Raiding the Giants' Vault
|Raiding the Giants' Vault (solo quest) is the 3rd quest in The Dreaming Dark .|
|Eye of the Titan • Reclaiming Memories • Raiding the Giants' Vault (solo quest) • Mining for Ancient Secrets • The Dreaming Dark|
Long ago the Giants who lived on this island commanded their Drow slaves to build this vault. The vault has lain hidden and unopened until quite recently.
|Requires access to : The Dreaming Dark|
|Raiding the Giants' Vault|
|Takes place in:||The Giants' Vault|
|Quest acquired in:||Isle of Forgotten Dreams|
|Patron:||The Coin Lords|
|Base favor:||6 (solo only)|
|Purchase:||The Dreaming Dark or VIP|
In order to repair the Stormreaver's Interdiction Lens you will need to retrieve a piece of Aspect Crystal.
Murkeletter believes that the ancient giants had a vault where they may have stored these crystals long ago. The Giants' Vault is on the Isle of Forgotten Dreams.
Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!
- Recover the Giants' Aspect Crystal
- Find the levers that disable the traps
- Find the key that opens the locked door
- Find the key to the chest
- (Optional) Find an exit from the vault — Bonus (15%): Heroic
- (Optional) Kill the mephit Sulphorot — Bonus (15%): Heroic
- (Optional) Kill the gargoyle Ironwing — Bonus (15%): Heroic
What to Expect
Overlapping floors, climbing and jumping
Fixed on center pedestal, fatal until disarmed by levers throughout the quest (mandatory); Rogue skills not required
Tips and Misc
- This is the highest-level Solo adventure in the game. There are not a great deal of enemies to fight, and they are not particularly strong opponents – as with other solo quests, it's not a huge challenge.
- To complete this quest, be sure to bring in your best Jumping gear, Feather Fall, and fire-resist buffs. Weapons/attacks to deal with Fire Mephits (smiting and/or cold-based), including some ranged attack, and adamantine weapons for animated armors and a stone-golem boss are also helpful.
You begin the quest falling down a long shaft, safely toward a pool of water. The quest lies the direction you are facing (south), and if you have Feather Falling on at the start, you can land at the water's edge. Ahead is a small amount of resistance as some Inspired try (unsuccessfully) to disarm the traps atop a central pedestal in the main room. Watch out for the Inspired mage's level-draining attacks and kill off your competition.
Do not attempt to run up the central pedestal before finding the levers to disable the traps! There are no trap Control panels; there will be a lever in each of the east and west upper hallways, guarded by a boss: Lone Warrior's Armor. Once both levers are thrown, the traps along the central pedestal will be deactivated. All 3 chests are locked; the central larger Chest and the northern Small Chest can't be picked (the southern Small chest's lock can be picked by a Rogue). The key to unlock them is only found after the end of the quest (through the lower western door) so don't be impatient, first things first.
There are several fire mephits high in the main room shooting fireballs, and they tend to hover above you, making it difficult to target them. Take them out sooner rather than later. You will also meet animated armors as you climb, but those are each lone enemies.
There are multiple hallways from the main room, but most are elevated (and the west ground-floor one is barred by a Locked door), which means you'll need to climb a lot, occasionally jumping across or down to other paths. Along the walls in the main room are also a total of 'six runes' you can use to activate two "air jets" to carry you upwards. The air jets are in the water and look like crystal gems, with steam rising from them when activated, one is west of the trapped central pedestal, and the other east, making it easier to return to the upper ledges should you fall. Or you can ignore them; risking falling and having to climb back up.
It may be fastest to reach the upper western tunnel and lever first; take the small ramp up to the southern hall, past and double back over it (i.e. keep climbing up the stonewall blocks in the main room). Going counter-clockwise one full lap, until you pass just under the western tunnel entrance (very high up) and can climb up and back and drop down to it safely.
NB: You can clear out that "dead end" southern passage now if you want or ignore it for now; it only contains a few enemies, and you will come back to it on your way back to the main room.
The upper western tunnel leads to one of the levers at a dead end.
- Optional: After the animated Lone Warrior's Armor at this lever has been killed, a door behind the waterfall opens. If you want the optional, enter that passage and climb up the shaft now (the blue crystals on the floor hint where to climb up). There is a possibility of a chest at the top; if so, it will be (lightly) guarded. There's also an exit here – don't leave yet, of course.
Return the way you came, and you can then jump to your right (counter-clockwise), across to a second easy jump to the eastern loop, which then eventually ends with a drop into the southern tunnel.
The eastern hallways loops around; at the shrine, go south and pull the second lever. In the pool west past that is the Iron Key to the door for the western ground-floor hallway. (Note: if you are not interested in optionals or loot, just return the way you came now.)
- Optional: Climb up from the pool. Immediately after that may be rare mephit, Sulphorot; if he has a chest it will be on the south alcove (see map).
- At the end of the loop there's a long drop back down; if you push west (the way you are facing) as you feather fall down, a side-tunnel leads further west, blue crystals on some of the western blocks hint where that elevated hidden side-tunnel entrance is. The west side-tunnel leads to a rare gargoyle that may spawn (you'll get a narrator's announcement if it's there: "You make out a moving shadow in the shaft below."). Finally, you will land at the far end of the southern hallway. If you did not clear out the lower level "dead end" south passage before, you'll find some fire mephits immediately below you, and then the last few animated armors as you return to the main room.
The Iron Key from the pool opens the lower, ground-floor Locked western door. There is one last fight with a stone golem,* and the Jeweled Key is yours; opening the larger Chest unlocks all 3 chests, with no more opposition to worry about. Opening the larger central chest also completes the quest.
- * The golem does not need to be fought for the jeweled key. There are two translucent blue "doors" which block the key, but these can be opened with the right positioning and using the keys q, then e, and the lever which opens the golem's door need never be pulled.
- Aggression bonus: 19 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.
- Onslaught bonus: 24 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.
- Mischief bonus: 24 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.
- Vandal bonus: 31 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.
- Ransack bonus: 38 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.
- Chests: 3–6
- 1 optional for killing Sulphorot (Mephit, doesn't always spawn, found in the south wing)
- 1 optional for killing Ironwing (Gargoyle, doesn't always spawn, found in the south wing)
- 1 optional for finding an exit from the vault (doesn't always spawn, found in the west wing)
- 3 at the end
- the chests offer worse loot than the other Level 19 quests due to solo setting's chest modifier
- the main chest at the end drops:
- Essence of Horrors ~1%
- Essence of Torments ~97%
- Essence of Nightmares ~1%
- Essence of Phantasms ~1%.
- NPC rewards: Standard
|Name ( picture )||CR||Type||Race|
|Animated Armor ( view • )||Construct||Animated Object|
|Dar Qat Soldier ( view • )||Humanoid||Human|
|Gargoyle Juggernaut ( view • )||Monstrous Humanoid||Gargoyle|
|Hullstone ( view • )||Construct||Golem|
|Inspired Mender ( view • )||Humanoid||Human|
|Inspired Sorcerer ( view • )||Humanoid||Human|
|Ironwing ( view • )||Monstrous Humanoid||Gargoyle|
|Lava Mephit ( view • )||Fire Outsider||Mephit|
|Lone Warrior's Armor ( view • )||Construct||Animated Object|
|Sulphorot ( view • )||Fire Outsider||Mephit|