Urfael is the primary combat weapon in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.
The sword has served Talion in his life as a Ranger of Gondor, as a Captain of the Watch upon the Black Gate. Now, even in death, the sword serves Talion still, in his quest for vengeance, reaping a fearsome tally on the Uruk-hai of Mordor.
Like the other weapons in Talion's arsenal, Urfael can be upgraded using runes, each giving it specific bonus, such as health recovery upon damaging an enemy.
Upon completing half (5/10) of its Legend quests, it is partially re-forged and gains a new appearance. Completing all the legend quests wholly re-forges the weapon, and gives it a more elvish appearance. These changes are reverted in the sequel, and the sword is back in it's original form.
In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, after Talion becomes a Ringwraith, the sword turns into a legendary item with a completely different appearance, and enemies killed by it have a chance of rising from the dead and becoming allied revenants.
- The five "runes" engraved on Urfael's cross-hilt spell out its name in Elvish Tengwar using the Full Mode of Gondor. This fits its origin, as it is a Gondorian blade.
- The Name "Urfael" when broken down by ancient Sindarin text translates to "Fiery Gleaming Brilliance." (prefix: "Ur", meaning "Fire" or "Fiery" and suffix: "Fael" meaning "Gleaming Brilliance".) Many of the great swords wielded by Men throughout the ages of Middle-Earth have had Elvish names such as "Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver" and "Glamdring the Foe-Hammer".