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Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
PS2 version
Palantir of Sauron Guide
By casanova973 (Dominic Smyth)
Version Final

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Hello, and welcome to my guide for the Palantir of Sauron. This will be my 
first complete guide for GameFAQs; I have written other guides but none of them 
are totally complete yet. I hope you enjoy reading this guide and most 
importantly I hope you find it useful. 

This guide is for the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. It is an in-depth 
guide for ROTK and it covers only the palantir of Sauron, so don't go looking 
through this guide hoping to find a walkthrough for the whole game. Palantir 
of Sauron is a secret level that you unlock after you beat the whole game and 
you have Gandalf, Sam and either Aragorn, Gimli or Legolas up to level 10 or 
higher. 

When you beat the Crack of Doom with Frodo, you unlock two more extra levels: 
Palantir of Saruman and the Palantir of Sauron. It is probably easier if you 
complete the Palantir of Saruman first before you move on to Palantir of 
Sauron. I also recommend purchasing every single upgrade for the character you 
are going to use.

Also, once you beat the Crack of Doom, you unlock three secret characters: 
Merry, Pippin and Faramir. You can play the two secret levels with those secret 
characters but there isn't any point because they start at level 1. Merry and 
Pippin are exactly the same as Sam and Frodo, and Faramir is basically a clone 
of Aragon (in gameplay).

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 Table of Contents
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1: Introduction
2: Version History
3: Basic Controls
4: Tips
5: Palantir of Sauron
6: Legal Stuff/Contact Info

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Version Final - First version of the game but it is still complete. I have 
completed every part of the guide and I don't feel I need to add anything else 
big. If I update something new it will probably only just be a tip from a 
contributer.

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Speed attack = X button (X) - Use speed attacks to defeat unshielded enemies. 
It is useless against shielded enemies.

Fierce attack = Triangle button (T) - Very effective on shielded enemies. It 
usually defeats an enemy in three hits.

Parry (block) = Square button (S) - Use the parry button to protect yourself 
from arrows. You can block any enemy attack except for Trolls.

Kick = Circle button (O) - Use the kick button to kick down enemies. It's not 
very helpful, only when you are kicking down ladders. When you purchase a 
combo with Circle in it, your character will glow in purple and charge 
forwards.

Action Command = (R1) button - Use the action command button when you see an 
object with a purple ring around it. Your character will do a cool action. 

Killing Move = (R2) button - The killing move kills any enemy knocked down but 
it is not dead.

Special Move = (L1+R1+L2+R2) - Each character has their own special move. 
Gandalf is protected by a magic shield, Sam and Frodo go invisible and Aragon, 
Legolas and Gimli glow in red and it allows you to reach perfect mode quicker.

Ranged Attacks (L1+X) button(s) - Every character has a different ranged 
attack. Aragon and Legolas shoot arrows, Gimli throws his axes, Gandalf shoots 
laser projectiles and Sam and Frodo throw knifes.

Dodge (Jump back) = (L2) button - If there are enemies charging at you, press 
the L2 button to jump back five yards. It will give you more time and space.

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At first I wasn't going to add this section to this guide, but then I realised 
that no guide is a real guide without some important tips. This section will 
give you some good tips on how to defeat certain enemies that might appear in 
the Palantir of Sauron.

- When you see a crowd of shielded enemies, block their first attack, then use 
fierce attack to break their shields. Now you can just use speed attacks to 
kill them. 
 
- Trolls do have a weak point and it is war pikes. Around the Palantir, you 
will find some war pikes (spears), press and hold R1 to aim your war pike, and 
release R1 to fire.

- Your characters special ability always helps you in battles. It will get you 
into perfect mode quicker so it will be easier to kill enemies.

- When you are aiming your ranged attacks and war pikes, the enemy that you 
are aiming at will be highlighted in green.

- After every wave of enemies you kill in both secret levels, a red health 
jar appears. These health jars stay through all the waves until you collect 
them. I usually save them until the end and wait for the tougher enemies 
because that is the place I usually tend to need them most.

- After every five waves you complete, you get a bunch of 20 missiles. the 
missiles appear at the same place where the health jars are. You should 
probably use the arrows when you have about 10 missiles left.

- When you beat the Crack of Doom, check out the cheat code section before you 
try out the secret levels. Use the cheats because they will help you a lot as 
it is almost impossible to complete it without some cheats.

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5: Palantir of Sauron
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This is the main section of the guide. I will explain all the different waves 
in the Palantir of Sauron, the enemies you are up against and how to kill them.

First of all, I have to start by saying use the character you are strongest 
with. You have to have most characters up to level 10 at least but I would use 
the character you are strpngest with. I used Gandalf as I had him up to level 
13 before I started and I am strongest with him.

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WAVE 1:
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Enemies:

24 Normal Orcs

How to Kill:

Use speed attacks to kill them all. You donít really need to use fierce attack 
at all so donít. Swift Justice and Or chewer should be the two most commonly 
used combos at this stage. Parry whenever there is need.

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Enemies:

24 Normal Easterlings

How to Kill:

Use the same strategy as above to defeat this wave. This one is harder than 
the one above because Easterlings are stronger than Orcs.

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Enemies:

13 Normal Easterlings
13 Normal Orcs

How to Kill:

There are more enemies this time so be careful and parry when you need to. 
They start off charging at you from both sides so be ready to kill. I used 
Swift Justice a lot in this fight.

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Enemies:

14 Orc Archers

How to Kill:

You can use the strategy that I used, which was parry, and then move until I 
got to an archer, and then I just used speed attacks to kill it. Or you can 
just do it the lazy mans way of shooting missiles at them. Shooting missiles 
is harder because itís harder to block. Itís your choice on how you defeat 
this wave mate.

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Enemies:

14 Uruk-hai Archers

How to Kill:

Use the strategy above to beat this wave. This time they have crossbows and 
not normal bows so it hurts more if you get hit. 

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Enemies:

10 Orc Archers
10 Uruk-hai Archers

How to Kill:

Use the same strategy(s) as above. This time there are more of them, so it 
might be easier to kill them all by killing them by close combat. Only fire 
missiles until there are only a couple left, not when there are loads of them 
archers.

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Enemies:

12 Shielded Uruk-hai

How to Kill:

Break all of their shields first, it will be easier. Itís easier to break their 
shields first because if you hit a shield with a speed attack, nothing 
happens at all and it slows you down. If you break their shields first, you 
can finish them off easily.

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Enemies:

12 Shielded Easterlings

How to Kill:

Easterlings have stronger shields than Uruk-hai, I donít know why? Use the 
same strategy as above to complete the wave.

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Enemies:

8 Shielded Easterlings
8 Shielded Uruk-hai

How to Kill:

This one is much harder than the other two shielded enemy ones because there 
are more of them. Try and just run around the arena and kill anyone that gets 
in your way. Try not to get trapped in the corner.

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Enemies:

12 Normal Orcs
12 Uruk-hai Archers

How to Kill:

Try and kill the archers first because it will be easier to kill the Orcs 
that way. Donít fire missiles at the archers because you wonít have enough 
time. Orcs jump on you when you least expect them too.

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Enemies:

16 Normal Easterlings
5 Orc Archers

How to Kill:

Use the same strategy as above but this one is easier. There are less archers 
but more normal enemies.

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Enemies:

12 Shielded Uruk-hai
10 Uruk-hai Archers

How to Kill:

Try and just keep to the basics and use the same strategies as above to 
defeat this wave.

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Enemies:

12 Shielded Easterlings
10 Orc archers

How to Kill:

Use the same strategyís as above.

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Enemies:

8 Orc archers
8 Normal Easterlings
8 Shielded Uruk-hai

How to Kill:

Try and break their shields first, or at least some of them before you head 
for the archers. Try and make sure that you leave the normal Easterlings 
until last.

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Enemies:

12 Shielded Easterlings
8 Normal Orcs
6 Orc Archers

How to Kill:

Try and go for the Easterlings first because they are the hardest and they
have the most type of enemies in this wave. Donít kill the rest in any order; 
just kill anyone who steps in your path.

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Enemies:

6 Uruk-hai Champions

How to Kill:

These are the hardest champions to kill in the game. Break their armour first 
with a couple of fierce attacks. Then finish them off with an effective combo, 
or just normal speed attacks. Try and take out the championsí one at a time 
because you donít want to get surrounded.

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Enemies:

6 Easterlings Champions

How to Kill:

Use the same strategy as above: break their armour first, then finish them 
off with some speed attacks.

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Enemies:

4 Uruk-hai Champions
3 Easterling Champions
1 Troll

How to Kill:

Use the jump back button a lot in this level. Try and take out the champions 
one at a time because you donít want to get surrounded. Try and leave the 
Troll until last, as it is easier to kill with less enemies around.

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Enemies:

6 Uruk-hai Champions
5 Easterling Champions
1 Large Troll

How to Kill:

Use the same strategy as above. Take down the Troll last.

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Enemies:

7 Uruk-hai Champions
6 Easterling Champions
5 Orc archers
2 Large trolls

How to Kill:

Here is where you put all that you have learnt into one battle. Try and get 
rid of the archers and champions first, then get rid of the Troll at the end 
of the battle.

You have now got 100% completion of the game.
Well done my friend, well deserved.

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This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, 
private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed 
publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other 
web site or as part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a 
violation of copyright.

So basically, don't do anything other than read this guide without my 
permission. If you see this guide on any other site than GameFAQs 
(www.gamefaqs.com) or GameDestination (www.gamedestination.net), Email me.

Email me at: casanova973@hotmail.com
MSN chat with me on: Big_D_008@hotmail.com

Guide is now complete!
          Copyright 2004 Dominic Smyth