LOTRO Champion Guide:
Everything You Need to Know About Champs!

The LOTRO Champion: Some call them OP (overpowered for those of you that don't know the lingo!)... but everyone wishes they could be one ;)

Handango Inc. This was one of the first characters I played in the game. No matter how many alts I create it is always my favorite. With the best AOE (area of effect = hits everything!) of any class and the ability to wear heavy armour, champions are extremely versatile and useful in any situation.

This LOTRO champion guide covers most everything needed to become a skilled champ. One of the biggest problems for new players is understanding the difference between AOE and ST (single target) skills. Champions also need to understand their role in a fellowship. These two simple pieces of the puzzle can really make or break an instance or raid run.

It's also very important to have the correct gear and traits. Failing to take the time to acquire good gear and grind the appropriate traits can make for a poor champ... good luck finding a good group like that! It's important to be an asset to a group, not cause wipes.

This guide has information on:

     • Traits (virtues, class, race, legendary)
     • Armour
     • Jewelry
     • Legendary Weapons
     • 2H vs DW (2 handed vs duel wield) weapons
     • Skill Usage
     • General Tips
     • Single Target DPS Build
     • Off Tanking Build
     • AOE Build

Understanding the champion and gearing up wisely will make you one of the most sought after players in the game. Whether you like to run raids or are strictly a solo player, making use of the information in the Lotro Champion Guide will make your journey through the lord of rings online much more enjoyable.

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There are four types of traits you can equip in The Lord of the Rings Online, virtues, class, race, and legendary. Each is very important and you need to understand what they can do for you. Depending on the fight, whether you're raiding, doing small groups quests, or soloing will play a big role in what you slot. For each type I will give my thoughts on what I recommend.

Virtue Traits

Virtues can be critical for the LOTRO champion. These are achieved by completing quests, slaying monsters, and exploring specific areas. Check out this part of the guide to find out which are most important.

Class Traits
These traits are earned by using your skills. Check out this section to find out which ones you just gotta have!

Race Traits
These traits are earned by killing a specific type of monster and depends on whether you are a dwarf, elf, man, or hobbit. There aren't too many options here, but check out this section to see which ones I would equip.

Legendary Traits
These traits can be a real pain to get... there are a few that are pretty useless, some that are situation specific, and a couple that I use ALL THE TIME. Find out all about them here!

2H vs DW (two-handed vs duel-wield) weapons

Always a subject of much debate, almost every LOTRO champion wonders whether a two-hander is better than duel-wielding weapons. Check out this section to find out what I think.

I hope you find this guide useful! If you have any questions or would like additional topics covered - as always let me know!

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