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Aran (KR:아란) is one of the six Heroes who sealed away the Black Mage and is part of the Warrior branch. With a Polearm in hand, Aran uses many ice and combination attacks against her foes.

To view Aran's skill list, click here.


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A hundred years ago, an evil mastermind known as the Black Mage conquered all of Maple World. The citizens tried to resist, but had no way to fight back. However, there was one hope: the six Heroes of MapleStory. After a fierce and violent battle, the Black Mage was sealed away. However, he did manage to lay one final curse on the Heroes which encased them in ice and erased Aran's memory. After Aran was cursed, Maha sealed her in a remote cave in Rien to slow down the curse.

A century later, Aran awakes in Rien and meets Lilin, the last member of her clan who believed in her resurrection. Day by day, the citizens of Rien aid the awoken hero, and she slowly regains her memories and powers.


The majority of Aran's attacks are activated through key commands.

Aran's way of fighting revolves around her Combo System, which how many consecutive hits the player has dealt to monsters and applies it to Aran's skills. Many skills focus on creating long combos and utilizing the combos to use special abilities. The combo will stay static for around 5 seconds before being cancelled, and must be used swiftly. There are also skills that will increase the combo count so that some abilities can be used instantaneously.



  • The release of Aran introduced the first ever central plot of MapleStory with an antagonist.
  • Aran's opening cutscene has many continuity errors:
    • The cutscene says the Black Mage's curse wiped out the memories of all the heroes. Only Aran was affected by this.
    • The archer heroine possesses a normal Bow. Mercedes' weapons are Dual Bowguns.
    • Only five heroes are shown. There are actually six.
      • However, the sixth hero, Shade, was erased from everyone's memories.
  • Aran was depicted male in her initial release. She was later shown as female in the Age of Battle trailer, which became canon.
    • Both genders of Aran can be found in-game; a male Aran can be found in Leafre of Past while a female Aran appears in the Conference Room of the Alliance, and in Phantom's, Luminous's, and Shade's storyline.
      • In fact, one of the Explorer warrior quests requires you to talk to Lilin about Aran, and when she asks you Aran's gender, the options are Male, Female, and Aran. Whichever you choose between male and female is the gender of Aran that appears.
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