The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ


  • Cheat mode

    Pause the game during a level, then hold L1 + L2 + R1 + R2 and enter one of the following codes to active the corresponding cheat function. If you entered the code correctly, you will hear a sound.

    +1000 experience points (once only)Gimli Circle(2), Triangle, X
    +1000 experience points (once only)Gandalf Circle, Triangle, Up, Down
    +1000 experience points (once only)Merry Down(2), Square, X
    +1000 experience points (once only)Frodo Down, Triangle, Up, Down
    +1000 experience points (once only)Faramir Square, Triangle, Up, Square
    +1000 experience points (once only)Aragorn Up, Square, Triangle, X
    +1000 experience points (once only)Sam Triangle, X, Down, X
    +1000 experience points (once only)Pippin Triangle, X, Square, X
    +1000 experience points (once only)Legolas X, Triangle, Up, X
    Toggle Level 2 SkillsMerry Circle, Down, Square, Square
    Toggle Level 2 SkillsAragorn Circle, Triangle, X, Triangle
    Toggle Level 2 SkillsSam Circle, X, Circle, Triangle
    Toggle Level 2 SkillsGandalf Down, Triangle, X, Triangle
    Toggle Level 2 Skills Pippin Down, X, Down, Up
    Toggle Level 2 SkillsLegolas Square(2), Circle, Square
    Toggle Level 2 SkillsGimli Up, Circle, Square(2)
    Toggle Level 2 SkillsFrodo Triangle, Up, Down, Circle
    Toggle Level 2 SkillsFaramir X, Square, X, Down
    Toggle Level 4 SkillsLegolas Down(2), X(2)
    Toggle Level 4 SkillsAragorn Down, Square, Circle, Square
    Toggle Level 4 SkillsMerry Square, X, Circle, Down
    Toggle Level 4 SkillsSam Up, Down, Square, X
    Toggle Level 4 SkillsGimli Triangle, Square, Down, Up
    Toggle Level 4 SkillsFrodo Triangle, Up, Circle, Down
    Toggle Level 4 SkillsGandalf Triangle, Up, Square, X
    Toggle Level 4 SkillsPippin X, Down(3)
    Toggle Level 4 SkillsFaramir X(2), Square(2)
    Toggle Level 6 SkillsPippin Circle, Triangle, Circle, Triangle
    Toggle Level 6 SkillsAragorn Circle, Triangle, Square, Square
    Toggle Level 6 SkillsLegolas Down, Circle, Up, Down
    Toggle Level 6 SkillsMerry Down(2), Square, Triangle
    Toggle Level 6 SkillsSam Down(2), Up(2)
    Toggle Level 6 SkillsFrodo Down(2), X, Triangle
    Toggle Level 6 SkillsGimli Down, Triangle, Down, Square
    Toggle Level 6 SkillsGandalf Triangle(2), X, Up
    Toggle Level 6 SkillsFaramir Triangle, X, Down, Circle
    Toggle Level 8 SkillsFrodo Circle(2), Down(2)
    Toggle Level 8 SkillsSam Circle(2), Triangle(2)
    Toggle Level 8 SkillsFaramir Circle, Down(3)
    Toggle Level 8 SkillsGandalf Circle, Square, Down, Down
    Toggle Level 8 SkillsMerry Down, Triangle, X, Square
    Toggle Level 8 SkillsLegolas Square, Up(2), Down
    Toggle Level 8 SkillsPippin Square, Up(2), Circle
    Toggle Level 8 SkillsAragorn Up, Square, Triangle, Up
    Toggle Level 8 SkillsGimli X, Circle, Down, Square
    Toggle 3 Hit ComboGandalf Down, X, Triangle, Down
    Toggle 3 Hit ComboAragorn Square, Down, Circle, Up
