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Black Desert Pearl Shop & P2W Guide (BDO 2019)

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This BDO Pearl Shop Guide will introduce you to Black Desert Online's Cash Shop. Here you will discover the most valuable gear you can purchase and how much "P2W" you can garner with your hard-earned cash. P2W is a common term bandied about, but how much Pay to Win is actually available? Let's take a look!

The Pearl Shop in Black Desert Online is accessed by pressing the F3 key. To purchase anything here, you have to buy Kakao Cash with real currency on the BDO Official Web Store.


HAPPY Pearl Shop Dreams!!




NOTE: This article is my opinion on BDO Pearl Shop items. If you are really hurting for money, Black Desert can be played for about $50. You may get a little frustrated, but it's doable. This guide is more for those with cash to burn and don't mind plunking down $$$ in the Pearl Shop for their entertainment. Enjoy! :)

If you are looking for an F2P guide, please see our BDO Free & Price Guide for more details on their Loyalty program.


BDO Pearl Shop Best Item List

Looking for the best buy for your money? In my opinion, the items below give a good advantage and make the game more enjoyable to play. Be careful with your pocket book, though! As you will soon see, Pearl Shop prices can start to add up into the thousands of dollars, if you purchase everything.

Top Priority Pearl Shop Purchases
The first priority should be pets and then Weight Limit. For the table below, I have placed the most important purchases at the top.


Special thank you to bddatabase.net Cash Shop section for the images and info.

Pearl Shop Item Pearls
Pearl Shop Item Benefits
Pets
900
1100
4 to 2.5 sec Auto Loot
Faster AFK Fishing: Penguin/Polar Bear/Marmot/Dragon
+Weight Limit (Polar Bear)
+1-4% Life/Combat Skill Exp Talent: Cats/Dogs/Others
+0% to +25% Combat/Life Skill Exp (RNG all pets)
Knowledge +5% to +20%: Birds/Others
3x from Gathering with Hedgehog.
Durability Reduction Resistance for Gear/Fishing Poles/Tools: Desert Fox/Stoneback Crab/Turtle/Griffon
For specific Pet Skills.
Weight Limit +(300, 250, 200, 150, 100, 50)
2800
2400
1700
1350
1000
600
Adds LT up to a maximum of 500 LT (1,050 LT with Events) (1,250 LT with Events + 200 LT Loyalty Shop) per character. One of the most important Pearl purchases. A character at 650 LT will be able to grind/process over 3 times longer than one without. (250 and 300 LT is currently a limited/event purchase.)
Transaction Maid
1200 Transfer 100 VT every 20 minutes to/from the Central Market Warehouse. Use the Warehouse from anywhere in the world to transfer 1 item every 20 minutes per maid.
Storage Maid
1200 Transfer 100 LT every 20 minutes to/from the nearest city Storage. Use a city Storage from anywhere in the world to transfer 1 item every 20 minutes per maid.
Inventory Expansion +16
1450 Maximum of 192 slots per character, Recommended for AFK fishing and better grinding
Major City Storage +(1,4,8)
40, 130, 225 Heidel, Valencia City, Altinova, Grana, Calpheon City, Keplan
Free up Contribution invested in Storage. Maximum 192 Slots.
Small City Storage +(1,4,8)
25, 85, 150 Duvencrune, Port Epheria, Arehaza, Old Wisdom Tree, Sand Grain Bazaar, Shakatu, Tariff, Trent, Glish, Olivia, Velia
Free up Contribution invested in Storage. Maximum 192 Slots.
Worker Lodging
200
Max +3 Workers for each city. Adds 1 worker lodging for all towns in the region (1 worker for Duvencrune, 3 workers for Calpheon/Valenica, 2 for other regions) for a total of 39 additional workers. These lodgings consume 0 Contribution.
Costumes: Premium, Classic, Outfit
3400
2900
2200

Costume Set: Full Buffs with 8 Piece Set Effect (requires Underwear):

  • Vision +10 meters
  • Death Penalty:-10%
  • Amity +10%
  • Jump Height +0.5 meters
  • Weapon's Durability Consumption -20%
  • Awakening Weapon's Durability Consumption -20%
  • Max Stamina +100
  • Luck +1
  • Combat Skill Exp +10%
  • Combat Exp +10%

