The heroic Gianthold raid is called The Reaver’s Fate. The flagging is the same quests on heroic as on epic, but the quest givers are different. If you pick up the wrong quests you will still be able to run the quests, you will just not get flagged for the right raid. You also have to flag for Gianthold Tor and run it before you’re flagged.
Ok, so here’s what you do.
1. Talk to Cydonie to pick up the chain. You can also do this after running the first 3 quests.
2. Pick up and run: Madstone Crater (Blaze ar’Rhind), The Prison of the Planes (Nimbus Ar’Yorg) and A Cabal for One (Jorgundal ar’Grund)
3. Turn in the quests, then talk to Cydonie to flag for Tor
4. Pick up Tor from Crag, run it, turn it in.
5. Talk to Cydonie to be flagged
6. Pick up the raid from Agon Uruhond
When I logged this Saturday there seemed to be quite little people on.. but I posted anyway. I was, though, expecting to struggle to fill, I accepted anyone hitting the lfm, even though I felt like they might not have been quite ready for Legendary Shroud Reaper 1 skull. Soon I had a full party and we started. I had warned the party that the raid lags, but I don’t think some were quite prepared for how bad it gets at the portals in part 1. We were a bit slow, but I felt like we were getting things done.. until I missed that a second portal keeper had spawned right after the one we killed. I noticed it a bit late, we had about half the time you’d normally have when a portal keeper spawns.. we rushed in and failed.
I believe everyone in the party was up for another try, just on a different difficulty. We decided to give LE a try. I wasn’t quite sure about the party, but somehow we managed to struggle through. I kept an eye out for portal keepers and we killed them quickly. The biggest struggle was in part 2, where we all died and died and died. Most of us had our gear broken after p2. Luckily p3 went smoothly and we could repair our gear. I believe my bill was 139k.
As you may know I’m doing a spreadsheet with “How to flag”, “Raid Solo” and “Raid with party”. I’m adding to it as I go, and I’m recording flagging videos where I’ve flagged a character solo. I don’t want to do flagging videos with pug.
To flag for The Vault of Night, pick up the chain from Marek Malcanus (or you can do it after you’ve completed the quests).
Then pick up, run and turn in the following quests:
Tharashk Arena (VoN 1)
The Prisoner (VoN 2)
The Jungle of Khyber (VoN 3)
Haywire Foundry (VoN 4)
You can if you like, talk to Marek Malcanus between the quests, but it isn’t needed. Once you’ve turned in the 4 quests, talk to him again, then you can head up to the raid entrance and talk to Barrow d’Kundarak to pick up the raid.
Here’s the video for the flag for The Vault of Night.
And if you want to check out the spreadsheet, you can see it here.
This is bug that happens once in a while. I don’t exactly know what triggers it. I thought it happened if someone was dead when the raid finished, or maybe if someone had the boom virus when the raid finished. It looks like the boom virus/ cloud, but it does no damage. Check out my video below.
The Germans TR’d, so this week I had to make do without them. I did post for Shroud Reaper 1 at 9 pm, but after a failed attempt, we decided to just do LH instead. The LH run was quick and easy and left us with a feeling of success, unlike the reaper attempt.
Yesterday, I believe it was, my U34 blog was mentioned in the DDO Chronicle. A mention isn’t anything new, but this blog post seemed to get more attention than some of the others. Clicking on the blog stats I was happy to see that a lot of people from a range of countries had been clicking on it: 🙂
Update 34 was out on Thursday and with it a revamp of champions, reaper difficulty and a brand new free to play quest, Tower of Frost. I decided to try the quest heroic elite (quest is lvl 14 on normal) on Cerge who is currently a lvl 15 ranger. My very first ranger, unless you count my bardcher and monkcher with 6 levels ranger. The only spoilers I am going to give on the new quest is that it’s a tower, and that Cordovan did the DM voice for it. 🙂 I kind of thought Theobald looks a bit like Cordovan too, but that might just be me.. or the moustache (I guess that makes another spoiler. Sorry).
Update 34 and with it Reaper difficulty was out a few days ago. I was talking to Lubash a day after it was out, and he suggested we do LE/EE raids on reaper this week. I was a bit hesitant.. the raids have been going well, but I wouldn’t consider them that easy. But as I was told that 1 skull would be almost equivalent to EE, I figured why not. The worst that can happen is that we fail, right?
I posted for Reaper 1 skull at 9 pm (GMT +1) and the interest wasn’t as big as last week, but not bad anyway. Somewhat quickly we had an almost full party and I saved the last spot for a hurler. I was worried that we’d have to wait a long time, but soon we had a full party and off we went. Lag was.. well, bad. It seemed fine at first, but with the additional difficulty of Reaper, lag suddenly became a major issue. More than half way through p1 we couldn’t reach the portal keeper in time, and failed because of it. Everyone (except 1 person who was dc’d and got removed) was down for giving it a second go and off we went (after replacing the dc’d person).
This time, we still had lag, but I think we all were playing a bit better. Well, except me who forgot to repair my gear after the first attempt, and soon my inventory was overflowing, as more and more of my gear was breaking. We managed to get through p1 and off to p2. P2 was a bit more difficult, but with two people healing and raising, it didn’t feel that bad. It might have taken a little bit longer to prep them though. P3 went well as normally and I got to repair and reequip my gear. P4 lagged a bit, but we got Harry down in one round. The reds in p5 were a bit tricky and we had death’s there, both end bosses were tricky, but we got it done and I got my first Reaper xp.
So, on Sunday I was dualboxing Jarvanna and Evilynnn (Evil mainly piking for xp), and I noticed something interesting in Gianthold. I’ve noticed the same phenomenon on my guild ship as well. The premium char has snow, the VIP does not. Check out the pics below.
Yesterday (Jan 30) I finally got around to TR’ing Cerge. I haven’t really enjoyed him as a druid, so I decided I was done, finished his sagas, turned them in, capped him, cleaned out his TR bank and did the crafting tutorial. The I was ready to TR. The plan was to do shadarkai pure ranger, which meant using a +1 (or higher) lesser heart after TR. This was my first time using a + anything heart, but everything went well. Here are his before and after pictures.
This is also my first time doing a shadarkai. I loved Cerge’s lookes as a morninglord, but I think he looks totally badass as a shadarkai. 🙂 And yes, I’m still using the same cosmetic armor on him. I feel it fits him.