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Tempest's Spine

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The mountains of Tempest's Spine are home to a storm giant, Sor'jek the Summoner. He does not take kindly to unexpected guests.

Tempest's Spine
Heroic level: 10
Epic level: None
Duration: Very Long
Heroic XP:  ♦6,484Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥6,819Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7,155Icon tooltip.pngElite
Epic XP: Legendary Tempest's Spine
Takes place in: Tempest's Spine
Bestowed by: Chamberlain Cyrese Embree
NPC contact: Chamberlain Cyrese Embree
Quest acquired in: House Jorasco
Patron: House Jorasco
Base favor: 6
Free to Play: Yes
Extreme Challenge: No
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Tempest's Spine is a Raid. Unlike other raids in DDO, there is no raid timer, so you may re-run the quest at any time. This is the second lowest-level raid by level. The Chronoscope is the lowest, at level 6. However, Tempest's Spine is also Free to Play.


  • No flagging is required for this raid.
Tempest's Spine Outdoor Area
Tempest's Spine Walkthrough
Tempest's Spine puzzle

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


  • Defeat the storm giant summoner, Sor'jek Incanni
  • (Optional) Gain access to the rune hidden in a flooded tunnel — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♦648 ♥682 ♠716 )
  • (Optional) Kill Ranger A'tchkar — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♦648 ♥682 ♠716 )
  • (Optional) Kill Sorcerer Vyikkus — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♦648 ♥682 ♠716 )
  • (Optional) Kill Zerisenz — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♦648 ♥682 ♠716 )
  • (Optional) Kill Wizard Llyndarus — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♦648 ♥682 ♠716 )
  • (Optional) Purge the Mountaintop of foes — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♦648 ♥682 ♠716 )

What to Expect

  • Traps (fixed)
  • Puzzle (mandatory: tile puzzle)
  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • Rune (mandatory: requires an INT check of  ♠20+Icon tooltip.pngElite)
  • Levers (mandatory: require a STR check of  ♠20Icon tooltip.pngElite)
  • Locked doors (can be knocked/picked or can be skipped by taking another route and going outside)
  • Monsters that have to be killed almost simultaneously (mandatory: 2, a Fire Reaver and an Ice Flenser)

Known Traps

Trap DCs
Fire, Spinning Spike, Poison, Acid

Tips and Misc

  • Tempest's Spine is often the first raid for new players. An experienced guide using voice chat is almost essential to a successful PUG raid party. If you are new to this raid, do be sure to speak up, and follow the leader's instruction.
  • The raid is filled with fire-damaging enemies. Resist fire damage spells/items are a must.
  • Several enemies will use poison.
  • Several enemies (anticipate to meet two beholders throughout the caves) can cast Destruction or other death spells. Deathblock items may help. Death Ward may be insufficient due to numerous dispel magic enemies (Beholder, Drow Death Prophet)
    • Giant Soothsayers can cast Destruction. Even if resisted, it will do over 250+ damage on hard mode and higher.
    • Drow Death Prophets can cast Slay and Dispel.
  • There is a very long dive in the quest. An underwater action item will be helpful. Most common strategy to solve this swim 'maze' is to keep the wall to your right.
  • Lair of Fire and Ice:
    • Some regard this part even harder than the final encounter. The Ice Flenser and the Fire Reaver at the ends of the two tunnels need to be slain almost simultaneously (within 30 seconds of each other).
    • A common strategy is everyone staying inside the main chamber, while someone pulls or lures the Ice Flenser down first. Once the Flenser approaches, mages will drop Wall of Fire spells to kill the Flenser, then the party hurries down the other tunnel to kill the Fire Reaver.
    • Obtain Olipar Rune goes in left most vase to stop his regen
  • Underwater passage:
  • Pass to Inevitable:
    • Obtain Talen Rune goes in right most vase to stop fire immunity
  • On the final boss:
    • Clerics that cast Freedom of Movement, Resist Electricity, Resist Sonic, and Death Ward are very helpful.
    • Remove Featherfalling gear before the final encounter. This will have you fall down faster if you get blown away by Sor'jek, and improve your chance of landing back onto the summit or the high mountainside instead of drifting away from the mountain to strange corners of the map where retrieval is difficult.
    • When you enter the boss room, you must talk to Talf Halfspear to start the puzzle.
    • Much like the final boss in Stormcleave Outpost, Sor'jek is a purple-named monster who is virtually impossible to fight or kill without solving the puzzle (which powers off his weather control ability) and using the runes you should have collected along the way. Runes control various of his abilities such as fast regeneration (full heal at half health, leftmost vase), DRIcon tooltip.pngDamage Reduction 100/-: Reduces all physical damage by 100. 100/-, and fire immunity. He can always be damaged by sonic damage and some weapon procs such as Pure Good.
    • (At least in Elite) Sor'jek Incanni will eventually perform a full health refill. Cut him down as quickly as possible if you see he has regained his weather control ability.
  • At the end of the raid, a dimension door appears next to the entrance of the raid taking players to the top of the mountain for the end chests.
  • Refer to Videos for useful guides on navigating throughout this quest.

Bonus XP

  • Discreet bonus: 66 or fewer monsters killed +5% Bonus.( ♦324 ♥341 ♠358 )
  • Aggression bonus: circa 119 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♦648 ♥682 ♠716 )
  • Conquest bonus: 268 on elite or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♦1,621 ♥1,705 ♠1,789 )
  • Mischief bonus: 49 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♦519 ♥546 ♠572 )
  • Vandal bonus: 60 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♦648 ♥682 ♠716 )
  • Ransack bonus: 77 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♦973 ♥1,023 ♠1,073 )


  • Chests: Ten minimum, thirteen possible
    • Two in "Fire and Ice."
    • One to the left through the door right after the fire elemental trap.
    • One just before underwater swim for killing Clay Golem.
    • One for killing a Clay Golem in a pocket to the right of the underwater swim.
    • One to the left side of the first Beholder encounter for killing the Clay Golem.
    • One near the shrine for killing the first Beholder.
    • One near resurrection shrine for killing the Inevitable.
    • Two after slaying Sor'jek Incanni for completion of the quest.
    • Three possible orange-named bosses that can spawn a chest each.
  • NPC rewards: Random item

Named Chest Drop

Tempest's Spine loot


Name(picture) CR Type Race
Sor'jek Incanni(view)
Sor'jek Incanni.jpg
 ♦16Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥18Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠20Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠66Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Giant Giant
 ♦11Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠16Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥38Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠61Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Elf Drow Elf
 ♠16Icon tooltip.pngElite Elf Drow Elf
 ♦11Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥38Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Elf Drow Elf
 ♦11Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠16Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥38Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Elf Drow Elf
 ♦14Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥16Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠19Icon tooltip.pngElite ♦20Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♠66Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Aberration Beholder
Blackbone Marksman(view)
Blackbone Marksman.jpg
 ♦8Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥10Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠13Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Skeleton
Clay Golem(view)
Clay Golem.jpg
 ♦10Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥13Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠16Icon tooltip.pngElite Construct Golem
Drow Assassin(view)
Drow Assassin.jpg
 ♦10Icon tooltip.pngNormal Elf Drow Elf
Drow Barbarian Shaman(view)
Drow Barbarian Shaman.jpg
 ♦10Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥12Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠15Icon tooltip.pngElite Elf Drow Elf
Drow Blackguard(view)
Drow Blackguard.jpg
 ♦13Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠18Icon tooltip.pngElite Elf Drow Elf
Drow Captain(view)
Drow Captain.jpg
 ♦12Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥14Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠17Icon tooltip.pngElite Elf Drow Elf
Drow Death Priest(view)
Drow Death Priest.jpg
 ♦14Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠19Icon tooltip.pngElite Elf Drow Elf
Drow Fighter/Wizard(view)
Drow Fighter Wizard.jpg
 ♦10Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠15Icon tooltip.pngElite Elf Drow Elf
Drow Necromancer (Eberron)(view)
Drow Necromancer (Eberron).jpg
 ♦12Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠17Icon tooltip.pngElite Elf Drow Elf
Drow Paladin(view)
Drow Paladin.jpg
 ♦13Icon tooltip.pngNormal Elf Drow Elf
Drow Prophet(view)
Drow Prophet.jpg
 ♦12Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠17Icon tooltip.pngElite Elf Drow Elf
Drow Scorpion Cleric(view)
Drow Scorpion Cleric.jpg
 ♦10Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥12Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠15Icon tooltip.pngElite Aberration Drow Scorpion
Drow Scorpion Wizard(view)
Drow Scorpion Wizard.jpg
 ♦10Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥12Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠15Icon tooltip.pngElite Aberration Drow Scorpion
Drow Scorpion(view)
Drow Scorpion.jpg
 ♦10Icon tooltip.pngNormal Aberration Drow Scorpion
Enraged Rust Monster(view)
Enraged Rust Monster.jpg
 ♦5Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠9Icon tooltip.pngElite Aberration Rust Monster
Fire Giant Champion(view)
Fire Giant Champion.jpg
 ♥14Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠17Icon tooltip.pngElite Giant Giant
Fire Giant Slayer(view)
Fire Giant Slayer.jpg
 ♦16Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠22Icon tooltip.pngElite Giant Giant
Fire Giant(view)
Fire Giant.jpg
 ♥12Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠15Icon tooltip.pngElite ●25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Giant Giant
Fire Reaver(view)
Fire Reaver.jpg
 ♦12/14Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠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
Greater Fire Elemental(view)
Greater Fire Elemental.jpg
 ♦9Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥11Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠14Icon tooltip.pngElite Elemental Fire Elemental
Greater Fire Mephit(view)
Greater Fire Mephit.jpg
 ♦6Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥8Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠11Icon tooltip.pngElite OR Summoned by another mephit: ♠6Icon tooltip.pngElite Fire Outsider Mephit
Greater Ice Mephit(view)
Monster Greater Ice Mephit.jpeg
 ♦6Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠11Icon tooltip.pngElite OR Summoned by another mephit: ♠6Icon tooltip.pngElite Air Outsider Mephit
Hill Giant Soothsayer(view)
Hill Giant Soothsayer.jpg
 ♦16Icon tooltip.pngNormal Giant Giant
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 ♠19Icon tooltip.pngElite Evil Outsider Demon
 ♦15Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠22Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥38Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Construct Golem
Iron Golem(view)
Iron Golem.jpg
 ♦13Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥15Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠18Icon tooltip.pngElite Construct Golem
Large Rust Monster(view)
Large Rust Monster.jpg
 ♦7Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥9Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠11Icon tooltip.pngElite Aberration Rust Monster
Mephit of Fernia(view)
Mephit of Fernia.jpg
 ♦9Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥11Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠14Icon tooltip.pngElite Fire 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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