Exchange 8 piece set for 219 Cron Stones or 73 Valk's Cry
Value Pack (30 days)
1500 Inventory Expansion +16 slots
Storage Expansion +16 slots
Combat/Skill/Life/Mount EXP +10%
Distant Node Investment (Consumes 10 Energy)
Max Weight Limit +200 LT
+30% Marketplace Sales upon Silver Collection (Excluding Pearl Items)
Unlimited Use of Merv's Palette
Unlimited Beauty Salon
Lucky Underwear
700 Luck +1. May free up 1 crystal slot. Luck effectiveness hasn't been proven. Gives 8 piece Outfit set buffs.
Character Slot Expansion
600
Energy from Alts. Contribution from more quest lines. Extra Storage and Transport. Event parking.
Artisan's Memory 1/10/100
50
450
4000
4x Max Durability Repair. Saves millions on repairing expensive gear.
Glasses
500 +50% Knowledge Gain chance.
Head/Piercings
500 +5% Chance to Gain Higher-grade Knowledge
Armstrong Skill Guide (1 Day)
500 Train and untrain combat skills for level 56+
Item Brand Stone
400
Decrease Durability consumption by 50% and Repair costs by 33%. Double your fish haul during AFK fishing overnight. Brand stones for weapons and gear effectiveness varies by class and item. 7 full gear slots x 400 = 2800 Pearls.
Naphart Campsite
4900 Can't sell at tent.
Container: 16 slots, 200LT (Stored items are not shared within the Family)
1 hr villa buffs (need villa ticket)
Anvil: Repairs gears (Normal price)
Items from the Shop:
Extra Large Potions (HP,MP,WP,SP) (Double-priced)
[Camp] AP towards Monster +10
[Camp] Skill EXP Gain +10%
[Camp] Desert Adaptation +40%
Gold Bar 1G, 10G, 100G
Only one can be registered per Family.
Save 14mill/week compared to quested tent. Cheaper repairs than quested tent.
Equipment Tailoring Coupon
1500
Turn craftable and Life Skill costumes into Appearance clothing. You can wear the tailored costume in the Appearance slots.

Melt certain crafted and tailored outfits to obtain a special Pearl Crystal to put into the top slot of a Pearl Costume

Learn how to in our BDO Costume Guide

Kamasylve Blessing 15 days
1250 +20% drop rate, +2 Energy Recovery, Increase Grind and Gathering money by 20%.
Black Spirit Essence
200 Keep a crystal that you remove from gear. Can save you millions of Silver.
Camouflage Costume
3400 Hides name in PvP, +1 Gathering or 50% Desert Sickness Resistance depending on costume (Desert or Treant)
Fairy Queen's Might
1000 Resets Fairy skills and level. Fairy skill Auto Pot Drinking is helpful especially in PvP
Ornette's Dark Honey Wine (1/11/25)
150
1500
3300
Use to grow your Fairy. (Sprout a level 30 Tier 3 Fairy to T4 with 25 Wine.)
Book of Combat 15 days
1250 +50% Combat Exp, +20% Skill Exp. Note: There are many free ways to increase Combat/Skill Exp.
Horse Flute
1500 Summon your mount to you. Limited by 500 meters, which saves you about 10 seconds of sprinting to and from your horse. Most grind locations have a safe horse spot nearby. Without flute, call distance is 125 meters. Many players swear by this, but it's not required.
Elion's Tear 1/10/100
50
450
4000
Allows players to resurrect immediately at the location. Restores lost Combat EXP

Pearl Shop Costs for Pets

BDO Pearl Purchase: Tier 3 Pet Exchange

Buy 5 More Pets for T3 Exchange Chances.

I consider pets a must have item to play Black Desert. Pearl Shop prices for pets is usually 1100, unless you purchase the Classic cats and dogs.

They periodically go on sale for about 20% off. Sales larger than this are pretty rare. The lowest I've seen is 50% off.

