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Vana'diel Bestiary: Cactuar Cantautor  

Family:Sabotender
Found in:Western Altepa Desert
Level:48 - 53
Flags:
  • Notorious Monster
  • Not Linking
  • Detects by Sound
  • Based on Water
  • Weak against Darkness
  • Weak against Ice
  • Strong against Light
  • Strong against Water
Drops:
Updated: Fri Dec 28 10:26:12 2007

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General Information

    • Respawn time is approximately one to seven hours after its last Time of Death.

  • Immune to Sleep. Susceptible to Bind, Slow, Gravity, and Stun.

Cactuar Cantautor's Special Attacks

  • Photosynthesis - Self target Regen effect (Effect can be dispelled)

    • Cactuar Cantautor is only able to perform Photosynthesis during the daytime.

  • Needleshot - Single target physical damage.

  • 1000 Needles - AoE physical damage.

    • Damage is equal to one thousand divided by the number of targets in range of the attack (i.e. Five targets in range of 1000 Needles will take 200 damage each)

Historical Information

Cantautori (Italian plural; the singular is cantautore) is the Italian expression corresponding to singer-songwriters in English. The word is a portmanteau of cantante (singer) and autore (writer).

The Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, and Catalan cognates are cantautor.

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too easy
# Oct 28 2008 at 12:11 AM Rating: Decent
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i destroyed this silly little green man. my advice is if you wanna solo him just save your weapons skills that stun and watch out for 1000 needles. he has horrible accuracy. to top it off i was able to stick paralyze on him with 113 enfeebling skill and 77 mind. took no dmg!

74 pld/rdm


Edited, Oct 30th 2008 9:55am by SylphTuro
I know Kung Fu
# May 21 2008 at 11:20 AM Rating: Decent
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Finally got my Kung Fu Shoes today, 1/14. There are some reports that this NM can use the mnk 2 hour, but i didn't see it once. Never had any competition for the claim on Remora server (1000 Needles is certainly a good explanation for that) so it was a nice, leisurly camping experience. The NM isnt' very hard for a well geared Rdm - his acc. is horrible and doesn't hit very hard when he does make contact (just make sure to start casting stoneskin IMMEDIATELY when you see 1000 needles and convert when needed). I went Rdm/thf for TH yet the drop rate was still pretty low. My kills were spread out because I didn't want to have to kill cactuars for long hours, so I was killing him once in the morning, once after work, and then again before bed. 3 of my kills were during a full moon with /thf, but I still got snuffed. Ended up breaking my patern and killing him twice in 2 hours, getting the drop on Firesday 64% moonphase.
My stories
# Apr 10 2008 at 3:06 PM Rating: Decent
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Okay.... unless u are freaking-uber-crazy-strong u wont be able to beat this melee under 65~ Blu,Dnc,Rdm,Blm,Bst can probably kill around 60~ with good gear.

As rdm/blm(nin) i can solo him from 60+, that was a piece of cake.

As 68THF/NIN i was killing him fairly well, with a 47NPC healer, then he popped 1000 needles....

NPC dies and im left with 200~/1117HP(hit a bloody as he was doing WS), i throw all evasion/haste/R.Acc gear on and start bloody/ichi chaining, keeping it blind as well.

Story short i got him to 2%~ HP and he cracked me with 1000 needles again.... i had 998 HP.... i had RR on so i RR'd and re-ichi then i blind bolt, hi-potions, and laid his Cactus butt out.
soloable
# Feb 09 2007 at 3:03 PM Rating: Decent
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Just soloed this guy for the first time (I usually duo with a thf) but I killed him as WHM67/NIN33 with my level 63 NPC on Feirce Attacker. Pretty hard fight hexad it twice. Ended with 90 tp. Didn't have to use 2 hr. But beware, I doubt many other whm67s can solo this, I hate to sound arrogant but i'm tits!
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Monk 64 solo cantautor
# Dec 25 2006 at 3:32 PM Rating: Decent
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Soloed it as a monk 64 claimed it with a CB (204) then 2H and 2 RF (650-714)
it used 2 WS : needlshot and 1000 needles. won with 300 HP left.
1/1 Today!!!
# Dec 07 2006 at 6:27 PM Rating: Decent
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OMG, So I have been setting down here at the pop site for the last two and a half hours killing the Two PHs, and the possible one to the west just a bit. When I first came there was an RMT at camp, but left shortly after I got there(Thank god, because I knew I would not have much of a chance). Anywho, I stayed there for about two hours after that killing each PH immediately as it popped. After around 2 1/2 hours it spawned right on me. My brother on his 75 Thf was camping Thf Knife and had 3 minutes left til next pop so he said he would come out right after the pop if it wasn't NM.

