Learn all about LOTRO’s legendary item imbuement system

    
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Lord of the Rings Online’s legendary item system has been a point of fierce community debate ever since it arrived way back in the game’s first expansion. With next week’s Update 16, Turbine is looking to improve the old recycle cycle with something called legendary item imbuement.

So what is LI imbuement? A new dev diary posted today walks players through the change: “Imbuement is an opt-in process available at level 100 that permanently transforms a legendary item. Once imbued, it never needs to be re-forged or reconfigured again.”

An imbued LI will be able to grow steadily through dozens of legacy tiers using item XP as an endgame alternative advancement system. Some of the old legacies will not make the transition into imbuement because of conflicts and other issues, however. The team said that it will evaluate how the new imbuement system is working at level 100 before potentially adding it for earlier levels.

[Source: Legendary item imbuement]
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MatthewYetter
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tanek_09
Agreed, 1000% and then some.  The current system is and always has been from both a mechanics standpoint and lore.

mattaui
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mattaui

I always liked the idea of reforging and upgrading weapons, but it did mean that all these supposedly priceless relics from an earlier age were only so much recycling fodder, so that definitely made them feel less special.

At least they joked about it in the game, when the same dwarf who gives you your first epic upon entering Moria asks you later about what great deeds you’ve done with this wondrous item and he’s dumbfounded when you’ve replaced it already.

Neo_Wolf
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Neo_Wolf

AilsaN10 Would have been had it dealt with PRE level 100 legendary items and not just post 100 items.  As is its little more than an endgame incentive not an actual fix for the legendary item system.

Alien Legion
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Alien Legion

Cool looking sword in the pic above.  All the graphics in the game are that good.  Right?  RIGHT!?!

AilsaN10
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AilsaN10

This is getting closer to what a lot of players hoped the Legendary Items/Weapons would look like when the system was first introduced.

ashfyn
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ashfyn

Holy cow.  Great news.  Time to fire up the flivver and get back in the game.

tanek_09
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tanek_09

“potentially adding it for earlier levels”
If the new system works and they are able to add it to much earlier levels (Moria is wishful thinking, but hey, might as well go big, yes?) I might take back (almost) everything bad I’ve said about LI design over the years.  :)