All Dwarf Fortress Quality Symbols Explained

Here is everything you need to know about the quality symbols and characters in Dwarf Fortress.

Dwarf Fortress has a unique mechanic in place for denoting the quality of all the different crafted items from furniture to Clothes. While the quality is based upon the Craftsdwarfship and the materials used by the creator, the name of the item is then changed based on its quality. Certain symbols and characters are added in denoting the level of quality of the item.

However, these symbols and characters can be quite confusing to recognize in Dwarf Fortress. And it might make you wonder while selling or destroying the items as you don’t want to accidentally sell off high-quality clothes, furniture, etc in the game. So if you are wondering about all these quality symbols and want to know the exact level they specify, then here is everything you need to know about them.

Dwarf Fortress Quality Symbols Explained

Dwarf Fortress Quality Symbols & Characters Explained
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Before going through all the Dwarf Fortress Quality Symbols, it is worth mentioning that depending on the quality the value of the item changes significantly. You will be able to almost certainly make level 4+ quality items after reaching a specific level in their Craftsdwarfship. With that being said, here are all the symbols explained with their value modifiers:

SymbolsQualityValue Modifiers
Item NameN/A1x
-Item Name-Well-crafted2x
+Item Name+Finely-crafted3x
*Item Name*Superior quality4x
≡Item Name≡Exceptional5x
☼Item Name☼ Masterful12x
Unique nameArtifact120x
«Item Name»Decorated ObjectDepends
*«Item Name»*Superior Decorated ObjectN/A
≡«+Item Name+»≡Exceptional Decorated ObjectN/A
xItem NamexWornN/A
Xitem NameXHeavily WornN/A
XXItem NameXXIn TattersN/A
(Item Name)ImportedN/A
{Item Name}ForbiddenN/A
$Item Name$Owned by someone elseN/A

It is also worth mentioning that the item quality will always be bracketed with the characters and the name of the item first followed by any decoration symbols in Dwarf Fortress.

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