As you scour the bleak wilderness in search of Rose, Ethan comes across "valuable", "very valuable", and "combinable" items, and it's tough to know what to keep. Here's what treasures to sell in Resident Evil Village, just in case you're worried about selling something important.
Resident Evil Village brings back a series favourite system - the concept of a travelling merchant that you bump into across your harrowing adventure. As well as being willing to sell you important equipment, materials, upgrades, and stat-boosting meals, the merchant - known in this game as The Duke - can also buy items from you.
Being able to sell items leads to a classic conundrum, though: what should you sell back to the Duke? You obviously don't want to sell anything important - and that's where this page comes in, to help explain so you don't make a regrettable mistake.
What treasure items to sell in Resident Evil Village
To explain this simply, there's a few key things you need to know about the various treasures you pick up in Resident Evil Village. We'll explain those, which will give you the basics - and then we'll go into a little more detail. Here goes-
- All progression-critical items cannot be sold. So don't panic! You can't accidentally sell anything that you'll later need to continue. Specifically, your items are split three ways - your inventory for standard-use items, 'Key Items' for any story items like keys or puzzle pieces, and 'Treasure' for, well, Treasure. Things on that last tab are what are for selling to the Duke.
- Treasure items are themselves broken into a few core categories; they'll either be denoted after their description as simply "Valuable" and "Very Valuable", or they will be called "Valuable" and "Combinable". That last category is the one to look out for; you should hold on to combinable items.
So, yes - in summary, you are safe to sell absolutely anything that is simply described only as "Valuable" or "Very Valuable". The very just denotes that it is a rarer item that is worth more; but anything that is simply valuable you can sell to the Duke to get a bunch of Lei to pump into upgrades and resources.
You should, however, hold on to anything described as "Combinable". That is because this means there are additional items out there that go with this item in question.
Just like how you combine weapon upgrades onto a gun, you can in the menus combine items that form a 'set' to create a new one. This new item is simply another valuable treasure, but it'll sell for vastly more than the component parts alone.
For instance, you can separately find two parts of a wooden animal statue out in the village as Wooden Animal (Head) and Wooden Animal (Body). By not selling them individually, you can combine them into a complete Wooden Animal Statue that can then be sold to the Duke for almost double the amount of Lei compared to selling him the parts separately.
It never hurts to hold on to items to wait to see if you find its combinable partner, as Treasure doesn't take up any of your inventory space.
Combinable Items in Resident Evil Village
There's only a handful of combinable items total in Resident Evil Village, and they're all largely simple. For the record, here's the Combinable items that go together, so you can keep an eye out for them. If you want to make sure you miss no items, we suggest following our Resident Evil Village walkthrough.
- Silver Ring + Azure Eye = Azure Eye Ring
- Wooden Animal (Head) + Wooden Animal (Body) = Wooden Animal Statue
- Madalina (Head) + Madalina (Body) = Miss Madalina Doll
- Necklace with Two Holes + Pigeon Blood Stone + Large Pigeon Blood Stone = Dimitrescu's Necklace
- Mechanical Part (Cylinder) + Mechanical Part (Shaft) = Heisenberg's Hammer
These items are extremely valuable, with some of them worth as much as 50,000 Lei - so you should make a point of holding on to them. You'll get a 'Repairer' trophy/achievement the first time that you reconstruct a combinable treasure, too.
Note that generally speaking, you'll come across one half of the item naturally if you're thoroughly exploring the game world, but usually the second half is more hidden. For instance, in Castle Dimitrescu you'll come across the Silver Ring very easily, but you'll have to backtrack, follow a treasure map, and solve a puzzle right towards the end of your time there to get the Azure Eye to complete it.
Selling Excess Food Items to the Duke
The food and cooking system in Resident Evil Village is one that has a guide all of its own. We have a full list of food locations in Resident Evil Village, here. But one thing that's worth noting is that you can also sell foodstuff to the Duke - and you might be tempted to, as unlike treasure food takes up valuable inventory space.
Note that the cooking screen with the Duke, once unlocked by story progression, isn't an 'all-or-nothing' affair. What we mean by this is that if a recipe requires 4 poultry and 1 meat to cook, you don't have to deposit it all at once. Instead, if you had, say, 3 poultry, you could deposit that in the cooking menu, and therefore get it out of your inventory. You can return and give him the rest of the meat later.
Beyond the limited meat required for each of the recipes, anything excess can be sold for a small profit, which can be useful in New Game Plus, when the animals respawn but your upgrades carry over.