In this guide we explain everything you need to know to connect to the Bohemia darknet marketplace.
Founded in mid-2021, Bohemia is an up-and-coming darknet market that is poised to see significant growth in the near future. Featuring roughly 3,500 listings at present, Bohemia is heavier on drugs listings and lighter on digital listings and struggles to fill some of its more esoteric subcategories. It uses the traditional market escrow and account wallet system but does at least support XMR in addition to BTC. Bohemia is devoid of many of the fancier payment options, such as per-order payments and multisig escrow, but it makes up for this by offering a well-thought order placement process.
The market design itself is unique and the admins have gone out of their way to deliver a unique darknet experience that seemingly attempts to combine popular features from other markets. Bohemia keeps things simple and compartmentalized, putting emphasis on user security and OpSec in the places where it should. It has an active community on Dread, brimming with vendors advertising their products and the admin chiming in with the latest developments. It also connects each vendor to their page on Recon to give buyers a more thorough picture of their activity.
One area where Bohemia is a bit lacking is in the documentation department. Even their official rules only consist of four things: no prohibited items (whatever that means, we’re not sure), no spam, no impersonating the administration, and always encrypt “sensitive/private” data using PGP. No advanced explanations of wallet systems, escrow options, FE, etc. We do appreciate that Bohemia uses a novel captcha system, which they refer to as the “DDOS Defender System,” even though we (almost) always got the time on the clock wrong on the first try.
Bohemia also attempts to motivate vendors by implementing a flexible coupon code system that allows vendors to give the user a certain percent off different listings. They also have a unique vendor rank up system (and buyer leveling system as well), although it seems that experienced vendors are still few and far between on the market. Although the market’s wallet model makes it a ripe candidate to pull of a juicy exit scam, they do seem to offer a level of dedication to providing the best darknet market experience possible, sans relinquishing this element of control.
Basic Facts about Bohemia
- Bohemia Market Link: bohhvnnrnvzqtmkgfwg5pnewqu2pg3ozxjvqc5kixtgqz46mlguipaqd.onion
- Year founded: 2021
- Cryptocurrencies accepted: Bitcoin (BTC), Monero (XMR)
- Total Product/Service listings: 3,500+
- Listing Categories: Benzodiazepines, Cannabis & Hashish, Dissociatives, Psychedelics, Ecstasy, Opioids, Opiates, Prescriptions, Steroids, Stimulants, Fraud, Counterfeit Items, Digital Products, Software & Malware, Security & Hacking
- Multi-signature escrow? No
- Finalize Early? Yes
- Cost of vendor bond: $100
Before Getting Started
Before attempting to use Bohemia or any darknet market, there’s a few technical subjects of which intermediate understanding is required by the user, which include the following:
- Cryptocurrency transacting. You must have at least an intermediate level of familiarity with how crypto transactions work to use the market, which includes sending and receiving cryptocurrency. We recommend obtaining Monero (XMR) and using it when possible as it is superior to Bitcoin (BTC) for darknet market purposes.
- The Tor browser. You must have the most recent version of the Tor browser installed and know how to use it properly to maintain your own privacy while doing so.
- OpSec. Short for “operations security,” OpSec is the art of putting yourself in the shoes of an adversary in order find ways in which they might use your internet activities against you. If you are not sure what this means, take some time to familiarize yourself with the idea before proceeding.
- PGP. Short for Pretty Good Privacy, PGP is a standard for encryption. You must be familiar with using PGP for encrypting and decrypting messages. This also includes knowing how to verify a message sent from others and sign a message sent from yourself, if necessary.
The difference between fully understanding what you are doing can mean everything in the world when using these markets, and we recommend waiting until you are comfortable with the process and how it works before placing your first order. Remember: there’s no such thing as being under-prepared when it comes to something as sensitive as this type of endeavor.
Disclaimer: This guide is for research purposes only and should not be construed to be advice; legal or otherwise. The authors of this guide do not condone activities that are illegal in your jurisdiction or others. Use the contents of this guide and/or Bohemia at your own risk.
Don’t Get Phished
Make sure you get your link to the market from a verifiable source, and always use the same link, when possible. Never search for a link on the clearnet – especially on a social media forum like Reddit – as you are likely to encounter a phishing site link and lose whatever you might deposit. Therefore, stick to the same trusted sources when finding links for Bohemia or any darknet market.
