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Tharashk Arena

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House Tharashk competes with Deneith for mercenary positions in Stormreach and beyond.

Vault of Night adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Vault of Night
Tharashk Arena
Heroic level: 8
Epic level: 21
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♣1,135Solo/Casual ♦2,004Normal ♥2,116Hard ♠2,228Elite
Epic XP:  ♣5,725Solo/Casual ♦9,861Normal ♥10,180Hard ♠10,499Elite
Takes place in: Tharashk Arena
Bestowed by: Dirge of Karrnath
NPC contact: Dirge of Karrnath
Quest acquired in: House Kundarak
Patron: House Kundarak
Base favor: 5
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Overview

After speaking to Marek Malcanus to get the Vault of Night started. Marek will ask you to persuade his disbanded mercenary group, The Laughing Knives, to reform. First member on the list is Arms Master Dirge of Karrnath who is arguing with a bugbear to the South. He requests that you obtain the famous Oath of Droaam Axe before he will rejoin the Laughing Knives.

Once you successfully complete this quest, Dirge of Karrnath will be on the team and you can then speak to Marek again to move on to the second part, Prison of the Mind.


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

Objectives

  • Find House Tharashk's secret arena
  • Speak with the registrar about fighting as a gladiator
  • Gain access to the Halls of Strife
  • Find the key to Ready Room One
  • Replace the gladiators in Ready Room One
  • Defeat the kobold and ogre gladiators
  • Defeat the minotaur and mephit gladiators
  • Defeat the combined wave of gladiators
  • Defeat Deadheart the Unbeaten and his sidekick
  • Seize the Oath of Droaam from the Arena pedestal

  • (Optional) Speak with Dirge's drow contact
  • (Optional) Defeat Angog the Champion Heroic: +10% Bonus.( ♣114 ♦200 ♥212 ♠223 ) Epic: +10% Bonus.( ♣573 ♦986 ♥1,018 ♠1,050 )
  • (Optional) Learn the password for the Halls of Strife Heroic: +5% Bonus.( ♣57 ♦100 ♥106 ♠111 ) Epic: +5% Bonus.( ♣286 ♦493 ♥509 ♠525 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Myr'dril Heroic: +15% Bonus.( ♣170 ♦301 ♥317 ♠334 ) Epic: +15% Bonus.( ♣859 ♦1,479 ♥1,527 ♠1,575 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the drunken ogres - Kill 4 Heroic: +10% Bonus.( ♣114 ♦200 ♥212 ♠223 ) Epic: +10% Bonus.( ♣573 ♦986 ♥1,018 ♠1,050 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Urgol's troll enforcers - Kill 4 Heroic: +10% Bonus.( ♣114 ♦200 ♥212 ♠223 ) Epic: +10% Bonus.( ♣573 ♦986 ♥1,018 ♠1,050 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Enforcer Smashjaw Heroic: +15% Bonus.( ♣170 ♦301 ♥317 ♠334 ) Epic: +15% Bonus.( ♣859 ♦1,479 ♥1,527 ♠1,575 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Grogan the Promoter Heroic: +15% Bonus.( ♣170 ♦301 ♥317 ♠334 ) Epic: +15% Bonus.( ♣859 ♦1,479 ♥1,527 ♠1,575 )

What to Expect

  • Spawning/respawning monsters

Tips and Misc

The drow, halfway to the arena, can give you the password to the ready room area if you pay him some gold. Be careful because that drow can become hostile if you attempt to intimidate and fail (Intimidate 11 failed on HN; 44 failed on HE). Even if you don't buy the password from the drow, a good Bluff skill can help to avoid at least one fight.

Note: You can first pay Myr'dril for the password and then choose to kill him for both optional XP awards. If you do fight him without getting the password first, when it comes time to use the password you will have to fight the nearby guards. Defeating the guards will then gain you access into the ready room area. Of course, you can bypass him all together and just fight the guards.

Epic Note: None of the spectators or the six hobgoblins at the beginning of the quest scale on epic, so they can be safely ignored or dispatched with one shot.

Once you fight your way into the arena, there will be four rounds as follows:

  1. Ogres and kobold shamans
  2. Minotaurs and air mephits
  3. Ogres, kobold shamans, minotaurs, and air mephits
  4. A very tough named troll and his less tough troll "sidekick"

On rounds two and three, it helps to look through the gates and find the one where the minotaurs are walking up. You can then run through when it opens and kill them separately so they won't keep knocking you down while you face everything. This tactic also works for the mephits if you want to take them out first. On epic, running through the south-west room during the first round lets you challenge the ogre mage Unkor (from Chains of Flame) to a duel, thus removing him from the third round.

Also the named troll has a lot of HP, regenerates very fast, and hits fairly hard. It's easy to take out his sidekick first and then concentrate on him. You will have to be able to do a lot of damage quickly or use fire/acid to take him down.

His club has a chance to proc Otto's Irresistable Dance when he strikes you so beware.. The best counters against this are either not getting hit (AC, Displace, Cloudkill) or break enchantment (removes the dance).

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 77 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣114 ♦200 ♥212 ♠223 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 101 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣170 ♦301 ♥317 ♠334 )
  • Mischief bonus: 47 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣91 ♦160 ♥169 ♠178 )
  • Vandal bonus: 62 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣114 ♦200 ♥212 ♠223 )
  • Ransack bonus: 76 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣170 ♦301 ♥317 ♠334 )

Loot

  • Chests: 2 (3 Epic)
    • One behind a locked door (Door may be picked [Epic Normal and Epic Elite; Open Lock DC: 90], and Grogan holds the key)
    • One at Air Mephits' ready room
    • Epic chest is rewarded in addition to these chests at quest completion in the arena. Contains fragments and a chance at epic seals.
  • Collectables: 1
    • Adventurer's Pack in Arena
  • NPC rewards: Standard

Monsters

Name(picture) CR Type Race
Deadheart the Unbeaten(view)
Deadheart the Unbeaten, Deadheart's Sidekick.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♠15Elite ♦24Epic Normal Giant Troll
Deadheart's Sidekick(view)
Deadheart the Unbeaten, Deadheart's Sidekick.jpg
 ♠13Elite ♦23Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard Giant Troll
Fury-Horn Shaman(view)
Fury-Horn Shaman.jpg
 ♥32Epic Hard Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Master Myr'dril(view)
Master Myr'dril.jpg
 ♠17Elite ♦24Epic Normal Elf Drow Elf
Mudwallow Ogre Mage(view)
Mudwallow Ogre Mage.jpg
CRs missing! Giant Ogre
Angog the Champion(view)
Angog the Champion.jpg
 ♠15Elite ♦23Epic Normal Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Enforcer Smashjaw(view)
Enforcer Smashjaw.jpg
 ♠12Elite ♦23Epic Normal ♥32Epic Hard Giant Troll
Grogan the Promoter(view)
Grogan the Promoter.jpg
 ♠14Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Goblinoid Bugbear
Air Mephit Gladiator(view)
Air Mephit Gladiator.jpg
 ♦22Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Air Outsider Mephit
Deadheart Pack Wolf(view)
Deadheart Pack Wolf.jpg
 ♦22Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard Animal Wolf
Drunken Ogre(view)
Drunken Ogre.jpg
 ♠12Elite ♥30Epic Hard Giant Ogre
Elder Air Elemental(view)
Elder Air Elemental.jpg
 ♦11Normal Elemental Air Elemental
Fury-Horn Minotaur(view)
Fury-Horn Minotaur.jpg
 ♠13Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Hobgoblin Spectator(view)
Hobgoblin Spectator.jpg
 ♠11Elite ♥11Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Kobold Spectator(view)
Kobold Spectator.jpg
CRs missing! Reptilian Kobold
Krusher Kobold(view)
Krusher Kobold.jpg
 ♠8Elite Reptilian Kobold
Lurking Brute(view)
Lurking Brute.jpg
 ♠13Elite ♥30Epic Hard Goblinoid Bugbear
Lurking Thug(view)
Lurking Thug.jpg
 ♠13Elite ♥30Epic Hard Giant Ogre
Maelstrom Mephit(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♠14Elite Air Outsider Mephit
Minotaur Page(view)
Minotaur Page.jpg
 ♠12Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Minotaur Spectator(view)
Minotaur Spectator.jpg
CRs missing! Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Mudwallow Ogre(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♠12Elite Giant Ogre
Paragon Kobold Shaman(view)
Paragon Kobold Shaman.jpg
CRs missing! Reptilian Paragon Kobold
Troll Enforcer(view)
Troll Enforcer.jpg
 ♠12Elite Giant Troll
Troll Gladiator(view)
Troll Gladiator.jpg
 ♠12Elite Giant Troll

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