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Adventurer's Guide

Game Controls

Last Edited on : Feb 1, 2024, 16:20 (UTC)
How do I move like that other Adventurer over there? How do I open the mail window to receive the items gifted to everybody during a recent event? You might have questions like these when you first begin your adventure. This page will help you find out how to interact with the basic movement controls and hotkeys available by default within the game.
▲ The hotkey help window, accessible from the Adventurer’s Guide (hotkey: F1), will help you find each hotkey’s function at a glance.

Action Hotkeys

Certain hotkeys act a bit different depending if your character is in the default stance or in combat stance.

◈ Movement:

– Move forward, to the left, to the right, and backward: WASD


– To sprint while moving: Shift
During combat stance, Shift may carry out a special action, depending on the class.


– To jump: Space


– Crouch & sit at edges: Q
During combat stance, Q may carry out a special action or skill, depending on the class.


– Run automatically, which also activates sprint: T


– Walk / Run toggle: Caps Lock


– Switch between walk and run during auto-run: Scroll Lock


– Emergency escape, especially useful during boss encounters and PvP: V
For 5 seconds you’re invulnerable, but keep in mind the cooldown is 5 minutes long.


◈ Combat:

– Draw weapon & put away weapon: Tab


– Draw Awakening weapon & change weapon stance: C


– Main attack: LMB
In the default stance LMB will draw the main weapon.


– Secondary attack: RMB
In the default stance RMB will move your character forward.


– The hotkeys E and F don’t carry out any action during default stance, but most classes have either special action or skills unleashed with them.


– Rage absorption: Z. Absorb the Black Spirit’s rage to increase your abilities in combat.


– Rage transfer: X. Transfuse the Black Spirit’s rage of your character to another Adventurer.


– Activate the effects of the equipped alchemy stone: U


– Character interactions: R

◈ UI Hotkeys:

– Show or hide the mouse cursor: Ctrl


– Open & close the character’s inventory & equipment window: I


– Open & close the knowledge interface: H


– Open the Black Spirit interface: / or , (depends on the keyboard layout)


– Open & close the chat interface: Enter


– Open & close the character profile window: P


– Open & close the skill interface: K


– Open & close the World Map: M


– Open & close Dye interface: J


– Open & close the Friend List window: N


– Open & close the Processing window: L


– Open & close the Guild window: G


– Open & close the Mail & Black Spirit’s Adventure window: B


– Open & close the Challenge Reward window: Y


– Open & close the Quest window: O


– Open the Adventurer’s Guide: F1


– Open the Adventurer’s Board: F2


– Open & close the Pearl Shop: F3


– Open & close  the Beauty Salon: F4


Various other features and windows can be opened via a hotkey, but they’re not given one by default. You can assign one to open the Worker list, the Residence list, Pet list, Maid/Butler list, Adventure Log, Barter information, family inventory, and Crafting Notes windows. You can also assign hotkeys to other functions, such as calling mounts.


You can access the settings to change these from the main menu (hotkey: Esc), going to Settings, and pressing on Interface Settings. Once there, each section will allow you to customize the desired hotkeys for every feature and function. It also enables customization for Gamepad button settings, in case you prefer adventuring throughout Black Desert’s world with a gamepad.


▲ Here you can assign a hotkey to functions that do not have one assigned by default, like opening the pet list window.

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

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