Yesterday I learned how to package up my goods and take them to the imperial folks for some nice money, and today I decided it was well past time I learn how to farm. Black Desert Online gives you multiple ways of gathering resources, everything from finding the plant out in the world (if there is one) and simply gathering, to buying it from the central market from other players, or even setting up your own farms where you can grow the stuff yourself.
In order to grow a farm you need to rent some fences. They take 10 contribution points. I went and visited Flaviano in Heidel, and rented from him. Then you need some seeds. I went to the big city of Calpheon and purchased from the seed vendor there. I want to grow pepper.
Now, the game makes this as complicated or simple as you want. There’s fertile land overlays, there’s water overlays, there’s weather. Ideally you want to find the perfect spot to grow your crops using all of these overlays to math it out. I decided for my first farm of pepper I didn’t care about any of that, and I placed my plot down alongside my AFK horse rout which is on the outskirts of Heidel.
You physically place your fence plot, and then plant your seeds. You can see it in the world. As far as I know, no one else can interact with it (or see it) besides you. Then you wait while your seeds grow. As they grow, they’ll need some care. You don’t HAVE to care for them, but you’ll get experience and ideally better crops, if you do care. They need to be pruned, they get pests, and all that good stuff. Pepper takes 8h20m to grow, and right now I’m checking them every 30m quickly just to pick the pests and what not off, and I’m training my mount in the meantime.
Apparently you don’t want them to grow past 120% because you’ll get poor returns, but again you can make it as complicated or simple as you want. You can water them and fertilize them and pick the perfect spot and baby them – or you can just let the plants grow. I plan on making fried bird with the peppers, hopefully to turn in to the imperial folks for some cash.
In the meantime, it’s just neat to be learning yet another system in game, and hopefully making some cash from it. I’m thinking one day a week is enough, but it will depend on the returns I get.
As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!