Black Desert Online has a fun and rewarding world building aspect to create your own node empire. 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 empire.

What are nodes in BDO?

Nodes 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.

toscani farm node

Node Types

The nodes you can invest in have two types, main and sub nodes.

  • Main Nodes are easily visible on the world map.
  • Sub Nodes are viewed by clicking on the main node icon.
BDO Velia Node

Main Nodes

In order to see all the main nodes, you must first visit their location to remove the “fog of war”. Sometimes it can be 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 bdolytics.com. Without a Value Pack, each node is controlled by its Node Manager. You can travel to a Node Manager by right clicking the node icon on your map to create an auto-path, then 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.

bartali farm node

List of Main Nodes:

  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. Just like connection nodes, they can offer resources in exchange for CP and an item drop buff for your energy.
  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.

Sub-Nodes (aka Production or Secondary Nodes)

Click on a main location node and it will often have one or more subnodes you can purchase with CP. Subnodes are hidden and some are not visible until you spend energy at the Node Manager.

alejandro farm node

Sub-node List:

  • Gathering/Farming NodesGathering/Farming Nodes Farming/Production Nodes: starting out, you will want the nodes that produce starches/grains, so you can craft beer AFK to replenish the stamina of your workers.
    • Starch/Grain Node List:
      • Corn: Toscani Farm (Velia)
      • Potato: Bartali, Finto, Loggia Farms (Velia)
      • Sweet Potato: Shuri Farm (Tarif)
      • Barely: Northern Wheat Plantation (Calpheon City)
      • Wheat: Costa Farm, Moretti Plantation (Heidel) + Northern Wheat Plantation (Calpheon City)
    • Crafting beer also provides a secondary item you can turn in for more CP! If you find you enjoy cooking, there is great opportunity to purchase more food nodes and earn silver. For example, the grape node outside of Olvia is one of the few fruit nodes. It’s the cheapest and easist. (Delmira Plantation has grapes and there are strawberries atop Valtarra Mountains. Yeowoo Pass and Hanji County in LoML have Wild Berry.) Alejandro Farm, which produces Cooking Honey, is good for Cooking as well.
  • Mining Nodes Mining Nodes: Most ores are in high demand, often have cheap CP costs, and are used in allot of crafting recipes, like the popular +AP Grunil armors. There are many cheap ore nodes around Velia that also offer a secondary item (crystals/powders) besides ore that are used in Alchemy.
  • Timber Nodes Timber Nodes: Most timber has high value even unprocessed. Some players, who have high enough processing skill, level their processing and make extra money by buying timber and ore directly from the Marketplace and processing it for resale. (soft cap is Artisan 2 SOURCE: BDO Profitability Tool) Timber usually has good demand at the Marketplace. Boat crafters will love you. Sailing, anyone? 🙂 Note: always check pricing before buying to resell.
  • Fish Drying Yard Nodes Fish Drying Yard Nodes: dried fish is great for people who enjoy cooking, but don’t like to fish! Works wonderful in making Good Feed for pets. Dried fish stack in the bank and your worker does the drying for you. Just selling the dried fish uncooked isn’t very profitable atm, so Fish Yards are only recommended for people who like to cook. Because of their long work cycles and distance, use goblin workers, who have the highest Workspeed/Movement Speed. I recommend Randis Island, just NW of Port Epheria because it yields Seafood along with fish. It costs only 3 CP for the node chain and you get a free worker.
  • Excavation Nodes Excavation Nodes: these little gems are often tricky, but worthwhile to purchase. For many of them, you have to visit the Node Manager and spend Energy (-35 Energy) to open up a sometimes secret Excavation sub-node. Excavation nodes produce all of the various and very high demand Traces of _______. When used in crafting recipes, Traces have a good return. Use goblins in excavation nodes because of the very long work cycles and distances.
  • Investment Bank Nodes Investment Bank Nodes: Click on a city/town node to view available bank nodes that you can invest gold bars in and possibly earn interest from. Gold bars are purchased at the Storage Keeper for silver. But you must have a rank 1 residence and that could cost real cash. According to Balzor, a few investment banks pay 125 million silver per month, but only if you plan on spending hundreds trying to outrank the current #1 ranking resident. That means buying the newest/smallest furniture from the Pearl Shop. And newer/smaller furniture with better Interior Points are constantly being added to the shop. View Balzor’s Bank Node Guide
  • Investment Bank Nodes Specialties Node: Like Investment Bank Nodes, these require you to purchase a residence with CP and obtain a rank 1 house where the specialty is located. Rank 1 requires filling your residence with items that have high Interior Points. (could mean buying furniture with real cash.) Takes six hours to craft one item for free that is worth 6k to 50k at the local Trade Manager.

How Does Node Investment Work?

Node investment occurs at a Node Management NPC, unless you have a Value Pack. If you have a Value Pack buff, you can more conveniently purchase nodes from a distance via the map, but it will cost 10 energy for each investment. Also, you must have visited the node previously. (With no unexplored fog over the map.)

To purchase and invest in a node, you will need 1 to 5 Contribution Points. If that node has any subnodes you want to buy, you will need more CP. Contribution Points are obtained by questing, cooking, and alchemy.

Node Managers have the <Node Management> title above their name. Talk to them (R) and select the Node Management button to activate nodes. (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).

node management npc

Node Connections

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.

BDO Node Connection Lines

Nodes have to be connected to each other in a chain from a city or town that has a Work Supervisor.

Usually, the CP cost of nodes increases as you move into higher level territories, but you will also obtain new resources, which are used in higher tier recipes.

If you are investing in a node to collect its resources, you will need 1 lodging per 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.

 

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.

withdraw node contribution

Node Investment for Item Drop Rate

You can invest energy into a node to increase the item drop rate of rare items from bosses and monsters that are associated with that node.

taphtar plain centaurus node

How to Invest Energy in a Node

Open the world map (M) and LMB a node. Click “Invest Energy” button.

node investment energy item drop rate

Item Drop Rate from Energy Investment of Nodes:

  • Item Drop Rate increases by 0.5% x the investment level.
  • Item Drop Rate increases to 5% at Lv.10.
  • Item Drop Rate increases to 10% at Lv.20.
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Is Energy Lost When Withdrawing Contribution?

Energy invested in nodes is NOT lost when you withdraw Contribution.

However, nodes that have their CP withdrawn will NOT give the item drop rate buff.

  • You must purchase the node again with CP, in order to have your previous item drop rate buff.
  • The energy invested will still be the same as when you withdrew your CP from the node.
withdraw node contribution

Which Node Do I Invest Energy In?

Some grinding spots have multiple nodes. However, only one node needs to be invested in for each grinding spot.

Monster Zones
Node Applied monster modifier Applied Monster
Balenos
Cron Castle [Exiles of Mediah] Rookie Soldier
Senior Soldier
Scout
Operation Chief
Forest of Plunder Goblin
Goblin Fighter
Goblin Thrower
Goblin Shaman
Goblin Elite Soldier
[Violent] Goblin
Goblin Elite Soldier
Goblin Fighter
Serendia
Castle Ruins [Al Rhundi Rebels] Infantry
Vanguard
Patrol
Wizard
Elite Infantry
Elite Guard
[Elite Al Rhundi Rebels] Vanguard
Patrol
Wizard
Elite Infantry
Elite Guard
[Boss] Al Rhundi
Bloody Monastery Cultist
Cultist Warrior
Cultist Shaman
Cultist Giant Warrior
[Consumed by Madness] Cultist
Cultist Warrior
Cultist Shaman
Cultist Giant Warrior
[Violent] Cultist Warrior
[Martyr] Cultist Shaman
[Boss] Muskan of Madness
[Awakened Boss] Muskan of Madness
Northern Plain of Serendia Altar Imp
Altar Imp Warrior
Altar Imp Scout
Altar Imp Trainer
Altar Imp Fighter
Small Altar Imp
[Violent] Strong Altar Imp Trainer
Altar Imp Fighter
[Violent Soul] Altar Imp Trainer
Altar Imp Fighter
[Unstable Soul] Altar Imp
Altar Imp Warrior
Altar Imp Scout
Altar Imp Trainer
Altar Imp Fighter
Small Altar Imp
[Boss] Dastard Bheg
Glish Swamp Swamp Naga
Swamp Naga Apprentice Spearman
Swamp Naga Apprentice Axeman
Swamp Naga Axeman
Swamp Naga Commander
Rainbow Lizard
[Raid Party] Swamp Naga
Swamp Naga Apprentice Spearman
Swamp Naga Apprentice Axeman
[Naga Raiding Party] Swamp Naga
Swamp Naga Apprentice Spearman
Swamp Naga Apprentice Axeman
Swamp Naga Axeman
Swamp Naga Commander
Southern Swamp Fogan Hatchling
Big Swamp Fogan
Small Swamp Fogan
Swamp Fogan
Swamp Fogan Guard
Swamp Fogan Lookout
Swamp Fogan Fortuneteller
Big Swamp Fogan
Small Swamp Fogan
[Raid Party] Swamp Fogan
Swamp Fogan Guard
Swamp Fogan Lookout
Swamp Fogan Fortuneteller
Big Swamp Fogan
[Fogan Raiding Party] Swamp Fogan
Swamp Fogan Guard
Swamp Fogan Fortuneteller
Big Swamp Fogan
Small Swamp Fogan
Swamp Fogan Warrior
[Violent] Swamp Fogan Warrior
Traval
[Boss] Titium
Biraghi Den Bandit Raid Captain
Bandit Warrior
Bandit Archer
Bandit Defense Captain
Demibeast Bandit Warrior
Trained Wolf
Giant Bandit
[Bounty Hunter] Bandit Archer
Bandit Defense Captain
Giant Bandit
[Boss] Biraghi
Orc Camp Red Orc
Red Orc Warrior
Red Orc Wizard
Red Orc Elite Soldier
Red Orc Fighter
Red Orc Berserker
Long Red Orc
Firewood Orc
Small Red Orc
Small Red Orc Warrior
Red Orc Prison
[Violent] Red Orc Wizard
[Chief of Flames] Org
Calpheon
Mask Owl’s Forest Mask Owl
Mask Owl Warrior
Mask Owl Archer
[Violent] Mask Owl Warrior
Abandoned Land Contaminated Man
Contaminated Woman
Contaminated Dwarf
Contaminated Giant
Contaminated Butcher
Contaminated Wizard
Contaminated Witch
Contaminated Dog
Contaminated Black Dog
[Sturdy] Contaminated Butcher
Quint Hill Troll
Troll Warrior
Troll Thrower
Troll Shaman
Troll Porter
Ancient Troll
Ancient Troll Warrior
Ancient Troll Thrower
Ancient Troll Shaman
Troll Elite Warrior
Ancient Troll Elite Warrior
Troll Catapult
[Sealed] Troll Shaman
[Risen] Troll
Troll Warrior
Troll Thrower
Troll Porter
Troll Elite Warrior
[Tainted by the Ancient Seal] Ancient Troll
Ancient Troll Warrior
Ancient Troll Thrower
Ancient Troll Shaman
Ancient Troll Elite Warrior
[Violent] Troll Warrior
Bree Tree Ruins Ruins Spider
Ancient Ruins Guard
Ancient Ruins Defender
Tiny Ruins Spider
Spotted Deer Possessed by a Black Spirit
Ruins Golem
[Critical] Ruins Golem
Khuruto Cave Khuruto Elite Soldier
