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Breaking the Ranks

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The Netherese army's central camp is not expecting a fight - but it's always ready for one.

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Breaking the Ranks
Heroic level: 19
Epic level: 27
Duration: medium
Heroic XP:  ♣2,593Solo/Casual ♦4,478Normal ♥4,634Hard ♠4,790Elite
Epic XP:  ♣8,642Solo/Casual ♦14,807Normal ♥15,210Hard ♠15,613Elite
Takes place in: Netherese Central Camp
Bestowed by: Orin Arroway
NPC contact: Orin Arroway
Quest acquired in: Eveningstar
Patron: The Harpers
Base favor: 6
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Breaking the Ranks is the 3rd quest in The Secret of the Storm Horns 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 What Goes Up.
The Tracker's Trap • Lines of Supply • Breaking the Ranks • A Break In the Ice • What Goes Up

Seeing the coordination and training evident in the latest Orc raids against Eveningstar, Swordcaptain Arroway believes that the monsters of the Storm Horns are gathering into an army.

Arroway is barred from investigating by his superiors, so he asked you to go up in the Storm Horns in his stead. If you do find a Centeral Army Camp in the peaks of the Storm Horns, he has tasked you to destroy it!

This quest is also known as "Waking the Beast" on some NPC dialog and on Lamannia documentations.

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


  • Make your presence known
  • Defeat the Gnoll troops
  • Defeat the Orc troops
  • Survive against the Hill Giants
  • Defeat Draeton
  • (Optional) Defeat the Gnoll General, Yrrgal — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣259 ♦448 ♥463 ♠479 ) Epic( ♣864 ♦1,481 ♥1,521 ♠1,561 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the Orc General, Naznub — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣259 ♦448 ♥463 ♠479 ) Epic( ♣864 ♦1,481 ♥1,521 ♠1,561 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the Hill Giant General, Glumdalclunk — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣259 ♦448 ♥463 ♠479 ) Epic( ♣864 ♦1,481 ♥1,521 ♠1,561 )
  • (Optional) Ring the bell before Draeton awakens the Orcs — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣259 ♦448 ♥463 ♠479 ) Epic( ♣864 ♦1,481 ♥1,521 ♠1,561 )
  • (Optional) Ring the bell before Draeton awakens the Giants — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣259 ♦448 ♥463 ♠479 ) Epic( ♣864 ♦1,481 ♥1,521 ♠1,561 )
  • (Optional) Ring the bell before Draeton awakens the Shadar-kai — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣259 ♦448 ♥463 ♠479 ) Epic( ♣864 ♦1,481 ♥1,521 ♠1,561 )

Known Traps

Trap DCs

  • Spell Wards, around the edges and in the entry; spawn after ringing the bell to "make your presence known". Be careful when disarming the traps around the gnoll tents – new waves of gnolls can and will spawn on top of you while you are searching for and disarming the traps.

Tips and Misc

  • Just a Hack 'n' Slash battle-quest, where monsters come in waves (of about 40 monsters (on Heroic Hard). It seems to be much harder than other flagging quests, so be careful.
  • Shrines pop up between waves, and you have 30 seconds or so to use them. Be quick!
    • The Rest Shrine does not get "renewed" when it reappears (unlike Devil Assault). So, after you use it once, you can't use it again, except on Normal or Casual difficulty.
  • If you ring the bell, the next wave starts early, and you get (10%) bonus XP.
  • Above the Orcs' entry, an Undead White Dragon, named Arricaxerxes (CR: depends on level), is 'firing' ice at the party. Meanwhile, Draeton is standing on a platform above the quest entrance and will fire spells if you get too close.

Bonus XP

  • Conquest bonus: 162 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣648 ♦1,120 ♥1,159 ♠1,198 )
  • Tamper bonus: 7 or 8 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣259 ♦448 ♥463 ♠479 )
  • Neutralization bonus: 13 or more traps disarmed +20% Bonus.( ♣519 ♦896 ♥927 ♠958 )
  • Ingenious Debilitation bonus: 17 or more traps disarmed +30% Bonus.( ♣778 ♦1,343 ♥1,390 ♠1,437 )
  • Mischief bonus: 12 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣207 ♦358 ♥371 ♠383 )
  • Vandal bonus: 14 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣259 ♦448 ♥463 ♠479 )


  • Chests: 2
    • Two chests after defeating Draeton (one may be contingent upon completing objectives)
  • Collectables: 9
    • Bones in the midst of the tents between the Gnoll camp and the Orc palisade
    • Four piles of Bones in the Gnoll camp
    • Four piles of Bones in the Orc palisade
  • NPC rewards: Always contain following 3 named Helms

Named Rewards

Helms, 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
Arricaxerxes( view
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 ♦22Normal ♥26Hard ♠32Elite ♦33Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard Undead White Dragon
Draeton( view
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 ♦22Normal ♥26Hard ♠32Elite ♦33Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Glumdalclunk( view
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 ♦22Normal ♥26Hard ♠32Elite ♦33Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard ♠76Epic Elite Giant Giant
Gnoll Skirmisher( view
Gnoll Skirmisher.jpg
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 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Gnoll Gnoll
Gnoll Tracker( view
Gnoll Tracker.jpg
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 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard ♠29Elite ♦30Epic Normal ♥34Epic Hard Gnoll Gnoll
Gnoll Warlock( view
Gnoll Warlock.jpg
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 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard ♠29Elite ♦30Epic Normal ♥34Epic Hard Gnoll Gnoll
Hill Giant Shaman( view
Hill Giant Shaman.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard ♠29Elite ♦30Epic Normal ♥34Epic Hard Giant Giant
Hill Giant Warrior( view
Hill Giant Warrior.png
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 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard ♠29Elite ♦30Epic Normal ♥34Epic Hard Giant Giant
Naznub( view
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 ♦22Normal ♥26Hard ♠32Elite ♦33Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard Orc Orc
Orc Archer( view
Orc Archer.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦17Normal ♥20Hard ♠25Elite ♦29Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard Orc Orc
Orc Battle Priest( view
Orc Battle Priest.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦17Normal ♥20Hard ♠25Elite ♦29Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard Orc Orc
Orc Berserker( view
Orc Berserker.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦17Normal ♥20Hard ♠25Elite ♦29Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard Orc Orc
Shadar-kai Assassin (Monster)( view
Shadar-kai Assassin (Monster).jpg
 • edit )
 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard ♠29Elite ♦30Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard Humanoid Shadar-kai
Shadar-kai Blackguard( view
Shadar-kai Blackguard.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard ♠29Elite ♦30Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard Humanoid Shadar-kai
Worg( view
Worg FR.jpg
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 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Magical Beast Wolf
Yrrgal( view
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 ♦22Normal ♥26Hard ♠32Elite ♦33Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard Gnoll Gnoll