PvP & Battlegrounds Guide

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PvP & Battlegrounds Guide

Navigation

Introduction

How to activate/deactivate PvP Mode

PvP Penalty & Karma

Jail System

Outlaw Town

Open World Arenas

Red Battleground

3v3 Battleground

Arsha’s window

Rankings

Dueling

Introduction

Open world PvP (Player Versus Player) is only available once you reach level 50 or higher (level 30 on RU version). However, flagging up for PvP will allow you to kill anyone level 40 or higher (KR and JP only). PvP can only take place outside of “safezones” which are towns and cities around the world. Otherwise, you can attack another player or be attacked anywhere. There are many PvP aspects to Black Desert, such as battlegrounds and open world arenas. There are also GvG wars which take place throughout the day.

This guide does not cover GvG wars. If you would like to learn more about GvG wars, click here.

How to activate/deactivate PvP Mode

To activate PvP mode, press Alt + C or click on the sword and shield icon to the left of your HP bar. The icon will glow red when it is activated and you will receive a system notice. Once PvP mode is activated you can attack another player. If the player fights back an icon will also be placed above the characters name.

To deactivate PvP mode again, you can press Alt + C or click on the sword and shield icon. The icon should return back to it’s gray color and you will receive a system notice.

You can see the difference between these in the screenshots below:

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PvP Penalty & Karma

This information is based off the Korean client and is not accurate for Japan and Russia.

You start with a maximum of 300,000 Karma. Hitting a non-flagged player will result in you losing 10 Karma, if you kill a non-flagged player you will lose 200,000. Once you reach low Karma, your character will turn red and you may experience some penalties such as: gear dropping on death, losing enchants on death, breaking sockets on death and spawning in random locations. Some NPCs may not talk to you and NPC guards might attack you.

If you have low karma your Guild Karma will also be reduced.

Killing a player with low karma (red) has no penalty.

In the Valencia region, karma penalties are significantly reduced. View the table below for the differences between PvP penalties in Valencia compared to the rest of the world. Differences are in red.

 

All other areas

Valencia

Karma

Friendly (0+)

Hostilities (-1 or less)

Friendly (0+)

Hostilities (-1 or less)

Socket

breaking

Death by a monster/ Environment

Death by a monster/ Environment

Death by a monster/ Environment

Death by a monster/ Environment

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Death by character/NPC

Death by character/NPC

Death by character/NPC

Death by character/NPC

No

Yes

No

No

Experience

loss

Death by a monster/ Environment

Death by a monster/ Environment

Death by a monster/  Environment

Death by a monster/ Environment

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Death by character/NPC

Death by character/NPC

Death by character/NPC

Death by character/NPC

No

Yes

No

No

Enchanting

decline

Death by a monster/ Environment

Death by a monster/Environment

Death by a monster/ Environment

Death by a monster/ Environment

No

Yes

No

No

Death by character/NPC

Death by character/NPC

Death by character/ NPC

Death by character/NPC

No

Yes

No

No

※ You can not drop trade items regardless

Jail System

This system is only part of the Valencia region.

Killing another player will make you an “outlaw” for 30 minutes. An outlaw symbol will then appear next to your name to warn other players. The outlaw symbol will disappear unless you move outside of Valencia. Moving outside of Valencia will cause the timer to decrease and you will remain an outlaw.

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If you die to another player as an outlaw you will be sent to jail instantly. Dying to a monster/environment will only decrease your experience and have a chance to break a socket. When you are sent to jail, you will remain in jail for either 30 minutes, 50 minutes or 60 minutes depending on how many players you killed as an outlaw.

You will also receive a debuff with the following limitations:

  • Unable to enter combat stance
  • Movement speed reduced by 50%
  • Unable to board or call your mount
  • Cannot use the escape option in your main menu

In addition, you cannot take part in the Red Battleground, 3v3 Battleground, Horse Racing or Guild Sieges. If you die whilst in jail you will not receive death penalties but you can only be revived by an NPC or another player.

Multiple guards are placed at each entrance/exit of the jail, as well as some inside for surveillance. It is possible to escape, but first you must complete a quest at the entrance from an NPC. He will remove the debuff for you, allowing you to try your luck at sneaking past the guards.

