Items and the Cash Shop
There are five different item categories in the game: Equip, Use, Set-Up, Etc, and Cash/Pet. The equipment (Equip) are clothing, accessories and weapons that are worn and provide stat bonuses and attack or defense. Normally, only Magician armour and earrings provide Magic Defense; equipment for Warriors, Rogues, and Archers usually provide Weapon Defense only. Some equipment also gives extra HP, MP, Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, or Luck. The Use items are consumable items, such as potions, upgrade and teleporting scrolls, arrows and throwing stars. The Set-Up items are mainly decorative special items for events such as Christmas and special quests. Etc items are mainly monster leftovers (such as a Bubbling's huge bubble from a Bubbling), ores and quest items.
Since playing MapleStory is free, the developers of MapleStory introduced the Cash Shop to generate revenue. This is a virtual shop where players can buy items using real money. However, most items do not give bonuses to the character. The items sold in the Cash Shop include clothing items, haircut coupons, pets and many more.Cash shop items are mainly for looks, and can only be obtained through the Cash Shop itself. Other than fancy equipment that the players can wear, some other items from the Cash Shop can also grant the players special abilities, such as negating the experience points lost from dying and giving players a 2x EXP gain bonus. Pets can be useful apart from looking cute, mainly through the fact that they can be trained to pick up items and mesos for their owners, speeding up the training process. Cash items are available for sale in the Cash Shop. There are two currencies the Cash Shop accepts. One is Nexon Cash, frequently shortened to NX Cash. MapleStory Points is the other currency used in the Cash Shop. NX Cash is purchased outside of MapleStory through the MapleStory web site. MapleStory Points, however, can be earned through special events. PayPal is the only accepted method in MapleStory Global.