Lord of the Rings Online Tips

Tips that Marlene has picked up over the years of playing a hunter on LOTRO's Laurelin server.

Class Recommendation

I recommend Hunter as your first class. Hunters are very powerful ranged characters that, with the right class tree, can fire while running, AND, more importantly they get "ports" (called guides in game) to various regions of the game as they level up (you have to buy them from vendors).

I can not stress how handy ports are. Travel is slow. LOTRO doesn't have a map like WoW does where you just point to the city you want to go and it goes there. You have to know the route to take and take horses to. every. stable. master. between. the. two. points. Super annoying. (There is a plugin that tells you the route, but still.)

Ports are VERY nice when you get to level 100, or even lower. I have characters of every class. I pretty much only play my hunter. He's awesome.

Wardrobe and Cosmetic Items

The wardrobe is a handy place to put cosmetics in that all characters can access. You either have to have an active VIP subscription OR buy slots from the store to be able to add new items to the wardrobe (VIP get either ten or twenty slots for free as long as they are active, you can use items in those slots after VIP expires, but if you remove an item from the wardrobe after that you can't add something new back in).

To use an item in your wardrobe you drag it from your wardrobe to the appropriate slot in your cosmetic outfit on your outfit/gear panel. You can dye items in the wardrobe and then select what color you want to use from the wardrobe before using the item.

If you do not have a wardrobe you can still use cosmetic items!

You have to have the cosmetic item in your inventory, dye the item whatever color you want to wear, drag it to the slot it belongs in. Don't destroy the item, because then you can't use it again. If it's in the wardrobe you can destroy it (or give it back to whoever loaned you the item).

I have quite a large cosmetic collection and almost every dye color there is. I'm more than happy to loan you anything you want.

Plugins

I don't know if you used plugins in WoW, but plugins are so useful. There are quite a few I use and will suggest here.

  • Plugins can be found here: LOTRO Interface
  • Keep in mind that some plugins are quite old and may not work with the latest versions of LOTRO. Anything that hasn't been updated in a year may not work. Read the comments to see what people are saying. Also, some plugins (like the bag consilidator plugins) are obsolete because that has been added to the game.
  • My Plugins:
    • Alt Inventory: Allows you to see the inventory and vault storage of alts.
    • Bevy o' Bars: May be useful once you have played for a while and need more quickslots. As a new player you probably don't need this. If you do install this there is another plugin required to make the modules load. I don't remember the name of it off hand. It's mentioned in the comments.
    • BuffBars: Shows the buffs and debuffs applied to you as bars with timers on them instead of tiny little icons under your character name. VERY handy. Because there are a lot of icons and so forth.
    • Busy Bee: There are task boards in most regions that allow you to turn in 10 "junk" items from mobs to get experience and usually reputation with a faction up to five times a day. BusyBee keeps track of the items in your inventory and lets you know when you have enough items to turn in for tasks. There's a bug in the one available on the website. Let me know if you want this plugin. Husband fixed the bug. I'll give you his version.
    • Daily Tasks: Similar to BusyBee but you have to manually run a command to see what task items you have. Also tells you where the task board is for those items and who can turn them in (sort of). Try both maybe.
    • Item Tracker: This is a handy plugin if you want to keep track of how many items of something you have in your inventory. Puts a little icon on your screen with a count next to it. May or may not be useful.
    • Pets: Lets you easily summon and dismiss cosmetic pets (not as great a system as WoW has, but better than nothing).
    • Recipe Tracker: If you have a lot of alts with different professions you may want to know if Alt Y has recipe X when playing with Alt Z. This is an easy way to find out.
    • Reminders: Kind of complex to figure out, but if there's a repeatable quest you're working on doing for reputation, or something you're working on that you'll forget about, this will let you set up reminders to pop-up at specfic times for all your characters. I find it very useful, but as a new player you probably won't. But you might.
    • Stable Guy: This will come in handy as you progress through the game. You tell it what town you are in and what town you want to go to and it tells you the route to take to get there. It doesn't know where you have been, so it's possible that it will give you a route that you can't get to via stable masters. Still handy.

Player Colors

  • White: Characters that have the /rp flag turned on.
  • Yellowish: Characters who have the /rp flag set to off.

In theory the /rp flag tells you if someone is willing to role play or not. In reality this doesn't really make a difference. Most people aren't role playing and basically ignore this flag.

Creature Colors

These colors corpsond to quests and creatures/mobs. For more information see Quests on the LOTRO Wiki.

  • Grey: 9 or more levels below your level. You get no experience for killing grey mobs. Some of the grey mobs in many areas have 1 hit point. If you are an elf you won't be able to kill those characters, or at least targeting nearest mob on the keyboard won't select one of these mobs. Obviously you get no XP for those mobs and those mobs will never aggro you, they run when you get close.
  • Green: 6-9 levels below. This is the lowest level mob color that will give you XP.
  • Turquoise: 3-5 levels below.
  • Blue: 1-2 levels below.
  • White: Same level as you. You should be able to kill these if you have gear that is on level or so. Avoid aggroing a large number (3-more) to avoid being swarmed.
  • Yellow: 1-2 levels above your level. Most of the time if you have a good grasp on how to play you can kill these mobs. Don't aggro more than one or two at a time to avoid being swarmed.
  • Orange: 3-4 levels above. If you know how to play your class, are in a fellowship with at least one other skilled player, you could probably kill these.
  • Red: 5-6 levels above. If you are skilled and have excellent gear you probably have a 50/50 chance of winning against these. Avoiding is recommended.
  • Purple: 7-8 levels above. Unless you are very skilled and have excellent gear these mobs will almost always kill you. AVOID.

Emotes/Pets

You can collect emotes and cosmetic pets. To see the collections and see which ones you've collected go to the menu on the far left end of the toolbar at the bottom of the screen, click on collections.

You can click on every emote/pet that is available in the game and it will tell you how to earn it. See the wiki for more information on each emote/pet.

What to keep/What to sell

Basically sell everything you don't need. This is how to determine if you need something or not:

  • Task Items: The icon has a dark purple background and white title text. Get a plugin like Daily Tasks (see plugins section) to find out which purple items are "junk" (no tasks will use those items) and which items can be used for tasks. Turn in your tasks (you start out being able to do five tasks a day, the more tasks you complete the more daily tasks you can complete) and then sell the rest (perhaps saving the task items that are good for the next day). Daily Tasks is highly recommnded for tasks (or BusyBee).
  • Jade Gemstones: There is NO use for Jade Gemstones (looks like a task item) in the game. You can always sell these, or filter them out so you never get them as loot (to filter anything go to the menu at the far left side of the screen and choose "filters", you can filter loot, sounds (record the sound you hate first), and quests).
  • Armour/weapons: Obviously any item that your class can't use (the tooltip will have a red line on there somewhere if you can't use it) for your class.
    • If you are collecting cosmetics you can see if the item's skin looks good by holding down "ctrl" as you click on the icon (I think its right-click, but I'm not sure). If you like the item cosmetically, lock it by clicking the 'lock' in the inventory window and clicking on the item (click lock agagin to stop locking items). Now you can't sell it at vendors.
    • Sell items that are below your level (look for the minimum level, if it's less than yours by quite a bit) or if the stats aren't as good. Obviously higher numbers the better. If you open your character screen you can hover over all the stuff listed there for help on what stats you are more intrested in.
    • Generally keep armour/weapons that are higher level unless the stats suck. You'll learn over time which stats suck. Crafted armour/weapons are usually better than anything dropped.
  • Profession stuff: Sell anything you don't need for your profession. If you are unsure if you need it for your profession look the item up on the Wiki
  • Looking things up on the Wiki: It's always a good idea to look up items you get on the Wiki if you're unsure if you need them or not.