    Toggle 3 Hit ComboFrodo Square, Down, Triangle, Square
    Toggle 3 Hit ComboFaramir Square, Triangle, Up, Triangle
    Toggle 3 Hit ComboLegolas Square, Triangle(2), Circle
    Toggle 3 Hit ComboSam Square, X, Circle, Square
    Toggle 3 Hit ComboGimli Up, Square, Circle, Square
    Toggle 3 Hit ComboPippin Up(2), Square, Circle
    Toggle 3 Hit ComboMerry Triangle, X, Up, Triangle
    Toggle 4 Hit ComboFrodo Down, Square, Down, Circle
    Toggle 4 Hit ComboGandalf Down, Triangle, Up, Circle
    Toggle 4 Hit ComboMerry Square, X, Square(2)
    Toggle 4 Hit ComboSam Up, Down, Triangle(2)
    Toggle 4 Hit ComboAragorn Up, Square, Triangle, Down
    Toggle 4 Hit ComboGimli Triangle, Square, Up, X
    Toggle 4 Hit ComboLegolas X, Circle, Triangle, Square
    Toggle 4 Hit ComboFaramir X, Square, Up, X
    Toggle 4 Hit ComboPippin X(2), Down, Circle
    Toggle Special AbilitiesGimli Circle, Square, X, Circle
    Toggle Special AbilitiesAragorn Down, Circle, Triangle(2)
    Toggle Special AbilitiesPippin Square, X, Circle, Triangle
    Toggle Special AbilitiesSam Up, Circle, X, Circle
    Toggle Special AbilitiesGandalf Up, Down, Triangle, Circle
    Toggle Special AbilitiesFaramir Up, Square, Circle, Up
    Toggle Special AbilitiesMerry Up, Triangle, Circle(2)
    Toggle Special AbilitiesLegolas Triangle, Circle, X, Circle
    Toggle Special AbilitiesFrodo Triangle, X, Down, X
    Toggle co-op experience shareAny Down, X(3)
    Toggle co-op health shareAny Triangle, Up, Square(2)
    Restore Missiles (once only)Gimli Circle(3), X
    Restore Missiles (once only)Merry Square, Circle(2), Triangle
    Restore Missiles (once only)Pippin Up, Circle, Down, Square
    Restore Missiles (once only)Gandalf Triangle, Down, X, Square
    Restore Missiles (once only)Aragorn Triangle, Squar(2), Triangle
    Restore Missiles (once only)Faramir Triangle, Up, X(2)
    Restore Missiles (once only)Legolas Triangle(3), Down
    Restore Missiles (once only)Frodo Triangle(3), Circle
    Restore Missiles (once only)Sam X(2), Circle, X
    Unlock Secret Character (once only)Frodo Triangle, Circle(3)
    Unlock all Actor Interviews (once only) n/aX, Square, X, Up
    Unlock Secret Character (once only)Frodo Circle, Square(2), X
    Unlock Secret Character (once only)Pippin Triangle, Circle, Square, Down
    Unlock Secret Character (once only)Merry X, Down(2), X
    Unlock Secret Character (once only)Faramir X(2), Triangle(2)
    Infinite co-op respawnsAny Circle, Square, Up, Circle
    All upgrades (must have completed game) AnyUp, Down, Triangle, Square
    Always Devasting (must have completed game) AnyTriangle, Up, Triangle, Down
    Infinite Missiles (must have completed game) AnySquare(2), Down, Circle
    Invulnerable (must have completed game) AnySquare, Circle, Square, Up
    Perfect Mode (must have completed game) AnyCircle, Down, Triangle, X
    Enemy Debug Mode (must have completed game) AnyDown, Circle, Up, Square
    Restore Health (must have completed game) AnySquare(2), Circle(2)

  • Palantir of Saruman level

    Successfully complete the game to unlock the Palantir of Saruman level.

  • Palantir of Sauron level

    Successfully complete the game with a character at level 10 to unlock the Palantir of Sauron level.

  • Play as Faramir

    Successfully complete the game to unlock Faramir.

  • Play as Merry

    Successfully complete the game to unlock Merry.

  • Play as Pippen

    Successfully complete the game to unlock Pippen.

  • Andy Serkis interview

    Successfully complete the game to unlock the Andy Serkis interview.

  • Billy Boyd interview

    Successfully complete the game to unlock the Billy Boyd interview.

  • David Menham interview

    Successfully complete the game to unlock the David Menham interview.

  • Dom Monaghan interview

    Successfully complete the game to unlock the Dom Monaghan interview.

  • Easy combo attacks

    You can use the Right Analog-stick to do quick combo attacks. Right Analog-stick Up and Right Analog-stick Down work very well on any creature that has a shield.

  • Hidden trailer

    Allow the game to idle at the "Press Start" screen. After a few minutes, a new trailer for the game will play.

  • Killing enemies

    A great way to kill a vast amount of enemies is to use the speed attack as much as possible while moving frequently. For example, when surrounded by Orcs, rapidly press X while moving around to knock enemies to the ground, kill them, and enter into perfect mode faster. This is a great strategy to prevent back attacks and when you are greatly outnumbered.

  • Outnumbered battles

    Do not be a hero. When outnumbered, immediately press X(3) for speed attacks, then when you have some room, press Triangle(2) to use a fierce combo or perform your special moves. Do this enough times and you will enter Perfect mode.

  • Purchasing upgrades

    When you have the option to purchase new skills, make sure you get the skill that allows you longer life, then purchase skills for the entire team starting at level 2 and working up to level 8 first.

  • Link moves

    Learn how to "Link Move" (any special move that requires you to parry first then followed by the combo move). It will immediately place you in Perfect mode.

  • Entering Perfect mode

    Use the following trick to enter Perfect mode very quickly without taking any damage. When surrounded by a group of enemies, rapidly press Square (Parry) to block all incoming attacks. As you block, your special meter rises very quickly, bringing you to Perfect mode. You can now quickly take out all nearby enemies while racking up the perfects. This is very useful in Pelennor Fields.

  • Cirith Ungol

    With Sam, wait for someone to knock over another Orc then run up and quickly kill him. Eliminate them one by one and eventually get up to the Boss. An easy way to kill him is to keep throwing pikes at him. Make sure time does not run out while fighting the Orcs.

  • Paths Of The Dead

    After you defeat the King of the Dead, you have to run back through the level as the whole place comes down on your head. When you get to the white mists that really slow you down, try facing the opposite direction and press L2 to jump backwards. This lets you get through the mist faster.

  • Double kill in multi-player mode

    In co-operative multi-player mode, if one player you starts to do a Bane (Orc, Warrior, or Sauron's Bane), attack the enemy that the other player is using the Bane on to get two kills. Note: The other player will get a Perfect while you will get either a Fair, Good, or Excellent.

  • Killing Orcs in Road To Isengard

    When you get to the part where you have to kill 65 Orcs, there is a small crack that you can hide in while the three Ents kill all the Orcs. There are some that will stop at the opening where the Orcs appear. You can just kill with your ranged attacks.

  • Easy experience in Shelob's Lair

    When you get to the part where Sam says "I can't get by this", fight all the Orcs. Once you have finished, go to the top of the ridge where you push off the rocks. Push the rock and the Orcs will be there, giving you more experience.

  • Easy experience in South Gate

    Complete all the tasks until you have the gate open. Do not go through the gate. Just fight all the creatures you can as they keep respawning. Try to use combos to get into Perfect mode then most of the enemies are worth 300 experience points. When you cannot fight anymore, leave. Some small creatures give out red health potions, allowing you to fight for a long period of time.

  • Siege towers in Walls Of Minas Tirith

    Destroy the first siege tower with the catapult near the middle of the wall. It requires two hits to topple. For the second tower that rolls over to the far right, you can just use your projectiles to take it out. Keep firing at it in order to bring it down.

  • Defeating the King Of The Dead

    When fighting the King Of The Dead, always approach him when you see the green/yellow/red bar above him (depending on how much damage you inflict on him) and parry first. In the beginning he will attack three times (usually with a green bar above him), four times (usually with a yellow bar above him), and five times (usually when a red bar is above him). Timing is also a factor. As a rule, you want him to have a yellow or red damage bar above him by the time he summons "Winds Of The Mountain".

  • Defeating Gollum in Crack Of Doom

    When you knock Gollum off the cliff and he is hanging there, press R2 (or the kill move button). He will fall which does damage. Also, Gollum is not effected by swords. You must parry and push him towards the edge. Once you do so, he should lose his balance and start to fall. He will try to climb back up. At this time, stab his hands with your killing move. It will take awhile to defeat eat him.

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