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Darklight Wood
Levels 1-20
Introduced LU35
Zone Type Public
Adjacent to Neriak, The Commonlands, Nektulos Forest, The Sinking Sands
Quest Lines Darklight Wood Timeline
Harvesting Tier 1 and 2
Quests NPCs Monsters Named
Drops Instances POIs Discos

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Darklight Wood is the lower-level counterpart to Nektulos Forest, containing the long-lost evil city of Neriak, City of Hate. It is a level 1-20 newbie zone, containing about 100 well-organized quests. Physically it is the smallest of the five starting locations in EQ2, but it connects directly to The Commonlands on one side and Nektulos on the other side, making it a convenient hub for the low- and mid-levels.



The ancient dark elf city of Neriak was once protected from invaders by these woods. All the warriors knew these lands better than any interloper could ever dream of knowing them. Neriak was strong and fortified.

--Nektulos Forest, by Torq De'Rech

The weak never survive long in the forest.

--A History of the Order of Nektulos


Darklight Wood is a relatively small zone, with a large open central area based around Smoldering Lake and Nightshadow Rise. Several smaller valleys extend in all directions from this central area, each with unique terrain features. When compared to the larger Nektulos Forest, Darklight Wood is better lit and has less obstacles, but is just as densely populated with creatures.



Darklight Wood is a relatively small zone and has no griffon routes. There's a connection to The Commonlands in the middle of the zone on the south side, and a connection to Nektulos Forest at the far west end.

At Wanderlust Fair is a flying carpet that will take you to The Sinking Sands. From there, evil characters can travel directly to Freeport or Gorowyn.

Boat travel to the Nektulos Forest and Thundering Steppes docks is available from the Dockside Markets inside Neriak, City of Hate.



This is the starting zone for all Arasai. Newly created Dark Elves, Iksar, Ogres, Ratonga, and Trolls can also choose to start in this zone.

It is very easy for characters from Freeport and Gorowyn to travel to Darklight Wood to quest here. Characters from these cities can easily change citizenship to Neriak if they wish to make this their home.

City Name Alignment Location
Neriak, City of Hate Evil Over bridge east of T'Vatar Post

Adjacent Zones

Zone Name Level Range Direction Access
The Commonlands 10-20 South follow road south from Warpfont Spire
Nektulos Forest 20-30 West follow road west from Wanderlust Fair

Revive Locations

Revive Location Description
Hate's Envy serves the starting area for Neriak characters
T'Vatar Post nearest respawn point to Neriak, City of Hate
Wanderlust Fair only revive location in western part of zone


About 150 quests are available overall in Darklight Wood and Neriak combined. The quests in Darklight Wood are found in a few concentrated quest hubs. Some Neriak quests also extend into nearby Nektulos Forest.

The Neriak guards that patrol Darklight Wood will tolerate all characters from Freeport and Gorowyn. Characters from Qeynos and Kelethin can quest here, but they must avoid the Neriak guards that patrol the roadways.

Quest Hub Level Range Notes
Hate's Envy 1-5 Starting location
T'Vatar Post 6-12 Nearest hub to Neriak
Wanderlust Fair 10-21 Good quest hub for visitors
Shadow Oak 15-20

Lore and Legend Books

  • Smiting of the Werewolf, the quest starter for Lore and Legend: Werewolf, is in the werewolf ruins, on the floor in a building at ( -8, -26, -415 ) /waypoint -8, -26, -415
  • Skeletons, the quest starter for Lore and Legend: Skeleton, is in the Tower of Bone in a bookcase directly across from the entrance.

Similar Zones

Zone Name Level Range Region Notes
Timorous Deep 1-20 Kunark Another outstanding zone for quests, with great rewards
The Commonlands 10-20 Shattered Lands Close by and a good complement for Darklight Wood

This article uses material from the "Darklight Wood" article on the EQ2 wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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