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BDO Node Guide (Black Desert Online 2018)

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Understanding BDO Nodes

Ready to start conquering lands and owning every BDO territory in sight? Then building a massive node network is just what you need! :) Black Desert Online has a fun and rewarding city building aspect to its game that many people call node empire building. This BDO node guide will help you understand more about how node connections and investments work in game, and how you can expand your own node worker empire.

Nodes in BDO are represented by icons on your game map (M) after you have visited a location. Nodes are useful because they allow you to invest your Contribution Points (CP) and energy to earn special benefits like money, game items, buffs, trade routes, and amity help. The types of nodes you can invest in are main location nodes and their production subnodes.

BDO Node Map Empire

Location Nodes (aka Main Nodes or Adventure Nodes)

Main nodes are clearly visible on the map after you have visited their location. Sometimes this can get tricky to know exactly where to step to get the icon to appear on the world map. But usually it's near the the Node Manager. This is where a good node map website comes in handy, like somethinglovely.net. Without a Value Pack, each node is controlled by its Node Manager. To travel to a Node Manager, right click the node icon on your map, which creates an auto-path, then press T to auto-travel.

Node Managers that you have already spoken to can later be auto-pathed to via the NPC button on the top right of the screen. Type "Node Management" into the search of the NPC Finder interface and it will list all the Node Managers you have already spoken to, sorted by region.

  1. Town Node Town Nodes: Where every sprawling node empire must have its humble beginnings... Every node you purchase, must be connected to a town or city that has a Work Supervisor (most do). Town and city nodes are usually given for free and provide one free worker (free means no CP cost). Invest energy into town/city nodes to lower starting interest and favor of NPCs in that city/town. Useful for acquiring amity with those obstinate NPCs!
  2. Gateway Node Gateway Nodes: these expensive nodes cost too much Contribution Points, but help you connect to more important nodes further away from town.
  3. Connection Node Connection Nodes: produce goods or sometimes just help you expand your empire and connect to other resources and cities. Purchase with Contribution Points or level them up with energy to gain an item drop buff for the enemies you kill around the node's location.
  4. Dangerous Node Dangerous Nodes: be careful when you visit these as they are usually smack dab in the middle of mayhem, but many are often well worth the trouble, because just like connection nodes, they offer resources in exchange for CP and an item drop buff for your energy. Read more about how to spend energy to max out a Node to level 10
  5. City Nodes City Nodes: If you see one of these node icons, you've landed in the big time baby! Congratulations. :) They are the same as towns in function, but have more lodging for your workers, which you will soon need so you can overthrow the world with your node kingdom.
  6. City Nodes Trading Post Nodes: very similar to connection nodes and usually have Trade Managers with a few housing and production options.

Production Nodes (aka Subnodes or Secondary Nodes)

Resource Nodes Subnode Resources: click on a main location node (a connection/danger/trading post node) and it will often have one or more subnodes you can purchase with CP. They can sometimes be tricky to spot on the in-game map unless you use a map website like somethinglovely.net. For example, some nodes don't show their resources, until after you purchase the main node with Contribution Points and spend energy at the Node Manager.

Connecting Nodes with Contribution Points

Nodes have to be connected to each other in a chain from a city or town that has a Work Supervisor. This requires that you have at least 2 Contribution Points (1 CP for a main node and 1 CP for its resource node). CP is obtained through questing and cooking/alchemy. The CP cost of nodes increases as you move into higher level territories, but you will also obtain higher level resource items, which are used in higher level recipes. When connecting a node with Contribution Points, you will need a lodging, a worker, and enough storage space for the main resource, but also it's secondary resources. For example, timber often has a smaller yield of an alchemy ingredient along with the timber.

BDO Node Connection Lines

Look for Node Managers that have the <Node Management> title above their name. Talk to them (R) and select the Node Management button to purchase resource nodes for 1 to 5 CP. (35 energy is sometimes required). This will automatically open a world map. If you do this and haven't connected the right previous node required, long thin beams of light will shoot down from the sky on your world map showing the closest Node Manager locations that you haven't connected yet (even if there is still a fog over the area because you haven't visited).

