Journey Abroad  

Realm:San d'Oria
Start Area: Northern San d'Oria
Start NPC:Any Gate Guard
Related Areas:Balga's Dais
Palborough Mines
Windurst Walls
Related Mobs:Black Dragon
Grohm (H - 9)
Pius (J - 8)
Savae E Paleade (I - 9)
Uu Zhoumo (F - 7)
Mission:2 - 3
Min Level:18
Max Level:99
Grants Gil:3000
Reward:Rank 3
(Average from 54 ratings)
Items Required:Mine Gravel
Mythril Sand
Title Obtained:Certified Adventurer
This Mission is Not Skippable
Previous Mission: The Davoi Report
Next Mission: Infiltrate Davoi
Last Updated: Fri Mar 30 02:38:18 2012

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Mission Orders

Visit the faraway nations of Bastok and Federation of Windurst and receive official recognition as an adventurer.


The guard sends you to talk to Halver in Northern San d'Oria. He needs you to help out at Bastok and Federation of Windurst embassies. You can do this in any order.


If you chose to start in Bastok, go speak with Pius in the office of the President. If you have done Federation of Windurst first, you will need to speak to the San d'Orian Consulate Savae E Paleade before going to see Pius.

You will be sent to Palborough Mines to get some Mythril Sand. First, check the Auction House to see if there are any Mine Gravel for sale. If so, buy it. If not, talk to Grohm in Metalworks and he will give you three Pickaxes. Just in case, you should buy some extras. They are sold by Boytz in Bastok Mines or at the Auction House.

Note: You must talk to Grohm to get a cut scene to be able to complete this mission.

In Palborough Mines at (F-7, first floor), you will find the Mythril Seam. Use the Pickaxe on the Mythril Seam until you get a Mine Gravel. (obviously you can skip this if you bought the gravel)

Once you get the gravel, find the Refiner on the third floor at (I-7). Trade the Mine Gravel to the Refiner and the machine will begin to work. Head to the machine on the second floor and pull the lever. You should receive an oz. of Mythril Sand. You can take a shortcut back to Bastok by jumping into the boat on the third floor.

Trade the Mythril Sand to Savae E Paleade.

Next, it's off to Federation of Windurst!

Next head to the ambassador in Federation of Windurst. He sends you to a tower in Windurst Walls to get a key. Zone into Heaven's Tower and speak to Kupipi to get the key and head off to Giddeus. At this point, you will need a full group. You can buy a map of Giddeus in Windurst Woods.

When you get to Giddeus you want to go to a burning circle located at G-12 in the southwest corner. Get ready for battle. Head into the circle and a dragon will appear. You need to defeat the dragon. After you do it, report back to the ambassador and then back to the guard and you gain rank 3 and 3,000 Gil.

Federation of Windurst

If Federation of Windurst is first, then you need to take a shield offering to Uu Zhoumo, the Yagudo NPC guarding the treasure room in the lowest part of Giddeus, then you have to fight Zhuu Buxu the Silent and retrieve 2 Parana Shields and trade them to the San d'Orian consulate. They tell you to go to Bastok next where you will get tossed around to different people until you are told to go into the mines. Go with a party to the 3rd floor and head towards the burnt spot on the map, and you will zone into the next part where you will find the burning circle. Then kill the Black Dragon and see the cutscene, head back to the San d'Orian consul in Federation of Windurst, they will complete you for their part and you just need to head on home to complete the mission.

Note that this mission is given in all three kingdoms, so you can group with anyone and still complete it.

Update Notes

As of February 14th, 2011, there is no longer a level cap restriction on the mission battlefield.

To read the transcripts for this quest, see the Journey Abroad Spoilers page.

Mission Series

This mission is part of the San d'Oria nation mission series. The complete series includes:

This page last modified 2011-02-14 21:52:32.
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SandyRank3 Mission - Looking for party
# Apr 02 2010 at 7:23 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm looking for help to complete this mission so, if anyone is doing this mission starting with Bastok and is also needing help send a /tell to Anjel im on Giglamesh server.

