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Nayriko's Ninja/Kunoichi Guide


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Nayriko's Ninja/Kunoichi Guide

Last Updated: 5/14/17
 
(Due to my concentration on Ninja over Kunoichi now on NA, I will be updating Ninja info on here more quickly than Kunoichi info. Sorry for the inconvenience!)
 
----Table of Contents----
 
-Introduction
 
-The Basics
 
-Gearing Tips
 
-Gems
 
-Skill Breakdown and Builds
 
-Leveling Tips
 
-General Tips for Success
 
-References
 
----------------------------------
 
Introduction:
Hey I'm Nayriko. I've been playing ninja/kunoichi for quite a while now on both the Japanese server and Korean servers. I really enjoy the ninja class and usually play the ninja/assassin/rogue/thief class in every RPG and MMO that I play. I believe the ninja/kun requires a very specific mindset and play style to be effective and to fully enjoy the class. That being said, the ninja is not for everyone. I am by no means an expert or pro and this guide is based off of opinion and suggestions by myself and other great guides compiled into this guide. You do not have to agree with the information below as it is your right to disagree with whatever. That being said, let's begin!
 
I’ll also begin streaming ninja gameplay on my new twitch account once the class is released in NA/EU on Twitch for anyone who wishes to watch! Follow me and see what the class is all about!
 
 
The Basics of Ninja/Kunoichi:
-Pearl Abyss did a great job capturing the vision and concept of the Japanese Ninja/Kunoichi. The class is an assassin that uses speed and agility to take down its opponents and has a large toolkit of mysterious ninjutsu and weapon attacks using blades and sharp throwing projectiles. The class is agile and squishy and relies on i-frames to avoid damage as taking too many direct hits will quickly end the ninja’s rampage. It’s important to understand the Ninja/Kunoichi's role as an assassin that uses tricks and fast/hard hitting attacks to get in, kill someone, and get out before the enemy knows what hit them. This guerilla warfare tactic the class is designed for is a great addition to standard battles in the Black Desert Universe. Make sure to learn the class well through practice and use of this guide to master the class and show other shinobi the true potential the class has to offer KX39fOLlpF5nqnKNVNvrF7QUIFAjS_lJP1KBPHNi
 
Gearing Tips:
 
Main hand-
Rosar Shortsword is the best weapon overall to use and enhance until you get your hands on the much more rare and expensive Liverto Shortsword or Kzarka Shortsword. Kzarka is amazing but hard to obtain without amazing luck or massive amounts of wealth. Ranking system so far based on current items in the game:
Kzarka Shortsword (best)
Liverto Shortsword (great)
Rosar Shortsword (good)
Suggestion: I'd suggest buying a Liverto or Kzarka already enhanced to 15+ from the market instead of enhancing one yourself to save a lot of money and reduce hair loss from the stress caused in failing your enhancements. Right now they are pretty hard to snipe on the marketplace but it will get easier to find them the longer the game is available.
 
Offhand-
-Quitar Shuriken/Kunai is the best for pvp until you get upgraded Bhegs gloves and/or nouver offhand. Accuracy is extremely important even at lvl 56 and only starts to lose its effectiveness around lvl 58 (unless new content comes out before you reach that point)
 
-Estique Shuriken/Kunai gives an extra boost of AP at the cost of the increase of accuracy. While AP is nice, the lack of accuracy will be very noticeable and turns out that AP is useless (no matter how much you have) of you're always missing. If you're grinding Valencia mobs or doing PvP, you'll want to stick to the Quitar offhand. Only use Estique if you're lvl 58+, have the Nouver offhand, or you're only sticking to PvE and sticking to mobs your own level.
 
-Tadd Shuriken/Kunai gives you a boost in evasion but the lack of accuracy and AP will leave you hitting like a wet noodle. Evasion isn't worth stacking at the loss of AP unless you're wanting some kind of weird ninja tank build like Final Fantasy 11 used.
 
-Kutum Shuriken/Kunai is BiS and godly for PvP because of its "ignore all resistances +10%", accuracy, and AP, Best of luck getting it!
Suggestion: Use Quitar offhand until you reach level 58, get upgraded Bheg’s gloves, or get Kutum offhand.
 
 
Armor Combinations-
Rocaba Chest/Feet & Grunil Helmet/Gloves
-This provides the user with 4 extra gem slots, a nice +5 AP, and a little extra HP/WP. Not a bad choice but most JP/KR PvPers would prefer the Extra AP and HP from Full grunil than the small boost to WP that Rocaba gives. If you're just starting out, it doesnt hurt to go this route until you know how to manage your WP properly then go full grunil for sure.
 
Taritas Chest/Feet & Grunil Helmet/Gloves
-Taritas gives a nice amount of WP but the loss of gem slots is a crucial blow to your efficiency as a ninja. You'll want to stick to full Grunil or the Grunil/Rocaba hybrid set and just leave Taritas to the Musa/Maehwa.
 
