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The One Truth

Nathan Garvin

The One Truth

In a fight between a lone Caragor and a Graug… yeah… the Graug is going to win (left). Follow Gollum's predictably meandering trail to find another relic (right).

“Gollum is hungry to lead The Bright Master to the Artifacts. With each discovery the power of the Wraith grows and his connection to the Dark Lord becomes clearer.”

Head to the Barrows of Udun to find this quest marker east of the Forge Tower. Follow Gollum’s tracks, arbitrarily scaling ruins until you see a cutscene where a Graug mauls a Caragor. Talion is pessimistic about his odds against such a beast, and rightly so. Fortunately we’re in luck however, as a flank of meat hangs nearby, which can be shot to lure the Graug away from the cave. Do so, then quickly enter the cave. Follow the tracks until you spot a trio of Ghuls, who quickly run off. Continue on until you reach a chamber where the artifact lies. Climb a ledge along the southern edge of the room and pick up the relic to witness another of the Wraith’s memories, which happens to be nothing less than the forging of the Rings of Power. It also names the Wraith as Celebrimbor.

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To Rule them All

Witness the creation of The Rings of Power.

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Escape the cave quickly and ignore the Ghuls that try to distract you (left). Performing Shadow Strikes on advantageously place Ghuls can speed up this process (right).

Now we need to exit the cave, which monsters-including the Graug and a horde of Ghuls-seek to make a chore. It’s also a tutorial for the Shadow Strike Ability (L2 + X), which you can use like the Attract Ability to teleport you to the targeted location. In this case, target a Ghul on a ledge to the north. Your goal is to escape the cave in three minutes, but doing so in under one minute will satisfy a bonus objective. To achieve this, you’ll need to use Shadow Strike on various Ghuls in advantagous locations to traverse quickly between ledges. These Ghuls are highlighted yellow with Wraith Vision, but using Wraith Vison also makes it difficult to see down here. Ignore the Ghuls that run with you, as they’re just there to slow you down. When you escape, you and the Wraith will meet Gollum, and the quest will end. On the plus side, the Shadow Strike Ability is now yours, and you’ll have access to related abilities on the Ability tree.

Reward Bonus Objective
600 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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