The Codex and the Shroud
|Requires access to : The Vale of Twilight|
The Devil Leader Arraetrikos has returned to the Shroud to conduct a ritual to restore the Codex of the Infinite Planes.
|The Codex and the Shroud|
|Epic level:|| 32|
|Heroic XP:||The Shroud|
|Takes place in:||The Shroud|
|Bestowed by:||Rael Omastoro|
|NPC contact:||Rael Omastoro|
|Quest acquired in:||Meridia|
|Free to Play:||No|
Arraetrikos is about to conduct a ritual that will re-complie the Codex of the Infinite Planes, giving the Devil leader power over Shavarath and any other Plane he choose to conquer. Gather allies, travel to the Shroud and stop the ritual before it is complete.
This raid consists of 5 phases:
- Phase 1 - The Challenge of the Waning Moons (usually referred to as the Portals or Invasion)
- Phase 2 - The Challenge of the New Moon (usually referred to as the Maze)
- Phase 3 - The Challenge of the Waxing Moons (usually referred to as the puzzles or Subjugation)
- Phase 4 - The Challenge of the Full Moon (Arraetrikos fight)
- Phase 5 - The Challenge of the Lost Moon (Ta'ashveth and Codex of the Infinite Planes fight)
Note: Quest journal name is "The Codex and the Shroud", adventure instance name is "The Legendary Shroud", and window text is "Epic Shroud".
- Stop the ritual
- Speak with Arraetrikos
- Use the Portal of the Waning Moons
- (Phase 1)
- Clear the devil scouting force (19 total)
- Destroy the Portal (15 total) DR
- Defeat the Invasion
- Stop the Portal Keeper from completing the ritual (Quest failure if not completed)
- Attune the Altar of the Waning Moons +10% Bonus.
- Enter the Portal of the New Moons
- (Phase 2)
- Locate the Central Shrine
- Shatter the Crystal
- Attune the Altar of the New Moons +15% Bonus.
- Enter the Portal of the Waxing Moons
- (Phase 3)
- Find the flowing Fountain of the Waxing Moons
- Purify the Fountains of the Waxing Moons
- Attune the Altar of the Waxing Moons +20% Bonus.
- Enter the Portal of the Full Moons
- (Phase 4)
- Defeat the devil scouting force (11 total)
- Defeat the Devil leader Arraetrikos
- Attune the Altar of the Full Moons +30% Bonus.
- Use the Codex of the Infinite Planes
- (Phase 5)
- Approach the Rakshasa
- Collectable sidequests (Won't show up if you don't have the quests and currently bugged)
- Collect: Portal Fragments
- Collect: Healing Totems
- Collect: Infernal Pacts
- Collect: Blade Storm Fragments
Blade Swarms in all Phases except Phase 2.
Tips and Misc
Aside from Phase 5, Legendary Shroud is basically just heroic Shroud on steroids. In this section I will mainly highlight the differences between the heroic and legendary versions of the raid. For a full walkthrough of the heroic raid, click here.
As in the heroic raid, there is a 3 minute lockout timer once the portal to part one has been activated.
Phase 1 - The portals in phase one have a great deal more HP than you may be used to. They also haveunbypassable damage reduction, making proper weapon choice and high damage output per swing essential. Because of the enormous amount of HP per portal, this phase is by far the longest one and can be quite tedious. The risk of Portal Keepers spawning is much greater due to the extended time spent in this phase, so whoever is charged with killing the trash should aggressively take them out. The monsters that spawn from each portal progress from 4 troglodytes, to a devil (orthon, bezekira, or bearded devil), to a Portal Keeper. The Portal has to go through the entire spawn progression to get to the portal keeper, so killing any of the first two waves of spawns will start the progression over at the beginning. You can easily tell if one or more Portal Keepers are active by checking the top of the pillar where the first portal spawns (there will be a wall of flames). The trash is also much more lethal due to an increased spawn rate and large damage output (particularly by the bezekira, troglodyte sorcerers, and troglodyte assassins). There are now blade storms in this phase on both the upper and lower levels which on their circuits of the area will pause in front of each portal spawn point. Standing as close to each portal as possible should prevent the blade swarms from hitting you, but ranged characters should take care to avoid them while dpsing the portal. Take note that when each portal is destroyed it explodes, doing ~200-300 damage on LH and hitting you with Soul Drain, a 20 second curse making you immune to all healing. All characters should carry curse pots or the remove curse spell if they want to be able to heal themselves reliably.
Phase 2 - Again, the main difference between legendary and heroic phase 2 is the sheer amount of HP of both the lieutenants and the crystal. It is recommended that most groups assign at least two high dps ranged characters to break the crystal to ensure that is can successfully be destroyed in one round. As in heroic, during the first round the lieutenants must be split to be killed, but after they've died once this is no longer the case.
