"Frodo looked at them in wonder; for he had never before seen Elrond, of whom so many tales spoke; and as they sat upon his right hand and his left, Glorfindel, and even Gandalf, whom he thought he knew so well, were revealed as lords of dignity and power.
Gandalf was shorter in stature than the other two; but his long white hair, his sweeping silver beard, and his broad shoulders, made him look like some wise king of ancient legend. In his aged face under great snowy brows his dark eyes were set like coals that could leap suddenly into fire."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"

Recruit one of the five Istari, Gandalf the Grey. He is the Mass slayer and Hero Killer of Gondor and Arnor. It is said that Gandalf was the wisest and most powerful of all wizards.

In the Edain Mod, the player can recruit Gandalf the Grey in the Citadel at a cost of 3000. To get Gandalf the White the player must purchase the spellbook ability called Gandalf the White. After that, Gandalf will transform into the White Wizard automatically. As the White Wizard Gandalf gains bonus damage on magic attacks and reduced recharge time for his spells. Both non-Ring versions of Gandalf (the Grey and the White) have the same abilities!


Abilities

Gandalf wizard blast.png Level 1: Wizard Blast - Close range attack that blasts back enemies.

Gandalf lightning sword.png Level 2: Lightning Sword - Shoots out lightning bolts from Gandalf's sword.

Gandalf shadowfax.png Level 5: Mount - Gandalf is able to mount horse. (As Gandalf the White he mounts Shadowfax instead of an ordinary horse)

Gandalf istari light.png Level 7: Istari Light - Shoots a beam of light that damages enemies.

Gandalf word of power.png Level 10: Word of Power - Gandalf unleashes a powerful blast wave which will fling all enemy forces away.

Ring Mechanics

Gandalf is one of the ring heroes of Arda who has access to two different forms when he carries the One Ring. If Gandalf remains a grey wizard, the Ring will corrupt him, turning him into a terrible sorcerer. If you have "Gandalf the White" active from the spellbook, however, Gandalf will overcome the Ring's corrupt powers and use it for good.

Gandalf the Corrupted

"'A mortal, Frodo, who keeps one of the Great Rings, does not die, but he does not grow or obtain more life, he merely continues, until at last every minute is a weariness. And if he often uses the Ring to make himself invisible, he fades: he becomes in the end invisible permanently, and walks in the twilight under the eye of the Dark Power that rules the Rings.
Yes, sooner or later — later, if he is strong or well-meaning to begin with, but neither strength nor good purpose will last — sooner or later the Dark Power will devour him.'"
Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"

If Gandalf acquires the One Ring while being Grey he will use the ring for his own ambitions and become "corrupt". He will weaken allies in his presence and will damage them over time. In this form Gandalf gains AOE attack type. If you purchase the Spellbook spell Gandalf the White while he is corrupted (with the Ring) he won't turn white until he dies and loses the Ring.

This transformation is the result of giving Gandalf the One Ring too early. Without "Gandalf the White" being active, the ring poisons Gandalf's mind, turning him into a black wizard with a horrifying visage. Weighed down and drunk with power, Gandalf the Corrupted will limp around slowly, becoming unable to mount Shadowfax. Any friendly soldiers nearby Gandalf will run and hide in terror from his presence.

Gandalf the Corrupted is a mass slayer of soldiers, but he is heedless of friend and foe. His attacks have an area of splash damage that kills enemies and allies alike, sending groups of people flying through the air. With his numerous spells, Gandalf incinerates his enemies by powers of flame, lightning, and darkness. Unfortunately, the ultimate price for this power is speed--Gandalf the Corrupted is weighed down so much by the Ring's heavy burden that he becomes an easy target for enemies. The Ring will repeatedly attempt to abandon Gandalf by keeping him stumbling at a slow pace so that enemy units can catch up to and kill him.

Abilities

Udun flame gandalf corrupted.png Level 1: Flame of Udun - The ruler of the Flame of Udun unleashes his powers, burning all nearby enemies.

Gandalf lightning sword.png Level 2: Lightning Sword - Shoots out dark lightning bolts from Gandalf's sword.

