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 most up-to-date information as possible.

This page was last updated during Update 27.2, in October 2020.

Guardian Summary

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

Specs & Roles

  • Blue "The Defender of the Free" - Sturdy Tank
  • Red "The Keen Blade" - Melee DPS
  • Yellow "The Fighter of Shadow" - Tank


  • Dwarf
  • Hobbit
  • Man
  • Elf
  • High Elf

Guardian Resources

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


7 Guardian Class Tips - original LOTRO Basics guide by Louey7/me (written in July 2020). This guide gives you some quick tips to help 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, links to Google Doc (2020/04/29). This guide covers an in depth look at tanking with the Guardian in U25 and gearing for level 130. It also covers an introductory section for learning to tank in LOTRO.

Guardian Guide for Update 22 - by ZonfluxGaming (with Zipfile and Fermongu), as a Google Doc (early-mid 2018). This guide covers an in depth look at the guardian class with many builds and Guardian advice.


50 Trait Point Starter Builds

Red - https://i.imgur.com/1MV70nc.jpg
This build focuses on leveling as a DPS. You may also fill the DPS role in group content with those, however most Guardians are assumed to tank.

Blue https://i.imgur.com/I3tKvRg.jpg
This build focuses on tanking with heavy defenses and slight flexibility in the yellow line for extra sturdiness with debuffs.

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

Video Guides

LOTRO Basics Videos

Red Line Trait Build – Leveling/DPS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elxksuMAZSU
This guide covers an in depth look at building the red line for Guardian, focusing on leveling and DPS.

Other Guardian Resources

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