Featured Instance Mechanics
Featured Instances were added with Update 18 and are available to players with characters of level 100 and above.
Every week, changing at Monday 10:00 am /servertime (Eastern time zone), a specific scaling instance (or raid) from LOTRO's old favorites is featured in the Instance Join panel. Characters level 100 and higher can launch it through the Instance Join panel Specific Tab.
Each instance can be run daily at level 100-104 and at level 105.
In addition to the regular loot from the instance chests (such as a chance for remembrance crystals, star-lit crystals, relics and fixed-stat scaled gear), each of the two runs has a specific featured quest associated with the instance, one for level 100-104, and another for level 105.
Completing the quest will award extra rewards for completing the listed instance, resetting daily at 03:00 am /servertime. (The quests can additionally be reset with Mithril Coin, as well.)
The quest reward from a level 100-104 run is a Item:Grey Box of Ancient Spoils. For a 105 run the quest reward is a <Colour> Box of Ancient Spoils with the colour depending on the instance. These boxes contain similar loot as the grey box and additionally have a chance to drop specific two-slot essence armour or jewellery.
Initially the challenge chests for any of the instances regardless of the current featured one, had a chance to also drop one or a few pieces of equipment from the featured instance set or jewellery. They were completely randomly rewarded out of the entire sets and not restricted to the classes that were actually in the group. This dropchance was removed in U18.2.
A complete description of the Featured Instance mechanic is contained in an April 2016 Dev Diary by "EdgeCase."
The Featured Instance rotation follows a six-week roster. The weekly instance changes at Monday 10:00 am /servertime (Eastern time zone), and the quests reset daily at daily at 03:00 am /servertime. On Monday it is possible to do the daily quests twice without using Mithril Coin to reset them: once after the daily reset time but before weekly rotation time, and again after the instance changes.
The list of instances in the rotation has changed several times after its introduction, with U18.2, U19, U19.1.1 and U20.
This is the roster of instances featured as of U20, and the daily box they reward at 105:
Featured Quest Reward Summary
All boxes of ancient spoils (grey and coloured ones) always contain:
- , which can be traded to the Quartermaster (Featured Instance Rewards Vendor)s around the world.
They almost always contain:
They frequently contain:
- 1 random major tier 8 essence
They rarely contain:
In addition, the level 105 coloured boxes also rarely contain:
- (added in U19)
- A class-appropriate equipment piece from the featured instance sets or a two-slot essence jewellery piece:
You are also able to swap a Class-appropriate featured instance armour piece if you already have it with the Quartermaster - Featured Instance Rewards Vendor who can be found in the following locations in Middle-earth:
- At the Great Gate of Minas Tirith
- At the Boar Fountain of Bree
- Near the stable-master in Dol Amroth
- Beyond the entrance of Thorin's Hall
- At Minas Tirith, After the Battle
Featured Loot Barter
can be traded to the Quartermaster (Featured Instance Rewards Vendor)s around the world for the same kind of essence equipment as can drop from the level 105 reward boxes, as wel as tier 8 essence recipes.