A Flash in the Pan  

Start Area: Bastok Markets
Start NPC:Aquillina (K - 9)
Related Areas:South Gustaberg
Min Level:1
Max Level:75
Grants Gil:100
(Average from 22 ratings)
Items Required:Flint Stone
This Quest is Repeatable
Last Updated: Thu Aug 20 01:00:36 2009

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Trade four flint stones to Aquillina so she can light her oven.


Talk to Aquillina to begin the quest. She will ask for 4 flint stones to light her oven. Trade 4 flint stones to her to complete the quest.

Flint stones are dropped by worm type mobs. This quest is repeatable every 15 Earth minutes.

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Help Plzzz
# Aug 28 2008 at 1:19 PM Rating: Decent
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what do I do I have the 4 flintstones but she won't take them
# Mar 11 2007 at 12:28 PM Rating: Decent
7 posts
I got the flint stones like she said she needed. Now I go to give them to her and she says she still needs them and no option comes up for me to give them to her.
# Mar 11 2007 at 12:29 PM Rating: Decent
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# Apr 27 2006 at 11:25 AM Rating: Decent
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Simplest quest ever, just go out into South Gustaberg and kill Tunnel Worms or Rock Eaters, take about 5 minutes to get 4 as there is a high drop rate.
Flash in the pan
# Feb 28 2006 at 5:43 PM Rating: Decent
18 posts
I just did this quest. I spoak to her 3 times. The therd time she asked for the flints. And there was no waiting 15 min. I gott my reward rite then.
# Aug 03 2005 at 3:26 PM Rating: Excellent
16 posts
Sorry... double post.
Doesn't require specific day
# May 28 2005 at 9:29 AM Rating: Decent
97 posts
I've done this quest like a million times now to raise fame so that I can get Warp Scroll <,<;

It doesn't have to be at ice day or whatever, I just go to her after 11 am and she asks for flint stones, but u have to wait for one game day to repeat.
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# Feb 06 2005 at 9:50 AM Rating: Decent
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I tried ~ 5 Times, to no Avail, but each of those Times, she ended in talking about "how she wishes she was single Again".

Went in @ 18:50 on Iceday, and she Actually said she was out of Stones, and asked for them in the Dialog. Traded, and completed quest from List, finally :)
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RE: NPC Text
# May 06 2005 at 11:22 AM Rating: Decent
I've noticed that Aquilina will not accept Flint Stones at night. She will usually accept them only between 6:00 and about 20:00.

Edited, Fri May 6 12:23:01 2005
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# Dec 04 2004 at 4:05 PM Rating: Decent
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well i went inside the next room and talked to the husband then came back and even though the pot was still boiling, she asked for the flints.

So, I have no idea if that had some bearing on it.
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cant get quest
# Dec 04 2004 at 4:03 PM Rating: Decent
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I have good fame (they know my name). but couldnt get this quest. However, I did notice that the pot was boiling and steam coming out of it. So maybe when its not boiling she will give it to me. Blah.
Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?
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re :farming flitn stones
# Nov 22 2004 at 7:41 AM Rating: Decent
22 posts
The San Dorian equilvelent of this quest can be done at any time,and less hassle having to wait 15 mins too.
Do it at
# Aug 15 2004 at 6:55 PM Rating: Decent
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OK 6:30 is when you can give start giveing her the stone. d
RE: Do it at
# Oct 01 2004 at 11:20 PM Rating: Excellent
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It can be done anytime.

You just you have to wait 15minRL, if someone else did it (thats right someone who isnt you)

Thats why people are saying I've done it at "this time" and "that time"

They should add it to the description.
# Aug 01 2004 at 2:59 PM Rating: Decent
143 posts
this quest is so eazy but i dont like cause now i rarley get the flint and the gil reward stinks but its great for ppl that just joined FFXI
took a while but..
# Jul 03 2004 at 9:59 PM Rating: Decent
took a few tries but at around 11:30 (yes, middle of the day) she took the stones

the morning, noon, night thing makes sense
Light the oven
# Jun 02 2004 at 5:07 AM Rating: Default
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She needs the stones to light her oven to COOK. This quest is NOT only available at night, but also in the morning (breakfast) and before lunch.
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Farming Flint Stones
# Jun 01 2004 at 10:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Since only one person every 15 minutes can do this quest, it is not a good source of fame/money. So farming flint stones to give *her* is not a good idea, unless you feel like going to San d'Oria and doing the quest there.

Whenever I have a whole mess of flint stones, I usually check up on her to see if I can't do this quest, and half the time she'll take them. I take the rest and make pebble soup for a little money and (low level) cooking skill.

And yes, she'll take them at any time of day. It's the 15 minute thing that determines whether you can do it or not.

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# Jun 01 2004 at 11:44 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm pretty sure she took them during the day for me. You do have to wait 6 game hours (15 minutes) after the last person - whether it was you or someone else - gave her some flint stones, before she'll want any more.

Thus it's kind of a nuisance as far as repeatables go, and if you want fame and gil for your flint stones, take them to the quest in San d'Oria instead.
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# Jun 01 2004 at 5:21 AM Rating: Default
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yep she only takes them at night for me too.

for the guy that said he did it in broad daylight i think you are starting to cloud the ingame & real life worlds or you have a secret that you should share with us !
# Apr 08 2004 at 4:46 PM Rating: Decent
52 posts
Ive done this one twice.
Once just cuz my friend told me, so I wasnt observant of time of day, the other was around 9:30 at night.
time of day
# Apr 08 2004 at 1:23 AM Rating: Decent
Did this quest during broad daylight
# Mar 01 2004 at 11:09 AM Rating: Default
I've done this quest once a LONG time ago. I went back to redo this quest and it said she had all the flint stones she needed. How is this quest repeatable? Or is there just a problem? It's been several weeks in fact and you're saying it's every 6 hours.
RE: problem
# Mar 31 2004 at 1:54 AM Rating: Decent
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It would seem that she only takes them at night.

# Feb 07 2004 at 8:15 PM Rating: Decent
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K-9, Goldstreet, Bastok Markets. I walk in, talk to her at 13:30 (not at night, no mention of husband), she says she needs 4 Flint Stones and she'll pay for them. I split up my stack, trade her 4 (one in each slot), and she gives me 100 gil, quest complete.

After I completed the quest I could hear her stuff cooking...water boiling noise. I'm guessing that after a certain amount of time it will stop boiling, that's when the quest can be done by the next person, or redone by yourself.
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times when npc accepts
# Jan 16 2004 at 2:06 PM Rating: Default
Urakh is correct. Off mysterytour website:

"Four flint stones is passed. However when other PCs clear, it does not generate for about 15 minutes in earth time."
every 6 game hours
# Jan 13 2004 at 8:53 PM Rating: Default
You can repeat this quest 1 time every 6 game hours.
# Jan 07 2004 at 4:57 PM Rating: Default
i have finished 2 quests and can't get this one, i'm trying at 2:00 on firesday.. so i guess there is a little fame needed
A bit of corrective info
# Dec 28 2003 at 2:38 PM Rating: Decent
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I've done this quest at practically any time - daytime, nighttime, dawn, dusk, you name it - so the time at which you attempt the quest is not a factor.

Sorting the Flint into stacks of four instead of seven does not have any impact on getting the quest. I nearly always had more than four when I turned in mine.

Like everyone keeps saying, she only accepts one stack at a time - so if somebody else trades in a stack two seconds before you do, she won't accept your stack.

My guess is that once somebody trades in a stack, a timer starts running - and that she won't accept a new stack before it runs out. No clue how long this timer would be, but at least several hours - prolly 3~6. It might be that she resets and starts accepting batches again at specific times, instead - but I seriously doubt that.
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RE: ugh
# Dec 21 2003 at 9:36 AM Rating: Default
Geez, anything else can someone do for you?
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# Dec 12 2003 at 12:17 AM Rating: Default
It's weird, once I had 7 stones on me, sorted. She didn't say she needed it. Then I sorted and split it into a group of 4 and 3 individuals. Talked to her again, and then she accepted it. I didn't check the time, but I think it might be dependant on whether you have a ready stack of 4 or not.
flint quest findings
# Dec 08 2003 at 11:30 PM Rating: Default
i have camped on this lady for this quest. here are my findings.

she will only accept one batch at a time... this means if there are four of you camping then only one of you will complete the quest. forget being able to zone in and out.

i have seen 0800 hours and 1600 hours...

so as our astute Anon college pointed out flint is cheap. however my time is not priceless so i will not repeat this quest.
RE: flint quest findings
# Dec 19 2003 at 10:07 AM Rating: Decent
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I also did this quest at just after 1600.

Between killing land worms for leveling and bats for zehrun soot, I had enough flint for this quest, zinc ore for shady business, and zehrun soot for the zehrun sweeper.

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RE: flint quest findings
# Jan 02 2004 at 7:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Around 8:30 on Lightsday she became able to take them - was Waning Crescent 14%
# Nov 19 2003 at 4:04 AM Rating: Default
The exact time period is between 4 and 5, altho some days of the week (vana diel time of course) she wants them from 4 to 6
different times
# Nov 15 2003 at 6:54 AM Rating: Default
It isnt just in the morning, its at different times.

I stood by her a while and she seems to start needing them for a little while at 5:00 and 12:00, which suggests she is cooking for breakfast and lunch. As others have suggested there is an evening one too, but I don't have the time for that.
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# Nov 08 2003 at 4:43 PM Rating: Default
You need to turn the flint stones at EARLY MORNING!!!

If you try at night she won't tak them.

A good way to tell if she actually needs them is to talk to her. If she needs the flint stones she will tell you otherwise, she will talk about her husband going off to war or something like that.

The flint stones drop from Tunnel and Stone worms, about 1 in 10 drops one.
# Nov 01 2003 at 12:17 AM Rating: Default
Aquilina is located inside a house on Gold Street at K9.
# Oct 31 2003 at 6:01 PM Rating: Decent
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Does anyone know where Aquilina is exactly located? I've been looking all over for her for like at least 2 hours in Bastok and I still haven't seen here (mind you, this is at night). So, if anyone has an info, please post it here. Thanks.

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RE: Location
# Nov 01 2003 at 12:42 AM Rating: Default
Aquilina is inside a house, in the kitchen. If you're standing by the fountain looking down the canal, so the entrance to the mines is off to your right, she's on the second to the last house on the left side.

Or put another way, run past the Goldsmith Guild and the Jewelers and she's the second to the last house along that lane.
# Oct 31 2003 at 2:48 PM Rating: Default
Can this be repeated?
RE: repeatable?
# Nov 01 2003 at 1:07 AM Rating: Default
Yes many times.
RE: repeatable?
# Nov 05 2003 at 2:57 PM Rating: Default
104 posts
but ONLY once a night... if you hand her 4... and then you tried to again ... surpise, suprise.. she no longer needs them.

Until the following night when her husband is out yet again leaving her in the dark :P

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RE: repeatable?
# Nov 06 2003 at 8:11 AM Rating: Default
Strange, I've not had any luck with the flint stone turn ins yet. I've obviously tried them at night as suggested and she never needs any more when I try. Do I have to open the quest up with some dialogue first?
RE: repeatable?
# Dec 16 2003 at 1:06 AM Rating: Excellent
147 posts
Yes, like with all quests, you have to talk to her first to get it. But when you have already done it before, you can repeat it without talking to her again.

Sorry for double post...thought I caught it in time.

Edited, Tue Dec 16 01:07:32 2003

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RE: repeatable?
# Dec 16 2003 at 1:06 AM Rating: Decent
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Yes, like with all quests, you have to talk to her first to get it.

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RE: repeatable?
# Nov 06 2003 at 3:13 PM Rating: Good
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hm, perhaps she will only accept one batch of flint per night period... Regardless on who gives it to her.
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#Anonymous, Posted: Nov 12 2003 at 6:14 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) dude, like with every other repetable quest, turn 4 in, zone, turn 4 in, zone, repeat
RE: repeatable?
# Dec 10 2003 at 10:27 PM Rating: Decent
this would be a good comment if it was correct. unfortunately, zoning does not work.
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