Balrogs, or Balrogath ("Balrog-kind"), were Maiar corrupted by Morgoth during the creation of Arda, who cloaked themselves in shadow and flame and carried whips and swords. Famed Balrogs include Gothmog, slain by Ecthelion, and Durin's Bane, slain by Olórin (Gandalf).
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least 7-B, likely 6-B | High 3-A
Origin: Lord of the Rings
Classification: Corrupted Maia, "Demon(S) of the Ancient World," Valaraukar
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Flight, Regeneration (Low-Godly), Immortality (Types 1, 3 and 4), Shapeshifting, Size Alteration, Elemental Manipulation, Fire Manipulation, Weather and Lightning Manipulation (Durin's Bane created a massive thunderstorm during his fight with Gandalf the Grey), Magma Manipulation, Empathic Manipulation (The Ainur can create joy and, by extension, sorrow), Transmutation, Precognition, Invulnerability (The Ainur are immune from harm via conventional weaponry, as seen when, upon unlocking more of his divine power, Gandalf became invulnerable), Resistance to Death Manipulation (In Lord of the Rings the land of the dead is a real tangible place, Mandos, and can be affected and exited. Ainur don't go there upon death, rather becoming spirits until the regenerate. The only way to keep them there is if they are physically brought there and held by physical might), Intangibility and Non-Corporeality (At the very least in spirit form) | Intangibility and Non-Corporeality, Reality Warping, Conceptual Manipulation
Attack Potency: At least City level (Durin's Bane managed to do considerable damage to a large mountain during his fight with Gandalf. Durin's Bane is possibly one of the weaker, if not the weakest, Balrog, given that he fled from the War of Wrath), likely Country level (The Balrogs were consistently stated to be exceptionally powerful and dangerous, and should be comprable to the likes of Ossë) | High Universe level (The Maiar were like lesser Valar, having control over minor aspects of the universe, compared to their major ones)
Lifting Strength: Likely Class T (The Ainur shaped the world, including the mountains. In the Anulindalë Morgoth pulled down mountain ranges made by other Ainur, including, presumably, the Balrogs) | Immeasurable
Striking Strength: At least City Class, likely Country Class | High Universal
Durability: At least City level, likely Country level (Durin's Bane survived falling to lower Moria and having an incredibly long fight with Gandalf, who was one of the strongest servants of Manwë) | High Universe level
Stamina: High | Limitless
Range: Extended melee range with swords and whips | High Universal
Standard Equipment: Swords and whips
Weaknesses: Water to a limited extent | None notable
Notable Attacks/Techniques: Like all Ainur, the Balrogs have access to a wide range of dangerous powers, mostly related to the elements.
Throng of flame: The Balrogs can create thongs of flame to entrap and burn their enemies. One of them used this strategy to ensure the victory of Gothmog over Fingon.
Powers of the Ainur: As Maia, Balrogs has access to wide variety of potent and devastating supernatural abilities, for the Ainur were created as elemental spirits, and each have divine authority and absolute control over a certain aspect of nature. Each and every one of the Ainur is also able to manipulate magical energies and reality to serve their needs, and take any form they wish, even intangible and non-corporeal spiritual forms.
- Elemental manipulation: The Balrogs were demons of flame and darkness first and foremost, wielding fire and shadow the defeat their opponents. Once this flame was banished, however, they appeared to become monsters of slime.
- Foresight/Hindsight: The Ainur can see the past and the future (Though the latter is fallible). However, whether the Balrogs ever used it was unconfirmed.
- Empathy: The Ainur are surrounded by an a powerful aura, which can affect those around them, bringing joy and presumably sorrow to those near him: "In Beleriand King Thingol upon his throne was as the lords of the Maiar, whose power is at rest, whose joy is as an air that they breathe in all their days, whose thought flows in a tide untroubled from the heights to the deeps."
- Shapeshifting: As Ainur, it was highly likely that the Balrogs possessed the famous Ainur ability to transform and reshape the form of one's body, appearing in whatever form he desired (Though there is a chance they lost it after enough time as Morgoth's lieutenants). They can also appear as inanimate objects, such as when Yavanna appeared as a tree.
- Spirit form: As one of the Ainur, it is highly likely that the Balrogs had the ability to cast off their physical form like a snake shedding its skin, and take on intangible and non-corporeal spiritual forms. In this spiritual state, the Ainur can travel forward and backward in time (Though they are unable to affect the future or the past, only see it). Of the Ainur's spirit forms and precognitive powers this was said:
|“||They could move backward or forward in thought, and return again so swiftly that to those who were in their presence they did not appear to have moved.||„|
Key: Manifestation | True form