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The Puppet Master - SMN AF1  

Submitted by:Jeryhn
Realm:Windurst
Start Area: Windurst Walls
Start NPC:Juroro (I - 8)
Type:Artifact
Related Areas:Cloister of Tremors
Port Bastok
Quicksand Caves
Related Mobs:Galgalim
Koru-Moru (E - 7)
Mission:1
Min Level:40
Max Level:75
Rating
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Items Required:Earth Pendulum
Items Granted:Kukulcan's Staff
This Quest is Repeatable
This Quest requires Zilart
Last Updated: Wed Feb 16 10:08:25 2005

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Summary

According to the words of Carbuncle, the thief that is stealing the avatars' energy from adventurers is currently in Bastok. You must travel to Bastok to confront the situation.

Walkthrough

Go to the House of the Hero in Windurst Walls and speak to Carbuncle.

Then go to Port Bastok and talk to Juroro at I-8. He gives you the Earth Pendulum and tells you to travel to the Quicksand Caves in Altepa Desert.

Within the Quicksand Caves, you will need to make your way to the Cloister of Tremors at C-8. Within the Cloister of Tremors you will see an Earth Protocrystal.

Trade the Earth Pendulum to the Earth Protocrystal. A short cut scene will take place. After the scene ends you find yourself in the battlefield. You have 30 minutes to kill the NM Galgalim that spawns at the top of the ramp.

After you kill the NM, return to Bastok and talk to Juroro.

Return to Windurst Walls and talk to Koru-Moru at E-7 to receive your Kukulcan's Staff.

Quest Series

This quest is part of the summoner artifact gear quest series. The complete series includes:

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Question~
# Sep 30 2009 at 7:22 AM Rating: Decent
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I am guessing your dragoon is 75.. I would go with that. Galgalim casts Blizzard 2 and Waterga 2. You can easily solo this with DRG without even needing Healing Breath, however at level 51 you may have trouble even with the Carby kiting strategy. Good luck d(^_^*)
New xp bands?
# Sep 30 2009 at 7:18 AM Rating: Decent
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Does anyone know if the new exp bands have come out with the larger exp points bonus? I cant get on the game yet to check -.-

Edited, Sep 30th 2009 11:21am by tequerio
Question~
# Sep 28 2009 at 2:41 PM Rating: Decent
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Can my Summoner beat the NM at level 51 or should I go on my Dragoon? >_>
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solo'ed with Keeneardsteffi
# Apr 20 2009 at 4:27 AM Rating: Decent
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Went with my trusty pet Keenearedsteffi. sent him in first and healed him twice, then sortly after he died just enought time for me to run back down to the bottom to recast another one of him. Then we both took him on since he was was below half way dead and my pet was the paladin, in a way because he never once turn to me and it was over in about 6 mins.. not a recored but no damage to me. so couldn't ask for anything better. so good luck to ya Oh I was a 55bst/whmg cast bar par.. never needed it since he never turned to me tho...
Solo RNG/NIN
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Level 63. Bloody bolts work, he had roughly 5300 HP.
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# Jun 19 2007 at 4:54 AM Rating: Decent
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3 mins as a 75drk/nin his spikes were all that did damage to me....and it totalled at 24damage
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# May 21 2007 at 10:13 PM Rating: Decent
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-Ok so for the sake of stupidity I went and tried this as level 49Smn/whm ... ... yeah got him to about 75% and died befor getting even one Astral off >.>
-Pulled out my level 75 Whm/ gimped 27 Nin darksteel maul as main weapon and a Lilith's rod as off hand
-Buffed up with Protect and Shell 5, SS, utsusemi: ichi, RR3
-It was total pwnage kept the little ****** silanced (except for the few spells he got off while I was casting silance) paralized and slowed. my Lilith's rod kicked in 4 times for about 23 mp each time. 3 hexa-strike and one black halo at 100tp and it bit the dust 8 min 52 sec. I never cast one offensive or dot spell.

All in all this mob was TOO WEAK. So if you have a level 75 friend you will have this fight done in ten min or less.
I just wish the prime avatars were that easy for a whm to solo >.>
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# Mar 17 2007 at 4:43 PM Rating: Decent
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totally owned tonight by BRD 70 (me) and my brother WAR 69, peace of cake never took any real damage dead in 3 min
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Easy as pie
# Dec 30 2006 at 1:37 AM Rating: Decent
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soloed it 70whm had no prob just gata keep ss up finished it with 50% mp left really really easy

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fight/lvl
# Dec 10 2006 at 11:49 AM Rating: Decent
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Hey i have 2 questions,
1) do i have to be lvl 40 smn to activate quest.(been a while since ive done af weapon quest)
and 2) Do i have to be smn during this fight or can i just go sam/whm or sam/nin to solo it?
fight/lvl
# Dec 26 2006 at 8:36 PM Rating: Decent
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Your current job must be set to 40+ SMN to OPEN the quest, but you can enter the BCNM as any job you'd like. I went with a friend who opened the quest as a 40SMN but came into the BCNM as a WHM, so I know it can be done. ^^
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# Dec 24 2006 at 12:56 AM Rating: Decent
after getting the Earth Pendulum you can use any JOB to kill the nm... i did it w drk65/war32
51 solo
# Oct 14 2006 at 4:54 PM Rating: Decent
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i just attempted this fight solo as a 51smn/25whm.

it was a piece of cake with free carbuncle, however i ran out of time, JUST before he died.

do not try the 3AF approach at the start of the fight. if you're in the low 50's. he's got a lot of HP and 3 AFs will not take him down.

i kited him for a looooonngg time. tossing in a few poison nails, however be careful when doing this... if you use too many BPs around him, it makes it much harder for carby to get hate back when you resummon. so i kited him until about 15-20% hp, then i started my AF's. Searing Light did 555, and Judgement Bolt did 593. the 2nd AF got him down to just a sliver of HP, i could barely see it... however before Ramuh could finish meleeing him down i ran out of time.

so, can a 51smn solo this fight? i would say yes, but you need to really watch the clock.. i'm just gonna grab a SMN friend to duo this with me instead of racing the clock again.

hope this helped.

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51 smn
# Oct 10 2006 at 4:41 AM Rating: Decent
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I was just wondering could a level 51 SMN solo this?
51 smn
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Edited, Oct 14th 2006 at 6:16pm PDT by pplaxneas
Record time
# Aug 28 2006 at 12:06 AM Rating: Decent
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Just did this on BLM 75, I currently hold the record on Lakshmi for 3 minutes 45 seconds.

Just Casted Stoneskin and Tier 4 spells, and let it do whatever, no paralysis, and it maybe took off 100 damage after the 1st (and only) stoneskin wore.
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# Dec 31 2006 at 6:45 PM Rating: Default
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Toioiz wrote:
Just did this on BLM 75, I currently hold the record on Lakshmi for 3 minutes 45 seconds.

Just Casted Stoneskin and Tier 4 spells, and let it do whatever, no paralysis, and it maybe took off 100 damage after the 1st (and only) stoneskin wore.


