Hides - The best farming places in Lotro
Tier 1 - Light hides
Tier 2 - Medium hides
Tier 3 - Sturdy hides
Tier 4 - Pristine hides
Tier 5 - Exceptional hides
Tier 6 - Magnificent hides (previously: extraordinary hides)
Tier 7 - Calenard Hides (previously: large hides)
Tier 8 - Riddermark hides
Tier 9 - Eorlingas hides
Note: after the Helm's Deep Expansion there was a significant change of names. The old pre-HD names are presented in brackets, just to help some veteran players to remember them. Old extraordinary hides in your bags or vault are renamed in Aged extraordinary hides. They are the equivalent of the magnificent hides.
Tier 1 - Where to Farm Light Hides
Light hides drop from animals of level 1-12, preferably wolves, boars or bears. Light hide dropping animals can be found in the starter areas of Bree-land, Ered Luin and The Shire. lf you need lots of light hides in a short time, you can travel to the following areas:
Light hides in the Shire [best place!]: go to the Wolf Den in the ruins north of Stock, directly north of the river. These ruins are near Puddifoot's Fields (30.9S,64W) and Bridgefields Wall (30.6S,64.2W). If you loot all the wolves completely, they will respawn pretty quick and your bags will be in no time full with light hides. Two alternative locations in the Shire are:
(1) the wolf den near Dora Brownlock's Farm, north of Waymeet at 31.3S 72.7. Just help that poor woman to clear out all of these snarling wolves and their roaming leader. Its the safest place in hobbitland if you are low leveled (level 5-8).
(2) The Bindbole Wood, at the foot of the old Ruin (26.4S 70.1W) is also a nice spot, but a bit more dangerous than the other 2 places. This remote spot is located in the upper north of the Shire. There are many brown foraging wood-bears here. Low levels: watch out for the nasty (signature) Big Black-bear here!
Another good place for light hides is the Wolf Den, at the border of Chetwood North (28.0S, 46.3 W). Hunt some wolves around this spot and in the adjacent forest. Don't forget to loot the corpse in the Wolf Den, for the low level adventurer it may contain an unexpected bounty!
If you like some nice scenery, just travel to the old ruin west of the Big Staddlemere. Its called The Crumbled Court (30.4S 48.9W) and you can find many brown-bears here to hunt. There is also some old rangers Dunedain-stone here, which opens an interesting questline.
Light hides in Ered Luin: this region is not very well known for farming light hides, but it has actually 2 good spots. If you prefer a dwarven setting, then travel to the Hunter's Notch (18.7S 100.6W) in north Ered Luin. Its located north of Noglond, just follow the snowy path behind Noglond: go uphill and after some time you reach the Hunter's Notch. Its a snowy valley, with some young vale-bears to hunt. Please don't kill the thickjaws cubs and their mother here, they are so cute!
|Hunting wolves for light hides in Nen Hilith|
|Spots for farming Light Hides in The Shire|
|Spots for farming Light Hides in Ered Luin|
|Good spots for farming Light and Medium Hides in Bree-land|
Tier 2 - Where to Farm Medium Hides
Medium hides drop from beasts level 13 to 23, in Bree-land, The Shire, Lone-lands and North Downs.
Medium hides in Breeland updated
Finding medium hides in Bree-land is quite simple. Just go to the West Gate of Bree, pass it and you are directly in a medium hide farming territory. But, in Bree-land - which is one of the biggest zones in Lotro - there are many places as good as this area.
The easiest and safest area - for a low level adventurer - to hunt for medium hides is the road area between Adso's Camp (29.3S 56.8W) and the Brandywine Bridge (located at 31.4S 63.0W). There are many level 14-15 bears, boars and wolves adjacent to the road here. Another well known road area is the road from Bree towards the Northern Bree-Fields.
A very interesting place along that road is the boar pit adjacent to the Old Bree Graveyard. Southeast of Thornley's Work Site (26.6S 53.5) there is a road-sign to the graveyard and when you follow it, you will pass a downhill dirt road to the boar pit [excellent place] . There are many level 14-17 splintertusks in the pit and its one of the best hunting places for medium hides in the game. I don't give the coordinates of the boar pit, since its fun to find it yourself!
|Hunting medium hides in the boar pit near the Old Bree Graveyar|
Two remote and dangerous places to farm medium hides are the yellowfang wolves area in the northern Weather Hills and Withywindle Crossing in the Old Forest and.
|Hunting Agitated Barkshredders in foggy Wythiwindle Crossing|
For Withywindle Crossing, just go to the Old Forest and start at Tom Bombadil's house. At the small stone circle (respawn) go downhill and follow the dirt road to the small stream, which is the origin of the Withywindle. Turn right and follow the Withywindle westwards - passing lots of weeping willows and also Old Man Willow - until it finally ends in a big shallow swamp. That foggy swamp is Withywindle Crossing and there are many level 18 bears here (agitated barkshredders) that drop medium hides. Although one of the toughest areas to hunt for medium hides, Withywindle Crossing is an impressive place with a nice eerie touch!
