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to beat the  Dol Guldur scenario Solo? Oh, what's that?…oh, you say it can't be done? Oh…


If this is the case, that totally blows. Does anyone have a deck I could use to beat the Dol Guldor, maybe atleast give me a 50/50 shot?

I read some other posts about this and the consensus is that it's a 2 player scenario, end of story.


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i have played this game since core release and only won guldur when a couple of friends came over last month and we played 3 player and won…….i think that says it all

the thing is that the random luck of who gets captured can really screw with your chances

i wont give a deck.. as being honest, well i cant…but i do think some have done it, so i wouldnt say its impossible, its just a terribly designed solo quest


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Yea, me too. Only with two or three players I was able to beat it. Starting with two heroes at the threat of 3 is terrible.

Without support from other players you will cramble fast.

I wish they'd errartad this quest for soloers with something like:

When your hero gets captured, reduce your threat by his threat cost. When your hero escapes, raise your threat by his threat cost. 

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 I will do like rich, i will not make you a deck.


I advise you to try and make your own deck.


If you can't or don't want, try a search in that you certainly find some…

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 Is this quest more possible solo if you go single sphere? Spirit or Lore, for example? I've never tried it, but it could give you the flexibility that can be taken from you by the captured hero.

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 I've been thinking the same thing as Monkeyrama.  If you built a single sphere deck, the prisoner wouldn't effect you… as much.  It would still be near impossible, but I think it would give you more flexibility.  Or you could even make it a double sphere, just with songs or Narvi's Belt, but have all the same color heroes.  

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Dol Guldur solo still is the most challenging quest.

I have attempted the solo scenario more than 100 times with many decks.


There are a few decks that can tackle the 50 % winning rate. Here is one (I am at 11 victories for 20 attempts with it):


Aragorn (Lore)

Glorfindel (Spirit)



Allies (21)

Henamarth Riversong 1

Arwen Undomiel 2

Bofur (spirit) 2

Northern tracker 3

Erebor hammersmith 3

Gandalf (core) 3

Faramir 1

Warden of healing 2

Master of the Forge 1

Rivendell Minstrel 3


Events (9)

A test of will 3

Daeron's runes 3

Sneak attack 3


Attachments (21)

Unexpected Courage 3

Forest Snare 2

Sword that was broken 1

Celebrian's stone 1

Steward of Gondor 3

Light of Valinor 3

Asfaloth 3

A burning brand 1

Song of Kings 3

Song of travel 1


There are many combinations in this deck but most of them are straightforward. With 4 songs, 3 minstrels, Celebrian's stone and a strong drawing power you can usually find a way to have the resources you need and abuse most of the game best cards and combinations. A variation around this deck is actually also one of the strongest competitor in the 'one deck to rule them all' contest.



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 What sets do you need to build that deck? Took a lot of time off frustrated with this game (I suck at it) but wanting to give it another go!

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 I have managed to beat dol guldur solo twice, out of (probably) dozens of attempts, and I don't mind admitting it was only doable when the encounter deck got a sub-optimal draw. Its not impossible, but it almost feels like it is. I used a lore/spirit deck with Aragorn (lore), Glorfindel (Spirit) and Frodo.

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To build exactly this deck you need many expansions. I was lucky enough to get a collection including multiple core sets on Ebay - then my wife offered me the few most recent expansions.


But there are many very efficient decks that can be built with a more limited pool of cards.

Let me attempt to rank expansions in terms of efficiency:

- Foundations of Stone is probably the best one.

Glorfindel (spirit) is an amazing card, and he is coming with his toys in the same pack (Light of Valinor and Asfaloth). The pack also has 'Daeron's runes'

Glorfindel opens a lot of possibilities for your decks.


- I'd put Watcher in the water in second

Aragorn is an amazing hero, and there are a lot of very good cards in the pack: Arwen Undomiel, Legacy of Durin, Sword that was broken and Elrond's councel.

I also think you can build a very efficient dwarf deck with a few expansions like The hobbit: Over hill and under hill, Return to Mirkwood for Dain ironfoot, and Khazad-Dum



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 I have beaten Dol Guldur solo with a pure Spirit deck which was something like this:

• Éowyn Core Set 7
• Frodo Baggins Conflict at the Carrock 25
• Glorfindel Foundations of Stone 101

Allies (22)
3x Northern Tracker (Core Set 45)
3x • Gandalf (Core Set 73)
3x Zigil Miner (Khazad-dûm 9)
3x West Road Traveller (Return to Mirkwood 121)
2x • Arwen Undómiel (The Watcher in the Water 58)
3x Imladris Stargazer (Foundations of Stone 106)
1x • Éomund (Conflict at the Carrock 30)
3x The Riddermark's Finest (The Hills of Emyn Muil 77)
1x • Elfhelm (The Dead Marshes 100)

Conditions (10)
3x Unexpected Courage (Core Set 57)
3x • Light of Valinor (Foundations of Stone 107)
3x Ancient Mathom (A Journey to Rhosgobel 56)
1x Good Meal (The Redhorn Gate 10)

Events (18)
3x The Galadhrim's Greeting (Core Set 46)
3x Hasty Stroke (Core Set 48)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set 50)
2x A Light in the Dark (Core Set 52)
2x Dwarven Tomb (Core Set 53)
3x Elrond's Counsel (The Watcher in the Water 59)
2x Stand and Fight (Core Set 51)

Total 50 cards

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I have played this numerous times as a single player and not once beaten it.

I have only beaten it a few times 2 player when we designed two Dwarf decks to work in tandem. I think the heros were Dain, Thorin, Thalin, Ori, Nori & Dwalin.

However, I have also played this as a 5 player. I don't remember which hero's were involved but we absolutely smashed it. Loosing 1 hero out of 15 does not hurt as much as 1 hero out of 3!

So yes…. as a 1 player scenario I find it incredibly challenging and have almost given up on it. As a two player I think it is much more fun as the end can often be in sight at least. 3+ and it gets easier.


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This is the only deck that I've beat Dol Goldur with: (I lost the first time, but won the second time.)



Eowyn, Glorfindel, Denethor


Norther Tracker x 2

Arwen Undomiel x 3


West Road Traveller

Escort from Edoras

Ancient Mathom x 3

Light of Valinor x 3

Unexpected Courage


Elrond's Counsel x 3

A Test of Will x 2

Hasty Stroke x 2

The Galadhrim's Greeting


Warden of Healing x 3

Master of the Forge x 2

Rivendell Minstrel x 2

Gildor Inglorion

Haldir of Lorien


Henamarth Riversong

Asfaloth x 2

A Burning Brand

Daeron's Runes x 3

Secret Paths


Steward of Gondor x 2

Sneak Attack x 2


Gandalf x 3

Song of Wisdom

Song of Kings


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