Essence

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Essences provide custom stats to items like armor and jewellery. Essences have tiers, item levels and quality. Most essences have one main stat but higher quality essences can have two.
The Essence system was introduced at player level 100. Starting at level 100 essences regularly drop from creatures, are rewards from quests, deeds, are bartered and crafted. Although there are rarely Essences found down to level 50.

Quality

There are dozens of essences types. Essences with higher quality have better stats and are usually more difficult to obtain.

Essence Quality
Uncommon Rare Incomparable Epic
T1-T7 Minor, T9 Dark, T9 Empowered Dark, T11 Weak Mithrin T1-T8 Major, T9 Shadowed, T10 Empowered Shadow, T12 Mithrin, T12 Empowered Mithrin T1-T8 Greater, T8 Ithilien, T8 Ithilien-infused, T10 Abyssal, T10 Empowered Abyssal T6-T8 Supreme, T1 Unearthed Helegrod, T8 Ithilien-tempered, T10 Northern Stronghold, T12 Skirmisher's, T12 Treasured Helegrod
Agility Essence of Agility (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Agility (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (rare)-icon.png Essence of Agility (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (incomparable)-icon.pngIthilien-infused Essence of Agility-icon.pngEssence of Agility (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Agility (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Agility (epic)-icon.png
Blocking Essence of Blocking (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Blocking (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Blocking (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Blocking (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Blocking (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Blocking (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Blocking (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Blocking (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Blocking (rare)-icon.png Essence of Blocking (incomparable)-icon.png ------ ------ Essence of Blocking (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Blocking (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Blocking (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Blocking (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ Essence of Blocking (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Blocking (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Blocking (epic)-icon.png
Critical Defence Essence of Critical Defence (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Defence (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Defence (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Defence (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Critical Defence (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Defence (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Defence (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Defence (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Defence (rare)-icon.png Essence of Critical Defence (incomparable)-icon.png ------ ------ Essence of Critical Defence (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Defence (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Critical Defence (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Defence (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ Essence of Critical Defence (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Defence (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Defence (epic)-icon.png
Critical Rating Essence of Critical Rating (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Rating (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Rating (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Rating (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Critical Rating (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Rating (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Rating (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Rating (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Rating (rare)-icon.png Essence of Critical Rating (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Rating (incomparable)-icon.pngIthilien-infused Essence of Critical Rating-icon.pngEssence of Critical Rating (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Rating (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Critical Rating (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Rating (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ Essence of Critical Rating (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Rating (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Rating (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Critical Rating (epic)-icon.png
Evasion Essence of Evasion (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Evasion (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Evasion (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Evasion (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Evasion (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Evasion (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Evasion (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Evasion (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Evasion (rare)-icon.png Essence of Evasion (incomparable)-icon.png ------ ------ Essence of Evasion (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Evasion (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Evasion (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Evasion (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ Essence of Evasion (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Evasion (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Evasion (epic)-icon.png
Fate Essence of Fate (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Fate (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Fate (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Fate (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Fate (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Fate (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Fate (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Fate (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Fate (rare)-icon.png Essence of Fate (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Fate (incomparable)-icon.pngIthilien-infused Essence of Fate-icon.pngEssence of Fate (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Fate (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Fate (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Fate (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ Essence of Fate (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Fate (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Fate (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Fate (epic)-icon.png
Finesse Essence of Finesse (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Finesse (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Finesse (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Finesse (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Finesse (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Finesse (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Finesse (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Finesse (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Finesse (rare)-icon.png Essence of Finesse (incomparable)-icon.png ------ ------ Essence of Finesse (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Finesse (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Finesse (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Finesse (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ Essence of Finesse (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Finesse (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Finesse (epic)-icon.png
Incoming Healing / Restoration Essence of Incoming Healing (uncommon)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ Essence of Incoming Healing (rare)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ ------ Essence of Incoming Healing (incomparable)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ ------ Essence of Incoming Healing (epic)-icon.png Essence of Incoming Healing (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Healing / Outgoing Healing ------ ------ Essence of Healing (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Healing (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Healing (uncommon)-icon.png ------ Essence of Healing (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Healing (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Healing (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Healing (rare)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ Essence of Healing (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Healing (incomparable)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Essence of Healing (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Healing (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Healing (epic)-icon.png
Light ------ ------Essence of Light (uncommon)-icon.png ------ ------Essence of Light (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Light (rare)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Essence of Light (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Light (incomparable)-icon.png
Might Essence of Might (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Might (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Might (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Might (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Might (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Might (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Might (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Might (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Might (rare)-icon.png Essence of Might (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Might (incomparable)-icon.pngIthilien-infused Essence of Might-icon.pngEssence of Might (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Might (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Might (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Might (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Might (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Might (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Might (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Might (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Might (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Might (epic)-icon.png
Morale Essence of Morale (uncommon)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ Essence of Morale (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Morale (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Morale (rare)-icon.png ------ ------ Essence of Morale (incomparable)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ ------ Essence of Morale (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Parrying Essence of Parrying (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Parrying (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Parrying (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Parrying (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Parrying (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Parrying (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Parrying (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Parrying (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Parrying (rare)-icon.png Essence of Parrying (incomparable)-icon.png ------ ------ Essence of Parrying (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Parrying (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Parrying (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Parrying (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ Essence of Parrying (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Parrying (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Parrying (epic)-icon.png
Physical Mastery Essence of Physical Mastery (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mastery (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mastery (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mastery (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Physical Mastery (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mastery (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mastery (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mastery (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mastery (rare)-icon.png Essence of Physical Mastery (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mastery (incomparable)-icon.pngIthilien-infused Essence of Physical Mastery-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mastery (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mastery (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Physical Mastery (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mastery (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ Essence of Physical Mastery (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mastery (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mastery (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mastery (epic)-icon.png
Physical Mitigation Essence of Physical Mitigation (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mitigation (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mitigation (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mitigation (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Physical Mitigation (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mitigation (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mitigation (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mitigation (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mitigation (rare)-icon.png Essence of Physical Mitigation (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mitigation (incomparable)-icon.pngIthilien-infused Essence of Physical Mitigation-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mitigation (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mitigation (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Physical Mitigation (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mitigation (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ Essence of Physical Mitigation (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mitigation (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mitigation (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Physical Mitigation (epic)-icon.png
Power Essence of Power (uncommon)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ Essence of Power (rare)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ ------ Essence of Power (incomparable)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ ------ Essence of Power (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Resistance Essence of Resistance (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Resistance (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Resistance (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Resistance (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Resistance (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Resistance (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Resistance (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Resistance (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Resistance (rare)-icon.png Essence of Resistance (incomparable)-icon.png ------ ------ Essence of Resistance (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Resistance (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Resistance (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Resistance (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ Essence of Resistance (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Resistance (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Resistance (epic)-icon.png
Restoration / Incoming Healing ------ Essence of Restoration (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Restoration (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Restoration (uncommon)-icon.png ------ Essence of Restoration (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Restoration (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Restoration (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Restoration (rare)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ Essence of Restoration (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Restoration (incomparable)-icon.png ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Essence of Restoration (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Restoration (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Restoration (epic)-icon.png
Tactical Mastery Essence of Tactical Mastery (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mastery (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mastery (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mastery (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Tactical Mastery (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mastery (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mastery (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mastery (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mastery (rare)-icon.png Essence of Tactical Mastery (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mastery (incomparable)-icon.pngIthilien-infused Essence of Tactical Mastery-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mastery (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mastery (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Tactical Mastery (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mastery (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ Essence of Tactical Mastery (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mastery (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mastery (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mastery (epic)-icon.png
Tactical Mitigation Essence of Tactical Mitigation (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mitigation (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mitigation (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mitigation (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Tactical Mitigation (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mitigation (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mitigation (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mitigation (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mitigation (rare)-icon.png Essence of Tactical Mitigation (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mitigation (incomparable)-icon.pngIthilien-infused Essence of Tactical Mitigation-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mitigation (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mitigation (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Tactical Mitigation (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mitigation (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ Essence of Tactical Mitigation (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mitigation (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mitigation (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Tactical Mitigation (epic)-icon.png
Vitality Essence of Vitality (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Vitality (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Vitality (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Vitality (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Vitality (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Vitality (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Vitality (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Vitality (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Vitality (rare)-icon.png Essence of Vitality (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Vitality (incomparable)-icon.pngIthilien-infused Essence of Vitality-icon.pngEssence of Vitality (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Vitality (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Vitality (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Vitality (epic)-icon.png ------ ------ Essence of Vitality (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Vitality (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Vitality (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Vitality (epic)-icon.png
Will Essence of Will (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Will (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Will (uncommon)-icon.pngEssence of Will (uncommon)-icon.png Essence of Will (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Will (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Will (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Will (rare)-icon.pngEssence of Will (rare)-icon.png Essence of Will (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Will (incomparable)-icon.pngIthilien-infused Essence of Will-icon.pngEssence of Will (incomparable)-icon.pngEssence of Will (incomparable)-icon.png Essence of Will (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Will (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Will (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Will (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Will (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Will (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Will (epic)-icon.pngEssence of Will (epic)-icon.png


