Uruk-hai shield

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[   Uruk-hai shield   Uruk-hai shield.png
Appearance white-handed shield
Slot shield
AC 1
Special (none)
Base price 7 zm
Weight 50
Material iron

A Uruk-hai shield is a type of shield that appears in NetHack, and is almost identical to the orcish shield. It is made of iron and appears as a white-handed shield when unidentified.


Uruk-hai have a 13 chance of being generated with an Uruk-hai shield;[1] orc-captains have a 12 chance of being generated with Uruk-hai armor, giving them an effective 16 chance of generating with Uruk-hai shields.[2]


When worn, an Uruk-hai shield grants 1 base AC.


Main article: Shield#Strategy

Like orcish shields, Uruk-hai shields are fairly heavy and provide no more AC than a small shield while significantly inhibiting spellcasting - they may suffice to fill out the shield slot momentarily, but should ideally be replaced with a lighter or better shield as soon as possible. The Uruk-hai shield is mainly useful as racial equipment for racial conducts involving orcs.


The Uruk-hai shield first appears in NetHack 3.0.0.


The basis for the Uruk-hai of NetHack are the orcs that served under the wizard Saruman in J. R. R. Tolkien's world of Middle-earth, particularly the company seen guarding the tower of Isengard. The shields of these Uruks bore a small White Hand of Saruman centered on a black field, as opposed to the red-eyed shields of Sauron's armies; Saruman's white hand symbol was a deliberate imitation of the red eye used by Sauron. In NetHack, this is reflected in the shield's unidentified appearance and default tile.


Some variants distinguish the orcish and Uruk-hai shields, and others may give orcs (including the player) an AC bonus for wearing Uruk-hai shields.


In SLASH'EM, Uruk-hai shields can be upgraded into elven shields, and upgrading an elven shield will produce either an orcish shield or an Uruk-hai shield, with an equal chance of each item.


In UnNetHack, player orcs wearing Uruk-hai shields gain a +1 AC bonus.[3]


In dNetHack, Uruk-hai shields grant 2 AC, 0 DR and MC1 when worn. Like all shields, they add their full enchantment to AC while giving no bonus to DR.


In xNetHack, Uruk-hai shields count as bulky for purposes of spellcasting penalties, while orcish shields do not.


In EvilHack, all orcs wearing Uruk-hai shields gain a +1 AC bonus.

An Uruk-hai shield can be created at a forge by combining two orcish shields.