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For a more detailed view visit my Guide in [url=http://www.basilmarket.com/show/guide/346]Guide Format.[/url]
[header=IPI]Introduction to Part I: Skill Changes and Skill Build
I have been meaning to make a Post - Big Bang Bandit Guide for a good time now and hopefully you will find it useful and not too crappy. Some of you might ask and wonder why make I am making a Post - Big Bang Guide so early. The only response I have to that question is anxiety. I feel that if I make a Post - Big Bang Guide, the waiting-time for the Big Bang to come to Global Maple Story will hopefully do not be as much of a torture as it is on my mind as of right now.
This First Part is going to deal mainly with Skill Changes and Skill Builds. The Official Skill descriptions will be posted on this First part but other information where the descriptions are not very "descriptive" will be posted on Part II of the Guide. Every Skill that has been given a spot in Part II of the Guide will have a link somewhere in the Description that will direct you to Part II of the Guide. For extra, but still relevant, information please refer to [url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086]Part II of the Guide[/url]. I am probably going to link to Part II a lot because this two parts are originally meant to be one Guide, and I only spitted them due to character restrains.
If there is anything you think is incorrect or you have any questions do not doubt in PM'ing me or posting it as a comment. I am going to try to keep up with all the questions that you might post but if for some reason it has been over 3 days and I haven't answer you DO NOT hesitate in PM'ing me.
I am planning to create a FAQ Section later, once this FAQ Section is up please consult said Section before posting your question.
Thanks and Enjoy.

[header=NtM]Message to Mr.Basil and/or Moderators
Mr. Basil or Moderator that is reading this guide, I would like to apply to make this Guide an "Official Guide" inside the Bandits/Chief Bandits/Shadowers Section, or at least having it sticky. I have reached the characters limit and I have been forced to split my Guide in two sides, which is something I would rather have skipped and could have been skipped if this were to be converted into a Guide. Also, most, if not all of the Guides I encounter as of late are out-dated. I am still yet to see a Post - Balance Patch that has been sticky-ed in BasilMarket.com, although I will be honest and confess that I have not looked in every forum. If you think that my Guide is missing important details and therefore is not "sticky-worthy" please comment or PM me as to which precise details you think I am missing.
Thanks.
By the way, the rules very specifically says other websites, when talking about advertising. Therefore when a person makes a thread asking about Bandits Post - Big Bang and I link them to this Guide, it is not against the rules.

[header=ToCI]Table of Contents
[s=/forum/1667393/]I. Part I - Skill Changes and Builds[/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#IPI]1.00 Introduction Part I[/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#NtM]1.10 Message to Mr. Basil and/or Moderators[/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#ToCI]1.20 Table of Contents to Part I[/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#ULI]1.30 Update Log of Part I[/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#UPCI]1.40 Upcoming Part I Guide Updates[/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#NvsV]2.00 Effect of the Big Bang in New and Veteran Bandits[/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#SPD]2.10 Skill Points Distribution for Bandits Created Pre - Big Bang [/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#SCaB]3.00 Skill Changes and Builds[/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#R1]3.10 Rogue - 1st Job [/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#SR]3.11 Skill Builds for Rogues [/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#B2]3.20 Bandit - 2nd Job [/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#BfB]3.21 Skill Builds for Bandits [/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#CB3]3.30 Chief Bandit - 3rd Job [/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#BCB]3.31 Skill Builds for Chief Bandits [/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#ECB]3.32 Early Chief Bandit Stage [/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#Nuclear]3.33 Nuclear Chief Bandit Stage [/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#LCB]3.34 Late Chief Bandit Stage [/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#Shad4]3.40 Shadower - 4th Job [/s]
[s=/forum/1667393/#CCS]4.00 Credits and Copyright Statement[/s]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086]II. Part II - Miscellaneous Information[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#IPII]5.00 Introduction to Part II[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#ToCII]5.10 Table of Contents to Part II[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#UL]5.20 Update Log of Part II[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#UUP]5.30 Upcoming Part II Guide Updates[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#TBB]6.00 The Big Bang - General Information[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#SPAP]6.10 Skill Point and Ability Point Reset - Myths and Facts[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#ReDa]6.20 The Big Bang "Pseudo-Release" Dates - Myths and Facts[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#ExpC]6.30 Experience Curve[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#MonI]6.40 Monster Information[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#MEHR]6.41 Monster's Experience/HP Ratio[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#MDAS]6.42 Monster's Defense and Attack System[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#PInf]7.00 Player Information[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#DCalc]7.10 Defense Calculations[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#ACalc]7.20 Attack Calculations[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#MRSys]7.30 Miss-Rate System[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#ESInf]7.40 Extra Skills' Information[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#SUsage]7.41 Steal Usage in Fourth Job[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#PPME]7.42 Pickpocket + Meso Explosion Combination[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#Chakra]7.43 Chakra[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#DFlare]7.44 Dark Flare[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#IIVid]8.00 Inspirational/Information Post - Big Bang Videos[/url]
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#CCS]9.00 Credits and Copyright Statement[/url]

[header=ULI]Update Log
v.0.01....... Thursday, August 19, 2010
The Guide starts as a rough draft in Microsoft Word. Only Intro and the Big Bang Headers
v.0.10....... Friday, August 20, 2010
The Guide is posted in BasilMarket.com. Up to the 1st job. About 1400 Words.
v.0.20....... Friday, August 20, 2010
Fixed some errors. Up to the 2nd job. About 2700 Words. Thanks to [url=http://www.basilmarket.com/user/nickicksu] nickicksu[/url] for letting me know about my error in Double Stab.
v.0.21....... Friday, August 20, 2010
Fixed an error with Steal and Haste. Thanks to TheMagistic for letting me know about my error
v.0.22....... Friday, August 20,2010
Fixed an error with Savage Blow. For some odd reason I believed that 10*6=90. Thanks to kruimeil0 for telling me.
v.0.23....... Friday, August 20, 2010
Fixed an error with base Mastery. I got confuzzled and thought that it was 15% Base Mastery for everybody. For Close-Range Characters as Bandits it is actually 20% Base Mastery. Thanks to GunDelHel for letting me know about my error. Keep the fixes coming guys!
v.0.24....... Friday, August 20, 2010
Added a few extra comments for Steal and my 2nd job Build for Veteran Chief Bandits. I hope it is clear enough.
v.0.25....... Saturday, August 21, 2010
Fixed the typo of BoT. It is Band of Thieves not Bandit of Thieves. Special Thanks to [url=http://www.basilmarket.com/user/nickicksu] nickicksu[/url] for letting me know.
v.0.30....... Saturday, August 21, 2010
I added some but not all the Third Job Information, there is just too much ground to cover and I didn't want to have this guide without some Third Job Information any longer. I have to go sleep now I am not sure on whether I will be able to update more today or not. About 4300 words.
v.0.31....... Sunday, August 22, 2010
I just added some Sin-Dit info. I'm sorry I am still short on Third Job information. I will give it to you all as soon as possible.
v.0.32....... Monday, August 23, 2010
Following a suggestion from Mejust I have removed all the messy Shield Mastery Calculations. Instead I posted a Screen-Shoot that looks much cleaner in my opinion. Thanks Mejust for posting in my guide and for the advice.
v.0.33....... Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I finally finished Third Job Information. I will do the builds either tomorrow or later tonight, depending on at what time my roommate feels like going to bed. I don't want to be typing while he is trying to sleep, that would just be rude. About 5700 words. Dam, this is probably the longest thing I've ever typed.
v.0.34....... Thursday, August 26, 2010
I have added the first part of the Third Job builds. Up to Level 87. I haven't added any Meso Explosion build yet, I will comment on that on a later update. About 7600 words. It is crazy how many pages in a Word Document this takes up.
v.0.35....... Saturday, August 28, 2010
Corrected a typo. Thanks to OmegaTobias for finding the error. I have also finished uploading the Third Job Build. I might add and tweak parts of it depending on your comments and questions. About 9000 words.
v.0.36....... Monday, August 30, 2010
Update some information and a personal theory on how Chakra works Post - Big Bang. If you find any errors in anything in this Guide do not hesitate on PM'ing me or commenting below. Your input is very likely to make me change/tweak the builds, etc.
v.0.37....... Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Added a section where with specific choices for you to pick what should I work next on the Guide. Also added a section regarding Skill Points usage for Bandits created Pre - Big Bang, special thanks to Kikaru. Also fixed a typo that Nickicksu was nice enough to find and report. Thanks Nickicksu and Kikaru for the suggestions. Please keep them coming.
v.0.40....... Sunday, September 05, 2010
Added a Section to compare Pre - Big Bang Monsters vs Post - Big Bang Monsters. Please keep in mind that it is not completed, I am working on the chart to give you a better idea of the differences but it takes time since I am a noob at Excel. About 11000 Words.
v.0.41....... Monday, September 06, 2010
Added a Table of Contents and fixed some minor wordings. Special thanks to dinedasher for the suggestion and to Biotype for helping me figure out the linking business. Keep the suggestions coming people, if you think the Guide is missing something just tell me and I will add it.
v.0.42....... Sunday, September 12, 2010
Added to Comparison Chart, please keep in mind that Bosses are not included as we do not train at Bosses. It is up to Level 70 only, but it should start giving you some idea of Pre vs Post Big Bang Monsters. Also fixed a few minor errors in the layout of the Pre vs Post Big Bang Monsters section.
v.0.50....... Saturday, September 25,2010
Added a Fourth Job Information Section, and also removed various sections that will be posted on Part II of the Guide sometime soon. These sections were removed due to the character limit per thread rule, both Guides will be merged together when this Guide gets converted into an official Guide.
v.0.60....... Saturday, October 23, 2010
Fixed the Descriptions and re-modeled some builds. I can't believe I finally have it done. I reached the character limit like 2 times while doing Third Job Builds and had to re-pose a lot of sentences.

