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 conquer castles, train your life skills such as fishing, trading, crafting, cooking, and much more!
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March 21

Patch Notes - 21st March 2018

Greetings Adventurers,

Spring has arrived, the fresh earthy scent of the seasonal rain that accompanies it has begun to fill the air. Take a moment to enjoy the beautiful yet fleeting cherry blossom trees all over the Black Desert Online world whilst participating in fantastic in-game events and exploring new possibilities with Rabam’s Lv. 57 version of the Skill Enhancement!

Event & System

  • Blooming Blossoms Event has been added.
    • Event period: March 22nd 00:00 UTC - April 11th (Before Maintenance)
    • Collect Cherry Blossoms every hour through the challenges (Y) window and exchange them for amazing rewards!
    • Click < Here > for full details on this flowery event!
  • Cherry Blossoms Seasonal Background has been applied.
    • Cherry Blossom trees will spring up all over the world of Black Desert.
    • Event period: March 21st - April 11th (Before Maintenance)
  • Weekend EXP extended.
    • Weekend EXP boost event will start a day early this week from 3/22 17:00 UTC ~ 3/26 08:00 UTC.
    • We have sent out compensation via in-game mail regarding network disruption issues. Please claim your compensation until March 28th maintenance.
  • Spring Drop Event!
    • The drop rates for Hard and Sharp Black Crystal Shards has been increased for the following period.
      • 3/21 After Maintenance - 4/4 Before Maintenance
  • Thanks to all your enthusiastic support, Black Spirit’s Adventure 2 will be extended 1 more week!
    • Please enjoy Black Spirit’s Adventure 2 until 3/28 maintenance.

  • Rabam’s Enlightenment: Skill Enhancement (Lv. 57) has been added.
    • Combine two Main Weapon Skills to create a new Skill once you reach Lv. 57.
    • Choose a Skill from the Skill Enhancement section of the Skill window, which opens the Skill Enhancement Window where you may learn an Enhanced Skill.
    • You can reset the Enhanced Skill using Armstrong’s Skill Guide.
    • You can only learn one of the two Lv.57 enhanced skills (as with the Lv.56 enhanced skills):
  • Team Battle rewards have been increased.
    • Winning Team will receive: 2,000,000 Silver Coins
    • Losing Team will receive: 1,000,000 Silver Coins
  • You can now gain Sharp Black Crystal Shard, and Hard Black Crystal Shard from Gathering with an Empty Bottle.
    • Please keep in mind the celebratory motion that the character performs upon obtaining Sharp Black Crystal Shard or Hard Black Crystal Shard will stop the Auto-gathering process.
  • Movement Speed and related stats will no longer affect how fast a Character will push a cart or wheelbarrow. All Characters will push these objects at the same speed.
  • A new wall object has been added at the starting point of the Red Desert side of Red Battlefield.
  • Team Battles will now end when more than 3 team members exit the game.
    • In this case, both teams will not get any rewards.
    • The team with the members that left will forfeit the Battle and will have a point added to their Loss Count, and the Team Battle points will be reduced by the maximum penalty amount.
  • The title “Laying to Rest” which could not be obtained has been removed.

  • A new title, “Colorful,” has been added.
    • The title can be obtained after having defeated enough quantity of Kuku Birds.
  • Pre-order function has been added to the Transaction Maid.
    • Using the Pre-order function will still trigger the Cooldown for the Maid.
    • When this function is used and a Pre-order is placed, Silver coins will be taken from the warehouse of the major city of the corresponding Territory. If you want to cancel the Pre-order, you can by conversing with the Marketplace NPC of the city of the territory you are located in.
  • Pre-order button is now available for out-of-stock items in the Marketplace.

  • Fixed the issue where items from another town’s Storage appeared on the transport status list when transporting storage items.

  • Fixed the issue where the Team Battle scores were not being updated intermittently.

  • Fixed the issue where stats of Death Count shown under Conquest Status in Guild (G) menu were intermittently not being updated..

  • Mounts’ death penalty system has been amended.
    • In addition with next week’s update (3/28 maintenance), a horse’s death count will no longer affect the horse breeding process and Max Stamina of a mount will no longer decrease with death.
    • However, death count will continue to show up on the Stable UI.
    • Due to the changes above, Mount Resurrection Reset item is no longer sold (from 3/21 maintenance) but will soon be available in the Pearl Shop (F3) Loyalties category.
    • Any Mount Resurrection Reset item held in Inventory or Storage until March 28th, 09:00 UTC will be refunded in Pearls with next week’s maintenance.

  • A “Delete Temp” button has been added to the upper left-hand corner of the Settings window.
    • If you still see an Adventurer’s old Character/Family/Guild name after it was changed with a Name Change Coupon, using the Delete Temp function should solve the problem.

Game World, NPC & Effects

Game World:
  • Fixed the issue where Characters weren’t able to move at certain spots in Pila Ku Jail.

  • Fixed the issue where Gathering on some Dried Thickets twice in a row was possible in Mediah.

  • Fixed the graphical glitch on a carpet placed in front of NPC Shakatu.

  • Node Manager of Polly’s Forest “Clueless Mushroom” has been renamed to “Klaruss Mushroom” to be in accordance with the intentions of development.
    • Adjusted the name display of Klaruss Mushroom NPC, the Node Manager of Polly’s Forest, so that the placement of the name being displayed would look more natural.
  • Grána Marketplace Director NPC’s name has been changed from “Grelius” to “Grelias.”

  • Fixed the graphical glitch on two overlapping Protesters in Calpheon City.

  • Fixed the awkward appearance of Characters when sitting on a Bellucian Wagon.

Class Changes
  • Ranger
    • The damage of the skill Bow Skill will now be correctly applied as 150% x2 while mounted.
  • Tamer
    • Fixed the graphical glitch on Tamer's hair while wearing the Lahr Arcien Hat that made the back of her head look empty.
  • Striker
    • Fixed the overlapping issue when equipping both Bheg's Gloves and Blazing Inferno Gauntlet at the same time.
    • Fixed how [Striker] Blazing Inferno Gloves became invisible when also equipped with Striker] Blazing Inferno Gauntlet.
  • Mystic
    • The PvE damage of the skill Hurricane Sweep has been increased.
      • Damage 415% x 5 → 830% x 5
      • Damage during cooldown has increased as well
    • HP Recovery effect for the skill Spiral Torpedo has been removed.
    • HP recovery effect of the skill Hurricane Sweep has been modified.
      • HP Recovery +20 per every good hit → +500 upon using the skill (nullified during cooldown)
    • The Missing info regarding the status of effects during cooldown time has been added to the description of the skill Hurricane Sweep.
      • All DP -10 for 10 sec. on good hits
      • Knockdown on good Jump Spin Kick
      • Bound on good Low Kick
    • Fixed the issue causing a chain to appear on the Le Vladian Underwear (No Stockings) when it shouldn’t.

Item Changes
  • High-Quality Carrot Juice and Special Carrot Juice will now recover +50% more of its original recovery amount when used to restore HP of a Mount.

  • The following item can now be sold to NPC Merchants:
    • Targak Steel Shard
  • Text description has changed in the tooltip for the item [Event] Three-Leaf Clover:
    • ‘Energy Recovery +1’ has been removed.

Pearl Shop:
  • The Coin icon for the Buy button in the Pearl Shop has been changed to a Pearl icon.

  • The “Buy” button in the Pearl Shop (F3) has been edited to fit each currency (Pearl or Loyalty).

  • For details on newly added Pearl Shop Update, please click < Here >!

Mechanic Changes
  • Manshaum Charm and Manshaum Totem will now be able to recover the HP of a maximum of 3 monsters.

Quests & Knowledge

  • Fixed the issue where it was possible to keep consuming Energy to learn the Knowledge “Krogdalo Trace” even after having learned it during the quest The Trace of Krogdalo in Kamasylvia.

  • You no longer need to have a minimum of 351 Contribution points to accept the following recurring quests:
    • [Repeat] The Most Beautiful Feather
    • [Repeat] Smothered in Black Oil
    • [Repeat] Symbol of Valor
    • [Repeat] Intact Research Material
    • [Repeat] Mysterious Competitor
    • [Repeat] Nutritious Meal for the Wounded
    • [Repeat] Evidence of Someone
    • [Repeat] Bold Investment
  • Fixed the issue where the counter for the number of destroyed Jellyfish, while using a Practice Matchlock would not properly update during the quest ‘Annoying Jellyfish’.

Interface Changes
  • Fixed the issue where rotating the Minimap did not work properly after enabling Rotate Minimap under Misc. in Settings and reloading the UI.

  • If you open the Pearl Shop (F3) or the Knowledge window (H) while the Crafting Notes window (F2) is open, the Crafting Notes window should no longer be visible.

  • When you Give Gift on the Pearl Shop the total cost in Pearls should now appear.

  • The Cancel button in the End Game window has been replaced with a Tray button.
    • The Tray function is available for Quick Hotkey and minimizes the game display to your computer’s system tray.
  • The Recently Successful Cooking and Alchemy windows will no longer hide the Inventory window when using Cooking Utensil or Alchemy Tool.

  • Storage window will now pop up next to the Inventory.

  • Swaying Wind Shard has been added to the Item Drop Information for Loopy Tree Forest.

  • Fixed the abnormal structures of some buildings inside Grána.

  • Fixed the overlapping text issue with the Purchase Weight Limit button and Weight Limit text.

  • Fixed the issue that was causing a misleading system message to appear, warning of a low chance to Enhance when performing a Forced Enhance.

  • Fixed the issue where Pre-order button would show on a Pearl Item in Marketplace.

  • Fixed the issue where the Marketplace Notifications pop-up window could be closed with the ESC key.

  • Fixed the issue where a random number was being displayed above the Silver balance checkbox in NPC shops.

  • Fixed the issue where Yuria/Bares weapons did not appear in the list of droppable items for Loopy Tree Forest from the Item Drop (ESC) menu.

  • Fixed the issue where equipping a Trina Matchlock would cause the characters underwear to be displayed intermittently.

  • Fixed the issue where the Black Magic Crystal - Boulder and Black Magic Crystal - Experience, was being incorrectly being mentioned while using certain methods to obtain specific items in the Crafting Notes.

  • Fixed how Processing activity would be disrupted abnormally.

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French Patch Notes
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March 20

[Maintenance] Regular Maintenance 21st March 2018

Dear Players,

We will perform our weekly maintenance as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 21.03.2018

Duration: 5h

Server Down / Server Up:
  • Global 9:00 UTC / 14:00 UTC
  • Central (EU) 10:00 CET / 15:00 CET
  • West Coast (NA) 2:00 PDT / 7:00 PDT
  • East Coast (NA) 5:00 EDT / 10:00 EDT

  • Rabam's Enlightenment - Skill Enhancement (Lv. 57 skills) will be added
  • Blooming Blossoms Event will start.

Ending Events:
  • Lavientia's Accessories Event will end.
  • Black Spirit's Adventure 2 will end.
  • Ancient Relic Crystal Shard Drop Event will end.
  • [Event] Appreciation Gift sent out on Mar. 3rd will be claimable only until Mar. 21st before maintenance.


Patch Notes including improvements and new features can be found on our Website after the maintenance.

Follow us on Twitter/Facebook to stay up to date.

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.


  • 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

    • 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
    • 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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