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Hole Key  

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WT: 0.1 Size: TINY
Class: NONE
Race: NONE

Item Type:Keyv1
Merchant Value:101 pp 0 gp 0 sp 0 cp
Lucy Entry By:Illia
Item Updated By:Severrian
IC Last Updated:2022-01-19 02:38:25
Page Updated:Fri Aug 5th, 2022

Expansion: Original Original

Rarity: Common
Level to Attain: 1

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This key unlocks the entrance to the Ruins of Old Paineel.

Once activated this key unlocks the achievement, Hole Key, removing the need for you to store the physical key.


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This item is used in quests.
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Quest Name
Hole Key (10 Points)

Zone(s) Found In:

Zone Name

To get the Hole Key achievement, click the underwater rock at +571, -888 while holding the Hole Key on your cursor.

Once keyed, grab the key in your inventory and it will poof as it will no longer be required.
"Hole Key vanishes as you commit its details to memory."


Uploaded January 1st, 2022 by iventheassassin
Updated January 2nd, 2022
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Hole Key once again keyringable
# Dec 07 2021 at 7:19 PM Rating: Excellent
1,312 posts
From the December 7, 2021 patch:
- Fixed an issue that prevented the Hole Key from saving to your list of /keys.

This goes along with keys being moved from your key ring to achievements, in the same patch.

To buy the Hole Key, you first need Bone Crafted Key to operate the elevator into inner Paineel. Then use find to locate Rallia. Uncheck [ ] the "Show only items I can use" checkbox in the vendor window to view and purchase Hole Key (no trade). Head to the underwater rock door that leads to The Hole zone, and click the rock to keyring it, with the message "Hole Key has been added to your key ring". Once you've done that, the next time you pick up the item out of your inventory it will poof with the message "Hole Key vanishes as you commit its details to memory."

Edited, Dec 7th 2021 8:46pm by nytmare
Can't believe nobody's mentioned this...
# Apr 09 2012 at 1:37 PM Rating: Decent
17 posts
Everybody I knew used to not bother with the key -- You could just hop into the pool and swim diagonally down into the crack of the stone doorway, then keep ducking/standing and you'll swim right past, glitching your way through the door. Large toons had to shrink to do it. Nowadays it's just unlocked and you can click to open, or you can jump right in from above.

Edited, May 4th 2012 11:17am by Gazic
No longer exists
# Apr 02 2012 at 6:52 PM Rating: Decent
106 posts
Never mind... thought it didn't exist but you need to unclick "Show only items I can use".

Edited, Apr 2nd 2012 8:54pm by Spiffe
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hole key bugged
# Mar 08 2010 at 5:27 AM Rating: Decent
1,067 posts
did not go onto my keyring. but after destroying [hole key] I could still open the door. logging out and back didn't "fix" this either. sent in /bug report
hole key bugged
# Nov 11 2011 at 10:30 AM Rating: Decent
138 posts
confirm - it does not go on keyring. clicked the stone in the pool with and without it on cursor, jumped into the deep, no keyring entry. maybe because the hole is now an open zone?
hole key bugged
# Sep 30 2013 at 4:22 PM Rating: Good
1,312 posts
Yeah now that the door to The Hole is no longer locked, this key no longer adds to your keyring. So don't waste time buying it.
Easy Faction
# Jan 01 2009 at 12:16 AM Rating: Decent
19 posts
Hey, want an easy way to raise Heretics Faction with out having to spend hours in the Warrens? Here's how...

1.) Have to be, bare minimum, Level 30.
2.) Zone in to Erudin, from Toxxulia Forest, and Kill the Sentinels. Sentinels are anywhere from level 20-30 mobs.

I took my level 50 Iksar monk, who con'd Ready to Attack to the guards in Paineel, in there and killed 19 Sentinels. When I went back to Paineel I was amiable. Can figure on 4-5 Sentinel Kills per Faction Raise.

Now, this beats spending hours in the Warrens, killing countless numbers of Kobolds, doesn't it? Enjoy your Paineel/ Hole keys!
[93 Deathcaller] of Xev
<Chaos and Discontent>
[13 Necromancer] of Rallos Zek

Hole Key
# Oct 08 2008 at 10:21 PM Rating: Decent
If you MUST get the key to the HOLE. Then just shroud in goblin form 60-70. Make sure your shroud has lock picks to open the outer door to the Paineel elevator. Make sure you have the requisite amount of pp, then find your way to the Vendor, buy the Key using SNEAK to be indifferent to her, and then use to shroud AA gate to return to the Spirit Shroud NPC. Voila, you have your key.
Shroud does work
# Aug 24 2007 at 5:18 AM Rating: Decent
Disregard my last post...i didn't have the lockpick on my cursor...that works.
Lockpicking in shroud
# Aug 24 2007 at 4:12 AM Rating: Decent
I'd really like to know how you were able to find a lockpick that a goblin can use. All the picks I've tried are unusable despite saying they can be used by all. Picking your way in goblin rogue shroud form can not work.
Hole Key
# Mar 15 2007 at 1:33 AM Rating: Decent
31 posts
51 Dark Elf SK, Killed Kobolds in the Warrens long enough to burn though 3 Virtues, started at con Dubious, hit Apprehensive about the same time the My Faction Standing with Kobol Could Not Possibly Get Any Worse! Got the third Virtue, came out when it faded to refresh, and Bing! I was amiably!

