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Burglar - red


Red Burg has one of the smoothest DPS rotations amongst other LOTRO DPS classes, and it has a pattern which you can easily follow and keep up. Unlike other classes, there are no alternative skills for rotation, there is just 1 rotation and you can reliably use it from the beginning to the end, at least that is what I found.

Red Burg has a guaranteed spot in just about any instance/raid, as they provide a lot more to the group than just DPS. They bring a 2nd Reveal Weakness debuff, which the group can use for secondary targets, they bring a little bit of CC (crowd control), they have CJs (useful for some instances/raids), and they are self-sustainable (can take a few big hits without needing help from healer).

Other information sources available

Old guide, last updated for U33 –

Stat Goals

These goals are kept with Essence & Gear planning in mind, as to which Essences are to be prioritized over others. These goals can also be used when picking Virtues.

Critical Rating > Physical Mastery > Tactical Mitigation > Vitality

After Critical Rating and Physical Mastery are capped or near capped, save some room for Class & Trigger essences, and then Tactical Mitigation essences can be used. At the beginning of expansion, Essence slots are really limited, this gets easier as better items become available later down the line.

Trait Trees

Early raid build for U35 provided by Ghyns Discord –

Can remove some points in blue for Heartening Prank/Trick: Dust in the Eyes/Startling Twist in yellow for some good utility support For more single target dps trait Focused Strikes in red


Here are the Virtues which go along with the Stat Goals:

  1. Fidelity

  2. Wit

  3. Valour

  4. Compassion

  5. Confidence

Legendary Items

Burglar legendary weapons. Priority upgrades viewable in video. Produced by Gwyn. 
One all purpose weapon + class specifc tool

Main hand

HeraldryHeraldry of the Stalwart Sparrow (Incomparable/Legendary)Legendary
Word of PowerSingle Target Attack DamageLegendary
Word of PowerSingle Target Attack CriticalsLegendary
Word of MasteryReveal Weakness Incoming Damage & RangeLegendary
Word of MasteryChain Skills Critical ChanceLegendary
Word of MasteryBackstab DamageLegendary
Word of MasteryChain Skill Critical MultiplierLegendary
Word of MasteryCritical Response Skill DamageLegendary
Word of MasterySubtle Stab Damage & Crit MultiplierLegendary
Word of CraftHeroic PrecisionLegendary
Word of CraftHeroic PrecisionLegendary

Class item

Optional word of power for aoe

Word of PowerArea Effect Attack DamageLegendary
Word of PowerArea Effect Attack CriticalsLegendary
Word of PowerArea Effect Target CountLegendary
Heraldry Heraldry of the Stalwart Sparrow (Incomparable/Legendary) Legendary
Word of Power Damage Over Time Legendary
Word of Power Damage Over Time Criticals Legendary
Word of Power Base Morale Multiplier Legendary
Word of Mastery Surprise Strike Critical Chance & Backstab Bonus Legendary
Word of Mastery Surprise Strike Damage Legendary
Word of Mastery Cunning Attack Bleed Damage Legendary
Word of Mastery Feint Attack Damage Legendary
Word of Mastery Coup de Grâce Damage Legendary
Word of Mastery Purge Corruption Damage Legendary
Word of Craft Grand Armor Legendary
Word of Craft Grand Armor Legendary

Rotations - outdated

Note: This is a static rotation. If you can’t get a crit chain opening you may have to fill with a crap skill or two then fall back into the rotation. There’s not 1 great way to handle this, you just have to play the class a bit to get a feel for it.

Start in stealth and behind target always, and as a Burg, you should always strive to be behind targets as much as you can.

Open: Stealth -> Reveal Weakness -> Aim, GA (from behind) -> Start at rotation 1 below (skipping GA of course since it was just used). Do rotations 1-4 then repeat until end.

  1. FA -> Gambler’s Advantage -> Subtle Stab -> Provoke -> Flashing Blades -> Double-Edged Strike -> Addle -> Subtle Stab -> Cunning Attack
  2. FA -> GA -> Stab -> Enrage -> FB -> DES -> Stab -> Surprise Attack
  3. FA -> GA -> Stab -> Provoke -> FB -> DES -> Addle -> Stab -> CA
    (identical to rotation 1)
  4. FA -> GA -> Stab -> Aim -> FB -> DES -> Stab -> Surprise Attack

There is a strong reason for opening with Aim+GA in red. It causes your Subsequent GA bleeds to have a higher value due to getting an increased base damage on first application. In any fight lasting longer than 60 seconds this bleed increase will provide more damage than saving 1st aim for FB/DES. In fights shorter than 60 seconds open with surprise strike from stealth and start at rotation 4.

This rotation requires you slot Trick Duration Tracery. With Tracery and no mistakes, you will have a 100% uptime on Enrage. On average you will hit Enrage every 30 seconds or so.


Information regarding consumables, why, which types, differences, etc.