Vana'diel Bestiary: Dune Widow  

Found in:Eastern Altepa Desert
  • Notorious Monster
  • Not Aggro
  • Not Linking
  • Based on Earth
  • Weak against Ice
Stolen Items:
Updated: Mon Jan 12 16:01:12 2009

Dune Widow Picture

'''Regular Nyzul Isle NM

'''    Regular NMs inside Nyzul Isle need to be defeated in order to complete the objective 'Defeat all enemies' but will never be a 'Specified Enemy/Enemies'.

'''NM Drop Appraisals

'''    Drops a crate containing a ??? item which may appraise into Spider Torque.

''' Appears on Floors:

'''    61 - 80 (G8 Eastern Altepa Desert, > 1h 20 min after Placeholder was killed)

This page last modified 2010-09-22 17:10:47.

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# Jun 21 2009 at 5:15 PM Rating: Good
148 posts
Just soloed as a 51RDM/25THF. Long fight and only went yellow twice. I don't know if this has been said, but it seems very resistant to sleep. Resisted 4 sleeps, but landed bind twice long enought to cast stoneskin and convert. No drop though.

1/20 so far >.>
Some awesome luck!
# Jan 06 2009 at 3:25 PM Rating: Decent
2/2.. in a row :3
crazy claim
# Jun 16 2008 at 6:17 AM Rating: Default
I just wanted to tell everyone the amazing claim I got on this spider.

1st I get a teleport altep grab a choco and head to spawn. There was a 75pld/bst and a 75nin/rng both killing spiders. I stay on my choco because I wasn't gonna outclaim flash anyway. Finally after 10mins the pld says quit following Nin/rng around because you don't have widescan. I lold because I wasn't following anyone around I was actually running a big circle checking pops. I then told pld I only came for tod or a fluke claim and would be back to kill it next. I come up on a spider the pld flashes it and as soon as he does the widow pops just in sight behind him. I didn't think hey he just now flashed I could actually claim this so I just followed behind him watching him engauge it from max range. He is slowly running to it and low and behold my time on choc ran out and it kicked me off. I had the widow in my target so i hit stun and actually took it right out from under the plds swinging sword. It was increadable, I did a /s Fluke claim man sorry for your bad luck my chocobo time just happen to run out at the exact right moment.

btw plds pet was a doom scorpion so he couldn't charm claim.
# May 20 2008 at 10:43 PM Rating: Decent
145 posts
got drop tonight 1/16 lol no more camping for me
Retired July 2009

# Feb 27 2008 at 6:24 AM Rating: Decent
66 posts
Does spider torque still drop....
# Feb 08 2008 at 6:32 PM Rating: Decent
I know this may seem like a crazy question but does DW still drop the spider torque? I am looking to level my RDM and would love to camp this but the description doesn't show it as a dropped item, and the description for the item itself just says found in altepa desert.
# Nov 19 2007 at 12:51 AM Rating: Decent
wasted time
# Jul 29 2007 at 12:30 PM Rating: Decent
Getting very annoyed at camping this. 0/7 in 3 days of camping. I did /follow the PH after killing Dune Widow for an hour (luckily nobody came by to camp it)and after I killed the PH, Dune Widow spawned. Don't know if this is any way to get the spawn to come sooner or anything....

*** Edit ***
0/10 now. Curse you S-E!!!

Edited, Jul 30th 2007 1:57pm by phatboyslym

*** Edit ***
1/11 now! Finally!!!

Ack! 1/12. Trying to get one for my brother. >.<

Edited, Aug 1st 2007 1:04pm by phatboyslym
Night time mobs muck up wide scan
# Jul 27 2007 at 1:47 PM Rating: Decent
For anyone who first goes out to camp her at night, the Wide Scan list looks a little different.

Sand Beetle
Antican Funditor
Giant Spider (Place Holder)
Giant Spider
Sand Beetle
Sand Beetle

Sand Beetle
Antican Funditor
Flesh Eater
Giant Spider (Place Holder)
Giant Spider
Sand Beetle
Sand Beetle

Sand Beetle
Anttican Funditor
Flesh Eater
Lost Soul
Giant Spider (Place Holder)
Giant Spider
Sand Beetle
Sand Beetle

Just my two cents, hope it helps?
# Jun 02 2007 at 9:56 PM Rating: Decent
3,767 posts
Didn't even know about this guy until I was walking around Desert skilling up dagger. Random person asked if I was camping it, so I looked it up and realized it dropped the Spider Torque. Instantly started killing the spiders, and Widow popped in less than 5 min. I can thank the SMN39 who was soloing for that. ^^

Soloed Widow with RDM59/WHM29 with a VERY unskilled dagger (all I had with). Easy as long as I kept all buffs/debuffs/en* spells/spikes/refresh up. Didn't even need convert.

