Sailing & Bartering
Sailing on the open seas is a magical experience that offers a mix of peace, adventure, and discovery. The vast ocean provides a chance to enjoy nature's maritime beauty, as well as meet the people that call the islands scattered around their home.
The feeling of accomplishment from successfully navigating the sea and mastering new skills, such as sea monster hunting and bartering, can be said to be equivalent to discovering a new territory, or defeating a powerful boss you had never seen before. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a beginner, the wonders of sailing on the open seas await your discovery.
You may have seen ships anchored and traveling around the different port towns, such as in Velia or Port Epheria, during your journey. If you’ve ever wondered what the ocean content of Black Desert’s world offers, you too will need to delve into the art of sailing, and for that you will require a sea-worthy ship.
While you can obtain rafts, rowboats, fishing boats, and cogs quite easily, it is recommended that you obtain at the very least a Bartali sailboat, or better an Epheria sailboat or frigate, when you start your journey at sea. A Bartali sailboat can be purchased from Proix, in Velia. An Epheria sailboat or frigate can be crafted, upgraded into, or purchased from the Central Market. You can also obtain them by exchanging Shakatu seals.
When you obtain a sailboat or frigate you will see that they’re quite slow and offer little in the way of inventory slots and weight capacity, not to mention the visual difference between them and the majestic ships you might notice anchored at the different towns’ wharfs. Black Desert offers a ship upgrading path you can follow to ultimately obtain those same marvelous ships.
➤ You can read more about this topic in the [Ship Upgrading] page. Please note that many of the basics of features mentioned there are explained here in the Sailing & Bartering page.
Ocean currents and wind affect sailing in all parts of the world of Black Desert.
They won't affect your ship as much when near the coastline, but will become a lot stronger as you venture further from the coast and out into the sea.
When you board your ship, you will be provided with information on the strength and direction of both the ocean current and wind of the area you’re in. They update automatically as you travel.
The top bar indicates the speed of the ship. Below you’re given the option to toggle the continuous use of the skill Breezy Sai (from sailing level skilled 1 onward). Please be careful when enabling this option, as it consumes rations like manually using it.
Below that, you can find the durability (in red) and rations (in yellow) bars. The ship’s durability is its health. If it reaches zero, the ship is destroyed. The ship’s rations are consumed when moving, when using skills, and when doing certain activities. When they reach zero all skills that require them won’t be usable, and the ship will move at a considerably slower speed than normal.
To the left you will see the ocean current information. It will tell you how strong it is, and in which direction it goes. Going against the current will slow your ship’s movement.
To the right you will see the wind information. Like with the ocean current one, it will tell you how strong the wind is and in which direction it goes. Going against the wind with your ship’s sails unfolded will slow your ship’s movement. However, going in the direction of the wind with the ship’s sails unfolded will increase its movement speed at a rate relative to the strength of the wind.
The cannon icons on both sides show you information on the firing cooldown and the number of cannonballs you have left.
On large ships, you can fold and unfold the sails by pressing the button in the ship’s speed bar.
When the sails are opened up, the ship is affected by the ocean winds. However, when the sails are folded, the ship will not be affected by the ocean winds. Therefore, you can sail more quickly by folding or unfolding the sails depending on the ocean winds of the area you’re in.
While on a ship, the Anchor UI will be activated whenever you approach a Papu or Otter Barterer NPC around the islands of the Great Ocean.
Note that you must be holding onto the steering wheel of the ship in order for the Anchor UI to appear.
It offers the following options:
- Anchor: Activates features available on islands and other specific locations such as certain shipwrecked ships out in Margoria.
- Explore / Supply: Sends sailor(s) to islands to explore or get supplies. You can supply the rations you have loaded on your ship with Supply and find treasures with Explore. In order to use Explore or Supply, you need to have at least 100,000 rations loaded on your ship. Once you begin exploring or supplying at any island, you can restart them only after 20 minutes.
- Barter: You can engage in bartering activities with a nearby Barterer NPC.
Please note that the ship will stop if you press the Anchor button, and it will not move until you press the Depart button.
You will find various kinds of sailors around Velia, Port Epheria, and Iliya Island. If you have a sailor contract certificate item on you, you can hire them.
