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The Dark Forest

The Dark Forest can be accessed through the Wizard Tower in the Fertile Plains after obtaining the requisite rumor from the Blaze of Glory Tavern in East Cheswick. This area is filled with an abundance of special items, making it one of the most important places to explore in terms of item searching. Since some of the encounters here are difficult and it's generally not possible to exit this area freely, heroes should be prepared before entering the Dark Forest.


In these dark woods are found some of the most powerful magics in Ardania, being the home of the Witch King, the Liche Queen, as well as the ruined sites that housed the seven pieces of Brashnard's Sphere of Ultimate Power.



  • Witch King Ruins: Explorable location, the entrance to which is found randomly as a special encounter.
  • Wild Gardens: Explorable location, the entrance to which is found randomly as a special encounter if the requisite rumor has been obtained.
  • Lycanthria: Quest location featured in Merlan's quest line. The entrance to Lycanthria is found randomly as a special encounter if a quest with an objective in this location is currently active.

Special encounters[]

Encounters with no prerequisites[]

  • Bridge to the Hellfire Mountains South. After defeating the Brothers Brashnard, they will let you pass without fight every time you find the encounter. This also grants the HFM South map if not already obtained.

Daemonwood Grove

Brashnard Ruins & Witch King Ruins

Portal to a Sunken City

  • Ruins resembling an old Magical Chalice site. Protected by Flesh Hunters, the number of which depends on your level. Contains a portal to the Sunken City.

Conditional encounters[]

Paladin's Keep

  • Paladin's Keep: This special event is available until it is completed. In this event, heroes can choose to either fight off six waves of Paladins and Monks (3-5 of each) or fight against six waves of Warriors of Discord, Priestesses, Shadow Beasts and Vampires to gain a beneficial Aura with a permanent effect.
    • Choosing a side: Heroes with piety toward one of the two temple factions must choose that faction, while heroes with neutral piety can choose either faction. Heroes of template-affiliated classes may still choose to go against their own faction as long as actual piety is neutral. The reward for the successful completion of either fight is the same (but if you take the paladins' side, all your fallen followers will be resurrected, and you will be healed).
    • Reward: Select one of five auras that will greatly improve any Hero's attributes. See Dark Forest Auras for a description of the five possible choices. This Special Event can be completed only once, so choose wisely.

Wild Gardens

  • Merlan's Quests: Events connected with Merlan's Quests only appear when a quest for Merlan is active. This includes access to Lycanthria which appears only if Merlan requires you to go there, as well as other certain quest-related encounters in the Dark Forest.
  • Adept encounter. This event only appears when in possession of the Circlet of Lycanthropy schematic (but not the Circlet itself) and needs a Gate Key for successful completion. Player rewarded with the Lunas Staff.
  • Entrance to the Wild Gardens. This is another explorable location inside the Dark Forest and contains the Sorcerer's Abode and the Abandoned Library. To find it, one must first obtain the correct rumor from the Blaze of Glory Tavern at East Cheswick. A hero who has obtained all desired items from the Wild Gardens may discard the rumor to avoid finding the wild gardens again.


  • In order to exit the Dark Forest, every class must find an exit event, even Rangers. These exits can eventually be found once the Hero does a little exploring.
  • The bridge to Hellfire Mountains South also allows Heroes to exit the Dark Forest area. However, the bridge is only accessible after defeating the Barbarian Guardians in an encounter (see "Bridge" in "Common Events" section, above).
  • Going into the portal to the Sunken City will also allow you to exit the Dark Forest, but the portal is only accessible after successfully defeating a group of Flesh Hunters (see "Ruins" in "Common Events" section, above).
  • Characters with the Gate Key may exit the Dark Forest at any time by using its gate feature. The Gate Key is available only after assembling it from the Gate Key schematic (see Schematics).