Black Desert Online’s ‘Land of the Morning Light’ expansion launches worldwide on June 14th

Pre-Order Pearl Abyss’ Folklore-Infused Expansion on Steam Now and Players can Prepare for Woosa’s and Maegu’s Awakenings in Late May and Mid June

Korean developer and publisher Pearl Abyss made an exciting announcement today regarding their popular MMO, Black Desert Online. The company revealed that the game’s first major expansion in 2023, titled “Land of the Morning Light,” will be launching worldwide on Wednesday, June 14th. Alongside this news, Pearl Abyss shared details about the upcoming content, including the release windows for the Awakening of the Woosa class on Wednesday, May 31st, and the Maegu class in June.

Adventurers who are eager to embark on this new adventure can pre-order the Land of the Morning Light Edition DLC package on Steam or purchase it directly from the in-game Pearl Shop. The expansion is available at a limited-time price of $49.99, offering a 51% discount off the total price, which is normally valued at $102.50.


The latest expansion for Black Desert Online takes players on a thrilling journey through the mythical Land of the Morning Light. Within this captivating new region, adventurers will have the opportunity to explore breathtaking landscapes adorned with intricate architecture and unique vegetation. They will also engage in battles against formidable bosses with customized difficulty levels, and immerse themselves in the expansion’s rich storytelling through a non-linear questline, featuring 80 cutscenes, 40 vignettes, and 6,000 fully-dubbed lines.

Jaehee Kim, Executive Producer of Black Desert Online, expressed their vision for the expansion, stating, “I want adventurers to experience the Korean medieval era, its architecture, clothing, mythology, and joys and sorrows of life. We felt that new adventures in a new region should not be the same as existing regions. You will now be able to enjoy each story with a sense of immersion, similar to reading a fairy tale or novel.”


Coming directly from the Land of the Morning Light, the original twin female classes, Woosa and Maegu, are set to receive their long-awaited awakenings. These awakenings will bring forth new looks, skills, and fighting abilities for both classes.

Woosa’s Awakening revolves around the divine power harnessed from otherworldly flowers. With a hybrid combat style focused on mid-range attacks, Woosa employs a set of charms as her main weapon, which her sister Maegu also utilizes. Adventurers can expect Woosa’s Awakening to arrive on Wednesday, May 31st.

Maegu, on the other hand, embarks on her Awakening quest to gain profound insight into herself and re-learns how to wield her sister’s main weapon, the fan. Maegu excels in fiery attacks and adopts a melee-heavy combat approach. The Awakening for Maegu’s class is scheduled to arrive in June.


Land of the Morning Light introduces a series of formidable bosses inspired by Korean folklore and legends. Each boss possesses one of three attributes: Sun, Moon, or Earth, which directly affect their Attack Power (AP) and Defense Power (DP).

As players progress through the expansion, they will obtain “Light Orbs” in limited quantities. These orbs function as points that allow players to enhance the Sun, Moon, or Earth attributes, enabling them to deal more damage to the bosses while reducing the damage received. Additionally, Pearl Abyss has developed a brand new boss, known as Imoogi, which will be available globally on June 14th, adding to the roster of challenging encounters.

Global players will also have the opportunity to engage in the new Black Desert Boss Blitz mode. This mode presents a challenge where players can select the boss they want to face, customizing the difficulty level from “Calamity” Level 1 to 10. Once players defeat the bosses, they can compete with others and enter a ranking system based on their speed in defeating the bosses. The top scores will be categorized by the various character classes, allowing players to showcase their skills and earn bragging rights.


A highly anticipated addition in the expansion is the introduction of the “Dahn’s Gloves,” a powerful new gear set. The gloves come in two versions, one focused on damage reduction and the other on evasion. Adventurers can obtain these gloves by defeating the ferocious bosses, as they have a chance to drop as loot. Alternatively, players can craft the gloves using materials such as the “Flame of Hongik,” which can be acquired by defeating bosses or crafting “Crystallized Despairs” in Elvia Calpheon.

Another exciting accessory is the “Belt of Taebaek,” which activates new skills immediately upon equipping it. As players defeat bosses, there is a small yet certain probability of obtaining a special loot called the “Jewel of Illusion.” Additionally, the highly anticipated “Deboreka Earring” not only possesses its own inherent attributes but also plays a crucial role in activating the Deboreka 3-Set Effect.


Drawing inspiration from the last dynastic kingdom of Korea, Joseon, the Land of the Morning Light expansion allows adventurers to experience unique traditional Korean housings. Among these is the “Shimhyangje,” a spacious manor that provides ample room for decorations using new traditional furniture, adding a touch of authenticity to the game world.

Additionally, players will have the opportunity to construct a new ship, the Panokseon. Although its exterior design suggests a combat-focused vessel, the ship offers flexibility in performance and can accommodate a large crew.


To further entice players, Pearl Abyss has announced a new Summer Season, capitalizing on the upcoming content of the Land of the Morning Light expansion. Adventurers can already create seasonal characters and undertake various challenges throughout the season. By completing these challenges, players can obtain the “8th Gen Female Horse” and quickly attempt Course awakening to acquire a “Dream Horse.” The Dream Horse allows players to traverse the vast world of Black Desert Online more efficiently, making exploration and adventure even more enjoyable.

With the Land of the Morning Light expansion and its exciting features on the horizon, Black Desert Online players have much to anticipate. Pearl Abyss continues to provide captivating content and immerse players in a rich, folklore-infused world, showcasing the developer’s commitment to delivering a remarkable gaming experience.

Pre-order the Land of the Morning Light Edition now and prepare to embark on a thrilling adventure when the expansion launches worldwide on June 14th. Prepare to face mythical bosses, unlock powerful awakenings for Woosa and Maegu classes, acquire top-tier gear, and explore the wonders of the Land of the Morning Light. The journey awaits in Black Desert Online.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox Cloud Gaming

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