Online: Ruins of Mazzatun
- As any Argonian will tell you, something at the heart of the "Puzzle City" is terribly wrong and deeply disturbing at a basic, almost organic level. Erect the spines of warning!
|# of Zones||1|
|Reticulated Spine, Shadowfen|
|West of Stormhold|
|Veteran Speed Run Target||30 mins|
Ruins of Mazzatun is a group dungeon in Shadowfen. It's part of the Shadows of the Hist dungeon pack DLC, along with Cradle of Shadows. The ruins can be entered from a cave at Hei-Halai, west of Stormhold. The entrance to Cold-Blood Cavern lies beneath a trap door in the tunnel leading to Mazzatun's entrance.
Similar to the Imperial City group dungeons, Mazzatun has an objective quest as well as a repeatable pledge from Urgarlag Chief-bane. Hist Ponds serve as traps in this dungeon. Monkeys and frogs can be found throughout the dungeon. Its dungeon sets are Amber Plasm, Aspect of Mazzatun, and Heem-Jas' Retribution.
The Ruins of Mazzatun make up an ancient Argonian city inhabited by the Xit-Xaht Tribe. The Xit-Xaht have an affinity for the stone and the roots, and have recently taken to raiding other villages and enslaving the inhabitants. Those they capture are put to work, being forced to construct the sprawling city of Mazzatun. The city's construction doesn't entirely make sense; there are hallways leading nowhere and staircases that climb up to dead end walls. Aptly nicknamed the "Puzzle City", the ruins of old Mazzatun are like a sprawling maze.
It doesn't help that the slave drivers themselves don't seem entirely "there". The Xit-Xaht aren't very talkative towards their slaves; they hand their captives tools, then make signs and gestures interpretable in the Argonian language which amount to "get working". The Xit-Xaht are constantly moving; they point, they whip their captives, they pace around restlessly, as if they are sap-sick. This behavior is abnormal for most Argonian tribes, which adhere to Sithis, who is chaos. Most Argonian tribes spend their days taking life as it comes and adjusting to change, building structures that are temporary, but can easily be rebuilt should they be destroyed. The Xit-Xaht force their slaves to stack stones in perfect order, to form clean angles and straight lines for their narrow hallways. The city is like a prison; not just for the tribe's captives, but for the Xit-Xaht themselves.
The tribe of Mazzatun is entirely devoted to their Tree-Minder, Na-Kesh, who the Xit-Xaht claim speaks for the Hist. And what a Hist it is, constantly looming over the city. The vast roots of Tsono-Xuhil wind and twist throughout the stone city, splayed through every corner of the ruins. Its bark weeps bright orange sap, which causes those who touch or ingest it to go mad. The Xit-Xaht Tribe's Sludge-Slingers bathe in the viscous substance, their skin infused with their Hist's orange essence. They appear to have been empowered by the sap in a way that is disturbing and unnatural.
There is something wrong with the Hist of Mazzatun, a madness like nothing else in Black Marsh. The last of the Xit-Xaht Tribe's raids brought them to the Su-Zahleel Tribe, and they have returned with a village's worth of slaves. The Xit-Xaht have managed to capture or kill every last Su-Zahleel tribesman except for Heem-Jas, who was out fishing when the raid happened. Heem-Jas has come to Mazzatun to rescue his clutch-mates, but he can't do it alone. Lucky for poor Heem-Jas, the Undaunted exist.
- Ruins of Mazzatun Objective: Explore the Ruins of Mazzatun. / You ended the Xit-Xaht threat in the Ruins of Mazzatun.
- Sap and Stone: Eliminate the Xit-Xaht threat in the Ruins of Mazzatun.
- Pledge: Ruins of Mazzatun: Prove you are truly Undaunted by conquering the Ruins of Mazzatun.
Ruins of Mazzatun Pledge: Prove you are truly Undaunted by conquering the Ruins of Mazzatun.(disabled since Patch 2.6.4)
|Priority Enemies||Common Enemies||Entrance||Chudan Corral||The Stone Stockade|
- Avatar of the Hist
- Empowered Tree-Minder Totem
- Phantom of Mighty Chudan
- Phantom of Xal-Nur
- Swamp Trolls
- Zatzu, an Argonian slavedriver
- Mighty Chudan, the Tree-Minder's giant Haj Mota pet
- Xal-Nur the Slaver, a monstrous Argonian Behemoth
- Tree-Minder Na-Kesh, the leader of the Xit-Xaht tribe, performing cruel alchemical experiments with amber plasm
Hard Mode is only available in the Veteran version of Ruins of Mazzatun. Hard mode is initiated by destroying Tree-Minder Na-Kesh's Notes on the Amber Plasm.
