Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Artifacts Locations ‘Shadow of the Ancient Past’ Guide

By   /   Oct 1, 2014

The ancient land of Mordor not only shelters the army of Sauron, but is also rich with historical artifacts that Talion can find. There are total 42 artifacts in the game. Out of these 42, 19 are hidden in Uldun and 23 are in Sea of Nurnen.

For more help on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, read our Ithildin Locations and Nemesis System Guide.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Artifacts Locations

To collect an artifact, enter the Wraith World the artifacts will appear as glowing objects. Each artifact rewards Talion with fifty Mirrian, the currency in the game.

To start collecting these artifacts, climb on top of the tower and hit the anvil using a hammer. Doing so unlocks the Forge Tower and displays exact locations of all artifacts in that region.

Collecting all artifacts will reward you with 2,100 Mirrian and will unlock Shadow of the Ancient Past Achievement/Trophy.

Uldun

First go to the underlined area on the map and then search for the artifact based on the location references provided.

Barrows of Uldun

Serpentine Blade
Location: You need to travel to the western side of the map and enter a well hidden cave. Once inside, climb up the ledge on the right side to receive it.

Coded Journal Entry #1
Location: You will come across a bridge on the north-eastern part of the map. You need to climb to the first floor of the tower on the eastern side to find it lying in a corner.

Durthang Keep

Rusted Horn
Location: You need to enter a large opening on the ground in the north-western side of the map. You will come across a small tunnel barred by bent iron bars. You need to enter the small tunnel to find the artifact inside.

Durthang Wastes

Graven Idol Representing Morgoth
Location: There is a plain cave entrance in the north-west side of the map. You need to enter this cavern and destroy a weak cave wall blocking your way. Break the wall, head inside, and get the artifact.

Durthang Outskirts

Grog Bowl
Location: There is a large ruined building in the southern side of the map. You need to stick to the southernmost side and squeeze through the gap between two walls. Once you are inside, switch to Wraith World to spot the artifact.

Uldun Crossing

Pickaxe
Location: There is tunnel leading to a cavern in the south-western side of the map. You need to get inside this cavern and break a weak wall inside. Break the wall, head inside, and grab the artifact.

Basket Fragment
Location: There is a large stone bridge interlinking Uldun Crossing and Black Road. You need to find the artifact hidden beneath the southern side of this stone bridge.

West Garrison

Musty Tome
Location: There is a tower in the middle of the area with loads of wooden planks and carts in it. You need to reach the top of the middle tower, head inside it, and get the artifact.

Horned Helmet
Location: There is a small watchtower with fires lit near it, in the south-western side of the area. You need to enter this watchtower and switch to Wraith World to find this artifact.

East Garrison

Excavator Cog
Location: There is a large pointy rock in the northwest side of this area. You need to get close to this rock and find the artifact near the statue of Sauron.

The Black Road

Hoe Blade
Location: You need to travel to the north side of the Internment Camp and look for the artifact between two stone platforms on top of a small rocky hill.

Uldun Foothills

Strange Rock
Location: You need to travel to the western side of the area and switch to Wraith World to find this artifact hidden in plain sight. It will be hidden in the grass.

The Black Gate

Mortar and Pestle
Location: You need to travel to the west side of the slave camp and get directly underneath the watchtower. Once inside, look for the artifact near a small roll of rope – turn on your Wraith World to spot it more easily.

Iron Shackle
Location: You need to travel to the easternmost side of the Black Gate and look for this artifact at the tip of the wooden scaffolding. It will be hidden in the grass so make sure to switch on your Wraith World.

Lock Pick
Location: There is a wooden platform right next to some wooden barrels in the eastern side of this area. You need to climb on top of this wooden platform and receive the artifact.

Uruk’s Hollow

Branding Iron
Location: You need to get to the south-west side of Uruk’s Hollow stronghold to find this artifact. There is a small barred building in this area with rusty bend iron rods blocking your path. You need to enter this building and grab the artifact inside.

Uruk Proving Grounds

Tattered Note
Location: You need to get to the north-western side of the map and get to a wooden platform between two wooden shacks (one of them contains red tattered banner). Lying on this wooden platform is going to be the artifact you seek.

Southern Udin Pass

Ranger’s Reading Primer
Location: You need to travel to the north-east side of the Forge Tower and get to a small camp. There are some wooden crates piled on top of each other. Near these wooden crates is the artifact you seek.

Ranger’s Cloak Clasp
Location: There are a lot of ruined shacks in the western side of the area. You need to reach the second floor of the one located on the westernmost side and grab the artifact.

Sea of Nurnen

Harad Basin
Blood-stained Buckler
Location: You need to travel to the north side of the Fast-travelling Tower and find this artifact hidden in a large cave on the southern side of the area.

Ritual Cup
Location: You need to travel to the south side of the Forge Tower and it will be near the stone bridge.

Frolum’s Ring
Location: You need to travel to the southern side of the Harad Basin and reach the very top of the ruined tower to find this artifact sitting on the top.

Cab-Gwanath Bluff

Coded Journal Entry #2
Location: You need to travel to the northeast corner of the area and you will come across a small fortress. Turn on your Wraith World and you will see the collectible on the ground.

Tol Crossing Stronghold

Lockbox Key
Location: There is a stone-bridge in this area. You need to turn on your Wraith World and search under the bridge to find this collectible.

Maw of Hope Stronghold

Herald’s Scroll
Location: You need to travel to the eastern side of the stronghold and head inside the tent with several Uruks wandering outside to find this collectible.

Executioner’s Watch

Star Chart
Location: You need to reach the north-east side of the area to come to the sea. You need to head inside a small alcove at the very top of a lone watchtower to find this collectible.

Fern Outskirts

Gondorian Coin
Location: You need to travel to the west side of the Forge Tower and reach the very top of the ruins to find this collectible.

Scrimshaw, Mumak Tusk
Location: You need to travel to the southeast of the Forge Tower in the area and head inside a room located under the bridge.

Thang Talath

Torn Banner
Location: You need to travel to the northern side of the area and turn on your Wraith World to find it lying on the ground near the ruined structure.

Fort Morn Stronghold

Whetstone
Location: You need to travel to the south side of the Forge Tower and look for the collectible lying on the ground next to the bridge.

Broken Staff
Location: You need to travel to the southeast side of the area and reach the very top of the wooden structure to find this collectible.

Cook’s Knife
Location: You need to travel to the southwest side of the stronghold and look for this collectible lying between a ravel and haystack.

Ethir Poros

Apothecary Jar
Location: There is a large building in the very center of the area. You need to check the very bottom of the wooden structure and it will be lying in a corner.

Tirith Mesas

Coded Journal Entry #3
Location: You need to travel to the southern side of the area and head inside a large cavern to find this collectible.

Crushed Spider Egg
Location: You need to head over to the southeast side of the Forge Tower and look below the small wooden bridge to find the collectible.

Celon Poros

Ornate Cameo
Location: Head over to the north-western side of the area and look for this collectible at the base of a small stone pillar.

Medallion Half 1, the Two Trees of Valinor
Location: After grabbing the previous collectible, you need to travel to the east of the area and head inside the cave to find this collectible.

Medallion Half 2, the Two Trees of Valinor
Location: After grabbing the previous collectible, you need to head over to the east side of the cave and turn on your Wraith World to find this collectible lying at the base of a tree. Beware! There are a couple of Caragors in this area.

Nurnen Peninsula Stronghold

Weathered Azurite Figurine, the Two Istari
Location: You need to travel to the north-west side of this stronghold and you will come across a cave entrance. Head inside this cave and look for the collectible at the very top of the stone structure.

Orcish Dagger
Location: After grabbing the previous collectible, come out of the cave and travel to the north side of this area. You need to use the zip line to reach the wooden structure. Check the area behind the wooden structure to find this collectible.

Nurnen Fishery Stronghold

Pipeweed Pouch
Location: You need to travel to the southern side of the fishery and will come across a large building. You need to get to the rooftop of this building near the stone chimney to find this collectible.

Mortar and Pestle
Location: You need to travel to the northernmost side of the map and get on the wooden platform of the large wooden building to find this collectible.

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