The Three Magi - BLM AF1  

Submitted by:Russellius
Start Area: Heavens Tower
Start NPC:Chumimi
Related Areas:Xarcabard
Related Mobs:Chaos Elemental (E - 8)
Min Level:40
Max Level:75
(Average from 33 ratings)
Items Required:Faded Crystal
Items Granted:Casting Wand
This Quest is Repeatable
This Quest requires Zilart
Last Updated: Fri Oct 27 21:06:07 2006

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The star tree saplings at the farm in the basement of Heavens Tower aren't growing very well. Doctor Shantotto and co. have ordered an investigation to try and solve the problem. Help them by bringing back a glowstone from the crevasse of Xarcabard.


Once your black mage is level 40, go to Windurst Walls and enter Heaven's Tower. Walk down the stairs to the basement of the giant tree and speak with the NPC Chumimi. You will receive a cutscene, after which Shantotto will ask you to toss a Faded Crystal into the gorge in Xarcabard. She asks you to bring back a Glowstone.

First, you must obtain a Faded Crystal. To do this, get one of any type of crystal and head to any of the teleport crags. Trade your crystal to the crag to receive your Faded Crystal.

Next, head to Xarcabard. You can get there either by teleporting (if you have the teleport crystal), or by traveling through Ranguemont Pass and Beaucedine Glacier. Also make sure you have silent oils or prism powders, or that you can cast sneak or invisible.

Once in Xarcabard, head due west until you see lights shooting out from a steep hillside at E-8. There are two "???" here, and the one that's inside the gorge surrounded by the lights is the one you want. You do not want the one that's on a cliff with the torch.

Try to clear out the surrounding demons. Trade the faded crystal to the "???" and a Chaos Elemental will appear. It is a Light Elemental based NM, so most Black Magic spells will inflict extreme damage to it. If you must run away, the elemental will eventually go back into the gorge and you will need another faded crystal to call upon it again.

Once the fight is over the monster will drop a Glowstone. Get the glowstone then go back to Windurst Walls. Enter Heaven's Tower and approach Chumimi again. Trade the glowstone to Chumimi to receive your Casting Wand.

For in-game transcripts of this quest, go to The Three Magi Spoilers page.

Quest Series

This quest is part of the Black Mage artifact armor series. See the list below to find out which quest comes next.

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And i was worried!?!?
# Apr 25 2009 at 10:52 AM Rating: Decent
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Solo'd as a 68 Sch/Rdm went in w/stoneskin and phalanx. Didn't need them though, when ss wore off it only hit for 14 to 16 dmg. Took my time, couple fire III's and a Pyrohelix. No sweat.
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elemental FAILS
# Oct 06 2007 at 6:06 PM Rating: Decent
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Just kicked the snot out of this as a 72whm/31nin was slow but easy fight didnt have to worry about aggro and it only got through stoneskin 3 times but meh hp never went under 1k hp took about 10-15 min for fight i took my time and my ws only did about 100hp a shot because thye are mainly light based
the wand sucks imho but need it so i can do af for my blm when it gets higher level
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Too easy
# Mar 23 2007 at 2:29 PM Rating: Decent
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Just soloed it with NIN/WAR 61. Could't be easyer.
# Feb 12 2007 at 2:09 PM Rating: Decent
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I was there a while ago gettin ice weather for smn quest and thought i might as well get the af too. I went there at Lightsday (57 blm) and when i was bout too start the fight it turned 2 darksday and every demon dissapered... dont know if this was luck but at least there were no demons at the start of darksday... so no agro;-) hope this might help.
The fight was pretty easy used a melonjuice had stoneskin-icespikes on. casted bio-aspir-drain- and blizzard did very good 2 (ice weather)when the elemental was at 1/5hp i used 2hr-dont really think i had 2 but rather safe than sorry i thought ;-). finished it with 500hp+ and 140mp so no problem. this was done blm 57.
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Solo on Lvl55 BLM/RDM but use 2 hours
# Dec 26 2006 at 1:56 AM Rating: Decent
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Dear all,

I did it solo by lvl55BLM/RDM, you can invisable and sneak to the E-8 ???, you just becarful the demons and find the safe place the demons will not go. (recomment upside floor of the ???), you also can buff here and get rest wait the mp full and when you see the demons is far away the ??? kick out the invisable and click the ???, run to the safe place and kill it, use Burn can low the mob INT and when your HP low then 70% use 2 hours and heal yourself, Asipr the mob mp and none stop cast magie. hope this message can help you ^^


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af stop?
# Sep 07 2006 at 11:22 PM Rating: Decent
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This qst was really easy, my 61 rdm killed it in no time. my question is...since i have started this af set i have decided that i would rather do smn as my next job. is it possible to get smn af without finishing blm? the only blm af i have done is this wand atm. please let me know if this is possible. /t Vodantes on Shiva or leave a thread and ill check back in a day or two. please and thank you!! ^^
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af stop?
# Oct 04 2006 at 7:17 AM Rating: Decent
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smurl is correct about the af thing, you can have more than one af quest open at a time, and his suspicion about the af gloves is correct, even though you can have more than one af quest set running, for some reason af gloves (if you started it on blm) has to be completed before doing it on a new job^^
af stop?
# Oct 03 2006 at 10:45 PM Rating: Decent
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No, you don't need to finish your BLM AF before moving on to SMN. The quests are independant of one another, and for the regular coffers, you'll need to be that job ( that is, the job whose AF you are trying to obtain ) when you pop the coffers.

