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Into the Deep

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The Deep Water sahuagin use this underwater base to stage incursions into the Red Fens.

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DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: The Red Fens
Into the Deep
Heroic level: 9
Epic level: 21
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♣2,508Solo/Casual ♦4,420Normal ♥4,641Hard ♠4,900Elite
Epic XP:  ♣12,072Solo/Casual ♦20,805Normal ♥21,489Hard ♠22,173Elite
Takes place in: The Sahuagin Stronghold
Bestowed by: Ta Prin
NPC contact: Ta Prin
Quest acquired in: The Red Fens
Patron: House Kundarak
Base favor: 5
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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A group of rebel Sahuagin contact you, revealing that not all of their kind are hell bent on dominating the shores of Xen'drik and summoning demons. Help them restore the balance of power in their underwater kingdom by traveling to the underwater city and experience DDO's new (and much hyped) underwater combat system!

  • This is the fourth and final quest in the Red Fens (chain arc); the other three quests are required for flagging. This quest cannot even be red-doored, as the quest-giver is also the quest entrance and he simply won't talk to you.

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


  • Meet with Vizira
  • Gain entry into the North Palace
  • Destroy the Prisons of the water guardians (2 guardians)
  • Slay the High Priestess
  • (Optional) Reduce loyalist surface patrols (20 sahuagin) Heroic: +25% Bonus.( ♣627 ♦1,105 ♥1,160 ♠1,225 ) Epic: +25% Bonus.( ♣3,018 ♦5,201 ♥5,372 ♠5,543 )
  • (Optional) Reduce the number of loyalist forces (40 sahuagin) Heroic: +25% Bonus.( ♣627 ♦1,105 ♥1,160 ♠1,225 ) Epic: +25% Bonus.( ♣3,018 ♦5,201 ♥5,372 ♠5,543 )
  • (Optional) Gather 20 Sea Paw for Ni Sek Heroic: +10% Bonus.( ♣251 ♦442 ♥464 ♠490 ) Epic: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,207 ♦2,081 ♥2,149 ♠2,217 )
  • (Optional) Slay Scrags to cripple mining operations. (15 scrags) Heroic: +10% Bonus.( ♣251 ♦442 ♥464 ♠490 ) Epic: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,207 ♦2,081 ♥2,149 ♠2,217 )
  • (Optional) Help the Drow escape. (8 drow) Heroic: +10% Bonus.( ♣251 ♦442 ♥464 ♠490 ) Epic: +10% Bonus.( ♣1,207 ♦2,081 ♥2,149 ♠2,217 )
  • (Optional) Venture to the pit and destroy the Demon Heroic: +35% Bonus.( ♣878 ♦1,547 ♥1,624 ♠1,715 ) Epic: +35% Bonus.( ♣4,225 ♦7,282 ♥7,521 ♠7,761 )

What to Expect

  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • Quest item collection (optional: 20 sea paws)
  • Water breathing is not needed as the adventure provides protective bubbles for all party members when navigating through water areas.
  • Points of No Return (after a fashion - a few pressure-sensitive gates that drop you down so you can't go back; however, each area has an exit back to the water at the end)
    • near the start of the Royal Temple, and before the endfights for all three areas.

Tips and Misc

  • Finish the three previous quests first, then talk to Ravenwing.
  • This is the only quest in the game that features under water combat. How it works:
    • You can use melee and ranged combat normally, but your attacks are severely slowed by about -50%.
    • Movement speed in the water takes some getting used to: you start moving quite slowly and accelerate up to almost normal speed. When you stop for fights, etc. you are reset to super slow until you get back up to speed. Jumping or running off a ledge also seems to reset your movement speed.
    • Spellcasting:
      • Fire and Acid spells may not be used at all.
      • Lightning and Sonic spells deal double damage.
      • Jump and Tumble spells are ineffective, and removed when in the water as you may not tumble while in the water, and jumping is severely reduced.
      • Other types of spells work normally.
    • While fire damage from sources other than spells can be used, it is reduced by 100 points, for both players and monsters.
  • If you are a spellcaster specialized mainly in fire or acid spells, you will be utterly ineffective underwater... To work around this, buy some lightning bolt (6th) wands from House P. They are ultra effective in the water, and with a couple of wand mastery enhancements, will one-shot most enemies underwater on normal, or even hard/elite if you're fully spec'd for wand mastery or have artificer wand bonuses.
  • In both the Royal Temple and the Mines, freeing the bound water elemental at the end will cause it to fight on your side; it might be worth fighting near it if you're using AoEs. However, watch your back!
  • Turning in 20 Sea Paw will get you 3 potions of Cure Moderate Wounds for each of the party members. He will also give one Wand of Cure Moderate Wounds to the person who turns in the Sea Paw (and only that person). There are also some diplomacy and intimidate options offered after he rewards you, but neither seem to have any effect. Note that you will not see a counter for collecting them, so you have to check your inventory if you have enough. After turning them in, you can also intimidate Ni Sek for partially-used Wand of Cure Moderate Wounds (unsure if all players acquire this). The Intimidate check is fairly low; 4 succeeded on Heroic Reaper 1.
  • Helping Tizera Firewing rescue all drow will only award an optional, but no chests.
  • The optional demon is meant to be fought after the quest is complete - per the storyline. However you can actually engage him as soon as both prisons are clear. Doing so is not really recommended, as there is no shrine after fighting him, but there is at the normal end of the quest.
  • The optional demon (Demon of the Frenzied Blood) has a massive amount of hitpoints and is very challenging.
    • He opens portals that summon Fire Reavers. He seems to do so at certain HP intervals.
    • The sludge he is standing in damages party members and heals him.
    • On Epic, this is the only way to get the epic chest that has the shards. If you fight him early, the chest will remain locked until the quest is complete.
  • The entrances to the the mine and temple are directly east and west from the center point of the map. From there you can head directly north to finish the quest, so killing him early provides no benefit.

