Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: Volume 1: Trouble in Tuckborough

August 23, 2010

LOTRO Guides, Skirmish Guides

Welcome to Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing. In this series, we will look at each of the skirmishes you can run in The Lord of the Rings Online™. In this first volume, we will take a look at the skirmish that is set right in my own backyard: “Trouble in Tuckborough.”

Trouble in Tuckborough

In this series, we will look at each skirmish in turn, including its scenario, layout, mobs, bosses, and encounters. While I discuss the lieutenants you will be facing, I will leave a detailed analysis of them to a later volume.

I will not be discussing strategy much, as that can vary based on your class and playing style. Any recommendations I make will be from the point-of-view of a hobbit warden. During my skirmishing runs, I will be accompanied by my cousin, an archer named Flax.

pdf[2]This guide is available in PDF format for easy reading and printing for reference.

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21 Responses to “Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: Volume 1: Trouble in Tuckborough”

  1. Kaelin Says:

    Fantastic guide! :D Please win a prize.


  2. Jaeren Says:

    Very well put together guide.


  3. Tippidoc Says:

    Double what you’re paying Pineleaf, because that guide is amazing. Excellent work!


  4. Thomas Says:

    I will check this out. This is the one skirmish that I can’t seem to do the right way. I die a lot, & sometimes the hobbit defenders don’t fight back.


  5. Dreadhed Says:

    “He summons the lieutenants one at a time when he reaches certain morale levels. Therefore, it is
    generally best to switch to the lieutenants whenever one appears so that you would not become

    Ahhhh! I did this with a fellow not too long ago, we made is smoothly to the boss fight then majorly flailed taking him down. I think this little tidbit of info will really help us.

    Great Great guide! Guess it will be a bit of a wait till I find out how to beat that Dragon encounter solo in DG.


  6. Dreadhed Says:

    I do have a question and maybe I just missed it. Do you get less SPs if a bounder or hobbit dies?


    • Pineleaf Needles Says:

      Yes, defeated hobbits reduce your skirmish mark score. The bottom of page 5 lists the skirmish mark awards for various objectives. The points for the defenders are earned based on the number of defenders that survive (with a maximum of 32 points if all survive). Therefore, each hobbit lost will cost you 5 or 6 points (the numbers are for a level 65 run).


  7. Isilwren Says:

    I’ve run this solo so many times, but didn’t realize all the different aspects of it – especially the encounters and where they are all located. I had found the Old Willow location, but not the others. Now I’m interested in going back and seeing if I can take these guys on.


  8. Harperella Says:

    Really top notch work there! I picked up some very good tips. Maybe I can complete this one on duo now!



  9. texborn Says:

    Outstanding job on the guide. The level of detail is greatly appreciated. Explanation of some of the mob mechanics was really interesting. I never fathomed it was that complex.


  10. Kemen Says:

    I’m impressed and can’t thank you enough for your Pictoral Primer! :)

    It’s wonderful!

    How long did it take you to write this up and compile everything?

    Three cheers for Pineleaf!

    Peace, Love, & Brew,
    ~Kemen (a.k.a. Sweetpeas of Landroval)


  11. Aufero Says:

    Fantastic guide!

    I tend to avoid this skirmish because I don’t understand the mechanics and the map very well – this will help a lot.



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