MapleStory Class Tier List – All Classes Ranked

So you’ve just started playing MapleStory and aren’t sure which classes are good? Well, you’re in luck, as that’s exactly what our MapleStory Class tier list is here to help with. In this very guide, we rank all of the classes …

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So you’ve just started playing MapleStory and aren’t sure which classes are good? Well, you’re in luck, as that’s exactly what our MapleStory Class tier list is here to help with. In this very guide, we rank all of the classes from S tier to D tier, with S being best and D being worst. We’ll also include a description of the tiers so you know what they actually mean.

MapleStory is a side-scrolling MMORPG with a wide variety of customisable classes as you embark on a journey to defeat the Black Mage. Each class has an arsenal of unique abilities, and with so many to choose from, there’s something for everyone! The game features gorgeously charming art, with chibi character designs, and classic animations.

You can learn more about it on the official site. We also recommend checking out our MapleStory Soul tier list, Captor Clash tier list, and Dragon Quest Champions tier list.

MapleStory Class Tier List

Before we move onto the tier list proper, here’s a description of how our tiering system works so that you can make sense of it.

What Do Our Tiers Mean?

Here’s a brief explanation of each of our tiers:

  • S Tier: Classes in this tier are the absolute best that the game has to offer. You should prioritise unlocking these and increasing their power. One of these can carry you through the entire game, and a full party will make most of the endgame content trivial – provided you focus on growing their power.
  • A Tier: If your collection is lacking in S tiers, A tiers are great for filling gaps. These classes are still great in their own right, but they just lack a little something when you compare them to an S tier. Use them when you need to, but drop them when you can.
  • B Tier: During the early phases of the game, you’ll likely rely on a party of a single S tier and a bunch of B tiers. These classes are quite easy to get, and are solid, if unremarkable. Definitely swap them out for A tiers and S tiers, but don’t be ashamed to use them if you need to.
  • C Tier: This is when we get into ‘bad class’ territory. C tiers are, much like D tiers, some of the worst classes in the game, but they often have niche uses. They might be really strong in a particular game mode, or during a certain phase of the game. Take a close look at their skills and judge accordingly.
  • D Tier: Classes in this tier are simply never worth using. They’re the worst classes in the game, suffering from severe balance issues, and will underperform at all points in any modes. Don’t use them if you can avoid it.

S Tier

God tier classes.

  • Blaster
  • Adele
  • Fire Poison Mage
  • Evan
  • Hoyoung
  • Cadena

A Tier

Solid classes that are great for filling gaps in your party when you don’t have enough S tiers.

  • Kinesis
  • Demon Slayer
  • Aran
  • Zero
  • Hero
  • Dawn Warrior
  • Thunder Breaker
  • Illium
  • Kanna
  • Ark
  • Angelic Buster
  • Night Walker

B Tier

These classes start strong but fade later on. Don’t be ashamed to use them, but do swap them out as you unlock S and A tiers.

  • Hayato
  • Shadower
  • Battle Mage
  • Ice Lightning Mage
  • Mechanic
  • Pathfinder
  • Buccaneer
  • Dark Knight
  • Cannoneer
  • Lara
  • Kaiser
  • Jett
  • Luminous
  • Marksman
  • Xenon
  • Phantom
  • Night Lord
  • Kain
  • Beast Tamer

C Tier

In certain game modes, or at the beginning, classes in this tier can excel. Mostly, they’re useless though.

  • Corsair
  • Shade
  • Mihile
  • Blaze Wizard
  • Wind Archer
  • Bow Master
  • Dual Blade
  • Mercedes

D Tier

Never use D tiers unless you can’t avoid it. They’re awful at all game modes, and at all phases of the game.

  • Wild Hunter
  • Demon Avenger
  • Bishop
  • Paladin

MapleStory Class Tier List FAQ

Still unsure about our tier list? Got questions about MapleStory in general? Hopefully our tier list can help!

What’s A Tier List?

We should probably have answered this question at the beginning, eh? A tier list is, quite simply, a list of all of the characters in a specific game ranked from best to worst. In our case, S is the best characters with D being the worst, and A, B, and C filling the gaps.

The purpose of a tier list is to help you determine which characters to use at all stages of the game. We try and make our tier list as useful as possible by explaining our tier system.

For example, there are instances where certain characters are excellent during the beginning of a game, but fade later on. Or, they could be good at a certain game mode. We’ll always try and make this clear.

How Did We Select Our MapleStory Class Tier List?

We used a number of different sources when selecting our MapleStory Class tier list, but, primarily, we judge based on our personal experience with the game. As a result, it is bound to be quite a subjective list, but there’s no getting around that.

To determine the rankings, we both experiment with the classes in the game (if unlocked), as well as theory-craft based on skill descriptions and raw statistics. That’s why you’ll see our tier list change so much when a game first launches, as we’re in the testing phase.

It’s also worth noting that we do scour communities, like Reddit, for community feedback. If the general consensus is that a specific class is strong or weak, we will reflect that in our tier list. That way, it’s got a certain degree of objectivity.

We’ll wrap this section up by reminding you that tier lists are subjective by nature. Your experience may vary completely to ours, so take it with a pinch of salt.

When Do We Update Our MapleStory Class Tier List?

You can expect to see an update to our MapleStory Class tier list whenever a new class is introduced. It might take us a while to test the class for ourselves though, so expect a brief delay.

We also update the list whenever a big balance patch hits, as this will throw the meta out the window. Again, there may be a brief delay as we experiment with the changes and update our rankings.

With experience writing for GameRant and in SEO copywriting, Adele loves to combine her adoration for gaming and writing. She'll talk your ear off about anything fantasy, and if she's not typing away at her desk, she's probably playing an RPG somewhere.