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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April 24

Patch Notes - April 24th 2019

Greetings Adventurers,

Mystical Ellie's Water Festival is back one more year! This time, the festival will be bigger and fancier as its location has been changed to Terrmian Beach. So get those fish rods ready after maintenance!

And for those who prefer the sands of the desert, a new enemy will appear randomly in the zones of Valencia. Once Afuaru the graverobber spawns, players will have to defeat him before he flees away with some valuable treasures!

Keep reading to know all details about this new feature and other fixes included in this new update. Enjoy!

Event & System

New Events
  • Mystical Ellie’s Water Festival
    • Event Period: April 24 (after maintenance) – May 8 (before maintenance)
    • Ellie is back, and the festival is bigger and bolder than before. So, head over to the new venue at Terrmian Beach to join in on the fun!
    • (Click < Here > find out all about the event quests full of splashing fun and learn about the rare but luxurious Pearl Mullet to fish! - Available soon)
  • 2019 Spring Video Contest
    • Submission Period: April 24 – May 15
    • Winner Announcement: May 30
    • We are holding a fan-made trailer contest so you can show us how you would showcase springtime in the world of Black Desert Online!
    • Click < Here > to learn how you can win the biggest prizes of the year with your very own video!

Ongoing Events
  • [Community Event] Create your own Easter Egg!: April 12th - May 3rd.
    • Create your Easter Egg into your character! Match the color of your character's outfit/costume, or just design an egg that looks like your in-game character and post a picture via our official forum post!

Ended Events
  • The Egg Hunt

  • Graverobber Afuaru has been added to Valencia.
    • Afuaru the graverobber will spawn in monster zones around Valencia at a certain rate (excluding Aakman Temple and Hystria Ruins).
    • If Afuaru spawns near you, the following message will appear.
      • Afuaru, the graverobber, has appeared!
    • If you approach Afuaru, he will try to flee you from you to protect his spoils. Defeat Afuaru if you want to get those spoils.
    • Afuaru may try to use a smokescreen to escape your pursuit. If this happens, you can try using a skill with CC effects to prevent him from escaping.
      • However, it would be best to defeat Afuaru swiftly, because when Afuaru uses his smokescreen for the third time you will not be able to stop him from escaping.
    • Afuaru will appear on your minimap when he spawns.
    • Afuaru will disappear one minute after he spawns. Please try to defeat it in its brief spawn time frame.
    • Item Drop Rate buffs will not influence the drop rate of Afuaru’s loot. You can use one of the loot items, Parchment Dropped by a Graverobber, to accept a special quest from NPC Nerasabi Alom. The lists of quests you can receive can be checked under [Quest] category.
    • Graverobber Afuaru is a permanent addition.
  • Some of the region near Calpheon Shrine has been changed from Kamasylvian to Calpheonian territory.

  • You can now transfer horses, wagons, and camels (if you have enough slots at the Stable) to the Stable at Northwestern Gateway.

  • The buff icons for the following Guild skills have been changed.
    • State of Perseverance
    • Complete Perfection
    • Sweet Luck
    • Sharp Eyes of a Gatherer
    • Merchant's Art of Persuasion
    • Scholarly Ambition
    • Endless Exploration
    • Regained Senses
    • Horrors of Battle
    • Frenzied Fighter
    • Intimidating Force
  • Fixed the issue where Dark Rift monsters would appear even if you did not have a Lv. 56 or up character, as long as you had a trial character.

  • Fixed the issue where the following titles could not be used since the closing of Shadow Arena.
    • Shadowed Hero
    • New Challenger
  • Buying one of the following items from Datu Varudatu of Mediah will now consume one amity point per item.
    • [Scroll] Graveyard Dominator
    • [Scroll] Dominator of Ancient Weapons
    • [Scroll] Dwarf Dominator
    • [Scroll] Wiping Out Pirate Island
    • [Scroll] Elite Hunter
    • [Scroll] Cute Little Things
    • [Scroll] Fist to Fist II
    • [Scroll] Robbing the Rogues II
    • [Scroll] Food Chain II
    • [Scroll] Breaking the Spells II
    • [Scroll] Crushing the Steel II
  • A restriction on how many War Heroes can participate in Node Wars, depending on the tier of the Node, has been added. The number of War Heroes that can participate in Conquest Wars is unlimited, as before.

