Mirkwood Palace Guards (Sindarin: Orbarthirryn Taur-nu-Fuin) are the Heroic units provided by Mirkwood for the Lothlórien faction. They can be recruited from the Mirkwood Outpost once you have built a Vault of the King on one of the build plots and Forged Blades has been researched. They can buff both heroes and buildings depending on their formation and wield spear and sword with deadly efficiency.
Defensive Formation - The Palace Guards reach for their pikes and take up a line formation to defend the buildings of Mirkwood. They gain access to the Defend the Palace and Defenders of Mirkwood passives.
- Defend the Palace - The Palace Guards defend the palace against approaching enemies with their powerful pikes. Near allied Mirkwood buildings they gain +20% armor and grant Mirkwood buildings +20% armor.(Passive ability)
- Level 3: Defenders of Mirkwood - When enemy cavalry or beasts charge into the Palace Guards' pikes, all nearby Palace Guards receive +50% attack and armor for 30 seconds, slowing down additional cavalry and beast twice as much. (Passive ability)
Protective Formation - The Palace Guards take up their swords and form a protective formation to protect the heroes of Mirkwood. In this formation they can't be trampled. They gain access to the Protect the King and Protectors of the Royal Family abilities.
- Protect the King - The Palace guards protect the heroes of Mirkwood in open combat with their swords. Near Thranduil, Legolas and Tauriel they will receive +20% damage and grant the heroes +20% armor. (Passive ability)
- Level 3: Protectors of the Royal Family - The Palace Guards use their large shields to keep enemies at bay. Their attacks throw back enemy infantry in a small radius. (Passive ability)
Flank Defence - Pikemen are used to defending from all sides when battling against monsters and cavalry. As a result, they cannot be flanked. They take no extra damage from being flanked and deal full revenge damage regardless of the direction they get trampled from.
The Mirkwood Palace Guards don't have access to any upgrades but come equipped with the benefits of forged blades and heavy armor.
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