Vana'diel Bestiary: Cancer  

Found in:Kuftal Tunnel
  • Notorious Monster
  • Not Aggro
  • Not Linking
  • Based on Water
  • Weak against Ice
  • Weak against Lightning
  • Strong against Water
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Updated: Fri Dec 28 10:26:12 2007

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General Info

  • Spawned by trading a Quus to the ??? at H-7 near the entrance to Kuftal Tunnel.
  • The ??? respawns ever 15 minutes after killing the spawned mob or letting it despawn.
  • Has enwater effect.
  • Low drop rate on Arondight.

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rlly tough
# Oct 30 2008 at 6:05 AM Rating: Decent
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got this sucker to pop on the 3rd quus. zoned him along with a few other crabs.
i went back in to fight him but then i realized this guy was much to strong for me solo. so i started shouting for help. lucky for a me a 75 blm/whm was watching me solo this guy and was willing to help. being a pld/rdm i was able to tank him no problem while the blm went crazy with nukes. he had to rest to full mp twice to get the job done. 1/1 on drop! W00T. i think i might go back and try to solo this guy but first i would need to cap enhancing and shield skill.

The mysterious crab....
# Jan 15 2008 at 11:06 AM Rating: Decent
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First time poping, went 1/4 for the pop. 75nin/war (me) and 75war/nin. Fight was long as **** and a smn in zone voluntered to help. Fight was about 20-25 mins. Drop 1/1. (Mine!) Next pop tries we went 0/8 for the war and gave up. Got about 30 throwing lvls though :)

Note: When added effect does go off, goes for about 50+ Ive noticed. Proc rate isnt very high either.

One thing to watch out for if you decide to duo him is the Haunts...They dont play very nice. Clear area for a safe run up the hill to the lizzies and to avoid low HP aggro need be. As a nin, his acc was extreamly low with Blind on him. I got hit once cause I was excited about poping him.

Sword looks pimp with Relic on!

Good luck!

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# Aug 29 2007 at 6:31 PM Rating: Decent
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I must be one of the unluckiest guys ever...
10/97 on popping cancer, and 1/10 on the sword drop.
But it was quite worth it :)

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# Jun 14 2007 at 10:29 PM Rating: Default
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12 quus later, pop and drop.

thank you to mystel, myv, syph and enego for the help. I'mma level mah DRK, now!
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# Apr 08 2007 at 1:56 PM Rating: Decent
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I just duo'ed him on my Hume RDM70/35NIN. Me and an ls buddy were just skilling up there when someone decided to drag him by, he aggro'ed the other member (75 BRD/20 NIN :P). We zoned, healed up, and came on in, pulled him to zone, and got to killing.

Was hitting me for around 120 with Phalanx up, not counting Enwater. Lullaby and Requiem would not stick, Elegy would, however. Slow, Gravity, Paralyze, Bio all stuck with no resists. Without Elegy his attack speed is pretty good, comparable to Aquarius from what I can recall. Anyways, we shared hate somewhat, my recast was down to pretty respectable levels with Haste and Marches, most of the damage came from Enspell. He wasn't hard to hit even with gimped sword skill (no Spirits, 165 skill-170 when he died) but damage done was pitiful. Used Stoneskin to give me safety for the times when Utsu wasn't ready.

Fight took about 20-25 minutes, no drop. Could have been faster if I'd have kited/nuked, I think, or if we'd have had Spirits Within instead of gimped sword for me and dagger for him. I'm looking forward to soloing this when I hit 75, DRK is my next job.

Edited, Apr 8th 2007 5:56pm by Nusayb
time is of an essence. . .
# Mar 18 2007 at 4:29 AM Rating: Decent
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Many Quus' and day slater. Took me 20 Quus' for the 1st pop, 30 for the 2nd, 23 for the 3rd.

1st Pop he dropped. . .but i had to zone, loosing it, 2nd time he refused to drop, 3 is the charm. . .

PT consisted of mithra THF75/nin and an elv RDM52/blm (plainly for haste and some cures while i whacked the lizardds/crabs there w/o utsu to kill time while waiting for the ??? to repop).

Meleeing him is futile, much as Sewer Syrup he takes very little dmg from any kind of physical attack. Using enspells, weapons with added dmg or ammo (bloody/holy bolts) are highly recommend, esp since he has ~10k HP and my THF (Stylet, 8dagger merits) hit for less then 10dmg. . . .bloody bolts going for ~10dmg +70+ drain though. He isnt too accurate, has no 2hr, only normal crab TP moves (Scissor Guard is evil) and attacks at normal speed. Only thing to remember is he has a quite decent enwater effect that seemingly canNOT be dispelled (poor PLD).

Arondight itself has enwater as well, doing 30-50dmg depending on what i hit.
Got my Arondight
# Jan 22 2007 at 12:36 AM Rating: Decent
2 posts
It took 49 quus and 3 cancers to get mine but i finally own an Arondight. Had a thf67 (Seventhmagi) and a rng71 (Anklebiterer) help me out, thanks a ton guys.
how I pull
# Jan 16 2007 at 8:15 PM Rating: Decent
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Avacus on Ramuh 75whm/blm. I can easily solo the place holders it's just very slow. I have now popped the ??? 30 times with no sign of cancer. But anyways how I did this was clear any crabs in the room first by sneaking up and binding in a safe spot, recast sneak, run to camp, don't worry he'll follow. I sneak popped the ??? all but one time doing the same pulling technique. I don't know if i can solo Cancer as whm but I can't wait to hexa his face. My 64drk/thf is craving this sword!
Went fairly well.
# Dec 12 2006 at 6:44 AM Rating: Decent
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Friend and me got really bored one night and decided to try and pop Cancer. After a search for Quus, which ended in me fishing them myself we headed out. Me (74PLD/20NIN gimpage I know), my friend Yukisoma a 74SMN/37WHM, and a 75 BLM/37 WHM headed out to the tunnel with 9 Quus total.

We cleared the area, rested and got 2 Robbers before our first Cancer. He popped and we took him down with relative ease, but made the mistake of fighting him there, which resulted in pops aggroing. After escaping out and no drop on the first kill we just continued the process of cleaning the room. 3 pops later we get Cancer again. This time being smart I wore sneak, once he popped had the SMN pull it back through the tunnel a little near the lizzies to avoid aggro again. No drop. We go 1 more before our 3rd pop. In which this time he drops the Arondight. With 1 Quu left we decided why not and try again. We get Cancer a 4th time. Sadly no drop for my friend. So for the night we went 4/9 on pops and 1/4 on drops.

Also, I didn't know he dropped 2k gil each time.
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Use bloody bolts
# Oct 17 2006 at 11:54 AM Rating: Decent
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I just went to kuftal to try and pop this NM for a friend who was off doing something somewhere else. I popped him after 3 trades, then held him there for about 40 mins so that my friend could come for the drop. When i wanted to do dmg, i just used bloody bolts. They hit for 4-7 dmg with an additional effect of 40-60 hp drained. I didn't put up any shadows so that i could take some damage and do more dmg with the additional effects of the bloody bolts. I had the greatsword drop on my first kill (I was 74thf/nin). It's a really easy fight if you just spam bloody bolts. I even went afk for 3 minutes and came back and was fine ^^

Figures something rare drops on the first kill of the NM when it's not for me >.>
Good luck to everyone
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# Jul 18 2006 at 8:15 PM Rating: Decent
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Is he duoable with me(73blm/whm) and a 74thf/nin?
Got one of my own
# Jun 08 2006 at 7:35 AM Rating: Decent
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I didn't have a Gsword for my PLD and this looks like a cool rare/ex one to get so I camped it. 3/35 on popping this guy, and 1/2 on the drop. Had a thf with TH2 second time I fought this though. This mob can't be soloed by most jobs, he hits for only slightly less than most EXP mobs to a 71 pld. good luck to anyone trying to camp this... seems the spawn rate is about a 1/10 chance or so. maybe it's just superstition but he seemed to pop more often when you click on the ??? and get the text before trading.
help me out
# Apr 14 2006 at 10:24 PM Rating: Default
17 posts
sup everyone atm 62 DRK here
what is drop rate on this great sword??
cuz i would like to add that to my collection and sell other sword