One possible exception to this rule would be the AF gloves quests. I've never had two or more AF glove quests open at the same time, so I can't rightly say what would happen. I know that you can open the coffer as any job once you've opened the quest and still obtain the Old Gloves/Gauntlets, so I'm not sure what would happen if you had two of Boghertz's quests open. Can anyone else clarify this point?
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Just soloed this..
# Jun 29 2006 at 3:15 AM Rating: Decent
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Did this solo as RDM70/BLM30, really easy fight, about 1/2 way through, I did elemental seal, chainspell and aero III, it went bye bye in seconds! I should have just done that from the start! LOL.

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# Feb 16 2006 at 1:06 AM Rating: Decent
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just soloed this as 60 summoner no need to even clear out the demons. Shiva ftw!!
Easy AF NM
# Oct 31 2005 at 8:36 PM Rating: Decent
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I just did this NM today with 3 of my friends. We had a drg(75) drk(63) and a whm(64). and me and i was a 42 blm. This thing was really easy and with a few ppl you can do with no problem. It went down in 30 seconds or so. Watch out for the demons though, they get in the way a bit if you don't [Red][/Red]kill them first.
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blm af 1
# Sep 03 2005 at 5:25 PM Rating: Default
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i just soloed this thing at level 64 Blm. a lil late on AF but easy fight i just casted tier 3 spells. used aspir and drain once. blizzard 3 did best damage. oh and no argoe from the 3 demons lookin at me fight^^
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# Jul 23 2005 at 11:49 AM Rating: Decent
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This is the weakest NM i have ever seen, Yesterday i got my BLM to 41 and decided to get my AF1 with a friend so we went off to Xcabard (mind the spelling) we had to kill about 20 deamons to make sure we wouldnt get aggroed by them when killing this. so we buffed up with protectIII (my friend was a 61PLD/WAR) when i gave the crystal to the ??? it started attacking, i looked at my chat window it hit me for about 7 damage and my frien for about 4 this is no problem at all as long as u bring at least 2 people (and if not a WHM lots and lots of prisim powders) we killed it in about 3 mins and it was a great skill up because magic was innefective
#KyleBlade, Posted: Jul 18 2005 at 5:13 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) um whoever wrote this at minumum lvl 40 to let u know i did this mission as lvl 30 war / 15 pld just to let u know minimum lvl should atleast be 30 or sumtin
RE: i did this at lvl 30
# Aug 28 2005 at 8:17 AM Rating: Decent
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You have to be a level 40 BLM to get the quest.
# Jul 05 2005 at 9:39 PM Rating: Decent
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just finished this as a 51blm/whm (normally sub rdm but thought i could help dead people on the way with whm)
with the awsome assistance of Maximilianbob lv 70 rdm. he whopped this thing to Elshimo and back with the aswome rdm 2hr. threw off lv.III spells like nothing... it lasted ohhh... 25 seconds... maybe.

anyway. just saying thanks again to Maximilianbob for the help :)
# Jun 30 2005 at 10:20 AM Rating: Decent
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i was helping someone shouting in jeuno a while back with my 75RNG (soloing the chaos elem) and just as i was about to kill him the guy DC'd .. leaveing me with the stone as a free drop .. he came back and we finally got his glowstone ..

but i told you that to tell you this part .. i already had the glowstone from that incodent when i started to elvel my BLM .. at level 40 i went and started the quest and ended the quest all in 1 stop .. without ever haveing to zone out or anything

BLM AF1 quest took me all of 45second ..lol

guess it really does pay to help out your fellow players in your free time

Edited, Thu Jun 30 11:25:23 2005
# Jun 19 2005 at 10:33 PM Rating: Decent
Tried to solo this at 55BLM/27WHM today. I was kinda nervous, especially when I got to the gorge. The 2 demons that spawn near the ??? were rather close, and a third a ways up, but still in linking range. So I figure, to he** with it, I'll wait till they all are turned around,pop it and see what happens.

So I wait for like 20 minutes for the demons to break up from their love making session to pop it, and immediately hit Water III. It hit for 20 points below full strength at 343...And it's HP bar barely moved....

At this point, it's like aw man....>_> those things are gonna aggro -_-;

So I aspir it to regain some of the MP and hit Stone III, which also hit for about full strength but had barely dented the Ele. I got kinda discouraged at this point.

I got rather close considering the demons were Easy Prey. The ele had around half his HP and I around 2/3 MP when the surrounding demons aggro'd. This is where I thought..."I choose LIFE". Manafont+Warp. Thank god the BLM 2hr allows for uninterupted spellcasting, or I would've been a mass of taru flesh and midget bones. I got back to Jeuno with 54 HP...Happily disregarding the attempt and began looking for help, which I never received.

Anyway, if anyone would be able to help out lemme know. I'm on usually in the afternoon.

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# May 19 2005 at 7:31 PM Rating: Decent
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i have procrastinated long enough and now must do this, it sounds sucky but thanks for all the input, anyone on hades wanna hel give me a tell, thanks
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# May 17 2005 at 11:01 AM Rating: Decent
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The ??? to spawn the elemental is suspended in space in a crevice west and somewhat down from the Castle entrance. Because of it's position, you might not be able to find it by spamming tab, so look carefully.
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# May 09 2005 at 10:18 PM Rating: Default
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Stop ur gosh darn (LMAO) ******** jumpstreet sheesh. I went with a linkshell 2 Xarcabard at lvl 32 O.O cuz they were doing BLM AF1 for sum other guy (I got kicked the same day ;_;) and I got aggroed twice. thats it. I walked from sandy 2 teh chaos element and 2 aggros. all u gots 2 worry about is if u have friends to help you. Now go get'm tiger! [Yellow][/Yellow]HEY TONY! I like the things you do! HEY TONY! If I could I would be you! You're the One and Only Tiger, In the One and Only place! You make'm good FROSTED FLAKES! THEY'RE MOOOOOOOORE THAN GOOD! THEY'RE GREAT!.....I'm seriously bored

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How I did this
# Apr 25 2005 at 3:38 AM Rating: Good
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I did this as a BLM52. I had avoided doing this quest for the longest time, since the Casting Wand is complete junk compared to some of the other equipment that's available. However, once I got to 52, I needed to start doing the rest of the quests for my AF, so I needed to do this one. So off to Xarcabard I went.

I actually tried soloing this first. (More on this later.) And I came **** near to doing it, but I ran out of MP, so I enlisted a RDM66 friend to help me with this. Now, even at 66, the demons still aggroed him. It was just the two of us, and we had to come up with a plan. The plan ended up being a slight variation of the one I had used when I had tried to solo it. Here's what we did:

- RDM and I Teleport-Vahzl and get to the ???

- RDM drops Invis, which catches the attention of all of the demons in the immediate area.

- RDM intentionally trains all of the demons to Castle Zvahl. This leaves me completely alone with the ???, and no aggro in sight.

- I trade the Faded Crystal to the ???, and the Chaos Elemental spawns. I immediately throw down Elemental Seal + Bind, and then move out of casting range and sneak and invis myself. I make sure that I'm far enough away that the elemental isn't going to take my invis off. This involves running a wide arc around the bound elemental.

- I run to the Castle Zvahl zone. Along the way, I encounter all of the demons that my friend zoned. They're heading back to camp. Being invisible, they ignore me.

- Sometime around here, Bind wears off and the Chaos Elemental begins to chase me. He follows me back to Castle Zvahl, where he meets me and my RDM friend. We slaughter it, safe from any potential demon aggro or unwanted adds.

Okay, so maybe this is sort of a half-assed way to do this quest, but it worked well. The biggest problem that you have with this quest is adds from demon aggro, and this strategy takes that possibility out of the equation.

Happy hunting.
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# Apr 20 2005 at 5:57 PM Rating: Default
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he meleed, nuked the thing to ****, and we got like 20k xp in Kuftal, was helluva fun.....Guivy left us alone until roun the very end! ^^
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# Mar 21 2005 at 1:05 PM Rating: Decent
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I got the Glowstone soloing the Chaos Elemental with my RDM60/BLM30.

Killed off a couple of Demon Pawns first, healed up a little (with Convert), and spawned the Chaos Elemental.

This thing was cake. The only offensive spell it cast was Banish/Banishga, and buffs that I promptly Dispeled. Bio, Drain and Aspir were especially effective since it's a Light Elemental NM, but all my nukes were more effective than usual, especially considering I was using my sword.

The only problem came when the demons respawned 3/4 through the fight. They were knocking off Stoneskin in 2 hits. Finished off the elemental with less than 100 MP left, reapplied Phalanx and Stoneskin, hit my Convert then Chainspell + Warp macros.

Unfortunately, I hit the 911 warp macro before I realized I still had 3 - 4 minutes left until I could convert again, and my 2 hour was blown >< It was a mad dash for the Castle. Made it through the zone with about 1/4 HP. Rested to 100 MP, Warped, changed to BLM main, and got my Wand O'Suck.

Next challenge will be to see if I can solo the Water Elemental in CN for the seeds.
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# Mar 21 2005 at 1:04 PM Rating: Decent
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oops, double post

Edited, Mon Mar 21 13:11:25 2005
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# Mar 15 2005 at 3:11 AM Rating: Decent
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I soloed this tonight. Level 75 bard with sub blm.

I gave him dark threndy and bio II him. Had full tp so spirits within at beginning and end of fight.

