Guardian Imbuement Guide

Welcome, here you will find an up-to-date guide for Guardian’s Legendary Items Imbuement. This guide will cover a full Legendary Item (LI) Legacy list, and which legacies to keep pre and post imbuement.

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Types of Legendary Items Needed

A Guardian (Blue and Yellow Line) needs the following Legendary Items at endgame:

  • One-handed Sword – First Age (Crafted by Weaponsmith)
  • Guardian’s Belt – First Age – Class Item (Crafted by Metalsmith)

* *Note: Blue and Yellow line share the same LIs/Legacies. Red Line builds are not covered by LotroHQ due to underperformance of the line.

Legacies List

Here is the Legacy List for Guardians.

1-Hander Weapon

TypePre-Imbued LegacyPost-Imbued Legacy
MajorArea Effect Skill DamageArea Effect Skill Damage
MajorBash DamageBash Damage
MajorBrutal Assault DamageBrutal Assault Damage
MajorGuardian’s Pledge CooldownGuardian’s Pledge Cooldown
and Retaliation Damage
MajorOverwhelm Critical RatingOverwhelm Critical Rating
MajorOverwhelm DamageOverwhelm Damage
MajorGuardian’s Ward DurationSweeping Cut Critical Rating
MajorSweeping Cut DamageSweeping Cut Damage
MajorVexing Blow DamageVexing Blow Damage
MajorWhirling Retaliation DamageWhirling Retaliation Damage
MinorBleed Critical DamageBleed Critical Damage
MinorGuardian Bleed DamageGuardian Bleed Damage
MinorCharge DurationShield-swipe Critical Rating
MinorStamp CooldownStamp Cooldown
and Stamp Damage
MinorSting Critical RatingSting Critical Rating
MinorTo The King DamageTo The King Damage
MinorTurn the Tables CooldownTurn the Tables Cooldown
and Turn the Tables Damage
MinorWarrior’s Heart / Fortitude DurationWarrior’s Heart Max Morale

Guardian’s Belt (Class Item)

TypePre-Imbued LegacyPost-Imbued Legacy
MajorAdaptability Block
and Parry Rating
Adaptability Block
and Parry Rating
MajorCatch a Breath Morale HealCatch a Breath Cooldown
and Catch a Breath Morale Heal
MajorCry Resist ChanceCry Resist Chance
MajorGuardian’s Pledge MagnitudeGuardian’s Pledge Magnitude
and Shield Swipe Damage
MajorGuardian’s Ward Block RatingGuardian’s Ward Block Rating
MajorGuardian’s Ward DamageGuardian’s Ward Damage
MajorGuardian’s Ward Parry RatingGuardian’s Ward Parry Rating
MajorChallenge TargetsReactive Parry Damage
MajorShield DamageShield Damage
MajorSting DamageSting Damage
MinorCatch a Breath Power HealingCatch a Breath Power Healing
MinorForce Taunt DurationForce Taunt Duration
and Shield-blow Damage
MinorIncreased Block, Parry
and Evade from Protection
Increased Block, Parry
and Evade from Protection
MinorWar-chant Effect DurationLight Damage
MinorShield Smash DamageShield Smash Damage
MinorStagger Critical RatingStagger Critical Rating
MinorStagger Effect DurationStagger Damage
MinorStagger Positional DamageStagger Positional Damage
MinorStoic Bubble StrengthStoic Bubble Strength
MinorWarrior’s Heart / Fortitude Morale HealWarrior’s Heart / Fortitude Morale Heal

Imbuement Guide

There are 7 recommended legacies for each LI for endgame. Guardian Blue-line LIs can be used in Yellow-line as well.

LotroHQ Class Builds covers Blue and Yellow-line only, so here are the recommended Legacies for those lines.

*Note 1: All Legendary Items have 4 Major Legacies by default (with Crystal of Remembrance item). After Reforging a Legendary Item to level 30, chance of getting additional Major legacies is random, you may end up with more, or no more than 4 at all. So, if this list down below requires more than 4 Major Legacies, and you have only 4 Major Legacies, you will have to use an Imbued Legacy Replacement Scroll to cover for it, after you Imbue your Legendary Item. These special scrolls can be earned from Endgame instances, Throne of the Dread Terror Currency Barter, Hobbit Gifts, and bought from the Auction Hall or the Lotro Store.

*Note 2: Stat Legacy Scrolls (such as Legacy of Vitality) can be crafted (Melding) from Relic-Master for 1,886 Shards, or be traded from Daegoth for 250 Medallions (Barter Exchange Trader at Ost Galadh in Mirkwood).

Endgame Recommended Legacies for LIs:

1-Hander Weapon

TypePre-Imbued LegacyPost-Imbued LegacyNotes
MajorArea Effect Skill DamageArea Effect Skill Damage
MajorBash DamageBash Damage
MajorGuardian’s Pledge CooldownGuardian’s Pledge Cooldown
and Retaliation Damage
MinorStamp CooldownStamp Cooldown
and Stamp Damage
MinorTurn the Tables CooldownTurn the Tables Cooldown
and Turn the Tables Damage
MinorWarrior’s Heart / Fortitude DurationWarrior’s Heart Max Morale
MinorLegacy of VitalityLegacy of VitalityPreferably placed
pre-imbue.

Guardian’s Belt (Class Item)

TypePre-Imbued LegacyPost-Imbued LegacyNotes
MajorCatch a Breath Morale HealCatch a Breath Cooldown
and Catch a Breath Morale Heal
MajorGuardian’s Pledge MagnitudeGuardian’s Pledge Magnitude
and Shield Swipe Damage
MajorShield DamageShield Damage
MinorForce Taunt DurationForce Taunt Duration
and Shield-blow Damage
MinorShield Smash DamageShield Smash Damage
MinorWarrior’s Heart / Fortitude Morale HealWarrior’s Heart / Fortitude Morale Heal
MinorLegacy of VitalityLegacy of VitalityPreferably
placed pre-imbue.

Legendary Items Swaps Guide

Certain classes require certain LI swaps to gain an advantage, these are for buffs like, extra legacies to boost DPS, which you don’t have room for on Main LIs, extra Sprint Duration, making a buff last longer, or to make a Cooldown refresh faster, etc. Non-imbued Legacies have more of these advantages which Imbued Legacies have much lesser of.

Here are the Non-Imbued Swaps needed for Guardian:

Non-Imbued LI Weapon Swap (Preferably a 2-hander Hammer for a visual cue)

TypePre-Imbued Legacy
MajorGuardian’s Ward Duration
(Optional)
MinorCharge Duration
(Rest 4 legacies can be random)

Explanation:

  • Guardian’s Ward Duration: Can be nice to have extra duration, if you don’t mind swapping, although you will lose lots of stats/morale in combat by doing so.
  • Charge Duration: This is very important to swap for and it is because of this legacy, that this LI swap is made for primarily.

Non-Imbued Guardian’s Belt Swap (Class Item)

TypePre-Imbued Legacy
MajorChallenge Targets
MinorForce Taunt Duration
MinorStoic Bubble Strength
(Optional)
MinorWarrior’s Heart / Fortitude Morale Heal
(Rest 2 legacies can be random)

Explanation:

  • Challenge Targets: This is the primary legacy for the swap, extra Challenge targets can be great for large pulls.
  • Force Taunt Duration: This legacy goes with the Targets legacy, it adds on to it and makes the swap more efficient.
  • Stoic Bubble: Optional, can be skipped.
  • Warrior’s Heart Heal: Optional, can be skipped.