Vana'diel Bestiary: Cailleach Bheur  

Found in:Ifrit's Cauldron
Job:Black Mage
  • Quest Notorious Monster
  • Aggro
  • Based on Earth
  • Weak against Fire
  • Weak against Light
  • Strong against Darkness
  • Strong against Ice
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Updated: Mon Mar 1 12:04:46 2010

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General Information

  • Clicking on the ??? after Cailleach Bheur is defeated will reward the players doing this quest the Annals of Truth key item.

  • Susceptible to Silence, Gravity, Bind, and Slow, but builds a resistance to Silence over time.

Cailleach Bheur's Special Attacks

  • Black Magic - Cailleach Bheur is able to cast all tier IV single target elemental spells and all tier III -ga elemental spells available to a level 75 Black Mage

  • Blood Saber - AoE Drain effect (Circle of effect originates from mob)

  • Hell Slash - Single target physical damage.

  • Black Cloud - AoE Darkness based magic damage with an additional Blind effect (Circle of effect originates from mob).

  • Horror Cloud - Single target Slow effect.

Historical Information

In Scottish and Irish folklore, the Cailleach Bheur was said to be a sorceress with the appearance of an elderly woman with the teeth of a bear and the tusks of a boar. She is associated with wintertime and is considered the personification of Winter in the British Isles.

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easy trio, and probably duo as well
# Sep 14 2009 at 5:58 PM Rating: Decent
3 posts
did this as thf/nin, rdm/sch, and whm/blm. the rdm never had to convert and the whm never dropped under 700 mp. having less melee is better so his blood saber doesn't cure him up for much. i always see him use blizzaga 3 as his only aoe spell. everything else is either tier 4 or ancient. easy fight, only times he got on me were when he dropped blizzaga 3 and the rdm was watching t.v. go go retribution. next? >> garland of bliss O.o
# Jan 28 2008 at 8:09 AM Rating: Decent
49 posts
Took him down with 75 mnk/nin and 75 thf/nin. we just saved weapon skills for his ga III casts which interrupted his casting. Monk hundred fisted at 50%. Thf died at about 10% from his nasty tp moves. Monk got him to literally 1% and died, I reraised and finished him with Dancing Edge. Monk reraised and got the item.
soloable by BST
# Sep 22 2007 at 3:44 PM Rating: Decent
31 posts
I soloed this on my BST75/WHM37 was pretty fun and it'll be even easier with a duo partner.
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# May 03 2007 at 11:00 AM Rating: Decent
43 posts
One of the funnest WSNM fights I've ever had. Glad I didn't tank this one. Between Drowning Pool & fighting a skeleton inside a volcano, it was good :) This one seems like one of the harder WSNM fights so far. Mmmmm nothing like blood saber with 5 DD around. Cheers^^

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got BST?
# Dec 07 2006 at 8:43 AM Rating: Decent
105 posts
73 BST/NIN can solo did it for a friend last night well we were a party till he wiped the rest and I took him from about 60%... If the whole fight was solo would have taken close to 30 minutes probably. Not really too dangerous as there are plenty of pets around.
Took him down with 3 SMNs
# Sep 04 2006 at 1:54 PM Rating: Good
1,085 posts
We took this WSNM down with 3 Summoners (70, 75, and 75) using Titan. This NM starts off using lightning so having stoneskin and barlightning on is advisable. I used my 2-hr at the end after running close to empty on MP (1101 at the start along with 2 Yag drinks). The other SMNs didn't need their 2-hrs (but did rest during the fight). An external party's WHM cured two of the SMN hit by the initial lightning AOE.
Got BST?
# Dec 07 2006 at 8:47 AM Rating: Decent
105 posts
73 BST/NIN can solo this guy, took him down last night for a friend... actually we had a pt but he wiped the rest of us. Took him on from about 60% in 20 min or so, solo would take 30 min in my best bet, not dangerous as there are plenty of pets around, just watch out for bombs.
Easy Prey
# Aug 03 2006 at 7:42 PM Rating: Decent
1,991 posts
Took him down today with PLD/RDM, MNK/NIN, NIN/WAR, RDM/BLM and WHM/BLM. Before we got to camp one of my friends (the ninja) aggro'd all 4 bats at once.... we dispatched of the quickly with each of us taking a bat each. These are DC to 75 and we were never in any danger so it showed we were all on the ball.

