bdo best pve grinding class

Black Desert Online gives you plenty of options when it comes to finding the perfect class for you.

In fact, there are more than 22 classes in the game with more being added almost every year.

Most of these classes are really good but some fall behind when they get to endgame content. So it can be a bit overwhelming to pick the best class when you create your first character.

I always say that the class you enjoy playing is the best class in the game. But you have to start somewhere.

So try starting your first few characters with these classes and see how it goes.

Best PVE Class: Lahn

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Lahn used to be my second favorite class in BDO, right after Guardian. But after the recent class reboot, she jumped to the first spot.

Lahn is an incredibly flexible class with some badass abilities. This class can handle dense mobs with its super-fast attacks. And go from one mob to another with its ninja-style movement abilities.

Lahn has the most mobile action skills in the game. You can move from one mob to another in a fraction of seconds without breaking her combos.

One of the many things I love about this class is its combat animations. It feels so fluid and agile that you can really feel like a ninja.

Go With Lahn Succession

Lahn Succession is the best approach you can take to make the most of PVE grinding. As I mentioned earlier, Lahn is a fast-paced class but with her Succession abilities, you get to take things to the next level.

Succession enhances Lahn’s already powerful attacks with more buffs so you’ll deal more damage.

There is, however, a bit of a learning curve when it comes to matching skills and getting into the flow of combos. But they are not too difficult. You can follow a build guide to find the best approach.

Here’s a quick preview of how an actual combat routine looks like.

Start In A Season Server

bdo season character

It’s best to wait for a season server to create a new character as it rewards you with tons of great resources and gear for free.

With a season server, you’ll be able to easily upgrade your gear set and get better weapons to get a head-start in the game as well.

And you can then swap them for boss-level gear at the end of the season. This is the best way to acquire gear for Lahn, or pretty much any class right now.

Many Different Outfits

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Lahn is a cute-looking class but you can always change her appearance to your preference.

The class has tons of cool outfits in the Pearl shop for you to try out. After all, fashion is the true endgame of any MMO

Overall, Lahn is a very beginner-friendly class as well. So I highly recommend you to give this class a try.

2nd Best PVE Class: Guardian

bdo-guardian class

Guardian is probably the most recommended class in BDO and for good reason.

Guardian feels like a tanky and slow class in the beginning, but once you get to the end game content, she plays incredibly well.

Go With Guardian Awakening

Guardian’s Awakening is the perfect choice for endgame PVE grinding.

What makes this class perfect is that you don’t have to remember any combos or furiously tap keys together.

Some of Guardian’s Awakening skills are single button-press and it blasts mobs to pieces.

The easy playstyle makes Guardian my favorite class to play while relaxing or watching a steam on the second monitor.

Here’s a short preview of what Guardian’s combat routine looks like closer to endgame.

Easy Builds & Gear

Finding good gear for Guardian is also quite easy. You can regularly find them in the Central Market. Or trade Naru for a better boss-level gear set.

You don’t even have to worry about finding the right skill build either. Just pick the skills that you feel comfortable using and you’ll do the damage either way.

Awesome Outfits

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An added bonus of choosing Guardian is that she has some of the best premium outfits. If you want to look good in the game, there are plenty of choices in the Pearl Shop.

3rd Best PVE Class: Nova

bdo nova class

Nova is another amazing class you can play to enjoy grinding through the game in style.

Nova has some of the coolest combat skills and insane area of effect (AOE) damage. Her Mace, or the Morning Star, has the ability to reach a wider area that you can use to gather mobs and take them down with one strike.

Succession or Awakening?

When it comes to PVE grinding, Nova’s Awakening gives you the best attacks with fast mobility and AOE damage.

A great thing about Nova is that she’s really good at dealing with mobs even in the early game. This makes the class fun to play even while leveling up.

Which Class Is Best?

Originally, my favorite was Guardian. But after the recent class reboot, I fell in love with Lahn.

Lahn is the perfect class to enjoy any type of endgame content, whether it’s to grind mobs or do resource farming. She’s fast, agile, and has some sweet AoE combat abilities to keep you going from one mob to the next.

But you should also give Guardian a try. Even though she’s slow, she’s good at grinding and obliterating mobs.

If these classes don’t feel right to you, Striker, Sage, and Witch are other great classes you could try out.

Again, you don’t have to play with a class that you don’t like just because someone says it’s good. As long as you enjoy the game, you could play with any class you like.

GandalfTheGamer is the editor and founder of Loot And Grind. He's a huge fan of games with a grind. Right now he's obsessed with Destiny 2 and Warframe. Follow him on Twitter @GandalfTheGamr

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  1. In my personal opinion, this list isn’t accurate.
    Guardian isn’t a good endgame class, she’s decent but falls off after midgame (where she might be the best tbh).
    Succ lahn is still one of the best PvE grinders, awa Lahn one of best Duellists.
    Nova, after the nerfs, isn’t worth putting on the top 3 list. Based on personal experience i’d say the top 3 are;
    1. Lahn. the sheer amount of dmg it does, the ease of playing it. however it isn’t as good in the super late game. succ is still the best for elvia and everything below it. also succ is really bad at duels, to the point where it almost always becomes a gearcheck. if you outgear, you win, if they have equal/better gear you lose. Awakening seems to haveway more balance between PvP and PvE. and i’d personally recommend awa over succ.
    2. Striker. Tankiest class in the game, aside from mystic maybe, while also being easy to play. early game awa is way better, but at late end game (e.g. gyfin, olun, ass forest) succ outscales it.
    3. Awa Warrior (possibly succ, but i’m not a fan of that one, i didn’t play it. hence why i can’t make a statment about it). this is one of the harder classes to play in bdo, requires alot of fps to do cancels properly (not very much so after reworks tbh). but if you learn it, you’ll notice a huge difference. it just has everything you’d need.

    just a short top 10 list, cus i’m bored :p
    4. Shai
    5. Succ/Awa ninja
    6. Awa sorc
    7. Awa hash
    8. Succ/Awa zerker
    9. Awa/Succ corsair
    10. honestly idek what to put here. alot of good classes. but i think i’ll put Drakania here. i quite enjoy the new class, and it seems to pump alot of dmg aswell

    source: me, bdo player for 4 years. 305/307/412. (ninja/warrior main. ex lahn, sorc, guardian, striker and hash main)

    1. Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed response. I personally enjoy Guardian and I made these recommendations based on my own personal experience. But I respect your opinion since you have spent a lot of time in the game. Honestly, my gear score is nowhere near yours. Cheers!

  2. I would argue that Shia is competing for the number one spot at this point in the end game. She has all the buffs you could want so she has good damage, survivability, and movement speed. I know this is a solo pve list but she’s a must have at this point if you end up in any group grinding areas. If this was a tier list for new players with her advantages in lifeskills too I wouldn’t pick any other class. Wondering what everyone’s opinion is on this?

    1. To be honest I haven’t played as Shia yet. Playing as a child-like character kind of freaked me out. I also haven’t seen any other PVE tier lists that rank Shia that high. But I’m open to testing it out. Thanks for the comment.

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