Just when you thought they were done, they throw you one more, and these may be some of the most difficult and most widespread hunts we’ve seen. This set takes us back to many of the locations that Gollum visited on his journeys. We also take a round trip tour of the ruins of Middle-earth and have a cryptic epic entish poem to decipher.
As this is the second year the anniversary scavenger hunt is offered, all of the previous ten years are already available. No waiting around for one a week like last year. The devs have even said that the scavenger hunt portion of the festival will remain available for some time after the main anniversary festival to give people time to finish it off. And while the meta-riddle (paper scraps) does not continue with year 11, we still get some rewards to revel in for our efforts.
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.
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.
Year 6 of the scavenger hunt is here! We’re more than halfway to finding out the mystery of the scraps of paper. Till then, just reserve 10 inventory spots on each character to hold them. This week we’ll travel in the footsteps of Pippin, go on a tavern crawl in Rhovanion and /pat furry creatures all along the way.