Maplestory 2 PvP Tier List [2024]

Do you the best and worst classes for PvP of Maplestory 2? No? Read our MapleStory 2 PvP Tier list guide and learn everything.

MapleStory 2 is an MMORPG free-to-play game available on the Microsoft Windows platform. The game features PvE and PvP modes with 11 diverse character classes. Not all classes are equal regarding dominating fights in the PvP. That is why we have curated MapleStory 2 PvP tier list for the players who are still playing the game and desperately trying to win PvP fights.

Key Takeaways
  • The free-to-play MMORP Maplestory 2 houses a total number of 11 playing classes for both of its modes, PvE and PvP. 
  • Each character class is ranked into a specific tier based on the all-around viability on offer for the learning curve required to invest. 
  • Classes that outperformed these criteria and are totally worthwhile include the Berserker, Knight, and Heavy Gunner classes. Each one is straightforward to master and provides a tremendous bang for a player’s inputted effort. 
  • Thief, on the split hand, is the weakest-performing class of the Maplestory 2 tier list. It neither gives a decent enough value in the game’s PvP mode nor comes with easy overall handling.

Here’s a summary of the Maplestory 2 PvP Tier List ranking all the classes:

Maplestory 2 PvP Tier List Classes Ranking Table 
Tiers Classes 
S+ Tier Berserker, Knight, and Heavy Gunner
S-Tier Runeblade and Wizard
A-Tier Archer, Soul Binder, Striker, Assassin, and Priest
B-Tier Thief

We have ranked all MapleStory 2 classes of characters into four-tier ranking after playing the game for a reasonable amount of time. We understand that our tier ranking may differ from the players who have been or still playing the game.

However, the tier ranking we have come up with is subjective and not official. That being said, the PvP MapleStory 2 tier list reflects our opinion about each of the classes in the game, and therefore it is not up for discussion or debate.

Here is a summarized table filled with PVP character’s stats in Maplestory:

ClassTierRoleAvailable WeaponsClass AttributesActive and Passive SkillsKey Stats
Heavy GunnerS+Ranged DPSCannonsPhysical, Electric, Lightning, and FireLock–On, Homing Missiles, Electric Blast, Suborbital Bombardment, M-Bomb, Bullet Spray, Gatling Fire, Jet boots, Rocket Launcher, Magnetic Bomb, and Stun grenadesDexterity, Physical Damage, and Strengt
KnightS+Tank, DPSShield and One-Handed SwordPhysical and HolyShield Mastery, Iron Shield, Iron Defense, Defender of the Faith, Bulwark, Shield Wall, Longsword Mastery, Warhorn, Drill Thrust, Divine Strike, Cross Cut, Typhoon Slash, Tornado Slash, Stinging Flurry, Shield Toss, Shield Charge, and Shield BoosterStrength, Defense, Full Defense, and Health
BerserkerS+Melee DPSTwo-Handed SwordPhysical, DarkVoid Slash, X Slash, Raging Slash, Death Spin, Dark Aura, Adrenaline Rush, Dark Breaker, Greatsword Mastery, Ground Breaker, Bloodlust, Dark Might, Deep Wounds, Warrior’s Instinct, Blood Price, Intimidation, Inhuman Endurance, and EarthquakeStrength, Health, Physical Damage
WizardSRanged DPSStaves and WandsElectric, Frost, Lightning, fire, and ice.Ice Spear, Flame Wave, Phantom Claw, Magic Armor, Arcane Blast, Mana Claw, Focus Sea, Thunderbolt, Ice Storm, Flame Tornado, Chain Lightning, Elemental Master, Electromancy, Cryomancy, Pyromancy, and Mana FontIntelligence, Magic Attack, and Critical Rate
RunebladeSMeleeTwo-Handed Blade and SwordFrost, Fire, and LightningImpact, Gravity Rune, Whirling Blade, Flurry, Echoing Blade, Illusory blades, Blade Chasm, Blink, Rune Balance, Flame Sigil, Blade Mastery, Storm Sigil, Rune Focus, Warding Rune, Frost Sigil, Honing Runes, and Elemental PotencyIntelligence and Strength
PriestADPS, Healer, and SupportA Spellbook, Codex, and ScepterHolySanctuary, Holy Relic, Holy Blast, Celestial Light, Smiting Aura, Scourging Wave, Angelic Ray, Disciple, Celestial Guardian, Celestial Blessings, Scepter Mastery, Holy Symbol, Heavenly Wings, Healing Prayer, Healing Mastery, Steadfast Faith, and Shield of the ArchonIntelligence and Healing
AssassinADPSOne-Handed Thrown Weapon TypesShadow and PhysicalDeath Sentence, Shadow Web, Thrown Weapon Mastery, Shadow Arts, Mirror Image: Dark Blade, Star Chaser, Shadow Burst, Mark of Death, Star Flurry, Soul Grind, Fragmented Stars, Lucky Stars, Shadow Chaser, Shadow Cutter, Dark Cloak, and Fatal StrikesCritical Damage and Luck
StrikerATwo-Handed KnucklesPhysical and FireTaunting Feint, Overflowing Fighting Spirit, Raging Flame, Ultimate Destroyer Kick, Ultimate Rush, Spiral Cannon, Vulcan Punch, Double-Fist Smash, Spin Kick, Meridian Flow, Dragon Kick, Pattern Break, Raining Blows, Setup Kick, Shockwave Punch, and Guillotine. Dexterity and Physical Attack
Soul BinderAUtility DPSTwo-Handed OrbExpansion Blast, Soaring Orb, Radiant Salvo, Shooting Star, Static Flash, Energy surge, Flash strike, Raging Tempest, Concussion Orb, Healing Bond, Orb Mastery, Light Barrier, Mantra Array, Illusion, Fountain of Renewal, Animus Focus, and Narubashan UnleashedMagic Attack and Intelligence
ArcherARanged DPSBowFire, Ice, and PhysicalIce Arrow, Rapid Shot, Evasive Salvo, Arrow Barrage, Arrow Stream, Screwdriver Shot, Bow Swing, Eagle’s Majesty, Eagle Claw, Arrow Storm, Agile Archer, Conditioning, Bronze Eagle, Snipe, Screwdriver Shot, Precision Shooter, and Sharp EyesDexterity, Critical Hit, and Attack Speed
ThiefBMelee DPSOne-Handed DaggersToxic and PhysicalPoison Vial, Somersault Kick, Poison Edge, Mind Stealer, Double Slash, Surprise Attack, Blade Dance, Vicious Cuts, Haste, Quick Step, Cunning Tactics, Mind Breaker, Spirit Thief, Meso Guard Plus, Deft Combatant, Ruthless Guile, and RetaliationDexterity, Movement Speed, Evasion, and Luck

S+ Tier

As we start without MapleStory 2 PvP Tier List, the first is the S+ Tier List. All the classes belonging to this tier ranking are the absolute best in the PvP and PvE modes of MapleStory 2. You can never go wrong with these characters; they are also easy to learn and master in the game.

Complete Maplestory 2 PvP Tier List [2021]
Splus PvP MapleStory 2 Tier List

Heavy Gunner

Heavy Gunner class, by far, is the best for beating other players in the PvP arena. The weapon of choice for this character class is a Cannon, which deals an excellent amount of damage from a distance and when you are close to a target. Other than that, Heavy Gunner is best when it comes to dealing physical, fire, and lightning damage on an opponent.

Heavy Gunner
Role Available Weapons Class Attributes Key Stats
Ranged DPS Cannons Physical, Electric, Lightning, and Fire Dexterity, Physical Damage, and Strength
Active and Passive Skills Lock–On, Homing Missiles, Electric Blast, Suborbital Bombardment, M-Bomb, Bullet Spray, Gatling Fire, Jet boots, Rocket Launcher, Magnetic Bomb, and Stun grenades

Since dex and physical damage of this character class is a major stat, Heavy Gunner can stay mobile and deal ranged damage effectively. Moreover, learning or mastering this class is also not that difficult as you can level up easily by utilizing the versatile active and passive abilities of Heavy Gunner.

Furthermore, apart from the active skills, the three passive abilities (Advanced Bullets, Advanced Pulse Weapons, and Advanced Missiles) that unlock after level 37 for this character class are very useful while fighting other players in PvP.

