Black Desert Online is a sandbox, living-world MMORPG. Experience fast-paced, action-packed combat, hunt monsters and huge bosses, fight with friends in a guild to siege nodes and region castles, train your life skills such as fishing, trading, crafting, cooking, and much more!
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December 13

Patch Notes - 13th December



Greetings Adventurers,

Mystic launch events are here! With the release of the long-awaited Mystic, please enjoy leveling this dazzling class while stacking up on cool rewards. Meanwhile, the abominable Yeti, Piku, has been sighted near Alejandro Farm. When the blizzard hits, that’s when you know Piku has appeared. Make sure to have a special Frosted Matchlock to take this monster down. In addition, a notable announcement we want to make is that our game client has tremendously reduced in size where its 27 GB now! Last but not least, don’t forget the great winter deals we got going with special bundles like the [Mystic] Starter’s Package and Snowflake Package for all classes!

Event & Systems

Event:
  • Level-up your Mystic!
    • Achieve certain levels and receive rewards!
    • Period: 12/13/2017 (After Maintenance) ~ 1/3/2018 (Before Maintenance)
    • Rewards for reaching certain Levels through Challenges (Y)
      • Lv. 15: Gold Bar 10G
      • Lv. 25: Gold Bar 20G, Extra Combat EXP Scroll x3
      • Lv. 35: Gold Bar 30G, Black Stone (Armor) x5, Extra Combat EXP Scroll x5
      • Lv. 45: [Event] Elion's Tear x10, Hard Black Crystal Shard x3, Sharp Black Crystal Shard x3, Advice of Valks +15
      • Lv. 55: Gold Bar 100G, [Event] Cliff’s Skill Add-on Guide (1 Day), [Event] Lauren Family Gift Box x2

  • Collect Mystic’s Seals!
    • Collect enough Mystic’s Seals and exchange them for Blackstones!
    • Period: 12/13/2017 (After Maintenance) ~ 1/3/2018 (Before Maintenance)

  • Click < Here > to see these 2 exciting events in detail!
  • Face Off Against Piku the Yeti!
    • Complete prerequisite event quests to obtain [Event] Frosted Matchlock and challenge Piku.
    • Period: 12/13/2017 (After Maintenance) ~ 12/27/2017 09:00 UTC
    • Click < Here > to see how to take down the frosted yeti in detail!

System:
  • The total size of the game client has been reduced to approximately 27 GB.

  • Fortress, Command Post, Annexes and Medium/Large Siege Tower can be installed now when [Combat] Trina Matchlock or [Combat] Trina Demolition Axe are equipped.
    • Upgrading Barricade or Repairing Fortress/Command Post is also available.

  • Rolling motion has been added when [Combat] Trina Demolition Axe is equipped.

  • All Savage Rift Annex Installments such as [Savage] Barricade, [Savage] Flame Tower, Barricade-Upgrade etc. are available when [Savage] Matchlock and [Savage] Enhanced Matchlock are equipped.

Game World, NPC & Effects:

Content:
  • You can now obtain the following items by exchanging Shakatu's Seal.
    • 150 Seals: Main Weapon Exchange Coupon (7 days)
    • 150 Seals: Sub-Weapon Exchange Coupon (7 Days)

  • Balenos and Serendian Tribute Wagon will be disappeared when they get to Calpheon.

  • The cooldown time for Bags (costume/gear) has been changed as follows:
    • 1. 3 sec. of cooldown time when using Change All Costume from the bag
    • 2. 1 sec. to put an item in the bag

  • Urugon’s Shoes and Griffon’s Helmet have been added on selling list at Patrigio’s Secret Store.

  • Gender Filters next to Refresh button on Horse Market Window work fine now.

  • Altinova’s navigation has been improved.

  • Fixed an issue where the first warning mail from Savage Rift says it’s the second time.

  • The tooltip/ item descriptions for Ship Repair Material, Ship Repair Kit, and Emergency Ship Repair Kit have been updated to include Epheria Frigate.

NPC
  • The Item Exchange button on some NPCs who exchange seal items only appears when you have items to exchange.
    • This is applied for Horse Race Reward Seal, Shiny Golden Seal, and Red Seal.

  • You can learn skills and add-ons from NPC Sarma Anin in Altinova.

Mounts
  • When characters are mounted, buttons for Savage Rift and Red Battlefield have been disabled to enter.

  • Fixed an issue where characters mounted on Miniature Elephant weren’t able to return when using the item Archaeologist's Map.

  • A system to increase a chance to awaken Dream Horse has been added.
    • Each time you fail at awakening a tier 8 Courser, you will get 1 awakening success chance
    • You can check your horse's Awakening Success Chance from the mount info window and Courser training window.

Class Changes

  • All Clases
    • Fixed the issue where the backpack on the character’s back was not disappeared when the character removed/sold Trade goods while crouching.
    • Fixed an issue where certain skill effects were not appeared on the area where the actual damage is being inflicted.

  • Warrior
    • Fixed the issue where the Warrior displayed awkward motions while using Spinning Slash in succession after only learning it up to Lv. IV.

  • Ranger
    • Fixed the grabbing motion while failing to grab using the skill Spirit’s Shackles

  • Sorceress
    • Fixed the issue of how the skill description for Ultimate: Dark Flame for the number of hits was incorrect. (132% x3 >> 132% x1)
    • Fixed the issue where the skill effect of Dream of Doom did not appear in other users’ screens.

  • Berserker
    • Fixed the awkward motion while jumping with the axe taken out.
    • Fixed an issue where Berserker keeps being in the air under certain circumstances when using the skill Titan Blow.
    • When failed to grab by using the skill Rooting, Berserker will release the target immediately.
    • *Known Issue: When Berserker jumps in Kunid or Tasalia's Villa, he appears to be swimming intermittently in the air. This issue has reached our attention and will be fixed promptly.

  • Tamer
    • Hit action displays only when enemy is hit while using the skill Tree Climb.
    • Fixed a grabbing motion while failing to grab using the skill Spirit’s Shackles.

  • Valkyrie
    • Fixed an issue where Strong Shield was often changed to main weapon while holding Lancia.
    • Fixed an issue where the skill Ultimate: Sharp Light was applied to push instead of hitting.
    • Fixed an issue where the skill Breath of Elion while holding Longsword was not applied when action was restricted during using that skill with Lancia.
    • Fixed the issue of when equipping [Valkyrie] Crown Eagle with the visor down, bare skin was visible on the neck.

  • Witch
    • Casting speed of skills when mounted has been synced with when not mounted.
    • Fixed an issue where damage was not applied in PVP when running forward and transferring to awakening weapon from Staff.
    • Magic Lighthouse’s cycle to attract monster’s attention has been reduced from 10 sec. to 7 sec.
    • Fixed an issue where effects of Wizard and Witch’s Lightning Chain did not end properly.
    • Stamina requirement to use the skill Fissure Wave has been removed.

  • Wizard
    • Casting speed of skills when mounted has been synced with when not mounted.
    • Fixed an issue where damage was not applied in PVP when running forward and transferring to Awakening Weapon from Staff.
    • Magic Lighthouse’s cycle to attract monster’s attention has been reduced from 10 sec. to 7 sec.
    • Fixed an issue where effects of Wizard and Witch’s Lightning Chain did not end properly.


  • Musa
    • Forward Guard effect has been added on the skill Dragon Bite.
    • Quick Slot available when using the skill Forward, Backward Chase has been added on Blooming Command explanation.
    • Basic AP of Musa at Lv. 60 has been increased by 17. PVP Damage has been reduced by 6.5%.
    • Hit delay of the skill Flow: Backflow has been reduced so that hit can be applied properly.
    • The cooldown time of the skill Crust Crusher has been reduced by 5 sec.
    • Attack speed of the skill Crust Crusher has been increased.
    • Hit count of the skill Fiery Crevice has been increased by 1.
    • Stamina consumption of the skill Twister has been reduced from 300 to 150.
    • Stamina consumption of the skill Fiery Angel has been reduced from 300 to 200.
    • Stamina consumption of the skill Flow: Foul Play has been reduced from 350 to 250.
    • Stamina consumption of the skill Musa’s Spirit has been reduced from 300 to 200.
    • Forward Guard effect after attack has been added on the skill One Step Back.
    • Attack range of the skill Flow: Foul Play has been adjusted to take place in the same area.

  • Maehwa
    • Forward Guard effect has been added on the skill Dragon Bite.

  • Ninja
    • Fixed an issue where unnatural action was taken when using the Shadow Clone from Quick Slot without Shadow Stomp buff.
    • Fixed an issue where Main and Sub-weapon were not displayed when using the skill Shadow Clone from Quick Slot without Shadow Stomp buff.
    • Different attack ranges of hits from the skill Ninjutsu: Shadow Stomp has been adjusted to be all same as maximum.
    • Fixed unnatural motions of the skill Kunai Throw and Shuriken Throw in the air after using the skill Sky Stepping.
    • Landing motions of the skill Kunai Throw and Shuriken Throw after using the skill Sky Stepping have been adjusted.
    • Fixed the issue where the shadow effect was shown during Concealment status so that opponents could see where Ninja/Kunoichi is.
    • WP Recovery from being hit by the skill Murderous Intent has been increased from 20 to 30.
    • WP from being hit by the skill Murderous Intent in a transition stance recovers in a normal stance too.
    • Hit and action of the skill Drastic Measure has been synced.
    • Fixed an issue where Ninja’s leg graphics were broken when putting on Blue Tiger Armor and Marine Romance Shoes.

  • Kunoichi
    • Fixed an issue where unnatural action was taken when using the Shadow Clone from Quick Slot without Shadow Stomp buff.
    • Fixed an issue where main and secondary weapon were not displayed when using the skill Shadow Clone from Quick Slot without Shadow Stomp buff.
    • Different attack ranges of hits from the skill Ninjutsu: Shadow Stomp has been adjusted to be all same as maximum.
    • Fixed unnatural motions of the skill Kunai Throw and Shuriken Throw in the air after using the skill Sky Stepping.
    • Landing motions of the skill Kunai Throw and Shuriken Throw after using the skill Sky Stepping have been adjusted.
    • Fixed the issue where the shadow effect was shown during Concealment status so that opponents could see where Ninja/Junoichi is.
    • Fixed the issue of when equipping [Kunoichi] Crown Eagle with the visor down, bare skin was visible on the neck.

  • Striker
    • Fixed an issue where Striker remains in the air under certain circumstances when using the skill Skull Crusher or Flow: Nimbus Strike.
    • Fixed an issue where the Flow: Prey Hunt buff was on when using Crouching Wolf with Martial Spirit Shard, when Prey Hunt hasn’t been learned.
    • Monster’s attention can be attracted better when using the skill Crouching Wolf and Flow: Prey Hunt with Gardbrace.
    • The skill Twisted Collision now can be instantly used any time in Gardbrace stance.

Item Changes
  • To improve the descriptions of Main Weapon and Sub-Weapon (excluding Kutum) items, the stats for Extra Damage against Monsters has been added.



  • The following specs will appear in the descriptions of the following items.
    • (Spec stays the same. Only the descriptions have been added.)
    • Hunter's Clothes
    • [Costume] Hunter's Clothes
      • Vision Range +10m, Fall Damage -50%
    • Trainer's Clothes
    • [Costume] Trainer's Clothes
      • Mount EXP +15%, Horse Catch Rate +15%, Mount Skill EXP +15%

  • The number of Whale Tendon Elixir obtainable from Processing has been increased.

  • [Event] Frosted Matchlock for winter event has been added.

  • Wearable Socket’s image will be shown on the icon of Magical Crystal.
    • Socket image will not be shown on the Magical Crystals that can be worn on every Socket

  • 6 new types of furniture have been added.
    • [Event] Lethal Piku Horn Decoration
    • [Event] Threatening Piku Horn Decoration
    • [Event] Cunning Piku Horn Decoration
    • [Event] Chillaxed Piku Horn Decoration
    • [Event] Greedy Piku Horn Decoration
    • [Event] Overhyped Piku Horn Decoration

  • The cooldown for putting items in Morco's Gear Bag and Patrigio's Costume Bag has been reduced from 3 to 1 second.

Pearl Shop
  • Winter special bundles like Snowflake Packages for all classes that include Snowflake Costume, Winter Rosefinch Set, and sweet props. will hit the shelves. With the launch of Mystic will bring heap of new items for the Mystic including a [Mystic] Starter’s Package to help you raise this beautiful character in style.

  • *Known Issue: If your Striker and Mystic have [Striker] Snowflake Costume and [Mystic] Snowflake Costume on, the characters will not strike a trademark pose and wave in idle mode. This is a known issue and will be fixed during next maintenance.

  • *Known Issue: If you put other furniture items on the Sweet Fireplace, the interior points are not applied correctly. This issue is queued to be fixed next week.

  • For details in these exciting additions, please click < Here > to go to the Pearl Shop Update Announcement.

Monster Changes
  • New Boss Piku for winter event has been added.
    • Piku appears in the Northern Plain of Serendia in front of Alejandro Farm.

  • The monster balance in Balenos, Serendia, and Calpheon regions has been reworked.
    • Their DP (damage reduction) has been increased and HP has been decreased. You should be able to easily recognize the difference in your attacks against these monsters.
    • The following numbers are approximate values.



  • Recommended AP of the following monsters in Calpheon has been set.
    • When you are below the Recommended AP, you won’t be as efficient at fighting the monsters.
    • Even if you have much higher AP than the Recommended AP, there is no significant difference in efficiency.