These certificates can be purchased for 3,000,000 silver from Philaberto Falasi at Port Epheria, and Islin Bartali at Velia's Lunar Halo Inn and Proix at the Dancing Marlin Tavern, both in Velia.
The health of sailors, called their condition, can be recovered by offering them chowder and raisin bread.
- Chowder can be obtained via cooking with a cooking utensil at a residence with the following ingredients: Dried Pearl Oyster Flesh x1, Pepper x2, Pork x2, Milk x1, Teff Bread x1.
- Raisin Bread can be purchased from Islin Bartali in Velia, and from the different wharf managers.
If ill, a sailor can be cured with an elixir of regeneration.
This elixir can be obtained through simple alchemy (hotkey: L) with the following materials: Mandragora Essence x1, Essence of Magic Power x1, Oil of Regeneration x1, Troll Blood x2, Grape x4.
You can check the status of the sailors assigned to your ship in the Sailor Info tab of the Ship Info window, opened automatically when accessing your character’s profile while steering a ship (hotkey: P).
To cure an ill sailor or recover its condition, check in your ship in a wharf, and then select the Manage Sailors option.
After this, select the sailor you want to help and offer them the necessary items.
Once they’re recovered, the Board option in the bottom right side of the window will be enabled, allowing you to attach the sailors once more to your ship.
If you ask yourself how many sailors you can have at any moment in your ship, it depends on the capacity of the ship, your maximum number of sailors, and how many cabins each sailor occupies. For example, an Epheria sailboat only has 10 cabins, while an Epheria carrack has 50. Using the example above, sailor Arkahn may only use 3 cabins when assigned to a ship, but its stats are worse than sailor Icaron who uses 10 cabins.
To increase the maximum number of sailors you can have, you will need the item Sailor's Oath. These oaths are obtained from quest rewards during Oquilla's Eye’s questline [The Great Expedition] First Sailboat into Oquilla’s Eye. You can check it in the Suggested tab of the Quests window (hotkey: O). Please make sure to not delete these before using them, as they cannot be obtained again.
Sailors receive EXP and grow from defeating sea monsters and doing regular and special barters.
EXP received is increased depending on the number of sailors on board your ship.
1 sailor: 100% EXP
2–3 sailors: 120% EXP
4–5 sailors: 140% EXP
6–7 sailors: 160% EXP
8–10 sailors: 180% EXP
For example, you will receive 60% x 2 = 120% EXP if you have 2 sailors on board.
◈ Emergency Ration Supply
If you find yourself with low rations in the middle of the high seas, don't worry. You can supply food you have in your inventory to the ship as emergency rations.
Foods of different quality restore different amounts of rations:
- White Grade: 80
- Green Grade: 100
- Blue Grade: 240
- Yellow Grade: 4000
- Orange Grade: 22000
Note that food items used to restore stamina of land workers and those that cannot be registered on the Central Market cannot be used as emergency rations.
◈ Ship Skills
Starting with improved Epheria sailboats and frigates, a large variety of skills can be used when sailing with your ship. These skills are unlocked the higher your character’s sailing life skill level is.
The following are the skills you can use on a ship, and the key commands required for activating them.
Some, like Ram, Focus Fire, Volley, or Bull’s-Eye improve your naval combat capabilities, while the rest offer you greater maneuverability.
The trading of the sea, while bartering you'll be exchanging specific items for other items at certain NPCs, called barterers, mainly around the different islands north of the continent.
Each item has a specific grade, and through the Bartering window one is able to see which item each Barterer NPC seeks in exchange for a higher grade item. You can access the Bartering window via the main menu (hotkey: Esc) → Life → Barter. You can also access it through the Load Cargo window when moving bartering items from and into your ship, via the Barter Information button, and from the Search Barter button at the bottom right part of the World Map screen (hotkey: M).
Sea trade goods, also known as bartering items, are categorized into different grades, called levels. Level 1 barter goods appear in gray, level 2 in green, level 3 in blue, level 4 in yellow, and level 5 in red.
A barterer on an island will, for example, ask you for [Level 1] Raft Toy x1, and in exchange will give you [Level 2] Conch Shell Ornament x2.
Barterers might give you 1 or more items during the barter exchange.
