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BDO Leveling Guide (Black Desert Online 2018)

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In this BDO leveling guide, you will learn details about the best places to hunt and ways you can speed up your leveling. Black Desert Online is a massive, amazing world, and there are countless hunting spots spilling over with evil monsters to vanquish! So many mobs to hunt, and oh so few hours to the day! This leveling guide will help you, hopefully, save some time and get busy leveling.

Here you will find leveling tips and tricks to aid you on your adventure.

HAPPY Leveling!!


BDO Power Leveling

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BDO Power Leveling (or Boosting) is when a highly geared player brings a low level friend to a high level grinding area and kills monsters. Players report it takes 2 to 3 hours to level a friend to 56. This is using all XP buffs and the power leveling is done by another player that has high AP.

POWER LEVELING NOTES:

BDO Power Leveling

There are reports that BDO power leveling can be purchased by Pearl gifting and at a professional power leveling service website. I could not find any concrete GM response on these issues, but it sounds very risky and might be against TOS.


Leveling in a Party

Leveling in a party is recommended in popular grinding spots like Sausans. If you don't hunt in a party, you're inviting someone that's PK happy to PVP you and take your grinding spot. BDO parties can help dissuade most, if not all red and negative Karma players. Of course, if you're very good at PK and have top gear, you can feel more confident solo hunting.

When you enter a leveling area and there is a player/party already there, send a message to see if you can party with them. If you are rejected, switch channels and see if the grinding spot there is less crowded.


BDO Party Exp Distribution

Players in Party Experience Gained Per Party Member
1 100%
2 60%
3 50%
4 50%
5 50%

Black Desert Level Cap

BDO Leveling XP Chart

There is no level cap in Black Desert Online. However, there is what people call a "soft cap", where it gets to be nearly impossible to obtain a certain level. You see this reflected in the image I obtained of one of graphs available on Smite Datamining, which shows the amount of xp needed per level. As you can see, the xp needed for level 63 is much more than the amount needed for level 56. Getting to level 56 is fairly quick, but after level 61, leveling gets extremely difficult.


BDO Leveling Time: XP Table

Click the button below to show a BDO XP table, which displays the required XP for each level. It will help you determine the leveling time required to level up your character. Thank you to DSdavidDS, who posted this Xp table on Reddit. View Original Post. This same xp per level is confirmed on Smite Datamining.


Level Exp Required
0-4 1
5 161
6 472
7 1.181
8 2.626
9 5.319
10 10.005
11 17.721
12 29.865
13 48.273
14 75.300
15 113.911
16 167.777
17 241.381
18 340.127
19 470.464
20 640.005
21 857.666
22 1.133.804
23 1.480.364
24 1.911.035
25 2.441.411
26 3.089.163
27 3.874.210
28 4.818.908
29 5.948.238
30 7.290.005
31 8.875.042
32 10.737.423
33 12.914.685
34 15.448.049
35 18.382.661
36 21.767.828
37 25.657.269
38 30.109.369
39 35.187.443
40 40.960.005
41 47.501.047
42 54.890.322
43 63.213.635
44 72.563.144
45 83.037.661
46 94.742.974
47 118.571.374
48 158.997.683
49 207.619.316
50 415.238.632
51 830.477.264
52 1.245.715.896
53 1.868.573.844
54 2.802.860.766
55 8.408.582.298
56 21.021.455.745
57 52.553.639.363
58 105.107.278.725
59 210.214.557.450
60 630.643.672.350
61 1.261.287.344.700
62 2.522.574.689.400
63 5.045.149.378.800
64 10.090.298.757.600
65 20.180.597.515.200
66-100 403,611,950,304,000


BDO Book of Training Combat: AFK Leveling with Training Manual

BDO Jamey Drucker Training Manual NPC

You can start AFK leveling, after you reach level 56 and have enough silver to spend on BDO Training Manual Book of Training - Combat. You buy them from Jamey Drucker <Black Spirit's Training>, who is located in Velia, Heidel, Calpheon City, Altinova, and Valencia City.

BDO AFK Training Manual How-To
Just right click the Training Manual that you bought from Jamey Drucker. Next go up to a training scarecrow and press your R key to interact with it. You will slowly receive combat exp during the duration of the Training Manual.


