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The Iron Mines: Freeing Achka

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The Iron Mines: Freeing Achka is the 1st quest in the Grey Moon Waning 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 Iron Mines: Freeing Achka • The Iron Mines: Justice for Grust • The Grey Moon's Den: The Trollish Scourge • The Grey Moon's Den: Extermination

The mine is a grim place of shadowed halls and gaping chasms. Somewhere in the darkness, the chieftain's son awaits rescue.

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The Iron Mines: Freeing Achka
Heroic level: 6
Epic level: None
Duration: Short
Heroic XP:  ♣295Solo/Casual ♦520Normal ♥548Hard ♠576Elite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: The Iron Mines
Bestowed by: Bruku
NPC contact: Bruku
Quest acquired in: Sorrowdusk Isle
Patron: House Deneith
Base favor: 3
Purchase: Sorrowdusk Isle or VIP
Extreme Challenge: No
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Rescue Achka, son of the Grey Moon tribe's true chief, from the iron mine where the ogres now dwell.

Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


  • Acquire Key to Achka's Cell
  • Rescue Achka from his cell
  • (Optional) Slay Powder — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣44 ♦78 ♥82 ♠86 )
  • (Optional) Slay Flamefang — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣30 ♦52 ♥55 ♠58 )

Known Traps

Trap DCs

  • Force traps across bridge; the control panel is on the far (east) side of the bridge, on the north.

Tips and Misc

  • No shrines in this quest.
  • The Key to Achka's Cell is held by an Ogre leader behind a door near the entrance (to the west and down the ladder).
  • There are 4 force traps on the bridge, which can be easily timed, and ample room between each to pause before continuing.
    • Optional: The winter wolf Powder may appear on the bridge to the jail area.
    • Optional: The hell hound Flamefang may appear in the cell near Achka, with a chest; otherwise, several hell hounds will be there (and no chest).
  • Earth elementals will spawn after opening Achka's cell; it's not necessary to kill them before speaking to Achka and completing the quest.
  • The eastern area of the map is blocked off; this prevents conquest bonus and any bonuses from breaking.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 8 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣30 ♦52 ♥55 ♠58 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 16 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣44 ♦78 ♥82 ♠86 )


NPC end rewards

No reward when turning in the quest.


Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Black Sun Ogre( view
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 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite Giant Ogre
Flamefang (The Iron Mines)( view
Flamefang (The Iron Mines).jpg
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 ♦6Normal ♠10Elite Evil Outsider Hellhound
Hell Hound( view
Hell Hound.jpg
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 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite Evil Outsider Hellhound
Large Earth Elemental( view
Large Earth Elemental.jpg
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 ♦5Normal ♥7Hard ♠9Elite Elemental Earth Elemental
Ogre Leader( view
Ogre Leader.jpg
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 ♦7Normal ♥9Hard ♠12Elite Giant Ogre
Powder( view
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 ♥9Hard ♠12Elite Magical Beast Wolf