Much as I love my burglar whom Ill forever keep as my #1 character, mostly because of how wonderful it feels to be walking in the footsteps of Bilbo Baggins, still it has been a toil leveling him to caps, and I constantly need to be picking my fights carefully as he does not handle being charged by many orcs at once all too well; still he’s great fun to play with.
Nonetheless I just recently began to try out the hunter class, and with her it’s been smooth going, I’m at level 24 and have only been defeated once, and that was because I was dumb enough to go afk while she was within enemy reach, shes pretty fun to play with many tricks up her sleeve ( including fire arrows), and also the feel of being a wood elf like Legolas.
So far I can honestly say hunters are my favorite class ( in spite of a burglar being my favorite character), but of course this is not so for everyone, an issue of personal opinion which differs from game play style to just simply preference of lore.
I love my hunter to pieces. She was my very first character ever.
A close second is my RK.
I had an LM that I left on the shelf for quite some time. I wasn't keen on her abilities and was generally kind of "meh". I recently decided to give her another go and I'm absolutely loving her. It may be because her stuns are like a "ha ha got you back for all the times you've done that to my other toons"...lol But I really, really like her.
Always the Hunter (or Ranger-type in other MMOs). As I've pointed out in countless other threads though, I'm an altoholic and enjoy them all. In LOTRO, next to my Hunter(s), I'd have to say the Burg or the Warden is my second choice.
Not me. I've been playing since beta started (I can post from my 1969 creation date account to prove it!), and I'm pretty sure I played all of the original classes before Moria came out. But my warden is my favorite, by a long shot. Combat on the warden is so much more interesting than on any other class, and I can accomplish things on my warden that I could never do as another class.
My main's a Champ, but I'd have to go with the Warden. It's incredibly fun, challenging and the best part I like about the class is the requirement to plan how the battle goes before it begins, with gambits etc. Pure fun. I also love how versatile and strong it is as a solo class, and don't count us out as great main tanks too. We can do everything! Give it a try you guys
My first class was my hunter, who I only about 3 weeks ago leveled to 75 and raid geared out, since I have spent all my time since Mirkwood on my Warden. The Warden is so complex and takes a lot of thought and skill to play, and therefore it is definitely my favorite class. If I had anything on my Warden I could improve upon (besides a clasp and first ages) I wouldn't play anything else. Hunter/Loremaster/Burglar are definitely my favorites after Warden though.
My favorite has been and always will be my first one, my champion. I like being able to just charge into a group of mobs, go shing shing and come out victorious with a head on each of my swords. I don't really find anything wrong with the class except for a few short niggles, but other than that it's the best class out there. Period.
A close second has to be my hunter. I love the huge damage he does, just shelling out, critical hits upon critical hits, killing mobs before they get to me or just as they get to me. My only complaint has to be the squishy-ness due to a complete lack of self heals. But I can't complain about all the porting I get to do
I enjoyed playing my guardian, but since I discovered the OP stance, that's the only one I truly like. Yes shields are nice, but using 2H sword or axe is sooo awesome
Warden - no question about it - the best class I've ever played in any MMO.
In addition to the good things other Wardenites had to say about the class, I love the balance of offense/tank that can be achieved to create the perfect solo class. I used to love Hunter and Champ but I just cannot tolerate playing them any longer.
When battling tough sigs or elites, the variety of Warden gambits provides just the right strategy to prevail in the end. Without a doubt, I'll never play another class in this game.
I solo through the game and would rely on randoms in fellowship quests to enable me to complete them. For this, the Guardian is number 1, as many a time i've managed a fellowship quest by myself that I won't be on my other 2 toons. The downside to playing solo the whole time overall is the quests that allow you to get so far and then you can't defeat the boss alone, and noone comes to help when you ask ! I've still encountered that a few times and it's so frustrating. But yeah, Guardian has proved to have the best survivability for soloing (Bear in mind i've only tried three classes however..)
I find it hard to tank in general in terms of being too DPS happy and wouldn't get satisfaction out of not killing enemies quick enough, else my Guardian would be the one!
