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Caged Trolls

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The Emerald Claw seeks to fuse trollish regeneration with magical undeath. Make sure this scheme does not reach fruition.

Caged Trolls
Heroic level: 6
Epic level: None
Duration: Medium
Heroic XP:  ♣463Solo/Casual ♦820Normal ♥868Hard ♠916Elite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: Emerald Claw Laboratory
Bestowed by: Aratrix d'Phiarlan
NPC contact: Aratrix d'Phiarlan
Quest acquired in: Bogwater Tavern
Patron: House Phiarlan
Base favor: 4
Purchase: Free to Play
Extreme Challenge: No
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Aratrix d'Phiarlan has hired you to investigate a secret laboratory being run by agents of the Emerald Claw. According to Aratrix, these Emerald Claw necromancers are trying to fuse trollish regenerative powers with the magics of undeath. Find the Claw's laboratory near the Necropolis and destroy their captive trolls, slaying as many of the Claw's minions as possible along the way.

Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


  • Kill the Emerald Claw's first captured Troll
  • Kill the Emerald Claw's second captured Troll
  • (Optional) Plunder the Emerald Claw's treasure cache — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣46 ♦82 ♥87 ♠92 )

What to Expect

  • Spawning/respawning monsters

Known Traps

Trap DCs

  • Spike trap in the corridor past the first troll. There's a control panel on the northern wall just before the trap, or a lever past it. The lever will spawn a Blackbone Thrall (and a Dwarf Necromancer on Hard/Elite) near the dart trap, who will come to investigate the lever.
  • Slashing Blade trap immediately after the above spike trap. The control panel is past the trap, at the end of the wall; time it and you should be okay. (Note: Halflings may seem short enough to walk/tumble under the blade – they are not.)
  • Dart trap southeast of the blade trap; no control panel. It's also a dead end, so no need to go there.

Tips and Misc

  • You'll be facing both human and skeletal fighters and casters. Spells can include lightning bolts, sleet storms, and blindness spells. Prepare accordingly. (Unless you walk into the fire in the 2nd cage room, that is not a threat, despite the threatening narration.)
  • The door to the north (The Emerald Claw's treasure cache) is opened by pulling levers in each troll's cage. The levers can't be pulled until the troll near them is dead.
  • In the room with the first troll, the acid spray is stopped with the lever up the western ladder, while the cage is opened by the lever up the eastern ladder; you must pull both to advance the quest and kill the troll. (If you have hirelings, it might be a good idea to pull the western lever first, so they don't walk through the acid while following you.)
  • In the room with the second troll, each lever stops half of the fire; when you pull the second one, a door in the back opens, which contains the lever to open the cage for the troll fight.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 11 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣46 ♦82 ♥87 ♠92 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 21 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣69 ♦123 ♥130 ♠137 )
  • Conquest bonus: 32 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣116 ♦205 ♥217 ♠229 )
  • Tamper bonus: 1 or more trap disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣46 ♦82 ♥87 ♠92 )
  • Mischief bonus: 21 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣37 ♦66 ♥69 ♠73 )
  • Vandal bonus: 27 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣46 ♦82 ♥87 ♠92 )
  • Ransack bonus: 33 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣69 ♦123 ♥130 ♠137 )

External Links


  • Chests: 2
    • 1 behind the Secret door between the shrine and the second troll cage
    • 1 optional in the north room, behind the door opened by pulling the levers in the troll cages
  • Collectables: 3
    • Alchemy Table — in the room past the first doorIcon tooltip.pngAmber VialVial of Pure WaterVial of ContagionLuminescent DustGlittering DustSkull FragmentPowdered BloodIntact FingerboneSparkling Dust
    • Bookshelf — in the hallway to the north, before the lever-locked doorIcon tooltip.pngPage Torn from a Research NotebookKhyber Prayer PamphletTome: Prophecies of KhyberCaravan LogbookResearch DiaryTome: Myths of Old Xen'drikPhoenix Tavern Purchase OrderTome: Stormreach Imports and Exports, 857YK'Wavecrasher' Cargo Manifest
    • Rubble — behind the Secret door between the fire cage and the shrinesIcon tooltip.pngAmber VialVial of Pure WaterVial of ContagionString of Prayer BeadsSmall Wooden IdolIcon of KhyberPage Torn from a Research NotebookKhyber Prayer PamphletTome: Prophecies of KhyberSweet WhitecapDeadly FeverblanchPale CreeperResearch DiaryNecromantic GemWithered CryptmossCryptmoss Worm LarvaCryptmossCryptmoss WormLush CryptmossCryptmoss QueenTome: Stormreach Imports and Exports, 857YKTome: Myths of Old Xen'drikPhoenix Tavern Purchase OrderCaravan LogbookBlade of the Dark SixFunerary TokenSignet of the DevourerMark of the KeeperShamanic TotemLuminescent DustGlittering DustSkull FragmentPowdered BloodIntact FingerboneSparkling Dust'Wavecrasher' Cargo Manifest

NPC end rewards

Randomly generated loot, ML correlates with effective quest level.


Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Arcane Skeleton( view
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 ♦2Normal ♥3Hard ♠5Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard Undead Skeleton
Blackbone Knight( view
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 ♦8Normal ♥10Hard ♠13Elite Undead Skeleton
Blackbone Thrall( view
Blackbone Thrall.jpg
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 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite Undead Skeleton
Dwarf Acolyte( view
Dwarf Acolyte.jpg
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 ♦2Normal ♥3Hard Dwarf Dwarf
Dwarf Apprentice( view
Dwarf Apprentice.jpg
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 ♦2Normal ♥3Hard Dwarf Dwarf
Dwarf Necromancer( view
Dwarf Necromancer.jpg
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 ♦4Normal ♥6Hard ♠9Elite Dwarf Dwarf
Gray Ooze( view
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 ♦4Normal ♥6Hard ♠9Elite Ooze Gray Ooze
Human Necromancer( view
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 ♦4Normal ♥6Hard ♠9Elite Humanoid Human
Skeleton Archer( view
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 ♦2Normal ♥3Hard ♠5Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥29 - 31Epic Hard ♠36Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Troll Chieftain( view
Troll Chieftain.jpg
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 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite Giant Troll
Warrior of the Emerald Claw (Halfling)( view
Warrior of the Emerald Claw (Halfling).jpg
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 ♦7Normal ♠9Elite Halfling Halfling
Warrior of the Emerald Claw (Human)( view
Warrior of the Emerald Claw (Human).jpg
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 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠9Elite Humanoid Human
Wight Priest( view
Wight Priest.jpg
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 ♦5Normal ♥7Hard ♠9Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard Undead Wight