Warden

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Wardens are mobile melee combatants who use Javelins for initiating combat and against ranged foes. Their unique Warden Shields and a variety of defensive skills allow them to stay in the fight longer than most. Basic Warden skills build up their Gambit chain, which can be spent to unleash special Gambit skills. In fellowships, a Warden forces enemies to attack himself, so his more fragile allies will not be harmed by the foes.

Unlocking the Warden costs 795 Turbine Points from the LOTRO Store, even for VIP's. Included with Mines of Moria Expansion.

Available Races: Elf, Hobbit, Man


Burglar-icon.png Captain-icon.png Champion-icon.png Guardian-icon.png Hunter-icon.png Lore-master-icon.png Minstrel-icon.png Rune-keeper-icon.png Warden-icon.png
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Overview

Lore

The Warden patrols the borders of civilized lands, preventing the encroachment of fell creatures from the Wild. They limit themselves to medium armour so that they can travel swiftly and silently to defend those they protect from threats. Wardens all have some military training and have mastered a style of combat that uses combinations of basic attacks to create masterful Gambits. The class was inspired by the marchwarden of Lothlórien, Haldir, and his brothers Rúmil and Orophin.

Development Background

Turbine has explained that "the Warden's gameplay mechanics owe a debt to Tekken as much as to any Elf-lord." LotRO Executive director Jeffrey Steefel described the Warden as a character "for players [that] want to anticipate what they'll need 10 seconds from now as opposed to right this second."[1] Creative Director Cardell Kerr describes the Warden as "the local beat cop of Middle earth ... he has this kind of utility about him."[2]

Warden's Role in Groups

Wardens are primarily tanks. They can also supply interrupts, moderate ranged DPS, and DoTs. Switching between roles effectively can take a short while due to the nature of the gambit system, which builds recent moves upon one another.

Update 12 removed Threat management abilities from the Warden's skill set. Due to simultaneous changes to Mob combat strength, there is not yet a consensus on whether this has affected a Warden's group role as Main Tank.

Stats

Agility is the most important attribute, since for a Warden it effects weapon damage, tactical damage, healing, and defensive bonuses. Vitality is also important for its Morale benefit.

Prior to Update 10, a Warden's most important attribute was Might. After the change, players were given a grace period where Might and Agility would grant the same class benefits in order to update their equipment. As of Update 13, the grace period is still in effect.

Equipment

The Warden is able to wear Light Armour, Medium Armour, Shields, and Warden's Shields (but not Heavy Shields). At Level 20, they are able to use Shield-spikes to gain Buffs and inflict alternate Damage types.

Wardens get bonuses for using Clubs, Swords, Spears, and Javelins, but are able to use Daggers, One-handed Axes, One-handed Hammers, and One-handed Maces. At Level 20, they are able to apply Oils on their Javelin to inflict alternate Damage types.

At level 20, Wardens gain Carving Use in their Class Slot to lower the Power cost of certain Gambit Lines and gain Buffs.

Gambits

A Warden's most powerful abilities are achieved through the use of Gambits - advanced skills built from special sequences of basic attacks, or Builders. These builders are represented as Spear, Shield, Fist, and Javelin icons in the Gambit Display on the player's screen. At Level 1, these sequences are limited to two steps, but can become up to five steps long as the Warden learns new Gambits. Level 10 grants the Warden abilities to clear icons from the Gambit Display.

At Level 21, the Warden gains the use of Masteries to build gambit sequences faster. These are special Skills that immediately grant two Builder icons (but without gaining the benefits of the basic Builder attacks).

At Level 24, Battle Preparation allows a Gambit chain to be pre-built before combat, enabling the Warden to execute an advanced Gambit immediately after entering combat. The chain can be built using either the standard Builders or Masteries.

At Level 40, the Potency effect stores the next executed Gambit into Battle Memory, allowing it to be re-executed any time during that combat. Potency is granted after performing one of the four dual-icon Gambits: Deft Strike, Ranged Deft Strike, Defensive Strike, or Goad.

Other Class Abilities

Wardens have Forced March, a toggled run-speed buff that only works out of combat. They can also Muster to locations similar to the Hunter port, but cannot bring anyone with them.

Skills

Active Skills

Warden Stances

Only one stance may be active at a time.

Ability Category Source Notes
Determination Stance-icon.png In the Fray - Stance Stance Level 1 Melee combat stance. Toggle Skill.
Assailment-icon.png Assailment - Stance Stance Level 1 Ranged combat stance. Receiving Melee damage will hinder Ranged damage. Toggle Skill.

Basic Gambits

Ability Category Range Targets Source Notes
Gambit Default-icon.png Gambit Default Melee 25m 1 Level 1 Updates as icons are added to the Gambit Display. Otherwise, minor melee attack.
Quick Thrust-icon.png Quick Thrust Melee+Buff 2.5m 1 Level 1 Builder - adds Spear icon.
Quick Toss-icon.png Quick Toss Ranged+Buff 25m 1 Level 1 Builder - adds Javelin icon. Assailment - Stance version of Quick Thrust.
Shield-bash-icon.png Shield-bash Melee+Buff 2.5m 1 Level 1 Builder - adds Shield icon.
Behind the Shield-icon.png Behind the Shield Ranged+Debuff+Buff 25m 1 Level 1 Builder - adds Shield icon. Assailment - Stance version of Shield-bash.
Warden's Taunt-icon.png Warden's Taunt Bleed+Buff 10m 1 Level 1 Builder - adds Fist icon.
Warden's Aim-icon.png Warden's Aim Bleed+Buff 25m 1 Level 1 Builder - adds Fist icon. Assailment - Stance version of Warden's Taunt.
Quick Recovery-icon.png Quick Recovery self self Level 10 Removes the last Gambit icon from the Gambit Display.
Recovery-icon.png Recovery self self Level 10 Resets the Gambit Display.
Fist and Fist-icon.png Fist and Fist Mastery self self Level 21 Quickly adds two Fist icons
Fist and Shield-icon.png Fist and Shield Mastery self self Level 21 Quickly adds Fist and Shield icons
Fist and Spear-icon.png Fist and Spear Mastery self self Level 21 Quickly adds Fist and Spear icons
Shield and Fist-icon.png Shield and Fist Mastery self self Level 21 Quickly adds Shield and Fist icons
Shield and Shield-icon.png Shield and Shield Mastery self self Level 21 Quickly adds two Shield icons
Shield and Spear-icon.png Shield and Spear Mastery self self Level 21 Quickly adds Shield and Spear icons
Spear and Fist-icon.png Spear and Fist Mastery self self Level 21 Quickly adds Spear and Fist icons
Spear and Shield-icon.png Spear and Shield Mastery self self Level 21 Quickly adds Spear and Shield icons
Spear and Spear-icon.png Spear and Spear Mastery self self Level 21 Quickly adds two Spear icons

Assailment Gambits

Ability Category Range Targets Source Notes
Marked Target-icon.png Marked Target Ranged 25m 1 Level 1 Reduces target's Physical Mitigation.

Javelin Skills

Ability Category Range Targets Source Notes
Hampering Javelin-icon.png Hampering Javelin Ranged 25m 1 Level 6 Reduces target's Run Speed.
Ambush-icon.png Ambush Ranged 25m 1 Level 10 Knocks Out target and buffs Warden Run Speed.
Wages of Fear-icon.png Wages of Fear Ranged 25m 1 Level 38 Increased damage from behind.

Warden Training

Ability Category Range Targets Source Notes
Critical Strike-icon.png Critical Strike Melee 2.5m 1 Level 10 Increased damage on Knocked Out and Dazed targets.
Careful Step-icon.png Careful Step self self Level 14 Temporary stealth to facilitate Ambush.
Forced March-icon.png Forced March self self Level 14 Increased out-of-combat Run Speed.
First Aid-icon.png First Aid target Level 16 Removes single Disease, Wound, Fear, or Poison effect from target.
Steadfast-icon.png Steadfast self self Level 20 Frees Warden from any Combat State.
Battle Preparation-icon.png Battle Preparation self self Level 24 Pre-build Gambit Display out-of-combat.
Battle Memory I-icon.png Battle Memory I Melee 2.5 1 Level 40 Execute Potency-stored Gambit.
Never Surrender-icon.png Never Surrender Heal self self Level 40 Recover 50% Morale and Power.

Travel Skills

Muster to ... skills no longer require travelling rations as of Update 12: Helm's Deep.

Ability Category Lvl Description Requirement
Muster in Ost Guruth-icon.png Muster in Ost Guruth Travel 26 Transport the Warden to Ost Guruth
Muster in Esteldín-icon.png Muster in Esteldín Travel 32 Transport the Warden to Esteldín
Muster in Evendim-icon.png Muster in Evendim Travel 40 Transport the Warden to Evendim
Muster in the Misty Mountains-icon.png Muster in the Misty Mountains Travel 40 Transport the Warden to Misty Mountains Acquaintance Standing with Elves of Rivendell
Muster in Rivendell-icon.png Muster in Rivendell Travel 44 Transport the Warden to Rivendell
Muster to Sûri-kylä-icon.png Muster to Sûri-kylä Travel 48 Transport the Warden to Sûri-kylä Acquaintance Standing with the Lossoth of Forochel
Muster in the Twenty-first Hall (Skill)-icon.png Muster in the Twenty-first Hall Travel 56 Transport the Warden to The Twenty-first Hall Acquaintance Standing with the Iron Garrison Miners
Muster in Caras Galadhon-icon.png Muster in Caras Galadhon Travel 60 Transport the Warden to Caras Galadhon Acquaintance Standing with the Galadhrim
Muster in Mirk-eaves-icon.png Muster in Mirk-eaves Travel 62 Transport the Warden to the Mirk-eaves Acquaintance Standing with the Malledhrim
Muster in Harndirion-icon.png Muster in Harndirion Travel 62 Transport the Warden to Harndirion in Enedwaith Friend Standing with the The Grey Company
Muster in Galtrev-icon.png Muster in Galtrev Travel 70 Transport the Warden to Galtrev Acquaintance Standing with the Men of Dunland
Muster in Stangard-icon.png Muster in Stangard Travel 75 Transport the Warden to Stangard Acquaintance Standing with the The Riders of Stangard
Muster in Snowbourn-icon.png Muster in Snowbourn Travel 80 Transport the Warden to Snowbourn Acquaintance Standing with the Men of the Sutcrofts
Muster in Forlaw-icon.png Muster in Forlaw Travel 85 Transport the Warden to Forlaw Acquaintance Standing with the People of Wildermore
Muster in Snowbourn-icon.png Muster in Aldburg Travel 95 Transport the Warden to Aldburg Friend Standing with The Eorlingas
Muster in Snowbourn-icon.png Muster in Helm's Deep Travel 95 Transport the Warden to Helm's Deep Friend Standing with The Helmingas
Dol Amroth-icon.png Muster in Dol Amroth Travel 95 Transport the Warden to Dol Amroth Friend Standing with Dol Amroth

