Black Desert Online (BDO) January 3 Update: Full Patch Notes Listed

Plenty of tweaks in this massive update

Black Desert Online doesn’t skimp with its updates! Here’s the January 3 update for BDO, full patch notes listed.

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Black Desert Online (BDO) January 3 Update: Full Patch Notes Listed

We’re starting off the New Year in a big way, with 195 updates. No, I’m not joking. That’s the real number. So, let’s dive right in.

Events

A Pouch of Fortune in the Dark Rift!? 

Jan 3, 2024 (Wed) after maintenance – Jan 17, 2024 (Wed) before maintenance.

Get several of the following items!

  • Mythical Feather
  • Gold Bar
  • Gold Bar x2 – 3
  • Gold Bar x5-76
  • Gold Bar 10G x3-5
  • Lara’s New Year’s Money
  • Memory Fragment x3-5

Blessings from Kamasylve!

Young Kamasylve’s Illusion will appear during the event period whilst out defeating monsters!

What could be the secret held by the brightly shining Young Kamasylve’s Illusion?

From Jan 3, 2024 (Wed) after maintenance – Jan 17, 2024 (Wed) before maintenance

Blessing of Kamasylve (2 Hours) 

  • Energy Recovery +2 
  • Item Drop Rate +20% 
  • Central Market Warehouse Capacity +4,000 VT 
  • Transaction Maid Volume Limit +100 VT 
  • Storage Transport Weight Limit +1,500 LT 

* Blessing of Kamasylve (2 Hours) is applied immediately

* If Blessing of Kamasylve (2 Hours) is already active, and is again activated, 2 hours will be added to the current buff time.

Just one guild mission is all it takes for the Guild Boss!

Complete just one guild mission now and you can start the Guild Boss Subjugation right away!

Jan 3, 2024 (Wed) after maintenance – Jan 17, 2024 (Wed) before maintenance.

Based on the mission you’ve completed, you can summon one of the following Guild Bosses!

  • Giant Mudster
  • Lava Chief
  • Ancient Puturum
  • Khan

Class Changes

  • Warrior

Succession

Added a key command for Spin Counter.

  • Musa

Main, Succession

Divider, Prime: Divider.

Fixed the issue where the skill description didn’t mention Super Armor when performed with Tiger Blade drawn.

(V) Removed Increased attack area text from details (was never applied).

  • Maehwa

Common

Red: Divider (I to III). Increased the attack duration, effectively changing the max number of hits.

  • Witch

Awakening

Barrage of Lightning, Lightning Blast. Fixed the issue where the summoned Keepers Gorr/Tett would attack first when performing the skills while moving.

  • Lahn

Awakening.

Bleeding Hearts. Matched the Super Armor effect mentioned in the details with the actual effect. Fixed the issue where the details were missing mention of the Accuracy Rate buff.

  • Guardian

Main, Succession

Black Blood Circle, Prime: Black Blood Circle. Changed so you can now combo into Flow: Black Blood Eruption while holding Q when performing the skill. Changed the previous key command to holding SHIFT+Q to continue casting the skill.

Prime: Avalanche Strike. Fixed the issue where the details mentioned 7 attacks instead of the actual 9.

  • Woosa

Awakening

Soul Cleanse. Fixed the details to mention the Down Attack debuff applied for Sari Flower’s effect.

Core: Blooming Death. Matched the combo speed with the normal version of the skill, Bloom Deluge, and Bloomburst.

  • Scholar

Developer’s Comment: Following our latest update, we’ve received a wealth of feedback about Scholar. Most notably, many Adventurers have voiced concerns about the attack area of certain skills. In response, we’ve made some adjustments. The attack area of one of the main skills, Flow: Golden Thunder, has been slightly increased, and Infinite Power and Hammerfall have been improved to apply a wider attack area forward. Furthermore, Rabam (Enhanced) skills for Scholar will be introduced through the Black Desert Global Lab on Jan 5.

