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Tomb of the Burning Heart

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Tomb of the Burning Heart is the 1st quest in the Litany of the Dead Part 1 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 first four quests can be completed in any order to unlock The Bloody Crypt.
Tomb of the Burning Heart • Tomb of the Crimson Heart • Tomb of the Immortal Heart • Tomb of the Sanguine Heart • The Bloody Crypt

The martial strategists that built this tomb made it nigh impenetrable. Its legions serve as eternal guards, vigilant and deadly.

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DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: The Necropolis, Part 1
Tomb of the Burning Heart
Heroic level: 5
Epic level: None
Duration: Medium
Heroic XP:  ♣762Solo/Casual ♦1,360Normal ♥1,450Hard ♠1,540Elite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: Tomb of the Burning Heart
Bestowed by: Skorn
NPC contact: Skorn
Quest acquired in: The Necropolis
Patron: The Silver Flame
Base favor: 3
Purchase: The Necropolis, Part 1 or VIP
Extreme Challenge: No
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Skorn, a taciturn warforged in the service of the Emerald Claw, dispatched you to an ancient tomb in the hopes of killing its guardian.

Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


  • Slay Bekenkhonsu
  • Open the passage to Bekenkhonsu
  • (Optional) Slay the Priest of the Burning Heart — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣152 ♦272 ♥290 ♠308 )
  • (Optional) Shatter the Burning Brigade — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣152 ♦272 ♥290 ♠308 )
  • (Optional) Slay Lieutenant Keating — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣152 ♦272 ♥290 ♠308 )
  • (Optional) Slay Captain Davion — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣152 ♦272 ♥290 ♠308 )

What to Expect

  • Requires extra player(s)/hireling(s) (mandatory: 4 pressure plates have to be stepped on simultaneously) (See Tips, below)
  • Traps (fixed, they don't require rogue skills to be disarmed)
  • Multiple quest entrances (2)
  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • Contains the entrance to another instance (to Bloody Crypt Junction)
  • Multiple dart, disabled by ranged lever

Known Traps

Secret door DC

Tips and Misc

  • This can be the longest, or be the shortest of the 4 tombs required to unlock The Bloody Crypt.
  • As soon as you enter, the hallway will split in two directions with 2 pressure plates on each side.
    • Four bodies standing simultaneously on top of them is required to progress further into the dungeon.
      • This part can be solo'd with a total combination of 3 hirelings, pets, or Charmed enemies, plus yourself. However, with the lack of control of pets and charms, hirelings may be preferred, as they may be commanded to remain stationary. Enemy corpses, though temporary, can also trigger the plates.
      • Some classes can solo this dungeon without gold seal hirelings. To cover all four pressure pads, station a hireling and class-controlled pet (Pale Master's Skeletal Knight, Druid's Wolf Companion, or Artificer's Iron Defender) on the right hand corridor pads, while you go to the left corridor. Stand on one pad and summon a monster directly on to the other pad, or run to the other pad just as your summons appears where you were standing.
        • Note that Flame Turrets are stationary and as such can therefore be used more reliably than other summons. (Flame Turret is rare scroll, not available from a vendor.)
      • If you can cast Flesh to Stone, lure some spawned undeads to stand on a left-side plate and then cast the spell. Do it again with another undead in the remaining left-side plate. Now, go to the right-side plates, where you can turn another undead to stone on a plate or place either a hireling or class-controlled pet. With this third plate active, turn on the last plate by standing on it.
      • A Cannith crafted: Petrify Runestone, could potentially be used for holding one wight in place.
      • Another easy way to solo this part is to get a cleric hireling with "turn undead" command. First, lure some wights onto one of left-side plates, make hireling turn them so they are standing on it, then make hireling stand on another left-side plate. Go to right-side plates, kill one of the wights on one plate and quickly stand on the other.
        • Flower, level 7 Cleric hireling, can turn undead cowering on the plates. Seela Mooncrest, level 9 bard hireling, can fascinate undead on the plates; Zefyn Kurimas, level 16 sorcerer hireling, can turn undead to stone on a plate.
      • If(!) you manage to kill wights when they are on the pressure plates, they will activate that one. You must get 3 plates activated quick enough to step on the 4th before the corpses dissipate.
    • Once the pressure plates are activated, the party is separated for the first half of the dungeon, and will be reunited near the central shrine switch rooms. It is not necessary to clear both wings; however, it is possible to enter the other wing from the central shrine room.
    • From there the whole party will progress north through another skeletal archer gauntlet (however, this one has dart traps shooting down the path).
    • After you clear this room, you will enter Bekenkhonsu's Tomb.
    • Once Bekenkhonsu is killed, the quest is completed.
  • There are 2 secret rooms on both paths, right after the large square rooms with many Skeleton archers. The entrances are inside the chambers where Wights swarm out. Inside the secret rooms, you may find Lieutenant Keating and Captain Davion.
  • Inside the large square rooms, there can be secret doors (not searchable) with sarcophagi inside. The doors open when you kill the skeleton archers or when you kill the wights that come for you at the end of the room.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 34 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣76 ♦136 ♥145 ♠154 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 67 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣114 ♦204 ♥218 ♠231 )
  • Conquest bonus: 100 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣191 ♦340 ♥363 ♠385 )
  • Observance bonus: 3 or more secret doors discovered +8% Bonus.( ♣61 ♦109 ♥116 ♠123 )
  • Perception bonus: 4 or more secret doors discovered +10% Bonus.( ♣76 ♦136 ♥145 ♠154 )
  • Vigilant Sight bonus: 5 or more secret doors discovered +15% Bonus.( ♣114 ♦204 ♥218 ♠231 )
  • Mischief bonus: 56 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣61 ♦109 ♥116 ♠123 )
  • Vandal bonus: 73 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣76 ♦136 ♥145 ♠154 )
  • Ransack bonus: 89 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣114 ♦204 ♥218 ♠231 )

External Links


  • Chests: 3; 1 at end, plus 2 randomly placed behind secret doors
  • Collectables: 4

NPC end rewards



Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Bekenkhonsu( view
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 ♠12Elite Undead Mummy
Captain Davion( view
Captain Davion.png
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 ♥9Hard Undead Wight
Carrion Feeder( view
Carrion Feeder.jpg
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 ♦1Normal ♥5Hard ♠5Elite Undead Ghoul
Charnel Wight( view
Charnel Wight.jpg
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 ♦5Normal ♥5Hard ♠9Elite Undead Wight
Gallows Wight( view
Gallows Wight.jpg
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 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠7Elite Undead Wight
Lieutenant Keating( view
Lieutenant Keating.png
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 ♥9Hard Undead Wight
Priest of the Burning Heart( view
Priest of the Burning Heart.jpg
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 ♥8Hard ♠11Elite Humanoid Human
Skeleton Archer( view
Skeleton Archer.jpg
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 ♦2Normal ♥3Hard ♠5Elite ♦25Epic Normal ♥29 - 31Epic Hard ♠36Epic Elite Undead Skeleton