Creating an Account
After making sure you’ve landed at an official (verified) login page for Bohemia, the first thing you need to do is click the text under the Login button that says “Don’t have an account yet? Register now”. This will transport you to the account creation screen, which looks like this when properly filled:
Note that you’ll have to enter the following fields:
- Account name (displayed to other market users)
- Password (twice, don’t forget to save this someplace secure along with your account name)
- Security PIN (twice, between 4-8 digits)
After you have entered the info, press “Register”. You will now be brought to a screen with your secret mnemonic phrase, which looks something like this:
As the text says, you will need this 12-word sequence to recover your account should you somehow get locked out of it. Be sure to check the box that verifies you have copied these words to a safe place after properly doing so, then press “Continue”. Next, you’ll be asked to re-enter the 12-word phrase. After doing this and pressing “Continue”, you will then be brought to the PGP key entry screen. This is where you will paste your PGP public key in order to receive communications from vendors and other users.
Setting a PGP Key
It’s possible to bypass this step if you want to first browse the market before committing further to it, but we recommend just doing it now to get it out of the way. First, paste your PGP public key in the text box and press “Add PGP Key”. Next, you will be asked to decrypt a message to prove ownership of the key. Copy the message and decrypt it using your PGP utility, then paste the decrypted contents in the box below, which will look something like this when correctly filled:
Press “Verify PGP Key” to continue. Next, you will be asked to finalize the registration by choosing the default currency in which you’d like listing prices displayed, decide if you want to enable 2-FA or not (we recommend enabling this option if you are paranoid about others gaining access to your account), and choose a random login phrase.
The importance of the login phrase is that it will be displayed each time you log in to remind you that you are visiting a legitimate Bohemia site. If you don’t see it, it means you’re being phished. After entering the above info and pressing “Finalize Registration”, you will be brought to the main market homepage and are free to begin browsing.
Bohemia more or less insists all users do this by reminding you to do so with a persistent banner, so its best to get this out of the way early, as well. From your User Control Panel, under the Settings tab, check the box above your PGP public key to Enable 2 Factor Authentication.
Next, fill the captcha and press “Update”. If everything goes according to plan, you will be brought back to the Control Panel screen with a green banner that reads “2 Factor Authentication enabled.” You will now need to decrypt a message encrypted with your provided key before logging in to the market each time.
Making a Deposit
Upon logging in to Bohemia for the first time, you will notice you have two unread messages by default. Click on this link to bring them up, as it will show you your available deposit options:
At present Bohemia supports Bitcoin (BTC) and Monero (XMR) for payments; we recommend always using the latter when possible. The deposit address itself is a bit tricky to find in that you must first hover over your username in the upper-right corner of the screen, then select “User CP”.
You will see various options here related to your account and its settings.
First click Wallet to bring up the wallet options panel, then select the coin you will depositing (BTC or XMR at present; for the purposes of this guide, we will be depositing XMR). Make sure you select the “deposit” option. Next, you will be shown a screen with your XMR deposit address in two forms, QR code for mobile payment and text for all others:
Note that deposit address changes each time after you make a deposit, so avoid depositing to the same address twice. We recommend you make use of Bohemia’s “Verify Address” feature, even if just for practice. Pressing this button causes a PGP-signed message to pop up on the screen. Decrypting this message using your private key proves that you are depositing into a market-owned account.
Upon decrypting the contents displayed in the popup, you should see the following message:
“The Monero address 8xxxxxxxx has been generated for (your username) on (Bohemia mirror URL). If the address, and/or URL does not match, please do NOT deposit & leave immediately and seek a genuine mirror.”
If the address matches what is displayed as your current deposit address, you are good to go. We recommend only making a deposit an hour or so before placing an order, and never depositing much more than you need for one order at a time. This will minimize the damage should the market suddenly go down for whatever reason.
Bohemia is formatted a bit differently from other markets and can be difficult to navigate, only showing filter options on certain screens. After scrolling down on the main page, you will eventually see the market’s featured listings and item categories in the left panel.
