Ghosts of the Past Act Guide and Walkthrough | Cursed Giant Urns Locations | Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance

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This is a walkthrough for Ghosts of the Past, Act 1 of The Mask of Kelvin in Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance. Learn more about the objectives of this quest, available rewards, tips for completion, locations of attribute shrines, as well as boss fight strategies!

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Ghosts of the Past Basic Information

Quest Information

Quest The Mask of Kelvin
Mission
A frost giant named Utaar is attempting to break into Kelvin's Tomb and recover an artifiact that he believes will help him find and claim the Crystal Shard.

Act Information

Act No. 1
Type Dungeon
Preferred Gear Set Drop Flag Bearer (Wulfgar)
Remorhaz Brotherhood (Drizzt)
Barbarian Diplomat (Catti-brie)
Battlehammer King (Bruenor)
Bosses The Husk of Torult Dragonbane
Optional Bosses Juurn the Twice Risen
Unlock Requirement Complete The Goblin's Shard, Verbeeg Jamboree and The Order of the One Light
Description
Kelvin's Cairn was named for the great frost giant king of old who was buried beneath it, so the legend told. Utaar was one of the few remaining frost giant kings of Icewind Dale. He had delved deep under Kelvin's Cairn and broken the seals set by the clerics of Tempus on the Tomb of Kelvin. Utaar's action had disturbed the dead, and we would have to lay them back to rest before following Utaar into the catacombs of Kelvin's fallen city.

Ghosts of the Past Main Objectives

Reach the mushroom garden. Purge the Tempus shrine at the mushroom garden

Objectives
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Explore the area to reach the first Tempus shrine
Follow the objective marker and battle the enemies at the shrine. Take note that these enemies are far stronger than the ones battled before especially if you've taken those missions at Challenge Rating 1.

Reach the withered orchard. Purge the Tempus shrine at the withered orchard

Objectives
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Go down the road and dodge the traps. Jump towards the next area and defeat the enemies there to get a Short Rest. Continue to head down the path to eventually reach the withered orchard. Battle the enemies there.

Reach the sunset plaza. Purge the Tempus shrine at the sunset plaza

Objectives
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Head down the path, try to avoid the ice spikes below the jumping point. Keep going on the path to battle a troll. Jump over the chasm, head right, jump over another chasm to reach the sunset plaza. Defeat all the enemies here.

Reach the crystal outcrop. Purge the Tempus shrine at the crystal outcrop

Objectives
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Follow the objective marker and climb the ledges. Head north to battle the troll. Climb the ledge and the wooden path and battle the enemies on to. Head to the wooden bridge and take the portal to the crystal outcrop. Defeat all enemies there.

Take the portal and reach the soul well

Objectives
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Once all enemies have been cleared, head to the edge of the area to find a portal. Ride it to the soul well.

Use the pressure plates to restore the Tempus seal on the soul well

Objectives
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Step on the plates to restore the seal
As you enter the soul well, you will see an immobile giant in the middle. Just before him are two pressure plates. Step on them to restore the seal.

Defeat the Husk of Torult Dragonbane

Objectives
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Battle the boss to end the mission
Once the seal has been restored, the huge giant will spring back to life to battle you, summoning several minions as well. Defeat him to end the mission.

Ghosts of the Past Optional Objectives

Defeat Juurn the Twice Risen

Objectives
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Located just near the area of your first short rest. Climb up the ladder to the right to get to him. Make sure you're well prepared before facing him, he's very durable and hits very hard with his large AoEs.

Destroy Cursed Giant Urns

Objectives
1
The first urn is located on the path towards the Mushroom Garden.
2
Located in the Mushroom Garden, near a statue.
3
Located in the area of your first short rest.
4
Located just outside the entrance of the Attribute Shrine location.
5
Located just before entering the Withered Orchard location.
6
Located behind a rock, just after you reach the Withered Orchard.
7
Located on an ice spike near the shrine at Withered Orchard.
8
Located just behind a glowing blue crystal in the path ahead of the shrine in Withered Orchard.
9
Located besides a mushroom on the path to Sunset Plaza, just before jumping across a broken bridge.
10
Located just besides a poisonous plant on the path to Sunset Plaza, just before jumping across a broken bridge.
11
Just before entering the Sunset Plaza, take the path to the left. The Urn is located inside with ice stalagmites surrounding it.
12
Located on top of a ledge in Sunset Plaza.
13
On the way to Crystal Outcrop there will be a path on the left filled with ice spikes. Head inside and jump down a gap. The urn is located besides a mushroom.
14
Located besides the wooden bridge leading up to the Crystal Outcrop.
15
In the courtyard just before the Crystal Outcrop, there is a hole you can jump into on your left. Once down, there is an urn near an explosive barrel.
16
Located near a tree right after taking the portal to the Crystal Outcrop
17
Located besides a glowing blue crystal in the Crystal Outcrop shrine.
18
Located at the left side of the portal to the Soul Well.
19
Located near a giant skeleton after taking the portal to Soul Well.
20
Inside the boss area, just left of the boss.

Tips and Strategies

Find Teammates

The battles in Dungeons are pretty difficult considering the jump in Challenge Rating. It is advised that you find teammates in order to easily accomplish this mission.

Catti-Brie or Drizzt

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For those going solo, Catti-brie and Drizzt will be the best options here. Catti-brie will be useufl thanks to her ranged attacks. If you managed to get a bow with the Acid element, this will make her extremely potent as giants and trolls here are pretty much susceptible to being Poisoned.

Drizzt's Blink is very helpful dishing out massive damage to unsuspecting trolls and giants in this area, making them easier to kill. With Drizzt's fast mobility, he can safely dash out of range for most AoE attacks used by the giants.

Boss Strategy: The Husk of Torult Dragonbane

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While he is not overly difficult as he is big and rather slow, he does pack a punch and a few hits on you will definitely chip away a huge part of your Health. Dodge and time your attacks well. Catti-brie and Drizzt can basically come out of this battle unscathed given the right use of their bow attacks and Blink respectively.

Ghosts of the Past Attribute Shrine Location

Directions
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To get to the Attribute Shrine, climb up the ladder just before Juurn the Twice Risen's area.
2
At the top, take the path that leads to the cavern. Inside there are trolls and a bunch of shaman goblins you have to defeat.
3
Defeating the troll will drop the Netherese Keystone. You will need two of it to disable the force field. The second Netherese Keystone is located in a cage high up the celing. There is a lever in the second entrance you can interact for the cage to come down.
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Once you have the two Netherese Keystone, interact with the mechanism and the force field will disappear. You'll be able to take the attribute from the shrine now.

Ghosts of the Past Chest Locations

Location Directions
1 Located behind some dead plants, just before entering the Mushroom Garden shrine.
2 There is an ice path you can take in the Mushroom Garden. At the end, behind a dead plant, is a chest.
3 Just past the electric traps on the way to the Withered Orchard, take the first ladder you see. At the top will be a chest. Be careful as a troll will spawn as soon as you open the chest.
4 Located besides Juurn the Twice Risen, hiding behind a wheelbarrow.
5 Located just before the Attribute Shrine, across an icy field.
6 Located in the icy field, in the Withered Orchard Shrine.
7 Just down a hole in the Withered Orchard Shrine, located behind some ice stalagmites.
8 Just before entering the Sunset Plaza, take the path to the left. At the end of the path is a chest.
9 Located on top of a ledge in Sunset Plaza, near a tree.
10 On the way to Crystal Outcrop there will be a path on the left filled with ice spikes. Head inside and jump down a hole and there will be a chest.
11 Located underground, just before the wooden bridge leading up to the Crystal Outcrop. Jump off a cliff to get down.
12 In the courtyard just before the Crystal Outcrop, there is a hole you can jump into on your left. Once down, there is locked door. Use the explosive barrel to get inside and get the chest.
13 The area just before the Crystal Outcrop, where you fight the troll, there is a path to the left that goes around the giant crystal. The chest is located on a floating platform in the river.
14 There is a platform you can jump down to in the Crystal Outcrop shrine at the edge of the cliff.

Dark Alliance Related Links

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Companions of Icewind Dale
Goblins at the Gates
Halls of Duergar
Bangor's Span
The Goblin's Shard
The Goblin Valley
Goffin's Door
The Goblin Tower
Verbeeg Jamboree
The Verbeeg Jamboree
Designs of the Duergar
A Feast for All Cretins
The Order of the Light
An Infernal Dispute
Order of the One Light
The Return of the Tyrant
The Mask of Kelvin
Ghosts of the Past
The Broken City
The Face of Kelvin
Crystalline Dreams
The Floating City
Crystal Harvest
A Crystal Crown
The Fury of Icewind
The Hunting Grounds
The Hall of Judgment
A Tomb of Ice

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