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Breaking the Ranks

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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.
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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


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
Purchase: Shadowfell Conspiracy
Extreme Challenge: No
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Overview

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 Central Army Camp in the peaks of the Storm Horns, he has tasked you to destroy it!


Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


Objectives

  • 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 25 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). 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 some 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

  • Aggression bonus: 35 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣259 ♦448 ♥463 ♠479 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 45 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣389 ♦672 ♥695 ♠719 )
  • Conquest bonus: 57 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣648 ♦1,120 ♥1,159 ♠1,198 )
  • Tamper bonus: 9 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣259 ♦448 ♥463 ♠479 )
  • Neutralization bonus: 12 or more traps disarmed +20% Bonus.( ♣519 ♦896 ♥927 ♠958 )
  • Ingenious Debilitation bonus: 15 or more traps disarmed +30% Bonus.( ♣778 ♦1,343 ♥1,390 ♠1,437 )
  • Mischief bonus: 11 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣207 ♦358 ♥371 ♠383 )
  • Vandal bonus: 14 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣259 ♦448 ♥463 ♠479 )
  • Ransack bonus: 17 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣389 ♦672 ♥695 ♠719 )
Notes: Conquest values may not be precise; anyway conquest bonus is guaranteed.

Loot

  • Chests: 2
    • One chest for ringing the bell all times.
    • One end chest
  • Collectables:
    • Bones — halfway between Gnoll camp and Orc palisadeIcon tooltip.pngGlowmoss SporesScarlet CryptmossCrypt MothHairy Trumpet MushroomShimmering Spore PodSlime MoldBlister BeetleSwaying Mushroom ClusterZygomycota FungusRuddy FungusSanguine MothBloodfeast FungusSwaying Mushroom Spore PodGlowmoss Clump
    • Bones — in the Gnoll campIcon tooltip.pngGlowmoss SporesScarlet CryptmossCrypt MothHairy Trumpet MushroomShimmering Spore PodSlime MoldBlister BeetleSwaying Mushroom ClusterZygomycota FungusRuddy FungusSanguine MothBloodfeast FungusSwaying Mushroom Spore PodGlowmoss Clump
    • Bones — in the Gnoll campIcon tooltip.pngGlowmoss SporesScarlet CryptmossCrypt MothHairy Trumpet MushroomShimmering Spore PodSlime MoldBlister BeetleSwaying Mushroom ClusterZygomycota FungusRuddy FungusSanguine MothBloodfeast FungusSwaying Mushroom Spore PodGlowmoss Clump
    • Bones — in the Gnoll campIcon tooltip.pngGlowmoss SporesScarlet CryptmossCrypt MothHairy Trumpet MushroomShimmering Spore PodSlime MoldBlister BeetleSwaying Mushroom ClusterZygomycota FungusRuddy FungusSanguine MothBloodfeast FungusSwaying Mushroom Spore PodGlowmoss Clump
    • Bones — in the Gnoll campIcon tooltip.pngGlowmoss SporesScarlet CryptmossCrypt MothHairy Trumpet MushroomShimmering Spore PodSlime MoldBlister BeetleSwaying Mushroom ClusterZygomycota FungusRuddy FungusSanguine MothBloodfeast FungusSwaying Mushroom Spore PodGlowmoss Clump
    • Bones — in the Orc palisadeIcon tooltip.pngGlowmoss SporesScarlet CryptmossCrypt MothHairy Trumpet MushroomShimmering Spore PodSlime MoldBlister BeetleSwaying Mushroom ClusterZygomycota FungusRuddy FungusSanguine MothBloodfeast FungusSwaying Mushroom Spore PodGlowmoss Clump
    • Bones — in the Orc palisadeIcon tooltip.pngGlowmoss SporesScarlet CryptmossCrypt MothHairy Trumpet MushroomShimmering Spore PodSlime MoldBlister BeetleSwaying Mushroom ClusterZygomycota FungusRuddy FungusSanguine MothBloodfeast FungusSwaying Mushroom Spore PodGlowmoss Clump
    • Bones — in the Orc palisadeIcon tooltip.pngGlowmoss SporesScarlet CryptmossCrypt MothHairy Trumpet MushroomShimmering Spore PodSlime MoldBlister BeetleSwaying Mushroom ClusterZygomycota FungusRuddy FungusSanguine MothBloodfeast FungusSwaying Mushroom Spore PodGlowmoss Clump
    • Bones — in the Orc palisadeIcon tooltip.pngGlowmoss SporesScarlet CryptmossCrypt MothHairy Trumpet MushroomShimmering Spore PodSlime MoldBlister BeetleSwaying Mushroom ClusterZygomycota FungusRuddy FungusSanguine MothBloodfeast FungusSwaying Mushroom Spore PodGlowmoss Clump
  • NPC rewards: standard and all of:
Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
Guardian's Helmet (Level 19)
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Helm  19 Bound to Character on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Acquire: This item is Bound to Character on Acquire Breaking the Ranks, End reward
  • Update 63.1
  • 3 months and 9 days
  • Bladedge
Sage's Skullcap (Level 19)
Sage's Skullcap (Level 19).png
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Helm  19 Bound to Character on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Acquire: This item is Bound to Character on Acquire Breaking the Ranks, End reward
  • Update 63.1
  • 3 months and 9 days
  • Bladedge
Skirmisher's Circlet (Level 19)
Skirmisher's Circlet (Level 19).png
(edit)
Helm  19 Bound to Character on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Acquire: This item is Bound to Character on Acquire Breaking the Ranks, End reward
Guardian's Helmet (Level 27)
Guardian's Helmet (Level 27).png
(edit)
Helm  27 Bound to Character on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Acquire: This item is Bound to Character on Acquire Breaking the Ranks, End reward
  • Update 63.1
  • 3 months and 9 days
  • Bladedge
Sage's Skullcap (Level 27)
Sage's Skullcap (Level 27).png
(edit)
Helm  27 Bound to Character on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Acquire: This item is Bound to Character on Acquire Breaking the Ranks, End reward
  • Update 63.1
  • 3 months and 9 days
  • Bladedge
Skirmisher's Circlet (Level 27)
Skirmisher's Circlet (Level 27).png
(edit)
Helm  27 Bound to Character on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Acquire: This item is Bound to Character on Acquire Breaking the Ranks, End reward
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Named Chest Drop

Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 2 years, 11 months, and 3 days
  • BugTime
Elemental Fury (Level 17)
Elemental Fury (Level 17).png
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Short Sword  17 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip Breaking the Ranks, End chest (Heroic Normal);
The Secret of the Storm Horns, Quest chain end reward (Heroic)
Shield of Morning (Level 17)
Shield of Morning (Level 17).png
(edit)
Small shield  17 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip Breaking the Ranks, End chest (Heroic Normal);
The Secret of the Storm Horns, Quest chain end reward (Heroic)
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 2 years, 11 months, and 3 days
  • BugTime
Elemental Fury (Level 18)
Elemental Fury (Level 18).png
(edit)
Short Sword  18 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip Breaking the Ranks, End chest (Heroic Hard)
Shield of Morning (Level 18)
Shield of Morning (Level 18).png
(edit)
Small shield  18 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip Breaking the Ranks, End chest (Heroic Hard)
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 2 years, 11 months, and 3 days
  • BugTime
Elemental Fury (Level 19)
Elemental Fury (Level 19).png
(edit)
Short Sword  19 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip Breaking the Ranks, End chest (Heroic Elite)
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 2 years, 11 months, and 1 day
  • BugTime
Shield of Morning (Level 19)
Shield of Morning (Level 19).png
(edit)
Small shield  19 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip Breaking the Ranks, End chest (Heroic Elite)
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 2 years, 11 months, and 3 days
  • BugTime
Elemental Fury (Level 26)
Elemental Fury (Level 26).png
(edit)
Short Sword  26 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip Breaking the Ranks, End chest (Epic Normal);
The Secret of the Storm Horns, Quest chain end reward (Epic)
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 2 years, 11 months, and 1 day
  • BugTime
Shield of Morning (Level 26)
Shield of Morning (Level 26).png
(edit)
Small shield  26 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip Breaking the Ranks, End chest (Epic Normal);
The Secret of the Storm Horns, Quest chain end reward (Epic)
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 2 years, 11 months, and 3 days
  • BugTime
Elemental Fury (Level 27)
Elemental Fury (Level 27).png
(edit)
Short Sword  27 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip Breaking the Ranks, End chest (Epic Hard)
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 2 years, 11 months, and 1 day
  • BugTime
Shield of Morning (Level 27)
Shield of Morning (Level 27).png
(edit)
Small shield  27 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip Breaking the Ranks, End chest (Epic Hard)
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 2 years, 11 months, and 3 days
  • BugTime
Elemental Fury (Level 28)
Elemental Fury (Level 28).png
(edit)
Short Sword  28 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip Breaking the Ranks, End chest (Epic Elite)
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 2 years, 11 months, and 1 day
  • BugTime
Shield of Morning (Level 28)
Shield of Morning (Level 28).png
(edit)
Small shield  28 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip Breaking the Ranks, End chest (Epic Elite)
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Monsters

Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Arricaxerxes( view
Arricaxerxes.jpg
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 ♦22Normal ♥26Hard ♠32Elite ♦33Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard Undead White Dragon
Draeton( view
Draeton.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦22Normal ♥26Hard ♠32Elite ♦33Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Glumdalclunk( view
Glumdalclunk.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦22Normal ♥26Hard ♠32Elite ♦33Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard ♠76Epic Elite Giant Giant
Gnoll Skirmisher( view
Gnoll Skirmisher.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♠29Epic Elite Gnoll Gnoll
Gnoll Tracker( view
Gnoll Tracker.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard ♠29Elite ♦30Epic Normal ♥34Epic Hard Gnoll Gnoll
Gnoll Warlock( view
Gnoll Warlock.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard ♠29Elite ♦30Epic Normal ♥34Epic Hard Gnoll Gnoll
Hill Giant Shaman (Forgotten Realms)( view
Hill Giant Shaman.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard ♠29Elite ♦30Epic Normal ♥34Epic Hard Giant Giant
Hill Giant Warrior( view
Hill Giant Warrior.png
 • edit )
 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard ♠29Elite ♦30Epic Normal ♥34Epic Hard Giant Giant
Naznub( view
Naznub.png
 • edit )
 ♦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 ♠48Epic Elite Humanoid Shadar-kai
Shadar-kai Blackguard( view
Shadar-kai Blackguard.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦19Normal ♥23Hard ♠29Elite ♦30Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard ♠34Epic Elite Humanoid Shadar-kai
Worg( view
Worg.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Magical Beast Wolf
Yrrgal( view
Yrrgal.png
 • edit )
 ♦22Normal ♥26Hard ♠32Elite ♦33Epic Normal ♥37Epic Hard Gnoll Gnoll