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Blockade Buster

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Trade is Stormreach's life-blood. With its harbor blockaded the city does not have enough supplies to hold out against a Droaam army.

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DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Attack on Stormreach
Blockade Buster
Heroic level: 13
Epic level: None
Duration: medium
Heroic XP:  ♣1,950Solo/Casual ♦3,400Normal ♥3,550Hard ♠3,700Elite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: Stormreach Harbor
Bestowed by: Graden Wylkes
NPC contact: Graden Wylkes
Quest acquired in: Lordsmarch Palace
Patron: The Coin Lords
Base favor: 5
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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The Coin Lord Graden Wylkes told you that the Droaam navy has mined Stormreach Harbor. Wylkes wants you to destroy the Droaam's minelaying ships.

To acquire this quest: Go to Lordsmarch Plaza, and speak with Graden Wylkes, who is inside Lordsmarch Palace (which is found at the west end of that area). Then exit south from the Plaza to go back to the Harbor and speak with Mist, a Harbor Pilot who is on a raft just outside the entry to Lordsmarch Plaza. She'll take you out on the water so that you may begin your mission.

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


  • Destroy the Droaam minelayer ships - 3 total
  • (Optional) Sink the Droaam fleet without raising an alarm — Bonus (40%): Heroic( ♣780 ♦1,360 ♥1,420 ♠1,480 )
  • (Optional) Assassinate the captain of the Vengeance — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣390 ♦680 ♥710 ♠740 )
  • (Optional) Assassinate the captain of the Bloodlust — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣390 ♦680 ♥710 ♠740 )
  • (Optional) Assassinate the captain of the Carnage — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣390 ♦680 ♥710 ♠740 )
  • (Optional) Destroy the Vengeance without alerting its crew — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣390 ♦680 ♥710 ♠740 )
  • (Optional) Destroy the Bloodlust without alerting its crew — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣390 ♦680 ♥710 ♠740 )
  • (Optional) Destroy the Carnage without alerting its crew — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣390 ♦680 ♥710 ♠740 )

What to Expect

  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • Stat checks (optional: require INT checks)
  • Randomly placed quest items (mandatory: 3 crests)

Tips and Misc

  • Useful elemental buffs:
    • Normal: acid, electric, fire
    • Archers and Kobolds throw fire or acid attacks.
  • Optional: You need Intelligence (11 was sufficient on Normal, 18 on Hard, 25+ on Elite) to unlock the mine bay doors using the control panel. Henchmen cannot be used to do this.
  • You need a Crest to enter the Mine Bay on each ship that can be found either in the galley, the bridge, the Captain's Quarters or the Lower Deck; the Mine Bay can be accessed from the Lower Deck of each ship.
  • Recent updates allow you to enter doors on/in the ships without breaking stealth or invisibility. Discreet Bonus is now possible.
  • The Droaam forces patrolling the decks respawn. The crew below decks does not.
  • The monsters will tend to head towards the alarm bells when they first see you (before the alarm is raised in that area) and when they drop to a certain point in their health. You can use that to your advantage with AoE spells like Blade Barrier and Wall of Fire.
  • Once one ship has exploded, a general alarm is raised aboard each of the other ships.
    • If you have the Trapmaking feat, you can create remote detonators to trigger the mines on each ship.
    • Setting the timer for 15 seconds will probably NOT give you enough time to get clear of the explosion (unless you have Dimension Door - One fighter Henchman can do this).
    • Monsters and breakables left on the ship to "explode" do not count towards the kills/breakables bonuses.
  • The barrels of "The Good Stuff" are explosive.
    • Bash can be found on the Carnage's bridge.
    • Ghol Kaaz can be found in the Vengeance's Captain's Quarters
    • Lobo can be found in the Bloodlust's Captain's Quarters
  • Note that each kobold chief engineer has one special trait, which can make them more difficult for different types of players:
    • Kozad (Bloodlust) has a bit higher Spot skill and AC (confirmed 42 on hard).
    • Krom (Carnage) has higher average damage than other kobolds, reported to be around 10-20 more per attack.
    • Krakkle (Vengeance) can throw both fire and acid.
  • A resurrection and rest shrine appear on the raft after the last ship has been destroyed.

