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The Rivendell Archers are expert bowmen of Imladris. Their abilities slow enemies and make them immune to cavalry trample. They can be recruited from a level 2 Barracks.

Abilities

Unerring shots Unerring Shots: The Archers of Imladris are unerring shots with their bows and hamper enemies with their excellent accuracy. Enemies shot by the archers lose 15% speed and damage for 5 seconds. (Passive ability)

Formation H Square Formation: The Archers cannot be knocked back or trampled, but they lose 30% of their attack range. Requires Basic Military Studies to have been reasearch at the Library

Upgrades

The Rivendell Archers can be given the following upgrades:

Imladris banner carrier Banner Carrier - This upgrade can only be given to a level 1 battalion and will promote it to level 2. At level 2 the battalion can regenerate fallen units.

Imladris heavy armor Heavy Armor - Increases the armor, hit points and damage resistance of the unit

Gold tip arrows Gold Tip Arrows - This increases arrow damage against everything, especially buildings.

Golden Eregion Arrows Upgrade Golden Eregion Arrows - After the Gold Tip Arrows upgrade has been purchased by the battalion, this additional upgrade becomes available once the Advanced Blacksmithing Studies has been researched from the Library. The Golden Eregion Arrows increase the attack of allied units near the point of impact.

Strategy

Rivendell Archers have one big disadvantage compared to other archers which is how difficult it is to get them. You'd need 5500 on average to get a fully upgraded archer (depending on which Forge upgrades you would go for and the number of Forges to reduce the upgrade cost). Like most basic Imladris units, they are vulnerable to enemy archers and their big cost means that any loss would have quite a big impact. However, once upgraded, a Rivendell archer is among the best archers in the game. They are able to deal very high damage to enemy troops and their bonus from Eregion upgrades will boost the strength of melee units near the target, meaning that the front line of an army becomes even stronger. Their regular passives will weaken struck enemies and can make it harder for enemy troops to retreat unscathed. In the late game, the archers can be strengthened even more with the Lindon Guardians that would improve their shooting speed.

Overall, the Rivendell Archers are a big investment, but if you can keep them until the late game, they can be devastating to enemy forces.

Trivia

  • When the Last Alliance is summoned, this battalion and the other two battalions of Elves summoned will get a special look based on their Last Alliance appearance in the Fellowship of the Ring movie.