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    LORD OF THE RINGS: THE THIRD AGE (CHARACTER/SKILL FAQ)
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    by Kibbitz
    
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    Contents
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    1. Introduction
       1.1 History
       1.2 Copyright
    2. Evil Mode
       2.1 Eregion
       2.2 West Moria
       2.3 East Moria
       2.4 East Emnet Gullies
       2.5 Rohan, Home of the Horse Lords
       2.6 Helm's Deep
       2.7 Osgiliath
       2.8 Minas Tirith
       2.9 Pelennor Fields
    3. Credits
    
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    % 1. INTRODUCTION                                                           %
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    The Lord of the Rings is one of my favourite pieces of written fiction.
    However, my experiences with the existing PC RPGs for it have been lackluster,
    to say the least, and I didn't really like the movie adaptations of the story.
    However, my friend kept raving about this game, so I tried, and there went 28
    hours of my life. The game is fairly simple and an FAQ/Walkthrough really
    isn't necessary, except to note the location of chests and quest triggers.
    However, some elements of the game are worth taking note of, which led me to
    do an guide for character/skill combos and Evil Mode in two separate FAQs.
    
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    1.1 HISTORY
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    11/02/2004    Started playing LotR - TTA
    11/06/2004    Started on the FAQs for LotR - TTA.
    
                  Status of Current Game:
                  Eregion: 100% completed (12/12 Quests)
                  West Moria: 100% completed (5/5 Quests)
                  East Moria: 100% completed (10/10 Quests)
                  East Emnet Gullies: 100% completed (9/9 Quests)
                  Plains of Rohan: 100% completed (8/8 Quests)
                  Helm's Deep: 100% Completed (9/9)
                 
                  Play Time: 26:05:55
                  % of game completed: 56
                  Difficulty: Medium
                 
    11/09/2004:   Completed initial draft of Evil Mode and Character/Skill FAQs.
                 
    
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     1.2 COPYRIGHT
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    I have no qualms with this being posted anywhere without my permission,
    though if you decide to use material from this FAQ, it'd be nice to be
    credited. With that said...
    
    
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    % 2. EVIL MODE                                                              %
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    Evil Mode is basically a reenactment of key battles you fight along the way in
    the game. Evil Mode is divided into regions corresponding to the same ones you
    visit ingame, and regions in Evil Mode are unlocked after completing the main
    quest in the region and entering a new region. You will be prompted that a new
    region has been unlocked in Evil Mode after you save your game.
    
    The point of Evil Mode is to earn equipment for your party, and the quality of
    the rewards improve as you go further into the different regions. Evil Mode
    can only be accessed from the main game menu, so you need to quit your current
    game if you wish to play Evil Mode.
    
    Apparently, EA likes to make you work for your stuff. The game is designed to
    recognize which region of Evil Mode was last played before awarding you items
    in the main game. This means that if you want more than one set of a
    particular item from Evil Mode, you will have to:
    1) beat a region in Evil Mode,
    2) apply the prizes to your save game of choice,
    3) load up that savegame
    4) save and quit
    5) repeat from step 1
    
    Annoying, but I suppose I can see a point to this. Anyway, since weapons and
    armor are unique, the only point in replaying Evil Mode would be for
    Elfstones.
    
    Tips for Evil Mode in general:
    
    1) The special 4th characters usually are the greatest damage dealers, you may
    want to take them out first.
    
    2) Remember that your enemies are your characters, so you should have a good
    idea of their abilities. Eliminate them as necessary. For example, Idrial has
    healing abilities, relatively heavy armor but low HP. Depending on the
    sequences of actions that you have available, it might be advisable to focus
    on her and kill her before she can heal another character.
    
    3) Don't skimp on the AP. Use as much as possible on the most useful moves.
    Your units generally have a better chance of dying than running out of AP for
    most battles.
    
    4) Even the best plans can be screwed up by strings of unlucky misses. In such
    a case, just bear with it and try again.
    
    5) Your performance doesn't matter, so sacrifice your units if helps to
    winning the battle.
    