Had a mp drink. And gave myself paeon for hp regen.

My hp never lost more than 50 hp at a time. All in all a long, but easy fight. (True with any Bard lol)
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Blm AF1
# Mar 02 2005 at 3:11 PM Rating: Decent
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Can I do this as my main, or do I have to go as a blm? I'm 70rdm and my blm is getting close to doing this now. I know I can get a couple friends to come and help me out with this, but I really don't wanna have to go as a 40blm =/ Anyone know if you can do this as a higher job, as long as your blm starts the quest and turns in the Glowstone?
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RE: Blm AF1
# Mar 07 2005 at 11:27 AM Rating: Decent
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Yes you can, i myselt did it as a Rdm/blm, with a whm friend helping.. i could solo it at lv 52. Execpt for the links form the demons however...
its a pretty easy fight all and all.
Done it
# Feb 17 2005 at 7:52 AM Rating: Decent
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Just did this with a Lvl75 WHM and Lvl67 BLM helping... fight was over in 30seconds.

This wand does suck, what BLM would sacrifice +5INT and +5MND for +20MP lol
# Feb 08 2005 at 3:42 AM Rating: Decent
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would this be easier to wait till 50's and do it then so not so many aggros and can use ancient magic not that it would do much more then the reg spells and by that time would have a couple of the lvl III spells so what do u think just wait????
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# Jan 25 2005 at 2:28 AM Rating: Decent
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This Quest was fun... Except for the demons..ehich killed me twice so I had to seeek refuge in Castle Zvhal..THen we found the elemental spawn point and killed it then I warped back to windy with stables scarf..
SO if you do this Quest with a high level party or level 70 have him/her sneak you around so you don't die..^.^
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# Nov 10 2004 at 1:28 AM Rating: Excellent
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Gotta love doing this quest with just a couple people and just laying the smack down on that light ele.
# Oct 30 2004 at 7:51 PM Rating: Decent
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this quest gives fame right?
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# Oct 28 2004 at 4:04 PM Rating: Decent
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Ive done this twice so far. The first time i did it was /w a 56 sam and a 60 mnk/thf for myself. The second time was for a blm friend in my linkshell. Here's the set up: 51/25 blm (me), 52/25 blm, 71 pld/war (i know overkill) and a 52 whm/blm. The run there was a bit tough as we caught alot of aggro due to invi running out at bad times. Most of the mobs there like evil eyes were easy prey right up until the demons which conned decent challenge to me. The elemental is light based just like the guide says and casts spells such as flash and diaga 2. BLM trades the faded crystal to the ??? and the PLD opens up /w provoke and spirits within for around 580 damage, and we did the usual blizzard 2/ thunder 2 combos. You can also make use of aspir here as the Chaos elemental has alot of MP. At about 1 quarter HP left me and the other BLM both finished it off /w dual freezes.
Some tips from my personal experience:
1. If some1 catches aggro HELP THEM!!! to lvl 40s the mobs will be VT and IT
2. When u finally reach the ??? at E-8 clear the area of the 2 demon pawns that spawn to the left
3. Try not to rest next to the upper ridge as demons will aggro u from above. (this happened to me, a demon wizard and pawn stormed down the hill side and came at me)
4. Demons tend to wander a bit so always keep ur eyes on ones that "seem" far away
5. Finally once the BLM is ready to trade the Faded Crystal to the ??? make sure ur tank is ready to provoke as the elemental will attack the BLM as it spawns

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Help needed on AF1
# Oct 28 2004 at 12:36 PM Rating: Decent
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Can any1 help me on this quest plz... I'm in Lakshmi and almost lvl 40... msg chocolathunder plz. Or if u need to do this quest we can do it together
RE: Help needed on AF1
# May 01 2005 at 8:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Seeing that u posted this last YEAR lol i guess u dont need help. BUT if u do we can do it together^^ (BLM50)
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# Oct 27 2004 at 3:07 PM Rating: Excellent
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Black Mage gets screwed for AFs... I've been told this by every job in the game. Get used to Xacabard doing AF1 because you gotta go back... twice more.

Quick AF Rundown:
AF1 = kill chaos elemental in Xacabard
AF2 = kill water elemental in Crawler's Nest, then go to Xacabard and Castle Zavhl Baileys to get a key, only to take the key to the Keep to get your boots
AF3 = kill darkness elemental in Toraimai Canal (sorry if my spelling sucks)
AF4 = this is the same one i hear most the other jobs complain about because they "have to go to xacabard"... Yep, this is the Dark Spark quest for your gloves in (horror) Xacabard and Castle Zavhl once again.
AF5/AF6 = the last 2 are coffers. one in Eldieme Necropolis (which i'm told by several higher lvl BLMs is hardest and I'm inclined to agree with after dying 10+ times on Genkai I) and one in Davoi/Monastic Caverns. Joy and rapture. ::rolls eyes::

Needless to say, all I have done is AF1 because it's rather difficult to convince people to head off to the snowy Northlands of Xacabard to assist in destroying some demons to get a key and then go to the Keep to use the blasted thing (oddly enough, it was easy to get help with the Water elemental part of AF2... at least for me).

