Old Friends, New Foes is a Quest in Kingdoms of Amalur:Re-Reckoning. Old Friends, New Foes is the third Main Quest available to the player. Completing Old Friends, New Foes will progress the story forward.
Only the High King can fully decipher the Codex of Destiny. But before I can travel to his court, I must speak with Nyralim and earn passage to the Gardens of Ysa. The Great Tree dwells in Caer Nyralim, in southeast Dalentarth.
Old Friends, New Foes Important NPCs
Old Friends, New Foes Objectives
- Join Alyn Shir
- Show the codex to Glianal
- Talk with Alyn Shir
- Meet Nyralim
- Defeat Gnarsh
- Talk to Alyn Shir
- Return to Nyralim
- Enter the Gardens of Ysa
Old Friends, New Foes Walkthrough
- Alyn Shir will be in the House of Ballads in northern Yolvan. Fast-travel to Arden's Hut and journey north and to the west a little bit. The House of Ballads is just past Gorguath.
- Head into the Hall of Accolades. Speak with Alyn Shir and give the Codex of Destiny to Glenial, the Fae standing next to her. He dismisses the Codex and calls it a fake. Alyn Shir wants you to seek out the High King, which requires you to enter the Gardens of Ysa. In order to enter the gardens, you will first need to speak to Nyralim. Prepare for the long trek south of The Sidhe to Caer Nyralim.
- Once you arrive, head to the very top to speak to the great tree Nyralim. He is unsure of your motivations and wants you to prove yourself before he opens the path to Ysa. You are sent to defeat the Troll Matriarch Gnarsh at the Haxhi Dam to the west.
- Head to the quest marker and take note of the Rock Trolls and other enemies in the surrounding area as they can be quite powerful. There is a scripted troll fight as you approach the entrance so make sure the area is clear beforehand.
- Inside, you will find Alyn Shir who was charged by Nyralim to assist you. Look for the pile of rocks by the small waterfall in the starting room for some treasure. There are plenty of piles of rock to find in this dungeon so be sure to keep a lookout if you have the appropriate skill level.
- The path here is mostly straightforward. Keep heading north until you are attacked by a Rock Troll. Take advantage of your ally and use her to keep the enemies distracted while you bring on the hurt.
- Keep pushing forward while defeating the various combinations of Tuatha and Rock Trolls.
- Further along, is a Rock Troll and two Tuatha on patrol. There's an opportunity for a stealth kill with your ally, or you can just charge right in. There will be a large group of Tuatha just sitting around ahead. Once you kill them all, a Rock Troll will burst through the wall to the north. Defeat it and push forward.
- The next area has a sleeping troll and two Tuatha soldiers. There is a Sagecrafting station nearby that you can use, as well as a number of chests in the surrounding area. The boss fight with Gnarsh is in the following room.
- Gnarsh will feel just like a souped up Rock Troll fight. She has significantly more health and deals much more damage. Her charging strike is a lot faster and she follows up her overhead smash with a quick swipe so you will want to dodge backwards for this. Aside from that, the fight is identical to other trolls. Use Reckoning when you get the chance for bonus XP.
- Once you take care of the beast, speak to Alyn Shir and return to Nyralim to report your success.
- Head back to The Sidhe and make your way across the bridge to Ysa. The branches and vines should open up, giving you clear passage to The Gardens of Ysa.
- Speak with Chancellor Erawn to complete the quest.
Old Friends, New Foes Quest Rewards
Old Friends, New Foes Notable Loot
Note: As most loot in Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is randomly generated, this section will only list notable scripted loot:
- Nyralim's Grace (Persuasion check with Nyralim)
Old Friends, New Foes Notes & Tips
- Sola who guards the entrance to Ysa can accompany you to Haxhi Dam in place of Alyn Shir if you try to enter Ysa before speaking with Alyn Shir at the House of Ballads. The quest will proceed and end as normal and you will instead meet Alyn Shir at Ysa during the main quest The Coming Storm.