  • Added a descriptive image to explain the Settings>General>Show/Hide>Attack Decisions option that will appear when you hover over the option.

  • Fixed the issue where the price to Collect certain grouped items would not be calculated properly. The price will properly reflect Enhancement level on the item.

  • The Black Spirit will now remind you of any unaccepted Main Quests under certain conditions after you log-in. You can find this in his textbox UI that appears on bottom right part of your screen.

Central Market
  • Set Price of an item in the Central Market will now be calculated properly according to the Enhancement level on the item.

  • Changed the size of the scroll bar in the Central Market.

  • You can now see how much time you have left in the cooldown time for moving items from the Inventory/Storage to the Warehouse and vice versa. This cooldown is triggered when you fail to move an item to or from the Warehouse due to weight/volume limitations or network problems.

  • If you fail to register your items on Central Market under the following situations, the waiting time to register items again has been reduced from 15 sec. to 10 sec.
    • Example:
      • When moving an item to your warehouse exceeds the warehouse limit (VT).
      • When your network connection is unstable.

Game World, NPC & Effects

Game World
  • Fixed the strange rocks that appeared around Stonetail Wasteland.

  • Rearranged the rocks near Olvia Coast so that Berserkers won't get stuck there.

  • Fixed the graphical issue with the waterfront at Tarif in Remastered and Ultra Mode.

  • Fixed the issue where invisible NPCs would appear when you failed to Steal from NPC Martha Kiyen at Bree Tree Ruins.

  • Fixed the issue where the following NPCs would not disappear intermittently even after a certain period of time has passed.
    • <Liberated> Soldier
    • <Liberated> Kagtum Prisoner

  • The title of the following NPC has been changed.
    • Before: <Herb Vendor> Izella
    • After: <Innkeeper> Izella
  • You can no longer navigate to NPC Nerman in Drieghan via the Find NPC menu.

  • Removed some awkward NPCs near the Calpheon Parliament.

  • Fixed how the name of the Velia Guild Stable Keeper was spelled in the World Map.
    • Before: Leonaduro
    • After: Leonardo
  • You can no longer use the R key to buy First-grade Wagon Horse from NPC Gula, the Stable Keeper of Stonetail Horse Ranch.

  • In order to make sure Mystical Ellie’s Water Festival is kept well in order, Guards from Calpheon have been dispatched and placed at Terrmian Beach.

  • When you press the S key to descend when using the Skill Wings of Wind of Wings of Freedom on an Arduanatt, you should now descend immediately, instead of first ascending then descending.

Class Changes

All Classes:
  • You now need to press the Q key instead of the Space Bar to dive in water. Press the Q key while floating in water to start diving.
    • You now need to press the F key instead of the Q key to recover Stamina in water.
    • The movements characters make while swimming have been made more natural.
    • A message will now appear when your character is swimming to explain the key commands for swimming.

By Class

  • Fixed the graphical issue that occurred when wearing Airblock Boxer Briefs or Python Boxer Briefs.

  • Fixed the issue where the Warrior would return to non-combat mode after climbing wall after going from non-combat to Main Weapon combat mode.

  • Fixed the issue where the Clead Armor would appear graphically broken on the chest area after applying certain customization.

  • Fixed the graphical issue where the lace in the chest area would look awkward with the [Ranger] Atanis Armor equipped.

  • Fixed the graphical awkwardness that appeared on the helmet when equipping Shadow Chaser Helmet in a certain customization.

  • Fixed the issue where certain text in the description of the skill Cyclone Slash was in the wrong color.

  • Fixed the issue where Musa moved awkwardly when the Q and E buttons were pressed simultaneously if his Divider skill was at level III.

  • Fixed the issue where the skill Absolute: Cyclone Slash was not being performed correctly after Whirlwind Cut: Cyclone.

  • Fixed the issue where the cooldown for Absolute: Cyclone Slash was applied and Rising Storm was performed after pressing the S + LMB+ RMB buttons to use Rising Storm after Whirlwind Cut.

