The Hunter of Shadows | Warcraft III: Reforged

INTERLUDE: THE BLOOD OF MANNOROTH

Later that evening, near the Moonglades of Cenarius…


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CUTSCENE

Mannoroth: Ashenvale forest. After ten thousand years, I still recognize this cursed place! This is the vale of our ancient enemy, the night elves’ demigod, Cenarius.

Tichondrius: Yes. Lord Archimonde demands that Cenarius be destroyed before we launch the invasion of Kalimdor.

Mannoroth: Hmm. I would relish the chance to face him again in combat, but he is crafty and rarely appears in the open.

Tichondrius: Fateful as it sounds, your pet orcs have recently despoiled these forestlands and incurred his wrath. Lord Archimonde and I believe that the orcs are capable of killing Cenarius for us.

Mannoroth: They would have little chance against Cenarius. If memory serves, his powers were quite formidable.

Tichondrius: Yes, but so are yours. The blood pact that you made with the orcs long ago still binds them to you. You need only recharge their energies.

Mannoroth: Just what are you suggesting dreadlord?

Tichondrius: Spill your burning blood into this pool. Its corruption will lure the orcs to it, and once they’ve tasted your blood again, they will be unstoppable!

Mannoroth: Ha ha ha ha ha…


THE HUNTER OF SHADOWS

The next morning, in the shadowed woods of Ashenvale…


CUTSCENE

Cenarius: Who dares defile this ancient land? Who dares the wrath of Cenarius and the night elves? Let battle be joined!

Warsong Orc: The forest is coming alive! We’re under attack!


MAIN QUEST

River Run

  • Defend the main base east of the river

Build a new Great Hall near this Gold Mine.

Cenarius: I defeated your kind in ages past, and I shall do so again!

Grunt: Their numbers are too great! We must fall back to the other side of the river!


Build 4 Peons (P) in the main base. Set rally to the Great Hall you are building north of your base.

Build 2 Peons (P) in the northern-most Great Hall — west of the river. Set the rally point to be expansion Great Hall.

Build 2 Peons (P) at the souther-most Great Hall — west of the river. Set the rally point to expansion Great Hall.

Note: All those 8 Peons will harvest gold from the expansion Gold Mine (shown below).

Build a Headhunter (T) at the northern-most Barracks — west of the river. Set Rally Point to your main base’s Barracks area.

Select the main base’s Spirit Lodge. Research Shaman Adept Training (M).

Research Witch Doctor Adept Training (D).

Cenarius: You cannot defeat me! I am the heart of the land!

Note: You will lose all 3 bases on the west side of the map. That’s how it is scripted to happen. Do not defend them or you will lose your units. Best thing to do is to gather all Peons from the west and move (M) them to your main base (bottom-right corner of the mini map).

As soon as they destroy the 3 expansion bases, they will attack the north and west entrances of your main base. Move 3 peons to the northern Watch Tower and 3 Peons to the western Watch Tower. Set the Peons to repair the Watch Towers. As soon as you survive that initial attack, everything goes back to normal. The mission is to survive that initial assault.

Move all your troops to defend the Watch Tower that gets attacked first, then when you clear that assault, assist the other Watch Tower until both assaults are dealt with.


NEW UNIT AVAILABLE

Witch Doctor – You may now build Witch Doctors from the Spirit Lodge. Witch Doctors can cast Sentry Ward, an invisible and immovable ward that provides vision in an area.

Select the Bestiary. Research War Drums (D).

Select the Barracks. Research Troll Regeneration (R).

Build a Headhunter (T).

Select the War Mill. Upgrade Steel Ranged Weapons (R).

Select the Barracks. Research Brute Strength (B).

Cenarius: Demon-spawned wretches! You will all die!

Build a new Barracks.

Select the Spirit Lodge. Research Shaman Master Training (M).

Cenarius: I defeated your kind in ages past, and I shall do so again!

Build a Kodo Beast (K) at the Bestiary.

Build a Shaman (S).

Build a Witch Doctor (W).

Select the War Mill. Upgrade Steel Melee Weapons (M).

Upgrade Steel Unit Armor (A).

Upgrade Spiked Barricades (S).

Upgrade Thorium Ranged Weapons (R).

Select the Spirit Lodge. Research Witch Doctor Master Training (D).

