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(LotRO) Update 18 Release Notes

Welcome to Far Anórien
Follow the Rohirrim out of Rohanand into through secret ways hidden within the Drúadan Forest. In the westerly Beacon Hills, aid Gondorians stationed in the fastness of Ost Rimmon and wade into the Mouths of the Entwash to behold the mighty Falls of Rauros. Follow the distant drumming into the ancient wood and encounter the Wose people, ancient crafters of the Púkel-men and sworn foes of Orc-kind.

Epic Story Books 5 and 6
Aid the armies of Rohan in Volume IV, Book 5, 'The Ride of the Rohirrim,' and help them find a safe road to Minas Tirith in time to defend their allies against the ravening hordes of Mordor. And in Volume IV, Book 6, 'The Battle of the Pelennor Fields,' take part in the final defence of Minas Tirith as the Witch-king of Angmar descends upon the field and many fates are decided…

Instance Cluster – Battle of the Pelennor Fields
Plunge into the thick of battle with a fellowship in three new instances: The Blood of the Black Serpent, The Quays of the Harlond, and the Silent Street

The Blood of the Black Serpent (Small Fellowship)
Ride with Théoden-king against the Haradrim and fight by his side as he slays their king. Mounted combat optional for portions of this battlefield instance.

The Quays of the Harlond (Small Fellowship)
Fly to join Aragorn and his men as they arrive on the Pelennor and turn the tide in Gondor’s favour in this second battlefield instance.

The Silent Street (Full Fellowship)
While the battle rages below, Denethor vies with Gandalf over the body of wounded Faramir. But they are not the only ones who have come to make claims and vie upon the Silent Street, mortuary path of stewards and kings!

The level cap has been raised!
You can now advance your character to Level 105! All scaling instances and skirmishes can now be played at level 105, however Epic Battles will remain capped at level 100 for now.

Featured Instances
Every week, one scaling instance or raid from a list of old favorites, will provide new chances at noteworthy prizes. The instance or raid, shown in a new bar on the Instance Join panel, can be played at level 100 and above (with mithril reset) to win Scrolls of Empowerment and new, cap level essences and pieces of equipment.

With Update 18, the rotating list includes: Halls of Night, Inn of the Forsaken, Ost Elendil, Sammath Gul, The Bells of Dale, and Ost Dunhoth – Wound and Fear Wing.

New Features
  • There's a new "PvMP Performance Override" option on the Graphics page. This option is turned on by default. With the option set, entering monsterplay areas will automatically set various advanced graphics and UI options to lower values temporarily to improve PvMP performance. Your settings will be restored up leaving monsterplay areas.
  • There are two new checkboxes in the social options panel which allow you to suppress effects from showing up in the Opponent Vitals panel. These function the same as the ones that suppress effects in the group vitals, allowing you to suppress effects that are non-dispellable or effects that aren't cast by you. Checking these boxes may improve your performance in the thick of combat.
  • There is a new option in advanced graphics "Avatar Texture Compositing". Disabling this option reduces facial details displayed in game and may improve client performance.
  • All housing neighbourhoods now contain Task boards. You can accept and complete every task at these boards.
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