Update 9, Against the Shadow - December 17, 2012

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Update 9, Against the Shadow, Official

Of Special Note

New instances

Three new 3 man instances are now available in the instance finder: Iorbar’s Peak, Seat of the Great Goblin, and Webs of the Scuttledells. These instances scale from level 20 – 85 (no, 20 is not a typo). Read the developer diary for full details!

The Scaling of Dol Guldur

We have scaled the entire Dol Guldur instance cluster. All of these instances now scale from level 65 – 85. Please note the armour values for the level 85 rewards are inaccurate and will be addressed in a future update.

Moria Revamp Part II

The second half of our Moria revamp is now complete! Read the developer diary for full info!

The Yule Festival is here!

We’ve made changes to this year’s Yule festival. One of the most notable is the change to festival tokens. When you log in, you’ll notice that your festival currencies from the different festivals will convert into a single festival currency. It should convert on a one to one basis (one old token for one new unified token). Race tokens obtained from running festival races in Bree and the Shire will also convert into this new unified token, but at a higher rate. This allows us to use a single ‘festival currency’ going forward. Other changes to the Yule festival are listed in the developer diary.

Travel to Quest NPC Tech

You will now see little check marks next to your quests at the quest tracker if your final quest objective is to go talk to an NPC to complete the quest. You should be able to use these check marks to get the option to fast travel back to the Quest NPC. The developer diary has the full details.

Combat Revisions

We have made a number of changes to combat for Update 9. These include revisions to miss chance, base miss rate, interruptions, induction setbacks, and a new Deflection mechanic for NPC Monsters 4 or more levels higher than your character. We encourage everyone to read the developer diary for full details.

It’s the Little things…

Graphical updates to Bree and Archet

Bree-town and Archet have received some graphical improvements! Be sure to visit your favorite landmarks and see how they’ve changed.

Open Tapping & Remote Looting

Open Tapping and Remote Looting are now available across Middle-earth!

Remote Looting on Chests

We’ve added the ability for chests to support the Remote Looting tech introduced in Rohan. With the new update, chests in scaling Dol Guldur and the new 3-mans will automatically create rewards for each member of the group’s pending loot-list as soon as the chest is opened by any player in the instance. Each person will get their own loot at their own odds, independent of everyone else in their fellowship. This completely bypasses the standard loot rules currently seen in game, such as Master Looter, etc. In addition, equipment rewards will be based off of your class. All equipment within your personal loot-list will be something your character can potentially use. Also, most rewards will be Bind on Equip, to allow trading between players to still occur.

Experience Added to Craft Nodes and Recipes

Use of craft nodes and crafting recipes now awards characters with experience upon use for nodes or completion for recipes.

Fast Travel Stable-master System

The Stable-master system has undergone a structural and functional change. The UI will look very different. You will now see ALL available travel options, regardless of any restrictions on going to each location. You will be able to travel to locations for gold/silver/copper as usual, with all restrictions applying, or use a specially made writ to go anywhere, regardless of restrictions.

XP Disabler now available

For those wishing to disable experience gain, a new pocket item is available in the LOTRO Store that will disable all XP gain while equipped. Other advancement, such as deeds and reputation, are unaffected.

Release Notes


  • Hytbold Armour can now be placed in shared storage and be accessed by any character on your account.
  • Players will no longer be able to equip Mounted Combat bridles until they have completed the quest "Devastation in the North"
  • Picking up items in the world while mounted will now auto-dismount you.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Sticky Gourd, Sticky Tar, Warding Lore, and Press Onward skills to be interrupted when setback. These skills will now suffer setback penalties, but the induction will not break.
  • The Cloak of the Cluck will once again allow you to channel your inner Chicken.
  • A number of NPCs and Monsters have had a good talking to and will now show up where they were intended to show up and not wherever the heck they darn well pleased.
  • Your chat window will now update whenever Pending Loot Items are removed for a reason other than you putting them in your inventory.
  • To help compensate with the differences introduced with Remote Looting, the amount of money Elite monsters and higher drop has been reduced.



  • The Gambler 5 Set Trick Resist Rating trait bonus now properly reduces the target's Trick Removal resist chances


  • Rune of the Second Age - Incoming Healing Rating now increase properly when going up to Rank 5.


  • Several skills in Overpower were not properly incrementing deeds. They should work correctly now.
  • Salt the Wound skill description now properly reflects that it interacts with the bleeds from both Thrust and Sweeping Cut


  • The hunter legacies “Induction Bow Threat Down” and “Focus Bow Induction Down” should now have a Rating 19, as well as a reasonably priced rank up cost for Rating 20.
  • Books and Tomes of the Wind-rider now reduce the Power Cost of Split Shot and Improved Split Shot.
  • Mounted Combat: Seeking Arrow, Noble Arrow, and Spread of Arrows now maintain the appropriate stance bonuses when using oils.
  • The “Intent Concentration recovers all Archer's Art skills” set bonus will properly reset Archer's Art skills again.


