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    Default Zadam's pro's and con's of each class

    A lot of people come onto this forum and ask which class is the best, or which class is better out of 2 choices. Eg: "Which is better Cleric or Fire Mage?", or "Which is better Bandit or Assassin?".

    Since a lot of the regulars that visit these forums have seen these types of posts hundreds of times before, it can actually get annoying for us since the same things keep being said over and over. Each class has been compared to every other class to the point of nausea.

    So I made this little guide so that n00bs such as yourself (icon_razz.gif) can know the answer to this eternal question once and for all, and not have to make yet another "which class is better" post.

    Firstly, let me explain a process in making a game called "game balancing". When a game

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    Mages
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    Mages are a very common class in MS. They attack at range using magical spells, using wands and staffs to boost their spell damage. They have no melee capability at all, but don't really need it since their spells hit from far OR close. If you like the idea of blasting enemies with spells, and being able to protect yourself with magical guards, and then later doing extra damage against certain enemies, then Mages may be the class for you.

    Pros:

    * Can attack at range OR up close.

    * They are by far the most powerful class during the 1st job advancement. You will level very fast after level 15.

    * They have bucketloads of MP.

    * They have ridiculously f

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    Bowmen
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    Bowmen specialize in powerful ranged attacks. If you like the idea of usually attacking enemies from a long distance away, and not often getting into close range, then perhaps a Bowman is for you. They have exteemely high maximum damage, but unfortunately also have the lowest minimum damage, making them very unstable at first (but DoubleShot and Mastery later on help to stabilize their damage). Bowmen cannot attack up close effectively, at least until the higher levels, and they also cannot jump + shoot like Assassins can, meaning that if enemies get in close, Bowmen are at a big disadvantage and need to get out of there.

    Pros:

    * Exteemely high maximum damage

    * Attack at range

    * Can usually get their arrows from monsters or for free/really cheap from other players.

    * Very high accuracy means missing enemies shouldn't be a problem.

    * Can switch to a melee weapon at the lower levels and still be effective.

    * Can knockback enemies.

    Cons:

    * Very low minimum damage means damage stability is the worst out of all the classes.

    * Terrible in melee range unless they switch to a melee weapon (only really feasible at lower levels).

    * Cannot jump and then shoot while in the air.

    * Avoidability not as good as Assassins which means they get hit more often.

    * Slower attack speed than Assassins.

    * Some people find them the most boring class as the usual hunting method involves just standing in a safe spot and shooting at enemies at a distance.

    Bowmen - Hunter
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    During 2nd job Hunters and Crossbowmen have many similar skills. The main difference between them are that Hunters tend to attack faster, whereas Crossbowmen do more damage. Also, the Hunters mass mob attack skill hits up to 6 enemies all within a certain distance from each other, whereas a Crossbowmans mass mob attack skill can hit up to 6 enemies in a line, even if they are not that close together.

    Pros:

    * Faster attack than Crossbowmen.

    * Damage gets somewhat stabilized by getting Mastery.

    * Get power knockback, which makes them more effective at moving monsters away from them than during 1st job.

    * Get soul arrow which means they can essentially stop using up arrows indefinately.

    * Still have very high maximum damage compared to most classes.

    * Arrow Explosion can hit enemies slightly above or below you.

    Cons:

    * Slower attacks then Assassin.

    * Less damage than Crossbowmen.

    * Mass mob attack less effective in a straight line then the Crossbowmans mass mob attack.

    * Bows and Bow scrolls tend to be more expensive than Crossbows as there are more Hunters than Crossbowmen.

    Crossbowmen
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    Crossbowmen and Hunters are quite similar during 2nd job, the only difference being that Crossbowmen do mroe damage, whereas Hunters attack faster. Also, the Crossbowmans mas mob attacking skill works in a straight line, while a Hunters has an area of effect. If you want to do more damage, plus pay less money for your weapons, then Crossbowman might be the class for you. It is also probably the least common class in MS, so you will be unique at least!

    Pros:

    * Higher damage than Hunters and Assassins

    * Damage stabilizes a bit once you get Mastery

    * Cheaper weapons than Hunter or Assassin

    * Mass mob attack is very effective in a straight line, ie if you are on a flat platform with a whole bunch of enemies in front of you.

    * Get power knockback, which makes them more effective at moving monsters away from them than during 1st job.

    * Get soul arrow which means they can essentially stop using up arrows indefinately.

    * Still have very high maximum damage compared to most classes.

