LOTRO Professions Guide:
Which Vocation Is Right For Your Profession?

My LOTRO Professions Guide will help you pick the best vocation for the profession you want. When the Lord of the Rings Online was released your choice of vocations was more flexible in my opinion. Now that there are crafting guilds and reputation locked recipes you need to be careful about which vocation you choose.

I will be recommending the vocations that best suite a specific profession choice. You can of course make your own decision, but what is in this guide is what has worked best for me.

This guide will cover the best vocation for each of the ten of the LOTRO professions, including:

     • Weaponsmith
     • Metalsmith
     • Jeweler
     • Tailor
     • Scholar
     • Woodworker
     • Cook
     • Farmer
     • Prospector
     • Forester

Make sure you pick the profession that you want for joining a guild. For instance, jewelers join the jewelers guild. You can only join one guild, so be sure of which you want! Once you're sure find your profession below to see what I recommend as a crafting vocation.

For the weaponsmith I would pick the armsman vocation. The armsman vocation gives you the weaponsmith, prospector, and woodworker professions. This is great because it allows you farm the massive amount of ore that you'll need to make weapons and become proficient. You can also choose the historian vocation and be a weaponsmith, but I don't recommend it at all. The historian vocation doesn't have the prospector profession so you would need to buy all the ore you need... not a good idea at all ;)

For the metalsmith I would pick the armourer vocation. Actually... the armourer vocation is the only one that gives you the metalsmith profession so you kinda have no choice :P

For the jeweler you only have one choice again... the tinker vocation! Doesn't get easier than that eh?

For the tailor I recommend the explorer vocation. This vocation gives you the tailor, prospector, and forester professions. This is the best in my opinion for a few reasons. First, having the forester profession allows you to boil your own hides. This is kind of important if you're going to be crafting tailor stuff. Otherwise, you'll need to find someone to boil your hides for you all the time or buy them... not great. Second, on top of tailor you can also farm ore and wood in your travels. This is nice because it gives you another way to make gold... selling ore and wood on the auction house.

You can also be an armourer or yeoman to get the tailor profession, but it's not a good choice if tailor is going to be your guild profession because of the hide boiling thing I mentioned. If you have an alt that can boil hides or a friend though, then either of these are good alternatives.

Here is another of the LOTRO professions where you only have one choice... the historian vocation. Happy studying!

If woodworking is going to be your main profession I would definitely choose the woodsman vocation. Being a woodsman grants you the woodworker, forester, and farmer professions. Having the forester profession is critical for woodworker so that you can farm all of the wood you need. You can also be an armsman, but then you'll be forced to buy all of your wood... not a smart move :)

For the cook I would pick the yeoman vocation. Being a yeoman gives you the cook, farmer, and tailor professions. Farming helps in cooking since you can farm most of the ingredients you need for your recipes. You can also be a tinker to get the cook profession, but then you have to buy all of your cook ingredients.

Prospector, Forester, Farmer
You don't really want to pick a vocation based on one of these. There is no prospector guild, forester guild, or farmer guild so these are more support professions for the others. If you want to mainly sell resources on the auction hall, I would choose the explored profession so you can grind wood and ore.

I hope you found my LOTRO Professions Guide helpful. I plan on continuing to add to it, so check back often! And as always, let me know if you ever want information on any other crafting topics or have other requests!

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