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BDO: Dungeon Portal – If you see this weird shit…

If you happen to be in the desert and you see this weird portal shit, do not go near it.  You will fall into a desert dungeon and get your ass beat fairly quick.  You will die almost immediately.    Then your limp body will be transported to the nearest safe spot which will be a far ass way from your horse.  You’ll have to run back to get your horse or find the nearest city where there is a stable to remotely collect it.  If you think you are strong enough to handle demonic beasts and you don’t care if you die in the most brutal way possible or that you have to search the desert for your damn horse, then by all means, fall down the hole.

BDO: Quest Tip – Unchained Curiosity

If you are on your way to discover Valencia City for the first time, you will probably run into this quest before you get there.

In this quest, you will need to discover Ibellab Oasis that is located in the desert.  You will have to find some travelers located right outside of Gahaz Bandits Lair.

(See Map Below)

When you reach these three travelers, be sure you are still on your horse because once you talk to one of them, they take off to Ibellab Oasis. Just “R” to chat to one of them and just follow the one to the Oasis.  (You don’t need to chat to all three)

Things you will need when you are in the desert – so prepare before you go:

  1. Water (Put the water on your hot bar)
  2. Star Anise Tea (To warm your body up at night)
  3. Compass (There are 3 parts to a compass – you can buy the parts off the marketplace then put together)
  4. Some type of ride (Horse or a Camel)
  5. Shovels (For quests later down the road)

Black Desert: Loyalty Points

BDO: Loyalty Points

Loyalty points are free just for playing and I’m not complaining but there are some items better than others to spend those loyalty points on:

Below is what I have spent my points on previously:

Character Slot Expansion Coupon.  (Having a lot of characters in this game is a bonus)

Weight Limit 50LT  (I buy this when I’m starting a new character.  They have very low weight limit in the beginning and this helps with all the loot)

Blessing of Kamasylve 1 Day (If it’s a day I know I will be fighting mobs a lot, I get one of these because it increases the loot drop)

Sealed Book of Combat 1day (Again, if I’m fighting mobs, I get this to boost up my combat experience. It’s especially helpful in higher levels)

What I never get or use:

Golden bell (It’s a lot of loyalty points just for 1 hour of combat experience.  It also for everybody on the server but I don’t care about those other people)

Inventory +1 Expansion Coupon  (It’s another one that requires a shit ton of points for very little.  If you want inventory slots, just do a few of the Black Spirit beginning quests)

City Storage Slots + 1 (Not even sure why this is in there.  You can add storage slots just by using contribution points on city buildings)

Atlanis Firefly (You can get these really cheap at any goods vendor)

These items you are get on marketplace cheap:

Special Carrot

Paste Bait

Good Feed

The other items don’t personally interest me so you will have to decide if it’s worth it to you or not.

Black Desert does put loyalty items on sale and have limited things from time to time.  It’s always worth checking out.

Black Desert: How to obtain sailing experience.

How to level up sailing?

Here is what you need to do:

·         Own a boat.  (A raft will not work)

·         Have lots of repair kits

·         You only gain sailing experience in un-mapped (unchartered) water. (Margoria Ocean)

·         You cannot auto-path in this area.

·         You cannot “AFK” sail in this area.  (At least it’s not recommended)

·         You will run into ghost ships and water sprouts that can damage your boat.

·         There are several daily quests in Port Ratt that help you gain sailing experience.

·         You can kill / hunt sea monsters. (Young Black Rust, Young Candidum, Young Nineshark) This will give you some sailing experience too.

Leveling up in sailing is one of the more difficult life skills to get experience for. BDO has reduced the experience you need for sailing to level up but really, not made it any easier to gather that experience.  You will have to decide if sailing that much is worth it to you.

Here is a random picture of my Shai character for no reason at all.

Black Desert: How I level up additional characters quickly.

How I level up additional characters:

I do the following before I start a new character because if everything is in place; I can level up a character to 56 in less than a day.

Preparation:

Armor: I place an extra set of armor in storage at either Veila or Heidel.  This is Helmet, Armor, Gloves and Shoes.  The extra set is just for leveling up different characters. My main set of armor will always be on my main combat character.  The extra set is leveled up to at least PRI. Some parts are higher but I don’t worry about leveling it up anymore.  All the armor and weapons have crystals in the sockets. I like the Grunil set because you have two places in each item to place crystals and since these are just additional characters, they do not need fancy armor.

