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Middle-earth: Shadow of War guide

Everything you need to know to understand the game and get a big head start

Middle-earth: Shadow of War makes a lot of assumptions, and those assumptions create confusion. Polygon’s guides fill in the gaps between what you need to know and what the game thinks you already do. Give us a few minutes, and we’ll teach you what Middle-earth: Shadow of War doesn’t.

Getting started with Middle-earth: Shadow of War

The guides in this section give you a big head start.

Understanding Middle-earth: Shadow of War

The guides in this section explain the mechanics and systems that underly Middle-earth: Shadow of War. That includes what’s worth buying in the market, how to find and use gems, why you should find collectibles, an explanation of the Nemesis System and more.