The Perma Beginner 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The guide on this page was created for an older and outdated version of Maplestory and is now inaccurate to the current gameplay and no longer deemed useful.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.

First select your job as an Adventurer. Then you basically follow through the quests on Maple Island. This is where the two "types" of Perma Beginners forms.

There is a Islander; they stay at Maple Island. They should not complete the final part of Mai's Training Quest
And then there is the Off-Islander; Permanent Beginner!

If you want, you can stay on Maple Island and train on an assortment of snails, mushrooms, stumps, and pigs. Or, if you would rather go to Victoria Island, talk to Shanks around level 10 and leave. Staying on Maple Island makes it very hard to train, but around level 20, you should be able to kill Orange Mushrooms and Pigs in one hit. If you can stick it out and train on those for the rest of your character's life, you will become one of the strongest characters ever on Maple Island.(Try and beat Lv. 66 on Maple Island! It's possible!)
Note: With the release of MTS and Remote Gachapon, making an Islander is easier than ever before! (Galicia has a booming Islander population, while Khaini has a reviving one)

Training for Perma Beginners

Once you leave Maple Island, you're all on your own now. You are no longer training on a selection of monsters, but you now have to pick from hundreds dozens!

But remember, if you are going to become a perma-beginner, training might be slow for you, and it will get slower as you attain higher levels.

With the launch of Big Bang in December 2010, training spots drastically changed, as new (and better) options became available to the earlier levels. However the later levels have become somewhat harder (due to low damage rates against high HP).

Levels 10-15 Orange Mushroom, Green Mushroom & Horny Mushroom, Octopus, Party Quest (Henesys)
Levels 15-20 Jr. Wraith & Wraith, Blue Ribbon Pig, Axe Stump & Dark Axe Stump, Wild Boar
Levels 20-25 Stone Golem & Dark Stone Gollem, Wild Boar, Kerning Party Quest (KPQ is solely for $$, no longer good Exp)
Levels 25-30 Cold Eye & Curse Eye, Dark Stone Golem, Stopnow Party Quest (Ariant Coliseum) (Rarely used), Kerning PQ
Levels 30-35 Fire Boar, Wooden Masks and Rocky Masks at Excavation Site III, Monster Carnival
Levels 35-40 Monster Carnival, Party Quest (Ludibrium) (Rarely used), Cloud Fox, Wooden Mask & Rocky Mask,
Levels 40-50 Renegade Mushroom & Poison Mushroom, various Singapore monsters, Ligator, This is where 75% of Beginners quit, so yes it does get hard!
Levels 50-60 Sakura Cellion, Small Orbis Kittens, Ligator, various at Kerning City Square, Trucker.
Levels 60-70 Ratz & Black Ratz, Retz, Nightmare, Zombie Lupin, Big Orbis Cats, Trucker, Brown Teddy
Levels 70-80 Panda Teddy, Trucker, Toy Trojan (Good maps)), Black Ratz & Retz again or Big Orbis Cats (Burn loads of pots)
Levels 80-90 Nightmare, Trucker, Wild Cargo, Panda Teddy, Drumming Bunny, Toy Trojan, or Voodoo and Hoodoo, possibly Scuba Pepe
Levels 90-100 Scuba Pepe, Truckers and Windraider/"raiders"
Level 100+ Windraider, Selkie Jr. (Pot burner>, Jr. Cactus, Tic Tock, Trucker,

After Level 85 there is no realistic way of training, and generally people rely on leeching to level themselves, although it is expensive, so you need to be funded or be a good merchant in order to get enough money for leech.. but after Big Bang, several older spots have been bumped up to the high tiers. But their EXP to HP ratio is very poor, making leveling still hard. Try not to rely on PQs so much, as you are very weak, unless you have good damage, good equips, and perseverance.

