EverQuesting: A guide to EverQuest II’s dungeons

    
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It’s no secret that EverQuest II has a plethora of quests. The moniker surely fits: There are so many quests that it’s impossible to do everything in a zone before out-leveling it. But you could just as well call it EverDungeon! Unlike many games that have a dungeon or two per zone or level range, EQII has an abundance of them; a player of literally any level has a selection to choose from when preparing to go for a dive. There are many different types to cater to different whims, be it open public dungeons, instanced group dungeons, raids, mini zones, and even two-man solo instances. There are even small instances within other dungeons! Now top it all with the ability to mentor or chronomentor (which opens up all the dungeons you’ve already leveled past) and the repurposing of lower-level dungeons to level 95+ Fabled Dungeons and there’s a seemingly endless supply of them to do.

With so many, how do you know where to go? If you are looking for a certain type, level, or just want to make sure you don’t miss a single one, this guide is for you — it lists out the available dungeons to help you decide where you want your next trip to be.
Although there is nothing about EQII’s factions that prohibits a player from visiting any dungeon on the map, I am segregating the first few simply to follow the original leveling path of those who choose to side with Qeynos vs. Freeport. This way, those who have the urge to follow one faction’s story and questing path of the original Shattered Lands release for nostalgic purposes can do that instead of following the later addition of the new beginner zones and the Golden Path.

Of course, players are always more than welcome and able to jump into whichever dungeon catches their fancy at the moment. And nothing stops folks from chronomentoring and going back at a later time. But what if you don’t really want to experience it as an overpowered toon? You can actually temporarily disable combat XP and/or quest XP by right-clicking on your XP bar. All-access members can adjust the Alternate Advancement slider to have more adventure experience go into AAs instead of levels.

Because of the sheer volume of dungeons, little additional information can be listed individually, so whenever possible the dungeons are linked to their EQ2i wikia or eq2.mmodb pages.

Qeynos-aligned

While some might not consider the sewers of the main cities actual dungeons, they are small contested zones with occasional named mobs, so they are added to our list! This follows the journey from Qeynos to Thundering Steppes to Enchanted Lands to Rivervale to Everfrost. Because the Splitpaw Saga adventure pack was introduced not too long after and before any expansions, it is also included.

Dungeon Levels Zone Type Notes
The Down Below 5-17 Qeynos Sewers Contested
Vermin’s Snye 10-18 Qeynos Sewers Contested
The Buccaneer’s Rest 11-14 Antonica Instance
Blackburrow 13-18 Antonica Contested
Firemyst Gully 15-22 Anotnica Instance
Stormhold 15-27 Antonica Contested
Shattered Vale 16-20 Antonica Instance Solo
The Sepulcher of Jahnda 17-22 Vermin’s Snye Instance Solo
Crypt of Betrayal  18-26 Qeynos Sewers Contested
Sundered Splitpaw
: Captive Audience
: Splitpaw Den
: Delving into the Darkness
.
20-50
.
Thundering Steppes
.
Contested
.
Solo/group
Sundered Splitpaw
:
Gladiator’s Triumph
1-60 Splitpaw Den Instance Solo
Sundered Splitpaw

: Alone in the Dark
: Crawler Nest

: Trial of Harclave
.
.

20-50
.
.

Splitpaw Den
.
.

Instances
.
.

Trial is solo
Drowned Caverns
: Arena of Heroes

: Flammable Fur
.
20-50
.
Splitpaw Den
.
Instance
A Pirate’s Hidden Stash 20-23 Thundering Steppes Instance Solo
Cove of Decay
: A Treaty for Treasure
: Heroic Confrontation
: Epic Angler
: Mjolni’s Lair
.
22-25
20-70
45-55
45-55
.
.

Thundering Steppes
.
Instances
Group
Group
Raid x 2
Raid x 4
Raid x 4
Rumbler Caves 23-26 Thundering Steppes Instance
Ruins of Varsoon 23-34 Thundering Steppes Contested
Gnoll Cave 25-29 Thundering Steppes Instance Solo
The Tomb of Valor 25-35 Stormhold Instance
The Condemned Catacomb 25-30 Antonica Instance
Prize of Prexus 26-30 Thundering Steppes Instance Boat
An Open Grave 27-30 Thundering Steppes Instance Solo/Group
Runnyeye 30-39 Enchanted Lands Contested
Chamber of Immortality 32-36 Ruins of Varsoon Instance
The Cave of Wonder 34-37 Enchanted Lands Instance Solo/Group
Cavern of Tangled Weeds 35-38 Enchanted Lands Instance
Forbidden Sepulcher 39-43 Everfrost Instance Solo
The Tower of the Drafling 40-46 Rivervale Instance
Icespire Summit 40-46 Everfrost Instance Raid x 2
Miragul’s Menagerie 44-50 Everfrost Instance
Sundered Splitpaw: Anvilpaw’s Grotto 40-55 Splitpaw Den Instance Raid x 2
Drowned Caverns: Outer Grotto 45-50 Splitpaw Den Contested
Drowned Caverns
: Hot Water
: Brutal Acts of War
.
45-50
50
.
Outer Grotto
.
Instance
Group
Raid x 4
The Chamber of Rulgax 40-44 Runnyeye Instance
Permafrost 45-51 Everfrost Contested
The Crypt of Vox 45-51 Permafrost Instance Raid x 4
Draydek’s Chamber
:Icebound Success
:Throne of the Kromise King
.
50+
.
Permafrost
.
Instances
.
Raid x 4
The Icy Dig  49-55 Permafrost Instance

Freeport-aligned

As on the Qeynos side, the sewers are included on the Freeport compilation as well as this faction’s adventure pack, The Bloodline Chronicles. This list follow the journey from Commonlands to Nektulos Forest to Zek, the Orcish Wastes to Lavastorm.

Dungeon Levels Zone Type Notes
The Thieves’ Way 5-10 Freeport Sewers Contested
Darkblade Den of Assassins 10 The Thieves’ Way Instance
a decrepit crypt 10-13 Commonlands Instance
Wailing Caves 11-17 Commonlands Contested
The Serpent Sewer 15-21 Freeport Sewers Contested
Bloodskull Valley
: Excavation Site

: The Training Grounds
: Maulic’s Stronghold
.
15-18
17-22
20+
.
.

Commonlands
.
.

Instances
.
Solo
Group
Raid x 2
Valley of the Rogue Magi 16-20 Commonlands Instance Solo + 2
The Eternal Gorge 18-23 Commonlands Instance
Fallen Gate 18-25 Commonlands Contested
Edgewater Drains 20-25 The Serpent Sewer Contested
The Murkwater Nook 21-27 Edgewater Drains Instance
The Serpent’s Lair 22-25 The Serpent Sewer Instance
 Cauldron Hollow
: Witch’s Cove
: Cauldron Hollow
.
22-25
29-36
.
Nektulos Forest
.
Instances
The Vault of the Fallen 25-30 Fallen Gate Instance
Gobblerock’s Hideout 25-40 The Thieves’ Way Instance
The Maid for the Mist 27-31 Nektulos Forest Instance Boat
Tallon Hording Halls 30-33 Zek, the Orcish Wastes Instance Solo/Group
Nektropos Castle 30-37 Nektulos Forest Instance
Tombs of Night 30-36 Nektulos Forest Instance
LMS Intruder 32-36 Nektulos Forest Instance Boat
The Sullon Mines
: Heroic
33-37 Zek, the Orcish Wastes Instances Solo
Group
Dire Hollow
: Grim Tidings
: Barrow Ruins
: Infernal Echoes
.
.

30-41
.
.

Nektulos Forest
.
.