blm 71, did it in 3 min 44 seconds! lol you got pwned, (i missed record on fenrir by 13 seconds though >.<)
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Piece of cake
# May 29 2006 at 9:51 AM Rating: Decent
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Just solo'd this as 63 DRK with 26 WHM sub. It was very easy. Mob was hitting for around 10-15 a time, compared to the 200ish I was doing to it. Occasionally it hit for around 40 and managed to succesfully paralise me once. I think I actually did more damage to myself with <Souleater> >> <Last Resort> >> <Guilotine> than the mob did over the whole fight. The biggest pain is definatly all the running around.
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Just nuke
# May 17 2006 at 12:05 AM Rating: Decent
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Did this as a 75 blm hume. If you're 70+ just nuke don't bother with anything else.
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# Mar 30 2006 at 12:10 PM Rating: Default
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did this right now as a WAR75.. landed a 1255 rampage on the hecteye... it's almost pathetic, if you fail at this quest.. u have literally failed at life itself, please commit suicide and end your life. The only difficult thing about this quest is the traveling (it gets annoying) from Windy walls.. to port bastok.. to Cloister of Tremors back to bastok, from bastok back to windy.. lots of traveling once u add up the Airship wait time.. and what not unless u can tele yourself around or warp or what not.
Black Mages...
# Feb 24 2006 at 1:14 AM Rating: Decent
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Did this as 67 BLM today, solo, just me, normal gear, and a Mahogany Pole +1. This is easily soloable by any BLM 56 or higher. Why 56? Because (if you sub WHM) you have Stoneskin. First off, if you try and nuke this guy to death, you'll run out of MP because of his rediculous amount of health; My Aeroga III did 859 and didn't do enough substantial damage for the MP cost. The best way to beat him, as BLM, it DoT and poke him to death with a staff (a HARD-HITTING staff, mind you, like the pole variety). I Stoneskin'd, Blink'd, and Ice Spike'd, and kept him Silenced, paralyzed, and Bio'd (after the first cast of Bio, I never recasted, so it wasn't a big factor). Did Earth Crusher at every 100% TP, and it was over. Granted, my time was 9 minutes, 13 seconds, Cerberus' record was only 10 seconds faster. Just watch for his spells, stun anything that comes you way when you don't have Stoneskin up, and poke him into submission! Show 'em we BLMs aren't -completely- made of paper. >_>;; Things are always easy when level 75s babysit, but those who get out and try it themselves accomplish much more, and can appreciate themselves and their jobs more. ^_^
Earth Pendulum
# Feb 21 2006 at 11:16 PM Rating: Decent
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soloed as a 58bst/whm with a crab familiar, fight last 9min23 secs, did the whole cool down on call beast and used two crabs the first died 3/4 of the way.
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# Feb 15 2006 at 1:20 AM Rating: Good
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Just solod as BRD75, took a few minutes but he never even got me into the yellow. He seems to have a lot of HP.
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Waaay too easy
# Jan 05 2006 at 2:19 AM Rating: Decent
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To get to the Cloister = take a left at first drop, then just hug the right wall.

Solo'd this many times as 71PLD/35NIN. Never went through shadows, casts Spikes, and a few level II-III spells, nothing that big, silenceable(40SMN silenced it after 4 consecuative times).

As for the weapon itself, not very good, I'm a 62 SMN now, but basically what I'd do is use a Himmel Stock, cast Blink(-20MP) and then switch to the staff for quick BP's.
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# Dec 29 2005 at 4:56 PM Rating: Decent
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I went to solo it as I was lfp for my WHM and recently got SMN to 40 for CoP missions. Got to the place np and went in. I kept all my buffs on and all the enfeebles on at all times (cause I'm overly cautious) :P it was an easy fight. Broke through stoneskin 3 times, but Hexa Strike and some powerful divine spells had it crying. 8 1/2 minutes fight for me, but like I said, I was overly cautious. WHM Power! (b'')b
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# Dec 11 2005 at 11:58 PM Rating: Decent
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It wasn't hard. But I didn't expect a hect eye type mob... it kept me paralyze for a long while -.- annoying at best.
re: grrr
# Dec 07 2005 at 7:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Unless you missed putting a step in your post, you have in fact missed a step. After Nm fight go back to Bastok and talk to taru again. Then go back to windy. And there is no reason why you can't farm. Whm aren't as inept as most people think they are.




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# Oct 26 2005 at 1:25 PM Rating: Excellent
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I notice that most people who posted here saying it was "easy" had someone lvl60+ to help them ~ well *yeah* of course it's easy then XD it's a lvl 44 mob.

Anyway ~ for the further information of people reading this forum, 3 of my linkshell members beat it today in a party that was:

pld/war 52 (thats me!)
whm/war 43
smn/whm 41 (who needed it)

And it wasn't "easy". everyone 2hred ~ but we did beat it.. but we all ran out mp towards to end (we had all come equiped with yag drinks) and it got a bit tense.

Death Ray was spammed... a *lot*... and it gives a paralyze effect (I missed 4 vokes in a row because of this >.<) and did an avergae of 150 damage.
It also got off a couple of Fire II spells which did about 300 damage each (ouch!) try and keep this thing silenced.

Levathian was our 2hring avatar, and 3 astral flow moves did approximately 600 damage each (I hope that answers your question about can a smn solo it ~ from above).

This thing has a *lot* of hp ~ no wonder we all ran out of mp before the end, with nearly-no damage. It took us 8 minutes. I think the addition of a lvl40 or above blm or melee DD would have halved that.

(congrats on your af1 daz ^.-b)

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# Sep 27 2005 at 10:17 PM Rating: Excellent
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Solod this as 75RDM/NIN in 3 minutes.
Buffed up, went in engaged him melee hit him with the standard debuff set and just took him down. Can be silenced, gravitied, and misses a lvl 75 a lot. Anyone with a lv 75 job can solo this with no trouble.
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# Jun 28 2005 at 4:40 PM Rating: Decent
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I just soloed this as a 71 whm/35 blm.It was very easy. I beat it in 11 minutes and 14 seconds. It has a good amount of HP. ; ;

Basically I just kept stoneskin up and kept silence on it most of the time, and occasionally paralyze. I had no problem getting enfeebs to stick. When stoneskin dropped it was doing about 30-40 points of damage a hit, but it missed a lot. I used up 4 yag drinks that I had laying around, that helped a lot with keeping MP up. I finished with about 320~ MP.

I used seraph strike whenever I hit 300% TP.
When it got to a little before halfway I used Banish III and Holy and kept it up whenever the recast timer went back down.

So yeah, this is verrry easy. Good luck!
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Went in as a 59WHM/BLM and had 74SAM friend along, basically he killed the thing before i even got thru the entire cutscene, i had just enuff time to run up and see the final blow, got record time for Ramuh of 1:43.
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# Jun 23 2005 at 1:27 PM Rating: Decent
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Decided to try this as a 75PLD/WHM solo. Subbed WHM for Stoneskin, Blink, and Reraise, since I was unsure for how much it would hit me. Overkill.

With a WHM sub, I was able to silence Galgalim easily. It has horrible accuracy against a 75. Even without stoneskin or blink, its melee attack would do under 20 damage when it was able to land a hit. It likes to spam Hex Eye, which always missed, and Death Ray, which hit me for about 40, with a 180 max once. It will also sleep you, which is of little consequence considering you will wake up once you are hit.

Waterga 2 and Blizzard 2 were the only BLM spells used on me, hitting for about 100 each with my Jelly Ring on.

Each of my hits landed for about 80-100, with several criticals for 140+. All you really need to do is cast Protect/Shell, melee to 300%TP, then Spirits Within it to finish it off.

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Astral Flow strategy?
# Apr 03 2005 at 1:53 PM Rating: Good
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hello, sorry if the question has been answered before..but would a level 50smn(w/ austere set) be able to solo this thing if she used the 3x astral flow strategy like was used in the lv 20 mini avatar battles?

thank you for your time and patience
RE: Astral Flow strategy?
# Oct 06 2005 at 3:58 PM Rating: Decent
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Just soloed as 56SMN, was a bit rough due to not paying attention to what the exact mp needed to Astral Flow at 56 was, and as such only got in 2 Searing Lights. Could also possibly have been better off damagewise with Titan due to elements, but - wanted to try with Carbuncle due to dark based mob, and made it nicely.

I'd say SMN51 with light and dark staff should be able to do it regardless, as you can put Carbuncle on mob, run to the other end and get two ticks of rest in after Carbuncle dies before needing to recast.
RE: Astral Flow strategy?
# Jun 14 2005 at 1:48 AM Rating: Decent
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no
Just did this as 73whm 62blm and 46whm, took 5 minutes. Blm did 2 AM that did over 900 each, took maybe 10% each. I'd guess this guy has in the neighborhood of 8k hp. If you went with enough drinks and ethers, you could make a battle out of it, but idk if you'd run out of time before you could end it.
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# Feb 21 2005 at 10:14 PM Rating: Decent
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I beat him as 66 sam/rng and broke record with

1m 21sec

Took 4 sidewinders and it went down. Go me ^^

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# Feb 15 2005 at 5:01 PM Rating: Decent
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Easily soloed this as a 64 RDM/WHM (gasp! A RDM that doesn't sub NIN for soloing!?). Buffed and meleed, throwing in a Dia II for good measure. Only nukes I used were at the end to finish it off. Had to recast some of my buffs, including Stoneskin which it only managed to break through once. Even without Stoneskin, it was only hitting me for like 15 damage. Took almost no damage and used less than half my MP. Battle took about 6 minutes total. This mob should be cake with a single high LV.
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# Feb 15 2005 at 12:32 PM Rating: Good
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I just finished soloing the NM using my BLM72. Had to try two times, because I didn't realize how much HP it had the first time around and ran out of MP, and the mob can not be slept (Unlike the WHM AF1 NM, which is also soloable).

