Lake Rathetear

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Lake Rathetear separates the Mountains of Rathe from the Southern Plains of Karana.
Around the lake are several areas of interest: Some vendor outposts, a fishing village,
as well as established camps of orcs, gnolls, aviaks, and ogres.

In the depths of Lake Rathetear you will find some of the more dangerous inhabitants.
Among them, the dark elf, Deep, and Lord Bergurgle of the aqua goblins.
Sabertooth GnollsAviak IslandSkeleton TowerPassage to the Mountains of RatheFishing VillageA Bandit CampA Longstanding TotemUnwelcoming OgresDeep's Underwater TowerGypsy CampLakeside Orc CampLord Bergurgle and the Tainted Aqua Goblin
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Missing an npc
# Nov 24 2020 at 4:47 PM Rating: Good
42 posts
a skeleton 13-15

spawns at night along with the other undead at the gnoll camp.

Missing NPC
# Feb 04 2014 at 5:55 AM Rating: Good
Vortix spawns in Lake Rathetear when a monk at the right step in Monk Epic 1.5 asks a fallen student : "Are you Vortix ?" The fallen student then despawns and Vortix spawns instead. He can later be found in the Plane of Tranquility.
Dreaded Shaman
# Apr 18 2006 at 7:53 PM Rating: Decent
I have been camping Lake Rathetear at the underwater tower for a WEEK now. Over 42 hours total camp time (Several hours at a time mind you) camping the Corrupted Shaman for the Druid epic 1.0 -- You have to kill the place holders in the top of the tower to get a tainted aqua goblin to spawn, and when you kill the tainted a corrupted Shaman MAY.. or may not spawn. In all my camp time here at Lake Rathetear... after HUNDREDS of place holders, I haven't seen a SINGLE tainted.. let alone the corrupted shaman. Mind you, the fabled's are out until tomorrow.. so maybe that has something to do with it.. but as of now.. from myself, and all the druids I know.. prepare for dissapointment Druids. Spawn is BROKE.
Dreaded Shaman
# Nov 07 2008 at 9:40 PM Rating: Decent
204 posts
2 years later but here's your answer: the tainted spawns from the goblins at the base of the underwater tower.
you may as well wipe them all out (save lord begurgle if he spawns). easily done solo for anyone over level 50 i imagine.
mostly nothing in the tower
# May 23 2004 at 7:42 PM Rating: Decent
I've been camping the underwater tower for 2 days now, waiting for Lord Bergurgle to spawn. He is a rare spawn for the cleric epic quest. The NPC Deep is for the monk's quest and at lvl 53, Deep cons red to me. Deep only seems to attack when provoked, but watch out if you do. You cannot outswim her. Lord Bergurgle drops a crown for cleric epic so if you don't need it please send ooc to zone to see if anyone needs. It's no drop, anyway
RE: mostly nothing in the tower
# Jul 02 2005 at 12:35 PM Rating: Default
even though it is no drop, it can be turned in to shemndrik and then to the others and finally to the prismatic priest. THe final result the bloodied plamatic preist robe IS droppable, although fairly expensive.
mostly nothing in the tower
# May 23 2004 at 7:38 PM Rating: Decent
Underwater Tower
# Nov 24 2002 at 9:29 AM Rating: Excellent
56 posts
Yesterday I was swimming under Lake Rathe and came across a set of tunnels and having located the large cavern and the underwater tower I made some notes.

If anyone is interested in seeing my notes on the Underwater Tower have a look at:

npcs broken?
# Jul 26 2002 at 12:53 PM Rating: Decent
are the npc's here broken? rykas just insults me and im amiable
I am going to the lake
# Mar 22 2002 at 5:27 AM Rating: Decent
Hi all,

I have a (soon to be) lvl 19 halfling Druid and have heard great things about the lake (for both xp and loot)

I have a couple of questions:

1.Would I be better to solo or group (up to now I have found soloing MUCH better on xp - if a bit lonely :) )

2. What should I go for first? Gnolls at the ent? Aviaks - (if so which ones - there seem to be several lots looking at the eq atlas map)

Thanks for the time - good advice when I was 14 (go kill Gnoll Reavers in EK) has meant a quick progression through those teen levels - I hope this will get me to mid 20s as fast!

I will do almost anything to avoid LOIO :)

Bankko Halfling
Knight of Insomnia
Surefall Paramedic

14 druid
# Jan 19 2002 at 10:29 AM Rating: Decent
I am a 14 druid and want to know if i should hunt the new guards or if i should go after the monk junah (if it is the monk where does she spawn
An unexpected bonus
# Aug 28 2001 at 5:25 AM Rating: Default
For whatever reason the Ogre camp is Indifferent to me. I am a half-elf ranger and I can shop at the merchant. I have done no Ogre faction work that I am aware of.

