A combination of a few things got me thinking that it might be a good idea to actually post some of the specifics on how to prepare for raiding. I cover some of the general topics on Episode 47 of the LOTRO Reporter Podcast but didn’t go into too many of the specifics. The other piece that got me thinking on this subject was listening to the View from the Top Podcast (Episode 12 to be specific) where they were talking about gear progression in Everquest 2. I’ve posted on armor sets previously (Warden and Captain Post and Minstrel Sets) but that was covering their stats, this post will purely talk about the radiance aspects of the sets and how you obtain them.
There is actually a pretty good page on the Lorebook covering the Radiance Armour which has many of the same specifics I’ll be posting here. Also on the Lorebook you can find all the non-set pieces that have Radiance on them. The nice part about sticking to just the Radiance aspect as it applies to everyone who wants to run the 12-man content and works exactly the same for every class.
You’ll want to start working on these sets as you get into your 50s and will most likely find it easiest to find groups for the Moria instance “The Grand Stairs” or GS as it is usually called. However, now with the Meta-deed rewards for completing all of the instances there are incentives for folks to run all the instances so you may get lucky. All of the boss chests from all of the Moria instances contain Medallions of Moria which can be bartered for the first available Radiance set. This set is not only desirable because of the Radiance, but it is also still some of the best armour in the game for the stats. Below I’ll break out how many coins you can get from each instance as well as how many coins are required for each piece. You can also chat with your class trainer in the main towns in Moria, Lothlorien, and Mirkwood to see what sets are available and their associated costs. Now the last two pieces of the set, the helm and shoulders, are obtained a little differently in that their barter piece only drops from the Watcher raid.
- Grand Stairs – 7 Medallions of Moria (10 for a full clear)
- Fil Gashan – 9 Medallions of Moria
- Forges of Khazad-Dum – 10 Medallions of Moria
- 16th Hall – 10 Medallions of Moria
- Skumfil – 10 Medallions of Moria
- Dark Delvings – 10 Medallions of Moria
- Turtle Raid – 3 Medallions of Moria
The armour set pieces are bartered in the following way:
- Gauntlets and Boots (+10 Radiance) – 10 Medallions of Moria
- Jacket and Leggings (+10 Radiance) – 25 Medallions of Moria
- Non Set Shoulders and Helm (+10 Radiance) – 15 Medallions of Moria
- Set Shoulders and Helm (+20 Radiance) – Platinum Coin of Spirit from the Watcher
To clarify this a bit, the Medallions are rewarded to every player in the group but the the Coins are a reward that you’ll have to win the roll on to get. Usually for the Watcher a couple of Coins will drop, but for the raids going forward usually it is one coin for easy mode and a second coin for Hard (or challenge) mode.
Moving on from Moria to Lothlorien there are 2 sets that you can barter for here. The instances that drop the Medallions of Lothlorien are the Mirror-halls (3-man), the Water Wheels (3-man) and the Halls of Crafting (6-man). I believe the first 2 instances can drop a maximum of 6 coins but I’m not 100% sure on that, but I do know that the Halls of Crafting yields 10 Medallions upon completing Hard mode. All three of these instances are part of the Epic Quest line (Volume 2 Book 8) so you will not only want to do them but should be able to find groups running the instances as well. Also, HoC is a pretty popular instance to run as it does have some nice jewelry drops in it. The first armor set from Lothlorien is just a 3 piece set with each piece providing +15 Radiance.
- Jacket – 25 Medallions of Lothlorien
- Leggings – 15 Medallions of Lothlorien
- Gloves – 10 Medallions of Lothlorien
There is also a Barter Exchange Trader up on the main flet in Lothlorien that will trade 10 Medallions of Moria for 1 Medallion of Lothlorien if you find yourself with left-overs. This also provides people with incentives to run the Moria instances as they can trade in for more useful Medallions for characters already at the level cap. Now the second set is a full six piece set with each piece providing +20 radiance but those barter coins only drop from the 12 man raid Dar Narbugud.
Finally we’ll move on to Mirkwood where there are again 2 different sets you can barter for. However, you do also have the option to barter for the same 3-piece set from Lothlorien using the Medallions of Dol-Guldur if you find those are easier to obtain. There are 3 3-man instances in Mirkwood which I believe all drop 6 Medallions for Hard mode completion. Those instances are Sword Halls, the Warg Pens, and the Dungeons of Dol Guldur but like Moria you will find that most people with mainly do Sword Halls as it is quite easy and quick. You can also get 10 tokens from the 6-man instance Sammuth Gul if you can complete that in Hard mode with the added benefit of some nice jewelry drops and the Symbol required for crafting level 65 second age Legendary Items. There also is a pair of heavy armor gloves (Rochben) that drop from SG with +25 Radiance so you might keep your eyes out for them if you’re a heavy armor wearing class. The cost for the Lothlorien 3-piece set is the same as I mentioned above with the other 3-piece set providing +25 Radiance:
- Boots – 15 Medallions of Dul Guldur
- Shoulders – 20 Medallions of Dul Guldur
- Helm – 25 Medallions of Dul Guldur
The 6 piece set is similar to the Lothlorien 6 piece set in that it only drops from the 12-man raid Barad Guldur with each piece providing +30 radiance.
As it stands currently, only the 3 12-man raids require radiance:
- the Watcher – +60 required, +80 desired
- Dar Narbugud – +80 required, +100 desired
- Barad Guldur – +120 required, +140 desired
Now 2 things to keep in mind with regards to Radiance:
- Gloom (the opposite of Radiance) rounds down so if you have +75 Radiance that’s equivalent to +80.
- Both DN and BG do have places where the gloom will start to increase so the more Radiance you have the better off you’ll be. If you’re sitting at the minimum it is usually a good idea to buy another +10 Radiance (well technically Hope) using Destiny points but remember those can only be purchased while out of combat.
Hopefully this provides a pretty good idea of what Radiance gear is out there, where and how much is needed, and the various ways to obtain it. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or other things to add to this topic.