Exploit History Vol. 12: Safely Killing Traven Blackdagger

Exploit History BannerIn today’s episode of our Exploit History we’re going to look back at one of the more popular dungeon exploits. Back in Neverwinter’s Elemental Evil module, the reworked epic tier 2 dungeons were a pain to run. With the level cap raise every minor mob was one-shotting players left and right, and the bosses were a tad overtuned as well. As often, some players did not try to master the challenge, but found ways to avoid it.

Traven Glitchdagger

One of the harder dungeons to beat was the master version of Cragmire Crypts. You literally had to take mobs one by one and pray you had a potent tank/healer combo with you. While the first boss Kallos Tam was relatively easy, the competing Adventuring Party already was quite a task for some groups. And Traven Blackdagger required precise movement, add management and playing the mechanics. Nonetheless the dungeon got more and more popular to grab the daily Cache of the Protector. Back then the seals granted best-in-slot equipment and their acquisition was no walkover like today.

Several safe spots and glitches

The reason for it was rather simple. Players found several safe spots from which they could attack Traven Blackdagger without begin hit. First groups climbed the platforms at the sides of the boss arena, where ranged toons could safely kill Traven. Then players would pull him to a certain spot behind the water barrel. After the devs had sealed off those areas, you could still pull Traven outside the arena and suicide him in the traps.

Not only Traven Blackdagger was affected

The unlucky pirate however was not the only affected boss. Some strategies included pulling the first two bosses outside their arenas for easier kills, bypassing the competing Adventuring Party and suicide Kallos Tam in a trap. All in all, few groups completed the dungeon legitimately in Elemental Evil.

Today the dungeon shouldn’t be an issue. In case you’re still running into trouble though, you can check our strategy guide!


Exploit History: Locking Auctions – Caturday – Masterwork Nodes – Permadodge – Arcane Reservoir – Full GF Runs – Attribute Enhancement – Using the old Refining System – Killing Fulminorax and Valindra From Below – Skipping Shadowfell – Resonator Exploit

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