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BDO Knowledge & Energy (Black Desert Online 2018)

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In BDO, Knowledge is a measure of how much questing, hunting, and overall game experience your characters have. The most important reason to acquire Knowledge, is because it rewards your Family account with Energy. Energy is like a type of currency in the game. With a little Energy, you can do fun and profitable things in Black Desert Online, like wood chopping, mining, picking flowers, and gathering other goodies. But that's just the beginning of what Energy can do. This BDO Knowledge & Energy Guide will attempt to walk you through how to obtain more Knowledge to increase your Energy.

Beginner's Step by Step Knowledge Gain

  1. Talk to every NPC that has a ? on the minimap. Most Character type knowledge requires 1st time dialog. NPC knowledge is especially important in towns. You'll need this later for Amity Games.
  2. Do every quest! If you don't like questing, then Adventure Journal knowledge will be a challenge. Some Adventure Journal quests are hidden within the Amity Game or require specific quest chain completion.
  3. Discover all nodes. Use a good map site and visit all nearby Node Managers. Topography knowledge often only requires you to visit a location to obtain the knowledge. (This way you might be able to avoid some of those pesky Amity conversations!)
  4. Check Ecology then Academics. Before you leave an area, use the Knowledge Locator to be sure you have completed all monster knowledge categories nearby. Finally, complete any Amity requirements.

Why Obtain More Knowledge?

S Monster Knowledge Rank = Silver

The highest monster knowledge rank of S helps fatten our skinny silver bags!
Monster rank rewards are cumulative. For example, S rank also provides damage and defense benefits, as well as a detailed monster HP bar for that S ranked enemy.

+20% Item Drop Rate via "Knowledge (Ecology) Effect"

On top of the hidden monster knowledge rank buffs specific to that monster, you can obtain a visible item drop buff for all enemies no matter their current knowledge rank. The more Ecology Points you obtain by gaining more and higher monster knowledge ranks, the better the rare drop chances.

Ecology PointsItem Drop Rate
501-1000+2%
1001-1500+3%
1501-2000+5%
2001-3000+7%
3001-4000+10%
4001-5000+12%
5001-6000+14%
6001-7000+16%
7001-8000+18%
8001++20%

Knowledge Window (H): press H key to view Ecology Points and "Knowledge (Ecology) Effect"

Knowledge Ecology Effect Points

Important Note: Item drop buff does not apply to junk loot and party drops!

How to Obtain 8000 Ecology Points and S Enemy Rank:
Strike the killing blow or harvest the corpse with a tool. Bookshelves can also be used and take one hour. For each mob you gain knowledge of, you earn points depending upon which rank you were randomly given.

Obtaining S mob knowledge rank is RNG/chance, but if you keep hunting, you will eventually obtain it. Higher ranks automatically replace lower ranks.

Monster Knowledge Rank Helpers:
There are game items that will help speed your path to 8000 Ecology Points and S Monster Rank. They help by increasing the chances of obtaining knowledge faster and obtaining a better rank/grade.

Knowledge ItemKnowledge BuffAcquisition
Pearl Ear/Head Slot
+ Higher-grade Knowledge ChanceOutfit > Accessory >
Ear Cuffs & Earrings
(500 Pearls / $5)
Pearl Eye Slot
+ Knowledge ChanceOutfit > Accessory >
Glasses & Eye Patches
(500 Pearls / $5)
Pearl Bird Pets
Base Level 1 Talents (upgradable)
+5% Knowledge Chance
+1% Higher-grade Knowledge Chance

Pet Buffs Stack: up to 5 pets
Example: 2 T4 and 3 T3 (+85% Knowledge, +17% Higher Grade)
● Sky Hawk
● Brown Guide Hawk
● Long-tailed Rosefinch
● Scarlet Macaw
● Carmadum Owl
● Crow
(1100 Pearls / $11)
$0 Knowledge Boosters
[Event] Glasses Box
+ Knowledge Chance3000 hours logged-in game time reward.
(only 125 days or 4 months! *wink*)
Weenie Elixir

Crit
+7% Knowledge Chance
Duration: 5 min.
Cooldown: 10 sec.
+10% Knowledge Chance
Duration: 8 min.
[Party] Duration: 15 min.
Alchemy Tool:
(Apprentice 1, Crit: Professional 1)
4x Moss Tree Sap
2x Blue Umbrella Mushroom
3x Powder of Time
5x Monk's Branch
1x Sky Blue Flower
Looney Elixir

Crit
Higher-Grade Knowledge +3%
Duration: 5 min.
Cooldown: 10 sec.
Higher-Grade Knowledge +5%
Duration: 8 min.
[Party] Duration: 15 min.
Alchemy Tool:
(Apprentice 1, Crit: Professional 1)
4x Moss Tree Sap
2x Volcanic Umbrella Mushroom
3x Powder of Flame
5x Red Tree Lump
1x Violet Flower
Bookshelves
● random knowledge acquired within a subcategory
● read on an alt while you hunt (Read (R) » Esc » Disconnect » Char Portrait » Change) Can't switch servers while reading.
● takes one hour per knowledge chance and does not automatically keep reading afterwards
● not guaranteed a knowledge/rank you don't have already, but lower rank does not replace higher
● Exchange your completed knowledge category and 100k for a bookshelf with Annolisa Rosie in SE Calpheon City library
● Bookshelves can also be purchased in the Pearl Shop (300 Pearls, $3)
● "Handcrafted" Bookshelves require different recipe ingredients depending upon the type of bookshelf crafted. (source: bddatabase -- I don't believe this is implemented yet?)

Knowledge Increases Max Energy

Knowledge increases the maximum energy on your account. When you obtain all or most knowledge in the lowest knowledge subcategory, then all characters on your account have their max energy increased by up to 7 energy for each completed knowledge subcategory. Sometimes, you can earn a partial max energy reward for partially completing a knowledge subcategory. For example, if a knowledge list rewards 2 max energy for full completion, then if you complete half of that, then you might obtain half the reward, which is 1 max energy.

Energy uses in Black Desert...

Knowledge = Special Fame = Silver

Gain enough knowledge and you can earn passive income every day. Special Fame = knowledge/10 + contribution points. View your knowledge points by pressing H key.

Special FameSilvers/Day
50-40050k
401-80087k
801-1200125k
1201-1600160k
1601-2000200k
2001+250k

How To Improve and Speed Up Amity Gain

Academic knowledge often requires Amity, which is shown as a number level when you converse with an NPC. Here are a few tips to help speed Amity progression.

Amity Game Helpers

Highest total possible amity buff increase is +75% stacking food, potion, villa buff, and other items. Here is a list of the amity items you can obtain in game to help speed knowledge progression along.
Amity ItemAmity BuffDurationIngredientsAcquisition
Elixir of Amity
Amity Potion
Crit
Amity +20%
Amity +30%
5 min.
[10 min.]
8 min
[15 min.]
 1x Weeds
 1x Sugar
 1x Silver Azalea
Processing » Filtering
Bottle of River or Turbid Water (gathered with an Empty Bottle)
 1x Spirit's Leaf
 1x Trace of Earth
 2x Blood 5
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
 5x Fire Flake Flower
 6x Ash Sap

Processing » Simple Alchemy
 2xElixir
 1x Aal's Tear (at Material Vendor for 22k)
● Auction (Current Price: 22.1k, Crit: 62.7k, [Party] 60.4k)
● Alchemy Tool (Apprentice 1, Crit: Professional 1)
Pickled Fish

Crit
Amity +5% 60 min.
75 min.
 1x Fish (any type)
1x Leavening Agent
1x Fruit
1x Grain
1x Sugar
 4x Salt
 2x Leavening Agent
● Auction (Current Price: 3,800)
● Cooking Tool (Apprentice 1, Crit: Skilled 9)
Five-Grain Chicken Porridge
Five-Grain Chicken Porridge
Crit
Amity +5% 60 min.
75 min.
 2x Mineral Water
 3x Grain
Processing » Grinding
1x Chicken Meat
● Marketplace
● Cooking Tool (Beginner 6, Crit: Skilled 5)
Calpheon Noble
Amity +15% Gear
(top, glove, shoe, and head slots)
Design costs 400 amity with Merv, the tailor in SE Calpheon City (next to building No. 1-3, Workshop District). She only likes Sophistication I topics!
Amity Game: Velian Epic, Witch at the Farm, The Cook's Presence, Flute, Velia Specialties, Meiser Lomerun
Processing » Grinding
Processing » Heating
5x Flax
Processing » Grinding
Gathering (pickaxe) » Skilled 5
Ruby Gatherable
and rarely from other rare ores and crystals
Design costs 400 amity with Merv, the tailor in SE Calpheon City (next to building No. 1-3, Workshop District). She only likes Sophistication I topics!
Amity Game: Velian Epic, Witch at the Farm, The Cook's Presence, Flute, Velia Specialties, Meiser Lomerun
Processing » Grinding
Processing » Heating
5x Cotton
Processing » Filtering
Processing » Filtering
Gathering (tanning knife) »
Fan Flamingo Corpse
(also Griffon Feathers work)
● Auction (Current Price: 928k)
● Crafted with Level 2 Costume Mill housing
[Villa] Turning Gates
Amity +10% 90
min.
180
min.
3x Gold Bar 1G (300k)
9x Gold Bar 1G (900k)
Villa Rental (7 Days):
1x Villa Invitation
1x Gold Bar 100G (10 mil.)
Villa Buff Locations: Karashu, Shakatu, Kiyak, Muna, Marzana, Talia
Pearl Costumes
Amity +10% Appearance
(hand or top slot)
● Amity is found in hand costume slot piece. (Gloves are sometimes fused with the top piece.) ● Gloves auction (Current Price: 3.2 mil. or 400 Pearls ($4)
● Top (fused with gloves) Pearl Cost: 1600 ($16)
● Pearl Set Costs: 37.1 mil., 3,000 Pearls ($30)
Pearl Equipment Tailoring Coupon
Amity +15% Appearance
(hand, shoes and top slot)
Casting & Attack Speed +1
costs 500 Amity with Mevo Muranan, Blacksmith of central Altinova, E Mediah. Amity Game: Belgar, Nelople, Mariam, Lashir, Mevo, Nerudo
Processing » Heating
Alchemy Tool » Apprentice 1
1x Weeds
1x Salt
1x Sunrise Herb
Processing » Filtering
Bottle of River or Turbid Water (gathered with an Empty Bottle)
Processing » Heating
10 worker nodes and also gatherable (search for iron ore at somethinglovely.net)
4x Rough Stone
2x Trace of Savagery
Processing » Heating
Processing » Heating
3 Valencia Worker Nodes:
Gavinya
OR Gathering (pickaxe) » Skilled 5
Titanium Gatherable
and rarely from soft sandstone and volcanic rock
Processing » Heating
Processing » Heating
Processing » Filtering
Bottle of River Water (gathered with an Empty Bottle)
OR Processing » Heating
Gathering (pickaxe) » Skilled 5
Gold Gatherable
and rarely from other rare ores and stones
Gathering (tanning knife) »
Black Leopard
Processing » Grinding
Processing » Heating
5x Silkworm Cocoon
obtained from Monta Ahto, the Node Manager of Ahto Farm, Mediah. Requires quest: Forsaking the Name Shroud and it's quest chain starting with Ahon Kirus in Tarif at level 53.
Processing » Heating
Processing » Heating
10 worker nodes and also gatherable (search for iron ore at somethinglovely.net)
5x Coal
Processing » Heating
Alchemy Tool » Apprentice 1
1x Weeds
1x Salt
1x Sunrise Herb
Processing » Filtering
Bottle of River or Turbid Water (gathered with an Empty Bottle)
Processing » Heating
10 worker nodes and also gatherable (search for iron ore at somethinglovely.net)
4x Rough Stone
2x Trace of Savagery
Processing » Heating
Processing » Heating
Gathering (pickaxe) » Skilled 5
Silver Gatherable
and rarely from other rare ores and stones
Gathering (tanning knife) »
Wasteland Cheetah Dragon
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
costs 500 amity with Ornella, the Arms Dealer in SE Heidel City (next to SE Marketplace Director). She only likes Serendia Merchant topics! Amity Game: imgur.com
steal from Carolin, in central Heidel
Processing » Heating
Processing » Heating
10 worker nodes and also gatherable (search for iron ore at somethinglovely.net)
5x Coal
Processing » Heating
Processing » Heating
Processing » Filtering
Bottle of River Water (gathered with an Empty Bottle)
OR Processing » Heating
Gathering (pickaxe) » Skilled 5
Gold Gatherable
and rarely from other rare ores and stones
Processing » Grinding
Processing » Heating
5x Silkworm Cocoon
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
steal from Carolin, in central Heidel
Processing » Shaking:
Processing » Drying
Processing » Drying
Rhino Hide
Pig Hide
Ox Hide
Belladonna Elephant Hide
Alchemy Tool » Apprentice 1
1x Weeds
1x Salt
1x Sunrise Herb
Processing » Filtering
Bottle of River or Turbid Water (gathered with an Empty Bottle)
3x Maple Sap
3x Trace of Ascension
2x Powder of Darkness
Processing » Shaking:
Processing » Drying
Processing » Drying
Raccoon Hide
Monkey Hide
Weasel Hide
Alchemy Tool » Apprentice 1
1x Weeds
1x Salt
1x Sunrise Herb
Processing » Filtering
Bottle of River or Turbid Water (gathered with an Empty Bottle)
3x Maple Sap
3x Trace of Ascension
2x Powder of Darkness
