"Black Desert Online": How to Make Calpheon Timber Crates
Crafting Calpheon Timber Crates
In Black Desert Online, a Calpheon timber crate is a trade item that can be highly profitable to produce and sell. The very first thing you need to decide is which town you are going to produce the timber crates in. As Calpheon holds the timber nodes that supply the raw materials these crates are best produced either at the town of Calpheon or Trent.
How to Choose Between Calpheon and Trent: Trade Bonus
As the timber crates are trade items you get a bonus to the selling price of the crate depending on the distance between the node where they are produced and the node where you sell them. Remember that you need to have every node connected between the town in which you produce the timber crates and the node that has the trader you intend to sell the crates to.
As an example, the trade bonus from Trent to Altinova is 49% and the trade bonus from Calpheon to Altinova is 38%. But if you just have a single node missing between these towns you will only get 30% of the base trade price.
Are the Extra Profits Worth the Extra Travel?
When you choose the town you need to decide if the added profits from the increased trading distance bonus from Trent is worth the extra effort and contribution point investment needed. If you have the extra contribution points for setting up shop in Trent instead of Calpheon and the added effort from transporting the timber from Calpheon to Trent is worth the added 11% to you then Trent is definitely the better choice.
Getting the Raw Materials for the Timber Crate
To produce a single Calpheon timber crate, you need:
- 5 fir plywoods
- 5 birch plywoods
- 5 cedar plywoods
- 1 black stone powder
The raw materials for this are fir, birch and cedar timber, which can all be bought, logged or gathered by workers, and rough stones which need to be bought or mined from rocks.
Investing Contribution Points
The fastest way to get the needed raw materials is by investing contribution points to get at least one each of the available fir, birch and cedar nodes and have workers gather timber from each of those. If you can get two or three of each that will be even better but you might not have the necessary contribution points as some are rather isolated.
When you have invested in the nodes you need to have your workers gather on those nodes. I prefer using human workers as they have the greatest chance of getting secondary items from the nodes.
What Else You Need
You also need access to a timber workshop, at least 11 empty storage slots where you intend to produce the crates and lodgings for the workers which will produce the crates and gather the raw materials.
You should use workers at the highest skill level, preferably professional or artisan for timber gathering and you will need a single worker for each node you want to gather from. So if you want to gather timber from two of each of these nodes, you need to have six workers.
Before you can get workers you need to get lodgings for them. Each town gives you one free lodging for a worker but you need to invest contribution points to get more. The best lodgings for workers in Calpheon are the Calpheon South Gate No.1 and No 2. houses, as you can get lodgings for 7 workers there for only 4 contribution points. The lodgings at Trent are far worse. You can manage to get 3 workers and the wood workbench for 10 contribution points thereby investing in houses No.1, No.2, No.3 and No. 5.
How to Get Workers
To get workers you need to talk to the local work contractor in each town. The first worker does not need lodgings but every one after that needs a single lodging slot. You also must remember that workers need beer (or other worker food) to maintain their energy which you have to supply them with yourself at regular intervals. You can almost always buy beer from the marketplace or learn to make your own.
Turning Timber Into Plywood
The next step in this production chain is to turn the timber into plywood. While you can have workers do this for you it is so much better to process the timber yourself as you will gain far more plywood from the timber as you get higher processing skill levels. A worker will always need 50 timber for each plywood, while a player with artisan 1 or higher processing might need on average 10 timber for each plywood.
To turn timber into plywood you first need to process the timber with chopping into planks. Then you process the planks by chopping them into plywood. By pressing the L button you open up the processing screen.
- Silver Embroidered Craftsman Clothes: If you intend to produce Calpheon timber crates a lot or do a lot of processing you should invest in Silver Embroidered Craftsman Clothes and try to enhance it to +3 or at least +2. These clothes increase the experience gained from processing and give a boost to the success chance, thus reducing the processing time needed.
- Venecil Dress Set: You might also consider buying the Venecil dress set costume (Maid's Outfit) from the Pearl Store if you expect to have long processing sessions while afk, as the Venecil dress set allows you to work directly from the storage window instead of your inventory.
Turning Rough Stone Into Black Stone Powder
There are two ways to produce black stone powder:
- Grinding magic crystals which is both the simpler and faster choice as you can see from the video below.
- Having a worker refine it in a refinery from rough stones.
Refineries can be found everywhere, but there are fewer refineries that can be upgraded to level 2 or level 3. A level 1 refinery can turn 2 rough stones into a single black powder each working cycle, at level 2 the refinery can turn 10 rough stone into 5 black stone powder and at level 3 the refinery turns 30 rough stones into 15 black stone powders each work cycle.
You need to man the refinery with a worker, either a goblin worker or, if you are often afk, a human or even giant worker for the extra stamina.
Finding a Wood Workbench
When you have gotten the required amount of plywood you need to find a wood workbench to start producing the Calpheon timber crates.
There are a few wood workbenches in Calpheon and the surrounding farms, you should choose those that only costs a single contribution point. If you are producing in Trent there are three wood workbenches available. The one in Trent, the one in Longleaf Tree sentry and the one in Behr. These all count as being in Trent as the produced crates end up in the Trent storage. You can only use one worker at once at each workshop so for faster production you need to invest in several wood workbenches.
You should man the wood workbenches with either goblin or human workers. The goblins are fastest and the added luck from humans has no effect in crate production. If you are, however, going to be afk a lot, you should use human or maybe even giant workers due to the extra stamina they have. You will of course also need lodgings for these workers.
If you manage to get lucky and have an artisan worker with the skill Timber Packing you should definitely use him to make your crates as he will make extra crates in the same time depending on the bonus. As an example a human worker with Adv, Timber Packing (+3) will make four crates in the time it takes to make one. The three extra crates still require the same amount of plywood and black stone powder.
Produced Calpheon Timber Crates.
Finally, you get the Calpheon Timber Crates in your storage after they have been made in the wood workshop and you can sell them to a trade manager. Remember that the distance bonus you get increases the further you take the crate. You can also sell it in the same town you made it but then you will not get any distance bonus. Below you can see how much you can get for a single crate if you sell it in the town it was produced in at 130% trade price.
Before you decide if and where you will sell your crates you should take a look at the prices of plywood and compare the profits from selling them to the profits of selling the crate. Remember to take into account the 35% tax when selling in the marketplace and the effect of the value pack if you have that active.
So there you have it. Everything you need to know to be able to produce your very own Calpheon timber crates. If you found this guide useful then by all means share it with the people you play Black Desert Online with. If you feel there's something missing then please drop a comment.
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