In BDO, the Processing Life Skill allows you to chop, heat, dry, filter, shake, and grind resources into processed materials. These refined items are often used in higher level crafting recipes.
Everyone is able to do basic T1 processing. However, if you would like to do the second level of processing, (to create plywoods, ingots, cloth, etc.), BDO requires you to obtain “Beginner” Processing Knowledge.
Get Started Processing!
To begin processing, press the L key. You will see all the options available. No tools are needed to process materials.
If you want to “Mass Process” more than one recipe at a time, you will need a processing stone. Read more details about Processing Mastery.
Processing Errors and Knowledge
It’s common to get processing errors as a new player. The reason for this is because you have to have certain Knowledge on whatever tier of Processing you are attempting.
There are 3 tiers of processing: T1 for everyone, T2 Beginner, T3 Skilled.
Processing Knowledge is shared between all your characters, so you don’t need to repeat the quests on your alts if you don’t want to.
|Processing Tier Examples|
Processing for Money
Processed materials are usually more valuable the more you process them into higher tiers. (But this does not always mean they will sell well at the Marketplace, if at all! Supply and demand, as well as developer min/max pricing, can make any processed item unprofitable for selling on the Marketplace!).
Is processing any good for money making? It can be one of the most profitable AFK activities you can do in BDO. (Dependent upon your Processing Mastery level and if you already have the raw material available and Marketplace demand.)
Profitable Processing Example: 1 wheat is currently worth 650-1k. If you grind it, you obtain 1-4 flour, which sells for 1k each. With high Processing Mastery, you can process more in a shorter amount of time.
But, again, I must stress that you check the Marketplace supply and demand before starting any processing for money! Flax is a good example of a processed material that increases in price during processing and would be profitable, but it usually doesn’t have a high enough demand. You are lucky if it sells after a week of being on the Marketplace.
BDO Processing Prerequisite Questline
To begin the T2 Processing quest line and obtain Beginner Processing Knowledge, you must be level 20+ and have your Gathering Skill leveled up to Beginner 7. This is easily done via Empty Bottle gathering at the fountain in Heidel. Purchase 34 Empty Bottles at the Material Vendor near the fountain. Or you can use any river/lake for gathering water. I like Heidel because the Material Vendor is only a couple steps away from the water source. If your Gathering skill is at at Apprentice 4+, you can skip the Prerequisite Questline and talk to Ficy in the Heidel Workshop. She will offer the quest “Learning Higher Processing Skills”.
Be sure Life Quests are turned on in your Quest Log. Open Quest Log by hitting your O key. At the bottom of the window, next to Quest Type are 6 little square buttons. Hit the first button which turns on all quests with a brown highlight.
Fast-Track: Prerequiste Processing Questline
To Fast-track the Prerequisite Processing Questline, buy at the Marketplace or obtain beforehand:
Iron Ore x3
Melted Iron Shard x1
Rough Stone x10
Kuku Bird Meat x5
The Quest Chain for T2 Processing
Level 20+ (Turn on All Quests (O key))
Gathering Beginner 7 Required. Can skip these if your gathering is Apprentice 4
- Because I Like You
- Nothing Our Friendship Can’t Do
- Settling Down in Heidel
- Storage Keeper Amerigo
- Bustling Alejandro Farm
- Helping With the Pumpkin Harvest
- A Threatening Scarecrow!
- A Meat Dish for the Workers
- In Search of Higher Processing Knowledge…
Gathering Apprentice 4 required unless you do quests 1 to 9.
- Learning Higher Processing Skills
- Working the Ash Tree
- Materials for Equipment Repair
- Pure Water for an Experiment
- Toys (?) for Kids
- Need Soft Hides!
- Filtering Feathers
Prerequisite Processing Questline Write-up
1. Because I Like You
Give Jemkas Wyrmsbane, Node Manager of Northern Heidel Quarry, 3 Iron Ore. If you did not bring the Iron Ore with you, gather them from rocks nearby using a Mining Pick tool. Tools can be purchased from a Material Vendor or the Marketplace, or crafted at a Tool Workshop house in major cities. If you did not bring 10 Rough Stone with you, be sure to mine enough rocks for that also as you will need them for the next quest.