[header=UPCI]Upcoming Part I Guide Updates
Bold=Currently working on............................[i]Italic[/i]=Planning to work on but could take a while

- Research more on Assassinate and its Damage uncharged vs. Boomerang Step
- [i]Skill Builds for Fourth Job[/i]
- If there is anything else you think I should add to the Guide (Part I or II) please comment below or PM me.

  • Thanks you all for your helpful comments and suggestion. I was expecting to get a lot of rude critics but all I got was helpful suggestion. I really appreciate it. I am sorry I have been short on updates lately. The reason why it is taking me longer to update is that classes have started and besides the information that I am trying to collect right now takes much more time that the information in the previous updates. Thanks for all your support, comments and questions. Every little single comment helps this Guide stay alive

[header=NvsV]Effect of the Big Bang in New and Veteran Bandits
If you create a Bandit after the Big Bang your skills build is going to be different than that of a Bandit that was Level 100 at the time of the Big Bang. The reason behind this difference in skill build is that some skills are only useful at your Level or your job but later on you might get a better skill. Take for example Steal. As a Level 107 Chief Bandit that I am, I have no intention of using Steal even though it do might in fact be a useful skill for a player in its Second Job due to the fact that it is a mobbing skill, and the Big Bang has made it even better of a mobbing skill. But because I already have Band of Thieves I don't feel the need of having said skill.

[header=SPD]Skill Points Distribution for Bandits Created Pre - Big Bang
I have not heard of anybody in Korea Maple Story having a problem with distributing their Skill Points into the right Job after using the 100% Skill Points Reset Post - Big Bang. But, to make sure that in Global Maple Story no-one has a problem distributing their Skill Points into the right Job please read carefully. After you use the 100% Skill Points Reset add points from your current Job to the lowest Job. For example, I am in the Third Job so I am going to add all the Skill Points that I am able to add in the Third Job and then move on to raise my Second Job Skills. I am Level 107 which means that I have 112 Skill Points currently attained and usable in my Third Job. After I have used all those 112 Skill Points from my Third Job into Third Job Skills, I will add all the 121 Skill Points of the Second Job into Second Job Skills, then the 61 Skill Points from the First Job to First Job Skills, and finally my 6 Skill Points of the Beginner Phase. If you want to use some Skill Points of a higher Job into a lower Job Skill you can do it, but first make sure that you have everything just like you want it on the higher Job Skill Book.
According to a Video in Korea Maple Story a person in YouTube a person was able to use First Job Skill Points into Second and Third Skills. Whether this was a glitch that was later fixed I am unaware. I do not recommend trying to do it though, because if it is a glitch and you are found abusing it, it might get you banned. I cannot link the Video anymore because it was removed.

[header=SCaB]Skill Changes and Builds
Not all of the skills were changed, but I am going to post all of them and bold all of the changes made. I will comment on some, if not all of them.
Almost all of the Skill Descriptions information is pretty much copy-paste from [url=http://www.basilmarket.com/show/guide/333] kruimel0's guide.[/url] and Efemera's Guide in SP. All credits go to them for being so awesome and eager to share.

*Note: All Delays are based on a Faster (2) for attacks, except when noted otherwise. Faster (2) is the speed of almost every Dagger with booster. There are some exceptions like Shinkita and the Night Raven Daggers. Non-Attack Skills are not dependent upon Dagger Speed

[header=R1]Rogue - 1st Job
Nimble Body : Increases the Accuracy and Avoid-ability permanently.
Max Level 20:
Pre-Big Bang: Increases Accuracy and Avoid-ability by 20.
Post-Big Bang: Increases Accuracy and Avoid-ability by 60.
Formula : ACC = Avoid= 3 * Skill Level
The way miss-rate is calculated now is different than after the Big Bang, thus making this 40 Accuracy increase not that big of a deal. For more Information please visit the [url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#MRSys]Miss-Rate System Section[/url] in Part II of the Guide.

Keen Eyes: Increases the range of throwing stars.
Increases the range of throwing stars to 200 at Max Level.
Pre-Big Bang: Max Level 8
Post-Big Bang: Max Level 5
Unless you are a Sin-Dit this doesn't help or hurt you. If you are a Sin-Dit then you now have 3 extra skill points for free. Enjoy!

Disorder: Decreases the defense and physical attack of the enemy. The enemy will also stop attacking you.
Max Level 10:
Pre-Big Bang: -10 MP; Enemy's ATK -20, DEF -20 for 60 seconds
Post-Big Bang: -10 MP, -10% Defense, -20 attack for 60 seconds.
Formula: -Attack/2=-%Defense= Skill Level
Delay: 600ms - Faster [2]; 690ms - Fast [4]
Reduces Defense by % now, which makes sense since Monsters have a PDRate now for Defense. For more information please refer to the [url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#MDAS]Monster's Defense and Attack System.[/url] There is no info yet, as to whether Disorder works or not in Bosses. I will try it on Dojo as soon as the Big Bang hits Global Maple Story.

Dark Sight: Hide in the shadows so you won't be seen by the enemy. However, you also can't attack.
-5 MP, hide in the shadow for 200 seconds, no speed reduction at Max Level.
Pre-Big Bang: Max Level 20
Post-Big Bang: Max Level 10
Formula: 3*Skill Level - 30 = Speed Reduction; Skill Level*2 = Skill Duration
Delay: 100ms
Nobody should wait until second job to Max Dark Sight now.

Double Stab: Swiftly stab an enemy twice with a dagger.
Max Level 20:
Pre-Big Bang: -14 MP, 140% Damage each stab.
Post-Big Bang: -14 MP, 130% Damage each stab.
Formula: Damage per Stab = 70%+3%*Skill Level
Delay: 600ms - Faster[2] ; 720ms - Fast[4]
20% Damage decrease total. Well we couldn't get everything buffed, huh?

Lucky Seven: Throw two stars to the enemy.
Max Level 20:
Pre-Big Bang: MP -16; Damage 150% x 2 Hits
Post-Big Bang: -14 MP, 170% Damage each star.
Formula: Damage per Star = 90%+4%*Skill Level
Delay: 720ms *The Delay is for Fast (4) Claw, without Booster, since we don't have Claw Booster.
Just as Keen Eyes, if you are not a Sin-Dit this change does not affect you. If you are a Sin-Dit then you get 40% more attack for 2 less MP. Not bad.

[header=SR]Skill Builds for Rogues
We have a total of 61 usable Skill Points, but we need a total of 85 Skill Points to Max everything on the 1st job. Obviously we are missing 24 points so we cannot Max everything. Here are my suggested 1st Job builds, use at your own discretion.

New Regular Rogue:
Level 10 - 17: +20 Double Stab (MAXED)
Level 17 - 18: +3 Disorder (3)
Level 18 - 21: +10 Dark Sight (MAXED)
Level 21 - 28: +20 Nimble Body (MAXED)
Level 28 - 30: +7 Disorder (MAXED) + 1 Extra Skill Point
End Results:
Double Stab (MAXED)
Dark Sight (MAXED)
Nimble Body (MAXED)
Disorder (MAXED)
1 Extra Skill Point to be placed anywhere.

New Sin-Dit AND Veteran Bandits
Comments: This is for Bandits who want to have Lucky 7 + Keen Eyes on 1st Job OR already have Savage Blow.
Level 10 - 17: +20 Lucky 7 (MAXED)
Level 17 - 18: +5 Keen Eyes
Level 19: +3 Disorder (3)
Level 20 - 23: +10 Dark Sight (MAXED)
Level 23 - 28: +16 Nimble Body (16)
Level 28 - 30 : +7 Disorder (MAXED)
End Results:
Lucky 7(MAXED)
Keen Eyes(MAXED)
Dark Sight(MAXED)
Disorder (MAXED)
Nimble Body (16)

Reasoning:
I have not used Double Stab ever since I got my Savage Blow Skill on the 2nd job, so I don't see any reason as to why having it once the Big-Bang gets here and our Skill Points get reset. As a matter of fact, Level 1 Steal is stronger than a Max Double Stab even when fighting 1 vs. 1. In the other hand, there have been situations in which I would have liked to do be able to throw stars with Keen Eyes. Because of this I would suggest that if you already have Savage Blow to forget about Double Stab once the Big-Bang gets to GMS. The 20 points of Double Stab could be much more useful if used in Lucky 7.
I choose to sacrifice 4 Points into Nimble Body because, Post - Big Bang, 12 Accuracy are not going to be "crucial" in any way. If you feel the need for those 12 Accuracy and Avoid-ability points you could leave Disorder at Level 6. But even Disorder seems to be more useful that Nimble Body after the Big Bang because Disorder diminishes the defense of the Monster that has been "Disordered" by 10% when Maxed, and if this can be used on Bosses it makes it even sexier.
If you do not want to sacrifice Nimble Body you could either keep:
Disorder at Level 6 or,
Lucky 7 at Level 16 or,
Some kind of compromise between these options.
Please remember that you CANNOT sacrifice Dark Sight. Dark Sight has to be maxed!

[header=B2]Bandit - 2nd Job
Dagger Mastery: Improves the mastery of daggers
Max Level 20:
Pre-Big Bang: 60% Mastery (Not added, but total), +20 Accuracy
Post-Big Bang: +50% Mastery (Not total, but added), +60 Accuracy.**
Formula: +Mastery = 10%+2%*Skill Level; Accuracy + 3*Skill Level
The Big-Bang gives Bandits a 20% base Mastery, with Max Mastery one would go up to 70% Mastery (20base+50Skill). This means that you are getting 10% extra Mastery and 40 extra Accuracy. The Accuracy System has been changed so we probably won't need it, but it comes free with the Mastery

Dagger Booster: Use MP to increase the weapon's attack speed by two stages. Can only be used with daggers. Requires Level 5 Dagger Mastery.
Max Level 20:
Pre-Big Bang: HP -10, MP -10; Improves dagger speed for 200 seconds.
Post-Big Bang: -11 MP, increases the attack speed for 200 seconds.
Formula: Duration = 10*Skill Level
Delay: 600ms
Dagger Booster no longer uses HP but it takes one more MP, nothing really big.

Haste: Increase the speed and jumping ability of everyone in the party.
Max Level 20: -30 MP, +40 speed, +20 jump for 200 seconds.
Formula: Duration = 10*Skill Level; Speed=2*Skill Level; Jump= Skill Level
Delay:600ms
There is no change here. But then again, there is no reason for them to change it.

Steal: Hit multiple enemies one time, with a chance to steal one of the enemy's items, as well as stunning the enemies. Requires Level 5 Haste.
Pre-Big Bang: Max Level 30: MP -24, Steal chance: 40%, Stun: 4 sec, Damage: 130%, attacks up to 4 enemies
Post-Big Bang: Max Level 20: -24 MP, Steal change 40%, Stun: 4 sec, Damage 300%, attacks up to 4 enemies.
Formula: Damage = 200% + 5%*Skill Level; Level 1-6: 2 Second Stun, 2 Monsters Attacked; Level 7-13: 3 Second Stun, 3 Monsters Attacked; Level 14-20: 4 Second Stun, 4 Monsters Attacked
Delay: 600ms
The Damage increased by 170% per attack, meaning a total of 680% Damage increase. It also requires 10 less Skill Points for Max Level.

Savage Blow: Deal very fast consecutive attacks. It attacks 6 times.
Max Level 30:
Pre-Big Bang: -27 MP; Attack 6x with 80% Damage.
Post-Big Bang: -26 MP, Attack 6x with 90% Damage.
Formula: Damage per Hit = 60% + 1%*Skill Level
Delay: 720ms
An increase of 10% Damage per hit, which is a total of 60% Damage increase. Also it now attacks 6x regardless of Level. Meaning that Level 1 Savage Blow>Maxed Dagger Booster.

Endure: Additional recover of HP and MP, you do not need to be on a ladder.
Pre-Big Bang: Max Level 20: Recovers an additional 100 HP and 40 MP every 10 seconds
Post-Big Bang: The skill gets deleted from our Skill Book.
We got a new skill called Shadow Resistance but we lost Endure. I do actually like Endure, I find the extra 40 MP every 10 seconds useful. But I prefer Shadow Resistance over Endure.

New Skill
Shadow Resistance: Increases your affinity with the darkness by permanently increasing maximum HP and resistance to status afflictions and elemental attacks.
Max Level 20: +10% maximum HP, 20% immunity to status, +20% resistance to all elements.
Formula: Skill Level = % Immunity Status = +% Resistance to all elements; +% Max HP=[i]Round-Up[/i](1/2*Skill Level)
It works as a passive Hyper Body and Elemental Resistance combined. Not as good as the Spearman's Hyper Body or the Priest's Elemental Resistance, but it is a nice addition to the Bandit's passive skills.

[header=BfB]Skill Builds for Bandits
We have a total of 121 points and we need 130 points to Max every skill given in the 2nd job. Therefore, we are missing 9 points to Max all of the Skills in our Skill Book. Please note, that these are general suggestions, therefore they are not going to apply to everybody individually. This means that, although this is my recommended build, people with different training styles may choose different order of adding Skill Points, ie: Early Haste.

Regular Bandits - Very Early Levels
Comments: This Skill Build is for Bandits that added Double Stab in First Job.
Level 30: +1 Dagger Mastery (1)
Comments: Level 1 Dagger Mastery increases Mastery from 20% to 32%. A 12% Min-Damage increase from 1 Skill Point.
Level 31-34: +5 Haste (5); +7 Steal (7)
Comments: We have need a Level 5 Haste to unlock Steal, and then add 7 Skill Points into Steal to be able to hit three monsters per attack. According to my calculations, %DPM-wise, Level 1 Dagger Mastery + Level 7 Steal beats Level 13 Dagger Mastery with Double Stab. This is why we hold Dagger Mastery a few more Levels.

Sin-Dits - Very Early Levels
Comments: This Build is for Bandits that did not add Double Stab in First Job.
Level 30-31: +4 Haste (4)
Level 32: +1 Haste (5); + 1 Steal (1); +1 Mastery (1)
Comments: Placing the first Skill point into Dagger Mastery is not going to help you because you are not using a dagger right? So we unlock Steal first, add one point and then 1 into Mastery
Level 33-34: +6 Steal (7)
Comments: Level 7 Steal hits up to three Monsters, thus making it way better than Double Stab + Mastery.

Skill Points Distribution up to Level 34 (Both Builds):
Dagger Mastery (Level 1)
Haste (Level 5)
Steal (Level 7)

  • The main difference between the two builds described above is the order of raising the Skills. Sin-Dits should stop using Lucky 7 as a main attack as soon as Steal and Mastery are Level 1.

