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The Maze of Madness

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This labyrinth is inhabited by Forsworn minotaurs that have been driven mad from an overexposure to the madstone crater.

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The Maze of Madness
Heroic level: 13
Epic level: 24
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♣2,076Solo/Casual ♦3,620Normal ♥3,780Hard ♠3,940Elite
Epic XP:  ♣8,926Solo/Casual ♦15,332Normal ♥15,788Hard ♠16,244Elite
Takes place in: Minotaur Lair
Bestowed by: Walk-up
NPC contact: Eebilsteenk
Quest acquired in: Ruins of Gianthold
Patron: Agents of Argonnessen
Base favor: 6
Purchase: Ruins of Gianthold or VIP
Extreme Challenge: No
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Overview

The minotaurs that surrounded this underground encampment were more aggressive than most minotaurs you've encountered. This could be attributed to the stories you've heard about the Madstone Crater. Explore this lair, but be careful, getting lost might not be the only thing that drives you mad.

  • Reaching Minotaur Lair entrance automatically bestows quest.

Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


Objectives

  • Speak with No-tar the giant
  • Discover the path through the labyrinth
  • Slay the agents of insanity (3 total)
  • Slay Malkian the Mad
  • (Optional) Defeat Eidolon Darkmist — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣311 ♦543 ♥567 ♠591 ) Epic( ♣1,339 ♦2,300 ♥2,368 ♠2,437 )

What to Expect

  • Maze (fixed layout)
  • Randomly placed levers
  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • Requires extra player(s)/hireling(s) (mandatory: pulling a lever traps the player/hireling that used it but allows the rest of the party to advance, turning a second lever frees the trapped player/hireling)

Known Traps

Trap DCs

  • (A lot of spike traps and blade traps)
  • Map notes: There are many random traps, control panels and levers but because of the sheer number of them (25–30 of each type) they are not marked on the map.

Tips and Misc

Map to mission entrance
  • Don't forget to talk to the giant before entering the maze. It's possible to complete the whole maze without speaking to him, but the quest will not complete and you'll have to run all the way back to the beginning to get your completion.
  • Two players (or a henchman if you're running solo) are required for this quest; there are several spots where you need to flip a switch to open a gate to a new area, but doing so traps you in the room. There will be a switch in the new area to open the door releasing the trapped player (or simply have the henchman teleport to you).
  • Useful elemental buffs:
    • Normal: electric, fire, sonic

Walkthrough (thanks to Lost Leader)

Work your way through the maze by pulling the correct door-opening lever and finding a couple of secret doors in the rock wall along the way. Anywhere there is more than one lever for a door, there is a trap. Disarm the trap to make it safe to pull all the levers to find the correct ones.

Razor cats have a damage reduction of 10/bludgeon and have a damage shield that does slashing damage on a failed Reflex save.

The quest is easy to work through, a small bit of logic will get you through the water gate, other than that it is pretty linear.

If you're soloing the quest with a hireling, when you get to the underwater gate, park the Hireling at the bank of levers on the left (north), and then get the hire to pull the correct lever. It opens the gate opposite, (to your right) trapping the hire. Call the hire to your location (it'll teleport). Go to the newly opened gate. Travel to far end single lever near the vases; park the hire at that single lever. Travel back to near the waterside; tell the hire to pull that far end lever it's parked at, and when it pulls, the underwater gate will open. When you get to the overpass be careful of traps. When you get to the path over the room of the caster, kill him but don't drop down. Save that trap for last and you can finish out from there.

Head further in, the end room is just down the ramp and ahead. Finish it up, grab your loot, backtrack and drop down to the chest you skipped.

The end chest will have up to 3 Ancient Giant Relic.

Optional path

It is possible to jump up the west wall in the small room before the "water gate" (where you park your hireling first, see above). You can then move on top of the maze walls directly to Malkian. But you still need to kill the 3rd Agent of Madness and discover the path through the maze (opening the next three gates).

Bonus XP

  • Tamper bonus: 9 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣208 ♦362 ♥378 ♠394 )
  • Neutralization bonus: 12 or more traps disarmed +20% Bonus.( ♣415 ♦724 ♥756 ♠788 )
  • Ingenious Debilitation bonus: 15 or more traps disarmed +30% Bonus.( ♣623 ♦1,086 ♥1,134 ♠1,182 )
  • Observance bonus: 1 or more secret door discovered +8% Bonus.( ♣166 ♦290 ♥302 ♠315 )
  • Mischief bonus: 34 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣166 ♦290 ♥302 ♠315 )
  • Vandal bonus: 45 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣208 ♦362 ♥378 ♠394 )
  • Ransack bonus: 55 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣311 ♦543 ♥567 ♠591 )

Loot

  • Chests: 3
    • 1 behind a secret door in the eastern cave
    • 1 optional in the maze for killing Eidolon Darkmist (Human, found in the North-east part of the maze)
    • 1 at the end for killing Malkian the Mad (Minotaur, found in the northern cave)
  • Collectables: 4
    • Fungus Patch just past first secret door
    • Fungus Patch south of underwater gate
    • Fungus Patch? underwater past gate
    • Fungus in the room with Eidolon
  • NPC rewards: Random item

Named Chest Drop

Jeweled Cloak - Cloak - Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip - End chest

The Mountain's Fist - Dwarven War Axe - Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip - End chest

Monsters

Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Arkhat( view
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 ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Donox( view
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 ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Eidolon Darkmist( view
Eidolon Darkmist.png
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 ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal Humanoid Human
Forsworn Aspirant( view
Forsworn Aspirant.jpg
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 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Forsworn Hero( view
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 ♦15Normal ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Forsworn Liege-Lord( view
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 ♥17Hard ♠20Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Forsworn Mystic( view
Forsworn Mystic.jpg
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 ♦12Normal ♥14Hard ♠17Elite Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Greater Dust Mephit( view
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 ♦6Normal ♥8Hard ♠11Elite ♥27Epic Hard Air Outsider Mephit
Malkian the Mad( view
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 ♥19Hard ♠22Elite ♦28Epic Normal Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Natoz( view
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 ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦27Epic Normal Monstrous Humanoid Minotaur
Razor Cat( view
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 ♥17Hard ♠18Elite Magical Beast Razor Cat

External Links

Spyderwolf's video walkthrough: Watch on YouTube!