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Strange activities have been reported in a crypt under Kazordoon. Can you handle the heat and help the Gnomes' investigation?

Reward

An Eldritch Casket and permission to buy more, Some Like It Hot Achievement

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Description

You can see your progress in your quest log.

This quest is part of the Those Below lore of the Bigfoot's Burden Quest and Dangerous Depths Quest quest lines, and in order to start it the character must have completed the Recruitment mission of the Bigfoot's Burden Quest. Its progress resembles in parts the progress of the Warzones 1-3 access.

After getting access to the Crypt, you will receive a crystal shield that protects you from the extreme heat inside ruins of the vanished civilization. This shield is not an item, it's just a protection given to you by the Gnomes. Each Shield level, from 1 to 6, will allow you further access into the crypt. Your current shield Capacity will be shown as a number next to your character's name while inside the quest area.

To improve your shield, you must get crystal splinters by completing tasks. The splinters are not items but just points. Each task grants you a specific amount of splinters. Furthermore, to be able to enter a task you need to gather 20 protective layer points, which are obtained by killing the creatures inside the crypts. Each Shield level requires a different amount of Splinters:

So, in summary, this is how the quest progresses:

Shield Level Splinters Capacity
1 -- 360
2 20 540
3 40 720
4 75 1080
5 120 1440
6 180 1800
  1. Kill creatures to gather protective layer points.
  2. Spend your protective layer to enter and complete tasks and receive crystal splinters.
  3. Improve your shield by talking to Gnomevisor and gain access to new areas.

Shield Depletion

While inside the crypts, your shield will slowly deplete over time, as you'll see though the numbers near your character's name. If your shield is completely depleted you can no longer stay inside the crypts.

Your shield is automatically renewed once per day when you enter the main hall of the crypts.

Heat Level

Besides the shield capacity, you'll also have a heat level that increases over time (you'll see several different messages on your game window related to that) shown next your character's name. If the heat level gets to 50, you'll start taking 7.5% of current HP as Death Damage from yourself every few seconds (Madness is hurting you!). You can reset your heat level by standing on one of the several machines inside the Crypts for a couple of seconds.

Tasks

The first and second areas have two tasks each, whereas the third area have three tasks plus the final boss. However, the tasks of the first two areas are unlocked at the same time, but each task of the third area is available at a different shield level.

Local Tasks Crystal Shield Level Reward Time Limit
Antrum of the Fallen Treasure Hunting 1 10 Crystal Splinters 3 minutes
Monster Killing 1 10 Crystal Splinters 2 minutes
Grotto of the Lost Gnomish Explorer 2 20 Crystal Splinters 10 minutes
Wax Research 2 10 Crystal Splinters 3 minutes
Dwelling of the Forgotten Fishing in Lava Pools 3 25 Crystal Splinters 10 minutes
The Lost Structure 4 30 Crystal Splinters 10 minutes
Mega Magmaoid 4 40 Crystal Splinters ? minutes

Cursed Crypt

To start the quest you have to talk to Gnomystery and do him a favour to investigate a suspect of an unknown place in the crypt close to him, however Brodraem Orcbeard doesn't allow you in. Talk to him and he'll tell you unexpected incidents queered his pitch and that he'd like to clean the sarcoghapi more often. Accept his invite to investigate the crypt then use the eastern-most tile of the closed wooden coffin near him to get useful items to complete the cleaning task. They are:

Walk north towards the fence where you will find the sarcoghapi covered in dirt, broken marble floors and ruined columns. Now use the items taken from the wooden coffin to fix these problems. In total you need to:

  • Clean 5 sarcoghapi by using the brush on them.
  • Repair 3 ruined columns by using the chisel on them.
  • Cover 4 holes in the floor by using the marbel floors on them.

Report back to Brodraem Orcbeard and he'll tell you there might be chance to open the crypt again, and reward you with a White Gem White Gem.

Go back within the crypt, walk towards north and levitate down on the big crack. Once down, walk right and go through the teleport. You will be teleported to a room with 9 Diremaws and after walking around you'll get the message This place triggers memories! You have seen these creatures already somewhere else. together with a questlog update.

Tell Gnomystery the news and he inform you he will send out people to get more knowledge of the crypt.

Go back in the crypt and through the teleport and you will find Gnomevisor who is already expecting you. He will share details on how to explore the crypt using a crystal shield that is provided by them, however it is a very resourceful protection thus its protection is very weak and doesn't last long initially. For that reason it is recommended to only use it with the lowest heat level area. In order to upgrade the shield you will need crystal splinters, which are obtained by helping gnomes with research missions. To get to these missions you need protective layers which you obtain by killing monsters in the crypts.

Shield Level 1

Now that you got your crystal shield (capacity: 360) you are allowed to access Antrum of the Fallen, located in the northwest teleport.

In this area you can find the following creatures:

Creature HP EXP
Afflicted Strider 10000 5700
Blemished Spawn 9000 5300
Eyeless Devourer 10000 6000

At this point your goal is to kill creatures to earn protective layers, as previously mentioned. Once you gather 20 layers you can do one of the first two tasks.

Treasure Hunting

The entrance to this task is on the first floor of the crypt in a small room east.

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Too Hot to Handle Quest - Treasure Hunting Task

This task has an easy concept but could be problematic depending on your luck. Get a Gnome Shovel Gnome Shovel from the chest as soon as you get in the mission room and start digging. There are four possible results from digging: nothing, stones, a Tunnel Devourer, or a treasure.

If you don't dig anything you can just dig another hole immediately, but if you dig stones you'll receive a message saying you are exhausted (This was quite exhausting. You need a little break.) and are forced to take a break of a few seconds.

The worst case is waking up Tunnel Devourers. Once that happens you can choose to kill them or just run around the room with them attacking you. Time management is very important as you only have 3 minutes to find the treasure.

Once you find the treasure, all players in the room receive 10 crystal splinters.

Monster Killing

The entrance to this task is on the first floor of the crypt in a room north-east.

This task is quite straight forward. You and your teammates are teleported to a room with divisions and your goal is to kill all Toxic Swarms in it within two minutes.

Initially only five of these rooms have creatures in them, two for each room, however as you kill them 8 new ones spawn in the central room. In summary, you need to kill a total of 18 swarms. Also, the last two creatures in the central room need to be killed in the same attack turn, otherwise they will respawn.

This task will give you 10 Crystal Splinters.

Shield Level 2

When you get 20 Crystal Splinters, go to Gnomevisor and ask him about shield to receive an upgrade. Your shield now has a capacity of 540(?). The stronger shield allows you to enter a new area, the Grotto of the Lost, where you'll fight the following Fire attacking creatures:

Creature HP EXP
Lavafungus 7200 6200
Lavaworm 7500 6500
Streaked Devourer 7000 6300

In this Crypt, both tasks are located in the same small room: after entering the teleport, go down using stairs or levitating and go to the north-west until you find a ramp here. You'll find the teleporters for two tasks above.

Gnomish Explorer

Enter the north teleport to start this task.

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Too Hot to Handle Quest - Gnomish Explorer escorting task

This is a scouting mission. Your job is simple: escort the Gnomish Explorer through the cave and protect him from the Hungry Menace and lava holes. Once you get to the other end of the cave, allow the Explorer to do this research, which you can see thorugh the counter near his name. Once it reaches 10, you can escort him back to the entrance.

The recommended strategy is to have a Knight go in front and Challenge the Hungry Menaces. You can also use Mass Healing and Ultimate Healing Runes to heal the Explorer.

This task will give you 20 Crystal Splinters.

Wax Research

Enter the north teleport to start this task.

On this task you'll help the Gnomes research the melting point of Eldritch Wax Pieces of Eldritch Wax. You'll have to constantly do two things. First, pick up the Gnome Pick Gnome Pick from the ground near the entrance. Then start taking turns between the two objectives below:

  • Pick up Firewood Firewood from the pile at the entrance and use it on the fireplace. There's a short cooldown that prevents you from taking wood too fast.
  • Use the pick to collect wax from the large area to the south. Then, use the Wax on the fireplace. Beware that the Wax disappears quickly from the ground and from your inventory, so don't linger too much.

Orange Messages will appear at the center of the room indicating your progress.

This task can be done by two players. One should focus mainly on getting the Wax spots further south, and another focus on the Firewood and the Was near the Fireplace. Due to the Firewood cooldown, however, the player focusing on wax should help some times with the wood too.

This task will give you 10 Crystal Splinters.

Shield Level 3

Now that your shield has been upgraded to level 3, your maximum shield capacity will be 720 and you will receive an Eldritch Casket when you upgrade to this level. You now have access to the Dwelling of the Forgotten, a crypt with several floors and 3 new tasks. In this area you'll face these creatures:

Creature HP EXP
Cave Chimera 8000 6800
Varnished Diremaw 9000 5900
Tremendous Tyrant 11500 6100

Fishing in Lava Pools

This task is accessed on the second floor of the crypt through a red teleport to the east shown on the map to the right.

