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Doom of the Witch-doctor: Zulkash, Herald of Woe

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Doom of the Witch-doctor: Zulkash, Herald of Woe is the 8th quest in the Assault on Splinterskull 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.
First Strike • The Hobgoblins' Captives • Yarkuch's War-plans • Whisperdoom's Spawn • The Deadly Package: The Stronghold Key • The Deadly Package: Agent of the Darguul • Doom of the Witch-doctor: The Way to Zulkash • Doom of the Witch-doctor: Zulkash, Herald of Woe • The Last Move: The Way to Yarkuch • The Last Move: Yarkuch's Last Stand

The witch doctor Zulkash will surely meet your advance with all his powers of evil and chaos.

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DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Tangleroot Gorge
Doom Of The Witch Doctor: Zulkash, Herald Of Woe
Heroic level: 6
Epic level: None
Duration: Medium
Heroic XP:  ♣726Solo/Casual ♦1,290Normal ♥1,369Hard ♠1,448Elite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: Inner Splinterskull Fortress
Bestowed by: Chief Ungurz
NPC contact: Chief Ungurz
Quest acquired in: Tangleroot Gorge
Patron: House Phiarlan
Base favor: 4
Purchase: Tangleroot Gorge or VIP
Extreme Challenge: No
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Slay the witch-doctor Zulkash in his fane, and destroy his totem of power.

Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


  • Slay Zulkash the Witch-doctor
  • Destroy the Splinterskull totem
  • (Optional) Find the way to the elemental's cave — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣73 ♦129 ♥137 ♠145 )
  • (Optional) Slay 3 Large Earth Elementals — Bonus (40%): Heroic( ♣290 ♦516 ♥548 ♠579 )

What to Expect

Known Traps

Trap DCs

  • Fire traps behind the secret door, along the stairs; control panel is on the south wall just before the stairs

Tips and Misc

  • Like the previous chapter, if you exit this quest before finishing it, you'll have to redo the previous one.
  • The bridge is still down
  • Insidious Cunning bonus is impossible to acquire. There are 2 required kills for quest completion, which results in Devious bonus.
  • Hieroglyphs warding Zulkash's chamber counter-clock-wise (1,4,4,3):
    • Purple: 1 turn (stylized PE)
    • Red: 4 turns (sort of a backwards F)
    • Blue: 4 turns (upside-down Y with a dot in the open part)
    • Green: 3 turns (Vertical line with 2 horizontal lines on right, 4 on left)
  • The northern area of the west wing is still inaccessible
  • Zulkash drops the key to the elemental cave, as well as a Grimoire, and 2 Potions of Water Breathing.
  • It's a long swim to the elemental cave; even with no armor penalties, it's tough to get through on one breath. The elementals don't awaken until you set foot on the isle in the middle, giving your party an opportunity to regroup on one of the many ledges around the edges for buffing up before the fight.
  • Zulkash's Grimoire
    may be safely destroyed at any point.

Bonus XP

  • Devious bonus: 10 or fewer monsters killed +7% Bonus.( ♣51 ♦90 ♥96 ♠101 )
  • Aggression bonus: 17 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣73 ♦129 ♥137 ♠145 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 33 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣109 ♦194 ♥205 ♠217 )
  • Conquest bonus: 49 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣182 ♦323 ♥342 ♠362 )
  • Mischief bonus: 53 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣58 ♦103 ♥110 ♠116 )
  • Vandal bonus: 69 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣73 ♦129 ♥137 ♠145 )
  • Ransack bonus: 84 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣109 ♦194 ♥205 ♠217 )

External Links


  • Chests: 2
    • One in Zulkash's room
    • One in the Elemental cave
  • Collectables: 3
    • Cabinet — in the eastern room down the western wingIcon tooltip.pngAmber VialVial of Pure WaterVial of ContagionPage Torn from a Research NotebookKhyber Prayer PamphletTome: Prophecies of KhyberResearch DiaryTome: Stormreach Imports and Exports, 857YKTome: Myths of Old Xen'drikPhoenix Tavern Purchase OrderCaravan LogbookLuminescent DustGlittering DustSkull FragmentPowdered BloodIntact FingerboneSparkling Dust'Wavecrasher' Cargo Manifest
    • Bookshelf — in alcove in the southwest corner of the eastern wing loopIcon 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
    • Mushroom — on a ledge along the south wall of the elemental roomIcon tooltip.pngSweet WhitecapDeadly FeverblanchPale CreeperWithered CryptmossCryptmoss Worm LarvaCryptmossCryptmoss WormLush CryptmossCryptmoss Queen

NPC end rewards

No reward when turning in the quest.


Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Brown Spider( view
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 ♦1Normal ♥3Hard ♠6Elite Vermin Spider
Dread Zombie( view
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 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite ♦27Epic Normal Undead Zombie
Hobgoblin Infiltrator( view
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Hobgoblin Slayer( view
Hobgoblin Slayer.jpg
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 ♦4Normal ♥6Hard ♠9Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Hobgoblin Witch Doctor( view
Hobgoblin Witch Doctor.jpg
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 ♦4Normal ♥6Hard ♠9Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Large Earth Elemental( view
Large Earth Elemental.jpg
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 ♦5Normal ♥7Hard ♠9Elite Elemental Earth Elemental
Totem Pole( view
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0 Construct Inanimate Object
Worg( view
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite Magical Beast Wolf
Zulkash the Witch-Doctor( view
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 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin