Black Desert Online offers players the challenge of obtaining a Miniature Elephant, with some impressive Trading ability. With the right skills, this little elephant can speed up trading time, while he’s pulling on your heart strings! 🙂
Adopt your very own adorable mini elephant, today!
Miniature Elephant Highlights:
- High Cost: Requires 40 million silver for the 1st elephant, then 20 million for each additional attempt.
- No Limited Lifespan: Elephants last forever, unlike most Wagons.
- Speed for Active Trading: Best speed is achieved with Joyride and Quick Run skills.
- Speedy Desert Travel: Elephant is not slowed by Great Desert sands or any other terrain. (I haven’t tried to drown him… yet.)
- Wide Turns: Best turning occurs with Quick Turn skill.
- Slow AFK: Travel speed while AFK is very slow.
Miniature Elephant can only be obtained after completing a Valencia quest line. They can’t be bought or sold at the Horse Market. They can be sold directly to a <Stable Keeper> for about 12 million silver, depending on skills and level.
NOTE: Since patch April 17th 2019, “The speed at which miniature elephants run by using ‘Shift’ key without having learned the skill Quick Run and without having equipped a Saddle has been increased by 65%.” Also: “The speed at which camels move in the desert when using the skill Quick Steps has been increased by 40%.”
Miniature Elephant Stats: Speed, Accel, Turn, Brake
The Miniature Elephant is slow and more difficult to turn than horses, especially at level 1. Obtaining his equivalent skills to a horse’s Sprint and Instant Accel will make him an excellent trading mount.
At level 1, the Miniature Elephant has a Weight Limit of 830LT. His inventory is quite large at 16 slots. The elephant can go up to a maximum of level 15. His weight increases to 1200LT at Level 15.
You can over-stack your Mini Elephant over his Weight Limit, and it doesn’t impair him too much. (200-300%) He can still Quick Run (Sprint) with 2000LT.
Miniature Elephant stats are influenced by RNG. When an Elephant levels, there is a roll to see how much each stat will increase. This probably ranges from 0.1% to 1.3%, like horses. Getting perfect or bad rolls 14 times in a row would be very rare. We can assume the average is probably around 0.6%.
Anyone carrying a trade item, including a Miniature Elephant, will cause Bandits to attack. View their location in the World Map.
Elephant Base Stats (Level 1)
Elephant base stats show lower stats than a Tier 1 horse. He’s not built for movement speed and agility, but for trading. Active travel, utilizing the right skills, makes the Elephant speedy, when compared to other trading mounts like wagons. Like the camel, his specialty is traveling over the desert. Great Desert sands do not impede the Elephant, Camel, or Dine. He’ll never beat Dine in a race across the desert, but aren’t Dream Horses a dream? 🙂 For AFK travel and normal movement, the Elephant is not recommended.
Elephant Base Stats
Weight Limit: 830LT
Inventory Slots: 16
Weight Limit: 350LT
Inventory Slots: ?
Weight Limit: 225LT
Inventory Slots: 5
Weight Limit: 720LT
Inventory Slots: 16
Weight Limit: 810LT
Inventory Slots: 18
Forest Path Wagon
Weight Limit: 1,565LT
Inventory Slots: 22
Deep Brown Camel
Weight Limit: 355LT
Inventory Slots: ?
Tier 1 Horse (1B)
Weight Limit: 90LT
Inventory Slots: 2
All Wagon Stats
|Wagon||Speed||Inventory Slots||Weight||Lifespan||Horses||Wheels||Durability||Impact Absorber|
|Forest Path||105%||22||1,565 LT||infinite||4||4||400,000||80|
Feeding Your Miniature Elephant
Miniature Elephant has a Stamina bar just like horses and will go extremely slow if he reaches 0. He eats any type of Carrot. Special Carrots are good to use with him, as Quick Run can eat up his Stamina fast.
- Carrot: +1,500 Stamina, +1,200 HP
- High-Quality Carrot: +3,000 Stamina, +2,000 HP
- Special Carrot: +7,500 Stamina, +3,000 HP
Cooldown: 5 min
You can also use the Recover option at any <Stable Keeper>.