- <This scroll contains notes about handling the Amber Plasm. Destroying these notes will make it much more difficult for Na-Kesh to create more. This will probably enrage her.>
- <Destroy the notes.>
Destroying the notes will cause a blinding flash of light and will make the boss fight more difficult. For full details of the changes, see Hard Mode Mechanics below. If your group dies, the notes will need to be burned again to reenable Hard Mode.
- Captive's Journal
- Farewell Note by Seesaus
- Na-Kesh's Journal by Tree-Minder Na-Kesh
- Urgent Letter by Junal
This fight is simple, and introduces you to the mechanics of the Stoneshaper enemies found in the rest of the dungeon.
- Barrage of Stone: Zatzu lifts her weapon into the air and flings boulders at each person in the group. This ability needs to be blocked, or else it will knock you down. The Stoneshapers in the rest of the dungeon also use this ability.
- Leap: Zatzu will leap into the air and land in an aoe circle, knocking back whoever is standing in the circle. Stay out of the aoe.
Mighty Chudan is physically powerful. The tank should have her taunted for the entire fight. Smaller Haj Mota will arrive to assist her in battle every now and then. They spit green poison AoEs on the ground.
- Mucous Spray: Chudan barrages whoever she's targeting with a flurry of poisonous spit. It hits numerous times and deals major poison damage. The tank must block this ability, and the healer should focus heals on the tank when this ability is being used.
- Bog Rush: Chudan targets one player digs towards them. She does this when an Argonian Shellbinder spawns. The Shellbinder prods Chudan with lightning in an attempt to control the beast. They throw lightning at your group in the process, dealing more and more damage the longer the Shellbinder is left alive. The indication that you have been targeted comes to you in the form of an aoe that spreads out from your feet and follows you everywhere. This means you have to run between Chudan and the Shellbinder (in other words, make sure Chudan "has line of sight" on them), and evade her charge when she digs towards you so she kills the Shellbinder that's tossing out lightning. Once Chudan begins to charge, she will not change directions; she will charge in a straight line without deviating from that path.
Xal-Nur the Slaver
Xal-Nur the Slaver is a gargantuan slaver who lords over the Xit-Xaht tribe's captives. Stay out of his aoes. Roll out when he smashes the ground with his fists. The tank should be the only one targeted by his conal shout, that damage must be mitigated by any means necessary.
- Monstrous Blitz: When Xal-Nur blitzes, he charges with an unrelenting focus. His blitz can be blocked by those brave enough to step in the way.
- Swamp Spice: Xal-Nur is invulnerable during Swamp Spice phase. The on-screen tell for this reads, The aroma of Swamp Spice invades the arena! At certain health intervals (75%, 50% and 25%), Xal-Nur will spit Swamp Spice. Adds are attracted to the smell of swamp spice, and you must cleanse it. This can be done by one player running into the spice's green AoE, then finding a geyser to cleanse it in. One geyser is behind where Xal-Nur stands when idle (exit-side), and the other is to the right of the entrance door.
Being drenched in Swamp Spice for too long is very dangerous. If you can't reach a cleansing geyser, it's best to shake it off. The spice will slow you. Have a speed-boosting ability on your bar if you're cleansing the spice, and have the healer keep a close eye on the spice runner's health.
If you're being overwhelmed by adds, kill one of the Argonian Wranglers holding the chained wamasu. They've been mistreated by the Xit-Xaht, so if you're struggling, free them and watch them pick off the adds. Keep in mind that Xal-Nur will eventually kill the freed wamasu. Any wamasu you don't free during the fight will survive. After the battle, if there are any wamasu left alive, they will wander around the arena, then lay down and fall asleep.
Tree-Minder Na-Kesh dual wields swords. She hits hard, and can knock back her target, so it is crucial that the tank has enough stamina to block her direct attacks. She summons common Xit-Xaht enemies during battle.
Occasionally, Na-Kesh throws a glob of Amber onto the ground that creates a Hist Pool, which adds can run into. This empowers the adds. Once the pool is stepped in, it disappears. One player should run into the Hist Pool to make it disappear so the adds can't step into it. This is especially crucial during hard mode, when Stoneshapers appear. The player that steps in the plasm will have a DoT applied to them, which can be healed through fairly easily. This DoT is not as severe as the damage dealt by the Hist Ponds scattered throughout the rest of the dungeon, so you don't need to worry about this mechanic in particular ruining a no death run.
