Treebeard, Earthborn (4R103)
|Task Was Not Done (4C102)||
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|Treebeard, Oldest Living Thing (4C104)|
Treebeard, Earthborn (4R103) is a Gandalf Ally from the The Two Towers set.
Earthborn is one of the two ally versions of Treebeard, along with Oldest Living Thing. They are also the only [gandalf] allies with the Unhasty keyword, giving them unique synergy with Stump and Bramble. Both versions of Treebeard are effective skirmishers at their home sites, although drawing Treebeard prior to site 2 is unlikely, and Valley of Saruman could potentially discard him. Treebeard can be played using Fangorn Forest.
Earthborn specialises in catching unbound hobbits (Merry and Pippin) when they are about to be discarded. This works best with Learned Guide and Woolly-Footed Rascal, although all The Two Towers versions of Merry and Pippin have a discard ability. Earthborn allows Merry and Pippin to discard multiple times without needing extra copies of them to get them back. Other cards that help with this are Greyhame and Knocked on the Head. Earthborn is most easily healed by extra copies of himself, though some cards such as Mithlond can also be used to heal him.
Earthborn can also be combined with Warmed Up A Bit to rescue Hobbits and replay them. This can be especially useful with Hobbits such as Pippin, Hobbit of Some Intelligence, as he can remove a burden or heal everytime he is played. Other effects that discard Hobbits, such as Diversion, also work with Treebeard.
Strengths and Weaknesses
- Most minions
- [isengard], using Stump and Bramble
- Works well with Warmed Up A Bit, Learned Guide and Woolly-Footed Rascal
- Ally hate such as Tower Assassin or Ranks Without Number
From the Comprehensive Rules 4.0 on Unhasty: The Free Peoples player cannot assign a character with this keyword to a skirmish unless it is at its home site (see ally) or when a [gandalf] card allows it do so.
- Therefore One Whom Men Would Follow will not allow Earthborn to skirmish, due to his Unhasty keyword.
|Treebeard, Oldest Living Thing (4C104)||Unhasty.
Fellowship: Exert Treebeard and discard an unbound companion from hand to heal an unbound companion.
|Treebeard, Guardian of the Forest (6C37)||Unhasty. Assignment: Exert an unbound Hobbit to allow Treebeard to skirmish. Skirmish: Exert Treebeard to make an Ent damage +1.|
|Treebeard, Keeper of the Watchwood (10R18)||To play, spot 3 companions.
Regroup: Exert Treebeard twice to play a condition from your discard pile and make an opponent discard one of his or her conditions.
|Treebeard, Enraged Shepherd (15R38)||To play, spot 3 companions.
Each time Treebeard wins a skirmish, the first Shadow player must exert X minions, where X is the difference between Treebeard’s strength and the losing character’s strength.
|Treebeard, Enemy of the Hand (0W4)||Unhasty. Triumph - At the start of a skirmish involving Treebeard you may discard a minion he is skirmishing.
Assignment: Exert an unbound Hobbit to allow Treebeard to skirmish.