You start out with the Balanced Dagger that you won in the last Thief challenge. No altars, no shops. Gold piles are still present, as are stat boosters.
All monsters present are of unique types, present only in this level. Something to be thankful for.
- Spellslingers use the Warlock image. They have the traits Mana Burn, Poisonous, and First Strike. Avoid them unless you're about to level up, and keep in mind that they make for terrible popcorn (not that you're going to have a lot left, here). You can kill some of the lower level ones too after getting debuffed if you're close to leveling up.
- Castle Guards use the Animated Armour image. They have Corrosive trait and leave acid pools when they die. They are the best tartgets for leveling until you rack up too many stacks of corrosion.
- Mercenaries use the Bandit image. They have the Weakening Blow trait. Avoid getting hit by them to much. They make good popcorn.
All 3 monsters have the exact same stats, they only differ in their traits. Whenever you can avoid getting more stacks of Weakening/Corrosion than necessary.
Unique Dungeon Traits
Trapped chests are present, as they are for all Thief challenges. It is very important that you kill these as soon as you are able. Their contents are mostly helpful for surviving this dungeon.
- Level 1: GETINDARE glyph
- Level 2: Burn Salve potion
- Level 3: IMAWAL glyph
- Level 4: Fortitude Tonic potion
- Level 5: ENDISWAL glyph
- Level 6: Burn Salve potion
- Level 7: Pendant of Health item
- Level 8: Fortitude Tonic potion
- Level 9: BURNDAYRAZ glyph
Lord Karras Sillyname is a Goblin, and he's pretty annoying. He has 120 attack and 150 health, and the trait Retaliate: Fireball. His low health is his weakness though, he could be killed with physical attacks as soon as level 5.
The most important thing in this dungeon is to never bother fighting higher level monsters. The Balanced Dagger rewards same level kills with +2 XP, so fighting 1 level higher monsters is pointless and gives no more benefit than fighting same-level monsters despite the higher difficulty, while 2 level higher ones would be too resource intensive and plague you with even more debuffs. Your only goal in the dungeon is to reach level 5-6 where you can already kill Sillyname with ENDISWAL and GETINDARE. Fighting anything stronger or reaching higher levels is entirely pointless. The BURNDAYRAZ glyph is just a red herring too - totally unneeded for the map.
The dungeon is composed of many narrow corridors, but the starting location usually branches out a little to give you options in choosing your targets and to let you pick up some boosters. Otherwise exploration is limited, due to monster density. If you can reach the level 1 trapped chest (contains GETINDARE), it's great, but you won't really need it before the bossfight.
Start out by killing 2 level 1 Spellslingers. The level up will cure your poison and manaburn. Do not combat Mercenaries yet, if you can't find enough Spellslingers settle for Castle Guards. If you found some attack boosters you are able to oneshot the rest of the level 1s, which can help clearing out hallways or avoid level 2 Mercenaries if you have nothing else. In the early game always try to fight same level Castle Guards and before the levelup take out a Spellslinger.
Getting Weakened is bad because even a few levels can make you need to hit the enemy 1 more times, which hurts more than some doses of Trait: Corroded Corroded and also results in you taking more debuffs. It hinders you in opening the trapped chests too. Only start taking points of weakening once you obtained your first Fortitude Tonic and your corrosion level is getting out of hand. The fact that Burn Salve potions are locked in weaker trapped chests is another reason to favor getting corroded.
Sometimes you will want to fight a Mercenary just because it blocks your path. But remember, if you can overlevel it you could 1 shot it later. Any time your current selection of monsters is awful, you can make some xp by slaying popcorn or later by using IMAWAL. When you know your last kill is going to be a Spellslinger, you might as well kill some other weaker Spellslingers too.
As you progress in the dungeon look for the chests with the glyphs. GETINDARE will let you take 1 less hit from enemies so you build up corrosion/weakening slower. IMAWAL provides bonus xp to ease leveling and reduce the number of monsters you have to kill. Petrify anything over level 6 and Spellslingers of level 1-2. Be careful not to block yourself.
Of all the glyphs, ENDISWAL is the most important. It will open up corridors, stack resistances to let you open high level chests sooner, and is essential for the bossfight! It even helps you use IMAWAL more freely.
The other half of the chests contain either Fortitude Potions or Burn Salves, and you should expect to pick up 2 of each throughout this dungeon. While you might be tempted to use them right away, keep in mind that there is no way to get more of them, and two-thirds of the monsters in this level have either the Weakening blow or Corrosive traits. Try to conserve one of each type until you move on to tackling Sillyname. Before you drink a Burn Salve, clear all the acid pools from the ground, so you don't step on them accidentally later.
The level 7 chest has a Pendant of Health inside. Comes too late to be impactful, at least it boosts the healing power of your potions.
Sillyname can be killed relatively easily once one reaches ~50 damage and finds ENDISWAL and GETINDARE, i.e. at around level 5. Use ENDISWAL to obtain enough physical resistance to survive one blow, attack him, heal up with potions, repeat once or twice then deal the finishing blow via GETINDARE. At level 5 it takes several potions and you will hit him 4 times total. Leveling up to reach 6 is great, because you only need 3 hits now, and only have to consume 2 manapotions to pull it off. You could kill Sillyname within 2 hits as well (so no potion has to be drank), but that takes reaching level 8 and killing a lot more monsters. These all assume you have 0 stacks of Weakened, picked up all the boosters and converted the useless glyphs before bossfight.
The boss drops a special item called Fabulous Treasure which is lockerable. Don't forget to pick it up! It costs 95 gold, meaning that if you prep it in a run and transmute it with Transmutation Seal, you will have 95 more gold to play with.