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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.

Before the final battle of the Heroes against the Black Mage, Aran was wounded and was sent to a camp. The hero walked out of the tent, learning that Athena Pierce was organizing an expedition to Victoria Island with the intention of keeping the townsfolk safe. At the moment the hero approaches the ark, a child is missing, and Athena Pierce had little choice but to get the injured hero to rescue the child. After facing a few of the Black Mage's forces, the hero manages to return the child to the child's family. Athena Pierce urges the hero to join them and leave the others to fight the Black Mage. The hero stubbornly refuses and insists to join the rest of the hero's comrades.

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 the hero 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 the hero's resurrection. Day by day, the citizens of Rien aid the awoken hero, and the hero slowly regains the hero's long-forgotten 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 the class's initial release. Aran 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 the Explorer Warrior's storyline quest, the player talks to Lilin about Aran, who asks about Aran's gender. This choice determines the gender of Aran that appears in the same quest.
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