and if ur will or bored help me out
/t mirel on rahum
i would appricial any help
RE: help me out
# Apr 23 2006 at 3:17 PM Rating: Excellent
15 posts
I heard the drop rate was around 5%.
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Got it
# Mar 06 2006 at 6:36 AM Rating: Decent
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My LS was bored so we went on a random NM hunt. After trying to pop him with Quus for around an hour, it finally shows up. It was me(55DRG), 75WHM, 74PLD, 67WAR, 68SAM, 70WHM.
Yea it was pretty much overkill and we got the drop. And it was really boring, nothing to do in Kuftal *sigh*
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Wow, what a fight!
# Feb 21 2006 at 12:14 PM Rating: Decent
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Solo'd this thing as 74THF/NIN (spawns down in the Haunt Pit near the entrance from Altep) but fought a Robber Crab with it the whole time! lol.

20-30minute fight surrounded by Haunts, hoping to God they didnt inch any closer or that i didnt run out of bolts (sleep, bloody or acid).

I get Cancer to 11%HP and it gets a lucky streak on me (criticals to boot for 225 damage) so that wasn't very good news for me considering i've got about 6 or 7 Haunts surrounding me.

I flee to zone, and exp party snatches him.

I zone back immediately , 335HP left from all the Haunt nukes (lucked out cuz one casted bio to save me from the other's Sleep). Anyways i flee back down the hill to see Cancer raping the party that tried to snag it so i launch in a bloody bolt and reclaim what's mine :) Finally me and Cancer can be alone (he's at 21% now).

Finish him off while following all the rumors that affect drop rate (take off shadows, debuffs, no WS killshot;pretty much anything i could think of ^^).

1/1 on the GS ^^ so now I have a reason to lvl PLD.

Btw, i got 45 exp for this fight so, i doubt it's lvl65, more likely it's 70 or higher (DC to a 74).

Edited, Tue Feb 21 11:23:56 2006
Wow, what a fight!
# Jul 08 2007 at 10:02 PM Rating: Decent
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Wow, what a fight!
# Jul 08 2007 at 10:08 PM Rating: Decent
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What A Nice Story LOL Can't Believe PPL Actually Believe It LOL
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RE: Wow, what a fight!
# Mar 16 2006 at 3:45 PM Rating: Decent
Given the date of your post, you killed this mob after the patch that SE adjusted the exp awards for EP and DC mobs in. DC mobs start with exp awards around 55 now, EP can go up to 54 exp per kill. Concrete reason why I know these numbers:
on Remora for a long time it was difficult to get a pt as PLD. Much soloing was done in Garlaige Citadel on EP thru EM skellys.
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Help Me Out!
# Feb 08 2006 at 10:42 PM Rating: Decent
I`d REALLY like to have the GSWD he drops. If there is anyone on the Pandy server that is willing to help me get this GSWD please /t me. I`m willing to pay a 75 RDM/NIN to kill it for me 500k (if it drops).
# Jan 29 2006 at 4:12 PM Rating: Default
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can they make a monste with name cancer??? if i had cacer id be fin ****** and offended XD
RE: O.o
# Feb 06 2006 at 2:07 AM Rating: Default
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wow...noob...the nm would be referring to the birth signs (gemini, cancer, scorpio, capricorn, etc...) in astrology cancer is a crab.
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RE: O.o
# May 14 2006 at 10:40 PM Rating: Good
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If at 100 MPH water feels like concrete, whats concrete feel like???
RE: O.o
# Feb 05 2007 at 2:36 AM Rating: Good
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LOL as well
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<pos> plz
# Jan 29 2006 at 9:32 AM Rating: Decent
any one got a pos for this **** thing
Drop (Where?)
# Jan 12 2006 at 12:43 PM Rating: Decent
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Pop cancer has been like 1/8 and 0/10 on arondight, huge waste of time ,,l,, []enix on this one.
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Cancer Video
# Jul 13 2005 at 9:22 PM Rating: Decent
Video removed due to Admin duchebag.

Edited, Dec 16th 2006 6:30pm by LyleVertigo

Tanked it today
# Jul 06 2005 at 10:16 PM Rating: Decent
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As 67PLD/WAR with full defense set up (defender, earth staff, war belt+1, jelly ring etc), it hit me for about 40-90 a hit. Not too hard at all. ^^
i killed cancer and only got a t-shirt
# Jul 05 2005 at 9:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Solo'd this easily as 74 thf/nin.
# Jul 03 2005 at 12:54 PM Rating: Decent
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I would really like it if someone posted exact <pos>
for where the spawn ??? is.

i am a 62 pld and i would love to have this Gsword looks very awsome and the +7 water and fire arent bad.