Cenarius: You cannot defeat me! I am the heart of the land!

Build a Headhunter (T).

Build a Demolisher (D).

Send Grom and the Troops to this cave. Four wolves spawn from the cave: Dire Wolf level 6, two Giant Wolf level 4 and a Timber Wolf level 2.

Build a Kodo Beast (K).

Build a Grunt (G).

Note: When the Night Elves finish destroying all the 3 bases to the west, a cutscene plays onscreen.


CUTSCENE

(Cenarius channels Serenity. The stomps of the forest grow back into trees)

Cenarius: Now, my warriors, cleanse these brutes from the wilds! I will watch over you from the forest.


Expect an attack of at least four Huntress, two Archers and a Hyppogryph Rider on the north, and another group from the west simultaneously. Have three Peons on each Watch Tower to repair. If they send a Glaive Thrower, bring your troops to destroy it. Use Grommash’s Bladestorm on large groups of night elves.

Build a Kodo Beast (K) at the Bestiary.

Build a Shaman (S).


MAIN QUEST COMPLETED

River Run


Witch Doctor: Hellscream, I sense a dark power emanating from the wilderness! It might be a key to destroying Cenarius!

Note: The Fel Well is marked on the mini map as a green circle (top-middle of the map).


MAIN QUEST

The Fel Well

  • Discover the source of power

Build a Demolisher (D).

Build a Raider (R).

Build a Witch Doctor (W).

Build a Demolisher (D) at the second Barracks.


SECRET

This is the right time to hunt for the Secret. Send Grommash Hellscream alone through this path. Create a duplicate of Grom and send it first to draw aggro, then go through the enemy base. Don’t attack anything, just walk to this location marked in the image below as “1.”

You can use Wind Walk (W) to turn invisible temporarily — this breaks aggro — once you approach the destination. Place Grommash in the middle of this circle of mushrooms.

You will hear a sound, but likely you don’t know what happened. What bringing Grom here did is spawn a treasure chest across the river to the north at a secret location.

You have to command your Demolishers to destroy these trees to make a path.

Then loot the Pendant of Mana: Increases the mana capacity of the Hero by 250 when worn.

Right after you loot it, another treasure chest spawns in the same spot — Boots of Quel’Thalas: Increases the Agility of the Hero by 6 when worn.

I will tell you again how to get there when I talk about the Satyr Pyromancer further in this page.


Note: Send Grom and the troops further north of your main base — past the cave where you killed the Wolves earlier.

You will find a Goblin Merchant building surrounded by a Furbolg Elder Shaman level 7, a Furbolg Shaman level 4, and a Furbolg level 4.


GOBLIN MERCHANT

  • Scroll of Protection (R): Increases the armor of all friendly units in an area around your Hero by 2 for 30 sec. 150
  • Potion of Healing (P): Heals 250 hit points when used. 150
  • Potion of Mana (M): Restores 150 mana when used. 200
  • Scroll of Town Portal (T): Teleports the Hero and any of its nearby troops to a target friendly town hall. 350
  • Wand of Negation (N): Dispels all magical effects in a target area. Contains 3 charges. Deals 200 damage to summoned units. 200
  • Scroll of Healing (H): Heals 150 hit points to all friendly non-mechanical units around the Hero when used. 250

Behind the Goblin Merchant (to the north) you will find a Furbolg Tracker level 6, a Furbolg Shaman level 4, and a Furbolg level 4.

Further north you will find a Furbolg Ursa Warrior level 8, Furbolg Tracker level 6, Furbolg Shaman level 4, and Furbolg level 4 — drops Claws of Attack: Increases the attack damage of the Hero by 9 when worn.

Build a Raider (R).

Build a Headhunter (T).

Build a Kodo Beast (K).

Build a Witch Doctor (W).

Go west from that Furbolg camp, past the river. You will find a Way Gate guarded by two Satyr Soulstealer level 5, two Satyr Shadowdancer level 3, and two Satyr level 1. Each Shadowdancer is stealthed in the evenings and summon two Skeleton Warrior level 1.

Command a Witch Doctor to drop a Healing Ward (E). The Satyrs drop Khadgar’s Gem of Health: Increases the hit points of the Hero by 300 when worn.

HINT – Way Gates are used to teleport your army. Select your units and Right-Click on the Way Gate.

Note: The Way Gate teleports you to this location.

The path is blocked by two Satyr Shadowdancer level 3 and two Satyr Trickster level 1. They cast Curse (which causes the target to miss often) and Slow. Drops Potion of Greater Healing: Heals 500 hit points when used.

Build a Raider (R).

Select the War Mill. Upgrade Improved Spiked Barricades (S).

Follow the path north. Past the Arch, you will encounter a Satyr Pyromancer level 9. He cast a massive Rain of Fire AOE and summons 4 Burning Archers level 3.

Move Grom near the Burning Archers and cast Bladestorm. Kill them, then kill the Pyromancer — drops Orb of Fire: Adds 5 bonus fire damage to the attack of a Hero when carried. The Hero’s attacks also become ranged when attacking air and do splash damage to nearby enemy units.

Here is where you get the second part of the SECRET. Use your Demolishers to destroy southmost trees (marked by the Demolishers in the image below). Then loot the Pendant of Mana (where Grom is in the image below)

Further north, you will be surrounded by five Giant Skeleton Warrior level 3, and three Skeleton Archer level 1.

If some of your units are damaged, rest at the Fountain of Health a few yards to the east until your units are at full health. The next encounter is a large group.

Build a new Bestiary (E).

Follow the path to the end. It leads to the Fell Well corrupted by Mannoroth.

Witch Doctor: That be it, mon! The dark energies that I sense come from the pool!

Satyr: Foul orcs! The burning masters charged us with protecting this well. You are unworthy of drinking from these dark waters.

Grom Hellscream: I don’t know what you are or who you serve, but no one bars my way!

Command a Witch Doctor to drop a Healing Ward (E) on the ground. The Fel Well is guarded by a Satyr Hellcaller level 9, two Satyr Soulstealer level 5, two Satyr Shadowdancer level 3, a Satyr Trickster level 1, and a Satyr level 1 — drops Ring of Protection: Increases the armor of the Hero by 3 when worn.


MAIN QUEST COMPLETED

The Fell Well

  • Discover the source of power (Completed)
  • Destroy the Satyrs guarding the pool (Completed)

CUTSCENE

Witch Doctor: The pool emanates great power, but I smell the stench of a demon curse about it!

Grommash Hellscream: I am cursed already! If I must drink from these waters to defeat Cenarius, then I will.

Warsong Orc: No! That goes against everything the warchief teaches us! We can’t let rage overcome us again!

Grommash Hellscream: No, warrior. We must embrace it as never before! We must become the vessels of destruction that we were meant to be!

Grommash Hellscream: Yes! I feel the power once again! Come, my warriors! Drink from the dark waters and you will be reborn!


QUEST REWARD – Use a Scroll of Twon Portal to teleport your hero and nearby units back to your base.

NEW UNITS AVAILABLE

Fel Orcs – You now build Fel Orc units instead of normal Orcish units.

HINT – Fel Orcs deal full damage to all armor types, including Cenarius’ divine armor.

HINT – Fel Warlocks have different spells than Orc Shamans.

Warsong Orc: Chieftain, these creatures press us hard! And their demigod still lurks in the forest! How can we possibly defeat him?

Grommash Hellscream: Weak-minded coward! Nothing is invincible! If we are to live, then this Cenarius must die!

NOTE: If your inventory is not full, the Scroll of Town Portal might be placed there. Otherwise, a treasure chest spawns with a Scroll of Town Portal. Loot it and use it. Make sure your troops are near Grom.


MAIN QUEST

Cenarius

  • Slay Cenarius

Gather all your troops from the main base and command them to destroy the Moonhunters base (bottom-left corner of the mini map). Drop a Healing Ward (E). You can also drop Stasis Trap (T) — an AOE stun that lasts 6 sec.

As soon as the base is destroyed, head north toward the Starseekers base. Shortly after you attack it, Cenarius will spawn and attack your troops. He casts two Cyclones that immobilize a target for several seconds. He often summons 4 Treants, too.

Cenarius: The demons did their job well. You creatures are as reckless and bloodthirsty as they ever were!

Grommash Hellscream: We orcs are free, demigod!

