Guardians of Middle-earth - Achievement Guide
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There are 29 achievements with a total of 400 points.
 
 Honor in Death (5 points)
Fall on the Battleground
 

Simply die while you're in a battleground. Chances are this will happen quite a bit.

 
 Foe's Bane (5 points)
Achieve a Kill Streak of 3 in any Battlegrounds match
 

Kill 3 or more enemy Guardians in a single life, in one Battlegrounds match. As you get a feel for your favorite guardian, and how to effectively deal damage without getting killed (or effectively steal kills) you should have this pretty quickly.

Note that if you are about to die, feel free to head back to your base, you can teleport their by using , or turning a nearby tower into the healing tower, which requires your Guardian to be level 12. The last choice is very helpful overall, and in my opinion is a good tactic to take into battle if the tower is otherwise untouched by enemies.

 
 And My Axe (5 points)
Achieve an Assist Streak of 5 in any Battlegrounds match
 

In order to attain an assist streak you must help an ally kill an enemy Guardian, and then do that 4 more times in a single life. If you don't feel confident about getting 5 assists without dying, try playing one of the Defender classes and keep yourself alive with their defensive abilities, while damaging the opponents every now and then. The Witch-King would be an exception to this method, but overall you can do this will relative ease on as any class with some practice.

 
 Drive Them Back (5 points)
Achieve a Multi-Kill of 2 in any Battlegrounds match
 

By a multi-kill this achievement means you must kill 2 or more Guardians in a Battlegrounds match within quick succession, I would recommend with the same ability. Ultimate abilities, such as Agandaur's Shockwave and Sauron's Lidless Eye can both do massive damage to targets that are standing in the right spot. Lidless Eye is probably preferred in this situation as it allows you to safely execute the ability, and continue to attack them with standard attacks to make sure the kills aren't stolen.

 
 Ultimate Vengeance (5 points)
Use an Ultimate Ability to defeat an Enemy Guardian in any Battlegrounds Match
 

The Ultimate Ability for each Guardian is their attack that is unlocked once you get them to level 5 in a battleground. From there, further leveling will allow you to increase the damage of the ability. While every Guardian has an Ultimate Ability that can kill at least one person at a time using powerful AOE or large cone damage attacks, my favorite being Sauron's Lidless Eye and Agandaur's Shockwave. These can help you annihilate multiple opponents in one move, allowing you to get this and Drive Them Back at the same time.

 
 Master Mason (5 points)
Upgrade 3 Towers in any single Battlegrounds match
 

Once your Guardian reaches level 6, walk up to one of your ally towers while in a game and press + simultaneously to open up the Tower upgrade screen. The only option that will be available to you at that time will be the right one. Do this to three different towers, or level up and keep upgrading the same tower at level 9 and 12, all in one game, to get the achievement.

 
 Rise to the Top (5 points)
Reach Level 14 in any Battlegrounds Match
 

Reaching level 14, the max level in a Battlegrounds match, is pretty standard practice with at least evenly matched teams and some practice on your part. The best way to go is to focus on killing the soldiers that try and move toward your base from some quick levels early on, and then focus on eliminating enemy Guardians once you are at a good level. Find the Guardians you prefer to play, having Commands, Potions, etc. can all help you reach level 14, although you most likely won't need anything more than a half decent team to back you up.

 
 All Falls Before You (5 points)
Destroy 5 Soldier Upgrades total in Battlegrounds matches
 

The soldier upgrades are the small, flat structures, that have a hologram of a soldier type on it (ie a Soldier, a mounted soldier, a siege soldier) and are located in your base and your enemy's base. As you lay siege to an enemy's base, simply make sure you attack and destroy as many of the upgrade structures as possible before finishing the match. 3-Lane games have 3 of these structures, while 1-Lane games just have 1.

 
 Rally the Troops (5 points)
Build 6 Soldier Upgrades total in any Battlegrounds matches
 

You can upgrade the soldiers that your soldier upgrade structure dispenses the same way you upgrade towers. From level 6 and beyond you can go up to it and press + to open up the upgrade screen, where you can select any of the upgrades, given you're the appropriate level. Then wait near the structure a few seconds until the upgrade bar disappears and you're done. You can do this on all of the stations in your base, and repeat them with different upgrades whenever you want. Once you hit level 6 you might as well do this every time you respawn, to get it quickly.

 
 Win Your Way (5 points)
Win a Custom Match
 

Custom matches allow you to play as any of the Guardians, even if you don't own them yet, with your friends or a bunch of AI bots. Hit the Custom Match button when choosing a game, and pick either 1 or 3-Lane. Once you're in the game, just make sure you win and you're good to go back and play the regular game types.

 
 Rule Them All (10 points)
Win any 3-Lane Battlegrounds or Skirmish match
 

When selecting a match type, choose any of the Battlegrounds 3-Lanes game types (regular or elite), a Skirmish match, and then win it. In general, I would recommend just grinding everything out in 3-Lane Battlegrounds as they seem to be quicker, and are easier to farm many of the achievements in.

 
 Warrior's Mettle (15 points)
Win with a Warrior-Class Guardian in any Battlegrounds Match
 

Select any of the following characters when starting a match, and then win that same match in order to unlock the achievement

Free Guardians:

  • Ugluk
  • Mozgog


Purchased Guardians (5000 gold):

  • Sauron
  • Arathorn
  • Beregond
  • Thrain
 
 Strike Hard, Strike Fast (15 points)
Win with a Striker-Class Guardian in any Battlegrounds match
 

Select any of the following characters when starting a match, and then win that same match in order to unlock the achievement

Free Guardians:

  • Legolas Greenleaf


Purchased Guardians (5000 gold:

  • Haldir
  • Gollum
 
 Defend to the End (15 points)
Win with a Defender-Class Guardian in any Battlegrounds match
 

Select any of the following characters when starting a match, and then win that same match in order to unlock the achievement

Free Guardians:

  • Witch-King


Purchased Guardians (5000 gold):

  • Galadriel
  • Eowyn
  • Wulfrun
 
 Enchanted (15 points)
Win with an Enchanter-Class Guardian in any Battlegrounds match
 

Select any of the following characters when starting a match, and then win that same match in order to unlock the achievement

Free Guardians:

  • Gandalf the Grey (Unlocked by completing the Tutorial)


Purchased Guardians (5000 gold):

  • Agandaur
  • Lugbol
  • Ori
 
 Fortified (15 points)
Win with a Tactician-Class Guardian in any Battlegrounds Match
 

Select any of the following characters when starting a match, and then win that same match in order to unlock the achievement

Free Guardians:

  • Hildifons


Purchased Guardians (5000 gold):

  • Nori
  • Gothmog
  • Runsig
  • Felgrom
 
 In Command (15 points)
Use a Tier-4 Command in any Battlegrounds match
 

Tier-4 Commands are unlocked at player rank 12. Once you are there, set any of the 4 Tier-4 choices to your last command ability slot in your load out and join a match. Once you're in the game, use to select the Tier-4 ability you chose, and then to use it. Once you've done that, the achievement will pop.

 
 Draught of Courage (15 points)
Use 4 Potions in any single Battlegrounds Match
 

For this achievement, you must reach player rank 12 in order to unlock the four potion slots, which are all bound to the Dpad. Potions are single use, meaning you will need all four slots to use them all in one game, however you don't need to worry about buying anything as you can get potions as rewards for finishing a Battleground. Any assortment of Potions will do, as long as all 4 Potions are used in the same match.

 
 Renowned (15 points)
Earn 20 Guardian Kills in any single Battlegrounds Match
 

Probably the most difficult achievement for the average player to get, although quite doable with some practice on your favorite character and some investment in powerful runes and gems. For this achievement you may want to invest in stacking damage gems/runes on either a Striker class, or an enchanter. Some of the Guardians are more geared toward single target attacks (such as Gollum) and are probably not the best choice when AOEing down groups of enemies can net you more kills, and also potentially help steal other people's kills. Guardians such as Legolas, Haldir, and Agandaur are all solid DPS choices. I would recommend sticking to high damage guardians such as these, especially on three-lane maps where you can teleport () back to base and heal up at the spawn tower whenever you need to. One-lanes do not have this wonderful bonus.

To possibly help increase your chance of getting this achievement, you can switch your game to gold mode via the settings on the main menu. This removes all DLC (guardians AND maps) and allows you to play with trial players and bots. These games will generally start once there are at least two people in the game, and the rest of the spots will fill in with bots, which can be considerably easier to take out if you play according to how the bots play (generally, very cautious). Also, be sure to take advantage of any bot healers on your team as they can prove to be very useful in keeping you alive, especially Eowyn.

 
 (MVG) Most Valuable Guardian (15 points)
Earn a combined Guardian Kill/Assist Streak of 8 in any Battlegrounds Match
 

For this you need to simply get a streak of kills and/or assists where the sum of both streak numbers is equal to, or greater than 8. So if you're on, say a 7 kill streak with 0 assists, simply get 1 assist in the same life as those 7 kills and you're good to go. The same works for 3 kills and 5 assists in a life, or any other variation of the two. Chances are some assortment will occur before you get a streak of 8 assists or kills.

 
 Seasoned (20 points)
Earn 5 Accolades from any single Battlegrounds Match
 

Accolades are awarded to you at the end of a match for meeting certain criteria during the match, such as getting the first kill, the most kills, the first to destroy a tower, destroyed the most towers, etc.