You can exchange the same item as many times as it is determined in the Bartering window.
Bartering can only be done on a ship, and via any papu or otter barterer who has been sent to each island, or sailors who have drifted to Margoria. The exchange and loading will automatically take place if the necessary item(s) is in the ship. Each bartering exchange will consume parley points. These are renewed per bartering refresh cycle.
Trade items which are used for bartering can only be loaded through the Load Cargo feature from a Wharf Manager NPC. Note that you cannot barter items in your character's inventory.
Barter items will be destroyed when large ships are destroyed, or when remotely collected to a wharf.
The barter window, seen above, will give you all the necessary details about the exchange at that location. What item you have, how many you have of that item, what you will receive in return, how many exchanges are allowed, your current ship’s weight capacity, how much weight will be gained or lost when doing a single exchange, and how much parley will be consumed per barter. It also lets you exchange all the items you have at once, instead of exchanging them one by one.
The following barters can happen in island nodes in the ocean.
Level 1 Trade
Land materials → Level 1 trade goods
Level 2 Trade
Level 1 trade goods → Level 2 trade goods
Level 3 Trade
Level 2 trade goods → Level 3 trade goods
Level 4 Trade
Level 3 trade goods → Level 4 trade goods
Level 5 Trade
Level 4 trade goods → Level 5 trade goods
Level 5 trade goods → Crow Coin
Trade goods → Ship materials & enhancement materials
Some barters will offer you materials that are needed for upgrading to better ships, or ship equipment enhancement materials.
Level 5 bartering goods, and occasionally level 4 ones, can be exchanged for crow coins.
You can check the crow coins that you have obtained up to that point below the weight bar in your inventory (hotkey: I).
Level 3 trade goods and above can also be sold for silver. The higher the level of the trade good is, the higher the price will be.
The storage keepers from each territory became interested in bartering, and thus started to buy trade goods. You can sell Lv. 3–5 trade goods at the existing shops as well. You can only sell Lv. 5 trade goods at a town storage’s currency exchange.
Level 1 trade goods (800LT)
Level 2 trade goods (800LT)
Level 3 trade goods (900LT)
1 million silver (can be sold)
Level 4 trade goods (1000LT)
2 million silver (can be sold)
Level 5 trade goods (1000LT)
5 million silver (can be sold)
The bartering item list can be reset by pressing the Barter Refresh button in the upper right of the Barter Information window. This will reset both the items offered for bartering, and the amount of parley required to barter them with.
At first, bartering will be offered to you from only a small number of islands, but as you do more bartering, you will get offerings from more papus and otters from many more islands.
When you click on a trade good from the Barter window, the window will move to the trade good that is required to obtain it.
Everyday at 06:00 UTC, your barter refresh points will be reset to 100. If you have an active value pack, you can recover 50 extra barter refresh points (i.e. Your points will be reset to 150 instead of 100).
The number of barter refresh points consumed when using the Barter Refresh function depends on the number of barters you have left for that day. Using instant refresh will consume an additional 30 points.
◈ Ship Material Barter
Due to the increasing demand for materials to upgrade ships, the Crow Merchants Guild now provides separate bartering opportunities for them, called "ship material barter."
However, there will be some exceptions for certain ship upgrade materials.
You can use the Ship Material Refresh function from the Refresh Barter window twice a day. When you use the Ship Material Refresh function, there is a small chance that you will uncover all the possible barters you can make for crow coins at every island. You can use crow coins to barter any Level 2 to 5 sea trade goods when this happens.
During ship material barter, you will get materials for upgrading a ship. You may also get materials to enhance ships, as well as treasure-related items.
The accumulated number of exchanges needed to barter for the following items will drastically decrease when using ship material barter.
- Brilliant Pearl Shard
- Brilliant Rock Salt Ingot
The ship materials you can obtain by doing ship material barter are as follows.
