Middle-earth: Shadow of War Gear Guide

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Gear Guide will help you with everything related to the gear in Shadow of War from their locations to their upgrade; everything will be covered in this guide.

Unlike Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War grants players control over their equipment which includes weapons and armor. Players will be constantly finding new gear and destroying the old ones.

For more help on Shadow of War also read our Nemesis System Guide, Legendary Gear Farming Guide, and Errors Guide.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Gear

Firstly, let’s talk about the very basics of the Gear system. Unlike the first game, Shadow of War gives you freedom and control over your equipment like weapons and armor. There are a total of five pieces of gear that players can equip which are a sword, Dagger, Bow, armor, and a cloak.

Each item is associated to a stat. such as stealth, attack, health, ranged attack and more, however, these stats are not displayed and will not have much of an impact on gameplay. All you need to care about is the higher the number the better the gear will be.

Each of the five categories has four tiers and each one is color-coded White represents common tier, Yellow represents Rare, Orange color represents Epic, and Purple represents Legendary.

Gear Locations

There is no specific location for any gear, players will find gear randomly as it will be dropped by Orcs when they are dead, especially the Captains. Players will get more gear as a reward for completing side quests or you can just simply buy them.

Just to be clear, players will not need to go any specific place to look for better gear instead, it will keep showing up and all players have to do is manage.

Gear Upgrades

Once players get their hands on a new gear they will not be able to upgrade it outright, as players will notice “Unlock Challenge” located below the stats, which is required to be completed in order to unlock the upgrade.

Also, the rarer the weapon the difficult the Unlock Challenge will be. Once the Unlock Challenges will also vary depending on the Gear and one the unlock requirement is complete you can use the in-game currency Mirian to upgrade the selected gear.

Also, Unlock Challenges can only be completed by using the weapon that needs its challenge completed. Players cannot use another weapon to complete the requirement and expect the Unlock Challenge will be completed.

In addition, upgrading the gear will only increase its stats and how much the stats will increase will depend upon the gear itself. Rare gear will increase only one point maybe two, and Epic gear will increase its stats by several points. Also, Legendary Gear is the only gear that can be upgraded multiple times, any gear below that will only be upgraded once.

What are Gems and How to Use

Gems add additional stats to your Gear. Players can attach a gem to each category of Gear and it is important to note that it is a category, not an individual item. Now there are three types of Gems namely Potency Gem, Vitality Gem, and Wealth Gem.

Potency determines damage, Vitality determines health, and Wealth determines the in-game currency you get. Now there are five qualities of Gems Plain, Carved, Polished, Refined, and Perfect. Obviously, the higher the quality the rare the gem will be, however, you can craft higher quality gems by combining three low-quality ones.

Combining three similar gems will grant you a gem of next high-quality meaning if you combine three pain gems then you will get one Carved Gem. Apply Potency gem to a sword and the damage will increase, apply vitality gem to cloak this will increase your maximum health. Also, how much the stat. will increase will depend on the quality of the gem.

Since the gem is attached to the category instead of an individual item, players can destroy gear without affecting the gem. Also, Gems can be replaced without consequences, so experimentation is recommended.

Let’s take a look at the gems available in the game and their effect on different gear when attacked to them:

  1. The first one is the Warrior Gem. When attached to a weapon it increases all damage inflicted by that weapon by 10% for regular, 15% for carved, 20% for polished, 25% for refined and 30% for perfect. If you attach it to an armor or cloak the damage inflicted by Talion increases by 5% for regular, 7.5% for carved, 10% for polished, 12.5% for refined and 15% for perfect and when it is attached to a Rune the followers get a damage boost of 10% for regular, 15% for carved, 20% for polished, 25% for refined and 30% for perfect.
  2. The second is Life gem. When attached to a weapon it increases health stolen by that weapon by 4% for regular, 8% for carved, 12% for polished, 16% for refined and 20% for perfect. If you attach it to an armor or cloak the max health increases by 10% for regular, 15% for carved, 20% for polished, 25% for refined and 30% for perfect and when it is attached to a Rune the followers get a damage boost of 10% for regular, 15% for carved, 20% for polished, 25% for refined and 30% for perfect.
  3. The third one is the Wealth Gem. When attached to a weapon it increases chances of getting Mirian from an enemy when killed by that weapon by 5% for regular, 7.5% for carved, 10% for polished, 12.5% for refined and 15% for perfect. If you attach it to an armor or cloak the XP gained increases by 5% for regular, 7.5% for carved, 10.0% for polished, 12.5% for refined and 15% for perfect and when it is attached to a Rune the Captains gain a level when you recruit them i.e. 1 for regular, 2 for carved, 3 for polished, 4% for refined and 5% for perfect.