I have already been to Bastok and talked to consulate and Pius and Grohm just waiting to go to Palborough Mines to get sand as none at AH anywhere. Was told that i need a party to Mines and then fight dragon... I will be happy to run around Bastok with you lol

erm..i just noticed mistakes in what ive just written lmao

I have done the above mentioned but need to go to Palborough Mines to get Gravel and turn it into sand..there much better :) lol

oh and im 28whm/14blm if that helps (probably not as i think its capped at a certain level or something lol)

***Weeeee still no help lol***

Edited, Apr 2nd 2010 9:30am by SatansAnjel

Edited, Apr 2nd 2010 9:43am by SatansAnjel

Edited, Apr 3rd 2010 5:56am by SatansAnjel
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Dragon help
# Mar 28 2009 at 5:46 AM Rating: Decent
I am at the end of the 2-3 mission and have been solo 26 War/13 Mon so far. Can I do this solo, or do I need others, and if so how do I get some help?
Help Wanted
# Feb 26 2009 at 1:45 AM Rating: Decent
2 posts
If anyone is doing this mission, please let me know. My email is dan6920@yahoo.com. I am a 26 War/14 Monk in the Ifrit Server. Let me know if you want to get together!
Defeating the Dragon
# Feb 23 2009 at 9:41 AM Rating: Decent
2 posts
Can I solo this being 26 War/13 Mnk?
Help needed
# Dec 13 2008 at 9:03 AM Rating: Decent
3 posts
Hiya everyone. My name's Sinjoda and I was looking for a few friends on Midgardsormr to help me out with 2-3 Mission. I'm a level 41 Red Mage/ 20 White mage. And yes I'm looking for a party to do this with. So if you can offer any help please feel to email me at overlord_sinjoda@hotmail.com. Thank for your help and Have a great day. ^^
dragon fight
# Sep 13 2008 at 1:28 PM Rating: Decent
1 post
Hey I need help killing the dragon in giddeus my link is never on so i dont get much help, my name is Ashido and im on the ragnarok server so please help if you can.
Help is here!
# Jul 28 2008 at 12:46 PM Rating: Decent
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Anyone on the Unicorn server, send a tell to Ayban and I would be happy to help... that is, if I am not already busy doing something.
need a party for fighting a dragon for rank 3
# Jul 15 2008 at 11:51 AM Rating: Decent
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I am a whm21 and blm10. I would also like to know should i be at lvl 25 whm before i fight the dragon. And i need a party to defeat the dragon any replies would be appreciated.
need a party for fighting a dragon for rank 3
# Jul 15 2008 at 3:56 PM Rating: Default
425 posts
Dont have to be 25 really. Easiest way to do this is bring a monk with you. Thats it lol. Have the monk voke the dragon, then attack kill the eye. 2hr (Hundred Fists) the dragon. Keep the monk alive. Probably wont need extra mp, but if you want to be extra careful buy a Yagudo Drink (1.8-2k gil) Good Luck!
Michimeow - Sylph
Common: STR 5/5 Crit:4/4 Evasion:3/4
75THF: Dagger:8/8 Triple:5/5 SA:3/5 TA:2/5 AC:4/5 Feint:5/5 AS:1/5
75NIN: Katana:8/8 SubtleB:1/5 NTE:5/5
75WHM: Cure 5/5 Regen 3/5 Pro V: 1/5 Shell V: 1/5 Devotion: 5/5

THF TP - http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/profile.xml?194817
THF WS - http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/profile.xml?125747
NIN WS - http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/profile.xml?195591
NIN TP - http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/profile.xml?195592
# Jul 14 2008 at 4:02 PM Rating: Decent
78 posts
Might need to talk to sandorian consulate first if you do basty first....
# Jul 07 2008 at 8:47 AM Rating: Decent
5 posts
i have a problem... i bought some mine gravel in the auction house and went to the mines... without reading the guide i put the gravel in the machine on the second floor and i cant find the bottom half... what should i do?
You must talk with Grohm
# Jul 03 2008 at 8:04 PM Rating: Decent
22 posts
**If you take BASTOK route first** verified that you have to talk to grohm regardless of whether you buy the gravel or mine it!
# Jun 30 2008 at 5:19 PM Rating: Decent
4 posts
this was almost too easy... trio-ed it last night... probably could have duo-ed it just need someone to sleep the dragon, wail on the eye, then take the dragon out... i (mnk/war) popped my 2hr and the dragon was down in less than a minute
# Jun 21 2008 at 11:32 AM Rating: Decent
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hello guys! i have a question a Sam 39 / War 18 can solo it???
# Jul 14 2008 at 3:57 PM Rating: Decent
78 posts
its a 25 cap fight...
Need Help
# Jun 16 2008 at 6:55 PM Rating: Decent
2 posts
I need to do the last part of this in bastok, i can't find anyone to party with. I'm on the pheonix server, so if you need this please send me a tell. I have the same name in the game.
# Jun 05 2008 at 7:41 PM Rating: Decent
Pius IS NOT in the President's Office itself. When you go inside the building, there are 3 doors. Pius is in the one that's on the RIGHT.
Shenarillius - Carbuncle
75 Paladin, 75 Warrior, 75 Thief, 75 Summoner, 75 BLM, 75 BST
Cooking 73.8
San d'Oria Rank 10
*as of Oct 29 '08
Searching in Phoenix
# Mar 25 2008 at 7:12 PM Rating: Decent
2 posts
I'm looking for a party to finish this mission on the Phoenix server in Windhurst against the BCNM in Giddeus. I've been searching for about 3 days now. Can anyone help me? I have my main character Boomc as a 20WAR/10MNK and my secondary Goken as a 52PLD/26WAR. I know the cap is at 25 and my secondary is prepared. Send a tell to Boomc, I'm on from 6:00PM to 9:00PM PST. Please help me!
# Feb 28 2008 at 1:25 PM Rating: Decent
1 post
wel thats just s*it, i forgot to talk to halver first so ive just wasted 30mins of my life, i hate it when the game does things like this
Getting it together
# Feb 10 2008 at 12:24 PM Rating: Decent
3 posts
If anybody on Leviathan is doing this let me know. Name is same. 24WAR/12MNK
Thanks for not telling everyone...
# Jan 20 2008 at 1:19 PM Rating: Decent
9 posts
Whoever made this Walkthrough forgot one thing