Khuruto Soldier
Small Khuruto
Khuruto Fighter
Khuruto Shaman
Khuruto Amulet
Khuruto Wooden Totem
Khuruto Ration Depot
Khuruto Tent
Khuruto Pot
Khuruto Resting Area
Khuruto Prison
[Sentry] Khuruto Elite Soldier
Khuruto Soldier
Small Khuruto
Khuruto Fighter
[Swift] Khuruto Fighter
Karanda Ridge Harpy
Harpy Warrior
Harpy Mage
Small Harpy
Black Harpy Elite
[Violent] Harpy Warrior
Caphras Cave Adventurer Possessed by a Black Spirit
Giant Possessed by a Black Spirit
Witch Possessed by a Black Spirit
[Violent] Giant Possessed by a Black Spirit
Oze Pass Petrifying Miner
Petrifying Worker
Petrifying Bomber
Petrifying Dwarf
Petrifying Foreman
Petrifying Berserk Miner
Petrified Miner
Half-petrified Miner
[Sturdy] Petrifying Foreman
Saunil Camp Saunil Fighter
Saunil Armored Warrior
Saunil Elder
Saunil Brawler
Saunil Guard
Saunil Warrior
Saunil Archer
Saunil Elite Soldier
Saunil Vanguard
Saunil Immobile Catapult
Saunil Mobile Catapult
Saunil Siege Tower
[Swift] Saunil Commander
[Sharp] Saunil Siege Captain
[Enraged] Saunil Fighter
Saunil Brawler
Saunil Vanguard
Primal Giant Post Giant
Giant Brawler
Giant Combatant
Giant Fighter
Giant Warrior
[Ravening] Giant
Giant Brawler
Giant Combatant
[Powerful] Giant Fighter
[Boss] Gehaku
Marni’s Lab Orc Test Subject
Chimera
Mad Screaming Orc Warrior
Mad Screaming Orc Wizard
Horn Chimera
Mad Screaming Harpy
Mad Screaming Saunil
[Critical] Orc Test Subject
Glutoni Cave Small Glutoni
Big Glutoni
Cave Flytrap Worm
Medium-sized Glutoni
Mutant Glutoni
Toxic Cave Plant
Treant Forest Old Tree Treant
Treant Spirit
Root Treant
Small Treant
Owl Treant
Twin-Headed Treant
[Violent] Old Tree Treant
Rhutum Outstation Rhutum Soldier
Rhutum Fighter
Rhutum Elite Brawler
Rhutum Wizard
Rhutum Archer
Rhutum Elite Warrior
Rhutum Elite Archer
Rhutum Hut
Rhutum Cannon
Rhutum Tower
Rhutum Flag
Rhutum Ration
[Glorious] Rhutum Elite Warrior
Rhutum Elite Archer
Rhutum Elite Brawler
[Energetic] Rhutum Elite Brawler
[Indomitable King] Grand Rhutum Chief
Abandoned Monastery Calpheon Elite Shadow Knight
Calpheon Elite Shadow Priestess
Calpheon Shadow Knight
Calpheon Shadow Wizard
[Blessed by Kzarka] Calpheon Shadow Knight
Calpheon Shadow Wizard
Calpheon Shadow Guard
Calpheon Elite Shadow Knight
Calpheon Elite Shadow Priestess
[Sturdy] Calpheon Shadow Guard
Catfishman Camp Catfishman
Catfishman Fisher
Catfishman Light-armored Warrior
Catfishman Elite Fisher
Otter Fisher
Fat Catfishman
Catfishman Witmirth
[Energetic] Fat Catfishman
Mansha Forest Mansha Warrior
Mansha Javelin Thrower
Mansha Trap
[Violent] Mansha Warrior
Marie Cave [Grudge-Bearing] Skeleton
Skeleton Archer
Skeleton Warrior
Skeleton Wolf
Green Orc Skeleton Warrior
Skeleton Lizard
Hexe Sanctuary Skeleton
Skeleton Archer
Skeleton Warrior
Skeleton Wolf
Green Orc Skeleton Warrior
Skeleton Lizard
Skeleton Witmirth
Hexe Sanctuary Witch Tower
Hexe Sanctuary Shamanic Tree
[Violent] Green Orc Skeleton Warrior
[Howling Dead] Green Orc Skeleton Warrior
[Soul Harvester] Skeleton Witmirth
[Unstable Soul] Green Orc Skeleton Warrior
[Soulless] Skeleton Warrior
[Queen of the Fallen] Hexe Marie
Star’s End Harbinger of Corruption
Harbinger of Immorality
Apostle of Corruption
Harbinger of Defilement
Apostle of Immorality
Harbinger of Corruption
Harbinger of Immorality
Apostle of Defilement
[Possessed] Apostle of Malevolence
[Sin-filled] Harbinger of Defilement
