Post Sections ⇅
- LOTRO Store vs LOTRO.com Shop
- LOTRO Point Balance and History
- Buying LOTRO Points
- “Free” LOTRO Points
- Spending LOTRO Points
- Mithril Coins
- TL;DR LOTRO Points – Boil ’em, Mash ’em, Stick ’em in a Stew
As with many MMOs, The Lord of the Rings Online has what many refer to as a “money store”. While accessible in-game, it is the place where you can choose to buy optional items or more content with real-world money. Or rather, real-world money converted to LOTRO Points (LP). But simply knowing this does not do justice with quite how much you can do with LP. Equally, quite unlike other MMOs, you can earn LP in-game, allowing you to earn LOTRO Store items without parting with real-world cash. Here’s my beginner’s guide to LOTRO Points, so let’s dive in.
LOTRO Store vs LOTRO.com ShopBefore we delve in properly, it’s important I highlight there are two real-money stores.
LOTRO Point Balance and HistoryWhile I will talk about spending LOTRO Points later, it is first helpful to know how to find out about your balance.
Are LOTRO Points Account-wide or Server-Specific?Account-wide. Any LP you earn on any server goes into your balance and can be spent in the store regardless of the server you’re currently playing on.I added this question as it does pop up occasionally in World Chat among newer players.
Finding Your Balance Info
Find Your Balance Once the store has loaded look in the top right for the number of LP you have.
Buying LOTRO PointsRather than launching into what I think is one of LOTRO’s best features – free LOTRO Points, I thought I’d start with the obvious thing.LOTRO Points can be acquired through spending your real-world money. But there are nuances, bulk discounts and a new feature to LOTRO in 2022 of supporter packs.
LOTRO Point Bundles
What Does “Double Bonus Points” Mean?To avoid confusion, whenever LOTRO announce a “double bonus points” offer, it does not mean “double points”! You’ll see from the packages above that each bundle contains a set number of LP, followed by a separate “bonus points” figure. It is that number which is doubled during those sales.
Is Double Bonus Points On?As I write this, double bonus points is on until September 11th 2022! If you’re reading after this time, here’s a link to the tweets @lotro has put out mentioning them, to see if a new sale is on: Check Now
Supporter PacksSupporter Packs were introduced in 2022 as a new way of, well, supporting The Lord of the Rings Online. Say you don’t want to be tied into a monthly or quarterly commitment to become a VIP. In this case, you may decide that supporting the game when you have some funds to spare is a way to do this. There are various Supporter Packs, but all of them come with a bundle of LOTRO Points.I’m not going to list all of the features, because that would be a post all of its own. So I’ve just added the LP bundle for your information.
Simple Supporter PackCost: £25.99 / $34.99 / 30,99€ LP Granted: 3,500 Approximate Cost of LP if Bought Separately: £30.00 ( 3,700)
Enhanced Supporter PackCost: £39.99 / $59.99 / 46,99€ LP Granted: 6,500 Approximate Cost of LP if Bought Separately: £39.99 ( 6,300)
“Free” LOTRO PointsHaving only subscribed to one other game that gave you bonus monthly store points, it’s only SWTOR I can compare to The Lord of the Rings Online in this regard. The FFXIV optional items store does not use points, but actual real-money prices – in your own currency.That said, there are ways to get “free” LOTRO Points. Here they are – and I’ll explain why “free” is written in inverted commas too.
A Little Extra Never HurtsThe only genuinely-free LOTRO points are granted in a quest you find in your starter zone. It is an introduction to the LOTRO Store, so grants you 10 × . If you don’t pick up part 2, then you can keep the LP. The quest is A Little Extra Never Hurts.
LimitationThe only limitation is that you can only do it once per server. And it is only available during the introduction, either at the Hunting Lodge (near Archet), or Dwalin in Frerin’s Court. As such, this is not available for High Elves, Stout-Axe Dwarves or Beornings who have separate starting zones.
DeedsLOTRO Deeds are character-specific achievements that you unlock and can complete throughout all your wanderings in Middle-Earth. Each new region you unlock also contains more deeds – and many of them grant free LOTRO Points. The more content you unlock (which is account-wide), the more LP you can earn. Deeds are often themed around “discovery” and “combat”: finding a group of locations (“exploration deed”), or defeating a certain number of a specific enemy (“slayer deed”).
LOTRO Points via Deeds Takes TimeThe only reason I say these are “free” is that there is a cost – time. But basically, you can earn LOTRO Store items simply by playing the game. I unlocked all of Eriador through this route alone on my main account, not really by grinding but by playing more than one character and clearing the deeds in each region. All the content up to Level 95 is now completely free, but there’s still more you can unlock!
I do not advocate “farming” – and since so much content is now free, there really is no need to. When I said I played multiple characters, I played one at once and have kept most of those I created. The only exception to that is my Duoquesting / Dualboxing, which is done for role-playing and character development only. Play the game in a way you most enjoy it and you’ll earn LOTRO Points along the way.
Other Sources of Free LP
VIP Monthly LOTRO PointsIf you are a VIP (aka a Subscriber), then each month you will receive a grant of × 500. These are automatically granted, so will appear in your transaction history when they are. Obviously this is not free in the truest sense of the word. But they are LOTRO Points you have not handed over additional real-world money for, on top of your subscription price.
Player Events/StreamsIf you keep your eye on social media, you’ll sometimes come across events or competitions. A recent one (at the date of writing) was a Brandywine Housing Contest that had five 100 codes to give away. You may also find that LOTROstream periodically have in-stream virtual raffles, or another popular LOTRO streamer has been given some codes for a promotion. Take part in these and you could come away with free LOTRO points. But, more importantly, you’ll have connected with the community.
Big LOTRO OccasionsSometimes, during particularly notable official LOTRO occasions, SSG give LP away. This was true of the 15th LOTRO Anniversary Event, though I wouldn’t expect that to happen again until the 20th! In any case, it pays (literally) to keep up with official announcements so you do not miss out on freebies.
Spending LOTRO Points
- If you do want to use real money to purchase LOTRO Points, then keep an eye out for the Double Bonus Points “sale” to really get value.
- Plan Ahead: all items in the LOTRO store are optional. If there are some things you would like from there, then plan how you want to acquire them. Build up some LP via LOTRO Deeds and only buy the points you need.
- Plan Ahead (Part 2): knowing what you’re aiming for is a good plan, especially as many categories of items go on sale at various points in the year. Don’t buy today if you could wait until the next sale.
- Because many items are discounted more than once in the year, don’t stress about the countdown timer!
- While the Store does have many exclusives, not everything is. Search for the item on LOTRO-Wiki, as this often lists the various ways items may be obtained and other known items with similar apperances.
Mithril CoinsLastly, I want to briefly talk about the other quasi “real-world currency” in LOTRO, Mithril Coins. MC is used to purchase items inside the game (not the LOTRO Store), for example:
- Outfit cosmetics at Lalia’s Market and other displays in Middle-Earth.
- Acquiring Housing Writs, if you want to purchase a Premium property, such as in the Rohan Housing areas.
- At LOTRO Events many older Mounts are only available for MC. See my Mithril Coins Mounts page for more information.
- To travel to a Stable-Master you have not yet unlocked.
- NOTE: Many, many items in Lalia’s Market and similar displays throughout Middle-Earth can be acquired in-game through quests or crafting. While this is not true of everything, it is for a lot of items. Learn crafting, save good-looking quest items and take part in LOTRO Festivals – there are many ways to make great-looking outfits without parting with real money.
Mithril Coins are periodically on sale at 20% off. If you’re not running low, it’s always best to hold off until the sale recurrs.