Core Fusion. Increased movement distance while using the skill. Accordingly, changed so that stamina does not recover while the skill is in use. Changed so that the character rotates along with the camera rotation until just before the attack while using the skill.

Flow: Golden Vines, Flow: Golden Pillar. Changed so that the Critical Hit Rate does not apply when using the skills during the cooldown.

Flow: Repulsion. Improved to be able to combo into Flow: Repulsion with LMB after One Small Step, Hammerdown, and Hammer Rush.

Hammer Spin, Core Fusion. Changed so that the Core Fusion is activated by re-inputting the C key while using Hammer Spin.

Black Spirit: Potential Energy. Increased activation speed.

Gravity Anchor. Fixed the issue where gravity cores could not be placed in shallow water.

Changed the following skills to apply a wider attack area forward

  • Infinite Power
  • Hammerfall
  • When using Core Fusion with the Sledgehammer

Flow: Golden Thunder. Increased attack area to match the skill’s animation.

Hammer Spin. Fixed the issue where the attack areas of attack 1 and 2 were applied differently from the skill’s animation.

Contents

Base Energy Increase (30 → 50)

Developer’s Comments: We’ve increased the base Energy of a newly created Family ready to embark on an adventure from 30 to 50. (The maximum Energy of existing adventurers will also increase by 20.) In addition, the energy costs to acquire knowledge in the Balenos region, where many adventurers begin their new journey, has generally decreased. We hope that rookie adventurers, who have taken their first step into the world of Black Desert, will feel less burdened when spending Energy to acquire Knowledge, thus learning more about the world.

  • Increased the base Energy for all adventurers: 30 → 50
    • Now creating a new Family will see adventurers begin with 50 Energy. Existing adventurers will see their max Energy increased by 20.
  • Reduced the Energy costs of acquiring Knowledge in Balenos.

* These cost changes do not apply to instances of obtaining items to learn Knowledge, but rather cases such as interactions.

Atoraxxion Prequel Quest Now Optional

Developer’s Comments: One of the inconveniences when teaming up with other adventurers on Season Servers was the required quest to enter Atoraxxion, especially for new adventurers. Now you can enter Atoraxxion without having completed the prerequisite quest. During development of entering Atoraxxion through its own unique UI instead of via the Ancient Stone Chamber, we felt this was a task that required priority, as well as a long overdue quality-of-life improvement. However, to prevent new adventurers from accidentally entering Atoraxxion via the Ancient Stone Chamber, we retained the minimum level requirement as before.

  • Worn by time, a portion of the Ancient Stone Chamber has crumbled, revealing a hidden space.
    • The Talibre’s Door – Sol Magia located within the hidden space has activated its emergency protocol.
    • Now you can interact with Talibre’s Door – Sol Magia at Ancient Stone Chamber to enter Atoraxxion without having progressed through the Atoraxxion main questline.
    • Progress through the Atoraxxion questline to remove the emergency protocol from Talibre’s Door – Sol Magia and activate it normally, which will change it to shine radiantly.
    • Only adventurers who have reached level 60 or above can set foot in Atoraxxion.
    • Note that the button to move to Atoraxxion will not be displayed while you are in the process of a quest that requires interaction with Talibre’s Door – Sol Magia in the Ancient Stone Chamber.

Aakman Temple, Hystria Ruins – Ancient Ruins Entrance

Somewhere in the Great Desert of Valencia, where the Black Desert and the Red Desert meet, a massive sandstorm swept across the desert once.

  • After it passed, a mysterious entrance revealed itself, leading to an unknown destination.
  • Sameh, the manager of the Ibellab Oasis who discovered this, is cautioning adventurers crossing the desert that it is clearly the entrance to an ancient civilization’s ruins.

Since the entrance of Hystria Ruins was discovered, one exit leading to its entrance has been removed.