Gambits

Recklessness Gambits

Ability Category Range Targets Source Gambit Icons Notes
Deft Strike-icon.png Deft Strike Melee 2.5m 1 Level 1

Gambit spear-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.png

Grants Potency.
The Boot-icon.png The Boot Melee + Interrupt 2.5m 1 Level 1

Gambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Interrupt, strong attack.
Onslaught-icon.png Onslaught Melee + Interrupt 2.5m 1 Level 32

Gambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.png

Interrupt, 3x attack.
Wall of Steel-icon.png Wall of Steel Melee + Interrupt + Buff 2.5m 1 Level 44

Gambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Interrupt, 3x strong attack, Parry Buff.
Power Attack-icon.png Power Attack Melee + Bleed 2.5m 1 Level 18

Gambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

Strong attack, Bleed, Chain.
Mighty Blow-icon.png Mighty Blow Melee + Bleed 2.5m 1 Level 38

Gambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.png

Strong attack, Bleed, Chain.
Unerring Strike-icon.png Unerring Strike Melee + Bleed 2.5m 1 Level 50

Gambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Strong attack, Bleed, Chain.
The Dark Before Dawn-icon.png The Dark Before Dawn Melee + Power Heal 2.5m 1 Level 60

Gambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.png

2x strong attack, Power over Time.
Offensive Strike-icon.png Offensive Strike Melee + Morale-tap 2.5m 1 Level 1

Gambit spear-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

2x strong attack, Morale-tap.
Combination Strike-icon.png Combination Strike Melee 2.5m 1 Level 22

Gambit spear-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.png

2x strong attack.
Boar's Rush-icon.png Boar's Rush Melee + Daze 2.5m 1 Level 44

Gambit spear-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

Common damage, Daze.
Adroit Manoeuvre-icon.png Adroit Manoeuvre Melee + Buff 2.5m 1 Level 58

Gambit spear-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.png

Strong attack, attack speed buff.
Warden's Triumph-icon.png Warden's Triumph Melee + Buff 2.5m 1 Level 58

Gambit spear-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

Strong attack, Damage Buff.
Precise Blow-icon.png Precise Blow Melee + DoT 2.5m 1 Level 12

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.png

Strong attack, DoT.
Piercing Strike-icon.png Piercing Strike Melee + DoT 2.5m 1 Level 30

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

Strong attack, Light Damage, DoT.
Spear of Virtue-icon.png Spear of Virtue Melee + DoT 2.5m 1 Level 46

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.png

Strong attack, Light Damage, DoT.

Determination Gambits

Ability Category Range Targets Source Gambit Icons Notes
Defensive Strike-icon.png Defensive Strike Melee + Buff 2.5m 1 Level 1

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Very strong attack, grants Potency.
Persevere-icon.png Persevere Melee + Buff + Heal 2.5m 1 Level 1

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.png

Very strong attack, Block Buff, HoT, Chain.
Safeguard-icon.png Safeguard Melee + Buff + Heal 2.5m 1 Level 24

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Common damage, Block Buff, HoT, Chain.
Celebration of Skill-icon.png Celebration of Skill Melee + Buff 2.5m 1 Level 24

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.png

Very strong attack, Block Buff, Heal Buff, Finisher.
Restoration-icon.png Restoration Melee + Heal 2.5m 1 Level 24

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Very strong attack, Heal, Finisher.
Impressive Flourish-icon.png Impressive Flourish DoT + Buff 2.5m 1 Level 1

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

DoT, Defense Buff, Chain.
Maddening Strike-icon.png Maddening Strike Melee + Buff 2.5m 1 Level 16

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Very strong attack, Defense Buff, Chain.
Dance of War-icon.png Dance of War Buff self self Level 34

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

Defense Buff, Finisher.
Conviction-icon.png Conviction Buff + Heal 30m allies Level 16

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Defense Buff, HoT, Finisher.
Goad-icon.png Goad DoT 6.2m 5 Level 1

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

DoT, grants Potency.
Fierce Resolve-icon.png Fierce Resolve Morale-tap 6.2m 10 Level 24

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Morale-tap.
Resolution-icon.png Resolution Morale-tap 6.2m 10 Level 72

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

Morale-tap.
Exultation of Battle-icon.png Exultation of Battle Morale-tap 6.2m 10 Level 60

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Morale-tap.
War-cry (Warden)-icon.png War-cry DoT + Buff 10.2m 10 Level 13

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

DoT, Evade Buff, Chain.
Brink of Victory-icon.png Brink of Victory DoT + Buff 10.2m 10 Level 34

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

DoT, Evade Buff, Chain.
Surety of Death-icon.png Surety of Death Melee + DoT + Buff 6.2m 5 Level 16

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Very strong attack, DoT, Evade Buff, Finisher.
Desolation-icon.png Desolation DoT + Debuff 6.2m 5 Level 34

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

DoT, Hit chance Debuff, Finisher.
Resounding Challenge-icon.png Resounding Challenge DoT + Debuff 25m 6 Level 80

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.png

Light damage.

Assailment Gambits

Ability Category Range Targets Source Gambit Icons Notes
Ranged Deft Strike-icon.png Ranged Deft Strike Ranged 25m 1 Level 1

Gambit javelin-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.png

Strong attack, grants Potency.
Ranged Boot-icon.png Ranged Boot Ranged + Interrupt 25m 1 Level 1

Gambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Interrupt.
Ranged Onslaught-icon.png Ranged Onslaught Ranged + Interrupt 25m 1 Level 32

Gambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.png

Very strong attack, Interrupt.
Ranged Wall of Steel-icon.png Ranged Wall of Steel Ranged + Interrupt 25m 1 Level 44

Gambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Very strong attack, Interrupt.
Ranged The Dark Before Dawn-icon.png Ranged The Dark Before Dawn Ranged + Power Heal 25m 1 Level 60

Gambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.png

Very strong attack, Power over Time.
Ranged Power Attack-icon.png Ranged Power Attack Ranged 25m 1 Level 18

Gambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

Strong attack.
Ranged Mighty Blow-icon.png Ranged Mighty Blow Ranged 25m 1 Level 38

Gambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.png

Strong attack.
Ranged Unerring Strike-icon.png Ranged Unerring Strike Ranged + DoT 25m 1 Level 50

Gambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Strong attack, DoT.
Ranged Offensive Strike-icon.png Ranged Offensive Strike Ranged + Debuff 25m 1 Level 1

Gambit javelin-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

Very strong attack, Damage Debuff, Chain.
Ranged Combination Strike-icon.png Ranged Combination Strike Ranged + Debuff 25m 1 Level 22

Gambit javelin-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.png

Very strong attack, Damage Debuff, Chain.
Ranged Boar's Rush-icon.png Ranged Boar's Rush Ranged + Debuff + Daze 25m 1 Level 44

Gambit javelin-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

Strong attack, Damage Debuff, Daze, Chain.
Ranged Reversal-icon.png Ranged Reversal Ranged + Debuff 25m 1 Level 50

Gambit javelin-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Strong attack, removes one Corruption effect.
Ranged Adroit Manoeuvre-icon.png Ranged Adroit Manoeuvre Ranged + Buff 25m 1 Level 58

Gambit javelin-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.png

Strong attack, attack speed Buff.
Ranged Warden's Triumph-icon.png Ranged Warden's Triumph Ranged + Buff 25m 1 Level 70

Gambit javelin-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

Strong attack, Damage Buff.
Ranged Persevere Ranged + Heal 25m 1 Level 1

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.png

Strong attack, HoT.
Ranged Safeguard Ranged + Heal 25m 1 Level 24

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

HoT.
Ranged Celebration of Skill Ranged + Heal 25m 1 Level 24

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.png

Strong attack, HoT.
Restoration-icon.png Restoration Ranged + Heal 25m 1 Level 24

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Strong attack, HoT.
Precise Throw Ranged + Debuff 25m 1 Level 12

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.png

Strong attack, Defense Debuff.
Piercing Toss Ranged + Debuff 25m 1 Level 30

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

Strong attack, Light Damage, Defense Debuff.
Javelin of Virtue Ranged + Debuff 25m 1 Level 46

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.png

Strong attack, Light Damage, Defense Debuff.
Fierce Resolve-icon.png Fierce Resolve Morale-tap 25m 10 Level 24

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Morale-tap.
Resolution-icon.png Resolution Morale-tap 25m 10 Level 72

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.png

Morale-tap.
Exultation of Battle-icon.png Exultation of Battle Morale-tap 25m 10 Level 60

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Morale-tap.
Resounding Challenge-icon.png Resounding Challenge Damage at Range 25m 6 Level 80

Gambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit javelin-icon.png

Light Damage.

Basic Gambits

Ability Category Range Targets Source Gambit Icons Notes
Reversal-icon.png Reversal Melee + Debuff 2.5m 1 Level 50

Gambit spear-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Strong attack, removes one Corruption effect.

Passive Skills

Armour Proficiencies

Ability Source Notes
Light Armour-icon.png Light Armour Level 1 Allows the use of Light Armour.
Medium Armour-icon.png Medium Armour Level 1 Allows the use of Medium Armour.
Shields-icon.png Shields Level 1 Slightly reduce the chance to be critically hit.
Shields-icon.png Warden's Shields Level 1 Reduce the chance to be critically hit.

