Just when you thought Crossbows couldn't get any bigger than your character in Maplestory, the Ballistician class is here to prove you wrong.
The Ballistician, an Archer class, is an ideal archer role to fill in the empty Job Change slot for Archers who don't want to choose Marksman or Bowmaster as their go-to job change class. The Ballistician wields the mega Crossbow that Marksman can only ever dream of having cover their entire character, the Ballista. Ballisticians attack extremely slowly but the damage is deadly. Many skills disable movement while being used, much like the con of using a realistic Ballista, but that only makes the class more challenging to play than it already is. The Ballista fires bolts in arcs which may leave your character "defenseless" if you fire bolts too high to attack targets that are further away, but thankfully the Ballistician isn't all bite (as seen in the upcoming list of skills).
While bows give a speed boost stat, a Ballista does the opposite and gives a speed debuff due to the weight. All Ballistae give a standard -30 movement speed (basically cancels out Archer Mastery's speed boost, bringing it back to 100% movement speed)
Main Stat: Dex
Secondary Stat: STR
(Main) Weapon: Ballista ("SLOWER (9)" Attack Speed)
(Secondary) Weapon: Ballista Mount (not an actual riding mount but the thing that stands it up and allows easier aiming)
Skills (2nd job example)
Ballista Reinforcement Max Lv:1 (Passive)
Adds wheels to the ballista for easier movement and fortifies the area around the ballista. Movement speed +10 Max Movement 140.
Damage Intake - 10%
Aiming Max Lv:1 (passive) While equipped with a ballista, holding shift + directional keys up and down will raise or lower the ballista's angle of fire. While the ballista is aimed higher than 45 degrees (80 degrees max), damage intake -10%. While the ballista is aimed lower than 46 degrees (10 degrees minimum), damage dealt is increased by up to 35% (+1% damage per 1 less degree starting at a 45 degree angle; the lower the angle the more damage dealt)
Ballista: Mastery Max Lv:10
Ballista Mastery +50%
Ballista Booster: Max lv:10
Increases ballista firing speed by 2
Soul Arrow: Ballista Bolts Max Lv 20
For x seconds consume no ballista bolts (ballista projectiles).
Detonating Barrage: Max Lv: 20 Hold the skill key to launch a single explosive bolt at a designated location. Delay: about 2.5 delay with default attack speed and approx -.2 second delay per additional attack speed. (Can't move while riding)
Damage: 600% damage upon impact up to 3 enemies in range. Explodes after 1 second upon impact and deals 220% splash damage 2 times on 6 enemies.
Final Attack: Ballista Max Lv: 20
Proc Rate: 40, Damage 200%
Ballista Charge: Max Lv:10
Using the commands <<(left) or (right)>>, Dash and ram the reinforced ballista to knockback enemies
Physical Training (Passive) Max Lv: 5
STR+30, Dex + 30, Movement speed + 10.
I'm trying to not describe it as a Wild Hunter clone despite a few similarities, specifically the mounting part, so please don't point out what's already been said.
Edit: Changed the "Riding" part to simply changing the visual of the ballista to have wheels for easier movement.