Aakman Temple, Hystria Ruins – Ancient Teleporter

  • As the entrances to the Ancient Ruins were revealed, the Ancient Teleporter that used to appear and disappear like a mirage in the Great Desert of Valencia began to resonate with those entrances.
    • Changed the Ancient Teleporter to Hystria Ruins and Aakman Temple so that it can be distinguished even without completing the Light of Hystria Ruins quest.

Processing Certificate

  • Deleted the Beginner/Skilled Certificate requirement for processing knowledge such as Heating, Filtering, etc.
    • Related knowledge, quest names, and contents have been changed accordingly.
  • Added a one-time, once per Family quest for those already in posession of Beginner and Skilled knowledge.
    • Having met the conditions, quests can be accepted from the Black Spirit (/) – Quest – Suggested Quests.
  • Added a Quit Season function for adventurers who wish to quit the ongoing season without graduating.
    • If you wish to start a new season, such as when returning after a long break, you can use the Quit Season function in the Season Pass.
      • Important information will appear displaying points to be aware of when quitting the season, and you will be asked to acknowledge this.
    • Quitting the season consumes 1 Season Character Ticket.
    • Only Tuvala gear will be converted into normal gear when quitting the season and all other seasonal items will be deleted.
    • Quitting the season removes access to the Season Server, Season Pass rewards, Season content, challenges, and progress event rewards.

Items

Choose Your TET (IV) Blackstar Weapon → Godr-Ayed Weapon

  • Added the feature to exchange TET (IV) Blackstar weapons that cannot be registered on the Central Market into Godr-Ayed weapons.
    • You can proceed with the questline via Merindora, the Eldest Spirit in Grána. Bring her the Scorching Sun Crystal and an un-registerable TET (IV) Blackstar weapon to exchange into a Godr-Ayed weapon.
    • The exchanged Godr-Ayed weapon also cannot be registered on the Central Market.

* You can also exchange PEN (V) Godr-Ayed weapon ↔ PEN (V) Blackstar weapon, and the branded Family Name will remain intact after the exchange.

Beginner Black Stone Consolidation

  • Consolidated both Beginner Black Stone (Weapon)/(Armor) into one uniform item, Beginner Black Stone.
    • Beginner Black Stone (Weapon)/(Armor) obtained via Challenges or the Season Pass will now be given as Beginner Black Stone.
    • Naru gear can now be enhanced using the Beginner Black stone without distinction between (Weapon)/(Armor).

* Beginner Black Stones that can be obtained via Heating (L) will now also be obtained as consolidated Beginner Black Stone.

Movement of Outfits from regular Inventory to Pearl Inventory

  • Improved the storage of equipable outfit items by moving them from the regular Inventory to the Pearl Inventory.
    • Equipable items that were stored in the regular Inventory have been moved to the Pearl Inventory.

※ After equipping an outfit item stored in the regular Inventory and then unequipping will move it to the Pearl Inventory.

Monster

Developer’s Notes:

We’ve adjusted the expected revenue from loot in the Crypt of Resting Thoughts, Olun’s Valley, Ash Forest, and Gyfin Rhasia Temple (Underground). Unlike the previous system, the max AP softcap for these Monster Zones has been set to 830 AP, making the areas more effective for those with higher level equipment. However, as the max AP increases, the HP of monsters has been adjusted to prevent them from being defeated too quickly, and to compensate for this we’ve increased the number of junk items dropped.

Additionally, the expected revenue from some of the top Monster Zones has been adjusted, including [Dehkia] Olun’s Valley, [Dehkia] Ash Forest, [Dehkia] Cyclops, and the City of the Dead.

Lastly, Accessory Combination Ingredients that were dropped in Monster Zones was removed during last week’s update, and changes were made so that only finished accessories can be obtained. Note that the drop rate of Deboreka Accessories, Tungrad Accessories, and Dawn Earrings in those Monster Zones with increased revenue has been adjusted. (As accessory ingredients are no longer available, the same probability of obtaining these ingredients has been applied to the complete items, with each respective item’s probability multiplier listed below.)

Monster Zone Revenue Increase

Crypt of Resting Thoughts –

  • Having higher AP now inflicts higher damage. (Based on total stats of 830)
  • As such, the maximum HP of monsters has been increased by about 27%.
  • Increased the number of junk loot obtained when defeating the below monsters:
    • Ahib Beast Trainer, Ahib Dark Chaser, Ahib Condemner, Ahib Dark Champion, Ahib Dark Mage
        • x3-4 → x4-5
    • Ahib Salun Bear Spearmaiden, Ahib Salun Wolf Spearmaiden
      • x30-40 → x30-100
    • Dark Knight, Raz’nal
      • x50-100 → x100-200
  • With above change to obtain more junk loot, the effect of Agris Fever has been changed as follows:
    • The amount of Agris Fever consumed when defeating the below monsters has been changed from 55 to 66.
      • Ahib Beast Trainer, Ahib Dark Chaser, Ahib Condemner, Ahib Dark Champion, Ahib Dark Mage
    • Changed the effect of Agris Fever to not apply when defeating the below monsters.
      • Ahib Salun Bear Spearmaiden, Ahib Salun Wolf Spearmaiden, Raz’nal, Dark Knight
  • Increased the probability of obtaining Deboreka Belt when defeating the below monsters.
    • Increased by 1.25 times: Ahib Beast Trainer, Ahib Dark Chaser, Ahib Condemner, Ahib Dark Champion, Ahib Dark Mage
    • Increased by 1.6 times: Ahib Salun Bear Spearmaiden, Ahib Salun Wolf Spearmaiden
    • Increased by 5 times: Raz’nal
    • Increased by 7.5 times: Dark Knight

Olun’s Valley      

  • Having higher AP now inflicts higher damage. (Based on total stats of 830)
  • As such, the maximum HP of monsters has been increased by about 27%.
  • Increased the number of junk loot obtained when defeating the below monsters:
    • Boulder Golem, Rock Golem, Indomitable Golem
      • x3 → x3-4
    • Golem’s Left Arm
      • x3-5 → x5-10
    • Olun’s Golem
      • x4-5 → x10-20
  • With above change to obtain more junk loot, the effect of Agris Fever has been changed as follows:
    • The amount of Agris Fever consumed when defeating the below monsters has been changed from 35 to 41.
      • Boulder Golem, Rock Golem, Indomitable Golem
    • The amount of Agris Fever consumed when defeating the below monsters has been changed from 35 to 120.
      • Olun’s Golem

[Dehkia] Olun’s Valley    

  • Increased the number of junk loot obtained when defeating the below monsters:
    • Golem’s Left Arm
      • x1-3 → x5-15
  • With above change to obtain more junk loot, the effect of Agris Fever has been changed as follows:
    • The amount of Agris Fever consumed when defeating the below monsters has been changed from 70 to 90.
      • Boulder Golem, Rock Golem, Indomitable Golem
    • Changed the effect of Agris Fever to not apply when defeating the below monsters.
    • Olun’s Golem, Golem’s Left Arm
  • Increased the probability of obtaining Deboreka Earring when defeating the below monsters.
    • Increased by 1.13 times: Boulder Golem, Rock Golem, Indomitable Golem
    • Increased by 1.57 times: Golem’s Left Arm

Increased by 1.76 times: Olun’s Golem

Ash Forest          

  • Having higher AP now inflicts higher damage. (Based on total stats of 830)
  • As such, the maximum HP of monsters has been increased by about 27%.
  • Increased the number of junk loot obtained when defeating the below monsters:
    • Volkras, Barnas
      • x3-5 → x4-5 
    • Gairas
      • x1-2 → x2-3
  • Increased the probability of obtaining  Deboreka Necklace when defeating the below monsters.
  • Increased by 1.25 times: Volkras
  • Increased by 1.5 times: Gairas
  • Increased by 2.5 times: Barnas

[Dehkia] Ash Forest         

  • Increased the number of junk loot obtained when defeating the below monsters:
    • Volkras
      • x3-5 → x4-6
    • Barnas
      • x3-8 → x10-20
    • Gairas
      • x2-3 → x2-4
  • Increased the probability of obtaining Deboreka Necklace when defeating the below monsters.
    • Increased by 1.42 times: [Voidtouched] Volkras
    • Increased by 1.66 times: [Voidtouched] Gairas
    • Increased by 1.92 times: [Voidtouched] Barnas

Gyfin Rhasia Temple (Underground)         

  • Having higher AP now inflicts higher damage. (Based on total stats of 830)
  • As such, the maximum HP of monsters has been increased by about 6%.
  • Increased the number of junk loot obtained when defeating the below monsters:
    • Gyfin Rhasia Flamen, Gyfin Rhasia Guard, Gyfin Rhasia Crusher, [Despair] Gyfin Rhasia Decimator
      • x2-5 → x10-15
    • Butcher of Gyfin Rhasia
      • x20-30 → x50-100
  • Increased the probability of obtaining  Krogdalo’s Origin Stone when defeating the below monsters.
    • Increased by 2: Gyfin Rhasia Flamen, Gyfin Rhasia Guard, Gyfin Rhasia Crusher, [Despair] Gyfin Rhasia Decimator
    • Increased by 6.25 times: Butcher of Gyfin Rhasia
  • Changed the Agris Fever effect so that it no longer applies to the [Ruinous] Butcher of Gyfin Rhasia.

City of the Dead

  • Increased the number of junk loot obtained when defeating the below monsters:
    • Tehmelun Military Dog, Tehmelun Messenger, Tehmelun Seeker, Tehmelun Elite Soldier, [Beckoned] Tehmelun Seeker, [Beckoned] Tehmelun Elite Soldier
      • x1-3 → x2-3
    • Tehmelun Creed Knight
      • x80-100 → x100-200

Darkseekers’ Retreat      

  • Increased EXP when defeating the below monsters:
    • x3: Vengeful Darkseeker
    • x6: Punitive Darkseeker
    • x9: Mournful Darkseeker, Eternal Darkseeker

* Excluded the [Corrupt] Monsters that appear when an Eternal Darkseeker is defeated. They already provide the same increased EXP as mentioned above.

[Dehkia] Cyclops Land    

  • Increased the number of junk loot obtained when defeating Baby Gargoyle.
    • x1-3 → x2-3
  • Increased the probability of obtaining  Dawn Earring when defeating the below monsters.
    • Increased by 1.45 times: Baby Gargoyle
    • Increased by 1.5 times: [Time Defying] Cyclops

Improved Guild Boss Loot

Developer’s Notes: Guild Boss Subjugation, where adventurers accompany their guild members in defeating bosses, will undergo some changes. Guild Boss Subjugation was initially designed as a fun gathering place where adventurers from the same guild could meet once a week, enjoy together, and share stories. However, with the recent increase in PvE revenue, it seems that the motivation to participate in Guild Boss Subjugation is insufficient, so we have adjusted the loot of bosses loot.

Also, Giant Mudster, Ferrid, and Puturum have been modified to allow for a more exciting combat experience. We have removed inconvenient mechanics, changed existing patterns, or added new ones to facilitate a more refreshing combat experience. We hope that these improvements to Guild Boss Subjugation will make it a fun gathering place for more adventurers in various guilds.

Quest and Knowledge

Changed the daily quest NPC for the Darkseeker’s Retreat from Muzgar, Village Council Chairman Dematur, to Kal Tahn, near the Darkseekers’ Retreat Node.

Node and Conquest War

  • Fixed the issue where the penalty effect for non-participants was not applied in certain situations to adventurers from guilds/alliances participating in the Conquest War.

NPC, Background, Sound

Muzgar Residence

  • Following the instructions of Karim, the Chief of Muzgar, villagers have granted adventurers permission to purchase residences.
    • Added the ability to purchase two houses located in Muzgar. (Required Contribution Point: 1)

Ulukita Silver Buff

  • Brunen from the Sezec Mercenary Camp has stopped giving advice to adventurers.
    • Instead, Dematur from Muzgar has started to give advice instead.
      • If you give a certain amount of Silver to Dematur, you can receive effects that help in combat.
      • The buffs do not stack with other town-specific NPC Silver buffs.

* You can check the location of the nearest Silver Buff NPC by clicking the magnifying glass button on the left side of the minimap. (Find NPCs – Silver (Church))

  • Changed the World Map icon for the Young Sea Monster Habitat where Young Nineshark, Young Candidum, and Young Black Rust dwell.
  • Improved the ability to repair equipment from Miles in the Old Moon Grand Prix.

UI

  • Improved the display of the gender of horses (male or female) on the horse icon shown on the character selection screen and character conversion screen when a character has a horse taken out.
    • The gender of Dream Horses and Race Horses will not be displayed.
  • Improved the notification that the preset has not been saved when closing the UI or checking another preset without saving the preset after equipping/un-equipping crystals.
    • The UI may close without saving depending on the settings when hit.
  • Removed the Heavy Weight notification that was displayed at the bottom right of the screen.
    • The weight notification displayed on the left side of the minimap will remain the same as before.
  • Improved the emphasis on the level in some items of the Season Pass.
  • Improved the ability to click on all enhancement chances of another adventurer’s choice window during equipment enhancement.
    • When you click on the list, the Advice of Valks you own will be displayed.

System

  • Improved the ability to use Quick Hotkeys while matching in the Arena of Solare and Old Moon Grand Prix.
    • However, the Tag Character function using Quick Hotkeys is not available.

Modified or Changed

  • Fixed the unnatural behavior of monsters when they stop chasing and return in certain situations at the [Elvia] Orc Camp.
  • Fixed the issue where the spawn location of some monsters in Marni’s 2nd Lab was unnatural.
  • Fixed the issue where the spawn location of some Bandit’s Treasure Chests in Gahaz Bandits’ Lair was unnatural.
  • Fixed the issue where Agris Fever was consumed by 1 when defeating Basilisk Ambusher while Agris Fever was active.
  • Fixed the issue where it was impossible to accept and complete quests from Red Battlefield Quartermaster Daz in [Red Battlefield] Garmoth’s Nest.
  • Fixed the issue where the UI closes when ending a conversation with an NPC while the Black Spirit’s Adventure is in Sticker UI mode.
  • Fixed the issue where the cooldown was sometimes not displayed in the skill command guide when using a skill with the weapon put away.
  • Fixed the issue where the obtain location in the item description of some Carrack upgrade materials incorrect.
  • Fixed the issue where the description expansion button was not displayed upon first use in the server move UI.
  • Fixed the issue where the character could not move when setting game options while riding on a large ship cannon or mast.
  • Fixed the issue where the wallpaper and floor installed in the following residence were not visible:
    • Wallpaper and floor on the 1st floor of Calpheon 3-5, wallpaper on the 2nd floor of Calpheon 3-5.
  • Fixed the issue where the effect was unnatural when some classes wore Wailing Dahn’s Gloves.
  • [Sorceress] Fixed the issue where some hair appeared unnatural when equipped with the Grandpa Cron’s Helper Helmet.
  • [Sorceress, Dark Knight] Fixed the issue where the hair length changed when equipped with the Grandpa Cron’s Helper Helmet.
  • Fixed the issue where Crafting Notes would not be displayed in the Adventurer’s Guide via the button at the top of the town storage UI in the World Map (M).
  • Changed the information displayed when viewing more detailed records of an Arena of Solare Custom Match.
  • [Scholar] Fixed the issue where dyeing was unavailable for parts 6, 7, and 8 of [Honor] Hercules’ Might Armor.
  • Fixed the issue where the selected reward was not highlighted in certain situations when choosing a reward from the Season Special Gifts
  • Fixed the issue where certain sections in Altinova seemed unnatural due to the Christmas setting when completing quests in Ulukita.
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