House Baratheon is the current occupier of the Iron Throne, captured by Robert Baratheon during his rebellion. With his death, there is a question about who should now occupy the seat. While Joffrey is there now, Robert’s brothers, Stannis and Renly, are also claiming to be the rightful heirs, and have taken to the field of battle to assert that right. Unfortunately, they have torn House Baratheon in two, forcing everyone to take sides. However, even with House Baratheon’s great military power divided, one may still have a chance, especially considering how well trained and equipped their troops are. Their mainline troops are the Baratheon Wardens. While the unit was first released in the Baratheon Starter Set, players will soon be able to pick up more units via the release of their individual unit box. Let’s take a deeper look into just what these troops are capable of.
The Baratheon Wardens are an economical unit, having a moderate 5 point cost but looking to have a strong impact on the battlefield, literally and figuratively. House Baratheon is well-known for heavily up-armoring their troops, sending them into combat fully clad in plate mail. The Wardens are no different. They have an impressive 3+ Defense Save, though this does slow them down to a Speed of just 4. They also have a respectable 6+ Morale, showing their confidence in putting one of the Baratheon brothers on the Iron Throne.
Offensively, the Wardens are armed with House Baratheon’s signature weapon, the war hammer. The Wardens hit on a 4+ and roll 7 dice when at full ranks. This is moderate, but the unit’s two special abilities tie heavily in with their melee attack. The first is that if the defender rolls any 1s when they make Defense Saves versus the war hammer attack, the defender becomes Weakened. This means that the enemy can have an even tougher time cracking all that Baratheon heavy armor. However, the unit’s other special ability might see players using that token differently. Target Opening lets the Warden’s player spend Weakened tokens as though they were Vulnerable tokens. While they only hit half the time with their attack, those strikes matter and the impact of a war hammer even against a shield or heavy armor might crack bones underneath. And, of course, if the defender is rerolling Defense saves because of Target Opening, that’s just more chances to roll 1s and gain their Weakened token back again. The unit creates a self-refreshing synergy cycle that can see them take down foes much stronger than themselves.
The Baratheon Wardens might not be the fastest or most accurate attackers on the battlefield, but they are a solid melee troop choice for Baratheon players. Their armor can see them safely through enemy attacks and their combination of abilities on their melee attacks lets the Baratheon player tailor-make their attacks as they need. Against a heavily-armored foe, they might go with making them reroll Defense saves. Against a lightly-armored foe, they can blunt the enemy’s attacks by spending Weakened tokens from them. Either way, the Wardens will prove a good choice to field.
The Baratheon Wardens Unit Box will be hitting store shelves later this month.
You can read more about the Baratheon Wardens here.