How to Use Skill Points in Black Desert Online

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Black Desert Online is a Mass Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) with many classes to choose from. As with most MMORPGs, these classes all have different skills. When you play the game for the first time, you need to level up and earn skill points because most of the skills are locked.

Skill points allow you to unlock skills and improve them. If you don't know how to use them, you've come to the right place. We will also mention the succession and awakening systems and the importance of skill points for them.



Black Desert Online - Skill Point Basics

The main ways to get skill points in Black Desert Online are:

  • Defeat enemies
  • Training with Dummies Skill Books
  • Complete quests

Skill points you earn by completing quests do not count against the skill point soft cap. Many players are at level 60 and still find it difficult to get enough skill points for all their skills.

When playing Black Desert Online, you can manage your skill points and use them for any skill, including repurposing if needed. However, when you reach level 56, you can no longer reallocate your skill points to other skills. For level 56 and above, you may need to resort to microtransactions to reset your skills.

By the time you reach level 56, you will already know which skills and which trees to focus on. The free reset after the Awakening quest can allow you to redo your skills beyond this level, but we urge you to plan your skills before completing the Awakening quests. You need to save the reset for an urgent situation.



Skills in Black Desert Online are tied to the weapons you use. When you reach level 56, you have the option to play an awakening quest. These quests allow you to change weapons and gain access to more powerful skills.

Skill Points After Awakening

After completing your awakening quest, you still need to spend skill points to unlock new skills. Awakening quests require players to switch weapons, allowing them to access entirely different skill trees. This is why farming for skill points is still essential even after level 56.

Even though you have access to your new weapon, your old weapon and skills are still there. If you plan your skills and weapon combinations correctly, you can create some interesting combinations and tactics.

How to Use Skill Points in Black Desert on Xbox

To use your skill points, you need to upgrade your character. Unlike some games, in Black Desert Online you can unlock any skill by reaching the required level and using your skill points. It is not necessary to spend more to obtain and unlock the skill.

The process is relatively simple, so let's get to it.

  1. Open your menu by pressing the Start button.
  2. Go to the “Skill” option.
  3. Find a skill you want to unlock.
  4. Select the skill.
  5. Use your skill points to unlock it.
  6. Repeat as needed for other skills.

Luckily, skill points are plentiful in Black Desert Online. You're more likely to spend time looking at skill trees than anything else.



How to Use Skill Points in Black Desert on PS4

Both consoles are virtually identical, so the steps we mentioned above should work for you if you're playing on a PS4. Without further ado, here are the instructions.

  1. Press the Options button to open the menu.
  2. Go to the “Skills” section.
  3. Find the skill(s) you can unlock.
  4. Choose the skill you want to get.
  5. Spend your skill points on the skill to unlock it.
  6. Repeat these steps until you are done unlocking the skills.

On console, finding the Skill menu involves a few more actions than playing on PC. Now let's talk about using skill points on a PC.

How to Use Skill Points in Black Desert on PC

Since PC gamers tend to play with a mouse and keyboard, they can instantly press a button to bring up the skills menu. By default, the Skill menu binding is the "K" key. If you changed the keyboard shortcuts earlier, press this key instead.


Here's how to use your skill points on PC:

  1. In Black Desert Online for PC, press the "K" KEY.
  2. This action takes you directly to the Skill menu.
  3. Select the skill to unlock with skill points.
  4. Unlock the skill.
  5. Spend more skill points if you have other unlockable skills in your skill tree.

Best Locations to Farm Skill Points

There are a few places in the game world that award skill points, including:


This location is best for beginners, as enemies tend to cluster together and other players tend not to come here. The loot here is lighter, so you can take home more. If you have just started playing, you will find this place exceptional for skill points.

Gahaz Bandits is a lair located just outside of a town in Shakatu's territory. Enemies here are farther apart, but not so much that you waste time traveling. Their loot is also light to carry and sells for decent money.

Since the temple is in the desert, you must bring purified water or star anise tea to stay safe from desert sickness. Enemies here drop lots of money with lots of skill points. The temple is also near a bank, a welcome bonus.

Let's go with this skill tree

Using your skill points in Black Desert Online can open up many different possibilities. Even before Awakening or Succession, we recommend seeking more guidance on which skills to focus on. This way you won't need to reset your skills at all.

Which skill trees do you prefer to use in Black Desert Online? How many times have you reset your skills? Tell us in the comments section below.

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