Talion assaults the enemy from the back of a drake.

Drakes are mountable creatures set to appear in Middle-earth: Shadow of War.


The drakes of Mordor are a breed of "lesser" dragon. While much smaller and less intelligent than their "greater" forebears (such as Smaug the Golden), they retain the ability to breath fire and can prove a powerful force on the battlefield. The individual utilized by Witch-king of Angmar breathes flames which are blue and green in coloration, somewhat akin to the aura of Minas Morgul.

These drakes are distinguished by bony protrusions extending from their lower jaw and along their backs, grey-green scales, and heavily armored skulls. Individuals mounted by Nazgûl that wear similar armors to fellbeasts mounted by Nazgûl are considerably larger than other individuals mounted by Talion and Celebrimbor.

These drakes are possibly re-designs of the fellbeasts of the Nazgûl ("Hell-hawks" which is originally an alias of fellbeasts, appears as a different race in the game), though they feature several major differences from the those potrayed in the movies. The drakes of Middle-earth: Shadow of War are much bulkier than their film counterparts, and their hides much rougher. They appear much more crocodile-like, while the fellbeasts are more akin to serpents. Also, the fellbeasts were said to not have the ability to breath fire, instead utilizing a poisonous fume dubbed "the black breath."


Like many of the other beasts of Mordor, Talion and Celebrimbor can dominate and ride drakes after wearing their health down to a certain point.

Drakes can not only fly, but also posses the ability breathe two types of fire: a stream of flame that can burn enemies upon the ground, and a charged fireball that explodes like a bomb upon impact.

They can also attack graugs, though they are just as likely to survive the encounter as their victim. While flying, Talion can use a dive attack to grab orcs from the ground. Another use for the drakes is as a flamethrower, trapping them in cages and forcing them to breath fire upon attackers.


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