Tips for beginners:
Daily: Every day, Covet rewards you with 100 diamonds and 20 tickets.
Enter daily challenge.:
This is the best challenge to enter everyday because there is no restrictions and you earn $500 covet cash just for entering.
I like this one because I can put on any unworn outfit and enter. I don’t ever expect a high score with this one since I’m using whatever outfit I have but eventually that daily 500 cash adds up!
If you are a beginner and low on funds, do not enter the flash back challenges. These challenges can be really expensive!
The flashback challenges require several pieces from previous seasons and if you do not have those items, you will have to buy them.
Jet Set Challenges:
You can do the jet set challenges as many times as you want.
You do not earn prizes with these challenges but you do earn stars. Stars will help you unlock other jet set levels and you can earn 500 diamonds.
Jet Set Challenges usually only last 8 hours and voting begins. So you find out results pretty quick. These challenges are also easy to win.
If you have the funds to spend, do the series challenges. These are like 5 to 8 challenges.
If you do all of them, the prizes are really good and this is only for entering them all!
The only thing that really sucks as a beginner, you usually have to buy 2 to 4 pieces per challenge.
You can borrow items from Facebook friends and if you are in a fashion house – you can borrow them too.
You can only borrow 1 item per challenge.
Pairing the right hair and makeup can bring up the score of your look when it comes to voters.
Eventually, in higher levels, details are going to be very important. (Jewelry, handbags, etc.)
I noticed short hair and albino skin do not do well in voting. Voters tend to like long hair and tanned/darker skin tones. (Just my opinion though)
You can view the top looks on the front page and that will give you a good idea on how people vote. I noticed a lot of voters have shit taste too. I don’t know why.
If you are going to buy diamonds, wait until Covet Fashion has a sale. They have a lot of sales!
All the challenges have some sort of theme going on. Pay attention to the picture and the description of the theme.
Many voters will not vote for your look if it resembles nothing to the theme.
Save your funds and only buy what you need for a challenge. Items cost an arm and a leg and you will run out of money very quickly.
When you do have to buy something, keep in mind that you might need that outfit in another challenge. Pick items that can be paired with other things.
Likes do nothing to help you. It just shows that somebody thought your outfit was cool. It does not help with voting.
Unworn & Season:
Max your unworn & season bonus if you can. This can put a 3.5 score outfit over 4.0 which will land you a prize.
You can edit an outfit up until it’s closed out for voting. This is handy if you don’t have the covet cash to buy something. Enter the challenge anyway, get the entry reward and then edit the outfit and buy the item you need with it.
Tucking in Shirts:
There is a tuck button that will tuck in a shirt. This will give your outfit an entirely different look and is helpful if a lot of people are going to be wearing the same look and you want to set yourself apart.
You can switch from classic to modern models as many times as you want. If you entered a challenge with one type of model, you have to stay with the model until the challenge is over.
Do not try to enter every challenge. This game can be addicting and you can end up paying a lot of real money to play it. Start with the Jet Set & Daily Challenges. Save your diamonds and $500 covet cash for a few days and then enter another challenge. Pacing yourself is key.
Black Desert Online: Tips & What I wish I knew at the beginning:
This game is so vast and there is so much to do. It really is impossible to do everything.
I have been playing for 2 years and have not even done a 1/3 of it yet.
Don’t get overwhelmed by it all and take it slow.
Trying to do everything at once will only achieve burn out.
Get a pet.
If you purchase anything from the Pearl shop, then a pet is a must.
Occasionally, you can get a free pet from the Daily attendance but it is not every month.
You have little hope of ever purchasing a pet off the marketplace.
You can have up to 5 pets out at one time.
Pets pick up your loot and give you bonuses for combat and life skills. (Loot = Money/Silver)
Pearl Shop is a rip off.
Everything is way over price.
Pearl shop does have sales and coupons every once in a while.
Try out different characters first to see which ones you like the best before buying character items in the pearl shop.
