Upgrading Gear Guide

Jun
01

Upgrading Gear Guide

NAVIGATION

INTRODUCTION

REFORM STONES

FORGE WORKSHOPS

UPGRADING YOUR GEAR

 

INTRODUCTION

There are five item grades in Black Desert. These indicate the rarity of the item by color (ordered lowest to highest):

  • White Grade
  • Green Grade
  • Blue Grade
  • Yellow Grade
  • Orange Grade

You can increase the grade of your gear to give bonuses such as Critical Hit Chance, Attack Speed, Casting Speed, Melee/Ranged/Magic Defense,  additional AP/DP, etc. This is done using reform stones and a forge workshop. Only certain weapons and armor can be upgraded and it can be quite difficult to get them to Ultimate grade (yellow), which is currently the highest grade you can make your gear. This guide will go over the basics of how to begin upgrading your gear and cover where all the workshops are for each armor set and weapon.

REFORM STONES

There are currently 3 levels of Reform Stones for armor and weapons:

iconGrade 1 Armor Reform Stone

  • Obtainable from: Refinery Lv 1
  • Production Materials: Zinc Ore x10, Mud Crystal x1, Bloody Tree Knot x1, Sinner’s Blood x1, Black Stone Powder x10
  • Use at a level 1 forge workshop
  • This reform stone has a low chance of making your armor blue grade (I would recommend using Grade 2 reform stones instead).

iconGrade 1 Weapon Reform Stone

  • Obtainable from: Refinery Lv 1
  • Production Materials: Tin Ore x10, Translucent Crystal x1, Red Tree Lump x1, Sinner’s Blood x1, Black Stone Powder x10
  • Use at a level 1 forge workshop
  • This reform stone has a low chance of making your weapon blue grade (I would recommend using Grade 2 reform stones instead).

iconGrade 2 Armor Reform Stone

  • Obtainable from: Refinery Lv 2
  • Production Materials: Bronze Ingot x3, Green Crystal x2, Spirit’s Leaf x2, Legendary Beast’s Blood x2, Black Stone Powder x20
  • Use at a level 2 forge workshop
  • This reform stone has a 100% chance of making your armor blue grade.

iconGrade 2 Weapon Reform Stone

  • Obtainable from: Refinery Lv 2
  • Production Materials: Brass Ingot x3, Red Crystal x2, Monk’s Branch x2, Wise Man’s Blood x2, Black Stone Powder x20
  • Use at a level 2 forge workshop
  • This reform stone has a 100% chance of making your weapon blue grade.

iconGrade 3 Armor Reform Stone

  • Obtainable from: Refinery Lv 3
  • Production Materials: Steel x4, Melted Platinum Shard x3, Black Crystal x3, Old Tree Bark x2, Tyrant’s Blood x2, Black Stone Powder x40
  • Use at a level 3 forge workshop
  • This reform stone has a low chance of making your armor ultimate grade.

iconGrade 3 Weapon Reform Stone

  • Obtainable from: Refinery Lv 3
  • Production Materials: Steel x5, Melted Platinum Shard x3, Black Crystal x3, Red Tree Lump x2, Clown’s Blood x2, Black Stone Powder x40
  • Use at a level 3 forge workshop
  • This reform stone has a low chance of making your weapon ultimate grade.

Ultimate Reform Stones come with the Valencia Patch. Click >here< to learn more about them and what they do.

 

FORGE WORKSHOPS

Below is a list of weapons and armor forge workshops and where you can find them in-game. You can search for a particular workshop using the drop down boxes in the top right.

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PRIMARY WEAPONS

  • Yuria Weapons – Keplan
  • Kalis Weapons – Calpheon
  • Bares Weapons – Calpheon
  • Azwell Weapons – Heidel
  • Demihuman Weapons – Heidel
  • Krea Weapons – Altinova
  • Rosar Weapons – Valencia

SECONDARY WEAPONS

  • Vangertz Shield – Heidel
  • Axion Shield – Calpheon
  • Kite Shield – Calpheon
  • Bronze Dagger – Heidel
  • Steel Dagger – Calpheon
  • Parrying Dagger – Keplan
  • Helrick Talisman – Heidel
  • Jubre Talisman – Calpheon
  • Rhik Talisman – Keplan
  • Oros Ornamental Knot – Calpheon
  • Theos Ornamental Knot – Keplan
  • Incense Trinket – Heidel
  • Needle Trinket – Calpheon
  • Black Hornbow – Heidel
  • White Hornbow – Keplan/Calpheon

ARMOR SETS

  • Talis – Keplan
  • Taritas – Calpheon
  • Zereth – Calpheon
  • Agerial – Heidel
  • Grunil – Altinova
  • Roca – Valencia

 

UPGRADING YOUR GEAR

I would recommend not upgrading your gear before it is +15, because each time you repair it’s maximum durability, you will either need to use the same grade, or pay an extra 30,000 silver each repair. Instead you want to get your gear to +15 then make it ultimate grade. It’s also important to make sure your gear’s max durability is fully repaired.

Upgrading your gear is completely safe, you will not lose enchant levels or break/lose the item itself.

 

Almost any green grade weapon/armor should be able to be upgraded to give additional stats.

Once you have your forge workshop and reform stone, you will need to put your weapon or armor into the warehouse along with the reform stone and the amount of Black Stone powder required. You will also need a worker to upgrade the gear for you. You should use a human worker with high luck to increase your chances of success when going for ultimate.

Below is a list of all the possible stats you can get by upgrading your gear:

Primary Weapons

  • Crimson Flame
    • Longsword – Critical Hit Rate +1
    • Amulet – Critical Hit Rate +1
    • Longbow – Critical Hit Rate +1
    • Axe – Critical Hit Rate +1
    • Shortsword – Critical Hit Rate +1
    • Staff – Critical Hit Rate +1
    • Blade – Critical Hit Rate +1
  • Destruction 
    • Longsword – Attack Speed +1 & Casting Speed +1
    • Amulet – Attack Speed +1
    • Longbow – Attack Speed +1
    • Axe – Attack Speed +1
    • Shortsword – Attack Speed +1
    • Staff – Attack Speed +1
    • Blade – Attack Speed +1
  • Temptation
    • Longsword – Critical Hit Rate +1 & Attack Speed +1 & Casting Speed +1
    • Amulet – Casting Speed +1
    • Longbow – Movement Speed +1
    • Axe – Critical Hit Rate +1 & Attack Speed +1
    • Shortsword – Casting Speed +1
    • Staff – Casting Speed +1
    • Blade – Critical Hit Rate +1 & Attack Speed +1
  • Ultimate
    • Longsword – Critical Hit Rate +1 & Attack Speed +1 & Casting Speed +1, AP +4
    • Amulet – Critical Hit Rate +1 & Casting Speed +1, AP +4
    • Longbow – Critical Hit Rate +1 & Attack Speed +1, AP +4
    • Axe – Critical Hit Rate +1 & Attack Speed +1, AP +4
    • Shortsword – Critical Hit Rate +1 & Attack Speed +1, AP +4
    • Staff – Critical Hit Rate +1 & Casting Speed +1, AP +4
    • Blade – Critical Hit Rate +1 & Attack Speed +1, AP +4

Secondary Weapons

  • Crimson Flame – Additional Back Attack Damage +1
  • Destruction – Additional Down Attack Damage +1
  • Temptation – Additional Air Attack Damage +1
  • Ultimate – Additional Special Attack Damage +1, AP +1 OR Accuracy +2 (depends on weapon)

Armor Sets

  • Iron Wall – Close (melee) damage reduction +2
  • Agility – Ranged damage reduction +2
  • Intimidation – Magic damage reduction +2
  • Destruction* – Attack +2
  • Sacrifice* – Damage Reduction +1
  • Ultimate – Damage Reduction +2, DP +5

Names marked with (*) are currently not in the game yet.

 

You can select which stats you would like at the workshop. In the screenshot below, the description states that “You can get Yuria Longbow of Crimson Flame by upgrading a Yuria Longbow. You cannot get Ultimate Yuria Longbow, but the upgrade will not fail. The Enhancement stats will remain”. This means that if I put my Yuria Longbow, a Grade 2 Reform Stone and 6 Black Stone Powder, into the warehouse, I will get the Crimson Flame Longbow, giving me Critical Hit Rate +1.

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If I choose to change to the Longbow of Temptation at a later date, I can select the option in the screenshot below.

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It should take your worker around 20 minutes (50 worker speed) depending on how fast the worker is. Once it has done the gear will go back into the warehouse for you to pick up. I would recommend using a grade 2 reform stone to go for blue grade, and then a grade 3 to go to ultimate. I honestly wouldn’t bother with grade 1 reform stones because the grade 2 stones are 100% chance and will end up saving you time.

 

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