Weapon: I buy two weapons (Main & Sub) and also place it in storage in Veila.  These weapons will be either 15+ or Pri.  Sometimes, I will buy a 15+ because it’s so much cheaper and just level it up to PRI. (It’s not super hard to level up a 15+ to pri)

Horse:  I will have a decent horse ready in the Veila stable. I will also gear up the horse too.

Food:  I will put meals & potions with extra combat buffs and carrots into storage.

Tools:  I will put one of each tool in storage. Example: Axe, Hoe, Butcher & Tanning Knife.  (Usually the ones with 100 to 130 uses)

Buff: Sometimes, I will put a combat book or several combat certificates in storage depending what I have at the time.

Jewelry: I put 2 rings, 2 earrings, necklace and a belt in storage.  I use the Asula set.

Start:

I create the character and start out in Olvia.  I follow the Black Spirit quests all the way to Veila and before killing the first boss; I will get my horse and everything out of storage.  Put on your armor, weapons and jewelry and get rid of your noobie stuff.  Have the tools on hand for any random quest that you might need it for. I then proceed to the 1st boss quest and kill him in about 3 seconds.  During this process, I will get out my pets and have them pick up loot even though the loot is not worth much. I will pretty much complete all the Black Spirit quests up to Calpheon. My goal is to get as many inventory slots as I can. By the time, I’m at Calpheon; I am ready to kill the Catfisherman boss which will level me up to 50.   I save all the buffs for this point since you will level up extremely fast to 50 without anything.  I am constantly eating meals whether I’m fighting or not because this will bump up your health.

After level 50:

I’m still going to follow the Black Spirit Quests until I get to awakening level 56 but I am also going to do a lot of mob killing. (Rhutums, Marsha & Catfisherman) Mob killing will help you level up pretty fast to 56. Be sure to use your points on combat skills thru out.  Don’t stop to kill ogres or cyclops.  You will be just slowing yourself down.

The way to think about it is and this is only an example. (Not factual numbers)

If one Rhutum is worth 2 points and you can kill 6 Rhutums in 3 seconds.  You would get 240 points of experience in 1 minute.

If one ogre is worth 20 points and you kill 1 ogre per minute, you would get 20 points per minute.

Even if you killed 2 ogres in 1 minute, Rhutums would still be the better deal.  More bang for your buck.

BDO has also placed combat experience as a reward in most of the quests so leveling up is much faster than before.  In some cases, you can get more combat experience from the quests than an hour killing mobs.  In my opinion, quests are really worth doing even past level 56.

Black Desert Online: King Griffon Knowledge

King Griffon knowledge is one of the hardest to get in the game. (I don’t know why) There is an easy way though!  There are two quests that require you to have King Griffon knowledge.  Those quests are: Revivify Knowledge & Co-Op Head of an Eagle, Body of a lion. Pro tip: Do these quests at the same time.  You can get them from an NPC in the middle pond area of Navarn Steppe. (See Map Below) In order to finish Revivify Knowledge quest, you have to obtain all the ecology knowledge in Steppe.  Press H (for Knowledge menu) Go to Ecology, Ecology of Kamasylvia and then the first one on top, Steppe of Kamasylvia.  You have to discover everything under Steppe.  Even if you have collected energy from Steppe ecology knowledge – in order, to finish the Revivify quest, nothing can be a ???.

Pro Tip:

Obtain all the knowledge under Steppe of Kamasylvia, leaving King Griffon for last. Once, you have everything but King Griffon, go to Milden. (He is located in the middle pond area) Milden will sell you King Griffon knowledge for 10 energy but only after you have the knowledge of everything else.

 

Black Desert Online: Quest help -Hunting-loving hunter

This is one of the quests you might get when you first start and as a beginner it can be a bit tricky.

The quest is called “Hunting-Loving Hunter.” The first part of the quest is easy, you just go to the Inn in Veila and talk to the people at the first table near the cook.

The 2nd part, you will have to find Chuck Laurie in the mountains.  There is no auto path to him and he is not high-lighted on the map.

Here is a map to show you where he is.  He is right below Olvia. Where the little question mark is.

