Firbrand the Black  

a rare creature

Minimum Level: 36
Maximum Level: 38
Expansion: Scars of Velious
NPC Added: 0000-00-00 00:00:00
NPC Last Updated: 2021-06-05 18:32:08

Known Habitats:
  Eastern Wastes
Factions Increased:
  Citizens of Froststone +3
Factions Decreased:
  Ry`Gorr Clan Snow Orcs -30

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Faction hits
# Mar 10 2020 at 12:00 AM Rating: Excellent
190 posts
Your faction standing with Ry`Gorr Clan Snow Orcs has been adjusted by -30.
Your faction standing with Citizens of Froststone has been adjusted by 3.
Also spawning during the War
# Oct 09 2004 at 8:45 PM Rating: Decent
If you are doing the coldain quest know that when the coldains attack the fort, Firbrand the Black spawn before the fight and he wears his hammer.

My technic was (everytime i saw somebody doing the quest) to charm firbrand the black when the coldains engage the oracles, firbrand will follow you like a good pet outside of the fort war.

And on this spawn, each time ! you will find :

1)2 Dark Embers
2)2 Gauntlets of the Black
3)Dark Ember + Gauntlets of the Black

So if you see two times the same item...better take one, run like a madman to PoK, put it in the Lore Bank and come back to loot the second.

I managed to do it many times with selo's...don't
know if it's possible without though.

But the other Firbrand Spawn (non war spawn) only drop the hammer when you see him wearing it and never 2 items at the same time.

Edited, Sat Oct 9 21:46:15 2004
Also spawning during the War
# Feb 18 2019 at 12:22 AM Rating: Excellent
20 posts
Firbrand that spawns during the War does not give hunter credit for the kill. For hunter credit you have to kill the regular Firbrand whose PH is the blacksmith. /bugged Feb 15 2019.
RE: Also spawning during the War
# Apr 29 2005 at 5:49 PM Rating: Default
note there is a bank in the froststone city in CC ( rright under the fort =) )
# Sep 28 2003 at 5:14 PM Rating: Decent
I camped the fort with a 51 Cleric and a 30-something ranger. I'm a 51 Druid. We took the whole fort twice, almost 3 times, and this guy NEVER popped. Have they changed the spawn times or ph?

RE: uh....?
# Jan 05 2004 at 8:37 PM Rating: Decent
He spawns as part of the 8th Coldain Ring quest.
RE: uh....?
# Sep 30 2003 at 6:04 PM Rating: Decent
Ok, 3 days later...still here...killed the Blacksmith 4 times Firbrand. Any ideas???

RE: uh....?
# Apr 26 2004 at 6:50 AM Rating: Decent
19 posts
I was there yesterday and he was in the room to the left. Dropped the Gauntlets of the black.
Killing for the ember
# Dec 30 2002 at 7:16 PM Rating: Default
Hello all, I was just wondering, could I solo this guy on my lvl 40druid? I need the ember, I still have velium etched stone mace at lvl 40 =p. so could anyone help me?

Tazain Blackmontain <Ring of Faith> lvl 36ranger of Tunare
Bedzilla Darkheart <Ring of Faith> 40th lvl halfling druid.
Respawn time
# Jun 27 2002 at 11:40 PM Rating: Decent
Respawn time is between 24-26 minutes, came up different everytime i timed it.
The Real Deal
# Apr 22 2002 at 5:03 AM Rating: Excellent
Hi All, I went from 35-43 just at the fort and killed Firebrand about, oh, 32 times (I am in no way joking). Here is info to base an attack, camp, farm on.

Blacksmith of Rygorr- levels 34-37
Has common loot for RyGorr CENTS, no rare loot.
This npc is the PLACE holder for Firebrand, they can not, and do not spawn togeather, most of the time people see Firebrand and some emmesary or messenger and get confused. I have been present at these times :)
Kill him to empty spawn, Firebrand spawn about 20% of the time.

