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First Strike

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On behalf of Chief Ungurz, you strike into the depths of Splinterskull. The peace of Darguun will be bought with blood.

Tangleroot Gorge adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure packIcon tooltip.png: Tangleroot Gorge
First Strike
Heroic level: 3
Epic level: None
Duration: Medium
Heroic XP:  ♣429Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦772Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥828Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠884Icon tooltip.pngElite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: Outer Splinterskull Fortress
Bestowed by: Chief Ungurz
NPC contact: Chief Ungurz
Quest acquired in: Tangleroot Gorge
Patron: House Phiarlan
Base favor: 3
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Enter the fortress of Splinterskull and kill twenty of Chief Yarkuch's hobgoblins.

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


  • Slay 20 Hobgoblin Guards
  • (Optional) Slay Blademaster Chagg — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣43 ♦77 ♥83 ♠88 )

What to Expect

  • Traps (fixed)
  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • Stat check (optional; STR to open a door)
  • Locked doors (optional)

Known Traps

Search & Spot DCs for Traps
Disable Device and Open Lock DCs

  • Skill DCs and pictures of all traps, control box locations, and locked doors can be found in the above links by hovering over the description text.
  • Spike trap in the western storeroom, in the corner beyond the door; box is on the western wall
  • Electrical trap in the small room off the throne room; box is just inside the door on the north wall
  • Blade trap (on both walls) down the corridor past the second shrine; box is on the north wall
  • Spinning blade trap further down the corridor; box is on the south wall immediately after the blade trap

Tips and Misc

  • Get comfortable with this area. You'll be spending a lot of time here doing this chain...
  • All hobgoblins (not just the guards) count towards the 20.
  • Blademaster Chagg can appear in one of three locations: the throne room, the eastern cell block, or the western cell block.
  • At the center of the eastern cell block is a pit with three Night Scorpions in it. There is a door that requires STR 16 to open with a chest on the other side.
  • The storerooms are located off the cell blocks; in this quest they're locked, but you get a key to them in the next quest and they remain unlocked after that.
  • The entire Outer Splinterskull Fortress is explorable, despite the DM warning that "it may be too dangerous to go on."
  • The various chests all refill at each stage of the quest; however, the same chest in different stages counts as the "same" chest for purposes of the chest ransack counter - if you run Tangleroot once, then again on a higher difficulty, you will find the loot substantially reduced.
  • In order to get any of the bonuses besides discreet, you must be stealthy. Don't kill *any* of the hobgoblins you don't have to.
  • It is possible (but not at all worth it) to achieve a bonus for monsters killed by farming the three spiders in the northeastern spider cave.

Bonus XP

  • Discreet bonus: 24 or fewer monsters killed +5% Bonus.( ♣21 ♦39 ♥41 ♠44 )
  • Aggression bonus: 61 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣43 ♦77 ♥83 ♠88 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 80 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣64 ♦116 ♥124 ♠133 )
  • Conquest bonus: 98 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣107 ♦193 ♥207 ♠221 )
  • Tamper bonus: 2 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣43 ♦77 ♥83 ♠88 )
  • Neutralization bonus: 3 or more traps disarmed +20% Bonus.( ♣86 ♦154 ♥166 ♠177 )
  • Ingenious Debilitation bonus: 4 or more traps disarmed +30% Bonus.( ♣129 ♦232 ♥248 ♠265 )
  • Mischief bonus: 52 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣34 ♦62 ♥66 ♠71 )
  • Vandal bonus: 68 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣43 ♦77 ♥83 ♠88 )
  • Ransack bonus: 84 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣64 ♦116 ♥124 ♠133 )
Notes: The devious and insidious cunning bonuses are unobtainable due to the 20 required kills.


  • Chests: Five (last three are the same ones in all Outer Fortress quests)
    • One in the western storeroom, behind a locked door
    • One in the eastern storeroom, behind a locked door
    • One in the room past the scorpion pit in the eastern cell block (requires STR 16)
    • One behind the locked door in the central chamber
    • One on the lookout ledge down the inner corridor past the second shrine
  • Collectables: Nine (same spots in all Outer Fortress quests)
    • Mushroom down the SW tunnel
    • Adventurer's Pack down the SE tunnel
    • Bookshelf in the alcove as you first enter the stronghold proper
    • Adventurer's Pack in the spider pit in the western cell block
    • Cabinet in the central chamber
    • Mushroom just before the second shrine
    • Mushroom on the lookout ledge
    • Mushroom down the NW tunnel around the loop
    • Mushroom down the S tunnel around the loop
  • NPC rewards: None


Name(picture) CR Type Race
Blademaster Chagg(view)
Blademaster Chagg.jpg
 ♦4Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥6Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠10Icon tooltip.pngElite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Black Widow(view)
Black Widow.png
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite Vermin Spider
Brown Spider Prince(view)
Brown Spider Prince.jpg
 ♦5Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥8Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠10Icon tooltip.pngElite Vermin Spider
Brown Spider(view)
Brown Spider.jpg
 ♦1Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠6Icon tooltip.pngElite Vermin Spider
Darkfang Spider(view)
Darkfang Spider.png
 ♦5Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥7Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠10Icon tooltip.pngElite Vermin Spider
Gray Ooze(view)
Gray Ooze.jpg
 ♦4Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥6Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠9Icon tooltip.pngElite Ooze Gray Ooze
Hobgoblin Cleric(view)
Hobgoblin Cleric.jpeg
 ♦3Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥5Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠8Icon tooltip.pngElite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Hobgoblin Guard(view)
Hobgoblin Guard.jpg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Hobgoblin Infiltrator(view)
Hobgoblin Infiltrator.jpeg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Hobgoblin Patrol Leader(view)
Hobgoblin Patrol Leader.jpg
 ♦3Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥5Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠8Icon tooltip.pngElite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Hobgoblin Slayer(view)
Hobgoblin Slayer.jpg
 ♦4Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥6Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠9Icon tooltip.pngElite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Lesser Gray Ooze(view)
Lesser Gray Ooze.jpg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠6Icon tooltip.pngElite Ooze Gray Ooze
Night Scorpion(view)
Night Scorpion.jpg
 ♦4Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥6Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠10Icon tooltip.pngElite Vermin Scorpion
Animal Wolf
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite Magical Beast Wolf

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