Location Location LocationWhen selecting a slaying location, there are a few things you should look for.
- Good density of one type of mob to maximize stackable vendor loot. Killing multiple mob types will make your bags fill faster.
- Close to a vendor and mailbox so you can empty your bags quickly and get back to slaying.
- Little if any competition. If mobs are scarce because other are questing, deeding or farming in the area, move to another location or come back later.
Humanoids vs. CreaturesBoth humanoids and creatures can be profitable targets for mass slaying. Humanoids usually drop coin and often have chests nearby for more coin. Coin is good! However, humanoids are more likely to drop stuff that doesn't stack (including rare items) or needs to be sold on the Auction House. Creatures, on the other hand, usually drop stackable loot, which can mean fewer trips to a vendor to sell.
If you choose to slay in duos or small fellowships, concentrate on signature or elite humanoids. They drop significantly more coin than their normal counterparts, and the coin splits automatically between group members.
Kill FastFor efficient grinding you'll want to be able to kill non-stop. To better manage pulls, it helps if the mobs are grey con to you. Ideally, you should be at least 5 levels higher than the top of the level range for the area. If the kill rate feels slow, move to an easier area.
Free and Premium players grinding for XP are the exception to this rule. You'll need to find the sweet spot between XP per mob and kill speed. Consider grouping up to kill signatures and elites.
Make Your Deeding CountDeed areas may not be the absolute best gold per hour, it is an effective use of your time if you can complete a deed at the same time (TP, woot!). The downside to gold grinding in a deed area is competition from other people who also need the deed. If there's not enough mobs to go around, considering grouping up or moving to another location.
Reputation ItemsNow that reputation deeds pay TP, expect reputation barter items to be in demand. Check the Auction House if this is a factor in your farming location choice to see which are selling best.
Where to FarmThere are literally hundreds of good slaying locations across Middle-earth. Most areas are pretty consistent by level, mob type and mob difficulty. However, there are areas where the mobs drop next to nothing. If you hit one of these, move on. Below are some suggestions, to give you a feel for what you are looking for in a slaying location.
The Bree-land public dungeon, Haudh Iarchith, offers excellent slaying and vendors nearby. The dungeon is tiered, with level 20 normal, signature and elite mobs, great for duos and groups wanting to work together. Be sure to pickup the repeatable Men of Bree reputation quests before heading there.
The Lone-lands is loaded with good farming spots. Glumhallow, near Weathertop, is a great spot to slay level 22 orcs, but it usually camped. Iorvinas, has great density of level 27 orcs and dourhands, and you can pop out into Mithrenost or Ost Cyrn if it is too busy. There is even a vendor at the door. The level 29 regular and signature undead at Nan Dhelu, are also good slaying, with a vendor nearby in Dol Vaeg.
North Downs are a number of level 23 orcs camps in the Greenway. If the largest (15.5 S, 51.7W) is camped, slay level 24 orcs and goblins in nearby Nan Wrathen. The Snares, near Esteldin, has level 27 spiders and the occasional cocoon (chest). For duos, try out the level 30 signature trolls in Taur Gonwaith (corpses are chests) and Etten Caves.
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