5. Bustling Alejandro Farm
Meet Amadeo Alejandro
7. A Threatening Scarecrow!
Give 1 Melted Iron Shard to Amadeo. (Processing is not necessary for this quest) If you did not bring the Melted Iron Shard with you, use Heating in the Process Window (L key) to heat 5 Iron Ore.
BDO Beginner Processing: Certificate [Training Paradigm]
Tier 2 Processing Knowledge
Requirements to begin Beginner Processing Questline: Certificate [Training Paradigm]
Gathering Apprentice 4+
Completion of Beginner Processing Prerequisite Questline
Fast-Track: Tier 2 Beginner Processing Questline: Certificate [Training Paradigm]
To Fast-track the Beginner Processing Questline, buy at the Marketplace or obtain beforehand:
Rough Stone x20
Ash Timber x15
Bottle of River Water x10
Lightweight Plume x3
Soft Hide x3
Wheat Dough x3
Tier 2 Processing: Certificate [Training Paradigm] Questline Write-up
1. Learning Higher Processing Skills
Open your Quest Log (O), Suggested Tab, and find the Certificate [Training Paradigm] questline. Learn Beginner Grinding From Ornella, learn Beginner Chopping From Lebyos, and learn Beginner Heating From Flaviano. These 3 quests can be done in any order.
This quest auto-completes if it has already been done once by another character in your family. Skip to quests 5-7 which can be done in any order.
1b. Working the Ash Tree
Process 3 Ash Planks by Chopping Ash Timber. Give 3 Ash Planks to Lebyos. Ash trees can be found around Heidel. It takes 5 Ash Timber per batch.
2. Filtering Feathers
Give 3 Lightweight Plumes to Dora. (Processing is not necessary for this quest) Use Filtering in the Processing window (L) to process Lightweight Plumes from Soft Kuku Bird Plume OR Soft Ferri Feather. It takes 5 soft animal feathers per batch.
4. Toys (?) For Kids
Give 3 Wheat Dough to Lara. If you did not bring the Wheat Dough with you, then use Shaking in the Processing window (L) to process Wheat Dough by shaking wheat flour with mineral water purchased from Constante, Golden Toad Inn Manager, located in the inn behind Lara.
BDO Skilled Processing Certificate [Skilled Paradigm]
Tier 3 Processing Knowledge
Requirements to begin Skilled Processing Questline: Certificate [Skilled Paradigm]:
Processing Professional 5+
Gathering Skilled 10+
Have knowledge on Shaking: Beginner
Have knowledge on Drying: Beginner
Have knowledge on Filtering: Beginner
Have knowledge on Grinding: Beginner
Have knowledge on Heating: Beginner
Have knowledge on Chopping: Beginner
Requirements to finish the quest ‘The Best Hide’ and continue forward with the Skilled Processing questline:
Processing Artisan 1+
Shaking Skilled is collected through the Challenge Reward Window after reaching Artisan Processing. (See pic above)
These quests must be done in order from ‘Excellent Magnate’ to ‘Hunting to Extinction’.
