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Traceries are items that are slotted into Legendary Items in order to grant skill buffs and stat bonuses and are the means by which characters can customize a Legendary Item to suit a particular use, build, or specialization. They were introduced in update 30.3 as part of the new Legendary Item system. Traceries function much like Essences in that they are slotted into items and then can be unslotted at will using Mithril Coins or a Tracery Reclamation Scroll.

Traceries are available in four different qualities (or rarities): Uncommon, Rare, Incomparable, and Legendary. Higher quality Traceries have higher starting and/or maximum buffs.

For a complete list of all Traceries see the Legendary Items Index.

Tracery Types

There are four distinct types of Traceries each with its own corresponding slot in a Legendary Item. As Legendary Items are reforged, additional Tracery slots are added to the items allowing for more Traceries to be slotted.

Heraldric Traceries

Heraldric Traceries go into the first slot on a Legendary Item and provide buffs to a primary stat (Might, Agility, or Will), Vitality, and a secondary stat including Physical Mastery Rating, Tactical Mastery Rating, or Outgoing Healing Rating. Legendary Items include only a single Heraldric Tracery slot.

Word of Power Traceries

Word of Power Traceries provide buffs for a specific role - offense, defense, or healing. Although many Legendary Items will have multiple Word of Power Tracery slots, all Word of Power Traceries are Unique Use, meaning that only one of them can be equipped at a time (even across multiple Legendary Items).

Traceries that improve offense include buffs to either direct, AOE, or damage-over-time damage/criticals, number of AOE targets, range, and others. Traceries that improve defense include buffs to Morale, avoidance (Block/Parry/Evade), and mitigations. Traceries that improve healing include buffs to direct or AOE healing, healing-over-time, heal range, reduced induction time, and others.

Word of Mastery Traceries

Word of Mastery Traceries are class-specific and buff particular skills for each class in addition to providing a secondary stat buff. Like Word of Power Traceries, all Word of Mastery Traceries are Unique Use, so only one of each can be equipped at a time (even across multiple Legendary Items).

The skill buff amounts on Word of Mastery Traceries are based on the quality of the Tracery, while the stat buff amounts are based on the level and Item Level. Enhancement Runes applied to the Tracery to increase its Item Level will not effect skill buffs.

Word of Craft Traceries

Word of Craft Traceries buff a single secondary stat such as Physical Mastery Rating, Parry Rating, etc. They are therefore most similar to Essences. Since they are not Unique Use, multiple Word of Craft Traceries of the same type can be equipped simultaneously.

Some Word of Craft Traceries have set bonuses that apply when you equip multiples of the same Tracery. For example, equipping two "Ascendent Flame" Traceries will grant a Fire-type Damage buff, while equipping four of them will grant an additional Tactical Mastery Rating buff.

Obtaining Traceries

Traceries can be obtained either as drops from instances/raids, as quest rewards, via barter, or through the Reward Track. Higher tier instances increase the chances of dropping a higher quality Tracery. All slottable Traceries can be bartered for in Gobeth Teithian, the Archive of Traceries in the Last Homely House in Rivendell. Numerous barter vendors (appearing as bookcases) corresponding to the different types of Traceries are present in that location.

Per update 30.3.2 new Legendary Item drops from instances will now only be found when playing the instance in your character's general level range. These level ranges are 50-85, 86-100, 101-105, 106-115, 116-120, 121-130, and eventually 130 to 140. From level 101 and above, Incomparable and Legendary rarity drops will only be found when playing at the next level cap or higher! This means that a level 110 character must be running an instance at 115-119 difficulty and a level 130 character must run at 130-139 difficulty. These restrictions do not apply to quest or reward track rewards, only instance rewards.

The following table summarizes the barter costs for the various types and qualities of Traceries.

Tracery Type Tracery Quality Items to Barter
Uncommon 200 Ancient Script
Rare 600 Ancient Script
Incomparable 1,200 Ancient Script and a Shattered Tracery
Legendary 2,000 Ancient Script and a Cracked Tracery
Word of Power
Uncommon 150 Ancient Script
Rare 450 Ancient Script
Incomparable 900 Ancient Script and a Shattered Tracery
Legendary 1,500 Ancient Script and a Cracked Tracery
Word of Mastery
Uncommon 100 Ancient Script
Rare 300 Ancient Script
Incomparable 600 Ancient Script and a Shattered Tracery
Legendary 1,000 Ancient Script and a Cracked Tracery
Word of Craft
Uncommon 100 Ancient Script
Rare 300 Ancient Script
Incomparable 600 Ancient Script and a Shattered Tracery
Legendary 1,000 Ancient Script and a Cracked Tracery

Bartering for Incomparable and Legendary quality Traceries requires the following items, which can be obtained as quest rewards, in a Traveller's or Adventurer's Steel-bound Lootbox, or via Appraisal.

These can also be obtained by opening a Tracery Token, Incomparable or Tracery Token, Legendary box, when in the relevant level range. Those token boxes are earned from the Reward Track. Note that despite being called "Traceries", these are barter items and are not slottable on Legendary Items.

