LotRO Icon Virtue Traits

LotRO has a system for customising characters which is quite powerful but not as intuitive as it could be: traits. The simplest and most customizable of these traits are virtue traits, which you gain by doing virtue deeds.

A virtue deed is simply a quest in a different journal. These quests come in four types: slayer, explorer, reputation and lore. Each virtue deed is tied to a specific location and is added into your deed journal (shift-L) automatically. For example, if there is a deed to kill ten wolves in the Shire, the deed will appear in your journal the first time you kill a wolf in the Shire. Similarly, if there is a deed to complete ten quests in Ered Luin, completing the first quest will trigger the deed.

The rewards for completing these deeds are called virtue traits which are effectively self-buffs. You activate these buffs by visiting a bard who will have an option for you to equip your traits. The number of virtue traits is limited by your level and you can have a maximum of five traits equipped after you achieve level 23.

You will receive new trait slots as you level up:

Level Slots
7 1
9 2
11 3
17 4
23 5

Virtue traits are very powerful because you can get a few ranks in any trait with very little effort and you are able to change your equipped traits (for a monetary cost) to optimize your character for different scenarios, for example solo vs. raid.

Trait effects come into three categories:

  • Statistic Boost
  • Resists and Mitigation
  • Morale and Power Regen

Each trait has three effects, primary, secondary and tertiary. The primary effect of a trait is the most important as it scales up per rank, so when you are looking at the best traits for your character you should start by focusing on the primary effect. The value given on this table is the increase of the primary effect per rank. The secondary and tertiary effects are much slower to increase and often only see an increase in their effect every other rank. Taking this into account, the secondary effect increases on average at around 50% per rank and the tertiary effect at around 20% per rank. Despite this, you may wish to focus on one effect exclusively (see the example below using agility) and thus you’ll want to take into account all three effects of a trait so you can get every bonus you can.

Once you have decided which bonuses are most important to you, you should look at the list of traits and choose those which will help you to further your goal.

Traits and Effects

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Type of Primary Effect Trait Primary Effect Value Secondary Effect Tertiary Effect
Statistic Boost Determination Agility +3 Morale Regen (combat) Max Morale
Statistic Boost Discipline Might +3 Disease resist Melee vulnerability
Statistic Boost Empathy Armor Value +5 Fate Fear resist
Statistic Boost Honesty Max Power +20 Armor value Fate
Statistic Boost Idealism Fate +3 Fear resist Will
Statistic Boost Loyalty Vitality +3 Power Regen (non-combat) Armor
Statistic Boost Valour Morale +25 * Morale Regen (non-combat) Might
Statistic Boost Wisdom Will +3 Power Wound resist
Resists & Mitigation Charity Wound resist +1% Ranged Vulnerability Power Regen (non-combat)
Resists & Mitigation Compassion Ranged Vulnerability -0.5% Power Regen (non-combat) Magic Vulnerability
Resists & Mitigation Confidence Fear Resistance +1% Will Power Regen (non-combat)
Resists & Mitigation Fidelity Shadow Mitigation +1% Vitality Power Max
Resists & Mitigation Honour Poison Resistance +1% Shadow Mitigation Vitality
Resists & Mitigation Innocence Melee Vulnerability -0.5% Poison Resist Shadow Mitigation
Resists & Mitigation Tolerance Magic Vulnerability -0.005 Agility Morale Regen (combat)
Resists & Mitigation Zeal Disease Resist +0.01 Melee Vulnerability Poison Resist
Morale & Power Regen Fortitude Morale Regen (non-combat) +0.7 * Might Disease resist
Morale & Power Regen Justice Morale Regen (combat) +0.1 Max Morale Morale Regen (non-combat)
Morale & Power Regen Mercy Power Regen (non-combat) +1.1 * Magic Vulnerability Agility
Morale & Power Regen Patience Power Regen (non-combat) +0.7 * Wound Resist Ranged Vulnerability

* The “Value” shown in the table above is generally correct
for each rank. Those values marked with a * are non-linear and
the value shown is an approximate average.

Traits stack so you could have three traits all focused on a single effect. As an example, if you wished for a boost to your agility, you would want to get ranks in Determination, Tolerance and possibly Mercy.

Once you’ve chosen your traits, you should look at the table below that lists the deeds which will gain you the ranks in that trait. The deeds are sorted by recommended level so you can work your way through the low level deeds quickly. Although the experience gained for deeds below your level will be trivial, it can be a quick way to add a few ranks. The high level slayer deeds can be a case of diminishing returns (480 dead orcs in Angmar in return for +0.01 disease resist seems excessive) although if you can get into a fast moving kill group, the experience alone may make it worth while.

Once you’ve chosen your traits and looked up the deeds, it should be simple to run around gaining ranks in them. Then all you have to do is find a bard (a lute icon in your map, you’ll find one in most villages and outposts) and equip the chosen traits. If you gain another rank in an already equipped trait, it’ll upgrade automatically, no further visit required.

