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 20

Patch Notes - March 20th 2019

Greetings Adventurers,

Spring has finally arrived to the world of Black Desert Online, it's finally warm enough to grind outside without a coat! Flowers are also starting to bloom and with them new events are arriving for you to enjoy!

As spring means new life, also new changes are being applied to the main story quest and to the Node Wars, so keep reading this week's patch notes to know all the details about the updates coming to your favourite content!

Event & System

New Events:
  • Blooming Blossoms event will start
    • Event 1: Collect and Exchange
      • Event Period: Mar. 21 00:00 UTC - Apr. 10 before maintenance
      • Collect an [Event] Cherry Blossom every hour and exchange them for amazing rewards!
    • Event 2: Plant a Tree
      • Event Period: Mar. 20 after maintenance - Apr. 3 before maintenance
      • Purchase an [Event] Cherry Blossom Seed for 1 Loyalty from the Pearl Shop (F3) and plant and grow it for your very own Cherry Blossom Pot that you can place in your residence!
    • Click < Here > to find out more about this more blooming event.
  • Cherry Blossom/Spring-themed background UI will take place.
    • Event Period: Mar. 20 after maintenance - Apr. 10 before maintenance

Community Event:
  • Bake a Cake for the Black Spirit!
    • Submission Period: Mar. 20 - Apr. 3
    • Voting Period: Apr. 3 - Apr. 10
    • Winner Announcement: Apr. 11
    • Click < Here > to bake your own cake and show us what you got!

Ongoing Events:
  • Black Spirit’s Adventure 1: Mar. 6 - Mar. 27 before maintenance

  • Glimmering Old Moon: Mar. 14 00:00 UTC - Apr. 10 23:59 UTC

  • Cron Collector: Mar. 13 after maintenance - Mar. 27 before maintenance

Ended Events:
  • Get a +15 Cliff's Weapon!

  • Gratitude of Black Spirit

  • Added a feature at the Warehouse which allows you to automatically recover items back to your Warehouse when items occasionally disappear. (Items can occasionally disappear due to network connectivity issues while attempting to register/list items at the Central Market.)

  • When failing to move items from the Inventory/Storage to the Warehouse (or vice versa), you will now be able to proceed to the next process.
    • However, failures due to the volume limits or due to connectivity issues with the Central Market will result in a waiting time like before.

Node War Changes:
  • Tier 1 Nodes are now divided into Easy, Medium and Hard levels, each calibrated to enforce different max AP and DP caps.

  • We hope that this change will make Node Wars more accessible to newer Guilds, and Guilds first venturing into the Node War scene. These max AP and DP caps for each node was implemented to provide a more obtainable goal as adventurers participate in Node Wars.

  • This system was first implemented in the Black Desert Global Lab on February 28th, and tier 1 nodes were divided based on your feedback. Tier 1 Nodes are now divided into Easy, Medium and Hard levels, each with different AP and DP restrictions.

  • The max AP and DP calibrations will be applied to skills performed by characters and their summons in PvP, but not when they are mounted on guild mounts or siege weapons. Damage reduction rate will be calculated without taking in the DP calibrations into account.

  • Please note that the new AP and DP calibrations will be applied to all those who are in an area in which a Node War for a Tier 1 Node is taking place.

  • The total Node War tax pool has been increased by 5%.

  • The tax ratio for the Tier 1 - 4 Node Wars has changed like the following.

  • The amount of Node War individual rewards, Shining Medal of Honor, increased for the wins for each tier. Also, adventurers in the top 5% in regards to Contribution will receive more medals depending on the tiers.
    • Adventurers who are a part of a guild and join a Node War can obtain the Shining Medal of Honor by clicking on the rewards button after a Node War has ended. (The Node War in which the guild has participated must end in order for the adventurer to receive the rewards.)
    • Adventurers who do not accept the rewards after the end of a Node War cannot participate in the next Node War.
    • The number of medals you can obtain are like the following.

Updated 21/03/2019:
We would like to provide a little more information about the max AP/DP caps which were implemented for Tier 1 Node Wars.

Tier 1 Node Wars are now divided into Easy, Medium, and Hard. Each difficulty level has its own max AP/DP caps.

We'll take a look at a Tier 1 Easy Node War as an example.

For Easy Tier 1 Node War, the max AP cap is 230 and the max DP cap is 260.

Adventurers who have higher AP and DP than the max cap can still participate in the Easy Tier 1 Node War, but their AP and DP stats will be calibrated down to match the max AP and DP cap of the Easy Tier 1 Node War. These adventurers CANNOT receive AP and DP buffs from consumables such as food or elixirs (draughts). (However, the Damage Reduction Rate buffs will still be applied).

Adventurers who have stats below the max AP and DP cap CAN receive buffs from consumables such as food, elixirs, or Alchemy Stones to buff their stats up to the max caps.

The Damage Reduction Rate for DP will still apply for the sake of the adventurers who are mainly equipped with DP items rather than AP items.

Shadow Arena
  • The Shadow Arena rankings window has improved so that you can see rankings from monthly resets.