- Island Tree Coated Plywood
- Rock Salt Ingot
- Cobalt Ingot
- Cox Pirates' Artifact (Parley Beginner)
- Bright Reef Piece
- Pure Pearl Crystal
- Deep Sea Memory Filled Glue
- Cox Pirates Extermination Seal
- Tide-Dyed Standardized Timber Square
- Luminous Cobalt Ingot
- Great Ocean Dark Iron
- Seaweed Stalk
- Cox Pirates' Artifact (Parley Expert)
- Ruddy Manganese Nodule
- Enhanced Island Tree Coated Plywood
- Moon Scale Plywood
- Moon Vein Flax Fabric
- Violent Sea Monster's Scale
- Saltwater Crocodile's Scale
- Brilliant Rock Salt Ingot
- Brilliant Pearl Shard
- Cox Pirates' Artifact (Combat)
- Oquilla's Flower
- Tear of the Ocean
- Deep Tide-Dyed Standardized Timber Square
◈ Special Barter
As you proceed with bartering, you can be offered a special barter from the bartering NPCs of each island, at a low chance.
Special barters are barters that randomly occur by chance while using regular bartering. Though they do not happen often, you can obtain a very expensive item or a large number of crow coins through these special barters. You can get either crow coins or expensive goods you can't get from a regular barter by using gold bars at a special barter.
The more you barter, the more chance a special barter may occur.
You will see the items you can exchange through special barter only when you have reached the relevant island. The islands where special barters can be carried out are displayed with a gold badge icon in the World Map (hotkey: M)'s Barter Information UI.
You can see the information about the areas where Special Barters are available in the Barter Information window.
Whenever a special barter is made available, a system message will be displayed.
Once you're on an island with a special barter available, you can select either the Normal Barter or Special Barter options from the Bartering window.
Please note that the item information does not change every 4 hours for special barter opportunities. If you do not make the exchange when special barter is available, it will no longer appear.
Ravinia’s Crow Coin ShopYou can use this shop through Ravinia, the Crow Coin Exchange NPC who can be found at Crow's Nest.
Crow’s Nest is the island covered in fog managed by the Crow Merchants Guild, located north of Tinberra Island. Many at sea, both wealthy and unfortunate alike, search for its location for one or another reason.
There, you can purchase items such as Khan's Concentrated Magic and other ocean-related goods such as equipment for a carrack, ship upgrade materials, or ship equipment enhancement materials.
Please note that for most of the items offered by Ravinia to be purchased with crow coins, their cost in crow coins is a lot higher than it is to obtain the item directly by yourself. As such, it is better to purchase items from Ravinia only when you need a few of a single type, in case of needing ship upgrade materials for example. Other items you will require, however, will need to be purchased from Ravinia. It is recommended to save your crow coins for when you’re at that point in time.
◈ Rebinia’s Shop
On Lema Island you will encounter Rebinia, Ravinia's twin sister, who has opened up a crow coin shop there and sells useful common items, as well as rare Manos accessories.
You can purchase the following items from Rebinia's shop. Remember that you can only purchase the special, limited boxes containing the items below from Rebinia on Lema Island.
– List of Items Sold by Rebinia
Epheria GalleonThe Epheria galleon is one of the greatest ships the world of Black Desert has ever seen.
It can be obtained in two ways:
– When a special barter appears during barter, there is a low chance for the item “Epheria's Star” to be obtainable.
– The guild victorious in a conquest war in the territories of Calpheon, Mediah, and Valencia is rewarded the item “Epheria’s Star.”
Please note you will find it in the guild’s storage. Only the guild master can move Epheria's star from the guild storage, and award a deserving guild member via the Present button found at the bottom of the guild’s storage window.
With this item in your inventory, you can accept a special quest from Philaberto Falasi in Port Epheria. Complete this quest to obtain the ship license for an Epheria galleon, and the Captain Epheria title, which is a temporary title that lasts for 7 days.
You can only ride and control an Epheria galleon for the duration of the title Epheria Captain, and you can only access other features if you do not have the title or if it has expired.
Please note that the fire rate and max range of an Epheria galleon's cannons is identical to an Epheria carrack's cannons, that Epheria galleons cannot equip ship equipment, and that the cost of repairs for an Epheria galleon is 10 million silver per 10% of damage. (Damage increases upon remote collection or ship destruction)
Like with Epheria carracks, Epheria galleons need to be supplied upon initial registration.
➤ For more information about the different features that make use of the sailing and bartering life skills, please check the [The Great Expedition] page.
* The content of the game guide may differ from the actual game content, depending on the update and content changes.