BDO Worker Guide (Black Desert Online)
Want to amass a ton of money in BDO and have more silver jingling in your pockets? Want to do that all AFK? Then a worker slave army is your solution! It might take months, but you'll eventually build your own amazing worker empire. In Black Desert Online, workers are NPCs that you purchase to ummm... work for you. :) They can gather resources outside the city from locations on the map that you own. This includes profitable items like ore, timber, alchemy/cooking resources, and other goodies used in crafting. Crafting in BDO is different than in most MMOs, in that you can have your workers make stuff for you. Once you set up housing for your workers, they use stored resources to craft items like horse gear, furniture, weapons, tools, armors, trade crates, and much more.
It's good to start building your worker empire as soon as you reach Velia, which is the second major town you will encounter. You will most likely have a couple Contribution Points from questing to purchase a resource node. Workers require periodic feeding and management, but the rewards are well worth the time and cost. Most of the time they work in the background making you money, while you play the game or sleep/work.
Putting BDO Workers on Nodes
As you explore the land, you will uncover nodes on the World Map (M) that you can send workers to. For help learning about node investment and and how to connect a node network for a worker empire, please visit our BDO Node Guide. Your first node should be a grain node so you can feed your workers. View Starch/Grain Node List After you invest Contribution Points (CP) into a main node and its resource node, you can assign a worker to the resource node to work at gathering game items for you. Click the main node and then the subnode on the world map, and a window will open to let you choose which worker you would like to send. The worker you choose will continue to work there, placing all goods into the storage of the city you hired him at, until he runs out of stamina. (Or he will work 1 cycle and stop, if you don't select the Change button and then Max option for number of work cycles.)
There's no place like Home...
Workers are extremely loyal to the city your hire them at. They can't be uprooted and moved to a different city. If you have two towns connected, you can send a worker into a node close to a foreign city, or even into a workshop there, but they will always travel back home and put the items they gather/make into their home town's storage. When crafting in cities that aren't their home town, workers will only ever use their home town's storage for retrieving crafting materials from and placing the finished product into.
How to Hire Workers & Buy Lodging
You get one free lodging for each Work Supervisor. Purchase additional lodging for more workers by clicking on the city/town node. Click the filter on the top right labeled "All". Narrow the housing results by selecting "Lodging". Click a blue house then select Lodging then Purchase button to purchase. Lodging usually costs about 1 CP per worker. Some of the more expensive homes may allow more than one worker to lodge there. In this case you have to upgrade the lodging to a higher level, which costs silver and a short build time.
How to Hire Workers:
To hire workers, visit the <Work Supervisor> located in most cities and towns. The nearest Work Supervisor can be found by using the NPC Finder button at the top right of the screen. Click on the Pickaxe icon labeled Worker. Talk to the Work Supervisor (R) and find the button labeled Contract Workers. Each time you attempt to hire a worker, it will cost 5 energy and require 1 lodging. (You get one free lodging per city/town.)
RNG When Hiring Workers
When you are hiring workers, it's a roll of the dice to see what race and worker grade you will get. Most of the time though, you will get a green tier Normal worker. That's ok when you're first starting out and don't have much energy to gamble with. But if you have enough energy, keep rolling workers by pressing the View Another button until you get at least a blue Skilled Worker. You can attempt to promote a worker to one grade higher when he reaches level 10, 20, and 30. If my worker is Professional grade, I usually wait until he is level 30 to promote, because the odds are better, even though it takes forever to get from 20 to 30. Professionals are harder to come by. For Skilled workers, I have good luck promoting at level 20, and if it fails, it's not difficult to buy another.
BDO Worker Tiers (aka Worker Grades)
Like items in the game, worker grades are shown by different colors on their names. In BDO, the best worker grade is colored orange...
- Artisan - the best worker tier and most difficult to obtain. Keep this fella if you get lucky on seeing one! Normally you have to go through the Promotion process to get one. You can sometimes get lucky at the Slave Market. (Work Supervisor's Worker Exchange button). Reportedly, it takes about 1.8k energy (360 rolls) to obtain one. (less than 1% chance.)
