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The Wyrm Cult hunting party will return soon. Can the leader be killed before reinforcements arrive? The orc you spoke to outside told you if you hurry, you may reach the leader before the hunting party returns.

Ruins of Gianthold adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Ruins of Gianthold
Feast or Famine
Heroic level: 13
Epic level: 24
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♣2,748Solo/Casual ♦4,793Normal ♥5,006Hard ♠5,220Elite
Epic XP:  ♣11,844Solo/Casual ♦20,349Normal ♥20,957Hard ♠21,565Elite
Takes place in: Orc Lair
Bestowed by: Walk-up
NPC contact: Raksool
Quest acquired in: Ruins of Gianthold
Patron: Agents of Argonnessen
Base favor: 6
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Exploring Gianthold you encounter a tribe of orcs intent on your demise. Although, one such orc was eager to offer you information regarding the orc hunting party. Explore this area and defeat the orc leader before the hunting party returns.

  • This is a walk-up quest, automatically bestowed by reaching Orc Encampment entrance. The reward NPC (Raksool) is located in Gianthold.

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


  • Slay the Orc Leader
  • Slay Noguk
  • Slay Ruzek
  • Slay Zykir
  • (Optional) Slay the hobgoblin spies (6 total) — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣412 ♦719 ♥751 ♠783 ) Epic( ♣1,777 ♦3,052 ♥3,144 ♠3,235 )
  • (Optional) Slay Boghi — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣412 ♦719 ♥751 ♠783 ) Epic( ♣1,777 ♦3,052 ♥3,144 ♠3,235 )
  • (Optional) Slay the Orc hunting party (30 total) — Bonus (30%): Heroic( ♣824 ♦1,438 ♥1,502 ♠1,566 ) Epic( ♣3,553 ♦6,105 ♥6,287 ♠6,470 )

What to Expect

  • Traps (random, 1 undisarmable)
  • Spawning/respawning monsters

Known Traps

Trap DCs NOTE: Traps are random, these are merely some of the possible locations.

  • Spikes just beyond the entrance; control box is on the western side just before the trap, near the floor
  • Spikes around the first door, triggered by opening it; control box is on the south side of the door past the trap, near the floor
  • Blades in the center of the passage; no box.
  • Spikes at the end of the tent; control box is on the southern side just before the trap, on the floor
  • Spikes guarding the lever for the second door; control box is to the north before the door, near the floor
  • Spikes at the end of the corridor to the west, surrounding a decoy, booby-trapped empty chest; control panel is on the wall behind the chest; however, the chest is empty and can simply be skipped.
  • Spikes where the corridor narrows, south and east of the locked door; control box is on the western side past the trap, on the ground
  • In the second 4-doored section, one of the levers has a nasty blade trap. Triggering the lever will set off the trap. In addition, a second blade trap fills the entrance to the 4-doored section.

Tips and Misc

  • There may be a chest at the western end of the first four-room wing; While trapped, it is NOT empty. Open at your own risk.
  • Noguk will be just past the first door.
  • Ruzek will be in one of the closed rooms west of the locked door; he holds the key to get through it.
  • The Hobgoblin Spies are a group of Cloven-Jaw & Arzag-Khor hobgoblins who will appear out of a hidden room at the eastern end of the corridor past the locked door.
  • Useful buffs:
    • Elite: Resist acid, resist fire, true seeing.
  • Raksool, the end reward npc, is located in Gianthold beside the hireling vendor. His quest turn-in icon does not appear on the map due to a hireling vender icon overlapping his icon.

Walkthrough (thanks to Lost Leader)

The orcs in here tend to be high accuracy and hard hitting melees and archers. There is also an ample amount of priests to support them. The archers and melees tend to have low will saves, so charm spells are great. Get them to fight each other instead of you. Also, fearsome can really save you in here.

Deathward or some other way to prevent (or heal) negative levels is highly recommended.

There are many randomly generated spike and blade traps, so having a rogue or high spot character on point is wise.