LOTRO Points

LOTRO Points are a currency earned by completing deeds. You can use these points in the LOTRO Store to buy various things that will make the game easier/better. Deed types:

  • Slayer: Kill X number of specific creatures/mobs. After you complete the basic level of slayer deed, you get an "advanced" slayer deed for the same creatures/mobs where you have to kill twice as many as you did the first time. you can buy slayer deed accelorators in the store for LOTRO points. If you're saving points though, this defeats the purpose.
  • Slayer Meta-deeds Complete all the slayer deeds in the region. See the wiki to find out which creatures/mobs count.
  • Quest: Complete X number of quests in the region. Some of these have tiers, you start the next tier as soon as you complete the previous tier.
  • Exploration: Find X landmarks in the region. See the wiki for a walkthrough for each region.

Those are the most frequent deeds. You can also earn deeds during festivals and some hidden deeds. Not every deed gives LOTRO points, you can see the reward for the deed under the "Deeds" panel if you've started a deed.

If you complete every deed in a region you get a special award and LOTRO points.

If you want to grind LOTRO points the best way is to create a throwaway character that you use to complete the deeds in the Shire, Bree starter area, and Ered Luin. Then make sure you clean out your inventory by mailing the useful stuff to your other characters, delete the throwaway character and start him/her over again and repeat the deeds in those three regions.

As a free player these are the things to grind LOTRO points for if yiou can't afford VIP for a month:

  • Riding Skill for each character. Otherwise you have to run everywhere. Boring.
  • Gold Cap. Being limited on how much gold you can carry at one time is a PITA.
  • Universal Toolkit for each character (except throwaway). Universal toolkits are amazing for professions. If you have a profession that lets you gather two items from the map (like the one that lets you mine ore and gather lumber), you don't have to switch mining gear, it speeds up time to harvest most things, and increases your critical chance when crafting.
  • Bag slots. You generally can't have too much storage.
  • Quest packs. You can progress in levels to the level cap by going to various regions and killing creatures/mobs, but that's the slow way. You can only access quests for the four starter regiions (Shire, Ered Luin (dwarves up north, elves down south, Bree) before you need quest packs. The pack description tells you what levels the quests are for. Sometimes these go on sale, but not often. Most packs are about 600-800 points each. I think. It's been a while since I bought them.

After those are bought then save for whatever floats your boat.

Storage

Storage is the most important thing you can have. You are limited to how many storage slots you can get by paying with in-game gold. I highly recommend maxing out your vault as soon as you can.

I'll give you the money you need to maximaze your valut.

  • Vault: The bank in other games. You get ten or twenty slots to start and you can buy up to 100 (i think, maybe 120) slots with gold, then you have to use mitril coins (which cost real money). 100/120 slots is enough for most people.
  • Shared Storage: Lets you share storage between all your characters. This is only bought with LOTRO points. I highly recommned this if/when you get enough LOTRO points, because if you have different characters with different professions, this is an easy way to transfer materials between them.
  • House: When you buy a house you get a storage chest there. You can buy more slots with in-game gold. I think you can buy even more with mithril coins. I rarely use my house chest because it's more annoying to get to than my vault.
  • Bag Slots: Each character gets so many slots in their inventory bags. You can consolidate all slots into the first bag, I think you click on the gear in the inventory then drag slots to the first bag. I think free players get two or three bags. VIP characters get all five bags unlocked "for free" (I think you can unlock the other bags with LOTRO points, but it's been so long since I was a free player that I've forgotten). You can buy additional bag slots with LOTRO points. The maximum number of bag slots you can get (by buying every bag slot for sale in the store) is 135. I don't know how many slots you have with the free bags (either three or five, sorry)

LOTRO points are annoying to grind, so I don't waste them on vault, shared storage, or house chests. I did end up buying all of the bag slots, which is very nice. I also bought quite a bit of shared storage.

But priorities for storage are vault first, shared storage second, and then bag slots.

Festivals/Events

Festivals occur throughout the year. For a list of when each festival or event begins/ends please see the Current Events Schedule for 2019.

