Explorers are the original classes of MapleStory. They are the main branches of Maplers who fought in the general effort against the Black Mage and his horde of evil monsters. Cygnus Knights, the Heroes, and other warriors later joined the Explorers to lead the battle against the Black Mage. Explorers are then given their own storyline in RED.
Beginners are a class in MapleStory. All new players who are in the category of Explorers start the game as Beginners on Maple Island. At level 10, Beginners may make the first job advancement and become either a Warrior, Magician, Bowman, Thief, or a Pirate. Though Beginners are not considered one of the "main" character classes, some people choose to remain as a Beginner past the first, second, or even third job advancements. They do this for a variety of reasons, the main one being that it is a challenge to take a Beginner that far.
Permanent Beginners, also known as Perma-Beginners, are Beginners who choose not to make a job advancement. They get several perks, including no EXP-loss upon death and plenty of respect after reaching a certain level. However, disadvantages to being a Perma-Beginner include having less HP and MP (Health and Mana Points), lack of skills, and very limited access to equipment. Their build is similar to that of a Warrior's so they rely mostly on melee weapons, but they will also never hit as high as most Warriors. It is hard to level up as a Perma-Beginner since a majority of quests are job-restricted, and it is harder to take down most monsters than other characters. Nonetheless, plenty of players are proud to be Beginners.
- The NPC characters who accompany your character in the Explorer plotline are named Sugar, Tess, Olive, and Rondo. If your character is designated as "You", their names form the acronym, "STORY".
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