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◈ Quest Window Interface

Press the default hotkey “O” to show your Quest Window.

1. Quest Category Tab: You can select the category of quests you want to view: Ongoing quests, Main quests, Suggested quests, Recurring quests, or New quests.

● Main quests are those that advance the game’s main story.

● Suggested quests are lists of quests that direct you to unlock game features and/or serve as tutorials for them, but they can also be quests that lead you to obtain important items.An example of the first would be Family-fitting Inventory, which unlocks the family inventory feature. An example of the second would be Tool Bag for Better Convenience, which rewards you with Liana’s Tool Bag, an essential item for the Gathering Life Skill.

● Recurring quests are lists of useful quests that can be repeated on a daily or weekly basis, depending on the quest.For example, Combat ones will direct you towards obtaining better equipment, while Contribution ones will guide you to obtain Contribution experience to increase your Contribution Points.

● New quests are those recently added to the game. They tend to be related to new features or ongoing events.

2. Groups: You can group ongoing quests by region (Balenos, Serendia, etc.) or type (Black Spirit, Story, Town, etc.)

3. Classification: If you select to see quests by Region, quests will be arranged by the region they’re from (Mediah, Drieghan, etc. as seen in the image above). If you select to see quests by Type, quests will be arranged by their type. Press each group to close or open it.

4. Quest Tracker Display: If you uncheck this box found to the left of every quest name, your quest will not appear on the quest tracker.

5. Quest Options: These allow you to forfeit an ongoing quest, display the location of an ongoing quest in the Minimap and World Map and activate a navigation route to reach it, and to auto-run to the location of a quest, which in addition to showing the location of an ongoing quest, automatically moves your character towards it.

6. Preferences: This is a function that allows you to choose which kinds of quests to receive from the Black Spirit and NPCs. You can only receive quests belonging to the activated type.

The Quest Summary window appears to the right when you click on a quest.

7. Basic Reward: Everything that appears within the slots to the right is obtained.

8. Optional Reward: Upon quest completion, you must select one of the rewards within the slots to the right. Only one is obtained.

◈ Quest tracker

The quest tracker that is displayed on the right side of the screen, below the Minimap, distinguishes main quests (Black Spirit and story quests, at its top) from other types of quests.

These Black Spirit and main story quests will guide you through the story and show you Monster Zones for each appropriate level, as well as reward good items and introduce you to each territory’s variety of content. They will always help you explore the world of Black Desert, so you should always pay attention to the quests displayed at the top of the quest tracker.

The yellow part at the top of the quest tracker shows the three most recently received or completed requests.Even if you conduct many quests at the same time, it takes just a glance to view the progress of your quests.

1. Main Quest: The main quest that is in progress or the next one to do and not yet accepted is displayed here.

2. Settings: You can configure the quest tracker in more detail.

3. Recently Updated Quest: Up to three newly taken or completed quests are displayed first.

4. Completed Quest: Completed quests get crossed out by a golden effect and the completion target appears in green. You can receive rewards by talking with their designated NPC.

5. Quest Options: In addition to the Quest Options icons explained above, here you can also find an icon to remove a quest from the quest tracker.

6. Quest Type Icon: You can identify what type of quest it is; for example Story quest, Black Spirit quest, Repeatable quest, and more, through this icon found to the left before every quest’s name.

Click on any quest in the tracker to open the Quest Window and display more information on them.

In the World Map screen (hotkey: M), you can also view the summary of your quests and the area they involve.

In the World Map screen, right-click on the quest icon to view the path to the area.

◈ Preferences

Completing quests is a way to get a variety of rewards including Contribution experience, useful items, knowledge entries, and more.However, because there are so many quests in Black Desert, it may be a little harder to complete all the quests you encounter at the start of your adventure.Therefore, you will be able to select the type of quest you want only if your character is level 20 or above.

If you press the Settings button in the quest tracker, or check the Preferences section at the bottom of the Quest Window, you can select the type of quests you want to be visible.

If you want to ignore all combat quests and only receive Life Skills quests, you can select 'Life Quests' in the settings. If instead you want to do all the quests in Black Desert, you can select the ‘All Quests’ option.

If you want to proceed with a repeatable quest, such as daily quests, you can select 'Other quests'.

You can receive only the kind of quests you want by pressing the filter located at the bottom of the Quest Window or the quest tracker's 'Settings' button.

◈ Is It Necessary to Do Quests?

Quests provide the most helpful insight regarding what is happening around the world of Black Desert, and many serve as an introduction or tutorial to help you experience various features for the first time and get you acquainted with them.

