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 100-129 and at level 130.
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 100-129, and another for level 130. The instance must be run no more than eight levels below the level of your character to obtain the featured instance quest (i.e. the mobs in the instance must not be grey).
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.)
Update 22.2 introduced featured instance challenges whereby players earn Newfound Coins by completing the challenge quests for the week's featured instance. These coins can be bartered at a Quartermaster (Featured Challenge Rewards Vendor) for armour pieces and cosmetics.
The quest reward from a level 100-129 run is a Grey Box of Ancient Spoils. For a 130 run, the quest reward is a <Colour> Box of Forgotten Spoils with the colour depending on the instance. These boxes contain similar loot as the grey box.
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 drop chance was removed in U18.2.
When featured instances were introduced, they awarded boxes of Ancient spoils, but have been replaced by boxes of Forgotten spoils when the level cap was raised to 115.
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 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 have changed several times after the introduction of featured instances, with U18.2, U19, U19.1.1, U20, U21, U22, U22.2 and 23.0.
This is the roster of instances featured as of Update 25, and the daily box they reward at 130:
Featured Quest Reward Summary
Boxes of forgotten spoils (grey and coloured ones) contain an assortment of the following items:
There is also a chance to gain 150 Virtue Experience for completing the Featured Challenge.
They always contain:
They may frequently contain:
They may sometimes contain:
They may rarely contain:
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