Gear Sets

There is common gear, then there is Rare and Epic gear and then there is Legendary Gear. In this section we will discuss everything there is about legendary gear. Legendary Gear sets will not matter until quite late in the game.

Each piece of Legendary Gear belongs to the specific set and there are nine sets in total namely, Dark, Feral, Machine, Marauder, Vendetta, Bright Lord, Mystic, Terror, and Warmonger. Equipping a set will grant players bonuses.

Let’s discuss these sets in detail:

Dark Set
The Items you will get from this set are Darkest Sword, Darkest Dagger, Darkest Longbow, Darkest Armor, Darkest Cloak and Darkest Rune that you will loot from Slayer/Destroyer, Assassin, Marksman/Tracker, Tank, Beastmaster and Commander/Trickster respectively. Most of them increase poison damage by 33%.

The bonus that you get from this set is that you get 1 might after taking an enemy down with poison if you have 2 pieces of this set equipped and incase you have four then you get a 15% chance to inflict explosive poison on grunts from all attacks.

Beast Set
This set has Sword of Beasts, Dagger of Beasts, Bow of Beasts, Armor of Beasts, Cloak of Beasts and Rune of Beasts that will be looted from Slayer/Destroyer, Assassin/Berserker, Marksman/Tracker, Tank and Beastmaster.

Call mount cooldown reduces by 14% You will get to Mount unbroken Graugs with 2 pieces and unbroken Drakes with 4 pieces.

Threshing Set
This set contains Threshing Sword, Threshing Dagger, Threshing Hammer, Threshing Armor, Threshing Cloak, Threshing Rune that you will get from Salyer/Berserker, Assassin/Tracker, Marksman, Tank/Destroyer and Beastmaster/Trickster respectively.

Each part has different advantages but the overall set lets your call followers and Iron Guards summon Sappers with 2 pieces and with four you can scatter explosives using Elven Light.

Raider Set
This set includes Raider’s Sword, Raider’s Dagger, Raider’s Hammer, Raider’s Armor, Raider’s Cloak, Raider’s Rune that you loot from Salyer/Berserker, Assassin/Tracker, Marksman, Tank/Destroyer and Beastmaster/Trickster respectively. You get more chances of getting Mirian from this set.

Horror Set
This set includes Sword of Horrors, Dagger of Horrors, Bow of Horrors, Armor of Horrors, Cloak of Horrors and Rune of Horrors from Slayer/Destroyer, Assassin/Berserker, Marksman/Tracker, Tank and Beastmaster. It works great when dealing with fleeing enemies.

War Set
This set lets you get 50 health when killed burning enemies and if you have four pieces, it makes Talion explode periodically when he is on fire. This set includes Sword of War, Dagger of War, Hammer of War, Armor of War, Cloak of War and Rune of War.

Blackguard set
With 2 pieces this set provides a 25% chance to inflict Fire, Poison, Frost or Curse upon enemies on a hit and with 4 pieces . This set includes Blackguard Sword, Blackguard Dagger, Blackguard Bow, Blackguard Armor, Blackguard Cloak and Blackguard Rune.

Blood Set
With 2 pieces of this set you can slowly drain the health of enemies\ and with four pieces you get 40% more damage. This set includes Blood Sword, Blood Dagger, Blood Longbow, Blood  Armor, Blood Cloak and Blood Rune.

Other than these there are Unique sets in the game as well along with other pretty powerful sets. These include Bright Lord’s Set, Vengeance Set, Nazgul Set, Elven Huntress Set, Fire Chaser Set, Ice Stalker Set, Beast Hunter’s Set, Serpent Tamer’s Set, Light Bringer’s set.

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