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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January 16

Patch Notes - January 16th 2019



Greetings Adventurers,

The Shadow Arena has opened. Queue up solo or with a party to be the last team standing in Black Desert Online’s new battle royale game mode. You and 49 others will be competing for honor and glory.

Monster hunters rejoice because this week we are adding some brand spankin’ new hunting content! Kamasylvia Griffons are now huntable enemies and you can use their parts to craft some pretty neat armor. Get your guns because it’s hunting season!
The Golden Drop event is back. Defeat Monsters, gather, and fish to get some neat rewards!

All this and more in the rest of the patch notes to click through and see what’s up!


Event & System

New Events:
  • Golden Drop
    • Event Period: Jan 16th After Maintenance - Jan 30th Before Maintenance
    • During the event period, defeat monster, gather, and fish to get Golden Dagger, Golden Backpack, and Golden Coelacanth!
    • Click < Here > to find out more about this golden event.

Ongoing Events:
  • Moonlit Memory: Jan. 10th 00:00 UTC ~ Jan. 23rd Before Maintenance

Ended Events:
  • DIY Snowman

  • Let it Snow

  • Winter-themed UI/Weather

Attendance Rewards:
  • Loyal Attendance: Dec. 20th, 2018 00:00 UTC - Jan. 23rd, 2019 23:59 UTC

  • Rookie and Returning Attendance: Oct. 14th, 2018 00:00 UTC - Jan. 23rd, 2019 23:59 UTC

Content:
  • You can now view the Enhancement chance from the Enhancement window.

  • The Unknown Realm, “Marni's Secret Isle” has been added. You can move to this realm through the ESC menu during certain hours of the day.

  • Marni's Secret Isle’s first new content, Shadow Arena:Battle Royale will be introduced for the first time.

About the rules of Shadow Arena: Battle Royale:

1. The Battlefield: This is a special arena where everyone begins with characters of equal level and gear. Players must fight to become the last one standing. You will need a character which completed the tutorial to join. Once you enter Marni’s Secret Isle, you can select to play solo or as a party. When you start a match, you must obtain gear and items by defeating monsters or by destroying chests. Finally, you must also survive by fighting against other adventurers.

2. Available Server: Please select Marni’s Secret Isle server under server selection.

3. Capacity: Up to 50 players can enter into a match. However, a 60 second countdown will automatically begin once 40 players have joined a match. Additional players can join during the 60 second countdown. After the countdown, the match will begin regardless of whether or not 50 players have joined.

4. Modes:
  1. Solo: This is a mode for players who join individually without a party.
  2. Party: A party of up to 3 players (including the party leader). A solo adventurer can also join a party mode match alone.
  • You can play Shadow Arena daily during the times below.

  • There will be an event to celebrate the Early Access release of the Shadow Arena.
    • Event Period: Jan 16th (after maintenance) - until announced separately.
    • The longer you survive, the more items you can receive during the event. You will obtain Black Rocks depending on your rank at the end of the match.

Rewards for Items Obtained:


Rewards per Rank:


※ Rewards will be sent to your in-game mail after the end of a Shadow Arena match.
※ The Black Rock rewards obtained for your rank will also be sent to your in-game mail after the end of a Shadow Arena match.
  • Black Rocks can be used to obtain Black Stone, Concentrated Magical Black Stone, or Memory Fragment.
    • Click < Here > for the details about Shadow Arena.
  • As Kamasylvia Griffon Hunting has been added, the new monsters for Hunting, <Wild> King Griffon have been added to areas of Kamasylvia.
    • Upon performing Butcher on the defeated <Wild> King Griffon, you have a high chance of obtaining Spirit Pouch of Ferocious Beast as loot and a low chance of obtaining Griffon Leather or Intact Griffon's Beak.
    • You can perform Manufacture to craft ‘Griffon's Helmet’ with the following materials: Intact Griffon's Beak (1) + Griffon Leather (10) + Pure Zinc Crystal (100) + Supreme Hard Hide (120) + Supreme Fancy Feather (120).
  • New Knowledge for Crafting ‘Griffon's Helmet’ has been added.
    • This Knowledge can be gained when performing Manufacture to craft Griffon’s Helmet, or by using Energy to engage in Conversation with Puritora the Blacksmith NPC of Old Wisdom Tree.
  • When you are disconnected while auto-fishing due to network instability, you will now resume auto-fishing automatically when you reconnect.