Furthermore, quests help your game experience through the rewards they offer, such as Contribution experience, skill points, consumables, and more that are considered essential for one’s time inside the game.

That being said, you are not forced to proceed with most quests, and not doing quests won’t affect your enjoyment of the different types of content offered by the game.

However, please do note that certain features can only be unlocked, and important items received, by completing the quests related to them. These, in turn, might require to have progressed via the game’s main quest with at least one character.

◈ My Desired Quests Do Not Appear

Some quests only appear after you’ve completed their requirements.Depending on the quest, the requirement might be a certain statistic of the game, like your character’s level, or having completed previous quests.Other quests for example only appear when you have a specific knowledge entry to unlock them, or when your character moves to a certain location of the world.

Quests that appear on the Suggested list of the quest window (hotkey: O) have their requirements listed. If the quest you want to carry out does not appear at the NPC, make sure that the requirements are met.

If a quest does not appear, please check its requirements. These are often a required character or life skill level, time of the day, or having completed previous quests.

◈ How to Receive a Quest

To receive a quest, you must go to an NPC who is waiting for an adventurer. An NPC with a quest has an icon with a yellow border over its body. Get close to an NPC and press the interaction key (R) to listen to their concerns.

You can check the progress and completion status of a quest according to the color of the icon border at the NPC.

- Yellow means the quest has not been accepted yet.- Blue means the quest is in progress.- Red means the quest’s objective is completed and you can complete the quest at the NPC.

Please note that quests for Life Skills activities such as fishing, gathering, alchemy, and others, are shown in light green, not yellow, when they’ve yet to be accepted.

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You can see the different colors according to the quest type and status.

In addition to regular NPCs, you can also receive quests through the Black Spirit, objects in the world, and items. If you belong to a guild, you can receive various kinds of guild missions too.A guild mission’s reward is given only if the quest has been completed within a certain period of time from the point when the Guild Master pays the down payment in advance and accepts it.

Rewards for guild missions are made up of the essentials for guild operations.

◈ Quest Type

There are seven types of quests in Black Desert:

You may notice what type the quest is by the icon in front of the quest title.

1. Black Spirit: The black spirit gives you this quest when you reach a certain level or meet certain conditions.

2. Story: This quest contains stories about Black Desert’s world and its characters.

3. Town: This is a basic quest given by any NPC throughout the game.

4. Exploration: These quests send you to find new areas.

5. Trade: These quests are related to the purchase and sale of trade goods.

6. Life Skills: This type of quest will require you to carry out an activity related to a Life Skill, like cooking a dish or gathering herbs.

7. Repeatable: Quests that can be repeated at set intervals. Daily quests reset every day at midnight UTC time, while weekly quests reset on Thursday (Wednesday to Thursday), also UTC time.

◈ Crossroads Quests

A crossroad quest is one in which the contents of it are changed by your choice. When certain quests are accepted, another NPC (most of the time the Black Spirit) will intervene and give a different quest to do in its place. If you accept this new quest, the previously accepted quest is automatically canceled.

It is better to choose a crossroad quest after checking both quests’ rewards rather than choosing it thoughtlessly, because the reward tends to be totally different for each quest.Keep in mind that if you cancel the quest your option will be reset and you can make the selection again.

Additionally, during the main questlines, various crossroad situations are encountered. While one may want to do one choice or another depending on their personal objective, for example doing the quests as quickly as possible or wanting to follow a certain path for the story, please keep in mind that all main quest crossroad options must be completed at one point or another to receive all the different rewards available in each separate one.

As main quests can only be done once per character, you will need to choose different main quest crossroad options with different characters to obtain all the unique rewards, most of the time knowledge entries.

◈ Quest Reward

When you complete a quest, an NPC offers a variety of rewards:

Contribution experience, skill points, combat experience, all kinds of consumable items, and more, that are essential for the game experience.It is more efficient to obtain skill points and contribution experience by completing quests rather than acquiring them by other methods.

Quests that guide you through an unfamiliar feature will give you rewards that are related and useful for said feature.

A wagon that is convenient for trade, a gathering tool required for gathering, magic crystals required for transfusion, furniture that can be installed in a residence, etc. rewards such as these are given to anyone who completes the quest.

When it comes to optional rewards, you must select one of several rewards.

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Best Beginner Class

Choosing the right class for you is a very personal decision. Do you like complexity or simple? Speed or slow and heavy hitting? What's important to someone else, may not be important to you. Ultimately, you will end up playing the class you enjoy the most, no matter what some guide tells you.

Is Witch/Wizard Class right for me? For beginners to BDO, looking for the easiest class to play, most recommend Witch or Wizard. There are several reasons for this:

There some other beginner friendly class too , but in my opinion witch/wizard is more friendly classes in the game.

