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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:  ♣463Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦820Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥868Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠916Icon tooltip.pngElite
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
Free to Play: Yes
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: Information below this point can be considered spoiler material!


  • 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
  • Traps (fixed, some don't require rogue skills to be disarmed)

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 thru 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.

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Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 21 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣46 ♦82 ♥87 ♠92 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 27 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣69 ♦123 ♥130 ♠137 )
  • Conquest bonus: 33 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 )


  • 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: Three
    • Alchemy Table (Arcane) in the room past the first door
    • Bookshelf (Lore) in the hallway to the north, before the lever-locked door
    • Rubble behind the Secret door between the fire cage and the shrines
  • NPC rewards: +2/3 weapons and armor (choose from 4)


Name(picture) CR Type Race
Arcane Skeleton(view)
Arcane Skeleton.jpg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠5Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Skeleton
Blackbone Knight(view)
Blackbone knight.jpg
 ♦8Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥10Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠13Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Skeleton
Blackbone Thrall(view)
Blackbone Thrall.jpg
 ♦7Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥9Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠12Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Skeleton
Dwarf Acolyte(view)
Dwarf Acolyte.jpg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard Dwarf Dwarf
Dwarf Apprentice(view)
Dwarf Apprentice.jpg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard Dwarf Dwarf
Dwarf Necromancer(view)
Dwarf Necromancer.jpg
 ♦4Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥6Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠9Icon tooltip.pngElite Dwarf Dwarf
Gray Ooze(view)
Gray Ooze.jpg
 ♦4Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥6Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠9Icon tooltip.pngElite Ooze Gray Ooze
Human Necromancer(view)
Human Necromancer.jpg
 ♦4Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥6Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠9Icon tooltip.pngElite Humanoid Human
Skeleton Archer(view)
Skeleton Archer.jpeg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠5Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥29 - 31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Skeleton
Troll Chieftain(view)
Troll Chieftain.jpg
 ♦7Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥9Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠12Icon tooltip.pngElite Giant Troll
Warrior of the Emerald Claw (Halfling)(view)
Warrior of the Emerald Claw (Halfling).jpg
 ♦7Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥HardIcon tooltip.pngHard ♠9Icon tooltip.pngElite Halfling Halfling
Warrior of the Emerald Claw (Human)(view)
Warrior of the Emerald Claw (Human).jpg
 ♦7Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥9Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠9Icon tooltip.pngElite Humanoid Human
Wight Priest(view)
Wight Priest.jpeg
 ♦5Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥7Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠9Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Undead Wight