Disclaimer: Whilst the guide is my own work, I have linked videos and other guides that go more in-depth for specific tasks as well as tasks that I'm not proficient in such as Alchemy. If you'd like your guide or video removed then just drop me a PM or reply here. I've striven to include the correct information but if you see any mistakes or would like to offer better suggestions just drop me a Pm or reply here. This isn't an in-depth guide for every money maker in the game as I've left some tasks out, but it will give you a base to build your empire on. This guide is still a WIP and will be updated as time goes by.
Somethinglovely is a great site for life-skiller users, it provides a detailed map that will show you the location of nodes, the CP needed for them, where to gather specific items as well as extra information such as villas.
Black Desert Foundry offers a great list of recipes for alchemy and cooking as well as all the ingredients needed to make imperial boxes.
Somethinglovely also offers a crate calculator for working out how much silver you will make at each trade level which will let you plan out your crate runs.
Waliori has created a great site for cooking which will show you the EXP you gain for cooking which can useful when you try to power-level.
BDO Database has all the knowledge you need, but is especially useful for finding knowledge as well as guides for the amity game.
This guide isn't meant to show you how to make silver instantly, but rather over time with a worker empire to support yourself. This guide will also focus on making silver through life-skills rather than through grinding. If you're still low levelled or don't have a lot of CP it's best to build these up before following this guide. If you're a new player it's best to level up to level 55 with whichever character you want so that you can have your base silver and CP to begin with. Try to focus on completing as many quests as possible for the CP EXP rather than focusing on pure grinding. Try to complete as many Black Spirit quests as you can as well as picking up every quest in whichever area you enter, you may also want to pick up these inventory quests. If you get burnt out on quests you can also try to cook your way to a higher CP. One of the byproducts from cooking is a 'Dish With Poorly Prepared Ingredients' which will reward you with CP EXP when you turn 5 in, Incendar's Guide is in depth on how you can get a 1 second cooking time but if you're still low level you can use a 'Calpheon Traditional Cooking Utensil' to AFK cook. It will take 17 seconds per cook (if you have no added buffs) with this item meaning you can AFK cook for a minimum of 9 hours and 25 minutes.
Whilst you quest around the world of BDO try to pick up as much knowledge as you can to increase your energy, you can press 'H' in game to show the knowledge you need as well as how much energy it will reward you with. The removal of energy needs for cooking, processing and alchemy had made life easier in BDO but having a large energy pool does mean that you can gather for longer which is extremely important when trying to build a large empire. If you are ever stuck on knowledge or aren't sure who to speak with to acquire knowledge use BDO Database.
This guide won't tell you how much silver you can make exactly, but will rather show you how to make it easily with the daily amount being based on how much effort you put in as well as how much manual gathering you perform. Just by estimation I would put the average amount at 50 million a day if you follow all the steps below, this can be a lot more of course depending on how much you play. Another key factor is how long you have BDO online for, workers only repeat tasks if you are logged into the game so if you turn your PC off or logout of the game they will merely finish the task they were on and not repeat.
The first thing you'll want to set-up once you have sufficient CP is set up your node network. It's up to you what additional gathering nodes you sue, but for the purpose of this guide you'll want the following node. Please note that in some cases your workers may not bring in enough material and you may need to manually gather as well this is all based on how much silver you wish to make per day; the more silver the more manual gathering. You'll also want to set up some of these nodes as soon as possible so that your workers can gather whilst you increase your level, CP or other skill.
Your workers can only gather from a node if it is connected to your network. A worker from Calpheon cannot gather from a node if it's not connected to Calpheon for instance. Some of the below nodes also exist on the same node connection line, so the CP needed may be less as you'll find you're already invested in the node. How many of these nodes you invest in is up to you, you'll find that some nodes aren't worth investing in due to the CP cost and some nodes you can't afford yet due to CP limitations. At the time of writing this guide this is how my node map stands, the next expansion with my CP will be into Valencia for some of the metal nodes.
For the timber nodes it is a good idea to grab them all.