Intermediate Step
Level 35-36: +4 Dagger Mastery (5); +2 Dagger Booster (2)
Comments: Even when taking into account having to recast Dagger Booster every 20 seconds, a Level 5 Mastery + Level 2 Dagger Booster + Level 7 Steal, beats a Level 1 Mastery + Level 13 Steal. Please keep in mind that my calculations assume re-casting Booster as soon as its 20 seconds are up.
Level 37: +3 Steal (10)
Level 38: +1 Steal (11); +1 Dagger Booster(3); +1 Mastery(6)
Comments: A 30 second booster might not sound very long, but if we actually do the math we will get that due to its low delay in re-casting it is not too bad, and raising Steal Level is actually better %DPM-wise.

Skill Point Distribution up to Level 38:
Dagger Mastery (Level 6)
Dagger Booster (Level 3)
Savage Blow (Level 1)
Steal (Level 11)

Late Bandit Stage
A little divergence occurs here, depending on your preference of Steal. Steal is extremely useful on Second Job, and some people would argue for its usefulness on 4th Job as well, but it can quickly be replaced in Third Job by Band of Thieves. Instead of writing down every possible Skill Build, I am going to write down the main general scheme for people with different tastes to follow. For my comments on Steal's usage in Fourth Job please visit the [url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#SUsage]Steal Usage in Fourth Job Section[/url] in Part II of the Guide.
  1. If needed, Level Up Steal (11, 14 or Maxed)
Comments: If you already have Level 11 Steal, and do not wish to add any more points skip this step. More information on Max Steal vs. Level 11 Steal below.
  1. Max Mastery
Comments: It probably seems as a late stage to Max Mastery, but in terms of %DPM we are right where we want to be.
3. Max Savage Blow
Comments: I consider this skill one trademark of the Bandits. Now that Steal is actually useful Savage Blow might not be used as often, but it does not cease to look amazing. This Skill also mixed very nicely with the Meso Explosion + Pickpocket combo. In fact even at Pickpocket Level 1, Meso Explosion Level 9, Savage Blow beats Assaulter Level 1 when bossing. Also a part of it reads: [i] "Cut until the sky bleeds"[/i] which is Epic. Not even a Level 20 Assaulter + Meso Explosion can beat a Maxed Savage + Meso Explosion, when Meso Explosion and Pickpocket are high Level enough.
  1. Max Haste and Level up Dagger Booster
Comments: Do I really need any comments as to why Max Haste? It is freaking Haste! And a higher Dagger Booster means having to recast less often. You could vary with the order of this as you will. But I would get Dagger Booster at least to level 6, then Max Haste and then add some more Booster.
  1. Max Shadow Resistance
Comments: Hyper Body, Elemental Resistance, and Self-Dispel (sort of) combined. This Skill makes a really nice addition to the Bandit's passive Skills Book.

But... add how many points on each?
Well depends on whether you want to Max Steal or not. Here I present to you the Pros-Cons of Maxing Steal.
Pros:
- Faster Training on Second Job
- Higher Steal Chance, which some people argue helps in Fourth Job
Cons:
- Not being able to Max Booster (or another Skill)
- A slightly slower %DPM in Third Job if Booster is sacrificed, about a 0.25% lower %DPM if Booster is left on Level 11. Please note it is 0.25% not 25%.
- Not being able to have Haste and Booster in a perfect Macro (200 Seconds for both)
This is what somebody PM'ed me about sacrificing some Haste to max Booster and Haste have a similar duration:
nhoccon92: The only draw back of steal is that it costs point of Dagger Booster. I have a solution: why don't we leave Haste at 16? I maxed my speed at lv 14. There are many equips provide extra spd and jump. Nowadays we even have potential system, that can even help us max jump.

While I do agree that we can Max Speed and Jump without Haste, I rather have my Haste maxed. I can't really explain why, I just know that I like having a Max Haste. Also I don't have speed equips on my Bandit, only a +3 Jump from my Helmet. But if we were to do sacrifice Haste, we could keep Haste at Level 16 and Dagger Booster at Level 15 so that they can go in a Macro together. Also if I don't Max haste I can picture people calling me noob for not having a Maxing it.
If you decide to Max Booster, Steal will remain on Level 11 and be able to hit only up to three monsters. An option to get Steal to hit up to 4 Monsters is to raise it up Level 14, thus being able to hit up to 4 Monsters, and keep Booster on Level 17. This would be a compromise of both options, you get to hit 4 Monsters while having Booster last 170 Seconds, not too shabby. Post - Big Bang leveling on Second Job is so easy that although not Maxing Steal will hinder your training at Second Job, it wouldn't be enough for it to be hell to Level. Therefore if you think you can make it through Second Job without a Maxed Steal, this might be the Build for you. Before deciding please read the [url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#SUsage]Steal Usage in Fourth Job Section[/url] in Part II of the Guide for information on Boomerang Step + Steal in Fourth Job. If you want to know what I am going to do, well it is simple. I am going to Max Booster and keep Steal at Level 11 because I already have a Maxed Band of Thieves and I just don't see myself using Steal with Boomerang Step. Another option is not to Max Savage Blow, but I do not approve of it simply because I am in love of Savage Blow. Savage Blow IS stronger than Assaulter in Third Job due to Meso Explosion. Assuming Shadow Partner affects Meso Explosion, Savage Blow + Meso Explosion is about 20% stronger than Max Assaulter + Meso Explosion.

End Results:
Dagger Mastery (MAXED)
Savage Blow (MAXED)
Shadow Resistance (MAXED)
Haste (MAXED)
Steal (MAXED or Level 11 or in between)
Dagger Booster (Level 11 or MAXED or in between)

[header=CB3]Chief Bandit - 3rd Job
I hope you are ready to piss your pants in happiness, because we get very awesome stuff, they are just AWESOME.
Shield Mastery: Increase the Physical and Magic defense if a shield is equipped.
Pre-Big Bang: Max Level 20: Defensive power of the Shield +100% when shield is equipped
Post-Big Bang: Max Level 10: Increase physical and magic defense with 100%.
Formula: +Physical and Magical Defense = 10%*Skill Level
Shield Mastery used to be the most useless Skill in a Chief Bandit's Skill Book because it only doubled the defense of the Shield. But Post - Big Bang it doubles the defense of the Character, not only the Shield. Also it now takes 10 less Skill Points for the Skill to be maxed. Not a bad improvement at all. Still not a top priority Skill though. For a chart to see how much Shield Mastery helps in diminishing Damage please go to the [url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#DCalc]Defense Calculations Section[/url] in Part II of the Guide.

Chakra: Use MP to recover your HP. Can only be used with less than half of your maximum HP.
Pre - Big Bang: Max Level 30: MP -27, Recovery rate 300%, Damage 112% during recovery if hit
Post - Big Bang: Max Level 10: -140 MP, 300% Recovery. 60% Damage received if hit while using Chakra.
Formula: Recovery Rate = 100% + 20%*Skill Level, Damage received = 100% - 4*Skill Level
Delay: 1500ms
Chakra was improved, there is no argument there. Mastery Level was reduced, cast time was reduced and Damage received was reduced too.

Assaulter: Attacks a single enemy with incredible power and speed. The enemy may be stunned.
Pre-Big Bang: Max Level 30: MP -26, Damage: 500%, Stun chance: 80%
Post-Big Bang:Max Level 20: -24 MP, 290% Damage with 3 hits, 80% chance to stun for 4 seconds.
Formula: Damage per hit = 230% + 3%*Skill Level; Chance of Stun = 20% + 3%*Skill Level; Stun Duration = 2s for Level 1-9, 3s for Level 10-19, 4s for Level 20
Delay: 900ms
I love this. 290%*3 = 870%, that means a 370% Damage Increase. I don't quite see why they needed to split the attacks into three medium attacks instead of just one big attack. But the end result is still awesome nonetheless. And we get 10 Free Skill Points.

