Shadow of Mordor Upgrades Guide – Abilities, Attributes, Weapon Runes

By   /   Oct 2, 2014

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor has an extensive upgrade system. Talion, the main protagonist of the game contains Abilities, Attributes, and Weapon Runes; all of which enhance his skills in combat and free-roaming sessions. Fully upgrading all of these is definitely recommended, but it is not an easy task.

For more help on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, read our Hunting Challenges, Epic Runes and How to Earn Mirian.

Shadow of Mordor Upgrades

To unlock and upgrade new Abilities, Talion requires a stat known as Power, denoted by ‘P’ in the game. To unlock and upgrade Attributes, Talion requires an in-game currency called Mirian.

Abilities

Abilities in the game are divided across two categories: Ranger Abilities and Wraith Abilities. Both of these Abilities are then further divided across Tier #1 to Tier #5. Also note that some of the Abilities in the game require certain pre-requisites. Both of Talion’s Abilities as a Ranger and as a Wraith can be found below:

Ranger Abilities

Tier #1 Ranger Abilities
How to Unlock: These abilities are unlocked by default.

Execution
This ability allows Talion to kill a single enemy in one strike with a Hit Streak.

Impact
This allows Talion to stun or knock back countered enemies.

Strike From Above
All of the Talion’s aerial takedowns on unaware targets will become lethal.

Tier #2 Ranger Abilities
How to Unlock: You will need 160 Power to unlock these abilities.

Critical Strike
With this ability, Talion’s doubles Hit Streak will receive well-timed attacks.

Last Chance Finisher
This will allow Talion to initiate an execution on a successful Last Chance Struggle.

Poison
Poisoned enemies will start attacking each other and will eventually die.

Throwing Daggers
Throw a dagger will receive light damage and will stagger enemies.

Brutalize
Enemies will be frightened to see stealth kills.

Tier #3 Ranger Abilities
How to Unlock: These abilities unlock at 300 Power.

Swift Finisher
This ability decreases the time to perform Ground Executions.

Vault Stun
Whenever Talion will vault over an enemy, he will stun his enemy.

Brace of Daggers
With this, Talion will throw three daggers at the same time.

Shoulder Charge
With this, Talion’s dash attacks will break shields and knock down enemies.

Tier #4 Ranger Abilities
How to Unlock: These abilities unlock at 500 Power.

Blade Master
With this ability, special moves threshold is reduced to five.

Resilience
Talion will be able to absorb one hit without breaking the combo.

Death Threat
Talion will be able to threaten Uruk Captains or Warchiefs with this ability.

Tier #5 Ranger Abilities
How to Unlock: These abilities unlock at 700 Power.

Critical Strike 2
Perfectly timed attacks will net Talion 3x Hit Streaks.

Flame of Vengeance
Charge Talion’s Hit Streak and strike enemies for increased damage.

Double Charge
Charged Hit Streaks will execute two special moves.

Wraith Abilities

Tier #1 Wraith Abilities
How to Unlock: These abilities are unlocked by default.

Detonate
Talion will become immune to fire and will be able to fire barrels to make them explode.

Elven Swiftness
Perfectly vaulting over obstacles will net Talion a temporary speed boost and Hit Streak point.

Ride Caragors
With this ability, Talion will be able to ride Caragors.

Wraith Stun
Stun enemies and then attack with sword strikes.

Tier #2 Wraith Abilities
How to Unlock: These abilities unlock at 160 Power.

Caragor Hunter
This will give Talion the ability to counter, stun, and mount a Caragor.

Pin in Place
Shoot arrows in the legs of Uruk to immobilize him.

Shadow Strike
Invest 2 Elf-Shots and Talion will be teleported to a targeted enemy.

Stealth Drain
Talion will get drain from stealth attacks.

Wraith Flash
An area will stun all enemies nearby, but is only available with a Hit Streak.

Tier #3 Wraith Abilities
How to Unlock: These abilities unlock at 300 Power.

Combat Drain
Instantly drain and terrorize an Uruk with a Hit Streak.

Graug Hunter
With this, Talion will be able to mount Gragu.

Lethal Shadow Strike
This will allow Talion to teleport and kill an enemy.

Wraith Finisher
With this ability, Drains and Flurry Attacks will make enemies explode.

Tier #4 Wraith Abilities
How to Unlock: These abilities require 700 Power

Brand
Mind control ordinary enemies to fight for Talion.

Fire Arrow
When charged with Hit Streak, arrows will catch fire in the air.

Shadow Mount
With this ability, Talion will be able to instantly mount a Graug or Caragor using Shadow Strike.

Wraith Blast
Wraith Blast is upgraded and everyone in the highlighted area will get damage.

Tier #5 Wraith Abilities
How to Unlock: These abilities unlock at 500 Power.

Dispatch
This will allow Talion to kill all branded Uruks.

Quick Draw
This ability greatly increases Elf-Shot charge speed.

Shadow Strike Chain
This ability allows Talion to chain together Shadow Strike attacks.

Wraith Burn
A charged Hit Streak allows Talion to create a circle of Wraith Fire which will kill the downed and stunned enemies.

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