Weapons for Perma Beginners

Weapons can be a problem for permanent beginners. They get harder to find as they continue to level higher and higher. Here is a list of weapons that beginners can use:

One-Handed Swords:

Old Gladius, Green Umbrella, Sword, Maple Flag, Stars and Stripes Pumpkin Basket, Long Sword, Red Whip, Maple Sword, Maple Soul Singer, Maple Umbrella, Yellow Umbrella, Beige Umbrella, Pig Herding Stick, Maplemas Lights, Stirge on a String, Glowing Whip, Maple Glory Sword, Red Umbrella, and Black Umbrella.

Two-Handed Swords:

Wooden Baseball Bat, Aluminium Baseball Bat, Thermometer, Pumpkin Lantern, and Japanese Map

One-Handed Axes:

Chief Axe, Hand Axe, Double Axe, Green Paint Brush, Black Paint Brush, and Hula Hoop.

One-Handed Blunt Weapons:

Wooden Club, Blue Flowery Tube, Leather Purse, Hard Briefcase, Red Flowery Tube, Plunger, Lollipop, Purple Tube, Black Tube, Yellow Duck Tube, White Duck Tube, Red Brick, Emergency Rescue Tube, Colorful Tube. and Pig Illustrated.

Daggers:

Razor, Fruits Knife, Fan, Liu Bei Dagger, Plastic Bottle, Korean Fan, Christmas Tree, Fan, and Kebob.

Spears:

Fish Spear, Pumpkin Spear, Red Ski, Orange Ski, Green Ski, Sky Ski, Maplemas Tree, Bamboo Spear, Fishing Pole

Pole Arms:

Sky Snowboard, Aqua Snowboard, Silver Snowboard, Gold Snowboard, Dark Snowboard, Blood Snowboard,Frozen Tuna, Surfboard, Maroon Mop, Blue Valentine Rose, Red Valentine Rose, Yellow Valentine Rose, White Valentine Rose, Maple Snowboard, Versalmas Cactus, Super Snowboard, Tsunami Wave, Bullseye Board and Blizzard Polearm.

Wands:

Wooden Wand, Hardwood Wand, Metal Wand, Streetlight, Heart Staff (classified as a wand), Heart Wand. (Using wands for Perma Beginners is not advised)

This is a current list of weapons that beginners can use. (5th of August, 2010)

Reccomended weapons

Over recent years, the amount of weapons available to a Beginner has expanded. But with so many weapons at your disposal, here is a guide to help you determine which weapon will work most efficiently for training.
The Frozen Tuna is extremely rare as of 2010, and therefore is no longer included in the recommendation guide.

These are a few recommended weapons listed here: Please note that the availability of certain items (Roses, Tubes, Surfboards) will vary by server and season.

Lowly Funded/Unfunded

Lowly funded is considered having 100K or less. Unfunded is starting from scratch with 0 mesos.
0-10: Starting weapon, and Razor
10-15: Long Sword, Double Axe, or keep your current weapon.
15-20: Leather Purse at Henesys Weapon Shop, or Red Brick at Show Town
20-25: Hard Briefcase at Henesys Weapon Shop or Fish Spear at Showa Town
25-30: Plunger at Kerning City Weapon Shop, Red Flowery Tube, or Pig Illustrated
30-40: Korean Fan, or Aluminum Baseball Bat at Showa Town
40-50: Continue using your Korean Fan, or Purple Tube
50-60: Emergency Rescue Tube
You should be funded enough by know to follow the regularly funded guide.

Regularly Funded

Regularly funded is considered 1,000,000 mesos or less (at starting point), or using equips from your main.
0-10: Your maple island weapon
10-15: The Stars and Stripes, Aqua Snowboard, or Red Valentine Rose
15-20: Gold Surfboard
20-25: Fish Spear or White Valentine Rose
25-30: Pumpkin Spear, Maplemas Lights, or Pig Illustrated
30-35: Versalmas Cactus or Surfboard
35-40: Red Whip, Gold Surfboard, or Maple Sword
40-45: Beige Umbrella, Maple Soul Singer
45-50: Hula Hoop or Black Umbrella
50-60: Emergency Rescue Tube, Green Ski, Dark Snowboard, or Blue Valentine Rose
60-70: Blood Snowboard or Maple Glory Sword
70-80: Colorful Tube, Black Umbrella, or Maple Snowboard
80-90: Sky Ski
90-100: Red Surfboard

Super Funded

Super funded is basically a typical Gachapon user, and probably already has the items needed to fund their Beginner til endgame.
10-20: Level 10 Frozen Tuna
20-70: Level 20 Frozen Tuna
70-80: Sky Ski
80+: Sake Bottle, or anything they want (except Maroon Mop)

Equipment for Perma Beginners

Equipment, like weapons, is hard to find for perma beginners. Here is a list of equips for beginners:

Hats:
Mark of the Beta, Pilgrim Hat, Maplehontas, Blue Skull Cap, Brown Skull Cap, Red Skull Cap, Green Skull Cap, Red Headband, Black Headband, Green Headband, Blue Headband, Yellow Headband, Black Swimming Cap, Blue Swimming Cap, Red Swimming Cap, White Bandana, Black Bandana, Yellow Bandana, Blue Bandana, Red Bandana, Purple Bandana, Pink Bandana, Brown Bandana, Grey Bandana, Green Bandana, Old Wisconsin, Yellow Metal Gear, Blue Metal Gear, Metal Gear, Black Baseball Hat, Yellow Baseball Hat, Brown Baseball Hat, Red Baseball Hat, Blue Baseball Hat, Ribboned Pig Headband, Brown Bamboo Hat, Blue Bamboo Hat, Green Bamboo Hat, Red Starry Bandana, Sky Blue Starry Bandana, Yellow Starry Bandana, Chief Stan Hat, Bone Helm, Zakum Helmet 1, Zakum Helmet 2, Zakum Helmet 3, Red Sporty Cap, Blue Sporty Cap.

Tops:
White Undershirt (M), Undershirt (M), Grey T-Shirt (M), Blue One-Lined T-Shirt (M), Blue One-Lined T-Shirt (M), Orange Sporty T-Shirt (M), White Tank Top (F), Green Cotton Shirt (F), Yellow Cotton Shirt (F), Red-Striped Top, Pink Sleeveless Shirt, Pink Starry Shirt (F), and Red-Striped T-Shirt (F).

Bottoms:
Blue Jean Shorts (M), Brown Cotton Shorts (M), Blue-Striped Boxers, Blue Clamdiggers (M), Grey Thick Sweat Pants (M), Camo Pants (M), Indigo Mini Skirt (F), Red Mini Skirt (F), Pink Cotton Panties, Ice Jeans, Sand Blasted Jeans.

Overalls:
Blue Sauna Robe (M), Bathrobe for Men (M), Bathrobe for Women (F), and Red Sauna Robe (F).

Shoes:
Yellow Rubber Boots, Red Rubber Boots, Blue Rubber Boots, Leather Sandals, White Gomushin, Black Gomushin, Smelly Gomushin, Brown Aroa Shoes, Green Aroa Shoes, Bronze Aroa Shoes, Blue Dorothy Shoes, Red Dorothy Shoes, Brown Dorothy Shoes, Red Whitebottom Shoes, Orange Whitebottom Shoes, Blue Whitebottom Shoes, Pink Whitebottom Shoes, Red Sneakers, Blue Sneakers.

