There are five item grades in Black Desert. These indicate the rarity of the item by color (ordered lowest to highest):
You can increase the grade of your gear to give bonuses such as Critical Hit Chance, Attack Speed, Casting Speed, Melee/Ranged/Magic Defense, additional AP/DP, etc. This is done using reform stones and your Black Spirit. Only certain weapons and armor can be upgraded and the highest grade you can currently get them to isUltimate grade (yellow).This guide will go over the basics of how to begin upgrading your gear.
There are currently 4 levels of Reform Stones for armor and weapons:
Grade 1 Armor Reform Stone
Grade 1 Weapon Reform Stone
Grade 2 Armor Reform Stone
Grade 2 Weapon Reform Stone
Grade 3 Armor Reform Stone
Grade 3 Weapon Reform Stone
Ultimate Weapon Reform Stone
Ultimate Armor Reform Stone
You can upgrade your gear at any enhancement level for the extra stats. There are theories that it changes the chances of success when enhancing, but I personally don’t believe this and haven’t had any evidence to support it. If you do want to hold off, I recommend upgrading it once you are at PRI/DUO at the very latest.
Upgrading your gear is completely safe, you will not lose enchant levels or break/lose the item itself.
Almost any green grade weapon/armor is able to be upgraded to give additional stats. Boss gear cannot be upgraded because it is already at the highest grade. You cannot upgrade liverto weapons, but blue grade awakening weapons can be upgraded.
Once you have your reform stone, summon your Black Spirit and click the “Item Reform” option. You can also open the reform window directly by right-clicking the reform stone from your inventory. Place the weapon/armor into the slot by right-clicking it, then right-click the reform stone and press the “Reform” button below.
Below is a list of all the possible stats you can get by upgrading your gear:
Names marked with (*) are currently not in the game yet.
Enchanting gear is at the core of Black Desert Online. Let's ignore the reform stones for now, ok? .. In order to craft a Dragon Slayer awakening weapon, you need 25 Hesed Crystals, 20 Dragon Slayer Weapon Blueprints.
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In case I haven’t said this enough, Black Desert Online ain’t your average MMO. And one of the places that is more apparent is when gearing your character. It can be a confusing process thanks to BDO’s not-so-great localization and how different it is from typical MMORPGs. I’m going to spell it all out for you in this guide, showing you how to upgrade equipment while demystifying some of the more obtuse concepts—like what the hell a ‘fail stack’ is.
As well as explaining how all of this works, this article should demonstrate, to those who aren’t convinced, that BDO is worth a look even if you’re burnt out on traditional entries in the genre.
In most MMOs, players are used to being handed a steady stream of marginally better gear as they work towards max level, but Black Desert treats its equipment system quite differently.
For starters, gear doesn’t have level restrictions, meaning a level one character can be decked out in the most powerful endgame gear. Don’t worry though, they won’t have the skills to make good use of it so you won’t get your ass kicked by a brand new player in sweet gear. There’s also quite a small selection of equipment to choose from, and you’ll typically only swap pieces a few times on your journey to level 50.
Finding gear can also be a bit challenging. With only a few options to choose from, tracking down where each piece resides can be a headache. By and large, the easiest way is to earn as much silver as you can and purchase everything from the player marketplace. There are a few valuable pieces that can be purchased from certain NPC merchants, and others that you’ll find grinding certain monsters or bosses. But by putting crafting skills to good use, you can make more than enough money to cover your equipment costs.
Because gear isn’t level restricted, even the pieces considered valuable for endgame will start out relatively weak. In order to make them stronger, you need to upgrade them through three methods: transfusion, enhancing, and quality upgrading. Let’s explore each.
A pretty familiar concept to any RPG player. Using crystals with specific stat bonuses (like +1 attack speed), you slot them into sockets on a given piece of equipment and gain that stat bonus. In order to do this, talk to your black spirit companion and select the ‘transfusion’ option from his dialogue.
Starting out, focus on increasing your accuracy, which will help you to hit high level monsters easier and make leveling a breeze. Later, transfusion will play a crucial step in rounding out your character’s stats. You can read the recommended crystals to use for each class over on Black Desert Foundry in their class guides section.
Enhancing is the most important way to upgrade your gear. Around level 27, your black spirit companion will give you a series of quests that walk you through the steps, but you’re more than able to get started early if you have all the materials. To enhance your equipment, talk to your black spirit companion and select the ‘enhance’ option.
Using black stones, which can be found on level 25+ monsters or purchased on the marketplace, you can increase the base stats on a piece of gear up to 15 times, adding +1 to the name of the item for each success. Enhancing any item up to a certain point is pretty easy, but beyond that can become very resource intensive. Let’s break it down.
For armor, enhancing it up to +5 has a 100% chance of succeeding. Beyond that, your chances decrease significantly. Weapons can be safely enchanted up to +7 before risking failure.
Accessories are a bit different in that you don’t enhance them using black stones but another version of that same accessory. They always have a high chance of failure, but they’re also not as crucial to upgrade and can only go up to +5. Once you’ve successfully combined two, you’ll create a +1 version of that accessory. To increase your odds of getting a +2, use another +1 instead of the +0 version of an item. Just keep in mind that if you fail the enhancement, both accessories will be destroyed.
Failing an enhancement for weapons and armor doesn’t have the same consequence, thankfully. The black stone you used will be destroyed, and the equipment you tried to enhance will lose maximum durability. Fail enough times and that item’s maximum durability will fall so low that you’ll be unable to use it. The only way to restore that item’s durability is to acquire another version of that same item and take both to a blacksmith to be repaired. When you’ve dropped a few million silver on getting one piece of equipment, having to buy another one can really add up.
Fortunately, there’s a silver lining to this in that, for each successive failure while enhancing, you earn what’s called a ‘fail stack’. Fail stacks are a hidden bonus that increases your chances of a successful enhance, and for every failure that chance gets higher.
Now let’s say we’re trying to enhance a weapon from +14 to +15. That comes with a massively reduced chance to succeed, around 20%. You could throw away a ton of black stones and lower the item’s durability trying to luck out, or you can use a much smarter method by exploiting fail stacks.
Remember how I said accessories have a really high chance to fail when enhancing? That’s a good thing because some early-game accessories are also dirt cheap. By purchasing several dozen of the same kind, we can combine them together and hope that they fail. Each time that they do the next enhancement has a better chance to succeed. To maximize our odds, create several +1 accessories and then try and combine them with their weaker +0 versions. The odds are so low that you should easily acquire a dozen fail stacks. Once you have as many as you think you can manage without accidentally succeeding, you can use that increased chance to succeed on the item you’re actually trying to enhance — often saving some precious silver instead of wasting it on destroyed black stones or sacrificial equipment to repair lost durability.
Getting all of your gear to +15 will take a long time, but it’s also not something you need to fret about unless you aim to be one of the top PVPers in the game. Once you’re around level 30 and start finding black stones while killing monsters, consider purchasing whatever best-in-slot equipment you can for your class. An entry level endgame set will cost you just under a million silver, which isn’t a great deal if you’ve been investing in your crafting skills or grinding monsters and selling loot drops.
The final step in the process should only be completed once you’ve already achieved +15 on a piece of equipment, as doing so will significantly increase the costs of repairing max durability. Upgrading the quality will essentially transform the rarity of your equipment, taking it from a common green to rare blue to the coveted yellow. Doing so will also unlock extra stats, which can make that piece of gear all the more powerful.
To do this, you’re going to need to purchase special workshops located within cities while also acquiring some special materials needed for the upgrade. To find out more about purchasing homes, you can reference our production guide. which goes through the process, though if you’ve upgraded your equipment to +15 and haven’t bought a house at this point, I’d be amazed.
Upgrading from green to blue will always succeed, while blue to yellow has a random chance of success. Don’t worry though, all you’ll lose is some maximum durability and your materials if you fail, not the equipment itself. Unfortunately, fail stacks don’t seem to apply here, so you’ll just need to try your luck.
With all of this spelled out, you should be able to start hunting down some nice pieces of gear and working towards a killer endgame set of equipment. Each class has their own preferences for which stats they should prioritize. However, just about every class flourishes using the Grunil armor set along with Yuria weapons and Bares accessories. Rangers are the only ones who work better with the Heve armor set instead, but still use the same Bares accessories and Yuria weapons.
Fortunately, all of those items are readily available on the marketplace for reasonable amounts of money. Even better, Yuria weapons can be purchased directly from an NPC named Ronatz in Calpheon City (use the NPC search button to find him!). You’ll need to befriend him first using the conversation minigame, but he’ll sell Yuria weapons for 90,000 silver, which is quite a steal.
For more advanced gear choices, you can reference your class on Black Desert Foundry, which will also show you where to find the ultra rare gear for building the ultimate warrior.
Now go forth and enhance!
This reform stone can be used when attempting to reform a weapon. – How to Obtain: Crafting at a Refinery; Exchange Hunter's Seal x5 with Thyshelle Arms.
Failing an enchant with a concentrated black stone will give 2-5 failstacks (depending on enchant level) and reduce max durability by 10.
When enchanting beyond duo a fail may also lead to the item degrading and going back 1 enchant level.
On accessoires, a fail means that the item is destroyed and you gain 1 failstack.
Option 1: recover the maximum durability on a weapon/armor by sacrificing 1 of the same base item. Each sacrificed item restores 10 durability.
Option 2: Sacrifice a Memory Fragment to restore the durability. The amount restored, depends on the quality of the item you use it on. 5 durability for green items, 2 for blue and 1 for yellow. (due to the high price of memory fragments, it’s only worth to use them on very expensive items, like boss gear)
For doing so, head to a blacksmith, select repair and then recover max durability, select the item you want to repair and then add the item you wanna sacrifice, select continuous if you have more than 1 item to sacrifice.
Another important item to mention here is Artisan’s Memory. This item can be acquired in the pearl or loyalty shop and will increase the amount of durability restored by 4 times.
example: i use a blue base quality item and sacrifice the same item with an artisan’s memory, this recovers 40 durability.
if i’d use 1 memory fragments to restore the durability, i’d recover 8 durability with an artisan’s memory.
Artisan’s memories should only be used on items of blue/yellow base quality obviously, not worth wasting them on green gear.
You also have a tiny chance to get 1 maximum durability back when repairing equipment.
Basically, each failed enchant gives you a slightly higher chance to succeed on the next enchant attempt (who would’ve guessed, eh?).
Important to note here:
– failstacks are character bound, not item or family
– the enchant chance is based on how high the item is enchanted (a +7 has a higher success chance than a +14 item)
– maximum success chance with failstacks has a softcap, based on the item and enhancement level. that means after hitting a certain amount the success chance per fail stack will increase by a lower amount.
Things to take away from this:
– high failstacks should be used on higher enchanted items, since these have lower success rates (also, because they can degrade above duo or get outright destroyed if accessoires)
– failstacks that are higher than the cap of the item you want to enchant should be saved and used on an item with a higher cap
– save a failstack by swapping to a different character and enchanting on that one. sometimes that means you have to build a new stack first, but you are saving money long-term by doing so (if you run out of chars to save them you can save them into a blacksmiths secret book too, sold by any blacksmith. these cost a bit tho so better to use chars)
For example: when enchanting green gear to +15, you might end up with a failstack of 15-20, it’s better to switch character, because the stack is too valuable for green gear of that enchant level.
There are various guides out there on how to failstack properly, i won’t go deeper into it here.
So i’ll just link a Guide to failstacking and a Table with recommended failstack values .
You can degrade items back from +15 to +14 at Priests (can be found in Churches in major towns) for 100k Silver.
Old method: *Note that you will want one low level alt with negative karma though to degrade items from +15 back to +14 (pve deaths with negative karma have a chance to degrade gear. -1k karma to be attacked by guards in town, below lvl 10 to be able to instantly revive on the spot in balenos region, kill horses to lower karma on the char)*
Gear is divided into white, green, blue and yellow quality. White quality gear is mostly just very early game stuff, so it can be pretty much ignored (although it can be useful for failstacking).
Weapons and Armors that are not Boss gear can be reformed into better quality.
Increasing the quality yields higher AP/DP on the item as well as extra bonuses.
You can reform into yellow(ultimate) quality which gives different bonuses depending on the equipment slot.
Mainhand weapons gain +1 atk or cast spd, +1 crit, a base ap increase and a notable accuracy boost.
offhands gain a base stat increase and +10% extra special attack damage (special attack includes stuff like critical, back, down attacks, etc.).
Awakening weapons gain +2 AP and Armor gains extra DP.
Reforming needs reform stones, there are different versions of those. Grade 1 to 3 reform stones have a chance to upgrade, that can fail, while ultimate reform stones have a 100% chance to succeed. Awakening weapons can only be reformed with ultimate stones.
Ultimate weapon/armor reform stones are made by heating 1x Sharp/Hard Black Crystal Shard with 10x Grade 3 reform stone Weapon/Armor respectively.
To reform an item simply summon the Black Spirit and choose reform.
Keep in mind that reforming will decrease the amount of durability that Memory Fragments restore. But you can still sacrifice the base item to restore the durability on reformed items.
Enchant rate stays the same on reformed gear. Base quality is what matters.
Ultimate quality items cannot be registered on the central marketplace and first need to be downgraded to green quality via Blacksmith or Arms Dealer NPC.
I’ll be going over some gear you should be getting as a beginner, so when i say “this is the best” it doesn’t necessarily mean best-in-slot, rather it means the best item to get as a beginner.
Rosar Weapon, Accuracy offhand(not setbonus) depending on class.
Grunil set or strength of heve+roaring magical armor
whatever trashy accessories you can get are fine till your gear is good enough to farm Asula 5 Set + get 1x General Accessoire.
Rosar mainhand is a good one to use early on right now. It offers the highest AP and 2 crystal slots. Bares is a similarly good option with only 1 crystal slot and lower ap but all species dmg to make up for it. Another good option is Azwell, as it offers higher accuracy in exchange for 1 less ap than Rosar and only 1 Crystal slot. Elsh is another very good option, highest accuracy out of all non-boss weapons, relatively low ap, but +species dmg to make up for it. It’s a bit rare though and unreliable to get in larger quantities.
For the offhand, you want to use the one with +accuracy(not in the set bonus), even if it offers less AP or DP than other offhand. The dim magical one you get for free is somewhat okay’ ish for the time being but immediately turns to shit if you upgrade it to the later stages (freed/roaring) as it only has 1 crystal slot then and lower accuracy.
(wizard/witch can use the steel dagger, since they already get pretty high accuracy from their skills)
Get a full set of Heve or Grunil *. Once you’re at level 52 you get the dim magical armor from the black spirit questline (that means you have to do the main quests up till mediah). Replace the Heve main armor with that. The dim magical armor can be upgraded later and once at its final stage it gives 50 hp 20 accuracy and as much DP as a pri (aka +16) heve/grunil. And that for free.
*Hint: don’t upgrade your heve/grunil chest armor above the safe enchant (+5), that way you can simply extract the blackstones at a blacksmith later and you get all of them back. Can also substitute the heve/grunil chest for something else, just make sure to get heve/grunil pieces for the 3 other slots
The quest rewards are okay as an absolute beginner, but you should aim to replace them with something better when you can afford it.
There is a large variety of possible accessories to grab, I’ll list a couple for each slot that is okay.
(don’t invest too much into accessory upgrades early on, you get more from upgrading your weapons instead.).
A rather cheap option at the beginning is the Root Treant set, not offering a lot of AP but good bonus stats(very high accuracy and some extra LT) or you can use some cheap bares accessories. The root treant set also has another drop-only version, the treant spirit set, offering slightly less ap but almost no accuracy. Comparable to Jarrete, but better bonuses. You can mix both sets for the set bonus.
Grinding in mediah one can get the Asula Set which is drop-only and can’t be traded. This can potentially take a long time to get all pieces but it’s decently powerful and will save you lots of silver. Since it’s family-bound there is no resale value once you progress to something better, can still be used to level alt chars at least.
You can get 1 asula ring early in the Mediah black spirit main questline, which can save you a lot of grinding.
As of now, the Asula set is enchantable, but it’s not 100% and enchanting it only provides +ap vs monsters, some accuracy, and dp. Generally, it’s probably better to move on to real accessories instead of wasting time and silver(in the form of failstacks) on enchanting asula, altho getting it to pri or duo might be an option.
Also, get 1 general’s accessoire from the questline (53-58), it offers a lot of +monster damage (close to 1:1ap) while not having much normal ap. Decently strong and can easily be combined with a 5 piece asula set (belt or earring are both good choices, the ring is not quite as recommendable). Due to how AP scaling works, it will eventually be replaced though.
Later on, you can also get a rather decent (8ap, 14 acc) earring from kamasylve mainquestline and even later (requires Val pt1 and Kama pt1+2 mq) a Ring with 11 ap from this quest.
No, you should sell it. The enchanted versions of the cheaper accessoires are either equivalent or better than these expensive items and the money from selling them is better used for progressing your gear instead till you can actually afford those expensive items at higher enchant levels.
Example: Ogre Ring +0 has 10 AP and is worth 95m, while an Asula Necklace already offers 11 ap and is pretty much free.
*Note: the only expensive items you shouldn’t sell usually are boss pieces, like bheg’s/leebur’s gloves, muskan’s/urugon’s shoes, dim tree spirit armor or giaths/griffons helmet. Accessories are fine to sell usually though*
Usually you want to prioritize your Weapon and Offhand, armor on the side and accessoires last. Always go with the option that gives you the best AP/DP per silver invested.
Don’t skimp out on accuracy in favor of AP though. It doesn’t help to hit harder if you miss your attacks.
It’s not that hard to enchant green weapons/armor to +15 nowadays, usually around 40-50 blackstones is enough for 0-15 on a green item. So it’s rather easy to do and will spend less silver or roughly the same amount on it.
But since the introduction of +15 gear dropping it is relatively easy to find it pre-enhanced too.