Pickpocket:Mesos will fall off the enemy while attacking it. It requires Level 3 Meso Explosion.
Pre-Big Bang: Max Level 20: MP -50; Success rate 60% for 180 seconds
Post-Big Bang:Max Level 10: -50 MP, 60% chance that Mesos will fall off the enemy for 150 seconds.
Formula: Duration = 100 + 5*Skill Level; Chance to drop Mesos = 10% + 5%*Skill Level
Delay: 900ms
10 Free Skill Points, I Love it. It is 30 seconds shorter than before but no big deal. From what I have seen the Pickpocket + Meso Explosion Combination is everything but useless even at Fourth Job Post - Big Bang. For more information visit the [url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#PPME]Pickpocket + Meso Explosion Combination[/url] in Part II of the Guide.

Band of Thieves: Summon fellow robbers to hit multiple enemies.
Pre-Big Bang: Max Level 30: -25 MP, summons 5 bandits for 250% Damage.
Post-Big Bang: Max Level 20: -30 MP, attack up to 5 enemies for 395% Damage.
Formula: Damage = 315% + 4%*Skill Level; Level 1-9: 3 Targets, Level 10-19: 4 Targets, Level 20: 5 Targets
Delay: 600ms
I absolutely adore this Skill. It is one of my favorite Skills as a Chief Bandit, and the fact that it is stronger and faster to Max now makes it even better. We get an increase of 145% Damage per enemy, which means that it can go up to an 860% Damage Improvement. To make it even better, our Range has been increased, mostly our Range to hit monsters behind us. See this [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjDGskE1Bcc]Youtube Video[/url] to get a better idea of how large our range is now. I am not certain on whether the description is right on how many targets Band of Thieves hits. As you probably know, Pre-Big Bang Band of Thieves summons 5 Bandits, but your dagger itself can also hit a Mob, thus making it 6 targets. I can't find any definite proof on whether Post - Big Bang it is 5 Mobs total, or 5 Mobs attacked by the summons and 1 Mob attacked by the dagger. We are going to have to wait until the Big Bang hits Global Maple Story. We do get 10 Free Skill Points, though. I just Love this Skill.

Meso Guard: Use Mesos to guard 50% of the Damage. Damage reduction and consumption rates vary by skill Level. Meso Guard requires Level 3 Chakra.
Max Level: Meso cost is 61% of the mitigated Damage, 180 seconds duration.
Pre-Big Bang: Max Level 20, -35 MP
Post-Big Bang: Max Level 10, -37 MP
Formula: Duration = 120 + 6*Skill Level; Mesos Consumption Rate = 81%-2%*Skill Level
Delay: 900ms
It works exactly the same except that we can Max it half as fast now, pretty cool in my opinion.

Meso Explosion: Explodes Mesos on the ground to attack monsters.
Pre-Big Bang: MP -30; Mastery 100%, explode up to 20.
Post-Big Bang: Max Level 20: -30 MP, 180% Damage per attack, up to 10 enemies, up to 15 bags explode.
Formula: Damage = 100% + 4%*Skill Level; Number of Targets = 5 + [i]Round-up[/i] (Skill Level/4); Number of Bags = 5 + [i]Round-down[/i] (Skill Level/2)
Delay: 750ms
Meso Explosion has been nerfed and improved at the same time. For more information in how Meso Explosion's Damage is now calculated please visit the [url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#PPME]Pickpocket + Meso Explosion Combination Section[/url] in Part II of the Guide.

New Skill
Dark Flare: Summon Dark Lord's giant Shuriken to reflect attacks. The Shuriken reflects damage whenever an enemy attacks nearby party members within range. Cannot reflect more than half of the target's maximum HP.
Max Level 20: -100 MP, summons Dark Flare for 60 seconds, reflects 1300% of Damage dealt. Cool-down: 60 Seconds
Formula: Duration: 20 + 2*Skill Level; Damage = 300% + 50%*Skill Level; Cool-down = 260s for Level 1-3, 220s for Level 4-7, 180s for Level 8-11, 140s for Level 12-15, 100s for Level 16-19, 60s for Level 20
Delay: 600ms
Dark Flare works nicely when luring or bossing. When luring, you get all the Monsters in one area and then spam BoT, if you lure them to the place where Dark Flare was summoned then it will be constantly attacking, because you will be in the nearby range. When bossing, if the boss is not moving, the concept is the same as luring, you can stay in the nearby range of Dark Flare. For this two cases Dark Flare may speed up training (or Bossing) a bit. For information on how the Reflected Damage is Calculated please visit the [url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#DFlare]Dark Flare Section[/url] in Part II of the Guide.

New Skill
Shadow Partner: Summon a shadow that will attack with you for a period of time. Requires a Summon Rock.
Max Level 20: -80 MP, summon a shadow for 180 seconds that deals 50% of the Damage you're dealing.
Formula: Damage: 10% + 2%*Skill Level; Duration: 60s for Level 1-5, 100s for Level 6-11, 140s for Level 12-17, 180s for Level 18-20
Delay: 1500
It's OK if you piss your pants now. Shadow Partner is not exactly a "New" Skill because Hermits have had it since Third Job came out. But, it is new to us Bandits, or Chief Bandits to be more precise. There are no words to describe how happy I am to have this Skill, it's just wow.

New Skill
Flash Jump: Performs a second jump in the air. The higher the Skill Level, the further you'll jump.
Max Level 20: -12 MP, jump a certain distance.
Formula: MP Consumption: 52 - 2*Skill Level
Just as Shadow Partner this is not quite a "New" Skill because Hermits have it. But, to us Chief Bandits it is new. Although it is not as good as Shadow Partner, I will take it happily.

[header=BCB]Skill Builds for Chief Bandits
We have a total of 151 Skill Points in Third Job and we need 160 Skill Points to Max every Skill in the Third Job. As you can easily calculate we are missing 9 Skill Points just as we were on the Second Job. Since we cannot Max everything is time to prioritize and set rules as to what we can sacrifice and what we cannot compromise. We cannot compromise Shadow Partner, Band of Thieves, Meso Explosion and Pickpocket, in that order or relevance. Meso Guard is a really good Skill, but Level 1 Meso Guard and Level 10 Meso Guard mitigate the same damage the only difference is the duration of the Skill and the amount of Mesos used. I do recommend maxing Meso Guard, but it is not a must. So what about the rest? Well, Shield Mastery has gotten a nice improvement, but it still far from being a needed Skill. Dark Flare reflects back damage which could in theory speed up Bossing and training (especially if luring). Then we have our mobile Skills, Flash Jump and Assaulter. Both are really helpful and fun to use, but neither of them is a must-be-maxed Skill. Flash Jump allows you to move around easier from place to place, and platform to platform. While Assaulter allows you to quickly move a certain distance acroo a monster while dealing damage. We also have our Healing Skill, Chakra. Chakra is probably one of the best options to sacrifice. A Potion works much faster than Chakra without needing to be below 50% maxHP before using it. There are some occasions where Chakra could be very helpful though, ie: Dojo. One of the cons in sacrificing Chakra is that you would still need to take 2 Skill Points from another Skill because Meso Guard requires at least a Level 3 Chakra. What I mean with all of these is that if you sacrifice Chakra you would have 2 Un-Maxed Skills in your Third Job Skill Book. I myself do not care about having 2 Un-Maxed Skills in my Third Job Skill Book but some would rather sacrifice only 1 Skill, which is entirely up to the player.