when he went to leave he realized he didnt' have any more charges on his Warp Cudgel( I was so freaking mad lol) and he had to get a port from the Crag right outside in the Jungle. I in the mean time kited the monster around for about 15 minutes while this happened. I can say this, it is 100% IMMUNE TO SLEEP. I used ES Sleep II, and it never stuck. I have full Enfeeb Set, so it must be totally imune to it. My brother finally got to the zone and we started hacking away at it. It has VERY nice amount of HP, and hits quick, but never touched him. My brother pulled out his signal pearl to take some of the 1000 needles damage, but it never used it once. At the last part, he full SATAd me to kill it and ....

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I really don't want to brag, but I went 1/1 on it! I am honestly really lucky. it feels nice to have not spent the 900k on them, and got them myself. I'm really excited right now :d Thank you to my brother Tealk!!!!!
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Soloed
# Dec 05 2006 at 3:05 AM Rating: Decent
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Soloed 75 Pld/Rdm34


It did exactly 0 damage to me the whole fight.
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Soloed
# Jul 01 2007 at 11:38 AM Rating: Decent
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Strai wrote:
Soloed 75 Pld/Rdm34


It did exactly 0 damage to me the whole fight.


O.O Wow can I be like you?!?!

Can you teach me how to fight a NM that's 10 levels below you without taking any damage?!?!

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Wow you are sooooo cool!

You are my hero!!!!




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Edited, Jul 1st 2007 1:39pm by Nuhnisgodly
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# Nov 01 2006 at 11:19 AM Rating: Decent
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killed this pretty easily with 60WHM/NIN and 60THF/NIN and two level 59 NPCs fight went very nice..... easier than some of the cactuar PHs were....
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# Nov 01 2006 at 11:21 AM Rating: Decent
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no drop btw
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Pretty easy :o
# Sep 22 2006 at 11:03 AM Rating: Decent
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Was chocoing to Raise couple ppl that died @ ZM6, saw this NM so we stopped and got off to fight it. BLM @ 69 w/ 75 WHM. WHM pulls it away from other mobs, i 2hr, and go firaga3->thundaga2->aeroga3, repeat and died pretty easily. No drop.
Does he exist ?
# Aug 10 2006 at 6:06 PM Rating: Decent
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While my MNK being 50+ now, i decided to give this 1 a try. . .
My choices being BRD75, RDM75, THF71, BLM62 or MNK58. .. .i decided to come as BRD75/BST. . .
My god armor along w/ the BRD latent earring, jelly ring, genbu/earth staff would reduce dmg i take, my heca gear + joyeuse would allow me to deal some dmg if needed (
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). . .and /bst would allow me to utilize the worthless life if the inferior creatures around for my noble goal XD

Note

If u try to camp him as MNK/SAM/NIN, make sure to bring Arhat's Gi / Jinpachi. This adds -10% (15% for HQ) dmg reduction against 1000 Needles. So 1000 Needles will "only" do 900dmg (850 for HQ). Same works for Darksteel set (lvl63), Jelly/Defending Ring, latent ear/rings, earth staff, genbu shield etc.

So i showed up to find a jp RDM camp him. . .damn those jp are so stupid I wonder how they are able to breath -.- that RDM camping Cantautor for god-knows-how-many-hours without killing ANYTHING ! ! !
But he's leaving shortly after so i have the area for my killing fun. . . For the reference i keep killing all Cactuar in F-10, G-10, F-11, G-11. . .and the hours pass by. . .

Around the 12hrs mark a couple of an US RDM and THF show up. . .they camp Cantautor by killing scorps and beetles in the area (ok, how do these manage to breath and stay alive ? -.-) but around the 15hrs mark they leave me and my cactuars again. . . .it's somewhat around 20 or 21 hrs by now. . .i've lost track of the cactuar-count long ago. . . .and have yet to see Cantautor. . . .

EDIT:
Elegy..........works
Requiem........works
Acid bolts.....work
Bloody bolts...work (60-80HP drained)
Sleep bolts....work NOT AT ALL


Edited, Aug 11th 2006 at 10:51pm EDT by Catslave
Does he exist ?
# May 07 2007 at 11:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Catslave wrote:
For the reference i keep killing all Cactuar in F-10, G-10, F-11, G-11. . .and the hours pass by. . .Edited, Aug 11th 2006 at 10:51pm EDT by Catslave


btw, he only pops in F-11 and the left side of G-11. You probably missed him a couple of times to someone else.
Does he exist ?
# Sep 27 2006 at 11:42 AM Rating: Decent
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hey catslave, i just couldn't help but noticed that every time u said some1 was stupid u mispelled "breathe" there's an "e" on the end. w/o the "e" it's the noun "breath" not the verb "breathe" lol
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# Nov 07 2006 at 11:15 PM Rating: Decent
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Oh, that is, of course, a very important fact. -.- I hope u stopped laughing by now but i think for someone not native to the english language i'm quite good at it, especially compared to a buncha us/gb ppl around.

Btw, wouldn't it be "...couldn't help but notice..." rather then "...couldn't help but noticed..." ? You might wanna make your own english perfect before pointing out minor mistakes of others. . . /sigh
Fight
# Aug 11 2006 at 8:56 PM Rating: Decent
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Another note about the PH. After some time a PLD showed up whom i know a bit too well (I needed Angel Skin for my heca abjuration. . .that's where i met him, fishbotting Devil Manta in Kuftal for 16hrs+, i called a GM and all. . .but what did u expect of a GM, PLD was still fishbotting there 10hrs later). Not liking him too much i decided to put my PH theory to use and walk off with the charmed PH. . .somwhat like 2hrs later he left, with Cantautor not having spawned. . .i killed my now uncharmed PH pet and Cantautor appeared as respawn. . .

Edited, Aug 11th 2006 at 10:50pm EDT by Catslave
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# Aug 11 2006 at 8:54 PM Rating: Decent
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BARD75/BST37

An there he was...all alone. . .in fear someone might be nearby i grabbed a beetle and sent it to attack. . .followed by Carnage Elegy (slow) and Foe Requiem VI (dot). . .but the beetle was too weak to get any real hate and i was running till my beetle died.I choose u, Tulwar Scorpion. . .my Scorp entered the fight with a double attack grabbing enough hate and even tho i only got a meager 150ish mandibular bite outta sic rather then death scissors, he really worked cantautor. My next pet was the only thing left in the vicinity. . .a Cactuar. Again he was too weak to get any real hate. . untel he got TP and did a 1000 Needles. . .Now Cantautor countered w/ 2x 1000 Needles in a row. But after killing my pet he was at 1%, so i pulled out my Apollo stick and waited for him to get close enough for the whack of doom. . .and to collect the spoils of war (needlex2 + stems). . .and 15 XP without pet


another try as THF71/bst35, popped ~10hrs later
(i kept killing both cactuar to prove my theorie, the 2nd was PH again)

Having learned i used a Tulwar Scorpion, followed by a Tulwar Scorpion and lastly a Tulwar Scorpion. . .yeah, baby, 3's the charm.Drops were the same as usual -.-'and 31xp without pet. Parsered around 75oo HP, but he used Photosynthesis alot (regen). Also released pet and delivered the killing blow.


the day had yet to end, again as THF71/bst35, only ~7hrs later
(popped outta 2nd Cactuar again)

This time i tried to preserve my precious scorpions by having them release&regen. . .a serious of 1000 Needles killed that plan tho. . .3 different scorps, 1 used twice ended the fight. Parsered 62oo HP this time, 31 XP and the usual drops.Again i released my pet before he died.

And somehow i was still there, still as THF71/bst35, and only 5hrs later i saw him again
(popped outta 2nd AGAIN)

And again,Scorp (who got seriously owned this time by 1000 needles non-stop), Scorp and lastly a Cactuar who started with 1000 Needles against Cantauro. Release pet and deliver killing blow and get 25XP, Needlex2 and cactus stems



and
KUNG FU SHOES ! ! ! !


Ok, see you again, suckers.. . you can have it now and FOREVER !
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# Aug 10 2006 at 10:56 PM Rating: Decent
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And he did pop. . . .0/1

Info. . .again

Bring widescan, if u can :P

So by applying the ultimate hacking technology (widescan) and the greatest of mankinds powers (boredom) i found the ph. . .

In the field F-11 / G-11 you will find 2 Cactuar, widescan looks like:

Desert Beetle
Desert Beetle
Desert Beetle
Cactuar
Cactuar ****************** PH !
(Cactuar Cantautor) (not sure, might be inbetween the 2 cactuar)
Fallen Knight (ofc night only)
Fallen Knight (ofc night only)
Lich (ofc night only)
Lich (ofc night only)
Tulwar Scorpion

Repeated killing of the 2nd Cactuar will sooner or later spawn Cantautor.

