Lord of the Ring achievement in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Game of the Year Edition

Lord of the Ring

Complete all objectives in the Test of The Ring.

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How to unlock the Lord of the Ring achievement

  • SpeleoFoolSpeleoFool1,423,307
    04 Nov 2015 04 Nov 2015 29 Dec 2015
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    The Test of the Ring is one of the Trials of War, accessible from the main menu (Play -> Trials of War -> Test of the Ring). To complete the Test of the Ring you must kill 5 War Chiefs and 12 Captains. To earn the "Lord of the Ring" achievement you must also complete all 3 optional objectives:

    1. Have 8 branded War Chiefs or Captains
    2. Brand 50 grunts
    3. Finish in under 60 minutes

    The first objective is a running tally--if one of your branded Captains or War Chiefs dies you will lose one point toward this objective. The second objective is a cumulative total--you must simply brand 50 or more regular Uruks during the course of the Trial. It's very likely you will meet this objective without really trying just from charging the One Ring. The third objective is the most challenging requirement to meet. This solution will focus on a strategy to help meet that time objective.

    General Tips
    First, if you have not played the main story and Bright Lord campaign, do so before attempting this achievement. All character abilities and upgrades you earn will carry over to the Test of the Ring, and the practice you get from playing the Bright Lord campaign will be invaluable.

    In Test of the Ring your character plays like a hybrid of Talion from the main story and Celebrimbor from The Bright Lord campaign. You will have access to Double Charge (2x special moves when charged) and Shadow Brand (cn_LT + cn_B to brand from afar). Wraith Flash (cn_A + cn_X) will brand Uruks, helping to charge The One Ring power; you'll want to make extensive use of this move! Your bow will behave like Celebrimbor's--no Focus, but shots are instantly charged. You can summon 5 branded Uruks to fight for you with cn_left. Use Dispatch (cn_down) to kill off branded enemies and heal.

    Using the One Ring power wisely is crucial, especially against Captains or War Chiefs with the Combat Master ability. You charge The One Ring by branding Uruks, and that's also one of the objectives for this achievement, so you'll want to orient your fighting style toward branding as many enemies as possible as quickly as possible. Be sure to set up any Runes that you think may help you with this. For example, one that I found particularly useful was:

    Dagger: "Balefire (Epic)" - Recover +2 Elf-shot for a head explosion kill

    The above Rune in combination with Dispatch was a great way to top off my Elf-shot, giving me access to Shadow Brand, which you can chain with cn_B to brand several enemies in a crowd. Using Dispatch after branding enemies will frighten off some Uruks, quickly thinning crowds around Captains or War Chiefs so you can focus on them, uncontested.

    My main crowd-thinning technique was to quickly build up a combo, then use 2 back-to-back Wraith Flashes to brand nearby Uruks, then immediately dispatch them. Just a couple more hits will recharge the special, allowing more Wraith Flashes. Rinse and repeat.

    If you need some quick health, just summon some Uruks with cn_left and then immediately Dispatch them. I used this with my Rune to recharge Elf-shot, too.

    Basic Strategy
    You will not have access to Riots in Test of the Ring, so drawing out War Chiefs requires completing their challenges (e.g., defeat 20 Uruks without taking damage). We want to minimize the number of War Chief challenges we do, because they simply eat up too much time. Therefore, we will save War Chiefs for last.

    We'll start by killing off 12 Captains by eating them with a Graug. This eliminates one of the 2 main requirements to complete Test of the Ring, leaving only War Chiefs to deal with.

    Second, we will brand all remaining captains, using them to gather Intel on War Chiefs.

    Last, we'll focus on getting the 5 War Chief kills while maintaining at least 8 branded Captains / War Chiefs.

    Following the strategy outlined here I was able to complete The Test of the Ring and earn this achievement in just under 45 minutes. If you make good use of the time-saving measures here there should be lots of room for error.

    Step 1: Setup
    To kick things off right, you want to make sure you have a Beast Hunt event available from the start of the game. We will be using this event to obtain a Graug and eat 12 Captains.

    As soon as you begin Test of the Ring, open the map and look at the 3 events. If one of them is not a Beast Hunt, either use cn_Y to pass time so that new events spawn or exit and restart Test of the Ring. Don't bother passing time more than once or twice because it wastes time on the game clock.

    Once you have a good start with a Beast Hunt available, you'll need to know where all the Captains are hiding. For that, don't even leave your Forge Tower--just summon Uruks with cn_left, dominate them, and collect Intel on all 20 Captains. You will not be able to collect Intel on War Chiefs, but we'll get to that later.

    If you're quick, you should have all 20 Captains identified and a Beast Hunt available with only about 4 minutes off the clock.

    Alternate Strategy from Rufus Gufus: You don't necessarily need the beast hunt mission. I was having a horrid time getting it to spawn so rather than keep restarting I would fast travel to and from the middle tower and wraith search each time I was at the middle tower location as there is a graug spawn in close proximity to that tower. I would estimate this method probably added a min or to two my total time, but nowhere near enough to prevent easily clearing in under 60 min.

    Step 2: Eat 12 Captains With a Graug
    Now that you know where to find captains, head to the Beast Hunt event to fetch your Graug. As soon as the event starts, use Shadow Mount (cn_LT + cn_A) to claim the Graug, then run over and eat your first Captain.

    When the event ends, use the Sauron's Army page to locate the closest Captain to your current location. Take your time--the game clock pauses while you're viewing this page. Use cn_X to mark the nearest target, then use the mini-map in game to navigate to the region of the map where your target is hiding. As you get close, use Wraith Vision (cn_LB) to scan for any Captains, and cn_RS to mark them. Now just run up to them, position them just in front of your Graug's left hand, and use cn_Y to eat them.

    If you run across Captains that are scared of your Graug and begin to flee, consider using Shadow Strike or Shadow Brand to dismount your Graug and instantly catch up to the scared Captain. Grab him, dominate him and collect Intel on a War Chief. It's not worth letting your Graug die to do this, but it's an easy way to get a nearly-free branded Captain, and it's probably faster than chasing the Captain across half the map, trying to get the Graug swipe to snatch him up as he runs away.

    Repeat the process of finding nearby Captains, tracking them and eating them until you've killed off 12. If a Beastmaster Captain kills off your Graug, you should probably restart unless you have at least 10 Captains killed. It takes considerably longer to locate and kill Captains any other way.

    When you've killed your 12th Captain it's time to start branding. Locate the closest Captain or event and run there with your Graug, then dispatch it using cn_RT + cn_B.

    In my fast run I was somewhere around 16 minutes into the game at this point. Anything up to about 20 ought to be good.

    Step 3: Brand All Remaining Captains
    Use the Sauron's Army page to locate Captains, travelling to nearby Forge Towers as necessary to cut down on travel time. Now go get 'em!

    Use the techniques described in the General Tips section to charge The One Ring and quickly clear crowds away from your target Captain. Eliminate all other Uruks so you can grab and dominate the Captain without being interrupted by attacks.

    If you're dealing with just one Captain, try stunning him (cn_B or jump over him with cn_A to Vault Stun), followed by a flurry attack (mash cn_X), then wrap up with two Execution moves (cn_B + cn_Y).

    If you're facing two Captains, if your Captain is a Combat Master (Executions do not work), or if you're having trouble clearing the crowd, use your One Ring power and hit your target Captain with Executions until he turns green, then grab and dominate him. Get Intel on a War Chief, or dismiss him if you have already identified all the War Chiefs. You should have time to dominate two Captains during a single use of the One Ring if you've done all of the One Ring missions in the Bright Lord campaign and have earned:

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    Note that if a Captain is close to death, Flash Brand (cn_A + cn_X) can claim him. This may be useful, for example, if you have other branded Captains beating on your target Captain and you're concerned he may die before you can grab him.

    Repeat until all remaining Captains are branded. Don't worry if one or two of them die. We can (and will) fix that.

    Step 4: Die. No, Really.
    Let a regular Uruk kill you. This will promote him to Captain, pass time so that War Chiefs get bodyguards and will give you at least one Captain on the board for whom you don't have Intel.

