Lotro: How do I Skirmish?
Posted December 10, 2009on:
Massively have a nice explanation of the new skirmish system.
I’m back playing the game but I have not tried it yet. My guilds reaction to it has been good. One player was happily announcing how much xps she was getting as they whizzed her up the levels.
Turbine wants you to run through a few quests that amount to a tutorial before unleashing you into the real deal. When you talk to a Skirmish Captain at a Skirmish Camp, he will first ask you to bring back 10 War Orders found on evil humanoid mobs (orcs, warg riders, etc) in your level range. The drop rate is low at first, but picks up after you get your first. After you get all 10, you need to get 1 Target List from the same kinds of mobs. If you are in your 50s, I recommend running a quick Crafting Instance in Moria.
After you turn in the orders, the Skirmish Captain there will send you into your first Skirmish. Here you will get two new skills: one to summon a Soldier (an NPC that you control in Skirmishes); and one to direct the Soldier on who to attack. The second skill is important because you won’t have any control over how your Soldier reacts in a fight except for this one, and it has a cool down.
After you finish this first Skirmish, you will use the Skirmish Join panel to get into the second Skirmish tutorial. This one has you defending the Prancing Pony from invaders. But before the fun begins, a quest NPC shows you how to transform your Soldier into a specific Role. You are able to buy the Warrior Role, then open up the Soldier’s Trait panel and slot it. This turns your generic companion into the Warrior Role which specializes in melee dps. After protecting the Prancing Pony from waves of bad guys and a few bosses, you are sent back to the Skirmish Captain to turn in your quest and receive another Soldier Role your choice. You will also find you have now earned a pocketful of a new currency called Skirmish Marks.
I’m also loving the mounts at 20. Makes traveling so much easier for my minstrel. Before the expansion I was having a tough time running back and forth between bree and the lone lands. Not to mention all the running in the lone lands. Its not a small place.