Red Burglar

Red Line DPS Burglar ‘Quiet Knife’ Build

By Araphorn

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Welcome, here you will find a solid Red Burg build for FoKD update, tuned for high Single Target DPS, with a nice AoE cleave.

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 (pretty important in Remmorchant), and they are self-sustainable (can take a few big hits without needing help from healer).

Stat Goals

*This applies to all levels, from 1 to 130.

Red Burglar’s primary role is DPS, their stat goals should be:

Physical Mastery > Critical Rating > Vitality > Finesse

(These stats are acquired from Essences, Virtues, LIs, etc.)

Self Buffed Stats should be:

Critical Rating~600,000+
Physical Mastery~800,000+
Finesse 30% (Put more for T4/T5, 40%)~300,000+

* While you are gearing up, first remove all Essences from your current Gear. Then slot the right Virtues (more down on that down below) and then slot Essences as per the Stat goals. This way you can plan your setup better, and utilize Essences perfectly, and can dump the remaining Essences in Vitality or other Stat of your choice after meeting Stat goals mentioned above.


Red Burglar uses 4x Red-line set bonus from Remmorchant Raid, which reduces Aim’s cooldown by 3 seconds and 3x Agility pieces from the new FoKD raid for an addition -10% Attack Duration and some extra stats.

As for the Jewels, the Best in Slots are from different content, please refer to the tables below.

*NEW: Builds now include a Starter setup, which contains gear from no raids/instances, a beginner friendly setup which can be acquired just from Landscape/Daily questing, such as from U28 Missions and U26 Wilderland Dailies. This Build can be found below the End-game Builds.

End-game Build

Armour Pieces

Gear SlotSet PieceLocation
HelmRemmorchant Raid Barter
ChestRemmorchant Raid Barter
Shoulders Remmorchant Raid Barter
GlovesFoKD Raid Barter
LegsRemmorchant Raid Barter
BootsFoKD Raid Barter
CloakFoKD Raid Barter
Off-handEmbers Lootbox Barter
Class ItemThrone Raid Barter

Use Class Essence
here also.

Jewelry Pieces

Gear SlotSet PieceLocation
Earring 1Shadowed King T4/T5
Earring 2Shadowed King T4/T5
Necklace AD Raid T4/T5
PocketMissions/AD Raid T4/T5
Bracelet 1Remmorchant Raid T5
Bracelet 2Remmorchant Raid T5
Bracelets AlternativeAD Raid. Use 2
of these if no
Remmo Bracelets
Ring 1AD Raid T4/T5
Ring 2 AD Raid T4/T5

Starter Build

This Build is intended for those who just want to play solo and do not wish to participate in Instances, Raids and Lootboxes. The 130 Level Gear from this Build can be acquired just by doing Solo dailies (and some Crafting) from different late-game Zones, such as from Wilderland and Elderslade. As for Essences, you can drag/drop ones you get from Questing or Crafting (whichever Tier is fine), just try to follow the Stat Goals above and Slot the ones which are needed by your Class.

Armour Pieces

Gear SlotSet PieceLocation
HelmCrafted, requires
Ithiligalad Boxes
ChestWar of the Three
Peaks Missions
Shoulders War of the Three
Peaks Missions
GlovesWar of the Three
Peaks Missions
LegsWar of the Three
Peaks Missions
BootsWar of the Three
Peaks Missions
CloakWilderland Dailies
Off-handEmbers Lootbox Barter
Class ItemThrone Raid Barter

Jewelry Pieces

Gear SlotSet PieceLocation
Earring 1Wilderland Dailies
Earring 2Wilderland Dailies
Necklace Wilderland Dailies
PocketWilderland Dailies
Bracelet 1Wilderland Dailies
Bracelet 2Wilderland Dailies
Ring 1Wilderland Dailies
Ring 2 Wilderland Dailies


Essence NameEssenceNote
Burg Class EssenceUse 1 of these.
Physical MasteryUse these to reach
800-850K Mastery.
Critical RatingUse these to reach
600K+ Crit Rating for groups.
VitalityStart using these when
Mastery and Crit Goals are met.
Physical Mastery TriggerUse 1 of these.
Critical Rating TriggerUse 1 of these.
Frost TriggerUse 1 of these.
Fire TriggerUse 1 of these.

*Note: If you do not have the resources/solvents for Slade-wrought (Tier 6) Essences, then you can use Tier 4 or Tier 5 Essences, and they are still good enough for all content!

Trait Trees

There are currently two way to trait a Red Burglar, one is the usual way and the other is to trait for Enrage while in Red. I don’t find traiting for Enrage very appealing, so I will focus on the usual way for now. Here is how I trait my Burg:

PvE Red Tree for Burglar

You get everything you need as Red Burg from this Tree (apart from Enrage, which most groups won’t ask you for).

You also need an extra Trait Tree to swap for All-In buff pre-fight, and for that you also will need a Swap Burg Bag LI which contains the All-In legacy. Use this buff around 3-5s before the Fight starts, ask the leader to do a countdown.

All-In swap Tree, use it before fight, swap Tree and Burg Bag, use All-In, and swap back to Red Line (don’t forget to swap the Bag back also).

35 Trait Points Build for Legendary Servers

35 Points Build

60 Trait Points Build for Beginners

60 Points Build


These are the virtues I use to reach the Stat Goals. You can play around with these to get the numbers you want, but I would not recommend using any Mits virtues (apart from Fidelity) as you don’t gain much from them. You can swap around, depending on the fight, can swap in more Morale ones in for example, Loyalty for Zeal, it just depends on the fight.

