Black Desert’s servers work in a One World System. Each region is considered a world. Example: North America (NA) is its own world, and Europe (EU) is a different world. Characters are accessible across an entire region, no matter the server. You can access any server with any character, barring a couple of restrictions explained below.
Jumping from one server, also called a channel, to another has a 10 minute waiting period.
Servers are separated into server groups. Each group shares the same server chat.
For example, if you enter the Serendia 1 server, you can chat with Adventurers currently in Serendia 2.
There are a few servers that serve special purposes:
Only season characters can access them. They’re tailored for the season experience, which includes for example being able to obtain certain items in them that are only used in season content.
New Adventurers should join the Season 1 (Novice only) server, as it offers a better initial experience. Please do note that once a new Adventurer has reached a level above 150 (counting the level of all characters) they will no longer be able to access this server.
Seasons come and go, and thus you may see no season servers available in the server list during the down time from one season to the next.
Please note that certain items and functions are restricted from being used in season servers, such as Caphras enhancement and certain alchemy stones (Vell’s Heart and Khan’s Heart) for example.
◈ New Olvia
New Olvia servers can only be accessed by new or returning Adventurers. These servers are considered growth servers, and offer an increased rate of character experience gained by the Adventurers that can play in them. In detail:
– You get +150% combat experience and +50% skill experience from Lv. 50 onward.
– You get +100% life experience for any Life Skill under Artisan 1.
– You get additional contribution experience that varies on the amount of contribution points you already have (from +150% to +50%, decreasing the more points you have).
Please note that in New Olvia servers you can only level characters up to Lv. 61 (61.99%).
What is considered a new or returning Adventurer?
– Adventurers logging in within 60 days (1440 hours) of creating a character family are considered new Adventurers.
– Adventurers who haven’t logged in to the game for at least 30 days (720 hours), and haven’t used the Web Central Market (via the Black Desert+ app or the official website) for at least 30 days.
Note that World Bosses will NOT appear in New Olvia servers.
Arsha servers are PvP-centric. They offer better item drop rates (+50% item drop rate) when defeating monsters, but any form of PvP (even forced) is not penalized.
As with ordinary servers, PvP can only be activated by Adventurers above Lv. 50.
While initiating an attack to kill another Adventurer will NOT lower one’s karma, if a character with already negative karma enters a PvP server, the usual non-karma penalties will still be in effect.
Note that World Bosses will NOT appear in Arsha servers, both normal and season ones.
◈ Node/Conquest War
Most servers that end with the number 1, like Serendia 1 and Balenos 1, host node and conquest wars, a PvP feature, every day. During these conflicts, monsters disappear, and a passerby is at risk of getting involved if they’re unaware of the locations that take part in the battles.
– Balenos 1
– Serendia 1
– Calpheon 1
– Mediah 1
– Valencia 1
– Kamasylvia 1
Each server wages war over its namesake territory. For example, in Balenos 1 the conflict is over the territory of Balenos.
Conquest war occurs on Saturday, while node wars occur all other days.