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- Fate of Gundabad Expansion Story
- Level Boosters
- Mounts and War-Steed
- Outfit Cosmetics
- Cosmetic Pets
- Expedition Supplies
- There are More Things!
- Buy Now, Upgrade Later
- When Do Bundle Extras Get Delivered?
- TL;DR LOTRO Gundabad Ultimate Fan Bundle, or Not?
LOTRO’s next expansion The Fate of Gundabad has not only been announced, but a release date too – the 10th November 2021. The overhaul of the Legendary Item system and introduction of the a new Brawler class are just part of a huge content drop coming this Autumn. Or “Fall” if that’s what your country calls it. Or Spring if you’re in the Southern hemisphere. Anyway, as with any new expansion, SSG have announced three different bundles for you to choose from. I normally don’t need to know about these as I’m still in Gondor on my main character. But with LOTRO’s generosity, I want to highlight some of the key features in the Fate of Gundabad Ultimate Fan Bundle. Let’s open the box and have a look.
Fate of Gundabad Expansion StoryWhatever extras you do – or don’t – buy into, remember that the primary reasons for buying an expansion pack are the new stories, regions, quests and character development. Don’t lose sight of that – all the other things are optional extras. Make the right decision for you.
Brawler Class & Extra Character SlotAll three packages of goodies come with both the new Brawler Class enabled and a character slot. This allows you to try it out, without sacrificing an existing character in the process.
Level BoostersThere are two kinds of level boosting items: An insta-L130 and an equippable XP accelerator.
L130 ValarThis is available in the Ultimate and Collector’s Editions. This has now been delivered as per (When Do Bundle Extras Get Delivered). There is one per account so don’t open the box until you know which character you want to auto-boost to Level 130.
Equippable XP AcceleratorSee this as the anti-Tortoise Stone! It enhances the rate of your XP until level 130 (the starting level for the Fate of Gundabad Expansion). This also applies to Mount XP and Legendary Item XP. Note: it does not stack with “other equipped” XP boosters, so it may stack with consumable ones. May. I haven’t tested it.
Mounts and War-SteedThe Ultimate Fan Bundle comes with two mounts, one horse/pony and one boar. The boar is for UFB only. You will also receive the War-Steed Appearance items applicable to which mount(s) you receive. No War-Boar though!
Steed of the Gundabad Reclaimer
Reclaimer War-SteedThis is the cosmetic, sans skull, because that’s just weird.
Fateful Thunder (Boar)
Fateful War-SteedI’ve provided two shots here; one as-is, and one with a yellow dye applied.
Outfit CosmeticsDepending on which package you pick up, there are varying degrees of cosmetics. The Ultimate Fan Bundle comes with two cosmetic outfits and a new weapon aura. I have provided very short videos showing these from nearly all angles. I figured that was better than a gazillion screenshots.
Fateful Gundabad Armour SetFor someone who doesn’t often use really heavy armour, I really like this one. It’s probably the dwarven/celtic knot style link that draws me in.
Armour of the Gundabad ReclaimerI won’t be sharing my opinion of this set. Which tells you my opinion of this set!
Barely Worth Dye-ingJust so you know, they don’t really dye. Some edging just about shows the dye and the odd strap here or there, but that’s really about it.
New Fateful Thunder Weapon Aura
Crystal Grim (UFB)Hypnotisingly Beautiful…
Ukhrash (UFB, CE)Don’t get an Ukh-rash. Might be itchy.
Expedition SuppliesThis generic term is basically for “Misc” items. That said, the Ultimate Fan Bundle fair swamped my inventory, so they weren’t tight-fisted in their giveaways.
Standard Expedition Supplies
- 5 × 100% XP Boost (1hr)
Improved Expedition Supplies
- 5 × 100% XP Boost (1hr)
- 5 × Reputation Acceleration Tome
- 1 × Virtue XP Accelerator
- 5 × Rare Crafting Components
There are More Things!I just wanted to do my highlights from the Ultimate Fan Bundle. Others may have a different perspective! But be sure to check out the Expansion Store Page to fully compare packages. Take your time to make a decision.
Buy Now, Upgrade Later@DruidsFire rightly pointed out that the store page has Buy/Upgrade buttons. This means you don’t have to commit to a higher package now. Instead, you can purchase one, try it and then upgrade later if you want to. From what I understand, the upgrade will just be the price difference between packages. And I assume, you’ll then receive whichever items were not in your original bundle.
When Do Bundle Extras Get Delivered?As per the small print on the store:
October 13th 2021
- Brawler Class
- Valar Character Boost
- Additional Character Slot
- Brawler Gauntlet Box
November 10th 2021*
- Gundabad Delving Supplies
- Ultimate Delving Supplies
- Housing Teleport
In the event of delay to the expansion release, you will receive the expansion items no later than December 10th, 2021.