Virtues for Red-Line

By using these Virtues, I reach my Stat Goals, while still maintaining a good Morale pool.

  1. Valour (Best DPS virtue for Physical classes)
  2. Determination (Best DPS virtue for Agility classes)
  3. Confidence (Best Critical Rating virtue for all classes)
  4. Loyalty (Great for Morale for all classes)
  5. Wit (Great for Finesse and Critical) (Usually my number 5 is placeholder, I swap this one a lot depending on the fight)

Legendary Items

Red Burglar legacies are generally fine and don’t need a lot of weapon swapping, but I know some Burgs weapon swap for 2 skills (Surprise Strike and Coupe-de-grace), but again that’s optional and you don’t have to bother if you don’t want to, as it’s not a great requirement nor does it boost your DPS by much. Here is my LI setup:

A small note about my Bag, it’s purely for PvE only, and it can be used in either Red or Yellow Line, but it’s not for PvP, I use a different bag for there.

1-Hander Weapon

TypePost-Imbued Legacy
MajorBurglar Bleed Damage
MajorCritical Response Skill Damage
MajorCunning Attack Bleed Damage
MajorFeint Attack Damage
MinorSubtle Stab Damage Multiplier
MinorCritical Chain Skills Critical Multiplier
MinorSubtle Stab Critical Damage


Burglar’s Tools (Class Item)

TypePost-Imbued LegacyNotes
MajorPositional Damage
MajorSkills Critical Multiplier
MajorTricks Duration
MinorAddle Tactical Damage Debuff
MinorReveal Weakness Incoming Damage Debuff
MinorSurprise Strike Damage
MinorSneak Movement SpeedOptional, you can
have Dust Debuff
instead if you can’t Bag Swap.


Swap Legendary Items

IMBUED Burglar Tools (Class Item)

TypeImbued Legacy
MajorDust in the Eyes Miss Chance
MajorGamble Chance and Cash Out Damage
MajorMischievous Glee Healing
MajorTricks Duration
MinorAll In Melee Damage
MinorReveal Weakness Incoming Damage Debuff
MinorSneak Movement Speed

Explanation: This is a utility swap Bag, it has plenty of swap legacies which are not found on the Main Class Item LI. Use this Bag for:

  • Placing gambles pre-fight, or to increase daze chance from Provoke.
  • Dust in the Eyes skill.
  • Mischievous Glee skill if in Yellow.
  • Swapping for All In skill from Blue if traited.
  • Sneak skill if you don’t have this Speed legacy on Main bag.
  • Rest of the legacies are place holders and are on bag to reduce chance of error on key skills if the bags are swapped wrongly.

There is an additional (although entirely optional) LI Swap for Burgs, a Non-imbued weapon. It needs the following 2 legacies:

  1. Riddle Range:
    This will allow you to mez a target from 40m range.
  2. Specialization Skill Critical Buff Duration:
    This is used as a swap for Feint Attack, making that buff last longer, but you lose out on FA damage, which is found on the Main LI. I haven’t found a good scenario to use this legacy yet, so I cannot fully recommend it.


Here is what I do on Red Burg:

  1. Start in stealth and behind target always, and as a Burg, you should always strive to be behind targets as much as you can.
  2. Open your rotation always with Cunning Attack [CA] (from stealth). This will open your Crit Chain (which allows you to use either Gambler’s Advantage [GA] or Double-edged Strike [DeS] )
  3. You never want to use DeS first, as that skill is an immediate and you want to save that to cut the animation of Flashing Blades [FB].
  4. So, after you have done CA from stealth, and you have Aim available, hit Improved Feint Attack [IFA].
  5. After IFA, hit Gambler’s Advantage, then Subtle Stab.
  6. After Subtle Stab, hit Aim and then FB and then DeS.
  7. So your rotation should go: Stealth – CA – IFA – GA – Subtle – Aim – FB – DeS
  8. After your DeS lands, use CA once more, and follow it up with Exposed Throat [ET].
  9. Sometimes during the rotation, your CA might be on cooldown, so if it is, alternate that with Suprise Strike [SS], and follow that up with ET.
  10. If you don’t have ET available, it’s fine. Next, try to open your crit chain with Subtle Stabs, CA, SS, etc.
  11. After you have opened the Critical chain, and your Aim is on cooldown from earlier, use IFA – GA – Subtle – Provoke – FB – DeS.
  12. To summarize, Aim rotation: Stealth – CA – IFA – GA – Subtle – Aim – FB – DeS – SS – ET – GA – Subtle – IFA – Provoke – FB – DeS – CA.
  13. Non Aim rotation: CA/SS – GA – Subtle – IFA – Provoke – FB – DeS – SS/CA – ET – GA – Subtle – IFA – Provoke – FB – DeS – CA.
  14. *Note: Use IFA before GA/Subtle if your crit chain is open, if it is not open, then use it after GA/Subtle to get a critical (if those still don’t crit, then use CA/SS to open the chain).
  15. Here’s a video of a sample rotation you can use:


There are the consumables I use on Burglar:

  1. Not really super important to keep on Red Burg, as usually the Yellow Burg will take care of CJs in group, but you can keep some to help the group out when needed.

This is the Food I use:

Updated as of U30.