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Scythe of the Shadowed Soul  

Charges: Unlimited
Skill: 1H Blunt Atk Delay: 34
DMG: 22 Dmg Bonus: 30
This item is placeable in yards, guild yards, houses and guild halls.
STR: +5 STA: +10 CHA: +5 INT: +20 HP: +20 MANA: +80
Effect: Torment of Shadows (Any Slot/Can Equip, Casting Time: 9.0) at Level 50
WT: 5.0 Size: MEDIUM
Class: NEC
Slot 1, Type 4 (Weapon: General)
Slot 2, Type 20 (Ornamentation)
Item Type:1H Blunt
Light:Paw of Opalla
Lucy Entry By:Atarak
Item Updated By:SwiftyMUSE
IC Last Updated:2020-07-13 02:41:31
Page Updated:Sun Mar 17th, 2013
Ruins of Kunark Item

Rarity: Ultra Rare
Level to Attain: 50

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#REDACTED, Posted: Oct 06 2001 at 9:58 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Not that it matters but if i could add something that would be nice. Anyway here it is. Epics are a way to tell the world that you have taken your character to the limits, without one how could you say your the best when you dont have your epic. Take this scenario 2 necro's are fighting on who is the best. One is holding the Epic the other isnt. the one holding the Epic IMHO would be better because he doesnt care about what people think. He doesnt care what it looks like(hell i would just mess with it about how i killed a really high lvl duck then put it on a stick)we necros are ment for soloing. Besides it can help in duels if your trying to interupt another PC's casting right?
RE: oki
# Oct 06 2001 at 9:58 AM Rating: Default
Not that it matters but if i could add something that would be nice. Anyway here it is. Epics are a way to tell the world that you have taken your character to the limits, without one how could you say your the best when you dont have your epic. Take this scenario 2 necro's are fighting on who is the best. One is holding the Epic the other isnt. the one holding the Epic IMHO would be better because he doesnt care about what people think. He doesnt care what it looks like(hell i would just mess with it about how i killed a really high lvl duck then put it on a stick)we necros are ment for soloing. Besides it can help in duels if your trying to interupt another PC's casting right?

Also i dont give a Sh!it what other people think how it looks. I would just duel them and whip there *** so Cazic can use it as a puching bag.

Jezikez Shadowbone, Necromancer of Cazic-Thule
Tholuxe Pealls
The look
# Sep 22 2001 at 11:29 PM Rating: Decent
I personally like how it looks. Although I think a mean looking gemmed scythe would be better.
# Sep 21 2001 at 11:16 PM Rating: Default
Theres a giant chessboard in the middle of some mountains, a UFO for a guild in one spot, and stuff like that, and you wonder if Verant was drunk designing parts of this?

*shrug* Killed Who? I just heal the bastards
#REDACTED, Posted: Jan 05 2002 at 4:22 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) what giant ufo?
# Feb 03 2002 at 2:20 AM Rating: Default
He's referring to the Guild Hall for followers of Rodcet Nife in North Qeynos. It really is a flying saucer floating over a pond.
eye of innoruuk
# Sep 13 2001 at 12:08 PM Rating: Decent
anyone on Quellious have an eye of innoruuk? give tell to Darktusk please. only piece i am missing for my duck stick. then ill run around biting people's ankles and roaring "QUACK!"

Darktusk Bonecollector
55 gnomancer
<Valhalla's Pyre>
I hate you Bladari
What about the new engine coming out?
# Jul 30 2001 at 1:33 AM Rating: Decent
Anyone think come November they might do better graffix for the weapons?
its 1hb cause its for the look
# Jul 24 2001 at 8:07 PM Rating: Decent
this epic is 1hb cause its a necro weapon(yea i know some sytchs are necro usable and 2hs but give me the benifit of the doubt) it is a sycthe cause sycthe are connected to the character of death. becuase necros deal with death, it seems likely that verant made the necro epic a sytch for that reason.
necro epic is not hard at all
# Jul 23 2001 at 10:37 AM Rating: Good
28 posts
Everyone says our epic is hard. I just completed it, and had an easy time with it I feel.

Why? Because I never had to plan an event to get this piece, with the exception of the lake rathe battle.

