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    DDO Leveling Guides

    SSRI Static Rushing:

    Rules for Farming XP:

    Do not level until you have to.
    Run each quest on normal until you have 2 runs left. On the last 2 runs go hard then elite to maximize xp.
    Do not allow anyone over your level into the group.
    Faster is better. Do not bother with conquest or ransack if it will take longer to do.
    Pick up any of the cool starter gear you want from the island. Then get off the starter island.

    The questing:

    Information is key 8-9 times
    Ringleader 8-9 times
    WW 8-9 times
    STK 8-9 times
    Deleras 1 time for trinket
    Tangleroot 8-9 times
    Depths N/H/E
    Deleras 7-8
    Stormcleave 5-6 times
    Gwelens stand 8-9 times
    Crucible 13 times
    POP 6-7 times
    Madstone 8-9 times
    You will be level 13+ by then
    After that do all your raid preps this should get you to 15/16
    The Path to Power

    Part 1: A Critical Path

    Disclaimer: This guide’s purpose is to clearly lead in an entertaining fashion through the fastest route to power in Stormreach. If you’re new to Stormreach, crave a high-level character expediently and you don’t want to take time to smell the roses, continue reading. If you’re a veteran and have always wondered if there was a quicker way to achieve the goal of levelling, continue reading. All others, I bid you hastened harkening and a swift sunrise in your wanderings – your day will come.

    So, you’ve come to Stormreach on a leaky boat after a brief tutorial. The tavern keeper at The Wavecrest Tavern was less-than-competent in keeping stock of his own ale and sent you sprawling in the dark passages beneath his charge, only to find out he has unwittingly been the benefactor of the attempted birth of a new evil cult. Sigmun Bauerson quickly ushers you out to his door and into the arms of a Lord Gerald Goodblade, to whom you quickly enlist your services and fledgling skills in a series of three trials. A paltry reward later, there is nothing but an ornamental sword for show with as much magic as your old grandmother’s corpse, may Tymora rest her soul. It’s time to find a quicker route than working for these tomfoolery hooligans.

    The first goal before you go any further is reach level two! You’re nothing without more hit points, and that’s a fact as you’re nothing with no hit points. Do you recall working for Lord Goodblade? Recovering those lost scrolls sure was easy, right? Right! So ask him for more work already! Goodblade has a long clientele and easily forgets who has already worked for him. Be sure to request his job to Search for the Rare Scrolls because it was easy and the hardest part was the puzzle – and that only took you a minute or two to figure out, right on! Wait, you had trouble with that? Someone helped you? Ok, be sure to make the light path flow from each of the four corners. Rotate the blocks until the light paths connect to all four corners.

    Hold on! You don’t know how to repeat just one quest out of the Goodblade series? That’s easy! Open up your quest journal and select The Harbor tab on the left. You should see the quest you’re doing, Search for the Rare Scrolls. What you need to do is select it after it’s listed as COMPLETED (you did finish it on hard, right?) and scroll to the bottom of the description. There is an Abandon Quest option. Abandon it! This will let Lord Goodblade have a fit of amnesia and he’ll request that you go Search for the Rare Scrolls again if you speak to him. Outstanding! So keep running this quest and grab friends – on hard and elite the enemies become stronger with more hit points and better to-hit-your-armor-class (THACO), and that slime behind the wall when you pick up the key is going to hurt you pretty easily. Ranging the slime will save your weapons the slime damage. If you can’t, buy lots of wooden clubs from Three-Fingered Thad. These clubs can be tossed every time they break when clubbing the slimes, but be careful! After your third run you should be able to open the elite difficulty, and the slime will have become a Challenge Rating of CR6, and that’s a lot of attacking power against a level 1 like yourself.

    Tips: These are the fundamental skills and knowledge required in order to maximize your XP versus Time throughout The Critical Path.

    #1 Reaching Elite: Ask someone to let you in on Elite by joining your group and leaving after one of your party members is inside. Even a level 14 character can do this without disrupting your XP flow – all they have to do is join your group and stay outside the quest while someone from your party enters the quest. Then they can leave and the quest is open on elite. Continue to run this quest until you can’t get XP anymore. If you skipped normal or hard, go back and run them now – the xp will reset to +25% and full xp due to the new difficulty level. This only works the first time for each difficulty level!

    #2 Your LFM’s goals: Your group’s goals should be achieved as quickly as possible, and therefore you should try to rally other new players or at least players in your level range to your group. If you have to use the LFM to gather yourself a party, be sure to list your goal as “Fast XP, multiple runs until quest is ransacked of XP.” This will give you a good advertisement for the type of players you want to join your group.

    #3 One Swing To Rue Them All: You may or not may have encountered the rare ooze spawn named Muck, but the ONLY absolute must-have weapon, Muckbane, is in The Den of the Kobold Brothers, which is also known as Durk’s Got A Secret. In order to run this quest again, collect your reward and restart the quest with Durk at The Leaky Dinghy. If you have a full party, break into 3 sets of two player parties. Each group should go into the instance on normal and dispatch the initial sets of kobolds. Don’t do optionals at all! Beat the slimes/oozes along the way and clear the kobolds to the left when you come to the T-fork and can go left or right. Head left and you’ll come to a turnbuckle valve and door on the left past a group of kobolds. Open it and kill the kobolds and chieftain here. Collect the chest and turn the turnbuckle valve near that chest. A passage opens up – and in that passage is a possible spawn of Muck and his chest! Run back to the T-Fork and head down the right passage, clearing the kobolds along the way. Don’t go right and if you do, be careful – that fire trap is still there! Instead run straight to the door that should now be opened. If Slay Muck appears as an objective at the door, then you don’t need to do anything else except step through the door, look left at the chest and advance to kill its guardian, Muck! He’s a tough slime so let the warriors beat on him.

    At this point each group should state whether they found Muck to the main-party leader (the guy leading before you broke up into 3 separate parties). If more than one group found Muck, one person from each group remains in the quest at the chest (once all monsters in the area are dispatched) and the rest recall out and leave party. These recalled players join ONE party leader inside the instance and re-enter for a shot to pull the glorious weapon, Muckbane. Once everyone is inside, they can open the chest (you did keep it closed for now, right? – or else this trick doesn’t work!) and see if anyone gets a Muckbane. Now the entire party leaves the quest and invites one of the other original party members that are currently waiting by another Muck chest. Once he or she is in the group, the party can enter The Den of the Kobold Brothers again and run to a NEW Muck chest to see if anymore Muckbanes can be acquired! This is a great trick and can be maximized for up to 15 possible Muckbanes per run if each party of two encounters a Muck spawn.

    #4 Skip Everything: You may have noticed that you’re missing a lot of optionals that are worth some xp. SKIP THEM! The less time you spend in the dungeon, the more time you have to get into a new dungeon and finish it. If you can find a shortcut in a dungeon that avoids fighting, do it! A critical shortcut is in The Bonebite Hideout. This shortcut involves skipping several fights and on elite that’s a lot of hit points you won’t have to worry about losing. Running forward to the first intersection, do not go right. Run straight and jump on top of the crates instead of smashing them. Use them to climb over the larger permanent crates ahead of you. If you’re a warrior in full plate and can’t make the jump, take the full plate off – armor impedes many abilities, including jumping! A jump spell or potion can also assist. Jumping is often the one way you can shave a lot of time off many-a-quest – never disregard this as impossible unless the rogue or ranger cannot jump the obstacle. This tip goes hand-in-hand with Zerging, or being a Zerger, to Zerg -- the act of running fullspeed into the thick of things and continuing your path as fast as possible.

    #5 Time is of the Essence: Many quests go slower on harder settings. If you notice this happens in a quest, revert to the fastest difficulty level you can handle at a reasonable rate. Do not sacrifice a half hour or hour for an extra 2,000 xp. Simply run the quest again (and again) and skim the lost top xp. Many state if you're not achieving 200 xp/minute, you're running too slow.

    #6 Quest Rewards: Many of the quests listed below are quest-chains or multi-part adventures. There is typically an end reward given by the original bestowing NPC upon successful completion or a series of possible chests protected by named guardians, and these randomly-distributed rewards are often very good! A few must-haves are listed below: Water Works (WW), The Halls of Shan-to-Kor (STK), The Catacombs (CC), Tangleroot (TR).

    * Acrobat’s Ring – A very useful utility ring reward from The Waterworks’ Guard Tember (WW).
    * Melt Wood Staff – A decent staff that casts melf's acid arrow 3x/day (WW).
    * Black Widow Bracers – All fleshling wizards should strive to obtain these early on (WW).
    * Puzzle Cap – A wizard’s item +2 Int from The Halls of Shan-to-Kor (STK).
    * Krugg's Spiked Boots - A good set of boots to increase speed with +2 reflex bonus and +10% striding (STK).
    * Scorpion Staff – A staff that casts level 2 summoning spells 1x a day (STK).
    * Trapblast Goggles – Anyone can benefit from +4 saves to reflex (STK).
    * Ring of Feathers - A permenant feather fall item occasionally found in the end chest of part three of STK.
    * Beserker Bracers - A set of bracers with damage reduction (DR) 1/- and +3 Intimidation end reward (STK).
    * Spiked Mace of the Elements - A +1 morningstar with Lesser Elemental Bane (STK).
    * Blade of Inquisition - A +1 Silver Longsword with Ghost Touch end reward (CC).
    * Dagger of Inquisition - A +1 Silver Dagger with Ghost Touch end reward (CC).
    * Wooden Prayer Beads - A trinket that casts Bless 3x/rest (CC).
    * Black Wolfskin Belt – A useful +3 constitution item from Tangleroot (TR).
    * Black Wolfskin Cloak – A +2 resistance item (TR).
    * Blademaster Bracers – Bracers with a +3 dexterity bonus (TR).
    * Blademaster Gauntlets – A fighter’s must-have set of gauntlets with +3 strength (TR).
    * Crimson Gemstone – A trinket that casts wizardry II to increase caster spell points (TR).
    * Totemic Staff of Splinterskull - A +1 Quarterstaff with Summon Monster III 3x/rest (TR).
    * Visor of the Flesh Render Guards - A set of goggles that casts Death Ward 1x/rest (TR).

    Quest Rewards Notice: Dragon.Star's Definitive Static Rewards and Unique Loot is an updated expansive source of quest rewards and loot for further ganderings during some down time from the rush to level.

    #7 Clickies: Many items and weapons or armor have abilities with charges. These items must be worn and then “clicked” on again to activate the ability. Loading these items to the hotkey bars are the typical way of activation via clicking the hotkeys or mousing over them. These items are called “clickies,” and are an essential to zerging on your critical path. A quick list of the most-important clickie abilities for these levels is as follows:

    * Expeditious Retreat - Moving Faster means leaving monsters in the dust and completing quests in record times for more xp per hour.
    * Charm – If someone is fighting for you, you won’t have to fight and can continue running by on most quests!
    * Hypnotism – A “stunning” spell that leaves enemies helpless until damaged or it wears off. Run!
    * Fear – Most enemies will run away from you when this clickie is used.
    * Detect Secret -- Don’t have a rogue in the group? This will open secret doors that are required in quests like The Catacombs.
    * Summon Monster/Animal – Another expendable fighter and kamikaze to assist in zerging and running.
    * Jump – The definitive spell for those who want to avoid enemies – run and jump over them! Combine with a haste potion, sprint boost or expeditious retreat to clear enemy threats and never look back.
    * Feather Fall – Falling without this hurts all but the best tumblers. A necessary item.

    Clickies Notice: Aranticus' Clickies, The Route to Self Sufficiency is an excellent source for future inquiries about all clickies you may encounter.

    Objectives:

    To expedite your Path to Power, let’s assemble a list of objectives. Here are your objectives and estimated time to completion of what you should be able to achieve in a day of 4 to 10 hours depending on your luck with assembling a like-minded party.

    Level 1

    The Introduction – Euphonia’s Challenge
    NPC: Euphonia Teles
    Quest Location: Rook's Gambit
    Base XP: 1500
    Difficulty: Solo
    Time of Completion: Zerging 2-3 minutes. Learning 7-10 minutes.
    Notes: This quest can now be bypassed. Grab the letter from Trader Skipp and head to Stormreach. Once inside The Wavecrest Tavern, go ahead and give the letter to Trevia for the full 1500 xp you would normally receive bu completing Euphonia's Challenge. This is recommended for those who have completed Euphonia's Challenge at least once.

    The Wavecrest Tavern – Sully’s Grog: Taking Stock
    NPC: Sigmun Bauerson, Tavernkeep
    Quest Location: The Wavecrest Tavern
    Difficulty: Solo
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 1 minute. Learning, 2 minutes.

    The Wavecrest Tavern – An Ancient Evil: Thwarting the Threat
    NPC: Brother Augustus
    Quest Location: The Wavecrest Tavern
    Difficulty: Solo
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 3 minutes. Learning, 7 minutes.

    The Harbor – Lord Goodblade’s Search for the Rare Scrolls
    NPC: Lord Gerald Goodblade
    Quest Location: Harbormaster's Warehouse
    Difficulty: Normal
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 3 minutes. Learning, 7-10 minutes.

    The Harbor – Lord Goodblade’s Quest for the Ancient Daggers
    NPC: Lord Gerald Goodblade
    Quest Location: Crypt of the Guard
    Difficulty: Normal
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 3 minutes. Learning, 7-10 minutes.
    Notes: If you're good at dodging and tumbling away, you can kite every skeleton through the acid trap instead of going toe-to-toe, including the end boss for extra xp. Then disable the trap (if you have a rogue).

    The Harbor – Lord Goodblade’s Steal the Healing Elixir
    NPC: Lord Gerald Goodblade
    Quest Location: Alchemist's Laboratory
    Difficulty: Normal
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 4 minutes. Learning, 8-12 minutes.

    The Harbor – Survive the Low Road
    NPC: Guard Heorogar
    Quest Location: The Low Road
    Difficulty: Normal
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 4 minutes. Learning 8-12 minutes.

    Note: Return to Recover The Missing Scrolls and repeat this quest. Move to Hard and if your party can handle it, elite. Run this quest 7 to 10 times. If the XP begins to drop too much, move forward to The Low Road again and run it on Hard. Be wary of the shaman at the end – he now casts some nasty spells. Zerge him enforce with your group, warriors in the lead.

