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BDO Shai

This BDO Shai Guide is a basic introduction to Black Desert Online’s newest class. Shai was released 26th June 2019 in Black Desert Online on NA servers.

Shai Highlights:

  • Smallest arsenal of skills to choose from compared to other classes
  • Wonderfully whimsical: just try to play this class and not smile as she dances about. πŸ™‚
  • Two HP Heals over time for party and self
  • A spammable, short duration Invincibility skill, limited by Stamina
  • Very weak in offensive PVP (severe damage reduction penalties)
  • Hill & Water Annoyances: some skills don’t land if mob is on a hill. Shallow water sometimes makes her swim.
  • Quick attack skills with low Cooldowns.
  • Powerful single target PVE, but lacking in widespread AOE and range.
  • Life Skill Bonuses: Increased LT when leveling up and starts with Gathering & Alchemy at Professional 1.
  • Currently limited to a newly improved donkey mount. (Turning can still be bothersome, although speed is improved.)

This BDO Shai Guide is a simple overview to highlight strengths and weaknesses. After reading this guide, you should have a better understanding of the Shai and if you would like to learn more.

First Impressions:

It’s been interesting learning to play a Shai. On one hand she is just too cute for words. She’s different than anything Black Desert has ever offered before. I love the animations as she twirls her big Boomerang in crazy circles.

Her greatest strength is found in her healing ability. She has amazing self sustain and high HP.

Will Shai be my new favorite?

It’s hard to tell. She’s a bit frustrating for me because I can’t help but compare her lack of AOE to my current favorite class, the Archer.

IMHO she lacks good AOE and range. The AOE she does have seems to be focused into a narrow column or area. This may make her perfect for tanky high HP mobs all packed together. Her hits do a bazillion small attacks. She has been a challenge to level compared to my archer that hits in a wide AOE with everything insta dead. Or maybe I just don’t know how to play her that well. πŸ™‚

I think I would enjoy her more if she felt more necessary to the game. Typically, MMORPG games require healers in certain difficult dungeons, etc. But BDO has yet to really push anything out that is like that… Maybe she will be beneficial in Altar of Blood? Will players be burning down my door for a healing hand there? BDO has hinted at adding more PVE group content. Will there be more in the future? I hope they keep it up. πŸ™‚

BDO Shai Tier List & Rankings

——— via Character Creation Stat Map ———

The Shai, like all classes in BDO, is gender locked as a female only class. Below you will find a list of the ranks visible during Character Creation. For player opinion on the Shai, please visit Shai Discord or the Official BDO Shai forums.

Shai Class
Class Tiers
● Control: ☆☆☆☆
● Defense: ★☆☆☆
● Combo: ★★☆☆
● Evasion: ★★☆☆
● Attack: ★☆☆☆
Shai Class Rank
Character Creation Key: Class Tier Stats Explained:
  • Control: This is a measure of the difficulty in controlling the Shai. The Shai was given 0/4 for Control difficulty by the developers. She has the lowest score out of all classes in Control.

  • Defense: Defense measures the Shai’s ability to take damage that hits her. This score is 1/4. Expect to get higher damage than a 4 star Valk when you’re hit. This stat surprises me since Shai feels a bit more tanky than a rank 1.

  • Combo: A Combo is a combination of key presses in a set order to perform a series of powerful moves. This ranking is a measure of the complexity of key combos available to the class. Shai has a ranking of 2 for Combo.

  • Evasion: Evasion measures the class ability to evade attacks. Shai has 2/4 in Evasion, so we should expect the Shai to not evade as well as a Ranger, for example, who has max Evasion.

  • Attack: Attack measures how much damage this class can dish out. Shai scores a 1/4 in Attack, which is the lowest of all classes.

BDO Shai Weapons

The Shai wields a Florang for her main hand weapon and a Lute in the future for her Awakening weapon. It will be fun to see her strumming on her lute during action combat! πŸ™‚

BDO Shai Icon Shai Weapon Shai Subweapon Awakening Weapon Default Look Shai Skill Example
Shai Class Icon
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Shai Skills

Compared to all other classes, Shai has a limited amount of skills to work with. So what she has, you better learn to like or else! πŸ™‚

She has many skills that offer Superarmor, so she might be difficult to grab. She has one damaging block and one PVP stun. Her Hop skill gives her Invincibility.

