LOTRO Slayer of Yondershire Deed
Insects, Beasts and Enemies

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Welcome back to the series! This time we’re going to look at the Slayer of Yondershire Deed in LOTRO. Unlike most expansions, the slayer deeds in the low-level “standalone” regions are much less onerous. At least, in theory. There are only three main groups you’re aiming for in Yondershire: Insects, Enemies and Beasts. Enemies that aren’t Beasts or Insects, obviously! Now, a lot of the countryside in this region is beautifully varied, meaning you can progress deeds all over the place. That said, I’ve made version one of my slayer deed map to help you find “pockets” of relevant targets. Let’s get to it!

Insect-Slayer of Yondershire

Rather than force you to find a few thousand of one type of bug, LOTRO have kindly grouped them all into one Insect-Slayer deed.

Which Insects Count?

As far as I can tell, there are only two types of insects that count for insect-slayer:

Neekerbreekers
Biting Neekerbreeker - Insect-Slayer Yondershire, LOTRO
Example names:

  • Biting Neekerbreeker
  • Neekerbreeker Burrower
  • Neekerbreeker Queen
Harvest-flies
Harvest-fly - LOTRO Yondershire Insect-Slayer Deed
Example names:

Note: Harvest-flies also count towards the Harvestfly-slayer Deed, part of the Slayer of the Shire Deed.

Keenshear
Keenshear - Named Sickle-fly in Yondershire
Keenshear is a named Sickle-fly who can be found in the marshy area on the very West edge of Yondershire. If you can avoid taking it down as part of Insect-Slayer, please do. While it counts towards the deed, it’s also a target for the quest Gamwich Game Hunterexlink.

How Many insects Do I Need?

  • Insect-Slayer: 60
  • Insect-Slayer (Advanced): 120

What’s the Best Way?

Whatever works for you! However, if you’re questing here and not simply clearing the deeds I have a suggestion. As you roam, take out whichever bugs stand in your way and sort of gradually clear it.

While I have given a couple of places in Where Are They, Yondershire is a big place so you cannot quickly grind out this deed.

Where Are The Insects?

Most insects are in and around grassy and hilly areas, with some dotted here and there in woodland. While most are away from civilisation, some neekers venture close to towns too. Here are a couple of “hotspots” for you, though:


Insects Deed Rewards

Insect Slayer

Insect Slayer (Advanced)


Enemies of Yondershire

Fighting off insects and critters is one thing, but when ruffians rock up in Yondershire and seem to be changing the bounds, then that calls for a petition! While the Hobbits do that, how about you take action?

The Enemies of Yondershire deed, if you do it “right” (my opinion), will let you see many different ruins. You may as well run Sites of Yondershire at the same time, to be honest. I’ll also say straight up: if you do all the quests you won’t have to think about clearing this deed!

Which Enemies Count?

Goblins
Blue-Crag Invader (Goblin) - Enemies of Yondershire Deed, LOTRO
Example Enemy Names:

  • Gramsfoot Slasher
  • Blue-crag Invader
  • Blue-crag Trapper
  • Blue-crag Scout

Note: these also count for the Goblin-Slayer part of the Slayer of the Shire Deed.

Ruffians
Enemies of Yondershire - Southern Ruffian Poacher
Example Enemy Names:

  • Southern Ruffian Poacher
  • Southern Ruffian Outlaw
  • Demolishing Thief
  • Demolishing Ruffian

Note: these also count for the Brigand-Slayer part of the Slayer of the Shire Deed.

Boggarts
Enemies of Yondershire - Boggarts
Boggarts are so considerate! They wander around all over the place in nice groups of three or four so that you can progress your deed more easily!
Half-Orcs
LOTRO Half-Orc Bruiser - Yondershire
Example Enemy Names:

  • Half-Orc Sentry
  • Half-Orc Bruiser
  • Half-Orc Boss
  • Half-Orc Fighter

How Many Enemies Do I Need?

  • Enemies of Yondershire: 100
  • Enemies of Yondershire (Advanced): 200

What’s the Best Way?

While you can find wandering boggarts and the occasional lost half-orc here or there, you’re best to focus on strongholds. By this I mean ruins which these Enemies have made their bases of operations.

Where Are the Enemies?

This aspect of the Slayer of Yondershire Deed is the quickest to clear because of the ruins being held by Enemies. I decided not to map Boggarts because they’re all over and they move around. But also because the main forts/ruins are so full of Enemies that Boggarts are bonuses, rather than worth focusing on.


Enemy Deed Rewards

For this part of the Slayer of Yondershire Deed, you’ll receive:

Enemies of Yondershire

Enemies of Yondershire (Advanced)


Beast-Slayer of Yondershire

For a start, the countryside of Yondershire is rich. So you will often find a mixture of creatures. This is great from a world-building perspective, but a challenge if you’re trying to clear one particular deed. The upside of this mix is that if an area contains beasts, insects and, say Boggarts, you’re progressing all the deeds at the same time.

Which Beasts Count?

Bears
Black-bear Mother - Beast-Slayer of Yondershire
Example names:

  • Black-bear Mother
  • Young Black-bear
Boars
Yonderboar - valid target for the Beast-Slayer Deed
Example names:

  • Yonderboar
Shrews
Thieving Shrew - Beast-Slayer of Yondershire Deed
Example names:

  • Biting Shrew
  • Thieving Shrew
Wolves
Snarling Wolf - Beast-Slayer of Yondershire
Example names:

  • Snarling Wolf
  • Wolf Leader

Note: these also count for the Wolf-Slayer part of the Slayer of the Shire Deed.


How Many Beasts Do I Need?

  • Beast-Slayer of Yondershire: 100
  • Beast-Slayer of Yondershire (Advanced): 200

What’s the Best Way?

I’ve given you some “hotspots” where pockets of animals can be found. Though, seriously, go wandering, questing and exploring – and progress the Slayer of Yondershire Deed at the same time. That’s pretty much how I did it.

Where Are the Beasts?

This is trickier to explain because the short answer is “everywhere except in villages”. And even that may not always be accurate, as I’ve seen Shrews venture pretty close and there are boars in one particular farm!

Woods near Gamwich
The location of some bears near Gamwich
In the wood just South-East of Gamwich you can find various bears. Also, South of Long Cleeve is a stretch of wood containing wolves and bears.
Bears and Wolves South of Long Cleeve

Beasts Deed Rewards

For this part of the Slayer of Yondershire Deed, you’ll receive:

Beast-Slayer of Yondershire

Beast-Slayer of Yondershire (Advanced)


Slayer of Yondershire Deed Rewards

Once you have finally conquered all the above, you’ll be rewarded with:

You’ll also notice there are no LOTRO Points LOTRO Points available for completing this deed. This is true, as far as I can tell, of all the Yondershire Deeds.


TL;DR Go Kill Things and Defend the Hobbits!

Rawr! If this guide did invoke a TL;DR reaction, then just jump back to my ↑ Deed Map – and follow that. The Slayer of Yondershire Deed is not difficult, but with beasts especially, you have to do some travelling and scouting. Sounds like a good reason to enjoy the Sights/Sites of Yondershire and #StopAndStare a bit too. Thanks for reading!

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