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Heirlooms are four of the currencies in Darkest Dungeon. They consist of Crests, Portraits, Deeds and Busts, and are primarily used to upgrade buildings in town.

In dungeons, Crests stack to 12, Busts and Deeds stack to 6, and Portraits stack to 3.

In town, heirlooms can be exchanged for heirlooms of other types. Comet Shards from the Color of Madness DLC can also be exchanged:

Busts Portraits Deeds Crests
Busts --- 3:1 3:2 2:3
Portraits 2:3 --- 2:3 1:3
Deeds 3:2 3:1 --- 2:3
Crests 3:1 6:1 3:1 ---
Comet ShardsCoM Icon.png 3:1 6:1 3:1 3:2

*The heirloom being traded is on the left hand side; the heirloom being received is on the top. Note that some value is lost in each exchange.


common (Crests) to uncommon (Busts/Deeds) or uncommon to rare (Portraits) has a ratio of 3:1

common to rare has a ratio of 6:1

rare to uncommon or uncommon to common has a ratio of 2:3

rare to common has a ratio of 1:3

Exchanging Busts to Deeds (or Deeds to Busts) has a ratio of 3:2

Different buildings require different heirlooms for upgrade:

Icon Bust.pngIcon Crest.png Abbey

Icon Deed.pngIcon Crest.png Blacksmith

Icon Portrait.pngIcon Crest.png Guild

Icon Crest.pngIcon Crest.png Nomad Wagon

Icon Bust.pngIcon Crest.png Sanitarium

Icon Deed.pngIcon Crest.png Stage Coach

Icon Bust.pngIcon Crest.png Stage Coach (Experienced Recruits)

Icon Crest.pngIcon Crest.png Survivalist

Icon Portrait.pngIcon Crest.png Tavern

According to reddit user, u/VinayssusMan, the maximum amount of heirlooms a player will need to collect to upgrade every building on the highest difficulty is detailed below:

Stage Coach Requires:

  • 144 Deeds
  • 54 Busts
  • 222 Crests

Abbey Requires:

  • 240 Busts
  • 282 Crests

Tavern Requires:

  • 123 Portraits
  • 240 Crests

Blacksmith Requires:

  • 277 Deeds
  • 301 Crests

Guild Requires:

  • 118 Portraits
  • 302 Crests

Sanitarium Requires:

  • 240 Busts
  • 154 Crests

Nomad Wagon Requires:

  • 273 Crests

Survivalist Requires:

  • 268 Crests

Total heirloom cost for town completion(No DLC):

  • 421 Deeds
  • 534 Busts
  • 241 Portraits
  • 2042 Crests

-------------------- IF DLC -----------------------

Districts Require:

  • 1925 Crests
  • 155 Portraits
  • 140 Busts
  • 310 Deeds
  • 12 Blueprints

Total sum of heirlooms(with DLC):

  • 731 Deeds
  • 674 Busts
  • 396 Portraits
  • 3967 Crests
  • 12 Blueprints"[1]


Image Name Description
Achievement14.jpg A collection of treasured antiques... Collect at least 30 heirlooms from a single quest