Even though you do not encounter a fortress in Middle-earth until later on in the game, they do become an important mechanic which you need to digest later on in the game. This Middle-earth: Shadow of War Fortress Siege Guide will give you all of the basic tips that you require to fully comprehend the inner workings of the fortresses in Middle-earth.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War Fortress Siege Guide
Understanding Shadow of War Fortresses
Fortresses are similar to outposts, apart from aesthetics and an overlord. They also have extra defenses to deter invaders and sieges. Their defenses are usually related to the warchiefs which serve under the overlord.
A combination of various factors makes up the fortress level, which is essentially a number letting you know how hard it will be for you to break into it. It is better to have an assault level higher than the fortress level of the building that you are attacking otherwise you will run into various problems.
How to capture Fortresses
It is not a complicated process that takes down fortresses. You rally the captains and smash the walls while you capture victory points by standing in them and fighting off enemy orcs. Once you have all of the victory points in your control, you move on to the throne room to face the overlord.
You can go in without any special preparations but that will probably make it extremely difficult to capture the fortress and cause massive casualties on your side. The main enemy that you face will be the overlord, but there are certain ways that you can make your journey towards the overlord a little more forgiving.
One of the ways to quickly get to the overlord fight is by getting to the warchiefs. The warchiefs serve a warlord and are integral to the defenses in the fortress. You can remove the defenses if you systematically take out the warchiefs as it will lower the fortress level by quite a bit and make capturing it easier. You can defeat the warchiefs by doing a warchief specific mission which is like a captain fight, only more difficult.
To make the fight with the Warchiefs a little easier, you can defeat captains in the area and recruit them to serve in your own army. They can then be used to infiltrate a warchief and his orcs will betray you during the battle and fight on your side.
Defending Fortresses (Siege Upgrades)
After you have captured a fortress, you need to begin building your defenses in case you are attacked. Immediately after capturing a fortress, you have to select a captain to be promoted to the overlord position and two captains to become warchiefs.
There are two ways that your fortresses can be attacked. One way will be another player in the online conquest mission tries to take over your fortress by killing your orcs and destroying your defenses.
You do not participate in the defense of your fortress this way. The second way is that defense missions occur in which enemy captains try to take on your orcs and overlord. The aforementioned script is reversed and it can be extremely difficult to hold off enemy forces when trying to defend the fort.
To efficiently defend yourself, you need to do certain upgrades to your defenses. One of the easiest ways is to unlock extra defending warchief slots and upgrade your warchiefs. If you have a lot of mirian lying around, you can also buy new followers using the market. The new followers will not exceed Talion’s level but they will keep pace with it. You can replace your warchiefs using the siege upgrades screen.
Training orders can also be used to give your captains a boost. However those orders are extremely rare. Pit fight missions are a worthy alternative which pit two captains against each other and sees which captain is better.
Sending captains to pit fight missions yields you rewards such as gear, gems, skill points and mirian. At the same time they also level up your captain. You can keep sending captains on these missions until they are on the same level Talion is.
Lastly, remember that you cannot level up your Warchiefs and the Overlord, however you can still swap them around and reposition them for level improving missions. You can repeat this process as many times as you want for maximum benefit.
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