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    Trait Trees? "Specialization"? ### is this?

    Some background: I've played the game for a couple of years now, though I only recently came back from a break spanning over half a year. My house is locked out, my kin is disbanded, whatever. What concerns me, however, is how combat has changed in this time.

    I was surprised to see many of my fighting abilities were not on my hotbar anymore. I pressed K to return them, and, oh, look, they're gone from there too. It took me a few minutes to realize these were now in the new "trait trees," the J button.

    Here's my problem: I am less than halfway toward leveling to 76, yet this is how I'm told I have to gain trait points. Doing quests in Erebor is absolutely out of the question because I don't meet level requirements. Yet I *logged in with 0 trait points*, so I can't get any of my good attacks back! How am I supposed to skirmish if I'm forced to use my most mediocre damage-dealing attacks?

    Maybe I'm ########. I don't know. It just doesn't make sense to me. Can someone please explain to me how this is supposed to work? How do I get my attacks back?

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    I am pretty certain you already have some trait-points, but maybe you need a little hint to find them.

    The two main sources for trait points are plain levelling and doing class deeds. By just levelling your character, you will earn a trait point every odd level, starting at level 7. Class deeds are organized in groups of 3 nowaddays and finishing all class deeds in a given group will also give you a trait point. At level 76, you should have thirty-something trait points, I think.

    Now, open your traits panel. You will see three options, usually identified by their colours - red, blue and yellow. Read the descriptions and choose the one that seems to fit your playstyle best. By choosing a trait tree to specialise in, you will also get immediate access to a few skills (which are listed on that first page) and you can also see which bonus traits you will unlock by spending trait points. The stuff that is tied to the individual trait trees CANNOT be unlocked in any other way. A Lore-Master who wants access to Test of Will HAS to choose the yellow trait tree and a Hunter who wants to be able to use induction skills on the move HAS to choose the blue trait tree.

    Once you have decided on a trait tree and clicked the button beneath that tree, you will be taken to a new page which shows the actual skills you can invest trait points into. Towards the lower left-hand corner, this page also tells you how many trait points you have available and how many you have spent already. You can begin to invest your points at the top of your three trait trees. Every five points you invest anywhere in a given tree, a new tier of skills in that tree will become available to you. For every five points spent in your active tree, you will also earn a bonus trait, which you can see on the left side of th panel (depending on your account status, you may have to unlock these trait slots in the Store first before the bonus trait becomes active). Any skill in your active tree costs 1 trait point; any skill in the other two trees costs 2 trait points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olaehgeld View Post
    Some background: I've played the game for a couple of years now, though I only recently came back from a break spanning over half a year. My house is locked out, my kin is disbanded, whatever. What concerns me, however, is how combat has changed in this time.

    I was surprised to see many of my fighting abilities were not on my hotbar anymore. I pressed K to return them, and, oh, look, they're gone from there too. It took me a few minutes to realize these were now in the new "trait trees," the J button.

    Here's my problem: I am less than halfway toward leveling to 76, yet this is how I'm told I have to gain trait points. Doing quests in Erebor is absolutely out of the question because I don't meet level requirements. Yet I *logged in with 0 trait points*, so I can't get any of my good attacks back! How am I supposed to skirmish if I'm forced to use my most mediocre damage-dealing attacks?

    Maybe I'm ########. I don't know. It just doesn't make sense to me. Can someone please explain to me how this is supposed to work? How do I get my attacks back?

    You should have a whole bunch of trait points to spend in the trait trees.
    You get the first trait point at level 7 and then one every two levels after that. (So at level 76 you should have (76-6)/2 = 35 trait points from levelling alone.)
    All the class deeds (that used to give class traits and legendary traits) also contribute towards trait points. There are also some deeds down in western Rohan that give trait points. (Those require the Helm's Deep expansion to get.)

    I have absolutely no idea what you mean by 'Doing quests in Erebor'. The only stuff that takes place in Erebor are some instances, and those scale all the way from level 20 to level 100, and the only thing those have to do with trait points is that you might level doing them and thereby gain some trait points, but there are plenty of other ways of levelling.

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