Jon has been playing "Black Desert Online" and roaming the lands between Calpheon and Valencia since its initial release in NA.
Where Do You Get the Miniature Elephant Mount?
The elephant mount in Black Desert Online is called a miniature elephant. The only place to get your first one is in the Valencia territory at Shakatu's Villa, which is located at the north coast of Valencia as seen in the image below.
Before you head out there to get your elephant you need to convert silver at a storage NPC into 4x 100g gold bars (which cost 35 million silver) and take them with you. You will need these bars to gain access to Shakatu's Villa and get a permit.
Entering Shakatu's Villa
When you reach Shakatu's Villa you need to buy an invitation with 1 100g gold bar from Dumaham, the Villa keeper. Be absolutely sure that you are at the correct villa as there is another one right beside Shakatu's Villa.
Talk to Serazad
Once you have paid for the 7-day pass to enter Shakatu's Villa you need to enter the villa and find Serazad inside. She is located straight ahead of the entrance.
Talk to her and get the first quest in the miniature elephant series ([Villa] Especially Adorable Elephant) which will require you to give Shakatu the 3x 100g gold bars you took with you to the villa.
Go Pay Shakatu
Shakatu's located a bit away from the villa and it's easiest to just auto-navigate to his position. This will also reveal to you the town of Shakatu if you haven't already discovered it. Before you leave Shakatu you should buy 20 empty bottles from the material vendor there, unless you brought them with you earlier.
Return to Serazad
After you get the permit from him you need to return to Serazad to continue the series, which will award you with a miniature elephant registration token once completed.
Completing the Quest Series
Freshly Scooped Cool Water
For this quest, you need 20 empty bottles from a material vendor (there is one at Shakatu) which you should fill with river water. You cannot just bring 20 bottles of water with you as you must fill them after accepting the quest. There is however no need to find a river, as the small pool inside the villa right in front of Serazad will do just fine.
When you have collected the water you need to take it to the Elephant Nursery (which is located right outside the villa) and water it with the collected water.
Freshly Prepared Fodder
You need to gather 100 weeds which you then must feed to the elephant nursery. Like the previous quest, you need to gather the weed after accepting the quest. To get weed you should gather from thickets as they have the best chance of giving weeds.
There is a bunch of thickets located just south of the villa down in the canyon. Having a cat will help a lot here as you can simply get it to find the thickets' for you by having no gathering tool equipped and the cat set on using its special ability.
You can also harvest the date trees to get weeds.
Owner of a Special Elephant
Finally, you need to go to the stable keeper at Shakatu and receive from him your personal miniature elephant mount. There are no special requirements, you just need to talk to him.
NOTE: You do not need to register your elephant at the Shakatu stable master; you can take the registration token with you and register the elephant with any stable master you want to. Technically you should be able to take the registration item all the way to Margoria and register it there, although I have not tried it (Calpheon worked fine though).
The Miniature Elephant Mount
After you have completed the quests you get rewarded with a miniature elephant. Should you need more elephant mounts you can get them by trading with Shakatu, exchanging gold bars and trade seals for an elephant.
The miniature elephant can carry one person, it has 16 inventory slots, 830 LT weight capacity and 100% speed at level 1, with 19.000 HP and 19.000 stamina points. At level 15 is can carry 1200 LT with a speed of 110%.
You feed the elephant mount just like a horse; you only need to use carrots to restore its health and stamina.
Miniature Elephant Skills
Like the horse, the elephant gains skills as it gains levels. Here is a list of the skills available to the elephant.
- Fore Chop
- Quick Run (Saddle required)
- Quick Turn
- Swift Start
- Swift Halt
- Rampage (Stirrups required)
- Side Steps
- Joy Ride
Some of those skills, like quick run and quick turn, are really important for an elephant, while others are less so.
Miniature Elephant Equipment
The Elephant can also be equipped the same way a horse can be equipped with four different items which are:
- Small Leather Saddle: Increases HP, stamina and turn %
- Small Leather Stirrups: Increases evasion and brake %
- Small Leather Elephant Armor: Increases DP
- Small Leather Elephant Mask: Increases HP and acceleration
These items require materials which are only available in the Valencia territory but can be crafted in any horse gear workshop.
Is This a Good Mount?
This is a fun mount to have and can be used in some PvP situations. It can also be of use as a desert trade goods transporter.
The greatest problem with this mount is its huge turning radius and just how slow it is compared to other mounts. When it is at level 1 this is truly horrible, but it can be mitigated with proper gear and the speed increase from extra levels. Nevertheless, the miniature elephant mount will never be better than a horse overall.
So there you have it: a comprehensive guide on how to get your very own miniature elephant mount. If there was something missing from this guide please ask about it in the comments. And if you found this guide useful then, by all means, share it with your friends and allies in Black Desert Online.
© 2017 Jon Sigurdsson
Jon Sigurdsson (author) from Iceland on October 26, 2017:
No, You will need precisely 3 x 100g gold bars as it is the quest requirement from Shakatu to get the miniature elephant.
Curious George on October 24, 2017:
Can you use 30x 10g gold bars instead of 3 x 100g?