Talion collecting epic rune

Talion collecting an epic rune

Runes are items in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor that add powerful buffs to Celebrimbor's bow Azkâr, Talion's dagger Acharn, and Talion's sword Urfael. These runes can be obtained by vanquishing enemy Nemeses. Exploiting the weaknesses of an enemy will influence the type of runes that drop, and combining different runes will increase the power of Talion's weapons in different ways.

Obtaining RunesEdit

Whenever Talion slays an enemy Uruk Nemesis, it may drop a rune which Talion can use to upgrade his weapons. Every Nemesis has certain weaknesses, such as a vulnerability to attacks from mounts or stealth takedowns, that can be exploited to obtain specific runes. For instance, if the player kills an enemy captain using a stealth takedown, the player will receive a stealth related rune.

Epic RunesEdit

Epic runes are extremely powerful runes that can only be obtained from Uruk warchiefs or captains who have been threatened. To obtain these epic runes from captains, Talion must first dominate a bodyguard, who must then be forced to deliver a death threat to their captain. This captain will learn that Talion is coming after him, and will prepare himself accordingly by surrounding himself with bodyguards. Once the captain and his bodyguards are defeated, the captain will drop the epic rune.

Applying RunesEdit

The player is able to add runes to Talion's weapons through the weapon upgrade menu. Every weapon can be upgraded with several runes, and these runes can be combined to make Talion's weapons even more legendary.

List of RunesEdit


Icon Name Effect Level
Favor of the Lady Favor of the Lady Recovers 15% Health when completing a Drain or Brand. 5
Heart of Mearas Heart of Mearas Increases Elven Swiftness speed burst duation by 50%. Epic
Lure of Power Lure of Power 33% Chance that any enemy near a Stealth Brand target will also be branded. Epic
Power of the Earth Power of the Earth Recovers 100% Focus on Ground Execution. 0
Worm's Tooth Worm's Tooth A Stealth Kill recharges the Shadow of Acharn at double the normal rate. Epic


Icon Name Effect Level
? Aura of Dismay Upon landing a headshot on an Uruk that is unaware of Talion's location, others around him will flee in fear. ?
Bow Master Bow Master Increases bow damage by 50%. Epic
? Broken Mind Whenever Talion Brands a foe and initiates them into his army, Talion has a 50% chance to regain 1 arrow. ?
Explosive Demise Explosive Demise 20% Chance that an area blast will happen around a charged bow kill. Epic
Fire Storm Fire Storm Adds a powerful blast to Fire Arrows. Epic
Keen Eyed Keen Eyed Recovers 43% Focus for killing with the bow. 6
Will of the West Will of the West 29% Chance to recover +10 Health on a head shot kill. 4


Icon Name Effect Level
Betrayer Betrayer Increases all weapon damage by 35% when hitting an enemy from behind. 0
? Blade Master Talion will regain 50 health when his hit streak reaches 30. ?
Smite Smite Recovers 100% Focus on Combat Flurry kills. 0
Storm of Battle Storm of Battle Boosts all sword damage by 50%. Epic
Strength from Courage Strength from Courage Recovers 25% Health on a Combat Flurry kill. 0

Exclusive RunesEdit

Icon Name Effect For Weapon How to Obtain
Deadly Archer Deadly Archer Talion will deal extra damage when executing ranged headshots against Sauron's Captains. Azkâr Pre-order the game from Amazon.
Flame of Anor Flame of Anor Talion can ignite his blade by achieving a high combo count and incinerate his enemies. Urfael Pre-order the game from Best Buy.
Gravewalker Gravewalker Talion's enemies will flee after you strike down Sauron's Captains. Urfael Sign into your WBID account through Palantir.
Hidden Blade Hidden Blade Talion can deal extra damage when executing stealth attacks against Sauron's Captains. Acharn Pre-order the game from GameStop.
Orc Hunter Orc Hunter Spread terror amongst Sauron's forces with brutal stealth attacks. Acharn Sign up for a WBID for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.
Orc Slayer Orc Slayer Talion will decimate Sauron's Captains with increased damage from special attacks. Urfael Pre-order the game from Steam.