Instances
Group
Solo
Solo/group
Group
Underrot Caverns
: Fetid Halls
: Moldy Crypt
 .
35-42
 .
Nektulos Forest
.
Instances
The Crypt of T’haen  35-40 Nektulos Forest Instance
The Fanged Sea  35-38 Zek, the Orcish Wastes Instance  Quest only
The Darkened Den  35-42 Zek, the Orcish Wastes Instance Solo/Group
Deathfist Citadel  39-45 Zek, the Orcish Wastes Instance
The Vault of the Fallen  45-55 Fallen Gate Instance  Raid x 2
Solusek’s Eye  45-55 Lavastorm Contested
Nagafen’s Lair  42+ Solusek’s Eye Instance
The Oratorium of Thyr  45-55 Solusek’s Eye Instance
The Sanctum of Fire  46-50 Lavastorm Instance
The Bastion of Flames  45-55 Solusek’s Eye Instance
Maiden’s Gulch 47-52 Lavastorm Instance
Nektropos Castle: The Return  49-55 Nektulos Forest Instance

The Golden Path

Now that players cannot start in the main cities, the default leveling experience flows from the new starting zones (New Halas or Kelethin instead of Qeynos and Darklight Wood or Gorowyn instead of Freeport) to the newer lands of Butcherblock Mountains and Steamfont. And as you’d expect, new lands mean more dungeons! These areas are all a part of the fabled Golden Path leveling experience.

Dungeon Levels Zone Type Note
Grender’s Lair  6-8  Greater Faydark Instance  Solo
Crushbone Keep  20-30  Greater Faydark Contested
The D’Vinnian Throne  30-35  Crushbone Keep Instance
Kaladim  30-39  Butcherblock Mountains Contested
Klak’Anon  44-55  Steamfont Instance

So happy together!

In an interesting aside, before advancing to Everfrost and Lavastorm players could come together in the jungle zone of The Feerrott, then split off again. Once expansions entered the scene, however, players are always funneled into the same regions. Additionally, as the level cap kept increasing with successive expansion, new dungeons were incorporated into previous zones for higher-level players to enjoy. Note that at level 95, almost every dungeon has advanced solo and group heroic versions.

Dungeon Levels Zone Type Notes
Prison of Admiral Grimgadget 22-26 Antonica,
Commonlands
Instance
The Temple of Cazic-Thule 41-49 The Feerrott Contested
The Trembling Lagoon 35-45 The Feerrott Instance  Raid x 2
Cleansing of the Cove 36-40 The Feerrott Contested Solo/Group
The Obelisk of Lost Souls 37-49 The Feerrott + Instance
The Sanctum of Fear 45-50 The Temple of Cazic-Thule Instance
The Vestibule 45-51 The Obelisk of Lost Souls Instance
The Sanctorium 49-55 Sinking Sands Instance
The Clefts of Rujark 50-55 Sinking Sands & The Pillars of Flame Instance
The Living Tombs 50-55 The Sinking Sands Instance
The Mines of Meldrath 50-55 Steamfont Instance
The Hidden Cache 50-56 Sinking Sands Instance
The Vault of Dust 50-56 The Clefts of Rujark Instance
Court of Innovation 50-60 Klak’Anon Instance
Shard of Love: A Moment of Valor 50-90 Everfrost Instance
Befallen
: Cavern of the Afflicted
: Halls of the Forsaken
: Necrotic Asylum
.
.

50-90
.
.

Commonlands
.
.

Instance
Miragul’s Phylactery
: Scion of Ice
: The Anathema
: The Crucible
.
.

50-90
.
.

Everfrost
.
.

