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Tharashk Arena is the 1st quest in the Laughing Knives 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 four quests can be completed in any order to unlock The Vault of Night.
Tharashk Arena • The Prisoner • The Jungle of Khyber • Haywire Foundry • The Vault of Night • Plane of Night

House Tharashk competes with Deneith for mercenary positions in Stormreach and beyond.

Vault of Night adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Vault of Night
Tharashk Arena
Heroic level: 8
Epic level: 21
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♣1,135Solo/Casual ♦2,004Normal ♥2,116Hard ♠2,228Elite
Epic XP:  ♣5,725Solo/Casual ♦9,861Normal ♥10,180Hard ♠10,499Elite
Takes place in: Tharashk Arena
Bestowed by: Dirge of Karrnath
NPC contact: Dirge of Karrnath
Quest acquired in: House Kundarak
Patron: House Kundarak
Base favor: 5
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Dirge of Karrnath, famed weapon-master of the Laughing Knives, seeks to replace his broken weapon. He covets an axe called the "Oath of Droaam", the grand prize in Tharashk's underground games. Without a weapon though, he doesn't stand a chance of winning.

So, Dirge asked you to win the Oath of Droaam for him. However, he warned you the the bugbears running his contest may not take kindly to your presence. Dirge has a Drow friend named Myr'dril inside the arena, who could help convince the bugbears to let you compete.

You'll need to enter Tharashk Arena in House Kundarak Enclave, and find a way to enter the contest.

Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


  • Find House Tharashk's secret arena
  • Speak with the registrar about fighting as a gladiator
  • Gain access to the Halls of Strife
  • Find the key to Ready Room One
  • Replace the gladiators in Ready Room One
  • Defeat the kobold and ogre gladiators
  • Defeat the minotaur and mephit gladiators
  • Defeat the combined wave of gladiators
  • Defeat Deadheart the Unbeaten and his sidekick
  • Seize the Oath of Droaam from the Arena pedestal
  • (Optional) Speak with Dirge's drow contact — no XP
  • (Optional) Defeat Angog the Champion — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣114 ♦200 ♥212 ♠223 ) Epic( ♣573 ♦986 ♥1,018 ♠1,050 )
  • (Optional) Learn the password for the Halls of Strife — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣57 ♦100 ♥106 ♠111 ) Epic( ♣286 ♦493 ♥509 ♠525 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Myr'dril — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣170 ♦301 ♥317 ♠334 ) Epic( ♣859 ♦1,479 ♥1,527 ♠1,575 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the drunken ogres - Kill 4 — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣114 ♦200 ♥212 ♠223 ) Epic( ♣573 ♦986 ♥1,018 ♠1,050 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Urgol's troll enforcers - Kill 4 — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣114 ♦200 ♥212 ♠223 ) Epic( ♣573 ♦986 ♥1,018 ♠1,050 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Enforcer Smashjaw — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣170 ♦301 ♥317 ♠334 ) Epic( ♣859 ♦1,479 ♥1,527 ♠1,575 )
  • (Optional) Defeat Grogan the Promoter — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣170 ♦301 ♥317 ♠334 ) Epic( ♣859 ♦1,479 ♥1,527 ♠1,575 )

What to Expect

  • Spawning/respawning monsters

Tips and Misc

Master Myr'dil, your drow contact in the arena, will give you the password to the ready room area if you pay him some gold. You can also attempt to intimidate him into giving it to you for free, or just try to bluff your way in without it (failing this check means the guards attack you.) Be careful, though, because Myrdil also becomes hostile if you attempt to intimidate him and fail (on Heroic, the DCs are very high, so doing this at level is probably out of the question.) Even if you don't buy the password from the drow, a good Bluff skill can help to avoid at least one fight (the DCs for this are lower.)

Note: You can first pay Myr'dril for the password and then choose to kill him for both optional XP awards. If you do fight him without getting the password first, when it comes time to use the password you will have to fight the nearby guards. Defeating the guards will then gain you access into the ready room area. Of course, you can bypass him all together and just fight the guards.

Epic Note: None of the spectators scale on epic, so they can be safely ignored or dispatched with one shot.

Once you fight your way into the arena, there will be four rounds as follows:

  1. Ogres and kobold shamans
  2. Minotaurs and air mephits
  3. Ogres, kobold shamans, minotaurs, and air mephits
  4. A very tough named troll and his less tough troll "sidekick"

On rounds two and three, it helps to look through the gates and find the one where the minotaurs are walking up. You can then run through when it opens and kill them separately so they won't keep knocking you down while you face everything. This tactic also works for the mephits if you want to take them out first. On epic, running through the south-west room during the first round lets you challenge the ogre mage Unkor (from Chains of Flame) to a duel, thus removing him from the third round.

Also the named troll has a lot of HP, regenerates very fast, and hits fairly hard. It's easy to take out his sidekick first and then concentrate on him. You will have to be able to do a lot of damage quickly or use fire/acid to take him down.

His club has a chance to proc Otto's Irresistable Dance when he strikes you so beware. The best counters against this are either not getting hit (AC, Displace, Cloudkill) or break enchantment (removes the dance).