Four Classic pets + 1 free Kuku pet will cost 3600 Pearls or 4400 Pearls for 4 of any other pet. Pets that are seasonal or Limited can be more expensive if you have to purchase bundles in order to obtain them.

The cost of 5 Tier 4 pets is about $500. This is if you buy pets at their most expensive, with bad luck Exchanges, and without coupons, sales, etc.

For greater details about pet Exchange and Pearl costs, please view our Pet Guide.

Pearl Shop Costs for Weight Limit

After pets, Weight Limit is one of the hardest and most valuable items to obtain in game. Gaining just 650 Weight Limit will increase your grinding time x3. So lets look at the Pearl Shop costs:

Pearl Shop Weight Limit Pearls
Pearls/LT
Weight Limit Increase (50LT) 600 12
Weight Limit Increase (100LT) 1000 10
Weight Limit Increase (150LT) 1350 9
Weight Limit Increase (200LT) 1700 8.5
[Event] Weight Limit Increase (250LT) 2400 9.6
[Event] Weight Limit Increase (300LT) 2800 9.33
TOTAL Weight Limit: 1,050 9850 9.38

After spending $100 in the Pearl Shop on Weight Limit, you can dramatically improve both Grinding time and Life Skill activities.

The [Event] Weight Limit Increases are only available periodically, so you may have to wait for them.

Top Pearl Shop Items for Life Skills

Below are the best items to purchase for Life Skills. In case you don't know, I'll also list the top 3 items, already mentioned from above. These same Pearl Shop items are vital for Life Skills as well.

Top Priority Pearl Shop Purchases for Life Skills:

  1. Hedgehog: This pet is essential for getting more from gathering. For more info about how to obtain this Limited pet, visit our Hedgehog Guide
  2. Pet Life Skill Buffs: Faster AFK Fishing: Penguin/Polar Bear/Marmot/Dragon
    +Weight Limit (Polar Bear)
    +1-4% Life/Combat Skill Exp Talent: Cats/Dogs
    +0% to +25% Combat/Life Skill Exp (RNG all pets)
    Knowledge +5% to +20%: Birds?Others
    3x from Gathering with Hedgehog.
    Durability Reduction Resistance for Fishing Poles/Tools: Desert Fox/Stoneback Crab/Turtle/Griffon
    For specific Pet Skills.
  3. Weight Limit +(300, 250, 200, 150, 100, 50): Adds LT up to a maximum of 500 LT (1,050 LT with Events) (1,250 LT with Events + 200 LT Loyalty Shop) per character. One of the most important Pearl purchases. A character at 650 LT will be able to grind/process over 3 times longer than one without. (250 and 300 LT is currently a limited/event purchase.)
Pearl Shop Item Pearls
Pearl Shop Item Benefit
Horse/Camel Gear
2000 +10% Skill Learn Chance
+1% movement speed
+500 Mount HP
+2% turn
500 Max stamina
+2% acceleration
Boat Gear
2000 +1% movement speed
+15 DP
+60 LT
+2% turn
Wagon Gear
2000 60 LT
1% movement speed
5% less item destroyed rate
Processing (Venecil or Karki) Costume
2200 +3% Processing success rate. Process items from your Storage and put them into your Inventory. (Limited by your Weight)
Cooking (Canape) Costume
2200
2900
+15% Cooking EXP, -2 seconds Cooking Time
Includes all 8 piece set buffs as well! (Must purchase other costume pieces to make a set - sold separately.)
Alchemy (Pavilla) Costume
2200 +15% Alchemy EXP, -2 seconds alchemy time
Horse (Venia) Costume
2200 +20% mount Exp
Fishing (Splat) Costume
2200 Fishing+ 1, Swimming Speed +90%, -Endurance while swimming, Set Effect: Swimming Speed +59%, Jump Height +80cm
Swimming (Da-Dum) Costume
2200 Really helps in underwater gathering.
Underwater Breathing +30 secs, -Endurance while swimming, Swimming Speed +90%, Set Effect: Swimming Speed +59%
Stable Expansion
300 Adds room for 1 more horse in the stables for the cities in that region. Max 10 purchases per Family per region. (Valencia and Calpheon expand 3 stables, Port Epheria and Arehaza give 1, Others give 2.)
Item Brand Stone
400
Decrease Durability consumption by 50% and Repair costs by 33%. Double your fish haul during AFK fishing overnight. Brand stones for weapons and gear effectiveness varies by class and item. 7 full gear slots x 400 = 2800 Pearls.
Horse Breeding Reset
330
640
Resets Breeding count of Females to 1 (640 Pearls). Resets Male Breeding Count to 2 (330 Pearls)
Horse Skill Change
250 RNG Changes a horse skill.
Bed
500 +3 energy every 3 minutes while laying on bed. An Alt character slot will help as well. (1 Energy/hour)