Knight

The Knight character class is the first that comes into our heads when it comes to a balanced class that offers defense and offense simultaneously. This class wields a one-handed sword and, on the other hand, a shield, allowing the character to lead an offense or defend others or themself without much trouble. In PvP, the ability to block an incoming target’s attacks is a major plus point, and that is why we think Knight is the perfect fit for close to medium-ranged combat in PvP.

Knight
Role Available Weapons Class Attributes Key Stats
Tank, DPS Shield and One-Handed Sword Physical and Holy Strength, Defense, Full Defense, and Health 
Active and Passive Skills Shield Mastery, Iron Shield, Iron Defense, Defender of the Faith, Bulwark, Shield Wall, Longsword Mastery, Warhorn, Drill Thrust, Divine Strike, Cross Cut, Typhoon Slash, Tornado Slash, Stinging Flurry, Shield Toss, Shield Charge, and Shield Booster

Furthermore, Knight is best in dealing with physical and holy damage. Other than that, his core or major stats lies in strength, dexterity, and defense department. Knight would be a poor class choice if your playstyle suits ranged engagements. However, if charging into an enemy and blocking attacks is your forte, there is no better match than Knight in MapleStory 2.

When it comes to the learning curve, Knight is a tad bit more difficult than Heavy Gunner, and that is also the reason this class ranks at second-best in our MapleStory 2 PvP tier list. It is because most of Knight’s active skills demand players to learn when to use the sword and shield.

Berserker

Berserker is a glass-cannon-like class in MapleStory 2. This character class has by far the highest strength in the game, which is also why he is unstoppable when it comes to causing mayhem in the PvP arena.

Berserker
Role Available Weapons Class Attributes Key Stats
Melee DPS Two-Handed Sword Physical, Dark Strength, Health, Physical Damage
Active and Passive Skills Void Slash, X Slash, Raging Slash, Death Spin, Dark Aura, Adrenaline Rush, Dark Breaker, Greatsword Mastery, Ground Breaker, Bloodlust, Dark Might, Deep Wounds, Warrior’s Instinct, Blood Price, Intimidation, Inhuman Endurance, and Earthquake

Primarily, Berserker deals physical and dark damage and wields a long two-handed sword. Besides having the highest strength, he has excellent dexterity, HP, and mediocre range. Berserker is short in the defense, luck, and intelligence department, but he makes up for it by dealing an enormous amount of DPS to opponents in PvP.

Since Berserker has the highest amount of DPS in MapleStory 2, playing recklessly with this class can be risky and rewarding at the same time. You must calculate the outcomes of the battle before charging into combat, as the downside of playing with Berserker is that his health can be drained quickly.

Furthermore, Berserker is very easy to master in MapleStory 2 as most of his passive and active skills are focused on controlling the combat via his two-handed sword. When it comes to close and medium-range combat, you can not really go wrong with Berserker while playing in PvP mode.

S-Tier

All the classes of characters falling under the S-tier ranking are the second-best in MapleStory 2. They have a tad bit difficult learning curve, but nevertheless, if you learn how and when to execute their skills, you will be dominating fights in PvP and PvE.

Complete Maplestory 2 PvP Tier List [2021]
S-Tier Ranking MapleStory 2 Tier List

Wizard

Wizard is another excellent class in MapleStory 2, and she is the best when it comes to dealing with long-range attacks. Since she is a mage class in the game and her intelligence is also the highest stat, Wizard casts fire, frost, and lightning-based attacks to deal damage to opponents.

Wizard
Role Available Weapons Class Attributes Key Stats
Ranged DPS Staves and Wands Electric, Frost, Lightning, fire, and ice. Intelligence, Magic Attack, and Critical Rate
Active and Passive Skills Ice Spear, Flame Wave, Phantom Claw, Magic Armor, Arcane Blast, Mana Claw, Focus Sea, Thunderbolt, Ice Storm, Flame Tornado, Chain Lightning, Elemental Master, Electromancy, Cryomancy, Pyromancy, and Mana Font

Area of effect, crowd control, and slow but impactful attacks is the playstyle associated with this class in MapleStory 2. Wizard’s weapon of choice is Staff, and besides this, she does not wield any other sharp or blunt weapon.

Wizard is best at dealing with damage by casting various elemental attacks. Her strongest point is the ability to teleport from one side of the arena to the other, and it can confuse opponents in PvP easily.

