What is up guys. Kira here, Welcome back to episode 6 of the ultimate new player series. The idea of this series is that Black Desert is such a complicated game and yet information is quite hard to come by, with guides all over the place, no actual start to finish consistent content explaining every single detail of the game you need to know, as you need to know it. So this is what I’m trying to do.
Each video is 10 to 15 minutes long so I try to keep them in bite sized chunks, packed with information about a specific set of topics each episode, so it’s easy to go find what you’re looking for or just start from scratch as a new player and follow along as you progress. Also sorry for the wait for continuing the series if you have been following. This episode today is going to be about horses and bosses. Yeah two things that aren’t even remotely connected to each other, unless you count the fact that if you get a good horse you can run to bosses easier? Sure let’s go with that.
Bosses in Black Desert online are different to what some of you will be used to and fall under a few different categories, there’s scroll bosses, field bosses and world bosses. We’ll go over each in this video, as well as what are the differences of horses, why does this matter, what you should aim for and how do you get them. First up let’s talk about horses, in BDO the difference between a good horse and a great horse really is night and day difference and there are a bunch of super confusing factors that play into how good a horse actually is. Horses come in different tiers, 1 through to 9, with 9 being the best possible in the game at this time also refered to as dream horses. Horses also have skills, stats and levels, with 30 being the highest level. To get a horse you have three options, option one is to tame your own horse. This is great for leveling up the training lifeskill because it gives way more experience than leveling horses.
To tame a horse you’ll need four things, Beginner level 5 training which can be raised by riding around the donkey you get at the starter quest line or any other mount. The location map of where to find horses, some sugar lumps which you can produce yourself by heating 10 raaw sugar and 1 mineral water purchased at a cook NPC and the last thing being capturing rope purchased from any stable npc. After you have these things you simply go to a horse location, put your rope and sugar on your hotbar, slowly approach the horse and aim at it with your mouse, pressing the hotkey for the rope and your character will start to swing it around like a lasso, moving slowly. When you’re ready to throw the rope press left click and you’ll get a meter show up, press space bar to land within the blue area to succeed.
Once the lasso is around the horse you need to move towards it but only while the horse is standing with all 4 legs on the ground, if it rears up with the front legs in the air then press space bar and keep the meter in the win area by repeatedly hitting space, make sure you keep doing this until the meter vanishes off your screen. Keep moving to the horse as before, once you’re close enough you’ll see an interact circle appear over the horse, now you wait and feed the horse sugar lumps, just watch the cooldown and give it a few seconds in between each feed. Some people recommend doing this 4 times, but you can try it out yourself how much you need.
After you’re happy with the amount of sugar lumps given to the horse, move to the side of the horse and press interact to jump on board your new friend. If successful you’ll mount the horse, if not it will kick you and you have to start again. It is possible to tame the horses with no sugar, this is a topic of much debate but different things work better or worse for different people. This is just a general idea. Once you mount the horse, to finish making it yours you must go to any stable and register the horse, this is then yours. Horses found in the wild can be between tiers 1 and 5, male or female. I’ll leave a link to some text guides in the description as always and the resources you’ll need to determine which horses are what tier, gender and where to find them. Now the second way to get horses is to simply buy them on the horse marketplace found at stable NPCs in major cities. You can filter the marketplace using tier, skills and more. The third way is sometimes for returning or loyalty rewards the developers give you a free horse emblem which you can then take to any stable and register.
I think most new or returning players now days will get a tier 5 horse emblem. Of course on top of this there’s also breeding, which I think is best I leave your parents to explain to you. There are calculators online to show the best possible combination of levels between the male and female horses to increase likelihood or getting a higher tier horse from breeding and I suggest you use this if you plan to do that. In reality all you need to breed is a male and a female horse which has breed available, you can tell on the stable screen if this is the case. Females can breed once and males twice as standard. There are pearl items to supplement this, link on screen for more about this in my pearl shop guide.
To breed you’ll choose your horses in the breeding interface at a stable and then wait for an hour before returning to find the result. You can also exchange two horses to give you an instant breed but it consumes both parents and makes a new horse. Now of course that’s just getting a horse, what else? You’ll also have to level a horse by riding them around for hours upon hours, you can do this by using wagons for multiple horses or a single horse at a time.
You’ll want to do this afk, set a waypoint to run to and set the auto loop function. Do this of course in only safe areas. Also if you do a single horse at a time it’s slower than doing 4 on a wagon but faster than doing 2 on a wagon and for a single horse you’ll need to have carrots to regen stamina, tick the box to make sure the game consumes these when required. And why level horses? Well horses based on tier have certain abilities they can have. Each time a horse levels up they have a chance to learn a skill from the available pool. There are ways to increase the chances your horse becomes good and once you get a level 1 tier 8 horse it’s highly recommended you purchase mount skill change coupons from the shop and use a method of removing skills at the right times to increase the chances your horse becomes a courser by level 30.
I’ll not go into details on this as it is probably far into the future for newer players and I’ll include it in my t9 horse guide that will follow at some point in the future. The only thing you need to know here really is that there are a combination of skills that make horses insanely good compared to others. These skills are drift and instant acceleration, with sprint being closely behind these two. Now the difference between a horse with these skills and without? Let’s take a look. So as you can see, this is insanely OP.
Now horses also gain random stats based on a percentage per level and the higher stats the better, but a horse without these overpowered skills regardless of stats will just flat out be worse. So when aiming for a horse you want to prioritise things in the over of skills over stats. Now on top of this, horses can become coursers which is a term for when a horse has a predefined set of skills which the devs set, these horses have a filled in gold icon in the menu. They’ll cost more money and give an extra skill to babies born from using them in breeding. Horses are a very complex topic and I’d say if you’re just looking to get a fast horse to run around on, spend whatever you can spare on a horse with instant accel and drift. After this if you want to future proof yourself, you’ll want a tier 8 courser, stats don’t massively matter here.
