Casing (Guide)

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Mask.png Casing... is used for four endeavours:

  • Several criminal shenanigans in The Flit (Unlocked with Shadowy 73)

For details on the first two villainies check the corresponding quality page. (Note that CPs and levels of Casing are interchangeable between all sources and crimes, i.e. you do not necessarily have to steal paintings to do the Topsy King one)

Gaining Casing...[edit]

Preparing for a Big Score[edit]

Preparing for a Big Score in The Flit unlocks at Shadowy 73. Here are the options and possible outcomes (disregarding skill challenge based CPs to Shadowy).

Option Actions Challenge Success Failure
Look for the targets 3 Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 74 Mask.png +6 Casing... (Rare: +8) Sidebarsuspicion.png +3 Suspicion
Examine the target 3 Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 76 Mask.png +6 Casing... Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 Suspicion
Criminal assistance 3 Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 78 Mask.png +6 Casing...
Whispered secret.png +30 Whispered Hint
Mask.png -2 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +2 Suspicion
Scapegoats and alibis 3 Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 80 Mask.png +9 Casing... Sidebarsuspicion.png +3 Suspicion
Formulate a plan 3 Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 82 Mask.png +9 Casing... Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 Suspicion
The decoy 3 Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 84 Mask.png +9 Casing...
Bag.png A Bundle (1-30)
Mask.png -3 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 Suspicion

Well-planned villainy
(needs Diamond.png PoSI)

5 - Mask.png +15 Casing... -
Set your gang of hoodlums to business
(needs Diamond.png PoSI & Pirategreen.png Gang)
5 Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 100 Mask.png +18 Casing... Mask.png +3 Casing...

Steal paintings[edit]

If you instead agree to steal paintings for the Topsy King - which is not mutually exclusive with planning a heist, so you can have both selected at the same time - you can steal a painting from a struggling artist (costs 10 Greyfields 1879, grants +2 Casing on success or +1 Suspicion on failure) or a noted gallery (grants +3 Casing on success or +1 Suspicion on failure). Each of these takes 1 action point, so this can be used to grind Shadowy slightly faster.

Big Rat[edit]

Furthermore; if you made a deal with the Big Rat you can Purchase some assistance with Casing... from the Alliance with the Big Rat opportunity card (only drawn at your lodgings). At 9 CP per Action point, this is the most action-efficient method, but it is of course a bit costly.

Parabola[edit]

In addition to the above, there is a late game option to acquire casing in Parabola by Finding the weakness in an opponent's defences, however this requires Shadowy Gains 6. Furthermore, this involves a Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy challenge with high difficulty; spending an Action point to reduce the difficulty may be needed to make this method more reliable, but this reduces the CP per Action from slightly over 9 to 7.

Helicon House[edit]

Late-game players can also gain Casing... at Helicon House. See the Table of Progress Qualities in the house guide.

Using Casing...[edit]

Sell Information[edit]

You can Sell information to these three factions (unlocked with Casing... 3):

Thefts of Particular Character[edit]

You can do Thefts of Particular Character once you reach Casing 10 to gain different items (requires Shadowy 73). All options will gain 12.50 Echoes worth of items after a Shadowy 120 challenge costing you 32 CP of Casing if successful. Failing will give the same amount of items but deduct 51 CP Casing. The options are:

Embark on a Heist[edit]

You can choose to Embark on a Heist. Check the On_a_Heist_(Guide) page for a guide and advice.

Various thefts in the Flit[edit]

You can do larger crimes at various difficulties, all of them resetting your Casing if successful:

Suggested level and expected actions per theft assume that you can reduce suspicion at 4 cp/action usually, or 2 cp/action in prison. Bear in mind there may be other consequences as well. The numbers are not completely accurate due to rounding, in reality they will usually be higher.

Option Requirement Challenge Success Failure Suggested Casing Expected actions/theft

Steal the Carnival Strong Box

Rob the strong-box halfway through the evening

Mask.png Casing... 5 4

Jade.png 100 x Jade Fragment
Moonpearl.png 100 x Moon-Pearl
Red gold.png 100 x Piece of Rostygold
Shard.png 100 x Shard of Glim
Crypticsecret.png 16 x Cryptic Clue
= 4.32 Echoes

Blackglove.png +1 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 2)

Mask.png -5 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 Suspicion
5 7.3

