1. NEVER jump into the green water...it will cause instant death
2. Be very careful when fighting trolls. You will be on ledges high up and they have a tendency to knock you off of them (into green water and instant death) and to far away for a rez.
3. Watch for holes in the upper passes along the cliff faces. They are man sized and you can and will fall down them to instant death and restarting the instance.
Lvl 45 Quest Items: Make sure that only the classes that need these roll on them.
- Corrosive Droplets (Leeches): Minstrel
- Rune of Winged Dominance (Mormoz): Minstrel, Hunter
- Ashen Gorthorog Horn (Tarlug) : Minstrel
- Crimson Gorthorog Horn (Barashal): Guardian
- Putrid Slime of Helchgam (Helchgam): Loremaster, Hunter, Captain
- Rune of Evil Presence (Salvakh): Loremaster
- Medallion of Passage (Any Uruk): Hunter, Captain
- Cruel Talon of Azgoth (Azgoth): Burglar
- Heart of the Waters (requires completion of Foul Waters, Further Upstream, Discovering Source quest chain)
- Lifting the Yoke
- The Strongest Back (requires completion of Lifting the Yoke)
- Lord of the Gertheryg (requires completion of Into the Arena, Champion of the Arena, Master of the Arena, The Northern Cousin, Moving Mountains quest chain)
- Queen of the Host (Requires completion of The Winged Host)
The entrance is located to the west of Urugarth. To get to both places you will need to start in Northern Himbar and go west through the Gates of Shadow. There is a campsite outside both Urugarth and Carn Dum(1)
Entrance to Urugarth and campsite hunters can port to. (2)
Entrance to Carn Dum and campsite hunters can port to. (3)
Slaves for quest "Lifting the Yoke". The slaves are tied to polls inside the round tan huts. Before opening the door make sure to clear the area around the hut. Also, ALWAYS have your tank open the door to capture agro. A mob of several normal creatures and one or two elites will attack you once the door is opened. Make sure that everyone clicks on a slave at the same time to ensure that everyone gets credit for the slaves. (G1)
Iron Gate - Shortcut Past Helchgam (4)
Entrance to the Carn Dum Sewers. (MAP)
Once in the leech cave you will quickly come across a platform that has a row of Horn Blowers on either side. DO NOT ENGAGE THEM. The Horn Blowers will start calling in allys when players come near.
With the tank leading the way the entire group should run past them at once, angling to the right until you hit a door. STOP and fight any of the mobs that the hornblowers call (usually between one and six). (5)
Exit to the Carn Dum (right fork)
This exit will lead to Barashal, a Nemisis-Gorthorog Troll that drops the Ornate Grate Key. WARNING!
Be careful to always be lined up so a troll knock back will not knock you into the water.
Head straight on the path and take the first right. Follow the path around to the left until you start heading north and up again. You will know when you are on the right path because you will have to jump down a small black ledge. This path will guide you around the right side of Carn Dum till you reach an area where you start facing Elite-Master Trolls with two clubs.
NOTE! You must engage the trolls with two clubs that are pounding on the bridges quickly. They will knock the bridges down if allowed to pound for long enough, causing you to detour the long way around. Fight you way through them until you reach Barashal. (6)
- Drops Crimson Gorthorog Horn, Ornate Gate Key to gate that leads to Helchgam through the left fork in the Leech cave
Once he's defeated and you have the Ornate Gate Key go back the way you came. There is a ledge that you jumped down from that you can jump back up if you work at it. There is a small cut in the ledge that you can gain purchase on. Go back to the leech cave and angle to the right again toward the left fork (7)
and Helchgam. (Ornate Gate Key Required) 8
Map of Helchgam's Lair
Helchgam: (Picture) (Special Thanks to Retsha for teaching me this)
Drops: Lvl 45 Quest Item, Putrid Slime of Helchgam (Hunters, Captain, Loremaster)
Reaching Helchgam: The entrance to Helchgam's area is though the Leech cave. You will take a left at the fork past the horn blowers to a gate (key needed).
Helchgam is a large squid type creature much like what attacked the fellowship outside of Moria. You will fight your way through several Morroval to reach him. When you reach two elite-master Morroval you will be right in the room where he is located. There will be a cliff at the second elite-master Morroval, you will need to jump off of this cliff to start the battle with Helchgam. (Pets and Heralds will not be able to follow) Tactics
WARNING! Do not engage Helchgam until the very end of the battle. Helchgam will periodically hit your party with an approximately 300 point damage and -115 agi poison, but ignore him for now. Read below for more information.
The room where you fight Helchgam is a circular room with seven pillars running in a counter-clockwise direction from you. When the battle starts you will be fighting four tentacles at the first pillar. Engage them...the two on the left of the pillar first, then the two on the right of the pillar. Once you've killed the tentacles Helchgam will pull the first pillar down. After awhile Helchgam will destroy the pillar, pulling it into the green water (and anyone standing on it). Once he pulls down the seventh pillar he will leave that one floating until he dies.