In a future post, we’ll look at custom trait builds for different scenarios so that whatever you are doing to save Middle Earth, you are always the best you can be. Be sure not to miss anything by signing up now for regular email updates.

Traits by Deed

Trait Deed Ranks Task Location Level *
Charity Ally of Ered Luin 1 10 Quests Ered Luin 5
Charity Bree-Lands Adventurer (Advanced) 1 30 Quests Bree-Land 10
Charity Hero of Ered Luin (Final) 2 30 Quests Ered Luin 10
Charity Tales of the Lonely Road 1 15 Quests Lone Lands 15
Charity Of Glories Long Past (Advanced) 1 40 Quests North Downs 25
Compassion Defender of Ered Luin (Advanced) 1 20 Quests Ered Luin 5
Compassion The Life of the Bounder 1 15 Quests The Shire 5
Compassion Lone Lands Quests (Advanced) 1 40 Quests Lone Lands 20
Compassion Peril of the Mountains 1 10 Quests Misty Mountains 40
Confidence Rath Teraig Exploration 1 Exploration Ered Luin 5
Confidence Garth Agarwen Exploration 1 Exploration Lone Lands 15
Confidence The Grimfens 1 Exploration Lone Lands 15
Confidence Strongholds Exploration 1 Exploration North Downs 20
Confidence Where Giants Dwell 1 Exploration Misty Mountains 40
Confidence The Road to War 2 Exploration Angmar 45
Determination Slug Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills The Shire 5
Determination Wolf Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills Ered Luin 5
Determination Barghest Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills Bree-Lands 15
Determination Warg Slayer (Advanced) 1 240 Kills North Downs 25
Determination Crawler Slayer (Advanced) 1 360 Kills Trollshaw 30
Trait Deed Ranks Task Location Level *
Determination Salamander Slayer (Advanced) 1 240 Kills Evendim 35
Determination Snow-Beast Slayer (Advanced) 1 320 Kills Misty Mountains 40
Determination Warg Slayer (Advanced) 1 480 Kills Angmar 45
Discipline Hendroval Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills Ered Luin 10
Discipline Sicklefly Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills Bree-Lands 10
Discipline Wolf Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills The Shire 10
Discipline Bog Lurker Slayer (Advanced) 1 120 Kills Lone Lands 15
Discipline Wolf Slayer (Advanced) 1 360 Kills Trollshaws 30
Discipline Tomb Defenders (Advanced) 1 240 Kills Evendim 35
Discipline Troll Slayer (Advanced) 1 320 Kills Angmar 45
Empathy The Life of the Bounder (Advanced) 1 40 Quests The Shire 5
Empathy Bree-Lands Adventurer 1 15 Quests Bree-Lands 10
Empathy Of Glories Long Past 1 15 Quests North Downs 20
Empathy Peril of the Mountains (Advanced) 1 20 Quests Misty Mountains 45
Empathy Angmar Quests (Final) 2 30 Quests Angmar 50
Fidelity The Sights of Shire 1 Exploration The Shire 5
Fidelity Defenses of the Lone Lands 1 Exploration Lone Lands 15
Fidelity Scouting the Dourhands 1 Exploration Ered Luin 15
Fidelity Ruins of Evendim 1 Exploration Evendim 30
Fidelity The Road to Rivendell 1 Exploration Trollshaws 30
Trait Deed Ranks Task Location Level *
Fidelity Tombs of Evendim 1 Exploration Evendim 30
Fidelity The Circle of Despair 1 Exploration Angmar 45
Fortitude Bree-Land Woodsman (Advanced) 1 40 Kills Bree-Land 10
Fortitude Harvest Fly Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills The Shire 10
Fortitude Neekerbeeker Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills Bree-Land 10
Fortitude Warg Slayer (Advanced) 1 120 Kills Lone Lands 15
Fortitude Troll Slayer (Advanced) 1 160 Kills North Downs 25
Fortitude Giant Slayer (Advanced) 1 320 Kills Trollshaws 35
Fortitude Guaradan Slayer (Advanced) 1 240 Kills Evendim 35
Fortitude Bear Slayer (Advanced) 1 360 Kills Misty Mountains 40
Honesty The Wilds of Tal Bruinen 1 Exploration Trollshaws 35
Honesty Bilbo’s Buttons 1 Exploration Misty Mountains 40
Honesty The Forbidding Heights 1 Exploration Misty Mountains 40
Honour Spider Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills The Shire 5
Honour Spider Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills Bree-Land 10
Honour Spider Slayer (Advanced) 1 120 Kills Lone Lands 15
Honour Worm Slayer (Advanced) 1 320 Kills North Downs 20
