Treasure Map Quests

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Treasure Map Quests
Treasure Map Quests, edited by Blackheath
Updated by Petra Fyde, July 2010

Treasure hunting is one of the most challenging and rewarding activities in Ultima Online. Ranging from the simple but straightforward level 1 maps to the downright scary level 6′s, there’s a whole host of new experiences to be had with treasure hunts.

For advice on building a treasure hunter check The Treasure Hunter

Where Can I Find a Treasure Map?

The odds of a map appearing on one of these monsters is approximately 1% (but it seems a lot less).

  • Map locations are random but will be on whichever facet the carrying monster is killed.
  • Maps found in monster chests, such as Ilshenar paragons or Miasma, are random facet.

All maps can be done alone if you have the necessary skills and equipment, though level 5, 6 and 7 maps are a lot faster and easier with a group along to help. Level 1 maps are vastly different than the other five classes of maps, in that they can be easily tackled alone without caution or backup. Level 2 and higher maps need you to take care at all times, or you might end up dead : )
Treasure maps can be found as loot on a wide selection of the creatures in the game. These maps range in difficulty on an internal scale of 1 to 6:

 

Which monsters carry treasure maps ?
Map Level Map Descr. Monsters
1 Plainly Drawn Agapite Elemental, Air Elemental, Bronze Elemental, Copper Elemental, Dark Guardian, Dull Copper Elemental, Earth Elemental, Enslaved Gargoyle, Ettin, Evil Mage, Fire Gargoyle, Frost Troll, Gargoyle, Gazer, Golden Elemental, Lizardman, Mummy, Ogre, Ophidian Enforcer, Ophidian Warrior, Orc, Orcish Lord, Orcish Mage, Sea Serpent, Shadow Iron Elemental, Terathan Warrior, Troll, Valorite Elemental, Verite Elemental
2 Expertly Drawn Acid Elemental, Dark Guardian, Deep Sea Serpent, Drake, Evil Mage Lord, Fire Elemental, Ophidian Apprentice Mage, Ophidian Justicar, Ophidian Shaman, Ophidian Zealot, Ratman Mage, Reaper, Sea Serpent, Snow Elemental, Stone Gargoyle, Water Elemental, Wyvern, Kappa, Troglodyte, Trapdoor Spider,
3 Adeptly Drawn Arctic Ogre Lord, Cyclopean Warrior, Dark Guardian, Juka Mage, Lesser Hiryu, Lich, Meer Mage, Ogre Lord, Ophidian Avenger, Ophidian Knight-Errant, Terathan Avenger, Wanderer of the Void, Yomotsu Warrior, Raptor, Fairy Dragon, Fan Dancer, Tsuki Wolf, Minotaur, Fire Ant, Cold Drake
4 Cleverly Drawn Daemon, Devourer of Souls, Dragon, Efreet, Elder Gazer, Ice Fiend, Kraken, Lich Lord, Oni, Ophidian Matriarch, Sand Vortex, Serpentine Dragon, Terathan Matriarch, Wanderer of the Void, Ravager, White Wyrm, Lurg (chest) Fire Daemon,
5 Deviously Drawn Abscess, Ancient Lich, Ancient Wyrm, Balron,Barracoon the Piper, Betrayer,Blood Elemental,Cu Sidhe,Ethereal Warrior,Forgotten Servant,Greater Dragon,Greater Poison Elemental,Lava Elemental,Lord Oaks,Master Theophilus,Meer Eternal,Mephitis,Miasma,Neira the Necromancer,Poison Elemental,Putrefier,Rend,Rikktor,Rotting Corpse,Semidar,Serado the Awakened,Shadow Wyrm,Silvani,Skeletal Dragon,Stygian Dragon,Succubus,Titan,Yamandon
6 Ingeniously Drawn(in a chest) Paragon Ancient Wyrm, Paragon Balron, Paragon Betrayer, Paragon Blood Elemental, Paragon Ethereal Warrior, Paragon Greater Dragon, Paragon Meer Eternal, Paragon Poison Elemental, Paragon Rotting Corpse, Paragon Skeletal Dragon, Paragon Succubus, Paragon Titan, Miasma, Pyre, Rend, Abcess, Putrefier, Master Theophilus, Stygian Dragon

Decoding a Treasure Map

I have a map – now what do I do with it?

Once you find a map, simply double click it to decode it. Your ability to decode the map is based on your cartography skill – the higher your skill, the more likely you are to be able to decode any and all treasure maps.
(If you are unable to decode a map, you may pass it along or sell it to someone who can). These maps may be stored safely in your bank, until you decide to hunt for it; for the treasure will not begin to “decay away” until you actually dig up the chest (after which time the chest and its contents will linger for about no more than 3-4 hours).

