Ambush

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Ambush is a loaded keyword that appears only on minions. If a minion with Ambush Twilight x.svg is assigned to a skirmish in the assignment phase by the Free Peoples player, the Shadow player may add X twilight to the pool. First introduced in The Two Towers, it's the signature keyword of the Culture Raider.svg Raider Southron subculture, although it appears on a handful of cards in other Shadow cultures.

In theory, Ambush was meant to allow Southron Shadow decks to afford powerful, expensive skirmish events like <a href="/wiki/On_the_March_(4C241)" title="On the March (4C241)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S241.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S241.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a> and <a href="/wiki/Whirling_Strike_(4C260)" title="Whirling Strike (4C260)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S260.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S260.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a>, or pricey card effects like <a href="/wiki/Desert_Warrior_(4C222)" title="Desert Warrior (4C222)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S222.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S222.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a>, <a href="/wiki/Southron_Spear_(4C255)" title="Southron Spear (4C255)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S255.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S255.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a>, and <a href="/wiki/Army_of_Haradrim_(5R70)" title="Army of Haradrim (5R70)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S070.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S070.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a>. Decipher also meant for it to synergize with Southron oliphaunt mounts like <a href="/wiki/Mumak_(5C73)" title="Mumak (5C73)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S073.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S073.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a>: if you give a minion Fierce, that means it can activate Ambush twice per site. In practice, it did not work out that way.

Ambush was one of several mechanics in Towers Block that did very little on its own unless the player had both halves of a combo. Ambush minions are generally overpriced up front, but partially refund that cost later in the turn. However, that partial refund comes late in the turn, making it only useful for the Skirmish Phase and Regroup Phase at that site, as well as all of the phases of any subsequent site if the opponent makes a double move. If the Shadow player doesn't have a card in hand or in play that can use excess twilight in those specific phases, and their opponent doesn't move again this turn, that twilight will very likely go to waste.

Many of the cards that purport to use this excess twilight, like <a href="/wiki/Howl_of_Harad_(4U236)" title="Howl of Harad (4U236)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S236.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S236.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a> and <a href="/wiki/Harsh_Tongues_(7C150)" title="Harsh Tongues (7C150)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S150.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S150.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a>, require the Shadow player to win skirmishes or keep their minions alive. That's unreliable, because Ambush minions are just not very good. Even in a swarm, a minion like <a href="/wiki/Southron_Scout_(4C252)" title="Southron Scout (4C252)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S252.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S252.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a> isn't likely to contribute very much at all, especially compared to <a href="/wiki/Goblin_Runner_(1U178)" title="Goblin Runner (1U178)"><img alt="LOTR-EN01S178.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN01S178.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a>. Ambush didn't end up particularly useful to deter double moves, either, because a bit of extra twilight is nowhere near as good as minions that actually survive the skirmish phase. In practice, players ended up finding a use for the few reliable twilight dump cards, like <a href="/wiki/Whirling_Strike_(4C260)" title="Whirling Strike (4C260)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S260.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S260.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a> and <a href="/wiki/Red_Wrath_(7U157)" title="Red Wrath (7U157)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S157.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S157.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a>, but mainly used them against opponents that flooded rather than pairing them with the relatively weak Ambush minions.

Ambush also has a key weakness in that it triggers only when the Free Peoples player assigns the Ambush minion to one of their characters. The Free Peoples player can simply choose not to do that, and let the Shadow player assign their minion freely if it's too weak to make a big difference anywhere. A clever opponent can guess that the Shadow player is winding up to use <a href="/wiki/Red_Wrath_(7U157)" title="Red Wrath (7U157)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S157.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S157.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a> simply by looking at the twilight pool, or, when faced with a swarm, can choose to assign the (generally stronger!) non-Ambush minions and leave the Ambush minions for the Shadow player to assign. This doesn't come up too often, but it does mean that Southron swarm strategies couldn't count on Ambush triggering, making Ambush-based decks that much more unreliable.

Ambush largely came and went with the Southron subculture as a whole. It only appears on a small handful of cards after set 7.

Comprehensive Rules 4.0[edit]

When the Free Peoples player assigns one of his characters to skirmish a minion with the keyword "Ambush Twilight x.svg," the Shadow player who owns that minion may add Twilight x.svg. (See assignment phase.)

If your minion with Ambush Twilight 2.svg is assigned by the Free Peoples player, you may add two tokens to the twilight pool. The Free Peoples player may decide not to assign any characters to your minion with ambush, allowing you to assign it later in the assignment phase.

When a minion with the keyword Ambush Twilight x.svg is given the keyword Ambush Twilight x.svg by another card or special ability, each of those instances of ambush is resolved separately. When that minion is assigned to a skirmish by the Free Peoples player, the Shadow player has the option to add pool for each instance in the minion's text.

