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The Great Spyre is the final instance in Dragonspyre and the source of several of the game's best drops to this point. The final objective is the defeat of Malistaire, but there are several significant fights on the way.
The official game text suggests the instance can take up to three hours to complete. For experienced players this is an overstatement.
A number of the battles can be avoided, although four, as well as the final fight with Malistaire, are required to complete the instance: Gurtok Firebender (fire), Gurtok Piercer (ice), a pair of Undead Draconians, and a group of Soul Servants.
The Path of Scales
Experienced players have learned to exploit a game bug to skip the battles in this area and go straight to the elevator and the Gurtoks.
Upon exiting the elevator, you must defeat two Gurtoks (they look like Onis, but with red and blue skin): Gurtok Firebender (fire) and Gurtok Piercer (ice). Each has two guards no matter how many people enter the dungeon. Each Gurtok has 7,000 health and each guard 1,395 health.
The Gurtoks are popular farming destinations because they are accessible fairly quickly, and because they drop grandmaster-level athames and rings for all schools randomly. See list below.
Gurtok Piercer known drops:
- Fire: Gurtok Firetusk
- Ice: Gurtok Chillblade
- Storm: Gurtok Telluric Steel
- Myth: Gurtok Mythslayer
- Death: Gurtok Ender's Blade
- Life: Gurtok Everthorn
- Balance: Gurtok Scaleblade
- Boots of the Titan
Gurtok Firebender known drops:
- Fire: Gurtok Ignus Signet
- Ice: Gurtok Celsius Band
- Storm: Gurtok Fulgis Circlet
- Death: Gurtok Mortis Seal
- Life: Gurtok Vivus Ring
- Myth: Gurtok Apothesis Ringlet
- Balance: Gurtok Oroboros Loop
- Surcoat of the Charge
Dragons Maw side quest
Players can opt to battle an additional boss, Tumok Gravelbeard (myth), before continuing through the instance. Tumok has 8,000 health and two Vengeful Fireheart minions with 1,115 health each. Tumok's most notable drop is an Earthwalker pet, but he also drops grandmaster-level gear.
To continue past the defeated Gurtoks, players must activate three crystals, which requires at least two people (with one marking one crystal, activing another, and quickly returning to the first). That opens the way to a room with two Decaying Blackguards (ice).
The Draconians must be defeated at the same time -- within a minute or so of each other.
After defeating both, the doors to Malistaire open.
Before fighting him you must to defeat four Soul Servants (death) each with 1,115 health. After doing so, you watch an annoyingly long cutscene with Cyrus, Malistaire, and Sylvia. Then the battle begins.
Malistaire has 10,000 health and three Soul Servant minions (death; 1,115 health). Aside from Malistaire's higher health, the battle is typical; he does not "cheat." Once he's defeated, there is another cutscene and a portal opens to Merle Ambrose's House where Ambrose bestows on you the Savior of the Spiral badge.