Firebrand the Black- Levels 35-38, average level is 37
Hits about as hard a cent with only slightly more hp
If a level 40 of almost any class(mind you, solo) can pull him with out training he is quite easy to take out.
Drops Dark Ember about 20% of the time, always has either Gloves or Ember, never with out loot. I have never EVER seen doubles of loot on him, such as 2 Embers, 2 Gloves or BOTH at the same time.
The hardest part is pulling with out training, which is why people always assume druid camp because of harmoney, but if another group, or your own, is clearing out fort then he is a snap.

Just take the camp slow and learn the terrian first and you will be fine.

If you can kill a cent you can kill him, period.
RE: The Real Deal
# May 02 2002 at 8:13 PM Rating: Default
I recently killed em and he had the ember and the guantlets :). This is still an ok place for xp into the upper 40s.
RE: The Real Deal
# Apr 22 2002 at 5:08 AM Rating: Decent
PS-Same poster as above

For those of you worried about the Ellite that spawns in same room he does ROAM from that room, to chief room, to out side front door. This is where harmoney can play a big help.
Trick- I have waited for him to walk outside a few times and then blasted him, training him over to the dwarven camp near by. No ellite, no ellite problem.
#Anonymous, Posted: Mar 28 2002 at 11:51 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post)
#Anonymous, Posted: Mar 24 2002 at 11:45 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) I have 500p on my warrior im tryin to buy one for a present for my dads cleric (sanamo) heh they dropped the prices rom 1k to 600-500P!!! Soooo when i get me dad his suprise oh well i just like it how it looks like and the lvl 4 MAG effect (i think) okdoakey i hope my dad likes it
# Mar 03 2002 at 12:13 PM Rating: Excellent
ok,this guy is really easy for a druid of 39 or above. all you have to do is go invis, get him on your target,go out of the fort,follow the fort around the right side,use harmony 2 times on him. that should be enough to harmony everything around him. snare him,hell show up wherever you are standing,dot,dd,root,repeat. easy
RE: Easy
# Dec 05 2002 at 8:24 PM Rating: Decent
6 posts
Thanks for a GREAT idea, works like a charm i have done it several times now. Be careful though one time harmony did stick to the Elite or he wandered in right after the second cast cause i had to make a run for it.
RE: Easy
# Jul 23 2002 at 11:24 PM Rating: Decent
..i hear you guys saying that a druid can solo this mob by using harmony and snare...i am a ranger (lvl 39) could i solo this mob by also using harmony and then meleeing it? or does it hit too hard and have too many hit points to melee? please put up a post to help me out....(i could really use the extra money and this baby sells for 800pp!!)..thanx
RE: Easy
# May 05 2002 at 3:41 PM Rating: Good
Great post!! Tried it exactly as you stated. Worked like a charm! Thanks!!
#Anonymous, Posted: Feb 24 2002 at 7:24 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Could a 40 cleric and a 40 monk take him out?
# Feb 24 2002 at 7:24 PM Rating: Default
Could a 40 cleric and a 40 monk take him out?
# Feb 08 2002 at 1:23 AM Rating: Default
heh this guy is pretty sweet i single pulled him out of his little house thingy(guess blacksmith wasnt home yet) and i was like uh oh because i didnt want to pull him but i said owell and pulled him back to the group which was me a 45 war,a 40 dru,and a 33 enc. anyways we were fighting and hes easy.. here i thought he was gonna be hard but hes easy as pie to kill. hes bout as strong as a centurian or lego and when we fianlly killed him he droped his little gloves =) which are better then the crafted guants i was useing so just to let ya know.. this guy is soft and his loot is really sweet =)
# Dec 14 2001 at 4:47 AM Rating: Default
Last night I grouped with 5 cool guys. Levels 53-60. I'm 41 cleric - hehe. We wacked Firbrand one single time, and guess what.....he actually dropped 2 Dark Embers. Sweet thing ! :)
#Anonymous, Posted: Jun 17 2002 at 9:17 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) liar they're lore so he cant drop two it just CANT happen stop trying to be cool
# Jun 25 2002 at 12:09 PM Rating: Decent
Two of the same items that are lore can drop on one mob. Ever been on a dragon raid?
# Apr 04 2003 at 3:37 PM Rating: Decent
Better check again Barnejas. I've been on Tunare raids when she dropped two shields. They are lore also.
Firbrand and his Brother the Blacksmith of Ry'Gorr
# Dec 04 2001 at 7:35 PM Rating: Excellent
Aloha all and well met -

