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There are a number of items that when first obtained, are unidentifiable. These items are denoted by a series of "???" in the item name. In order to have them identified you need to take them to an Appraiser and pay a small fee. The identified object may be a piece of junk, or it could be a really nice find. But you will never know until you take it to the Appraiser!

Where to Obtain Items

  1. These "???" items are obtainable through successfully completing Assault missions or the Scouting the Ashu Talif, Royal Painter Escort, or Targeting the Captain fights. When you open the final Ancient Lockbox for your treasure you will find an unidentified object. The "???" item will automatically go into the inventory of whoever opened the Ancient Lockbox, while the rest of the treasure items will go into the Treasure Pool.
  2. "???" items are also given as rewards for successfully rescuing a prisoner captured during a Besieged raid on Al Zahbi. Prisoners can be found in each of the beastman strongholds (Mamook, Halvung and Arrapago Reef) held in a cage of some description, eg. Pot Hatches in Mamook. If an NPC is inside the cage and you release them by unlocking the cage with the correct key, they will give their thanks and then warp. You receive 100 Imperial Standing for doing this, but on speaking to the NPC when they're back in Al Zahbi, they will thank you again and give you a "???" item.
  3. A ??? Box is also given as a reward for successfully completing the quest Finding Faults.

Who Appraises?

The below appraisers will appraise items for you. Trade the "???" item to him and he will automatically take 500 gil from you (Chochoroon only charges 50 gil) and give you the appraised item back. If you're in a party when you get it appraised, the item will go into the Treasure Pool - this way, if it ends up being a Rare/Ex item, the party can choose who will get it (or cast lots or whatever). But if you get an appraisal by yourself, make sure you have enough room in your inventory for one extra item!

Name Location
 Drahbah  Aht Urhgan Whitegate (F-6)
 Memeroon  Nashmau (G-8)
 Chochoroon  Al Zahbi (G-10)

What can be Appraised?

When an item is appraised, it will be appraised as one of any number of different items. The set of possible results is determined partially by where the "???" Item is obtained. Where the item is appraised seems to have no effect on the possible results. Below are some notable appraisal results and their reported sources:

??? Item Notable Appraised Item Source
??? Dagger Assassin's Jambiya RareExclusive Assault Mission - Searat Salvation
Karasuageha RareExclusive Assault Mission - Evade and Escape
Matron's Knife Exclusive Assault Quest - Scouting the Ashu Talif
Pahluwan Katars RareExclusive Assault Mission - Counting Sheep
Palladium Dagger Exclusive Assault Mission - Supplies Recovery
??? Sword Immortal's Shotel RareExclusive Assault Mission - Stop the Bloodshed
Kosetsusamonji RareExclusive Assault Mission - Seagull Grounded
Kumokirimaru RareExclusive Assault Mission - Wamoura Farm Raid
Pealing Anelace Assault Mission - Breaking Morale
Sanguine Sword RareExclusive Assault Mission - Blitzkrieg
Storm Scimitar RareExclusive Assault Mission - Breaking Morale
??? Axe Erik's Axe RareExclusive Assault Mission - Apkallu Seizure
Marid Ancus RareExclusive Assault Mission - Building Bridges
Wamoura Axe RareExclusive Assault Mission - Troll Fugitives
??? Polearm Flan Smasher RareExclusive Assault Mission - Wamoura Farm Raid
Imperial Wand RareExclusive Assault Mission - Siegemaster Assassination
Kinnara Pole RareExclusive Assault Mission - Apkallu Seizure
Puk Lance RareExclusive Assault Mission - Requiem
Volunteer's Scythe RareExclusive Assault Mission - Extermination
Yigit Staff RareExclusive Assault Mission - Saving Private Ryaaf
??? Bow Imperial Bow RareExclusive Assault Mission - Lamia No.13
Storm Zamburak RareExclusive Assault Mission - Shooting Down the Baron
??? Shield Caballero Shield RareExclusive Assault Mission - Better Than One
Storm Shield RareExclusive Assault Mission - Saving Private Ryaaf
??? Headpiece Curate's Hat RareExclusive Assault Mission - Blitzkrieg
Storm Turban RareExclusive Assault Mission - Troll Fugitives
Storm Zucchetto RareExclusive Assault Mission - Sagelord Elimination
??? Necklace Chi Necklace RareExclusive Assault Mission - Operation: Snake Eyes
Jagd Gorget Rare Assault Mission - Orichalcum Survey
Kappa Necklace RareExclusive Assault Mission - Marids in the Mist
Mu Necklace RareExclusive Assault Mission - Deserter
Peacock Amulet RareExclusive Assault Mission - Nyzul Isle Investigation
Phi Necklace RareExclusive Assault Mission - Imperial Code
Rabbit Charm Rare Assault Mission - Nyzul Isle Investigation
Rho Necklace RareExclusive Assault Mission - Egg Conservation
Sniper's Collar RareExclusive Assault Mission - Defuse the Threat
Spectacles Rare Assault Mission - Preemptive Strike
Assault Mission - Lamia No.13
Storm Muffler RareExclusive Assault Mission - Orichalcum Survey
Storm Torque RareExclusive Assault Mission - Preemptive Strike
??? Gloves Barbarossa's Moufles RareExclusive Assault Quest - Targeting the Captain
Breeder Mufflers RareExclusive Assault Mission - The Price is Right
Caballero Gauntlets RareExclusive Assault Mission - Bloody Rondo
Dragon Kote RareExclusive Assault Mission - Supplies RecoveryExclamation
Ice Gauntlets RareExclusive Assault Mission - Defuse the Threat
Sadhu Bracelets RareExclusive Assault Mission - Lost and Found
Sadhu Cuffs RareExclusive Assault Mission - Lost and Found
Storm Gages RareExclusive Assault Mission - Requiem
Assault Mission - Orichalcum SurveyExclamation
Storm Manopolas RareExclusive Assault Mission - Seagull Grounded
 ??? Sash Grace Corset RareExclusive Assault Mission - Apkallu Breeding
Ksi Sash RareExclusive Assault Mission - Azure Ailments
Lambda Sash RareExclusive Assault Mission - Operation: Black Pearl
Nu Sash RareExclusive Assault Mission - Desperately Seeking Cephalopods
Storm Belt RareExclusive Assault Mission - Shanarha Grass Conservation
Storm Sash RareExclusive Assault Mission - Demolition Duty
Theta Sash RareExclusive Assault Mission - Red Versus Blue
Information RareExclusive Assault Mission - Wake the Puppet
??? Footwear Ataractic Solea RareExclusive Assault Mission - Azure Experiments
Bowman's Ledelsens RareExclusive Assault Mission - The Susanoo Shuffle
Kung Fu Shoes Assault Mission - Nyzul Isle Investigation
Storm Crackows RareExclusive Assault Mission - Extermination
Storm Gambieras RareExclusive Assault Mission - Lamia No.13
??? Cape Aileron Mantle RareExclusive Assault Mission - Stop the Bloodshed
Enhancing Mantle Rare Assault Mission - Lebros Supplies
Storm Cape RareExclusive Assault Mission - Lebros Supplies
Storm Mantle RareExclusive Assault Mission - Escort Professor Clavauert Exclamation
Volitional Mantle RareExclusive Assault Mission - Imperial Treasure Retrieval
??? Earring Beta Earring RareExclusive Assault Mission - Wake the Puppet
Eta Earring RareExclusive Assault Mission - Azure Ailments
Heims Earring Rare Assault Mission - Golden Salvage
Magnifying Earring RareExclusive Assault Mission - Apkallu Breeding
Reraise Earring Assault Mission - Excavation Duty
Sigma Earring RareExclusive Assault Mission - Red Versus Blue
Storm Earring RareExclusive Assault Mission - Golden Salvage
Storm Loop RareExclusive Assault Mission - Excavation Duty
Information RareExclusive Assault Mission - Desperately Seeking Cephalopods
Information RareExclusive Assault Mission - Operation: Black Pearl
??? Ring Archer's Ring Assault Mission - Leujaoam Cleansing
Divisor Ring RareExclusive Assault Mission - Azure Experiments
Epsilon Ring RareExclusive Assault Mission - Deserter
Ether Ring Rare Assault Mission - Imperial Agent Rescue
Horizon Ring RareExclusive Assault Mission - Imperial Treasure Retrieval
Imperial Ring RareExclusive Assault Mission - Leujaoam Cleansing
Omicron Ring RareExclusive Assault Mission - Imperial Code
Pi Ring RareExclusive Assault Mission - Operation: Snake Eyes
Psi Ring RareExclusive Assault Mission - Egg Conservation
Storm Ring RareExclusive Assault Mission - Imperial Agent Rescue
Tau Ring RareExclusive Assault Mission - Marids in the Mist
??? Box Cleaning Tool Set Various Locations
Demon Quiver Various Locations
Pattern Reader Various Locations
Philosopher's Stone Various Locations
Red Rock Various Locations
Scanner Various Locations
??? PotionExclamation Hi-Reraiser Rare Various Locations
??? IngotExclamation Iron Sheet Various Locations
Troll Bronze Ingot Various Locations

Official Blurb

Some people in Vana'diel make their living as appraisers, helping merchants and mercenaries determine the type of items they have picked up during their travels in Aht Urhgan. The Near East's powerful ocean winds, rust, or even mere age can make an item unrecognizable to the amateur eye. The finder may even simply lack the knowledge to make an accurate judgment and find himself unsure of how to use the newly discovered good. In such cases, appraisers use their experience and keen senses to ascertain what the item really is. Qiqirn can use their keen noses to sniff out information about an item, and many make excellent appraisers. The only drawback to using a Qiqirn appraiser is that they might be a little difficult to understand due to their odd accents...

Does the idea of finding a mysterious item on your adventures sound exciting?

For example, let’s say you find a “??? sword.”

It may look just like an ordinary sword, but it could turn out to be an incredibly powerful relic. On the other hand, what looks to be a keen blade to the untrained eye may end up disappointing its finder. So what is the sword’s true identity? Could it be a legendary item? There is only one way to find out--by visiting an appraiser in town. The development team has decided to implement this feature in order to add an increased element of anticipation to adventuring in Aht Urhgan.

The mysterious items do not stop at swords. There are “??? gloves,” “??? rings,” and many other varieties. However, you will be unable to equip these items after finding them.

That is where the appraisers come in. By getting your mysterious items appraised, you will learn their true identities, and they will henceforth become usable. This service will require a payment in gil, but will not be very expensive.

If you get an item appraised while in a party, the appraised item will be added to the treasure pool. This is so that the treasure can be distributed among party members, even it is an Ex item. If you are playing solo, the appraised item will be added directly to your inventory. If you do not have enough inventory space, you may be unable to receive the appraised item, so be sure to clear out your bag beforehand.

So if you find an unknown item while adventuring in a party, you can travel to town and have the item appraised together before disbanding. Perhaps the item you have been holding will turn out to be a fantastic find, and then you can all celebrate together!

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