Prospective BDO buyers want to know if the game has a monthly fee, but the answer isn't a straight "Yes" or "No".

Does Black Desert Online Have a Subscription? Kind Of.

Prospective BDO buyers want to know if the game has a monthly fee, but the answer isn't a straight "Yes" or "No".
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Black Desert Online did reasonably well before it launched on Steam, but since its release on Valve’s platform the game’s playerbase has exploded far past what anyone would have anticipated. Today’s BDO is bustling, active, and full of fresh players just now learning the ropes.

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With the game being one of the few buy-to-play MMORPGs on the market today, there’s one reasonable question any prospective buyer wants answered, and that is whether or not BDO has a subscription.

The answer to this question is yes, but it’s not mandatory.

Black Desert Online has an optional monthly subscription in the form of Value Packs in the Pearl Shop, the game’s cash shop. Value Packs grant some very welcome benefits that make your time with the game much easier, but you can certainly enjoy it without investing in one.

What’s in a Value Pack?

Whether you intend to get one or not, you probably should know what benefits the packs grant so you know what’s available to you in the future (and what other players are running around with).

Let’s break down what each of these actually means:

  • Inventory expansion 16 slots: Inventory space becomes your most valuable resource in BDO and 16 extra slots is very welcome
  • Storage expansion 16 slots: Storage space is just as valuable as inventory
  • Combat/Skill/Life/Horse EXP +10%: Any action you take that garners EXP will give 10% more than without with Value Pack, and your horses level faster as well
  • Distant Node investment: This is the biggest quality of life improvement in the pack, as you will no longer have to go directly to a node to invest in it. It costs energy but it’s a massive time saver
  • Max Weight Limit +100 LT: More weight means you can carry more items and money (which has a weight of its own) at a time, making this useful
  • 30% bonus to the Marketplace sales collection amount: This essentially equates to making 30% more off your Marketplace sales, which is a pretty significant boost (but Pearl items are exempt)
  • Unlimited use of Merv’s Palette: Merv’s Palette is a 1,000 Pearl item in the Pearl Shop that allows you to freely dye equipment with a wide array of colors, and without the use of Bleach
  • Unlimited Beauty Salon: You can change your characters’ looks on a whim without fee throughout the duration of the Value Pack

This all sounds really good if you’ve been playing the game a while, and once you have these benefits it’s hard to go back (especially the Node investment).

How much do Value Packs cost?

You can buy Value Packs either through the Pearl Shop using Pearls or through the Marketplace using your in-game money.

Value Pack (30 Days) costs 1,500 Pearls and Value Pack (90 days) costs 4,500 Pearls. As every 1,000 Pearls equates almost directly to $10 USD, that makes 30 days cost $15 and 90 days cost $45.

But that’s not all! As you can buy and sell Value Pack (30 Days) in the Marketplace, you could simply save up in-game and buy one that way.

People can sell them for between 8,041,090 and 9,828,000 silver on the Marketplace. That may seem like a ton, but silver isn’t too hard to amass if you know what you’re doing.

If your decision to buy Black Desert Online is based on whether it has a subscription or not, hopefully this information on the game’s Value Packs makes that decision a little easier.

If you want to make the rest of the game easier as well, check out the rest of our Black Desert Online guides for even more tips.

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