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We hope this guide will be useful to you. But 2023 is a year of class changes. Currently use this guide as a start point for your level 140 journey. 

Last update: June
Class update status:  Major revamp in U35

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Yellow captain


Captain is one of the best tanks in LOTRO, as they have the pretty good survival and offer some of the best group utility when compared to other tanks. As for aggro control, they don’t have the best AoE aggro control, but that’s usually not an issue for raids, but they do have great Single-target control.

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.

Tactical Mitigation > Physical Mitigation > Vitality

After Mits are capped or near capped, then Vitality essences can be used. Generally, only Tactical Mitigation essences will be needed, as Physical Mitigation gets capped with just cap-level Gear and Virtues

Trait Trees

Early raid build for U35 provided by Ghyns Discord –


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

  1. Loyalty (Great for Vitality)
  2. Fidelity (Great for Vitality + Tactical Mit)
  3. Honour
  4. Tolerance
  5. Compassion

Legendary Items

Captain legendary weapons. Priority upgrades viewable in video. Produced by Ghyn.
Main hand
HeraldryHeraldry of the Sturdy Ox (Incomparable/Legendary)Legendary
Word of PowerBase Morale MultiplierLegendary
Word of PowerIncoming Damage Reduction (Physical)Legendary
Word of MasteryBattle-hardened Incoming DamageLegendary
Word of Mastery Legendary
Word of Mastery Legendary
Word of Mastery Legendary
Word of MasteryBattle-hardened Outgoing Healing BuffLegendary
Word of MasteryVocal Skills HealingLegendary
Word of CraftGrand WillpowerLegendary
Word of CraftGrand WillpowerLegendary
Class item

Word of CraftGundabad Word of Craft: AngerLegendary
Word of CraftGundabad Word of Craft: AngerIncomparable

Heraldry Heraldry of the Sturdy Ox (Incomparable/Legendary) Legendary
Word of Power Incoming Damage Reduction (Tactical) Legendary
Word of Power Incoming Heal Bonus Legendary
Word of Power Healing Over Time Legendary
Word of Mastery Melee Skills Healing Legendary
Word of Mastery Rallying Cry Healing Legendary
Word of Mastery Words of Courage Healing Legendary
Word of Mastery Last Stand Heal Legendary
Word of Mastery Muster Courage Fear Resist Legendary
Word of Mastery Make Haste Duration Legendary
Word of Craft Grand Armor Legendary
Word of Craft Grand Armor Legendary

Rotations - NA

Information regarding the rotation. Which skills and why, etc.


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