BDO Gear for Sale at an NPC

In this BDO Gear Progression Guide, you will learn about the best gear progression for weapons, armor, and accessories. We’ll start at beginner level gear and go all the way to end game Boss gear. Black Desert Online makes Renown (aka Gear Score) very important. With the right armor, weapons, and enhancements you can easily fight enemies higher level than you. Without the right gear, you will have a difficult time progressing in the game.

HAPPY BDO Gear Hunting!!

Thanks to BDOPlanner and Gear Calculator for many of the gear set images in this guide!

Beginner Gear Basics

BDO Gear Window Armor, weapons, and accessories can be enhanced to increase Defense Points (DP), Attack Points (AP), and many other stats. There are no level restrictions to enhanced gear. Even a level 1 character can wear the best PEN (V) gear.

Gear enhancements, in order of the best and most rare is:
  1. PEN (V) +20
  2. TET (IV) +19
  3. TRI (III) +18
  4. DUO (II) +17
  5. PRI (I) +16
  6. +15 to +1

Armor Basics:
The main benefit to armor is that it offers DP (Defense Points). But many armor pieces include extra stats like Evasion, Weight Limit increases, Damage Reduction, Health Points, etc. Armor can be shared between all your characters by putting them into storage at the Storage Keeper located in most major cities. You could also transfer gear to an Alt via a Farm Wagon (Mounts that have gear on them can only be Remote Collected to their nearest <Stable Keeper>.)

Weapon Basics:
Weapons and Sub-weapons (aka Secondary Weapons) are class specific. Some weapons can be shared with more than one class. The main-hand weapon of Staff, for example, is used by Witches and Wizards. The sub-weapon Steel Dagger is shared between Witch, Wizard, and Ranger. Awakening weapons can only be equipped by characters level 56+ who have completed their class specific Awakened quest line. (Archer is the exception to this rule and he is limited to the beginner Archer Awakening Weapon until level 56.) Awakening weapons cannot be shared with a different class.

Enhanced Gear
You can use quested gear until you reach the more difficult areas in Mediah at around level 55. Recently, they have added enhanced gear to NPC shops. But maybe you are more interested in gambling… erm, I mean attempting gear enhancement yourself. 🙂 If you decide on enhancing, make sure you really research it before diving in. It’s expensive and you can loose silver by choosing to enhance the wrong gear and making beginner mistakes, like not understanding optimal fail stacks for enhancement. With the new Central Market, that is supposed to allow for more free trade, you may be able to find good enhanced gear for a fair price. (Always keep in mind that if there is allot of something up for sale, and it’s not selling well, it may be over-priced or not a good gear option.)

Beginner Gear from NPC’s:
From Patch Notes – 27th February 2019: “Enhanced gears have been newly added to weapon and armor NPC shops in regions of Calpheon and Serendia. Adventurers can now purchase high-grade gear at max Enhancement level that will match the growth rate of your character development through an NPC shop. We hope this will aid in your adventures and training for character growth.”

NOTE: It looks like the Silver cost for this NPC sold gear is more expensive than the Central Market at the moment! Check there first.

Region NPC Item sold (with Enhancement Lv.)Cost
Western Guard Camp   Claus +1 Militia Weapon Box400k Silver
Miguel Aries +1 Reblath Armor Box400k Silver
Velia   Alfredo +3 Militia Weapon Box1.2 million Silver
Tranan Underfoe +3 Reblath Armor Box1.2 million Silver
Heidel Ornella +3 Azwell Weapon Box1.5 million Silver
Techthon +3 Agerian Armor Box1.5 million Silver
Glish Amaranto +3 Sub-weapon Box1.5 million Silver
Kardash +3 Talis Armor Box1.5 million Silver
Delphe Knights Castle Margaret +5 Kalis Weapon Box, +5 Agerian Armor Box2.2 million Silver
Calpehon City Ronatz +7 Kalis Weapon Box3.3 million Silver
Kanobas +7 Kalis Weapon Box3.3 million Silver
Grandus +7 Agerian Armor Box3.3 million Silver
Dobart +7 Agerian Armor Box3.3 million Silver
Keplan Andria +5 Sub-weapon Box3.3 million Silver
Shurd +5 Zereth Armor Box2.2 million Silver
Trent Olinto +7 Sub-weapon Box3.3 million Silver
Mandolf +7 Zereth Armor Box3.3 million Silver
Behr Likke Behr +10 Kalis Weapon Box
Attack (AP): 45 ~ 59
Accuracy: 52
+10 Zereth Armor Box
5 million Silver

Best Weapons for Beginners

BDO Beginner Sub-weapon Dagger

The main and sub-weapons you get from the main story line are sufficient to get you through the beginner zones and even well into Mediah. However, the quest chains can be quite lengthy and you may not even like questing. Or maybe you want even more awesome mass carnage of all evil doers!

