Mission Name The Chains That Bind Us
Number 8-1
Start NPC Any Bastok Gate Guard
Level 70+
Reward Rank points
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  • This mission requires a certain level of Rank Bar. Trade 6 crystals to a Conquest Overseer. 18 crystals will cap your Rank Bar. Talk to a Bastok Gate Guard to receive the mission.
  • Talk to Iron Eater at (J-8) guarding the Door to the President's Office.
    • Iron Eater is involved in multiple quests and missions. If necessary, keep talking to him until he tells you to investigate the Quicksand Caves.
  • Travel to Western Altepa Desert (G-5) and enter Quicksand Caves.
  • Head to (H-8) and pass through the Weight Detection's door [works with 1 Galka, 2 Hume/Elvaan/Mithra, 3 Tarutaru also works with 1 Tarutaru and 1 of any other race, or Loadstone]. Trust NPCs do not work!!!
  • Head south into a new room and pass another Weight Detection's door (H-10). The ??? (Galka Statue) you need is just to the south located at (G-11).
  • Clear the room first, then spawn the 3 NMs:
  • It is recommended that you kill them in the order listed above. However, only one needs to be killed if two others are left to despawn before it dies.
  • A group of 12 level 60+ alliance or 6 level 72+ party can defeat them. A group of level 75s can handle them easily with less than six as long as you have a sleeper.
  • After you win, touch the ??? again to get a cutscene.
  • Next go to the Western Altepa Desert (D-12) entrance, or use the proto-waypoint, to get to Quicksand Caves Map 4.
    • The entrance in Western Altepa Desert is accessed through a hidden area on the map, starting at (C-11)/(D-11) in the far Southwest corner. Hug the southern wall in the lower area to climb the broken stairs.
  • Once inside, make sure you cast Sneak and make your way through the caves. You will want to follow the right wall the entire way. At (K-8) you will come to a weighted door leading East. Go through that door and continue to follow the caves (both the left and the right path lead to the next door). You will arrive at another weighted door at (G-8) facing East (Exit D on Map 4). Again, go through that door into a smaller room with another door.
  • After going through the second weighted door and through the door behind it, you will notice the mural on the wall to your left, and a ??? on a small pedestal, which you will check for another cutscene with Zeid and some interesting storyline.
  • When that is done, head back to Metalworks and talk to Iron Eater for another cutscene.

Game Description

Mission Orders
The president has ordered a full-scale investigation of Zepwell Island. You are to travel to the Quicksand Caves located in the central Altepa Desert. Report to Iron Eater for a briefing.
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