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Best Laid Plans

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Best Laid Plans is the 3rd quest in the Masterminds of Sharn Part One 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.
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After the first quest, the next three quests can be completed in any order to unlock Just Business.
A Sharn Welcome • Red Rain • Best Laid Plans • The Same Old Song • Just Business


A member of the Twelve wants to get a copy of vaunt's blueprints and has hired you to break into one of his warehouses to get them. Take the skycoach to Castellan and meet with the warehouse manager there.

Masterminds of Sharn adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Masterminds of Sharn
Best Laid Plans
Heroic level: 15
Epic level: 32
(considered Legendary)
Duration: medium
Heroic XP:  ♣3,372Solo/Casual ♦5,860Normal ♥6,100Hard ♠6,340Elite
Epic XP:  ♣16,587Solo/Casual ♦28,329Normal ♥29,013Hard ♠29,696Elite
Takes place in: Lower Dura
Bestowed by: Vyn Erathal
NPC contact: Vyn Erathal
Quest acquired in: Sharn - Clifftop Tower District
Patron: Sharn City Council
Base favor: 5
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Overview

A member of the Twelve wants to get a copy of Vaunt's blueprints and has hired you to break into one of his warehouses to get them. Take the skycoach to Castellan and meet with the warehouse manager there.


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

Objectives

  • Meet with the warehouse shift manager
  • Convince Victor to Help you
  • Meet Victor outside
  • Break and enter the warehouse
  • Look for the Vaunt prototype blueprints
  • Get into the managers office
  • Get into the basement
  • Stop rampaging Golems
  • Find a functional Vaunt prototype
  • Confront Victor Dabonaire
  • (Optional) Break some containers (50 total) — Bonus (9%): Heroic( ♣303 ♦527 ♥549 ♠571 ) Epic( ♣1,493 ♦2,550 ♥2,611 ♠2,673 )
  • (Optional) Break more things (60 more - 110 total) — Bonus (14%): Heroic( ♣472 ♦820 ♥854 ♠888 ) Epic( ♣2,322 ♦3,966 ♥4,062 ♠4,157 )
  • (Optional) Bust all the things (70 more - 180 total) — Bonus (18%): Heroic( ♣607 ♦1,055 ♥1,098 ♠1,141 ) Epic( ♣2,986 ♦5,099 ♥5,222 ♠5,345 )
  • (Optional) Get in the office quickly — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣337 ♦586 ♥610 ♠634 ) Epic( ♣1,659 ♦2,833 ♥2,901 ♠2,970 )
  • (Optional) Retrieve more prototypes before they get smashed (3) — Bonus (50%): Heroic( ♣1,686 ♦2,930 ♥3,050 ♠3,170 ) Epic( ♣8,294 ♦14,165 ♥14,507 ♠14,848 )

Tips and Misc

Tavern
  • Talk to Victor, follow him outside and enter the warehouse.
The search
  • The warehouse is full of boxes and lots of constructs.
    • Nightshield/Shield may be helpful in defending off some of the floating construct attacks.
    • Iron Golems there require Adamantine weaponry for greater takedown, as usual.
  • Break boxes until you find a ledger, then read it.
    • Reading the ledger activates a nearby grate/door, high up in the northwest corner of the warehouse.
    • The ledger can be found out in the open (often at the top of the ramp that leads to the fourth level of warehouse shelving) or in/under a crate in the warehouse – look for a sparkling crate.
The puzzle
  • Open the grate to some duct work. An air jet/low-gravity pad will activate to send you upward.
    • The tile has a cooldown period – if you step on it and nothing happens, step off and wait three seconds before using it again.
  • Solve the three wheels puzzle.
    • A clue for the right wheel is behind a grating on the right.
    • A clue for the left wheel is behind a grating on the left.
    • Once left and right wheels are set, just turn the center wheel until the left grate opens. A clue for this wheel can be seen behind a grating high up in the west wall in the large warehouse room as well.
    • If you're quick, you get some extra XP.
The waves
  • Head into the office, pull the lever on the west wall.
  • Enemies start spawning on the staircase; kill all waves (you can also do this after the basement).
    • The Technicians are nasty artificers that liberally throw Tactical Detonation bombs that will stun or knock you down, causing significant damage. Prioritize their demise or you may not survive. They will appear in all fights at the warehouse level from this point.
The basement
  • Enter the basement lab by jumping down the now-open duct shaft on the right side of the wheel puzzle (this grate is opened by the lever in the office).
    • More constructs, including Forgewraiths, floating constructs, Iron Golems and some Magewright cannons are throughout.
    • If you're quick, kill the Iron Golems before they destroy prototypes for optional XP. Tripping them in some way is effective.
    • Destroyed prototypes release a Forgewraith.
    • The golems must be destroyed first to get the prototype. (The prototype Victor is using, available at the end of the quest, counts toward the "retrieve more" optional.)
  • There's a shrine (and a fight) at the bottom of the stairs by the door upward from the basement laboratory.
Back up to Victor
  • The ramp upward returns to the main warehouse, the office and Victor, with a mix of everything you've encountered, minus golems.
    • Again, prioritize Technicians and clear the waves.
    • The last wave consists of several Forgewraiths.
  • Talk to Victor to conclude the quest.
    • You can choose to spare or kill Victor. Neither has any effect on loot or XP reward, but be aware a unique forgewraith will spawn if you choose to kill him.
    • Minor bug: If Victor isn't talking, it's possible one or more of the forgewraiths got "lost" in combat. Go back to the office and all the lower rooms and find them (or let them find you) and kill them. Once all are dead, Victor will be heard to cry "All right, don't do anything rash. I'm coming out. Perhaps we can make a deal...", which signals the end of combat, and speaking to him will end the quest and unseal the end chest.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 73 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣337 ♦586 ♥610 ♠634 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 100 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣506 ♦879 ♥915 ♠951 )
  • Mischief bonus: 134 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣270 ♦469 ♥488 ♠507 )
  • Vandal bonus: 174 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣337 ♦586 ♥610 ♠634 )
  • Ransack bonus: 214 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣506 ♦879 ♥915 ♠951 )

