Black Desert Online Contribution Points Guide

In Black Desert Online, contribution points (CP for short) have important roles such as investing in nodes and workshops. In this Black Desert Online contribution points guide, I will go over how to gain contribution points and where to invest them.

What are Contribution Points?

You can think of contribution points as a pool of resources you have available to you at any time. The beauty of contribution points is that you cannot really spend them. What you do is invest them in certain aspects of the game and you can regain them by withdrawing your investment.

Image shows the total amount of contribution points your family in BDO has and how many contribution points are left to use.
Your total CP pool is shown on the bottom counter. Here the total pool is 227 CP with none free for further investing.

For example, let’s say that you have invested 3 contribution points for a particular workshop. A few weeks later you get bored with producing whatever the workshop makes. To regain the contribution points you simply need to withdraw the CP as shown in the image below and you have them back in your contribution points pool.

Keeping that in mind, it is clear that you really cannot go wrong with how you use your contribution points. If you are unhappy with your choices it is very easy to reverse them. So go ahead and experiment with different uses of your contribution points.

How to Gain Contribution Points in BDO.

The only way to increase contribution points is by gaining contribution experience. There are three ways to gain contribution experience. Completing quests, by cooking and through alchemy. When you gain enough experience you gain a contribution point. The amount of contribution experience needed is small at first but increases as your contribution points pool grows larger.

Questing for Contribution Experience.

At the start of the game, the only reasonable way to gain contribution experience is by complete 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.

When you reach level 20 you can start to do daily contribution quests which are reset each day. These quests are generally easy and are completed quickly. As such they are the fastest way to gain contribution experience. Heidel and Calpheon have a nice availability of daily quests for CP that can be completed rather fast.

Contribution Experience Through Cooking and Alchemy.

When you cook some food or do alchemy you get some by-products in addition to your main recipe. One of these by-products rewards you with contribution experience if you turn it in too the correct NPC. The number of by-products gained seem to be independent of what you are making. For cooking, it is probably easiest to make beer to get those by-products. Besides, beer is used as fuel for your workers if you have any. However, for alchemy, it is probably easiest to make clear liquid reagents or pure powder reagents to get those by-products. This, of course, depends on what herbs you have in your storage.

What can I use Contribution Points for?

The most common use of contribution points in Black Desert Online is to invest in nodes. The little circles that are spread across your map are these nodes. They are used to connect trade routes and worker nodes to the cities. You should also consider connecting your grinding spots to a town and invest some energy into the node.

To invest in a node you need to visit the node manager of each node and speak with him. Select invest in nodes and you have now invested in this node. To withdraw your investment you just need to open up your map, select the node and press the withdraw button. Note that you can only withdraw investment from nodes that are free of other connections.

The button which you press to withdraw contribution points from a node.
To withdraw CP investments just press the button shown. If it is not shown it means that other nodes depend on this node to connect it to a city.

If you have an active value pack you don‘t need to travel to the node managers. You can invest contribution points in nodes directly from the map at the cost of 10 energy.

Another use for contribution points is to invest in workshops. These are the houses in the cities, towns, and farms. By investing CP into them you can for example gain more space in your storage, get lodgings for workers and invest in workshops where your workers can produce weapons, armor, and other equipment.

A third and final use of CP is to rent items from NPC‘s. Storage keepers have items that allow you to access the storage from your home, some NPC‘s have special items needed to complete quests and so forth.

So that’s about it for contribution points in BDO. Now if you liked this contribution points guide then be sure to share it with your friends and allies and feel free to check out my other Black Desert Online guides.