Gil-galad, High King of the Noldor (18R12)

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Gil-galad, High King of the Noldor (18R12) is a Culture Elven.svg Elven Companion from the Treachery & Deceit set.

Collection Info
Title Gil-galad
Subtitle High King of the Noldor
Unique Yes
Collectible Yes
Notes Game text is an erratum.
Set 18 - Treachery & Deceit
Rarity R - Rare
Card Number 12
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Culture Elven.svg Elven
Side Free Peoples
Card Type Companion
Race Elf
Twilight Cost 5
Strength 9
Vitality 4
Resistance 7
Game Text To play, spot 2 Culture Elven.svg companions.

Maneuver: Add a threat to take an Culture Elven.svg event into hand from your discard pile.

Regroup: Remove an Culture Elven.svg token to play an Culture Elven.svg condition from your discard pile.

Lore "'...the power of Gil-galad has increased in his absence.'"
Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN18S012.0
GEMP ID 18_12
LOTRO Hex ID 61 89 2A 11
LOTRO Image ID 18_017


Gil-galad, HKotN is one of the most powerful companions ever released by Decipher, along with Galadriel, Lady Redeemed and Madril, Defender of Osgiliath. He has two separate abilities, both of which are incredibly potent. He also has high vitality for an elf, which can be further increased by Aiglos; Vilya, Ring of Air or The Tale of Gil-Galad, and this makes him difficult for an opponent to kill.

Despite his erratum, Gil-galad, HKotN’s first ability is quite versatile in that it easily allows you to have a constant stream of skirmish events in your hand, provided you can remove the threats he adds. The best cards for this job are Glorfindel, Eldarin Lord and Into the West. His ability has extra synergy with the Still Needed event, which can return to deck after use, as well as Elladan and Elrohir, who get extra benefit from events. To counter this ability, you can either use The Balrog, Demon of Might, who skips the maneuver phase, or add many threats in the shadow phase to prevent event retrieval (With cards such as Black Land Chieftain; Ulaire Lemenya, Eternally Threatening; Captured by the Ring and Fat One Wants It).

Gil-galad, HKotN’s second ability has a plethora of uses. You can use it to play expensive conditions without having to worry about the twilight generated if you don’t double move, such as Elven Marksmanship, The World Ahead and Take up the Bow. You can play conditions that were discarded by the opponent. You can use it to play conditions that automatically get tokens when played, such as Namarie, Uncertain Future and Agility, so that you can play more conditions. You can also play conditions that self-discard in the regroup phase, allowing you to immediately use them multiple times, and bypass negative effects that they might otherwise have had, examples being Ancient Blade, Leaving Forever and Secluded Homestead. This is difficult for an opponent to counter; they can discard your conditions with tokens to try and starve Gil-galad, HKotN of tokens to use, however Gift of the Evenstar, Blessed Light in particular is nigh impossible to get rid of, because it is an artifact (Grond, Hammer of the Underworld is still effective).

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • Corruption (With Songs of the Blessed Realm)
  • Condition heavy decks (With Leaving Forever or Namarie)
  • Beatdown Decks (Replaying skirmish events with Maneuver ability)

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • The Balrog, Demon of Might
  • Wounding Decks such as [Gollum] or [Men] archery. (Although Hosts of the Last Alliance helps with this)
  • Grond, Hammer of the Underworld
  • Fierce In Despair (Followers, Skirmish events and Regroup conditions make a lot of twilight)
  • Mono-culture hate, such as Ulaire Nertea, Dark Horseman and Relentless Warg (Since Gil-Galad's abilities synergise with all elf decks)
  • Early Beatdown (Uruk Blitz etc.), as he is not usually set-up at the first few sites.

Alternate Personas[edit]

Portrait Name Game Text
Gil-galad, Elven High King (9R+15) To play, spot 2 Culture Elven.svg companions.

Regroup: Exert Gil-galad to wound each wounded minion.​

See Also[edit]