<a href="/wiki/Desert_Scout_(7U134)" title="Desert Scout (7U134)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S134.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S134.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a> ("Ambush Twilight 1.svg.") is equipped with <a href="/wiki/Raider_Bow_(7C155)" title="Raider Bow (7C155)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S155.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S155.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a> ("Bearer is ... Ambush Twilight 5.svg."). When it is assigned to a skirmish by the Free Peoples player, the Shadow player may add Twilight 1.svg, Twilight 5.svg, neither, or both (as separate actions).

- ambush section

Cards with Ambush[edit]

This includes cards like <a href="/wiki/Raider_Bow_(7C155)" title="Raider Bow (7C155)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S155.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S155.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="359" height="500" /></a> that grant a minion Ambush.


Portrait Card Name Culture Card Type Game Text
<a href="/wiki/Foul_Horde_(5R50)" title="Foul Horde (5R50)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S050.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S050.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Foul_Horde_(5R50)" title="Foul Horde (5R50)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S050.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S050.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Isengard_Culture" title="Isengard Culture"><img alt="Culture Isengard.svg" src="/images/Culture_Isengard.svg" decoding="async" width="26" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Orc Warg-rider.

While Foul Horde is not exhausted, it is fierce.

While Foul Horde has at least 3 vitality, it is Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

While Foul Horde has at least 4 vitality, it is damage +1.

<a href="/wiki/Foul_Horde_(AI)_(5R125)" title="Foul Horde (AI) (5R125)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S125.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S125.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Foul_Horde_(AI)_(5R125)" title="Foul Horde (AI) (5R125)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S125.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S125.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Isengard_Culture" title="Isengard Culture"><img alt="Culture Isengard.svg" src="/images/Culture_Isengard.svg" decoding="async" width="26" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Orc Warg-rider.

While Foul Horde is not exhausted, it is fierce.

While Foul Horde has at least 3 vitality, it is ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

While Foul Horde has at least 4 vitality, it is damage +1.

<a href="/wiki/Fearsome_Dunlending_(11C79)" title="Fearsome Dunlending (11C79)"><img alt="LOTR-EN11S079.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN11S079.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Fearsome_Dunlending_(11C79)" title="Fearsome Dunlending (11C79)"><img alt="LOTR-EN11S079.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN11S079.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="499" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Men_Culture" title="Men Culture"><img alt="Culture Men.svg" src="/images/Culture_Men.svg" decoding="async" width="21" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>. When you play this minion at a plains site, you may spot an unbound companion to make that companion resistance –1 until the end of the turn.
<a href="/wiki/Warrior_of_Dunland_(11C103)" title="Warrior of Dunland (11C103)"><img alt="LOTR-EN11S103.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN11S103.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Warrior_of_Dunland_(11C103)" title="Warrior of Dunland (11C103)"><img alt="LOTR-EN11S103.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN11S103.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="499" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Men_Culture" title="Men Culture"><img alt="Culture Men.svg" src="/images/Culture_Men.svg" decoding="async" width="21" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>. While this minion is at a plains site, it gains an additional ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.
<a href="/wiki/Enraged_Southron_(12C64)" title="Enraged Southron (12C64)"><img alt="LOTR-EN12S064.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN12S064.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Enraged_Southron_(12C64)" title="Enraged Southron (12C64)"><img alt="LOTR-EN12S064.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN12S064.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="499" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Men_Culture" title="Men Culture"><img alt="Culture Men.svg" src="/images/Culture_Men.svg" decoding="async" width="21" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 3.svg" src="/images/Twilight_3.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

The move limit for this turn is +1.

<a href="/wiki/Horror_of_Harad_(14R13)" title="Horror of Harad (14R13)"><img alt="LOTR-EN14S013.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN14S013.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Horror_of_Harad_(14R13)" title="Horror of Harad (14R13)"><img alt="LOTR-EN14S013.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN14S013.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="499" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Orc_Culture" title="Orc Culture"><img alt="Culture Orc.svg" src="/images/Culture_Orc.svg" decoding="async" width="13" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Half-troll Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>. Damage +1. Fierce. Lurker. Muster. Toil 2.
<a href="/wiki/Desert_Legion_(4R218)" title="Desert Legion (4R218)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S218.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S218.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Desert_Legion_(4R218)" title="Desert Legion (4R218)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S218.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S218.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush. <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>

While you can spot 4 burdens, this minion is strength +5.

While you can spot 5 burdens, this minion is fierce.

While you can spot 6 burdens, this minion is damage +1.

<a href="/wiki/Southron_Commander_(4U249)" title="Southron Commander (4U249)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S249.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S249.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Commander_(4U249)" title="Southron Commander (4U249)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S249.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S249.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

Assignment: Spot 6 companions to assign this minion to the Ring-bearer. The Free Peoples player may discard an unbound companion to prevent this.

