It is an iOS and Android adaptation of the popular MMORPG Black Desert Online. It's also pretty faithful to the original, with many of your favorite classes, locations, characters, and professions returning. It's not a direct port, so you can't import your character from the PC version, but you can do many of the same activities.
In many areas there is also a real improvement. Developer Pearl Abyss has made a lot of positive user experience decisions, so you can quickly get into the thick of it when you're on the go. Your character will automatically move to a nearby quest, you can command them to fight any monsters nearby, and with a simple series of taps you can tick off your daily to-do list.
To help you get started with Black Desert Mobile, we've put together this comprehensive guide. We've gone to great lengths to answer all of your questions, so you should be ready to start working your way to the top once you've finished reading it.
How to download Black Desert Mobile?
Black Desert Mobile is available to download worldwide for free through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, so no separate APK file is needed to play the game.
Does it have controller support?
Black Desert Mobile offers Bluetooth controller support, but its functionality is limited at best. This means you can pair a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One Bluetooth controller to your iPhone or Android device, but you'll only get limited functionality from it.
What exactly does this mean? You'll be able to use the controller to do things like move the camera, your character, and use basic attack moves. However, when it comes to using the controller to select on-screen buttons and navigate the menu, you'll need to use your fingers.
Some gamers have suggested they can avoid this by using a controller with mapping features, but the majority of people probably wouldn't have it handy. It's unclear whether Pearl Abyss plans to expand Black Desert Mobile controller support further, or leave it as is. It's good to have at least one fight.
What are the surnames?
If you're a Black Desert veteran, you probably know the last names, but if you're new to the game or been away for a while, a brief explanation will go a long way. In Black Desert Mobile, your last name is basically your last name; a unique name for you and all your characters on the server.
You can change your last name by purchasing a name change coupon from the store, but it won't be free. This will cost you 400 pearls, which works out to $10 / £7. Once you have purchased the coupon, you will be able to change your last name. This Black Desert Mobile cheat should help you in the beginning.
As the name suggests, your character's name is simply your first name, while your last name is your last name. So if your character was named John Doe (I know, creative, huh?), your character name would be John and your last name would be Doe. Each new character will adapt a new character name but keep the same last name.
What classes are there?
There are currently six Black Desert Mobile classes available in the game, with more to come. Here is a list of all current class options:
While there's no right answer on which class to choose, each class will likely be better for different players depending on their playstyle.
The Giant class is ideal for those who like to melee and cause mayhem. With a high DPS (damage per second), you will be able to deal stacks of damage to enemies fairly quickly. On the other hand, the Ranger class features a mix of melee and ranged combat. While it still offers high DPS, you'll also be able to deal a fair amount of ranged damage.
The Valkyrie class is best for those who want to play a support role. As a Valkyrie, you'll be able to cast recovery spells and defensive aid to keep your team alive.
The Warrior is perhaps one of the best all-around classes. With a nice balance, players will be able to try their hand at playing an offensive role as well as a defensive role. The Witch is similar to the Ranger in that she can deal a lot of damage to enemies very quickly, however, you will need to be careful as this class cannot sustain much damage.
The Witch is an adaptable class that has powerful short and long range attacks depending on the situation. She is not as fragile as the witch, but still needs careful handling to avoid being put down.
Is there autoplay?
Black Desert Mobile offers players the option of using an auto-attack feature which will make fighting a lot easier. However, it's not immediately available, so figuring out how to unlock and use it can be a bit confusing.
To unlock it, you will need to complete the Ancient Stone Chamber story quest, which occurs around level 13. Once you complete this mission, you will be able to use the auto-attack feature.
Once you unlock it, you should see a button on your screen when in combat that will allow you to activate the auto-attack feature. Just press the button whenever you're in a fight and want to use it and you'll instantly attack any nearby enemies.
Is it pay to win?
As with any mobile game, there are many questions about Black Desert Mobile's microtransactions and the compensation to be earned. The game features a premium currency called Black Pearls, which players can use in the store to purchase more item storage, pets, cosmetics, and more.
Players can also earn Black Pearls as in-game rewards, but as you might expect, you don't earn as much as you would simply buy them.
What is the maximum level?
Players will be able to "awaken" their character at level 65, which will essentially change their playstyle. Once your character class has been awakened, you'll get new abilities, weapons, and more.
Each of the Black Desert Mobile classes offers different types of awakenings.
How does Node Wars work?
Pearl Abyss has officially launched the Black Desert Mobile Node Wars pre-season, which will allow guilds to compete on Nodes. The winner of the Node War will be able to own that specific node for a period of seven days. Let's take a look at the schedule, rewards, and how to start a node war.
Node Wars will only be available during limited times, so you'll need to plan around them. They will take place from 22:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. (server time) on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. If your guild wins a Node War auction, you will fight (or defend) against other guilds during this time, with the winning guild keeping the Node for a week.
To be eligible for a node war, your guild will need to have at least ten members. The top three bidding guilds will be able to participate in the Node War, with one defending and the other two attacking. Winning teams will have ten hours to prepare, before the Node Wars begin at the times mentioned above.
How to tame a horse?
Knowing how to tame a horse in Black Desert Mobile is essential if you want to take advantage of extra inventory space. However, figuring out how to get a horse can be a bit confusing if you don't know what you're doing. Once you have a clear idea of the process, it's actually quite simple.
To get started, you'll need to have two items with you: raw sugar and a horse taming rope. You can buy these two products in any city and they are quite cheap.
You'll be able to find a wild horse virtually anywhere in Black Desert Mobile, but you can watch your minimap for a horseshoe and horse icon if you're having trouble. Once you find one, walk towards the icon until you see a horse. Then start approaching him very slowly. If you move too fast, the horse may be spooked.
Once you get close enough, you'll see two options: feed the horse and tame the horse. If you're feeling lucky, you can try taming your horse, but there's only a 50% chance it will work. Alternatively, you can feed the horse sugar cubes, which will increase your chance of taming it by 10% per cube - up to 90%.
Once you can tame your horse in Black Desert Mobile, you will automatically join a mini-game, where you must maintain your balance and keep a cursor in the green area three times in a row. Once you have done this, you will have tamed a horse.
We hope this guide has been useful to you. If so, we recommend that you bookmark it and come back to it whenever you find yourself in trouble. If you're interested in other games like Black Desert Mobile, consider checking out our list of the best mobile RPGs!