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Install the Black Desert Launcher if the game doesn't start.

Install the Black Desert Launcher to start the game.

The launcher will appear if it's installed.
If it doesn't, try to run your downloaded launcher.

Install Guide

1 Run BlackDesert_Installer_NAEU.exe to install the Black Desert launcher.

2 Start the game once installation is complete.

Adventurer's Guide

Observe Mode & Photo Mode

Last Edited on : Jan 18, 2023, 12:54 (UTC)

◈ Observe Mode

Observe mode is ideal for watching other players battling in the arena, or contemplating the scenery around your character. To enable it, press the R key while your character is sitting down or leaning against a wall. Alternatively, in those situations you can click the Observe Mode icon in the character interaction pop-up.


▲ When you press the R key while sitting or leaning, the camera switches to "Observe Mode".


▲ View the spectacular world of Black Desert with Observe Mode.


● Observe Mode Key Guide


<W>, <A>, <S>, <D>: Camera movement.

<Q>, <E>: Camera height.

<–>, <=>, <Shift>, <CapsLocks>: Camera speed.

<R>: End Observe Mode.


Remember that you can also move with the mouse locked to the screen (hotkey: Ctrl), which allows for more precise maneuvers while in Observe Mode.


◈ Photo Mode

Photo mode allows you to take marvelous screenshots without seeing your UI elements. You can activate this mode by hitting the key combo Ctrl + U. The same command can also be used to disable it.


It allows you to change the blur, gamma, noise, contrast, zoom and angle of the scene as seen by the camera, and what’s more, lets you even change the ambiance and time & weather of your surroundings.
From the quiet hours of dawn to the pitch dark hours of night, with weather ranging from clear skies to cloudy days, you can choose the best settings to take quality pictures. Do note that rain or snow cannot be changed on whim.
The mode also has the function to perform social actions integrated in it.
Along with the addition of Slow Mode (hotkey: U), which slows down your character, these functions will help bring out the best side of your character for your photo sessions.


Photo Mode can be used both while idle and moving around the world (only outside combat zones), and while using Observe Mode.


Be careful that the settings are reset when you turn off photo mode.


▲ Photo Mode interface. The key guide on the right can be hidden by pressing F1.


▲ An example of social action being carried out within Photo Mode.


▲ Load and save presets.


● Observe Mode Key Guide


<F1>: Toggle Key Guide.

<Enter> or <Print Screen>: Take a screenshot.

<U>: Slow Mode.

<↑>, <↓>, <←>, <→>: Camera movement.

<Home>: Face screen.

<Ctrl> + <Shift> + <←> & <→>: Noise/Vignetting.

<Ctrl> + <←> & <→>: Blur Intensity.

<Ctrl> + <↑> & <↓>: Blur Position.

<Ctrl> + <Alt> + <←> & <→>: Gamma.

<Ctrl> + <Alt> + <↑> & <↓>: Contrast.

<Shift> + <↑> & <↓>: Zoom.

<Shift> + <←> & <→>: Angle.

<Ctrl> + <Page Up> & <Page Down>: Social Action.

<Alt> + <←> & <→>: Ambiance.

<Alt> + <↑> & <↓>: Time and Weather.

<Ctrl> + <Shift> + <←> & <→>: Filters.

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