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Updated Mon, Jan 05, 2009 by Darkgolem

Mines of Moria Guide to Legendary Items

By Darkgolem

Legendary items are probably one of the most exciting parts of the LotRO (Lord of the Rings Online) Mines of Moria experience.  These items can dramatically change the effectiveness of your character, and are available at high end, level 51 and higher content.  However, one thing legendary items are not, is simple to explain or understand.  A guide to how legendary items work can save a lot of time and effort.

The Basics on How Legendary Items Work

To use legendary items, you must complete the Volume 2, Book 1 to gain access to the title which allows you to work with legendary items.  However, the vendors who work with legendary items, and the treasure drops associated with legendary items are found before you gain access to legendary items, throughout all of the content that comes with the Mines of Moria expansion.

1.  Identify the Item

When you get a legendary item, you first have to identify it.  It is obvious it is a legendary item, this just allows you to work with the item.  They are identified by Forge Masters.  There are three qualities of legendary items, rare, incomparable and epic.  Rare items have a maximum of level 30, incomparable of 40 and epic level 50.Identified Item

2. Sell It, Keep It or Deconstruct It

Once you have identified a legendary item, you can use it, break it down to it’s component parts (called deconstructing), or sell it.  Note that since all legendary items will bind to you once equipped, you cannot sell or trade legendary items once you have equipped them.

3. Legendary Items Gain Experience Levels

If you should use a legendary item, they get experience, either from bonuses you get from quests or items, or from being equipped when you gain experience from combat.  A legendary item gains levels from experience, and each level grants legacy points to the item.  Legendary items provide buffs to skills of the wielder, and gain different buffs as the items increase in level.  Legacy points can be used to increase the bonus or buff a item provides, or increase damage the weapon does. Warmaster At 10th, 20th and 30th level, a weapon is re-forged, which removes all legacy points and relics (if desired), allowing you to re-allocate these points.

4. Customize Your Legendary Items

There are three relic slots in legendary items.  These slots are similar to “pocket” spots a character has, in that they provide bonuses to the wielder when the slots are filled.   There are three types of slots; settings, runes and gems.  You can only place a relic into the appropriate slot, and you can only remove old relics and replace them with new relics when a weapon is re-forged.

You can change the title of a weapon, changing type of damage a weapon does.  You can change a weapon to westernesse or dwarf damage, or similar.  You also can choose to make a weapon better against a foe.  To change the title of a weapon, you earn a scroll which allows you to do this to your legendary weapon by completing appropriate quests.  These quests are found at different parts of the Mines of Moria expansion, are repeatable, and are usually soloable.

The end result of your advancing a legendary item is an item which provides 5 buffs (legacies) to the wielder, these buffs having been improved using legacy points as you choose, plus threesets of bonuses from relics.

Getting Started

To get a legendary item, first and foremost, go to the entrance of Moria at Echad Dunann and complete Volume 1, Book 1.  You will get a legendary item from that, and the basic mechanics of leveling a legendary item will be used during book 1 as part of the quests there.  You also will gain a title scroll for your weapon, as part of defeating a monster in that book.
Legendary Item Panel
When you are playing, you will find legendary items and heritage runes.  Hold onto to heritage runes, they are packets of experience for your legendary items.  When you get a legendary item, go to a forge master (found in Mirobel, and most of the settlements in Moria) and identify it.  If you wish to use the item (if you can use it, since legendary items are class specific) then equip it, and if not, then bring the item to a relic master and deconstruct the item into relics.   Relics take no space, so you can have a large number of them for later use.

You can have up to 6 legendary items.  It would be best to decide what you want for those slots, and then each time you get a legendary item, see if the item replaces a legendary item you already have as a function.  

For example you might have a general purpose melee weapon, a general purpose missile weapon, a weapon for fighting trolls, a weapon for fighting orcs and goblins, and so on.  If you find a weapon that, after you identify it, provides you with bonuses to skills that are useful when fighting orcs, it might replace the weapon you already have for that purpose.    There are legendary weapons for each weapon skill a class has, plus legendary items for each class item a class has (for example, there are legendary lore-master books).

It is a very good idea to reserve your 6th “test” slot for a legendary weapon you wish to level, and not nescessarily keep.  If you have a low level legendary weapon, you will not know all the buffs it will provide when it gains higher levels.  You won’t know how good it is compared to the higher level weapons you already have.  As such, hold on to it until your test slot is empty, then equip the new weapon into this slot.  That way, you never will need to remove a tested weapon to find out how good a new weapon.

Barter ItemsAnother item you will run into are barter items.  There are two types, and they can be bartered with special vendors in Moria.  You can go to a vendor for your class, and choose what type of item you get, allowing you to guarantee you get what you want, rather than finding a legendary weapon as a random drop.  Barter items are found occasionally from drops after defeating an opponent.

Finally, when you use relics make sure not to slot the first relics you get into your legendary item.  You can only remove relics from a legendary item when you reforge them, so you want to avoid using relics unless they are appropriate for a item you have.