Instance
The Deep Forge 50-90 Lavastorm Instance
Najena’s Hollow Tower 50-90 Lavastorm Instance
The Shimmering Citadel 52-58 The Pillars of Flame Contested
Scornfeather Roost 53-58 Sinking Sands Instance
Court of the Coin: Imminent Danger 55-60 Maj’Dul Instance
Court of the Blades: Dukarem’s Assault 55-60 Maj’Dul Contested
Court of Truth: The Debate 55-60 Maj’Dul Instance Solo
New Tunaria 55-65 Greater Faydark Contested
Fallen Dynasty Trials 55-70 Isle of Mara Instance
Ancient’s Table 56-60 The Pillars of Flame Instance
The Silent City 56-61 Sinking Sands Contested
The Cave of Knowledge 57-61 The Pillars of Flame Instance
Cazel’s Mesa 58-63 The Pillars of Flame Instance
The Poets Palace 59-64 The Shimmering Citadel Instance
Sanctum of the Scaleborn 60-67 Tenebrous Tangle Contested
The Forsaken City 60-68 Isle of Mara Contested
The Acadechism 60-70 Greater Faydark Instance
The Nest of the Great Egg 62-67 The Barren Sky Instance
The Blackscale Sepulcher 64-70 The Bonemire Instance
Palace of the Awakened 65-70 The Bonemire Contested
The Vaults of El’Arad 65-70 The Barren Sky Instance
Obelisk of Blight 65-70 Lesser Faydark Instance
Laboratory of Lord Vyemm 65-74 The Bonemire Instance Raid x 4
The Halls of Fate 66-70 The Bonemire Instance
Mistmoore Catacombs 66-72 Loping Plains Contested
Sepulcher of Zan Fi 66-70 Isle of Mara Instance
Den of the Devourer 67-70 The Bonemire Instance
Crypt of Valdoon 69-74 Loping Plains Instance
Cavern of the Crustaceans 69-70 Isle of Mara Instance Raid x 2
Xux’laio’s Roost  70+ Isle of Mara Instance Raid x 2
Throne of New Tunaria 70+ New Tunaria Instance Raid x 4
Clockwork Menace Factory 70+ Klak’Anon Instance Raid x 4
Nektropos Castle: Tribulation 70-75 Nektulos Forest Instance
Nizara, City of the Nayad 70-75 The Forsaken City Instance
The Estate of Unrest 70-75 Butcherblock Mountains Instance
Castle Mistmoore 70-75 Loping plains Contested
Mistmoore’s Inner Sanctum 70+ Castle Mistmoore Instance Raid x 4
Evernight Abbey 70-90 Loping plains Instance
Mistmyr Manor 70-90 Loping plains Instance
Ravenscale Repository 70-90 Loping plains Instance
Karnor’s Castle 72-78 Kylong Plains Contested
Chardok 74-80 Kylong Plains Contested
75-80 Kunzar Jungle Contested
Obelisk of Ahkzul 75-80 Moors of Ykesha Instance
The Crypt of Agony 76-78 Sebelis Instance
Charasis
:
 Vault of Eternal Sleep
: Maiden’s Chamber
.
77-80
79-80
.
Jarsath Wastes
.
Instance
Chelsith 79-80 Jarsath Wastes Instance
The Execution Throne Room 80+ Karnor’s Castle Instance Raid x 4
The Protector’s Realm 80+ Sebelis Instance Raid x 4
Venril Sathir’s Lair 80+ Sebelis Instance Raid x 4
Veksar: The Invasion 80-85 Fens of Nathsar Instance
Runnyeye: The Gathering 80-85 Enchanted Lands Instance
80+ Fens of Nathsar Instance
The Hole 80-90 The Sundered Frontier Contested
Emperor Atrebe’s Laboratory: The Fabled City of Kor-sha 80+ Fens of Nathsar Instance
Emperor’s Athenaeum 80 Jarsath Wastes Instance
Kurn’s Tower: Breaching the Void 80 Fens of Nathsar Instance
The Ruins of Guk
: Halls of the Fallen

: The Lower Corridors
: Ykesha’s Outer Stronghold
.
.

80
.
.

Moors of Ykesha
.
.

Instance
Anchor of Bazzul 80 Moors of Ykesha Instance
The Palace of Ferzhul 80 Moors of Ykesha Instance
The Hole
: Demitrik’s Bastion

: Spirit’s Resonance
: The Outer Vault
.
85
88
90
.
.

The Sundered Frontier
.
Contested
Instance
Instance
Library of Erudin 87 The Stonebrunt Highlands  Instance
Vasty Deep
: The Conservatory
: The Abandoned Labs
: The Vestigial Cella
.
87
90
92
.
The Stonebrunt Highlands
.
Instances
The Vigilant
: Incursion

: Infiltration
: Rescue
.
.

90+
 .
.

The Sundered Frontier
.
.

Instances
Erudin Research Halls 90+ The Stonebrunt Highlands Instance
The Fortress of Drunder
: Spire of Rage
: Strategist’s Stronghold
: Tower of Tactics
: Elements of War
.
.

90+
.
.

Eastern Wastes
.
.

