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Army of Shadow

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The Netherese snap to attention as a dark form emerges from the shadows. This must be the Shade who commands the Netherese recruitment campaign.

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Army of Shadow
Heroic level: 16
Epic level: 26
Duration: long
Heroic XP:  ♣3,057Solo/Casual ♦5,303Normal ♥5,511Hard ♠5,719Elite
Epic XP:  ♣13,113Solo/Casual ♦22,490Normal ♥23,124Hard ♠23,759Elite
Takes place in: Netherese Recruiting Center
Bestowed by: Iden Krell
NPC contact: Iden Krell
Quest acquired in: Wheloon Docks
Patron: Purple Dragon Knights
Base favor: 7
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
Army of Shadow - Map.jpg
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Army of Shadow is the 4th quest in the Shadow Over Wheloon story arcIcon tooltip.pngStory arcs  are chains of quests that make up a story line.
Completing everything in a story arc often yields a nice reward.
The first four quests can be completed in any order to unlock Through a Mirror Darkly.
Friends in Low Places • A Lesson in Deception • The Thrill of the Hunt • Army of Shadow • Through a Mirror Darkly

The Netherese are now openly recruiting prisoner (sic) inside Wheloon to join their army. If this is allowed to continue, Netheril will have a military force poised to strike at the heart of Cormyr.

Go to the Netherese Recruiting Center in Wheloon Prison and kill Marthir, the Shade general in charge of the recruiting effort.

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


  • Stop the Netherese recruitment effort
  • Speak with the Netherese recruiter
  • Obtain the tower key from Darobard
  • Kill the Shade General Marthir
  • (Optional) Lower the gate to the Shade's tower — Bonus (7%): Heroic( ♣214 ♦371 ♥386 ♠400 ) Epic( ♣918 ♦1,574 ♥1,619 ♠1,663 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Rantha the Gatekeeper — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣306 ♦530 ♥551 ♠572 ) Epic( ♣1,311 ♦2,249 ♥2,312 ♠2,376 )
  • (Optional) Destroy Shar altars - 3 total — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣611 ♦1,061 ♥1,102 ♠1,144 ) Epic( ♣2,623 ♦4,498 ♥4,625 ♠4,752 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Casko the Mimic — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣459 ♦795 ♥827 ♠858 ) Epic( ♣1,967 ♦3,374 ♥3,469 ♠3,564 )

Known Traps

Heroic Trap DCs, Epic Trap DCs

  • Trapsmiths may lay poison traps at the start.
  • Telekinetic Spell Ward at northeast corner of the bottom map
  • Evil Spell Wards on the way to the upper floor, along the easternmost corridor (northern approach to the stairs)
  • Fire Spell Wards on the way to the upper floor, along the easternmost corridor (southern approach to the stairs)
  • Trap in front of the chest behind the locked door; turns into Inanimate Objects but can still be disarmed.

Tips and Misc

  • The obelisks near some doors are breakable.
  • There are a pair of secret doors.
    • One leading to the southwest black spot on the ground floor, on the southwest wall (locked chest behind it)
    • One in the large eastern room (with the altar), on the west wall (lever behind it). The lever causes the pillars surrounding the nearby Alter of Shar to sprout jumping blocks by which you can get to the second level without having to drop the bridge (optional).
  • You may be able to use the Braziers to help drive away the Shadows. Or they might stop them from spawning. Or they may do nothing at all.
  • The eastern shrine is actually on the top floor. Beware all the Shadar-kai crouching near it...
  • Darobad is near the southern shrine.
  • Shar Altar locations:
    • One in the large room to the east, on the ground floor.
    • One near the northern shrine, on the ground floor.
    • One on the upper floor, in the central corridor.
  • Casko will appear in the northwest corner, behind a locked door (Lock DC)
  • Rantha will appear near the northern shrine, although her chest is to the east and south (with the gate lever)

