The answer depends on which content you own. While it is possible to get to rank 10 Valour with just the Shadows of Angmar edition, you'll have to kill hundreds of elite monsters in a group, including every boss in Carn Dum. Very grindy. If you own the Mines of Moria expansion, the picture gets much rosier. MoM offers 5 ranks of Valour, two from exploration deeds and all easier to attain than the 5 toughest ranks in Shadows of Angmar. If you own the Siege of Mirkwood expansion, there is another exploration deed for one more rank of Valour.
Bottom line, this means if you own all the content you can enter Moria with only 4 ranks of Valour. While the extra morale would help you survive in Moria, so would a Cup of Red Tea or some Mushy Green Peas. Each point of vitality translates into 3 morale for most classes (5 morale for tanks), plus bonuses to resists and mitigations. This approach can be pricey if you don't have a cook friend, but will save you so much time. You'll still have 10 ranks of Valour by the time you reach level 65 and with much less grinding. And a strange fondness for tea and peas.
Ten Easiest Ranks of ValourWhat makes one deed easy relative to another? Total time invested to earn the trait after you are done questing in the area. It takes time to put together a group, travel and defeat piles of mobs for slayer deeds, especially elites. Here's our list of the 10 easiest:
- The Shire Goblin Slayer (Advanced)
- Bree-land Orc-slayer (Advanced)
- The Lone-lands Goblin Slayer (Advanced)
- The Lone-lands Orc-slayer (Advanced)
- Moria Worm-slayer (Advanced) - 2 ranks!
- Moria Spider-slayer (Advanced)
- The Foundations of Stone exploration deed
- Caras Galadhon City of the Lord and Lady exploration deed
- Evil Strongholds of Mirkwood exploration deed
Complete List of Valour Deeds
|Deed||Ranks||Zone||Level||Objective||Group Size||Where to Hunt|
|Goblin-slayer (Adv)||1||The Shire||13||Kill 90 goblins||Solo||Northern Greenfields
Trouble in Tuckborough skirmish (level 30+)
|Orc-slayer (Adv)||1||Bree-land||19||Kill 90 orcs||Solo||Quests from Greenway Fort
Cirith Nur (20.8S, 54.9W)
Orcs camps in Eastern Bree-fields.
|Goblin-slayer (Adv)||1||The Lone-lands||23||Kill 180 goblins||Solo||Quests from Forsaken Inn
Volume I, Book 2
Minas Eriol (36.2S, 39.1W)
Weatherfoot (31.9S, 38.6W).
|Orc-slayer (Adv)||1||The Lone-lands||27||Kill 180 orcs||Solo||Volume I, Book 2
Quests from Ost Guruth
Glumhallow (29.9S, 38.4W)
Ost Cyrn (33.6S, 30.9W)
|Worm-slayer (Adv)||1||Trollshaws||42||Kill 270 worms||Solo||Nan Tornaeth (28.2S, 15.3W)
Cirith Ulunn (37.6S, 11.2W)
Ford of Bruinen skirmish (level 55+)
|Worm-slayer (Adv)||1||Angmar||48||Kill 450 worms||Solo||Salgaite (2.6S, 30.6W)|
|Troll-slayer (Adv)||1||Misty Mountains||44 Elite||Kill 240 trolls||Small Fellowship||Path in SW corner of Giant Halls|
(Ered Luin instance)
|47 Elite||Kill 300 trolls||Small Fellowship||Lower level of Sarnur (20.6S 103.3W)|
|The Trolls of Urugarth (Adv)||1||Urugarth
|48 Sig||Kill 180 trolls||Small Fellowship||Just inside the entrance|
|Champions of Carn Dûm (Final)||1||Carn Dum
|52 Nemesis||Kill 12 bosses||Fellowship||Carn Dum|
|Mines of Moria: 4 deeds/5 ranks|
|Worm-slayer (Adv)||2||Moria||57||Kill 360 worms||Solo||The Water-works
Flaming Deeps, especially the north platform of The Burning Stair (15.8S, 110.6W)
|Spider-slayer (Adv)||1||Moria||60||Kill 360 spiders||Solo||The Lost Palace (15.0S 114.9W) in The Water-works
Daily Mirror quest (56) from Rotting Cellar
Daily Spider Nest IXP instance (60) in Dolven-View
|The Foundations of Stone||1||Foundations of Stone||60||Find 5 Places||Solo or Duo|
|City of the Lord and Lady||1||Caras Galadhrim||60||Find 9 Places||Solo||You'll need Friend standing with the Galadhrim to enter Caras Galadhon|
|Siege of Mirkwood: 1 deed/1 rank|
|Evil Strongholds of Mirkwood||1||Mirkwood||65||Find 6 Places||Solo|
- For Slayer deeds, the objective shown includes the number needed for both the regular and advanced deeds.