How to make those Captains stay dead in Shadow of Mordor


If you've been playing through Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, chances are you've realized by now that you're going to die. A lot. On your journey to eliminate Sauron and avenge protagonist Talion's family, you'll be up against an entire army of Uruk all by your lonesome. And when the odds are stacked against you like that, you might tend to panic. Luckily, USgamer has come to the rescue with some helpful tips and tricks on how to make sure Uruk Captains you fell stay down and don't come back to haunt you.

Don't Just Kill Captains, Execute Them

Is there one pesky Uruk Captain who keeps getting in your way and becoming stronger every time you kill it? You've stabbed and shot the same fiend over and over, but they keep resurrecting with a larger list of scars and a bone to pick with you.

Your problem is you're not executing the captain. While stealth or ranged kills are much easier, an Execution finishes an uruk for good. When in combat, Talion has a Hit Streak counter in the top-left corner of the screen. This keeps track of successive attacks without Talion taking damage. When your Hit Streak hits 8 (5, if you pick up a certain skill), Talion's sword glows white and you can perform an Execution on a target. Just hit Y+B (Xbox 360/Xbox One) or Triangle+Circle (PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4) when you're aimed in the direction of your target and Talion will brutally kill them, usually via beheading. You can also use a combo finisher or a stun finisher (Stun the target with Circle/B, then do your full attack chain).

An executed captain will never return to life. You can tell if you were successful by going to the Sauron's Army menu screen. If the captain's dead body is sitting there, you failed and the captain has a chance of returning. If instead there's an effigy with only the captain's severed head on it, you succeeded. Knowing this will keep a revived captain from surprising you when you try to take down a Warchief.

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