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LM Re-trait and Relic Farming

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2010 by Corleth

With ‘Free to Play’ only a few days away here on the EU servers (it’s happening tomorrow on the US servers), I’ve been busy trying to get my LM through the last chapters of volume two, and the first chapter of volume three. So far it’s going smoothly, and in the process I’ve been working through the Mirkwood quest hubs; she’s now working on the quests out of Gathburz, plus approaching kindred rep with the Malledhrim, to boot.

I have to say that I’ve been really impressed with the DPS that I can now dish out with an LM, since equipping my long-overdue ‘Sword and Shield’ legendary trait (see my last post). Also, after listening to CSTM’s Lore master round-table, I decided that my class traits needed serous re-visitation too, so I’m now running with the following when grouping (and it seems to be pretty effective for soloing too – when I can’t be bothered to re-trait):

Dúnadan-learning
Beast-Lore
Proof against all ills
Power & Wisdom
Explosive Force
Fast Loader
Staff Strike

So, having moved away somewhat from the ‘Keeper of Animals’ trait line, I’m now using my Eagle pet almost exclusively, due to the additional flanks it seems to produce over and above my much loved Bog-Lurker (but I do miss those ranged attacks still!). My LM survivability has definitely increased too with this set-up – helped, of course, by the heals from the additional flanks that I seem to be getting.

Elsewhere, last weekend, I came across an interesting article on Doc Holiday’s blog detailing what he thinks is the best method of farming relics. Now, I have to say I’ve never been too bothered about relics – I’ve just slotted whatever I had handy, on each of my toons.

Hey, don’t get me wrong, I’ve always adopted what I thought was a pretty reasonable method of relic acquisition – levelling legendary items (LIs) to level 11, and then deconstructing them, and always having at least two or three LIs on the go at any one time. That said, I’ve never managed to acquire more than three level 7 relics on any single one of my toons, so I thought it was about time to try acquiring some level 8 and 9 relics….

The Doc Holiday method basically revolves around combing large numbers of level 1 relics, acquired via the deconstruction of tier 1 runics (‘Fused Bronze Relics’ acquired from skirmish reward vendors). So, if we say that a typical solo skirmish will net around 300 skirmish marks, and each tier 1 runic costs 23 skirmish marks to buy, and each tier 1 runic will typically net around eight level 1 relics, then a typical 30-minute skirmish will net approximately 100 tier 1 relics! When you combine these 100, you are guaranteed at least some crits, so from one skirmish you will typically gain a good batch of level 4 & level 5 relics, sometimes one or two level 6s, and occasionally a level 7 – all from a single solo skirmish….I like that! I’ll report on how I’m progressing towards my goal of level 8 and 9 relics, in my next post.

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Dar Narbugud ahoy!

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2010 by Corleth

Heck! It’s been over a month since my last post. Slap wrists for being so tardy. In fairness, I’ve had a holiday in Portugal in the meantime, and the summer weather has been glorious (up until the last few days), so I’ve been busy with real life stuff.

So what of LOTRO…? Well, the Summer Festival has arrived, and I’ll be giving that a go over the next week or so – or that’s my intention at least. I feel like I really need to spend a bit of time making my deluxe house (Shire homesteads) look a bit more presentable, so my concentration, festival rewards wise, will be the new wall coverings and furniture items – see the fantastic guide from the folks at ‘A Casual Stroll to Mordor’.

So what have I been up to? Well, I’ve joined a new Kin, first up. I’m now a member of TWIGS, or ‘Twilight Gathering’ to give them their full name. They have a nice website here. I was just getting nothing done with my old kins (Ancient Artisans & The Hard Biscuits), so I’ve pulled all my main characters together into the TWIGS – and so far it’s paid dividends. I’ve defeated the Filikul Turtle twice, and been raiding in Dar Narbugud – all with my guard (Corleth).