    Level 2.

    The Leaky Dinghy – Durk’s Got a Secret
    NPC: Durk the Deranged
    Quest Location: Harbormaster's Plaza, Den of the Kobold Brothers
    Difficulty: Normal.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 3 minutes. Learning 8-12 minutes.
    Notes: See Tip #3 for most-effective strategy to acquire Muckbanes.

    The Wayward Lobster – Information is Key
    NPC: Shir Clowenks d’Phiarlan
    Quest Location: Warehouse District, Osgood's Basement near The Wayward Lobster
    Difficulty: Normal to Elite as quickly as possible.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 5 minutes. Learning, 9-12 minutes.
    Notes: Use ranged weapons on slimes on elite to avoid damage to weapons, or muckbanes on warriors that can go toe-to-toe. Designate the rogue or ranger in the group to break boxes along the way for the extra ransack bonus. Use the pipes near the end to perch and fire as casters, etc if your party is weak on melee toe-to-toe capability.

    Level 3

    The Harbormaster’s Plaza – The Kobolds’ New Ringleader
    NPC: Guard Jung
    Quest Location: Warehouse District, Bonebite Hideout across from The Wayward Lobster
    Difficulty: Normal to Elite as quickly as possible.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 4-7 minutes. Learning 10-16 minutes.
    Notes: Do not break the boxes in the beginning. Use them to jump over the large unbreakable boxes and cut your time in half! If you cannot go toe-to-toe with the ogre at the end, set your party on top of the catwalk to the right of the doorway. Open the door, run up to the catwalk with them and kill the Kobold that follows. The ogre will trigger and advance with kobolds. The kobolds can climb up, the ogre cannot. Kill the kobolds in single file. Perch on top to slay the one-hit-wonder ogre with spells and throwing weapons whilst ducking in and out of his own ranged attacks (hug the wall, he usually cannot hit you!) Be sure to have opened the resurrection shrine at the far end of the hall to resurrect in case of an unfortunate death.

    The Marketplace – The Sunken Sewer
    NPC: Aurla Courson
    Quest Location: The Sunken Sewer near The Rusty Nail and STK located in The Marketplace
    Difficulty: Normal to Elite as quickly as possible.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 1 minute. Learning 4-9 minutes.
    Notes: Go right and skip optionals. Dive into the water at the end of the path. Memorize Knock or have a rogue (this is the only way to do this quest in 1 minute).

    The Waterworks – The Kobold’s Den: Clan Gnashtooth
    NPC: Guard Tember
    Quest Location: The Waterworks, Clan Gnashtooth Lair
    Difficulty: Normal to Elite as quicky as possible.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 5 minutes. Learning 11-19 minutes.
    Notes: Mind the first acid trap. If you have fire resist, use the fire trap to slay at least one group of kobolds by expeditiously retreating to the right, grabbing the kobolds (and the ones behind the door if possible) and running them back into the fire trap intersection. Grab the chest key -- it moves either to the spider room or the sleeping kobold room. Open the locked door to the left passage at the interesection. Grab the other key, slay the guards and talk to Chief Eechik. Finish up quickly and avoid the spiders in the left passage of the T-intersection.

    The Waterworks – The Kobold’s Den: Rescuing Arlos
    NPC: Guard Tember
    Quest Location: The Waterworks, Clan Gnashtooth Prison
    Difficulty: Normal to Elite as quickly as possible.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 7 minutes. Learning 15-25 minutes.
    Notes: People get careless here. Mind the spiked trap and kobolds to the near-immediate left. Disabling isn't a requirement. Clear the left first, then the lower bottom of the drawbridge directly ahead of the starting location. Double-back and clear the right. There are several ambushes in Gnashtooth Prison, so be wary! Finally find Arlos and get out as fast as possible with your party at the entrance.

    The Waterworks – Venn’s Trail: Clan Tunnelworm
    NPC: Guard Tember
    Quest Location: The Waterworks entered from The Harbor's dockside
    Difficulty: Normal to Elite as quickly as possible.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 7 minutes. Learning 16-30 minutes.
    Notes: Muckbanes initially equipped or ranged weapons for slimes. Open the door at the end of this passage, dispatch all critters, and flip the levers. Send someone with acid resist and/or reflex save and healing capability to the left tunnel to flip the levers at the end -- don't fight the slimes, just run! The rest of the party heads down the right passage, dispatching all kobolds in the way and running the stairs up to flip a lever. Run down the opened passage and take out the critters at the bend. Flip 2 levers (there ARE 2 here) and rondezvous in the center. Drop down in stealth to avoid agro, waterbreathing items equipped. Gather and zerg the rest, flipping the lever and advancing to the end. Fight from the door for safety if required until most kobolds ard dispatched.

    The Waterworks – Venn’s Trail: Venn’s Fate
    NPC: Guard Tember
    Quest Location: The Waterworks entered from The Harbor's dockside
    Difficulty: Normal to Elite as quickly as possible.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 6 minutes. Learning 13-25 minutes.
    Notes: Keep the party together. Move together quickly, looking in all gated cells for Venn's body. Defeat the final boss and get out. Avoid the ogres on elite unless you're confident your party can handle it. Beware the blade trap in the wolf room as well.

    Level 4

    The Cloven-jaw Scourge: Blockade
    NPC: Aurla Courson
    Quest Location: The Steam Tunnels entered from The Marketplace near The Rusty Nail
    Difficulty: Normal. This series is not worth proceeding onto elite at this level. Come back at level 14 for favor.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 8 minutes. Learning 17-33 minutes. Skip the optionals!
    Notes: There are some undead here including an arcane -- halt undead or command undead helps! Mind the puzzle (don't touch the lighted path to the cornerstones or you'll trigger spider spawns). Blaze through to the end and be ready for a burly hobgoblin end-boss on the bridge. Advance to part two!

    The Cloven-jaw Scourge: Caverns of Shaagh
    NPC: Aurla Courson
    Quest Locaton: The Steam Tunnels entered from The Marketplace near The Rusty Nail
    Difficulty: Normal.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 8 minutes. Learning 17-33 minutes. Skip the optionals!
    Notes: The beginning fights can be avoided by dropping down the ledge instead of crossing the bridges! Move through this one together. Avoid unnecessary fights. Move as quickly as possible. If a level five caster is in the group, haste and web are the best possible spells with extend metamagic feat. Advance to part three!

    The Hall of Shan-to-Kor
    NPC: Aurla Courson
    Quest Location: The Steam Tunnels entered from The Marketplace near The Rusty Nail
    Difficulty: Normal.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 10 minutes. Learning 19-35 minutes. Skip the optionals!
    Notes: An immediate assault occurs on load. Take out the harassers. Move together and beware of the multitude of traps. Hug the left walls in large straight-away halls. At the first shrine an acid trap is directly ahead -- use resists or disable! Buff a warrior for the fire trap and they will run to the left advance up and around past the acid trap. All others should move to the right. Once the way is open, contine onward. Another fire trapped bridge will eventually show -- run the ledge for the chest and drop down with careful timing. A fire room and bladed room is near the end. Fire resists and reflex saves are your friend. The spikes can be disabled by a rogue -- 2 trap boxes, 1 to the left and 1 to the right of the far side through the flames. Running straight through will generally score victory if hastened with fire resistance. Stop on the other side -- a minotaur is ahead. Advance with the group and dispatch. Clear the way, head back to the shrine and rest, then advance to the end drop -- a brute giant! Gathering in the corner with warriors in front and wizards Magic Missiling is a favored tactic, but a level 4-5 wiz/sorc can maximize a shocking grasp or chill touch and slay the fella in about 4-5 castings just as easily.

    House Phiarlan – Tangleroot: Assault on Splinterskull
    NPC: Chief Ungurz
    Quest Location: The One-Eared Bugbear Tavern travelled to from House Phiarlan
    Difficulty: Normal to Elite as quickly as possible. Haste is a must when casters reach level 5.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, every section should require 7 minutes or less in the first 5 sections. The last sections will require more time to run to through the first section. Learning, 10-15 minutes each. Skip the optionals!!!
    Notes: Run fast! Run hard! Pay attention! Don't fight Whisperdoom! Don't stray from your party. You will succeed. Luring Whisperdoom with 1 fast runner when you're required to break her eggs is key. Recall out afterwards. Hopefully your runner can outrun her too and recall out after a goodly long run (or run back to the entrance and walk out!)

    Level 5
    The Depths of Darkness, Despair, Discord and Doom of House Deneith
    NPC: 4 NPCs in The Hammersmith’s Inn sitting at a rectangular table. Giggs Elorreathi (Darkness), Neville Stormhammer (Despair), Scholes of Vedykar (Discord), and Keane d'Deneith (Doom).
    Quest Location: The Hammersmith's Inn in House Deneith, left of entrance from Marketplace.
    Difficulty: Normal to Elite.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 8 minutes. Learning 16-20 minutes each.
    Notes: These quests are rather quick. There are lots of undead involved, as well as some shades or ghosts. Move quickly as a group and you should have no problem with these quests.

    The Catacombs: The Marketplace - The Soulgate
    NPC: Friar Renau
    Location: Soulgate, The Catacombs. The Sanctuary (pt 1/2), Library Archives (pt 3), The Dryden Family Tomb (pt 4), Lower Cathedral (pt 5/6), Eastern Catacombs (pt 7) Dryden's Chamber (The Archbishop's Fate, End Game).
    Difficulty: Normal to Elite. Skip unnecessary optionals! Halt Undead/Charm Undead a Must.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 1-3 minutes for first 3 sections. 8 minutes for last 4 sections. 1 minute for final section. Learning, 4-9 minutes per section. 16-24 minutes for last 4 sections. 1 minute for final section.
    Notes: In The Dryden Family Tomb you should halt everything and unlock all the other chambers, then grab the key and unlock the inner chambers with a quick kill in the central tomb and exit. A high-speed tank can do this in lieu of a halt-casting wiz/sorc. In The Lower Catacombs, when the party is at the bottom of the catacombs and about to open the gated doorway, if you can, summon a creature or two. Marguerite will appear and likely attack the conjured creatures first. Run up the center and exit as quickly as possible. Haste as needed while throwing levers to open doors.

    Stormcleave
    NPC: Alciana d’Deneith
    Quest Location: The Anvilfire Inn in House Deneith
    Difficulty: Normal. If you have a tweaked group, hard. If your group is twinked out and ridiculously knowledgeable, this one can be done on elite with level five or six characters. Run this quest into the ground and advance to level 6 or beyond.
    Time to Completion: Zerging 14 minutes. Learning or Max XP, 25-45 minutes. With wiping 1 hour 15 minutes or more.
    Notes: Hard or Elite runs can be saved in lieu of higher levels. This quest has lots of optionals. Run to the right and continue onward. Avoid the first cave unless you are looking for the named. The second cave near the undead has a shrine that can be useful to switch out spells, etc. A good caster on haste with blur and a firewall or two up can take out the named minotaur at the last rune sigil without cheapening the experience. A tank shieldblocking and intimidating can achieve the same effect while others attack from the sides. For the end-boss, be sure to have the shard that unlocks the earth elemental at the far back right of the four wards. Clear the unnamed giants first and try not to agro the named. Run in and unlock the earth elemental ward quickly, then slay it while one person grabs the named giant's agro. Defeating the earth elemental removes his damage reduction. Next, have your casters unleash hell in the highest non-fire damage spells they know. A maximized (level 5+ shocking grasp or chill touch) first level spell can yield 80-120 pts of damage on average and take him out in 5-7 castings, even with his fast regeneration still active (requires the fire shard to open the fire ward far back left ward, and then slay fire mephits to remove his regenerative abilities -- which usually is way too much of a bother though!).

    Part 2: The Bear Essentials

    Now you've spent a good 10 hours or longer in Stormreach and reached level 6. That's great! Don't get cocky. What you've done so far is really simple stuff. The first true trial of power would be Stormcleave on hard or elite. If you don't think you're ready, save Stormcleave hard and elite for level 8. Meanwhile, grind out your levels from 6+ in Delera's Graveyard!

    Objectives:

    Below is a list of quests that will expedite experience accumulation the quickest. By now you should be able to use The House Phiarlan Favor Level 1 Reward, which consists of a whole slew of useful spells. Utilize these spells effectively in your continued path. They last for 30 minutes and will remain even after using a rest shrine, unlike all the other spells and potion effects that may be on your chracter when shrining.
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    Part 2: The Bear Essentials

    Now you've spent a good 10 hours or longer in Stormreach and reached level 6. That's great! Don't get cocky. What you've done so far is really simple stuff. The first true trial of power would be Stormcleave on hard or elite. If you don't think you're ready, save Stormcleave hard and elite for level 8. Meanwhile, grind out your levels from 6+ in Delera's Graveyard!

    Objectives:

    Below is a list of quests that will expedite experience accumulation the quickest. By now you should be able to use The House Phiarlan Favor Level 1 Reward, which consists of a whole slew of useful spells. Utilize these spells effectively in your continued path. They last for 30 minutes and will remain even after using a rest shrine, unlike all the other spells and potion effects that may be on your chracter when shrining.

    Tips: By now you've mastered the basics. Here are a few new pointers.

    #1 Multi-Tasking Entrants: The new quests will challenge your reaction time, quick-thinking and alternative-solutions-on-the-fly when something doesn't work out quite the way you planned. When learning a quest, be sure to keep your party together. Only after you're very familiar should you possibly divide into 2 or 3 groups to speed up completion by tackling multiple goals at the same time.

    #2 Fight Within the Flames: The old saying, "You bring the Fire and I'll bring the Heat" becomes literal at level 7 when your party wizards and sorcerers gain the spell Wall of Fire. This spell can drastically improve survival of all if utilized at doors with warriors shield blocking the narrow gap. It also becomes the quintessential position of strategic choice against all incorporeal adversaries. Yes, your caster is going to get a heap of agro, but if he casts blur or displacement on himself he can mitigate successful attacks and run a very tight circle or zig-zag paths in and out of his firewall, effectively keeping the assailants "in the heat" and in range of all your warriors who should be standing inside the firewall.

