Lets level a BDO Character to 66. No problem! In this guide, I will show how to get a cute level 1 to dream of double 6! 🙂

Ha, I’m teasing you just a tiny bit before we get started.

The secret to gaining levels faster is increasing Combat Experience and selecting good grinding spots. It’s also important to know when to use side quests to your advantage.


4 Different Leveling Options:

  • Grinding Mobs (best for characters level 61+)
  • Side Quests (best for leveling from 58 to 61)
  • AFK Leveling with Training Dummies and Books
  • Life Skills most Life Skills give Combat Exp. However, AFK fishing feels like the best option. I was able to obtain level 58 in one week of AFK fishing with a +10 Balenos Fishing Rod, T3 Auto Fishing pet, and Exp Event.
    • Shai get Combat Exp buffs for Gathering & Alchemy


Gyfin Rhasia

Leveling in a Party

Most grinding spots support solo grinding. There is usually a “main rotation” that is most popular because it has the best mob density. Because mobs die in one hit, most rotations can’t support a party.

Parties that are made up of 3 or more players get 50% experience for each party member. This mechanic makes it easy for a strong group of 3 players to power level one to two friends.

Party Size Combat Exp Per Player
1 100%
2 60%
3 50%
4 50%
5 50%

Party Leveling Spots

There are 12 grinding spots that were created for a party of 2 to 5 players.

They are marked as “Party Recommended” on the world map.

Grinding Spot AP Players Territory
Gyfin Rhasia 270 AP 5 Kamasylvia
Mirumok Ruins 240 AP 2-3 Kamasylvia
Navarn Steppe 210 AP 2-3 Kamasylvia
Tunkuta 270 AP 2 O’dyllita
Olun’s Valley 300 AP 2 O’dyllita
Abandoned Monastery 280 AP 2 Calpheon
Shultz Guard (Season) 220 AP 3 Mediah
Basilisk Den (Season) 190 AP 3 Valencia
Waragon (Season) 165 AP 3 Valencia
Castle Ruins 240 AP 3 Serendia Elvia
Altar Imp Habitat 240 AP 2 Serendia Elvia

Best Grinding Spots for Leveling

The following grinding spots give higher Combat EXP than normal for their difficulty level.

Grinding Spot Location Level Rec AP DP Silver
Fadus Habitat: Loopy Tree Forest Kamasylvia 53 120 180 325
Polly’s Forest: Mushrooms Kamasylvia 55 160 250 415
Titium Valley: Desert Fogans Valencia 55 100 180 395
Desert Naga Temple Valencia 55 100 180 274
Bashim Base Valencia 55 100 180 265
Shultz Guard Sausans: 3P Mediah 55 220 320 200
Waragon Nest: 3P Valencia 55 165 220 100
Roud Sulfur Mines Valencia 56 210 240 270
Gyfin Rhasia Temple: Upper: 5P Kamasylvia 57 270 320 560
Traitor’s Graveyard – Marie Cave Calpheon 58 160 300 330
Protty Cave Island/Water 59 170 200 450
Mirumok Ruins 2/3P Kamasylvia 59 240 270 410
Sycraia Upper Island/Water 60 230 260 320
Murrowak’s Labyrinth Winter 61 280 350 560

Season Leveling Buffs

Season gives great leveling buffs. There are also special Season events and items to help players level faster.

Season Servers provide a Life Skill, Combat, and Skill EXP buff. The EXP buff will be active regardless of a character’s level.

Leveling Buffs Schedule EXP Buffs

Weekend/Weekday (24/7)

Combat EXP +300%
Skill EXP + 50%
Life EXP +30% (excludes Trading)

Season Leveling Spots:

  • drop Tuvala Enhancement materials
  • spawn a special Afuaru that gives enhancement mats
  • can enjoy the hunt without concern of PVP
  • optional PVP Season Server with +50% drops


Season EXP Buff
Party Leveling Spot

Fastest Leveling with Party Help

BDO Power Leveling (or Boosting) is the fastest way to reach level 58.

Power Leveling occurs when another player with high level and good gear forms a party with you and kills mobs in a grinding spot.

You can reach level 59 in a couple hours doing this when there are high Combat EXP buffs of about +1500%.



  • Guild/Party Chat and Stable is disabled until level 6.
  • Characters that are power leveled have a lower amount of Skill Points than grinding alone. Expect about 510 SP at 59 and 640 SP after Simplified Quest Line. (with high Skill Exp buffs)
  • Many grinding spots have safe areas where players can hide from mobs. (Example: Polly’s has a small area where nothing but trees spawn in the middle of a grinding spot. Mirumok has specific tree stumps to stand on.)

You cannot obtain items if the difference between the lowest and highest party member is 10+

BDO Party Loot UI

Distance penalty can occur if you move too far from your party.

BDO Party Distance Combat Exp Penalty

Power Leveling Locations

Mirumok and Gyfin are popular party spots for gaining levels and are frequently used to boost low level characters.

  • Mirumok Ruins – 3 man
    • Standard main rotation allowing for parties under 261 AP Nouver or 245 AP Kutum
  • Gyfin Rhasia – 5 man
    • parties that can kill stronger mobs than Mirumok, but can’t do 5-man Mirumok.
    • Good exp and fair silver
  • Mirumok Ruins – 5 man
    • 261 AP Nouver or 245 AP Kutum
    • more specific party compositions
    • higher silver and exp than Gyfin and 3-man Mirumok
Gyfin Rhasia

Thank you to u/AscennAI for their Mirumok Rotation Graphic!

