Comprehensive Guide about Contribution Points in BDO

Contribution Points in Black Desert Online are a very interesting commodity. Unlike silver, and resources in general, contribution Points in BDO are reusable. This is pretty awesome, because it allows you to test many different things in the game, without having to worry about maybe making some inexcusable mistake.
I personally have tested many different variations because of this, from investing my 300 contribution points in 30 farms, in order to produce an ungodly amount of high quality (blue) herbs for my Herbal Juice money making scheme (hint : it still works and is very profitable over 3 years later), or putting all my workers towards farming for my Fishing Boat
within the next couple of paragraphs, you will learn to understand what exactly Contribution Points are in BDO, and how to use them, in an as comprehensive way as possible.

So, Contribution Points?

Contribution Points are similar to silver, with the difference that it is a replenish-able resource, that you can only spend for interactions with NPCs and the non-alive Black Desert Online World in general. You can just retrieve them and spend them over and over again, without any penalty at all. Sounds awesome? Yup, because it is.

The image shows where the contribution points are shown and how many can be invested.
In the top left, among other stats, you see your amount of contribution points. In my case i have 2 out of 291 contribution points free, and 289 Points used.

As I said, with just the click of a button you can retrieve your contribution points and reuse them, so never hesitate about investing them, your CP counter should always be as close to 0 as possible.

Withdrawing contribution points is as easy as taking a lolly from a baby, no exaggeration, maybe even easier.
All you have to do is press “Withdraw Contribution”, and you instantly get your Contribution Points back to your Bank Account.

There’s no doing wrong, really, try as many things as possible and let us know in our Discord what you enjoyed most!

How to increase Contribution Points in BDO.

Increasing your Contribution Points is either done by completing Quests, or with side-loots from various Life-Skills like Cooking and Alchemy. As crazy as it sounds, only by cooking beer i managed to increase my contribution points by over 15 in a single night of cooking! But always keep in mind, that the experience required to level up your contribution points is on a logarithmic scale, meaning : the higher your contribution points, the exponentially harder it will be to achieve the next level up. Exactly like with normal leveling.

Questing for Contribution Experience.

At the start of the game, the only reasonable way to gain contribution experience is by completing quests. Almost every quest in Black Desert Online rewards a certain amount of contribution experience. The Black Spirit quests are particularly good for this as you also gain a decent amount of combat experience in addition to inventory slots when going through them.

Daily Contribution Experience Quests.

Starting level 20 you can do your so called “dailies” which are your daily contribution quests. Daily, because they are reset every day at midnight, allowing you to do them over and over again.
The quests are rather simple than hard and you will be able to do them within minutes once you get the hang of it.

Here you will find a video on how to best level up your contribution points doing a very efficient routine in Heidel.

Contribution Experience Through Cooking and Alchemy.

Every turn in Alchemy and Cooking yields you some side-drops, which are collectibles that can be turned in to certain NPCs, namely Dish with Poorly prepared Ingrediants , Weakened reagent and Mutant Plant.
Those 3 sidedrops increase your contribution points a little bit, generally neglectable, but in case you are producing beer or herbal juice with our Black Desert Bot , you will notice quiet a big boost in contribution points over just a single night of automated processing.
In order to get to the trade-in recipe, just right click on of the 3 mentioned items, press the “Show NPC” button, and the Black Desert Online GPS System will directly navigate you to them.

Generally, when you want to explicitly cook or do alchemy for CP, it is advisable to pick an recipe with very cheap production cost and something that can be reused.
The amount of by-products you create, is directly correlated to the number of batches you produce, not the quality or value.

What are Contribution points here for?

One of the most important uses for contribution points is in order to produce items in various tool shops and to occupy nodes. Nodes are the little dots you see all over the big map.
They allow you to connect cities to each other, create trade routes and create your own passive income empire.

In order to get your first node, all you have to do is go to any node, talk to the little guy standing nearby, and press “Invest”.
Very important to know is that the investment is only TEMPORARY! This means, unlike with silver, you can withdraw and reinvest your contribution points as often as you like – without any penalty and with absolutely no limitations.

As little Pay2Win feature, Kakao even allows you to invest and withdraw your contribution points from EVERYWHERE, in case you have the ValuePack Buff for the price of 10 energy.

You need contribution points to both increase your storage capacity, and buy houses as well. Once you get the hang of it, i can promise you that you will be able to spend 5 times the contribution points – of the theoretical maximal limit of the game.

The last use of contribution points is renting items – depending on your plan, in the early phases of the game this can be an extremely smart smove, since it allows you to rent high-level gear, just at level 5.

This Guide is obviously not finished and there is a lot of polishing and formatting to do, but I hope that I was able to give you some rough insight about what Contribution Points in BDO are.