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
Processing » Heating
Processing » Heating
Gathering » Pickaxe
5x Strange Rock
also from 4 worker nodes
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
costs 500 Amity with Enrico Mancini, the Guard Commander of N Heidel
steal from Carolin, in central Heidel
Processing » Heating
5x Cotton
Processing » Heating
5x Flax
Processing » Grinding
Processing » Heating
5x Silkworm Cocoon
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
Processing » Heating
Processing » Heating
Gathering » Pickaxe
5x Strange Rock
also from 4 worker nodes
Processing » Heating
Processing » Heating
Gathering (pickaxe) » Skilled 5
Silver Gatherable
and rarely from other rare ores and stones
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
Critical Hit +1:
steal from Ahon Kirus, the Leader of Tarif in central Tarif
Processing » Heating
Processing » Heating
10 worker nodes and also gatherable (search for iron ore at somethinglovely.net)
5x Coal
Processing » Heating
Worker Nodes:
Abandoned Iron Mine (Altinova)
OR Gathering (pickaxe) » Skilled 5
Black Quartz
Processing » Grinding
Processing » Heating
5x Silkworm Cocoon
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
costs 500 Amity with Enrico Mancini, the Guard Commander of N Heidel
Processing » Drying
Processing » Drying
Dinosaur Hide
Lizard Hide
Worm Hide
Processing » Grinding
Processing » Heating
5x Flax
Processing » Heating
Processing » Heating
10 worker nodes and also gatherable (search for iron ore at somethinglovely.net)
5x Coal
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
costs 500 amity with Ornella, the Arms Dealer in SE Heidel City (next to SE Marketplace Director). She only likes Serendia Merchant topics! Amity Game: imgur.com
Processing » Drying
Processing » Drying
Rhino Hide
Pig Hide
Ox Hide
Belladonna Elephant Hide
Processing » Grinding
Processing » Heating
5x Flax
Processing » Heating
Processing » Heating
10 worker nodes and also gatherable (search for iron ore at somethinglovely.net)
5x Coal
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
Movement Speed +2:
Design costs 400 amity with Merv, the tailor in SE Calpheon City (next to building No. 1-3, Workshop District). She only likes Sophistication I topics!
Amity Game: Velian Epic, Witch at the Farm, The Cook's Presence, Flute, Velia Specialties, Meiser Lomerun
Processing » Grinding
Processing » Heating
5x Cotton
Processing » Grinding
Processing » Heating
5x Fleece
Processing » Heating
Processing » Heating
10 worker nodes and also gatherable (search for iron ore at somethinglovely.net)
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
costs 500 Amity with Enrico Mancini, the Guard Commander of N Heidel
Processing » Drying
Processing » Drying
Rhino Hide
Pig Hide
Ox Hide
Belladonna Elephant Hide
Processing » Drying
Processing » Drying
Raccoon Hide
Monkey Hide
Weasel Hide
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
costs 500 Amity with Mevo Muranan, Blacksmith of central Altinova, E Mediah. Amity Game: Belgar, Nelople, Mariam, Lashir, Mevo, Nerudo
Processing » Grinding
Processing » Heating
5x Flax
Processing » Shaking:
Processing » Drying
Processing » Drying
Dinosaur Hide
Lizard Hide
Worm Hide
Alchemy Tool » Apprentice 1
1x Weeds
1x Salt
1x Sunrise Herb
Processing » Filtering
Bottle of River or Turbid Water (gathered with an Empty Bottle)
3x Maple Sap
3x Trace of Ascension
2x Powder of Darkness
Processing » Shaking:
Processing » Drying
Processing » Drying
Deer Hide
Sheep Hide
Fox Hide
Black Leopard Hide
Alchemy Tool » Apprentice 1
1x Weeds
1x Salt
1x Sunrise Herb
Processing » Filtering
Bottle of River or Turbid Water (gathered with an Empty Bottle)
3x Maple Sap
3x Trace of Ascension
2x Powder of Darkness
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
Steal from Yaz, NE Heidel inn
Processing » Grinding
Processing » Heating
5x Silkworm Cocoon
Processing » Shaking:
Processing » Drying
Processing » Drying
Rhino Hide
Pig Hide
Ox Hide
Belladonna Elephant Hide
Alchemy Tool » Apprentice 1
1x Weeds
1x Salt
1x Sunrise Herb
Processing » Filtering
Bottle of River or Turbid Water (gathered with an Empty Bottle)
3x Maple Sap
3x Trace of Ascension
2x Powder of Darkness
Processing » Shaking:
Processing » Drying
Processing » Drying
Deer Hide
Sheep Hide
Fox Hide
Black Leopard Hide
Alchemy Tool » Apprentice 1
1x Weeds
1x Salt
1x Sunrise Herb
Processing » Filtering
Bottle of River or Turbid Water (gathered with an Empty Bottle)
3x Maple Sap
3x Trace of Ascension
2x Powder of Darkness
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
Steal from Yaz, NE Heidel inn
Processing » Grinding
Processing » Heating
5x Cotton
Processing » Heating
Processing » Heating
10 worker nodes and also gatherable (search for iron ore at somethinglovely.net)
Processing » Drying
Processing » Drying
Rhino Hide
Pig Hide
Ox Hide
Belladonna Elephant Hide
Processing » Grinding
any Magic Crystal
Pearl Equipment Tailoring Coupon: 1500 Pearls ($15) and very rarely at auction (Current Price: 12.1 mil.)
Crafted Clothes: (Current Auction Price: 800k to 3 mil.)
● Clothes crafted with Level 2 Costume Mill housing
● Coupon turns Crafted Clothes into a Pearl costume for Pearl Appearance slots.

