Nektulos Forest
Levels 20-30
Nektulos Forest Ring of Nature
Introduced Shattered Lands
Zone Type Public
Adjacent to
Quest Lines Nektulos Forest Timeline
Harvesting Tier 3
Quests NPCs Monsters Named
Drops Instances POIs Discos

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Nektulos Forest is the ancestral home of the Dark Elves (the Teir'Dal). Agents of Freeport and Neriak are in a tense race to reclaim this wild and shrouded forest. Remains of the old Dark Elf empire are found everywhere. Pirates, fairies, twisted treants, and undead are just a few of the dangers lurking within.

With the reopening of sea travel between the Shattered Lands in recent years, Nektulos Forest has become a major travel hub. The dock at Port Naythex sees regular ship traffic, and provides easy sea travel throughout the central region of Norrath. Therefore, Nektulos Forest has become one of the crossroads of Norrath.

Lore Edit

When I first traveled this forest as a young dark elf I found many things fascinating. The weather here under the trees is mild and rarely changes. The air is stagnant and thick, festering with rotting life and the iron tinge of blood. Fog is prevalent, so one learns quickly to watch their step.

Nektulos Forest in the days of my ancestors was not half as dangerous as the Nektulos of today. The Nektulos of old was bordered by the Eastern end of the Commonlands, the Lavastorm Mountains and the great dark elf city of Neriak. There are rumors that the Lavastorm Mountains have been rediscovered and are in a much more dangerous state than the Lavastorm of old. There are still ruins of the old wizard spires deep in heart of the woods and ruined druid rings remain as well.

The old Nektulos was inhabited by far less species than today, but several of the old species have remained, becoming stronger through the cataclysm. The undead of old still roam, now joined by those who suffered in cataclysm. The shadowmen also remain. There were texts that were found in the ruins of Neriak that speak of worshippers of a strange god that lived in the forest, where they are today I cannot say.

-- Nektulos Forest, by Torq De'Rech

Geography Edit

Travel Edit

Port Naythex Docks

Port Naythex, a major travel hub

A network of griffin towers eases travel between many parts of the zone. In the past, it was necessary to complete a quest to use the stations. Starting in 2010, the quest is optional. The quest can be completed by cautious adventurers of any level. The following griffon towers are found in this zone:

A tunnel shortcut is available near Citadel of Gul'thex, giving fast travel from the beach to Soul Eater Falls and the many dungeons found there.

This zone can be reached by using any Globe of Swift Travel.

Map Edit

Map nektulos

Town Edit

The underground village of Haven is accessed from within this zone. This town is only accessible to those who have betrayed their cities and been forced into exile. The entrance to Haven is a "sewer hatch" just off the road northeast of D'Abth Bridge.

Dungeons Edit

Dungeon Name Level Range Target Audience Zone Type Typical Duration
Lair of the Necromancer 25-30 Solo Instance 30 min
Nektropos Castle 33-40 Group Instance 2 hours
Nektropos Castle: The Return 50-55 Group Instance 2 hours
Nektropos Castle: Tribulation 70-75 Group Instance 2 hours
Cauldron Hollow 30-36 Group Instance 45 min

Bloodline Chronicles is an Adventure Pack that was originally sold as a separate add-on, but has been included for free with Rise of Kunark and The Shadow Odyssey expansions. The following dungeon instances are available to those who own the adventure pack:

Dungeon Name Level Range Target Audience Zone Type Typical Duration
Tombs of Night 30-36 Group Instance 1 hour
D'Morte Burial Chambers 30-34 Solo Instance 45 min
Underrot Caverns 33-37 Solo or Group Instance 30 min
Dire Hollow 35-40 Solo or Group Instance 30 min
The Crypt of T'haen 35-40 Group Instance 1 hour

Adjacent Zones Edit

Nektulos Forest is located on the subcontinent of D'Lere. This zone has a lower-level counterpart called Darklight Wood, which echoes many of the same themes as Nektulos Forest. The two zones are connected in the Valley of the Bears at the end of the southeast road.

Zone Name Level Range Direction Access
Darklight Wood 1-20 East tunnel at Valley of the Bears
The Commonlands 10-20 South tunnel at J'Rais Bridge
The Barren Sky 60-68 Above (in the Overrealm) via Ulteran Spire at D'Abth Bridge

Travel Hub Edit

Nektulos Forest is a major travel hub for the Shattered Lands. The dock at Port Naythex sees regular ship traffic, and provides easy sea travel throughout the central region of Norrath. The following lands are accessed by Mariner Bell from Port Naythex dock:

Zone Name Level Range Direction Access
Butcherblock Mountains 20-35 East (across the Ocean of Tears) via Ship at Port Naythex
The Thundering Steppes 20-30 West (across the Tranquil Sea) via Mariner Bell at Port Naythex
Enchanted Lands 30-40 West (across the Sea of Mist) via Mariner Bell at Port Naythex
Lavastorm 40-55 North (across the Cauldron Sea) via Mariner Bell at Port Naythex
Island of Mara 55-65 South (across the Buried Sea) via Mariner Bell at Port Naythex

Revive Locations Edit

Revive Location Description
J'Rais Bridge right at the zone in from The Commonlands
D'Abth Bridge tent is on the west bank, just south of the bridge
Bone Lake tent is on the southern shore
Valley of the Bears tent is at the Darklight Wood gate

Quests Edit

Two main quest hubs are located at Port Naythex and at J'Rais Bridge. These hubs also happen to have griffon towers. Through these quests, you will assist the competing agents of Freeport and Neriak as they explore and reclaim the forest. These quest series are described in the Nektulos Forest Timeline.

The Bloodline Chronicles series of quests begin at two camps at Soul Eater Falls. Their quests take place entirely within the dungeons located nearby. Through these quests, you will learn the fate of the vampires of Nektulos Forest.

The Heritage Quest Dragoon K'Naae of the Thexians takes place within this zone, and A Missing Mask takes place nearby in Nektropos Castle. A few other Heritage Quests have steps that take place in this zone and its dungeons.

Similar Zones Edit

Zone Name Level Range Region Notes
The Thundering Steppes 20-30 Shattered Lands
Butcherblock Mountains 20-35 Faydwer Many solo quests; a recommended zone


Nektulos Forest has seen several revamps since release. Here are the most noteworthy changes:

  • Almost all heroic monsters were changed into soloable ^ monsters in Game Update 37. This has made almost all formerly heroic quests soloable.
  • The zone was connected to Neriak, City of Hate (via Darklight Wood) in Game Update 35 in May 2007. The Thexian camps near Darklight Wood were reduced to level 20-22 to make the transition easier for Neriak characters.
  • The zone was substantially revamped in Live Update 24 in June 2006. Most monsters moved to new locations, and new monsters were added. Some of the changes included:
    • A new tunnel shortcut from the beach (near Gul'Thex Citadel) to Soul Eater Falls.
    • N'Mar's Ascent and the roads to the dock and Commonlands were made safer and guarded by neutral guards.
    • many hilltops were opened up to player travel; some of them also had monsters added.
    • new plants and features throughout the forest that don't like to be touched: rose of Innoruuk, hate blossom, spiteweed, soul leeches, and dead militia guards.
    • some scattered quest NPCs were brought together at the Commonlands camp, and an additional solo quest line was added.

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