- Totems: Na-Kesh summons a Siphoning Totem that drains your magicka and stamina rapidly, and your health at an increasing pace. The totem must be killed as quickly as possible to relieve the group of its burdening presence.
- Amber Projection: Na-Kesh will summon an amber shade of Mighty Chudan at 75% health and Xal-Nur at 50%. Na-Kesh becomes invulnerable at this time, and cannot be damaged until the shade is defeated.
- Hist Hallucinations: The Tree-Minder targets one player and throws Amber at them, causing them to hallucinate. This makes the statues on the edge of the arena glow and the affected player's vision to go wonky. The affected player will be able to see Avatars of the Hist all around the edge of the arena in place of statues, and must be guided to destroy the totem. The affected player will be unable to use their weapons, and all the skills on their ability bar will be replaced by a single skill, which they will use to destroy the totem. The affected player must find the Empowered Tree-Minder Totem and destroy it.
Your allies can activate a synergy to reveal the real avatar on normal, but on veteran hard mode, you need to communicate to find it. A good strategy without using voice communications is for the tank to run over to the real one, which will be glowing for those with normal vision. The achievement Blind Luck can be earned by not using the Reveal synergy to find the Empowered Tree-Minder Totem. While this is happening, Hist sap will fall from the Hist above, dropping an AoE that deals great damage. Sticky Situation Savvy can be earned by having no group members hit by Amber Rain during this fight on veteran difficulty.
- Execute Phase
- At 25% health, Na-Kesh enters execute phase, wherein she causes vines to erupt in all directions in an alternating pattern, with spaces between the conal aoes that sprout up. Zigzag out of the way if necessary, though this may be healed through. Na-Kesh can still summon Siphoning Totems and throw Sap at a player to cause Hist Hallucinations during this phase, so she needs to be burned down as quickly as possible.
Hard Mode Mechanics
During hard mode, Tree-Minder Na-Kesh will summon adds in great numbers. Focus the Stoneshapers, then the Root-Masons, then everything else. If an Amber Projection is spawned, kill the adds before killing the phantom, or else you risk having a group member hallucinate or a Siphoning Totem spawn at an inopportune time (i.e.; when you're swamped with adds), effectively ending the fight. Adds being present for these mechanics can make the fight more aggravating. Do not let the adds step into her Hist Ponds. One of your group members needs to step in Na-Kesh's thrown Hist Ponds. This is a task even the healer can do. The DoT applied by the thrown amber plasm isn't as harsh as the damage over time dealt by the Hist Pools scattered throughout the rest of the dungeon. This damage is very easily healed through. Having a Stoneshaper become empowered by Amber Plasm can ruin the fight if you're not careful. The tank should taunt and pull the Stoneshapers in to make it easier for the group to burn them down.
Fields of Mazzatun
The Fields of Mazzatun make up the city's entrance. It is a linear field leading into the xanmeer. There is one Xit-Xaht Sludge-Slinger near the Hist pool at the bend in the road. You can easily avoid it by sticking to the left side of the road. Zatzu the Spinebreaker is at the top of the stairs, guarding the entrance to the stone city of Mazzatun.
The glowing orange pools of viscous liquid you see scattered throughout the exterior portions of the dungeon are formally called Hist Ponds, though they may be simply referred to as "the sap" or "sap pools" by members of your group. Standing in them applies an aesthetic effect called Hist Sickness, which covers your character in a glowing orange substance. It also applies Blistering Amber, which deals damage over time that persists for several seconds when you are not standing in the pond. This damage can be debilitating on Veteran mode. Try not to stand in the Hist Ponds, and if you have to run through one, try to heal yourself or ask your healer to focus their a few heals on you while you're suffering from the pool's effects.
The Hist Ponds empower the Xit-Xaht Sludge-Slingers.
Xit-Xaht Sludge-Slingers are exclusively male shirtless Argonians daubed in glowing, orange sap. They are usually standing in the orange Hist Ponds. When they stand in a Hist Pond for long enough, they will become enraged. You will know a Sludge-Slinger is enraged because he will glow red. The Sludge-Slingers have two abilities you need to look out for:
- Sludge Toss: The Sludge-Slinger throws Blistering Amber at a group member, which applies a very painful bout of damage over time onto whoever it hits. This ability can be interrupted, and it should be by whoever is close to the Sludge-Slinger. Try to avoid allowing the Sludge-Slingers to fling gobs of sap at your group members.
- Hist Toss: The Sludge-Slinger throws a puddle of sludge onto the ground, allowing one of its allies to run into the amber and become empowered, making their attacks stronger.