Wonderful Black Desert Online Players that Rock!

A very heartfelt THANK YOU to all the Black Desert Online websites that made the knowledge database possible and to the players who created and submitted programs, guides, maps, images, and helpful tidbits of info to them!

Knowledge Locator How To

Use the Knowledge Locator to find nearest knowledge to your character's location by using the select boxes at the top of the listed entries. More than one filter can be chosen to decrease range and render more specific results. To remove the filter, click the filter link at the bottom of the select box or click reset to reset all filters. Click table headings to sort columns alphabetically or numerically. Searches are applied to the filtered data only. To search the entire database, remove all filters first. Use "" around your search to do an exact search and achieve more precise results, narrowing the knowledge list. Select rows and hide/show them using the Checkbox Filter.

Knowledge List HeadingKnowledge List Column Explained
TypeAfter pressing H key these are the first categories you see in game
SubtypeSometimes there is a 2nd level of the category after clicking on a main category
KnowledgeComplete all knowledge in this lowest subcategory to obtain a max energy increase
EMaximum energy of your account will increase by this much if all subcategory knowledge is finished
NPCnon-player character or object needed to obtain this knowledge
HintAfter pressing H key and hovering over a knowledge item you haven't obtained, this hint will pop up in game
Black Desert Knowledge GuideContains further instructions, amity, and travel direction help
NodeClosest map node icon to gain this knowledge
CityClosest city/town map icon to gain this knowledge
ZoneKnowledge is obtained in this territory/country

About the Black Desert Online Knowledge Database/List

Hello all! I'm Suzy and created the knowledge locator to help me obtain Black Desert Online knowledge. In the past, I enjoyed running back and forth and to and fro on Eore, my faithful and true (but admittedly left-footed) donkey, to obtain knowledge. But, alas, Eore is lame and this is my attempt at saving my feet from running to timbuktu and back. ;) I wanted to select a node or NPC and see all available knowledge at that location. If you see any mistakes, my apologies. I am nowhere near an expert (like those who have attained 500+ energy *cough*), but I did my best to try and put all knowledge together for future use. Please PM me on BDO's forum or Message me on Reddit.com and let me know what you think or if there are any knowledge errors. There was allot of info from various Black Desert Online websites to go through and learn from, as well as knowledge from my own limited travels. Thanks and happy adventuring!


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