Getting to Xacabard at level 50 (when i finally cornered some friends into helping) wasn't really hard... Only the occasional Giant or Bat Eye conned Easy Prey in Beaucadine Glacier. The only person in my 5-person party that was higher than lvl 52 was the 58 PLD/WAR that so kindly offered his services. The rest of us (BLM/WHM (me), RDM/SMN, MNK/THF, MNK/WAR) were level 50-52. Moving through Xacabard wasn't all that hard... links were a pain, and Ice elementals that seemed to be all over handicapping our spell-casting made it more difficult than it probably should have been. But we made it to the ??? without much incident (meaning we killed every skeleton and demon that aggro'd between the Glacier zone and the ???). Rested up and I spawned the Chaos Elemental.

Two demons spawned and aggro'd during our fight (of course). The PLD used Provoke and Flash to pull them off us, then Invincible to solo them so we could kill the elemental. RDM and I owned it. Then RDM turned to heal the PLD, I continued nuking (turning spells on the demons then) and the monks beat the heck out of the demons. All in all much easier to do than I thought it would be. Manafont to Warp II everyone else and Warp myself (it lasts just long enough for that) back to Jueno, and that was that.

But I don't want to hear about how "hard" the Whm AF1 is... because yeah... the mob you WHMs have to fight is much more difficult. But it doesn't change the fact that you only have to go to the dunes. No aggro all the way to the fight, and none during the fight to speak of. The demons and skeletons in Xacabard rated from EP to T, and the Ice elementals (if i remember correctly) were T-VT to me at level 50. The arguement isn't about the mob you have to kill for the quest... it's the LOCATION the quest sends you to to complete it.

And as for the weapon (lvl 41, dam 12, delay 216, MP +20)... Far better reward for the Whm there. I'd rather have my Lilith's Rod (lvl 50, dam 19, delay 288, MP+10, INT+5, Add. Effect: MP Drain) or Ice Staff (lvl 51, dam 30, delay 366, INT +4, VS Wind +15, Elem. Magic Skill+10 Add. Effect: Ice Damage). Anyway, lot of work for a weapon I'll probably just toss after I get the full AF set. And that's about enough for my little rant... I'm gonna go [Freeze] something now...
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# Oct 27 2004 at 11:21 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm just going to say after having reading all the complaints here... Xarc. is a lvl 60+ area... my 57PLD gets aggro from EP. The NM IS lvl 40, the AREA is not!! >< so if you want to do this i suggest youbring some lvl 60's with you. Especially a SAM due to arcana ^.~* GL....take more care because youll get hella aggro if not level enough. XD
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# Sep 19 2004 at 1:56 AM Rating: Default
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i had one high level WHM help me like LEVEL 75 or so, i got aggroed by demons and died he teleported out after that. lol.
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# Sep 06 2004 at 2:21 AM Rating: Decent
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as tarutaru blm, i find this AF1 weapon to be gimped in comparison to the WHM AF1 weapon(which i am a proud owner of ^^). with all the trouble you have to go thru to just get to the blasted NM it would be better if it had stats like: MP+10 INT+2 or Elemental Magic +5 but thats only my opinion. i plan on doing this anyways just for the sheer fun of seeing Xarcabard and hearing the music of the place (i heard its nice but i dont know for sure). anyways, i have a friend whos a 60 DRG and 71 WHM friend who i hope will help me out ;) btw, wheres is the crag in this place? i plan on picking it up while im there?

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RE: blm AF1 weapon
# Sep 08 2004 at 4:24 PM Rating: Decent
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there is no "Crag" in xarcabard, however there is a teleport crystal on top of a stairs at the NORTHWEST area of grid (H-8)

i did this quest today for my blm i had help from a lvl 67 red mage, a 52 white mage and a 65 white mage
getting to the ??? was quite a ***** at one point my sneak was gone and we had 4 agros in like 2 seconds :)
the fight with the elemental was easy, the rdm didnt want us to die, so he and the whm duo'd it while me and the 52 whm just sit back and sneak invis and enjoy the view :)
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Xarcabard = scary
# Sep 02 2004 at 1:10 AM Rating: Decent
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The hardest part about this quest is getting to the ??? alive!

Party was 59Blm, 55Blm, 52Whm(me), 46Brd, 42Rdm

Oddly enough neither of the blm had even accepted this quest until a few hours before we went (did Rdm and Brd AF1 at the same time).

Travelling through Beaucedine Glacier wasn't really a problem, any aggro was easily taken care of (hurray for skill-up!). Xarcabard can be found by going as North-west as you can, and taking any oppurtunity to go up.

There's a huge visibility problem here due to all the snow, so if you're having trouble navigating, turning the weather effects will be a big help.