  • The following monsters in Valencia and Kamasylvia will now drop Trace items.
    • Bashim Base: Trace of the Earth
    • Basilisk Den: Trace of Memory
    • Cadry Ruins: Trace of Death
    • Centaurus Herd: Trace of Hunting
    • Titium Valley and Desert Naga Temple: Trace of Savagery
    • Crescent Shrine: Trace of Death
    • Gahaz Bandits and Pila Ku Jail: Trace of Violence
    • Roud Sulfur Works: Trace of Chaos
    • Navarn Steppe: Trace of Forest and Trace of Ascension
    • Manshaum Forest: Trace of Hunting
    • Polly's Forest: Trace of Forest
    • Fadus Habitat: Trace of Battle
    • Forest Ronaros: Trace of Origin

  • The type of item drops you get from Serendia and Calpheon monsters has been reduced.

  • Therefore, your Inventory should be easier to organize while fighting the below monsters.



  • The following items will no longer be dropped from ordinary monsters.
    • Scarecrow Ghost Log, Wheat Field Lookout Necklace, Wagon Wheel, Altar Imp’s Flag, Cloth from the Altar Imp Barracks, Hermit Crab Claw, Sharp Beak, Poisonous Stalk, Thorn Tentacle, Damaged Upper Heavy Armor Fragment, Damaged Lower Heavy Armor Fragment, Sticky Spider Web, Dwarf’s Longsword, Sharp Helmet Fragment, Sharp Club Fragment, Fogan Armor Fragment, Old Double-Edge Axe, Red Orc Nose Ring, Scorched Cauldron, Bandit's Shoddy Necklace, Shabby Round Shield, Tough Red Boar Meat, Spell Powder, Broken Crystal Staff, Shattered Helmet, Large Pincers, Cursed Horn, Magic Powder, Lucky Branch, Tough Tree Root

  • The following items can be exchanged to NPC.
    • Rusty Helmet: 50 Rusty Helmet can be exchanged with 30,000 Silver Coins at Eastern Gateway.
    • Black Dirt: 15 Black Dirt can be exchanged with 3,200 Silver Coins at Glish.

  • Fixed an unnatural motion of Black Leopard and Immature Black Leopard.

  • The spawn location of World Bosses Kzarka, Nouver, Karanda, and Kutum will be shown on the World Map.

  • HP of monsters from the Great Ocean are not going to be recovered when they return to the original location.
    • HP does not recover for 1 minute after location reset.
    • All HP recovers when enemy is not recognized within 1 minute after location reset.

  • Manshaum Totem will not apply debuff to decrease DP on adventurers.

  • Manshaum Totem will recover HP of other monsters.

  • Manshaum Totem and HP of Manshaum Charm have been reduced by 50%.

  • The difficulty of Yianaros Spirit’s quest has been reduced.
    • AP of Yianaros Spirit has been reduced by 97%.
    • Warning messages come up if Yianaros Spirit recognizes an adventurer.
    • You can now attack 10 sec. after warning messages from Yianaros Spirit come up.

  • Fixed an issue where Urugon was sunk under the ground when he was summoned.

  • Fixed an issue where monsters were intermittently teleporting.

Quests & Knowledge
  • You can now catch Trouts along the coast of Balenos via Fishing.

  • 9 new story quests have been added to Velia.
    • After completing the quest “Why Did the Goblins Run Away?”, you can receive the new quests through Santo Manzi if your level is 46 or up.
    • Complete the quests to obtain a new knowledge card “Santo Manzi’s Letter,” in category Balenos Adventure Journal I.
      • Things She Likes
      • You Are Such an Alchemist
      • Finding the Spirit's Leaf
      • Horoscope Matching
      • The Worst Match
      • Sending You White Cedar’s Scent
      • Letter With All My Heart
      • Santo Manzi’s Confession
      • Think as You Want

  • Fixed an issue where Black Spirit showed quest that cannot be accepted when you completed the quest Altinova Wharf Manager after finishing the quest Bridle of Destiny.

  • Knowledge requirement for the quest ‘Magic Bullet Marksman’ can be obtained after completing the quest ‘Incarnation of Illezra’.

Interface Changes
  • Fixed an issue where buttons, Find Group 2 and 3, were able to be clicked on when exchanging pets.

  • Crafting Notes for Cooking, Processing, Alchemy, and Craft House will now include the quantity of ingredients needed to craft each item.
    • There is a slight chance that you will successfully craft an item with Alchemy/Cooking with a lesser quantity of ingredients, if all types of ingredients were used.

  • You can now mouseover to see the long names that are cut off.

  • Gradation has been added to HP bar above characters.

  • Fixed an issue where explanation texts at the bottom of Screen, which you could see when clicking on Wharf button while talking to Wharf Manager, were overlapped with other UI when it’s on lowest resolution.

  • Fixed an issue where an icon of Clear Liquid Reagent Crate disappeared.

  • Fixed an issue where emphasized marks on obtained items were missing when scrolling down.

  • World Map, Minimap, an icon Find NPC, and some of mount icons have been changed.

Resolved Issues
  • Fixed an issue where you could not enter Kamasylvia with a 32-bit game client.

  • Fixed an issue where only black screen is taken when taking a 4k/8k screenshot.

  • A title Hunter better than Likke Behr can be earned when 3 Fugitive Khalk's Shiny Claw are obtained.

  • Fixed an issue where an Awakening Weapon Exchange Coupon (7 Days) was only able to use on Dandelion Weapons.

  • Fixed an issue where Workers are seen working at inappropriate spots or not returning to the Lodgings after finishing work.

  • Fixed an issue where you could swim in certain areas of floor of Villas in Valencia.

  • Fixed an issue where you could swim in areas in Goblin Cave where you don’t see water.

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December 12

[Maintenance] Regular Maintenance December 13th



Greetings Adventurers!

Every week, we conduct a scheduled maintenance to restart the servers and add new content into the game. Please refer to the details below to see the maintenance schedule and what's being added.

Date: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
  • Global - 09:00 - 13:00 UTC
  • North America (West Coast) - 1:00AM - 5:00AM PDT
  • North America (East Coast) - 4:00AM - 8:00AM EDT
  • Europe (Central) - 10:00 - 14:00 CEST
Reasons:
  • Mystic out now!
  • Mystic Launch Events will start.
  • Face Off Against Pike the Yeti Event will start.
  • Client size optimization.
The Patch Notes, including improvements and new features, will be posted after the maintenance.

Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on any potential changes to the maintenance times.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Best regards,
BDO Team
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About This Game

Black Desert Online is a sandbox, living-world MMORPG. Experience fast-paced, action-packed combat, hunt monsters and huge bosses, fight with friends in a guild to siege nodes and region castles, train your life skills such as fishing, trading, crafting, cooking, and much more!
 


Players will enjoy jaw-dropping graphics, intuitive skill-based combat, and an immersive story encased in our expansive world that’s just waiting to be explored. Accompanied by a Black Spirit, a companion whose destiny is intertwined with their own, players will discover the secret of the Black Stones and the history of their corrupting effects.

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FEATURES
  • Robust Character Creation Tools - Make the character YOU want to play.
  • Seamless Movement Throughout the World – No loading times necessary as you explore.
  • Combo-Oriented, Non-Targeted Combat - Take part in fast-paced, action-packed combat with skills that can be chained through combos.
  • Unique Weather and Climate - The weather and climate will have various effects on different zones that players can adapt to.
  • Day / Night Cycle – Along with unique weather and climate changes, the game revolves around a day/night cycle that alters NPC behavior and triggers various events based on the time of day.
  • Instanced Player Housing – From tents to palaces and everything in between, players can furnish and customize their own homes and can hire NPCs to keep your place clean or purchase things from the marketplace.
  • Mounted Combat – Utilize your trusted mounts on the battlefield and take advantage of their mobility and effectiveness in combat. Keep in mind, however, that mounts will need to be cared for, housed and protected as they can die in combat.
  • Boss Hunts - Group up with friends or other players to hunt down field bosses and world bosses to get that rare loot.
  • Siege Warfare - Massive free-for-all guild battles! Join a guild and participate in daily node wars or weekly conquest wars against many other competing guilds. Win the node or castle and claim it for a week to collect taxes to increase your guild funds.
  • Ocean Contents - Craft your boat and make sail to the vast oceans to fish, hunt ocean monsters and bosses, underwater exploring and gathering, quest missions, trade, and so much more.
  • Taming & Breeding - Catch and tame horses and elephants in the wild to make it your mount. You can also breed horses for better offspring with improved mount stats and skills.
  • Crafting - Enjoy all aspects of crafting in Black Desert from tools, weapons, armor, jewelry, boats, costumes, outfits, and more. Just about everything can be crafted in the world of Black Desert Online.
  • Profession - Take part and grow your character into a profession that can help your income. With professions like gathering, processing, cooking, alchemy, training, fishing, hunting, trading, farming, and sailing, you can choose to play Black Desert Online the way you want to.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher (32-bit or 64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-530 2.9 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTS 250, GeForce 9800 GTX, Radeon HD 3870 X2
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 27 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher (32-bit or 64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-650 3.2GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970, AMD RX 480
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 27 GB available space
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