So the Alliance shop was added to my server last week. Weird, as some newer servers got it way before us, but anyways, it’s here now! Time to E&D. For those who do not know yet what this thing is all about, I will explain in this article what you can do with and for the Alliance shop. Where do you find it? What’s E&D? What can you get from it and how do you do that? That and more, after the break.
1. The Alliance Shop in a nutshell
So what exactly is the Alliance shop? Basically, the shop is a place where ALL alliance members can, and should, donate certain items to gather points. There are two types of items that can be donated: Amber Stones of Vala, and resources (food,wood etc). To find the Alliance shop, simply open the Alliance tab at the bottom of your screen, whether the new function will show if enabled on your server.
There are also two types of points to be gathered: Loyalty points, which are your personal points to use, and Alliance points, which benefit the entire Alliance.
With Alliance Points, the Regent and Vice-Regent can buy permanent and temporary buffs for the entire alliance, or upgrade the shop. With Loyalty Points, you are able to buy items in the shop for yourself.
2. Leveling up
In gathering Alliance points, your alliance steadily levels up. At first it goes really fast, but it get’s slower the higher you get. The alliance tab shows an orange bar with the current alliance level, and the points needed to level up and gathered so far. Leveling up your alliances frees up more buffs for your alliance, allows you to upgrade the Alliance shop, and allows members to donate more Stones and resources, gathering Loyalty Points and Alliance Points more quickly.
Note: the maximum level of the Alliance shop is level 50, at which point you can donate slightly over 1000 Vala stones per day, and 6 Topaz Vala stones.
3. Gathering Points
In the main Alliance (shop) screen, you’ll see three new buttons: Balance, Entrust, and Donate (E&D). The 3 buttons lead to the following menu’s:
On the Balance screen, you see how many Loyalty points (LP) you have, how many Alliance points (AP) your alliance has at the moment, and how many LP you received or gifted through mithril purchases. That’s right, buying mithril also buys you LP, at a rate of 1:1. Buy 1600 mithril, receive 1600 LP. But even better, when you buy mithril, you will also give a small amount of LP to ALL your alliance members. Conversely, when alliance members buy mithril, you are rewarded LP for that as well. Those LP will show up in this screen, and can be claimed by pressing the ‘Claim’ button, so be sure to check here regularly. In the Alliance screen, an exclamation mark behind the Balance button will signal you have LP waiting to be claimed.
3.2 Entrusting Vala Stones
The first method of gathering AP and LP is through donating Amber Stones of Vala. From what I gathered, you are able to donate 10x your alliance level in Stones daily, but in leveling up, the number can be a bit messy, so be sure to check every day, as well as every time the alliance goes up a level.
You can get the Stones through two basic methods. The first is to attack Alliance Bosses. Besides stuff to upgrade your gear, the chests from Alliance Bosses also have a reasonable chance to drop quite some Stone of Vala, so be sure to attack whenever you can, or spawn some Alliance Bosses if they aren’t already. However, with the limited number of attacks you can place every day, getting enough stones from Alliance bosses quickly becomes obsolete.
But the stones also drop in campaign, and this is where you will farm them at higher Alliance shop levels. See this article on where to farm them most efficiently. As with forge runes and armor scraps, the higher levels in Moria drop more Stones, at a higher might cost, but the Stones drop at least all throughout Moria, Mirkwood and High Pass. As an example, Moria map 4 levels drop around 50 Stones in normal levels and 90 on the Boss level. Each donated Stone rewards you 1 LP and 1 AP.
Additionally, Topaz Vala Stones give you 100 LP and AP per stone donated, but these cannot be farmed and come primarily from chests. The limit to donating Topaz stones is 6 per day.
2.3 Donating Resources
The second method of gathering points is by donating resources. It functions similarly to Entrusting Stones, in that you can donate once a day (excluding alliance level going up), although resources are in my opinion much easier to come by through farming or production.
As far as I can tell, the amount to be donated is [30k rss/3k gold] times the alliance level per day, so especially the first alliance levels should be easy to complete daily. The amount you can still donate is given below each resource.
3. Spending Points
So now that points have been gathered, what do you do with them?
3.1 Loyalty Points
LP can be spend personally in the Alliance shop, which is located in the alliance tab (see first picture). The shop holds quite some items, and refreshes with new deals every day. At lower alliance levels, members are not able to E&D for many points daily, so items will seem incredibly expensive, but I’m sure that when the alliance levels up, prizes will seem more reasonable. For example, at level 1, you can roughly get 20 LP per day. Considering a Bilbo hourglass costs 20 LP, resource runes cost 1000 LP, and Elven Wine costs 2000, that seems like nothing. Just remember the amount of points you can spend and gather grows really fast if the whole alliance works together in leveling up up the alliance and shop.
Right now, the only items really worth something in the shop are Major protection stones for 600 points and Stamina refills for 300 points.
3.2 Alliance Points
AP benefits the entire alliance. The Regent and Vice Regent can use them to level up the shop and the buffs there-in, both temporary and permanent. As I’m in none of those two roles, I do not know the exact prizes for leveling up the buffs. What I can give is some information on the available buffs so far. This information will be updated with my alliance freeing up more buffs.
3.3 Available Buffs
Below are the available so far, what they do, and what the requirements to unlock them are (in red). Permanent boosts are Emporium Boost, Quick Fix, Load Out, Guardian Angels, Keep it Safe and Call to Action. The only temporary buff at the moment is Breeze Through. (Note: the Quick Fix buff runs further than the graph below, to level 15, at which point it boosts building speed by 26%. The Breeze Through levels in my Alliance I missed for the most part, but I reckon that info is not terribly important to pursue)
So that’s it for now on the Alliance shop. I think I covered all the important subjects. Probable updates to this article in the future will include new buffs and more information on the existing ones, but if you feel I missed anything, let me know!