It is possible to sneak around in all three ships, without raising any alarm: Sneaking Around in Blockade Buster

Bonus XP

  • Discreet bonus: 12 or fewer monsters killed +5% Bonus.( ♣98 ♦170 ♥178 ♠185 )
  • Aggression bonus: 45 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣195 ♦340 ♥355 ♠370 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 60 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣293 ♦510 ♥533 ♠555 )
  • Conquest bonus: 75 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣488 ♦850 ♥888 ♠925 )
  • Mischief bonus: 30 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣156 ♦272 ♥284 ♠296 )
  • Vandal bonus: 39 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣195 ♦340 ♥355 ♠370 )
  • Ransack bonus: 48 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣293 ♦510 ♥533 ♠555 )


  • Chests: 5
    • 1 for killing Chief Engineer Krakkle (Kobold Thrower, found in Vengeance's Mine Bay)
    • 1 for killing Chief Engineer Kozad (Kobold Thrower, found in Bloodlust's Mine Bay)
    • 1 for killing Chief Engineer Krom (Kobold Thrower, found in Carnage's Mine Bay)
    • 1 optional for killing Captain Bash (Ogre, found on Carnage's Bridge)
    • 1 for Sinking the Droaam fleet without raising an alarm (Spawns on the raft)
  • Collectables: 15
    • Bloodlust
      • Fungus on the bottom of the ship (in the water)
      • Bookshelf in the Captain's Quarters
      • Two Cabinets in the Lower Deck
      • Mold in the Mine Bay
      • Cabinet in the Galley
    • Carnage
      • Mushroom in the Captain's Quarters
      • Bookshelf in the Lower Quarters
      • Fungus in the Mine Bay
      • Cabinet in the Galley
    • Vengeance
      • Fungus on the bottom of the ship (in the water)
      • Mold in the Captain's Quarters
      • Cabinet in the Lower Quarters
      • Mold in the Mine Bay
      • Fungus in the Galley
  • NPC rewards: Random item; choose from 4

Named Chest Drop

Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
Brutish Cuirass
Brutish Cuirass.png
Full Plate 12 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Blockade Buster, Bash's Chest
Wind Howler Bracers
Wind Howler Bracers.png
  • Cyclonic BlastIcon tooltip.pngCyclonic Blast
    Caster level: 9
    Charges: 3 (3/day)
    3 Charges (Recharged/Day:3)
  • MarksmanshipIcon tooltip.pngMarksmanship: This item is enchanted to enhance your skill with ranged weapons. When using ranged weapons you gain +2 to your attack rolls and +1 to your damage.
  • Feat: LongbowIcon tooltip.pngFeat: Longbow: While equipped this item grants the feat Longbow.
  • Feat: ShortbowIcon tooltip.pngFeat: Shortbow: While equipped this item grants the feat Shortbow.
  • Shrieking BoltIcon tooltip.pngShrieking Bolt: This item resonates with sonic energy. On ranged attacks, on an attack roll of 20 which is confirmed as a critical hit it will punish the target with a blast of sound (10 to 60 sonic damage). A successful Fortitude save (DC 22) reduces this damage by half.
13 Bound to Account on Acquire, ExclusiveIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire
This is an Exclusive item. You may only carry one at a time.
Blockade Buster, Engineers' Chests
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 ♠23Elite Giant Ogre
Droaam Combat Engineer(view)
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Droaam Sapper(NoPic)
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 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♠16Elite Orc Half-Orc
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 ♦14Normal ♥16Hard ♠19Elite Giant Ogre
Droaam Warmage (gnoll)(view)
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 ♦13Normal ♥15Hard ♠18Elite Gnoll Gnoll
Droaam Warpriest(view)
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Ghol Kaaz(view)
Ghol Kaaz.jpg
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 ♥16Hard ♠19Elite Reptilian Kobold
 ♥16Hard ♠19Elite Reptilian Kobold
 ♥16Hard ♠19Elite Reptilian Kobold
Lobo the Bloody(NoPic)
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 ♥19Hard ♠23Elite Gnoll Gnoll