In order to further your battles through Mordor, you will need to regularly upgrade your Champions. By upgrading your Champions, you will increase their overall Power and Level, making fights easier and your enemies terrified.
By Evolving a Champion, you will increase their star rating, or Rarity, along with their stats and overall Power!
To Evolve a Champion, you must acquire Glyphs. Glyphs are fragments of Champions, which contribute to their Rarity. In order to fully increase a Champion’s star rating, you must Evolve them 5 times. This in indicated by the Champion’s individual stars, which are split into fifths.
Below the stars are the required number of Glyphs for Evolving. Once you collect the required number of Glyphs, you will fill a portion of that star, with any leftover Glyphs going towards the next star upgrade. Please note, any time you wish to Evolve a Champion, you must have the indicated amount of Mirian to complete the process.
Glyphs can be acquired from the Palantir, and lucky Champions may receive Glyphs as rewards for completing Campaign Missions!
Leveling up your Champions will increase their overall Power, allowing you to upgrade their abilities. To level up a Champion, simply visit the Experience Vault by tapping on the “+” icon next to their XP bar. Once here, you may apply Tomes of Knowledge to your heroes to boost their experience.
Tomes of Knowledge can be acquired as rewards from the Palantir. Additionally, Tomes of Knowledge may drop upon completing Campaign Missions. These tomes are split into 2 different categories – Basic and Class.
Basic tomes apply smaller amounts of experience, but these can be used by any Champion regardless of Class. Class tomes can only be used by the specified class (Fighter, Support, Assassin, etc.) but these provide more experience than Basic tomes. Additionally, there are 4 types of tomes – Scrolls, Guides, Tomes, and Troves. Scrolls provide the smallest amount of XP, while Troves provide the largest.
There are multiple ways to apply your Tomes of Knowledge to your Champion:
- Tapping this button will automatically apply all tomes appropriate to that Champion, providing the maximum benefit
- Apply Max
- Tapping this button will apply all available tomes of that type
- Alternatively, you can tap the arrow buttons to apply a set amount of tomes for that type
Once you have selected the tomes you wish to apply, simply tap the “Confirm” button to complete the process. Note that Mirian is required to confirm your selections. You can review how much experience your Champion will receive in the XP bar across from the “Confirm” button.
Your Champion’s Ring provides additional bonuses to individual stats, based on the ring’s 7 inscriptions. To level up your Ring and further increase your stats, you must collect and/or craft Inscriptions. Tapping on an Inscription slot will display the following information:
- The bonus to the stat provided by the Inscription
- The total amount owned of that particular Inscription
- The Campaign Missions from which the Inscription may drop
Once you have inscribed all 7 slots of your Ring, you can Enhance it, increasing its level by 1. By leveling up your Ring, you will unlock additional Rune and Ability slots. New Inscriptions slots will be available as your ring levels up, and you will have the opportunity to craft powerful Inscriptions using Inscription Fragments.
A green Inscription slot indicates that an Inscription must be crafted before it can be slotted. Campaign Missions have the chance to reward Inscription Fragments; you may also collect these as rewards from the Palantir. You may also tap the “Request” button to request the necessary pieces from members of your Fellowship!
Crafting an Inscription typically requires an Inscription of lesser-power, along with a number of Inscription Fragments. Once you have the required pieces, simply tap the “Craft” button to complete the Inscription and fill that slot on your Ring.
Applying a Rune will further increase a Champion’s single stat. The stat receiving the benefit from the applied Rune depends on the Champion and their class, and up to 3 Runes total can be equipped by a Champion. Note that applying Runes requires a Champion’s ring to be a certain level; for example, the first Rune can be applied at ring level 2.
Rune fragments can be acquired from defeating and executing your Nemesis. Should you choose to execute your Nemesis at the end of a Campaign chapter, you will receive Rune fragments as a reward. The fragments can be put towards crafting a complete Rune. Once crafted, your Champion may equip their Rune, which will provide a bonus to the specified stat. The Rune UI will display the amount of fragments required to craft a Rune, along with the amount of Mirian required to complete the process.
Your Champion possess specific abilities that can be triggered actively and passively during battle. In the Abilities tab, you can review and upgrade individual abilities using Ability Points and Mirian. Ability Points recharge over time, and you can expend additional Ability Points through VIP Perks.
Note that you can level up an ability to your Champion’s current level; once you hit that limit, you will need to level up your Champion in order to further increase your abilities. Additional abilities will unlock for your Champion’s use as you increase your Ring level.