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The Headless Horseman

The Headless Horseman

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EverQuest II Named Monster Information
Zone (Patch) Nektulos Forest (Shattered Lands)
Race Humanoid
Level 120▲▲▲ Tier 13 Epic x2
Location Spawns near the Hollow Tree (close to the Darklight Wood and Shard of Hate entrances), and if not immediately aggroed he will wander the area. ( -1431, 27, -1153 ) Copy
Reported Drops
AA Exp Yes
Status Points none

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  • The Headless Horseman was introduced in October 2009 as an epicx2 mob and revamped in 2013.
  • In 2020 the associated quest (Headless or Tails) was turned into a PQ (public quest), with a zone-wide announcement 10 minutes before his appearance. Players can participate at any level.
  • He spawns as a non-aggro mob, and will path around the tree until offered a lost necklace (right-click the Horseman, then Offer Necklace). The offeree's necklace is consumed.
  • Some posts have implied that the necklace need only be in your bank to be accepted; others claim that it must be in your bags.
  • Less than max-level participants will want to get the event buff -- click the glowing skull inside the hollow tree as soon as you arrive in the PQ area.


The Horseman spawns at the base of The Hollow Tree, in front of its dark gaping hole. To aggro him, someone must be holding a lost necklace and must offer it to the Horseman. Whoever has aggro must then drag the Horseman back to the tree and everyone piles onto him there. At-level adds will spawn in the area; stay close to the fight and they won't be a problem.

At 50% health, the Horseman dismounts from his horse. The horse will aggro and the Horseman will heal to 75% health. Take the horse down first, as it seems to keep the Horseman's health boosted. There are no other tricks to this mob; just keep him by the tree and burn, burn, burn.


Notes pertaining to the pre-PQ version of this encounter suggested the tank drag the Horseman off the strewn field of bones surrounding the Hollow Tree (to the road adjacent the tree) and then back to the tree to weaken him. It is not clear whether the "drag away" part of this is still relevant.

  • Also noted at that time: The Horseman has a serious knock back. Just back into the maw of the tree and fight inside the tree. Probably also no longer relevant -- knockback doesn't seem to be a feature of the PQ version.

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