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The Shadow Crypt

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Nerezza's resting place is a twisted game of darkness and shadow. North becomes south, East becomes West, nothing is at seems.

The Necropolis, Part 2 adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: The Necropolis, Part 2
The Shadow Crypt
Heroic level: 9
Epic level: None
Duration: Very Long
Heroic XP:  ♣5,568Solo/Casual ♦9,820Normal ♥10,360Hard ♠10,900Elite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: The Shadow Crypt
Bestowed by: The Herald
NPC contact: The Herald
Quest acquired in: The Necropolis
Patron: The Silver Flame
Base favor: 7
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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The Herald of the Emerald Claw requires your assistance in stopping Brother Nerezza and obtaining the Twisted Apocrypha. You must discover the treacherous path through the Shadow Crypt to defeat Brother Nerezza.


Complete the first four quests of the Litany of the Dead Part 2 story arc in any order:

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


  • Find and speak with Dame Calla
  • Acquire 2 Small Blue Gears
  • Acquire 2 Small Red Gears
  • Acquire 2 Small Green Gears
  • Acquire 2 Small Yellow Gears
  • Open the way to Nerezza
  • Defeat the Shadow Council (defeat 4)
  • Slay Brother Nerezza
  • Acquire The Twisted Apocrypha
  • (Optional) Slay Gloom — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣557 ♦982 ♥1,036 ♠1,090 )
  • (Optional) Slay Twilight — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣557 ♦982 ♥1,036 ♠1,090 )
  • (Optional) Slay Login Yapow — Bonus (0%): Heroic( ♣0 ♦0 ♥0 ♠0 )
  • (Optional) Slay Rhonita Hourd — Bonus (0%): Heroic( ♣0 ♦0 ♥0 ♠0 )
  • (Optional) Slay Callin Fornan — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣557 ♦982 ♥1,036 ♠1,090 )
  • (Optional) Slay Timoty Jorem — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣557 ♦982 ♥1,036 ♠1,090 )
  • (Optional) Slay Myriel Everborn — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣557 ♦982 ♥1,036 ♠1,090 )
  • (Optional) Slay Dontre Lebram — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣557 ♦982 ♥1,036 ♠1,090 )
  • (Optional) Slay Caligin — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣557 ♦982 ♥1,036 ♠1,090 )
  • (Optional) Slay Dusk — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣557 ♦982 ♥1,036 ♠1,090 )
  • (Optional) Slay Lurid — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣557 ♦982 ♥1,036 ♠1,090 )
  • (Optional) Slay Murk — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣557 ♦982 ♥1,036 ♠1,090 )

What to Expect

  • Note: All optionals are rare spawns. You will generally only encounter 6-9 per instance.
  • Maze (random layout)
  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • Randomly placed quest items (mandatory: 8 gears and optional: 4 gears)

Tips and Misc

See Instance Paths for detailed information on paths.

There are 3 known configurations to this dungeon. Depending on the configuration you get, the directions you take from each room will land you in a different room. Each room has a chest that contains a gear. Your objective here is to collect two gears per color, that is red, blue, green, and yellow. To open the "big chest" at the end you need to acquire one additional gear per color.

A simple approach to finding all the gears is to just go the same direction every time you enter a room. Eventually most of the rooms will be explored. Once you have located the gears you need, follow the banners that can be found above an entry way to the lever room. The banners are glowing see-through banners and can be hard to find on many of the entry ways.

***Low graphics quality can remove the banner, making it impossible to know which room it is.***

Tip to find the Banner Room. From the starting room, take the South Exit, then the East Exit, then the West Exit, and check the room that you arrive in. If the Banner isn't in that room, dimension door back to the start and then take the East Exit three times and check that room for the banner.

Nerezza will clone himself multiple times when hurt below a certain level. You need to either hurt him fast enough so that he doesn't get to clone, or use Firewall to hurt all the clones. If you can't hurt him before he clones, and you don't have access to the Firewall spell, have all your party members focus on the original Nerezza by keeping him targeted using the Tab key. It used to be that Nerezza still remained targeted after re-appearing, but that is no longer the case.

NOTE: That is still the case as of U31 Patch 2.

You can identify the clones by seeing how much damage they take - clones have half as many hit points as Nerezza.

Nerezza also has special DR:

Originally Posted by DeadlyGazebo Source

Actually, Nerezza has his vampiric 10/silver, an additional 10/magic ... 2/adamantine. (12/silver, 12/magic, 6/adamantine on hard, 15/silver, 15/magic, and 9/adamantine on elite).

After the quest is complete, you can use the altar to perform an upgrade on your Silver Flame Nugget or Emerald Claw Nugget.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 82 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣557 ♦982 ♥1,036 ♠1,090 )
  • Conquest bonus: 284 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣1,392 ♦2,455 ♥2,590 ♠2,725 )


  • Chests: 3 guaranteed, 1 optional "big chest"
  • Collectables: 5 (maybe more)
    • Crude Altar in the entrance
    • Moss in the Green Columns room
    • 2 Adventurers' Packs in the Blue Maze
    • Adventurer's Pack in the Yellow Water room
    • Shadow Scarab (in end chest)
  • NPC rewards: Random item

Named Chest Drop


Name(picture) CR Type Race
Brother Nerezza(view)
Brother Nerezza.jpg
 ♠16Elite Undead Vampire
Dread Wraith(view)
Dread Wraith.jpg
 ♠18Elite ♦25Epic Normal Undead Wraith
Shadow Guard(view)
Shadow Guard.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♠15Elite Undead Wraith
Shadow King(view)
Shadow King.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♠15Elite Undead Wraith
Shadow Knight(view)
Shadow Knight.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♠15Elite Undead Wraith
Shadow Lord(view)
Shadow Lord.jpg
 ♦10Normal ♠15Elite Undead Wraith
Spectre of Calla(view)
Spectre of Calla.jpg
 ♠16Elite Undead Spectre
No pic.jpg
CRs missing! Magical Beast Spider
Callin Fornan(view)
Callin Fornan.jpg
 ♦9Normal ♠14Elite Undead Wraith
Dontre Lebram(view)
Dontre Lebram.jpg
 ♠14Elite Undead Spectre
Dusk (spider)(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♦9Normal ♠14Elite Magical Beast Spider
 ♦9Normal ♠14Elite Undead Shadow
Login Yapow(view)
Login Yapow.jpg
 ♦9Normal ♠14Elite Undead Shadow
 ♦9Normal ♠14Elite Undead Shadow
No pic.jpg
 ♦9Normal ♠14Elite Undead Shadow
Rhonita Hourd(view)
Rhonita Hourd.jpg
 ♦9Normal ♠14Elite Undead Shadow
Timoty Jorem(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♦9Normal Undead Wraith
Twilight (monster)(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♦9Normal ♠14Elite Undead Shadow
Drifting Scourge Mage(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♦9Normal Undead Spectre
Drifting Scourge(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♦8Normal Undead Spectre
Dun Butcher(view)
Dun Butcher.jpg
 ♦8Normal ♠13Elite Humanoid Human
Phase Spider(view)
Monster Phase Spider.jpg
 ♦7Normal ♠12Elite Magical Beast Spider
Shadow (Mabar)(view)
Shadow (mabar).jpg
 ♦7Normal Undead Shadow
Shrouded Terror Mage(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♦9Normal ♠14Elite Undead Wraith
Shrouded Terror(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♦7Normal ♠12Elite Undead Wraith

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