We got a chance to see a demo of the new BDO Woosa class, as well as learn about BDO in 2023.
Our Private Demo of the New BDO Woosa Class (and Next Year’s Updates)
At Black Desert Online's first-ever USA Calpheon Ball, Pearl Abyss unveiled two new twin classes. We covered them briefly earlier this week. But recently we were offered an in-depth demo of the twin that is currently available on PC and console, Woosa. And it's safe to say that she's kicking up a storm. Literally.
The BDO Woosa & Maegu classes are the first twin classes to be introduced to the title. But despite being born from the same womb, these formidable sisters are anything but identical. Being taught in different schools led them down two distinct paths - and Woosa's curriculum included teaching inner discipline and serenity.
These are Woosa's 3 key moves in the devs' own words:
Stormfall: When Woosa swings her fan, she creates a giant storm that circulates around her, inflicting heavy damage to surrounding enemies in a wide area. With its impressive range, it will be useful to defeat larger monsters and bosses. It's even more useful when combined with other skills.
Cloudrise: Woosa creates a dark cloud above enemies' heads, causing extreme damage through rain and lightning. This skill becomes extra special when used successively. Players can both activate and cancel the skill instantly. When canceled, it creates a dark cloud at the target location to deal damage through rain and lightning. This can be used in combos for additional enemy damage.
Wingbeat: Accompanied by a large whooshing sound, Wingbeat enhances the size of the fan and inflicts relatively high enemy damage, making it a great combo tool. Players can use the skill two times consecutively, each time extending the area of damage (AOD).
The demo included a look at some of Woosa's Succession skills. Among Woosa's most enjoyable features is her ability to zip across large swathes of land using her 'Butterfly Step', which is one of many butterfly-themed skills in her repertoire. Another is her ability to absorb damage, then reflect it back to enemies with Prime Rain's Thirst.
The arrival of Woosa and Maegu are part of a Korean-inspired update that their aesthetic and moveset are prime examples of. Woosa's own outfit is inspired by the traditional Korean durumagi, while swathes of her skillset evoke Korean-inspired imagery as she summons powers through paintings. Her most devastating moves invoke the wrath of a literal storm as rain and thunder pelt the enemies surrounding her.
It's no surprise that Pearl Abyss, a Korean developer, is looking to explore Korean themes with these latest additions. One of the most exciting things promised for 2023 is a sweeping new area around where Port Ratt is now, finally opening up the continent of Haso as players explore the Land of the Morning Light - Woosa and Maegu's birthplace.
This "new" land will be rife with Korean-inspired folklore, architecture and people, and promises to deliver a rich and sweeping new experience for Adventurers to enjoy next year. Along with this update comes a new BDO Season, meaning that now is the perfect time for new Black Desert players to jump in and start from a level playing field.
Other upcoming updates include exciting additions to Atoraxxion such as a new dungeon, and a new spin on monsters, introducing bigger bosses with more difficult mechanics for players to overcome. PC players can also look forward to Woosa's twin, Maegu, joining the platform in January.
In all, the arrival of the BDO Woosa class portends some exciting things for the MMO in 2023. We can't wait to see what's in store.