Treasure Bugan Event Info
When is the Event?
The 2022 Treasure Bugan Event begins on the 21st July and runs until 26th July.
Who Can Play?
Characters Level 20+ can take part on instances they have unlocked.
What is the Treasure Bugan Event?
To anyone who has ventured somewhat through Middle-Earth, you will have encountered Bugans – a type of Goblin. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find Bugans stealing treasures from Instances and Dungeons, and relieve them of their burden.
Doing so earns you Coins of the Bugan, which you trade for the Bugan Event rewards.
Who is Theodore Gorse?
Oh, where to begin? You first encounter this poor deluded soul during Bingo Boffin quests in the Lone Lands. He calls himself a “Master Treasure-Seeker”, but ends up being outdone by you or by those he works with. So, the brave soul that he is, he sends you to seek the treasure instead of him.
How the Treasure Bugan Event Works
- Start a Scaling Instance set to your level
- If there is a Bugan, catch up to it, defeat it and claim its treasure before it runs away.
- Turn in your coins to Theodore Gorse (inside the Instance) for rewards.
Which Instances Count?
You can find the full list over on LOTRO-Wiki, so check it out there!
What’s the Instance Limit?
Per MinstrelByNight, you can start 15 Instances/Hour.
Chance of a Bugan Appearing
The key phrase here is, there is the chance a Bugan will appear. Though per the Update 33.1 Release Notes, the chance has been increased to 75%.
That means, there may not be one. Just bear in mind that you can only start so many instances. So exiting an instance part way through (when you have defeated a Bugan or concluded there isn’t one) to start another one – if you do this repeatedly, you’ll hit an instance lock.
Cooldown Between Bugans
Per World Chat, there is an invisible 5 minute cooldown between valid Bugans. I checked this by accident by defeating two in under 5 minutes, with only the first one counting.
[Daily] The Treasure Bugan
If I saw this correctly, this quest is auto-bestowed upon discovering a Bugan in an instance. It is completed once you defeat the Bugan – or failed if they disappear before you can defeat it.
[Daily] Seeking the Treasure Bugans
Requirement: defeat 3 × Treasure Bugans
This quest pops after you defeat your first Bugan.
Theodore Gorse’s Lucky Feather?
This item can be purchased from Theodore Gorse (reminder: inside a qualifying instance) for 10 × . This used to be available for , but since 2022, it is not – which is why I have not included it under “rewards”. What does it do? you may ask:
- Now guarantees that a Treasure Bugan will spawn when used in a qualifying instance.
- Still lasts 90 minutes, but expires in real-time.
Treasure Bugan Event for Solo Players
DPS vs Tank
I had a much easier time defeating the Bugans as a DPS, even compared to a Yellow Guardian. If you are a tank, consider using food and consumable buffs. I found it helpful to keep DoTs active too.
UPDATE: I changed Glinmaethor to Red Line and equipped her with a 2-Handed (Great) Sword. Apart from keeping up with the Bugan’s erratic movements, it was much easier to take it down that way.
Soloable Bugan Instances
To clarify – I am not saying the Instances are Soloable! On-level, they are absolutely for groups. What I mean is, reaching and defeating the Bugan is, in theory, soloable.
Sword Halls of Dol Guldur
Go straight on, enter the arena and head straight to the back.
If there’s a Bugan it will be here. You have just enough time to defeat the Bugan and high-tail it back out the door before the instance begins properly.
RAID: The Battle for Erebor
Don’t freak out. The raid won’t start if you don’t touch the banners.
Go straight on through the cave.
Pass through the instance portal.
Once outside, keep running straight on. If the Bugan is there, it is past the two trolls.
Flight to the Lonely Mountain
Once the dialogue has completed and the gate is open, go through it.
Immediately turn right.
If the Bugan is going to spawn it’s around the small ruin stones.
From what others have said and what the Wiki’s notes give us, the following may also be possible to Solo:
Suggested by @MVPtheBrave.
You can solo the whole instance and you do have to fight. But if you want to enjoy content rather than just amass coins quickly, then go for it. Join Marigold Boffin in the Old Forest against Wood Trolls and an unusually angered Old Man Willow.
Per the Wiki, if your Treasure Bugan is going to spawn in Woe of the Willow, it will be in the river en route to the second boss. It didn’t appear on my run.
Wiki’s Note: don’t get close to the boss.
This was where I failed! But you’ll do better, won’t you? In fact, I did better the second time around. I found the Bugan around 54.7N, 9.0E.
I tried this last year, but if a Gorthorog finds you, you’re sent back to the start. This makes failure to defeat the Bugan in time almost inevitable). Due to this causing me genuine stress, I’ll just quote the Wiki.
In the northwest corridor corner of the eastern wing.
Bugan Event Rewards
Where is Theodore Gorse?
Theodore Gorse is inside qualifying instances as soon as you enter an instance. He can also be found:
- Outside the Bree Town Hall (31.2S, 51.5W)
- Rivendell, Elrond’s Stables (29.2S, 6.7W)
- Moria, the Twenty-First Hall (5.7S, 105.3W)
I saw this question in World Chat a lot today – usually asking “Where is the Bugan Event vendor?” or wording like that. So I thought I’d just include it for completeness.
As I’m only just playing the Treasure Bugan Event for the first time in 2022, these screenshots are c/o LOTRO-Wiki. I’ll replace them with my own eventually. Thank you to the Wiki team for their hard work and I hope you don’t mind me borrowing the images.
You can find all the available decorations from the LOTRO Treasure Bugan Event over at Déco du Milieu.
Have a Look →
TL;DR Get In, Bash a Treasure Bugan, Get Out
That’s the LOTRO Treasure Bugan Event in a nutshell! Of course, if you are someone who does group content in The Lord of the Rings Online, then you’ll be after the rewards from the instances as well. Play however you find the most fun. If you want the pets on offer here, then you’ll have to get the Coins of the Bugan. And remember, LOTRO have begun making their own guides this year, so you can see theirs here. Have fun!