Vana'diel Bestiary: Valkurm Emperor  

Found in:Valkurm Dunes
Found at Location:E - 8
Level:29 - 30
  • Notorious Monster
  • Aggro
  • Linking
  • Detects by Sound
  • Based on Wind
  • Weak against Ice
  • Strong against Wind
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Updated: Mon Mar 16 18:24:16 2009

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General Information

Lottery spawn of the Damselflies that spawn from (D-8) through (F-8) in Valkurm Dunes

PH Info from Smokesalot

The PH is the mob the prevents the NM from spawning until it is killed. In the case of the Valkurm Emperor, it is one of the Damselflies that roams about Whitesands beach in Valkurm Dunes.

What a kagillion people refuse to take into their minds is that VE has ONE placeholder, and that's it. Go to the beach with Widescan ability, and position yourself at the peak of the sandhill just northwest of the pack of trees in the middle of the beach. Pull up WS, and you'll see something like this.

Goblin Mugger
Goblin Leecher
Goblin Gambler
Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Goblin Mugger
Goblin Leecher
Goblin Gambler

  • Respawn time is roughly one to four hours after its last ToD.

This is a truncated list, but as you can see the PH is located in the set of four Damselflies between the leeches and the snipers, and is always the top one. These flies are always grouped in four, and are always located between the snipers and the thread leeches. When VE pops your list will look like this...

Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Thread Leech

VE always pops on the bottom of the list. If there aren't four flies in the list, that means someone else is killing them. Either nearby parties, or other campers. If this is happening, you have to figure out a way to nab yourself the PH, and be 100% sure that the fly you kill is the PH. After that, go ahead and let the other campers waste their time killing the other flies.

Valkurm Emperor Special Attacks

  • Venom - Frontal cone AoE Water based magic damage with an additional Poison effect.
  • Cursed Sphere - AoE Darkness based magic damage (Circle of effect originates from attack target)

Source: Allakhazam Post

Nyzul Isle NM Info

Regular Nyzul Isle NM     Regular NMs inside Nyzul Isle need to be defeated in order to complete the objective 'Defeat all enemies' but will never be a 'Specified Enemy/Enemies'.

NM Drop Appraisals     Drops a crate containing a ??? item which may appraise into Empress Hairpin.

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# Apr 14 2011 at 9:59 AM Rating: Decent
42 posts
Thank you everyone, i looked at your posts and hunted the fly. 1/1 with my 36 THF ^^ First time camping it.

Edited, Apr 14th 2011 12:00pm by Synges
# May 20 2010 at 3:23 PM Rating: Decent
26 posts
So after recieving my new snug pair of Bounding Boots from LL I decided why not try to camp VE. I went there at about 2am and camped for bout an hour but got sleepy and went to bed. Next morning I woke up early and logged right back in at the campsite and began killing PHs. After about an hour of camping VE pops up on Widescan so i activate Flee and book it to him and there he is in all his unclaimed glory. One ranged attack and a slightly difficult fight later (he criticaled me alot for some reason) and I walked away 1/1 with my new Emp. Pin!

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# May 09 2010 at 5:58 AM Rating: Decent
1 post
found him killed him 1/1 sweet
So far, not good
# Dec 30 2009 at 2:09 PM Rating: Decent
31 posts
0/9 so far. I'm hoping I can get this damned thing soon so I can finally continue leveling stuff.

EDIT: 1/11 with the help of a thf. Thank you TH!

Edited, Dec 30th 2009 7:43pm by Tzinn
100% drop??
# Oct 22 2009 at 12:35 PM Rating: Decent
1 post
i allway thought it was 100% drop i got told that it was ??
btw camped it 2 hours got dropp 1/1 but i thought it was 100% at the time so i dont really know XD
# Oct 13 2009 at 1:37 PM Rating: Decent
7 posts
Follow Smokesalot's guide and you'll have your E.Pin in no time.

Starting at about 9a.m. EST on Garuda server I began to use the PH method and with no competition it proved very useful.
Got VE to pop @ 10:46a.m. near the tree cluster (E-8)(F-8)
Killed him with no drop. So i came back around 11:30 and continued to use PH method. Got VE to pop @ 1:03p.m around (F-8). Killed with no drop. So came back at @2:03 killed one PH and 5min later VE pops at (E-8)(F-8) tree cluster area and i get drop :)

I went in as 75mnk/rng and with no competition i had the place to myself all day :)
I also used Scavenge after i killed the PH so i know when the next one was about to pop. There is a 5min spawn time between kills.

As Smokesalot said if you kill VE with no drop than VE wont spawn again until an hour has passed. So when i killed VE i would just log off for an hour or solo on my DNC than come back. Also i made use to take notice that if for example i kill VE at 1pm and I come back at 2pm and start killing PHs and VE hasn't popped by around 6pm that means he wont pop till 10pm because he is on an 8 hour spawn time.
VE Pops from 1-4hours or 8hours.

Hope this helps, sorry if ive been rambling im just excited i got drop :)

TOD: 2:15pm October 13th 09 Garuda server.

0/1...for now
# Aug 17 2009 at 7:13 AM Rating: Decent
2 posts
As a returning vet from about 7 years ago, I've had some rather fond (and not so fond) VE battles in my time. I don't remember how many times I had to kill it before I got my first drop, but I was UBER excited when I did.


So I'm about to log off for the night when I say to heck with it, ima run to the dunes and camp until I see him spawn at least once. I was playing my new toon, my 37THF/18WAR. I get there and there is around 4 other campers. Ah well, Ima stay and do it anyways, not like there is massive bots like there used to be right? I know the placeholder method but as I haven't unlocked ranger again I just start running around in circles like I do for Leaping Lizzy (my fav method and I'm **** good at pulling her). Sure enough, I'm not there for more than 5 minutes when I see a fly spawn. I hit tab and holy cow! It's the Emperor. I tried to hit flee but I was so excited I messed up. Next, I sent a few mt's to my LS while fumbling on the keyboard. Long story short, I wind up fumble running up to him and hit voke. MINE! Ironically ALL the other campers decided to show up just then lol.

It was a pretty tought fight and I'v got excellent gear. I wound up using my two hour and a 200% TP blast sealed the deal.

I am now 1 insect wing richer, but hey, 5 minutes for one of my favorite NM's was WELL spent lol. I shall return when I wake up. I want my hairpin back!!
# Aug 04 2009 at 4:43 AM Rating: Good
283 posts
no good dead goes unrewarded

so i'm semi seriously camping VE and I notice LOST in now in from netflix.. so i think i can keep track of the 5 min PH pop.. well.. Before i knew it i widescanned and saw VE, but he was claimed.. BAH.. after maybe 15 minutes of camping

some noob asked for a raise, saw he was lvl20 WHM, no sub job.. i figured what the ****.. i'll help him get the magicked skull.. in gusgen mines.. he didn't have a dem crystal /sigh, so we went and got that (told him it would have been soo much easier if i could have just ported him) took him there, 5 ghouls later.. a skull. i port us out, (was BRD75/WHM37, for mazurka of course) and escort him to selbina, job change back to THF/RNG and Flee to the camp.

I scanned and.. there he was.. i start my little taru legs over there.. no flee (has just used it) there he was.. unclaimed.. got the drop

thanks SE! i hope some GM was watching over me and thought i deserved it ^.^

# Jul 15 2009 at 8:18 AM Rating: Good
126 posts
1/2 on drop.

Hunting Valkurm Emperor is not as bad as one might expect.

Both times he popped right on the line of E8/F8. And both times he popped right in front of me.

I only killed the first PH between the snippers and leeches. I generally stayed on the E8/F8 line because WidescanI can for the most part take in those two squares on the map. I also always timed five minutes or a little over two Vana'diel hours so I could keep track of the PH. The NM should spawn on the first couple kills if his timer is up. On my second try, waited a full hour. On my first try, only 10 minutes.

I finished him off with WS. It was 60% Waxing Gibbous on Earth Day if that means anything.
# May 24 2009 at 2:00 AM Rating: Decent
6 posts
Well, my friend offered to help me camp it (50 thief/rng), even though I thought it was pretty hopeless. I never tried to camp it before. We killed the placeholder, and VE was the next pop. Got claim against two other people and it dropped. Easy :)
worst luck ever
# May 17 2009 at 8:11 PM Rating: Decent
4 posts
everyone tells of their tales of 1 or even 20 claims and a drop... well I'm 0/70+ (i lost count a long time ago) and those are just my claims...
# Apr 03 2009 at 6:35 PM Rating: Decent
3 posts
Was bored yesterday, so i camped him about 40mins, killing all flies with my 34WAR/15THF. As i was about to ran back to Selbina he popped lol..
Got my regen from Field Manual on, zerked, but he aggored me..so no Crit with SA ...
I was very happy so i spammed my LS :D
Was a tough fight with that ******* coz i was only on 80% HP.. When i was on ~100HP he poisoned me and i killed him with 3HP left. Thank god i had regen on.. because regen <=> Posion.
Ran to selbina, changed job and...oh i forget 1/1 HAH!
Got it!
# Mar 14 2009 at 5:12 PM Rating: Decent
37 posts
I really don't have much of a story, I just used the PH method as a 37WAR/1RNG and logged out for 90mins between kills. I lost claim once to a COR (well, I let him have it. He saw it first and I think i coulda voked and claimed, but I was nice =P), and I actually died once when I tried to down it as a 37 thf.

Got it when nobody else was camping, 1/3
Emp pin FTW
# Feb 25 2009 at 9:13 AM Rating: Decent
2 posts
Camped this with my 64 drg/rng. spent all day tuesday with no one else around killing PH and ended up 0/4 on the pin. woke up early wednesday and decided to give it a quick try. 6 or 7 different people were also camping this none of which had wide scan and only 1 had flee. i watched them run around killing everything in sight while i stood there and Wide scanned for PH. Their killing sprees made it hard to determine which was the PH but the second all 4 flies popped i made a dash for the PH and claimed with <jump>. waited 5 mins and saw VE (not on Wide scan either) pop right in front of this Blu/thf taru. he started running away from it like an idiot so i ran halfway across the beach and right as he pulled out his weapons i got in <jump> range and claimed FTW. If he would've just turned around and fought he could've had it. I recieved a few nasty /tells afterward and the taru already had a pin anyways. Im sure i was blisted as well. 1/5 on the pin and now i can retire camping VE. onward to Argus!!!

on a side note, if you REALLY want the pin, be willing to to fight for it, and remember this is only a game, don't get too ****** if YOU miss the claim.
# Dec 28 2008 at 11:38 PM Rating: Decent
3 posts
Droprate seems pretty decent; I went 1/2 on him with no TH.
Glitch or small coincidence?
# Dec 13 2008 at 1:21 PM Rating: Decent
32 posts
Decided to camp VE for both of my mules this week and had something really strange happen to me during this time.

Started off Monday, with about 4 other campers there, who were killing all the flies instead of using the placeholder method. I was there as THF/RNG using WS and stayed for about 6 hours VE popped between the 1-2 hour mark and all over the map. I got a claim but no drop. I decided to try again the next day.