[header=ECB]Early Chief Bandit Stage
Shadow Partner First
Level 70: +1 Assaulter (1)
Comments: Assaulter is also a really good Skill when you are training due its mobility capabilities. Let's say for example there are 3 monsters in front of you and you are using Steal to kill them and then another monster shows up behind you, what do you do? Well if you have Assaulter you can turn around attack and now that monster would be in the same side as the other 3 monsters you were attacking before, meaning that now you have 4 monsters to use Steal to. Not bad, huh? Also Level 1 Assaulter is stronger than Maxed Savage Blow
Level 71-77: +20 Shadow Partner (MAXED)
Comments: Shadow Partner increases the attack from all the Skills you have. This means that even at Shadow Partner Level 1 all of your Skills start to inflict more Damage I just cannot hold my love for this Skill.
Level 77-78: +3 Chakra (3); +1 Meso Guard (1)
Comments: Sadly we need Chakra in order to have Meso Guard. Even if you are planning to Max Chakra do not raise any more points for now. 1 Skill Point into Meso Guard is enough to diminish all damage taken by 50%. Level 1 Meso Guard lasts for 126 Seconds and takes 79% of the Damage diminished in Mesos.
Level 79-85: +20 Band of Thieves (MAXED)
Comments: If you think that Steal is good, wait until you try Band of Thieves. Unlike Steal, Band of Thieves does not only attack forward but it also attacks behind you. Some of you might think that if we wait this long to max Band of Thieves we won't be able to train at Typhons in the early 80's anymore. Well right now Typhons are Level 100 and if they stay at that Level we are going to miss a lot Post - Big Bang due to the new [url=http://www.basilmarket.com/forum/1725086/#MRSys]Miss-Rate System[/url]. Korea Maple Story does not have New Leaf City so there is no information on how Nexon America is going to deal with New Leaf City Monsters Post - Big Bang, but I doubt they will bring Typhons Level to the 80's. It is just a hunch though. As a side note, there is no need to have Meso Guard before Band of Thieves so you could start raising Band of Thieves as soon as your Shadow Partner has been maxed. But I would recommend having at least 1 Skill Point into Meso Guard before Band of Thieves because that way you have to go back to buy Potions less often, and it can also help if you are training at places that can 1-hit or 2-hit Kill you.
Reasoning for this Build
By starting with Shadow Partner you get to increase all of your attacks at once, which is a major plus. With Maxed Shadow Partner Steal deals 450% per Monster, Savage Blow does 810%, and Assaulter Level 1 hits 1048.5%, these three should be your main Attack-Skills until Band of Thieves replaces Steal. Also Shadow Partner starts to improve these two said Skills since Level 1, meaning that unlike the Band of Thieves first build you start seeing faster training and higher damage since the Level 1 Shadow Partner.

Band of Thieves First
Level 70: +1 Assaulter (1)
Comments: Assaulter is also a really good Skill when you are training due its mobility capabilities. Let's say for example there are 3 monsters in front of you and you are using Steal to kill them and then another monster shows up behind you, what do you do? Well if you have Assaulter you can turn around attack and now that monster would be in the same side as the other 3 monsters you were attacking before, meaning that now you have 4 monsters to use Steal to. Not bad, huh? Also Level 1 Assaulter is stronger than Max Savage Blow.
Level 71-77: +20 Band of Thieves (MAXED)
Comments: Band of Thieves is going to be your main mobbing Skill in Third Job, it simply beats Steal in damage and in number of how many Monster it can attack.
Level 77-78: +3 Chakra (3); +1 Meso Guard (1)
Comments: Sadly we need Chakra in order to have Meso Guard. Even if you are planning to Max Chakra do not raise any more points for now. 1 Skill Point into Meso Guard is enough to diminish all damage taken by 50%. Level 1 Meso Guard lasts for 126 Seconds and takes 79% of the Damage diminished in Mesos.
Level 79-85: +20 Shadow Partner (MAXED)
Comments: Band of Thieves by itself is good, but with Shadow Partner it is just Heaven. You could start raising Shadow Partner right after Band of Thieves is maxed, but I think that waiting 1-2 more Levels in order to have Meso Guard in Level 1 is more beneficial than an early Shadow Partner, or at least more Meso-efficient.
Reasoning for this Build
We place one point into Assaulter mobility purposes. We quickly start raising our new mobbing Skill right away to help speed up training even further. In the first Chief Bandit Levels the people that chose Shadow Partner first will be stronger but once Band of Thieves starts hitting 5 Mobs it will be stronger than the Shadow Partner Build first. Why? Because Band of Thieves by itself beat Steal even with Shadow Partner. Steal with Shadow Partner hits up to 1800% when it hits 4 monsters, while Band of Thieves by itself can hit up to 2370% when it hits 6 monsters and 1975% when it hits 5 monsters. Also Band of Thieves hits not only forward but also backward, upward and downward. If Band of Thieves was nerf'd into only 5 Targets total at max Level, then this Build will not be stronger until Band of Thieves is Maxed at Level 77. But if Band of Thieves works as before, and it hits "x" targets with the summons and then 1 target is attacked with the dagger, then this Build will be stronger when Band of Thieves is Level 10.
Which build should I choose?
There are many factors that should matter when you try to make a choice between these two Builds. Mainly where are you training, and whether you want to see an increase in damage fast, or would you rather wait a little bit for an increase that is actually larger. If you train at a place where it is going to be hard to find monsters in groups of 5+ then I would recommend you to go for Shadow Partner first because Steal with Shadow Partner beats Band of Thieves (without Shadow Partner) in mobs of 4 or less. But if you train in a place where finding large mobs is easy then go you might want to go with Band of Thieves first, especially if you train at a place where monsters are coming for you from everywhere such as Gryphons. I am not saying Typhons because I doubt you could train at Typhons in your late 70's or even early 80's Levels Post - Big Bang. Also if you would rather see an increase in damage as fast as possible then go with Shadow Partner first because with the Band of Thieves Build you are not going to see an increase in damage until Band of Thieves starts hitting 5 Targets (Level 10 or Maxed, depending on whether Band of Thieves has been nerfed or not target's wise). If for any reason you decided not to add Steal on Second Job, or left it below Level 14, then go for Band of Thieves first. Don't get too stressed up upon what build to choose though, because by level 85 both Builds would end up with the same results, and getting to Level 85 should not be too bad Post - Big Bang.

Skill Points Distribution up to Level 85 (Both Builds)
Assaulter (Level 1)
Chakra (Level 3)
Meso Guard (Level 1)
Band of Thieves (MAXED)
Shadow Partner (MAXED)
+1 Extra Skill Point (See under Nuke Stage)

[header=Nuclear]Nuclear Chief Bandit Stage
  • I do realize how cheesy "Nuclear Chief Bandit Stage" sounds. If you can find a better name for this stage please tell me by commenting below or PM'ing me.
This is the only efficient Middle-Stage Build I can come up with. If you think that this "Nuclear Stage" should be postponed for later, comment below or PM me on how would you change it and your reasoning.

Level 85-86: +3 Meso Explosion (3); +1 Pickpocket (1)
Comments: Level 1 Pickpocket has a 15% Chance of dropping a coin, meaning 1 coin every 6-7 attacks. Level 3 Meso Explosion, explodes only 6 coins so you'll be able to explode the max amount of coins about every 4 Savage Blows, 7 Assaulters, or 4-5 Band of Thieves. Please be aware that at this Level of Meso Explosion and Pickpocket unless you explode the same or more people than what you are attacking with Band of Thieves your training will actually slow down. In other words, if on average your Band of Thieves is attacking 4-5 Monsters, try to explode about 5 monsters per explosion too. The Range for Meso Explosion is pretty wide; therefore as long as your pool of money is extended well enough it shouldn't be too hard to accomplish this. Another little tip, only explode when there are as many coins as the maximum amount of coins that Meso Explosion can explode, thus maximizing Meso Explosions' efficiency. Also, at this point Level 1 Assaulter is still a little bit better than Savage Blow.
Level 87: +2 Pickpocket (3); +1 Meso Explosion (4)
Comments: Trust me on this one. Adding 2 Skill Points to Pickpocket and 1 to Meso Explosion actually increases %DPM more than adding 2 Skill Points into Meso Explosion and 1 into Pickpocket. Also at this point Savage Blow + Meso Explosion starts beating Assaulter Level 1 + Meso Explosion
Level 88-94: +1 Pickpocket (10); +2 Meso Explosion (18) per Level
Comments: An early Meso Explosion + Pickpocket Build will help you at training and bossing. Meso Explosion beats Assaulter and Band of Thieves in terms of damage. The only downside to Meso Explosion is that it needs Mesos on the ground to attack, which is why a high Level of Pickpocket is recommended too. The next question will be, whether to Max Pickpocket before Meso Explosion or go the other way. Think about Pickpocket as your "delay" time for activating a bomb and Meso Explosion as the overall effect of those bombs. The higher the Level of Pickpocket the less you have to wait per bombing. But a higher Level of Meso Explosion will not only inflict more damage per bomb, but will be allow you to explode more bombs per attack and hit a larger number of mobs as well. In other words, do you want to be able to bomb a small amount of bombs with OK damage, but be able to do it a lot of times, or bombing a large amount of bombs with a high Damage, but having to wait a long time between bombings. The order I followed in here is basically just plugging-in numbers into the %DPM Bandit Calculator I've made to see what is better, level by level. It just happened to follow a nice +2 Meso Explosion, +1 Pickpocket sequence.
Level 95: +2 Meso Explosion (MAXED); + 1 Assaulter (2)
Level 96: +3 Assaulter (5)
Comments: Assaulter is raised in order to unlock Flash Jump, more on Flash Jump under Late Chief Bandit Stage.

