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The Ruins of Thunderholme

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The ruins of this fallen city are now the lair of the shadow dracolich Aurgloroasa. Here she commands her Cult of the Dragon followers - as well as legions of the undead created from the bones of Thunderholme's former inhabitants.

The Ruins of Thunderholme map - Spoilers!
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The Ruins of Thunderholme is a level 29 Epic wilderness adventure area. Accessible from The Thunder Peaks. You must be between level 20 and 33 to get full experience.


Unlike most explorer zones, The Ruins of Thunderholme has traps (mostly slashing blade type) that can be disabled like normal traps.

  • Slashing blade traps (CR:29); Disable DC: 64-76:Success; 78:CritSuccess (Suspected: 57-58)


In addition to the Rare Encounter / Slayer / Explorer missions typical to all Wilderness Adventure Areas, the following missions can be done in this zone:

Also, the Magma Forge can be found in the lower sections of the mountain (see map), granting use of Thunder Forge crafting.

WARNING: If someone (already flagged) in your party teleports to one of the raid entrances, the red named will not spawn (only their locked chest) and you will not flag.


  • Slay 10 creatures in The Ruins of Thunderholme: 3,615 XP = 361.5 xp/kill
  • Slay 25 creatures in The Ruins of Thunderholme: 4,854 XP = 323.6 xp/kill
  • Slay 50 creatures in The Ruins of Thunderholme: 6,495 XP = 259.8 xp/kill
  • Slay 100 creatures in The Ruins of Thunderholme: 9,360 XP = 187.2 xp/kill
  • Slay 200 creatures in The Ruins of Thunderholme: 14,505 XP = 145.05 xp/kill
  • Slay 400 creatures in The Ruins of Thunderholme: 24,495 XP = 122.48 xp/kill
  • Slay 750 creatures in The Ruins of Thunderholme: 40,185 XP = 114.81 xp/kill
  • Slay 1,500 creatures in The Ruins of Thunderholme: 81,810 XP = 109.08 xp/kill
  • Slay 3,000 creatures in The Ruins of Thunderholme: 163,905 XP = 109.27 xp/kill
  • Slay 5,000 creatures in The Ruins of Thunderholme: 227,475 XP = 113.74 xp/kill
  • Slay 7,500 creatures in The Ruins of Thunderholme: 296,745 XP = 118.7 xp/kill

Rare Encounters[edit]

XP per encounter: 4,800
Bonus XP for solving all encounters: 28,800
Forum discussion about spawn points: [1]


XP per discovery: 2,400
Bonus XP for discovering all: 12,000

  • Find Sarva's First Journal
    • The day of the Dracoliches will come. Freed from death, resplendent, mighty, and terrible to rule us all. And when they do, the Dracoliches will remember those who worked to bring about their rule. They will remember the Cult of the Dragon.
  • Find Sarva's Second Journal
    • How great, how wondrous is our ruler, Aurgloroasa the Sibilant Shade! The bones of a conquered city defend her. The dark itself moves at her command. Her plans encompass the Realms and span the centuries. Surely she must prevail!
  • Find Sarva's Third Journal
    • We must not be lulled by the safety of this deep mountain fortress. We must not be lulled by the promise of a future yet to come. Great forces are in motion this very moment. War in the Realms, the change of an age, and even treachery within - these are all reasons why we must act now and not delay. This pact with the Netherese will guarantee our future.
  • Find Sarva's Fourth Journal
    • What living creature is more fearsome or majestic than a Dragon? Surely they were made to rule over mere humans. But splendid wings and armored scales - these cannot compare to immortality! And this is why the Dracolich, undead and undying, is the true and rightful sovereign.
  • Find Sarva's Fifth Journal
    • The Netherese arrived yesterday. I personally escorted them to their quarters down in the crypts. It is strange indeed to have outsiders here in the citadel of the faithful. Yet so Aurgloroasa commanded in her wisdom, and she can see deeper into the shadows than any mortal.
  • Find Sarva's Sixth Journal
    • When Aurgloroasa awoke from long slumber to find that Dwarves had built a city inside her mountain, she did not act hastily. Instead she whispered in the shadows. She slowly twisted the mind of Dagan so that he ordered a temple built - not to any dwarven god, but to Null, the Deathwyrm. Then she came to the temple, slew the Dwarves and took their city as her own. That is how she dealt with the Dwarves, and that is how she shall deal with all the kingdoms of men - in time.
  • Find Sarva's Seventh Journal
    • Who can count Aurgloroasa's mighty deeds? This mountain city which she took from the Dwarves. Her immortal lichdom when she embraced the Cult of the Dragon. Three years' war in Sembia, and the sack of archmage Mhzentul's arcane stores. A thousand other ruses that brought wealth and power to her and her followers. Who would wish to question our ruler's decisions? Who would dare?
  • Find Sarva's Eighth Journal
    • Today I stood in Aurgloroasa's presence. I had gone to the temple with my daily offering when I felt a cold stirring of the shadows at my feet. Then a deep darkness engulfed me, and I saw her looming above, her eyes like cold fires. How glorious! How magnificent! I am honored to be her emissary.
  • Find Sarva's Ninth Journal
    • Today she commanded us to equip ourselves for war. Even now her undead servants toil in the mines to provide us with ore. Soon Thunderholme's silent halls will once more ring with the sound of weapons being forged.
  • Find Sarva's 10th Journal
    • Only a fool quotes prophecy and then waits for it to come true. No, sisters and brothers, prophecy must be worked at, and that is why the Cult of the Dragon exists. Only out effort, our sacrifice, our devotion will make prophecy into truth.
  • Find Sarva's 11th Journal
    • Netheril has tied strings to Sembia and made it into their puppet. Very well, our Cult will make ourselves useful for the Netherese. Then when they begin to pull the strings in earnest, we will not be swept clean away.
  • Find Sarva's 12th Journal
    • These Netherese - are they trifling with us? We are the Cult of the Dragon, and yet they treat us as if we are a band of superstitious tribesmen. Every time their insolence verges on blasphemy, I pray my dragon-queen herself will appear and show them what lies waiting in the darkness.
  • Find Sarva's 13th Journal
    • The Netherese complained about their accommodations again. They seem to think that a Dracolich's lair ought to be more like a warm, comfortable inn. They don't seem to understand that the only reason they still draw breath is that Aurgloroasa wishes it.
  • Find Sarva's 14th Journal
    • The Netherese brought us the Stone Meridian as an offering to Aurgloroasa. The Dwarves thought they could hide it from her, but she knows how to find what she wants. The Red Dragons have taken the artifact to the mountaintop to guard it.
  • Find Sarva's 15th Journal
    • Dwarves used to forge mighty weapons in the fires of the mountain. They thought they had built a fortress that none could breach, protected by weapons none could defeat. Yet they still fell to the dragon in the end. We are not so foolish, sisters and brothers! We know the power of the dragon.
  • Find Sarva's 16th Journal
    • We walk a narrow mountain path, sisters and brothers - a pat slick with ice and buffeted by the winds. Only perseverance and dedication will keep us from plummeting to our deaths. We must trust in our dragon queen to bring us safely to our goal - for with her, we shall fly rather than fall!
  • Find Sarva's 17th Journal
    • How carefully Aurgloroasa lays her plans. How she waits in shadow and never shows her face unless she must, until the time is right. And yet this pact with Netheril, if it comes to pass, carries such great risks ... but I must have faith. Surely this is all part of her plan.
  • Find Sarva's 18th Journal
    • Do not fret, my children. Netheril will not get the better part of out bargain. The Netherese are strong and brash now. So, too, were the dwarves of Thunderholme, until the Sibilant Shade had finished with them.
  • Find Sarva's 19th Journal
    • Look at Netheril! Its powers are at their pinnacle, and the empire goes from strength to strength. Yet we must not forget that the Netherese are doomed to fall to the Dracoliches in the end. Until that day comes, we can use their power and influence for our own ends.
  • Find Sarva's 20th Journal
    • We held council with the Netherese today. Things had come to a stalemate when Aurgloroasa showed herself to the Netherese for the first time. How their faces went pale! How their eyes went wide with fear! I trust that they will not forget that I am the emissary of this dark power.


Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Agartha the Huntress( view
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 ●37Epic Monstrous Humanoid Harpy
Bat( view
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Animal Bat
Brightbane( view
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Aberration Rust Monster
Cassa Goldwright( view
Cassa Goldwright.jpg
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 ●37Epic Undead Ghost
Cult of the Dragon Assassin( view
Cult of the Dragon Assassin.jpg
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 ●33Epic Humanoid Human
Cult of the Dragon Deathlord( view
Cult of the Dragon Deathlord.jpg
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Humanoid Human
Cult of the Dragon Devotee( view
Cult of the Dragon Devotee.jpg
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 ●33Epic Humanoid Human
Cult of the Dragon Necromancer( view
Cult of the Dragon Necromancer.jpg
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 ♠55Epic Elite Humanoid Human
Daelus Madune( view
Daelus Madune.jpg
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 ●37Epic Humanoid Shade
Dagan( view
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 ●38Epic Undead Skeleton
Detritus (construct)( view
Detritus (Construct).jpg
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 ●37Epic Construct Animated Object
Dwarf Skeleton( view
Dwarf Skeleton.jpg
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 ♦25Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard ♠46Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Egil the Rage Singer( view
Egil the Rage Singer.jpg
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37 Undead Skeleton
Ember( view
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 ●37Epic Elemental Earth Elemental
Fleetwing( view
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 ●37Epic Dragon Pseudodragon
Galdrinn Fisk( view
Galdrinn Fisk.jpg
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 ●35Epic Humanoid Human
Gatewarden( view
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 ●37Epic Construct Helmed Horror
Helmed Horror( view
Helmed Horror.jpg
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 ♦35Epic Normal ♥39Epic Hard ♠76Epic Elite Construct Helmed Horror
Iztaran Gar( view
Iztaran Gar.jpg
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 ●37Epic Humanoid Human
Magma Brute( view
Magma Brute.jpg
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 ●30Epic ♠59Epic Elite Elemental Earth Elemental
Netherese Arcanist( view
Netherese Arcanist.jpg
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 ♦15Normal ♥18Hard ♠21Elite ♦26Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Netherese Arcanist( view
Netherese Arcanist.jpg
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 ♦20Normal ♥24Hard ♠30Elite ♦28Epic Normal ♥35Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Netherese Archwizard( view
Netherese Archwizard.png
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 ♦21Normal ♥25Hard ♠31Elite ♦32Epic Normal ♥36Epic Hard Humanoid Human
Night Hag( view
Night Hag.jpg
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Evil Outsider Hag
Night Hag( view
Night Hag.jpg
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 ♦16Normal ♦28Epic Normal Evil Outsider Hag
Salamander Firepike( view
Salamander Firepike.jpg
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 ●29Epic Evil Outsider Salamander
Salamander Flamecaller( view
Salamander Flamecaller.jpg
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 ●29Epic Evil Outsider Salamander
Sarva Bellistrae( view
Sarva Bellistrae.jpg
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 ●38Epic Humanoid Human
Shadow (Shadowfell)( view
Shadow (Shadowfell).jpg
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 ♦12Normal ♥15Hard ♠19Elite ♦23Epic Normal Undead Shadow
Shadow (Shadowfell)( view
Shadow (Shadowfell).jpg
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 ♦18Normal ♥22Hard ♠28Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥29Epic Hard Undead Shadow
Shadow Stalker( view
Shadow Stalker.png
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 ♦16Normal ♥19Hard ♠23Elite ♦29Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard Undead Shadow
Shadow Stalker( view
Shadow Stalker.png
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 ♦36Epic Normal Undead Shadow
Skeletal Archer( view
Monster Skeleton Archer.jpeg
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 ♥5Hard ♠9Elite ♦22Epic Normal Undead Skeleton
Skeletal Battlerager( view
Skeletal Battlerager.jpg
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 ●30Epic Undead Skeleton
Skeletal Sharpshooter( view
Skeletal Sharpshooter.jpg
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 ♦29Epic Normal ♥32Epic Hard ♠54Epic Elite Undead Skeleton
Skeletal Sharpshooter( view
Skeletal Sharpshooter (AoEN).png
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 ♦16Normal ♠23Elite ♥37Epic Hard Undead Skeleton
Skeletal War Master( view
Skeletal War Master.png
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 ●30Epic Undead Skeleton
Skeletal Warrior( view
Skeletal Warrior.jpg
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 ●30Epic Undead Skeleton
Skeletal Warrior( view
Skeletal Warrior (common).png
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
Skeletal Warrior( view
Skeletal Warrior (orange).png
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Challenge Level + 2 Undead Skeleton
The Night Whisperer( view
The Night Whisperer.jpg
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 ●37Epic Undead Shadow
Ulmer Bloodpenny( view
Ulmer Bloodpenny.jpg
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 ●37Epic Undead Spectre
Undead rat (harmless)( view
Undead rat (harmless).png
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Undead Rat
Underdark Spider( view
Underdark Spider.jpg
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 ●33Epic Vermin Spider
War Wizard( view
War Wizard.png
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 ♠20Elite Humanoid Human
Winter Wolf( view
Winter Wolf.jpg
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 ♦5Normal ♥7Hard ♠10Elite Magical Beast Wolf
Winter Wolf( view
Winter Wolf.jpg
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 ♦17Normal ♥20Hard ♠25Elite ●33Epic ♦28Epic Normal ♥32Epic Hard Magical Beast Wolf
Wraith( view
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 ♦5Normal ♥7Hard ♠10Elite ●33Epic ♦27Epic Normal Undead Wraith

Named Loot[edit]

Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
  • Update 48.2
  • 2 years, 5 months, and 16 days
  • BugTime
Gloaming Philter
Gloaming Philter.png
Dart  27 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip The Ruins of Thunderholme, Any Rare Encounter chests
  • Update 48.4.3
  • 2 years, 2 months, and 14 days
  • BugTime
Dagan's Mallet
Dagan's Mallet.png
Throwing Hammer  27 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip The Ruins of Thunderholme, Any Rare Encounter chests
Deathwyrm Cloak
Deathwyrm Cloak.png
Cloak  27 Bound to Character on EquipIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Equip: This item is Bound to Character on Equip The Ruins of Thunderholme, Rare Encounter chests
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