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"Instead there was a very old-looking dwarf on the step with a white beard and a scarlet hood; and he too hopped inside as soon as the door was open, just as if he had been invited."
The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"

Recruit Thorin's wisest companion and the brother of Dwalin. He tried to reclaim Moria and was named its Lord before getting killed there alongside Ori and Óin. He can be found in the Hall of Warriors.

Abilities

Balin rune shield ability.png Level 1: Rune Shield - An allied dwarven hero from Ered Luin is protected by a rune shield with 1000 health that grants the hero +25% armor and +25% speed as long as the rune is in effect. Attacks against protected heroes weaken and destroy the rune shield. Left click on the icon then left click on the target hero.

Balin veteran generosity ability.png Level 3: Generosity of the Veteran - Nearby allied heroes are inspired by Balin's courage, making them inflict +25% damage and gain +25% experience for 10 seconds as long as Balin is in battle. Passive Ability.


Balin dori nori ori ability.png Level 5: Dori, Nori and Ori - Balin asks the three brothers to protect an allied hero of Ered Luin for a short time. Cannot be used on Bard. Left click on the icon then left click on the target hero.

Balin heroic blow ability.png Level 7: Heroic Blow - Balin inflicts heavy damage to the target enemy. Nearby enemies flee in terror and nearby allied heroes gain twice as much from the effect of Generosity of the Veteran. Left click on the icon then left click on the target unit.

Upgrades

Balin can be given the following upgrade:

Mithril upgrade.png Mithril Coat - Requires some veterans to be sent into a Dwarven Forge. Dwarven heroes will then have the ability to purchase the Mithril Mail upgrade. The Mithril Mail gives Dwarven heroes extreme resistance to all damage. Changes Balin's armorset to edainwarriorheroarmorupgrade. Cost: 500

[+/-]EdainWarriorHeroArmorUpgrade
DEFAULT 43%
SLASH 43%
PIERCE 10%
CAVALRY_RANGED 25%
SPECIALIST 43%
CRUSH 66%
CAVALRY 66%
SIEGE 33%
FLAME 66%
FROST 66%
MAGIC 66%
HERO 75%
HERO_RANGED 43%
POISON 66%
STRUCTURAL 15%
CHOP 65%
URUK 100%
WATER 66%
FlankedPenalty 30%


Strategy

Balin is one of the main reasons why Ered Luin's heroes synergise so well. With good use of his abilities, other heroes (like Thorin who is already powerful) can unlock their full potential. They are harder to kill, deal more damage, and can reach their late game powers much faster. Balin's level 7 ability is also a good hero killing move, making it even harder for enemy factions to counter the devastating heroes of Ered Luin.