Angmar is the only evil faction that has a solid ring of walls. Angmar offers a total of 9 available building plots, and like its counter-faction of Arnor, you can build a high number of different buildings. This faction pulls troops from different regions of the North of Middle-earth together; as such, the armies are quite varied. Angmar is an all-rounder faction with access to both heavy and defensive troops, as well as a selection of offensive and light troops. The focus of Angmar can be varied depending on the building selection on the outpost. On camp maps, Angmar has a ring of walls with a single, simple entrance. On settlements, Angmar can build a variety of specialized vassal buildings but can't access new units there.
Angmar is a faction based on the original faction of BFME 2, but has been greatly expanded upon by the team with their own lore, some of which was inspired by the Edain community.
On the castle, Angmar has 9 building plots and a full set of walls and defensive plots. They also have a gate which can close.
On the camp Angmar has small walls and a single opening. They have seven build plots and 4 defensive plots within the camp.
On the outposts, Angmar can only build a basic outpost with 3 build plots on which normal buildings can be built. However, you can then give it to your sorcerers to allow spells to regenerate 20% faster and to allow your sorcerers to use spell they didn't specialize in. On the other hand, you can give it to the vassals of Carn Dûm. This would let it become a garrison tower (so it would have more hit points and defensive archers) and would let the Men of Carn Dûm be recruited 30% faster. Costs 1600.
On the Settlements Angmar can build a wolf lair which trains Dire Wolves and is protected by neutral Dire Wolves who will attack nearby enemies. They can build an Orc Camp which generates resources and increases the damage of orcs. They can build a barrow which generates treasures, which need to be picked up, grants access to the lair tunnel system, can cast ban of the barrow wights and reduces the cost of barrow wights. Finally, they can get a Hillmen village which generates resources and increases the damage of Hillmen.
|Name/Shortcut||Buildable at||Cost in resource||Lifepoints||Description||Price Reductor|
|Mill (Y)||Castle, Camp, Outpost||400||Generates resources||Reduces the cost of Dire Wolves and Werewolves:
2 Mills: -10%
3 Mills: -15%
4 Mills: -20%
5 Mills: -25%
6 Mills: -30%
|Smelter (X)||Castle, Camp, Outpost||400||2500||Generates resources||Reduces the cost of unit upgrades:
2 smelter: -10%
3 smelter: -20%
4 smelter: -30%
5 smelter: -40%
6 smelter: -50%
|Wolf Tamers' Pit||Castle, Camp, Outpost||300||Trains Dire Wolves and Werewolves. Researches Spiked Collar (LV2) and Wol Breeding (LV1). requires 1 cart per level.||N/A|
|Hall of the King's Men||Castle, Camp, Outpost||300||Trains Thrall Masters, Carn Dûm Swordsmen, Carn Dûm Pikemen, Carn Dûm Bowmen, Shadow Guards and Black Knights. Requires 3 carts to reach level 3.||NA|
|Temple of Twilight (N)||Castle, Camp, Outpost||800||Trains Sorcerers. Researches Well of Souls, Corpse Rain and Soul Freeze spells. Requires 1 cart per level.||N/A|
|Barrow Wight Lair (A)||Castle, Camp, Outpost||600||Trains Wights, weakens nearby units, is connected to the tunnel system. Upgrades through the Barrow Wights defeating enemies.||N/A|
|Dark Iron Forge (S)||Castle, Camp, Outpost||600||Constructs siege equipment and researchers Banner Carriers, Dark Iron Blades, Ice Arrows, Dark Iron Armor and Ice Shots. Requires 1 cart per level.|
|Battle Tower (D)||Castle, Camp, Outpost||500||Fires at nearby enemies, can be garrisoned with units and upgraded with Ice Arrows|
|Name||Type||Where to Recruit/ Requires||Cost||CP||Strong vs.||Shortcut|
|Dire Wolves||Swordsmen||Wolf Tamers' Pit||200||60||Pikemen||Y|
|Werewolf||Cavalry||Wolf Tamers' Pit LV3||1800||120||Swordsmen, Siege||C|
|Thrall Master||Depends on upgrade||Hall of the King's Men||200||60||Depends on upgrade||Y|
|Gundabad Warriors||Swordsmen||Thrall Master||0||0||Pikemen, Siege||Y|
|Rhudaur Spearmen||Pikemen||Thrall Master||100||0||Cavalry, Monster||C|
|Rhudaur Axe Throwers||Archer||Thrall Master||200||0||Swordsmen||V|
|Wolf Riders||Cavalry||Thrall Master||200||30||Archer||X|
|Carn Dûm Swordsmen||Swordsmen||Hall of the King's Men LV2||500||90||Pikemen, Elite||X|
|Carn Dûm Bowmen||Archer||Hall of the King's Men LV2||700||90||At Range||V|
|Carn Dûm Pikemen||Pikemen||Hall of the King's Men LV2||600||90||Cavalry, Monster||C|
|Shadow Guards||Swordsmen||Hall of the King's Men LV3, Dark Iron Mail, Dark Iron Blades||1000||90||All normal infantry|
|Black Knights||Cavalry, Heroic||Hall of the King's Men LV3, Dark Iron Mail, Dark Iron Blades||1400||All normal units|
|Wight||Swordsmen||Barrow Wight Lair||350||45||Swordsmen, Cavalry, Pikemen||Y|
|Battering Ram||Siege||Dark Iron Forge||500||30||Structures||Y|
|Troll Stone Thrower||Siege||Dark Iron Forge||700||40||Structures, Archers||X|
|Sorcerers of Angmar||Support||Temple of Twilight||600||120||Depends||Y|
|Umbar Transport||100||25||N/A||Can transport up to two battalions or heroes into any other location, very weak. If it dies with units the units will also die.||Y|
|Corsair Black Ship||750||50||At Range, VS Ships||Basic ships who shoot at any troops nearby, can be upgraded with improved armor and improved damage.||X|
|Corsair Bombardment Ship||3000||100||Structures||Mighty Siege ship which deals huge damage. Can take down a building in merely a couple of hits||C|
|Mordor Doom Ship||500||25||Ships||Will explode when nearby to the target ship dragging other nearby ships with it.||V|
The Lord of the Nazgûl reappeared in TA 1300 in the north near the lost realm of Arnor. There he founded the kingdom of Angmar. It was after the formation of Angmar and several conflicts with the Dúnedain of the North that the Lord of the Nazgûl received the title of Witch-king, Lord of Angmar. In the Angmar faction of the game, the Witch-King dons an alternative suit of armor and leads his forces to victory through blood and iron.
Drauglin was created by dark magic in the catacombs deep under the city of Carn Dûm. The sorcerers of Angmar enslaved and tortured a Beorning, transforming him into a servant bound to their call. While many vassals of the Witch-King follow him out of ambition, fear or a desire for revenge, Drauglin is a slave without a will of his own. in the game, Drauglin is the cheapest hero unit of Angmar that serves as a scouting unit and an early-game raid-leader.
Zaphragor is among Angmar's most powerful servants, a fearsome butcher driving his enemies before him through strength of arms and magic. He is the hammer of the Witch-King, charging into battle at the head of his host to break the enemy line with little regard for his own life - for Zaphragor does not serve the Witch-king out of fear or greed, but burns with true and unbending loyalty. Where other sorcerers sacrifice acolytes to perform their spells, Zaphragor despises such weakness and gives of his own life instead. Far from a weakness, however, this makes him even more deadly as he does not have to rely on any kind of Support to wreak havoc on the battlefield.
Helegwen knew from a young age what it meant to fight for her life. As the power of Angmar grew, winter was becoming harsher every year and she had to use her skills to hunt and defend her town from wolves and hill men. She was recruited by Mornamarth, who saw her potential, and now serves Angmar with her bow and mighty arrows.
Hwaldar was the hillchief of many tribes at Rhudaur, one of the ancient three kingdoms of Arnor. Rhudaur is secretly in league with the Witch-King of Angmar, Hwaldar paves the way for Angmar's invasion but must evade capture from the clutches of the soldiers of Arthedain, to complete his treachery. He holds an interesting nickname, the "Brigand". He is based on an unnamed character from J. R. R. Tolkien´s canon.
Karsh, born as Carthaen when he was a human, was a character created in the Electronic Arts video game The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king, probably meant to be the Last Prince of Cardolan the four hobbits met in the Barrow Downs and were rescued from by Tom Bombadil. Karsh is a hero for the Angmar faction, and was known as a "whispering" wraith, but has the same physical appearance as Barrow-wights. He got a re-skin in Edain mod along with additional abilities.
Durmarth will receive several powerful Morgul artifacts during the course of his career. He can switch between Warrior mode and Guardian mode. In Warrior mode (left), these artifacts will increase his own power, while in Guard mode (right), they will bolster nearby heroes, sorcerers and acolytes.
Rogash is a special hero that can be summoned by one of Angmar's spellbook powers. In The Rise of the Witch King, he led a rebellion to free his kindred from Arnor's men who force the trolls to work in the mines. in the Edain Mod, Rogash is a mighty warrior that can be summoned to the battlefield for a short time along with three hammer-wielding Hill Trolls. With impressive splash damage and a number of crowd-stomping powers, Rogash can be an extreme asset to your attacking army, even if he only helps out for a little while.
|Name/Shortcut||Buildable at||Cost in resource||Lifepoints||Description||Price Reductor|
|Wolf Lair||Settlements||100||Trains Dire Wolves. Defensive Dire Wolves who will attack nearby enemies||N/A|
|Orc Camp||Settlements||200||Generates resources and Angmar tributes||Increases the attack damage of orcs:
1 Camp: +5%
2 Camps: +10%
3 Camps: +15%
4 Camps: +20%
5 Camps: +25%
|Barrow||Settlements||200||Generates resources, is connected to the tunnel system, can be upgraded. Produces Angmar Tributes||Reduces the cost of Barrow Wights:
2 Lairs: -10%
3 Lairs: -15%
4 Lairs: -20%
5 Lairs: -30%
6 Lairs: -40%
|Hillmen Village (Y)||Settlement||200||Generates resources, supplies Angmar Tributes||Increases the damage of Hillmen:
1 Village: +5%
2 Villages: +10%
3 Villages: +15%
4 Villages: +20%
5 Village: +25%
|Name||Type||Where to Recruit/ Requires||Cost||CP||Strong vs.||Shortcut|
|Dire Wolves||Swordsmen||Wolf Lair||200||60||Pikemen||Y|
The High Sorcerer, Gulzár, was the first to serve Angmar with an array of magical spells and the arts of necromancy. Gulzar can only be recruited when you have a Sorcerer's Tower installed on one of your outposts, but he represents the magical aspect of the Witch-King's empire. Gulzar attacks with bolts of black magic, and can summon plague-bearer acolytes who infect enemy units with a disease that eats away at their health.
Over the centuries, the fallen Dunedain rose to become the elite of Angmar, forming the peak of its society and armies and raising mighty castles in the frozen tundra while the lesser races toiled in their huts and camps. Elsewhere, this might have lead to strife and unrest, but the iron fist of the Witch-King holds these disparate peoples together, always vying for his favor and eager to share in his power. One such is Mornamarth, the current steward of Carn Dûm, who uses his dark magic to lead his men to victory, even at the cost of their lives.
Angmar's Outposts have two upgrades which can be individually applied to the normal outpost. Costs 1200
- Garrison Tower: The Witch-King gives the land to his vassals of Carn Dûm. This tower becomes a garrison tower, gaining additional hit points and a defensive archer. As long as the garrison tower stands, the Men of Carn Dûm are recruited 30% faster. (Costs 500). This also allows you to recruit Mornamarth in the Outpost.
- Tower of Sorcery: The Witch-King gives the land to his sorcerers. This tower becomes a tower of sorcery. As long as it stands, spells regenerate 20% (up to 40% with two towers) faster and sorcerers can use spells they did not specialize in. This also allows you to recruit Gulzár in the outpost.
The spellbook that can be seen below is the Angmar Spellbook that has been planned for the 4.5 patch. It is not yet out and it is perfectly normal if you see the old spellbook ingame.
