The most basic yet most important currency in-game. There are players who can play the game without ever spending Pearls (more on that soon), but NO player can survive Black Desert without silver.
As a Lifeskiller who didn't grind monsters (for the last month I did grind 1 hour per day on weekends), or PvP, how did I make money to buy my gear from the Central Market? I've never upgraded anything, the RNG is too risky for me. I knew I had to do something to earn silver.
This is not a lot of money, but this is a lot of money for me.
Below are the things I did in no particular order.
Trading Fish and Fishing Event
My No. 1 AFK activity. Fishing lets me do a lot of stuff in real, and still make passive income in-game, how? By selling Yellow and Blue level fish to the Imperial Fishing Delivery and Bargain Trading Orange level fish (Corvina, Blue Starfish, etc) with the Traders.
Imperial Fishing Delivery only buys Yellow and Blue level fish, also at a higher price VS the traders. Orange and Green fish level are also not accepted by Imperial Fishing Delivery, and hence have to be traded.
To find the nearest Imperial Fishing Delivery, I open my map (M) click on the magnifying glass icon on the lower right hand corner, a window will pop-up where I can type "Imperial Fish" and will show me all NPCs. Traders are the Wagon Wheel icons on the map.
For Fishing Event, I've joined 3 so far this year, Ellie's Water Festival, Termian Beach Festival and the just concluded Thanksgiving Event. The special fish from these events each cost 500k each and can only be sold to merchants. I was able to fish at least 1500 fish per event, totalling to 750 Million silver each event.
Imperial Fishi Delivery
Selling Magical Grape Seeds and Stonetail Fodder
A semi-afk lifeskill, as I need to gather my farm every few hours to really maximize the profit, 5.5 hours to be exact.
When I reached Artisan level farming, I was able to get Magical Grape Seeds (Yellow) from Plant Breeding (F5) Special Grape Seeds (Blue level). I have 10 Large Scale farms, which can fit 1 Magical Grape Seed each.
When it's time for harvest, I do not gather the grapes, instead I Plant Breed again, to get at least 1 Magical Grape Seed, which I can plant again. I earn silver from selling the extra Magical Grape Seeds I gather which is 695K a piece.
The materials for Stonetail Fodder is collected from plant breeding your magical seeds. Current price of Stonetail Fodder is 2.3 Million.
Completing Food Crate Requests
An easy way to level up Cooking lifeskill and make some silver. The food crate requests from Imperial Crafting Deliver are limited, so I check them first how many crates are required before I start cooking, If ever the requests have been filled, I store the food items in storage, and wait for reset before I turn them to crates, right in front of the Imperial Crafting Delivery.
There will be a notification on the creen saying Imperial Crafting is now open, meaning the food crate requests have reset.
Daily Guild Salary, Weekly Guild Payout and GQ Wages
Probably the easiest and hardest way for me to earn silver. Easy because I just had to join a guild, and therefore get a daily salary. Hard because I have to do Combat GQs (Lifekill GQs are fun for me), which is a bit of a grind.
I try to do at least 1 Small GQ daily, or 2 Small or Medium on a weekend. Half of the total prize money from GQs goes to me, if done alone, but pro-rated when done with other guildies, depending on the activity points earned on that GQ. I also earn from the trash loot from the monsters killed in the combat GQs.
Weekly pay out is dependent on activity points, or SMH contribution, depending on your arrangement with the guild.
Sell Everything in Central Market
I sell anything and everything the central market allows. Clean accessories, clean boss weapons, any gear I pick up while doing GQs, Caphras, upgrade materials, everything. Since I do not enhance, I do not use these items. I also sell costumes when I have extra pearls.
Another way I earned money from Central Market, is by monitoring item prices that increase/decrease. This requires a bit of work and a lot of luck as you have to monitor Central Market trends. A simple example is Magic Pickaxe.
This item used to sell for at least 1 million, but based on the graph below, in the last 3 months, the price has gone down, and it started on the last week of September, where the Manos gathering tools were introduced. There used to be tons of pre-order for this item, but today, 0 pre-orders, and a few selling.
I had a feeling that the prices would only go down from there, hence I sold all my Lucky and Magic gathering tools first week of October. Lo and behold.
NOTE: This may not be optimal for some, but this is what I was able to do with my busy real life schedule. There may be more efficient ways to earn silver, please comment below.
good guide xoxo
This is a very great tips for those who doesn't like or hate long hours of boring grinding (that should be me). Most of the things mentioned can be done in afk or semi-active (like cooking/farming for set up) which is actually convenient during your working hours or when you sleep at night while leaving your pc on. :3
Some tips I got from my friends and guildmates; for imperial - if you turn in your boxes (cooking/alchemy), wearing full set lifeskill gears help you get a bit more profit (such as loggia, blue-graded gears or manos - this depends on your budgets to invest) because your mastery helps you increase the profit can be made aside from having lots of contribution points. :D
Wow Rozenelle, thank you for the feedback. I am wearing full manos accessories. What Manos chest armor should I use? Trading or Cooking (I only have cooking).
