In Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Epic Runes can be considered as Weapon Runes having higher levels. Contrary to the popular belief, Epic Runes are a rare drop and not every enemy drops them.
It should also be noted that only high-level Uruk Warchiefs and Uruk Captains drop Epic Runes. What makes these runes so epic is that their effects are not restricted by Rune-Level.
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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Epic Runes
Every Epic Rune has a pre-determined bonus effect that does not change. For instance, Stand and Fight will always increase Talion’s damage by 2x whenever his HP will drop below twenty-five per cent.
In this guide, I’m going to talk about different Epic runes that can be found in the game. Once again, note that Epic runes are completely random and you do not have any control over which one you receive:
Epic runes – Swords
Bones of the Earth
You will recover +3 Elf-Shot by a flurry kill.
You will have fifteen per cent chances of igniting enemies by countering.
You will have fifty per cent chances of reducing the melee damage to half.
Every time a hit streak is charged, Talion will recover complete Focus.
With this, combat execution will net you +2 Elf-Shot.
This Epic Ruin increases the stun and knockdown time of the melee attacks.
This Epic Run increases the Storm of Urfael duration by ten seconds.
Stand and Fight
When below twenty-five per cent HP, Talion will deal double damage with his sword.
Storm of Battle
This Epic Ruin increases the damage of all swords by fifty per cent.
The End Comes
With this Epic Ruin, Talion will blast enemies’ heads with Wraith Blast.
This Epic Ruin allows you to recover all Focus and Elf-Shot on any Last Chance.
Tower of Defense
This Epic Ruin increases the combo reset time by ten seconds.
Wraith and Ruin
This increases the stun and knockdown duration of Wraith Flash.
Epic runes – Bow
This Epic Ruin decreases the Focus depletion rate by fifty per cent.
You will have fifty per cent increased bow damage with this Epic Ruin.
Talion will have twenty per cent chance of blasting an area with a charged headshot.
You will recover Flame of Azkar twice as fast with headshot kills.
Knight of Eregion
Shadow Strike kills will get you +1 Elf-Shot.
The damage output of all bows increase by a hundred per cent when Talion’s HP is below twenty-five per cent.
Wrath of the Eldar
This Epic Ruin increases the duration of Flame of Azkar by ten seconds.
Epic runes – Daggers
Bane of Mordor
This Epic Ruin increases the duration of the Shadow of Acharn by ten seconds.
Head explosion kills will net you +2 Elf-Shot.
Talion will recover complete HP and Focus for killing Captains and Warchiefs.
Forge of War
With this Epic Ruin, Drain/Brand will net Talion +2 Elf-Shot.
Heart of the Mearas
With this Epic Ruin, Talion will receive Doubles Elven Swiftness speed burst duration.
Lure of Power
Talion gets thirty-three per cent chance of branding an enemy standing near a target that is stealth branded.
Shadow of Acharn will recover twice as fast with stealth kills.
One with Nature
Talion will become immune to poison.
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Enemies will get terrorized by brutalized stealth kills.
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With each stealth kill, Talion will receive fifty HP.
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Captains and Warchiefs receive more damage with stealth kills and ground executions.
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Captains and Warchiefs will receive more damage with ranged attacks.
Flame of Anor
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After a long combo, Talion’s weapon will catch fire.
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Take out a Captain and all nearby enemies will run away.
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Captains and Warchiefs receive more damage from finishers.
Epic Runes Farming Tips
Like I have said, Epic Runes are rare drops, but there are some ways using which you can increase your chances. First off, note that low-level Captains and Warchiefs do not grant you any Epic Runes.
There may a couple of exceptions, but the best way to get them is by killing high-level Warchiefs and Captains. Make sure to attend Captains’ and Warchiefs’ Power Struggles and let them win.
You can also let them kill you to increase their rank and level. Once you have done that, head back to them for a revenge kill and you will most certainly get a good rune.
Remember that these enemies become really tough after gaining power, so make your decisions carefully. Another good way of earning these runes is by threatening the Captains and Warchiefs.
As soon as you threaten a Captain or Warchief, it will increase in level and will call reinforcements to take you down. Once again, this will make things a lot harder, but you will have increased chances of getting an Epic Rune.
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