Rookie Attendance Rewards

The most recent "Rookie" Attendance Rewards for new players looks good! (You Must Get It)

Beginner Loot:

P.S Screenshot is from another souce cause i didnt have rookie attendance anymore xD

When you join a Guild, you will also get access to another whole Attendance Reward tab. Sometimes special event Attendance tabs open up. Returning players (who have not logged into their account for 30 days) also get a special tab.

Notice that Attendance Rewards are only available for a limited time. "Loyal Attendance Rewards" normally only have a short monthly window. "Guild", "Rookie", and "Returning" player tabs usually have a broader time frame to collect.

BDO Alerts and Notifications

Soon after you enter the world, the default UI will alert you to many different things that occur in the game. These include Marketplace notifications and other things like when other players fail or succeed at enhancements.

If this feels like spam to you, you can customize the messages that are shown. Press Escape key > Settings > Display > General > Alert

Chat Filters

Esc > Community > Chat Filters. BDO has its share of people advertising this or that. You can limit what you see in chat by filtering out whatever terms you like.

Giving Money (Silver) & Game Items Away

The main game currency is silver, and it can't be given to another player. Player to player trade is very limited in Black Desert Online. Most things like gear and accessories cannot be traded to another player and must be sold at the Central Market. Some exceptions are Health and Mana Potions and some foods and drinks. Also, once those items are traded, they become bound and can't be re-traded or sold.

Energy

Energy is another type of currency in the game and has many uses, such as allowing you to use Life Skills like Gathering and Farming. Maximum Energy is increased when any character you play completes Knowledge topics. Your Energy and Knowledge gained is shared across all your characters (Family).

The easiest Knowledge topic to complete is the Character type, in which you have to talk to the NPC to gain their Knowledge. Talk to every NPC with a question mark on your mini map to discover them and gain Knowledge. Press the H key to see a breakdown of all the Knowledge to be gained.

Contribution

Your Contribution pool is shared across all of your characters (Family). Each character adds Contribution exp to the pool by completing quests. To gain more Contribution Points, finish as many quests as you can that award Contribution. (Most do.) As you gain knowledge and amity with NPCs, more quests will open up to you. You can also obtain Contribution through Alchemy and Cooking, which provide a byproduct that you turn in to an NPC. (You get about 1 byproduct every 5 crafts.)

Contribution has 2 main uses in BDO. Most people spend their Contribution on purchasing Nodes and building their "Worker Empire". It takes Contribution Points to buy lodging for workers. Any kind of workshop housing will cost you CP as well. Renting weapons, armor, and storage space is another option for spending Contribution, for players that don't like crafting or world building.

Beginner Mounts & Navigation

Beginner Travel Tips Right clicking anywhere on the World Map (M) or the mini-map will draw a path to that point. Right clicking a node icon will take you to the Node Manager. Press your T key to have the game auto-run a path for you. Auto-path will follow the safety of roads as much as possible. Be careful when doing this outside of roadways, as your character can get stuck on trees and other objects. Not all roads are safe and sometimes auto-path takes overly long routes, so be watchful auto-pathing in areas you're unfamiliar with. To find merchants and other NPCs, click on the NPC icon in the upper right of your screen.   In the Search field of the "Nearby NPC" window, you can search using an NPC's name or their title. Sometimes certain helpful words are included in the title. For example, the search term "fence" used to give you all the NPCs that would exchange fences for Contribution Points, so you can start the Farming profession. (Fence, in the NPC's title, was recently removed in a patch.)  NOTE: This NPC finder tool will only show NPCs you have spoken to already. That's another reason to speak to each and every person when you arrive in a new place. The category buttons in the NPC Finder are the exception. (For example, Stable will take you to the nearest , even if it's your first time in the city.)

Beginner Mounts

Mounts are now easier to obtain for Beginners. There are usually quests or Attendance Rewards for them. If, however, you find yourself too long without one, visit the , where you can purchase a Horse from Stable in Velia. Horse Emblem: Beginner's Horse is available in his shop for 15k, but he also gives you access to a player Horse Market. You can find much better horses at the Horse Market. with a shop and Horse Market are available in most major cities.

Don't be fooled by the Donkey. He is adorable and soo lovable, but slow and hard to turn. Horses are faster and easier to handle, and most important, just as cute! (Some players have been known to defend their donkey's prowess to the death... beware of such players, as they are deluded.)

You will notice that Horse Market prices for low level horses of up to Tier 4 are fairly cheap. Perfect for beginners. Tier 5 is a bit expensive, but maybe you will get lucky with some overnight AFK fishing. :) Keep checking if you don't see anything at first.