Full Grunil Set
-this gives you the 4 gem slots to customize your gear and another 7 AP to melt opponents before they know what hit them. A very good choice for pvp.
 
Full Rocaba Set
-This set puts the ninja into a more defensive role and limits the ninja quite a bit in its damage with a tradeoff of getting a small amount of evasion which you must stack a lot of to be useful but at a heavy cost. Evasion was extremely nerfed and not as valuable to the ninja until they hopefully buff it a little more some day. The 4 gem slots is amazing and gives you distinct control over the way you build your ninja to get you the stats you need for maximum efficiency. Not recommended for pvp.
 
Boss Armor/???
-This is obviously BiS. Once you start getting boss armor, you'll want to use gear that works without gear specific requirements for the set bonuses. Heve is a great set to pair up with boss gear because of the great boost of HP it gives and the lack of gear specific requirements to use the set bonuses.
Suggestion: use Grunil/Rocaba or full Grunil as a ninja. The Grunil helm/gloves combo is a must have for the ninja because 5 AP is a lot and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The extra 2 AP and 150 HP from Grunil chest/shoes is nice but can be substituted for Rocaba pieces if you're feeling constantly drained of WP (make sure you have lots of herbal juice to chug at all times to keep your WP up). If you feel you can manage your WP well, stick to full Grunil (which is also suggested by most top tier ninja pvpers like BJGodna, Zioku, Hihaku, and many other great players)
 
Accessories-
Belt:
Basilisk Belt : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effects : +80LT Upgrade : +3 Ap
Tree Spirit Belt : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effects : +80LT & +1 Accuracy Upgrade : +1 Accuracy & +2 Ap
Belt of Shultz : Base Ap : 3 Extra Effects : +50LT Upgrade : +10 LT & +2 Ap
Ancient Weapon Core : Base Ap : 4 Extra Effects : +50LT & 4 Dp Upgrade : +10LT & +1 Ap & +1 Dp
Suggestion: BiS is Basilisk Belt but pricey if you can even find it. All the other 3 options mentioned are great choices to use. Until you can get your hands on a Basilisk Belt, start upgrading what you got or get one already upgraded.
 
Earrings:
Tungrad Earring: Base AP: 7 Extra Effects: Ulti +10% Upgrade: +2 AP
Witch's Earring : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effects : None Upgrade : +2 Ap
Blue Whale Earring : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effects : +100 HP Upgrade +2 AP
Fugitive Calcs Earring : Base Ap 5 Extra Effects : +50 Stamina & Max MP/WP/SP Upgrade : +2 Ap, +20 Stamina & Max MP/WP/SP
Red Coral Earring : Base Ap : 2 Extra Effects : Accuracy +3 & Stamina +50 Upgrade : +2 Ap +1 Accuracy
Suggestion: Blue Whale and even more, Tungrad Earrings are BiS but extremely rare and expensive. You should be using Red Coral Earrings until you can afford the BiS earrings.
 
Rings:
Mark of Shadow : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effects : None Upgrade : +2 Ap
Ring of Crescent Guardian : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effects : None Upgrade : +3 Ap
Blue Coral Ring : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effects : +25 Max MP/WP/SP Upgrade : +1 Ap & +5 Max MP/WP/SP
Red Coral Ring : Base Ap : 4 Extra Effects : 3 Dp & +50 Stamina Upgrade : +1 Ap & +1 Dp
Suggestion: BiS is Ring of Cresent Guardian but it's extremely expensive, You should use a combination of Red Coral and Blue Coral rings until you amass enough money to buy BiS.
 
Necklace:
Necklace of Shultz the Gladiator : Base Ap : 7 Extra Effets : None Upgrade : +3 Ap
Sichil Necklace : Base Ap : 7 Extra Effects : 3 Dp Upgrade : +3 Ap & +2 Dp
Ogre Ring : Base Ap : 10 Extra Effects : None Upgrade : +5 Ap
Ancient Guardian's Seal: Base AP: 6 Extra Effects: +5 Acc Upgrade: +2 AP & +1 DP
Suggestion: Go with Ancient Guardian's Seal or Sichil until you can afford a an upgraded Ogre Ring or Necklace of Shultz.
 
Gems:
Main hand : Use a mixture of atk speed or crit crystals to plug the holes on your stats until you have both stats at 5.
Off hand : Black Spirit Crystal hands down
Helmet : Knockdown resistance is the best bit you can use HP if you never PvP
Chest : HP and maybe WP if you’re struggling hardcore
Gloves : Attack Speed to fill your stats to 5
Shoes : Movement Speed and/or Red Battlefield Crystal Adamantin
 
 
Skill Breakdown and Builds:
 
Ninja Skill Build (this is the build you’ll want to push for ASAP) I leveled to lvl 50 with this build in under 3 hours using gear that's under +15
 
Kunoichi Skill Build (this is the build you’ll want to push for ASAP)
1-55 ---
 
Leveling Tips:
If it's your first time Leveling a character on BDO, I'd highly highly suggest doing all the quests you find in the game and not rush to high level. These quests give extremely useful rewards that increase your inventory slots, max energy points, and max contribution points. They also help you gain knowledge on people, places, and things that give you advantages later on. In this game, knowledge is power!
 
If you know all about that level grind due to past experience in BDO and leveled characters before, you know the importance of doing your black spirit quests. Make sure you do them for those quest chains, inventory slots, gems, and reaching level 50. Here's some good spots to grind to level 55+ to start you off.
 
LvX-20: Scarecrows
 
Lv20-25 Rebels
 
Lv25-30 Cultists
 
Lv30-33 Red Orcs
 
Lv33-37 Khuruto Cave
 
Lv38-40 Possessed Humans
 
Lv40-45 Chimeras
 
Lv45-50 Catfish
 
Lv50-53 Elric Shrine
 
Lv53-55 Sausans
 
Lv56-60 Pirates/Cresent Shrine/Desert Fogans
 
General Tips for Success:
 
-Always carry around plenty of Grain Juice and Herbal Juice in your inventory and masses more stockpiled at your “home base”. These weigh much less than health potions and can be mass produced with processing and workers slaving away at grain and herb farms. It’s always a good decision to spam these in pvp to keep yourself topped off and ready for action.
 
-Make sure to level up your Health (always be eating), Stamina (afk running on auto loop), and Strength (afk walking with trade packs on) ASAP to be more competitive in the long haul in PvP and PvE.
 
-Use i-frame abilities defensively to avoid incoming damage and know when your enemies are about to use powerful attacks through movements, habits, and general skill knowledge of other classes.
 
-Make sure to do the quests suggested on the quest log interface (especially ones from the black spirit and the inventory expansion slot quests), these are crucial for character development later on.
 
Basic Animation Canceling for Ninja/Kunoichi:
 
Non Awakening:
Throw Shuriken -> Shadow Stomp [RMB -> S+E]
Floor Sweeping -> Shadow Stomp [S+F -> S+E]
Star Flight -> Shadow Stomp [S+Q -> S+E]
Suggestion: use "throw shuriken" to cancel shadow stomp as its the quickest and easiest.
 
Awakening:
Murderous Intent -> Drastic Measure [SHIFT+LMB -> SHIFT+RMB]
Transition Stance -> Lower Transition Stance -> Ghost Step [RMB -> RMB -> SHIFT+A/D]
 
these are also great videos explaining it with visuals-
and
and
 
Other Guides, Videos, and References:
 
This guide was created through a mixture of my own personal knowledge and experience, other people's advice and experience, other guides, videos, and tips. I cannot claim that this guide was purely created from my own knowledge therefore I will be listing references of other online sources of information I used to create this comprehensive guide to the ninja/kunoichi class in combination of my own experience and knowledge of the game and the classes. I cherry picked several things from these guides that I believed to be the most accurate, valid, and true.
 
BG's guide to ninja!
 
The Black Desert Bible v.1.6
 
Hakklo's WIP Detailed Kunoichi Guide
 
*Other shoutouts go to BJGodna, Solamis, BG, Hakklo, and Cryy for helping me make this guide!
 
This guide will be added to over time with the most accurate and correct information available. I'd love to hear your guys' CONSTRUCTIVE feedback on the guide and I am willing to discuss further about the ninja and kunoichi classes and answer any questions that I can. Please keep the conversations constructive and positive to reduce the chance of this thread being locked due to other forum members violating the Terms of Service. Thanks in advance! zyAWTMIfgI3g1Ws3iF05Zw5eDQQBVRCMz6JlEC_t
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Nayriko's Ninja/Kunoichi Guide
Last Updated: 7/17/16

 

google docs link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14CHLDDqs3gXec-_ymA1RNs0t8nmzmuVugO6DWUROyFs/edit 

----Table of Contents----

-Introduction

-The Basics

-Gearing Tips

-Gems

-Skill Breakdown and Builds

-Leveling Tips

-General Tips for Success

-References

----------------------------------


Introduction:

Hey I'm Nayriko. I've been playing ninja/kunoichi for quite a while now on both the Japanese server and Korean servers. I really enjoy the ninja class and usually play the ninja/assassin/rogue/thief class in every RPG and MMO that I play. I believe the ninja/kun requires a very specific mindset and play style to be effective and to fully enjoy the class. That being said, the ninja is not for everyone. I am by no means an expert or pro and this guide is based off of opinion and suggestions by myself and other great guides compiled into this guide. You do not have to agree with the information below as it is your right to disagree with whatever. That being said, let's begin!

I’ll also begin streaming ninja gameplay on my new twitch account once the class is released in NA/EU on Twitch for anyone who wishes to watch! Follow me and see what the class is all about!

https://www.twitch.tv/Nayriko

The Basics of Ninja/Kunoichi:
-Pearl Abyss did a great job capturing the vision and concept of the Japanese Ninja/Kunoichi. The class is an assassin that uses speed and agility to take down its opponents and has a large toolkit of mysterious ninjutsu and weapon attacks using blades and sharp throwing projectiles. The class is agile and squishy and relies on i-frames to avoid damage as taking too many direct hits will quickly end the ninja’s rampage. It’s important to understand the Ninja/Kunoichi’s role as an assassin that uses tricks and fast/hard hitting attacks to get in, kill someone, and get out before the enemy knows what hit them. This guerilla warfare tactic the class is designed for is a great addition to standard battles in the Black Desert Universe. Make sure to learn the class well through practice and use of this guide to master the class and show other shinobi the true potential the class has to offer :)


Gearing Tips:

Main hand-
Yuria Shortsword is the best weapon overall to use and enhance until you get your hands on the much more rare and expensive Liverto Shortsword or Kzarka Shortsword. Kzarka is amazing but hard to obtain without amazing luck or massive amounts of wealth. Ranking system so far based on current items in the game:
Kzarka Shortsword (best)
Liverto Shortsword (great)
Yuria Shortsword (good)
Suggestion: I'd suggest buying a Liverto or Kzarka already enhanced to 15+ from the market instead of enhancing one yourself to save a lot of money and reduce hair loss from the stress caused in failing your enhancements. Right now they are pretty hard to snipe on the marketplace but it will get easier to find them the longer the game is available.

Offhand-
-Quitar Shuriken/Kunai is the best for pvp until you get upgraded Bhegs gloves and/or nouver offhand. Accuracy is extremely important even at lvl 56 and only starts to lose its effectiveness around lvl 58 (unless new content comes out before you reach that point)

 

-Estique Shuriken/Kunai gives an extra boost of AP at the cost of the increase of accuracy. While AP is nice, the lack of accuracy will be very noticeable and turns out that AP is useless (no matter how much you have) of you're always missing. If you're grinding Valencia mobs or doing PvP, you'll want to stick to the Quitar offhand. Only use Estique if you're lvl 58+, have the Nouver offhand, or you're only sticking to PvE and sticking to mobs your own level.

 

-Tadd Shuriken/Kunai gives you a boost in evasion but the lack of accuracy and AP will leave you hitting like a wet noodle. Evasion isn't worth stacking at the loss of AP unless you're wanting some kind of weird ninja tank build like Final Fantasy 11 used.

 

-Nouver Shuriken/Kunai is BiS and godly for PvP! Best of luck getting it!

Suggestion: Use Quitar offhand until you reach level 58, get upgraded Bheg’s gloves, or get Nouver offhand.

Armor Combinations-
Rocaba Chest/Feet & Grunil Helmet/Gloves
-This provides the user with 4 extra gem slots, extra ap, and extra evasion. Evasion was extremely nerfed and not as valuable to the ninja until they hopefully buff it a little more some day. The 4 gem slots is amazing and gives you distinct control over the way you build your ninja to get you the stats you need for maximum efficiency.

Taritas Chest/Feet & Grunil Helmet/Gloves
-Taritas gives a nice amount of WP but the loss of gem slots is a crucial blow to your efficiency as a ninja. You'll want to stick to full Grunil or the Grunil/Rocaba hybrid set and just leave Taritas to the Musa/Maehwa.

Full Grunil Set
-this gives you the 4 gem slots to customize your gear and another 7 AP to melt opponents before they know what hit them. A very good choice for pvp.

Full Rocaba Set
-This set puts the ninja into a more defensive role and limits the ninja quite a bit in its damage with a tradeoff of getting a small amount of evasion which you must stack a lot of to be useful but at a heavy cost. Not recommended for pvp.

Boss Armor/???
-This is obviously BiS. Once you start getting boss armor, you'll want to use gear that works without gear specific requirements for the set bonuses. Heve is a great set to pair up with boss gear because of the great boost of HP it gives and the lack of gear specific requirements to use the set bonuses.

Suggestion: use Grunil/Rocaba or full Grunil as a ninja. The Grunil helm/gloves combo is a must have for the ninja because 5 AP is a lot and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The extra 2 AP and 150 HP from Grunil chest/shoes is nice but can be substituted for Rocaba pieces if you're feeling constantly drained of WP (make sure you have lots of herbal juice to chug at all times to keep your WP up). If you feel you can manage your WP well, stick to full Grunil (which is also suggested by most top tier ninja pvpers like BJGodna, Zioku, Hihaku, and many other great players)

 

Accessories-

Belt:

Basilisk Belt : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effects : +80LT Upgrade : +3 Ap

Tree Spirit Belt : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effects : +80LT & +1 Accuracy Upgrade : +1 Accuracy & +2 Ap

Belt of Shultz : Base Ap : 3 Extra Effects : +50LT Upgrade : +10 LT & +2 Ap

Ancient Weapon Core : Base Ap : 4 Extra Effects : +50LT & 4 Dp Upgrade : +10LT & +1 Ap & +1 Dp

Suggestion: BiS is Basilisk Belt but stupid pricey if you can even find it. All the other 3 options mentioned are great choices to use. Until you can get your hands on a Basilisk Belt, start upgrading what you got or get one already upgraded.