  • Fixed the issue where certain text in the description of the skill Cyclone Slash was in the wrong color.

  • Changed the animation for the skill combo Whirlwind Cut: Cyclone and Cyclone Slash.

  • Fixed the issue where a strange message appeared and the character stopped her actions when the skill Maehwa's Will was used during frontal Slice (W + LMB) in Tiger Blade mode.

  • Fixed the issue where a strange message appeared and the character stopped her actions when the skill Divider was used during Slice (LMB) in Tiger Blade mode.

  • Fixed the issue where a strange message appeared and the character stopped her actions when the skill Roundhouse Kick was used after Blind Thrust I.

Item Changes
  • The following changes have been made to matchlocks.
    • You can now load matchlock while moving.
    • The bullet UI (like the one that appears when using a [Combat] Trina Matchlock) has been added for quest-related (e.g. practice) matchlocks and hunting matchlocks.
    • You must now first load before shooting a hunting matchlock.
    • The number of bullets loaded every time you load a quest-related, hunting, or Trina matchlock has been increased from two to three. This change has also been applied when using a matchlock while mounted on a horse.
  • The weight limit buffs of the following items for Guild Galleys have been changed as follows.

  • Added different types of icons for different types of Pearl Shop outfit/costume sets.

  • The following items have been changed to orange-grade
    • Epheria Marine Classic Set
    • New Year Hanbok Outfit Box
  • Fixed the item descriptions of the following items.
    • Broken Shackles
    • Rock Fragment
  • The following information has been added to the description of Da-Dum Da-Dum Diving Suit Set and Splat Fisher's Clothes Set for Striker and Mystic.
    • Striker: Your Gauntlet, Vambrace, and Gardbrace will be invisible.
    • Mystic: Your Gauntlet, Vambrace, and Cestus will be invisible.
  • There were items that listed a price in their item descriptions even though they could not be sold to NPC vendors. The selling price was removed from some of these items, while other items were changed so that they are now sellable to NPC vendors.

  • Added information about cooldown time to the item descriptions of Archaeologist's Map and Explorer's Map.

  • Golden Pig's Blessing item is now Family-bound (instead of being Character-bound). The item tooltip has been edited to reflect the change.

  • Fixed the issue where Hard Black Crystal Shard could not be obtained from Patrigio’s Secret Shop.

  • Fixed the issue where the following accessories were not applying the correct effects according to its stats. written in the items’ tooltip.
    • Herman Feresio's Necklace
    • Marco Faust's Necklace
  • For details on newly added Pearl Shop Update, please click < Here >!

Monster Changes
  • Changed how Back Attack affects the following creatures.
    • Hekaru: You can no longer inflict Back Attack on Hekaru by attacking it from behind.
    • Candidum: You can no longer Back Attack Candidum when it moves back to its initial spawn point.
  • Fixed the issue where Back Attack was possible on the following sea creatures when they performed certain motions or attacks:
    • Black Rust
    • Nineshark
    • Ocean Stalker
    • Young Candidum
    • Young Black Rust
    • Young Nineshark
  • New types of attacks have been added to the following Black Spirit quest boss monsters.
    • Biraghi
    • Kelcas
    • Dim Tree Spirit
    • Black Mane
    • Illezra's Servant
    • Mad Scientist's Assistant
    • Kavali
  • Fixed the issue where Red Nose boss monster would not have a weapon.

  • A UI to adjust vision range will now appear when you are facing the World Boss Mirumok Destroyer Offin.

  • Scratch attacks from an Ahib Griffon will no longer deal a knockback CC status effect.

  • Protector of the Fallen Kingdom monster will no longer spawn in the basement area of Valencia Castle.

