The Witch-king of Angmar is the leader of the Nine, once a great king of Men, he fell into Sauron's influence after getting one of the Rings of Power, becoming the leader of the Nazgûl. He is Sauron's second-in-command. He is the secondary antagonist of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and has been seen mounted upon a drake.

In-game Description

First Among the Nine

"Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!" -- The Witch-king of Angmar

Sauron's chief lieutenant, the Witch-king of Angmar is the most powerful of the nine Ring-wraiths. For more than four thousand years, he had served as Sauron's most trusted servant, bound to him by the Ring of Power he accepted during the Second Age.

The Witch-king has a particular hatred for Gondor, having warred against it centuries ago. After seizing he Northern Kingdom of Angmar, the Witch-kings armies moved across Middle-earth's northern regions. An alliance of Gondorian soldiers and Elves routed them, though the Witch-king himself escaped. The Gondorian prince, Eärnur, wanted to chase the Witch-king, but the Elf Glorfindel bade him to stay. Since then, he aspired to become the ruler of Minas Ithil.

Chastened by the defeat, the Witch-king employed a different strategy, one that exploited Gondorian pride. He re-emerged years later when Eärnur had become Gondor's king and challenged him to single combat. Eärnur accepted and rode eastward alone, never to be seen again. The Witch-king has been unchallenged in combat -- and Gondor has been without a king -- ever since.

If Celebrimbor is said to be the nemesis of Sauron, then Talion is certainly the nemesis of the Witch-king. It was not enough to see Talion destroyed like other men and so the Witch-king pursued him with an obsession bordering on mania. He would not kill Talion, but make him one of the Nine.


In combat, the Witch-king is quite different from the other Nazgûl and his boss fight is arguably more difficult even than Sauron's. Rather than teleporting to Talion, Talion is brought to him in a manner similar to Shadow Strike Pull. His mace attacks are also unblockable, although some, denoted with a blue prompt, can be countered with a drain, leaving him temporarily vulnerable to attack. This is the only chance to damage him except by using ranged attacks, and Elf-shot cannot be replaced in the fight. Partway through the fight, four other Nazgul will appear and periodically send volleys of ranged attacks at Talion. Further into the fight, circles will occasionally be marked on the ground. If Talion is still in one of the circles after a short delay, he will take damage. Like the other Nazgûl, once his health is low enough, he will be broken, and must be finished off with a drain or domination.


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