Base Passive Skills

For details see Elf, Hobbit, or Man

Combat Characteristics

Ability Source Notes
Critical Defence-icon.png Critical Defence Level 20 Reduces the Warden's chance to suffer a Critical Hit.
2 Icon Gambits-icon.png 2 Icon Gambits Level 1 Allows execution of gambits requiring 2 icons.
3 Icon Gambits-icon.png 3 Icon Gambits Level 1 Allows execution of gambits requiring 3 icons.
4 Icon Gambits-icon.png 4 Icon Gambits Level 1 Allows execution of gambits requiring 4 icons.
5 Icon Gambits-icon.png 5 Icon Gambits Level 1 Allows execution of gambits requiring 5 icons.
Improved Defensive Strike (Warden)-icon.png Improved Defensive Strike Level 40 The skill Defensive Strike applies Potency.
Improved Deft Strike-icon.png Improved Deft Strike Level 40 The skill Deft Strike applies Potency.
Improved Goad Strike-icon.png Improved Goad Strike Level 40 The skill Goad applies Potency.

Instrument Proficiencies

Name Source Notes
Specialized Equipment-icon.png Specialized Equipment Level 1 Allows the use of Specialized Equipment and Instruments.
Horn Use-icon.png Horn Use Level 1 Allows the use of Horns.
Lute Use-icon.png Lute Use Level 1 Allows the use of Lutes.

Misc. Passive Skills

Ability Source Notes
Carving Use-icon.png Carving Use Level 20 Enables Carvings in Class Slot to reduce Power cost of Gambits.
Shield Spike Use-icon.png Shield Spike Use Level 20 Enables application of Shield-spikes granting alternate Damage types and Buffs.
Use of Fire-icon.png Use of Fire Level 20 Enables application of Fire-oil to ranged weapons granting Fire Damage type.
Use of Light-icon.png Use of Light Level 30 Enables application of Light-oil to ranged weapons granting Light Damage type.

Weapon Proficiencies

Ability Category Source Notes
Club Training-icon.png Club Training 1H Level 1 +2% Damage. Chance to slow target's attack speed.
Daggers-icon.png Daggers 1H Level 1 Chance to land critical hit.
Javelins-icon.png Javelins Ranged Level 1 Allows the use of javelins.
One-handed Axes-icon.png One-handed Axes 1H Level 1 Chance to reduce target's armour.
One-handed Hammers-icon.png One-handed Hammers 1H Level 1 Chance to lower target's Evade.
One-handed Maces-icon.png One-handed Maces 1H Level 1 Chance of slowing target's movement speed.
Spear Training-icon.png Spear Training MHO Level 1 +2% Damage. Chance of wounding target, causing damage over time.
Sword Training-icon.png Sword Training 1H Level 1 +2% Damage. Increases chance to hit.
Expert Club Training-icon.png Expert Club Training 1H Level 15 +2% Damage. Chance to slow target's attack speed.
Expert Sword Training-icon.png Expert Sword Training 1H Level 15 +2% Damage. Increases chance to hit.
Expert Spear Training-icon.png Expert Spear Training MHO Level 15 +2% Damage. Chance of wounding target, causing damage over time.
Master Club Training-icon.png Master Club Training 1H Level 30 +2% Damage. Increased chance and duration to slow target's attack speed.
Master Sword Training-icon.png Master Sword Training 1H Level 30 +2% Damage. +2% Inherent Sword Parry.
Master Spear Training-icon.png Master Spear Training MHO Level 30 +2% Damage. Increased chance and damage of wounding target, causing damage over time.

Specialization Sets & Traits

Determination

The Warden Determination (Blue) class trait set is focused on defence and healing, supporting the Main Tank role.

Official Description: Rotate your gambits to self-heal and bolster defences and tank multiple enemies with Determination. String self-buffs for combat flexibility, finishing a string by choosing one of two skills.

Skill Highlight: "Defiant Challenge" is an area-of-effect taunt that boosts the Warden's defences based on nearby enemies.


These skills are acquired by spending points in the Warden Determination (Blue) trait tree. The Set skills can only be obtained by specializing in the tree.

Ability Category Range Targets Source Gambit Icons Notes
Warning Shot-icon.png Warning Shot Ranged + Debuff 25m 1 Set: Initial Skill Strong attack, Damage Debuff.
Shield Mastery (Warden)-icon.png Shield Mastery Buff self self Set Trait: Shield Mastery (Trait)-icon.png Shield Mastery 

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Defense Buff.
Shield Tactics-icon.png Shield Tactics Buff self self Set Trait: Shield Tactics (Trait)-icon.png Shield Tactics 

Gambit shield-icon.pngGambit fist-icon.pngGambit spear-icon.pngGambit shield-icon.png

Defense Buff, Stun immunity.
Defiant Challenge-icon.png Defiant Challenge Melee 10m 10 Trait: Warden's Challenge-icon.png Warden's Challenge  Force enemy attack, Reflect Damage.
For the Free Peoples-icon.png For the Free Peoples Buff self self Trait: For the Free Peoples (Trait)-icon.png For the Free Peoples  Fellowship Defense Buff.


Specialization grants +25% Healing Potency, +5% Spear Gambit Damage. Gambit Builders build a stacking Partial Block, Parry, and Evade buff - max of 6%. Individual Gambit Bonuses (10% Chance to Apply): Spear: +5% Incoming Healing Modifier, Fist: -2% Outgoing Damage on Target, Shield: +Block Rating.

