Some things I have learned
[Note: Under construction. I am updating the blog post to reflect the Mordor changes.]
Update 21 raised the level cap to 115 with the Mordor expansion. I updated this post to be accurate as of Update 22.
Notes on Imbuement
It took me a while to understand how Legendary Items (LIs) work and best practices for building them. The changes that added Imbuement to LIs will also take a while to understand. In the process, I’m trying to collect things I’ve figured out.
Much has been written (not all of it correct or consistent) about the process of imbuing LIs. I will start with how they work after Imbuement.
Imbued Legendary Items
An Imbued Legendary Item (ILI, but I wish there were a better abbreviation) is still a Legendary Item:
- There is a default legacy plus up to seven regular legacies that add various bonuses
- There are relics that can be slotted (so far, relics work the same for LIs and ILIs)
- There are First Age, Second Age, and Third Age ILIs
ILIs are simpler than LIs in some ways:
- There are no legacy points to spend
- There are no longer major and minor legacy slots
- There will be no reason to replace an ILI if or when the level cap is raised.
- When you replace a legacy or... More
by Michaleo on 2018-02-19 05:47:42
The Mordor expansion adds an Allegiance system that provides additional quests, including repeatable daily and weekly quests, resource instances, and bartered gear.
There are 4 allegiances available: The Kingdom of Gondor (Men), The Court of Lothlorien (Elves), Durin’s Folk (Dwarves), and Hobbits of the Company. When you reach level 110, you can join an allegiance and do the introductory quest. This gives you a port to the allegiance hall.
You advance in an allegiance with Allegiance Points (AP) from various denomination Relics of the Last Alliance earned as quest and deed rewards. Although it is similar to reputation, allegiance standing cannot be accelerated. After using a token, if you have reached a new level, you must claim the rewards using the allegiance tab on the reputation panel. When you reach level 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30, it will also open a quest. It puts an item in your inventory, but it does not start a quest. Simply go to the allegiance hall and you’ll see someone with a quest ring. The quest lines are specific to the allegiance, but parallel rewards are offered. At level 15, the quest rewards with an Incomparable/teal Item Level 326 ring; at 30, a similar... More
by Michaleo on 2017-10-16 07:42:31
In Talath Urui, there is a pair of Easterling camps called Fushaum Bal. These two groups (North and South) have separate and opposing reputation factions, similar to the Ale Association and Inn League during festivals.
Do not attack any mobs in the camps or complete any quests until you know what you need to do.
When you start (you will need to defeat a mob for it to show up) your reputation is at the boundary of Enemy and Outsider, -10000 below Neutral. The overall goal is to get to Neutral with both factions, but not necessarily at the same time.
If you are not using a reputation accelerator, when you complete a quest for the North, you will gain 1200 reputation with it, but lose the same 1200 reputation with the South. The quests are repeatable with short cooldowns. When you defeat a North-friendly mob, you gain 8 with the South and lose 8 with the North.
If you use a reputation accelerator, you gain twice as much, 2400 per quest, but still lose only 1200 with the other faction. Similarly, a mob defeat will give you 16 with the opposing faction, but lose only 8 with the mob's faction.
You need a strategy for accomplishing the goal. Assuming you aren't using rep accelerators, if you do a... More
by Michaleo on 2017-08-25 04:03:38
You can copy an existing character to Bullroarer, but if you want to see things as a character at the new level cap, you will have to level your character up. There are tools to level up a character relatively quickly, but they only apply to newly created characters.
With the complexity of Legendary Items and essence armour, and all the other attributes that a realistic level-cap character has, it will take some effort to make one. Here are some tips:
Read the posts at the top of the Bullroarer forum. Especially read the FAQ about the Eyes and Guard Tavern, the place where the magic happens. Also be sure to read the release notes for the particular beta and any earlier ones you missed. You will find Bullroarer chat full of people asking questions that are answered in those posts.
Read through this post before you start. Take note of information you may want to get from your life characters, for example, legacies and virtues you like, how you spend your trait points, how you arrange your quickslots, etc. This process recreates what normally takes weeks or months, and can be overwhelming if you have to start everything from scratch.
When you're ready to... More
by Michaleo on 2017-06-26 03:38:15
[Let me know if anything is wrong or confusing.]
Crafting is an important part of LOTRO. For a player just starting the game, it isn’t essential, but eventually, doing some crafting can add a lot to the game experience.
As with other game systems, crafting can get complicated. The purpose of this post is to guide players who are getting started with crafting. It is not meant to be a complete tutorial or reference, but rather a supplement, providing some advice that might be hard to distill from the normal sources.
I enjoy crafting and it is an important part of my game play. Some people don’t care for it. It is not absolutely required. With only a few exceptions, things that are crafted can be obtained from other players who do craft. How much you craft is really up to you.
There are many things that can be crafted in the game. Gear such as weapons, armour, jewellery, etc., can be made and used. Such items contribute to the capabilities of your character, and are restricted by level. As your character “grows up”, you will need to replace your gear with more powerful gear suited to your new level.
Consumables are items that you use that provide temporary enhancements... More
by Michaleo on 2017-05-19 07:42:31
With Update 20, three new reputations factions were introduced. These factions offer new gear and upgrades. Reputation is earned through tokens dropped by mobs or earned as quest rewards. The tokens can also be obtained in exchange for crafted items. When you achieve sufficient reputation with a faction, those same tokens can be bartered for gear and upgrades. This post focuses on the crafting that can be done to get the reputation tokens.
