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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.

Shadowfell Conspiracy adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Shadowfell Conspiracy
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
Breaking the Ranks - Map.jpg
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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
  • (Optional) Defeat the Orc General, Naznub
  • (Optional) Defeat the Hill Giant General, Glumdalclunk
  • (Optional) Ring the bell before Draeton awakens the Orcs
  • (Optional) Ring the bell before Draeton awakens the Giants
  • (Optional) Ring the bell before Draeton awakens the Shadar-kai

Known Traps

Trap DC

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 is always the same (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.
  • 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 AcquireBound to Character on Acquire: This item is Bound to Character on Acquire

Named Chest Drop


Name(picture) CR Type Race
 ♦22Normal ♥26Hard ♦33Epic Normal Undead White Dragon
 ♦22Normal ♥26Hard ♦33Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard Humanoid Human
 ♦22Normal ♥26Hard ♦33Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard ♠76Epic Elite Giant Giant
No pic.jpg
 ♦22Normal ♥26Hard ♦33Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard Orc Orc
No pic.jpg
 ♦22Normal ♥26Hard ♦33Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard Gnoll Gnoll
Gnoll Skirmisher(view)
Gnoll Skirmisher.jpg
 ♦15Normal ♦25Epic Normal Gnoll Gnoll
Gnoll Tracker(view)
Gnoll Tracker.jpg
 ♦30Epic Normal Gnoll Gnoll
Gnoll Warlock(view)
Gnoll Warlock.jpg
CRs missing! Gnoll Gnoll
Hill Giant Shaman(view)
Hill Giant Shaman.jpg
CRs missing! Giant Giant
Hill Giant Warrior(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Giant Giant
Orc Archer(view)
Orc Archer.jpg
 ♦17Normal Orc Orc
Orc Battle Priest(view)
Orc Battle Priest.jpg
CRs missing! Orc Orc
Orc Berserker(view)
Orc Berserker.jpg
 ♦17Normal ♦26Epic Normal Orc Orc
Shadar-kai Assassin (Monster)(view)
Shadar-kai Assassin (Monster).jpg
 ♦16Normal ♠23Elite ♦30Epic Normal Humanoid Shadar-kai
Shadar-kai Blackguard(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♦16Normal ♠23Elite ♦30Epic Normal Humanoid Shadar-kai
 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite Magical Beast Wolf

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