Essences at each Player Level

Essence lists at every Player level:

Categories

Tiers and Item Levels

Essence Tiers are found in the top left corner of the essence. Item Levels further detail the essence. Higher item levels mean higher stats. In some cases essences of the same tier will have several items levels and this increases the essence stats. Here is how essence tiers and item levels track alongside player levels and crafting tiers. Essence Tiers

Socket Control Panel

The Socket Control Panel can be used to socket or unsocket individual essences. To access the panel, either shift-double-click a socketable item, or drag a socketable item to the new essence slot on the character panel.

  • Can overwrite a socketed essence with a new one, destroying the currently socketed essence and replacing it with another of your choice
  • Can choose to unsocket an individual essence for Mithril Coin-icon.png Mithril Coin

Essence Socket Control.jpg


Essence Pop-up

Adding to Items

Only items with essence sockets can hold essences. To socket an essence, right-click on an essence, you will be presented with a pop-up similar to that for Legendary Items. The pop-up lists the items which are eligible to receive the essence. Select the item, and click apply.

Removing from Items

Essence Reclamation Scroll-icon.png Essence Reclamation Scroll allows essences to be unsocketed. Right-clicked the scroll and it will present a pop-up box. The pop-up box lists the items eligible for essence unsocket. All essences from a piece of gear will be unsocketed. Select the item, and click apply.
The Socket Control Panel can also be used to remove individual essences using Mithril Coin-icon.png Mithril Coin

Items with Essence Sockets

Starting at level 50, items with essence sockets regularly drop from creatures, are rewards from quests, deeds, are bartered and crafted.

  • see Items with Essence Slots for details
  • They are rarely found before level 50, but they are out there
  • Empty sockets are found in armor, jewelry and pocket items
  • 1 to 5 empty sockets for customized stats, most gear also has unchangeable basic stats
  • When you mouse-over an item, you will see the number of sockets and stats.
  • Examples:
Necklace 4 (incomparable)-icon.png
  Lesser Necklace of the Pelennor Warrior
Necklace 8 (incomparable 1)-icon.png
  Mablung's Pendant
Ring 2 (epic)-icon.png
  Elite Advisor's Fateful Ring


Essence Armor and Jewellery

Quest Rewards

Tier 1 thru Tier 6 Essence

Between Player Level 50-99 there are very few essences rewarded for quests

Tier 1 Essence

Player Level 55 has a rare opportunity to gain a yellow epic Essence. Below is an incomplete sample list:

Essence Player Level Quest Location
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Unearthed Helegrod Essence selection box 55 Seasonal: Storvâgûn's Riches or Boss from the Vaults: Storvâgûn Helegrod: Giant Wing


Tier 7 Essence

Player Level 100 has dozens of quests that offer either a choice of Essences as rewards or a box that houses essences.
Below is an incomplete sample list:

Essence Player Level Quest Location
Box 2 (store)-icon.png Box of Two Essences (tier 7) 100 Quest List in box description Minas Tirith
Essence purple (rare)-icon.png Major Essence (tier 7) 100 Epic Quest line Book 3: Chapter 3: Fearless