The Agitated Barkshredder bears can drop an undamaged black bear corpse as a nice surprise. Just take the corpse to Clar Whitethorn, the Bree Taxidermist (30.3S 52.4W). He will make an excellent black stuffed bear for you. Awesome, that drop will make a huge and impressive sight in your house or kinhouse!
|Enjoying my big black stuffed bear from Withywindle Crossing|
In the northern part of the shire, at the Greenfields, there are some lvl 13 black-bears who drop medium hides. They are quite rare, so if you need a lot of medium hides its better to visit the hunting places in Bree-land (see above).
Medium hides in Ered Luin
I didn't find any lvl 13 bears to hunt, so if there are any medium hide droppers in Ered Luin, they are rare. Just go to Bree-land if you need medium hides.
Medium hides in the Lone-lands
Medium hide dropping wolves and boars can be found north and south of the road in Annunlos, west of Weathertop. The wargs in Minas Eriol are also interesting, although be alert for hiding yellowfangs which can kill you quickly if you are of lower level then the wargs. There is also a named elite warg her, Asht, which will drop a Ruby Shard.
The best hunting place for medium hides in the Lone-lands is definitely the northern part of the Weatherhills [excellent place] , roughly between the ruin of Gondrinn in the Lone-lands (28.9S 39.2W) and the Weatherway ruins in Bree-land (29.4S 42.0W). You can start at Gondrin in the Lonelands and following the dirtroad westwards along the river. After some time the dirtroad goes uphill and at the top (28.9S 40.2W) a pack of 5 howling yellowfangs are awaiting you (lvl 22). As soon as you enter Bree-land, atop of the green hill, more lvl 22 yellow-fangs can be found (28.8W 40.8W). Directlly west of the Weatherway Bridge, there is a wolf pit - located at 28.7S and 41.6W - with many more level 22 yellowfangs to hunt.
|Entering the Yellowfang area in the Weatherhills|
Medium hides in the North Downs
In the starter area of the north Downs, directly north of the fantastic wooden bridge to Thestlebridge, you can hunt some medium hide dropping boars and wolves.
Another excellent spot, but far more dangerous for a low level adventurers, is Annúndir (7.8S, 49.0W), where you can find lots of lvl 21-23 animals - like wolves, wargs and bears - which will drop medium hides. But beware, for level 20 adventurers this area is far more dangerous than Bree-land and the western Lone-lands. If you need large quantities of medium hides, its better to hunt in Bree-land or in the Lone-lands (see the text above the picture).
Tier 3 - Where to Farm Sturdy Hides
Sturdy hides drop from beasts level 24 to 34, in the Lone-lands, North Downs, Evendim and Trollshaws. You'll definitely get some sturdy hides leveling through these areas. But if you need a lot of sturdy in a short time, go to the North Downs or the Trollshaws.
Sturdy hides in the North Downs [best place!]
For a start, try the scattered barghest in the western part of the Fields of Fornost, west of the road to the ruins of Fornost. Higher densities of 5-8 barghests (lvel 25-27) can be found around most of the grave mounds and you can easily get them with little effort. The grave mounds are located between 11.2S 56.7W and 10.6S 57.1W and between 10.2S 57.8W and 10.7S 58.4W. Note that the level 22-23 bears in the Fornost area will drop only medium hides.
|Hunting bargests around grave mounds in the western Fields of Fornost|
|Hunting Wargs around Haud Eglan|
|Looking for level 24 wargs and bears in Annundir|
|Lynx dens around Othrikar|
|The Warg den in Nan Amlug East|
|Aurochs around the pools in Nan Amlug|
If you like, there are also the scattered wargs in Dol Dinen, south of Rhunenlad. However, this is a dangerous place because of the many orcs and goblins that roam the area.
Sturdy hides in the Lone-lands
Some scattered sturdy hides dropping wargs can be found along the road from Ost Guruth towards the Last Bridge. A slightly higher density of animals (boars) is located just before the last bridge, along both sides of the road.
Sturdy hides in Trollshaws
Go to the ruins of Ost Durgonn. You can find them after you passed The Last Bridge, north of the road ('go left' if you are heading to the Bruinen Ford). There are lots of cave claws here that drop sturdy hides.
Tier 4 - Where to Farm Pristine Hides
Pristine hides drop from beasts level 35 to 43, in Evendim, Trollshaws, Misty Mountains and Angmar.
Pristine hides in Trollshaws
Wolf den in Drauglad (35.0S, 13,9W), near the Bruinen Gorges, has a great density of level 35-37 wolves. You can reach it by travelling to Thorenhad (31.7S, 15.0W) and then go south. It is also a place to grind the Trollshaws Wolf-slayer deed (+1 Discipline), so you may have some company there. A wolf named Karnasht, spawns among the regulars and drops an adamant shard.
An other good place is the Bear den, directly south of Thorenhead in Trollshaws. After killing all the bears, go east of the road and kill bears at that spot. Wolves and deers also drop pristine hides. When finished, return to bear den south of Thorenhead and start all over again.
Pristine hides in Misty Mountains [best place!]
Caldwell Pool (22.6S, 1.2E), has a great density of level 42 (mountain) wargs (1448 Morale). It's also a good place to complete the Misty Mountains Warg-slayer deed (+1 Justice). If you need this deed, try this spot. When you are of higher level, you can also hunt in the snowy area, west of Caldwell Pool, between the goblin camps (Bruinen Source East, around 21.8S 0.8E). Just follow the interconnecting paths between the camps and you will encounter plenty of scattered mountain wargs and snow-mantles (lvl 39-41 signature aurochs, 2450-2700 Morale). The hoar-mantles will drop 1-2 hides per kill, sometimes they drop even 3 hides. Higher levels can also go to the Hoar-mantle area just above Glóin's Camp (24.9S, 4.0W). These shaggy cows will drop 2 hides per kill.
Pristine hides in Evendim
Nan Orngon (7.7S, 61.8W), has a great density of level 36-37 bears and you can reach it by travelling to Ost Forod (7.4S, 64.3W) and then go east, downhill. A named bear, Grizzule, spawns atop the spire in the center and drops an adamant shard.
Pristine hides in Angmar
Cave claws in Ram Duath will drop pristine hides, southeast of Aughair.
Tier 5 - Where to Farm Exceptional Hides
Exceptional hides drop from beasts level 44 to 50, in Angmar, Forochel, Misty Mountains and Sarnur. The suggested areas below are for the low end of the level range, which means faster kills and quicker farming.
Exceptional hides in Angmar [best place!]
Dolroth in southeastern Maethad, a place east of Gabilshathûr (in the most southeast corner of the eastern Angmar, 1.4S, 21.4W) has a good density of level 46-47 cave-claws and wargs. Unless you are doing the Angmar Warg-slayer deed (+1 Determination), focus on the cave-claws around (1.4N, 24.2W) where the density of hide dropping beasts is greater. To reach it: travel to Gabilshathur (3.6S, 26.4W), head for the orc camp in the east, pass it and wind your way to the far eastern edge of the map.
Turtles in Malenhad drop also Exceptional hides, plus you get the bonus Lethal Sharp claws.
Exceptional hides in Eregion
The Burnt Tor (49.1S, 10.1W), has a great density of level 50-51 wargs. The level 50 wargs drop exceptional hides and the level 51 wargs drop magnificent hides.
Exceptional hides in Forochel
Southwest of Voi-teltta, in Itä-Mâ around 9.0 N 72.0 W, there are a bunch of snowmantle cows and they drop 2 exceptional hides. They have a fast respawn rate so you can stay as long as you like.
There are also two good spots near Pynti-leiri (9.2N, 70.6W), which is close to the stable of Pynti-peldot (11.4N, 69.8W) and down the road at Kissa-Sari (5.6N, 78.5W). Both regions have a great density of level 45-46 Sabertooth cats. Paha-Peto, a named sabertooth, can spawn in either location and drops a beryl shard. Both locations are useful to complete the Forochel Sabertooth Slayer deed (+1 Fortitude). The cats drops also Forochel reputation items.
Exceptional hides in the Misty Mountains
The North High Pass (23.3S, 4.3E) area in Misty Mountains has a good density of level 45-47 wargs, especially in the NE corner. There is a stable at Hrimbarg (24.3S 6.9E), so you can reach this excellent place pretty quickly. Moreover, the wargs in the Misty Mountains are also handy for the Warg-slayer deed (+1 Justice). Keep an eye out for Sulmog and The Antlered King, these beryl shard droppers can appear if heavy snow suddenly comes up.