Black Desert Coupons & Sales

BDO Discount Coupon

BDO periodically has new promotions and sales every Patch day that last for one week or more. Typically we see 10% to 20% off for a few Pearl items. Sometimes, there are special shorter term, "Flash Sales" with even higher discounts. Once in a while they might have 50% off. For example, their Anniversary pet sale.

Besides sales, Black Desert will offer coupons for free, or you may have to purchase them with Loyalty. These coupons work for one item in your cart and not your whole purchase.

BDO Coupon Highlights:

Pearl Shop Top Rated Enhancement P2W

BDO Failstack & Enhancement Window

Here are a few items that can really cause an all-out flame war on the forums, with players ranting about Pearl Shop P2W. BDO is a gear-focused game, so it's only natural that any P2W benefit in this area would be frowned upon by many in the community.

Pearl Shop Enhancement helpers give a significant advantage, but are not cheap.

The good news is that these items are also available by other means in game, either through Loyalties or Silver. Obtaining Pearl Shop items via Silver or Loyalties is often inconvenient, but at least it's available.

#1 P2W Purchase: Artisan's Memory

Artisan's Memory is frequently called the most P2W thing in the Pearl Shop.

Artisan's Memory turns 1 Memory Fragment into 4. So it will repair 4 Max Durability of your boss gear instead of just one, if it is yellow grade. This can save you millions on a more powerful weapon or armor piece.

Artisan's Memory Pearl Shop Price:

These do go on sale periodically and there are sometimes coupons available.

BDO Artisan's Memory from Pearls

Players also have the option of logging in every day for one hour for 4 days. This will give you 400 Loyalties, which is enough to purchase 1 Artisan's Memory from the Loyalty shop.

BDO Artisan's Memory from Loyalties

#2 P2W Purchase: Cron Stone

BDO Cron Stone

When you attempt to enhance a DUO or greater level item, there is a chance that it will downgrade its level instead of gaining a level. So your DUO could drop to a PRI. Cron Stones are used to protect an item from downgrading a level after a failed Enhancement attempt.

Accessories are treated differently. Cron Stones protect them from being destroyed, but accessories can still lose a level.

Obtaining Cron Stones:

The quantity required to protect Enhancement is about half the item’s cost in Cron Stones. For example, enhancement on a 500 million weapon would be: 500,000,000 / 2 = 250,000,000 then take 250,000,000 / 2,000,000 = 125 Cron Stones.

With a high cost of 2 million each, Cron Stones are too expensive. As of this writing, it's cheaper to let a DUO item downgrade to PRI and then sell the PRI and purchase another DUO off the Marketplace to continue attempting a TRI. (Be sure to check the quantity and price of enhanced gear on Central Market.)

#3 P2W Purchase: Valk's Cry

Pearl Costume Valks’ Cry Extracted Cron Stone Extracted
Helmet 8 24
Armor 18 54
Gloves 7 21
Shoes 7 21
Main Weapon 12 36
Sub-weapon 7 21
Awakening Weapon 14 42
Total 73 219

Valk's Cry adds +1 to the Failstack, increasing the Enhancement Chance.

Valk's Cry can only increase the Failstack by a maximum of 10.

Valk's Cry from Loyalties:
Purchase Valks' Cry with 100 Loyalties. It's limited to 5 per Family per week.

Valk's Cry from Pearl Costumes:
Pearl costumes can be turned into Cron Stones or Valk's Cry at a Blacksmith.


BDO Valk's Cry for Loyalties



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