Black Desert Mobile Guide

By Andrew Smith 06 Jan 2020 2

Black Desert Mobile is an iOS and Android adaptation of the popular MMORPG Black Desert Online. The game will task players with uncovering the hidden secrets of the Ancients by following the Black Spirit. Some questions about controller support, family names, and best classes have arisen among players, so we are here to offer some advice and practical tips to help you get started.

Black Desert Mobile Guide

Does Black Desert Mobile Offer Controller Support?

The answer here is both yes and no. Yes, Black Desert Mobile does offer bluetooth controller support, but it’s functionality is limited at best. This means that you can pair a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One bluetooth controller to your iPhone or Android device, but you’ll only get limited functionality out of it.

What does that mean exactly? You’ll be able to use the controller to do things like move the camera, your character, and utilize basic attack moves. However, as far as using the controller to select buttons on the screen and navigate through the menu goes, you’ll have to use your fingers.

Some players have suggested that they were able to avoid this by using a controller with mapping features, but the majority of folks likely won’t have that on hand. It’s unclear if Pearl Abyss plans to build out the Black Desert Mobile controller support any further, or leave it as is.

What is a Family Name in Black Desert Online?

If you’re a Black Desert veteran, you’ll likely be familiar with Family Names, but if you’re new to the game or have been away for a while, a short explanation will go a long way. In Black Desert Mobile, your family name is essentially your surname, a name that is unique to you and all of your characters in the server.

You can change your family name by purchasing a name change coupon in the store, but it won’t be free. It’ll cost you 400 Pearls, which comes out to $10/£7. Once you’ve purchased the coupon, you’ll be able to change your family name. This Black Desert Mobile tip should help you as you start.

Black Desert Mobile Family Name

Black Desert Mobile - Family Name vs. Character Name

As the name implies, your character name is simply your first name, while your family name is your last name. So if your character was named, John Doe (I know, creative, huh?) then your character name would be John and your family name would be Doe. Every new character will adapt a new character name but will keep the same family name. Hopefully this Black Desert Mobile tip will go a long ways towards explaining the difference.

Black Desert Mobile Class - Which Should You Pick?

Perhaps the biggest question players are asking is which Black Desert Mobile class should you pick? While there is no right answer, the class you choose will affect your character’s appearance and fighting style.

There are currently five Black Desert Mobile classes available in the game, with more coming in the future. Below is a list of all five classes:

  • Giant
  • Ranger
  • Valkyrie
  • Warrior
  • Witch

While there is no right answer on which class is the best to choose, each class will likely be better for different players based on their playstyle.

The Giant class is best for those who love to melee and cause chaos. With a high DPS (damage per second), you’ll be able to deal loads of damage to enemies rather quickly. On the other hand, the Ranger class offers a mix of melee and ranged fighting. While it still offers a high DPS, you’ll also be able to deal a fair amount of damage from distance as well.

The Valkyrie class in Black Desert Mobile is best for those who want to play a support role. As a Valkyrie, you’ll be able to cast recovery spells and defensive aid to keep your team alive.

The Warrior is perhaps one of the best all-round Black Desert Mobile classes. With a nice balance, players will be able to try their hand at playing an attacking role as well as a defensive role. The Witch is similar to the Ranger in that it can deal lots of damage to enemies really quick, however, you’ll need to be careful because this class can’t take a whole lot of damage.

Black Desert Mobile Auto Attack/Combat

Black Desert Mobile offers players the opportunity to use an auto attack/combat feature which will make fighting a whole lot easier. However, it isn’t available right away, so figuring out how to unlock and use auto attack/combat can be a little bit confusing.

Black Desert Mobile Auto Combat

To unlock auto attack/combat, you’ll need to finish the Ancient Stone Chamber story quest, which will come around level 13. Once you’ve completed that mission, you’ll be able to use the auto attack feature.

Once you’ve unlocked it, you should see a button on your screen when you’re in combat that will allow you to enable the auto attack feature. Simply press the button every time you’re in a fight and would like to use it and you’ll instantly attack all the nearby enemies.

Is Black Desert Mobile Pay to Win?

As with any mobile game, a lot of questions are being asked about Black Desert Mobile microtransactions and if it is a pay to win style game. The game offers a premium currency called Black Pearls, which players can use in the shop to buy more item storage, pets, cosmetics, and more.