  • Fixed a bug that was preventing 'Anthem of the Third Age' from changing to the 'Anthem of the Third Age (Warspeech)' when traited 4 into Protector of Song.


  • Mounted Combat: Fixation of Flame now properly displays the Damage Over Time information on skill examination


  • The 5-piece bonus from the Warden's Lady's Favour armour set should now appropriately grant a 10% increase to Tactical Mitigation while using Shield Tactics
  • The Boot, Onslaught, and Wall of Steel share a single interrupt effect which can only be triggered once every 12 seconds.
  • “Muster in...” skills will no longer be usable in combat.
  • Grand Master Weapons Training will now enhance Swords' parry chance.
  • "The Boot", "Onslaught", and "Wall of Steel" will each have their own Interrupt effect with cooldowns of 8s, 10s, and 12s respectively on the Interrupt portion ONLY!

Mounted Combat

  • The 3 discipline skills (Red Dawn, Riddermark, and Rohirrim) are now usable outside of Rohan and areas not supporting mounted combat.
  • The Toggle Skill version of the "Dash" Mounted Combat skill is now also usable outside of Rohan
  • Burglars can no longer stealth and ride a war-steed.
  • Slightly changed the wording of the War-steed level increase string.
  • Revised the wording of the warning seen when changing character traits at a bard to reduce confusion around legendary traits
  • The 20% steed speed buff sold in the LOTRO Store will no longer work on war-steeds. The speed increase is only to affect standard horses & goats.
  • The buff provided from the mounted relic “Insignia of Ending” should now accurately provide the next Resolution cast with an additional 25% crit chance.
  • The “Break Free” Mounted Combat skill should now work on all movement impairing effects.
  • The “Knocked Down” and “Stunned” Mounted Combat debuffs should now accurately describe their effects.
  • Warsteed jumping should be smoother.

The Ettenmoors

  • Removed the 80 meters distance check on PvMP kill credit. Now grouped players anywhere in the Ettenmoors will receive credit for PvMP kills, in the form of Commendations and/or Infamy/Glory.
  • The Weaver's Scytode Brood Hatchling will now properly respect the 1s cooldown on its default attack. No, really.
  • Potions and Consumables no longer drop from bosses and other mobs in the Ettenmoors.
  • Set Trap for Black Arrow's will now give information on what the trap does instead of nothing...
  • Improved Punctured Target for Black Arrows should properly keep the armour debuff from Punctured Target.
  • Eye Gash should now properly gain the additional 20% chance to apply its Brute Bonus from the skill Brute.
  • Penetrating Arrows Trait for Black Arrows should no longer reference the hunter skill Penetrating Shot.
  • Continuous Blood Rage's Morale cost should now scale appropriately.
  • The block rating on the Coldfells Warden Shield and the Guardian's Barricade has been increased.
  • Curse of Deadly Sorrows and Banner of Terror should now debuff Tactical Mastery instead of Will.
  • Players are now allowed to loot each other in the Ettenmoors! Player will drop items based off their race. Now is the time to collect trophies of your enemies!

Several skill adjustments have been made to Player and Monster Player interrupt skills:

  • Burglar Addled cooldown has been increased from 15s to 20s.
  • Champion Clobber cooldown has been increased from 5s to 10s
  • Hunter Blindside cooldown has been reduced from 20s to 12s.
  • Reaver Gut Punch cooldown reduced from 15s to 10s.
  • Warleader Fracture cooldown increased from 10s to 15s. Brawler Stance now reduces Fractore cooldown by 5s.
  • Stalker Pounce and Sudden Pounce cooldowns increased from 10s to 15s. Raking Claw Brute bonus has been replaced with a 50% Induction Duration debuff.

Freep Off-hands, Shields, and Class Items

  • Level 85 versions of the PvMP Off-hands, Shields, and Class Items have been added to the class vendors. The new items cost 4000 Comendations each, but players can turn in the level 75 versions for a 10% discount.

Troll & Ranger Sessions

  • Removed the Min Range requirements from the Troll's ranged attacks and the Ranger's ranged auto-attack.


  • Eye Gash brute bonus BPE debuff now scales with level.


  • Fixed a bug that was granting the Reaver's Relentless buff to existing Defilers.
  • There was a small chance that a Defiler could overwrite another's Plague of Flies cast. This should no longer occur.