Now here's where my coincidence takes place. Tuesday night same setup (THF/RNG) but this time with zero competition. I use the placeholder method to get him to pop and I claim with no drop. I wait exactly one hour before killing any flies and kill the placeholder at the one hour mark and VE pops in the same location as last pop but no drop. I do this 2 more times with VE popping exactly in the same spot both times and giving me the drop on my fourth pop.

I found it weird that it went that way so I go to camp with my second mule on Wednesday. Same scenario as Monday, some competition and VE is popping at different times I get 2 claims but no drop. I decide to come back on Thursday.

Next day, alone at camp and can test to see if it was a coincidence or not. Exactly 4 pops later, with only killing the place holder on the hour mark and having VE pop in the same spot each time I get the drop on the fourth pop.

It's not the time issue that has me weirded out but the fact that both days on each of the four pops he spawned in the same place one after the other and dropped exactly on the fourth kill. On Tuesday he popped dead North each time using this method and on Thursday he popped at the West spot by the rock. I wish I could have been alone on Monday and Wednesday to test but too much comp and too much killing all of the flies.

Maybe it was just coincidental or finally getting lucky since having a really bad streak on my Main or maybe this is something to look into. Has anyone else had something weird like this happen?
Glitch or small coincidence?
# Dec 28 2008 at 7:53 PM Rating: Decent
3 posts
First I'll say that I've camped VE many many times. I used to camp him a lot back when he dropped the real pin. Well, I used to camp him back then but rarely got claim with all the RMT >< Anyway, right now I'm playing on my third character on FFXI and now I've got the pin all three of my characters. I don't remember much about getting the pin for my first two. They both started out as mages and I was pretty high level by the time I bothered to get pin for either of them. However, the character that I'm leveling now started out as THF. I decided once I hit THF30 that I wanted this pin. So, I went and opened RNG and went to the Dunes as THF30/RNG1. One thing that I can say about /RNG1 is that WS seems to be the perfect size for this camp!

Anyway, getting on with the story... I started camping VE really early in the morning. Lucky for me the place holders were easy prey, so I was getting experience points while I was camping. I started out by killing all 4 flies that pop between the leeches and crabs on WS. Right when the first fly died I'd use Sharpshot and right before I finished off the last fly I'd use Steal. Each of these abilities has a 5 minute recast time, so I could time out exactly when next set of spawns were going to be just by watching timer. Well I was going about it in this way for about 30 minutes until I got aggro'd by a gob. Wouldn't you know it, while I was fighting the gob VE pops up in front of me!!! I'm only level 30 and the gobs are EP for me so I knew I couldn't kill VE with the low health that I'd have after finishing the gob. So, I flee'd to lose the gob so that I could come back around and kill VE. Well, as my bad luck would have it, while I was fleeing I ran right into a Bogy>< So death. I had to HP back to Jeuno, Chocobo to Meriphataud Mountains, OP to San d'Oria, OP to Dunes and reclaim VE. Claimed, killed, no drop ><

So I waited an hour and started killing the four flies again using the same method as earlier. After about 30 minutes of this a WAR75/NIN37 showed up and started killing all of the flies in the place. So, I stood still and let him do all of the work while I spammed WS. I stood in the same place and didn't get bothered by anything for almost 1.5 hours. Then at about 3 hours and 15 minutes after VE's first death I get aggro'd by a gob. This time I'm spamming bloody bolts to keep my HP up. Wouldn't you know it, while I'm fighting gob VE spawns on my WS. I flee and claim with gob rightd me. I use Perfect Dodge and SharpShot and spammed bloody bolts at VE just ignoring the gob. Too bad for me, a bogy pops right beside me about half way through the fight and I'm dead. I /tell the other guy that was camping what my position was so that he could take a stab at it. He didn't get drop.

So, I'm a sucker for punishment. I waited an hour and came back... this time there were 3 people camping VE. So, I stood there and spammed WS. Wouldn't you know, about 1.5 hours later I get aggro'd by a gob and VE pops! This time I was ready. I flee'd and claimed VE. None of the others that were camping had WS and they weren't around me. So I finished off the gob and then took VE out easily by spamming bloody bolts. No drop >< By this point I had been camping most of the day and was getting a bit exhausted. However, I decided one more camp. Sure enough wouldn't you know it about 3.5 hours after time of death I got aggro'd by a gob and VE popped. This time I had a buddy of mine with me. He took gob off of me and let me finish VE off with no trouble. DROP! Fourth time's a charm!

Edited, Dec 28th 2008 11:12pm by Lluiovse
# Dec 06 2008 at 2:51 PM Rating: Decent
278 posts
Only two times ive seen VE I wasnt camping and nor was anyone else. First time I was pulling in a party and got aggroed by an unclaimed uncamped VE. The second time, just today I was helping a friend get Mercurial Kris and low and behold VE pops in front of me, this time I was a 75 warrior and voked it. I said in pty chat that I had VE claim and my friend ran to selbina and changed subs to thief for TH1. So I hit it 2-3 times and held it for about 5 minutes until my friend came back and hit it, killed it and went 1/1 on the drop. I feel Awesome right now.
75 Warrior of Asura

Later I wept. But not on Warrior. Warriors never cry. I was Ninja.

WAR has access to enough enmity gear and enough hate-inducing JA to aggro baby Jesus.
Empress Hairpin
# Nov 26 2008 at 8:49 PM Rating: Decent
4 posts
Camped for about 1hr 45min, Had the help of my NM hunting partner who has TH2, and I am 1/1 ^^, very woth it, and the above info is perfect for the hunt. Props to the author.
Beginner's Luck
# Oct 27 2008 at 5:32 PM Rating: Good
447 posts
33MNK/16WAR killing all flies from E-8 to F-8. Took about 30-40 minutes to pop, followed by an easy fight.

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2) gg ffxi


# Oct 25 2008 at 9:57 AM Rating: Decent
7 posts
Valkurm Emperor hates me... I'm 0/7 on this thing, 5 of those seven I had a friend with TH with me and 2 of those times with the friend it was full moon. I've been continuously camping this, and I refuse to level NIN further until I have the Pin. Is it 8th time the charm? ---...---
# Oct 16 2008 at 9:24 PM Rating: Decent
sometimes i swear Square hates me lol, i go to camp this guy all the time and either one of two things happen

1. overcamped, almost everytime i camp it theres about 4 other people there

2. the rare occasion that theres noone there, im sitting there killing the ph forever, then someone comes along and ten minutes later it pops and he gets the claim

Both result in me getting extremely mad lol
sometime i think it would be easier to farm the 240k to just buy it...
# Sep 24 2008 at 9:53 AM Rating: Good
41 posts
Some are going to hate me because of this, but I am 3/3 on this sucker now! First one I got for myself after about 45 mins, second I got for mule while running it across the area and decided to check in on it (60THF), third, was helping a friend get subjob items and it popped and killed it for her. Maybe VE likes me and thinks I deserve Hairpins o_O?
Zonnashi- Cerberus
75 Paladin - 75 Warrior - 75 Dragoon
the pain
# Sep 23 2008 at 4:40 PM Rating: Decent
12 posts
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew 1/8 ><

the ph is great subbed rng but had a hard time camped for 4 days straight then decided farm abit of gil and after obtaining ??.??? gil in a short while at ??? location decided to camp once more and if no drop farm ??.??? gil again only to find it did drop ^^

oh btw if you wanna farm and you sub thf i think its ok but th2 owns cyclone against 5 mobs owns gil owns and so does thf so if you want gils when you farm and want it not to last too long pls pls pls love your thf and he will love you
My luck so far...
# Dec 22 2009 at 10:23 AM Rating: Decent
31 posts
0/7 using 44drg/1rng. I haven't lost a claim so far. I just hope it drops this next time so I can finally go do something else. Wish me luck.
My luck so far...
# Dec 22 2009 at 10:23 AM Rating: Decent
31 posts
Oops, didn't mean to put this as a reply...Weird.
<3 Maintenance
# Sep 16 2008 at 11:20 AM Rating: Decent
I logged in as soon as maintenance ended today, and killed a PH using the PH method. Five minutes later no one else had shown up (which is odd after a maintenance) and VE popped. Killed him, got the hairpin, 1/3.

The ironic thing is, tomorrow I leave for 9 months so I won't have much of an opportunity to use it. I just hope my characters are still there when I get back.
"Your fate is my destiny. And your destiny shall be my fate."
# Aug 08 2008 at 1:28 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm still amazed how well this worked, I'm helping a friend get the Hairpin and there's a Japanese BST75/25THF. I figured he knew how to camp it. At first he was killing the Fly on the bottom of the list but then later waited for me to leech PH time. Me being a 62SCH/31RNG, i couldnt out race him to reach VE. I only waited to do one stratagy, I found the PH but did not kill him, the BST came by and walked around in confusion, i knew he was waiting for me to kill a fly since he knew i knew which one was it really. I told my friend to start attacking the real PH but not kill it untill i said, since the bst was watching me my friend had no one around him to see the time. as my friend started killing the PH i went and killed a fake PH just as the bst killed another fake PH. Soon after i told my friend to kill the real PH. Next 5min around on WS showed 3 flies... the BST took the bait and ran towards the beach and 10seconds later VE pops behind us on the west side (comeplete other direction the bst ran). we got claim easy but.. no drop ; ; 0/3 for my friend, we'll get him next time though >:)
Empress Hairpin
# Jul 29 2008 at 11:21 AM Rating: Decent
66 posts
I just got the drop! He popped to the far north of the spawning area. Placeholders take about 10 mins to repop. Best to camp as THF/BST so you have TH and your widescan isn't huge like RNG.

I didn't get a chance to test the PH method since others were killing flies.
a.k.a Dantius
Never Giving Up
# Jul 05 2008 at 11:47 PM Rating: Decent
Okay so me and my bestfriend Maruko, we're camping Ve, as a lvl 30thf, 2 ranger and a lvl 56 whm 1 rng. We start at exactly 11 pm July 06, 2008. So we're camping, barely any competition, so we use the PH strategy and in about an hour. Valkurm Emperor pops and we're all over it. We kill it, no drop. So we encounter it 2 more times, both times no drop. It was about 1-2 hour intervals in between each Ve. So 7 hours have passed, and it's our fourth try. We were waiting for the ph and we find that Ve has spawned again frantically casting flee, but only to realize it was in front of us claimed it and finally it dropped. So we were 1/4, but now we had to get a second one. So Maruko decides to sleep, and I continue not encountering ve for 3 hours and killing the ph, I went to sleep and woke up three hours later. Apparently Maruko signed on, shortly after I did and continued to camp ve. She encountered ve for the fifth time and no drop. So we begin at 12ish, and we continue to camp ve. We've gotten claim each and everytime it has spawned. Our ls members Iordevan and Magani, decide to join us. Iordevan came as a lvl 38 sam/ 1 ranger and Magani lvl 75 Thf/37 rng THIII. There was a party, around camping ve, a player named Angel of Death began to harass us. So Valkurm Emperor spawned without us knowing because the party was killing all of the flies, and they end up claiming Ve. No drop, so we've encountered ve 8ish times by the time our ls members come. So after camping ve for over an hour and 30 mins. Ve pops, we kill it no drop. Magani had to leave so it was just me, Maruko, and Iordevan so we camp ve, and it spawned almost every hour. So I'm gonna jump ahead all the way to 11 o'clock, by this time we are 1/24, Iordevan leaves and our other ls member Champ comes as a lvl as lvl 47 thf/ ?rng. So we're camping it, we now have THII and around 11:30 Ve Pops. Beggin, ve to drop something, and it does! So we literally camped ve for 24 hours straight, 2/25 we got the claim 99 % of the time using thf/rng.

The time between each ph, is apprx. 5 mins.
The time between ve to ph, is apprx. 10 mins.
Ve can spawn anytime from 30 mins to 8 hourss
2/25 So good luck, we never gave up and now we get to sleep but anyways yeah good luck to everyone who is out there. Was spending all that time just to get these hairpins really that worth it? **** YEAH! :) gl everyone and never give up :)

Edited, Jul 6th 2008 3:49am by RyuzakiQuetzalcoatl
Never Giving Up
# Jul 10 2008 at 6:24 PM Rating: Good
304 posts
2/2 emp hairpin :D (1/1 on mule) (1/1 on main)
Minsk ------ I quit FFxI :C
Spawn Time?
# Jun 14 2008 at 1:31 PM Rating: Decent
5 posts
What's the spawn time on this thing AFTER it is killed if PH is being killed.
Lucky bum o.O
# May 30 2008 at 5:31 PM Rating: Decent
3 posts
Using widescan and doing the PH killing thing when about 3 people come along and just murdered everything, that was my idea down the pan. So I figured, **** i can just stand here, let them do the work and wait for the NM to pop on Widescan. and it did - without any form of provoke I had to rely on Dia, which is a lot slower, especially if you ***** up the casting on the first attempt (tryin to cast while movin). if i did do that i wouldn't have had the claim - i got the drop.

1/1. first claim ever on a random one-off idea.

you can actually stand in the largest group of trees and it works, you dont have to be to the North-West island area. works either way, also a minor note - the NM popped slightly south-Easterly as to where is indicated (the tree-group being the MAIN indicated area) so it's worth trying to stay centered in that general area.

Good luck everyone =)

If i could live life again,
I would live it as it were,
I would only...open my eyes...
A little wider.
drop first VE kill ^^
# May 16 2008 at 9:27 PM Rating: Decent
1,083 posts
Just got drop on first try...as bst/thf

Was bored so went to the Dunes to camp this thing. WHM/?? and NIN/WAR were running around killing everything. took a while but got placeholder in my list.

Killed it every 5 minutes. After about an hour, VE popped at bottom of list of flies, got drop.

Wada: "There may be some areas of testing that were lacking or too rigid."
# May 14 2008 at 6:38 PM Rating: Decent
just killed this *******, 1/2 on him tonight.
Good jorb man, good jaerb.

brudigga wrote:
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# May 07 2008 at 12:17 AM Rating: Decent
88 posts
Camping right now! :(
Spawn times of placeholder
# May 05 2008 at 5:46 PM Rating: Decent
33 posts
What's the spawn time on the place holder? 5 minutes? Thanks
# May 05 2008 at 1:54 AM Rating: Default
12 posts
had a Friend who needed the pin so i told him i'd help him with it.. first spawn, claim, drop.. now 2/3, and yes the PH methods are miraculous.. just get there and be patient..


poeple will show up close to the spawn window but if you know the spawn time *5 minutes after PH death.you have a heads up on em

now sittin at LL ...

Edited, May 5th 2008 6:55am by Ambiance
Gandalfo Tarutaru 55whm/26blm/17pld/24rng/17thf Fenrir server
# Apr 23 2008 at 7:10 PM Rating: Decent
5 posts
just got done camping VE for the night, smokes PH method is 100% correct, soloed as a 30THF/1RNG with a gimped 29 marksmanship, skilled up 0.5 during the fight lol. no drop though, better luck next time

edit: just got it last night, 1/5 now woot

Edited, Apr 27th 2008 11:56pm by Danades
1/3, eventually.
# Apr 16 2008 at 12:45 AM Rating: Decent
873 posts
Well, technically, I was 1/1, and 1/2 for a friend... But that was on previous character. >.>;

I headed out there tonight to get a Damselfly Worm, and figured I'd hunt in the area for the obvious reason. While only a 28/29 WAR/MNK (Leveled while hunting... XD), it was easy enough to dispose of the flys, and bloody bolts were very effective (70-80 on every drain).

Eventually, two higher level, Wide-scan using folks came along and did their thing. Of course, as usual, that's easily overcome, and as I was losing hope... I tabbed onto Valkurm Emperor. Turned around, claimed, and went to work.
Started with an Acid Bolt, but missed... Frankly, I was panicking a little. Hit Mighty Strikes, and unleashed a Sturmwind for 517 (Awesome! XD). The rest of the fight was scary, hanging on by a thread several times, but coming back with Bloody Bolts. They finally fell, but they weren't feeling generous.

All I got was a measly insect wing, and 120 EXP.
Still, outclaiming, and winning a tough fight was almost worth the whole time spent camping. What a rush.

... However, I think I'll go gain another level or two before trying again.

Edit - Claimed again (Sorry folks... x.x;). 0/2.
Edit #2 - I finally slipped up, and missed a claim last night. ;.; This morning, I came on, and with no competition (One person, but they left), I killed VE again... 1/3!

As usual, no wide-range, no PH junk. Just keeping on my toes, and knowing what to do.
Though, strangely, it appeared in the same spot all three times. *Shrugs*

Best of luck.

