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BDO Worker Guide (Black Desert Online)

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BDO Worker

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

BDO Node Worker

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.)

BDO Worker Carrying Timber

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

BDO Lodging for Workers

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.

BDO Lodging Level


BDO Skilled Worker

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...

  1. 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.)
  2. 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!
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. Naive - poor stats! Click View Another button.

Artisan Chances?
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.

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.


Goblin

Stats Overview
● Workspeed: ★★★
● Movement Speed: ★★★
● Luck: ★☆☆
● Stamina: ★☆☆
Human

Stats Overview
● Workspeed: ★★☆
● Movement Speed: ★☆☆
● Luck: ★★★
● Stamina: ★★☆
Giant

Stats Overview
● Workspeed: ★☆☆
● Movement Speed: ★☆☆
● Luck: ★☆☆
● Stamina: ★★★

--------- Kamasylvia Workers ---------

Papu

Stats Overview
● Workspeed: ★★★
● Movement Speed: ★★★
● Luck: ★☆☆
● Stamina: ★☆☆
Fadus

Stats Overview
● Workspeed: ★★☆
● 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 Recipe

5x Grain
6x Mineral Water
1x Sugar
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

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

BDO Worker Skill Change

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

Worker Skill Icon Grade Worker Skill In-game Description My Worker Skill Explanation Category
Adv. Armor Production Skill Adv. Armor Production Skill Artisan Additional processing (+3) when making an armor Makes 4 with 4x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
2 Adv. Fish Packing Skill Adv. Fish Packing Skill Artisan Additional processing (+3) when making a fish crate Makes 4 with 4x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
3 Adv. Herb Packing Skill Adv. Herb Packing Skill Artisan Additional processing (+3) when making a herb crate Makes 4 with 4x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
4 Adv. Life Clothes Production Skill Adv. Life Clothes Production Skill Artisan Additional processing (+3) when making life clothes Makes 4 with 4x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
5 Adv. Mushroom Packing SKill Adv. Mushroom Packing SKill Artisan Additional processing (+3) when making a mushroom crate Makes 4 with 4x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
6 Adv. Ore Packing Skill Adv. Ore Packing Skill Artisan Additional processing (+3) when making an ore crate Makes 4 with 4x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
7 Adv. Produce Packing Skill Adv. Produce Packing Skill Artisan Additional processing (+3) when making a grain/veggie/fruit crate Makes 4 with 4x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
8 Adv. Siege Weapon Production Skill Adv. Siege Weapon Production Skill Artisan Extra Work (+3) for Siege Weapon Makes 4 with 4x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
9 Adv. Timber Packing Skill Adv. Timber Packing Skill Artisan Additional processing (+3) when making a timber crate Makes 4 with 4x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
10 Adv. Weapon Production Skill Adv. Weapon Production Skill Artisan Additional processing (+3) when making a weapon Makes 4 with 4x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
11 Armor Production Skill Armor Production Skill Prof Additional processing (+1) when making an armor Makes 2 with 2x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
12 Fish Packing Skill Fish Packing Skill Prof Additional processing (+1) when making a fish crate Makes 2 with 2x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
13 Herb Packing Skill Herb Packing Skill Prof Additional processing (+1) when making a herb crate Makes 2 with 2x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
14 Life Clothes Production Skill Life Clothes Production Skill Prof Additional processing (+1) when making life clothes Makes 2 with 2x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
15 Mushroom Packing SKill Mushroom Packing SKill Prof Additional processing (+1) when making a mushroom crate Makes 2 with 2x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
16 Ore Packing Skill Ore Packing Skill Prof Additional processing (+1) when making an ore crate Makes 2 with 2x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
17 Produce Packing Skill Produce Packing Skill Prof Additional processing (+1) when making a grain/veggie/fruit crate Makes 2 with 2x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
18 Siege Weapon Production Skill Siege Weapon Production Skill Prof Extra Work (+1) for Siege Weapon Makes 2 with 2x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
19 Timber Packing Skill Timber Packing Skill Prof Additional processing (+1) when making a timber crate Makes 2 with 2x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