Identifying a Weapon

When you get a legendary weapon, and identify it, you will see various buffs and bonuses (legacies) displayed for the weapon.   These will do things such as reduce the cost of a skill, increase the damage from a weapon, or make a skill recharge faster.  Whether these are good or bad will depend upon your play style and the intent you have for this weapon.  If I want a weapon for soloing, and my character class has trouble with damage per second, then I might look for a weapon that does more damage.  If I want a weapon for use in a fellowship, and need to save power for other skills, I might have a weapon that reduces my power costs.

The biggest problem you will find here is that the legendary weapons you already have are much better than a new legendary weapon you find, since not all the legacies of a new legendary weapon are unlocked by leveling at that point.  Balancing the potential of a legendary weapon to what you already have is key to whether you bother to level a new weapon, or just deconstruct it for parts.

Deconstruction

Deconstructing an item

Relic Masters can take a legendary item that you no longer want and break them down into a stack of relics.  You also may get a legendary shard, which are used by tier 6 crafters to make new legendary items.  Shards take up a spot in your inventory, relics are not part of your inventory but instead are retained without taking space.

Combining Relics

There are three types of relics, runes, settings and gems.  There are tiers to relics, a total of 8.  These are:
  1. Bronze (settings only)
  2. Copper (settings) and Agates (gems)
  3. Iron (settings) and Amethyst (gems)
  4. Steel (settings), Garnet (gems) and Early Runes
  5. Silver (settings), Sapphire (gems) and Aged Runes
  6. Gold (settings), Ruby (gems) and Profound Runes
  7. Platinum, Moonstone and Deep Runes
  8. Ithildin, Adamant and Ancient Runes
Settings and SuchWhen you have 5 relics of any tier, you can combine them, which provides you with a small random selection of relics for higher tiers (less than the original 5).  Rarely, you get a critical selection of better relics and a legendary shard.  As such, to get the very high tier relics (which are better), you need to deconstruct many legendary items, and combine these relics for higher relics, and build up to the highest tier relics.

Using Relics

When you wish to slot a relic, open your legendary item panel, choose the tab for the appropriate legendary item, and you will see the setting, gem and rune slot on the right hand side.  You will see a list of your relics in a menu in the panel and what bonus they give.  Choose the relic you wish and then use the slot relic button.  Remember that relics are only removed if you reforge an item, and check the box saying you want relics removed and saved when a weapon is reforged.

Reforging a Weapon

Then you reforge a weapon, you have three choices.  You can name (or rename) your weapon, and there are no restrictions on the name other than the legnth of the name and naming conventions for LotRO.  You can refund your legacy points gained from leveling (so you can redesignate them) and unlock your relics (so you can use them).

Every 10 levels, your weapon will need to be reforged.  You gain no experience for an item once it is in this state, so make sure you reforge it as soon as possible.  When your weapon reaches 10th, 30th and 50th level, your weapon gains a legacy.  When your weapon reaches levels 20 and 40, you gain an improvement in a legacy.Vermin Slayer

Getting Experience for Your Item

When you defeat an opponent while legendary items are equipped, all the legendary items gain an equal share of half of the experience you gain for the defeat.  So if you should defeat an opponent and gain 400 experience, and have two legendary items equipped, you end up with each item getting 100 experience, since the items divide 200 experience between the two of them.

You also can gain experience from quests as a quest reward.   You will need to make sure you have the items you want to gain experience equipped upon quest completion to gain experience for your item, and remember that if an item is due to be reforged, you gain no experience.  Note that this experience is designated as for a legendary item.  The experience you get from just doing a regular quest does not count toward legendary weapons. 

You will find infused gems as drops, they are needed to start the quests which gain you experience for your items, and these quests are repeatable (on a timer).  Each infused gem is rare, and is expended when you do one of these quests, so do not throw them out.

Orc Weapon


Finally, you can gain experience from heritage runes.  Heritage runes have different levels of bonus experience, depending upon their name, and you can click them (like a dye) and then click on a legendary item (that has been bound to you) on a menu that pops up, to give that weapon the experience.

Since some heritage runes give massive amounts of experience to your legendary items, if you use a rune on a legendary item and it advances to the maximum experience it can have before being reforged, the experience left over will carry over to the item after it is reforged.   This does not happen to legendary items with quests that grant experience or with experience from fighting.

Spending Legacy Points

Legacy points improve legacies your weapon has.  There are seven tiers of improvement for legacies (all weapons have a damage increase legacy).  Each higher tier for a legacy is more expensive than the previous.  

For example, if you purchase the damage legacy for your weapon from tier 1 to tier 2, the cost is small.  If you purchase the damage legacy for your weapon from tier 6 to 7, it costs a lot more in legacy points.

You do not gain enough legacy points from level 1 to level 50 with a legendary weapon to purchase all your legacies to tier 7, so you must choose what to improve.  You get the most improvement for your weapon by purchasing all your legacies to mid tier (which you can afford). Forge and Relic Master However, often some legacies are not such that fit your playstyle, in which case you can emphasize a different legacies for that item.

Get The Most Out of Legendary Weapons

Legendary Items add a ton of flavor and interest to the LotRO game, and really give you something fun to look forward to, plan on on, and enjoy, without unbalancing the game.  Make sure to take your time with legendary weapons to plan out exactly what you want from them for your game, so that you can make the most out of your legendary items.

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