You will continue this pattern through all seven pillars. Again, DO NOT ATTACK Helchgam, EVEN FROM A DISTANCE, until you have defeated the last pillars tentacles. All it does is cause him to regen and attack you more.
Helchgam himself is very easy to defeat. Once you've reached the last pillar have your melee people run to the edge of it and engage him while the ranged combat attack from a distance.
NOTE: If you need a rest for power regen, just have the party hide behind a pillar once you've defeated the tentacles at the pillar until everyone is ready for the next battle. You will be in combat mode, so the regen will take awhile (a good time for a bio break) (9)
Tower with Elite Boss - Salvakh
DROPS: Rune of Evil Presence
The gate next to Salvakh will not drop until Salvakh has been defeated, who is in the last room of the tower hallway on the right. There are two other rooms on the right with Angarim that cannot be engaged and one on the left with pale folk in it.
Before going near Salvakh engage and kill the pale folk in the room across from him. This will enable you to engage and kill the Angarim in the first two rooms. Once the area is clear have someone go close to Salvakh to start the battle. He is like a silk spinner and will summon spiders, and cannot be mezzed or stunned. (10)
QUEST: The Strongest Back (Escort Quest) (Pink Line)
Before talking with Erscin make sure to clear everything out of the area leading to him, including around him. This will help prevent adds from attacking. When you talk to Erscin an escort quest will start, spawing a few dozen sleeping Gorogoth. The quest bugged on us last time we did it, but you should be able to just put everyone on auto-follow and follow him out without ever having to fight again. (good time for a bio break) (11)
Azgoth (Nemesis) (Blue Line)
Drops: Iron Gate Key, Cruel Talon of Azgoth (Burgular)
Azgoth is the only Morroval close to her that can be engaged. Be careful to not pull her past the small pull with the skulls around it as she will reset if anyone runs past that area.
DEFEATING AZGOTH: The key to Azgoth is to take her down quickly. Have everyone stand in a close pile around her attacking. She will keep summoning more Morroval, so stay in a tight pack with the guardian spamming area effect taunts. CHAMPIONS: Use your clobber skill as it interrupts her summoning adds.
All other classes should use their AOE spells whenever new spawns appear. The recommended fellowship move is RRRRRG or RRRRRB to do quick damage and receive a heal over time or power. Do not bother with doing yellow fellowship moves as she disappears periodically during the fight canceling any buffs on her. (12)
Cargul (Elite-Master) (Yellow Line)
The Cargul is surrounded by several high priest that can't be attacked. When you get close they will start praying to the Cargul. Pull each one individually from a distance. They will spawn a few pale folk to fight with them. Once all the priest are dead the Cargul will attack.
Follow the yellow line around to the castle. You can avoid almost every fight by just staying along the walls until your on the path heading due north, then just staying on the left all the way to the wall.
There are two Gorhorog's walking down the center path. Kill both of these and you can have a clear, wide path all the way to the gate of the castle.
WARNING!: There are several hidden horn-blowers along the way. Keep your eye open for them and take them down quickly. (13)
Gorthorog Guardian (Elite-Master) (Yellow Line) (Iron Key Required)
When you approach the bridge you will be attacked from behind by 3 waves of the following:
- WAVE 1 - 4 Angmarim Citizens
- WAVE 2 - 4 Angamarim Silkspinners
- WAVE 3 - 4 Angamarim High-Priests
- WAVE 4 - Gorthorog Guardian (he attacks right after the 3rd wave)
I would recommend fighting these outside of the gates to help give you more time before each wave reaches you. Have one person run to the bridge to start the encounter then run back to the group as quickly as possible.
There is no break between each of the waves. Make sure you take advantage of any fellowship moves to replenish power or health as needed. (14)
Entrance to the Castle (Yellow Line) (Iron Key Required)
When you enter the castle you will just need to continue working your way straight through the castle. You will quickly reach a room with a raised platform in the center. DO NOT step on the platform at this time, but instead start clearing each of the side chambers, starting on the left and working clockwise.
The first room has two elites, the second has three elites, and the third has four elites. The last room you clear (SE corner) will have only pale horn blowers.
Once all the rooms are cleared Tarlug will come foward to the center platform, give a little speech, and engage you.
Drops: Ashen Gorgoth Horn (Minstrel)
Tarlug is a fairly straight forward fight. He doesn't summon any adds so just pound away on him until he's dead.
Continue through the now open door and up the stairs. Once you open up the door upstairs you will quickly be attacked by Mormoz and an elite Morroval add.
Drops: Ruined Wing of Dominance (Minstrel, Hunter)
Mormoz will summon waves of adds at various points of health. Have the main tank stay on Mormoz and have everyone else kill the adds as quickly as possible before moving back to Mormoz.