BDO Underwater Gathering yields uncommon items from corals and other underwater objects. The items gathered are used in all kinds of recipes. The majority of recipes involve ship and ship part building.

There are also daily sailing quests on Oquilla’s Eye and other areas that require underwater gathering.

Anyone that has dove into the water will tell you swimming is a challenge in BDO. Without proper gear, most players steer far clear of it, if they can. This guide will give you info on swimming gear that helps make underwater gathering more enjoyable.

Underwater Gathering Highlights:

  • Requires a hoe (Magical Hoe or Manos Hoe is best, depending on Gathering Mastery level)
  • Underwater objects can be tricky to gather from. Making the gather UI bubble pop up is part of the challenge. Some corals are better gathered from the top or one side. For example, the gather UI of Tridana Giant Clam is located on one side only. If you’ll approach it from the other side or from the top, it can’t be gathered. Try checking all sides, if a gather UI doesn’t immediately appear.

Underwater Gathering for Ship Materials and Sailing Gear

The following loot is obtainable via gathering underwater. These gathered materials are used for crafting blue grade Epheria Sailboat gear, Epheria Frigate, and and other ship related gear, like glue and sailing clothes.

 

Underwater Item Underwater Item Details
icon Iridescent Coral Piece Used in a daily sailing exp quest on Oquilla’s Eye. Exchange to Otter Merchants for Iridescent Coral.
icon Iridescent Coral Used to buy ship materials at Otter Merchants.
Coral Piece Coral Piece

Gather 1 to 2 from any type of coral. (also from Dead Coral, Sea Fan )

Used for: Silver Embroidered Sailor’s Clothes, Coral Belt, Colored Corals. Need 10 for a daily sailing exp quest on Oquilla’s Eye.

Lobster Lobster

Gathered from most coral, except Dead Coral (20% chance from Rounded Purple Coral, Blue and Green Coral) 50% chance from Giant Pearl Oyster.

Used for: Glue, Ship Repair Kit, Epheria Sailboat: Black Breeze Sail, Epheria Sailboat: Blue Wind Sail, Epheria Sailboat: Enhanced Black Plating, Epheria Sailboat: Lightweight Black Plating and Butter-Roasted Lobster. (And similar Frigate Accessories)

Giant Pearl Oyster Giant Pearl Oyster

Gathered from: Giant Pearl Oyster

Used for: Golden Pearl (drying), Dried Pearl Oyster Flesh, and [Guild] Crude Decoration.

Golden Pearl Golden Pearl

Gathered from: Giant Pearl Oyster (after drying it), Tridana Giant Clam, Margoria Phantoms (Drop)

Used for: Epheria Sailboat: Sea Dragon Prow and Epheria Sailboat: Dragon Prow. (And similar Frigate Accessories)

Cone Snail Cone Snail

Gathered from: Agar, Brown Seaweed, Kelp, Seaweed, Water Thyme. (1).

Used for: [Guild] Crude Decoration

Underwater Gathering Tools

+5 Gathering rank helps to speed up all gathering. There are also items that take off seconds to each gather.

 

Underwater Item Underwater Item Details
Silver Embroidered Gatherer’s Clothes

+2 Enhancement:

Movement Speed+2 Level
Gathering Ability +2 Level
Gathering EXP +15%

Magic Hoe Magic Tool

A gathering tool used to gather resources. With a luck increase when gathering.

  • Steel: -8 seconds
  • Shining Steel: -10 seconds
  • Magic: -11 seconds
Lucky Steel Hoe for Underwater Gathering Lucky Steel Tool
Lucky Shining Steel Hoe for Underwater Gathering Lucky Shining Steel Tool
Shining Steel Hoe for Underwater Gathering Shining Steel Tool -10 seconds gathering. No luck bonus.
icon Life Mastery Hoe

Loggia Hoe / Dostter Steel Hoe / Manos Hoe

Use Magic/Lucky until about 600 Gathering Mastery

Special Balenos Meal for Underwater Gathering Special Balenos Meal

Movement Speed Rank +2

Fishing Speed Rank +2

Gathering Speed Rank +2

Skilled Worker's Elixir for Underwater Gathering Skilled Worker’s Elixir Gathering +3
Hard-Boiled Shellfish

Hard-Boiled Shellfish

Big Hard-Boiled Shellfish

Gathering +2

Underwater Breathing +10 sec.

Duration: 60/75 min.

BDO Gathering Food: Grain Soup
BDO Gathering Food: Pickled Vegetables

Grain Soup

Pickled Vegetables

Gathering +1

Duration: 30/60 min.

Underwater Gathering Item Drop Rate Increase

There are a few items that give an increase in the amount of items you can gather.

 

Underwater Item Underwater Item Details
BDO Gathering Food: Fig Pie Sweet Fig Pie

Gathering Item Drop Rate +3%

Cooking Recipe: Fig x5 + Wheat Dough x3 + Sugar x3 + Olive Oil x2

Duration: 60/75 min.

____ Stone of Life

Gathering Item Drop Rate up to +25% on yellow grade life stones.

Create via Alchemy or dropped by certain mobs. View them on bddatabase.net

 

 

Pearl Shop Item Drop Increase

Item Collection Increase scroll is available randomly in different forms in the Pearl Shop. Look for them in event bundles and packs.

Item Collection Increase Scroll (60 min)
Item Drop Rate +100%
Item Drop Amount +50%

 

Blessing of Kamasylve

Blessing of Kamasylve costs 1000 Loyalties (10 days of logging in for one hour) or 1,250 Pearls. ($12.50).

Buffs from Blessing of Kamasylve:
Energy Recovery +2
Item Drop Rate +20%

 

BDO Blessing of the Kamasylve for Enhancement Drops BDO Blessing of the Kamasylve for Enhancement Drops

Underwater Breathing & Swim Speed Gear

There are a few items you can obtain that will help you stay under the water longer by increasing Underwater Breathing and Swim Speed.

Underwater Breathing Item Details
Splash Swimming Goggles

Splash Swimming Goggles (Appearance Head Slot)
Equip Effect
Underwater Breathing +20 sec.
– potential for +4/6/8 piece set effects

Crafted in a Level 2 Costume Mill.


– Crafting Recipe:
10– Translucent Crystal
10– Silk
5– Iron Ingot
10– Trace of Wave
35– Black Stone Powder
Vadabin Diving Mask [Event] Seahorse Diving Hat

[Event] Seahorse Diving Hat (from Water Events) or…

Vadabin Diving Mask
from Margoria (Port Ratt) quest: Sibyl’s Blessing

Equip Effect
Underwater Breathing +15 sec.
– Outfit Slot Equip Effect (4 Parts):
Combat EXP +10%
– Outfit Slot Equip Effect (6 Parts):
Skill EXP +10%
– Outfit Slot Equip Effect (8 Parts):
Weapon Durability Consumption, Death Penalty -10%

Magic Crystal of Infinity – Submergence

Equip x 2 in Luck Shoes of Fortuna. +15 sec Underwater Breathing each.

Alchemy Recipe: Skilled Lv. 1+ Alchemy.
Alchemy Tool Ingredients: Green Crystals x2
+ Clown’s Blood x2 + Sapphire x2 + Essence of Destruction x2

Luck Helmet of Fortuna

3-Piece Set Effect: Movement Speed +3 points

Movement speed affects speed underwater.

Luck Armor of Fortuna
Luck Shoes of Fortuna

Agile Seal Elixir

[Party] Agile Seal Elixir

Underwater Breathing +15 sec.

8/15 min.

Hard-Boiled Shellfish

Big Hard-Boiled Shellfish

Gathering +2

Underwater Breathing +10 sec.

Duration: 60/75 min.

iconUnderwater Breathing with the Fairy

The Fairy has an RNG chance to obtain up to +30 seconds of Underwater Breathing. The Level of skill depends upon her Tier. Only Tier 4 Radiant Fairy can obtain the highest levels of 4 or 5 in Tingling Breath. A Tier 3 Fairy can only learn up to Level 3 of the skill, etc.

 

Fairy Skill Level Underwater Breathing
 – Tingling Breath V (5%) 1 Underwater Breathing +5 sec.
2 Underwater Breathing +10 sec.
3 Underwater Breathing +15 sec.
4 Underwater Breathing +20 sec.
5 Underwater Breathing +30 sec.

Swim Speed & Underwater Breathing with Pearl Items

There are costume sets in the Pearl Shop that offer +149% Swimming Speed buff. One gives Underwater Breathing as well.

  • Splat Fisher’s Clothes Set
  • Da-Dum Da-Dum Diving Suit Set
  • El Pento Set? (need more info/verification)
  • Coco Set? (need more info/verification)

NOTE: Da-Dum Da-Dum Diving Suit Set is the only Pearl Costume that provides +30 seconds to Underwater Breathing.

 

Da-Dum Da-Dum Diving Suit Set (2200 Pearls)
Da-Dum Da-Dum Diving Suit Set Da-Dum Da-Dum Diving Suit Set
Contains 2 Pieces:
Da-Dum Diving Suit
Da-Dum Da-Dum Diving Hat Underwater Breathing +30 sec.
Da-Dum Da-Dum Diving Suit Swimming Speed Increase & Stamina Cost Reduction when Swimming

Da-Dum Da-Dum Diving Suit Set

Full Price: 2200 Pearls.
Underwater Breathing +30 sec.
Swimming Speed +90%
Less Stamina used while swimming
Set Effect: Swimming Speed +59%.

 

Splat Fisher’s Clothes

Full Cost: 2200 Pearls.
Fishing +1
Swimming Speed +90%
Less Stamina used while swimming
Set Effect: Swimming Speed +59% and Jump Height +80cm
NOTE: Offers the same swimming speed and Stamina buff, but no Underwater Breathing buff.

Underwater Gathering Maps

There are many gathering locations underwater. The location maps below show some of the best spots to gather. Maps and ratings taken from Halkeides old sailing guide.  
Underwater gathering locations around Lema Island Lema Island Rotation Good spot if you are nearby
Deepness BDO Underwater Gathering Details
Falseness (fake coral) BDO Underwater Gathering Details
Coral Pieces BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Lobster BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Giant Pearl Oyster BDO Underwater Gathering Details
Underwater gathering locations around Dunde Island Dunde Island Rotation Rotation made by Rahanei 🙂
Deepness BDO Underwater Gathering Details
Falseness (fake coral)
Coral Pieces BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Lobster BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Giant Pearl Oyster BDO Underwater Gathering Details
Underwater gathering locations around Oben Island North Spot Oben Island North Spot There are some fake corals but it’s worth it overall. Combine it with the previous rotation.
Deepness BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Falseness (fake coral) BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Coral Pieces BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Lobster BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Giant Pearl Oyster BDO Underwater Gathering Details
Underwater gathering locations around Narvo Island Narvo Island Spot
Deepness BDO Underwater Gathering Details
Falseness (fake coral) BDO Underwater Gathering Details
Coral Pieces BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Lobster BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Giant Pearl Oyster BDO Underwater Gathering Details
Underwater gathering locations around Northern Kuit Islands Northern Kuit Islands Spot Small spot that you can visit when travelling to Port Patt.
Deepness BDO Underwater Gathering Details
Falseness (fake coral)
Coral Pieces BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Lobster BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Giant Pearl Oyster BDO Underwater Gathering Details
Underwater gathering locations North of Kuit Islands Northern Kuit Island Spot 2 Small spot that you can visit when travelling to port ratt.
Deepness BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Falseness (fake coral) BDO Underwater Gathering Details
Coral Pieces BDO Underwater Gathering Details
Lobster BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Giant Pearl Oyster BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Player doing underwater gathering around Northern Kuit Islands
Underwater gathering locations around Al-Naha IslandUnderwater gathering locations around Al-Naha Island Al-Naha Spot Most of the corals are fake but it is a good spot for giant pearl oysters (The second pic).
Deepness BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Falseness (fake coral) BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Coral Pieces BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Lobster BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details
Giant Pearl Oyster BDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering DetailsBDO Underwater Gathering Details

Swimming Mechanics & Tips

I frequently find myself hopping into the water and missing the land or a dock I’m trying to get to! Do you have the same troubles? Remember that there are key presses to swim up or down.

E = SWIM STRAIGHT UP
Q = SWIM DOWN
F = RECOVER STAMINA

TIP: When you use the Q key you dive straight down. If you need more of a diagonal downward direction, then use your W key. Q+W will not work.

 

Surface Swimming:

  • You can Auto Swim on the surface of the water by pressing T, after right clicking anywhere on your map.
  • You must be on the surface to Auto Swim.
  • You can press T key without an auto path to make your character swim straight ahead.
  • Sprint on the water surface by pressing Shift key. Your Stamina must be over 300.
  • If your Stamina is below 100, pressing T key to Auto Swim will only activate the motion to recover Stamina, and your character will start swimming again if the Stamina recovers to over 1,000.
  • Use the Escape key, when you get stuck. Select “Escape” button that looks like a hand. It will put you at the closest “Safe” Zone. Could be a node. Often, if you are by a beach, it will put you there.

Diving and Underwater Swimming:

  • A breath meter appears and you will begin to loose breath.
  • When breath meter reaches 0, you will begin to drown and slowly rise to the surface.
  • Drowning by loosing breath, will not kill your character, but you will loose all ability to control your character.
  • Swimming and floating on the surface consumes Stamina.
  • At 0 Stamina, you will loose all ability to move and will be stuck. Recover Stamina slowly over time by pressing F key.