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Black Desert Online

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Daum Games Europe
Developer: Pearl Abyss
Release Date: March 3, 2016

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'Black Desert Online' Kicks Off Thanksgiving Events Tomorrow, New Monster Zone And Questline Next Week

by Rainier on Nov. 21, 2023 @ 6:00 a.m. PST

Black Desert Online is an open-world action MMORPG with next-generation visuals and skill-based combat that rejuvenates the genre.

With the deepest character customization of any game currently on the market, Black Desert Online allows for unprecedented detail in character creation. Its intuitive controls, beautifully designed world, and extensive lore will enthrall both newcomers and veterans of MMO games and action RPGs.

Travel through the lands in search of treasure and adventure or become one of the top craftsmen in the land. Set up trade routes and breed horses or compete against other guilds in epic siege warfare.

Korean developer and publisher Pearl Abyss announced today it will expand Black Desert Online’s desert region ‘Ulukita’ with a third monster zone and new questline filled with royal familial conflict next Wednesday, November 29. Starting tomorrow, Pearl Abyss will host a trio of game events packed with valuable weapons, gear, buffs, and high-value rewards for Adventurers to enjoy in anticipation of the update.


Welcome to Ulukita! Dubbed ‘Darkseekers Retreat’ and located in the southern region of Ulukita, the new zone builds on the previous zones ‘The City of the Dead’ and the ‘Tungrad Ruins.’ The zone’s central story revolves around the young Prince Bareeds III of Mediah, who Adventurers previously encountered living under unfortunate circumstances back in 2015! Players will be prompted to investigate the feud between the Prince and the Premier and will experience fierce fighting and an end-boss, too.

At the ‘Darkseekers Retreat,' Adventurers can obtain the necessary materials for making 'Ator's Shoes', which is the last of the highest-grade armor in Black Desert, following Fallen God’s Armor, Labreska’s Helmet, and Dahn’s Gloves. Adventurers can choose between two abilities for 'Ator's Shoes': damage reduction or evasion.

The new Ulukita zone is recommended for Adventurers with 310 AP/420 DP (Attack Power, Defensive Power) or above. The main questline is fully voice-acted and features illustration-style cutscenes like those in Land of the Morning Light.


The PvP portion of the update introduces a full-time practice mode for the PvP Arena of Solare and a 3v3 match-type for Ranked or Practice matches. The new invite-only Custom Mode enables players to set up their own teams, including the ability to turn off matchmaking. Adventurers can swing away at each other with new fervor to hone combat skills while earning goods and rewards, such as silver and pearls.


Black Desert Adventurers can engage in three different holiday events for fun and rewards running until December 6th!: 

  • Thousand Hearts Flutter Event: Through Wednesday, December 6, Adventurers can obtain ‘Daring Calpheon Seals’ by simply logging in for 30 to 120 minutes every day in this pre-Calpheon Ball event. These items can be used to enter an instant raffle to obtain valuable items. For those who do not win items, players can get ‘Inspiring Calpheon Coins’ (100% chance), exchangeable for various rewards such as the vaunted J’s Hammer of Loyalty! Either way, players win.
  • Thanksgiving Hunt: Players can enter the two-week Thanksgiving hunting event (beginning Wednesday, November 22 through Wednesday, December 6) to shoot the troublesome “Targargo” (‘king turkey’) and earn the Blessing of Abundance Buff and Turkey Feathers. The latter can be exchanged for Dream Horse awakening materials at Velia.
  • Rock Collecting: During that same two-week period, while hunting, gathering, and fishing, players can collect “Rocks of Abundance”. Based on the cumulative number of Rocks of Abundance obtained across all regions, Adventurers will be rewarded valuable items such as Shakatu's Splendid Box, 500 Cron Stones, and Exciting Adventure Outfit Box. 


For a limited time, Black Desert Online is 90% off Steam today until November 28 and on its main site from November 22 - 29. Get fashionable game apparel and goodies from Pearl Abyss’ revamped beta merch store.

Key Features

  • A beautifully designed open world that’s as expansive as it is alive
  • Heart-pounding skill-based combat
  • Unprecedented character customization with incredible detail
  • Crisp next-generation graphics
  • Extensive open world PvP modes (Arena mode, guild vs guild, node wars, castle siege, and more)
  • Engaging story with deep lore and epic quests
  • Unique farming system - grow and perfect your crops
  • A personalized stable - catch, tame, and breed wild horses
  • Deep crafting, housing, fishing, hunting, and alchemy systems
  • Intuitive action gameplay complete with gamepad support

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Black Desert Online is currently available PC, as well as PS4 and Xbox One (titled Black Desert). Also compatible on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

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