Gandalfs words corrupted ability.png Level 5: Gandalf's Words - Gandalf speaks in the Black Speech of Mordor unleashing dark powers. He will become soaked in twisted, dark, poisonous power which increases his armor and speed and will cause nearby enemies to flee in terror. His spells also become more powerful and recharge faster for the duration of the effect.

Light ray maiar gandalf evil.png Level 7: Light Ray of the Maiar - Gandalf attacks enemies with the blinding light of the Maiar.

Gandalf dark power words.png Level 10: Dark Words of Power - Gandalf speaks the Dark Words of Power. All surrounding units, friend or foe, will be blasted away, enemies will receive high damage, and trees and Ents will be burned to ash.

Gandalf the Challenge Master

"'You are wise and powerful. Will you not take the Ring?'
'No!' cried Gandalf, springing to his feet. 'With that power I should have power too great and terrible. And over me the Ring would gain a power still greater and more deadly.' His eyes flashed and his face was lit as by a fire within. 'Do not tempt me! For I do not wish to become like the Dark Lord himself. Yet the way of the Ring to my heart is by pity, pity for weakness and the desire of strength to do good.'"
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"

If Gandalf acquires the Ring while being White he will use the One Ring for the well-being of all Men. Heroes and units close to Gandalf will be healed. In this form Gandalf takes on a more angelic appearance, glowing with a bright light as one of the Maia. His attacks are far more powerful and he is less burdened by the Ring. Friendly units feel hope with Gandalf the bright in their midst, and Gandalf's powers are directed only at his enemies.

Abilities

Gandalf wizard blast.png Level 1: Wizard Blast - Close range attack that blasts back enemies.

Gandalf lightning sword.png Level 2: Lightning Sword - Shoots out bright lightning bolts from Gandalf's sword. Lasts longer than regular Lightning Sword.

Gandalf shadowfax.png Level 5: Mount/Dismount - Gandalf is able to mount/dismount Shadowfax.

Gandalf istari light.png Level 7: Istari Light - Shoots a beam of light that damages enemies. Deals more damage than regular Istari Light.

Gandalf word of power ring.png Level 10: Bright Words of Power - The Challenge Master speaks the Bright words of Power that blast away all enemies. Surviving units will run in fear and will have -50% armor. Automatically activates a light sphere which will protect Gandalf from heavy attacks after the words have been spoken.

Upgrades

Gandalf can be given one upgrade:

Gandalf gondor spellbook.png Gandalf the White: Gandalf becomes Gandalf the White and gains 100% bonus on magic attacks, -25% on recharge time for his spells and +1000 life points.

Strategy

Gandalf the Grey is a wizard hero who specializes in destroying large numbers of enemy units with his special abilities. However, he is pitiful in one-on-one combat, and is better suited to being set just behind the front lines. Gandalf is ideal for taking out powerful units as he levels up and acquires new spells, but if he runs out of options, all he can do is run and fight. His Word of Power has become famous as the ultimate mass-slaying move as it blasts away all units in a HUGE radius around him, instantly killing most of them.

When you purchase "Gandalf the White" from Gondor or Arnor's spellbook, Gandalf becomes more powerful as a hero, able to withstand magic damage, dealing more magic damage, and reloading his spells faster.

As Gandalf the Corrupted, your Ring hero becomes a madman that's intoxicated by the Ring's evil whispers, gaining a tremendous increase in power at the cost of his speed. In this form, Gandalf is ill-suited for combat; one, because he injures his own friends, and two, because he cannot escape if he is cornered and surrounded. Against enemy units however, Gandalf the Corrupted is devastating, and can be used as a means of pushing the assault forward if your forces are outnumbered. Do not count on him to be as great as he could potentially be however. If you want to see Gandalf's true power, you're better off purchasing "Gandalf the White" from the spellbook and then acquiring the One Ring.

Quotes

"Fly you fools!"

"Through fire. And water."

" We cannot tarry!"

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."

"I have thought of a better use for you…"

"You shall not pass!"

"There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil."

"It's the deep breath before the plunge."

As Gandalf the Corrupted;

"Don't take me for some conjurer of cheap tricks!" --Selected or attacking

"One ring... to rule them all..." -Selected

"The ring... has awoken..." -Selected

"You shall not pass!" -Gandalf's Words activated, or attacking

"Return him... to me..." -Attacking

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