However, in a recent patch LOTRO removed one of the only in-game ways to earn these. So I thought I would do a diversion and discuss How to level reputation faster without accelerators (mostly).
What are Reputation Acceleration Tomes?
If you’re fairly new to LOTRO, you may not have come across these bits of reputation delight. Coming in two forms, reputation acceleration tomes give double reputation up to the value of the tome:
How Much Acceleration Do I Have Left?
To see what is remaining of a tome, go to Character Panel → Reputation → Scroll to the Bottom.
So, What’s the Problem?
But in Update 33.0.5 the Skirmish Camp option was removed, leaving only the Missions method.
How to Level LOTRO Reputation Faster
…without reputation tomes? There are few options, but there are some even if they may seem obscure.
Leave a Region’s Reputation Until Later
From a role-playing perspective, it has always made sense to me to hit Kindred (or maximum rep) before you leave a region. You’ve worked your behind off clearing the quests and deeds. And before you left you grab the cosmetics and/or reputation mounts as a huge self-praise “well done”.
Why Waiting is ‘Quicker’
Well, if you’re looking at how to level reputation faster, then that’s not the most efficient way. A region’s deeds – exploration and slayer both – are quicker to do once the enemies in the area are grey/trivial. So if you over-level and over-gear the area, then they become easier to clear. If your target region has reputation items, then defeating the relevant enemies to “farm” them also is simpler.
Marks for Reputation Items
The relevant factions are
- The Mathom Society
- Men of Bree
- Elves of Rivendell
- Council of the North
- Rangers of Esteldin
- Wardens of Annúminas
- The Lossoth
- Thorin’s Hall
- Iron Garrison Miners
- Iron Garrison Guards
Take a Friend Questing
Start a fellowship with a friend when you do deeds or farming of rep items. Doing this will help you clear the mobs far easier and therefore quicker. An alternative to this is to Dual- or Multibox and then farm. This way you can trade with the other player (or alt), helping both characters to level reputation faster.
Loot Reputation Items
While not all regions have these, many do. In those where you can loot (or barter for) reputation items, then use them. Once you’ve maxed out that faction, save your excess for another character.
A few patches back, LOTRO introduced
But if you meet those requirements then consume those rep items!
Farming Rep Items
In certain regions, you can purposefully target mobs that drop reputation items: e.g.
- Wights/Gloomwaters in Bree-land
- Tomb-Robbers in Evendim
- Wights in the Trollshaws
- Orcs in Dol Dinen (for the Rangers of Esteldin in the North Downs)
If you take this approach, please be considerate of other players, because very often these enemies are also in the Slayer Deeds.
But I Still Want Accelerators!
I hear you. Really I do. Here are your options.
Weekly Missions Wrapper
Completing the [Weekly] Missions Wrappers
gives you the option of choosing Bonus Character Boosts. From that, you will acquire a Small Tome.
Though, admittedly, this is only a 2,000 reputation boost for completing 45 missions (or 1,000 for 15). If you have a different reason for doing those missions, then that’s a nice bonus. But if your motivation is to get the tomes, it’s a lot of work.
Epic Book Quests
Per the Wiki, a few Book quests grant Small Reputation Acceleration Tomes.
VIP: Gold Hobbit Presents
There is a chance that a Reputation Acceleration Tome can drop from Gold Hobbit Presents.
You’re at the mercy of the RNG dice I’m afraid. And if you’re not a VIP then even this is not available to you.
Acquire LOTRO Points
Earning LOTRO Points
The only other free way of obtaining Reputation Accelerators is to earn them. This you can do by completing LOTRO deeds that grant LOTRO points.
Some of my Deed Guides
Not all deeds grant them and some regions may not grant any (or barely any) at all. Yondershire is one such region.
VIP Free LP
If you’re a VIP/Subscriber, you get a bundle of free LP each month. Resist the urge to spend these on even more storage and save some for the tomes. Which brings me to the last point.
The LOTRO Store
This does make the bundle a better deal – it’s like “buy 4 get 1 free”. I called it the “money store” because LOTRO is the only MMO I’ve tried (or played properly) that let you earn a decent amount of the currency to spend in the store1. Others do, but in such small numbers that they’re practically useless.
Pointers for LOTRO Themselves
In this last section I wanted to just have a think about what LOTRO could do to improve the reputation-earning situation. I’m not in SSG, I cannot influence policy and I don’t know how much engineer work is needed to make things possible. But being on the outside can help see the bigger picture. Here are some ideas that LOTRO could implement to remedy the lack of tomes problem.
Bound to Account
Before launching into these ideas, I just want to add that all earnable reputation boosts should be bound to account on acquire. It just limits the motivation for hoarding them to be for your own personal benefit, rather than to try to make in-game coin on them. That’s just my opinion of course!
Deeds + Quests = Kindred
Except for regions that drop reputation items, or grant rep on enemy kills, there is no logical reason that all that and area’s quests and deeds should not give you Kindred standing – except on the current end-game content where dailies need to be encouraged. This involves a long look at previous endgame areas, where you may need weeks of grinding dailies for no other benefit than the rep standing. Here are some I’ve not yet maxed despite having cleared the deeds and quests:
- Survivors of Wildermore
- Men of Ringló Vale
- Men of Dor-en-Ernil
- Men of Lebennin
And I haven’t done all the “mini factions” of Dol Amroth yet. Not only do they require dailies, but you can only complete six of those quests a day. And they come in groups of four quests per “mini faction”!
Silver Hobbit Presents
Grant a large reputation tome, say on a 5% chance on a Silver Hobbit Present roll and 10% for a small one. Currently, tomes can only be acquired from Gold Hobbit presents, and removing the small ones from the Skirmish Camp affected all players whether VIP or not.
Large Tome on Kindred
When you max a reputation faction, one of the rewards could be 1 × Large Reputation Accelerator towards the next faction. Again, therefore, you have to work/play to earn it but it would encourage people to do so.
Don’t Require Group Content for Deeds
The first faction that comes to mind is the Eglain. One of the explorer deeds requires you to find two locations that are in two different group instances, such as the Spring of the Red Maid.
I’m sure when the game first came out, it was to encourage people to jump into group content. But with LOTRO being huge these days, people want to progress through the stories. In Gondor, I can’t complete some of the deeds because they require Warband Completions, some of which require groups. It’s time to rethink the policy on this.
If a region is the current end-game, then sure, require some group participation. But once it no longer is the latest region, tweak the deeds. You you could still honour those who completed the original deeds with a different mount and title, for example.
Tomes for Figments of Splendour
Say one motivation for restricting earnable reputation tomes was that it discouraged players from playing certain aspects of the game. In this case, you swap the aspect you’ve just blocked off (in this case “the earning of Marks and Medallions”) for another method.
Got Any Of Your Own Tips?
You can chip away at many just handing in tasks. Slow but steady 🙂
Yes, thanks for the reminder! It’s not quick, as you say, but if you keep a collection of task items in your bags (or carry all), you can help it along this way.
TL;DR Leveling Reputation Faster Got Harder, Not Impossible
Removing one source of earnable reputation acceleration tomes made levelling reputation faster a harder task. But it can still be done. From the players’ perspective, you can leave the reputation until a much higher level, quest with a friend, or earn LOTRO points to acquire the tomes from the LOTRO Store. But, whatever their reasons, I think SSG should have a long look at reputations through the game and ensure that hitting max rep is an enjoyable experience, as well as opening up potential other acquisition methods. We’re all here to support a game we love, so let’s not make one difficult situation wreck our experience of Middle-Earth.
- This knowledge may be outdated, so please correct me if I am wrong. SWTOR lets you earn a small amount as a one-off per server and I did not find the option in ESO or GW2, but I did a quick trial of those maybe two years ago now.