Sam, Loyal Friend (19P32)

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Sam, Loyal Friend (19P32) is a Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion from the Age's End set.


Collection Info
Title Sam
Subtitle Loyal Friend
Unique Yes
Collectible No
Set 19 - Age's End
Rarity P - Premium
Card Number 32
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Culture Shire.svg Shire
Side Free Peoples
Card Type Companion
Race Hobbit
Twilight Cost 2
Strength 3
Vitality 4
Resistance 9
Game Text Fellowship. Ring-bound.

While Sam bears The One Ring, he is resistance -4.

While you can spot 3 Culture Shire.svg companions, Sam is strength +2.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer.

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN19S032.0
TLHH ID LOTR19032
GEMP ID 19_32
LOTRO Hex ID 60 AE 1E 12
LOTRO Image ID 19_032


Strategy[edit]

Loyal Friend's main ability is generally inferior to that of Great Elf Warrior, being much more limited and being all-or-nothing. Although this lessens Loyal Friend's value somewhat, he does have the advantage of possessing a much higher resistance (While not bearing the Ring) which can be important when dealing with certain cards (Neekerbreekers' Bog, G for Grand, Corrupted Spy). Loyal Friend also has the Fellowship keyword, which works particularly well with Strength in my Blood, as Loyal Friend is Ring-Bound and thus immune to the effects of Wormtongue or Lying Counsel.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • Corruption/Resistance Reduction

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • Wounding

Alternate Personas[edit]

Portrait Name Game Text
LOTR-EN01S310.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Faithful Companion (1R310)LOTR-EN01S310.0 card.jpg Fellowship: Play Bill the Pony from your draw deck.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN01S311.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Son of Hamfast (1C311)LOTR-EN01S311.0 card.jpg Fellowship: Exert Sam to remove a burden.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN02S114.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Proper Poet (2C114)LOTR-EN02S114.0 card.jpg Maneuver: Exert Sam twice to make him defender +1 until the regroup phase.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN04S315.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Frodo's Gardener (4R315)LOTR-EN04S315.0 card.jpg Ring-bound.

Fellowship: Play Sam’s Pack from your draw deck.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN04S316.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Samwise the Brave (4C316)LOTR-EN04S316.0 card.jpg Ring-bound.

Response: If a Shadow card is about to add any number of burdens, spot Frodo and exert Sam to prevent this.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN05S115.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Nice Sensible Hobbit (5U115)LOTR-EN05S115.0 card.jpg Ring-bound.

While you can spot Frodo and Sméagol, Sam may not be overwhelmed unless his strength is tripled.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN07S326.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Needer of Vittles (7C326)LOTR-EN07S326.0 card.jpg Ring-bound.

Fellowship: Play a Hobbit companion to remove a burden.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN07S327.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Resolute Halfling (7R327)LOTR-EN07S327.0 card.jpg Ring-bound.

Fellowship: If you have initiative, discard a card from hand to heal Sam.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN10S122.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Great Elf Warrior (10P122)LOTR-EN10S122.0 card.jpg Ring-bound.

Sam is strength +1 for each Culture Shire.svg companion you can spot.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN11S172.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Steadfast Friend (11U172)LOTR-EN11S172.0 card.jpg Ring-bound. Each other companion is resistance +1.
LOTR-EN13S156.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Bearer of Great Need (13R156)LOTR-EN13S156.0 card.jpg Ring-bound.

Sam is resistance +1 for each Hobbit you can spot.

Regroup: Exert Sam and transfer a follower he is bearing to your support area to discard a minion from play.

LOTR-EN15S153.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Innocent Traveler (15U153)LOTR-EN15S153.0 card.jpg Ring-bound. While Sam bears the One Ring, he is resistance –4.

Maneuver: If Sam is bearing a follower, exert him to heal another Hobbit.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer.

LOTR-EN00W013.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Lover of Trees (0W13)LOTR-EN00W013.0 card.jpg Triumph - At the start of the fellowship phase you may remove 3 burdens.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (Resistance 5).

LOTR-ENV1S054.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Of Bagshot Row (V1_54)LOTR-ENV1S054.0 card.jpg Each time a companion with the Frodo signet wins a skirmish, you may exert Sam or add a burden to heal that companion.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).​