    #3 The Heroic Rogue: Heroism isn't necessary to memorize, but anytime a rogue goes for a disable or gambit run through traps of devious nature, be sure he or she has Heroism! This single spell often would have saved disaster for a rogue-attempt-gone-wrong by increasing skills and saving throws just enough to not fail. The heroic rogue is often the most successful rogue.

    #4 There's Something in The Air: Again for the casters, Fog and Cloud area spells are often overlooked for their most important benefit -- possible percentage for a failed-hit in combat! If you can't free up a spell slot for a Solid Fog, at least take the second level Fog spell to grant your entire party a 20% miss-chance when they fight within it. Stinking Cloud and Solid Fog offer the same benefits, as well as additional effects.

    #5 Overlooked Warrior Tactics: Any warrior worth his stout at this point has looked through his Feats and looked-over the feats Sunder and Trip. Now here's the real challenge -- quicklink these feats to your hot bar and use them for crying out loud! You may not even have taken any of the enhancements to improve the DC on your trip and sunder attempts (Dwarven, Warforged and Fighter enhancements grant these improvements along your level progression), but there's no harm in swinging to hit and possibly scoring a trip or sunder! These abilities refresh for use rather quickly, so you should always try to burn them as soon as the cool-down is gone. A well-placed trip or a sunder on a particularly beefy AC'd opponent often saves clerical spell points and allows the rogue to lay into the backside of a nasty with devestating effects.

    #6 Take The Big Guy With You: By now you've realized there are higher-level players interested in running the quests with you quite frequently. For levelling purposes, accept up to 2 levels above the challenge rating of your quest and try to keep your party within 3 levels of each other. Sure, you may take a 10% to 30% hit because the highest character is 1-3 levels higher than you; but in general the extra party levels allows the party to progress through the mission faster, and that is worth it in time vs experience.

    #7 Skip to Elite: There are two philosophies in DDO concerning the most XP. One is run the difficulties of a quest in order from normal to elite and hold at elite until the xp is negligible. The second is to skip normal and hard by finding an person that can open elite for your party and holding there until the xp is negligible, and then continue on doing hard and then normal. The path that will yield the most xp is the later, however, you may wind up scoring some massive death penalty xp on a first-run elite if you're lacking in seasoned players on the quest! The best rule of thumb however is if you can't cut the elite path efficiently, don't do it. Running a quest on Hard for speed and xp is generally a safe bet -- just finish up elite at the end and score the 150% run after you've wiped the xp in that quest on hard or normal runs.

    #7 Quest Rewards: Many of the quests listed below are quest-chains or multi-part adventures. There is typically an end reward given by the original bestowing NPC upon successful completion or a series of possible chests protected by named guardians, and these randomly-distributed rewards are often very good! A few must-haves are listed below: Delera's Tomb (DT), Gwylan's Stand (GS), and Stormcleave (SC).

    * Docent of the Tomb - A warforged utility +1 docent with +5 Spot, +5 Balance, +5 Listen, and +5 Search (DT).
    * Golden Cartouche - Possibly one of the most useful necklaces with +1 Intelligence, +3 Use Magic Device (DT).
    * Hellfire Cloak - A cloak with multiple resists including: Lesser Fire Resist, Lesser Acid Resist, Lesser Sonic Resist (DT).
    * Iron Manacles - A set of bracers that grant +4 Protection (Chaotic only, DC 20) (DT).
    * Linen Handwraps - These gloves are for non-dex PCs granting +4 Strength, -1 Dexerity, and Disease Immunity (DT).
    * Serpent Branch - A +2 longbow with Poison +1d6/attack, and Proof Against Poison enchantment (DT).
    * Sigil of Stormreach - A +2 Charisma ring that also grants +5 Diplomacy (DT).
    * Skeleton Key - A high-powered rogue item allowing a +7 Open Lock bonus (DT).
    * Sparkstriker - A +1 adamantine Heavy Pick with Shocking Burst (DT).
    * Wrath of Syberys - A +2 Heavy Steel Shield of Blinding that grants a +3 Reflex Save bonus (DT).
    * Giant-Stalker's Knife - A +1 Kukri with Greater Giant Bane randomly in Suropox's loot chest (GS).
    * Gwylan's Blade - A +2 Roaring Shortsword with +2 Perform that Stacks with other items enhacements (GS).
    * Helm of the Flame - A helm for healers/casters granting Power II and Improved Devotion II at Insgadreer's chest (SC).
    * Iron Cleaver - A +1 Battleaxe of Acid Burst at Ulagash's chest (SC).
    * Lesser Boots of Striding and Springing - Speedy Boots granting +10% Striding, +5 Jump at Helos' chest (SC).
    * Nuushmaar's Adamantine Tooth - A +2 adamantine Rapier for finesse fighting at Nuushmaar's chest (SC).
    * Onyxhorn - A great +2 Dagger that grants the Finesse Feat located at Onyxhorn's chest (SC).
    * Robe of Winter - The definitive utility robe for many quests granting Improved Fire Resistance located at Pious' chest (SC).

    Levels 6-8

    Delera's Graveyard -- Delera's Tomb Quest Series
    NPC: Derek Grospric
    Quest Location: Delera's Graveyard in House Jorasco. Delera's Antechamber (pt 1), Delera's Reliquary (pt 2), Delera's Tomb (pt 3), The Necromancer's Lair (pt 4)
    Difficulty: Normal. Hard/Elite by levels 7 & 8.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 9-14 minutes per section. Learning, 24-35 minutes.
    Notes: It is nearly essential to bring 1 rogue, 1 cleric, and 1 wizard or sorcerer with command/halt undead and haste for ease of completion and speed. Fireball wands are also a boon against the undead masses. Up your game to hard or elite when you're ready.

    Gwylan's Stand
    NPC: Coralay d'Phiarlan
    Quest Location: House Phiarlan, The Ampitheatre.
    Difficulty: Normal. Hard/Elite by levels 7/8.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 19-24 minutes. Learning 35-49 minutes.
    Notes: This quest can be hard without a rogue. Bring one! Also, stop the drow elf inside the chamber entrance before he sounds the alarm -- it will save you a lot of fighting. Lastly, utilize traps to your advantage to kill npcs. Fog Clouds, Solid Fogs, Walls of Fire, Webs and Charm Monsters are all very viable utility spells in Gwylan's Stand as opposed to dealing direct damage (and getting directly charged by trolls, hobgoblins and minotaurs, oh my!).

    Stormcleave
    NPC: Alciana d’Deneith
    Quest Location: The Anvilfire Inn in House Deneith
    Difficulty: Hard. If your group is twinked out and ridiculously knowledgeable, this one can be done on elite with level six characters. Run this quest into the ground for xp when you can handle elite.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 20 minutes. Learning or Max XP, 25-45 minutes. With wiping 1 hour 15 minutes or more.
    Notes: See entry in The Path To Power: A Critical Path (Part 1), Level 5 Quests.

    Part 3: Enter The Dragon

    So you've now spent at least another 15-20 hours grinding out your levels and have reached a hallmark stone of level 9. In DDO's initial release mods this was the pinnacle of a player's journey. You now have access to level 5 spells and high-level enhancements and equipment. It's only fitting that the next few levels are dedicated to the End Game Raid of yore -- The Vault of the Night and Velah, The Great Red!

    Objectives:

    Below is the summarization of quests that comprise of The Vault of the Night Series (VoNS) and Dragon Raid. To fill in the the downtime of the Dragon Raid Timer and LFM Search-Time for VoN runs, a few other choice XP and loot quests have been included, but are not necessary for the fastest experience. Also during your down time in LFM searching for party members, you may want to consider revisiting the harbor and running as many quests that you missed on elite. These quests will unlock any backpacks you have not attained yet with The Coin Lords Favor.

    Tips: Below are a few extra pointers for your journeys through the upper-levels and DDOs hallmark raid.

    #1 Self-Sufficiency: Although you've likely been encouraged to be self-sufficient already, now you should be self-concious at all times of your potions, scrolls, wands and funds! A good player nearly always has a stack of serious healing/repair potions at the bear minimal. Try to carry healing wands if you can use them. A smart sorcerer or wizard carries a few fireball, lightning, melf's acid arrow and force-missile wands as a primary attack to reserve spell points for the main challenges of a quest. Heal scrolls will start to become attractive to clerics and a charismatic rogue with a high use magical device skill should try to hold onto a few resurrection scrolls in case the cleric goes down. Other handy potions to keep on hand can be bought in House Jorasco, Kundarak and Phiarlan include the following: Barkskin, Heroism, Haste, Rage, Shield of Faith, Fire Protection and Acid Protection. Clickies of these potions are rare or non-existent -- if you find one, hold onto it!

    #2 Be Economically Saavy: You're now raking in looted items on a regular basis of the value 9,000gp - 32,000gp. A lot of these items won't be of use to you or your party, so sell these items! But hold on -- have you checked your haggle skill lately? Make every copper count and increase the value of your sales while decreasing the cost of your buys by buffing up your Haggle skill. One of the easiest ways to do this is to be on the look-out for a Robe of Command. This robe grants a +2 bonus to all charisma-based checks and also functions as a back-up to UMD-checks that are really important (like those resurrection scrolls on your rogue!). Many classes and races are granted the option of 5 skill enhancement self-buffs per rest such as Rogue's Skill Boost or Human Diversity -- utilizes these on your haggle as well. Lastly, a clicky of Eagle's Splendor can grant an additional +2 to all Charisma-based Skill Checks. Heroism clickies are extremely rare, but occasionally found in the upper-echeons of quests. If not, maybe your caster is willing to cast an extended Heroism on you when you go to sell.

    #3 The House Rules: Did you know you there are vendors for specific sales and purchases? These vendors grant greater values for specific item sales as opposed to the rest of Stormreach's vendors, and they also retain the stock of player-sold items until they reach their 24-hour reset timer. In other words, these thrift shops may have something really nice that someone else didn't want! Be sure to take all your high-valued items for sale to these shops too. The Marketplace Bazaar offers vendors that will purchase all clothing and jewelry at increased values. House Kundarak thrift shop is across from the teleporter gate and will buy your armors, shields and docents at increased values. Lastly, House Deneith's thrift shop is located to the right bend if you load in from the Marketplace gate entrance, and they will buy your weapons at increased values.

    #4 Phantasmal Killer FTW: The Phantasmal Killer (PK) spell is quite powerful against adversaries on the normal settings of these quests. A Beholder can kill anyone in a 1-shot disintergrate, so it is best to put as few people at risk as possible. Here's a chance for the caster to step up (and possibly die). Getsum, getsum!!!

    #5 Debuffed by Beholders Blues: Don't let those beholders casting disenchants get you down -- don't even get it up (your buffs, that is!) Aside from something that might increase your magic resistance to defeat the disenchantment, there is almost no reason to buff if a beholder is ahead. Run in with a haste if you're going to melee and hope you get to swing before it casts a nasty 1-hit-wonder spell on you. A rage potion is also a good idea to help maximize your dps and get the beholder down as fast as possible. It only takes about 10 seconds for a beholder to assure a kill if it doesn't kill you the first second it has line of sight on you.

    #6 Quest Rewards: Many of the quests listed below are quest-chains or multi-part adventures. There is typically an end reward given by the original bestowing NPC upon successful completion or a series of possible chests protected by named guardians, and these randomly-distributed rewards are often very good! A few must-haves are listed below: Caverns of Korromar (CK), Vault of the Night (VoN), The Xorian Cipher (XC).

    * Aberrant Robe - A robe granting Spell Resistance 17 and Wizardry II at R'zzix's chest (CK).
    * Chill Shard - A rare returning +2 Throwing Frost Dagger randomly in Akuul's chest (CK).
    * Mace of the Wraith - A nice +2 ghost touch Heavy Mace found in Colvis Hammercrusher's chest (CK).
    * Xoriat Forged Blade - Another rare item is the +1 flaming, anarchic Longsword guarded at Serruul's chest (CK).
    * Belt of the Mroranon - A very rare moderate fortification belt granting +6 Strength in Velah's chamber (VoN).
    * Docent of Grace - A +2 Docent granting +5 Dexterity, +5 Tumble, +5 Balance for dex-built warforged (VoN).
    * Helm of Mroranon - An essential helm for clerics granting +6 Wisdom and +7 Intimidate skill bonus (VoN).
    * Kundarak Delving Boots - These boots grant Freedom of Movement, +5 Move Silently (VoN).
    * Kundarak Delving Goggles - Blindess Ward Goggles granting +10 Spot, +10 Disable Device (VoN).
    * Kundarak Delving Suit - A prized +5 mithril Chainmail (6 max dex) with +5 Silent Moves, +5 Search (VoN).
    * Kundarak Warding Bracers - Great bracers offering a +3 Constitution, +3 Resistance, +3 Protection (VoN).
    * Kundarak Warding Shield - A +5 Heavy Steel Shield with +2 Resistance for any warrior (VoN).
    * Ring of the Silver Concord - A charisma-caster's ring of choice with +4 Charisma +2 Protection Command (VoN).
    * Ruby Encrusted Gauntlets - These gauntlets cast a caster level 15 flamestrike once per rest (VoN).
    * Stonemeld Plate - The non-dex build warrior's +4 fullplate of choice offering DR 5/- and Camoflauge 5x/rest (VoN).
    * +2 Stat Tome - Any ability can be raised once by 2 points by consuming any one of these 6 tomes (VoN).
    * Chaosguarde - Lawfully-aligned to equip (DC 20) bracers with Chaosguard* and a +2 Dodge bonus (XC).
    * Planar Gird - A belt with Chaosguard* that casts Greater Heroism 1x/rest (XC).
    * Reaver's Ring - This quintessential light fortification ring -2 Will is a boon fighting mummies and other fear-inspiring creatures with its fear-immunity properties (XC).