Skill Point Distribution up to Level 95:
Assaulter (Level 5)
Meso Guard (Level 1)
Chakra (Level 3)
Band of Thieves (MAXED)
Shadow Partner (MAXED)
Meso Explosion (MAXED)
Pickpocket (MAXED)

Reasoning for this Stage
Meso Explosion is purely amazing, we need it Maxed. Meso Explosion deals great Damage, attacks up to 10 mobs and it has a great range. Post - Big Bang even the coins behind you explode, thus meaning it is actually feasible to reach the 10 mobs limit. Meso Explosion + Pickpocket acts like a second Shadow Partner, sort of, but not really. It acts like Shadow Partner because it virtually makes all of our attacks stronger. Our grinding is faster, our bossing is faster, and being totally honest, Meso Explosion looks super-sexy. In case you were wondering, by this point Savage Blow + Meso Explosion starts beats Assaulter (Level 1) + Meso Explosion by about 36%.This combination is by far the best option to Max right after Maxing Shadow Partner and Band of Thieves. The only problem I see with Pickpocket + Meso Explosion is that if you lack a pet with Meso Pouch, you are going to literally blow your money away. Pets do not pick-up the Mesos from Pickpocket, so that when you use Meso Explosion only the Mesos from Pickpocket will be blown up, and not the Mesos from Monster Drops. Assaulter is raised to Level 5 to unlock Flash Jump, more on Flash Jump under Late Chief Bandit Stage.

[header=LCB]Late Chief Bandit Stage
There is a small divergence for the Late Stage, mainly due to which Skill you plan to sacrifice. Instead of posting all the plausible Build variations I am going to set-up a main scheme and explain what kind of variations could be made.
  1. Flash Jump
Comments: Flash Jump is our own refillable Red Bull. It gives as wings and a mobility we could only dream of Pre - Big Bang. You could choose to keep it at Level 1 while Maxing Dark Flare and/or Assaulter, Max it now, or Max it while doing the other two. Place at least one Skill Point before moving on.
  1. Dark Flare
Comments: Dark Flare is going to be really useful on bosses and places like Himes. Dark Flare does not follow you, so if you are training all over a huge map Dark Flare won't be able to reflect the damage dealt to you by Monsters and will be useless. If you plan to train on places where you lure all the Monsters into one small area, like Himes or Typhons, then Dark Flare might be really useful. Be aware though that Dark Flare has a cool-down time. Only when Dark Flare is Maxed you can re-cast it as soon as it disappears.
  1. Assaulter
Comments: As I already mentioned, Savage Blow is stronger than Assaulter when Bossing, even if Assaulter is Maxed because of Meso Explosion. But this does not mean that Assaulter is useless. In the first stages of Dojo Assaulter will actually be better than Savage Blow because you kill the Bosses in 1-2 hits. There is no much chance to use Meso Explosion if you kill the Monster in less than 3 hits, therefore it is as if we virtually don't have Meso Explosion, thus making Assaulter far stronger than Savage Blow. Also Assaulter's main purpose is going to be mobility, not damage. Assaulter is going to serve as a finishing and mobility move. By the time you hit this Late Chief Bandit Stage you've had Assaulter for over 20 Levels so you should know how resourceful it is. I would recommend not sacrificing Assaulter because even though you are not going to be training purely with Assaulter, it can help as a finishing move that does not only kill the Monster but also teleports you to the other side to keep doing Band of Thieves to the Monsters you couldn't reach before. Let's put it this way, Savage Blow is better for Bossing Monsters that take 4+ hits, but Assaulter is better as a finishing move when training.
  1. Meso Guard
Comments: A higher Level of Meso Guard will increase the duration of the Skill and reduce the Mesos used. I highly recommend not sacrificing Meso Guard.
  1. Shield Mastery
Comments: It has been improved but it is still a easy choice for sacrifice.
  1. Chakra
Comments: It has been improved but it is still a easy choice for sacrifice.

Personal Skill Distribution
In case you are interested on how I am going to distribute my Skill points in the Late Chief Bandit Stage here is my basic Skill Distribution:
  1. Raise Flash Jump + Dark Flare. I am going to start with 1 Flash Jump and 2 Dark Flare each Level. Once Dark Flare is Level 10 and Flash Jump is Level 5, I should probably know which one helps me out the most based on my training style and I will Max the one that I feel is the most useful.
  2. Then I will Max the Skill (Flash Jump or Dark Flare) that wasn't Maxed in the previous step.
  3. Get Assaulter to Level 10 and see if I actually use it on regular training or not. If I use it constantly I will Max it right away; if not I will Max Meso Guard and then finish Maxing Assaulter.
  4. By this time I should have an idea on how useful Chakra is or isn't. If Level 3 Chakra is good enough to heal me 60%+ I'll probably leave it there. If I think that Chakra is useful but it would be better if it healed more I will add a few more points. Get any extra Skill Points (if any) on Shield Mastery. I think that I might leave Shield Mastery at Level 6 and Chakra at Level 5.

[header=Shad4]Shadower - 4th Job
I am not a Fourth Jobber yet which means that I cannot give you a fair, intelligent or even knowledgeable description of these Skills. I am still posting the Skills and changes of them for purely informational purposes though, but without a Build. I will probably hit Fourth Job soon after the Big Bang and I will start updating more after that. Also, if someone out there has experience with Fourth Job and thinks that something I have said is wrong or misleading please let me know and I will correct it immediately. I am going to try to collect as many tips and advices from you all to complete this section as soon as possible.

Shadow Shifter: Increases the chance of evading enemy attacks by replacing yourself with a wooden puppet.
Pre - Big Bang: Max Level 30: Shadow Shifter 40% chance to avoid
Post - Big Bang: Max Level 30: Fake 45% chance to avoid
Formula: Chance to Avoid = 15% + 1%*Skill Level
It was slightly improved by 5%.

Venom:Permanently puts potion to the dagger. Poison can only bring down an enemy's HP to 1, not kill them.
Pre - Big Bang: Max Level 30: Attack: 60, Duration: 8 sec, Poison chance: 50%
Max Level 30: 40% chance of poison, 140% damage per second for eight seconds
Formula: Chance to Poison = 10% + 1%*Skill Level; Damage per Second = 50% + 3%*Skill Level; Duration = 3 + [i]Round-down[/i] (Skill Level/6)
No comments due to having a very small knowledge about DoT.

New Skill
Greed: Increases the efficiency of Meso-related skills.
Max Level 10: 20% increased Meso drop rate, +20% Pickpocket chance, Meso Guard +10% guarded damage, Meso Guard 20% reduced cost, Meso Explosion +60% damage per explosion
Formula: +Meso Guard Guarded Damage = 1%*Skill Level; +Meso Drop Rate = +Pickpocket Chance = Meso Guard Reduced Cost = 2%*Skill Level; +Meso Explosion Damage per Explosion = 6% Skill Level
I might not know much about Fourth Job, but I know that this Skill is amazing. It does not only make Meso Guard better, thus increasing our effective maxHP, but it also makes the Pickpocket and Meso Explosion combination stronger. And the extra Drop Rate is also welcome

Maple Warrior: Increases stats by a certain percentage for everyone in the party.
Pre - Big Bang: Max Level 30: -70 MP, increase all the stats with 15% for everyone in the party for 900 seconds
Post - Big Bang: Max Level 30: -70 MP, increase all the stats with 15% for everyone in the party for 900 seconds
Formula: Duration = 30*Skill Level; Increase in Stats = 1%*[i]Round-up[/i] (Skill Level/2)
Delay: 1500ms

