Ramping Up for Riders of Rohan
September is going to be a big month for
the Lord of the Rings Online. The forthcoming Riders
of Rohan expansion promises to change the landscape in some
pretty big ways - a massive new area, ten more character levels and a big,
flashy new game mechanic. With less than a month until launch, now is the
time to start preparing for the journey to the Eastemnet, so you can hit the
ground running when the expansion goes live on September 5.
First up is the obvious stuff for level-capped characters who will be
rushing into Rohan right away:
- Stock up on supplies - top tier morale and power
potions, curatives, food and class consumables.
- Clean up the quest log - finish up any quests you
have outstanding to make room for the new Rohan quests.
- Finish those gear sets - the new gear coming out with
Riders of Rohan will eventually replace the stuff you can get now, but
you will want to hit the ground running when the expansion goes live. Go
ahead and finish up your gear sets now while they're still current, and
you will start Rohan with an advantage.
This is the standard for any expansion, all common-sense stuff for
level-capped characters. Low- and mid-level characters won't be heading into
Rohan right away, but there are still some things they can do alongside
their high-level pals to prepare for the expansion:
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- Farm crafting mats - collect up whatever you can and
bank them so you can play the auction house market around launch. Demand
for any tier of crafting mats may spike if there are new recipes to
make, and top-tier stuff will sell well to people who failed to prepare.
- Make stuff to sell - crank out tons of Tier 7 class
consumables and potions. This might be difficult or costly for low-level
characters who are unable to acquire the mats without buying them off
the auction house, but some smart shopping now might make for a big
payoff on the investment after launch.
- Grind deeds - build up your virtues and earn loads of
Turbine Points. Run through the starting areas - Ered Luin, the Shire,
Bree-land and the Lone-lands - and rip through all the slayer,
exploration and lore deeds you haven't finished there yet. Alternately,
you can roll a "disposable" alt and do those same deeds over and over
with friends to earn around 50 TP per hour. We wrote a guide to quick
deeds shortly before the Rise of Isengard expansion launched, which you
can read Here.
Now for the less-obvious stuff. Riders of Rohan comes with some unique new
stuff that will require some specialized preparation. The new mounted combat
system presents some interesting new challenges, and it will be the
centerpiece of the expansion. Anything you can do now to prepare for this will
go a long way.
If you bought the Legendary Edition pre-order package, you'll want to
complete those deeds for the Rohirrim steed at Hengstacer Farm. Do the
dailies, complete all the horse-play sessions, and you will unlock a new
mounted-combat skill for your warsteed that is not available to anyone else -
a daily-use healing skill for your mount.
The warsteed is a customizable companion creature with a lot of unlockable
cosmetic options. There are several different items you can customize on your
warsteed - coat color, leg wraps, head cover, saddle blanket, etc. Some of
these cosmetics can be earned through questing or by other means, but you can
unlock some special ones by buying one of the premium store-exclusive mounts.
If you've purchased a Steed of Night, for example, or one of the class mounts,
those cosmetics will be available to your warsteed once you get it. Premium
mounts generally cost 1995 Turbine Points, so you may need to do a bit of
As we saw in our play-session
with Aaron Campbell, warsteeds will have a slot for a legendary bridle,
which will be upgradeable the same as any other legendary item. That means it
will need relics and other upgrades. Grab up a few scrap legendary items to
level up a bit and deconstruct into relics and shards. You can also buy the
sealed relics with Marks from skirmishes, or with gold on the auction house.
And don't forget those crafted relics - make a few so you have them when and
if you need them.
This is something you will want to be doing anyway. A 10-level cap increase
means new tiers of legendary weapons. These new items will make your current
maxed-out First Age Sword of Awesomeness obsolete, so you'll need to start
saving up for something new to replace it. Round up as many disposable trash
LIs as you can carry, level them up and deconstruct them for relics. Save up
your skirmish, instance and raid currency for more Scrolls of Greater
Empowerment, bank up some TP to buy more upgrades and legacy scrolls.
Rohan comes with a new crafting tier to match the ten-level cap increase.
Whether or not you have topped off your reputation with your crafting guild,
start cranking out rep items. If you are still working on building that rep,
hold off for now and bank those items. The new tier will come with new
high-value rep items at the new tier which will give you a big rep boost fast.
If you've already capped your guild rep, bank the items anyway and turn them
in after the expansion launches for an instant massive reputation boost.
These preparations will get you off to a galloping start when Riders of Rohan
goes live. Got any tips you would like to share? Let us know in our comments!
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