Pets for Beginning Players

You can have up to 5 pets out at the same time. Pets are bought at the Pearl Shop or given as Attendance/Challenge Rewards. Pets pick up your loot for you. Pets have a max of 4 tiers and each tier has up to 10 levels. The higher your pet's level and/or tier, the faster it will loot. Pets gain higher Tiers after they are Exchanged. They are given 1 Special Ability, 1 Talent, and up to 3 Skills. Pets level up after being fed. To level your pets faster, switch them to Agile mode so your pet's hunger gauge decreases faster. If your pet's hunger level reaches 0%, it will no longer loot or use its special ability. It's skills, however, will still work.

Pet Exchange or "Pet Breeding" is used to produce a higher Tier pet, which is faster and is able to acquire more skills. Unfortunately, exchanging pets actually kills the parent pets. On the bright side, it has been reported by several players that T4 pets have 3 to 4 times faster loot speed than a Tier 1 pet. Bddatabase shows loot speeds that are about 2 times as fast.  Cheap Feed can be bought at the for 3,000 silver and restores 12 hunger. Better pet food can be cooked or bought at the Marketplace.

Pet Talents & Special Abilities This Pet Talent and Special Ability table is just a small list of available pets.Pet Talents and Special Abilities for T1 pets like dogs and birds are good for grinding. Other pets, like cats and Hedgehog, are good for Life Skills. Pandas currently have a strange mechanic, so you may want to avoid them, unless you think they are too adorable to pass up! (Which they are.) Their aggravate ability only works on one mob every 10 to 4 seconds and it has been reported that this animation takes priority over the pet's animation to pick up loot. (You can turn Special Abilities off.) If this has been fixed, please let me know!

Best Pets for Beginners? Many players say the Hedgehog is the best pet in BDO. With my own testing, I discovered I gathered 3x less than my sister who had a Hedgehog. This makes a big difference in the amount of time it will take to gather logs for ship building, for example. But Hedgehogs aren't good for players who don't gather and craft. Both the Hedgehog and the Polar Bear have limited availability. You can obtain these pets after purchasing a Gift Package for yourself or a friend and having that account level to 30. Gifting yourself another account might sound strange. According to their game gifting buy page: "The only restriction will be that you will need to own the game yourself and have purchased it before the first of this month.

Is BDO Free to Play?

There is no subscription fee for playing Black Desert Online. Many people consider this model free to play. It also has a 7 day free trial. However, you do have to initially make a purchase of at least $10(or atleast 200 acoin) to continue playing BDO. This will give you the basic game without any extras. Some also consider the Value Pack a type of subscription fee. It lasts 30 days and removes a 30% penalty to Marketplace sales prices and gives buffs to weight, inventory, and experience.

Is Black Desert Online P2W? (Pay to Win) This is a hotly debated topic, because everyone has their own definition of what Pay to Win means. But most people agree that you do have to spend more than $10 to make the game enjoyable.

Pets are a good example of what many consider P2W. They aren't required to pick up loot, but if you don't buy them, you will have to repeatedly mash the same pick-up button over and over again after every mob group that you defeat. Mob groups are usually 5+ so that's 5x pressing the R button to do something that quickly gets boring and routine.... (So it's basically, R + Wait for pickup animation... R + Wait for pickup animation... R + Wait for Pickup animation... Not very exciting.)

Even with the maximum of 5 pets, you may have to wait for pets to pick up loot, depending upon how fast you can kill monsters and what tier and level of pets you have. In order to raise a pet's tier, you have to buy another pet and combine two pets into one, so that doubles the price.

Beginner Quest Tips

If you enjoy questing, be sure to turn on All quests at level 20, so you won't miss out on any extra quests and rewards. Certain types of quests, like Life Skill quests, will not even show up at the NPC if it is not turned on in your Quest window. Press the O key to open the Quest window. Quests are important for beginners to BDO, especially the main story quest that is provided by the Black Spirit. It will give you a nice chest piece, Inventory expansions, and other goodies helpful to Beginners.  Main Story Final Chest Piece (Level 56+) The main story will lead to this upgraded version of Dim Magical Armor. Dim Magical Armor is upgraded 4 times via quests from the Black Spirit. The first of which is called, Magic Armor Exchange I and is given at level 53. There are also Roaring sub-weapons and accessories. Another reason to complete the main storyline is it's required in order to obtain a Fairy, which provides a large variety of special buffs you can't obtain any other way, like instant resurrection without death penalty and auto-consumption of health potions.