- Professional - more common than Artisan, but still requires a very lucky roll. I like to roll new workers at the Work Supervisor until I get at least this grade. (Last try cost me 1040 energy, but then got the next one with 100 energy) Highly RNG!
- Skilled - try not to hire anyone below this grade. Skilled grade is where you really start to see big improvement in worker stats at level 30. Skilled workers and above can be profitable because you can sell them by talking to the Work Supervisor. (Click Worker Exchange then Register.)
- Normal - most common tier, but has significantly lower stats than Skilled workers. Until you gain more knowledge, which increases your energy, you might have to settle for this at first.
- Naive - poor stats! Click View Another button.
So how many times do you have to roll to get an Artisan?!
For the lucky few: 1 time.
For the rest of us...
9176 Worker Rolls from 2 players...
- Naive Workers: 1326 (14.45%)
- Normal Workers: 6403 (69.77%)
- Skilled Workers: 1286 (14.01%)
- Professional Workers: 137 (1.49%)
- Artisan Workers: 124 (0.26%)
Ryu and Yollar!
Two generous BDO players (ryu1313 and Yollar) posted their dogged attempts to attain the unattainable... the rare Artisan beer guzzler. They posted their findings to Reddit, which helps us see the chances that you might get a particular tier. View the Reddit post.
BDO Worker Stats
Work Speed: Workspeed is an important stat because this number determines wether a job can be done in 1 tick or more. 1 tick is equal to 10 minutes (crates are 5 minutes). Work Speed stat is heavily reliant on the node's Workload however, so you have to pay close attention to the node detail window visible before you give a work command.
Basically, you are trying to cover the node's Workload with your worker's Work Speed. If a node's Workload is 200, and a worker's Work Speed is 100, then he will do the job in 2 ticks (20 minutes) plus the distance calculation.
- Work Time = roundup(Workload/Workspeed)*10
- when Workspeed equals or is higher than Workload = 10 minute job completion
- when Workspeed is between 50% and 99% of the Workload = 20 minute job completion
- when Workspeed is between 33% and 49% of the Workload = 30 minute job completion
Movement Speed: Movement Time = Distance/Movement speed * 2 Important for nodes located far away. It's added after the ticks are counted. To save on movement time, look for close nodes that you may be able to use slow moving workers on, who have more stamina. (like Giant, Human, Fadus)
Luck: Gives a better chance for obtaining secondary, more rare items from nodes. Studies confirm it's not as effective as greater Movement Speed and Workspeed.
Stamina (aka Action Points): Allows workers to work for longer periods without being fed. 1 job uses up 1 Stamina.
● Movement Speed: ★★★
● Luck: ★☆☆
● Stamina: ★☆☆
● Movement Speed: ★☆☆
● Luck: ★★★
● Stamina: ★★☆
● Movement Speed: ★☆☆
● Luck: ★☆☆
● Stamina: ★★★
--------- Kamasylvia Workers ---------
● Movement Speed: ★★★
● Luck: ★☆☆
● Stamina: ★☆☆
● Movement Speed: ★☆☆
● Luck: ★☆☆
● Stamina: ★★★
Goblins and Papu truly excel at working on your nodes, especially if they are far away from town. In my work on the BDO Node Investment Calculator, I discovered that Goblins and Papu always produce more. Often times this means they produce double what a human can produce. This is true even for nodes that have rare secondary resources like excavation nodes. You would think Luck would play a big role in these types of nodes, but that's not the case. Studies done and published by Balzor and other players concluded that a Human's high Luck can't outpace Goblin/Papu movement speed and work speed except if the node is very close to the town. View Balzor's Worker Guide
Which Worker Type is Best?
It's important to consider your play style when choosing workers. Do you AFK for long periods? Then Giants and Fadus are the best. Are you constantly at the keyboard, ready to check your worker's stamina when they tucker out? Then Goblin or Papu is your man! ..err I mean species? Or is it race? Anyway, you get the idea. Humans are a safe middle ground. I often use Humans. There are some nodes in which you can take smaller cuts in production. (and not cut production in half.) If you visit our BDO Node Investment Calculator, you will see that many nodes have a default worker selection of Human because the decrease in silver value was small enough for my play style.
