The game is now available to download on both Google Play and the App Store!
What is Black Desert Online?
It’s a free-to-play MMO that combines real-life economic strategies with
fantasy adventures. Specifically, you’ll lead a caravan of monsters (known as
‘Necroids’ in-game) across the vast desert landscape in an effort to fight
for honor and glory in the upcoming wars. The game is set in the
Middle East, with a Persian flair, and offers microtransactions (known as
‘Gems’ in-game) to expand your character’s abilities. There are also
shopkeeper contracts available that you can take on to make extra money
Black Desert Online is a free-to-play, massively multiplayer online
role-playing game available for download on Google Play and the App Store
You can also play the PPS version, which is an enhanced version of the
standard game that includes features like Achievements, Prestige and
The game offers a diverse range of activities including
adventures, quests, sieges, boss battles, resource gathering, and
marvelous mountain hikes. You will play as a caravan leader whose goal is to
build up your reputation and resources in order to survive in this harsh
environment. Your decisions as a leader, how you build your character, and how
you manage your followers (or monsters) are what makes the game unique.
There are five playable races (human, elf, dwarf, beast, and robot) as
well as seventeen classes (brave, merchant, cleric, hunter, magician, ranger,
warrior, monk, archer, juggler, ninja, beast master, rogue, and dragon
slayer). Each class comes with its own playstyle, gear, and weapons. You can
form cross-class teams in order to tackle certain quests and adventures. For
instance, the merchant class is useful for gathering resources and the warrior
class is good at defending your caravans from attack.
The game’s bestiary is a fantastic compilation of unique creatures
(monsters) that you’ll encounter on your adventures. There are hundreds of
species of animals and monsters, all of which are fantastic to look at and
come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. What’s more, their appearances can
be altered via special attacks or items that you find or make (e.g., potions,
tradition armor, or shield crystals). This really is one of the unique aspects
of Black Desert Online. You’ll find yourself faced with all sorts of
challenges, but they’ll always be surmounted with a smile thanks to the
diversity of creatures that you’ll encounter.
Like many other free-to-play games, Black Desert Online allows you to
make money in a number of ways. You can engage in trade and barter with
resident creatures, complete quests, battle enemy mobs, or explore the vast
world of Siltsea and gather resources (i.e., ore, metal, coal, and stone)
which can be used to create items that can be sold for cash on the
open market. You can even become a shopkeeper and open up your very own
store from which you can sell all sorts of equipment (e.g., weapons, armor,
You can use the money that you make to purchase in-game items, which in
turn can be upgraded using the resources that you gather. This makes
Black Desert Online a bit like a game of Pokémon Go, but much more
sophisticated. Besides, you won’t need to be connected to the internet in order
to play the game. If you download the game to your mobile device, you’ll be
able to play at any time, anywhere—even if there is no cellular signal.
Key Differences From Other Games
One of the most distinguishing factors of Black Desert Online is its
realistic approach to economic management. You will need to make difficult
decisions, such as whether or not to risk your caravan on an unknown trail, or
to hunt down and kill a particular monster that is threatening your
survival. These are decisions that you would make in real life, but in the
game they have consequences that you have to deal with. For example, if you
choose to take the risky option and it turns out that there is a pack of
ravenous wolves (or something worse) waiting for your caravan at the end of
the desert, the game will punish you by making it harder to earn money and
resources in the future. This is a game that demands that you be smart with
Black Desert Online supports both the PlayStation 4 and the
Nintendo Switch, as well as mobile devices and PC. The game has been
translated into multiple languages, including English, French, Korean, and
Chinese. The game is developed by Korean company Neowiz and was originally
released in South Korea back in February of 2018.
If you’re interested in making quick cash in your spare time, you can
try out [the Shopkeeper Contract](https://bdotca.com/en/blog/2018/12/10/how-to-make-quick-money-in-black-desert-online/),
which tasks you with selling junk (e.g., empty boxes, bottles, paper, etc.) for
cash in a shop that you own. Remember: This is completely optional, and you
don’t need to do it to play the game. The only purpose of this is to allow you
to make money somehow, shape your character’s development, and allow you to
purchase beneficial items (e.g., potions that increase your hit points) that
can’t be bought with actual money.
Last but not least, let’s take a quick look at the game’s logo which is
also available for download:
As you can see, the logo not only draws inspiration from the game, but
also takes the form of a stylized scorpion. This is because the game’s main
animals are actually scorpions (the bestiary is full of them).
So, there you have it. We hope this article was helpful in giving you a
better idea of what Black Desert Online is all about. Make sure to give it a
try and let us know what you think!