You will also see that just to the left of the Featured Listings is a search utility to easily find the product for which you are looking. Items on Bohemia are divided into the following categories (and subcategories):
- Benzodiazepines (Pills, Powder, RCs, Other)
- Cannabis & Hashish (Buds, Concentrates, Edibles, Hash, Prerolls, Seeds, Shake, Synthetic, Tropicals
- Dissociatives (GHB, Ketamine, Other Dissociatives)
- Psychedelics (LSD, Other Psychedelics, DMT, Mescaline, Psilocybin)
- Ecstasy (MDA, MDMA, Pills, Other Ecstasy)
- Opioids (Oxycodone, Heroin, Tramadol, Methadone, Other Opioids)
- Opiates (Codeine, Dihydrocodeine, Morphine, Opium, Pills, Thebaine, Other Opiates)
- Prescription (Sleeping Pills, Sexual Medication, Sedatives, Pain Killers, Muscle Relaxers, Other Prescription)
- Stimulants (Cocaine, Crack, Meth, Adderall, Study Drugs, Pressed Pills, Speed, Other Stimulants)
- Fraud (Methods, Services, Identification Documents, Accounts, Tools, Cards, Other)
- Counterfeit Items (Clothing, Metals, Watches, Jewelry, Money, Other)
- Digital Products (Gaming, Pornography, Entertainment, E-Books, Other)
- Software & Malware (Malware & Botnets, Cracked Software, Genuine Software, Other)
- Security & Hacking (Exploits, Methods, Exploit Kits, Services, Hacking Software)
The most popular of these categories by far is Cannabis & Hashish, with a well-rounded assortment of different marijuana-based products sold by vendors from around the world. They also feature a decent number of listings in their Psychedelics, Ecstasy and Stimulants Categories, with the rest being a bit lighter in listings count. Bohemia does feature some counterfeit items, but the rest of the categories are just for digital items that can be found on any other darknet market.
Clicking on a listing brings up its details, including description, total sold, FE status, coins accepted, price (in BTC and XMR – most vendors accept both), and some basic vendor info, like positive feedback % and orders completed:
You can also see the feedback the item has received, and some advanced information about the vendor, which can be gleaned from Recon. You can also learn more about the product itself by clicking the PsychonautWiki link under the Recon feedback button. Below this is additional shipping information, and then a description of the product written by the vendor. Beneath this is often the vendor’s policies, which are definitely worth reading through before attempting to place an order with a vendor for the first time.
Placing an Order
After you’ve found an item you wish to purchase, select the Shipping Type, Coin (Bitcoin or Monero) and Quantity (1 or more). We recommend using Monero (XMR) when possible as it is much better for OpSec purposes. Next, press Add to Cart. While it is possible to process orders to multiple vendors at the same time, we recommend keeping things simple and sticking to one vendor the first time.
Next, visit your cart by clicking on it in the upper-right corner of the screen. Make sure you are satisfied with the quantity, shipping option and currency selection before proceeding with entering your shipping information, which must be encrypted with the vendor’s PGP key. Note that Bohemia supplies you with the vendor’s PGP key, which can be accessed on screen by clicking the “View Merchant PGP Key” link under the Shipping Notes text box. Copy the key and import it into your PGP utility, then encrypt your shipping information using the key, and paste the encrypted contents into the text box on the order screen. It should look something like this when pasted:
After double-checking the order total, press the green “Checkout” button under total amount. If you have enough coins in your account to cover the purchase, the order will be sent to the vendor, who will then begin processing it for delivery. There isn’t a hard set of rules when it comes to deliveries on Bohemia, but generally speaking, vendors who understand the value of good business will do their best to process and ship your order within a reasonable amount of time.
In this regard, Bohemia is different from other markets because it gives a lot of flexibility to the vendor in the terms they wish to set when accepting orders on the market. This is why its extra important to read through the vendor’s policies before placing an order with them for the first time. If you are placing an FE order, be sure to mark your order as received after you have been notified that it has been shipped. For all other orders, be sure to release the funds to the vendor as soon as you have received your order and determined it to be to your satisfaction. The vendor cannot get paid until you do this.
If an order is not to your expectations, or you don’t receive it at all, you can file a dispute rather than release the funds to the vendor. You will be asked to provide all evidence to substantiate your claims; after which the market will ask the vendor to respond and present their own evidence. The moderation staff will then make a decision based on what is presented before them and either return the funds to the buyer or the vendor. We recommend never having to get this far by only dealing with experienced vendors when possible. This is one of the most important factors in having a successful darknet market experience.
Bohemia is a new, mid-sized darknet market that features mostly drug listings. Though still short on product selection in some areas and lacking experienced vendors overall, Bohemia is poised to climb to the ranks of top-tier markets; granted it can gain more trust from the community. Its centralized wallet system and lack of more sophisticated order payment types render it less than ideal in this regard, as the chances for exit scam get higher as the market becomes more successful.
For now, however, we think Bohemia has some decent potential, and losses from an exit scam scenario can be mitigated by only keeping enough funds on the market to cover one order at a time. The vocalness of the admins and willingness to engage with their users on a public forum (Dread) suggests they care about the long-term success of their market. As other markets collapse around them and they become in search of new homes, vendors will slowly migrate to Bohemia so long as it maintains its current course and longevity.
Bohemia Market URL: bohhvnnrnvzqtmkgfwg5pnewqu2pg3ozxjvqc5kixtgqz46mlguipaqd.onion