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File:KotOR Map Shyrack Caves.png
Map of the shyrack caves

Valley[edit]

The entrance from the Valley of Dark Lords is on the west side of the caves: if you want to return to Ebon Hawk or change party selection, then you need to exit to do so. The passage to the east forks to the north and south, where you'll have your first shyrack encounter to the southeast, the composition of which depends on your character level:

Character level
< 10 10 11 12-14 > 14
  • Shyrack
  • Shyrack Raptor
  • Shyrack (2)
  • Shyrack Raptor
  • Shyrack (3)
  • Shyrack Raptor
  • Shyrack (3)
  • Shyrack Raptor
  • Shyrack Wyrm
  • Shyrack (3)
  • Shyrack Raptor
  • Shyrack Wyrm (2)
Shyrack
KotOR Model Shyrack Raptor.png
Class Scoundrel
Level 14
Alignment 50 (neutral)
Skills
Awareness -1
Attribute
Strength 18 +4
Dexterity 24 +7
Constitution 10 0
Intelligence 6 -2
Wisdom 8 -1
Charisma 6 -2
Attribute
Vitality 32
Force -
Defense 23
Fortitude 4
Reflex 16
Will 3
Ranged Main Off hand
Attack - -
Energy --
Threat --
Melee
Attack 14 -
Physical 5-
Threat 20-20,x2-
Items and abilities Feats Force powers

None

Master Scoundrel's Luck

None

Shyrack Raptor
KotOR Model Shyrack Raptor.png
Class Scoundrel
Level 18
Alignment 50 (neutral)
Skills
Awareness 0
Attribute
Strength 18 +4
Dexterity 24 +7
Constitution 10 0
Intelligence 4 -3
Wisdom 4 -3
Charisma 6 -2
Attribute
Vitality 52
Force -
Defense 27
Fortitude 6
Reflex 18
Will 3
Ranged Main Off hand
Attack - -
Energy --
Threat --
Melee
Attack 17 -
Physical 5-
Threat 20-20,x2-
Items and abilities Feats Force powers

None

Master Scoundrel's Luck

None

Shyrack Wyrm
KotOR Model Shyrack Raptor.png
Class Minion
Level 12
Alignment 50 (neutral)
Skills
Awareness 11
Attribute
Strength 16 +3
Dexterity 28 +9
Constitution 16 +3
Intelligence 6 -2
Wisdom 8 -1
Charisma 6 -2
Attribute
Vitality 116
Force -
Defense 26
Fortitude 8
Reflex 14
Will 4
Ranged Main Off hand
Attack - -
Energy --
Threat --
Melee
Attack 15 -
Physical 4-
Threat 20-20,x2-
Items and abilities Feats Force powers

None

None

None

They all look alike, but while Shyrack and Raptors actually inflict slightly more damage than Wyrms, they have significantly less vitality.

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The passage to the left leads to a cave to the northeast, and another shyrack encounter:

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There's a chewed corpse in the northeast corner, to the left of the passage exiting the cave to the east:

KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Chewed Corpse

The south passage beyond the first shyrack encounter leads past the entrance to another passage to the south, where the Renegade Sith are camped, to a cave to the east where you'll encounter more shyrack:

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There's a Sith corpse in the northeast corner, to the left of the passage exiting the cave to the east:

KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Sith Corpse

Beyond these caves to the east is a passage linking the north and south passages which contains a tuk'ata encounter, the composition of which depends on your character level:

Character level
< 12 12-13 14 > 14
  • Tuk'ata (2)
  • Tuk'ata (2)
  • Dire Tuk'ata
  • Tuk'ata (3)
  • Dire Tuk'ata
  • Tuk'ata (4)
  • Dire Tuk'ata (2)

The high natural Force Resistance of tuk'ata means that even a level 20 Jedi's Force powers will only breach it 45% of the time, so Force users are advised to use (Advanced) Throw Lightsaber against them.

Tuk'ata
KotOR Model Tuk'ata.png
Class Minion
Level 8
Alignment 50 (neutral)
Skills
Awareness 6
Attribute
Strength 18 +4
Dexterity 20 +5
Constitution 14 +2
Intelligence 8 -1
Wisdom 6 -2
Charisma 9 -1
Attribute
Vitality 56
Force -
Defense 22
Fortitude 5
Reflex 8
Will 1
Ranged Main Off hand
Attack - -
Energy --
Threat --
Melee
Attack 12 -
Physical 5-
Threat 20-20,x2-
Items and abilities Feats Force powers

Force Resistance32 Regeneration1

None

None

Dire Tuk'ata
KotOR Model Tuk'ata.png
Class Minion
Level 13
Alignment 50 (neutral)
Skills
Awareness 6
Attribute
Strength 22 +6
Dexterity 14 +2
Constitution 18 +4
Intelligence 8 -1
Wisdom 6 -2
Charisma 9 -1
Attribute
Vitality 137
Force -
Defense 19
Fortitude 9
Reflex 7
Will 3
Ranged Main Off hand
Attack - -
Energy --
Threat --
Melee
Attack 19 -
Physical 7-
Threat 20-20,x2-
Items and abilities Feats Force powers

Force Resistance32 Regeneration1

None

None

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The north passage continues to the north end of a path along the edge of a chasm, while the south passage continues to the middle of this path, where there's another shyrack encounter:

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The path also continues to the south, and there's a narrow bridge over the chasm to the east...

Renegade Sith[edit]

The southernmost passage is mined:

Awareness Average Frag Mine Detect 30 (10) Demolitions Disable 25 (5) Recover 35 (15)

Beyond is another cave to the east, with a corpse in the southwest corner to the right of the west entrance:

KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Corpse

Thalia May and two Twi'lek Sith rebels stand by a campfire on the south side, and you're challenged as you approach:

Dialog
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: Hold it right there, whoever you are! We... we're not going back to the academy! We'll kill you rather than go back!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Go back? What are you talking about? KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. I'm not here to bring you back.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: You mean you aren't here to kill us or bring us back? I find that hard to believe. The only way into these caves is through the academy. You must be a Sith.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: So what is it, then? If you're not here to kill us or bring us back, why are you here? Speak up!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Slow down and tell me what you're doing here. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. You're... the renegade students? The ones who ran away?
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: So you don't know about us? I don't know if I'm ready to believe that or not, but I'll play along for the moment. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: So you have heard about us. Yes, we ran away before Master Uthar could execute us. Is that so hard to believe?
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: My name is Thalia May. The others here and myself refused to murder a bunch of people on a whim from Master Uthar... so here we are. We thought that becoming a Sith was what we always wanted, but that wasn't true. Now all we want is to get out of here. Fair enough?

It's easy to persuade her that you can help her, and a light side character (alignment > 60) always does so:

Dialog
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Maybe I can help you.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: Help us? Why should I believe that this isn't some kind of trick?
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. [Persuade] Give me a chance and I'll prove it to you. Easy 1. [Persuade] Give me a chance and I'll prove it to you.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: [Success] You want to help us? Alright... I can think of a way. We're stuck in these caves, obviously, or we would have been long gone. There's a passage to the surface through the caves, but we're blocked by some kind of large creature. We can't defeat it. If you could kill it and clear up the passageway for us, we could escape. That would be help enough. Can you do that?
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. I can try.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: I'll believe that when I see it... but if you could, we would be... grateful.
KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Renegade Sith
You have encountered a group of renegade Sith students trapped within the shyrack caverns. They are trying to get to the surface of the planet, but their route is currently blocked by some type of creature. Getting rid of the creature would enable them to escape, but killing them would earn you prestige.

However, in the unlikely event you fail, or you say you'll leave them be or won't help, they attack:

Dialog
Easy 1. [Persuade] Give me a chance and I'll prove it to you.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: [Failure] No! I know what Sith like you want from us! You're not bringing our heads to Master Uthar so he can pat you on the back! They're here to kill us! Get them!! Get them!!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 4. Alright, I'll leave you be. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 3. Fair enough. I'll leave you be. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Forget it. Get yourselves out.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: Then get out of here! Now! Or we'll open fire!! KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: I figured as much. Get out of here, then. Go on! We have enough to worry about with the shyrack!

They do likewise if you indicate you're going to kill them, which moves you closer to the dark side of the Force:

Dialog
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 3. I guess we'll do this the hard way, then. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Okay, you got me. I'm here to kill you after all. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: So... is there news? Is the passageway clear?
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Sorry. Time for you to die. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Fine. You've worn out my patience. Time to die. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. No. But thanks for letting your guard down.
KotOR Icon Dark.png Dark Side Points Gained: -4
Thalia May: Open fire! Get them! Get them!!
KotOR Icon Dark.png Dark Side Points Gained: -4
Thalia May: You... you tricked us! You just wanted to get closer!! Quick, get them!!

More experience is received for killing rather than helping them at level < 18, but at the expense of an opportunity to move (much) closer to the light side of the Force. They receive bonuses depending on your character level:

Character level Dexterity Wisdom Vitality Force
12-14 +4 +4 +50 +50
> 14 +6 +6 +100 +100

Thus at character level > 14:

Thalia May
KotOR Model Thalia May.png
Class Jedi Guardian
Level 10
Alignment 50 (neutral)
Skills
Awareness 13
Treat Injury 5
Attribute
Strength 16 +3
Dexterity 22 +6
Constitution 12 +1
Intelligence 10 0
Wisdom 20 +5
Charisma 14 +2
Attribute
Vitality 310
Force 250
Defense 28
Fortitude 8
Reflex 13
Will 10
Ranged Main Off hand
Attack - -
Energy --
Threat --
Melee
Attack 17 -
Energy 5-19-
Threat 19-20,x2-
Items and abilities Feats Force powers

Lightsaber +Advanced Medpac

Knight Sense Weapon Focus: Lightsaber Advanced Jedi Defense13 Power Attack Improved Flurry Improved Critical Strike13

Affliction20 Choke Destroy Droid Drain Life Fear Force Lightning Force Whirlwind22 Advanced Throw Lightsaber

Sith Rebel
KotOR Model Sith Rebel.png
Class Jedi Sentinel
Level 4
Alignment 50 (neutral)
Skills
Awareness 7
Attribute
Strength 15 +2
Dexterity 20 +5
Constitution 14 +2
Intelligence 10 0
Wisdom 20 +5
Charisma 12 +1
Attribute
Vitality 204
Force 164
Defense 21
Fortitude 6
Reflex 9
Will 7
Ranged Main Off hand
Attack 9 -
Energy 3-8-
Threat 20-20,x2-
Melee
Attack - -
Physical --
Threat --
Items and abilities Feats Force powers

Blaster Pistol

Jedi Sense Force Immunity Fear Force Immunity Stun Weapon Specialization: Blaster Pistol Power Attack Flurry

Force Whirlwind Horror15

Sith Rebel
KotOR Model Sith Rebel.png
Class Jedi Consular
Level 4
Alignment 50 (neutral)
Skills
Awareness 7
Attribute
Strength 15 +2
Dexterity 20 +5
Constitution 14 +2
Intelligence 10 0
Wisdom 20 +5
Charisma 14 +2
Attribute
Vitality 213
Force 176
Defense 21
Fortitude 6
Reflex 7
Will 9
Ranged Main Off hand
Attack 9 -
Energy 3-8-
Threat 20-20,x2-
Melee
Attack - -
Physical --
Threat --
Items and abilities Feats Force powers

Blaster Pistol

Jedi Sense Force Focus Weapon Specialization: Blaster Pistol Power Attack Flurry

Shock Slow Stun Wound17

KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Renegade Sith
You have successfully killed a small group of renegade Sith students that were holed up in shyrack caverns outside of the academy. Reporting this deed to Master Uthar would certainly earn his favor.
KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:
  • Challenge Rating 10 Killed Thalia May
  • Challenge Rating 4 Killed Sith Rebel (2)
  • 750 Killed renegade Sith students
KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Thalia May

The advanced medpac is only received if it wasn't used. Otherwise, if you agree to help them and speak to either of the Sith rebels:

You should really talk to Thalia. We'll... go wherever she does.

You need to continue to the east to get rid of the Creature before telling Thalia May that the passage is clear:

Dialog
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: So... is there news? Is the passageway clear?
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Not yet, but I'm working on it.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: Alright. We'll keep waiting, then. Watch out for that beast... it's dangerous.

Otherwise:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 3. The passage is already clear. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 3. It's clear. You're free to go.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Thalia May: It... it's clear? We can go? Thank you. This... I wasn't expecting help from anyone in the academy. I guess we aren't the only ones who don't... agree with everything. Maybe... maybe the Jedi will accept us. I've seen how evil the dark side is. Maybe I could try.
KotOR Icon Light.png Light Side Points Gained: +6
Thalia May: At any rate, thank you again. You've saved our lives.
KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Renegade Sith
With the creature in the shyrack caverns killed, the renegade Sith students were able to escape to the surface and escape from Korriban.
KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:
  • 1000 Enabled renegade Sith students to escape

Either way, you can return to the academy and report to Master Uthar to gain prestige:

Dialog
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 6. I dealt with those renegade students.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Uthar Wynn: Ahhh. The ones I ordered executed for their mutiny? It's done, then?
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Yes. They are all dead. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. [Lie] Yes, they are all dead. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. [Lie] It's done. They are... gone.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Uthar Wynn: Indeed. I had the caverns checked after you left. Well done. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Uthar Wynn: [Success] Indeed? We checked the caves and found only a couple of bodies. Perhaps the shyrack ate them? Ah, it is just as good, I suppose.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Uthar Wynn: The lesson is learned, I believe.
KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Renegade Sith
Having killed the renegade Sith students who were hiding out in the shyrack caverns, you have informed Master Uthar of the deed. He was suitably impressed, bringing you closer to the final test for apprenticeship.
KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Renegade Sith
Even though you had freed the renegade Sith students from the shyrack caverns, you were also able to lie to Master Uthar and inform him that his problem was taken care of. Technically it's true… they *are* gone. Either way, you’ve earned prestige amongst the Sith for the deed.
KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:
  • 110 Dealt with renegade students

Creature[edit]

The passage exiting the Renegade Sith's cave to the east is also mined at both ends:

Awareness Average Flash Mine Detect 30 (10) Demolitions Disable 25 (5) Recover 35 (15)
Awareness Average Plasma Mine Detect 30 (10) Demolitions Disable 25 (5) Recover 35 (15)

It leads to the southern end of the path alongside the chasm to the east. To the north is a shyrack encounter and a narrow bridge crossing the chasm to the east. On the opposite side, the way is blocked by the creature: a terentatek! It receives bonuses depending on your character level:

Character level Strength Vitality
12-14 +6 +60
> 14 +10 +100

Thus at character level > 14:

Terentatek
KotOR Model Terentatek.png
Class Soldier
Level 16
Alignment 50 (neutral)
Skills
Awareness 10
Attribute
Strength 38 +14
Dexterity 20 +5
Constitution 16 +3
Intelligence 3 -4
Wisdom 10 0
Charisma 10 0
Attribute
Vitality 398
Force -
Defense 30
Fortitude 15
Reflex 15
Will 15
Ranged Main Off hand
Attack - -
Energy --
Threat --
Melee
Attack 30 -
Physical 16-38-
Threat 20-20,x2-
Items and abilities Feats Force powers

Force Resistance26 On Hit: Poison, Virulent Damage30 Slam Attack15

None

None

Any level > 8 Jedi in your party should use Improved Energy Resistance or Knight or Master Valor to make your party immune to its poisoned claws. It in turn is immune to Force Push and Whirlwind and cannot be knocked back and down, but Force Wave can still damage and stun it (although its high natural Force Resistance and saves make this unlikely at lower levels, a level 20 Jedi whose Force powers have DC > 35 should breach its defenses 75% of the time). Conversely, its own Slam Attack can be a nuisance for melee attackers, knocking them back and down even when they save against it.

One or two melee attackers should block the bridge to protect any ranged attackers or Force users using Throw Lightsaber (or persevering with other powers). Alternatively, it can be led away from the bridge to be attacked and obstructed by shyrack and tuk'ata, or Mines can be set (although normally it saves 100% of the time against Minor mines, 75% of the time against Average mines and 50% of the time against most Deadly mines).

When the terentatek is killed, a Shyrack Wyrm appears from the cave opposite the bridge to the east, while others appear at the north and south end of the rock shelf on the east side of the bridge.

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If you enter the cave to the east:

[This cave exit leads to the inhospitable surface of the planet. There is nothing for you to see there.]

However, there's a corpse at the north end of the shelf, and what turn out to be the skeletal remains of Duron Qel-Droma:

KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Corpse KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Remains
Duron's Journal
This data pad appears to be the personal journal of the Jedi Duron Qel-Droma. The last entry reveals what he was doing on this world:
Korriban is everything I imagined - and feared. I can feel the power of the dark side here, I can sense the terentatek hiding in this evil place.
Shaela and I have decided to venture forth into the Valley of the Sith Lords in search of the creatures. I only wish Guun Han was still with us.
Why couldn't he just accept that Shaela and I are in love? He claims our passion for each other will lead us down the dark side, but he can't even see how his own pride and arrogance are leading him away from the light.
Maybe it is good that he left, after all. Even as dangerous as the terentatek are, I'm certain Shaela and I can defeat one without his help.