4. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Side missions

In this game we have 54 side missions to do, divided in 24 rescue missions related to freeing slaves, 10 missions related to your dagger, 10 missions related to your bow and 10 missions related to your sword.

All missions are normally quick and requires that you do one or more specific actions, like kill some Uruks undetected, or in a short period of time, or free an amount of slaves, etc. Some missions will have a requirement, which involves have a specific ability unlocked, in order to complete this mission.

In order to unlock rescue missions you need to check the map for a small fist icon. When you get to the location it marks, you will see one or two allies, being persecuted by Uruks, you need to eliminate all of Uruks to unlock more outcast missions around the map.

Sometimes you just will encounter a small fist icon above the head of the slave, if you kill all Uruks around him you will unlock more rescue missions. You can unlock a certain number of these missions at a time, and you'll need to complete these missions before more can be unlocked.

Below you will find all 54 missions detailed, separated by areas and types, with each respective location of the mission and requirement, if necessary.

Dagger - Udun Area (5 missions):

The Mithril Blade - Black Gate

You need to do 10 stealth kills (cn_RT + cn_X) in 3 minutes. As a bonus objective you need to avoid detection. If this is your first mission for dagger you'll earn an achievement.

Legend of Shadow

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Clear the Skies - Durthang West

You need to do 10 stealth kills without setting off alarm. As a bonus objective you need to make 5 ledge kills, just try mix both, by using the attract button in ledges (cn_RT + cn_Y). Just go carefully making one kill at a time, without too much hurry, to avoid being seen. Important: your kills only count in targets with yellow circles.

The Wraith - West Garrison

You need to do 5 stealth kills without been detected. As a bonus objective you need to make 3 kills using the ability Strike from Above (if you already unlocked this ability you just need to go in a higher ground and kill your enemy from above, using cn_RT + cn_X, to count as a stealth kill.

Deathly Whisper - East Garrison

You need to kill 5 Uruks while they're searching for noises attracted by you. As a bonus objective you need to remain undetected, you can use some bushes or hanging in the ledge and attract your enemies by using cn_RT + cn_Y. Be careful that in this area there are always some captains.

Display of Power - Internment Camp

To reach this mission you need to enter in the stronghold of Uruks, so be careful. You need to brutalize (cn_RT + cn_Y) a Uruk without setting off the alarm. As a bonus objective you need to make 5 stealth kills. The short way is go by the roofs but is hard not been seen, so try making stealth kills or use your bow from distance to make things easier.

If this is your last dagger mission of this map you will receive a message that you completed half of the legend of your dagger, the other half is in the second map.

Dagger - Sea of Núrnen Area (5 missions):

The Scouring of the Shadow - Fort Morn

This is the unique mission which didn't requires any ability unlocked but is one of the hardest missions of this map. You need to remain stealthly the entire mission and eliminate the torchbears near each Ghûl Nest. As bonus objective you need to attract or distract (cn_RT + cn_Y) and then kill 5 Uruks.

To help in this mission I suggest that you see the video below, credits to St3althTv.

Shadow and Steel - Núrnen Peninsula (Requirement: Strike from Above ability)

In this mission you need to make 5 stealth kills without raising the alarm. As bonus objective you need to kill 3 Uruks with the Strike from Above ability. Be careful to not be spotted because the mission can fail. Try going for individual Uruks or attract them with cn_RT + cn_Y. Important thing: for completeing the main objective you need to kill them with stealth attacks, or the mission will fail.

Fatal Secrets - Celon Poros (Requirement: Lethal Shadow Strike ability)

This mission can be a little hard, you have less than 8 minutes to follow the messenger and eliminate the 4 Worms (Uruks with a green mark which indicates that he carry some information). You need to come closer to see what guy is the Worm. As bonus objective you need to kill at least 2 Uruks with Lethal Shadow Strike (cn_RT + cn_X).

A Knife in the Dark - Thang Talath (Requirement: Brand ability)

For this mission you need to kill all Uruks without being detected. As bonus objective you need to stealth brand (cn_RT + cn_B) three defenders (three Uruks with a yellow circle). If you to complete the secondary objective, remember to kill your Uruks to finish the mission.

The Darkness Within - Cab-Gwanath Bluff (Requirement: Brand ability)

Probably the hardest mission of the dagger. First you need to reach the Executioner's Watch without being detected, remember to use your Wraith World to see the enemies and remain in stealth. As bonus objective you must not kill anyone until the ambush is set, later in the mission. In your way to the marker you can shoot the Caragor's bait and release a Caragor from the cage close to your location after the zipline, to make a distraction, so you can go to your objective without too much worry to being detected, but still be careful.