The way to kill this NM is to use DoT. I used Bio 2, Poison 2, and Burn to chip away it's HP over a 6 min period (3 recasts), along with a good dose of Drain and Aspir. I also used Firaga 3/Blizzaga 3 for about 1000+ damage each, and a Blizzard 3 for 600 to finish it off. Any RDM/BLM or BLM/WHM should be able to do this with ease 65+, even if it takes nearly the time limit to finish it off. Just remember to cast Stoneskin because it likes to use Drain and AoE spells while you kite it around.

Also, you do not obtain a key item after defeating the NM, and you cannot redo the battle either. Just go back to Juroro and talk to him. I got kinda worried because when I clicked on the Protocrystal, it kept offering me to do the Titan Prime battle. ^^

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# Feb 06 2005 at 10:32 AM Rating: Excellent
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This was posted by a poster already but it has been updated ever so slightly. thank you to the previous poster for most of the info.


Summoner AF1 - Kukulcan's Staff
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Go to the "House of the Hero" at (G-3) in Windurst Walls and talk to Carbuncle.

Afterwards, go talk to Juroro at (I-8) of Port Bastok. There will be a cutscene and he will then give you an Earth Pendulum.

Then travel to Eastern Altepa Desert whether through Korroloka Tunnel which can be accessed through Zeruhn Mines/Bastok Mines or the Teleport-Altepa crag (Or you can Teleport-Altept). After arriving in Eastern Altepa Desert go to the (J-7) entrance of Quicksand Caves (it is down the trench-like structure). sneak oils are needed under lvl 70 if you cant cast and keep sneak on yourself. Prism Powder is not needed.

Once inside of Quicksand Caves you can follow this map (I've marked the path you will need to take):

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Enter cave, Follow LEFT wall untill first drop off. Once you drop off first mini-cliff go through hole in wall and follow the RIGHT wall. This will lead you past 1 room into another hole in the wall and into another room. In this third room you will see another drop off, MAKE SURE YOU USE THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE DROP OFF and fall down, this will take you through another hole in the wall and to the closter of tremors, the crystal is to the right once you zone here.
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Once you reach the Cloister of Tremors take the right path and you will see the all mighty Earth Protocrystal. Have the person trade the Earth Pendulum to the Earth Protocrystal then the party or person(s) will then be able to enter the battlefield.

After killing the little glob guy just travel to bastok and talk with the taru at (I-8) in Port Bastok, which will give you another cutscene. Then travel to Windurst Walls and talked to Koru-Koru located at (E-7) to recieve Kukulcan's Staff.


Congradulations AF1 has been completed.

Note: you can have other koru koru quests activated and still do this.

Note: you can do this solo (confirmed) however your smn (lvl40+) must talk to the NPC's.

Note: if you choose to do this solo you do not have to fight the NM as your smn you can do it as any job once your smn job has spoken to the NPC's and got the Pendulum.

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# Jan 02 2005 at 7:08 PM Rating: Decent
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Killed this thing last night in 1 minute and 23 seconds. The party was a bit of overkill though, just a lot of friends that wanted to come along.

75 pld
73 smn
58 smn
63 rdm
63 smn
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I didn't even get to see the battle. By the time I had ran up the ramp it was dead. ; ;
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# Dec 27 2004 at 10:34 PM Rating: Decent
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Party breakdown:
51 SMN/WHM
55 BLM/WHM

Alexander record of 5min 53 sec.

Buffs:
ProtectraII, Shellra, Stoneskin, Blink, + food

SMN started with Double Slap and 2hrs
BLM Freeze x 2, Water III, numerous II spells, 2hr'd when HP and MP were low

Turns out lvl 55 taru BLM isn't the best tank and my HPs ran real low (SMN down MP b/c of 2hr), even down into the 50's (out of 579).