Host of the West factions
The three new factions are called Host of the West: Armour, Host of the West: Weapons, and Host of the West: Provisions. (I will refer to them as HWArmour, HWWeapons, and HWProvisions.) All three operate in the same way. Each has two reputation tokens. One is worth 100; the other is worth 500. Note that these factions are separate from the Host of the West faction in North Ithilien.
|Faction||100 Token||500 Token|
Right-clicking on a reputation token consumes it and converts it into reputation. Alt-right-clicking on a stack of tokens brings up a dialogue box allowing you to specify how many of the tokens you... More
by Michaleo on 2017-05-02 08:50:37
[Updated 11/19/2016 3854 nodes]
Here are some preliminary results from picking flowers in North Ithilien. Sample sizes are small, especially for less common flowers.
Some flowers produce a single kind of extract, either one or two each:
|Produces 1||Southron's Crown||Dwarfsbeard||Elfspear|
The two-extract flowers are the most common. Bell-o-dales and Larkspurs are adjacent to water. Drakeworts are at the bottom of cliffs, such as to the east of the road from the Crossroads north or around the large unclimbable hill between Henneth Annûn and the Camp of the Host. Buckthorns are near structures. Rock-roses are on flat rocky spots.
Bell-o-dale and Drakewort flowers have around a 10% chance of producing a sapphire or amber extract, respectively. They also yield an average of almost 3 common extracts of different kinds, whether or not you get the rare one. Other flowers can produce sapphire or amber extracts on occasion. I got amber from 1.5% of the common flowers, sapphire from about 0.5% of them, but the numbers are small so the rate could be off. There are many locations for Bell-o-dales on the landscape, so 3/4 of my sapphires came... More
by Michaleo on 2016-11-09 05:50:05
Here are some of my blog posts that may still be useful. Always check the date of the post, since some details may have changed.
Let me know if you have a problem using the links. The blog editor rewrites the links and sometimes gets them wrong.
|2016-09-26||Adventures with Stat Tomes||
|2016-09-24||Using LotroPlan for Essence Gear||
|2016-08-26||The Treasure Hunt||
|2016-06-11||The Ale Association and Inn League Delivery Quests||
|2016-05-30||Exchanging Featured Instance and Pelennor Instance Armour||
|2016-05-27||366 Days of Tools||
|2016-05-13||Notes on Imbuement Update 18.2||
Reflects current numbers
|2015-10-16||Creating a Storage Alt on a Free Account||
|2015-04-15||Every Crafter Deserves Superior Tools||
|2015-03-03||Big Battles 101: Getting Started||
Still mostly correct
|2015-03-03||Big Battles 102: Helm's Dike Recipe||
Still mostly correct
|2015-01-11||I recently noticed that my scholar had accumulated over 1,000g!||
|2014-05-30||How to make an awesome Legendary Item||Possibly relevant for lower levels
|2014-05-19||Composting Legendary Items for Relics and Shards||Still important before you get to imbue
by Michaleo on 2016-10-06 07:05:08
Although I am generally opposed to spending real money to improve my characters, I decided I might spend a few of my accumulated Turbine Points for some stat tomes. My storage alt was holding a few dozen tomes I had accumulated, but of course there were missing ones, and you can’t use a stat tome until you have all the lower tiers of that stat. I had some duplicates I could sell to raise gold, but I expected it was going to cost me a lot of gold unless I wanted to spend a lot of TP.
Stat Tome Basics
Using a stat tome permanently adds some amount of a stat to your character. The stats available are Agility, Might, Will, Vitality and Fate. Tiers I through VI add 15, tier VII adds 30, and tiers VIII and higher add 40. If you have forgotten what tomes you have used, look at your skill window (“k”), Passive tab, Attribute Enhancements. If you mouse over a tome, it will be red if you haven’t yet used the next lower tier tome.
Stat tomes come from a variety of places. They may be in lootboxes or my drop in instances and battles, in which case they can be sold or traded. They may be in Hobbit Presents (I have seen tiers I to VIII), in which case they are bound to account The Sack of Presents... More
by Michaleo on 2016-09-26 05:53:11
[Let me know if you find any errors or have any suggestions.]
Note: this post contains a number of screen shots. To see them full size, click on the picture.
LotroPlan is a spreadsheet file that makes it possible to keep track of and compare stats for different configurations of gear. In my experience, it has been quite accurate matching the in-game stats. It contains the details for almost everything level-cap characters can use.
I used it to plan my 105 essence gear for Michaelo, Nodread and Wrytune, and when I was done upgrading, the in-game stats were exactly what the spreadsheet predicted. Because of the expense in time and resources to do a set of essence gear, it is important to decide what you want to achieve and avoid mistakes.
You can read the history and discussions about LotroPlan in the forums www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?539545-LotroCalc-calculate-stats-amp-plan-upgrades. Note that the subject line says LotroCalc, the original name, instead of LotroPlan.
LotroPlan was created and has been updated by Giseldah. The over 50,000 items in the database were provided by Castorix. It's a lot of work figuring out exactly how stats work in the game and... More
by Michaleo on 2016-09-24 03:04:32