Raids, Instances, Skirmishes

  • You are now able to start the Helegrod Dragon Raid with more than 12 players in the raid.
  • Players can no longer join instances that have been scaled to more than 10 levels above their current level.
  • The original Barad Guldur sets are now available from the Classic skirmish vendors. New level 85 versions, with updated stats and different appearances are also available.
  • The Lost to the Deeps deed now bestows upon entering the Vile Maw, instead of bestowing outside the actual instance entrance in Water-works.

Legendary Items

  • Players will be unable to use Experience Runes on IA weapons until they have completed all quests in Volume II Book 1.
  • Crafted class insignias for IA Bridles will now denote that they can be equipped to any relic slot.
  • The “Spears Will be Shaken Slow Duration” legacy replace scroll should now work with heavy bridles, not medium ones.
  • The names of various class legacies have been updated. The legacy, legacy replacement scrolls, and store offers should all reflect the same name now.
  • The Heavy Hytbold armoursmiths have decided to stop making the sets they were awarding out of paper. They are now more durable.


  • Clicking the “Make” or “Make All” crafting buttons when mounted will now dismount you automatically
  • Players can expect to receive xp while gathering from Farmer, Forester, Prospecter, and Scholar nodes and will also receive varying amounts of xp through the completion of all crafting recipes.
  • Bulk crafting recipes should now be on the Crafting skirmish vendor and on the Eastemnet Miscellany Quartermaster.
  • Added a heavy shield option to the auto-granted and vendored metalsmith recipes in tiers 3-5. These recipes have been converted to multi-output.
  • The medium armor outputs on the Wayfarer's Recipes (Tier 7 Raid) have had their name changed from "Wayfarer's" to "Ranger's" to distinguish them from the light armor outputs.
  • Crafting Guild Reputation Items are now only useable by players who are actively a member of the respective Crafting Guild.


  • The stats on Leofmar's Broad Axe have been adjusted to make it fall in-line with other weapons of the same level and quality.
  • Some Store-purchased perks have had their durations increased to 90 minutes.
  • A small number of heavy shoulders had far too much armour. Those have had their armour values reduced to a more expected amount. Also adjusted the armour values of rare and uncommon heavy shoulders slightly.
  • The item 'calendar' was incorrectly set to expire on 12/21/12. It has been updated to correctly expire on 9/17/2042.
  • The Silver Box of Sutcrofts Spoils will now call the correct relics.
  • The Entwash Iron Necklace will no longer have the same stats as the Entwash Brass Necklace. It will now give Incoming Healing in place of Physical Mastery.
  • The following weapons have received Slayer Types:


Three changes have been made to quest items for better use with the war-steed in Rohan:

  • Quest items can now be used while mounted.
  • Quest items no longer require that you face them in order to use them.
  • Quest items now have a broader usage range.

The following quests have been removed as part of the second half of Moria's revamp, replaced as new quests.

  • The Carver's Stash
  • Gredbyg in the Camp
  • Thoughts Left Behind
  • Piercing the Walls
  • Expulsion
  • Balin's Camp in Nud-melek is ready to reward those brave enough to explore!
  • For the later zones that previously had little organized content, much of the content will be exploration-based. Quest chains won't vector there, but quests can be discovered using the new Remote Bestowal tech by finding interesting locations in the second half of Moria.
  • In case you want to visit Balin's camp in Moria, it will be a bit easier to get to now. The monsters have been thinned out along that path.
  • The quest “Back and Forth” from the 21st Hall has been removed. This quest was a prerequisite for part of the Moria instance cluster, and this content will now be open without the trip from the 21st Hall to the middle of the Redhorn Lodes. No rewards were associated with this quest.
  • Some quests in Zelem-melek are being deleted and replaced with similar versions of themselves so that new quest arcs are not confusing to players who have already completed the quests. Affected quests took place in the monster camp Gazatu-ru in Zelem-melek. Quests that have been replaced are as follows: “Giving the Durub a good Drubbing,” “Quest:A Multitude of Durub,” “The Killing Blow,” and “Death to the Puny Mine Dwellers.” Some titles have been retained in the replacement quests, but others have been changed.
  • Limlight Gorge rep will now have deeds and titles associated with it.


  • Great River tasks can now be turned in through level 80, and can be started at level 68.
  • Completing Tasks should now work properly when in a raid group.

