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Shadow of War: How to Kill the Toughest Orcs in Mordor

Shadow of War: How to Kill the Toughest Orcs in Mordor
From IGN - October 12, 2017
By Brendan Graeber

The Orcs of Mordor come in all shapes and sizes, and in Shadow of War, you may find yourself fighting a lowly Captain who's afraid of everything under the sun, or an extremely difficult legendary Overlord whos immune to all the attacks that dont already make him mad as hell. However, even the toughest Orcs and Ologs that are a higher level than you can be beat if you know how the Nemesis System works, and how to play it to your advantage. Weve compiled several expert tips from our Shadow of War Wiki on how to beat even the strongest Orcs.

Go up against any strong Captain, Warchief, or Overlord - and chances are hes immune to something: Arrows, executions, fire - all the stuff you love to kill Orcs with. This can be a real pain, especially when you start finding even stronger enemies who are immune to multiple types of attacks - which can severely limit your options but it doesnt have to.

Orcs and Ologs who have immunities can also have two things that negate their powerful defenses: fear and terror. Even if a captain has Immune to Execution, you can temporarily disable that perk by capitalizing on their Mortal Weaknesses, and things they are dazed by. If said captain happens to have a fear of Morgai Flies, or a fear of burning, exposing him to either will cause him to stumble about, and lower his immunities long enough for you to get in the attacks that were once useless.

You can also outright terrify an orc by finding certain things that cause him to flee the battlefield in terror. These range from attack types, other captains getting killed, or even a particular rival (that you can bend to your will just to scare your target with). Once terrified, your enemy will run away as fast as he can - and can be grabbed, dominated, or otherwise gutted regardless of his health. Of course, as you become more powerful yourself, its likely that most of your opponents wont have too many mortal weaknesses - or even things that will daze them.

Theres always a few enemies you come up against who are the definition of bad luck: Lots of strengths and immunities - and very few weaknesses. At that point, its good to remind yourself on your options: If hes tough to attack head-on, build up Might by fighting his entourage until you can execute him. If hes immune to that, pepper him with arrows from afar or Shadow Strike into him. Immune to arrows too? Look for nearby beast bait, cages, or nests you can disturb to bring in Caragors, Graugs, Ghuls, and Drakes. You can also summon them at will with skills if youre fighting in an isolated area.

If physical attacks and beasts arent working - remember you have elemental options too. Not only can you detonate grog barrels to great effect, but you can upgrade both Mighty Shot and Elven Light to deal fire, frost, or poison damage that you can swap between as needed. Dont be afraid to pause combat to go back and swap upgrades if the battle isnt going your way, or retreat to re-evaluate and identify targets.

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