Crossroad Quest in Heidel, Serendia

After you complete the quest, 'Paying Off Debts,’ to take money to Bobby Lauren in Heidel, you will have a window appear where you can select a Crossroad quest line of your choice. The window will not disappear until you make a selection of a Crossroad quest line.

Black Desert Online Storage

For hoarders like myself, it will not take long for you to discover Black Desert Online storage can be a real issue. That is, unless your plan is to buy Pearls with real cash to increase Storage. When you are first starting out, it's not as bad. But expect to get much more loot after you hit level 51 and arrive in Mediah.

Most Life Skills require lots of storage. You may want to choose one Life Skill to focus on. For example, you might want to store Cooking ingredients only and sell Alchemy ingredients to make more room. Cooking is much easier for a BDO Beginner to get started with.

Most small towns and cities have a default storage of 16 slots each. This is where workers from that town or city will place goods they have gathered from Nodes. Storage is shared with all of your characters, enabling you to give gear and other items to alts.

How to obtain more storage in Black Desert Online:

Storage Bugs Anyone? Make sure you always leave one empty space in your storage, or your workers will get severely confused and not work anymore until you free up a space. This occurs even if they are harvesting something that is already stacked inside that city's storage. Poor workers! :( To me, this seems like more of a game bug. Similar weird things can happen when your character has a full inventory. So, if you are getting weird errors, when trying to hire a worker, for example, always check to see if your inventory is full! They like to sit in your pockets? LOL! Funny, but true.

Inventory Quests & Expansion Coupons

You begin with 24 Inventory slots, but you can raise that by 32 with quests for a total of 56 slots. To increase your inventory beyond 56, you will have to purchase inventory with Rookie Rewards, Loyalties, or Pearls. You receive 100 Loyalties each day you log in, allowing you to buy 1 inventory slot every 10 days. Or you can buy 8 slots for 800 Pearls ($8 or 16 slots for $14.50). 8 slots via Loyalties will cost you 2.6 months of waiting. Maximum inventory is 192 per character, so you can purchase up to 136 inventory slots.

The most recent "Rookie" Attendance Reward gives you 6 slots. (This could change at any time.) Noramlly, Attendance Rewards don't give Inventory increases. "Rookie" is only available to new players, once per account.

GIFT QUEST SERIES: Obtained via Black Spirit main story. Press O key then Main tab.  - Black Spirit's Gift #1 Inventory +2 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #2 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #3 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #4 Inventory +2 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #5 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #6 Inventory +2 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #7 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #8 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #9 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #10 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #11 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #12 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #13 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #14 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #15 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #16 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #17 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #18 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #19 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #20 Inventory +1 Expansion  - Black Spirit's Gift #21 Inventory +1 Expansion Total Black Spirit's Gift Inventory: 24

OTHER INVENTORY QUESTS: + 8 quests from "Suggested" Inventory quest tab

= 32 Extra Inventory Slots

The inventory quests below are part of the old Main quest line and might still be available via choosing the 1st Crossroad I quest line. ( The Lamenting Head of the League of Merchants ) All Crossroad quest lines give the same Inventory slot numbers.

The quests below are from the old main quest line, but the Black Spirit quests were reworked. The new quest lines give similar inventory rewards for defeating bosses. boss quests were renamed to at this time.

Item Rarity & Colors in BDO

Many item names and icon borders in BDO are color coded to help you determine how rare something is. Workers, Life Skill levels, and items are all colored by grade/rarity. Lowest is gray. Gray items (Having a gray colored name/title.) are considered trash for the most part and most can be sold at the vendor. Some items can be exchanged for more than vendor price, if you have a large quantity of them and exchange them to a certain NPC that wants them. This type of exchangable loot has been removed from the majority of beginner grinding areas, but keep a watchful eye in later levels. Right click the exchangable item to draw a path to the closest exchange NPC.

Some things also have a title, denoting level/grade such as workers.

We also see color grades reflected in Life Skill levels:

Beginner Gear Basics

BDO is a gear powered game and with the right gear, you can defeat enemies much higher level than you. Armor, weapons, and accessories can be enhanced to increase Defense Points (DP), Attack Points (AP), and many other stats. There are no level restrictions to enhanced gear. Even a level 1 character can wear the best PEN (V) gear. Gear enhancements, in order of the best and most rare is:

Armor Basics: The main benefit to armor is that it offers DP (Defense Points). But many armor pieces include extra stats like Evasion, Weight Limit increases, Damage Reduction, and Health Points. Armor can be shared between all your characters by putting them into storage at the Storage Keeper located in most major cities. You could also transfer gear to an Alt via a Farm Wagon (Mounts that have gear on them can only be Remote Collected to their nearest .)

