"Black Desert Online": Making Money With Workers
Why Make Money With Workers?
Having a steady stream of silver and materials which you do not actively need to earn is a truly helpful thing in Black Desert Online. Workers are a great source of passive income and getting them early on can give a new player a decent boost of silver for those expensive black stones. And while it will never be better than active grinding, a strong passive source of income from workers would always supplement any other form of active silver generation.
For this guide, I will assume that you already have a passing knowledge of how nodes and contribution points work. If not then you should read a few guides on those subjects and then come back here.
Workers are separated into 5 tiers which are:
- Naive (white)
- Normal (green)
- Skilled (blue)
- Professional (yellow)
- Artisan (orange)
Of these, artisan workers are the best in terms of work speed, max stamina, and possible skills.
Don't be too concerned about only getting artisan workers at the beginning as you are able to promote them all the way from green to orange as they earn experience. At levels 10, 20 and 30 they are able to perform a promotion test and if successful they will get raised to the next tier at level 1. From my experience, a level 30 worker almost always succeeds in his promotion test but getting to level 30 is time-consuming at any tier.
You also need to decide what race of worker you want. Personally, I prefer human workers as their stats suit my play style. If you are almost never AFK, then goblins are probably your best choice as they have the fastest work speed but the lowest stamina.
Humans have an average work speed and stamina, while giants have high stamina and slow work speed which would be best to use if you tend to leave the game running 24/7. In some cases, humans are also able to gather extra materials, such as both eggs and chicken meat while goblins and giants can only get chicken meat from the same node.
Where to Get Workers
To be able to hire workers you first need to have lodgings available for the workers. Each town has a single free slot for workers but after that, you need to invest contribution points into houses that have lodgings for workers.
When you have the lodgings necessary you need to find the worker supervisor in the town where you have the lodgings. If you talk to the worker supervisor you get two choices, either to open the worker exchange which is a place to buy workers, or you can get a workers contract which is the way you will be getting most of your workers.
Whenever you ask for a worker, it costs 5 energy and you get a randomly assigned worker whom you can choose to hire or not. You should always refuse naive workers as they are terrible and you might also decide to ignore green workers, accepting only skilled or better.
Worker Nodes and Stamina
To be able to use the workers for passive income, you need to invest in nodes that workers can gather materials from. When you have invested in a node, you must direct your worker to start gathering materials from the node. You do so by clicking on the node, selecting a worker from the list, selecting the number of repeats ( I always chose 50.000), and then press start. The worker will now gather materials from this node until you either stop him or he runs out of stamina.
To replenish a workers stamina you need to feed him worker food, the most common being beer. To get beer, you either need to buy it at the market or make your own.
How to Make Beer
The recipe for beer is simple. You only need the following:
- 5 grains (potato, barley, wheat, corn)
- 1 sugar
- 2 leavening agents
- 6 water
The grains need to be gathered but the rest is bought from a tavern keeper. You will also need to buy a cooking utensil and invest in a residence where you can place the cooking utensil for use. Each beer will replenish 2 worker stamina.
Investing in Nodes Near Velia
The first worker nodes you are likely to encounter are located in the Balenos territory around Velia. In the image below I show you the location of a few nodes I would recommend getting as they offer materials that will most likely always be in some demand.
These nodes will give you corn and wheat which is necessary for cooking beer, iron ore and copper ore which are basic raw metals used widely and Powder of Darkness and Powder of Flame. There is also an excavation site which gives Trace of the Earth and Trace of Ascension.
The reason for choosing only 6 nodes is due to the amount of lodging available in Velia, which has rooms for six workers. The total contribution points needed for these nodes and the lodgings for workers is 19.
Investing in Nodes Near Heidel
The next town you end up in will be Heidel. Here you have enough lodgings for all the workers you will need, so the main issue is to choose the nodes you wish to invest in. Again I have marked on a map the nodes I would recommend investing in at the start.
Why I Recommend These Nodes
As you can see, I have again selected copper and iron ore mines for the same reasons as mentioned before and I have also selected the cooking honey node. Cooking honey is a raw material needed to produce Honey Wine, which can be turned into an imperial cooking item at cooking artisan level 1 that sells for 190.000 silver each.
There is also the flax node that produces the raw materials for flax fiber which is used for making silver embroidered clothes and the Epheria sailboat. Flax also has the extra benefit of giving very good processing experience when processed. Finally, we have a node which gives maple timber and Red Tree Lumps and an excavation site with Trace of Savagery and Trace of Hunting.
But This Costs a LOT of Contribution Points
Yes, it's true, but Heidel is also a great place to start actively grinding for contribution points if you need them. There are several contribution point missions in Heidel which reward 770 contribution points if they are all completed. These missions can be repeated each day and to complete them all takes about 10-15 minutes. You can see where they start and how they are done in the video below.
Another thing to remember is that you do not need to have your towns connected together unless you are trading or want to use workers from another region. By carefully selecting which towns are connected you can save a few contribution points to use for worker nodes instead.
Making Even More Money With Workers
At this point, you should be getting the gist of the basics. Get contribution points, invest into lodgings and worker nodes, have your workers gather material and occasionally cook some beer for your workers.
Expand to Other Towns
You can continue like this for the other towns, such as Glish, Calpheon, Epheria, Trent, Altinova, and so forth. Getting lodgings, hiring workers and selecting worker nodes to gather from. This is just fine and will reward you with lots of silver as your worker empire grows.
Optimize Your Workers and Nodes
But if you want to get as much silver as possible from your workers, you will need to start optimizing them depending on the value of their output. I cannot simply tell you what nodes are best, as this changes with market price fluctuations so what you need to do is to start actively looking at market prices, how much material you get from each worker and the time he gathers it. Then you need to calculate just how much silver you are getting for your worker each hour and compare it with other workers.
From those numbers, you should start making changes to the nodes you are gathering from. Scrap those that offer low returns, and in turn, invest into those that offer a higher return. Remember that you do not lose your contribution points in you decide to scrap a node, you get the contribution points back and you can use them for a different node.
Now, Get Those Workers Working!
So there you have it. A simple explanation on how to start getting money from workers and how to expand your worker empire and later optimize it to your full benefit. If you found this guide useful then please share it with your friends and allies in Black Desert Online. If you feel I forgot something or want to ask about something, then please use the comments below.
© 2017 Jon Sigurdsson