If you want to just farm the achievement in a game (not really necessary~) you can do something like this for the following accolades.
Ignore the bad guys, rush to one of the Shrines when the match starts (3-Lane preferred)
Power Hungry and Arcane will unlock if you're the first to capture a Shrine, and capture the most shrines in the game, so spend the game bouncing between shrines. Keep using your command ability as well to get General for using the most commands. Depending on how you're running around goes you may get Immortal (Longest Life), Cautious (Fewest Kills), Wounded (Received Least Healing), Ranger (Most Distance Traveled), and Survivalist (Fewest Deaths). Obviously quite a few accolades to unlock by basically doing nothing but run in circles, and get this achievement..and progress toward Notches in the Axe.

 
 Collector (20 points)
Kill or Assist a Guardian from each Class once in any Battlegrounds Match
 

The classes are Defender, Tactician, Enchanter, Strike, and Warrior. In a balanced 10 Guardian match (including yourself) there should be an assortment of each class. All you need to do for the achievement is either kill an enemy that is said class, or assist a Guardian that is one of those classes. If you stay in the fray for the majority of each game, this should only take one or two matches to unlock, especially since you cannot have doubles of the same Guardian on one team, and thus forcing SOME diversity.

 
 Capture the Power (20 points)
Capture 15 Shrines total in any Battlegrounds matches
 

Shrines are the green markers on the map, signifying an object you can stand next to in order to capture it and give your team a buff. The other team will fight you for these occasionally, some teams don't care, but if you do get a team that will fight you for them, it is entirely possible to get all 15 shrines in one game (which you do not need to do). That method works best in a 3-Lane match as they have many more shrines to capture. This should only take a couple of games on that map.

 
 Notches in the Axe (20 points)
Earn 50 Accolades total in any Battlegrounds matches
 

There are a total of 29 Accolades that you can unlock by doing various tasks in a Battlegrounds Match. You can see what they are exactly, and how many you have of each, by going to the Profile > Accolades section of the main menu. Depending on how you play, this could take anywhere from 10-20 games, win or lose.

 
 In the Light (25 points)
Play as every Good Guardian once in Battlegrounds matches
 

Guardians - or the characters you play in the game - are unlocked in a number of ways. Some come unlocked once you play the game, Gandalf is unlocked by doing the tutorials, many guardians are purchasable, and each week there are a handful of paid guardians that you can play for free.

Guardians for this achievement are:

  • Nori - 5000 gold
  • Hildifons - Free
  • Ori - 5000 gold
  • Gandalf - Complete the tutorial
  • Galadriel - 5000 gold
  • Eowyn - 5000 gold
  • Thrain - 5000 gold
  • Beregond - 5000 gold
  • Arathor - 5000 gold


As you play through the game you will unlock more characters, or you can just wait until each character has its own free week and just go for the achievement with minimal effort.

 
 Servant of the Shadows (25 points)
Play as every Evil Guardian once in Battlegrounds matches
 

Guardians - or the characters you play in the game - are unlocked in a number of ways. Some come unlocked once you play the game, many guardians are purchasable, and each week there are a handful of paid guardians that you can play for free.

Guardians for this achievement are:

  • Gothmog - 5000 gold
  • Runsig - 5000 gold
  • Felgrom - 5000 gold
  • Lugbol - 5000 gold
  • Agandaur - 5000 gold
  • Wulfrun - 5000 gold
  • Witch-King - Free
  • Gollum - 5000 gold
  • Sauron - 5000 gold
  • Ugluk - Free
  • Mozgog - Free


As you play through the game you will unlock more characters, or you can just wait until each character has its own free week and just go for the achievement with minimal effort.

 
 No Head Left Uncracked (25 points)
Damage every Guardian once in Battlegrounds matches
 

This achievement basically just tasks you with fighting every possible Guardian at least once in a Battlegrounds game; that means all of the Evil Guardians and all of the Good Guardians. See Servant of the Shadows and In the Light achievements for the two lists of Guardians to look out for. This achievement is partially luck based, though the game is pretty populated with people playing various classes, so it shouldn't take too long to get this.

 
 There And Back Again (25 points)
Win 25 total Battlegrounds Matches
 

See "An Unexpected Journey" for more information.

 
 An Unexpected Journey (25 points)
Win 100 Battlegrounds or Skirmish Matches
 

Win at least 100 (non-Custom) online matches. You can see how many you have won thus far via the Profile > Statistics screen in the main menu, or the leaderboards. Both 1 and 3-Lane games are acceptable. You should have everything else unlocked by the time this unlocks; chances are quite a while before this unlocks. Regular and Elite Battlegrounds, as well as Skirmish wins all count toward the 100. Do note that your custom match wins will also be shown in the total wins section of your stats screen, and those do NOT count.

One way to hasten your progress is by going to Settings on the main screen using or and switching your game to Gold Mode, which is near the bottom of the settings. This will remove any DLC maps or guardians from your game, but it will allow you to play against primarily AI, and newbs, for easier kills/wins, and shorter wait times (usually).

 

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