I would advise caution as they are all red to me at level 30, but I suspect that they may be Indiff to everyone if they are indiff to me.
An unexpected bonus
# Apr 16 2005 at 9:03 AM Rating: Decent
29 posts
IIRC they are for part of the Temple of Sol Ro Shaman Armor quests. AT the very least I know they are for Shaman armor quests, and therefore have to be indiff to all to accomidate the light race shamans.
# Aug 18 2001 at 7:24 PM Rating: Default
i have a lvl 20 war and was wondering if i can solo here and is the exp and loot good or not??? can someone help me

20 dwarf war
zek server
Underwater Cave
# Aug 18 2001 at 10:31 AM Rating: Default
The underwater cave a couple of people have asked about contains one of the rods for the staff of the wheel wizard quest.
ummmm help anyybody?
# Aug 14 2001 at 12:25 AM Rating: Default
lvl 16 druid
# Aug 11 2001 at 3:44 AM Rating: Default
is this a good place for a lvl 16 druid to get exp and loot?
Tunnels under islands?
# Aug 09 2001 at 1:19 AM Rating: Decent
I recently noticed there is an underwater tunnel on at least one of the islands in Lake Rathe. I started to swim down the one I found. (I have 185 swimming) It opened into a cavern with a tower in it, all underwater. The tower kind of reminded me of the specter tower in Oasis. I was running out of air so I gated away for I was too deep to live through the swim back out. Anyone know any more about the tunnel/tunnels? I found the tunnel on the island nearest the Rathe Mountains zone. I zoned into Lake Rathe and swam straight off the dock. I saw the tunnel as I submerged. Let me know......
Apalonia level 37 pally
# Jul 24 2001 at 10:06 PM Rating: Default
i was in lake rathe and met an npc named Kanthurn he told me about Rineval Talvas.An npc in qeynos i had wondered about since i started playing eq.He told me to tell her im in need of a scribe and to mention his name..I did this and she said i needed a tron book of fire and ice along with 1000 pp anyone know where to locate this torn book or have any info on this mattter?
RE: Apalonia level 37 pally
# Nov 20 2004 at 4:52 AM Rating: Decent
For the Paladin epic.
# Jul 12 2001 at 5:42 AM Rating: Default
Awesome place for 15 - 25 lvls. Just don't pee in the water!

Cleric cowboy
The Water Mage
# Jun 22 2001 at 1:36 AM Rating: Good
390 posts
I have a new idea that might be fun for mages that like to roleplay - the water mage. You would only use the water pet, not any of the other pets, and you would only fight in watery areas. I think that this would actually be doable, and I might try it out. Here is what it might look like for you hunting in only watery spots:

1-7 : your newbie zones, don't have to hunt in water spot yet
8-15 : wisps in erud's crossing, sirens in OOT, Jonah in Lake Rathe at level 12
16-23: gargoyles in OOT, birds in Lake Rathe, lots of things in Lake of Ill Omen, crocs on beach of Oasis
24-34: sisters/dwarves in OOT, bunch of things in Lake of Ill Omen
35-38: spectre groups in OOT and oasis, gorillas in timorous deep with a partner, a few things in lake of ill omen
39-48: soloing gorillas in timorous or high level goblins in Lake of Ill Omen, can group and do specs in Oasis and OOT, can solo Gornit on Seafury Island, can group in Kedge Keep
49-55: seafuries in OOT and raptors in Timorous Deep

You wouldn't have to hunt 100% of the time in water areas, but you COULD get from 8 to 55 in only watery areas and still be able to pick up great exp. and money (good money would be from wisps, gargoyles, and gornit). I didn't even list a lot of the other watery spots that are also good hunting. I think it would be a fun roleplaying challenge. Would anyone else try it?

Former Everquest Addict that Hopes to Play Again.
RE: The Water Mage
# Jan 21 2002 at 11:11 AM Rating: Decent
well, I'm a mage who almost exclusivly uses a water pet, and i'm just about there on your list till here at lake rath, hunting some chicks.....

17 gnome mage
Level of the Gnolls?
# May 29 2001 at 8:06 AM Rating: Default
Has anyone else noticed that the Gnoll's in front of the SK zone have had there lvl increased recently?
RE: Level of the Gnolls?
# Jun 08 2001 at 11:23 AM Rating: Decent
Yes, it was in one of the patches a month or so ago. The good thing is that the Exp is MUCH better for a lvl20ish group and the loot is also MUCH better. A well rounded group in late teens or early twenties can do very well here.
NPC at the Arena entrance
# Apr 29 2001 at 4:44 AM Rating: Decent
I am wondering if anyone knows if the NPC just outside the arena will agro on evil races if they are camping the Avo Gaurds. It's an awsome spot to hunt with the zone right there, and but with these new NPC's that popped up everywhere I think its even harder to be evil.
RE: NPC at the Arena entrance
# May 07 2001 at 11:12 AM Rating: Decent
The NPC, Misty I think her name is, outside the arena in Lake Rathke, doesn't aggro on me, a lvl 18 ogre shaman. I've also seen Humans, Dark Elves, and Trolls pass this area to get bound, and she leaves everyone alone. Great Xp fer the aviak guards...and one in 5 drops a plat + in coin. Even bronze from time to time.
RE: NPC at the Arena entrance
# Mar 11 2002 at 9:20 PM Rating: Default
Sorry, kindly disregard the previous version of this post, anyone who saw it. I was thinking of the wrong chicken camp (the one in SK). :-(

