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Strange noises echo up from the depths of the ruined tower, believed to have been built in ages past by the great mage, Zenopus. The local villagers have asked you to investigate the ancient tunnels beneath the tower, and put an end to any threats.

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Back to Basics
Heroic level: 3
Epic level: 32
(considered Legendary)
Duration: Medium
Heroic XP:  ♣508Solo/Casual ♦916Normal ♥983Hard ♠1,052Elite
Epic XP:  ♣8,036Solo/Casual ♦13,722Normal ♥14,050Hard ♠14,378Elite
Takes place in: Ruined Tower Basement*
Bestowed by: Eyrk Hollums
NPC contact: Eyrk Hollums
Quest acquired in: Saltmarsh
Patron: The Gatekeepers
Base favor: 3
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Eyrk believes there is smugglers in the old tower. They hear noises coming from there, but what is concerning are the screams heard in the middle of the night. You should go and check it out.

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


  • Explore the Tunnels
  • Bypass the Barrier
  • Defeat the Mage
  • Defeat the Nightmare
  • (Optional) Access the Treasure Room — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣51 ♦92 ♥98 ♠105 ) Epic( ♣804 ♦1,372 ♥1,405 ♠1,438 )
  • (Optional) Slay the Ancient Flameskull — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣51 ♦92 ♥98 ♠105 ) Epic( ♣804 ♦1,372 ♥1,405 ♠1,438 )
  • (Optional) Slay Capitan Eulford — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣51 ♦92 ♥98 ♠105 ) Epic( ♣804 ♦1,372 ♥1,405 ♠1,438 )

Known Traps

Trap and Lock DCs

  • Double length, horizontal Blades in the west hallway, Control panels at both ends.

Tips and Misc

  • To complete the quest; just run the shortest path clockwise and use the three levers in the rooms you pass through. None of the optionals has to be visited.
  • Slay Captain Eulford
  1. Jump into the fast flowing stream and swim to the very end, Captain Eulford is in a secret room in this area. Before you open the secret door, you can use the purple lever to illuminate one of the three treasure room lights.
  • Access the Treasure room
  1. To open the treasury you need to illuminate three lights.
  2. Leave the stream at the first opportunity via a rock slope on the right hand side, if you miss this there is a bridge with a ladder shortly after. The blue light switch can be found near to the secret door (Secret door is already in a revealed state) before you get to the bridge. The final switch (green) can be found just through the door after crossing the bridge.
  • Slay the Ancient Flameskull
  1. To summon the flameskull, press the runes beneath the braziers.

Bonus XP

  • Tamper bonus: 1 or more trap disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣51 ♦92 ♥98 ♠105 )
  • Observance bonus: 1 or more secret door discovered +8% Bonus.( ♣41 ♦73 ♥79 ♠84 )
  • Mischief bonus: 26 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣41 ♦73 ♥79 ♠84 )
  • Vandal bonus: 34 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣51 ♦92 ♥98 ♠105 )
  • Ransack bonus: 41 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣76 ♦137 ♥147 ♠158 )


  • Chests: 4
  1. One for Killing Captain Eulford
  2. One for Killing the Flameskull
  3. One in the Treasury
  4. One End Chest
  • Collectables: 4
  1. Adventurer's Pack in the west room
  2. Rubble in the middle room
  3. Rubble in the east room
  4. Crude Altar in the crypt
  • NPC rewards:

Named Chest Drop

Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
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Saltiron Docent
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Docent  3 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Back to Basics, end chest
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Wind-Swept Buckler
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Buckler shield  3 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Epic version of [[]]
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Goldcursed Dagger
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Dagger  3 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Back to Basics, end chest
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Name ( picture • New Monster ) CR Type Race
Ancient Flameskull( view
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 ♠10Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♥39Epic Hard Undead Skeleton
Captain Eulford( view
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 ♠10Elite ♦35Epic Normal Humanoid Human
Magus Winfred( view
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 ♠10Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♥39Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Marsh Crawler( view
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 ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Vermin Spider
Marsh Ghoul( view
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 ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Undead Ghoul
Nightmare (nightmare)( view
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 ♠10Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♥39Epic Hard Evil Outsider Devil
Saltmarsh Crayfish( view
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 ♦3Normal ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal Vermin Crayfish
Saltmarsh Goblin Shaman( view
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 ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Goblinoid Goblin
Saltmarsh Goblin( view
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 ♠6Elite ♦30Epic Normal ♥34Epic Hard Goblinoid Goblin
Saltmarsh Ooze( view
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 ♦3/7Normal ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Ooze Gray Ooze
Saltmarsh Rat( view
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 ♦3Normal ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Animal Rat
Saltmarsh Skeleton Archer( view
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 ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Undead Skeleton
Saltmarsh Skeleton( view
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 ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Undead Skeleton
Smuggler Deck Boss( view
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 ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal Humanoid Human
Smuggler Deck Hand( view
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 ♦3Normal ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal Humanoid Human
Smuggler Lookout( view
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 ♦3Normal ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal Humanoid Human
Smuggler Sneak( view
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 ♦3Normal ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal Humanoid Human
Smuggler Sorceror( view
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 ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal Humanoid Human