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
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|
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.
|Gyfin Rhasia||270 AP||5||Kamasylvia|
|Mirumok Ruins||240 AP||2-3||Kamasylvia|
|Navarn Steppe||210 AP||2-3||Kamasylvia|
|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|
|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|
|Mirumok Ruins 2/3P||Kamasylvia||59||240||270||410|
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|
Combat EXP +300%
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
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%.
POWER LEVELING NOTES:
- 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+
Distance penalty can occur if you move too far from your party.
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
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 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.
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|
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
|AFK Leveling Book||Silver|
|Book of Training – Combat (1 Hour)||1,000,000|
|Book of Training – Combat (3 Hours)||3,000,000|
|Book of Training – Combat (5 Hours)||5,000,000|
|Book of Training – Combat (10 Hours)||10,000,000|
|Book of Training – Skill (1 Hour)||1,000,000|
|Book of Training – Skill (3 Hours)||3,000,000|
|Book of Training – Skill (5 Hours)||5,000,000|
|Book of Training – Skill (10 Hours)||10,000,000|
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 Effects:
- Prognyl Silver Bar Gain +20%
- Combat EXP via Quest Reward +30%
- Vision Range +150m
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
Most Combat Exp Items Stack.