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Class Descriptions

Class is a fundamental choice of a player character for Lord of the Rings Online which determines your skills and abilities throughout your adventuring career, and also profoundly affects your stats, deeds, and the equipment available to you. Choosing a class can be constrained by the choice of race.


Burglar  Burglar-icon.pngBurglar-icon.png
Captain   Captain-icon.png
ChampionChampion-icon.pngChampion-icon.png Champion-icon.png
Lore-master Lore-master-icon.png Lore-master-icon.png
Warden Warden-icon.pngWarden-icon.pngWarden-icon.png
  Burglar-icon.png Captain-icon.png Champion-icon.png Guardian-icon.png Hunter-icon.png Lore-master-icon.png Minstrel-icon.png Rune-keeper-icon.png Warden-icon.png
Classes Bu Ca Ch Gu Hu Lm Mi Rk Wd
Skills Bu Ca Ch Gu Hu Lm Mi Rk Wd
Traits Bu Ca Ch Gu Hu Lm Mi Rk Wd

Class Roles:

 TankDPS: MeleeDPS: AoEDPS: RangedCrowd controlDebuffer HealerBufferPet Class
Guardian P S S                 
Warden* P S    S              
Champion S P P                 
Burglar    P       S       
Hunter       S P S           
Captain S S             S P Captain-icon.png
Rune-keeper*       S P    S   P    
Lore-master       S    P P S    Lore-master-icon.png
Minstrel             S    P S  

P=Primary, S=Secondary
* Available with purchase of Mines of Moria or individually from the LotRO Store.
Taken from the LotRO manual.




The Burglar is a master of stealth and misdirection. Burglars are able to confound foes with a variety of clever and debilitating tricks. They also excel at attacking from the shadows, allowing them to take enemies by surprise.

Available Races: Hobbit, Man

For details see Burglar




The Captain is a masterful leader, a commanding presence who strengthens allies, but is also skilled in the use of arms. Their battle cries strike fear into the hearts of their enemies, while their allies rally to their banners of war.

What we wish other classes knew about Captians More info about captains.

Available Races: Man

For details see Captain




The Champion is the consummate warrior, unrelenting in battle. His fervour allows him to make increasingly powerful attacks. The Champion excels at melee combat and can absorb punishment with his Heavy Armour.

Available Races: Dwarf, Elf, Man

For details see Champion




The Guardian is a protector of the weak and defender of those in need. He is capable of withstanding mighty blows and retaliating in kind. The true Guardian stands to the forefront of battle, shielding his allies from the blows of their enemies.

Available Races: Dwarf, Elf, Hobbit, Man

For details see Guardian




The Hunter is a master of field and forest, unmatched with the bow. Hunters use their survival skills to guide their companions and lay traps for their enemies. The Hunters are at their strongest when attacking from a distance, but they are able to defend themselves in melee combat, when needed.

Available Races: Dwarf, Elf, Hobbit, Man

For details see Hunter




The Lore-master is a seeker of knowledge and a guardian of wisdom. He wields ancient secrets and lore to confound his foes and aid his friends, protecting them against the dark powers of the Enemy.

Guide to Non-Combat Pets for Lore-masters: How to get non-combats pets.      

              What does Call to the Valar do?: A Lore-Master's must!

Available Races: Elf, Man

For details see Lore-master




The Minstrel is the heart of a fellowship, a herald of hope and renewal. He uses his knowledge of ancient songs and lore to ward against the forces of darkness and bring relief to his companions.

Guide to good Minstreling: Harfo should read this.

Available Races: Dwarf, Elf, Hobbit, Man

For details see Minstrel




Mystical linguists and masters of true names, Rune-keepers can heal in one battle and hurl destructive magic in the next using an innovative attunement system. Unleash the Fury of the Storm and call down lightning upon the enemy! Recite Words of Grace and heal your fellowship. The choice is yours...

Cost: 795 Turbine Points from LOTRO Store.

Available Races: Dwarf, Elf

For details see Rune-keeper




Armed with spears as their weapon of choice, Wardens use a gambit system to fire off powerful combo attacks at the front lines. Unlike other tank classes, the warden uses medium armour and as such relies on self-healing in addition to Blocking, Parrying and evading. Wardens excel at holding multiple enemies simultaneously through the use of area of effect taunts and transferring threat from fellowship members to the Warden. Most of the Warden's skills are in the form of Gambits, which take 3 basic elements (main hand attack, defensive shield bash, warden's taunt) and combine as many as five builders to create something greater than the sum of it's parts.

Cost: 795 Turbine Points from the LOTRO Store.

Available Races: Elf, Hobbit, Man

For details see Warden