Easy
# Dec 08 2004 at 5:18 AM Rating: Decent
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Just did this for a SMN friend of mine who've been putting this off for too long, it was like this:
SAM73 (me)
BLM70
SMN47

We run in, I hit Berserk and Warcry then Meikyo Shisui... Tachi: Yukikaze to Tachi: Gekko (Fragmentation) to Tachi: Kasha (Light) then BLM MB's Firaga 3, dead. Killed it in less than 90 seconds. Total we did about 4800 damage to it.
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RE: Easy
# Dec 08 2004 at 2:25 PM Rating: Decent
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I was not putting it off =P... Himmel Stock > AF1
Thanks for helping tho ^^b


Just a note the record on Lakshmi is 1:22.

Edited, Wed Dec 8 14:31:55 2004
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DARN YOU KORU-MORU
# Dec 07 2004 at 11:47 AM Rating: Decent
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I had the same experience as the other poster in that I had the stupid quest with the cold bone and warm egg open with Koru-Moru. I followed the steps for this quest to the letter. Talk to carby in house of hero, went to bastok to talk to taru that gives "improved tuning fork" item, traded it to crystal, got CS, entered zone killed jelly guy, zoned out went back to Koru-Moru and NOTHING. Finished the cold bone/warm egg quest and went back to crystal to try it again and it will not let me back in!!!!!!! So am I screwed?????? HHHHHEEEEEEELLLLLLPPPPPP MMMMMMEEEEEE PLEASE!


OK!!! Edit. For those of you who may be having this same issue. You can fake the quest out by doing all of the steps over again. Go back to the house of hero and click the door, you get a message that "you remember carbuncle's words", then go back to bastok and talk to the taru in port then go back to Koru-Moru and you will get yoru staff.

Edited, Tue Dec 7 14:29:35 2004
{fun} {fun} {fun}
# Nov 27 2004 at 6:26 PM Rating: Decent
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Done this twice, once for a friend of mine, just me and him, I solo'd it for him as a 61BLM/30WHM Taru, and this time it was for me, again I went as 61BLM/30WHM, but I brought along some friends cause they simply wanted to help, 63SAM/31WAR 55RDM/20NIN, 52WHM/26BLM. This time I was much better equipped, I have all 8 elemental staves, and my dark staff is HQ (Pluto's Staff), and I have a Vermillion Cloak as well.

As 40SMN/20WHM I have 778 MP, the most possible for my level, and for the record, it's my dream job, so I plan to do my best at it, and from my gear you can see I'm working very hard. I also have an Austere Robe and Hat awaiting my Ding to 50.
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Easy as pie
# Nov 13 2004 at 9:29 PM Rating: Decent
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Finished this quest with EASE. Pt was:

69drk/war
53rdm/blm
52whm/blm
40smn/whm (me, didn't take my rdm :/)

All we did was run up and start meleeing the thing. Just for fun I Used astral flow + tidal wave (watersday, didn't know weakness of the monster) for about 670 damage ... our drk just hacked away :] Hurray for the Galka!! But I had a Koru-Moru quest activated (the burnite shell one, fought Ichirous Ire once and lost the lot) but he still gave me my staff. It's quite ugly :/ ... but then again I turned down good armor for a gambison JUST because it was cuter.
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lvl 20 strategy
# Nov 13 2004 at 1:41 PM Rating: Decent
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Is it possible to just trade a mini tunning fork to the guy in Bastok and get a instant warp over to cloister of tremors, then wait for your party members to catch up and then go kill the nm?
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RE: lvl 20 strategy
# Apr 26 2005 at 11:42 AM Rating: Decent
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I would imagine so. Unless they only warp you if you are a lvl 20 summoner.
RE: lvl 20 strategy
# Feb 09 2006 at 8:23 PM Rating: Decent
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I have no idea if that idea will work although its worth a try hehe, but no you dont just have to be "lvl 20" its at least lvl 20 to get the quest flagged for the titan fight ive also heard you can do it a lvl or two under but havent confirmed it myself, yes you would get warped there and no you wont get capped at lvl 20 you only get capped at 20 when you actually enter the lvl 20 avatar fights not the actual cloister of tremors part the only question remaining is it the same Cloister as the one in quicksand ^^; that i dont know myself :"(

