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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.
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

Something has overtaken the giants who have entered the Tor. Whatever they are up to in there must be stopped.

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
Purchase: Ruins of Gianthold or VIP
Extreme Challenge: No
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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.

Completing this quest regularly (see chain) flags for The Fall of Truth raid.

Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


  • 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 (Optionals: 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), one-shot only. Can be disarmed.

Tips and Misc

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

Useful buffs:

A simple completion of this quest (no dragon optionals) is to...

  1. Defeat the waves of hill giants and fire giants entering through the various gates.
  2. When the entry fight is over and the door opens, go north and then west (left) and activate the rune in the Jarilith room that brings down the fire wall barriers (SW corner, near 1st shrine). Return to the entrance chamber and head north-east.
  3. Find and enter the rubble pile (titled "Hidden Passage") and talk to Snutch the kobold to learn about the other hidden passages to get around the gatehouse doors.
    • Shown as portals on the map on this page, but not shown in-game
    • There is also a shrine in the hidden area.
  4. Back in the main hall travel east and west and use the Hidden Passages to enter the western and eastern gatehouse. Find and pull the gatehouse levers; together these open the doors (nearby stone faces turn green) towards the central chamber.
    • A strong party can split for these objectives.
  5. Enter the central chamber and destroy the statues, Effigy of Soul and Effigy of Body.
    • Make sure to wait for the Portal Master's comments before you break each statue, because he occasionally won't become hostile if you break the pillars immediately without waiting for him to respond.
  6. Kill the red named fire giant, Ignos (summons giant skeletons and Jariliths).

The main objective of the quest completes once you've slain the Portal Master, Ignos, and characters can finish at that point if they wish.

Conquest bonus:

  • To get the conquest bonus, you need to get additional kills before defeating the Portal Master at the end. The Portal Master summons endless waves of mobs for as long as he not . He will remain non-aggressive as long as at least one of the statues remains standing.
    • Destroying either statue will spawn an additional wave of enemies, speeding up the process.

Optional: Dragon + Giant Champion pairs

Gianthold Tor - Ancient Tablet.jpg

The dragons and their giant champions are optional and are 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 or Reaper. You can choose to engage one, two, or all three (or none).

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

Useful buffs:

as for the main quest, plus...
  • White dragon: Cold resistance/absorption
  • Freedom of Movement to navigate the ice surrounding the dragon
  • Blue dragon: Electricity resistance/absorption
  • also Sonic resistance/absorption (for traps)
  • Black dragon: Acid resistance/absorption

Each path to a lair contains two levers or runes that must be activated to lower a barrier in front of the portal to the main fight. These portals have their own rune that allows access and also spawns some skeletal guardians. Defeating these guardians will reveal a shrine that can be used to prepare for the upcoming fight.

There is a lockout – anyone who wants access to the dragon's chest must enter the lair before the fight ends, otherwise the portal will disappear.

To defeat a dragon and the giant, you must kill them both "at the same time" (within about 10 seconds), otherwise the dead one will revive with full Health and all debuffs will disappear.

After the fight you can enter the treasure hoard. There will be several gold piles, a chest a Madstone Rod, a shrine and a portal to leave the lair.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 33 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣−0 ♦−0 ♥−0 ♠−0 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 67 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣−0 ♦−0 ♥−0 ♠−0 )
  • Conquest bonus: 100 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣−0 ♦−0 ♥−0 ♠−0 )
Notes: Conquest is possible since Update 60 with a little patience at the end fight to wait for some additional skeletons.


  • Chests: 7
  • 1 in the western section before the Portal Master
  • 1 at the end for killing Ignos the Portal Master (Giant)
  • 1 along the path to the white dragon
  • 1 along the path to the blue dragon
  • 1 for killing Grundaussir and Jorgundal ar'Grund (White Dragon and Stone Giant)
  • 1 for killing Yorgulhar and Nimbus ar'Yorg (Blue Dragon and Cloud Giant)
  • 1 for killing Rhindvutha and Blaze ar'Rhind (Black Dragon and Fire Giant)

NPC end rewards

Randomly generated loot, ML correlates with effective quest level.

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


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