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Finally got this...
# Jul 25 2008 at 1:05 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm now 1/33 on this after 2 weeks of doing nothing but... It's probably worth noting that I killed the NM rather slowly most of the time.
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0/8 now...
# Sep 02 2007 at 7:58 PM Rating: Decent
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0/8 now. Haven't been actively camping the thing, I'm sure I'd go crazy if I did.
0/2...
# Aug 14 2007 at 7:26 PM Rating: Decent
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0/2 on him after tonight. Gonna keep on truckin', at least til my NIN gets beyond the point of me wanting this. It's 56 now.

Really, the NM itself is no problem - I've been duoing it with a 75BLM friend, with myself as 70DRG/WHM. It's getting the new pop item that's annoying.

Hope it's not like my Leaping Lizzy pattern...0/26, with at least TH every time. My husband ended up claiming her and getting me the boots while I was at work a while back...and he is now 1/1 because of it.

Good luck to anyone who attempts this...I hope your luck is better than mine. Because it can't be much worse. :P
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# Jun 20 2007 at 7:41 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm now 0/24 on this NM... I've been fighting him on and off for 8+ months now, and this is COMPLETELY insane. There is no excuse for the randomness of drops of SO many "EX" items. I"m also 1/29 on LL for bounding boots, with TH2 on every kill! (50thf) However, I'm 1/2 on Empress hairpin, which makes no sense whatsoever. I'm also 1/18 on Moldavite earring... Once again, ridiculously random drops. They need to make SOME kind of consistency here - dont they realize how ABSURDLY ANNOYING and frustrating it is to work your @$$ off and go 0/30 on an nm, and then a friend goes 1/1 on it and had to do no work whatsoever to get the nm? I HATE this game for this reason! My second biggest pet peeve is probably how all lottery/timer pop NM's are ALWAYS claimed by the person with the fastest connection, which COMPLETELY ruins nm hunting for those of us who have less than stellar connections. They have fixed this a little with a FEW force pop nm's... which leads us back to the wonderful droprate of some of these :) Such as this NM...
COR rolls?
# Feb 26 2007 at 3:23 PM Rating: Decent
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I know melody earrings and orphic egg activate when you have bard songs on, and were later updated so that COR rolls work too. Does the same idea apply to this?
COR rolls?
# Feb 26 2007 at 3:21 PM Rating: Decent
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double post'd =/

Edited, Feb 27th 2007 3:07pm by Venlo
Isnt that hard
# Jan 03 2007 at 8:52 AM Rating: Decent
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Ok, so i dont know what ya'll are talking about. Myself as a 63Nin/Thf wit a 74Pld/Wardestroyed this thing. We cleared room and i popped it. I did die in the fight cuz i hit it with a Blade: Jin and got aggro when shadows were down. He was at 20% and used Throat Stab, then 2hrs to kill me. The PLD the switched from DD setup to full VIT/DEF+. He finished it in about 45secs.

Drop however, i did get lucky one. 1/1 Im just lucky like that i guess, cuz my NM record is...

LL 2/3 <both r/ex, one for me and one for friend>
VE 1/1
Spook 12/17
Beryl 1/1


Hoping this trend keeps up in my dyna runs with me getting high lots and god drops.
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# Dec 24 2006 at 9:29 AM Rating: Decent
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So, im in Uggalepih for over a day now to get my boyfriend the Katana. I had to go to Uggalepih around 7 times before i even got the ??? Item (Tonberry Rattle, spawns in the rooms of the first map, (when you enter Uggalepih) @ G-11, H-10, H-8 and K-5, 8 rooms total)The??? is in the paintings room, where you get to Den of Rancor. Clearing the room is always a good idea, and resetting hate. This NM is fairly easy, altho he loves to use Throat Stab sometimes, it brings you down to around 100hp if you dont have Stoneskin up, but also resets hate. I still like to go RDM/NIN for shadows. Mijin Gakure does almost no dmg, so no panic there. (because the nm normaly uses it around 10%hp).

