Shield Uruks are strong infantry units that can be combined with other Uruk battalions to increase their durability against arrows. They can be purchased from an Uruk Pit once Machinery of War Level 3 has been purchased.
Great Shields - The great shields of the Uruks make them nearly immune to long ranged attacks. Any cavalry charging the shield bearers will be slowed down twice as quickly. The Shield Uruks may be combined with any other Uruk-hai battalion to protect them. They can be combined with:
The Shield Uruks can be given the following upgrades:
- Other infantry if they are swordsmen
- Monsters and Cavalry if they are pikemen
- Buildings if they are cavalry
The Forged Blades and Heavy Armor upgrades can be made even more effective by researching the appropriate upgrades at Isengard's unique Outpost expansion, the Steelworks.
Shield Uruks are mainly used for giving more defense against cavalry and ranged attacks to your battalions. They are very useful, and can help against long-ranged archers that can decimate your numbers if you don't have cavalry to stop them. They would be especially helpful against factions like Rohan (to stop cavalry) or Lothlorien (to protect units against powerful archers).