NOTE: If you have a Value Pack buff, you can more conveniently purchase nodes via the map with CP, but it will cost 10 energy for each investment. Also, you must have visited the node previously. (With no unexplored fog over the map.)

After you have discovered an area and removed the fog over the map, node connections show as thin white lines that curve between the map icons. If you own that connection, it becomes a possible trade route and turns yellow. All your invested node icons are highlighted in yellow as well.

If you need help finding the best nodes to invest in, you may find the BDO Node Investment Calculator helpful.


BDO Contribution Withdrawal and Invest

Contribution Withdrawal (Disconnecting Nodes)

Contribution Points are never spent and lost forever. You can withdraw invested CP by using the world map interface, but withdraw in the reverse order that you invested in. For example, you can not pull CP from a node in the middle of a chain, if it breaks another node's connection to a Work Supervisor leaving it stranded. Also, subnodes have to be uninvested before the main node's CP is withdrawn. A Contribution Withdrawal button will appear in the Node Information box, after you click on a node and when there is no worker currently working there.

WARNING: when you withdraw CP, you loose all node levels and any energy you invested to gain those levels!

Contribution Withdrawal Errors Much?
"You Cannot retrieve Contributions Points from the Node while the Worker is working": These types of errors are common, even though you can see that no worker is currently working on the node you want to withdraw Contribution from! Follow your node network from the node you want to uninvest to see if you are trying to disconnect a node that would leave a currently working worker stranded from his Work Supervisor. One strategy that might help is to filter your worker list by City and see which worker is working on which nodes.


Energy CostNode LevelItem Drop Rate
01+5%
1002+10%
2003+15%
4004+20%
6505+25%
10006+30%
14007+35%
19008+40%
25009+45%
320010+50%
Total Energy Cost: 11,350

Investing Energy for Node Levels

Invest energy into nodes to gain an item drop rate increase. Putting energy into a city/town node also helps amity conversations for NPCs in that city/town.

Level 10 Nodes: provide +10% rare loot obtain chance. (doesn't effect junk loot that drops all the time.)
      ● +5% Item Drop Rate for 10% of monsters killed, for each node level
      ● Has no effect on party drops.
Simplified Example: Investing a total of 11,350 energy for Node level 10 gives +50% higher Item Drop Rate for 1 out of every 10 monsters killed
Detailed Example: Elite Sentinel pirate has a Blue Coral Ring drop rate of .1% (1 per 1000 kills). So a level 10 node would increase the drop rate to a .15% chance for 100 pirates out of 1000 pirate kills

There is still debate about raising node levels for other reasons. For example, there are rumors about investing energy into resource subnodes and main nodes to improve worker yields, vendor prices, worker promotions, improved relic shard drops for afk fishing, etc.

Connecting Nodes for Trade Routes

When you connect one node that has a Trade Manager to another node that has a Trade Manager, you have created a trade route. This allows you to buy one item from one Trade Manager and maybe sell it for a profit at another distant Trade Manager. The longer the distance you transport trade goods, the bigger your distance bonus. When selecting items to buy for resale, be sure to check the Trade Manager's Market Price button, so you don't make a trip for nothing! Competition by other players trading the same thing can actually lower the value and make you loose money. Pricing fluctuates all the time. One day you might see a Trade Manager's item with a 200% resale value to a distant Trade Manager during a "Boom Period", but the next day you might actually loose silver to that same Trader. Most people consider trading Trade Master purchased items as a waste of time and it's not recommended as a way to earn serious silver. So only do it if you enjoy trading or want to level up your trade skill! (There are faster ways to level trading, but they will probably cost you more Pearls and silver.)

