Initially, I was really excited at the prospect of having another cosmetic shield. We haven't had another one from festivals in the LOTRO Events Schedule since Shield of Eldar Autumn was introduced. Other cosmetics with "Shield" in the name are backpacks, or "carrying shields".
But I was a tad disappointed in this Cosmetic Shield of New Growth. Why?
It's a Reskin/De-skin
It is a slightly smaller, but very rusty Bronze Buckler. I was hoping for something thematic, the way the Shield of Eldar Autumn fits with the Autumn Leafmail Hauberk.
Instead of doing a "reskin" (as often happens), it's like a "de-skin", taking the shiny appearance of the original and removing it to leave the raw materials underneath.
With a Weapon Aura
You can sort of make this presentable by adding a weapon aura. The glow/effect is applied around the outside edge, and a small circle right in the middle.
That may work to distract you from the rust. Or it...may not.
This is the Rakish Charmer's Weapon Aura.
Why You Should Get this Shield Anyway
After all I've said, why would I then advise you to use your Festivity Tokens on it? Here's my reasoning:
If no-one buys this shield, the LOTRO team may well decide people don't want cosmetic shields and not produce one in future events. If you have plenty of Festivity Tokens, can I encourage you to get it anyway, as a signal to SSG that we want this type of cosmetic, just...better?
And if you feel strongly about this - or any other festival item - can you take to the forums in a respectful manner and see if there are others who share your view?
Cosmetic Shield of New Growth Information
- Festival/Event: Spring Festival
- Price: 25 × Festivity Tokens
- Gear Slot: Shield
- Category: Shield
- Dyable: No
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