Everything else can happen alongside someone elses event.

I went along on a prince/overking raid in chardok to get my manisi herb. It wasn't up when we got there, but we stayed in overking room to do him a couple of times, and what do you know, royal herbalist spawns, AND drops my herb.

I went along in a plane of sky raid to get the black silk cape. *NUMBEROUS* characters have epics from plane of sky, and it does have a lot of loot, if your not in an 'uber' guild. Also, 57+ necromancers are REQUIRED to do plane of sky, so its just a matter of who they want to take.

You can get the slime blood of cazic thule with a lot of luck in any standard plane of fear raid.

You can get the eye of innoruuk with a lot of luck in any standard plane of hate raid.

Sir Edwin Motte you can kill by yourself without even using a pet if you want.

The lake rathe battle can be done quite easily and its not to hard to get friends to help with it since you can give them the twisted bone earring. Very nice rogue/shadowknight item imo.

Easiest way to do it, is to do the plane of sky portion last. Why? If you have all the other pieces ready, and then you do a plane of sky raid to get the cloak of spiroc feathers, all you have to do is leave a corpse up in plane of sky with a key to gorgolosk island on it. The azarack island key is buyable, but you could also use one of your own if you like. Do the cloak quest in quest island, turn in the items in timorous deep, go back to gorgolosk island using your key off your corpse in plane of sky and bam, say hello to gkzzallk.

Another alternative is to do what I did (since the cloak of spiroc feathers is the first thing I did of my epic) is to camp plane of sky for a guild in the plane and beg them for a corpse summon/res while they are on gorgolosk island. Most guilds will do this because the island is non aggro so you won't interfere with there raid by being there.

Good luck with your epics, and by the way, here is a little tidbit of helpful information:

The effect off it takes from 7-9 seconds to cast, and there is *NOT* a spell window, kinda annoying. It looks like you are casting ice comet.

The effect on it is highly resistable, contrary to popular opinion, and does not let you snare anything you could not snare before. (such as those damn epic battles)

The effect *DOES* overwrite the druid epic effect. The druid epic effect does *NOT* overwrite our epic effect. TAKE THAT!

But it might not be as useful, ours does 1200 damage over about a minute, theres does 1500ish damage over around 3 minutes. 1 minute snare is kinda rough sometimes, so in a raid a druid is usually the snare king, because the damage off them is not really important.

I will say this though, its very useful in 6man groups to have our snare effect. I still leave dooming darkness up for those just in case times, but I have so much more mana now in a group for other things like pacting, dumping, dotting, nuking, etc. I am rather fond of it. It's also a great solo tool to use, especially if you have immobilize. When I solo I usually root dot (I'm 58) and I have immobilize and paralyzing earth up. Immobilize is basically a timed duration root of 1 minute, so I'll hit immobilize, wait a few seconds, then resnare with the epic to keep it timed. Not a bad combination to use with lich/splurt/pyrocour/bond of death.

Ravanta Suffer
58 de necromancer Innoruuk
Order of the Wolf
Victims, aren't we all.
RE: necro epic is not hard at all
# Aug 17 2001 at 3:25 PM Rating: Decent
Just because you got lucky on yours does not mean it is easy... I have been to more fear and hate raids then you could shake a stick at and NEVER has an eye or blood dropped. We kill the golems EVERY time we can in fear and all the mini bosses in Hate. We are just about strong enough to kill Inny solo guild (I play on a PvP server) so we should be able to farm the eyes. The blood however NEVER drops for us.. 2 of them will drop for gay lightie guild01 while we get 3 AoN's off of the golems... WTF! AoN is supposed to be rare... ohh yeah took 12 chardok raids for the royal herbalist (4 kills of the PH each. but whatever