Gloves:'
Work Glove, Purple Work Glove, Blue Work Glove, Yellow Work Glove, Brown Work Glove, Grey Work Glove, Red Work Glove

Shields:'
Stolen Fence, Pan Lid, Maple Shield, Palette

Capes:'
Old Raggedy Cape, Icarus Cape (1), Icarus Cape (2), Icarus Cape (3), White Napoleon, Black Napoleon, Green Napoleon, Blue Napoleon, Red Napoleon, Yellow Adventurer Cape, Pink Adventurer Cape, Purple Adventurer Cape, Brown Adventurer Cape, Blue Justice Cape, Red Justice Cape, White Justice Cape, Black Justice Cape, Blue Magic Cape, Red Magic Cape, White Magic Cape, Black Magic Cape, Blue Gaia Cape, White Gaia Cape, Red Gaia Cape, Black Gaia Cape, Green Seraph Cape, Blue Seraph Cape, Red Seraph Cape, White Seraph Cape, Black Seraph Cape, Green Giles Cape, Black Giles Cape, Purple Giles Cape, Red Giles Cape, Blue Giles Cape

This is a current list of equipment that beginners can wear.
Remember, all items in the Cash Shop can be used by all job type (and non-job types!). If you can, spice up the limited wardrobe by buying a new hairstyle or new clothes!

Weapons for Perma Beginners

Weapons can be a problem for permanent beginners. They get harder to find as they continue to level higher and higher. Here is a list of weapons that beginners can use:

One-Handed Swords:

Old Gladius, Green Umbrella, Sword, Maple Flag, Stars and Stripes Pumpkin Basket, Long Sword, Red Whip, Maple Sword, Maple Soul Singer, Maple Umbrella, Yellow Umbrella, Beige Umbrella, Pig Herding Stick, Maplemas Lights, Stirge on a String, Glowing Whip, Maple Glory Sword, Red Umbrella, and Black Umbrella.

Two-Handed Swords:

Wooden Baseball Bat, Aluminium Baseball Bat, Thermometer, Pumpkin Lantern, and Japanese Map

One-Handed Axes:

Chief Axe, Hand Axe, Double Axe, Green Paint Brush, Black Paint Brush, and Hula Hoop.

One-Handed Blunt Weapons:

Wooden Club, Blue Flowery Tube, Leather Purse, Hard Briefcase, Red Flowery Tube, Plunger, Lollipop, Purple Tube, Black Tube, Yellow Duck Tube, White Duck Tube, Red Brick, Emergency Rescue Tube, Colorful Tube. and Pig Illustrated.

Daggers:

Razor, Fruits Knife, Fan, Liu Bei Dagger, Plastic Bottle, Korean Fan, Christmas Tree, Fan, and Kebob.

Spears:

Fish Spear, Pumpkin Spear, Red Ski, Orange Ski, Green Ski, Sky Ski, Maplemas Tree, Bamboo Spear, Fishing Pole

Pole Arms:

Sky Snowboard, Aqua Snowboard, Silver Snowboard, Gold Snowboard, Dark Snowboard, Blood Snowboard,Frozen Tuna, Surfboard, Maroon Mop, Blue Valentine Rose, Red Valentine Rose, Yellow Valentine Rose, White Valentine Rose, Maple Snowboard, Versalmas Cactus, Super Snowboard, Tsunami Wave, Bullseye Board and Blizzard Polearm.

Wands:

Wooden Wand, Hardwood Wand, Metal Wand, Streetlight, Heart Staff (classified as a wand), Heart Wand. (Using wands for Perma Beginners is not advised)

This is a current list of weapons that beginners can use. (5th of August, 2010)

Reccomended weapons

Over recent years, the amount of weapons available to a Beginner has expanded. But with so many weapons at your disposal, here is a guide to help you determine which weapon will work most efficiently for training.
The Frozen Tuna is extremely rare as of 2010, and therefore is no longer included in the recommendation guide.

These are a few recommended weapons listed here: Please note that the availability of certain items (Roses, Tubes, Surfboards) will vary by server and season.

Lowly Funded/Unfunded

Lowly funded is considered having 100K or less. Unfunded is starting from scratch with 0 mesos.
0-10: Starting weapon, and Razor
10-15: Long Sword, Double Axe, or keep your current weapon.
15-20: Leather Purse at Henesys Weapon Shop, or Red Brick at Show Town
20-25: Hard Briefcase at Henesys Weapon Shop or Fish Spear at Showa Town
25-30: Plunger at Kerning City Weapon Shop, Red Flowery Tube, or Pig Illustrated
30-40: Korean Fan, or Aluminum Baseball Bat at Showa Town
40-50: Continue using your Korean Fan, or Purple Tube
50-60: Emergency Rescue Tube
You should be funded enough by know to follow the regularly funded guide.

Regularly Funded

Regularly funded is considered 1,000,000 mesos or less (at starting point), or using equips from your main.
0-10: Your maple island weapon
10-15: The Stars and Stripes, Aqua Snowboard, or Red Valentine Rose
15-20: Gold Surfboard
20-25: Fish Spear or White Valentine Rose
25-30: Pumpkin Spear, Maplemas Lights, or Pig Illustrated
30-35: Versalmas Cactus or Surfboard
35-40: Red Whip, Gold Surfboard, or Maple Sword
40-45: Beige Umbrella, Maple Soul Singer
45-50: Hula Hoop or Black Umbrella
50-60: Emergency Rescue Tube, Green Ski, Dark Snowboard, or Blue Valentine Rose
60-70: Blood Snowboard or Maple Glory Sword
70-80: Colorful Tube, Black Umbrella, or Maple Snowboard
80-90: Sky Ski
90-100: Red Surfboard

Super Funded

Super funded is basically a typical Gachapon user, and probably already has the items needed to fund their Beginner til endgame.
10-20: Level 10 Frozen Tuna
20-70: Level 20 Frozen Tuna
70-80: Sky Ski
80+: Sake Bottle, or anything they want (except Maroon Mop)

Equipment for Perma Beginners

Equipment, like weapons, is hard to find for perma beginners. Here is a list of equips for beginners:

Hats:
Mark of the Beta, Pilgrim Hat, Maplehontas, Blue Skull Cap, Brown Skull Cap, Red Skull Cap, Green Skull Cap, Red Headband, Black Headband, Green Headband, Blue Headband, Yellow Headband, Black Swimming Cap, Blue Swimming Cap, Red Swimming Cap, White Bandana, Black Bandana, Yellow Bandana, Blue Bandana, Red Bandana, Purple Bandana, Pink Bandana, Brown Bandana, Grey Bandana, Green Bandana, Old Wisconsin, Yellow Metal Gear, Blue Metal Gear, Metal Gear, Black Baseball Hat, Yellow Baseball Hat, Brown Baseball Hat, Red Baseball Hat, Blue Baseball Hat, Ribboned Pig Headband, Brown Bamboo Hat, Blue Bamboo Hat, Green Bamboo Hat, Red Starry Bandana, Sky Blue Starry Bandana, Yellow Starry Bandana, Chief Stan Hat, Bone Helm, Zakum Helmet 1, Zakum Helmet 2, Zakum Helmet 3, Red Sporty Cap, Blue Sporty Cap.

Tops:
White Undershirt (M), Undershirt (M), Grey T-Shirt (M), Blue One-Lined T-Shirt (M), Blue One-Lined T-Shirt (M), Orange Sporty T-Shirt (M), White Tank Top (F), Green Cotton Shirt (F), Yellow Cotton Shirt (F), Red-Striped Top, Pink Sleeveless Shirt, Pink Starry Shirt (F), and Red-Striped T-Shirt (F).

Bottoms:
Blue Jean Shorts (M), Brown Cotton Shorts (M), Blue-Striped Boxers, Blue Clamdiggers (M), Grey Thick Sweat Pants (M), Camo Pants (M), Indigo Mini Skirt (F), Red Mini Skirt (F), Pink Cotton Panties, Ice Jeans, Sand Blasted Jeans.

Overalls:
Blue Sauna Robe (M), Bathrobe for Men (M), Bathrobe for Women (F), and Red Sauna Robe (F).

