An In-Depth Look At Middle-earth: Shadow Of War's Skill Tree
As the hero of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Talion becomes stronger over the course of the story. Each time you level up toward the level 60 cap, you unlock a skill point. In addition, you can earn skill points from side and challenge missions, as well as certain collectibles. In total, completionists can expect to collect around 120 skill points, meaning there are plenty of decisions to make when looking at the skill tree.
Each skill Talion has can be upgraded by choosing from two or three unique options. For example, on one skill, I can augment it so that draining an enemy gives me more health and wrath, or I can opt to regain elf-shot ammunition. You can only choose one upgrade per perk at a time, but this level of customization allows players to craft their version of Talion to complement their playstyle.
Check out the many skills you can choose from when upgrading Talion. A handful of skills are being kept locked away by Monolith for fear of spoilers, but the vast majority of Talion's skills are represented in the list below.
When your might is full, you can execute enemies.
Upgrade 1: Grim Resolve
Gain might each time you are damaged in combat.
Upgrade 2: Secret Might
Gain might for each kill while remaining undetected.
Upgrade 3: Fatal Might
Successful sword strikes gain much more might. Might fully resets after you take damage, miss an attack, or exit combat.
Well-timed counters knock down enemies.
Upgrade 1: Rain of Arrows
Well-timed counters replenish 1 Elf-shot.
Upgrade 2: Mighty Reversal
Gain might from each counter.
Upgrade 3: Fatal Counter
Well-timed counters instantly kill enemy grunts. Ineffective against Captains and beasts.
Melee attacks have a chance of causing Critical Hits for additional damage.
Upgrade 1: Reprisal
Your Critical Strike chance increases as your Health is reduced.
Upgrade 2: Unstoppable
Your Critical Strike chance increases significantly as long as your hit streak is above 20.
Upgrade 3: Elven Precision
Timing a button press as your strike lands greatly increases your chances of a Critical Strike.
Decrease the amount of time it takes to perform Ground Executions on downed enemies.
Upgrade 1: Fury
Ground executions enable you to unleash a flurry of blows by rapidly tapping attack before finishing an enemy, gaining might on each hit.
Upgrade 2: Wraith Shield
The Wraith can counter enemies while you complete a ground execution.
Upgrade 3: Ground Drain
You can dominate or drain enemies who have been knocked down.
Might can be double-charged, enabling Brutal Executions which cause nearby enemies to flee in terror.
Upgrade 1: Wraith Execution
Chain executions to additional enemies. Consumes Focus for each additional target.
Upgrade 2: Ceaseless Might
Skills that require Might no longer fully deplete Might.
Time your Last Chance success perfectly to instantly kill the enemy targeting you. Does not apply to Captains, graugs, or drakes.
Upgrade 1: Adamant
Gain an additional Last Chance attempt.
Upgrade 2: Vengeful Drain
Retaliation dominates or drains your attacker.
Upgrade 3: Burst of Might
Gain full might on a perfect Last Chance.
You can get a burst of speed when leaping over objects, landing, or climbing. You can vault over a ledge at the top of a climb.
Upgrade 1: Spectral Dash
You can cross short distances or reach nearby enemies instantaneously while in stealth. Consumes focus.
Upgrade 2: Silent Runner
You can sprint without creating sound.
Perform a terrifying stealth kill, causing nearby enemies to flee while increasing both your Might and your hit streak.
Upgrade 1: Unyielding Ferocity
Using Brutalize gives a bonus to both your Might and hit streak.
Upgrade 2: Reckless Hate
Brutalize causes more enemies to flee.
You can poison grog barrels from afar.
Upgrade 1: Bursting Toxin
Grunts who drink from poisoned grog barrels explode, poisoning any nearby enemies.
Upgrade 2: Contagion
Enemies who drink from poisoned grog barrels go berserk and attack anyone nearby, spreading the poison.
Upgrade 3: Proximity Trigger
You can prime Morgai flies, cages, and bait to trigger when an enemy approaches.
You can target an additional enemy during a stealth kill. Each additional target consumes focus.
Upgrade 1: Monster Hunter
Stealth Kills can be used against Beasts.
Upgrade 2: Shadow Blade
Your first chained stealth kill consumes no Focus.
While using attract you can leave behind a Wraith that will kill your target.
Upgrade 1: Terrifying Presence
Your Wraith will brutalize its target.
Upgrade 2: Spirit Drain
Your Wraith will dominate or drain its target.
You can Shadow Strike into a firepit, detonating it and lighting nearby enemies on fire.
Upgrade 1: Spider Song
Detonate a firepit and cause spiders to swarm the area.
Upgrade 2: Bursting Arrow
Shoot firepits to detonate them without Shadow Striking into them.
Upgrade 3: Matron's Scent
Detonate a firepit and cause ghûls to swarm the area.
Shooting an enemy's foot freezes them in place.
Upgrade 1: Brutal Cold
Freeze pin causes nearby enemies to flee in terror.
Upgrade 2: Savage Ice
Freeze pin affects olog-hai and beasts.
Upgrade 3: Deep Freeze
Freeze pin duration is doubled.
Bird of Prey
Focus is consumed at a slower rate while in the air.
Upgrade 1: Eagle Sight
Focus is consumed at a slower rate while in the air.
Upgrade 2: Talon Strike
While falling, you can aim at the ground to strike the ground with a damaging blast that also stuns nearby enemies. Consumes Elf-shot.
When your Might is full, you can fire an explosive shot.
Upgrade 1: Firestorm
Mighty Shot causes a fire explosion.
Upgrade 2: Freeze Blast
Mighty Shot causes a frost explosion.
Upgrade 3: Venom
Mighty Shot causes a poison explosion.
Instantaneously reach an enemy to kill them or stun them. Consumes Elf-shot.
Upgrade 1: Chain of Shadows
You can chain to additional enemies from a Shadow Strike. Consumes focus for each additional target.
Upgrade 2: Shadow Strike Pull
Pull a targeted enemy to you and kill or stun them.
Upgrade 3: Shadow Dominate - Unlocked by completing Eltariel quests
While aiming at an enemy, you can reach them instantaneously and dominate them.
Brace of Daggers
You can quick-throw a dagger that damages and staggers enemies.
Upgrade 1: Serrated Edge
Thrown daggers have a chance of causing critical strikes.
Upgrade 2: Swift Barrage
Three daggers can be thrown rapidly.
Upgrade 3: Rain of Blades
Throw five daggers at once to hit multiple enemies.
Unleash a powerful blast when your might is full, stunning and temporarily blinding nearby enemies.
Upgrade 1: Cleansing Blaze
Elven Light also sets enemies on fire.
Upgrade 2: Winter's Breath
Elven Light also freezes enemies.
Upgrade 3: Poison Blast
Elven Light also poisons enemies.
Freeze enemies, then follow with a flurry of sword strikes.
Upgrade 1: Shower of Ice
Freeze all enemies in an area in front of you. The higher your hit streak, the larger the area of effect.
Upgrade 2: Frostbite
Ice Storm finishers also cause critical strike.
Upgrade 3: Shattering Blow
An Ice Storm finisher shatters your target, causing nearby enemies to flee in terror.
When your Might is full, you can dominate and drain an enemy quickly during combat.
Upgrade 1: Chain of Souls
During Consume you can dominate or drain additional enemies. Consumes focus for each additional target.
Upgrade 2: Lord of Wrath
Consume increases Wrath.
Upgrade 3: Olog Lord
Consume works against Ologs
- Unlocked by finding all Gondorian artifacts in the open world
Automatically collect loot from defeated enemies.
Upgrade 1: Discerning Eye
Increase your chances of high-quality gear drops from Captains or higher-ranking Orcs.
