return to moria

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Final waltz.

Crafting tools are a necessary step to progression through The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria, so it’s no surprise you’ll need a special kind of tool to break down its final obstacle. That tool is the Adamant Hammer, and getting it requires both specific resources and the taking down of a certain dragon. Here we’ll explain what you need to do as you approach the final sequences of the game.

Getting the Adamant Hammer in Return to Moria

Crafting the Adamant Hammer is tied to the game’s main mission progression. First things first, you’ll need to have rebuilt the drain pumps and drained the water in The Lower Deeps area

Once this has been done, it’s just a small matter of defeating the big bad Narag-Shazon, the Final Dragon in the game. The fight itself is fairly tricky and somewhat time-consuming because there are two different phases:

  • Phase 1 – Narag-Shazon’s minions will attack you in a circular hall. You won’t be able to attack the dragon itself during this time. Deal with all the minions with your co-op buddies.
  • Phase 2 – After climbing up a stone wall, the battle then moves to a new and more open area. Narag-Shazon will retreat until it’s in an arena where the main fight commences. Your goal here is to destroy the supports that keep up its wooden ceiling. Once this collapses, go and whale on the dragon until it’s defeated.

Upon defeating Narag-Shazon, your next task is to interact with Aric, Raven of Erebor. This encounter is scripted and will provide you with the recipe for the Adamant Hammer, along with a new set of objectives.

However, before you can craft the hammer, you need access to the Khuzdul Forge. The forge becomes available as you progress through the missions and is unlocked by lighting the Great Belegost Forge. It’s important to note that this forge requires a specific type of space to be built—a large room with high ceilings.

With the recipe in hand and the forge unlocked, you will need to gather the following materials:

  • 15 pieces of Adamant
  • 4 Ironwood
  • 2 Fine Leather

These materials are found through gameplay and may already be in your inventory by the time you reach this stage. Once you have everything, getting the hammer is as simple as crafting it as you would any other item.

In summary, here’s a breakdown of what you need to do:

  1. Advance through the main missions until you clear the water in the lower deeps and defeat Narag-Shazon.

  2. Speak with Aric, Raven of Erebor, to obtain the hammer’s recipe.

  3. Unlock the Khuzdul Forge by completing the associated mission.

  4. Gather 15 Adamant, 4 Ironwood, and 2 Fine Leather.

  5. Craft the Adamant Hammer at the Khuzdul Forge.

Following these steps will allow you to get the Adamant Hammer, enabling you to progress further in the Moria and ultimately reach the conclusion of the storyline.