Where they say "Head to Windurst Walls to get a key"

SHOULD SAY "Head to Windurst Walls, then enter Heavens Tower. From there you want to talk to Kupipi (SP?) to obtain the "Dark Key" Key Item which is needed to activate the Burning Circle to fight the dragon.

But apparently that's too much correct information.
# Jan 10 2008 at 10:26 PM Rating: Decent
16 posts
For those who would like to do this mission on the HADES server.

I was going to do this mission January 17th, but not enough people contacted me. Please reply to this post if you want to do this mission and we will go when enough people are participating.


I have confirmed that these people will also be participating:

-Invincible (me) as 25 BLM/RDM
-Snowgalka as 25 WAR/MNK
-Demoncupid as 25 RDM/WHM

If you are interested in signing up for the mission on the Hades server, just leave a response to this post, and I will contact you on wednesday or thursday, when I play. You should be lv. 20-25 (mission caps at 25). We will also have to allocate a bit of time to do the windurst part for those who need that done. Try to get that done ahead of time if possible. Thanks!

Edited, Jan 11th 2008 4:54pm by InvincibleShield

Edited, Jan 14th 2008 7:19pm by InvincibleShield

Edited, Jan 18th 2008 1:39am by InvincibleShield
# Jan 08 2008 at 11:25 PM Rating: Decent
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Hi i'm trying to start this mission, so i went to bastok first and this guide it says to talk to pius in the presidents office, but when i find him he is not in the presidents office at all and when i try to talk to him he tells me he is busy and to go away. So is there something i have to do before talking to him? or does this guide suck and i need to talk to someone else?
Journey to Windurst first
# Jan 06 2008 at 2:41 PM Rating: Decent
16 posts
When you go to Windurst first, you have to go to Bastock after and kill a dragon... How many people are required to kill the dragon??

Edited, Jan 6th 2008 5:42pm by InvincibleShield

BTW anyone want to do this quest on the Hades server? I chose to do the Windurst one first and I am already in Windurst. Just waiting for my buddy to get to level 20 or so, which could take a week or two. Send me a tell if you see me online. My username is invincible.

Edited, Jan 6th 2008 6:13pm by InvincibleShield
My dad needs some help in the Sylph server
# Dec 13 2007 at 5:31 PM Rating: Decent
879 posts
His name is Cohen and he's playing right now. He has tried killing it like 3 times, and he really wants to kill it. Could you just send a message to him or something?he is in sylph, lvl 25 dark knight w/ sidejob of warrior. 33 str

Edited, Jan 15th 2008 7:27pm by Izaacpaul
Spiderpalm, level 32 Undead Warlock of the server Lightbringer.
any1 to help
# Dec 07 2007 at 1:02 PM Rating: Decent
64 posts
any1 need to do this i do too...loglobian bahamutha
Got mythril sand. Now what?
# Oct 22 2007 at 9:46 AM Rating: Decent
803 posts
Im having problems with this. I went to Windy 1st with no problem. Went to Bastok, talked to consul, talked to Pieus, talked to Ghrom. Then went to Mines, got gravel, refined it and got onz of mythril sand. I Went as WHM/BLM with access to warp so I just warped back to Bastok (made it as my HP). That's th e only diffent thing I did from guide (instead of taking boat).

