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Under the Big Top

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Under the Big Top is the 4th quest in The Maleficent Cabal story arcIcon tooltip.pngStory arcs  are chains of chains or quests that make up a story line.
Completing everything in a story arc often yields a nice reward.
A Small Problem • Partycrashers • The Snitch • Under the Big Top

The Traveling Troubadors [sic] arrived in Stormreach a few months ago. Like many freelance entertainers, they pay fees to House Phiarlan for the privilege of performing in their Enclave.

Phiarlan Carnival adpack icon.jpg
DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Phiarlan Carnival
Under the Big Top
Heroic level: 5
Epic level: 20
Duration: Long
Heroic XP:  ♣1,464Solo/Casual ♦2,620Normal ♥2,800Hard ♠2,980Elite
Epic XP:  ♣8,789Solo/Casual ♦15,162Normal ♥15,675Hard ♠16,188Elite
Takes place in: The Traveling Troubadors
Bestowed by: Cerise
NPC contact: Cerise
Quest acquired in: House Phiarlan
Patron: House Phiarlan
Base favor: 4
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Cerise tracked the Maleficent Cabal leader, Malicia, to the Traveling Troubadors in the House Phiarlan Enclave.

You've been tasked with going in and assassinating Malicia.

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


  • Reach the entrance to the Big Top
  • Speak with Yewil d'Phiarlan
  • Enter the Big Top, then inform Yewil when you're ready to begin
  • Defeat the cabal ringmaster, Malicia
  • (Optional) Defeat Kron'zek, the Master Summoner — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣293 ♦524 ♥560 ♠596 ) Epic( ♣1,758 ♦3,032 ♥3,135 ♠3,238 )
  • (Optional) Bring Herli’nak the Untamed to heel — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣220 ♦393 ♥420 ♠447 ) Epic( ♣1,318 ♦2,274 ♥2,351 ♠2,428 )
  • (Optional) Ring the high striker bell — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣73 ♦131 ♥140 ♠149 ) Epic( ♣439 ♦758 ♥784 ♠809 )
  • (Optional) Win the high striker game — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣73 ♦131 ♥140 ♠149 ) Epic( ♣439 ♦758 ♥784 ♠809 )
  • (Optional) Play the high striker — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣73 ♦131 ♥140 ♠149 ) Epic( ♣439 ♦758 ♥784 ♠809 )
  • (Optional) Beat the high striker game — Bonus (5%): Heroic( ♣73 ♦131 ♥140 ♠149 ) Epic( ♣439 ♦758 ♥784 ♠809 )
  • (Optional) Parley with Maz'il'tilnik — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣146 ♦262 ♥280 ♠298 ) Epic( ♣879 ♦1,516 ♥1,568 ♠1,619 )
  • (Optional) Collect the Portal Inhibition Crystals for Maz'il'tilnik - 3 total — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣146 ♦262 ♥280 ♠298 ) Epic( ♣879 ♦1,516 ♥1,568 ♠1,619 )
  • (Optional) Give the Portal Inhibition Crystals to Maz'il'tilnik — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣293 ♦524 ♥560 ♠596 ) Epic( ♣1,758 ♦3,032 ♥3,135 ♠3,238 )
  • (Optional) Slay Maz'il'tilnik — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣293 ♦524 ♥560 ♠596 ) Epic( ♣1,758 ♦3,032 ♥3,135 ♠3,238 )

What to Expect

  • Traps (fixed)
  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • Puzzles (mandatory: puzzle wheels)

Known Traps

Trap DCs

  • Wheels of Ill-Fortune may be trapped on each turn, dealing either fire, sonic or electric damage. Some turns may also result in a group of tieflings or hellhounds (or combo thereof) teleporting in; disabling the traps will NOT prevent this.
  • Trap Control panels can be found near each wheel, though not always next to each wheel.
    • Blue Wheel - Across the way to the west, on the nose of the statue head by the wall
    • Green Wheel - Across the way to the south, behind the altar in the tent
    • Yellow Wheel in Sideshow Alley - Left of the wheel (fixed in Update 9)
    • Yellow Wheel in Magician's Corner - North, in the tent, in the center of the ring
    • Orange Wheel - North, on the big pillar inside the circle of tents (DM describes it as Red)
    • Blue Wheel in the Midway - On the front of the altar to the west
    • Purple Wheel - Just to the west (DM describes it as Red)
  • In parties without trap skills, the damage can be minimised by either hopping up on of the round edges of each wheel to perch on top of it and then triggering the wheel and immediately jumping with Feather Fall, or turning the wheel from the side and quickly stepping to use the its supporting post to block the damage.

Tips and Misc

The High Strike game
  • A Small Problem, Partycrashers, and The Snitch must all be completed and flagged before acquiring this quest.
  • Puzzle Wheel of Ill Fortune Solutions
    • Blue = Yellow X
    • Green = White Triangle
    • Yellow in Sideshow Alley = Red Diamond
    • Orange = Green Circle
    • Yellow in Magician's Corner = UNNECESSARY
    • Blue in the Midway = UNNECESSARY
    • Purple = Yellow Square
  • Prior to Update 8, the Orange and Purple wheels were both red; you had to match them with the Yellow or Blue wheel to unlock the gate.
  • There are four Striker games. You "win" by getting the top purple gem to light up (random, strength does not matter at all) which results in four Cabal tieflings appearing. When they are killed, you complete the optional.
  • Take care with the hellhounds on fire balls, as the explosion of the balls may knock you over and blind you. Ranged attacks are ideal.
  • The "Magician's Boxes" spawn Magician's Assistants (zombies) when destroyed; these don't count towards your Kills bonus.
  • In the final fight against Malicia, when she's reduced to about half her HP, she'll summon several Tieflings and Hellhounds to help. She has a Charm attack, as well as Sneak Attack.
  • The optionals for Maz'il'tilnik, Herli'nak and Kron'zek do not always appear.
    • Parley with Maz'il'tilnik: located in Magician's Corner, found near a yellow (and unnecessary) wheel in the center of the northern area of the map. You can either choose to kill him, or accept his proposal and get an extra chest. You get the same amount of XP either way. If you choose to fight him, he'll call in a few other tieflings and hellhounds to help. (On higher difficulties, the extra kills MAY be enough for a kills bonus - but not on Normal)
      • Give the Portal Inhibition Crystals to Maz'il'tilnik: the portal inhibition crystals are in 3 different chests in gazebos, which aren't very far away. Kill the tieflings surrounding each to unlock the chest.
    • Bring Herli'nak the Untamed to heel: located in Kanine Korner, in the South-west area of the map.
    • Defeat Kron'zek, the Master Summoner: located in the Troubador's [sic] Boneyard. Once you reach the second shrine (near the outhouses), keep the wall on your right, go up the stairs and through the gate.
  • If you have too much DPS in end fight, Malicia can get stuck behind force field, invulnerable. If that happens, you can wait 5 minutes to make her vulnerable again.

Epic Strategy

  • You will want to find someone with a high Disable device to handle the Wheels of Ill-Fortune.
  • After the second shrine, you can simply cast Mass Invisibility and run straight for the end fight.

Bonus XP

  • Aggression bonus: 211 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣146 ♦262 ♥280 ♠298 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 275 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣220 ♦393 ♥420 ♠447 )
  • Conquest bonus: 337 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣366 ♦655 ♥700 ♠745 )
  • Tamper bonus: 4 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣146 ♦262 ♥280 ♠298 )
  • Neutralization bonus: 5 or more traps disarmed +20% Bonus.( ♣293 ♦524 ♥560 ♠596 )
  • Ingenious Debilitation bonus: 6 or more traps disarmed +30% Bonus.( ♣439 ♦786 ♥840 ♠894 )
  • Mischief bonus: 40 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣117 ♦210 ♥224 ♠238 )
  • Vandal bonus: 52 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣146 ♦262 ♥280 ♠298 )
  • Ransack bonus: 64 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣220 ♦393 ♥420 ♠447 )
Notes: ** Kill bonus requires spinning whichever wheels did not open gates, it differs per instance, multiple times to spawn mobs. The other wheels stop spawning after their associated gate is opened.


