The Cyclops guards a high and narrow rock bridge crossing from one side of the canyon to the other; the Gargoyle is an erratic that makes the canyon its home after attacking a freight wagon, stealing important documents (see The Conspirators); the Cockatrice appears at Leaper's Ledge after completion of the Honor and Treachery quest.
The canyon is difficult to navigate, primarily because the main bridge connecting one side to the other is broken. There are many opportunities for falls, both onto hard rocks and into water; additionally some slippery steep slopes cannot be returned up, complicating travel in the canyon.
- Cursewood entrance
The Cursewood entrance is east of the path leading to The Ruins of Heavenspeak Fort, at the point the path begins to exit the forest and begins to ascend steeply upwards - the entrance is concealed off the path in a small hollow.
- Barta Crags entrance
The Barta Crags entrance is close to, south-east of, and below the Greatwall Encampment - from the exit to the Encampment two miasmic ponds must be passed, and a steep zig-zag path taken.
The canyon is relatively rich in loot, mostly in chests - several enchanted weapons can be found here, as well as good quality armor and valuable materials.
Flora includes Sunbright and Moonglow, as well as Godsthrone Blossom, Bringbout, and commoner herbs. There are a few Fish pools in the canyon - though they do not seem to host Giant Fish, a few have a small chance of containing a Snakeskin Purse.
Much but not all of the treasure in the canyon is found at Leaper's Ledge.
- Shortbows: Pleached Limbs
- Longbows: Veteran's Arc, Plain Longbow, Bespoke Longbow
- Magick Bows : Master's Merle, and Terminal Gyre
- Other archer equipment : Kunai, Rex Lion Padding
- Mage and Sorcerer equipment : Animistic Robe, Crowned Hood, Sage's robe, Plucked Heart, Alchemickal Hosen, Alchemick Vest
- Parts of the Chimeric Armor Set - Chimeric Half Plate, Chimeric Armet, Chimeric Gauntlets
- Swords and Maces : Bastard Sword, Steel Beak, Almace, Caladbolg
- Longswords and Warhammers : Malignance, Triple Tooth
- Scarlet Cape and Knight's Mantle
- On the Cyclops' bridge, a chest: Rex Lion Padding, Sage's Robe, a Giant Coin Pouch or Staminal Drench. Further up by the waterfall is a chest that could contain Secret Softener (largest droprate), Master's Merle, Fluted Bow, Bespoke Longbow, or Evil Eye Strategy Vol. 2
- Cockatrice Strategy Vol. 1 may be found in a chest in the First Level Underground.
- Search Party - find journal entries for Reynard
- The Conspirators - recover a sealed letter for Fedel
- Parcel Service - retrieve ten Parcels
- Come Home to Roost - defeat the Cockatrice in Soulflayer Canyon
- An Airborne Plague - defeat eight Snow Harpies
- An Unseen Rival I (Dark Arisen) - defeat the Gorecyclops
Points of Interest
- Leaper's Ledge, this location can be hard to navigate to - for route details see its article.
Pawn Status Travels Knowledge
- Entering the Soulflayer Canyon through the southeast entrance grants Pawn Travels Knowledge.
- Visiting the area of the eastern side of the broken bridge on the First Floor grants Pawn Travels Knowledge. (Revisiting this area several times may result in additional Knowledge.)
- The climbable areas above the rock platforms where the Sulfur Saurians lurk may also yield Pawn Travels Knowledge.
- Beware when engaging the Cyclops on the bridge. While on the narrow bridge it is incredibly easy to be knocked off. Along with the Cyclops there are also three unseen Snow Harpies that have a scripted "Grab and drop" attack on the bridge. The risk of falling off can be mitigated with several techniques, such as sniping or magick attacks, aimed at the eye, stunning with lightning, or running!
- Probably one of the easiest areas to gather high-level equipment early in the game.
- If approaching the broken bridge from the west (the Barta Crags entrance), it is possible to jump across with a sprinting start and follow with a Double Vault or Levitate.
Simply enter into Soulflayer Canyon to unlock the below achievement.