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Leveling Guide to Foundations of Stone

Leveling Guide to Foundations of Stone

LOTRO Globsnaga Orc in Foundations of Stone
Zone levels 59-60
Content Pack: Mines of Moria Expansion
Mines of Moria Expansion includes:

Literally the diseased underbelly of Moria, Foundations of Stone is packed with blind Nameless and Globsnaga orcs, goblins, trolls and spiders hidden among the fungus and decay. Be prepared to remove corruptions; the trolls and nameless can be difficult to beat otherwise. Questing here can be hard at level - work with a partner if you can. There is another daily repeatable mirror quest here that rewards IXP and level 58-65 potions. Many players skip questing in Foundations of Stone for the welcome escape from Moria into the Dimril Dale (59-60) area of Lothlorien.

Instances Connected to Foundations of Stone

Skumfil is a level 60+ 6-man group instance; quests come from The Shadowed Refuge. Like other Moria instances, loot includes Medallions of Moria and rare jewelry drops. Minstrels and Champions will want to visit here to complete their level 58 class quests.

Dark Delvings (60+) is the most challenging of the Moria 6-man group instances, in part due to the requirement for Shadow Defence, especially for tanks. Check your class trainer and armor barter vendors in Moria and Lothlorien for armor sets with Shadow Defence bonuses. It's also helpful to trait Fidelity. Guardians and Wardens in particular will want to visit here to complete their level 58 class quests. Loot includes Medallions of Moria and rare jewelry drops.

Foundations of Stone is also home to Dar Narbugud, a challenging level 60+ 12-man raid instance that requires each member to have at least 65 radiance from armor (more for harder bosses) and rank 10 Tolerance traited. Run this with an experienced team that has a strategy for each of the six boss fights. Loot includes Greater Elf-Stones (a different one from each boss), Medallions of Lothlorien and other goodies. Greater Elf-Stones are traded to your class trainer in Caras Galadhon for the various pieces the 6-piece Dar Narbugud radiance set. See Choosing Your Radiance Armour Set for more info.

Quest Hubs and Points of Interest

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This map shows the quests node for Foundations of Stone and some points of interest (1 to 9).

Quest Hubs in Foundations of Stone

 LocLevelsQuest HubVendorStableMailboxMilestoneNotes
A 13.0S, 101.6W 58-60 The Shadowed Refuge
Barter vendors for non-radiance sets, item-master

Points of Interest in Foundations of Stone

1 Zabad-fakak 12.0S, 102.0W For The Foundations of Stone deed
2 Dalgum-ru 14.2S, 101.6W For The Foundations of Stone deed
3 Camp Site and Mustering Horn 13.2s, 100.4W Near Skumfil
3 Skumfil 13.2S, 100.4W Level 60+ group instance
4 The Bridge Shard 14.1S, 97.7W For The Foundations of Stone deed
5 The Endless Stair 15.0S, 99.0W For The Foundations of Stone deed 
6 Camp Site and Mustering Horn 15.4S, 97.4W Near Dark Delvings and Dar Narbugud
6 Dark Delvings 15.8S, 97.3W Level 60+ group instance
7 Dar Narbugud 16.3S, 96.9W Level 60+ raid instance

Virtue Deeds in Foundations of Stone

Deeds for Foundations of Stone sort to Moria Lower Deeps in your deed log. The exploration deed gives a rank of Valour, but you'll have to fight your way to the Points of Interest. Still pretty easy with a partner. Hunters can finish up Globsnaga Slayer here if they still need ranks of Compassion.

Quest Warrior of the Shadows Empathy 1 Complete 40 Quests The Water-works
Redhorn Lodes
Flaming Deeps
Foundations of Stone
Quest Legend of the Deeps Innocence 1 Complete 60 Quests The Water-works
Redhorn Lodes
Flaming Deeps
Foundations of Stone
Swift Travel [1][2]
Exploration The Foundations of Stone Valour 1 Explore 5 Places The Flaming Deeps Everyone
Slayer Globsnaga Slayer (Advanced) Compassion 1 Kill 360 Globsnagas Non-instance Moria zones Hunters
[1] Unlocks Swift Travel between Twenty-First Hall and Shadowed Refuge
[2] Unlocks Swift Travel between First Hall and Shadowed Refuge

Keep in mind that these are only a few of the virtues you can work on in this zone - specifically the ones you'll find useful for surviving Moria and are relatively easy to get. You may want to return later to earn more. See Choosing Your Virtues for more information.

The Epic Story in Foundations of Stone

LOTRO Nameless in Foundations of Stone
You'll visit The Shadowed Refuge several times during the epic story, especially for Volume II, Book 6, which sends you out to quest in Foundations of Stone.

Crafting and Foundations of Stone

Foundations of Stone offers Tier 6 ore (Khazad-iron and Khazad-gold mostly), but no wood or scholar nodes. With as difficult as the mobs can be, you are better off gathering ore in the Golden Wood area of Lothlorien (you'll need Acquaintance standing with the Galadhrim to enter). The nearest crafting facilities are in Twenty-first Hall.
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