Archive for Radiance

The Death of The Lieutenant

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by Corleth

It took us three attempts, but we killed the Lieutenant (on easy-mode), on the very first evening that we attempted him. That said, we were lead by a kinnie who is also has toons in a hard-core raiding kin, and so someone who knew the fight intimately, and was therefore able to guide us very efficiently in the nuances of the fight.

Still, it’s a great feeling to actually finish the Barad-Guldur raid, albeit without attempting challenge mode on any of the bosses. We now aim to repeat the trick a few times. Due to the average radiance in our raiding group being around the 130/140 mark, there is little or no chance that we’ll attempt the ‘LT’ in challenge mode before radiance is removed from the game next month – but after that, we might just give it a go!!

Elsewhere in the game this week, I’ve been trying to finish up Mirkwood on my rune-keeper. Last night my reputation with the Malledhrim hit ally, as I finished up questing around the Gathburz hub. This is my fourth toon to pass though Mirkwood, and maybe my last – I’m about to try out the new MMORPG – ‘Rift’. I won’t be giving LoTRO up under any circumstances, but my alto-holism may have to be curtailed…


Christmas Activities

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2010 by Corleth

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, and the Christmas break has seen me busy, in-game.

My rune-keeper is now finally at level cap. Thanks to some time off work before Christmas, I brought her all the way through Lothlorien, hitting ‘kindred’ with the Galadhrim on the way, and also completing volume 2 book 8 of the epic quest line; I then brought her through the Mirkwood starter area, and I’m now questing in Mirkwood proper, while also working on finishing up volume 2.

I have to say, at this stage, that I find the RK a hard class to play at level cap. The lack of a reliable mezz makes for very hard multi-mob pulls, and I find I die much more regularly than with any of my other level 65 toons…that said, my equipment still isn’t as good as I’d like it, as I haven’t ground out an end-game set for her – I’ll probably start looking at grinding the Helegrod set once I have the majority of Mirkwood out the way – but with the end of radiance now on the horizon, I’m less inclined to put in the time…that said, the Helegrod sets, even without considering radiance, look to be a good bet when compared to any of the other end-game armour sets.

Elsewhere, I finally got my lore-master enough radiance to join a couple of my kin’s raids into Barad Guldur. For the uninitiated, this 12-man raid in Mirkwood, currently requires a minimum of 115 radiance for a toon to be effective, so I used some ‘Superior Third Marks’ and picked up the Helegrod 25-radiance ‘Beast-Master’ head piece for my LM, bringing her total radiance up to 120. Two runs through ‘The Gauntlet’ later, and I can honestly say “What damn good fun!”. That said, we’ve so far failed to bring down Durchest, but the last attempt was oh-so-close….one of our minstrels managed to acquire aggro near the end of the fight, and Durchest then proceeded to wipe us…grrrrr!

I’ve had a bit of an epiphany, in fact. I’m now a raider. When I say that, I mean that the part of LoTRO that I enjoy the most is raiding. In game, I’m now at my happiest (most of the time) with my headset on, running group content with kinnies. That’s some change, as I always used to be an alto-holic – more interested in levelling than grouping. Is this a change for the better? Only time will tell, I guess…

So, what else have I been up to? Well, running my toons through Enedwaith, mostly. I’ve yet to hit kindred with either of the Enedwaith factions (the Grey Company and the Algraig) – but I’m not far off. I particularly want the shield/pocket item combo for my guardian – but that will be another week or two coming. And after that….? I might just try to grind out a couple of Helegrod armour sets…

More Ups and Downs

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by Corleth

First the ups. My level 35 burglar finally reached ‘Supreme Master’ farmer last Saturday – it’s been a long time coming! I’ve been busy both farming and then cooking over the last week, as my level of raiding has dramatically increased. I’ve actually spent three nights raiding out of the last six.

It started last Thursday when I took my LM into Dar Narbugud for the first time. We got past the troll bosses, and hence the furthest I’d been with any of my toons, and then on past all of the orc bosses, stopping just before ‘the Blind One’. We went back again on Saturday night, brought down the Blind One at the second attempt, and then…I had to leave the raid due to a real life call. My kinnies found a replacement, but couldn’t bring down ‘the Mistress of Pestilence’ – I’m not sure whether my presence would have helped or not – probably not! Anyhow, we’ll be heading back for another attempt this coming Thursday…

And the downs? Yesterday we had another bash at ‘the Watcher’ too – but despite always getting to stage three of the fight, we never looked like bringing Mr Squid down – we (the kin) clearly have a lot of learing to do. I also got dragged into the final boss (Demafaer) in Sammath Gul on Sunday night – and we wiped four times. How come I’ve never wiped on this guy before? I mean, I even picked up my Glass Flask off him last week, and now we can’t even get close to killing him?!? weird – and more than a little frustrating.

Elsewhere, I got the Sword Hall run that I needed out-of-the-way on Wednesday last week, so my LM now has 65 radiance. I’ve decided that I’ll need another 25 radiance armour piece, for sure, as I was burning hope tokens to beat the band in DN. I’m going to try ‘Warg Pens’ tomorrow night, mainly for the quests, but the Dol Guldur medallions will hopefully see me some way to that second Mirkwood armour piece.

Finally, I got my 10 Empathy on my guard – by murdering an awful lot of wargs in Mirkwood. Happy Days!

Oh yes – and still no sign of the EU Free-2-Play. Do I care? Not in the slightest!

You’re so Radiant!

Posted in Instance Guides, lotro, Radiance with tags , , , , on February 7, 2010 by Corleth

A kinnie of mine asked me in the week, ‘How much radiance do I need to join a Watcher raid?’ This took me a little by surprise.

