Maze of the Minotaur

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Description

Bring torches and ways to heal yourself. Magical sources of light will not work and the maze is very dark unless you are a race with natural nightvision. The level 6 Shal'ille spell Holy Shield will provide a small amount of light. Move slowly or plan on dying. Between the various hidden traps and dangerous creatures, it's best to plan on dying until you are familiar with it. Races with heightened night vision do not require torches.

Map

Map of the Maze

Traps

Spike traps will activate by themselves on set intervals and the pits and fire traps are always active. The crushing trap, saw blades, and totems only activate when you move, so if you phase out and stand still, you'll be safe until you or another player moves.

Crushtrap.PNG This trap hides in the ceiling until you tread too close. You will take damage and are temporarily paralyzed, leaving you open to attacks from totems and creatures.

Fallanddietrap.PNG Beware traps such as these. In some areas, a fall in a pit isn't simply an inconvenience, it is deadly. Fortunately, these pits are visible.

Firetrap.PNG While only doing a small amount of damage, these traps will set you on fire and remove your hidden status if you are hiding/sneaking.

Slashytrap.PNG These traps are hidden in the ground until you step on them. They will block your movement while rapidly damaging you. They can be quite fatal, even to those with high hit points.

Stabbytrap.PNG These floor traps are visible and are on a set timer. They are safe to stand on until the trap launches. If you are caught in the trap, you will take a moderate amount of damage with temporary paralysis.


Totem.PNG These nasty devices are easily destroyed but will either curse you with Exhaustion, Fester, or Sever; or rapidly strike you with Fireball or Lightning Bolt. Even when destroyed, they will return in a few seconds.

Locations

The maze houses various treasures and important areas, including the Test of Mind and Body, the Ancient Armory, the Lava frog, the reincarnation room, and the Ice Dragon.

"The Test of Mind and Body is in the southwest 5x5 section, the Ancient Armory is in the southeast 5x5, the Lava Frog is in the northeast 5x5, and the ice dragon is in the northwest 5x5"


SKILL AND SPELL MASTERIES Available in the maze for completing The Test of Mind and Body.

ADEPT ABILITIES If you conquer the maze, you may choose ONE spell or skill to master above all others.


  • Hermitage: you are virtually immune to hexes.
  • Fencing: you gain defense equal to half your fencing weapon's listed offense bonus. Includes mods.
  • Shield Wall: you block enemy passage three squares to your left and right instead of one. (Enough to block Main Gate passages in Tos, CN, BQ, etc)
  • Valiant Charge: triple the distance traveled.
  • Scimitar Wielders can drain small amounts of vigor with their strikes.
  • Dagger Wielders gain defense as they get lower in health.
  • Hammer Wielders can make short leaps at enemies to close the gap to melee range.
  • Inert Form specialists can triple their resistance to elemental ailments.
  • Earthquake specialists damage triple the range.
  • Flame Dash specialists travel triple the distance.
  • Fireball specialists can deal splash damage.
  • Lightning bolt specialists can chain lightning bolts to one extra target (prioritizes enemy players).
  • Axe Wielding reduces exertion while cleaving with an axe.
  • Fortitude increases max vigor gets +40 if you have Fortitude.
  • Heavy Arms mastery reduces damage taken while in the stance.

Tips, tricks, personal opinions

Personal Opinions "The biggest thing about the maze is going slow until you learn it well. While the location of each room changes, the general layout is the same. The rooms themselves don't change, just how they connect. The bosses, reincarnation room, and loot are the main things to look for in the maze. If you're looking to build, there are better places.
Being able to solo xeos or golems is more or less a necessity as you can't initiate sneak/hide in the maze. If you don't have spells to heal yourself, healing rods are almost mandatory. Half-orcs have amazing night vision, so they have the benefit of being able to use a shield. Shal 6 mages have Spiritual Shields that will give off a decent amount of light. The bosses require groups (or one extremely powerful player if solo) to defeat. However, the maze itself doesn't necessarily require a specific build. I like having hex and elemental resistances for the traps, as well as high stamina/hps and Determination. If you are able to Purify yourself, you're even better off. Running through it during the cold phase of the desert can be frustrating as blue xeos will be in the maze and they love using hold. Sneaky devils. --Skeksy 103"