System:
  • Olvia server 8 has been temporarily removed from the server list to accommodate for the Shadow Arena service.
    • The Shadow Arena server will not be visible on the server list.
  • To improve the Hide Costume feature, some adventurers will have the Hide Costume feature activated by default. This could cause the following issues:
    • Adventurers who had the Hide Costume on prior to the maintenance will see their Pearl outfits due to the Hide Costume settings being reset.
    • Adventurers who were hiding their mount’s equipment prior to the maintenance will be showing their mount equipment due to the Hide feature being reset.

Game World, NPC & Effects

Game World:
  • Fixed the issue where characters would appear as if they are inside the water at certain locations of Loopy Tree Forest.

NPC:
  • Revised the dialog and added a description for the button related to Cleansing for the Blacksmith NPC of each town.

  • Fixed the issue where the ‘Ask About Boatmen’ button would appear in duplicates within the Amity information window of Philaberto Falasi.

Class Changes

All Classes:
  • The Characters below will show a powering up motion for certain skills, and will be able to deal more damage.
    • Tamer
      • The standing attack for the Leaf Slash skill will now enable up to 5 hits instead of 4 hits.
      • The forward attack for the Leaf Slash skill will now enable up to 7 hits instead of 5 hits.
    • Musa & Maehwa
      • Changed the standing attack motion for the Slice skill.
      • The forward attack for the Slice skill will now enable up to 4 hits instead of 5 hits.
    • Lahn
      • Increased the number of hits for standing attack and forward attack for the Moondance skill.
        • Standing attack: 7 → 9 hits
        • Forward attack 3 → 4 hits
    • Striker
      • Increased the number of hits for the standing attack and forward attack for the Heavy Fist skill.
    • Mystic
      • Changed the attacking motion for the 4th hit for the Heavy Fist skill.
      • Increased the number of hits for the forward attack for the Heavy Fist skill.
    • Dark Knight
      • Added a finishing blow to the standing attack and forward attack for the Kriegsmesser Training.
    • Berserker
      • Added a motion of swinging down the axe downwards with both hands for the 4th hit for the Elastic Force skill.
      • 3 hits will be applied for the swinging downwards attack.
      • When swinging down the axe with both hands, 30 WP will be instantly restored, and each successful hit will add 35 WP.
    • Kunoichi
      • Changed the 3rd and 4th attack motions for the standing attack for the Wind Slash skill.
      • Changed the 5th hit for the forward attack for the Wind Slash skill, and added a 6th attack.
    • Ninja
      • Changed the 4th and 5th attack motions for the forward attack for the Wind Slash skill.
      • Changed the 4th attack motion for the standing attack for the Wind Slash skill, and added a 5th attack.
    • Ranger
      • Reduced the number of hits for the Bow Skill from 6 to 3 hits.
      • Added a finishing hit to the Bow Skill.
    • Sorceress
      • The 4th hit for the standing attack and forward attack for the Dark Split skill will now be a finishing hit, therefore the number of hits have been increased.
    • Valkyrie
      • The 4th hit for the Slash skill will now be a finishing hit that has 3 hits, therefore the number of total hits has been increased.
    • Warrior
      • All Slash skills will now deal 4 hits, and now have finishing hits.
    • Witch and Wizard
      • Added a finishing hit to the Staff attack skill.

By Class:

Ranger:
  • Fixed the graphical glitch in the abdomen area when wearing [Ranger] Stella Armor.

Berserker:
  • When switching from Awakening to normal mode while moving to the right, the direction of the effects and the direction of the attack will now be the same.

  • Added more accurate description for the number of hits for the Elastic Force skill in its skill description.

  • Fixed the issue where the right arm would look awkward during Awakening status when equipped with Cavaro Gloves and Kibelius Iron Buster.

Valkyrie:
  • Added a description in the Valkyrie Slash’s tooltip which specifies the number of maximum targets hit when used while mounted.

Witch:
  • Fixed the graphical awkwardness that appeared on the hair when equipping Canape Hat in a certain customization.

Musa:
  • You can now use Evasion upon the final hit of the Slice V skill.

Ninja:
  • Added the missing description about effects applied when using the Wind Slash skill while mounted to its skill description.

Kunoichi:
  • Fixed the graphical issue where the area beneath the chest would look unnatural when equipped with the Envi bikini.

  • Added the missing description about effects applied when using the Wind Slash skill while mounted to its skill description.

Mystic:
  • Fixed the graphical glitch on the chest area with the New Year Hanbok clothes on during a specific customizing.

Lahn:
  • Fixed the issue where the character would recover MP only 1 time after hitting 2 times with the forward attack for the Moondance skill.

Archer:
  • Fixed the issue where the Archer’s Inquirer’s Glasses would appear graphically broken.

  • Fixed the issue where the Archer (with Awakening weapon) would move abnormally when repeatedly pressing the W key while auto-moving.