Players can also earn Black Pearls by playing through the game as rewards, but as you might expect, it’ll take longer. While players who buy Black Pearls may have a slight advantage, overall, Black Desert Online is not a pay to win game and the microtransactions are handled well in our opinion.

Black Desert Mobile Microtransactions

What is the Black Desert Mobile Max Level?

Players will be able to ‘Awaken’ their character at level 65, which will essentially change their playstyle. Once your character class has been awoken, you’ll get new abilities, weapons, and more.

Each of the Black Desert Mobile classes offer different types of awakenings. You can see each class's awakening below:

  • Giant - Destroyer
  • Ranger - Windwalker
  • Valkyrie - Lancer
  • Warrior - Berkserker
  • Witch - Archmage

Black Desert Mobile Node Wars | Schedule, Rewards, and Starting a Node War

Pearl Abyss has officially kicked off the Black Desert Mobile Node Wars pre-season, which will allow Guilds to battle against one another over Nodes. The winner of the Node War will get to possess that specific Node for a seven day period. Let’s take a look at the schedule, rewards, and how to start a Node War.

Black desert mobile node war pre season

Node Wars will only be available at limited times, so you’ll need to plan around them. The Wars will take place from 10 PM to 12 PM (server time) on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. If your Guild wins a Node War bid, you’ll fight (or defend) against other Guilds during this time - with the winning Guild getting to keep the Node for a weeks time.

In order to be eligible for a Black Desert Mobile Node War, your Guild will need to have at least ten members. The top three bidding Guilds will get to compete in the Node War, with one Guild defending and the other two attacking. The winning teams will have ten hours to prepare, before the Node War begins at the times mentioned above.

Black Desert Mobile Horse Taming | How to tame a horse

Knowing how to tame a horse in Black Desert Mobile is essential if you want to capitalize on extra inventory space. However, figuring out how to get a horse can be a little bit confusing if you don’t know what you’re doing. Once you’ve got a clear idea of the process, it’s actually quite simple.

To start, you’ll need to have two items with you: Raw Sugar and a Horse Taming Rope. Both of which can be purchased at any town and won’t be too expensive. Once you’ve got those two items, it’ll be time to tame your horse.

black desert mobile horse taming

You’ll be able to find a wild horse virtually anywhere in Black Desert Mobile, but you can look at your mini-map for a horseshoe and horse icon if you’re having trouble. Once you’ve found one, make your way towards the icon until you see a horse. Then begin to approach it VERY slowly. If you move too fast, the horse can get spooked.

Once you get close enough, you’ll see two options: Feed Horse and Tame Horse. If you’re feeling lucky, you can go ahead and try taming your horse, but there is only a 50% chance it’ll work. Alternatively, you can feed the horse sugar cubes, which will increase your chances of taming it by 10% per cube - up to 90%.

Once you’re able to tame your horse in Black Desert Mobile, you’ll automatically join a mini-game, where you’ll have to maintain your balance and keep a slider in the green zone three consecutive times. Once you’ve done that, you’ll have tamed a horse.

Black Desert Mobile x Amazon Prime | How to claim your free loot

Amazon Prime and Black Desert Mobile have teamed up to offer players free in-game rewards for linking their Prime membership with the game. The event began on December 11th, 2019 (launch day) and is offering players six chances to claim in-game rewards.

For each reward set, you’ll need to log into Black Desert Mobile during the designated time and verify your Amazon Prime membership from within the game. Each time you do that, you’ll be able to unlock a new reward until the event has ended.

black desert mobile amazon prime

Unfortunately, if you missed out one one of the previous rewards, you won’t be able to go back and claim it. However, there are still a few more opportunities to grab your free Black Desert Mobile x Amazon Prime reward.

All of the dates that you will be able to unlock a free reward can be seen below:

  • December 11-31 (2019)
  • January 1-14 (2020)
  • January 15-28
  • January 29 - February 11
  • February 12-25
  • February 26 - March 17

To earn your Amazon Prime x Black Desert Mobile reward, simply login to the game during one of the above times and verify your Amazon Prime account.

Hopefully this list of Black Desert Mobile tips and advice will help your first few hours go by smoothly. If you have any questions, drop a comment below and we will do our best to get back to you.

Andrew Smith is a freelance contributor at Pocket Tactics. You can find more of his work on his site, Guide Fall.

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