Eastern Altepa Desert  

Type: Outdoor
Region: Kuzotz
Min Level: 30
Max Level: 75
This Area requires Zilart
Connected Areas:Korroloka Tunnel
Quicksand Caves
Western Altepa Desert
Quests for Eastern Altepa Desert
Mobs found in Eastern Altepa Desert
Items found in Eastern Altepa Desert

Zone TypeOutdoor
ExpansionRise of the Zilart
Level Range30 to 75
Entry Requirementnone
Escapeno escape
Fellowship NPCYes
Final Fantasy XI


Eastern Altepa Desert covers the eastern half of Zepwell Island. This sandy desert was once home of the Galkan civilization, but now only the Antican beastmen and a variety of monsters call this desert wasteland home. Adventurers travel through this region en route to Rabao and Quicksand Caves, and they fight upon its numerous dunes to hone their skills in battle.

Points of Interest

  • The Quicksand Caves can be accessed at H-8, H-10 and K-7.
  • The Teleport-Altep Crystal is located on the southern edge of G-6.
  • The outpost for this region is at F-10.
  • Parties can experience here from levels 30 through 35.


The Map of the Kuzotz region can be purchased for 3,000 gil from Ashu Bolkhomo in Rabao.


Screenshots from Eastern Altepa Desert:

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Updated: Thu Feb 18 04:22:16 2010

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on the way to the desert
# Nov 28 2006 at 6:45 AM Rating: Decent
I just want to thank everyone for all the helpful information, I am whm 32/blm 17 and on my way to try and make it to the desert. You have given me confidence!! I hate Kazham too much aggro so I am going to try and lvl here from now on if possible...(once I reach 28) ty for the info.
Spider Spawn Times
# Aug 16 2005 at 4:06 AM Rating: Decent
Does anyone know the spawn times of the spiders in this zone?

Thanks in advance, i appreciate it. </bow>
# May 24 2005 at 7:25 AM Rating: Decent
155 posts
I get lots of invites here but they forget about me once I tell them I don't know the way. Mean, eh? I mean what if they never brought anyone who didn't know the way? Eventually this place would die down. So if you need someone who doesn't know the way, just give them directions...please.

EDIT: Also, many times I was asked as WHM so I could have sneaked myself. And when is there a party not willing to help a WHM if it means they can keep leveling? (I'm not talking about one lvl 41+).

Edited, Tue May 24 08:29:10 2005
Beast Stomping grounds
# May 18 2005 at 2:31 PM Rating: Decent
618 posts
Currently dinged 38 last night and figure i let others know some info about this zone.
I Duo with Eclipza and this place was hard when we first got here... 1st thing I told him was the Escape routes after getting him a map of the area (maps sold in Raboa): (J-8) is Korrolka Tunnel (the Hook), (K-7) Quicksand Caves (underground) and (I-6) zone to West Altepa (SW corner little hook).
When we first got here (32 or 33bst)we ran around and charmed whatever spider we could... wasnt great but we learned the area; but we then stuck to the East wall running north and south. Only thing really there was Spiders + bettles ( 1 Scorp pit but not far enough to not get argo). We then found our favorite spot near the Quicksand Zone, it had spider/beetles/antica... that spot had very little running around and there was a random Party at J-8 NE area where it bottle necks up (dhamel spawn there... no argo area). We did 34-37 there, we leveled up very quick there and chained up to 4.... At 37 mobs scaned at DC with random EM.... so we moved on.
Next spot I found while running around solo was near the West Altepa zone (I/5-6).. It has a few spiders (EP), Beetles (DC-T) and Dhamels(T-IT):: Earth Elemental also spawns out there (IT to 37scan)... me and Eclipza tossed 2 EM bettles at it for fun ;p it had stoneskin up and tossed stone 2 at the 1st attackin pet, we <RUN AWAY!> after it casted Stoneaga 2; we knew we had no chance but we wanted ta keep our pets, we ran and released and zoned... Great fun ;p
Theres always a party at the West altepa zone, which also has a NPC ta save/signet at...we mostly did bettle vs bettle or T dhamel, but the other pt there limited the beetle population... bettle vs VT-IT dhamel was a risk... most of the time it works out, but they are tricky, cause a few times we release and Dhamel does its HP move and BOOM 200+ hp and you without a pet... Leveling off the Dhamels is like fighting bombs in Gusgen, If they blow up you win, if not its hard... Dhamel berserk is what we PRAY FOR, there HP drops very very quickly; a couple of times we did not Release in time due to that, hehehe HP was droping to quick... Chain 3 ending with IT dhamel that went berserk got us 260+xp ^_^

Edited, Wed May 18 15:34:28 2005
# May 09 2005 at 6:14 PM Rating: Decent
I just finally got my nin to 20 so im bak to rdm an jut wondering if rdm/nin will get alot of prty invites if i have blink. An how long do u stay there an where do u go after?

asura server

Thats right I went there wanna fight about?!!
(I see mithra boobs)
# May 05 2005 at 6:20 AM Rating: Default
307 posts
Someday by my hands the Antican will be wiped cleaned from Our lands. Join with me brothers and let us take back Our home lands. I ask of the Square-Enix, allow us the Galka to unite and retake our lands. Justice must be served!

