Archive for The Watcher

On your marks…get set…RoI!

Posted in Deeds, Diary, Instances, lotro with tags , , , on September 26, 2011 by Corleth

Well. Here we are. All waiting for the Turbine servers to come back up. When they do, Rise of Isenguard should be live…

In the last week I’ve managed to get my burglar up to level 50, and through the majority of Forochel. He’s picked up three of the four pre-Moria legendary traits, en route, and is now sat in Dolven View. However, he’ll now be parked for a few months while I explore the three new regions that RoI is introducing, with my more advanced toons. My guardian first, and then probably my lore-master. Having said that, the class changes to the minstrel are such that I’ll be sorely tempted to run my mini for a while, just to get a feel for the what is, in many ways, almost a new class. Fun and games!

In almost the last act of the pre-Isenguard game, I attended a kin ‘Watcher’ run on Saturday night, on my guardian. It went very smoothly too, and I even picked up (at long last) a Moria armour set helm. It’ll never get worn in anger now, but at least I can say ‘I have it’. Saturday’s run was also my first time downing the big squid on my guard, so another deed  was ticked off – one of many in the last few weeks.

Anyhow, LoTRO client patching pains await, I’m sure, but I hope to see you all on the road to Isenguard, over the coming days and weeks. Have fun!

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Ost Dunhoth Ahoy

Posted in Deeds, Diary, Instances with tags , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2011 by Corleth

I’ve been busy enough in game, over the last week or so. I’ve completed Stoneheight (tier 2) on my minstrel and on my guardian, completed The Lost Temple (tier 1) on my guardian, and had a bash at the disease wing in Ost Dunhoth (tier 2) on my loremaster. When I say ‘a bash’, I obviously mean that we didn’t get it done. The mechanics of the boss fight (Baleleaf and Dourbark) took a while for our very inexperienced group to get to grips with; we then had a couple of very close attempts before the lateness of the hour caused us to throw the towel in. That said, we’ve already pencilled in another attempt for alter this week.

My kin also had their first post-radiance attempt at the Watcher last week – I took my minstrel for her first vsit to the Vile Maw, and we succeeded after a couple of unlucky wipes. I’m still chasing the helm and shoulders from ‘The Watcher’ armour set, but needless to say, was unlucky with my rolls again on this occasion. As an aside, I’m a firm convert to the ‘No Radiance’ world – all sorts of folks who couldn’t be bothered to grind for radiance gear, are now coming raiding, and enjoying it. It’s all very refreshing, to be honest.

A warden in our kin needed to get his class quest done in Dark Delvings last week too, so I took my guardian along for the trip. We got the warden quest done without much issue, but struggled with Gurvand. I lost count of how many times I got punted off the cliffs to my doom – if only the LoTRO Store sold parachutes ;). Anyhow, in the end we did actually manage to kill Gurvand, in challenge mode too; in the process I completed my last outstanding deeds in DD (on my guardian) and thus picked up the ‘Triumph within the Forsaken Deeps’ deed. I have now completed all deeds in two (Forges & DD) out of the six Moria instances .

Elsewhere, I’ve just about finished Enedwaith on a third toon – my guardian. When I say ‘finished’, I mean hit Kindred with the Algraig and with the Grey Company; plus completed all the quests and epics up to the end of volume 3 book 3. Phew. I’m not sure I’ll do it for a fourth time – I think I’ll be restricting my RK to the Volume 3 epic quest line only.

Goodnight Watcher

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by Corleth

There are, at the time of writing, three radiance-gated 12-man raids in LoTRO:

  1. The Vile Maw (the Watcher)
  2. Dar Narbugud (final boss is The Mistress of Pestilence)
  3. Barad Guldur (final boss is The Lieutenant of Dol Guldur).

I have now completed both 1 and 2. To find out the latest, read on…

Monday evening was a good evening. My kin have been trying to bring down The Watcher – on and off – for the past few months. We’re a casual raiding bunch, and I’d say we’re tried about twenty odd runs covering five or six different events. Anyhow, on Monday we did it – killed ‘The Watcher’. I started off on my guardian, but due to some necessary tweaking, ended up on my lore-master for the successful run.

For the majority of us, it was our first time bringing the Watcher down. My major ambitions coming into this year were (1) kill the Watcher, and (2) kill the Lieutenant. To manage one of them this early in the year is a real bonus! Oh yes, and to cap the night, we followed the Vile Maw with a trip to the turtle – which we completed without a hitch. So two raids completed in one night. I went to bed happy.

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!

A Glass Flask of my own

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2010 by Corleth

I fulfilled a long-standing ambition last Thursday night, when I finally went on a Watcher raid. Not only that, but I even ended up main tanking the Watcher himself. I went in with my kin and, in fairness, having lost a good few of our more experienced raiders recently, we were a fairly raw group. We ran the instance a total of six times…and failed six times.

For the first two runs, we had only rune-keepers for healing, and I was using my guard for off-tanking. It didn’t work out. The third and fourth runs saw me main tanking, and we wiped on both occasions because I got thoroughly disoriented with all the tentacles flying about, and failed to pick up the watcher quickly enough in the final stage of the fight.

The fourth and firth runs went much the better, I got my tanking positioning right, and we had the big squid down to 100k before power issues (I think) caused us to wipe.

We’re heading back into the ‘Maw for another crack off it, next week – I have high hopes of being victorious… 

On Friday night I latched onto to a PUG running Sammath Gul, bringing along my loremaster. I had spent most of last week working on the volume 2 epilogue quests, and by Friday only had the ‘kill Gorothul’ and complete ‘Sword Hall, Warg Pens, or Dungeons’ quests left. Now, Gorothul is a hard enough chap to bring down even with a good balanced kin group (in my opinion, anyway) so I didn’t really expect to succeed with a PUG. Sure enough, we wiped twice on Gorothul, but amazingly enough, we killed him on our third attempt – and in hard-mode too. To cap off my evening, the Glass Flask dropped on Demafaer, and I won the roll – I went to bed smiling!

Sammath Gul - 2nd boss

Sammath Gul - 2nd boss

I also hit Kindred reputation with the Malledhrim on my lore-master over the weekend, and am now very close to completing all the non-repeatable quests in Mirkwood. My intention is to run Sword Hall just once* in order to complete the epilogue quest series, and then start on volume 3 book 1.

* – If I have to grind, I’d rather grind Virtues (I’m currently working on Empathy rank 10, by killing wargs in Mirkwood, for my guardian), and legendary item runes (got my first tier 8 rune over the weekend) – both of which will be in the game until the day they switch off the servers. Seeing as how radiance is going to be a thing of the past in the not-so-distant future, I’m really not going to kill myself grinding radiance anymore. Gone is my will to run sword hall twenty odd times in order to obtain the three 25 radiance Mirkwood armour pieces. If I happen to feel like running SG, or a kinnie wants me to help them in SH, on the odd occasion – that’s fine.

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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