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The Essence System

NOTE: The main article on the Essence System is Essence.
The original "Essence System" has been augmented and refined with the "Floral System" in subsequent updates.
See also the Category: North Ithilien Flora

Update 14 (July 2014) 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
  • A quick overview
  • You will find armor with open slots that can accept essences.
  • Both the armor and essences drop in a wide variety of areas and content; some can even be crafted.
  • By slotting essences into armor or jewelry you can customize the stats of the items to your liking.
  • The essences are unbound until used so they can be freely traded amongst players.
  • Certain pieces of gear have 1 to 5* "Empty Slots" on them when acquired, and some very basic stats; examples:
Necklace 4 (incomparable)-icon.png
  Lesser Necklace of the Pelennor Warrior
Heavy Boots 11 (rare 1)-icon.png
  Pelennor Boots of Nightfall
Ring 2 (epic)-icon.png
  Elite Advisor's Fateful Ring


  • *With the release of Update 16, Empty 5 slot armour pieces are bartered for with Morgul Crests earned from the Osgiliath Instance Cluster.

Socketed Armour

Socketed Armour Pop-up
  • Socketed Armor starts at level 50
  • Dropped armor usually has the name Nadhin (for all levels), which can be confusing since a level 60 piece of armor will have the exact same name as a level 100.
  • When you acquire your first piece of socketed armour, you will receive a pop-up stating:
"You have acquired a piece of socketed armour. If you find an Essence that has a usage level that is less than or equal to your socketed armour, you can apply the Essence to the armour and gain its stats. Choose wisely, because Essences may only be removed by using an Essence Reclamation Scroll."


Essence Pop-up
  • When you click on an Essence, you will be presented with a pop-up similar to that for Legendary Items, listing those Items of Armour which are eligible to receive the Essence you clicked on. Select the piece of armour, and click apply.
Now, when you mouse-over that piece of armour, you will see the stats associated with that Essence displayed on the Armour's tool-tip.
Necklace 8 (incomparable 1)-icon.png
  Mablung's Pendant


Categories



Current Inventory

For a list of all Essences currently available, see:


Crafted Essences

  • Level 100 Essence recipes are obtained from the Dol Amroth reputation barter, Quartermaster (Dol Amroth), at the SW corner of the Court of the Fount.
All are single use recipes.
All create Cyan-icon.png Greater (Incomparable, Item Level 192) or (Critical) Orange-icon.png Supreme (Epic, Item Level 192 or 195) items.
  • Greater Essence recipes are obtained from the Minas Tirith quartermasters between the main gate and stable for either Long-lost coins or Morgul Crests (five or 15, and two or six respectively, for greater/superior). The single use greater recipe requires a major essence to produce a greater. The superior recipe requires a greater, and the main stat recipes are multi-output for additional mastery or morale. All also require a Universal Solvent, Zircon Shard and appropriate crafting materials. There are no critical results.
  • There are two essences available to craft for each profession, for level 100 tier seven these are:
Profession Required Reputation
Ally Kindred
Cook Finesse Vitality
Jeweller Tactical Mitigation Fate
Tailor Critical Defence Might
Scholar Tactical Mastery Will
Tailor Physical Mitigation Agility
Weaponsmith Physical Mastery Vitality
Woodworker Critical Rating Fate
Note: Only Fate and Vitality can be crafted by two different professions.

Tier 7 Essences

Essence Recipe T7 Profession
Westemnet Tailor Recipe-icon.png Greater Essence of Agility Recipe Westemnet Tailor
Westemnet Metalsmith Recipe-icon.png Greater Essence of Critical Defence Recipe Westemnet Metalsmith
Westemnet Woodworker Recipe-icon.png Greater Essence of Critical Rating Recipe Westemnet Woodworker
Westemnet Jeweller Recipe-icon.png Greater Essence of Fate Recipe
Westemnet Woodworker Recipe-icon.png Greater Essence of Fate Recipe
Westemnet Jeweller or Westemnet Woodworker
Westemnet Cook Recipe-icon.png Greater Essence of Finesse Recipe Westemnet Cook
Westemnet Metalsmith Recipe-icon.png Greater Essence of Might Recipe Westemnet Metalsmith
Westemnet Weaponsmith Recipe-icon.png Greater Essence of Physical Mastery Recipe Westemnet Weaponsmith
Westemnet Tailor Recipe-icon.png Greater Essence of Physical Mitigation Recipe Westemnet Tailor
Westemnet Scholar Recipe-icon.png Greater Essence of Tactical Mastery Recipe Westemnet Scholar
Westemnet Jeweller Recipe-icon.png Greater Essence of Tactical Mitigation Recipe Westemnet Jeweller
Westemnet Cook Recipe-icon.png Greater Essence of Vitality Recipe
Westemnet Weaponsmith Recipe-icon.png Greater Essence of Vitality Recipe
Westemnet Cook or Westemnet Weaponsmith
Westemnet Scholar Recipe-icon.png Greater Essence of Will Recipe Westemnet Scholar