I will head your call to fight any and all Antica. Though I may be but a blip on their radar now, I will grow and I will fight until my very name drives fear into their Black Hearts and the site of a Mighty Galka is burned in fear into their collective. Until a ferocious terror is instilled within their evil souls so that none of their filthy race may walk Vana'diel without the fear of DEATH from above.

From the Heavens we shall cometh until our lands are cleansed of this scourge!

Seek me out within the land of Siren. Wear our pearl as a mark for all to see, "We stand united. Tomorrow will be OURS once more If your world is not mine then begin your own movement Brother. Establish your own "PrideoftheGalka" and set forth to spread thine word. Their time is up. OUR TIME IS NOW!!!

Edited, Thu May 5 07:23:35 2005
# May 18 2005 at 3:21 PM Rating: Decent
618 posts
Yeah i heard that Galka had to Run from there home town... then learned that it was the Altepa area... its a Neat story plot around that

I am also Siren ^_^ and I am, with my lil Taru buddy, killing the evil ANTICA.... Call us(Beastmaster) whatever you want, but killing antica for money xp and drops kick a$$ ^_^

Helping Galka reclaim there homeland , 1 Antica at a time.
Party here
# Apr 26 2005 at 3:09 PM Rating: Decent
Look. I am on Remora server. I would just like to say to any who are on this server reading this, PLEASE people, start using this as an alternative to Garlaige and CN. I have partied here ONE time, so much fun. But one of the guys had to go after 5 minutes and 3 kills later, so we disbanded. Nothing since then. It is so hard to form a party in Jueno with all the Tele shouts going on.
# Jan 31 2005 at 10:36 AM Rating: Default
6,424 posts
I was running from the crystal to Rabao, when this frantic taru came charging over a dune...

"Please help me.. I'm lost"

RE: lost...
# Feb 01 2005 at 9:48 AM Rating: Decent
By chance, are u a high lvl RDM, who was fighting a Demon at the time? A friend of mine, char is a Taru BLM30/WHM15 by the name of Rabiitslayer, did the exact same thing. lol
RE: lost...
# Feb 10 2005 at 3:25 AM Rating: Decent
6,424 posts
I'm a high level RDM, yes, but I wasn't fighting a demon.

I guess people get lost all the time :)
RE: lost...
# Feb 11 2005 at 10:48 PM Rating: Decent
lol, I guess so. Who can resist a Taru running hopelessly lost, doing the cry emote and saying, "im lost" though right? lol
some help
# Jan 31 2005 at 8:04 AM Rating: Decent
I tele'd in and was aggroed by an ant after the mage had tele'd away, at lvl 32 it killed me, but only cause i couldnt find the damned zone into Rabao. Can anyone tell me where it is exactly? Oh, and no, i didnt get a chance to use silent jug or prism powder =(.
RE: some help
# Jan 31 2005 at 10:39 AM Rating: Decent
6,424 posts
crystal is safe, unless someone pulled an ant there and died/warped/disconnected.

Crystal is at G-6/7, just go exactly east, and into the tunnel at I-6. In the other desert, just go straight north and a bit to the west when you get into the open area.
RE: some help
# Feb 01 2005 at 9:51 AM Rating: Decent
Preciate the help...... just dont like dieing at this point. I live in Japan, so most of my cries for help i think fell on deaf ears.
Fire Weather
# Jan 21 2005 at 5:32 PM Rating: Decent
Anyone have any idea how often it's fire weather here???

I know is more that in the dunes, but how much better?
# Dec 18 2004 at 6:06 AM Rating: Decent
Damn, I never realized that the path to Rabao was actually pretty easy, if you know the map already.

I felt like cheating, because the 1st time I went to Rabao, I got escorted by a high level Paladin.
# Dec 05 2004 at 8:05 PM Rating: Decent
I lvled here as rng from 30-32 and noticed once ppl hit 33 the exp dropped on the Sand Beetles and the Antican Auxiliry (sp?) what do i fight next or should i go to another area?
RE: exp
# May 05 2005 at 10:34 AM Rating: Decent
2,214 posts
27-30 - Spiders
30-32 - Beetles
32-34 - Dhamels (you can use beetles to do better exp chains
34-37 - Dhamels, and begin transition to goblins
37-40 - Goblins (you can start these at about 35 depending on pt)
40-45 Move to Altepa West and fight beetles at Revelation rock.
45-50 You can move into Quick Sand Caves and begin fighting the tougher beetles there (I have not made it to this point yet, I was told that there are 2 lvls of beetles in the caves).

Oh, and on a side note, you can, at 37-40 pull the Manticore just north of the gobby camp for a good exp chain boost... There is only one, but it spawns every 5-15 mins. And you can also handle the undead that spawn at night pretty easy starting at 35... Ok, they start conning T-VT around 37...

This is a place my ls likes to go to pt, when we can, and have jobs at this lvl, we love to go there, because we tend to get about 1 1/2 lvls an hour. And though it's hard to setup a pt, you don't have to worry about links, if you have a whm high enough with the tele spell, it can replace Escape, and you can pt near the zones pretty easily. There are enough mobs for 3-5 different pts, so it's hard to fill the area... Basically, it's like a fun version of the dunes.

P.S. you only need invis when going near the gobs... Outside of that, all mobs aggro on sound...

Oh, and one last note: the Outpost teleport is lvl 40. So if you reach the point where you can level in Western altepa it is very easy to get to and from there, just alittle expensive (400 if your town owns it, 1600 if they don't).

Unfortunately, there are alot of ppl who just lvl, and don't bother with the exintricities of the game, such as doing outpost runs, or getting the gate crystal, or having an airship pass... However, I really don't like pting with those ppl after Yhoater... Since, I have been both puller and tank (thf and nin) past 40. I have died from links as both jobs. Unfortunately I think I am the only puller that, if past 25, I will pull the mob back to the pt, then take the link away from pt and die, so the rest of the pt doesn't die with me...

No bats, no jetstream. No crawlers linking from 5 miles away... Just nice and easy pulls, and quick and dirty kills:) I love altepa...
altepa desert mant.
# Nov 23 2004 at 8:54 PM Rating: Decent
I WANT MANTICORE >.<! can someone tell me what it drops? thankyou
# Oct 01 2004 at 4:28 PM Rating: Decent
anyone know where to get a map of Altepa?
RE: Map
# Oct 01 2004 at 6:59 PM Rating: Decent
You can purchase this in Rabao. Ashu Bolkhomo is the NPC's name and she is found at K-7
# Sep 27 2004 at 3:15 PM Rating: Decent
If it matters to anyone and to save money/mp; all you really need is to have sneak on. Have yet to be agroed by sight. Well, so long as you avoid the gobbies that are around the outpost areas, and I still havent walked up to one of the manticores yet :)
# Sep 21 2004 at 10:41 PM Rating: Default
Could a lv 28 party here from 28-34 or so plz plz plz reply
RE: pt
# Jan 05 2005 at 7:45 PM Rating: Default
Yes this is a very good alternative to yuhtunga/yhoator jungles. There is only one problem in Fenrir World...NO ONE is EVER there!! I would love to get out of yhoator as a lv 30 WHM, but i would have to party with a lot of Japanese people at like midnight...i dont speak any japanese so there is really no way to communicate to them. it stinks...
RE: pt
# Sep 27 2004 at 3:31 PM Rating: Good
Yes. This is a fine alternative to Yhoator Jungle and Garlaige Citadel at 28-34. Start with spiders and move to beetles. The best place to camp is right at the zone to West Altepa (there's a signet/home point guy there).
RE: pt
# May 10 2005 at 4:43 PM Rating: Default
To all those who want to no is im on asura server lookin for a dom party om 31rdm/15nin an i no nin isnt a real good sub for rdm I like it an if u dont u can just PL my whm from 1 to 20 so deal with it i spent to freakin weeks in the dunes as nin an im not goin bak till im lvl 40
/t Shua if lookin for party an im there
server: Asura
Job: 31rm/15nin
Please send a reply bak if intrested Thank You
RE: pt
# May 10 2005 at 4:43 PM Rating: Default
To all those who want to no is im on asura server lookin for a dom party om 31rdm/15nin an i no nin isnt a real good sub for rdm I like it an if u dont u can just PL my whm from 1 to 20 so deal with it i spent to freakin weeks in the dunes as nin an im not goin bak till im lvl 40
/t Shua if lookin for party an im there
server: Asura
Job: 31rm/15nin
Please send a reply bak if intrested Thank You
# Sep 07 2004 at 4:17 PM Rating: Decent
i just tryed to go to the city and got 5 agrros from ants killed me in less then 1 min :( idd suggest u bring help if u go there
RE: ouch
# Jan 19 2005 at 5:38 PM Rating: Good
634 posts
Help is not needed - there are many resources available to help you - Silent Oil gives you the same effect as Sneak and Prism Powder the same as Invisible.