Outlaw Town

Mui Kuhn is the outlaw town. Players with positive karma will be attacked by the guards in Mui Kuhn, as well as not being able to interact with the NPCs in town. Whilst low karma players are welcomed. NPCs offer various quests with special rewards for outlaws.

If an outlaw dies at Mui Kuhn, they will not receive any death penalties. They may also resurrect safely at the town if they die anywhere in Valencia.

Open World Arenas

Whilst in an arena you can attack any other player as long as they are not in your party. You will receive no penalty and can respawn immediately in the same place. Below are three locations of Open World Arenas.

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Red Battleground

You can join the Red Battleground at any time by opening the main menu (ESC) then selecting “Red Battlefield”. A window should pop-up explaining the rules and rewards of the battleground. Click the “enter” button to join.

There are two types of Battefields you can join:

  • Free: The only requirements for joining are that you are level 50 or higher.
  • Limited: Players must be below 150 AP, 200 DP and 300 AP+DP. These channels are show in red. In the Limited Red Battlefield, you cannot adjust your equipment. Make sure you equip your items before entering.

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Red Battlefield

Once you’ve joined the battleground you will be teleported to a castle arena in Mediah. Here you will be assigned a red or black faction and will be able to kill any other player on the opposing faction without any PvP penalties.

Each battle requires a minimum of 5 players on each team to start and can have a maximum of 30 players on each team. The battle will last 20 minutes. During this time you must kill the other faction to gain points for your team, with the winning team having the most points at the end of the battle.

Each person will start with 10 points by default.

Killing a player with higher points will give you a higher point reward, while killing a player with low points will give you a lower point reward.

  • Killing a player with 0-10 points  rewards you with 5 points
  • Killing a player with 11-19 points  rewards you with 7 points
  • Killing a player with 20-29 points  rewards you with 14 points
  • Killing a player with 30-39 points  rewards you with 21 points
  • Killing a player with 40-49 points  rewards you with 28 points
  • Etc.

Each player will be given an extra 1,000 HP. AP and DP points will be increased if you do not meet the minimum requirements .

Whilst in the Red Battlefield, you can talk to Daz and buy extra large HP (+275), MP (+375) and Herbal Juice (+250). These potions can only be used in the Red Battlefield but weigh 0.01LT and cost 1 silver each. You can also take a daily quest from the NPC which asks you to obtain 4 Red Seals. The reward for this daily is 200 energy regen and 5 Red Seals, so it is definitely worth doing once a day.

To leave the Red Battleground, open your main menu (ESC) at any time. Logging out, leaving the battleground, or when the battleground is finished, you will return to your original place in the world.

Rules:

  • Red Battlefield is a 20 minute battle between two parties. You can only join the battle within 10 minutes from the start.
  • The battle mode is “Team Death Match” and the team with the highest accumulated points wins.
  • You cannot join the battleground if you are in a party.
  • If your AP and DP is below the set level, they will temporarily be increased to the minimum requirement.
  • If you kill an enemy, the points you earn depends on the points of your enemy.
    • If you kill an enemy, you will earn 1/2 of the enemies score
    • If you die, you will lose 1/4 of your score
    • You will always have and earn a minimum of 1 point

Rewards:

  • Once the battle is complete, 5 Red Seals will be given to the winning team members, and 1 Red Seal to the losing team.
  • Skill experience will also be given to everyone on both teams.
  • Red Seals can be exchanged for other prizes.
    • 80 Seals: Red Essence (used to create awakened socket crystals)
  • If there is no space in your inventory you will not obtain a Red Seal.

3v3 Battleground

To join the 3v3 Battleground you will need a party of 3 players including yourself. All players must be level 50 or higher to join. The party leader should summon their Black Spirit (/) then select “Showdown”. A window should pop-up, select the second button across the top (the red crossed swords) to change the window to the 3v3 battleground window.  Click the button on the left to join. There are currently no rewards for participating in the 3v3 battleground. In the screenshot below the button on the left says “Cancel” this is because at the time I was not in a party of 3. The button should say “It is True” or something similar.

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Rules:

  • You will automatically be moved to the arena when the duel starts.
  • Your team will lose if all members die, or one player quits out of the duel.
  • The battleground lasts up to 10 minutes.
  • Once the duel has ended you will automatically be moved back to your original position.

To leave the 3v3, summon your Black Spirit (/), select “Showdown”, select the 3v3 Battleground icon, then click the button on the left.