Tier 6 - Where to Farm Magnificent Hides
Magnificent hides drop from beasts level 51 to 54 in Eregion and Moria and from level 55 to 65+ beasts in Moria, Lothlorien and Mirkwood. There are some good places to farm magnificent hides, like the library in Katub-zahar (Moria: Great Delving, eastside), Burnt Tor (Eregion)
Magnificent hides in Moria [best place, although in the dungeons!]
Katub-zahar (7.0S, 111.0W) in the Great Delving, also known as the library, is the best spot for harvesting magnificent hides. Hunt the level 51-52 deep-claws here, you can do it upstairs and downstairs. It is just north of the stable in Dolven-view (8.5S, 112.2W).
Bonuses: Rocktooth (mithril flake dropper), a named deep-claw, sometimes spawns here. Also, killing deep-claws will help you to complete the Moria Deep-claw Slayer deed (+1 Tolerance).
The southeast corner of Silvertine Lodes, informally known as the "riddle room" (12.6S, 111.1 W), has a good density of level 53-54 dragonets and deep-claws. You can reach it quickly by travelling to the stable in the Rotting Cellar (15.1S, 112.1 W) in the adjacent zone The Waterworks. Killing dragonets also will help you to complete the Moria Dragonet-slayer deed (+1 Zeal).
The Second Hall (8.6S, 103.2W) in Nud Melek has a good concentration of level 57-58 cave claws and dragonets (with some orcs and goblins mixed in). You have to travel a bit to reach it, since it is somewhat remote from the 21st Hall.
I recently discovered that the dragonets in Zirakzigil also drop magnificent hides. Maybe an alternative spot, especially when you combine it with the dragonet-slayer deed to earn +1 Zeal.
Magnificent hides in Eregion
The Burnt Tor (49.1S, 10.1W), has a great density of level 50-51 wargs. Only the level 51 wargs drop magnificent hides --> The level 50 wargs will drop exceptional hides. You can reach it by traveling to the nearby stable in Echad Dunann (50.5S, 7.8W).
A second group of wargs can be found in Torech Andraug (50.7S, 9.6W) and even more wargs can be found somewhat south of the river bed. Killing wargs also helps you to complete the Eregion Wolf and Warg-slayer deed (+1 Confidence).
Just north of Burnt Tor, there are Redhorn Goats which will drop on most occasions two magnificent hides each. Tál Caradhras is an alternative place for magnificent hide-farming: just hunt some random wildlife there.
Magnificent hides in Lothlorien [good place in open country]
The best place to farm magnificent hides is the Golden Wood area. It is packed with level 58-60 beasts and you can reach it by quick travel to Caras Galadhon. That's the elven city in the center of the Golden Wood. An alternative route - if you have never been in this zone - is to use the travel route to the 1st Hall in Moria. If you reach that stable, walk to the exit and you are in the far western area of Lothlorien. After you leave the Mines of Moria, you have to travel to the Golden Wood. Just hit 'M' on the keyboard and you will see on the map the location of the Golden Wood with yellow Mallorn trees immediately.
After you have passed the river Nimrodel, you have plenty of beasts to farm. Just don't kill the protected beasts, otherwise you lose Galadhrim reputation points! There are some rare beasts wandering in this area too, which drop mithril flakes .
Magnificent hides in Mirkwood
In the Mirkeaves area, Fallug (16.7S, 61.8W) has a great density of level 61 boars. The surrounding area has a good density of level 61 wargs if you run short of spawns. You can reach it quickly by traveling to the stable of Echad Sirion (15.3S, 61.2W).
If you want to do the daily repeatables in Mirkwood, its best to do the killing wargs quest in Naur-hoit (19.1S, 47.9W). While you farm hides here (level 65 wargs), you can also complete the warg-hunting quest from Mithechad (17.6S, 48.2W) .
Tier 7 - Where to Farm Calenard hides
Known good places are:
Trum Dreng area, which is located in the upper north-west corner of Dunland, directly south of the Mournshaws. This place has plenty of lvl 66 River-dwelling oxes (neutral, will drop 1 hide), lots of boars (lvl 66 Wild Thorn-tuskers, will threaten and drop 1 hide) and lvl 66 Trum Dreng Pack-wolves (near Dire Hollow, 76.8S 23.1W, which will always attack, drop 1 hide). There is a relatively low concentration of hostile humans (lvl 66) from the Dragon Clan here.
The plains of the Starkmoor, which are located in the west central part of Dunland (82.0S, 20.0W) are also excellent. There are large numbers of oxen here as well, plus a warg/wolf den. The signature bulls will drop 2-3 Calenard hides. This area is also good for your beast-slayer deed!