For the ore nodes your main limiting factor will be the coal when it comes to iron ore, so unless you want to sell the ore/shard/ingot you don't need to invest in that many iron ore nodes. For the copper it's not worth investing in the Mediah/Valencia nodes until you've invested in the rest and even then it's best not to invest in these until you have spare CP.
For the cooking nodes it all depends on how you use cooking, whilst it's useful to have a large stock-pile of starch and vegetables if you don't have a large amount of CP or only cook for Imperial then it's best not to get them all. There's no point investing in multiple starch nodes if you're not cooking up a lot of beer and even then it's not worth investing in them all unless you're going through thousands of beers in a 24 hour period. For starch products it's useful to dedicate each product to one task for instance; potato for cooking normal items, corn for grinding into flour and wheat/barley for cooking.
Chicken meat nodes aren't really for the chicken but rather for the egg byproducts, you'll find after a few weeks you'll have thousands of chicken which you can either cook to sell or just vendor. You can manually fish and then dry/cook them, however to save time it is best to invest in any fishing node and having a worker gather the dried fish over time.
- Timber Nodes
- Metal Nodes
- Cooking Nodes
Whilst you can manually gather ore and timber, you'll want to hire workers to gather items from your invested nodes. There are three types of workers in the game (if you see naive don't bother hiring) Goblins, Humans and Giants. Dulfy's Guide goes more in depth into worker hiring but to keep it brief you'll want to hire them as soon as possible and get them working to level them up whilst you play. In order to gather from your nodes you'll need 2 things, lodging and a way to recover stamina. Lodging spaces can be bought via the cash shop however there is a limit so you'll want to purchase lodging in the city/town where you want to hire the worker. It's always best to hire a worker as close to the node as possible to make the task time shorter. For instance with the timber nodes you'll want to hire workers and have them stationed in Trent, Behr and Calpheon.
Goblins are on average the faster workers, but have lower stamina so will need you to manually recover their stamina more often. Giants have the highest stamina but are slower whereas Humans lie in between. It's up to you to look at their individual stats and work out which worker is better suited for each task. You can purchase workers from the exchange, but good workers tend to be very rare and the exchange is usually sold out. Workers have different tiers which improve their stats as well as chances to get better skills, these are General, Skilled, Professional and Artisan. You can spend energy to keep rolling for better workers but in the mean time it's better to start off with General/Skilled workers to gather whilst you search or level up workers. .
The longer workers are gathering the more levels they'll gain to a maximum of level 30. Every 10 levels they will gain a promotion chance that allows them to level to the next tier, each promotion test takes 24 hours and you can only promote one worker at a time. Your workers also have a better chance of levelling a tier up the higher a level they are. You'll also notice that as workers gain levels they will learn skills, a full list of skills can be found here but we'll go into detail later on in the guide.
Levelling life-skills and other requirements:
In order to fully benefit from this guide you'll need to level your life-skills to specific levels which are as follows. You can still have your workers gather and craft items, however it is best to not sell some items until you've reached a specific level.
Trading is the practice of buying goods from trade managers at one node and then selling for profit to another manager. Famme's site, somethinglovely, offers a very nice list of every trade pack in the game with the price as well as level needed to purchase it. In order to benefit from selling worker crafted crates you'll want to have the trading buff from the node manager at Sharing Node, which adds 50% to the total selling price of your crates. In order to activate this buff you'll need to complete two activities, complete the 'To The Wild Desert' Quest and achieve Master 2 in Trade. (* Master 1 ranking needed in Trade)
In order to maximise the number of products you get when processing your timbers and ore you'll want to reach Artisan 1 on whichever character you are processing on.
Whilst base products can be made at any level in cooking, you'll find some dishes can only be cooked at certain lifeskill levels. If you scroll to the bottom of this page and open up Imperial Cooking Packages, you'll find a list of which packages can be created at each cooking level.