Now, I’m definitely a ‘Casual’ gamer – my gaming time is generally between 10 and 15 hours a week and I like to ‘play’ with whatever time I have, so whenever I’m online, unless I’m looking for something specific, I stay well away from the forums.

All that said, I was still surprised that someone who plays pretty much every day, and has a well traited, well put together level 65 main, would not have some basic knowledge about how much radiance is required for ‘the Watcher’ and, indeed, how much is required for the other radiance-gated raids out there. It occurs to me that this sort of knowledge is presumed, and often left unsaid by the majority of folks ‘in the know’. I mean, my general presumption is that everybody who goes after radiance armour knows about the radiance-gated raids in the game, and how much radiance is required to partake in them; but after asking around, I find that many don’t…

Anyhow, I’ve listed the LOTRO radiance gated raids below (there you go, Gub!), together with their approximate location. Go in and take a peek, if you like!

Name Size Ideal (Minimum)  Radiance Location
The Watcher 12 man 60 (50) Vile Maw, Waterworks, Moria
Dar Narbugud 12 man 90 (70) Foundations of Stone, Moria
Barad Guldur 12 man 120 (120) Dol Guldur, Mirkwood

In case anyone reading this doesn’t know, ‘radiance’ is a stat on armour pieces that are currently acquired through 3 and 6-man instances in Moria & Mirkwood. The following is a basic guide to what ‘radiance armour’ is available, and from where:

Tier One Radiance armour pieces

Anyone of level 58 and over can start collecting Moria Medallions. These can be acquired from any of the following 6-man Moria instances (Grand Stairs, Forges, Skumfil, 16th Hall, Dark Delving, and Fil Gashen).

Since the advent of Siege of Mirkwood (SoM), most people seem to be just picking the easiest of these instances, Grand Stairs (GS), and farming it. A daily hard-mode (HM) run though GS will net 7 Moria Medallions (any further GS runs on a given day will net a given toon only 4 medallions). Once you have ten or more Moria Medallions, you can pop to your class trainer in the 21st Hall, and start exchanging them for one of six class-specific armour pieces with 10-radiance.

It’s worth noting that the 10-radiance boots, gloves, chest piece and leggings (i.e. four pieces) form part of a six-piece ‘set’. The other two radiance pieces of the set are ‘tier three’ (20-radiance) pieces that can only be acquired from ‘The Watcher’ raid (see ‘tier three’, below).

The 10 radiance helm and shoulder guards are stand alone pieces, and are the least desirable of all the 10-radiance LOTRO radiance pieces, in my opinion.

Tier Two Radiance armour pieces

The tier two radiance pieces consist of three pieces of 15-radiance armour (chest piece, gloves, and leggings), and can be worn by level 59s upwards. These can be acquired by collecting Lothlorien Medallions, and bartering them at your class trainer in 21st Hall, or at your class trainer in Caras Galadhon. As of SoM, these pieces can also be acquired by collecting Dol Guldur Medallions and bartering them at your class trainer in Emyn Lum, Mirkwood.

The ‘tier two’ 15-radiance pieces, apart from the radiance stat, are way worse than the tier one 10 radiance pieces, and constitute by far the worse radiance gear in the game. That said, they’re easy to get hold of, and if you want to get enough radiance to run Barad Guldur, without getting tier three or tier four pieces, they’ll help!

Lothlorien Medallions are found within the following instance in Moria:

– Halls of Crafting (6–man, Flaming Deeps)

– Hall of Mirrors (3-man, Zirakzigil)

– Water Wheels (3-man, Waterworks)

Tier Three Radiance armour pieces

If you have 50-radiance, are level 58 or above, and you can find 11 buddies (or less if you’re daring), head for the Watcher. Bringing him down will give you the chance of rolling on one or two Platinum Coins, which can then be whisked off to your class trainer in the 21st Hall to be exchanged for either a 20-radiance helm, or 20-radiance shoulders.

Tier Four Radiance armour pieces

If you already have 70 or more radiance, and are level 60 or above, you can chase the tier four pieces. These all have 20-radiance, and can be obtained by bartering coin drops from the Dar Narbugud raid, at class trainers in Caras Galadhon in Lothlorien. I’ve never set foot in Dar Narbugud, so I’ll say no more.

Tier five Radiance armour pieces

There are 3 tier five pieces (boots, helm, and shoulder guards) that can be put together with the 3 tier two pieces (see above) to form a full set (at least visually – there is no ‘full-set’ bonus). If your maths is up-to-scratch, you’ll realise that the 3 tier five pieces, together with the 3 tier two pieces, will give you enough radiance (120 in total) to run Barad Guldur…(Coincidence? I think not…)

Tier five pieces (for level 65s) are can be bartered from your class trainer in Emyn Lum, using Medallions of Dol Guldur. These are found in the following Mirkwood instances:

– Sword Hall (3-man, Dol Guldur)

– Warg Pens (3-man, Dol Guldur)

– Dungeons of Dol Guldur (3-man, Dol Guldur)

– Sammath Gul (6-man, Dol Guldur)

Tier 6 Radiance armour pieces

Currently top of the tree, is the 6-piece set of 30-radiance gear that can be acquired from coin drops in the 12-man Barad Guldur (BG) instance. Of course, you need 120-radiance to be able to attempt BG. Anyone managing to get all six will then have a whopping 180-radiance, and a very nice armour set (stat wise) to boot, by the looks!

There we have it. When I started writing this, I had no intention of writing a radiance gear guide. All of the above information is available elsewhere, so I’ve really just written this version for those that find it, and might consider it informative. Of course, please let me know if you notice any mistakes!

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