sell your ores to NPCs. Instead find someone on the free market and sell it. 100/150 mesos for an ore isn't worth it. Neither should you sell those 1-meso items, chances are, they are worth decent amounts in the market (eg. Omoks, Monster Cards and Scrolls).
  • Do not do the Showa Exchange Quest, as the pay rates are not worth it at all.
  • Do kill fake bosses that spawn during events. The cakes that they can drop sell for 2k-4k each.
  • Do Train on Leprechauns as soon as you can hit them. Not only do they drop a ton of meso and Lucky Charms (you can trade 30 of them for 100,000 mesos from the quest Fool's Gold level 40+), but they also drop Steely Throwing-Knives which can sell for around 3 mill. a set. Also, they don't actually move, so you can only receive damage by walking into them. However, sometimes they may stun you.

Thieves

(Claw Thieves)-So, you are constantly refilling stars, also buying MP/HP pots, and you have scrolls/equips/etc. to buy. So, seems tough enough. Well here are some small tips that may help you:

  • Try not buying only 1 of a "really good star". For example, don't buy 1 steely only unless you can buy lots of them, it would be recommended to buy more Tobis instead.
  • Even with that said, don't buy a bunch of subis, for the only hold 500, more stronger stars tend to hold more but you should buy stars that are in the middle. The most recommended sets are Tobis.
  • Despite being weaker, icicles actually cost more to recharge compared to tobis. Try not to use the fanciful stars (wooden tops, snowballs, icicles) as the recharge costs tend to be steeper.
  • As soon as a hermit hits fourth job and gets 1 Spirit Claw, sell all your stars and buy 1 set of Ilbis and Hwabis if you can get your hands on them. Spirit Claw allows you to forget all your other stars.
    • note from player: Keep whatever stars you're using because Spirit Claw drains 200 stars each time you use it, so if you sell all you'll end up recharging a lot!
  • If you are unfunded. You can go to Showa Town to purchase Orange or Paper Planes that cost only 100k. It has a Weapon Attack of +20. So, it is quite a good star for a low-leveled unfunded assasins.
  • Note from player:If you want to recharge the paper planes or oranges,you must go back to Showa town.

Bowmen

Don't buy arrows from players, since they take more money than they're worth. A arrow can be bought for 1 meso each in the store or made by obtaining 1 prosessed wood (10 tree branches/5 firewood) and 1 stiff feather. Don't use upgraded arrows (Bronze arrows) for training. Anyway when you obtain bronze arrows sell them if you want pretty easy and fast cash sell 100 of these arrows for about 1k-5k.

Magician

Ice Lightning Mage:
An Ice Lightning mage with their cold beam at level 15 will find fire boars a valuable source of money. At that level, you should be able to kill fire boars in one hit. Ice/Lightning mages should try not to use Lightning Bolt to train at early levels as the MP cost is very high.
Edit from another I/L: Sakura Cellions (found in Amoria) give a lot of mesos, 237-346 a kill. When your Cold Beam is strong enough to 1 hit them, then you'll be making a LOT of money and the exp is pretty good. But I started around level 35, and rocketed to level 50. I have 9 milllion mesos now. Plus, they drop a scroll occasionally and drop npcable equips fairly often. (Like zards which npc for a whooping 180k and sometimes equips for your own class.) You will never lose money here, even if you can only 3-4 hit them.edit:be carfull though even if they are easy,there are WAY too much crystal boars and indigo eyes.so what ever you do be carefull if your on the same platform and you shot the other monsters.

Cleric:
Note from a player: Newer clerics with a decent level of heal and at least one level of MP eater, they can start training with nightmares, and you'll basically be earning money for like forever. Because Nightmares have 2000 mp, so you'll need few mp pots. And your heal would heal you and damage the monster [ as Nightmares are weak to holy]. So you'd be making money to the top!

Clerics level 43+ with maxed heal should utilize the monkey forest or monkey swamp. Zombie lupins give good drops, exp, and you can mob them up and heal attack them. They drop nice amounts of meso too, and cursed dolls can sell for a nice profit. Zombie lupins are sort of like an upgraded fireboar but for Clerics. Once you get to level 55+, go to coolie zombies in El Nath, and stay there until level 77. They give an incredible amount of mesos and a fantastic rate of drops. In actual fact, Clerics should NOT be losing mesos.

AoE (Area of Effect) When dealing with Area of Effect moves like explosion or thunderbolt, you will save a lot of mesos by sniping mobs instead of jumping into them and attacking. The main advantage of AoEs are their ability to assail monsters, yet giving the mobs no chance of reaching the caster.

Pirate

- It is best to train on Ligators for they have over 100 mesos and decent exp. - Leprechaun 1s are also good.

Inflation

Like any real world currency, the MapleStory economy is subject to the same flow; because monsters provide an essentially unlimited supply of mesos, the value of the meso has decreased over time. Natural deflation occurs whenever players purchase items from NPCs, or when players who hold mesos no longer participate in the economy, or with an increase in population (not necessarily changing the hands of mesos, but affecting an average income) but mesos are generally created faster than the population can increase to even them out. This leads to continual price rises of various items.

To curb inflation, Nexon provides ample opportunities to begin anew on new servers, yet these new servers ultimately fall victim to the same problems as their predecessors; so, in order to curb inflation on individual servers, Nexon utilizes an escalating tax system in trading, deliveries, and player shops. This has implications for trading; because one can trade in installments to evade taxes, new opportunities for scamming have emerged, as well as disputes regarding the number of mesos one recieves.

Meso Guides

MapleWiki has an excellent selection of guides to offer on the subject of earning Mesos. Here are a list of them: