Fires of Smaug Guide: The Road to Erebor Raids

Fires of Smaug Guide: The Road to Erebor Raids

Last updated on July 24th, 2017

A detailed guide on how to clear the Fires of Smaug raid of the Road to Erebor in Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO). This guide was written when the content was endgame so it assumes players are on level with the raid – This wasn’t a complex raid compared to Orthanc, but it introduced some group mechanics not previously done.

LOTRO Fires of Smaug Guide

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This LOTRO Erebor raid has no trash pulls, so you can bring in your team ready for the “boss” itself.

Group Makeup

  • Fellowship one:
    1 Guardian, 1 Warden, 2 Healers (Mini or RK), 1 Dps Hunter, 1 Dps Loremaster
  • Fellowship two:
    2 Captains, 3 Ranged Dps, 1 Champion. Divided into 1 Captain and 2 dps on each North and South Valves.

 

Positioning

  • North Side (Left from Entrance)
    Guardian will wait near bottom valve to grab initial adds. Designated 3 players from Fellowship two will start the fight at the top valve and ready to initiate click cycle.
  • Upper Center (landing area coming down from entrance before triggering point)
    Hunter, LM and Healers will position themselves at a convenient distance so they can dps boss and adds, heal tanks, and not be in range of add AOE
  • Lower Center (Right in front of Grim, opposite side of Tender spawn point)
    Meeting point for Guardian and Warden to get their adds together / DPS them
  • South Side (Right from Entrance)
    Warden will position himself at a convenient spot to pick up adds. Designated 3 players from Fellowship 2 will start the fight at the top valve and ready to initiate click cycle.

 

The Mechanics

  • Adds
    4 or 8 adds spawn at every 10% of boss health. Guardian and Warden pick them and bring to meeting point.
    At 75% 50% and 25%, an extra 3 adds will spawn with the Fire Tender. Guardian or or Warden will pick them and bring to meeting point.
  • Valves and Smoke
    Valves will start out filled with 5 pips. 3 Players on each side will click each Top and Bottom Valve twice to close the valves completely. Further Cycles will have only two and three pips, so two people must click both and a third one can click only one. Once valves are fully closed, there is a 90 second grace period to the next pip, so this is the time to push the 5% threshold.
  • Not letting smoke in
    Communication is key to ensuring valves are closed. There is a graphics bug that makes valves seem fuller than they are, or closed if not. Doing the three people rotation gives the raid a way to ensure clicks have been done and not rely on the graphics which can bug out

 

Fires of Smaug: The Flow for an Easy win

  • The overall Flow will be Bring boss to morale threshold > check valves have been closed and kill adds meantime > push threshold for new adds.
  • 100%
    Fellowship 2 starts at top of each North and South Valves. Tanks ready to pick adds, healers and LM near hunter. Hunter triggers fight with bubble. Take boss to 96% then kill adds until valves closed.
  • 95%
    Push steadily to 91% as the valve groups gets them closed. LM finish off any adds. Tanks in position for add wave
  • 90%
    Adds spawn. Tanks bring adds to middle, valves are clicked, Hunter brings boss to 86% and dpses on adds with LM. When valves closed, threshold is pushed.
  • 85%
    Hunter Dps boss down to 81%, LM finish off adds, valves are clicked, Tanks in position for new adds.
  • 80%
    Adds spawn. Tanks bring adds to middle, valves are clicked, Hunter brings boss to 86% and dpses on adds with LM. When valves closed, threshold is pushed.
  • 75%  FIRE TENDER
    Guardian/Warden grab adds and dps them with champion at meeting point.
    All other DPS is on the Fire Tender. Captains heal their fellowship so ranged dps of fellowship two must be near the captains.
    When Firetender goes down, EVERYONE excep the main DPS hunter and LM goes to do valves. Dpsers will bring Boss down to 71% whilst valves are closed.
  • 70%
    Adds spawn. Tanks bring adds to middle, valves are clicked, Hunter brings boss to 86% and dpses on adds with LM. When valves closed, threshold is pushed.
  • 65%
    Hunter Dps boss down to 81%, LM finish off adds, valves are clicked, Tanks in position for new adds.
  • 50% FIRE TENDER + ADDS
    Adds spawn on each side and are picked by tanks, in addition to the three adds from the tender. Bring them all together and let champ AOE whilst group DPSes tender.
    When Tender is down, all DPS on adds until they have been thinned cleared. then do valves whilst main dps brings boss back to 46%
  • 45%
    Hunter Dps boss down to 81%, LM finish off adds, valves are clicked, Tanks in position for new adds.
  • 40%
    Adds spawn. Tanks bring adds to middle, valves are clicked, Hunter brings boss to 86% and dpses on adds with LM. When valves closed, threshold is pushed.
  • 35%
    Hunter Dps boss down to 81%, LM finish off adds, valves are clicked, Tanks in position for new adds.
  • 30%
    Adds spawn. Tanks bring adds to middle, valves are clicked, Hunter brings boss to 86% and dpses on adds with LM. When valves closed, threshold is pushed.
  • 25%  FIRE TENDER
    Guardian/Warden grab adds and dps them with champion at meeting point.
    All other DPS is on the Fire Tender. Captains heal their fellowship so ranged dps of fellowship two must be near the captains.
    When Firetender goes down, EVERYONE excep the main DPS hunter and LM goes to do valves. Dpsers will bring Boss down to 21% whilst valves are closed.
  • 20%
    Adds spawn. Tanks bring adds to middle, valves are clicked, Hunter brings boss to 86% and dpses on adds with LM. When valves closed, threshold is pushed.
  • 15%
    Hunter Dps boss down to 81%, LM finish off adds, valves are clicked, Tanks in position for new adds.
  • 10%
    Adds spawn. Tanks Kite the Adds, Valves are left aside, All Dps on Boss! Burn LS/IHW, Bubbles, etc.

 

Possible Fires of Smaug Loot (LOTRO)

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Erebor Fires of Smaug Level 85 Golden Gear

 

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Erebor Fires of Smaug Gear Drops

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