Shadowy Student  

a rare creature

Uploaded September 25th, 2022 by fcoty28
Updated September 26th, 2022


The Shadowy Student spawns in the same room as Keleborn Redwave. Any Shadowmane mob is placeholder.

It hits for a max ~1,300 (quads). Note that while it is non-KOS, it is social with everything in the room (including Keleborn Redwave himself).

Category: EverQuest
This page last modified 2013-04-07 11:23:39.

Level: 74
Expansion: Depths of Darkhollow
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Lose Your Mind
# Jun 29 2021 at 2:30 PM Rating: Decent
66 posts
You will lose your mind camping this mob. He does not spawn 'frequently' by older named standards. But good news is: He tends to drop the ac aug with higher rates, it'll just drive you nuts to camp him about 3-5 times.
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Concise details
# Dec 29 2014 at 6:20 AM Rating: Decent
Easy camp - a lot of repeated information here, but making it concise. I camped this as an 85 SK (heroic) while learning how to play the toon a bit, so obviously if you're more comfortable with your class you can probably do better.

5 shadowmane spawns (4 in the room, 1 in the hall) which are KOS, numerous non-KOS mobs that do not assist. The shadowmanes have about 60khp, hit for 1100ish, summon, and cast a stun that I resisted all but a couple times.

Two of the spawns will come together by default, and honestly it was easier to just tank 'em both than worry about splitting them.

The student himself is nothing special, hits a bit harder and has closer to 200khp. The problem is that he is non-KOS, so the other non-KOS mobs (including the named guy wandering the room) will assist. You can get fancy and try to pull him single, or do what I did and wait for the named dude to path away and then tank the whole room while burning down the student, then FD.

Note: watch out for 'an exhausted courier' who paths into the room from time to time. He is also non-KOS but WILL ASSIST the shadowmanes and then everything else in the room will add - meaning if you have a habit of hitting auto-attack and leaving the room to refill your drink, rarely you will come back and see the entire room pounding on you. Be watchful for that guy.
Spawn Strat
# Feb 05 2013 at 10:02 AM Rating: Decent
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Shadowy Student drops a 25 ac aug with 25 hps and you can have 5! I got all 5 within 4 hours last night. One of the best ac aug camps in game. The strat is simple. There are 5 KOS wolves (One is down the hall). Kill them all 2 mins apart (so 10 min spread on their deaths). This increases his chance to spawn greatly. Warning the Student will pull aggro from aids and the named guy in room. So I simply killed them all at once after staggering the wolves spawn. The named guy is on a 45 min respawn timer. Good AA exp in here, good loot, reccomend you be lvl 80 in T1 HoT gear.
Additional drop
# Jan 15 2013 at 2:47 AM Rating: Good
Drops Shard of True Power as well.
Just an FYI
# Jun 20 2012 at 1:16 PM Rating: Decent
Elddar's Dawnsong worked nicely for splitting the two sets of KoS wolves that pull together.

Another piece of advice (from someone who learned it the hard way): bring a couple of Philter of Undead Awareness to easily get by the couple skeletons near zone in that are KoS. Other than those, the only other mobs you will have to fight to get to the camp area are the two orcs guarding the click through door at the bottom of the spiral ramp (as mentioned in some posts below).

Finally, make sure that if you are using a heal merc that it doesn't sit right on top of you (like they sometimes seem to want to do) while you are fighting the Student, his mana drain PBAE is pretty rough, but only 25 range. And it's a loooong run back from Guild Lobby. To make the run a little shorter, be sure to loot a Formal Dinner Invitation on each character so that you can zone into DSK from Stoneroot Falls, saves a little time.
Weird Spawn
# Aug 24 2010 at 3:09 PM Rating: Decent
66 posts
Something weird I experienced in my camping this on and off is that:

When I pull all 5 wolf spawns at once, hit riposte disc and kill all at once I cannot get the student to spawn. I killed PH's over 15 times over the course of 10 hours in one day and never saw him.

I started pacing spawns with an even amount of time in between killings and I saw him 3 times in 2 hours and got 3 augs.

No idea if this means anything or if killing all at once messes up his spawn mechanic.
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more specificity
# Jun 06 2010 at 9:05 PM Rating: Decent
93 posts
Maybe there are better strategies but this is how I do it:

Kill the solo shadowmane in the back hallway. Then go to the room and pull the shadowmane on the immediate left side as you enter. This will bring another one that is up the ramp on the left side. Pull to far outside the room down the hallway to the NE and kill them (good practice for when/if you get the student). Then pull the shadowmane at the far back of the room on the ledge and that will bring another one up the ramp on the right side of the room. Pull to the same location and kill them both. Rinse and repeat. As long as you do not cast on the student he will come as an add to the other shadowmanes (unless he pops in the back hallway then he is a single). Pull far away from the aids or Kele because they will assist the student and you will get at most 2 when you get the student. Student hits a tiny bit harder then the others but has ~3x the hitpoints though still pretty easy.

I don't even bother with the non-kos mobs usually.
# May 14 2009 at 11:43 AM Rating: Decent
41 posts
I've had np getting the student to spawn...killed all wolves in area, three times at most, and pop there he is.

The problem I do have is when he pops in the room and not in the hallway. I have a hell of a time splitting the student from the wolf that always seems to aggro with it.

BTW, Keleborn, aids and student will assist each other, student and wolves will assist each other, aids and Keleborn will not assist non-named wolves.

The student dropped aug each time I killed.

student loc
# Apr 23 2009 at 1:17 AM Rating: Decent
41 posts
When he spawned for me it was past Keleborn's room, at end of hallway(back end)
dropped the ac aug :)

Edited, Apr 23rd 2009 5:18am by shaiz
Not that bad
# Mar 31 2009 at 12:55 AM Rating: Default
The place holders for the shadowy studant are on a 20 minute respawn. The two static Aids are @ 7, maybe 8 minutes for respawn, not sure about the ones that roam. Guessing the Aids that roam are the PH's for Keleborn. I didn't take much note of how hard Keleborn, Showdy Studant and trash placeholders hit for, but my lvl85 rogue with 3100AC and just over 28K HP buffed could tank Keleborn + 2 aids fine with mostly a HoT, promised type heal and the occasional regular heal, so not that bad and killing Keleborn is about as hard as it gets for this camp. I just kept it all clear so I didn't have to worry about a full room of Aids and Keleborn once the Shadowy Studant spawned and you might as well get some exp. while waiting for the aug to drop. Also, I don't think Keleborn spawns 2 add's as I have read either here or on the section about Keleborn. I think people assumed they killed all the Aids just because the room was empty of them.....but likely, the aids clicked through the door to the raid area and was out of sight out of mind. And when they pulled Keleborn, the aids probably just clicked back into the room unseen and were agroed. I have pulled Keleborn when no aids were up ( I keep track window up on my druid at all times to see repop so I don't have to run around the room to check) and killed him 4 or 6 times without anything adding. Have also pulled Keleborn out of the room with all Aids up, split him from the Aids with my SK and killed Keleborn around the corner with no line of sight to the room and no Aids came running to him.

A warning....don't tag the Aids if they are walking towards the door to the raid areas. I did that and instead of the Aid running towards me, it clicked through the door. Shortly after, I got about 4 gargoyls and a couple other Aids pop on top of me.

Anyway, got 4 augs in about 10 hours of camping. Named spawned 8 or 9 times....yes, I had 4 or 5 rings. Forgot the aug was also equippable in range slot, gonna head back and get one more lol. Also, the zone wide aug (10ac 80 HP/End/man) seems pretty common. Got 16 of those to drop while I was doing this camp. Pretty nice bonus.

Edited, Mar 31st 2009 1:36pm by Boop
Not that bad
# Apr 06 2009 at 1:05 AM Rating: Decent
Redweave and all his little friends are nonagro, the Shadowmanes are the only kos mobs, so feel free to clear the Shadowmanes then click over to 100 eyes area for some free extra exp killing.
Definatly a RARE spawn
# Mar 01 2009 at 2:38 PM Rating: Decent
90 posts
So this is my second day camping this guy trying to get the aug x5 for my 73 Pally. Yesterday camped him for 6 hours straight following another group camping for 4 hours. The group before me spawned him 3 times in 4 hours getting 2 augs 1 ring. My 6 hours he was the last mob I killed before camping. Trying again today, I've been here for another 6 hours straight with only 1 spawn. I keep all the shadowmane's dead but getting really tired of camp so been ignoring the non KOS guys. I know they assist Shadowy Student but since he not spawning for me anyway it don't really matter. The first 5 hours today I kept every mob in the room dead and the shadowmane at the dead end hallway. I'd keep them all dead but the stupid seperate spawn times they have makes it very annoying for me.


Well my luck improved finally. After a total of 17 hours I got all 5 augs and only 1 ring. 6 hours on day one and 11 hours straight on day 2. Good luck to the next person wanting the AC aug.

Edited, Mar 2nd 2009 9:27am by Arkmaster
# Dec 27 2008 at 5:10 AM Rating: Decent
26 posts
Well they somehow managed to make him much rarer now, no idea why. Just a heads up if you're thinking about going for him.
Rara mob!
# Dec 07 2008 at 5:32 AM Rating: Decent
7 days camping this mob, up to 15 hours per day. Trying to aug my trio of SK, BL and cleric. 7 augs, 9 rings. Ring is much more common for me than the AC aug. I wish I had a use for all the glowing runes I have. Some days he never spawns, some he will spawn 4 times. I think they must have made him spawn less often reading the above posts of 5 augs in 2 or 4 hours! Boring camp. I kill the orcs, Seneschal and Keleborn between pops. Carefull of roamers, they will assist the Shadowy Student.
# Nov 22 2008 at 7:58 PM Rating: Decent
Easy camp once broken, just me and my merc cleric.

2 hours camping = 4 AC augs

Guess the spawn rate differs.

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War Veteran of CoW
# Nov 25 2008 at 3:16 AM Rating: Decent
You sir better stop having intimate relations with the RNG. It's not fair for the rest of us normal people :(
incorrect ac
# Nov 04 2008 at 10:41 AM Rating: Decent
under aug link by mob , ac is incorrect, its 25 ac/25hps, ear,range,fingers, type 7,8
# Jun 27 2008 at 12:24 PM Rating: Decent
the trick is to pull a shadowmane past a SHADOWY STUDENT. he will add and not aggro other faction in room.
WTF??? YOU mean I am suppose to TANK???

