In our Middle-earth: Shadow of War Nemesis System Guide we will help you learn all about the robust Nemesis System and the concepts of hierarchy, domination, and corruption.
Originally introduced in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the series’ Nemesis System provides the game’s enemies personalities,
Middle-earth: Shadow of War Nemesis System
There are multiple regions in Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Within these regions, an Overlord rules over a Fortress with a few Warchiefs and plenty of Captains serving under him. During your time in the region, you will come across these Captains to either kill or control.
Before fighting a Captain, you can and should learn about his strengths and weaknesses. To do so, you must seek out Worms in the area and collect as much intel as you possibly can.
During the course of your journey through a region, you should easily be able to find and identify Worms in your nearby vicinity.
Nemesis System Hierarchy
As mentioned earlier, the way Nemesis System hierarchy works is that the Worms are at the bottom followed by Captains with Warchiefs and an Overlord at the very top.
You can dominate/control the lower ranks to gain intel on the higher ranks. It goes without saying but in order to control an enemy, you must not kill him.
You can achieve this by either sneaking behind an enemy or by eliminating all the nearby enemies followed by interrogating your desired target.
After you have successfully controlled an enemy, the Nemesis System screen should open, allowing you to gain intel on Captains, Warchiefs, and the Overlord.
Lastly, do note that you cannot control a Warchief or an Overlord. You must kill them once and for all!
Worms and Captains
As mentioned earlier, you should easily be able to locate Worms and Captains while roaming through a region.
Worms appear as green enemies when you have your Wraith Vision activated. As for Captains, control a Worm and gain intel on a Captain to learn about his location.
In addition to this, you can also control a Captain. Once done, you will be presented with three options i.e. kill him, shame him to a lower level, and recruit him to your ranks.
Regardless of how much you hate a Captain, it is recommended you go with the third option. Controlling a Captain will also provide you with information on Warchiefs and Overlord.
Warchiefs and Overlords
In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Captains protect Warchiefs and are in turn protected by Overlords.
If you manage to control a Captain who protects a particular Warchief, you should be able to corrupt him and force him to betray the Warchief. In such cases, the corrupted Captain will always strike first during a fight with a Warchief.
After controlling a Captain, you will have the option of recruiting them to your army’s ranks. However, your recruited Captains will not stay loyal to you forever.
Some of them will challenge you during the course of the game. You will be able to accept a Captain’s challenge and control him again but do note that a corrupted Captain has a high probability of betraying you again.