This is not as easy as you act.
RE: necro epic is not hard at all
# Sep 27 2001 at 12:00 AM Rating: Default
286 posts
If you really want to get technical, except for the herb and the black silk cape portion of the Cloak of Spiroc Feathers, Necromancers like me can buy our epics :p
# Jul 13 2001 at 8:49 PM Rating: Decent
Well, ok i admit. It looks dumb. But the dumber a weapon looks the more attention draws to it. How many people see a staff with a duck skull on the end and watch it spitting out little grayish dots. Very nice item personally, int is loved by me. And the effect is a little bit more useful then i thought. The spell on it is unresistable unless the target is completely immune to magic. Unlike our ever resisting darkness line of spells. And its a 1200 dot with no mana? none the less its useful. Plus the snare effect. Ive heard it has roughly a 7 second casting time. Can anyone who has this staff confirm it? And on a second note, it is a scythe. It just has bone instead of a blade thus blunt. Well, a skull. Cant wait to get mine. To bad getting the last few items are so diffucult. Planning on getting my head soon so i can start it. Well, GL to anyone who tries the quest. And good work to who has it. :)
#REDACTED, Posted: Jun 26 2001 at 11:34 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Can anyone explain how this so called scythe is a 1HB weapon. Every other scythe in the game is 2HS, and some are Necro usable. (see the examples below)
RE: 1 hand blunt?
# Jun 28 2001 at 10:04 PM Rating: Default
Simply put... *smack* quit flaming Verant for once, you loser. It's a 1hb because first off, Scythes look cool, and secondly, so the necro could actually use it somewhat well, while still using something in their secondairy. Wow, amazing how people are so quick to flame Verant for everything they do.
#REDACTED, Posted: Jul 03 2001 at 2:17 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) First of all, I'm not really flaming Verant, just trying to understand their logic. With all the other flames already posted for this weapon, I saw no reason to add another. But, I ask a question about the choice of weapon type, and provide a valid argument against it being 1HB, and you feel the need to jump down my throat and give me crap for flaming Verant. Sounds like some hypocracy to me.
RE: 1 hand blunt?
# Sep 18 2001 at 1:56 AM Rating: Default
it being a scythe really is only in the name... the skull on top of the necro epic really doesnt look like a blade to me. if anything it appears to be a 1hb weapon, which it is.
RE: 1 hand blunt?
# Aug 24 2001 at 3:24 AM Rating: Default
Because it's not in-character for a caster to be going around wielding 2 handed swords. Casters can use staves and daggers and similar weapons. A scythe is in-character for a necro, so they made the epic a scythe. But it's good if the necro can actually use it, so they made it use a skill that the necro has. Even giving the necro 2hs as a skill isn't any good because they would have no weapons to bring it up. A scythe is more like a staff than a dagger (in terms of how to use it, not what the wounds look like). Could have been 2hb, but that would just be cruel to a caster.
RE: 1 hand blunt?
# Jul 12 2001 at 3:01 AM Rating: Decent
OK, you want the EXTREMELY short and simplified answer to why this is classified as a 1HB?

Verant chose to do it that way.

`nuff said. Of course, you don't have to like it, and you don't have to use it. But why complain or question the way they chose to work it? As long as it works, who cares?
lol this is so damn funny
# Jun 18 2001 at 4:26 AM Rating: Decent
i think its so funny to hear how everyone says this weapon/quest sucks. Now ill give ya the fact that the effect is for crap and the look may not be the best, but everytime ive seen a buddy of mine run up in zone with it people always come up and check him out and admire it. and hell +20 int, ill get rid of my stein (finally) and ill finally have some room to wear some bd bracers. so to sum up my lil rant here if ya dont like the quest/look dont do it, but im still willing to bet your gonna run up and check out the guy who does have it....not to mention the fact the quest is a pain in the ***

p.s. im only 4 pieces away from my new duck stick and i already have my black silk cape ;)
# Jun 12 2001 at 9:42 AM Rating: Default

the pic is there at bottom and now i know why people are so dissapointed and it looks more like a pelican on a stick freakin ridiculous they made it so **** looking.
#Anonymous, Posted: Jun 12 2001 at 12:22 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) so I can crap on one and cover it with other. What a royal kick in the nads. Verant spews forth about how EQ is a "group" game and soloing is not the thing about EQ , they nerf the hell out of us, then when it comes to our epic, they give us a "solo" effect on it. What a bunch of idiots. How many raids have you as a 55+ necro cast darkness, hmm, NEVER. And 9 second cast time, its NOT a solo tool. I might pull with it, MIGHT, but if its resisted and I finally get fear off there aint no way in hell i gonna try to recast this 9 second thing. About the time i do, fear breaks and i am off running for the trees till this damn 9 second proc times out so i can fear again. Simply put, this is a waste of time to actually go out and try to get, if it falls into your lap while doing other epics, ok. But anyone who actually sets out and drags their guild and buds to get this should be shot.
WTF is this?
# Jun 10 2001 at 9:24 AM Rating: Default
I would have prefered Verant just sent a representative to my house to kick me in the nuts. This thing is an epic? Epic waste of time, mayhaps.
I dont understand...
# Jun 08 2001 at 3:21 PM Rating: Default
I dont have any clue as to why they would even put a Dmg/Dly on the thing. Any caster that melee's is just plain wrong. Theres no reason what so ever to have the effect. Our spells are better. It just allows us to cast a cheesy snare manaless. Woopidy Dooo! All the other stats are useful, any added stats are appreciated by me. I know ill be able to get rid of some of my int gear thanks to the epic and get some resist gear. And whats the deal with the look? It looks like a Sarnak head to me, but it would have been better if it was a Black pearl colored staff with a Crimson Blade or even a silver blade with like a blood dripping off the blade affect. Back to the melee part, VERANT! Get rid of it and add some useful stats. I stopped using melee at lvl 10! My offense and defense skills are that of a newbie. Ive had to punch with my sorc bowl for fun cause i was bored with my pet kicking the snot out of things. Get smart and change some of the stats. OH wait you cant. Then you wouldnt be nerfing it and we cant have that now can we. =P
#Anonymous, Posted: Jun 03 2001 at 12:29 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) All i can say is quack quack.
# Jun 02 2001 at 7:25 PM Rating: Default
I got the epic today, its ok not the best but still its the epic. so hey if you dont want it or like how it looks just dont do the epic. as for the 20int its good because i got rid of some of my other +int stuff and turned it in for some +mana and +Hp stuff.
# Jun 01 2001 at 7:18 PM Rating: Default
Ok some diss it, some like it.

Personally I have a love/hate realationship to it. And here is why:

1. Melee. The only things you can melee with this thing are, as some have mentioned, skellies when pharming chips. But why would any necro above 50 want to do that? 10pp per chip stack? no problem! Rather pay an insignificant amount of pp than spend some hours getting a bagful of chips. OR make a train and use one of the AE DD spells we have. As for greenies interrupting med - make a pet and it won't be a problem.

2. Look. Silly. You guys who have seen it and thinks it looks cool... well it could be SOOOO much cooler. A big scythe made of bones, HR. Giger like. Scythe with a red glowing blade... Transparent, mistlike scythe... just about anything else than its present look would be cooler.

3. 20 int. Decent at least. And you guys who say "I don't need more int" - that is just BS. The more INT you get in one slot the better cause later on resist gear is EVERYTHING. And 20 INT should at least free 2 slots for res gear :) In other words 20 INT is nice... Very nice.

4. STR5 STA10 CHA5 and HP20 is not an issue, it won't make a noticeable difference.

5. Resists. Not at all that good. There are many items out there which are easier to get with better res stats.

6. Effect. It does NOT make room for another spell. If using this effect you still want a faster snare ready to use in case this one is resisted.

And now I don't want to go on about it anymore. To anyone that says "I will get this staff cause it will be funny" I reply: LOL! Getting this is no walk in the park. It WILL take MONTHS.

And yes there ARE better equip out there. Take my word for it. One is named Heart of somthing, a friend of mine has it. It has 20 INT too, and much much better resist stats than this duck thing.

Ummm one more thing though. To all the peeps saying don't compare it to other epics I would like to ask: why is this the hardest epic to get and the most sucky one?