Well... I was fighting the NM 10 times now, and got no Drop. (1x mugwort, all the time coats ; ;) and from 1,2k gil to 3k gil (i was in PT with 5 ppl who helped with Carby mitts nm and anytime else with the Char of my boyfriend). Ive spent so 20hrs in there, because the rattle spawns every 2hrs, sadly, i missed the last pop of the ??? for the rattle and its gone now ; ; *sigh* will take a few more days to get it I guess

edit: I'm up to 0/15... yay

edit#2: 1/17 on it, yay! finally, Temple of Uggalepih already was my second home by now XD

Edited, Dec 26th 2006 1:03pm by VampireFaith

Edited, Dec 27th 2006 2:31am by VampireFaith
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# Dec 17 2006 at 8:45 AM Rating: Decent
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Went this morning to get the NM it was: my sister (75Whm), My mom (75 Bst), and me (75 RDM). He did MG and got my sister down to 35 HP but rest of us only took 200 dmg or so. We killed and i'm not 1/1 on Hototogisu. I didn't think I was going to get it because the bst camped it before and is 0/8 on it. I got lucky :]
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# Dec 11 2006 at 8:54 PM Rating: Decent
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Got this hototogisu katana today 1/1 with help of ls friends. Thanks Rolanddeschain, Darthpanda, Oguras for the help

Edited, Dec 12th 2006 10:05am by Zanzoni
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# Nov 27 2006 at 11:34 AM Rating: Decent
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1 hour to find rattle
First solo try -75bst/whm- got drop

Im a happy 48 Nin ! 7 lvl to equip it ^@^
Success!
# Oct 30 2006 at 9:39 PM Rating: Decent
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Actually decided to give this thing a go after successfully getting the Offering for Carby Mitts, Prelate Key, and Den of Rancor Coffer Key and Map. Thought luck was good so sure enough got rattle and boom katana dropped. 74NIN/37WAR took me 2 tries but it was pretty easy. If this helps dropped on Windsday.
How active the Latent effect?
# Oct 17 2006 at 7:06 AM Rating: Decent
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1/1 with 75Nin/War
I have taken Mijin Gakure to 17% of life of the NM, I have killed it with much facility.
How active the Latent effect?
Katana
# Oct 10 2006 at 2:07 PM Rating: Decent
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ok so im a 75 thf on the shiva server i have camp this guy for the past day and half i have killed him 10x and he has not dropped the katana once everytime i have th2 and one time i have th3 does anyone know if the moon/% moon / type of moon plays any roll in the drop cause Treasure hunter does not play a roll i'll tell u that
Drop rate is rediculous
# Oct 08 2006 at 1:56 AM Rating: Decent
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This guy is frusterating and almost not worth the effort. To date, I'm 0/20 on him. I fight him every waking moment I have, camping the Rattle spawn every two hours I can.

I'm beginning to think it'll never drop. I wish they wouldn't nerf the drop rates. I really don't understand why SE has to be so stingy with Rare/Ex items. Its not like you can sell them and you still have to work to get them.

Here's to hoping that each "next time" that rolls around I'll see "You find a Hotogisu on the Meryl-footed Molberry."
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# Jul 19 2006 at 1:32 PM Rating: Decent
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Well.. I went into the temple to day to kill the Hocho NM with some friends and got the Rattle and said what the heck. We go to kill it and it drops the Hototogisu and the Dried Mugwart so I'm 1/1 w/o any TH in the party (MNK75/WAR37 NIN75/WAR37 WHM75/BLM37)
woot?
# Jul 12 2006 at 6:01 AM Rating: Decent
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When I got to level 50 with my ninja I thought it would be good to get the gear required 50-60, it makes the leveling much simpler. I saw this katana on cannotlinkto and decided to try to get it. I ended up reading about it here and started to loose confident in getting it, especially when I read the "I'm 0/44 on this" post ;_: I thought to myself it will just be another frustating drop to get like the Vilma's Ring (wich I havn't got yet, but I helped my friend getting it "¤#¤%"¤%"#).

Well yesterday I started to get all NIN AF pieces. I needed 4 coffer keys for that (bohyada tree, sea serpent grotto, ifrit's cauldron and kuftal tunnel). I thought to myself; 'Ok, I guess this whole day is booked hunting keys and coffers'. But guess what.. I killed totally 12 mobs for the four keys. So I thought, heck, I'll get the Hototogisu today too.

I went to the temple as RDM75/NIN37 and brought two friends (WHM75/BLM37 and THF70/NIN35). I found the ??? for the rattle and we headed to the "paintbrush room" got tp and popped the NM thinking 'atleast it's fun to kill NM's', not hoping too much on the katana.

We killed him and I got the drop, simple as that :) My THF friend who's a taru got killed by Mijin Gakure.. but hey.. he's a taru ;)

So that makes me 1/1 on it.

GL on drop.

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# Jul 03 2006 at 9:13 AM Rating: Decent
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Just thought I would post here to say im 0/44 so far on this...

