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Showdowns are special missions that will draw out a Warchief. Each Warchief has their own, random Showdown that must be completed every time said Warchief needs to encountered.


“Draw out [the Warchief] by killing his Supporters from the shadows.”

A number of Uruks will be marked as “Supporters’ and will appear yellow in Wraith Vision. Kill several of these Uruks while undetected to draw out the Warchief. There are many, many more of them than you need to kill, and they respawn pretty quickly. The only way you can really botch this is by dying, but as long as you’re careful and don’t let the alarm be raised on you, this shouldn’t be too difficult.

Cry Havoc

“Slaughter waves of enemies to force [the Warchief] to face you.”

To draw the Warchief out here you’ll need to provoke an Uruk into sounding the alarm. Just pick a fight, and certainly one of the Uruks will run off to do this. After the alarm has been raised your next task is to kill 35 Uruks. Once done, the Warchief (and his retinue) will arrive.

Finish Them

“Challenge [the Warchief] by executing his Supporters in open combat.”

Not much subtlety to this Showdown mission-the Warchief has a host of Supporters, and your job is to kill them with Combat or Ground Executions… which is probably the easiest way to kill most Uruks, anyways. Just charge your Hit Streak up and Execute five Supporters and the Warchief will respond.

Fire Water

“Force [the Warchief] to respond by detonating his Grog Stacks.”

An easy Showdown mission, all you need to do is destroy three stacks of Grog. You don’t need to remain undetected, but the Grog is usually guarded by a horde of Uruks. A horde of Uruks that will end up very dead if you wisely shoot the Grog Stacks from afar.

His Precious

“Brutalize [the Warchief’s] favorite, become undetected, and wait for him to arrive.”

You have to be undetected to Brutalize a foe, then after Brutalizing the target, you have to become hidden again, so this Showdown is all about stealth.


“Draw out [the Warchief] by turning his Supporters against him.”

There will be a number of Supporters you have to Stealth Brand (R2 + Circle) without being detected. Unlike most Showdown missions with Supporters, there are only as many Supporters as you must Brand. Making good use of Attract and Stealth is necessary to accomplish this goal.


“Grab the Supporter and make him squeal for [the Warchief].”

You’ll have to reach an Uruk Supporter and grab them-but not just that, oh no, too simple-you’ll have to hold them for twenty seconds until the Warchief shows up. Obviously this means the Supporter will have to be complete alone, which isn’t going to happen if this mission takes place in a Stronghold with an Alarm active. So, kill any nearby Uruks and don’t let them raise the Alarm.

Strike From Above

Descend on [the Warchief’s] Supporters to draw him out.

Much like the “Assassination” Showdown mission, except that you have to kill Supporters with Strike From Above.


“Force [the Warchief] to respond by unleashing his Beasts.”

Free three Caragors without being detected to draw the Warchief out. Pick your targets well, or you may end up having to fight off the beast you just unleashed.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, PS4, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action Adventure
  • Guide Release
    25 March 2015
  • Last Updated
    10 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin

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Life can be dangerous in Middle-Earth, but for none moreso than the Rangers of The Black Gate, who guard the very border of Mordor. After tragedy strikes, Talion, Captain of The Black Gate rises as the Gravewalker, bound to a mysterious Elven Wraith. Talion will have to fight his way through an army of Uruks to reach the Black Captains as he seeks to find answers, vengeance, and a respite from his cursed afterlife.

The guide offers the following:

  • A walkthrough for all the main story missions.
  • Walkthroughs for every side mission, including Outcast Rescue missions, Legendary Weapon missions etc.
  • Integrated information detailing how to complete all the Hunting and Survival Challenges.
  • A full trophy/achievement guide.
  • Descriptions of the Nemesis System, including Strengths, Weaknesses, the different types of Uruks etc.
  • Information on all the Abilities and Attributes in the game.

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