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    Upgrades Guide by Matzen12

    Updated: 10/26/04 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

    The
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      ####  LORD OF THE RINGS
    The Return of the King
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    Upgrades/Characters guide
    Covers only Nintendo GameCube
    by matzen12
    Real name: Mats Lindgren
    Made for gamefaqs.com and home.op.se/opse0103/mats
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    CONTENTS:
    I. Characters
     a) Aragorn
     b) Legolas
     c) Gimli
     d) Gandalf
     e) Sam
     f) Frodo
     g) Pippin
     h) Merry
     i) Faramir
    II. Upgrades
     a) Fellowship
     b) Aragorn/Faramir
     c) Legolas
     d) Gimli
     e) Gandalf
     f) Sam/Frodo/Pippin/Merry
    III. Codes
    IV. The Levels
    V. Copyright info
    VI. Thank you.
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    I. Characters
    ooooooooooooo
    
    Aragorn
    -------
    
    Aragorn is the heir to the throne of Gondor. However, to prove himself worthy of
    this task he must go to the Dwimor mountain and muster an army even Sauron
    cannot endure. He is the wielder of the legendary Narsil, the Sword that was
    broken, and his archery skills are good. He can slay multiple foes in one hit.
    
    Aragorn is a good beginner character. He has decent speed, decent power, decent
    archery skills and decent life. With the Mithril Arrows and the Strength of the
    Evenstar, Aragorn is hard to defeat.
    
    Legolas
    -------
    
    Legolas is part of the Fellowship between man, elf and dwarf. He is the
    prince of Mirkwood. His skill of fighting with two swords is very reliable. But
    his absolute strength is his archery. He can swiftly slay anything in his path
    using his arrows.
    
    Legolas is extremely fast. However, you need some skill or luck to be Legolas
    as he cannot endure as many attacks as Aragorn or certainly Gimli could. He
    has the game's best ranged attacks, but has not too much power in those swords.
    Nevertheless, have a go at Legolas at any level where archery is required - with
    the Mithril Arrows and Elven Bow Mastery, there are few enemies he cannot kill.
    
    Gimli
    -----
    
    Gimli is the dwarf of the fellowship. He is the best friend of Legolas the elf.
    Wielding a battle axe and throwing axes, Gimli is a ferocious warrior who
    swiftly kills anything in his path.
    
    Gimli is the tank of this game - he swiftly and easily kills off any enemy. But
    don't believe he's fast now; he is slow in both running and attacking. He makes
    up for this with his endurance and his powerful attacks. One more thing to make
    up for with Gimli is his extremely slow throwing axes. Only play as Gimli if you
    have some skill of this game.
    
    Gandalf
    -------
    
    The White Wizard musters the defences of Minas Tirith together with Pippin. He
    wields the sword Glamdring which is the brother of Orcrist, the sword which now
    lies on Thorin's chest in his tomb. He has returned to life after defeating the
    Balrog.
    
    Gandalf is also an extremely reliable beginner's character. Not only is he a
    good swordsman, he fires spells from his staff as ranged attacks. What a thing
    for a wizard to do huh? He also has this game's best special ability.
    
    Sam
    ---
    
    Sam is the gardener of Bag End in the Shire. He loyally follows Frodo through
    any hardship and can sneak out of almost anything. When they meet Faramir and
    are taken to Osgiliath, Sam tells Faramir why his brother Boromir died. He
    doesn't like their guide, Gollum, who once owned the Ring.
    
    Sam is a good swordsman, he's swift, he can absorb hits rather well and can
    turn himself invisible. His only downside is his bad throwing knives (or
    daggers as they are called here). But Sam is also a good beginner's choice.
    
    Frodo
    -----
    
    This little hobbit walks to Mordor to destroy the Ring he bears. When Frodo
    gets imprisoned by the orcs of Cirith Ungol, his only hope is Sam. His burden
    gets heavier and heavier when he approaches Mount Doom, the only place where
    the Ring can be destroyed.
    
    Frodo is this game's worst character. He is awfully slow in speed, attacking,
    and putting away his sword to pull out a dagger - which is no good for power.
    The only use of him is to unlock the three secret characters - Pippin, Merry
    and Faramir.
    
    Pippin
    ------
    
    Peregrin Took is a good friend of Frodo. When he looks into the palantír of
    Orthanc, he sees Sauron's plan of destroying Minas Tirith and goes there with
    Gandalf. Pippin is a very stubborn hobbit who will not hesitate to use his
    sword or his daggers.
    
    Pippin is a little more powerful in attacks than Sam, but otherwise he is much
    like Sam.
    
    Merry
    -----
    
    Meriadoc Brandybuck is another friend of Frodo's. He becomes the esquire of
    Rohan. He also slays the fearsome King of the Nazgûl together with Éowyn.
    Merry is a good and reliable hobbit warrior.
    
    Merry has a little more powerful daggers than Sam, but otherwise he is much like
    Sam.
    
    Faramir
    -------
    
    Faramir is the brother of Boromir and the son of Denethor, the Steward of
    Gondor. He is loyal to his homeland, but his father wishes that Faramir had been
    dead and Boromir had been alive. He almost dies in defense of Gondor, and when
    he lies there with two arrows in him, his father wants to kill both himself and
    Faramir. Luckily, Gandalf stops him from killing Faramir, but Denethor dies.
    
    Faramir is just a clone of Aragorn. He has a little better arrows, but a little
    slower melee attacking. He's better than Aragorn, though.
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    II. Upgrades
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    FELLOWSHIP
    ----------
    These upgrades can be purchased by any character. If bought as a Fellowship
    Upgrade, they are divided to everyone, but the characters have to be at a level
    high enough for the upgrade.
    