If you ever have to delete a character, some of those pearl items will not transfer to other characters.
Fishing is the best way for a beginner to earn lots of silver.
You can AKF fish and still earn silver.
PVP begins at level 50.
You don’t have to PVP.
Other players can kill you in combat areas even if you do not have PVP activated. (Only after level 50)
You can lose experience when you die.
Some of the crystals might break in your weapons and armor if you die.
Awakening begins at level 56
You cannot add crystals to your awakening weapon.
Buy a horse as soon as possible. Does not need to be expensive or high tier.
It will be too difficult and time consuming to run everywhere.
Do the Black Spirit quests.
Those quests will reward you with inventory slots and combat experience.
Black Spirit quests need to be done in order to unlock other quests.
Do not sell!
You will need a shit ton of these to level up weapons and armor.
I do not recommend selling items from rewards or events until you are sure what they are.
You are rewarded the longer you stay on the server even if you are AFK.
You are rewarded for having multiple characters.
These are actually encouraged in this game.
It is best to have one main fighting character and make the additional characters geared towards life skills.
Reason is because leveling up weapon and armor is very expensive and a long drawn out process.
Characters part two
Not all characters are created equal.
I do not recommend making the “Ranger” character your first one.
The “Ranger” is difficult to level up and cannot combat mobs like the other characters.
The ranger is a good character but it is not a killing machine.
Good beginning characters: Striker, Dark Knight, and Tamer. (Only my opinion)
Characters part three
Your character name can be important. Depending on what you name your character will be the deciding factor whether you get killed a lot or not.
I named one of my character after a venereal disease and people are constantly trying to kill me.
There has been a few guilds that have refused to let me join over the character’s name.
Changing a character or family name will cost you actual money from the Pearl Shop.
So choose wisely! Unless, you like being verbally abused, trolled and even killed.
Pay to Win
BDO has a lot of high priced crap in their pearl shop but the game is not pay to win.
BDO is one huge sandbox and there is no winning scenario.
You can buy stuff that will give you extra boosts but you can also obtain that without spending real money.
High powered weapons, armor and other things, you will have to actually work for it.
Beginner Weapons & Armor
You will get beginner weapons and armor from starter quests.
Do not level these up. It is a waste of black stones.
You cannot re-sell these on the marketplace.
Olvia servers (It is Olvia not Olivia)
You can only play on the Olvia servers if you are new and for up to 30 days.
Join those servers for the max allowed time.
Olvia servers give you extra experience that will help you level up.
You can switch servers every 15 minutes.
This is handy if you somebody is bothering you or you are in an overcrowded location.
It’s not necessary to join a guild to play the game.
If you do join a guild – there are PVP and PVE guilds.
Joining a guild does provide you with extra perks and boosts.
Grind unused cheap crystals and turn them into black stone powder.
You will need lots of this powder for various projects / crafting.
Some of the server chat is cancer.
You can turn off certain chats and even make the window smaller so that it is less distracting.
You can mute people in chat.
There are a lot of notifications in BDO that automatically show up on default.
It’s annoying and distracting. You can turn off the majority of them in your settings.
BDO gives you daily funds.
The amount of funds depend on all your characters combined combat, knowledge and life skill levels.
I have 6 characters between the levels of 56 and 59. I get over million of silver per day.
If you need to repair your weapons or armor and there is not a blacksmith around, look for a stable.
Stable personnel will also make repairs.
Easy life skills for beginners: Fishing, Cooking, Alchemy, Farming, Gathering, Processing and Trading.
More difficult life skills: Horse Training, Sailing and Hunting.
AFK life skills: Fishing, Cooking, Alchemy, Processing and Horse Training.
Pressing “H” brings up your knowledge screen.
The more knowledge you obtain thru quests or other means will equal more energy for your character /family.
You need contribution points for a house, extra storage, worker crafting stations and unlocking nodes.