Instances
The Fortress of Drunder
: Citadel of V’uul
: Sullon’s Spire
: Tallon’s Strognhold
: Vallon’s Tower
: Plane of War
.
.

90+
.
.

The Fortress of Drunder
.
.

Instances
.
Raid x 2
Raid x 4
Raid x 4
Raid x 4
Raid x 4
Skyshrine: The City of Dracur
: Covenant District
: Lyceum of the Recondite
: Dracur Prime
: The Underdepths
.
.

90+
.
.
The Withered Lands
.
.
Instances
.
.
Solo/Group
Skyshrine: The City of Dracur
: Sevalak Awakened
: Betrayal in the Underdepths
: Vyskudra the Ancient
.
.

90+
.
Skyshrine: The City of Dracur
.
Instances
 .
Raid x 4
Zraxth’s Unseen Arcanum 90+ Moors of Ykesha Instance Normal & hard
Tower of Frozen Shadow
: Shadowed Corridors

: Umbral Halls
: Haunt of Syl’Tor
.
.

90+
.
.

Great Divide
.
.

Instances
Crystal Caverns: Collapse 90+ Eastern Wastes Instance
Forgotten Pools 91+ Great Divide Instance
Hold of Rime
: The Ascent

: The Fortress Spire
.
91+
.
Great Divide
.
Instances
Outer Kael
: Iceshard Keep
: The Temple of Rallos Zek
: Throne of Storms
: Kael Drakkel
.
.

92+
.
.

Eastern Wastes
.
.

Instances
Outer Kael
: Throne of Storms: Hall of Legends
: Temple of Rallos Zek: Foundations of Stone
.
92+
 .
Outer Kael
.
Instances
 .
Raid X 4
Siren’s Grotto
: Alluring Embrace
: Tavalan Abyss
.
95+
.
Cobalt Scar
.
Instances
.
A.Solo/Group
Siren’s Grotto: Dissension 95+ Cobalt Scar Instance Raid x 4
The Nexus Core 95+ Vesspyr Isles Instance A.Solo/Group
The Fractured Hive 95+ Vesspyr Isles Instance A.Solo/Group
High Keep: The Bloodless Incursion 95+ Vesspyr Isles Contested
94+ Tranquil Sea Contested
High Keep
: The Pickclaw Depths
96+ Vesspyr Isles Instance A.Solo/Group
Sleeper’s Tomb
: the Awakening

: The Forgotten Catacombs
.
96+
98+
.
Eastern Wastes
.
Instance
.
A.Solo/Group
The Dreadcutter 97+ Obol Plains Instance A.Solo/Group
Temple of the Faceless
: Imprisonment
97+ The Eidolon Jungle Instance Group
AdvancedSolo
Ssrez’Ras: Chamber of Stasis 97+ Vesspyr Isles Instance A.Solo/Group
Izshrash’Khar: Stratum of the Protectors 97+ Vesspyr Isles Instance A.Solo/Group
 Throne of Fear
: Ascension
98+ The Eidolon Jungle Instance
Chelsith: The Ancient Vault 98+ Jarsath Wastes Instance
Temple of Veeshan
: Laboratory of Mutation

: Halls of the Betrayer
: Vulak’Aerr’s Dominion
98+
98+
98+
100+
.
.

Vesspyr Isles
Contested
Instance
Instance
Instance
.
.
A.Solo/Group
Temple of Veeshan
: Guardian’s Edifice
 100+ Vesspyr Isles Instance Raid x 4
Wurmbone Crag 98+ Jarsath Wastes Instance A.Solo/Group
Wurmbone’s End 99+ Jarsath Wastes Instance A.Solo/Group
Harrow’s End: Baleful Dominion 98-100+ Obol Plains Instance
Ossuary of Malevolence 98-100+ Phantom Sea Contested
Zavith’loa
: The Hidden Caldera
: The Lost Caverns
: The Hunt (Event Heroic)
.
.

98-100+
.
.

Tranquil Sea
.
.

Instances
.
.

A.Solo/Group
Brokenskull Bay
:Bilgewater Falls
: Hoist the Yellow Jack
: Bosun’s Private Stock (Event Heroic)
.
.
98-100+
.
.