    Even if you lost more than one Captain during the branding step, only die once. You don't want new Captains challenging and killing off your branded Captains.

    Step 5: Kill the First 4 War Chiefs
    At this point you will have 12 Captains dead, up to 8 more branded, and Intel on all 5 War Chiefs. Go to Sauron's Army page and look at each of the 5 War Chiefs. Check their weaknesses, and look at their missions to see what challenges you need to meet to draw them out. More importantly, look for War Chiefs who have bodyguards.

    If a War Chief has your newly-created Captain as a bodyguard and his mission doesn't look too bad, choose him. Otherwise, find one with bodyguards and a reasonably fast mission. Do the mission and call out your first War Chief.

    Now, the idea here is that you want to kill off the War Chief and only the War Chief as quickly as possible. After he is dead and his mission ends one of his followers will be promoted to War Chief. Before the new War Chief has a chance to run off, target and kill him! This will net you 2 (or possibly more) War Chiefs for the price of 1 War Chief mission!

    The upside of killing off the new un-branded Captain is that it won't cost you any of your branded Captains. The upside of killing a War Chief with at least one of your branded Captains as bodyguards is that the new War Chief will be one of your branded Captains and he won't run off after you kill the previous War Chief, so he'll be easier to kill off.

    It's entirely possible you can kill off all 4 War Chiefs in quick succession if you target a War Chief with 3 followers. If that doesn't work out, though, you have 2 options:

    1. Locate and target another War Chief with a quick misison.
    2. Pass time so that one of your branded captains becomes War Chief and a Beck and Call mission is available.

    Note that killing your branded War Chief can take some time. If you have any Captains on the board without Intel, then just dominate your War Chief, collect Intel on the Captain, then Kill your War Chief with cn_X rather than dismiss him. Otherwise, use the Stun-Flurry-Double Execution maneuver described in Step 3.

    Whatever you do, don't kill the 5th War Chief until you're certain you have enough branded Captains!

    Step 6: Brand Additional Captains as Needed
    At this point you should have 12 dead Captains, 4 dead War Chiefs and some number of branded Captains.

    Repeat the process of letting a random Uruk kill you, then locating and branding him after he is promoted to Captain until you have at least 8 branded Captains and War Chiefs. If none of the remaining unbranded War Chiefs has a reasonably fast mission, then brand a 9th Captain so you can kill off one of your branded War Chiefs.

    Step 7: Kill the Last War Chief
    Killing off one of your branded War Chiefs will save you the time of doing another War Chief's mission to call him out, but may cost you time to brand a 9th Captain. Make the call.

    For this final kill, try to have The One Ring charged. Even if you haven't cleared all the other enemies around the final War Chief, you can use the Stealth Kill (cn_RT + cn_X) move with the One Ring activated to do massive damage to the War Chief. If time is coming down to the wire, this might help you to squeeze in the final kill before time elapses.


    Don't be discouraged if you require some trial runs before all of this falls into place. The time-saving techniques in this solution are the most streamlined method I found to finish The Test of the Ring, but there is still plenty that can go wrong and cost you enough time to eventually blow a run. If that happens, regroup and try again. And, by all means, if you find any other techniques I haven't mentioned please share them in the Comments so that others can benefit from your tips and tricks.

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    DmCTHREE6I tried killing 12 captains first, but I went with BlackTibo's method in the comments. It definitely gives that extra cushion if things get tight.
    Posted by DmCTHREE6 yesterday at 06:01
    C3LLDW3LLERSo complete the main game before attempting this? I definitely won’t be getting this.
    Posted by C3LLDW3LLER yesterday at 16:41
    XtowersI didn't spawn with a graug and thought I would just make a practice attempt on foot and ended up unlocking the achievement at about 52 minutes, so it is definitely possible without the graug.
    Posted by Xtowers today at 04:51
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  • napoearthnapoearth747,911
    21 Aug 2017 24 Aug 2017 17 Oct 2017
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    Go to Play->Trials of War->TEST OF THE RING and start the Test.

