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Yarkuch's War-plans

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Yarkuch's War-plans is the 3rd quest in the Assault on Splinterskull 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.
First Strike • The Hobgoblins' Captives • Yarkuch's War-plans • Whisperdoom's Spawn • The Deadly Package: The Stronghold Key • The Deadly Package: Agent of the Darguul • Doom of the Witch-doctor: The Way to Zulkash • Doom of the Witch-doctor: Zulkash, Herald of Woe • The Last Move: The Way to Yarkuch • The Last Move: Yarkuch's Last Stand

Splinterskull rumbles with preparations for war. Tread cautiously, for the dread spider Blood-drinker prowls in the shadows.

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DDO Point icon.png Requires access to adventure pack: Tangleroot Gorge
Yarkuch's War Plans
Heroic level: 4
Epic level: None
Duration: Medium
Heroic XP:  ♣597Solo/Casual ♦1,070Normal ♥1,145Hard ♠1,220Elite
Epic XP: N/A
Takes place in: Outer Splinterskull Fortress
Bestowed by: Chief Ungurz
NPC contact: Chief Ungurz
Quest acquired in: Tangleroot Gorge
Patron: House Phiarlan
Base favor: 3
Purchase: Tangleroot Gorge or VIP
Extreme Challenge: No
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Enter Splinterskull again, hunt down the hobgoblins' three master tacticians, and take their combat orders, patrol map and troop roster. Kill them if necessary.

Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


  • Acquire Combat Orders
  • Acquire Patrol Map
  • Acquire Troop Roster
  • (Optional) Slay Blood-drinker — Bonus (10%): Heroic( ♣60 ♦107 ♥115 ♠122 )

What to Expect

  • Traps (fixed)
  • Spawning/respawning monsters
  • Ability check (optional; 16 Strength required to open a door)
  • Locked doors (optional)

Known Traps

Trap DCs

  • Spike trap in the western storeroom, in the corner beyond the door; control panel is on the western wall
  • Electrical trap in the small room off the throne room; control panel is just inside the door on the north wall
  • Blade trap (on both walls) down the corridor past the second shrine; control panel is on the north wall
  • Spinning blade trap further down the corridor; control panel is on the south wall immediately after the blade trap

Tips and Misc

  • Third verse, same as the first... now with extra Hobgoblin Tacticianage!
  • The hobgoblins must be tired of locking up after a visit; the portcullis is now left open, as are the two guardrooms with the levers and the storerooms off the cellblocks.
  • The quest items (Troop Roster, Patrol Map and Combat Orders) are dropped by Hobgoblin Tacticians. They can all be discarded immediately after being picked up without affecting the outcome of the quest if storage space is at a premium, although they're also automatically removed from the inventory upon exit.
  • The three Hobgoblin Tacticians can be found in the eastern cell block, the northeastern spider cave, and on the lookout.
  • If the last Tactician fight is too hard it is often possible to get them to chase you through the spinning blade traps, where many or all of them will die! Jumping off the ledge to the hallway below is a simple method to do this.
    • Alternately, you can attack one of the hobgoblins on the ledge from the tunnel below, and just wait for the tactician to run through the traps and down to you, bypassing the blades and spinners entirely.
  • The poor prisoner who died from the scorpion poison last quest is now a zombie. Braaaaaaaain... him.
  • Blood-drinker can be found in the spider cave at the southeastern corner of the map.

Bonus XP

  • Devious bonus: 5 or fewer monsters killed +7% Bonus.( ♣42 ♦75 ♥80 ♠85 )
  • Discreet bonus: 17 or fewer monsters killed +5% Bonus.( ♣30 ♦54 ♥57 ♠61 )
  • Aggression bonus: 57 or more monsters killed +10% Bonus.( ♣60 ♦107 ♥115 ♠122 )
  • Onslaught bonus: 74 or more monsters killed +15% Bonus.( ♣90 ♦161 ♥172 ♠183 )
  • Conquest bonus: 91 or more monsters killed +25% Bonus.( ♣149 ♦268 ♥286 ♠305 )
  • Tamper bonus: 2 or more traps disarmed +10% Bonus.( ♣60 ♦107 ♥115 ♠122 )
  • Neutralization bonus: 3 or more traps disarmed +20% Bonus.( ♣119 ♦214 ♥229 ♠244 )
  • Ingenious Debilitation bonus: 4 or more traps disarmed +30% Bonus.( ♣179 ♦321 ♥344 ♠366 )
  • Mischief bonus: 52 or more breakables smashed +8% Bonus.( ♣48 ♦86 ♥92 ♠98 )
  • Vandal bonus: 68 or more breakables smashed +10% Bonus.( ♣60 ♦107 ♥115 ♠122 )
  • Ransack bonus: 84 or more breakables smashed +15% Bonus.( ♣90 ♦161 ♥172 ♠183 )
  • Conquest is obtainable only by killing everything in the quest, including killing the three oozes that spawn near the start twice.


  • Chests: Four (last three are the same ones in all Outer Fortress quests)
    • One for killing Blood-drinker
    • One in the room past the scorpion pit in the eastern cell block (requires 16 STR)
    • One behind the locked door in the central chamber
    • One on the lookout ledge down the inner corridor past the second shrine
  • Collectables:
    • Mushroom down the South-west tunnel
    • Adventurer's Pack down the South-east tunnel
    • Bookshelf in the alcove as you first enter the stronghold proper
    • Adventurer's Pack in the spider pit in the western cell block
    • Cabinet in the central chamber
    • Mushroom just before the second shrine
    • Mushroom on the lookout ledge
    • Mushroom down the North-west tunnel around the loop
    • Mushroom down the South tunnel around the loop
  • NPC rewards: None


Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
Black Widow( view
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite Vermin Spider
Blood-drinker( view
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 ♦6Normal ♥8Hard ♠11Elite Vermin Spider
Brown Spider Prince( view
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 ♦5Normal ♥8Hard ♠10Elite Vermin Spider
Brown Spider( view
Brown Spider.jpg
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 ♦1Normal ♥3Hard ♠6Elite Vermin Spider
Darkfang Spider( view
Darkfang Spider.png
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 ♦5Normal ♥7Hard ♠10Elite Vermin Spider
Gray Ooze( view
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 ♦4Normal ♥6Hard ♠9Elite Ooze Gray Ooze
Hobgoblin Cleric( view
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 ♦3Normal ♥5Hard ♠8Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Hobgoblin Guard( view
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Hobgoblin Infiltrator( view
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Hobgoblin Tactician( view
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 ♦5Normal ♥8Hard ♠11Elite Goblinoid Hobgoblin
Lesser Gray Ooze( view
Lesser Gray Ooze.jpg
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠6Elite Ooze Gray Ooze
Night Scorpion( view
Night Scorpion.jpg
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 ♦4Normal ♥6Hard ♠10Elite Vermin Scorpion
Wolf( view
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 ♦1Normal ♥2Hard ♠5Elite Animal Wolf
Worg( view
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 ♦2Normal ♥4Hard ♠7Elite Magical Beast Wolf
Zombie( view
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QL1: ♦0.25Normal ♥1Hard ♠3Elite; QL2/QL3: ♦0.5Normal ♥2Hard ♠5Elite Undead Zombie

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