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Return of the Talekeeper  

Submitted by:Chtulhu the Quick
Realm:Bastok
Start Area: Metalworks
Start NPC:Any Gate Guard
Type:Mission
Prerequisites:Xarcabard, Land of Truths
Related Areas:Western Altepa Desert
Zeruhn Mines
Related Mobs:Eastern Sphinx
Western Sphinx
Mission:6 - 1
Min Level:60
Max Level:75
Reward:Rank 6-1
Rating
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This Mission is Not Skippable
Previous Mission: Darkness Rising
Next Mission: The Pirates' Cove
Last Updated: Mon Jan 24 06:44:52 2005

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Summary

A new Talekeeper is rumored to have appeared among the Galka. Speak to Medicine Eagle, the Mines District guard on post near the entrance to Ore Street, for further details.

Walkthrough

Suggested level/pt size: Around 10-12 level 60s can do this easily. If going with larger amounts of lower levels, make sure your tank is at least 60. The damage dealt is pretty nasty.

To start this quest, you must trade a stack of crystals to an IM and then talk to a gate guard. They will tell you to go to Bastok Mines and talk to Medicine Eagle, who can be found on the left at the top of the ramp down to Ore Street. You must then go talk to Drake Fang who is by the boat from Zeruhn Mines. You will see a cutscene where Iron Eater will approve your mission and tell you to go check out Altepa.

In the center of Western Altepa Desert is Airs Rock. Southwest of the west end of airs rock is a ??? (G-8). Examine it, and two mobs will pop. The Western and Eastern Sphinx. Defeat them, then head back to Bastok.

Talk to Tall Mountain in Bastok Mines on Ore Street by the �Restricted Section� in order to complete this mission.

Spoilers

To read the transcripts for this mission, see the Return of the Talekeeper Spoilers page.

Mission Series

This mission is part of the Republic of Bastok Mission series. The entire mission series includes:

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min level
# Sep 06 2009 at 5:08 AM Rating: Decent
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the posted min level for this quest is incorrect.

My highest current level is 55 and this mission is flagged.
Easy Prey
# Feb 21 2009 at 5:27 PM Rating: Decent
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My wife and cousin and I did this *** PLD/60 <me>, DRK/67, DRG/66. built up 300 tp but had to waste it on a Ant that linked when we pulled. Sneak popped, pulled no biggie. Hit me for as much as an IT would at 60 dropped a yag before hand never ran out of mp.
Finally got em'
# Oct 08 2008 at 10:10 PM Rating: Decent
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Great tip. Sneak won the fight for me.

I soloed this as a lvl 70 MNK/DNC. Only real prep work was storing 300% TP and chowing down on some mithkabobs. I found the spot and cleared the oversized bird before using spectra jig followed by a boost which nullified my invisible.

Popped the pair and ran straight back. Since they appear to pop back to back, only one spotted me and followed. Fought off the Western Sphinx. Fairly tough fight so I did use my 2hr, but I beat him. By the time I finished that fight, Eastern Sphinx had disappeared.

Checked the ??? and got the key item.

Good luck.
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solo
# Mar 27 2008 at 6:55 PM Rating: Default
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Just soloed this as 75rdm/37nin

Sneak pulled 1,

it has slowga that dispells your haste. So i bind + grav nuked/dot them.

was a 20 minute fight
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# Mar 26 2008 at 8:38 AM Rating: Decent
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this mission is easy if you think smart..you dont need to kill the 2NM's juss kill one..iam from sandoria and i helped a smn with these..sneak pop n juss pull one..they wun link if you snk pull...beat the crap outa the other and when its dead wait for the other 2 depop and go click the ??? and you get the item...btw iam a 75smn...representing tarutaru power
Wha Cha
# Sep 18 2007 at 7:11 AM Rating: Decent
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CaitSith Server, me (71THF/35NIN) and a friend (70RDM/35BLM), duoed those over grown rabbits w/ wings. we both hit our NPCs to help a little bit. I popped em, and i have about 225EVA skill and about +35ish with gear, so now i have 2 of em, i panic a lil... and so i do the natural thing, go after the smaller one, and we start going... takes a lil bit to get the smaller one down, but bout half way tho, the RDM converts and heals himself up... and then with give or take 5% life on the life RDM runs outta Mp... so i tell him to get down and rest up, (700Hp for me) lucky enough the rabbits were missing me enough to lemme cast shadows and what not, cause w/ the Dispel-aga and Slow-aga, so haste dont work, and shadows go quick. well finish off the smaller one(500Hp for me), so no more slow-aga but dispel-aga still dosent allow RDM to have Refresh or me Haste. The big rabbit cant hit me to well, but -aga takes my shadows like crazy, at this point, RDM has about 200Mp(400Hp for me), i tell him to stay cause i only got 400Hp and i want to have full health, well the thing gets tho my shadows and 2hr just so he can stay and heal me up later, he gets about 500 Mp, heals me up, and thats when i stop panicing due to lack of Mp. We finally kill the Bigger rabbit, and we get our pebble.