She has some interesting skills, including a skill that causes her to look like she died. It gives Invincibility for 2 seconds.

I will list a few of her more powerful skills.

BDO Shai Skill: Hop

Hop: (Shift + any direction)
Hop is a skill that gives Invincibility, meaning it will protect you from everything, even from grabs.

The downside is that the duration of the skill is only 1 second long. This means there is a two second window, where you become vulnerable as you wait for the 3 second cooldown.

Shai Skill Highlight:

  • 1 second Invincibility from grabs, CC, and damage
  • 3 second cooldown (2 seconds of waiting for cooldown.)
  • costs 150 Stamina, causing Stamina to run out very quickly (you can spam 8 in a row at level 56.)

BDO Shai Skill: Get Well

Get Well: (Shift + E)
This Shai skill is one of two HP Healing skills. It’s powerful, but can only be used once every 1.5 minutes.

This is a possible 200% Black Spirit Rage skill. HP recovered by +500 per 1 tick over 10 ticks, for self and allies. Maximum 10 targets

Shai Skill Highlight:

  • 2,100 total HP healed
  • long Cooldown of 1.5 minutes
  • up to 10 targets

BDO Shai Skill: Over Here

Over Here: (Shift + Q)
Blocks attacks from outside the protective area for 5 sec.

Shai Skill Highlight:

  • Super Armor while using skill
  • Attack Speed -50% for enemies within range for 2 sec
  • Casting Speed -50% for enemies within range for 2 sec
  • Movement Speed -50% for enemies within range for 2 sec
  • Long 5 minute cooldown

BDO Shai Skill: Cheer Up

Cheer Up: (E)
This Shai skill is her second healing skill. It gives 200 HP every 5 sec for 60 sec. Applied to self and allies.

Shai Skill Highlight:

  • 2,400 HP regenerated over 1 minute.
  • Maximum 10 targets
  • 1 Minute Cooldown

BDO Shai Skill: Hop Three

Hop Three: (S + LMB)
Hop-Three is her only damage skill that has a block. It also has the added benefit of decreasing DP and pushing enemies away.

Shai Skill Highlight:

  • Forward Guard while using skill
  • DP -10% for 10 seconds
  • Accuracy +5%

Shai Skill Addons (Pre-Awakening)

Skill Addons can be learned at levels 50, 52, and 54. Visit a <Skill Instructor> NPC.

One-Two-Three (RMB)

All Accuracy +5% for 12 sec. for self
Critical Hit Rate +30% for 9 sec. for self
Attack Speed +7% for 5 sec. for self
Movement Speed -10% for 7 sec. for target
Inflicts 54 Pain Damage per 3 sec. for 12 sec. for target
Instantly Recovers 10 HP per hit

Hop-Three (S + LMB)

Attack against monsters +30 for 8 sec. for self
PVP Attack +10 for 5 sec. for self
All Defense +20 for 10 sec. for self
All Evasion +5% for 10 sec. for self
Attack Speed -7% for 7 sec. for target
Casting Speed -10% for 7 sec. for target

Kwik-Two (S + RMB)

All Evasion +5% for 10 sec. for self
All Accuracy +5% for 12 sec. for self
Attack Speed +10% for 5 sec. for self
Inflicts 45 Pain Damage per 3 sec. for 12 sec. for target
Instantly Recovers 10 HP per hit
Freezing on target 6%

Twirl-Three (Shift + RMB)

Attack against monsters +30 for 8 sec. for self
PVP Attack +10 for 5 sec. for self
Critical Hit Rate +30% for 9 sec. for self
Instantly Recovers 10 HP per hit
Instantly Reduce 30 MP/WP/SP for target
10% chance to Stun for target

Eat This (LMB + RMB)