If using chamed pets, Tulwar Scorpion or Cactuar are recommended pets, Beetle are just too weak. . .
Does he exist ?
# Jan 20 2007 at 8:56 PM Rating: Decent
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lol your place holder thing is 100% correct thank you so much just grossed me 600k lol 1-1 64BST/32WHM woot woot. intresting fight when i had to keep 2 Lich's off me during pet swap but just follow the widescan PH and you got your self some nice shinny boots :D
Cactuar
# Jul 29 2006 at 2:52 AM Rating: Decent
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0/1 on him, And there i thot he was elusive lol, lets hope he drops it soon and I don't end up like that cynical Vash *takes the gun away from him* "Save that for me"

Edited, Jul 29th 2006 at 4:22am EDT by Ravnosxtreme
Naughty cactuar
# Jul 26 2006 at 9:13 AM Rating: Decent
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hey mr vashy which cactuars (ph's) do you suggest i kill since you have some experience in this guy, also since your soloing are you drk? cause im nin and while killing those little green demons i have to rest for like an hour >< wish i had stun
Naughty cactuar
# Jul 27 2006 at 10:55 AM Rating: Decent
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I camped all so far as PLD/RDM. I can solo it this way with only the use of a yagudo drink because it gets boring quick. If i am camping alone i only kill two cactuar in the north as it requires less running around. Lottery spawn though so you could be waiting 5mins- 8 hours.
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# Jul 27 2006 at 10:52 AM Rating: Decent
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Edited, Jul 27th 2006 at 3:31pm EDT by MrVashy
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Naughty Cactuar
# Jul 19 2006 at 9:10 AM Rating: Decent
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0/3 so far. First two times no competition at all. Sadly his poor drop rate explains why not many people love this NM.

Third time i had 3 gilsellers as competition. Made me rather mad because my MNK is 52 and i really want these shoes. Well they were there about 1 hour while i was camping on and off and when it popped i easy claimed with dia. Got a few "ping pong ni's" thrown at me. Must remember to buy English to Chinese dictionary.

Anyway, the hunt continues.

0/4 now, waited 8 hours for a pop this time. Taking 30-40min breaks every two hours. I do believe this NM to be a basterd right about now :P

0/5 now. Camped it about 20mins before pop this time. The hunt continues.

0/6 A wind swept morning in Altep. He spawned after killing only two cactuar, so clearly this bad boy was bursting to pop for me, and once again he left his little shoes at home.

0/7 Seems i was camping on and off for 9 hours today. Last hour i had a break, did some excerise and come back. 2 Rounds of killing placeholder and he spawned. Same old fight, same old result. Donations are now being accepted lol

0/8. One hour and thirty minutes of killing placeholders and it finally arrives, as usual it chooeses the north side to spawn. Wounded i limp away to spend another day licking my 1000 wounds.

0/9 Came back at night. Spawned very quick, but im not even happy to see him no more lol.

0/10 Looks like a Cactuar, its got a CD player, player, player! Feeder once said that, not me.

0/11 Jesus help me!

0/12 Waited just over 2 hours for this guy today. He's really killing my patience now.

0/13 Camped after update, competition quickly faided, he took 1 hour 30mins to spawn this time.

0/14 Basterd...

0/15 Madness Looms ever closer.

0/16 . . .

0/17 Killed without NPC this time, mainly because i wanted a little excitement.

0/18 Well nothing once again, but in the age it took him to spawn i made this. Have You Seen This Man?

0/19 Yawn, bed time.

0/20 *loads gun*

0/21 *Fires gun* XD. I bought a pair today for 1.5m, 300k cheaper than normal. For now i think i will take a break on this NM, he is bad for my health. One day i may return, and if i do i will script it right here. Even though it seems to be only me reading it.


Before i go i think i will give some info on the NM. Firstly the Cactuar are on 5min respawn timers, as PLD/RDM i can kill 2 within that time. Your best bet for camping is killing the 2 that spawn nearest the green patch with the cactus plants. Sometimes they will both spawn in the green area, sometimes only one will or sometimes both will spawn to the east. The one furthest east can spawn right next to king V spawn point, but NOT inside the circle indent on the map. Only kill 2 cactuar, unless you burn through them it wont help you killing more than 2.