Quests & Knowledge

  • The promise of treasure is lighting up Valencia with an influx of adventurers.
    • The following series of quests can be accepted if you have the item Parchment Dropped by a Graverobber which can be looted from Graverobber Afuaru. You must go to Nerasabi Alom to begin these quests after having Parchment Dropped by a Graverobber in your Inventory.
      • Dawn in the New World
      • The King's Eyes
      • How to Face the Sun
      • Aiming for the Sun
      • A Journal Left Behind
      • Eyes that Watches Over the Treasure
      • Eyes of a Fallen Giant
      • Never-ending Riddles
      • A Person Qualified to Face the Treasure
      • Titium Valley Journal
  • You no longer need Shiny Golden Seal - [Calpheon Trade] or Shiny Golden Seal - [Mediah Trade] to complete the parts of the quest [Miniature Elephant] Permit from the Merchant League which required you to hand over the seals.
    • If you had those quests in progress, they have been reset with this maintenance.
  • You can now gain the knowledge Caphras' Seal, which was unavailable via the renewed main questline, by completing the quest What Was Left Behind.
    • Those who have already completed the quest What Was Left Behind can gain this knowledge from NPC Philance, who can be found at Caphras Cave.
  • Instructions on how to purchase and use an Empty Bottle has been added to the quest [Villa] Freshly Scooped Cool Water.

  • New trade quests have been added to replace old trade quests, which have been removed.

  • You can now get an Adventurer's Tome via the quest Lost Gift (Adventurer's Tome) with a Lv. 1 character, as long as a character in your Family has already completed the quest Black Spirit's Gift (Adventurer's Tome) and that character does not have an Adventurer's Tome in possession.

  • Changed a line one of the NPCs at the Ahib Conflict Zone says.
    • Before: Fighting is not the single best option.
    • After: Fighting is not always the solution.
  • Fixed the issue where the quest Precious, Precious Egg could not be completed.

  • Mystical Ellie’s Water Festival event quests will now show up in the Suggested tab in Quest window (O).

  • The quest line in the quest Lakiaro for Research has been changed likewise:
    • If you use the Manos Hoe imbued with magical powers. → if you use the Manos Hoe.
  • Fixed the issue where the quest Magic Shield Exchange I could not be accepted with a Wizard class when going through the new main quest.

  • The pre-requisite quest that needs to be completed in order to accept the quest Magic Shield Exchange I has changed from [Boss] The Witch of Horrors to Looking for Adventurers.

  • Fixed the issue where the quest [Co-op] Witch-Hunting could not be accepted with a Wizard class when going through the new main quest.

Interface Changes
  • Fixed the issue where you could not reaccept the quest Nantusa Letusa if it was forfeit after completing the quest objective.

  • Fixed the issue where the wrong notification was being triggered when you collected your horse at certain stables.

  • The location of the Red Battlefield icon that appears in the Arsha server will now adjust according to whether or not the minimap is on or off.

  • Fixed the issue where certain UI appeared wrongly after exiting the Red Battlefield.

  • The appearance of the messages that appear in the following situations has been changed.
    • When you can learn a new skill
    • When you have learned a new skill
    • When you have enhanced a skill
    • When you get a high-grade item
    • When you discover a new region
    • When you activate a Exploration Node
    • When you get new knowledge
    • When your mount levels up
    • When your mount learns a new skill
    • When you get a Contribution Point
    • When you contract a new worker
    • When you successfully produce/craft something
    • When you level up in Processing
    • When you get a Skill Point, or Guild Score point
    • When your Guild learns a new skill
  • UI for the Lakiaro minigame has been updated with an addition of new images.

  • Fixed the issue where the list of destinations and the list of characters to change to in the Transport UI to transport characters would overlap with certain buttons.

  • Fixed the issue where the Whisper message alert would not sound.

  • Fixed the issue where using pressing Shift + ' to reply to a Whisper message would select the wrong player to reply to.

  • Fixed the issue where you could select who to send a Whisper message by selecting a Family Name from your own sent messages.

  • Fixed the issue where the window to buy a villa invitation from a Villa Keeper would scroll unnaturally.

    You should now only see the Extract Chance button under the Regular tab in the Enhancement window.

  • The Level Up button should no longer appear interactive after closing the Extract Enhancement Chance window.

  • Fixed the issue where contradictory information about Safe Enhance appeared when trying to enhance certain Pearl items.