In order to sell your crates for maximum profit you'll want to connected the cities and the nodes between, for EXP you don't need to have the nodes connected but for silver you do. Famme's map comes in use again to show you the cheapest route CP-wise to connect the different nodes and cities. For instance connecting Valencia to Calpheon will cost you a minimum of 34 CP points.
Crates: Below are all the different types of crates you'll want to craft for making silver in BDO, as a note DO NOT SELL ANY OF THESE CRATES UNTIL YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE DESERT BUFF. What crates you want to make is up to you as you'll need to transport them all to sell individually. Where you craft these crates is also down to you, Port Epheria and Trent offer a better distance bonus and will add to the price of your crates, however Calpheon offers more workshops and will allow you to pump out more crates depending on your resources. In order to sell these crates just speak to any trade manager, bargain with them for more silver and then sell the stack. You'll want to ensure that you have the buff from Sharing Node activated before selling. For simplicity the numbers below are for crates crafted in Calpheon and sold in Valencia. Calpheon Crates - Base Price = 50,790 - M2 Price = 187,628: These crates are made in any wood workshops and require 5 Birch Plywood, 5 Cedar Plywood, 5 Fir Plywood and 1 Blackstone Powder. The time taken for a worker to make one crate can be anywhere between 30 minutes to 10 minutes, depending on the tier and type of worker. Incendar goes into depth in this video on worker skills for crafting crates, but you'll want to pump out as many of these crates as possible to sell in Valencia. Steel Crates - Base Price = 21,030 - M2 Price = 77,689: These crates are made in any mineral workbench and require 10 Steel ingots and 1 Blackstone Powder. Bronze Crates - Base Price = 29,670 - M2 Price = 109,607: These crates are made in any mineral workbench and require 10 Bronze ingots and 1 Blackstone Powder. Brass Crates - Base Price = 31,590 - M2 Price = 116,700: These crates are made in any mineral workbench and require 10 Brass ingots and 1 Blackstone Powder. Steel Crates - Base Price = 21,030 - M2 Price = 77,689: These crates are made in any mineral workbench and require 10 Steel ingots and 1 Blackstone Powder. Jewelry Crates - Base Price = 189,030 - M2 Price = 739,173: These crates are made in any mineral workbench and require 5 Gold ingots, 5 Silver ingots, 5 Platinum ingots and 1 Blackstone Powder. These crates can be more difficult to craft as there's no node for gold or silver however these can be rare drops when mining. You can also do some maths yourself and see whether it is worthwhile buying some of the ingredients off the marketplace and whether you'd make a profit. Imperial Cooking and Alchemy: This website is great for showing you the different recipes you'll need for cooking and recipes as well as the different boxes you can craft for Imperial Turn-ins. The number of dishes you can turn in is currently set as half of your total CP and resets every 24 hours. The number of each crate that can be turned in has a chance to reset every 3 hours and is unique per channel, however there is a 15 minute waiting time to access the NPC every item you change channels. Dulfy's guide goes into more depth as well as showing you the location of each NPC for your turn-ins. Be mindful that you are competing with other players, so when an item shows the limit as 32 for instance that is a limit of 32 for ALL the players in that specific channel.This image will also show you what boxes are best to make for cooking, the marketplace value shows you how much silver you would earn by selling the specific number of items on the marketplace with and without the valuepack. The buying price shows you the total amount of silver you'd spend to buy enough items for 1 box. The Imperial price shows you how much silver you'll receive for turning in one box. The profit shows you how much silver you'd make by selling to Imperial rather than the marketplace. The marketplace difference shows you how much silver you'd lose by buying the items from the marketplace and then selling to the Imperial NPC.For cooking you may find it useful to craft Advanced Cooking Utensil for which, amongst other things, you'll need logs and rough stone. Logs can be gathered from chopping and tree which you can then chop into usable scantling. Rough stones can be mined from any mineable rock/stone with Incedar's video showing you a great location to mine large amounts of rough stone. Questions?If you have any questions do let me know in this thread or PM me, I'm not going to answering anyone who just asks "How do I do everything", but I'm more than happy those who have specific question or who have shown some initiative and started off the process of building their empire.