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Extraplanar Palace: Buying Time

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The Spectral Dragon Auraxyllon created this magical palace between the planes to store his vast crystal hoard.
Extraplanar Palace: Buying Time
Level Range: 12-20
Duration: Variable time limit
Base XP Range: 600-1000
Takes place in: Extraplanar Palace
Challenge starts in: House Cannith
Patron: House Cannith
Free to Play: No
Group Difficulty: Average
Solo Difficulty: Difficult
5 Star Difficulty: Average
Extraplanar Palace: Buying Time map (legend )
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Overview

Extraplanar Palace: Buying Time is one of the challenges added in Update 12.

  • Shows up as "Extraplanar Mining" on the House Cannith map and quest entrance.

Spoiler Warning: Information below this point can be considered spoiler material!


Star Objectives

  • Reach crystal collection quota (100 Crystals)
  • Collect 300 Crystals above your Quota
  • Defeat the Dragon Auraxyllon
  • Do not buy any Teleporters
  • Buy less than 9 minutes of time

Note: You must complete the first star objective to receive experience & rewards from this Challenge.

Known Traps

None Known

Tips and Misc

Quick Start Guide

  1. Use the Kobold Miners to collect crystals from the Dragon's hoard before time runs out!
  2. Protect your kobold workers from monster attacks and help your kobolds reach the Foreman with their crystal payloads!
  3. Barter crystals with the Time Foreman to extend your time and achieve even better results!

The Rules

The Dragon's Hoard

  • The Spectral Dragon, Auraxyllon, lurks somewhere inside his extraplanar palace, protecting his vast collection of crystals.
  • Raid the palace with the Kobold Miners Union and extract as many crystals as possible before the time runs out.
  • The deeper into the palace you delve, the more crystals you can find - but watch out! Auraxyllon is somewhere in the palace lying in wait for intruders.

Kobold Miners

  • Lead the Kobold Miners to crystals by laying down Incense Torches to form a path.
    • Tip: Healing Torches work like regular torches, plus they also heal Kobold Miners who are near them.
  • The kobolds will collect crystals and take them back to the Foreman near the entrance.
    • Tip: Barrels increase how many crystals one Kobold can carry. Place Barrels in the torch path and Kobolds will pick them up and equip them. A Kobold with multiple barrels will make his best effort to fill the barrels before returning to the Foreman.
  • Monsters may attack the Kobolds while they’re working, causing the Kobolds to panic and run in circles.
    • Tip: You can earn extra treasure for killing red named bosses!
  • Help the Kobolds return to the Foreman to unload their crystals so they can go back to collect more!
    • Tip: Place Teleporters near Kobolds who are loaded with crystals. Kobolds will use Teleporters to instantly travel back to the Foreman. NOTE: Buying a teleporter will make achieving one of the star objectives impossible.
  • Kobolds drop soulstones when they die, which you can return to the Foreman to resurrect. But note that hiring more Kobolds is cheap, while resurrecting Kobolds is expensive!

The Time Foreman

  • The Foreman in this Challenge is a Time Foreman. He will sell you more time in exchange for crystals.
  • Help the Kobolds return to the Time Foreman to unload their crystals so they can go back to collect more!
  • The Time Foreman can also sell you additional Kobold Miners, Incense Torches, Healing Torches, Barrels, and Teleporters, as well as various useful items from the DDO Store.
  • Monsters may also attack and kill the Time Foreman. A dead Time Foreman can’t sell you more time, and who knows what other paradoxes could arise!
  • Tourist Tonic can be purchased from the DDO Store. It will return you to the Time Foreman instantly.

Crystals

  • Green crystals are turned in by Kobolds to meet the quota, and increase your score!
  • Purple Crystals are worth 10 of the Green Crystals. But be careful – Purple Crystals tend to explode if left alone for too long.
  • You can use crystals to buy supplies from the Foreman. Remember that this subtracts from your quota.
  • Rooms deeper in the palace tend to have more crystals, but at the risk of encountering the Dragon!

Score

You will earn points for the following:

  • Collected crystals

Player Notes

  • This one is quite similar to Crystal Cove, except instead of leading kobolds through a cavern, you're mining a spectral dragon's palace.
  • Like the other Kobold Mining Union challenges, your Crystal Cove Pirate Hats will buff the Kobolds.
  • Watch the kobolds... they'll run WAY away from the line, possibly activating monsters you haven't cleared yet.
    • Confirmed by FlimsyFirewood:

"This will be fixed in patch. They currently "smell" crystals from the other side of a wall and go around the long way.

When attacked, they either panic and run in a random direction or freeze up and stay put until killed. Their panicked behavior may continue until whatever attacked them is dead." DDO Forums

  • The Time Foreman - who fills the same function as the Kobold Foreman in CC, except he can sell you more time as well - is right in the center of everything, rather than tucked away up an easily-defensible ramp.
    • You can always buy more time. However, the more time you buy the more expensive it becomes. Note: Buying 9 or more minutes of time will make achieving one of the star objectives impossible.
  • The Spectral Dragon, Auraxyllon is waiting in one of his alcoves around the map. His room has a pretty good supply of crystals.
  • As a reward, you get Mephit Wings, used to craft L8-L16 Calomel weapons, Frozen Tunics, Blasting Chimes, Bracers of Winds, and Cloaks of Flame, as well as L20 Tunics, Bracers, & Cloaks (see: Cannith Challenge Rewards for descriptions).

Challenge Duration

Variable:

  • This challenge begins with just 5 minutes on the clock, but you may purchase time in 3 minute increments. Up to 9 times, for a total maximum duration of 32 minutes, or 35 minutes if you use a Time Requisition form.

Loot

  • Chests: From boss kills - there are two total per run: Marilith (always spawns when quota is met), Dragon (always spawns).
  • Ingredient reward: Icon Ingredient CannithChallenge MephitWing.png Mephit Wings - 75% of your total score

Monsters

Monster Information

Named Monsters

Orange (random spawns):

Red - Devashta (Marilith) will always spawn when quota is met; Dragon always spawns on zone in.: