BDO Leveling XP Chart
Black Desert Max Level: 
Black Desert does not have a Max Level for characters. However, there is what players call a Softcap, where it gets to be nearly impossible to obtain a certain level. 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 character 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, but after level 62, leveling gets extremely difficult.

Character Level Softcap: 62

BDO AP Cap in Grinding Spots: 
AP Cap is felt in certain grinding zones usually found in Mediah. These zones seem to ignore AP after a certain set point. You can see them on the world map. They will show an AP range instead of open ended. For example, Manes Hideout shows an “Optimal AP” of 80 to 100. If you went there with 250 AP, it would be frustrating because some of your AP is ignored.

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.

AP 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…

AP Soft Cap 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.

To add Caphras levels and play around with the build, please vist this link. Thank you to Gear Calculator for the image, details, and link!

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 Cap

The Adventure Log AP below is seperate from the above Softcap. These higher level books take time because you have to do all the previous books, but will increase your AP even more for all your characters.

Total Adventure Log Bonus AP: +5

  • Bartali’s Book 6: May 5: AP +1
  • Bartali’s Book 12: July 10: AP +1
  • Bartali’s Book 14: September 10: AP +2
  • Deve’s Book 5: Jan 19: AP +1

Go to Bartali’s Adventure Log or Deve’s Encyclopedia.