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The Crypt of Gerard Dryden

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

The Catacombs adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure packIcon tooltip.png: The Catacombs
The Crypt of Gerard Dryden
Heroic level: 3
Epic level: 23
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♣887Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦1,604Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥1,729Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠1,854Icon tooltip.pngElite
Epic XP:  ♣4,447Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦7,641Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥7,871Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠8,101Icon tooltip.pngElite
Takes place in: Dryden Family Tomb
Bestowed by: [[Bishop Graylight / Archbishop Dryden]]
NPC contact: [[Bishop Graylight / Archbishop Dryden]]
Quest acquired in: Catacombs
Patron: The Silver Flame
Base favor: 4
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: Yes
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Overview

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

The Crypt of Gerard Dryden is the 4th quest in The Catacombs story arcIcon tooltip.pngStory arcs are chains of quests that make up a story line.
Completing all the quests 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

  • 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( ♣1,112 ♦1,910 ♥1,968 ♠2,025 )
  • (Optional) Report your findings to Bishop Graylight. — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣44 ♦80 ♥86 ♠93 ) Epic( ♣222 ♦382 ♥394 ♠405 )

What to Expect

  • Spawning/respawning monsters

Tips and Misc

Open Lock DC

  • The Open Lock DC and a picture of the locked door can be found in the above link by hovering over the description text.
  • The flow of this quest is simple - there are 6 levers that must be thrown to open the central area for the final fight. Fight your way counter-clockwise to some of these levers and to a key (in chest in the last, western passage) to access the last of the levers.
  • 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 Strength check to open (DC ♦15Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥15Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠15Icon tooltip.pngElite), 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 DCs)
  • 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 shows that there are a pile of bones from multiple bodies. If you have a high enough Intelligence, you will notice that there is one less head than sets of bodies. Inspection of the sarcophagus ends the quest.
    • Note, pre-Update 45, the sarcophagus used 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: 145 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣89 ♦160 ♥173 ♠185 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 189 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣133 ♦241 ♥259 ♠278 )
  • Conquest bonus: 232 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣222 ♦401 ♥432 ♠464 )
  • Mischief bonus: 140 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣71 ♦128 ♥138 ♠148 )
  • Vandal bonus: 181 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣89 ♦160 ♥173 ♠185 )
  • Ransack bonus: 222 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.

Loot

  • Chests: 2
    • 1 optional behind a locked door in the inner room on the eastern hallway (Lock DC)
    • 1 at the end for killing Gerard Dryden (Ghast)
  • Collectables: Three
    • Moss in the room by the Amethyst Gate (north western room), near the lever
    • Adventurer's Pack just inside the southern inner crypt
    • Moss by the eastern entrance to Gerard's tomb
  • NPC rewards: Random Item

Named Chest Drop

Monsters

Name(picture) CR Type Race
Ghast of Gerard Dryden(view)
Ghast of Gerard Dryden.jpg
 ♦3Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥5Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Ghast
Ravenous Ghast(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♦3Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥5Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite ♠49Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Ghast
Black Widow(view)
Black Widow.png
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥4Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite Vermin Spider
Brown Spider(view)
Brown Spider.jpg
 ♦1Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠6Icon tooltip.pngElite Vermin Spider
Dryden Ancestor(view)
Dryden Ancestor.jpg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠5Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥29Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Skeleton
Ghast(view)
Ghast.jpeg
 ♦3Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥5Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Undead Ghast
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 Undead Ghoul
Greater Arcane Skeleton(view)
GreaterArcaneSkeleton.jpg
 ♦3Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥5Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠8Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Skeleton
Human Female Zombie(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Zombie
Human Zombie(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Zombie
Iron Defender(view)
Iron Defender.jpg
QL3: ♦1Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠6Icon tooltip.pngElite ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite QL5:  ♠9Icon tooltip.pngElite Construct Iron Defender
Skeleton Archer(view)
Skeleton Archer.jpeg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠5Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥29 - 31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Skeleton
Skeleton Swordsman(view)
Skeleton Swordsman.jpg
 ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠5Icon tooltip.pngElite ♥29Icon 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 ♥31Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠45Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Undead Skeleton
Skeleton(view)
Skeleton.jpg
QL1: ♦0.25Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥0.50Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠2Icon tooltip.pngElite; QL2: ♦0.5Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠5Icon tooltip.pngElite; QL3: ♦0.5Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥1Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠3Icon tooltip.pngElite; QL?: ♦4Icon tooltip.pngNormal Undead Skeleton
Zombie(view)
Zombie.jpg
QL1: ♦0.25Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥1Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠3Icon tooltip.pngElite; QL2/QL3: ♦0.5Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥2Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠5Icon tooltip.pngElite Undead Zombie

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