[Coveting Sin] Apostle of Corruption
Harbinger of Defilement
Apostle of Immorality
Mediah
Sausan Garrison Sausan Watch
Tough Sausan Soldier
Sausan Scout
Sausan Sniper
Sausan Assassin
Sausan Soldier
Sausan Guardian
Sausan Cannoneer
Sausan Garrison Wharf Shultz Guard Gladiator
Shultz Guard Sniper
Shultz Guard Armored Soldier
Rumbling Land Wilderness Golem
Gravestone Golem
Stone Golem
Manes Hideout Small Mane
Big Mane
Agile Mane
Giant Mane
Mane Tunnel
Mane Grave
Blinding Stone Grave
Wandering Rogue Den Wandering Rogue Elementalist
Wandering Rogue Fighter
Wandering Rogue
Blind Pugnose
Elementalist’s Stone Tower
Wandering Rogue Prison
Wandering Rogue Obsidian Altar
Wandering Rogue Obsidian Altar
Abandoned Iron Mine [Abandoned Iron Mine Barbarian] Rhutum Guard
Rhutum Sheriff
Red Orc Guard
Red Orc Sentinel
Saunil Guard
Saunil Sheriff
Khuruto Executor
Khuruto Sheriff
Khuruto Guard
Rhutum Chief Shaman
Thunder Drummer
Lightning Trumpeter
[Violent Abandoned Iron Mine Barbarian] Troll Work Supervisor
Imp Work Supervisor
Soldiers’ Cemetery Frenzied Skeleton
Frenzied Skeleton Rifleman
Frenzied Skeleton Axeman
Frenzied Skeleton Watchdog
Frenzied Black Sorcerer
Grudged Skeleton
[Violent] Frenzied Skeleton Decurion
Frenzied Skeleton Centurion
Omar Lava Cave Ferrid Tio
Ferrid Tuny
Ferrid Tali
[Burning] Ferrid Tio
Elric Shrine Elric Layperson
Elric Follower
Elric Cultist
Elric Priest
Elric High Priest
Decayed Swamp Monster
Helms Post Helm Miner
Helm Big Axe
Helm Two-Axe Warrior
Helm Iron Shield
Helm Hammer
Helm Hunter
Helm Big Mace
Helm Small Mace
Helm Angry Hammer
Helm Devourer
Helm Destroyer
Helm Crusher
Helm Raid Captain
[Hard] Helm Golem
Hasrah Cliff [Ancient Weapon] Kamol
Balten
Kukuri
Buruko
Kamel
Bamole
Belloten
Elqueesh
Puruko
Kimel
[Ancient Sentinel Weapon] Bamole
Belloten
Kimel
[Ancient Destruction Weapon] Belloten
Elqueesh
[Ancient Extermination Weapon] Laytenn
[Ancient Weapon] Balten
Valencia
Cadry Ruins Cadry Fighter
Cadry Black Mage
Cadry Armored Fighter
Cadry Commander
Cadry Armored Fighter
Cadry Fighter
Cadry Commander
Bashim Base Ohonsey Archer
Ohonsey Elementalist
Khala Elite Combatant
Terruda Infantryman
Terruda Thrower
Terruda Reinforced Infantryman
Terruda Bandsman
Khala Commanding Officer
Khala Reinforced Thrower
Ohonsey
Waragon Nest Stone Worm
Stone Mutant Waragon
Stone Mutant Waragon
[Sturdy] Colossal Stone Waragon
Taphtar Plain Centaurus
Centaurus Hunter
Centaurus Axeman
Centaurus Seeker
Desert Naga Temple Desert Naga Combatant
Desert Naga Combat Monk
Desert Naga Commanding Officer
Gahaz Bandits’ Lair [Gahaz Bandits] Sandstorm Plunderer
Sandstorm Assassin
Sandstorm Elite
Sandstorm Rifleman
[Violent] Shadow of Gahaz
Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Obedience [Ancient Weapon] Kalqueesh
Vodkhan
Tanco
Tutuka
Tukar Balten
Elten
Tukar Burmol
Tukar Demol
Crescent Shrine [Argos Saunil] Crescent Watcher
Crescent Follower
Crescent Guardian
Desert Fogan Sentry
Desert Fogan Seer
Desert Fogan Hoppity
Desert Fogan Fighter
Ancado Coast Aakman Elite Guardian
Aakman Elite Watcher
Ancient Civilization Priest
Aakman Airbender
Aakman Punisher
Aakman Watcher
Aakman Guardian
Pila Ku Jail Sordid Deportee
Frenzied Executioner
Executioner
Iron Fist Warder
Caphras’ Follower
Dark Eyes Warder
Roud Sulfur Mine Lava Devourer
Lava Fafalun
Lava Tukar
Lava Searcher
Lava Fafalun
Lava Taolun
Kamasylvia
