Breaking Down LotRO’s Legendary Item Revamp

The lengthy, lengthy awaited Legendary merchandise revamp is lastly coming to Standing Stone Recreation’s Lord of the Rings On-line.  And there was a lot rejoicing…proper?  This previous week noticed the primary public take a look at SSG’s third iteration of one of many video games most integral methods within the sport.  Legendary gadgets have been a staple within the sport for the reason that Mines of Moria in 2008, the sport’s very first growth.  Legendary gadgets had been marketed as a weapon that might degree up with you, persistently rising and getting stronger.  The fact fell wanting that, nevertheless, because the weapons and sophistication gadgets had their very own ranges that corresponded to character degree, and it was prudent to alternate LI’s each 5 character ranges or so, though not completely obligatory. 

Imbuement entered the sport in 2015 when the max degree was 100, and the merchandise degree of LI’s stopped there.  Initially, in keeping with the developer diary published by Frelorn, imbuement was meant to utterly exchange the system.  Nonetheless, on the time there weren’t sufficient assets to implement a full alternative, and, as we discovered later, the coding wouldn’t permit the imbuement system to work previous degree 100 gadgets.  The workaround then, was to extend the degrees of imbued legacies for these degree 100 legendary gadgets, creating a major grind to max out LI’s.

So, what’s altering with this new LI system?  The primary, most evident change, is the terminology.  As an alternative of titles, legacies, and relics, we now have traceries.  Additionally, legendary gadgets come utterly absent of any stats outdoors DPS and base harm.  There are 12 complete tracery slots on weapons and 13 slots on class gadgets.  11 are unlocked on a degree 121-130 merchandise, and it has been famous that tracery slots on decrease degree gadgets will begin with fewer open slots and the remainder will unlock because the character ranges.  It’s guessed that the final slot will unlock at degree 131+, however there has not been affirmation for that.  As of proper now, traceries that you simply purchase are bound to account, in keeping with Vastin, methods designer, throughout this previous Friday’s +Cord of the Rings stream. 

Traceries are available in 3 flavors:

  • Heraldric: These take the place of LI titles, in addition to passive stats that had been utterly random and never all the time essentially the most useful (though, to be honest, these stats nonetheless may not be useful to you).  These may even embody harm sort modifiers, nevertheless these weren’t included for this preview.  Vastin talked about that as of stay implementation, the one harm sort might be Beleriand harm, however that the opposite harm sorts can be included later.  Just one Heraldric tracery may be added to an LI.
  • Phrase of Energy: These are extra role-based traceries to boost your abilities.  As an illustration, in case you are a healer in a gaggle, you should use a Therapeutic over time (HoT) tracery and a HoT crit price/magnitude tracery, however then if you find yourself engaged on panorama and need extra harm, you may slot an Space of Impact crit likelihood/magnitude or Harm over time tracery to kill issues faster.  Weapons can have 2 Phrase of Energy traceries, and sophistication gadgets might have three.  At the moment, this implies Wardens and Hunters are at a drawback, as their second LI is one other weapon, nevertheless it is doable this might be addressed sooner or later.
  • Phrase of Mastery: These correspond to class legacies.  In lots of instances, outdated class legacies switch precisely to new traceries, comparable to Hunter ability legacies like Coronary heart Seeker Harm, [etc.] One of many extra controversial modifications, nevertheless, is the present lack of Champion’s Crit Multiplier tracery.  There are 6 traceries per LI.
  • Phrase of Craft: These are straight stat bonuses.  In line with Vastin the “craft” within the title isn’t unintentional, as these are meant to be crafted.  These traceries are additionally distinctive in that they are going to have the ability to be stacked, and stacking explicit traceries will provide set bonuses.  There are 3 Phrase of Craft tracery slots accessible per LI.  Throughout this Bullroarer preview, a degree 130 weapon had 2 of those slots accessible, with the third one being locked, as famous beforehand.

Whereas legendary gadgets will not be differentiated by ages, traceries can have 4 totally different drop rarities: Unusual, Uncommon, Incomparable, and Legendary, much like how different gadgets in sport are categorized.  Whereas Vastin did point out there can be a barter NPC to get explicit traceries a participant could be occupied with, it’s nonetheless unclear precisely how gamers will receive traceries whereas simply enjoying the sport.  There are a number of new currencies that might be used to barter for particular traceries.  Historical Scripts are the brand new base foreign money.  They’ll go into your pockets when you’ve got one, and they are going to be sure to account.  There’ll more than likely be a cap on them, as on Thursday in the course of the preview, there was a cap of 1000 scripts applied.  Nonetheless, when this was introduced up within the boards, Raninia, the brand new producer on the SSG workforce, said that the cap was subject to change.  For the upper rarity traceries, gamers may even want a Cracked Tracery.  These are level-banded currencies which are at the moment wanted for Incomparable and Legendary traceries.

Reforging remains to be a component of the LI system.  It’s not weapon degree primarily based, however character degree primarily based.  Reforging an LI will improve DPS/HPS and the LI’s merchandise degree, as much as a spread inside your present character degree.  Once I reforged my Hunter bow LI on a 130 character, the LI merchandise degree went to 445, and the traceries then begin at merchandise degree 400.  The LI merchandise degree corresponds to how excessive tracery merchandise ranges may be.  So how do you improve tracery merchandise ranges?  That is the place the grind units in.  As an alternative of Scrolls of Empowerment, now there are gadgets known as Enhancement Runes.  These are used to extend tracery ranges.  As of the preview, you can solely use one Enhancement Rune at a time on degree 130 gadgets, similar to present SoE’s.  It has been hinted that there might be Enhancement Runes that may improve a number of ranges, but it surely most likely is not going to be accessible at launch.  Cordovan did also state on the forums that there was tech in improvement to permit using a number of Enhancement Runes at one time, much like how IXP runes may be added to present LI’s.

Enhancement runes *additionally* come in numerous drop rarities, identical as traceries.  The totally different rarities can improve a tracery’s merchandise degree to a selected level.  All 4 Enhancement Rune rarities can be utilized within the first few ranges after a weapon has been reforged, nevertheless every decrease rarity rune drops off at a sure level, i.e. Unusual runes used on a degree 130 LI can go from tracery degree 440-420, Uncommon can go from 400-430, as much as Legendary, which might go from 400 to cap.  There are two issues that must be famous about Enhancement Runes.  First, they won’t improve the rarity of any tracery, so you can not use one to vary an Unusual tracery to a Uncommon one.  Second, these runes will solely improve the stats on a tracery.  Gamers will be unable to improve harm share, space of impact targets, ability harm, and so forth.


I used to be unable to examine DPS parses and harm variations in follow, since somebody was being a troll and killing the coaching dummies whereas I used to be on Bullroarer, however trying on the distinction in base harm for every ability between my outdated LI and the brand new LI with simply Unusual traceries, the brand new LI did considerably extra harm on every ability by not less than 10k.  Not solely that, there was a 1.5k bump in straight DPS.  General, I’ll say that’s an encouraging signal.

One last item to say is what we learn about what occurs with all the present LI stuff gamers could be holding onto.  Whereas not all the things is hammered out, Vastin and Raninia each all however confirmed that there can be some sort of compensation for issues like Scrolls of Empowerment and Star-lit Crystals.  Whether or not that might be bartering them, or disenchanting them for the brand new currencies is not recognized, however they will not be utterly ineffective on this new system.  Not solely that, Heritage/IXP runes will nonetheless be helpful when the Legendary Reward Observe is debuted, tentatively with the launch of Gundabad. | Breaking Down LotRO’s Legendary Merchandise Revamp


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