The
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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
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Aragorn
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Orc Hewer
Controls: A, A, Y
Cost: 1000/3000
Level: 2
Description: Effective for swiftly killing unshielded foes.
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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.
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Balrog's Gambit
Controls: A, X, Y
Cost: 5000/8000
Level: 4
Description: Wound, trip, then attack again.
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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.
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Strength of Iron
Controls:
Cost: 5000/15000
Level: 5
Description: Permanently increases your health. (Strength of Stone
required)
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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).
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Shield Cleaver
Controls: Y, Y, X, Y
Cost: 7000/11000
Level: 6
Description: For strong enemies: Splinter the shield, trip the
enemy and attack.
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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.
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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.
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Killing Zone
Controls:
Cost: 10000/20000
Level: 8
Description: Increases the amount of time you remain in
Perfect mode.
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Helm's Hammer
Controls: Y, Y, Y
Cost: 12000/20000
Level: 9
Description: A deadly combo: Splinter the shield and attack
again.
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Swift Justice
Controls: A, A, A, A
Cost: 12000/20000
Level: 10
Description: A swift combo, deadly to shieldless foes.
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Aragorn/Faramir
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Ranger Fury
Controls: Y held
Cost: 4000
Level: 2
Description: A devastating attack which causes
lightning damage.
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Dúnedain Arrows
Controls: L + A
Cost: 5000
Level: 3
Description: Blessed elven arrows which cause additional
damage.
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Gondorian Sword Master
Controls: L + R
Cost: 3500
Level: 3
Description: Increase damage and reach Perfect Mode faster.
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Wilderness Rage
Controls: Y held
Cost: 5000
Level: 4
Description: A more devastating attack which sets enemies
on fire. (Ranger Fury required)
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Wrath of Númenor
Controls: Y held
Cost: 7000
Level: 6
Description: A most devastating attack which emits a ring
of fireballs. (Wilderness Rage required)
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Rivendell Arrows
Controls: L + A
Cost: 5500
Level: 6
Description: Enchanted arrows which emit an arc of
lightning upon impact. (Dúnedain Arrows required)
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Kingmaker
Controls: L + R
Cost: 7000
Level: 7
Description: Increase damage and reach Perfect Mode
faster. (Gondorian Sword Master required)
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Mithril Arrows
Controls: L + A
Cost: 7000
Level: 8
Description: Magical arrows which set enemies on fire.
(Rivendell Arrows required)
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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.
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Legolas
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Mirkwood Arrows
Controls: L + A
Cost: 5000
Level: 2
Description: Blessed elven arrows which cause additional
damage.
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Light of Lothlórien
Controls: L + R
Cost: 3500
Level: 3
Description: Increase damage and reach Perfect Mode
faster.
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Elven Fury
Controls: Y held
Cost: 4000
Level: 4
Description: A devastating attack which inflicts lightning
damage.
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Lothlórien Arrows
Controls: L + A
Cost: 5500
Level: 5
Description: These enchanted arrows emit an arc of lightning
upon impact. (Mirkwood Arrows required)
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Arrows of the Valar
Controls: L + A
Cost: 7000
Level: 7
Description: Magical arrows which set enemies on fire.
(Lothlórien Arrows required)
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Gift of Galadriel
Controls: L + R
Cost: 7000
Level: 7
Description: Increase damage and reach Perfect Mode
faster. (Light of Lothlórien required)
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Elrond's Rage
Controls: Y held
Cost: 7000
Level: 8
Description: A more devastating attack which sets
enemies on fire. (Elven Fury required)
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Mithril Arrows
Controls: L + A
Cost: 10500
Level: 9
Description: These arrows penetrates enemies, setting
them ablaze. (Arrows of the Valar required)
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Elven Bow Mastery
Controls:
Cost: 25000
Level: 10
Description: Fire two arrows at two targets with one
shot.
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Gimli
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Dwarven Fury
Controls: Y held
Cost: 4000
Level: 2
Description: A devastating attack which causes lightning
damage.
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Lonely Mountain Lore
Controls: L + R
Cost: 3500
Level: 3
Description: Increase damage and reach Perfect Mode faster.
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Mountain Rage
Controls: Y held
Cost: 5000
Level: 4
Description: A more devastating attack which sets enemies
on fire. (Dwarven Fury required)
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Erebor Axes
Controls: L + A
Cost: 5000
Level: 5
Description: Enchanted throwing axes which cause additional
damage.
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Wrath of Moria
Controls: Y held
Cost: 7000
Level: 6
Description: A most devastating attack which emits a ring of
fireballs. (Mountain Rage required)
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Moria Axes
Controls: L + A
Cost: 5500
Level: 7
Description: Magical throwing axes which emit an arc of
lightning upon impact. (Erebor Axes required)
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Axe Mastery of Kings
Controls: L + R
Cost: 7000
Level: 7
Description: Increase damage and reach Perfect Mode faster.
(Lonely Mountain Lore required)
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Strength of Glóin
Controls:
Cost: 5000
Level: 8
Description: Permanently increases your health. (Strength of
the Fellowship required)
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Strength of Khazad-dûm
Controls:
Cost: 5000
Level: 10
Description: Permanently increases your health. (Strength of
Glóin required)
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Dwarven Axe Mastery
Controls:
Cost: 25000
Level: 10
Description: Increases the damage of your fierce attack.
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Gandalf
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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.
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Wizard's Power
Controls: L + R
Cost: 3500
Level: 3
Description: The magical shield damages enemies more severely
and persists longer.
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Light of the Pilgrim
Controls: L + A
Cost: 5000
Level: 3
Description: This projectile inflicts lightning damage.
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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)
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Light of the Forges
Controls: L + A
Cost: 5500
Level: 5
Description: This projectile sets enemies on fire. (Light of the
Pilgrim required)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Power of the Istari
Controls:
Cost: 25000
Level: 10
Description: Increases the damage of your projectiles and
devastating attacks.
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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)
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Sam/Frodo/Merry/Pippin
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Poison Blade
Controls: Y held
Cost: 4000
Level: 3
Description: A devastating attack causing continual damage.
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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.
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Cloud of Shadow
Controls: Y held
Cost: 5000
Level: 5
Description: Create a poison cloud which inflicts continual
damage. (Poison Blade required)
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Poison Daggers
Controls: L + A
Cost: 5500
Level: 5
Description: Each dagger that hits causes continual damage.
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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)
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Morgul Daggers
Controls: L + A
Cost: 7000
Level: 7
Description: The hobbit's most powerful ranged attack. (Poison
Daggers required)
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Halfling Strength
Controls:
Cost: 5000
Level: 8
Description: Permanently increases your health. (Strength of the
Fellowship required)
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Cloud of Wrath
Controls: Y held
Cost: 7000
Level: 9
Description: A most devastating poison cloud which inflicts
continual damage. (Cloud of Shadow required)
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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)
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Strength of the Gaffer
Controls:
Cost: 25000
Level: 10
Description: Increases the damage of all sword attacks from
behind.
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Baggins Strength
Controls:
Cost: 5000
Level: 10
Description: Permanently increases your health. (Halfling Strength
required)
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III. Codes
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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
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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
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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
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IV. Levels
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This is NO walkthrough. All I do is giving you some brief information about the
levels.

The Path of the Wizard
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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V. Copyright information
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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.
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VI. Thank you.
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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.
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