For players that don’t want to depend on quested gear, or can afford more, there are many options available. But, we repeatedly see the same 4 weapons in player recommendations.

Top 4 Recommended Main Hand Weapons:

Table updated from: BDO Best Weapons for Leveling Up and Starters (2018)

Duo UltimateMin APMax APAvg APEx APEff APSlotImpt Note
Bares7983812299.71All Species
Yuria848986.522105.21Human Only. 86.5 All else
Rosar859087.5087.522 Slots
Kalis8195880881High RS

Which one is best? I’m going to leave that up to you. Green grade weapons just help you get to better weapons. Don’t get too heavily invested in them, as you will want to focus on obtaining a boss main hand ASAP. Don’t enhance green grade past TRI.

Traditionally, players opt for the highest AP, but there are those who swear by Bares “effective AP”, etc. For more info from the pro-Bares camp, visit the guide linked above. They also recommend max Accuracy for a sub-weapon.

Highest AP Sub Weapons (Green Grade for Beginners):
  • Axion Shield: Warrior/Valkyrie
  • Steel Dagger: Witch/Wizard/Ranger
  • Jubre Talisman: Sorceress
  • Oros Ornamental Knot: Berserker/Dark Knight
  • Needle Trinket: Tamer
  • White Horn Bow: Musa/Maehwa
  • Estique Kunai/Shuriken: Kunoichi/Ninja
  • Scale Vambrace: Striker/Mystic
  • Ganatte Ra’ghon: Archer
  • Oros Vitclari: Shai

Mainhand – Elsh
Elsh is recommended, but it is a sort of pipe dream because it’s difficult to get. The accuracy and damage to all species buff is the same as the Kzarka boss mainhand. The AP is low, but in later levels you may use your Awakening weapon more, depending on your class, play style, and level. The Elsh accuracy and damage buff will make you do more damage with your Awakened skills. It also has a 5% chance to heal HP on hit. But Elsh weapons are only obtained via one quest ([Boss] Black Spirit and the Giant Imp) and could be challenging to obtain via the Marketplace. Enhancement could be tricky and expensive. Also, Kzarka boss weapons are the easiest boss gear to obtain. So whichever green grade weapon you pick, it probably wont last for long.

BDO Gear: Main Weapon Elsh

Rosar provides 2 crystal slots and has the highest AP of all the green grade weapons. (unless “effective AP” is calculated.)

BDO Beginner Main Weapon Rosar

In my humble opinion, just buy an enhanced weapon that’s cheap off of the Marketplace.

All Mainhand Recommendations:

  • Elsh: Extra Damage to All, High Accuracy, 1 Crystal slot
  • Rosar: High AP, 2 Crystal slots
  • Kalis: High AP, 1 Crystal slot
  • Azwell: Medium AP, 1 Crystal slot, Good Accuracy
  • Krea: Medium AP, 2 Crystal slots
  • Yuria: 1 Crystal Slot, Increased Damage to Humans (Good for PVP)
  • Bares: high “effective AP” (Extra Damage to All Species), 1 Crystal slot

Best Beginner Armor

The armor you receive from the main story quest is good enough until you are around level 54. Here is a sneak peek at the Black Spirit quests that are given after main story line completions. The rewards are in parenthesis:

NOTE: Did you notice some of the rewards are actually used to upgrade an old piece of quested gear? Be sure to hang onto quested gear until you are sure you don’t want the upgraded version.

Hate Questing?
I do recommend you do the main quest line at least. The developers periodically put new content out that requires it. (Like the Fairy, and different events). It also provides Inventory slots and 3 pets. But if you absolutely don’t like questing, you can follow either of the recommendations below. Armor pieces can be upgraded to +5 without chance of failure. Grunil and Heve are the most recommended armor sets.