  • The records within the Accomplishments tab of My Information (P) while in Shadow Arena will no longer reset.

  • Fixed the issue where the minimize and close buttons would not function when playing in windowed mode.

  • The size of the time UI at the bottom of the Shadow Arena mini map has been adjusted.

  • Added character skill descriptions in the Shadow Arena.
    • Added a feature which shows you the skill descriptions of your current skills in Shadow Arena when you press the ALT key.
  • Fixed the issue where the View Skill Details part for certain languages were not applied properly in Shadow Arena.

  • Shadow Arena Rankings for both Solo/Party play will now reset at intervals of approximately every month starting with Mar. 27th maintenance.
    • ※ Please note that the reset schedule of rankings may change depending on the status of Shadow Arena. Resetting of the rankings will be announced beforehand via official channels.
  • Fixed an issue where an error would occur on the quick slot when possessing a character.

  • Fixed an issue where duplicate descriptions would appear in the quick slot.

Central Market
  • The Desired Purchase Price and Set Price will now stand out more conspicuously within the price list of the Purchase and Sell window at the Central Market.

  • Added a feature at the Central Market which shows you the Pearl Shop when there are items which are on sale in the Pearl Shop (F3).

  • Fixed the issue where a notification would not be displayed when registering pearl items at a higher price than the set price at the Central Market.

  • When using "Collect All" at the Central Market, the buff status for Value Packs will now be displayed in the descriptions.

Game World, NPC & Effects

Game World:
  • Fixed the issue where trees would occasionally look abnormal.

  • You can no longer repeatedly receive the HP Potion (Beginner) from the Common Rack.

  • After obtaining loot below from defeating boss monsters, you can now properly exchange the loot through NPC's at the Western Guard Camp.
    • *You can check the location of the NPC's by right-clicking on the items.
      • Red Nose's Blade Fragment
      • Giath's Mask Fragment
      • Bheg's Iron Mace Fragment
  • The conditions for interacting with the following NPC's at Kamasylvia have been removed.
    • Surichi
    • Leminei Lain
    • Mauriel
    • Obi Bellen
    • Rileysaman

  • Fixed the issue where certain parts of the Horse portraits were abnormal.

  • Adjusted the sizes of the graphs which appear when you press the Mount list at the Stable in the World Map.

  • Changed the look of the description button at the bottom right of the Breeding Market and Horse Market windows which can be seen through the Stable menu.

Class Changes

All Classes:
  • Bonus AP/damage reduction effect that can be obtained for completing an Adventure Log or reaching Lv.56 and Lv.60 will now be properly applied to AP/DP increase effect that is activated when reaching certain level or certain stat.

By Class:

  • Fixed the issue where the target getting hit by the additional hit of the Ultimate: Frenzied Destroyer skill would receive a melee AP buff as well.

Item Changes
  • The hitting effect for the [Combat] Trina Demolition Axe has been changed to reflect the direction of the hit.

  • Fixed the issue where you could not sell an item when the selling price was more than the amount of Silver you had in possession.

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

Monster Changes
  • Adjusted the difficulty level of Dastard Bheg appearing from quests due to the renewal of the beginning quests.

  • The monsters near NPC Beedle have been relocated to ease the interaction with the NPC when going through the Finding a Way Out quest.

  • The number of Steel Imps in front of the Western Guard Camp has increased due to the renewal of the beginning quests.

  • You will no longer get Penalty for Death from getting killed by the Fireballs summoned by Boss Giath from the Dark Rift.

Quests & Knowledge
  • The beginning stages of the main quests have been revamped.
    • The quests and balance of the monsters for the initial quests have been changed so that adventurers who are new to the Black Desert world can enjoy the growth of their characters.
    • New characters will now begin near the Ancient Stone Chamber instead of the Western Guard Camp.
    • Once new characters reach the Western Guard Camp, the characters will go through the same main quests as before.
    • Due to these changes, the difficulty level of monsters appearing during the quests for the Balenos area has been adjusted.
    • The Node Manager of the Ancient Stone Chamber will now be changed to the Stone Chamber Excavation Lead.
    • The knowledge for Node Manager - Jarette Domongatt has been changed to the Stone Chamber Excavation Lead, and the amount of energy consumed when obtaining the knowledge for the Ancient Stone Chamber from the Stone Chamber Excavation Lead will be changed from 10 to 0.
      *Characters who were going through the previous main quests cannot go through these revamped quests. Instead, they will continue with their current quests.
    • The auto-navigate for "The Isolated Supply Route" quest has been changed to navigate you to where the Gray Wolves are located.
    • The amount of small potions given out as rewards up until arriving at Velia has been slightly increased.