After you come to the objective the hard part appears: you need to brand seven archers without being detected. After this you just need to activate your archers branded to fight for you, if you want join in the battle with the archers and the mission will finish when you kill all Uruks.

If this is your last dagger mission of this map you will receive a message that you completed the legend of your dagger and will be rewarded with an achivement.

The Last Shadow

Complete all Acharn Legend Missions.

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Bow - Udun Area (5 missions):

Swift Mercy - Barrows of Udûn

You need to kill 15 Uruks within 30 seconds. As a bonus objective you need to kill 4 Uruks without leaving focus mode (when you hold cn_LT and the time slows). Is not too hard to complete, especially because in the region of this mission you have many Uruks to kill and around you has some elf shots to replenish if you need. You can tap cn_LT to kill the Uruks, because they are weak, the time start counts when you kill the first Uruk. If this is your first mission completed for bow you'll earn an achievement.

Legend of the Maker

Complete a Bow Mission and begin growing the legend of Azkâr.

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Shadow Under Siege - Durthang Outskirts

You need to kill 10 Uruks without entering in the Durthang, for this you need to be inside the green area that you spawn, or the mission will fail. As a bonus objective you need to set 5 Uruks on fire, by shooting your arrow in the barrels in the top of the walls in your front and at distance inside the stronghold. A good tip to help kill the enemies without too much effort is shoot in the Caragor's bait and in the cages to free the Caragors. Remember that the 10 kills only count for yellow circles.

The Storm of War - Southern Black Road (Requirement: Ride Caragors ability, Optional to start: at least 10 elf-shots)

First you need to dominate a caragor, after you need to discover the patrol. As bonus objective you need to complete the mission within 5 minutes. After discover you need to kill 4 Uruks with your arrow while you're in the caragor. If you running out of elf shot hold cn_B to drain your mount and replenish your shots. After some kills you need to discover another patrol and kill more 4 Uruks, and after this more 2 Uruks to finally complete this mission. Try to kill Uruks without been seen to avoid problems in kills Uruks moving in your direction.

A Elbereth Gilthoniel - The Black Road

This mission is a little hard, you need to kill all archers in your area. As a bonus objective you need to make 10 headshot kills. The archers come from front and back so you need to be quick to kill all without taking too much damage. After kill all archers the mission will be completed.

The Eye of Vengeance - Southern Udûn Pass

For this mission you need to kill 5 Uruks at close range. As bonus objective you need to complete the mission within 1 minute. Try sneaking behind each Uruk undetected to make things easier and kill them with headshot, using your bow.

If this is your last bow mission of this map you will receive a message that you completed half of the legend of your bow, the other half is in the second map.

Bow - Sea of Núrnen Area (5 missions):

Shadow and Flame - Fern Outskirts

You need to kill 30 Uruks by shooting in the explosive barrels, just wait the Uruks be close to the barrels and shoot at them. As bonus objective you need don't get hit by any Uruks. You can hide behind the sandbags to avoid arrows in your directions, but be quick.

Remember to not leave the green area around your or the mission will fail.

The Secret Flame - Thang Talath

First you need to enter the cave, after this lure the Ghouls into the barrels, you need to kill 50 of them with explosions. As bonus objective you need to detonate only 5 barrels. Go for the marker in the distance to attract the most numbers of Ghouls to your location and kill them all with the barrels.

In both of my playthroughs in this mission I have 15 Ghouls appearing per wave, so is easy to complete the bonus objective, just wait as much Ghouls you can to be closer than you and detonate a barrel.

Jaws of Steel - Núrnen Peninsula

For this mission you need to kill 10 Uruks without entering in the Stronghold, you need to stay inside the green circle in your map or the mission will fail. As bonus objective you need to use five caragors to kill Uruks.

You can shoot the baits and wait for caragors to kill the Uruks, after this just kill the remaining Uruks alive, pretty easy.

There is no Escape - Fern Outskirts (Requirement: Pin in Place ability)

You start this mission and your primary objective is don't let any Uruk reach Fort Morn. As bonus objective you need to pin the 3 Uruks that are running from the Graug. To pin you need to hold cn_LT and shoot in the foot of the Uruk. If you have the Shadow Mount ability unlocked you can mount in the Graug to help you go after the Uruks quickly.

After kill all Uruks the mission will finish.