Phase 3 - All players should be allowed to shrine and loot before opening the portal to phase 3, because the prismatic wall (touching it causes instant death) will spawn under a minute after the first player enters. If you plan to use a puzzle solver, you should also have it open and ready before entering. As on heroic, additional walls will spawn if this phase is not finished quickly. The wall initially spawns in the southwest corner of the map and moves in a clockwise directions, so it is recommended that players running water should also run clockwise. Be extra careful when following the prismatic wall around a corner, as it will go all the way into the leg of the corner facing it, then appear at the other leg of the corner (which may be behind you if you don't stay far enough back!) to travel down the next corridor.
Phase 4 - The biggest change in this phase is that soulstones of players who die are no longer teleported to phase 5; therefore players can be raised from the dead while the fight is still in progress. The main danger in this phase is the healing gnolls that spawn if Arraetrikos is not killed during the first round of blades. The gnolls heal Arraetrikos much faster than on heroic, so on subsequent rounds the primary goal of the entire group should be to instakill them or otherwise take them out as quickly as possible before returning to dpsing Harry. This phase is currently the quickest and easiest phase of the raid.
Phase 5 - The entire raid group is no longer killed when the portal to phase 5 is opened. In fact, you no longer enter phase 5 by portal at all. Instead, each player must click on the book to enter. Start the fight by approaching the rakshasa Ta'ashveth. He will then summon Arraetrikos' four lieutenants: Carver, Fortis, Hathera the Erinyes, and Gur'noras the Slaad. Once the lieutenants have been defeated, a five minutes timer will begin during which Ta'ashveth will summon waves of monsters using the Codex. Each wave is randomly chosen from from the following planes: Fernia (fire giants, mephits, and fire elementals), Khyber (oozes and rust monsters), Limbo (slaad), Shavarath (devils), Eberron (drow), and Xoriat (tharaak hounds and beholders). Fifteen seconds after spawning, monsters still alive gain one of the various "Champion" buffs (though they do not appear to be able to drop remnants). All monsters in each wave must be killed before the next wave will spawn, so it is possible to kite/stone/dance/etc. one monster for the duration of that timer so that no more waves will spawn before the rakshasa activates. Once the five minutes are up Ta'ashveth will indicate that he is about to activate via DM text ("I see I have to write my own chapter", etc.). As he activates, he summons a wave of fire reavers and flesh renders. Once Ta'ashveth is killed, the Codex of Infinite Planes will come to life and must be killed. During this fight the Codex will summon more of the waves of monsters described above until it is dead. The raid completes when the Codex is destroyed.
- Chests: ** 10 Guaranteed for completion, 2 optional in part three, 1 and 2 extra in Phase 5 for Hard and Elite, respectively - Up to
- 2 for phase 1 (Left chest drops small ingredients, right chest drops standard loot)
- 2 for phase 2 (Left chest drops small ingredients, right chest drops standard loot)
- 2 guaranteed and 2 optional for phase 3 (Left guaranteed chest drops medium ingredients, right guaranteed chest drops standard loot, optional chests drop small and medium ingredients)
- 2 for phase 4 (Left chest drops standard loot, right chest drops medium ingredients)
- 2 for phase 5 (Left chest drops small and medium ingredients, right chest drops large ingredients and Codex Runes)
- 1 Extra chest for completing hard Phase 5 (Drops large ingredients and Codex Runes)
- 2 Extra chests for completing elite Phase 5 (Drops large ingredients and Codex Runes)
- Codex Rune drop rates: total across all chests
- NPC rewards:
- Ancient Crystals - CR 40 on LH
- Black Puddings
- Blue Slaad Invaders
- Drow Assassins
- Drow Blackguards
- Drow Fighter/Wizards
- Drow Prophets
- Drow Scorpions
- Elite Barbazu Shock Troopers
- Elite Orthon Defenders
- Fiend-Blood Troglodyte Assassins
- Fiend-Blood Troglodyte Snipers
- Fiend-Blood Troglodyte Sorcerers
- Fiend-Blood Troglodyte Warchiefs
- Fiendish Kobold Irregulars
- Fire Giants
- Fire Reavers
- Flesh Renders
- Greater Fire Elementals
- Green Slaad Invaders
- Huge Rust Monsters
- Large Unstable Arcane Oozes
- Mephits of Fernia
- Thaarak Hounds
- Unstable Arcane Ooze Fragments
- Arraetrikos - Purple-named pit fiend in phase 4, CR 49 on LH
- Beholders - Orange named, CR 41 on LH
- Codex of the Infinite Planes - Purple-named in phase 5, CR 49 on LH
- Gnoll Idolater - Named gnolls; only spawn if the fight with Arraetrikos in part 4 enters a second round, CR 41 on LH
- <Lieutenants of Shavarath> - Phase 2 red-named monsters. 4 semi-randomly selected from the list below, with 1 being randomly selected from each group:
- Group A
- Group B
- Group C
- Group D
- <Lieutenants of Shavarath> - Phase 5 red-named monsters
- Planar Gateway - Red-named inanimate objects; required kills (15), CR 36 on LN, CR 40 on LH
- Portal Keepers - Orange-named tieflings; only spawn if the portals are not killed quickly enough in part 1, CR 40 on LN
- Ta'ashveth - Purple-named Rakshasa in phase 5, CR 43 on LH