Valkurm Dunes  

Type: Outdoor
Region: Zulkheim
Min Level: 15
Max Level: 30
Connected Areas:Abyssea-Misareaux
Gustav Tunnel
Konschtat Highlands
La Theine Plateau
Quests for Valkurm Dunes
Mobs found in Valkurm Dunes
Items found in Valkurm Dunes

Zone TypeOutdoor
Level Range15 to 30
Entry RequirementNone
Escapeno escape
ActivitiesChocobo Digging, fishing
Fellowship NPCYes
Final Fantasy XI


This enormous expanse of dunes can be found along the Bhefhel Gulf. While a majority of the surrounding coastline is too shallow for larger sea vessels, one natural harbor does exist. Near this harbor lies the independent port town of Selbina.[1]

Points of Interest


The map of Konschtat Highlands is included in the Map of San d'Oria Area, which can be purchased from most any Map Dealer.

Map 1

Screenshots from Valkurm Dunes:

This page last modified 2009-09-13 10:52:31.

Updated: Thu Sep 3 23:26:00 2009

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What a army!
# Mar 05 2005 at 6:59 AM Rating: Decent
I was in the outpost with my lvl warrior for like 5 weeks ago. Then i saw a guy that shouted:


And i didnt get something so i stayed in outpost.

Then he shouted again: RUN FOR YOURE LIVES!! OR YOU DIE
Then i saw him and like 40 gobs 10 pugs and 10 flys and many many more things! I was like OMFG im gonna die but they didnt aggro me :D phew
What a army!
# Jul 01 2006 at 7:46 PM Rating: Decent
yea i wonder if he was a high level doing that on purpose just to scare people or for real.lol

Edited, Jul 31st 2007 2:25pm by proWHMpro
RE: What a army!
# Oct 02 2005 at 4:16 PM Rating: Decent
OHHH Dont worry, they wont aggro you unless you do something, like for instance try and heal him, but of course I know you didnt do that... ^-^..
# Feb 28 2005 at 2:03 PM Rating: Default
id say the motto is more like "this is iraq and the leechers are the suicide bombers"

if one gets me i
run all the way up to sandy change to lvl 36 warrior
come back down kill it
go back up and switch to sub job
Swirling Vortex
# Feb 24 2005 at 6:20 AM Rating: Decent
Hi there!
Would someone please be kind enough to tell me how I can get through the Swirling vortex? Thanks so much!
RE: Swirling Vortex
# Mar 01 2005 at 6:20 PM Rating: Decent

Edited, Tue Mar 1 18:20:18 2005
# Feb 16 2005 at 8:14 PM Rating: Decent
i hate this place
As it is here...
# Feb 09 2005 at 7:24 AM Rating: Decent
22 posts
As the old saying goes:
Sit down, shut up, and hold on.
Thats the motto of Dunes
RE: As it is here...
# Feb 09 2005 at 5:18 PM Rating: Decent
719 posts
totally agree with you.
Leveling parties
# Feb 08 2005 at 10:39 PM Rating: Decent
719 posts
I am currently in Valkurm and trust me, it is THE best place for party leveling (lvs. 12-20). You get up to 200 exp. per mob, and, with a decent party, you can gain several levels in a sitting. Best party i've ever been in: 2 tanks (usu. WAR), 2 healers(1 WHM, 1 RDM/WHM), and 2 damage dealers (1 THF, 1 DRK).
valkrum psh ><
# Feb 04 2005 at 2:26 AM Rating: Decent
wtf is up with this place got lvl 32 smn and thought nothing would aggro >< gobs should check u before aggro its k cuz a quick cresent fame and there kissin my ****
# Feb 03 2005 at 8:59 PM Rating: Decent
well i like the Val. dunes cuz its good xp 4 lvls 10-20 i just got to 13 today. and i would warn noobs that the Val. dunes are extreamly tough if u r soloing or jus new at the game good luck to u all^^^^

By Duren
Sever Balmaunt
Lvl 13 RDM
oh the nooniness
# Jan 30 2005 at 6:55 PM Rating: Decent
293 posts
i agree i am only alowed to play once a week and at lvl 12 so i have been playin for not that long but long enough and i couldnt beleiive when i went there to lvl how they were telling the mages to voke i was like omg
Swirling Voretx
# Jan 28 2005 at 3:19 PM Rating: Decent
Does anyone know what the "Swirling Vortex" is?
Swirling Vortex
# Jan 28 2005 at 3:18 PM Rating: Decent
Just a note...
# Jan 19 2005 at 9:11 PM Rating: Excellent
3,883 posts
I'd just like to make a statement in response to the claims I've heard time and time again, sometimes resulting in arguments...

Beach Pugils do not link
Beach Pugils do not link
Beach Pugils do not f'king link!

I hate it when a mage thinks that's an excuse for misscasting or -ga casting on them.
# Jan 07 2005 at 5:09 PM Rating: Good
I've just recently noticed over my trips to Valkurm on 5-6 jobs, that as you follow the sand paths to Selbina, and near the Outpost, there are areas of marble, in the pathway, where the sand isn't. This intrigued me because if there is/are/was marble pathways here in the past/present, then Valkurm was clearly not "the dunes" long ago. Anyone have the game story about Valkurm's history; and possibly what it used to be?

Edited, Fri Jan 7 17:10:35 2005
RE: Hmm?
# May 27 2005 at 8:08 PM Rating: Decent
84 posts
I took it as the people of Selbina constructing a stone/marble road to La Theine that since has been covered mostly by sand and whatnot. I've seen it quite often with wooden pathways while walking to the beach. Only difference is that the people of Selbina are not stupid enough to venture out into the wild yellow yonder to sweep the path. ^^
RE: Hmm?
# May 09 2005 at 11:37 PM Rating: Excellent
261 posts
My 2c, not at all validated by any canonical game information. I figure that the dunes have been expanding as more erosion takes place and the wind blows the sand around, and at one time Selbina had a stone walk leading somewhere (possibly to Bastok/Sandy?) but the dunes have since encroached on that space, leading up to the present-day situation.

But that's a very good question.. what WAS there, so long ago? We do know that there was no organized village in the harbour as of 762 CE, as Gwinhiem named the bay "Selbina" after a girl he met. (According to An Explorer's Footsteps.)

RE: Hmm?
# Feb 20 2005 at 11:18 PM Rating: Decent
45 posts
You got any responses for this yet? Because I would be very interested to know too.

It's a nice question and I think you have very good observation! You must be a real serious role-player.

what about a map?
# Dec 24 2004 at 10:01 AM Rating: Decent
where do you get a map for val. dunes. I already checked sandy and they dont have it. someone please give me a hand
RE: what about a map?
# Jan 10 2005 at 4:49 PM Rating: Decent
932 posts
Not sure, but map could be listed as "The Zulkheim Region" or something similar.
RE: what about a map?
# Jan 03 2005 at 1:18 AM Rating: Decent
On this Web site and in Bastok Markets. :)
RE: what about a map?
# Dec 24 2004 at 10:40 AM Rating: Excellent
Bastok Markets. In the tent straight ahead of where you would enter the mines. Up the stairs and there are the tents. :P
what about a map?
# Dec 24 2004 at 10:00 AM Rating: Decent
where do you get a map for val. dunes. I already checked sandy and they dont have it. someone please give me a hand
for the melee whm
# Dec 01 2004 at 10:48 PM Rating: Default
i agree with alot of pplabout a ehm melee..if they know what there doingand still heal well(as ppl have said)and yes i personaly havept'd witha melee whm and he wasnt half badnot the best but we gotdecent exp and 3 members lvd'(including me)in about40 min
RE: for the melee whm
# May 18 2005 at 6:38 PM Rating: Decent
I am a Tarutaru WHM26 and i have figured how why can actually melee AND do their MAIN job just as well as any other WHM.
All you have to do is make 6 different macros(per different level of cure), and each one will be a cure for each person in ur party, example:

/ma "Cure" <me>
/p {Heal!} <me>

<name of p1>
/ma "Cure" <p1>
/p {Cure}! <p1>

*<p1> is the 1st party member below ur name.

Then u keep making macros for <p2> <p3> etc and so on.
How does this work? Well u engage in battle and when u c sum1 that needs curing hit their macro.
If that DIDNT make sense well i tried my best.

Edited, Wed May 18 19:43:56 2005
omg ><
# Dec 01 2004 at 10:27 PM Rating: Good
i hate this place!! i hadso many bad experiances here....but the gob....%&%^&%^$&% well now getting to the point one day im sittin there reizon(me) gets ans invite from *whoever* im like awsmoe finally get outta lv 15 ^^ i get there and i find the whole pt is made of mnks,war and 1 thf.....i /tell my friendomgthis tardacuaqlly thinks an all melee pt willwork(possible but not likely) so theptleader says okwere goingfor gob muggers and tinkerers...*first battle*reizon takes76 dmgfrom gob leecher..zone!! those idiots say we can take it half the pt died...except me ^^
RE: omg ><
# Jan 10 2005 at 2:04 PM Rating: Decent
36 posts
Hehe I partied with you recently in Valkurm Reizon, my name is Annalise I was your white mage.

