The world map in Black Desert is a key tool for any traveller. Nodes are areas of important information and tools to use. You can Mini-Map in your HUD for a quick view of your surrounding area.

The most notable features of the map is houses that can be bought in many locations and workers who can work for resources for you through unlocked nodes. Charting travel routes for quests, browsing the auction house and spending contribution to unlock more nodes are all integral to your success as an adventurer.

Calpheon, Valencia, Mediah, Serendia and Balenos are the main nations of the game.

When entering the Valencia region your map will be unusable in the Black Desert so it is strongly advised to stock up on supplies before going through it.

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The weather is ever changing, with the seasons comes rain, wind, snow. Some areas will have specific weather in the game, hurricanes in the sea and sandstorms in the desert. Weather affects the player visually while debuffing.


Red bandit icons go through the map looking to assault traders travelling inbetween cities and should generally be avoided as you cannot fight while you carry a trade pack.

Regions and Cities

Cities are more indepth nodes which display where an NPC is and what they do. You can also purchase a large amount of housing and workshops to help you.


Workers can be seen travelling to and from destinations but there will only be a timer over the location they are showing how much time is left for the work they're doing. Nearby trading wagons and fishing boats will show up from time to time as well.

Knowledge Information

NPCs, Monsters, Areas and unconnected nodes will show on the map in a faded grey. Connected nodes will be highlighted in gold and you will gain access to the nodes resources. It is highly recommended to gain as much knowledge as possible to help the Black Spirit and open more opportunities with NPCs.

Node Ownership

Each node has an owner (guild) that gains taxes from the profits of said node. It also displays the guild emblem.


Fish icons mark where you can go fishing. They do not tell you the resource level of the area though.


Auto Path

Use ctrl + right click to set your destination while viewing the map. If you hover over where you are on the map and the path you've created turns green, you can click yourself to close the path and create a closed loop.

Purchase Property

Using contribution you can also purchases houses in cities, towns and farms. Houses can be re-purposed to a variety of things including workshops, residences and accomodation for workers. This can allow you to control your resources wisely and what you would like to create to help you.


While you have a variety of life skills to help you, to use the products you create from those skills into useful items such as food, armor or weapons you must buy workshops and use housing goods such as a stove top for cooking.

Worker Management

Send workers to nodes connected to the city they live in through the world map to collect resources. The resources will be stored at the origin city warehouse, so you need to have a few empty slots before you can send them to work.

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