How this escaped my notice until release is unknown to me but the Minstrel class has a new instrument available to them with Update 5! It was the announcement of new items in the LOTRO Store where I learned of the Pibgorn instrument. After questioning if it was a real instrument (and trying to get over the urge to call it Pig Born), I hopped into game to find out more about it.
People have been selling these on the AH because of confused minstrels not sure where to go. I’m here to make sure you are not one of these silly folk!
All minstrels are automatically able to use the pibgorn just like all other instruments in Middle-earth. No training is required.
If there is a way to mentor playing the pibgorn to others, I have not found it. Doesn’t mean there isn’t somewhere though. Perhaps it drops somewhere?
Minstrels also have the option of picking up a Simple Pibgorn from Bards for 60 silver. This has a –6% healing power cost bonus to it and requires level 20. It is classified as a minstrel item so other classes will not be able to use this one even if mentoring abilities are found (and it also requires lute use – not pibgorn use which is curious).
If you are looking for a Pibgorn to use in battle, you currently only have one option. Even though I found out about the Pibgorn in a LOTRO Store announcement, I can’t seem to find them in the store at all.
Your only option is to find a friendly Woodworker who knows how to craft them. I’m sure it will be available in the store eventually but it’s nice that our woodworker friends get a head start!
Your woodworker will need friend status with Theodred’s Riders and reached westfold (tier 7) crafting to learn the pibgorn recipe (it is multi-output). It is bound on acquire so it is something the woodworker has to work on obtaining on their own. The recipe can be purchased off Rohirrm Quartermasters for 460 silver.
As with all of the new tier 7 instrument recipes, there are five versions available.
- Premium Pibgorn of the Battle-singer
- Premium Pibgorn of the Wary Watcher
- Premium Pibgorn of the Resolute
- Premium Pibgorn of Harmony
- Premium Pibgorn of Conservation (base recipe)
For more information on the stats of these instruments and their crit version “Exquisite Premium”, I suggest giving this forum post a perusal. Note these stats are used for all the new instrument recipes so you can play with ever instrument strikes your fancy, not just the one that’s best for how you play your minstrel.