Hunter Imbuement Guide

Welcome, here you will find an up-to-date guide for Hunter’s Legendary Items Imbuement. This guide will cover a full Legendary Item (LI) Legacy list, and which legacies to keep pre and post imbuement.

Table of Contents

Types of Legendary Items Needed

A Hunter needs the following Legendary Items at endgame:

  • One-handed Sword – First Age (Crafted by Weaponsmith)
  • Hunter’s Bow – First Age – Class Item (Crafted by Woodworker)
  • 2nd Hunter’s Bow (Swap) – First Age – Class Item (Crafted by Woodworker)

* *Note: All Hunter LIs can be easily shared by all trait lines and do not require additional LIs per specs.

Legacies List

Here is the Legacy List for Hunters.

Hunter’s Bow (Class Item)

TypePre-Imbued LegacyPost-Imbued Legacy
MajorMerciful Shot CooldownExplosive Arrow Damage
MajorFocus Bow Critical MultiplierFocus Bow Critical Multiplier
MajorFocus Bow Power CostFocus Bow Power Cost
and Focus Bow Damage
MajorInduction Bow Critical MultiplierInduction Bow Critical Multiplier
MajorQuick Shot Critical Chance in PrecisionQuick Shot Critical Chance in Precision
MajorRanged Skill Block Chance ModifierRanged Skill Block Chance Modifier
MajorRanged Skill Evade Chance ModifierRanged Skill Evade Chance Modifier
MajorStrength Quick Shot SlowStrength Quick Shot Slow
and Quick Shot Bonus Focus Application Chance
MajorInduction Bow Power CostUpshot Damage
MinorBurn Hot DamageBurn Hot Damage
MinorDistracting Shot Resistance PenetrationDistracting Shot Resistance Penetration
MinorFocus Bow Threat DownFocus Bow Threat
MinorHeart Seeker DamageHeart Seeker Damage
MinorHunter Damage Over TimeHunter Damage Over Time
MinorInduction Bow DamageInduction Bow Damage
MinorQuick Shot DamageQuick Shot Damage
MinorRanged Evade RatingRanged Evade Rating
MinorDistracting Shot CooldownDistracting Shot Cooldown

1-Hander Weapon

TypePre-Imbued LegacyPost-Imbued Legacy
MajorNeedful Haste DurationBarrage Damage
MajorBeneath Notice CooldownBeneath Notice Cooldown
and Beneath Notice Power
MajorBlindside Critical RatingBlindside Critical Rating
MajorImproved Strength of the Earth Morale RegenImproved Strength of the Earth Morale Regen
MajorMelee Critical MultiplierMelee Critical Multiplier
MajorPrecision Stance Critical MagnitudePrecision Stance Critical Magnitude
MajorAoE Skills Maximum TargetsRain of Arrows Damage
MajorTrap DamageTrap Damage
MinorLow Cut Bleed ChanceBubble Potency
MinorDesperate Flight CooldownDesperate Flight Cooldown
and Lingering Wound Damage
MinorMelee Critical RatingMelee Critical Rating
MinorMerciful Shot Critical MultiplierMerciful Shot Critical Multiplier
MinorPower Restored by Traited Intent ConcentrationPower Restored by Traited Intent Concentration
MinorPress Onward CooldownPress Onward Cooldown
and Press Onward Morale/Power Heal
MinorStealth DetectionStance: Precision Finesse
MinorStrength Stance DamageStrength Stance Damage

Imbuement Guide

There are 7 recommended legacies for each LI for endgame. Hunter needs the following LIs:

  1. One-handed Sword.
  2. 2x Hunter Bows. By having 2 Bows, all skills have legacies boosted by LIs, which 1 Bow cannot cover. LotroHQ’s Hunter’s Class Build covers and explains this in detail.

**Note: If you don’t want to have 2 Bows, and just want a single Bow setup, that will be covered down below too.

*Note 1: All Legendary Items have 4 Major Legacies by default (with Crystal of Remembrance item). After Reforging a Legendary Item to level 30, chance of getting additional Major legacies is random, you may end up with more, or no more than 4 at all. So, if this list down below requires more than 4 Major Legacies, and you have only 4 Major Legacies, you will have to use an Imbued Legacy Replacement Scroll to cover for it, after you Imbue your Legendary Item. These special scrolls can be earned from Endgame instances, Throne of the Dread Terror Currency Barter, Hobbit Gifts, and bought from the Auction Hall or the Lotro Store.

*Note 2: Stat Legacy Scrolls (such as Legacy of Vitality) can be crafted (Melding) from Relic-Master for 1,886 Shards, or be traded from Daegoth for 250 Medallions (Barter Exchange Trader at Ost Galadh in Mirkwood).

