BDO Herald’s Journal offers players the opportunity to complete a series of timed quests to earn family-wide character stats. Herald’s Journal is part of the Adventure Log Bookshelf. It was added December 11th 2019 in Black Desert Online on the NA server.
Herald’s Journal has also been called Rubin’s Adventure Log or Rubin’s Journal.
3 Books in Herald’s Adventure Log contain timed quests. The 4th Book contains puzzles.
Herald’s Journal rewards passive buffs for all characters on your account.
Herald’s Journal Highlights:
- Requirement #1: Level 58+
- Requirement #2: Knowledge on Rubin (Gain Knowledge of Rubin by talking to him. He is located in the northern part of Calpheon City, north of the <Storage Keeper>)
- Requirement #3: Talk to Black Spirit (,) and complete quest, Adventure Log: Herald’s Journal (This simple talking quest instantly completes and allows you to view the first book.)
- View Herald’s Journal Menu: press Esc > Adventure > Adventure Log Bookshelf
NOTE: If you change characters, you have to re-take the timed quest.
Herald’s Journal: Adventure Log Rewards
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Character Stat Buffs from Herald’s Journal
- Book 1:
- June 3: +3 Stamina
- June 17: +5 HP
- June 20: +3 Stam
- June 24: +5 Stam
- Book 2:
- June 26: +2 LT
- July 1: +2 Stam
- July 5: +5 Stam
- July 10: +5 Stam
- Book 3:
- July 14: +1 DP
- July 20: +5 Stam
- July 23: +5 Stam
- Aug 7: +10 Stam
- Book 4:
- Sep 22: +1 Max Valk’s Cry
- Nov 19: Valk’s Cry x1
- Jan 29: +1 Max Valk’s Cry
- Feb 19: Valk’s Cry x1
- Mar 11: +1 Max Valk’s Cry
Herald’s (Rubin’s) Journal: Family-Wide Buff Chart
Please skip this table to view more details about each of Rubin’s Adventure Log quests.
|Date||Reward||Adventure Log Goal Text||Notes|
|1||June 3||+3 Stam||Listen to Rubin talk about the start.||Talk to 6 people in Calpheon City|
|1||June 17||+5 HP||Listen to Rubin talk about the start.||Climb to the very top of the belfry tower|
|1||June 20||+3 Stam||Listen to Rubin talk about the start.||Talk to Material Vendor, Geranoa|
|1||June 24||+5 Stam||Listen to Rubin talk about the start.||Run to Velia and talk to Crio|
|Book 2 of Herald’s (Rubin’s) Journal|
|2||June 26||+2 LT||Listen to Crio’s tale.||Catch 2 Eel in 10 minutes (keep fish for next part.)|
|2||July 1||+2 Stam||Listen to Crio about the start.||Successfully bargain with Velia Trade Manager|
|2||July 5||+5 Stam||Listen to Croix’s tale.||Talk to Diega on Iliya Island|
|2||July 10||+5 Stam||Listen to Kunga’s tale.||Find an object in a cave across the sea|
|Book 3 of Herald’s (Rubin’s) Journal|
|3||July 14||+ 1 DP||Listen to Kafa about the start.||Kill 650 Bandits in 10 minutes|
|3||July 20||+5 Stam||Listen to Tavu about the start.||find Bert inside Hystria Ruins|
|3||July 23||+5 Stam||Listen to Siriya Min about the start.||Talk to Sanctum Node Managers in Valencia|
|3||Aug 7||+10 Stam||Listen to Sahazad Nesser about the start.||Talk to 4 city chiefs|
|Book 4 of Herald’s (Rubin’s) Journal|
|4||Sep 22||+1 Max Valk’s||Listen to Rubin’s tale.||Deliver box then wheelbarrow. Clean chimney.|
|4||Nov 19||Valk’s Cry x1||Listen to Rubin’s tale.||Kill 25 Rubin’s Scarecrows with a matchlock|
|4||Jan 29||+1 Max Valk’s||Listen to Shamhain’s tale.||Tame any horse|
|4||Feb 19||Valk’s Cry x1||Listen to Rubin’s tale.||Complete 3 random quizzes from 3 NPCs|
|4||Mar 11||+1 Max Valk’s||Listen to Rubin’s tale.||Follow a blue orb pattern across a bridge|
Herald’s Journal Timed Quests
- Herald’s Journal timed quests have to be completed within the given time frame.
- The timer still counts down while you speak to NPC’s.
- If you aren’t able to complete the quest in time, “Forfeit” the quest, then talk to the start NPC again to retake the quest to try again.