Edited, Thu Feb 9 19:23:36 2006
RE: lvl 20 strategy
# Dec 02 2006 at 9:36 AM Rating: Decent
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I've completed the "mini-battle" already, and Ferrol/Juroro won't warp me to the protocrystal with the mini tuning fork. However, they might warp you if only the prime fight has been completed. Someone please confirm.
"Nothing Matters" -- doesn't matter =p
# Nov 13 2004 at 1:22 PM Rating: Decent
My friend and I did this entire quest, and he had no problems getting his AF1 weapon, despite having the "Nothing Matters" quest opened and incomplete. My friend was BLM75 at the time (and attempting to complete the quest for his SMN42) and I was BLM70. We used Bind and blasted this mob like mad, and its retalitory magic didn't even wear through either of our Stoneskin spells (still active after we left the Protocrystal Arena, LOL). He was concerned about being able to receive his weapon, after reading the post here on Allakhazam about other quests opened at the same time from this NPC, but was able to complete the quest AND receive his AF weapon. Sorry buddy, but something else is blocking your progress :( I hope you can find it, but this definately isn't it. As for an estimate of mob strength, it's about the same as other AF1 NMs, nothing a decently rounded party of 45+ or even a single, or pair, of hi-levs can't handle. Gotta love the music in the Cloisters! =D
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GRRRRR
# Nov 09 2004 at 12:10 AM Rating: Decent
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*Wants To Kill Koru-Moru* Well You Cant Get The Staff If One Of Koru Morus Quests Are Active If No One Posted it, I Have Nothing Matters Active and I Need 53k in Items, Which At 64 shouldnt be a lot but as whm i cant farm so im **** out of luck >< This is a tip: DONT activate koru moru quests unless needed -.- pretty sure i didnt miss a step either, killed NM, went to bastok, talked, and went to koru and nothing, even tried the house, this sucks royally -.- Anyways, I Did it as 64 whm adn 75 blm with me, we overkilled it, Bliz 4 Bliz 3 Holy Banish II chain casting as much as possible, stoneskin + blink lol Fun!

Edited, Tue Nov 9 00:16:30 2004
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RE: GRRRRR
# Feb 05 2005 at 12:32 PM Rating: Decent
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WHM61. Been farming since I could hold the club on my own.
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Earth Pendulum (| Do you need it? |)
# Oct 26 2004 at 8:27 AM Rating: Decent
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what do i do with the Earth Pendulum after i the fight, can i drop it? I'm not planning to go fight it again..
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RE: Earth Pendulum (| Do you need it? |)
# Nov 30 2004 at 8:00 AM Rating: Decent
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I assume it's about as useful as the mini forks after you get all the avatars. I just threw them into storage in case I ever want to go fight those guys again for kicks. Those fights were a lot more fun than the group battles!
RE: Earth Pendulum (| Do you need it? |)
# Nov 05 2004 at 12:01 PM Rating: Decent
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anytime i get a Rare/EX item from a quest, i just save them...almost like a brownie button...you wear it with pride(in your mog house of course)
NM
# Oct 24 2004 at 11:49 PM Rating: Decent
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I solo'd him as a WHM60 Elvaan, i had about 100mp/630 and kept him silenced and slowed while i stayed stoneskin. so if that clears up the ability to solo it, that should do it.

Edited, Mon Oct 25 01:00:15 2004
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2;20 record set on Midy server
# Oct 22 2004 at 5:47 PM Rating: Decent
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well..im in 3 diff LSs...so, i got some help from a few friends to do this...was 40SMN(me), 40SAM, 56DRK, 56WHM, 55RDM...was only gonna take these 4 people with me..but when we got to the Altepa Crystal, saw an old friend who is now a 72PLD and he joined in...beat the thing in 2:20 on Midy...was awesome...an no, you do not have to touch the Protocrystal at the end...1 more level and i get to use this baby

Edited, Fri Oct 22 18:48:50 2004
Done, and done.
# Oct 19 2004 at 4:03 PM Rating: Decent
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Just completed this. It's really simple. Just a note, though, Jhunwung's post is excellent in explaining what to do, but then you zone into the Cloister of Tremors, go right, not left. Left takes you to back to Altepa desert, right takes you to the protocrystal. Not a big deal, but it clarifies a bit. ^_^ Had a party of HLs a PLD, WAR, DRK, WHM and me (SMN). We beat the record in the Titan server, with a time of 2 min and 40 sec. And just like the others have said, there is no need to touch the protocrystal after the battle. There is no Key Item. Good luck to you all.
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# Oct 10 2004 at 2:19 AM Rating: Decent
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I just did this with a LVL 75 LS RDM. He used Chainspell and killed it solo in what was close to record time. Only problem was paralyze, which can eaisly be fixed by paralyna. 2mins 59secs.
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# Sep 16 2004 at 8:25 PM Rating: Excellent
Did this last night:

64RDM/NIN (Tanking for me)
63BLM/WHM (Me)

You don't have to be SMN when you do this fight.