The Spirit of Fire - Cab-Gwanath Bluff (Requirement: Fire Arrow ability)

This mission requires that you kill 5 Uruks with the Fire Arrow ability (cn_LT + cn_RB), but you can only use this ability after you charge the combo meter by doing a streak of 5 or 8. As bonus objective you need to ignite 3 barrel stacks with Fire Arrow.

If this is your last bow mission of this map you will receive a message that you completed the legend of your bow and will be rewarded with an achivement.

The Maker's Bow

Complete all Azkâr Legend Missions.

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Sword - Udun Area (5 missions):

The Fell Beast - Barrows of Udun (Requirement: Ride Caragors ability)

For this mission you only need to ride a caragor, by pressing cn_RB and pressing the specific button on the screen and kill 3 Uruks in 3 minutes, don't waste too much time because the location of 3 Uruks are far from each other. As a bonus objective you need to kill 5 Uruks with Caragors bite attacks (attack with cn_X and bite with cn_Y).

If this is your first mission completed of sword an achievement will unlock.

Legend of Vengeance

Complete a Sword Mission and begin growing the legend of Urfael.

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Cutting the Lines - Durthang West

You need to first enter in the training grounds, marked with a big green circle. After this you need to kill all of the trainees, which is marked in yellow, when you enter in Wraith World (cn_LB). As a bonus objective you need to make 5 melee execute kills, one way to do this is with Execution ability, if you have already unlocked, by using cn_B + cn_X every 8 hits. Be careful with captains in this area, you can try release some Caragors to make things easier.

Nameless Things - Udun Crossing (Requirement: Wraith Flash ability)

For complete this mission you need to kill 3 Ghûls nests, it's a little hard. As bonus objective you need to kill 10 Ghûls with a single Wraith Flash (cn_X + cn_A every 8 hits). You just need to enter in cave and kill all 3 "waves" of Ghûls in each location, remember to use Wraith Flash to kill 10 Ghûls at the same time and reach bonus objective. Be careful with the Poison Ghûl, if he spit a poison in you use a herb to heal yourself. In the 3rd wave a "boss" will appear, called Ghûl Matron, you need to kill her too to finish the mission, remember to use dodge or conter to avoid her attacks.

If you die the Nemesis System will enter in scene and all Power Struggles will be resolved, so be careful.

Into the Pit - Uruk Proving Grounds

You need to kill 50 enemies in the arena. As bonus objective you need to hit 100x streak. Remember to dodge and counter always when possible, this mission will not be too difficult if you do this.

For reach bonus objective try not use Wraith Flash and don't attack the same enemy too many times to avoid his death, and build a constant streak. If in your screen appears two times the counter icon you need to press cn_Y two times quickly or your streak will be interrupted.

Arise - Southern Udun Pass (Requirement: Combat Drain ability)

This battle will be a little hard, you need to kill all 40 Uruks in the ambush. As bonus objective you need to combat drain (cn_A + cn_B) 5 Uruks. Be careful with the special Uruks, remember to use dodge, jump over their heads and always try mantain your combo.

Remember to use the grog barrels to help you too and your bow.

If this is your last sword mission of this map you will receive a message that you completed half of the legend of your sword, the other half is in the second map.

Sword - Sea of Núrnen Area (5 missions):

Bane of Shadow - Cab-Gwanath Bluff

This mission is simple, you only need to kill 3 Elite guards, marked in yellow. As bonus objective you need to kill 25 Uruks, can be the regular ones. Be careful with the Elite guards because bodyguards protect them.

They Shall not Pass - Tol Crossing

This mission is a little hard, you have 4 minutes to protect the bridge and kill all Uruks with a torch, marked with a yellow circle. As bonus objective you need to throw 3 Uruks over the ledge.

Remember to don't leave the area of the mission or you will fail.

The Red Tide - Núrnen Peninsula (Requirement: Execution ability)

You need to clear the 5 areas of the docks by killing the Uruk Guards, with a yellow circle in their heads. As bonus objective you need to melee execute 2 Defenders (Uruks with a shield). To execute you need to bring your multiplier to 5 or 8x, approach to the Defender and press the cn_Y + cn_B to execute him.

After clear the 5 areas the mission you need to leave the area to finish the mission.

The Dark Rider - Celon Poros (Requirement: Ride Caragors ability)

You need to right at the start of the mission press cn_RB to mount the Caragor and kill the 3 groups of Uruks to stop the execution in 3 minutes and 20 seconds. As bonus objective you need to kill 5 Uruks with bite attacks, by pressing cn_B. You don't have too much time to spare so be quick.

Try mantain your Caragor alive during the entire mission to make things easier, the mission will finish when you kill all 3 groups of Uruks.

