This weekend is all about waiting for Update 6 to go live, at least it is for me. I have two characters prepared to start the journey into The Great River and I’m absolutely excited about it. When first entering Thinglad it has a kind of Dark Lothlórien feel to it. Not quite like Mirkwood, but similar. Soon the Rohirrim start to show up and the atmosphere changes into surroundings that we haven’t seen before. Those of us who enjoy questing and adventuring will have an awesome time with this update.
For some inspiration you can listen to the Great River Soundtrack from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy movie here.
The Great River has a lot of promise in terms of new places, but more importantly a lot of new armour rewards can be obtained through questing that use the appearance of older raid armour and pvmp armour. So when going through the quests, check all the rewards for appearances by using the dressing room preview function (ctrl+leftclick). I have seen a few Mirkwood pieces but didn’t want to go too far into the quest lines, spoiling my own fun for the update, but I know a lot of desirable pieces are out there, so make some room in your vault!
Some new cosmetics are available for reaching kindred with the new factions. These are made according to the infamous Tunic & Pants model, but to my surprise they function like hauberks, with the possibility to add your own boots and gloves! I wish they would redesign all Tunics & Pants that way!
If you want to know where a certain armour piece or cosmetic comes from, you can look it up on Lotro Wiki, by typing its name into the search box. You can equip any piece of armour cosmetically through the wardrobe, even armour that is not meant for your class or level.
Head: Helm of Parted Clouds, sienna dye (boa lvl75 skirmish raid drop, heavy)
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Learned Master, rust dye (Mirkwood Medallions of Dol Guldur barter reward, lore-master)
Chest: Footman’s Armour, sienna dye (crafted T6, medium)
Hands: Extravagant Festival Gloves, sienna dye (Yule Festival quest reward, cosmetic)
Legs: Footman’s Leggings, sienna dye (crafted T6, medium)
Feet: Wood-bound Boots, sienna dye (boa lvl75 skirmish raid drop, medium)
Back: Fine Radiant Cloak, rust dye (crafted T5, light)