Level Range Incomparable Legendary
45-95  Shattered Khazad-dûm Tracery  Cracked Khazad-dûm Tracery
86-105  Shattered Rohirrim Tracery  Cracked Rohirrim Tracery
101-115  Shattered Gondorian Tracery  Cracked Gondorian Tracery
106-120  Shattered Ithilien Tracery  Cracked Ithilien Tracery
116-130  Shattered Ironfold Tracery  Cracked Ironfold Tracery
121-140  Shattered Morgul Tracery  Cracked Morgul Tracery
131-150  Shattered Gundabad Tracery  Cracked Gundabad Tracery
141-160  Shattered Umbari Tracery  Cracked Umbari Tracery

Slotting and Unslotting Traceries

The Legendary Item Panel

Traceries are slotted into a Legendary Item using the Legendary Item Panel which is opened by dragging the Legendary Item to the Socketed Equipment slot on the Character Panel or by Shift + Double-clicking the Item.

The Legendary Item Panel displays all information about the item including all of the available Tracery slots. To slot a Tracery into a Legendary Item, do one of the following:

  • Drag the Tracery to a corresponding slot in the panel (as you begin to drag the Tracery the appropriate slot(s) on the item will sparkle)
  • Double-click the Tracery in inventory (which will prompt for an LI in which to slot it)

If you slot a Tracery into a slot that already contains a Tracery, the existing Tracery will be destroyed and replaced by the new Tracery (you will receive a confirmation request for this). If you want to preserve an existing Tracery that's in the desired slot you must unslot it first.

To unslot a Tracery, do one of the following:

  • Click the Unslot Tracery button in the Legendary Item Panel next to the Tracery to unslot. This will cost 10 Mithril Coin .
  • Use a  Tracery Reclamation Scroll on the Legendary Item (which unslots all Traceries)

Traceries can only be placed into slots of their type: Heraldric, Word of Power, Word of Mastery, or Word of Craft. Also note that characters can only slot a Tracery if their character level falls between the Minimum and Maximum Levels of the Tracery.

Example: A character has an existing Legendary Item with an Uncommon-quality Tracery in its Heraldric Tracery slot. The character receives a better Rare-quality Heraldric Tracery that is an upgrade. Opening the Legendary Item Panel and dragging the new Rare-quality Tracery on top of the existing Tracery replaces it and improves its stats while preserving any Item Level increases that were previously applied with Enhancement Runes.

Tracery Advancement and Item Levels

All Traceries begin at a specific Item Level when first acquired. This Item Level can be raised by applying Enhancement Runes to the Tracery's slot. A Tracery's Item Level is capped at the Item Level of the Legendary Item in which it is slotted. As the Item Level increases on a Tracery, so do any stat buffs on the Tracery. Note that skill buffs on Word of Mastery Traceries are not increased with the Item Level: only the stat buffs are increased.

Example: A character reaches level 56 and decides to reforge its Legendary Melee Weapon. Upon reforging the Weapon becomes Item Level 60 and gains a Word of Power Tracery slot. The character is now able to slot a Word of Power Tracery on their Weapon and is able to increase the Item Level of all Traceries on the Weapon to 60, which will increase their stat buffs.

Item Level increases applied to a Tracery slot remain on the slot even if the Tracery is unslotted. If another Tracery is then slotted in that same slot, it will inherit the upgraded Item Level. The Item Level on the slot is visible in the Legendary Item Panel to the right of the slot while a Tracery is slotted (it will say "L-#/#", with the numbers indicating the current and maximum Item Level applied to that slot).

The following table summarizes the starting and maximum Item Levels that can be achieved for each level range of Tracery.

Level Range
Item Level
Item Level
1 45-95 51 125
4 86-105 126 200
7 101-115 201 299
9 106-120 300 349
11 116-130 350 399
13 121-140 400 499
14 131-150 450 499
15 141-160 500 549

Replacing Traceries

Since all Traceries have a Maximum Level, they must eventually be replaced as a character levels. Characters above a Tracery's Maximum Level will not benefit from the bonuses from that Tracery. Since the Minimum and Maximum levels of Traceries can overlap, it is easy to switch from one level range to another as a character is levelling.

Example: A level 115 character has a Legendary Item with several Traceries slotted. That character then levels to 116. The character will continue to benefit from the already slotted Traceries on their Legendary Item since those Traceries have a Maximum Level of 120. However, the character should then begin to replace the Traceries on their Item with Traceries in the 116-130 level range, making sure to replace them all before they progress beyond level 120.

To replace a Tracery, simply slot a Tracery in a higher level range, unslotting the existing Tracery if desired. Replacing a Tracery with one of a higher level range will immediately raise the Item Level of the Tracery regardless of the Item Level applied to the slot previously. Since all Traceries are Bound to Account (even after they've been slotted and unslotted), the unslotted Tracery could then be shared with another character on the Account.

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