The King’s Forest Wilderness and Adventure area is right outside the village of Eveningstar, your arrival point after traveling through the rift in the planes between Eberron and The Forgotten Realms. The Kings Forest is full of strange activity and seems to be the source of the sudden Drow attack. There are many villagers and Purple Dragon Knights to help along with other mysteries to solve deep in The King’s Forest. Travel outside the safety of Eveningstar to explore this new massive epic level wilderness area for Dungeons and Dragons Online.
The King’s Forest is a great place to wander around and explore. You will also need to find your way through this vast and expansive forest to some of the other quests you will need to complete in order to ultimately uncover the plot that is driving the Drows’ actions in the King’s Forest so you can stop them.
Patron: Purple Dragon Knights
Length: Very, Very, Very Long
Dungeon: The King’s Forest
Recommended Party: Standard – A good mix of everything allows you to complete most Encounters
MoBs: Squirrels, Foxes, Birds, Deer, Wolves, Drow Warriors, Drow Archers, Slain Villager
Dangerous MoBs: Dire Bears, Astral Panthers, Drow Necromancers, Undead Necromancers, Forest Dryad
Buffs: Freedom of Movement, Deathward, Standard Buffs
Special Note: This place is huge. Bring a lunch.
Quest Stats: Detailed King’s Forest Wilderness Statistics
Dungeons and Dragons Online definitely has stepped up and provided a truly epic wilderness adventure area for the game expansion Menace of the Underdark. I usually do not write guides for wilderness adventure areas but this one is so huge, dangerous, and full of the new game technology known as Encounters, I thought it was important to write a guide to help you with the massive wilderness adventure area The King’s Forest.
This new wilderness adventure area is massive. The King’s Forest is much bigger than anything you have seen yet in Dungeons and Dragons Online. You can easily level up here without doing any of the other content. With all of the Encounters, discoveries, and the Slayers, you can and will lose many hours exploring and enjoying this epic wilderness adventure area.
Things to Keep In Mind
First of all, this is an epic wilderness adventure area, so do not be too reckless in your wanderings. Make sure to keep an eye out and be aware that mobs will respawn where you have already been. So do not assume that where you have been is clear. It will NOT be the case. You have been warned.
Da Dire Bears
Next, the inhabitants of The King’s Forest seem to have a Dire Bear problem. And trust me, when you run into these ferocious beasts, you will understand why they will be a problem for you. These are easily the most dangerous standard mobs in the Forest. They are tough, but watch for the Dire Bear to rear up on its hind legs. Once it does that, jump away from it or it will stomp you and those around you into adventurer goo.
Da Bear Traps
In order to deal with the terribly mean and vicious beasts, the NPC’s of the forest have spread Bear Traps all over The King’s Forest. Watch out for the Bear Traps because they do a little bit of damage if you step in them. They may also trap you, holding you in place. This is not fun when you are running from a pack of angry Dire Bears. The Bear Traps will only annoy the Dire Bears, but they will kill a player character! If you are soloing this area or in a group that likes to go low and slow, there are often Bear Traps around the Dire Bears. Carefully pulling the Bears into and through a bunch of traps can be fun, as long as you yourself are not caught in them.
Also make sure to keep a look out for and prepared to have a pit trap open up under you. There a are a couple places in The King’s Forest where everything will look fine and then all of the sudden you are falling into a spiked pit trap. Ouch!
Drow are Everywhere
The other main threat to look out for are the Drow. They are out, and they are everywhere. You can get a bit of a hint they are in the area as there will be a darkening affect when you approach them. However, you will likely miss them here and there as they are experts at hiding.
You will encounter two main groups of Drow. The combat group or the standard set of Drow that will have Drow Warriors, Drow Archers and may have some small Swarm Spiders with them. This group is fairly easy to take out as long as it is a fairly small group.
The second type of Drow group you will encounter are those that have at least one Drow Necromancer. The Drow Necromancers are not too hard by themselves. However, they have a tendency to take what would seem to be an easy encounter and turn it into a real fight for your life. As the name suggests, Drow Necromancers raise the dead. But unlike previous incarnations of necromancers, these will actually raise any fallen ally as a powerful undead monster! The undead they raise are 2 to 4 times as powerful as the living incarnation. So if there was ever any question about who to attack first, it should now be definitively answered: THE CASTERS! The more dangerous and devious groups have two or more Drow Necromancers. If you can, take them out at the same time or they will raise each other. Rude!
Real Random Encounters
The biggest new change to The King’s Forest is the introductions of real Random Encounters. These encounters fall much closer to the table top version of the same name. There are certain spots in The King’s Forest that have a chance to spawn a Random Encounter. These will be listed in your Quest Journal when they are discovered. You should also see a Random Encounter node appear somewhere close to you on your wilderness map.
There are many different kinds of Random Encounters, ranging from killing some bad guys, to a skill challenge to rescue Purple Dragon Knights, to making sure you kill only certain creatures and much more. The point is, don’t blindly run into these Random Encounters. Take a moment to read what they say, scoot closer to listen to the conversation or otherwise pay attention to make sure you beat these Random Encounters correctly.
This isn’t just so you can get the XP and a check mark in your Quest Journal. These encounters will also give you commendations that you will need to collect to be able to get some of the Epic level loot that can be acquired through serving those of The Kings Forest. Some of these Random Encounters will have regular loot as well but the chests will not open unless the encounter is completed successfully.
You can check the map of The King’s Forest above for known Random Encounter locations. If you find more, let me know and I will get them added to the map of The King’s Forest ASAP. I will also be adding any nodes I find them. This way we should be able to run from one to the next and rock these Random Encounters.
Cute Forest Animals
You will also soon notice that there are regular, boring, 1/4th CR animals minding their own business in The King’s Forest. At first glance you might think that it is nice of the developers to add these little details for realism. However, the developers of Dungeons and Dragons Online don’t do anything without a reason. These cute forest animals are not an exception.
These cute forest animals will not attack you but if you attack them there is a chance you will anger the dryads in the area. If this is the case they will make their presence known and attack you and your party. You will need to lure these Dryads out in the open for their own encounters and to obtain some items that will be used in other encounters.
You met the famous and powerful wizard Elminster on your way to Eveningstar in the Forgotten Realms. He seems to be working on the very problem that you helped to create with opening the rift between Eberron and The Forgotten Realms. He has also been busy inside of The King’s Forest and has left you many messages (40) to help unravel the mystery of the Menace of the Underark. Use the map of The King’s Forest above to locate the Messages from Elminster you may be missing.
Travel in The King’s Forest
The King’s Forest is truly massive and in its size is one of the biggest problems with it; how do you get around quickly?
First, the roads through the King’s Forest are generally clear of enemies and you should be able to travel fairly quickly using them.
Second, the rivers in the King’s Forest are swift and wide and do not have any aboleths in them… yet. So if you are looking to travel from the west to the east or north to south the rivers are your ticket to a speedy journey. Check the DDM’s Realm map of The Kings Forest above to see which way the currents go to plan you trip. You can actually travel quite far quickly in The King’s Forest if you plan your trip properly.
Third, the fastest way to travel would be to find and talk to Milus Sherbon, Transport Wizard, in the Purple Dragon Knight Camp in the south eastern portion of The King’s Forest. Check the map of The King’s Forest above for the specific location of the Transport Wizard and the Purple Dragon’s Knights outpost.
So Much to Discover
There is tons more to The King’s Forest wilderness and adventure area but these few things should help you get a good grasp on what is happening in this massive and epic wilderness area. Use the map of the King’s Forest wilderness above to help you navigate and post here or send me a message if you find something that isn’t on the map or see any mistakes that need correcting. The King’s Forest is truly daunting and creating this map and guide for it has been equally daunting!
Thanks Turbine for all your great work on the Menace of the Underdark expansion. It’s a great addition to Dungeons and Dragons Online and The King’s Forest is fantastic. I anticipate spending many more hours enjoying (and mapping) all of the secrets to be found here.