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Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader – Profit Factor Guide

Warhammer 40k Rogue Trader - Profit Factor Guide

The world of Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader is a bit unique even for most RPG enthusiasts. One of the most confusing parts of the game is the trading of resources and “purchase” of new equipment from various factions. This process seems to be very weird, as you don’t actually buy new items, but you can receive them for free as long as you have enough Reputation and Profit Factor. All of these terms, however, mean nothing if you don’t understand them. So, in this guide, we will do our best to explain the trading system of Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader, teach you how Profit Factor works, and to get more of it.

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How Trading, Reputation, and Profit Factor Work in Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader

In WH40k: Rogue Trader, players don’t actually approach vendors or merchants and sell their extra loot, equipment or cargo for money. Nor can they buy anything to use in battle from them. In this game, you trade for equipment based on Reputation and Profit Factor.

The Rogue Trader doesn’t touch money or currency, since they are supposed to be above that. Since you are a world power that owns planets, you don’t “buy” or “sell” anything. You deal in influence and power, which works through gifts.

When you meet a merchant for the first time in Act 1, you will notice that there are various items that you can “trade” for in the Trading tab. This is where you take items from the factions in the game as gifts.

All the items will be split into categories by numbers in the upper left corner that will represent their tier and they will all have a unique number next to them that will show their needed Profit Factor.

The yellow numbers to their left will represent the needed Reputation with that faction to get the items. You will start with Reputation 0 with all factions, which means you can trade for any of the equipment in tier 0 for free.

If you have a Profit Factor larger than the one of the item, you can just click on it, proceed with the transaction, and get the item for free. You won’t lose any Profit Factor, since it isn’t a currency. It is more of a milestone that shows you what items you can get for free from factions.

To increase your Reputation with factions, you just need to press the Reputation tab and give them some of your Cargo. You will see exactly how much each piece of Cargo is worth to the faction when selecting it and you can give them as much as you want.

Profit Factor and Trading Simplified

So, here is everything we said above said in an extremely simplified way:

  • All items available from factions through trading are free to get.
  • To get an item through trading, you will need to meet the Profit Factor and Reputation requirement for it.
  • To increase Reputation, you will need to gift the faction Cargo that they like, which you can collect throughout the game.

How to Increase Profit Factor in Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader

There are three ways to get more Profit Factor in Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader:

  • Choices that involve you getting something using skills.
  • Colony Projects.
  • Contracts.

Throughout the game, you will have occasional choices where you can gain more power, people, or influence. These choices will increase your Profit Factor, but they aren’t really the best way to get this stat.

Once you start getting your own solar systems and can explore the universe, you will gain access to Colony Projects and Contracts. Colony Projects are special passive missions you can complete that give you bonuses, which can also very often be Profit Factor points.

You will also unlock Contracts, which will usually require you to give some sort of Goods to a faction in exchange for Profit Factor points.

Generally, once you get access to the open universe in the game, you will have many ways to get more Profit Factor in Rogue Trader, so if you are still in Act 1, don’t think too much about it.


And that is all you need to know about how Profit Factor works in Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader. Check out other interesting Rogue Trader guides and articles:

Based in Munich, Germany, Adrian Oprea is the Founder of Raider King. He is a writer with a passion for storytelling and a love for all things RPG. When not wielding a keyboard, he can be found exploring fantastical worlds, one quest at a time.
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