    Orc Bane
    Controls: B, R
    Cost: 5000/8000
    Level: 2
    Description: Parry, then instantly kill an attacking orc.
    ---
    Orc Hewer
    Controls: A, A, Y
    Cost: 1000/3000
    Level: 2
    Description: Effective for swiftly killing unshielded foes.
    ---
    Final Judgment
    Controls: A, X, R
    Cost: 5000/8000
    Level: 2
    Description: Wound, trip, then instantly kill an attacking enemy.
    ---
    Rising Revenge
    Controls: A/Y
    Cost: 10000/30000
    Level: 3
    Description: Attack as you regain your feet, taking enemies by surprise.
    ---
    Strength of Stone
    Controls:
    Cost: 5000/15000
    Level: 3 (2 if Gandalf)
    Description: Permanently increases your health.
    ---
    Balrog's Gambit
    Controls: A, X, Y
    Cost: 5000/8000
    Level: 4
    Description: Wound, trip, then attack again.
    ---
    Warrior Bane
    Controls: B, R
    Cost: 7000/11000
    Level: 5 (4 if Frodo, Sam, Merry or Pippin)
    Description: Parry, then instantly kill a man-sized enemy.
    ---
    Strength of Iron
    Controls:
    Cost: 5000/15000
    Level: 5
    Description: Permanently increases your health. (Strength of Stone
    required)
    ---
    Dark Deliverance
    Controls: Y, A, A, Y
    Cost: 7000/11000
    Level: 5
    Description: Effective for a rapid dispatch of shielded enemies.
    ---
    Strength of the Fellowship
    Controls:
    Cost: 5000/15000
    Level: 6 if Aragorn/Faramir, 8 if Legolas/Gandalf, 7 if Gimli/Sam/
    Frodo/Merry/Pippin
    Description: Permanently increases your strength (Strength of Iron
    required).
    ---
    Shield Cleaver
    Controls: Y, Y, X, Y
    Cost: 7000/11000
    Level: 6
    Description: For strong enemies: Splinter the shield, trip the
    enemy and attack.
    ---
    Bane of Sauron
    Controls: B, R
    Cost: 9000/12000
    Level: 7 (6 if Frodo, Sam, Merry or Pippin)
    Description: Parry, then instantly kill an attacking uruk.
    ---
    Lightning Strike
    Controls: A, Y, A, A
    Cost: 7000/11000
    Level: 8
    Description: A series of quick and powerful strikes which
    knocks down shieldless foes.
    ---
    Killing Zone
    Controls:
    Cost: 10000/20000
    Level: 8
    Description: Increases the amount of time you remain in
    Perfect mode.
    ---
    Helm's Hammer
    Controls: Y, Y, Y
    Cost: 12000/20000
    Level: 9
    Description: A deadly combo: Splinter the shield and attack
    again.
    ---
    Swift Justice
    Controls: A, A, A, A
    Cost: 12000/20000
    Level: 10
    Description: A swift combo, deadly to shieldless foes.
    ---------------
    Aragorn/Faramir
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    Ranger Fury
    Controls: Y held
    Cost: 4000
    Level: 2
    Description: A devastating attack which causes
    lightning damage.
    ---
    Dúnedain Arrows
    Controls: L + A
    Cost: 5000
    Level: 3
    Description: Blessed elven arrows which cause additional
    damage.
    ---
    Gondorian Sword Master
    Controls: L + R
    Cost: 3500
    Level: 3
    Description: Increase damage and reach Perfect Mode faster.
    ---
    Wilderness Rage
    Controls: Y held
    Cost: 5000
    Level: 4
    Description: A more devastating attack which sets enemies
    on fire. (Ranger Fury required)
    ---
    Wrath of Númenor
    Controls: Y held
    Cost: 7000
    Level: 6
    Description: A most devastating attack which emits a ring
    of fireballs. (Wilderness Rage required)
    ---
    Rivendell Arrows
    Controls: L + A
    Cost: 5500
    Level: 6
    Description: Enchanted arrows which emit an arc of
    lightning upon impact. (Dúnedain Arrows required)
    ---
    Kingmaker
    Controls: L + R
    Cost: 7000
    Level: 7
    Description: Increase damage and reach Perfect Mode
    faster. (Gondorian Sword Master required)
    ---
    Mithril Arrows
    Controls: L + A
    Cost: 7000
    Level: 8
    Description: Magical arrows which set enemies on fire.
    (Rivendell Arrows required)
    ---
    Strength of the Evenstar
    Controls:
    Cost: 5000
    Level: 10
    Description: Permanently increases your health.
    (Strength of the Fellowship required)
    ---
    Sword Mastery of Kings
    Controls:
    Cost: 25000
    Level: 10
    Description: Increases the damage of your speed
    attack.
    -------
    Legolas
    ooooooo
    
    Mirkwood Arrows
    Controls: L + A
    Cost: 5000
    Level: 2
    Description: Blessed elven arrows which cause additional
    damage.
    ---
    Light of Lothlórien
    Controls: L + R
    Cost: 3500
    Level: 3
    Description: Increase damage and reach Perfect Mode
    faster.
    ---
    Elven Fury
    Controls: Y held
    Cost: 4000
    Level: 4
    Description: A devastating attack which inflicts lightning
    damage.
    ---
    Lothlórien Arrows
    Controls: L + A
    Cost: 5500
    Level: 5
    Description: These enchanted arrows emit an arc of lightning
    upon impact. (Mirkwood Arrows required)
    ---
    Arrows of the Valar
    Controls: L + A
    Cost: 7000
    Level: 7
    Description: Magical arrows which set enemies on fire.
    (Lothlórien Arrows required)
    ---
    Gift of Galadriel
    Controls: L + R
    Cost: 7000
    Level: 7
    Description: Increase damage and reach Perfect Mode
    faster. (Light of Lothlórien required)
    ---
    Elrond's Rage
    Controls: Y held
    Cost: 7000
    Level: 8
    Description: A more devastating attack which sets
    enemies on fire. (Elven Fury required)
    ---
    Mithril Arrows
    Controls: L + A
    Cost: 10500
    Level: 9
    Description: These arrows penetrates enemies, setting
    them ablaze. (Arrows of the Valar required)
    ---
    Elven Bow Mastery
    Controls:
    Cost: 25000
    Level: 10
    Description: Fire two arrows at two targets with one
    shot.
    -----
    Gimli
    =====
    
    Dwarven Fury
    Controls: Y held
    Cost: 4000
    Level: 2
    Description: A devastating attack which causes lightning
    damage.
    ---
    Lonely Mountain Lore
    Controls: L + R
    Cost: 3500
    Level: 3
    Description: Increase damage and reach Perfect Mode faster.
    ---
    Mountain Rage
    Controls: Y held
    Cost: 5000
    Level: 4
    Description: A more devastating attack which sets enemies
    on fire. (Dwarven Fury required)
    ---
    Erebor Axes
    Controls: L + A
    Cost: 5000
    Level: 5
    Description: Enchanted throwing axes which cause additional
    damage.
    ---
    Wrath of Moria
    Controls: Y held
    Cost: 7000
    Level: 6
    Description: A most devastating attack which emits a ring of
    fireballs. (Mountain Rage required)
    ---
    Moria Axes
    Controls: L + A
    Cost: 5500
    Level: 7
    Description: Magical throwing axes which emit an arc of
    lightning upon impact. (Erebor Axes required)
    ---
    Axe Mastery of Kings
    Controls: L + R
    Cost: 7000
    Level: 7
    Description: Increase damage and reach Perfect Mode faster.
    (Lonely Mountain Lore required)
    ---
    Strength of Glóin
    Controls:
    Cost: 5000
    Level: 8
    Description: Permanently increases your health. (Strength of
    the Fellowship required)
    ---
    Strength of Khazad-dûm
    Controls:
    Cost: 5000
    Level: 10
    Description: Permanently increases your health. (Strength of
    Glóin required)
    ---
    Dwarven Axe Mastery
    Controls:
    Cost: 25000
    Level: 10
    Description: Increases the damage of your fierce attack.
    -------
    Gandalf
    =======
    
    Fog of War
    Controls: Y held
    Cost: 4000
    Level: 2
    Description: A devastating attack which invokes an expanding
    fog cloud, knocking enemies off their feet.
    ---
    Wizard's Power
    Controls: L + R
    Cost: 3500
    Level: 3
    Description: The magical shield damages enemies more severely
    and persists longer.
    ---
    Light of the Pilgrim
    Controls: L + A
    Cost: 5000
    Level: 3
    Description: This projectile inflicts lightning damage.
    ---
    Wrath of Anor
    Controls: Y held
    Cost: 5000
    Level: 4
    Description: A more devastating attack which invokes a ring of
    lightning. (Fog of War required)
    ---
    Light of the Forges
    Controls: L + A
    Cost: 5500
    Level: 5
    Description: This projectile sets enemies on fire. (Light of the
    Pilgrim required)
    ---
    Flame of Udûn
    Controls: Y held
    Cost: 7000
    Level: 6
    Description: A most devastating attack which invokes a ring of
    fire. (Wrath of Anor required)
    ---
    Power of the Palantír
    Controls: L + R
    Cost: 7000
    Level: 7
    Description: The magical shield inflicts more damage and persists
    longer. (Wizard's Power required)
    ---
    Enchantment of the Havens
    Controls: L + R
    Cost: 10500
    Level: 10
    Description: The magical shield knocks enemies to the ground and
    persists longer. (Power of the Palantír required)
    ---
    Power of the Istari
    Controls:
    Cost: 25000
    Level: 10
    Description: Increases the damage of your projectiles and
    devastating attacks.
    ---
    Light of the Valar
    Controls: L + A
    Cost: 7000
    Level: 10
    Description: This projectile of pure light penetrates enemies,
    setting them aflame. (Light of the Forges required)
    ----------------------
    Sam/Frodo/Merry/Pippin
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    Poison Blade
    Controls: Y held
    Cost: 4000
    Level: 3
    Description: A devastating attack causing continual damage.
    ---
    Cloak of Haldir
    Controls: L + R
    Cost: 3500
    Level: 3
    Description: Increases the amount of time during which a
    hobbit is concealed by his elven cloak.
    ---
    Cloud of Shadow
    Controls: Y held
    Cost: 5000
    Level: 5
    Description: Create a poison cloud which inflicts continual
    damage. (Poison Blade required)
    ---
    Poison Daggers
    Controls: L + A
    Cost: 5500
    Level: 5
    Description: Each dagger that hits causes continual damage.
    ---
    Cloak of Celeborn
    Controls: L + R
    Cost: 7000
    Level: 6
    Description: Increases the amount of time during which a
    hobbit is concealed by his elven cloak. (Cloak of Haldir
    required)
    ---
    Morgul Daggers
    Controls: L + A
    Cost: 7000
    Level: 7
    Description: The hobbit's most powerful ranged attack. (Poison
    Daggers required)
    ---
    Halfling Strength
    Controls:
    Cost: 5000
    Level: 8
    Description: Permanently increases your health. (Strength of the
    Fellowship required)
    ---
    Cloud of Wrath
    Controls: Y held
    Cost: 7000
    Level: 9
    Description: A most devastating poison cloud which inflicts
    continual damage. (Cloud of Shadow required)
    ---
    Cloak of Galadriel
    Controls: L + R
    Cost: 10500
    Level: 10
    Description: Increases the amount of time during which a
    hobbit is concealed by his elven cloak. (Cloak of Celeborn
    required)
    ---
    Strength of the Gaffer
    Controls:
    Cost: 25000
    Level: 10
    Description: Increases the damage of all sword attacks from
    behind.
    ---
    Baggins Strength
    Controls:
    Cost: 5000
    Level: 10
    Description: Permanently increases your health. (Halfling Strength
    required)
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    III. Codes
    oooooooooo
    
