Frodo Baggins

Hero. Threat: 7. 2   1   2   2  


Response: After Frodo Baggins is damaged, cancel the damage and instead raise your threat by the amount of damage he would have been dealt. (Limit once per phase.)

Frodo began to feel restless, and the old paths seemed too well-trodden. he looked at maps and wondered what lay beyond their edges... The Fellowship of the Ring
John Stanko

Conflict at the Carrock #25. Spirit.

Frodo Baggins

Great supporting hero. Low threat, serviceable quester, gives you action advantage and a safety valve all in one. He allows you to stop worrying about surprise attacks and use your characters more efficiently, as long as your threat is sub-40 or so. Right from the first turn, you can quest recklessly with everyone and trust that it won't get a hero killed. You can also plan your attacks without an unexpected enemy ruining everything. He's flexible in that you can take an unblocked attack, see how much damage it amounts to, and then decide whether to take it as damage or threat. He can even absorb archery or damage from treacheries. Obviously the threat can pile up, but it's a good trade for basically eliminating some of the harder choices in the game.

The Spirit version of Frodo Baggins is one of my favorite Heroes (and favorite card, for that matter) in the game! My only gripe with him is that he can't be used in any Saga Quests due to the uniqueness rule. His ability is powerful without being considered OP, and there are continually cards introduced to the pool that only serve to improve his utility. — SecondhandTook 338
I never understood how this card works. If I block an attack of 4, I defend myself of 2 and increase of 2 my threat. If instead I block an attack of 5? I increase of 2 or 3 my threat? — trichmobile 1
it works that way that it changes any damage to threath, it doesn't matter if its block — matrosh 94
@trichmobile You pile the damage on, you don't count the damage tokens 1-by-1... If he defended against an attack of 5, he would take 3 damage, meaning you could instead raise your threat by 3. — SAFoehammer 1

Let's try to ignore the fact, that Frodo's ability is awesome, simply because it set us free from fear in questing, and let's take look on his other qualities. For very nice 7 threat, you get very good stats, which makes him quite good quester and defender. With Fast Hitch he can do both. There are lot of boosts in sphere (Fireside Song, ...), so there is lot ways to boost him even more, and when it comes to , Hobbit Cloak can make it better. In his specific case is not really important how many HP he's got, but when you don't want to use his ability all the time, one pair of Boots from Erebor would suit him well. As every hobbit, when you'll feed him well with Good Meal, he will offer some pretty nice discounts on event cards as Light the Beacons, Fortune or Fate, O Elbereth! Gilthonial!, Out of Sight, The Galadhrim's Greeting or very nice Stand and Fight which basically allows you to bring to the game from discard pile any ally from any sphere for 2 less then it's the real cost and you don't have to be in secrecy. He also works very well with Song of Mocking. His ability allows him to absorb damage from basically anything in the game and so his only weakness (or yours when you'll play him) is threat management. Luckily sphere is a specialist for threat management. Beside those events mentioned above, there are several cards which helps you to manage that, like Hobbit Pipe with Smoke Rings, Elfhelm and maybe even better cards for multiplayer: Wandering Took, Song of Eärendil and so on. So Frodo Baggins is really great hero, which is very well designed, even from thematic point of view. The artwork is great. Verdict: 5/5.

matrosh 94