Dread Horn

Dread Horn
Dread Horn (EC)

Dread Horn is a corrupted unicorn, the Peerless boss of the Twisted Weald dungeon. He is the easiest peerless for a Sampire. In a group any template would do as long as you have a tank and one player focuses on curing. Once you have some experience, you will find that getting the keys is more difficult than the fight itself. Occasionally, Dread Horn teleports people to himself and poisons them. A fast Arch Cure caster or a crate of greater cure potions will come in handy, since Dread loves to poison everyone. Orange petals do not work -- Dread's poison is too strong (level 6?). He also has a special ability which will reduce all your stats (strength, dexterity, intelligence) by 20, which can be difficult in combination with his magic attacks. This lasts 60 seconds. Having Resisting Spells is a boon in this instance.

Dread Horn's lair is in the Twisted Weald dungeon, past the twisty quicksand maze near Swoop.

Statistics

Dread Horn Statistics
Spawn Locations Twisted Weald
Fame Level 5 Slayer Vulnerability
Karma Level 5 Alignment Evil
First Seen Mondain's Legacy Pack Instinct None
Loot
Gold ~7000 Magic Items 16
Special Artifacts (Peerless), Peerless Reagents, Dread Horn Mane, Dread Horn Tainted Mushroom, Crimson Cincture Cut Up 5 Cut of Raw Ribs, 16 Hides, 8 Dragon's Blood
Attributes
Strength 878 - 993 Hit Points 50,000
Dexterity 581 - 683 Stamina 581 - 683
Intelligence 1223 - 1275 Mana 1223 - 1275
Barding Difficulty 160.0 Taming Difficulty N/A
Base Damage 21 - 28 Preferred Foods Meat
Skills
Wrestling 130.0 Poisoning 120.0
Tactics 90.0 Magery 110.0
Resisting Spells 110.0 Evaluating Intelligence 110.0
Anatomy 0.0 Meditation 110.0
Detecting Hidden Hiding
Parrying Healing
Necromancy Spirit Speak
Mysticism Focus
Spellweaving Discordance
Bushido Ninjitsu
Chivalry Special Abilities Teleports players to itself, AE Poison Attack, stats -20
Resists and Damage
Types Physical Fire Cold Poison Energy
Resistances 40 - 55% 50 - 65% 50 - 65% 65 - 75% 60 - 75%
Damage 40% --- --- 60% ---


Strategies

For groups of mages, pumping out endless Earth Elementals is a simple but effective way to beat Dread Horn. He will dispel some, but the elementals deal/take OK damage because of the armor/damage types, and their aggressive AI will usually keep Dread Horn from targeting the mages. Two mages with lots of Mana Regeneration should be able to cast enough elementals to take him down. Tamers will want to take pets with excellent poison resistance and good physical resistance, so as to reduce the amount of pet healing required. The constant poisoning can make it difficult to heal pets before they die. The Cu Sidhe's ability to sometimes cure itself of poison can be helpful in this regard. Arctic Ogre Lords are also quite popular since they have 100% poison resist (this eliminates 60% of Dread Horn's melee damage).

Notes

His special ability that reduces your stats by 20 for 60 seconds does stack with curse, weaken, and feeblemind, which Dread Horn also sometimes uses. (Your stats will never be reduced below the minimum of 10 points, however.) Resisting Spells helps with the stat loss from curse but not with the special ability.

Keys

Main article: Dreadhorn (Quest)
  • Six keys are required: Blighted Cotton, Thorny Briar, Gnaw's Fang, Irk's Brain, Lissith's Silk, and Sabrix's Eye. All the keys spawn with a 7 day countdown timer, which should be plenty of time to collect them all.
  • Drop the keys on the small statue called "The Statue of the Fey" in the southeast corner of the Twisted Weald dungeon (i.e. the swamp area past the desert).
  • When you have done that, three Essence of the Wind will spawn in your back pack. These keys come with a 10-minute countdown timer, giving you a limited time to prepare your party for the final battle. Double click the master key to send you and your party to Dread Horn's island (located just to the west of the swamp area).
  • Once Dread Horn spawns, your party has 2 hours to defeat Dread Horn, after which he will just disappear if you haven't killed him. You can depart the island by walking to the boat on the left-hand side.

Resources & Loot

Name Description Frequency of Drop
Pristine Dread Horn.png Pristine Dread Horn Used by carpenters to make the Mounted Dread Horn house add-on Rare (5% approx)
Dread horn tainted mushroom.png Dread Horn Tainted Mushroom Comes in four types, one of them very rare. Decorative Common (50%?)
Mangled head of dread horn.png Mangled Head of Dread Horn Decorative, cannot be used for a mounted Dreadhorn add-on Common (50%?)
Horn of dread horn.png Horn of Dread Horn Decorative Uncommon (10% approx)
Dreads revenge.png Dread's Revenge (Kryss) Fencing +20, Hit Poison Area 30%, HCI 15%, SSI 50%, Poison Damage 100% Rare (< 5%?)
Dread flute.png Dread Flute 700 Charge Flute with replenishing charges. It plays the deep, melancholy, mourning sound of the undead monster called a spectre. It looks like a bluish horn of the Dread Horn. Rare (<5%?)
Dread Horn Mane.png Dread Horn Mane Ingredient for Craftable Artifacts Always

Each Mondain's Legacy peerless will drop 8 mixed items (total) from the following group:

Corruption.png Corruption Taint.png Taint Blight.png Blight
Putrefaction.png Putrefaction Muculent.png Muculent Scourge.png Scourge

See Also