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Return to Gianthold Tor

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Return to Gianthold Tor is the 4th quest in the Return to Gianthold story arcIcon tooltip.pngStory arcs  are chains of quests that make up a story line.
Completing everything in a story arc often yields a nice reward.
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The first three quests can be completed in any order to unlock Return to Gianthold Tor.
Return to Madstone Crater • Return to Prison of the Planes • Return to Cabal for One • Return to Gianthold Tor • The Fall of Truth


Within the great stone walls of Gianthold Tor lies the Stormreaver and his 3 renegade dragons.

Ruins of Gianthold adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Ruins of Gianthold
Return to Gianthold Tor
Heroic level: None
Epic level: 24
Duration: Very Long
Heroic XP: Gianthold Tor
Epic XP:  ♣15,054Solo/Casual ♦25,866Normal ♥26,641Hard ♠27,417Elite
Takes place in: Gianthold Tor
Bestowed by: Phorrus ar'Kerl
NPC contact: Phorrus ar'Kerl
Quest acquired in: Gianthold
Patron: Agents of Argonnessen
Base favor: 7
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
M gianthold tor.png
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Overview

It has become clear that, under the influence of the Truthful One, giants in the Tor are preparing some deadly and potent spell. Enter Gianthold Tor and stop them before it is too late.


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

Objectives

  • Learn what is truly going on inside the Tor
  • Stand in the gate circle
  • Survive the onslaught
  • Open the path deeper into Gianthold
  • Find the kobold and make it talk
  • Secure the gatehouses
  • Destroy the crystals (2)
  • Slay the Portal Master
  • (Optional) Defeat the white dragon and the giant champion — Bonus (30%): Epic( ♣4,516 ♦7,760 ♥7,992 ♠8,225 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the blue dragon and the giant champion — Bonus (30%): Epic( ♣4,516 ♦7,760 ♥7,992 ♠8,225 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the black dragon and the giant champion — Bonus (30%): Epic( ♣4,516 ♦7,760 ♥7,992 ♠8,225 )

What to Expect

  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • Monsters that have to be killed almost simultaneously (optional: 3 pairs of monsters consisting of 1 giant and 1 dragon each)

Known Traps

Trap DCs

  • Sonic traps going up the stairs to north side (leading to blue dragon) can be disarmed.

Tips and Misc

A simple completion of this quest (minus dragon optionals) is to

 1) Defeat the waves of hill giants and fire giants entering through the various gates.
 2) Activate the rune in the Bezekira room that brings down the fire wall barriers (SW corner, near 1st shrine).
 3) Find the rubble pile (titled "Hidden Passage") and talk to Snutch the kobold to learn about the other hidden passages.
 4) Travel through east and west Hidden Passages to pull the east and west gatehouse levers; this opens the gate to the central chamber (the nearby stone faces turn green when the levers are the correct position). 
 5) Enter the central chamber and kill the pillars, Effigy of Soul and Effigy of Body.
 6) Kill the red named fire giant, Caraduhn.  

Be sure to prepare well before entering the circle at the entry, the opening battle is a long one.

Keep an eye out for the "secret passages" hidden in the walls (shown as portals on the map on this page, but not shown in-game). They lead to an early shrine and past sealed doors to continue the quest.

The main portion of the quest ends once you've slain the Portal Keeper, Caraduhn, and characters can finish at that point if they wish.


Gianthold Tor - Ancient Tablet.jpg

The dragons and giant champions are optional and purple-named. They are much tougher than the main part of the quest; you might find yourself unprepared if you attempt to challenge the dragons on Hard/Elite.

In order to defeat the dragon and the giant, you must kill both of them at the same time (within about 8 seconds) or the dead one will revive with full life and all the debuffs will disappear.

  • The white dragon is to the west.
  • The blue dragon is to the north.
  • The black dragon is to the east.