However, the only downside we encountered while playing PvP using the Wizard class in the game was that her defense was much lower than Berserkers. This is one of the many reasons why we did not place her with the top-tier class of characters in our MapleStory 2 PvP tier list.

Runeblade

Runeblade is the best of both worlds when it comes to using a sword for brute force and magical spells. This class of character shares stats equally between strength and intelligence and hence has mastery over sword and sorcery.

Runeblade
Role Available Weapons Class Attributes Key Stats
Melee Two-Handed Blade and Sword Frost, Fire, and Lightning Intelligence and Strength
Active and Passive Skills Impact, Gravity Rune, Whirling Blade, Flurry, Echoing Blade, Illusory blades, Blade Chasm, Blink, Rune Balance, Flame Sigil, Blade Mastery, Storm Sigil, Rune Focus, Warding Rune, Frost Sigil, Honing Runes, and Elemental Potency

Moreover, unlike a Wizard class, Runeblade has an excellent defense, dexterity, and ranged attack capability. He is the perfect class in MapleStory 2, who offers sheer strength via a two-handed sword and elemental infusing magic techniques by casting fire, frost, and lightning attacks.

Like Heavy Gunner, the three passive abilities (Rune Balance, Rune Focus, and Blade Mastery) of Runeblade allow this class of character to be better while fighting opponents in PvP. He is the perfect class for players who want to rely on striking enemies with brute force and an occasional touch of magic.

A-Tier

Under MapleStory 2 PvP Tier List, The classes that come under A-tier ranking are decent enough to invest time and learn combat tactics in MapleStory 2. They are not as good as S-Tier ones; playing with them is fun.

Complete Maplestory 2 PvP Tier List [2021]
A-Tier Ranking MapleStory 2 Tier List

Priest

The Priest is an above-average class of character in MapleStory 2, who is an excellent pick for ranged projectile attacks. She has a high range, intelligence, decent defense, and luck. However, other than that, Priest lacks severely in the defense and dexterity department. Her weapon of choice is a scepter and codex, which she uses to cast Holy properties-based attacks.

Priest
Role Available Weapons Class Attributes Key Stats
DPS, Healer, and Support A Spellbook, Codex, and Scepter  Holy Intelligence and Healing 
Active and Passive Skills Sanctuary, Holy Relic, Holy Blast, Celestial Light, Smiting Aura, Scourging Wave, Angelic Ray, Disciple, Celestial Guardian, Celestial Blessings, Scepter Mastery, Holy Symbol, Heavenly Wings, Healing Prayer, Healing Mastery, Steadfast Faith, and Shield of the Archon

When it comes to learning the playstyle of Priest, she is not a difficult character to master. However, her playstyle is strictly reserved from a distance, and she is a poor character choice if you are looking for a close-range class in the game.

Moreover, Priest is not an attacker kind of class. Instead, most of her skills involve buffing allies or restoring HP. Priest is more of a support class of character in MapleStory 2, and players can not play as an attacker or tanky class of character with her in the game. Regardless of the role, she is a decent class who can keep herself alive and deal damage from a distance if you can pull off playing with her in PvP.

Assassin

Assassin is the master of dealing damage from a safe distance, and she strikes opponents with lethal precision. Her weapon of choice is the one-handed thrown weapon. Assassin is the only class of character to have the highest luck stat in MapleStory 2. Besides that, she also has a decent range, defense, and dexterity. Like Priest, Assassin is also low on strength. However, unlike Priest, she is also low on intelligence as well.

Assassin
Role Available Weapons Class Attributes Key Stats
DPS One-Handed Thrown Weapon Types Shadow and Physical  Critical Damage and Luck
Active and Passive Skills Death Sentence, Shadow Web, Thrown Weapon Mastery, Shadow Arts, Mirror Image: Dark Blade, Star Chaser, Shadow Burst, Mark of Death, Star Flurry, Soul Grind, Fragmented Stars, Lucky Stars, Shadow Chaser, Shadow Cutter, Dark Cloak, and Fatal Strikes

Mastering the Assassin character is also relatively easy as you need to make yourself aware of all the whistles and blows of executing skills wherever required.

Striker

Striker class of character in our MapleStory 2 PvP Tier list is the true definition of taking a fight up close and personal. She uses two-handed knuckles as a weapon of choice and has the second-highest strength in MapleStory. Striker’s DEX stat is nearly equal to her strength, which makes her agile while executing skills at close ranges.