I went back and talked to Savae E Paleade, she just says good luck on mission. I tried trading her the sand and it does not do anything, just puts it back to my invetory. Talking to Pius tells me why am I just standing there and talk to Ghrom at eatery. I taled to Grohm and he keeps telling me good luck as I'm gonna need it.

What's missing?
Got mythril sand. Now what?
# Oct 22 2007 at 9:51 AM Rating: Decent
803 posts
P.S. One other thing that was different. Guides tell me Galka Grohm will give me pickaxes but he didnt'. I had to buy pickaxes.
Got mythril sand. Now what?
# Nov 24 2007 at 2:25 AM Rating: Decent
1 post
you have to stalk them... meaning you have to run behind them for a certain amount of time without letting him see you until he decides you have stalked him enough to give you pickaxes :)
Got mythril sand. Now what?
# Oct 26 2007 at 9:49 AM Rating: Decent
2 posts
It looks like the problem is that you went to Windurst first. If you start out with the Windurst Parahna shields quest, you don't do the Mythril Sand quest for the Bastok part. Copy/pasted (and slightly paraphrased) from above: "If Windurst is first... you to go to Bastok next where you will get tossed around to different people until you are told to go into the mines. Go with a party to the 3rd floor and head towards the burnt spot on the map, and you will zone into the next part where you will find the burning circle. Then kill the Black Dragon and see the cut scene, head back to the San D'Orian counsul in Windurst (I think they mean Bastok here), they will complete you for their part and you just need to head on home to complete the mission."

Or, go to this link: http://wiki.ffxiclopedia.org/wiki/San_d%27Oria_Mission_2-3 and scroll down to the 'Windurst to Bastok' walkthrough.

Edit: Oh, be sure to talk to the Sand d'Orian consul first. she'll tell you who to talk to next to get your in game instructions for the dragon fight.

Edited, Oct 26th 2007 1:52pm by Ceannara
# Aug 13 2007 at 12:05 PM Rating: Good
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I am a 28war/14mnk, my girlfriend is a 28rmg/12blm, will we be able to duo this fight?
# Sep 15 2007 at 1:11 AM Rating: Decent
You may more secure by a 3 members party. At least you need a BLM to sleep the Dragoon. I killed that yesterday with a 2 members party NIN/RDM and a BLM/WHM. The NIN got a lot of potion and the BLM 1x Super Ether and 3x High Ether. Also use of BLM Manafont and Elementel up. Successfull at the second try.
Essential to not heal the NIN and start Fire Blizzard and Thunder instead. Be fast!!
If you may wait too long the dragoon will stone / paralyse you. Use Barparalysega.

Edited, Sep 15th 2007 5:36am by reinertiegsi
Did this again duo. Too easy
# Aug 06 2007 at 8:40 AM Rating: Decent
21 posts
I was wonder around in windy then I hear a shout from a blm lvl 75 for help on 2.3 rank. I think he change nation. I tell him why don't u solo it? He say there is no way you can solo or duo rank 2.3 I was like what the ****!!! I did rank 2.3 over 50+ times and a lvl 75 say that. Did he ever play this game at all? Or did he buy his account from Ebay?

I tell to my friend blm lvl 50. She say she will join to show him how we the bomb duo this 2.3 Got in BCNM lvl cap 25 nake to show off like in your face.
Me nake mnk/war 25 my friend nake blm/whm 25. Blm ES + sleep the dragon. I give the eye some beating mean while dragon wake. Blm don't feel like sleeping it. She run around circle the BCNM with the dragon. She say take your time :) When I finish the eye then provoke the dragon and pop mnk 2hrs. I murder the dragon and we win.

The blm 75 watch the whole thing and didn't say a thing. I guess me and my friend show him.

Rank 2.3 is easy why ppl saying it is hard? I solo it as mnk/nin, bst/nin, blm/nin, nin/war, rdm/nin using x-potion or hi-potion and win just fine.
lvl cap
# Aug 05 2007 at 10:51 AM Rating: Good
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if i started this mission at a lower lvl, but now i'm above 25, can i complete this mission? or do i have to start all over with lvling up another job and get to lvl 20 - 25 again?
lvl cap
# Sep 07 2007 at 9:58 AM Rating: Good
6 posts
no, it just puts you at lvl 25, so bring your lvl 25 gear, or you will have none
# Jul 20 2007 at 3:02 AM Rating: Decent
14 posts
We did this mission last night easily with three capped at 25. We went with four, but the fourth couldn't get into battle. The blm sleeped the dragon and someone immediately voked it and woke it up. We killed the eye anyway and took no damage from the wide awake dragon. The dragon itself was easy as we just plugged away at it. This was a lot easier than I had thought it would be!