|Name||Cost of Upgrade||Cost of Upgrading Units||Effect||Requirement|
|Banner Carrier||400||200-140||Promotes battalions to rank two allowing them to replace fallen units while out of combat.||Purchase at the Dark Iron Forge level 2|
|Dark Iron Heavy Mail Armor||600||300-210||Gives the upgraded battalion extra hit points and extra armor against ranged attacks.||Purchase at the Dark Iron Forge level 2|
|Dark Iron Blades||600||300-210||Gives the upgraded battalion extra melee damage when attacking.||Purchase at the Dark Iron Forge level 2|
|Ice Arrows||800||400-280||Gives the upgraded battalion extra damage when using ranged attacks.||Purchase at the Dark Iron Forge level 3|
|Ice Shot||500||600||Gives the upgraded Troll Stone Thrower increased damage to all units and buildings.||Purchase at the Dark Iron Forge level 3|
|Soul Freeze||N/A||100||Allows Sorcerers to specialize in the Soul Freeze power. This makes units in the radius immobile but invulnerable for a short time.||Purchase at the Temple of Twilight level 1|
|Well of Souls||N/A||300||Allows Sorcerers to specialize in the Well of Souls power. This sucks life force from the target to heal units around the sorcerer.||Purchase at the Temple of Twilight level 2|
|Corpse Rain||N/A||500||Allows Sorcerers to specialize in the Corpse Rain power. This calls down a barrage of corpses on the target area.||Purchase at the Temple of Twilight level 3|
|Heavy Spiked Collars||400||200-140||Gives the upgraded pack increased damage by 50% and increased speed by 30%||Purchase at the Wolf Taming Pit level 2|
|Wolf Breeding||400||200||Allows Thrall Masters to summon Wolf Riders.||Purchase at the Wolf Taming Pit level 2|
|Dazing Veil||150||N/A||Enemies near the veil inflict 30% less damage and are slowed by 30%.||Purchase at Barrow level 1|
|Enlarged Grave Chambers||150||N/A||Increases resource production by 33% and allies in a wide radius gain twice the experience in battle.||Purchase at Barrow level 1|
|Curse of the Barrow Wight||300||N/A||Paralyzes nearby enemies with fear.||Purchase at Barrow level 2|
|Enlarged Treasure Chamber||300||N/A||Increases resource production by 50% and allies in a wide radius gain resources from slain enemies.||Purchase at Barrow level 2|
|Garrison Tower||500||0||The Witch-King gives the land to the Men of Carn Dum. The outpost becomes a defensive tower with additional hitpoints and defensive archers. Men of Carn Dum are recruited 30% faster. Enables the recruitment of Mornamarth||Outpost|
|Tower of Sorcery||500||0||The Witch-King gives the land to his sorcerers. The tower becomes a tower of sorcery. As long as it stands spells recharge 20% faster (up to 40% with two towers) and sorcerers can use ever spell.Enables the recruitment of Gulzar||Outpost|
Angmar differs from the majority of evil factions in two ways. First of all, it has access to the same excellent defenses that are more typical of Gondor, and so they take the place as the most defensive faction of evil. Secondly, while many villainous factions have clear methods of attack, Angmar is an amalgamation of different armies coming together, and has extremely diverse strategies that can be combined for varying victory routes. While Angmar does have the prospect of crushing its enemies in varying ways, it still stand out uniquely as the most defensive of evil factions, much more protective of its territory than even Isengard.
There are two virtues that stand out in Angmar's strategy as an evil faction: Tribute, and Sacrifice. Angmar must hold territory in the form of their many settlement structures, as they regularly spawn builder carts that can be sent to their buildings to generate a mass of resources and improve said buildings. Additionally, most of their cheaper and weaker units serve more or less to empower the more powerful units, such as the Carn Dum soldiers, werewolves, or barrow wights. Even Angmar's sorcerers possess great powers by sacrificing acolytes, and the sorcerers themselves work best when in the middle of a large mass of weaker units that protect them from untimely harm. The power vacuum of Angmar sets The Witch King at the top, and the elite forces under his command become stronger by the death of the common rabble that fight for him.
The base of Angmar's army comes from the Hall of the King's Men, with their thrall masters. The thrall masters are versatile summoners of basic foot soldiers, although in the later game they can also summon wolf riders as cavalry. Thrall masters function similar to a banner carrier to any battalion they summon, in that they automatically regenerate fallen troops when not in combat. The glaring weakness of thrall masters is that if the thrall master dies, all of his summoned warriors also immediately die. To counter this, thrall masters and their soldiers are cheap and expendable, and regenerate their forces quickly.
Angmar's elite units are the Carn Dum units, which are among the only soldiers that can receive unit upgrades. These are reasonably powerful and expensive, and can be buffed in numerous ways. Angmar also has access to wolves, which are the fastest "swordsmen" in the game, and excellent choices for harassing people because of their speed. Angmar's sorcerers are excellent support units that can cause grievous losses to enemy units when they use their magical powers from behind a mass of soldiers. Angmar also has access to some decent siege weapons for destroying enemy structures, and a few monsters like barrow wights and werewolves to deal serious damage while the common rabble soaks up the damage. Angmar also has access to a variety of hero units, each of them serving a distinct purpose.
Despite their sturdy defenses and variety of troops, Angmar suffers from a number of faults and shortcomings. A lot of Angmar's power comes from claiming and holding territory to spawn their tribute carts. Additionally, without their stronger units such as their heroes or monsters, Angmar's armies are not as effective in combat, and will scatter like ants when their Carn Dum soldiers, sorcerers, and monsters are destroyed first. Denying Angmar the privilege of claiming and holding land is the first step to weakening them. Taking out their heroes, elite units, and special units will leave their huddles masses without strength. Assaulting their superior fortifications with effective siege weapons does all the rest with defeating Angmar.