Inner Ruins of Mazzatun
A chest can be found in the northern section of the first tunnel beyond Zatzu. There are several groups of enemies in the next room. You must kill the Stoneshaper harassing Heem-Jas in order to enter the next area. The door will not open otherwise. The hallway beyond this room teaches you how Swamp Spice works.
Stoneshapers are Xit-Xaht wearing heavy armor, bearing maces and shields. They need to be held by the tank, as they hit hard. Stoneshapers use their magic to throw rocks at members of the group in combat; this ability needs to be bashed by the tank, or blocked by the group members if it is allowed to be cast. These enemies will give your group a hard time on veteran.
There is a group of hostile blue mudcrabs surrounding a green AoE, which is sat upon the ground at the base of the stairs. Standing in the AoE causes you to pick up the Swamp Spice. The mudcrabs will be angry with you and attack you. Eventually, the spice will slow you down exponentially, and you'll be prompted to shake off the spice with a Synergy. You're going to want to take the Spice to the water geyser at the top of the stairs, where you can clean yourself. When you wash the spice off of you, the mudcrabs will exit combat, digging away to an unknown location.
This is intended to teach you a mechanic for the fight against Xal-Nur the Slaver, the dungeon's third boss. Swamp Spice will feature heavily during that battle, so if any of your group mates are new to the dungeon, try to allow the newbie to carry the spice up the stairs to practice this mechanic. Make sure to kill the mudcrabs for them so they can focus on learning how the spice works rather than the damage they're taking from the crabs.
The Chudan Corral
The Chudan Corral is a large, open area where Tree-Minder Na-Kesh's giant haj mota pet, Mighty Chudan is kept. Chudan must be defeated in order for the group to move on. There are two Xit-Xaht Sludge-Slingers in the courtyard beyond Mighty Chudan's corral. You can easily sneak past the enemies here.
The Deep Maze
You must navigate the maze to get to the next portion of the dungeon. There are enemies in every chamber. Navigating to the exit is a relatively simple affair. At the first fork in the road, take the path on the right-hand side (east on the map). Kill the enemies in the chamber and head through the path to the west. You're going to go north from this turn. When the path splits, take the northern tunnel, and you'll be home free; there are no more confusing corridors to navigate the way you needed to navigate the Deep Maze.
A Farewell Note can be found in the twisting tunnels of the Deep Maze. At the first bend, go down the hallway leading left.
The Deep Maze Courtyard
Here, you will face several waves of enemies, including archers, foot soldiers, stoneshapers, storm mages, root masons and haj mota. The way forward will be blocked until all the enemies are dead. The Deep Maze Egress is the tunnel leading out to the next section: the Root-River Walk. Within the tunnel, you'll have another opportunity to practice the swamp spice mechanic.
The Root-River Walk
One Xit-Xaht Sludge-Slinger is located at the beginning of the area. An Urgent Letter lies on the bank above the river to the left, past the bridge. Swamp Trolls feast on the corpses of dead Xit-Xaht tribesmen, and blue mudcrabs loiter along the edges of the hist pools.
Stone Stockade Courtyard
There are two(?) Xit-Xaht Sludge-Slingers here. Most groups will not be able to get to the door up the stairs without killing the enemies in the courtyard.
The Stone Stockade
Xal-Nur the Slaver resides here. In each corner of the arena, there is an Argonian Wrangler holding a wamasu on a chain. These wamasu can assist you during battle if things get hectic. All you need to do is kill their handlers.
Several containers and provisioning ingredients can be looted here. There are coin piles on the tables in this room. Na-Kesh's Journal lies atop a table near the entrance, to the east. The puzzle in this chamber is your last barrier before fighting Na-Kesh.
The Calendar Puzzle
Six of the Su-Zahleel elders have been set in cages around the edge of the room. There are buttons on the daises in front of their cages. A large calendar sits on the ground in the middle of the room. There are symbols along the calendar's edge. One of the calendar's symbols will glow (as will the buttons in front of the elders), and you need to press the button that has the corresponding symbol. After a button is pressed, Xit-Xaht tribesmen will appear from behind the vines along the walls and attack you. If a group member messes up the puzzle at any stage, an elder will be drenched in amber plasm. If this happens, the elder you've doomed will go mad and attack the group with the rest of the adds. Pressing the correct button (the one that has the same symbol as the one currently glowing on the floor) allows the elder to walk away free from harm.
The order of the symbols that must be followed is always the same. The order is Shaja-Nushmeeko (Dancing Lizard), Hist-Deek (Little Tree), Hist-Tsoko (Biggest Tree), Thtithil (Egg, looks like a Ladybug to some), Xulomaht (Grave Stake, described as a Pencil by some), Xeech (Seed; can be described as a Leaf Boat to those who don't see a seed). The buttons these symbols are on are randomized. For example, Lizard could be set on Naheesh Veesum at the entrance one run, and Naheesh Naxaltan on exit side the next.
