Runes - Maple Guide


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Runes are mysterious rocks that provide powerful buffs to players while hunting all around Maple World. Use the various buffs to enjoy a more thrilling hunt!

Using Runes

Runes are regularly formed on fields where players hunt, and when they spawn, a message appears in the center to inform the players. When a character goes near the Rune, they can press the [Space bar] (Profession Interact/Harvest hotkey) on their keyboard to use the Rune.

MapleStory Rune in the World

Enter the arrow keys in the order as displayed on top of the screen to experience the Rune's effects. If you do not enter the arrow keys in order or enter them incorrectly within the 10-second time limit, you will have to wait for about 3 seconds of penalty time before you can try again.

MapleStory Activating the Rune

When you use a Rune, you'll earn +100% EXP for 180 seconds as a base, and various other effects will also be applied based on the type of Rune you've used. Effects of the Rune currently in use can be seen on the top-right of the screen, and you can hover over the buff icon with your cursor in order to see the full effects.

Rune Buffs

Right-click on the buff icon, and you can remove the applied Rune effects for some of the Runes.

  • Runes that can be removed: Rune of Contact, Rune of Ignition, Rune of Might, Rune of Purification, and Rune of Skill.
  • Runes that cannot be removed: Base +100% EXP effect, Rune of Darkness, Rune of Destruction, Rune of Recovery, Rune of Riches, Rune of Swiftness, and Rune of Thunder.

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  • A 15-minute cooldown is applied immediately after using the Rune, preventing you from benefitting from another Rune for that time.
  • Rune's buff effects will only apply to the character who has liberated the Rune, and will not apply to party members.
  • If your character is 10 or more levels lower than the monsters in the current field, you cannot use Runes in that field.
  • Some fields do not generate Runes.
  • A Rune can only be activated by one person at a time.
  • Evan's Link Skill can be used to extend the duration of the Liberated Rune Power +100% EXP bonus.

Rune Types

There are a total of 11 Rune types, and each of their effects are as follows.

Liberated Rune Power: When any Rune is used, a +100% EXP bonus will be granted for 180s.

Note: Leaving a hunting field will cause Rune effects (excluding the Liberated Rune Power effect) to disappear.

Rune of Contact

Maplestory Contact Rune

  • Effect: The Rune and the character are connected by a divine beam to attack monsters in range. Divine Beam will cease to do damage if the character goes outside the set range.
  • Duration: 30 seconds.
  • In-Game Message: Connects the Rune and character by a divine beam to attack enemies, and grants the power of the liberated Rune.

Rune of Darkness

Maplestory Darkness Rune

  • Effect: Summons 3 Elite Monsters. If an Elite Monster is already present when activated, Elite Monsters will not be summoned.
  • Duration: N/A.
  • In-Game Message: Summons elite enemies and grants 100% bonus EXP.

Rune of Destruction

Maplestory Destruction Rune

  • Effect: Deals consistent damage of 5% of max HP per second to up to 15 monsters for 12 seconds, and increases damage by 100% for 180 seconds.
  • Duration: 12 seconds for the consistent damage, 180 seconds for the damage bonus.
  • In-Game Message: Increases attack and grants 100% bonus EXP.

Rune of Ignition

Maplestory Ignition Rune

  • Effect: When attacking enemies, a powerful flame is formed to attack monsters, and spreads to surrounding monsters for additional damage.
  • Duration: 45 seconds.
  • In-Game Message: Attacks nearby enemies by spreading a powerful flame upon attacking, and grants the power of the liberated Rune.

Rune of Might

Maplestory Might Rune

  • Effect: Speed: +200, Jump: +200 and greatly increased size. If there's a platform above the character, the ↑ arrow key and Jump key can be used together to jump high onto this platform. When an enlarged character jumps, an earthquake is triggered that instantly kills monsters within the range.
  • Duration: 45 seconds.
  • In-Game Message: Makes your character gigantic and grants 100% bonus EXP.

Rune of Purification

Maplestory Purification Rune

  • Effect: A prism is formed that will absorb energy when monsters are eliminated. If the prism is fully charged within 30 seconds, the prism will attack nearby monsters for a set amount of time.
  • Duration: 30 seconds.
  • In-Game Message: Absorbs the energy of defeated enemies and releases it to create a purifying prism, and grants the power of the liberated Rune.

Rune of Recovery

Maplestory Recovery Rune

  • Effect: Restores 10% HP and MP per second, reduces damage taken when hit by 50%.
  • Status Resistance: +20, 100% Knockback Resistance.
  • Duration: 180 seconds.
  • In-Game Message: Increases Recovery, Status Resistance, and Knockback. Grants 100% bonus EXP until expiration.

Rune of Riches

Maplestory Riches Rune

  • Effect: Mysterious monsters appear, scattering various items and mesos.
  • Duration: N/A
  • In-Game Message: Summons mysterious monsters and grants 100% bonus EXP.

Rune of Skill

Maplestory Skill Rune

  • Effect: Skill cooldown will be fixed to 5 seconds. Some of the skills with very long cooldowns will not be affected.
  • Duration: 60 seconds.
  • In-Game Message: Reduces cooldown of skills affected by cooldown reset to 5 seconds and grants 100% bonus EXP until it expires.

Rune of Thunder

Maplestory Thunder Rune

  • Effect: Lightning will strike around the character, and normal monsters hit by this lightning will be instantly killed.
  • Duration: 45 seconds.
  • In-Game Message: Strikes with powerful lightning and grants the power of the liberated Rune.

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