Striker
Role Available Weapons Class Attributes Key Stats
Two-Handed Knuckles Physical and Fire Dexterity and Physical Attack
Active and Passive Skills Taunting Feint, Overflowing Fighting Spirit, Raging Flame, Ultimate Destroyer Kick, Ultimate Rush, Spiral Cannon, Vulcan Punch, Double-Fist Smash, Spin Kick, Meridian Flow, Dragon Kick, Pattern Break, Raining Blows, Setup Kick, Shockwave Punch, and Guillotine. 

Her defense, range, and luck stat are average, and she lacks in the intelligence department. For the sake of PvP, players who like to deal damage from a distance will struggle while playing with Striker.

Soul Binder

Soul Binder uses a two-handed orb and deals damage by unleashing magic-based attacks on her targets. Like most mage class of characters, she too has the weakest strength and the highest intelligence in MapleStory 2. Other than that, her luck, dex, and range stat are above-average, but she lacks heavily in the defense department.

Soul Binder
Role Available Weapons Class Attributes Key Stats
Utility DPS Two-Handed Orb Magic Attack and Intelligence
Active and Passive Skills Expansion Blast, Soaring Orb, Radiant Salvo, Shooting Star, Static Flash, Energy surge, Flash strike, Raging Tempest, Concussion Orb, Healing Bond, Orb Mastery, Light Barrier, Mantra Array, Illusion, Fountain of Renewal, Animus Focus, and Narubashan Unleashed

Soul Binder can be a good alternative for a ranged glass-cannon-style playstyle. However, since she does not have a good defense stat from the get-go, playing with her in PvP can be a bit challenging.

Archer

Archer is the only class of character in MapleStory 2 to have the highest range stat, giving the character liberty to approach its targets from multiple safe distance positions. However, her defense is underwhelming, and the arrows lack punch, making this class of character difficult to learn or even master.

Archer
Role Available Weapons Class Attributes Key Stats
Ranged DPS Bow Fire, Ice, and Physical  Dexterity, Critical Hit, and Attack Speed
Active and Passive Skills Ice Arrow, Rapid Shot, Evasive Salvo, Arrow Barrage, Arrow Stream, Screwdriver Shot, Bow Swing, Eagle’s Majesty, Eagle Claw, Arrow Storm, Agile Archer, Conditioning, Bronze Eagle, Snipe, Screwdriver Shot, Precision Shooter, and Sharp Eyes

Still, many players make good use of Archer by learning to control or execute her skills on timing. Regardless of the downsides, she is still a decent class that has a difficult learning curve.

B-Tier

Sadly, Thief is the only class of character that belongs to the B-tier rank. According to what we experienced after playing the game, she is by far the weakest class in the game and offers little value in PvP. However, in PvE, she is an average class.

Complete Maplestory 2 PvP Tier List [2021]
B-Tier Ranking MapleStory 2 Tier List

Thief

We think Thief is the only class of character in MapleStory 2 who severely lacks punch, and most of her attacks do not deal a decent amount of damage. Besides the low-strength stat, she also suffers from a lack of range-based attacks and a low overall defense stat. However, she does come with overwhelming luck and dexterity stat.

Thief
Role Available Weapons Class Attributes Key Stats
Melee DPS One-Handed Daggers Toxic and Physical Dexterity, Movement Speed, Evasion, and Luck
Active and Passive Skills Poison Vial, Somersault Kick, Poison Edge, Mind Stealer, Double Slash, Surprise Attack, Blade Dance, Vicious Cuts, Haste, Quick Step, Cunning Tactics, Mind Breaker, Spirit Thief, Meso Guard Plus, Deft Combatant, Ruthless Guile, and Retaliation

Mastering the playstyle in PvP mode is extremely difficult as most of the time if you use Thief against Heavy Gunner or another A-tier character, you are likely to lose the fight.

Now that you know about all character classes in Maplestory 2, you may have a question or two. We are here to answer the top three most searched questions players keep asking on the web.

That is pretty much everything you need to know about the PvP MapleStory 2 tier list. Have you played with all classes in the game? Which one is your favorite and why? Let us know more of your thoughts in the comments section below.

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