Choosing A Class
So you have chosen your race, be it Man, Elf, Hobbit, or Dwarf, now comes the time to choose the main driving force behind your character. Classes are the most influential customization you can apply to your character. That is why it is good that Lotro has such a diverse class selection system, ranging from Warden to Loremaster and Burglar to Captian.
Class mainly determines what role your character will be playing, your playstyle, and the skill you will be using to combat the dark shadow of Mordor. Class also determines what weapons, armor, and other such items your character will be able to wear.
So You Think You Can Choose A Class?
The first thing to take into consideration when choosing a class is to determine what role you want your character to be playing. This basically means: What do I want to do? Simple right? Well, sort of. At the beginning, the game teaches you to play your class in a tutorial area of sorts (future Introduction Guide coming). As you level your character, your role becomes more complicated, as your skill list gets deeper and more in depth, and you are able to do more things.
But all that aside, choosing a class is basically choosing how you want to play the game. So let’s get into it.
Specialties: Debuffs, Fellowship Maneuvers.
Pros: Stealth skill, Easy to Solo, Moderate DPS
Cons: Low health, Medium Armor only, Advanced Tactics
Specialties: Jack of All Trades
Pros: Healing Abilities, Pet Class, Easy to Solo
Cons: Sometimes spread too thin, Advanced Tactics, Easily by-passable in a grouping situation
Specialties: DPS, and AoE
Pros: High DPS, Easy to Play, Easy to Level
Cons: Not much range in Abilities, Can be Squishy
Pros: Easy to be kept alive, Easy to do your job
Cons: Slow to level, Power Management
Specialties: Ranged DPS
Pros: Ranged, Well-Rounded, Port Skills
Cons: Can be Squishy, Power Management (sometimes)
Specialties: Crowd Control, Healing, Power Regen,
Pros: Many talented, Pet Class
Cons: Power Management, Advanced Tactics, Squishy
Pros: Great Healing, No Problem finding groups
Cons: Not many damaging skills, Hard to solo
Pros: Very Powerful, Many Talented
Cons: Hard to switch between roles, Hard class quests
Pros: Well-Rounded, Very Powerful
Cons: Gambit System is hard to learn, Hard to find high-level groups
After reading the above, you should have a pretty good idea of what you want your character’s class to be. If you can’t decide between two of them, create two characters (A free account has two character slots per server). So you have successfully chosen your role(s) and are ready to hop into game!
Whoa! wait a sec, you don’t want a balding dude in underpants strolling across Middle Earth do you?
If you were wondering, the answer is no. But seriously, it is time to create your character. After choosing your class and race, you are ready to proceed to advanced appearance customization. To do so, click continue in the bottom right of the screen. Then you should be transported to a screen something like this.
Depending on your class and race, your screen will probably look different from mine, as mine is a Man Champion. You will see many different buttons on this screen, but they are pretty straightforward to use.
Customizing Your Character
To the far right, your details can be customized, such as you hair, face, and/or some combination of the two. To the left of the screen is the basic customizations, such as where your character is from specifically. Also, name suggestions and tips are below the region selector.
As the Race of Man, you can choose to make your character originate from Bree-land, Dale-lands, Gondor, or Rohan. As an Elf, you can originate from Lindon, Lorien, Mirkwood, Rivendell, or Edhellond. As a Hobbit, you can be a Fallohide, Harfoot, or Stoor. And as a Dwarf, the nationalities are the Blue Mountains, Iron Hills, Lonely Mountain, Grey Mountains, and White Mountains.
Region of Origins do not affect your character in any way except for specializing the color of hair, eyes, and skin that you can choose for your character. If you are a Man who originates from Rohan, you do not start in a level 75-85 zone.
The rest of the character customization is purely cosmetic. There are many great guides on the different looks you can customize your character with that I will link to at the bottom of this post. The different races and classes all have different customization, so feel free to just play around with your looks.
Barbers can change many of your character’s appearances in game, after the initial character creation, including hair style, facial hair, hair colour, facial details such as scars, wrinkles, and freckles. Barbers are not able to change facial structures like the shapes of noses or eyes. Barbers are located in Rivendell, Bree, Michel Delving, Thorin’s Hall, and Galtrev. Please note that it does cost money to rearrange your appearances.
What Do You Want?
Just remember that the character that you choose is what people are going to view you as. These people over the internet have no idea of what you actually look like, so choose something that you feel comfortable with. For example, many real-life males tend to choose female avatars (also called toons) for some wierd scientific reason, so feel free to choose whatever you want, just don’t hope to be a dwarf female.
Question to the reader
What made you choose the Class you did?