Gustav Tunnel  

Type: Dungeon
Region: Vollbow
Min Level: 40
Max Level: 75
Connected Areas:Cape Teriggan
Valkurm Dunes
Quests for Gustav Tunnel
Mobs found in Gustav Tunnel
Items found in Gustav Tunnel

Zone TypeDungeon
Level Range40 to 75
Entry Requirementnone
EscapeValkurm Dunes
Fellowship NPCNo
Final Fantasy XI


This tunnel connects Valkurm Dunes with Cape Teriggan. Adventurers seeking to make it back into daylight on the otherside must traverse this long dark tunnel, carefully avoiding the various monsters that inhabit this foul passage. Numerous powerful Wyverns also live here, most notably , who can often be seen defeating unsuspecting passersby.

Points of Interest


The Map of the Vollbow region, which includes Gustav Tunnel, can be purchased for 3,000 gil from Ashu Bolkhomo in Rabao.

Screenshots from Gustav Tunnel:

This page last modified 2009-12-19 20:58:04.

Updated: Fri Jul 3 19:32:02 2009

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well guess im just a newbie lol
# Apr 14 2006 at 3:49 PM Rating: Decent
im a lv 31 thief looking for some ideas where i should be looking for party to lv with hmm any ideas foe me will be much appreiciated
well guess im just a newbie lol
# Apr 25 2007 at 9:35 AM Rating: Good
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# Mar 08 2005 at 5:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Has anyone exped here in the upper 60's? I remember someone mentioning you can exp here but i want a bit of information. If you have any info on bones exp for gustav, please share^^
RE: 66+
# Aug 22 2005 at 11:54 PM Rating: Good
373 posts
Yes you can. I am exping here at 65-66 PT off IT++s. It is quite easy but we also have a Monk with us. We kill bones and fishes. The Doom Guards are biotches tho. Try to avoid them, they have much higher Defense then the others.
# Feb 19 2005 at 2:47 PM Rating: Default
Come back here around 56-58ish. North of Bune zone is a tunnel that leads to Gob Alchemist Shepards and Robber Crabs. Accumulated 2k xp in a half hour or so. Only downfall is that mages (RDM myself) take a lot of hate with a NIN tank.
RE: Leveling
# Apr 19 2006 at 3:12 AM Rating: Excellent
At this level i had a little trouble holding hate as ninja but i think it's because i didn't quite know all about hate at that point, also the mages need to be careful when using magic not to go crazy with it and to know what builds hate and what doesn't(it's not always the tanks's fault guy's).Once everyone has a good understanding of how hate works, hate control is easy. Try forming a static party for leveling...that way you get to know how each member does things and you can communicate to each other strategies of amongst other things "hate control".Good luck and have fun =)
# Feb 16 2005 at 8:31 PM Rating: Default
this place sux oh wait lol im supposed stop at lvl 40?
i think a thf with a nice whm and pld could take a few flys here SATA woops **** here takes 6/8 of there health
# Feb 04 2005 at 2:32 AM Rating: Decent
this place is cake ....... >..> i could take a gob bat if i used astral flow >.> maybe lvl 32 smn 30 rdm 10 war 8 rng 8 drg 9 whm 11 ninja >< dlvl no utsesmi ichi
Incredible site to party
# Jan 22 2005 at 10:12 PM Rating: Decent
181 posts
This is a great alternative place to Crawlers Nest for levels between 38-42 (if you are 38 you better get a good party... bard or whm,rdm,blm,nin, whm,mnk...). You need a raiser, keep that in mind, high level use to pass by to kape whatever but wont raise.

Gustav can hold around 3 parties I think, so use the sea command before partying there. It is used to be camped by JP players, so dont worry, they use to be nice persons.

Keep levels together, since level gaps really hit hard. Begin with Hell Bats(link)38, then move to Gobs (Robbers and Poachers)39, then try Reapers40-42, or keep pulling gobs. I wont recomend flies, cos their AoE, but can be killed aswell, I dont know if they link, but Gobs are easier and same exp. By the way, a Ls friend told me that theres a NM gob spawning here, so be careful.

Once someone hits 43, the exp will drown, so find some replacements.

I leveled 2 levels here with my BLM, this was the formation: WAR/NIN, RDM, THF, BRD, MNK,BLM.
I hope this helps.

PD: get used to alternative leveling places, it makes the game experience better.

Edited, Sat Jan 22 22:14:40 2005
RE: Incredible site to party
# Jul 08 2005 at 8:23 AM Rating: Decent
I agree with you. 37-42 this is the greatest place to level. Hardly any parties in here and we were chaining 3-5 before completely resting and it's true, 43+ kills the exp here. CN is always over crowded, GC too many holes, EN, not worth it.
# Nov 12 2004 at 2:23 AM Rating: Decent
Is Gustav's tunnel just the tunnel that leads to secret beach, or is it somewhere else?
RE: where?
# Jan 14 2005 at 5:05 PM Rating: Good
634 posts
Go all the way to the NW corner of Valkurm Dunes (as displayed on the map) and you will find a tunnel to the secret beach.

Go through this tunnel and you get to the beach, where the stone for part of the Bard job quest is located. This area also has leeches, pugils and snippers (I forget if more ATM).

