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Danger at Dunwater

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The local Lizardfolk have moved closer to the town of Saltmarsh, creating conflict. The people of Saltmarsh have sent you to confront the Lizardfolk about their incursions.

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DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh
Danger at Dunwater
Heroic level: 3
Epic level: 32
(considered Legendary)
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♣1,116Solo/Casual ♦2,020Normal ♥2,180Hard ♠2,340Elite
Epic XP:  ♣20,691Solo/Casual ♦35,340Normal ♥36,194Hard ♠37,050Elite
Takes place in: Lizardfolk Lair*
Bestowed by: Eliander Fireborn
NPC contact: [[]]
Quest acquired in: The Snapping Line Inn
Patron: The Gatekeepers
Base favor: 4
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Western Caverns
Eastern Caverns
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Discovering that the Lizardfolk are smuggling in weapons has made the the town worried. While they have always lived in peace with the Dunwater tribe, it looks like that is about to end. Eliander want you to head to their lair and try and deal with them.

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


  • Stop the Lizardfolk invasion
  • Speak with the Lizardfolk
  • Find the Lizardfolk Queen in her throne room
  • Defeat the rebellion leader, the High Shaman Kethend, in the Western Caverns
  • Find and place the Snake Crest
  • Find and place the Octopus Crest
  • Return to Queen Othokent in the Central Chamber
  • In the Eastern Caverns, Arrive at the Southern Ocean Grotto for negotiations
  • Negotiate with the Sea Elf Ambassador
  • Negotiate with the Bullywug Ambassador
  • Negotiate with the Troglodyte Ambassador
  • In the Eastern Caverns, Find and deal with the thief who stole from the Troglodyte Ambassador
  • Return to the Troglodyte Ambassador
  • In the Eastern Caverns, Find and Rescue Subchief Ihrtos
  • Find and place the Spear Crest
  • In the Eastern Caverns, Go to the Central Ocean Grotto to repel the invasion
  • In the Central Ocean Grotto, Speak with Queen Othokent
  • (Optional) Defeat Thurkear the Venomancer
  • (Optional) Defeat more Dunwater Officers (total 9) — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣112 ♦202 ♥218 ♠234 ) Epic( ♣2,069 ♦3,534 ♥3,619 ♠3,705 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the Ravenous Crayfish — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣112 ♦202 ♥218 ♠234 ) Epic( ♣2,069 ♦3,534 ♥3,619 ♠3,705 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the Foul-tempered Owlbear — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣112 ♦202 ♥218 ♠234 ) Epic( ♣2,069 ♦3,534 ♥3,619 ♠3,705 )
  • (Optional) Gain access to the Treasury
  • (Optional) Complete the Trial of Knowledge
  • (Optional) Activate the portal between the Throne Room and Temple (No XP)
  • (Optional) Defeat the Sahuagin Prisoner — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣112 ♦202 ♥218 ♠234 ) Epic( ♣2,069 ♦3,534 ♥3,619 ♠3,705 )
  • (Optional) Convince the Bullywug Diplomat to join the Alliance — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣112 ♦202 ♥218 ♠234 ) Epic( ♣2,069 ♦3,534 ♥3,619 ♠3,705 )

What to Expect

Runes (some require WIS checks, DC  ♠9-12Elite)

Known Traps

Trap and Lock DCs

  • Floor blade trap and Poison trap protecting a Locked chest
  • Cold traps protecting Tile puzzle

Tips and Misc

  • There are three Shrine pairs and two single Rest Shrines:
    • One in Central Caverns, Queen's Throne Room
    • Two in Western Caverns, pair near High Shaman's Quarters, Rest Shrine at Treasury entrance
    • Two in Eastern Caverns, pair near Central Barracks, Rest Shrine in Subchief Ihrtos' Quarters
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  • Western Caverns
    • To gain access to the High Shaman's Chamber two crests are required:
      • The Crest of the Snake is in the High Shaman's Quarters
      • The Crest of the Octopus is in the Hatchery
    • The hidden Gold, Silver and Iron Keys open the chests nearby
      • High Shaman's Quarters
      • Temple
      • Senior Officer Quarters (Two Control Panels to disarm the traps)
    • The Jeweled Key may be found in various locations and opens the chest in the Queen's Bedroom and Living Chambers
    • Secret door in treasury activated by rune, collapsible floor just inside secret room
    • To access the Trial of Knowledge, say "Knowledge is Power" in front of the secret door (chat)
  • Eastern Caverns
    • To free Subchief Ihrtos a crest is required:
      • Crest of the Spear in Northern barracks
    • Three ambassadors need to be talked to (Southern Ocean Grotto):
      • Troglodyte ambassador requires that you find a stolen necklace - Thief Lars Enni (three possible location known)
      • The Sea Elves need to be bested in battle
      • The Bullywugs need to be convinced to join (Listen, Diplomacy or Haggle for optional)

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 166 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣112 ♦202 ♥218 ♠234 )
  • Tamper bonus: 1 or more trap disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣112 ♦202 ♥218 ♠234 )
  • Mischief bonus: 109 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣89 ♦162 ♥174 ♠187 )
  • Vandal bonus: 142 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣112 ♦202 ♥218 ♠234 )
  • Ransack bonus: 175 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣167 ♦303 ♥327 ♠351 )


  • Chests: 10
    • One for killing Thurkear the Venomancer
    • One in Queen's Bedroom and Living Chambers (Jeweled Key)
    • One in High Shaman's Quarters (Gold Key)
    • One in Temple (Silver Key)
    • One in Senior Officer Quarters (trapped, Iron Key)
    • One in Drill Hall after killing Owlbear
    • One for killing Ravenous Crayfish
    • One behind the secret door in the Treasury
    • One for solving the Trial of Knowledge
    • End Chest
  • Collectables: 5
    • Randomly selected (Rubble, Fungus, Crude Altar, Bookshelf, Cabinet, Adventurer's Pack):
      • One in Central Chambers
      • Two in Western Chambers
      • Two in Eastern Chambers
  • NPC rewards:

Named Chest Drop

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Corroded Iron Lenses
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Goggles  3 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Danger at Dunwater, end chest
Heavy Pick  3 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Danger at Dunwater, End Chest
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Name ( picture • New Monster ) CR Type Race
Black Pudding( view
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 ♠7Elite Ooze Black Pudding
Dunwater Archer( view
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 ♦3Normal ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Reptilian Lizardfolk
Dunwater Brute( view
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 ♠9Elite ♦34Epic Normal Reptilian Lizardfolk
Dunwater Officer( view
Dunwater Officer.png
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 ♠9Elite ♦34Epic Normal ♥38Epic Hard Reptilian Lizardfolk
Dunwater Shaman( view
Dunwater Shaman.png
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 ♦3Normal ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Reptilian Lizardfolk
Dunwater Warrior( view
Dunwater Warrior.png
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 ♦3Normal ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Reptilian Lizardfolk
Foul Tempered Owlbear( view
Foul Tempered Owlbear.png
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 ♠9Elite ♦34Epic Normal ♥38Epic Hard Magical Beast Owlbear
High Shaman Kethend( view
High Shaman Kethend.png
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 ♠10Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♥39Epic Hard Reptilian Lizardfolk
Invader Arcanist( view
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 ♦3Normal ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Invader Champion( view
Invader Champion.png
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 ♦4Normal ♠10Elite ♦34Epic Normal ♥38Epic Hard Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Invader Cleric( view
Invader Cleric.png
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 ♦3Normal ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Invader Raid Captain( view
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 ♦35Epic Normal ♥39Epic Hard Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Invader Skirmisher( view
Invader Skirmisher.png
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 ♦3Normal ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Invader Warrior( view
Invader Warrior.png
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 ♦3Normal ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Lars Enni( view
Lars Enni.png
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 ♠9Elite ♦35Epic Normal ♥38Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Moist Cave Ooze( view
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 ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal Ooze Black Pudding
Sea Elf Bodyguard( view
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 ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Elf Elf
Senior Officer Baeshra( view
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 ♦34Epic Normal ♥38Epic Hard Reptilian Lizardfolk
Senior Officer Kosj( view
Senior Officer Kosj.png
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 ♠9Elite ♦34Epic Normal Reptilian Lizardfolk
Senior Officer Vyth( view
Senior Officer Vyth.png
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 ♠9Elite ♦34Epic Normal Reptilian Lizardfolk
Shackled Sahuagin( view
Shackled Sahuagin.png
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 ♦34Epic Normal ♥38Epic Hard Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Starving Crayfish( view
Starving Crayfish.png
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 ♠8Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Vermin Crayfish
Tamed Clawfoot( view
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 ♠9Elite ♦34Epic Normal Animal Dinosaur
Thurkear the Venomancer( view
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 ♠9Elite ♦34Epic Normal ♥38Epic Hard Reptilian Lizardfolk
Tidus( view
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 ♠9Elite ♦34Epic Normal ♥38Epic Hard Elf Elf
Voracious Crayfish( view
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 ♠9Elite ♦34Epic Normal ♥38Epic Hard Vermin Crayfish