In my travels across velious I have come upon these two brothers: The Blacksmith of Ry'Gorr and his elusive twin Firbrand. Both have taken residence in the Eastern room of the Ry'Gorr Fortress for the time being, outfitting the local orcs there with all sorts of Velium weapons.

Sadly, however, in my 20 or so levels in this zone, I have never seen the two on track at the same time. I thought something to be amiss - so I went to investigate. Gathering friends, we cleared the fortress of all the orcs, including the Blacksmith and set our watches. About 30 minutes had passed, and the Smith popped, I suppose to make more weapons for all the new orcs. Over the next several weeks, we hunted the orcs of the fort, and when the Blacksmith did not show, his brother Firbrand was there.

We found the spawn rate for Firbrand to be about 1 in 6. This translated to a set of Gauntlets of the Black about every 3 hours. Sometimes, Firbrand did not have the Gauntlets; rather he would have the item called the Dark Ember. It was clear to us when he had this, for he would be weilding this large club in his hand, and it would cause significantly more damage to our party. He seemed to have the Dark Ember about 1 in every 8 times (Thus estimate about 1 per day; or 1 in 48 chance; 2% spawn.) Please note that these are estimates, and that Firbrand has popped twice in a row, both times with the Dark Ember, making the two young clerics in my guild giddy with joy for their new weapon :-)

Take care when fighting him with his club. Sadly, once, our friendly druid cast a DOT spell on him, and Firbrand turned to run and died -- 60 feet in the air at the top of the tree. Make sure your killing blow allows thee to acess the corpse.

We found the Dark Ember's price to have fallen over the last 6 months, from a high of over 3,000pp to a current selling price of around 1,500pp. I anticipate that the price will continue to drop, but will not fall below 1,000 because it is a lovely weapon for Wisdom Casters.

I hope that this information finds you well, in good health my friends.
# Dec 04 2001 at 6:55 PM Rating: Default
Yo could a 44 bard solo this mob?
And are there any additional spawns in the room?
RE: Solo
# Feb 05 2002 at 5:33 PM Rating: Decent
50 posts
Yes, and yes.

A 44 bard can solo firebrand. That's the easy part. The hard part is getting the elite guards off of him/away from him.

My technique is to clear out the direct line to him by picking off singles or by charming doubles. Then when it is just him and the elite left I charm the elite and sick it on Firebrand. When charm breaks get out of the fort and keep the elite charmed until Firebrand drops. If you're lucky the elite will be under half when he kills Firebrand so you won't have much of a time finishing him off.

PS Stay away from the Oracle if you're taking a shot at Firebrand. Nasty outcome there.
# Oct 10 2001 at 10:03 PM Rating: Default
how much hp does this guy have and how tough is he?
#Anonymous, Posted: Aug 14 2001 at 6:23 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Ok. To make this easier, I believe that the attack is triggered by LoS ( Line of Sight ), if you invis, highlight him, run outside of the building and snare, he'll port out from the building ( due to getting stuck of course ) and NOT pull the others. Although I'm 56 I did this sort of thing when 42. Give it a try, might suprise you how many things ACTUALLY attack LoS.
RE: Athief Legacy, Druid of his 56'th Season
# Oct 14 2001 at 9:58 PM Rating: Default
That only works if the mobs in the Room are Green to you...
RE: Athief Legacy, Druid of his 56'th Season
# Oct 06 2001 at 5:50 PM Rating: Excellent
Give this a try and you could very well end up as dead as Julius Caesar.