<a href="/wiki/Southron_Fighter_(4R251)" title="Southron Fighter (4R251)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S251.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S251.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Fighter_(4R251)" title="Southron Fighter (4R251)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S251.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S251.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

Maneuver: Exert this minion and spot 5 companions to make the Free Peoples player exert a companion.

<a href="/wiki/Southron_Scout_(4C252)" title="Southron Scout (4C252)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S252.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S252.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Scout_(4C252)" title="Southron Scout (4C252)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S252.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S252.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 2.svg" src="/images/Twilight_2.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Soldier_(4C254)" title="Southron Soldier (4C254)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S254.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S254.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Soldier_(4C254)" title="Southron Soldier (4C254)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S254.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S254.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 2.svg" src="/images/Twilight_2.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Troop_(4R256)" title="Southron Troop (4R256)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S256.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S256.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Troop_(4R256)" title="Southron Troop (4R256)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S256.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S256.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Archer. Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>. To play, spot a Southron.

Assignment: Spot 7 companions to assign this minion to the Ring-bearer. The Free Peoples player may make you discard a companion (except the Ring-bearer) to prevent this.

<a href="/wiki/Southron_Veterans_(4R257)" title="Southron Veterans (4R257)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S257.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S257.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Veterans_(4R257)" title="Southron Veterans (4R257)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S257.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S257.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

Maneuver: Exert this minion and spot 6 companions to make the Free Peoples player exert 2 companions.

<a href="/wiki/Southron_Wanderer_(4C258)" title="Southron Wanderer (4C258)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S258.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S258.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Wanderer_(4C258)" title="Southron Wanderer (4C258)"><img alt="LOTR-EN04S258.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN04S258.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

Assignment: Exert this minion and spot 5 companions to assign this minion to the Ring-bearer.

The Free Peoples player may add <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 4.svg" src="/images/Twilight_4.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> to prevent this.

<a href="/wiki/Desert_Stalker_(5R72)" title="Desert Stalker (5R72)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S072.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S072.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Desert_Stalker_(5R72)" title="Desert Stalker (5R72)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S072.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S072.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 2.svg" src="/images/Twilight_2.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

Maneuver: Exert this minion and spot 4 Free Peoples cultures to exert every companion.

<a href="/wiki/Southron_Marcher_(5C74)" title="Southron Marcher (5C74)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S074.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S074.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Marcher_(5C74)" title="Southron Marcher (5C74)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S074.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S074.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man 'Southron.'Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 2.svg" src="/images/Twilight_2.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>. While you can spot a Southron, this minion’s twilight cost is -2.
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Runner_(5C75)" title="Southron Runner (5C75)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S075.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S075.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Runner_(5C75)" title="Southron Runner (5C75)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S075.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S075.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 2.svg" src="/images/Twilight_2.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

While you can spot a Southron, this minion’s twilight cost is -2.

<a href="/wiki/Southron_Traveler_(5C76)" title="Southron Traveler (5C76)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S076.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S076.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Traveler_(5C76)" title="Southron Traveler (5C76)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S076.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S076.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 2.svg" src="/images/Twilight_2.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

Response: If a Southron is about to take a wound, remove <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 3.svg" src="/images/Twilight_3.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> to prevent that wound.

<a href="/wiki/Southron_Invaders_(6C81)" title="Southron Invaders (6C81)"><img alt="LOTR-EN06S081.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN06S081.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Invaders_(6C81)" title="Southron Invaders (6C81)"><img alt="LOTR-EN06S081.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN06S081.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush<a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>. When you play this minion, you may spot another Southron to play a minion with ambush from your discard pile.
<a href="/wiki/Desert_Runner_(7C133)" title="Desert Runner (7C133)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S133.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S133.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Desert_Runner_(7C133)" title="Desert Runner (7C133)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S133.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S133.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

When the Free Peoples player assigns this minion to a character and you have initiative, you may wound that character.

<a href="/wiki/Desert_Scout_(7U134)" title="Desert Scout (7U134)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S134.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S134.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Desert_Scout_(7U134)" title="Desert Scout (7U134)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S134.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S134.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

When the Free Peoples player assigns this minion to a character and you have initiative, you may wound that character.

<a href="/wiki/Desert_Sneak_(7C135)" title="Desert Sneak (7C135)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S135.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S135.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Desert_Sneak_(7C135)" title="Desert Sneak (7C135)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S135.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S135.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

When the Free Peoples player assigns this minion to a character and you have initiative, you may wound that character.

<a href="/wiki/Raider_Bow_(7C155)" title="Raider Bow (7C155)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S155.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S155.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="174" height="138" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Raider_Bow_(7C155)" title="Raider Bow (7C155)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S155.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S155.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Possession • Ranged Weapon Bearer must be a <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="39" height="27" style="vertical-align: bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Man.