Edited, Sun Jul 3 13:59:22 2005
RE: where?
# Jul 05 2005 at 9:40 AM Rating: Default
245 posts
I dunno its position, but I do know this. When entering Kuftal, you come to the area with sand lizards. Walk up to the fence, and down below you is an area with several crabs and haunts. You will see 3 ???'s. The one the farthest back on a little mound is the Cancer ???. Trade it a Quus and either a Robber Crab or Cancer will pop. Now those haunts supposedly aggro lvl 75's, so bring something smn or /smn so they can sneak carby pull the crabs. The ??? has about a 10-20 min respawn every time you trade it a Quus. 1/1 on Cancer. Arondight looks so hawt!
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can i do this
# Jun 18 2005 at 8:11 PM Rating: Decent
Can i solo this as a 73blm/36rdm? Also i see that Aquarius is 70 and this NM is 65 so would this NM be easier.. let me know^_^ ty
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10 years later.
# Jun 02 2005 at 7:21 AM Rating: Decent
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Ellion, you probably know this by now, but you could take him easy with a party that huge.

Good Luck!
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RE: 10 years later.
# Jun 07 2005 at 9:08 PM Rating: Decent
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^^; doesn't hurt to ask, yeah?
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Greedy Crab
# May 31 2005 at 8:02 AM Rating: Decent
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Lately i have been having the urge to lvl drk again. Since it is 62 i figured hey, nice sword
{Can I have it?}. So I grab a few stacks of Quus and head on down. My 1st time i try alone, which ended up in 1 dead ninja. Oh he spawned 2 times in 4 quus then. ; ;

So next time I grab a whm/smn buddy, thinking piece of cake. Wrong. Never spawned in like 3-4 hours. >.<

3rd trip he finally shows his face, no drop.
4th trip and 4 days later had to spawn him like 5 times then boom! Arondight. /cheer

So moral to the story, You cant fight Cancer alone , and it takes patience. lol =P
Edit: The problem isnt fighting him, its pulling him. ^^ Carbuncle, i love you.

Edited, Tue May 31 09:21:33 2005
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# May 11 2005 at 4:30 PM Rating: Decent
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I went with some LS members for a skill up party, and we owned the crap out of him when he decided to show. The jobs we had were 75WHM, 74RDM, 70WHM, 68DRK, 67BLM, 66DRK (me), 63WHM, 62PLD, and a 55PLD. The fight lasted about 5-8 minutes, and we had the RDM74/NIN tank him, and he only got down to about 1/2 health once or twice. He doesn't hit very hard, about as much as a lvl 60 xp mob would. The BLM did about 1/2 the total damage to him, as the melees were only hitting for 1-60 (depending on his DEF at the time) and my Souleater + SaTa + Cross Reaper only did about 280 damage. We beat him no problem, but the PLD died from a Haunt and Robber Crab aggro. Out of the 15 fish i've traded, he popped 4 times, with no sword drop (/angry motion). There's only 1 person on the Fairy server (that I know of) that has this sword, so i'm (as well as some of my LS members) hoping to be one of the few to have one.
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cancer tooweak
# May 05 2005 at 1:39 AM Rating: Decent
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after i found out how to pop this guy soloed as 72rdm/blm 850mp x3 converts ><;; 1hr 7min fight
pertty easy to sleep in my new wise armor and warlock tabard but no **** great sword drop ; ;
party setup
# May 01 2005 at 1:44 AM Rating: Decent
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could this party take him?

60 drk (me)
2-3 60+ blm
65 rdm
69 rdm
65 drk
59 whm
60+ brd
60+ pld
70+ mnk
taking a 50 thf along for th2 :D

maybe more than this...not sure yet...the one blm said she might bring some people
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not soloable
# Apr 18 2005 at 8:20 AM Rating: Default
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i am a smn73 with 0mp costs while carby is out. i tried to solo this crab after 10 attempts to spawn it. once it did, i tried to solo it. carby hits it for like 7-8dmg and in return carby was takjing like 45dmg. definately not soloable. i zoned when carby was almost dead :/
# Apr 09 2005 at 10:14 PM Rating: Decent
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As far as I know I'm one of only 3 people on my server (Caitsith) that have Arondight. It took me over 2 months to get it with a vow that I would not lvl my Drk until I did. I do know now that Cancer's spawn is indeed random. I have gone 10+ quus and gotten only robbers. And when I finally did get the drop it was the second time in a row that he spawned.