Once we got into Xarcabard the trouble started. First attempt to get to the Telepoint resulted in us training a crapload of Lost Souls and 2 deaths ;_;

Once we got our mess sorted out, we got to the Telepoint with a little guidance from a kind japanese player and we continued on our way through the zone. We got aggro from a couple demons on the way, but they weren't that tough. No higher than DC to me at 52.

Once you reach the gorge, I'd recommend clearing any possible aggro. Rest up and go for it.

The Chaos Elemental is weak to all black magic. However, Divine magic is heavily resisted, my Elemental Seal + Holy only did 14dmg =(

With the two blm nuking it to **** it was no problem. Second time through we got a couple adds, but we still managed with plenty of mp to spare. Easily doable by a party of 40-41, just bring at least a couple blm.

This quest is ridiculously hard for how terrible the blm AF weapon is. I really recommend bringing higher level help, or you can be in for a very long trip. Took us approx. 1.5hours.
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# Aug 27 2004 at 3:17 PM Rating: Decent
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if i go there as WHM and traded "Faded Crystal"
do the NM spawn?
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# Nov 02 2004 at 11:50 AM Rating: Decent
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if i go there as WHM and traded "Faded Crystal"
do the NM spawn?

Yes, i just did it last night, i soloed it as a whm, pretty, and i sub blm for aspir
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# Aug 27 2004 at 3:16 PM Rating: Decent
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Edited, Fri Aug 27 16:17:26 2004
# Aug 14 2004 at 1:12 PM Rating: Decent
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yea i was wondering who i should bring along with me for this quest i am a level 41 BLM, what other jobs/levels should i bring?
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# Aug 09 2004 at 3:39 AM Rating: Decent
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This quest grants the title "Doctor Shantotto Supporter."
Just barely made it
# Jul 26 2004 at 8:59 AM Rating: Decent
121 posts
Four members of my static party were going to finally get the BLM's AF1 yesterday. We had PLD, WHM (me), BLM, and THF, all levels 50-52.

Our THF got disconnected and had to catch up to us. We had almost gotten to the gorge when he entered Xarcabard. I have no idea what he did initially, but he trained Xarcabard up to the point where the ramp goes down (at the gorge).

We were resting and waiting for him, trying to avoid the demons. He dies at the ramp. I planned to get him but one of the demons aggro'd. So the three of us kill both demons eventually and then rest. Either the PLD or THF mentioned they respawn fast.

We get fully rested and the BLM goes to the ??? to spawn the elemental. The battle wasn't a problem but the demons respawned like we expected. We kept moving back into the southern corner to avoid the demons which worked for a few minutes. They finally saw us and we fought all 3 mobs. We focused on the elemental and the PLD used Invincible once the elemental went down. He took the demons away trying to give us time to get out. He was in the red when he did that so I went up and used Benediction and ran back. Neither of us had enough MP to get out. I used one of the few juices I had and soon got 75 for Teleport. The PLD died then and the demons came after me. I tried casting Teleport-Holla a few times but got interrupted each time. The BLM used Sleepga which worked but not long enough for Teleport. I think he used Manafont at some point because he cast Warp II on me then Warp on himself. I ended up in Jeuno alive, he didn't. We found him at the Home Point in Port Jeuno dead. Fortunately a higher level WHM was there and used Raise II. The THF and PLD respawned.

The BLM got what he needed but not what he wanted. I told him to use the Wand to get the rest of his AF then we'll take it to the furnace in Garlaige.
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# Jul 16 2004 at 4:57 PM Rating: Decent
15 posts
I dont even want the wand! It sucks and is a discrace to a blm af! i just need to do the darn quest so i can get the rest of af stuff. If you ask me. lvl your staff skill asap. you'll need it if your going to use an ice staff or dark staff at lvl 51.

BattleMages unite! Stop sitting in the back like a girly taru whm! Get up there and fight!!!

hope you all consider what i have put infront of you :) m"(@.^)"m
RE: bah!
# Nov 16 2004 at 6:13 PM Rating: Decent
Yay! Another melee Black Mage! I thought I was the only one! I'm up at the front of the action every battle, no matter the threats to kick me out, because fighting matters to me. Besides, what's the point in staying at the back? Club Skill is currently only 9 points behind capping. ~_^
RE: bah!
# Jan 25 2005 at 2:35 AM Rating: Decent
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also My CHarecter NAme is CHrian on the diabolos server......I also have very bad spelling techniques...also if you send me your pics I'll put them On my website ^.^

Meleeing is fun for a blm When you haev a powerful Scythe
RE: bah!
# Jan 25 2005 at 2:32 AM Rating: Decent
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Nice... I have a staff skill of 80 and wand of 68 so I like melee most of the time but once I get ancient magic I'm gonna...Blow up and beat the **** out of anything that killed me when I was weak MWUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH...
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RE: bah!
# Dec 26 2004 at 5:21 PM Rating: Decent
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wow i bet the tanks love u. unless u dont do your real job. ull get a lot of hate from nuking and enfeebling alone, but adding combat to it. unless ur healers and tanks ae awesome im surprised u havent put 2 and 2 together on y u probably die all the time. this wand is worthless, the dusky staff is much better but you cant use a sheild with it. sure ur thinking haha blm and shield but u can black a few stray hits with it. blm have scythe now but unless ur in a skill up party, if u even know what that is, or ur out training and want a damage weapon u shouldnt have to use it or any weapon. u all can rate this post bad but atleast see the point first
Far too much walking...
# Jun 03 2004 at 11:47 PM Rating: Decent
43 posts
I'll start off by saying that this mob is nothing compared to the enemies that you will aggro on your way there. The trip itself will kill you before the actual NM does.

