What is an ‘Energy Operation?
Energy is a very useful resource. From gathering, the true roots of Life Skill content, to increasing amity with NPCS through conversations, investing in Nodes to increase the item drop rate from hunting, and even the Secret Shop where a pool of rare items is lying in wait... Energy is a valuable resource used for all sorts of things.
For an explorer just beginning <Black Desert> for the first time, the maximum energy is capped at 30. With this limit, you can’t go gathering for long, let alone continue conversing with the numerous NPCs. As for Node investment, you can’t even get a node to Lv. 2 with that. Of course, since energy is automatically recharged at a rate of 1 every 3 minutes, you could wait for it and try again. However, you will never be able to open the Secret Shop that requires 50 energy each attempt.
Which is why when beginners ask about what they should start off doing, the veterans recommend the ‘Energy Operation’. This refers to the act of expanding the maximum energy cap through doing various things. They are usually related to Knowledge and can be carried out by visiting certain locations or meeting certain people, or hunting monsters and completing quests.
When you open the Knowledge window (H Key), you will see various categories. As you fulfill a certain amount of the categories that have been separated by themes, your maximum energy will be increased. For most lists, you will only be required to fulfill over 2/3 of the list to earn this reward, so collecting Knowledge isn’t too difficult for the purposes of ‘Energy Operation’.
Gathering Knowledge of Islands
One of the easiest way to increase your max energy is through the NPC and Topography Knowledges. These are often naturally acquired as you meet the NPCs and travel to different locations across the world of Black Desert while carrying out quests. However, there are cases where you will have to seek it yourself with the purpose of doing so, of which Islands are like an energy mine that is just waiting to be explored.
Island areas are not often treaded on, except for the few explorers who would venture to them for the purpose of fishing. So if you’ve been focusing more on hunting, life skill, or trade related quests rather than those fishing ones, you will realize that most of the seaside part of your map remains unexplored. So if you want to increase your max energy, then let’s start off by getting a boat. If a fishing boat is too expensive for your budget for now, then a ferry will do. The rafts have very slow movement speed, but you can still use them if you can’t get your hands on a ferry. Or you could get a ‘Splat Fisher’s Clothes Set’ as well.
Once you’ve got your hands on a boat or the Splat Fisher’s Clothes, let’s set out to sea. You can set out anywhere, whether it be Velia or Epheria or wherever. It’s very simple. Just set sail or swim to any island you can find and acquire the Topography Knowledge, then seek out and talk to the Node Manager of the island to acquire the NPC Knowledge. You should be able to easily increase your max energy by 30 ~ 40 through this method alone.
Gathering NPC/Topography Knowledge
Once you’ve discovered all of the islands, your next targets are towns. Although most of the NPCs reside within the town, there are few that will be roaming around the roads or have specific requirements, making it difficult to acquire knowledge of these NPCs. If your goal is to quickly increase your max energy, then you should just acquire the set amount of knowledge required for it and move on to the next town.
Here's a quick tip: it’s best to acquire the Topography Knowledge first when you’re trying to gain the Topography and NPC Knowledges. This is because once you reveal a certain area, you can open the Map (M) and right-click the node to be guided towards the location of the Node Manager. This will help you when searching around for the NPC. Another tip is that if you’re finding it impossible to acquire the Topography Knowledge, try talking to the NPC of a nearby town. Increasing amity with NPCs allows you to often acquire Topography Knowledge without having to venture for it yourself. But this requires a lot of your time and effort as well, so it should be used as a last resort.
Δ The left picture shows when you cannot acquire the NPC (Discover) Knowledge. The middle picture shows the NPC giving a ‘hint’ during the conversation. He’s indicating that you need to go meet the NPC whose name is displayed in yellow. After you fulfill this requirement, you can see the exclamation mark (!) on top of the NPC name as shown on the right picture. This indicates that you are now able to acquire knowledge of the following NPC (Laiano Pietro). This is how you go about acquiring NPC Knowledges.
Gathering the Ecology Knowledge
First open the Knowledge window (H) and check out the ‘Ecology’ category. It will contain all the knowledge of the monsters you have acquired until now. Let’s open the category and have a look. You will see that some categories are indicated as ‘Energy increased by 2/2’, which means you’ve already acquired all the knowledge you can for that category. So ignore these for now and find the list indicated as either ‘Energy increased by 0/2’ or ‘Energy increased by 1/2’. You will find a bunch of question marks such as ‘??????’ or ‘?????????’ on these lists that are just waiting for you to reveal their identities. Go to the corresponding hunting ground and hunt all the monsters you can find. The ‘Glasses’ costume increases the chance to acquire knowledge from defeating monsters to make this process easier, but it’s not essential to have one.
You can also acquire Knowledge of a monster through the gathering process, such as gathering the hide of a Boar or gathering ores from a Stoneback Crab after defeating it.
Gathering the Adventure Journal/Academics Knowledge
Once you’ve collected a certain amount of the Ecology, NPC, and Ecology Knowledges, it’s now time to obtain the Knowledges of Adventure Journal and Academics. These knowledges can be acquired naturally throughout your journey across the vast world of Black Desert with the Black Spirit you’ve first met in the town of Olvia, where you can meet and converse with various NPCs while completing quests. However, there are still numerous knowledges that are hidden away in many parts of the Black Desert world. You will need to seek these out through the following approach.
As you start to stop blindly following the directions of the Black Spirit, but rather follow your heart to meet NPCs and carry out their quests, you will be able to fill more of your Adventure Journal. Just as the name says, this journal records your adventures.
- Conversing with NPC
The countless NPCs in the world of Black Desert each have their own story that is waiting to be told.
If you see an NPC on the road that you’ve never met before, try and start a conversation with them. Also take a look at the Amity on the bottom left of the screen to know what kind of stories this NPC will tell you once you build a better relationship with them. Although building up Amity may turn out to be a quite a task, listening to their stories and thinking about the knowledge and max energy you will gain can make the process more fun.
This indicates that you can acquire the ‘Goblin Characteristics’ knowledge at 301+ Amity.
- Interacting with Objects
If you see a statue or a bookshelf, go up and take a closer look. If you can start a conversation with it, then do so, as there are countless Adventure Journal and Academics Knowledges that are waiting for you. Some NPCs require a specific academic knowledge to build up amity, so it is essential to collect these academic knowledges.
Introducing the [Calpheon and Valkyries] theme that increases max energy by 7. It may seem difficult to fulfill as there are 43 knowledges associated with the theme, but it is actually one of the easier Adventure Journal themes to complete. Most of the knowledges are obtainable by reading the books within the library of Holy College of Calpheon.
However, the ‘A Talk with Elion’ knowledge requires you to accept and carry out the ‘A Talk with Elion’ quest from Annolisa Rosie from the Holy College of Calpheon. (This quest can be accepted after completing the ‘Balker's Idol’ quest from Balker Batian)
It is better to acquire the Adventure Book and Academics knowledges from various sources, rather than focusing on just one aspect, such as conversing with NPCs or carrying out quests.
In reality, you can wear yourself out if you become too obsessed with ‘Energy Operation’ or ‘Knowledge Operation’. Your max energy will naturally increase as you carry out quests or hunt monsters while leveling up, so we recommend that you stick to that until you reach Lv. 50 or so, when you can start to slowly collect the knowledges. Rather than having the ‘I’m going to do all this today!’ sort of approach, taking interest in the vast stories of the <Black Desert> and getting to know the details of each of the knowledges with ‘an attitude to learn’ will make the game 10 times more enjoyable.