Edited, Jul 20th 2007 7:02am by Crimoon
Help wanted
# Jul 15 2007 at 7:44 PM Rating: Decent
14 posts
I just started up this quest and I might need help, my name is Fait on the Server Odin. Send me a /tell.
Tumbling Truffle 0/1
Golden Bat 1/5
Hoo Mjuu The Torrent 0/1
Jolly Green 0/2
Bloodpool Vorax 0/2
Vuu Puqu the Beguiler 1/1
Poisonhand Gnadgad 1/5 (sitabaki) 0/5 (gi)
windy npc
# Jun 24 2007 at 6:43 AM Rating: Decent
22 posts
Kupipi is the NPC that gives you the DARK KEY in Heavens Tower
Help on Unicorn
# Jun 12 2007 at 10:09 AM Rating: Decent
2 posts
Anyone on unicorn server need to do this mission, been trying to form party in Windurst for 3 days to defeat Black Dragon. Thanks!

Edited, Jun 12th 2007 2:10pm by sicHades
# May 21 2007 at 4:45 PM Rating: Decent
73 posts
THE DRAGON IS SOLOABLE. I solo'd it as Drg/Whm without alot of difficulty. As of right now I'm a 51DRG/WHM, but anyone with drg/whm to 25 or drg/war(just buy 3 extra hi-potions) that want to spend alittle more money can solo him. I sold any really good 25 gear, so just basic AH lvl 25 gear will do (I think most of it was 20 though Platoon Lance included). It took me four Hi-potion (700gill apiece), and one boiled crab for Def(which I dont remember the cost, I have them for soloing anyway), and I took a yagudo drink but never used it. This is how the battle went, before entering Burning Circle I cast all buffs rested then entered, ate the boiled crab used Anceint Circle Attacked the dragon used jump then 2houred "Spirit Surge" used my reset jump to low his def (that what jump does after a dragoon 2hours for thoughs who arent familiar) then because my wvyvern was gone while I surged I couldnt use healing breath and because of the dragons strong special attacks I dont think it would be a good idea to get your hp that low to use healing breath. Just use a macro'd Hi-potion everytime your hp goes yellow ( that was 4 for me), and continue to attack, then my 2houred wore off so recalled my wyvern (which timer you should have let reset before entering battle), hit the dragon a couple of more times then it died, switched target to the seeker(he was retarded easy) and attacked, used jump when it reset healing breath 3 times when my hp got to 33%, then he died. The End
Note- Acc. not a issue I'm elvaan and the only Acc. gear I had was +2Dex ring which is like what 1 Acc, and I didnt miss one time the whole battle.
Bavien- "Ramuh" server
Bavien Ramuh Server 2005-08
Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865 Earth, 2010-? Mysidia Server
just a quick question
# May 07 2007 at 3:06 PM Rating: Decent
34 posts
What is the Max number of people that can enter the fight ? An also I have already done this mission but I did it with startin in windy, an the friend Im helping it with started it in bastok is there any conflict of my entering the fight, an I also still have a mission up just havent felt like finishing it yet for sandy 6-1. thanks in advance for your help.
just a quick question
# May 21 2007 at 4:11 PM Rating: Decent
73 posts
I believe the max number is 6 that can enter and no it shouldn't be a conflict you should be able to enter any of them once you've done the quest.Edited, May 21st 2007 8:36pm by Bavien

Edited, May 21st 2007 8:42pm by Bavien
Bavien Ramuh Server 2005-08
Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865 Earth, 2010-? Mysidia Server
Duo'd at 21
# May 06 2007 at 1:07 AM Rating: Decent
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Last week the Windurst Dragon part of this was duo'd by myself (Ahimsaka) and a friend on Ramuh. We hit Lvl 21 and were looking for a pty for a long, long time (a couple weeks in fact -_-). After the 150th, "Yeah, let's do it in a minute. /wait 60 No thanks, let's do it tomorrow!" Welkin (21 blm/whm) and I (21 mnk/war) decided it was time to go to bed, but we might as well go out in style and fight this dragon as hard as we could.

Entering the arena with pretty standard gear (Rep knucks, Battle gloves, Light Solea, Power Gi, etc), I used a mithkabob, boosted up and we got to work. Welkin kept the dragon slept and I punched Searcher right in the face until he died. I'd packed 6 Hi-Potions for this part because Welkin was going to let me solo the thing so he could conserve mana for the dragon. Not too hard there, I used a couple potions and Welkin hit me with a couple heals between sleeps, and it went down with me in the yellow. The boosted first attack round helped a lot. Welkin kept the dragon asleep a bit longer (with one fail that came so close to killing us that I probably pooped a little bit) while I healed up. Welkin kept getting drawn toward the dragon, but it didn't matter because it was asleep.

