Gameplay Aspects – Efficiency Tips and Tricks – Black Desert Online – Overview of Using All Aspects Collectively in BDO

Black Desert Online is a game that many play with the same mindset as other mmorpg’s. Doing so will leave you burnt out in a hurry. This game is not Elder Scrolls Online; it’s not Final Fantasy Online. It’s simply a game all it’s own. Being that I am into content creation, I attempt to play with many people in this game and get to know people. In doing so, I realize a ton of people are coming over from Elder Scrolls Online with a very similar mentality used in that game. That will get you started in Black Desert Online, but it is not sustainable.

Elder Scrolls Online is very dungeon focused. There are plenty of other things to do yes, but to get the best gear -you must dungeon dive. Bdo does not have the same sort of rules as other mmorpg’s. To get the best stuff, dungeon diving alone will not net you long term success. You must do a little bit of all the aspects of the game. Example -alts. Having alternate characters is rewarded in BDO. Many players coming over from ESO are automatically against stockpiling alts in BDO. There simply wasn’t the need to in ESO; however, it is necessary in BDO.

What will you find in this article? Hopefully a good read with one or two tips thrown in that I have found throughout my Black Desert experience. I am no expert, is anyone? But hopefully the reader can find something useful here. These are sort of the important aspects of the game to be used collectively, as well as some tips along the way.

To be most efficient in BDO, you must take part in all of the aspects of the game!

Aspect 1: Using Alts

Using Alts

So while we are on the topic. Let’s look at alts. The map is huge, and it’s only getting bigger as updates come. I play on PS4 so much of the map is locked at this time for us. There is also no fast travel in Black Desert Online, so you ESO players better get used to hoofing it! One way to make getting places much easier -use alts. At this time, I have 9 characters myself, which gives me 2,250 energy to use when full. I have 1 (Tamer) whose sole existence is to collect milk, lizard meat, corn, and select other things. She is also very close to Calpheon and Hexe Sanctuary. Strategically located to limit her travel time to all the things I have her for. All of her 250 energy can be used in an efficient way, making her a valuable alt. I have another alt whose sole purpose is gathering lion meat. Why Lion Meat you ask? Lion meat is used in King of Jungle Hamburg, which my Warrior loves to consume, and we’ll get into that later. For now, let’s look at a few other things we can spend our energy on.

Night & Day Vendor

The Night Vendor (NV) is probably the best thing to spend energy on in all of BDO. This is because it has a chance of selling some of the best gear in the game from between 50% to 300% of its market value. You can get lucky and get a very cheap pair of Muskan Shoes, or if you’re like me be happy paying extra for them. The day vendor has some pretty good items worth buying as well, but the night vendor is where many players spend all of their energy. It will cost you 50 energy per random roll of the Night Vendor, and 10 energy per random roll with the day vendor. Below is a look at what they could possibly be selling:

Day and Night Vendor Inventories

It may take you awhile to find the piece you’re looking for, but this is the best place to focus your efforts in between grind and life skilling. It takes awhile for all of your characters energies to replenish, but don’t waste it.

Sell on the Central Market (CM)

I have come across a number of people in game who did not know you could actually sell your energy via the CM. This is indeed the case. I highly discourage this use of energy because you could use that energy for much better things. You’re wasting any chance at top grade items from the NV, and could even use that energy on any of the other methods we are going to list. Letting a character sit there idle with max energy though, is also a waste of energy. So IF you’re not going to use it -sell it on the CM. I buy energy from there myself sometimes to have an extra shot at the NV. Energy is very valuable on the CM though, so make yourself some money rather than waste it. Or, if it doesn’t sell -leave it, and use it later. So how do you sell energy on the CM? You need to see Alustin the Alchemist in either Velia or Alejandro Farm, and exchange your energy for energy potion. This stores your energy in a tangible, sell-able item to register on the CM.

  • Energy Potion (Small) – Exchange 50 Energy to make this Potion which restores 10 energy.
  • Energy Potion (Medium) – Exchange 100 Energy to make this Potion which restores 20 energy.
  • Energy Potion (Large) Exchange 150 Energy to make this Potion which restores 30 energy.
  • Energy Potion (Extra Large) – Exchange 200 Energy to make this Potion which restores 50 energy.
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As you can see, this is a very wasteful method, but can be valuable rather than completely wasting energy.

Invest It!

Other than the NV, the best thing you can do with your energy is invest it in nodes. Later in this article we will talk about investing this energy into nodes, the benefits, and how this all fits together. For now, know that it should cost a ton of energy to do this correctly.


Another good use of energy is SLAUGHTERING animals in mass.

Perhaps by now you have heard of sheep farming or some other version of this. Basically, there are a few places around the map that allow you to kill and butcher / tan hundreds of animals in very little time. The benefit? Any form of gathering can be a great way of collecting hard / sharp crystal shards and other valuable items. The downside? This costs energy. Many players do this method on the Sheep just north and west of Heidel, Pigs near the Mansha Forest, Cheetah Dragons towards Altinova, and many many others. Find yourself something you like to kill and go to town!

Of course there are many many more ways to spend our energy, but there is 3 pretty good ways to do it. So now with our alts, we know that they are important aspects of the game because we can put them in strategic locations to farm efficiently, and use the additional energy. Alts can also be good for:

Aspect 2: Lifeskilling & Crafting


Lifeskilling does not have to be done necessarily by an alt. You can purchase a house for contribution points (CP) in a town near primary ingredients that character can use. For this example, I will tell you a little about my tamer. My tamer has increased cooking skill. She stays at all times at Nain Farmland (Riverside Farmland). This node is close to Calpheon and Hexe Sanctuary. This allows her to be the alt which farms Hexe Sanctuary, but also get any cooking materials she may need and use the storage and central market from Calpheon. Bain Farmland features cows to harvest, corn, lizard meat, and a purchasable house to place cooking tools. So that is how I do it. You can do the primary life skilling with your primary character too though, just whatever works for you best.

Lifeskilling is an aspect though that must be done in order to have an efficient gaming experience in Black desert Online. There are huge life skilling guilds where everyone focuses on PVE and lifeskilling. As one may guess, these players are loaded with silver. Lets take a look at life skills.

  • Gathering
  • Processing
  • Training
  • Fishing
  • Farming
  • Sailing
  • Cooking
  • Hunting
  • Alchemy
  • Trading

No one life skill is necessarily better than the others. Increasing each skill will decrease the effort needed to do more with each individual lifeskill. They all can be used together to make the other easier as well. Cooking and alchemy often go hand in hand because many of the ingredients in their respective recipes are the same. You can farm, gather, hunt, fish, and process to earn many of these ingredients, some of which can only be found using these skills. Devoting time and effort into life skills make your whole gaming experience easier.

LifeSkill tip:

Yes, selling fish will up your Trading Skill. Drying them and then packaging 10 dried fish of the same species through your workers and fish fish factory, and then selling that packaged item 10 towns over is much more profitable. I dry everything I catch and make as many packaged fish crates as I can. What to do with the ones I can’t package? Use them in cooking recipes!


The best way to make money on the CM is through crafting. It is also the cheapest, easiest, most efficient way to get some good items for yourself.

There are many things worth crafting in my other guides. Please review them for ideas of what to craft yourself and/or sell. Ones currently available:

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And of course there are more coming!

Lifeskills and crafting make our other aspects easier such as:

Aspect 3: Nodes

Investing CP in nodes and connecting node is super valuable. You can transport storage items across connected nose, send workers to craft in connected nodes, and trade across connected nodes. Many players use this feature to connect out to sea towns where they have created large fishing industries. This can be good if you like to hit fishing hotspots and sell the gold fish across the map for huge profit. Working with nodes and lifeskilling can also break up the day to day mob grind as well as make you loads of money. There is an absolute ton of information about nodes we could go into. Many of which will have to be saved for another article. What I mostly want to point out here is that using nodes along with the other aspects we are talking about is very important. Using all of these collectively can making your Black Desert Gaming experience much more efficient.

