Epic Battles are a new combat mechanic introduced in November 2013 as part of Update 12: Helm's Deep. While they are special instanced battles, unlike skirmishes or raids, which focus on small scale tactical combat, Epic Battles are more concerned with strategic combat across the whole battlefield. They introduce a number of new game mechanics, including siege weapons, leading Rohirrim soldiers and death streaks, the efficiency of which is improved by acquiring and spending trait points in the three new roles.
Players must have purchased the Helm's Deep expansion pack to access Epic Battles, and can access the content from level 10 or above.
Road to Battle
As of Update 15 the following Epic Battles are available:
The Battle of Helm's Deep:
|Helm's Dike||Solo/Duo, Fellowship (Six)|
|The Deeping Wall||Solo/Duo, Raid (Twelve)|
|The Glittering Caves||Solo/Duo, Small Fellowship (Three)|
War for Gondor:
|Retaking Pelargir||Solo/Duo (6-man version upcoming)|
In both epic battles clusters, only the first battle is available initially. Each battle must be completed successfully before the next becomes available to play. The completion of Epic Battles: Basic Training is not required. At Level 10 you will receive a letter from Erkenbrand's Messenge, An Epic Battle Awaits, which will lead you to the tutorial, if you need a basic introduction to how epic battles function.
Main article: Level Scaling
Epic Battles take advantage of Level Scaling to allow any character level 10 or higher to participate alongside other characters regardless of level. Upon entering the instance your character stats, equipment and weapons are scaled to level 100 for the duration of the battle.
Completing objectives within an instance, including side quests, builds up Merit. If sufficient Merit is gained during an instance medals can be awarded (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum), which grant the character points to spend in the Promotions page. This unlocks special Epic Battle skills, abilities and bonuses.
- Note: Promotion Points may also be purchased in the LOTRO Store.
Characters can spend points on the Promotions page to specialize in one of three Epic Battle roles, which take advantage of newly introduced game mechanics:
- Engineer: Places, operates and upgrades traps, barricades and siege weapons.
- Officer: Commands the Rohhirrim on the battlefield, issuing orders and controlling their strategy.
- Vanguard: Fights from the front, unleashing devastating combination attacks and inspiring others to fight harder.
Main article: Merit
Displayed on the Battle History page, Merit is earned from completing primary and secondary Epic Battle objectives. Each quest within the Epic Battles has a number of factors which contribute to it positively or negatively; fulfil green requirements to earn Merit while avoiding red requirements which will take it away. Successfully completed the primary and secondary quests can earn you one of four levels of Medal (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum).
Main article: Epic Battles Reward Jewellery
Earning Medals during Epic Battles not only grants Promotions but also loot in the form of Epic Battles Reward Jewellery. Filling each of the tracking bars at the bottom of the Battle History page will earn you a different piece of jewellery, including a special set of class jewellery which can provide powerful bonuses when worn along with other pieces of the set.
- All Shall Fade: (Little) Big Battle Guide
- Layanor's Mind: Promotion Points Chart
- Lord of the Drinks: Big Battles Guide
- LOTRO Forums: Deeping Wall Full Platinum Run Guide
- LOTRO Forums: Glittering Caves Maps
- LOTRO Forums: Epic Battle Plugin
- Side Quest Guide
- Proudcdn: Epic Battle Basics
- Proudcdn: Capaults Guide
- Proudcdn: Deeping Wall Raid
- Proudcdn: Helm's Dike Solo/Duo
| Basic Training (Tutorial)|
The Battle of Helm's Deep: Helm's Dike • The Deeping Wall • The Deeping-coomb • The Glittering Caves • The Hornburg