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re: Item and Storage Management


One thing you will find when you start playing LOTRO is that you will be acquiring lots of items in your inventory, and you will very quickly run out of space to store it all. There are two basic ways for dealing with this problem: (1) get rid of the stuff that you don’t really need, and (2) get more space to hold all your stuff. You absolutely need to do the first, and it’s really, really helpful to do the second!

The following tips will make your life less complicated when you are starting out; eventually you'll develop a feel for what sort of storage management scheme works best for you.


What do you need to keep?

Here are the typical kinds of things you will acquire as you adventure through Middle Earth, and how to decide if you need to keep them or not...


Equipment: as you level up and fight more powerful enemies, they will tend to drop better equipment than you currently have. You really only need one of each kind of thing in the early stages of the game. For example, if you are using a sword as your main weapon and you come into possession of a better sword (or some other item that your character can use as a main weapon), you should get rid of your current sword. Often, you will get items that can only be used by some other character class: for example, if your character is a hunter, and you come into possession of a staff (which can only be used by a lore-master) you should get rid of the staff. If you come across an item that your character can use, but only when you’re a couple experience levels higher, you should probably hold on to it.


Buffs: these are various things that give your character better stats or other advantages, usually for a short period of time. Since there is such a wide variety of these, it’s hard to give general advice .. what I do is notice what kind of problems I get into, and keep the buffs that help fix those problems (for example, if you never find yourself running out of power, you can maybe dispense with the power-boosting potions). I generally keep about about 20% of my inventory full of buffs so that I have room for other stuff that I pick up while adventuring.


Task Items: when you defeat enemies, they often drop task items. You can tell that something is a task item if it says in its description “This Item May Be Turned In for Tasks”. What this actually means is that you can turn in these items at particular spots in exchange for boosting your experience and (usually) your reputation with some particular faction in the game. Take a look at the FAQ section of this article that describes this process in more detail. If you have too many task items to fit in your available storage space, you can sell the rest. 


Crafting Items: you should keep the craft items and recipes you can use in your crafting professions, and get rid of the rest (see this FAQ for more details about crafting). For example, you can only polish rough gemstones into polished gems if your character is a jeweler, and you can only process hides into leathers if your character is a tailor. The item's description will tell you what kind of crafting profession can use it.


Quest items: you occasionally will obtain items that you need to use at some point to start or advance a quest. Generally you should hold on to these as long as you are questing in the area you received the item. (You will get a warning if you try to destroy a quest item.)


Lootboxes and Keys: Lootboxes and keys sometimes drop from enemies you defeat, or are rewards for completing deeds. You need a key to open a lootbox. The problem is that you will likely end up with more lootboxes than keys. You can either get rid of excess lootboxes you don't have keys for, or buy keys at the LOTRO store to open them. Never destroy keys :)


Types of storage space and how to increase it

 Here are the main types of storage, how much you start with, and how to increase it.

Inventory: If you have a Free-to-play (F2P) account, you start off with 3 bags of inventory (which holds a total of 60 items). If you are a VIP player, you start out with 5 bags of inventory (which holds a total of 100 items). You can acquire additional inventory slots at the LOTRO store for Turbine Points. If you buy the Sam Gamgee StarterPack, you get 20 additional inventory slots (along with a horse and some other benefits).

Vault: Each character also starts out with a vault that holds 30 items. To put stuff in and take stuff out of your vault, you need to visit a vault-keeper. You can increase your amount of vault space by buying more with silver, gold or Turbine Points.

Shared Storage: Shared storage is similar to vault space, and is located wherever there are vault-keepers. However, you do not have any shared storage initially; you need to use Turbine Points to buy and expand it. Shared storage can be used by any character associated with a particular account (unlike vault space, which can only be used by a particular character).

Housing: Once you character reaches level 15, you can buy a house with gold and silver. Your house comes with a chest of storage space that you can expand by spending gold or mithril coins. All characters on an account use the same house and its chest; you cannot buy more than one house per account.

There is also a special kind of storage called Shared Wardrobe for cosmetic items, but I'm not going to discuss it detail here since it works a little different from the other types of storage and it's less important in the early stages of the game for many people. However, you can read more about it here.


What to do with stuff when you run out of storage space?

 The main ways of getting rid of items you don't need or don't have room for are:

  • sell it

  • give it away

  • destroy it


Selling stuff: You can sell stuff to NPC such as healers, grocers, provisioners, suppliers or equipment merchants, who are distributed around middle earth, typically in settlements. You can potentially sell items to other players for more than NPC vendors will pay for it. One way you can sell items to other players is by making an offer on the trade channel (see this discussion for general information about LOTRO chat channels), and then mailing the items or coin to be traded, or meeting them in person to trade (see “secure trade,” below). Another way to sell items to other players is through the auction house (though, there are some restrictions to using the auction house depending on the type of account you have; for example, people with free accounts have to purchase the ability to list items for sale).

Giving stuff away: People often give away stuff that they don't need to their kinmates and friends. You can give stuff away by:

  • mailing it to the intended recipient

  • giving it to the intended recipient in person via secure trade (left-click on the recipient, right-click to bring up the context menu, and then select “secure trade” from the context menu)

  • leave it in the storage chest in your kin house

  • some kinships (like ours) have “crafting neighborhoods” which are a series of houses in a particular neighborhood where people can drop off particular kinds of stuff they don't need, and pick up stuff they do need

  • if nobody you know wants your stuff, you can offer it for free on the trade channel.


Destroy it: You can just left-click on an item in your inventory or other storage, drag it out, and release the left mouse button to destroy it – you will get a message asking if you really want to do that, to avoid unfortunate mistakes :)

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