Sea Serpent Grotto  

Type: Dungeon
Region: Elshimo Lowlands
Min Level: 35
Max Level: 75
Connected Areas:Norg
Yuhtunga Jungle
Quests for Sea Serpent Grotto
Mobs found in Sea Serpent Grotto
Items found in Sea Serpent Grotto

Zone TypeDungeon
RegionElshimo Lowlands
Level Range35 to 75
Entry RequirementKazham Airship pass
EscapeYuhtunga Jungle
Fellowship NPCYes
Final Fantasy XI


Its entrance hidden behind a picturesque jungle waterfall, the Sea Serpent Grotto is a series of caves dug into the cliffs of Elshimo Island. The dark caves are home to the Sahagin, a race of amphibious creatures that often travel in groups through the darkness.

Norg is filled with steep hills, unclimbable drop-offs, secret doors and locks that require keys and coins to open. Adventurers who persist in trekking through the dark may stumble upon the pirate den known as Norg.

Points of Interest


The Map of the Sea Serpent Grotto can be found in coffers and chests in the zone.

Map 1 Map 2 Map 3
Map 4 Map 5


Key/Quest Items

Treasure Items


Key/Quest Items

Treasure Items




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This page last modified 2009-10-28 23:05:05.

Updated: Thu Oct 29 03:50:51 2009

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# Jun 15 2007 at 9:47 AM Rating: Decent
Is it just me or will the maps not load?
# Aug 31 2007 at 7:32 AM Rating: Decent
Doesn't even help when you refresh the screen ><
not so hard guys
# Jan 11 2007 at 5:24 AM Rating: Decent
I am now camping him again for the third joyeus drop in three days for another hnmls member. WE have beaten this mob with a pt of four with no brd. A rdm is very helpful when fighting this mob, and if you have a dd that is /sam he can ws quite a few times. I myself am a 75drk/37sam so i absorp him to nothingingness and just ws on him with meditate and absorp tp. Count your nins shadows and stun when it's needed. Really guys, this mob isn't as hard as you all make him seem. Just takes people knowing how to do their jobs.
Ornimental door...
# May 18 2006 at 4:31 PM Rating: Decent
Need to specify: You talk to Bou the Righteous at H-11 on the map behind the Gold door(There are multiple maps: The main one and one behind each door). He's in an area not visible on the map, behind a door, in a treasure room similar to the one Hurr the Betrayer is in. You open the Gold door with a Gold Beastcoin.

So in order for us to get past the ornimental door, we need to talk to an NPC behind the gold door? And the gold door is behind the ornimental door... So how is this possible?? Lol im prolly reading the map wrong, can someone help me here?
stupid ppl
# Apr 10 2006 at 6:37 PM Rating: Decent
22 posts
yea about half way up the thread ppl start to get retarded lol
My God!
# Dec 08 2005 at 8:29 AM Rating: Good
1,788 posts
Holy crap! Can people read?!?! I was scrolling down here, looking to see if anyone had something to say about exp parties going here, and think some of you need to really read back over this thread and see how retarded you are.

Before one more person asks how to get to Norg or how to get a map of SSG, read the damn thread. Your questions have been answered multiple times already.
open silver door
# Aug 11 2005 at 5:05 PM Rating: Decent
i got to the silver door (N-14) and it said "nothing out of the ordinary"...i tried trading a silver beastcoin and nothing happened. Is there anythng i need to do 1st? why cant i open door?
RE: open silver door
# Aug 11 2005 at 5:27 PM Rating: Decent
1,266 posts
Keep examining the door. You need to examine it several times until it says something to the effect of: "You see some silver shavings fall from the door." That's when you trade the silver coin.

