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Hold for Reinforcements

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Now is the time for valor in the face of overwhelming evil. You must protect Coyle until Deneith's reinforcements can secure the Library of Threnal.

Ruins of Threnal adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure packIcon tooltip.png: Ruins of Threnal
Hold for Reinforcements
Heroic level: 10
Epic level: None
Duration: Short
Heroic XP:  ♣1,672Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦2,000Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥2,036Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠2,200Icon tooltip.pngElite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: The Library of Threnal
Bestowed by: Sal Danek
NPC contact: Sal Danek
Quest acquired in: Ruins of Threnal
Patron: House Phiarlan
Base favor: 3
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Coyle has sent an urgent request for help. The fire reaver Basthuul is rallying his minions in a last-ditch attempt to overrun the library and slaughter House Deneith's exploratory team. You must defend Coyle until his magical beacon is fully activated.

Hold for Reinforcements is the 3rd quest in the 2nd chain,The Eastern Excavation, in the Ruins of Threnal story arcIcon tooltip.pngStory arcs are chains of quests that make up a story line.
Completing all the quests in a story arc often yields a nice reward.
The Western Excavation In Need of Supplies • The Rescue • Secure the Area
The Eastern Excavation The Library of Threnal • Escort the Expedition • Hold for Reinforcements
The Abandoned Excavation The Missing Expedition • Entering the Gate Chamber • The Gate Chamber

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


  • Defend the library for 15 minutes
  • Slay Basthuul
  • (Optional) Keep attackers from giving Coyle an incapacitating injury — Bonus (50%): Heroic( ♣836 ♦1,000 ♥1,018 ♠1,100 )

What to Expect

  • Timed quest (15 minutes)
  • Protect an NPC (mandatory)
  • Spawning/respawning monsters

Tips and Misc

Note: As of Update 23, the quest no longer fails if Coyle is incapacitated (as he no longer dies). However, it is +50% XP if you can prevent this.

  • The 15 minute timer starts as soon as the first person enters the quest and it doesn't take long before mobs start spawning, so try and enter together. Buff Coyle Lovell as soon as you get in with the buffs listed below and more. He thinks he's a bit of a hero and he tries to "help" in the fight, which gets him a lot of aggro.
  • Useful buffs :
    • Resists: Acid, Cold, Fire
  • Useful buffs for Coyle:
    • Heroism/Greater Heroism
    • Aid/Mass Aid (extra temporary HP is always good!)
    • Rage (for more HP)
    • Bear's Endurance
    • Blur/Displacement
    • Stoneskin
    • Deathward (stops Tharaak Hounds' dance of death, Renders' inflict wounds)
  • If you're running this at level, a full balanced group is recommended. A caster with heightened web can be very useful on this quest to ensure all non-fire monsters are quickly controlled before they can harm Coyle. Cloudkill helps a lot to draw aggro to the party as well, and given its long duration, can be maintained throughout the quest with careful spell point usage.
  • Otto's Sphere of Dancing is another useful crowd control spell if you're running this above level.
  • You can hit Coyle Lovell on the head using Bluff to stop him running into his death; it's useful to put an AoE CC spell such as Otto's Sphere of Dancing or Web on top of him when he's down. He'll wake up when damaged, however, so keep a close eye on him.
  • If you're just after completion for end rewards, it is easily soloable on casual with a cleric (or hireling) to spam blade barriers around the poor knocked out Coyle.
  • If you just wish to pike and wait it out, using Invisibility (or good Hide) and tucking yourself in behind the Rest Shrine is 99% safe (unless Coyle or someone else pulls a mob near there).

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 72 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣167 ♦200 ♥204 ♠220 )


  • Chests: One Endchest, May contain the unique loot listed below
  • NPC rewards: Random item

Named Chest Drop


Name(picture) CR Type Race
 ♦17Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥19Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠21Icon tooltip.pngElite Evil Outsider Demon
Brown Spider Prince(view)
Brown Spider Prince.jpg
 ♦5Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥8Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠10Icon tooltip.pngElite Vermin Spider
Fire Reaver(view)
Fire Reaver.jpg
 ♦12/14Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥16Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠19Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦15Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal Evil Outsider Demon
Flesh Render(view)
Flesh Render.png
 ♦12/14Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥14Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠17Icon tooltip.pngElite Evil Outsider Demon
Glass Spider Queen(view)
Glass Spider Queen.jpg
 ♦8Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥10Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠14Icon tooltip.pngElite Vermin Spider
Granite Gargoyle(view)
Granite Gargoyle.jpeg
 ♦8Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥10Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠13Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦22Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal Monstrous Humanoid Gargoyle
Huge Rust Monster(view)
Huge Rust Monster.jpg
 ♦8Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥11Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠14Icon tooltip.pngElite Aberration Rust Monster
Ice Flenser(view)
Ice Flenser.png
 ♦14Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥16Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠19Icon tooltip.pngElite Evil Outsider Demon
Iron Golem(view)
Iron Golem.jpg
 ♦13Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥15Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠18Icon tooltip.pngElite Construct Golem
Mephit of Fernia(view)
Mephit of Fernia.jpg
 ♦9Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥11Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠14Icon tooltip.pngElite Fire Outsider Mephit
Mephit of Lamannia(view)
Mephit of Lamannia.jpg
 ♦9Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥11Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠14Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦22Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♠46Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Air Outsider Mephit
Mephit of Risia(view)
Mephit of Risia.jpg
 ♦9Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥11Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠14Icon tooltip.pngElite Air Outsider Mephit
Thaarak Hound(view)
Thaarak Hound.jpg
 ♦10Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥12Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠15Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦21Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♠44Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Evil Outsider Hellhound

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