Bearer is an archer and Ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 5.svg" src="/images/Twilight_5.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

<a href="/wiki/Suzerain_of_Harad_(7R170)" title="Suzerain of Harad (7R170)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S170.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S170.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Suzerain_of_Harad_(7R170)" title="Suzerain of Harad (7R170)"><img alt="LOTR-EN07S170.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN07S170.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Archer.

While you have initiative, the Ring-bearer may not take wounds during the archery phase and this minion is ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 8.svg" src="/images/Twilight_8.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.

<a href="/wiki/Pelennor_Fields_(11S253)" title="Pelennor Fields (11S253)"><img alt="LOTR-EN11S253.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN11S253.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="272" height="158" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Pelennor_Fields_(11S253)" title="Pelennor Fields (11S253)"><img alt="LOTR-EN11S253.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN11S253.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="496" height="357" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Site_Culture" title="Site Culture"><img alt="Culture Site.svg" src="/images/Culture_Site.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Site Plains. Each <a href="/wiki/Men_Culture" title="Men Culture"><img alt="Culture Men.svg" src="/images/Culture_Men.svg" decoding="async" width="21" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> minion gains ambush <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>.​


Cards that interact with Ambush[edit]

This includes cards that interact with Ambush without granting it, as well as cards that do not mention Ambush by name but can prevent the Ambush trigger.


Portrait Card Name Culture Card Type Game Text
<a href="/wiki/Coif_(12R111)" title="Coif (12R111)"><img alt="LOTR-EN12S111.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN12S111.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="174" height="138" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Coif_(12R111)" title="Coif (12R111)"><img alt="LOTR-EN12S111.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN12S111.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="499" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Rohan_Culture" title="Rohan Culture"><img alt="Culture Rohan.svg" src="/images/Culture_Rohan.svg" decoding="async" width="26" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Possession • Armor Bearer must be a <a href="/wiki/Rohan_Culture" title="Rohan Culture"><img alt="Culture Rohan.svg" src="/images/Culture_Rohan.svg" decoding="async" width="36" height="28" style="vertical-align: bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Man.

Each time a Shadow card adds any number of twilight tokens, you may exert bearer to prevent that.

Each time the fellowship moves from a forest site, exert a companion.

<a href="/wiki/Three_Monstrous_Trolls_(3C114)" title="Three Monstrous Trolls (3C114)"><img alt="LOTR-EN03S114.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN03S114.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="174" height="138" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Three_Monstrous_Trolls_(3C114)" title="Three Monstrous Trolls (3C114)"><img alt="LOTR-EN03S114.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN03S114.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Shire_Culture" title="Shire Culture"><img alt="Culture Shire.svg" src="/images/Culture_Shire.svg" decoding="async" width="49" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Condition Tale.

Response: If a Shadow card is about to add any number of twilight tokens, exert a Hobbit ally to prevent this.

<a href="/wiki/Strength_in_Numbers_(5U77)" title="Strength in Numbers (5U77)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S077.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S077.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="174" height="138" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Strength_in_Numbers_(5U77)" title="Strength in Numbers (5U77)"><img alt="LOTR-EN05S077.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN05S077.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Condition To play, spot a Southron. Plays to your support area.

Maneuver: Discard this condition to add <a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> for each Man with ambush you spot.

<a href="/wiki/Southron_Invaders_(6C81)" title="Southron Invaders (6C81)"><img alt="LOTR-EN06S081.0 portrait.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN06S081.0_portrait.jpg" decoding="async" width="193" height="146" /></a>
<a href="/wiki/Southron_Invaders_(6C81)" title="Southron Invaders (6C81)"><img alt="LOTR-EN06S081.0 card.jpg" src="/images/LOTR-EN06S081.0_card.jpg" decoding="async" width="357" height="497" /></a> <a href="/wiki/Raider_Culture" title="Raider Culture"><img alt="Culture Raider.svg" src="/images/Culture_Raider.svg" decoding="async" width="29" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a> Minion • Man Southron. Ambush<a href="/wiki/Twilight_Cost" title="Twilight Cost"><img alt="Twilight 1.svg" src="/images/Twilight_1.svg" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" style="vertical-align: text-bottom" class="whitebg" /></a>. When you play this minion, you may spot another Southron to play a minion with ambush from your discard pile.​



Loaded Keywords
Numeric Damage + X Defender + X Ambush X Hunter X Toil X
Non-numeric Aid Archer Enduring Fierce Lurker Muster Sanctuary Ring-bearer Unhasty
Item Class [Classless] Support Area Armor Brooch Box Bracers Cloak Gauntlets Hand Weapon
Helm Mount Palantír Phial Pipe Ranged Weapon Ring Shield Staff