Revised for Update 2
For levels 51-60, your chief goal is surviving the Mines of Moria. Many players will tell you they hate Moria and for good reason -- it's gloomy and full of nasty orcs after your hide! Even the most diehard Moria fans get weary after 10 levels of it. So what's a hero to do?
First, we recommend waiting until level 53 before questing in Moria. Get your legendary items, if you haven't yet. Finish up any level 50 content you have in Angmar, Misty Mountains, Forochel and Eregion first. Work on the later books in Volume I of the epic story. Rank up your skirmish soldier. Get your virtues up to at least rank 6, you're going to need them. Let the anticipation build. When you finally pass through the Hollin Gate, you be ready for the challenges that lie ahead.
While in Moria, focus first on completing enough quests in each area to finish the quest completion deeds (these unlock Moria swift travel routes). You progress through Moria zone by zone, starting with The Great Delving, then Silvertine Lodes, Durin's Way, Zelem-melek, The Water-works, Redhorn Lodes, Nud-Melek, Flaming Deeps and ending with the Foundations of Stone. You don't need to do every quest to get to 58 or so, when you can start Lothlorien, so skip any quests that are bogging you down.
At level 58, you can emerge from the gloom of Moria and start running quests in the Dimril Dale area of Lothlorien (before level 58 you won't get credit for Lothlorien deeds).You need to achieve Acquaintance standing with the Galadhrim to cross the Nimrodel without being shot on sight by archers stationed along the border of the Golden Wood. Volume II, Books 6 to 8 of the epic story pay a lot of Galadhrim reputation, as do repeatable quests.
Free and Premium TacticsIf at all possible, try to get a Mines of Moria retail box with a 30-day subscription. These are getting to be rarer than chicken teeth, so ask around. Just be sure you get the version of the game you are playing (NA or EU). Not only will you get the Moria content, skirmish rank 15 unlock, Warden and Runekeeper classes and other goodies, you'll get the great VIP-to-Premium downgrade benefits.
If you don't have Moria, expect a long grind. Skirmish daily, work on rep, repeat later chapters of Volume 1 for XP (finish Volume 1 if you haven't already!). Definitely work on Volume 2, which will open up some more skirmishes and offers good gear rewards.
New Content for 51-60
|Content||Quests, deeds and TP||Classic and Skirmish Join|
MoM quest pack, expansion or retail box
|300+ quests (levels 51-60)|
plus Volume 2, Books 1-8
[51-53] The Great Delving
[52-55] Silvertine Lodes
[52-58] Durin's Way
[55-56] The Water-works
[55-56] Redhorn Lodes
[56-57] Flaming Deeps
[58-60] Foundations of Stone
405 TP from zone deeds
535 TP from instance deeds
 The Forgotten Treasury (6-man)
 The Grand Stair (6-man)
 The Forges of Khazad-dum (6-man)
 Fil Gashan (6-man)
 Skumfil (6-man)
 The Sixteenth Hall (6-man)
 Dark Delvings (6-man)
 Filikul (12-man raid)
 The Vile Maw (12-man raid)
|Battle of the Deep Way|
55-65 Battle of the Deep Way
|Battle of the Way of Smiths|
55-65 Battle of the Way of Smiths
|Battle of the Twenty-first Hall|
55-65 Battle of the Twenty-first Hall
Lothlorien quest pack or MoM retail box
|90+ quests (levels 59-60)|
135 TP from zone deeds
200 TP from instance deeds
| Hall of Crafting (6-man)|
 The Water Wheels - Nala-dum (3-man)
 The Mirror-halls of Lumul-nar (3-man)
 Dar Narbugud (12-man raid)
New Options for Character ImprovementRadiance was removed in Update 2, which really opened up the possibilities when it comes to armor sets, and gear in general.
Many players start running the Grand Stair (GS) and other Moria instances at level 56 to collect Medallions of Moria, which can be traded to the barter vendor in Twenty-first Hall for the Moria armor set. This set has good bonuses for most classes, though the head and shoulder pieces require a barter item from the Vile Maw raid.
The level 59 Halls of Crafting (HoC) instance is also popular, mainly for the great jewelry that drops there. In addition, you'll get Medallions of Lothlorien, which can be traded to the barter vendor in Caras Galadhon for the 3-piece Lothlorien armor set. The same set can also be earned later in Mirkwood.
Sets aside, Volume II rewards many nice individual pieces of armor and jewelry. The Iron Garrison reputation barter vendors offer a few nice items. The level 58+ crit-crafted armor, jewelry and shields at these levels are also excellent options.
|Legendary Traits|| Earning Kindred standing with the Iron Garrison Guards lets you purchase yet another legendary trait.|
 The level 58 class quest awards another legendary trait and is well worth doing while in Moria (MoM QP or expansion required).
|Legendary Items|| Every level 51+ quest now rewards item experience (IXP) for leveling your legendary items.|
The Epic Story"Solofied" in Update 2, Volume II of the epic story is well worth doing. Gear rewards, skirmish unlocks, tons of rep, a legendary trait to earn - need I go on? See Volume II at a Glance for info.
|IXP Instances||Dolven-view has 6 IXP instances you can run once a day for more IXP and relics. Some also advance Moria slayer deeds.|
|Reputation|| Reputation with the Iron Garrison Guards and Miners allows you to purchase hunter/warden ports, gear and mounts.|
 Many Lothlorien quests pay Lothlorien Silver Branches and Lothlorien Gold Leaves, which can be bartered for recipes, housing items, gear, even a horse! Barter vendors are located in Caras Galadhon, at the Vineyards of Lorien and the docks at Imlad Lalaith.
 Friend standing with the Galadhrim lets you enter Caras Galadhon, the city in Lothlorien, where there are many more quests.
|Mirror Quests|| Daily "mirror" quests in Durin's Way,The Water-works, Redhorn Lodes, Flaming Deeps and the Foundations of Stone pay IXP and your choice of potions.|
- 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
- Content by Level Chart
- The Great Delving Leveling Guide
- Silvertine Lodes Leveling Guide
- Durin's Way Leveling Guide
- Zelem-melek Leveling Guide
- The Water-works Leveling Guide
- Redhorn Lodes Leveling Guide
- Nud-Melek Leveling Guide
- Flaming Deeps Leveling Guide
- Foundations of Stone Leveling Guide
- Lothlorien Leveling Guide