It’s over! Or is it? Remember those pesky scraps of paper cluttering up your inventory as a ‘reward’ for each week? Eagle-eyed players quickly discovered that each scrap has a unique message and would eventually point to the final reward. As year 10 came and went, the riddle was solved but not without mild frustration. But never fear, this guide is here for you, though if you’re avoiding spoilers, look away now.
This is it, everyone. The last set of scavenger hunt quests. After ten weeks, we get to follow in Bilbo’s footsteps, defeat treacherous beasts and end it all with a pub crawl. And if you’ve saved those scraps of paper and you’re crafty enough, you might finally be able to decipher the riddle and score yourself an extra housing item.
Eight down, two to go. Year nine of LOTRO’s grand scavenger hunt features highlights from the elusive wizard Gandalf’s story stretching from the Shire to Minas Tirith. But tramping through Middle-earth shouldn’t be anything new to you at this point. You’ll also plow through enemies in landscape “group” content, at least it was designed to be difficult when the level cap was much lower. And finally, you’ll be hunting for easter eggs placed by developers, many of whom have long since departed from the game, I’m sure.
I sneakily published a video the week before detailing how to unlock the Inn of the Forsaken instance and this week I present to you unlocking the Halls of Night. Both instances were released as stand-alone purchases in the LOTRO store (free for VIPs) in 2011 with update 3. My, how time flies. If you still haven’t bothered unlocking the instances or the knowledge has been lost to the ravages of time, look no further than these videos.
We’re nearing the conclusion of this wild ride. After year 8, only two weeks before the big finale. This year we have Gimli’s tales, visiting tombs of Middle-Earth and another set of instances to reminisce on. That leads me to wonder, if the series of “Tales” quests takes us through everyone in the Fellowship and only Gandalf is left, who will be featured in year 10?
This week’s quests may be the most intensive yet. We are tasked with following in Legolas’ footsteps through Epic Battles, pestering raid bosses with emotes and traveling to battlefields across Middle-earth in search of remembrances. Let’s just hope the rewards are worth it.
If you’ve ever glanced at world chat and seen a listless newb asking how to get to the Dead Marshes, you’ve probably brushed them off because it’s just so darn complicated to explain. I mean, I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time to put the entrance in an unmarked cave in Western Gondor, but the game has moved on and people don’t have time to figure things out for themselves anymore, dag nabbit! Anyways, now you can link them this simple video showing the path to the Dead Marshes or take the time to write it all out. Your choice.