Level cap increase from 50 to 60
This is huge, and will be the only inspiration some people need to dust off their forgotten max-level crafting alts or retired classes. When you could previously brag that you had four max-level characters, you will now need to do a bit more work to regain those bragging rights.
New skills, Traits and Deeds
The road from 50 to 60 brings with it new skills to learn for the existing classes. Plus, with over 300 new Deeds and Accomplishments, skill usage has more meaning than ever before.
Trait Sets act as "builds"
Each class now has three Trait Sets that act a bit like a build, recognizing the most effective combinations and utilizing them most efficiently. These sets are comprised of eight traits per set, with a Legendary to cap them off. They're designed for ease of use, including color-coordinated traits for certain sets.
Legendary Item Advancement System
Now you actually have the opportunity to forge your own weapon, using your own special modifications and advancement system that you can control. These items will actually level with you, gaining their own experience much like a pet or companion. You can even name them for that truly unique feel.
New crafting Tier 6 and crafting guilds
Although we mentioned this one in the low-level guide as well, this extra crafting tier and crafting guilds were designed for the high-level characters. These crafting guilds have special benefits such as lowered material requirements for recipes, guaranteed critical success on some recipes, and at the highest tier, crafters can actually produce Legendary Weapons, class items and Legendary augmentations.
Three new regions
Between Eregion, Moria and Lothlorien, you should have plenty of room to explore, pick up over 600 new quests and level to your heart's content. The mines themselves, within Moria, are said to be the largest single-zone, seamless area in any MMO.
New dungeons, raids and instances
Hunters get new ports
- Almost 40 new dungeons have been added to the game
- Seven new 6-man instances
- One new 12-man instance to battle the Watcher in the Water
- Four new instance/raid armor sets
Starting from level 48, Hunters will now get three new port skills. There's the Suri-Kyla port
in Forochel, gained through Acquaintance reputation standing, the Echad Dunann port
in Eregion, gained from completing two deeds in Eregion, and Moria's 21st Hall port
which is gained through Dwarf miner's reputation.
All of this is, of course in addition to the fundamental improvements made to combat, inventory, PvMP
, the UI
, quest and NPC AI (including a ton to Carn Dum), and much more