Anyway, a few final key stats on just how long it took to get the guy:

My Drop Rate = 1/19 (5.26%)
Skillup Levels obtained (Just me): 178 (on 3 weapons)
Number of Coffer keys that dropped during the hunts: 63

Don't let this discourage you though, this is a awesome sword and it looks amazing.
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Cancer log
# Mar 28 2005 at 9:57 AM Rating: Decent
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Current log of Cancer pops/kills:

51 Quus trades
5 Cancer pops
0 Arondight drops
1 Angry Beastmaster

I talked to a JP who i had seen soloing it, who told me he had killed Cancer himself over 50 times with no Arondight drop. /cry

Also, when i first went to pop him, he was popping like every third or fourth pop, but now im on a streak of 20 with no cancer. Something might affect his pop rate, but knowing this game its just random and frustrating like everything else. Happy Hunting~

Edited, Mon Mar 28 09:58:11 2005
# Mar 22 2005 at 10:43 AM Rating: Decent
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In the process of aquiring this Great Sword for my drk. Tried last night with my static, we were 1/8 (or something like that) on pops and 0/1 on the drop. Our setup was 65 pld, war, whm, rdm, drk, and a 54 blm.

We had the whm sub smn and sneak carby pull. When he popped we pulled him up near the enterance. We did Raging Rush >>> Guilliotine for Induration with a Freeze burst. We pulled him by the zone so the blm could zone after freeze.

Took 3 skillchians to bring him down, all of our mages mp. No real danger, but it is draining if you don't have a nin tank. I'm lvl 65 drk, my guillotine only did 217 dmg to him and normal melee was 30-40. Took us 6 mins to beat him, no drop.

Also, the ??? is on a 20 min timer. We timed at 15, 18 and 20, and it always was up at exactly 20 mins from last spawn attempt. Also, when we fought him, the ??? was up 20 mins from spawn attempt and not ToD.

Edited, Tue Mar 22 11:06:34 2005
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# Mar 06 2005 at 8:04 PM Rating: Decent
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tried to pop it 11 times. all robbers -_- gonna try again later
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# Jun 18 2005 at 9:17 PM Rating: Decent
omg gruel dropped for you O.O im 0/51 on it...
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# Feb 23 2005 at 3:55 PM Rating: Decent
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Recently, i have regretted never leveling a great sword to exp with. i have never thought great swords had decent weapon skills until level 200 skill. So with being hard with cash nowadays and having taken off 3 months of leveling just to buy the "standard" drk gear i got anxious about this NM. well i looked into greatsword and for a 68 the only options were a mythril heart or a zweilander +1 or however its spelled. I already invested into a 500k+ scythe didnt have money to spend on it so i decided to camp this NM. Party consisted of 75blm, 75nin, myself, 56whm, 62whm, and at least 6 other melee's...basically overkill. After the 10th try he finally popped. Instead of pulling with a smn, there is an easier way. When u go into the zone, instead of turning left into the room to go pop him, you go straight. The first left turn you can make, take it...then take the next first left. you'll end up on the opposite side of the NM pop. Have a mage or someone with sneak run and go pop the NM. If pt stands close enough to the rocks, he'll aggro them so no need to pull. There is a haunt that is on that side of the rocks. only one, and it had the same respawn time as the the ???. I got extremely lucky and got it on the first time i fought him. Since them i've popped him 3 more times for pld's who have been skilling up with me since ive gotten it. all 3 times he didnt drop it so i consider it lucky. i hear some ugly war stories and no one needs to pop the NM just to have a bad pull and have it unspawn by the time u can get back into the zone. like in previous posts it is VERY resistant to physical attacks. Magic on the other hand...we did an induration SC with a Freeze MB...let's just say i had to Stun the mob just so he could Warp outta there quick after pld had no chance to get hate back. It drops about 1500-1600 gil per each person in a 6 person party. I think this sword is worth the trouble. its a gorgious sword and the water dmg comes into play every so often. If you can't afford the mythril heart, currently 800k on Caitsith, i'd go with this. Definitely worth spending a week skilling up while camping it. Goodluck all....btw Woot! Light SC's now!

Edited, Wed Feb 23 17:51:44 2005
Naroom-Go ask Gaiden squeeker gets on my chara all the time(since he seems to be one of the few ppl u trust) but i guess u have no exp doing this cause u never played Phill........ o wait thats right he toss his stuff off ur chara my bad.
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# Jan 19 2005 at 5:21 PM Rating: Decent
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belive it or not ~ we kill this 4 member, 62 DRK 59 NIn 64 Whm/SMN 60 BST. took us 25 min BUT NO DROP and then alway been 3~5 ppl level about the same 60ish after 1 week RLT and 10+ death we got the NM and got the drop ^^ me hehhehehe
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# Dec 31 2004 at 10:03 PM Rating: Decent
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I camped this thing for 4 days straight for a DRK friend of mine.
The night we got it to drop the pt set up was SAM/SAM/NIN/WHM/DRK.

It would have taken forever but me and the other sam just did a 4 part SC twice and took about 75% of its health

Lol when the DRK saw it dropped she went around /hug ing everyone. I'm just glad i got Spirits Within during the time we camped it lol
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spawn rate
# Dec 28 2004 at 2:56 AM Rating: Decent
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Ive spawned 33 robber crabs and no Cancer... do I have super bad luck or did they change the spawn rate?
Off Topic
# Nov 09 2004 at 8:16 PM Rating: Decent
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I just thought of something horrible, yet amusing:

You can't cast beneficial spells on mobs, so according to Square-Enix, you can't Cure Cancer...
RE: Off Topic
# Nov 10 2004 at 4:28 AM Rating: Decent
235 posts
Actually, you COULD Cure cancer...it would just have no effect :P (As you can Cure undead mobs and it will have effect, but Curing normal mobs gives you "no effect).

I'll leave you to decide what exactly that means.
Impossible Drop
# Oct 31 2004 at 2:15 PM Rating: Decent
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I know now why so very few people have the sword. I've been hunting it for 2 months now and have popped it a total of 6 times with no sword drop. The thing is next to impossible to actually spawn, and even harder to get the drop itself. Not to mention it's also next to impossible to find a party suitable to take it down who is willing to wait hours on hours for a great sword drop. My view is it is definently not worth it, however I'll continue to hunt it until I get it only because I've already invested so much time into it. If anyone else is interested in this sword, be aware that you have a much better chance hunting Argus lol.
Lv5 STR_+5%RapidShot_+4%CriticalHit_+16ArcherySkill_+8Marksmanship_Lv2HP_-2Enmity
My experience
# Oct 27 2004 at 6:46 AM Rating: Decent
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My experience: 5 Robber Crab, 1 Cancer, 0 drop ; ;

Isn't pretty hard to kill, just make sure you have at least 2 BLMs :X
# Sep 28 2004 at 5:53 PM Rating: Decent
342 posts
Killed Cancer easily with 64 whm/blm/rdm/drk/drk/pld. This NM is much easier than people make him out to be, it was basically like an xp mob fight, only a bit longer. He didn't hit very hard, and I (drk) was hitting for 50-70.

No drop ; ;
Dark Knight 75 Warrior 75 Bard 75 Samurai 72
DRK af2 5/5 WAR af2 4/5
Merit: Crit(5) STR(3) Scythe(7) G.Sword(3) Axe(2) Double Attack(4) Dark Magic(1) Dark Seal(2) Diabolic Eye (3) Muted Soul(1) Warrior's Charge(1)
Souleater Recast (3) HP (2)


# Sep 24 2004 at 8:52 AM Rating: Decent
968 posts
submitted a pic, its not up yet, it was kinda hard to tell (bad angle) but still something to fill the space :D
Turtlesoup - Stolen
98+2 Leathercraft
62 Smithing
60 Clothcraft

# Sep 14 2004 at 8:42 AM Rating: Decent
382 posts
You obtain this by trading a Quus to the lower area after the W. Altepa Zone (The room with all the haunts). It will either spawn Cancer or a regular Robber Crab. Either way, the safest way to pull is with Carbuncle unless you want to clear all the other crabs first. The drop rate on Cancer isn't 100%, and the chance of spawning him seems to be 1/3. You have to wait 15 minutes before the ??? can reappear again.

no damage
# Aug 31 2004 at 8:21 PM Rating: Decent
195 posts
This guy has incredibly high defense. With 400+ atk, I was hitting for 0-5 damage. I'd suggest a party high in black mages.

# Aug 25 2004 at 12:24 PM Rating: Decent
15 posts
somepage said the NM is 55 the last time i checked
# Aug 21 2004 at 9:52 PM Rating: Decent
6 posts
Me and my LS just fought this thing today. We had a small alliance of people ranging from 55-65 PLD (me and a level 55 one), DRK (2), WHM(2), RDM, BLM, THF, RNG. Well, after about 3 spawns of robber crabs, we finally pop Cancer. The whm/smn gets Carbuncle and pulls to avoid the haunts. I had Protect IV, Defender, Boiled Crab, Gluttony Sword and that level 55 shield. As soon as Cancer gets to us, I voke and get smacked with 131 damage, I nearly **** myself cause I heard this was a weak NM. I switch to Earth staff and damage is taken down to about 90, and even with my Earth Staff, hes still hitting for atleast 108 dmg total per normal hit and 220 from critcials with his en-water effect. All the melees go after it, they're hitting for crap damage, the RNG is only hitting 21 with ranged attacks. Then the WHM yells to kite it (I have never kited anything before so I just went with stuff I heard about) I start running around in a big circle, and Cancer follows, the mages nuke, melees follow and attack. The fight took about 10-13 minutes, and we let the THF strike the last hit. We got 3 crab meats, a crab shell, water crytal, and a Arondight! ^o^ The level 65DRK got it. Me and my LS plan to camp this thing till I and another DRK get it ^o^

Edited, Sun Aug 22 01:29:32 2004
# Aug 18 2004 at 8:47 AM Rating: Default
i really need this GS not really looking forward to the lockheart n other GSes that cost 500k-3mil if anyone knows pt configurations plz [Help me out!]
I got the Great Sword
# Aug 09 2004 at 5:54 AM Rating: Decent
109 posts
From previous post by LandSharkXScholar:
"To spawn cancer get some Quus (a type of fish) and bring them to Kuftal Tunnel. Inside the entrance from Altepa-go downstairs and to the left where all the haunts are. There are two ???s there-you're lookin for the one up north on a mini rock platform.

This specific ??? pops either a Robber Crab or Cancer each time you trade a Quus to it (the robbers wont link but they do aggro to sound and Cancer is no different plus a lil higher lvl). After each trade it takes about 15 minutes for the ??? to come back.

Word has it that Cancer spawns about 10% of your quus trades, and drops the arondight 2-5% of the time under normal conditions...(almost makes ya wanna cry huh?)

you dont have to kill the crabs that pop from your trade. If you leave a robber crab alone after it's popped it will disappear in like aminute or two...not sure if cancer does the same-but my guess is yes...and that no one wants to chance it to find out, so be prepared to claim it before someoen else or beore it dissapears."

Yes, the Cancer NM will dissappear in a few minutes if not engaged. A friend of mine popped one before the party was ready, then after a few minutes it just disappeared. Best way to kill it is to have a someone sneak and pull it with carbuncle up to the safe area where the lizzards are. Don't forget to sneak before trading Quu to ???.

I've killed it when I was in my 65s with a party of 60+ with a PLD tanking, but should be very easy with a ninja tank. Took about 5 mins to kill it. I don't know what the drop rate is, but I got it on first try. Lucky me I guess. I've sent in a picture just now.

Edited, Mon Aug 9 06:59:45 2004
Drk/Thf 74/37 (retired)
Thf 45, Nin 40, Rng 30, Blm 30, Brd 27, Whm 28

Lakshmi Server
# Jul 27 2004 at 10:06 AM Rating: Decent
15 posts
Landsharkx THANK YOU VERY MUCH i was wondering
how to spawn cancer and, and the drop rate.
Can a pt of lvl 60+ take him out?
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