Set Traits Source Notes
Thrill of Battle (Warden Trait)-icon.png Thrill of Battle  Set: 5+ tree ranks Increased Morale-tap damage.
Shield Mastery (Trait)-icon.png Shield Mastery  Set: 10+ tree ranks Grants Shield Mastery (Warden) skill.
Elegant Finish-icon.png Elegant Finish  Set: 15+ tree ranks Grants bonuses to Finishers.
Shield Tactics (Trait)-icon.png Shield Tactics  Set: 20+ tree ranks Grants Shield Tactics skill.
Close Call-icon.png Close Call  Set: 25+ tree ranks Dodge restores Morale.
Exultation of Battle (Trait)-icon.png Exultation of Battle  Set: 30+ tree ranks Increases Morale-tap duration.
Revel in Combat-icon.png Revel in Combat  Set: 35+ tree ranks Builders also perform Morale-tap on enemy.


Obtained by spending Trait Points in the Warden Determination Trait Tree.

Tree Traits Source Notes
War-cry (Trait)-icon.png War-cry  Trait: 0+ ranks War-cry Evade bonus.
Persevere (Trait)-icon.png Persevere  Trait: 0+ ranks Persevere line Damage and Heal bonus.
Warden's Challenge-icon.png Warden's Challenge  Trait: 5+ ranks Grants Defiant Challenge skill.
Careful Shield-work-icon.png Careful Shield-work  Trait: 5+ ranks Persevere and Safeguard Block bonus.
Bane of Shadow-icon.png Bane of Shadow  Trait: 10+ ranks Light-type Damage bonus.
Defiance-icon.png Defiance  Trait: 10+ ranks, Warden's Challenge-icon.png Warden's Challenge  (1) Defiant Challenge produces Defense buff.
Impressive Flourish (Trait)-icon.png Impressive Flourish (Trait)  Trait: 10+ ranks Impressive Flourish Defense bonus.
Unassailable-icon.png Unassailable  Trait: 15+ ranks Surety of Death and Desolation bonus.
Counter-attack-icon.png Counter-attack  Trait: 15+ ranks Resets Mastery cooldowns after successful Evade.
Indefatigable-icon.png Indefatigable  Trait: 15+ ranks Celebration of Skill and Restoration bonus.
Thick Skin (Warden Trait)-icon.png Thick Skin  Trait: 20+ ranks Dance of War and Conviction bonus.
Critical Protection-icon.png Critical Protection  Trait: 2-+ ranks Critical Defense bonus.
Lasting Hope-icon.png Lasting Hope  Trait: 20+ ranks Increases HoT duration.
Never Surrender (Trait)-icon.png Never Surrender  Trait: 25+ ranks Decreases Never Surrender cooldown.
Fear No Darkness-icon.png Fear No Darkness  Trait: 25+ ranks Morale-tap Damage bonus.
Stand Your Ground-icon.png Stand Your Ground  Trait: 25+ ranks Block and Parry bonus, Evade penalty.
For the Free Peoples (Trait)-icon.png For the Free Peoples  Trait: 30+ ranks Grants For the Free Peoples skill.


Recklessness

The Warden Recklessness (Red) class trait set is focused on Bleeds and AoE attacks, supporting the Melee DPS role.

Official Description: A damage specialization that stacks bleeds on a target, Recklessness uses a cash-out skill for additional area-of-effect and utility. Careful planning of gambit-chains and layering of effects maximizes damage.

Skill Highlight: "No Respite for the Wicked" causes Offensive Strike line Gambits to apply an Incoming Healing Debuff to enemies.


These skills are acquired by spending points in the Warden Recklessness (Red) trait tree. The Set skills can only be obtained by specializing in the tree.

Ability Category Range Targets Source Gambit Icons Notes
Shield Piercer-icon.png Shield Piercer Ranged + Debuff 25m 1 Set: Initial Skill Strong attack, Defense Debuff.
Recklessness-icon.png Recklessness self self Trait: Recklessness (Trait)-icon.png Recklessness  Damage bonus, Defense penalty.


Specialization grants +5% Warden DoT Damage, -10% Attack Duration. Gambit Builders build a stacking melee damage buff - max of 6%. Individual Gambit Bonuses (10% Chance to Apply): Spear: +5% Chance to reduce target armour, Fist: +5% Chance to reduce target Cry Resistance Rating, Shield: +5% chance to increase Morale-tap damage by 5%.

Set Traits Source Notes
Sharpened Spears-icon.png Sharpened Spears  Set: 5+ tree ranks Spear Gambit Damage bonus.
Unconventional Strikes-icon.png Unconventional Strikes  Set: 10+ tree ranks Increased Gambit Builder Bonus chance.
Precision Training-icon.png Precision Training  Set: 15+ tree ranks Critical chance and Damage bonus.
Taking Advantage-icon.png Taking Advantage  Set: 20+ tree ranks Parry restores Morale, eliminates Gambit Builder Power cost.
One After Another-icon.png One After Another  Set: 25+ tree ranks Defeating enemies restores Morale, produces Spear Gambit Damage bonus.
Grand Master Weapons Training-icon.png Grand Master Weapons Training  Set: 30+ tree ranks Melee Damage bonus, Spear Bleed bonus, Club speed bonus, Sword Parry bonus.
Martial Fury-icon.png Martial Fury  Set: 35+ tree ranks Power Attack and Precise Blow lines can apply secondary DoT.


