The Balrog, Flame of Udun (2R52)

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The Balrog, Flame of Udun (2R52) is a Moria Minion from the Mines of Moria set.

Collection Info
Title The Balrog
Subtitle Flame of Udun
Unique Yes
Collectible Yes
Set 2 - Mines of Moria
Rarity R - Rare
Card Number 52
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Moria
Side Shadow
Card Type Minion
Race Balrog
Twilight Cost 14
Strength 17
Vitality 5
Site Number 4
Game Text Damage +1. Fierce. To play, spot a Orc.

Discard The Balrog if not underground.

Shadow: Exert The Balrog and remove to play a Orc from your discard pile.

Lore “...suddenly it drew itself up to a great height, and its wings were spread from wall to wall....”
DE - German
Card Name Der Balrog, Flamme von Udûn
Game Text Schaden +1. Erbittert. Entdecke einen Ork, um den Balrog zu spielen. Lege den Balrog ab, wenn er sich nicht an einem unterirdischen Ort befindet. Schatten: Strenge den Balrog an und verringere den Einfluss um , um einen Ork aus deinem Ablagestapel zu spielen.
Lore ...und plötzlich richtete er sich zu seiner ganzen Größe auf, und seine Flügel erstreckten sich von Wand zu Wand...
ES - Spanish
Card Name El Balrog, Llama de Udûn
Game Text Daño +1. Fiero. Para jugarlo, avista un Orco . Descarta El Balrog si no está en un sitio Subterráneo. Sombra: Esfuerza El Balrog y quita para jugar un Orco de tu pila de descartes.
Lore “...y de pronto se enderezó hasta alcanzar una gran estatura, extendiendo las alas de muro a muro...”
FR - French
Card Name Le Balrog, La Flamme d'Udûn
Game Text Dégâts +1. Acharné.

Pour jouer, désignez un Orque . Défaussez Le Balrog si vous n’êtes pas à un site souterrain.

Ombre : Affaiblissez Le Balrog et retirez pour jouer un Orque de votre pile de défausse.

Lore « “La forme s'avança ... elle se redressa soudain jusqu'à une grande stature, et ses ailes s'étendirent d'un mur à l'autre ...” »
IT - Italian
Card Name Il Balrog, Fiamma di Udûn
Game Text Danno +1. Feroce.

Per giocarlo, avvista un Orco . Scarta Il Balrog se non è in un sito Sotterraneo.

Ombra: Sforza Il Balrog e rimuovi per giocare un Orco dalla tua pila degli scarti.

Lore “...d'un tratto si eresse a una immensa altezza, estendendo le ali da una parete all'altra...”
PL - Polish

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN02S052.0
GEMP ID 2_52
LOTRO Hex ID 64 4B E8 01
LOTRO Image ID 02_052


Unlike Durin's Bane, Flame of Udun can be played in conjunction with other minions, but it has to spot a [Moria] minion, so in most cases, you’ll see this Balrog in [moria] Orc decks. Note that while the regular Balrog can almost always be played at site 5, even against super choke decks, this Balrog is more expensive, so it’s a little bit trickier to play him. Being able to play him with other minions is a huge advantage however, as it means you’ll usually put pressure on your opponent, even if they can counter the Balrog himself. He can also play [moria] orcs from discard; this is not usually that useful, as there’s rarely enough twilight to make the most of this, but if you want a specific minion, or if your opponent floods the pool, this ability can also be handy.

Another difference between this Balrog and Durin's Bane is that he does not skip the archery phase. This is useful for [moria] archers, as they don't want the Balrog preventing them from shooting, but if you don't have any archers, consider Fill with Fear, to protect the Balrog from Greenleaf/Aragorn's Bow.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • In a fair fight, the Balrog is strong against pretty much everything. However, there are many specific counters to the Balrog, listed below.

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • Armor/Gimli's Helm (Unless bearing a Whip of Many Thongs)
  • Stealth/Gandalf's Staff
  • Super Choke (Unless you have Goblin Runners)
  • Mass Archery (Unless you have Fill with Fear)
  • Horn of Boromir (Unless you have Such a Little Thing)
  • Cannon Fodder, as it wastes the Balrog's potential. Examples are Haldir, Elf of the Golden Wood ; Dwarf Guard; Thrarin, Dwarven Smith and Lorien Elf
  • Super Frodo (Using A Promise, Sting, Mithril Coat, O Elbereth Gilthoniel, Bounder) - with enough strength bonuses + Mithril Coat, the Balrog will barely scratch Frodo.

Alternate Personas[edit]

Portrait Name Game Text
The Balrog, Durin's Bane (2C51) Damage +1. Fierce.

While you can spot The Balrog, discard all other minions. Skip the archery phase. Discard The Balrog if not underground.

The Balrog, Terror of Flame and Shadow (6R76) Damage +2. The twilight cost of The Balrog is –3 if you can spot a minion. The Balrog cannot be assigned to skirmish companions or allies of strength less than 6.
The Balrog, The Terror of Khazad-dum (12R79) Damage +1.

While The Balrog is at an underground site, it is fierce and cannot take wounds or be exerted.

The Balrog, Demon of Might (19P18) Damage +2. Fierce.

While at an underground site, skip the archery phase, the maneuver phase, and The Balrog cannot be assigned to skirmish companions of strength 6 or less. ​