PvP & Battlegrounds Guide

Apr
05

PvP & Battlegrounds Guide

Navigation

Introduction

How to activate/deactivate PvP Mode

PvP Penalty & Karma

Jail System

Outlaw Town

Open World Arenas

Red Battlefield

Arena of Arsha

Rankings

Dueling

Battle Arena

Team Battle

Final Battle


Introduction

Open world PvP (Player Versus Player) is only available once you reach level 50 or higher. PvP can only take place outside of “safe zones”. Safe zones  are towns and cities around the world. Otherwise, you can attack another player or be attacked anywhere at any time. There are many PvP aspects to Black Desert, such as battlegrounds and open world arenas. There are also GvG wars and Node Wars/Sieges which take place throughout the day.

This guide does not cover GvG wars and Node Wars/Sieges. If you would like to learn more about these, 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.

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. It may take some time to deflag if you have just attacked another character and you may still be able to be attacked, but cannot deal damage yourself.

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

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PvP Penalty & Karma

  • You start of with neutral (0) karma and as you kill monsters, you will gain karma from them.
  • When you first reach level 50 you should have full karma, which is  a maximum of 300,000 Karma.
  • If you are flagged up, the first time you hit another player will result in you losing 3,000 Karma
  • If you kill a player when you have flagged up you will lose between 50,000 and 120,000 Karma, depending on how similar your gear is. You will lose more Karma if the other player is much lower gear than you, and a less Karma if they are a similar gear score.
  • Hitting or killing another player who is flagged up will result in no Karma loss.
  • You do not lose anything for dying in PVP. 
  • Once you reach negative Karma, your character will turn red and can be attacked at any time. You can only defend yourself if you flag up, and you will still lose Karma for attacking or killing the person.
  • If you die with negative karma, you may experience some penalties such as: experience loss (1 – 3%), chance of gear degrade on death and breaking crystal sockets on death. Some NPCs may not talk to you and NPC guards might attack you.
  • Attacking or killing a player with negative karma (red) has no penalty.

In the Valencia desert, karma penalties are significantly reduced but negative karma players will be sent to jail when they die to PVP. View the table below for the differences between PvP penalties in Valencia compared to the rest of the world.


All other regions

Valencia Desert

Karma

Positive

Negative

Positive

Negative

Broken Crystals

PVE Death

PVE Death

PVE Death

PVE Death

PVP Death

PVP Death

PVP Death

PVP Death

Loss of EXP

PVE Death

PVE Death

PVE Death

PVE Death

PVP Death

PVP Death

PVP Death

PVP Death

Chance of Gear Degrade

PVE Death

PVE Death

PVE Death

PVE Death

PVP Death

PVP Death

PVP Death

PVP Death

※ Trade items have a chance of dropping regardless of the area or reason for death, but no items can be looted by/from other players.

Jail System

This system is only part of the Valencia desert region. You will get a red triangle/warning symbol on the bottom left of your minimap, which indicates you are in the Valencia desert and the jail rules apply.

Killing another player will make you an “outlaw” for 30 minutes. If you have negative karma, you will become an outlaw for 60 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 when you return. It’s important to note that you will still lose karma in the desert for killing another player. 

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If you die to another player as an outlaw (whilst still in the desert) you will be sent to jail instantly and will not have any other death punishments. If you are outside the desert, the normal punishments will apply. 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 Battlefield, Horse Racing or Guild Sieges. If you die whilst in jail you will not receive death penalties.

Multiple guards are placed at each entrance/exit of the jail, as well as some inside for surveillance. You can leave after completing a quest or by waiting up to 60 minutes (at -1 million karma) for your jail sentence to end. It is also possible to escape, but first you must successfully make your way through the jail to the NPC who will free you.

Outlaw Town

Muiquinn is the outlaw town. Players with positive karma will be attacked by the guards in Muiqinn, as well as not being able to interact with the NPCs in town. Whilst low karma players are welcomed. NPCs offer daily EXP boost quests for outlaws.

If an outlaw dies in Muiquinn, they will not receive any death penalties. They may also resurrect safely at the town once they leave the jail.

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 the locations of Open World Arenas.

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Red Battlefield

You can join the Red Battlefield 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.

You can also join the red battlefield on any channel to organise tournaments between yourselves, but these channels are not shown on the status window. To join from any channel, click the big button at the bottom of the window. It should say something like “[EU_Mediah2] Server (Participating: 0 / Wating)”.wAj8KOS

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 Battlefield, 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.

You will also receive silver rewards based on your gearscore and whether your team won/lost:

AP + DP

Upon Victory
(Silver)

Upon Loss
(Silver)

0 – 50

250,000

190,000

51 – 100

500,000

380,000

101 – 150

750,000

570,000

151 – 200

1,000,000

760,000

201 – 250

1,250,000

960,000

251 – 300

1,500,000

1,150,000

300 – 349

1,750,000

1,340,000

350 – 399

2,000,000

1,530,000

400 – 449

2,250,000

1,730,000

450 –

2,500,000

1,920,000




Arena of Arsha 

Arena of Arsha is a private arena that can be rented by a Guild master or officer on a desired date.

Renting Arena of Arsha

  • 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 Arena of Arsha from the menu. You can then select the date you desire from the list and place a reservation.

