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


———— TOTALS ———–

  • +1 DP
  • +5 Health Points
  • +43 Stamina
  • +2 Weight Limit
  • +3 Max Valk’s Cry (+3 Max Valk’s Enhancement Chance)
  •  1x Enchanted Scroll (+80) — combine with 160 Blackstones to create 1x Advice of Valks (+80)
    • reward for completing Book 3. Talk to Black Spirit (,) and look for quest called Rubin’s Gift

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 x10
    • Jan 29: +1 Max Valk’s Cry
    • Feb 19: Valk’s Cry x30
    • 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 Rafa 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 x10 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 x30 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.


Herald’s Quest
[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

Quest: [Timed Quest] Attributes of a Herald


Click the button below to view a detailed guide.

Elle Belucci <Marketplace Director>

Grandus <Armor Vendor>

Romary <Stable Keeper>
Angela <Workshop Timber Handling>
Bartholomeo <Wharf Manager>
Rubin <Herald>

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.

Book 1: Chapter 3 – Talk to Geranoa

What Goes Around Comes Around

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.

What Goes Around Comes Around
What Goes Around Comes Around
What Goes Around Comes Around
What Goes Around Comes Around
What Goes Around Comes Around

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.

 Crio <Fish Vendor>

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:icon – Sea Eel (2)


Quest Tips:

Use icon  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 RodTerrmian 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.


Trade Bargain Mini Game

Book 2: Talk to Diega on Iliya Island

Croix at the Velia dock, has the next timed, Herald’s Journal quest.


Croix – <Wharf Manager>



In 6 minutes, travel to Iliya Island and Talk to:

 Diega <Chief>

Epheria Cog

I can confirm that an Epheria Cog, which has 140% Speed, will make it there in time with 1 minute to spare. (Did not bring a horse, but just sprinted to her when I reached the island.)


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.

TIP: ask a friend to help you.


Rafa <Node Management>


Book 3: Find Bert inside Hystria Dungeon in 5 Minutes

Pick up the next quest at the Storage Keeper of Sand Grain Bazaar.

Tavu <Storage Keeper>


You must find the following NPC beyond a randomly spawning portal that leads to Hystria Ruins:

Bert <Miscellaneous Merchant>



Hystria Ruins:

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.

Locating Bert:

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.


Hystria Map

Thank you to a u/alaphonse, who posted the following Hystria map on reddit!

Book 3: Talk to all Pilgrim’s Sanctum Node Managers

The next timed quest is located at Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Obedience.

I couldn’t complete this without active travel on a camel. Using the auto travel with T key trick will be too slow. You must be pushing the forward (W) key actively. Dine would probably have no issue with this timed quest.


Siriya Min <Node Management>

Talk to 7 Node Managers in 15 minutes:

  1. Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Obedience
  2. Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Abstinence
  3. Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Sincerity
  4. Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Humility
  5. Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Purity
  6. Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Sharing
  7. Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Fast

Great Desert Travel Tip:

Lafi Bedmountain's Upgraded Compass 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.

This Herald’s Journal quest starts in Valencia City.

Sahazad Nesser <King of Valencia>

Talk to 5 NPC’s

 – Neruda Shen – Altinova
 – Igor Bartali – Velia
 – Crucio Domongatt – Heidel
 – Herman Feresio – SW Calpheon City

Rubin – Calpheon City

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:

  1. Carry the box next to Rubin to Milano Belucci.
  2. Take Belucci’s wheelbarrow to Merv.
  3. Clean chimney behind Merv.
  4. Turn in quest to Rubin


Thanks for many of the map images in this guide!

Milano Belucci <Imported Fruit Handling>
Location: Calpheon City (south central part)

Milano Belucci Location Map (Fruit Vendor)
Merv Location Map

Merv <Tailor>
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.)

  1. Equip your matchlock
  2. Talk to Rubin at Dias Farm
  3. Kill 25 “Rubin’s Scarecrow” nearby
  4. Turn in quest to Black Spirit
Book 4: Scarecrow Location

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.

  1. Preparation: make or buy from Market “Lumps of Raw Sugar” and buy “Capturing Ropes”
  2. Talk to Shamhain located near the <Stable Keeper> of Stonetail Horse Ranch
  3. Tame a horse. (Can be any tier) View our Horse Taming Guide.
  4. Return to Shaimhain

Increase your horse taming rate by wearing Life/Training Mastery and Trainer’s Clothes. See guide below:

Happy BDO Trainer Items! Improve Horse Training & Leveling

BDO Stonetail Horse Ranch Map

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:

  1. Gorgath
  2. Freharau
  3. Alustin
  4. Rubin (turn in quest and “Chat” to get reward)

Gorgath’s Quiz

“Chat” option with Gorgath in Contaminated Farm, NE of Calpheon City.

Enter into chat these numbers:


Gorgath <Alchemist>
Location: Contaminated Farm (NE of Calpheon City)

Gorgath Map Location

Freharau’s Location

“Chat” option with Freharau in Glish.

See possible questions and answers below.

Freharau <Alchemist>
Location: Glish (SW of Heidel)

Freharau Location Map

Alustin’s Location

“Chat” option with Alustin located in Velia.

See possible questions and answers below.

Alustin <Alchemist>
Location: Velia

Alustin Map

Each answer attempt costs 50 Energy. Because of this, please be careful to read the question to see the matching answer first!


RNG Quiz Questons & Answers:

  • EXP Elixir: Purified Water
  • Helix: Trace of Death
  • Elixir of Wings: Wise Man’s Blood
  • Specialty Velia: Wine
  • 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.)
Elder's Bridge Map


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.

Herald's Journal Book 4: Bridge Quest
Herald's Journal Book 4: Bridge Quest
Herald's Journal Book 4: Bridge Quest
Herald's Journal Book 4: Bridge Quest
Herald's Journal Book 4: Bridge Quest

Player Made Herald’s Journal Videos

Thank you to lulu who made a helpful video, detailing Herald’s Journal. Titled Rubin’s Diary Guide.

Thank you to Eren1996 who made some videos, helpful in showing the quests in Herald’s Journal.


Thanks Chris Poli!