Obtained by spending Trait Points in the Warden Recklessness Trait Tree.

Tree Traits Source Notes
Basic Strikes-icon.png Basic Strikes  Trait: 0+ ranks Gambit Builder Damage bonus.
Well-placed Strike-icon.png Vital Points  Trait: 0+ ranks Bleed Damage bonus.
Spear Sweep-icon.png Spear Sweep  Trait: 5+ ranks Converts Bleeds to AoE Damage.
Physical Mastery (Trait)-icon.png Physical Mastery  Trait: 5+ ranks Physical Mastery bonus.
Way of the Spear-icon.png Way of the Spear  Trait: 10+ ranks Spear Gambit Damage bonus.
Foe of the Darkness-icon.png Foe of the Darkness  Trait: 10+ ranks Light-type Damage bonus.
On the Offence-icon.png On the Offence  Trait: 10+ ranks Morale-tap Damage bonus.
Quick Sweep (Trait)-icon.png Quick Sweep  Trait: 15+ ranks, Spear Sweep-icon.png Spear Sweep  (1) Chance to produce Bleed on Spear Sweep conversion.
No Respite for the Wicked-icon.png No Respite for the Wicked  Trait: 15+ ranks Offensive Strike line applies Heal Debuff.
Aggravating Wounds-icon.png Aggravating Wounds  Trait: 15+ ranks DoT and Bleed Critical Hit bonus.
No Mercy-icon.png No Mercy  Trait: 20+ ranks, Quick Sweep (Trait)-icon.png Quick Sweep  (1) Spear Sweep conversion may retain Bleed.
Deep Wounds-icon.png Deep Wounds  Trait: 20+ ranks DoT and Bleed Critical Damage bonus.
Warden's Triumph (Trait)-icon.png Warden's Triumph  Trait: 25+ ranks Adroit Manoeuvre and Warden's Triumph effect bonus.
Lasting Impression-icon.png Lasting Impression  Trait: 25+ ranks Increased DoT and Bleed duration.
Recklessness (Trait)-icon.png Recklessness  Trait: 30+ ranks Grants Recklessness skill.


Assailment

The Warden Assailment (Yellow) class trait set is focused on Debuffs, supporting the Ranged DPS role.

Official Description: A ranged damage line that also focuses on debuffing enemies, Assailment has versatility. As a solo build, its strength comes from debuffs and traits that boost melee combat. In group play, it offers potent debuffs to enemy defences.

Skill Highlight: "Marked Target" damages an enemy and applies a physical mitigation debuff. You can upgrade "Marked Target" to gain a chance to affect multiple targets.


These skills are acquired by spending points in the Warden Assailment (Yellow) trait tree. The Set skills can only be obtained by specializing in the tree.

Ability Category Range Targets Source Gambit Icons Notes
Hampering Javelin-icon.png Improved Hampering Javelin Ranged 25m 1 Set: Level: ... Strong attack, Run speed Debuff, Roots enemy.
Fire at Will-icon.png Fire at Will Buff 25m 1 Set Trait: Fire at Will (Trait)-icon.png Fire at Will  Fellowship Damage Buff.
Dodge This!-icon.png Dodge This! Ranged 25m 1 Set Trait: Dodge This! (Trait)-icon.png Dodge This!  Unavoidable strong attack.
Ambush-icon.png Snap Shot - Ambush Ranged 25m 1 Set Trait: Snap Shot-icon.png Snap Shot  Off-cooldown Ambush.
Shield Piercer-icon.png Snap Shot - Shield Piercer Ranged 25m 1 Set Trait: Snap Shot-icon.png Snap Shot  Off-cooldown Shield Piercer.
Hampering Javelin-icon.png Snap Shot - Improved Hampering Javelin Ranged 25m 1 Set Trait: Snap Shot-icon.png Snap Shot  Off-cooldown Improved Hampering Javelin.
Wages of Fear-icon.png Snap Shot - Wages of Fear Ranged 25m 1 Set Trait: Snap Shot-icon.png Snap Shot  Off-cooldown Wages of Fear.
Javelin of Deadly Force-icon.png Snap Shot - Javelin of Deadly Force Ranged 30.2m 10 Set Trait: Snap Shot-icon.png Snap Shot  Off-cooldown Javelin of Deadly Force.
Diminished Target-icon.png Diminished Target Ranged 25m 1 Trait: Diminished Target (Trait)-icon.png Diminished Target  Strong attack, Defense Debuff.
Javelin of Deadly Force-icon.png Javelin of Deadly Force Ranged 30.2m 10 Trait: Javelin of Deadly Force (Trait)-icon.png Javelin of Deadly Force  Strong attack, Damage Buff.


Specialization grants +5% Ranged Damage, +... Critical Rating. Gain the skill: Improved Hampering Javelin. Gambit Builders build a stacking ranged damage buff - max of 4.5%. Individual Gambit Bonuses (10% Chance to Apply): Javelin: -5% Fellowship Attack Duration, Fist: +5% Chance to Crit with Ranged Attacks, Shield: +10% Morale return for fellows when they strike the target.

