BDO AP Cap Chart
Monster Zones have varying AP Caps. The Min AP and Max AP reflect hidden AP values added. (Detailed explanation below.)
These numbers were provided by Mats#1064. Thanks for all the work shown on this google sheet!
Monster Zone AP Cap Explained
Monster zone AP Cap is experienced when you reach high levels of AP in certain monster zones. It feels like your additional AP stacking efforts have had no effect to help you kill mobs faster.
Monster Zone AP Caps require a bit of explanation and math to understand.
- Rec AP: Recommended AP is the “Optimal AP” visible in the world map and monster zone UI. This is the AP you compare with the AP listed in your Inventory. Optimal AP ignores the hidden AP of your character. (This is why it may seem low compared to AP that adds hidden AP like the Min/Max AP categories below.)
Compare Rec AP with Inventory (I) Succ or Awakening AP.
Other Monster Zone Chart Definitions:
- Min AP: This AP adds all AP, including hidden AP. If you try to fight in a monster zone below this number, then you are doomed!!! You only get 5% of AP counted.
- Max AP: This AP adds all AP, including hidden AP. This is the maximum AP that will give you 100% of your AP. Any AP over this amount is counted less, from 0 to 70%.
- AP Cap %: Some monster zones have 0% (hard ap cap) in which no extra AP will count. These include many zones in Mediah. Elvia is similar, only allowing 5%.
Hidden Character AP
Hidden character AP is not so obvious at first. Find it by viewing your Inventory (I) → My Stats.
The Min AP and Max AP in the monster zone chart above reflect hidden AP values added together.
All Hidden AP Added:
= Total Succession or Awakening AP + Monster AP
Hidden AP is seen in Inventory (I) → My Stats.
Lonely Hidden Monster AP 🙁
The image shows your character’s hidden monster AP.
It’s hidden because it’s difficult to find!
It’s lonely because it’s not added to the Total AP column on the upper right side.
Add this monster AP to the total Succession or Awakening AP to get a number you can use to compare with the monster zone chart above for Min AP and Max AP.
Succession or Awakening AP
You add the monster AP from “Extra AP Against Monsters” to the Total Succession or Awakening AP.
This AP number can be used to compare with the grinding spot chart’s Min and Max AP to find when a character’s AP has capped for that monster zone.
Monster Zone AP Caps Matter?
When you have reached an AP Cap for a particular grinding spot, you can start adding certain items that give “Extra Damage”.
- 1 Extra Damage = 0.85% AP
- Mob Type: Monster type determines which monster damage you can use for each zone. Species damage gives 85% of AP. So if you have reached the AP Cap of a monster zone, then you can start adding Extra Damage instead of AP.
- For example, Extra Damage to Humans/Demihumans/Kamasylvians is found on crystals.
For new players, just focus on the Rec AP. AP Cap info is for veteran players who have fought many hours at man’s cave hideout and gotten loads of min and max AP. 😛
Character AP Caps
Character levels in BDO take a secondary role to character AP and DP. A level 61 player can master any grinding spot and excel in PVP with a good gear set.
AP Cap for Gear:
There is also a AP Cap (or Hardcap) in BDO that prevents you from going over a certain AP. It would be extremely difficult, and I don’t know of anyone that has attained it. This AP Cap would require full PEN of the best of every accessory, armor, and weapon, full Caphras levels, as well as the AP from the Adventure Log books and other AP quests.
AP Gear Softcap:
AP Softcap is a term used in the Black Desert community to define a point at which AP progression is significantly more difficult due to silver and time cost. There is more than one. The first major Softcap is…
Full TET boss armor and weapon with TRI gold accessores. The softcap for this player in Caphras, would be level 3 in armor and level 4 Caphras in weapon. (Gives an additonal 15 Gearscore for less than the cost of a TET Crescent.)
Based upon this, the current numbers are roughly…
AP Softcap: 257/259
= 251/253 +2 AP +Lv. 4 Caphras in weapon
DP Softcap: 294
But remember, Softcap is not a number. (Warning: mentioning numbers alongside Softcaps puts certain players into an unavoidable and fatal extreme berserk mode! 🙂 )
Many players have surpassed this Softcap and have moved onto even harder Softcaps:
- full TET accessories
- PEN gear
BDO AP Cap (Softcap) Gear Set Example
The above image shows an example of a gear set that is considered Softcap. It is full TET boss armor with TRI gold accessories. However, Caphras levels were not included.
Additional Softcap Gear Info:
- Grapple Resistance 35%
- Knockback/Floating Resistance 35%
- Knockdown/Bound Resistance 35%
- Stun/Stiffness/Freezing Resistance 35%
- Max Stamina +200
- Attack Speed +4 Level
- Casting Speed +1 Level
- Evasion +129
- Evasion(Hidden) +285
- Damage Reduction +165
- Damage Reduction(Hidden) +85
- Max HP +200
- Max MP/WP/SP +100
- Selfcollectible Black Spirit’s Rage +40 %
- Accuracy +296
- All Damage Reduction Up
- Movement Speed +1 Level
- All Accuracy Up
- Weight Limit +80 LT
- Extra Damage to All Species +19
- Extra AP against Monsters +14
- Additional Damage to Humans +5
Adventure Log AP
The Adventure Log books and certain quests can help boost your AP to help you reach an AP Cap.
Total Adventure Log & Quest AP: +8
- Bartali Adventure Log → 4 AP, 2 DP
- Herald’s Journal → 1 DP
- Deve’s Journal → 1 AP
- Dorin Morgrim’s Secret Journal → 1 AP, 1 DP
- Fughar’s Times of Success → 1 DP
- Barrier of Infestation → 1 AP, 1 DP
- Quests for AP DP → 1 AP, 1 DP
See more details in Adventure Log & Quest AP & DP guide.
BDO Max Level
BDO does not have a max level for characters.
However, many players reach level 62 and stay at that level due to the great increase of combat experience required to attain level 63 and higher.
You see this reflected in the image I obtained of one of the graphs available on Smite Datamining, which shows the amount of combat xp needed per level. As you can see, the xp needed for level 63 is much more than the amount needed for level 56.
Getting to level 56 is fairly quick. With the correct questing strategy, using a Chenga Tome, you can reach level 61 in days.
Current Max Level Softcap: 62
Pushing past level 62, takes great effort.
The highest known level in BDO currently is a character who is level 66.