Race Guide

Welcome, here you will information which will help you select the best Race for your class.

There are 6 available Races to choose from for 9 different Classes, with some Races being restricted for certain Classes. To decide which is the best Race option for your Class, have a look down below.

Races:

Race of Dwarf

Dwarves have very tanky passives and racial skills, thus really only make good for Guardians (and also good for RKs). Back in the day they also made good for Champions, but their animations now are a lot slower than other Races and its not recommended they should be used now for Champions. They make one of the top choice for Guardians because of their 1% common mitigation and great Racial Endurance of Stone.

Here are their Racial skills and Passives:

Racial Skills
Passives

Recommended Classes to make:

  1. GUARDIAN (1% Common Mits, Endurance of Stone)
  2. RUNE-KEEPER (They make for nice little sturdy RKs)

Race of Elf

Elves have some good Racial skills but not very good passives. Apart from aesthetic reasons, there is no reason to play an Elf for any other class apart from Hunter, and that is because of the 5% Bow damage which Elves get.

Here are their Racial skills and passives:

Racial Skills
Passives

Recommended Classes to make:

  1. HUNTER (5% Bow Damage)

Race of High Elf

High Elves have some really good Racial Skills for DPS classes and some of the fastest (if not the fastest) animations of skills amongst other Races of LOTRO. They can be top choice for some DPS classes.

Here are their Racial skills and passives:

Racial Skills
Passives

Recommended Classes to make:

  1. CHAMPION (5% 1-H/2-H Sword Damage, Fast Animations, out of combat Rez)
  2. WARDEN (5% 1-H Sword Damage & 5% Light Damage, out of combat Rez)
  3. MINSTREL (Fast Animations for Healing and 5% Light Damage for DPS)
  4. CAPTAIN (A decent choice for Red Captains only).

Race of Hobbit

Perhaps the weakest Race of LOTRO. It does not offer anything worthwhile for Classes, for instanced PvE anyway. Some Racial skills useful for Landscape and PvP only. Use this Race for aesthetic reasons only, I would not recommend any particular class which benefits from being a Hobbit. This Race needs a buff.

Here are their Racial skills and passives:

Racial Skills
Passives

Recommended Classes to make:

  1. None.

Race of Man

One of the best and safest choice for majority of Classes of LOTRO, Race of Man offers much to the player and their group. They make for great Support Classes, great DPS and great Tanks. One of their things is that they offer 5% group wide maximum Morale (for a limited duration), which is the most desired Racial skill when it comes to any Instance/Raid.

Here are their Racial skills and passives:

Racial Skills
Passives

Recommended Classes to make:

  1. BURGLAR (Best/Fastest Animations from this Race)
  2. CAPTAIN (Best Race for Captain Tank, 5% Incoming Healing)
  3. CHAMPION (5% 1-H/2-H damage, and Fast Animations)
  4. GUARDIAN (5% Incoming Healing)
  5. LORE-MASTER (Duty Bound – 5% Morale for group)
  6. MINSTREL (2nd best choice after High Elf, Duty Bound – 5% Morale for group)
  7. WARDEN (2nd best choice after High Elf, 5% Sword Damage)

Race of Stout-axe

This is the newest Race of LOTRO, and frankly it’s a bit oddly designed. Its Racial skills and passives are all over the place and not really focused. I have seen and heard (not personally tested) that their Animations are decent when it comes to DPS and not slow like the other Dwarf Race. This makes Stout-axes an interesting choice for some DPS classes, and the best choice for Fire Rune-keepers. They could also make for decent Guardian Tanks due to extra 1% Common and Fire Mitigation.

Here are their Racial skills and passives:

Racial Skills
Passives

Recommended Classes to make:

  1. BURGLAR (Good DPS Animations, and extra 1% Dagger Damage)
  2. CHAMPION (Good DPS Animations, and extra 5% 1-H/2-H Axe Damage)
  3. GUARDIAN (Good for Tanking, extra 1% Common and Fire Mitigation)
  4. RUNE-KEEPER (Best for Fire DPS, due to extra 3% Fire Damage, can also use it for other RK Specs as it has interesting utilities)

Race of Beorning

Although not exactly a selectable Race for any other Class apart from Beornings, just adding this Race here for reference purposes only.

Here are their Racial skills and passives:

Racial Skills
Passives

Updated as of U26.

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