Game Expansions for The Lord of the Rings Online
The Lord of The Rings Online: Mordor
RPG 08 August 2017
The sixth official expansion to the popular MMORPG developed by Turbine Entertainment. After the studio responsible for developing the base game had been shut down, the developers joined the Standing Stone Games – the studio responsible for creating this expansion. This add-on introduces the titular land of Mordor, currently ruled by Sauron – the dark lord. The players are given a number of new locations known from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, including Cirith Gorgor, the Valley of Udun, Barad-Dur, and the Black Gate. Additionally, one can visit Erebor – the city under the mountain known from The Hobbit and its cinematographic adaptation. The Lord of The Rings Online: Mordor introduces over three hundred new quests, raises the level cap up to 115, and delivers new items and artifacts. To top it all, when creating a character, the players can now play as High Elves. Mordor features a new barter system allowing the players to acquire unique upgrades for their equipment. Another novelty is the allegiance system allowing one to join any faction in order to retake Mordor territories for additional bonuses and unique pieces of gear.
The Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's Deep
RPG 20 November 2013
Another expansion to the popular MMORPG developed by Turbine Entertainment. As the title suggests, this add-on allows the players to participate in the Battle of Helm’s Deep – the largest battle ever featured in The Lord of The Rings Online. This, however, is not the only novelty introduced by this expansion – the players can now visit western parts of Rohan including the Dunharrow Stronghold and the city of Edoras, where they have to aid King Theoden in returning to power. During their adventure, the player is bound to encounter various characters known from both the books and the movies, such as Aragorn, Eowyn, and Eomer. The Lord of The Rings Online: Helm’s Deep raises level cap up to 95 and allows the players to acquire new abilities for their characters that now represent improved classes. In addition, the combat system has been slightly modified making each battle a more thrilling experience. The expansion features also a number of new pieces of gear that boost character’s combat potential.
The Lord of The Rings Online: Riders Of Rohan
RPG 15 October 2012
Another expansion to The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar developed by Turbine Entertainment. As the title suggests, this add-on allows players to visit the plains of Rohan – a kingdom that has to face armies of orcs marked with the sign of the White Hand. The player is tasked with supporting the warriors led by Burnoth, son of Baldeg, in the fight against the forces of Evil, as well as facilitating the alliance with the Ents – the ancient dwellers of Fangorn. The Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan expands the in-game world by the titular realm (featuring area twice as large as the one introduced by the Mines of Moria expansion) as well as two minor locations – the area surrounding Fangorn and the Hill of Amon Hen. These, however, are not all the novelties introduces by the expansion, as the level cap has been raised to 85, and the players get a war horse (one receives this faithful steed upon completing a special task). The war horse is not only a new means of transportation, since it also supports our character in battles against new types of enemies, such as the Warg Riders. Moreover, when mounting a horse, player’s character gains access to additional unique abilities. Joining other riders allows the players to mount charges or take a more tactical approach and attack the enemies from the flank. To top it all, the expansion allows the player to rebuild the burnt city of Snowborn by completing hundreds of side quests.
The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard
RPG 27 September 2011
An expansion to the popular MMORPG – The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar developed by Turbine Entertainment. The story of this add-on focuses on the powerful wizard known to many as Saruman, who is trying to come into possession of the Ring of Power. During the game, the player can visit new locations such as the gigantic tower of Orthanc, from where the wizard issues the orders for his minions, territories of Dunland inhabited by belligerent Dunlendings, and the Gap of Rohan. The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard introduces also a new multiplayer instance designed for twenty-four players, who are tasked with defeating a powerful dragon called Draigoch – the largest adversary ever featured in The Lord of the Rings Online. The Rise of Isengard expansion introduces also a number of new story missions and new pieces of equipment. Moreover, the level cap has been raised to 75. The players can also enjoy the modified versions of all the available character classes.
The Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood
RPG 01 December 2009
The second, after Mines of Moria, expansion to the MMORPG – The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. This time around, the players get to visit the Mirkwood and under the command of Galadriel and Celeborn fight not only orcs but also other monsters such as giant spiders. The list of new locations features the stronghold of Dol Guldur hiding countless dangers that the players have to face in groups of three, six, or twelve – the most prominent threat being the King of Nazguls. This battle is one of the most epic in the history of The Lord of the Rings Online. Moreover, the Siege of Mirkwood expansion raises the level cap, introduces entirely new artifacts, and delivers a number of improvements to the game’s mechanics (e.g. modified combat system). The add-on features also a new game mode called Skirmish, in which the player can train his soldiers and fight in random instances that are part of The War of the Ring.
The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria
RPG 18 November 2008
The first expansion to The Lord of The Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar developed by Turbine Entertainment. This add-on takes players to the titular Mines of Moria – the largest and most dangerous underground complex in all Middle-Earth. When traveling through the dark tunnels, the players have to face new kinds of adversaries (these include both Sauron’s minions and some thus far unknown creatures). The developers decided to raise the level cap up to 60, as well as give the players two new character classes – the Rune-Keeper and the Warden. Another novelties that affect characters’ combat potential are the new abilities, techniques, and class-related quests well complemented by the legendary item crafting and improvement system – it allows the players to create powerful artifacts that can be compared to The Sting or Glamdring. The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria also introduces new epic battles and team raids.