Pets have an extremely essential role in Black Desert Online, and even though the game has become more generous with providing a few free ones, it’s still the most P2W-heavy mechanic in BDO. On the good side, they provide a huge array of buffs and convenience to your whole family of characters, and provide tons more functionality than their usual cosmetic nature in other MMOs.
In order to give you a quick overview of what BDO pets can do for you:
Therefore it’s apparent that players who swipe their credit card, are going to get a big chunk of convenience out of the pet system. I’m personally a huge pet-w***e, and I really enjoy spending my pearls in creating powerful lifeskill XP combos.
Those that don’t care about lifeskills, and would rather grind all day, will need to have at least 5 pets, ideally a couple of them at Tier 3. The good thing with BDO, is that Free Players always have great alternatives. There’s many areas where having many / fast pets won’t account for much, while others are extremely inefficient without a good team of pets.
Rest assured that whether you want to spend money or not, it won’t affect your efficiency in the game. Many argue that BDO is P2W, I argue that it’s the most ingenious and fair monetization system I’ve ever seen in a game. Let’s not dwell on this now, you can join the P2W debate on my BDO review if you want. ?
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Fortunately BDO has become much more generous with pets than what it used to be, and every Family can get 3 of them for free (a cat, a dog and a hawk) through some starter quests.
You can easily find these quests by opening the Quest Window with O, navigating to the Suggested tab, and find the [ADV Support] Pets, Loyal Companions questline.
There are 3 different quests with no requirements at all, you simple speak with the NPCs and receive your free pets!
The 4th one, is Kuku, a strange chicken that all new players receive as an Attendance Reward.
There are a lot more pets we can receive from Attendance Rewards, so patience always pays out in BDO!
Last but not least, it’s worth mentioning that it’s not very hard to buy them from the Central Market, especially when hot pet bundles are on limited availability in the pearl store. A lot of players buy a ton of these bundles, then sell the pets on the Central Market for quick profit. I know many people that have gained more than 20 pets this way, so it’s a solid strategy if you are patient with it.
You can access your Pet List by clicking the “Paw” button on the toolbar located at the top left of your screen, below your HP & Level bar.
Any actions you want to take related to your pets, can be handled from this window, which is quite handy! Let’s see all the available functions, and you’ll be a BDO pet pro in a few minutes. ?
Even though you can own an endless amount of Pets, you can only have 5 of them active at the same time. In order to decide your active / inactive pets, you have to use the Check In & Take Out functions:
Any pet that is active will provide you will all of its buffs, and loot monsters for you. However, it will also get hungrier. If it runs out of hunger, it will stop looting, and its special abilities won’t work anymore, but its Talents & Skills will be still active!
If you have a lot of pets, it makes sense to use the Groups function:
You can assign a Pet to any / all of the Pet Groups, by clicking the Group number “1, 2, 3, 4, 5” under its name. Obviously, a Group can contain up to 5 pets, and if you try to assign more you won’t be able to.
To take out a Pet Group at once, just click the relevant Group number at the bottom of the Pet List.
There are various commands you can use for each of your pets individually, or collectively by right-clicking the command, instead of left-clicking.
The available pet commands are:
The one you will use the most, is the behavior mode, since you can tweak your auto-looting pick up times, depending on the area you are grinding.
As mentioned above, any pet that is active, will get hungrier while time passes.
Therefore, you will need to feed your pets! The easiest way is to buy some Good Feed straight from the Central Market, but if you want to learn more about creating your own Pet Food, then check out our guide!
Everytime you feed your pet, it will gain experience towards the next level. With each level, it gets even better looting time, and when reaching the max level 10, it will also learn a Skill!
So generally, you always want to level your pets as soon as possible! It’s also crucial to get a level to 10 before using it as an exchange / upgrade material, since you want it to learn its Skill first, so that you can have more options when upgrading.
The only way to “Tier Up” your pets, is through Exchanging. That sadly means that you have to sacrifice pets, in order to advance the tier of other pets. Now all the P2W comments make sense right? ?
In order to upgrade your pet, simply click the “Exchange” button on the bottom left of your Pet List window. A new “Exchange Pet” window will show up, where you first have to choose the main pet which tier’s you want upgraded. To do that, the pet must be checked in, and then you can press the Exchange button on the bottom right of its box.
Now, by using the same button, you can add more Pets to be sacrificed, while you can see the exact % chance you have for each Tier upgrade. Keep in mind that you can only exchange pets of the same Type / Family (detailed below), so that makes things even harder.
Before confirming the upgrade, there’s a few choices you have to make:
As a pet addict, there’s a few more tips I want to share:
Below you can see the exact chances you have for each Tier and Tier Up, based on the pets you use as exchange material.
I heavily suggest that you always go for guaranteed attempts, it’s not fun failing something that costs so much IRL money. The only exception, is if you have a lot of attempts either way, then it’s good to smash two Tier 1 pets together, because you have a solid 55% chance to get a Tier 3, and even if you get Tier 2 it’s still strong as further exchange material.
Wizard Gosphy is the epitome of Pet P2W, since he costs more than the others (1,650 pearls), and he can’t tier up or learn skills.
However, when used as upgrade material for other pets, he will provide a slightly bigger chance of success, so he’s definitely useful when you can’t wait to upgrade.
I wouldn’t suggest using Gosphys, unless there’s a good offer going on (like 3 Wizard Gosphy for the price of 2).
Now you know everything about managing, feeding, upgrading and using your pets!
Below you can find all the different skills, buffs and loot times they provide, based on their tier.
As mentioned in the upgrading part, you can only exchange pets of the same family / type.
There are 4 different types:
One of the most important buffs your BDO pets will provide, is the ability to automatically pick up your loot.
Depending on their Tier & Level, the pickup time will vary. Below you can see how much time a pet needs to pick up loot again, based on the max level of 10 for each tier:
You will notice that Tier 2 doesn’t offer any advantage over Tier 1, and the same is true for the number of skills, as you’ll see below.
Therefore, the only thing that a Tier 2 has better than Tier 1, is how much % it provides for a Tier up of another pet (detailed chances listed above).
|Pet Talent||Tier 1||Tier 2||Tier 3||Tier 4|
|Change to Gain Knowledge / Higher-Grade Knowledge||5% / 1%||10% / 2%||15% / 3%||20% / 4%|
|Durability Reduction Resistance||1%||2%||3%||4%|
|Life EXP Gain||1%||2%||3%||4%|
|Skill EXP Gain||1%||2%||3%||4%|
Each pet comes with its own “special”, an ability that can be activated with the “Pet Command: Special” action in your Pet List:
Keep in mind that activating the ability, will make your pet hungry faster, so toggle off the ones you don’t need.
The available special abilities are:
Pet skills are what makes pets P2W, and there’s a whole amount of RNG on top of that. ?
A pet can have up to 3 different skills:
These are all the available pet skills:
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