Treno Auction House is a location in the city of Treno in Final Fantasy IX. The party can bid for both normal and key items, and the former usually come in the form of add-ons, such as Dark Matter and Reflect Ring.
The auction is part of the storyline. Kuja seems to be a regular, although there are some in-game rumors supporting the fact that he may be the owner. The auctioneer inquires in his interest in Garnet in a servant-like manner, so one might assume Kuja has brought a great deal of money to the auction house. Freya also mentions he may be King, the owner of the mansion.
Amarant was once a guard in the auction house but was fired when Zidane framed him after an attempt at thievery. This theft, occurring before the game's storyline begins, makes Amarant a wanted man throughout Treno; there are posters showing his likeness at the inn.
During the auction, generally there are two key items and two pieces of equipment, usually add-ons. The key items bought in the auction can almost always be sold to the nobles walking around Treno, and it is easy to make a profit on an item. Add-ons, such as Dark Matter, Ribbons, and Anklets are removed from the auction if the player has one in their inventory, but this can be bypassed by equipping them to a character.
The Elixir is removed from the auction if more than five are present in the party's inventory. A useful way to avoid a bidding war is to bid after the auctioneer's second "last" call, right before he declares the item sold. This temporarily halts the countdown but helps avoid most of the bidding.
A key item called Magical Fingertip is one of the items available in the auction. The Magical Fingertip can be given to the old man near the inn in Daguerreo to obtain Excalibur. The player must first talk to the man to make Magical Fingertip appear in the auction, and the player needs to have bought Une's Mirror, Doga's Artifact, Griffin's Heart, and the Rat Tail and sell them in the town to make the Magical Fingertip available. These items can be sold to the nobleman and adventurer that walk around the Bishop's House and the scholar in the synthesis shop.
Additionally, Doga's Artifact and Une's Mirror can be taken to the Black Mage Village's gramophone to play "Doga and Unei" from Final Fantasy III. Aside from these uses, owning these key items can increase the Treasure Hunter Rank.
|Item||Starting Price||Estimated Price||Availability|
|Griffin's Heart||1,000||6,100||Unique key item. Available from Disc 2.|
|Doga's Artifact||1,400||10,000||Unique key item. Available from Disc 2.|
|Une's Mirror||2,200||14,400||Unique key item. Available from Disc 2.|
|Reflect Ring||2,200||15,000||Available from Disc 2. Sold only once.|
|Mini-Cid||500||1,600||Unique key item, and a part of the Mini-Figurines set. Available from Disc 2. Sold only once.|
|Magician Robe||1,200||7,700||Available from Disc 2. Infinite amount.|
|Fairy Earrings||1,400||9,500||Available from Disc 2. Infinite amount.|
|Madain's Ring||1,300||8,700||Available from Disc 2. Infinite amount.|
|Pearl Rouge||2,500||17,100||Available from Disc 2. Infinite amount.|
|Magical Fingertip||8,900||40,000||Key item. Only shows up on Disc 4, and only after buying Doga's Artifact, Une's Mirror, Rat Tail, and Griffin's Heart first, and selling them to the citizens. Must also speak to an old man in Daguerreo to make the item appear. Sold only once.|
|Promist Ring||4,300||24,500||Available from Disc 3 after getting the Blue Narciss boat. Only sold if player has none in their inventory.|
|Thief Gloves||4,500||19,900||Available from Disc 3 after getting the Blue Narciss boat. Sold only once.|
|Feather Boots||2,600||15,000||Available from Disc 3. Only sold if player has none in their inventory.|
|Rat Tail||3,300||15,500||Unique key item. Available from Disc 3.|
|Anklet||2,500||17,000||Available from Disc 3. Only sold if player has none in their inventory.|
|Elixir||5,200||36,000||Available from Disc 2. Only sold if the player has less than 5 in their inventory.|
|Dark Matter||2,700||16,600||Available from Disc 3. Sold only once.|
|Ribbon||12,400||80,000||Available from Disc 4. Sold only once.|
Selling the Key Items to the Citizens of TrenoEdit
After purchasing some of the key items in the auction, they can be sold to the nobles for a profit. Once sold, the items will reappear in the auction. The player can choose to decline the first offer in order to get a higher price (won't work for Doga's Artifact).
|Item||Person||1st offer||2nd offer|
|Griffin's Heart||Adventurer at the Cafe.||8,000||10,000|
|Doga's Artifact||Scholar in the Synthesis Shop.||10,000||N/A|
|Une's Mirror||Nobleman at the Cafe.||12,000||15,000|
|Rat Tail||Adventurer at the Cafe.||20,000||25,000|
These items cannot be sold to their respective NPCs when won a second a time from the Treno Auction House after selling them initially. Reacquisition is only advised if the player is working on the Treasure Hunter Rank.