User Interface

  • Eregion and Enedwaith map - Zoom in and player marker should now function correctly for those using the French client.
  • The objective information for the second stage of the quest 'The Cat's Meow' will no longer disappear automatically unless the player moves out of range.
  • The experience bar on the main toolbar has been updated to show experience gained and required relative to the player's current level, rather than the overall total.
  • The XP bar tooltip was showing information that overlaps with what was already displayed by the bar itself. This duplicate information has been removed from the tooltip.
  • Attempting to use an item or NPC which is outside usage distance will now trigger autonomous movement into range. This will work for mounted or dismounted players. There is a new game option which can be used to toggle this functionality called Move To Use, which you will find on the Misc section of the UI Settings Option page.
  • When a skill is re-learned it will attempt to go back to it's last known quickslot bar location.
  • Encounters within Instance Finder are now sorted alphabetically.
  • If you are in an Instance Finder queue and attempt to join a session play you will now be warned that doing this will kick you from the queue.
  • The escape key now functions properly when a browser window is open
  • Fixed a problem that would sometimes cause Quest Guide colors on the map to all become red.
  • “Next/Previous Item” keyboard shortcuts will now start over with the nearest item when you have a non-item selected.
  • You can now see up to four escort vital UIs in instances
  • Fixed an issue with the keyboard shortcuts like “select next item” where there was potential for them to not cycle through all the available choices
  • “Track Nearby Quests” no longer adds trivial quests to the quest tracker if the option “Show Trivial Quest Icons in Radar” is turned off.
  • When you first open up the Mounted Combat panel, the player should have the correct weapon displaying,
  • Players can now map a new action key to Follow Selection. This works exactly the same as /follow. The new mapping is present on the Key Mapping portion of the Options Panel, under the Miscellaneous header.
  • Clicking on the New Title alert should properly open and scroll to the new title in the Titles panel
  • Milestone skill names will now include the region name of the destination, e.g. “Return to The Prancing Pony (Bree-Land)”
  • We now have a track mounted XP button on the mounted combat stats page which will give you an floating XP bar.
  • A new radar mapnote which tracks nearby enemies, the Enemy mapnote, is now available.
  • Any nearby character (player or non-player) which is a valid combat target will be tracked in this way. Stealthed enemies are handled correctly - the mapnote will disappear as the enemy enters stealth, re-appear when the enemy is detected, and disappear again when the enemy re-enters stealth.
  • This new mapnote has ONLY an on-screen indicator. When the tracked character moves off the radar screen, thee is no arrow pointing to it.
  • Note: The track enemy mapnote is not shown in the instance clusters and any other private encounters without instance quests. Public instances and private encounters with instance quests (such as skirmishes) retain the track enemy mapnote.
  • Note: The track enemy mapnote is not shown for enemies that will not aggro on you (trivial or neutral mobs).

Town Services

  • The Bartenders in Ered Luin, The Shire, Breeland, Evendim, The Trollshaws, and Rohan should now all offer draughts and salves for all levels.
  • The Eastemnet Shields, Weapons, Jewellery Quartermaster will now offer Silver Necklaces and Baubles for each of the 4 major areas.
  • A Relic-master, Forge-master, and Healer can now be found in Feldburg.
  • A cooking fire has been added in Harwick, located between the crafting hall and mead hall.

Maps, Travel, and Travel Steeds

  • Festival mounts no longer require Documents of Mount Ownership or Race Tokens for purchase. The current festival mounts will, however, require a new currency - the Golden Festival Token which can be achieved through completing new festival related deeds. Our mount vendors, Will Peartree in Hengstacer Farm and his new associates Dawson Berwick and Amanda Browning in Frostbluff, have updated their inventory to reflect the new pricing. The festival horse races will still be present, but now will only award normal festival tokens.
  • The Steed of the Captain's coat has been changed to match the color shown in promotional material. It is no longer a blonde-sorrel, and has been changed to a rich brown color.
  • You can now ask the stable-masters to take you somewhere while you are mounted. This will dismount you and mount you on the stable horse.

Yule Festival

  • Festival mounts no longer require Documents of Mount Ownership or Race Tokens for purchase. The new festival mount will, however, require a new currency - the Golden Festival Token which can be achieved through completing new festival related deeds. Our mount vendors, Will Peartree in Hengstacer Farm and his new associates Dawson Berwick and Andy Brown in Frostbluff, have updated their inventory to reflect the new pricing. The festival horse races will still be present, but now will only award normal festival tokens.
  • Existing Yule Festival Tokens, Frostbluff Coins and all festival Race Tokens will be versioned in to Festival Tokens, a new currency. Documents of Mount Ownership will version in to a Festival Ticket.
  • There are three new deeds tied to the Yule Festival that are advanced by completing quests within Frostbluff and Winter-home. These are The More the Merrier, tiers one, two and three. Completing these deeds will grant you Golden Festival Tokens and unlock access to a new vendor in Winter-home.
  • Auto-bestow quests will now indicate when the festival is active, and help you get right to Frostbluff without bother.
  • All quests in Frostbluff and the Festival Races are now daily quests and can be reset with Festival Tokens. The Eating Contest advances your festival completion deeds on the first step, but will not grant a free re-try on failure.
  • There is a new war-steed appearance set of the festival mount. This set is available for those who complete Tier 3 of The More the Merrier!

Source: Update 9, Against the Shadow, Official