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Watch Your Step

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Watch Your Step
Heroic level: 1
Epic level: 21
Duration: Short
Heroic XP:  ♣216Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦360Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥386Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠412Icon tooltip.pngElite
Epic XP:  ♣3,890Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦6,697Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥6,911Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠7,125Icon tooltip.pngElite
Takes place in: Kobold Caves
Bestowed by: Wrolph Acton
NPC contact: Wrolph Acton
Quest acquired in: Keep on the Borderlands
Patron: The Gatekeepers
Base favor: 2
Free to Play: No
Extreme Challenge: No
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Spoiler Warning: Information below this point can be considered spoiler material!


  • Explore the cave
  • Defeat the Kobold tribe
  • (Optional) Stop the kobold runner — Bonus (7%): Heroic( ♣15 ♦25 ♥27 ♠29 ) Epic( ♣272 ♦469 ♥484 ♠499 )
  • (Optional) Defeat the king of the pile — Bonus (15%): Heroic( ♣32 ♦54 ♥58 ♠62 ) Epic( ♣584 ♦1,005 ♥1,037 ♠1,069 )
  • (Optional) Make a deal with the Kobolds — Bonus (20%): Heroic( ♣43 ♦72 ♥77 ♠82 ) Epic( ♣778 ♦1,339 ♥1,382 ♠1,425 )
  • (Optional) Find out what the Kobolds have been up to — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣22 ♦36 ♥39 ♠41 ) Epic( ♣389 ♦670 ♥691 ♠713 )
  • (Optional) Politely tell the Kobold tribe about their chieftain's demise — Bonus (7%): Heroic( ♣15 ♦25 ♥27 ♠29 ) Epic( ♣272 ♦469 ♥484 ♠499 )
  • (Optional) Find out what the Kobolds have been up to — Bonus (7%): Heroic( ♣15 ♦25 ♥27 ♠29 ) Epic( ♣272 ♦469 ♥484 ♠499 )

Known Traps

Trap DCs

Type Description

link=Quests giving holy trap parts
1 Mechanical Trapdoor.

Tips and Misc

True to its name, first passage has a Mechanical Trapdoor at the first junction (not very well disguised). Safe but long fall into shallow slop (no damage, no direct climb back out). There's a secret door that begins the way back up and out.

  • Optional: Although falling into the pit is painless, you miss the "Kobold runner" optional ("Kobold too young to die!" +7% XP), which is triggered when the trap is disabled (and possibly by other triggers also). No "fail" notice is given if this is missed, and it cannot be re-gained. Although this is generally true, sometimes the kobold runner falls into the pit with you, allowing completion of the optional.

West and/or down the pit - optionals:
All optionals in the pit can be achieved by going west (secret door at "end" of tunnel. There is a 2nd secret door beyond that, but contains only 1 breakable and the secret door to the pit itself. Only 2 of the 3 secret doors need be found for +10% Perception bonus).

  • If you fall/jump, you follow a tunnel and end up back at the top of the pit, which has now been sealed shut. Trap can still be disabled at this time (XP?).
  • "Optional" mini-boss rat "king of the pile" and an Iron key (and collectable and shrine) are found down here.
  • Lever in shrine room is used to open one of the secret doors in the pit if you do not have a high enough search DC.
  • 2 secret doors must be found to get back up out of the pit. There is a third secret door in SW passage. If you run down the hall toward the pit, you only need the first secret door plus the SW passage for the +10% Perception bonus (2 total). The inner secret door, leading to the pit itself, hides only one (1) breakable.


  • Optional: "Making a deal with the kobolds" (+20%) involves going southeast and talking to the Elderly Kobold Crone. Diplomacy (35 worked on Epic Normal), Intimidate or Bluff (Bluff 11 Failed, but 19 worked on Hard, 19 Bluff Failed on Elite. Diplomacy 19 succeeded on Elite). Depending on your actions beforehand you might not be able to even talk to the Elderly Kobold, e.g. if you don't stop the Kobold runner she'll be hostile.
  • If you loot their chest (or if you attack them first), they attack. You still get the XP from making the deal.
  • Go north and east to kill the chief, then come back and speak to her twice more if you want the optionals (below).
  • 2nd Iron Key in end room.
  • Either iron key can be used to unlock the treasure room at the end.
  • Quest ends when the treasure room door is opened (west end of northern passage). The optionals below can still be completed, for reward and XP, after the quest is "finished".
  • Optional: Speaking to her the second time opens a secret door for chest.
  • Optional: Speaking to the Crone a third time completes the "Find out what the Kobolds Have been up to" optional, and drops a Kobold Charm of Evil Chaos on the floor, which is one of three charms used in the final quest Total Chaos to unlock a +25% XP optional and chest.

Bonus XP

  • Perception bonus: 2 or more secret doors discovered +10% Bonus.( ♣22 ♦36 ♥39 ♠41 )
  • Mischief bonus: 8 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣17 ♦29 ♥31 ♠33 )
  • Vandal bonus: 10 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣22 ♦36 ♥39 ♠41 )
  • Ransack bonus: 12 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣32 ♦54 ♥58 ♠62 )


  • Chests: 3
    • one behind secret door to SE
    • one in side tunnel in north-central area (also has 2 Tasty Hams nearby, on the floor)
    • End chest
  • Collectables: 2
  • NPC rewards:

Named Chest Drop

Watch Your Step loot


Name(picture) CR Type Race
Humongous Stinking Rat(view)
Humongous Stinking Rat.jpg
 ♣3Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦3Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥5Icon tooltip.pngHard ♣24Icon tooltip.pngEpic Casual ♦24Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥28Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠43Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Animal Rat
Proud Kobold Chieftain(view)
Proud Kobold Chieftain.jpg
 ♣2Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦2Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠7Icon tooltip.pngElite ♣24Icon tooltip.pngEpic Casual ♦24Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥28Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠43Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Reptilian Kobold
Crafty Kobold Warrior(view)
Crafty Kobold Warrior.jpg
 ♣1.00Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦1.00Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠5Icon tooltip.pngElite ♣22Icon tooltip.pngEpic Casual ♦22Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠37Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Reptilian Kobold
Dretch Spawn(view)
Dretch Spawn.jpg
 ♦21Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Evil Outsider Demon
Elderly Kobold Crone(view)
Elderly Kobold Crone.jpg
 ♦1.00Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠5Icon tooltip.pngElite ♣21Icon tooltip.pngEpic Casual ♦21Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♠37Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Reptilian Kobold
Hezrou Chaos Spawn(view)
Hezrou Chaos Spawn.jpg
 ♦22Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥27Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Evil Outsider Demon
Infirm Kobold Veteran(view)
Infirm Kobold Veteran.jpg
 ♣0.50Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦21Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal Reptilian Kobold
Kobold Lookout(view)
Kobold Lookout.jpg
 ♦0.50Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥1.00Icon tooltip.pngHard ♦21Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠37Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Reptilian Kobold
Kobold Runner(NoPic)
No pic.jpg
 ♦0.50Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥1.00Icon tooltip.pngHard ♦21Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠37Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Reptilian Kobold
Scrawny Kobold(view)
Scrawny Kobold.jpg
 ♦0.50Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥1.00Icon tooltip.pngHard ♦21Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal Reptilian Kobold
Sneaky Kobold Hunter(view)
Sneaky Kobold Hunter.jpg
 ♣1.00Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♣21Icon tooltip.pngEpic Casual ♦21Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal Reptilian Kobold
Stinking Rat(view)
Stinking Rat.jpg
 ♣1.00Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦1.00Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♥3Icon tooltip.pngHard ♠6Icon tooltip.pngElite ♣21Icon tooltip.pngEpic Casual ♦21Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥25Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard ♠37Icon tooltip.pngEpic Elite Animal Rat
Vicious Kobold Concubine(view)
Vicious Kobold Concubine.jpg
 ♣1.00Icon tooltip.pngSolo/Casual ♦1.00Icon tooltip.pngNormal ♠5Icon tooltip.pngElite ♣22Icon tooltip.pngEpic Casual ♦22Icon tooltip.pngEpic Normal ♥26Icon tooltip.pngEpic Hard Reptilian Kobold

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