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A LotRO Player Leveled A Hobbit To Level 130 In The Most Hobbit Way Possible - Cooking Pies

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A Lord of the Rings Online player on Evernight has leveled a Hobbit charcter to the level cap in the most Hobbit way possible: cooking pies.

The character, aptly named Cookingwithsim is on the Evernight server of Lord of the Rings Online, and decided to see if this was possible according to responses on a post on the LotRO subreddit. The player took a Hobbit character and leveled to 130 in 8 months using only cooking XP, which isn't much overall in the grand scheme of things. Whenever you make something in LotRO's crafting, you earn a small amount of XP. 

According to Reddit, Cookingwithsim took 8 months to fully level a character to 130, cooking pies throughout the journey. The player at the center of this, who goes by Unlikely_Gain4047 on Reddit responded to questions on the post as to why this was even done, stating that part of it was to just see if it was possible. As such, as they continued the journey, their Kinship kept giving them milestones to hit, such as hitting level 100 byt Christmas or a certain level by their kinship's anniversary.

As far as how it was done, especially once you consider how prohibitively expensive buying the ingredients off the Auction House can be, Cookingwithsim mentioned that they did all their own farming, as well as using part of their personal fortune as "seed" money.

"Did my own farming, and started with 30g of seed capital - see what I did there? - from one of my alts. I've made somewhere in the region of 2,000g while doing this, but have given a lot of it away to help my kin mates who were short of cash. I've also been selling for fairly cheap prices on the AH, so if cash had been my objective I could potentially made a significantly higher amount. It was always about the challenge of doing it, a lot of grind but with my kin mates encouraging me I got there in a reasonable timeframe. It certainly helped to fill time during lockdown!"

As far as the types of pies, initially it was Vegetable Medleys, though eventually the player moved onto Nine Star Pies to get the max benefit from the crafting XP. Either way, this is definitely one of the more creative ways to hit the level cap, and is pretty meta considering the player was a Hobbit. Congrats, Cookingwithsim!

[Image via Object404 on Reddit)


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore