Note: while Captains have a variety of NPC heralds they can summon, only one may be active at any given time.
Jack of All Trades: the Captain has a hand in just about every job for a group. Alone, a Captain is a capable warrior and healer, but in a group, they improve a fellowship to an exceptional level. Although they aren't the best in any one area (even when they are traited that way), they can fill just about any role in a group to a limited extent, barring that of ranged attacker. However, advanced Captains are able to summon an Archer who deals non-trivial damage. Equipped with a Herald and plenty of offensive and defensive capabilities, the Captain is a class that requires some thought and focus to mastering.
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Skills are listed with the base power cost at level 75. For these values at lower levels, see the individual skill pages.
Bolster the Weakened
|Heal||14||181||25m||Initially heals your target for a moderate amount at the cost of some of your morale, and then heals more over time.|
|Cure + Buff||16||90||30m||Removes current Fear effects and temporarily buffs Fear resistance.|
|Res||20||181||25m||Revive defeated companion (usable in combat).|
|Damage + Heal + HoT||22||171||2.5m||A melee attack that heals your Shield-brother over time.|
|Buff||36||10% of max||Self||Briefly absorbs 1/2 of the damage dealt to your fellowship.|
|Res||40||151||25m||Revive defeated companion (only usable outside combat).|
|Damage + Heal||58||81||2.5m||A melee attack that heals your Fellowship.|
Direct Your Allies
|Heal + HoT||2||248||30m|| Heals your Fellowship |
|Buff||4||90||30m|| Decreases fellows' attack duration |
|Buff||8||108||30m||Boosts Fellowship's run speed.|
|AoE||8||141||7m|| Light Damage to nearby foes |
|Threat||12||3% of max||40m||Reduces threat from damage while increasing Captain's threat over time.|
|Debuff||18||3% of max||40m||Increases incoming damage to a marked foe.|
|Debuff||30||3% of max||40m||Damage dealt to the marked foe restores morale of the attacker.|
|Res + Buff||32||90||15m||Resurrect plus a Power buff for your Fellowship.|
Lead by Example
|Damage||1||81||20m||Does some light damage and initiates a State.|
|Damage + Buff||1||81||2.5m||A melee attack that briefly increases your armour.|
|Damage||1||81||2.5m||An attack that bypasses your target's block and parry ratings.|
|Damage||2||141||2.5m||A attack with inceased damage on critical, initiates a State.|
|Damage + DoT||4||142||2.5m||An attack that causes the target to bleed.|
|AoE||10||135||4.2m||A skill with two attacks against up to two targets for medium damage (initiates a State).|
|Buff||22||120||Self||You can't be dealt a final blow while this skill is active.|
|Threat||26||108||40m||A cry that increases the chance your target will attack you.|
|Damage + Buff||30||135||2.5m||A attack that also buffs your fellowship with the .|
|Damage + Threat||42||129||2.5m||A melee attack that increases your perceived threat (more effective if used while target bleeds from ).|
|Damage + Interrupt||44||145||2.5m||Interrupts any time-delayed actions your target is attempting.|
|Damage + Buff + Corruption Removal||52||135||2.5m||A attack that also buffs your fellowship with the and removes a Corruption from the target.|
|Damage + Buff||54||81||3m||An attack that briefly increases your armour, also has a chance to restore power when under .|
|Damage + Threat||60||141||2.5m||A powerful melee attack when an ally falls that causes a great deal of additional threat.|
|Damage||66||81||3m||An attack that bypasses your target's block and parry ratings while reducing the cooldown of Battle-shout.|
|Damage + DoT||68||129||3m||A melee attack that increases your perceived threat (more effective if used while target bleeds from , increasing threat and adding a bleed).|
|Damage + DoT + Debuff||72||142||3m||A melee attack which causes a bleed as well as slowing your target.|
Prepare for Battle
|Buff||6||n/a||40m||Increases chance to Parry incoming attacks.|
|Herald||6||486||Self||Banner increases Might and Agility|
|Buff||16||181||15m||Increases maximum Morale of your fellowship.|
|Buff||22||n/a||50m||Marks one of your fellows as your Shield-brother.|
|Herald||6||486||Self||Banner increases maximum Morale and ICMR.|
|Buff||28||n/a||40m||Increases chance to land critical hits.|
|Herald||6||486||Self||Banner increases maximum Power and ICPR.|
|Buff||38||n/a||40m||Increases Power regeneration|
|Fluff||40||n/a||10.2m||Causes players around you to kneel|
|Buff||40||145||50m||Reduces your Shield-brother's incoming damage by 15%.|
|Threat||46||181||10m||Lowers your threat to the opponents around you, but decreases your damage.|
|Buff||48||181||50m||Increases the effect of healing abilities on your Shield-brother.|
|Buff||50||n/a||Self||Gives an and initiates a State at the cost of some Morale.|
|Herald||56||486||Self||Summons an Archer.|
|Detaunt||62||181||Self||Reduces your threat and the threat gained from doing damage.|
|Buff||64||n/a||50m||Marks one of your fellows as your Shield-brother and increases their ICMR and Critical Defence.|
|Buff||70||n/a||50m||Marks one of your fellows as your Song-Brother and increases their ICPR while reducing threat from healing.|
|Buff||74||n/a||50m||Marks one of your fellows as your Blade-Brother and increases their ICMR and Critical Ratings.|
|1||Free||Allows the use of Light Armour.|
|1||Free||Allows the use of Medium Armour.|
|15||22 50||Allows the use of Shields|
|1||40||Allows the use of Heavy Armour.|
Base Passive Skills
Captains will inherit certain innate characteristics based on their race.
- For details see Race of Man Skills
|20||40||Reduces the chance for the Captain to suffer a critical hit.|
|30||90||Your skill with a Halberd has improved.|
|1||Free||Allows the use of Specialized Equipment|
|1||Free||Allows the use of Horns|
|1||Free||Allows the use of Lutes|
Misc. Passive Skills
|20||40||Allows the wielding of Armaments.|
|40||160||Allows the use of summoning horns.|
|1||Free||Allows the use of Daggers.|
|1||Free||Allows the use of One-handed Axes.|
|1||Free||Allows the use of One-handed Clubs.|
|1||Free||Allows the use of One-handed Hammers.|
|1||Free||Allows the use of One-handed Maces.|
|1||Free||Allows the use of One-handed Swords.|
|1||Free||Allows the use of Two-handed Axes.|
|]||1||Free||Allows the use of Two-handed Clubs.|
|1||Free||Allows the use of Two-handed Hammers.|
|1||Free||Allows the use of Two-handed Swords.|
|10||3||Allows the use of Spears.|
|15||22 50||Allows the use of Halberds.|
|Alert Guard||Your Defensive Strike now also provides an increase to your Parry.||1||Use Defensive Strike 300 times (100/day)|
|Echoing Shout||Your Threatening Shout now affects up to 3 targets.||26||Use Threatening Shout 500 times|
|Improved Routing Cry|| Your Routing Cry draws the attention of your enemies.
Routing Cry gains Force Attack for 10s
|20||Use Routing Cry 750 times|
|Captain's Victory||The Power-enhancing effects provided by your Herald of Victory or Standard of Victory are more effective.||34||Summon your Herald of Victory 60 times (15/day)|
|Defiance|| Your Last Stand lasts longer, and you are healed when it ends.
+10s Last Stand Duration
|30||Complete the quest A Captain's Standard|
|Composure||Time of Need costs 50% less Morale and resets the cooldowns on most of your 'on-defeat' skills.||50||Use the Time of Need skill 50 times (5/day)|
|Intimidation||Your Threatening Shout and Grave Wound more strongly direct the enemy's ire towards you.||26|| Use Threatening Shout 600 times (100/day) |
Labeled Intimidating Shout in the Deed Log
|Tactical Prowess|| Your To Arms buff lasts longer.
+5s To Arms Duration
|40||Use the To Arms skill 300 times (30/day)|
|Fear No Darkness|| Your Words of Courage greatly increases the morale of your allies.
+20% Healing on Words of Courage
|10||Use Words of Courage 500 times (100/day)|
|Strong Voice|| The power costs of Words of Courage and all your Cries and Shouts are reduced.
-8% Words of Courage, Cries, and Shouts Power Cost
|10||Use Muster Courage 200 times (50/day)|
|Blood of Númenor||Allies revived by Escape from Darkness and Cry of Vengeance will return with more Morale and Power. Escape from Darkness also has a reduced induction and cooldown.||30||Save allies from the brink of death 100 times (using Escape from Darkness, Inspiriting Call or Cry of Vengeance) (10/day)|
|Captain's Hope||The Morale-enhancing effects provided by your Herald of Hope or Standard of Hope are more effective.||20||Summon your Herald of Hope 60 times (10/day)|
|Now for Wrath||Your Rallying Cry will also heal a small amount of power, in addition to its normal effects.||30||Use Rallying Cry 600 times (60/day)|
|Deeds Before Words||Inspire will restore 25% more morale.||50||Use the Inspire skill 1,000 times (100/day)|
|Relentless Optimism||Your critical heals will heal 50% more.||10||Use Words of Courage or Rallying Cry 250 times (25/day)|
|Strength from Within||Muster Courage will heal yourself in addition to its other benefits versus Fear.||40||Use the Muster Courage skill 350 times (35/day)|
|Renewed Voice|| Your Battle-shout recovers more quickly than before.