BDO Book of Training Manual: AFK Leveling AFK Training Manual Tips:
Training Manual Hours Training Manual Price
Book of Training - Combat (1 Hour) 1,000,000 silver
Book of Training - Combat (3 Hour) 3,000,000 silver
Book of Training - Combat (5 Hour) 5,000,000 silver
Book of Training - Combat (10 Hour) 10,000,000 silver

Level EXP/Hour Hours to Level Days to Level Silver/Level
56 to 57 1.92% 51.56 2.14 52 million
57 to 58 1.16% 85.34 3.55 86 million
58 to 59 0.62% 159.67 6.65 160 million
59 to 60 0.32% 309.37 12.89 310 million
60 to 61 0.15% 660 27.5 660 million
61 to 62 0.040% 2,475 103.12 2,475 million

Thanks to Luxienna's [Data Collecting] AFK Training results forum post for the data on exp per hour with AFK Combat Training.


BDO Leveling Boosts: Combat XP Buffs

BDO Combat XP Boosts

There are many xp boosts in BDO that can be stacked on each other. There is no xp buff cap amount, however some XP items will overwrite an existing combat xp buff and not stack together. For example, 50% XP scrolls cannot be stacked with Book of Combat. Weekend XP Boost cannot be stacked with Olvia XP buff.

Helpful XP Calculator: ClippyTheBlackSpirit XP Calculator Spreadsheet

Leveling Boosts (Quick List)

Level Exp Required
Splendid EXP Elixir
or Beast's Draught
15%
or 20%
2X Magic Crystal of Infinity - Experience 20%
[Villa] Skill and Experience (180 min.)
or [Camp] Mercenary's Experience
10%
Milk Tea
or Simple Cron Meal
8%
or 10%
GM's Blessing 1 (1h) 10%
[Event] Cold Dark Beer 20%
Value Pack 10%
Weekend/Olvia Server XP buff 100%
Daily Blood Frenzy! 200%
[Combat Reward] Faster and Stronger V 100%
Night exp bonus 50%
Extra Combat EXP Scroll
or Book of Combat
50%
10-min XP Scroll 10%
Experienced Cry 10%
Call to Battle 10%
Golden Bell 100%
Pets 20%
Titles 12%
Pearl Costume 10%
Black Spirit Energy Burning 20%
Total 761%

Leveling Boosts (Detailed)

Combat XP ItemCombat EXP BuffDurationIngredientsAcquisition
EXP Elixir
EXP ELIXIR
Crit
Combat EXP +10%
Combat EXP +15%
5 min.
[10 min.]
8 min
[15 min.]
1x Weeds
1x Salt
1x Sunrise Herb
Processing » Filtering
Bottle of River or Turbid Water (gathered with an Empty Bottle)
 1x Powder of Darkness
 1x Spirit's Leaf
 2x Blood 1
 2x Powder of Flame
 5x Pine Sap
 7x Dry Mane Grass

Processing » Simple Alchemy
2xElixir
1x Aal's Tear (at Material Vendor for 22k)
Processing » Simple Alchemy
3xElixir
1x Blue Reagent (at Material Vendor for 50k)
● Marketplace (Current Price: 6.5k) & Rarely at Marketplace: Crit: 62.7k, [Party] 60.4k)
● Alchemy Tool (Apprentice 1, Crit: Professional 1)
Beast's Draught
Beast's Draught
Combat EXP +20% 15 min. Simple Alchemy:
Grim Reaper's Elixir x3, EXP Elixir x3, Elixir of Will x3, Tears of the Falling Moon x1

view recipe on bddatabase.net
● Marketplace (Current Price: 500k)
● Processing Tab (L)
Milk Tea
Milk Tea
Crit
Combat EXP +8%
HP Recovery +5
90 min.
110 min.
Cooking:
Tea With Fine Scent x2 + Milk x3 + Cooking Honey x3 + Wheat Flour x2

view recipe on bddatabase.net
● Marketplace (Current Price: 11.8k, Crit: 29.5k)
● Cooking Utensil: Skilled Lv.1 (Crit: Professional Lv.1)
Simple Cron Meal
Simple Cron Meal
Combat EXP +10% 120 min. Simple Cooking:
Knight Combat Rations x1 + Mediah Meal x3 + Valencia Meal x3 + Ancient Cron Spice x1