Grunil Armor Set:

  • 2 Crystal Sockets:
    Allows you to socket higher attack speed, movement speed, and evasion.
  • Powerful Set Effects:
    2 piece set effect: +5 AP
    3 piece set effect: +150 HP
    4 piece set effect: +2 AP
BDO Beginner Gear: Grunil Armor at the Marketplace

Heve Armor Set:

  • 2 Crystal Sockets:
    Allows you to socket higher attack speed, movement speed, and evasion.
  • Powerful Set Effects:
    2 piece set effect: +250HP
    3 piece set effect: +50HP
BDO Beginner Gear: Heve Armor at the Marketplace
BDO Roaring Magical Armor

NOTE: You can replace your chest piece with Roaring Magical Armor, which is possible after completing the main story quest. At level 52, the Black Spirit will give you the quest Magic Armor Exchange I, which is the first in a series of 4 upgrade quests for your Dim Magical Armor. Roaring Magical Armor is like having a DUO Ultimate chest and comes with 2 sockets, +50 HP, Accuracy: 20, Evasion: 100, Damage Reduction: 38.

Beginner Accessories

For beginner accessories, it is recommended that you prioritize AP over everything else. Wait to enhance accessories because accessories are destroyed when enhancement fails and it’s expensive to fill all 6 accessory slots. You will get some AP accessories from the Main quest line. You can also just use the best cheap AP ones available (Bares). Don’t get too hung up on accessories as a beginner. They don’t have much bang for their buck. When you are ready to head into Mediah, at around level 51, your accessory set will soon be replaced by the Asula Accessory Set. This is the best unenhanced accessory set in the game and will last a long time. You can obtain them via questing in Calpheon, but it’s more work to do it that way. View Asula Set drop location maps and quest details in our Asula Guide.

You can find cheap, green grade, crystals to place in gear sockets for added Attack and Movement Speed.

Gear Progression (Calpheon level 45 to 50)

BDO Boss Witch Hunting quest

To obtain the Dim Magical Sub-weapon and Dim Magical Armor, you must first complete the Calpheon main story line that leads up to [Boss] Witch-Hunting or Looking for Adventurers. Press O key then Main tab.

To upgrade the Dim Magical Sub-weapon, you will also need to complete all quests in the World of Enemies series and most quests in the Sharper Weapon series. While in Calpheon, you will be able to upgrade your sub-weapon twice to gain a sub-weapon of Sealed Magical Power.

For accessories, don’t waste too much time on them in Calpheon, since they will all be replaced in Mediah with the Asula Accessory Set.

All Dim Armor upgrades and the rest of the Dim sub-weapon upgrades take place later on in Mediah.

Root Treant Accessory Set: NPC Vendor

BDO Boss Scroll Quests

The Root Treant Accessory set is easily purchased from Grandus in Calpheon City.
He is the <Armor Vendor> located near the Northern <Storage Keeper>.
The set gives a nice bonus to Weight Limit: +150 LT and has a ton of Accuracy. This set has higher AP than unenhanced Bares, but is lower AP than most other beginner sets, like Jarrett’s. But it’s good enough for Mediah, if you enjoy a challenge.

Root Treant Set Stats:
21 AP
90 Accuracy
150 LT
5 Damage Reduction

TOTAL SET COST: 2 million silver

Root Treant Accessory Gear Set in Calpheon City
BDO Root Treant's Leaf Earring BDO Root Treant's Stem Ring BDO Root Treant's Petal Necklace BDO Root Treant's Petal Belt

Quested Gear in Calpheon

BDO Devourer Helmet BDO Shuriken of Concentrated Magical Power BDO Veteran Adventurer's Shoes BDO Roaring Magical Shuriken

Root Treant’s Set + Devourer Helmet + Veteran Adventurer’s Shoes + Wind Crystal Gloves + Ultimate Delphad Castillion’s Carnage Staff + Dagger of Sealed Magical Power
View details on Gear Planner
Calpheon Quested Gear with Root Treant Accessory Gear Set

This gear set provides 85 AP and 115 DP. You can venture into Mediah with this set, or stay in Calpheon and try to upgrade some more. I will detail possible Calpheon gear upgrades below. The easiest hunting zone in Mediah (Abandoned Iron Mine) has a gear recommendation of 75 AP and 110 DP.

Dim Magical Sub-weapon Levels

Dim Magical sub-weapons are obtained after opening the Magical Sub-weapon Box Magical Sub-weapon Box. It’s a reward for completing the quest [Boss] Witch-Hunting. This quest is at the end of a very long main story quest line from the Black Spirit. Press O key and Main to view your progress.

