What is Black Desert?

Black Desert is sandbox-oriented MMORPG by Korean video game developer: Pearl Abyss.

Is this game F2P (Free to Play)?

Black Desert is free to play in Korea, Japan, Russia and Taiwan. There is also an in-game cash shop (Pearl Store). It is however B2P (Buy to Play) for EU/NA and South America with an in-game cash shop, selling some convenience items and cosmetics.

How long has this game been in development?

Black Desert has been in development since September 2010 and entered closed beta testing in October 2013.

When did this game launch?

Black Desert was released in Korea in 2014, Japan and Russia in 2015, EU/NA on 3rd March 2016 and in South America in 2017. Alpha testing on EU/NA was between 26th October 2015 and 1st November 2015. CBT1 was between 16th December 2015 and 22nd December 2015. CBT2 was during 18th to 22nd February 2016.

How many classes are there?

Currently there are 15 classes available: Warrior, Sorceress, Ranger, Beserker, Musa, Tamer, Valkyrie, Maehwa, Wizard, Witch, KunoichiNinja, Dark Knight, Striker and Mystic.

EU/NA had the following classes available at launch: Warrior, Sorceress, Ranger, Beserker, Tamer, Valkyrie, Wizard, Witch.

Are classes gender locked? 

Classes are gender locked but some classes do have counterparts. For example: The Maehwa class is the female version of the Musa class. These classes do have differences in skill trees but the general combat style is the same until the classes unlock their awakening skills (level 56) and their playstyle changes.

How many races are there?

There are many different races in the world of Black Desert but there are currently only 3 playable races: Human, Elf and Giant.

How many regions are there?

The following regions are available: Balenos, Serendia, Calpheon, Mediah, Valencia, Margoria and Kamaslyvia

Planned zones: Giant race homeland - mountains, Dwarven race homeland - snowy

Check out our map!

Are there factions in this game?

There are currently 2 factions: The Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom of Valencia. The two factions are in endless war but this is currently only for the story-line and players cannot choose a faction.

What is the maximum level a player can achieve?

Currently the "soft" level cap is 60. However, once you hit level 56 it becomes significantly harder to level up. The highest level player at the moment is level 62.

How does this game compare to Archeage?

Check out our Black Desert vs Archeage review!

Is there a cash shop?

Yes. The cash shop contains cosmetics with some convenience items.

Is this game pay to win?

Check out the list of cash shop items from the PM Diary and decide for yourself!

Is there be an IP block?

Yes, check out the official Territory of Service to make sure you can play.

Is there open world PvP?

Yes, there is open world PvP. Check out our PvP and Battlegrounds guide for more information.

How do I buy a copy?

You can buy your copy of the game now on the official website.

Can I buy this game on Steam?

Yes, Black Desert is available on Steam but there is currently no way to link up existing accounts.

What is the official Black Desert website?

Europe/North America: http://www.blackdesertonline.com/

Korea: http://black.game.daum.net/black/index.daum

Japan: http://blackdesert.pmang.jp/

Russia: http://blackdesert.ru/

Tiawan: https://www.blackdesert.com.tw

South America: https://blackdesert.playredfox.com

What are the minimum PC spec requirements?

Minimum requirements:

32 bit Windows 7 or 8;

Intel Core i3-530 2.9GHz;


GTS 250 / GeForce 9800 GTX / Radeon HD 6770

Recommended (For Medium to High graphic settings):

64 bit Windows 7 or 8;

Intel Core i5-650 3.2GHz;


GTX 650 / GTX 550ti / Radeon HD7770 / Radeon HD 6770.


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