Power of the One - Fort Morn (Requirement: Combat Drain and Dispatch abilities)

For this mission you need to use Brand ability to make Uruks kill each other. As bonus objective you need to use Combat Drain ability in at least 5 Uruks.

Just keep raising your multiplier until you can use the Combat Drain ability, by pressing cn_A + cn_B during the fight, when your hit streak is charged (5x or 8x consecutive hits).

After the Uruks that you activated to fight by your side kill 10 enemies you just need to dispatch them, by pressing cn_down.

If this is your last sword mission of this map you will receive a message that you completed the legend of your sword and will be rewarded with an achivement.

Fire of Justice

Complete all Urfael Legend Missions.

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Outcast Rescue - Udun Area (12 missions):

Below is a map for Udun area to find all 12 starting points for Outcast missions, credits to GamePressure.

Outcast Rescue - Udun

The Fallen - Barrows of Udûn

For this first mission you need to rescue 3 slaves, as bonus objective you need to make 5 stealth kills. You need to come closer to slave and press cn_RB to free him.

If this is your first outcast mission completed you'll unlock an achievement.

The Free Folk

Complete an Outcast Rescue Mission.

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Shattered - Southern Black Road

You need to rescue 3 slaves and as bonus objective kill to 2 Uruks by holding cn_RT + cn_X below enemies in ledges. In this area you have many platforms and ledges so for accomplish the bonus objective will be easy.

Hold your Tongue - Uruk's Hollow

You need to rescue 3 slaves and as bonus objective kill 3 Uruks while they investigate your Attract position. To attract you need to hold cn_RT and press cn_Y. Just be careful that in this area is full of enemies, since is a stronghold you can even be caught by a captain.

After you finish the mission and leave the stronghold a fist can show in your map, which indicates that a new outcast mission can be unlocked, if you kill the Uruks that are with the slaves that you need to liberate. If not show don't worry, eventually more fists will show in your map and more missions will be unlocked.

Resistance - Internment Camp

You need to rescue 3 slaves and as bonus objective you need to kill 3 Uruks using by killing enemies from above. Try to use stealth because you are entering in a stronghold with archers, regular Uruks and special Uruks that can kill you.

The last slave is in one area that appears to be a arena, when you enter probably many Uruks will see you, so be as quickly as possible to press cn_RB to free the slave and the mission will finish, so you can run away or kill them.

Unleashed - Barrows of Udun

You need to rescue 3 slaves and as bonus objective use Caragors to kill 5 Uruks. Just ahead to when you start the objective you can shoot at the Caragor's bait and wait for them.

In my attempt I have two captains around the last two slaves to rescue and have to kill both of them, so be careful.

Over the Edge - Barrows of Udun

You need to rescue 3 slaves and as bonus objective you need to kill 3 Uruks by using cn_RT + cn_Y to brutalize them.

Be careful in this area because you have Defenders (enemies with the shield, you need to use cn_A to leap over them), Berserkers (enemies with the axes, you need to stun them using cn_B) to kill you and even a captain, if you're unlucky as me. If you have the Shadow Kill (cn_LT + cn_X) ability unlocked, use it, will be helpful. You have a camp fire ahead to help too.

Drink Up - Durthang West

You need to rescue 3 slaves and as bonus objective you need to poison 3 Grog Barrels. Be careful, in this area you will certainly will see with the Wraith Vision at least one captain.

To poison a grog barrels just come closer and press cn_RB.

Worked to Death - Southern Udun Pass

You need to rescue 3 slaves and as bonus objective you need to stealth kill 10 Uruks. They are not to closer to each other so the bonus objective will not be hard to achieve, but do not use Shadow Strike kill for this objective, only counts stealth kill (cn_RT + cn_X).

The last slave is inside a cave, if you don't want to do the bonus objective before you enter you can see some grog barrels inside, just shoot at them to help you kill many Uruks

Venom - The Black Gate

You need to rescue 5 slaves and as bonus objective you need to poison 3 Grog Barrels. You have a Caragor to help you and can brand some enemies by holding cn_B for a few seconds or use Combat Drain (cn_A + cn_X) when you combo charges (every 5 or 8x consecutive hits).

The Watcher - East Garrison

You need to rescue 5 slaves and as bonus objective you need to kill 10 Uruks with ranged attacks, using your bow. Shadow Strike kills will count for this. You can find some caragors trapped in cages in this area, might be helpful.

Be careful in this area, I found two captains that I have to deal it.