    Levels 9-11

    The Vault of the Night Series

    Tharashk Arena - House Kundarak
    NPC: Barrow d'Kundara at The Tower of Kol Korran in House Kundarak.
    Quest Location: The Ever Full Flagon
    Difficulty: Normal to Elite as fast as possible!
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 11-19 minutes. Learning 24-45 minutes.
    Notes: Take an experienced guide on any VoN. Pay attention to their advice and what "must-be" done. Certain NPCs require certain choices or skill actions throughout this series and could mean the difference of fighting or walking past them without incident.

    The Prisoner - House Kundarak
    NPC: Mistress Orphne
    Quest Location: Mistress Orphne's Haven in the House Kundarak Bank area
    Difficulty: Normal.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 9-19 minutes. Learning 29-59 minutes.
    Notes: This quest introduces you to your first encounters with dreaded Beholders! A wizard or sorcerer with Phantasmal Killer or a well-buffed Paladin are favored classes to send in for the kill. Keep your cleric well far away so they can resurrect in case a few party members die. If you're alive in this quest, with a beholder trailing you, and you're trying to lose it, just die! If you run towards the cleric, you'll both die, and then the cleric will be very mad about the fact that they have to release and come back into the quest with a 20% hit. The wind tends to blow hard up here and can knock a person off, which causes the quest to fail. Pressing ALT + F4 at the same time during the fall will save your party's progress by crashing the DDO client. This isn't necessarily the right way to do the quest, but so far there is nothing prohibiting this tactic. A character that alt F4s must be booted from the party. When they log back in, they will appear outside the instance and have to come back in with a -20%, but at least the party didn't lose their progress from a slip off the path! Save Hard and Elite runs on this quest for last -- it's just not worth the multiple deaths to try to hold a hard or elite run more than once. Beholders are eeeevil!

    The Gateway to Khyber - House Kundarak
    NPC: Chactidae Falaknuma
    Quest Location: The Gateway to Khyber in The House Kundarak Bank area
    Difficulty: Normal and Hard. Save Elite for when the xp is negligible.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 1-6 minutes. Learning, 7-17 minutes.
    Notes: It's standard to buff, haste and run to the end, throw down a cloud and some firewalls and dispatch the groups of beastly humanoids. There are some known safe spots. This entry should be easy with some heavy fighters or good spell-casting. Charm Monster also works wonders here on the npc mobs.

    The Jungle of Khyber - House Kundarak
    NPC: Barrow d'Kundarak
    Quest Location: The End of The Gateway to Khyber is the beginning to The Jungle of Khyber
    Difficulty: Normal. Run Hard and Elite after the xp is negligible on normal.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 17-29 minutes. Learning, 39-59 minutes.
    Notes: This quest is full of nasties including an entire cavern of beholders! The end beyond the geyser (which you use to lift off to the opening of the next room) is filled with even more drow and humanoids. A few well-placed firewalls can score bigtime from here while the cleric spams your wiz or sorc with heal. Then hop down and let the ranged-fighters peck off the remaining HPs. A final fight against a few named creatures including another behold tends to be problematic, but they cannot pass into the large central chamber -- use this as a buffer from the beholder and take him out as you see fit. Finally, the Inevitable is the end-boss. Don't run around because the entire cavern spawns earth elementals that will pummel your party to no-end. Defeat the few that spawn at the entrance to The Inevitable and tear him apart with non-fire spells. Electricity, force bolts, and adamantine weapons are quite useful here.

    The Haywire Foundry -- House Kundarak
    NPC: Husk, The Apparatus Collector
    Quest Location: The Haywire Foundry near The Ever Full Flagon
    Difficulty: Normal to Hard and stay at Hard til xp is negligible -- then run Elite.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 15-29 minutes. Learning, 39-59 minutes.
    Notes: Use the pits to drop warforged into and avoid. Use the bladed stairs and narrow passageway to lure more warforged to an easy death. Stay as a group once beyond those sections -- it can be rough for the final switch run. Lastly, send a rogue or ranger-rogue through the one shrine's doors (it's trapped!). Disable for the party. The puzzle is based on symbols -- rotate the inner wheels to match the symbol of the outer wheel you wish to move. The correct symbol for the outer wheel is found inside the inner-wheel's gated area. Be ready to fight golems and automotons ahead -- acid and fire don't work well here!!! Force missiles are very useful as well as adamantine weapons. The final run is timed and jump and haste buffs are superb as well as fire resistance.

    The Vault of the Night - The Tower of Kol Korran
    NPC: Barrow d'Kundarak
    Quest Location: The Tower of Kol Korran
    Difficulty: Normal (Raid) Do Hard and Elite later. Can only be completed every 2 days 18 hours and 59 minutes.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 26-49 minutes. Learning, 50 - 90 minutes.
    Notes: This quest is intense, long, and full of puzzles. Take a few experienced people with you if you can and follow their lead. Try to keep the party in 2 large groups of 6 or more. Also be sure you have 2 high-wisdom (20+) 2 high-strength (25+) and 2 with ranged weapons (such as a returning weapon). When you have the Voice and the Ring, the holder of the ring & voice must go left. You will need more of your party to go left than right. There are 8 traps to disable in the lightning & blades split (where the voice carrier goes left). Don't forget to disable to blade trap to the west and there are several blade traps in the fire-jet room. Utilized 4 players in a coordinated pull, standing aside from the bottom's jets so they don't burn to death. The player on topside should be a rogue/beef-eater barb or someone that can handle some damage. A good wizard tactic in this room is to cast a firewall on the 4 ranged warforged (and then hide) to save your jet-jumper some woe up top. Don't stand on the jet until after the flame shoots through, then use the steam blast to propel you to the top. Finally, the trapped double-door at the end is a serious problem if the trap in the lower-left corner next to the second door is not disabled. A high reflex save can make it through this and open the door. A party halt can be encountered if no one has a high enough reflex save and the trap box is blown. Also, you cannot complete this raid without the minimum stats on 4 different players and 2 ranged-firing players as well. Aside from that, enjoy this quest -- Velah, the Great Red awaits you upon completion! This is not required for The Path to Power.

    The Plane of Night - The Vault of the Night
    NPC: Barrow d'Kundarak
    Quest Location: The Vault of the Night
    Difficulty: Normal-Elite (Raid). Can only be started by completing Von 5 successfully. You do not have to complete this quest -- which allows you to milk VoN5 for xp and it's a very good idea sometimes. Can only be completed every 2 days 18 hours and 59 minutes -- reset begins upon picking up the end quest reward from Barrow d'Kundarak!
    Time to Completion: 44 minutes. If you don't complete by then, you fail.
    Notes: Here you are, staring at a huge red dragon. Woohoo! Listen to the experienced veterans and follow their instruction. You only have a small amount of time, so cooperate and work quickly. The main highlights of this quest include the three base - first, second & third. Each base has a pillar that must be broken at the same time. The typical tactic is to knock each pillar down to 10% and leave it there until all pillars are "prepared" ie "prepp'd." Finally, the guys waiting at the second base (like a baseball diamond, the rest of the party is at home plate) call the strike & the rangers utilize high-powered bows to target 1st and 3rd's pillars and take them all out at once. A bard's hypnotism song can often be utilized to pacify the elementals at each base so players can man them & wait to whack the last of the pillar. Also note that only 1 player can be running across any bridge at one time or Velah will blast fireballs down upon you (and possibly knock you off, effectively removing you from the quest). Lastly, The Hero Method is the preferred method of choice to take on Velah at ALL levels. Clerics (or wizards/sorcs & clerics in case of warforged heroes) have a much easier time hanging back to the left with the party healing a hero that is smacking Velah upside the head with a dragon bane or earth mineral weapon than focusing on all of the party and keeping each of them up. Velah's breath weapon is a huge AoE attack and this is a problem for most groups to stay alive on hard or elite -- normal it's easy to run up there as a group, but even easier to keep a barbarian hero alive while all others wand heal/heal the "Hero" from just left of the entrance platform. Utilizing the hero method also helps because the elementals do not trigger and spawn, thus saving extra time, hit points, agro & the ability to focus on the goal - taking down Velah, the great Red! This quest isn't required for The Path to Power, but the static named items are often worth the effort to tweak your character's effectiveness.