Tier 8 Essence

Player Level 105 has dozens of quests that offer either a choice of Essences as rewards or a box that houses essences.
Below is an incomplete sample list:

Essence Player Level Quest Location
Far Anórien Essence Box 105 Quest List in box description Field of Onslaught

Creature Drops and Chest Rewards

Starting at level 50, Normal and Signature creatures will rarely drop green uncommon Essences and purple rare Essences

Tier 1 thru Tier 6 Essence

Between Player Levels 50-99 essences are rarely found

  • Normal creatures almost never drop essences
  • Signature and Elite creatures will rarely drop green uncommon Minor Essences and purple rare Major Essences
  • Instances and Raids treasure chests will rarely hold drop blue incomparable Greater Essences and yellow Legendary Supreme Essences

Below is an incomplete sample list:

Essence Level Mob or Creature Instance or Location
Minor Essence of Blocking 60 Globsnaga Brawler (Foundations of Stone) Moria
Minor Essence of Agility 65 Hîshtgropor Soldier Mirkwood
Minor Essence of Fate 70 White-hand Invader Norcrofts

Tier 7 Essence

Player Level 100

  • Normal and Signature creatures will drop green uncommon Minor Essences
  • Elite and higher difficulty creatures will rarely drop purple rare Major Essences and blue incomparable Greater Essences, typically found in fellowship-required locations, War-bands boxes, Instances and Raids treasure chests
  • Instances and Raids treasure chests will rarely hold yellow Legendary Supreme Essences

Below is an incomplete sample list:

Essence Level Mob or Creature Instance or Location
Essence purple (rare)-icon.png Major Essence (tier 7) and blue Greater Essences found in
Green Box of Eastern Gondorian Spoils,
Silver Box of West Gondorian Spoils
Blue Box of Dead Marsh Orc Spoils,
Red Box of Dead Marsh Orc Spoils
100 Warbands Gondor

Tier 8 Essence

  • Player Level 105
  • Tier 8 green uncommon Minor and purple rare Major Essences (Item Levels 213) are dropped by creatures

Below is an incomplete sample list:

Essence Level Mob or Creature Instance or Location
Essence purple (rare)-icon.png Major Essence (tier 8) and blue incomparable Ithilien Essences are found in
Grey Box of Ancient Spoils,
Crimson Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Malachite Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Marigold Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Amethyst Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Obsidian Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Azure Box of Forgotten Spoils
105 Featured Instance when run at 100-105 Instance Join Panel

Tier 9 Essence

  • Player Level 106
  • Tier 9 green uncommon Dark Essence are dropped by creatures in Mordor

Below is an incomplete sample list:

Essence Level Mob or Creature Instance or Location
Essence purple (rare)-icon.png Shadowed Essence (tier 9) are found in
Grey Box of Ancient Spoils,
Crimson Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Malachite Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Marigold Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Amethyst Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Obsidian Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Azure Box of Forgotten Spoils
105 Featured Instance when run at 106-114 Instance Join Panel

Tier 10 Essence

  • Player Level 115
  • Tier 10 green uncommon Essence are dropped by creatures in Mordor

Below is an incomplete sample list:

Essence Level Mob or Creature Instance or Location
purple rare Empowered Shadow Essences are found in
Grey Box of Ancient Spoils,
Crimson Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Malachite Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Marigold Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Amethyst Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Obsidian Box of Forgotten Spoils,
Azure Box of Forgotten Spoils
115 Featured Instance when run at 115 Instance Join Panel

Tier 11 Essence

  • Player Level 116
  • Tier 11 green uncommon Essence are dropped by creatures in North lands and found in chests

Below is an incomplete sample list:

Essence Level Mob or Creature Instance or Location
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Standard Coffer of Adventurer's Essences (tier 11) 116 Adventurer's Steel-bound Lootbox-icon.png Adventurer's Steel-bound Lootbox found everywhere

Tier 12 Essences

  • Player Level 120
  • Tier 12 purple rare Essence are found in chests

Below is an incomplete sample list:

Essence Level Mob or Creature Instance or Location
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Marvelous Coffer of Adventurer's Essences (tier 12) 120 Adventurer's Steel-bound Lootbox-icon.png Adventurer's Steel-bound Lootbox found everywhere
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Fabulous Coffer of Adventurer's Essences (tier 12) 120 Adventurer's Steel-bound Lootbox-icon.png Adventurer's Steel-bound Lootbox found everywhere

Crafting

Essence crafting usually requires a Universal Solvent-icon.png Universal Solvent and other rare crafting materials.

Tier 7 Essences

At player level 100 essence recipes are bartered from several locations:

Essence Tier Required Reputation Reputation Barter
Greater Essence Recipes
Essence blue (incomparable)-icon.png Greater Essence (tier 7)
Supreme Essence Recipes
Essence yellow (epic)-icon.png Supreme Essence (tier 7)
Quartermaster (Dol Amroth) (need Kindred reputation with Dol Amroth) at the SW corner of the Court of the Fount. 75Amroth Silver Piece-icon.png Amroth Silver Piece
Quartermaster (Rangers of Ithilien) 75East Gondor Silver Piece-icon.png East Gondor Silver Piece
Quartermaster (Defenders of Minas Tirith) (need Kindred reputation) 45Minas Tirith Silver Piece-icon.png Minas Tirith Silver Piece
  • Recipes create Greater Essences (Incomparable, Item Level 192) but a critical success will yield a Supreme Essence(Epic, Item Level 192 or 195).
  • Recipes are single use
  • There are two essences recipes for each profession
Essence Recipe T7 Profession
Greater Essence of Agility Recipe Westemnet Tailor
Greater Essence of Critical Defence Recipe Westemnet Metalsmith
Greater Essence of Critical Rating Recipe Westemnet Woodworker
Greater Essence of Fate Recipe (Jeweller)
Greater Essence of Fate Recipe (Woodworker)
Westemnet Jeweller
Westemnet Woodworker
Greater Essence of Finesse Recipe Westemnet Cook
Greater Essence of Might Recipe Westemnet Metalsmith
Greater Essence of Physical Mastery Recipe Westemnet Weaponsmith
Greater Essence of Physical Mitigation Recipe Westemnet Tailor
Greater Essence of Tactical Mastery Recipe Westemnet Scholar
Greater Essence of Tactical Mitigation Recipe Westemnet Jeweller
Greater Essence of Vitality Recipe (Cook)
Greater Essence of Vitality Recipe (Weaponsmith)
Westemnet Cook
Westemnet Weaponsmith
Greater Essence of Will Recipe Westemnet Scholar
Note: Only Fate and Vitality can be crafted by two different professions.