Cartrev Andras, a farm Farm in Starkmoor (81.3S, 21.3W) is also a good place. It has a lot of Dun Goats and Dun Bulls, which tend to drop more than one Calenard hide at a time.
Calenard hides in Mirkwood
If you like some dark settings: the Warg area in SW Mirkwood, called Drownholt is a good alternative to hunt for Calenard hides.
Tier 8 - Where to Farm Riddermark hides
For Riddermark hides you have to go to east Rohan. Known good places for farming are:
Riddermark hides in The Wold
The Howling Wood (44.7S, 46.8W) [best place] is a Warg-den in the south eastern part of the Wold, near Floodwend, with lots of wargs (lvl 76-77). They have a quick respawn and you can harvest many Riddermarks Hides in a short time.
Fang Point (44.4S, 51.4W) is a Warg-camp directly north of the Memorial of Eorl, south of the fast travel location Feldburg. It has two dens with lvl 76-66 wargs, one to the north and one to the south. Around the warg camps, there is a warband running of the lvl 77 warg Hanrun, with 2 Wold Warg Pack-runners as adds.
Alpha packs: the warg packs directly south of Feldburg, around 43S 52W, seems promising, but are not. Only the alpha's and regular wargs drops hides, the annoying adds - Wold Warg Pack-runners - doesn't. So if Feldburg has some busy hidefarmers, travel to the Howling Wood.
Riddermark hides in Norcrofts
Âmbal's Den (51.8S, 57.6W), which is located in a huge wolf-area in the stony hills (look at your map!) north of Faldham and south of the stream that runs across the Norcrofts. It is probably the most rewarding area in this zone of the Norcrofts.
A good alternative is the evil bear camp, the Valley of the Láthbears (Láthbears Den). It is situated at 54.1S, 52.8W, in the woods southeast of Elthengels. There is a warband too with a big bear, called Swertríper, along with a pair of smaller Daunting láthbears.
Riddermark hides in Entwash Vale
The cows south-east of Eaworth.
Riddermark hides in Wildermore
There is a pretty high density of lvl 85 Snow-stalkers (morale = 11.2k) at the summit of High Knolls, around 33.7S 67.6W. They drop regularly Riddermark hides, and also Eorlingas Hides. The also drop -very frequently- Unkempt Furs, which can be turned in for tasks.
Another spot is Dunfast, around 37.7S, 66.8W where some lvl 85 stalkers (white wolves) dwell. These angry beast will drop also twe types of hides, both eorlingas and riddermark.
Tier 9 - Where to Farm Eorlingas hides
For Eorlingas hides you have to go to west Rohan, which is located west of the Entwash Vale and the Sutcrofts.
Most places have some scattered animals which drop the tier 9 Eorlingas hides. Like herd creatures as bulls, cows, stags and goats. Also places with a loth of boars are interesting for the hide farmer. If you are farming hides from animals in West Rohan, it is a good idea to do this in conjunction with the slayer deeds in this area. For example, you can combine your Eorlingas hide farming trip with the boar and bear slayer deed in this place.
Places to hunt for a fairly good drop of Eorlingas hides are:
The beasts in Wildermore will drop both Riddermark (Tier 8) and Eorlingas hides (Tier 9). Sometimes you can get even both types of hides from the same animal. A good example are the lvl 85 Snow-stalkers (morale = 11.2k) at the summit of High Knolls, around 33.7S 67.6W There are plenty of them and probably one of the best farm spots in the Wildermore.
Another spot is Dunfast, around 37.7S, 66.8W where some lvl 85 stalkers (white wolves) dwell. These angry beast will drop also twe types of hides, both eorlingas and riddermark.
Near the border of Kingstead and Broadacres, south of the river and east of Middlemead, you can find small groups of herd animals of bull, cows and calf.
In the fields and woods north of Aldburg are many level 88 boars which drop Eorlingas hides. Also look out for the stranger animals, like the lathbears and swert-hounds.
I found a loose group of scattered animals around a nameless ruin at 63.3S, 62.5W. The are lvl 87-88 Eastfold Boars, Eastfold Lath-bears and also some Howlings Swert-hounds.. The drop regularly 1 Eorlingas Hide and a lot of Tattered Skins. You have to roam the whole wooded area between the nameless ruin and the settlement of Fenmarch to hunt a lot of these animals, since the density is not very high.
Eorlingas hides in Westfold
Another known place for Tier 9 hides is the area outside Helm's Dike in Westfold. There are a lot of wargs, goats and aurochs here which drops your most wanted Eolingas hides. But take care, there are some uruks and scouts roaming the area and they can delay your hide-hunting party significantly.