-5s Battle Shout Cooldown
|1||Use Battle-shout 650 times (225/day)|
|Turn of the Tide|| Your Routing Cry now stuns your foes and inflicts more damage.
+5% Routing Cry Damage
|1||Afflict enemies with Routing Cry 250 times (85/day)|
|Captain's Valour||The Might and Agility increases provided by your Herald or Standard of War are more effective.||10||Summon your Herald of War 60 times (30/day)|
|Expert Attacks|| You have a greater chance of landing a Critical Hit with your Devastating Blow and Pressing Attack.
+[Level x 20] Devastating Blow and Pressing Attack Critical Hit
|20||Land critical hits with Devastating Blow 100 times (15/day)|
|Precise Ally||Your Heralds and Archers deal 20% more damage.||50||Call forth your Archer 100 times (10/day)|
|Loyalty||You supply your Herald with better equipment, inspiring loyalty. The Herald has more morale, does more damage in combat and takes less damage from enemy attacks.||15||Complete the quest An Inspiration to Men|
|Battle-master||Pressing Attack and Devastating Blow will deal 10% more damage.||30||Strike with Pressing Attack or Devastating Blow 300 times (30/day)|
|Adherent of Elendil||Blade of Elendil deals 15% more damage.||50||Strike with Blade of Elendil 350 times (35/day)|
- Leader of Men
- Alert Guard
Improved Routing Cry
- 2 Equipped:
-10s Mark Skills Cooldown
10% chance for Kick to initiate a Fellowship Maneuver
- 3 Equipped:
-10s Threatening Shout Cooldown
- 4 Equipped:
Grave Wound will force your target to attack you for a limited time.
|Fellowship-brother||Your Brother skills now affect your entire fellowship with lesser versions of those effects.||39||Find pages of the book The Candle's Flame|
|Oathbreaker's Shame|| You levy a curse upon your foe which increases the damage you can do to it.
|39||Find pages of the book The Book of Oaths|
|Shield of the Dúnedain|| You are able to protect a companion, but at a significant cost of Power.
Shield of the Dúnedain
|39||Find pages of the book Treatise of Valour|
|In Defence of Middle-earth|| Your very presence inspires those around you to perform greater deeds in combat.
In Defence of Middle-earth
|45/50||Complete the class quests Articles of Command and Implements of War, then A Lesson from Boromir|
|Leader of Men|| You have become a Leader of Men. Noble Mark generates more threat, Routing Cry no longer requires a Defeat event, and you are able to Block when wielding a two-handed weapon.
When using Shield-brother on an ally, you will also receive the benefits of your Shield-brother skills.
No longer requires a Defeat Event
When wielding a two-handed weapon you are able to Block.
Requires: 5 traits in Leader of Men line slotted.
|58||Complete The Mines of Moria epic books|
|Hands of Healing|| You are a paragon of healing on the battlefield.
When using Song-brother on an ally, you will also receive the benefits of your Song-brother skills.
Words of Courage:
Gains a Heal-over-Time effect
Requires: 5 traits in Hands of Healing line slotted.
|58||Complete the class quest chain starting with The Path of the Healing Hands|
|Master of War|| The vigour of war flows through your veins.
When using Blade-brother on an ally, you will also receive the benefits of your Blade-brother skills.
Doesn't require Defeat Event
Receive Battle-readied on Hit
Heralds and Archers:
You are now able to wield 'Armaments of the Oath-bound'
Requires: 5 traits in Lead the Charge line slotted.
|None|| Get the book The Master of the Charge |
Requires: Kindred Standing with Iron Garrison Guards
Some of the heralds carry a banner in one hand and wield a one-handed weapon in their other hand. Others carry just a Bow. They tend to have 50% of the Captain's morale points. If they are defeated, heralds can be re-summoned in battle.
- Herald of War - A Herald of War carries your banner, increasing Melee, Ranged and Tactical by 2%.
- Herald of Hope - A Herald of Hope carries your banner, increasing Physical and Tactical Mitigation by 3%.
- Herald of Victory - A Herald of Victory carries your banner, reducing Power cost by 10%.
- Herald Archer - A herald Archer carries a Bow to assist you with range in combat.