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The Black Orc is the melee tank archetype career and front line for the Greenskins' Bloody Sun Boyz. They are tough and able to soak up damage as the largest and most heavily armored Greenskins. Black Orcs specialize in combos where they build more powerful attacks via chains of abilities. The Black Orc is paired with the High Elven Swordmaster.
"Now den, some times what da boyz need is a lad what can take a beating, and beat back! Dey need a lad wif a serious pair of tusks! Dem needs a Black Orc!"
Orcs are the largest of the greenskin species. They are bigger, more aggressive, and more muscular than their smaller cousins, the Goblins, Hobgoblins, and tiny Snotlings. Orcs continue to grow throughout their lives and their skin darkens with age. The strongest and most powerful Orcs grow to become Black Orcs, marked by their increased size and darker skin.
Orcs are not typically very bright, but they do possess an animalistic awareness of social structure. They are bullies who impose their will on anyone they think is weaker than they. There is nothing an Orc loves more than to fight. If they lack other opponents, they will fight amongst themselves. Such battles are always bloody affairs, for Orcs are fearsome foes, even when wounded. They feel no pain and fear nothing.
An especially powerful Orc will rise to the top of his tribe by way of ruthless savagery and victory in personal combat. If he is able to defeat the current Warboss, he will assume that position. If he is especially strong-willed, the new Warboss may be able to lead the entire tribe into Waaagh! while still fending off challenges to his leadership from within.
Orcs fight with primitive weapons that are little more than big chunks of scrap metal. They give these weapons such descriptive names as "choppas", "bashas" and "smashas", and they wield them with brutal strength.
Strength 55 base, +3 every level
Ballistic Skill 40 base, +1 even levels, +2 odd levels
Intelligence 35 base, +1 every level
Toughness 65 base, +4 every level
Weapon Skill 60 base, +3 even levels, +4 odd levels
Initiative 45 base, +2 every level
Willpower 50 base, +2 even levels, +3 odd levels
Wounds 60 base, +14 every level
The Black Orc is the definitive dirty fighter. Besides being both tough as hardened leather and strong as an ox, the Black Orc employs a wide variety of dirty tricks in combat. To the Black Orc, winning is everything, and he will do anything in his power to accomplish his goal.
The special dirty attacks of the Black Orc cause various state effects in opponents, knocking them down, stunning them or otherwise disabling their ability to fight. They can set up combo attacks using a sequence of builders followed by a finishing attack. Black Orcs also employ taunt abilities to draw the attention of foes to themselves and away from the other players fighting with them.
Each mastery tree allows the Black Orc to focus his abilities according to play style and taste.
Path of Da' BrawlerEdit
A master of this path believes that the best way to win a fight is through choppin' the other guy into little pieces quickly. He scoffs at the thought of using a shield, since that just makes it harder to swing a massive Big Choppa around, and he doesn't need anything getting between him and his choppin'! This mastery is the Black Orc DPS tree and has special attacks designed for using Great Weapons. Black Orcs that walk the path of Da' Brawler sacrifice defence and opt for a more offensive role.
Path of Da' ToughestEdit
A specialist in this path sees the wisdom in using a massive shield and taking care to defend himself against attacks - after all, while choppin' is grand fun, living through the fight so that he can do some more choppin' later is an appealing prospect as well. This is the Black Orc tanking tree and has specialized attacks requiring a shield. Those that walk the path of Da' Toughest shrug off attacks with ease while they wade through the enemy forces.
Path of Da' BossEdit
If there's one thing that an Orc Boss can do better than anyone, it's yelling at those who aren't as big as him. A specialist in this path has had long practice at yelling, shouting, and encouraging his group to fight onwards and be strong - although it's still a point of military debate whether the Orc's allies are actually inspired to press forward and fight, or whether they're simply trying to get the Orc to stop his deafening bellows and reeking breath. This mastery focuses on buffs to the Black Orc and his companions and for those Black Orcs with more utility in mind.
- Main article: Black Orc Abilities
ToK Bestiary UnlocksEdit
The Black Orc used to be called the Warboss early in development and were supposed to get bigger in size as they leveled to become even larger than they already are.