Getting an OPtical hat is one of the greatest moments in a meele's career. An OPtical hat is privelge not a right, so don't expect it. IF and when you do get a cluster, expect to wait to get you hat. It's always good to have a cluster incase an alliance is formed.
I don't suggest you mooch into a random alliance because problems can occur. It's best to go with trusted people and people who are willing to stay for multiple-runs.
With the recent patch, the ??? automatically spawns after Hakutaku is killed so this shaves off 15min per hat. We did 6 hats in 2hrs. and decided to stop. It's harsh that a few people didnt get there hat, but we made the tough choice of organizing another raid becaue Hakutakku is a marathon of a NM.
Oh, and for people who missed my OPtical Hat Guide:
The ultimate guide to obtaining the Optical hat.
Let's get started, first off the stats for this hat. Accuracy +10 Ranged Accuracy +10 Evasion +10
Level 70 [Head] All Races Rare/Ex
This fugly looking hat is sought after by all melee jobs. Obtaining this hat is by far an easy task. First off, you will need to hunt down 5 different Hakutaku eyes, which are located throughout the world. The eyes are not 100% drops and eyes range from level 50 to 75. These eyes cannot be purchased from AH, but can be purchased via bazaars ranging in price from 9K to 200K depending on the eye. Once all the eyes have been obtained you will need to fight a high level alchemist to craft them into a Hakutaku Eye Cluster. This cluster sells for 800K-1.5 mil sometimes in bazaars. With this cluster, you will now be able to spawn Hakutaku in Den of Rancor. Once you kill this NM, optical hat will be yours. The hat is a 100% drop.
The mobs that drop the eyes are black mage type mobs. They will cast spikes, -ga spells and ancient spells. There level range is 50-75 and are can be taken down with a decent PT setup. The drop rate for the eyes isn't too bad, an average of 1 eye per hr.
Golden Hakutaku Eye - This is located in Sea Serpent Grotto behind the Ornament Door. To get to the door, hug the left wall once you get into SSG. To get behind this door, you will need a Sahagin Key. This key can only be obtained via a separate quest in Norg. For details on the quest, http://www.koolaid-ffxi.org/linkshell/space/The+Sahagin+Key
The key can only be used once, so you will need to get a key each time. the Golden Hakutaku Eye is dropped off Mindgazer. It's a level 65-70 mob and is surrounded by Sahagin's which link very easily. If you don't feel like completing the quest, it is possible to pull 1 Mindgazer. If you continue to hug the left wall, past the ornament door. You will reach a fishing pond. If you look up, 1 mindgazer spawns on the cliff. You can pull it down and kill, the spawn cycle is 15min.
Earthern Hakutaku Eye - This eye is also located in SSG, except its behind the mythil coin door. To get to this door, again, hug the left wall once entering SSG and you will reach a fishing pond. Examine the door to the north and trade it a mythril coin and the door should open. Follow the path and you will see 6 blubber eye spawns. The level 50-55 blubbereye is the easiest of all the eyes to kill. You just need to clear the area of crabs and sahagin.
Burning Hakutaku Eye - This is located in King Rampere's Tomb. To get to this location you will need to examine a ??? and be taken underground. You will need to sneak yourself before heading down because bat's will agro. This is a pretty easy eye to get to and the camp is safe. All the Thousand Eyes are located in one spot, so just camp in front and pick them off slowly as they spawn.
Damp Hakutaku Eye - This eye is located in Ifrit's Cauldron and is surrounded by bombs, bats and scorpions. Dodomeki is level 63-67 and isnt too difficult to get to. Ifriti's Cauldron have bombs that agro to magic and they have a huge range. I suggest your party bring invis powders and silent oils.
Wooden Hakutaku eye - The most difficult and toughest eye to get. Dropped off Million Eyes in Den of Rancor, this mob spawns at the same location where you fight Hakutaku for your optical hat. Million Eyes are level 73-75 [decent challenge to a lvl 75] and is surrounded by tonberries. To get to Den of Rancor, you will need to head through Temple of Uggalepih. Enter the Temple and hug the right wall. This will zone you back to the jungle. Follow the corner and go back into the Temple. Head south where you will find a door which is protected by Temple Guardian. He's a level 75 Doll, which isnt too hard, just make sure you stun when it does Melt Down.