Basically, the Smaller one will Slow-aga u, and the bigger one Dispel-aga, only thing thats gonna stay is food, and our lvl 40ish NPCs hardly did ne thing at all. The only thing that saved me and him was the fact my EVA was high enough for the two miss me constantly.

So totally possible for two ppl to duo these things. GL pplz
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6-1 Fight
# Jul 27 2007 at 10:10 PM Rating: Decent
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Trio'ed the fight with 57 blm/whm,(me), 75 war/nin, and 75 rdm/nin.

I 2 houred, not sure if the others did. I know the rdm converted.

I did nothing but cure.

It was a close fight, we ended it out of mp and in low health.

Recommend bringing more people.

EDIT: The war fought one, the rdm fought the other, I healed when needed.

Edited, Aug 16th 2007 3:20:47pm by Krye
Excitement!
# Jun 20 2007 at 2:22 PM Rating: Good
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I play a Tarutaru female main but I started up a Mithra too. Windurstian Taru, Bastokan Mithra.

Anyway, my Mithra needed this mission and my roomie is asleep, so after reading up on this, I decide I'm gonna take his Galka MNK and my Mithra's 70BRD and see if we can duo this. I read about the sneak pop thing... but when it came to do it, I failed terribly.

The smaller one hit me before I could run out of the larger one's aggro range, thus my sneak dropped and both of them started chasing me. Now I'm controlling both characters (Two TVs, two PS2s, two controllers) I'm not too bad at it, but still this was difficult. After curing myself before I died, I pulled both manticores off me with my roomie's MNK/NIN.

Was kinda hard keeping shadows up with two of them wacking at me and the slowga/dispelga knocking away shadows and making my recast time longer. I gave double Mambo but one of them got dispelled, and gave Cure 3's but a BRD's MP pool is SMALL! (205MP right now) so I kept healing MP when I could.

I got the smaller manticore killed off but MNK was terribly low on HP, stayed at about 195HP for most of the fight with the larger one. Luckily kept shadows up, then I stared at my Chakra recast and hit it soon as it came up, shortly after I got 100TP and finished it with Asuran Fists.

Maybe it doesn't sound as exciting now, but that was a nice rush of excitement then joy after I managed to take them both down.

So, could probably duo this with a MNK/NIN and a proper healer.
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easy
# Jun 03 2007 at 5:23 AM Rating: Decent
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did this as 75 whm/nin and 75pld/rdm no sneak pull just went in popped it let the western one beat on the pld while we killed eastern once it was dead we proceded to kill the other one we could of just soloed one each but either way its easy
easy...
# May 23 2007 at 2:21 AM Rating: Decent
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6 ppl from lvl 62-73, as a 73 pld it hit me for an average of 33-74 per hit. easy stuff. Pull one at a time, sneak then spawn em. Don't count on trying the depop method, SE probably fixed that.
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Soloing
# Jan 04 2007 at 12:48 PM Rating: Good
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Solo'd as 65 BST/WHM.

I did NOT use any food or mp regen drinks, only pet food zeta. popped the Nms and only got agro from the Eastern Sphinx.

Fight took maybe about 20 minutes and was tons of fun. The only thing to be wary of is pet swapping, as the Eastern will spam Dispelga during a swap and will then proceed to beat you down, and he hits hard, fast and often >.<

This is where the MP regen drinks the other BSTs who solo'd this suggested come in handy, If I had it to do over again I would definitely have brought some, I was unaware of the Eastern's ability to Dispelga, which takes out both stoneskin, blink, prtotect and even re-raise in one shot. So the extra MP will help as your scrambling to get your buffs back up.

Cactuars are... not too good against this NM (Scorpions ftw!), they die super fast, but if your lucky to get 100% TP with them before they croak, 1000 needles will help shorten the fight a bit. Also don't discount your jug pets either, PanzerGalahad can take quite a beating from this guy, which will in turn give you time to get stoneskin and blink back up, (don't bother with re-raise) as well as rest for a few.

Good luck to any BSTs that try to solo this, your sure to have an... experience :D

change..maybe
# Dec 27 2006 at 3:33 PM Rating: Decent
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i just killed this as a 74 war with two 75 whms and we sneak pulled the eastern sphnix and we pwned it but then we couldnt get the stones so we decided to fight it again and pulled both and killed them and got the stones so idk but i was checking this mission and when i closed my browser i accidently spawned them and i got killed but oh well hope this was helpful
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Solo'ing w/out nin sub
# Dec 02 2006 at 7:04 PM Rating: Default
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Just soloed this as 75 pld/war. The fight was dicey, to say the least. In the end i had 150 hp and no mp. The sneak thing works like a charm, but be sure to run away as soon as you hit the ??? because the second sphinx will hear you as soon as the first touches you and sneak wears off (i messed up once and had to zone). The sphinx hit me for about 80 per hit as 75 pld.

Basically, just be warned that this fight is not a complete pushover (unless you're not a bum like me and you actually have utsusemi).
Solo Rdm/Nin
# Oct 16 2006 at 9:29 AM Rating: Decent
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no surprise huh.

just wanted to give some details on popping the nms.

there are 2 rocks, a large(north) rock and a small(south) rock.
the eastern sphinx, the eaiser of the 2 from what i've read below, pops on the small rock, the western sphinx, the slowga ******* pops on the north rock.

the ??? is inbetween the 2 rocks.

to spawn the nms so that you only fight the eastern sphinx,
1. apply sneak
2. apply some sort of shadow, shihei, blink.
3. check the ??? from the north, so that the north rock is to the side of you and the south rock is in your line-of-sight.

once you check the ??? the nms will spawn, the eastern sphinx will see you right away so make a dash away from the 2 rocks to somewhere safe to fight.

i didn't know of this info. i applied sneak, spawned the nms not knowing how they would spawn (eastern faces north rock, western faces south rock), so i ended up having to fight the western sphinx. he saw me right away so i just ran for it.

western sphinx was simple, took a few minutes but nothing major. he can get through stoneskin, you will be slowed from his slowga the entire time, but he misses enough so that it won't matter.

~keep your buffs on, use ichi(leaving ni for emergencies), keep him enfeebed, and apply barfira for his heat wave.

he'll be cake, and the other will have despawned by the time you're done.
check the ??? for the moonstone pebble.

gl!
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DRG solo
# Sep 30 2006 at 9:55 AM Rating: Decent
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well... that was easy DRG75/BLU35 can kill these jokes for manticores no prob.
Soloed
# Aug 27 2006 at 3:35 AM Rating: Decent
Easily soled as 75 PLD/NIN, the sneak puylling trick works a charm.

Any job with Ni and Ichi should be able to solo this no worries from around 60 on.
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# Jul 27 2006 at 10:03 AM Rating: Decent
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Duo'd this with my buddy Choompo.
For goodness sake, if you sneak pop these things, grab the little guy. Dispelga sux from the big one. Kept taking refresh away.

To clear up any questions, where these pop on top of two rocks. They pop facing opposite directions, so if you are Sneaked, and pop from between the rocks, you will not get agro. I just ran back some and then ran in front of one of them getting agro from only one. Made sure I was out of sneak agro range before pulling, but i also had blink up to null any casting to remove sneak.

Was a good fight, we drained MP, but killed him relatively easy. On to the Bomb!!

Edited, Jul 27th 2006 at 11:07am EDT by FrostTrunks
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# Feb 11 2007 at 3:06 AM Rating: Decent
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note to self: they pop facing each other, meaning they pop facing between the rocks, which means popping between the rocks is a bad idea. granted, facing each other is still facing opposite directions

another not to self: riddle is so god damned cheap. take me from 650 max MP to 0. so god damned cheap.

Edited, Feb 11th 2007 6:53am by Klaire
Duo'd
# Jul 09 2006 at 3:48 PM Rating: Good
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Duo'd this BRD/NIN (me) with my wife, Chalumeau, WHM/SMN. We sneak popped and pulled Eastern Sphinx away a bit. Was a little rough starting but once he was enfeebled he was cake. It was a longish fight (5 minutes or so) but wasn't too hard.

The other Sphinx had despawned by the time we finished. For the sake of testing I tried to sleep it and they are not BRD sleepable.

Edited, Jul 9th 2006 at 4:50pm EDT by Yeargdribble
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# Jun 28 2006 at 11:38 AM Rating: Good
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All my sleeps were resisted (enfeebs aren't capped, but they are in no way gimp), even Sleepga II was resisted. :P
Solo
# Jun 11 2006 at 11:55 PM Rating: Decent
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Solo'd this as 71 SMN, just took a bit of recasting. Trick is to sneak before you spawn NM. And make sure only ONE NM can see you when they pop
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# May 15 2006 at 2:07 PM Rating: Decent
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Did this Saturday with some people from the LS so we could all get Rank 7.

58BLM, 62PLD, 62MNK, 67RNG, 67WHM, 70SMN

Cleared the area. The plan was to sleep one of the Sphinxs and unload on the other. Unfortunately he didn't stay slept so the SMN kept one at bay with Avatars until we killed the other.
For people tanking these, at 62 they were not hitting me very hard at all, similar to XP level mobs.
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# May 14 2006 at 6:18 PM Rating: Decent
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Just soloed as 75RDM/BLM, had to use Vile elixer+1 for win.

The big manticore casts dispelga, wich made it a decent fight. The little Mantocore cast slowga, no big deal.

I started to kill litte mantcore, when I shoulda killed big manti first >< still won.
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Just solo'd
# Apr 13 2006 at 3:02 PM Rating: Decent
Just soloed this as 75MNK/NIN as long as you are able to pop it and only aggro one, anyone can do this. Was very hard at all took maybe 10 min tops.
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Solo'd as 75RDM/12NIN
# Apr 10 2006 at 10:05 AM Rating: Decent
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Did the Sneak pop, and then pulled the western sphinx. Found his greatest vulnerability was paralyze and slow; was cake keeping up Ichi. Casted poison 2 and bio 2 and started hacking away with main Dagger sub Sword doing MP Steal WS whenever available. Took about 7 - 8 minutes but was never in any real danger. Just watch your buffs as it will use Dispelga.

Was like fighting a DC, any high RDM who has soloed anything worth soloing should have no problem with this.


Edited, Mon Apr 10 11:06:20 2006
RE: Solo'd as 75RDM/12NIN
# Apr 11 2006 at 10:00 AM Rating: Good
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I'm merely curious to know HOW sneak helps against monsters that Clearly aggro sight...

Edited, Tue Apr 11 09:56:22 2006
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RE: Solo'd as 75RDM/12NIN
# May 30 2006 at 1:24 PM Rating: Good
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They appear to aggro both sight and sound. They spawn facing eachother and if you pop them right they can't see you but they will be able to hear you. Sneak pop them, run out of sound range and then pull one of them, they didn't link when I pulled them.

Clearly not everything is black and white.
Solo'd with bst
# Apr 05 2006 at 10:40 AM Rating: Decent
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lvl 67bst, not as impressive as the lvl 60 bst, but i also solo'd this mission. any bst that want to solo this just read the threads that the other bst have posted and you should be fine. the only difference that i did was used Crow gear and had pineapple juice and hi pots. Run far, very far that sphinx has flee-like abilities to catch up to you lol.

Good luck!
PS: who said "you cant solo that, we needed an alliance to do that. You're gonna die Romy!" That was you Shizzle!(he's in my LS) How you like those apples!... also finished the next mission too... solo'd! Romy<<< Rank 7 lol. j/k with the trash talk **** you my boy.

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Sphinx
# Apr 02 2006 at 6:20 PM Rating: Good
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Just finished this fight with the Sphinx. Was me 70WHM/35BLM and my friend Moonkitty 75RDM/37NIN. Just sneaked and spawned them and grabbed one and started hacking away with Hexa Strike > Savage Blade > Light > Holy. Did that three times and it was dead. Grabed the key item, mission done. Thanks for the info!
When disaster strikes...
# Mar 07 2006 at 2:31 AM Rating: Excellent
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I was ready to do this solo, 61BST/WHM, (acutally saw Climhazzard on the way there) and decided to ask my girlfriend to come along, Triste 55BST/27WHM, buffed up and snuck at the ??? and SPAWNED! Both instantly aggro me ;;, (Thanks to Clim for clearing up that you have to stand at a certain spot, that info needs to be at the top >|) I take one and Triste takes another, I'm not sure how she was doing but I decided to just zone, to be safe. Triste manned up and said she could do it and I still drug mine to the zone, got there succesfully, taking a hefty sum of damage, (props to the Gaudy Harness). Zoned into Rabao, and then into W. Altepa, I aggroed it again because I'm stupid, then go the bright idea to just grab a chocobo >.o. I start heading for Triste and I see the NM I had aggroing Jenovia ><, He was a SAM 59+ (only know that because he was in a Haub) and I kept heading for Triste, I saw another 70+ WAR and hoped he was with Jenovia, :|, I got to Triste and we duo'd off the rest of the other NMs HP, (I aggro'd a PLD type ant near the end and just ran with him while I changed pets). went back to the ??? and got my stone. All in all, If I had known that I had to be in a certain spot I could have duo'd him easily but everything went haywire. Still beat it and if Triste had not came, I would have been one dead BST ;;, Thank you Triste~

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# Feb 13 2006 at 5:09 PM Rating: Good
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I solo'd this as a Mnk/Nin at 75...

So I'd say for sure a 75 Nin/War could solo this too, he never once hit me and when he was casting dispelga, I simply started casting Utsusemi:Ichi. By the time he had dispelga'd I was at the last little % of Ichi and had shadows again in no time.

This monster was a piece of cake.
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Some Experience...
# Feb 09 2006 at 10:11 PM Rating: Decent
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Just s'more experience for those who need it;

Party Setup

BLM 60
PLD 75
NIN 62
SAM 58
WHM 60
WHM 54
THF 60
DRG 70

When we had gotten to camp, drg accidentally hit the "???" and no one was ready, bringing me back to Eco-war /cry.. (so no sneak pull >.>;) Both tanks hit near death, and AoEs almost wiped out alliance. In honesty, I (sam 58) wasn't hit w/ any dmg/status FX along w/ the other DD, but whms had a hard time keep up with both pld and nin surprisingly.
Otherwise, it had all gone well and everyone got a pebble in the end, no death ^^.

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Practically soloed 75rdm/blm
# Jan 19 2006 at 3:51 PM Rating: Default
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I went as 58 whm/blm and Avdi from my ls went 75rdm/blm in full Wise gear. Met up, he buffed everything rdm's do when they buff, i just casted his haste for him.

Sneak popped them both and he pulled Eastern. During the fight western despawned but we still won and got I got my keyitem.

