LOTRO Guardian Class Guides and Resources

This is the LOTRO Basics class page for the Guardian class in the Lord of the Rings Online - containing a list of class guides and resources with the goal to provide the community with up-to-date and current information on the class!
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This page was last updated during Update 28.2, in January 2021. - Reformatted and updated the list of guides.

Guardian Summary

The Guardian is a free class that came with the original launch of LOTRO.

Specs & Roles
  • Blue "The Defender of the Free" - Tank (Defensive)
  • Red "The Keen Blade" - Melee DPS
  • Yellow "The Fighter of Shadow" - Tank (Offensive)

  • Dwarf
  • Stout-axe Dwarf
  • Elf
  • High Elf
  • Hobbit
  • Man

Guardian Resources

This section contains up-to-date resources for the Guardian class, including guides, builds, videos, and other content.

General Guardian Guides

LOTRO Basics 7 Guardian Class Tips (2020-07-03) - gives 7 tips to help your improve your Guardian experience and get started with the class!

Guardian/Tanking Guide for Update 25 and Level 130 Gearing by Olebenny on the LOTRO Forums (2020-04-29) - Covers an in depth look at tanking with the Guardian in U25 and an introductory section for learning to tank in LOTRO. (Note: gearing section is now outdated, as of November 2020, U28).

Guardian Guide for Update 22 (Google Doc) by Zonflux Gaming (with Zipfile and Fermongu; early-mid 2018) - While mostly outdated (as of November 2020, U28), it still has relevant Guardian advice and building information.

LotroHQ Endgame Guardian Builds - these guides contain rundowns on endgame progression content as a Guardian (last checked: December 2020).

Guardian Builds

50 Trait Point Starter Builds (Updated December 2020)

This build focuses on being a defensive tank with traits. After finishing the blue line it dips into yellow for extra sturdiness and debuffs.

Red - https://i.imgur.com/8TMmC5k.png
(80 Trait Points) This build focuses on leveling as a DPS and is recommended for landscape solo gameplay. You may also fill in the DPS role in some group content, however, most Guardians are assumed to tank.

Yellow - https://i.imgur.com/ScCLUEU.jpg
This build focuses on being an offensive tank and dips into the red line after finishing out yellow for extra damage. The build also works well for leveling and solo gameplay.

Guardian Videos

Red Line Guardian Trait Build Guide - Leveling/DPS by Louey7 (2019-02-22) - This guide takes an in depth look at the red line for Guardians, including a detailed leveling build and gameplay section. The guide emphasizes leveling and the DPS role.

Other Guardian Resources

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