As you can see so far, nodes lifeskills, and having alts have all worked hand in hand. As does:

Aspect 4: Grinding Mobs

Grinding Mobs

To be efficient in BDO, one must grind the absolute crap out of mobs. One of the best ways to go about this is to set your alts up in range of your favorite grind spots. You only need them geared up enough to grind the particular mob they are after. My tamer, for example, is set up to grind Hexe Sanctuary. She doesn’t need 500 gear score to do this. Wasting too many resources on her takes away from my main character, so she is set up with a luck set. This luck set makes me feel good about my RNG chances alone, but it works for me. If you spread these characters out across the map, you can farm Dailies. These are the quests that are given daily in regards to a particular mob group. They will give chances at additional CP and knowledge of monsters as you grind them daily.

Do your homework and see what mobs give the items you’re mostly seeking. Grunil armor can be found at Helms, Sausans, and many other places. Set yourself up for success by doing your homework.

So if grinding mobs is such an important aspect, how does it impact the other aspects? Setting up your node empire to include your favorite grind spots allows you to invest energy into them. I mentioned earlier in the article that we would go over this, and now is the perfect time. Investing energy into your favorite grinding node increase the item drop rate for that particular node. Not sure which node to invest in? follow these steps:

  • Open Map
  • Hold Triangle (PS4) press right to tab all the way over to Node War information
  • Hit X on the node you are curious about
  • View its area
  • Repeat until you find the zone you will be operating in

This is a method that I found many don’t know. It gives me the best visual understanding of what that node covers, and where to spend my energy. 1 final tip on this, for best results -spend thousands of energy. You will notice a difference if done correctly, and you can also use this in tandem with item drops scrolls, etc.

So how does lifeskilling help or receive help from mob grinding? Lifeskilling recipes can be used in giving us buffs to make grinding easier, and grinding itself can help us find those items for lifeskilling. The relationship between lifeskilling and mob grinding is mutually beneficial. You can grind for grunil armor while having grunil armor crafted in one of you workshops, connected by an invested node. And you see, they all work together!

Aspect 5: Being in a Guild

Guild Information

Being a part of a guild has many benefits. This game was meant to be played BOTH solo, AND together. There are times for both. Many guilds use a chat app, either Facebook Messenger or Discord being the most common I have seen in the 4 guilds I have now been in. I personally prefer the organization of Discord. Using these types of communication can be great for an efficient gaming experience. Guild officers may post World /field Boss information, allow you to have a voice in the guild, teach you things you didn’t know about the game. Perhaps you teach them something you learned from this article! Guilds also offer great passive and active skills to members, host Guild boss scrolls, and can even help you in your Pvp Skills.

Aspect 6: PvP

To get some of the best gear in the game -you’re going to have to fight for it. The Red Battlefield is the place to get unique items such as Red Battlefield Crystals. These are notably different (usually better, depending on use) than most other kinds of crystals to place in your gear sockets. To get these crystals you must enter the Red Battlefield and kill other players. Killing other players on the Red Battlefield will give you Red Seals, which can be exchanged for Red Essence, which in turn can be Processed into a Red Battlefield Crystal.

Some other key PvP times include, defending you grinding spots and Node/Conquest Wars. Nothing puts a damper on mob grinding more than having a drop scroll popped, and getting killed by other grinders in game. Hold your own, and grind that grunil!

Which brings me to:

Aspect 7: Getting Geared

Getting Geared

The fruits of our labor is getting geared. In future articles I will be going over some various builds for your reading pleasure. We will take a look at builds that people all know and love as well as some unique builds to try out. Some may make great mains, and others may be great for alts. Do you need both Kutum and Nouver? What should you be going for with an accuracy build versus evasion build. etc. These are all things to consider when getting geared. We are going to tackle this aspect as deep as we can.

Check in with us often to get a look at these when they drop! For now, just know that we all play, grind, and kill hours and hours in this game for gear! Using alts, Lifeskilling, Nodes, Mob Grinding, PvP & Gearing up are the aspects we need to pour hundreds of hours into COLLECTIVELY in order to get our hands on this gear most efficiently. Many players try to focus on one or a couple of these. Using all of them together is the only way to be efficient at our end result. Getting geared up!

In fact, all of these aspects will be getting a lot of coverage on so stick with us, and let us know what you would like to see covered next along with our gear guides!

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