Black Desert Online Nodes and Workers network is one of the most interesting parts of the sandbox MMO as it allows players to excavate goods from specific regions and store it for themselves.
In addition to storing it for themselves, players can also become self-sustained merchants by excavating goods from one area and selling them off for a higher price in another. This is one of the best ways to earn money in the game.
Black Desert Online Nodes and Workers
In order to do this though, you’ll need to understand the concept of Nodes and Workers. This guide will cover everything that needs to be covered about the two.
Black Desert Online Nodes
Black Desert Online Nodes are locations on the map that you invest your Contribution Points to in order to establish trade routes. The resources resulting from these trade routes are then gathered by your workers.
In order to work effectively, nodes need to be connected to each other and also connected to the nearest city. Black Desert Online Nodes are represented by various icons. Check the top left of your world map to see the icons that represent the nodes.
Black Desert Online Nodes can consist of towns, settlements, simple connection points like bridges, or even single NPCs.
How to Connect Black Desert Online Nodes
In order to connect nodes, the first thing you should do is click on any node in the map. It will open up the area of the map specific to the node. On the top left, there will be an indication to visit the Node Manager.
The Node Manager is usually an NPC which will, as the name suggests, mange the node and establish the route. From the map, press Esc after having observed the node, then right click it to draw a line from you to that specific node’s manager.
You can then either auto-run to the manager or manually follow the path to them. When you find the Node Manager, press R to interact with them. This will open a conversation window and also show the Node Management button. Click on it to open the Node map again.
Now, you will be able to click on Contribution Invest to invest the required contribution points to the node. The value of each node ranges from 1 to 3 Contribution Points, depending on how big a node is.
Once you have a Black Desert Online node connected, it will show a golden link to the main city near it, as well as a white link to other nodes nearby indicating the nearby nodes it can link to.
Nearby nodes won’t show up however unless you explore that area, so be sure to do so. In order to connect two nodes, you just have to repeat the above-mentioned process to a nearby, unconnected node.
Once you find the Node Manager for the new (linked) node and invest Contribution Points into it, the connection will turn from white to golden, indicating the two nodes are connected.
Purpose of Black Desert Online Nodes
Okay, you’ve now spent your hard-earned CPs to establish and connect nodes. What now? Nodes need workers who will start to trade. You can send workers to gather resources off the nodes you have invested in.
You can even become your own merchant, buying wears from one Node and selling them off at another.
The longer the distance between the node you are buying/selling, the more potential there is to make more money; there is a distance bonus associated with most products, so use that to your advantage.
So, in short, in order to make nodes functional, you will need workers. This is where the second part of the guide comes in handy.
Black Desert Online Workers
Black Desert Online Workers are NPCs who will do work for you on specific nodes. The cannot be directly controlled, but they work for you.
Their work type primarily involves the excavation process of the product, as well as the trading. Hiring workers greatly improves the efficiency of the products you acquire from the nodes, as it automatizes everything that you would otherwise need to do yourself.
If you’ve understood the node system, you probably have your first node setup in Bartali Farm. It is now time to hire a worker to farm at that location and make beer via cooking.
In order to do so, you need to find a Worker Supervisor. You can often find a Worker Supervisor in the nearest city. In Bartali Farm’s example, that city would be Velia. Use the NPC button to find him by clicking the Worker Button.
Once you have located the supervisor, head over to them and talk. Choose the Contract Worker button. The game will then prompt you to pay 5 Energy. When you do, the Worker Supervisor will roll a random worker for you.
This worker can either be a Giant, Goblin, or Human, and is usually the lowest rarity. However, sometimes on rare occasions, you might get a Skillful or Artisan worker. You can either accept the worker offered to you by the Supervisor, or pay another 5 Energy to roll out another worker.
Energy however takes a while to recharge, so at the start of the game, it’s advisable to just hire the first worker offered to you. You will also need to pay for the workers, who can cost from anywhere between 2 to 3.5K silvers to purchase.
Lodging for Workers
Once you have hired a worker, you will need to give him/her accommodation to stay. There are multiple types of buildings you can buy, such as Storages, Housing, Lodging, and other special workshops like Refinery etc.
Lodging is what you need for workers. By default, each city has one lodging, so your first worker for a city will have the required accommodation to stay (workers are tied to the city they are hired in, meaning they will only be able to work in the nodes connected to that city).
Lodging buildings can be upgraded to increase the capacity of workers that can stay. Open the world map and click on the city you hired your worker (in this case it’s Velia).
The blue houses are the ones you can purchase, white ones are the ones you own, and the greyed out houses are the ones that have specific requirements that are not met. Use the filter at the top for Lodging, and purchase any house that is highlighted.
It costs you 1 Contribution Point and around 500 silver to purchase a house for Lodging. Once the construction is finished, you can acquire additional workers thanks to the additional capacity.
Types of Workers
As mentioned earlier, there are three types of workers: Giants, Goblins, and Human. The differences aren’t just aesthetics though – each type of worker has a specific set of strengths and weaknesses.
Giants can carry more equipment at a time, and have high stamina, meaning they can work for longer periods. However, they are generally slower than Goblins and Humans, and work can take some time.
Goblins work the fastest, and usually the best if you play actively. However, they have very little stamina, which depletes fast.
Humans are in between, having balanced stats, but not offering any real boost.
Assigning Workers to Nodes
Now that you have yourself some workers, it’s time to put them to work on those nodes you just recently acquired. To do so, head to the Node Manager NPC again for a node you’re interested in. Talk to him/her, then select the Node Management button.
You will now need to choose a resource you would like to gather. Click on one, then press the button to invest your Contribution Point on the resource. Yes, you have to invest in the node and also the resource you like to gather, both through the Node Manager NPC.
After you have finalized the desired resource, choose the worker on the left of the menu to assign to the resource, then click on the Star Work button. The worker can will start gathering and put stuff they gather in the storage (at the connected city).
You can have only one worker on a node, so plan your workers accordingly and put your best workers on the resources you want to harvest fastest.
Workers have limited stamina, meaning they can only work for a specific duration before they need food. Click on the pickaxe icon on the top left of your UI to view all your workers. The yellow bar next to the workers is their stamina.
In order to refill their stamina, you will need to make food for them. Generally, beer is the easiest food you can give to your works, and is usually sufficient for their needs.
Workers in Other Cities
Workers are primarily tied to the cities they are hired in. However, they can move between cities, provided the two cities are connected together.
Once you finish with Velia and want to move to Heidel, you should deposit a few thousand silvers into your warehouse at Velia. This is because workers you acquired at Velia will only deposit to the Velia warehouse, and in order to move stuff from Velia to Heidel you will need to transport them from the Velia warehouse to Heidel.
This takes silvers only from the source location (in this case Velia), and it can be tedious to have to go back to Velia to deposit additional silver there. Workers from other cities can work in a node connected to a completely different one.
A worker from Velia can actually work on a node connected to Heidel. However, this will add to their travel time, and the worker will only deposit the resources they harvest in the node connected to Heidel in the Velia storage.
For this reason, it is usually best to acquire new, local workers when you move to a new city.