Battle took a little while becuase of Dispelga. You can't silence or sleep him, but dispelga is the only thing it casted. I used Barstonra and Barsleepra to give it something to eat up. I was hitting it for a while and getting club skill up, but soon got aggro from an ant and so Avdi sleepga'ed and also got an cactuar in the aoe sleep. He simply had to just occasionally cast another sleepga and it was easily handled. There is an MP down move, so I had erase ready. Another move hits pretty hard even with pro4 and phalanx up. Deadly Hold hit him for 458. Aspir and Drain were very common spells amongst his list. He soloed it just fine and only got into orange twice becuase of Deadly Hold. It hit him for about 60-100 when he wasn't stoneskinned. It doesn't have any AOE damage spells, so anyone under level can melee, just watch out for aggro from other mobs in the area.

We won, I examined ??? again and got my moonpebble, then got aggro for a scorp and warped out. It was very easy. Thanks a bunch Avdi.
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# Dec 01 2005 at 2:00 PM Rating: Decent
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Also won this solo as 60 bst

sneak popped and pulled eastern with a cactaur
Used a small army of tulwar scorps to kill eastern, took about 25 minutes

Blink and stoneskin are key

Items: yag drink x3, taz taco, 3 jug fungar, 2 pet zeta
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Won as Bst 60
# Dec 01 2005 at 2:04 PM Rating: Decent
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# Dec 01 2005 at 2:01 PM Rating: Decent
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double post <.<
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# Dec 01 2005 at 1:56 PM Rating: Decent
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Also soloed this as bst 60/whm 30 also

Sneak popped eastern and pulled him away with a cactaur. 25 minutes of pet swapping tulwar scorps later he was dead. Western despawned

Just keep blink and SS up, if he gets through that he can peel off a lot of hp in a few seconds. Make sure you are near the pet you want to swap with as he runs fast.

Items used: yag drinks x3, taz taco, 2 pet zeta, 3 jug fungar
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{I don't understand}
# Nov 11 2005 at 8:33 PM Rating: Decent
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Went to do this today.. we popped the sphinxes and killed them, i click the ??? and see "there are a bunch of stones scattered here."
I don't get it, i had already flagged the quest and talked to Drake Fang and got permission to go to Altepa from Iron Eater. Why did everyone else get the key item while i got jack squat?

Edited, Fri Nov 11 20:46:12 2005
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Solo'd as a Lv60BST
# Nov 02 2005 at 1:58 PM Rating: Good
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Also posted on the BST Forums.

I solo'd 98% of the Western Sphinx last night before someone stole the NM from me as a Lv60BST/30WHM. ;; I would've solo'd it if it hadn't been stolen from me. In fact, I'd say a BST in their mid-50's can solo this. I don't wanna take anything away from the battle because it was indeed a tough one... But as soon as Desert Beetles are all EM or lower, a BST can solo this.

There really aren't any spectakalarly uber tactics here: Just tote the NM all over the Western Altepa Desert and pummel him with Pets.

The first thing I did was grab a Cactaur as my pet, 2hr it and kill Too Weak-EP Desert Worms to build TP. After that, I Sneaked myself and I went to the ??? at G-8 an. Two NM Manticores spawn on top of the rocks: Western and Eastern Sphinx. Eastern will aggro you if you're not careful, but Western will not if you're Sneaked apparently. When I went up to pop the NMs, I inched myself up from the back-western side of the ??? because I wanted to fight the Western Sphinx. Here's the map:

http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/db/areas.html?farea=47

Look at G-8 on the map and you'll see a small inlet. In the southwest area is where the ??? is. I put myself between the ??? and the walls of the inlet when I popped the NMs. The ??? is between two rocks and the two NMs pop on top of the rocks and facing each other. Western Sphinx will pop on the northwest rock and Eastern Sphinx will pop on the southeast rock. When you click the ???, you want to be as far away from the Eastern Sphinx as possible. You only have to fight one of these and the other will despawn.

Everyone and their dog has fought Eastern it seems and I wanted to go a different route and I think it was easier because I did. I then ran away as soon as I clicked on the ??? and I saw the message that "You feel evil lurking nearby" or something like that. I managed to not aggro either of them. w00t!

So I send my Cactaur to fight the Western Sphinx. I Heel my Pet when I'm out of range because I want the full 1k Needles on the NM. Once I got out of AoE range of any surounding mobs, I used Sic and got lucky with 1k Needles.

After that, I just dragged the NM all over the Desert and threw any local mobs at it in between my FunguarFamiliars. I got him down to a few hits left and someone stole him... I mean 1 more Pet Swap and I'd have killed the NM. I told the guy that it was a Mission NM and gave him a ****-chewing. I said somethings I shouldn't have, but I am sicker than a dog and I don't feel like being screwed with. He ended up apologizing and helped me the next time I fought it. I think he was a 75BST, but I'm not sure because his info was hidden. He had a 75SMN with him though. We fought both Sphinx when they helped me and still won with relative ease.

But, I still solo'd about 98% of the NM before it was stolen. The battle took 45 minutes. I had a couple of mischarms, but nothing major and I'll explain why in a sec. So this NM can be solo'd and it's a fun fight. So give it a shot if you're on Bastok 6-1.

The key to soloing this NM is to put some distance between you and the NM whie your Pet fights it. ***** Sic, just put a lot of distance between you and the mob. Your Pet will dead by the time you can use Sic anyway. This mob is hella fast and it makes tigers and coeurls look like they've been Gravitied when they run. So putting a lot of distance between you and the battle between your Pet and the NM gives you time to land Charm if you fail.