  • Fixed the issue where the Archer (with Main Weapon) would show a sprinting motion when pressing the W key after pressing the T key.

  • Fixed the issue where the Archer (with Main Weapon) would switch to a main weapon combat status after stopping by pressing the W key after pressing the T key.

  • Fixed the issue where the Archer class could not equip Life Skill outfits which were obtained by using the Equipment Tailoring Coupon.

  • Fixed the graphical awkwardness on the right part of the pants upon wearing Farmer’s Clothes.

  • Fixed the graphical glitch in the arm part when wearing Trainer’s Clothes.

Item Changes
  • When you use the Character Name Transfer Coupon, you can no longer delete the characters involved with the name transfer.

  • Silver Price of Cron Stone available for purchase from NPC shop has been increased.
    • 1,000,000 → 2,000,000
  • “Cron Stone Bundle: 10” has been added to the selling list of Patrigio’s Secret Shop.

  • Fixed the issue where certain craftable boxes displayed wrong prices.

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

Monster Changes
  • The DP for Giath when it changes its phase (by sitting down) has been greatly increased.

  • Certain attack motions for Vedir during the Archer Ascension quest has been fixed to be more natural.

  • Minimized the screen’s shaking movement caused by the cannons and Troll Catapults in the Anti-Troll Fortification.

  • The attack speed for the following monsters at the Karanda Ridge area has been decreased by 30%.
    • Young Harpy
    • Harpy
    • Harpy Warrior
  • The HP and AP for Khuruto monsters have been adjusted.
    • Khuruto Elite Soldier: AP +5%
    • Khuruto Soldier: AP +5%
    • Young Khuruto: AP +12%
    • Khuruto Fighter: AP +5%
    • Khuruto Shaman: AP +7%
    • <Swift> Khuruto Fighter: HP +30%
  • Fixed the issue for the Khuruto monsters which were marked with warning messages about difficulty level despite the character being at the appropriate level range.
    • Khuruto Amulet
    • Khuruto Wooden Totem
  • The HP for the following monsters at Central Serendia have been increased.
    • Grassback Crab: +30%
    • Moss Stoneback Crab: +33%
  • The optimal AP for the Omar Lava Cave Monster Zone has been adjusted from 100 to 70.

  • The Black Shadow flying in the skies of Trina Fort at Calpheon will now be invincible to attacks.

  • Damage inflicted to the following world bosses has increased by 25%:
    • Kzarka
    • Nouver
    • Karanda
    • Ancient Kutum
    • Quint
    • Muraka
    • Mirumok Destroyer Offin
    • Garmoth
    • Vell

Quests & Knowledge

Quests:
  • The dialog for accepting ‘The Confession’ quest has been revised to sound more natural.

  • Added quests to welcome returning users. The people of Velia are giving out various gifts to welcome the returning adventurers.
    (The quests below can be accepted through the guidance of the Black Spirit which appears when you first log into the game with a returning adventurer character.)
    • [Returning] Do you want to go to Velia?
    • [Returning] Find Someone Helpful
    • [Returning] Familiar Face
    • [Returning] Eileen's Welcome
    • [Returning] Shiel's Welcome
    • [Returning] Preparing for the Next Adventure
    • [Returning] Ready for Departure
    • [Returning] A Fresh Adventure
    • [Returning] Trying to Fish
    • [Returning] Crio's Welcome
    • [Returning] Extraordinary Fish I
    • [Returning] Extraordinary Fish II
    • [Returning] Extraordinary Fish III
    • [Returning] How to Cook Dried Fish
    • [Returning] Removing the Fishy Smell
    • [Returning] Making Juice
    • [Returning] The Power of Tools I
    • [Returning] The Power of Tools II
    • [Returning] Loud Noise
    • [Returning] Enjoy Various Life Skill Activities
  • Even when you lose the Dim Magical Sub-weapon, you can now receive the weapon again through an exchange after completing the new ‘Looking for Adventurers’ main quest.

  • You can now obtain the Targak Steel Shard by completing the new Looking for Adventurers quest.

Interface Changes
  • Added a feature in which you can view the enhancement chance from the enhancement window when you put up an item. The enhancement chance will show up to two decimal points.

  • Button banner that leads to Marni’s Secret Isle to participate in Shadow Arena will now pop up on the bottom right corner of the screen upon logging into game.

  • A sound effect has now been added to when you open and close World Map (M).

  • The location for the subheading and button for the Guild Alliance creation window has been changed.

  • The design for the Transfusion window has been changed.

  • Class icons have been added to the left side of the level display seen on the End Game window.

  • Fixed the issue where the Dream Horse was being displayed as Tier 9 from the Mount info connected to the Wagon.