The reason being a tier 8 courser is the best horse in the game until t9, which you can only get by spending 10-13 billion silver to buy one, or transform your tier 8 courser into one. T9 horses also known as dreams, are set named horses which required 350 plus million silver per attempt to transform. People typically take 30+ attempts to get one and there are currently three varients in the game. Doom, the fire combat horse, Ardunatt the flying pegasus horse and Din? which is a unicorn support mount that can also run through the desert at full speed, using all skills. The materials needed for this and process I’ll leave a link to in the description as it doesn’t server this video so early on and I will later have a guide on dream horses but for now, I think we’ve covered everything you need to know for horses. But as always if I’ve missed something, let me know and we’ll go over it in a future episode. Now onto bosses, the reason for the delay of this video is that I am almost never at my computer at the times bosses spawn so unfortunately this part of the guide will be missing boss footage to go along with me talking about it.
I apologise for this but it’s the reason I delayed this video until now and if I have to wait until I can reliably be at my computer at a time when bosses spawn, that will delay the series probably another week or so. So having said that firstly the scroll bosses, these are designed to be solo’d and come in three forms. There’s the daily quests, the weekly quests and scrolls made up by items found in the world or purchased.
Daily and weekly bosses work based on your main quest line progress and some are unlocked by certain knowledge. After you get the boss quests unlocked, you’ll have to do a small quest before the scroll is given to you, until you have knowledge of whatever they require and then you can skip this quest and just be given the scrolls. When choosing the scrolls you’ll have a choice of a normal boss scroll or an awakened piece. Awakened pieces are harder bosses with higher drop chance but of course take longer to build up. The bosses you can pick from daily and weekly are different from each other. Pick whichever works best for you, there are a bunch of different ones ranging from different zones. Since it would take forever to explain how each of these quests unlock I’d say that you go to the bdo database websites and check them out individually.
You can also get some of these scrolls as drops from certain mobs in the world. They have a chance to drop accessories or boss gear depending on the boss, such as Altar Imp summon scroll will summon dastard bheg and has a chance to drop bheg’s gloves. After using the summon scroll at the location it points you to, you’ll have a chance to loot the boss, then you have to summon your black spirit to complete the quest, which then gives you reward bundles. Opening these also has a chance to give you the boss items. Likely you’ll get blackstones, some trash items, silver and hunters seals. Hunters seals you can exchange at NPCS for enhancement items like blackstones and armor or weapon reform stones. Boss scrolls purchased would be Ancient relic crystal shards, scrolls written in an ancient language and forbidden books. You take 5 of the same item, put them in a cross shaped pattern and it creates a boss summon scroll.
These scrolls are the way most people farm memory fragments. Now field bosses spawn on random servers, at random times. I know, super useful right? They have set spawn locations and will spawn on 20 random servers at a time, excluding Arsha and olvia channels. Field bosses have set spawn windows, so after killed or despawned they have a certain amount of time until they can possibly spawn again, and once in this window will spawn at a random time up until the window closes. Field bosses will be announced on screen as they spawn but this is the worst possible way to know if they’re spawning. What I suggest if you’re interested in doing bosses is to go to the discord links in the description of this video, they have channels dedicated to telling you which servers bosses spawn on, what the possible spawn times are and everything you need to know.
Field bosses require a large number of people to kill and it is likely as a new player you will die to these a lot, they hit hard, most have 1 shot abilities and learning their attack patterns will be massively beneficial to you. They can be a good source of money though, or saving you money if you need boss gear. Loot is a really weird topic here but suffice to say they have set loot tables per boss and you can sometimes get mega lucky and get most of the good items on the loot table at the same time. After this there are world bosses, these also require a lot of people and thankfully spawn on a set time table and on all channels except arsha and olvia at the same time, sharing a health pool across all channels, with the exception of vell who does not share a health pool.
The timetables can be found online, the boss discords above also announce spawns, and there’s a super useful site online that shows upcoming bosses, allows you to enable sounds that play at different times when left in the background to let you know when bosses are coming up so you don’t miss out. Again they have set loot tables per boss and you’ll want to focus whichever ones you need items from mostly. Certain bosses spawn way less frequently, such as Vell which is a once a week spawn on Sunday afternoons. Again with the idea of loot, it’s mostly random…But the top percentage of damage done is said to increase your chances to get loot.
Now days bosses can and will despawn due to less people doing them since the central market made most boss items way less valuable versus the time to get over there and kill them just for a chance, have no fear though because damaging them before despawn also puts you in with a chance for loot. Bossing isn’t anywhere near as good as it used to be in my opinion, but some bosses such as Garmoth and Vell do drop items that are valued at multiple billions, so they are worth going to if you have the time just for the chance that you get them as they are best in slot items and can masssively alter your progression very quickly.
A common theme across all bosses, don’t go to them on a character with expensive crystals in items as you will die and they can and will break. Also if you’re leveling up currently and have percentage exp you don’t want to lose, I would suggest avoiding bosses. Lots of people for these reasons use boss alts that they leave logged out at boss areas with mediocre gear just to log in and do the boss and log out, as travelling all over the world multiple times per day can get a bit much.. And that’s where we tie in this episode…Right? Good horses are fast, so you can run between bosses? Ha, got em. Now that’s it for this one guys, I’m not sure exactly what will be in next episode as I’m starting to run out of ideas…There’s tons of things to talk about but what exactly will fill an episode and be something people need to know is the real question.
If you have suggestions, let me know in the comments or come join me in discord. As always, I’ll see you on the next one. Peace..