Herald’s Journal Quest List
For more detailed info on each quest, please skip the Herald’s Journal quest list below.
|[Timed Quest] Attributes of a Herald 2 minutes to talk to 5 people inside Calpheon City and return to Rubin|
|[Timed Quest] Height of Information In 5 minutes go to the top of the belfry and talk to Rubin again.|
|[Timed Quest] What Goes Around Comes Around In 1 minute, chat with Geranoa and run back.|
|[Timed Quest] The News that Divided the Land In 5 minutes, travel to Velia and talk to Crio.|
|Herald’s Journal: Book 2|
|[Timed Quest] How Quick Can You Fish? 10 minutes to fish 2 Eels|
|[Timed Quest] Art of Bargaining in 1 minute successfully bargain with the Trade Manager in Velia|
|[Timed Quest] Island of Time 6 minutes to talk to Diega on Iliya Island|
|[Timed Quest] The Way of the Natives 3 minutes to travel accross water and find a hidden object in a cave|
|Herald’s Journal: Book 3|
|[Timed Quest] Bandits in the Perimeter? Kill 650 Gahaz Bandits in 10 minutes|
|[Timed Quest] Desert’s Breath find an NPC inside Hystria Dungeon|
|[Timed Quest] Desert Pilgrimage Talk to all Pilgrim’s Sanctum Node Managers|
|[Timed Quest] Timeless Stories Talk to city chiefs in 18 minutes|
Book 1: Chapter 1 – Talk to 6 Calpheon City NPC’s
Click the button below to view a detailed guide.
Book 1: Chapter 2 – Belfry Tower Climb
Objective: in 5 minutes run to the top of a belfry tower and back.
Quest Name: [Timed Quest] Height of Information
The belfry tower is located in Southeastern Calpheon City. You must climb some winding stone stairs, then press R to climb up two ladders on the outside ledges. You will also have to jump and run along other ledges. Keep jumping to climb and grapple until you get to the very top of the roof. Look for an invisible bubble to interact with in the middle of the floor.
The belfry tower is located behind Vitheons Belucci <Elionian Instructor>.
She is standing outside the entrance, very near the entrance to the great library.
Click the button below for a detailed guide.
Objective: in 1 minute run to Geranoa <Material Vendor> and back.
Quest Name: [Timed Quest] What Goes Around Comes Around
Geranoa is east of Rubin.
Don’t follow the auto navigation, but cut some corners by heading straight east under the arch.
NOTE: for this quest you must open the “Chat” menu with Geranoa.
Book 1: Chapter 4 – Talk to Crio in Velia
Objective: in 5 minutes run to Crio in Velia.
Quest Name: [Timed Quest] The News that Divided the Land
Crio is located quite a distance away in Velia. He is near the <Storage Keeper>.
This one was easy. You can stick to the default navigation road, using horse speed skills.
Book 2: Catch 2 Eel in 10 Minutes
Catch 2 eels in 10 minutes. Be sure to keep the fish you obtain for the next part.
Obtain item: – Sea Eel (2)
Use Triple-Float Fishing Rod (catches up to 3 fish at one time.) If you can’t obtain one, any fishing rod that increases “Big” fish chance will help. These include Calpheon Fishing Rod, Terrmian Fishing Rod, and Ash Tree Float.
Fish in the fishing hotspot along the coast. (Look for the group of fishers west of the Velia docks.)
Spend Energy by pressing Space for a long cast.
Increase Fishing Rank to +5 by using Fishing Items. (Decreases time to first bite.)
Book 2: Bargain with Velia Trade Manager
Bahar <Trade Manager>
Travel to Bahar in Velia and select Trade option. Click on “Bargain Game” button on the bottom right.
Each Bargain attempt will cost 5 Energy.
Bargain attempts are limited to 3 before you have to pay more Energy. (Increase this to 7 if you have full Amity with Bahar.)
Available Bargain attempts are viewable as “Remaining x times” notice.
Book 2: Talk to Diega on Iliya Island
Croix at the Velia dock, has the next timed, Herald’s Journal quest.
Croix – <Wharf Manager>
Tips on Using the Griffon Transport for this Quest
- When the griffon first arrives, start a timer
- travel to npc Croix.
- at 3 minutes and 30 seconds, open the [Ready] dialog, which starts the 6 minute timer to reach Diega.
- jump into the griffon’s basket
- the flight starts, as your first timer reaches 4 minutes.
- travel time to Iliya is about 4 minutes.
- you will have about 30 seconds to run to Diega. (She is near the landing dock.)
- view images and additional info on griffon travel.
Book 2: Cross the Sea into a Cave for Kunga
Pick up the next timed quest at Kunga <Shultz Guard Decorated Veteran>. He is located NE of Kusha, at the edge of a coastal cliff.
Kunga <Shultz Guard Decorated Veteran>
For this quest, you will need a boat stationed below Kunga. I have seen a video of a player running through the sea with a Dream Horse as well. See video below. Maybe a Shark Suit from the Pearl Shop would work as well?
Kunga wants you to cross the sea to a cave in Kisleev Crag (Valencia territory).
The cave is very dark, so bring Atanis Firefly!
Find an invisible object called “Goal”
Jumping off of the cliff into the water can kill you, if you don’t have enough Health. Slide down the cliff instead.
For more details, view our guide on [Timed Quest] The Way of the Natives.
Book 3: Kill 650 Gahaz Bandits
Pick up the next timed quest at the Gahaz Bandit’s Lair Node Manager.
Kill 650 Bandits in 10 minutes.
Book 3: Find Bert inside Hystria Dungeon in 5 Minutes
Look for a black swirling portal surrounded by pillars in the Great Desert. It spawns randomly. The dungeon you enter may not be Hystria. The portal will randomly put you inside either Aakman or Hystria.
