Adventurers, welcome to the world of Black Desert!
Before you jump into Black Desert, please read the instructions below so that you can have an easier time with the guides provided!
1. Scan QR codes with your phone or capable device.
2. With the guidebook up on your phone, play the game and refer to the Guide Book when you need it!
The basic tips listed below are important basics that you’re going to need to know, that will serve as the foundations of your characters’ growth.
We hope that this guide helps you get to grips with the game and help you to have many wonderful adventures through the world of Black Desert.
I. Black Desert Adventurers Guide
II. Black Desert Basic Guide
Start your adventures on the New Olvia – Novice Server!
150% Combat EXP, 50% Skill EXP 24 Hours a Day
The New Olvia Novice server is a dedicated server designed to make it easier for new and returning adventurers to settle down into the world of Black Desert. Don’t worry, you can freely switch servers after creating a character, so don’t feel pinned to one particular server.
To access the New OIvia - Novice server, the following conditions must be met.
- Total level of all characters within a family is 150 or less
- A New Adventurer who has had their first access to Black Desert within the past 30 days (720 hours).
- Returning Adventurers who have not played the game, or accessed the Central Market through the Black Desert+ app in the last 30 days (720 hours).
Shall we look at the basic game screen?
1: Character Level
2: Health Bar
3: WP, SP, EP, MP Bar: Each character uses their own version of the bar to perform skills.
4: Mini-map: The mini-map will allow you to see where you currently are, and display the name of the area that you are currently in.
5: Skill Cooldown Times: After using skills, there are often cooldown times until the skill is available again. Use skills strategically rather than overusing them! Every character has powerful combos to discover.
6: (Important TIP!) Ring Menu: Black Desert requires many functions to be accessible, such as the inventory, world map, skill windows, item use, quest lists etc. The Ring Menu is a convenient UI hub that brings all those functions into a quick and easy to use form.
Wait! What’s the Ring Menu?
The ring menu is displayed centrally in the lower third of the screen. These act as shortcuts that can be applied immediately by pressing the D-pad. You can customize them to best suit your needs any time!
Too few shortcuts?
If you place multiple menus/skills/items on one directional key, a radial menu will open up in the middle of the screen. Push the right stick to the menu you want to use
Shall we practice first?
Press and hold ↑ on the D-Pad to open the ring menu, then use the right joystick to select the inventory icon (looks like a bag, right on the ring menu). Let go of the right stick and ta-da, you have used the ring menu!
Learn more about your inventory
There are a few different inventories in Black Desert, and the most commonly used would be the regular inventory! This starts with 16 slots, but can be expanded through in-game quests up to a certain point. Your regular inventory can go up to 192 slots at most.
Items purchased from the Pearl Shop, such as Costumes, are stored in the Pearl Inventory. Unlike the regular inventory, the Pearl Inventory has no slot or weight restrictions.
The number of slots on a mounts inventory space varies depending on the type of mount used. Donkeys, Horses, Elephants, Wagons and Boats all have differing amounts of slots and weights.
Unlike your characters inventory, you cannot expand a mounts inventory.
Mounts can be stored in local stables, giving you access to multiple mount inventories.
Combinable Items (Automatic Inventory Storing)
If your Inventory is full of items, it can be hard to organize, and that is where the automatic sorting of your inventory comes into play. This function is usually activated automatically, but can be turned on and off using the left analogue stick. Turning off the auto-arrange feature will allow you to move items around freely.
Items that require combining (such as the Ancient Relic Shard) can be combined once the auto arrange feature has been turned off. Placing these items in a particular shape will allow you to combine the items into a different item that can be used.
… How do I open chat?
To chat, make sure to hit the ‘view button’ on Xbox or the Touchpad button on PlayStation!
1. You can change the chat type by pressing ← or → on the d-pad after opening the chat window.
2. You can also whisper to other users by finding their name in the chat window and hitting RT/R2 to reply.
Where can I find items purchased from the Pearl Shop/store?
Looking for the items that came with your purchase? Perhaps you grabbed some Pearls from your platform’s store? These items are often sent to your mailbox in order for you to collect when you please. Open up the main menu, scroll to Reward and then Mail! From here, you can find items that are normally sent to your mail such as Pearls or items from the platform store.
Remember that Pearl Shop items find their own way into your Pearl Inventory, as discussed earlier in this notice.
What are coupons? How do I use them?
Coupons are usually found as a code that you can use on the official website and will give items to help you on your journey. Various events are held in the world of Black Desert, and some of these come hand in hand with coupons.
Note: To use coupons, you must link your in-game account to a website account.
How to link an account:
1. Create an account on the console.playblackdesert.com website.
2. In-game, go to Start>Character>My Info.
3. Press the △/Y button to select ‘Link Account’.
4. Enter the Email Address and password that you used to sign up to the official Website.
Then head to the official website, and at the top of the page navigate to Shop>Coupons.
Then enter the 16 characters of the coupon code, select where you’re sending the item to and the items will be sent to your mail!
Please bear in mind the following when using the coupon!
* Coupons must be registered before the expiration date, and successfully redeemed coupon items can be found in your mail or your web storage.
* Coupons can only be redeemed once per family.
* If you enter a coupon code incorrectly 10 times in a row, your account will be restricted from using coupons for 1 hour.
* You can enter the coupons on the official website in the [Shop] -> [Coupons] section.
* You can check the Web Storage on the official website to see which items you received via Coupons.
* To use the coupon, your account must be linked to your in-game account.
Other players’ enhancements keep showing!
Head to the Main Menu> Settings > General Settings and select the Notification option. From here you can turn off all manner of notifications.
My character is trapped and cannot move!
If your character finds themselves in an unfortunate situation where they can’t get out from, go to the Main Menu > Character > Escape. This will put you in a nearby safe spot where you will be able to move again.
To adjust your camera, hold R3 firmly down for 3 seconds, which will open up the Camera UI.
How do I customize the Ring Menu? There is so much I still don’t know!
It can be difficult trying to absorb everything at once, so try to get comfortable first.
Once you’re used to the basics of the game, and how the game flows, please visit the Adventurers Guide to learn even more about Black Desert.
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