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.
Level 1: Rune Shield - An allied dwarven hero from Ered Luin is protected by a rune shield 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 the target dwarven hero.
Level 3: Generosity of the Veteran - Nearby allied heroes are inspired by Balin's courage, making them inflict +25% attack damage and gain +25% experience for 10 seconds as long as Balin is in battle. (Passive ability)
Level 5: Dori, Nori and Ori - Balin orders the three brothers to protect an allied hero of Ered Luin for a short time. Left click on icon then left click on any hero (except Bard).
Level 7: Heroic Blow - Balin inflicts heavy damage to an enemy. Nearby enemies flee and nearby allied heroes gain twice as much from the effect of Generosity of the Veteran. Left click on the designated enemy unit.
Balin can be given the following upgrade:
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
Balin is one of the main reasons why Ered Luin is classed as one of the strongest factions in the mod. With good use of his abilities, other heroes (like Thorin who is already powerful) can become even more powerful. They would be harder to kill, would 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.
"Balin, at your service!"
"You have to be standing at the exactly right spot at the exactly right time."
"The Arkenstone is the birthright of our people"