Black Market

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* "Got some for me...?" * "I'll... take it!" * "A pleasure!"

The Black Market, located in Caerleon, is an essential component of the Albion Online economy. The market is where the world’s mobs get their loot from. As the need for dropped items increase or decreases, so does the price the Black Market merchant buys them for.

Whenever a mob is killed, there is a chance a buy order is generated for the Black Market. Once there are a certain number of active buy orders for an item, the Black Market will start increasing the price of the item. This means that everything on the Black Market is directly linked to players’ actions in the open world.

Splendor of the Black Market Trades

There is a good chance you can get a better price selling to the Black Market than you can from selling to other players, especially for lower-tier gear. This is because the lower-tier gear is generally bought in lower numbers while being crafted in higher numbers.  The Black Market also “trashes” a good portion of lower-tier gear to remove them from the economy, which means it creates an item sink, allowing prices to rise. For higher tier gear, the Black Market may also sometimes give a higher price than what you can get on the open market, and get the money to you faster.

Buy and Sell Orders

Selling on the Black Market is quite easy. To sell, you have two options. You can either fill an existing order on the Black Market, or you can create your own order.

When you create a sell order, you choose the item you’d like to sell. You then list the price you’d like to sell that item for. If you create a sell order, the Black Market merchant won’t buy it right away. He will only buy it if the price rises high enough to afford your offer price.

If you want to sell an item to a buy order, you select the item you’d like to sell. If a buy order is present, you will be informed that instead of creating a sell order, you can sell immediately to Black Merchant right now, for the listed price.

Tips

The Black Market classifies items with different qualities as different items, often creating a large difference between prices between the different qualities. This can often lead to lower quality items being bought for more than their higher-quality counterparts. Instead of looking at selling your current items, stay on the first page and search for the item you are looking to sell, this will allow you to see all qualities. You can sell your higher quality items to a lower quality buy order, but not the other way around.

Related Patch Notes

Patch LinkDatePatch NamePatch Notes
21 September 2021Call to Arms Patch 10
  • Added "Tomes" category for tradable Tomes of Insight
  • Added new "Mount" subcategories, which also contain all mounts that can equip skins from the same Mount Skin category:
    • Swiftclaw
    • Direbear
    • Direboar
    • Direwolf
    • Stag/Moose
    • Mule
    • Swamp Dragon
28 July 2021Call to Arms Patch 9
  • In addition to summary mails (introduced with the last patch) sent when Marketplace orders are completely fulfilled or expire, a mail is now also sent to players who cancel their own Buy / Sell Orders, so players still get the overview for partly fulfilled orders they have canceled
  • Additional info has been added to Marketplace mails to clarify that they are summaries of full orders, and that some items / Silver may have already been received
31 March 2021Call to Arms Patch 2 and Hotfix 2.1
  • Marketplace mails will now be deleted after 30 days (previously 60)
16 November 2020Rise of Avalon Patch 9
  • Added a new Marketplace subcategory for Battle Mounts
  • Satchels of Insight on the Black Market are now closer to their previous value, and their prices will increase more quickly
11 March 2020Queen Patch 7Following up on the community’s feedback, we have reworked the loot in randomized dungeon chests according to the following principles:
  • T6 chests have been largely reverted to the status that they had on Queen’s launch as these chests were very popular with the player base.
  • We have used the old T6 chest balancing as a baseline and set up T7 and T8 chests as strictly better versions of them.
  • T7 chests no longer contain T4 loot and have higher drop chances for T7 and T8 loot than T6 chests
  • T8 chests no longer contain T4 and T5 loot, and have much higher drop chances for T7 and T8 loot than T6 chests.
We hope that these changes will significantly improve the loot experience in the game.
5 December 2018Nimue Patch #2
  • Reduced frequency of Black Market NPC speech