Cenarius: Is that what you tell yourself? Despite what you may believe, you are no better than the malignant bile that flows through your veins.

Cenarius: Demon-spawned wretches! You will all die!

Once that base is destroyed, move on to the Shadowleaves base.

Grommash Hellscream: The demigod has fallen. The Warsong is supreme!


MAIN QUEST COMPLETED

Cenarius


CUTSCENE

Mannoroth: Hello again, Grommash.

Grommash Hellscream: Mannoroth! It… can’t be.

Mannoroth: I’ve come to bring you and your brethren back into the fold. Though you orcs failed the Burning Legion before, you will now serve us once again!

Grommash Hellscream: No! We… are free!

Mannoroth: Stupid, pitiful creature. I am the rage in your heart. I am the fury of your thoughts. I alone empowered you to bring chaos to this world, and by the endless void, you shall!


VICTORY


BESTIARY

  1. Wolves (4) spawn from a cave: Dire Wolf level 6. Giant Wolf level 4 (2). Timber Wolf level 2.
  2. Furbolg Elder Shaman level 7. Furbolg Shaman level 4. Furbolg level 4. Goblin Merchant.
  3. Furbolg Tracker level 6. Furbolg Shaman level 4. Furbolg level 4 — drops Anti-Magic Potion: Gives the Hero immunity to magical spells for 15 sec.
  4. Furbolg Ursa Warrior level 8. Furbolg Tracker level 6. Furbolg Shaman level 4. Furbolg level 4 — drops Claws of Attack: Increases the attack damage of the Hero by 9 when worn.
  5. Way Gate. Satyr Soulstealer level 5 (2). Satyr Shadowdancer level 3 (2). Satyr level 1 (2). Each Shadowdancer summons two Skeleton Warrior level 1 — drops Khadgar’s Gem of Health: Increases the hit points of the Hero by 300 when worn.
  6. Satyr Shadowdancer level 3 (2). Satyr Trickster level 1 (2) — drops Potion of Greater Healing: Heals 500 hit points when used.
  7. Satyr Pyromancer level 9. He summons 4 Burning Archers level 3 — drops Orb of Fire: Adds 5 bonus fire damage to the attack of a Hero when carried. The Hero’s attacks also become ranged when attacking air and do splash damage to nearby enemy units.
  8. Giant Skeleton Warrior level 3 (5). Skeleton Archer level 1 (3).
  9. Fountain of Health.
  10. Fell Well. Satyr Hellcaller level 9. Satyr Soulstealer level 5 (2). Satyr Shadowdancer level 3 (2). Satyr Trickster level 1. Satyr level 1 — drops Ring of Protection: Increases the armor of the Hero by 3 when worn.
  11. Moonhunters base.
  12. Starseekers base.
  13. Shadowleaves base.

FACTIONS

  • Cenarius (Ancients)
  • Moonhunters (Night Elves)
  • Shadowleaves (Night Elves)
  • Starseekers (Night Elves)
  • Warsong Clan (Orcs)

GALLERY


1. The Prophecy2. Cinematic: Thrall's Vision3. Chasing Visions4. Departures
5. Riders on the Storm6. The Fires Down Below7. Countdown to Extinction
1. Cinematic: The Warning2. The Defense of Strahnbrad3. Blackrock & Roll4. Interlude: Jaina's Meeting
5. Ravages of the Plague6. The Cult of the Damned7. March of the Scourge8. Interlude: The Prince and the Prophet
9. The Culling10. Interlude: Divergent Courses11. The Shores of Northrend12. Dissension
13. Frostmourne14. Cinematic: Arthas' Betrayal
undead campaign
1. Trudging through the Ashes2. Digging up the Dead3. Into the Realm Eternal4. Key of the Three Moons
5. The Fall of Silvermoon6. Blackrock & Roll, Too!7. The Siege of Dalaran8. Under the Burning Sky
9. Cinematic: The Destruction of Dalaran
orc campaign
2. The Long March3. Cry of the Warsong4. The Spirits of Ashenvale
5. The Hunter of Shadows6. Where Wind Riders Dare7. The Oracle8. By Demons Be Driven
Night Elves Campaign
1. Enemies at the Gate2. Daughters of the Moon3. The Awakening of Stormrage4. The Druids Arise
5. Brothers in Blood

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