You need gathering to acquire the basic materials to start any craft, and you need gathering tools specific to each form of gathering. While the world of Black Desert looks rather lush and full, most of these natural objects are in fact gatherable, as well as mobs themselves. Each time you gather you consume one (1) energy. Your gathering skill levels up the more energy you spend gathering. With higher gathering levels, you gain access to higher quality gathering tools, as well as higher gathering yields per energy spent.
There are certain outfits which will increase your gathering speed and experienced earned to a degree. Some of these outfits require a certain gathering level to equip. You can check your gathering level by pressing P and viewing the bottom of your character pane.
The different types of gathering tools are as follows: Mining Pick, Butchering Knife, Skinning Knife, Sapping Tool, Hoe, Logging Axe, Empty Bottle and Shovel.
~Workers, why do it yourself?~
Next to getting your hands dirty yourself you can always let somebody else do it for you, and we as humans love to command others to do stuff for us.
Workers in Black Desert Online are used to collect resources so you donâ€™t have to spend your own energy. You can send them off to collect many types of resources such as ores, logs and other elementary items. Workers are also used to craft items from properties you have purchased such as refineries and shipyards.