Set Traits Source Notes
Throwing Arm-icon.png Throwing Arm  Set: 5+ tree ranks Ranged Damage bonus.
Makeshift Caltrops-icon.png Makeshift Caltrops  Set: 10+ tree ranks Improved Hampering Javelin applies AoE Slow.
Focus Fire-icon.png Focus Fire  Set: 15+ tree ranks Marked Target and Diminished Target effect bonus.
Fire at Will (Trait)-icon.png Fire at Will  Set: 20+ tree ranks Grants Fire at Will skill.
Dodge This! (Trait)-icon.png Dodge This!  Set: 25+ tree ranks Grants Dodge This! skill.
Endurance Training-icon.png Endurance Training  Set: 30+ tree ranks Assailment attack duration bonus.
Snap Shot-icon.png Snap Shot  Set: 35+ tree ranks Gambit Builders can trigger off-cooldown Javelin skills.


Obtained by spending Trait Points in the Warden Assailment Trait Tree.

Tree Traits Source Notes
Momentum (Trait)-icon.png Momentum  Trait: 0+ ranks Temporary In the Fray - Stance Melee Damage bonus.
Marked Target (Trait)-icon.png Marked Target  Trait: 0+ ranks Marked Target effect bonus.
Finesse (Trait)-icon.png Finesse  Trait: 5+ ranks Finesse Rating bonus.
Ranged Damage (Trait)-icon.png Ranged Damage  Trait: 5+ ranks Ranged Damage bonus.
Bulls-eye-icon.png Bulls-eye  Trait: 10+ ranks Critical Rating and Damage bonus.
Shield's Up-icon.png Shield's Up  Trait: 10+ ranks Temporary In the Fray - Stance Block bonus.
Diminished Target (Trait)-icon.png Diminished Target  Trait: 10+ ranks, Marked Target (Trait)-icon.png Marked Target  (1) Grants Diminished Target skill, effect bonus.
Piercing Javelins-icon.png Piercing Javelins  Trait: 15+ ranks Armour Penetration bonus.
Barbed Javelins-icon.png Barbed Javelins  Trait: 15+ ranks Javelin Gambits can trigger Bleeds.
Area Targeting-icon.png Area Targeting  Trait: 15+ ranks, Diminished Target (Trait)-icon.png Diminished Target  (1) Marked Target and Diminished Target applies AoE effect.
Shattered Javelins-icon.png Shattered Javelins  Trait: 20+ ranks, Barbed Javelins-icon.png Barbed Javelins  (1) Stacking Barbed Javelins Bleed will convert to AoE Damage.
Hurry Up with That!-icon.png Hurry Up with That!  Trait: 20+ ranks Ranged Adroit Manoeuvre applies Fellowship Induction Duration bonus.
Battering Strikes-icon.png Battering Strikes  Trait: 25+ ranks Precise Throw line Critical Defense Debuff bonus.
Suppression-icon.png Suppression  Trait: 25+ ranks Ranged Offensive Strike Damage Debuff bonus.
Javelin of Deadly Force (Trait)-icon.png Javelin of Deadly Force  Trait: 30+ ranks Grants Javelin of Deadly Force skill.


Trait Tree

Determination
Wields Shield and Fist to protect allies from harm.

A tanking build which boosts defences while healing, able to survive attacks from many foes at once.

Warning Shot-icon.png Warning Shot
+25% Healing Potency
+5% Spear Gambit Damage

Gambit Builders build a stacking Partial Block, Parry, and Evade buff - max of 6%

Individual Gambit Bonuses (10% Chance to Apply):
Spear: +5% Incoming Healing Modifier
Fist: -2% Outgoing Damage on Target
Shield: +Block Rating

Recklessness
Wields deadly, war-like techniques to defeat foes.

A powerful damaging build that stacks single-target bleeds with the potential for sweeping AoE blows.

Shield Piercer-icon.png Shield Piercer
+5% Warden DoT Damage
-10% Attack Duration

Gambit Builders build a stacking melee damage buff - max of 6%

Individual Gambit Bonuses (10% Chance to Apply):
Spear: +5% Chance to reduce target armour
Fist: +5% Chance to reduce target Cry Resistance Rating
Shield: +5% chance to increase Morale-tap damage by 5%

Assailment
Wields Javelin and clever tactics to harm and hinder foes.

A ranged support line that debuffs enemies while dealing significant damage from afar, useful when fighting either alone or in a Fellowship.

+5% Ranged Damage
+... Critical Rating

Gain the skill: Improved Hampering Javelin

Gambit Builders build a stacking ranged damage buff - max of 4.5%

Individual Gambit Bonuses (10% Chance to Apply):
Javelin: -5% Fellowship Attack Duration
Fist: +5% Chance to Crit with Ranged Attacks
Shield: +10% Morale return for fellows when they strike the target

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See Also

References

  1. http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/the-lord-of-the-rings-online-mines-of-moria/887242p1.html
  2. http://www.warcry.com/articles/view/interviews/5104-LotRO-Executive-Producer-Jeffery-Steefel-Talks-Moria