One of the upsides of Update 11: Treachery of the White Hand, is the revision of the mounted combat trait system by Turbine. As a result the Lore-master class now has an additional pet that can be summoned while mounted and used in combat. The War Wolf functions similarly to a skirmish soldier and is as equally erratic. However it does has some useful attributes and can be used as a aggro magnet, affording a speedy getaway for the Lore-master that pulls too many mobs. If used wisely (IE by a more competent player than me) it can be quite effective. The War Wolf is unlocked by spending skills points on the yellow talent tree and accessing the “riding companion” ability.
It would appear that the War Wolf’s default stance is guard. It will attack targets that you have already tagged or can be directed manually. If defeated, the pet cannot be summoned while the Lore-master is still in combat. Whether Turbine have plans to alter this to bring it in line with non-mounted pets I do not know. Perhaps a store item will be made available to accommodate this? Another thing to be aware of is the run speed of your mount. If you have a light War-steed and have configured your traits and bridle for extra speed then you may outrun the War Wolf, which will disappear after a while. I have not encountered this issue myself as I favour a medium War-steed and have sacrificed some speed for endurance.
Although the War Wolf may be a somewhat blunt tool (as some other Lore-master pets are) it looks and feels right for this particular class. However, as ever with anything to do with Middle-earth, there has been a debate among the purists and lore aficionados as to whether a Wolf is an appropriate choice of pet. There has been talk as to whether Wolves are inherently evil or whether they are simply subject to corruption by the dark powers. Personally, I am happy to let this issue slide as expecting total lore accuracy from LOTRO is somewhat unrealistic. Overall this is a welcome addition and I look forward to the possibility of further pets coming with Helm’s Deep in the fall.