Toodles :)
# May 02 2002 at 4:45 PM Rating: Good
89 posts
I's called the heart of Zandi. they are both situational items. Heart is much better for soloing, from it's regen. Scythe is better for raiding, because if snare/root (whichever your using) wears, you can have backup just in case. Of corse, there are instances where the heart is better for raiding and the scythe is better for soloing. Point is, WILL YOU PEOPLE REALIZE THOSE OF US IN THE HIGHER END OF THE GAME HAVE MULTIPLE PIECES FOR ANY GIVEN SLOT AND USE THEM ALL IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS?????? there is no "best" item for any class in game. I actually killed Naggy once with a sorc bowl. One damage hit, obviously before I had my epic. Ironically, it was just as our last tank went down (who says Naggy can't die by 24 people?). So please, stop complaining, whining, making false claims, ranting, flaming verant, and the countless other silver spoon in the mouth activities people are known for and go out, raid, level up, get items if that makes you happiest, and make your own opinions. Mine don't matter and niether does anyone else's.
#Anonymous, Posted: May 30 2001 at 5:09 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) If I want a duck on a stick, Ill go to the local pond with my shotgun. Simple takes 5 minutes, I dont want to waste 50 hours for a Goddamn DUCK ON A STICK. Get with it verrant, no one likes DUCKS on STICKS.
RE: Duck on a Stick
# Sep 04 2001 at 9:52 AM Rating: Default
Lol, you guys are right, it DOES look like a duck on a stick. I am doing my epic right now, I think Ill quit. I have got better things to do with my time than waste it on a useless epic crappy DUCK ON A STICK.

I guess I will go for a GBS and then again, some blighted. Should fill the INT gap and lemme get some RESIST stuff as well... Thanks all for the info.
an idea
# May 27 2001 at 5:07 PM Rating: Decent
I would love to see a hp regen effect, a life tap, or a mana tranfhpere that would be more feasible for this epic weapon, for the only use for a nec in urben raids is a mana battery, to have a darkness at cast time 9.0 is insain, i still use my doom to pull,, and i am 51, this is compleetly a wast of time, plz lets all pent, wright, beg or somthing to that extent, to vern, to do somthing about this , this words cannot describ the feeling at this point, to me i have just wasted 52 hours, or around 6 mounths of my time to get a duck on a stick, Bahaa
all about the looks
# May 26 2001 at 3:59 PM Rating: Good
yeah so chanters get a kick *** looking snake and we get a ducks head on a bent stick...
hell if the stupid bill of the duck was left off it would look pretty cool. BUT nooo they have to go and put in a 10ft long bill on the thing so you can use it as a hat if it rains i guess.
10mr ;(
and whats with the trash fire/cold ?
up the resists/hp and you have a decent item
change the graphic and nobody would even *****, i would bet 95% of everyones complaint is founded on the look of it. Seeing as how we are a "cool" class it would only seem right to get something that looked the part.
would love to see the ratio of necro epics completed vs cleric epics
Better graphic = Much less crying
regen/upgraded leach would have been right on the money for an effect.
who gives 2 ***** in the wind on tuesday about a snare, yeah i really need another snare...not

regardless what you like/dislike Grats to all that have done this quest!
Duck Staff Rules
# May 21 2001 at 8:02 PM Rating: Default
Voultor, you couldn't have put it any better.

Zerraxus Ner'Zhul
54 Necro (almost 55 dammit)
# May 20 2001 at 9:21 PM Rating: Default
For the idiot who was wondering if verant was on crack when they designed this because they put charisma on it, charisma helps charm, so why would it hurt to put 5 charisma on something that your likely to use rather than have you have to change to something else that has only charisma on it
RE: charisma
# May 30 2001 at 7:56 AM Rating: Decent
43 posts
If you weren't aware, CHA has little effect on charm unless you're talking about large increases. Just ask an enchanter. 5 points won't make any difference.. heck even 30 points has very little effect.

Also, you obviously either don't play a necromancer, or are a low level one, as by the time we are able to obtain this, we have Fixed Time undead charm at our disposal, on which CHA has absolutely no effect.
#Anonymous, Posted: May 26 2001 at 4:20 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) You must be the one smoking something. i have 25 charisma and have absolutley no trouble charming undead. What is +5 char going to do for my charm. ill tell you what it will do nothing.
# May 20 2001 at 1:52 PM Rating: Default
i can't wait to get this for my necro.
I Really want to see someone holding this weapon to see what it looks like i have heard it is a duck, an sarnak head, and a skellie head. But what ever it looks like i will wait to get one before i think it was worth the trouble. But really people should not complain till they do the epic quest.....
Aenona darkstaph
Rodect Nife
#Anonymous, Posted: May 17 2001 at 9:10 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post)
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