BDO Dim Magical Shuriken BDO Shuriken of Concentrated Magical Power BDO Shuriken of Sealed Magical Power BDO Freed Magical Shuriken BDO Roaring Magical Shuriken

*** Don’t leave Calpheon until you have completed all of the World of Enemies quest line and most of the Sharper Weapon quest line, if you want to upgrade your magical sub-weapon to level 3! (Sub-weapon of Sealed Magical Power) ***

World of Enemies Quest Series

Sharper Weapon Quest Series

BDO Shuriken of Concentrated Magical Power
BDO Shuriken of Sealed Magical Power

Magic Sub-weapon Exchange Quest Line: (first 2 located in Calpheon)

Dim Magical Armor Levels

Dim Magical Armor is a reward for completing the quest While preparing for Mediah. This quest occurs in Calpheon and is at the end of the main story quest line from Black Spirit. Press O key and Main tab to view your progress. All upgrade quests for Dim Armor occur in Mediah.

BDO Dim Magical Armor BDO Armor of Concentrated Magical Power BDO Armor of Sealed Magical Power BDO Freed Magical Armor BDO Roaring Magical Armor

Treant Spirit’s Accessory Set: Drop

BDO Boss Scroll Quests

Here is another accessory option that’s not neccessary, but you may have fun obtaining them anyway. The Treant Spirit’s Accessory set is obtained by hunting in SW Calpheon.
The set gives a nice bonus to Weight Limit: +130 LT.
This set trades Accuracy for AP compared to the Root Treant set.

Treant Spirit’s Set Stats:
33 AP
26 Accuracy
130 LT
5 Damage Reduction

Treant Spirit’s Set Drop Locations:
Necklace: Treant Forest
Ring: Mansha Forest
Earring: Lake Kaia (Catfishman)
Belt: Rhutum Outstation

BDO Treant Spirit's Whisper Earring BDO Treant Spirit's Echo Ring BDO Treant Spirit's Cheer Necklace BDO Treant Spirit's Hope Belt

Loure’s Lost Armor Set

This is a nice armor set, but it’s not neccessary. It’s optional for those who want more AP and DP before venturing into Mediah.

Treant Spirit’s Set + Loure’s Lost Armor Set + Ultimate Delphad + Sub-weapon of Sealed Magical Power
View gear set on Gear Planner
Calpheon Quested Gear with Treant Spirit's Accessory Gear Set

This gear set has 97 AP and 132 DP. You can increase the DP to 144, when you complete the Calpheon main quest line and acquire Dim Magical Armor. This gear set provides a gear score that would allow you to venture into Mediah. The easiest hunting zone in Mediah (Abandoned Iron Mine) has a gear recommendation of 75 AP and 110 DP.

Calpheon Witch’s Earring x 3

Before you leave Calpheon, be sure you have completed the quest chain that will reward you with 3 Witch’s Earrings. Witch’s Earring is a nice blue grade AP earring with 5 AP and 2 Accuracy.

These quests are available for characters Lv. 51 or higher. Just enter the Hexe Sancuary node area and you will automatically recieve the quest. Hexe Sanctuary is located South of Calpheon City and East of Behr.

Gear Progression (Mediah: level 51+)

If you do not quest for gear in Calpheon Territory, you will need to obtain enhanced gear for Mediah, with a minimum of 75 AP and 110 DP. The example enhanced gear below requires no questing, but will cost you silver at the Marketplace and/or luck + even more silver to enhance it yourself. The accessories are purchased at the vendor. This gear would allow you to hunt at Abandoned Iron Mine. The image below is just one example of how to obtain 75 AP and 110 DP. View its details on Gear Calculator.

Root Treant’s Set + Enhanced Grunil armors + Rosar Weapon +8 and +7 high AP Sub-weapon BDO Beginner Gear for Mediah

Grind in Mediah until you have upgraded and replaced all your accessories with the Asula Accessory Set. At level 53, you will get a quest from Black Spirit, which will reward you with one of the General Accessories, which is enhancable to PEN after you level and complete quest lines.

Black Abyssal Weapon & Rugged Valley Helmet (PRI +16 level)

The following gear is obtained in Mediah, by completing the Main Mediah quest line. Must be level 51+ and have completed the Calpheon Main quest line.