With me at full life again, I decided to dust off the 'ol punching fist and teach this dragon what it's like to kill two level 21 morons. I told Welkin not to be scared, but it was to late. We were both fully prepared to die here, so I just used hundred fists and kept my hands at my potion macro. My eyes were closed for most of this part, but suffice to say that this dragon wailed on me pretty good, but I kept the potions coming and the vokes every 30 sec to prevent Welkin from dying (as a taru, he has very little HP. But a HUUUUUGE... uhh.. Mana pool. If you know what I mean). Welkin kept a good stream of magical powers helping me and hurting this monster, and he only drew hate a couple times between the vokes and the constant rain of knuckles. I was probably 38 or 39 hp from dying, when Welkin hit this beast with a Thunder that ended it's miserable life. As the cut scene started, I vomited out of shock, and even over the 200 or so miles that separates us we could hear each other screaming. After that, we strutted back to Windy with manly, Burt Reynolds confidence, and the next day we were killed by some bats in Qufim. So in the end, the story is kind of sad, but it teaches us a lesson; if you want to fight this dragon, bring some of those bats. They are pretty tough. OR bring two level 21 muscle freaks, and then stay at home because you know you can't handle this kind of hotness.

Anyway, the real point here is that this thing can be taken down without having to find a whole giant posse. With a good BLM, some Hi-Potions, and a fist that won't stop punching, you can kill anything. Especially this dragon and his annoying friend.
Ramuh LDMF RiverCityRansomLife

24 mnk - 14 war - 10 thf
# Apr 07 2007 at 7:59 PM Rating: Decent
6 posts
I went to Bastok first, bought the gravel, took it to the mines, got the sand and traded it to Savae the head of the counsol and finished up the Bastok part. I am now in windurst try to figure out what to do because the head of the sandy counsel,Mourices, says I have no business with him. I talked to everyone in the counsel and nothing has happened. No cut-scene, no talk about the quest, nothing. Has anyone else ever had this problem or heard of anyone else having this problem??? I contacted a GM and they said to ask around to see if any else has had this problem and to post in the Bug section on Playonline if I cant resolve this. Does anyone have an idea on what I should do or what I havent done?
Not too difficult
# Apr 02 2007 at 6:37 AM Rating: Decent
444 posts
The most annoying part of this mission was finding a PT to help with the fight in Giddeus! The portion of the mission in Bastok was so easy that it doesn't even bear mentioning, and after about 5 attempts (through kind LS members and random players encountered in Windhurst) to form a PT to kill the beasty, I decided to camp in Giddeus outside of Balgia's Dais and wait for a PT to come to me. This... didn't work, and I wouldn't recommend the strategy to anyone.

What did work was that I ran into a Mithra NIN/THF- Veyra- farming Yag necklaces for Norg fame in Giddeus. We started chatting to pass the time as she farmed and I upped my clothcraft skill0rz and she eventually sent me a tell letting me know that she'd be happy to help with the fight if I can find a PT. Shortly thereafter, a member of my LS asked me if I still needed help finding a PT and I jumped at the chance. With the three of us confirmed, Veyra ran back to Windhurst and changed jobs to a THF/WAR. Our party was as follows (I forget the levels that Rad and Veyra started with, but they were capped down to the 25 limit):

Beltenebros (me!): 25WAR/12MNK, pimped out gear save the Republic Subligar. Slanted to be more of a DD armed with a Neckchopper (as, ideally, all WARs should be in their 20s)
Radek (LS): 25BLM/12WHM
Veyra: 25THF/12WAR

We entered the Burning Circle and I buffed with Sole Sushi and Boost. Veyra popped a Mithkabob and Radek fired up Elemental seal. He ran ahead, slept the dragon, I ran in and 'voked the Searcher while Veyra SATA'd him but good. After a few shots from me and her, he dropped without much trouble. Radek re-slept the dragon to be safe, and we rested/boosted (not really needed) and then woke him up with a SATA. I 2-houred, beat him for around 125/hit and then 'voked and dropped Defender-which we discussed I would do, as I was the closest thing to a tank that we had- to coast through the rest of the fight while Radek cast Aero and Veyra SATA'd when able. 2-houring was probably unnecessary, as he only knocked me down to the yellow and Veyra took all of 45 damage but the fight, with the resting, lasted 5:24 seconds.

