Standard restrictions, also known as Type 69, disallow players from using older limited-time content in some ascension paths. These restrictions prevent players from using items, skills, familiars and locations that originate from content that became unavailable more than two calendar years earlier, such as items from old world events and Mr. Store Items-of-the-Month.
Standard restrictions apply to ascensions in the Standard path and the current special challenge path, and only apply while in Ronin or Hardcore. A special challenge path is considered to be current or "in season" during its first three months.
Standard restrictions on a special challenge path are lifted immediately once it is no longer the current season, as well as when breaking Ronin or Hardcore.
Standard restrictions do not apply to past special challenge paths, dietary paths, or unrestricted no-path ascensions.
The list of restricted items changes at the start of each calendar year. Limited-time content may be used only if it was available during the current calendar year or the previous two calendar years. In other words, content is disallowed if it became unavailable before January 1 of the year two years before the start of the path. For example, Standard ascensions in 2019 disallow content that became unavailable before January 1, 2017.
Things that are restricted include items, familiars, skills, locations and other features. Combat items may be used in combat, but are generally unable to be acquired while under Standard restrictions. Restricted gardens will grow normally but can't be harvested. The bookshelf displays restricted skills, but they can't be used. You do not receive restricted correspondence, although it's possible to switch to an eligible correspondent from the options menu. Restricted VIP Lounge furniture is displayed as a taped-off barricade:
Note that everything derived from limited-time content inherits the unavailability date of its original source. For example, a distention pill is considered too old to use because its initial point of origin (a mysterious chest which hatches a Li'l Xenomorph which drops a transporter transponder which unlocks a zone containing an adventure that gives the item) became unavailable in 2011. Therefore, all items from these zones are forbidden, despite the fact that these items still drop, and the zones are still accessible to players outside of standard restrictions.
- Attempting to use a restricted familiar gives this message:
- That familiar is too old to be used on this path.
- Clicking the clan VIP pool table (or trying to view the leaderboard) gives:
- That clan thing is too old to be used on this path.
- Attempting to use a restricted skill gives:
- That skill is too old for this path.
- Attempting to pull a restricted item from Hagnk's while in Ronin gives:
- That item is too old to be used on this path.
- Buying restricted items from the Mall:
- You can't afford that item. (With meat from Hagnk's)
- Attempting to use a restricted item:
- That item is too old to be used on this path.
- Attempting to use An Awesome Ball Pit in Hardcore or Ronin:
- The ball pit is too old to be used in this path.
- Attempting to initiate a trade:
- You may not initiate trades with other players while you are on a path which restricts old items.
Psychokinetic Hug (2013) is not subject to Standard restrictions.
Delicious salad was exempted from Standard restrictions in July 2015, perhaps because it was obtainable from the Deck of Every Card. However, the accompanying announcement went further, stating that delicious salad can be used "in any path from now until the end of the time. It is evergreen. It is glorious."
KoL Con exclusive items are dated as being available only for their first year, although all past items have remained purchasable (at higher cost) at subsequent Cons. According to Hot Stuff, this was done because older Con items will become prohibitively expensive over time due to their escalating prices. Jick somewhat disagreed with this decision, but there was no indication it will change. (Source)
- Under standard restrictions, the player's profile includes a link to the restricted item list. In Standard ascensions and the in-season special challenge path the list's URL is standard.php.
- To specify the date, enter it at the end of the url above. For example, standard.php?date=2016-01-01.
- Under standard restrictions, descriptions for items that are outside standard display the following note:
- NOTE: This item is too old to use on your current path.
- Trendy was the first implementation of restrictions similar to standard restrictions. Standard restrictions differ from Trendy because the pool of disallowed items is set at the beginning of a year and does not change during that year.
- The first path to include standard restrictions (then known as "type69") was Slow and Steady in the Summer of 2014. All challenge paths since have included standard restrictions while they were seasonal, a practice that Jick has stated will continue into the foreseeable future.
- Standard restrictions are also known by the name "type69". This comes from the former URL of the in-game list of disallowed items, which was originally
type69.php. This was a joke based on the Trendy item list's URL
typeii.php, a reference to the Standard (formerly Type 2) format in Magic: The Gathering, which only allowed certain cards from certain recently issued sets to be used in decks. Because no other official name was offered at the time, this joke name became the de facto term used by the players.
- On January 1, 2015, the Standard path was introduced, giving standard restrictions their official name and applying these restrictions to ascensions outside special challenge paths for the first time.
Specific Standard Restrictions by Year
If you are currently inside a path which is subjected to standard restrictions then you can see them inside the game by clicking on your username, then clicking on "(item availability schedule)" which will be located next to your current path. If you are not currently inside a path and wish to make plans for one, here is a copy of the list of restricted items for various years: