Patch day has arrived for The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO), and one of the game’s more ambitious content updates is now live with Update 6: Shores of the Great River.  The new update turns up the fight with Isengard by expanding the epic storyline, adding the ability to use skirmish soldiers in the field to aid in combat, enhances the Instance Finder feature and adds several new areas to explore along the upper Anduin.

Update 6 is free to VIP subscribers and available in the Turbine Store for free players. Check out the new trailer after the break and give our preview of Update 6 for more details. Patch notes are available on the LOTRO website.

The Lord of the Rings Online

Update 6: Shores of the Great River

The journey towards Rohan begins with Update 6: Shores of the Great River!


The Great River Region

Travel along the shores of the mighty Anduin in the expansive new region coming in Update 6!  The signs of war are all around you as Isengard and Barad-dûr put their dark plans into motion. Push back the Easterlings, dangerous brigands and an ancient enemy of Rohan, as they gather for an attack on Rohan and Lórien. Explore seven new areas along the upper Anduin including the green plains of Parth Celebrant where treacherous shades roam, unable to rest.

The Great River region is free to VIPs!

Epic Story

The latest chapter in LOTRO’s free Epic Story awaits! Travel to Lothlórien to seek Galadriel’s wisdom after experiencing troubling dreams.  Investigate the grim tidings along the Great River but be prepared as the evidence may point to a foe more terrible than your darkest nightmares. 

Soldier on Landscape

Get the helping hand you need with LOTRO’s new Soldier on Landscape!  This new feature allows you to summon your faithful skirmish companion in the field.  Customize your skirmish solider to help you tackle even the toughest challenges!

Instance Finder Update

You spoke, we listened, and now we’re making Instance Finder better than ever! Instance Finder will soon allow you to queue for the specific instances and skirmishes that you want to do.  You can also choose to change loot rules and remove players with a fellowship vote. The rewards are being enhanced, too, granting additional XP for skirmish completion and scaling currency bonuses for when you queue for a larger range of instances.

To read the latest guides, news, and features you can visit our Lord of the Rings Online Game Page.

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016

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