Elephant Leveling to Increase Stats & Skills
Leveling Your Miniature Elephant
You level your Elephant up, just like a horse, by riding him on an Auto Loop for about 3 days. Right Click anywhere on your world map and select the “Auto Loop” button. Auto Loop is indicated by a flashing green line.
The Mini Elephant has a maximum Level of 15.
Miniature Elephant Skills
Miniature Elephant has a maximum skill set of 8. There is a roll each time the Elephant levels to determine if a new skill should be learned. So he can potentially have all 8, but I’ve never heard of this happening to anyone. Obtaining any skill is highly RNG, with some players reporting only 1 skill learned at Level 15.
For “potato” Elephants, you can try again by spending 20 million and doing a quest, or purchase Mount Skill Change Coupons in the Pearl Shop.
The table below lists the 8 skills that Miniature Elephants have a chance to learn.
|Quick Start||Q (Mask required)||Charge equivalent. Elephant charges enemies.|
|Quick Turn||← or → + ↓ while Running||Drift equivalent. Must have for better turning.|
|Fore Chop||F||frontal attack|
|Joyride||While Running F||Instant Accel equivalent. Elephant temporarily runs faster|
|Quick Halt||While Riding ↓||Quick Stop equivalent. You can stop the Elephant faster|
|Rampage||SPACE (Stirrups required)||Roar equivalent. Regenerate HP and Stamina for 30 seconds|
|Side Steps||← or →||Sideways equivalent. Elephant can strafe right or left|
|Quick Run||↑+Shift (Saddle required)||Sprint equivalent. Elephant can temporarily run faster|
Skill Reset: Mount Skill Change Coupon
Mount Skill Change Coupon can be used on our Elephants to make them forget one skill. You cannot choose which skill you will get in return. It’s all RNG.
- 2500 Pearls: 11x Mount Skill Change Coupons
- 250 Pearls: 1x Mount Skill Change Coupon
Mount Brand Spell Stone
— Quoted from GM Salome —
“Keep in mind that the brand is only increasing the chance that your horse learns the skill, and it’s all random regardless. I know you’ve had higher expectations because you invested Pearls into the brand stone, but the item is sadly not meant to guarantee said effect.
The brand stone however has other uses, which are guaranteed:
– recovery and revival 30% cheaper
– 50% mount gear durability consumption decrease”
Source: horse branding stones
Do Brand Stones Help Gain Skills?
This Pearl item says it increases Skill gain chance, but I see report after report from the breeding community that says they just don’t work. Perhaps they increase how fast a Skill is mastered when you do the Skill mini-game and NOT how many skills a mount obtains?
Benefits of Mount Brand Spell Stone
– “chance to learn skills increases” (debatable)
– recovery and revival 30% cheaper
– 50% mount gear durability consumption decrease
Miniature Elephant Gear
Green grade Miniature Elephant gear is crafted in a Horse Gear Workshop by workers. The blue grade gear is crafted at Stonetail Horse Ranch 3, Horse Gear Workshop Lv. 2.
Elephant gear greatly increases the Elephant’s defense, but also adds additional movement help. Every bit of Turn we can get is good with our wide-turning friends!
- Small Leather Saddle – for Quick Run and Joyride. Helps with turn!
- Small Leather Stirrups – for Rampage
- Small Leather Elephant Armor
- Small Leather Elephant Mask – for Quick Start. Helps with Acceleration!
The table below lists the Elephant gear that is crafted in a Horse Gear Workshop: Level 3.
|Icon||Elephant Gear||Elephant Buffs||Crafting Recipe|
|Small Leather Elephant Armor||Base Stats:
Defense (DP): 14
Damage Reduction: 14
5x Flax Fabric
5x Fine Soft Hide
|Small Leather Elephant Mask||Base Stats:
Max HP +70
2x Titanium Ingot
2x Flax Fabric
2x Supreme Thin Hide
|Small Leather Stirrups||Base Stats:
Defense (DP): 10
2x Vanadium Ingot
25x Black Stone Powder
2x Supreme Tough Hide
|Small Leather Saddle||Base Stats:
Max Stamina +2000
2x Elder Tree Timber
5x Palm Plywood
5x Supreme Soft Hide
Blue-grade items for Miniature Elephant:
The blue grade gear is crafted at Stonetail Horse Ranch 3, Horse Gear Workshop Lv. 2.
All blue-grade Mini Elephant gear requires 10X Pure Forest Breath to make.
- RNG loot drop from any mob or…
- use Simple Alchemy on Spirit Stone Fragments dropped in Kamasylvia. (combine 2x of 10 of any Wind, Water, Earth, Tree Fragments)
|Icon||Miniature Elephant Gear|
||Muzika Leather Armor|
||Muzika Leather Mask|
||Muzika Leather Saddle|
||Muzika Leather Stirrups|
Miniature Elephant Requirements
To start the quest line, Speak with Bochlo, the <Stable Keeper> in Sand Grain Bazaar.
Before You Begin:
- Things to bring with you:
- At level 1, Miniature Elephant is very slow and unwieldy. Allow extra time to learn his quirks, if you want to travel with him. Otherwise, wait to register him at a Stable in a more convenient location.
- Make sure all quests are turned on. (Game likes to switch this on you without your knowledge sometimes.)
- Must be Level 55+ to begin quest line. (No pre-requisite quests to begin the Mini Elephant quest line.)
You must have 100G Gold Bars for this quest series! Bringing the silver equivalent of 30 million will not work. Visit any <Storage Keeper> and hit the “Currency Exchange” button. Buy 3x 100G gold bars for 30 million silver.
Miniature Elephant Quest Line
1. The Adorable and Trusty Porter, Miniature Elephant
Bochlo <Stable Keeper> will have you go to Shakatu’s Villa to speak with Serazad.
Shakatu’s Villa is located NW of Shakatu in Valencia territory. Shakatu’s Villa Location Map
The Villa Keeper, Dumaham, will sell you a 7 day Shakatu Villa Invitation. He is located just outside the Shakatu’s Villa entrance.
Rent Shakatu’s Villa for 10 million silver, then go inside the villa and speak to Serazad.
Mini Elephant Quest #1
The Sand Grain Bazaar Stable Keeper, Bochlo, recommended you to purchase a miniature elephant in order to start trading in the desert.
A miniature elephant can carry a heavier load than a camel, making it an ideal mount for desert trade. Since it is rare and difficult to acquire, Bochlo suggested you to go to Shakatu’s Villa to look for a miniature elephant.
Access to Shakatu’s Villa is limited and only those with an invitation can enter the villa. You can purchase the an invitation from Villa Keeper Dumaham for Gold Bar 100G x1. Make sure to have the gold bar prepared because you won’t be able to exchange your Silver for Gold Bar there. <— you can purchase with 10 million silver now and don’t need the bar.
After you get in the villa, go talk to Serazad.
3. Freshly Scooped Cool Water
Draw 20 bottles of river water. You can do it there at the fountain in Shakatu’s Villa. Give the water to the elephant outside the Villa, then speak to Serazad.
4. Freshly Prepared Fodder
Gather 100 weeds and give them to the elephant outside the Villa. Speak to Serazad.
Shakatu Farm is the perfect place to gather weeds. It’s close by, just NW of Shakatu and East of the Villa. There are crops of Star Anise and Date Palm all bunched together for super fast gathering. Shakatu Farmland Location Map.
TIP: Use barehanded gathering to increase your chances of getting weeds.
5. Owner of a Special Elephant
Talk to Batirma, the stable keeper, in Shakatu.
Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a baby elephant!
Obtaing More Miniature Elephants
You may want to try for a another Elephant, after you have leveled your Elephant and it didn’t get the best skills.
Speak with Shakatu <Boss> and pick up the quest: [Miniature Elephant] Permit from the Merchant League.
He will randomly give you 1 of 4 quests:
- Kill Gahaz Bandits: Obtain 1200 Gahaz Seal
- Kill Trading Bandits: Obtain 10x Shiny Golden Seal – [Imperial Conquest]
- Compete 20 Calpheon Trade Quests: Obtain 20x Shiny Golden Seal – [Calpheon Trade]
- Compete 20 Mediah Trade Quests: Obtain 20x Shiny Golden Seal – [Calpheon Trade]
NOTE: After obtaining all the seals, you will also need 2x 100G bars (20 million silver)
You will need a Large fence as the haystack takes up 10 grids. Expect the growth rate to be long, between 20-30 hours.