Shoes:
Yellow Rubber Boots, Red Rubber Boots, Blue Rubber Boots, Leather Sandals, White Gomushin, Black Gomushin, Smelly Gomushin, Brown Aroa Shoes, Green Aroa Shoes, Bronze Aroa Shoes, Blue Dorothy Shoes, Red Dorothy Shoes, Brown Dorothy Shoes, Red Whitebottom Shoes, Orange Whitebottom Shoes, Blue Whitebottom Shoes, Pink Whitebottom Shoes, Red Sneakers, Blue Sneakers.

Gloves:'
Work Glove, Purple Work Glove, Blue Work Glove, Yellow Work Glove, Brown Work Glove, Grey Work Glove, Red Work Glove

Shields:'
Stolen Fence, Pan Lid, Maple Shield, Palette

Capes:'
Old Raggedy Cape, Icarus Cape (1), Icarus Cape (2), Icarus Cape (3), White Napoleon, Black Napoleon, Green Napoleon, Blue Napoleon, Red Napoleon, Yellow Adventurer Cape, Pink Adventurer Cape, Purple Adventurer Cape, Brown Adventurer Cape, Blue Justice Cape, Red Justice Cape, White Justice Cape, Black Justice Cape, Blue Magic Cape, Red Magic Cape, White Magic Cape, Black Magic Cape, Blue Gaia Cape, White Gaia Cape, Red Gaia Cape, Black Gaia Cape, Green Seraph Cape, Blue Seraph Cape, Red Seraph Cape, White Seraph Cape, Black Seraph Cape, Green Giles Cape, Black Giles Cape, Purple Giles Cape, Red Giles Cape, Blue Giles Cape

This is a current list of equipment that beginners can wear.
Remember, all items in the Cash Shop can be used by all job type (and non-job types!). If you can, spice up the limited wardrobe by buying a new hairstyle or new clothes!

Recomended Stat Builds

Beginners in reality are warriors without any skills. Thus they follow the warrior builds. There are 3 essential kinds of builds. Although you may say Beginners are a novitly and adding MP is cute, remember, Damage still counts

Normal Build

Firstly, there is the normal build. In this build you add 2 DEX per level, and the remaining 3 points into Strength.

This build allows you to make up for the lack of mastery the best and not miss as much, if you cannot afford accuracy equipment/weapons, this may be preferable.

Low Dex Build

In this build you stick to the build of 1 DEX per level. This HAS to be augmented by DEX and ACC equipment.

Generally this build is to be able to deal out more damage, at the cost of accuracy. Not that accuracy matters that much if your going to grind (since you won'd be able to train at places your level) but if you're going to PQ, (the best way for a perma-beginner to get enough experience to level up to Level 100), you're going to need a lot more accuracy

To attain enough accuracy, you use equipment such as the Pumpkin Spear and Brown Bandana for the Carnival Pq and Ariant PQ, and a Zhelm is a necessity. If you can not afford a Zhelm, this build will not go far.

No Dex Build

This build is not recomended; even though you will have the most damage, have fun doing your damage against snails and pigs. Also, the low accuracy makes it very hard to PQ. This build is more of a challenge, but abit a pointless one.

HP Build

Beginners have very low HP, comparible to a magician. And they don't have Magic Guard, so they can't replace damage done to HP with MP. Therefore it becomes nessisary to have some form of HP boost weather equips or stats. (Currently I'm testing seeing how a lvl 50 zhelm beginner will work, ie I'm adding a lot of HP). The more HP you add, the less damage you do. Therefore it's neccesary to strike a balance. On the other hand, little HP means you die a lot more, which is more of an annoyance since you don't lose EXP.

Each HP added gives you about 10-12 HP, or maybe more.

All Dex

All Dex build is more of for those who stay on Maple Island. This all dex build is just dex, untill you can 1-Hit KO Orange mushrooms at lvl 26 with a white rose (the best training at Maple Island)

Then, generally people add Luck in order to guarantee 100% miss from monsters so they use less money on potions.

Jump/Speed

Due to the lack of HP there is a way to add 'manual' avoidabilty in the form of speed or jump. By adding jump you can jump over monsters