  • Black Abyssal Weapon can’t be traded or enhanced
  • Black Abyssal Weapon has two crystal slots.
  • Black Abyssal weapon can only be obtained through a quest.
    • Black Abyssal weapon quest is completed once per family (account) BUT…
    • Abdul Jaum, the <Skill Instructor> in Altinova, has a repeatable quest (weekly) to exchange your Abyssal weapon into a box that you can open on another character: Black Abyssal Weapon Exchange.
Mediah GearAP/DPGear EffectObtained By
Black Abyssal Weapons
AP 77-91Accuracy: 89

Go to the Main tab of the Quest window (O) to find the quest section titled [Lv 51 Mediah] Dark Energy that Looms Over Mediah. Black Abyssal quest can be done once per Family.

 – [Boss] The Overlord of Omar Lava Cave

Rugged Valley Helmet
DP 52Skill EXP +3%
Evasion 84
Damage Reduction 32
Successful Metal Casting (Crossroad 1)
The Bautt Talisman (Crossroad 2)

This gear is equal to about PRI level gear.

TRI Red Sand Crystal Ring

Red Sand Crystal Ring is obtained after completing the Mediah Main quest line. Level 51+. Go to the Main tab of the Quest window (O) to find it.

RingGear EffectObtained By
TRI Red Sand Crystal Ring
AP +10
Max HP +25
Monster AP +2
Accuracy +7
Don’t Need a Paper to Prove It!

Choose 1 Quest:
Sahazad’s Worth
Barhan’s Authority
Manmehan’s Passion
Saya’s Interest

View our Freed Magical Accessories guide for more details.

Sealed Magical Sub-weapon Upgrades (Lv. 52+)

You must have completed [Co-Op] Strongest Enemies 1 and 2, which is unlocked by finishing World of Enemies series and For a Sharper Weapon series. (These take place in Calpheon Territory) Then you must complete The Shen Merchants Guild’s Resources to Tinya’s Trust, then Forbidden Book up to Reunion at Last.

  • When you exchange Sealed Magical sub-weapons to Freed Magical sub-weapons and then to Roaring Magical sub-weapons, the DP and the number of crystal slots will decrease, but the sub-weapon’s AP will increase.

  • BDO Dim Magical Shuriken BDO Shuriken of Concentrated Magical Power BDO Shuriken of Sealed Magical Power BDO Freed Magical Shuriken BDO Roaring Magical Shuriken

    The Exchange Quests Given by Black Spirit (Mediah):

    Magic Sub Weapon Exchange Quests (last 2 are located in Mediah):

    Dim Armor Upgrades (Level 52+):

    The Exchange Quests Given by Black Spirit (Mediah):

    Magic Armor Exchange NPC: Mevo Muranan of Altinova, Mediah

    Dim Magical Armor is a reward for completing the quest While preparing for Mediah. This quest occurs in Calpheon and is at the end of a long main story quest line from the Black Spirit. Press O key and Main to view your progress. All upgrade quests for Dim Armor occur in Mediah.

    These quests also require the Black Spirit quest chain series Six Steps for Personal Growth I through VI. (Easy quest chain with only level requirements.)

    BDO Dim Magical Armor BDO Armor of Concentrated Magical Power BDO Armor of Sealed Magical Power BDO Freed Magical Armor BDO Roaring Magical Armor

    The lowest hunting area in the next territory (Valencia, hunting Bashims) has a recommended level of 55 with 160AP / 200DP. Many players focus on grinding at Sausans until they have achieved level 56. To go there, the recommendation is to have level 53 with 90AP / 130DP. You may want to join a group that is already hunting there, unless you’re interested in PVP. Solo players that accidentally “steal” a group’s “rotation” will often get attacked there. BDO etiqette is, if the spot is taken, ask to join the party. If you are rejected, then switch channels, unless you want to PVP for the spot.

    Gear Progression (Valencia: level 55+)

    Bashim Base in Valencia is a popular location to start your adventures into the desert lands. It has an AP recommendation of 160 and DP of 200. You will notice that the quested gear from Mediah is not powerful enough for this area. A TRI weapon and a DUO subweapon with DUO level armor + Asula Accessory Set meets the recommended AP/DP. See an example of this DUO Armor set in gear planner. This gear set has 175 AP and 226 DP.

    BDO Gear AP and DP for Bashim Base

    Reform Stones

    Around this time you can upgrade your green grade gear into yellow grade with Reform Stones. The Ultimate versions have a 100% success rate. They can be crafted or bought at the Marketplace.

