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MapleStory Story – Equipped for success

In the seventh of a series of insider articles, Dean D. Cho, Development Manager of MapleStory Europe at NEXON, talks about the dazzling array of weapons and equipment on offer to players.

Friday 2nd November/... The world of MapleStory Europe might be a huge, vibrant and exciting place for people to meet up and embark on fabulous quests together, but unless you're properly equipped to face the adventures ahead you could easily end up as lunch to a marauding zombie mushroom. Fortunately MapleStory Europe has a mind-boggling list of items to wear, carry, and hit monsters with. Learn how to get the best out of each of them and you'll soon have the monsters eating out of your hands.

From drops to shops

There are hundreds of different items to find and collect in MapleStory Europe, from healing potions to swords to fabulously expensive diamonds. Some are incredibly rare and can only be gained by completing special quests or events. The vast majority of items, however, can be bought from shops, or collected as random drops from defeated monsters. Shops are the best place to buy new weapons, armour and potions, but the monster drops are often the only way to get quest-specific items. These can be anything from mundane sticks, leaves and snail shells to exotic chunks of rock from giant animated statues, so it really pays to shop and chop.

Keeping well stocked and equipped is absolutely vital for survival in MapleStory Europe: since weapons and armour often have minimum requirements for their use it's important to plan ahead and make sure you always have the correct level and stats for the most powerful items available. For example, there's no sense upgrading your Luck if you're after a sword that requires a particular level of Strength. Healing, attack and defence potions are a must carry too - just make sure you allocate them to a hot key first: you don't want to be busy hunting through your pack when you're stuck in the middle of an angry crowd of slime monsters.

Make your own

While it's possible to get almost everything you need from shops or random monster drops, the clever Mapler knows that many items can be 'made' for far less money and effort thanks to MapleStory Europe's deep item synthesis system. Almost every town in the game will have an item manufacturer who can produce powerful weapons and pieces of armour, providing you have the right component parts. Likewise, you'll find helpful NPCs who can refine mineral, jewel and crystal ores into valuable gems or building materials. Put simply, the more parts you have, the more items you can make.

In the same way, you can save buying powerful items of equipment by simply modifying the items you already own. Magic scrolls that can be bought or looted from monsters can add attack and defence bonuses to weapons and armour, while certain item manufacturers can adapt your equipment using any spare parts you might have to hand - and a bit of cash for the privilege, naturally!

Lots to carry

With so many different weapons and items to collect, space in your backpack is a premium. New MapleStory players have a limited carrying capacity, but there are ways to organise and extend your inventory. Instead of throwing away spare monster drops, Maplers should try selling them for a profit, either to shops or others players - remember, your rubbish may be very useful to somebody else. Alternatively look out for special NPCs who'll safely store items for you (at a price!), or splash out on some extra inventory slots from MapleStory Europe's Cash shop, the unique store that allows you to accessorise your character with premium items paid for with real money.

Like everything else in MapleStory Europe, collecting, building and customising your weapons, armour and equipment is both simple and amazingly deep. Whether you simply buy what you need and sell the rest, or get fully involved in creating your own tools from scratch, you'll have hours of fun discovering the wealth of different items, weapon and bits of clothing and armour that are waiting to be discovered. Why not visit and see for yourself exactly what MapleStory Europe's totally free to play world has to offer.

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