The Council of Loathing

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The Council of Loathing are the folks that run the Kingdom of Loathing, with the current King of Loathing being otherwise occupied in being kidnapped by the Naughty Sorceress. The Council convenes in Seaside Town, where they send adventurers on quests around the Kingdom depending on their levels.

An adventurer who has completed all quests from the council available to them will be told the following:

Unfortunately, there are no more tasks required of you by the Council at this time. Return later, when you are more experienced.

In addition, level 1 players who have completed the Toot Oriole Quest will receive the following helpful advice on becoming stronger:

Say, it's a new Adventurer! Welcome, welcome! Boy, we sure can use people like you right about now.
Oh, but where are our manners? We're the Council of Loathing. And you are...
<username>! There's a hero's name if we ever heard one. Listen, we're gonna have plenty of work for you, but first, you should probably spend a little time getting your bearings.
You look a little underpowered, so maybe you can head off to one of the less dangerous parts of the Kingdom. Let's say...

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Pantrydoor.gifThe Haunted Pantry, on the Right Side of the Tracks in Seaside Town.
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Cobbsknob.gifThe Outskirts of Cobb's Knob, on the Nearby Plains.
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Backalley.gifThe Sleazy Back Alley, on the Wrong Side of the Tracks in Seaside Town.
Come back after you've explored a little, and we'll be ready with your first assignment.

And when they return, they'll receive this:

We don't have anything you can help us with right now, Adventurer. You should go explore a little, get your bearings, and come back when you're a little stronger.
You could check out the Outskirts of Cobb's Knob, in the Nearby Plains.
Or maybe the Haunted Pantry is more your style -- you can find it inside Spookyraven Manor over on the Right Side of the Tracks.
Another option is The Sleazy Back Alley, on the Wrong Side of the Tracks. But you didn't hear it from us.

Some special challenge paths change the dialogue with the Council in some way:


  • Level 1 - Toot Oriole Quest - After you ascend, the Council will still send you to visit the Oriole, but you do not need to complete this quest again. If you return to the Council before reading the letter from King Ralph XI, the Council will remind you about it:
Welcome, Adventurer! It looks like you've got some business to take care of before we put you to work. Some mail to read, perhaps?
Adventurer! Now that you're getting a little stronger, you should really consider joining your class's Guild. Head over to the Brotherhood of the Smackdown|League of the Chef-Magi|Department of Shadowy Arts and Crafts, on the Right|Wrong Side of the Tracks, and talk to Gunther|Gorgonzola|Shifty.

Non-Quest Text

  • If you have thrown and caught a water balloon 111 times, the first time each day:
    With such a high water balloon toss score, you truly are a winner!
    Waterballoon.gifYou acquire an effect: Water Balloon Champion
    (duration: 100 Adventures)
    • If you are the first person of the day to get the buff:
      You're the first tosser for the day, so you're in the lead with N tosses!
    • If you beat today's high score otherwise:
      You're now the lead tosser for the day with N tosses!
    • If you were the highest scorer yesterday:
      Congrats! You were the overall water balloon toss champion yesterday! Hit up the trophy hut for a prize. (PS. You'll be inelligible[sic] for future contests.)


  • If a quest is available to take, the Council will turn on the Adventurer-signal.
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  • The Council does not activate the Adventurer-signal when you are ready to go after the Naughty Sorceress.


  • The council adjourned during the rise of the Penguin Mafia. The council's words during this time have been lost to the sands of time, and not because of the activities of wholesome, good-natured penguins.
  • On the 32nd of October 2005 (1st November), it was announced that this Council "had some news." Upon paying them a visit, they send you on a quest to rid the land of The Gray Plague (no level requirement). On November 7th, the quest was closed without an announcement.
  • Just before the implementation of NS13 (and a little bit afterwards, due to a bug), an adventurer who was level 11 or 12 and had completed all quests up to that point would get the message:
Unfortunately, there are no more tasks required of you by the Council at this time. Return later, when more content has been added.
  • The Deep Fat Friars' Gate Quest used to require completion of the Typical Tavern Quest. This requirement was removed on October 22, 2010 with the revamp of the tavern.
  • As a result of The Second Eldritch Incursion, the line 'By the way, we're sick of all these disasters. Holes in the sky. Tentacle beasts trying to eat our town? We're going to do something about this, you just wait.' will sometimes appear after the quest-specific text.
  • On or before September 3, 2020, the council stopped saying the line about disasters and tentacle beasts and started saying: 'Well, we never did anything about all this weird stuff... and now there's rumors of some grey goo? Oops.'
  • On or before October 16, 2021, the council stopped saying the line about grey goo and started saying: 'Not again, what has Lyle wrought with his warehouse line?'