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Master of the Wilds in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Game of the Year Edition

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Complete all Hunting Challenges.

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Achievement won on 06 Jul 15
TA Score for this game: 2,832
Posted on 06 July 15 at 15:42, Edited on 05 August 17 at 13:32
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In this solution, I will describe where you can locate the creatures needed for the challenge. I will give you my method to killing the creature, but remember that how you do it is totally up to you!

A general tip for finding any creature is to enter the wraith world (press cn_LB) as all living beings then show up bright blue against the dark background; this will make picking them out easier.

If you have forgotten what any of the creatures look like, take a look in your pause menu where you will find a section of unlocked creature/people/lore references.

Note: may contain minor spoilers as I reference missions and locations.

Hunting Challenge 1: Kill 3 Ungol Spiders
Spiders can be seen commonly roaming around Mordor. Unlike other games, the spiders in this game are tiny (no giant spiders thankfully!) so make sure you are looking on the ground. Simply take your sword and kill 3 of them. I found my three quite literally below the forge tower in the Udun Foothills (the one where you started the game).

Hunting Challenge 2: Kill 5 Flying Creatures
This is slightly more tricky as flying creatures are harder to shoot in my opinion. You will have to use your bow for this one. I achieved this by going to the forge tower in the Udun Foothills and trying to shoot the birds flying around the tower. If you run out of arrows, you can fast travel to the tower you are on again to find yourself completely restocked and the birds re-spawned - simples!

Hunting Challenge 3: Kill 3 Caragors
Caragors are a bit harder to kill as they may kill you first. The easiest way I find to kill Caragors is to fully charge an arrow from a distance right to the head. Another simple solution is to mount + tame them (when you have unlocked this ability) as you can then kill them instantly with cn_RT + cn_B. You can find Caragors either roaming the wilds OR caged around strongholds. Caragors appear on your map as a small claw icon. Be wary as they often travel in packs and can kill you very easily.

Hunting Challenge 4: Kill 4 Mordor Rats
Mordor rats are small, which is the only issue with this challenge. There is an abundance of them in The Black Gate zone to the north of the first map.

Hunting Challenge 5: Kill 8 Ghuls
Ghuls are not difficult to beat and normally die after 1 slash of the sword. Ghuls are only found in caves or roaming the wilderness at NIGHTTIME. Advance time at a forge tower and then look inside any of the caves that are off the sides of the map; you will more than likely find some there. They are scripted to appear in the following missions:
- Shattered Memories (main mission)
- Nameless Things (bow legend mission)

Hunting Challenge 6: Kill 3 Morgul bats
Bats pose no threat to you. They can only be found hanging at cave entrances on either map. Simply find a cave and use your ability to see them hanging at the entrance.

Hunting Challenge 7: Kill a Graug
Graugs are slightly tougher. You will need to sneak attack their ankle to hurt them to the point where you can try to kill them; they are incredibly tough enemies. I found it easiest to wait until Torvin's second mission called "Hunting Partners" as there is a scripted tutorial here on how to kill a Graug - job done! If you have previously completed this mission, you will need to find one roaming the wilderness or squatting in a cave. They appear on your map as a large claw icon (the same as Caragors but the icon is much larger).

Hunting Challenge 8: Kill a Dire Caragor
Dire Caragors are larger than standard Caragors. They appear visibly whiter and seem to have more spikes. They can be mounted + tamed and killed in the same way a standard Caragor. They seem to commonly appear in packs in the Celon Poros marshland (which is north of the tower in Tirith Mesas, on the west side of The Sea of Nurn map). I suggest that you try looking for packs during the day so that they are easier to pick out. Below is a screenshot of a tamed one so you can see how they appear visibly.
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Hunting Challenge 9: Kill a Ghul Matron
Ghul Matrons can be very tough enemies because they are very quick. They can also be a right pain to find. The best way I have found to kill them is to make use of the Lethal Shadow Strike upgrade (cn_LT + cn_X) as this kills them instantly. If you do not have that, remember that they are very easily damaged by fire and explosions.

To find them is a completely different story. If you want to find them in the wild outside of a mission, the easiest way is to look AT NIGHT for regular Ghuls (they appear often in caves, but see the tips below for locations found by players). When you start slashing regular Ghuls you will notice they occasionally retreat back into the ground - let them run - after about 3 retreats the matron(s) will appear. There is also a scripted appearance in the following missions:
- Nameless Things (sword legend mission - Thanks to BlackBrian7 for correcting this)
- The Messenger (main mission)

sm4k - "I had a hell of a time finding a Ghul Matron, but the caves worked once I learned they only come out at night (so advance time at a tower if it's day)."

gazhibs - "Ghul matron, i didnt get it in a cave. Had some ghuls spawned in Celon Poros, near the cave, but by the ruins, and then made them retreat and eventually a matron popped up."

JackTheCreeper - "I found some Ghuls spawn directly outside of a cave near the Northwest Tower located in Barrows of Udun to help with the Ghul Matron on Challenge 9, it was nighttime too."

Hunting Challenge 10: Kill a Horned Graug
The easiest way to complete this challenge is to complete Torvin's mission "The Great White Graug". This is a scripted appearance for this very powerful enemy. If you have already completed this mission, they occasionally appear roaming the wilderness around The Sea of Nurn map.

Tucker42006 - "If you are having trouble finding a horned graug after the scripted fight try looking in the small cave just north of the south-western most tower in the Sea of Nurn. I found one there at night."

If you can think of anyway that I can improve this solution; leave a comment and I will try my best!
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