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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Unique Power Struggles

Nathan Garvin

Confrontation: Maku Blood-Hunter

Confront Maku Blood-Hunter (left) and defeat him to earn the “Stinging Blade” Rune (right).

For this Power Struggle you’ll be charged with defeating Maku Blood-Hunter, an Uruk Hunter much tougher than than his Power Rating suggests. His traits make him do much more damage than normal, he’s immune to ranged attacks, and you cannot hide from him. The bonus objective in this fight is to kill all five members of his retinue, which is less of a bonus objective than a necessity, as you don’t need them pelting you with javelins during the fight. Shoot them to death, wait for him to climb up on the ledge the mission starts on, then hack him down with your sword, using Executions and Ground Executions as you can. Your reward for this unique Power Struggle, aside from Power, Mirian, and XP, is the very useful “Stinging Blade” Rune.

Reward Bonus Objective
400 XP 50 Mirian

Confrontation: Otha Flesh-Burner

Confront Otha Flesh-Burner (left) and slay him for his unique Rune (right).

Much like the Confrontation with Maku Blood-Hunter, this Archer Uruk has a retinue that, if killed, will satisfy a bonus objective. Otha Flesh-Burner is a nasty piece of work, having the Quick Shot, Deadly, Explosive Arrow, and Flaming Weapon Combat Abilities… which means if he hits you, you’ll regret it. Shoot down his followers, then try to engage Otha in melee. All in all, Otha isn’t too bad if you can kill all his follows with one Focus bar and get up to him in melee. Your reward, aside from Power, Mirian, and XP, is “The Black Arrow” Rune, which… eh, it’s alright.

Reward Bonus Objective
400 XP 50 Mirian
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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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