Tier 8 Essences

Greater, Supreme and Wild Essence recipes are bartered from several locations:

Essence Tier Barterer Required
Greater Essence Recipes
Essence blue (incomparable)-icon.png Greater Essence (tier 8)
Supreme Essence Recipes
Essence yellow (epic)-icon.png Supreme Essence (tier 8)
Quartermaster (Featured Instance Rewards Vendor) between the main gate and stable 5Long-lost Coin-icon.png Long-lost Coin to 15Long-lost Coin-icon.png Long-lost Coin
Quartermaster (Pelennor Battle Rewards Vendor) 2Morgul Crest-icon.png Morgul Crest to 5Morgul Crest-icon.png Morgul Crest
Wild Essence Recipes
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Ithilien-infused Essence Box
Herb-master (Host of the West - Camp of the Host) Wild Essence of Ithilien-icon.png Wild Essence of Ithilien

Greater Essence recipes require a major essence to produce and are single use

Essence Recipe T8 Profession
Greater Essence of Agility Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Tailor
Greater Essence of Critical Defence Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Tailor
Greater Essence of Evade Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Jeweller
Greater Essence of Finesse Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Jeweller
Greater Essence of Morale Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Cook
Greater Essence of Might Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Cook
Greater Essence of Physical Mitigation Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Metalsmith
Greater Essence of Blocking Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Metalsmith
Greater Essence of Will Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Scholar
Greater Essence of Tactical Mitigation Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Scholar
Greater Essence of Physical Mastery Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Weaponsmith
Greater Essence of Tactical Mastery Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Weaponsmith
Greater Essence of Critical Rating Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Woodworker
Greater Essence of Parry Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Woodworker

Supreme Essence recipes requires a greater essence, and the main stat recipes are multi-output for additional mastery or morale

Essence Recipe T8 Profession
Supreme Essence of Morale Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Cook
Supreme Essence of Might Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Cook
Supreme Essence of Finesse Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Jeweller
Supreme Essence of Evade Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Jeweller
Supreme Essence of Physical Mitigation Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Metalsmith
Supreme Essence of Blocking Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Metalsmith
Supreme Essence of Will Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Scholar
Supreme Essence of Tactical Mitigation Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Scholar
Supreme Essence of Agility Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Tailor
Supreme Essence of Critical Defence Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Tailor
Supreme Essence of Tactical Mastery Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Weaponsmith
Supreme Essence of Physical Mastery Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Weaponsmith
Supreme Essence of Parry Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Woodworker
Supreme Essence of Critical Rating Recipe (Tier 8) Anórien Woodworker

Wild Essence recipes are auto bestowed, require a Universal Solvent, a special item and appropriate crafting materials. There are no critical results.

Essence Recipe T8 Profession
Wild Essence - Agility Recipe Anórien Cook, Jeweller, Metalsmith, Tailor, Scholar, Weaponsmith and Woodworker
Wild Essence - Critical Rating Recipe
Wild Essence - Fate Recipe
Wild Essence - Might Recipe
Wild Essence - Morale Recipe
Wild Essence - Physical Mastery Recipe
Wild Essence - Physical Mitigation Recipe
Wild Essence - Tactical Mastery Recipe
Wild Essence - Tactical Mitigation Recipe
Wild Essence - Vitality Recipe
Wild Essence - Will Recipe

Tier 9 Essences

Shadowed Essene recipes can be bartered from several locations:

Essence Tier Reputation Barter Required
Shadowed Essence Recipes
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Shadowed Essence Box (tier 9)
Quartermaster (Conquest of Gorgoroth) 15Silver Signet of the Thandrim-icon.png Silver Signets of the Thandrim

Shadowed Essence

  • Recipes DO NOT require a Universal Solvent but instead requires a special crafted item that can only be made once every 18 hours (18 hour time)
  • Recipes are single use and only available for a few professions, there is NO recipe for Cooks or Scholars
  • All recipes produce Box 7 (store)-icon.png Shadowed Essence Box which allows a selection of T9 Essences
Essence Recipe T9 Profession
No Recipes Doomfold Cook
Jeweller - Shadowed Essence Recipe Doomfold Jeweller
Metalsmith - Shadowed Essence Recipe Doomfold Metalsmith
No Recipes Doomfold Scholar
Tailor - Shadowed Essence Recipe Doomfold Tailor
Weaponsmith - Shadowed Essence Recipe Doomfold Weaponsmith
Woodworker - Shadowed Essence Recipe Doomfold Woodworker

Tier 10 Essences

Essence in this tier have special upgrades

  • Craft an essence, then turning it in for a Malleable Shadow Essence and use that to craft the next upgrade
  • Higher quality (purple, blue etc.) essences can be turned-in for more Malleable Shadow Essence
  • Crafting higher quality essences requires more Malleable Shadow Essence
  • You can turn in 2 lower quality essences for 2 Malleable Shadow Essences or you could turn in a single higher quality essence for 2 or 3 Malleable Shadow Essences


T9-T10 Essence Compare Chart

Essence Dark Empowered Dark Shadow Empowered Shadow Abyssal Empowered Abyssal Northern Kingdoms
Tier/level
Item Level
t9 / 106 Item Level 300 t9 / 106 Item Level 322 t9 / 106 Item Level 326 t10 / 115 Item Level 330 t10 / 115 Item Level 337 t10 / 115 Item Level 345 t10 / 115 Item Level 345
Agility 195 281 297 313 340 371 446
Block 3807 5482 5787 6091 6624 7233 8680
Critical Defence 4245 6113 6452 6792 7386 8066 9679
Critical Rating 1692 2436 2572 2707 2944 3215 3858
Evasion 3807 5482 5787 6091 6624 7233 8680
Fate 195 281 297 313 340 371 446
Finesse 5128 7384 7794 8204 8922 9743 11691
Might 195 281 297 313 340 371 446
Morale 1966 2070 2251
Healing (Outgoing) 5700 6954 7182 7410 7809 8265 9918
Parry 3807 5482 5787 6091 6624 7233 8680
Physical Mastery 3384 4128 4264 4399 4636 4907 5888
Physical Mitigation 3808 5483 5788 6092 6625 7235 8682
Resistance 2565 3694 3899 4104 4463 4874 5848
Restoration (Incoming Healing) 3384 4873 5144 5414.4 5888 6429.6 7715.521
Tactical Mastery 3384 4128 4264 4399 4636 4907 5888
Tactical Mitigation 3808 5483 5788 6092 6625 7235 8682
Vitality 326 469 495 522 567 619 743
Will 195 281 297 313 340 371 446
Essence of Light +16 +18 +20
  • Most Dark essences are about 2/3 of the Shadowed essence; Physical and Tactical Mastery are about 4/5. Empowered Dark essences are about 95% of Shadowed. Empowered Shadow essences are about 5% more than Shadow. Abyssal adds another 8.5% and Empowered Abyssal adds another 9%.
  • There does not appear to be a Dark or Empowered Dark essence of Morale, although the Shadowed Essence of Morale is in the box.
  • The essence called Healing is for outgoing healing. The incoming healing essence is called Restoration.


  • Essence Recipes and Materials can be bartered from several locations:
Recipe Products and Materials Reputation Barter Required
Empowered Shadow Essence Recipes
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Empowered Shadow Essence Box (tier 10)
Abyssal Essence Recipes
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Abyssal Essence Box (tier 10)
Empowered Abyssal Essence Recipes
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Empowered Abyssal Essence Box (tier 10)
Quartermaster (Gorgoroth Crafting Vendor) 25Silver Signet of the Thandrim-icon.png Silver Signets of the Thandrim
Greater or Incomparable (Purple, Blue)
Malleable Shadow Essence-icon.png Malleable Shadow Essence Upgrade Material
Quartermaster (Gorgoroth Crafting Vendor) Turn-in previously crafted Essences
Stronghold Essence Recipes,
Lasgalen Purification Token-icon.png Lasgalen Purification Token Upgrades Material and
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Northern Kingdoms Essence Box (tier 10)
Quartermaster (Elves of Felegoth Crafting)
Quartermaster (Men of Dale Crafting)
Quartermaster (Dwarves of Erebor Crafting)
40Token of the Lake and Rivers-icon.png Tokens of the Lake and Rivers

Empowered Shadow Essence

  • Recipes require a Universal Solvent and a special crafted item that can only be made once every 18 hours (18 hour time)
  • Recipes are permanent (can be used unlimited times) and only available for a few professions, there is NO recipe for Cooks or Scholars
  • All recipes produce Box 7 (store)-icon.png Empowered Shadow Essence Box which allows a selection of T10 Essences
Essence Recipe T10 Profession
No Recipes Doomfold Cook
Jeweller - Empowered Shadow Essence Recipe Doomfold Jeweller
Metalsmith - Empowered Shadow Essence Recipe Doomfold Metalsmith
No Recipes Doomfold Scholar
Tailor - Empowered Shadow Essence Recipe Doomfold Tailor
Weaponsmith - Empowered Shadow Essence Recipe Doomfold Weaponsmith
Woodworker - Empowered Shadow Essence Recipe Doomfold Woodworker


Abyssal Essence Upgrade

Essence Recipe T10 Profession
No Recipes Doomfold Cook
Jeweller - Abyssal Essence Recipe Doomfold Jeweller
Metalsmith - Abyssal Essence Recipe Doomfold Metalsmith
No Recipes Doomfold Scholar
Tailor - Abyssal Essence Recipe Doomfold Tailor
Weaponsmith - Abyssal Essence Recipe Doomfold Weaponsmith
Woodworker - Abyssal Essence Recipe Doomfold Woodworker

Empowered Abyssal Essence Upgrade

Essence Recipe T10 Profession
No Recipes Doomfold Cook
Jeweller - Empowered Abyssal Essence Recipe Doomfold Jeweller
Metalsmith - Empowered Abyssal Essence Recipe Doomfold Metalsmith
No Recipes Doomfold Scholar
Tailor - Empowered Abyssal Essence Recipe Doomfold Tailor
Weaponsmith - Empowered Abyssal Essence Recipe Doomfold Weaponsmith
Woodworker - Empowered Abyssal Essence Recipe Doomfold Woodworker

Northern Stronghold Essence Upgrade

Essence Recipe T10 Profession
No Recipes Doomfold Cook
Jeweller - Northern Stronghold Essence Recipe Doomfold Jeweller
Metalsmith - Northern Stronghold Essence Recipe Doomfold Metalsmith
No Recipes Doomfold Scholar
Tailor - Northern Stronghold Essence Recipe Doomfold Tailor
Weaponsmith - Northern Stronghold Essence Recipe Doomfold Weaponsmith
Woodworker - Northern Stronghold Essence Recipe Doomfold Woodworker

Tier 11 Essences

Barter only. see barter section.

Tier 12 Essences

Auto bestowed recipe, require a Universal Solvent, a Dwarrowgleam Shard and appropriate crafting materials. There are no critical results

Essence Recipe T12 Profession
Cook - Tier 2 Mithrin Essences Recipe Ironfold Cook
Jeweller - Tier 2 Mithrin Essences Recipe Ironfold Jeweller
Metalsmith - Tier 2 Mithrin Essences Recipe Ironfold Metalsmith
Scholar - Tier 2 Mithrin Essences Recipe Ironfold Scholar
Tailor - Tier 2 Mithrin Essences Recipe Ironfold Tailor
Weaponsmith - Tier 2 Mithrin Essences Recipe Ironfold Weaponsmith
Woodworker - Tier 2 Mithrin Essences Recipe Ironfold Woodworker

Bartered Essences

Tier 7 Essence

At player level 100 Essence can be bartered from around the world:

Essence Tier Reputation Barter Required
Essence purple (rare)-icon.png Major Essence (tier 7) Skirmish-Curiosities barter at Skirmish Camp 500Mark-icon.png Mark
Defenders of Minas Tirith Smiths' Fellowship and Builders' Fellowship barter at Minas Tirith 15Minas Tirith - Smith's Token-icon.png Minas Tirith - Smiths' Token