My lore master is gradually making her way through Mirkwood, but I’ve also spent a good deal of time improving her virtues, and acquiring some Moria armour pieces. So far, she has 20 radiance (Moria robe and gloves), and I’m now after the 10 Radiance leggings before I move on to the Mirkwood instances (Sword Hall, basically) to acquire the 25 radiance Mirkwood armour pieces (helm, shoulders and boots). I’m still stuck on vol 2 book 6 chapter 8 which is a bugger, so I’ve still not picked up that last legendary trait that I’m after – maybe next week…! I’m making progress through volume 2, book 8 though – I’m now waiting to get 2.8.4 done in Naladum.

I’ve also been pretty busy with my Rune Keeper with whom I’ve now cleared all the solo quests in Eregion, and am now working on the quests around Dolven View and Deep Decent in Moria. I’m midway through level 55 and finding it refreshingly easy to kill those pesky Moria goblins – fast!

I’ve spent very little time with my Warden over the last month, but have progressed up to level 44, and am now working my way through quests in the High pass up in the Misty mountains. I’ve also turned her into a scholar, so am busy collecting mats and working through the journeyman tier…

Next Stop, Mirkwood!

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , on June 2, 2010 by Corleth

I’m all finished up with my Warden in the south-west segment of Angmar. Now at level 43 I’m now questing in the Misty Mountains, and acquiring class quests pages while I’m at it. Once I hit 44, I’ll probably head up to Forochel, but I might just work though the Misty’s, back to eastern Angmar and then straight on to Eregion.

I’ve mainly been playing my Lore-Master over the last couple of weeks, though. She’s now halfway between level 64 and 65. I’m completely done in Lorien, acquired Kindred rep with the Galladhrim, and have started the [volume 2 book 9] Mirkwood content. However, over the last few days I’ve also been working on my virtues, plus running Grand Stairs for Moria Medallions. I even have my first radiance pieces (+10 radiance boots & gloves). Book wise, I’ve completed the 2.5.5 fellowship quests, and am now at 2.6.8 – which my kin is hopefully running this week. Once that’s done, I’ll have all my legendary traits! Oh yes, and I’ve also completed the Legend of the Deeps trait, so all the swift routes are now open to me [within Moria]. All in all, loads done!

None of my other alts have had much of an airing over the last two weeks. My rune-keeper is still stuck in Eregion on level 52, and will not be moving until my Lore-Master is raid-ready….which could be a couple more weeks away yet…

Lore Master Virtues

Posted in lotro, Virtues with tags , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2010 by Corleth

With my lore-master hitting level 60 yesterday, I’m now thinking about how to gear her up for the current end-game level-cap (level 65); In particular, I’m starting to think about maxing out her equipped virtues. I have never bothered at all with my toons’ virtues until they get close to the level-cap, and I don’t seem to have any trouble completing content that isn’t end game content with whatever virtues happen to have fallen into my lap during the normal course of the game. Maybe I’m lazy, but hey, it works for me! Having said that, I firmly believe that any toon who is sat at the level-cap, should always be able to equip five virtues that are either at rank ten, or damn near to it.

So what virtues should I work on for my LM? I’ve had a good browse through the forums, and the consensus seems to be….that there is no consensus! Indeed, the spread of recommended virtues for LMs appears to be wider than that of any other class, bar none – probably due to the many and varied talents that your average LM brings to the party.

All that said, many folks seem to think that you can’t look past Justice and Valour as the first two virtues on your list, primarily for their Vitality/Morale boost. The theory goes that as a squishy lore-master, you need every bit of Morale and ICMR that you can get your hands/paws on. I agree that they’re both nice, but if I had to choose between them, I’d go for Valour.

Idealism for its Will and Fate boost, seem to be popular too; again, hard to argue against.

