BLACK DESERT FOR DUMMIES
NEWCOMERS` GUIDE VADEMECUM
If you are a new player in Black Desert here you will find all important and useful information to get a fun and good start in this game, my intention is put together all of this information in one post and then dont need search in reddit, forums... across one thousand post talking about this things one by one one hundred times each one and some times with wrong information.
Wellcome to Black Desert and player's community
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If you are a new player in Black Desert and you wanna rush to max level fast or you want to enjoy with the game slowly you need to know somethings:
-KNOWLEDGE: you get knowledge exp. talking with npcs in cities that show a "?" in the map, spending energy in NPCs to get knowledge, completing quest that give you knowledge reward, discovering for first time places, crafting recipes and materials and killing enough mobbs of one kind to can see the damage in the hp bar over them to get A-B-C rank knowledge about this mobbs (depends of the rank you deal more damage to this kind of mobbs). With Knowledge you get exp. in your energy xp. bar the total points of energy grow up and learn or enjoy about the game lore:
-ENERGY POINTS / EP: you can use energy points to spend in life skills: fish, cooking, gathering... to get an offer from special black market NPC (50energy cost), to upgrade a node, get knowledge from NPCs, get amity with NPCs, hire workers and many things. Your character recovery base is +1 energy every 3mins. online / +1 per hour offline, 1 more if you are resting in a bed in your home and you can get more recovery per time from special consumable buffs, also you can recover +3 instanly from bars in towns if you buy a wine glass 50k silver and doing quest with energy recover reward.
-CONTRIBUTION POINTS / CP: contribution points are used to exchange for equipment / tools from NPCs (rent option), activate nodes to send worker there to gather materials, buy residences, warehouses and different kinds of buildings in cities. Dont worry about spend CP because you can get all back in any moment giving back the objects to NPCs, selling instanly any building or recovering from nodes deactivaiting it.
-SKILL POINTS / SP: you get skill point killing mobbs or in quests rewards, you use this SP to unlock new skills or improve the skills that you already have, dont worry about your first skill builds because you can reset all skills up to level 55 (right click in the skill) and you can reset it after 55 with one object to test and make a perfect skill build for your play style when you know more about the game.
-NPC search tool: in the right upper side of your screen you can click in "NPC" icon and search any npc you will see a path that you can auto follow to find it.
-You share your warehouse across al characters.
-You can share the armor and accesories with all characters in any level (weapons and outfits are exclusive stuff).
-You share the same mounts, wagons and ships with al characters.
-You keep node levels, workers and workers jobs queue between al characters.
-You share the same CP and EP with al characters (SP are exclusive for each character).
-Life skills levels are exclusive for each character.
-The fail regrade stack is exclusive to each character.
-All stats are exlusive to each character included strenght, breath and health.
-You share all buildings between all characters.
2. QUESTS: RUSH THE LEVEL OF YOUR CHARACTER AND ENJOY THE GAME
Just doing main quest line (Black spirit quests) you can reach fast and easy to lvl 50-55 you can go back to finish this quests later if you want to get some interesting rewards that you dont need now or you can evolve your character doing all quest arround or at least good ones. Mainly check the reward from quest or you will lose lot of time for nothing because in Black Desert most of the quests doesnt give you exp. to level up or something interesting:
-Level exp. quests: good.
-Contribution points/CP exp quests: bad, you get enough CP exp. from main line quests to start and you can do this quests along all game plus at the end are daily quests that you can complete faster, try to do only 200-500 CP exp. quests.
- Skill point/SP quets: good, you need lot of skill points to get skills in your character and upgrade it, you can get grinding mobbs as well.Link with a list of all SP quests : http://forum.blackdesertonline.com/index.php?/topic/20960-guide-a-list-of-all-town-based-quests-that-grant-a-full-skill-point/
-Life skill exp: bad, gives you xp to one of your proffesions (gathering,cooking,alchemy...) normaly need sometime to do it and you can complete all of this quest at end game in some hours when you choose your 1st proffesions to level up.
-Gold quest: good, depends of the amount of gold but normaly is a chain of quests and you get more gold in the next quests and only worth if you need kill mobbs because you get xp and more gold from the drops also this quests are in most of cases daily quests.
-Energy recovery quests: bad, only give you some energy points normaly 5-10 only if you need to do something important at end game and your are empty of points.
-Knowledge quests: good if they are related about new locations to discover, NPC characters/mobbs to know because is fast but others about matterials and life skills for example are slow to complete.
-Materials / tools and consumables quests: bad, you can get easier and faster big amount of tools, consumables and materials in the game by other ways (buy from merchants, craft or gathering by yourself).
-Special materials / objects quest: good, special and expensive material rewards as blackstones, special fruits, black crystal shards.
(the most of the quest has mix rewards with this information is your choice which ones to complete and not)
3.WORKERS / CRAFT / GATHERING AND NODES
I advice start only with 1-2 blue workers gathering potatoes all time from nodes close to first city (Velia) craft and save a big amount of beer in your warehouse to dont care about in a future when you need focus and spend time in more important things, level up easy your cooking skill and enjoyning the game at start without complicating you much learning this part too early because you dont need this up to a log time playing / end-game or you can simply grind mobbs, skip this and buy all from marketplace.
You can hire and fire workers in the "Work supervisor" NPC in the cities, you need to spend some energy but i advice you dont buy any white/green worker and wait to getat least a blue grade worker offer, doesnt matter get humans, goblins or giants at start they are good in diferent jobs and you will use all kinds later, for example humans are good to craft expensive things or get special matts from nodes, goblins work fast are good to farm things fast, normal crafting, craft crates and giants are good to farm basic things as potatoes or send them to care your farms. To recover worker´s stamina you need give them some kind of special consumables, the main one: beer, you can buy it from marketplace or craft it easy by yourself without any life skill request in a cooking bech inside your house, you send your workers to work in nodes then they send the materials to your warehouse, workers can care your farms but they dont collect the plants and you can use them to craft in your buildings at cities.
To hire workers you need build "lodgings" buildings at cities nearest to nodes that you want to gather, you can recover workers stamina from anywhere if you have beer in your inventory just opening the worker list, clicking in the beer icon for worker and clicking again in the beer icon in the new window that appears, 1 beer = 1 stamina point.
Beer: 5x potatoes (farm with your character in farms arround Velia or gather with workers in this farms nodes) - 6x mineral water - 1x raw sugar - 2x leavening agent (buy it from Inn/tabern in cities at chef or Inn keeper NPC).
-CRAFTING / PROCESING:
You can craft by two ways, basic craft (L) key, doesnt spend energy if fails doesnt spend materials used, or crafting stations (you can buy in NPCs) that you need to place in your house, spend energy per craft and if fails spend materials used, you can produce diferent things depending in which way you are choosing and you need level up your professions crafting things of your actual level to produce new harder ones. To craft special materials, tools, weapons, armors, wagons, ships, grade/blackstones and other things:
1.You need to buy the proper building in cities to craft the object of your choice.
2.Use your workers to collect the materials in nodes plus some materials that you only can farm by yourself or procesing basic materials (L).
3.Click in the building and "manage crafting" option, select the object to craft and in the right side the amount to craft that you want, woorkers will use the requested materials stored in your warehouse of this city to craft the object.
Best alchemy & cooking guide also where and how to farm materials:
In Black Desert you can find a lot of nodes arround the map somes are easy to find and others you need to search them to find the materials that you want / need or to conect other nodes. I post here a interactive map with all nodes is your choice use it or try to find them by yourself : http://www.blackdesertfoundry.com/map/#7/-5.616/-55.432
1.You spend contribution points to activate nodes to be able to send workers to work and get materials, your workers send the collected materials to your warehouse of the nearest city.
2.You can spend energy to upgrade your node (lvl 1-10) and get more materials and more chance to get rare materials listed below main material (1st one).
3.You can select how many times you want to gather from node with the choosen worker in the right side of node screen, one stamina point spent per gathering order, and you can see the time to complete one gathering order to get the materials in your warehouse.
4.You can manage your workers jobs in nodes from anywhere of the map but you need to go to "Node Manager" NPC to activate the nodes if you dont have "Value Pack" activated if you have it you need spend 10 energy points to activate nodes from anywhere without "Node Manager" NPC.
5.To can gather from nodes you need conect this nodes with the nearest city with a warehouse activating all nodes between both, thas`s why you can see nodes without any resource to gather only are conexion nodes.
////////////////////////////////Spend energy to improve the nodes doesnt give you more drop chance in objects, gold or more exp. when you grind mobbs (tested by my self and check the test results of people in google if you want).////////////////////////////////
To construct a building you need click in the city icon in the map and click again in the houses icons in white color then check which kind of building can you construct, the contribution points that you need and the max level that you can upgrade this buildings, to upgrade it you dont spend more CP only silver but is a ridiculous amount to buy/upgrade buildings and you can demolish and get back your CP in any moment then dont care about test this part of the game. The best thing is maximize your CP buying buildings, this means: you can buy a warehouse with 2 points that can reach lvl2 but maybe in this city you can find other house with a warehouse that can reach lvl2 as well but only need 1 CP to buy it also to get the bests buildings or somes like a stable, shipyard, crafting buildings or a warehouse lvl5 you need buy other buildings before to conect them just click in a building that you want and then in the new window click "check purchase conditions" you will see marked with arrows the buildings that you need to be able to purchase this one.