    Armor Ultimate: Each Ultimate Armor Reform Stone will give 5 extra DP and 2 extra Damage Reduction.
    Main Weapon Ultimate: Using Ultimate Weapon Reform Stone will give you 48 extra accuracy, 4 extra AP, +1 Attack Speed, and +1 Critical Hit on your main hand. You can also put Ultimate on your Awakening weapon, increasing its AP by 2.
    Sub Weapon Ultimate: Puting the Reform Stone on your sub weapon will give you 1 extra AP and +1 Special Attack Extra Damage. Special attack increases:

    • Critical hit damage
    • Down attack damage
    • Back attack damage
    • Air attack damage

    Free +15 Liverto Main Weapon from Challenge

    There is a Challenge (Y) which allows you to receive the “+15 Liverto Weapon Box” as a reward when reaching Lv. 55. This is available once per Family. This is a nice blue-grade weapon that you can upgrade and will help you gear up for harder areas in Valencia. You only get one, so choose the class you open it on wisely! Use this, if you can afford to enhance it to TRI.

    BDO Gear: Liverto level 55 Challenge Reward

    Valencia Main Quest Armors

    The following gear is obtained in Valencia, by completing the Main Valencia quest line. Must be level 55+. Calpheon/Mediah Main quest lines are NOT required in order to start the Valencia Main quest line.

    I wouldn’t recommend this gear for hunting in Valencia zones. But I’m listing it anyway, in case you’re very new and are having trouble obtaining anything better. Perhaps you can get a friend’s help for the tougher Coop quests in this quest line.

    Valencia Main Quest Start (from Black Spirit):

    – In Search of the Eastern Sand Kingdom

    Valencia GearDPGear EffectObtained By
    Honorary Combatant’s Gloves

    Almost equivalent to +15 Ultimate Taritas Gloves.
    High evasion gear.

    DP 38Critical Hit +1
    Evasion 80
    Damage Reduction 19

    Torenandu’s Declaration of War

    Valiant Katan’s Boots

    Almost equivalent to +14 Ultimate Taritas Shoes.
    High evasion gear.

    DP 36Movement Speed +1
    Evasion 76
    Damage Reduction 18

    Bashims’ Answer

    Awakened Weapons (Level 56+)

    Black Spirit Awakening

    At level 56, you will get a quest from your Black Spirit for the Awakening quest line. Here you will choose between Succession or Awakened skills. You will get a blue grade Awakening weapon like the Azure Thunder Celestial Bo Staff and a green grade version, like the Practice Celestial Bo Staff (+10) (Archer is the exception, and has access to a beginner Awakening weapon only, until they complete their Ascension.) Focus on obtaining an upgraded version of the green grade weapon because it is much cheaper. You can purchase these weapons for 120k from Tulem, the Arms Dealer in Altinova, if you can’t find any that are already enhanced on the Marketplace. You will want at least +15. The goal is DUO or TRI.

    Succession & Awakening AP
    Awakened Skills: adds 30% of main hand weapon AP for damage calculations
    Succession Skills: adds 30% of Awakening weapon AP

    Quested Gear (Level 58+)

    By the time you are high enough level to complete Kamasylvia and Drieghan quest lines, you might already have some nice BIS accessories. But I’ll include the following, just in case.

    Freed Magical Accessories:

    • icon Forest’s Eye Earring
      • nearly equivalent to DUO: Tungrad Earring (has +2 Monster AP and 1 more Accuracy)
      • Requirement #1: Level 58+
      • Requirement #2: Kamasylvia Main Quest Line
    • icon Rock Heart Belt
      • nearly equivalent to DUO Tungrad Belt (has 2 more Accuracy)
      • Requirement #1: Level 58+
      • Requirement #2: Drieghan II Main Quest Line

    View our Freed Magical Accessories guide for more details.

    Boss Gear: BIS End Game Gear Set

    BIS (Best in Slot) gear in BDO is boss gear. It is recommended that you be at least level 56 with 140 Awakening AP and 180 DP to take part in world boss and field boss fights. It’s probably a waste of resources to enhance above 400 gear score with normal gear.

    Example 400 Gear Score BDO 400 Renown Gear Set

    Start looking into obtaining boss gear ASAP. You can obtain them even before you reach a certain level, with a little luck and hopefully not too much patience!

    Boss Types:
    • World Bosses: spawn at set times (Kzarka, Karanda, Kutum, Nouver, Vell, Offin-Tett, Muraka, Quint, Garmoth)
    • Field Bosses: spawn randomly, but within a window if they are trained. (Bheg, Mudster, RedNose, Tree, Katzvariak) Respawn timers are based on when the boss was last all-cleared. Discord helps keep track of this. Post-maintenance timers are different from respawn timers.