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 77 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣114 ♦200 ♥212 ♠223 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 101 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣170 ♦301 ♥317 ♠334 )
  • Mischief bonus: 47 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣91 ♦160 ♥169 ♠178 )
  • Vandal bonus: 62 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣114 ♦200 ♥212 ♠223 )
  • Ransack bonus: 76 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣170 ♦301 ♥317 ♠334 )


  • Chests: 2 (3 Epic)
    • One behind a locked door (Door may be picked [Epic Normal and Epic Elite; Open Lock DC: 90], and Grogan holds the key)
    • One at Air Mephits' ready room
    • Epic chest is rewarded in addition to these chests at quest completion in the arena. Contains fragments and a chance at epic seals.
  • Collectables: 1
    • Adventurer's Pack in Arena
    • Crude Altar in Ready Room Five
  • NPC rewards: Standard


Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Air Mephit Gladiator( view
Air Mephit Gladiator.jpg
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 ♦22Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠45Epic Elite Air Outsider Mephit
Angog the Champion( view
Angog the Champion.jpg
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 ♦9Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♦23Epic Normal ♠48Epic Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Blackheart Oracle( view
Blackheart Oracle.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite Giant Troll
Blackheart Warmonger( view
Blackheart Warmonger.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠61Epic Elite Giant Troll
Deadheart Pack Wolf( view
Deadheart Pack Wolf.jpg
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 ♦22Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠46Epic Elite Animal Wolf
Deadheart the Unbeaten( view
Deadheart the Unbeaten, Deadheart's Sidekick.jpg
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 ♦10Normal ♥12Hard ♠15Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♠50Epic Elite Giant Troll
Deadheart's Sidekick( view
Deadheart the Unbeaten, Deadheart's Sidekick.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦8Normal ♥10Hard ♠13Elite ♦23Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠49Epic Elite Giant Troll
Drunken Ogre( view
Drunken Ogre.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦6Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite ♥30Epic Hard ♠43Epic Elite Giant Ogre
Elder Air Elemental( view
Elder Air Elemental.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦11Normal ♥13Hard ♦22Epic Normal ♠45Epic Elite Elemental Air Elemental
Enforcer Smashjaw( view
Enforcer Smashjaw.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦8Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite ♦23Epic Normal ♥32Epic Hard ♠48Epic Elite Giant Troll
Fury-Horn Minotaur( view
Fury-Horn Minotaur.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦7Normal ♥10Hard ♠13Elite ♦22Epic Normal ♠45Epic Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Fury-Horn Shaman( view
Fury-Horn Shaman.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦24Epic Normal ♥32Epic Hard ♠50Epic Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Grogan the Promoter( view
Grogan the Promoter.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦9Normal ♥11Hard ♠14Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠60Epic Elite Goblinoid Bugbear
Hobgoblin Spectator( view
Hobgoblin Spectator.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦5Normal ♥8Hard ♠11Elite ♦11Epic Normal ♥11Epic Hard ♠14Epic Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Kobold Spectator( view
Kobold Spectator.jpg
 • edit )
 ♣?Solo/Casual ♦0.25Normal ♥1Hard ♠9Elite ♦11Epic Normal ♥?Epic Hard ♠?Epic Elite Reptilian Kobold
Krusher Kobold( view
Krusher Kobold.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦4Normal ♥6Hard ♠8Elite Reptilian Kobold
Lurking Brute( view
Lurking Brute.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦8Normal ♥10Hard ♠13Elite ♥30Epic Hard ♠45Epic Elite Goblinoid Bugbear
Lurking Thug( view
Lurking Thug.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦8Normal ♥10Hard ♠13Elite ♥30Epic Hard ♠45Epic Elite Giant Ogre
Maelstrom Mephit( view
Maelstrom Mephit.png
 • edit )
 ♦8Normal ♥11Hard ♠14Elite ♦22Epic Normal ♠45Epic Elite Air Outsider Mephit
Master Myr'dril( view
Master Myr'dril.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♠50Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Minotaur Page( view
Minotaur Page.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite ♦16Epic Normal ♠34Epic Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Minotaur Spectator( view
Minotaur Spectator.jpg
 • edit )
 ♣?Solo/Casual ♦6Normal ♥10Hard ♠13Elite ♦11Epic Normal ♥?Epic Hard ♠17Epic Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Mudwallow Ogre Mage( view
Mudwallow Ogre Mage.jpg
 • edit )
 ♠45Epic Elite Giant Ogre
Mudwallow Ogre( view
Mudwallow Ogre.png
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 ♦6Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite ♠45Epic Elite Giant Ogre
Paragon Kobold Shaman( view
Paragon Kobold Shaman.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦8Normal ♥20Hard ♠25Elite ♦22Epic Normal ♠45Epic Elite Reptilian Kobold
Troll Enforcer( view
Troll Enforcer.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite ♠45Epic Elite Giant Troll
Troll Gladiator( view
Troll Gladiator.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦8Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite Giant Troll

Skill DCs