The Shadow Reef

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The Shadow Reef, also known as Ulthven Kreath, is the third Elite Dungeon, a 1-3 player combat/narrative experience that rewards unique loot and Dungeoneering experience and tokens. The Shadow Reef is accessed from the eastern shore of Daemonheim. The Grouping System is required in order to form a team of 2-3 players. There are no hard requirements to access the dungeon.

The dungeon contains achievements, 16 minibosses, and 3 bosses: The Crassian Leviathan, Taraket the Necromancer, and The Ambassador.

Dungeon info[edit | edit source]

Getting there[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Mobs[edit | edit source]

Minibosses[edit | edit source]

Bosses[edit | edit source]

Map[edit | edit source]

The Shadow Reef map.png

Rewards[edit | edit source]

  • Players have a higher chance to receive rare drops if they are holding a Lucky charm (Shadow Reef).png: RS3 Inventory image of Lucky charm (Shadow Reef)Lucky charm (Shadow Reef). A lucky charm is consumed every time it grants a rare drop.
  • If the Elite dungeon chest is enabled, all drops will automatically be stored in the chest. If it is disabled, players have a chance of doubling drops.
  • If players unlock the Elite dungeon chest upgrade, the chest will store all drops and allow all drops to have a chance of being doubled, including rare boss drops.

Rare drops[edit | edit source]

The monsters inside the dungeon drop a variety of items, with the unique items being:

Item Description G.E. price Monster
Reef relic (common).png: RS3 Inventory image of Reef relic (common)Reef relic (uncommon).png: RS3 Inventory image of Reef relic (uncommon)Reef relic (rare).png: RS3 Inventory image of Reef relic (rare) Reef relics Can be low, high alched or disassembled. N/A All monsters
Onyx dust.png: RS3 Inventory image of Onyx dust Onyx dust Can be transmuted into an uncut onyx. 9,433 All monsters (common lucky charm drop)
Darting shadow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Darting shadow Darting shadow Can be disassembled for 10 swift components. N/A All monsters (common lucky charm drop)
Ragefire gland.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ragefire gland Ragefire gland Used to upgrade Ragefire boots into Hailfire boots. 301,751 All monsters (uncommon lucky charm drop)
Shadowy egg.png: RS3 Inventory image of Shadowy egg Shadowy egg Unlocks the Squoggoth pet. 362,554,184 All monsters (extremely rare lucky charm drop)
Swordy McSwordFace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Swordy McSwordFace Swordy McSwordFace Tier 80, non-augmentable 2-handed melee weapon. 30,215,399 Bossy McBossFace
Demonic title scroll (the deceiver).png: RS3 Inventory image of Demonic title scroll (the deceiver) Demonic title scroll (the deceiver) Unlocks the [Name] the Deceiver title. 104,868,667 Yor'Ger the Deceiver
Black stone arrow tips.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black stone arrow tips Black stone arrow tips Can be used on Elder headless arrow to make tier 92 Black stone arrows. 2,559 Crassian Leviathan
Taraket the Necromancer
The Ambassador
Black stone heart.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black stone heart Black stone heart Can be used to create ability codices for the Demon, Dragon, and Undead Slayer abilities,
as well as Elite sirenic repair patches and Elite tectonic repair patches.
279,598 Crassian Leviathan
Taraket the Necromancer
The Ambassador
Eldritch crossbow limb.png: RS3 Inventory image of Eldritch crossbow limb Eldritch crossbow limb[1][2] A component used to create the Eldritch crossbow. 459,590,633 The Ambassador
Eldritch crossbow stock.png: RS3 Inventory image of Eldritch crossbow stock Eldritch crossbow stock[1][2] A component used to create the Eldritch crossbow. 671,005,626 The Ambassador
Eldritch crossbow mechanism.png: RS3 Inventory image of Eldritch crossbow mechanism Eldritch crossbow mechanism[1][2] A component used to create the Eldritch crossbow. 531,381,816 The Ambassador
Kranon's Ancient Journal.png: RS3 Inventory image of Kranon's Ancient Journal Kranon's Ancient Journal Lore book required for the The Shadow Thief feat. N/A Taraket the Necromancer
The Last Offering.png: RS3 Inventory image of The Last Offering The Last Offering Lore book required for the The Shadow Thief feat. N/A Crassian Leviathan
Umbral urn.png: RS3 Inventory image of Umbral urn Umbral urn Unlocks the Ambassador boss pet, Ambi. N/A The Ambassador
Elite chest.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elite chest Elite chest Contains Ancient scales, Draconic energy, and Black stone arrow tips.
Obtained when all three Elite Dungeons are completed in consecutive order.
N/A The Ambassador
  1. ^ a b c The pieces will drop in order, starting from a randomly selected first piece.
  2. ^ a b c Jagex. Mod Orion's Twitter account. 10 February 2019. (Archived from the original on 10 February 2019.)

Common drops[edit | edit source]

The following table has a 3/20 chance to get rolled on for boss monsters and mini-bosses, and a 1/50 chance for other monsters when holding a Lucky charm (Shadow Reef)[d 1]:

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Jagex. Mod Sponge's Twitter account. 28 Feb 2022. (Archived from the original on 16 April 2022.)
  2. ^ There is a 1% chance this will be upgraded to a sealed clue scroll (master).

If the above table is not rolled, a reward from the following table is given for monsters, dependent on the floor they were on:

Floor 1:

Floor 2:

Floor 3:

Background[edit | edit source]

Ulthven Kreath is an ancient underwater sunken temple, once built and inhabited by Dragonkin, first encountered in the Pieces of Hate quest, where the player fights Rabid Jack. After the quest, the temple may be revisited using a rowboat at the south-west beach of Mos Le'Harmless.

During the fight with Rabid Jack, a large black hand (speculated to be Xau-Tak) will appear in the large hole in the middle of the temple. This hole is a portal to another world or dimension but it is closed with a giant stopper at the end of the quest after Rabid Jack lowers himself into the hole.

Murals[edit | edit source]

Four murals can be found on western wall of the final room in the first floor, in the room right before the entrance to the second floor. After completing Pieces of Hate, the player may decipher the murals but must do so from left to right. They explain the lore behind the temple and contain some short phrases in the Dragonkin language.

The murals can be deciphered and inspected in either the quest-only instance or in an Elite Dungeon run.

Each mural requires level 85 (not boostable) in one particular skill to decipher, which is Thieving, Agility, Firemaking, and Construction in order, and each grants 50,000 experience in its respective skill. Doing so unlocks the Roake Kal achievement and is a requirement for the master quest cape. If player does not have the level (level 85 in the relevant skill) for a mural, they will not be able to decipher the succeeding murals.

Music unlocked[edit | edit source]

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Some achievements can be done in both story mode and normal mode, some only in normal mode.

There are 63 achievements in this group.

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Credits[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 16 January 2023 (Update):
    • Updated text when re-entering a dungeon as a group after leaving.
  • patch 21 November 2022 (Update):
    • Ulthven Necromancers and Cloaked Zealots found in The Shadow Reef no longer shoot spells from their feet.
    • Fixed a typo when completing an Elite Dungeon in Story Mode.
  • patch 4 July 2022 (Update):
    • Players can no longer skip to the final boss of an Elite Dungeon.
  • patch 20 June 2022 (Update):
    • Rehauled the entire dungeon's loot system:
      • The monsters in "Zone 1" (first area) have had their drops significantly reduced. Experience gain is also significantly reduced.
      • The monsters in "Zone 2" (second area, with Taraket) retain the original drop table.
      • The monsters in "Zone 3" (after the second cliff jump) have had their drops increased.
      • To make up for the reduction in "Zone 1", the bosses have had their drop tables improved.
  • patch 12 April 2021 (Update):
    • A number of exploits within the Elite Dungeons have now been fixed.
      • Over the coming weeks we will be looking at actions we can take against the small minority of players who exploited these issues.
  • patch 3 August 2020 (Update):
    • Adding Elite Dungeon lore pages to a partially complete lore book no longer creates a new lore book in your backpack if you already have one in the Bank.
    • Players can no longer attack the boss from outside of the boss arena. Instead, players will now teleport inside the boss arena after the boss is activated.
    • Starting a boss fight will also teleport all players within the boss area to its centre.
  • patch 20 July 2020 (Update):
    • Players are no longer able to obtain multiple Zombie Champion scrolls from the Shadow Reef Elite Dungeon when they've completed the appropriate Champion Challenge.
  • patch 19 August 2019 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue that stopped some items from being equipped when using presets inside the Shadow Reef elite dungeon.
  • patch 15 April 2019 (Update):
    • Increased overall value of rewards from bosses, most notably that of The Ambassador's.
    • New drop table inserted for common mobs in the dungeon, including that from the lucky charms.
  • patch 1 April 2019 (Update):
    • Rare drops such as effigies can now be looted more easily after the Crassian Leviathan encounter.
    • The Crassian Leviathan will now consistently drop loot if it dies while swapping sides.
  • update 25 February 2019 (Update):
    • The Shadow Reef is released.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The addition of the Shadow Reef as an Elite Dungeon was first confirmed at RuneFest 2018, and draws on lore from Nomad's Elegy, Til Death Do Us Part, and the Pirate quest series.
  • Kreath means shadow, darkness, or black in dragonkin language.
  • The dragonkin research book refers to Ulthven Kreath as the sunken black, suggesting it to be a literal translation of the name.
  • Several of the music tracks unlocked in the Shadow Reef are named after the different pelagic zones of the ocean.
  • When attempting to create a fire within the reef the following message is displayed: "Surprisingly, you are able to light a fire under the ocean here..." and the player manages to successfully create a fire.
  • Attuning a boss portal to Shadow Reef will prompt The Ambassador to speak the line "So, this is who comes to kill me?"