Last week I took Charlock (Level 13 Fighter) through the Tomb of the Shadow King. The Tomb of the Shadow King is one of the flagging quest in the Necropolis II adventure pack for the The Shadow Crypt. These series of quests are primarily dominated by a few type of monsters, primarily monsters that are incorporeal such as wraiths, specters, shadows, umbral gargoyles, and umbral worgs. However, another common monster in this particular chain of quests is the phase spider.
Unlike their undead counterparts, phase spiders are not incorporeal, however they do compliment their counterparts in that they can shift out of the prime material plane at which time they cannot be attacked. Phase spiders can be lethal combatants and can easily overwhelm you if you are not careful with them. Like other spiders in DDO, they tend to hit with piercing attacks. They also like to hop around and try to pounce on you as you approach them. On elite, from what I can tell, they tend to have around 350 hit points.
When these spiders phase out of the plane and return, they tend to try to get behind you, just like the burrowing ability of spiders. As far as I can tell, they only occur in this set of quests. I don’t remember ever encountering in any other quest or quest chain.
So, when you prepare to run the Necropolis II quest pack, just keep these little critters in mind. They are a perfect compliment to the undead you typically encounter in these quests and can be quite troublesome. They also typically occur in smaller groups, but these groups are usually associated of other incorporeal mobs.
Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the Necropolis!!