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"Here lies Balin, Son of Fundin, Lord of Moria."
Gandalf

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 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.

Balin veteran generosity ability 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)

Balin dori nori ori 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).

Balin heroic blow ability 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.

Upgrades

Balin can be given the following upgrade:

Mithril 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

[+/-]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 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.

Quotes

"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"

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