Beer Recipe5x Grain
6x Mineral Water
2x Leavening Agent
Grumpy Worker: Feed Me Beer!Workers like to guzzle down beer first thing in the morning, and Goblins are especially thirsty. The nasty little drunks! Haha! Seriously, workers have to be fed, and beer is the cheapest option you can make. If you own many Goblins, which have low Stamina, you might have to feed them every 40 minutes if they are on quick 5 minute crafting jobs and have 8 Stamina (like Skilled Goblins do). Each beer replenishes 2 of their Stamina. Each job takes 1 Stamina. To make beer, you first have to purchase a "Residence" type of house". Then gather beer making supplies by visiting the Inn Owners and Innkeepers in cities/towns. You can find the nearest Innkeeper/Inn Owner by using the NPC finder button on the top right of the screen. Click the turkey icon labeled Cooking to create an auto-path. He will have a Cooking Utensil you can purchase and all the ingredients you need except for the grains. Grains can be gathered by your workers at 4 different nodes around Velia and there are more grain nodes in higher level areas. View Starch/Grain Node List. Please visit Cat's Beer Making Guide, if you feel lost on how to make beer.
BDO Worker Skills Guide
Workers are born into the BDO world with 1 skill, but can earn up to 7 by leveling up. They will gain an additional skill every 5th level at levels 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30. Named workers get 1 extra, for a total of 8 skills. Skills do stack with each other, but can't be repeated. You can't have two Farm Knowledge (Work Speed +5). For worker skills that have the same name, but different grade, it's possible to stack. For example, Work Supervisor A will stack with Work Supervisor B for a total of +5 Workspeed, but 2 Work Supervisor A's for a total of +6 is not possible.
Change / Reset Skills
How to Reroll Skills
When a worker reaches level 30 with 50% of his experience bar full, you can roll to replace one of his skills. You can do this twice if your worker has a full 100% EXP bar at level 30. Click the square pickaxe button on the All Worker List window to the far right of his portrait. (He can't be currently busy in a work cycle.) Choose the weakest skill you want to replace and press the Select button. He will randomly receive a different skill besides the skills he already knows.
Worker Skills List
BDO Worker Leveling Guide
Basics of Worker Leveling:
When your worker completes a job (work cycle), he earns experience points based upon how long that job took. This EXP can be seen in each worker's EXP bar located below his portrait, when you hover the mouse over his listing in the Worker List window.
Access the Worker List window by clicking the Pickaxe icon in the top left of the screen.
When a worker builds up enough experience points, he gains a level. He keeps gaining levels up to level 30. At level 30, he continues to build experience, but it caps at 100% until it is used up in skill resets. Skill resets cost 50% of the EXP bar, allowing you to build up enough experience to reset skills again later.
Benefits of Leveling Workers:
Leveling a worker is important because each level he earns gives him more Workspeed, Movement Speed, and Luck. His level also determines how many skills he can use. He earns a new skill at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30. At his final 30th level, he can begin to reset skills to try for ones that matter to you. Level is also important in determining if you have successful promotions to upgrade a worker's grade/tier, with higher levels giving better luck. Another benefit of higher worker level is a higher worker sale price.
Worker EXP Formula: EXP = Job time(Minutes)*1.2 + 10
Getting that Special Someone to Level 30 Faster:
You can level workers faster on 1 tick (5 minute) repeating craft jobs. For example, crafting junk crates in 5 minute jobs would earn better experience than gathering iron ore at a distant node (even if it only takes 10 minutes to complete). At a certain point, around the 45 minute job time mark, distance and job time fails to matter. So a 1 hour repeating work cycle will level workers about the same as one 3 hour work cycle clear across the nation.