    To use a code, press Start, hold L and R and enter the code.
    
    These codes can only be used when you have beaten the game.
    
    B, B, X, X: Recover all health
    X, Down, Y, A: Perfect Mode
    Y, Up, Y, Down: Always devastating
    Up, Down, Y, B: All upgrades
    B, B, Down, X: Infinite ranged attacks
    B, X, B, Up: Invulnerable
    Down, X, Up, B: Give enemies bright colors
    ---
    These codes grant 1000 experience points. Use the code for the character you are
    playing as.
    
    Aragorn: Up, B, Y, A
    Legolas: A, Y, Up, A
    Gimli: X, X, Y, A
    Gandalf: X, Y, Up, Down
    Sam: Y, A, Down, A
    Frodo: Down, Y, Up, Down
    Pippin: Y, A, B, A
    Merry: X, X, B, A
    Faramir: B, Y, Up, B
    ---
    These codes will boost your character's level to 8. Use the code for the
    character you are playing as.
    
    Aragorn: Up, B, Y, Up
    Legolas: B, Up, Up, X
    Gimli: X, Y, B, X
    Gandalf: X, B, X, X
    Sam: X, X, Y, Y
    Frodo: X, X, X, X
    Pippin: B, Up, Up, X
    Merry: X, Y, A, B
    Faramir: X, X, X, X
    ¤==||==========================================================================>
    IV. Levels
    oooooooooo
    
    This is NO walkthrough. All I do is giving you some brief information about the
    levels.
    
    The Path of the Wizard
    ----------------------
    
    Level 1: Helm's Deep
    
    Things to do:
    1. Help Gimli clear the uruks.
    2. Help Legolas clear the archers.
    3. Help Aragorn clear the causeway.
    
    Ways to fail:
    1. Your health runs out.
    
    Unlocked by: The first mission!
    **********
    Level 2: The Road to Isengard
    
    Things to do:
    1. Fight your way to the first checkpoint.
    2. Kill 75 orcs.
    3. Fight your way through the rest of the level.
    4. Help the ent undo the final support of the dam.
    
    Ways to fail:
    1. Your health runs out.
    
    Unlocked by: Completing Helm's Deep
    **********
    Level 3: Minas Tirith: Top of the Wall
    
    Things to do:
    1. Kick down ladders using the X button.
    2. Topple the siege towers.
    3. Go down with the men.
    
    Ways to fail:
    1. Your health runs out.
    2. The Siege Meter runs to the top.
    
    Unlocked by: Completing The Road to Isengard
    **********
    Level 4: Minas Tirith: Courtyard
    
    Things to do:
    1. Get 200 women out safely.
    
    Ways to fail:
    1. Your health runs out.
    
    Unlocked by: Completing Minas Tirith: Top of the Wall
    **********
    The Path of the King
    --------------------
    
    Level 1: The Paths of the Dead
    
    Things to do:
    1. Fight your way to the final bridge.
    2. Kill 35 skeletons.
    
    Ways to fail:
    1. Your health runs out.
    
    Unlocked by: Completing Helm's Deep
    **********
    Level 2: The King of the Dead
    
    Things to do:
    1. Defeat the King.
    2. Escape the dungeon.
    
    Ways to fail:
    1. Your health runs out.
    
    Unlocked by: Completing The Paths of the Dead
    **********
    Level 3: The Southern Gate
    
    Things to do:
    1. Fire the two left-hand ballistae.
    2. Kill the troll.
    3. Kill the oliphaunt.
    4. Open the gate by using the winch.
    5. Enter the gate.
    
    Ways to fail:
    1. Your health runs out.
    
    Unlocked by: Completing The King of the Dead
    **********
    Level 4: Pelennor Fields
    
    Things to do:
    1. Kill 60 enemies.
    2. Save Éowyn and Merry.
    
    Ways to fail:
    1. Your health runs out.
    2. Merry's and Eowyn's health runs out.
    
    Unlocked by: Completing The Southern Gate
    **********
    Level 5: The Black Gate
    
    Things to do:
    1. Kill the Mouth of Sauron.
    2. Kill 6 uruks.
    3. Kill the Nazgûl.
    
    Ways to fail:
    1. Your health runs out.
    2. The health of either one of your allies (Aragorn, Legolas,
    Gimli or Gandalf) runs out
    
    Unlocked by: Completing Minas Tirith: Courtyard and Pelennor
    Fields
    **********
    The Path of the Hobbits
    -----------------------
    
    Level 1: The Escape from Osgiliath
    
    Things to do:
    1. Fight your way to the sewers.
    2. Open the grille and escape.
    
    Ways to fail:
    1. Your health runs out.
    2. The Nazgûl Meter fills up.
    
    Unlocked by: Completing Helm's Deep
    **********
    Level 2: Shelob's Lair
    
    Things to do:
    1. Fight your way to Shelob.
    2. Kill Shelob.
    
    Ways to fail:
    1. Your health runs out.
    
    Unlocked by: Completing The Escape from Osgiliath
    **********
    Level 3: Cirith Ungol
    
    Things to do:
    1. Kill 80 orcs.
    2. Make your way to the tower.
    3. Kill Gorbag.
    
    Ways to fail:
    1. Your health runs out.
    2. The bridge crumbles beneath you.
    
    Unlocked by: Completing Shelob's Lair
    **********
    Level 4: The Crack of Doom
    
    Things to do:
    1. Defeat Gollum
    
    Ways to fail:
    1. Your health runs out.
    
    Unlocked by: Completing Cirith Ungol and The Black Gate.
    ¤==||==========================================================================>
    V. Copyright information
    oooooooooooooooooooooooo
    
    This guide is © me, Matzen12, or Mats Lindgren which is my real name. This is
    what you CAN do with this guide:
    
    You can use it to complete the game or create your own FAQ
    You can print it out as long as you don't sell it for personal benefit
    
    This is what you CAN'T do:
    
    You can't replace my name with your name and post it anywhere
    You can't sell or trade it for personal benefit
    
    If found anywhere else than the two sites it is considered illegal. If you
    read it somewhere else you commit an Internet crime. If you want to use it,
    mail me at matzen13@mail.com and tell me the site. Then you can post it.
    ¤==||==========================================================================>
    VI. Thank you.
    oooooooooooooo
    
    Thank you, dear guest, for spending your precious time reading this. If you want
    to know, you can insert a copyright symbol (©) by holding ALT and then typing
    0169 on your numerical keyboard.
    ---
    End of document