I got invited to a party, and looked at the member list to see:

[Thank you for the offer, but I'll have to pass]

People are getting worse and worse these days haha.
RE: omg ><
# Jan 03 2005 at 1:22 AM Rating: Decent
O.O Goblins in the Dunes = ultimate death. lol Sorry bout your party
...no WAY!
# Nov 12 2004 at 8:59 PM Rating: Decent
I made the big mistake of payin for a pl here...
the pl died while taking us from La thein to beach
then got kill again while healing at beach
I died...
Then the pl delvled and went to relvl...
i payed 12k!!!!!
in 1hr i lost 40some xp...............

Marrok - 36Smn/Whm - Phoenix
Saack - 15Whm - Phoenix
Porkchops - 2Whm - Ragnarok
RE: ...no WAY!
# Jan 26 2005 at 7:24 PM Rating: Default

do not pay for pl unless you are not the one paying does that mean you will pay when yopu find out you're nor the one paying? i'm having doubt you died due to the pler.... so stop complaining 12k id not alot 3 stacks of fire crystals and you'll be fine...
RE: ...no WAY!
# Nov 28 2004 at 10:06 PM Rating: Decent
350 posts
i dont get how ur P lvl died in a way its kinda funny why would they do a plvl if they could die out there my rule of tumb is never p lvl ppl who are highre then ur subjob i dont p lvl anyone who is higher then 25 atm what lvl was the person who u paid to p lvl ya? btw i only p lvl friends i get so mad when i see ppl charging to plvls ><
RE: ...no WAY!
# Nov 26 2004 at 6:24 AM Rating: Good
35 posts
No way .. as you say ....

Why will you pay for free stuff ?
Why pay for PL ?
Why pay for that game and complain ?
Why think there is less people thinking about money than irl ?
Why try to lv faster than your friends ?
Why dont play the game as normal ?

NO WAY !! Dont pay for raise, pl or things like that ... just let the whm do their job !
RE: ...no WAY!
# Jan 03 2005 at 1:25 AM Rating: Decent
I agree with you 100% it's ok for you to get a pl but the mages need to do thier job and stop slacking off
RE: ...no WAY!
# Dec 23 2004 at 7:08 PM Rating: Excellent
144 posts
Well... i PL people when i am bored. I do accept donations, i dont ask for money, but it is appreciated. NOW, explain to me how raising you when you ARE NOT IN MY PARTY is MY JOB? i do it because if i die a fight later they might raise me. But, there is NO WAY that my job is to PL YOU and RAISE you... Sorry but people like this make me angry. When i raise you, that takes my effort, stops my party from exp, and creates downtime. I would probobly raise you anyhow, but in NO WAY is this MY JOB to raise you
RE: ...no WAY!
# Nov 22 2004 at 6:19 PM Rating: Excellent
303 posts
Holy crap that really sucks... I'd only ask power lvls from a friend so it'll be free
other places
# Nov 07 2004 at 3:59 PM Rating: Decent
there has to be some other place to lvl between 10 - 20 if anybody knows anything about this plz enlighten me
RE: other places
# Nov 22 2004 at 6:20 PM Rating: Excellent
303 posts
Maze of Shakhrami - 10-15
Korroloka Tunnel - 16-20
RE: other places
# Nov 08 2004 at 4:03 PM Rating: Decent
Shakrami Maze(not spelled right) im not sure what level but its between 10 and 20.
RE: other places
# Nov 07 2004 at 8:29 PM Rating: Decent
Buburimu Peninsula -- Same level variations, and a lot of the same mobs as Valkurm. Far less crowded on most servers since Windurstians take the boat to Valkurm, where the Bastokans and San d'Orians like to frolic.

Korrokola Tunnel -- Not till either 16 or 18, though (I forgot ; ;). Bash on worms.

You'll have to form PTs to take to either of these 99% of the time.
whm spells
# Oct 28 2004 at 6:37 PM Rating: Decent
i'm lvl 15 whm about to go to dunes...
which spells should i have?
i.e. baraera, barfira, etc.

