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Shadow of War - Gondor Prologue, Fellowship (Orc Commander’s Trail)

How to tackle the sprawling Middle-earth adventure.

The Gondor Prologue and Fellowship are two early missions as part of the first Gondor storyline in Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

These unlock one after another, and come as the first two missions you face in the story.

If you are interested in completing other missions in the game, our Shadow of War guide and walkthrough can help.

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Gondor Prologue

Follow the onscreen prompt to perform a stealth kill on the Orc just ahead of you.

Once he's down you have several choices on how to proceed - a stealthy approach along the walkways on either side of the cave, a sneak along the floor below, or just dropping down and fighting your way out -but we'd suggest a bit of each to get the feel for the controls.

Whatever your preferred method, head for the yellow marker at the far end of the cave.

Once you reach the marker run down the tunnel and squeeze through the gap at the end to meet Shelob.


Reward: 1750XP, Skill Point, 100 Mirian

Find Intel on the Orc Commander: Leap of the cliff and drop into the bush below. There's a Worm conveniently located in the tent nearby who will provide the required intel.

Find the Orc Commander's Trail: Head for the marker; you can either sneak round to the left or fight your way through the camp.

Defeat the Orcs: Take a couple down with your bow, then finish off the stragglers.

Find the Orc Commander's Trail: Examine the clues at the marker.

Follow the Orc Commander's Trail.

Need more help? Our Shadow of War guide and walkthrough gives you an overview of everything you need, but if you need something in particular, we have pages on Shadow of War Fortress Sieges, how to earn Mirian in Shadow of War, a guide for how to import your Nemesis and Follower to Shadow of War, collectibles guides like how to get all Shadow of War Legendary Armour and Weapons sets, a list of Lost Artifacts and Web of Fate locations, and Ithildin Door poem solutions and Shadows of the Past, along with how to grind XP in Shadow of War to power through the tricky Shadow Wars endgame and get the true ending. Finally, there's Shadow of War's army building explained and the best skills and how to earn Skill Points.

Identify the Orc Commander: Activate your Wraith abilities and mark the commander - he's ahead just to the right.

Defeat the Orc Commander: Head to his location and fight it out - you can get the advantage by climbing the wall behind him and using a sneak attack to daze him first.

Follow Idril/Clear the Area to Rescue the Sergeant: Idril will lead you through the city, occasionally stopping to do battle with a group of Orcs - kill a handful at each location until Idril runs off again. There are three commanders in total. {GON-001-04}

Defend the Gate: Defeat the group of Orcs - nearby archers will help out by setting a few on fire.