Getting Started with Legendary Items
What’s a Legendary Item?
Each player can equip two legendary items, usually a main hand weapon and a class item. Your legendary items level with you and gain special class abilities (legacies) and strength as you go.
LIs can be customized by adding relics (stats), titles (damage or defence type) and various scrolls to create legendary items that are both powerful and uniquely yours.
You can even name them!
Unlocking the Legendary Item Feature
You can unlock the ability to use a legendary weapon (javelin for Warden) as early as level 45 by completing Volume II, Book 1, Chapter 9 of the Epic Story. You don’t have to finish Volume I first. The Volume II Prologue is optional (starts outside the Last Homely House in Rivendell) - if you skip it you can start Book 1 at Rathwald near Echad Dunann in Eregion.
Chapter 14 (level 46+) awards a second legendary item: a class slot item for most classes, a one-handed weapon for Hunter and a spear for Warden. Be sure to check the rewards from the expedition quests before completing Book 1 and entering Moria. There's no going back once you've passed these up.
Completing Volume II, Book 1 challenging at this level, but rewarding! If it is simply too hard, come back in a couple of levels.
Managing Your Legendary Items
There are several actions your can perform on your legendary items, often at a forge-master or relic-master. These special NPCs are usually found together at quest hubs in Moria, Lothlorien, Mirkwood and Enedwaith, plus Echad Mirobel in Eregion, Rivendell and Thorin’s Hall.
The life cycle of every legendary item always starts with identification and eventually ends with deconstruction. If you decide to use the LI, you will need to equip, level and reforge it. These tasks are described below.
Identifying a Legendary Item
Legendary items must be identified before they can be equipped. To identify a new legendary item, visit a forge-master. On the Identify tab, highlight the item to ID and click Identify Item.
Each item you ID will have a default legacy and 3 major legacies, chosen at random from the pool for that item type (i.e., minstrel songbook). After ID, you can equip the item (if for your class and level), deconstruct it for relics, trade it to another player or sell it on the AH. Legendary items can’t be sold to a vendor.
Equipping a Legendary Item
To equip a legendary item, right-click it in your inventory or drag it to your Character Sheet (C), just like regular gear. However, unlike regular gear, you must have an available slot in your Legendary Item Panel (Shift-I). If all the slots in your LI Panel are full, you'll need to deconstruct one of the slotted LIs to make space for a new one or purchase a Legendary Slot Unlock from the LOTRO Store.
Leveling Your Legendary Items
Your legendary items gain levels via item experience points (IXP). All the items in your LI Panel earn IXP, so in general it's helpful to keep these slots filled. The exception are the starter LIs you get from the Volume II, Book 1 quest - these must be equipped on your character sheet to earn IXP.
IXP comes from many sources, including:
- Killing non-trivial mobs (the mobs can’t be grey to you).
- Level 51+ quest rewards. Repeatable daily quests in Moria, Lothlorien, Mirkwood and Enedwaith are an excellent source of IXP.
- IXP Runes. These are items that drop from mobs and chests, are rewarded for completing quests and deeds or a by-product of deconstructing a legendary item.