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The Crypt of Gerard Dryden

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The Crypt of Gerard Dryden is the 5th quest in The Catacombs 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.
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The Friar's Niece • To Find a Witness: Archbishop Dryden • 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


Seek the forbidden secrets of the Duality in Archbishop Dryden's family tomb.

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The Crypt of Gerard Dryden
Heroic level: 3
Epic level: 23
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♣887Solo/Casual ♦1,604Normal ♥1,729Hard ♠1,854Elite
Epic XP:  ♣9,963Solo/Casual ♦17,132Normal ♥17,659Hard ♠18,185Elite
Takes place in: Dryden Family Tomb
Bestowed by: Thaddeus Graylight
NPC contact: Archbishop Dryden
Quest acquired in: Catacombs
Patron: The Silver Flame
Base favor: 4
Purchase: The Catacombs or VIP
Extreme Challenge: Yes
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Overview

Enter the Dryden family tomb, find Gerard Dryden's sarcophagus, and search for the missing inscription.


Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


Objectives

  • Enter the crypt of Gerard Dryden
  • Destroy Ghoul Pack
  • Investigate the sarcophagus of Gerard Dryden.
  • (Optional) Find the Dryden family treasure. — Bonus (25%): Heroic( ♣222 ♦401 ♥432 ♠464 ) Epic( ♣2,491 ♦4,283 ♥4,415 ♠4,546 )
  • (Optional) Report your findings to Bishop Graylight. — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣44 ♦80 ♥86 ♠93 ) Epic( ♣498 ♦857 ♥883 ♠909 )

What to Expect

  • Spawning/respawning monsters

Tips and Misc

Open Lock DC

  • The Open Lock DC of the locked door can be found in the above link.
  • Breakables must be broken by the adventurer for them to count toward ransack bonus. Breakables that break due to adventurer proximity do not count toward this total.
  • The flow of this quest is simple – fight your way counter-clockwise to four gates. The lever for each is in a room to the right (outer rooms). Finally – in the western passage – you reach a chest with a key which opens the doors to three inner rooms. These rooms contain a lever each that must be thrown to open the central area for the final fight.
  • A noteIcon tooltip.png
    Dryden's Crypt note
    lies near the chest with the key.
  • This quest features an extreme amount of skeletons which can quickly wear out your weapons. Come prepared with fully repaired strong bludgeoning weapons. (Make sure to repair your gear after this quest before going on to the next chapters, if your weapon gets heavily damaged!)
  • The first gate, on the left at the very start, is sealed from the far side by a lever (only the lever is shown on map). This lever requires a DC 15 Strength check to open, which can be convenient but is not necessary to completing the quest.
  • The locked doors towards the inner crypts on the southern, northern, and western hallways can't be picked. The key is in a chest in the west wing, behind the gate as you first enter.
  • Most of the sarcophagi contain a skeleton of one form or another.
  • The jewel-named gates are near rooms; inside these rooms are the levers to open the gate as well as over a dozen sarcophagi. Often, several will burst open at once as you approach them, spawning skeleton ambushes. You can range them before approaching them to take them down one at a time as well as work towards your breakables bonus. You don't get breakables credit for sarcophagi that burst on their own.
  • There are also ambushes at most corners, as well as down the northern hallway, after the Amethyst Gate (the one near the shrine). The same rules apply regarding breakables.
  • There is only one shrine, inside the Topaz room. There are no sarcophagi or enemies there.
  • There are four sarcophagi on each corner of Gerard's tomb; the same ambush rules apply.
  • The 'family treasure' is the chest in the room behind the locked door on the eastern hallway (Emiliane Dryden's crypt). (Lock DC)
  • The final fight involves a gang of ghasts and ghouls. There is one red named ghast that is there as well that needs to be dispatched before finishing.
  • Inspecting the sarcophagus tells you:
    • This tomb, like the others around it, has been smashed open.
    • You find a jumbled mix of gnawed bones. It appears the Ghouls had gathered many of their trophies here, making it nearly impossible to tell if the original occupant is to be found amongst the bone pile.
    • (Int) There are eight skulls – but nine tombs. Not conclusive, but it suggests a skull might be missing.
  • Inspection of the sarcophagus ends the quest.
  • (Optional) Once again, after the quest is done, Bishop Thaddeus Graylight will appear near the end chest. Anyone speaking to him gets a reward, and the first person to speak to him gets a +5% XP bonus for the group.
  • If you leave the quest without talking to Thaddeus Graylight you have to visit Archbishop Dryden to progress the story.


  • Historical Note: pre-Update 45, using the sarcophagus would trigger the Dungeon Master to say: Carved into the face of this tablet are two stylized images. On the left is a great, towering flame; on the right, a massive whirlpool. Between the two is an inscription...
Strength I take from the Silver Flame;
Hunger, too, in the Devourer's name.
Grant me control of the living and the dead.
Let the bones of the Faithful be my bread.

Bonus XP

  • Devious bonus: 29 or fewer monsters killed +7% Bonus.( ♣62 ♦112 ♥121 ♠130 )
  • Discreet bonus: 58 or fewer monsters killed +5% Bonus.( ♣44 ♦80 ♥86 ♠93 )
  • Aggression bonus: 34 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣89 ♦160 ♥173 ♠185 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 67 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣133 ♦241 ♥259 ♠278 )
  • Conquest bonus: 100 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣222 ♦401 ♥432 ♠464 )
  • Mischief bonus: 138 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣71 ♦128 ♥138 ♠148 )
  • Vandal bonus: 179 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣89 ♦160 ♥173 ♠185 )
  • Ransack bonus: 220 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣133 ♦241 ♥259 ♠278 )
Notes: Getting the +15% Ransack bonus will require you to smash almost all sarcophagi from a distance with ranged attacks, otherwise skeletons will smash their way out and they won't count towards your total. The insidious cunning bonus is unobtainable due to the required kill of the ghasts and ghouls at the end.