Residence - personal house to place workbenchs, bed, decoration mainly and other things.
Stables - is good get at least 1 lvl 3-5 to can have 1-2 horses and some wagons arround all map ( you share all spaces in all regions of the map).
Lodging- let you hire more workers in one region of the map.
Warehouses - gives you more spaces in your storage in the city where you have the building.
Crafting buildings - let you craft weapons, armors, metal ingots, ship parts, wagon parts...
Breeding is a hard RNG and a waste of time at start just buy your horses at start up to lvl 57-58.
6.UPGRADE AND REPAIR GEAR
You can play the RNG of the game or if you save the money and buy the gear in the market place, depends on you, some people tell its better buy the gear others tell not, is your choice do it, personaly i like a lot RNG, test my luck and the adrenaline of the moment all this options are calling the "Black Spirit" and talking with him:
To enhance (+1 +2 +3 etc) your gear you need "blackstone" (armor or weapon) items, you have 100% chance up to +5 arround between +8 +10 can fail a bit more at +12 +14 sometimes you can get 8-12 fails and to get +15 you can fail 10-14 times all in green grade 1 gear, if you reform the item to grade 2 blue or grade 3 yellow the chances are lower and depends of the item the chances change as well, bosses weapons has less base chances and in more grade (green-blue-yellow) has less chance as well.
When you fail you decreasse the max durability of the item 5pts and you cant regrade more if the max durability decreasse to 20pts then you need repair the item in any armorsmith NPC at cities, to repair a item max durability choose repair option in the armorsmith NPC and the in the lower part of the screen choose repair max. durability, select the item to repair and the material must be the same item in the same grade (green, blue, yellow) or lower and you recover 10pts max durability. Some end-game items are not worth to repair with other items cause they are expensive then you can buy an object from market-place "memory fragment" for arround 750k silvers to repair it but you recover only 1-2pts of the max durability then the best way is stack fails with your alters with cheap items droped from mobbs in blue-yellow grade to get more fails up to stack 14 or 25 fails because the fails give you more chances to regrade per fail in the next try to then try in the expensive items that you want to upgrade to +12 +13 +14 or +15 and dont decreasse the max durability because is expensive repair it, also you can force the enhancement using a lot of blackstones and decressing a big amount of the max. durability of the item (depends of the item and the grade +5 +6 +7 8+...) to get a 100% succes rate (you can check the amount of blackstones you need and durability lost before force the enhance).
When you reach +15 you need special stones to regrade it to PRI (+16) DUO (+17) TRI (+18) TETRA (+19) PENTA(+20) you lose more durability per try in this levels.
To reform an item (green,blue,yellow) you need "grade reform stones" that you can craft in refinery buildings or buy in market-place really cheap depending of the stone grade1 green, grade 2 blue or grade 3 yellow, you have more chances to upgrade the item to the next grade when you are using a best stone but you can craft or buy a special stone "ultimate weapon / armor reform stone" that give you 100% chance to get yellow grade 3 ultimate item from green grade 1 or blue grade 2 items.
Bes way to me upgrade to +15 - PRI -DUO -TRI - TETRA and then use ultimate stone to get ultimate grade 3 100% because as well upgrade is easier in less reform grade of the item.
Know to transport your items between cities its important in BDO, you only need acess to the city where you have the items that you want to transport clicking the icon of the city in the map screen you will see the warehouse window and one option "transport" in this window, click it and drag the desired items into the new empty window - select a transport vehicle (ship, wagon) and the city where you want to transport this items, the NPCs will start to prepare the transport (need some time) and automatically the transport will move to the desired city, a message will appear to you in the screen when the transport begins and ends and you only need take inside your warehouse the items in the city where the transport reached using the same window you used before in the map to transport the items. Nobody can steal your items or attack your transport.
This is really useful to move your gold and items between different cities without move your character and doing bored long trips crossing all map, you can go to do other things in your computer/real life or stay focus in market-place to buy something some minutes while your transport system is working.
8.GOOD AND EASY START AND EVOLUTION
1.Level up to reach Heidel city (your main base in the game, next one after Velia) only with main quest line and talk with all NPCs arround that you see a "?" in the map, dont stop to grind/farm low lvl mobbs up to lvl 53-55 because the money you will get really much more and in low levels you dont need much money is enough with the gold you get in the quest rewards and from the drop of the mobbs you are killing for the quests.
2. Buy at Heidel with CP one "residence" to place your crafting stations and one bed, some "warehouses" as you need to store your things, one "stable" to get more space to save your mounts/wagons, one "refinery" to make "Black-stone powder" and 1-2 "lodgings" in the city where you are gathering to hire workers.
