5 tips for playing Middle Earth: Shadow of War

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Carving up Orcs can be a lot of fun in Middle Earth: Shadow of War. But if you’re looking for ways to streamline your annihilation, look no further. The following tips can help you rule your dominion more quickly and conquer the Land of Shadows.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War
There are so many different ways to kill Captains. Source – Nvidia Ansel Screenshot

1. Unlock “Summon a Drake” and the collectables will fall like dominoes

Don’t waste too much time searching for “collectables” (Shelobs Memory’s, Ithildin Door Codes). If you come across them then by all means grab them. However, if you unlock your Drake then gathering these becomes a breeze.

The Drake allows you to traverse impassable mountains, fly to the top of buildings and drop you off to collect your prize with ease. Make sure you have “Shadow Mount” unlocked and plenty of Elf Shot to make mounting easy. Plus, it’s fun to burn things.

2. Sieges: It’s all about the captains!

Focus on the captains. Both in the attack and defence of a fortress the key to winning is focusing on captains. Try not to waste too much time beating up the plebs.

The best way to win a siege easily is to break a captain and dominate them. When the prompt comes up to command them it is most important you get them to “Stay and fight by your side”.

This not only counts as beating a Captain but you have just added a powerful Captain to your ranks. The Captain will then be able to help hold points while you focus on breaking the other Captains. You see the pattern here?

Middle Earth: Shadow of War
Killing Captains can be quite pretty. Source – Nvidia Ansel Screenshot

3. War Chests are a waste of money.

The controversial introduction of purchasable items in a single player game may have tarnished Shadow of War before release. A pay to win type scenario scared off a lot of gamers. Pay to win lead to the instant death of a game, as a lot of you will know.

However, upon playing through the game it is apparent that it is not necessary to purchase any items. It would be a mistake to do so. So I hope you haven’t yet!

As soon as you open a chest the gear or Captains you obtain are based on your level. This means that within a couple of hours of play time the items you just received are already under levelled.

You would be far better equipping a white jewel on your ring that can increase a dominated Captain’s level. It takes no time at all to hunt down a decent captain and add him to your ranks. Or if you really want a nice piece of gear, you can always kill them and take it.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War
Might be time to call for backup… Source -Nvidia Ansel Screenshot

4. A stealthy option doesn’t mean being stealthy.

There are plenty of options for doing a stealth-style play through of Middle Earth: Shadow of War. You can hide in bushes and “attract” enemies, and even get your Wraith to silently subjugate unwitting prey.

Unfortunately these options too are a waste of time. You can easily bolt through Mordor, slinking past Orcs that quickly give up pursuit if they have even seen you at all.

If you want to exploit a stealth weakness on a Captain you can still do so. Perform a  sneaky attack and dart away away rinse and repeat.

So yes, stealth kills are still worthwhile, especially brutalising an enemy to build Might. But stealth as a whole is unnecessary.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War
This should do the trick. Source – Nvidia Ansel Screenshot

5. Have a versatile set of skills.

Captains have weaknesses. Make sure you have skills to accommodate for primarily Fire and Poison. These two weaknesses are common in captains, and if you have a skill in your arsenal to exploit these it’s gonna make things a lot easier.

For example if you can get “Summon Spiders”, you can counter “Fear of spiders” and “Sickly” with one skill. You should then try to get “Fire Arrow” as another skill to counter “Flammable” weakness.

Hopefully these tips have been helpful and will make you the most fierce Warchief in Middle Earth.

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