You con the two Skeletal Guards in the Paineel Newbie Zone, Menbuknar and Heridion, once they like you, they politely ask you if you need a key, as opposed to the insults you get early on.

Once in Paineel, make your way to the teleport pads, the shop is in front of the pad to the palace, not thru it.

Vendor is a General supplies merchant named Rallia Hapera , sold me one for 106 pp 4 sp 2cp

FYI I turned in about 20 Kobold Molars to Royal Guard Lilkus, he's in the palace throne room, upstairs in the balcony. He gave me faction for several evil Erudite types, bad faction for the Erudin Paladins, (shakes in boots) and some ringmail armor pieces, kinda random. This upped my faction with the guards to "Kindly"

Both keys go on your keyring!
Shroud works.
# Feb 19 2007 at 11:45 PM Rating: Decent
199 posts
Confirmed: Shroud does indeed work. Picked my way into Paineel, sneak/hide to vendor, got behind vendor, right clicked and bought key for 126 pp.

I was dubious to vendor as a goblin rogue, but if you sneak/hide behind her, right click, she will sell to you.
Shroud won't work
# Apr 25 2006 at 2:25 PM Rating: Default
Rogue shroud no longer works. I went to use pick lock on the rock and got a message saying you cannot use pick lock on this door.
Shroud won't work
# Sep 16 2006 at 11:04 AM Rating: Decent
Shroud does work, just did with my main the other day using 70 Gobby Rogue. Must have lockpicks on cursor then you click rock. Make sure you hide/sneak to the vendor (sow helps this go faster) and stand behind the merchant to purchase the key.
RE: Shroud won't work
# Jun 24 2006 at 8:23 PM Rating: Decent
56 posts
Rogue shroud does still work. Two of us got it done tonight with a 30 rogue shroud and a 40 rogue shroud. One of us had to buy a set of lockpicks to use on the door.
RE: Shroud won't work
# Jul 17 2006 at 10:39 AM Rating: Decent
just tried 70 rogue shroud. lockpicks on curser open'd paneel door. hole key aquired

Edited, Jul 17th 2006 at 12:04pm EDT by Darkmemories
RE: Shroud won't work
# Sep 15 2006 at 9:00 PM Rating: Default
I just tried this today and it does work. I put the lockpicks on my cursor before and it wouldn't so it must've been simply bugged at the time and it was fixed at some point.
RE: Shroud won't work
# May 15 2009 at 1:13 PM Rating: Decent
123 posts
still works as of today
# Apr 22 2006 at 8:57 PM Rating: Decent
Hole key now goes on keyring.
# Jul 17 2006 at 1:16 PM Rating: Excellent
6,998 posts
Chania wrote:
Hole key now goes on keyring.

What does it show as on the keyring?
# Jul 17 2006 at 8:18 PM Rating: Decent
642 posts
from /keys:

"Hole Key - This key grants the holder access to the Ruins of Old Paineel."

verbatim. =)

ps whose wheaties did i pee on that i'm now ranked so far below the default filter???

Edited, Jul 17th 2006 at 9:27pm EDT by joev
# Jul 17 2006 at 8:31 PM Rating: Excellent
6,998 posts
Updated, thanks.
who needs key?
# Mar 13 2006 at 3:07 AM Rating: Decent
10 posts
1. get an EB item so it is a lot safer to swim inside
2. shrink yourself to the maximum or use illusion gnome/halfling and you can swim inside without a key.
3. oldfashion rogue for lockpicking, but no need normally.
4. make a lvl 1 toon and bind yourself in the zone and jump down. there is a spot where you will not die when you jump down!
(5.) Graphicbug when you use a mount and wizzypet after you jumpd down (zoned) you are stuck on your pet. when you tell your pet than to go away you will take fall damage, but will not die. Don't know if that still works, but workd fine for me the last few years.

best regards
Dotterbart AB

ps: worst case - get faction up and buy key.
RE: who needs key?
# Mar 13 2006 at 7:23 AM Rating: Good
3,705 posts
p.p.s. The worst case scenario is to get a rogue shroud from PoK, buy a lockpick, pick the paineel entrance, snaeak and hide behind the merchant and buy a key.

Doing the faction is so last year.
Hole Key / Shrouds
# Feb 02 2006 at 8:53 AM Rating: Decent
Tried using the shroud tonight with the following results:

Used Goblin Rogue (lvl70) shroud and found that picking the lock worked first try, every try, however the merchant conned Dubious & wouldn't sell to me.

Went to the Warrens & killed every Kobold I could find for an hour or so (I did about 2 "Laps" of the warrens).

