LOTRO’s Minas Morgul expansion released a few days ago, which naturally changed a number of things around. One thing it did shift is how motes are earned and where to spend those motes on level 120 gear to even see Minas Morgul itself, which ended up making a few people assume that the game’s Minas Morgul lockboxes were further entering pay-to-win territory.Ered Mithrin and 500 motes for Vales. The problem, however, is that a relevant trader NPC deals only in level 120 items for Embers, which can currently be earned only in Minas Morgul content or by opening Minas Morgul lockboxes, which initially seemed to suggest that players needed to buy these lockboxes in order to push forward.
That doesn’t appear to be the case, however: A workaround shared by one player involves getting Marks Of The Longbeard in Skarhald and running level 120 content for gear. Additionally, the motes vendor for 120 gear is apparently in Bree and Galtrev, though that vendor deals only in gear, not essences. Finally, it was confirmed that ILI 382 Anvil gear costing embers is a bug that will be fixed soon.
Got all that? Good, because personally, I miss the days when you just spent gold to get items.