To find Bert, keep traveling East. Mobs are level 57 to 59 and hit very hard. Bring lots of DP!
Tip From Commenter: Use “Escape” to get to Bert immediately once you enter through the portal.
Thank you to a u/alaphonse, who posted the following Hystria map on reddit!
Book 3: Talk to all Pilgrim’s Sanctum Node Managers
Talk to 7 Node Managers in 12 minutes:
- Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Obedience
- Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Abstinence
- Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Sincerity
- Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Humility
- Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Purity
- Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Sharing
- Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Fast
Great Desert Travel Tip:
Use a compass: Lafi Bedmountain’s Upgraded Compass or Ancient Explorer’s Compass or Compass (7 Days) from the Crow Coin Shop, Compasses allow you to view your map location in the Great Desert and Great Ocean. (Map functionality is removed in these areas, without having one of these compasses.) Compass parts drop in Valencia and the Hystria Ruins dungeon. Explorer’s Compass Part drop node locations: Pila Ku Jail, Roud Sulfur Works, Titium Valley (Fogans). Collect 3 Explorer’s Compass Parts and arrange them in the shape of a [-]. You will obtain Ancient Explorer’s Compass (3 Days).
Book 3: Talk to NPC’s Far & Wide
The most difficulty is found in traveling from Valencia City to Altinova
If you do not have a good desert mount like Dine, travel over the Great Desert is significantly slowed.
You can use a Travel Map, if you are in the middle of the Great Desert, and it will teleport you to Sand Grain Bazaar. It will save a couple minutes of travel.
If you have none of these, there is a land route you can travel that is north of the Great Desert, through the Gahaz Bandit hunting zone. (See Eren’s video below.) Do NOT AFK this route, as it is unsafe and you will get stuck or killed. Make sure the map fog is removed and then you can right click on Altinova and it will draw the path for you.
Book 4.1: Box, Cart, & Chimney
The first book 4 quest from Rubin is called “[Timed Quest] Rubin’s Special Training I.”
4 minute timer.
It will require the following steps:
- Carry the box next to Rubin to Milano Belucci.
- Take Belucci’s wheelbarrow to Merv.
- Clean chimney behind Merv.
- Turn in quest to Rubin
Thanks bdocodex.com for many of the map images in this guide!
Milano Belucci <Imported Fruit Handling>
Location: Calpheon City (south central part)
Location: Calpheon City (central part)
Book 4.2: Use Matchlock
The quest, “[Timed Quest] Rubin’s Special Training II” begins with Rubin located a bit NE of the Dias Farm node icon, east of Calpheon City.
Bring a Beginner Matchlock or better that will one-shot the scarecrows. (Rented one does not.)
- Equip your matchlock
- Talk to Rubin at Dias Farm
- Kill 25 “Rubin’s Scarecrow” nearby
- Turn in quest to Black Spirit
Book 4.3 Tame Wild Horse
Pick up the next quest, “[Timed Quest] Rubin’s Special Training III” from Shamhain in Mediah.
5 minute timer.
- Preparation: make or buy from Market “Lumps of Raw Sugar” and buy “Capturing Ropes”
- Talk to Shamhain located near the <Stable Keeper> of Stonetail Horse Ranch
- Tame a horse. (Can be any tier) View our Horse Taming Guide.
- Return to Shaimhain
Increase your horse taming rate by wearing Life/Training Mastery and Trainer’s Clothes. See guide below:
Book 4.4 Random Quiz
“[Timed Quest] Rubin’s Special Training IV” starts at Rubin in Calpheon City.
Answer correctly 3 random questions from 3 NPCs.
Travel in this order:
- Rubin (turn in quest and “Chat” to get reward)
“Chat” option with Gorgath in Contaminated Farm, NE of Calpheon City.
Enter into chat these numbers:
Location: Contaminated Farm (NE of Calpheon City)
“Chat” option with Freharau in Glish.
EXP Elixir: Purified Water
Helix: Trace of Death
Elixir of Wings: Wise Man’s Blood
Specialty Velia: Wine
Location: Glish (SW of Heidel)
“Chat” option with Alustin located in Velia.
Region: Pilgrim Sanctum Pure
Storage Keeper: Gurtis
Kalis Parliament: Basquean Ljurik
Elixir Seal: Oil of Corruption
Book 4.5 Blue Orb Memory
“[Timed Quest] Rubin’s Special Training V” begins at Rubin in Calpheon City.
- Travel to Elder’s Bridge node, north of Calpheon City
- Talk to Rubin at Elder’s Bridge
- Go to the bridge and memorize the blue orb pattern
- Transform into a stoneback crab and follow the pattern to cross the bridge
- Blue orbs will disappear
- NOTE: there may be a helpful bug to help you follow the blue orb pattern. (Players report that you can run down the right side of the bridge.)
Thanks so much to TriTur, who wanted to share this info and photos with us! 🙂
I can confirm if you run across the right side of the bridge edge when you are a crab. I walk on the top of the bridge’s wall (bridge edge) until the barricades, go down to the middle (between the barricades at the end), and talk to Rubin.