Link Up With Other Players For Bonus Damage In Black Desert

By Eugene . April 15, 2014 . 4:31pm


Developers Pearl Abyss have shown off a new combat feature for their MMO Black Desert—wave-linking battle formation skills.



The skill has other players linking themselves to one character who’s then able to perform a much more powerful version of some of their skills. It’s part of the battle formation system. The warrior’s slash turns into a sonic wave-style attack, for example, while the sorceress chucks a big ball of negative energy.


It even appears it’s possible to link back to each other to form a protective sort of shield barrier against attacks from foes. This is based on the shape of the laser linking light show.


Considering the real-time combat action of the game, this sort of “cheering the guys on” idea sounds pretty neat, but think about how it might work say, in raids. Boss about to smash the main tank into mush? Link and shield up. Or link for massive bonus damage when the time is right. One of the big bugbears of online games is that parties needed the “Holy Trinity”–Tank, Healer, Damage dealer. Wave-linking might be an innovative way to get around that limitation.


We’re not sure if this is an available feature in player-versus-player (that might be overpowered), or if there’s a limit to the number of people who can be linked. It seems group sizes are limited to around four party members total, with a total link of four for now.


Black Desert’s next closed beta is expected to start from April 22nd and will last for three weeks on PC.

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  • Valtiel Ikari

    man, this game is sounding better and better, hope we can get it, just wonder if this sort of “anti-holy trinity” will result over here, Guilds Wars 2 got ride of it, and many claim that why is dying, but for the sound of it, this is more of a sharing system, you give a buff to some one, hope whe get more details in the future.

    • Alternative to the trinity system would be the hunting system.

  • Takane Shijou

    Only thing I’m not crazy about is the gender locked classes and such. Know there’s basically a counterpart to each of them, but just not a fan of that in general.

    Still, this is about the only online game I’m looking forward to in the near future. Cant wait to see more from it.

    • Shinobikens

      They may only keep it like that in beta but who knows because Korea seems to like it for some reason

  • Alestaos

    Sounds awesome and looks beauitful (am wondering at the pc power needed to play the game with good looking graphics), however i dont think many KoreanMMOs are released in the west it would be sad to pass it up. But wont ride the hype train till confirmation of localization etc. Im still waiting on Blade and Soul that doesnt seem to be happening cause of the over rated WildStar atm.

  • Ferrick

    ah so there’s the feature to recommend partying up instead of the usual “i’ll go solo”

  • This kind of games makes me regret not having a pc ._.

  • Kornelious

    Once again, I am liking what I am seeing :)

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