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Forge Your Path with Two New Heroes in the Nova Update!

This winter, the world of MapleStory becomes even bigger with TWO brand-new characters to create! Learn about all the amazing content and events arriving soon, and win prizes to enjoy now and when the Nova updates arrive!
Complete steps on this site to earn exclusive in-game rewards! Share news articles and videos, and participate in events to earn an exclusive prize pack when Nova releases. You’ll also receive instant rewards sent to your account in-game to enjoy right now!
This event ends November 27 at 11:00 AM PST, so check back regularly for new shareable articles and events to complete your progression.
Get started by choosing a path below, and accompany Cadena or Illium on their Journey from Grandis to Maple World.
Cadena
Out of pain and loss, a great hero can be born.

Cadena hails from Grandis, a parallel world created at the same time as Maple World, and separated from it by only a thin barrier. Grandis is home to the Nova race, hybrids who are half-human and half-dragon. All is peaceful until the Nova warrior Magnus turns on his own race, betraying them to the evil Black Mage.
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Watch the Official Nova Update Announcement Trailer
Check out the video for MapleStory’s two huge updates, and share with friends!
Are You Ready? Nova Begins November 29
Get a sneak peek of all the exciting new content and events coming this winter!
Magnus and his army invade the Nova city of Heliseum, destroying the city’s protective barrier and letting in shade-like Specters to terrorize the city. He leads a direct attack on the citadel, home to the Nova royal family, whom he annihilates.
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In the destruction and confusion of the burning city, we find Cadena. The daughter of the royal family, the princess of Grandis, Cadena is the sole survivor of the attack. She tries to get away and hide from Magnus and the marauding Specters, but is injured. At the last moment, a member of the Shadowdealers, a trade organization, saves her.
New Playable Character: Cadena
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While he attempts to treat her injuries, the potions he uses are powerful and put Cadena into a deep healing sleep.
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Years go by until one day, Cadena awakens. She vows to take revenge on Magnus, who still reigns over Heliseum from his castle. In order to become powerful enough to face him, Cadena decides to become a member of the Shadowdealers and train to become a vicious fighter. She abandons her birth name, taking the name Cadena.
New 5th Job Skills for All Classes
Keep yourself sharp with the release of new 5th Job skills! There’s something for everyone, including Cadena and Illium!
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The Shadowdealers do business in the backwater town of Savage Terminal, where Cadena grows up and trains with them. Savage Terminal is a place where bad guys gather, and has a tendency to attract a rough crowd. This sketchy environment gives Cadena a streetwise attitude and an edge in battle.
New Playable Character: Illium
Meet Illium and learn about his newfound destiny and powerful skills!
Cadena is a member of the Thief class, and uses Luck as her main stat. Her weapon of choice is the Chain, which she uses in a variety of ways, from directly attacking enemies and flinging them to the ground to utilizing the chain to pull herself into close contact with a monster.
Grandis – The Ancient War
The prologue of Illium’s story is revealed in this three-part webtoon!
Watch the Official Cadena Preview Video
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She excels at close combat and her scrappy fighting tactics allow her to make use of a variety of weapons as needed. Her secondary weapon, a Warp Forge, aids her in battle.
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Arcane River Expands With New Area: Morass
Travel down Arcane River to Morass, the Swamp of Memory, and meet Tana!
Congratulations, you and Cadena have made it to the end of the Journey from Grandis to Maple World! Make sure you completed all the steps along the way in order to receive your exclusive prize pack when the Nova update goes live.
ILLIUM
Great talent and potential awaken a brilliant hero.

Illium is a descendent of the magical Flora race from Grandis, a parallel world created at the same time as Maple World, and separated from it by only a thin barrier. Hundreds of years ago, the Flora created a beautiful civilization using ancient nature magic that flowed through their brilliant wings.
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Watch the Official Nova Update Announcement Trailer
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Are You Ready? Nova Begins November 29
Get a sneak peek of all the exciting new content and events coming this winter!
Brilliance has a cost and the Flora paid for it with civil war. The race split into two factions—the High Flora, who believe that they are superior to other races and must conquer everyone in Grandis, and the Verdant Flora who want to coexist in harmony with the other races.
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When the dust settled, the Verdant Flora had been driven deep into hiding, where they have remained for decades. It is here in the small town of Sanctuary that we find Illium. As a Verdant Flora himself, his blood dictates that he should have the brilliant magical abilities of his ancestors. Unfortunately, he does not.
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He is an extremely clever boy with machinery, but his lack of magical knowledge causes him to struggle and fall behind his peers, who tease him for this.
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At the Crystal Academy, he meets the headmistress Agate, who sees something in him that others do not. While under her training, Illium encounters the Crystal, an ancient artifact that Agate has been protecting since the war. The Crystal is the Verdant Flora’s only hope of salvation.
New 5th Job Skills for All Classes
Keep yourself sharp with the release of new 5th Job skills! There’s something for everyone, including Cadena and Illium!
Save the Rock Spirits in New Arcana Dungeon
Head back to Arcane River and defeat monsters in the new Spirit Savior dungeon. Rescue as many Rock Spirits as you can!
The Crystal awakens a newfound power within Illium, granting him magical abilities and transforming everything about him. His physical appearance and personality change, and he becomes a natural leader who devotes himself to the salvation of the Verdant Flora.
New Playable Character: Illium
Meet Illium and learn about his newfound destiny and powerful skills!
Illium is a member of the Magician class, and uses Intelligence as his main stat. He uses the Lucent Gauntlet, which allows him to craft magical weapons and harness the power of the Crystal. Illium’s mechanical abilities let him craft machines that can also join him in battle.
Grandis – The Ancient War
The prologue of Illium’s story is revealed in this three-part webtoon!
Watch the Official Illium Preview Video
Check out the video to learn more about new character Illium, and share with friends!
His secondary weapon is his Lucent Wings, which he can use to fly when the Crystal is charged with power. The magic of the crystal allows him to use powerful skills that deal massive damage to enemies or enhance the abilities of his companions.
Episode 4 of Grand Athenaeum Dungeon
Immerse yourself in the story of the ‘Winter Bard’, the fourth episode of the Grand Athenaeum theme dungeon!
Arcane River Expands With New Area: Morass
Travel down Arcane River to Morass, the Swamp of Memory, and meet Tana!
Congratulations, you and Illium have made it to the end of the Journey from Grandis to Maple World! Make sure you completed all the steps along the way in order to receive your exclusive prize pack when the Nova update goes live.
Meet Cadena, daughter of royalty, who has suffered great loss and must forge a new path for herself as a scrappy fighter.
Meet Illium, clever with machinery but lacking his race’s magical skills. An encounter with an ancient artifact changes his destiny forever.
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