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Posted: Aug 12th 2011 5:13PM Space Cobra said

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"Is it too late to get your act in gear and get up there before it's too late? Of course it is."

Wait?! What!?! If it is too late, why write a whole article about it! ;D

(I am thinking you forgot the "n't" part after "is", hm? :P

Posted: Aug 12th 2011 5:50PM (Unverified) said

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Is it too late to edit it? No it is... n't!

Posted: Aug 12th 2011 5:55PM godot9 said

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Instances are decent also from 20+ if you can get them. The GB ones will eventually get you the GB armor set which can almost carry you until 40. At that point, if you are in Evendim, you can use the coins earned from questing to get the Wardens of Annuminas faction armor for an upgrade.

Sadly, with power leveling or grinding like this, your tradeskills will be sorely neglected. AH stuff for cash for gear or bank your chosen tradeskill stuff for later.

Posted: Aug 12th 2011 6:13PM wfseg said

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I don't have Evendim or Angmar >.>, so for 30-44 where I am right now, still doing Trollshaws. Good thing that MM is on sale for 50% off this weekend, so I got it. Going to do that for the next 10ish levels before going to eregion I guess.

Posted: Aug 12th 2011 6:45PM Lenn said

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@wfseg Go to Eregion as soon as you can when you hit level 50. You can start your Moria entrance quest chain (assuming you have MoM) to get your first legendary weapon.
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Posted: Aug 12th 2011 8:04PM OutThere said

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@wfseg

This will work fine. There's a quest line out of Echad Candelleth that will give you some good armor and other goodies. Misty Mountains is time consuming because of the long rides to quest objectives and back again, so head to Eregion ASAP, 50 at the latest. 48 would be ideal, depending on your class.
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Posted: Aug 12th 2011 6:36PM Nandini said

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I find it hard to believe that anyone would WANT to powerlevel through LOTRO in the first place.

I'd recommend that players instead take their time and enjoy the journey. Isengard will still be there waiting for you when you get to it. Chances are by then, its worst bugs will be fixed and it will be on sale, too!

Posted: Aug 12th 2011 8:05PM OutThere said

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@Nandini

Agree. LOTRO is a game to be savored.
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Posted: Aug 13th 2011 3:53AM Celtar said

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@Nandini

I'm going to have to agree with Nandini on this one. :)
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Posted: Aug 12th 2011 6:43PM Lenn said

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Don't splurge on gear! Get a few gathering professions (explorer is good) and ask if anyone would be willing to make you some gear using the materials you gathered.

Or better yet: make it all yourself. Best bet is to make your own armour (since buying one piece for each slot every 6 or so levels will cost you a lot) and just splurge on weapons.

Posted: Aug 12th 2011 7:04PM Joshua Przygocki said

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I could NOT get past level 29. I repeatedly went back to the game, but I just couldn't quest any farther. My minstrel couldn't shout her way out of a tin can...

Posted: Aug 12th 2011 7:25PM (Unverified) said

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Totally agree about not rushing the ride to 65, but thankfully, having only starting to play 2 months ago, I have a 65 ready to roll via the SO VERY REFRESHING "epic questline, then skirmishing to fill level gaps between steps in the epic questline" formula, breaking it only to max rivendell rep (gotta have my first elf horse) and grind out legendary trait drops. I can't express how much I love a game where the solo road to the level cap doesn't involve being every nobody farmer's errand boy 24/7. Just finished Vol 3 last night, and looking forward to Isengard!

Posted: Aug 12th 2011 7:56PM OutThere said

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Excellent advice! Having leveled 8 characters to 65, here's a few additional tips I would suggest:

During your stay in Angmar, do the quests in Aughaire and get the Fem armor set. This is a good set and will carry you through to Moria.

Do the quest for your Legendaries in Eregion as soon as it is available, 47 or 48, I think.

Also, I would skip most of Moria. Stay in Eregion and do quests and grind traits. It is trait rich. This will allow you to finish up any skill deeds you don't have yet as well as fill your pockets with gold. As the author noted, without skill deeds you will not be doing content as fast you could; rather, the content will be doing you!

Go into Moria as a last resort and do the first bunch of quests, which offers some nice armor, and then at level 56 or 57 (depending on how rugged your class is), head to Lothlorien and start doing the Loth dailies. (You can shout out for a Captain to summon you to Loth, or you can just run for it.) Get Rep to get into Loth by 58 or so and then do the rep quests to get into Caras Galadhon. Do the 12 or 15 quests there, which should get you to about 59 or so, depending on what level you got into CG. You'll also get gold leaves, for these quests, which if you do them all, gives you 15. You'll need 20 for the high-health, white Lothlorien rep horse (assuming you haven't stopped to get one up to this point), but you can grind the last 5 leaves by doing the crafting instances in Moria. (There are 3 of them and they give good XP as well and can be done daily. You exchange 6 tokens with the nearby elf for a gold leaf.) However you come by it, you will need a high health rep horse (250 health) in Mirkwood and in Enedwaith, or you will be constantly unhorsed.

Mirkwood is dangerous and full of elites and some of the quests are time consuming, but they'll get to up there right enough. You don't need to go to Enedwaith to hit level 65 (as Mirkwood was the level cap 65 when it came out), but it is a more fun questing experience.

It used to be that 35 to 42 was a slow, painful slog. But the redo of Evendim is pretty spectacular and will get you through the late 30s handily now.