view recipe on bddatabase.net
● Marketplace (Current Price: 320k)
● Processing Tab (L)
Value Pack
Value Pack
Combat XP +10% 1-90 Days Purchase Pearls with real $$$ or obtain via Loyalties (you earn 100 Loyalties per day for logging in). Rarely through events, rewards, etc. ● Marketplace (Current Price: 40.2 mil. rare snipe required)
● Loyalties: 1,400 (1 Day)
● Pearls: 1,500 (30 Days, $15)
Pets
Pearl Bear Pet
Combat XP
0-20%
permanent ● Random chance to obtain +4% Combat XP pet skill
● Purchase Pearls with real $$$. Pets are rarely obtained through events, rewards, etc.
● Marketplace (Current Price: 40.6 mil. rare snipe required)
● Challenge Reward: 5000 hours play time
● Pearls: 1,500 ($15)
Pearl Costumes
Combat XP +10% Appearance
(4 slot bonus)
● Equip 4 pieces of a costume set. ● Marketplace (Current Price: 40.6 mil. rare snipe required)
● Pearl Set Costs: 37.1 mil., 3,000 Pearls ($30)
[Villa] Skill and Experience
Villa Buff: Skill and Experience
Combat EXP +10%
Skill EXP +10%
Desert Disease Resistance +40%
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: Kunid's, Amir's, Alsabi's, Gahaz's, Inaha's, Tasaila's, Shandi's, Dudora's, Oberin's
Extra Combat EXP Scroll
Extra Combat EXP Scroll
Combat EXP +50% 60 min. Combat EXP Scrolls can be purchased with Loyalites and are rarely obtained through events, Challenge rewards, etc. ● Loyalties: cost 300
Earn 100 Loyalties per day for logging in.

Magic Crystal of Infinity - Experience

BDO Magic Crystal of Infinity - Experience BDO Magic Crystal of Infinity - Experience Quest Giver Hailey

One XP Crystal can be obtained per account by completing a quest series in Altinova, Mediah Territory. The quest line is given by Haley <Pickpocket>. He is located very close to the Storage Keeper. This is a Knowledge quest line that rewards the Helm XP crystal, when the full Knowledge category is completed.

Knowledge Battle With Haley
Get ready to do allot of running back and forth with much energy depletion! The quest line involves running back and forth between Haley, a note on a table nearby, and another NPC. Each quest will take 10 energy to guess at an answer to a question. The last quest will cost 40 energy.

Knowledge Battle With Haley Quest Tips:

Total Energy Required: 240 energy
Answer #1 - Moguly Pirates Captain
Answer #2 - 101 things
Answer #3 - Lord's Accusation
Answer #4 - Harassed the daughter
Answer #5 - Remains of Ancient Giant
Answer #6 - Allan Serbin
Answer #7 - Dark Red Crystal
Answer #8 - Khuruto
Answer #9 - Comitia of Tantinis
Answer #10 - The Mausoleum
Answer #11 - Kamasilve Temple
Answer #12 - Neruda Shen
Answer #13 - Adam Berney
Answer #14 - Mediah Shore
Answer #15 - Alustin
Answer #16 - Sezec Hunters
Answer #17 - Cron Castle
Answer #18 - Scuffling Letusa
Answer #19 - Helmet
Answer #20 - Wandering Rogues
Answer #21 - Bareeds III

Daily XP Buff: [Combat Reward] Faster and Stronger

BDO Daily XP Buff
BDO Combat Fame

The Combat EXP amount of this daily XP buff is determined by your Combat Fame. Combat Fame is a calculation of the levels of all of your characters, with bonuses for higher levels. Characters of level 56 and up will get twice the Combat Fame points and characters of level 60+ get 5 times the Combat Fame points.

Combat Fame Example Calculation:
three characters of level 60, 1, and 58 = (60x5)+(58x2)+1 = 417


NOTE: Exp Buff is only for levels 16-55! This achievement reward will not stack or accumulate, so if you don't use it before server reset, you lose the XP buff.