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 “Arena of Arsha”. Here you can invite and ban players from the arena.

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.

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


Rankings

You can view the Rankings by pressing “ESC” then clicking “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 button is for the Red Battlefield and is based on how many points the player has earned in the battleground.

Dueling

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.


Battle Arena

The Battle Arena can be accessed at any time by going to the main menu (ESC) then selecting “Battle Arena”. Here you can freely fight other players in the same channel as you. There are also scarecrows located around the arena to practise on. In the center of the Battle Arena, there is also an NPC which you can buy XL potions from which cost 1 silver. You can set up parties in the arena and duel other players. The area is much larger than open world arenas and a good place to practise PVP.




Team Battle

Team Battle is an arena PvP mode where teams battle each other in 1v1 duels. This mode is available for players who are level 56+, in the following channels: Balenos 2, Serendia 2, Calpheon 2, Mediah 2 and Valencia 2. You can sign up for Team Battle through the ESC menu and each channel can have a maximum of 5 players on each team, with 10 participants in total. Teams will be created based on the gearscore of each player to try and balance the teams properly. The player with the highest gearscore will be selected as your team leader. It’s also important to note that uou cannot change your gear whilst in the queue or when team battle has started.

Once you’ve been placed into a team, you will be teleported to the arena to prepare for the battle. When the team battle ends, you will also be teleported back to your original location. You will have 1 minute between matches/rounds to discuss tactis and buy potions/repair gear from the Battlefield Manager. Team members can spectate each round by pressing F5.

Round 1 and 2
The round will begin with the leader of each team selecting a player to fight in the first match. The leader will be able to see the class and level of their team mates and must be strategic when selecting someone to fight. Whoever wins the fight will continue into the next match, while the losing team will have to pick another player to fight in the next match. If a player has been defeated in a duel, they cannot fight again. Each duel will last 2 minutes and if there is no winner by the end of the timer, the player with the highest HP will win. If you win the duel, your HP will also be reduced by a percentage for the next duel. If you win the duel in a short amount of time or receive a small amount of damage from your opponent, your HP reduction will be less as well.
You win the round by defeating all players on the opposite team.

Round 3
This round is used as a tie breaker if needed. If one team wins both the first and second round, the third round will be skipped and the team will be announced as the winner. In the third round, the rules are slightly different. All players will fight against each other at once in a 5v5 battle. The victory will go to whichever team can eliminate all the opponent players within a certain time limit, or has more survivors at the end of the timer. If both teams have the same amount of survivors, the team battle will remain a draw.

Rewards/Points
After each team battle, your points/score will be calculated. If you win against a team that has a higher average score across their members, then you will receive a higher score reward. Your score can be seen on the Team Battle menu in the bottom right corner of the window.

As well, each player will receive silver rewards for their participation:
  • Winning team will receive: 2,000,000 (2 million) silver
  • Losing team will receive: 1,000,000 (1 million) silver

Disqualifications
A ring of soldiers are around the arena. Stepping outside the ring for more than 5 seconds will issue you a warning, with 3 warnings before disqualifying the participant from the match.

You can leave a Team Battle at any time by clicking the Team Battle button on the ESC menu. However, leaving the battle before it has fully concluded will automatically disqualify you and will not receive any rewards. Team Battle will also end automatically if more than 3 members of a team exit the game. In this case, both teams will not receive any rewards and the team with the members that left will have a point added to their loss count, as well as their points being reduced by the maximum penalty amount.


Final Battle

The Final Battle is GvG content which you can participate in by opening the Guild window (G), then selecting the Final Battle button on the far right of the naviagation. Final Battle is available on Balenos 1, Serendia 1, Calpheon 1, Mediah 1 and Valencia 1. The Final Battle has a maximum of 3 rounds.

Round 1: Normal Match
Each guild selects a maximum of 20 members to fight against each other. If no decision is made, players will be selected at random. If there is less than 20 participants available, then everyone that can will join the battle. Once the participants have been chosen, there is one minute preperation time, then the door to the area will open and the round will begin. The guild that defeats all the opponents in the enemy guild, will be declared the winner of this round.

Round 2: Head-to-Head Duels
Each guild selects 5 participants to go against each other in 1v1 matches. The winner of the each duel will continue into the next match, and will challenge a new participant until defeated. Between each match, the guild can choose which player they would like to send next. If a player has been defeated in a duel, they cannot fight again. Each duel will last 2 minutes and if there is no winner by the end of the timer, the player with the highest HP will win. If you win the duel, your HP will also be reduced by a percentage for the next duel. If you win the duel in a short amount of time or receive a small amount of damage from your opponent, your HP reduction will be less as well.
You win the round by defeating all players in the opposite guild.

A ring of soldiers are around the arena. Stepping outside the ring for more than 5 seconds will issue you a warning, with 3 warnings before disqualifying the participant from the match.


Round 3: Full Scale War
This round is used as a tie breaker if needed. If one guild wins both the first and second round, the third round will be skipped and the guild will be announced as the winner. This final round involves all members of the guilds in a full GvG war. The victory will go to whichever guild can eliminate all the opponent players within a certain time limit, or has more survivors at the end of the timer. If both guilds have the same amount of survivors, the Final Battle will remain a draw.




One Comment

  • 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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