There are currently no rewards for participating in 3v3 arena.

 

Arsha’s Window

Arsha’s Window is a private arena that can be rented by a Guild master or officer on a desired date.

Renting Arsha’s Window

  • You must be the Guild master or officer
  • Renting costs 10 million silver from the guild funds
  • You can rent the arena for one day
  • Reservations can only be made within one week from the desired date
  • You can cancel a reservation for free but will not get your deposit back
  • Reservations are channel specific and only available on certain channels

Press ESC then select Arsha’s Window from the menu. You can then select the date you desire from the list and place a reservation.

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Once you have reserve a date, an option will appear in the guild info (G), allowing you to set permissions and invite players. (This may only appear on the date you have reserved).

Arena Invites and Permissions

To invite players and set permissions, press ESC then go to “Arsha’s Window”. Here you can invite and ban players from the arena.

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Players are not able to attend without an invite. The leader can press the lock button in the upper left of the window, to limit the amount of participants. Even if someone is invited, they are not able to enter once the arena has been locked.  There are 4 different sets of permissions for each person invited:

Permission level Invite Ban Change team Change settings Spectate
Leader Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Participant Yes Yes No No Yes
Waiting List No No No No No
Spectator No No No No Yes

Invited players are automatically put onto the waiting list. They will then be assigned a team by the leader. You can also choose to become a spectator if the match has not yet started.

Spectators can watch the battle from the spectating area. Movement is more restricted in this area and you cannot use skills. You can press F5 to enter the spectating mode once the match has started. You can press F5 again to rotate between each participants point of view. Press F6 to close spectator view.

Match modes

Common rules:

  • All buffs (food, elixirs, furniture effects, etc.) are removed when entering the arena
  • Black Spirit Rage is reset to 0% and cannot be used
  • You can use potions as normal as well as battlefield potions
  • If all opponents are not killed within the given time limit, the remaining health (%) of the surviving players are added together. The team with the highest total health wins.

Team Survival:

  • Two teams fight against each other
  • If a player dies they are not resurrected until the end of the round
  • The team that has the last surviving member will win the round
  • The leader can set a number of rounds to win and the team to reach the goal first wins overall

Team Free for All:

  • Several teams fight at the same time
  • If a player dies they are not resurrected until the end of the match
  • The team that survives until the end wins the match
  • The leader can set different win conditions. For example: if the win condition “two surving teams” is set, the match will continue until there are only two surviving teams left and they will both win

Starting the match

Once the match settings and teams are set up, the game can be started. The leader must press the start button in the setup window. A message is then displayed to announce that the match will start in 30 seconds. Between rounds there is also a 30 second waiting time before the round will start automatically.

In team survival, participants are automatically moved to the starting position on either side of the arena. NPCs are available here where you can repair your equipment or buy potions. In a free for all match, players are able to move freely to where they would like to start, this is because several teams can participate at once. So it is important to go to the arena NPC to repair and buy potions before the match starts.

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The leader can stop or restart the match at any time in the match settings window.

Rankings

To view the battleground rankings at any time, you can summon your Black Spirit (/), select “Showdown” then “Ranking” on the battleground of your choice. You can also show the Sector Rankings by pressing “ESC” then clicking “Sector Ranking” on the main menu.
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Here you can view the rankings for each profession as well as the battleground rankings. The buttons along the top will filter the rankings for each of these. The last two buttons are for the 3v3 Battleground and the Red Battleground.
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You can go up to any player and an option to invite them to duel will be above their head.  There is no limitations to who can duel, you do not need to be a certain level, have full HP or certain gear score to invite a person to duel. However, you cannot invite a person to duel if they are in your party. If the player accepts, the duel will begin. Other players can also send an invite to a player who is already in a duel. If the player accepts they will also be able to participate in the duel.

If you die during a duel, you can resurrect at your current location without using elions tears. To cancel a duel, you must click the sword icon in the top left corner. A duel is not automatically cancelled when you die.

 

One Comment

  • Profile photo of Nullea
    Feb 10, 2016 @ 12:35 pm

    Thank you for all the guide. I’m using them to do mine in french and I give the link to your site on it.
    I found an error in the part crimson battleground. In the end of the first paragrah, you said “you cannot join from channel 1” and in the rules you said exactly the contrary.

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