Weapon Basics: Weapons and Sub-weapons (aka Secondary Weapons) are class specific. Some weapons can be shared with more than one class. The main-hand weapon of Staff, for example, is used by Witches and Wizards. The sub-weapon Steel Dagger is shared between Witch, Wizard, and Ranger. Awakening weapons can only be equipped by characters level 56+ who have completed their class specific Awakened quest line. (Archer is the exception to this rule and he is limited to the beginner Archer Awakening Weapon until level 56.) Awakening weapons cannot be shared with a different class.

Enhanced Gear As a beginner, you can survive on quested gear until around level 55. But you will eventually want enhanced gear. Enhancing is expensive and RNG heavy. With the new Central Market, that is supposed to allow for more free trade, you may be able to find good enhanced gear for a fair price. (Always keep in mind that if there is allot of something up for sale, and it's not selling well, it may be over-priced or not a good gear option.)

For a more detailed guide on BDO Gear, please visit our Gear Progression Guide.

BDO Leveling Guide

For details on the best leveling spots, Combat EXP buffs, and more, please visit our BDO Leveling Guide.

There is no level cap in BDO. However, there is what people call a "soft cap", where it gets to be nearly impossible to obtain a certain level. You see this reflected in the image I obtained of one of graphs available on Smite Datamining, which shows the amount of xp needed per level. As you can see, the xp needed for level 63 is much more than the amount needed for level 56. Getting to level 56 is fairly quick, but after level 62, leveling gets extremely difficult.

Making Money In BDO

Making money when you first start BDO can be challenging, but it has been made easier with the newly released Shadow Arena. There is no level restriction to play. Read more in our Shadow Arena Guide

Attendance and Event rewards can help offset the costs of upgrading or purchasing armor and weapons. There was a recent change to the beginner zones so that less junk and even green grade loot does not drop. Instead, Beginners should expect higher Black Stone drop rates than previously and higher value junk loot that they can sell at a vendor NPC. This should save you from having to buy pets immediately, but you will still need them for loot pickup after entering Mediah at around level 52.

What Should You Keep? Don't sell any items that are used in weapon/armor enhancement: Ex. Black Stones, Shards. If you see something on the Central Market that sells frequently and there are zero to few available for sale, it's a good indication to hang on to it. (Central Market was added in a Patch on 20th February 2019. The Patch Notes stated: "Central Market is the first step to create a free market economy where you as the adventurer create your own market without much restriction." The freedom of this "free market" has yet to be proven, but it does seem like it gives players more price flexibility over time. The previous MAX/MIN pricing determined by the developers was very rigid.)

Typical Enhancement Items to Keep:

AFK Fishing The easiest and cheapest way beginners can make money right away is with afk fishing. Equip a fishing rod, walk towards the water, press your space bar. Be sure to check the throw away junk box. That is all you have to do to afk fish. Set this up over-night and you will get Ancient Relic Crystal Shards, which sell for 1+ million Silver. Current selling price for Ancient Relic Crystal Shards is 1.4 million silver. (Price varies with supply and demand.)

The Crio, sells fishing rods with 30 durability for 500 silver each. Better fishing rods can be crafted and sold on Central Market, but it will be hard for new players to get them. Many fishing rods have a skill level requirement. Read the fine print!

Like many things in BDO, fish have different quality levels. White is the lowest quality and worth the least amount, followed by green, then blue, and lastly gold.

Fresh fish steadily decreases in value the older it gets. After 24 hours, your fish will be useless. If your fish is almost expired and worthless, dry it. Open the processing window (L key) and select the fish icon that represents the drying process. Insert fish, dry, and you'll have your fish forever. Dried fish can be sold at the Marketplace and used in cooking. One fresh fish = 2 dried fish in recipes.

Beginner Fishing Hot Spot West of Veila, along the beach, you will find a small group of players fishing all together. This fishing spot is well known for catching higher quality fish (gold and blue grade fish).

Karon, the NPC on the dock in front of the in Veila, will buy blue and gold quality fish at 250% of their base value, but he only buys a certain number of each type of fish during a set period. After his fish quota is filled, he will no longer buy your fish. Always try to sell your fish to him first, then sell what is left over to the Bahar. Use the NPC finder to locate him.

Nodes & Hand Gathering Selling raw produce from nodes and hand gathering can net you a good amount, but processed materials are inherently worth more. (Most of the time.) Study the Central Market under the Materials tab and discover what products sell the most and the price they sell for. Items in BDO have a hidden price range determined by the game developers. Player supply and demand also makes pricing fluctuate. Each item has a base price visible on the item. Central Market allows you to order/buy/sell at 10% above or below this base price.

