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1. Optimising the Black Desert
2. The basics
3. Using the marketplace
4. Enhancing the equipment
5. Life skills
Optimising the Black Desert
First of all, before we delve into the world of the Black Desert we need to optimise it to make its performance acceptable.
To achieve this we need to customise our game settings.
In the lobby menu of the game, press Settings (or alternatively while in-game press ESC and then press the Settings interface option). In this window we have numerous options, including categories such as "screen", "game", etc.
What interests us first is the "screen" category. Scroll a bit down until the "Graphic Quality" section has been reached. In there, it is recommended to disable the following options:
- Anti-aliasing (current screen resolutions make the anti-aliasing a mostly obsolete mechanism which requires a lot of GPU power)
- Depth of Field (blurred effect in distance and while moving, also requires quite a bit of the resources)
- Screen Filter (blurs distant view, similar case as with the Depth of Field option)
- Hit Effects (special effects on some certain skills and also on the targets that we hit, which cause a noticeable Frames Per Seconds drop)
Slightly under the "Graphic Quality" section we can find the "Optimization Options". In there only one option is severely affecting our performance.
The Graphic Card Low-power Mode is meant to reduce the use of our GPU and as such reduces the performance that it can deliver to the game. It is recommended to disable this option as well.
Last, but not least, the "Photo Filter" option at the mid-bottom of the "screen" category is recommended to be set at "None" for best performance.
Black Desert Online (or in short, BDO) is an open-world sandbox MMORPG, and while many MMO games may seem simple to understand, this one takes a thoughtful approach to gain a footing in it.
The game features a content-rich character creator menu, in which it is possible to achieve nearly any kind of look that you would like your character to have, the customisation options here are very extensive (as such, do not worry if you have found yourself in a situation where the character creation takes about half an hour).
It is highly recommended to roam and quest around the town of Velia, as the whole area is rich in content and quest that are meant to introduce you to various areas of knowledge, such as the life skills.
Black Desert features a gameplay with a class, the current choices are: Warrior, Ranger, Sorceress, Berserker, Tamer, Striker, Musa, Maehwa, Valkyrie, Kunoichi, Ninja, Dark Knight, Wizard and the Witch.
Let us take a look into each of the classes in-depth.
The dark knight possesses a very high damage capability and a decent amount of defence and crowd control. She lacks the mobility that some of the other classes have, however it is compensated by the variety of her melee and ranged attacks. The class often remains in motion, using her two-handed sword and her dark magic to dispose of her enemies while being relatively secure from getting damaged. The dark knight fares well both in Player versus Player and Player versus Environment situations.
One of the most mobile classes in the game, they have decent crowd control potential and a slightly better amount of damage as compared to Musa to compare for their lower crowd control ability. Their mobility allows them to easily assault their enemies at the backline and take out the more fragile individuals in the opposing force.
The ninja specialises in assassinating single targets. They have the highest single-target damage potential in the game. Their maneuverability is very good, as it allows them to get in and out of fights quite easily without being noticed, thanks to their invisibility skill followed up with their 'teleportation'. Their overall mobility is decent, however they lack crowd control and their team synergy is severely lacking.
A dark magic user focused on hand-to-hand combat with devastating effect on her enemies in the nearest proximity. She boasts a high amount of damage, however her defense, crowd control and mobility are at most on the average, which may expose a sorceress to danger due to her close-combat orientated style. The class also possesses a certain range of buffs to her team, however it is recommended to use her with caution as the class is quite difficult to master.
A very good damage dealer with decent mobility and average amount of crowd control, their team synergy is acceptable. They require quite a bit of skill and finesse to play proficiently. However if well-played, the class can be really strong and sustain itself very well. A tamer is good both as a lone wolf and in a team, however it is a difficult one to gain expertise with.
Warriors are balanced, all-around fighters with a relatively comfortable playstyle and enough complexity for character development. They specialise in damage and crowd control, but are not as mobile as some of the other classes.
The witch specialises in the use of arcane magic of various types and elements. The class has high damage potential with a satisfying amount of crowd control as well as buffs for her team (such as healing or a defence boost). This is countered by the fact that the witch is one of the slowest classes in the game, compensating only with a short range teleportation spell. A witch can be very versatile, focusing on either damage, crowd control, support, or even able to cover all of the three areas. Similar to the ranger, the class is quite fragile and the long casting times on their spells make them vulnerable in one versus one enounters, however their rightful place is in a team where they can truly shine with their devastating area of effect spells and supportive incantations.
Using the marketplace
As is the case with many Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games, the Black Desert also owns a marketplace of its own. It can be accessed by visiting and interacting (default key R) with a marketplace director present in most of the major locations, such as villages, towns and cities. It is to be noted that you cannot trade items directly between different characters.
After selecting the "marketplace" option it leads us to the global (server-wide) trading screen, where all of the regional goods are listed and available for purchase. From this window we can pick any category of items that may interest us, such as Weapons -> Longbows.
After the wanted goods have been found, pressing on their name will bring us to the screen with many items of the same type listed, however with different prices as set by the merchant who owns the said item. The lowest-priced item will be always on the upper-most place in the list. From this point our goods can be purchased.