 

Earrings:

Witch's Earring : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effects : None Upgrade : +2 Ap

Blue Whale Earring : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effects : +100 HP Upgrade +2 AP

Fugitive Calcs Earring : Base Ap 5 Extra Effects : +50 Stamina & Max MP/WP/SP Upgrade : +2 Ap, +20 Stamina & Max MP/WP/SP

Blue Coral Earring : Base Ap : 4 Extra Effects : +25 Max MP/WP/SP Upgrade : +2 Ap

Red Coral Earring : Base Ap : 2 Extra Effects : Accuracy +3 & Stamina +50 Upgrade : +2 Ap +1 Accuracy

Suggestion: Blue Whale and Fugitive Earrings are BiS but extremely rare and expensive. You should be using Blue Coral and Red Coral Earrings (any combo of the two will work) until you can afford the BiS earrings.

 

Rings:

Mark of Shadow : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effects : None Upgrade : +2 Ap

Ring of Crescent Guardian : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effects : None Upgrade : +3 Ap

Blue Coral Ring : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effects : +25 Max MP/WP/SP Upgrade : +1 Ap & +5 Max MP/WP/SP

Red Coral Ring : Base Ap : 4 Extra Effects : 3 Dp & +50 Stamina Upgrade : +1 Ap & +1 Dp

Suggestion: BiS is Ring of Cresent Guardian is BiS but extremely expensive, You should use a combination of Red Coral and Blue Coral Earrings until you amass enough money to buy BiS.

 

Necklace:

Scarla Necklace : Base Ap : 5 Extra Effets : 5 Dp Upgrade : +1 Ap & +1 Dp

Sichil Necklace : Base Ap : 7 Extra Effects : 3 Dp Upgrade : +3 Ap & +2 Dp

Ogre Ring : Base Ap : 10 Extra Effects : None Upgrade : +5 Ap

Suggestion: Go with Scarla Necklace until you can afford an upgraded Ogre Ring (BiS) or Sichil Necklace

 

Gems:
Main hand : Attack Speed & Crit Crystals depending on what weapon you are using.

Off hand : Black Spirit Crystal or Luck Crystals

Helmet : Knockdown resistance

Chest : HP and maybe WP if you’re struggling hardcore

Gloves : Attack Speed Crystals

Shoes : Movement Speed and/or Red Battlefield Crystal Adamantine


Skill Breakdown and Builds: (skill calculator used is out of date and will be redone once there's a new calculator update for NA/EU version of Ninja/Kunoichi is released.

Ninja Skill Build (this is the build you’ll want to push for ASAP)

http://www.blackdeserttome.com/calculator/ninja/28278

General utility skills should be first priority and then skills such as Heartseeker, Pressure Point Stab, and all the shuriken skills should be next to snatch up.

 

Kunoichi Skill Build (this is the build you’ll want to push for ASAP)

http://www.blackdeserttome.com/calculator/kunoichi/22039

General utility skills should be first priority and then skills such as Heartseeker, Pressure Point Stab,Kunai Stab, and all the Kunai skills should be next to snatch up.

 

Skill Breakdown:

*This is still under construction until the classes are released due to probable name changes of skills for both the Ninja and Kunoichi. A lot of other things such as hotkeys, scaling, and stats will most likely be changed on the NA/EU version of the game as well. This section will be added once the classes are out and properly tested.

*I’ll also be adding a section about animation canceling as well once the class is released and can test the changes made to the Ninja/Kunoichi for the NA?EU version which may also include me making a video to demonstrate!


Leveling Tips:

If it's your first time Leveling a character on BDO, I'd highly highly suggest doing all the quests you find in the game and not rush to high level. These quests give extremely useful rewards that increase your inventory slots, max energy points, and max contribution points. They also help you gain knowledge on people, places, and things that give you advantages later on. In this game, knowledge is power!

 

If you know all about that level grind due to past experience in BDO and leveled characters before, you know the importance of doing your black spirit quests. Make sure you do them for those quest chains, inventory slots, gems, and reaching level 50. Here's some good spots to grind to level 55+ to start you off.

 

LvX-20: Scarecrows

http://i.imgur.com/XX8KHFU.png

Lv20-25 Rebels

http://i.imgur.com/L2Tt2jZ.png

Lv25-30 Cultists

http://imgur.com/3HZHb6U

Lv30-33 Red Orcs

http://i.imgur.com/3wzpsVF.jpg

Lv33-37 Khuruto Cave

http://i.imgur.com/KLDfz1Q.png

Lv38-40 Possessed Humans

http://i.imgur.com/F9K0GT9.png

Lv40-45 Chimeras

http://imgur.com/xiAdp5T

Lv45-50 Catfish

http://imgur.com/AN9TUcU

Lv50-55 Pirates

 

General Tips for Success:

-Always carry around plenty of Grain Juice and Herbal Juice in your inventory and masses more stockpiled at your “home base”. These weigh much less than health potions and can be mass produced with processing and workers slaving away at grain and herb farms. It’s always a good decision to spam these in pvp to keep yourself topped off and ready for action.

-Make sure to level up your Health (always be eating), Stamina (afk running on auto loop), and Strength (afk walking with trade packs on) ASAP to be more competitive in the long haul in PvP and PvE.

-Use i-frame abilities defensively to avoid incoming damage and know when your enemies are about to use powerful attacks through movements, habits, and general skill knowledge of other classes.

-Make sure to do the quests suggested on the quest log interface (especially ones from the black spirit and the inventory expansion slot quests), these are crucial for character development later on.

 

Other Guides, Videos, and References:
This guide was created through a mixture of my own personal knowledge and experience, other people's advice and experience, other guides, videos, and tips. I cannot claim that this guide was purely created from my own knowledge therefore I will be listing references of other online sources of information I used to create this comprehensive guide to the ninja/kunoichi class in combination of my own experience and knowledge of the game and the classes. I cherry picked several things from these guides that I believed to be the most accurate, valid, and true.

Artigan's Ninja Recommendations (WIP)
http://forum.blackdesertonline.com/index.php?/topic/66519-artigans-ninja-recommendations-wip/

Cryy's Black Desert Ninja & Kunoichi Gearing
https://youtu.be/fCqUPnmyGP0

The Black Desert Bible v.1.6
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JnFambQifvui7-V68QMsfuXuhAuu4C0NsVJCxJIv84E/preview

Hakklo's WIP Detailed Kunoichi Guide
http://black-desert.com/forums/blog/index.php/Entry/77-WIP-Detailed-Kunoichi-Guide/

 

This guide will be added to over time with the most accurate and correct information available. I'd love to hear your guys' CONSTRUCTIVE feedback on the guide and I am willing to discuss further about the ninja and kunoichi classes and answer any questions that I can (if for some reason I dont know the answer to one of your questions, i'll confer with my pro ninja guildies on the JP server for an answer if there even is one for the public to know due to Pearl Abyss' secrecy about certain things). Please keep the conversations constructive and positive to reduce the chance of this thread being locked due to other forum members violating the Terms of Service. Thanks in advance! :)

I'm curious, what specifically did you use from Artigan's 'guide'?  I was with him in Discord when he was working on the drafts, and had to mention more than a few times that he was speculating, and shouldn't write things factually.  It's part of the reason for his 'disclaimer'.  He had no prior experience, and guessed on a lot of the skill usages when creating his skill roadmap, among other things.

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I'm curious, what specifically did you use from Artigan's 'guide'?  I was with him in Discord when he was working on the drafts, and had to mention more than a few times that he was speculating, and shouldn't write things factually.  It's part of the reason for his 'disclaimer'.  He had no prior experience, and guessed on a lot of the skill usages when creating his skill roadmap, among other things.

I didn't actually use anything from his guide and was going to reference his weapon upgrading comments about holding off until lvl 15+ to upgrade your weapon (which is actually true) but in the end I chose to leave that out. I should remove the link TBH unless I do decide to include upgrading weapons/gear on there (which is less about ninja and more about general bdo knowledge). Ty for the heads up

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What are your opinions on power crystals for main weapon? The red battlefield power crystal seems like it'll be a nice boost. I know downside is you'll probably not get 5 attack speed and 5 crit, maybe 4 on one of them but if you have constant food buffs, it could be mended. Is the +5 ap/+2 human damage (x2 if you don't put a carmae crystal) negligible for full attack speed and crit?

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What are your opinions on power crystals for main weapon? The red battlefield power crystal seems like it'll be a nice boost. I know downside is you'll probably not get 5 attack speed and 5 crit, maybe 4 on one of them but if you have constant food buffs, it could be mended. Is the +5 ap/+2 human damage (x2 if you don't put a carmae crystal) negligible for full attack speed and crit?

top priority is getting the 5 atk spd and crit. If you don't have those, get them if you have enough food to always have it up so that you're two stats are maxed, then sure go for it. But the atk spd and crit is top priority, especially atk spd is crucial for ninja 

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top priority is getting the 5 atk spd and crit. If you don't have those, get them if you have enough food to always have it up so that you're two stats are maxed, then sure go for it. But the atk spd and crit is top priority, especially atk spd is crucial for ninja 

I see, thanks! Speaking of attack speed, what about the dazzling blade passive. Does it increase attack speed so you only need 4 to get full 5? Or is the attack speed increase added on top of the 5 if you get it? Like, will my attack speed be faster if I have 5 attack speed AND the passive, or is it the same with someone who has 5 attack speed without the passive?

