The Orc Warrior
Hero Bahgtru
Type Non-Champion
Hiring Cost Icon Gold.png 100
Upkeep Cost Icon Gold.png 2
Prereq. None
Moves Icon Movement Ground2
Melee Attack Icon Melee Normal.png 6
Defense Icon Defense.png 4
Resistance Icon Resist.png 6
Hit Points Icon Hits.png 8
Equipment Slots
ItemSlot SwordItemSlot ShieldItemSlot Misc
Hero Abilities

Ability Thrown Thrown 3

Ability Mountaineer Mountaineer
Random Abilities 1 (Fighter)
Tactical Hero Bahgtru
Bahgtru the Orc Warrior is one of the 35 Hero units featured in Master of Magic.

Bahgtru is a non-Champion Hero. He may randomly appear for hire, in which case his Hiring Cost is Icon Gold.png 100 by default. Alternatively, Bahgtru can be summoned using the Summon Hero spell (or through partial failure of the Summon Champion spell), and can occasionally be found as a Prisoner reward after a successful Encounter.

Bahgtru is a respectable early-game Icon Melee Normal.png Melee Attacker, possessing an additional Icon Thrown.png Thrown Attack for extra damage, and extra Icon Hits.png Hit Points to help him survive combat. Unfortunately his Icon Defense.png Defense ratings are somewhat lacking. An extra Random Ability from the "Fighter" category can significantly boost his combat capabilities.

Bahgtru may be equipped with the basic fare of Magical Items. He will not be able to cast spells, and thus can focus on gaining defense bonuses (to offset his initial deficiency in this field), speed bonuses (to utilize his Thrown Attack better) or an even greater increase to his brute attack strength.

Furthermore, Bahgtru feels at home in mountainous terrain, and can cross Mountain, Hill and Volcano tiles at a cost of only 1 Movement Point.

Bahgtru's Upkeep Cost is Icon Gold.png 2 per turn, unless he has randomly acquired the Noble trait.

General Description Edit

Bahgtru the Orc Warrior, as his name suggests, is a member of the Orc race. He is ugly (by our standards), with a sloping forehead, a massive underbite featuring large jagged fangs, glowing red eyes, and a pair of grey eyebrows. He is seen wearing a purple tunic with red pants and riding a brown horse.

Bahgtru the Orc Warrior is a fierce fighter, focusing primarily on a powerful attack preceded by the throw of a heavy axe. He is ferocious and unrelenting. As an Orc with many years of travel behind him, Bahgtru feels at home in the Mountains, and can navigate through them quite easily.

Initial Properties Edit

Note: All data below assumes Bahgtru is at his lowest Experience Level, and without any Magical Items or Random Abilities - After all, any Hero can become devastatingly powerful after gaining several levels and powerful items. Please refer to the tables and chapters below for more information.

Attack Properties Edit

Bahgtru the Orc Warrior's primary attack is a Icon Melee Normal.png Melee Attack of respectable strength. When initiating a voluntary attack against an enemy, he also executes a Thrown Attack of lesser strength. This emphasizes proper maneuvering and a very aggressive approach.

Bahgtru's Melee Attack has a default strength of Icon Melee Normal.png 6. With a basic To Hit chance of Icon ToHit.png 30%, he can be expected to deliver about Icon Damage.png 1.8 points of Damage per attack. This is not bad for a low-level Hero, but means he will need to make many attacks to destroy any enemy unit - putting himself at risk in the process.

Fortunately, whenever Bahgtru attacks his enemies voluntarily (i.e. not Counter Attacking), he first executes a Thrown Attack. This attack has a strength of Icon Thrown.png 3, and can be expected to deliver Icon Damage.png 0.9. This is not likely to actually damage any but the weakest opponents, but will improve with Experience to eventually become a more serious threat.

Note that Thrown Attacks are executed prior to any enemy retaliation. Therefore, any Icon Figure.png figures killed by this attack do not get any chance to retaliate. This gives Bahgtru an advantage over enemy Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure units, particularly low-tier Normal Units who are more likely to be damaged by it.

Finally, Bahgtru's Thrown Attack allows him to freely attack enemy Flying units, despite the fact that he himself is not a Flying unit.

Defensive Properties Edit

By default, Bahgtru the Orc Warrior has a relatively-low Defense score compared to other Melee-oriented Heroes, at only Icon Defense.png 4. This enables him to block, on average, about Icon Damage.png 1.2 points of Damage from any damage source. Expect Bahgtru to take damage often, at least until he can gain plenty of Experience and/or acquire strong armor.