BDO: What I wish I knew in the beginning.

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

Fishing is the best way for a beginner to earn lots of silver.

You can AKF fish and still earn silver.

PVP

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

Awakening begins at level 56

You cannot add crystals to your awakening weapon.

Horse

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.

Quests

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!

Black Stones

Memory Fragments

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.

Rewards

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.

Characters

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.

Server Switching

You can switch servers every 15 minutes.

This is handy if you somebody is bothering you or you are in an overcrowded location.

Guilds

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.

Crystals

Grind unused cheap crystals and turn them into black stone powder.

You will need lots of this powder for various projects / crafting.

Chat

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.

Notifications

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.

Family Funds

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.

Repair

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.

Life skills

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.

Knowledge

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.

Contribution Points:

You need contribution points for a house, extra storage, worker crafting stations and unlocking nodes.

BDO: PRO TIP – Fishing

BDO: Fishing Pro Tip

If you often leave your character on (while AFK) fishing then you definitely need to try out this location.

There is a little pond just outside of Duvencrune. (See Picture)  There is an NPC located there that has a daily quest.

In this repeat quest, all you need to do is catch a “Korean Loach” fish and you are rewarded with 400 contribution experience.

If you are going to be AFK fishing, you might as well get some contribution experience from it too.  Right around the corner from this pond, is a trader, blacksmith, storage and central market.

You can sell your fish, repair your rod and put your money in storage.

This location is never super crowded and nothing troll-ish happens there.  In a few hours, I usually catch close to two million worth in silver. I will also get ancient relic crystal shards with a minimum of 1 but I have got as many as 12 before.

Gear & Stats

Fishing Master 8

7+ Epheria Fishing Rod

6+ Maple Float

1+ Fishing outfit

Fishing Rods:

If you have a couple of choices with fishing rods but for long AFK fishing, I prefer Epheria.  You can repair it and use it over and over.

I bought an upgraded one off marketplace and at 7+, this rod has 120 durability.  The float helps catch better more expensive fish.

The fishing outfit gives me experience to level up in fishing.  I’m debating whether to buy a higher grade outfit but not sure it’s worth the money.

*I usually buy upgraded items instead of upgrading them myself.  I do not want to lose the black stones or break the item. Sometimes, it just cost more to upgrade an item then to simply buy it off marketplace.


Black Desert: Pro Tip (To ease the pain of leveling to 60)

Recently, I have leveled up one of my characters to the 59 and it’s been quite painful trying to get her to 60.  I have been fighting monster after monster, mob after mob, until my tiny gamer fingers went numb.  So I grew weary of fighting.  I sat depressed on the side of the road watching other happy gamers go by.  I started to do a few quests to fill the void and to my surprise BDO has added massive amounts of combat experience to all these quests.  I spent two hours today doing all these random quests.  I started out at 35%.  See pictures below.

About an hour later, as you can see in this screenshot, I’m at 58.219 %

Another hour after that, I’m at 78.300%

Normally, this would have taken me weeks of fighting mobs to level up to this percent and I’m assuming BDO is adding combat experience in these quests to encourage people to do them. It is working, BDO!  I definitely want to do some random quests!  Never before had I had this much enjoyment from talking to NPC and basically, being their gimp for two hours. I have no idea how long BDO will keep the combat experience in these quests but if you need to level up a little quicker, I really suggest doing a few.

PRO TIP:  DO THE QUESTS!

 

Update (07/08/19)

I did reach level 60 the same day as the post above.  I found that certain areas did have quests with better combat experience as rewards.   This tended to be new areas like: Grana,Stars End, Brelin Farms, Duvencrune & surrounding areas.  If I went to Heidel or Veila, the quests did have combat experience but did not have as much as the new areas.  From each quest, I was gaining 2 to 3 % experience.  I also killed about 600 blue man dogs (Fabus) to compare if combat would give me more experience but it did not.   I think after killing all the dirty dogs, I went up less than 1 %. So the quests are quicker and more experience.

I also found that quests with the book beside them offered better combat experience.   There were a lot of repeat quests that did not have the combat experience but there were quite a few that did.  I skipped the ones that had no experience as a reward.   I’m not sure about the Black Spirit quests because I had completed the majority of those already.

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