Some crafted items like Beer, a worker Stamina regeneration food, and Good Pet Feed will be in high demand. They have always been profitable, but that could change. You can also find items in which too many crafters have flooded Central Market and the price has dropped. Keep in mind that many items are not profitable to make! You can actually loose money crafting vs selling the raw goods after processing them. And even processing raw goods can make you loose money. Do your research before getting into any Life Skill. Many aren't meant for beginners to persue.

Rulupee Travels & Her Goody Bag After you reach level 30, you will be able to talk to Rulupee (Southern Heidel Inn), who will give you a series of quests. Each of her quest series has a goodie bag at the end, which is very nice. For more details, view our Rulupee Travel Guide. Here is the end reward bag for the first two quest series.

*** Rulupee's Lightweight Adventure Bag ***

This daypack contains items handy for first time adventurers. Right-click to obtain:

PVP & PVE Death Penalties

Characters of level 49 and under are safe from PVP, but player versus player combat can't be avoided at level 50 and beyond (You can run, but you can't hide.) After you complete the quest that lets you move past level 49, another player can "flag up" and attack you at any time, except in safe areas like cities and towns. Unwanted PVP occurs most often because of hunting territory squabbles. If you don't like PVP, stay away from other player's "rotations" for popular grind spots. You will still get occasionally PVP'd while grinding, when someone wants to take your leveling spot, but it's not an every day occurance. Switch channels when grind spots are full.

PVP flagged characters have glowing red names above their heads.

Some players just enjoy playing the bad guy and killing others for sport. These players may even enjoy having negative Karma (aka red Karma). Negative Karma occurs when you "flag up" and keep killing players that aren't flagged for PVP (that don't have a red name) and your Karma points sink below 0.

PVP & PVE Death Penalties Depend Upon Karma:

PVP penalties do not apply during node war, RBF (Red Battlefield), guild war declarations, duels, or arena. PVE Penalties don't apply for boss deaths. Arsha is a special PVP server that removes any Karma penalties, and also increases loot drops for level 50+ players.

Guild Benefits

Joining a guild has tangible benefits besides socializing and group activities. Guilds can earn points though guild quests and player advancement that they can spend on passive buffs to stats like Gathering, Fishing, and AP. There is also a daily contract payout amount that starts low and increases with time. Also, joining a medium or larger guild gives an extra daily attendance reward. NOTE: Guild pay outs coupled with active sea monster hunting was recently nerfed, but is still a popular way to earn silver for guilds that work together in vanquishing the terrors of the sea!

Summary of Life Skills

Pressing your P key will bring up a window with your character's information, including a list of Professions (Life Skills) within a tab window. There are 7 ranks for each Life Skill and 10 levels in each rank. Master has 30 levels and the highest rank of Guru has 20 levels.

We see grades reflected in Life Skill levels:

Gathering

Gathering is a profitable activity that lets you gather all kinds of crafting materials used in other Life Skills and worker workshops. In many quest lines, it's a requirement that opens up other Life Skill quests. Each gatherable resource requires it's own tool to gather. Buy gathering tools at a or on the Marketplace. Or purchase a Tool Workshop and have your worker craft them for you.

All gathering methods have a chance to proc the very valuable Hard and Sharp Black Crystal Shards which are used in enhancing gear.  Lucky and Magic Tools increase luck while gathering. There is debate on how much, if any, Luck plays in gathering Shards.

If you would like to increase your Life Skills, I recommend leveling up your Gathering Skill to at least Beginner 7 ASAP. This is easily done via Empty Bottle gathering at the fountain in Heidel. Purchase 34 Empty Bottles at the Material Vendor near the fountain. Or you can use any river/lake for gathering water. I like Heidel because the Material Vendor is only a couple steps away from the water source.

Speedy Tip: Get to Apprentice 4 Gathering Skill to bypass 9 prerequisite Processing advancement quests. You may want to do them anyway, though, since they give you a free fence and other goodies.

Gathering level Apprentice 4 is a little more challenging to obtain. You will need about 274 Empty Bottles filled. If you do skip the prerequisite quest chain for processing, then you will miss out on the Shabby Fence and some housing furniture, as well as additional Gathering/Processing XP.

Processing

Press L to open the processing window. No tools are needed to process materials. Processed materials are inherently worth more than raw materials at the Marketplace (but this does not always mean they will sell well, if at all, on the Marketplace. Look at supply and demand before processing anything!). Processing, like fishing, is usually a good AFK way to generate extra income, after it is leveled up to Artisan level. (Always check Marketplace demand.)

