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Adventurer's Guide

Skill Add-ons

Last Edited on : Jul 18, 2024, 16:07 (UTC)

Skill add-ons refer to the additional effects you can “add-on” to certain skills to aid you greatly in combat.


Skill add-ons can be easily applied to your skills if you meet the necessary requirements, and the effects are a must-have for Adventurers seeking to improve themselves.


Skill add-ons require you to be Lv. 50 or higher.
You can apply up to 6 skill add-ons, with each one unlocked at levels 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 60.


➤ For the basics regarding skills in Black Desert, please check the [Skills] page.


How to Apply Skill Add-ons

① Once you’ve reached Lv. 50, head to the nearest Skill Instructor NPC in any major city.



Regardless of their location, these NPCs all offer the same functions. Find one in a major city near you to use the Skill Add-ons function.


② Interact with the NPC, then select “Skill Add-ons" to proceed to the screen displayed below:



③ First, select the skill you wish to “add-on” an effect to.



It’s most efficient to choose a skill you use regularly in battle, and one that has a short cooldown.


④ Lastly, select the effect from the list that you wish to “add-on” to the selected skill.



You can select up to two different effects, which will activate when the selected skill hits a target.

Summoned minion hits do not activate Skill Add-on effects.


How to Efficiently Use Skill Add-ons

You cannot stack the same "add-on" effect multiple times on one skill. However, you can choose to have the same effect on several skills.
For example, you can’t “add-on” the “Extra Damage to Monsters +20 for 7 sec“ effect to skill (A) twice, but you can add that same effect to both skills (A) and (B).


That said, do note that applying the same effect to skills (A) and (B) will not result in an extension of the effect’s duration (i.e., “Extra Damage to Monsters +20 for 14 sec) but will rather re-apply the original effect each time skills (A) and (B) hit a target.


Therefore, you must consider the skills you combo with during battles, which skill add-on effects will be most important to maintain active during combat, that you aren’t over-investing wholly in just one single effect, and that you’re activating multiple skill add-on effects in order to utilize them efficiently.


Additionally, please observe the duration of the effects applied, as they differ by tier. While the effect will always be the same, skill add-on tiers are discernible by their duration, which is determined by their respective tier.


Tier 1

Cooldown is 5 seconds or below.

Tier 2

Cooldown is over 5 sec but below 13 sec.

Cooldown is 13 sec or above, yet skill can be used during cooldown.

Tier 3

Cooldown is 13 sec or above.



All skill add-on tiers are set according to the cooldown timer of the skill at max rank.
For example, the skill Eradication (I to III) has a cooldown of 8/7/5 seconds per rank, but based on its max rank III's cooldown (5 sec), its add-on is tier 1.


If a skill has a Prime version, the cooldown of the Prime skill's max rank is taken into consideration for all variations of the skill (I, II, Absolute, etc.)
For example, the skill Flash Slash has a Prime version of the skill, and its max rank is Prime: Flash Slash IV, which has a cooldown of 12 sec, thus making it tier 2 for all variations (I, II, Absolute, etc.).

Therefore, it is important to calculate the actual duration of the effects applied to the skills used in your combos to make the most efficient use of skill add-ons.

Skill Add-on Groups

The different types of skill add-ons are divided into groups based on their effect: offensive A/B, defensive, debuffs A/B, and other effects.

Offensive A

(Stat buffs)

Extra AP Against Monsters+, Extra Damage to Humans+, Critical Hit Rate+, Attack/Casting Speed+, Movement Speed+, All Accuracy Rate+

Offensive B

(Damage buffs)

Down Attack damage+, Back Attack damage+, Critical Hit damage+, Air Attack damage+


(Stat buffs)

All DP+, All Evasion Rate+

Debuff A

(Stat debuffs)

Extra Damage to Humans-, All DP-, All Evasion Rate-, All Accuracy Rate-

Debuff B

(Speed debuffs)

Attack/Casting Speed-, Movement Speed-

Other effects

Bleeding damage, recover HP per hit, recover resource per hit, Down Smash, Air Smash


Usage Rules

All skill add-on effects follow the same existing rules for how buffs and debuffs are applied.


• Identical effects are prioritized based on the length of their duration. Effects with longer durations must run out for those with shorter ones to be applied.
• Identical effects with identical durations will refresh the overall duration upon being re-applied.
• A skill's add-on effects and inherent effects can be applied at the same time.


Additional Tips!

1. Skill Add-ons for Ultimate or Prime Skills
When getting skill add-ons, you would typically get them for the lowest level of the skill. However, if you continue to level up said skill, and learn the additional skills that branch off from it, then the add-on effects will be applied to those additional skills as well.
As shown above, if you were to get add-ons for “Raging Thunder I”, then "Absolute: Raging Thunder" will also get the add-on effects.
2. What is Damage to Humans?
Under what circumstances would a “Extra Damage to Humans +10” be applied?
In Black Desert, humans refer to all playable characters as well as those monsters that are labeled as humans.


– Playable Character
All playable characters in Black Desert. Regardless of their appearance, they are considered to be human.
The same goes for characters like the cute little Shai and the pointed-eared Dark Knight.


– Monster
In the case of monsters, the types of monsters that can be encountered in the different monster zones are divided into four categories: Humans, Demihuman, Kamasylvian, and Neutral.


Types of Monsters


If you remember the icon for each type, you can quickly identify a monster’s type by checking the icon next to their health bar.


Example – Kagtum Raider


In short, if you apply an effect to do extra damage against humans through a skill add-on, it will be effective against both monsters that are considered human, and all PvP targets (other Adventurers).


* For example, in the case of human monsters, both the "monster additional attack power" effect and the "human additional damage" effect are applied.



3. How to Reset Skill Add-ons
You can change either the skill with the add-ons, or just the add-on effects, by using Memory Fragment x1.
However, if you have either the Cliff's Skill Add-on Guide or the Secret Book of Old Moon buff effects active, then you can make as many changes to skill add-ons as you like, without spending any memory fragments.



4. Use Skill Presets to Save Skill Add-ons




Try using the presets in the Skills window (hotkey: K).
Not only does this function allow you to save the skills you’ve learned, it also saves the skill add-on effects as well!



5. Another Way to Get Skill Add-ons
Try looking for an Adventurer with the title “Unrivaled” above their head and interact with them.
They have a special ability that enables other Adventurers to get skill add-ons.

* The content of the game guide may differ from the actual game content, depending on the update and content changes.

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