Season servers are a new addition to BDO which arrived on the 17th June 2020.
Season servers are designed for new and returning players to help them get started in BDO. There are various rewards you can collect by participating, which will give you a great start in terms of gear. The daily quests also help to introduce you to certain parts of the game without throwing you straight into the deep end. If you’re a veteran player then you can still benefit from playing on the season servers and it can be refreshing to play on them, but the rewards are not too desirable that you would feel forced to participate if you don’t want to.
Season 1 will last 3 months in total. You must create a special Season Character to have access to the Season server (only 1 character can be created per season). At the end of the season, your character will become a regular character.
The Season servers themselves are not actually season servers at all. They are special channels that are added and only Season characters can connect to them (Korea has 5 season channels). On these channels there is a Combat EXP +100% and a Skill EXP +20% buff running at all times, but PVP is not allowed (you cannot flag up and guild wars do not work). The Central Market and Storage is not seperate to other channels. You can use your pets, fairy, tent and maids that are already on your account as well. All horses (except T9 horses) and other mounts are available in your stables. It is also worth noting that Season Characters can connect to regular channels as well, but only Season Characters can connect to the Season Channels.
Season characters cannot equip regular gear!
Season specific gear (Tuvala gear), Asula accessoires and main store quest gear is the only gear that can be equipped by a season character. These items have special icons on them.
To obtain Tuvala gear, you must collect Tuvala Ore by hunting monsters in Valencia, Kamasylvia, Dreighan and Sycraia Underwater Ruins. Then exchange the Tuvala Ore (x1 for Armor, x5 for accessories) for pieces of gear at a blacksmith. Tuvala gear pieces can also drop from monsters in Valencia, Kamasylvia, Dreighan and Sycraia Underwater Ruins.
It is also worth noting that once you achieve level 60, you will be rewarded with a PEN Tuvala Ring and then at 61, a PEN Tuvala Earring. These can be obtained in your Challenges tab.
Enhancing Tuvala Gear
To enhance the gear you will need new blackstones called Time-filled Black Stone. In the Korean patch notes it says these drop from monsters in Valencia, Kamasylvia, Dreighan and Sycraia Underwater Ruins, but players have found they can dropped in all regions.
Tuvala gear is also much easier to enhance. For example, your chance of success when enhancing to PEN with 60 fail stacks is 21%. Your chance of success when enhancing to TET with 40 failstacks is 25%. You will need lots of the Black stones though (19 for one TET attempt, 20 for one PEN attempt).
The new blackstones can also be exchanged at a new Seasonal NPC for items such as Advice of Valks (up to +40), or Valk’s Cry.
Refined Magical Black Stone can be used to force enhance the gear from +15 to TRI but reduces the items max durability by 50 each time.
You can repair the max durability again by going to the blacksmith and using an unenhanced weapon/armor of the same type. This repairs 25 max durability.
All Tuvala ore Time-filled Black stones and Refined Magical black stones will deleted once the season ends and cannot be used in the next season.
A new Seasonal NPC (Fughar) will give daily quests that will give items to help you enhance your seasonal gear. Fughar is located in all large towns next to the stable keeper.
For the first 16 days you have simple quests that only require you to talk to Fughar to complete, afterwards you will need to do various tasks for him each day.
You can complete quests on a different character to make it a little faster!
After completing the first 40 daily quests, you will unlock the special end of season reward (this season is a PEN capotia earring or PEN capotia ring). You will also receive more daily quests that will reward you with items such as Cron stones, Hard and Sharp Shards, item loot scrolls and Valk’s cry.
Additional quests can be received from “Fughar” the Seasonal NPC which reward you with Advice of Valks and involve simple tasks such as showing him different gear you have enhanced (such as TRI Tuvala armor rewarding you with Advice of Valks +40).
Each time you complete one of the main questlines (Balenos, Serendia, Calpheon, Media) you will also recieve an award which can be used to gain a large amount of skill points. You get a certain amount of skill points EXP so you can use these at any level and it is not worth saving them for after you have gone over the skill point softcap.