Tier 8 Dol Amroth Essence

Essence are found in Essence boxes are bartered from several locations:

Essence Tier Reputation Barter Required
Dol Amroth Essence Boxes (tier 8) see below Dol Amroth Quartermaster (Essences) [74.9S, 71.1W] - Court of the Fount 10 Dol Amroth District Coins
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Far Anórien Essence Box (tier 8) Quartermaster (Riders of Rohan) 10Exquisite Wood-carving-icon.png Exquisite Wood-carving 8Polished Marble Trinket-icon.png Polished Marble Trinket
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Far Anórien Essence Box (tier 8) Quartermaster (Host of the West - Henneth Annûn)
Quartermaster (Host of the West - Camp of the Host)
Quartermaster (Host of the West - Aragorn's Pavilion)
35Host of the West Silver Piece-icon.png Host of the West Silver Piece
Class Specific Essences (tier 8) see below Quartermaster (Men of Dor-en-Ernil) 15Jewel-encrusted Scimitar-icon.png Jewel-encrusted Scimitar 4Unblemished Swan Statue-icon.png Unblemished Swan Statue

Dol Amroth Essence Boxes and the coins to barter for them:

Item to Receive Items to Trade
Box 3 (store)-icon.png Primary Essence Box Dol Amroth - Mason Token-icon.png 10 Mason Tokens
Box 3 (store)-icon.png Vital Essence Box Dol Amroth - Armoury Token-icon.png 10 Armoury Tokens
Box 3 (store)-icon.png Defender's Essence Box Dol Amroth - Warehouse Token-icon.png 10 Warehouse Tokens
Box 3 (store)-icon.png Warrior's Essence Box Dol Amroth - Bank Token-icon.png 10 Bank Tokens
Box 3 (store)-icon.png Healer's Essence Box Dol Amroth - Swan-knight Token-icon.png 10 Swan-knight Tokens
Box 3 (store)-icon.png Essence Box of Avoidance Dol Amroth - Library Token-icon.png 10 Library Tokens
Box 3 (store)-icon.png Fighter's Essence Box Dol Amroth - Great Hall Token-icon.png 10 Great Hall Tokens
Box 3 (store)-icon.png Tactician's Essence Box Dol Amroth - Docks Token-icon.png 10 Docks Tokens


Dol Amroth Essence Box Contents

Box Contents contents
Primary Agility, Fate, Might, Will
Vital Fate, Morale, Power, Vitality
Defender's Critical Defense, Incoming Healing, Physical Mitigation, Tactical Mitigation
Warrior's Critical Rating, Finesse, Physical Mastery, Tactical Mastery
Healer's Critical Rating, Power, Tactical Mastery, Will
Avoidance Blocking, Evasion, Parrying, Resistance
Fighter's Blocking, Incoming Healing, Physical Mastery, Physical Mitigation
Tactician's Critical Defense, Evasion, Parrying, Tactical Mitigation

Dol Amroth Essence Box Contents by Attribute

Attribute Found in Boxes
Agility Primary
Blocking Fighter's, Avoidance
Critical Defense Tactician's, Defender's
Critical Rating Warrior's, Healer's
Evasion Tactician's, Avoidance
Fate Primary, Vital
Finesse Warrior's
Incoming Healing Fighter's Defender's
Might Primary
Morale Vital
Parrying Tactician's, Avoidance
Physical Mastery Fighter's, Warrior's
Physical Mitigation Fighter's, Defender's
Power Vital, Healer's
Resistance Avoidance
Tactical Mastery Warrior's, Healer's
Tactical Mitigation Tactician's, Defender's
Vitality Vital
Will Primay, Healer's

Class-Specific Essences bartered from Quartermaster (Men of Dor-en-Ernil)

  • see Class-Specific section below

Tier 8 Ithilien Essences

Essence in this tier have special upgrades

  1. Collect 4 Ithilien Essence Fragments by completing Assisting the Herbalists: North Ithilien repeatable quest
  2. Barter for North Ithilien Essence Box then select an Ithilien Essence
  3. Take the Ithilien Essence and craft it into a Wild Essence of Ithilien
  4. Turn-in the Wild Essence of Ithilien for the upgraded Ithilien-infused Essence Box then select an Ithilien-infused Essence
  5. Turn-in the Ithilien-infused Essence for a Wisp of a Legendary Ithilien Essence three times
  6. Turn-in 3 Wisp of a Legendary Ithilien Essence for the upgraded Legendary Ithilien-infused Essence Box then select a Ithilien-tempered Essence

T8 Essence boxes and Materials are bartered from several locations:

Essence Tier Reputation Barter Required
Box 7 (store)-icon.png North Ithilien Essence Box (tier 8) Herb-master (Host of the West - Henneth Annûn)
Herb-master (Host of the West - Camp of the Host)
Alex Grey in Winter-home Yule Festival
4Ithilien Essence Fragment-icon.png Ithilien Essence Fragment
T8 Ithilien Essence Fragment-icon.png Ithilien Essence Fragment Barter Material Obtained thru Assisting the Herbalists: North Ithilien repeatable quests or Anniversary Celebration reward quests reward Pouch of Ithilien Essence Fragments-icon.png Pouch of Ithilien Essence Fragments
which hold 1-3 fragments
Upgrade Box 7 (store)-icon.png Ithilien-infused Essence Box (tier 8) Herb-master (Host of the West - Henneth Annûn)
Herb-master (Host of the West - Camp of the Host)
crafted Wild Essence of Ithilien-icon.png Wild Essence of Ithilien for details see the crafting section of this page
T8 Wisp of a Legendary Ithilien Essence-icon.png Wisp of a Legendary Ithilien Essence Barter Material Herb-master (Host of the West - Henneth Annûn)
Herb-master (Host of the West - Camp of the Host)
trade-in any Ithilien-infused Essence
Upgrade Box 18 (store)-icon.png Legendary Ithilien-infused Essence Box (tier 8) Herb-master (Host of the West - Henneth Annûn)
Herb-master (Host of the West - Camp of the Host)
3Wisp of a Legendary Ithilien Essence-icon.png Wisp of a Legendary Ithilien Essence

Tier 9 Essences

Dropped from creatures and crafting only see crafting essence section

Tier 10 Essences

The Keeper of Mysteries in Mordor will barter Motes of Enchantment for incomparable (purple) and legendary (yellow) Essences. You can also barter for materials to craft your own.