BDO Trading Guide

Without a trade route established by having purchased a node chain with CP, your trade items will have a 70% penalty in sell price. It's important that there is no break in your node chain from the Trade Manager you originally bought from to the buying Trade Manager. If you see a 30% sell price, then you are missing a node somewhere. Trade items can also be obtained through questing and hunting. One fun and profitable way to level up your trade skill, is to fish and sell the fresh fish.

Moving Trade Goods
Trade items are always heavy, especially the ones purchased from the Trade Manager. If you purchase from the Trade Manager, you will become very slow, but walking with a trade pack on your back does increase your Strength (+Weight Limit). When leveling Strength, use the Auto Loop feature on your map. (You only need 1 trade good in your inventory to level Strength.) If you're not trying to level Strength, then make sure you have a Mule, Horse, Wagon, or Elephant nearby to transport the trade goods.

Connected trade routes also make transporting bank items via the Storage Keeper from city to city cheaper.

BDO Crate Trading

Connecting Nodes for Crafted Trade Crates

Creating trade routes by connecting nodes is important if you want to profit from your own crafted trade crates. These are made inside Workbench housing, a type of housing you purchase in the node interface with CP. You create trade crates by processing wood and ore via the Processing tab (L) using your own processing skill and then having your workers pack the processed goods into crates. Processing can be done by you, but trade crates can only be created by your workers.

The most popular and profitable crates players like to trade (with Desert + Distance + Bargain Bonus, and crafting in Trent and transporting to Valencia) are...

For an even greater distance bonus, players craft crates in Grana, but it's not as popular for some due to the higher CP costs. (you get 113% distance bonus vs Trent's 99%)

To get an idea of what you can potentially earn, visit Famme's Crate Calculator. As you can see, the earnings can be quite high, but there are allot of factors that you have to consider like distance bonus, artisan 2 trade skill requirement, processing skill (soft cap is Artisan 2, SOURCE: BDO Profitability Tool), desert buff, bargain bonus, and the logistics of transporting massive amounts of heavy crates, connecting and then disconnecting very long node chains that are CP expensive, market price fluctuations.... ACK!!! Crate Trading is a complex topic to say the least and you can potentially make or loose money doing it, so it requires its own guide. You can read more about trading in Eminent's Trading Guide and Biohack's Trading Guide.

Excavation Node List & How-To

Excavation nodes are important, if you enjoy crafting and like to maximize your income potential by creating stuff with workers or your own skills. Excavation nodes produce a bottleneck item for many recipes, which is called Trace of ______. If you do not plan to craft, then you might want to avoid excavations, as their node chains can be expensive and the work cycles are too long to make good money. However, if you do craft, you can at least double the Trace's value, if not more. Be sure to check Marketplace prices before attempting any crafting! I have noted the Traces that, as of this writing, show very low demand on the Marketplace and would be hard to sell. But game updates and supply/demand can change a Trace's value.

Excavation Nodes

Excavation nodes are hidden and have to be purchased in person at their Node Manager, even with a Value Pack buff on. This often requires you to purchase the main node first with CP, then you will see an option to spend energy. Energy cost is usually 35... don't be surprised if you pass out from utter exhaustion for speaking so effusively to your sneaky Node Manager. ;)

IMPORTANT: Be sure you have plenty of space in your worker's storage location! Excavation nodes can take up to 5 slots because they produce at least two vendor sell items along with the Traces.


Eastern Balenos Excavation Nodes

Ancient Stone Chamber


Serendia Excavation Nodes

Glish Ruins

Lynch Farm Ruins


Calpheon Excavation Nodes

Berniato Farm

Rhua Tree Stub

Mansha Forest


Mediah Excavation Nodes

Ancient Ruins Excavation Site


Valencia Excavation Nodes

Pilgrims Sanctum Humility

Roud Sulfur Works


Kamasylvia Excavation Nodes

Tooth Fairy Forest


Trace Drops From Hunting Around High Level Nodes

From the December 13 2017 Patch Notes: The following monsters in Valencia and Kamasylvia will now drop Trace items.

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