LOTRO Buried Treasure Event Guide (aka Treasure Hunting!)

LOTRO Buried Treasure Event GuideThe LOTRO Buried Treasure Event is a great way to spend down time from questing, or life! A repetitive chance at unearthing tokens, cosmetics and sometimes even mounts. I suggest you pick a couple of characters to do it at the same time so you always have something to do. But let’s follow the Dwarves to the Low-lands of Ered Luin and see what we can find!

Please Note: thie Guide is a work-in-progress. If you notice any errors, please let me know so I can make it as accurate as possible. Thanks!

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Buried Treasure Event Dates 2019

As we were given a full year of main events in the Schedule, I can say the dates for 2019 are:

  • From: 14th Feburary 2019 at 10am /servertime, To: 19th February at 3am /servertime.
  • From: 18th July 2019 at 10am /servertime, To: 22nd July at 3am /servertime.

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Etiquette: How to be Considerate

This Event, like many others attracts a lot of players. It also often means logging and re-logging characters. As the base camp can get busy, please be considerate of other players:

  1. Please do not stand, mounted or otherwise, over the Quest-givers or Vendors. It can make interacting with them very difficult.
  2. If you see someone heading to some Berries, don’t race them for it.
  3. If a player is releasing a Cave-Claw in an area of dig sites, try someplace else.
  4. Please consider dismounting at the base camp. It can get crowded and anything that helps it load quicker for players is good for everyone.
  5. Please also consider limiting, or not using: Cosmetic Pets, Lore-Master Companions and Captain Heralds. They take up space and increase load time.
  6. Please don’t you involuntary Emote items around quest givers (e.g. mass fainting).

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Treasure-Hunters Picks, Cave-Claws and Dowsing Gems

There are three main items that are your ‘treasure hunting equipment’. these are Treasure-Hunters Picks, Trained Cave-Claws and Dowsing Gems. Here’s what they are, how you obtain them and how to use them effectively.
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Treasure-Hunter’s Picks

These are your precious resource and are Single Use! Don’t use them up without knowing you are putting them to good use first!

Obtaining Treasure-Hunter’s Picks

  • If your character has never done the LOTRO Buried Treasure Event before, you have an intro quest that grants 10 Picks.
  • After that, although you can buy Picks from the LOTRO Store, the best way to amass them is to speak to Quest-Giver Adúlf. You can complete Treasure Hunt every 15 minutes. You receive 2 Picks for this quest.
  • Also every 15 minutes you can interact with the Cave-Claw Quest-Giver and obtain the Berries Quest, which also grants 2 Picks
  • You can also find Picks when out digging for Buried Treasure, though they are not guaranteed.
  • If you wish you may purchase extra Picks

Using Your Picks

Right clicking on a Digging Site will utilise one of your Picks. You may also add them to your quickbars and use them that way. How to maximise your rewards from picks is covered in the rest of the post!
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Trained Cave-Claw Cages

Trained Cave-Claws are clever little beasts that, when released, will sniff out the best Dig Site from ones nearby so you know which Dig Sites to use your Picks on. Or, importantly, which ones to avoid! They are also Single-Use.

Obtaining Trained Cave-Claw Cages

  • You receive 1 × Cave-Claw by completing the Quest Berries
  • Cave-Claws may be purchased for 5 × Treasure Hunting Tokens from Sigtír. If used properly you often dig up more tokens than you spend on them!
  • Extra Trained Cave-Claws may also be dug up from Dig Sites

Using Your Cave-Claws

  • Only use Cave-Claws early in a Round.
  • Releaseing a Cave-Claw within a ‘circle’ of Dig-sites minimises your chance of wasting one.
  • Ensure you release one when there are a good number of dig-sites nearby
  • If another player is near you and appears to be releasing a Cave-Claw, I advise you head somewhere else on the map.

How Far Can Cave-Claws Sniff?

A huge thanks to @JThornshield for this tip on maximising the use of your Cave-Claws!

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How They Detect Dig Sites

Trained Cave-Claws will tell you what size dig site it is: Small, Medium, Large or Huge. It is rarely worth using your Picks on small Dig Sites as at best they give you a couple of tokens, maybe three at a push. Other sized dig sites are worth using your picks on, for their token yield – and sometimes grant you cosmetics, or additional Picks/Claws/Dousing Gems.

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Dowsing Gems

Dousing Gems are like magic crystals.

