Anthony “Doc” DiMento posted today the Developer Diary that focuses on War-Steeds. Specifically he focuses not only on their types (Light, Medium, and Heavy), but also on their traits and some of their skills. This is of course not an extensive guide (as that would seemingly be a much larger task) but an overall look at the steeds themselves and their general place in the Riders of Rohan expansion. (I would also like to mention that we have several recent articles that touch on War-steeds including Goldenstar’s Warsteed Tutorial [Video] and Andang’s Riders of Rohan Beta Experience.)
Back to the diary. Doc states that we as players will have a choice between utilizing three different types of mounts:
- Light (Courser)
- Has a higher max speed, acceleration, agility, and a tighter turn radius.
- Lowest armour and endurance (morale)
- Meant for ranged and tactical classes wanting to keep their distance
- Medium (Rouncey)
- In the middle when it comes to maneuverability, endurance, and defense
- Enables the rider to do more physical damage
- Available to Free players from the start
- Heavy (Destrier)
- Highest endurance, strength, and armour
- Sacrifices maneuverability and agility for increased defence
- Meant for tanking
Of course the customization does not end there. Each war-steed has a trait tree with three different lines (Combat, Defence, and Movement) that will allow players to customize their mounts even further as they level up their war-steeds.
Each time your war-steed levels up, you’ll receive a trait point that you can spend to improve your mount’s various stats. The trees are broken up into three branches, focusing on combat, defence, and movement. Each trait can have multiple ranks that may gate your progression down a certain path at times. Other traits grant skills which will have a varying degree of usefulness depending on your play style. Skills typically cost more than one trait point and are built as branches of the tree rather than being part of the critical path.
This means that despite the previous descriptions of the war-steeds they can be traited in a way that augments their weaknesses or enhances their strengths. For example, when I was in the Beta I was using a Heavy War-steed I was able to put points into a trait that would increase its speed until it was faster than Goldenstar’s Light War-Steed (although she could have very well spent points to augment her steed’s speed as well).
But what if I don’t entirely like or need that increased speed on my Heavy War-Steed for all situations? Well, fear not as there are multiple trait specs available to players so that they are able to switch specs so that they can have their steeds change their function depending on the situation. However, if you really regret your choices, a player can refund their trait points with the use of Turbine Points. If you’re interested in an idea of what some of these traits do, the diary also highlights some of the skills from each of the different war-steed’s trait lines. (Remember, this is Beta information and its all subject to change.)
In total there are 32 traits that a player can unlock which offer a wide variety of builds for characters to play around with. It should make for some exciting and interesting builds in the future.