    • Characters who were going through the previous main quests cannot go through these revamped quests. Instead, they will continue with their current quests.
    • Characters going through the revamped main quests can obtain knowledge through the following quests.
      • Ancient Stone Chamber, Mural of Experience I
      • Ancient Stone Chamber, Mural of Experience II
      • Ancient Stone Chamber, Mural of Experience III
      • Ancient Stone Chamber, Mural of Experience IV
      • Ancient Stone Chamber, Mural of Experience V
        • You can obtain the quests through Igor Bartali right before enter Heidel (starting from Velia while going through main quests).
        • Characters who begin their adventures from the Western Guard Camp (not the Ancient Stone Chamber) cannot receive the quests above.
    • You can now properly go through the following quests, which you go through at Western Guard Camp.
      • Desperate Soldiers
    • Tether Stronger
    • Report to Feinia
    • Fixed an unnatural description for the knowledge for "A Spineless Strategy".
    • You can now receive various rewards, such as items for equipment enhancement, by completing part I of main quests in Valencia.
  • The following quests can now be normally completed at the Western Guard Camp
    • Desperate Soldiers
    • Tether Stronger
    • Report to Feinia
  • Fixed the issue where you were able to continue to receive the "No Longer Human" quests even after completing the "Finding Clues" quest.

  • When you complete "The Securing of Safe Passage" quest while going through the crossroads [III] main quests, the Black Spirit will now be summoned and you can now receive "The Delphe Knights in Chaos" quest.

  • Fixed the issue where a quest you cannot accept (The Story of the Hero Borne Upon the Winds quest) would be displayed on the quest widget.

Interface Changes
  • Fixed the issue where the underwear button beneath the equipment window would not be displayed when you enter and then leave the equipment repair screen.

  • Improvements have been made to the Adventure Log within the ESC menu.
    • When you close and then re-open the ESC menu's Adventure Log, the recently selected bookshelf will now appear.
    • Added a sound effect which plays when you open the ESC menu's Adventure Log.
  • Due to the removal of the limits to the amount of Silver you can possess, you can now select where to receive your Silver when you sell items worth more than 500,000 Silver at NPC's.

  • Added a feature which displays the amount of materials needed for enhancing gear when more than 2 materials are consumed for the enhancement.

  • Improved the Black Spirit's Safe UI.
    • Certain parts of the Black Spirit's Safe has been re-designed.
    • The number of rewards you can receive will now be displayed beneath the Black Spirit's Safe.
    • The icon on the bottom right which used to show the total number of items will now show the number of rewards.
    • Added a sound effect when receiving Silver.
  • Fixed the issue where the size of the quest icons above NPC heads would appear abnormal.

  • Improved the Node button description for Tier 1 Node wars in the World Map (M) by displaying Easy, Medium, and Hard on the Node button.

  • The amount of Flawless Magic Black Stones/Cleansed Magic Black Stones/Stabilized Magic Black Stones will now be displayed for 100% Enhancement Chance enhancements.

  • The borders of the quest icon above the NPC heads will now change color depending on the type and progress of the quests.

  • Added descriptions about Horoscopes when selecting Horoscopes in the character creation process.

  • The character introduction clips which are displayed when creating characters will now show the Awakening clips first.

  • Due to the change in the location of where new characters begin, the contents and location of the tutorial has also changed.

  • Changed the shapes of the buttons which appear when you die (Guild Resurrection, Observe Mode, Ally Viewpoint, Exit, Revive at Outer Gate, Revive at Inner Gate, Black Spirit Spectate Mode buttons).

  • Added a feature in the Mount list (from the Stable at the World Map) which shows the amount of time remaining for Breeding.

  • Fixed the issue where workers purchased from the NPC Amity and then registered at the Worker Exchange would appear as if Promotion was available.

  • The Promotion button will no longer be displayed for Workers without enough Amity for promotions.

  • The Pearl Inventory will open by default for outfit extractions.

  • Fixed the issue for the Transaction Maid/Butler where the first slot's weight and quantity would not be applied when using the Transaction Maid.

  • Fixed the issue where the Black Spirit's Safe would display a "0" when there was more than a certain amount of Silver rewards accumulated.

  • Fixed the issue where the amount of wage would be incorrectly displayed when collecting wage from the Guild Mission tab in the Guild (G) window.

Resolved Issues

  • Fixed the issue where registering a Maid/Butler would occasionally make you log out.

Class Changes:

  • Fixed the issue where certain customizations while equipped with Garnet Marniera Headpiece would make the hair look unnatural.

  • Fixed the issue where the decorations of the right hip area would appear unnatural when in non-awakening combat mode while equipped with the Garnet Marniera outfit.

Interface Changes:
  • Fixed the issue where a message would appear and say that you discovered a node when exploring near Duvencrune Mountain.

  • The incomplete [Special Gift] Travelling Light II quests have been completed and the missing Value Pack (7 Days) reward has been distributed to all affected adventurers.

Known Issues
  • We are aware of the issue where the Skill Guide icon is not being properly displayed. This will be resolved with Apr. 3rd maintenance.

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March 19

[Maintenance] Regular Maintenance March 20th 2019

Dear Players,

We will perform our weekly maintenance as follows:

Date: Wednesday, March 20th 2019

Duration: 5 hours.
  • 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

  • Main questline (the beginning parts) will be updated.
  • Cherry Blossom/Spring-themed background UI will take place.
  • Blooming Blossoms event will start.

Ending Events:
  • Get a +15 Cliff's Weapon!
  • Gratitude of Black Spirit

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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.


  • 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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