Legendary Items - Tips, Tricks, and a Guide to the 'Grind'
(Special note: I originally wrote this guide for LOTRO Players, where there is no limit to the number of images that can be placed within an article. So, the formatting will be a bit odd. Apologies in advance!)
The idea to write a guide for the Legendary Items system came to mind after listening to Episode 48 of LOTRO Players News, where there was some lamenting over the Legendary Item system and the 'grind' involved. Later that day, while with others defending Helm's Dike, the Rohirrim saw fit to award me an ancient symbol of old...
A shiny thing...
So I thought I might keep a written record of the steps taken to turn this Symbol into a new Scouting kit for myself, one with all the bells and whistles. I will go step by step, to help illustrate what all is involved in the process, and discuss some tips and tricks that you may or may not know that might help cut down on costs and 'grind'. Hopefully, some of the unpleasant parts will be diminished for you, and more fun can be had as you work with your own legendary items!
Please, please, please feel free to leave comments if you know of different or better ways to do things than I mention!
A. Shards - The Currency of Legendary Items
Before we truly begin on our item, let us talk about currencies. When it comes to Legendary Items, there are four different currencies that can be used to barter for things regarding them: Turbine Points, Gold, Marks and Medallions, and Shards. Of those four, Shards are the only currency that deal with Legendary Items in exclusivity. What this means is, since the other three currencies have value outside of the Legendary Item system, we first want to look toward Shards as the currency we spend toward them.
Well, how can you earn shards, you ask? There are a few ways:
- Shards can sometimes be found in Hobbit Presents (those hobbits are so kind!)
- Shards can sometimes be granted when combining relics and a critical success combine happens. There is a Scroll of Combination, purchasable in the Store and once found in the Lotteries, that greatly improves the chance of this occurring. I do not believe they can be found as treasure, but please mention it below if so!
- Relic-masters can convert relics into Shards, through the process of refining (the last tab in their menu). The higher tier the relic is, the more shards can be earned from them.
That last process is one I want to discuss, particularly with regard to crafting. Most everyone knows that those who are skilled in a craft, and who are also in good with their guild, can learn how to craft relics able to be placed upon legendary items. What may not be as well known is that those relics can be refined into shards, the same as any other relics.
What this means is that there is a way to convert any of the excess resources you may have stored away into the currency of legendary items! And it can add up if you do so regularly. What I do is keep on hand the materials to make the 'lesser' crafted relics (the ones in purple text) for the last three crafting tiers (Currently: Westfold, Eastemnet, and Westemnet). You can craft one of each of these every 2 days and 18 hours, but I just do so twice a week. I also run to the mine in Hytbold once per week, to fetch a Compendium of Middle-earth, Volume IV as well. This enables me to craft the 'highest' Eastemnet relic (the one in the golden text) once per week as well. At 95 trainings, this can be done very quickly.
So, what does all this add up to?
Let us go to the Relic-Master!
- Each Westfold 'lesser' relic is worth 258 shards
- Each Eastemnet 'lesser' relic is worth 358 shards
- Each Eastemnet 'greater' relic is worth 1,074 shards
- Each Westemnet 'lesser' relic is worth 458 shards
So, (258 x 2) + (358 x 2) + 1,074 + (458 x 2) equals... *counts on her fingers*... 3,222 shards per week, using piles of resources you likely have just sitting around! Over the course of a year, it will add up to over 150,000 shards, taking maybe 5 minutes per week, including the time to fetch that Compendium, maybe 1 minute only without that step.
But isn't that a ton of resources that you need, you ask? Not really! Each of the lesser relics takes 2 of the Highest Grade resources for that tier, and 1 of the lower. 2 stacks of the highest (100 per stack) and 1 stack of the lowest will get you just about through the year!
But that is not the end. Shards are shared by all of the smialmates on that account. If you have some crafters who belong to a crafting guild, but who do not really adventure much, they can also craft these relics and refine them into Shards to be used by your more adventure-minded smialmates as well, even while they progress toward Proficiency and Mastery at their craft! 7 Smialmates doing this over a year would earn over one million shards, to be used however you like!
B. Envision your Legendary Item in advance and prepare for the day when it comes to you
So, having stitched my Scouting kit, I take it over to the Forge-master to have it appraised...
"Please, appraise this bundle, sir! Mmm...385 silver? Can I pay you in another currency, maybe? Oh, you take Shards as well? Very nice!"
(Remember, you can make most any Legendary Item related purchase in shards! Most merchants prefer coins, though, so they will try to get those from you first. Do not let them unless you wish it!)