Always keep Stoneskin and Blink up. Western Sphinx spams Slowga like it's going out of style and Blink doesn't help with Slowga. Blink will cause the NM to miss you though. The NM hits for 250+ at Lv60 and I had 337 DEF with a Taz Taco. Stoneskin will eat most of that damage, so always keep both Blink and Stoneskin up as well as Regen even if you don't need it.

Use the pathways around Revelation Rock to your advantage. Go up one side and wait for the NM to follow you and then use Fight and run down the other side. You can avoid getting hit completely sometimes when you do this. Also, cast Sneak so you don't aggro the Antica, Cactaur and Scorpions running around the desert.

San 6-1 was much tougher for me to solo when I was in my low 60's on my first BST. That battle took over 2hrs and this one about 45 minutes. Sorry I'm not going into great detail here, but I am, like, projectile-hurl type of sick and I need to go to bed. >< I just wanted to post that this can be solo'd pretty easily at Lv60. Good luck if you decide to try it. It's a lot of fun.

You actually want the NM to cast Slowga because it gives you time to put a Pet on the NM and you can normally get out of taking any damage because the NM stops t cast the spell. Don't cast Dia or use any spells on it. Since your Pets are such a low level, they'll miss quite a few times before they hit and you don't want any hate built up on the NM other than your using Fight. FunguarFamiliar normally hit the first time and did decent damage. It normally lasted until it had around 90TP before it died whereas Desert Beetles and Cactaur were dead by the time they had 40TP. Tulwar Scorpions are your best wild Pet here. They normally lasted until they 70-80TP before they died.

Let all your Pets die. Don't bother with Leave. These are plenty of Pets to use here and you're actually better off thinning out the aggro mob population. Make sure when you use Charm, you're not going to link any like mobs if you fail. If two Desert Beetles are together, make sure you try to Charm the Beetle that is facing the other and leave the one facing away alone because failing a charm when two Beetles are facinf each other will link them and likely end you.

Western Sphinx used Riddle on me at the end which is a MaxMP Down skill which is much better than MaxHP Down from Eastern Sphinx for BST. It cut my MP from 140 to 90 something which is no big deal. It started to use it's breath weapon once, but I was lucky enough to get out of range. My HP hit yellow a couple of times, but I never dropped below 700HP.

Overall, I ended up using 3x Yagudo Potions and quite a few FungaurFamiliars. I used Taz Taco as my food. I normally rested for 1 tick of MP with each Pet swap. I removed all +ATT, -EVA gear. Anything that boosts DEF, VIT, AGI and MP is the type of gear you want to use here.

Anyway, that's it. Hopefully someone will get some use out of this.
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eastern Manticore PWN
# Oct 25 2005 at 9:46 PM Rating: Decent
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OK I am a RDM75 I sub'd NIN37
and the rest was history spawned it and had sneak on . The eastern one only aggro me and the western one stayed behind.

and it went down slowly but surely.. hit me to half once.. If you need to have this mission done and dont have people to do it for ya. rdm love to solo and push there limits..
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EZ fight
# Oct 19 2005 at 10:50 AM Rating: Decent
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while en-route to help ppl finish ZM missions in the area, the three of us that needed 6-1 decided on a lil field trip, pty set was certainly overkill 75 whm 75 rdm 72 drk 70 brd 68 thf 74 nin.
Sneak popped took imidiate aggro from the one on the ground and the other sat on the rock as though nothing to fret. Quickly dispatched the first and soon after the second for giggles. All acheived the key item. If you have a party of 68+ in the area feel froggy and jump on it. not bad at all.
CS seemed hardly worth it though.
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Near Death Experience...
# Oct 09 2005 at 10:37 PM Rating: Decent
Just finished this about an hour ago... afterwards, i got booted by FFXI and still can't get back on so i am posting this instead..

Party Members:
lvl 75 PLD
lvl 75 BLM
lvl 61 PLD
lvl 61 THF (me)

When we got there.. we knew we were just going to fight both and not worry about sneaking and pulling one or whatever else. We cleared few mobs around the ??? and I spawned the mobs w/o sneak and both aggro'ed. PLD75 provoked Eastern and flashed the Western. PLD75 was tanking both most of the fight. PLD61 had Tavnazian Taco and I had Sole Sushi +1. Eastern was casting Dispelga... which wasn't so bad as Western's Slowga and Max MP down! >< Took down Eastern and mp users were almost out of MP due to Max MP down... PLD75 had Hercule's Ring which gave him regen and refresh... he cured himself whenever he could.. then PLD61 disengaged and tried to heal for MP but kept getting hit w/ -ga magic... so he just got up and joined the fight again... all of their MP was low when PLD75's hp was down to about 150 when PLD61 used cover while BLM75 was trying to regen MP.. then as battle was approaching end with pt members having only about 200-300 hp (except me >< I had full HP >< )and no mp, a Cactuar aggro'ed BLM while BLM was healing and had to disengage from the battle to run for his life for his HP was down to 57 after Cactuar slowly damaged him during battle. x_x The 3 of us were still fighting Western... PLD75 only had enough HP to take another two hits. Western still had 6% HP left. So I used SATA+Dancing Edge and luckily PLD61 just got his TP to 100 and he used Vorpal Blade for Skillchain: Scission and we brought Western down to 2% HP. PLD75 killed the mob and we hurried to get the Moonstone. BLM was still running for Rabao. I used Flee and caught up to the BLM and used Ranged Attack to pull Cactuar off of him and then I hightailed to Rabao too. Then BLM got his full MP back and went back outside and destroyed any cactuars he saw... FUN FUN FUN ^^

