September 2012 Notes:
We are working to gather information of what may be new with this festival. The cost of some of the new items means we can’t buy up a bunch and see what it contains but we’ll do our best and feel free to leave a comment of what you have found!
Lately there have been rumors of treasure buried in Ered Luin. Dwarves have been seen carrying pick-axes and trained cave-claws up into the hills in search of hidden riches. Now the rumors have been confirmed and it’s your turn to get a chance at the treasure!
What is the Treasure Hunt?
It is a new event that is not tied to a specific season or date like LOTRO’s existing festivals. It will be available periodically throughout the year, so if you miss the first appearance, you’re not out of luck until next year.
Where is the event?
The Treasure Field is in Ered Luin, northwest of Gondamon. You can ride there on your own, or you can take a swift travel route from special Festival Announcer stable masters in West Bree, Michel Delving, Thorin’s Hall and Celondim. There is also a mustering horn for fellowship members to summon each other there if they wish and a campsite for hunters to use.
How do I get started
The first thing you need to do is speak to the dwarf Aldúlf. He will start you on your introduction to the event. After a short quest showing you how various parts of the event work, you’ll be sent off on your own with your first set of Treasure-hunter’s Picks and some other helpful goodies.
Introduction: Treasure Hunt
Quest Giver: Aldúlf
Quest Level: 1+
Rewards: 10 Treasure-hunter picks, 1 Trained Cave-claw Cage, 1 Dowsing Gem
- Objective 1: Speak with Halthor Goldeneye
- Objective 2: Speak with Tor Wayseeker
- Objective 3: Dig a site in the training grounds
- Objective 4: Talk to Orn Gemfinder
- Objective 5: Use a dowsing gem on a dig site
- Objective 6: Talk to Segar
- Objective 7: Use a trained cave claw
- Objective 8: Talk to Halthor Goldeneye
- Objective 9: Talk to Arngills
Completing the Introduction quest will allow open up a new deed (more on that later) and will allow you to pick up the two repeatable quests in the area.
Quest giver: Aldúlf or Arngills
Quest level: 1+
Repeatable: Yes (Every 15 minutes)
Reward: 2 Treasure-hunter’s picks
Objective: Talk to Halthor Goldeneye
Quest giver: Trained Cave-claw
Quest level: 1+
Repeatable: Yes (Every 15 minutes)
Reward: 2 Treasure-hunter’s picks, 1 Trained Cave-claw Cage, 1 Dowsing Gem
Objective: Collect 5 Berries
Note: The berries will disappear when someone picks them up, so if the treasure field is very busy, it can take quite a while to find enough berries to finish this quest.
Dig-sites and Treasure-hunt Rounds
Treasure-hunter’s picks are used to excavate dig-sites in the treasure field. There are four sizes of dig-sites: Small, Medium, Large and Huge. The different sizes of dig-sites cannot be distinguished by looking at them, and their locations are random.
There is only one Huge dig-site active at any given time. A round ends when more than half the dig-sites have been excavated, the huge cache is discovered, or by an hour passing since the last round reset.
When a round is over, the message "The round has ended! The event will restart shortly" will appear on screen and in your chat window. Very shortly after (we are talking 10-25 seconds later), you will see the message "A new round has begun" and that means that the dig-sites have been randomized again. Because rounds are based on when the Huge site is found, they can vary greatly in length. When the treasure field is really busy, it’s not uncommon for rounds to end within seconds after they start.
Every dig-site contains at least 1 Buried Treasure Token, although usually you’ll get more tokens than that. They also have a chance to include any of the following: Treasure-hunter’s pick, Trained Cave-claw Cage, Dowsing Gem, and a cache that corresponds to the size of the dig-site. The Huge dig-site will always contain a Huge Treasure Cache consumable item. These treasure caches can contain any of the previously mentioned rewards (except for other caches) and they also have a chance to give an emote, housing decoration or cosmetic item. The Huge cache may also contain one of the three new mounts exclusive to this event.
Treasure Hunting Items
You absolutely must have these picks in order to participate in the event. As mentioned previously, there are three different quests (two of them repeatable every 15 minutes) that will give you these picks. They also have a chance to be found as rewards from dig-sites.
The third way to acquire these is through the LOTRO Store. In my opinion, it is not worth spending Turbine Points on these picks. They are 50 points each, or 5 for 200 points. Considering they are consumable items (they will disappear after you excavate a dig-site with them) and the fact that they don’t give you any advantage toward finding better dig-sites, it’s better to just wait out the quests and hope you get lucky when opening dig-sites.