Borrowed Blades - Durthang Outskirts

You need to rescue 5 slaves and as bonus objective you need to kill 3 Uruks with Brutalize from Above, by holding cn_RT + cn_Y from above.

Be careful in this area too, you can encounter some captains, besides many Uruks, remember to use Caragors and Morgai Flies to help.

The Uprising - The Black Gate

For the final mission of the map you need to rescue 7 slaves and as bonus objective you need to make 10 Uruks flee in terror. Use brutalize to help you (cn_RT + cn_Y) but only work if the Uruk didn't see you.

After rescue some slaves another ones will help you to defeat the Uruks.

Outcast Rescue - Sea of Núrnen Area (12 missions):

Below is a map for Nurnen area to find all 12 starting points for Outcast missions, credits to GamePressure.

Outcast Rescue - Nurnen

The Name of Power - Harad Basin

You need to rescue 3 slaves and as bonus objective throw 3 Uruks over ledges. Grab with cn_RB and throw away pressing cn_RB again. Use the grog barrels to your advantage here.

Unchained - Nurnen Peninsula

You need to rescue 3 slaves and as bonus objective kill 5 Uruks while they investigate your attract position. To attract you need to press cn_RT + cn_Y and wait for the Uruk comes to your direction. The slaves are inside a cave, outside the stronghold, I took a few seconds to find.

Be careful with the Ghûls in the final area, use your Wraith Flash to help when are charged (cn_X + cn_A).

The Evil Eye - Cab-Gwanath Bluff

You need to rescue 3 slaves and as bonus objective kill 5 Uruks with headshots, use your bow to help.

The Hunger - Cab-Gwanath Bluff

You need to rescue 3 slaves and as bonus objective ledge kill 3 Uruks. If you have problems use the camp fire or the grog barrels to help you kill the Uruks.

For the first 2 slaves you have a camp fire to help you kill the Uruks, for the other is only one Uruk to kill.

Last Hope - Celon Poros

You need to rescue 3 slaves and as bonus objective throw 5 Uruks over ledges, same strategy of The Name of Power mission.

I found a captain in this mission, but hopefully was just unlucky.

Unbroken - Fern Outskirts

You need to rescue 3 slaves and as bonus objective don't get hit. Try to be sneakly as possible to reach this objective and brand the Uruks holding cn_B in direction of a Uruk to help you in this.

In the Flesh - Cab-Gwanath Bluff

You need to rescue 5 slaves in 2 minutes and as bonus objective use Caragors to kill 5 Uruks. The good point is that you have 2 minutes for reach and liberate each slave, so is not so hard. At the start of the mission do a shadow strike kill in the archer in the front of you and release the caragor below your position.

Release the first slave and come back to the other side, for the other slave. Close to the next slave release the Caragor to help you achieve the bonus objective. I encounter a captain in this second slave.

Use this strategy for the others 3 slaves, release a Caragor, use a camp fire to help you in more kills and release the slave. You can shadow mount a Caragor (cn_LT + cn_A) to help acelerate the process.

The Stand - Harad Basin

You need to rescue 3 slaves and as bonus objective make 5 stealth brands in Uruks. To do a stealth brand in a Uruk you need to hold cn_RT and press cn_B. Holding cn_B close to a Uruk doesn't work, need to do hold cn_RT before.

Light in the Darkness - Ethir Poros

You need to rescue 5 slaves and as bonus objective make 20 stealth kills in Uruks. The area for this mission is big than normal rescue missions so you have time to use your stealth kills (cn_RT + cn_X) as advantage.

Weapons of War - Nurnen Peninsula

You need to rescue 5 slaves and as bonus objective make 20 Uruks kill another Uruks. This area certainly have captains so be careful. Remember to use stealth brand and brand to help you achieve the bonus objective.

Nowhere to Hide - Cab-Gwanath Bluff

You need to rescue 5 slaves and as bonus objective don't get hit. Try follow the tips of the Unbroken mission above. This area certainly have captains too so be careful.

To Freedom - Fort Morn

The final mission is the hardest, you need to rescue 10 slaves and as bonus objective inspire an uprising. With luck you don't encounter a captain, like me.

Once you freed the first slave many Uruks will appear, it's a trap! While fighting, try to prevent the Uruks from attacking the slaves that you have just freed, as well as the new allies that soon reach the fort to help you. Thanks to this, you will complete the bonus objective without too much trouble.

The slaves liberated will help you free more slaves so as soon all slaves are freed the mission will finish.

If you complete all 24 missions the achievement below you will unlock.

Liberator

Complete all Outcast Rescue Missions.

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