Secondly the cactuar to the south is said to be a placeholder but in all my times of killing this NM, this cactuar was never the placeholder. Around the 14th spawn of the NM i gave up killing him and i didn't slow down my pop times. For killing the cactuar i saved TP until the monster was around 25% health, under this they fire off their TP attack (1000 needles and such) as soon as they can. By unleasing a Vorpal Blade into them at 25% i could kill it before it had a chance to use TP, thus saving me time resting. The NM itself is a similiar story, and i killed it both with and without a NPC present. Each time however i was sure to bring a Yagudo drink for insurance. Cactuars do not link but they do aggro resting even if they read too weak, which at 75 they all do.

Best of luck with camping him, i can only hope your luck is better than mine and you have some form of Treasure hunter with you present at all occasions. I didn't and this is probably a example of how rare the drop is without it.




Edited, Jul 29th 2006 at 11:04am EDT by MrVashy
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# Aug 11 2006 at 9:27 PM Rating: Decent
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About the strategy. . .it might be safer to have TP for a stun ws like Flat blade to stun 1000 Needles. The cactuar uses TP moves when it has TP, which depends on how much dmg u do, how often u get hit and hit for giving it TP.
As example a Tulwar Scorpion pet: the cactuar will fire an average of 4 TP moves the 1st being around 80-85% HP.

Btw the TP moves of a catuar for those who haven't tried yet:

Photosynthesis regen effect, Cactuar will regen 1% HP every 5-6secs, estimated 22HP / 3sec regen. Can be dispelled

Needleshot a quite inaccurate single target single hit ranged attack. mediocre dmg (like 2-5 times melee hit). Utsusemi, defense, and similar provides corresponding protection.

1000 Needles divides 1000dmg among targets in range, a physical aoe attack that ignores utsusemi, blink, defense etc. only direct physical dmg reduction provides a protection. (stoneskin absorbs the dmg as usual)
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# Jul 16 2006 at 12:22 PM Rating: Decent
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Killed it with lvl 55 npc as pld73, not that hard to kill, sometimes have to call npc again if she dies too early. im am 2/8 on this nm =D
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Camping
# Jun 03 2006 at 12:40 AM Rating: Good
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Pops across the northern parts of (F/G-11).

The two cactuars in the same area are the place holders.

Soloed as 70MNK/35THF with my NPC and Hundred Fists. I would recommend at least three people if you don't want to use any 2 hours. Or maybe bring a WHM, just stay over 500HP and you'll be fine.

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pos?
# May 12 2006 at 1:12 PM Rating: Decent
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whats this guys pos??
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# May 11 2006 at 9:34 PM Rating: Decent
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k wondering if i could solo this thing as a 63thf/nin with +25 evasion +40ish acc i would probably use my npc for a few heals even though it is only lvl 31.
also i would like to no what is the pop time on this guy?
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63 mnk?
# Apr 02 2006 at 11:25 PM Rating: Decent
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can a 63 mnk beat this thing? i would like to get these things but would rather not pay the 5 mil price tag. i will have a 63 whm with me also.
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I want to say yes depending on how well the whm can balance out hate, but gotta take in consideration this is a mnk type so you will also be countered in attacks and kicked as well and since he is a cactus mob he can (more like spam) 1,000 Needles with just two of you taking the damage from 1k needles might be hard to recover from without the whm gathering hate, bring a NPC or two to help with the damage a bit, at 63 im sure you have a very fair chance at killing this thing im pretty sure a good chance at even solo'ing it but solo'ing it luck will also play a part, but to be on the safe side i would bring at least 1 healder npc type if you can manage bring a npc/attack that way you got a minature pt there ^^ Good Luck!!
OMG!!!
# Mar 09 2006 at 4:48 PM Rating: Decent
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Ok, so I needed money (sorry, lol) and thought, "I am bored, and no one is camping him, so I can go see if I can kill him." I know the drop is rare and the chances are slim to none getting him especially since I don't have TH2, only TH. I killed 4 cactaurs, got hit with 1000 needles on the 4th one and was out of MP. I rest to get MP and cure IV myself a few times. I am sitting there and lo and behold there he is right in front of me!!!!!! I start shaking, LOL! There is no way I can attack him yet because I am at 900 life and have 86 mp!! I rested to full life, got 296 mp and decided I am gonna attack! He does 1000 needles on me twice but the last one was when he was down to a sliver of life, so I was okay. Killed him and GOT THE DROP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't believe it!! I never ever have luck like this! I am 0/5 on so many NMs, lol. Now, I can say I am 1/1 on something, LOL!
I am a 75 pld btw, and if I didn't have a joyeuse, ohat, and scorpion harness he might have owned me! This was so much fun and well worth the near death, LOL!!!