Tier 8 Essences

  • The recipes to produce a Supreme Essence (Item Level 324) are obtained from:
All are single use recipes which requires a Greater essence to produce a Supreme.
All require a Universal Solvent, a Zircon Shard and appropriate crafting materials. There are no critical results.
Essence Recipe T8 Profession
Westemnet Cook Recipe-icon.png Supreme Essence of Morale Recipe Anórien Cook
Westemnet Cook Recipe-icon.png Supreme Essence of Might Recipe Anórien Cook
Westemnet Jeweller Recipe-icon.png Supreme Essence of Finesse Recipe Anórien Jeweller
Westemnet Jeweller Recipe-icon.png Supreme Essence of Evade Recipe Anórien Jeweller
Westemnet Metalsmith Recipe-icon.png Supreme Essence of Physical Mitigation Recipe Anórien Metalsmith
Westemnet Metalsmith Recipe-icon.png Supreme Essence of Blocking Recipe Anórien Metalsmith
Westemnet Scholar Recipe-icon.png Supreme Essence of Will Recipe Anórien Scholar
Westemnet Scholar Recipe-icon.png Supreme Essence of Tactical Mitigation Recipe Anórien Scholar
Westemnet Tailor Recipe-icon.png Supreme Essence of Agility Recipe Anórien Tailor
Westemnet Tailor Recipe-icon.png Supreme Essence of Critical Defence Recipe Anórien Tailor
Westemnet Weaponsmith Recipe-icon.png Supreme Essence of Tactical Mastery Recipe Anórien Weaponsmith
Westemnet Weaponsmith Recipe-icon.png Supreme Essence of Physical Mastery Recipe Anórien Weaponsmith
Westemnet Woodworker Recipe-icon.png Supreme Essence of Parry Recipe Anórien Woodworker
Westemnet Woodworker Recipe-icon.png Supreme Essence of Critical Rating Recipe Anórien Woodworker

Bartered Essences

Tier 7 Essence NPCs

Note: Box Type refers to the Reward box from the Dol Amroth Quartermaster listing above.

Barterer: Quartermaster (Riders of Rohan) (need Friend reputation with Riders of Rohan)

Item(s) to Receive Item(s) to Trade
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Far Anórien Essence Box 10Exquisite Wood-carving-icon.png Exquisite Wood-carvings 8Polished Marble Trinket-icon.png Polished Marble Trinkets

Barterer: (need Friend reputation with Host of the West)
     Quartermaster (Host of the West - Camp of the Host)
     Quartermaster (Host of the West - Henneth Annûn)
     Quartermaster (Host of the West - Aragorn's Pavilion)

Item(s) to Receive Item(s) to Trade
Box 7 (store)-icon.png Far Anórien Essence Box 35Host of the West Silver Piece-icon.png Host of the West Silver Pieces

Tier 8 Essences

  • As of Update 19.1, Tier 8 essences come in three Item Levels - 213 (Major - Drop), 234 (Masterful or Robust - Crafted), 246 (Ithiliien - Quest Reward).
  • As of Update 19.1, 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

Essence Armour

These Quartermasters barter for slotted armour

North Ithilien Armour

See: Category:North Ithilien Flora for detailed information on items


Class-Specific Essences

Class-specific essences are lvl 100 essences that can only be obtained via barterers NPC's.


Essence notes

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.

Mordor Exapansion - Update 21

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

Tier 9 and 10 - Mordor and Northern Kingdoms 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
  • A Box 7 (store)-icon.png Shadowed Essence Box can be crafted by Doomfold crafters in all non-gathering professions.
The recipe can be bartered from the Quartermaster (Conquest of Gorgoroth Crafting) for 15Silver Signet of the Thandrim-icon.png 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 25Silver Signet of the Thandrim-icon.png Silver Signets of the Thandrim.
The recipe can be bartered from the Quartermaster (Gorgoroth Crafting Vendor) for 25Silver Signet of the Thandrim-icon.png Silver Signets of the Thandrim.
These recipes require one Malleable Shadow Essence-icon.png Malleable Shadow Essence.
The recipe can be bartered from the Quartermaster (Gorgoroth Crafting Vendor) for 25Silver Signet of the Thandrim-icon.png Silver Signets of the Thandrim.
These recipes are single use and require 2Malleable Shadow Essence-icon.png 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 40Token of the Lake and Rivers-icon.png Tokens of the Lake and Rivers.
These recipes require 3Malleable Shadow Essence-icon.png Malleable Shadow Essences and one Lasgalen Purification Token-icon.png 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.