    Just like in the main story, you start with 20 Captains and 5 Warchiefs. For the Test of the Ring, the Captains will not come back to life, and will not replenish unless you die to a regular Uruk and he gets promoted. Your Main Objective is to kill 12 Captains and 5 Warchiefs and the test will end when this is accomplished so do not kill the last Captain or Warchief until the Bonus Objectives are met, which are have 8 branded Captains or Warchiefs, brand 50 Grunts, and finish in 60 minutes.

    Step 1: Without leaving the starting tower, press cn_left to summon 5 branded Uruks, dominate them (cn_A) then gain intel (cn_A) then reveal a Captain. Repeat for the other four Uruks. Then repeat this three more times. You should be about 4 or 5 minutes in to the test after all 20 Captains are located.

    Step 2: Starting with the closest or the closest to another tower you can fast travel to, go to a Power Struggle with only one Captain like a Feast or something. Start by quickly getting your combo up with daggers (cn_LT) or however you like then spam Wraith Flash (cn_X + cn_A) until all of the Captain's minions are branded, then dispatch them with cn_down so they don't bother you while you work on the Captain.
    Build your combo on the Captain with Wraith Stun/Blast (cn_B) or Vault Stun (cn_A) followed by cn_X attacks. Then do executions (cn_Y + cn_B) until his icon is green, then dominate him and gain intel on a Warchief.
    Continue going to each of the Power Struggles branding any Captains you see on the way, ensuring you get the intel on all of the Warchiefs as well. Use Elven Swiftness or fast travel depending on how far they are. After you are finished with all of the Power Struggles go to the nearest remaining Captains and keep branding until you get to 9 branded. You may come across some Captains that, due to other Uruks or their own strengths, you will wind up killing. No problem just keep going until you have 9 branded.

    Step 3: Fast travel to the starting tower. Look around for the beast symbol with a health bar above it, use Wraith Vision (cn_LB) if need be. This is a Graug. If you don't see one keep fast traveling to the same tower until it shows up. You don't have to leave the tower to fast travel to it, and it never took me more that a few tries to spawn a Graug. Shadow Mount it (cn_LT then cn_A when aiming at the Graug) and use the Sauron's Army screen to lay out the most efficient route and go to all of the remaining Captains and eat them.

    Step 4: Find a weak Uruk and let him kill you. I like to use regular melee guys, so the ones without shields, and are not Berserkers, Archers, or those spear guys. He will now be promoted and most likely be assigned as a bodyguard to a Warchief, this is what you want.

    Step 5: Find the Warchief that has the Uruk that killed you as a bodyguard and do his mission to draw him out. When he comes with his bodyguard, the goal is to kill him and then his bodyguard in succession. I recommend using the One Ring power to spam Wraith Flash and Executions on the initial Warchief, then after he is dead and you are shown the bodyguard ascending to Warchief on the Sauron's Army screen, then run to him and kill him as he will try to run away. Repeat for another Warchief with a branded Captain as a bodyguard. This will be easier, as the branded bodyguardwill not run for it after becoming Warchief. Just grab him with cn_LB and shank him with cn_X until he dies. If he goes to a knee, just hit him with your sword.

    Step 6: Now you should be sitting on 4 dead Warchiefs, 8 Branded Captains, and some number of dead Captains hopefully at least 10 or so. Now just let an Uruk kill you and get promoted then find him and kill him. Repeat until you have 12 Dead Captains.

    Step 7: Draw out the Warchief (not branded) with the quickest mission and kill him.
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    PHATFree86THANK YOU. Got it on my first try with only 13s remaining!
    Posted by PHATFree86 on 09 Dec 17 at 22:30
    napoearthGlad it helped. I couldn't do it killing the captains first so I put this solution up.
    Posted by napoearth on 09 Dec 17 at 22:38
    KanchanaburiThank you for adding this solution. I too tried several times to follow the other solution, and try to find, eat and then get the warchiefs. It just wasn't working with the time, but simply going after the captains, attempting to brand them, when possible, was the best.

