Orc Soldier (1C271)

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Orc Soldier (1C271) is a Sauron Minion from the Fellowship of the Ring set.

Collection Info
Title Orc Soldier
Unique No
Collectible Yes
Set 1 - The Fellowship of the Ring
Rarity C - Common
Card Number 271
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Sauron
Side Shadow
Card Type Minion
Race Orc
Twilight Cost 2
Strength 7
Vitality 2
Site Number 6
Game Text Skirmish: Exert this minion to wound a character he is skirmishing.
Lore Bearing cruel weapons, Orcs go forth from Mordor to serve the Eye.
DE - German
Card Name Ork Soldat
Game Text Kampf Strenge diesen Diener an, um einen Charakter, den er bekämpft, zu verwunden.
Lore Mit grausamen Schwertern bewaffnete Orks strömen aus Mordor heraus, um dem Auge zu dienen.
ES - Spanish
Card Name Soldado Orco
Game Text Escaramuza: Esfuerza este siervo para herir un personaje que este en una escaramuza contra él.
Lore Llevando armas crueles, los Orcos cargan por Mordor para servir al Ojo.
FR - French
Card Name Soldat Orque
Game Text Combat : Affaiblissez ce séide pour blesser un personnage qu’il combat.
Lore Porteurs d'armes cruelles, les Orques sortent du Mordor pour servir l'*il.
IT - Italian
Card Name Soldato Orco
Game Text Schermaglia: Sforza questo servitore per ferire un personaggio contro cui stia schermagliando.
Lore Impugnando armi spietate, gli Orchi uscirono da Mordor per servire l'Occhio.
PL - Polish
PT - Portuguese
ZH - Chinese

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN01S271.0
GEMP ID 1_271
LOTRO Hex ID 4F 34 F4
LOTRO Image ID 01_271


Generic wounding Orc minion, the Orc Soldier, like Orc Scouting Band, Orc Hunters, and Orc War Band, contains the exert-to-wound skirmish special ability. These minions play best in the "Sauron Grind" Shadow, with support area conditions like Under the Watching Eye and Orc Bowmen causing uncomfortable assignment match-ups. The skirmish special ability allows for the Shadow player to place a wound on a free peoples character even when matched against a much stronger companion, and saves the Shadow player deck space, as the game text is effectively a built-in Mordor's Strength.

As with most Sauron minions, the high site number and roaming penalty can be cost-restrictive, although Orc Scouting Band reduces the roaming penalty for further Sauron Orcs played. Orc Soldier is the cheapest exert-to-wound minion, making it the most efficient at using its ability, although it is more likely to lose skirmishes.

With skirmish phase game text, Orc Soldier, Orc Scouting Band, and Orc War Band can be countered by pre-skirmish wounding such as Quick As May Be or Legolas, Greenleaf; however, [Sauron] grind support offers powerful pre-skirmish wounding cards such as Hate.

In the Movie Block format, Gothmog's Warg can increase the vitality of these exert-to-wound minions, making assignment match-ups even more difficult for the Free Peoples player.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • Natural fit in [Sauron] Grind deck
  • Best played with site-reducing Battle of Helms Deep Expansion Orcs, such as Grishnakh, Orc Captain and Orc Patrol
  • Exhausted companions, even those with higher base strengths

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • Armor or wound prevention
  • [Rohan] Mounts and Shadowfax
  • Pre-skirmish wounding
  • Roaming punishments

See Also[edit]


Fellowship Block Sauron Grind deck by ket_the_jet

Shadow Draw Deck: 1x The Balrog, Durin's Bane 4x Orc Ambusher 4x Orc Assassin 4x Orc Scouting Band 4x Orc Soldier 2x Tower Assassin 2x Úlairë Enquëa, Lieutenant of Morgul 1x Úlairë Nertëa, Messenger of Dol Guldur 4x Hate 4x Orc Bowmen 1x Our List of Allies Grows Thin 2x Spies of Mordor 4x Under the Watching Eye 3x You Bring Great Evil