|“||It was dark, but not too dark for the night-eyes of Orcs, and in the star-glimmer they must have offered their cunning foes some mark, unless it was that the grey cloaks of Lórien and the grey timber of the elf-wrought boats defeated the malice of the archers of Mordor.||”|
–The Fellowship of the Ring, The Great River
Mordor Orc archers are Mordor Orcs equipped with Orc bows. Apart from that, the two mobs are the same in most respects. They are the servants and soldiers of the Dark Lord Sauron. It is said that Orcs were created by Melkor, made out of the Elves he tortured and bred in the first age.
These archers can spawn day and night in Mordor, due to ash clouds from Mount Doom that block out the sun. These clouds also protect the Mordor Orc archers from the debuffs they normally receive from the sun.
They spawn in the areas near Mordor as well, such as Gondor, but there they will only spawn at night or underground. They are able to spawn by themselves or in large groups, and take part in Mordor invasions.
Mordor Orc archers will attack any foes of Mordor, be it NPCs or player. With all Mordor Orcs, the chance of being attacked decreases the higher your Mordor alignment gets, and when your alignment reaches +50 for Mordor they will no longer target you.
When not attempting to kill something, the archers wander randomly, although like other creatures of darkness, they prefer unlit areas. They will not burn or be damaged by sunlight, however in direct sunlight they gain slowness and weakness effects similar to all other Orcs.
When not being engaged by a good entity, there is a chance that they will start attacking each other in what is known as a skirmish, this fighting can spread and wipe out entire groups of Orcs. This happens with many other Orcs as well but is most common with the Mordor Orcs. You can disable these skirmishes with this command:
/gamerule enableOrcSkirmish false.
Mordor Orc archers commonly drop rotten flesh and their bones, and also have a few rare drop possibilities such as Orc steel ingots, maggoty bread, and Orc draughts. As well as these, they have a moderate chance to drop their bows or a piece of their armour.
|Orc Steel Ingot||Uncommon||1|
|Mordor Poisoned Dagger||Rare||1|
Mordor Orc archers may be hired from Mordor Orc commanders, which spawn in Mordor Orc camps, or from Mordor Orc spider keepers, which spawn in Mordor spider pits. They have a starting price of 20 silver coins and +200 alignment (+250 from a spider keeper) with Mordor. In addition to these, Mordor Orc archers may also be hired as a Mordor Orc archer rider, which ride Mordor Wargs. Warg riders have a starting cost of 30 silver coins and +300 Mordor alignment. As always, as one's alignment increases, price decreases.
|Can be hired as an archer rider.||Has less-than-average HP.|
|Good against swimming enemies||Significantly weakened by daylight|
|The Legions of Mordor|
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