So what are Relics? Well, if you remember in our previous post, Relics are items which provide bonuses to your Legendary Item (LI). There are four kinds (Settings, Gems, Runes, and Crafted) and you can only have one of each kind slotted in an LI at a time. If you want to replace a relic that is already slotted in an LI you either have to overwrite the relic, destroying it, or you can purchase a “Scroll of Removal” from the LOTRO Store for 195 Turbine Points. The scroll will remove all relics and return them to them to the LI panel.
So what makes relics so great? Well, as you recall there are two bonuses on LI’s: Relics and Legacies. While Legacies will focus on enhancing your skills, Relics focus on enhancing your stats (Vitality, Block, Healing, etc.); so it’s important that all relic slots that can be filled, should be filled. These are a great way to boost your stats to cap, to fill in “gaps” that your equipment may leave open, or to utilize when testing different builds.
For those who aren’t crafters you are still able to utilize quite a few of the “Crafted” Relics as a number of them can be traded or sold. However, there are a few relics that cannot be traded due to being Bound-on-Acquire (BOA). If you want to see the all of the relics and what bonuses they provide, we have created a spreadsheet with all the the relics that are currently available via the LI System. For those of you wishing to see a list of previous relics (before the revamp in Update 2) and their bonuses you can still view them on LOTRO Wiki; however they are no longer available through deconstruction or melding.
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In the next update, we will go over how you get relics, how melding works, and the whole shebang!