There are many items in Fallen London. Many of these have no value and no role in the economy, e.g. Broken Toy. Others will either have a sell value or can be exchanged for other items. This guide focuses on economy items and items that can be exchanged for economy items.
Item Tiers & Currencies
Many items are sellable for echoes ( ) or pence/pennies (p) in London and some have a value in Hinterland Scrip ( ) when selling them in the Upper River. Some use a different currency altogether, such as Cryptic Clue. Most items fall within certain tiers of sell values:
- T1: Typical: 2p (1p - 5p)
- T2: Typical: 10p (10p - 20p)
- T3: 50p / 1
- T4: 2.5 / 5
- T5: 12.5 / 25
- T6: 62.5
- T7: 312.5
- T8: 1560-1562.5
Of particular note, many items in T3 can be exchanged in cross-category conversions, and items in tiers 1-4 can often be upconverted to the tier above. These can be seen in the item conversion chart below:
T1 items → T2 items:
- A) 100:10/50:10 (1 ) with a 50% chance to get the additional reward (worth ~30p) which has a low chance of being the rare reward (worth 2.50 )
- B) 1000:105 (10 → 10.50 ) with no chance of additional rewards
T2 items → T3 items:
- A) 50:10 (5 ) with a 50% chance to get the additional reward (worth ~40p) which has a low chance of being the rare reward (worth 12.50 )
- B) 500:105 (50 → 52.50 ) with no chance of additional rewards
Due to their rarity, many T7 and T8 items are hunted as trophies. Check out Items (Guide)/Most Valuable for a list of these.
Economy items are also divided into several categories, such as Rubbery or Infernal.
Many items have item conversions up to tier 5 - usually at a small profit. The lower tiers also have bulk conversion options, which often are more useful, at least later in the game.
Some categories can be gained from the relickers in exchange for Certifiable Scrap that you've accumulated from Lodging cards etc.
|Category||Item conversions?||Favours needed||Notes|
|Advantage||✘||Gives second chances on challenges in main attributes|
|Book||✘||Usually not sellable|
|Cartography||✔||None||Zee items have regular item conversions, Parabolan items have separate options|
|Curiosity||✘||Items that don't have a different category appear here|
|Epistolary||✘||Contains letters from Epistolary Matters|
|Goods||✘||Items often used for bartering|
|Historical||✘||Typically used for writing monographs in Moulin|
|Influence||✔||The Great Game|
|Lodgings||✘||Contains keys for all your lodgings|
|Osteology||✘||Primarily used in The Bone Market|
|Rubbery||✘||Associated with Rubbery Men|
|Sustenance||✘||Foodstuffs, often used in Station VIII|
|Wines||✔||The Church||See also A Presumptuous Little Opportunity|
Many items have one of the following Item rarities, ranked in order of decreasing rarity:
This list can be used as an attempt to show whether an item is easily replaceable or not, but it doesn't actually tell anything about their uses or value. It's also not that accurate, so sometimes it's better to disregard it altogether.
Some economy items don't have a sell value, but can either be exchanged with an action into something else with a sale value, or is gained by exchanging items worth a value. For ease of information we have given these assumed values. This should not be confused with a sell value, as these items cannot be sold directly for currencies, but the values may be used as an approximation to see how valuable an item is. It should also be noted that many such exchanges require specific qualities or opportunity cards, which may limit how valuable they are in practise.
These assumed values still follow the tier system, so for example Nodule of Warm Amber has an assumed value of 10p, Bessemer Steel Ingot has a value of 50p and Glass Gazettes have a value of 2.5 . Exchanges will usually add a slight bonus when converting - usually 2.5 with end game options - so you might end up with more than this value when exchanging the items.