Navarn Steppe Belladonna Elephant
Gazelle
Feather Wolf
Griffon
Black Leopard
Ferrica
Ferrina
Baby Belladonna Elephant
Phnyl
King Griffon
Manshaum Forest Manshaum Shaman
Manshaum Warrior
Manshaum Great Warrior
Manshaum Hunter
Manshaum Fighter
Mirumok Ruins [Diseased] Mirumok
Old Mirumok
Degraded Old Tree Treant
Degraded Ruins Tree Treant
Voraro
Loopy Tree Forest Fadus Dual Wielder
Fadus Challenger
Fadus Archer
Fadus Shaman
Fadus Warrior
[Powerful] Fadus Warrior Chief
Tooth Fairy Forest Forest Ronaros Scout
Forest Ronaros Guardian
Forest Ronaros Catcher
Forest Ronaros Marksman
Polly’s Forest Red Skirt Poison Mushroom
Cloudy Rain Mushroom
Shadow Poison Mushroom
Musk Pocket Mushroom
Snowflake Poison Mushroom
Thief Imp Philum
Gyfin Rhasia Temple Gyfin Rhasia Guard
Gyfin Rhasia Decimator
Gyfin Rhasia Flamen
Gyfin Rhasia Crusher
Gyfin Rhasia Decimator
[Fragment of Denial] Gyfin Rhasia Crusher
[Fragment of Resolve] Gyfin Rhasia Guard
[Fragment of Anger] Gyfin Rhasia Crusher
[Denial] Gyfin Rhasia Flamen
[Resolve] Gyfin Rhasia Guard
[Anger] Gyfin Rhasia Crusher
[Despair] Gyfin Rhasia Decimator
[Fragment of Despari] Gyfin Rhasia Decimator
[Ruinous] Butcher of Gyfin Rhasia
Ash Forest Volkras
Barnas
Gairas
Gairas
Drieghan
Sherekhan Necropolis Garud
Lateh
Belcadas
Nybrica
Federik
[Guardian Spirit] Garud
Lateh
Belcadas
Nybrica
Federik
Tshira Ruins Tree Hermit
Leaf Keeper
Murky Swamp Caller
Leaf Spider
Grove Keeper
Vine Keeper
Swamp Imp Bronk
Tree Ghost Spider
Blood Wolf Settlement Kagtum Executioner
Kagtum Chaser
Kagtum Warden
Kagtum Laborer
Blood Wolf
Kagtum Lookout
Kagtum Raider
[Violent] Frenzied Kagtum
O’dyllita
Thornwood Forest Ahib Beast Trainer
Ahib Dark Chaser
Ahib Condemner
Ahib Dark Champion
Ahib Dark Mage
[Frenzied] Ahib Dark Chaser
[Frenzied] Ahib Condemner
[Frenzied] Ahib Dark Champion
[Fallen] Dark Knight
[Corrupt Elite] Ahib Salun Bear Spearmaiden
[Corrupt Elite] Ahib Salun Wolf Spearmaiden
[Possessed] Bloodthirsty Khalk
[Possessed] Khalk of Darkness
Crypt of Resting Thoughts [Abyssal] Ahib Beast Trainer
Ahib Dark Chaser
Ahib Condemner
Ahib Dark Champion
Ahib Dark Mage
Ahib Salun Bear Spearmaiden
Ahib Salun Wolf Spearmaiden
Shadow Wolf
[Burning One] Raz’nal
[Abyssal] Dark Knight
Tunkuta Turo Scout
Turo Pike Warrior
Turo Berserker
Olun’s Valley Boulder Golem
Rock Golem
Olun’s Golem
Indomitable Golem
Mountain of Eternal Winter
Jade Starlight Forest Okjinsini Winter Keeper
Okjinsini Lamp Keeper
Okjinsini Brazier Keeper
[Dreadwinter Possessed] Okjinsini Winter Keeper
Okjinsini Lamp Keeper
Okjinsini Brazier Keeper
Sherekhan Iron Mine Ironclad Murraska
Murraska
[Leader] Ironclad Murraska
[Earth-shaking] Ironclad Murraska
[Egg-brooding] Murraska
[Violent Leader] Ironclad Murraska
[General] Murrasto
[Queen’s Wings] Murrasto
Great Ocean
Racid Island [Ancient Weapon] Pirash
Lykin
Kureba
Elmermol
Weita Island Protty
Zera Protty
Kaz Protty
Sid Protty
[Hungry] Protty
[Parasitic] Sid Protty
[Gnawing] Sid Protty
[Satiating] Sid Protty
[Violent] Zera Protty
[Overlord] Kaz Protty
Kuit Islands [Cox Pirates] Deck Combatant
Deck Elite Combatant
Red Foot Assassin
Cox Elite Gladiator
Megimegi
One-Eyed Outlaw
Captain Khuru
Iron Combatant
Drunk Treasure Hunter
Elite Sentinel
Crazy Jack
Padix Island [Mutant Loah Flower Addict] Megimegi
One-Eyed Outlaw
Captain Khuru
Iron Combatant
Drunk Treasure Hunter
Elite Sentinel
Crazy Jack