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 111 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣306 ♦530 ♥551 ♠572 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 145 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣459 ♦795 ♥827 ♠858 )
  • Conquest bonus: 178 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣764 ♦1,326 ♥1,378 ♠1,430 )
  • Observance bonus: 1 or more secret door discovered +8% Bonus.( ♣245 ♦424 ♥441 ♠458 )
  • Mischief bonus: 53 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣245 ♦424 ♥441 ♠458 )
  • Vandal bonus: 69 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣306 ♦530 ♥551 ♠572 )
  • Ransack bonus: 85 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣459 ♦795 ♥827 ♠858 )
Notes: ** Trapsmiths may render counts for traps bonus to be different, or even impossible to attain


  • Chests: 4
    • One, locked, behind a secret door in the south (the southwest black spot on the map, along the southwest wall)
    • Rantha's Chest is in the northeast, by the Gate Lever, although Rantha herself is located just north of the recruiter
    • One in the northwest corner, for defeating Casko
    • One at the end
  • Collectables: 4
    • Cabinet in the room with the secret door for the chest
    • Cabinet in Darobard's chamber
    • Cabinet in the room north of the recruitment chamber
    • Adventurer's Pack on the west side of the central tower before you go to the upper floor

Named Reward

Heroic: Bracers, Bound to Character on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Acquire: This item is Bound to Character on Acquire

Named Chest Drop


Name ( picture • New Monster ) CR Type Race
Animated Object( view
Animated Object.jpg
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 ♠25Elite ♥26Epic Hard Construct Animated Object
Casko( view
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 ♦20Normal ♥23Hard ♠27Elite ♥37Epic Hard Aberration Mimic
Darobard( view
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 ♦18Normal ♥21Hard ♦31Epic Normal ♥35Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Enforcer Recruit( view
Enforcer Recruit.png
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 ♦16Normal ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♥33Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Howler( view
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 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥32Epic Hard Evil Outsider Howler
Marthir( view
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 ♦19Normal ♥22Hard ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Humanoid Shade
Netherese Arcanist( view
Netherese Arcanist.jpg
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 ♦15Normal ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Netherese Mage( view
Netherese Mage.jpg
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 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Netherese Recruiter( view
Netherese Recruiter.png
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 ♥17Hard ♥32Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Nightcrawler( view
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 ♦19Normal ♥22Hard ♠25Elite ♦30Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠70Epic Elite Undead Nightcrawler
Priest of Shar( view
Priest of Shar.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥32Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Priestess of Shar (Human)( view
Priestess of Shar.jpg
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 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥32Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Rantha( view
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 ♦18Normal ♥21Hard ♦31Epic Normal ♥35Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Shadar-kai Assassin (Monster)( view
Shadar-kai Assassin (Monster).jpg
 • edit )
 ♦16Normal ♥19Hard ♠23Elite ♦26Epic Normal Humanoid Shadar-kai
Shadar-kai Blackguard( view
Shadar-kai Blackguard.jpg
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 ♦16Normal ♥19Hard ♠23Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard Humanoid Shadar-kai
Shadow (Shadowfell)( view
Shadow (Shadowfell).jpg
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 ♦12Normal ♥15Hard ♠19Elite ♦23Epic Normal Undead Shadow
Shadow Puppeteer( view
Shadow Puppeteer.jpg
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 ♦16Normal ♥19Hard ♠23Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard Undead Shadow
Shadow Stalker( view
Shadow Stalker.png
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 ♦16Normal ♥19Hard ♠23Elite ♦29Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard Undead Shadow
Shar Altar( view
Shar Altar.jpg
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0 Construct Inanimate Object
Shar Worshipper( view
Shar Worshipper.jpg
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 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠16Elite ♦21Epic Normal Humanoid Human
Thug Recruit( view
Thug Recruit.png
 • edit )
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♥29Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Trapsmith Recruit (Halfling)( view
Trapsmith Recruit (Halfling).png
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Humanoid Halfling
Trapsmith Recruit( view
Trapsmith Recruit.png
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 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♥32Epic Hard Humanoid Human