The quest progression is smoother in Lone-lands and it will be tempting to do all your leveling there. However, North Downs awards strong survivability virtues for completing Quest Deeds there, so you may want to split your time between the two, especially if you are a VIP.
Free and Premium TacticsFree and Premium players may choose to remain in the starter areas - The Shire, Ered Luin and Breeland - a while longer to earn more Turbine Points in-game. Add in the Skirmish tutorial quests at 20, The Great Barrows instances from 20-24 and questing in Haudh Iarchith for Men of Bree rep, and you'll easily be 24 before moving on to Lone-lands or North Downs.
Now that Lone-lands is free, it is an attractive choice to level to 32+ and offers a nice chunk of additional TP from deeds and Eglain reputation. Mix in skirmishes for the nice chunk of XP the daily skirmish quests give.
North Downs, the other zone for this level range, offers more content, especially group quests. Consider picking this zone up if it is on sale.
Newly revamped, Evendim starts at the top end of this level range. Watch for a sale on this zone.
Subscribing for at least a month can be a great deal, especially if you are already inclined to spend a little money on this game. You'll have full access to the game content up to level 50 and will be able to retain a number of VIP benefits on the characters you create while a VIP, even if you cancel your subscription (downgrade to Premium). This includes more bags, trait slots and more. See Choosing the Best Account Type for You for details.
New Content for 22-31
|Content||Quests, deeds and TP||Classic and Skirmish Join|
VIP or Quest Pack
|125+ quests (levels 21-34)|
145 TP from deeds
 Fornost (6-man)
|100+ quests (levels 22-32)|
180 TP from deeds
 Garth Agarwen - Arboretum (3-man)
 Garth Agarwen - Barrows (3-man)
 Garth Agarwen - Fortress (6-man)
|Stand at Amon Sul|
VIP or Purchase
[25-65] Stand at Amon Sul
|Thievery and Mischief|
VIP or Purchase
[30-65] Thievery and Mischief
New Options for Character Improvement
|Class Traits||Advance the class deeds that opened up at level 20. More open up at 30.|
|Virtue Traits||Continue to complete deeds for Virtues and Turbine Points. See Choosing Your Virtues for guidance on which are best for your class.|
Dwarf | Elf
Hobbit | Man
|[25, 29] More race deeds open up at 25 and 29, including the racial Return To port.|
|Class Quests|| Do your second class quest at level 30 for another class trait.|
The Epic StoryVolume 1 of the epic story is free content that pays good XP and gear rewards. Free and Premium players in particular may want to repeat instance chapters for more XP. Join from the Reflecting Pool in the zone the instance was set in, usually in a town.
|Book||Details||Repeatable Chapters||Reflecting Pool|
|[22-31] Book 2: The Red Maid||Starts with Gandalf in the Prancing Pony. The ranger Saerdan offers a special stable route that will take you directly to Candaith in Lone-lands.||Retake Weathertop||Ost Guruth|
|Gift Boxes|| In your level 30 Gift Box, you get 4 scrolls that start quests to the next set of zones. Finishing these pays a little extra TP.|
|Reputation||Consider grinding to Kindred for the Return To Ost Guruth skill. Doing the repeatable crafting quests, available to all professions, can make it much easier.|
- Leveling Plan for 1-21
- Leveling Plan for 22-31
- Leveling Plan for 32-40
- Leveling Plan for 41-50
- Leveling Plan for 51-60
- Leveling Plan for 61-65