I also quite like the following, at least for soloing and for small groups:

  • Empathy – for Armour and Fate
  • Loyalty – for Vitality, Armour and Power
  • Honesty – for Power, Armour and Fate
  • Innocence
  • Fidelity
  • Determination

All in all, I think I’ll work on the following five to start with, and see how I get on:

  • Valour
  • Empathy
  • Loyalty
  • Honesty
  • Idealism

I’m sure I’ll need to work on others for specific end-game content, notably if I need Shadow and Fear resistances, but we’ll suck it and see!

A Fruitful Week

Posted in Deeds, Diary, lotro, Reputation with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2010 by Corleth

It’s been an interesting week. I’ve been continuing to quest in Forochel with my rune keeper, and she hit level 51 on Tuesday. She also made Ally with the Lossoth. I should mention that is the first toon that I’ve actually played though Forochel – my previous levelling in the 45ish to 50ish range has always been via the Angmar route, and I have to say that Forochel is refreshingly different – not as dark, more solo-able, and some nice rewards to boot. So, I’ve now decided to keep going in Forochel until I hit Kindred rep – I’d like that Tundra horse – and I’ll move on to Eregion after that. I’m guessing that this will mean my rune keeper will be level 53 or even 54 before she hits Moria – but that will have its own benefits…

I’m taking my time with my lore master too, who is currently still at level 59, and is running quests around the Redhorn Loads and Flaming Deeps. I’d like to complete the three Moria questing deeds before heading on out to Lorien, so I’ve a week or two’s work left in front of me (at least at the speed I do quests!). The deeds in question are:

1. Hero of the Upper Levels

  • (Gives the following swifts: To 21st Hall from 1st Hall. To 1st Hall from 21st Hall).

2. Exemplar of the Central levels

  • (Gives the following swift: To Dolvien-View from 1st Hall).

3. Legend of the Deeps

  • (Gives the following swifts: To the Shadowed Refuge from 21st Hall, and 1st Hall. To 1st Hall from The Shadowed Refuge. To 21st Hall from The Shadowed Refuge).

I also want to hit Kindred rep with the Iron Garrison Guards so that I can pick up the Nature-Friend legendary LM trait – I need about another 20k of rep to get there, so it’s within sight.

Other than that, I’ve hit kindred rep with the Melledhrim with my main (my tank, Corleth) and finished volume 1!

Greyhammers – aghhhhh!

Posted in Diary, Epic Quests, lotro with tags , , , , , , on February 13, 2010 by Corleth

It’s been a fairly quiet week on the LOTRO front. Haven’t played too much, just an hour or so a day, tipping away at bits and pieces – no raiding at all.

In the early part of the week I ran a few skirmishes with my rune keeper, and got her up to level 48 in the process. I really must head back up to Forochel now, as I want to reach at least acquaintance reputation with the Lossoth.

Last weekend I also levelled my lore-master from 54 to 56, in and around the Waterworks, and last night I headed on down to the Orc Watch (Redhorn Loads) and Anazarmekhem (Flaming Deeps), to pick up the stables there. I’ve just about cleaned out the Waterworks now, so I’ll probably now hang around in the Redhorn Loads to quest for a while, and work on book three of volume two, in the process.

With my tank (my main), I’m still working on getting up to kindred rep with the Melledhrim – I have 5600 rep to go. I also completed the torturous Greyhammers ‘Volume 2 epilogue’ quest yesterday; for anyone who hasn’t done this particular epilogue quest, I’m spoiling nothing telling you that you will be required to kill ‘one orc, goblin or uruk’ in each and every area of the LOTRO map (i.e. one in each of the Shire, Lone Lands, North Downs, Angmar, Trollshaws, Misty Mountains, and so on…). It’s a lot of running around – or was for me. I used skirmishes to accomplish the necessary for a few zones – notably for the Trollshaws (Ford of Bruinen), as I was unaware, at the time, of the single lone goblin near the last bridge. Still, the ‘Scroll of Empowerment’ that you get as a reward for this epilogue quest, is very nice – you can also pick one up from a vendor in Gathburz for a mere 75 Dol Guldur tokens(!!!!)

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