Black Desert Online Revamps Savage Rift Horde Mode; New AFK Gameplay Systems Introduced

By Mike Sousa on August 16, 2018, 10:56AM EDT
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Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games announced that after this week’s maintenance cycle, Black Desert Online players can look forward to a reworked Savage Rift horde mode that promises to spice up the exciting co-op experience in the game.

The most noteworthy change to the Savage Rift content is that the number of monster spawns has been reduced by around 40% which as a result makes each runthrough last about 20 minutes. Cooldown times for siege weapons such as the Hwacha and Lynch Cannon have been reduced by 50% so that adventurers can shoot these powerful weapons more often. As a result, the reward structure has been reworked as well. Although the rewards per playthrough have been reduced, the rewards vs playing time have actually increased, making it more interesting for adventurers to engage enemies in the Savage Rift.

To celebrate, a special event will take place between the 15th and the 29th of August that can reward players with very nice in-game rewards. During the event period, a hidden 26th stage can follow after a successfully cleared 25th wave. The chance of this happening is 50% and in this stage a new boss, named the Savage Ogre, will appear that drops a Savage Rift reward Box upon defeat. This box will include a Soiled Ogre Ring, Trace of Savagery and more.

One of the unique elements in Black Desert Online is that adventurers can still feel connected to the world when they are not actively engaging with the game. AFK fishing was introduced to allow players to catch fish and valuable items while they were at work or sleeping. The excitement for the player was to find out what was achieved during their absence when actively playing again.

This system has now expanded with the Black Spirit's Training, a mode that allows players to gain combat and skill experience by engaging in AFK activities. To activate the Black Spirit's Training, players will need to acquire a Book of Training from NPC Jamey Drucker who resides in Velia, Heidel, Calpheon City, Altinova and Valencia City. Upon activating the Book of Training players can practice against one of the scarecrows in each town to start gaining experience. Players who are looking for additional combat EXP will be pleased to know that the earned combat EXP can be stacked with other buffs such as Fever Time and event EXP buffs, Pet skills, Book of Combat, Golden Bells, Olvia Server buffs, and Elixirs making AFK leveling much more efficient.

Black Desert Online is available on PC. In addition to this upcoming content, Black Desert Online players can also look forward to Black Desert Remastered which is due to arrive on the 22nd of August. This update will bring a massive overhaul of its graphics and audio to offer a more immersive experience for Adventurers.

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