Critical Hit Rate +20% for 9 sec. for self
Movement Speed +10% for 10 sec. for self
Inflicts 60 Burn Damage per 3 sec. for 9 sec. for target
Inflicts 42 Bleeding Damage per 3 sec. for 15 sec. for target
Instantly Recovers 30 HP per hit
Instantly Reduce 30 MP/WP/SP for target

Twirl (LMB + A/D)

Attack against monsters +30 for 8 sec. for self
All Evasion +5% for 10 sec. for self
Critical Hit Rate +10% for 9 sec. for self
Movement Speed -7% for 7 sec. for target
Instantly Recovers 6 HP per hit
3% chance to Stiffness for target

Shai Awakening

Look at the upcoming Shai Awakening weapon. It looks very similar to a traditional Bard weapon of a lute. Can’t wait! πŸ™‚

Taken from the official BDO announcement in their article, First Look at Shai Awakening & the Great Expedition, published 15 June 2019.

Player Made Shai Videos and Guides

It’s helpful to me to see videos and guides from other players about BDO’s Shai. Here are a few of the treasures I’ve stumbled upon so far. Know of any more?

Anders has been busy playing the Shai and has a helpful video in his Youtube channel, like the one below.

BDO Shai Description & Video (Official)

Shai: Shais excel at providing buffs on the battlefield. While they can fight off incoming threats with their giant boomerangs, they can also avoid dangerous situations through their swift movements. Their versatility allows them to protect or heal those around them.

Shai Lore (Official)

The following Shai Lore and images were taken from the official website

“A baby in the woods?”


A warm and gentle breeze blew softly through the woods, rustling the sleeping baby’s hair. The Chief of Florin, Valentine, stood over her, smiling softly at her. She lay, no bigger than a newborn squirrel, amongst the calmness of the forest floor.


Valentine looked around, perhaps for a hint of where the baby came from, but between the birds singing in the trees and the deer prancing through the forest, there was no sign of anyone.


He carefully picked up the baby Shai, and held her against his chest as he headed back towards his village. During the walk, she reached out with her tiny hand and touched Valentine’s beard. Her dew-like eyes opened, and Valentine knew then that he would do his best to raise her.


“She was like the gift of dawn.”


As Valentine raised the girl, he encouraged in her one of the primary qualities of the Shai: curiosity. However, he soon realized that this Shai was different from most other Shais.


Whereas most Shais channel their curiosity into experimenting with potion-making, this girl’s curiosity extended beyond that. Her curiosity, carefree spirit, and trickster nature was the cause of many headaches for the Valentine as the Chief of Florin.


The girl would climb Karanda Ridge and took as many Harpy eggs as she could carry. As she would eventually be chased from the ridge by angry Harpies, she would howl with laughter, the harpies’ sharp claws not even fazing her.


She would sing and dance in the herb gardens, destroying the precious herbs beneath her feet.


She once even stole Valentine’s prized donkey, joyously riding it around the village until her tiny legs gave in and she ended up tumbling to the ground in a laughing heap.


Despite the trouble that always followed in her wake, the villagers could not help but enjoy her antics.


“It is time to test your skills.”


Shais do not age like humans. They tend to look youthful even in old age. Even Valentine, the oldest of the Shais, still looks like he is in his early 20’s even though he is 110 years old by the Elionian Calendar. As the years passed like a leaf floating down the river, the young Shai reached 15 by the Elionian Calendar. This is a special age for Shais and marks the first test of becoming an adult.


The alchemy test is one that all Shais must pass, and the young girl was no different. She decided to try and make cookies that cause white leaves to sprout from your head by mixing rare herbs together. So she set off towards the forest, looking for the rare herb.


As she wandered through the trees and thick overgrowth, she came across a cave. She remembered that Valentine had previously given strict orders never to enter strange caves.


“Curiosity killed the cat.”


Yet, the mischievous Shai had no second thoughts. She put one happy foot in front of the other, almost dancing into the dark cave.


A dim light deep inside the cave marked her destination, as she danced past the stalagmites and dived under the stalactites. It was then she stumbled upon Caphras’ hidden laboratory.


“What’s a laboratory doing here?”


Her eyes grew big as they looked upon all the things she had never seen before. Her hands brushed over the tools, across huge jars and tiny vials. A pile of books on a table caught her interest. The book on top seemed to sparkle and illuminate the room.