There is no "real" consequence to allowing all six of the elders to die in normal mode, save for the fact that the elders you don't rescue won't be present at the end of the quest. An achievement, Savior of the Su-Zahleel, can be earned in this room on Veteran mode.
The Mad Hist's Summit
The Summit Approach is the hallway leading up to the Mad Hist's Summit. The Hist is sat above the mountain's summit. You will fight Tree-Minder Na-Kesh here. Tree-Minder Na-Kesh's Amber Plasm notes are on a table near the door leading to her courtyard beneath the Hist.
|Set Name||Bonuses||Location(s)||Set Type|
2 items: Adds 25-1096 Maximum Magicka
|Ruins of Mazzatun||Light Armor|
2 items: Adds 3-129 Stamina Recovery
|Ruins of Mazzatun||Medium Armor|
|Aspect of Mazzatun||
2 items: Adds 28-1206 Maximum Health
|Ruins of Mazzatun||Heavy Armor|
|Mighty Chudan||Monster Helm Sets|
There are several Achievements associated with this dungeon:
|Shadows of the Hist Explorer||5||Enter either the Ruins of Mazzatun or the Cradle of Shadows for the first time.|
|Shadows of the Hist Delver||50||Complete Veteran Cradle of Shadows and Veteran Ruins of Mazzatun.|
|Ruins of Mazzatun Challenger||50||Complete the listed achievements for Veteran Ruins of Mazzatun.|
|Ruins of Mazzatun Conqueror||10||Defeat Zatzu the Spine-Breaker, The Mighty Chudan, Xal-Nur the Slaver, and Tree-Minder Na-Kesh in Veteran Ruins of Mazzatun.|
|Tree-Minder's Mania||50||In Veteran Ruins of Mazzatun, defeat Tree-Minder Na-Kesh after enraging her by destroying her alchemical notes on Amber Plasm.|
|Ruination||50||Defeat Zatzu the Spine-Breaker, The Mighty Chudan, Xal-Nur the Slaver, and Tree-Minder Na-Kesh in Veteran Ruins of Mazzatun within 30 minutes of starting the dungeon. Timer starts on passing through the first archway.|
|Unbowed||50||Defeat Zatzu the Spine-Breaker, The Mighty Chudan, Xal-Nur the Slaver, and Tree-Minder Na-Kesh in Veteran Ruins of Mazzatun without suffering a group member death.|
|Ruins of Mazzatun Vanquisher||10||Defeat Zatzu the Spine-Breaker, The Mighty Chudan, Xal-Nur the Slaver, and Tree-Minder Na-Kesh in the Ruins of Mazzatun.|
|Sludge-Slinger Slayer||10||Defeat 50 Xit-Xaht Sludge-Slingers in Veteran Ruins of Mazzatun.|
|Xit-Xaht Slayer||10||Defeat 600 members of the Xit-Xaht tribe in Veteran Ruins of Mazzatun.|
|Mazzatun Massacre||10||Defeat Tree-Minder Na-Kesh after first eliminating all other enemies in Ruins of Mazzatun.|
|Savior of the Su-Zahleel||10||Rescue all six of the Su-Zahleel Elders from the Ritual Chamber in Veteran Ruins of Mazzatun.|
|Sapped Sludge Slingers||10||Complete Ruins of Mazzatun without ever allowing a Sludge Slinger to empower one of its allies with Amber Plasm.|
|Haj Mota Matador||10||Defeat the Mighty Chudan in Veteran Ruins of Mazzatun without any party members being hit by Bog Rush.|
|Obedience Training||10||Defeat Xal-Nur the Slaver in Veteran Ruins of Mazzatun without unleashing any Wamasu to assist you.|
|Clean Freak||10||Defeat Xal-Nur the Slaver in Veteran Ruins of Mazzatun with only one party member cleansing the Swamp Spice. Other party members may still touch the Swamp Spice.|
|Blind Luck||10||Defeat Tree-Minder Na-Kesh in Veteran Ruins of Mazzatun without any party members using the Reveal synergy to identify the real Avatar of the Hist.|
|Sticky Situation Savvy||10||Defeat Tree-Minder Na-Kesh in Veteran Ruins of Mazzatun without any party members being struck by Blistering Amber.|
- The text for having completed the objective dungeon used to be You put an end to the evil infecting the Ruins of Mazzatun. This was changed in one of the patches.