# Jul 20 2008 at 9:27 PM Rating: Decent
28 posts
Thats true, if you pull a shadowmane close Student he will agro and nobody else. Anyway is a PITA if you try to split him.
Aids did not assist
# Jun 04 2008 at 7:44 AM Rating: Decent
263 posts
I was able to spawn this mob yesterday single-handed after breaking the camp. What was strange was that none of the Keleborn aids (nor Keleborn for that matter) assisted this named when I pulled him from the lab room. Has the social aggro been changed recently?
Aids did not assist
# Jun 25 2008 at 9:02 AM Rating: Decent
103 posts
The aids all assisted just now for me, squish.
Aids did not assist
# Aug 09 2008 at 2:11 PM Rating: Decent
I think it is purely faction based. I have indiff faction with Keleborn, and they dont aggro.. not sure if my faction is going down with each kill or not though.
How hard
# May 20 2008 at 11:52 AM Rating: Good
Just finished camping flameshields in RSS... How hard is this guy? As compared to the Riftseeker, for instance.
How hard
# Jun 04 2008 at 7:58 AM Rating: Decent
263 posts
He's got the same dps output as the flameshield stone mob in RSS, however he's got three times as much hp. With a cleric/war duo, it took me five minutes to kill this wolf. Also the camp is much harder to break than in RSS.
cant be 5% spawnrate
# Apr 16 2008 at 6:58 PM Rating: Decent
7 posts
6 hours nonstop clearing.....not a single shadowy spawn, thats about 20 clears i think...either not 5% spawnrate or i have pisspoor luck.
New to DS. LOC please
# Jun 10 2007 at 4:36 PM Rating: Decent
48 posts
Hi. Just got access to DS and want to camp this mob. I dont know where Redwave's room is. If someone could give me a numerical loc, that would be much appreciated. Thanks Safo
RE: New to DS. LOC please
# Jun 11 2007 at 5:30 PM Rating: Decent
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When you enter DS, go all the way up to the castle and click in.
Standing at the door, facing the hall, with stairs on the right and left.
Take the stairs on the right and go along the right ledge back towards the door. Turn left and move into the next hallway and turn left and follow it back to the ramp. (might have to click a door again to get to it, I can't remember at the moment)
At the top of the ramp, go right to go down. Going left will take you down, but only after falling for a long time, leaving a lovely corpse.
At the bottom are 2 orcs guarding a door. Click through that door. If you can't fade or fd, you need to kill the orcs, or they will warp and train you from the long way around.
Then you are at the camp spot. The next room around the corner has the ph's in it.
No need to kill all the mobs in the room unless you are bored. They don't assist the ph's.
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spawn rate?
# Sep 09 2006 at 11:00 AM Rating: Decent
i have spent 4-5 hours two days in a row in keleborns room. still have not seen this mob. is he a rare spawn or am i just in wrong spot?
spawn rate?
# Sep 11 2006 at 2:40 AM Rating: Decent
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You are in the right spot and from my experience he has a change of about 5% ( rough number ) to spawn from any wolf mobs in this room. In other words: Clear all wolfs 4-5 times and it should spawn at least once.

Good luck,

Ring is his rare drop
# Sep 09 2006 at 7:02 AM Rating: Decent
36 posts
8x Augment, 0x Ring....

Update: 8x Augment, 1x Ring (finally:P)

Edited, Sep 14th 2006 at 2:17am EDT by Apos
Ring is his rare drop
# Aug 10 2010 at 10:05 AM Rating: Decent
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I came for the aug x 5.

I got the aug x 3, then ring, then aug, then ring x 4.

It's probably nothing more than horrible luck, but that's what dropped for me today.

It was a very long day... I'll be returning for my 5th aug. =(
Ring is his rare drop
# Feb 11 2007 at 2:12 AM Rating: Decent
I agree, been only person killing these, all 8 droped 8 augs.
One-groupable by casuals?
# Sep 08 2006 at 3:21 AM Rating: Decent
Can one group of casually geared players (consisting of a pool of 2 clerics, 1 war, 2 rangers, 1 shaman, 2 necros, 1 ench, 1 druid - all level 70, some of them two-boxed) kill this?

By casual gear I mean gear from 1 groupable PoR, DoDH and DoN missions and the like.
One-groupable by casuals?
# Sep 11 2006 at 2:48 AM Rating: Decent
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He should be possible to kill with a casual group. Just bring a good puller, because all the aids and Keleborn himself will assist the Shadowy Student. Set up your camp just behind the clicky door and pull to this spot. Be sure fight the Student away from your healers because his AE will drain healers mana VERY quick !

Drops invitation
# May 20 2006 at 10:28 PM Rating: Default
Also drops invitation to Demi-plane

"Formal Dinner Invitation"
The note is rolled up.
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Doorman (access to Vule door)
# Jan 26 2006 at 11:53 AM Rating: Decent
171 posts
If you are doing the Doorman Mission to obtain access to Vule door. You are in the right place to spawn this mob.
To start this mission Hail doorman and /say Master, then follow text. GL

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