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