Hototogisu: O
# May 12 2006 at 9:10 AM Rating: Decent
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I was determined to get this and camped it every day after coming home from work. I can attest to the rest of the claims here, that he is indeed stingy. My record is 1/9 and I used the posts here as a guide. Indeed, the Rattle "???" is a 2 hour pop and the NM "???" is 15 minutes. As a matter of record. I did infact get the katana during his Mijin Gakure. I went solo as 75RDM/37BLM and decided @ around 15% health I'd chainspell and Thunder III what was left of his life bar. Well he still managed to get MG off, however, funny thing was he died as he was on the floor(before he gets back up) lol. Dropped the katana /joy

Edited, Fri May 12 09:06:46 2006
Hototogisu
# May 04 2006 at 9:58 AM Rating: Decent
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I got it today 1/3 solo as 75THF.

Laten effect works only when you have BRD's song on you (any song).

GL on drop guys.

Edited, Thu May 4 09:58:47 2006
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# Apr 05 2006 at 7:46 PM Rating: Excellent
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I'm 0/7 on this *******... He makes me ****.
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# Feb 08 2006 at 6:33 AM Rating: Decent
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So I've been farming in the Temple for a about 3 days camping Sozu Sarberry for Hocho, 0/13 on that >.>

I run around getting pop items cuz i'm bored and i get the rattle, i look it up, its for a nin wpn. I have 67 nin now and figured, why not, we were on our way to den of rancor through the paintbrush room and cleared the room, i popped, we easily killed and behold.... 1/1.

Then again i'm 75THF with a thf knife that i was 1/22 on. So this may help u guys.

Havent had a chance at using it yet, just got it yesterday and i'm still lfp x.x but just to bump the info up...

Latent activates by having a song on.
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# Feb 08 2006 at 1:54 AM Rating: Decent
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Got it first kill. Killed as BST75/WHM37 with the help of my lady on her BLM75/RDM37. Just a note: it will get back up after Mijin Gakure and keep attacking you. We found it hilarious.
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# Jan 31 2006 at 3:42 PM Rating: Decent
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Ok, on January 29th and 30th, 2006 I did this 3 times as a NIN 50/WHM (hey, it works for soloing).

I would Tonko and run around to the doors, cancel invisible, hide behind the doors, tab around inside the room, and re-Tonko when there wasn't a ???.

So, did this cat-n-mouse dance every couple of hours or so, and did manage to find the ??? 3 times.

Temple of Ugly Lantern Midgits is a good place for high 70's to solo for farming and some exp, so there were always plenty of people who wanted to help out with a spawned NM fight (i.e. Fun fight, without waiting).

First time, level 75 ninja, the Tonberry Mijin-Gakured, but amazingly, even my level 50 self didn't die (did about 400 damage). No drop. 0/1

Second time, level 63 thief and myself and level 55 paladin from my linkshell, and a JP 75 monk killed it so quickly that it didn't have time to Mijin Gakure. No drop. >.<

Third time, level 74 Summoner with Garuda, predator clawed a few times, and the Tonberry Mijin Gakure (with Barfira up) and did 1100 damage to me, one shotted. One last predator claw, and Tonberry bit the dust. No drop. >.<

So there has been a 2 ninja party (scratch that theory), 1 TH2 party + ninja (TH2 worthless), and Summoner BP kill (no drop either).

Any thoughts on who got kill, moon phase, day of week, party setup which resulted in a drop?

Any help appreciated.. I want this Katana.
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# Jan 03 2006 at 12:42 PM Rating: Default
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I got this on new years, call it a New years present.

I was bored and went to look for the coffer in temple for my map. When i pass by i see the ??? for the rattle is up but i couldnt take it cause its rare/ex. rattle was in storage but you cant fool SE.

I went as RDM/NIN just to work on my dagger trials and i found a THF competing for the THF knife NM with gil sellers. (The yukine gang)

He came along to help we picked up a rattle from the ??? and when clearing the room i got a Ugalephi key (I was sure the **** coffer was in the locked door)and i got it there.

We killed the mob easily i finshed him with a savage blade and no drop.

I warped back home to get my rattle and this time when he was 5% i just turned to let the thf kill it with his THF knife. He did a dancing edge with THF knife to kill him and i got my katana.

Needless to say the mob was facing me the whole fight. (Its funny seeing melee trying to get hate from a mage)

Martial anelance + Joyeuse + Haste + barfire + Enthunder + Utsusemi + Stoneskin + Phalanx +Ice spikes = {Imposible to gauge} RDM/NIN

I was full HP all the time except on Mijin Gakure which he took about 20% on my HP only.

Im not sure how good this katana is now that my NIN is 61 and i use the dmg:30 katanas. GUess ill try it out
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