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THTH - Fishing Task

This task can be very complicated at first because there will be a lot of things happening at the same time. Your objective is to use the Gnomish Lava Fishing Rod Gnomish Lava Fishing Rod to fish for lost data crystals. The rods will appear near the entrance of the room. To be able to fish, you'll need Sticky Elemental Goo Sticky Elemental Goo which will appear on the floor when you kill an Instable Fire. Use the Gnomish Lava Fishing Rod on the fire on top of the lava while standing close to it. You need 15 data crystals to complete the task.

There are a few mechanisms however that will make your task harder:

  • The Instable Fires run from you pretty fast, and they will also disappear after a while if they are not killed.
  • When fishing for a data crystal, you may spawn a Magma Fiend instead. This will not add to your progress.
  • While inside the room, you'll have a heat level, which slowly increases over time. If your heat level gets to 200, you'll be kicked out from the task.
    • To reduce your heat hevel, you can use the Gnomish Supercooler Gnomish Supercooler near the entrance. It will shoot a refrigerating beam to the east and remove 60 points from your heat. This can only be done once every 40 seconds, for everyone in the room (when its light is on it means it's ready to be used). This means that your team needs to be organized and everyone should be in front of the machine to have their heat reduced.
  • The Glowing Lavas inside the room also have this spell (Fire Berserk) that increases your heat by 50. They cannot be killed but they are easy to outrun.
  • Every 25 seconds, there will be an announcement and lava eruptions will happen after 10 seconds in the room coming from the North or West which increases your heat by 50 if hit. The Eruptions are announced as orange text from the center of the room. There are two ways to protect yourself from the eruptions:
    • Use a Magic Wall Rune to create a barrier. Beware that the Glowing Lavas also destroy magic walls near them, so you should create your protection away from them.
    • Kill a Magma Fiend, which will become a stone pillar.

Fish all 15 data crystals while protecting yourself from the heat to complete your task and receive 25 Crystal Splinters.

Shield Level 4

With a shield level 4 your maximum capacity increases to 1080(?) and you get access to the third floor of Dwelling of the Forgotten.

The Lost Structure

This task is accessed on the second floor of the crypt through an orange teleport to the east shown on the map to the right.

This task is somewhat simple but it has some mechanics that could complicate things up. Your goal is simple: remove obstacles towards the north of the room.

Few seconds after you enter the task room five Fiery Gnomish Stonesmasher Fiery Gnomish Stonesmasher will appear on the floor next to the entrance. Get one of them and use it to break the Sulphur Stones Sulphur Stone to start creating a path. It's recommend that you and your team stick to the same path so you can progress faster.

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Too Hot to Handle Quest - The Lost Structure task

After 20 seconds of its appearance a stonesmasher will lose its heat and will be unable to break rocks. There are two ways to reignite your stonemasher:

  • Attacking a Lavaling until its health drops below half, forcing it to become a Fireling, then using the stonesmasher on it;
  • Being hit by an explosion.
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Lavaling
Fireling
Fireling

Despite both ways working explosions happen a lot less often than Lavalings spawns. Additionally, once hit by an explosion your character can get ignited, forcing you to douse the flames on the Gnomish Fire Douser Gnomish Fire Douser located where you started the task. If you don't douse the flames your heat will increase rapidly and you'll be kicked out of the area when it reaches 800. After reigniting the stonesmasher you'll be able to use it for 20 more seconds and then you'll need to repeat the process.

If your stonesmasher loses its heat and you take longer than 60 seconds to reignite it it will disappear and you'll need to rely on your teammates to progress. The stonesmasher is the most important tool in this task as it's impossible to progress without it, so make sure to keep on reigniting it.

Basaltwall

After some progress you'll face a different kind of obstacle: Basaltwalls. There are two ways to break them:

Instable Lavaling

  1. Hit a Lavaling, forcing its transformation into a Fireling, then keep it close to the wall. After few seconds it will self-explode and that will break the wall.
  2. Lure a Lavaling on a Lava Hole Lava Hole (Dwelling) so it becomes an Instable Lavaling. Then, lure the Instable Lavaling near the Basaltwall so it explodes and breaks it.

Deadly Heat

The first method only works for the first Basaltwall, however. For the second and third barriers you'll need to use Instable Lavalings. That's because a Fireling becomes a Deadly Heat if it walks over a Lava Hole. Deadly Heats are a problematic and immortal creature that will follow you across the room and try mess your timings and potentially trap you. In order to get rid of them you need to go south and douse them in the Gnomish Fire Douser.

For that reason it's recommended that, as you progress through the room, you just lure Lavalings and only transform them into Firelings when you really need to reignite your stonesmasher or when you are already close to a Basaltwall and is ready to destroy it.

Once you reach the target area on north, just wait few seconds and you'll be teleported out of the room and receive 30 Crystal Splinters.

Shield Level 5

With a shield level 5 your maximum capacity increases to 1440(?) and you get access to the Mega Magmaoid fight, also located at the Dwelling of the Forgotten.

Mega Magmaoid

Battle recommendations:
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Equip Fire Damage Protection during this fight.
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Use Death Damage during this fight.

This task is basically a boss fight that happens in tree stages, so be prepared for a battle where you'll take mostly Fire Damage.

First Stage

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THTH - Mega Magmaoid

Upon entering the room you'll find four Magmaoids (Lava Lurkers). Your first objective is to kill all four of them. A few seconds into the fight, Blasting Flames (Fire Elementals) will start to spawn. These are summons that will heal the other creatures with their Fire attacks, so they must be kept away from the Magmaoids since they quickly respawn if killed.

When the Magmaoids die, they'll become red vortices. These vortices heal the creatures that walk over them, so try to kill all 4 magmaoids together and then stop using that part of the room. For example, kill all of them in the north.

Second Stage

Killing all four Magmaoids will make Massive Magmaoids spawn. Just like before, you have to kill them and keep the Blasting Flames away from them. They have quite a lot of health, so this takes longer than the previous step. Their corpses also become red vortices that heal the boss.

Since both Massives heal each other, a good strategy here is to kill one at a time. Focus on the first one using SDs/Bolts on e.g. the right side of the room. Then, bring the second Massive to the center of the room. You should kill it there because that's where the final boss will spawn, which prevents it from targeting the shooters.

Third Stage

Finally, The Mega Magmaoid will spawn. If you already used the north, right and center parts of the room, you can kill it on the left. Along with it, Excess Heat (Massive Fire Elementals) will start to spawn, which are summons like the Blasting Flames. Kill them quickly to prevent them from healing the boss.

Attention!: When the boss dies, it will explode dealing 2500 Fire Damage around itself, so be careful!

You'll succeed when you defeat The Mega Magmaoid and receive 40 Crystal Splinters for this task.

Shield Level 6

This shield level will increase your shield capacity to 1800 and allow you to enter the last floor of the Dwelling of the Forgotten, where you'll be able to fight The Brainstealer.

Be very careful when jumping to the last floor of the cave. There will be lots of creatures coming from all sides due to the map design.

The Brainstealer

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Too Hot to Handle Quest - The Brainstealer

Battle recommendations:
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Equip Death Damage Protection during this fight.
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Don't use Death Damage during this fight. The boss is immune to Death Damage

The fight against The Brainstealer is relatively simple. Initially, all you have to do is attack the boss.

MADNESS : If you take damage from the boss, you'll get a Madness counter on you. The higher the counter is, the more vulnerable you'll be to the attacks from the Brain Parasites in the room. This counter lowers itself naturally over time if you don't take more damage from the boss. Since the main blocker will probably have a higher Madness counter, it's recommended that the shooters block / kill the Parasites.

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Mental-Nexus' life steal spell.

When the boss gets to half hitpoints, it will become immortal and two Mental-Nexus will appear (one north and one south of the room). You have to kill them to be able to damage The Brainstealer again. To damage the Mental-Nexus, position one or both Fleeting Thoughts close to it. Their berserk-like attacks will damage the Nexus. At the same time, no player should stand near the Nexus otherwise it will heal itself with its lifesteal attack. Just hold this position for some time for each Nexus until they are both dead.

Resume attacking The Brainstealer, which will be vulnerable again. When it reaches 25% health, you'll have to repeat the Mental-Nexus mechanic. After that you can kill the boss.

Report your progress to Gnomevisor. You'll receive an Eldritch Casket (and the permission to buy more Caskets for 75 Crystal Splinters), the Some Like It Hot Achievement and you will be allowed to upgrade your Crystal Shield to level 7.

Shield Level 7

After defeating The Brainstealer you can ask Gnomevisor for the last Crystal Shield upgrade, for the maximum capacity of 2160. This shield level will not open access to any new area, however, you won't need to worry about your Heat Level anymore since this shield will completely protect you from it.