After the Haystack is at 100% growth, you harvest it and get another Mini Elephant Emblem. You take this to any <Stable Keeper> for registration.
The best quest you can possibly get is the Gahaz Bandits one. If you get a quest you don’t like, you can wait until server reset for a new one.
You also have the option of repeating the Miniature Elephant initial quest line for another 40 million silver on an Alt. (30 if you already have Shakatu’s Invitation.) This option is more expense and you have to do the gathering quests again. But when compared to 20 Trading quests, you might think it worth the expense.
Kill Trading Bandits for Shiny Golden Seal – [Imperial Conquest]
1. Take your horse to a <Trade Manager> and purchase any trade item. Put the trade item in the horse’s inventory.
2. The world map will show red bandit icons:
This is where Level 50 to 55 thieves will spawn and attack you, if you have a trade item.
3. Kill the bandits and they will drop 0 to 3 seals.
4. Respawn time is about 45 minutes.
What is Active Trading by Eminent
Active Trading refers to bringing trade packs along a route on a wagon or elephant. The benefit to active trade is that the only investment that needs to be made is the cp to connect the cities you’re trading between. In fact, you’ll actually earn a fair amount throughout the process if you choose wagon trading over elephant trading…
Trading with an Elephant
Elephants require a 40 million silver investment, and possibly some Pearls on skill reset coupons (because you need specific skills for the elephant to be good). That said, elephant trade is very fast Trading Skill XP which rivals rolling, and the elephant itself may be useful for other things in the future depending on your play style. Elephant trade is 100% active.
Patch 4-10-19 introduced a quest which guides you on how to obtain the Miniature Elephant. It’s for level 55+ and called The Adorable and Trusty Porter, Miniature Elephant. Pick this quest up at NPC Bochlo, the <Stable Keeper> in Sand Grain Bazaar.
After you get your trading elephant, you need to level it to 15 (just autopath it for like 3 days), and it needs to learn the skills “Quick Run” and “Joyride”. Without these skills, your elephant is useless and a wagon would be better.
One important thing to consider is effort. Trading with an elephant is significantly faster than using a wagon, but it’s completely active (unlike wagoning). If you’re going to be 100% active anyways, it would be much better to just do container trade than elephant.
Trading with Wagons
On the other hand, wagons require less of an investment and have the benefit of being semi-afk. While your wagon auto-paths between cities you have a few minutes of downtime to read a book or watch your favorite show. The downside to this is that it is less xp than elephant. However, wagon trade will bring in more profit than with an elephant because you can train horses in the meantime (see the training section to learn how to maximize your profits when training horses).
If you’re using a wagon, you should be using a Merchant Wagon (easy to buy from the market). If you’re going to put gear on it then use merchant wagon gear. You only need to get weight limit on your wagon for the heaviest inventory that you’re transporting (aka, look at the weight of the trade goods on your route, calculate how much it weighs… if you can carry it without gear then don’t waste your money).
Also note that there is p2w wagon gear that adds weight and speed.
I personally avoid wagon gear simply because it degrades. The time spent having to go repair makes the already negligible buff to your xp (4% speed) even less. If you aren’t lazy like I am, then I won’t discourage you from using wagon gear, it just wouldn’t be my choice.
For active trade you generally fill up your mount’s weight/inventory (whichever comes first), go to the next point in the route, sell out your goods, buy out the new goods, and repeat. Once you have completed the route, you’ll generally want to hop servers so that the trade goods reset.
Example Trading Route by Yuma (Velia) – Beginner to Apprentice
This first trade route, created by Yuma, is meant for Beginner to Apprentice levels for early Trading Skill XP. The route goes in the following path:
- Loggia Farm
- Finto Farm
- Balenos Forest
- Bartali Farm
- Marino Farm
- Toscani Farm
- Western Guard Camp
Make sure to have all of those nodes connected in order to get full value for your trade goods.
Let’s look at the individual trade goods for this trade route:
For more Trading routes and info about leveling the Trade Life Skill, please see this Trading Guide.