Watcher in the Water, Many-Tentacled Creature (19P21)

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Watcher in the Water, Many-Tentacled Creature (19P21) is a Moria Minion from the Age's End set.

Collection Info
Title Watcher in the Water
Subtitle Many-tentacled Creature
Unique Yes
Collectible No
Set 19 - Age's End
Rarity P - Premium
Card Number 21
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Moria
Side Shadow
Card Type Minion
Race Creature
Twilight Cost 4
Strength 11
Vitality 4
Site Number 4
Game Text Discard all other minions (except tentacles). Watcher in the Water cannot bear possessions.

The fellowship’s current site gains marsh.

Shadow: Play a tentacle from your discard pile.

Lore “ if a host of snakes were swimming up...”
Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN19S021.0
GEMP ID 19_21
LOTRO Hex ID 65 AD 1E 12
LOTRO Image ID 19_021


The centre-piece of the tentacle swarm strategy, Many-Tentacled Creature is one of the more potent cards from Ages End. It is considerably more versatile than Keeper of Westgate, as it not only makes whatever site it is played to a marsh (Rather than being discarded without one), but can also play any number of tentacles from the discard pile. This second ability is particularly potent, as it allows the Shadow player to circumvent the usual rule of having to play minions from hand; instead, he or she can simply cycle all of their tentacles into the discard pile, then play them from there using Many-Tentacled Creature at their leisure. With most tentacles having twilight costs of 2, this makes swarming very easy.

Since the tentacles that the Watcher synergises with require marshes, most tentacle decks use this minion, Evil-Smelling Fens and site manipulation (Third of the Nine Riders, Led Astray etc.) to try and ensure that the current site will always have the marsh keyword. There are five post-shadows marshes: Neekerbreekers' Bog, Doors of Durin, Expanding Marshland, Mere of Dead Faces and Dammed Gate Stream.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • Weak companions
  • Small Fellowships

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • Single-minion targeting (Ithilien Blade, A New Light, Last Ruling Steward)

Alternate Personas[edit]

Portrait Name Game Text
Watcher in the Water, Keeper of Westgate (2R73) Damage +1. While you can spot Watcher in the Water, discard all other minions (except tentacles). Each tentacle is strength +2 and damage +1. This minion may not bear possessions and is discarded if not at a marsh.

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