  • Fixed an issue where the pet’s special skill text would overlap with other icons.

  • When you complete a Black Spirit quest, the quest completion text for the quest widget will now say “Right-click to summon the Black Spirit and complete the quest.”

  • Added a message in the UI Edit window which says that the settings for all the characters in the account have been saved.

  • Improved the locations of the Atanis Firefly text and the text which appears when you press Q to sit down so that they do not overlap.

  • The Alchemy Stone durability will no longer be included in the equipment durability warning message.

  • When repairing a ship at the Wharf, you can now select either the Inventory or Storage for the fees.

  • When you close or move to other tabs while writing text in the Guild Alliance window, the input will now reset.

  • Fixed the issue where the View Underwear and Hide Costume buttons were not set to their proper default state in the Dye (J) window.

  • Fixed the issue where the combat and awakening weapon status would automatically be deactivated when selecting the underwear from the Dye (J) window.

  • Fixed the issue where the Hide Costume button would be deactivated when selecting normal equipment and Pearl equipment from the Dye (J) window.

  • Fixed the issue where a durability of 0 would not be applied to underwear while in the Dye (J) window.

  • The View Underwear button will now be deactivated when you select the Hide Costume button while the View Underwear button has been activated in the Dye (J) window.

  • The following text will now appear only to characters at Lv. 16 or higher.
    • Use an Atanis Firefly to illuminate the darkness.
  • Fixed the issue where the Black Spirit Emojis would not appear properly across different languages.

  • Fixed the issue where emojis whispered from other servers would not be displayed.

  • When you complete a Black Spirit quest, the quest completion text for the quest widget will now say “Right-click to summon the Black Spirit and complete the quest.”

  • Fixed the issue where the quest widget for characters who have not yet completed certain main quests would disappear due to another character within the same account having completed the main quests.

  • When you open the equipment Cleanse window, either the Inventory or the Storage will be selected by default depending on whichever has more than 100,000 silver.

  • Fixed the issue where Cleanse Gear function would not correctly display the Inventory slot information.

  • Certain text (World benefits) which were overlapping with the World Name within the server selection screen have been fixed.

  • Fixed the issue where the length of the system message would constantly stretch out if the same message would be repeatedly shown.

  • Fixed the issue where the ESC key would not close the World Map (M) when the World Map was activated after using Marketplace through a Transaction Maid

Resolved Issues
  • Fixed the issue where a line of light would be seen in the background when going into screenshot mode by pressing Ctrl+U while using Remastered Mode or Ultra Mode resolution settings.

  • Fixed the issue where Node benefits would not be applied when the characters were at the underground area of the Gyfin Rhasia Temple.

  • Fixed the issue where items from the Inventory could not be dyed from the Dye (J) window.

Shadow Arena
  • The waiting area for Shadow Arena (the area you enter when you press the button for Marni’s Secret Isle) has been changed to the entire Black Desert World.
    • When you enter to play Shadow Arena, you will be moved to a separate instanced place which is identical from the place where you entered from.
  • You can no longer deal damage to other characters while in the waiting area for Shadow Arena.

  • Fixed the issue where you would occasionally get stuck on towers while in Marni's Secret Isle (Shadow Arena).

  • You can no longer fish in Marni's Secret Isle (Shadow Arena).

  • The location for the button for Marni's Secret Isle (Shadow Arena) has been moved.

Known Issues
  • We are aware of the issue where text does not appear when you die in the Dark Fog or from monsters in Shadow Arena.

  • We are aware of an issue where certain text within Shadow Arena do not fit within the designated UI.

  • We are aware of an issue where you can occasionally move immediately without shooting out from the Shadow Arena tower.

  • We are aware of an issue where characters with negative Karma could be killed by other regular characters in the Shadow Arena waiting area.


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To read the patch notes in German, French or Spanish check our official website < Here >.
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January 15

[Maintenance] Regular Maintenance January 16th 2019



Dear Players,

We will perform our weekly maintenance as follows:

Date: Wednesday, January 16th 2019

Duration: 5 hours.
  • Global 9:00 UTC ~ 14:00 UTC
  • Central (EU) 10:00 CET ~ 15:00 CET
  • West Coast (NA) 1:00 PST ~ 6:00 PST
  • East Coast (NA) 4:00 EST ~ 9:00 EST

Reasons:
  • Shadow Arena will be available in Early Access mode.
  • New Hunting monster <Wild> King Griffon will be added.
  • Golden Drop event will start.

Ending Events:
  • DIY Snowman
  • Archer Level-up event: Second level-up period
  • Winter-themed UI/Weather
  • Let it Snow

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

We apologize for the inconvenience and we ask for your generous 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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