They are just as effective as their spell counterparts, but do cost some gil. Oh well, can't always drag a mage around when you need some help.
# Sep 07 2004 at 2:07 AM Rating: Decent
What are the exact Grid positions of Korroloka Tunnel, Quicksand Caves, and the Tele-Altepa Gate!?
RE: Positions
# Sep 10 2004 at 7:48 PM Rating: Decent
468 posts
You should find the gate crystal in Altepa Desert East at the indentation that runs from G-6 to G-7,
The entrance to the Korroloka Tunnel is in the small protrusion at J-8 in the Eastern Desert and at the Altepa Desert West at H-4 and one of entrances to the Quicksand Caves is also in the Western Desert at J-9, not sure of the entrance in the eastern desert.

Edited, Fri Sep 10 20:59:51 2004
# Aug 27 2004 at 10:19 AM Rating: Decent
Anyone know some locations on where worms spawn around?

RE: Worms
# Aug 30 2004 at 11:44 PM Rating: Decent
547 posts
I found a lot of worms around I-7 and I-8.

I also ran to the crystal with my lvl 1 war. The sight of the Rapido catuar made me fall of my chair. Fun experience, ran into the are where the crystal was, it was guarded by 3 anticans so i just waited and snuck behind one and got ti then proceeded to clap and do other emotes at the anticans until they made waste of me. x_x
# Aug 24 2004 at 12:55 PM Rating: Decent
This is by far the best place to lvl from 32-34 i had so much fun. Thats never happened when lvling. Im a 34drk now. Went from 32-34 in 2hrs. We were a Whm/blm, Blm/whm, War/nin, Thf/nin, Mnk/war, Drk/war. We took sand beetles. Battle plan: I would voke power slash thf would sata fast blade (viper when he got it). Then i drain, aspir. Then when war/nin needed to recast i would voke and weapon bash the beetle off him.

Zader Diabolos
# Aug 14 2004 at 6:25 PM Rating: Decent
670 posts
I successfully ran my lvl 1 mule from Bastok to Rabao. And I managed to get by the Anticans and get the Altep crystal using no sneak or invisible. Just guts. <.<
RE: yay
# Aug 31 2004 at 1:03 AM Rating: Decent
Woo! I've done that too. Soooo much fun!
Then, when you get bored of it, all you gotta do is go outside and throw a pebble at something big and ugly!
RE: yay
# Aug 29 2004 at 8:58 AM Rating: Decent
i am goin on all guts tonite....I to cheap to buy silent oils and prism powders aand stuff...so wish me luck! :)...zooom here i go! (races off into the desert sun)
Altepa Gate Crystal
# Aug 12 2004 at 11:34 AM Rating: Excellent
77 posts
There are three different locations for this crystal posted on this page. Obviously, only one is correct. Just to clear this up a bit:

The crystal is in the trench at G-7.

Sneak/Invis will help because there are several Anticans standing very close to the crystal.

You don't need to go through the trench at G-10, and it's certainly not in the trench at H-8. Just go straight to G-7.
RE: Altepa Gate Crystal
# Sep 10 2004 at 7:13 PM Rating: Decent
54 posts
I just did this, he is correct. I didn't even need a map to do this.
# Aug 12 2004 at 10:57 AM Rating: Decent
Where do I get a map of both altepa east and west?
RE: Map?
# Nov 05 2004 at 2:28 PM Rating: Decent
634 posts
This has already been answered - but here goes so nobody else will ask.

You need to make your way to Rabao. Either print off maps of Korrolaka and the Altep zones (like I did) and make your way there solo, or ask for help from somebody who already has been there.

One thing to remember about not having the map - your POS does still show up when you open the map screen, so if you have a printed out map, you can navigate there without much problem.

Edited, Fri Nov 5 14:29:35 2004
# Jul 30 2004 at 11:14 AM Rating: Default
573 posts
One important thing I found out is that the crystal is not as easy to get to as it looks. I think you need to go into a crack farther south (G-10) and go through a tunnel to get to the crack with the crystal in it. I learned that the hard way.
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