The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War Guide - Choosing effective Commanders and Factions


This guide is specifically designed for those who are new to the game and want to know how to play The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War effectively. It is the latest addition to the mobile gaming platform and takes place in Middle Earth. The Lord of the Rings original franchise is based on hardcore fantasy RPG, but the mobile version comprises of strategy RPG, which will provide players with a new environment and also welcome new players to the series.


The surrounding environment and characters might seem familiar to some players as most of them are related to the original series and books. Still, Rise to War has a lot more to offer in terms of sheer gameplay experience. The real-time multiplayer is a new addition to their mobile version of the game, so we will solve every concern related to the game as effectively as possible. After knowing the basics, you will be prepared to attack Middle Earth and claim its glory for yourself. Build a single army but let it be the most powerful one. So let's jump right into it without any delays!


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The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War - Where do you start, and what's it all about?

The Lord of the Rings is the latest game released on the mobile platform, based on the environment from J.R.R. Tolkien's books and Peter Jackson's films. It works slightly differently from the original series. Here you are, the commander of a huge and powerful army with factions like orcs, men, and elves. First of all, you will need to choose which race you want to play to continue building from there and progress. In this game, the main goal has been changed. You head to Mordor to destroy the ring in the original Lord of the Rings lore, but you will be stealing it here.


This game is subdivided into many territories, and due to the availability of many tasks and quests, it will take some time to reach your ultimate goal. Middle-Earth is divided into various segments as the game is a territory-based game and these divided segments form various territories. To reach the fiery mountain of Mordor, you need to destroy enemies adjacent to you and simultaneously defend your own territory from invasions. As the game takes place online, every player is thinking the same as you, with territories constantly being hunted. It would help if you defended yourself effectively against these attacks to reach your final destination.


During the initial stages of your game, you are given choices on which faction and ring you want to achieve your goal. This decision will heavily affect your further progress in the game and overall gameplay experience.


The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War Ring Design and Powerups

In the beginning, you get to select your own ring, but these are not random rings. These rings are one of the 20 rings that were divided between the races of Middle-Earth. But some evil forces are after these rings; hence you need to safeguard the rings by defeating these evil forces. You can customize your ring according to your liking. Such as you can choose the color of the ring, the type of jewel that can be placed on it, and any Elven inscriptions that appear inside the ring. These changes won't affect your gameplay in any way and will just add a visual aesthetic to your gameplay experience.


The ring is not just a customizable physical piece of accessories. This ring is very important when it comes to boosting your in-game skills and stats. Initially, a tutorial needs to be completed to explain how the rings are connected to a skill tree. Here you can choose the approach strategy of your army by focusing on a specific skill like damage or speed. But if you make the wrong decision, you can reverse it by paying an in-game currency price once you level up. But in general, try to keep your decisions spot on the right from the start to avoid any unfortunate circumstances later in the game.


This ring will grant you special in-game abilities and powers and also help you progress effectively. The first skill that you unlock is to invade and capture the enemy territories throughout the map. New abilities can be unlocked by leveling up your ring, which will later help you in complex battles.


The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War Factions Explained

The second biggest decision is to choose your faction effectively. There are a total of six factions, and everyone is different in terms of power levels but balanced in all aspects. But every faction has its own combat perks and special abilities that can be explored. To LotR fans, this might not be something new, but two factions are for archery, the orcs are good with weaponry, and the men are specialized in close light combat.


After choosing your faction, you need to start recruiting commanders for your army. It's not that complicated, and the only thing you need to do is donate gifts to the interested leaders to boost their respect bar, and once the respect bar is full, they will willingly join your forces. In the beginning, you get only one commander by donating ale and food. This process needs to be repeated for every new commander you recruit.


Before recruiting your commander and selecting a faction, think twice because you will have to reset your progress if you change your mind later.

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How to Unlock New Commanders in The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War?

  • In the bottom right corner of the screen, you will find a tavern where you can recruit your commander
  • All the commanders can be seen in this tab that you unlock throughout your journey
  • Recruiting can be done once the respect bar is full, and this can be done by donating gifts


More premium characters can only be attained by sheer luck.


How to Grow My Army in The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War?

The main thing in this game is to build a reliable and robust army. The final destination is to reach the fiery peaks of Mordor to steal the ring. The road towards your goal will contain a lot of obstacles, and with a weak army, you can't reach that goal.


In order to grow your army, you need to devote a lot of time and resources. Without patience, you will only get distant from your goal. Choose the conscript option in the barracks and increase the bar as far as possible, allowing you to recruit an adequate amount of troops. It requires time but is one of the most effective ways to recruit and increase your troop numbers.


Crafting mechanism of Lord of the Rings: Rise to War

It would be best to construct housing for your large army because your army is useless without a proper roof and resources. As you progress in the game further and recruit troops with greater abilities, you will need housing to keep in check these bonuses. Everything, in the end, is all about the main hub of your base. The main hall is one aspect that needs to be upgraded simultaneously, similar to your Townhall. The more you upgrade your Main hall, you can receive higher-level soldiers for your army.


You need plenty of extra resources like wood, stone, and metal to upgrade your main hall.


The game servers of Lord of the Rings: Rise to War

Every game has a server assigned to it once you start playing the game. Similarly, in this game, you are also assigned a specific server where you will compete with other participants of the same server. You cannot choose your own server because the game assigns the best one according to your region. You can see your server region under the settings menu. If you decide to swap servers, you will lose your progress in that particular server you are in.


How to Get Free Boosts, Items, and extras in The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War?

Everything in the game is not about only progression rewards. There are also free items that you can enjoy as you progress. There is a free chest every 24 hours which may contain some cool characters and many more.


  • You can find the Mathom menu on the front page of your screen
  • Select the rare treasures tab
  • From there, you can tap on the free treasure section and claim your free rewards.


The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War: Team-Ups Explained

The teaming up system is very similar to that of commanders and factions. You can join forces with players having similar wavelengths as you. You can fight alongside your friend and capture territories quickly. Strategizing plans together is also part of the journey.


So that was it for this guide on Lord of the Rings: Rise to War. I hope all the new players got an idea on how to begin the game effectively by choosing the best faction and later recruiting the best commander to increase your chances of reaching your goal.

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