    
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    2.1 EREGION
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    Battle 1
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    Units:
    Orc Captain, Orc Veteran, Orc Archer
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Elegost, Idrial
    
    
    
    Battle 2
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    Units:
    Orc Chief, Orc Veteran, Orc Swordsman
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Elegost, Idrial
    
    
    
    Battle 3
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    Units:
    Cave Troll
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Elegost, Hadhod
    
    
    
    Battle 4
    --------
    Units:
    Nazgul
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Hadhod, Idrial
    
    
    
    Spoils of Victory:
    ------------------
    Cracked Elfstone of Action Enhancement
    Cracked Elfstone of Armor Enhancement
    Cracked Elfstone of Health Enhancement
    
    
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    2.2 WEST MORIA
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    Battle 1
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    Units:
    Watcher
    
    Enemies:
    Elegost, Hadhod, Idrial
    
    
    
    Battle 2
    --------
    Units:
    Goblin Sword, Goblin Veteran, Goblin Archer x2
    
    Enemies:
    Elegost, Hadhod, Idrial
    
    
    
    Spoils of Victory:
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    3rd Age Mordor Orc Battle Shield (Berethor)
    Cracked Elfstone of Shadow Protection
    
    
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    2.3 EAST MORIA
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    Battle 1
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    Units:
    Cave Troll x2
    
    
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Elegost, Idrial
    
    
    
    Battle 2
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    Units:
    Goblin Veteran, Goblin Archer, Goblin Swordsman, Goblin Captain
    
    Enemies:
    Elegost, Hadhod, Idrial
    
    
    
    Battle 3
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    Units
    Cave Troll, Troll Drummer
    
    Enemies
    Berethor, Elegost, Hadhod
    
    
    
    Battle 4
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    Units:
    The Balrog of Moria
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Gandalf, Hadhod, Idrial
    
    
    
    Spoils of Victory:
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    3rd Age Foul Blade of Morgul (Berethor)
    Cracked Elfstone of Spirit Enhancement
    
    
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    2.4 EAST EMNET GULLIES
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    Nice prizes, but one of the crappiest sets of battles to fight, since there's
    just no way of getting around a lot of the things they can throw at you. Just
    try your best and hope you don't get cheaped out by suddenly perfect tactical
    choices by the random AI.
    
    
    Battle 1
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    Units:
    Uruk Captain x2, Orc Archer x2
    
    Enemies:
    Aranel, Berethor, Elegost, Idrial
    
    Since Berethor has no ranged attacks, he's best saved for last. Aranel can
    wipe out all your units in one single Arrow Storm, so he's the main target.
    You might want to try killing Idrial first in case she heals him though.
    
    
    
    Battle 2
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    Units:
    Uruk Captain, Uruk Veteran x2
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Hadhod, Idrial
    
    
    
    Battle 3
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    Units:
    Old Warg
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Elegost, Hadhod
    
    This is kind of difficult. Three on one, and it gets worse. Berethor can cast
    Stand Fast to nullify your Stunning Bite, Elegost has Creature Bane and both
    Hadhod and Elegost have Slowing attacks. Just pray that they don't decide to
    spam their Slowing attacks. In any case, you can try to use a Stunning Bite to
    1-hit kill Elegost, and then focus on Hadhod to eliminate Crippling Smash from
    the Equation.
    
    
    
    Spoils of Victory:
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    Polished Elfstone of Blunt Defense
    Polished Elfstone of Piercing Defense
    Polished Elfstone of Slashing Defense
    
    
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    2.5 ROHAN, HOME OF THE HORSE LORDS
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    Battle 1
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    Units:
    Orc Veteran x2, Orc Archer, Orc Chief
    
    Enemies:
    Hadhod, Idrial, Morwen
    
    
    
    Battle 2
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    Units:
    Uruk Veteran x2, Orc Archer x2
    
    Enemies:
    Elegost, Hadhod, Morwen
    
    
    
    Battle 3
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    Units:
    Grima, Uruk Captain x2
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Idrial, Morwen
    
    
    
    Battle 4
    --------
    Sharku, Orc Veteran x2
    
    Enemies:
    Eaoden, Elegost, Idrial
    
    
    
    Spoils of Victory:
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    3rd Age Easterling Steel Scimitar (Berethor)
    3rd Age Iron Goblin Spear of Moria (Eaoden)
    Polished Elfstone of Action Enhancement
    
    
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    2.6 HELM'S DEEP
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    Basically, the tables are turned and you get reinforced a lot. They're usually
    fragile, except for the captains and berserkers though.
    
    
    Battle 1
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    Units:
    Berserker x3
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Eaoden, Idrial, Legolas
    
    Fairly cheap battle, where everyone has combo attacks and does tons of damage,
    and you lose as soon as all ladders are removed. I never had it this easy. Not
    much you can do about it but pray.
    
    
    
    Battle 2
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    Units:
    Uruk Swordsman x2, Uruk Archer x2
    
    Enemies:
    Eaoden, Gimli, Hadhod, Morwen
    
    Silence Hadhod and Eaoden, then just keep attacking.
    
    
    
    Spoils of Victory:
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    2nd Age Long Sword of the Accursed (Berethor)
    Polished Elfstone of Armor Enhancement
    Numenorian Dark Battle Plate Vambraces (Berethor)
    
    
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    2.7 OSGILITIAH
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    Another of those sets of battles where luck turns the tide of battle too
    easily, due to the high-powered attacks everyone has.
    
    Battle 1
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    Units:
    Gothmog, Orc Veteran, Orc Archer x2
    
    Enemies:
    Eaoden, Elegost, Faramir, Idrial
    
    Once Faramir uses Steward's Armor, you will have to rely on Barad-dur's Curse
    for damage. Barad-dur's Curse apparently triggers counterattacks from Faramir
    with Faramir's Quality, so be warned.
    
    
    
    Battle 2
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    Units:
    Troll Drummer, Troll Veteran
    
    Enemies:
    Eaoden, Elegost, Morwen
    
    
    
    Battle 3
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    Units:
    Witch-king of Angmar
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Idrial
    
    Probably go for Berethor first since he can deal out more damage. Your 70k HP
    means little when he routinely does 20k with Ecthelion's Wrath. Keep going for
    Berethor, and once he's down, you can use Fear on Idrial.
    
    
    
    Spoils of Victory:
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    Sword of Isildur, High King of Gondor (Berethor )
    3rd Age Iron Morder Battle Axe (Morwen)
    3rd Age Orc Crescent Spear of Mordor (Eaoden)
    Polished Elfstone of Shadow Protection
    Gondorian Steel Warrior Fauld (Berethor)
    
    
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    2.8 MINAS TIRITH
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    This has the distinction of being the only one without Elfstones as part of
    the spoils.
    
    Battle 1
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    Units:
    Troll Captain, Troll Veteran x2
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Elegost, Morwen
    
    
    
    Battle 2
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    Units:
    Troll Captain, Troll Veteran
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Elegost, Morwen
    
    
    
    Battle 3
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    Units:
    Easterling Veteran, Easterling Swordsman x3
    
    Enemies:
    Eaoden, Hadhod, Morwen
    
    Crappy. Pretty much gone if Hadhod pulls a Flames of Ruin in the first round,
    and Eaoden and Hadhod can kill anyone with a full combo attack. Hadhod is
    quite nasty, since he usually will counterattack as well.
    
    
    
    Battle 4
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    Units:
    Witch-King of Angmar
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Eaoden, Elegost, Gandalf
    
    The Witch-King is useless as usual on his Fell beast. Berethor and Gandalf are
    the damage-dealers, they should be the first to go. Berethor can be killed in
    one hit, Gandalf in three. After that's done, use Fear on Elegost and Eaoden
    to neutralize them.
    
    
    
    Spoils of Victory:
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    2nd Age Mithril Dwarven War Hammer (Hadhod)
    2nd Age Golden Glaive of Eregion (Eaoden)
    2nd Age Steel Glaive of the High-king (Eaoden)
    Numenorian Dark Battle Plate Fauld (Berethor)
    2nd Age Easterling Steel Piercing Axe (Morwen)
    Numenorial Wool Shadow Cloak (Berethor)
    
    
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    2.9 PELENNOR FIELDS
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    Battle 1
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    Units:
    Mumakil
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Eaoden, Hadhod
    
    Just use Sweeping Tusks to remove everyone's AP. If you're lucky, Berethor
    will not have used Stand Fast, and thus, you can abuse Stomp. If not, just use
    Haradrim Volley until they die.
    
    
    
    Battle 2
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    Units:
    Witch-King of Angmar
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Eaoden, Eowyn, Morwen
    
    Finally, none of that useless Fellbeast! Just abuse Devour Flesh and wait for
    your counters to kill them.
    
    
    
    Battle 3
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    Units:
    Sauron
    
    Enemies:
    Berethor, Elegost, Idrial
    
    Darkest Fear immobilizes everyone and causes constant damage as well. After
    everyone has been neutralized, simply bombard them with the Wrath of Sauron,
    and recast Darkest Fear when necessary.
    
    
    
    Spoils of Victory:
    Ancient Elfstone of Action Enhancement
    Ancient Elfstone of Armor Enhancement
    Ancient Elfstone of Health Enhancement
    Ancient Elfstone of Spirit Enhancement
    
    
    
    And with that, you've beaten all of Evil Mode.

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