In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Talion can gain experience in numerous ways and level up his character. By gaining new levels, you are able to obtain more Skills, dominate tougher Orcs, and loot higher level Gear.
In order to maximize efficiency, there are several ways to go about getting more experience quickly to level up – below you will find the various and best ways to do so – and also what does NOT earn experience.
- Killing Grunts and Beasts
- Completing Shadows of the Past Missions
- Gathering Collectibles
- Completing Gear Upgrade Quests
- Pit Fights
The easiest and biggest way to gain experience quickly is by doing the quests in your Quest Log. These include both essential and nonessential quests for Gondor, Shelob, Eltariel, Carnan, and Bruz. Since you also can unlock specific child skill slots by completing all quests beyond the essential story ones, it’s worth it to seek them out and complete them when you can – as even quests that are fairly simplistic can still earn you thousands of experience quickly.
However, while they can eventually be replayed, you’ll only earn experience doing it the first time, so you’ll need to find other means to keep the experience flowing.
By far one of the most plentiful activities you can take part in, Nemesis Missions can offer a modest amount of experience for each mission you take part in, whether they involve enemy orcs or your own. Nemesis Missions pop up in every region and are randomized – usually involving two or even three orcs fighting each other.
While some don’t offer a huge amount on their own, killing or dominating Captains will net you additional experience. Missions to help your own followers succeed in a hunt or trial will still net you experience, but not as much as ones that involve defeating other Captains.
Each of the regions in Mordor consist of several guarded outposts outside the Fortress, and a Captain is in charge of each of them. You can draw them out and eliminate them in a specialized Nemesis Mission that not only grants you experience, but disables the alarms any time you pass through in the future. You can even do this once you have taken over a region – just wait for a captain you don’t have under your control to take up residence.
The most common way to gain experience, which often goes hand in hand with your other experience-gaining tasks, is defeating enemy Captains, Warchiefs, and Overlords. Each of these enemies you kill, whether you meet them while exploring the regions of Mordor, ambush them during Nemesis Missions, take them out during Quests, or fight them online, each kill and domination will add to your experience.
It appears that while they offer relatively little experience (a level 20 captain gave about 100 experience for being killed, and about 150 for being dominated), this amount can be altered by using Wealth Gems and placing them in your Armor Gear. With two Perfect Wealth Gems, you can earn an additional 30% Experience for every Captain defeated.
If you ever run into a situation where you run out of Captains you can successfully kill or dominate, why not kill the orcs in your friends game? Once you have Online Missions enabled, you can take part in Vendetta Missions which require you to defeat an Orc who killed a player, and you’ll be transported to that player’s game which is full of the Captains of their regions.
You can even earn additional rewards if you complete secondary objectives listed when you start – but fail the main objective to lure out the Orc, and you’ll fail the Vendetta Mission.