Iranon’s Extensive Guide to Pipeweed

NOTE: This guide is outdated. Crossbreeding pipeweed has been removed from the game. The pictures of the smoke effects and the tiers of the various pipeweeds are still accurate, and I have updated the lines on how to obtain the various seeds, but the complexity and intricacy of crossbreeding is a thing of the past.

NEWER NOTE: They’ve gone and “updated” the smoke effects, thus rendering this guide completely outdated. Why do I even bother? (April 2011)

How pipeweed works nowadays
buy pipeweed seeds
plant fields
hope for a special seed
plant special seed
don’t bother hoping for another special seed, it’s too rare
run out of seeds
rage at the heavens
spam kinchat with an angry rant about the new farming system
roll around in the stash of Rushlight seeds that are actually vendor trash now but which you will never ever vendor because it took you a lot of work to end up with a stack of Rushlight seeds

That said, to the guide (and the pretty pictures)!

(Originally posted on the Last Alliance Kin forums, here)

I have, surprisingly, a tremendous store of patience. I also have a predilection for things awesome, random, and pointless.
One day I was looking through the farmer recipes and I saw all the different pipe-weed recipes and decided to take the time to fully understand the system and to work out what comes from what, what does what, etc. I was about to buy all the recipes and start farming pipeweed with Alivion (who has farming maxxed) and then I decided that the system would be much clearer if I figured it out as I went; so I took Iranon (who is a scholar and had never farmed once yet in his brief existence) and parked him in the Shire with a good supply of cash, patience and determination and I started grinding that farming. To find Rushlight, Sweet Lobelia and Hornblower seeds I had to send my hunter running around Breeland and had to prevail on a few kinmates, since those are rare drops and cannot be bought at the vendors (the auction hall was particularly unhelpful most times). As I went I kept track of everything, and so here follows everything Iranon knows about growing pipe-weed, which is probably everything there is to know about growing pipe-weed (I think it’s written in character, I blame Iranon).

Varieties of Pipeweed; their uses and making
By Iranon Ofaira; SM Farmer, lvl 27 Minstrel, Accomplished pipeweed smoker and grower

Introduction
Pipe-weed it utterly pointless, and, as with most other utterly pointless things in Middle Earth, is absolutely awesome and immensely enjoyable.

Farming pipeweed requires much dedication and much time spent in a boring, brown field, but if the farmer dedicates enough attention and care to his farming, he is assured a lifetime of delightful smoke effects and link-fodder.

When considered from the point of view of the farmer, there are three general types of pipeweed recipes; automatically granted recipes which use seeds which must be bought from a novice or expert farmhand, purchased recipes which use boughten’d seeds and special purchased recipes which use rare seeds.

The first two types are self-evident, like any other farming recipe the farmer buys the materials, goes to a field, and sets to work farming.
The final type is much more interesting. It can be divided into two subsections, regular fields and cross-breed fields.
The recipies for both of these are purchased from a farmhand, but the seeds are rare drops. I have had the best luck finding them in chests in Breeland. For some of the recipies (e.g. Rushlight or Hornblower) one simply plants and harvests the rare seeds. For the crossbreed fields two sorts of seeds must be combined, the first time a farmer grows a field of Tighfield Choice he must use rare Rushlight seeds which he has found in addition to Longbottom seeds available from the vendor.
When using a crossbreed recipe, the harvest will randomly yield crops corresponding to the two combined seeds and the crossbreed attempted. For example, when planting a crossbreed muddy foot field, you may harvest Muddyfoot, Sweet Lobelia or Longbottom seeds and crops. A critted field is more likely to yield crops of the crossbreed and a non-critted field is more likely to yield crops of the components.

Listed below are the various types of pipeweed and the required components required to plant them, with illustrations of each.

~Iranon Ofaira; Hobbiton-Bywater
Fourth Age, Spring, 2010
Tier 1; Apprentice

Longbottom Leaf
recipe: automatically granted
seeds: boughten’d
effects: totally boring and ordinary puff of smoke

Rushlight
recipe: boughten’d
seeds: boughten’d
effects: Single smoke ring

Southlinch
recipe: automatically granted
seeds: boughten’d
effects: Ordinary puff of smoke

Sweet Lobelia
recipe: boughten’d
seeds: boughten’d
effects: two rings

Tier 2; Journeyman

Hornblower
recipe: boughten’d
seeds: boughten’d
effects: Two concentric rings

Muddy Foot
recipe: boughten’d
seeds: rare drop
effects: three concentric rings

Southern Star
recipe: automatic
seeds: boughten’d
effects: two concentric rings

Tighfield Choice
recipe: boughten’d
seeds: rare drop
effects: two rings

Tier 3; Expert

Dragon’s Breath
recipe: boughten’d
seeds: rare drop
effects: three butterflies

Old Toby
recipe: boughten’d
seeds: boughten’d
effects: heart

Roper’s Twist
recipe: boughten’d
seeds: rare drop
effects: Three rings

Sweet Galenas
recipe: automatic
seeds: boughten’d
effects: Ship

Shire Sweet Leaf
recipe: boughten’d
seeds: boughten’d
effects: a ship of smoke ALSO a necessary component for Loremasters’ resurrect skill, “Back from the Brink”

Tier 4;

Eagle’s Nest
recipe: boughten’d
seeds: rare drop
effects: fish

Gamwich Braid
recipe: boughten’d
seeds: rare drop
effects: three butterflies

Tier 5;

Wizard’s Fire
recipe: boughten’d
seeds: rare drop
effects: bird

Tier 6;

Gold Fire
recipe: boughten’d
seeds: rare drop
effects: Bird

Fungo’s Fuzzy Leaf
recipe: automatic
seeds: boughten’d
effects: bird

Crossbreeding Chart
A table of what crossbred seeds produce what crops.
(Shire Sweet Leaf has been omitted since it has no bearing on the crossbreed recipes)
NOTE: This chart is useless now that crossbreeding has been entirely removed from the game; it is included here for reference, nostalgia, educational purposes and a staunch refusal to throw out all my hard work simply because Turbine decided to reduce an intricate and interesting system into a boring grind. /endrant

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