    If you want to start PVP with normal gear, you may want to at least TRI armor. TRI your helmet first as it is one piece you will own the longest, because it’s less of an upgrade than the other boss pieces. Since Kzarka will probably be your first boss gear, you might keep your mainhand at DUO to save silver.

    Obtaining Boss Gear & BIS Gear

    Boss Spawn Times

    For additional help knowing when world or field bosses might spawn and which channels they are currently alive on, visit the World Boss Discord.

    BDO Boss Spawn Times for NA:
    BDO Boss Spawn Times for NA

    BDO Boss Spawn Times for EU: BDO Boss Spawn Times for EU

    Boss Spawn Location Screenshots and boss map.

    Boss Gear Progression

    It is usually recommended to replace/upgrade Boss Gear in the order of importance as to how much it will empower your character. However, Boss gear is not easy to come by. If you do happen upon some, it’s ok to go out of order, but you might want to wait on enhancing the helmet, since it’s not that big of a difference and would be costly to upgrade. For accessories, you might consider focusing on blue grade accessories first, since upgrading 1 yellow grade accessory will cost in the billions of silver. Blue grade are much cheaper, but aren’t BIS. They make good backups though when yellow grade accessories fail enhancement.

      Here is a popular recommendation:
    1. Kzarka Mainhand Weapon (normally the easiest boss item to obtain) or Offin Tett’s (slightly more AP, but less Attack Speed and Accuracy) or Blackstar Weapon (a quested red grade weapon with massive PVE Monster AP.)
    2. Dandelion Awakened Weapon
    3. Sub-weapons: Kutum (PVE) / Nouver (PVP)
    4. Bheg’s Gloves
    5. Urugon’s Shoes or Muskan’s Shoes (Evasion)
    6. Chest: Dim Tree Spirit’s Armor
    7. Griffon’s Helmet or Giath’s Helmet
      • (Patch Notes – 16th January 2019) As Kamasylvia Griffon Hunting has been added, the new monsters for Hunting, <Wild> King Griffon have been added to areas of Kamasylvia.
      • Upon performing Butcher on the defeated <Wild> King Griffon, you have a high chance of obtaining Spirit Pouch of Ferocious Beast as loot and a low chance of obtaining Griffon Leather or Intact Griffon’s Beak.
      • You can perform Manufacture to craft ‘Griffon’s Helmet’ with the following materials: Intact Griffon’s Beak (1) + Griffon Leather (10) + Pure Zinc Crystal (100) + Supreme Hard Hide (120) + Supreme Fancy Feather (120).
    8. Yelow grade accessories

    You may decide to focus on Dande before Kzarka to reach the AP brackets. For example, most softcap players will hit the 261 Awakening AP bracket if they get their Dande pen, which gives another 18 AP (non-sheet). If you are a player that focuses on Awakening combat, then Dande may also be your first choice.

    Gear Soft Cap

    Gear Softcap is full Tet boss gear with Tri yellow accessories

    Rough gear stats: 251/253/294

    View the below example Softcap gear detals on gear calculator.

    BDO Boss Gear Set with Softcap

    [Event] Shakatu’s Seals

    Shakatu's Seal Attendance Reward Shakatu's Seal

    [Event] Shakatu’s Seals are obtained as an event reward and exchanged for high-end game goodies. Normally they are obtained through Attendance Rewards. The amount has been improved lately, from 10 to 15 Shakatu’s Seals per month for the “Loyal” Attendance Reward tab.

    You can have more than one Attendance Reward tab. For example, one tab for “Returning” and one for “Loyal” and one for “Guild”)

    Shakatu's Seal Attendance Reward

    Since Patch 6-5-19 seals are Exchanged to NPC Dellus, who is located next to Shakatu, in the city of Shakatu. Seals are no longer turned in to NPC Shakatu directly.

    Since patch June 12 2019, you must be level 56+ to turn in Shakatu Seals.

    Shakatu's Seal Shakatu Seal Rewards:
    30 = Kzarka’s Sealed Weapon Box
    30 = Nouver’s Sealed Sub-weapon Box
    30 = Kutum’s Sealed Sub-weapon Box
    50 = Dim Tree Spirit Armor
    50 = Muskan’s Shoes
    50 = Ship License: Epheria Sailboat
    50 = PRI: Ogre Ring
    70 = Dandelion Weapon Box
    70 = Tungrad Necklace
    70 = Tier 8 Horse (S: Instant Accel)
    100 = DUO: Ogre Ring
    100 = DUO: Tungrad Earring
    150 = Awakening Weapon Exchange Coupon (7 Days)
    150 = Main Weapon Exchange Coupon (7 days)
    150 = Sub-Weapon Exchange Coupon (7 Days)

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    Yona’s Fragments for Accessories

    Most hunting zones in Valencia drop Yona's Fragment Yona’s Fragment, which will allow you to create your own high level accessories. See below for what you can make.

    To craft your Yona’s Fragment accessory, purchase a Jeweler house and level it to 5. Available locations:
    – Altinova 4-5
    – Valencia 13-4, 2F
    – Valencia 20-2, 2F
    – Grána 12, 2F

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    Yona’s Fragments via Heating

    Ossa Dilla's Special Heating Method

    Certain accessories can be heated to obtain Yona’s Fragment. These accessories are dropped from mobs in Valencia. Requires Knowledge of [Ossa Dilla’s Special Heating Method] from the Arms Dealer, Ossa Dilla in Valencia City. (Costs 30 Energy to learn Knowledge.)

    Accessories to heat for Yona’s Fragment:

    Accessory to Heat

    Number of Yona’s Fragment

    Ogre Ring


    Tungrad Necklace


    Laytenn’s Power Stone


    Black Distortion Earring


    Tungrad Earring


    Narc Ear Accessory


    Forest Ronaros Ring


    Eye of the Ruins Ring


    Tungrad Ring


    Valtarra Eclipsed Belt


    Tungrad Belt


    Orkinrad’s Belt


    Ring of Crescent Guardian


    Ring of Cadry Guardian


    Serap’s Necklace


    Sicil’s Necklace


    Basilisk’s Belt


    Centaurus Belt


    Capotia Accessory & Enhancement Stats

      Capotia Ring (Level 61+)

    • Basic: AP 14 Accuracy 8

    • PRI: AP 14 Accuracy 9

    • DUO: AP 15 Accuracy 9

    • TRI: AP 15 Accuracy 10

    • TET: AP 16 Accuracy 10

    • PEN: AP 17 Accuracy 10

    Capotia Earring (Level 62+)

    • Basic: AP 13 Accuracy 8

    • PRI: AP 13 Accuracy 9

    • DUO: AP 13 Accuracy 10 DP 1

    • TRI: AP 13 Accuracy 11 DP 2

    • TET: AP 13 Accuracy 12 DP 3

    • PEN: AP 13 Accuracy 12 DP 4

    Capotia Belt (Level 63+)

    • Basic: AP 14 Accuracy 8

    • PRI: AP 14 Accuracy 9

    • DUO: AP 15 Accuracy 9

    • TRI: AP 15 Accuracy 10

    • TET: AP 16 Accuracy 10

    • PEN: AP 17 Accuracy 10

    Capotia Necklace (Level 64+)

    • Basic: AP 25 Accuracy 16

    • PRI: AP 26 Accuracy 16

    • DUO: AP 27 Accuracy 17

    • TRI: AP 28 Accuracy 18

    • TET: AP 29 Accuracy 19

    • PEN: AP 30 Accuracy 20

    Capotia Accessory Enhancement

    • You can enhance a Capotia accessory with another accessory of the same name.

    • If you fail to enhance the Capotia accessory, it will not be destroyed but the enhancement level will decrease and the max durability will also decrease by 10.
      *Cron Stones cannot be used during Capotia enhancement.

    • You can attain max durability recovery by using an accessory of the same name or Yona’s Fragment.

    Captotia Accessory Recipes

    Processing > Manufacture

    Capotia AccessoryRecipe MaterialsLevel
    Capotia Ring
    Capotia Earring5- Oil of Corruption
    Capotia Belt
    Capotia Necklace

    BDO Gear AP/DP by Hunting Area

    BDO Gear Recommended AP DP

    One great resource for finding gear AP/DP recommendations is, which has a nice node map, with grinding locations and recommended AP/DP/Levels. Just check the “Leveling Areas” box in the filters section:
    BDO Gear Recommended AP DP

    There is also Inochii’s Valencia grinding map and Inochii’s Mediah grinding map (older maps)

    Links to Helpful BDO Gear Sites

    BDO has a great community of people. Many of whom have created websites and tools to help us in our gear progression adventures: