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Ink wells can be purchased at various locations . Inks can be used to write with, to marble things, to stain crafted wooden items, and in candle making.

Scented ink may not be used to stain or marble.

List of known inks (incomplete)

All colours appear to randomly show up in the shops that sell random colours, but some are also always, or often, available at specific shops.

Ink name Shade Commonly available at Notes
agate green green
alice blue blue
amber yellow
amethyst purple
amethyst purple purple
antique brass metallic
antique white greyscale
apple white greyscale
aqua blue
aqua pearl blue
aquamarine blue
aquashell white greyscale
ash blue blue
asparagus grey greyscale
aspen green green
aubergine purple
auburn brown
Auriental red red
autumn leaf orange orange
avocado green green
azure blue
azure mist blue
baby's breath pink pink
baby blue blue
battlefield crimson red Addlemeyer's
bay blue blue
beachwood white greyscale
bear claw brown brown
beige brown
bisque brown
black greyscale Quirm Road stationer's shop, school shop, post office, Ninja guild, Batchev's, Addlemeyer's, tannery, Felicity Avenue Stationers, Samurai dojo
blackberry greyscale
blackberry cream purple
blanched almond greyscale
bleached parchment white greyscale
blood red red
blue blue Quirm Road stationer's shop, Ninja guild, specialty ink stall, Felicity Avenue Stationers
blue ebony blue
blue lagoon blue
blue moss blue
blue tundra blue
blue whisper blue
blue-black blue
blue-violet purple
blueberry frost blue
blushing lavender purple
blushing pink pink
bone white greyscale
brass brown metallic
brick red red
bridal white greyscale
bright blue blue
bright green green
bright pink pink
bright purple purple
bright red red
bright scarlet red
bright violet purple
bright white greyscale
bright yellow yellow
Brindisi orange orange
bronze metallic hunters'
brown brown hunters', Ninja guild, specialty ink stall
burnt cream yellow
burnt orange orange
burnt sienna brown
burnt umber brown
buttercup yellow yellow
butterscotch yellow yellow
cabbage green green
cadet blue blue
camel dung brown brown
cameo mauve purple
canary yellow yellow
candlelight yellow yellow
candy apple red red
carmine red red
carnelian red red
carrot orange orange
cat grey greyscale
celadon green
celadon green green
celery green green
cerise red
cerulean blue blue
champagne white greyscale
charcoal black greyscale
charcoal grey greyscale
chartreuse green
cherry blossom pink pink
cherry red red
cherrystone brown brown
chestnut brown brown
chocolate brown brown
cinnamon brown
clearlake blue blue Addlemeyer's
cloud white greyscale
cloud grey greyscale
cloudy grey greyscale Addlemeyer's
coal black greyscale
cobalt blue Ninja guild
cobalt blue blue
coffee bean brown brown
cool white greyscale
copper metallic hunters', Addlemeyer's
copper flecked brown brown Addlemeyer's flecked
coral reef pink pink
corn yellow yellow
cornflower blue blue
cornsilk yellow
cotton candy pink pink
cream yellow
crimson red
crystal blue blue
cyan blue Ninja guild
daffodil yellow yellow
dandelion yellow yellow
dark amber yellow
dark amethyst purple
dark blue blue tannery
dark brown brown hunters'
dark cerulean blue blue
dark chocolate brown
dark gold metallic
dark goldenrod yellow
dark green green hunters'
dark grey greyscale hunters'
dark indigo blue
dark iron metallic
dark lavender purple
dark oak brown
dark oak brown brown
dark orange orange
dark peach orange
dark pink pink
dark purple purple
dark red red
dark rose pink
dark rose pink pink
dark scarlet red
dark sienna brown
dark salmon pink pink
dark slate grey greyscale
dark tan brown
dark tangerine orange
dark tea green green
dark terracotta brown
dark violet purple
dark yellow yellow
dawn's light rose pink
deep blue blue
deep brown brown
deep purple purple
deep red red
delicate cream greyscale
desert bloom pink
desert sand red red
dim grey greyscale
Djelian yellow yellow
dolphin grey greyscale
dove grey greyscale
drab olive green
dried blood brown brown Addlemeyer's
dusty pink pink
dusty rose pink
ebony greyscale
eerie black greyscale Academy Legibles
eggshell blue blue
eggshell white greyscale
emerald green
emerald green green Quirm Road stationer's shop, hunters'
Ephebian white greyscale
fern green green
firebrick red red
firelight red red
flamingo pink pink
Flatulus green green
flax white greyscale
forest green green hunters'
frosty blue blue
fuschia purple
galaxy black greyscale
garden gate green green
garnet red red
gay scarlet red
Genuan violet purple
ghost white greyscale
gingerbread man brown brown
glass block blue blue
gleaming silver metallic
Gloomy Forest green green
gold metallic
gold flecked blue blue flecked
gold flecked crimson red flecked
gold flecked green green flecked
gold flecked orange orange flecked
golden brown brown
golden clay yellow yellow
golden orange orange Sto Lat Misc shop (Rimwards/Blueberry)
golden yellow yellow
goldenrod yellow
gonne metal grey greyscale
gossamer greyscale
grape blue blue
grass green green
greasy black greyscale
green green Ninja guild, Addlemeyer's
green-black green
green-yellow green
grey greyscale Ninja guild
harvest gold yellow
heather purple
heather-coloured green Addlemeyer's
hemlock green green
heron blue blue
Hogswatch tree green green
honey brown brown
hot pink pink
Hubland sky blue blue
ice blue blue
ice grey greyscale
ice white greyscale
iced orchid purple
imperial teal green
indigo blue
innocent blush red
Institute chestnut brown
Institute crimson red
iris purple purple Addlemeyer's
ivory greyscale
ivy green green
Jack Frost white greyscale
