Middle-earth: Shadow of War players may be heartbroken when their favorite orc captain falls on the battlefield, but there is a way around death with the right upgrades.

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One of the best things about Middle-earth: Shadow of War is the fantastic cast of orcs (some of which are voiced by recognizable celebrities) that Talion is able to recruit to his army. Death is always right around the corner in Mordor though and sometimes an orc that you know and love can end up on the wrong side of a spear or axe. Luckily, there is a way to help your orc captains recover from death... But there is a high cost.

Orcs that die on the battlefield in Middle-earth: Shadow of War can come back to life two different ways. The first way is pretty random and players don"t have much control over it at all. Orcs that die either at Talion"s hands or someone else"s have a chance to later reappear and tell a short story about how they narrowly escaped death. Keep in mind, it seems like this cannot happen if the orc was decapitated.

Odds of this first type of resurrection seem to be increased if the orc is Talion"s nemesis and if the orc is many levels higher than Talion. There is no exact equation to determine this method though.

The second, and much more reliable, method contains some major spoilers. If you want to avoid spoilers and haven"t finished Act 3 of Shadow of War, we recommend you stop reading here.

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The reliable way to bring your orc captains back from the dead is by using the Raise Dead ability with the Undying Loyalty upgrade. At the end of act 3, Talion undergoes a major change (we won"t spell it out in case someone kept reading beyond the spoiler warning) and unlocks a previously unavailable ability to Raise Dead. This gives him the power to resurrect fallen Uruks on the battlefield who are automatically loyal to him when they rise from the grave.

Adding the Undying Loyalty upgrade to this skill is what gives Talion the power to bring back captains after they have fallen. Players can bring them back by using Raise Dead near them in battle or by visiting the Army menu and bringing them back from there.

The big catch here is that resurrected captains come back five levels lower than they were, can no longer advance in levels, and are vulnerable to flames. This means that players should probably only use the ability on their most valued allies or else their whole roster could quickly fill up with orcs who are unable to level up.