If nobody already has the key item ?Paintbrush of Souls,? you will have to get one. Luckily, it?s not too difficult to acquire, and you only need one for your entire party. The entrance level of the Temple of Uggalepih is filled with three kinds of tonberries: Cutters, Slashers and Harriers. The Tonberry Cutters periodically drop Uggalepih Keys, which is what you need. These are NOT coffer or chest keys, just ?Uggalepih Keys.? Once you acquire one, you?ll want to go to F-7 of the first map. To get there from the front door of the temple, take a right (don?t go through the gate) at the bottom of the first stairs, follow that hallway through a couple of rooms until you have to turn north or south. Head north and follow that path straight until you come into a room with painting frames. Incidentally, you can complete the ?A Question of Taste? quest in this room if you have reached that point in the quest.
In the NW corner of this room (down a little hallway), there is a locked door which needs an Uggalepih key (which, incidentally, will use up the key). Once in, you?ll find a room with a locked box and three books. Examine all the books until one drops a key. Use this key on the locked box and you will acquire the key item ?Paintbrush of Souls.? Do not leave the room without acquiring the Paintbrush or you will have to get another key and do it again. Again, only one person needs the paintbrush. It is a permanent key item, however, and you will need it every time you ever need to go through the door to the Den of Rancor. (In short, it?s not a bad thing to have).
Ok, you know how have all 5 eyes. What now? You will need to find an alchemist with level 86 MINIMUM to make the cluster. The recipe is:
Burning, Damp, Earthen, Golden, Wooden, Fiend Blood and a Light crystal. Be warned, a critical fail will cause you to loose all the eyes. Even with 100+3 alchemy there is still a 2-3% chance of failing. It it possible to HQ the cluster, but it's only animation and no special effects will be given to the NM or the hat.
Alright, you now have your cluster. Now bazaar it for 99 trillion gil and wait for an alliance to form. This part could take days, weeks or even months because Hakutaku IS NOT a cake walk. I don't recommonend you go with random people because problems will occur. It's best if you go with LS members. Hakutaku is a hecteye type mob and its very similiar to the mobs you have been killing eyes for. Except the NM itself has crazy evasion and defense. Head to Den of Rancor and head to H-8. You will see a ??? and you will trade your cluster and the NM will pop. K, now the actual battle.
Get everyone to gather in Jeuno and make sure all meele have sneak and invisible powders. I cannot stress this enough because it saves a lot of problems. I suggest you get a minimum of 2 Ninja tanks, 2-3 stunners, 2-3 mages and a few meele with /thf to keep hate on the ninja tanks. Pld cannot tank this thing, it will take too much damage from spells and AM and its a waste of MP for mages to heal. A stun order must be setup, a single -ga spell can take out tank and hit an alliance hard. Make sure you stun at the start because NM has been known to cast a -ga as soon as its spawned. Mages must be prepared to cast paralyna on tanks because he loves to spam it. Ninja tanks should be tanking it backwards, this prevents paralyze. Mnk's should not be meeling, they should be Chi-Blasting. Every other meele should be SATING onto 2 ninja tanks. Meele's should be attacking the mob from the side or behind, anyone facing the front of Haku will get paralyzed.
The NM area has 2-3 million eyes and 2 tonberries that spawn in the area. Have a separate tank and 2 meele to deal with addons. All meele should bring sushi. Or if your really lucky, bring a high level bst to move the addson for you. This fight can go wrong in a second. So stay calm and be prepared for anything. If something does go wrong, kite Hakutaku until alliance is ready to continue. Do not call for help on links because that will cause NM to go call for help mode as well. If alliance dies, Hakutaku will despawn and the cluster will be lost. Once Hakutaku is dead, Optical Hat will be yours. It's a 100% drop. Thank God. Get the alliance to heal up because the ??? is now an instant spawn.
Well that's about it, enjoy the hat and be the envy of all the noobs. If you get your cluster and cant seem to find an alliance, don't worry about it. You'll get your optical hat and when you do, you'll be screaming your head off. Good luck.