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Radiance Armour

Choosing Your Radiance Armour Set

LOTRO Annuminas Light Armor
Ah, radiance armour. The armour so shiny it can dispel the gloom when facing the scariest monsters LOTRO has to offer. Radiance armour is "must have" gear for several raids in LOTRO, and the introduction of scaled instances brings new options for obtaining radiance armour sets. Let's take a look!

Choosing a Radiance Set

There soon will be 9 radiance armour sets in-game, if all those currently in Beta make to Live for the LOTRO Free-to-Play launch. All of the sets are obtained by barter; the barter items drop in instances, raids and skirmishes.

Which radiance set you go after depends on a few factors, the first of which is your level. You will be able to start the Annuminas and Helegrod classic instances at level 50, which make these an obvious starting spot for level 50+ players.

On the other hand, if you are already level 65, how much radiance you need and which set bonuses are best for you will be bigger factors. I, for one, am really liking the look of the Helegrod epic set in Beta for my minstrel.

Raids Requiring Radiance

RaidMinimum*IdealNotes
Vile Maw (The Watcher) 45 75+ The minimum gets you in the door. More is better!
Dar Narbugud 65 115+ The minimum gets you in the door. More is needed for the harder bosses, especially the Blind One.
Barad Guldur 115 175+ The minimum gets you in the door. More is needed for Hard Mode attempts and the Lieutenant fight.
*Minimum radiance required from gear. This assumes you will also use a +5 hope token and +1 destiny hope or +1 tome of hope.

LOTRO Superior Third Mark
Finally, some people will prefer to run level 65+ 3/6-man instances or 6/12-man skirmishes for Supreme Third Marks, the rare component for the Helegrod and Annuminas epic sets, rather than raid for them.

Despite the description shown on the item, in beta these are dropping only from the challenge quest in level 65 classic instances, and 6-man+ level 65 skirmishes on tier 2/3. For example, level 65+ School at Tham Mirdain challenge quest.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

Radiance Sets at a Glance

NamePiecesLevelRadiance
(full set)
How Acquired
Barad Guldur 6 65 180 Barter Dark Emblems (from bosses in Barad Guldur) to your class trainer in Ost Galadh
Helegrod Epic 6 65 150 Barter Skirmish Marks, Helegrod Marks and Superior Third Marks to the Classic vendor at any skirmish camp.
Annuminas Epic 6 65 150 Barter Skirmish Marks, Annuminas Marks and Superior Third Marks to the Classic vendor at any skirmish camp.
Dol Guldur 3 65 75 Barter Medallions of Dol Guldur (from Dol Guldur instances and quests) to your class trainer in Ost Galadh.
Dar Narbugud 6 60 120 Barter Greater Elf-Stones (from bosses in Dar Narbugud) to your class trainer in Caras Galadhon.
Vile Maw 6 60 80 Barter Platinum Coins of Spirit (from the Watcher) to your class trainer in Twenty-first Hall for head and shoulder pieces.
Barter Medallions of Moria (from Moria instances) to your class trainer in Twenty-first Hall for the remaining pieces.
Lothlorien 3 60 45 Barter Medallions of Lothlorien (from Lothlorien instances) to yourclass trainer in Caras Galadhon OR Medallions of Dol Guldur (from Dol Guldur instances and quests) to your class trainer in Ost Galadh.
Helegrod 6 60 60 Barter Skirmish Marks, Helegrod Marks and Veteran's Third Marks to the Classic vendor at any skirmish camp.
Annuminas 6 55 60 Barter Skirmish Marks, Annuminas Marks and Veteran's Second Marks to the Classic vendor at any skirmish camp.
Note: When the new items are added to Lorebook, we'll replace the strong text in this table with actual links.

The Radiance Sets in Detail

Barad Guldur Set

Barad Guldur (BG), the Mirkwood raid, has three boss encounters, each of which drops an additional type of dark emblem when the kill is accomplished in Challenge Mode. Dark Emblems are traded to your class trainer in Ost Galadh. Each piece in the 6-piece, level 65 Barad Gulder Set has 30 radiance. Set bonuses vary by class.

Barter ItemFromSlot
Dark Emblem of Courage Durchest Boots
Dark Emblem of Strength Durchest Challenge mode Breastplate
Dark Emblem of Hand Twins Gauntlets
Dark Emblem of Spirit Twins Challenge mode Helm
Dark Emblem of Resolve Lieutenant Leggings
Dark Emblem of Heart Lieutenant Challenge mode Shoulders

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Burglar Captain Champion Guardian Hunter Lore-master Minstrel Rune-keeper Warden

Helegrod Epic Set

Each piece in the 6-piece, level 65 Helegrod Epic Set has 25 radiance and is obtained by bartering skirmish marks, Helegrod Marks and Superior Third Marks to the Classic vendor at any skirmish camp. Set bonuses vary by class.
  • Helegrod Marks drop in Helegrod Classic instances.
  • Superior Third Marks drop in 65+ Classic instances, 65+ Challenge quests, and 65+ 6- and 12-man skirmishes.

Annuminas Epic Set

Each piece in the 6-piece, level 65 Annuminas Epic Set has 25 radiance and is obtained by bartering skirmish marks, Annuminas Marks and Superior Third Marks to the Classic vendor at any skirmish camp. Set bonuses vary by armor weight.
  • Annuminas Marks drop in Annuminas Classic instances.
  • Superior Third Marks drop in 65+ Classic instances, 65+ Challenge quests, and 65+ 6- and 12-man skirmishes.

Dol Guldur Set

The 3-piece, level 65 Dol Guldur Set (boots, shoulders and helm) is obtained by bartering Medallions of Dol Guldur with your class trainer in Ost Galadh. Medallions of Dol Guldur come from instances and quests in Mirkwood. Each piece in the Dol Guldur Set has 25 radiance. Set bonuses vary by class.

Barter ItemQtyArmour Slot
Medallion of Dol Guldur 15 Boots
Medallion of Dol Guldur 20 Shoulders
Medallion of Dol Guldur 25 Helm

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Burglar Captain Champion Guardian Hunter Lore-master Minstrel Rune-keeper Warden
Note: Some Lorebook pages show more than one set - this article refers to the level 65 set.

Dar Narbugud Set

Dar Narbugud (DN) has six boss encounters, each of which rewards a different Greater Elf-Stone for the various armor slots in the 6-piece, level 60 set. Greater Elf-Stones are traded to your class trainer in Caras Galadhon. Each piece in the Dar Narbugud Set has 20 radiance. Set bonuses vary by class.

Barter ItemFromArmour Slot
Greater Elf-Stone of Courage The Trolls Boots
Greater Elf-Stone of Hand Zholuga Gauntlets
Greater Elf-Stone of Spirit Flagit Helm
Greater Elf-Stone of Heart Istum Shoulders
Greater Elf-Stone of Resolve The Blind One Leggings
Greater Elf-Stone of Strength The Mistress Breastplate

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Burglar Captain Champion Guardian Hunter Lore-master Minstrel Rune-keeper Warden

Vile Maw Set

Vile Maw, the Watcher raid, drops barter items for two of the pieces in this 6-piece, level 60 set - helm and shoulders. See your class trainer in 21st Hall if you win one of these -- they have 20 radiance each. The remaining pieces (gauntlets, boots, leggings and breastplate) are obtained by bartering Medallions of Moria with your class trainer in 21st Hall and have 10 radiance each (80 radiance total for the set). Medallions of Moria come from the original Moria instances and the Vile Maw and Filikul raids. Set bonuses vary by class.

Non-set versions of helm and shoulders are also available by bartering Medallions of Moria with your class trainer in 21st Hall. These have 10 radiance each.

Barter ItemFrom/QtyArmour Slot
Platinum Coin of Spirit Watcher Shoulders
Platinum Coin of Spirit Watcher Helm
Medallion of Moria 10 Boots
Medallion of Moria 25 Breastplate
Medallion of Moria 10 Gauntlets
Medallion of Moria 25 Leggings

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Burglar Captain Champion Guardian Hunter Lore-master Minstrel Rune-keeper Warden

Lothlorien Set

The 3-piece, level 60 Lothlorien Set (gauntlets, leggings, breastplate) is obtained by bartering either Medallions of Lothlorien with your class trainer in Caras Galadhon OR Medallions of Dol Guldur with your class trainer in Ost Galadh. It's fine to get these pieces either way. Medallions of Lothlorien come from the Lumul-nar (Hall of Mirrors), Nala-Dum (The Water Wheels) and Halls of Crafting instances in Moria and the Dar Narbugud raid. Each piece in the Lothlorien Set has 15 radiance. Set bonuses vary by class.

Barter ItemQtyArmor Slot
Medallion of Lothlorien or Medallion of Dol Guldur 10 Gauntlets
Medallion of Lothlorien or Medallion of Dol Guldur 15 Leggings
Medallion of Lothlorien or Medallion of Dol Guldur 25 Breastplate

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Burglar Captain Champion Guardian Hunter Lore-master Minstrel Rune-keeper Warden

Helegrod Set

Each piece in the 6-piece, level 60 Helegrod Set has 10 radiance and is obtained by bartering skirmish marks, Helegrod Marks and Veteran's Third Marks to the Classic vendor at any skirmish camp. Set bonuses vary by class.
  • Helegrod Marks drop in Helegrod Classic instances.
  • Veteran's Third Marks drop in level 60-70 Skirmishes and Classic instances run by 6- and 12-man groups..

Annuminas Set

Each piece in the 6-piece, level 55 Annuminas Set has 10 radiance and is obtained by bartering skirmish marks, Annuminas Marks and Veteran's Second Marks to the Classic vendor at any skirmish camp. Set bonuses vary by armor weight.
  • Annuminas Marks drop in Annuminas Classic instances.
  • Veteran's Second Marks drop in level 45-59 Skirmishes and Classic instances run by 6- and 12-man groups.

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