External Links

Loot

  • Chests: 2
  • Collectables: 3
    • Moss — in the room by the Amethyst Gate (north western room), near the leverIcon tooltip.pngGlowmoss SporesScarlet CryptmossSlime MoldBlister BeetleSweet WhitecapZygomycota FungusDeadly FeverblanchPale CreeperGlowmoss Clump
    • Adventurer's Pack — just inside the southern inner cryptIcon tooltip.pngAmber VialVial of Pure WaterVial of ContagionString of Prayer BeadsSmall Wooden IdolIcon of KhyberPage Torn from a Research NotebookKhyber Prayer PamphletTome: Prophecies of KhyberSweet WhitecapDeadly FeverblanchPale CreeperZygomycota FungusStone FetishWarehouse LedgerEncoded CommuniqueMystical FormulaSlime MoldGlowmoss SporesBlister BeetleScarlet CryptmossGlowmoss ClumpOceanic SphereMortar and PestleFractured FemurPrismatic DustSmoldering Ember
    • Moss — by the eastern entrance to Gerard's tombIcon tooltip.pngGlowmoss SporesScarlet CryptmossSlime MoldBlister BeetleSweet WhitecapZygomycota FungusDeadly FeverblanchPale CreeperGlowmoss Clump

NPC end rewards

Randomly generated loot, ML correlates with effective quest level.

Named Chest Drop

Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
  • Update 48.2
  • 3 years, 5 months, and 28 days
  • BugTime
Battleworn Sword
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Great Sword  1 UnboundIcon tooltip.pngUnbound: This item is Unbound, and may take permanent damage. The Crypt of Gerard Dryden, old End Chest
  • Update 48.2
  • 3 years, 5 months, and 28 days
  • BugTime
Battleworn Helm
Battleworn Helm.png
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Helm  1 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip The Crypt of Gerard Dryden, old End chest
Gerard's Mail
Gerard's Mail.png
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Chain Shirt  1 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip The Crypt of Gerard Dryden, old End Chest
  • Update 48.2
  • 3 years, 5 months, and 28 days
  • BugTime
Gerard Dryden's Mace
Gerard Dryden's Mace.png
(edit)
Heavy Mace  2 Bound to Account on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Equip: This item is Bound to Account on Equip The Crypt of Gerard Dryden, Locked Room chest
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 3 years, 2 months, and 25 days
  • BugTime
Morningstar of the Heretic
Morningstar of the Heretic.png
(edit)
Morningstar  2 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Crypt of Gerard Dryden, End chest
  • Update 45.3.3
  • 4 years, 1 month, and 20 days
  • Sion
Boots of Faith
Boots of Faith.png
(edit)
Boots  3 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Crypt of Gerard Dryden, End chest
  • Update 57.2
  • 1 year, 3 months, and 19 days
  • Mand O'lin
Marguerite's Necklace
Marguerite's Necklace.png
(edit)
Necklace  3 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Crypt of Gerard Dryden, End chest
  • Update 48.2
  • 3 years, 5 months, and 28 days
  • BugTime
Epic Marguerite's Necklace
Epic Marguerite's Necklace.png
(edit)
Necklace  23 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Crypt of Gerard Dryden, End chest
  • Update 48.2
  • 3 years, 5 months, and 28 days
  • BugTime
Epic Boots of Faith
Epic Boots of Faith.png
(edit)
Boots  23 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Crypt of Gerard Dryden, End chest
Epic Morningstar of the Heretic
Epic Morningstar of the Heretic.png
(edit)
Morningstar  23 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire The Crypt of Gerard Dryden, End Chest
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Monsters

Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Corrupt Giant Spider( view
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 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦25Epic Normal Vermin Spider
Corrupted Spiderling( view
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite ♦24Epic Normal Vermin Spider
Dryden Ancestor( view
Dryden Ancestor.jpg
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 ♦2Normal ♥3Hard ♠5Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard ♠45Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Ghast( view
Ghast.jpg
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 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠7Elite ♥31Epic Hard Undead Ghast
Greater Arcane Skeleton( view
GreaterArcaneSkeleton.jpg
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 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠36Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Human Female Zombie( view
Human Female Zombie.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠36Epic Elite Undead Zombie
Human Zombie( view
Human Zombie.png
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 ♦23Epic Normal ♠45Epic Elite Undead Zombie
Iron Defender( view
Iron Defender.jpg
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 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♠36Epic Elite Construct Iron Defender
Ravenous Ghast( view
Ravenous Ghast.png
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 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠7Elite ♠49Epic Elite Undead Ghast
Skeleton Archer( view
Skeleton Archer.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦2Normal ♥3Hard ♠5Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥29 - 31Epic Hard ♠36Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Skeleton Knight( view
Skeleton Knight.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦4Normal ♥6Hard ♠8Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠36Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Skeleton Warrior( view
Skeleton Warrior.jpg
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 ♦0.5/2Normal ♥1/4Hard ♠3/7Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠36Epic Elite Undead Skeleton