Block out the sky achievement in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Block out the sky

Dominate 50 Uruk Archers.

28 Oct 2014 until 04 Nov 2014

Block out the sky
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How to unlock the Block out the sky challenge

  • Frankie DrumsNYFrankie DrumsNY408,735
    29 Oct 2014 27 Oct 2014 30 Oct 2014
    79 4 11
    On the second map, fast travel to the Northwest encampment in the Cape of Nurn. Jump North off the platform and head West and North around the massive rock. Use Wraith Vision cn_LB to see the first archer directly North of you on a ledge, use cn_LT+cn_A Shadow Strike to teleport behind the archer and stun him, then hold cn_RB and cn_A to Dominate. Gain Intel and kill or dismiss the archer. Use Wraith Vision again and see if there is an archer either directly West of you or to the North-NorthWest. Shadow Strike and dominate them as well.

    To quickly boost this, highlight the same fast travel location and advance time. This will reset the archers and refill your arrows so you can Shadow Strike. See my video for a demo of this technique.

    EDIT: I've added a video below to show how to get 2 dominations per minute via my method. In my first run the second archer is West of me and in the next run the second archer is North-NorthWest. Sometimes all three archers are available as targets

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    EDIT 2: If you haven't played the mission to enhance your dagger called "Clear the Skies," Devious Jedi notes that this mission supplies you with an infinite number of archers. This mission requires you to stealth kill 10 archers without raising an alarm; if you dominate them it doesn't count towards the mission and they continuously respawn, and they are clearly marked on the map and clustered together for your convenience.

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    Frankie DrumsNYDevious Jedi--Is it possible to replay that mission if you've already beaten it?
    Posted by Frankie DrumsNY on 30 Oct 14 at 01:40
    LavindatharNo, you can't replay missions, not sure if I Cba grinding this out
    Posted by Lavindathar on 30 Oct 14 at 15:12
    Frankie DrumsNYLavindthar--it takes about a half hour using this method. Not sure if that's worth it for you or not. Supposedly we'll unlock something in-game for completing all 6 challenges.
    Posted by Frankie DrumsNY on 30 Oct 14 at 17:27
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  • Epsilon ThetaEpsilon Theta804,239
    30 Oct 2014 03 Nov 2014 08 Nov 2014
    2 0 0
    As I hadn't completed the game and was still leisurely playing through, I was looking for a solution using only the first map. What I have found is a solution where you can easily get 5 kills in 2 minutes. What you require is Shadow Strike.

    I have included a video which will allow you to see the path I have taken. Essentially, fast travel to the bottom left tower and turn around. Use cn_LT to aim at the first archer which is patrolling the tower in the fortress you can see from the tower. Shadow Strike (cn_LT + cn_A) to him and immediately hold cn_RB. Sometimes you will pick up the Elf Shot and you have to hold cn_RB again. If not you will grab the Orc and can then dominate him with cn_A. What option you choose then is not important.

    Once he has been dealt with, run up the ropes to the pillar and use your bow to get the second Orc into your scope. Shadow Strike to him and repeat the process. Note that sometimes this Orc did not spawn for me. A bit further in the fortress, patrolling the right hand side of the fortress, is the third archer. You can easily spot him from the second archer and he will even, sometimes, be aware of you. But this isn't a problem as you can quickly take him out with the Shadow Strike. For the fourth and fifth archer you need to Shadow Strike across the gap between the two fortress parts. You might need to wait a bit for the Orc to get into position. If you executed the first three Shadow Strikes flawlessly then the Orc should already be in position.

    Having a rune equipped which will replenish your Focus on a head explosion or other action you are doing (like a regular kill) will help you to keep using Shadow Strike. After you are done with the fifth archer, open your map and fast travel again. This will reset the archers. Using this solution you can easily get this achievement out of the way in less than half an hour even if you haven't advanced to the second map yet and have done most of the easy missions which let you pick off archers.

    Edit 8 November: Relinked video to different channel.
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