So, if you haven't read this elsewhere and you're a Lvl 25 job stuck on this mission- all you really need are three knowledgeable players (one of which being a BRD or BLM for sleep!) and you shouldn't even break a sweat on this one. Also, discussing your strategy BEFORE the fight is a given... but I should hope that you've picked up on that by now ^-^
For a greater economy shall follow us and it will be outdone. And a greater autonomy shall follow us and it too will be outdone. And a greater feeling shall follow Love and it too we will blow to dust.
Retired. For reals this time.
Gilgamesh server need pt :)
# Mar 15 2007 at 7:48 AM Rating: Decent
4 posts
Hello all, I need a pt to do this. I already did most of it, just need to kill the dragon in Palborough mine. I'm a monk/war. If you can /tell me!

Thank you :)
Server Gilgamesh
Monk 33 Warrior 20 Dark 15
Linkshell Assassins
getting the mission
# Mar 12 2007 at 9:18 AM Rating: Decent
948 posts
If you can't get the mission, trade cheap crystals to gate guards until your status > profile bar is filled.

Edited, Mar 12th 2007 1:19pm by darkhaze
# Mar 01 2007 at 8:55 PM Rating: Decent
4 posts
i cant get this rank 3 mission???!!! wats the reason?[u][/u]
Kingdom: San'doria <hume> WASP <linkshell>
10 woodworking 06 alchemy
03 smithing
03 goldsmthing
bad luck
# Feb 26 2007 at 10:42 PM Rating: Decent
5 posts
Wow. Had bad luck with this.

First set up was 25MNK, 25BLM, 25WHM, 19PLD. The PLD couldn't enter the battlefield because he had his flagged in Bastok, and we forgot about that.

Dragon 2hred after we killed the eye. Kill the MNK, cursed the BLM. BLM dies, I die.

Just now... 25RDM, 25WHM, 25NIN, 25SMN. Died once because of everyone getting cursed. Did it again and won flawlessly.
1/3 lol.
Mission COmpletion
# Feb 06 2007 at 4:37 PM Rating: Decent
15 posts
We finished in like 5 minutes as a 25 SAM 25 WHM 25 BLM and 23 WAR. It was sooo easy, we didnt need 2 hour and you get TP kinda easily so its simple.

Mithra( yes i am a girl in rl)
Seraph server

HIT ME UP :]]]

7. You are NOT Altana's gift to Mithra with 1337 capped Pimping Skill. Deal with it.
# Dec 31 2006 at 1:37 PM Rating: Decent
10 posts
I did Windurst first, who do I give these shields to?

27WHM/13BLM Galiant
# Dec 27 2006 at 12:01 AM Rating: Decent
1 post
Did it in 3:46, 39 secs off record with 4 people. Went in with monk, paladin(me) blm, and drg. It was too Easy. This being my something like nienth time beating this fight I know I could do it in under a minute with full party. Any way we went in I voked the eye, blm slept dragon. mnk 2hred and tore through eye in seconds than targeted dragon. I had to 2hr only because monk was cursed and in critical(I did this for hate). The dragon died moments later. Best of luck to everyone who does this mission^^;

Edited, Dec 29th 2006 5:05am by Fransz

Edited, Dec 29th 2006 5:07am by Fransz
We did it, we did it, we did it, yay!
# Dec 04 2006 at 3:49 AM Rating: Decent
20 posts
I finished this mission yesterday; it took me several hours. All in all, though, it really isn't as hard as everyone made me think. I was able to easily solo the Mythril Sand bit of the quest; I didn't even aggro a single Quadav in Palborough Mines, although I suppose that's all right considering I am a BLM32/WHM16. Anyways, after Palborough I went to Windurst to begin the part with the Black Dragon in Giddeus. That was the only part I was actually worried about.

I didn't have time at the moment, so I logged off, but when I got back on later, I was determined to kill the dragon. So I got a friend to help me and we began recruiting any volunteers in Lower Jeuno and Port Jeuno. We eventually got a team of five and we set out to go kill it. It was me (a BLM/WHM), a SMN/WHM, a BLU/NIN, a WHM, and a WAR/NIN. We got through Giddeus fairly easily and made it to Balga's Dais. I began the quest... and we learned that the WAR/NIN would not be able to come with us, for reasons I'm not exactly sure of (I think he was doing the mission at the time, but he was doing the San d'Oria dragon or something.)