Map notes:

  • The sea paws are not marked on the map due to the fact that they are so numerous (approximately 40) and easy to find. Only one person needs to exchange the 20 sea paws as it is a one-time group reward.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 114 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣251 ♦442 ♥464 ♠490 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 148 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣376 ♦663 ♥696 ♠735 )
  • Conquest bonus: 182 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣627 ♦1,105 ♥1,160 ♠1,225 )
  • Observance bonus: 1 or more secret door discovered +8% Bonus.( ♣201 ♦354 ♥371 ♠392 )
  • Mischief bonus: 37 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣201 ♦354 ♥371 ♠392 )
  • Vandal bonus: 48 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣251 ♦442 ♥464 ♠490 )
  • Ransack bonus: 59 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣376 ♦663 ♥696 ♠735 )
Notes: Getting onslaught can take a very long time. Getting conquest takes even longer and will require you to either clear the entire underwater section, or hunt respawns in the demon optional.


  • Chests: 7 (+1 on Epic)
    • 1 chest at the end of the Mines
    • 1 chest at the end of the Royal Temple
    • 1 chest behind a hidden door in the Royal Temple (south of the crude altar in the tunnels)
    • 2 chests after the final battle (Palace)
    • 2 (+1 on epic) optional chests for defeating the demon
  • Collectables: 18
    • 9 Colossal Clams throughout the central underwater section
    • West (Royal Temple) - 5
      • Mushroom just before the stairs up
      • Mushroom across the room
      • Crude Altar in the tunnel, just before the secret door
      • Mushroom behind the secret door, next to the chest
      • Crude Altar near the shrine, along the south wall
    • East (Mines) - 4
      • Mushroom after dropping down into the mines, in the northwest
      • Mushroom behind the waterfall where the scrags are mining
      • Mushroom after climbing back up, along the west wall
      • Crude Altar near the chest
    • North (Palace)
  • NPC rewards: Special, Select from 10, High chance at all the rewards listed below

Named Rewards

Each item, except the bottle has a 50% chance of appearing. On every third completion, the chance increases to 100%. Unless otherwise noted, all items are ML7 & Bound to Character on AcquireBound to Character on Acquire: This item is Bound to Character on Acquire

Named Chest Drop

  • Dampened Frozen Plate - +3 Full Plate: Dampened, Lesser Ice Guard, Lesser Cold Resistance [ML:7, BtA] (palace chest)
  • Dampened Greatclub of the Scrag - +2 Greatclub: True Chaos, Cold Touch, Regeneration, Dampened [ML:7, BoE, BtC] (Mine Chest)
  • Greatclub of the Scrag - +3 Greatclub: Anarchic, Frost, Regeneration [ML:7, BoE, BtC] (Cleansed)
  • Frozen Plate - +4 Full Plate: Ice Guard, Cold Resistance [ML:7, BtA] (Cleansed)
  • Souleater - +4 Quarterstaff: Mortal Strike, Bodyfeeder [ML:7] (Demon's Chest)


Name(picture) CR Type Race
Corrupted Water Elemental(view)
Corrupted Water Elemental.jpg
 ♦11Normal ♠16Elite ♦23Epic Normal ♥32Epic Hard Elemental Water Elemental
Demon of the Frenzied Blood(view)
Demon of the Frenzied Blood.jpg
 ♦17Normal ♥22Hard ♠24Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥34Epic Hard Evil Outsider Demon
Heart of Water(NoPic)
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 ♥17Hard ♠17Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard Elemental Water Elemental
High Mage of the Depths(view)
High Mage of the Depths.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♠17Elite ♦23Epic Normal ♥32Epic Hard Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
High Priestess of the Depths(view)
High Priestess of the Depths.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠18Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Scrag Mutant(view)
Scrag Mutant.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♠17Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard Giant Troll
Mage of the Depths(view)
Mage of the Depths.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♠15Elite ♦22Epic Normal Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Bound Water Servant(view)
Bound Water Servant.jpg
CRs missing! Elemental Water Elemental
Deep Water Warrior(view)
Deep Water Warrior.jpg
 ♦8Normal ♥10Hard ♠13Elite ♦22Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠46Epic Elite Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Elite Deep Water Warrior(view)
Elite Deep Water Warrior.jpg
 ♦9Normal Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Fire Reaver(view)
Fire Reaver.jpg
 ♦12/14Normal ♠19Elite ♦15Epic Normal Evil Outsider Demon
Priest of the Depths(view)
Priest of the Depths.jpg
 ♦9Normal Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Scrag Brute(view)
Scrag Brute.jpg
 ♦10Normal Giant Troll
Scrag Devoted(view)
Scrag Devoted.jpg
 ♦9Normal Giant Troll
Unstable Portal(view)
Unstable Portal.jpg
 ♠6Elite ♦15Epic Normal Construct Inanimate Object

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