The entire guide is up to date with: Update 20 / June 2017
Latest changes to the guide: Version 2.0 – Updated for U20 and changed some things around.
Latest changes to the Warden: None! (since publishing)
Warden Guide Layout
The guide is laid out in the following way:
- Warden Basics
- Specs and roles
- Character Building
To skip introductions and get straight to the guide, click here.
Before I get into the guide, I’d like to introduce myself. I am Louey7 (or just Louey…). I have mained a Warden (in combination with RK) in LOTRO since I started near the end of Siege of Mirkwood and shortly before F2P came into existence. I started a YouTube channel for LOTRO, which back then often had miscellaneous videos involving my Warden. Eventually my channel strayed away from mainly Warden as it grew. Currently I am enjoying end-game content on my main Warden while also leveling a new Warden (slowly but surely). My main “LOTRO presence” (not in-game) is on YouTube. I am also active on the LOTRO subreddit. Well, let’s get onto what the guide is about!
Here is a video about the guide and gives a preview, it contains what is written here plus some little bits of additional info on video integration.
About the Guide
This is a very extensive guide to the Warden class in the Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO). The goal of the guide is to deliver up-to-date information on the class and give beginners and experienced players alike an idea of how to optimally play their Warden. I hope that everyone can find something useful here and it will serve as a frequent reference if you are having trouble with the Warden. Remember to have fun while Wardening!
The entire guide is text (and image!) based, but there will be some parts that will have videos covering it or as a supplement.
I will try my best to keep the guide up to date with any changes to the class, and game. Be sure to follow updates to the game that may affect Wardens to see exact changes.
My Warden/LOTRO Experience
Now that we know a bit about me and about the guide, I want to share some more of my Warden experiences. If you want to get straight to the guide, instead, click here. As I said, I started with a Warden and have mained is since the later part of Siege of Mirkwood. Once I played more and learned more about Wardens, I discovered how fun they were. When I first got to the level cap in Rise of Isengard, Wardens could solo a lot harder stuff than other classes. I was naturally inclined to try this type of stuff. My first real feat was killing an elite master troll in Limlight Gorge (here is an old, kind of bad, video). My next was just something fun… pulling a lot of orcs at once and killing them all (old video again). It was this type of stuff that aided in my love for Warden. I also enjoy the combat mechanics and unique gambit system. I took a bit of a break around Riders of Rohan and Helm’s Deep. I didn’t enjoy the content much back then. Now, I think end game is really fun again and am back with multiple level 105s, including my Warden. My Warden is my best geared character and strongest solo still. Right now, I mainly run featured instances and farm other instances (occasionally landscape stuff and raids, too).
Other than LOTRO, I have played WoW (it was my first MMO). I enjoy the Shaman and Mage classes most in that. I also play Hearthstone. I do dabble in other games (like Rift) on occasion, but these are the main games I play.
So, who is my Warden? I present to you Melrethel, on Arkenstone!
I also have the leveling Warden I mentioned that I
am was doing a Let’s Play on.
Those are my only 2 Wardens, for now!
Alright, it is time to finally get to the guide! If you have any comments, questions, or feedback do not hesitate to contact me. You can comment here or message me on YT or my other pages.
|The Warden Class||Introduction to the Warden class. General information about Wardens and their fantasy and gameplay.|
|Basics to the Warden||The start of the guide, covering the basics of the class. Here is the best place for beginners and people looking to start a Warden. The bulk of the guide starts here as well.|
|Regular, Basic Skills||This goes over our regular skills, the ones like most other classes.|
|Gambits (multi-part)||A very lengthy section on the Gambit System. This has multiple parts to ensure everything is covered in detail and progresses through the system linearly.|
|Specializations/Class Traits||This covers the basics of the traiting system along with ways of building your Warden. Includes a few sample builds and their playstyles. This is where you likely want to start if you are familiar with everything up to here.|
|Roles||This covers some additional details on the roles a Warden performs and some more general tips on what to do in those roles (DPS, tank, et cetera)|
|Rotation (“Skill Priority”)||This is the “rotation” of skills you want to use to do end-game content optimally. It is actually a priority of skills to use.|
|Stats||A detailed look at our stats and stat priority.|
|Virtue (and Racial) Traits||Non-Warden stuff starts this with a look at racial traits, although applying them to Wardens. It mainly consists of building our virtues!|
|Gear||Answers common questions of gear progression. Also goes over Warden specific gear. This also covers our Legendary Items.|
|Character Enhancements||Covers various foods, buffs, items, and other things that can enhance our characters.|
|Leveling||This goes over leveling, Wardens, and leveling Wardens.|
|FAQ||“Frequently Asked Questions“… And their answers!|
|Catalog||A page consisting of infographics, videos, and other resources used in this guide. It can server as an easy reference if you are looking for something specific like that.|
|The End||Wrapping the guide up! Includes some statistics, metadata, and a general closing.|
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