I've also got a hunter which i love and a LM which i also love. LM wouldn't get so far through the game soloing though so will become a pain eventually.. the fact i liked about LM's was having a pet and using the elements! And i love sending him off to defeat an enemy whilst i go off to defeat another, and the joint victory. *You give Paws a big hug*
Overall I'd say my Guardian has been the most effective, and considering the way i get through the game, is my best character.
Hunter comes in at a close second as I think gearing up in the right way and using strategy, I might gain a similar rate of survivability as my Guardian. These two classes were the only ones I ever used years ago, and LM is totally new to me but has in some ways been the most fun so far, and I'm determined to see her reach Lvl 75 with my other toons.
I love archer style in every game I play and Lotro is no exception. A hunter has it all: smooth animations, pew-pew sounds, independence (high running speed, plenty of ports, tracking, great cc if needed).
Saying that, a hunter is the least geared of all my 6 end-game toons. I rarely group with her and mostly log for crafting and slayer deeds. The best class for me also happens to be the best for many, and it appeared that I don't enjoy the dps role in groups as much as in solo games. So I come everywhere as a healer/tank/support, and enjoy watching (listening to) hunters around.
I've played them all, except guardian which just looks boring. Hunter is way the most fun, but not til you
get the skills to help manage crowds, bards arrow then legendaries. I gave up on mine as being too squishy and
ambush prone when he was about level 35; now I'm soooo glad I took him up again. Plus, the game speeds way up and
is less travel-y.
Burglar is way fun, but having to sneak up on everything is the opposite of fast.
The "best class" I've tried (not necessarily my favorite class, and I've tried Warden to 40, all others to 65+) would be the LM. The Burglar could be the best if she had more ranged and AoE skills. I've begged the devs for years to make me want to play her enough to keep her "in the line-up".
The Burglar could be the best if she had more ranged and AoE skills. I've begged the devs for years to make me want to play her enough to keep her "in the line-up".
I know its out of this particular topic but, I too would think burglars should be equiped with better ranged skills, not too much as they not sniper type, but certainly not the flimsy throwing knives that do next to silch.
real life burglars are excellent with knives, they could take someones eye out from across a room or even outright kill someone with a knife, heck they should have a whole skill set based on throwing knives an on other burglar tools. this of course wouldnt do much for crowd control but it would give the burglar a bit more of an edge.
Rune keeper. They are the best. They are the most versatile class out there. They do amazing DPS or can heal with the best Mini. They are definatetly harder to play than a LM. LM can self heal during battle, whereas a RK can sort of self heal. This is due to the attuement factor. the attunement is much like a hunters focus or champs fervor. The main difference though is that with each attunement level gained, the attacks grow in strenghth. The fact that RKs can only wear light armor is a downside, as they are quite squishy. But the damage output is so much, that the armor doesnt really make a difference. The enemy is dead before they can kill you. Rune keepers are challenging to play, but are so much fun.
The first character I started was a burglar, but I didn't really like the mechanisms.
The second was a hunter, and that's the one I'm best at -- I think I can actually play it well. My most well-rounded character on most of the servers where I have characters is a hunter.
My current favourite is the warden, though - the mechanism is interesting and engaging and very flexible, and it's probably the most survivable character. Maybe if I ever switch servers again I'll have all hobbit wardens. It's just a lot of fun to run it!
I'm currently leveling my first Burglar, and love it. So far, she is the easiest for me to solo on. My hunters are awesome for the travel skills and farming crafting mats and task items, and my LM for the crowd control, but the Burglar has stealth. I also got her all the Return to (insert place here) skills, all 6 milestones, and the 30 minute cooldown for milestones, so her travel ability is actually pretty decent. I love being able to sneak everywhere, grab the quest objective, and get out. Haven't tried her in groups much yet, but the hunter is really easy to play in a group, and the LM feels the most useful in groups. I really prefer to play the hunter and LM partnered with a Guard or Champ, but the Burglar actually seems impaired by being teamed up, with the exception that having a tanky partner allows her to be attacking from behind all the time to do more damage. My poor Guardian never gets played - I just don't like that play style at all.
