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' Reveals Content Roadmap, Includes 300 vs. 300 Player Mode And More - Trailer

by Rainier on July 5, 2023 @ 9:49 a.m. PDT

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 Black Desert Online’s upcoming roadmap, revealing a new 600-player PvP, Maegu’s class Awakening, Boss Blitz update, the new horse Mythical Doom, and more. 

The Black Desert FESTA event, hosted in Suwon, South Korea, and attended by 400 Adventurers, included special performances from musician Song So-hee and the Pearl Abyss audio team inspired by Land of the Morning LightBlack Desert Online’s most recent  expansion. All attendance proceeds will be used to purchase gifts for the Good Home Nursery children’s center in Anyang City, South Korea.


War of the Roses is a brand-new Conquest War on an unprecedented scale, which goes beyond just new rules and regions. Players can join a massive 300-vs-300 battle every two weeks and it gives players a Tactical Map to strategize and engage in real-time warfare with allies. Unlike Black Desert’s existing Node and Conquest wars, players do not need to build fortresses and other fortifications before battle, allowing them to focus on combat and strategy. Also, all Adventurers can join the carnage with uncapped gear as there are no limitations with regard to gear stats. More information regarding this exciting new PvP content will be revealed in the near future. 


Get ready to face Imoogi, the latest boss coming to the Black Shrine in Land of the Morning Light. New and returning players can jump into the region from today and fight this fearsome serpent and other bosses inspired by Korean folklore. Unlike other Land of the Morning Light bosses, the showdown with Imoogi will require players to avoid Imoogi’s attacks while staying focused on the altar at the center of the battlefield. Alongside this update, players can expect a Black Shrine (Boss Blitz) update which provides world buffs to all Adventurers when an Adventurer defeats bosses at the most difficult level, Calamity 7.


The new season of 3v3 PvP Arena of Solare returns to Black Desert Online, taking place in Land of the Morning Light. Players can participate in the battle at various locations like Shimnidae Forest and the reed field of Gowun Plateau. Players can expect more details about the new season in the near future. 


The highly anticipated Maegu Awakening launches today, shortly following her sister Woosa’s Awakening. As the Awakened Maegu, players can wield her sister’s deadly fan and pierce through enemies using fiery wide-range attacks.


Mythical Doom is a reimagination that takes the “Hell Horse” concept of its predecessor “Doom” to a whole new level with a dazzling mane of blue flames and twin horns. Players travel quickly throughout the world of Black Desert with the following skills:

  • Shadow of Hellfire: Players can summon two additional Doom mounts, each accommodating up to two riders allowing a total of six adventurers to use them. Using this skill during its cooldown grants up to 10 nearby guild or party members the ‘Hellblaze’ buff, increasing movement speed by 5% for 60 seconds.
  • Infernal Sprint: Mythical Doom propels itself a breakneck speed, giving it the fastest land speed of all mounts in Black Desert Online. 
  • Infernal Legion: Mythical Doom ignites enemies with its fiery blue flames.

Lastly, all Adventurers can now become a Dream Horse owner, as the secret behind the event item “Vipiko’s Rocking Horse” which was given to all Adventurers, was revealed during the ball. Starting today, Adventurers can acquire and use “Vipiko’s Calling Horn” to magically transform the rocking horse into one of three Dream Horses. Those who have not claimed the item yet can find it in the Challenge tab until July 26. 


Coming in July, Dehkia’s Lantern is a brand-new item in the Black Desert world which awakens nearby monsters in certain zones such as Ash Forest, Olun’s Valley. Once awakened, monsters will be more powerful and dangerous with new attack patterns and better loot rewards such as Deboreka’s Earrings. Lastly, monsters in the effect range of Dehkia’s Lantern will respawn immediately after being defeated, giving players an entirely new way to approach existing monster zones.   


This new realm is located beyond the southern end of the Mediah region and is full of mysteries and dangers for players to uncover. It will consist of four monster zones, two of which have been revealed during the stream: City of the Dead and Tungrad Ruins. As new high-end difficulty zones, players will need a high level of stats at around 700 or higher Attack and Defense Power  combined to overcome the monsters within and loot rewards such as Origin of Dark Hunger, a unique item that will allow players to add additional enhancement stacks to their current gear enhancement stack.

In addition, parts for a new treasure item called Lafi Bedmountain’s Upgraded Telescope will be obtainable in the new realm. This treasure item allows Adventurers to teleport themselves to their guild or party members’ location. 

Ulu Kita’s update is planned for August.


Black Desert Online’s annual summer event receives a Korean-folklore inspired makeover for its return on July 26. This year, Adventurers are invited to explore an underwater palace that is filled with fun minigames. Players will take on the role of either the whimsical Rabbit or Tortoise. Rabbits will be tasked to escape the palace and Tortoises need to hunt the Rabbits down for their livers. Winning adventurers can look forward to exciting rewards.

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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