Over all it was a close fight... PLD61 used invincible during the fight with Eastern, but PLD75 didn't have to use his. I don't think BLM used his 2 hour either.. so take some mp regen drinks and be prepared for good fun battle.

A very special thanks to Tidalwave PLD75 and Firebug BLM75 on Asura server.
Near Death Experience...
# Oct 09 2005 at 10:36 PM Rating: Decent
Just finished this about an hour ago... afterwards, i got booted by FFXI and still can't get back on so i am posting this instead..

Party Members:
lvl 75 PLD
lvl 75 BLM
lvl 61 PLD
lvl 61 THF (me)

When we got there.. we knew we were just going to fight both and not worry about sneaking and pulling one or whatever else. We cleared few mobs around the ??? and I spawned the mobs w/o sneak and both aggro'ed. PLD75 provoked Eastern and flashed the Western. PLD75 was tanking both most of the fight. PLD61 had Tavnazian Taco and I had Sole Sushi +1. Eastern was casting Dispelga... which wasn't so bad as Western's Slowga and Max MP down! >< Took down Eastern and mp users were almost out of MP due to Max MP down... PLD75 had Hercule's Ring which gave him regen and refresh... he cured himself whenever he could.. then PLD61 disengaged and tried to heal for MP but kept getting hit w/ -ga magic... so he just got up and joined the fight again... all of their MP was low when PLD75's hp was down to about 150 when PLD61 used cover while BLM75 was trying to regen MP.. then as battle was approaching end with pt members having only about 200-300 hp (except me >< I had full HP >< )and no mp, a Cactuar aggro'ed BLM while BLM was healing and had to disengage from the battle to run for his life for his HP was down to 57 after Cactuar slowly damaged him during battle. x_x The 3 of us were still fighting Western... PLD75 only had enough HP to take another two hits. Western still had 6% HP left. So I used SATA+Dancing Edge and luckily PLD61 just got his TP to 100 and he used Vorpal Blade for Skillchain: Scission and we brought Western down to 2% HP. PLD75 killed the mob and we hurried to get the Moonstone. BLM was still running for Rabao. I used Flee and caught up to the BLM and used Ranged Attack to pull Cactuar off of him and then I hightailed to Rabao too. Then BLM got his full MP back and went back outside and destroyed any cactuars he saw... FUN FUN FUN ^^

Over all it was a close fight... PLD61 used invincible during the fight with Eastern, but PLD75 didn't have to use his. I don't think BLM used his 2 hour either.. so take some mp regen drinks and be prepared for good fun battle.

A very special thanks to Tidalwave PLD75 and Firebug BLM75 on Asura server.
Sneak pull?
# Sep 27 2005 at 1:50 PM Rating: Decent
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Well, we sneak-pulled 1, the other despawned before we could attack, and we all went to the ??? but no key item. Next time we all checked we just got a message "many stones litter the place."
You can do it!
# Sep 26 2005 at 12:20 PM Rating: Decent
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Target: Eastern Sphinx

Party Setup:
60 RDM/BLM
60 NIN/WAR
60 SAM/WAR
58 MNK/WAR

Objective: Seek and destroy

NIN Sneak popped both NM's but didn't get aggro from either so he pulled the Eastern using Jubaku. We camped at Revelation Rock but we just cleared all the mobs in between so that he could have a clear path for the pull.

Eastern spams Dispelga which took shadows, haste, berserk, focus, etc. and generally sucks.

Unfortunately, about halfway down, the NIN took one for the team. He had about 400 HP and he got knocked for 434 by the Sphinx's special move. I tanked (SAM) while the RDM raised him and then he voked right back and we shared tanking since he was weakened.

It was a hard fight, and after the NIN went down I was sure we were dead meat, but we managed to pull it off. Made a mad dash for the ??? and received the Altepan Moonpebble!

BTW, I do not think that you would be able to complete this by just popping the mobs and letting them despawn since someone in an earlier posting said that they had tried something similar using a Reraise scroll.

Edited, Mon Sep 26 13:37:16 2005
Soloable???
# Aug 05 2005 at 9:09 PM Rating: Decent
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Just curious... When I did this mission, after I spawned the NMs and ran, I didnt get aggro from either of them >.> My party insisted on pulling one.