To Fast-track the Skilled Processing Questline, buy at the Marketplace or obtain beforehand:
Iron Ore x30
Cedar Plywood x11
Fir Plywood x1
Pine Plywood x1
Soft Hide x10
Fine Soft Hide x2
Resplendent Topaz x6
Lightweight Plumes x9
Fine Lightweight Plumes x2
|Skilled Processing Questline: Certificate [Skilled Paradigm] : Tier 3 Processing|
|1||Excellent Magnate||Open your Quest Log (O), Suggested Tab, and find the Certificate [Skilled Paradigm] questline. Go to Keplan and speak with a villager who directs you to Vatudun in the mines beneath Keplan|
|2||A Man Better Than Coal (Heating Skilled)||Process 2 Processed Coal with Heating, then give to Vatudun|
|3||Materials For Skills||Process 3 iron ingots with Heating. You can bring the iron ore/melted shards with you, but process the ingots for the quest.|
|4||Pure Iron Crystal||Process Pure Iron Crystal by Heating the Metal Solvent that was given to you by Vatudun with the 3 Iron Ingots. You have now learned Heating Skilled!|
|5||Looking For a Woodcutting Expert||Vatudun directs you to visit his buddy, Murghed, in Trent to learn Skilled Chopping|
|6||Amazing Tree Art (Chopping Skilled)||Give Murghed 1 cedar plywood, 1 fir plywood, and 1 pine plywood. You can bring them with you, you don’t have to craft them for the quest|
|7||Processing Wood With Fire||Process 1 Sturdy Cedar Plywood by Heating 10 Cedar Plywood with the Plywood Hardener that Murghed gave you. You have now learned Chopping Skilled! If Murghed does not give you a quest to continue onto Behr, open your Quest Log (O), Suggested Tab, and find the Certificate [Skilled Paradigm] questline and autopath to Likke Behr.|
|8||Pride of Behr (Drying Skilled)||Process 1 Find Soft Hide by Drying 10 Soft Hides. If you did not bring Soft Hides with you to Behr, gather hide from the deer south of Behr. Process Soft Hides by Drying 5 Deer Hide.|
|9||The Best Hide||After collecting the Artisan Processing Challenge Reward (Y) and obtaining the Shaking (Skilled), craft 1 Supreme Soft Hide for Behr by Shaking 3 Fine Soft Hide with the 5 Leather Glaze he gave you.|
|10||Geranoa’s Proposal (Grinding Skilled)||Give 1 Topaz to Geranoa. You can bring the Topaz with you. You don’t need to craft it for the quest. To craft Topaz, Process (Grind) 5 Rough Topaz.|
|11||Gemstone Value||Process 1 Resplendent Topaz by Grinding 5 Topaz. If this is your first time crafting Resplendent Topaz, you will earn the title “Topaz Demon”.|
|12||The Best Jewel||Process 1 Gold Topaz by Shaking 7 Resplendent Topaz with 3 Gem Polisher given by Geranoa. If this is your first time crafting Gold Topaz, you will earn the title “Bringer of Hope”. You have now learned Skilled Grinding!|
|13||Troubled Oberen Farm (Filtering Skilled)||Visit Matheo Oberen at Oberen Farm|
|14||Gotta Pluck Them All||Get 5 Soft Kuku Bird Plumes with a tanning knife.|
|15||Useable Feathers||Process 1 Lightweight Plume by Filtering 5 Soft Kuku Bird Plumes.|
|16||Need More Feathers||Process 1 Fine Lightweight Plume by Filtering 10 Lightweight Plumes.|
|17||Hunting to Extinction||Process 1 Supreme Lightweight Plume by Shaking 3 Fine Lightweight Plumes and the 5 Leather Glaze given by Oberen. Earn the title “Firm Machinist”. You have now learned Skilled Filtering!|
Tier 3 Processing: Certificate [Skilled Paradigm] Questline Write-up
1. Excellent Magnate
Open your Quest Log (O), Suggested Tab, and find the Certificate [Skilled Paradigm] questline. Go to Keplan and speak with a villager who directs you to Vatudun in the mines beneath Keplan.
3. Materials For Skills
Process 3 iron ingots with Heating. You can bring the iron ore/melted shards with you, but process the ingots for the quest.
5. Looking For a Woodcutting Expert
Vatudun directs you to visit his buddy, Murghed, in Trent to learn Skilled Chopping.
7. Processing Wood With Fire
Process 1 Sturdy Cedar Plywood by Heating 10 Cedar Plywood with the Plywood Hardener that Murghed gave you. If Murghed does not give you a quest to continue onto Behr, open your Quest Log (O), Suggested Tab, and find the Certificate [Skilled Paradigm] questline and autopath to Likke Behr.
9. The Best Hide
After collecting the Artisan Processing Challenge Reward (Y) and obtaining the Shaking (Skilled), craft 1 Supreme Soft Hide for Behr by Shaking 3 Fine Soft Hide with the 5 Leather Glaze he gave you.
11. Gemstone Value
Process 1 Resplendent Topaz by Grinding 5 Topaz. If this is your first time crafting Resplendent Topaz, you will earn the title “Topaz Demon”.
Congratulations! You have now learned the highest tiers of Processing Knowledge in the game!