I also suggest building out a worker empire. It's easily the best passive income. Just need to keep your workers fed with beer every couple hours (takes like 3 clicks). Also, I know a looooot of people turn their gathered mats into crates and trade them without actually checking if there's profit to be made. Most of the time, there isn't. Trading crates USED to be good (many months ago, perhaps even since a year back). In fact, you actually lose money than if u were to sell them on the market directly.
Hi Convex, how about the new Imperial Crafting Delivery crates? For example:
Master's Cooking Box: 18 Honeycomb Cookie - 550,000
Central Market: Honeycomb Cookie - 20,100/pc x 18 = 361,800
Or by crates do you mean the older crates in Imperial Crafting Delivery?
I meant the older crates in Imperial Crafting. The new Imperial Cooking is great if you have the mats to cook or if u manage to buy them on the market. Of course, not all recipes are profitable. Best if u have a spreadsheet for calculating these.
Thank you Convex for the feedback.
good guide but i just cant stop bartering XD
Hi Shaiiyya, I'll get into that in the future.
It depends on what lifeskill you're doing. If cook, wears cook. If trading, wears trading.
For imperial; (armor) - I forgot what's the name for the blue-grade. During the turning in, wears the cook or alchemy armor. You can see the differences on your lifeskill mastery. (Press 'P' and clicks 'learn more'. Hover your mouse on the lifeskill info and you'll see it)
1. Cooking - Loggia's cook, Manos Cook
2. Alchemy (medicine) - Loggia's alchemy, Manos alchemy
When you're turning it in, just wear them and don't forget buffs that gives you + mastery.
Not sure about trading and others. I just mostly spam imperial and fishing for now. Hehe.
Yours is good already. Manos is like boss gears for lifeskiller. For now, I just using full loggia because I'm tight on budgets. Haha.
Hi Roze, I was saving my money for TET combat accesories, as a bit of grinding helps a lot, but when I saw the Manos accessories available in CM, I figured might as well get a full set of it now as I rarely see it being sold. Thanks for the response!
wow thank you so much xD I started this game this month and got overflooded with informations all around x.x I am also scared of enhancing and only prefer buying stuff directly from marketplace. Thanks for this post. I will use this a suggestion :D
Yeap pretty much how busy peeps make their money.
To expand on that, trading those fish at farther areas with the artisan 1 trading buff does increase what you net. I know some people throw the greens and keep the gold ones when trading from one end of the map to the other using the transport feature.
An alternative to fishing is if you have a worker empire, processing can be just as good. Processing is less rng for me as majority of the fishing profit comes from gold fish and ancient relics. As long as your workers are fed you won't run out of stuff to process. Abuse the transport system to move your processesor from town to town and sell the processed items in market. With the imperial cooking update lots of mats are being bought out.
Additionally, another easy way to make money with minimal effort is covnerting all your energy into potions through the alchemist; Alustin who is in quite a few places (Glish, veila, Alejandro farm, Keplan, Calpheon and a few other places i forgot)
This is easy 3-3.5m if you are converting 200 energy into potions. It's great if you have a lot of alts that you don't really use the energy for.
If you like pvp and can't be bothered to grind. RBF is always a nice option to have. Win or lose you get money at the end of 10/20 minutes. I typically do this along with Guild quests, grind 10minutes > pvp 10 minutes > repeat.
Alternatively, if you like objective based stuff. Daily quests in most cities have rewards that can net you silver; be it materials you can sell in the market or prognyl/gold bars.
@Renec, if you have any questions, you can message me in-game and I'll do my best to help you. Hope you enjoy BDO like we do.
Thank you for the detailed suggestion Velsath! I do convert my energy, but only on my main, and I didn't know we can sell those!
A great guide. Quite helpful, especially when one has little time for playing and no time for grinding.
Might not see you again in-game, but love the 2nd floor of Calpheon 4!!!!!!
take care sister!
Thank you! That's actually Calpheon Market 6-2. I hope I still see you somehow!
Not on the list, but I just remembered I also do the Calpheon City Dailies that gives contribution exp, combat and skill exp and prognyl silver (which you can sell at Storage for silver).
I've been quitting BDO for about a year and just come back for about 2 month now. I still do lifeskilling as a main income and surprised how lifeskill imrpoved now compared to a year ago. For me, I only have 8 hours semi-afk playtime each day and fulltime on weekend.
My lifeksill income is from Cooking, Alchemy, Bartering, and Trading.
For cooking I usually deliver crates every 2 or 3 days, because I need time for stockpiling ingredients. I am at Master 3 rn and the crates is such a huge money. Same with alchemy.
Bartering is good money, but with only basic Epheria Sailboat, it takes too much time. I only barter once or twice a week.
I prefer Imperial trading cause I set my goal on a dream horse (Arduanatt). With trading I can do about 3 lifeskill at once (Trading, Training, and stop once awhile for farming). Crates trading is a nice additional income too. I hope trading mastery got updated soon.
Hi Sabi, thanks for your input. I'd also like to get into trading and have been saving materials for the calpheon trate. I'll start bartering too when I have the time to read on it.
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