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A journal is an item that acts as a passive bonus to your activities in Albion. You can acquire empty journals from laborers or you can buy them from other players through the marketplace.

Four different types of journals exist:

In these four types, with the exception of general journals, they all have two sub-types:

  • Trophy Journal
  • Resource Journal

Filling Journals

Journals can be filled if you carry them in your inventory while doing certain journal specific activities of the same tier or up to two higher. Gathering journals fill up while you gather resources, crafting journals fill up while you craft items and mercenary journals fill up while you gain PvE fame from slaying monsters, and general journals fill up when you do anything that brings in fame. There are some restrictions on filling journals as well as some requirements:

  • The fame action must be of the same tier or up to 2 higher for Gathering Journals (except fishing) and Generalist Trophy journals
    • For example, mining T4 ore, will fill journals T2-T4 for prospector and generalist trophy, mining T5 ore will not fill a T2 journal.
    • Fishing Tier 2 fish, will fill a Tier 8 journal for fishing
  • A max of two journals can be filled at a time, one general type, and one other type profession specific or trophy profession specific
    • Fame awarded is the same for each journal at no loss (i.e. 500 fame to generalist trophy and the other relevant journal)
  • Journals are filled by priority following the following rule sets: (See table below for priority list)
    • If there is a partial filled journal, that will be filled before empty journals
    • If there are multiple partial filled journals that could receive fame, they are filled in the order they appear in the inventory from left to right, top to bottom.
    • If an empty journal would be filled, they are filled in the order they appear in the inventory from left to right, top to bottom
  • Fame awarded for filling journals "carries over"
    • For example, if you do one action worth 20,000 fame, and a journal only required 1200, it will fill as many journals as the player is carrying completely
Fill Priority based on Type
Journal Type Fill Priority*
Partially filled trophy journal 1
Partially filled gathering journal 2
Empty trophy journal 3
Empty gathering journal 4

*If there are multiple that fit the priority, the one in the first occurring inventory slot is filled first.

Obtaining Journals

Journals can be obtained in the following ways:

  • Empty journals can be purchased at the corresponding laborer of its tier. See table below
  • Empty journals can be obtained from completed laborer's jobs
  • Empty or full journals can be purchased from the Market Place
Journal Prices from Laborer
Journal Tier Silver Cost
2 500
3 1000
4 2000
5 4000
6 8000
7 16000
8 32000

General Journals

General Journals only have one type, being trophy journals. Unlike the other journals they fill with any activity that grants fame. In addition, general journals can be used by any gathering laborer to return a general trophy of the same tier granted they have the proper yield percentage to do so. General journals also can be filled concurrently with other journal types. Therefore if you are mining, and awarded 45 fame, 45 fame will be attributed to the gathering type (prospector) journal, and 45 fame will also be attributed to the general trophy journal. Again, the fame awarded must be of the same tier or up to two higher. Only one general journal can be filled concurrently at a time, regardless of tier.

Gathering Journals

Gathering journals fill up, if you gather their specific resources that are equal or up to two tiers higher than the journal. So a Tier 3 Prospector's Journal can be filled gathering tier 3, tier 4 and tier 5 ore.

Gathering Journals follow a specific naming scheme that is based on the name of the laborer:

  • hide gathering journals are called Gamekeeper's Journal
  • ore gathering journals are called Prospector's Journal
  • fiber gathering journals are called Cropper's Journal
  • wood gathering journals are called Lumberjack's Journal
  • stone gathering journals are called Stonecutter's Journal
  • fishing journals are called Fisherman's Journal (Fisherman's Journals are the exception to the rule above. You CAN fill a t8 Fisherman's Journal catching t2 fish)

Different tiers of gathering journals require different amounts of fame to fill. To fill journals only the base fame (excluding the premium bonus) is counted towards filling a journal.

Fame required to fill gathering journals:

Tier Gathering Generalist Trophy Specialist Trophy
2 450 2400 900
3 900 3600 1800
4 1800 5400 3600
5 3600 8100 7200
6 7200 12150 14400
7 14400 18225 28800
8 28800 27339 57600

(WIP) As a reference, here is is the fame per resource node per tier:

Tier Amount gathered per swing Fame per swing Enchant: 0 Fame per swing Enchant: 1 Fame per swing Enchant: 2 Fame per swing Enchant: 3
2 3 4 N/A N/A N/A
3 3 9 N/A N/A N/A
4 2 15 30 45 60
5 1 22 45 67 90
6 1 45
7 1 ?
8 1 ?

(WIP) If you compare the loot table of the journals (for reference below) this compares to XY% bonus resources if you carry a journal in your inventory while gathering resources.

Because you can fill journals with different tier resources the comparison is hard to make if you want to break it down to silver / hour, but easy to express in terms of additional gathering bonus %.

Table: loot table gathering journal

Note: This is the base-loot table, assuming 100% happiness. Depending on the happiness of the laborer, you have to multiply the numbers below with his happiness.

The resources returned from gathering journals will all be unrefined.

loot table gathering journal (100% happiness)
T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8
baseloot amount 38 60 48 32 32 38.4 38.4
x.0 38 60 45 30.2 30.2 36.3 36.3
x.1 - - 2.4 1.6 1.6 1.92 1.92
x.2 - - 0.24 0.16 0.16 0.192 0.192
x.3 - - 0.024 0.016 0.016 0.019 0.019

Crafting Journals

Crafting journals fill up, if you craft its tier and type of item. A Tier 3 Tinker's Journal would fill up if you craft tier 3 items at a toolmaker. A Tier 6 Blacksmith's Journal would fill up if you craft T6 items at a Warrior's Forge.

Crafting Journals follow a specific naming scheme that is based on the name of the laborer:

Different tiers of crafting journals require different amounts of fame to be filled. To fill journals only the base fame (excluding the premium bonus) is counted towards filling a journal.

Table: fame required to fill crafting journals

Tier Fame
2 900
3 1800
4 3600
5 7200
6 1440
7 28380
8 58590

The resources returned from crafting journals will all be refined.

Table: Base amount of items from journals

Tier Amount
2 38
3 24
4 16
5 8
6 5.3333
7 4.4651
8 4.129

it is important to know that there is a low chance you will get ZERO materials back from your journal, even if there is a 150% rate.

this is because of how the resources are calculated. If you get zero's on every type of material that is returned, then you get 150% of zero, which is zero

Table: Resource proportion by type
Cloth Leather Metal Bars Planks
Blacksmith 11.11% 0% 68.69% 20%
Fletcher 0% 46.66% 26.67% 26.67%
Imbuer 48.89% 0% 11.11% 40%
Tinker 22.22% 11.11% 22.22% 44.44%

The amount of items is multiplied by the return yield % of your laborer.

If you look at the returns of the journals and try to compare that to a fixed % resource return it is hard to do, because the different enchantment levels of armor and weapons give very different amounts of fame. However a general rule of thumb is that the lower the enchantment level (.0 / .1) the higher the resource return %.

Mercenary Journals

Mercenary Journals fill up while slaying monsters in PvE.

Table: mercenary journals loot table

Note: this is the base-loot amount at 100% happiness. You have to multiply these numbers with the happiness of the laborer to get the real amount.

One special mechanic for mercenary laborers is that if your laborer happiness is above 100%, the silver will not automatically adjust, but your % chance above 100 is your chance to receive the double amount of silver instead of the base-value. For example, if your laborer has a happiness of 150% and you process a T6 Mercenary's Journal, half of the time, you will receive 3094 Silver and the other half of the time you will receive 6188 Silver.

T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8
Silver Return 427 759 1292 2008 3094 4832 7572
Fame Required 1412 2171 3264 4368 5856 7968 10800


During release and for the first few months after launch, all journals cost 1000 silver to be purchased from an NPC. Journal prices were adjusted (when?) to be priced differently depending on their tier. This price adjustment lead to large stockpiles being purchased before the adjustment and this is why a lot of the higher tier journals are traded below NPC sale value on the Marketplace, especially T7 and T8.

Related Patch Notes

Patch LinkDatePatch NamePatch Notes
24 November 2021Lands Awakened Update
  • Journal changes:

After an economic analysis of resource returns and crafting efficiencies across the game, it was found that the large amounts of resources produced by laborers were negatively impacting the profitability of both gathering and crafting. As a result, a reduction to the overall output of laborers was necessary.

The amount of Fame required to fill crafting journals has consequently been tripled, though this change has been somewhat counterbalanced by an increase to the amount of Fame received when crafting enchanted items.

  • Tripled the Fame required to fill Crafting Laborer Journals
  • Increased gathering / refining / crafting Fame for enchanted raw resources:
    • Enchantment level 2 raw resources: +33.33% Fame
    • Enchantment level 3 raw resources: +100% Fame
      • This translates into a Refining / Crafting Fame increase as this Fame is derived from its required resources
    • Updated Crafting Fame for enchanted T4 refined resources to account for absence of enchanted T3 resources:
      • T4.1: 37.5 → 45
      • T4.2: 52.5 → 90
      • T4.3: 67.5 → 180
  • Further adjusted T7 and T8 Journal Fame values to make it more neatly divisible while not affecting the Fame to Resource ratio
25 April 2019Oberon Patch #4
  • Laborer Journals now show "Fame" instead of "Quality" when opening description, as intended
13 March 2018Lancelot Hotfix #1
  • Journals are no longer salvageable
12 March 2018Lancelot UpdateIncreased the costs of Laborer Journals by tier - they used to be 1000 Silver independent of tier, now they start at 500 and go up to 32000 for T8.
24 August 2017Launch Patch #4
  • Made various improvements to Journals:
    • Corrected drop weights and Fame amounts for many resources involved in crafting journals; previously everything that wasn't the first resource in the list had a very low chance of dropping and gave out slightly too much Fame
    • Added leather to possible rewards from Tinker journals
    • Made furniture (including repair stations) count towards Tinker journals
    • Reduced Fame payout for Trophy journals; previously they were effectively the fastest way to level your laborer, which is silly and would lead to a huge surplus of trophies
    • Fame payouts from Journals are now always rounded up, which increases payout by 1 in a couple of cases
    • All Tier 3 weapons now count towards crafting journals
1 August 2017Launch Patch #1
  • Fixed an issue where studying items was filling crafting journals