Edited, Thu Aug 11 18:26:30 2005
More importantly..
# Jul 16 2005 at 7:50 AM Rating: Decent
18 posts
Does anyone know when the *HELL* the fish started being the biggest ******* in the world to fight? They never used to do this.. Every time I go to fight them, they keep moving around. They will *NOT* stay still. They keep slowly walking in a circle around me, which is constantly ******** up my weapon skills and my friends SA.. It's driving me *insane*. And no, it's not a hate issue, I flash it and just stand there and it slowly walks around me.
RE: More importantly..
# Aug 17 2005 at 11:14 AM Rating: Decent
190 posts
By any chance do you put on /follow while you're fighting the mob, maybe in your attack macro for PT's, so that you can chase the mob if it goes after mages? (which you should never do anyways, always try to pull it back to you, away from the mages, don't chase)

If so, I've found that putting /follow on while you're fighting causes the mob to move around, I assume because it's chasing you, so to speak. By putting /follow on, you move out of it's attack zone, much the same as backing away, and then it chases you (in effect) repositioning itself to be able to hit you. But then, that causes you to move because it moved and you're on /follow, creating a loop of move and countermove.

Hope that helped.
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If it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them?
Sea Serpent Grotto
# Jul 11 2005 at 5:02 PM Rating: Decent
I'm putting all the info at the top so it's easier to access.

To obtain a map, get a treasure chest key dropped off of:
Rivulet Sahagin
Brook Sahagin
Riparian Sahagin
Grotto Pugil
Iron Shell
Big Claw
Vampire Bat
These can all be found to the left of the ornamented door, except the Big Claw and Ghasts which are outside and around the Norg entrance.
Treasure Chests spawn anywhere behind the silver door and in 2 spots outside the silver door to the left. The silver door is opened by trading a silver beastcoin to it and it appears as a blank wall.

To open the Ornamented Door:
Talk to Bou the Righteous at H-11 and then go to Hurr the Betrayer (located next to the Utsusemi:Ichi ??? behind the silver door) and he will ask for a norg shell and 3 mythril beastcoins. You can NOT zone between talking to Bou and Hurr or you will have to start over, so no {Escape}ing. Hurr will give you a sahagin key which will then break when you trade it to the Ornamented Door. To get more Sahagin Keys, you will have to trade a norg shell and gold beastcoin the next time. Mobs only aggro to sound, at least anywhere not behind the Oranemented Door.
RE: Sea Serpent Grotto
# Jul 12 2005 at 8:57 AM Rating: Decent
51 posts
Need to specify: You talk to Bou the Righteous at H-11 on the map behind the Gold door(There are multiple maps: The main one and one behind each door). He's in an area not visible on the map, behind a door, in a treasure room similar to the one Hurr the Betrayer is in. You open the Gold door with a Gold Beastcoin.
Ornamented Door
# Jun 19 2005 at 3:54 AM Rating: Decent
This was mentioned along time ago but nobody answered it and I was hopeing someone could.
Does anyone know how to get past the Ornamented Door? I'm trying to get to the mindgazers back there with a friend or 2 of mine to get our
O-hat's and the area with the ledge is camped alot. Any info would be greatly appriciated thanks =) . (I also herd this is the area to get to a BCNM area through this door and there is a quest to get the key witch opens the door but breaks after you use it, just some things I've herd not sure if ture though)
RE: Ornamented Door
# Jun 19 2005 at 4:06 AM Rating: Decent

By: stouter

This key opens the ornamented door in Sea Serpent Grotto. On this map you find the ornamented door at J-11, the gold beastcoin door at I-14, and the silver beastcoin door at N-14. You use this key, then it breaks.

You need a silver beastcoin, gold beastcoin, 3 mythril beastcoins, and a norg shell (found in AH under other > misc.) when you enter SSG. You need to do the entire SSG section without leaving the zone, otherwise you have to start it over.

First you talk to a Gimb, a galka on your right as you enter Norg. Then you find Bou the Righteous at H-11 of this map through the Gold beastcoin door. He mentions Hurr sells keys, so go to Hurr the Betrayer at H-3 of this map through the Silver beastcoin door, the same room you go to for the Utsusemi: Ichi quest. Hurr asks for a Norg Shell and 3 Mythril Beastcoins.

