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In Tales of the Unknown, Items are divided into seven broad categories: Weapons, Armor, Instruments, Wands, Rings, Figurines, and Misc. Items. Most characters can equip a maximum of one Weapon and four pieces of Armor (helmet, body, gloves, shield) at a time. Bards can also equip a Musical Instrument which is required if they are to be able to play any Bard Songs!

In The Destiny Knight however, there are three additional types of items: Thrown weapons (such as Shuriken, Boomerangs and Spears), Bows and Arrows, which let you engage enemies outside of melee range. These types of items are also used in The Thief of Fate, with the addition of Consumables such as Wineskins (to help your Bard regain his voice) and Harmonic Gems (to recharge your casters' Spell points on the fly).

Characters can carry up to a maximum of 8 items in their Inventory. Having the best equipment available is a good idea before attempting a new Dungeon: it's also a good idea to try to upgrade your party's equipment at every opportunity. However, you should always make sure you keep a few inventory slots open: if you don't, you won't get any item drops from fights, and you won't have any room for vital quest items!

Character TransferEdit

In the later Bard's Tale games, you are given the option to transfer your characters from earlier games to the new game. If you do this, note that while many items remain the same during the transfer, the newer games may interpret your old item's code in a new light, causing it to "mutate" into a new item entirely in the new game!

Since a character losing a key piece of equipment can be very disruptive (imagine your main tank's trusty suit of Diamond Plate suddenly morphing into Speedboots!), it can save you a lot of trouble to know what will become what when your party transfers. While many items will remain the same, knowing what will change will allow you to transfer with minimal disruptions.

Before transferring characters, it can be a very good idea to make a backup copy of your characters' save files from the game's directory and put them in a separate folder stored elsewhere.

Table of Items - All GamesEdit

There are 127 different items in Tales of the Unknown and The Destiny Knight, and 231 different items in The Thief of Fate. The following is a table of all item hex codes and their corresponding items in each of the Bard's Tale games:

Code # Tales of the Unknown The Destiny Knight The Thief of Fate
01 1 Torch Torch Torch
02 2 Lamp Lamp Lamp
03 3 Broadsword Broadsword Broadsword
04 4 Short Sword Short Sword Short Sword
05 5 Dagger Dagger Dagger
06 6 War Axe War Axe War Axe
07 7 Halbard Halbard Halbard
08 8 Mace Long Bow Long Bow
09 9 Staff Staff Staff
0A 10 Buckler Buckler Buckler
0B 11 Tower Shield Tower Shield Tower Shield
0C 12 Leather Armor Leather Armor Leather Armor
0D 13 Chain Mail Chain Mail Chain Mail
0E 14 Scale Armor Scale Armor Scale Armor
0F 15 Plate Armor Plate Armor Plate Armor
10 16 Robes Robes Robes
11 17 Helm Helm Helm
12 18 Leather Glvs. Leather Glvs. Leather Glvs.
13 19 Gauntlets Gauntlets Gauntlets
14 20 Mandolin Mandolin Mandolin
15 21 Harp Spear Spear
16 22 Flute Arrows Arrows
17 23 Mthr Sword Mthr Sword Mthr Sword
18 24 Mthr Shield Mthr Shield Mthr Shield
19 25 Mthr Chain Mthr Chain Mthr Chain
1A 26 Mthr Scale Mthr Scale Mthr Scale
1B 27 Samurai Fgn Giant Fgn Giant Fgn
1C 28 Bracers [6] Bracers [6] Mthr Bracers
1D 29 Bardsword Bardsword Bardsword
1E 30 Fire Horn Cold Horn Fire Horn
1F 31 Lightwand Lightwand Litewand
20 32 Mthr Dagger Mthr Dagger Mthr Dagger
21 33 Mthr Helm Mthr Helm Mthr Helm
22 34 Mthr Gloves Mthr Gloves Mthr Gloves
23 35 Mthr Axe Mthr Axe Mthr Axe
24 36 Mthr Mace Shuriken Shuriken
25 37 Mthr Plate Mthr Plate Mthr Plate
26 38 Ogre Fgn Molten Fgn Molten Fgn
27 39 Lak's Lyre Spell Spear Spell Spear
28 40 Shield Ring Shield Ring Shield Ring
29 41 Dork Ring Fin's Flute Fin's Flute
2A 42 Fin's Flute Kael's Axe Kael's Axe
2B 43 Kael's Axe Mthr Arrows Mthr Arrows
2C 44 Blood Axe Dayblade Dayblade
2D 45 Dayblade Shield Staff Shield Staff
2E 46 Shield Staff Elf Cloak Elf Cloak
2F 47 Elf Cloak Hawkblade Hawkblade
30 48 Hawkblade Admt Sword Admt Sword
31 49 Admt Sword Admt Shield Admt Shield
32 50 Admt Shield Admt Helm Admt Helm
33 51 Admt Dagger Admt Gloves Admt Gloves
34 52 Admt Helm Pureblade Pureblade
35 53 Admt Gloves Boomerang Boomerang
36 54 Admt Mace Ali's Carpet Ali's Carpet
37 55 Broom Luckshield Luckshield
38 56 Pureblade Bulldozer Fgn Dozer Fgn
39 57 Exorwand Admt Chain Admt Chain
3A 58 Ali's Carpet Death Stars Death Stars
3B 59 Magic Mouth Admt Plate Admt Plate
3C 60 Luckshield Bracers [4] Admt Bracers
3D 61 Giant Fgn Slayer Fgn Slayer Fgn
3E 62 Admt Chain Pure Shield Pure Shield
3F 63 Admt Scale Mage Staff Mage Staff
40 64 Admt Plate War Staff War Staff
41 65 Bracers [4] Thief Dagger Thief Dagger
42 66 Arcshield Soul Mace Soul Mace
43 67 Pure Shield Ogrewand Ogrewand
44 68 Mage Staff Kato's Bracer Kato's Bracer
45 69 War Staff Sorcererstaff Sorcererstaff
46 70 Thief Dagger Galt's Flute Galt's Flute
47 71 Soul Mace Frost Horn Frost Horn
48 72 Wither Staff Ag's Arrows Ag's Arrows
49 73 Sorcererstaff Dmnd Shield Dmnd Shield
4A 74 Sword of Pak Bard Bow Bard Bow
4B 75 Heal Harp Dmnd Helm Dmnd Helm
4C 76 Galt's Flute Elf Boots Elf Boots
4D 77 Frost Horn Van Fgn Vanquisher Fgn
4E 78 Dmnd Sword Conjurstaff Conjurstaff
4F 79 Dmnd Shield Staff of Lor Staff of Lor
50 80 Dmnd Dagger Ring of Return Flame Sword
51 81 Dmnd Helm Powerstaff Powerstaff
52 82 Golem Fgn Breathring Breath Ring
53 83 Titan Fgn Dragonshield Dragonshield
54 84 Conjurstaff Dmnd Plate Dmnd Plate
55 85 Arc's Hammer Wargloves Wargloves
56 86 Staff of Lor Wizhelm Wizhelm
57 87 Powerstaff Dragonwand Dragonwand
58 88 Mournblade Deathring Deathring
59 89 Dragonshield Crystal Sword Crystal Sword
5A 90 Dmnd Plate Speedboots Speedboots
5B 91 Wargloves Flame Horn Flame Horn
5C 92 Lorehelm Zen Arrows Zen Arrows
5D 93 Dragonwand Drums of Death Deathdrum
5E 94 Kiels Compass Pipes of Pan Pipes of Pan
5F 95 Speedboots Ring of Power Power Ring
60 96 Flame Horn Song Axe Song Axe
61 97 Truthdrum Trick Brick Trick Brick
62 98 Spiritdrum Dragon Fgn Dragon Fgn
63 99 Pipes of Pan Mastermage Fgn Mage Fgn
64 100 Ring of Power Troll Ring Troll Ring
65 101 Deathring Aram's Knife Aram's Knife
66 102 Ybarrashield Angra's Eye Angra's Eye
67 103 Spectre Mace Herb Fgn Herb Fgn
68 104 Dag Stone Master Wand Master Wand
69 105 Arc's Eye Brothers Fgn Brothers Fgn
6A 106 Ogrewand Dynamite Dynamite
6B 107 Spirithelm Thor's Hammer Thor's Hammer
6C 108 Dragon Fgn Stoneblade Stoneblade
6D 109 Mage Fgn Grenade Holy Handgrenade
6E 110 Troll Ring Master Key Masterkey
6F 111 Troll Staff Nospen Ring Nospin Ring
70 112 Onyx Key Torch! Crystal Lens
71 113 Crystal Sword Sword of Zar Smokey Lens
72 114 Stoneblade Vial Black Lens
73 115 Travelhelm Item of K Sphere of Lanatir
74 116 Death Dagger The Ring Wand of Power
75 117 Mongo Fgn Troy P. Acorn
76 118 Lich Fgn Dagger! Wineskin
77 119 Eye Seg 1 Nightspear
78 120 Master Key Seg 2 Tslotha's Head
79 121 WizWand Seg 3 Tslotha's Heart
7A 122 Silvr Square Seg 4 Arefolia
7B 123 Silvr Circle Seg 5 Valarian's Bow
7C 124 Silvr Triang Seg 6 Arws of Life
7D 125 Thor Fgn Seg 7 Canteen
7E 126 Old Man Fgn The Scepter Titan Plate
7F 127 Spectre Snare Spectre Snare Titan Shield
80 128 Titan Helm
81 129 Fire Spear
82 130 Willow Flute
83 131 Firebrand
84 132 Holy Sword
85 133 Wand of Fury
86 134 Lightstar
87 135 Crown of Truth
88 136 Belt of Alliria
89 137 Crystal Key
8A 138 Tao Ring
8B 139 Stealth Arrows
8C 140 Yellow Staff
8D 141 Steady Eye
8E 142 Divine Halbard
8F 143 Incense
90 144 I-ching
91 145 White Rose
92 146 Blue Rose
93 147 Red Rose
94 148 Yellow Rose
95 149 Rainbow Rose
96 150 Magic Triangle
97 151
98 152 Hammer of Wrath
99 153 Ferofist's Helm
9A 154
9B 155
9C 156 Helm of Justice
9D 157 Sceadu's Cloak
9E 158 Shadelance
9F 159 Black Arrows
A0 160 Werra's Shield
A1 161 Strifespear
A2 162 Sheetmusic
A3 163 Right Key
A4 164 Left Key
A5 165 Lever
A6 166 Nut
A7 167 Bolt
A8 168 Spanner
A9 169 Shadow Lock
AA 170 Shadow Door
AB 171 Misericorde
AC 172 Holy Avenger
AD 173 Shadowshiv
AE 174 Kali's Garrote
AF 175 Flame Knife
B0 176 Red's Stiletto
B1 177 Heartseeker
B2 178
B3 179
B4 180
B5 181 Dmnd Scale
B6 182 Holy TNT
B7 183 Eternal Torch
B8 184 Oscon's Staff
B9 185 Angel's Ring
BA 186 Deathhorn
BB 187 Staff of Mangar
BC 188 Tesla Ring
BD 189 Dmnd Bracers
BE 190 Death Fgn
BF 191 Thunder Sword
C0 192 Poison Dagger
C1 193 Spark Blade
C2 194 Galvanic Oboe
C3 195 Harmonic Gem
C4 196 Tung Shield
C5 197 Tung Plate
C6 198 Minstrels Glove
C7 199 Hunters Cloak
C8 200 Death Hammer
C9 201 Blood Mesh Robe
CA 202 Soothing Balm
CB 203 Mage's Cloak
CC 204 Familiar Fgn
CD 205 Hourglass
CE 206 Thieves Hood
CF 207 Surehand Amulet
D0 208 Thieves Dart
D1 209 Shrill Flute
D2 210 Angel's Harp
D3 211 The Book
D4 212 Troth Lance
D5 213 Dmnd Suit
D6 214 Dmnd Flail
D7 215 Purple Heart
D8 216 Titan Bracers
D9 217 Eelskin Tunic
DA 218 Sorcerer's Hood
DB 219 Dmnd Staff
DC 220 Crystal Gem
DD 221 Wand of Force
DE 222 Cli Lyre
DF 223 Youth Potion
E0 224
E1 225
E2 226
E3 227
E4 228
E5 229
E6 230
E7 231
E8 232
E9 233
EA 234
EB 235
EC 236
ED 237
EE 238
EF 239
F0 240 Mthr Suit
F1 241 Titan Suit
F2 242 Mages Glove
F3 243 Flare Crystal
F4 244 Holy Missile
F5 245 Gods' Blade
F6 246 Hunter Blade
F7 247 Staff of Gods
F8 248 Horn of Gods
F9 249
FA 250
FB 251
FC 252
FD 253
FE 254
FF 255
00 256 Water
01 257 Spirits
02 258 Water of Life
03 259 Dragon Blood
04 260 Molten Tar