Having attempted the technique four times now, the Elites port out along with Firby every time. And they appear to be pretty unhappy about it.
#Anonymous, Posted: Jul 27 2001 at 11:56 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) K to get ,ost things d=straight gloves gpr for about 2-3 k now a days and the DE for about 3-4 k
RE: Prices
# Sep 13 2001 at 9:20 AM Rating: Default
Friends shouldn't let friends type drunk!!

Ok, buddy, hand over your KEYboard!

My wife bought DE for 1K a couple of days ago
Everything is getting dirt cheap on Terris
RE: Prices
# Mar 01 2002 at 8:45 PM Rating: Decent
For every new expansion you will see prices drop :( one thing Verant forgot to take into mind is the EQ economy. <shrug>

MMORPG's are still a fairly new type of game. They will work things like this out over time, as new games are released.
#Anonymous, Posted: Aug 25 2001 at 6:14 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Sprechen sie Englisch?
#Anonymous, Posted: Jul 15 2001 at 2:29 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) The dark Ember sounds pretty easy to get if i Harmony every thing in the fort and pull. That monster looks pretty cool, hehe my friend Charmed him once. Died pretty fast AND IT HAD A DE TOO!
#Anonymous, Posted: Jul 12 2001 at 1:54 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) i am a lucky ******* someone gave a dark ember to my level 6 druid and i almost craped my pants i was so happy it sux that it doesnt proc till 36 but ok wis too heavy though. a seller for a pearl kedge totem is right.
Where does he spawn?
# Jun 25 2001 at 7:16 PM Rating: Default
I am new to this zone and I would like to know where he spawns. Reply will be very appreciated.

40 Druid on Rodcet Nife
RE: Where does he spawn?
# Jan 12 2002 at 1:33 PM Rating: Decent
The best way to find the Rygorr fort from GD is to head to the end of the ravine(sp?) and head directly SouthEast. When you use sense heading..get as close to East as you can without heading east..head southeast..Hope that made sense. It'll lead you almost right to it. Now..from IC..just head directly straight out from the'll run right into it. Just look for the smokestack and you'll see it from both directions ;) I hope I helped..
Sigoniax Eve
80 Paladin
Erollisi Marr

*The beginning of the end or the end of the beginning..Choose your path*
#Anonymous, Posted: May 11 2001 at 1:52 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) hi there. i ent to the orc fort for the frst time last night. I am a lvl 40 druid on the Lany's Tvil server.
Don't even bother trying to correct them.
# May 08 2001 at 1:27 PM Rating: Default
Some people will never get it through their thick heads that all mobs have a level range. They always pop on the boards and post Level is wrong! when we all know that almost every mob in the game has a level range that is usually 3 - 5 levels.

No amount of posts will correct them as they post it again and again regardless of the correction presented to them.
RE: Don't even bother trying to correct them.
# May 21 2001 at 1:18 PM Rating: Good
32 posts
I think what the previous posters were getting at was that they conned him outside the *range* listed above. Like people saying he was blue to a 35th obviously means his minimum level must be below the listed 36.
Dark Ember
# Apr 26 2001 at 1:27 PM Rating: Default
I found that this character and his PH is very easy to solo. I am a 51 Druid on te Prexus server. Thouhg I have yet to get my Dark Ember yet, am still working on gettign it.
I found that for me the best way to solo this guy with out causeing a agro with in the fort is to go inside the fort but not inside the actual housing there, go behind and hug the wall right behind the room there in the court yard where he spawns. I hide and keep checking my track, but he is a 30 minute spawn. But I keep tracking anyway cause I cannot see him since I am outside in the court yard. but once him or his place holder the blacksmith spawn I invis myself go inside and target him, come all the way back out harmonize from outside then snare him, he comes out so I just root and dot him and he dies... way easy =) But I wish the dude would drop the Ember. I have killed him it feels like 20 times and no spawn with the ember, always the Gaunts.

Menataph Patanem
51 Wanderer of Karana
Prexus Server
"Order of Balance"
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