Playing Whac-A-Boss in Black Desert

I’m still having a lot of fun beating the crap out of Dark Rift bosses in BDO. I guess I was pretty lucky to get almost one spawn per day on average since the feature was introduced, as some folks are reporting that they got a lot less.

I’ve fought most existing bosses at least once by now. Some are basically identical to their daily or weekly scroll counterparts, for example Giath, Bheg or Red Nose, just much stronger. Others were new to me, like this strange centaur-tree-hybrid called Ronin.

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I’d rather not meet his former Shogun then

I also got to fight Ferrid again, the Balrog-like creature I talked about last time. His spawn location was changed since I met him the first time though, apparently because many players weren’t able to find the cave’s entrance he spawned in before. It’s a real shame because that cave looks awesome with its pools of lava and was a perfect fit for that particular boss.

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The new locale has nice lighting in the evening though

I mostly got base grade accessories from the treasure chests, but I did get one PRI Serap’s Necklace, which is cool. Overall the bosses are definitely worth doing, and I’ll probably have amassed enough stuff to seriously get into jewelry-enhancing soon.

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This alt’s inventory would even make Mr. T envious by now

To make it easier for lower geared players the bosses have a power level that degrades over time. They spawn at level five and lose one level every 24 hours, becoming weaker in the process. Lakisa conquered her first Dark Rift boss yesterday after waiting for it to drop to level one. At character level 56 with +10 to +12 gear it still wasn’t easy, but manageable. I assume that most players enhance their gear to a higher grade than that until they reach 56, so I think it’s fair to say that this content doesn’t lock anyone out, which I think is great.

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This is assuming you can even see the boss for the trees though

After having beaten so many Dark Rift bosses, all at level 4 or 5, I finally felt ready to tackle an important part of Black Desert’s PvE-endgame I had chickened out on until now: world bosses.

These spawn about twice a day each on specific timers and are the main source for boss gear. Since the piece I’d really like to have right now is the off-hand dropped by Ancient Kutum I picked that one for my premiere.

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Savouring the calm before the storm

The most important thing to keep in mind about world bosses is that normal PvE death-penalties apply if they kill you, resulting in XP loss and possibly one or more crystals slotted into your equipment being destroyed. Naturally I wasn’t eager to see that happen, so I watched and read some guides to the fight beforehand. I also did a short questchain to get the knowledge about Ancient Kutum, which allegedly improves the chance for more or better loot.

To be safe I had made my way to the spawn location early, and as the minutes ticked down I became a bit nervous. At T minus one I popped my buff-food and elixirs. At that point more and more players arrived or logged in right there.

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Being fashionably late is as cool as ever it seems

Finally the serverwide message announcing the spawning world boss came up, and Ancient Kutum dug itself from the ground.

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Okaaay then…at least there’s no Fremen riding on it

Once the fighting began I immedietely knew I’d made a mistake. My preparations hadn’t included turning off other player’s skill effects.

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“Remember, always stay at the boss’ back!” “…what boss?”

The framerate didn’t actually drop all that much, but I could barely see anything. Despite that I miraculously made it through the fight without dying. Phew.

And thus I’d earned my first few boss auras, a hundred of which can be exchanged for the corresponding piece of gear. The piece can also drop directly, but I assume the chance for that happening is pretty slim.

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Look, I made more money than fits into the window, I’m rich!

To me bossfights in BDO are a welcome diversion from mob grinding and absolutely worthwhile. I defenitely recommend checking them out.

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