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Shadow of War: How to Destroy Monuments

Shadow of War has many ways you can affect the tide of combat, including destroying monuments. Each orc tribe erects statues in their outposts, and bringing them down can be a good thing to do if you’re surrounded.

How to Destroy Monuments in Shadow of War

Taking down orc monuments can deal a devastating blow to orc morale, but first, you have to find them. You’ll only see these statues in orc outposts, of which there are usually three per area. Once you’ve entered an outpost, you can start your search for the tribal monument.

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Look for the symbol in the image below on your map to pinpoint your target. These constructions are usually out in the middle of everything, but you can typically stealth along the building tops in the outpost to reach them. Once you get to the monument, you’ll need to destroy it, but you can’t just stab it, shoot an arrow at it, or blow it up.

Shadow of War Monument Icon

To destroy a monument in Shadow of War, you’ll need to climb to the top of it. When you’re standing on its head (or equivalent), you’ll get a prompt to hit RB on Xbox One or R1 on PS4. Once you do that, Talion will take it down.

Sometimes it’s a little touchy to get the prompt to appear, especially because Talion will often jump to other parts of the statue at the least amount of input. If you’re having trouble, just keep trying to jump to the highest point, and you’ll eventually get what you’re looking for.

Once you take down your first statue, you’ll get the Vandal trophy/achievement, and any orcs around it will freak out and start running off.

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