Combat Fame Achievement Reward Combat Exp Training Exp
301-600 [Combat Reward] Faster and Stronger I [Fame] Combat EXP +20% (60 min.) [Fame] Skill EXP +20% (60 min.)
601-900 [Combat Reward] Faster and Stronger II [Fame] Combat EXP +40% (60 min.) [Fame] Skill EXP +20% (60 min.)
901-1200 [Combat Reward] Faster and Stronger III [Fame] Combat EXP +60% (60 min.) [Fame] Skill EXP +20% (60 min.)
1201-1500 [Combat Reward] Faster and Stronger IV [Fame] Combat EXP +80% (60 min.) [Fame] Skill EXP +30% (60 min.)
1501+ [Combat Reward] Faster and Stronger V and VI [Fame] Combat EXP +100% (60 min.) [Fame] Skill EXP +30% (60 min.)

Daily XP Buff: Daily Blood Frenzy!

BDO Daily XP Buff: Blood Frenzy
BDO Daily XP Buff: Blood Frenzy

The Combat EXP amount of this daily XP buff is determined by which Experience buff you choose from an Achievement reward. The Achievement is called Daily Blood Frenzy! Access your Achievements by pressing the Y key.

Daily XP Buff:
This achievement reward will not stack or accumulate, so if you don't use it before server reset, you lose the XP buff.

Choose one of the following XP Boosts:


Pet Combat Exp Skill

BDO Combat Exp Pet Skill

Tier 1 pets have a random chance to obtain a Combat EXP Skill that will add +3%. With 5 Tier 1 pets, you could possibly obtain a total of 15%. The chances of this happening, without considerable luck or effort is rare, however.

As you breed pets together, it's possible to obtain +4% Combat EXP. One player reported spending $250 to achieve 4 Tier 4 pets, all with +4% Combat Exp Skill. Here is an image of his pets and you can view Progamingcinema's reddit post here.

BDO Combat Exp Pet Skill

Golden Bell Leveling Buff

BDO Leveling Buff: Golden Bell XP Boost with Loyalties

Golden Bells give a nice bonus to Combat EXP for one hour. It's one of the nicest BDO leveling buffs in the game because it is shared with everyone on the server you use it on. You can purchase them with Pearls or with Loyalties. The Loyalty cost is quite high at 5,000 Loyalties. This would take 50 days of successfully staying logged in for one hour each day.

If you have 1,800 Pearls tucked away for a rainy day, you can use it on the Golden Bell. $18 for a +100% EXP boost might be a bit pricey for you though.

BDO Leveling Buff: Golden Bell XP Boost with Pearls

Leveling Boosts are that MUCH?!
Feeling broke in both Loyalties and Pearls? Never fear, your rich friends are on the way! Keep track of all current Golden Bells buffs through Discord:

  • Bellcord NA - Channels and time left for current Bell buffs on NA servers (+100% XP)
  • Bellcord EU - Channels and time left for current Bell buffs on EU servers (+100% XP)

  • Guild XP Boost: Experienced Cry

    BDO XP Boost: Guild Skill Experienced Cry

    Experienced Cry is a guild skill that gives a combat EXP or Life Skill experience buff. It costs 15 Guild Points to train up. The buff has a cool down of 5 hours and a duration of 60 minutes.

    XP Buff: Combat EXP and Life Skill XP +10%
    REQUIRES: 25x [Guild] Pledge of the Blood

    Purchase [Guild] Pledge of the Blood at a <Guild Manager>. Only available to the Guild Master. You cannot store guild items in personal storage.


    Titles Combat Exp Buff

    Buffs from Titles
    Title
    Count
    Luck Energy EXP
    Buff
    Stamina
    50 1
    60 2
    70 2 1
    80 2 2
    90 2 3
    100 2 3 3%
    150 3 3 3%
    200 3 4 3%
    300 3 4 6% 5%
    400 3 5 6% 5%
    500 3 5 9% 5%
    600 4 5 9% 10%
    700 4 6 9% 10%
    800 4 6 9% 15%
    900 4 6 12% 15%
    1.000 5 6 12% 15%

    Titles give some nice buffs to experience if you have enough of them. 900 Titles will give the maximum Combat Exp boost of 12%. This buff is shared with all your characters.

    Other Buffs: You also get boosts to Luck, Energy, and Stamina. The max buffs you can gain from Titles is currently +6 Energy, +5 Luck, 15% Stamina, and 12% Combat EXP.

    Titles in BDO are in the following categories:

    NOTE: You do not need to get only Combat Titles to get the Combat EXP buff. All titles are added together.

    All titles can be found here on bdocodex.com


    Combat XP Scrolls: 5% to 50%

    BDO Leveling Scroll: Combat XP Buff Drop & Exchange Scrolls:
    Drop & Exchange scrolls 5-10% can be found by looting random objects around the world. They are also commonly obtained from chests that are unlocked with bronze/silver keys. Some quests in the beginning of the game rewards you with these as well. EXP +10% and EXP +5%

    Exchange Items for 5% Combat XP Scrolls:
  • Cobwebs
  • Altar Imp's Trumpet
  • Poorly Trimmed Hide
  • Scorched Cauldron
  • Honey
  • +50% Combat EXP Scrolls
    The +50% Combat Exp scrolls can be purchased with Loyalties and are rarely obtained through Events, Challenge Rewards, etc. The Loyalty cost is 300 Loyalties, which would take 3 days of logging in for one hour each day.

    BDO Leveling Scroll: Combat XP Buff

    Combat Awakening

    Combat Awakening Skill 2% source: at level 48 you can awaken your abilities. Some abilities can get a buff which gives you 2% experience for 5 seconds after usage. See your black spirit after lvl 48 for more info


    Black Spirit Energy Burning: 20%

    Leveling with this Combat Exp buff is extremely easy, but it will cost you plenty of Energy.

    Level 50+ characters can talk to Black Spirit (,) to obtain a 20% Combat Exp buff or 8% Skill Exp buff. Duration is 30 minutes. XP Buffs cost 50 energy each.

    BDO Black Spirit XP Buff

    Black Spirit Energy Burning Tips:

  • The option to exchange Energy for EXP does not appear, if you have less than 50 unused Energy.
  • You can have the Combat EXP buff and the Skill EXP buff going at the same time for 100 Energy.

  • Leveling Guide: Level 9 to 13

    BDO Leveling Guide: Level 9-13
    Forest of Seclusion:
    Levels 9-13

    BDO Pet Window BDO Pet Window BDO Pet Window
    BDO Leveling Guide Rating:
    XP: ★★★☆☆
    Loot: ★☆☆☆☆
    Difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆

    Valuable Rare Loot:
    BDO Pet Window Black Stone (Armor)


    View leveling spot on:
    somethinglovely node map

    Forest of Seclusion is a very easy leveling spot. The mobs will sometimes drop Elisha accessories. Don't forget to talk to Jarette Domongatt and complete her quest before you leave. This quest is important for awakening the Black Spirit and enhancing.

    Leveling Guide: Level 13 to 15

    BDO Leveling Guide: Level 13-15
    Northern Heidel Quarry:
    Levels 13-15

    BDO Mine Imp BDO Mine Imp Tower BDO Mine Imp Warrior
    BDO Leveling Guide Rating:
    XP: ★★★★☆
    Loot: ★☆☆☆☆
    Difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆

    Valuable Rare Loot:
    Black Stone Armor Black Stone (Armor) 0.39%


    View leveling spot on:
    somethinglovely node map

    Northern Heidel Quarry is a very easy leveling spot, located North of Heidel in Serendia Territory. The mobs will sometimes drop green crystals, iron ore, and rough stone. A <Violent> Mine Imp will sometimes spawn here and drop Reblath Armor or green crystals.



    Leveling Guide: Level 15 to 18

    BDO Leveling Guide: Level 15-18
    Moretti Plantation:
    Levels 15-18

    BDO Scarecrow Ghost BDO Wheat Field Lookout
    BDO Leveling Guide Rating:
    XP: ★★★★☆
    Loot: ★☆☆☆☆
    Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆

    Valuable Rare Loot:
    Black Stone Armor Black Stone (Armor) 0.39%


    View leveling spot on:
    somethinglovely node map

    Moretti Plantation can be challenging if you don't have the right gear. This leveling spot is located South of Heidel in Serendia Territory. The mobs will sometimes drop green crystals, Strength Gloves of Heve, Strength Shoes of Heve, and Maple Timber. A <Violent> Scarecrow Ghost will sometimes spawn here and drop Black Stone (Weapon) or green crystals.


