Black Desert Savage Rift Guide

A guide to the new Savage Rift horde mode added to Black Desert Online.

This is a work in progress, more info added soon.

Getting Started

Savage Rift is a new horde defense PvE mode that have you and your allies fight waves of monsters with bosses in between that have a chance to drop boss gear and various accessories. You also earn combat XP and gold bars for defeating specific waves.

  • You will need to be level 56 or above to participate. AP/DP does not matter as much since you will be using muskets and other siege weapons.
  • There is no death penalty
  • This mode accommodates up to 10 players but will automatically start with 8 players.
  • Players can join any in progress rift that are in wave 1-3. Once the 4th wave starts, that rift is closed from joining.
  • There are 25 waves that lasts 30 minutes in total.
  • The rift ends when all 25 waves are defeated or when all players are killed or if the tower is destroyed.

Access it by pressing Esc and then clicking on the Savage Rift button. It is only available on the 2nd, 4th and 5th channels (i.e. Velia 2, Balenos 4, Calpheon 5). You must be in the same channel as the rift channel you wish to participate in or there is a very good chance you won’t get in. Players in the same channel have priority. So if you see a channel is reaching high wave numbers, there is a good chance they will fail soon and you can swap to that channel before they finish. You can have the entire party join the same rift by having the party leader clicking the enter button instead.

  • You cannot go in if you have any Savage Rift items equipped or in your inventory. So unequip the matchlocks and ammo and then delete them from your inventory.


There is a 3 min cooldown after a channel fail/finishes (displayed as Barred)

  • The channel screen does not refresh the status by itself so if you want to get in you will have to spam click the Savage Rift button to get it to refresh


Your goal is to protect the tower at the back of the room from the waves of monsters that comes pouring out from the rift.


Event (Aug 30-Sept 20)

There is a special event going on right now where you can earn titles and rewards for reaching waves 1-25. Rewards will be given out on Sept 27 maintenance but the event ends on Sept 20.

Savage Rift Table


Defeating monsters (getting last hits) will earn you with points. These points are used to purchase weapons and defenses by using the shop interface at the right. You get 30 points at the start, make sure to spend them on Matchlocks!


You can transfer your points to other players using the point transfer button on the left interface for bigger purchases. This is essential to get some of the better defenses such as Flame Towers or Hwacha


Weapons & Defenses

Unlike other type of PvE content, your own weapons are pretty much useless here. You will need to use various weapons that are purchased with points you earned by killing monsters


The absolute essential weapon to have is the basic matchlock and ammunition. It costs 30 points to purchase (10 for the matchlock and 20 for the ammunition. This will allow you to kill monsters much more efficiently. Harpy monsters also appear in waves 8, 13, 18 and 23 that cannot be damaged at all unless you have these matchlocks.


To equip the matchlock and ammunition, you need to look them in your inventory after purchase and equip the matchlock in your mainhand and the ammunition in your offhand. Ammunition have 100 uses only and must be purchased again if you run out.  Each matchlock have 3 shots and you must reload (right mouse click) after you used up these 3 shots.


Once you have more points, you can purchase the Enhanced Matchlock that costs 250 points.This is essential for waves 15+. It deals almost twice as much damage as the basic Matchlock.


Note that these matchlocks cannot be used outside the Savage Rift and other types of matchlocks such as the hunting matchlocks cannot be used here.

HP Pots/First Aid Kit

Regular HP pots do not work here so you must purchase these special HP pots for 1 point each. There isn’t much of a use for MP points. They do not work outside the Savage Rift.


If you die in Savage Rift, you cannot resurrect normally (there is no death penalty). Other players must resurrect you by buying the first aid kit for 5 points (Witch resurrection skill does not work here). It is essential to revive other players as if everyone dies, the rift fails and you will be kicked out. Dead players have a green arrow and can be resurrected by walking next to them and use the R interaction button.


The only exception to this is on waves 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25. If you defeat the boss that comes out in those waves, everyone will be resurrected.


Barricades are essential to establish a chokepoint for your defensive weapons such as Flame Towers and to stop monsters from getting to the tower. Eventually you won’t be able to out kill the monsters that come pouring in so having barricades that hold them off or route them to specific chokepoints will be necessary.

The basic barricades costs 15 points for the basic version. You can purchase Iron Ingots for 3 points each to upgrade the barricades to Iron Barricades that have more HP. It costs 10x Iron Ingot (30 points) to upgrade a barricade. To place barricades, you need to find them in your inventory and right click on them (you may need to unequip your matchlock first). This will open up the interface to drop them like in node wars.


Lynch Cannon/Flame Tower/Hwacha

These weapons are essential for mass clearing of the monsters coming in that matchlocks simply cannot kill fast enough. They all require players to man them and need separate ammunition to be purchased and loaded into them.


