July 30, 2020

LOTRO Tip: Customizing the User Interface - Resizing, Rearranging, Saving, and Loading the UI Layout



The Lord of the Rings Online offers a lot of customization of the user interface. In-game, you can resize, rearrange, show, or hide different UI elements. Once you find a UI setup you like, you can save the layout and later load it on different characters! In this LOTRO Tips guide, I will cover how to do all of this in the game:
  • Showing, Hiding, and Resizing UI Elements
  • Rearranging and Moving UI Elements
  • Saving and Loading UI Layout and Settings

July 26, 2020

Character Roles in LOTRO and Which Classes Fit Them

In RPGs, a character's role defines what they do and how they contribute to group content and in-game encounters. In the Lord of the Rings Online, there are 4 main roles to fulfill - tank, DPS, heal, and support. In this guide, I will to discuss the roles in LOTRO and breakdown which classes and specs can fulfill them.

The first half focuses on new players with an overview of character roles, while the second half covers the roles individually and which classes fulfill them and how.

July 24, 2020

7 Lore Master Class Tips in LOTRO


The Lore Master class in the Lord of the Rings Online has a versatile kit as a spellcaster - dealing damage, debuffing enemies, or providing utility. With the LM entry of the LOTRO Basics class tips guide series, we will break down the class to help you get started with it, improve your experience, and hopefully learn something new!

The goal of the LOTRO Basics 7 Class Tips series of guides is to help newer or returning players better understand their class and get started with them. 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.

July 19, 2020

7 Rune Keeper Class Tips in LOTRO


The
Rune Keeper class in the Lord of the Rings Online boasts the unique attunement system, balancing between damage and healing as a ranged spellcaster. With the RK entry of the LOTRO Basics class tips guide series, we will break down the class to help you get started with it and improve your experience!

The goal of the LOTRO Basics 7 Class Tips series of guides is to help newer or returning players better understand their class and get started with them. 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.

July 17, 2020

LOTRO Basics - Recent Construction and Navigation Update

LOTRO Basics has gone under construction to improve navigation recently! 

Update 07/21/2020: Added mobile navigation back!

While I am mostly done with changing how the site looks as a whole, there may still be periods where the site is temporarily broken as I continue to try to improve the experience over the next couple days.

All guides and resources are still available at their usual locations, with the navigation links at the top now containing a better list of guides available and easy access to class pages. On the right sidebar, you may also navigate to posts by their date published. Under that, there's a list of search terms that each guide is labeled with to also help you find the guides you need!

Any feedback on the new formatting is appreciated, as I am trying to make LOTRO Basics as good as possible for the community!

July 16, 2020

LOTRO News: Update 27.2 Rundown - Surprisingly Big Changes to Gameplay

08/03/2020 Update: The beta has ended and the live patch for Update 27.2 is scheduled for August 4th, 2020 with a maintenance time of 8:00 am to 12:00 pm server time (EDT, UTC-4)!

For a "small" update, Update 27.2 for the Lord of the Rings Online, released August 4th 2020, brings some major changes to three key game mechanics along with some continued work on the Midsummer festival and new housing features in preparation for Rohan housing coming soon. To go with the Rohan housing and Storied Tales feature from Update 27, Helm's Deep is also being released on the legendary servers (Anor and Ithil).

For this post (the first in a potential new series on LOTRO news), I want to focus on the game mechanics updates and what they mean for the players. These three game mechanics see improvements in this QOL-style update:
  • Interrupts
  • Taunts
  • Corruption Removals

Read the full patch notes for U27.2: https://www.lotro.com/en/content/update-272-release-notes


Interrupts Buffs



Interrupts stop enemy inductions, preventing them from using powerful abilities. In U27.2, classes will now have baseline immediate interrupts at level 20. This provides a few significant changes:
  • All classes will now be able to instantly interrupt inductions at level 20 - some classes, like the Captain unlocked them at much higher level
  • Some classes will have a greatly improved ability to interrupt, like the Warden and Hunter had interrupts but were difficult to use on time - now, they will be able to provides interrupts much more reliably.
  • Because the interrupts are immediate, all classes will now have access to an ability to animation cancel with (read more about the animation cancelling game mechanic: https://www.lotrobasics.com/2020/05/animation-cancelling.html)

In terms of gameplay, this boils down to more reliability and ease of interrupting mobs!



Force Taunts Adjustments



Force taunts force enemies to attack you for a short duration (read more in tip #2: https://www.lotrobasics.com/2020/07/guardian-tips.html). In U27.2, many CDs and trait/LI boosts for force taunts have been adjusted. Notably:

  • Beorning's taunt Thunderous Roar will now have a shorter CD, but their trait to give Biting Edge a force taunt will now make it's CD 10 seconds longer (previously 5 seconds). These changes helps Beornings use their large AoE force taunt more often, but their shorter CD one that hits fewer targets cannot be used as frequently.
  • Captains will now have access to a new taunt - Elendil's Roar - from speccing into the yellow line (the old trait to make Blade of Elendil give a force taunt now boosts Elendil's Roar). Their old force taunt, Threatening Shout, is now available as a trait in the yellow. This will help Captain's maintain aggro better - one of the their few weaknesses as a tank.
  • Champion's AoE skill from a trait in the blue line, Horn of Champions, will now have the force taunt effect. This will help tanking Champions hold aggro.
  • Guardian's AoE taunt Challenge has a much shorter CD (60 sec -> 30 sec) - this buff will help tanking Guardians keep aggro of multiple mobs more easily.
  • Wardens received no changes to force taunts, but did get minor changes to tanking with the defiance buff duration being increased to 32 seconds (up from 30 seconds). The defiance buff is gained from using Defiant Challenge, a skill unlocked in the second row of the blue line trait tree.

In terms of gameplay, this overall provides tanks with an easier ability to hold aggro with their taunts.



Corruption Removals - A Hint to the Future?



Corruption removals are abilities all classes have that remove corruptions, powerful buffs that some enemies can possess. Corruptions were added in the Moria expansion pack (level 50+) and continued to be a prominent feature in Mirkwood. After that, they have become more infrequently used and are a relatively rare sight in newer content.

In U27.2, all classes' corruption removals will be changed to being granted to you at level 20. They used to be unlocked at level 50 because the content where corruptions were was also level 50+. It seems odd that corruption removals would be changed to such a low level where there is no use for them.

I believe this is a possible hint towards the future of LOTRO. Later this year, Standing Stone Games (developers of LOTRO), is planning on implementing another legendary server, now that the first set has moved on to Rohan. This legendary server was planned to have additional dangers added to the game. Perhaps the new dangers will include corruptions - giving enemies powerful buffs that can only be removed by your corruption removal skills!



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July 15, 2020

Captain Red Line Trait Analysis and Build Guide

This is a Lord of the Rings Online guide on the red line specialization for the Captain, Lead the Charge. The guide covers an in depth analysis of the spec with:
  • A background on Captain as a DPS for leveling and group support in the red line
  • Detailed breakdown and analysis on trait choices
  • Follow up with sample builds


This guide was written during Update 27 in July 2020.

July 13, 2020

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



This is a Captain Class Guide for the Lord of the Rings Online, expanding on the introduction from the LOTRO Basics: Classes of LOTRO Guide. The guide is oriented towards new and returning players or those who want to learn more about the Captain. The goal of the guide is to:
  • Overview the basics of the Captain
  • Detail Captain gameplay, traits, and builds
  • Discuss how the Captain fits into LOTRO and compares to other classes

Guide Written: Update 27, July 2020

July 10, 2020

7 Captain Class Tips in LOTRO














The Captain class in the Lord of the Rings Online has a lot of different themes as a buff-based support class. With the Captain entry of the LOTRO Basics class tips guide series, we will break down the class to help you get started with and improve your Captain experience! If you are interested in a full guide to the Captain, I wrote one here: https://www.lotrobasics.com/2020/07/captain-guide.html.

In this guide, I will have 7 tips for the Captain class, covering gameplay, traits, builds, equipment, etc. The goal of the LOTRO Basics 7 Class Tips series of guides is to help newer or returning players better understand their class and get started with them. 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 was written and last edited during U27, in July 2020.

July 6, 2020

Warden Red Line Trait Analysis and DPS Build Guide




This is a Lord of the Rings Online guide on the red line specialization for the Warden, Recklessness. The guide covers an in depth analysis of the spec with:
  • A background on Warden as a DPS and the red line
  • Detailed breakdown and analysis on trait choices
  • Follow up with sample builds
This guide is up-to-date with Update 26, last updated in June 2020.

July 3, 2020

7 Guardian Class Tips in LOTRO














The Guardian class in the Lord of the Rings Online has many different mechanics and skills that may make it seem daunting for beginners.With the Guardian entry of the LOTRO Basics quick tips guide series, we will break down the class to help improve your Guardian experience! 

In this guide, I will have 7 tips for the Guardian class, covering gameplay, traits, builds, equipment, etc. The goal of the LOTRO Basics 7 Class Tips series of guides is to help newer or returning players better understand their class and get started with them. 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.