Conned Amiable after that. Successfully got The Hole key, and the key to Paineel!
RE: Hole Key / Shrouds
# Feb 07 2006 at 1:42 PM Rating: Decent
1,257 posts
You need to stand behind the vendor and use sneak. It dosent work if you are stood infront of her.
9. ..... You may not buy, sell or auction (or host or facilitate the ability to allow others to buy, sell or auction)any Game characters, items, coin or copyrighted material.

Got it hooray!
# Dec 21 2005 at 10:20 PM Rating: Decent
Did it the old-fashioned way. The kobolds despise me. However, it is nice as a 45 iksar to have another city I can play in (Paineel) and access to a cool zone in The Hole.

Thanks Tir
# Dec 02 2005 at 10:39 PM Rating: Decent
101 posts
Just did as his istructions said, lvl 70 fat butt keyed :)
Hole Key Vendor Name and Location
# Nov 27 2005 at 10:06 AM Rating: Excellent
Bought a Hole Key and thought this might help:

Vendor is inside "Superior Supplies" and is named Rallia Hapera. Her /loc is 938, 761, -79

Once you enter Paineel, you must go through that initial section of the zone to the first teleport, then once through that, 'Find' will work for this vendor.

Edited, Sun Nov 27 10:10:01 2005
Hole Keys for all!
# Nov 22 2005 at 6:54 PM Rating: Decent
49 posts
hehe new way to get your key if your KOS!

1. Shroud into a Goblin Rogue
2. take some money and lockpicks to Paniel
3. Lockpick the paniel entrance rock thingy
4. Hide + Sneak to the trader, CTRL F to have a nice easy path too.
5. Buy the 'Hole Key'
6. Activate Spirit Sending and remove shroud
7. Congrates now your toon has there hole key

Im sure sony will find away to nerf this though :P
The key
# Aug 23 2005 at 4:07 PM Rating: Decent
BTW when you are looking for the key in the venders list, it looks like a bag not a normal key. FYI so you don't think your not finding it. LOL

ZOOLA, Expert Jewler Prexus
Key? We doon need no stinkin key!!
# Aug 19 2005 at 6:22 AM Rating: Decent
39 posts
Haven't been to the hole in a long time, but I read these posts the other day about "needing a key" to get into the hole now.

So I spent several hours killing kobolds in the warrens. The end result: Guards still want to attack me and I still shrunk myself and went into the little hole in the rocks in the water and spent about 5 min clearing out the elementals (when you come out of the water) and down to the first bridge. Didn't even have any trouble when 3 of them jumped my pet. (Sick'm Boy!!) He just ate them up.

Long story short: Sometimes the old ways still work good. :-)

Edited, Fri Aug 19 07:38:50 2005
# Aug 13 2005 at 6:27 PM Rating: Decent
75 posts
Eye of zomm (or the tinkered Stalking Probe) will open the Paineel elevator-door. As will a pick lock skill of 17 and probably lower. From there though you still need to be able to buy it. The Probe can help Sneak classes who are kos get there.
easy Hole key
# Apr 06 2005 at 12:56 AM Rating: Decent
Best way to get this is by killing hella lotz of kobolds inside warrens until the skele guards become amiable or kindly and they gave yah a key to Paineel (the one that opens up the big stone) and since yer amiable with the guards yah dont have to worry in agroing npc inside and look for the merchant that sells the Hole key. Now aint that easy
RE: easy Hole key
# May 04 2005 at 10:31 PM Rating: Decent
16 posts
Personally i think its far easier to get an erudite illusion potion to get your faction up enough. that might have just worked for me since i was a sk anyway, but i had been killing in the warrens and then decided to give it a try. drank the potion, asked the guard for a paneel key, then bought the key inside without taking the days required for enough faction for it. also much easier than buying tons of shrink potions (or begging a shrink) or having to get a rog or a bard.
where is the KEY???
# Dec 26 2004 at 9:35 PM Rating: Default
here is some info for ya'll

the key is found near the bank in a shop called Superior Supplies shop, poison pedal the vender name is rallia hapera.. and key costs 116p with 70 charisma...
hope this info helps!
what a pain in the butt to find
Need A Key
# Jun 07 2004 at 7:13 PM Rating: Decent
Is there any way to get one of these without getting into Paineel and buying it?

Alot of people might start wanting these, because you can't get in any other way now. The collision error with the rock was fixed, now I can't get inside.
RE: Need A Key
# Jun 15 2004 at 2:51 PM Rating: Excellent
Shrunk myself twice and just swam through side opening in the rock.
# Jun 01 2004 at 5:31 PM Rating: Default
I have never been here--if you use the key to get in does it become part of your keyring to be used forever, or do you need a new key each time. If not permanent, at 100p+ per try, I'd rather go with a rogue or bard. =P
RE: key?
# Oct 12 2004 at 7:41 PM Rating: Good
1,273 posts
It doesn't appear on the keyring sadly. However it's not no rent and doesn't get eaten when you use it. so just means wasting another slot in the bank, and remembering to grab it for trips to the hole.
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