LOTRO hints at Minas Morgul with new skirmish event


One of the big content drops reportedly coming to Lord of the Rings Online this year is the opening of Minas Morgul — Mordor’s city of the dead. In what appears to be a prelude to this patch, Standing Stone Games is rolling out a brand-new event this week that utilizes the much-neglected skirmish system.

The Ill Omens event, which kicks off on February 7th and continues through March 11th, will be adding special Minas Morgul mobs to themed skirmishes. Defeat these on a daily basis and you can earn new gear and cosmetics as well as a high-level stat item.

Today’s patch also opens up the third tier of difficulty for the recent Anvil of Winterstith raid, gives Beornings permission to use crossbows, bumps up Burglar damage, and makes a lot of normalization changes to Minstrel skills.

Source: Patch notes

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Wow. so, the patch notes apparently misrepresented the skirmish event. This is the revised description:

“February 7th brings a new event: ‘Ill Omens’ to Skirmishes throughout the game! Evil stirs in Minas Morgul, and harbingers of the Dead City spread across Middle-earth! Each day, your characters will have the chance to participate in a Skirmish Assault, which will send them to specific sets of existing Skirmishes in search of dangerous new foes. Characters who complete a Skirmish Assault will earn a special currency that can be exchanged for new equipment and cosmetic rewards. As for the most dedicated Skirmishers of Middle-earth, there are several new Deeds and titles to be earned during ‘Ill Omens’. In addition, characters who complete twelve Skirmish Assaults while the event is active will earn a powerful cap-level statted reward.”

Luckily, it does seem low level skirmishes are included, too, though there are some things you can only get when capped.

All the Skirmishes should work from their lowest available level through the cap. In order to receive the quests that advance the Skirmish Assault daily, it must be played at (or within +5/-5 of) your current level. However, some of the new Deeds and Tier 3 specific sub-quests may require you to be at the cap.



I only read the patch notes about this event, so I still have some questions. For instance, it does not specifically say that this will be open to skirmishes at all levels rather than just capped. Which might seem to be a silly thing to worry about, except LOTRO has a habit of setting things like challenges with a level-cap-only requirement.

I hope this is open to all skirmishers. If it is, I am definitely looking forward to trying it out.

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Safe bet to predict that Justin is going to hate Minas Morgul. ;)