Flame Tower is absolutely essential to place in chokepoints created by the barricades. Unfortunately you cannot place Flame Towers in the back near the tower you are defending so Hwachas will be essential there.  It costs 300 points for the Tower and then 2 points for the oil ammunition. You may need to coordinate with other players to transfer points to enable the set up of Flame Tower.


Hwacha is good for clearing mobs from long range and it is good to have 1-2 of them. It costs 350 points and 3 points for the arrow ammunition. Hwacha is essential for clearing mobs around your tower since it can reach the tower and clear out large groups of mobs there quick.

Lynch Cannon is a fairly cheap siege weapon that costs only 200 points and 2 points for the cannonballs.


The Korean players have developed a pretty solid strat for getting to wave 25.

Make sure everyone grab their matchlocks and send extra points to the designated builder (ideally two if possible)

  • Everyone should try to have enhanced Matchlock by wave 10 if possible
  • Kite the bosses that spawn at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 away from the barricades and flame tower (if the flame tower person get aggro they need to move out and kite the boss away).
  • Kill the harpies that spawn at waves 8, 13, 18 and 23

You build a row of barricades side ways starting from the right side (facing the rift). Side barricades allow players to move through freely and monsters will still attack them. Continue this all the way to the lake and seal it off.


Once the first row of barricades is done, put a Flame Tower down by the lake in front of the first row of barricades and then continue to build two more rows. The right side doesn’t have enough space for three rows so you will need to do some adjustments. Flame Tower can push back monsters so they are used in front of the barricades to prevent them from reaching it.


You should have 4 Flame Towers built up before round 16. All in front of the barricades. Upgrade barricades to steel barricades afterwards.


Waves and Rewards

There are 25 waves in Savage Rift but it can end prematurely if the tower is destroyed or all players are killed. If that happens, you will receive reward for the last wave you successfully completed.

You will receive silver in the form of gold bars for every wave you completed past wave 3. You will receive combat XP for every wave you have completed starting with wave 10. Rewards are given at end of the rift event.

  • If you cleared all 25 waves you will get about 6.5% XP at 56, 0.65% XP at 59 and 0.2% XP at 60.

To be eligible for the rewards, you must have earned points by defeating enemies yourself (points transferred from other players do not work).

Silver Rewards

Wave Completed Reward Increase Cumulative Reward
4 +100k 100k
5 100k
6 +200k 300k
7 +100k 400k
8 +100k 500k
9 +100k 600k
10 +100k 700k
11 +200k 900k
12 +200k 1.1 mil
13 +300k 1.4 mil
14 +300k 1.7 mil
15 +300k 2.0 mil
16 +300k 2.3 mil
17 +400k 2.7 mil
18 +400k 3.1 mil
19 +400k 3.5 mil
20 +500k 4.0 mil
21 +500k 4.5 mil
22 +500k 5.0 mil
23 +500k 5.5 mil
24 +500k 6.0 mil
25 +1.0 mil 7.0 mil

Boss Rewards

Boss spawns at wave 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25. These boss have a chance to drop their respective boss armor as a rare drop or their decorative items. You can also get tokens that can be used to exchange accessories. You must hit the boss monsters at least once to be eligible for drops from them.

Boss Wave Drops
Red Nose 5 Hunter’s Seal, Black Stone (Weapon), Black Stone (Armor), Red Nose’s Armor, Imp Captain’s Knife
Giath 10 Hunter’s Seal, Black Stone (Weapon), Black Stone (Armor), Giath’s Helmet, Goblin Chief Helmet
Bheg 15 Hunter’s Seal, Black Stone (Weapon), Black Stone (Armor), Bheg’s Gloves, Bheg’s Shining Helmet, 0-3 Mutant Enhancer
Titium 20 Hunter’s Seal, Black Stone (Weapon), Black Stone (Armor), Serap’s Necklace, Liverto Weapon Bundle, 0-3 Mutant Enhancer
Orgg 25 Hunter’s Seal, Black Stone (Weapon), Black Stone (Armor), Memory Fragment, 0-3 Mutant Enhancer

Mutant Enhancer can be exchanged for the following accessories

  • x20 – Witch’s Earring
  • x20 – Mark of Shadow
  • x100 – Ogre’s Ring.


  • Matt Broski

    thanks for the guide as always, love you <3

  • Onineko

    Hmm, if this might five around 0,1% exp at 61 in that 30mins, That might be a great place for me while weekend buff is not on.

  • DW

    3% for win @ level 57

  • Plus Ultra

    A thing to note is that if you’re having trouble hitting things with muskets, particularly harpies or enemies that aren’t running straight at you, you might have “Activate Aiming Assistance” disabled in your game options. So you’ll want to have that turned on.

  • Trace S

    Anyone else know where the turn in the mutant enhancers? I tried the contaminated farm guy and he brings me no dialog.

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