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The Black Loch

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The Black Loch is the 2nd quest in the Sentinels of Stormreach 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 The Tide Turns.
Bargain of Blood • The Black Loch • Storm the Beaches • The Tide Turns

The Blood Tide's ruthless attack on the Black Loch struck fear into the local inhabitants.

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DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Sentinels of Stormreach
The Black Loch
Heroic level: 7
Epic level: 20
Duration: Medium
Heroic XP:  ♣1,279Solo/Casual ♦2,268Normal ♥2,404Hard ♠2,539Elite
Epic XP:  ♣6,660Solo/Casual ♦11,486Normal ♥11,873Hard ♠12,259Elite
Takes place in: The Black Loch
Bestowed by: Tyn d'Deneith
NPC contact: Tyn d'Deneith
Quest acquired in: House Deneith
Patron: House Deneith
Base favor: 4
Purchase: Sentinels of Stormreach or VIP
Extreme Challenge: No
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After the Blood Tide invaded the Black Loch the local residents hired House Deneith to drive the Blood Tide out.

Tyn d'Deneith is sending you to the Black Loch to deal with the problem, but she warns you that there is something unnatural about the Blood Tide invaders.

Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


  • Speak with Tyn d'Deneith
  • Board the ship and slay the necromancer, Dheren Kiettuc
  • Slay Dheren Kiettuc's four apprentices
  • Open the door using a Green Key
  • Open the door using a Red Key
  • Open the door using a Blue Key
  • Open the door using a Jeweled Key
  • (Optional) Slay the Black Loch's Captain (rare) — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣192 ♦340 ♥361 ♠381 ) Epic( ♣999 ♦1,723 ♥1,781 ♠1,839 )
  • (Optional) Kill the failed zombie experiments - 20 total — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣192 ♦340 ♥361 ♠381 ) Epic( ♣999 ♦1,723 ♥1,781 ♠1,839 )
  • (Optional) Use the gold key to enter the vault — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣192 ♦340 ♥361 ♠381 ) Epic( ♣999 ♦1,723 ♥1,781 ♠1,839 )

What to Expect

  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • An end boss that likes to spam negative levels. Bring Death Ward.

Known Traps

Trap DCs

  • Spike trap just past the first shrine; control panel is on the wall to the south, in the center of the trap. The trap *can* be timed to run through, avoiding damage.
  • A falling rocks trap so weak that most people don't even notice

Tips and Misc

  • The four keys are each guarded by one of Dheren Kiettuc's apprentices and several zombies
    • The Green Key is in the east-most passage
    • The Red Key is in the south lobe of the passage north of the spike traps
    • The Blue Key is in the western end of the southwest passage
    • The Jeweled Key is in the eastern end of the same passage; this time, the apprentice is surrounded by living pirates, not undead ones
  • With enough jump, it's possible to swim to the walkway by the ship and jump/climb up, bypassing the Blue and Jeweled Doors entirely; however, you still have to (eventually) go through them. It's a good shortcut for those wishing to simply get the Gold Key
  • Due to the unique nature of the Undead in this quest, they can be manipulated with Intimidate, Bluff, and Diplomacy although it will not trigger sneak attacks.
  • Despite coming across Failed Experiments earlier in the quest, you don't get the Optional to kill them until you stand on the pedestal in the Zombie Pen, in the northwest corner; the earlier Experiments don't count towards the 20.
  • The Vault is in the westernmost room; the Gold Key is obtained after the fight with Dheren Kiettuc.
  • The Black Loch's Captain may appear with the reinforcement guarding the Vault (very rare).

Bug History

  • This quest used to cause heavy lags and low frame rates even with advanced graphic cards. This was fixed with U39.
  • The 3rd necromancer doesn't spawn correctly: This was fixed in U39 Patch 1.

Bonus XP

  • Mischief bonus: 17 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣102 ♦181 ♥192 ♠203 )
  • Vandal bonus: 22 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣128 ♦227 ♥240 ♠254 )
  • Ransack bonus: 27 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣192 ♦340 ♥361 ♠381 )
Notes: Aggression may only be possible on Epic

External Links


  • Chests: Five with keys, 2–6 treasure chests, one epic chest
    • One (shaped like a clam) under water beneath the first shrine (may be missing).
    • One after killing the failed zombie experiments in the pen room.
    • One per difficulty level (one for normal, two for hard, three for elite, four for epic) in the Vault
      • 14 piles of gold can be gathered here as well.
    • One possible in the Vault if the rare Zombie Captain appears.
  • Collectables: Three
    • Moss in the Zombie Pen, in front of the pedestal
    • Moss just past the western shrines, on the eastern side of the tunnel
    • Moss just past the blue door, on the southern side of the tunnel

NPC end rewards

Random item; choose from four


Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Blood Tide Archer (hobgoblin)( view
Blood Tide Archer (hobgoblin).jpg
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 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite ♦22Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Blood Tide Pirate( view
Blood Tide Pirate.jpg
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 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite ♦22Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Blood Tide Skirmisher( view
Blood Tide Skirmisher.jpg
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 ♦6Normal ♥8Hard ♠11Elite ♦20Epic Normal ♥28Epic Hard Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Blood Tide Skulker( view
Blood Tide Skulker.jpg
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 ♦6Normal ♠11Elite ♥28Epic Hard Reptilian Kobold
Blood Tide Sorcerer( view
Blood Tide Sorcerer.jpg
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 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite ♦22Epic Normal ♠29Epic Elite Elf Drow Elf
Blood Tide Spiritcaller( view
Blood Tide Spiritcaller.jpg
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 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite ♦22Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Orc Orc
Dheren Kiettuc( view
Dheren Kiettuc.jpg
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 ♠14Elite ♦23Epic Normal ♥32Epic Hard ♠49Epic Elite Humanoid Human
Failed Experiment( view
Failed Experiment.jpg
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 ♦7Normal ♠12Elite ♥30Epic Hard Undead Zombie
First Mate( view
First Mate.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦7Normal ♠13Elite ♥31Epic Hard ♠46Epic Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Karrnathi Apprentice( view
Karrnathi Apprentice.png
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 ♦7Normal ♠12Elite ♦22Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠45Epic Elite Humanoid Human
Zombie Captain( view
Zombie Captain.jpg
 • edit )
 ♠13Elite ♥30Epic Hard Undead Zombie
Zombie Marksman( view
Zombie Marksman.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite ♥30Epic Hard Undead Zombie
Zombie Mate( view
Zombie Mate.png
 • edit )
 ♠13Elite ♥30Epic Hard Undead Zombie
Zombie Pirate( view
Zombie Pirate.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite ♥30Epic Hard Undead Zombie
Zombie Wizard( view
Zombie Wizard.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦7Normal ♠12Elite ♥30Epic Hard Undead Zombie