Steal the Carnival Strong Box

Rob the strongbox at the end of a busy evening

Mask.png Casing... 5 8

Jade.png 200 x Jade Fragment
Moonpearl.png 200 x Moon-Pearl
Red gold.png 200 x Piece of Rostygold
Shard.png 200 x Shard of Glim
Crypticsecret.png 18 x Cryptic Clue
= 8.36 Echoes

Blackglove.png +2 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 2)

Mask.png -10 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 Suspicion
6 14.9

Rob the Ministry of Public Decency

Rob an outlying depository

Mask.png Casing... 7 6

Book.png 59 x Proscribed Material
Papers.png 40 x Stolen Correspondence
Crypticsecret.png 200 x Cryptic Clue
= 8.36 Echoes

Blackglove.png +2 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 3)

Mask.png -7 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 Suspicion
7 11.9

Rob the Ministry of Public Decency

Rob the main archive

Mask.png Casing... 7 10

Book.png 100 x Proscribed Material
Document.png 5 x Infernal Contract
Papers.png 80 x Stolen Correspondence
Crypticsecret.png 200 x Cryptic Clue
= 13.00 Echoes

Blackglove.png +3 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 3)

Mask.png -10 Casing...

Sidebarsuspicion.png +2 Suspicion

8 20.3

Bringing Revolution!

Destroy a statue

Mask.png Casing... 9

Blackglove.png Master Thief 1

8

Book.png 200 x Proscribed Material
Papers.png 90 x Stolen Correspondence
= 12.50 Echoes

Blackglove.png +3 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 4)

Mask.png -9 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 Suspicion
9 17.8

Bringing Revolution!

Bomb a meeting of financiers

Mask.png Casing... 9

Blackglove.png Master Thief 1

12

Book.png 300 x Proscribed Material
Crypticsecret.png 200 x Cryptic Clue
= 16.00 Echoes

Blackglove.png +4 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 4)

Mask.png -10 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +2 Suspicion
10 26.6

Rob the Glim Shipment

Rob the glim ship

Waves.png Route: Wolfstack Docks

Mask.png Casing... 9

Blackglove.png Master Thief 1

8

Shard.png 1296 x Shard of Glim
= 12.96 Echoes

Blackglove.png +3 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 4)

Mask.png -9 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 Suspicion
9 17.8

Rob the Glim Shipment

Wait until it docks and rob the warehouse

Waves.png Route: Wolfstack Docks

Mask.png Casing... 9

Blackglove.png Master Thief 1

12

Shard.png 1872 x Shard of Glim
= 18.72 Echoes

Blackglove.png +4 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 4)

Mask.png -10 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +2 Suspicion
10 26.6

Rob the Chambers of the Duchess

Rob the study

Palace.png Route: The Shuttered Palace

Crypticsecret.png 20 x Cryptic Clue

Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion 0–3

Mask.png Casing... 11

Blackglove.png Master Thief 2

10

Papers.png 300 x Stolen Correspondence
Crypticsecret.png 50 x Cryptic Clue
Whispered secret.png 242 x Whispered Hint
Appallingsecret.png 2 x Appalling Secret
= 18.72 Echoes

Blackglove.png +4 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 5)

Mask.png -11 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +2 Suspicion

Crypticsecret.png -20 x Cryptic Clue

11 25.2

Rob the Chambers of the Duchess

Gleams in the darkness

Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion 0–3

Mask.png Casing... 11

Blackglove.png Master Thief 2

12

Moonpearl.png 1000 x Moon-Pearl
Jade.png 1000 x Jade Fragment
Ratsstring.png 5 x Rat on a String
= 20.05 Echoes

Blackglove.png +5 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 5)

Mask.png -10 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +3 Suspicion

Duchess2.png -5 CP The Duchess

11 28.1

Rob the Brass Embassy

Nobody would steal from it but you

Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion 0–2

Mask.png Casing... 13

Blackglove.png Master Thief 2

14

Nevercold brass.png 1000 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
Bottledsoul.png 500 x Soul
Document.png 40 x Infernal Contract
Diamond.png 10 x Flawed Diamond
Book.png 25 x Proscribed Material
= 30.20 Echoes

Blackglove.png +7 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 7)

Mask.png -20 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +20 Suspicion
Prisonsmall.png Imprisoned!
Devil.png -all Favours: Hell
Sidebarshadowy.png -50 CP Shadowy

14 47.8 (hard to measure due to prison mechanics)

Rob the Bazaar

They know nothing.

Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion 0–1

Mask.png Casing... 15

Blackglove.png Master Thief 3

16

Sign.png 16 x London Street Sign
= 40.00 Echoes

Blackglove.png +9 CP Master Thief (no limit)

Mask.png -20 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +10 Suspicion
Sidebarnightmares.png +36 Nightmares
(this will increase nightmares
from 0 to 8 and drive you mad unless
you wear nightmare reducing gear)

16 59.1

Highway Robbery[edit]

If you've made it at least partially through the Clay Highwayman's story, you'll have access to Assorted Larcenies at his camp in Balmoral. These crimes can be accessed through the card deck there (it's infinite draw), do not have associated challenges, and have overall high EPA.

The EPAs for some of the options are hard to calculate. For example, Scintillack.png Consignment of Scintillack Snuff cannot be sold directly and must be converted either to Currency3 copper.png Hinterland Scrip via Engage in a bit of smuggling or Corsagegreen.png Preserved Surface Blooms via Offer a well-packed keg of scintillack snuff. The calculated EPAs below generally assume that the items are directly sold, or sold as directly as possible. In cases where this is not possible, EPAs are approximate.

From Card Option Requirements Result Echoes per Casing CP
Ealing Gardens Ambush an Inattentive Scholar Mask.png Casing... 6

Library.png 3 x Volume of Collated Research
Bone6.png 2 x Knotted Humerus
= Icon-echo.png 10.5

Mask.png -21 CP Casing...
Mask.png +1 CP MotCH

0.5
Burgle a Public House Mask.png Casing... 8

Amber blue.png 1 x Nodule of Trembling Amber
Bread.png 5 x Crate of Incorruptible Biscuits
Teachipped.png 4 – 53? x Jasmine Leaves
= Icon-echo.png 25.4 – Icon-echo.png 30.3?

Mask.png -36 CP Casing...
Mask.png +2 CP MotCH

0.70 – 0.84?
Jericho Locks Ambush a Novice Smuggler Mask.png Casing... 6

Scintillack.png 1 x Consignment of Scintillack Snuff
= Icon-echo.png 15 (Widow.png +1 CP Seeing Banditry in the Upper River)

Mask.png -21 CP Casing...
Mask.png +1 CP MotCH

0.71
Seize a jewel smuggler's boat Mask.png Casing... 8

Diamondred.png 2 x Magnificent Diamond
Diamond.png 11 – 35 x Flawed Diamond
= Icon-echo.png 26.32 – Icon-echo.png 29.2

Mask.png -36 CP Casing...
Mask.png +2 CP MotCH

0.73 – 0.81
Magistracy of the Evenlode Ambush an Aging Detective Mask.png Casing... 6

Paperstack.png 5 x Sworn Statement
= Icon-echo.png 12.5

Mask.png -21 CP Casing...
Mask.png +1 CP MotCH

0.59
Break into the offices of Baseborn & Fowlingpiece Mask.png Casing... 8

Document.png 2 x Legal Document
Papers3.png 1 – 10? x Compromising Document
= Icon-echo.png 25.5 – Icon-echo.png 30?

Mask.png -36 CP Casing...
Mask.png +2 CP MotCH

0.71 – 0.83
Balmoral Ambush a smuggler Mask.png Casing... 6

Diamondred.png 1 x Magnificent Diamond
= Icon-echo.png 12.5

Mask.png -21 CP Casing...
Mask.png +1 CP MotCH

0.59
Ambush a courier Mask.png Casing... 8

Bottledsoulpurple.png A Museum of Souls

Surmise.png 2 x Vital Intelligence
Chesspiece.png 3 – 9 x Moves in the Great Game
= Icon-echo.png 26.50 – Icon-echo.png 29.50

Mask.png -36 CP Casing...
Mask.png +2 CP MotCH

0.73 – 0.82
Burrow-Infra-Mump Ambush an Amnesiac Theologian Mask.png Casing... 6

Papers2.png 25 x Palimpsest Scrap
= Icon-echo.png 12.5

Mask.png -21 CP Casing...
Mask.png +1 CP MotCH

0.59
Rob the Museum of Souls Mask.png Casing... 8

Bottledsoulpurple.png A Museum of Souls

Bottledsoulwhite.png 2 x Silent Soul
Bottledsoulorange.png 1 x Queer Soul
Bottledsoul.png 1 – 49? x Soul
= Icon-echo.png 27.52 – Icon-echo.png 28.48?

Mask.png -36 CP Casing...
Mask.png +2 CP MotCH

0.76 – 0.79?