- for levels 1 up to 12, all grades require the same EXP
- at level 12+, higher tier workers require more EXP
- after hitting max level 30, all tiers require the same EXP (30,000 EXP) for skill resets
- Workers average 132 XP/Hour (minimum: 72 to maximum: 192 EXP/Hour)
- 35 days to level an Artisan to 30
- 4.7 days to earn a skill reset for all grades
- Named workers require the same EXP as Skilled
- Naive workers require the same EXP as Normal
Worker XP Tables
The following worker xp tables show how much experience is required to fill up that level to gain the next level. For example, a level 1 requires 30 experience points to progress to level 2. This is shown in the lv1 column.
|Total EXP Required for level 10 = 1,111 EXP|
|Average time to achieve level 10 = 8.4 Hours|
|Total Artisan EXP Required for level 10 to 20 = 10,183 EXP|
|Average Artisan time for level 10 to 20 = 77.1 Hours (3.2 days)|
|Average Artisan time for level 1 to 20 = 85.5 Hours (3.5 days)|
|Total Artisan EXP Required for level 20 to 30 = 99,925 EXP|
|Average Artisan time for level 20 to 30 = 757 Hours (31.5 days)|
|Average Artisan time for level 1 to 30 = 842.5 Hours (35.1 days)|
|Average time for each 50% EXP Skill Reset: 113.6 Hours (4.7 days)|
NOTE: It was reported that workers sent to farms placed with fences are in a special xp table/chart and showed significantly lower EXP
Worker Promotion Guide
Promoting a worker means upgrading his tier or grade. He will take a 24 hour test, and if successful, be raised one grade/color. For example, a blue Skilled Worker can be promoted to a yellow Professional Worker.Worker Promotion Overview (Raising a Grade/Tier)
- higher level workers are easier to promote
- lower grade workers are easier to promote
- you can only promote one worker at a time
- we get only 3 total promotions per worker (1 at levels 10, 20, and 30)
- promotions can be stacked and saved up until level 20 or even longer for better odds. Level 30 has the best odds, but requires significant time investment.
- successful promotion rerolls the worker, resetting all stats and removing all previous skills
- promotion lowers a worker's level to 1, but raises the grade by 1 improving base starting stats of Work Speed, Movement Speed, Luck, and Stamina
- promotion opens up the possibility of newer and better worker skills
What are the chances of a successful promotion?
Here is a table from an anonymous BDO player, showing Worker Promotion chances. It hasn't been verified or tested. As with all things BDO, your luck may vary. :) As far as I am aware, no one has published any other significant promotion data. If you have some promotion tests that you would like published, please let me know!
|Promotion Test||Level 10
|Normal to Skilled Promotion||35%||55%||80%|
|Skilled to Professional Promotion||25%||35%||45%|
|Professional to Artisan Promotion||10%||20%||30%|
How to Promote:
Workers can be promoted through the Worker List window. You open this by clicking on the Pickaxe icon on the top left of your screen.
The promotion icon looks like a badge and has a hover tip labeled Prom. If a worker isn't busy and has 1+ promotions, the icon will be highlighted. The number is the number of promotions you have already been awarded.
Buying Worker Promotions with Pearls
The promotion process takes 24 hours to complete. The clock runs down and eventually completes even if you're logged off. But if you want to see the results of your promotion attempt early, then you can spend real money to instantly complete a worker promotion. The cost starts at 290 Pearls ($2.90) and lowers as time passes.
BDO Worker Exchange GuideBuying & Selling Workers Overview (Worker Exchange Tips)
- more unspent promotions = greater value
- higher worker level = more value
- greater worker grade = more value
- max silver value of workers is about 13.5 million silvers (level 30 Artisan Worker)
Basics of How to Find and Use the Worker Exchange:
Workers can be bought and sold at the <Work Supervisor> located in most towns and cities. Find him by pressing the NPC Finder button at the top right of the screen, then click the pickaxe icon labeled Worker. This will create an auto-path and you can press T to auto run there. Talk to the Work Supervisor (R) and click the Worker Exchange button. From this Worker Exchange screen, you can both buy and sell workers for silver.
Buying Workers via Worker Exchange
To purchase a worker click the Hire button next to the one that you want to purchase. You must have one free lodging, enough silver, and have visited the worker's city before. The Worker Exchange window might be empty if there are currently no workers available, which often happens. When there are available workers listed, then it's usually an assortment of cheap Skilled workers that might have some promotions and Professional workers that have no promotions left. (You will also see allot of low level Artisan workers located in Kamasylvia.) Before buying, take note of the number next to Promotion #. (A level 20 with Promotion # 0 means a player attempted and failed to promote twice. So only one promotion attempt remains. If you do purchase the worker, you will have to wait until he reaches level 30 to try and promote him again.)
Cheap Workers for Beginners and the Poor:
Cheap but unpromotable workers at the Worker Exchange are nice for players that are just starting out. You can obtain a level 30 Professional with no promotions left for 2.6 million silver. The most expensive workers are Artisans. and it's extremely rare to find a low level one outside of the high level region of Kamasylvia. Most Human/Goblin/Giant Artisans on Worker Exchange are fully leveled for maximum return on the seller's investment of time and energy (they cost about 13.5 million silver). These fully leveled Artisans are bought up fast.
- make sure you have 1 unused lodging space in the worker's city
- have up to 13.5 million silver. (Silver is directly withdrawn from the bank where the Work Supervisor NPC is from, or you must have it in your inventory.)
- "Exploration Node is not registered." error after clicking the Hire button means you haven't visited and explored that worker's origin city yet, so you can't purchase a worker for that city
- you don't have to travel to a worker's city to purchase him from his local Worker Exchange. You can purchase him from any Work Supervisor in any location as long as you have discovered that city
- for beginners and poor folk, look for high level cheap buys with no promotions left (when you have more energy, you can roll for a chance to win Professional or Artisan grade)
- there is a 10 minute delay after someone registers a worker, which allows players to race to the Work Supervisor when a trade alert for an Artisan Worker is displayed
- Turn on Worker Registration Alerts by pressing Esc » Settings » General » Alerts
Worker Registration (Selling Workers)
You can actually earn silver by selling your workers within the Worker Exchange. But keep in mind that leveling the most profitable workers takes time and energy. Getting that special skill he really needs can take even longer. If you're selling a 13.5 million silver Artisan, the Worker Exchange will take 4 million silver and leave you with only 9.45 million silver.
Collect your earnings from worker sales by visiting the Work Supervisor and clicking Worker Exchange » My Registrations » Collect Money
Register a worker by visiting the Work Supervisor and clicking Worker Exchange » Register.Worker Registration Tips (Worker Selling Tips)
- "Insufficient Action Points" means the worker needs to be fed. If you're using beer and he only needs 1 Action Point (aka Stamina) you have to manually force the beer by right clicking the beer icon next to his portrait instead of the Recover All button which doesn't over-feed workers and will not apply a 2 Stamina beer to a worker that only needs 1 Stamina.
- "Working" means the worker is busy in the middle of the work cycle and can't be sold until he stops working. Hit his cancel button to clear his work que and try again later
- you can't cancel a registration immediately. You must wait 10 minutes after he is made public to cancel. Meaning you have to wait 20 minutes total to cancel after your registration. Another buyer can steal him during a 10 minute window he is on the exchange, so be careful submitting someone for sale
- you must visit the worker's city and talk to the Work Supervisor there to sell. (you can't register for sale a Heidel worker in Velia.)
- Worker Exchange will take 30% of the sale cost even with a Value Pack buff on.
- keep in mind it takes about 35 days to level an Artisan from level 1 to level 30.
Named Worker GuideProfessional Named Worker Overview
- Can't promote (can't level up from their Professional grade)
- 1 innate additional worker skill. (+8 total skills possible)
- Uses up 500 Amity (costs 15 to 20 energy to obtain)
- Named workers can't be moved from their home city listed on the contract
- 1 lodging is required per named worker
- can have multiple of the same named workers (have to rebuild 500 Amity for each one purchased)
Named workers are ready for the taking as long as you butter them up with energy first. :) Each has an Amity requirement of 500, which you will need spare energy on hand to obtain. (usually about 15 to 20 energy) Make sure you already have most of the named worker's preferred knowledge topics. After you get 500 amity points, you will have the option to purchase a contract from him for 15-20k silver.
A word of caution. I wouldn't invest too heavily into obtaining named workers. They have stats comparable to Skilled workers even though their names are highlighted as Professional.
Do a careful comparison. For long term investment, you might want to focus more on obtaining Artisans with skills you desire. There are, however, a few popular named worker choices. Bravant is popular because he has an extra skill that gives 3x mineral crates per work cycle for 3x the ingredients. But most important is his connection to Trent, which many players like because of the distance bonus for trade crates from Trent to Valencia. Jugruta has a timber crate buff, but his profit potential is less than Bravant's because he's connected to Heidel.
