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Comprising the backbone of any Dwarven army, the Defenders are the Stone Halls' most numerous troops. Bolstered by their tough Dwarven armour, Defenders can hold their ground against the attacks of enemies much mightier than they are.OffBck

The defender is the first tier unit of the Fortress faction in the Hammers of Fate expansion to Heroes of Might and Magic V. It may upgrade into the shieldguard or mountain guard, the latter requiring the Tribes of the East expansion.


  • Enrage - This creature's Attack increases during combat when any stack of friendly units dies (except resurrected creatures or creatures summoned on battlefield by magic).OffBck
  • Large Shield - Creature receives only 50% of damage from all non-magical shooting attacks.OffBck
  • Armoured - This creature is resistant to all spells and effects that decrease Defense.OffBck

Basic creatures
Defender · Spearwielder · Bear rider · Brawler · Rune priest · Thane · Fire dragon
Upgraded creatures
Shieldguard · Skirmisher · Blackbear rider · Berserker · Rune patriarch · Flame lord · Magma dragon
Alternate upgrades
Mountain guard · Harpooner · Whitebear rider · Battlerager · Rune keeper · Thunder thane · Lava dragon