Things you might not know about the LOTRO targeting ring

The people over at Turbine put a lot of detail into LOTRO, much that often goes overlooked. Take the targeting ring for example, or that circle that appears when you select an object, person or monster. It’s a standard ring with some elvish runes printed inside. According to this post, it translates to “The one that is chosen”. Pretty cool, eh? Go ahead, translate it yourself and check it. This phrase is repeated in different styles of targeting rings.

In combat target (left); target's target (right)

Turns out there’s even more to this targeting ring than it leads on. The runes always appear around the backside of the NPC or mob selected when it is not in combat. This makes it much easier for those using positional damage skills, mainly Burglars, to figure out where to strike on amorphous creatures such as corpse-candles, limrafn and those pesky Forochel grims. Edit: Once the target enters combat, it’ll show the red reticule with text around the front of the mob as shown above.

Stealthily sneaking up from behind

Also, I’m not sure what use this is, but when selecting NPCs (not mobs, unfortunately), the ring changes colour based on your distance from the target. At more than about 30m, the ring turns red; at about 15-30m, it is yellow; at about 1-15m, it is green; and closer than one meter, it’ll be blue.

While you can only interact with an NPC in the green to blue range, you can perform emotes on them from any distance which makes the Troves and Trickery quests at the Fall Festival much easier.

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