Greedy Goblin

How to get rich in BDO (warning: rigging found)

Warning: there is evidence that GMs collude with exploiters. Maybe it's not the best idea to play this game.

BDO is very different from most PvE MMOs: gear, even highest quality gear can be traded in the marketplace. While not all pieces are readily available, most gear are. For example I got full TET armor + TRI Liverto back in August. If a piece of gear is available, you are much better off buying it than enchanting yourself. Don't be these guys:
I left the game in September, but returned three weeks ago. Currently I'm wealth top 3, you can find me (Gevlon) online practically all time on the European server (Usually Balneos 1) to verify that I'm indeed very rich. At this moment I sit on 2B, gaining about 400M/week without killing a single mob. Below you can see the comprehensive guide how I'm doing it.

First thing first: you must know the market system, since you'll make all your silver selling items to other people (who got it by grinding). It has many unique (or weird) features. The most important is the fixed price range. You can't just list the items on whatever price you please, there are hard-coded minimum and maximum prices. When you try to set up an order, you can see the minimum and maximum prices (red circle):
Most cases the market equilibrium price is out of this range. If it's above the range, the market is empty, for example the pay-to-win items can only be listed lower than people would pay for them, so they sell in seconds:

When the equilibrium is below the range, the market is overfilled. Both on the market list and on the set up order pages you can see the current listed and all time listed items. The server is one year old, so listed*365/all_time gives you how many days you have to wait on average to sell:

Since you have only 30 market orders, you must not lock them down for weeks. If you can't sell fast, just vendor the item or use it in a recipe. Also, watch out for partially sold stacks. For example you list a 200 items stack. Someone buys them partially. Then another one buys some. Finally your stack is down to a few items and no one cares to buy it since they want 100+, so just scroll down and buy a full stack:
When you see such "midways settlement" stacks, just press the button, you get the money for the sold ones and get the unsold back. You can re-list them when you have a full stack.

Finally, but most importantly, you must have a "subscription", by buying the "Value pack" that costs $15/month. It has several effects, but the most important is the market tax reduction. Without it you pay 35% tax, with it 14.5%. That's a big difference, especially if you purchase some of your ingredients.

While understanding the market system is mandatory, the rest of the items are not. You can make money with some or all of them depending your preferences and time. I introduce all of them and give links to deeper guides:
  • Workers: this is the most AFK way to get money. You hire NPC workers who go to various locations and harvest goods for you. These goods are collected to the warehouses of the towns where the workers live. You move the goods to one location and sell them on the marketplace or use them for other moneymaking ventures. The downside is that you need lots of contribution points to have a decent empire, though you can get CP in a decent rate. Approximated income is 10M/day with 10-20 mins maintenance. Guide is here.
  • Cooking: is mostly an auxiliary activity for workers, because workers need fuel: mostly beer. You can buy beer on the marketplace and it's not a bad idea to do so when you are all set up. However until you reach 300 contribution points, the best way of getting CP is cooking. Besides getting beer for cheaper than on the market, you get various collectible items which you can turn in for small rewards. One of them is a big reward: lots of contribution points! You can cook beer from corn, potato, barley, wheat and sweet potato, make sure you have workers on these nodes and don't sell your stockpile! You can make money by cooking rare food that people buy, but if you like that way of making money, I'd suggest Alchemy! Cooking guide is here!
  • Alchemy: it is hands down the most profitable profession in BDO. You can reach up to 30M/hour doing it. But unlike everything else on this page it's not at all AFK. You spend your time running up and down, juggling with materials and looking up recipes, interrupted only by short crafting sessions. Besides time spent actively (grinding), you will need a functional brain, several pearl purchases and up-front effort to set it up. But if you are up to it, you'll be extremely rich in a few days! Guide is here!
  • Processing: you select materials in your storage, press a few buttons and go AFK for a few hours (for the night, while at work). When you are back, you'll have processed materials (shards, planks, ingots, plywoods and other). The price difference between raw materials and processed ones can provide up to 3M/hour if there is little competition (if the market is not overcrowded) but 1M/hour is easy to get. As you can send the game to tray while not playing, you can easily process 20 hours a day, providing 20-40M/day with 10-30 minutes maintenance. Guide is here!
  • Secret shop: as you are online, you gather energy points. You can use it for gathering, which is a particularly annoying form of grinding. Instead, I'd suggest to blow it on the secret shop. It offers you items for energy and if you are lucky, you can get 2-5M/day for a few clicks. Guide is here!
  • Trading: I gained most of my gold back in the summer by trading and my old guide is still here. But I didn't resume it, since I found it too annoying. While you don't have to "grind" (repetitively perform actions), channel change, wait 10 mins, list, repeat bothered me a lot. I rather do alchemy. To trade, you first have to process raw materials into various ingots and plywoods (or buy them on the market). Then use workers and workshops to create special items: timber crates and ingot crates (old list of items here). The items have creation location information. Then you have to move them as far as possible from this location and turn in to an NPC who gives you lots of silver. Detailed guide is here and I wish you good luck! Recently many people are doing it (because it's profitable as hell) even without processing, buying up ingots I make. Keep it up!

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