Just the FactsThere's plenty of information about the basics of each class in the character creation UI and on lotro.com.
Now, OpinionsIf I could create my ideal soloing class, it would probably be one that could kill fast, dodge enemies blows, self-heal, and travel quickly from place to place -- all with a fluid, insta-cast playstyle. The Superman class doesn't exist in LOTRO, but each one of my favorite capabilities does appear in one or more classes.
Frequently topping the list of best LOTRO soloers are Hunter, Warden and Champion.
Warden is another popular choice. Warden is a premium class included in the Mines of Moria expansion or, with the launch of LOTRO Free-to-Play, as a standalone purchase in the LOTRO Store. Warden has excellent self-heal tricks and good survivability, especially against large groups of mobs. The Warden playstyle is much more challenging than a Hunter's because it relies on Gambits - specific sequences of three quick skills. To be effective the player should have a good memory for dozens of possible gambit sequences, and the reflexes to continually spam the quick skills. Warden has fast travel skills almost as good as a Hunter's.
Champion is also a popular and easy-to-play soloing class with exceptional Area of Effect (AoE) damage skills. Cuisinart time, baby! Champions give up defense to pump out max damage and so tend to die from over-ambition at times. They have no special travel skills.
Guardians can also wade into a bunch of mobs and do decent AoE damage in Overpower stance. They won't kill as fast as a Champion, but they have excellent survivability. Guardians get a travel skill that enables group members to summon them from just about anywhere in the world.
In War-Speech stance Minstrels do very fast damage in quick bursts, including some AoE damage. Their soloing playstyle uses lots of fast-casting skills, some of which must be used in a particular order. This can give Minstrel combat an "on rails" feel. Minstrel attack skills require a lot of power to cast, and at times it may be necessary to regen power between fights. Despite severely reduced healing in War-Speech mode Minstrels have some of the best self-healing tricks for soloing.
The three support classes - Lore-master, Captain, and Burglar, are all well-rounded soloers. Lore-master is a very effective soloer that relies on pets, debuffs, mezzes, stuns and roots in addition to damage skills. The Lore-master playstyle is planned and deliberate, and relies on several skills which have long cast times. What it lacks in fluidity, the Lore-master more than makes up for in power. Lore-masters can solo much more difficult encounters than most other classes.
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