  • Chests: ♦  1 - 4/Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥  2 - 5/Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠  3 - 6Icon tooltip.pngElite (+ 1 on epic)
    • 1 optional for killing Herli'nak (Hellhound, doesn't always appear, found in the Kanine Korner)
    • 1 optional for killing Kron'zek (Blue Abishai, doesn't always appear, found in the Troubadour's Boneyard)
    • 1 optional for killing or parlaying with Maz'il'tilnik (Tiefling, doesn't always appear, found in the Magician's Corner)
    • ♦  1/Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥  2/Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠  3Icon tooltip.pngElite (+ 1 on epic) at the end for killing Malicia (Succubus)
  • Collectables: Eleven
    • Adventurer's Pack on a table in Sideshow Alley (near the Green Wheel of Ill-Fortune)
    • Moss behind the tent with the altar in Sideshow Alley
    • Moss behind fountain in Magician's Corner
    • Rubble in the tents north of the Orange Wheel
    • Adventurer's Pack in tent east of the Orange Wheel
    • Moss south of the Orange Wheel
    • Adventurer's Pack south of the entrance
    • Rubble in Kanine Korner
    • Mushroom north of the second set of shrines
    • Mushroom in the Troubador's [sic] Boneyard, behind one of the wagons to the north
    • Moss in the Forty Miler, north of the fourth High Striker game
  • NPC rewards: Random item (choice from 8)

Named Chest Drop

Last Edited Item Type Enhancements ML Bind Quests
  • Update 48.2
  • 9 months and 13 days
  • BugTime
Kron'zek's Cruelty
Kron'zek's Cruelty.png
Scimitar  4 Bound to Account on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire Under the Big Top, Kron'zek's chest
  • Update 48.2
  • 9 months and 13 days
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Mask of Comedy
Mask of Comedy.png
Helm  4 Bound to Account on Acquire, ExclusiveIcon tooltip.pngBound to Account on Acquire: This item is Bound to Account on Acquire
This is an Exclusive item. You may only carry one at a time.
Under the Big Top, Maz'il'tilnik's or Herli'nak the Untamed's chest
  • Update 48.2
  • 9 months and 13 days
  • BugTime
The Big Top
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Helm  4 Bound to Character on AcquireIcon tooltip.pngBound to Character on Acquire: This item is Bound to Character on Acquire Under the Big Top, End chest
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Name ( picture • New Monster ) CR Type Race
Hellhound( view
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 ♦5Normal ♥30Epic Hard Magical Beast Hellhound
Herli'nak the Untamed( view
Herli'nak the Untamed.jpg
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 ♦23Epic Normal Evil Outsider Hellhound
Kron'zek( view
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 ♠11Elite Evil Outsider Abishai
Magician's Assistant( view
Magician's Assistant.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦20Epic Normal Undead Zombie
Malefic Firebreather( view
Malefic Firebreather.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦5Normal ♦22Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Native Outsider Tiefling
Malefic Illusionist( view
Malefic Illusionist.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦5Normal ♦22Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard ♠45Epic Elite Native Outsider Tiefling
Malefic Knife Thrower( view
Malefic Knife Thrower.jpg
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 ♦5Normal ♦22Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Native Outsider Tiefling
Malefic Seer( view
Malefic Seer.jpg
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 ♦5Normal ♦22Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Native Outsider Tiefling
Malefic Strongman( view
Malefic Strongman.jpg
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 ♦22Epic Normal ♥30Epic Hard Native Outsider Tiefling
Malefic Trainer( view
Malefic Trainer.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦22Epic Normal Native Outsider Tiefling
Malicia( view
Monster Malicia.jpg
 • edit )
 ♦8/22Normal ♥11Hard ♠14/23/32Elite ♦24Epic Normal ♥33Epic Hard ♠50Epic Elite Evil Outsider Devil
Maz'il'tilnik( view
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 ♠13Elite ♦23Epic Normal Native Outsider Tiefling
Performing Hellhound( view
Performing Hellhound.jpg
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Evil Outsider Hellhound
Phiarlan Retainer( view
Phiarlan Retainer.jpg
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 ♦22Epic Normal Elf Elf
Tamed Trainer( view
Tamed Trainer.jpg
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Native Outsider Tiefling
Yewil d'Phiarlan( view
Yewil d'Phiarlan.jpg
 • edit )
 ♠11Elite ♦22Epic Normal ♥31Epic Hard ♠46Epic Elite Elf Elf

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