It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so let us return to the beautiful world of minipets and completely loyal followers as I look at six of my favorite Lord of the Rings Online pets. Pets are a relatively new addition to the game (which is a shame, I would have loved them back in the day), and function much like vanity pets in other MMOs. Because they’re newer and I haven’t been killing myself to acquire them, I probably have fewer pets in LOTRO than I do in other MMOs. Still, here are my current faves!
1. Farmer Maggot’s Dog
While this mutt isn’t much to look at, it’s still pretty cool to have one of the dogs that struck such deep fear into Frodo. Since they weren’t afraid to go up against Black Riders (presumably), I figure this would be a good companion to have along the way.
However, for my money, Faroth is a far better dog model. Too few MMOs give us good-looking dogs, but this hound is just spectacular. Got him in the Wastes and use him more often than not. Who’s a good boy! Who’s a good boy! It’s you. You’re a good boy.
3. Bill the Pony
The anniversary quests were boons to pet collectors, and no reward gave me as much pleasure as getting perhaps the most iconic of all Lord of the Rings pets, Bill the Pony. Good to know he made it back to the Shire OK!
4. Quiet Cow
Another pet type that you don’t see a lot of in MMOs? Cows. And this one’s a biggun’. I’d use her more, but she keeps getting in my face and in the way. The bell is a nice touch.
5. Puffy Sheep
IT’S SO PUFFYYYYYYY!
6. Distant Cousin
Run through the Bingo Boffin quest line, and you’ll end up… with your own Hobbit slave? I don’t know how else to explain the presence of this ragamuffin Hobbit who follows you around with the most dejected expression. Well, no matter. Just try to jog and keep up when I’m riding on my horse, do you hear? And watch out for the lava in Mordor. Lots of lava there.