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Enter the Kobold

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Enter the Kobold
Heroic level: 17
Epic level: None
Duration: very long
Heroic XP:  ♣5,099Solo/Casual ♦8,835Normal ♥9,172Hard ♠9,508Elite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: Volcanic Mine
Bestowed by: Khiin
NPC contact: Khiin
Quest acquired in: Reaver's Refuge
Patron: Agents of Argonnessen
Base favor: 8
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Enter the Kobold puzzle

In order to breach the defenses protecting Sor'jek's hidden fortress, Khiin of Argonessen asked you to retrieve Khyber Dragonshard Essence. It's located deep within Mount Reysalon and Khiin created a portal for you to travel there.

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


  • Speak with Bezeek, kobold chief
  • Find the Great Kobold
  • Survive the assault
  • Clear the kobold nest
  • Survive the kobold gauntlet
  • Slay Desaga, kobold leader
  • Slay Pyripnon
  • Acquire the Khyber Dragonshard Essence
  • (Optional) Slay the frenzied fire elemental — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣510 ♦884 ♥917 ♠951 )
  • (Optional) Slay tainted kobolds — Bonus (25%): Heroic( ♣1,275 ♦2,209 ♥2,293 ♠2,377 )
  • (Optional) Clear the kobold nest — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣1,020 ♦1,767 ♥1,834 ♠1,902 )

What to Expect

  • Traps (fixed, undisarmable)
  • Collapsible floor
  • Point of no return
  • Overlapping floors
  • Maze (fixed layout)
  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • Puzzle (mandatory: Knight's Tour puzzle)

Known Traps

Spikes, falling floor

Tips and Misc

The second to last rest shrine is temporary. It lasts about 3-5 minutes before disappearing. If you are fast you can kill the kobolds up the ramp and around the lever before using it. Also, it is actually a pair of rest shrines, and you can use them both even on Hard or Elite difficulty.

The Puzzle

  • The kobold gauntlet puzzle is based on a mathematical problem called Knight's Tour (or Warnsdorff's Algorithm). See Wikipedia article if you are interested.
  • The maps below outline where you will end up when stepping on squares.

QuestTips EnterTheKobold.jpgKoboldpuzzle.jpg

  • The point of this puzzle is to turn all the lights on in the cages. Be careful when you move. You may accidentally turn a light off necessitating you go back. You need to turn ALL the lights on. If you are in a room with an unlit light, jump once to turn it on.
  • You always land in a room facing West.
  • For a solution try the following Chain:
    • g e n p i r l c i k q j d m f h o m t
    • The rest of the party can take i k t to move through.
    • From s take the chain of l j for chest.
  • Alternate description for puzzle solution: when entering a room, face West and consider the positions of the lights surrounding you as if they were the numbers on a clock. 12, 3, 6 & 9 o'clock will never be options. 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 & 11 o'clock may be. To follow the path above, after entering the puzzle through the center light, select 7, 4, 1, 8, 4, 11, 10, 5, 1, 5, 8, 11, 4, 8, 1, 2, 7 then 2 o'clock.
  • Warning : If all the tiles are already lit when you reach the puzzle room, it has glitched and you will not be able to complete the mandatory objective "Survive the Kobold Gauntlet". You will not be able to finish the quest even after retrieving the dragonshard essence and will need to recall. This was supposed to be fixed in u39 but is still bugged as of u40.

End Fight

  • The end fight is very challenging. It's recommended that a party will leave one person at the last shrine as an emergency rescuer, to release the party back up from the cave below, or to try to collect stones in case everyone else is dead.
    • Solo tip: you can park a (gold seal) hireling at the valve to let you back up and prevent a failure in the event of your death.
  • Useful buffs: Blur/Displacement, Fire Resistance, Fire Shield: Cold, and anything else that can lessen incoming fire damage.
  • One of the major challenges of the end fight comes from the Living Spells. If you can't nuke 'em down quickly, use Ooze Puppet to contain their threats.
    • Recommended tactic is for the melee to head straight for Desaga (the boss kobold), and pin him into the wall to quickly DPS him down, then head for the Efreeti and take him down fast as well. While this is being done, a caster type should get the living spell/mephit agro and either kill or charm them all. Especially important is targeting the living meteor swarm first, as that is by far the most dangerous foe. Done well, both bosses should be dead in under a minute, and all that will be left is the fire elementals, as the living spells will no longer respawn. You can then loot the chests and DDoor out without bothering to kill the fire elementals, as killing them provides no benefit and takes quite a long time.
  • The living spells stop respawning as soon as Desaga (the red-named kobold) and efreeti are killed. Also note that while Desaga will return with full health if he gets too close to the entrance, this is not the case for the fire elementals. Therefore another tactic is to first have the healer(s) in the entrance tunnel while the melee(s) carefully pull over the elementals and living spells (the boss won't be able to follow), though this tactic will take a long time and probably resources, since the fire elementals have massive amounts of hitpoints and the living spells deal very heavy damage. You'd most likely want to charm the spells if you choose to do it this way.

Bonus XP

  • Onslaught bonus: ~99 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣765 ♦1,325 ♥1,376 ♠1,426 )
  • Conquest bonus: 118 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣1,275 ♦2,209 ♥2,293 ♠2,377 )


  • Chests: 5
    • 1 optional for killing the first Frenzied Fire Elemental
    • 1 optional for clearing the kobold nest
    • 1 in the gauntlet puzzle
    • 1 at the end for killing Desaga and Pyripnon (Paragon Kobold and Efreet)
      • This unlocked end chest contains the Khyber Dragonshard Essence - BtC on Acquire, this is one of the three essences needed to flag for Stealer of Souls - as well a random Eldritch Rune - BtC on Acquire. The Eldritch rune is likely but not guaranteed on casual.
    • 1 locked at the end (Lock DC)
  • NPC rewards: Standard


Name(picture) CR Type Race
 ♦20Normal ♠28Elite Reptilian Paragon Kobold
Frenzied Fire Elemental(view)
Frenzied Fire Elemental.jpg
 ♦19Normal ♠26Elite Elemental Fire Elemental
No pic.jpg
 ♦20Normal ♠29Elite Evil Outsider Efreet
 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite Reptilian Kobold
Fire Mephit Warrior(view)
Fire Mephit Warrior.jpg
CRs missing! Fire Outsider Mephit
Greater Fire Mephit(view)
Greater Fire Mephit.jpg
 ♦6Normal ♠11Elite OR Summoned by another mephit: ♠6Elite Fire Outsider Mephit
 ♦0.25Normal ♥1Hard ♠3Elite Reptilian Kobold
Living Delayed Blast Fireball(view)
Living Delayed Blast Fireball.jpg
CRs missing! Ooze Spell
Night Wolf(view)
Night Wolf.jpg
CRs missing! Animal Wolf
Paragon Kobold Shaman(view)
Paragon Kobold Shaman.jpg
 ♦8Normal ♠13Elite ♦22Epic Normal Reptilian Paragon Kobold
Paragon Kobold Warrior(view)
Paragon Kobold Warrior.jpg
CRs missing! Reptilian Paragon Kobold
Tainted Kobold(view)
Tainted Kobold.jpg
CRs missing! Reptilian Kobold

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