Edited, Tue Nov 9 15:23:01 2004

Good stuff hehe I found this info about 20-30 mins after i posted, hope this helps anyone that wanted to know, and If ya have more questions I found this info and abit more under Norg>Quest>Polearm WSNM (can't recall the specific name)>Shangih key (spelling prob wrong on that lol)
# May 26 2005 at 10:47 PM Rating: Decent
how do i get a map of this place?
RE: Map
# Jul 08 2005 at 8:52 AM Rating: Decent
I think it's a coffer area map. Which means you need a coffer key and get have to look around to find the chest. Which won't be easy but all you need is Sneak or Silent Oils.
RE: Map
# Aug 06 2006 at 10:58 AM Rating: Decent
80 posts
no just a regular chest key is needed. Luckily the chests spawn in areas that arent too difficult (compared to where the coffers are)

go here to find chest spawns
# May 03 2005 at 1:26 PM Rating: Default
How the heck do I get through the Ornamented Door? I have done my ninja scroll quest as you can tell im a lvl 56 ninja, but I cant get through the door to get my af feet and I want to be able to run 25% faster lol! PLEASE HELP!

Edited, Tue May 3 14:34:34 2005
Ornamental Door
# Apr 28 2005 at 11:02 PM Rating: Decent
anyone know what quest you have to do to get the key for this door?
RE: Ornamental Door
# May 01 2005 at 7:52 PM Rating: Default
See quest Utsusemi:ichi in Norg
RE: Ornamental Door
# May 01 2005 at 7:52 PM Rating: Default
See quest Utsusemi:ichi in Norg
# Apr 23 2005 at 1:37 AM Rating: Decent
How do i get to Norg?! Please help me out!
RE: where?!
# Jun 12 2005 at 10:27 PM Rating: Decent
When you zone in from Yuhtunga, just stick to the right-side wall. If you're below LV55 (i think that's the limit) you better bring Oils or have a way to Sneak yourself. Invis is not needed.
Any areas where u can fish safely?
# Mar 25 2005 at 2:54 PM Rating: Decent
is there a small lake or somewhere where u can get to in this area that would be safe from aggro? just wondering, gonna head there and look soon
# Mar 15 2005 at 4:14 AM Rating: Default
109 posts
OK, to kinda finalise all threads asking how to get a map to this place.
The map can be obtained by either opening a treasure chest or a treasure coffer inside Sea Serpent Grotto(Yes both types have them).
Some notes on this:
Here's an atlas of Vana'Diel that has chest and coffer spawn places:
Vana'Diel Atlas
Here's 2 links for the keys needed:
Grotto Chest Key
Grotto Coffer Key
If you have quests open that require you to open a chest or coffer in this dungeon you will probably get the quest item first before obtaining the map.
Map of this place
# Mar 09 2005 at 9:31 PM Rating: Default
34 posts
Hey all im a lvl 50 paladin, i done all the ninjitsu scroll quests, and even done the teleport yhoater quest, but what i need to figure out is where or who do i go to for a map of sea serphants grotto? I love this place, i love Elshmo region, lots a fun, and good place to have fun and explore. almost like the time i went to excabard at lvl 15 @_@; just for fun. mind u i used alot of prism powder and a oil >.<!!!
anyways if someone get back to the map...it be great of you!!
RE: Map of this place
# Mar 15 2005 at 11:17 AM Rating: Decent
You have to get it by obtaining a chest key and finding the chest. The first item you receive when opening a chest in this area should be the Map of Sea Serpent Grotto.
# Feb 21 2005 at 8:54 PM Rating: Decent
638 posts
I can't find the dang coffer in this palce, and im in nthe righ troom! help....