the dunes
# Oct 26 2004 at 1:55 AM Rating: Decent
cool pic :p im lv13 and im training there its hard but i pull it true :)
Hello? anybody here?
# Oct 25 2004 at 8:44 AM Rating: Decent
It seems that whenever I'm at the dunes there's nobody here... OK granted a THF/WHM is a poor combo, however this is only a temperary combo until I get the ranger class :). I had a similar problem when I was a WHM but not as bad, since I'm more capabile to solo where should I level? It seems the valkurm dunes is no longer the choice for me for now.
RE: Hello? anybody here?
# Oct 25 2004 at 10:32 AM Rating: Decent
just from personal exp. thf is a hard job to get a pt with in dunes until around lev 15 then it gets a bit easyer. As for whm i never have a problem infact i get too many pt invites it gets annoying haha. maybe its different on your server. you could always try forming the pt yourself. good luck
The Hell that is Vulkurm
# Oct 20 2004 at 11:34 AM Rating: Default
36 posts
http://img39.photobucket.com/albums/v119/Hiro2/valkurm.jpg This dudes pic rocks!
Venks-Odin server,lvl 20Smn/9Whm
Hyrulianknight-Ragnarok server,lvl 4War
"Venks the gallant and dashing has just spoke"
RE: The Hell that is Vulkurm
# Nov 22 2004 at 6:28 PM Rating: Excellent
303 posts
LOL I love that pic. I especially love the part when the human is being shot by a laser and the elvaan is being tackled in the air by a pugil!
RE: The Hell that is Vulkurm
# Oct 25 2004 at 7:21 PM Rating: Excellent
1,100 posts
I'm pretty sure i saw this somewhere else tho...
But that picture is tight!
RE: The Hell that is Vulkurm
# Oct 25 2004 at 10:27 AM Rating: Decent
oh man best picture ever, the guy who made this deserves an award haha.
RE: The Hell that is Vulkurm
# Dec 22 2004 at 2:50 AM Rating: Default
Bomb Toss
# Oct 18 2004 at 11:38 PM Rating: Default
If a gobie is about to toss a bomb you should run at it's arms...
There is a very high chance it will drop the bomb and kill itself doing little or no damage to you.
If in a PT all members should Crowd in on gobie this will almost always result in the gobies death.
Bomb Toss
# Apr 16 2005 at 11:11 AM Rating: Decent
52 posts
Actually, players must run through or behind the gobbie to confuse him to make him drop the bomb... ^.^
# Oct 18 2004 at 1:33 PM Rating: Decent
Hello all,
Great Reading this site is!
But now I have to add my two gil.
WHM's CAN melee....
Why else would they even have all these hammers?
I for one am a great Melee-mancer. Sure i've had those PT's that say "a mages place is in the back.." But I for one think a WHM is a pretty good melee. I do as much damage to mobs as most other PT members and take alot less damage than you would think. Besides i'm gonna pull agro alot...better to hit the mob that stand around.
Ask anyone i've PT'ed with they will all say I did a fine job.

If a WHM learns how to ...
1.move while you fight
<this goes for everyone>
2.use terrain to his advantage
<again everyone should learn this one too>
3.use equipment right
<you guessed it EVEN warriors should get good stuff!>
4. use macros
<can't hurt anyone to learn this one :)>
5.cure effectively
<that goes for RDM's and sub WHM's RDM's too>
6.drink Jucie
<yummy for the tummy>
and last but not least
7. learn how to use strategy
<thats the real ticket to every jobs success>

Bad players are good players that have to learn how to play well
This is NOT EQ.
the whole formula play thing is over rated.

ANY job combo or PT grouping can be successful, if they learn each others strong points and weak points and work as a team.

Thats the point in this game. You can BE ANYTHING. you just have to learn to do it well. And you got to WORK TOGETHER.

More power to those up and coming Melee-mancers!
They will suprrise you.

Remember it's the WHM's job to keep the whole PT alive.
It is NOT the "tank's" job to die, it's to do BIG damage!
I for one have dragged a ton of mobs from a doomed PT and saved their lives. And lived to return and fight some more. Besides....if a WHM dies, well other WHM's are quicker to raise them for you. Just tell em your WHM is face down in the sand. lol

It's a hard job WHM when over 50% of the population are WAR's.

We tend to look out of each other and stick together.

On the PLing note
i do agree PL's are bad for non sub job quest char's
it's important to lvl the hard way at first.
and to those of you that rip WHM's off we will remember you...

Good luck everyone

oh and ps...

We pull well too ;)

Edited, Mon Oct 18 14:49:52 2004
RE: Melee-mancers
# Dec 22 2004 at 2:53 AM Rating: Decent
i admire your effort to free the WHM of it's healing duties and help deal damage, but.......... you're a dunie noobie (:
RE: Melee-mancers
# Nov 01 2004 at 8:13 AM Rating: Decent
The funniest thing about this post is he points to this game as "Not being EQ" when talking about white mage melee. Well, lemme tell ya this much, as a long time eq player, although I prefer both to be medding, I'll happily tolerate a cleric (the closest thing EQ has to a whm) smacking things with his proc-happy summoned hammer when our dps is low. In FFXI, I'd tell the whm to sit their butts down before they get us all killed :P
RE: Melee-mancers
# Oct 18 2004 at 7:27 PM Rating: Decent
249 posts
I saw a whm try to do that until a gob bomb killed her, if a whm melees then they will get more hate then they are already getting from cure, maces are more for soloing I guess but people have there own opinons
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