    The Caverns of Korromar - House Kundarak
    NPC: Ulfgar d'Kundarak
    Quest Location: Locksmith Square near The Liquid Charm
    Difficulty: Normal to hard. Save elite until the xp is negligible on hard.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 25-41 minutes. Learning, 39-59 minutes.
    Notes: This quest makes heavy use of Fire Wall and ghost touch weapons! When you enter the "arena" looking area, clear the entire outside before you start to duck in and out of the four entry-ways to the dungeon caverns. The end result will pop you out at the bottom and if you haven't slain the shades/wraiths at the bottom, you'll have a rather hard time popping into the midst of them solo. The end boss is yet again our favorite creature, The Beholder! Feel free to station your cleric and wizard/sorcerers on top of the bridge with the lever to open the door to the Beholder while your fighters take positions below. A well-placed maximized firewall or two or three can land on your targeted fighters below you and greet the beholder quite warmly.

    The Path to Madenss - House Jorasco
    NPC: Gatekeeper Chulkash
    Quest Location: The Garden of Respite
    Difficulty: Normal Hard to hold. Run Elite after nullifying the xp on this one.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 1-4 minutes. Learning, 5-13 minutes.
    Notes: It's standard to buff, haste and run to the end, throw down a cloud and some firewalls and dispatch the pair of drow-scorpions at the top steps. There are some known safe spots around pillars (hint hint). You bypass the archers and everything else has to run to your party. Try to have the drow-scorpions defeated by the time the rest of the trained mobs arrive into a solid fog wall and some well-placed walls of fire to boot!

    The Xorian Cipher - House Jorasco
    NPC: Gatekeeper Chulkash
    Quest Location: The Garden of Respite to The Path to Madness
    Difficulty: Normal and Hard to hold. Run Elite after nullifying the xp on this one.
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 24-37 minutes. Learning, 39-59 minutes.
    Notes: Absolutely take a rogue or trap-wizard with you, or you might as well kiss the end-rewards in the quest good-bye. This quest can be confusing at first, so try to find an experienced guide for your first run or two. Once you get in the groove of this quest, press til your chests are ransacked. Ransacked chests reset 7 days from the first time you initially opened them.

    Part 4: Welcome to the Next Level

    At this point you've logged an additional 15-20 hours to hit level 12. Will it ever end?!?! The good news is, yes, for now the level cap is 14 and you're only two to three heads shy of a full cabbage patch. Luckily, it's also very simple on how to get the last few levels in one of the newest zones added to DDO. That's right, you're going to Gianthold.

    Objectives:

    Below is a quick listing of quests in Gianthold that will level you faster thank a halfling can shake a stick at a kobold (by the way, that's fast). For optimum results, go Elite right away and continue to run elite of each of these quests into the ground. Get someone that knows the quest to lead your intrepid party at least the first time and always have a caster (you NEED haste here). Without further adieu, start hitting up the main quests beginning with these two for xp.

    Tips: Currently waiting for advisory on high-level tips.

    #1 Quest Rewards: Prison of the Planes (PoP) offers these quest rewards. Check the Quest Rewards Thread for other Gianthold end quest rewards.

    * Charoush's Inferno - A +5 flaming burst Bastard Sword found in the Fernia room (PoP).
    * Kardin's Eye - This holy grail of trinkets provides a +5 Resistance bonus and is found in the Xorian room (PoP).
    * Ring of Shadow - A power ring with +10 Move Silently, +10 Hide, and 10% Blur located in the Mabar room (PoP).
    * Ring of the Djinn - This ring bestows Lightning Resistance and 33% Lightning Absortion in the Lamannia room (PoP).
    * Royal Scimitar - A powerful +3 keen scimitar of Destruction found in the Shavarath room (PoP).
    * Spiked Boots - These boots grant the wearer a +7 Balance and Immunity to Slippery Surfaces in the Risia room (PoP).
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    Prison of the Planes
    NPC: Nimbus ar'Yorg
    Quest Location: Gianthold
    Difficulty: Elite all the way until negligible xp -- then hard and normal!
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 15-25 minutes. Learning 24-45 minutes.
    Notes: This quest has been raised in difficulty recently, but follow an experienced guide and it should still prove worthwhile. Chests tend to drop on the third/fourth room and sixth/seventh room, so if you're after good loot, plan accordingly. The top room is where Kardin spawns (the beholder) and 2 mind flayers when the room is activated. Activating rooms requires power cell crystals which are found at the lower main room that has the multiple glowing stairs to every level. The best bet is to clear the dungeon of all the living occupants first by sticking together in a group & fighting. A very easy tactic is to draw the agro 1 or 2 at a time downwards to "choke points" of rubble using your ranged fighters with high-powered dps bows/xbows or throwing weapons. The rest of the party stands abreast the rubble & creates a wall that the npc mobs cannot walk through. Unlike doors, the AI for npc mobs has not been reprogrammed to realize a player wall has been created between two pieces of rubble, and effectively pacifies the npcs while a barrage of arrows takes them down from just-out-of-spell-range (yes, most of these enemies are casters). Finally, you take the power cells from the lower antechamber and place them in the socket wall of each room where a lever is waiting to be pulled. You have multiple shots at this, so if a party wipes the guy that stayed outside of the "encounter room" can grab the stones & hoof it to the shrine to get them on their feet. Some of the easiest rooms include Mabar (undead), Fernia (Fire) and Risia (Ice). Xoriat is really hard (Kardin Beholder & Mind Flayers) and the room containing the Marmut (Inevitable-type automoton). When you have enough power crystal cells, take them to the lower room and energize the last encounter. It takes about 15-20 seconds and then the encounter begins -- the end boss is REALLY hard, so keep firewalls maximized along with solid fogs &/or dancing balls. Don't run away from the corner your group decides to fight in -- or at least run a circle while healing & then run back into the firewalls to assist in pulling the boss into a fiery (and very very tasking) death.

    Trial by Fire
    NPC: N/A
    Quest Location: Troll Encampment Entrance
    Difficulty: Elite all the way until negligible xp -- then hard and normal!
    Time to Completion: Zerging, 7-14 minutes. Learning 15-29 minutes.
    Notes: Haste and run. Kill the spiders at the bottom. Haste and run. Complete. Dimension Door. Haste and Run for last Chest you skipped in the fiery pit. Recall out. Repeat!!!
    zxcv

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