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The Cauldron
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Group Dungeon
Discoverable Yes
Completion Objective
Dungeon Yes
# of Zones (?)
Redolent LoamDeshaan
West of Narsis
Instanced Dungeon
Min Level 45
Group Size 4
Bosses 5
Mini-Bosses 0
Veteran Speed Run Target 35 mins
Loading Screen
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Once a thriving source of profit for the merchant Felisa Vendu, she abandoned this old mine after workers revolted. They insisted that voices came to them from the darkness. A low whispered chanting that followed them to their sleep, driving many of them mad. Since then, only fools have entered.
The Cauldron

The Cauldron is a group dungeon in western Deshaan.

It is included in the Flames of Ambition DLC alongside Black Drake Villa. The entrance is located west of Narsis.

There is a small camp with two bedrolls, a backpack, a seasoning sack and a barrel located just northeast of the Cauldron, sitting against a large boulder. A copy of the lore book, Noxiphilic Sanguivoria, is sitting atop the barrel at this camp. A Dark Fissure spawns nearby.

Backstory Description[edit]

Update 29 Patch Notes

Long-forgotten ritual sites and ruins of the past fill the mountains of western Deshaan and serve as enticing sources of power for devious forces. When the citizens of a quiet Dark Elf village start to go missing, all eyes turn to the sinister cult residing in a nearby abandoned mine. Delve deep underground to rescue the kidnapped people and stop a dark ritual before it can unleash destruction.

Flames of Ambition Preview—The Cauldron

Hidden within the eastern hills of Deshaan, a long-abandoned mine has become the site of cult activity, and Drathas, a local Dark Elf from a nearby village, needs your help to rescue his enslaved family. However, Drathas is not the only one interested in the mine, as the fan-favorite Dremora Lyranth also has reason to explore its depths, too … With both Lyranth and Drathas at your side, you must venture deep into the Cauldron, confront the Order of the Waking Flame, free their captives, and put a stop to the ritual at its heart.

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A fervent new cult has kidnapped innocent Dark Elves, dragging them to a lair deep within a long-abandoned mine. Join two unusual saviors to penetrate the defenses of the Cauldron and stop the Order of the Waking Flame from completing their deadly ritual.

Related Quests[edit]

  • The Cauldron: Descend into the Cauldron and rescue the Dark Elf captives. / You defeated Baron Zaudrus and stopped the cultist ritual.
  • Repeatable ON-qico-Group Dungeon.pngPledge: The Cauldron: Enter the Cauldron and return Undaunted.


The Cauldron
Lyranth Quest Giver


Normal Enemies[edit]

Elite Enemies[edit]

Champion Enemies[edit]



Abandoned Mine[edit]

The first area is a cavernous chamber with a few giant mushrooms growing in it and the occasional fetcherfly flitting about. A standing body of water sits along the eastern wall; mudcrabs wallow along the shore.

The first pull consists of two cultist torchlords, an invoker, two Clannfear and a Clannfear Matron. Two generic captives are in cages here, along with Nevrasa.

You'll find another torchlord and an invoker further up the path. A red watcher patrols up and down the hill. A camp full of empty cages, spoiled food, some containers and implements of pain is located to their right. The path ahead of the two cultists forks: the aforementioned watcher patrols the left side, while a clannfear and a clannfear matron devour a corpse on the right. The third group of enemies is at the top of the hill. Two torchlords and a scamp guard a group of cages full of dead captives. You'll find the Final Will and Testament of Fovus Rivul among a group of three corpses, between a wooden cage and a ladder leading up to an elevated platform. Another watcher patrols the road, and two clannfear are devouring a guar corpse further up. The door ahead leads to the Oxblood's Menagerie.

Oxblood's Menagerie[edit]

Oxblood's Menagerie

This is the first boss's chamber. You will face a giant ogrim named Oxblood the Depraved. An injured villager, Drathas's uncle Avron, is located off to the north, sitting near the northwestern wall (to the left of the entrance). Cages line the edge of the room, and are suspended from the ceiling by chains. You must defeat the boss to move on.

Howling Cavern[edit]



Set Name Bonuses Armor Weight
Unleashed Ritualist

2 items: Adds 25-1096 Maximum Magicka
3 items: Adds 25-1096 Maximum Magicka
4 items: Adds 25-1096 Maximum Magicka
5 items: Dealing damage to an enemy applies Ritualist's Mark to them for 10 seconds. Enemies with your Ritualist's Mark take an additional 0-16% damage from your summoned pets.

Light Armor
Dagon's Dominion

2 items: Adds 3-129 Weapon and Spell Damage
3 items: Adds 25-1096 Maximum Stamina
4 items: Adds 3-129 Weapon and Spell Damage
5 items: Adds 11-492 Weapon and Spell Damage to your area of effect abilities.

Medium Armor
Foolkiller's Ward

2 items: Adds 34-1487 Armor
3 items: Adds 34-1487 Armor
4 items: Adds 28-1206 Maximum Health
5 items: Activating Block while in combat places a damage shield on you and up to 3 group members within 18 meters for 2 seconds that absorbs up to 4000 direct damage. If a damage shield breaks, the wearer of the shield restores 132-5680 Magicka and Stamina. This effect can occur once every 30 seconds if a damage shield broke. This effect can occur once every 10 seconds if no damage shields broke.

Heavy Armor
Baron Zaudrus

1 item: Adds 12-548 Maximum Stamina
1 item: Adds 12-548 Maximum Magicka
1 item: Adds 14-603 Maximum Health
2 items: Applying a status effect to an enemy grants you a stack of Zaudrus's Ambition for 10 seconds, up to 3 stacks max. When you gain 3 stacks, the stacks are removed and you gain 4 Ultimate. On gaining Ultimate, you cannot gain additional stacks of Zaudrus's Ambition for 1 second.

Monster Helm Sets


There are 20 Achievements associated with this Dungeon:

Achievement Points Description Reward
ON-icon-achievement-Flames of Ambition Explorer.png Flames of Ambition Explorer 5 Enter either Black Drake Villa or the Cauldron for the first time. Outfit Style: Fire-Forged Maul
ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Waking Flame Style Master 50 Learn every chapter in the Waking Flame style book, occasionally found as rewards for completing the Cauldron dungeon.
Needed for The Cauldron Challenger
ON-icon-achievement-The Cauldron Challenger.png The Cauldron Challenger 50 Complete the listed achievements for Veteran Cauldron.
ON-icon-achievement-The Cauldron Conqueror.png The Cauldron Conqueror 10 Defeat Oxblood the Depraved, Taskmaster Viccia, the Molten Guardian; free Lyranth; and defeat Baron Zaudrus in Veteran Cauldron. Skin: Dagon's Viscerent
Bust: Baron Zaudrus (page)
ON-icon-achievement-Schemes Disrupted.png Schemes Disrupted 50 Defeat Baron Zaudrus after raising the challenge banner in Veteran Cauldron. Title: Spark of Vengeance
ON-icon-achievement-Relentless Justice.png Relentless Justice 50 Defeat all encounters in addition to Oxblood the Depraved, Taskmaster Viccia, the Molten Guardian; free Lyranth; and defeat Baron Zaudrus in Veteran Cauldron without suffering a group member death.
ON-icon-achievement-Hot-Footed.png Hot-Footed 50 Defeat all encounters in addition to Oxblood the Depraved, Taskmaster Viccia, the Molten Guardian; free Lyranth; and defeat Baron Zaudrus within 35 minutes of entering Veteran Cauldron. Your timer starts when you engage the first group of enemies.
ON-icon-achievement-Flames of Ambition Scout.png Flames of Ambition Scout 10 Complete both Black Drake Villa and the Cauldron in Normal.
ON-icon-achievement-The Cauldron Vanquisher.png The Cauldron Vanquisher 10 Defeat Oxblood the Depraved, Taskmaster Viccia, the Molten Guardian; free Lyranth; and defeat Baron Zaudrus in the Cauldron. Trophy: Baron Zaudrus (page)
Basalt Pillar, Glowing (page) 0005000050,000 Gold
ON-icon-achievement-Daedric Demolitionist.png Daedric Demolitionist 10 Destroy 100 Molten Pillars using Lyranth's Cold-Flame Infusion synergy as a group in the Cauldron.
ON-icon-achievement-Flames of Ambition Delver.png Flames of Ambition Delver 50 Complete both Black Drake Villa and the Cauldron in Veteran. Dye: Scintillating ScarletScintillating Scarlet
ON-icon-achievement-Subterranean Smasher.png Subterranean Smasher 50 Defeat all encounters in addition to Oxblood the Depraved, Taskmaster Viccia, the Molten Guardian; free Lyranth; and defeat Baron Zaudrus after raising the challenge banner in Veteran Cauldron within 35 minutes without suffering a group member death. Title: Subterranean Smasher
ON-icon-achievement-Watcher Slayer.png Cultist Slayer 10 Defeat 200 Cultists in Veteran Cauldron.
ON-icon-achievement-Watcher Slayer.png Watcher Slayer 10 Defeat 30 Watchers in Veteran Cauldron.
ON-icon-achievement-Hold It Together.png Hold It Together 10 Defeat Baron Zaudrus without suffering a group member death via Ash Vent Disintegration in Veteran Cauldron.
ON-icon-achievement-Curtain of Fire.png Curtain of Fire 10 During the fight against the Molten Guardian, allow 20 ticks of Magmatic Eruption to fire consecutively without interruption in Veteran Cauldron.
ON-icon-achievement-Can't Catch Me!.png Can't Catch Me! 10 Defeat Taskmaster Viccia without anyone in your group triggering a single trap in Veteran Cauldron.
ON-icon-achievement-Glob Security.png Glob Security 10 Defeat Oxblood the Depraved without killing any of the Gore Globs during the fight in Veteran Cauldron. Oxblood must not use Deviant Consumption to consume one of the Gore Globs.
ON-icon-achievement-Master of Messes.png Master of Messes 10 Free Lyranth after using three or less Daedric Catalyst Fluids in Veteran Cauldron.



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