Clearing the placeholders was a easy task, although one bomb left our RDM with 79 HP. As for the lizards they dont aggro so we left them alone. The NM itself isn't drastically differnt from a lvl 80 or so skelly, the only differnce is it hits a little harder and has alot more HP. All his attacks were blinked by the ninja and the mnk, as well as his spells. When he casts stuff like burst it just allows you a extra 20 seconds of hitting him senseless, since the spell is likely to be interrupted or blinked. His most annoying move is Blood weapon, therefore i would be tempted to say don't over do it on this NM with melee, as it only gives it more HP. Both myself as the PLD and the RDM kept stoneskin up and he absorb 0 as a result from us. Towards the end our Monk used hundred fists and put the hurt down on him, he died soon after.

As for the weapon skill itself, i can only say its dam sexy. Very powerful too and the most consistantly damaging WS staff has to offer. About time really as up to this point damage wise all of them just about sucked. Unless you have alot of TP i would stick to using Retribution all the time for damage.
# Jun 14 2005 at 5:02 AM Rating: Excellent
184 posts
CAILLEACH BHEUR - A giant hag who seems to typify winter, for she goes about smiting the earth with her staff so that it grows hard. When spring comes and she is conquered, she flings her staff in disgust into a whin bush or under a holly tree, where grass never grows. She is the patroness of deer and wild boars. Many hills are associated with her, particularly Ben Nevis and Schiehallion. Her general appearance is terrible and hideous, but in some stories she changes at times into a beautiful maiden. There is a version of the Wife of Bath's Tale told of her, and she is also the villainess of a story rather like Nix Nought Nothing. At times she turns into a sea serpent.

|=-< Kanash >-=|
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# Jan 03 2005 at 2:40 AM Rating: Excellent
1,614 posts
Just took this guy down tonight with a party of 73s. Not only does his Black Cloud and Blood Saber hurt a lot more than usual, he's a real big fan of IV and -ga III spells. If a BLM can cast it, so can he (and then some- Bio III). He had us worried at a few points but we managed to pull it off with only Benediction used. Probably wouldn't have even needed that if I would have brought more juices. He's surrounded by Volcanic Bombs, Ash Lizards, and Nightmare Bats, so they need to be cleared before fighting him.
99 BLM / 99 BRD / 99 MNK / 99 WAR / 95 NPC
RE: Level
# Nov 14 2005 at 12:19 PM Rating: Default
84 posts
I'm currious what kind of tank people have had for this fight. The obvious choice is PLD since PLD can actually do it too. Though from my experience I think NIN would do a MUCH better job.

I fought him last night, and we had a 70 PLD and 65 WHM, both PLD and WHM died within the first minute of battle, with the NM still at ~98% HP. Then the BST in our party proceded to solo it.

When the BST got it down to ~2% HP I figured I'd finish it off with a Thundaga III, it did 980 DMG and didn't die... this guy has a LOT of HP.

Anyway... tough fight, but amazing to watch that BST solo something that almost wiped our entire party.
Black Mage: 75
Thief: 52
Beastmaster: 50
Summoner: 40
White Mage: 37
Blue Mage: 25
# Dec 25 2004 at 12:32 AM Rating: Decent
11 posts
This mob is spawned for the Retribution Staff skill quest.
-nezzie pld 74
Never argue with an idiot, he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
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# Nov 17 2004 at 11:08 AM Rating: Default
119 posts
he's a NM but only drops bone chips and earth crystals? weird.
<< Limber of Ramuh
RE: what?
# Nov 18 2004 at 12:11 AM Rating: Decent
151 posts
Rubicant said it was for the "wsnm quest". I take it he means it's the nm you fight to get the quested weaponskill that's the high-lvl one.
[World: Kujata] - [LS: PurpleReign]
Jobs: WAR75 NIN75 SAM75 RNG75 DRK46
Goldsmithing: 68.6+2
# Nov 16 2004 at 9:03 PM Rating: Decent
586 posts
Boss ofstaff WSNM quest

Edited, Tue Nov 16 21:03:24 2004
Server: Alexander
Character: Rubicant, 75 DRK

Server: Alterac Mountains
Main Character: Kagome, 70 Rogue
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