New Legendary System (possibly U30.3)

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OVERVIEW

LOTRO will be releasing its new Legendary System (LI) in a future update (possibly U30.3). The reason for the revamp to the system was to create a less “grindy” experience, particularly for those just getting their new Legendary Weapons and Items as the shear amount of consumables required to level them to cap became more and more daunting with each new level cap. The Dev team have stated that they will fairly compensate those with the existing LIs; perhaps through a barter mechanism. In addition, they will not be forcing people to make the change, you will be able to use your existing LIs as is. Although it will likely be advantageous to make the switch, particularly as the game progresses.

The new LI System will be available to players level 50+ and feature more customization than the current iteration.

SSG and the Devs have stated that they plan to implement a fair way to compensate players that have existing legendary weapons and items.

NOTE: THE NEW LI SYSTEM IS STILL IN BETA. MUCH OF WHAT YOU MAY READ BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. THE STATS ETC. THAT YOU SEE ARE LIKELY TO BE TWEAKED PRIOR TO RELEASE. HEAD OVER TO THE BULLROARER FORUMS (link here) AND GIVE YOUR FEEDBACK. AS WE GET MORE INFORMATION I WILL UPDATE THE GUIDE ACCORDINGLY.

It appears that new Legendary Weapons and Legendary Items can be obtained by bartering consumables called Ancient Scripts, crafting them, via loot drops, or via quest completions. The new LIs feature sockets for which you can insert Traceries. Traceries can be bartered for using consumables called Ancient Scripts and Cracked/Shattered Traceries. Each tracery can then be leveled via consumables called Enhancement Runes.

The new LIs are socketed gear, with the current available sockets being:

Heraldric Tracery – 1 Socket
Word of Power – 2 Sockets for Weapons and 3 Sockets for Items
Word of Mastery – 6 Sockets
Word of Craft – 3 Sockets these are stat based (physical mastery, tactical mastery, critical rating, etc.)

THE NEW LI INTERFACE

TRACERIES

You can add traceries to your LIs in two ways; double-clicking it or via the socketed equipment panel on your character screen.

If you add a tracery to your LI by double-clicking the tracery you will get the following screens:

If you add the tracery via the character panel you will get the following screens:

Drag your LI to the the little golden flame icon.

This will open the Essences Panel (surely to be renamed).

Now drag the tracery from your inventory to the slot you would like it to go in. Note: All tracery slots that are eligible to receive the tracery you are dragging will begin to sparkle.

Heraldic Traceries

These traceries are basic stat buffs. At some point in the future they may also be used to alter your damage type.

They come in level ranges of 50-95 and 121-140. It is unclear why there is a gap from level 96-120 (presumably an error that will be corrected).

These traceries come in four different rarities; Uncommon (Yellow) < Rare (Purple) < Incomparable (Teal) < Legendary (Gold) [yellow being the weakest and gold being the strongest].

There are Ancient Scripts and Cracked/Shattered Traceries that can be used to barter for Heraldic Traceries at an NPC in Rivendell. There may also be a possibility of obtaining these by crafting or via loot drops.

Word of Power Traceries

These traceries are specialized traceries meant to enhance the role you gearing for (tank, DPS, heals, support, etc.).

They come in 4 colours; Red (offensive), Green (healing), Blue (defensive), and Yellow (generic/support)

There are Ancient Scripts and Cracked/Shattered Traceries that can be used to barter for Word of Power Traceries at an NPC in Rivendell. There may also be a possibility of obtaining these by crafting or via loot drops.

Note: You cannot apply two of the exact same Word of Power traceries to your LI, nor can you have one in your weapon and one in your item.

Word of Power – Offensive (Red)

Word of Power – Defensive (Blue)

Word of Power – Healing (Green)

Word of Power – Any (Yellow)

Word of Mastery Traceries

These traceries are class specific (most similar to the old legacies).

They come in four different rarities; Uncommon (Yellow) < Rare (Purple) < Incomparable (Teal) < Legendary (Gold) [yellow being the weakest and gold being the strongest].

There are Ancient Scripts and Cracked/Shattered Traceries that can be used to barter for Word of Mastery Traceries at an NPC in Rivendell. There may also be a possibility of obtaining these by crafting or via loot drops.

Here is a look at the current Word of mastery Traceries on Bullroarer.

Beorning Word of Mastery Traceries

Brawler – Word of Mastery Traceries

Coming soon

Burglar – Word of Mastery Traceries

Captain – Word of Mastery Traceries

Coming soon

Champion – Word of Mastery Traceries

Coming soon

Guardian – Word of Mastery Traceries

Coming soon

Hunter – Word of Mastery Traceries

Coming soon

Lore-master – Word of Mastery Traceries

Coming soon

Minstrel – Word of Mastery Traceries

Coming soon

Rune-keeper – Word of Mastery Traceries

Coming soon

Warden – Word of Mastery Traceries

Coming soon

Word of Craft Traceries

These traceries are are single stat based (physical mastery, tactical mastery, critical rating, etc.). In future releases there will also be set bonuses available via these traceries.

They come in four different rarities; Yellow < Purple < Teal < Gold (yellow being the weakest and gold being the strongest).

There are Ancient Scripts and Cracked/Shattered Traceries that can be used to barter for Word of Craft Traceries at an NPC in Rivendell. There may also be a possibility of obtaining these by crafting or via loot drops.

CONSUMABLES

SSG and the Devs have stated that they plan to implement a fair way to compensate players that have existing legendary weapons and items. There is a good chance that existing consumables; Scrolls of Empowerment, Starlit Crystals, and IXP Runes will be barterable for new consumables.

Enhancement Runes

Enhancement runes have character level restrictions and come in different rarities; Uncommon (Yellow) < Rare (Purple) < Incomparable (Teal) < Legendary (Gold) [yellow being the weakest and gold being the strongest]. Note: As of the writing of this guide there was no difference when adding a yellow vs a gold Enhancement Rune, this is likely a bug. They are similar to the old Scrolls of Empowerment in that they are applied to your tracery to enhance it (level it). You can barter for Enhancement Runes with Ancient Scripts. It is unclear if you may also be able to acquire these via crafting, loot drops, or quest completions.

Cracked Tracery / Shattered Tracery

The Cracked Traceries are used to barter for Legendary Traceries and the Shattered Traceries are used to bartered for Incomparable Traceries. Note: Legendary > Incomparable. It is unclear how these will be obtained (perhaps via loot drops, crafting, and maybe even via deed/quest completions).

Ancient Scripts

Ancient Scripts are used to barter for Legendary Weapons/Items and Traceries (of all kinds). It is unclear how these will be obtained (perhaps via loot drops, crafting, and maybe even via deed/quest completions).

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