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Culling the Swarm

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Culling the Swarm
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Quest Info
Given by: Douglass Sullivan Oldbarrow
Location: Homestead
Faction: Homestead
Type: Main Quest
Prerequisites: Infested Fields
Unlocks:
Rewards: XP, Iron, Rep, Inventory Bag

This is an Act 3 main quest, offered by Douglass after completing Infested Fields.

Background[edit | edit source]

Douglass explains that the Dermapteran hives are cyclical in nature, and every seven years they birth a new queen who quickly proliferates their numbers. Prior to the Grim Dawn the farmers of Homestead would band together to destroy the Dermapteran queen to stop the reproductive cycle, but of late they have been allowed to thrive.

The Queen must be destroyed or the insects will soon run out of food and attack Homestead.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Collect a Pheromone Gland from Grand Vizier Lozakal
  • Collect a Pheromone Gland from Grand Vizier Inixil
  • Access the Queen's Lair
  • Slay Swarm Queen Ravna
  • Return to Douglass in Homestead

Guide[edit | edit source]

Locate and enter the Royal Hive; the Cave Entrance spawns randomly in the upper northern part of the Rotting Croplands and you may need to explore several fields.

You will then need to kill two Boss creatures, Grand Vizier Lozakal and Grand Vizier Inixil, both located randomly within the Royal Hive, and collect their pheromone glands. These two quest items are required to unseal the Entrance to the Hive Queen's Lair. Once inside the lair it is best to skirt the left and right sides to clear out the Dermapteran packs before taking on Swarm Queen Ravna. After killing her report back to Douglass.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Normal Elite Ultimate
XP 11000 38000 73000
Iron 2000 10000 20000
Homestead
Reputation
+1000
Item Inventory Bag

Quest Log[edit | edit source]

Quest log

Douglass was impressed with how you handled the Dermapterans out in the Rotting Croplands. He is confident in your abilities and believes you can put a stop to the Dermapterans for good. Dermapteran hives are cyclical. Every seven years or so, they birth a new queen, which promptly proliferates their numbers. In the past, the farmers would rally and exterminate the queen while she was still young. But after the Grim Dawn, the Dermapterans were allowed to thrive, and now their queen is a massive creature that spawns new Dermapterans by the dozen every day.

She has to be destroyed, otherwise the Dermapterans will eventually run out of food and attack Homestead in force. The queen is guarded by two of her Grand Viziers. You will not be able to even enter her chamber without their pheromone glands. Seek out the Royal Hive somewhere out in the Rotting Croplands, to the west of Homestead and open the queen's chamber.

Objectives:

  • Collect a Pheromone Gland from Grand Vizier Lozakal
  • Collect a Pheromone Gland from Grand Vizier Inixil
  • Access the Queen's Lair

You have opened the way into the Dermapteran Queen's lair. It is now time to destroy her and halt the Dermapteran reproductive cycle, giving the farmers of Homestead a much needed reprieve.

Objectives:

  • Slay Swarm Queen Ravna

You have slain the Dermapteran Queen. Return to Douglass in Homestead with the good news.

Objectives:

  • Return to Douglass in Homestead