Crafting Introduction Quests and Titles

April 14, 2011

Crafting Guides

Lately, I’ve been leveling alts on a different server. Despite my best efforts, I have been unable to break my crafting habit, and therefore these new alts are each working their way though various tiers of crafting. One thing I noticed while getting these new characters started on their professions was the addition of new crafting quests. These new quests are part of the changes made to the crafting system with the Echoes of the Dead Update we received in March. Having tested these out for every vocation, I have to say, I greatly prefer them over the previous method of “here’s your new tools and a brief note on how to craft—good luck!” for introducing the crafting system to players.

Upon choosing a vocation, the Master or Mistress of Apprentices in the Celondim, Combe, Michel Delving or Thorin’s Hall crafting areas will grant you an introduction quest for each of your new professions. (You can also pick up these quests even if you aren’t new to the vocation.) These quests will direct you to talk to various crafting vendors in the area (or perhaps a little out of the area in the case of the Combe version of the farmer quests… you’ll need to go to the farming area outside Staddle) who will give you some basic supplies to start you on your path toward crafting mastery.

forester starter pack

These supply starter packs will provide you with the ingredients to make an item or two in your new profession. Be careful in reading the quest text. If you don’t make the correct item (or, in the farming quest, if you do the steps out of order), you won’t be able to finish the quest until you can gather the materials on your own and start over. Once you have crafted the item and reported back to the quest giver, you will be able to keep the item that you crafted.

Completing all three introduction quests for a vocation will grant you a special title that you can now wear to show off your mad crafting skills. Also, another visit to the Master or Mistress of Apprentices will grant another quest that will reward you with 3 Apprentice Ingredient Packs to continue your crafting.

While those ingredient packs are nice and all, my main motivation for doing these quests is the titles. You won’t lose the title if you eventually decide to change vocations, so that’s quite the bonus in my opinion. Of course, if you switch vocations in order to earn these titles, keep in mind that you will lose any experience and recipes you have for professions not included in your new vocation.

So, without further ado, here are the fancy new crafting titles you can earn:

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13 Responses to “Crafting Introduction Quests and Titles”

  1. Aeled Says:

    ‘Twas funny when I discovered those quests in the Vineyards of Lórien: “Speak to Todd” OK, and where am I supposed to find him?

    I’d think there’ll be more titles though, if not one for each tier at least another one for mastering Supreme.

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      Ketani Says:

      The deed log kind of implies that there are later titles or deeds (completing the Tinker tutorial is listed as “Vocation: Tinker — Tier 1″). However, even with supreme master in each Tinker profession, I have yet to find any more titles or deeds for that vocation.

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    • Krenn Says:

      Yes – it looks like it takes the name of the people to talk to from your race, rather than the actual location. Which should work fine for people that create their first character and find the local crafting hall before exploring, but for older characters it is a bit odd. Fortunately, all of the people needed do appear on the radar as normal; the only odd thing was in Thorin’s Gate when it pointed me to an indoor craft hall I had never seen. Has that always been there?

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        Ketani Says:

        If you’re referring to the farming area, no, that hasn’t always been there. I think it was added sometime last year, possibly around the same time as the free-to-play launch.

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      • cyanpill Says:

        Yes, there is a brand new crafting area right next to the stable at Thorin’s hall. Very convenient.

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  2. Crell Says:

    Can you tell us whether or not each profession quest has to be done anew when changing vocations to get the title or if we can cut down on the questing by changing vocations in a manner that some of the professions overlap?

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      Ketani Says:

      They don’t need to be done again. On one of my test characters, I went from Woodsman to Yeoman (both of which contain farmer) and didn’t need to repeat that quest.

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      • Crell Says:

        Excellent! Did you try doing it with non-overlapping profession order as well? Only doing 9 quests for 7 titles sounds like it’d be an excellent deal. Especially when you realize each title counts as a ‘deed’ enabling you to get more quests in your log earlier!

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          Ketani Says:

          I didn’t try that. Only did a max of two vocations per test character. However, it seems that you’d have the quest flagged as completed in your quest log, so I assume that you’d get credit for later vocation swaps even if you were swapping between non-overlapping professions.

          Oh, and each vocation tutorial grants 3 Apprentice Ingredient Packs, so you’d have a good head start on crafting XP for whatever vocation you eventually end up keeping.

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  3. Elinnea Says:

    There’s also a pretty slick scheme posted on the forums where new characters can use these quests and the ingredient packs granted to completely deck themselves out with low-level gear and pick up a bunch of titles on the way, before settling on an actual crafting vocation to stick with. http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?389815-How-to-start-off-with-all-crafted-equipment-without-any-outside-assistance.

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  4. Elahedor Says:

    I got most of the titles on my alts, but it never occurred to me that you could get them all on one toon. Maybe that’s because I already have all my toons at least to Master, and never considered changing their vocation, however briefly.

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  5. Pointy Says:

    ‘Easily Lost’ is a title that may have been MADE for me. I never know where I am! :D

    It’s a shame that you can’t take estabished characters back and do all the quests because of the exp loss for the crafts.

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