  • Certain UIs will no longer take up memory.
    • We plan on implementing this for all UIs eventually to save any unnecessary memory usage.
  • Garmoth's Scale has been added to the drop lists of the following locations in the Item Drop window.
    • Tshira Ruins
    • Khalk Canyon
    • Blood Wolf Settlement
    • Sherekhan Necropolis
  • Changed the size of the text that appears when playing the cart minigame.

  • Fixed the issue where rapidly clicking the different tabs in the History tab of the My Information window would intermittently cause the stats to not refresh.

  • Fixed the graphical issue that occurred after selecting a filter in the Title tab of the My Information tab.

  • Fixed the issue where the text "Health (HP)" in the Basic tab of the My Information window disappeared when it was clicked on.

  • Fixed the issue where if you pressed on the 1 day, 7 days, 30 days, or Total tabs in the History tab of the My Information window the History tab did not appear selected.

  • Fixed the issue where you could not use the scroll wheel to scroll through the Skill List in the Mount Information window when your mouse was over a skill name.

  • Changed the size of the scroll bar in the Guild Skills Information tab of the Guild window.

  • Fixed the graphical issue with the scroll bar in the Journal tab of the My Information window.

  • The feature to check trade information by clicking the Transportation icon in the World Map has been temporarily disabled.

  • Combat Focus Mode and Adventure Focus Mode buttons have been added to the Edit UI mode.
    • Select Combat Focus Mode to toggle off all UI except the PvP button, HP bar, Black Spirit's Rage icon, and Quick Slots.
    • Select Adventure Focus Mode to toggle off all UI except the remastered HP bar, Minimap, Location/Time Information and Quick Slots.
    • After selecting these modes, you can further edit your UI by selecting Edit UI again.
  • Changed the color of the message that appears after you buy a Pearl or Loyalties item so that the name of the item you are buying and its quantity will be in different colors.

  • If you use one of the skills on the Skill Guide that appears in combat areas, that skill will not become highlighted in the guide.

  • You can now see how much Silver will be in your Warehouse after a purchase, in the bottom of the Central Market window the Purchase window.

  • The Find in Pearl Shop button has been moved to the top of the Buy (ENTER) button in the Purchase window of the Central Market window.

  • You can now zoom in/out, and spin your character in the Character Selection window with your scroll wheel and RMB.

  • Fixed the overlapping issue of certain terrain graphics of Gavinya Great Crater when the Graphics under Display Quality in Settings were set to Low or Very Low.

  • The icon that appears when a skill to spawn a Guild Member or a Party Member is used will now disappear after a certain time.

Resolved Issues
  • You can now place Lefkaritika Wardrobe against the wall in your residence.

  • HP of Guild Mounts such as Elephant, Ballista, Siege Tower will now be synchronized when engaged in battle.
    • Before the HP bar was not updated quick enough when got attacked and lose HP but now it will be updated more quickly (synchronized) recommend as below.
  • HP of Guild Mounts such as Elephant, Ballista and Siege Tower will now be correctly updated when engaged in battle.

  • Fixed the issue where 2 cancel buttons (X icon) for mobile devices with Android OS was showing up for Central Market Mobile Web.

Known Issues
  • We are aware of the issue where price of certain items appear abnormally when you enter Central Market for the first time after starting your client. You can temporarily resolve this issue by refreshing the CM by closing and reopening the CM window. This will be resolved with April 30th maintenance.

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April 23

[Maintenance] Regular Maintenance April 24th 2019

Dear Players,

We will perform our weekly maintenance as follows:

Date: Wednesday, April 24th 2019

Duration: 5 hours.
  • Global 8:00 UTC ~ 13:00 UTC
  • Central (EU) 10:00 CEST ~ 15:00 CEST
  • West Coast (NA) 1:00 PDT ~ 6:00 PDT
  • East Coast (NA) 4:00 EDT ~ 9:00 EDT

  • Mystical Ellie’s Water Festival will start.
  • 2019 Spring Video Contest will start.
  • Graverobber Afuaru will be added to Valencia.

Ending Events:
  • The Egg Hunt

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We apologize for the inconvenience and we ask for your generous understanding.

Best regards,
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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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