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BDO Ap Brackets: AP Bonus

This BDO AP Brackets Guide takes a look at the hidden AP buffs obtained for different levels of AP. AP Brackets have been part of Black Desert Online for a long time, even before Renown buffs were added and then later removed.

AP Bracket Highlights:

  • AP brackets are AP ranges that give varying bonus AP. (between 4 and 21 AP)
  • AP brackets only take your sheet AP into account
  • Sheet AP is the AP that is visible below your character gear window.
  • Sheet AP does not include any hidden AP you have in your armor set as set bonuses, elixirs, food, alchemy stones, magic crystals, and buffs that give you AP or Monster AP.
  • AP starts scaling greatly at 257-269 sheet AP, then tappers down again

AP Brackets Table

AP brackets increase AP.

AP Bracket Extra AP
100 – 139 5
140 – 169 10
170 – 183 15
184 – 208 20
209 – 234 30
235 – 244 40
245 – 248 48
249 – 252 57
253 – 256 69
257 – 260 83
261 – 264 101
265 – 268 122
269 – 272 137
273 – 276 142
277 – 280 148
281 – 284 154
285 – 288 160
289 – 292 167
293 – 296 174
297 – 300 181
301 – 304 188
305 – 308 196
309+ 200

DP Brackets Table

DP brackets increase Damage Reduction (DR).

DP Bracket Extra DR
203 – 210 1%
211 – 217 2%
218 – 225 3%
226 – 232 4%
233 – 240 5%
241 – 247 6%
248 – 255 7%
256 – 262 8%
263 – 270 9%
271 – 277 10%
278 – 285 11%
286 – 292 12%
293 – 300 13%
301 – 308 14%
309 – 315 15%
316 – 323 16%
324 – 330 17%
331 – 338 18%
339 – 345 19%
346+ 20%


265 AP Example (21 AP jump for 122 total bonus AP)
BDO Ap Brackets: 265 AP


AP Brackets Vary Widely:
You reach your first AP Bracket at 100 AP, when you receive 5 extra AP. The next AP bracket is at 140, when you get another 5 AP. This pattern does not last long. You gain anywhere from 4 to 21 AP by reaching other AP Brackets. The biggest jump is at 265, when you get 21 bonus AP. After 269 AP, you start getting diminishing returns. The next bonus after 269 (273) only gives 5 AP.

Do AP Brackets Really Matter?
21 additional AP can give a huge advantage in PVP. This can make a big difference with classes that typically struggle before reaching their AP brackets. It can help you kill other players even without CC for some classes. (Dark Knight, Berserker)

DP Brackets?
AP Brackets usually get all the attention, but DP Brackets are important as well if and when you do get hit. In our example gear image showing 265 AP, we see they also have 319 DP. That means they would get a Damage Reduction of 16%! This is one PVP opponent, I wouldn’t want to tango with if I were at substantially lower AP and DP Brackets.


AP Brackets Patch Notes

Patch Notes – 27th February 2019

The AP of the basic attacks for the following classes that are considered relatively low have been increased to the following:

  • Basic AP of Berserker from Lv. 1 to Lv. 60 has increased by +1 on average.

  • Basic AP of Tamer and Wizard from Lv.1 to Lv.50 has increased as follows:

    • Lv.10: +9 on average

    • Lv.20: +8 on average

    • Lv.30: +6 on average

    • Lv.40: +3 o average

    • Lv.50: +1 on average

  • AP and DP for all classes will increase when each class reaches Lv.56 and Lv.60.

    • Upon reaching Lv.56: DP +1

    • Upon reaching Lv.60: AP +1