Loot

  • Chests: 2
    • One in the basement in the western room
    • One after confronting Victor (contains named loot)
  • Collectables: 3
    • Cabinet in the basement in the western room
    • Alchemy Table in the basement in the southwestern room
    • Scroll Rack in the basement in the southeastern room
  • NPC rewards: Standard

Named Chest Drop

Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
  • Update 48.2
  • 1 year, 11 months, and 8 days
  • BugTime
Order's Garb
Order's Garb.png
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Outfit  15 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Best Laid Plans, End chest
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 1 year, 8 months, and 1 day
  • Corgrind
Sunstone Gauntlets
Sunstone Gauntlets.png
(edit)
Gloves  15 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Best Laid Plans, end chest
  • Update 50.3
  • 1 year, 2 months, and 27 days
  • Faltout
Resplendant Fury
Resplendant Fury.png
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Orb  15 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Best Laid Plans, End Chest
  • Update 53.0.1
  • 9 months and 1 day
  • Corgrind
Shadow Sprinters
Shadow Sprinters.png
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Boots  15 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Best Laid Plans, End chest
Moonbeam
Moonbeam.png
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Quarterstaff  15 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Best Laid Plans, End Chest
  • Update 50.0.1
  • 1 year, 3 months, and 22 days
  • JJMC89
Legendary Shadow Sprinters
Legendary Shadow Sprinters.png
(edit)
Boots  29 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Best Laid Plans, End chest
  • Update 50.0.1
  • 1 year, 3 months, and 21 days
  • JJMC89
Legendary Order's Garb
Legendary Order's Garb.png
(edit)
Clothing  29 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Best Laid Plans, End chest
  • Update 50.2
  • 1 year, 3 months, and 7 days
  • Hulligan
Legendary Sunstone Gauntlets
Legendary Sunstone Gauntlets.png
(edit)
Gloves  29 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Best Laid Plans, end chest
  • Update 50.2
  • 1 year, 3 months, and 6 days
  • Lordoi
Legendary Resplendant Fury
Legendary Resplendant Fury.png
(edit)
Orb  29 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Best Laid Plans, End Chest
Legendary Moonbeam
Legendary Moonbeam.png
(edit)
Quarterstaff  29 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Best Laid Plans, end chest
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Monsters

Name ( picture • New Monster ) CR Type Race
Arcane Reconstructor( view
Arcane Reconstructor.jpg
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 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♠57Epic Elite Construct Animated Object
Enforcer( view
Enforcer.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦16Normal ♥19Hard ♠23Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♠57Epic Elite Humanoid Human
Experimental Riot Suppressor( view
Experimental Riot Suppressor.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦16Normal ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦33Epic Normal Construct Animated Object
Forgewraith( view
Forgewraith.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦16Normal ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♠59Epic Elite Undead Wraith
Hauler Golem( view
Hauler Golumn.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♠57Epic Elite Construct Golem
Iron Sentry( view
Iron Sentry.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♠57Epic Elite Construct Iron Defender
Security Construct( view
Security Construct.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦16Normal ♥19Hard ♠23Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard ♠57Epic Elite Construct Animated Object
Tampered Hauler Golem( view
Tampered Hauler Golem.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♦32Epic Normal Construct Golem
Tampered Shield Guardian( view
Tampered Shield Guardian.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦18Normal ♥20Hard ♠23Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♠63Epic Elite Construct Golem
Technician (monster)( view
Technician (monster).jpg
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 ♦17Normal ♥20Hard ♠24Elite ♦32Epic Normal Dwarf Dwarf
Victor's Forgewraith( view
Victor's Forgewraith.png
 • edit )
 ♦16Normal ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♠59Epic Elite Undead Wraith