Raising Attribute Caps (Guide)
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Attributes are what might in other games be described as stats. Attributes are used to complete challenges in Fallen London. They might also be used as unlocks/locks for storylets and actions. If you're interested in how a number translates into completing a challenge and the math behind it check Broad difficulty and Narrow difficulty. Pages which unlock/lock based on a quality can be found on that Attributes page.
On 3 June 2020 Failbetter games started introducing new ways to overcap some of these Attributes to new and giddy heights. As a consequence this also dramatically changed how achieving Paramount Presence works.
The "Main" Attributes
The cap on all of the Main attributes can be raised to 230. This means completing the Great Hellbound Railway all the way to Marigold (Watchful, Persuasive) and finishing three campaigns in the Parabolan War (Dangerous, Shadowy).
A curated shorthand table to jump to the right section on this page, with links to corresponding storylets:
|Watchful||203 [W 1]||206 [W 2]||→||212 [W 3]||215 [W 4]||218 [W 5]||221 [W 6]||224 [W 7]||227 [W 8]||230 [W 9]|
|Persuasive||203 [P 1]||206 [P 2]||209 [P 3]||212 [P 4]||215 [P 5]||218 [P 6]||221 [P 7]||224 [P 8]||227 [P 9]||230 [P 10]|
|Dangerous||203 [D 1]||206 [D 2]||→||212 [D 3]||→||218 [D 4]||→||224 [D 4]||→||230 [D 4]|
|Shadowy||203 [S 1]||206 [S 2]||209 [S 3]||212 [S 4]||→||218 [S 5]||→||224 [S 6]||→||230 [S 7]|
The actual cap is: 200 + Watchful Gains. So to raise this attribute above 200 you'll need to first increase "Watchful Gains". Except for raising Watchful Gains from 27 to 30, your Base Watchful must equal 200 + Watchful Gains to reach the next step.
Raising Watchful to 203
To raise the cap of Watchful to 203 you'll first need to have reached unmodified 200 Watchful and have 40 x The Prestige of your Laboratory. Once you've reached 40 x The Prestige of your Laboratory you will be able to play the storylets under A Luncheon with the Dean of Supernumerary Fellows, providing you have the other prerequisites. Any option under that storylet will redirect you to In the Course of the Meal. The subsequent Action called Demand to know what is going on will set your Watchful Gains to 3 which allows you to get a max of 203 unmodified Watchful. This will also give you a single piece of Railway Steel allowing you to start on the cool new railway content (yes, technically you can start it without it. You won't get far though).
Raising Watchful to 206
After having raised your unmodified Watchful to 203 thanks to the options outlined in the previous section, the Dean will send you another invitation for tea. Apparently Mr. Fires has stolen something from Mr. Spices and wants it investigated; and of course you're the perfect person for the job. Finishing the investigation will set your Watchful Gains to 6, allowing you to raise your Watchful another 3 levels. My, my, we are getting smart now aren't we?
Raising Watchful to 212
If Watchful 206 still isn't enough for you there is one last experiment you can do on Mr Spices' Private Stash called Test Spices' drug on various animals. After completing that one you can either lie to the Dean about the results or tell him the truth. Regardless you'll once again double your cap to 212 Watchful which marks the limit for a while.
Raising Watchful to 215
Raising Watchful beyond 212 comes much later than the previous steps. You must build your Railway all the way out to Station VIII. Once there, you must develop the Station for Factory VIII, or 'Station VIII' until The Business of Manufacture is level 6, and then break in to the factory. Keep breaking in and searching the factory until you have Discovered: a Dirigible Mast.
After you have discovered the Mast, you will be able to draw Something is Landing in Station VIII. This card is Abundant Frequency, and after it is played once, you must wait 24 hours for a Living Story to let you play it again. After playing this card two times, on the third time you will be able to bring Mr Fires to Station VIII. Now you may simply have a Conversation with Mr Fires. One of two options will be available to you, depending on whether you lied to the Dean or not, but both will raise your cap to 215 Watchful.
Raising Watchful to 218
After having a Conversation with Mr Fires, you must wait for the Dirigible to depart so that you can draw Something is Landing one more time. This time, bring Mr Spices. While you are having a Conversation with Mr Spices, you can offer Mr Spices your medical opinion on its peculiar health, raising your cap to 218 Watchful. Playing this option requires raising your base Watchful to 215, as well as several items which can only be acquired at Station VIII.
Raising Watchful to 221
With a Violant-filled Mirrorcatch Box, an Irrigo-filled Mirrorcatch Box and a station built at Marigold, you may investigate the tears you recovered from Mr Spices in your Laboratory to raise your cap to 221 Watchful.
Raising Watchful to 224
By talking to the Baroness in Moloch Street, talking to Mr Spices at Station VIII or both, you may acquire a Design for an Unusual Locomotive. With a variety of materials, you may then Build a Locomotive for Mr Spices in your Laboratory to raise your cap to 224 Watchful.
Raising Watchful to 227
Head to Moloch Street, and climb aboard your train. The train will travel imprudently fast toward Marigold as you assist Mr Pages with Mr Spices. Upon reaching the station, the baby is born, and your cap increased to 227 Watchful. Note that from the time the baby is born until you decide its fate, you will find it somewhat of a burden, and that there is no backing out once the train journey has begun.
Raising Watchful to 230
You may choose how the infant is raised, delivering it to either the Bazaar or the Magistracy of the Evenlode to be raised by one of its parents. Alternatively, if the baby is a Curator (i.e. if The Fate of Mr Transport is exactly 10) you may Learn of an alternative in the Bazaar Side-streets and deliver the baby beyond the Avid Horizon; if the baby is a devil, you may deliver it to Hell.
- ↑ W 203 start: A Luncheon with the Dean of Supernumerary Fellows, end: Demand to know what is going on
- ↑ W 206 start: Chemically analyse Mr Spices' new drug, end: Complete your chemical analysis of Mr Spices' new intoxicant
- ↑ W 212 start: Test Spices' drug on various animals, ends: Finish your experiment with Mr Spices' Drug and reveal the truth to the Dean, or Finish your experiment with Mr Spices' Drug and lie to the Dean
- ↑ W 215: Discuss the matter of Mr Spices, or Discuss the matter of Mr Spices, delicately
- ↑ W 218: Offer Mr Spices your medical opinion on its peculiar health
- ↑ W 221 start: Investigate the tears you recovered from Mr Spices, end: Conclude your study of Mr Spices' tears
- ↑ W 224: Assemble the experimental locomotive
- ↑ W 227: The Birth of a Curator
- ↑ W 230: Deliver Mr Transport to the Bazaar, or Deliver Mr Transport to the Solicitor-Baroness, or Give it the infant
The actual cap is: 200 + Persuasive Gains. To get Persuasive Gains you'll need to start the Railway storyline, and raising your gains beyond 3 requires having completed at least the first section of the Watchful overcap. This is necessary to properly start the Railway storyline which is required for continuing to overcap Persuasive and to overcap Dangerous
Raising Persuasive to 203
After having started building your own Railway to Hell you run into a problem; the Brass Embassy who already operates one is not happy with your plans. After placing a few bribes they seem happy, only for you to find out there apparently is a Tracklayer's Union. One morning interview later however the Union joins your plans and you're 3 Persuasive Gains richer. See, diplomacy really solves everything.
Raising Persuasive to 206 and further
Every Railway station raises the cap by another three levels, culminating with 230 once you build the stop at Marigold Station
- ↑ P 203: Conclude this interview
- ↑ P 206: Build the station at Ealing Gardens
- ↑ P 209: Build the station at Jericho Locks
- ↑ P 212: Build the station at the Magistracy of the Evenlode
- ↑ P 215: Build the station at Balmoral
- ↑ P 218: Build the station at Station VIII
- ↑ P 221: Build the station at Burrow-Infra-Mump
- ↑ P 224: Try again to build the station at Moulin
- ↑ P 227: Build the station at The Hurlers
- ↑ P 230: End the line at Marigold Station
The actual cap is: 200 + Dangerous Gains.
To start raising the cap on Dangerous you'll first need to have built the station at Ealing Gardens to unlock Ealing Gardens as a reachable location.
Raising Dangerous to 203
Once your Railway has a station in Ealing Gardens you can draw a card called The Incident of the Honey-Mazed Bear. After promising to find their Bear, once you have Base Dangerous 200, you'll need to track it down in Parabola and capture it so you can return it to its owners. Capturing it will raise the cap to 203 and give you A Hunter's Instinct for Nightmares which is needed for the next two steps.
Raising Dangerous to 206
After you have successfully hunted and captured the Honey-Mazed Bear a new hunt will open up to kill the Pinewood Shark once you have Base Dangerous 203. This requires Parabolan Defences. Successfully completing this hunt will raise the dangerous cap to 206.
Raising Dangerous to 212
For the next part of the Dangerous overcap, once you have Base Dangerous 206, you'll need to travel to the Viric Jungle and help the Efficient Commissioner with her nightmares which in Parabola can be a real problem. Completing this raises the cap to 212.
Raising Dangerous to 218 and further
The next three upgrades are part of the Parabolan War. You will need to wage a campaign allied with each of the three Powers (Cats, Snakes, Chessboard), and appoint their respective Generals while doing so. You gain access to the Generals by spending 3 Human Arms after completing a tutorial campaign. The first time you complete a Campaign with each General, you can increase your Dangerous Gains by 6. Then you should upgrade that General through a research project in your laboratory. Winning a Parabolan War with all three Generals will bring your gains to 230.
Each of these Dangerous Gains increases require Dangerous Gains 12 and a Base Dangerous of 212. These requirements are the same each time. Your second and third cap increase in that manner do not require you to have leveled your Dangerous beyond 212.
- ↑ D 203: Capture the Honey-Mazed Bear
- ↑ D 206: Kill the Pinewood Shark
- ↑ D 212: The Efficient Commissioner's Nightmare
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 D 218+: In the Wake of War
The actual cap is: 200 + Shadowy Gains.
To start raising the cap on Shadowy you'll need to have a Parabolan Base-Camp and Base Shadowy 200.
Raising Shadowy to 203
Once you have access to Parabola, you should have access to the Parabolan Base-Camp. Within the Parabolan Base-Camp, you should see a storylet called Search Parabola for a Place in the Neath. In that storylet, choose the option Look for Mr Iron's Warehouse (note that you must have 15 An Identity Uncovered! and base Shadowy of 200 to unlock this option). This will make you "Lost in Strange Lands". You will need to go through the same process as you do when hunting Parabolan quarry. See Parabolan Hunting (Guide) for an explanation of this part. When you finish the process, you will be able to choose "Seeking a Mirror from the Far Side". Success will raise your Shadowy Gains to 3. (Note that you can repeat this process to get the rewards again, but you can't raise your Shadowy Gains beyond 3 in this way)
Raising Shadowy to 206
After raising your Base Shadowy to 203, go to your Parabolan Base-Camp. Go to the storylet "Search Parabola for a Place in the Neath" and choose the option Case the townhouse of a Discerning Deviless (note that this option requires you to have at least base Shadowy 203, and 7 Favours: Hell). This will start a "hunt". Successfully completing the hunt will give you A Deviless' Address, which allows you to start a heist via Planning a Heist for The townhouse of a Discerning Deviless. (See On a Heist (Guide) for an explanation/refresher of the Heist process). This particular Heist requires you to have both A Deviless' Address and 5 Criminal Favours to start. Upon successfully completing the heist, Shadowy Gains will be raised to 6
Raising Shadowy to 209
After raising your Base Shadowy to 206, go to your Parabolan Base-Camp. Go to the storylet Search Parabola for a Place in the Neath and choose the option Find the weakness in an opponent's defences.
Raising Shadowy to 212
Raised with Track down evidence against you, in Parabola, once Base Shadowy 209 has been reached.
Raising Shadowy to 218 and further
After you complete a campaign in the Parabolan War, storylets will unlock in The Dome of Scales. The available Storylet will change depending on the outcome of the most recent Campaign, but they are mechanically similar and can be freely intermixed. Each storylet contains three successive actions, each of which raises Shadowy Gains by 6. After playing one action, you must raise your Base Shadowy to the new cap before playing the next.
- ↑ S 203: Steal from Mr Iron's warehouse
- ↑ S 206 start: The townhouse of a Discerning Deviless, end: The Deviless' Vitrine
- ↑ S 209 start: Find the weakness in an opponent's defences, end: Case the place
- ↑ S 212 start: Track down evidence against you, end: Make the evidence against yourself vanish
- ↑ S 218 starts: Observe what the Fingerkings do at Mahogany Hall or Join the Cats in support of the Shroud, ends: Aid in the illusion, or Sabotage tonight's show
- ↑ S 224 starts: see unlocks and redirects from Varchas from Behind the Glass, end: Return to the Dome of Scales
- ↑ S 230 starts: see unlocks and redirects from An Ancient Refuge Site, end: Return to the Dome of Scales (from Caduceus)
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Wiki note: For a great Guide to raising these stats see this amazing Reddit post by u/konradkurze202 parts of which are also used below
The cap on Monstrous Anatomy is raised by doing two experiments in your Lab. Each time you must be at the cap, before you can raise it further.
The first of these anatomy experiments is Work toward a fuller understanding of monstrosities 1 which requires 3 x Focused Albatross and 500 x Cheerful Goldfish. After finishing this project your cap will be raised to six.
The second experiment is Work toward a fuller understanding of monstrosities 2 which requires 3 x Storm-bird. After finishing this project your cap will be raised to seven.
The glasswork cap starts at 5. Each time you must be at the cap, before you can raise it further. It can be raised using options in The Dome of Scales, depending on the faction in control of the dome. (Changed by the outcome of the most recent Parabolan War. If you have not participated in the war, the Fingerkings are in control by default.)
|Parabolan Dominance||Glass Studies 1 (Raise cap to 6)||Glass Studies 2 (Raise cap to 7)|
|Fingerkings (default)||Be introduced to the enormous snake
(Costs 50 x Memory of Light)
Recognise the Fingerking
(With 15 Touched by Fingerwork)
|Purchase a greater freedom of the place |
(Costs 7 x Favours: Fingerkings)
|Cats||Be instructed in the traversal of mirrors
(Costs 5 x Baptised Rattus Faber Corpse)
|Be instructed further in the traversal of mirrors |
(Costs 5 x Baptised Rattus Faber Corpse, Favour in High Places)
|Chessboard||Procure a patron in matters of Glasswork (Costs 5 x Vienna Opening||Flatter your patron in matters of Glasswork (Costs 1 x Queen Mate)|
A Player of Chess
Both of the stat cap increases can be found on The Chessboard. Each time you must be at the cap, before you can raise it further. The first one requires you to lose with 7 x Strategic Weaknesses, the second one to win with 23 Positional Advantages.
The cap on Kataleptic Toxicology is raised by doing two experiments in your Lab. Each time you must be at the cap, before you can raise it further. For the first cap increase you'll need to poison yourself. A second experiment involving less poisoning yourself will raise the cap to its max.
Artisan of the Red Science
The cap on Artisan of the Red Science is raised by doing two experiments in your Lab. Each time you must be at the cap, before you can raise it further. In the reflection of your lab you can start a very, very long research project to increase the cap to 6 and then an even longer project to raise it to 7.
The cap on Mithridacy is raised by publishing two different newspapers. Each time you must be at the cap, before you can raise it further. Both options are on the storylet Rumours about the Great Hellbound Railway. The first option requires some Rumours of the Upper River, a Corrective Historical Narrative and your own newspaper. The second option requires more rumors, some Revisionist Historical Narratives and again requires your own newspaper.
The cap on Shapeling Arts is raised at Helicon House. Each time you must be at the cap, before you can raise it further. Solicit Guidance in the Below-Stairs area of Helicon House. Requires a bunch of Amber and some Fitting in at Helicon House, which might take you multiple trips to the place. Solicit Further Guidance will raise it to 7. Requires more amber and some specific bones.
Steward of the Discordance
First Discordant Studies (or "Featherlight") can be gained in a card drawn at Cave of the Nadir - Rip out the words. You will need to have obtained a Discordant Law at the Hurlers to be able to draw it.
Second cap raise is obtained shortly after the Unlock deeper Discordant Studies storylet. To get there in the first place, raise your Crystalline Knowledge to 6, and then speak with the Stewardess at the Adulterine Ruins.
After you have reached Zeefaring level 5, you can spend a Relatively Safe Zee Lane at A Return to Terra Firma in Wolfstack Docks to discover Gaider's Mourn.
Pack the following items:
- 4000x Piece of Rostygold
- 3x Strong-Backed Labour
- 1x Use of Villains
- 15x Mourning Candle
- 50x Zee-Ztory
- 5x Aeolian Scream
... and then set zail to Gaider's Mourn by selecting The Corsair's Forest at the very center of the zee map. Following the storyline there will both raise your maximum Zeefaring to 6 and give you an Almost-Tame Blue Prophet, a companion that boosts your Zeefaring by another point.
There is currently no known way to raise base Zeefaring to 7.