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There was a crash and a flash of flame and smoke. The waters of the Deeping-stream poured out hissing and foaming: they were choked no longer, a gaping hole was blasted in the wall.

The Two Towers, Helm's Deep


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Orc bombs are a destructive explosive block developed by the Dark Lord Sauron and Saruman of Isengard. Alternatively known as the Fire of Orthanc, these bombs were used at the battle of Helm's Deep and to destroy parts of the Rammas Echor around Minas Tirith. They come in varying strengths, ranging from equivalent to TNT to much more powerful. Unlike TNT, Orc bombs cannot be lit by flint and steel. They must be lit by either an Orc torch (which is not used up in the lighting) or by a redstone current. Orc bombs fall when lit and have a fuse of around four seconds. They are the weapon of choice for Orc bombardiers. When lit, all nearby humanoid mobs, (which means not wargs, trolls, Olog-hai, etc) will flee.

Orc bombs come in three different strength levels, each more destructive than the last. A triple strength bomb, as is used by the fearsome Warg bombardier, is truly a force to be reckoned with. See the crafting section below for instructions on how to upgrade the bombs' strength.

Crafting[]

Orc bombs can be crafted on Uruk, Dol Guldur, Morgul and Angmar crafting tables (Gundabad does not work).

Upon crafting an Orc bomb, the player earns the achievement "The Bombardier".

Orkish crafting recipe
Orkish Crafting
Gunpowder
Orc Steel Ingot
Gunpowder
Orc Steel Ingot
Gunpowder
Orc Steel Ingot
Gunpowder
Orc Steel Ingot
Gunpowder
Orc Bomb
4

 

Uruk crafting recipe
Uruk Crafting
Gunpowder
Uruk Steel Ingot
Gunpowder
Uruk Steel Ingot
Gunpowder
Uruk Steel Ingot
Gunpowder
Uruk Steel Ingot
Gunpowder
Orc Bomb
4

They are crafted the same way TNT is made in vanilla, using gunpowder, but sand is replaced with Orc steel ingots. (On Uruk crafting tables, use Uruk steel ingots). In Middle-earth, gunpowder can be crafted using charcoal (not coal), sulfur and nitre.

Upgrading[]

Orkish crafting recipe
Orkish Crafting
Gunpowder
Orc Bomb
Orc Steel Ingot
Orc Bomb (Double Strength)

 

Uruk crafting recipe
Uruk Crafting
Gunpowder
Orc Bomb
Uruk Steel Ingot
Orc Bomb (Double Strength)

After crafting a bomb, you may combine it with another Orc steel ingot (Uruk steel ingot if on an Uruk crafting table) and another gunpowder to increase the strength of the bomb. In this way, normal bombs may be upgraded to double strength, which may in turn be upgraded to triple strength.

Orc Firebombs[]

Orkish crafting recipe
Orkish Crafting
Lava Bucket
Orc Bomb
Orc Bomb (Fire)

To bring even more destruction to the Free Peoples of Middle-earth, the bombs can be turned into firebombs by adding a lava bucket to a normal bomb. Firebombs of double or triple strength can be acquired by upgrading double or triple strength Orc Bombs. They are lit similarly to Orc bombs and leave everything in their explosion range burning.

Flash Length[]

There are different fuse lengths for each strength of bomb (most likely to give you more time to flee, especially from larger powered ones):

  • Regular single strength = 6 flashes
  • Regular double strength = 8 flashes
  • Regular triple strength = 10 flashes

Fire bombs seem to have 1 less flash (0.5 seconds) less fuse length:

  • Fire single strength = 5 flashes
  • Fire double strength = 7 flashes
  • Fire triple strength = 9 flashes

Trivia[]

  • Orc bombs exist in even higher strengths than triple strength, but these are only obtainable through commands. The strength and fire effect of the bomb item are determined through the damage value. A fire bomb adds 8 to the damage value. The maximum bomb strength level is 7, to obtain this use the command
/give @p lotr:tile.orcBomb 1 15
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Fire of Orthanc

Melee: AxeTauredain.png AxesDwarven Battleaxe.png BattleaxesDaggerOrc.png DaggersHammerGondor.png Hammers
MaceHalfTroll.png MacesBlue Dwarven Mattock.png MattocksOrc Skull Staff.png Orc Skull StaffsRollingPin.png Rolling PinsSwordDolAmroth.png Swords
Polearms: PolearmElven.png BattlestavesUmbaric Poleaxe.png HalberdsLanceRohan.png LancesLongspearWoodElven.png Longspears
PikeDwarven.png PikesAngmar Spear.png SpearsDunlendingTrident.png TridentsMordor Warscythe.png Warscythes
Ranged: TauredainBlowgun.png BlowgunsBlack Uruk Bow.png BowsCrossbowUruk.png CrossbowsSling.png Slings
Throwing: Conker.png ConkersFire-pot.png Fire-potsPlateItem.png PlatesAngmar Spear.png SpearsTermite.gif TermitesThrowingAxeBlueDwarven.png Throwing Axes
Miscellaneous: BalrogWhip.png Balrog WhipsKhamulsFireBlock.png Khamûl's FireSauronMace.png Mace of Sauron
Orc Bomb.png Orc BombsGandalfStaffWhite.png Staff of Gandalf the White

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