On the other hand, Bahgtru possesses Icon Hits.png 8 Hit Points by default. This is above-average for a budding Hero, and offsets to some degree Bahgtru's deficiencies in Icon Defense.png Defense.

As with most Heroes, Bahgtru possesses a default Resistance score of Icon Resist.png 6. This makes him somewhat vulnerable to Curses and other combat maledictions. It will take at least Icon Experience Level.png 4 Experience Levels before he can become immune to some of these effects, assuming no Magical Items or Random Abilities augment it.

Other Properties Edit

Bahgtru the Orc Warrior has a basic Hero's Movement Allowance of Icon Movement Ground2. This is good for speeding up his movement on the overland map.

During battle, Bahgtru's speed is essential for proper use of his Thrown Attack. He must maneuver properly in order to execute the attack on his own terms, and withdraw to prevent the enemy from attacking him.

Furthermore, Bahgtru possesses the Mountaineer ability. This allows him to enter any Hill, Mountain or Volcano tile at a cost of only 1 Movement Point. Any units stacked with Bahgtru enjoy the same benefit, so that the entire stack can move rapidly through Mountaineous terrain. On the other hand, Bahgtru and his entire stack must pay 3 Movement Points to enter any Grassland tile.

Experience Edit

The following table illustrates how Bahgtru's various skills and attributes increase as he gains Experience. Attributes not appearing on this list do not improve with Experience. Also note that Bahgtru always receives an extra Random Ability which may also increase with Experience, and may adjust any of the attributes listed below!

Level Icon Level Name EP Melee Thrown To Hit Defense Resist Hits
Experience 0 Hero Icon Experience.png 0 - Icon Experience.png 19 Icon Melee Normal.png 6 Icon Thrown.png 3 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Resist.png 6 Icon Hits.png 8
Experience 1 Myrmidon Icon Experience.png 20 - Icon Experience.png 59 Icon Melee Normal.png 7 Icon Thrown.png 4 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 7 Icon Hits.png 9
Experience 2 Captain Icon Experience.png 60 - Icon Experience.png 119 Icon Melee Normal.png 8 Icon Thrown.png 5 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 8 Icon Hits.png 10
Experience 3 Commander Icon Experience.png 120 - Icon Experience.png 199 Icon Melee Normal.png 9 Icon Thrown.png 6 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 9 Icon Hits.png 11
Experience 4 Champion Icon Experience.png 200 - Icon Experience.png 299 Icon Melee Normal.png 10 Icon Thrown.png 7 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 10 Icon Hits.png 12
Experience 5 Lord Icon Experience.png 300 - Icon Experience.png 449 Icon Melee Normal.png 11 Icon Thrown.png 8 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 7 Icon Resist.png 11 Icon Hits.png 13
Experience 6 Grand Lord Icon Experience.png 450 - Icon Experience.png 599 Icon Melee Normal.png 12 Icon Thrown.png 9 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 7 Icon Resist.png 12 Icon Hits.png 14
Experience 7 Super Hero Icon Experience.png 600 - Icon Experience.png 999 Icon Melee Normal.png 13 Icon Thrown.png 10 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 8 Icon Resist.png 13 Icon Hits.png 15
Experience 8 Demi-God Icon Experience.png 1,000 Icon Melee Normal.png 14 Icon Thrown.png 11 Icon ToHit.png 60% Icon Defense.png 8 Icon Resist.png 14 Icon Hits.png 16

Average Damage Output Edit

The following table shows Bahgtru's average Icon Damage.png Damage output with each of his attacks, based on his current Experience Level. You can use the checkboxes to see the effect of some of the Random Abilities that Bahgtru may occasionally possess. Note that this table completely ignores bonuses from Magical Items, if any.

Level Icon Level Name Melee Ranged * Thrown Breath
Experience 0 Hero
Experience 1 Myrmidon
Experience 2 Captain
Experience 3 Commander
Experience 4 Champion
Experience 5 Lord
Experience 6 Grand Lord
Experience 7 Super Hero
Experience 8 Demi-God

Improvement Overview Edit

As with any other Hero, Bahgtru can eventually become very powerful as he gains Experience. Nonetheless, he is quite weak at the lower levels.

Note that Bahgtru's Thrown Attack improves at the same rate as his Melee Attack, eventually making him extremely deadly when both are used in unison.

If Bahgtru obtains good Melee-oriented Random Abilities, he will likely gain a very powerful Melee Attack early on. Still, unless one of the picked abilities also increases his durability in some way, he will still be in danger of dying if attempting to confront strong enemy units in Melee combat.

Ability Overview Edit

Ability Mountaineer Mountaineer Edit

  • This unit may move through any Hills, Mountain or Volcano tile at a rate of 1 Movement Point per tile.
  • When this unit is stacked with other units, the entire stack may move through these tiles at a rate of 1 Movement Point per tile.
  • On the other hand, traveling into Grassland tiles costs this unit and its stack exactly 3 Movement Points.

Ability Thrown Thrown 3 Edit

  • Whenever this unit makes a Melee Attack against an enemy target, it also delivers a Thrown Attack with a strength of Icon Thrown.png 3 per Icon Figure.png figure.
  • All damage from a Thrown Attack is processed and delivered before the enemy gets the chance to retaliate. Any Icon Figure.png figures in the target unit that are killed by the attack do not get to deliver any Melee Damage in return.
  • This Thrown Attack does not occur when the unit is Counter Attacking against an enemy assailant.

Random Abilities Edit

When a new game is started, the program randomly chooses 1 additional ability for Bahgtru. This is called a Random Ability. The selection is done completely at random (while observing a limit on the strength of certain abilities) from the list below:

Ability Agility Agility Ability Armsmaster Armsmaster Ability Blademaster Blademaster Ability Charmed Charmed
Ability Constitution Constitution Ability Leadership Leadership Ability Legendary Legendary Ability Lucky Hero Lucky
Ability Might Might Ability Noble Noble

Since he only gets one pick, Bahgtru will never be able to upgrade any of these to its "Super" version.

Whichever Random Ability is picked, it is permanent. Bahgtru will never re-randomize his ability during the course of a single game. He may, however, pick a different ability in the next game.

Bahgtru will benefit greatly from Blademaster, as it increases the Icon ToHit.png To Hit bonuses for both his Melee Attack and Thrown Attack, allowing him to inflict much more damage when both are used together. Constitution is another good choice, capitalizing further on his already-increased Icon Hits.png Hit Points. Agility will make up for his deficient Icon Defense.png Defense score. Other abilities will likely make him a more support-oriented Hero.

Equipment Edit

Bahgtru the Orc Warrior has the following item slots:

Icon Name Items that fit here
ItemSlot Sword Sword Slot Sword, Mace or Axe
ItemSlot Shield Shield Slot Shield, Chainmail or Platemail
ItemSlot Misc Jewelry Slot Any Jewelry

This set-up contributes primarily to Melee combat. This is excellent for Bahgtru, who is essentially a Melee-oriented unit.

Recommended Items Edit

Bahgtru needs to concentrate on increasing his Melee-combat properties. As a non-Caster, Bahgtru has no use for items that increase spell-casting skills.

Weapon Edit

Since Bahgtru has both a Icon Melee Normal.png Melee Attack and a Icon Thrown.png Thrown Attack, he will benefit most from an Axe rather than a Mace or Sword as his main weapon. Any bonuses on the Axe will go to both types of attacks. Note that the item's To Hit bonus won't apply to his Thrown Attack though. Nevertheless, Icon ToHit.png To Hit bonuses are often worthwile, until such time that Bahgtru's level is so high that his total To Hit bonus is already Icon ToHit.png +70% without the weapon (including the bonus from Experience). This can happen if Bahgtru picks the Blademaster skill. In this case, Attack Strength bonuses can boost his Icon Thrown.png Thrown Attack damage output to immense levels.

Armor Edit

Bahgtru's Icon Defense.png Defense rating is lower than normal, prompting some players to equip him with very heavy armor. Shields are often less desirable, though they may protect this Hero from powerful enemy Ranged Attackers.
Overall, any bonus on the armor will be great for Bahgtru, but do remember that without a proper Icon Defense.png Defense score, he will suffer plenty of damage during any Melee attack. Try to boost this property up with the armor piece if he doesn't get sufficient bonuses from other sources - or at least try to increase Bahgtru's Icon Hits.png Hit Points to compensate.