Go out into the water at the SW part of the secret beach and there is a tunnel sort of hidden behind some trees - go through there and you will zone into Gustav Tunnel.
RE: where?
# Apr 24 2007 at 12:14 PM Rating: Decent
50 posts
There are also 3 gobs that hang out in the water in front of the gustav tunnel entrance. They've broken up their fair share of lower level parties hunting snips and pugs ^_^
RE: where?
# Apr 24 2007 at 12:10 PM Rating: Decent
50 posts
There are also 3 gobs that hang around the cave entrance in the water. They've broken up a level 20 party or two of mine ^_^
# Apr 24 2004 at 2:58 PM Rating: Decent
237 posts
anyone who can hook up some thieves with chest locations for Gustav? The website I have has almost all of the areas, but of course, Gustav not being on of them. Thanks
RE: Chests?
# May 11 2004 at 9:56 AM Rating: Decent
they are all easy to find but look at http://freett.com/liene/index.html has all the maps and the enemies that drop the keys and the items in the chest ect..

.. oh yeah.. it's in japanese, you can either hover over the links to see where they go or use something like altavista.com's translator.
RE: Chests?
# Aug 02 2004 at 7:29 PM Rating: Decent
237 posts
what you mean is this :


and no there are no listing for Gustav Tunnel
RE: Chests?
# Nov 08 2004 at 8:10 AM Rating: Decent
383 posts
There's no listing because there are no chests.
# Apr 04 2004 at 12:50 PM Rating: Decent
um and exactly how do i get to Rabao to buy this map so i can go and kill the Scorpion?

Akyazi Lvl 75 DRG./30 PLD.

Zodiac Knights
RE: Rabao
# Sep 06 2004 at 8:39 PM Rating: Good
i'd like to know how you made it to 75 DRG without ever going to rabao.

Edited, Mon Sep 6 21:47:54 2004
RE: Rabao
# Sep 13 2004 at 7:46 AM Rating: Default
Maybe he's been leveling since April. Just a thought.
# Mar 01 2004 at 6:16 PM Rating: Decent
61 posts
any idea where to get a map of this zone, either to buy or where a quest would start? thanks ^^
RE: map?
# Mar 19 2004 at 3:26 PM Rating: Good
Buy the "Map of Vollbow Region" in Rabao.
enterance to cape terrigan
# Feb 13 2004 at 11:55 AM Rating: Decent
If you want to get to cape terrigan do not come in from this zone because it will take you to a dead end. If you want to go to cape terrigan/valley of sorrows/cloister of gales go through the kuftal tunnel.
#Anonymous, Posted: Jan 20 2004 at 3:13 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) c6 from valkrum fantasian says so and if anyone wants to go check it out call me FANTASIAN on fenrir
Good spot for EXP, 40-43
# Dec 18 2003 at 2:27 PM Rating: Decent
63 posts
This is a pretty good spot for a party to get some exp at around levels 40-43. I recommend fighting the goblins near the zone: reapers, poachers, and robbers. They are good exp and don't really hit that hard for their level, except of course for their goblins bombs. They don't drop any really good loot, but they do drop gil and a thief can steal their mythril beastcoins. Keep the mages back, as they have a tendency to suicide goblin bomb for 400+ dmg.

While it is possible to kill the Hell Bats and the flies, we found the goblins to be the easier of the three.
RE: Good spot for EXP, 40-43
# Jan 16 2004 at 2:22 AM Rating: Default
Reapers drop very nice loot. Stun and Absorb spells are very useful, wether to sell or for your use. Of course, Absorb spells will only be useful for Dark Knights, but Black Mages should pick up this spell. It's very much like the Paladin's shield bash, or the Dark Knight's weapon bash, except I've never failed a stun on IT creatures.
Information about this Area
# Dec 18 2003 at 12:59 PM Rating: Default
262 posts
This area is a Rise of the Zilart area, so before trying to access it, please make sure you have registered your expansion.

I don't know how low a level you can be to gain access, or if there is even a restriction, but I must warn you that anyone less than 50-60 will be killed on the spot. Traverse with care. ^^
RE: Information about this Area
# Feb 02 2004 at 4:56 AM Rating: Default
Im a lvl 40 Red Mage and we have been getting alot of nice xp there. Now you may be right that on the solo route you should be of high lvl. But I do not see your point as a party. lvl 38-40 group can get nice xp there and chain hell bats for 240-250 xp. Provided you have taken the time to form a good party. Phally 2 damage dealers white mage red mage is a good example. Good Luck!!!
RE: Information about this Area
# Jan 16 2004 at 6:45 PM Rating: Decent
It's not level restricted. I have wandered around in there at lvl 30, with Sneak+Deorderize+Invis.

RE: Information about this Area
# Jul 01 2004 at 2:58 PM Rating: Decent
I dont know why everyone thinks you need to keep deodorize on, mobs dont DETECT by scent, they TRACK you by scent, ex. you have a tiger after you, and it loses sight you use deodorize and ta-dah its not after you.

EDIT: Not all monsters though.(I think.)

Edited, Thu Jul 1 15:59:21 2004
RE: Information about this Area
# Dec 27 2005 at 12:17 AM Rating: Decent
We put Deodorize on, coz we dont like to smell bad.. DUH!
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