Edited, Apr 24th 2008 7:45pm by Aneirin
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# Apr 02 2008 at 11:42 PM Rating: Decent
12 posts
thank you SmokesAlot, this is great guide,
just started back playing, need hairpin for rng, decided to try tonight for at least one spawn while laying in bed or until i fell asleep....

killed PH for about 1:30, next thing i know, 3 mins after killing PH, other camper is killing other two flies then thread leach and i pop widescan, no flies, just VE, run as fast as i can, claim, kill, drop.... you the man smokesalot... now 1/2, 1/1 in the last 2 years though ^ ^
Gandalfo Tarutaru 55whm/26blm/17pld/24rng/17thf Fenrir server
Valkurm Emperor FAQ:
# Mar 29 2008 at 12:31 PM Rating: Good
1,603 posts
Hello all. I see this mob is still hunted relentlessly. It is good to see that a lot of you have been successful at getting the claim, and some of you are even proud owners of the Empress Hairpin. Congratulations!

Although I still haven’t returned to the game (yet), I decided to drop in to see how the game is going, and to see how things have been with the NM’s I used to hunt day in, day out. I am so happy to see that Allakhazam has put my PH information for all to see. It would seem it has been helpful. After reading some of the posts concerning this and other NM’s I decided to post a FAQ in hopes to eliminate any false information, and answer commonly asked questions about this particular NM.

So without further ado…

Valkurm Emperor FAQ:

Q. What level should I be able to solo VE?

A. Level 38-40. Can you do it sooner? Yes. Should you? No. Gobbies in the dunes can aggro until the low thirties I believe. This can make things extremely difficult if attempting to do this while getting agro from other mobs, so be careful if around that level. VE is a level 30 NM. You also want to give about 5-6 levels of additional difficulty to NM flies. At 40-45 you should be able to handle VE with very little difficulty. Basically, if you need to use your 2-hr to kill it, then come back another day or use a stronger job if you have one.

Q. Does TH really help?

A. If it helps with other drops, then why wouldn’t it help with this one? Nowhere in TH’s description does it say, “Guaranteed to make VE drop Empress Hairpin”. Nor does not having TH mean that you wont get the drop. I will not get into a thorough discussion on how TH works here, but ultimately, it is up to you wither or not you think TH is helping. In my experience, the hairpin has dropped more often that not when TH is active.

Q. Some of the other campers are killing all the flies, and I can’t lock down the PH. It’s effin up my strategy, why do they do this? /fume

A. They are killing all the other flies because they don’t know which is the PH, or when VE is going to pop. However, they DO know that if they keep killing all the flies, VE will eventually pop. These guys are actually a benefit to you since the sooner the PH dies, the sooner VE will pop once its window is open. Plus they cover more ground decreasing their overall opportunity to claim VE all the while killing the flies for you. The campers you really need to watch out for are the ones that don’t even move. Make no mistake. They ARE using the same strategy you are.

Q. So what do I do?

A. If there are other hunters, you don’t even need to be the one that kills the PH. You just need to know which it is, when it dies, and when it despawns. This is easily done when all four flies are present and accounted for. If they are not, it is much more difficult to figure out which one is the PH.

Q. So how do I figure out which is the PH?

A. Sheesh! Inquisitive aren’t we? Ok. Take the topmost fly in the list, claim it and hold it, i.e. DO NOT KILL. If there is only one, that is fine. Don’t wait for two, just go and grab it. You can sleep it, or simply put up with its attempted punishment for several minutes (another reason why I recommend being a higher level). Remember that VE’s PH is ALWAYS the top fly in the list. This means if you have the correct fly in your possession, ALL subsequent flies that spawn will populate the Wide scan list beneath of your fly. If the next fly that spawns appears above your fly (you need to check WS frequently), then you have the wrong fly. Kill your current fly, and grab the next one – repeat until all spawns are beneath your fly. It does not matter if someone kills another fly so long as YOU know it appeared below your current fly. Once you have the PH, DON’T LOSE IT! Use your JA timers like a precise robot.

Q. Where does VE spawn?

A. VE’s spawn radius is far greater than the circled area on the map. But in the 100+ claims I’ve gotten on this guy, I’ve seen him pop at five different points on the beach.

- Southeastern corner of E-9 (Where its known to decimate dune parties) - rare
- Against the wall at F-9 - rare
- Trees located at E-8 and F-8 (circled area on map) - common
- Against the western most wall at E-8 – common
- Northern most point of E-7 and F-7 – common

Q. What is VE’s spawn time? Really?

A. Allow me to expel the 30-minute myth. VE doesn’t pop in anytime less than one hour – ever. VE’s spawn time is 1-4 hours, OR 8 hours. Its average is 2-3 hours with a preset maximum of four. The 8-hour spawn is extremely rare, but it does happen when VE decides to skip its maximum spawn time of 4 hours. If VE doesn’t pop by hour four, it isn’t going to pop in hours five, six, or seven either – take a break, and come back to its GAURUNTEED spawn at hour eight. SE is subtly trying to save your eyes, and your sanity.

Q. Doesn’t killing all of the flies make VE pop FASTER?

A. No.

Q. Is there more than one PH?

A. No.

Q. Is it true VE can’t spawn at night?

A. No.

Q. Will I be back to answer more questions if there are any?

A. Yes

Edited, Mar 29th 2008 4:51pm by SmokesAlot
~Vendict of Alexander~

# Feb 20 2008 at 9:07 AM Rating: Decent
21 posts
just got my hairpin ^^

poped in the bottom left corner of E-8

been camping him on and off for a few weeks but this was my first claim
so 1/1 for me.

good luck and happy camping!

now for LL........
FFXI : Nightbringer : Asura : THF 75 NIN WAR RNG 37

Empress Hairpin MINE =D
# Feb 12 2008 at 1:24 PM Rating: Decent
Camped VE with the assistance of THF/RNG friend (Dethdreemr), total camp time 15 minutes in left corner of (E-8). Proud new owner of the Empress Hairpin 1/1. Good Luck to everyone else.

(> <) This is my Bunny copied from another Bunny into my signature to help all Bunnies for world domination, and because I now have 3 bunnies that dominate my RL world. RIP baba ;;
this makes me so mad
# Jan 30 2008 at 1:00 PM Rating: Decent
2 posts
i have now killed this thing 23 times and i have seen it pop 24 times. I have still, yet to get my hairpin!! I know that they say TH doesn't help but should i level THF so i have it or do i just have crappy luck? I'm going freaking crazy trying to get it. Maybe next time i will get lucky. Wish me luck lol

now 24 times no drop

Bst 48 Nin 24 Rng 44 Whm 22 War 30 Pala 28

Edited, Feb 5th 2008 1:18pm by signurpity
# Jan 16 2008 at 10:19 PM Rating: Decent
I whent and camped VE tonight, and there was one other guy when I whent there. He Left after I killed the PH once, and I got my hairpin 1/1
Talk about unfair..
# Dec 30 2007 at 5:26 PM Rating: Decent
49 posts
(From Ragnarok Server)
Spending 12 Hours a day camping this NM.. again..

Day 1 --- 2 Claims --- 4 Claims Lost --- 0 drop (No info about other campers luck)
Day 2 --- 4 Claims --- 2 Claims Lost --- 0 drop (No info about other campers luck)
Day 3 --- 3 Claims --- 2 Claims Lost ---- 0 drop (No info about other campers luck)
Day 4 --- 2 Claims --- 1 Claim Lost ---- 1 drop (64RNG/thf got on his first try..)

Total of: 11 Claims -- 9 Claims Lost --- 0 Drop (for me ; ;) Still camping it..

Im bored so just sharing my luck..
Also, Anyone has a trick to make VE drop the Hairpin as a Christmas Gift? ; ;
Soon will be my B-day too!! *sniff*
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# Dec 30 2007 at 10:56 PM Rating: Decent
49 posts
Day 1 --- 2 Claims --- 4 Claims Lost --- 0 drop (No info about other campers luck)
Day 2 --- 4 Claims --- 2 Claims Lost --- 0 drop (No info about other campers luck)
Day 3 --- 3 Claims --- 2 Claims Lost ---- 0 drop (No info about other campers luck)
Day 4
Today --- 3 Claims --- 2 Claim Lost ---- 3 drops (Camper1 got it on his first try (8:50PM).. Camper2 got it on the other VE that popped (11:20PM), and I got mine on the next spawn (2:40AM) straight ^^)

Total of: 12 Claims -- 10 Claims Lost --- 1 Drop (Mine FINALLY!!)

Kinda funny.. 3 Valkurm Emperor dropping this item straight.

Good Luck to anyone camping this. ^^
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stupid peeps&mob
# Dec 26 2007 at 12:45 AM Rating: Decent
1 post
First let me say that for all those who dont have Widescan.....go get it before u show up camping this mob. U will **** off alot of campers that are doing the PH method and ur just out slaying evey fly in sight. Secondly been camping for five hours tonite and im posting this hoping that i will have some post luck. 0/2 tonite and done lost count on how many total.
# Dec 14 2007 at 9:20 AM Rating: Good
41 posts
So, I got tired of LFP on ninja (lvl 18 atm) and I decide to go camp this for the hour or so until besieged starts. I show up PLD75/RNG1 and find 3 campers, on appears afk, another seems bored and is killing anything around the trees, and the last, a RNG/THF that, like me ONLY moves when PH pops. I was about to give up because he beat me to every PH spawn for about 25 mins. Out of nowhere he leaves, besieged hits 8 preparing, I guess he had my same thought. I wait about, killing PH twice more, when the VE pops, I grab the claim, but being me and weird as I am, I invite the Taru that was bored who was there longer. He was japanese I say {Team up?} {Cast lots} {Understood}? he joins, I turn and hit the last shot on it, it drops emp. 1/1 on drop and claim, and i win the lots with 898 and his 274. Stupid to invite or not, I still got it and feel I did the right thing lol.
Zonnashi- Cerberus
75 Paladin - 75 Warrior - 75 Dragoon
not as bad for me as some of the horror stories ive read
# Dec 04 2007 at 7:28 AM Rating: Decent
304 posts
I camped it with my friend whos a 60 thf, we killed nothing but the PH for about 3 hours and then i checked widescan and flee'd to it and claimed the VE.


did this as a 29 thf/rng (no way i could of solo'd it)
Minsk ------ I quit FFxI :C
Spawn Time.
# Dec 01 2007 at 2:22 PM Rating: Decent
53 posts
What is the spawn time on this nm? I am thinking of camping it.

