A Guide for the Student on the Ways and Means of the Warg and the Stalking of Prey

Rise of Isengard: Which Skills To Buy

With the Rise of Isengard expansion creeps are going to be able to purchase skills from the Turbine Store irrespective of rank requirements. Given that low ranked wargs will not have used the high ranked skills before they may be unsure as to what skills are best to buy, especially if they have a limited budget and can only purchase one or two. With that in mind I thought it would be useful to give an overview of what will be best buys for wargs.

Let’s set out some ground rules first. I’m not going to include any skills from rank 5 or below here because it is pretty quick to reach rank 5 through gameplay. That means that no player, even casual ones, should have much problem in obtaining all their skills up to rank 5. Each skill will be rated based upon its value as a purchase. Also note that I am going to describe skills as they will be in Isengard assuming all the proposals we heard about go through.

 Eye Rake

Gained at rank 6

This is an interrupt skill. It’s a pretty useful skill for all manner of situations. Obviously it’s good for breaking inductions, but it is great for knocking freeps off horses. Why not just pounce a freep off a horse? What if it’s a Burger? What if it’s a Champion with Continous Blood Rage? This little beauty is perfect for those sort of targets.

Value for money: good, recommend to buy, but may want to achieve rank 6 since it requires relatively little infamy


Gained at rank 6

This is a beauty of a skill and will be even more so after Rise of Isengard if Kelsen’s proposed changes for it go through. It increases your evade chance by a flat 5% and also increases your melee crit chance. It can only be used after you score a critical hit on an enemy. The edge it gives you isn’t much, but can sometimes be enough to tip the scales in your favour.

Value for money: good, recommend to buy, but may want to achieve rank 6 since it requires relatively little infamy

 Scratch and Snip

Gained at rank 7

A melee attack that causes you to attack twice. It’s nothing special in terms of damage or effect, but its real value lies in being another damage skill to add to your rotation. With a double attack it can allow you to score some relatively decent damage on a target.

Value for money: good, recommend to buy

  Flea Bitten

Gained at rank 8

This is a debuff skill. The proposal Kelsen made was to have it affect multiple targets and have it increase their induction times and attack durations. Currently this new debuff doesn’t look particularly effective as the magnitude of these debuffs is just +10%. That’s probably not even going to be noticeable.

Value for money: poor, don’t recommend to buy

 Sense Prey

Gained at rank 9

This skill allows you to track freeps. The skill won’t track stealthed freeps though. This skill is incredibly useful in that it allows you to scout more quickly as well as being able to see exactly who is around as well as get an accurate count of freep numbers.

Value for money: very good, highly recommended to buy


Gained at rank 12

This is another debuff skill. It reduces the damage output of a freep by 10% across the board i.e. melee, ranged and tactical. If you score a critical hit with it then the freep is disarmed. Used in conjunction with Frenzy this skill should crit more often. This is probably more useful in 1vs1 situations than it is in packs or raids.

Value for money: moderate, advise to buy if you can afford it

 Dire Howl

Gained at rank 13

This skill functions similarly to the lower ranked skill Throat Rip in that it is a silence. However, it is an AOE silence that affects up to 4 targets. It is a howl skill and Kelsen had said in his warg blog that howl skills will be usable whilst moving and will have no inductions. That means this could be a very effective tool for harassing freep healers in raid situations.

Value for money: good, recommend to buy

In the next part I will be taking a look at the racial traits to see what’s good value for the warg with cash to splash.


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