Goblin Worker Stats for Comparison (Level 1)
|Grade||Extra Skill||Work Speed||Movement Speed||Luck||Stamina|
|Skilled||none - max 7 skills||70||4||5||10|
|Professional||none - max 7 skills||90||4.5||5.5||10|
|Artisan||none - max 7 skills||115||5||6||15|
Named Worker List & Stats (Level 1)
|Name||Node||City||Race||Extra Skill (max total 8 skills)||WS||MS||LU||ST|
|Vongole||Loggia Farm||Velia||Goblin||30% chance of increasing recovery by +3 during recovery||70||4||5||10|
|Parcci||Finto Farm||Velia||Giant||Node work speed +5||45||2.5||5||30|
|Sterie||Balenos Forest||Velia||Giant||Refinery specialty work speed +5||40||2.5||5||30|
|Novara||Toscani Farm||Velia||Human||Additional processing (+2) when making a crop crate||50||3||15||15|
|Darifu||Bartali Farm||Velia||Goblin||Ship/Wagon/Horse Gear crafting work speed +5||80||3.5||5||10|
|Acher||Extraction Mill||Heidel||Giant||Workspeed +2||50||2||5||30|
|Diochre||Elda Farm||Heidel||Giant||Gives a low chance of returning 100% of 1 crafting material||55||2.5||5||25|
|Alzath||Moretti Plantation||Heidel||Human||Work speed +5||45||3||20||13|
|Torres||Alejandro Farm||Heidel||Goblin||Gives a very low chance of returning 100% of 1 crafting material||75||3.5||5||12|
|Jugruta||Lynch Ranch||Heidel||Goblin||Additional processing (+2) when making a timber crate||85||4||5||8|
|Tirol||Dias Farm||Calpheon||Goblin||Mass production speed +5||90||3.5||5||5|
|Bercchio||Northern Wheat Plantation||Calpheon||Giant||Furniture crafting work speed +5||40||2.8||5||30|
|Navara||Abandoned Land||Calpheon||Human||Jeweler work speed +5||60||3||15||15|
|Sixto||Keplan||Keplan||Human||Cannon/Siege weapon production speed +5||45||2.5||10||25|
|Khaora||Falres Dirt Farm||Keplan||Goblin||Refinery work speed +5||70||4||10||10|
|Tarte||Gabino Farm||Trent||Human||Tool crafting work speed +5||50||3.2||15||15|
|Bravant||Trent||Trent||Goblin||Additional processing (+2) when making a mineral crate||75||4.5||5||8|
|Bohamuti||Ahto Farm||Tarif||Giant||Tool crafting work speed +5||50||2.5||5||25|
|Jamure||Kasula Farm||Tarif||Goblin||Node work speed +5||75||3.5||5||12|
|Kudran||Shuri Farm||Altinova||Human||Gives an extremely low chance of returning 100% of 1 crafting material||45||3||20||13|
|Sakun||Omar Lava Cave||Altinova||Giant||Mass production work speed +5||45||2||5||30|
|Savarin||Stonetail Horse Ranch||Altinova||Goblin||Refinery specialty work speed +5||85||4||5||8|
|Digh||Erdal Farm||Shakatu||Goblin||Mass production work speed +5||85||4||5||8|
|Aktor||Valencia Plantation||Sand Grain Bazar||Giant||Additional processing (+2) when making a crop crate||50||2||5||30|
|Sateeshi||Fohalam Farm||Sand Grain Bazaar||Human||Refinery specialty work speed +5||45||3||20||13|
|Feo||Bazaar Farmland||Valencia||Goblin||Ship/Wagon/Horse Gear crafting work speed +5||75||3.5||5||12|
|Dalib||Shakatu||Valencia||Giant||Ship/Wagon/Horse Gear crafting work speed +5||55||2.5||5||25|
|Kadier||Atlas Farmland||Valencia||Human||Cannon/Siege weapon crafting work speed +5||45||3||20||13|
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