Trained Cave-claw Cage
Release one of these trained cave-claws and it will lead you to the largest dig-site within 20 meters. It’s best to stand in the middle of an area with several dig-sites and then cross your fingers and hope for good luck. When you use the item, a cave-claw will appear and immediately start moving toward a dig-site. It will then pat the spot and a message will appear on your screen that says "The cave-claw has found a _____ dig-site". (The blank in that statement will be filled in with the size of the dig-site.) You can get these items from the Treasure Hunt introduction quest, from the repeatable Berries quest, as random rewards found in dig-sites, or from Sigtír, the barter vendor in the camp. You will need 5 Buried Treasure Tokens to barter for 1 Trained Cave-claw Cage.
Note: For a few moments at least, no one else will be able to use the dig-site that your cave-claw has pointed out to you. Presumably this is to keep other people from just following a person’s cave-claws and then "stealing" the dig-site. Because of this, it’s recommended that you don’t use a cave-claw if you don’t actually have a treasure-hunter’s pick so that you don’t find a really good dig-site and make it so no one can use it.
To use a dowsing gem, you must select a dig-site (left click on it) and then use the gem. A message will pop up on your screen and in chat with a "reading" that tells you the size of the dig-site. You must keep the dig-site selected the whole time the dowsing gem is "reading" the site or else you will get an error message and have to start again. You can get these items from the Treasure Hunt introduction quest, from the repeatable Berries quest, as random rewards found in dig-sites, or from Sigtír, the barter vendor in the camp. You will need 1 Buried Treasure Token to barter for 1 Dowsing Gem.
The possible readings and their meanings are as follows:
- You are getting a Very Weak reading = small dig-site
- You are getting a Slight reading = medium dig-site
- You are getting a Strong reading = large dig-site
- You are getting a Very Strong reading = huge dig-site
Cave-claw Wrangler Deed
This deed requires you to hug 6 different types of cave-claws. The cave-claws used for this deed are not the trained Cave-claws that help you find buried treasure, but rather, a separate type that you barter for at the reward vendor. The Domesticated Cave-claw can be bartered for at a price of 30 Buried Treasure Tokens. It stays around for one minute and then it disappears for good. The cave-claw will be one of 6 random options for the deed. Anyone in the area can use the /hug emote on the cave-claw to get credit toward the deed.
Cave-claws you need to hug for this deed:
- Harnessed Cave-claw
- Tan-back Cave-claw
- Green-beak Cave-claw
- Pink-beak Cave-claw
- Black-beak Cave-claw
- Green-back Cave-claw
Note: The name of the cave-claw you must hug to get credit for the "Harnessed Cave-claw" is the "Domesticated Cave-claw".
Some cosmetic items are exclusive to the treasure caches while others can only be found on the barter vendor.
Barter Vendor Rewards
Most of these items have a chance to drop from a dig-site or inside a treasure cache. I recommend not spending your tokens on these items until nearing the end of the event to see if you can find them with luck first.
- Gem Inspection – 250 Buried Treasure Tokens
- Dowsing – 30 Buried Treasury Tokens
- Gold Panning – 100 Buried Treasure Tokens
- Rich! – 300 Buried Treasure Tokens
Note 2 of the emotes in the video are Treasure Cache only rewards listed in the section below.
|Domesticated Cave Claw
30 Buried Treasure Tokens
We have no reports of these items ever appearing in dig-sites or treasure caches and appear to be vendor only. This item is associated with the deed listed above.
|Sturdy Steel Key
200 Buried Treasure Tokens
An alternative to random drops and store purchases. You can earn a key in this mini-event for use on your lock boxes or future lock boxes.
500 Buried Treasure Tokens
There is no completely compiled listing of what this sack contains but it appears to be a random assortment of goodies. I’ve seen reports of a stack of medallions to a set of store consumables being pulled from this bag. It’s a mystery prize and fairly costly token-wise but it appears that the items you get should be valuable.
Treasure Cache Only Rewards
The following items are rewards that have been found as exclusive to dig-site drops or inside treasure caches. This is the only way to find these particular items.
Treasure Hunters’ Rucksack
Bound to Account
Random drop from Huge Treasure-caches only. All mounts are 250 morale and +68% speed. If you win the horse will automatically be applied to your skills (nothing will appear in your inventory).