Honour Giant Slayer (Advanced) 1 240 Kills Evendim 35
Honour Worm Slayer (Advanced) 1 360 Kills Misty Mountains 45
Honour Uruk Slayer (Advanced) 1 320 Kills Angmar 50
Trait Deed Ranks Task Location Level *
Idealism The History of the Dunedain 1 Exploration Bree-Lands 10
Idealism Flowers of the Old Forest 1 Exploration Bree-Lands 20
Idealism Lone Lands Quests (Final) 2 75 Quests Lone Lands 20
Idealism Brave Deeds in the Wilderness (Final) 2 75 Quests Trollshaws 35
Idealism Angmar Quests (Advanced) 1 20 Quests Angmar 50
Innocence The Life of the Bounder (Final) 2 75 Quests The Shire 10
Innocence Brave Deeds in the Wilderness 1 10 Quests Trollshaws 30
Innocence Pilgrim of Evendim (Advanced) 1 Evendim 35
Innocence Peril of the Mountains (Final) 2 75 Quests Misty Mountains 45
Justice Brigand Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills The Shire 5
Justice Brigand Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills Ered Luin 5
Justice Brigand Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills Bree-Lands 10
Justice Goblin Slayer (Advanced) 1 180 Kills Lone-lands 20
Justice Orc Slayer (Advanced) 1 240 Kills North Downs 20
Justice Warg Slayer (Advanced) 1 360 Kills Misty Mountains 40
Justice Angmarim Slayer (Advanced) 1 480 Kills Angmar 50
Loyalty Bree-Lands Adventurer (Final) 2 75 Quests Bree-Land 15
Loyalty Of Glories Long Past (Final) 2 75 Quests North Downs 25
Loyalty Brave Deeds in the Wilderness (Advanced) 1 20 Quests Trollshaws 35
Loyalty Angmar Quests 1 10 Quests Angmar 45
Trait Deed Ranks Task Location Level *
Mercy Wight Slayer (Advanced) 1 80 Kills Bree-Lands 15
Mercy Redeemer Slayer (Advanced) 1 240 Kills North Downs 25
Mercy Limrafn Slayer (Advanced) 1 Slayer Evendim 35
Mercy Wight Slayer (Advanced) 1 360 Kills Trollshaws 35
Mercy Grave-Digger Slayer (Advanced) 2 300 Kills Haudh Iarchith (Bree-land) 45
Mercy Wight Slayer (Advanced) 1 480 Kills Angmar 50
Patience No Place for Spoiled Pie 1 Quests The Shire 5
Patience Places of the Dwarves 1 Exploration Ered Luin 5
Patience Restoring the Quick Post 1 Quests The Shire 5
Patience The Ruins of Breeland 1 Exploration Bree-Lands 10
Patience Places of the Barrow Downs 1 Exploration Bree-Lands 15
Patience The Eastern Ruins 1 Exploration North Downs 20
Patience Wilds of Evendim 1 Exploration Evendim 30
Tolerance The Farms of Shire 1 Exploration The Shire 5
Tolerance The Villages of the Earth Kin 1 Exploration North Downs 25
Tolerance Ruins of Trollshaws 1 Exploration Trollshaws 30
Tolerance Ruins of Misty Mountains 1 Exploration Misty Mountains 40
Tolerance Bastions of Hope 2 Exploration Angmar 45
Valour Goblin Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills The Shire 5
Valour Orc Slayer (Advanced) 1 80 Kills Bree-Lands 10
Trait Deed Ranks Task Location Level *
Valour Goblin Slayer (Advanced) 1 120 Kills Lone Lands 15
Valour Orc Slayer (Advanced) 1 120 Kills Lone Lands 15
Valour Worm Slayer (Advanced) 1 360 Kills Trollshaws 35
Valour Troll Slayer (Advanced) 1 240 Kills Misty Mountains 40
Valour Worm Slayer (Advanced) 1 300 Kills Angmar 45
Wisdom Elf Ruins Exploration 1 Exploration Ered Luin 5
Wisdom Lore of the Cardolan Prince 1 Kill for drops Bree-Lands 15
Wisdom Weathertop Exploration 1 Exploration Lone Lands 15
Wisdom Places of the Old Forest 1 Exploration Bree-Lands 20
Wisdom The Western Ruins 1 Exploration North Downs 20
Wisdom The High Passes 1 Exploration Misty Mountains 40
Zeal Goblin Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills Ered Luin 10
Zeal Spider Slayer (Advanced) 1 60 Kills Ered Luin 10
Zeal Goblin Slayer (Advanced) 1 240 Kills North Downs 25
Zeal Kergrim Slayer (Advanced) 1 Slayer Evendim 35
Zeal Troll Slayer (Advanced) 1 240 Kills Trollshaws 35
Zeal Giant Slayer (Advanced) 1 320 Kills Misty Mountains 40
Zeal Orc Slayer (Advanced) 1 480 Kills Angmar 45
Zeal Spider Slayer (Advanced) 1 300 Kills Haudh Iarchath 45

* The level shown is a recommended level for the deed. Certain
deeds may be attainable at a lower level in a fellowship.

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