War-steed Traits

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Traits are a War-steed's main method of advancement. As your steed levels, it gains points which can be spent towards traits to increase the abilities of steed and rider, and in some cases earn additional mounted skills.

Traits Panel

Your War-steed's Traits can be viewed on the "Traits" tab of the Mounted Combat UI (Shift-M).

Medium War-steed Traits Panel.jpg

The five green traits across the top of the traits panel are the stat traits, which increase your War-steed's attributes. These five traits are identical for all three steed types.

Below the stat traits are three trait trees, in red, blue, and yellow. These traits are different for each of the three steed types, although a few traits will appear in more than one. For example, the trait Long Reach is offered to all three types at the top of the red tree, but Tactical Genius is only available to a Medium War-steed.

To change steed type, use the drop-down menu at the very top of the Traits panel to select "Light", "Medium", or "Heavy".

Down the right side of the panel are multiple Trait Specs. Two are available automatically, and additional specs can be unlocked from the LOTRO Store. You can save multiple trait set ups and switch between them on the fly, at no cost. Switching to a different Trait spec will dismount you from a War-steed.

To reset your allocated trait points, click the Refund Points button at the bottom right of the panel. This will charge in-game gold to reset all of the points for a single trait spec. The cost for a reset varies depending on the number of points which have been allocated (more trait points to reset means a higher gold cost).

War-steed Attributes

  • A War-steed begins with a set of attributes. The initial values depend on the steed type (Light, Medium, or Heavy). The table below shows these initial values.
  • These attributes are increased in two ways: assigning points into the War-steed's traits, and some are increased by equipping and levelling up a Legendary Bridle. The War-steed's level does not affect its stats.
Steed Type Endurance Power Armour Strength Agility Turn Rate Acceleration Max speed Evasion Fury Bonus
Undefined 2,030 2,601 150 200 200 157 0 14.5 300 0
Light 1,450 2,176 100 100 300 155 17 12.0 450 0
Medium 2,030 2,176 130 200 200 145 15 11.5 300 0
Heavy 2,610 2,176 160 300 100 135 13 11.0 150 0
Agility (War-steed)-icon.png Agility Strength (War-steed)-icon.png Strength Power (War-steed)-icon.png Power Endurance (War-steed)-icon.png Endurance Armour (War-steed)-icon.png Armour

Trait Trees

The three trait trees group the traits by their function. Although the exact traits vary, the trees follow roughly these categories:

  • Red tree: increases damage capability
  • Blue tree: bolsters defence and survivability
  • Yellow tree: class-specific traits and skills

To apply points to earn traits in a trait tree, you must start at the top trait and continue along the path of the arrows. At the very bottom each tree has a capstone trait, which applies an effect (such as a bleed or an increased effect duration) only when a particular mounted discipline is active. The disciplines correspond as follows:

  • Red capstone: Red Dawn
  • Blue capstone: Rohirrim
  • Yellow capstone: Riddermark

The Yellow tree is the same across light, medium, and heavy steeds except for the capstone trait.

In the following trait tree diagrams, traits marked with an asterisk * will unlock a new mounted skill.

Light Steed

Red Tree
Long Reach-icon.png
Long Reach
Combat Advantage-icon.png
Combat Advantage
Forceful Blows-icon.png
Forceful Blows
Exceptional Tactics-icon.png
Exceptional Tactics
Deceptive Appearance-icon.png
Deceptive Appearance
Feign Injury (Trait)-icon.png
Feign Injury*
Vicious Attacks-icon.png
Vicious Attacks
Rush of Energy (Trait)-icon.png
Rush of Energy*
Wrath (War-steed)-icon.png
Wrath
Blue Tree
Tough Exterior-icon.png
Tough Exterior
Fast Manoeuvring-icon.png
Fast Manoeuvring
Defensive Riding-icon.png
Defensive Riding
Bond of Power-icon.png
Bond of Power
Invigorating Presence-icon.png
Invigorating Presence
Bond of Morale-icon.png
Bond of Morale
Invigorate (Trait)-icon.png
Invigorate*
Quickness (War-steed)-icon.png
Quickness
Bolstering Cry (Trait)-icon.png
Bolstering Cry*
Motivation through Aggression-icon.png
Motivation through Aggression
Yellow Tree
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Class-specific Trait
Dash (Trait)-icon.png
Dash*
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
Disengaging Strikes-icon.png
Disengaging Strikes