You can use a Gem on a single Dig Site and it will return a “reading”. Here’s how they equate to the size of dig site:

  • Very Weak Reading: Small Dig Site
  • Slight Reading: Medium Dig Site
  • Strong Reading: Large Dig Site
  • Very Strong Reading: Huge Dig Site
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Buried Treasure Quest: Berries – 15 minute Cooldown

To get your rewards, all you need to do is speak to the ever-hungry Trained Cave-Claw at base camp.

Then head out into the Treasure Fields and collect 5 × Berry Bushes. These are not open tapped so you may need to run around a bit, or wait for the bushes to respawn.
Once you have all 5, return to the Cave-Claw.

  • 2 × Treasure-Hunter’s Pick
  • 1 × Dowsing Gem
  • 1 × Trained Cave-Claw Cage

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Buried Treasure Quest: Treasure Hunt (Genius Name!) – 15 minute Cooldown

You pick up this quest from the Dwarf Aldúlf

All this quest requires you to do is speak with another dwarf Halthor Goldeneye. He is at the Event Barterers.
However to manage cool-downs on this and Berries, do not turn it in straight away. Complete Berries, then turn in Treasure Hunt.

Reward: 2 × Treasure-Hunter’s Picks (remember you can get 2 every 15 minutes).
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How Buried Treasure ‘Rounds’ Work

  • A round lasts until someone has found a Huge Dig Site.
  • There is a short delay while the Field re-sets.
  • Don’t use your picks after you receive the on-screen text of Current Round Has Ended. You may waste a pick completely!

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Buried Treasure Event Rewards

Unlike other LOTRO Events, you can get some rewards at the Barter Vendor, but others can be found in Treasure Caches that you unearth.

Treasure Cache Rewards

Inside treasure cache’s you can receive various things

Note: Some of the cosmetics available at the Token Vendor, may drop in Treasure Caches. Therefore it’s best to put off buying the cosmetics with tokens until you’re sure you’re done with the event.
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Treasure Cache Steeds

Misc Treasure Cache Rewards

You can acquire all sorts of other items for no tokens from Treasure Caches: Cosmetics, Decorations and Emotes for example. This section needs more screenshots. I will update it when I can!

Note: if your current character already has an Emote they have dug up, you can send it to another one of your characters. They are Bound to Account, so share the love!

Pro Tip: If you have a Rune-Keeper, the Treasure Hunter’s Satchel doubles up as Rune-Keeper’s Satchel. It is technically a “back” item but it appears attached to your belt.

(Some of the) Emotes Available

Some emotes fall from treasure caches, some from the Barter Vendor and some can be obtain via either of those methods. I’ve recorded ones I have so far. If you want to see these Emotes in action, just tap the button below.
View Emotes

Counterfeit Emote – Command: /counterfeit

Gem Inspection Emote – Command: /inspectgem

Rich Emote – Command: /rich

Coin Flip Emote – Command: /flipcoin

Douse Emote – Command: /douse

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Buried Treasure Token Rewards

There are a LOT of things available from the Barter Vendor. For the super-committed, 1000 Tokens nets you the Harvest-Brew Goat!

Cave-Claw Pets

There are various Cave-Claw pets you can barter tokens for. Note these are cosmetic pets and do not actually help you with finding Treasure. You need the Trained Cave-Claw Cage items for that.

Here is the full list of rewards. When I have more screenshots, I’ll add them here! (Tap below to load full-size)

Motes of Enchantment

You can barter 200 Buried Treasure Tokens for 300 Motes of Enchantment.
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Rich! Plugin

Thanks to Chromite, I’ve been able to update this Buried Treasure Guide and recommend a plugin that helps. The Rich plugin is very useful at this event. It

  • Tracks the cooldowns of Berries and “The Treasure Hunt” quests
  • Lets you see how many Tokens you have
  • Provides an easy toolbar enabling you to use the event consumables
  • Allows you to open unearthed chests without opening your bags.
To use this plugin, either download it from LOTRO Interface and install it manually or see my LOTRO Plugins page for an easier installation process.
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Cave-Claw Wrangler Deed Title

You can obtain the Cave-Claw Wrangler title at this event. To do so you will need to:

  • Barter for single-use Domesticated Cave-Claws
  • Hug one of each type (target the cave-claw and use the /hug command, or quick-slotted emote from Collections.

If you find another player’s cave-claws you can also hug theirs to advance the deed!

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TL;DR All sorts found in the ground during the LOTRO Buried Treasure Event!

From tokens, to cosmetics – from homestead decoration to free mounts, the Buried Treasure Event is full of rewards. If you’re patient! And one final tip: Play some music in the background so that the looping Dwarf-tune doesn’t send you loopy, enjoy!

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