# Mar 07 2005 at 11:27 AM Rating: Decent
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# May 03 2005 at 11:07 PM Rating: Decent
Hoooorible map, not all pops on there

Great farming
# Nov 25 2004 at 9:48 AM Rating: Decent
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I personally like fighting fish.. why? Because no one besides the lv 75 JP on my server fight'em and they are just pushovers ;D

About chest keys
# Nov 22 2004 at 8:20 PM Rating: Decent
Im going to be a level 30 Thief soon. would I be able to use some sort of lock picks, or thief tools to open the chest instead? or would opening it at my level w/o help be a bad idea?
Link Correction
# Nov 04 2004 at 11:20 PM Rating: Decent
58 posts
The map has moved:

Levels to move around safely?
# Nov 04 2004 at 10:29 AM Rating: Decent
435 posts
What level do you need to be to safely move from the entrance to Norg, then from norg to the Tonko and Utsusemi quest destinations without sneak? If I don't need to buy the silent oil, I won't.
RE: Levels to move around safely?
# Nov 09 2004 at 12:10 PM Rating: Decent
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Some of the stuff there still checks EP to me at 59, although it's low EP that might not aggro.
RE: Levels to move around safely?
# Nov 09 2004 at 1:46 PM Rating: Decent
435 posts
Thanks for the response. I made a run this weekend and found at lv. 49, it isn't too hard to make it to Norg without oil. A few of the ghasts and Ironshells conned ep, but I suspect at lv. 50, they will no longer aggro.

Looks like I will be grabbing some silent oil for the two quests....after I get some more fame.
Getting your map
# Oct 31 2004 at 12:04 PM Rating: Excellent
Ok, this thread is completely ridiculous, so I'm stepping up to the plate. Here's how to get your map:


Here's a link in ENGLISH with all the maps, chest points, coffer points, etc.

According to the page, Ghasts and Ironshells drop the chest key. You know what that means? You can just camp right outside Norg for the key. You don't have to do all the BS these posters say.

Once you get your key, run inside norg and grab a silver coin. Then choco back out to get to the entrance of Sea Serpent Grotto then re-enter (helps having HP in Norg).

To get to the Silver Shavings door just make all lefts once your inside until you get to the lake.

Theres two Chest points on the path left from the lake. Check there before going through the door.

The rest you'll just have to refer to the map on the link.

Good luck!
RE: Getting your map
# Nov 03 2004 at 5:24 PM Rating: Decent
Good job...

Anyway, I got mine last night {Nov. 2, 2004} cuz I thought I could get the key item for Ut. scroll quest... I got my map from the NORMAL chest, w/ my Thief Tools... Although a mob was guarding and I got nailed down by a bunch of mobs... {sneak wore off} But my friend {lv 56 RDM} revived me and took on the mob... We barely lived against it... anyway, gl for those whom r searching! ^^"

Mithra, Thf/Nin of Bastok
Server: Pandemonium
Coffer or chest?
# Oct 27 2004 at 8:41 AM Rating: Decent
OK now!!!! this is crazy.... ppl are asking how to get the map of this place, but u guys are juz saying from the chest.... can u guys be more specific??? Treasure coffer or treasure chest? LOL
RE: Coffer or chest?
# Nov 27 2004 at 2:27 PM Rating: Decent
76 posts
All maps that require a key are from coffers if I am not mistaken.
RE: Coffer or chest?
# Jan 11 2005 at 7:55 PM Rating: Decent
965 posts
Your mistaken, this map comes from a regular chest.
# Oct 22 2004 at 8:16 PM Rating: Default
Is there a map for this place or what? and if there is, where or how do i get it?
Here is your Map
# Oct 18 2004 at 12:25 PM Rating: Good
909 posts
Utsusemi Quest

Here is the map. I saw the four posts on top asking for it, so i went and got the link.

Turns out the map has already been posted numerous times further down.

Also, pretty much every reason you'd need to be in here has been explained. (Utsusemi, coffers and keys, leveling, fishing)

Read the whole thread ^.^
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