Would it be possible to just let them both disappear and still finish the mission?
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trio'd
# Jul 05 2005 at 11:14 PM Rating: Excellent
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trio'd this earlier today as 60 drg(me), 61 rdm, and 68 war/nin. sneak popped and only got aggro from eastern sphinx. the war and i had saved 300 tp from the scorps around so we skewer > rampage to start the fight. skewer did 300, rampage 800, and distortion did 400 to take away a huge chunk of health. rdm did have to convert but we were ok from then on, repeated sc as battle went on. as everyone else as said, the western sphinx despawned during the fight. easy mission.
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Duoed it
# Jun 23 2005 at 12:08 AM Rating: Good
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65 THF/NIN and 61 SMN/WHM, we duoed it. killed western. he spam uses slowga so blink dont work well but with right gear and eva up from smn he missed almost every hit. suggest getting rdm to stick silence on him and use blink tank, hits hard and his ws took me down to red couple of times.
Solo'd
# Jun 15 2005 at 1:48 AM Rating: Good
Solo'd this as a 69 DRG/RDM. Sneak pulled the Western. Used 3 Yag drinks and a boiled crab. Went into the red twice. Not too difficult.

Edited, Wed Jun 15 02:52:23 2005
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Duo killed
# Jun 07 2005 at 4:13 PM Rating: Good
Just duoed this with me (60DRG/WAR) and a RDM 74. Sneak pulled and got 1, the Eastern.

It was a little diffucult because he used MP down, but it went rather well. No death.
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duoed as bst
# Jun 02 2005 at 1:21 AM Rating: Decent
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My static partner and I (both lvl66bsts) duoed the western and eastern sphinxes. Took about 20mobs and 30mins with 4 yag drinks, tav tacos, and lots of running. Overall we both died once and had to spawn them twice. We started off with cactuars filled with tp in hopes for 1k needles then ran around charming beetles while keeping stoneskin and blink up.
ouch >.<
# May 22 2005 at 10:27 PM Rating: Decent
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Just tried this tonight. The sneak pull trick doesn't work. I spawned them. Took off running and only the eastern came after me.

Pulled it over to camp, but it used a move that took sneak off me. Anyways, i get a scorp aggro on the way. That wasn't much of a help. But then here's the screwy part. Out of nowhere the Western sphinx that was way across the screen out of view even. Well it decides to come runnin up and join the fight. So we just teleported out.... well most of us >.<....
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My story of 6-1 Bastok
# Apr 24 2005 at 5:16 AM Rating: Decent
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I did this mission last night with a lvl 70+ Rdm, 2 lvl 57 or so Thfs and myself as a just-dinged lvl 57 Bst.

Since I've read here about the sneak pull method I figure I'll give it a go.

Sneak up, pop the ???, Western aggros me thru sneak (well something made it notice me) and gives chase as I run away screaming like a little girl. I manage to order my pet to attack him as he chases me. I get just far enough to where I can still him and the Eastern when he smacks me 4 or 5 times and I'm down + delvl :(.

My team then manages to grab the Western as it wanders back to spawn point.

Rdm casts raise on me during fight with chainspell while hes nuking the mob (just a guess since I was too far to get damage readings and could only see my pts hp).

I raise and heal myself outa red hp to avoid low hp aggro (not sure if undead spawn here, but didn't want to die again). Called a Carrie, recast sneak and tossed it at the Western. I then got way out of aoe range to stay alive.

After maybe 10 mins total and a couple close calls, we manage to take him out. The Eastern had already despawned.

We ran to the ??? and get the key item. YAY!!!

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Next time maybe thfs pulling the NM not such a bad idea, oh well, die and learn I always say.

p.s. I got 5 xp from the kill lol. **** that 30% cut from pet. Now I'm 585 tnl.

We're gonna try 6-2 tonight with a few more people.

Thanks to Myrdral (Rdm), Guthrie & Ghettoninja (thfs), you guys rock :)
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Duoed
# Mar 29 2005 at 10:54 PM Rating: Decent
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Just thought i'd post this. I just duoed this as a 68 RDM with a 68 WHM. It wasnt easy, but we were able to do it. Sneak pulled and got the eastern sphinx. They hit pretty hard and knocked stoneskin down fast, but after being enfeebled (which landed and stuck pretty well) it wasnt too hard to fight. Sword dmg was low so i got most of the damage in DoT spells (i stuck every one i could).

The biggest annoyance i saw in this was when they casted dispelga, it would rip off something useful whether it be refresh or enaero or protect or phalanx. Otherwise, not too bad, just gotta keep your wits about you.

P.S. I actually kited him at about half health (well, as best you can kite a manticore, with gravity they still run really fast) so my WHM could get full MP. Gravity and bind stuck and lasted really long, i had enough time to run away, convert, cure IV once and get a couple buffs up before bind wore. Just an FYI if anyone is thinking of doing this how i did.
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Blalock
# Mar 09 2005 at 3:01 PM Rating: Decent
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I have heard you can only do this mission with a party from Bastok. Is this true or can I get anyone to help me with this mission as I have a lot of friends in my ls who are from sandy. I have activated the mission so I assume that I can touch the ??? and start the fight and have my friends help me even if they are not from Bastok. Please let me know if this is incorrect
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