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The Dreaming Dark (quest)

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Turbine point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: The Dreaming Dark

The Plane of Nightmares gains power from mortal dreams. Its denizens have long sought to control mortals directly, in order to force them into the same dream and become unimaginably powerful.

The Dreaming Dark
Heroic level: 20
Epic level: None
Duration: medium
Heroic XP:  ♣2,781Solo/Casual ♦4,798Normal ♥4,960Hard ♠5,122Elite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: Plane of Nightmares
Bestowed by: Venge
NPC contact: Venge
Quest acquired in: Isle of Forgotten Dreams
Patron: The Coin Lords
Base favor: 6
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
The Dreaming Dark map (legend )
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Overview

Channa d'Cannith has repaired the Stormreaver's Interdiction Lens for you. But, it needs energy from a Dreamforge to activate, which can only be found on the Plane of Nightmares.

To reach the Plane of Nightmares, you will need to go to the Stormreaver's Temple on the Isle of Forgotten Dreams, and drink from the Fountain of Dreams.

To enter this quest as a flagged character, you must complete Eye of the Titan, Reclaiming Memories and either the solo adventure Raiding the Giants' Vault or Mining for Ancient Secrets.


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


Objectives

  • Find the Dreamforge and use it to activate the Interdiction Lens
  • (Optional) Destroy the Mindsunder: (25% of base XP)

What to Expect

  • Heavy and low gravity areas
  • Spawning/re-spawning monsters

Known Traps

Not a 'trap', but the area after the arena has alternating high and low gravity. Stand under the lowest 'hanging' pillars to avoid being smashed into the ceiling. Killing the mobs here will end this effect.

Tips and Misc

All elemental resist buffs are useful.

Dark Dreaming Councilors will use Ball Lightning, Otiluke's Freezing Sphere, Delayed Blast Fireball, Disintegrate, and Ego Whip (-CHA) among others.

The quest consists of defeating enemies until "light gravity" appears, whereby you can leap up a series of platforms to another area and more enemies to clear. Be conservative as you make your jumps, especially if you have a low Jump skill.

Leaping or falling off a platform will cause you to return to the nearest shrine. Take care when jumping if you are low on hit points, as the fall could kill you when you land (you may have a few seconds to cast a heal while falling).

By the time you reach the Arena of Dream Stealers (they look like wraiths) and destroy these enemies, any falls in your party will land them back in the arena.

In the final fight, the platform where the end boss appears creates forcefield barriers which prevent anyone from falling, leaving or entering.

The boss is the Devourer of Dreams, a Chaotic Evil Outsider. He has Damage Reduction that's fully bypassed by Crystal + Good (need both, such as the unlocked Dreamspitter). He has fast regeneration, which is stopped for 6 seconds each time he is hit by Good-typed damage.

The Devourer has a high Spell Resistance (SR 39 on Normal) and throws stat damaging spells that will eventually leave party members helpless without repeated Restoration castings or Cleric Radiant Burst. He also spawns Nightmare Swarms that prevent healing and damage weapons that hit them. The Swarms appear three times, when the Devourer is at 75%, 50% and 25% health.

The Devourer has a wide-area-of-effect stunning burst effect that can be countered by a "Light" Monk that continually buffs the party with Grasp the Earth Dragon.

It is very difficult to take on both the Devourer and the Nightmare Swarm when they are too close; separate the two and destroy the Swarm and then continue the take down of the Devourer.

Completion grants the party access to the Dreamforge crafting device upon completion. However, the forcefields remain in place, preventing you from switching to your alt characters to use the device.

To farm for Xachosian Eardweller (hard and elite difficulties only), use the 'Dream Market' portal from the first shrine platform. Point yourself to the north and go to the platform over to the east. Following the chain of lights, jump up until you get to the silver key on the 'head', then face north again and jump towards the platform at top of the eastern column. You won't make it and will fall to a ledge below the platform. Jump up and you should land on the top of the platform. Wait a few seconds and three doors will appear, that you can open with keys collected from 'heads', or open the doors if you have decent Open Lock skill, or by other methods. Once all three doors are open, just jump up and you will be transported to another area. Kill the Dark Dreaming Councilors and Mindsunders (constructs). Once these are all dead and the chest has unlocked, get ready to kill the Xachosian Landwalker in case it spawns, and open the chest. Good luck!

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 51 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣278 ♦480 ♥496 ♠512 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 61 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣417 ♦720 ♥744 ♠768 )

Loot

  • Chests: 2
    • 1 optional for destroying the Mindsunder (Collect the 3 keys - marked on the map with yellow squares numbered 1 - and go to market area, climb up the northern towers and unlock the 3 doors or knock/pick them; DC  ♦55Normal)
      • On Hard/Elite the optional chest has a chance of spawning Xachosian Landwalker, be ready to kill it to get Xachosian Eardweller
    • 1 at the end for killing the Devourer of Dreams (Quori)
  • Collectables: None
  • NPC rewards: Special:
    • Regular runs: Choose from 4, up to ML18. The 4th item has 50% chance at being 1 random ioun stone.
    • Every 3rd completion: Choose from 4 items: Guaranteed to have 1 random ioun stone. 50% chance at either a Crystal Shard of Dreams (1/6th a disc) or a completed Crystal Disc of Dreams and 2 random items.

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