Wingwoz (on hunters in LOTRO), "I prefer to think of them more like Elvis or James Dean. Terminally self indulgent but their presence in a party, nay, the very fact that they ever existed, makes the world a cooler place."
'Zairente hums, "Little rabbit Poo-kie / running through the Di-res / scooping up the Mon-archs / and BANGING 'em on the head."' The Antics and Ramblings of Family Nenaelin
I always lean towards melee classes - I just love the up-close and personal combat. My first MMO toon ever was a tank and i'll always have a soft spot for that role. I dig Guards and Captains the most in this game, each having their own challenges and strengths.
Wardens and Champs never really took of with me - but its been a while since I've tried either one so maybe I'm due to take another stab at them - but I used to get a headache after playing a Ward for about 30 minutes and I never did like the fact that a Champ cant really chew what they bite...
After Guards and Cappies, I like the Hunter and Burg classes - and find that I play them sorta similar, just in different ways - lol
With Melees I kind of go at everything head on right through the front door so to speak and kill everything in my path. With Hunters and Burgs I kind of sneak to the back and single target kill what ever it is that I need to complete my goal and fight my way out.
I don't really like playing healers in lotro but I guess I have more fun on a RK than a Mini when I'm not healing and more fun on my Mini than my RK when I am healing.
And my least favorite is the LM - however I really never gave them a chance beyond level 20 or so.
Well, here's the thing. My main is RK and 2 favorite alts are a Captain and Minstrel. So, I figured I'd try an RP standpoint and decide which of the 3 win (as I love role playing). Fail! I love RP flavor for each of them: Language, honor and music, respectively.
So I chose playability. Fail! All 3 are way fun and have interesting ways to use different skills in creative ways.
Then came cosmetics. As I recently started really giving cosmetics a go I decided to see which model looks best. Fail! They all looked good in different things.
Soooo, RK, Captain and Minstrel, in no particular order.
My first love was a Minstrel, but after the revamp I just couldn't enjoy playing it anymore, it just felt soulless compared to what I had been playing. Then I tried a Hunter and that is the character that I have got the farthest with without dying (I play permadeath). However the class I most enjoy playing is without doubt a Dwarf Rune Keeper, I am not so good with it as with the Hunter, but I just enjoy it so much.
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Well, I played all at low levels (up to 10-15).
I played LM, guard and RK to 40+.
Guard was fun, but quite simple and easy.
RK was extremally hard on low levels, but now that I understood how it works, playing it is great fun.
But LM is my favourite. The class is so awesome, so complex and simple at the same time, its a great fun. I'd like to play it again, but because of reason which is beyond my comprehension, turbine don't allows me to move it from one server to other. Come on, shut up and take my money!
In MMOs in general?
DDO's wizard was the most fun class I played, simply because build options in DDO are extremally vast and numerous, especially when compared with most other MMOs like LotRO. I could be the evil necromancer assuming form of undead creatures and slaying outright armies of enemies and I could be a cookie cutter CC wizzy in one second, and when raid was going wrong I could swap to tanking the big bad boss, until they recovered.
1st Hunter: Been my main since the very start Like many others I picked it simply because Legolas is just awesome in the movies and my favourite out of Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas. My Elf is from Mirkwood too and is still waiting to buy a home next to Legolas's
2nd Burglar: Bilbo Baggins is just a legend, after reading The Hobbit one can't help but make a Burglar Hobbit to follow in his footsteps; Burglar's are certainly the most funnest class to play and are pretty incredible on the battlefield too (taking on 6 orcs is easy work for my Hobbit )
Overall I do like my Hunter as my fav no.1 atm, but as my Burglar creeps slowly (and sneakily) to level 75 I'm sure my little Hobbit will dethrone the Elf and send him packing back to Mirkwood
For me it's definitely my mini. I'm not good at playing her, I wouldn't say that, but I'm having so much fun with her, and I find the survivability on her much greater than on my hunter (which I didn't know how to play either :P)