    Leveling Guide: Level 18 to 24

    BDO Leveling Guide: Level 18-24
    Castle Ruins:
    Levels 18-24

    BDO Scarecrow Ghost BDO Wheat Field Lookout BDO Wheat Field Lookout
    BDO Leveling Guide Rating:
    XP: ★★★★★
    Loot: ★★★☆☆
    Difficulty: ★★★☆☆

    Valuable Rare Loot:
    Black Stone Armor Black Stone (Weapon) 0.39%


    View leveling spot on:
    somethinglovely node map

    Castle Ruins can be challenging, but has amazing mob groups inside the castle. This leveling spot is located SE of Heidel in Serendia Territory. It's beyond the scarecrows. The mobs will sometimes drop green grade main hand weapons. Rusty Helmet is frequently dropped and 50 of them can be exchanged for 30k silver. A <Violent> Al Rhundi will spawn here and sometimes drop Agerian Helmet.


    Leveling Guide: Level 24 to 30

    BDO Leveling Guide: Level 24-30
    Bloody Monastery:
    Levels 24-30

    BDO Scarecrow Ghost BDO Wheat Field Lookout BDO Cultist Warrior
    BDO Leveling Guide Rating:
    XP: ★★★★★
    Loot: ★★★★☆
    Difficulty: ★★★★☆

    Valuable Rare Loot:
    Black Stone Armor Black Stone (Armor) 0.39%


    View leveling spot on:
    somethinglovely node map

    I love hunting at Bloody Monastery. The mob groups here are dense, especially inside the temple complex at the top of the hill. This leveling spot is located South of Glish in Serendia Territory. The mobs will sometimes drop green grade main hand weapons and armor. Old Hood is frequently dropped and 100 of them can be exchanged for 70k silver. <Violent> Cultist Warriors will spawn here and usually drop Agerian Helmet and sometimes Armor of Hercules' Might and Black Stone (Armor).



    Leveling Guide: Level 30 to 35

    BDO Leveling Guide: Level 30-35
    Khuruto Cave:
    Levels 30-35

    BDO Khuruto Shaman BDO Young Khuruto BDO Khuruto Elite Solder
    BDO Leveling Guide Rating:
    XP: ★★★★☆
    Loot: ★★★★☆
    Difficulty: ★★★★☆

    Valuable Rare Loot:
    Black Stone Armor Black Stone (Armor) 0.39%


    View leveling spot on:
    somethinglovely node map

    Khuruto Cave is a wonderful hunting zone. The mob groups here are dense and you can have a change of scenery by descending into the cave network. This leveling spot is located East of Northern Wheat Plantation in Calpheon Territory. The mobs will sometimes drop green grade main hand weapons and armor. Old Longsword is frequently dropped and 100 of them can be exchanged for 85k silver. <Violent> Khuruto Fighter will spawn here and usually drop Rough Red Crystal and sometimes Talis Ring and Black Stone (Weapon).


    Leveling Guide: Level 35 to 40

    BDO Leveling Guide: Level 35-40
    Abandoned Land:
    Levels 35-40

    BDO Khuruto Shaman BDO Young Khuruto BDO Khuruto Elite Solder
    BDO Leveling Guide Rating:
    XP: ★★★★☆
    Loot: ★★★★☆
    Difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆

    Valuable Rare Loot:
    Black Stone Armor Black Stone (Armor) 0.195%


    View hunting location on:
    somethinglovely node map

    Abandoned Land is a great hunting location. Mobs here are slow, so it's easy to get away from them, if you get into trouble. This leveling spot is located NW of Calpheon City in Calpheon Territory. The mobs will sometimes drop green grade main hand weapons and armor. Brand Token is frequently dropped and 100 of them can be exchanged for 90k silver. <Violent> Contaminated Butcher will spawn here and usually drop Rough Red Crystal and sometimes Taritas Shoes and Black Stone (Armor).


