|Release date||22 April 2014 (Update)|
|Main music||Scape Dark|
|Quests||A Shadow over Ashdale|
The Ashdale Caves (also known as the Smugglers Cove) are explored during the quest A Shadow over Ashdale. They are a cove that lie deep beneath the island of Ashdale, and the home and nest of a species known as the Crassians, although until recently they were in hibernation. The cove was recently used by a group of smugglers until they accidentally awoke the Crassians, who trapped the smugglers' bodies into eggs, thereby turning them into Crassians.
The cave is accessed during the quest via a hidden entrance in a house built by an architect of the Fourth Age known as Ogden Plainview, who discovered the caves. The entrance is opened by investigating a bust of his head, revealing a centerpiece on the floor to actually be stairs.
The caves contain a number of large bodies of water connecting to the ocean outside, and as such the smugglers used it to dock their ship, the Empress. The caves also contain a number of pods where the Crassians store their prey, and some chests which can be looted for coins and gems.
Post-quest, the caves may be revisited through an entrance in the northwest corner of Ashdale. Here, Crassian scouts and Crassian warriors may be fought, and Agoroth may be fought again by accessing the Dead man's chest on the eastern side of the cave.