LOTRO Players News Episode 195: We’ll Talk Later


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Community Events: March 24th-30th

Battle of the Black Gate First Impressions

New steed: Steed of Elessar Host

The Family Line Part 127 – The Cold Winds Blow


New Player Question

What sort of stuff can characters on different servers access? For example, can I send mail from one of my characters on one server to another on a different server, or is shared storage the only way to share stuff?





  • Visited the East Wall of Rohan with a Professor
  • Climbed a stair and entered a tunnel
  • Ran the quests in the new area and still don’t have the slightest idea how to unlock the new resource instances



  • Ran silent street and tanked the boss for a bit at the end!
  • Ran Wraith of Water Tier 2 Challenge!!
  • Made it to North Ithilien and killed all the things in and around after-battle Osgiliath with an awesome champion and lore master! And gave a ranger a fire…



  • Discovered that flower-picking in a group is not a fun time.
  • Arkenstone LM is up to level 19, switched her over to yellow line.
  • Saryssa finally left Frostbluff behind to do some Ale Association “incognito”.



  • Watched part of Sanswinda’s silent street run
  • Leveled Arkenstone Aerindys to level 13
  • Leveled up quite a few times in the Game of Real Life



  • Completed U20 epic (not happy about beardless Cirdan)
  • Got my second legendary ring from picking  A LOT of flowers
  • Completed all the Roving Threats in the new area just through pugging


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Pinched Writes:

I just wanted to thank you for explaining the differences with mitigations (tactical vs physical) and also the masteries. That was extremely helpful.


I do have a question about those. Is there a cap on mitigations both defense and mastery?


And another topic which I am starting to see is about finesse. Who needs finesse and what does it do exactly? I know I could probably find this info in the wiki, but you guys explain it really well and use nice in-game examples.


Anyway, thanks and love the show.


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  1. Lifthil /

    Hey, so, um, Teriadwyn wasn’t entirely right about what finesse does. Finesse allows your physical attacks to bypass enemies’ avoidance (block/parry/evade) and your tactical attacks to bypass their resistance. It’s nothing to do with mitigations. Some skills/traits allow you to bypass mits, but those are class-specific. The only mit bypass I know of that isn’t is the skirmish personal trait, and even then, it’s only in a skirmish.

  2. Arred /

    Correction. I do like this steed. Seen 2 versions before, placeholders, which looked more pincessy. 🙂 And yeah, you need 4 reputations, which is easier with a lot of crafters.
    The ghost is in Ondohers folly quest line. Slag-Hills require the quests before for solo instances, but I don’t think it’s the ghost, probably just Haerondir. Fellowship unlocks you can start right away.

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