For accessoires it’s usually cheaper to buy them pre-enhanced, but it can take a while for them to pop up on the market.
Similarly, higher enhanced versions of weapons/armor will not be up that often on the market or very expensive and if you don’t wanna wait for a long time, it might be better to do it yourself instead of waiting.
Shoes- use two +2 movespeed or +1 movespeed +20 LT
For the chest armor you probably want Cobelinus (+100HP +20 weight limit), these are a bit expensive at around 1m and not really worth to get till you have the Roaring magical armor though. Till then you can use any cheap crystal instead.
Helmet – 2x Evasion crystal or if you have any the +10% combat xp ones. Caster classes (Wizard/Witch/Sorceress/Valkyrie) can use the +2 casting speed crystals instead.
Gloves – two +2 attack speed crystals (casters can use critical instead or accuracy, cast spd if you got xp gem in helmet)
Mainhand – accuracy or ap crystals
Offhand – AP
(Note: these are really just >beginner< choices, your late game crystal setup can vastly differ, check your respective class discords for recommended endgame setups)
As a beginner, you most likely cannot afford to enchant the blue one very high directly. For the time being it can be better to use a green one (Altinova Arms vendor sells them for silver so they are easy to repair) and enchant that to +15/pri/duo or tri at most. Transition to the blue one or skip to the yellow one (dandelion) when you can afford it.
A newly added blue awakening weapon “Hughol’s Awakening Weapon” can be crafted at Duvencrune and then upgraded to “Dragonslayer Awakening Weapon” which is almost equal to Dandelion, but easier to repair.
Yes you do. A few percent of your pre-awakening weapons AP are transferred to your awakening skill dmg. The accuracy on it transfers and the crystal effects and item effect from ultimate/boss weapons apply too. And you’ll need it later when you start using your absolute skills more.
Don’t slack on keeping your pre-awakening weapon up-to-date, even if it doesn’t give you more awakening ap in the stat screen.
I generally would advise against getting a Liverto, as it is quite expensive for what it offers (slight accuracy and ap upgrade over most greens and +3 crit instead of +1 atk/cast & crit that ult greens have) and the better option here is usually to instead save the money and get a kzarka instead.
Kzarka is a large upgrade over green weapons though, offering +3 atk or cast speed, higher ap and accuracy as well as a good amount of species damage and 2 gem slots.
The other boss option is Offin Tett, offering the same accuracy as liverto, 2 gem slots, 2 atk/cast spd and 2 crit. It’s usually much harder to get though compared to kzarka.
A recently added challenge reward will give you a +15 Liverto once per family upon reaching lvl55, which makes it somewhat worth using, albeit it’s probably still not advisable to take it any higher than Duo due to the high cost, which is better saved for getting a Kzarka later or other gear upgrades.
Lemoria is usually considered extremely bad due to having only 1 Crystal Slot. Akums, on the other hand, is a rather respectable option, having 2 Crystal Slots and being able to be reformed to ultimate. It still carries the same problem of being rather expensive to upgrade compared to what it offers, making skipping directly to Boss gear an attractive option.
The priority list goes bheg’s gloves /Leebur’s Gloves>>> muskan’s shoes / urugon’s shoes > dim tree spirit’s armor >> giath’s helmet./ griffon’s helmet
Bhegs gloves are the most important piece by far and the one you should aim to get first and foremost. Once you got it high enough enchanted to be somewhat on par with your current ones, you can swap them in. Also Urugons shoes are preferred in the current meta over muskan. Griffons helmet over Giath, but the difference is much smaller here. Bhegs are preferable over Leeburs, since they give less accuracy and are more evasion focused.
Generally you will be sticking with your green offhand for a long time (at least till you have kzarka and maybe even bhegs) then you can afford to run a Kutum accuracy wise.
Kutum offers a good variety of stats, ap, dp, little bit of accuracy and a big amount of ap vs monsters as well as 2 gem slots. This makes Kutum the BiS offhand for pve and a decent option in pvp.
The other bosshand nouver only offers pure ap, tiny amount of dr, zero accuracy and 2 gem slots. Meaning it is mostly only useful for people that already have a lot of accuracy from gear and want to go for a more dmg focused build in pvp. For very specific AP numbers Nouver can overtake Kutum in pve.
Both boss offhands can be reformed with a drop from the Boss Garmoth, for +150HP, 10% special attack evasion and +100 Stamina.
Black Desert Online – Patch Notes | The Egg Hunt . Yellow grade equipment can be registered after the reform stone has been extracted When Crafting from the Workshop, you can obtain the original crafting.
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