Create-a-hero is a feature in The Battle for Middle-earth 2 and its Expansion pack, The Rise of the Witch-king; only for PC. It allows the player to create a character, customizing their apparel, weapon, stats, and abilities as a hero. In a Skirmish game and in War of the Ring mode, the player can then choose one of them as a hero recruitable from the fortress like the other heroes.

Default heroes Edit

There are 10 default and unchangeable Create-a-hero characters that the game's makers added:

  • Berethor, a Man
  • Morwen, a female (Shield Maiden)
  • Idrial, a female Elf
  • Hadhod, a Dwarf
  • Alcarin, a wizard (only in RotWK)
  • Krashnak, an Orc raider
  • Thrugg, an Uruk
  • Fhaleen, a man of Harad

Differences in the two gamesEdit


In BFME 2, all custom heroes cost 2000 resources. In RotWK, cost is determined by the Hero's abilities that the player had assigned to them. (See "Economy system in RotWK")

Hill troll

A Hill Troll custom hero - an added feature only in RotWK

Skipable abilitiesEdit

In BFME 2, the player cannot skip having an ability for each level-up of the Hero; he must gain (or increase) an ability on each level. In RotWK, player can choose to not gain/increase an ability at the level up. The first interest is to lower price of the hero (by retarding the purchase of an ability or simply by skipping it). Second interest is to save slots, since heroes can have only 5 different abilities.


In BFME 2, the Troll is a sub-class for Servants of Sauron class, and in-game does not deal troll-attacks that smash enemies. In RotWK, the Troll is transferred to the new Olog-Haï new class, and each type (Great Troll, Hill Troll, and Snow Troll) attacks correctly in-game.

Economy system in RotWK Edit

Custom heroes cost 500 resources at start, and each abilitie increases heroes cost, depending both on the ability itself and on the level the ability is acquired (the later the cheaper, as each level decrease the cost by 10%).Each abilty cost a certain amount of resources. If player don't buy the ability immediatly when it is available, its price will decrease by 10% for each level (whatever the ability). For example, Leadership initially cost 200 resources, e.g. buying Leadership on level 1 cost 200 resources. But if player choose to buy Leadership on level 2 (by buying another ability for level 1 or by skipping ability for level 1), it cost 180 resources. And so on : 20% (160) on level 3, 30% (140) on level 4, 40% (120) on level 5, half (100) on level 6, 60% (80) on level 7, 70% (60) on level 7, 80% (40) on level and finally 90% on level 10 (20).

These decreases depends on the first level which the desired ability is available. For example, Whirlwind of Elves is available at level 3 ; so, purchasing it at level 4 does'nt grant a 30% reduction, but only a 10% reduction. This also means that Whirlwind cost can be reduced only by 70% at maximum.

Skipping an ability does'nt impact the reduction percentage. I.e. if player wants to buy Leadership at level 2, choosing no ability at level 1 will not decrease its price furthermore. Of course, the normal 10% reduction applies. But it obviously decrease the price of the hero.

So, player can choose to create a cheap hero just for support troops at the beginning or harass ennemy, or a powerful over 5000 resources juggernaut. And whatever between.


Custom heroes can't be choosed with all factions before a game. Good heroes go with good races, while evil heroes go with evil races. The Wizard can be choosen whatever faction.

Men Elves Dwarves Isengard Mordor Gobins Angmar
Hero of the West Yes Yes Yes - - - -
Elf Yes Yes Yes - - - -
Wizard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dwarf Yes Yes Yes - - - -
Servant of Sauron - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes
Corrupted man - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes
Olog-Haï - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes


Hero of the WestEdit

Balanced hero with numerous abilities to protect (and even summon) allies and himself.


The only ranged custom hero (though able to use a sword). Come with various abilities, from sight bonuses to tornado conjuring.


Slow but powerful fighter with some AoE abilities.


Heavily relies on his abilities rather on its balanced stats. Some of his magics are veritable table-turners.

Servant of SauronEdit

This creature can summon and boost allies, in a less versatile way than Hero of the West.

Corrupted manEdit

Easterlings and Haradrim. Use guile to spy and convert enemies. Can also use a bow to be the only evil ranged hero.


This class, only available in The Rise of the Witch-king, regroups the powerfull Trols, which combining various abilities from the Servant of Sauron and Dwarf classes.

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