Expansion

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An expansion is a purchasable addition to the existing base game.

In the Lord of the Rings Online, an expansion generally includes the following:

Group content and updates

Originally, expansions also included instances and raids. However, in recent years the trend to release content more gradually emerged, and group content has usually been added in separate updates after the expansion release date. Similarly, new reputation factions, gear, crafting recipes and landscape content has been added at a later date. Regardless, this content can only be accessed after the expansion has been purchased.

Payment model

LOTRO expansions can usually be pre-ordered before release. Pre-ordering allows for earlier access to the expansions. Generally, various pre-order versions are available, of which the more expensive ones offer exclusive rewards. After release, expansions may also be bought with LOTRO Points (formerly Turbine Points).

On April 20, 2022, with the release of Update 33, all expansions and Quest Packs up to and including Helm's Deep were made free to all players. Additionally, the Standard Editions of the Mordor, Minas Morgul, and War of Three Peaks expansions were made free for VIPs.

Current expansions

LOTRO currently counts ten expansions. The following table lists them all, ordered by release date.

Expansion Nickname Release date Level cap increase
Mines of Moria MoM November 18, 2008 from 50 to 60
Siege of Mirkwood SoM December 1, 2009 from 60 to 65
Rise of Isengard RoI September 27, 2011 from 65 to 75
Riders of Rohan RoR October 15, 2012 from 75 to 85
Helm's Deep HD November 20, 2013 from 85 to 95
Mordor Mordor August 2, 2017 from 105 to 115
Minas Morgul MM November 5, 2019 from 120 to 130
War of Three Peaks WoTP October 20, 2020 N/A
Fate of Gundabad FoG November 10, 2021 from 130 to 140
Before the Shadow BtS November 15, 2022 N/A

Note that while expansions typically include a level cap increase, the level cap has also been increased in between expansions:

Gallery

This gallery shows the official logo for each expansion.

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