Essence Tier Reputation Barter Required
T10 Greater or Incomparable (Purple, Blue)
Malleable Shadow Essence-icon.png Malleable Shadow Essence Upgrade Material
Quartermaster (Gorgoroth Crafting Vendor) Turn-in previously crafted Essences
T10 Stronghold Recipes (Yellow) and
Lasgalen Purification Token-icon.png Lasgalen Purification Token Upgrades Material
Quartermaster (Elves of Felegoth Crafting)
Quartermaster (Men of Dale Crafting)
Quartermaster (Dwarves of Erebor Crafting)
40Token of the Lake and Rivers-icon.png Tokens of the Lake and Rivers
Essence blue (incomparable)-icon.png Abyssal Essence (T10 blue item level 337) Keeper of Mysteries 850Motes of Enchantment-icon.png Motes of Enchantment
Essence blue (incomparable)-icon.png Empowered Abyssal Essence (T10 blue item level 345) Keeper of Mysteries 1500Motes of Enchantment-icon.png Motes of Enchantment
Essence yellow (epic)-icon.png Northern Stronghold Essence (T10 yellow item level 345) Keeper of Mysteries 2500Motes of Enchantment-icon.png Motes of Enchantment

Tier 11 Essences

Essence Tier Reputation Barter Required
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Standard Coffer of Adventurer's Essences (tier 11) Adventurer's Quartermasterfound at Skarháld in Ered Mithrin. [34.6N, 45.4W]. 1500Embers of Enchantment-icon.png Embers of Enchantment

Tier 12 Essences

Essence Tier Reputation Barter Required
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Marvelous Coffer of Adventurer's Essences (tier 12) Adventurer's Quartermasterfound at Skarháld in Ered Mithrin. [34.6N, 45.4W]. 3000Embers of Enchantment-icon.png Embers of Enchantment
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Fabulous Coffer of Adventurer's Essences (tier 12) Adventurer's Quartermasterfound at Skarháld in Ered Mithrin. [34.6N, 45.4W]. 4500Embers of Enchantment-icon.png Embers of Enchantment

Class-Specific Essences

At level 100 you can find Class-Specific Essences bartered from Quartermaster (Men of Dor-en-Ernil)

Class Essences
Beorning Essence 1 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Sharp Claw Essence 2 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Thick Hide Essence 3 (rare)-icon.png Essence of Nature's Roar
Burgler Essence 4 (rare)-icon.png Essence of Good Fortune Essence 5 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Gambler Essence 1 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Critical Harmony
Captain Essence 6 (rare)-icon.png Essence of Retaliation Essence 7 (rare)-icon.png Essence of Balance Essence 8 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Protector
Champion Essence 9 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Red Storm Essence 10 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Berserker Essence 11 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Resolute
Guardian Essence 2 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Elusive Defender Essence 12 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Fleet Footed Essence 13 (rare)-icon.png Essence of Stunned Silence
Hunter Essence 14 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Powerful Draw Essence 15 (rare)-icon.png Essence of Thorns Essence 16 (rare)-icon.png Essence of Freedom
Lore-master Essence 17 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Beast Essence 3 (rare)-icon.png Essence of Nature Essence 18 (rare)-icon.png Essence of Wisdom
Minstrel Essence 19 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Combat Medic Essence 20 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Protector of Power Essence 21 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the War Councillor
Rune-keeper Essence 22 (rare)-icon.png Essence of Peace Essence 23 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Cleansing Flame Essence 24 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Storm
Warden Essence 25 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Determined Defender Essence 26 (rare)-icon.png Essence of the Reckless Defender Essence 27 (rare)-icon.png Essence of Physicality

Mordor Light Essences

At level 106 the game introduces a new mechanic called Shadow of Mordor. These Light Essences combat this dark effect.

Essence Light of Earendil How to Obtain
Essence of Light (uncommon)-icon.png Empowered Gleaming Essence of Light +10 dropped by creatures or found in a Rare Mordor Chest
Essence of Light (rare)-icon.png Glowing Essence of Light +14 dropped by creatures
Essence of Light (rare)-icon.png Empowered Glowing Essence of Light +16 crafted only Box 7 (store)-icon.png Empowered Shadow Essence Box
Essence of Light (incomparable)-icon.png Shining Essence of Light +18 crafted only Box 7 (store)-icon.png Abyssal Essence Box
Essence of Light (incomparable)-icon.png Empowered Shining Essence of Light +20 crafted only Box 7 (store)-icon.png Empowered Abyssal Essence Box

LOTRO Updates Notes

Update 14

Update 14 (July 2014) Paths of the Dead: introduced the "Essence System

  • New gear found throughout the world can be upgraded and enhanced by placing Essences into available slots.
  • From the Release Notes

Update 16

With the release of Update 16, Empty 5 slot armour pieces are bartered for with Morgul Crests earned from the Osgiliath Instance Cluster.
The original "Essence System" has been augmented and refined with the "Floral System" in subsequent updates.

Update 19.1

  • Tier 8 essences come in three Item Levels - 213 (Major - Drop), 234 (Masterful or Robust - Crafted), 246 (Ithiliien - Quest Reward).
  • the Box 7 (store)-icon.png North Ithilien Essence Box is available only as a quest reward. It contains your choice of 11 Ithilien Essences

Update 19.2

The essence system is evolving / changing, fairly rapidly. Major changes will be coming with 19.2 (from the beta preview notes on Bullroarer).