Upgrade 2: Mind Breaker
Increases Domination speed.
Upgrade 3: Prospector
Increase your chances of receiving higher quality Gems from defeated enemies.
Dominate and ride a broken caragor.
Upgrade 1: Pounce
Devouring enemies while in stealth restores more of your caragor's health.
Upgrade 2: Bestial Rage
You can perform an execution or howl to summon additional caragors even when your Might is not full. Instead, your action consumes some of your mount's health.
You can dominate and ride a broken graug.
Upgrade 1: Devouring Force
Graug executions restore more of your graug's health.
Upgrade 2: Enduring Fury
Graug basic attacks gain more Might.
You can summon a dominated caragor and command it to attack targeted enemies.
Upgrade 1: Dire Caragor
You can summon a Dire Caragor.
Upgrade 2: Graug Call
You can summon a graug.
Upgrade 3: Dragon Song - Unlocked by completing the Carnán quests
You can summon a drake.
Instantly mount a broken graug, caragor, or drake (Dragon Rider skill must be unlocked) with Shadow Strike.
Upgrade 1: Caragor Breaker
Shadow Mount unbroken caragors.
Upgrade 2: Packmaster
When Shadow Mounting a broken caragor, other nearby caragors are dominated.
You can Dominate and ride a broken drake.
Upgrade 1: Soaring Rage
Your drake can shoot fireballs even when your might is not full. Instead, your action consumes some of your mount's health.
Upgrade 2: Scales of Iron
Your drake takes far less damage from attacks.
You can recover health by draining life from orcs or dominating orcs and beasts.
Upgrade 1: Domination
Drained enemies are also dominated and will fight for you.
Upgrade 2: Quiver of Souls
Draining an enemy replenishes Elf-shot.
Upgrade 3: Bright Lord's Wrath
Draining or dominating an enemy fully recovers health and gains wrath.
You can initiate a heavy sweeping attack.
Upgrade 1: Mighty Swing
Releasing attack the moment your glaive is charged generates might for each enemy hit.
Upgrade 2: Deadly Striker
Double-charge your glaive for more follow-up attacks.
Each kill gives wrath energy. When your wrath is full, you can slow time, making every melee strike lethal and enabling you to unleash unlimited executions.
Upgrade 1: Final Blaze
When Elven Rage ends, a fiery blast is detonated.
Upgrade 2: Freezing Burst
When Elven Rage ends, a freezing blast is detonated.
Upgrade 3: Poisonous Wrath
When Elven Rage ends, a poisonous blast is detonated.
You can double jump while leaping. Allows you to cover wider gaps or change direction between jumps.
Upgrade 1: Hammer of Eregion
You can vault over an Uruk and freeze them.
Upgrade 2: Waters of Lórien
Upgrade dodge to instantly flash past enemies. Consumes focus.
Upgrade 3: Eagle's Eyrie
While vaulting an enemy you can leap off their head and perform a double jump. If Bird of Prey is unlocked, you will be able to enter Bird of Prey as you jump.
Summon a group of warriors to fight alongside you. You can command your warriors to attack targeted enemies.
Upgrade 1: Bodyguard
Assign a Captain to be your bodyguard in the army menu.
Upgrade 2: Cluster of Spiders - Unlocked by finding all Shelob memories
Summon a cluster of spiders. Spiders have poison attacks which can exploit the weakness of a Captain or higher-ranked orc.
Upgrade 3: Iron Guard - Unlocked by completing all Gondor quests
Summoned Warriors are tougher.
Dominate a Captain whose will has been broken. Orc Captains who are higher level than you cannot be Recruited.
Upgrade 1: Destroy Followers
You can explode the heads of nearby followers, causing enemies to flee in terror.
Upgrade 2: Lifeblood
You can heal all nearby followers by consuming your health. Any followers who are bleeding out are unaffected.
Upgrade 3: Enrage Followers
You can enrage nearby friendly Captains. Consumes wrath.
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