3. Start with 1-2 blue workers gathering potatoes all time from nodes close to first city (Velia) send transports with materials to Heidel and craft / save a big amount of beer in your warehouse, you can set some worker to gather iron in any node arround Velia if u want, you will need later a lot.
4.Sell all normal materials, tools, accesories, weapons and armors (arent better than yours) instantly in market place and save only special materials: "Blackstones", "black crystal shards".
5.if you can/want gather while you level up get a pick and mine rocks arround all map to get "raw stone" (you only can get it by this way mainly and its important) to transform in "blackstone powder" with workers in refinery buildings at cities, material that you need to craft 80% things in Black Desert, you can buy it in market place but you need big amounts in the future (market place is empty of this material and if someone list it in market-place instantly dessapear).
6.At start buy a tier 2-3 horse (is cheap 50-150k silver) in "Stable-keeper" NPC, arround lvl 40-45 buy a tier 5-6 horse and try to get one with somes of this skills: sprint / drift / start acceleration / instant aceleration / caution, buy a cheap armor set to your horse at market place and as well buy a "noble wagon" as soon as you can (or maybe 2 ) to use as storage and transport in a future.
7.Dont buy any weapon/accesory/armor, expensive or special consumables, magic crystals or regrade items from market place up to level 50 at least you dont need nothing of this to level up to lvl 50-52 you can save your gold to try get a pet / outfit / Value Pack in any moment when you see the notices in marketplace and to upgrade the choosen gear set that you think its good to wear for your class when you reach high levels (55-56) and when you know more about the game, if you want a improvement to lvl up faster:
-Buy "Yuria" weapon when you want arround level 35-45 upgrade to +15 and keep it up to lvl 56-57 then buy a "liverto" weapon and when you reach +13 or +14 in the "liverto" weapon sell the "Yuria" and equip the "liverto".
-Dont upgrade your gear (+6,+7,+8...) up to level 35-40 at this level upgrade it only to +5 and only gear that you can sell in market place later, at level 50 start to get better gear set and weapon to your class and you can upgrade it to +10 or +12, at level 55-56 you must run with +15 all gear.
8.Save all your loyalty tokens up to end game to buy later "Blessing of Kamasylve","Mount skill deletion", "Armstrong skill guide", +weight consumables or important things.
9.Create up more than one character, at least two, to can stack fails to upgrade cheaper and easier good / end-game weapons, armor and accesories.
10.If you are a new comer get full "Jarette accesoriy set" from daily reward / black spirit aventure or any event and dont care more about accesory set up to lvl 58, if you cant get only accesories with AP-DP stats and dont spend to much up to level 57-58.
11.Buy and get active a "Value pack" from marketplace all time that you can play, you get more gold from your sales in marketplace, +100lt weight all character, can acces beauty salon ever you want to change your characters look, +5exp to all, +16 slots inventory all character and all cities warehouses.
9.PERSONAL RECOMENDATIONS AND RANDOOM INFO.
Best set in my opinion at start before get boss set:
Strength Shoes of Heve - Magic Crystal of Perfection (luck+1) & Black Magic Crystal - Adamantine (Knockback/floating resistance 10% and Knockdown/Bound resistance 10%)
Strength Armor of Heve - Magic Crystal of Abundance - Armor (damage reduction +5) & Black Magic Crystal - Vigor (Max hp+50 and Stun/Stiffness/freezing resistance 10%)
Grunil Helmet - Magic Crystal of Infinity - Memory x2 (casting speed +2) or Black Magic Crystal - Harphia x1 ( hp+50 and hp recovery +5) & Black Magic Crystal - Intimidation x1 (Knockdown/Bound resistance +10% and Stun/stiffness/freezing resistance +5%)
Grunil Gloves - Black Magic Crystal - Viper x1 (casting and attack speed +1) & Black Magic Crystal - Sturdiness x1 (Grapple resistance +10% and knockback/Floating resistance +5%) or change 1st one only for attack speed or casting speed depends on your class.
+5 AP bonus
Liverto weapon - x2 Ancient Magic Crystal of Crimson Flame - Power (+5 AP)
Rhik secondary weapon - Black Spirit Crystal (+100hp +5 AP)
Jarette accesory set (from events) Jarette's Ring, Jarette's Earring, Jarette's Belt, Jarette's Necklace
if you cant get jarette set or at more advance game (lvl 57-58)
Witch's Earring and PRI Witch's Earring x2
Ancient Weapon Core belt & Ancient Guardian's Seal neckleace set or Ogre Ring neckleace
Sahazad's Ring of Monarch x2 or any ring from Valencia main quests
10.VALENCIA GENERAL INFO
(WORK IN PROGRESS)