One of the things I really like to do is to make my way through the various wilderness areas and explorer zones with my characters, completing all of the rares, slayers, and explorers. I even like to do this if my characters are way over level for those particular zones. As of right now, I’m taking Erdrique (Level 22 Rogue/Fury of the Wild) through the Restless Isles. After just finishing up the Red Fens, the Restless Isles should be simple :). However, during this particular instance, I also had the opportunity to enter some of those rare rooms that are locked in the underwater tunnels of the Restless Isles. These rooms don’t open even if you have a Runetusk Pass Key. However, during this particular life as a rogue, Erdrique was able to pick and unlock these doors so that he could enter them and see what is inside them when before he wasn’t able to.
In one of these unique cases he came across a chest. Inside the chest was a nice little augment, a Sapphire of False Life +15. Not a bad loot reward for a relatively mid-level, obscure chest in the middle of the underwater tunnels of the Restless Isles. Just goes to show that good things can be found in just about any particular area.
Erdrique just leaving a room he has rarely seen in the Restless Isles over his past lives.
Another thing I noted as well, that going back to this area and completing it will also log entries into Erdrique’s monster manual, especially for ogres since the addition of ogres to the monster manual came out after he completed the quests out in the Restless Isles, Slavers of the Shrieking Mines and Bring Me the Head of Ghola-Fan. So that will amount to some more experience via the monster manual as well as accumulating more slayers on an account basis to open up some account awards.
Not a bad reward from a rather obscure chest in the Restless Isles.
The combination of running through the varies wilderness zones during different lives or with different characters allow you to explore the entire region and possibly to give you a chance at some fun pieces of loot. Don’t forget about this when you are making your through the various quests in your leveling circuit. I can’t wait until I get more familiar with some of the higher level wilderness zones as well as those out in Eveningstar. In still green when it comes Wheloon Prison, The High Road, The King’s Forest, The Stormhorns, Underdark, Demonweb, Sschindylryn, and Thunderholme. I’m hoping to continue to gain more of that experience with Erdrique as he continues to finish up these areas. I also have a few other characters that are working through these areas as well. It is definitely time to “explore: :).
Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the myriad of wilderness and explorer zones of DDO!!