Transcripts

Transcript Gnomystery

Player: Hi
Gnomystery: Hello! Good to see you. There is much to talk about.
Player: talk
Gnomystery: I'm always here for a talk but maybe you could do me a favour.
Player: favour
Gnomystery: We suspect that there is an entrance to an unknown place in the crypt behind me. But as it is, the crypt is closed and Brodraem, the crypt keeper is not letting us in. ...
Gnomystery: Maybe you can find a way to be let in and take a look around for us? Are you up for that?
Player: yes
Gnomystery: Splendid! I knew I could count on you! Brodraem is right there.


Transcript Brodream Orcbeard

Player: Hi
Brodraem Orcbeard: Welcome! What a tragedy! My business was doing well but now these unexpected incidents queered my pitch.
Player: business
Brodraem Orcbeard: Well, I have to make the coffins and sarcophagi my customers want. Their wishes can be very different and sometimes impossible.
Player: incidents
Brodraem Orcbeard: First I thought it would be enough to clean the sarcophagi more often. But then some of the floor tiles broke and some columns crumbled. ...
Brodraem Orcbeard: I had so much to do that I had to stop my business. You want me to hire you for investigating the crypt?
Player: yes
Brodraem Orcbeard: I appreciate that. Take the chisel, the brush and some of these immaculate floor tiles. You can find them in the wooden coffin next to me. Then clean five dirty sarcophagi, repair three broken columns and fill four holes in the floor with the new tiles.
Brodraem Orcbeard: Tell me when you completed this tasks, then I might be able to open the crypt again.


Player: Hi
Brodraem Orcbeard: Thank you so much. Now there should be a chance to open the crypt again. ...
Brodraem Orcbeard: Take this as an appreciation for your work.

Player: Hi
Brodraem Orcbeard: Since you have successfully restored the crypt I will be able to reopen it soon.


Transcript Gnomystery

Player: Hi
Gnomystery: Hello! Good to see you. There is much to talk about.
Player: talk
Gnomystery: Do you have any news for me?
Player: news
Gnomystery: So we were right. There is an entrance! We will send out people to get more knowledge about this place immediately. ...
Gnomystery: Brodraem will not refuse to let us pass now that we have proof. Thank you! ...
Gnomystery: You could still help my friends down there if you are looking for another adventure.


Transcripy Gnomevisor

Player: Hi
Gnomevisor: Hello! I've been expecting you.
Player: expecting
Gnomevisor: To enter the areas behind these portals you have to be protected by a crystal shield provided by us. It takes a lot of resources. ...
Gnomevisor: That's why it is quite weak for now and doesn't last long. Only use it in the area with the lowest heat level and take care that it doesn't run out. ...
Gnomevisor: As the heat rises moving on, we need to continuously upgrade the crystal shield for you to reach deeper into the unknown areas. ...
Gnomevisor: As mentioned it takes a lot of resources to do so. That's why we need you to extract crystal splinters to upgrade the shields.
Player: splinters
Gnomevisor: You can earn crystal splinters by helping my fellow gnomes with their scientific research! We have established missions in the area to gain more knowledge and extract crystal splinters.
Player: missions
Gnomevisor: To get to our research missions, you need a protective layer that can be build up by harvesting the energy the monsters in the areas set free when dying.
Player: layer
Gnomevisor: Since the ancient teleporters that take you to our research missions, take a toll on everyone that uses them, make sure you harvested enough energy to use them.
Player: shield
Gnomevisor: Sorry, but you don't have enough crystal splinters. To upgrade it to level two you need twenty of them.
Player: splinters
Gnomevisor: You can earn crystal splinters by helping my fellow gnomes with their scientific research! We have established missions in the area to gain more knowledge and extract crystal splinters.
Player: bye
Gnomevisor: Keep up your good work, player.


Transcript Gnomeney

Player: Hi
Gnomoney: Hi player!
Player: mission
Gnomoney: I would like you to enter the area and dig out the treasure. Shovels can be found in a chest there!


Transcript Gnomonster

Player: Hi
Gnomonster: Hi player!
player: mission
Gnomonster: In this remarkable area these crystal splinters can be salvaged. For that reason you have to slay all creatures there first.
Player: creatures
Gnomonster: These monsters seem to behave in an extraordinary way. All of them can be seen as one huge organism, like a swarm.
Player: extraordinary
Gnomonster: They bear a certain kind of immortality. If you kill one of them, it will be in resurrected within a short time.