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This article is about the location, for the related quest see The Watergod's Altar.

The Watergod's Altar (Location) is a location in Dragon's Dogma.

Overview

QUOTE DD2
"I am but a wandering merchant. And yet I witnessed something absolutely incredible with my own two eyes! Behind a giant waterfall there is an entrance to a secret cave! Etched on a stone nearby was an ancient emblem, perhaps a symbol for one of the old gods. I remember my mother once told me that the Watergod is one of the gods worshipped by an old religion long before our time in the region of the Pike. The altar looks man made, built around the flow of water. I heard strange noises afoot down there, and I will not return for fear of the creatures who may reside beyond. My curiosity is strong, but not so strong as to blind me to the fact that whatever lurks within the altar is not interested in buying what I'm selling."
―Reynard [1]

The Watergod's Altar is a cave and temple complex behind the Man Swallowing Falls. It is located to the west of The Mountain Waycastle. The system consists of seeminly natural tunnels, much of which have running water throughout, plus a decayed temple within the mountain, on two levels.

Initially the lower level is flooded, in order to explore the entire area must be drained- as task usually undertaken in conjunction with the eponymous quest The Watergod's Altar. The lower level is accessed by stairs and ladders, as well as a raisable and lowerable drawbridge, operated by the Watergod's Altar Lever - at the approximate center of the lower level is Water's Bottom.

At the far end of the temple area is a large pillared hall, known as the Offering Chamber.

It seems that this temple is much decayed - walls are broken down, and the tis likely the floor of the upper central chamber has collapsed down into the lower area around Water's bottom - there is also signs of rough tunnelling, such as that leading from Water's bottom through a largish cavern up to the Offering chamber through a broken hole in that chamber's walls - it is not known what created these tunnels - either man, beast, or natural forces.

Inhabitants

The upper tunnels and initially unflooded parts are infested with numerous Giant Bats, Rats, Snakes and Saurians, as well as Skeleton Mages, Skeletons and Skeleton Knights and a pair of Sulfur Saurians - the far Offering Chamber is home to a large Cyclops.

The flooded area, centered on Water's Bottom contains after draining further Skeleton Knights and Skeleton Mages, and additionally Phantasms. A natural side cave in the lower levels contains a small Cyclops. Prior to draining the lower levels, the water is deep enough to be home to the Brine.

In Post-Game the large Cyclops in the Offering chamber is replaced by a Wyrm.

Loot

Watergods Altar map

The temple is quiet rich in useful items including weapons and armor. The are five chests holding Altar Slates, and another holds the Watergod's Altar Lever.

Other chests may contain :

In the main chamber
In the tunnels leading to the Altar Key chest room
Around Water's Bottom
Offering Chamber
  • There are four chests in the Offering Chamber (qv) of which three are high status - they oft contain useful armor.
In the area beyond the magick door leading to the drainage mechanism


Additional there are several Ore deposits here which may yield Priceless Artifact, unique to the area. Also found only here are Waterfell Gentian Leaf and Waterfell Gentian Root both from the same plant species.

Quests

Pawn Status Travel Knowledge

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Points of Interest Map (Points starred)
Left - upper area. Right - lower (flooded) are

  • When first entering the cavern, travel along the stream as far as possible - to where the stream descends through a crack in the rock down into a cave containing Saurians. Pawns will comment about the view and gain Travel Knowledge. Stay at the end of the stream until the pawns comment on the view.
  • Pawns may make a comment about being familiar with the area after crossing the drawbridge for the first time. 
  • Pawns may comment that they've learned of this area in the room with the lever for the lift.
  • The third star can come when the Arisen steps on the pressure plate, to drain this partially flooded dungeon. If running leaps are used in order to bypass the locked door, it's entirely possible for less than half the map to be revealed when Pawns earn their last location star for the Watergod's Altar.
  • While the temple is still flooded, pawns may comment if you go down the stairs on the right before the bridge (to the water's edge with the ladder), which triggers area knowledge. If you're missing the third star after thoroughly exploring the entire temple repeatedly, this is most likely the one missing piece and will have to be gained in NG+ or with another player.

Notes

  • The Watergod's Altar can be drained without opening the magic door that requires the Watergod Altar Key - from the wooden drawbridge lowered with use of the Watergod's Altar Lever the first chamber on the right is accessible by a running jump across the water filled gap. Another jump leads to the other side of the door, and thence to the pressure plate that drains the chanber.
  • The drawbridge controlled by the Watergod's Altar lever moves down to water's bottom and back again once the region has been drained.
See also Dragon's Dogma World and Lore

Links

  1. The Watergod's Altar (Capcom, Youtube)