Volo's Ratings System was the means by which Volothamp Geddarm ranked taverns, inns, shops, alleyways, and so forth in his well-known guidebooks. The categories were as follows:

Pipes[edit | edit source]

Used to rate the quality of inns, which were defined as any establishment that rented beds to travelers. The rating took into account such things as decor, comfort, service, food, et cetera. The criteria did not include pricing.

An inn received a number of pipes from 1pipe.jpg being the lowest quality to 5pipes.jpg being the highest quality.

Tankards[edit | edit source]

Used to rate the quality of taverns, defined as any public establishment that serves alcoholic beverages. The rating took into account such things as atmosphere, watering of the drinks, service, decor, food (if any), et cetera. The criteria did not include pricing.

A tavern received a number of tankards from 1mug.jpg being the lowest quality to 5mugs.jpg being the highest quality.

Coins[edit | edit source]

Used to rate the pricing of all businesses. The rating compared the general prices of goods or services against the average for the city/country/region in which the business operated. The rating did not relate to the quality of the goods or services offered.

A business received a number of coins from 1coin.jpg being the least expensive to 5coins.jpg being the most expensive.

Daggers[edit | edit source]

Used to rate the dangerousness of alleyways, courtyards, et cetera. The rating took into account such things as crime rates and the general propensities of the denizens of the area in question.

An area received a number of daggers from 1dagger.jpg being the least dangerous to 5daggers.jpg being the most dangerous.

The Menzoberranzan System[edit | edit source]

The city of Menzoberranzan also had ratings for various establishments and they used a five-point system inspired by Volo.

Coin Stacks[edit | edit source]

Used to rate the pricing at all businesses, but not necessarily an indication of quality. A business received a number of coin stacks from 1coinstack.jpg being the cheapest to 5coinstacks.jpg being the most expensive.

Stars[edit | edit source]

Quality was measured on a scale from 1star.jpg as the worst to 5stars.jpg as the best.

Skulls[edit | edit source]

Menzoberranzan was not a safe place in general, but certain locations were rated for their level of threat, from 1skull.jpg for merely unsafe to 5skulls.jpg for extremely deadly.

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