jade green
jade green green
jet black greyscale
khaki brown
kitten whiskers white greyscale Addlemeyer's
Klatchian coffee brown brown
Krullian leather brown brown
lace white greyscale
lake blue blue
Lancre green green hunters'
lavender blush purple
lavender purple
lawn green green
lead grey greyscale
leaf green green hunters'
lemon chiffon yellow
lemon meringue yellow
lemon twist yellow Addlemeyer's
lemon yellow yellow
light amber yellow
light blue blue
light bronze metallic
light brown brown
light goldenrod yellow
light green green
light grey greyscale
light indigo blue
light lavender purple
light orange orange
light peach orange
light pink pink
light purple purple
light red red
light silver metallic
light tan brown
light violet purple
light yellow yellow
lilac purple
lilac purple purple
lime green green
lime mist green Addlemeyer's
linen greyscale
magenta red
magnolia greyscale
mahogany red red
malachite green green
marmalade orange
maroon red
mauve purple
Mazda's black greyscale
melonade orange orange Addlemeyer's
midnight black greyscale
midnight blue blue
midnight green green
mint green green
misty mint green green
mocha brown
moody purple purple
moonless night black greyscale
moonstone white greyscale
mordant red red
moss green green Addlemeyer's
mustard yellow yellow
mystic mauve purple
navy blue blue
oak brown
ochre brown
off-white greyscale
oily black greyscale
old bronze metallic
old lace white greyscale
olive green
olive branch green green
olive green green
onyx greyscale
opal greyscale
opal black greyscale
opal purple purple
orange orange Ninja guild
orchid mist purple
orchid pink pink
pale amber yellow
pale blue blue
pale brown brown
pale chestnut brown
pale cornflower blue blue
pale gold metallic
pale green green
pale grey greyscale
pale indigo blue
pale lavender purple
pale lilac purple
pale magenta red
pale mauve purple
pale moon blue blue
pale orange orange
pale peach orange
pale pink pink
pale primrose yellow yellow
pale purple purple
pale red red
pale rose pink pink
pale sandy brown brown
pale star white greyscale
pale tan brown
pale violet purple
pale yellow yellow
passionate plum purple
pastel green green
pastel pink pink
pastel yellow yellow
peach orange
peach blossom pink
peach puff orange
peach white greyscale
pear green green
pearl grey greyscale
pearl white greyscale
pearly pink pink
pearly white greyscale
pebblestone grey greyscale
peridot green green
periwinkle blue blue
pewter metallic
philosopher beige brown
philosopher brown brown
pine green green
pink pink Ninja guild
pitch black greyscale
platinum metallic
plum purple
poisonous purple purple
poppy red red
powder blue blue
prose purple purple
puce brown
pumpkin orange orange
pure natural white greyscale
pure white greyscale
purple purple Ninja guild, tannery, Felicity Avenue Stationers
purple haze purple
purple-black purple
pyramid brown brown
raindrop grey greyscale Addlemeyer's
Ramtop grey greyscale
raspberry puree pink pink
raspberry red red
raw umber brown brown
red red Quirm Road stationer's shop, Ninja guild, tannery, Felicity Avenue Stationers
red bronze metallic
redwood brown brown
rich chocolate brown brown
rich gold metallic
rich red red
robin's egg blue blue
rose petal pink pink
rose pink pink
rose gold metallic
rose pink pink
rose red red
royal blue blue
ruby red red
ruddy copper metallic
russet brown brown
rusty red red
saddleback brown brown
saffron yellow yellow
sage green green Addlemeyer's
salmon egg orange orange
salmon pink pink
sand yellow yellow
sandy brown brown
sangria red red
sapphire blue blue
scarlet red
sea blue blue
sea green green Addlemeyer's
sea gull grey greyscale Addlemeyer's
sea mist blue blue
seadrift green green Addlemeyer's
seafoam green green Addlemeyer's
seafrost green green
seamstress pink pink Addlemeyer's
sepia brown Addlemeyer's
sepia brown brown
shiny bronze metallic
sienna orange
silver metallic
silver flecked black greyscale Addlemeyer's flecked
silver flecked blue blue flecked
silver flecked green green flecked
silver flecked pink pink flecked
silvery blue blue
silvery green green
silvery grey greyscale
sky blue blue
slate grey greyscale
smoke grey greyscale
snow fox grey greyscale
snowflake white greyscale
soft white greyscale
sparkly pink pink
sparkly silver metallic
speedwell blue blue Toomer Stationers ($90) (also shows up randomly)
Speedwell Street blue blue
spicy mustard yellow yellow Addlemeyer's
spring green green
steel blue blue
steel grey greyscale
Sto Helit lace black greyscale
Sto Plains silt brown brown
storm-cloud grey greyscale
straw yellow yellow
student's black black Brookless calligraphy shop &&&&&&&&&&&+6000 $15.00
subtle black greyscale
summer days yellow yellow
sunset pink pink
sunset red red
sunset scarlet red
sun kissed yellow yellow
sun silk yellow yellow
sungold yellow Addlemeyer's
sunlight yellow yellow tannery
sunset orange orange
tan brown
tapestry green green
tea green green
tea rose pink
teal blue
terracotta brown
thistle violet purple
thunder grey greyscale
tombstone grey greyscale
tulip pink pink
turquoise blue
twilight purple purple
ultramarine blue
umber brown
vanilla brown
vermilion red
victorian lace white greyscale
verdigris green
violet purple Ninja guild
warm gold metallic
warm honey gold metallic
warm white greyscale
water lily white greyscale
whale grey greyscale
wheat yellow yellow
white greyscale
white onyx greyscale
wild rose pink pink
wild thyme green Addlemeyer's
wine red red
wine-dark purple purple
winter white greyscale
wisteria purple purple
witchhazel green green
yellow yellow Ninja guild
yellow green green

Scented inks

Scented inks are only available from the specialty ink stall in the Djelibeybi bazaar, and the calligraphy shop on Brookless Lane in Ankh-Morpork (which both have a rotating stock). They can be used to write with, but cannot be used for staining or marbling.

Some of the scents are:

  • almond
  • amber
  • anise
  • Ankh
  • apple
  • apricot
  • banana
  • blackberry
  • boiled cabbage
  • camel dung
  • camomile
  • cantaloupe
  • caramel
  • cardamom
  • carnation
  • carrot
  • cat urine
  • cedar
  • cherry
  • chocolate
  • cinnamon
  • citronella
  • clementine
  • clove
  • cocoplum
  • coffee
  • coriander
  • cranberry
  • cucumber
  • cumin
  • currant
  • cypress
  • dragon's blood
  • eucalyptus
  • fennel
  • fig
  • fir needle
  • frangipani
  • frankincense
  • freesia
  • fresh linen
  • gardenia
  • garlic
  • geranium
  • ginger
  • grape
  • grapefruit
  • grass
  • guava
  • hazelnut
  • honey
  • honey dew
  • honeysuckle
  • jasmine
  • juniper
  • Klatchian dung
  • Klatchian rose
  • lavender
  • lemon
  • lemongrass
  • lilac
  • liquorice
  • lime
  • lotus
  • marjoram
  • melon
  • milk and honey
  • mint
  • ocean
  • orange
  • oregano
  • passion fruit
  • peach
  • peanut butter
  • pear
  • peppermint
  • pineapple
  • plum
  • pomelo
  • pumpkin
  • raspberry
  • rose
  • rosemary
  • rosewood
  • saffron
  • sandalwood
  • sage
  • scumble
  • skunk spray
  • spearmint
  • spring rain
  • spruce
  • strawberry
  • summer squash
  • sweetgrass
  • tea rose
  • thyme
  • vanilla
  • verbena
  • violet
  • vomit
  • watermelon
  • womble
  • yarrow


Ink is sold in several locations. Unless otherwise noted, the colours available are random, and rotate within their slots.

Addlemeyer's Ecclesiastical Curiosity Shop, on Grunefair in Ankh-Morpork has a rotating stock of seven different groups of colours: (clearlake blue, cloudy grey, raindrop grey), (iris purple, sungold), (wild thyme, moss green, copper flecked brown, heather-coloured), (black, green, sepia), (sea green, sea gull grey, seadrift green, seafoam green), (lime mist, melonade orange, copper, lemon twist, spicy mustard yellow, kitten whiskers white, seamstress pink), and (battlefield crimson, dried blood brown, silver flecked black). If you buy one of a particular group you may uncover a different ink from that group.

A tannery on Phedre Road in Ankh-Morpork has a fixed stock of dark blue, purple, sunlight yellow, red, and black.

Toomer Stationers on Scoone Avenue in Ankh-Morpork sells random inks for &&&&&&&&&&&&+500 $1.25, as well as speedwell blue ink in crystal ink wells for $90.

Salter Rhogain's Legibles in the Magic Emporium on Sator Square in Ankh-Morpork sells random inks.

Batchev's World of Maps on Ankh Street in Ankh-Morpork sells black ink.

Mr Vitiolo's calligraphy shop on Brookless Lane in Ankh-Morpork sells random normal and scented inks for &&&&&&&&&&&+1000 $2.50. It also sometimes sells "student's black ink" for &&&&&&&&&&&+6000 $15.00.

A specialty ink stall in the Djelibeybi bazaar seems to be the only place to get scented ink (though it also sells the other kind). Unlike most of the other shops, you cannot usually "uncover" a different colour of ink by buying one (although if you buy several from the same slot you may find another colour). The first two inks seem to always be brown and blue.

A papyrus stall in the Djelibeybi bazaar sells random inks.

The post office in Djelibeybi sells black ink.

Academy Legibles in the Academy of Artificers in Sto Lat sells gleaming silver, dark brown and random inks.

A corner shop on Rimwards Road in Sto Lat sells random inks.

A cosy little stationer's shop on Quirm Road in Sto Lat sells red, emerald green, blue, black, and one random ink.

The Dragon Emporium on Queen's Road in Sto Lat sometimes sells ink in a &&&&&&&&&&+20000 $50 well.

The Lancre Hunters' Trader in the Hunters' guild outpost near Ohulan Cutash sells brown, dark brown, copper, dark grey, Lancre green, dark green, leaf green, bronze, emerald green, and forest green. (This works like the shops with random colours, just with a smaller selection.)

Felicity Avenue Stationers in Genua sells purple, red, blue, and black ink.

A calligrapher's shop on Diamond Place in Bes Pelargic sells random ink.

A school shop on Rhinu Road in Bes Pelargic sells black ink.

The craft room of the Ninja guild has a fixed stock of red, pink, crimson, orange, brown, yellow, green, cobalt, cyan, blue, purple, violet, grey, and black.

A small niche in the Samurai dojo sells black ink and random ink.

Mama Diksha sells black ink, reportedly delicately squeezed, maybe even teased, from small specially farmed ink-squids. She is inside a makeshift shelter above Ming Lane.


In shops with a fixed stock list (i.e. listed with letter identifiers for the items), the random ink slot still exists (but is unlisted) when all of the random inks are out of stock. The slot reflects which colour will next be stocked in it; for example, after purchasing all of the random inks from the Samurai dojo, trying to "browse e" or "buy e" gives the following message:

The shop is sold out of elegant celadon jars of <colour> ink.

After waiting for the shop to re-stock, the next random ink colour was the one shown in the out-of-stock message.