The thing never had a chance to eat through the stoneskin and blink we had fast enough to knock us down even 100 HP. Let alone get us close to death.

We actually got the record time for the quest. 6 Minutes, 19 Seconds on Quetzalcoatl. Which seems a bit wrong to me. This thing would be absolutely destroyed if we had more people. Amazed nobody has made a faster time.

You do keep the Earth Pendulum after the fight is over. So I'm assuming that you can go back in again at your leisure and do it again if you want to go for a faster time or something.

I cast Flare, Fire III, and Firaga II. By then, it was almost dead. RDM only cast Thunder II, and Fire II. The rest was all melee damage from the RDM. And it was going down very fast. Even casting the spells I did, it didn't even scratch my skin on damage with all the hate I had plastered to me.

It didn't appear to do any massively damaging AoE. I was standing right next to it the entire time. So maybe we got lucky.

I can soundly say though, a 64RDM/NIN can solo this thing.

EDIT: When you go back to speak to Jororo and Koru Maru, you don't have to be SMN either. I spoke to them both as BLM/WHM.

Edited, Thu Sep 16 21:41:43 2004
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warping?
# Sep 09 2004 at 1:32 PM Rating: Decent
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cant you warp to the crystal by useing a tuning fork? like ur doing avatar battles but instead trade the other item. can u do this with the mini-tuning fork also, even after you already defeated the avatar? i hope so... cause thats what i would much rather do.
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SMN AF1 - Kukulcan's Staff
# Sep 07 2004 at 4:43 PM Rating: Excellent
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The other night my LS decided to have some AF hunting fun. Our first stop: Quicksand Caves. The party consisted of:

Chinqlinq - 57PLD/WAR
Swilly - 45RNG/NIN
Bdroid - 50MNK/THF
Drexil - 42SMN/WHM
Jhunwung - 52BLM/WHM

On most LS outtings such as this one, I was designated "finder". So I look on AK for some directions and found very little help. Thus, I decided to do some experimenting and decided to write this guide...


Summoner AF1 - Kukulcan's Staff

Go to the "House of the Hero" at (G-3) in Windurst Walls and talk to Carnbuncle.

Afterwards, go talk to Juroro at (I-8) of Port Bastok. He will then give you an Earth Pendulum.

Then travel to Eastern Altepa Desert whether through Korroloka Tunnel which can be accessed through Zeruhn Mines/Bastok Mines or the Teleport-Altepa crag. After arriving in Eastern Altepa Desert go to the (J-7) entrance of Quicksand Caves (it is down the trench-like structure). You may want to consider bringing Sneak Oils for your trip, Prism Powder isn't really needed.

Once inside of Quicksand Caves you can follow this map (I've marked the path you will need to take):

http://home.comcast.net/~jhunwung/smnaf1.jpg

Once you reach the Cloister of Tremors take the right path and you will see the all mighty Earth Protocrystal. Have the summoner trade the Earth Pendulum to it and then the party will then be able to enter the battlefield.

After killing the little glob guy just travel to Windurst Walls and talked to Koru-Koru located at (E-7) to recieve Kukulcan's Staff.


Questions you might be Wondering...

What level should you be to take on this NM?
I would recommend a party of Lvl42. In that case it should be a fairly normal battle with little or no trouble at all.

Where is the Teleport-Altepa crag located?
It is in Eastern Altepa Desert on the line between (G-6) and (G-7) inside of the trench.


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RE: SMN AF1 - Kukulcan's Staff
# Oct 07 2004 at 9:50 AM Rating: Decent
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it got me Scared THERE IS NOT KEY ITEM in the quest.. at all
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