You will only have one way to go for a long way, fighting your way through the orc tunnels. When you reach an unpickable, locked door, you will need to go into a hall with four chambers. Oh, and watch out for that sneaky, not-so-nice, chest.

In one of the chambers will be an orc leader with a key. Usually it is the second door on the right.

Head further in to the tunnels, you will drop down a small pit with a shrine, and further halls. There will be a side passage with a locked door that you can pick, this will lead down to more fighting and an optional chest.

Further in will take you to another series of four chambers, get a key and continue onwards.

The last hallways are filled with orcs, and finally their leader; take him out to get the end chest, which is in the tent.

Optional: After the final battle, you can take on the returning raiding force in the back of the hall. If you survive it, you can exit to an otherwise unreachable area in the northeast of the Gianthold ruins. The hunting party enters 30 minutes from entering of quest. Alternatively, you can summon them earlier by ringing the gong.

If you complete the optional, you can leave through the back door. There are 22-30 more orcs you have to fight, after which you can open a chest. In epic wilderness, this area has an explorer location.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: ~168 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣275 ♦479 ♥501 ♠522 )
  • Tamper bonus: 3 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣275 ♦479 ♥501 ♠522 )
  • Mischief bonus: 44 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣220 ♦383 ♥400 ♠418 )
  • Vandal bonus: 57 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣275 ♦479 ♥501 ♠522 )
  • Ransack bonus: 70 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣412 ♦719 ♥751 ♠783 )


  • Chests: 4
    • 1 in the second wing with four rooms (can spawn in multiple locations)
    • 1 optional behind a locked door for killing Boghi (Orc)
    • 1 at the end for killing Rhutha Grimskin (Orc); always contains one elf relic.
    • 1 optional for killing the Orc hunting party (they appear at the back of the end room 30 minutes after the quest has started; the chest is found outside the quest)
  • Collectables: 6-7
    • If the trapped chest blows up, it turns into Rubble
    • Fungus Patch in the northwest room before the first locked door
    • Adventurer's Pack in the hobgoblin spies' tunnel
    • Fungus Patch behind the tent covering the ladder down
    • Crude Altar south of the second locked door (the one leading to Boghi)
    • Rubble in the eastern room just before the final room
    • Adventure Pack by the exit to Gianthold
  • NPC rewards: Random item

Named Chest Drop

Adamantine Knuckles - Handwraps 18-20 x 2 - Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip - End chest

Madstone Skull - Orb - Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip - End chest

Shamanic Fetish - Trinket - Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip - End Chest


Name(picture) CR Type Race
Arzag-Khor Loremaster(view)
Arzag-Khor Loremaster.jpg
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Arzag-Khor Shaman(view)
Arzag-Khor Shaman.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♥29Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
 ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard Orc Orc
Cloven-Jaw Scout(view)
Cloven-Jaw Scout.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard ♠58Epic Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Cloven-Jaw Veteran(view)
Cloven-Jaw Veteran.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♥15Hard ♠17Elite ♥29Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Cloven-Jaw Warlord(view)
Cloven-Jaw Warlord.jpg
 ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
 ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard Orc Orc
Orc Huntmaster(view)
Orc Huntmaster.jpg
 ♠21Elite Orc Orc
Rhutha Grimskin(view)
Rhutha Grimskin.jpg
 ♥19Hard ♠22Elite ♦28Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard Orc Orc
 ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Orc Orc
Worg Sentinel(view)
Worg Sentinel.jpg
 ♥10Hard ♠13Elite Magical Beast Wolf
Wyrm Cult Bone-Knitter(view)
Wyrm Cult Bone-Knitter.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♥29Epic Hard Orc Orc
Wyrm Cult Eviscerator(view)
Wyrn Cult Eviscerator.jpg
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♥30Epic Hard Orc Orc
Wyrm Cult Heresiarch(view)
Wyrm Cult Heresiarch.jpg
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Orc Orc
Wyrm Cult Impaler(view)
Wyrm Cult Impaler.jpg
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard Orc Orc
Wyrm Cult Sacrificer(view)
Wyrm Cult Sacrificer.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♥27Epic Hard Orc Orc
 ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard Orc Orc