20 Weapon Production Skill Weapon Production Skill Prof Additional processing (+1) when making a weapon Makes 2 with 2x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
21 Blessed Hand Blessed Hand Skilled Increases Luck by +0.2 when leveling up. 1 Luck every 5 levels. Example: If learned at level 1 you get 5.8 extra base Luck. Skill isn't carried over into promotions. If unlearned at 30, you don't loose Luck Luck
22 Adept Worker Adept Worker Normal Work Speed +2, Movement Speed +7% Work Speed
23 Costume Knowledge Costume Knowledge All Costume Crafting Work Speed +5 Work Speed
24 Craftsmanship Craftsmanship Skilled Increases Work Speed by +0.2 when leveling up. 1 Work Speed every 5 levels. Example: If learned at level 1 you get an extra 5.8 base Work Speed. Skill isn't carried over into promotions. If unlearned at 30, you don't loose Work Speed Work Speed
25 Exclusive Node Knowledge Exclusive Node Knowledge Skilled Exclusive Node Work Speed +5 Exclusive nodes are Specialty nodes like bank investment nodes Work Speed
26 Farm Knowledge Farm Knowledge All Node Work Speed +5 +5 Workspeed for all node types. (not just farms) Seems limited in that you can only have one of these per worker? Work Speed
27 Furniture Knowledge Furniture Knowledge All Furniture Crafting Work Speed +5 +5 Workspeed for creating furniture Work Speed
28 General Knowledge General Knowledge All Refinery/Specialty Work Speed +5 Refinery is a type of housing that creates black stone powders etc. Specialty nodes are nodes that require rank 1 housing to craft items like trade crates. Work Speed
29 Leg Work Leg Work Skilled Increases Movement Speed by +0.5% when leveling up. Take current Movement Speed and multiply by .005 to see the rate increase. Example: 7 MS X .005 = 7.035 Movement Speed Movement Speed
30 Lucky Guy A Lucky Guy A Skilled Luck +1 Luck improves secondary/rare yields from nodes Luck
31 Lucky Guy B Lucky Guy B Normal Luck +0.7 Luck improves secondary/rare yields from nodes Luck
32 Lucky Guy C Lucky Guy C All Luck +0.4 Luck improves secondary/rare yields from nodes Luck
33 Mass Production Knowledge Mass Production Knowledge All Mass Production Work Speed +5 Mass Production includes housing that mass produces anything including tools, crates, armors, etc Work Speed
34 Masterly Skill Masterly Skill All Work Speed +2 Work Speed
35 Mount Knowledge Mount Knowledge All Ship/Wagon/Horse Gear Crafting Work Speed +5 Work Speed
36 Polishing Knowledge Polishing Knowledge All Jeweler Work Speed +5 Work Speed
37 Quick A Quick A Skilled Movement Speed +10% Take base Movement Speed and multiply by .1 to see the rate increase. Example: 7 = 7.7 Movement Speed Movement Speed
38 Quick B Quick B Normal Movement Speed +7% Take base Movement Speed and multiply by .07 to see the rate increase. Example: 7 = 7.49 Movement Speed Movement Speed
39 Quick C Quick C All Movement Speed +5% Take base Movement Speed and multiply by .05 to see the rate increase. Example: 7 MS = 7.35 Movement Speed Movement Speed
40 Repeat Farm Products Crate Repeat Farm Products Crate All Additional processing (+2) when making a crop crate Makes 3 with 3x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
41 Repeat Ore Box Repeat Ore Box All Additional processing (+2) when making an ore crate Makes 3 with 3x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
42 Repeat Timber Crate Repeat Timber Crate All Additional processing (+2) when making a timber crate Makes 3 with 3x the ingredients in 1 work cycle Added Production
43 Siege Knowledge Siege Knowledge All Cannon/Siege Weapon Crafting Work Speed +5 Work Speed
44 Simple A Simple A Skilled Work Speed +2 Work Speed
45 Simple B Simple B Normal Work Speed +1.5 Work Speed
46 Simple C Simple C All Work Speed +1 Work Speed
47 Thrifty A Thrifty A Skilled 10% chance of returning 10% of 1 material during crafting. Requires 10 of 1 ingredient to work Refund
48 Thrifty B Thrifty B Normal 7% chance of returning 10% of 1 material during crafting. Requires 10 of 1 ingredient to work Refund
49 Thrifty C Thrifty C All 5% chance of returning 10% of 1 material during crafting. Requires 10 of 1 ingredient to work Refund
50 Tool Knowledge Tool Knowledge All Tool Produce Crafting Work Speed +5 Work Speed
51 Unexpected Luck A/B/C Unexpected Luck A/B/C All Gives a low chance of returning 100% of 1 crafting material. Chance increases with grade. Grade A gives highest chance. Refund
52 Wings A Wings A Skilled Movement Speed +11% Take base Movement Speed and multiply by .11 to see the rate increase. Example: 7 = 7.77 Movement Speed Movement Speed
53 Wings B Wings B All Movement Speed +8% Take base Movement Speed and multiply by .08 to see the rate increase. Example: 7 = 7.56 Movement Speed Movement Speed
54 Wings C Wings C All Movement Speed +6% Take base Movement Speed and multiply by .06 to see the rate increase. Example: 7 MS = 7.42 Movement Speed Movement Speed
55 Work Supervisor A Work Supervisor A Skilled Work Speed +3 Work Speed
56 Work Supervisor B Work Supervisor B Normal Work Speed +2 Work Speed
57 Work Supervisor C Work Supervisor C All Work Speed +1 Work Speed
58 Workshop Knowledge Workshop Knowledge All Weapon/Armor Crafting Work Speed +5 Work Speed

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.

BDO Worker List Button BDO Worker Level Experience

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

+1

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.

Helpful Worker Leveling Facts

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.

Tier lv1 lv2 lv3 lv4 lv5 lv6 lv7 lv8 lv9 lv10 lv11
All Workers 30 45 63 86 112 140 171 209 255 312 381
Total EXP Required for level 10 = 1,111 EXP
Average time to achieve level 10 = 8.4 Hours

Tier lv12 lv13 lv14 lv15 lv16 lv17 lv18 lv19 lv20 lv21
Naive, Normal 442 513 596 692 803 940 1100 1287 1506 1763
Named, Skilled 462 560 678 821 994 1203 1456 1762 2133 2581
Professional 469 577 710 874 1076 1324 1629 2004 2465 3032
Artisan 477 597 747 934 1168 1460 1825 2282 2853 3567
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)

Tier lv22 lv23 lv24 lv25 lv26 lv27 lv28 lv29 max
Naive, Normal 2081 2456 2899 3421 4037 4805 5718 6805 30000
Named, Skilled 3124 3781 4576 5537 6700 8107 9810 11871 30000
Professional 3760 4663 5783 7171 8893 11117 13897 17372 30000
Artisan 4495 5664 7137 8993 11332 14392 18278 23214 30000
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

THANK YOU...
This guide used worker experience data posted by ryu1313 on Reddit. Cheers to an awesome BDO player! Gimme more. :) *nom nom* View his Reddit post.

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)

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
Success
Level 20
Success
Level 30
Success
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.

BDO Worker List Button BDO Worker Promotion

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 Promotion Complete

BDO Worker Exchange Guide

Buying & Selling Workers Overview (Worker Exchange Tips)

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.

BDO Worker Exchange

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.

Tips for Buying at the Worker Exchange

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)
BDO Worker Registration

Named Worker Guide

Professional Named Worker Overview

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.

BDO Named Worker

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 crate85 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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