Endgame Recommended Legacies for LIs:

Hunter’s Bow 1 (Class Item)

TypePre-Imbued LegacyPost-Imbued LegacyNotes
MajorFocus Bow Critical MultiplierFocus Bow Critical Multiplier
MajorFocus Bow Power CostFocus Bow Power Cost
and Focus Bow Damage
MajorInduction Bow Critical MultiplierInduction Bow Critical Multiplier
MinorHeart Seeker DamageHeart Seeker DamageUse this Bow for Heartseeker
MinorHunter Damage Over TimeHunter Damage Over TimeUse this Bow for all DoT skills
MinorInduction Bow DamageInduction Bow Damage
MinorDistracting Shot CooldownSwift Bow DamageUse this Bow for
Swift Bow

Hunter’s Bow 2 (Class Item)

TypePre-Imbued LegacyPost-Imbued LegacyNotes
MajorFocus Bow Critical MultiplierFocus Bow Critical Multiplier
MajorFocus Bow Power CostFocus Bow Power Cost
and Focus Bow Damage
MajorInduction Bow Critical MultiplierInduction Bow Critical Multiplier
MajorQuick Shot Critical Chance in Precision StanceQuick Shot Critical Chance in Precision Stance
and Quick Shot Critical Magnitude
Use this Bow for
Quick Bow
MajorInduction Bow Power CostUpshot DamageUse this Bow for
Upshot
MinorInduction Bow DamageInduction Bow DamageThis increases Quick Shot’s damage
MinorQuick Shot DamageQuick Shot DamageUse this Bow for
Quick Bow

Hunter’s Bow [SINGLE BOW SETUP ONLY]

TypePre-Imbued LegacyPost-Imbued LegacyNotes
MajorFocus Bow Critical MultiplierFocus Bow Critical Multiplier
MajorFocus Bow Power CostFocus Bow Power Cost
and Focus Bow Damage
MajorInduction Bow Critical MultiplierInduction Bow Critical Multiplier
MajorInduction Bow Power CostUpshot Damage
MinorHeart Seeker DamageHeart Seeker Damage
MinorHunter Damage Over TimeHunter Damage Over Time
MinorInduction Bow DamageInduction Bow Damage

**Note: This Bow covers mostly all legacies, for a Single Bow setup, but loses out on Quick Shot’s Critical chance and Damage.

1-Hander Sword

TypePre-Imbued LegacyPost-Imbued LegacyNotes
MajorNeedful Haste DurationBarrage Damage
MajorMelee Critical MultiplierMelee Critical Multiplier
MajorPrecision Stance Critical MagnitudePrecision Stance Critical Magnitude
MajorAoE Skills Maximum TargetsRain of Arrows Damage
MajorTrap DamageTrap DamageUse Imbued Legacy Replacement Scroll
if Low on Majors
MinorMerciful Shot Critical MultiplierMerciful Shot Cooldown
and Merciful Shot Critical Multiplier
MinorPress Onward CooldownPress Onward Cooldown
and Press Onward Morale/Power Heal

Legendary Items Swaps Guide

Certain classes require certain LI swaps to gain an advantage, these are for buffs like, extra legacies to boost DPS, which you don’t have room for on Main LIs, extra Sprint Duration, making a buff last longer, or to make a Cooldown refresh faster, etc. Non-imbued Legacies have more of these advantages which Imbued Legacies have much lesser of.

Here are the Swaps needed for Hunter:

Imbued LI Bow Swap (Preferably a Crossbow for a visual cue)

TypePost-Imbued Legacy
MajorStrength Quick Shot Slow and Quick Shot Bonus Focus Application Chance
MinorBurn Hot Damage
(Rest 4 legacies can be random)

Explanation:

  • Strength Quick Shot Slow: This is a useful legacy, although very situational. Have to swap to Strength Stance and then apply a really powerful Slow with Quick Shot.
  • Burn Hot Damage: This is a very important legacy to have on a swap, it makes Burn Hot really powerful, it is important to max out this legacy to the current cap on the Imbued Swap Bow.

Non-Imbued LI Weapon Swap (Preferably a Spear for a visual cue)

TypePre-Imbued Legacy
MajorNeedful Haste Duration
(Optional)
MajorBeneath Notice Cooldown
MajorImproved Strength of the Earth Morale Regen
MinorDesperate Flight Cooldown
MinorPower Restored by Traited Intent Concentration
MinorPress Onward Cooldown
(Optional)

Explanation:

  • Needful Haste: Entirely optional, just a placeholder legacy.
  • Beneath Notice Cooldown: Useful swap legacy, use this swap whenever using the skill, as this legacy is not present on the Main LI weapon.
  • Improved SotEMr: This is a traited skill, which is not recommended to trait, this legacy boosts it slightly, if traited.
  • Desperate Flight Cooldown: Useful swap legacy, cuts the cooldown by 10 minutes, quite nice to have in solo play and in PvP.
  • Power Restored by Intent Concentration: This is a traited skill, which is not recommended to trait, this legacy boosts it slightly, if traited.
  • Press Onward Cooldown: Entirely optional, just a placeholder legacy, as this legacy is already present on Main LI weapon.