    Cons:

    * Slower attacks then Assassin and Hunters.

    * Damage is still pretty unstable.

    * Mass mob attack less effective in a some situations than a Hunters Arrow Explosion, espeically if the enemies are above/below you.

    * Might be hard to find Crossbows to buy since most people probably NPC them since there are so few Crossbowmen aroudn to sell to.

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    So there you have it! An explanation of how each class compares to all the others. If you are still wondering which class is the best, then you have missed the whole point of this post... THERE IS NO BEST, THERE IS ONLY "BEST FOR YOU"!!! Read all the descriptions and pros/cons of all the classes you are considering and make up your own mind! Whats good for you might be crap to someone else.

    Also keep in mind that different classes are weak or powerful at different stages of the game. Don't let the fact that your character seems to be weak vs another character of a different class put you off.... in 10-20 more levels you just might be more powerful than them!

    Levelling speed/Power of the classes compared at various stages:

    Beginner (lvl 1-10):
    Most powerful: Warrior
    Least powerful: Mages

    1st Job (lvl 10-30):
    Most Powerful: Mages
    Least Powerful: Dagger Thieves (Bandits to be)

    2nd Job (lvl 30-70):
    Most Powerful: Early on Assassins, then Bandits/Warriors for a while, then Bowmen towards the end.
    Least Powerful: Early on Bowmen and Bandits, then Mages towards the end.

    3rd Job (lvl 70-120):
    Most Powerful: It's just speculation and rumors at the moment, but supposedly Bowmen become the most powerful during this period.
    Least Powerful: Again, just speculation and Rumor, but apparently Mages get weak during this time.

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    Erm, will you post the pros and cons of a beginner? I'm a beginner btw.

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    I found that Warriors following the dex=2x your level build can outdamage mages by far with Power Strike. I, being a 27 warrior, can hit 570 with Power Strike and my 45 attack Fish Spear. But then again, I may be wrong ^_^
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    Quote Originally Posted by hiboy2004
    I found that Warriors following the dex=2x your level build can outdamage mages by far with Power Strike. I, being a 27 warrior, can hit 570 with Power Strike and my 45 attack Fish Spear. But then again, I may be wrong ^_^
    Well firstly, average damage is what matters, not max damage. Your warrior with Powerstrike might hit for 570, but then the next hit might be for 80 since your mastery is so low. Mages will hit consistently for 400+ with every single attack since Magic Claw has built in mastery. So a mage will outdamage you by far over the long term.

    Secondly, just because you hit for 570 with powerstrike, so what? My lvl 29 mage can hit for over 600 with Magic Claw (since each hit from claw can hit for over 300, and claw hits twice). I don't even have an above average/scrolled wand (but I do have +5 m.atk earings).
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    my lvl 28 mage hits around the same damage as zad :P

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    Bumped for the sake of all these "Which class" threads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olaph View Post
    my lvl 28 mage hits around the same damage as zad :P
    Lol we all hit like Zad. =D Zad+ even. xD Awww I missed those days.. where I'd play Maple all night to hang with you and Zad and we'd run around.. and yeah.


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    i thought bowman could jumpshoot but its just not as effective

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    bowman jump shoot is lie...mage jumpshoot

    arrows are still on bottom, you just jump after you shoot

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    -> Archer CAN jump shot like mage by hitting jump and attack keys sighly in same time

    -> Archer are not so bad before lv 70, but SUCK from lv 25 to 35.

    -> Non-cleric mage simply SUCK at higher level. Their attack are low and slow. if you think you will get higher than level 40, choice Cleric. You won't regret it! (Ludi PQ >_> )

    -> Finally, make a level 20 warior to fund your future main character. It's much funniest to hunt with money...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omicron3 View Post
    -> Archer CAN jump shot like mage by hitting jump and attack keys sighly in same time

    -> Archer are not so bad before lv 70, but SUCK from lv 25 to 35.

    -> Non-cleric mage simply SUCK at higher level. Their attack are low and slow. if you think you will get higher than level 40, choice Cleric. You won't regret it! (Ludi PQ >_> )

    -> Finally, make a level 20 warior to fund your future main character. It's much funniest to hunt with money...
    Archers cannot jumpshoot LIKE assassins do.

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    They can still technically jump-shoot, but I agree assassins are FAR better at it. If your an assassin you can jump then shoot, but if your a bowmen, you have to shoot then jump, lol

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    cool guide dude

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    You should add a Pirate section.

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    Thanks for the guide

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