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Setting the Wards: The Lower Cathedral

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Purify the defiled altars of the Lower Cathedral to reach the Patriarchs' Crypt.

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DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure packIcon tooltip.png: The Catacombs
Setting the Wards: The Lower Cathedral
Heroic level: 3
Epic level: 23
Duration: Medium
Heroic XP:  ♣456Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦820Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥880Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠940Icon tooltip.pngElite
Epic XP:  ♣9,963Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦17,132Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥17,659Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠18,185Icon tooltip.pngElite
Takes place in: Lower Cathedral
Bestowed by: Archbishop Dryden
NPC contact: Archbishop Dryden
Quest acquired in: Catacombs
Patron: The Silver Flame
Base favor: 3
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Overview

Enter the lower Cathedral and purify the altars to enter the Patriarch's Crypt.

Setting the Wards: The Lower Cathedral is the 5th quest in The Catacombs story arcIcon tooltip.pngStory arcs are chains of chains or quests that make up a story line.
Completing everything in a story arc often yields a nice reward.
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The Friar's Niece • To Find a Witness: Return to the Sanctuary • The Old Archives • The Crypt of Gerard Dryden • Setting the Wards: The Lower Cathedral • Setting the Wards: The Patriarchs' Crypt • Endgame: Marguerite • Endgame: The Archbishop's Fate

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

Objectives

  • Purify the altar of the Winged Serpent (western altar)
  • Purify the altar of the Avenging Maiden (eastern altar)
  • Purify the altar of the Conflagration (northern altar)
  • Slay the guardians of the main altar
  • Purify the main altar

What to Expect

Known Traps

Search & Spot DCs for Traps
Disable Device DCs

  • Skill DCs and pictures of all traps and control box locations can be found in the above links by hovering over the description text.
  • Frost traps. Left and right of hallway after the shrine. Two control boxes, one for left, one for right.
  • Blade traps covering the gate levers in the north hallway. Two control boxes, one for left, one for right.
  • Spike traps in the eastern corridor. Two control boxes, one for left, one for right. Alternatively, they can be disabled by the levers on top of the wall; Note that unless you have a high jump, this will require jumping on the vase there.

Tips and Misc

  • When you enter the quest, you'll find a resurrection shrine and a rest shrine engulfed in a bright glowing field. This field will instantly destroy any undead that touch it, but other creatures can walk freely through it. Leading the more powerful undead back to this area is a good way to get rid of them. Note, though, that undead with ranged attacks can still freely fire into the aura; they just cannot walk into it themselves.
  • If you don't smash the vases, you can jump on them and then over the wall to avoid the first frost traps. Alternatively, you can use the fountain for the same purpose.
  • Each altar is guarded by an wight priest and several undead. Once you've killed the wight, the field drops. The rest of the undead will automatically die if you can activate the altar. This only affects any undead which have "awoken" at the time of purification, not those who are currently inactive.
  • Be careful with large AOE spells near the altars! Breaking vases in thise rooms can summon an Undead Rat or Corrupted Spiderling which could overwhelm players soloing higher difficulties at-level.
  • You may want to uncheck the box in your UI settings "Combat takes precedence over non-combat" if you are attempting to purify the altars without killing the spawned creatures.
  • Once you purify the main altar, go back to the start and there is an exit to the next chapter. If you leave this mission, you can get into the next chapter through a door in the catacombs just like previous missions. The next chapter is Setting the Wards: The Patriarchs' Crypt

Bonus XP

  • Discreet bonus: 11 or fewer monsters killed +5% Bonus.( ♣23 ♦41 ♥44 ♠47 )
  • Aggression bonus: 29 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣46 ♦82 ♥88 ♠94 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 38 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣68 ♦123 ♥132 ♠141 )
  • Conquest bonus: 47 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣114 ♦205 ♥220 ♠235 )
  • Tamper bonus: 3 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣46 ♦82 ♥88 ♠94 )
  • Neutralization bonus: 4 or more traps disarmed +20% Bonus.( ♣91 ♦164 ♥176 ♠188 )
  • Ingenious Debilitation bonus: 5 or more traps disarmed +30% Bonus.( ♣137 ♦246 ♥264 ♠282 )
  • Mischief bonus: 35 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣36 ♦66 ♥70 ♠75 )
  • Vandal bonus: 46 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣46 ♦82 ♥88 ♠94 )
  • Ransack bonus: 61 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣68 ♦123 ♥132 ♠141 )
Notes: To get the conquest bonus, purification of the altars must be delayed to allow some respawns. The insidious cunning and devious bonuses are unobtainable due to the 7 required kills.

Loot

  • Chests: 2
    • 1 near one of the three minor altars (can spawn in multiple locations)
    • 1 at the end for purifying the main altar (found at the entrance to the next chapter and may contain named loot)
  • Collectables: Three
    • Bookshelf by the western altar
    • Adventurer's Pack by the northern altar
    • Moss along northern wall on way to the eastern altar
  • NPC rewards: None

Named Chest Drop

Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
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Silver Flame Bracers
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Bracers 3 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Setting the Wards: The Lower Cathedral, End chest
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Epic Silver Flame Bracers
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Bracers 23 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Setting the Wards: The Lower Cathedral, End Chest
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Epic Pillar of Light
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Quarterstaff 23 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Setting the Wards: The Lower Cathedral, End Chest
  • Update 45.1
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Pillar of Light
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Quarterstaff 2 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Setting the Wards: The Lower Cathedral, End Chest
  • Update 45
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Epic Ring of the Archbishop
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Ring 23 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Setting the Wards: The Lower Cathedral, End Chest
  • Update 45.3
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Ring of the Archbishop
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Ring 3 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Setting the Wards: The Lower Cathedral, End chest

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Monsters

Name(picture) CR Type Race
Corrupted Spiderling(view)
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 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦24Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal Vermin Spider
Ghoul(view)
Ghoul.jpg
 ♦0.5/6Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥2Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠4Icon tooltip.pngElite QL3: ♦1Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠5Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal Undead Ghoul
Human Female Zombie(view)
Human Female Zombie.jpg
 ♦3Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥5Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠8Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Zombie
Human Zombie(view)
Human Zombie.png
 ♦3Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥5Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠8Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Zombie
Shadow (Mabar)(view)
Shadow (mabar).jpg
 ♦7Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥9Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠12Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Shadow
Skeleton Archer(view)
Skeleton Archer.jpeg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠5Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥29 - 31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Skeleton
Skeleton Knight(view)
Skeleton Knight.jpg
 ♦4Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥6Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠8Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Skeleton
Skeleton Warrior(view)
Skeleton Warrior.jpg
 ♦0.5/2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥1/4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠3/7Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Skeleton
Undead Rat(view)
Undead Rat.png
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦7Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal Animal Rat
Wight Priest(view)
Wight Priest.jpeg
 ♦5Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥7Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠9Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Undead Wight

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