Jewelry Edit

As with the Axe described above, offensive bonuses on Jewelry will apply to both of Bahgtru's attacks. If you wish to make a heavy-hitting Hero, put such bonuses on this item.
Alternatively, it may be a good idea to put Icon Defense.png Defense bonus on the Jewelry piece. This will keep Bahgtru alive longer during heavy combat. All bonuses except those pertaining specifically to spell-casting (such as Icon SpellSave.png Spell Save penalties) should be fine.

Acquisition Edit

Bahgtru the Orc Warrior can be acquired in one of four different methods:

Hiring Bahgtru Edit

Every once in a while, a Hero will arrive at your Fortress town to ask for employment. The frequency of this event depends on your current Icon Fame.png Fame score, the number of Heroes already under your employ, and whether or not you have particular Retorts that affect this chance.

In order for Bahgtru to appear for hire in this way, you must meet several requirements:

  1. You must have sufficient Icon Gold.png Gold in your treasury to hire Bahgtru (more on this below).
  2. Bahgtru must not have already been killed in battle.

Note that Bahgtru does not care about your wizard's Icon Fame.png Fame score - he is not picky about whom he serves.

Since the game randomly chooses which Hero appears during this event, there's no guarantee that Bahgtru will ever appear. The chance, however, increases if the number of other valid Heroes dwindles (such as when most other Heroes have died in battle).

The default Hiring Cost for Bahgtru is Icon Gold.png 100. This is reduced to Icon Gold.png 50 if your wizard has the Charismatic Retort. If you do not have this much Icon Gold.png Gold at the start of a turn (after paying all Upkeep Costs), Bahgtru will not appear for hire. In fact, if he is picked as the Hero who approaches you, and you lack the money to hire him, you are effectively forfeiting your chance to hire any Hero this turn.

After agreeing to hire Bahgtru (you can always refuse), you may give him any name you choose - he will be known as "<name> the Orc Warrior". His overland unit will appear at your Fortress town or, if that town's garrison is full, next to your Fortress town.

Summoning Bahgtru Edit

As a non-Champion hero, Bahgtru the Orc Warrior can be summoned using either the Summon Hero or Summon Champion spells. However, Summon Champion only has a chance to bring Bahgtru to you if all Champions are unavailable at the time.

Once the spell is completed, the game chooses a random Hero to bring to your Fortress from a list of all available and valid Heroes. Therefore, there is no guarantee that Bahgtru will appear when these spells are cast, unless all other Heroes are unavailable.

Again, you get a chance to agree or refuse to hire Bahgtru. If you agree, he will appear in your Fortress town and/or next to it.

If Bahgtru is hired through the use of Summon Hero or Summon Champion, there is no need to pay any Hiring Cost. However, you may still need to pay an Upkeep Cost (see below).

Rescuing Bahgtru Edit

On defeating an Encounter of at least moderate difficulty, there is a small chance that your reward will include a Prisoner previously held captive in this Encounter zone.

The game can randomly pick any non-Champion Hero to be rescued in this way - except Heroes that have already died while in your service. Your Icon Fame.png Fame and Icon Gold.png Gold are disregarded, and there is no need to pay any Hiring Costs.

Note that if the army that beats that particular Encounter already contains 9 units, you will never be rewarded with a Prisoner.

Resurrecting Bahgtru Edit

For most wizards, losing Bahgtru in battle removes him from the game permanently. He will never appear again.

For Icon Life.pngLife-wielding wizards, however, who have access to the Resurrection spell, it is possible to bring Bahgtru back to life after he has died. In this case, Bahgtru returns to your Fortress town, with no Magical Items, but keeping all Experience he had prior to his death.

You may repeatedly resurrect Bahgtru each time he dies.

Upkeep Costs Edit

Once Bahgtru is in your employ, you must pay him an Upkeep Cost of Icon Gold.png 2 at the start of each and every turn. Failure to pay this price due to lack of Icon Gold.png Gold results in Bahgtru leaving your employ. This is not permanent however: Bahgtru may still be acquired in any of the above methods with no penalty.

Note that if Bahgtru picks the Noble Random Ability, he will demand no Upkeep Costs - and instead contribute Icon Gold.png 10 to your treasury every turn!

Alternate Names Edit

Other wizards can also have a Orc Warrior, but they are different characters (what happens to one has no effect on the others), and go by different names, as follows:

Hero Bahgtru
Orc Warrior
Player Alternate Name
  Human (0)   Bahgtru
  Wizard 1   Rockfist
  Wizard 2   Yaga
  Wizard 3   Maktu
  Wizard 4   Orgaak
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