That covers the process of buying and obtaining an item from the marketplace, however the process of listing and selling an item is different. To sell an item, one must press on the "My Listings" button under the main marketplace panel.
It leads us to a screen of our current listings with their current status, such as: queued for listing, listed, sold. When an item is sold, this panel also allows us to collect the money for the item. In order to queue an item for sale, it is necessary to press on the "Register item" button.
From there, we can adjust the price of the item that we are going to try selling. After its price has been decided, it is necessary to press on the "Confirm" button before we are able to list the item (it is a security check to avoid mistakes while selling the goods).
And that covers the marketplace section of the guide.
Enhancing the equipment
There is no such term as 'the best equipment' in the Black Desert. Each single piece of enhanceable equipment carries a great amount of potential within it. Enhancing an armour or weapon piece will make a certain number appear over the icon of the item within the inventory.
As the item gets more succesful enhancements with the Black Stones, the more powerful it becomes.
The possible enhancement levels range from unenhanced (nothing appears over the equipment piece) through +15 (the maximum possible upgradeable level with the use of regular Black Stones) to PEN (also known as +20, which can be obtained only with the use of Concentrated Magical Black Stones).
Table of enhancements
The enhancement interface
In this example we have Grunil Shoes+10 (their blue border colour comes from the fact that they have been reformed into Grunil Shoes of Intimidation+10 which provide slightly better stats than the regular, green version of those). They are about to be enhanced with the power of the Black Spirit stones for upgrading armour.
The +7 enhancement chance that appears above the enhancement process is the so-called "failstack". Upon each failure to upgrade any item your enhancement chance increases by +1 per failed attempt, until the item has been succesfully upgraded upon which the "failstack" goes back to the base state of +0 bonus as seen in the picture below.
From unenhanced to +15
From +15 until +20
Note that +16 is called PRI, +17 DUO, +18 TRI, +19 TET and +20 PEN.
If an equipment upgrade fails after the current enhancement is at least of the +17 (DUO) level, then the upgraded item falls to the previous level on a failed attempt. This means that +17 (DUO) is the 'softcapped' tier that gear can be safely upgraded to. In this example, failing an upgrade at +17 (DUO) makes the item's level drop back to +16 (PRI), at which level it cannot drop. The same rule applies to further upgrades, as such failing a +18 (TRI) reverts it back to +17 (DUO).
The current maximum upgrade level for an item is +20 (PEN), however it is a very expensive process and the reasonable (and still very difficult to achieve) level is to let the upgrade stay at +19 (TET).
Black Desert Online supports a variety of life skills, ranging from basic gathering skills through various methods of ingredient processing as well as more advanced methods of crafting and alchemising. The currenly available professions are: alchemy, cooking, farming, fishing, gathering, hunting, processing, sailing, trading and training.
Cooking is one of the processing professions, where you make your own meal (which may or may not be your first meal ever made). To start with cooking, you need to operate on the nodes, which are basically lands that we can use by assigning our hired workers on to gather and craft for us.
Let's start with some good examples of the cooking nodes:
- Chicken meat (Bartali Farm)
- Potatoes (Bartali Farm, Loggia Farm)
- Honey (Alejandro Farm)
The above are some of the high-quality ingredients that a master chef will need in order to produce various dishes, which include for example the "Organic Feed" required to feed our pet-followers.
6x Meat (Deer, Lamb, Fox, Rhino, Pork, Raccoon, Weasel, Bear, Wolf)
1x Grey-quality fish or 2x dried grey-quality fish or 1x dried green-quality fish
3x Mineral Water
4x Flour (Wheat, Barley, Potato, Sweet Potato, Corn
5x Meat (Deer, Lamb, Fox, Rhino, Pork, Raccoon, Weasel, Bear, Wolf)
4x Poultry (Chicken Meat, Kuku, Flamingo)
2x Grey-quality fish or 1x green-quality fish or 4x grey-quality dried fish or 2x green-quality dried fish
9x Flour (Wheat, Barley, Potato, Sweet Potato, Corn)
2x Cooking Honey
Obtaining the ingredients by daily quests:
- Milking the cows daily to obtain milk
- Cheesemaking daily to obtain milk
- Exchanging "Strongly Seasoned Dish" received as a side-effect from cooking to obtain milk
- Onion daily 1
- Onion daily 2
Gathering covers all spectrum of collection skills, from woodcutting to mining and herbalism.
Hunting is one of the basic 'gathering' professions, in which you hunt various types of animals with the use of a matchlock rifle. To begin the first hunting practice, one should pay a visit to Daphne DelLucci, a character located in the Balenos Forest on the farm who offers the basic hunting quest to bring bee nests down from trees.
For hunting, it is necessary to use a matchlock rifle as I have mentioned earlier. An example of one of the beginning matchlocks:
- Quest to obtain dyes (Heidel)
Gahaku - support with writing of the "classes" section text
Yugure - support with quests, cooking and gathering information as well as the high-quality screenshots for the aforementioned and the desert main story quest