The Power of the Wraith

The Power of the Wraith is one of the second tier missions you can complete in the Nurn area of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. This mission can only be started when Queen of the Shore has been completed and Talion has learned how to brand and dominate Uruks.

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Once again, Queen Marwen holds the answer to unlocking the true power of Celebrimbor. By using his powers of command and domination, the Wraith can forge and army of his own to rival the Black Captains. For that, Talion will need a Warchief under his command.

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Once away from Queen Marwen, your target will be an ugly Uruk named Grublik the Flogger. Grublik is only means to an end, but he can be a very useful means if dominated to your will. Head to his location just West of where you are. You can mount a Caragor for a speed boost but take care - You don't want it chomping on Grublik - you need him alive.

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Get the drop on Grublik by exploding the firepit and taking out his followers. He should be terrified enough to run from you at this point, so hunt him down and bend him to your will. Branding Captains is very different from regular Uruks. Not only are they more powerful and find likeminded Uruks to fight alongside, you can also send them on important missions. Missions like murdering other Captains or getting close to Warchiefs. Send Grublik on a mission to the Warchief to become his bodyguard.

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Of course, the Warchief won't accept him as a bodyguard on face value, you'll have to help Grublik prove himself in a mission. Head to the next area and begin Grublik's recruitment mission. For a bonus objective, stay high above and snipe his enemies with your bow. You'll only need to hit the yellow targeted enemies, and let Grublik do the rest. When he finishes killing or bullying other Uruks to his side, he will successfully earn his place at the Warchief's side - right where you want him.

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You'll be fast-forwarded to the location of the Warchief - Tarz the Knife. With his bodyguard on your side, infiltrate the stronghold and reach the vantage point without raising the alarm. Kill Uruk Archers if you have to, so long as nobody goes running for the alarm you'll be alright.

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Once you reach the vantage point, look down to see the Warchief arriving with your branded Captain in tow. When your ready, give the signal and your Captain will launch into a frenzy. Maximize his potential by assisting him the fight, but take care not to needlessly damage him with explosions or other ill effects. Keep your Captain alive while taking the fight to the Warchief and he will fall. In his place, your Captain will rise, bringing your plans one step closer.

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Check out your Warchief basking in his new-found power before returning to Queen Marwen, where a very important scene will play out unveiling a shadowy culprit pulling some of Marwen's strings.

At this point you can continue with Torvin's Story Arc here , or play out the rest of Queen Marwen and Lithariel's Story Arc here . It's also worth noting that your new over-arching objective from this point on is to Brand the remaining Warchiefs, much like your objective in Udun to kill the Warchiefs. You can skip ahead for tips on that process here .

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The developers of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor revealed the identity of a major character in their upcoming action video game. The Wraith — up until now a mysterious person who aids the protagonist — is the ghost of a character out of the prehistory behind the Rings of Power.

The Wraith is … Celebrimbor, an Elven smith of the Second Age and the craftsman of the rings. Celebrimbor is dubbed “The Bright Lord,” a counter to Sauron, the Dark Lord, and the evil Ringwraiths. Developer Monolith Productions revealed the Wraith at a panel at Comic-Con.

Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment also announced today at the San Diego Comic-Con that the action game will now debut on Sept. 30, one week earlier than planned, in the Americas. It will debut on that day on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Windows PC and Steam versions will be available worldwide on Oct. 2.

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You play Talion, a ranger who loses his family in defense of the Black Gate of Mordor, in a tale that takes place after the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and before The Lord of the Rings . The player will use the Nemesis System, which shows how every enemy is unique, based on appearance, personality, strengths, and weaknesses. Talion uses Nemesis and the power of the Wraith to figure out how to turn the enemies to his side and betray the Dark Lord, Sauron.

Celebrimbor, the sun of Curufin (who was the fifth son of greatest Elvish smith, Fëanor, the creator of the Simarils in The Simarillion ), was the greatest smith of the Second Age. He made the Rings of Power, but he was deceived as Sauron made the One Ring to rule them all.

In the video trailer, Celebrimbor converses with a distrustful Talion, and the Wraith’s memory slowly returns about his identity. We see in the video that Gollum plays a role, as both Celebrimbor and Talion wonder whether to trust the ring-addled creature.

The Wraith is a companion to Talion as he tries to take vengeance on Sauron and his Black Captains as they return to Mordor. This elevates the importance of the story behind Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and this may make it more interesting to hardcore Tolkien fans — like myself.


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It allows Talion to instantly kill all stunned enemies, at the point of execution, within a certain A.O.E.

If one has the Double Charge ability as well, one can easily reduce the opposition by performing a Wraith Flash , then following it up with a Wraith Burn, killing all affected enemies.

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During the DLC, as part of the dwarf hunter Torvin's plan to eradicate the Beastmaster Warchiefs, he advises Talion to brand Ghuls with this ability in order to kill the last Warchief, Shagflak Ghul Keeper.

While against Uruks it retains the same capabilities as the base game, when used against Ghuls and Ghul Matrons, instead of killing, it brands them, though they cannot be commanded to attack a specific target, rather they simpy follow Talion and attack whatever's in the vicinity.

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The mysterious wraith character in Monolith Productions ' Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordo r was revealed today to be Celebrimbor, an elf who originally helped Sauron forged the Rings of Power, according to the game's director of design Michael de Plater.

The action adventure role-playing game, which will launch on Sept. 30 , is set in the 60-year period between the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Players will take on the role of Talion, a slain ranger who has been resurrected by a mysterious Wraith, and now seeks retribution against the evil Sauron. Players will be able to switch between Talion's ranger skills and the Wraith's powers. Speaking to Polygon, de Plater said the developers chose Celebrimbor to be the Wraith because of what his history and character could lend to the game's story.

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"We wanted somebody who could be extremely powerful; someone who could legitimately and authentically challenge Sauron," de Plater said. "I think a big early inspiration was when Frodo [from The Lord of the Rings ] had the ring and he was going to give it to Galadriel, and it was really clear that if she took the ring, it was obviously a very different proposition if Gollum or any other hobbit took the ring.

"The Ring of Power absolutely does represent what it says — this enormous power — and [Galadriel] could have brought down Sauron. So we wanted somebody at that level."

Celebrimbor is fundamental to the lore of The Lord of the Rings , having forged the rings of power himself. He is not very well-known outside of the books' appendices and Tolkien's The Silmarillion, though and, for many people who play Shadow of Mordor , it will be their first time hearing about the character. De Plater told Polygon that this allows players to be surprised, and it also feels like a twist or a revelation.

When players are first introduced to Celebrimbor in the game, he doesn't remember who he is. He's an angry spirit trapped in Mordor. Sauron's return reawakens him, and as he journeys with Talion deeper into Mordor, he unravels his own identity. Much of his story will be told through flashbacks so players will be able to see his history with Sauron.

"He's a character trying to achieve redemption, who is trying to make up for the crimes of his past and recover who he is," de Plater said. "We also wanted to get away from the over-simplistic perception that The Lord of the Rings is this simple kind of black and white story of good guys and bad guys.

"Celebrimbor is such an interesting character because he's an Elf, but he's so obviously not purely good. Elves aren't purely good, and in working with Sauron as well, that's interesting because Sauron himself isn't purely evil. So I think in terms of the twist it gave us within the story, the authenticity of it within the canon and the idea of the theme of power, he was a really good fit."

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