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The type of an item indicates what it is good for. Not all items have types, as the item's equipment slot may be enough to define it, such as for accessories, decorative items and relics:

Four armor types
Cloth, Leather, Mail, Plate
Fourteen weapon types
Axe, Bow, Crossbow, Dagger, Fishing Pole, Fist Weapon, Gun, Mace, Polearm, Shield, Staff, Sword, Thrown, Wand
Nine bag types
Bag, Enchanting Bag, Engineering Bag, Gem Bag, Herb Bag, Inscription Bag, Leatherworking Bag, Mining Bag, Tackle Box