I had just recently finished off this NM with my LS, and things went *rather* smoothly. Our party was a 42BLM/18WHM <me>, 43BLM/21WHM, 43DRG/20War, 43DRG/21THF, 43WHM/21BLM, and 43RDM/21WHM. We pretty much played hide and seek until we got to the gorge part where the WHM cast invis and sneak on all of us.

The **** ??? spot was located much higher in the gorge than I had expected (you have to manuever your way upwards through the rifts until you almost reach the top where the castle lies, near there is a gorge which harbors the ???). Well our first fight with the elemental was a piece of cake. I threw in the crystal and walked back where our DRG/WAR took aggro and then both BLMs railed it with silence, bio2, and elemental 2 spells.

Our second run tho the other BLM aggroed 2 demons which nearly decimated us, if it werent for a timely use of our 2hrs. So that pretty much scared the crap out of us, but after resting the BLM went at it again and we killed it a second time, no problem. At the end of our fight tho another Demon aggroed us, so we shouted at everyone to pass on the item quick so we could have the WHM tele us out of there.

The elemental is a pushover when silenced, and any elemental 2 spell will hit it hard and take it down relatively fast. Just be careful not to aggro demons as they tend to link and tend to hand you your *** ^^;
RE: Far too much walking...
# Jul 14 2004 at 10:56 AM Rating: Decent
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omg, I hate this place. and I know Xarcabard is a scary place. the monsters there, it's either undead or demons. I hate this place. even @ lv.55 u can still get aggro!!
and @ the ??? area there r demons. and u do want to clear that area. Demons aggro on sigh. and boy do they have a good eyes!!!! when u pull 1, 3 others came alone too... ****.... even they have a good distence. (got killed 3 times in a road)
the Chaos Elemental r easy to kill. but the Demons that's there r hard!!
# Apr 21 2004 at 3:12 PM Rating: Decent
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if you have a full parties of mostly melleers (spelling?) you wont do a thing to the elemental, because its an "elemental". they are weak vs. magic, this one in perticular is weak vs dark magic (duh) so swords, axes and things like that wont do anything to it. i'd suggest forming a party of 3 blm's 1 whm, and 2 tanks that can also provoke ^_^

Edited, Wed Apr 21 16:17:25 2004
# Apr 01 2004 at 10:04 PM Rating: Default
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Does everyone in the party need to get a Glowing Stone? or just the BLM?
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# Apr 05 2004 at 2:33 AM Rating: Decent
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Only the blackmage
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# Mar 14 2004 at 5:34 AM Rating: Default
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# Mar 14 2004 at 5:34 AM Rating: Decent
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All I have to say is: White mage goes to Valkurm Dunes for AF1...Black Mage goes to xarcabard
Dunes max mob level: like 30
xarcabard: A BAJILION
# May 10 2004 at 12:41 AM Rating: Decent
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actually, marchelute (WHM AF1) is level 41 according to allakhazam and is actually much harder.. he spams dimensional death. when i did whm AF1, i went with a 75 whm and it was not a piece of cake. and also according to allakhazam, the chaos elemental is only 42.... granted xarcabard isnt as easy to walk through, but the chaos elemental is extremely weak to black magic whereas marchelute is a tavnazian ranger and not nearly as weak to any particular element.
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# Jun 01 2004 at 7:55 AM Rating: Decent
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the hardest part about this quest is getting through Xarcabard.

Yes, I know that sneak oil and prism powders will keep you unaggro'd from pretty much all mobs ******** tiger).

Anyways, many people, Black Mages and everybody else, has not been to Xarcabard and therefore have no clue where they're going. On top of that, not many people have maps either.

I remember going for Warp 2 when I was a lvl 38 BLM... That wasn't fun. I had to get a high level that was running around to help me find everyplace.

I don't know where I'm going with this.. Oh ya, the mobs are high level and will aggro if you aren't careful. At level 41, a white mage won't get aggro'd in the Dunes until you are fighting the mob.. .:. Bajillion in Xarcabard as opposed to 30 in Dunes.
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Look here.
# Feb 18 2004 at 11:58 AM Rating: Excellent
OK, this guide, and like many others, was poorly written so let me try my hand at it. It's sad that there's a subscription fee for some service on this site, and a lot of the 'walkthroughs' are written by someone with a poor grasp of the English language.

Once you have attained level 40 with you Black Mage, head over to Windurst Walls and enter Heaven's Tower. Head to the left (not the doors where you ascend the staircase to the Star Sybil) and follow it all the way down until it ends and you see the NPC Chumimi. Once you talk to Chumimi a cutscene will play where Shantotto, Koru-Moru, and Yoran-Oran will enter and argue over who is right in diagnosing the problem with the baby Star Trees. Most it is really funny ("Watch it, or I'll turn you into a pair of dirty underwear!") but none of the doctors will agree.

It doesn't matter with whom you agree, as the message "No one paid any attention to you." will be displayed. Then, Koru-Moru and Yoran-Oran go off themselves to perform what they believe will fix the problem, but Shantotto will turn to you. After calling you a total loser, she'll then ask you to go toss a Faded Crystal into the gorge in Xarcabard, and bring back a Glowstone, as she thinks that the lighting is the root of the problem.

Prepare yourself for your journey, then grab any type of crystal that you don't need. Most will choose either a Water or Earth crystal, as they're the cheapest. Travel to *ANY* crag (Holla, Mea, or Dem) or any telepoint crystal (Altepa, Vahzl, Yhoat) and trade the crystal that you have chosen to the telepoint crystal. The message "The crystal was drained of all energy." will be displayed and you will receive a Faded Crystal. This is the easiest part of the journey, and it's rocky from here out.

I'm assuming that you have never been to Xarcabard, as most people this level will have not. To get there you travel through the Ranguemont Pass, through Beaucedine Glacier, and inside the glacier go northwest towards Xarcabard. Obviously, having a map helps and the Northern Regions map is really easy to get (See "Her Majesty's Garden," Chateau d'Oraguille).

Welcome to Xarcabard, one of the most beautifully designed places of the game. The 'Northern Lights' you see here are just icing on the cake. However, it's just as deadly as it is pretty to look at, so be warned. Expect Demons, Dragons (Yes, I said Dragons), Ahrimans, Evil Weapons, Skeletons, and many other high levels monsters that will give you a run for your money. This won't be a cakewalk, so come prepared.

You need to head west to E-8. Whether or not you have your map, you really only have to head west. You want to be on the middle of the west side of E-8 (i.e. middle of the left side of the box on the map). There are two "???" here, and the one that's inside the gorge surrounded by the lights is the one you want. You do not want the one that's on a cliff with the torch.

Try to clear out the surrounding demons, and trade the Faded Rock to the "???" and a Chaos Elemental will appear. It is a Light Elemental based NM, so most Black Magic spells will extreme damage to it. It is actually the easiest fight you will engage in while you are in Xarcabard. However, if you call upon it and run, it will eventually go back into the gorge and you will need another Faded Crystal to call upon it again.

Once the fight is over the monster will drop a Glowstone. Make sure everyone that's not here on BLM AF1 passes. Get the Glowstone then go back to Windurst Walls. Enter Heaven's Tower and approach Chumimi again. Trade the Glowstone to Chumimi and you will be thanked for your service. Chumimi will say that Shantotto left the Casting Wand for you, though she probably wants you to do something else for her.

Congratulations on BLM AF1! It's funny listening to ignorant people say how 'useless' this is. I prefer this over the staves that give a small amount to INT and MND and don't find +20 to MP by any means useless. It's all a matter of how you wish to play. Personally, I'd rather have the Casting Wand and a Nymph Shield over any staff, but it's all up to the person.

~ Russellius, Carbuncle
RE: Look here.
# Feb 20 2004 at 3:47 PM Rating: Default
Very nice guide, i think i shall use this as the one at the top isnt exactly helpful :P
and btw staffs give +hp and MP normally, its the wands which boost int and mnd, imo +5int and +5mnd with a shield is better htan 20mp with a shield, 20 mp isnt enough for a dmg spell, and im never in the position where an extra 20 mp wuld save me, but thats just my opinion
RE: Look here.
# Feb 21 2004 at 1:32 PM Rating: Default
Depends on how you play.

I use Apple Pies +1, so that's +50 MP everytime I level. That's more than enough for a damage spell. I've tried using a Rose Wand and the damage change is almost miniscule, so I stuck with the casting wand.

But, it's in how you want to play, so there really is no wrong or useless equipment.
RE: Look here.
# Feb 21 2004 at 1:32 PM Rating: Default

The pies and the wand give me 50 together. "When I level" just means when I head out to actively level, not I get that much every level :)
more info
# Jan 25 2004 at 4:49 AM Rating: Default
You need the specific job to that specific level. This requires several HIGH level people. Level 47s and 51's in the party werent really able to do much against the mobs we were up against. Luckily, we had 2 level 60's helping us out. I highly suggest you put this quest off until you're at LEAST level 52 and can do AF2 after this one is done.
RE: more info
# Feb 04 2004 at 5:49 PM Rating: Decent
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I don't really agree. I did this with a full party of lvl 48-49 and we were just fine. The demons only conned tough to me at 49 and we had our way with them with our full group. We ran through 5-6 without any downtime, healed, then killed the chaos elemental. that took about 30-45 seconds and then we took 2 more demon pawns, medded and warped out.
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