    I think that if you don't use intel to 'discover' the captains right away, the game doesn't actually place them yet. I had one fight where I ran into 4 captains while battle a 5th on a mission on the far right side of the map. This saved so much time.

    And the tip about using the branded captains to kind the warchiefs made all the difference.

    And going after the warchiefs ASAP went well (if you are skilled at sword play) since they would bring captains with them. You can easily get 2 warchiefs if you clear the area of grunts before killing the first captain.

    Now that I am finished, I will miss this and the other trial. But I am glad these solutions were here to help!
    Posted by Kanchanaburi on 20 Mar 18 at 05:12
  • MasterChiefCodeMasterChiefCode83,488
    11 May 2020 11 May 2020 11 May 2020
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    I would follow this solution, not my video. In this solution, no dying needed.

    May make my own if I want to do it again.

    However, I would switch the first 2 steps in this video. He fast traveled to the location just lower left of the starting tower and spent 3 mins finding a graug, then summoned supporters to gain intel on the 20 captains 3:00 to the 11 min mark.

    When I did it though, I stayed in the starting tower summoning and gaining intel 0-3:30 mins, the fast traveled and found the graug immediately after my first travel and got it around my 4th minute. Then went to town munching on 12 captains. Then brand 8 captains then do the Warchiefs. This was my 2nd attempt, but 1st using this method. Got it in 46:46 on 5/10/2020. Contact me if you have any questions!

    -save One Rung for captains with combat master, Warchiefs are super easy to kill

    -for war chief where you need to kill 20 uruks without getting hit, just bait and unlock some caragors then shadow kill archers

    - for the warchief mission where you need to brand 5 followers DO NOT use shadow brand, you must brand them with stealth or drain. I wasted about 4 minutes shadow branding then finding out after that one of my guys didn't count as branded because I used shadow brand.
  • ironpunisher200ironpunisher200633,334
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    This is just an add-on to the strategies above. Despite my frustrations, I did manage to get the achievement, but I had to throw a few twists in in order to pass with 56 minutes.

    1. I had a lot of trouble keeping my combo up in order to brand uruk during battles, which meant that I had to charge the Ring at any given opportunity. If you're having the same issue, the best thing to do is shadow brand random uruk in groups on the map while going between events, then recharging your Elf shot by grabbing and branding lone uruk. Even if the meter is only half full when it comes time to battle captains, it will cut down on having to brand while fighting.

    2. When branding captains, if you have a full Ring meter, go ahead and use it. Because the action cannot be interrupted while in Ring mode, you run a lesser risk of a random uruk hitting you at the last second, especially if the captain decides to do a runner.

    3. If you have the chance, go after the warchiefs as soon as you can. Most of the events to draw them out are pretty quick, and I only had one run where the requirement was to brand followers without raising the alarm. By taking them out early, you can save time on the clock if you have to go into an individual mission to get a lingering captain.

    4. With the warchief missions, there is a good chance that a captain or two will be in the area. As soon as you beat the warchief, all the uruk will retreat for a few moments, including the captains. Use shadow strike to catch any that you see, and take advantage of the chaos to brand or kill them.

    5. Don't stress if you don't immediately get a Beast Hunt mission to get a Graug. With each captain mission that gets completed, a new one will take its place, and it will eventually pop up. If needed, complete a quick Trial by Ordeal, preferably one with a branded captain. It will take only a minute, and may spawn a Beast Hunt afterwards.

    6. Save your brands for captains in missions. If you can get rid of them early, you have a straight shot at eating the rest quickly.

    Final Tip: Each mission has a way to take advantage of the situation in order to brand or kill without worrying about being mobbed. Example: in Executions, if a Captain is on the block, you can sneak behind him and grab brand before the others can react, then take on the other captain as you see fit. Use the situation to your advantage to make life easier.

    I hope that some of this may help you in the hunt for this achievement.
  • OperativeEmeralOperativeEmeral331,617
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    A bit of advice for anyone trying to get this done before the leaderboard shutdown; your traits from the main story will carry over to trials.

    So if you haven’t unlocked all the fast travel points or upgrades your health bar this will carry over to trials and make your task much more difficult.
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