Medium Steed

Red Tree
Long Reach-icon.png
Long Reach
Physical Specimen-icon.png
Physical Specimen
Heavy Hand-icon.png
Heavy Hand
Tactical Genius-icon.png
Tactical Genius
Savagery-icon.png
Savagery
Deadly Pursuit-icon.png
Deadly Pursuit
Rapport-icon.png
Rapport
Arise (Trait)-icon.png
Arise*
Shields Will Be Splintered-icon.png
Shields Will Be Splintered
Blue Tree
Hard to Hurt-icon.png
Hard to Hurt
Determination (War-steed)-icon.png
Determination
Hard to Hit-icon.png
Hard to Hit
Keen Instincts-icon.png
Keen Instincts
Deep Reserves-icon.png
Deep Reserves
Sacrifice (War-steed Trait)-icon.png
Sacrifice*
Patience (War-steed)-icon.png
Patience
Rapid Recovery (War-steed)-icon.png
Rapid Recovery
Understanding-icon.png
Understanding
Survivability-icon.png
Survivability
Yellow Tree
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Class-specific Trait
Dash (Trait)-icon.png
Dash*
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
Strong Willed-icon.png
Strong Willed

Heavy Steed

Red Tree
Long Reach-icon.png
Long Reach
Precision-icon.png
Precision
Well Rounded-icon.png
Well Rounded
Overwhelming Offence-icon.png
Overwhelming Offence
Mounted Advantage-icon.png
Mounted Advantage
Ride for Ruin (Trait)-icon.png
Ride for Ruin*
Opportunist (War-steed)-icon.png
Opportunist
Instigate (Trait)-icon.png
Instigate*
Spears Will Be Shaken-icon.png
Spears Will Be Shaken
Trample-icon.png
Trample*
Blue Tree
Determination (War-steed)-icon.png
Determination
Fearless-icon.png
Fearless
Flexibility-icon.png
Flexibility
Strategist-icon.png
Strategist
Rehabilitation-icon.png
Rehabilitation
Cunning-icon.png
Cunning
Steel Skin (Trait)-icon.png
Steel Skin*
Battle Tested-icon.png
Battle Tested
Positive Thinking (Trait)-icon.png
Positive Thinking*
Benevolence-icon.png
Benevolence
Yellow Tree
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Class-specific Trait
Dash (Trait)-icon.png
Dash*
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
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Class-specific Trait
Conservative Combatant-icon.png
Conservative Combatant

Steed Experience

As your War-steed levels up you gain Skill points which can be applied to Traits which define your War-steed's capabilities.

Level Total XP to Level Increase from Previous Total Trait Points Increase from Previous
1 0 0 1 1
2 24,000 24,000 4 3
3 50,400 26,400 5 1
4 79,440 29,040 6 1
5 111,384 31,944 9 3
6 146,552 35,168 10 1
7 185,174 38,622 11 1
8 227,691 42,517 12 1
9 274,460 46,769 13 1
10 325,906 51,446 17 4
11 381,210 55,304 18 1
12 440,662 59,452 19 1
13 504,573 63,911 20 1
14 573,277 68,704 21 1
15 647,134 73,857 24 3
16 726,530 79,396 25 1
17 811,881 85,351 26 1
18 903,634 91,753 27 1
19 1,002,268 98,634 28 1
20 1,108,300 106,032 32 4
21 1,219,633 111,333 33 1
22 1,336,533 116,900 34 1
23 1,459,278 122,745 35 1
24 1,588,160 128,882 36 1
25 1,723,486 135,326 39 3
26 1,865,579 142,093 40 1
27 2,014,776 149,197 41 1
28 2,171,433 156,657 42 1
29 2,335,923 164,490 43 1
30 2,508,638 172,715 47 4
Level Total XP to Level Increase from Previous Total Trait Points Increase from Previous
31 2,689,988 181,350 48 1
32 2,880,406 190,418 49 1
33 3,080,345 199,939 50 1
34 3,290,281 209,936 51 1
35 3,510,714 220,433 54 3
36 3,742,168 231,454 55 1
37 3,985,195 243,027 56 1
38 4,240,373 255,178 57 1
39 4,508,310 267,937 58 1
40 4,789,644 281,334 62 4
41 5,085,045 295,401 63 1
42 5,395,216 310,171 64 1
43 5,720,896 325,680 65 1
44 6,062,860 341,964 66 1
45 6,421,922 359,062 69 3
46 6,798,937 377,015 70 1
47 7,194,803 395,866 71 1
48 7,610,462 415,659 72 1
49 8,046,904 436,442 73 1
50 8,505,168 458,264 77 4
51 8,986,346 481,178 78 1
52 9,491,581 505,235
53 10,022,079 530,498
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