The Return of the King

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The Return of the King
ID7
NameReturn of the King
CreatorDecipher
Release Date2003-11-05
Is Officialyes
PlatformsPaper, LotR-O, GEMP, mLOTRO, Tabletop Simulator, Lackey, gccg
Notes


Set Details[edit]

The Return of the King is the third base set of the Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game, and the seventh set overall. It was released on November 5, 2003. The table below describes the distribution of cards in booster packs; it does not include the two starter-only companions. | ^ Ring ^ [Dwarven] ^ [Elven] ^ [Gandalf] ^ [Gollum] ^ [Gondor] ^ [Raider] ^ [Ringwraith] ^ [Rohan] ^ [Shire] ^ [Sauron] ^ Sites ^ Total ^ ^ Common | 1 | 3 | 5 | 8 | 7 | 20 | 20 | 14 | 15 | 6 | 22 | 0 | 121 | ^ Uncommon | 0 | 4 | 2 | 5 | 6 | 13 | 11 | 16 | 9 | 1 | 19 | 35 | 121 ^ Rare | 1 | 5 | 9 | 9 | 13 | 17 | 14 | 18 | 16 | 5 | 14 | 0 | 121 ^ Total | 2 | 12 | 16 | 22 | 26 | 50 | 45 | 48 | 40 | 12 | 55 | 35 | 363

Themes and mechanics[edit]

New cultures[edit]

This was the first base set to not introduce a new culture. Instead it focused on previously established cultures, especially [Gondor], [Raider], [Ringwraith], and [Sauron]. Two prominent cultures from the previous block, [Dunland] and [Isengard], do not appear in the set.

New loaded keywords[edit]

Return of the King did not introduce any new loaded keywords.

New unloaded keywords[edit]

Return of the King introduced two new unloaded keywords:

  • Besieger, on Sauron minions
  • Engine, on Sauron conditions

Other mechanics[edit]

Return of the King introduced several other new mechanics:

  • Intitiative
  • Threats
  • A new site path, which completely replaced the Two Towers sitepath

Card Comparisons[edit]

Reprinted cards[edit]

  • The One Ring, The Ruling Ring (previously 1C2 and 4C2)
  • Dagger Strike (previously 1C102)
  • Defiance (previously 1C37)
  • Desert Soldier (previously 4C220)
  • Desert Spearman (previously 4C221)
  • Elite Rider (previously 4C265)
  • Have Patience (previously 4C93)
  • Hobbit Sword (previously 1C299 and 4C306)
  • Intimidate (previously 1C76)
  • Noble Intentions (previously 1C304)
  • Orc Butcher (previously 3C94)
  • Orc Pursuer (previously 5C108)
  • Their Power is in Terror (previously 1U226)
  • Wizard Staff (previously 2C29)

Functional reprints[edit]

Strictly better[edit]

Strictly worse[edit]

Similar sites[edit]

Notable Cards[edit]

  • The One Ring, Such a Weight to Carry
  • Aragorn, Driven by Need
  • Eomer, Valiant Warchief

Starter decks[edit]

Aragorn Starter Deck[edit]

Gondor [Gondor] / Raider [Raider]

!Ring-bearer (2 cards)

  • Frodo, Hope of Free Peoples
  • The One Ring, The Ruling Ring

Adventure Deck (9 cards)

  • [1K] Steps of Edoras
  • [2K] West Road
  • [3K] Beacon of Minas Tirith
  • [4K] Osgiliath Fallen
  • [5K] City Gates
  • [6K] Minas Tirith Sixth Circle
  • [7K] Pelennor Grassland
  • [8K] Cross Roads
  • [9K] Dagorlad

Free Peoples (23 cards)

  • Aragorn, Driven by Need x2 (starting)
  • Faramir, Stout Captain
  • Madril, Faramir's Aide
  • Ranger of Minas Tirith x3
  • Targon
  • Hobbit Sword x2
  • Knight's Spear x3
  • Second Level x3
  • Third Level x2
  • City of Men x2
  • Great Gate x2
  • Stand to Arms

Shadow (26 cards)

  • Desert Fighter x3
  • Desert Nomad x3
  • Desert Villain x3
  • Easterling Blademaster x3
  • Easterling Ransacker x3
  • Southron Bandit x3
  • Southron Captain x2
  • Mumakil of the Harad x3
  • Red Wrath x2
  • War Towers

Eomer Starter Deck[edit]

Rohan [Rohan] / Sauron [Sauron]

!Ring-bearer (2 cards)

  • Frodo, Hope of Free Peoples
  • The One Ring, The Ruling Ring

Adventure Deck (9 cards)

  • [1K] Edoras Hall
  • [2K] Rohirrim Camp
  • [3K] Hall of the Kings
  • [4K] Anduin Banks
  • [5K] Pelennor Flat
  • [6K] Minas Tirith Fourth Circle
  • [7K] Osgiliath Crossing
  • [8K] Morgul Vale
  • [9K] Slag Mounds

Free Peoples (24 cards)

  • Eomer, Valiant Warchief x2 (starting)
  • Eowyn, Restless Maiden (starting)
  • Gandalf, Defender of the West
  • Rohirrim Guard x3
  • Theoden, Leader of Spears
  • Hobbit Sword x2
  • Long Spear x3
  • Riding Armor x2
  • Swift Steed x3
  • Knights of His House x2
  • Morning Came x2
  • Wind in His Face x2

Shadow (25 cards)

  • Mordor Defender x3
  • Mordor Regular x3
  • Mordor Savage x3
  • Mordor Trooper x2
  • Mordor Veteran x2
  • Orc Brood x2
  • Orc Officer x3
  • Orc Pursuer x2
  • Orc Savage
  • Anguish x2
  • Siegecraft x2
Sets
Official Sets Promotional Promotional
Movie Block Fellowship Block Towers Block King Block
Fellowship of the Ring Mines of Moria Realms of the Elf-lords The Two Towers Battle of Helm's Deep Ents of Fangorn Return of the King Siege of Gondor Mount Doom Reflections
War of the Ring Block Shadows Black Rider Bloodlines Expanded Middle-Earth
Hunters Block The Hunters The Wraith Collection Rise of Saruman Treachery & Deceit Age's End
Unofficial Sets Player's Council Sets Shadow of the Past
The Hobbit Draft Game Packs Hobbit Draft Game Main Deck Hobbit Draft Game Shadow Packs Hobbit Draft Game Supplementary Packs
mLOTRO Cards MLOTRO Promo Cards MLOTRO Reflections II
Journey Continues Sets The Journey Begins