Useful buffs:

Bonus XP

Notes: No bonus XP achieveable

Loot

  • Chests: 7
    • One in the western section before the Portal Keeper
    • One at the end for killing Ignos the Portal Keeper (Giant)
    • One along the path to the white dragon
    • One along the path to the blue dragon
    • One for killing Grundaussir and Jorgundal ar'Grund (White Dragon and Stone Giant)
    • One for killing Yorgulhar and Nimbus ar'Yorg (Blue Dragon and Cloud Giant)
    • One for killing Rhindvutha and Blaze ar'Rhind (Black Dragon and Fire Giant)
  • Collectables: None
  • NPC rewards: standard

Named Chest Drop

ML23 versions drop on Epic Normal, ML24 versions drop on Epic Hard, and ML25 versions drop on Epic Elite.

Black Dragon Chest (east)

Flawless Black Dragon Scale, 2d2-1 on Epic Elite

Allegiance - Khopesh

Bronze Ingot Arcanum - Quarterstaff

Globe of True Imperial Blood - Colorless augment - Epic Elite only

  • ML25: +1 exceptional bonus to all abilities

Helm of the Black Dragon - Headgear

Manacles of Ceaseless Toil - Bracers

Ring of the Stormreaver Prophecy - ring

The Turmoil Within - Rune Arm

Tortured Livewood Bow - Longbow

Blue Dragon Chest (center)

Flawless Blue Dragon Scale, 2d2-1 on Epic Elite

Arcing Sky - Rune Arm

Belt of the Seven Ideals - Belt

Copper Ingot Arcanum - Quarterstaff

Giantcraft Siberys Compass - Trinket

Hammer of the Leaden Clouds - Warhammer

Helm of the Blue Dragon - Headgear

Mantle of the Dragonfriend - Cloak

Skyvault Shield - Tower Shield

White Dragon Chest (west)

Flawless White Dragon Scale, 2d2-1 on Epic Elite

Bulwark of the Storm's Fist - Large Shield

Chill of Winter - Rune Arm

Gloves of Forgotten Craft - Gloves

Great Axe of the Chained Soldier - Great Axe

Helm of the White Dragon - Headgear

Intricate Field Optics - Goggles

Jorgundal's Collar - Necklace

Silver Ingot Arcanum - Quarterstaff

Monsters

Name ( picture • New Monster ) CR Type Race
Air Elemental Guard( view
Air Elemental Guard.jpg
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 ♠26Elite Elemental Air Elemental
Arzag-Khor Loremaster( view
Arzag-Khor Loremaster.jpg
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 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Blackheart Oracle( view
Blackheart Oracle.jpg
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 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite Giant Troll
Blackheart Warmonger( view
Blackheart Warmonger.jpg
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 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠61Epic Elite Giant Troll
Blaze ar'Rhind( view
Blaze ar'Rhind.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦19Normal ♥21Hard ♥31Epic Hard ♠65Epic Elite Giant Giant
Cloven-Jaw Scout( view
Cloven-Jaw Scout.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♥28Epic Hard ♠58Epic Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Cloven-Jaw Veteran( view
Cloven-Jaw Veteran.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♥28Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Cloven-Jaw Warlord( view
Cloven-Jaw Warlord.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♥29Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Copper Concord Bard( view
Copper Concord Bard.jpg
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 ♦13Normal ♥15Hard ♠18Elite Humanoid Human
Effigy of Body( view
Effigy of Body.jpg
 • edit )
0 Construct Inanimate Object
Effigy of Soul( view
Effigy of Soul.jpg
 • edit )
0.00 Construct Inanimate Object
Elder Earth Elemental( view
Elder Earth Elemental.jpeg
 • edit )
 ♦13Normal ♥15Hard ♠18Elite Elemental Earth Elemental
Forsworn Aspirant( view
Forsworn Aspirant.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Forsworn Hero( view
Forsworn Hero.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Forsworn Liege-Lord( view
Forsworn Liege-Lord.jpg
 • edit )
 ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Giant Savage( view
Giant Savage.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite Giant Giant
Gold Concord Cleric( view
Gold Concord Cleric.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♥29Epic Hard Dwarf Dwarf
Gold Concord Fighter( view
Gold Concord Fighter.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite Dwarf Dwarf
Grundaussir( view
Grundaussir.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦20Normal ♥21Hard ♠25Elite ♦28Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠63Epic Elite Dragon White Dragon
Ignos( view
Ignos.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦28Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard ♠65Epic Elite Giant Giant
Jarilith( view
Jarilith.png
 • edit )
 ♦13Normal ♥15Hard ♠18Elite Evil Outsider Demon
Jorgundal ar'Grund( view
Jorgundal ar'Grund.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦19Normal ♠24Elite ♥31Epic Hard ♠65Epic Elite Giant Giant
Madstone Defender( view
Madstone Defender.png
 • edit )
 ♥16Hard ♥28Epic Hard Undead Skeleton
Madstone Sentry( view
Madstone Sentry.png
 • edit )
 ♥19Hard ♦24Epic Normal ♥28Epic Hard Undead Skeleton
Nimbus ar'Yorg( view
Nimbus ar'Yorg.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦19Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠65Epic Elite Giant Giant
Rhindvutha( view
Rhindvutha.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦20Normal ♥22Hard ♠24Elite ♥31Epic Hard ♠63Epic Elite Dragon Black Dragon
Runetusk Berserker( view
Runetusk Berserker.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠61Epic Elite Giant Ogre
Runetusk Brawler( view
Runetusk Brawler.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦12Normal Giant Ogre
Runetusk Scout( view
Runetusk Scout.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard Giant Ogre
Silver Concord Fighter( view
Silver Concord Fighter.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦13Normal ♥15Hard ♠18Elite ♥29Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Stormsworn Berserker( view
Stormsworn Berserker.jpg
 • edit )
 ♥18Hard Giant Giant
Stormsworn Earthcaller( view
Stormsworn Earthcaller.jpg
 • edit )
 ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦25Epic Normal Giant Giant
Stormsworn Pyromancer( view
Stormsworn Pyromancer.jpg
 • edit )
 ♥19Hard ♠22Elite Giant Giant
Stormsworn Sky Knight( view
Stormsworn Sky Knight.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦17Normal ♥19Hard ♠22Elite Giant Giant
Stormsworn Spellbinder( view
Stormsworn Spellbinder.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦17Normal ♥19Hard ♠22Elite ♦25Epic Normal Giant Giant
Windlasher Elementalist( view
Windlasher Elementalist.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Gnoll Gnoll
Windlasher Pack Lord( view
Windlasher Pack Lord.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Gnoll Gnoll
Windlasher Ripper( view
Windlasher Ripper.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦10Normal ♠15Elite Gnoll Gnoll
Windlasher Runner( view
Windlasher Runner.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite Gnoll Gnoll
Wyrm Cult Bone-Knitter( view
Wyrm Cult Bone-Knitter.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♥29Epic Hard Orc Orc
Wyrm Cult Eviscerator( view
Wyrn Cult Eviscerator.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♥30Epic Hard Orc Orc
Wyrm Cult Heresiarch( view
Wyrm Cult Heresiarch.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Orc Orc
Wyrm Cult Impaler( view
Wyrm Cult Impaler.jpg
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 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard Orc Orc
Wyrm Cult Sacrificer( view
Wyrm Cult Sacrificer.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♥27Epic Hard Orc Orc
Yorgulhar( view
Yorgulhar.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦20Normal ♥21Hard ♠24Elite ♥31Epic Hard ♠63Epic Elite Dragon Blue Dragon
Zakya Cult Archer( view
Zakya Cult Archer.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦13Normal ♥15Hard ♠18Elite Humanoid Human
Zakya Cultist( view
Zakya Cultist.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦13Normal ♥15Hard ♠18Elite Humanoid Human
Zakya Rakshasa Lord( view
Zakya Rakshasa Lord.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦13Normal ♥18Hard ♠21Elite Evil Outsider Rakshasa
Zakya Rakshasa( view
Zakya Rakshasa.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♠20Elite Evil Outsider Rakshasa