Summary Edit

The Black Market provides additional enhancements to hasten game progress or stylize the network. It runs on credits, along with having reputation requirements for some items.

Credits Edit

Credits are a unique currency, fueling many special functions and transactions. They can be bought with real currency (an in-game purchase) in the Black Market in amounts of 500, 1200, 2500, 7000, or 15000. Credits are required to purchase Building Threads, instantly compile programs, instantly finish program development and node construction, and change your IP location. They are also used to buy the following items from the Black Market.


The various 9sec Shields that are available.

Shields Edit

Located to the right of the credit bundles are various 9Sec shields, which provide external protection from hacks for set durations. Other players will be unable to connect to a network with an active shield, either by searching the World Map or retracing via the Security Log. However, IPs with an active shield will also be unable to connect to any other networks without first removing the shield. Note that removing a shield cannot be undone, offers no partial refund, and can only be replaced by a subsequent purchase after the cooldown mentioned below.

Activating a 9Sec shield triggers a cooldown during which no additional shields may be activated. These cooldowns begin counting down at the time of activation.

Shield Type Duration Cost Cooldown
Black1 day100 Credits4 days
Silver2 days150 Credits7 days
Gold7 days250 Credits20 days

Skins Edit

To the right of the 9Sec shields are various background and node skins. Skins are unlocked at increasing levels of reputation, which follow the rank increases, except for Ergo Dark. Once unlocked, they can be previewed, even if there are insufficient credits to complete the purchase. Losing reputation does not affect unlocked skins.

Name Reputation
Cost Image
Ergo Light0C 0
Skin Ergo Light
Ergo Dark250C 100
Skin Ergo Dark
Lost Archives500C 250
Skin Lost Archives
3D Chip750C 750
Skin 3D Chip
White Matrix1,000C 1,000
Skin White Matrix
Datacenter1,250C 500
Skin Datacenter
Ghost City1,500C 1,500
Skin Ghost City
Forsaken Cloud1,750C 1,000
Skin Forsaken Cloud
Volcano2,000C 2,500
Skin Volcano
Red Matrix2,000C 800
Skin Red Matrix
Horizon2,250C 1,500
Skin Horizon
Endless2,500C 3,000
Skin Endless
Cyberdream2,750C 2,000
Skin Cyberdream
Eternity3,000C 5,000
Skin Eternity
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