The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard

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The Lord of the Rings Online:
Rise of Isengard
Rise of Isengard logo.png
Official logo for Rise of Isengard
Rise of Isengard
Released September 27, 2011 (release notes)
Nickname RoI
Level cap 75
Region added Dunland, Gap of Rohan, Nan Curunír
Production
First announced June 7, 2011
Pre-order period June 7 to September 27, 2011
Soundtrack Unreleased
Developer Turbine, Inc.
Expansion Chronology
The Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard The Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan
Rise of Isengard main promo image.jpg


Lord of the Rings Online's third expansion was released on September 27, 2011. Named "Rise of Isengard", this expansion introduced the player to the rising power of the wizard Saruman. The expansion was originally sold as a web based download.

This page aims to give an overview of the release history and the main features of the expansion. A full overview of all game changes can be read in Rise of Isengard's release notes.

Purchase Information

Currently, the expansion can be bought on the Standing Stone Games website[1] or in the in-game store. The website offers two options to acquire Rise of Isengard: you can buy the base edition for $19.99, or you can buy it as part of a "quad pack" that contains the first four expansions for $39.99. In the in-game store, the expansion costs 2495 LOTRO Point . The page LOTRO Store Isengard gives an overview of the expansion content purchased.

Content

  • Level cap raised from 65 to 75
  • Skirmish trait maximum upped from 25 to 35
  • New class skills
  • Cap removal for offence ratings and primary stats
  • Introducion of Finesse: a stat that reduces the Resistance of monsters as well as their Block/Parry/Evade ratings
  • Stat consolidation:
  • Resistance rating stat replaced the various resistance ratings to specific types: Fear, Disease, Poison and Wound
  • Tactical mitigation stat replaced the various mitigation types used for the tactical skills: Fire, Lightning, Frost, Acid and Shadow
  • Critical hit rating replaced the separate Melee, Ranged and Tactical Critical Hit ratings previously appearing on items. Critical Hit rating now enabled all attacks to have an increased chance to critical hit
  • Primary stat contributions per class were changed
  • New crafting tier: tier 7
  • New regions: Dunland, Gap of Rohan, Nan Curunír
  • First use of dynamic layering
  • Monster Play open to free-to-play players
  • New instances: originally just the 12-man lair raid Draigoch; later The Tower of Orthanc 12-man raid was added

Production and sales

June 7, 2011, Turbine officially announced the development of Rise of Isengard. Pre-ordering was opened the same day.

At the time, three expansion versions were available: a base edition for $29.99, a heroic edition for $39.99 and a legendary edition for $49.99. In addition to the expansion, players who pre-ordered gained some extra perks. The following table shows the content and pricing of each edition.[2][3]

Expansion editions

Rise of Isengard expansion with pre-order bonuses
Base Heroic Legendary
Pricing
$29.99 $39.99 $49.99
Pre-purchase perks
Title: Guard of the Isen Title: Guard of the Isen Title: Guard of the Isen
Derudh's Stone Derudh's Stone Derudh's Stone
Red-clad Steed of the Gap and Cloak of the Helmingas Choice between:
1) Red-clad Steed of the Gap, Cloak of the Helmingas & Armour of the Helmingas
2) Green-clad Steed of the Gap, Cloak of the Eorlingas & Armour of the Eorlingas
3) White-clad Steed of the Gap, Cloak of the Westfold & Armour of the Westfold
All of the following:
1) Red-clad Steed of the Gap, Cloak of the Helmingas & Armour of the Helmingas
2) Green-clad Steed of the Gap, Cloak of the Eorlingas & Armour of the Eorlingas
3) White-clad Steed of the Gap, Cloak of the Westfold & Armour of the Westfold
1,000 LOTRO Point  1,000 LOTRO Point 
The Path of the Fellowship


The expansion was released on September 27, 2011.

Gallery

Links

References

  1. "Standing Stone Games: The Lord of the Rings Online Market: Expansion Packs" Standing Stone Games, consulted on 26 February 2020.
  2. "Rise of Isengard to launch on September 27th" LOTRO Forums, written by 'Sapience' on June 7, 2011.
  3. "Guide to LOTRO: Rise of Isengard pre-order goodies" Ten Ton Hammer, written by 'Nicole163' on June 9, 2011.


Expansions
Mines of Moria (2008) • Siege of Mirkwood (2009) • Rise of Isengard (2011) • Riders of Rohan (2012) • Helm's Deep (2013) • Mordor (2017) • Minas Morgul (2019) • War of Three Peaks (2020)