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Finally!!!
# Jan 24 2006 at 1:16 PM Rating: Decent
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So the other day I was camping him for about 30minutes with no pop so I left to come back about an hour later. I've been camping this guy for a looong time with a friend and weve racked up about 20+ kills and no drop. To make a long story short I finally got the drop. Killed him as 70RDM/THF with lvl 57 NPC (fierce attacker). So you might get the drop after 50+hrs of camping this guy =/
Boots going between 6-8mil on fairy.
No drop...
# Nov 19 2005 at 11:18 AM Rating: Default
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Ran across this guy when no one was around, so I got some people from my LS to come out and help me kill it. Setup was DRK74/WAR37, WHM60/BLM30 (me), and SAM57/WAR28. We owned it pretty quick, and the SAM and I took out our NPCs to take some of the damage from 1000 Needles. He used it about 3-4 times during the fight. Just dropped 4 exp, 2 cactuar needles, and a bag of cactus stems. Cactus Stems sell for about 20k on Jeuno AH on Quetz though, so not a total loss. :)
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Drop rate
# Nov 17 2005 at 12:52 PM Rating: Decent
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I would put this guys drop rate about the same
as JEJ. Im 0/16 atm with this guy. Its not hard to get claim since i know the ph and spawn times. I normally get claim unless it pops infront of another camper but most times im alone.


I finally got my Kung fu shoe today i went 1/30 on this sob no wonder its never camped

Edited, Mon Nov 21 15:53:34 2005
Sleep bolts
# Nov 05 2005 at 11:41 PM Rating: Decent
hey, I was wondering if sleep bolts proc on this NM and could be used to take him down, thanks ^^
RE: Sleep bolts
# Nov 17 2005 at 2:58 PM Rating: Default
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Yes, they work. But he has pretty high evasion.. so it might not be that great. And he has a lot of HP, so you're looking at 3-4 stacks per fight, probably.
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# Nov 01 2005 at 1:11 AM Rating: Decent
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I know Kung Fu... For the last time no you dont. im still 0/6 on this darn nm he wont drop ive killed him since lvl 66monk/33thief hes easy hardest part is killing ph's since they do 1k needles and healing takes long time. i doubt you can solo him any lower then 66 for i lived after doing 2 hour with about 100-200 hp. this thing doesnt like to drop his Kung Fu shoes hopefully i'll get them someday.



Yes i love leveling npc's me and 2 friends 1/10 on drop and boy oh boy i lived with 17 hp and he was readying another 1k neeedles.

Edited, Thu Jan 26 20:25:01 2006
Took this guy on this past weekend
# Oct 31 2005 at 6:27 PM Rating: Decent
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I had a friend toss me a /tell "Hey lets go kill Cactuar Cantautor". I ask what he drops and get the answer kung fu shoes. I had heard of these shoes. People saying though it has no real stats to say of when you look at them, but that it adds damage to mnk's kick attacks as a hidden stat. So I look on the AH 3.2mil. Okay lets go see how camped it is. I get there and to my surprise there is one rdm who soon gives up upon our arrival. So we camp there for about 3 hours and then "POP". I run about 6-8 Scorps, Beetles, and other Cactuars at this guy. Take him down with no problems. No drop. 0/1. So I look at the time & say hey what the hell I'll stay for one more pop. So about an hour later much sooner than I expected he pops next to me. This time at the end of the fight with not much more than 1/10th life left on him I run in to help finish him off swinging my axe. He gets off one final 1000 needles hardly doing anything to me between my pet, the whm, and me being in range & down he goes dropping Kung Fu Shoes \O.o/ So currently sitting at 1/2 for this guy. From the looks of things in AH though these don't drop often. Mine are still only pair on there in nearly 3 days and they don't sell that often. Every 4-7 days at best. So this probably why it's not gilseller camped item.