Anyways, it was just the four of us, all mages. I started by using Elemental Seal and casting Sleep on the dragon, and I managed to put it to sleep. Meanwhile, the SMN's Ifrit used Inferno and totally owned the crap out of Searcher, who almost immediately died. Then we all turned on the dragon, the only remotely difficult part of the battle. I went into all-out nuke mode, at the behest of my party members, and began alternating between Blizzard and Thunder (each did roughly 120 or so damage). The dragon kept kicking me for about 40 or 50 damage and at one point I was down to 2 HP, but by then the WHM had used Cure III so it was all good. I never got to see the dragon's curse WS or whatever, but it was all good, because it died in 6 minutes and 7 seconds (I believe).

I didn't really care about beating the record, I was just happy to finally get this done. Especially since we only had four mages to do it with. Thank you so much Crypt, Smoketrout, Mangodog, and Tigrao. =D
Suzuli — Fairy Server
BLM 32 / WHM 20 / BST 13
Proud Citizen of San d'Oria

Just a wandering little Taru…

Weaver / Cook / Fisher
Want to kill a dragon sometime soon?
# Nov 30 2006 at 3:13 AM Rating: Decent
4 posts
If there's anyone who's around to help me do this one on the Siren server, send a message to Jeynabie or Aranabi please? Thank you. My boyfriend who's a lvl 20 BLM is coming along, but I'd like to have two or three more people.
Funniest Setup
# Nov 25 2006 at 6:13 PM Rating: Decent
21 posts
Ok I just got done doing this for 2 linkshell friends on Alexander; Bellah, and Xigbar; well we had maybe the worst setup anyone could think of; went in as 2 War/mnk @ 24, and 1 Mnk/Nin @ 25 (me), so we have no healers so we each had 2 hipotions and 1 xpotion, and also a tavnazian taco each, so owhat we did was; we zone in use tacos heal hp, i use utsusemi, then wait for recast; so they were in the cutscene and i was sitting there using boost waiting; we run in I 2 hr and start pounding on the eye, the xig and bell 2 hr and start pounding on the dragon, the eye dies before my 2 hr is up, and utsusemi still is up also; So i go over to the dragon and Bell dies (she didnt use the potion quick enough) and me and Xig are fighting the dragon, he gets to about 29 hp left and then the dragon dies, I was about half dead by then......So we beat this kill time was 5 minutes and 19 seconds, and DIDNT have sleep, and DIDNT have a healer, so it is possible ^^; good luck anyone / everyone doing this ^^
and Congrats to Xigbar and Bellah on Rank 3
Main : 75 THF
Also~ 75 WAR
62+1 Woodworking
51+1 Goldsmithing
Funniest Setup
# Nov 25 2006 at 6:05 PM Rating: Decent
21 posts
sorry double post >.<

Edited, Nov 25th 2006 8:34pm by geminipollux
Main : 75 THF
Also~ 75 WAR
62+1 Woodworking
51+1 Goldsmithing
BCNM Experience
# Nov 15 2006 at 1:15 PM Rating: Good
1,179 posts
Well I just did this quest a little while ago, I'm not going into detail about the parts before the dragon fight because Ala has described it pretty well, but I am going to try my best and tell you what happened inside of the burning circle. Here's a summary of this fight.


Our group consisted of three people, a White Mage, Monk and a Theif. The Monk and the Theif had done this mission before and knew what to expect. I beleive the Theif and Monk brought some Hi-Potions and eat enhancing foods. I, (who was the White Mage) brought four Hi-Ethers and two Yagudo Drinks. I also equiped a Talisman Obi(MP+12 Enmity-2). I used this enchantment before i entered the circle, along with a Yagudo Drink.

During Fight

After i entered the ring, i stayed back at the edge of the arena. First thing we did was Silence the Dragon's 'Eye' sidekick. After this the Monk and Theif went into the arena and engaged the 'Eye' first. About thirty seconds later and around half MP left I was 'drawn in' to the middle of the circle. I forget whether i was Petrified, Stunned or Asleep but i wasn't able to control my character. Around this time the 'Eye' was defeated. After this spell wore off I went back to healing, but this time I stayed closer to the battle by accident. I was not watching the Dragon's HP but i beleve it was around one third left when he used a skill that droped our HP to almost out and the Monk was cursed. I used Bendediction and shortly after the Monk used combo which dealt damage around 140. This finished the Dragon and the battle.

Well i truly hope this has been a decent account of what happened and may help some of you in the future. I would also like to thank Pwent and Murtagh who were the ones helping me out =D.

Edited, Nov 15th 2006 at 1:20pm PST by CyrillOnTitan
BCNM Experience
# Nov 15 2006 at 1:51 PM Rating: Decent
1,179 posts
EDIT: deleted because i dont know how this got here

Edited, Nov 15th 2006 at 2:05pm PST by CyrillOnTitan
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