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Connecting Nodes for Trade Routes

When you connect one node to another node, you have created a trade route.

This allows you to make distance bonus profits from transporting trade goods you have created with workers and processed goods.

The longer the distance you transport trade goods, the bigger your distance bonus.

One fun and profitable way to level up your trade skill, is to fish and sell the fresh fish.

Guide on Trading

Trading Rework: Trade Manager items can no longer be purchased from Trade Managers and trading is currently being reworked. (Source.)

trade manager bahar

How Do I Move Trade Goods?

Trade items are heavy. Place the trade items on a Mule, Horse, Wagon, or Elephant nearby to transport the trade goods.

You can also transport Trade Goods via the Storage Manager’s Transport function. Make sure “Trade Wagon” is selected under “Transportation.” This will cost silver, depending on the distance.

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

trading transport crates

Cooking Nodes

Beginner Friendly Nodes:

I recommend the following nodes for those just starting to Cook. These locations are easy to get to on a low level character and will allow you to cook some basic dishes that will level your cooking and feed your workers.

Cooking Node Cooking Ingredient Worker’s City CP Items Per Day
Bartali Farm Chicken Meat
Egg
Velia 3 767
256
Finto Farm Chicken Meat
Egg
Velia 3 767
256
Costa Farm Wheat Heidel 3 830
Moretti Plantation Wheat Heidel 3 812
Bartali Farm Potato Velia 3 777
Finto Farm Potato Velia 3 762
Loggia Farm Potato Velia 3 747
Costa Farm Pumpkin Heidel 3 824
Alejandro Farm Cooking Honey Heidel 4 810
Toscani Farm Corn Velia 5 726
Toscani Farm Corn Velia 5 726
Alejandro Farm Pumpkin Heidel 4 808
Casta Farm Grape Olvia 2 421
Randis Island Dried Saurel
Dried Octopus *Seafood*
Dried Maomao
Dried Bigeye
Port Epheria 3 30
8
36
1

 

Cooking Node List

The cooking nodes below are listed by highest silver value per CP. I only included a few important fish nodes. There are many fish nodes in the islands surrounding the mainland.

Cooking Node Cooking Ingredient Worker’s City CP Items Per Day
Valencia Plantation Date Palm Valencia City 3 1907
Bartali Farm Chicken Meat
Egg
Velia 3 767
256
Finto Farm Chicken Meat
Egg
Velia 3 767
256
Shakatu Farmland Fig Shakatu 3 1903
Shakatu Farmland Fig Shakatu 3 1894
Bazaar Farmland Nutmeg Sand Grain Bazaar 3 1903
Erdal Farm Date Palm Valencia City 5 1882
Kasula Farm Cinnamon Tarif 4 1116
Valencia Plantation Pistachio Valencia City 3 1903
Crescent Shrine Date Palm Sand Grain Bazaar 8 1840
Iris Canyon Nutmeg Ancado Inner Harbor 5 1630
Areha Palm Forest Coconut Arehaza 4 268
Areha Palm Forest Coconut Arehaza 4 265
Duvencrune Farmland Corn Duvencrune 2 621
Duvencrune Farmland Barley Duvencrune 2 623
Shakatu Farmland Star Anise Shakatu 3 1894
Narcion Chicken Chicken Meat
Egg
O’draxxia 8 678
226
Costa Farm Wheat Heidel 3 830
Moretti Plantation Wheat Heidel 3 812
Valencia Plantation Freekeh Valencia City 3 1903
Erdal Farm Pistachio Valencia City 5 1894
Aakman Fig Sand Grain Bazaar 9 1726
Bartali Farm Potato Velia 3 777
Bambu Valley Freekeh Shakatu 4 2247
Finto Farm Potato Velia 3 762
Loggia Farm Potato Velia 3 747
Capotia Teff Sand Grain Bazaar 2 2814
Zvier Highlands Cooking Honey Eilton 3 770
Ahto Farm Aloe Tarif 5 1063
Gorgo Rock Belt Pistachio Altinova 8 2407
Kmach Canyon Star Anise Ancado Inner Harbor 4 1676
Costa Farm Pumpkin Heidel 3 824
Marak Farm Corn Duvencrune 3 589
Northern Wheat Plantation Wheat Calpheon 5 930
Northern Wheat Plantation Barley Calpheon 5 916
Alejandro Farm Cooking Honey Heidel 4 810
Marak Farm Barley Duvencrune 3 590
Shuri Farm Sweet Potato
High-Quality Sweet Potato
Special Sweet Potato
Altinova 8 652
86
43
Tori Woods Bracken Eilton 8 156
Tshira Ruins Bracken Duvencrune 6 115
Toscani Farm Corn Velia 5 726
Toscani Farm Corn Velia 5 726
Delmira Plantation Potato O’draxxia 4 729
Alejandro Farm Pumpkin Heidel 4 808
Gervish Mountains Bracken Duvencrune 7 113
Casta Farm Grape Olvia 2 421
Titium Valley Pistachio Arehaza 7 1302
Pujara Island Dried Swordfish
Dried Skipjack
Dried Filefish
Dried Clownfish
Iliya Island 2 13
26
27
6
Wale Farm Olive Olvia 2 420
Bazaar Farmland Teff Sand Grain Bazaar 3 1907
Maslan’s Yulas Citron Orchard Citron Eilton 4 203
Northern Wheat Plantation Paprika Calpheon 5 924
Randis Island Dried Saurel
Dried Octopus *Seafood*
Dried Maomao
Dried Bigeye
Port Epheria 3 30
8
36
1
Altas Farmland Teff Ancado Inner Harbor 4 1936
Altas Farmland Teff Ancado Inner Harbor 4 1932
Mountain of Eternal Winter Translucent Ice Eilton 7 9
Delmira Plantation Grape O’draxxia 4 396
Fohalam Farm Teff Valencia City 5 1886
Fohalam Farm Teff Valencia City 5 1869
Viv Foretta Hamlet Strawberry
High-Quality Strawberry
Old Wisdom Tree 5 588
19
Pilgrim’s End Chanterelle
Mesima
O’draxxia 5 51
48
Titium Valley Teff Arehaza 7 1294