I had a friend hanging out with me as 53whm/blm taru just chilling so I wasn't completely bored. As my pets did everything for both of us it didn't matter what job he was there as. He didn’t do any kind of casting as I told him not to or he could draw hate. I was there as a 62bst/whm for the fights. I say this so you know I had no TH1 or TH2 on this. I really don't know if TH helps on NM drops like this, but I didn't have much trouble without it.
could a 56thf/25 bst solo this?
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RE: could a 56thf/25 bst solo this?
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No, you couldn't. He has far too much HP, and way too high evasion. You wouldn't even be able to land any status bolts, and 1000 Needles would make short work of you and your NPC, along with any pet you might use.
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# Oct 03 2005 at 7:06 AM Rating: Decent
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http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a37/dab0/100fist.jpg

no drop
0/6
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Kung Fu Shoes
# Sep 03 2005 at 8:43 PM Rating: Decent
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Cactaur Cantautor

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# Sep 02 2005 at 10:23 PM Rating: Decent
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Never seen this cactuar but a 62 MNK could probably solo this one:


http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/210339


If you kill get please post your info on him, I have some questions about it, also if you can post it's spawn point or pop time.

What I'm wondering is:

Does this cactuar drop some sort of special food item or a bandana or would I need to steal it?
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Could a 62 MNK solo this guy? I'm just wondering if 1000 needles will totally wipe me out? I have 1590 HP, so uhh hehe, probably unless I 2hr him and kill him really really quick.
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RE: question
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I soloed this NM 5 times as 65 mnk/smn. Not an easy fight. You just gotta have some luck.

Maybe its possible for a 62 mnk to beat this thing. But timing shoulder against 1000 needles doesn't help much. His needle will activate b4 tackle will be used. If youre struggling with soloing, use your signal pearl npc to share the dmg. THat makes the fight alot easier.

Oh yea, im 0/5 on the shoes, but I made 100k profit from this thing alone. Haven't died yet from this NM yet.
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RE: question
# Aug 30 2005 at 10:09 AM Rating: Good
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I wouldn't try it. Between his normal attacks, 1000 needles and needleshot, I don't think you'd survive. I'm now 0/10 on this bastard, always camped and fought him with a LS buddy. Using a stun WS on 1000 needles really helps when clearing the cactuar placeholders.
Meh
# Jul 16 2005 at 10:04 PM Rating: Decent
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1/7 on him. Always popped somewhere in the upper portion of F-11 within 1-2hours. Was also killing all the cactuars in that area as they spawned.

[Edit]: 2/8 now. Went back for a friend, but this time, doing the exact same thing as before, he took 3 hours to spawn, stupid cactuar.

Edited, Tue Jul 19 21:43:56 2005
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# Jun 17 2005 at 9:00 PM Rating: Decent
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you guys know where I can find some more info on this guy? Any sites? Most sites that I check have crap for info
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spawn rate?
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what is the rate?
RE: Kung Fu Shoes: worst NM drop ever?
# Apr 21 2005 at 9:52 PM Rating: Decent
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I am thinking about fighting this NM. What happens if the NM uses 1,000 needles on a ninja with Utsusemi on. My ninja is lvl 58. Does this block the needles? or i mean have a less damage affect.

Edited, Sat Apr 23 15:12:00 2005
RE: Kung Fu Shoes: worst NM drop ever?
# Apr 25 2005 at 11:13 AM Rating: Good
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1000 needles goes right through Utsusemi, Aerial Armor, and Blink.
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RE: Kung Fu Shoes: worst NM drop ever?
# Aug 10 2005 at 10:58 AM Rating: Decent
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Stoneskin does absorb some of the damage, for example my PLD friend would get hit for 500 and I would get hit for 350-390 as RDM.
easy
# Apr 11 2005 at 8:25 PM Rating: Decent
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last night while doing a sky run.. on our way to kill the pot.. we run past him.. i spam the party chat about this being a nm.. we hop off our chocos and commence obliterating this guy.(chump) pt setup was 64blm 68blm 74mnk 66sam(me) 68 brd.. the mnk tanked of course... he did asuran fists for 1183 i did tachi:gekko for 798 with darkness chain of 798 nearly whiping this guy out. two needles and a bag of stems.
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# Apr 04 2005 at 5:49 PM Rating: Decent
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Solo'd as a 58 BST/WHM.

Used any pet in the area I could find.
Scorpions worked best though.

This guy has a horrible drop rate. I am
currently 1/22 right now on him.
(Subbed THF about half of those times.)
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# Apr 01 2005 at 7:36 PM Rating: Default
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so i read up the other day and went camping. killed cactys in E,F, and G11. took about an hour to spawn both times. dropped on the second kill. the cactys are annoying to kill, 1,000 needles sucks >(
Bah.
# Mar 31 2005 at 2:41 AM Rating: Good
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Spent about an hour on this guy... me (Thf 61), Brd 65, Blm 69, Nin 65, and War 62. I needed the shoes.. they were just along to help because they're really good friends x.x

We got the claim.. or actually, I did, being the one with Flee and Ranger sub... easy kill with that set up, did 1k needles 3 times =P Two needles, bag of stems and a water crystal. Stupid little bastich. Just have to try again soon... Monk 51 and all. Gotta get me some 'fu shoes.