In BDO, the Processing Skill allows you to chop, heat, dry, filter, shake, and grind resources into processed materials. These refined items are often used in higher level crafting recipes. Everyone is able to do basic T1 processing. However, if you would like to do the second level of processing, (to create plywoods, ingots, cloth, etc.), BDO requires you to obtain "Beginner" Processing Knowledge. There are up to three tiers of processing: T2 Beginner, T3 Skilled.

Cooking

Cooking is one of the first Lifeskills you will most likely level early on as you need to make Beer to feed your workers.

Cooking requires a Cooking Utensil installed in your residence. Purchase a Cooking Utensil from chefs or innkeepers. Utensils can sometimes be sniped on the Marketplace, or have your worker craft one in a Tool Workshop.

The image below shows the location of all the Velia grain/cereal nodes you can purchase to make beer. ( I obtained the map's background from somethinglovely.net Thanks Fam! )

Training

Taming wild horses and riding your mount increases Training skill. You need ropes from a Stable Keeper to capture a horse in the wild.

Fishing

When I first started BDO, AFK fishing over night was the easiest way to earn money and it probably still is. To AFK fish, press Space Bar, and let it go. You will automatically loot the fish after 3 minutes. Catching rare fish levels your fishing skill faster. With better fishing skill, you can use better fishing rods. Active fishing takes more keyboard warrior skill. To actively fish, approach water, equip a fishing rod, and press Space Bar to begin fishing. After you get a bite, press Space Bar to reel it in. You must successfully complete 2 mini-games to loot the fish. If you fail either one, the fish gets away.

Hunting

You need a matchlock to hunt. To level your hunting skill, you need to butcher animals with a butcher knife or do hunting quests. To get started with Hunting,

Farming

You need a fence and seeds to begin Farming. Pruning, killing pests, breeding, and harvesting crops increases Farming Skill.

Farming for Grain Farming is another profession you can do as a beginner that will help you get grain for making worker food. There is a low level quest line which will give you a free fence, or you can spend 3 CP on a Small Fence. Seeds can be acquired through gathering vegetation, the Marketplace, and seed vendors. A Withered Seed, sold by vendors, is the lowest quality seed, which will not yield very good results. But the good news is that you can breed them and there is a chance to obtain better seeds, which produce better crops. The next tier after Withered Wheat is the normal white grade Wheat Seed, which after about 5 hours from planting, will yield an average of 70 wheat.

The image below shows the location of Camelia Loggia, who you can purchase Withered Wheat Seed from for 220 silver. It also shows the location of a Small Fence vendor, Martina Finto. ( I obtained the map's background from somethinglovely.net Thanks Fam! )

Fences are rented from NPCs with Contribution Points. When you return the fence, your Contribution Points are refunded. Each fence type has a limited number of spaces for seeds. A small fence has 4 grid spaces. Grain seeds only take up 1 space each, so you can plant 4 grain seeds in 1 small fence. Fence Rental NPC Locations & CP Costs:

Trading

Trading is the act of obtaining one Trade Good and selling it to a , (for, hopefully, a profit). Trading is often touted as a profitable profession in the game, but you can actually loose money doing it, if you're not careful. Before getting into trade, be sure to read up on it. It is not usually recommended for beginners.

Alchemy

Alchemy creates potions (most have a shorter buff than foods), magic crystals, and reagents for Skilled Processing (Plywood Hardener, Metal Solvent, Gem Polisher). Alchemy requires an Alchemy tool installed in your residence. Purchase an Alchemy tool from a General Vendor, or on the Markeplace, or have your worker craft one in a Tool Workshop. Alchemy isn't as easy to get started with as Cooking. All Alchemy recipes require rare materials that you have to gather yourself or rarely obtain through nodes. This profession will take lots of time to level up, but help boost your character's power in many ways.

Sailing

A beginner sailing boat can be purchased at the Wharf Master for 10k silver. You can sail at low levels to find fishing hotspots and other adventures, but it's not recommended to go too far out by yourself (Ross & Margoria Seas), until you have an Epheria Boat. Sailing is very slow and the waters that are far out have sea monsters that quickly destroy a slow and weak boat. Building a good boat takes time and effort.

BDO Hotkeys (Default)

The image below shows the default Hotkeys or Keyboard Shortcuts for different commands in BDO. The one you will use the most will be the Escape key. Through this, you can pretty much do anything you want, including accessing a helpful crafting knowledge database (F2) with recipes and item drop locations.

One very handy tool in the Escape Menu is the Central Market button. You can't actully purchase anything, but it's nice to be able to view markeplace demand on the go.

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