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I see, thanks! Speaking of attack speed, what about the dazzling blade passive. Does it increase attack speed so you only need 4 to get full 5? Or is the attack speed increase added on top of the 5 if you get it? Like, will my attack speed be faster if I have 5 attack speed AND the passive, or is it the same with someone who has 5 attack speed without the passive?

yes the 5 attack speed stacks with the ninja's passive :) which is amazing!!!

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Hey thank you so much for this guide ;) I was thinking to make somethink like ; full rocaba + gem helm for evasion and with this have 17 evasions, that's a good amout to be usefull ? Since you say that was useless before stacking it. And go with the accuracy offhand. ( Sorry for my bad english ;) )

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I don't understand why all of these guides discuss gear so much. Unless you're speaking to a brand new player you don't need to talk about gear and crystals. We know already. What should be talking about is combos and rotations. Like that shift + right click and shift + E are your bread and butter aoe and that stealth + spacebar is big single target damage just like left click + right click. Props for trying to help but it's not that helpful.

Also guys do not -----ing use Rocaba. You're being trolled so hard if you do and are wasting your money going to TRI with that garbage.

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I don't understand why all of these guides discuss gear so much. Unless you're speaking to a brand new player you don't need to talk about gear and crystals. We know already. What should be talking about is combos and rotations. Like that shift + right click and shift + E are your bread and butter aoe and that stealth + spacebar is big single target damage just like left click + right click. Props for trying to help but it's not that helpful.

Also guys do not -----ing use Rocaba. You're being trolled so hard if you do and are wasting your money going to TRI with that garbage.

This guide was designed to help both new players and seasoned ones alike. The reason you're not finding much about skill combos is because Daum...err.. Kakao will be changing the hotkeys and button combos for several of the abilities in the NA/EU version due to problems the ninja's skill shave on JP/KR with multiple skills using the same button combos which makes them only usable through the action bar. You'll be seeing a skill breakdown guide and animation canceling guide from me once the class is out and adjusted accordingly and i'll add it to this guide. I personally use full grunil on my ninja and love it but i dont see any issue with using rocaba chest and shoes in place of the grunil though.. do you have a reasoning behind your hate of 2-piece rocaba? (and obviously i do need to talk about gear and crystals to people because a lot of players on these forums are trying to use full rocaba like you mentioned and gemming for AP before they have 5 atk spd/crit) If you're really struggling with ani-cancelling and combos, here's an out of date guide that you can fume over until Ninja release :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpYNxVW61ac&index=2&list=PL_GJmMgOxxRmI0A5OYqwvWSGkDZtYDTZ2 

Hey thank you so much for this guide ;) I was thinking to make somethink like ; full rocaba + gem helm for evasion and with this have 17 evasions, that's a good amout to be usefull ? Since you say that was useless before stacking it. And go with the accuracy offhand. ( Sorry for my bad english ;) )

Unfortunately, using full rocaba will severaly gimp yourself in pvp. I'd suggest running at least the helm/gloves of grunil at the very least. If you're purely focused on PvE though, rocaba is fine

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I don't understand why all of these guides discuss gear so much. Unless you're speaking to a brand new player you don't need to talk about gear and crystals.

Noobs like me don't know how much accuracy to get in my gear. 

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@Nayriko ok thank you, so what is the best between full grunil or grunil / rocaba ? 5 Ap make a huge difference ? i know you say yes in your guide but, the numbre is prety small between my 115ap and 120 ap i don't realy see the difference in my damage.

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@Nayriko ok thank you, so what is the best between full grunil or grunil / rocaba ? 5 Ap make a huge difference ? i know you say yes in your guide but, the numbre is prety small between my 115ap and 120 ap i don't realy see the difference in my damage.

Full Grunil gives 7 AP

Full helm/gloves + Rocaba chest/shoes gives 5 AP + 75 HP/WP

The WP is really nice when you feel like you're constantly drained of WP. Once you start to master the class you'll notice that you'[re almost never out of WP with a constant flow of herbal juices being chugged (they're suuuper cheap and easy to make in mass amounts and weigh almost nothing). By that time, you'll feel the 2 AP will be better than the unneeded 75 WP and the HP (once you get your health higher from constant eating). I'd suggest the hybrid set for newer ninjas and full grunil for experienced ninjas

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Just throwing my gear/gems combination here if it can help:

Liverto: Ancient Magic Crystal - Carmae (1 attack speed and 1 crit) + Magic Crystal - Crimson Flame (1 crit)

Quitar: Magic Crystal of Perfection (1 luck)

Full grunil: -Helmet: Magic Crystal of Infinity - Initmidation (10% KD/Bound resist) + Magic Crystal of Infinity - Experience (+10% exp)

                      -Armor: 2x Ancient Magic Crystal - Cobelinus (100 HP and 20LT each)

                      -Gloves: 2x Magic Crystal of Infinity - Assault (2 attack speed each)

                      -Shoes: 2x Magic Crystal of Infinity - Swiftness (2 movement speed each)

With that I end up with 5 attack speed, 5 crit chance, 4 movement speed, 3 luck (2 from titles) and 60% KD resist (I run topaz necklace).