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Edited, Fri Apr 1 13:59:01 2005
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Bah again
# Apr 01 2005 at 1:47 PM Rating: Decent
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Another day, another pop, another claim, another kill, another disappointment. 0/2 now... gg TH2.

Edit: 0/3...

Edit again: 0/7 total.
Camped for 3 hours straight today with no pop. Frustrating as almighty hell.

Edited, Sun Dec 4 03:29:59 2005
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RE: Bah again
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Yay! Up to 0/10, and level 65 Monk. I'm so close to Dune Boots it doesn't matter, but this guy WILL drop, even if I just get them and throw them away ><
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Successful claim...
# Mar 03 2005 at 3:42 AM Rating: Good
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Got this guy tonight with a friend after a good 3-4 hours of camping. I'm not quite certain of the range of his spawn area, but if you're the only one killing them and you dont have widescan, I recommend staying in a small area for sanity's sake. So many times I doubted whether we had somehow missed a spawn or something... anyway after at least 3 and a half hours he finally pops and after some... complications, he is eventually killed...

2 needles, 1 bag of stems...

could at least drop some gil buddy...

Anyway, I recommend staying in the green area at F-11 and killing the one that pops in there, and the 2 that spawn to the near east. For us, he spawned in that green area and a BLM i saw camping it was staying in that area too...

Also, on a side note, I convinced my MNK friend to eat a ginger cookie for the fight, he gained Plantoid Killer effect ^_^ Only kicked in once, but still amusing/slightly useful. Idk if we killed him too quick but I didn't see a 2hr of any kind, I was expecting 100 fists. 1000 needles once, rest of the time just used Needleshot. My attempts to sleep him didn't work, but Bind stuck for anywhere from 2-8 seconds approx.

Also gives up on chasing rather easily, I was able to lose hate by running away and turning a corner. Bring lots of friends to eat 1000 needles!

Synpopsis: So I'd say that his upper range of spawn time if that's the case can be ~4 hours, unless he's solely lottery, in which case he just sucks. Not a hard fight for 60+ x2 or more
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Successful claim...
# Mar 03 2005 at 3:42 AM Rating: Decent
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bah double ><

Edited, Thu Mar 3 03:44:45 2005
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# Feb 07 2005 at 3:23 PM Rating: Decent
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Something new to camp, w00ter!

Now to find some pets that can handle getting hit this much...maybe beetles will work out (with my duo partner)
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Something new to camp, w00ter!

Now to find some pets that can handle getting hit this much...maybe beetles will work out (with my duo partner)
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# Jan 26 2005 at 5:00 PM Rating: Good
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Hello;

I soloed this as 75RDM/BLM last night. I was choco'in to the Oasis and a friend saw him and said "oo look NM", im like "no way, lemme try"...
She stayed on choco, I got off.

Fight lasted about 5-6 minutes. He is easily paralyzed and has terrible Accuracy. Used 1000 Needles twice during fight and completely buffed took me down to about 800HP.

Keep him Blinded and Paralyzed and hes not that hard. As a RDM keep Stoneskin, Blink and Phalanx up and he'll miss 1/2 the time and hit for 0 the other half. Keep HP above 1000 to be on the safe side and your home free.

Dropped 2 Cactuar Needles, 1 Bag of Stems. He was spotted at G-11 but I dunno if that is his pop place for this was my 1st encounter with him.

Hope this helps. Happy Hunting
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#goodwinj, Posted: Jan 17 2005 at 9:42 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) rapido is very fast i am 64 thf with leaping boots and couldnt even stay with it. lol
RE: rapido
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Leaping Boots don't make you run faster, Strider Boots do. At 64, you should know this.....
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about the shoes i dont knwo the exact percentage but the shoes make s kick harder ^^ WHEE!!! i like kicking monsters sh!tless.. XD
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Cigarman...
# Sep 11 2004 at 2:03 PM Rating: Decent
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Cigarman which server are you and which city you sold out I'd just be curious to see that on AH if you really sold 'em
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Pop time?
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Anyone know the pop time of this NM? Any idea? aprox?

Thank
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#Anonymous, Posted: Aug 21 2004 at 4:03 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) [White][/White] These guys look so Fricken Fat!
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