Please check the NA Mirumok/Gyfin Discord for more details.

Black Desert Level Cap

There is no level cap in Black Desert Online. However, there is a “soft cap”, where it feels nearly impossible to obtain a certain level.

See the chart from Smite Datamining, which shows the amount of xp needed per level.

As you can see, the experience needed for level 63 is much more than the amount needed for level 56.

Reaching level 56 is quick, but after level 62, leveling gets much slower.

For more details, please view our Max Level & AP Cap page.

BDO Experience and Level Chart

BDO Leveling Time: XP Table

Below is an XP table, which displays the required experience for each level. It will help you determine the leveling time required to level up your character.

Level Exp
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
Level Exp
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
59 210.214.557.450
60 630.643.672.350
62 2.522.574.689.400
65 20.180.597.515.200
66-100 403,611,950,304,000

Thank you to DSdavidDS, who posted this Xp table on Reddit. View Original Post. This same xp per level is confirmed on Smite Datamining.

AFK Leveling

You can start AFK leveling with Book of Training after you reach level 50 and have 1 million silver for each hour.

Purchase Book of Training – Combat from NPCs that have the title, “Black Spirit’s Training” .

Training Dummy Locations:

AFK Leveling NPC Location: City, Territory
  Jamey Drucker Grana, Kamasylvia
  Jamey Drucker Heidel, Serendia
  Jamey Drucker Velia, Balenos
  Jamey Drucker Calpheon City, Calpheon
  Jamey Drucker Eilton, Everfrost
  Jamey Drucker Altinova, Mediah
  Jamey Drucker Valencia City, Valencia
  Jamey Drucker Duvencrune, Drieghan
  Hiznak O’draxxia, O’dyllita


The most popular locations are Velia and Heidel. If you are having trouble finding an empty Training Dummy, switch channels or try a different city.

Jamey Drucker <Black Spirit’s Training>
Location: most major cities


Leveling with Side Quests

Certain side quests and some main quest lines reward Combat Exp.

Side quests exclude main, life, fishing, adventure, trade, and repeat quests.

Look for NPC’s with quest icons that have a thin solid gold border. (They will also have an orange Combat EXP icon in the quest rewards list.)

Side Quest Experience Rewards:

With Chenga tome equipped…

  • Beginner & Mid-Level Zones: Balenos, Serendia, Calpheon, Mediah, Valencia
    • Level 1 to 57: 1.3% EXP
    • Level 58: 1.04% EXP
    • Level 59: 0.13% EXP
    • Level 60: 0.044% EXP
    • Level 61+: 0.021% EXP
  • Newest Zones: Kamasylvia, Drieghan, Star’s End, O’dyllita, Winter Mountain
    • Level 1 to 60: 1.3% EXP
    • Level 61+: 0.021% EXP

Think of quest exp as separate from combat exp. Combat exp items do not increase quest exp. Only the Chenga Tome raises quest exp.

Get details and instructions in our Chenga Tome Guide

Chenga Tome

Chenga Tome Effects:

  • Prognyl Silver Bar Gain +20%
  • Combat EXP via Quest Reward +30%
  • Vision Range +150m

Leveling Recommendations

For solo leveling, I recommend the following:

Follow the main story line, if you are a new player:

Balenos (Velia) → Serendia (Heidel) → Calpheon → Media → Valencia

OR Mountain of Eternal Winter main quest line will get you to level 51. (The game doesn’t recommend that beginners start here because of the story line. However, I like it because it’s a quick and easy way to quest for level 51.)

You may want to hold off on doing the side quests right away. Side quests in beginner zones will give you 1% per quest when below level 58. (1.3% with a Chenga Tome)

Valencia main quest gives a lot of experience if you are level 55 to 57.  “[Lv.55 Valencia] Eastern Sands Kingdom Story” and “[Lv.56 Valencia II] Treasure of Valencia.”

Completing both main and side quests in Valencia give combat EXP.

Valencia and Mountain of Eternal Winter are the only zones to offer Combat Exp for completing the main quest line. However, Valencia is also the most difficult zone for unprepared players due to desert sickness and desert travel.

If you are not level 59 after finishing Valencia, do the beginner side quests you skipped earlier. (Calpheon City is a good place to find easy side quests.)

At level 59, go to Kamasylvia, Drieghan, and Star’s End and do side quests for 1.3% per quest. Main quest lines for these zones do not give combat exp, but it’s good to do them at least once per family.

Leveling Faster with Buffs

Combat Exp buffs are a great help to reduce leveling time while grinding mobs.

Combat Exp comes in a variety of ways:

  • Combat Exp Items like scrolls, food, and elixirs
  • Servers that reward Combat Exp buffs like Season and Olvia
  • Special mechanics that reward a Combat Exp buff

Learn more in our Combat Exp Guide.

Combat Exp Buff Event

Combat Exp Buff for Faster Leveling

Most Combat Exp Items Stack.

Combat Exp Buffs Stack

Sources & Additional Info