Shadows in the Desert
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Shadows in the Desert is the first Act II quest in Diablo III and takes place mainly in the Howling Plateau. It's also where you are introduced to the third and final Follower, the Enchantress, Eirena.
- Initiated by: Leah
- Pre-requisite: Return to New Tristram
- Required to progress? Yes
- Reward(s): Gold/ Experience
- Lore items: ??
- Related Achievements: The Black Soulstone, Hiding in Plain Sight
- Leads to: The Road to Alcarnus
- Level Range: Normal: - . Nightmare: - . Hell: - . Inferno: - .
Shadows in the Desert Walkthrough
After getting the quest from Leah in the Hidden Camp head to Caldeum Bazaar and speak with Asheara. She will instruct you to go to the Khasim Outpost which you can reach by leaving the city through the north east gate and down the Sundered Canyon.
Before leaving the Hidden Camp check near Nek the Brawler, underneath the tent you should see Leah's Belongings. Inside that will be Leah's Journal, Part 8 which you need for the Judge of Character achievement.
In the short canyon you'll encounter Lacuni Huntresses and Sand Wasps and with their fireball and stinger missile attacks respectively they can overpower you fairly quickly, don't underestimate the quantity of simultaneous projectiles. At the end of the canyon, the enchantress will dispel the illusion of boulders created by the Cultists which blocks your path.
After speaking with the Iron Wolves continue through the Sundered Canyon and into the Howling Plateau. The Enchantress will keep referring to hidden footsteps; follow these footsteps to locate the two dungeons (Secret Altar and Hidden Conclave) to disrupt the rituals taking place there. These rituals are what prevents you from crossing the Black Canyon Bridge to Alcarnus.
Both dungeons are similar scenarios with two or three Pain Mongers immediately challenging you and further in a group of Cultists performing a ritual on a poor Prisoner. These fights will be easy. Check the floor of the Secret Altar for Cain's Lost Satchel which will contain some lore in a satchel.
If you can disrupt both rituals within four minutes you will earn the achievement Hiding in Plain Sight. Although there is no in game clock you have four minutes from the time you accept the quest form Leah in the Hidden Camp to find and disrupt both of the rituals.
Objectives in Brief
* Checkpoint reached around this stage in the quest. This means you can quit out and Resume your game at a later date and begin at this point - in effect it's a Save Game point.
Shadows in the Desert is in some way involved in the following achievement(s).
| Hiding in Plain Sight
|10||Disrupt both Coven Rituals in the Howling Plateau in under 4 minutes.||No Award|
| The Black Soulstone
|10|| Complete all quests in Act II.
Meeting the Enchantress for the first time
Blocked exit from the Sundered Canyon
Entrance to the Secret Altar
Entrance to Hidden Conclave
Poison bombardment from Sand Wasps
Lacuni Warrior's vicious sword attack
Black Canyon Bridge is missing
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