Tranquil Sea
.
.

Instances
.
.
Solo/A.Solo/Group
Ossuary
: Resonance of Malice
: Sanguine Fountains
: Choir of T’Vyl (Event Heroic)
.
.

98-100+
.
.

Phantom Sea
.
.

Instances
.
.

Solo/A.Solo/Group
Ossuary: The Altar of Malice 98-100+ Phantom Sea Instance Raid x 4

: Thresinet’s Den
: Insider Treachery (Event Heroic)
.
98-100+
.
Phantom Sea
.
Instances
.
A.Solo/Group
Castle Highhold: No Quarter 98-100+ Phantom Sea Instance Raid x 4
Ssraeshza Temple
: Inner Sanctum
: Taskmaster’s Echo (Event Heroic)
.
98-100+
 .
Phantom Sea
.
Instances
.
A.Solo/Group
Ssraeshza Temple: Echos of Time 98-100+ Phantom Sea Instance Raid x 4
Rum Cellar (coming soon)  100+ Phantom Sea Instances Solo/ A.Solo/Group
Rum Cellar (coming soon) 100+ Phantom Sea Raid*

Fabled Dungeons

New zones from expansions are not the only ways that max-level characters get more dungeon goodness. Although players are welcome to chronomentor and visit all the old haunts, certain dungeons have been undergoing retrofitting to work with the endgame crowd. These are fabled versions of the familiar instances.

Dungeon Levels Zone Type Note
Scornfeather Roost 94+ Sinking Sands Instance
Clefts of Rujark 94+ Sinking Sands Instance
Sanctum of the Scaleborn 95+ Tenebrous Tangle Contested
Halls of Fate 95+ The Bonemire Instance
Den of the Devourer 95+ The Bonemire Instance
Vaults of El’Arad 95+ The Barren Sky Instance
Laboratory of Lord Vyemm 95+ The Bonemire Instance  Raid x 4
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Styopa
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Styopa

So we have a group of f2ps, a coercer, ranger, and berserker… Will we have to always recruit others (mainly a healer) to do any non solo instances ? I’m the berserker and have another toon that’s a comparably leveled inquisitor, would that be better?
Or are we going to be stuck with writing until we out level content to go back and see these places?
Thanks

Jossfan
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Jossfan

ereon Thank you.  It is surprisingly hard to find out party size limits for the various MMOs.

ereon
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ereon

Jossfan Parties can be up to 6.  Raids take either 2 groups (Raid x2) or 4 (Raid x4).  There are a variety of open land raiding mobs as well at a variety of levels.

Jossfan
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Jossfan

So contested means your party can be any size?  How many players can you have in your party in the instanced dungeons?  Never played EQ or EQ2, but my small guild looking for a new game now that we’ve finished TESO.

NerdWABS
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NerdWABS

Yep.  Pretty insane amount of dungeons although the early instances are usually short little bits; later instances are enormous, though.   I’ve been playing for 10 years and haven’t hit most of the early-era instances.  Also, the later dungeons from Destiny of Velious and onward I really didn’t do many of those.  The Shadow Odyssey was the last expansion that I pretty much “did it all” in … but two toons in full shard gear was Just.

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

Dethdlr That is what it should say; looks like one line got switched up.  Thanks!

Dethdlr
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Dethdlr

Very nice writeup!  Something that jumped out at me though since I spent a lot of time there back in the day.  Laboratory of Lord Vyemm is a x4 Raid instance.  The Halls of Fate is an instance (heroic dungeon).

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

TLOGuild Spesh To be fair, to see Rivervale you need to get up to level 30 at least to survive! I’d say that you should totally dive in, even if all you want to do is tour zones.  Just find a higher-level friend to help escort you if you’d like (being a healer is a plus!).  BTW, i volunteer =D

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

Dreema Do it! You won’t run out of dungeons to try any time soon. Our server, Antonia Bayle, also has a pretty vibrant and nice community (is also the RP server).

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

Ohnix SO many dungeons that once required unlocking no longer do!  I was surprised running through many of the lower ones recently.