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The Grotto

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This Grotto is damp, dark and forbidding. Strange odors mingle with the cold sea drafts, and whispered chants echo in the distance.

The Grotto
Heroic level: 1
Epic level: None
Duration: Medium
Heroic XP:  ♣304Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: The Grotto
Bestowed by: Jeets Shimis
NPC contact: Cellimas Villuhne
Quest acquired in: Shipwreck Shore
Patron: None
Base favor: None (solo only)
Free to Play: Yes
Extreme Challenge: No
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Help the Cleric, Cellimas Villuhne, in the Grotto caves.

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


What to Expect

  • Trap (fixed)
  • Spawning/respawning monsters

Known Traps

Search & Spot DCs for Trap and Secret Door
Disable Device DC

Trap DCs

Type Description

None Blade trap on the door immediately after the rest shrine. This trap may look dangerous but it doesn't actually do any damage. If you can't or don't want to disarm it, you can ask the NPC Jeets to disable if for you.

Tips and Misc

  • This is a tutorial quest, intended to teach new players some of the very basics of the game. As such, the character (and pet, if any) will be warded by Protection from Death.
  • Resting at the rest shrine will not remove Protection from Death because it is immediately refreshed. If you recall before completion, Protection from Death will be reapplied upon reentry.
  • This quest also introduces one of the storylines and a few recurring characters.
  • The first character on every server has to go through The Grotto. After that, every character is given the option of skipping the Snowy Korthos storyline upon awakening at the beach. This effectively bypasses the Grotto and puts the character at the normal quest exit in sunny-side Korthos Village. You're given 850 XP, all the gear you might have looted from the chest in The Grotto and your choice of quest reward items that would have been offered by Cellimas. This will allow you to immediately group with all other players. Be warned this action cannot be reverted, but has no real consequence on any game play mechanics - you may still complete all the same quests. You simply miss out on a small amount of the storyline.
    • You'll get very slightly more XP if you don't skip it. 970 normally counting the 470 you get for Shipwreck Shore, or 1000 if you disabled the trap.
  • Finding the secret door is mandatory but the search DC is low enough that it is impossible to fail, so the mission can be completed even if you haven't leveled that skill.
  • If you Recall rather than using the exit, you'll wind up at the entrance to the Grotto. Cellimas will be waiting there to escort you to Korthos Village, Talbron will be in the camp and direct you back up the path to Cellimas, and Jeets will be back on the beach. Although Jeets will still give you the option of skipping the Snowy Korthos storyline, you will not get an additional 850 XP if The Grotto is already complete.
  • This quest has three unique entries to your Monster Manual. The Sahuagin Warriors are the only monster type that reappear later in other quests.

Bonus XP

  • Tamper bonus: 1 or more trap disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣30 )
Notes: Only applies if your character disables the trap, not if Jeets does it.


Named Chest Drop

The following StarterIcon tooltip.pngStarter: Starter equipment cannot be traded, sold or crafted.
This item cannot be fed to sentient jewels.
items are looted from a chest, or given if you choose to skip The Grotto.


Name(picture) CR Type Race
Aging Sahuagin Warrior(view)
Aging Sahuagin Warrior.jpg
 ♣0.5Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Sahuagin Elite Guard(view)
Sahuagin Elite Guard.jpg
 ♣2Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Sahuagin High Priestess(view)
Sahuagin High Priestess.jpg
 ♣3Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin
Sahuagin Warrior(view)
Sahuagin Warrior.jpg
 ♦1Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥2Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠4Icon tooltip.pngElite Monstrous Humanoid Sahuagin

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