Edited, Mon Mar 18 15:23:49 2002
RE: NPC at the Arena entrance
# May 25 2001 at 11:14 AM Rating: Default
I am a DE Necro and have camped the guards on several occasions. The NPC (Misty Techikta) does not aggro and even responds to a hail (albeit just by tapping her foot). So feel free to camp the arena - it's great exp.
Torn Ear Gnolls
# Mar 19 2001 at 10:41 AM Rating: Default
Since the last patch theres some new gnolls near the SK entrance, these drop 4-5pp and ringmail, fs weapons and snakeskin armour. The gnoll shamans and high shamans are friendly and killed them will give bad faction with qeynos guards, antonius bale and others. normal gnolls and guards give no faction hit when killed (and they're the ones with the good loot)
Only noticed this friday, but made about 400pp in 8 hours since then

Wordeana XexuXjy - 27th lvl warriorette. Xegony
RE: Torn Ear Gnolls
# Aug 07 2001 at 9:06 PM Rating: Default

The name of the gnoll is Brother Drash.He gives bad faction with:
Antonius bayle
Qeynos guard
Hands of life
Some others too forgot
RE: Torn Ear Gnolls
# Apr 27 2001 at 12:25 AM Rating: Decent
Um, no, killing the shammy's DOES NOT give you bad faction to Q guards, etc. Killing the named Gnoll, "Brother something-or-another", gives you the bad faction, so be careful what you post. Shammy's (high) are great to kill, cause they seem to drop snakeskin gloves more often than others, as wel as Skull of Jehn, nice little mana bonus item, sells usually for 15-30, depending on buyer, and the usual Runed Totem Staff.
That's all I got to say about that.

22nd season Bard
Drinal Server
# Mar 14 2001 at 12:55 AM Rating: Default
question about the 2 humans in plate (cant remember thier names) in front of a tower on the S side of the lake, they con green to me but hit for 90+ and im 23rd level... uh... wtf?
Barbs in the Lake
# Mar 13 2001 at 2:10 PM Rating: Default
Anyone have any info on why the barbs in LR are KoS to me, a shaman barb. All but the two totemic armor quest barbs that is. I am normally "amiable" to my fellow barbarians, but these ones are KoS I am wondering what the story behind this is. Any info or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Tempeste Harbinger
Shaman of the 47th season
The Rathe
RE: Barbs in the Lake
# Apr 01 2001 at 8:44 PM Rating: Default
No offense friend they are KOS or attack to all EQ's players. they are considered monsters in the bestiary guide. gd luck Equazar
RE: Barbs in the Lake
# May 19 2001 at 9:14 AM Rating: Default
Umm, not to me, they only glower at me dubiously
need food and water
# Mar 07 2001 at 10:54 AM Rating: Decent
Our group of three Dark elves needs a place to buy some more water and Food. Will the gypsies sell to DEs or do we need to make our way around to the Ogre Camp? WE are ranged from 8-11 so leaving the zone is very difficult at best and probably impossible without help.


DE Necro
Tactic for Aviak Guard at Arena
# Jan 02 2001 at 2:34 PM Rating: Decent
We worked out this tactic last night and it worked great. I wandered into LR last night for my first time and this was the last camp I checked. A lvl 20 Wizzie had one of the guards and she said I could take the other. I was using my 19/Dru (almost 20). The wizzie was walking away from each battle with about 40 mana and 2 bulbs left of hp. I'd walk away each battle with Oom and 2 bulbs of HP left. Serious down time. So we decided to power level each other; sort of.

We did not group, but after the other one pulled the guard, the other one simply sat there and cast root. That enabled the main caster to blast and nuke. Worked great and significantly reduced down time. I earned a bulb in 15 minutes!

Good lock!
RE: Tactic for Aviak Guard at Arena
# Feb 05 2001 at 2:24 PM Rating: Decent
17 posts
Yesterday, with a lvl 17 Wizard and a Lvl 19 Cleric (myself being lvl 17 ranger) we found easy to camp both the guards from arena, even the red. We also used your tactics, the Cleric and myself both tried to root (it often fails on red) and the wizzard nuked while we tanked. To save mana, he was only sending a few missiles to whites or yellows.

It seems to me it is one of the best XP available for our level. However, it is camped most of the time for this reason.

Nohky (Cazic-Thule)
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