I'm pretty sure I did a good job with it, tell me what you think.

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Just throwing my gear/gems combination here if it can help:

Liverto: Ancient Magic Crystal - Carmae (1 attack speed and 1 crit) + Magic Crystal - Crimson Flame (1 crit)

Quitar: Magic Crystal of Perfection (1 luck)

Full grunil: -Helmet: Magic Crystal of Infinity - Initmidation (10% KD/Bound resist) + Magic Crystal of Infinity - Experience (+10% exp)

                      -Armor: 2x Ancient Magic Crystal - Cobelinus (100 HP and 20LT each)

                      -Gloves: 2x Magic Crystal of Infinity - Assault (2 attack speed each)

                      -Shoes: 2x Magic Crystal of Infinity - Swiftness (2 movement speed each)

With that I end up with 5 attack speed, 5 crit chance, 4 movement speed, 3 luck (2 from titles) and 60% KD resist (I run topaz necklace).

I'm pretty sure I did a good job with it, tell me what you think.

Looks like a solid build to me! you have all your bases covered so just got to make sure you're not WP starved and you're golden :)

after that, it's all about building more and more AP to end people before they know what happened ;) 

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Noobs like me don't know how much accuracy to get in my gear. 

If you're the Serg I know, you're no noob and have plenty of acc :D

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As far as the gems keep in mind that you can use Food buffs to get what you need for your Caps. Serendia and Mediah give 1 crit and 1 att/cast speed respectively with 2 assault gems and a liverto that puts you at 5 att speed 4 crit. You can gem for the other point of or go 4 4 and put a carmae in the gem slot. The other gem Id suggest using besides Power if you have a second gem slot is going to be the Black Magic Precision Gem. The accuracy bonus is always nice and can help even out what you may be lacking not to mention a FLAT 10% pierce resistance can be pretty useful given the extreme amount of cc a ninja is given. Most people are running resistance crystals and with the new Black Magic Crystals there will be more of a resistance creep slowly popping up in reference to cc.

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I heard there's is a ap offhand trade in, is that only for kuno or can ninja trade in items to get their ap offhand too.

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-Tadd Shuriken/Kunai gives you a boost in evasion but the lack of accuracy and AP will leave you hitting like a wet noodle. Evasion isn't worth stacking at the loss of AP unless you're wanting some kind of weird ninja tank build like Final Fantasy 11 used.

NIN Tanking for life.

That was one of the most interesting accidental/emergent moments I've ever seen in gaming. 

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As far as the gems keep in mind that you can use Food buffs to get what you need for your Caps. Serendia and Mediah give 1 crit and 1 att/cast speed respectively with 2 assault gems and a liverto that puts you at 5 att speed 4 crit. You can gem for the other point of or go 4 4 and put a carmae in the gem slot. The other gem Id suggest using besides Power if you have a second gem slot is going to be the Black Magic Precision Gem. The accuracy bonus is always nice and can help even out what you may be lacking not to mention a FLAT 10% pierce resistance can be pretty useful given the extreme amount of cc a ninja is given. Most people are running resistance crystals and with the new Black Magic Crystals there will be more of a resistance creep slowly popping up in reference to cc.

Yeah, the thing is I'll perma eat combat exp food so I wanted to cap at least attack speed and crit chance.

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Yeah, the thing is I'll perma eat combat exp food so I wanted to cap at least attack speed and crit chance.

Yea its personal preference. I'd rather worry about stats than the exp buff. 

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Tadd Shuriken/Kunai gives you a boost in evasion but the lack of accuracy and AP will leave you hitting like a wet noodle. Evasion isn't worth stacking at the loss of AP unless you're wanting some kind of weird ninja tank build like Final Fantasy 11 used.

Hmm you only lose like 12 ap for lotza evasion/dp and evasion works from what I've seen in NA ;o and if your opponent switches to accuracy offhand (probably wont) he also loses 12 ap but u have more dp and a lil evade still so you'll outdps him? :)

~Jinxx

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Hmm you only lose like 12 ap for lotza evasion/dp and evasion works from what I've seen in NA ;o and if your opponent switches to accuracy offhand (probably wont) he also loses 12 ap but u have more dp and a lil evade still so you'll outdps him? :)

~Jinxx

sadly DP is much much weaker than AP atm (hoping it'll be fixed soon) and DP also scales poorly with ninja. The "lil evade" won't stop you from being sat on by someone who has more AP and accuracy than you :/

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