|“|| Now ever and anon there was a red flash, and slowly through the heavy air dull rumbles could be heard.
‘They have taken the wall!’ men cried. ‘They are blasting breaches in it. They are coming!’
–The Return of the King, The Siege of Gondor
Mordor Orc Bombardiers are Mordor Orcs equipped with bombs. They are useful for wall-breaking and pave the way for other Mordor Orcs. They are the servants and soldiers of the Dark Lord Sauron. It is said that the first Orcs were created by Melkor, made out of the Elves he tortured and bred in the First Age.
These bombardiers can spawn day and night in Mordor, due to ash clouds from Mount Doom that block out the sun. This cloud also protects the Mordor Orcs from the debuffs they normally receive from the sun. They can also spawn in the areas surrounding Mordor such as the Ithilien wasteland sub-biome, but they will only spawn there at night or underground.
Mordor Orc bombardiers are at first equipped with an Orc bomb and an Orc torch, but once the bomb has been used they switch to an Orc scimitar. If you have hired bombardiers who have used up their bombs, interacting with the Orc while holding a bomb(Any kind of bombs, even fire bombs!) will give him the bomb you are holding.
Mordor Orc bombardiers will attack any nearby good NPCs, and will also target foes of Mordor. With Mordor Orcs, the chance of being attacked decreases the higher the player's Mordor alignment gets, and when it reaches +50 they will no longer target you. They are very destructive due to their bombs. Unlike most Mordor Orcs, they are not capable of riding a Mordor Warg.
When not attempting to kill something the Mordor Orc bombardiers 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 an enemy 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 the command
/gamerule enableOrcSkirmish false.
Mordor Orc bombardiers 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 some of the equipment they are carrying. They will sometimes drop their Orc torch.
|Orc Steel Ingot||Uncommon||1|
Mordor Orc bombardiers can be hired from Mordor Orc chieftains, which spawn in Mordor Orc camps. The player must reach an alignment with Mordor of +250 or higher to hire them, and each Orc starts at a price of 25 silver coins. As always, as one's alignment increases, the price decreases.
|Can blow through walls and do tremendous damage to tight formations of enemies||Not good for defending forts; they can blow up friendly units by accident as well as enemy units|
|Features a melee attack to finish off foes||Cannot perform ranged attacks|
|Relatively inexpensive, considering their destructive potential||Cannot ride Wargs|
|Can be customized depending on your resources and/or needs||Weakened by sunlight|
|Not a suicide bomber like its Warg counterpart||Will act like a normal Mordor Orc if you have no more bombs to give them|
|The Legions of Mordor|
Black Uruk (Archer) •
Orc (Archer, Banner Bearer, Bombardier)