 

Node Investment for Alchemy

Herbs, mushrooms, and traces can be obtained by investing Contribution Points in worker nodes.

TIP: To begin, prioritize Alchemy nodes that give Sunrise Herb and Silver Azalea in Balenos and Serendia.

Alchemy Node Ingredient
Gavinya Coastal Cliff, Valencia
Gervish Mountains, Drieghan
Cron Castle Site, Balenos
Balenos Forest, Balenos

Sunrise Herb
Lynch Farm Ruins, Serendia
Northern Plain of Serendia, Serendia

Silver Azalea
Karanda Ridge, Calpheon
Longleaf Tree Sentry Post, Calpheon
Ancient Fissure, Mediah

Silk Honey Grass
Tshira Ruins, Drieghan
Dry Mane Grass
Ehwaz Hill, Balenos
Coastal Cliff, Balenos

Fortune Teller Mushroom
Elric Shrine, Mediah
Epheria Valley, Calpheon

Sky Mushroom
Glish Swamp, Serendia
Southern Cienaga, Serendia

Cloud Mushroom
Glutoni Cave, Calpheon
Emperor Mushroom
Ivero Cliff, Valencia (T1 to T3)
Forest Of Plunder, Balenos

Arrow Mushroom
Kamasilve Temple, Mediah
Bree Tree Ruins, Calpheon

Tiger Mushroom
Marie Cave, Calpheon
Ghost Mushroom
Northern Cienaga, Serendia
Dwarf Mushroom
Polly’s Forest, Kamasylvia
Blue Umbrella Mushroom
Rhua Tree Stub, Calpheon
Emperor Mushroom
Weenie Cabin, Kamasylvia
Volcanic Umbrella Mushroom

Excavation Nodes for Traces

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! Game updates and supply/demand can change a Trace’s value.

Excavation Nodes

Many 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! Many Excavation nodes take up to 5 slots because they produce at least two vendor sell items along with Traces.

The excavation nodes below are listed with the most profitable at the top, taking their CP chain cost into account.

Excavation Nodes Trace Worker’s City CP Traces Per Day
Lynch Farm Ruins Excavation Trace of Savagery
Trace of Hunting
Heidel 2 17
17
Glish Ruins Excavation Trace of Origin
Trace of Hunting
Glish 5 17
17
Bernianto Farm Excavation Trace of Battle
Trace of Forest
Calpheon 7 17
17
Ancient Stone Chamber Excavation Trace of the Earth
Trace of Ascension
Velia 8 17
17
Sherekhan Necropolis Excavation
Trace of Memory
Duvencrune 7 32
Fountain of Origin Excavation
Trace of Origin
Duvencrune 9 32
Tooth Fairy Forest Excavation
Trace of Forest
Grána 9 32
Zvier Highlands Excavation
Trace of Death
Eilton 5 34
Ancient Ruins Excavation Site Excavation Trace of Chaos
Trace of the Earth
Tarif 8 17
17
Rhua Tree Stub Excavation Trace of Despair
Trace of Forest
Keplan 7 16
16
Mountain of Division Excavation
Trace of Violence
O’draxxia 9 32
Mansha Forest Excavation Trace of Despair
Trace of Violence
Trent 9 17
17
Sherekhan Iron Mine Excavation
Trace of Ascension
Eilton 12 32
Pilgrim’s Sanctum: Humility Excavation Trace of Memory Arehaza 10 26
Star’s End Excavation
Trace of Violence
Trace of Death
Grána 16 2
2
Crypt of Resting Thoughts Excavation
Trace of Battle
Old Wisdom Tree 11 4