Also, is it soloable at level 30 THF? or do I need to be higher in order to solo VE comfortably?
Spawn Time.
# Dec 04 2007 at 7:24 AM Rating: Decent
304 posts
the spawn time can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 8 hours -.-

i doubt youd be able to solo this as a 30 thf (i got mine as 29 thf and had a 75 drk with me)
Minsk ------ I quit FFxI :C
# Nov 08 2007 at 1:58 PM Rating: Decent
8 posts
I dont even know what to think about this mob... on my galka, I went 1/22 or so and on my taru im so far 0/2. Every website says different things about pop conditions(altho most say 2hrs minimum), ive seen approx. 2hrs, 2-8hrs, faster when PH killed only. But on the other hand ive watched VE pop up on widescan an hour after it was killed, when there were 8 people runnin around slaughtering every fly in sight. A good friend of mine said when he got it, he claimed-no drop, then 15 mins later it popped again and he got the drop. As far as TH is concerned, they say it has no bearing but then why do i see more THF come away with it more than anyone else. If you ask me SE needs to quit feeding this thing whatever narcotics is makin it sooo effed up in the first place, beef up the drop rate a lil more. No reason there should be 6-8 people campin it for 3 days in a row(majority were the same people previous days) and give it a definite spawn time, instead of this floaty here and there spawn we have to deal with. It would be a whole different scenario if it were still the Rare only drop...anyways enough of my moaning good luck to all who camp this in the future, more then likely your gonna need it.

EDIT: 9 hours and four pops later now im 0/5 and 5 minutes ago a thf and his rdm friend stole the claim and got the drop... shennadigans on the "TH dont mean squat" clause...

Edited, Nov 8th 2007 11:28pm by Hoofung
Hades Server
Hoofung:75DRG 63WAR 43NIN 42WHM 40COR 37SAM 37THF 22BLM 18MNK 2BST
Hoofoopoopoo 75BLM 75RDM 71THF 41WHM 37NIN 18WAR 9MNK
Got it wow
# Nov 04 2007 at 11:51 AM Rating: Decent
1 post
Same i camped him today for about 3 hours killed the place holder about 4 times. was only one out there got claim and drop. Frist time i found and gotten a drop from something like that. Thanks for the insight all and good luck.
A long day
# Nov 01 2007 at 6:33 AM Rating: Decent
18 posts
Yay, beat him as a THF32/RNG16!

Well, I decided recently that I finally wanted to get this blasted hairpin out of the way, so I spent most of yesterday in Valkurm Dunes camping it. I was there as a THF31/RNG15, fairly decently equipped with lots of bloody bolts and blind bolts (I actually leveled during the course of killing damselflies, waiting for VE to pop, up to THF32/RNG16). (I had actually been in Valkurm Dunes for a couple hours the day before as BRD63/THF31, but felt blind without widescan.)

The first spawn that day was early in the morning, and I had only one person competing with me, so it wasn't very difficult to claim. Unfortunately, no drop at that point. I wasn't sure how difficult the fight against the Emperor was going to be, so I used a Signal Pearl to err on the side of caution. Easy fight.

About two hours or so later, VE spawned again, equally close to both me and the other person (Also a Thf/Rng). Unfortunately, it spawned behind me, but in front of the other thief. As I heard his flee go off, I quickly refreshed Widescan to see where VE was, but by the time I turned around, the other thief had claimed him. Sure enough, just to spite me, VE dropped the hairpin for him (glad it at least dropped though).

After that point, I logged off for just shy of an hour for lunch before going back to camping VE. For a large portion of the time, I had no competition, and was killing the top fly from the group of four between the Thread Leeches and Snippers, as has been suggested on multiple posts. After about 3 hours of doing this with no results, I started killing the whole group of four (but still timing a 5 min ability (Scavenge) to the would-be PH). At about the 4 and a half hour mark since the last spawn, competition started showing up, but VE still wouldn't show his blasted face. It wasn't until about the 5 and a half hour mark that he actually spawned. (While I doubt that he spawned before that with me just not seeing him on widescan, I wouldn't say it's impossible.)

About 4 and a half minutes prior to the spawn, I accidentally hit my Flee macro instead of my Scavenge macro, due to a fumbling of my own fingers. About that time, my competition (which was a Rdm/Rng) left. The next damselfly that popped on Widescan I ran over to kill, and when it was about 25% from death, I checked Widescan to see, lo-and-behold, Valkurm Emperor. I disengaged from the fly I was fighting and hit my flee macro, disappointed to see that I had about 15 seconds left on the timer. When I finally got to the Emperor, I hit my Steal macro to try to claim it, to be greeted with the message "Your Inventory is Full" or something like that, indicating that I couldn't Steal. Ultimately, I had to claim it with a melee attack. I'm fortunate there was no competition at the time, because I surely wouldn't have gotten the claim otherwise.

Now that I had claimed Valkurm Emperor, I had him and the near-dead Damselfly to deal with. They were beating me down pretty fast, so I hit Perfect Dodge. While I kept melee attacks on Valkurm Emperor to keep the claim, I manually selected the other Damselfly to fire Bloody Bolts at as well as the Hot Shot WS (which missed ><). It died fairly quickly, about the time Perfect Dodge wore off. With just the Emperor to deal with, it was incredibly easy to fight him. I fired one Blind Bolt at him for the status effect, then proceeded to let loose lots of Bloody Bolts into him. Bloody Bolts healed me for 50-90 HP each Bolt, and I was hitting fairly consistantly (a lot of +rng acc gear, and Sharpshot). Valkurm Emperor was kind enough to drop the Hairpin I so desperately wanted.

All in all, once I was dealing with just the Emperor, the fight was incredibly easy, even for a THF32/RNG16. The key is having Bloody Bolts and decent marksmanship skill (+rng acc gear never hurts, like Archer's Knife). Two-hour isn't nessicary, assuming you're not dealing with a fly in addition to VE like I was. I had actually brought 2 Hi-Potions with me, just in case, but I didn't come near to needing to use them. Ended the fight around 80-85% HP, thanks to the Bloody Bolts.

1/2 on Hairpin, woot!

Edited, Nov 1st 2007 12:35pm by XaileA
Xaile - 63 Bard - 60 Samurai - 32 Thief - Gilgamesh
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