My Rune-Keeper is on fire now

•December 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

So since the November update fixed/updated the Cleansing Fires trait line I figured I would give it a shot to see how I liked it. I’ve always been a full spec’d Solitary Thunder RK for solo and raiding purposes if I wasn’t healing. The first thing that shocked me was how quick mobs went down. Once fully battle attuned drop an Essay of Fire (One of the new RK skills) which puts a tier 3 Writ of Fire on the mob. When traited for fire, it does 186-265 initial damage and 192 – 274 damage every 4 seconds for 20 seconds when that expires it hits again for 159-227 and 165 – 236 every 4 seconds for 20 seconds. While this is on the mob hit them with Essence of Flame 173 -247 then 182- 260 every 2 seconds for 6 seconds + 60% more damage for having a tier 3 writ of fire on them. While this is burning on them nail em with Smouldering Wrath which hits for 243 – 347 initial and 256 – 365 every second for 8 seconds. Just looking at average numbers, that comes out to about 6761.8 damage for just using 3 skills. Of course there are other fires DoTs you can stack on top of that. Needless to say I’m having a lot of fun trying out the Cleansing Fires line and the different traits in that line trying to get the best setup.


November Update is Live

•November 30, 2010 • 2 Comments

Yesterday was the release of the new November update. I had been doing a lot of RK testing on Bullroarer so for weeks I had been getting myself prepared for the new update by collecting the lvl 60 single-shot chisel recipes and SM Metalworkers journals so I could start crafting my new chisels right away. My first order of business when the update went live was to organize my vaults on my Rune-Keeper and Guardian. I came up with some great categories to name my vaults, I choose the following.

  1. Crafting Mats
  2. Armour
  3. Bling
  4. Legendary
  5. Barter
  6. Misc.
  7. Recipes
  8. Housing

After getting my vaults organized I moved on to picking up the new rep mounts on my Guardian which cost me about 15 gold. Moving on to the new chisels. After I crafted my new chisels (all crits) I was very disappointed to see better chisels for sale in the lotro store and also single shot recipes for lvl 65 chisels and rifflers. I really wish they would have put that in the patch notes so I wouldn’t have wasted all my SM metalworker journals I crafted not to mention the mithril flakes. Oh well, ya live and ya learn. I took my RK on a few runs last night traited full lightning with the new lightning chisel. I got a group together to run 2.6.8 to finish off the Moria book and get my last legendary trait Mystifying Flame and also did a turtle run. I was still hitting hard on both of them traited for lightning. Today I need to wrap up Algraig rep on my Guardian. Take care everyone and have a great day.



Upcoming Rune-Keeper changes or getting hit in the face with the nerf bat. It’s all a matter of opinion.

•November 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The LOTRO servers will be brought down this Monday the 29th from 6:00 – 10:00am EST for the new update. When I first heard that RKs were getting an update I was very psyched since we had so many issues with our cleansing fires trait line. I patiently waited until the release notes were released and I opened them with great excitement and then  BOOM right in the face with a big ol’ nerf bat. I jumped right on the bandwagon with most of the other RKs crying foul at the changes. After about a week of complaining I decided to spend some quality time on Bullroarer and see how this was all going to work out. I quickly went to the trainer and picked up the three new skills; 1. Sustaining Bolt 2. Master of Writs and 3. Essay of Flame. I was also lucky enough to find some of the new chisels on the AH to test them out. I’ve always traited lightning so I equiped the new lightning chisel which offers +1200 tactical offense rating and while using it you quite frequently become what they call charged which increases your tactical damage and makes the Sustaining Bolt skill cost 0 power. Every time you use Sustaining bolt you get -10% power usage for 15 seconds which takes the place of the power decrease we use to get from equipping the Tale of the Storm trait. Scribes Spark was nerfed but they did increase damage on Essence of Storm and give it a shorter cool down. The Master of Writs skill is just pure awesome. What is allows you to do, is go into battle against a mob and start pounding out the damage or healing  then hit Master of Writs which for 15 seconds allows you to use any of the writs regardless of your attunement at a +50% power cost increase at first this sounds bad but it’s not. I was able to solo a 20k Olag-Hai while using Master of Writs I was able to keep a tier 3 Writ of Health on me while taking it down. I finished with 3/4 of my morale and 1/2 my power. It also works the other way with healing. When you trait at least 4 deep in the benedictions of Peace line Master of Writs becomes a toggle skill you can turn on and off. While this is on and your fully healing attuned you can cast Writ of fire and Writ of Cold at will. Only problem is your using those writs at a +50% power increase. But, there is a solution to that, just equip your Riffler of Writs and the power usage is decreased by -30% and you get a +416 to your outgoing healing. I haven’t had a chance to test out the changes to the Cleansing Fires line but the new skill Essay of Flame applies a tier 3 writ of fire on the target with one skill. Once I get a chance to try the changes to fire line I’ll put up a new post on that. So in conclusion after all my testing I’m pretty happy with the changes and think everything will be just fine if not maybe a little better.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.


No Skeleton horse for me

•November 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Sadly after trying everyday on 4 different toons, no Skeleton horse. Been testing out the upcoming Rune-keeper changes on Bullroarer of which I will be putting out a detailed blog post coming shortly.

Grinding the Reputation with a Purpose

•October 22, 2010 • 2 Comments

I’ve started running my Guardian Thamorian through the new area Enedwaith. When I ran my RK through I never noticed anything of great importance that made me want to grind the reps up to  kindred until I came across two things that made my Guardian start to drool.

After adding up the numbers, that adds 1536 to melee defence add another 600 for the Stalwart Guardian on my belt and you have a total of +2136 melee defence rating. Plus the stats on this items are very nice in themselves with the ICPR and incoming healing rating. So if I’m not doing the festival to get my skeleton horse, you’ll find me in Enedwaith grinding out the rep.

Looking the opinions of some other Rune-Keepers

•September 30, 2010 • 2 Comments

So I’ve been grinding away on my lvl 65 2nd age Rune-Stone and decided to use the legendary item spender tool over at to see how it would turn out when I’m finished. The picture below is what I came up with. I’d like to see what some other RKs think of this build. let me know.

Skirmishes are a great way to practice your role in a fellowship

•September 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

When first starting out in LOTRO your doing mostly solo quests and not really sure how to play your role in a fellowship. I’ve even seen some people level up a character without ever getting in a group, I know I’ve done it with a few. This is where skirmishes come in. When you first start doing skirmishes, spend all your skirmish marks on leveling your soldier to get them to the appropriate level. Once that is done, you can start learning how to play your role. Say for example your a tank (Guardian or Warden) practice using your threat generation skills to get mobs off your soldier and the other NPCs and keep them focused on you. By doing this you will really get a feel for what it takes to be a good tank in a fellowship. As for healers (Rune-Keepers and Minstrels) pick a protector as your skirmish soldier and practice using all your healing skills to keep your soldier in the fight. This is also a great way to advance the deeds associated with certain skills that give you your class traits.