The young Shai climbed up onto a chair, then onto the table. As she reached for the book, the table gave way beneath her feet, everything flew into the air, and as she landed she saw a jar come crashing down.


The jar smashed on the stone floor, and a black mist flew towards her. As she reeled back attempting to protect herself, she was surrounded by flames. Florin, her home, was engulfed. Men, women, and children laid bloody and fallen all around her. The smell of smoke and burning herbs filled the air, almost suffocating her.


She stood in the middle of all this destruction and screamed a blood-curdling scream. She stood motionless, the fear of what she was witnessing filling every inch of her body.


“What is that light in the darkness…”


She turned to the warm voice that she heard. The sound of the burning village almost melted away as she spotted a small orb glowing on the floor. Fighting the fear that gripped her body, she reached out a hand. When she laid her hands on the glowing orb, the sounds of the burning village raced past her ears, and the black mist vanished without a trace.


Despite the horrors that melted away around her, the orb glowing with the light of the world remained.


She was free from the darkness, yet the panic remained. As she turned to run she dropped the orb behind her. In her haste, she didn’t even hear the orb as it clanked on the floor. She continued to run as fast as her legs would take her, and the light of the orb became engulfed in the darkness of the cave.


The young woman who was so full of life grew somber and silent. Where the valley was once filled with her laughter, it now rang with a deafening silence. The villagers were worried about her, trying to get her to at least talk but she stayed silent.


She could not shake the images she saw. Nightmares kept her awake at night, and picking herbs brought no joy. Everything she enjoyed slowly lost its draw, and she withdrew to her small hut.


Time passed like the pages of a book, and at age 30, it was time for the Shai’s second coming of age ceremony. In those years she shook off much of the horrors she witnessed, yet she could not erase the images of the orb from her mind with the radiant light and the small world within. The less the nightmares plagued her, the more visions of the orb shone through. ‘The light of the world,’ she thought to herself.


For their second coming of age ceremony, a Shai must collect the most precious of treasures. For many Shais, this may be collecting some incredibly rare herbs or a special Flondor goose egg. Yet for her, there was only one precious treasure she wanted to retrieve, and she thought now she could finally gather enough courage to go to the cave again.


“I’m ready to go back now.”


She unlocked the door of her hut, grabbed her giant boomerang florang, and ventured once more to the cave. This time she walked through the cave, carefully making sure her florang didn’t bump against all the stalagmites and stalactites. With each step, her heart raced. Each step could bring her face to face with her deepest fears.


As the faint light of the lab grew closer and closer, she could feel the warming presence of the orb. Yet as soon as one foot touched the lab’s cold floor, she was surrounded by darkness. Her breath stopped, once again fear consumed her.


As she stood in the darkness, she began to hear the sounds of a conversation from two Shais in front of her.


“You need to leave, I’ll be right behind you.”


As she reached out towards them, the darkness moved to block her. Face to face with an entity of darkness, the Shai felt trapped.


Yet in the corner of her eye, she could see the orb, this time shining brighter than she remembered from before. She shook off her fear and dove towards the light. The darkness tried to pull her back and each moment felt like an eternity, but her hand eventually grasped the orb.


“My head feels like it’s been cracked open. Where am I? I’m hungry, so very hungry.”


‘How much time had passed?’ she contemplated as she stared up at the sky, watching a white fluffy cloud float by. The leaves rustled softly in the warm spring breeze, birds sang wistfully to each other.


It all felt unfamiliar. Everything she saw was new, every sound was a surprise, even the feeling of the soft ground beneath her was foreign.


She met that darkness twice, and it had devoured all her memories.


A beautiful song echoed around her. She stood up to try and find the source of the sweet melody. The orb dangled gently from her waist, and as she looked at it, it glowed and sang a happy tune.


She felt calm, as if the warm spring breeze had wrapped itself around her. Feeling lifted, she skipped her first steps into her new adventure with glee.

Shai Awakening Lore (Official)

Coming Soon?

Shai Screenshots (Official)

The following Shai Screenshots and images were taken from the official website

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