If you get stuck or confused at any point, you can open your main quest log [O] then go to the “main” tab to view your progress.
There are weekly quests you can complete which will give you a lot of of the time-filled blackstones (you can choose to get Tuvala Ore instead but time-filled blackstones are used up much quicker so I recommend getting those). You need to be at least level 20 to get these quests but we recommend you are over level 56 because they involve killing monsters in certain zones. YOu can find the weekly quests by pressing [O] to open your quest tab, then going to Reccuring and they are under the (Season) section. There may be platoon parties you can join to make the killing quests go quicker!
Make sure you have switched on all quests or you will not receive the weekly quest. Do this by pressing [O] then clicking the icons at the left bottom so that they are yellow like in the image below.
A special seasonal battle pass has been added to the season servers. You can open the battle pass by clicking the icon in the top right next to your mini-map. You must do each part of the battle pass in order to unlock the next reward, but you can complete them in advance and your progress will be saved.
Complete various achievements to unlock rewards in your battle pass. All players have access to the free version and can buy a Seasonal Battle Pass in the pearl store to obtain the premium rewards. An example of rewards include: inventory slots, advice of valks, artisan memories, pets, elion tears, loot scrolls. Achievement tasks include completing parts of the main story quest, killing world bosses or killing a small amount of certain mobs.
At level 10 you will also be given a leveling aid box. Do NOT delete this box because you will not get it back again. You can open this at certain levels to receive awards and a temporary EXP buff.
End of Season Rewards
At the end of the season you will have various rewards. The most note worthy of the rewards is the Graduation Certificate, which allows you to convert one Tuvala piece to boss gear or yellow accessories. More infomation on this can be found in the section below.
One full set of Tuvala gear (including accessories) is kept but can no longer be enhanced. If you have two Tuvala Boots for example the highest enhanced will be kept only.
- PEN Capotia ring or PEN Capotia earring (after completing the first 40 dailies). You can choose which of the two you would rather have.
- Advice of Valks +100 (after completing the first 40 dailies)
- Graduation Certificate – used to convert one Tuvala piece to boss gear (bound to family)
- Graduation Cap and Gown (costume)
- Graduation Emote
- Graduation Gift box – randomly obtain one of the following: Urugon’s Shoes, Griffon’s Helm, Dim Tree Spirit’s Armor, Bheg’s Gloves, Item Brand Spell Stone, Inventory Slot +4, JIN Magic Crystal – Viper, JIN Magic Crystal – Addis, JIN Magic Crystal – Karme, Kydict’s the Crystal – the Adventure, Ogre Ring, Tungrad Earring, Valtarra’s Belt, Eye of Ruins Ring, Advice of Valks (15 – 25), Advice of Valks (25 – 35), Premium Elixir Box, Premium Food Box, Premium Draught Box, Ancient Spirit Powder x15, Cron Stone x5
How the Graduation Certificate works
When the season ends, one Tuvala item (armor or weapons) can be converted into boss gear using the Graduation Certificate. However, the armor/weapons will drop by one enhancement level (eg. PEN Tuvala becomes TET boss gear). The gear also becomes family bound and you can still enhance the gear afterwards, put caphras levels into it, etc. You just can’t sell it on the market!
Other advice for New Players
- Additonal information can be found here on the offical website: https://www.blackdesertonline.com/news/view/3992
- I would also recommend checking out our Enhancing Guide which will teach you the basic systems and how to get started with enhancing your gear.
- Our Leveling Guide may also be useful, but since you are rewarded for completing the Main quests, it may easier for you (despite being slower) to level via main quests if you are completely new to the game.
- We also have lots of other basic guides to help teach you things like how to increase your inventory space, how to use the central marketplace, introductions to nodes and contribution points, etc. Check out our list of guides page for more.
- If you are struggling at all, feel free to pop into our Discord server and ask questions!