June 29, 2020

Warden Blue Line Class Trait Analysis and Tank Build Guide

This is a Lord of the Rings Online guide on the blue line specialization for the Warden, Determination. The guides covers an in depth analysis of the spec with:
  • A background on Warden tanking and the blue line
  • Detailed breakdown and analysis on trait choices
  • Follow up with sample builds
This guide was updated during Update 28.2, in January 2021.
    - updated background and builds sections and fixed display issues.

June 26, 2020

7 Warden Class Tips in LOTRO

The Warden is considered one of the most difficult classes in the Lord of the Rings Online to get started with. The goal of this LOTRO Basics quick tips series of guides is to help newer or returning players better understand their class and get started with them. With the first entry, we will tackle the tricky Warden to help improve your Warden experience!

In this guide, I will have 7 tips for the Warden class, covering gameplay, traits, builds, equipment, etc. For other guides in the "7 Class Tips" series, they can be found at this page: https://www.lotrobasics.com/p/class-guides-and-resources.html

This guide is up to date with U27, in July 2020.

June 23, 2020

Updated Formatting, New Guides, and More! (LOTRO Basics Update)

During the past few weeks, I have run into issues with Blogger frequently switching formatting and how the html/CSS displays on the website. The migration to a new system was recently finished and, for some good news, I will now be able to make more frequent and consistent content!

Most recently, I published a Beorning Class Guide, which will be the last post that uses the old formatting system. Later this week, I plan to publish a Warden guide that will kick off the new planned series of guides called "7 LOTRO Class Tips". All of these new guides can be found in the Class Guides and Resources page. This will be the first post showing off the new formatting in full form.

A large advantage of the new format will be more frequent guides and content for the community. However, I first plan to migrate all of the old pages to the new system. To give a preview, I have updated the Beorning Class Guides and Resources page, and will follow with that formatting on the rest of the classes. I will also give another sweep to add any new guides I find along the way!

While the migration happens, I appreciate everybody's support as this project continues to come to fruition and becomes a main community stop for LOTRO guides, resources, builds, and information content! In the meantime, I will post updates on my Twitter account.

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June 20, 2020

LOTRO: Beorning Guide - In Depth Beginner's Guide and Class Overview



This LOTRO class guide focuses on general aspects of the Beorning class, expanding on the overview from LOTRO Basics: Classes of LOTRO Guide. The goal of the guide is to cover:

  • An overview of the Beorning
  • Detail Beorning gameplay, traits, and builds
  • Discuss how Beornings fit into LOTRO and compare to other classes


Guide Updated: 2020/05/04 – Published!

Beorning Resource Page: https://www.lotrobasics.com/p/beorning-class-guides.html

All Class Guides and Resources: https://www.lotrobasics.com/p/class-guides-and-resources.html


June 4, 2020

How to Use New Coupon Code for Free Quest Packs in LOTRO! (and Expansion Quests Sale)

The Coupon Code


Standing Stone Games, developers of the Lord of the Rings Online, recently announced a coupon code that can be used to unlock all quest packs currently in the game for FREE and a sale of expansion quest packs for just 99 LOTRO Points each (6 of these for a total of 594 points). The coupon code is now available and the expansion quests sale is now live!


This is a limited time event, the coupon code and expansion sale will last only until August 31st, 2020. I highly recommend using the code, no matter what type of account you have. If VIP, if your subscription runs out, you will at least always have all the current quest pack content in the game. Also, I even suggest if you have ever slightly considered making a second account, to go ahead an do so and use the code for all the free content on a new account(s)!

Below is a step-by-step guide for how to use the code to get all the free content and how to find the expansion packs! At the end of that will be the complete list of quest packs and expansions on sale.