    Leveling Guide: Level 40 to 45

    BDO Leveling Guide: Level 40-45
    Marni Cave Path:
    Levels 40-45

    BDO Chimera BDO Horn Chimera BDO Mad Screaming Orc Wizard
    BDO Leveling Guide Rating:
    XP: ★★★★☆
    Loot: ★★★★★
    Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆

    Valuable Rare Loot:
    Black Stone Armor Black Stone (Armor) 0.39%


    View hunting location on:
    somethinglovely node map

    Marni Cave Path is a wonderful hunting location that has a high drop rate for crystals. This is the place to go if you need Black Stone Powder at level 40! This hunting spot is located SE of Calpheon City in Calpheon Territory. Shimmering Green Liquid is dropped and 100 of them can be exchanged for 80k silver. Mad Screaming Harpy has a higher than normal drop rate for Trace of Ascension and Black Stone (Armor) 0.481%. Mad Screaming Orc Wizard has a higher than normal drop rate for Black Stone (Armor) 0.481%.



    Leveling Guide: Level 45-50

    BDO Leveling Guide: Level 45-50
    Catfishman Camp:
    Levels 45-50

    BDO Catfishman Witmirth BDO Fat Catfishman BDO Catfishman
    BDO Leveling Guide Rating:
    XP: ★★★★☆
    Loot: ★★☆☆☆
    Difficulty: ★★★★☆

    Valuable Rare Loot:
    Loure's Lost Shoes Loure's Lost Shoes 0.2%
    Ancient Relic Crystal Shard Ancient Relic Crystal Shard 0.225%
    Treant Spirit's Whisper Earring Treant Spirit's Whisper Earring 0.5%


    View hunting location on:
    somethinglovely node map

    Catfishman Camp is a popular hunting location because of the large, dense mob groups. This is the place to go to grind for Treant Spirit's Whisper Earring, which is a nice AP Earring for this level. This hunting spot is located SW of Calpheon City in SW Calpheon Territory. Black Stone drop rates are extremely low here and don't expect to make allot of silver here. Constantly check your inventory as well, because they quickly fill up with worthless fish trade items. Spell Powder is dropped and 100 of them can be exchanged for 60k silver. <Energetic> Fat Catfishman will spawn here and sometimes drop Goblin Chief Summon Scroll or Black Stone (Weapon). Normal Fat Catfishman also have a chance to drop the Goblin Chief Summon Scroll. 0.1%


    Leveling Guide: Level 50-53

    BDO Leveling Guide: Level 50-53
    Helms Post:
    Levels 50-53

    BDO Helm Iron Shield BDO Helm Two Axe Warrior BDO Helm Hammer
    BDO Leveling Guide Rating:
    XP: ★★★★☆
    Loot: ★★★★☆
    Difficulty: ★★★★☆

    Valuable Rare Loot:
    Asula Earring Asula's Crimson Eye Earring 0.07%
    Asula Ring Asula's Crimson Eye Ring 0.07%
    Mediah Merchants Union Helm Mediah Merchants Union Helm 0.005%


    View leveling area on:
    somethinglovely node map

    Helms Post is a popular leveling area because of the large, dense mob groups and the Asula Ring and Asula Earring that drops here. This leveling area is located NE of Heidel in NW Mediah Territory. Black Stone drop rates are normal and Forbidden Book drops here rarely 0.135%. Helmet Ornament is dropped frequently and sold to the vendor for 840 silver. <Hard> Helm Golem will spawn here and sometimes drop Scarla Necklace or Black Stone (Armor) or Forbidden Book. Steer clear of him, if you are alone, because he is Level 59 and really hurts. Good thing he is slow!




    Leveling Guide: Level 53 to 56

    BDO Leveling Guide: Level 53-56
    Sausan Garrison:
    Levels 53-56

    BDO Sausan Cannoneer BDO Tough Sausan Soldier BDO Sausan Sniper
    BDO Leveling Guide Rating:
    XP: ★★★★★
    Loot: ★★★★★
    Difficulty: ★★★★★

    Valuable Rare Loot:
    Grunil Armor Pieces


    View leveling area on:
    somethinglovely node map

    Sausan Garrison is a popular leveling area. It's massive and has large mobs grouped together. It also has nice loot, with players reporting an average payout of 8 million silver per hour. Try to find a group to go here, as it's challenging, unless you have high gear score. Sausans have a knockdown ability and hit hard. Not to mention people that like to PK go here to cause trouble, especially if you're solo. This leveling area is located North of Kusha, which is in far NE Mediah Territory. Black Stone and Forbidden Books drop here rarely. Junk loot can be exchanged for Gold Bar 10G (1 million silvers).


    BDO Recommended Gear AP/DP by Hunting Area

    BDO Gear Recommended AP DP

    One great resource for finding gear AP/DP recommendations is somethinglovely.net, 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)

    Below, you will find Oweia0's (u/oweia0) gear recommendations for grinding locations with opinions on Xp and Silver/hour, edited from his helpful Reddit post.

    BDO Grinding/Leveling Areas Sorted by Highest XP
    Grinding Spot
    Level
    AP/DP
    Silver/Hour
    EXP/Hour at lvl 56
    Notes
    Sausans (solo) 53
    150/140
    4 - 12 (8)
    7.72 - 9.74 (8.73)
    heavily contested
    Pirates (solo, M2) 56
    160/200
    6 - 15 (10.5)
    7.84 - 8.22 (8.03)
    red and blue coral earring
    Bashims 55
    160/200
    3 - 8 (5.5)
    7.05 - 8.10 (7.58)
    heavily contested, Yona's
    Gahaz Bandits 55
    180/220
    4 - 12 (8)
    6.97 - 7.42 (7.20)
    contested, Yona's
    Pirates (party, M2) 56
    160/200
    6 - 15 (10.5)
    6.43 -7.80 (7.12)
    red and blue coral earring
    Cadry 55
    160/220
    5 - 9 (7)
    6.32 - 6.84 (6.58)
    cadry ring, Yona's
    Shultz Sausans 56
    180/220
    4 - 12 (8)
    6.23 - 6.52 (6.34)
    shultz belt & necklace
    Desert Fogans 55
    170/200
    5 - 10 (7.5)
    5.61 - 6.33 (5.97)
    seraph necklace, Yona's
    Crescents 55
    170/240
    4 - 11 (7.5)
    4.26 - 6.76 (5.51)
    crescent ring, Yona's
    Desert Nagas 55
    160/200
    5 - 10 (7.5)
    5.15 - 5.70 (5.43)
    Scroll Written in Ancient Language, Black Magic Crystal - Swiftness, Serap's Necklace, Yona's
    Pila Ku 57
    210/270
    7 - 12 (9.5)
    4.83 - 5.86 (5.35)
    sicils necklace, Yona's
    Sausans (party) 53
    150/140
    4 - 12 (8)
    4.97 - 5.52 (5.25)
    heavily contested
    Basilisks 56
    180/240
    4 - 12 (8) (5.15) Scroll Written in Ancient Language, Basilisk's Belt, Black Magic Crystal - Assault, Yona's
    Sulfur Mines 56
    200/250
    6 - 11 (8.5)
    4.80 - 5.13 (4.97)
    arch. & travel maps, sicils necklace, Part for Explorer's Compass, Yona's
    Hasrah
    53 - 57
    130/180
    3 - 10 (6.5) (4.80) Forbidden Book, Ancient Weapon Core
    Elrics
    52 - 56
    100/140
    3 - 10 (6.5) (4.50) Forbidden Book, Asula's Crimson Eye Belt, Outlaw's Ring
    Helms
    50 - 55
    80/120 3 - 7 (5) (4.20) Forbidden Book, Ancient Guardian's Seal (Golems & Cave), Asula's Crimson Eye Earring & Ring, Scarla Necklace
    Rogues
    52 - 56
    110/140
    4 - 10 (7) (3.90) Forbidden Book, Belt of Shultz the Gladiator, Necklace of Shultz the Gladiator
    Manes
    52 - 56
    100/140
    3 - 10 (6.5) (3.80) Forbidden Book, Belt of Shultz the Gladiator, Necklace of Shultz the Gladiator
    Soldiers Grave
    53 - 57
    110/140
    3 - 11 (7) (3.70) skill exp, Forbidden Book
    Catfish
    43 - 52
    60/90 2 - 6 (4) (3.20) Ancient Relic Crystal Shard
    Saunil
    36 - 46
    45/70 4 - 10 (7) (3.00) Ancient Relic Crystal Shard


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