  • Pellenor Essences of Morale now drop where Superlative Essences of Morale once did in Throne of the Dread Terror. These essences are item level 270.
  • Throne of the Dread Terror - Challenge Chests now have a chance to drop tokens for Legendary Bracelets. They are item level 258 and contain 3 sockets.
  • A new tier of Ithilien Infused Essences have been introduced. These essences are item level 258, and cover the following stats:
  • Physical Mastery
  • Tactical Mastery
  • Physical Mitigation
  • Tactical Mitigation
  • Morale
  • Critical Rating
  • Might
  • Agility
  • Vitality
  • Will
  • Fate
  • Each crafting profession will get a new, rare ingredient that can be found in The Throne of the Dread Terror, North Ithilien Flora, Featured Instances, and the Yule Festival. These crafting items are tradeable. Crafters will use these ingredients to make a Wild Essence barter item, which is also tradeable.
  • The recipes use the new ingredient, a universal solvent, normal crafting components, and any Ithilien Essence. The recipes are free, and are automatically added to your crafting panel in Update 19.2.
  • The North Ithilien Herbalists will give you an Ithilien-infused Essence box in exchange for one of these Wild Essences. The box allows you to choose the essence with the stat you desire, and there is even a small chance the essence may be a Legendary masquerading as an Incomparable.
  • North Ithilien - Legendary Rings are now available for barter from the herbalists. They are item level 258 and contain 3 sockets.
  • Seventeen new quests and deeds have been added in North Ithilien, including 9 repeatable quests.

Update 21.3

  • North Ithilien Essences are now Bound to Account.

Update 21

Mordor Expansion - This Expansion introduced a new twist to the Essence System called Motes of Enchantment.

Update 23.1.7

There is a new panel called Socket Control that can be used to socket or unsocket individual essences. You can now overwrite a socketed essence, destroying the currently socketed essence and replacing it with another of your choice. Optionally, you can choose to unsocket an individual essence for Mithril. To access the panel, either shift-double-click a socketable item, or drag a socketable item to the new essence slot on the character panel.

Essence Socket Control.jpg

Update 21.2.3

Mordor and Northern Kingdoms introduce Tier 9 and 10 Essences

Note: as of Update 21.2.3, neither Cooks nor Scholars can craft essence boxes because of missing recipes.
With the introduction of the Mordor Expansion, the "end-game" Essence system has been significantly reorganized.
Tier 9 Essences are still random drops, however Tier 10 Essences can all be crafted by Doomfold crafters in all non-gathering professions.
One Essence of your choice (see list below) can be selected from each crafted Essence Box.
Mordor essences come in seven variants:
Tier 9
Dark Item Level 300 minimum level 106, requires gear with a minimum level of 106
Empowered Dark Item Level 322 minimum level 106, requires gear with a minimum level of 106
Shadowed Item Level 326 minimum level 106, requires gear with a minimum level of 106
Tier 10
Empowered Shadow Item Level 330 minimum level 115, requires gear with a minimum level of 115
Abyssal Item Level 337 minimum level 115, requires gear with a minimum level of 115
Empowered Abyssal Item Level 345 minimum level 115, requires gear with a minimum level of 115
Northern Kingdoms Item Level 345 minimum level 115, requires gear with a minimum level of 115
The recipe can be bartered from the Quartermaster (Conquest of Gorgoroth Crafting) for 15 Silver Signets of the Thandrim.
The recipes are single use and not bound, the essence boxes are also not bound, so you can get a recipe and have someone else make it for you.
The recipe can be bartered from the Quartermaster (Gorgoroth Crafting Vendor) for 25 Silver Signets of the Thandrim.
The recipe can be bartered from the Quartermaster (Gorgoroth Crafting Vendor) for 25 Silver Signets of the Thandrim.
These recipes require one Item:Malleable Shadow Essence.
The recipe can be bartered from the Quartermaster (Gorgoroth Crafting Vendor) for 25 Silver Signets of the Thandrim.
These recipes are single use and require 2 Malleable Shadow Essences in addition to other ingredients.
The recipe can be bartered from the Quartermaster (Elves of Felegoth Crafting), Quartermaster (Men of Dale Crafting), or Quartermaster (Dwarves of Erebor Crafting) for 40 Tokens of the Lake and Rivers.
These recipes require 3 Malleable Shadow Essencess and one Item:Lasgalen Purification Token in addition to other ingredients.
Essence Dark Empowered Dark Shadow Empowered Shadow Abyssal Empowered Abyssal Northern Kingdoms
Tier/level
Item Level
t9 / 106 Item Level 300 t9 / 106 Item Level 322 t9 / 106 Item Level 326 t10 / 115 Item Level 330 t10 / 115 Item Level 337 t10 / 115 Item Level 345 t10 / 115 Item Level 345
Agility 195 281 297 313 340 371 446
Block 3807 5482 5787 6091 6624 7233 8680
Critical Defence 4245 6113 6452 6792 7386 8066 9679
Critical Rating 1692 2436 2572 2707 2944 3215 3858
Evasion 3807 5482 5787 6091 6624 7233 8680
Fate 195 281 297 313 340 371 446
Finesse 5128 7384 7794 8204 8922 9743 11691
Might 195 281 297 313 340 371 446
Morale 1966 2070 2251
Healing (Outgoing) 5700 6954 7182 7410 7809 8265 9918
Parry 3807 5482 5787 6091 6624 7233 8680
Physical Mastery 3384 4128 4264 4399 4636 4907 5888
Physical Mitigation 3808 5483 5788 6092 6625 7235 8682
Resistance 2565 3694 3899 4104 4463 4874 5848
Restoration (Incoming Healing) 3384 4873 5144 5414.4 5888 6429.6 7715.521
Tactical Mastery 3384 4128 4264 4399 4636 4907 5888
Tactical Mitigation 3808 5483 5788 6092 6625 7235 8682
Vitality 326 469 495 522 567 619 743
Will 195 281 297 313 340 371 446
Essence of Light +16 +18 +20
Most Dark essences are about 2/3 of the Shadowed essence; Physical and Tactical Mastery are about 4/5. Empowered Dark essences are about 95% of Shadowed. Empowered Shadow essences are about 5% more than Shadow. Abyssal adds another 8.5% and Empowered Abyssal adds another 9%.
There does not appear to be a Dark or Empowered Dark essence of Morale, although the Shadowed Essence of Morale is in the box.
The essence called Healing is for outgoing healing. The incoming healing essence is called Restoration.

Players Guide to Essence

A Player's Guide is under development: Socketed Armour and Essences'