LOTRO Legendarium: 10 helpful tips to improve your LOTRO experience

Recently my 12 year old daughter started playing Lord of the rings online for the first time after seeing the movies and reading The Hobbit. It was a voyage of discovery for them to inhabit Middle-earth and learn the ins and outs of the various systems of this game. I tried to give her some leeway to figure things out, although after a while I did step in to help her navigate some of the less intuitive parts of the game design.

Since I’m already in teaching mode, I thought that today I would just share with you 10 helpful tips that I think will be useful for everyone LOTRO Players, especially those on the newer site. Still, there might be a nugget of information here that vets didn’t know about, so read on!

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Filter out unwanted quests, sounds, and loot

A common annoyance in the game is either unwanted lockers cluttering up your inventory or certain noises getting on your nerves. This is where the in-game filters come into play. Press ALT+R to bring up the panel for filtering by character or account. You can drag unwanted loot there, not to mention quests and sounds. Here is a link to a more detailed explanation of how to use this feature.

In addition, quests that you don’t want can be disabled by clicking a button at the bottom right of the quest text box.

An easy way to level up your lowbie alternatives

Tired of going through Eriador for the thousandth time with a low-level character? There is a free and easy alternative to questing. At level 20, take your character to Trestlebridge and park them there. Log in every day and complete three to five very quick mission giver missions. Not only will this give you a decent chunk of XP (more if you’re a VIP and get that bonus daily experience), but you’ll accumulate Virtue XP and other goodies through the weekly wrapper quests. You can complete these quests in under 15 minutes, and as long as you’re patient, you can repeat them over several weeks until that character is ready for Moria.

Pro tip: work on that character’s skill acts while replaying missions.

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Grab a cheap additional travel ability early

When you start a new character, you’ll crave more milestones and card skills than just the ones you originally received. In Bree, you can acquire a second skill almost immediately. Make sure you have at least three Mithril Coins (if you don’t have any, you can snag five for a small handful of LP through Deeds), go to Lalia’s Market next to the Prancing Pony and talk to Lalia yourself. She sells a travel ability back to the market for three coins, which is worth considering you get an extra port back to a city hub.

You should activate several settings

When creating a new character, there are a few settings that almost everyone should enable in the options panel:

  • UI Settings: Check selection vital gauge, induction bar display, chat bubbles, show trivial quests in radar and always loot everything.
  • UI Settings: Disable tutorial tips (if you don’t need them) and feedback on LOTRO Store purchases.
  • UI Settings: Here you can increase the size of all UI or specific elements. I like to keep my vitals and my enemies’ vitals at 1.30.
  • Combat Options: Enable playing of optional combat animations, allow combat animations to be shuffled, auto-slowdowns for war-steeds, and enable in-combat movement support (the latter is especially great for melee classes).
  • Chat: Increase the window opacity to 100% to improve reading in the chat window. I’m also increasing the font size of certain channels I don’t want to miss, like Tells and Kinship.
  • Quickslots: I activate dock bars 1-3 and click “Always show”.

Move UI elements around and consolidate bag space

To further tweak the UI, press CTRL-\ and then move elements around to your heart’s content. Then for your inventory, open all your bags and click on the little “Edit Mode” cog button. Drag all the bag poles into bag 1. When you’re done, click edit mode and you’ll have a single large inventory window.

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You have my permission to skip Volume 1

So here’s the thing: Volume 1 of LOTROs Otherwise, the great epic story is really creaky and old at this point, it takes absolutely forever, the story isn’t the best, and it requires way too much travel time. Also, the rewards are not needed. So if you want to do it for the story or because it’s your first playthrough, then go ahead. Just know that it’s perfectly fine to skip that one volume and then jump on board with the rest LOTROs epic with Volume 2 (which starts in Eregion).

You can rename your cosmetic pets

Unlike Loremaster or Captain combat pets, cosmetic pets cannot be right-clicked to change a name. However, you can rename your precious little fluffball with a simple slash command: /cpet rename NAMES HERE

Don’t neglect your ranged weapon slot

This is something I do far too often on characters that don’t use a bow or crossbow, which is to completely ignore the ranged weapon slot. The thing is that every class has items that go there, but these items are not usually given as quest rewards. Look for them at crafting friends or in the auction hall and enjoy the statistics.

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How to deal with Slayer deeds

Ask anyone who plays this game about berserk feats and you’ll get an earful. No one really likes them, but they’re often needed for Virtue XP and Zone Metas. There are a few ways to approach Slayer deeds (which are simply “Grind X of a specific mob”).

When you need the XP, just suck it up and level them up. They give some nice experiences, and you develop your character through virtues along the way. Go to the LOTRO wiki and find the coordinates of the specific deed on a map to find the best places to farm these mobs.

But if you don’t need the XP, ignore it until you’re at least 10 levels up. Then come back and shoot mobs to your heart’s content. Save up slayer bonus items for higher-value deeds and try to knock off a few in quick succession before your timer runs out.

Get your legendary items at level 45

When your character reaches 45 you should drop everything and book it with Eregion to get the first quest for Volume 2. Follow this chain to the Gates of Moria and you will receive your first set of legendary items. This takes an hour or less.

Getting these at 45 is important, not just for the power boost, but because each subsequent quest you complete also rewards Legendary Item XP. You shouldn’t wait for that!

blankEvery two weeks, the LOTRO Legendarium embarks on an adventure (terrible things, those) through the wondrous, terrifying, inspiring, and, well, legendary online world of Middle-earth. Justin has been playing LOTRO since it released in 2007! If you have a topic for the column, send it to him at justin@massivelyop.com.

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