  • 11 year anniversary gift: If your LOTRO account creation date falls before this date (and you've had an account for one year, I believe) you get an anniversary gift. The gift you recieve varies from year to year. For a list of the gifts from last years festival see this page.
  • Skirmish event: I don't know, something with skirmishes (repeatable instances that unlock at various levels).
  • Buried Treasure event: An event where you dig for buried treasure. You can do this event without spending any money, but it's slow. They want you to spend real money to buy picks and stuff to get rewards. Lamest event, IMO because you really need to spend real money or get very lucky with the ocassional free stuff.
  • +25% Skirmish Marks: Unless you play skirmishes much you don't care about this event. Marks are a currency that you earn during skirmishes (and by trading in steel tokens during the anniversary event) that you spend in skirmish camps.
  • VIP Event Boost: Unless you are paying a subscription you don't care.
  • Anvil of Winterstith blah blah: You need to be near or at level cap.
  • +25% crafting XP: Crafting gives you a small amount of XP to level up (it's possible to level to cap doing nothing but crafting, but it would be super slow). You also earn "crafting xp" which levels your crafting level up. I'm not sure which XP is increased.
  • Seasonal Festivals:
    • Spring Festival
    • Anniversary Event
    • Summer Festival
    • Farmer's Faire
    • Fall Festival
    • Yule Festival
      • Festivals (spring, anniversary, summer, fall/Harvestmath, yule, farmer's faire) have quests (usually 12 or so sprinkled throughout three of the four starter areas, including Bree) that repeat daily.
      • There's a meta-quest that if you complete all five tiers you get various rewards, each tier is 4 repeats of the sub-meta-quest. It takes 20 days to finish all five tiers. Each festival is about 25-27 days long.
      • You can buy a new steed at every festival. There are three types of steeds you can buy, this years steed(s) (for the highest number of tokens), last years steed (for about half of the cost of this years steed), and old festival steeds for mithril coins (mithril coins cost real money or LOTRO points).
      • You can buy new cosmetics for every festival. To see what the cosmetic looks like on your character hold down "ctrl" and click on the icon in the list. That opens up the dressing room where you can choose colors to see how the cosmetic looks dyed in all of the colors available. This years cosmetics are always at the top of the list. Usually there is a dress/robe, a masculine style tunic (an outfit with pants), two types of cloaks (one hooded, one not hooded), and sometimes boots/hats/back cosmetics. The previous year(s) cosmetics are always available as well, for festival tokens, not mitrhril coins.
      • You can buy dyes, these are special festival-only dyes that rotate through the festivals over the course of a year. There are always four dyes, two bought with tokens, and two with mithril coins. If you collect dyes with tokens at every festival during the year you will end up with a complete set.
      • Maps. There are two deeds that earn you 20 LOTRO points each for each character you complete the deeds on. (40 LOTRO points per character) You collect deeds from the events to get a complete set of Moria maps (all Moria maps are available at the anniversary event) and a set of non-Moria maps (several maps for this set are sold in every festival EXCEPT the anniversary event). If you buy every map during every festival at the end of the year you will have a complete set. To complete the deed you have to put every map in your inventory for each set. I have almost every map, I need two from the anniversary event next month. Then I'd be willing to let you grab and replace the maps on your characters.
      • Housing items. At level 15 you can buy a house in one of the four neighborhoods. Houses can be decorated by furniture you get through various ways. Each festival has several items for sale.
      • Other stuff, every festival has consumables that you use on yourself or other players, forcing an emote on them. (You can turn off forced emotes in your settings, so if someone uses a consumable on you you don't faint or whatever) 300 or so of those consumables will earn you a permanent skill to do that emote to yourself or others.
      • Legendary stuff: If you have no gold cap and plenty of tokens, buy the relic removal scroll and sell it in the auction house. They usually go for 25-30 gold each. If you still have a gold cap don't do that.\
  • Hobnanigans: Happens the first weekend of every month. You are playing soccer (sorta) with chickens. It's supposed to be a multi-player event, but you can play by yourself if you wait for the cooldown for each player quest to expire. Kind of annoying, but lots of chicken-themed awards you can earn.