 

Skill required to decode a map
Map Level Map Descr. Skill Level
1 Plainly Drawn 27.0* cartography required
2 Expertly Drawn 71.0 cartography required
3 Adeptly Drawn 81.0 cartography required
4 Cleverly Drawn 91.0 cartography required
5 Deviously Drawn 100 cartography required
6 Ingeniously Drawn 100 cartography required
7 Diabolically Drawn 100 cartography required

*Approximate, varies between 27 to 30, but this isn’t a problem, as you can be trained to over 30 skill, so you can decode level 1′s as soon as you have trained. You can also gain cartography skill by attempting to decode a level one map. Eventually you will be able to read it. If you get a message in the lower left of your screen saying “this map is too difficult to attempt to decode” then it is not a level one map, and you will not gain from trying to decode it.

Finding the Treasure Chest

After decoding your treasure map, the location of the chest will be indicated with a single pin.Before heading off after the treasure, you would be well-advised
to compare your treasure map against a world-map (the zoomable maps are very helpful for this).Look for any distinctive landmarks on your map, and compare it
with the map, all facets are covered. Find the area that matches what is shown on your treasure map, zoom in to get rough co-ordinates to begin your search and head for that area.Images by Mapper

Once you believe that you have arrived in the right area, you can begin digging by double-clicking on your shovel, then clicking on the map you want to dig, then clicking where you want to dig on the ground or by using the context menu on the map. Digging can take several seconds to complete. Any interruption to this dig will invalidate your attempt – so stand still, stick down the shovel and keep at it ’till you’re finished :)

If you fail to find the treasure, move on a step and try again.

The Benefit of Mining

Mining is not a required skill, that is to say you can find and dig up any level of map with zero mining skill. However, mining does provide a few advantages. It increases your dig radius (from the treasure spot) as follows:

  • 0 to 50.9 mining gives a 1 tile radius (in other words, you must dig the exact correct spot of the chest)
  • 51 to 80.9 mining gives a 2 tiles radius
  • 81 to 99.9 mining gives a 3 tiles radius
  • 100 mining gives a 4 tiles radius

Note: These numbers refer to enhanced skill, not “real”

Screen Capture Location Method Using zoomed in screenshots of the maps and comparing it to the location on UOCartographer/UOAutomap, maps can be found easily with 0 mining skill.There is an exact point on the maps that can be found using the red pin. The treasure is not under the red pin, but on a location that is a little right of the red pin and this always holds (see: the image below). Comparing that pixel with the one in UOCartographer, you can find the location of the chest with an error of plus or minus one tile. A more detailed explanation of this method can be found herepin findingImage by Nimuaq

 

After some attempts you will at one time hear the distinct sound of digging, the same sound miners hear when they mine for ore. This means you have found the treasure chest. At first you will see the ground where you are digging change into “a dirt patch” and soon thereafter the chest will pop-up. The chest’s guardians will spawn and you will have to defeat them.

 

Image by Mapper
After that the fun of opening the chest can begin.

Chests have an initial spawn consisting of 4 – 8 guardians which appear when the chest is dug. These are ‘tethered’ to the chest and will spring back if an attempt is made to lead them away.

The chest lock can not be picked until the guardians have been defeated. Chests are trapped and do damage equal to chests fitted with a Tinker’s trap.

Note: The chests have been said to disappear within 1-3 hours after being unearthed, whether they have been cracked open or not.

In order to safely open a chest, you need to do the following things:

  • Pick the lock.
  • Deal with the trap.

Picking the lock: Pretty straightforward. Double click your lockpick, and click on the chest. If your lockpicking skill is high enough, you’ll pick the chest. If lockpicking fails items can be destroyed by gas escaping from the chest or stolen by a Grubber – Item stolen by grubber can be recovered by killing it. (runs off ala vorpal bunny.). A mage of sufficient skills can open level 1, level 2 and level 3 chests, using the ‘Unlock’
spell; 50 magery is required to open level 1 chests, 100 magery is enough to open level 2 chests, 120 magery will allow you to open level 3 chests.

Dealing with the trap: You have 2 options here, an easy way, and a hard (but more impressive) way. The easy way is to cast “Telekinesis”‘ on the chest from 4 or more squares away. This triggers the trap and you can then safely open the chest. The harder way involves use of the “Detect Hidden” and “Remove Trap” skill. It is not necessary to use “Detect Hidden” on the chest to find the trap, but you do need at least 50 Detect in order to use the “Remove Trap” skill to remove the trap. (Khal’s note – there is no guarantee that the “Remove Trap” skill will be successful, and failure can mean death. Using “Telekinesis” will always work, as long as you don’t stand too close to the chest)

NB: Telekenesis does not work on Siege Perilous shard. Your choice there is “Remove Trap” skill or open the chest and take the hit from the trap.  High HP on the character and 70 fire resist on the suit will allow most characters to survive the blast. Other things that might be helpful are Greater Strength Potions, Rose of Trinsic petalsTruly Rare Fish and Firefish Pies

Note: The player that decodes the map and digs up the chest does not have to be the same player that picks open the chest.

Requirements for opening
treasure chests.
Map level Map Descr. Minimum Lockpicking Magery
1 Plainly Drawn 36.0 skill 50
2 Expertly Drawn 76.0 skill 100
3 Adeptly Drawn 84.0 skill 120
4 Cleverly Drawn 92.0 skill no effect
5 Deviously Drawn 100 skill no effect
6 Ingeniously Drawn 100 skill no effect
7 Diabolically Drawn 100 skill no effect
DO NOT TRY TO
OPEN A CHEST UNTIL YOU HAVE AT LEAST
THE RECOMMENDED LOCKPICK SKILL.

Inaccessible Chests
Treasure map locations are random, sometimes they may spawn in an inaccessible, or just undesireable, place. These need not be discarded. A read (blessed) treasure map, if not dug up within 30 days, will re-set becoming again ‘tattered’. When read this map will show a new, different, location on the same facet.

The Treasure

All chests contain gold, imbuing ingredients (major in level 2+, minor gems in all), a variety of armor pieces, jewelry and weapons and a chance of:

  • high property count items – all levels
  • alacrity scrolls – all levels
  • creeping vines – all levels
  • A coffin – level 7
  • tasty treats – all levels
  • recipes – all levels
  • another map (the same level or, rarely, one level higher) – all levels
  • a message in a bottle – all levels
  • a forged pardon – level 6
  • scrolls of transcendence (felucca maps only) – level 4 upwards
  • special artifacts
    • Skeleton Key – all levels
    • ManaPhasing Orb – level 5 upwards
    • Surge Shield – level level 5 upwards (Gargoyle type in Ter Mur)
    • Runed Sash of Warding (2 types) – level 5 upwards (Gargoyle type in Ter Mur)
    • Master Skeleton Key – level 7
** In addition to the normal magic items in a level 6 or 7 chest there will also always be a minor artifact
Level 1, Plainly Drawn
Gold Reagent stacks(40 – 60 in each) Major Ingredient – single stack Gems – single stack Magic Items
5000gp 3 None 4 32
Guardians
Trammel Ilshenar Malas Tokuno Ter Mur
Mongbats,
Ratmen,
Headless
Ones
, Skeletons,
Zombies
Mongbats,
Ratmen,
Headless
Ones
, Skeletons,
Zombies
Mongbats,
Ratmen,
Headless
Ones
, Skeletons,
Zombies
Mongbats,
Ratmen,
Headless
Ones
, Skeletons,
Zombies,
Mongbats,
Ratmen,
Headless
Ones
, Skeletons,
Zombies,
Clockwork Scorpion,
Corrosive Slime
Level 2, Expertly Drawn
Gold Reagent stacks(40 – 60 in each) Major Ingredient – single stack Gems – single stack Magic Items
10000gp 4 2 Essence of (random virtue)or Abyssal Cloth 7 40
Guardians
Trammel Ilshenar Malas Tokuno Ter Mur
Orc
Mages
,
Gargoyles,
Gazers,
Hellhounds,
Earth Elementals
Orc
Mages
,
Gargoyles,
Gazers,
Hellhounds,
Earth Elementals
Orc
Mages
,
Gargoyles,
Gazers,
Hellhounds,
Earth Elementals
Orc
Mages
,
Gargoyles,
Gazers,
Hellhounds,
Earth Elementals
Acid Slug,
Slith,
Water Elemental
Level 3, Adeptly Drawn
Gold Reagent stacks(40 – 60 in each) Major Ingredient – single stack Gems – single stack Magic Items
15000gp 5 3 Essence of (random virtue) or Abyssal Cloth 10 48
Guardians
Trammel Ilshenar Malas Tokuno Ter Mur
Liches,
Ogre Lords,
Dread Spiders,
Air Elementals,
Fire Elementals
Liches,
Ogre Lords,
Dread Spiders,
Air Elementals,
Fire Elementals
Liches,
Ogre Lords,
Dread Spiders,
Air Elementals,
Fire Elementals
Liches,
Ogre Lords,
Dread Spiders,
Air Elementals,
Fire Elementals
Leather Wolf,
Stone Slith,
Toxic Slith
Level 4, Cleverly Drawn
Gold Reagent stacks(40 – 60 in each) Major Ingredient – single stack Gems – single stack Magic Items
20000gp 6 4 Essence of (random virtue)or Abyssal Cloth 13 56
Guardians
Trammel Ilshenar Malas Tokuno Ter Mur
Dread Spiders,
Lich Lords,
Daemons,
Elder Gazers,
Ogre Lords
Dread Spiders,
Lich Lords,
Daemons,
Elder Gazers,
Ogre Lords
Dread Spiders,
Lich Lords,
Daemons,
Elder Gazers,
Ogre Lords
Dread Spiders,
Lich Lords,
Daemons,
Elder Gazers,
Ogre Lords
Kepetch,
Bloodworm,
Stone Slith,
Toxic Slith
Level 5, Deviously Drawn
Gold Reagent stacks(40 – 60 in each) Major Ingredient – single stack Gems – single stack Magic Items
25000gp 7 5 Essence of (random virtue)or Abyssal Cloth 16 64
Guardians
Trammel Ilshenar Malas Tokuno Ter Mur
Lich Lords,
Daemons,
Elder Gazers,
Poison Elementals,
Blood Elementals
Poison Elemental,
Gargoyle Destroyer,
Gargoyle Enforcer,
Exodus Minion,
Dark Guardian
Wanderer of the Void,
Ravager
,
Lich Lords
Minotaur
Rune Beetle,
Revenant Lion,
Ronin,
Fan Dancer,
Devourer of Souls,
Lava Elementals,
Fire Ants,
Maddening Horrors
Level 6, Ingeniously Drawn
Gold Reagent stacks(40 – 60in each) Major Ingredient – single stack Gems – single stack Magic Items
30000gp 8 6 Essence of (random virtue)or Abyssal Cloth 19 72
Guardians
Trammel Ilshenar Malas Tokuno Ter Mur
Ancient Wyrm,
Balron,
Blood Elemental
,
Poison Elemental,
Titan,
Greater Dragon,
Cold Drake
Exodus Minion
Gargoyle Destroyer
Titan,
Changeling,
Enslaved Satyr
Devourer of Souls,
Rotting Corpse,
Wanderer of the Void,
Minotaur Captain,
Minotaur Scout
Rune Beetle,
Lady of the Snow,
Yomotsu Elder
,
Yomotsu Priest
,
Yomotsu Warrior
,
Hiryu
,
Oni
Lava Elemental,
Greater Poison Elemental,
Enraged Earth Elemental
Fire Daemon
Level 7, Diabolically Drawn
Gold Reagent stacks(40 – 60in each) Major Ingredient – single stack Gems – single stack Magic Items
35000gp 9 7 Essence of (random virtue)or Abyssal Cloth 22 80
Guardians
Trammel Ilshenar Malas Tokuno Ter Mur
Ancient Wyrm,
Balron,
Blood Elemental,
Poison Elemental,
Titan,
Greater Dragon
Cold Drake
Frost Dragon
Exodus Minion
Gargoyle Destroyer
Titan,
Renegade Changeling,
Enslaved Satyr
Devourer of Souls,
Rotting Corpse,
Wanderer of the Void,
Minotaur Captain,
Minotaur Scout
Minotaur General
Rune Beetle,
Lady of the Snow,
Yomotsu Elder
,
Yomotsu Priest,
Yomotsu Warrior, Hiryu,
Oni,
Yamandon
Lava Elemental,
Greater Poison Elemental,
Enraged Earth Elemental ,
Fire Daemon,
Enraged Colossus

Last modified: April 28, 2013

3 comments on “Treasure Map Quests

  1. John on said:

    This is a very helpful article, but there is a couple of problems it does not cover. One UOAMap only works if you downloaded before mid 2012. Any downloads since then have to use UoCartography map. I’ve been unabl to get UoCartography to perform anything like UOAMap. I played for almost 10 years starting with the original beta version. I did then quit playing for about 8 years, I’ve since returned to UO and there are many new changes. But UOAMap was the greatest. And when I played before It already had the locations of the treasure maps. With the new cartography map program I haven’t been able to get the track player feature to work. With out the track player, it’s almost impossible to do the treasure maps. Any real help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Adrian Rawlings on said:

    Hi
    First, that you for the excellent guide it has been very useful. Here are some tips I have picked up from developing my treasure hunter that might help future adventurers.
    1) Trying to look at the very small maps, expecialy on high res screens is very difficult. I use a screen capture applet (eg Jing) to grab a snap of the treasure map, then one of a local map I have drawn and plotted and paste these into MS Word. This lets me enlarge the images for comparison. (No I’m not using any archives. For two reasons, one its just not treasure hunting if someone else shows you, two, most of the archives seem to be out of date).
    2) I found that GM wooden boxes, although still giving gains, became painful after about 65. You just spend a lot of time relocking the box. I found that a chest from a Paragon Cyclops will easily get you from 65-75 (even 80), then a Paragon Titan Chest into the high 80′s and into the 90′s. I imagine if you could get your hands on a Paragon Deamon chest they might get you all the way to GM. The advantage of a Paragon Chest is you can take them back to your house or other safe place to pick.
    I hope these additional tips helps build on this compendium. BTW, lets get Oceania repopulated.
    Regards
    Gamemonki

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