As to gear, always get the best weapon you can afford. This will make a tremendous difference. Don't spend money repairing gear in your early levels, it is a waste of money. If you can't afford the AH and feel your gear is sub-par, do the epic quest line. The gear rewards, on level, are good enough. Early on, drops and quest rewards for jewelry are terrible. So, if you can afford it, get some good crit jewelry around level 18, this will carry you through to Aughaire, where the quest line there gives you some good pieces.

In any event, I agree completely with the author, with just about 6 weeks to go to RoI, you can start a character today and get to level 65 with no difficulty.

Posted: Aug 13th 2011 1:08AM ScottishViking said

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@OutThere

You can get your first LI at 45 actually. Some of the side quests (the orc cave) pre-Watcher fight are pretty brutal at 45, but I managed them OK with a Guard.
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Posted: Aug 12th 2011 11:55PM Nerves said

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I disagree about moria. I find it fun and a little challenging - if you're a burg it's super fast to level, as you can bypass all the mobs between you and your target. Eregion 49-51/52 and moria to 57 or so. Plus, you need to complete the moria epics to get one of your legendary skills, another is tied to iron garrison guards rep and the last is tied to one of the 6-man instances.

Another thing - don't bother with top armor, but always always have the best available weapon.

Posted: Aug 13th 2011 1:09AM scrubmonkey said

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One thing worth noting is that the penalty for doing quests that are below your level (teal or green text as you accept them) is extremely small, and the bonus for doing quests above your level (orange or purple text) is also trivial. This means that there is a huge advantage in leveling with under-leveled quests instead of completing each zone. It doesn't matter as much from levels 1-40 (especially since lone lands and Evendim have been recently revamped and make for fast, efficient leveling), but it makes a big difference from 40 onward.

What I do from 39 onward:
39: Get legendary book quests ASAP!!!
40-41: Early Angmar
41-42: Early Forochel
42-44: Early-mid Misty mountains.
44-45: Early Eregion, start the Moria prologue (even though it's over level) to get my first legendary items.
45-onward mid Angmar, mid Forochel, ect.... with a heavy emphasis on the humanoid areas for my book quests (I rarely have to grind out pages this way).



Not only is this faster leveling overall (because you're flying through easy quests/mobs), but you also tag most of the swift travel points, which is a huge boon when you start deeding, ect. It's also the more interesting route, since you get to see more of Middle Earth instead of going to the same spot 3-4 times (which is what most quest chains tend to make you do).

This same technique can be used throughout Moria, and with Lothlorien-Mirkwood-Edenwaith as well.

Posted: Aug 13th 2011 10:31AM Knuxson said

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Nice article, although as a brand spankin' new player in Lotro I wasn't totally familiar with all the terms in the article. For instance, I know what deeds and traits are but I have no idea how to get legendary traits. I also don't know where to train riding or what is meant by volume 1 and 2. I am not complaining because the article was obviously meant for someone who has been playing for a bit and just wants to level quickly. As a new player I will be taking my time. I rolled a female elf warden because my original male man warden's screaming sounded kind of annoying to me :P.

Posted: Aug 13th 2011 10:49AM Lenn said

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@Knuxson Legendary traits are class-specific traits you'll start to work on when you get to your late 30s/early 40s. Check your class trainer. He/she should have some books. Buying those books and reading them will open up a deed in your deed log. They require you to collect missing pages from those books, which drop from humanoid mobs in 4 of the high level pre-Moria zones (as well as Moria proper). There'll be a few more legendary traits later on, but the ones I just mentioned are the easy ones to get.

The riding skill can be obtained at the Hengstacer farm in Northern Bree-land (check your map). You need to be level 20 for that. Alternatively, you can buy the skill from the LotRO store (it's less than 100 points, I think).

Volumes refer to the epic books; the major quest line your character will go through.
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Posted: Aug 13th 2011 2:38PM Delvie said

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If you do 1 or 2 skirmishes every day (once you hit level 20) and only upgrade your soldier when your level surpasses theirs you should have enough skirmish marks to help out with the level 50 class quests you get at level 45. The ROI XP pocket item works wonderfully with skirmishes as the mobs in skirmishes are all even con. It's also a good way to work on some class deeds.

Slayer deed accelerators - I never use these on lower level deeds - they are fantastic at higher levels. Some mobs are just mind numbing - like Crawlers in TS so any boost can help you survive them - never do slayer deeds back to back - you'll go insane. If you do slayer deeds while the critters still have color to them mix it up with class deeds.

You don't need to do everything or go to every area - there is now enough to do that your journey on one character can almost be entirely different than another characters.

When you first get to Moria - if you can't navigate around Dolven View don't despair - get someone to help you get to 21st hall. Some folks find it easier to navigate from 21st hall instead of all the stairs and tunnels around Dolven View. There again others of my kin make a point of levelling outside of Moria until they can skip over it and go straight to Loth. Me I hate Loth, the trees close in around me. Just trying to point out that there are options and that parts of Moria can be confusing, it doesn't mean the rest of Moria is like that.

If you are a leather or cloth wearer find a tailor who will trade armor for hides - you will collect a ton of these along the way. Instead of taking up a craft yourself choose Explorer and mine as you travel, especially jewelry nodes like Silver, Gold, Platinum - you can make more money selling the ore than selling the jewelry.

At 45 go get your first legendary. If you time it right you can also work on your level 50 class quest at same time (while getting the initial 10 levels on your LI).

All that said I still don't have a character at 65. Mainly cause when the max was 60 I got to it and hated not having my bar move, absolutely hated it so I make sure to keep some levels in reserve:)

Posted: Aug 13th 2011 4:04PM ddavidt said

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I expect Isengard is going to be pretty crowded at first.

21st Hall will probably become a ghost town.

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