Assassination: Exit Dark Sight to attack an enemy 4 times for incredible damage. The final attack can deal critical damage, and damage increases while in Dark Sight.
Pre - Big Bang: Max Level 30: Attack 120%, for 12 seconds, accumulative damage, Critical Damage 250%, for success rate 90%
Post - Big Bang: Max Level 30: -44 MP, 560% damage for 4 hits, the total damage for 8 seconds in Dark Sight.
Formula: Damage = 380% + 6%*Skill Level; Dark Sight duration = 3s + [i]Round-up[/i] (Skill Level/7)
Delay: 1380ms

Taunt: Provoke up to 6 enemies. Targets acquire increased defense and higher experience and item drop rates. It requires Shadow Shifter Level 10.
Pre - Big Bang: Max Level 30: Increases the Defense, EXP and Drop-Rate of the enemy by 40%
Post - Big Bang: Max Level 30: Increases the enemies' Defense, EXP and Drop-Rate by 40%
Formula: +Target Defense = +Experience = +Drop-Rate = 10% + 1%*Skill Level
Delay: 1020ms

Ninja Ambush: A group of ninjas hiding in the bushes will ambush up to 6 monsters at once. HP cannot fall below 1.
Pre - Big Bang: Max Level 30: MP -43, Damage 100%, for 12 seconds, attack range 200%
Post - Big Bang: Max Level 30: MP -44, 200% damage, 14 seconds duration
Formula: Damage = 80% + 4%*Skill Level, Duration = 4 + [i]Round-up[/i] (Skill Level/3)
Delay: 1500ms

Smoke Shell: Scatter around bombs and hide in the smoke. All party members will not be hit while being in the smoke.
Pre - Big Bang: Max Level 30: -45 MP, 60 seconds smoke. Cool-down 10 minutes
Max Level 30: -46 MP, 60 seconds smoke. Cool-down: 6 minutes
Formula: Duration = 30 + Skill Level
Delay: 1440ms

Boomerang Step: Hit multiple enemies by attacking them two times, with a chance to stun the enemies.
Pre - Big Bang: MP -26, Attacks 4 enemies, damage 500%, stun with success rate 90%
Post - Big Bang: Max Level 30: MP -40, 600% each attack, up to 4 enemies, 90% stun chance for 4 Seconds. Passive effect: +25% damage to Savage Blow, Steal, Assaulter and Band of Thieves
Formula: Damage = 450% + 5%*Skill Level; Chance for Stun = 30% + 2%*Skill Level; Number of Enemies = Level 1-14: 2 Mobs, Level 15-29: 3 Mobs, Level 30: 4 Mobs; +Passive Effect Damage on Savage Blow, Steal, Assaulter and Band of Thieves = 5% + 2%*Round-Down (Skill Level/3)
Delay: 690ms

Hero's Will: Shrug off abnormal conditions.
Pre - Big Bang: Max Level 5: -30 MP, 360 seconds Cool-down
Max Level 5: -30 MP, 360 seconds Cool-down
Formula: Cool-down=660-60*Skill Level

[header=CCS]Credits and Copyright Statement
Credits go to:
[url=http://www.basilmarket.com/show/guide/333]Kruimel and his Guide[/url] for creating the Big Bang Guide in BasilMarket and allowing me to use some of his information.
[url=http://www.spadow.wordpress.com]Spadow and his Blog[/url] for some raw information.
Efemera for her guide in SP
Fiel of SP. Does anybody know why can't we link to SP?
J0S3A4D (me) for doing both Guides in their entirety, using raw information from the sources listed above.
Special Thanks to:
kruimel0 for being very quick in responding when I have a question, and even bothering to check the .wz files for me to find out more about Chakra.
Everybody that has given a suggestion or found a mistake and told me about it have their names in the Update Logs. (Hopefully?)
Unnecessary but still Present Copyright Statement:
All the material presented in both parts of the Guide is not to be distributed without a proper link to the Guide and a statement declaring where the information came from. Although some information in this Guide was not acquired by me, the pictures and charts were done by me and I will at least like to be properly acknowledged.

  • Don'
Posted: August 2010 Permalink

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I think there is a change actually; double stab does 140% x2 right now.
I am quite sure of this; just letting you know.
Aug 20 2010
j0s3a4d Level 115 Broa Ranger
I think there is a change actually; double stab does 140% x2 right now.
I am quite sure of this; just letting you know.[/quote]
I just checked my Chief Bandit and you are absolutely right. I guess that the information on BasilMarket is wrong then. I wonder if hiddenstreet.net has it right.
Anyway, thanks for letting me know

EDIT: Hiddenstreet.net has it wrong too. They have 130% just as BasilMarket.com. I am starting to get worried.
Aug 20 2010
You can add that Nimble Body would be most likely the best option of the 3 to give 16 points since as you approach the higher levels, 4 accuracy or avoidibility is unlikely to cause a difference. The only time it will make a small difference is when you're 1-4 away from a perfect square because of the formula which rounds down the value and even then, its only 1%.
The formula is "avoidRate = floor(sqrt(charAvoid)) - floor(sqrt(mobACC))". And replace avoid with accuracy and vice versa for the accuracy formula.
Aug 20 2010
j0s3a4d Level 115 Broa Ranger
You can add that Nimble Body would be most likely the best option of the 3 to give 16 points since as you approach the higher levels, 4 accuracy or avoidibility is unlikely to cause a difference. The only time it will make a small difference is when you're 1-4 away from a perfect square because of the formula which rounds down the value and even then, its only 1%.
The formula is "avoidRate = floor(sqrt(charAvoid)) - floor(sqrt(mobACC))". And replace avoid with accuracy and vice versa for the accuracy formula.[/quote]

It would actually be 12 less in Accuracy and Avoid-ability. At level 20 Nimble Body gives 60 Accuracy and 60 Avoid-ability, meaning that every Skill Level 3 Accuracy and Avoid-ability is increased. Although you are right, Nimble Body would probably be the best thing to sacrifice. But I am not posting it on the guide until I get confirmation on Disorder and its uses on Bossing.
Aug 20 2010
No problem here, good luck on making this. Looks great!
Aug 20 2010
j0s3a4d Level 115 Broa Ranger
I just updated it with 2nd job information. If you find any error do not hesitate in making it known to me either in a PM or in a comment. I hope you like it.
Aug 20 2010
You need 5 haste for steal. Also in my opinion, I'd get haste up until you have max speed after steal before moving onto savage blow because it increases your exp gain by increasing your mobility. 500% dps compared to 666% on a single mobs is fine and won't really cause a huge difference. Steal can be used with B-Step, especially at ToT where you can cover the cooldown, do a bit of damage, try to not disrupt the stun and hope to get some PoTs when you're in the 150s should you reach there so it may have some uses.

Edit: Forgot about the Big Bang increase to it. 750% dps for savage blow. Maybe haste after steal may work as an alternative but it really shouldn't cause a huge difference.
Aug 20 2010
j0s3a4d Level 115 Broa Ranger
You need 5 haste for steal. Also in my opinion, I'd get haste up until you have max speed after steal before moving onto savage blow because it increases your exp gain by increasing your mobility. 500% dps compared to 666% on a single mobs is fine and won't really cause a huge difference. Steal can be used with B-Step, especially at ToT where you can cover the cooldown, do a bit of damage, try to not disrupt the stun and hope to get some PoTs when you're in the 150s should you reach there so it may have some uses.

Edit: Forgot about the Big Bang increase to it. 750% dps for savage blow. Maybe haste after steal may work as an alternative but it really shouldn't cause a huge difference.[/quote]

Thanks for noticing and telling me about the error. I have fixed it so that 5 Skill Points are used on Haste before starting on Steal. About the Haste before Savage Blow issue, as I noted before starting the set-up of the Skill Build it really depends on your training style and where are you training. I used to train with my cousin and he is a Sin so I did not feel the need of maxing Haste early on because he gave me his. It is all about what works best for you I think. Anyway thanks and keep the comments and questions coming. Also if you are like me and grinding is not your thing, most likely you are going to encounter an Assassin on your party, whether it is CarnivalPQ, LudiPQ or EllinPQ.
Aug 20 2010
I should have probably read the whole thing then. Hurray for just reading the skill build .
Aug 20 2010
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