No drop, but I logged there to try again tomorrow.
Fynlar wrote:
Chew is being a lot more level-headed regarding the whole issue, which is strange because he's probably drunk.
bitch is dead!
# May 31 2007 at 1:19 PM Rating: Decent
chillin' here, smoking some chronic, and walking around eastern altepa, trying to get dune widow, but obviously i wasnt paying much attention, a 75DRK/37THF is flee'ing every 5 mins so he's pretty much beating me to every spider claim, i leave the room, come back, and who do i see behind me? Dune Widow. at this point my heart is racing and im spamming provoke, i voke the thing, then the drk /tells me saying "nice, would've got it if you would've kept running around pointlessly" so i lash back saying "dude, i wouldn't be talking, you just got beat by a guy who baked out of his tree" so i'm 1/1 on DW now, i was reading alot of reports though, saying that some people are like 0/10, better luck! i got drop without TH, so you guys have a chance!

running for 170k-190k on garuda

Reife 75PLD/37WAR

Edited, Jun 1st 2007 5:42am by Reife
# May 11 2007 at 2:23 PM Rating: Decent
Going to do this tonight i think, coiuld use the torque
Ultra rare drop
# May 01 2007 at 2:09 PM Rating: Decent
I'm 2/25+

Most of the kills with TH3.

I'm starting to think the TH is killing the drop rate on torque. It pisses me off seeing whms and rngs getting the damn drop but not a thf!
# Apr 25 2007 at 7:41 PM Rating: Decent
How often does this thing pop???
3 times
# Apr 23 2007 at 11:58 AM Rating: Good
103 posts
I just camped this thing the whole afternoon, saw 2 fellow campers but they only staid about half an hour each. Claimed and killed her 3 times. 0/3 ... ; ;
Killing is cake, drop would be frosting
# Mar 22 2007 at 12:02 PM Rating: Decent
487 posts
70 Taru thief (35 rng), with TH3. Just started camping. 0/3 atm, but I have not taken more than 40 points worth of damage in 3 fights (note also that I wear acc gear, not eva gear other than SH). All 3 pops lower portion of G-8 (left to center), but have not actually started looking for PH. (TH3 with the newly cheap Thief Knife, which to date does not seem to help too much with drops from NM's or in regular farming. Meh ... over time, it may).
yup, rarely drops
# Mar 12 2007 at 11:30 PM Rating: Decent
this is my most camped NM, and considering my busy schedule, its a nice way to spend my limited hours since i work most of the day. i dont know if its because it just never drops, but rarely is it camped so i can easily get claim and if i dont get the item, the webs stack up so at least im making some profit. since i dont have TH its one of my better ways to make profit actually. plus i can do other things while im camping. its just my way of making money when im broke and i dont have too much time on my hands, because it gives guaranteed profit.

as for the horrible drop rate with TH, sometimes i just think ur chance for getting some items can be just as good without TH.. this is from my personal experience with keys and very rare items.. apart from the obvious tho, since some common, but somewhat rare, items like spider webs or ram horns WILL definitely drop more with TH.

but for the spider torque, i think u just gotta be there at the right place at the right time, and if you are, you will get the drop. but for the person with 0/48, yea... im thinking it did drop once between those 48 nms, but u happened to not be there for the claim, you were prolly just unlucky. the point here for those thinking of getting it within the next few days: Never expect too much ^^ itll be very frustrating if u do because you just cant tell when itll drop. just be thankful for those webs ^^

Edited, Mar 13th 2007 12:32am by noituloverx
# Mar 08 2007 at 7:03 AM Rating: Decent
im 1/3 on this...and im sorry but i cant beleive your 0/48..why would you continue camping it after 0/10?
Where's the Drop
# Feb 28 2007 at 12:12 AM Rating: Decent
313 posts
;; This NM is no fun. Currently 0/10.

PH information from posts below is correct, 2 spiders below Ant. Fung. (or Sabotender..depending on how big your widescan is) but above 2 scarab beetles. The beetles and spiders will almost always be inside of G-8. The top spider out of the 2 is the PH.

PH are on a 5 earth minute timer, or roughly 2h10m game timer. I've noticed some discrepancies, sometimes the PH will pop late or even a bit early, but never by more than 10 game minutes

Dune Widows spawn window (in my experience) is 1-3 hours. Seen it spawn in as little as 1h20m and as long as 3h00m. Rough average in my experience is 90minutes.

!!!!!Attention Beastmasters!!!!!

This NM is soloable as 45BST/whm (quite possibly as low as 40bst/nin, but beetles may be more resistant to charm) Fight took around 10 mins, I already had my first jug (fish broth) out from killings PH's. After that died my call beast timer was up so I called 2nd jug. After that died I charmed beetles around the area (took me 3 beetles) until call beast timer reset. Called 3rd jug, used familar. That one eventually died also, and I charmed 1 last beetle and melee'd to finish it off. No drop, but it is a fun fight considering at 45 you still aggro Sabatendors and Undead, so take care of where you fight at.

/I Hate Hackers/
Anyone on Unicorn Server, there is a whm/blm named Nonno that has widescan and flee (makes beeline for PH's and DW even when halfway accross the desert, and no, WHM main cannot equip powder boots). If you notice the same behavior I did, report it ^^ This person was noted by a GM on 2/27.
# Feb 08 2007 at 1:24 AM Rating: Decent
Drop Rate SUX !!!
Fed up with this stupid nm !

she is truely a prude slut.
# Jan 27 2007 at 10:58 PM Rating: Decent
i am currently 0/48 on this NM. i camped it off and on for the last 3 weeks but in the last week i have done nothing but camp this NM as a RDM68/RNG7 i have gotten claim 48 times and not once gotten a Spider Torque always 3 Spider Webs that sell for 3k each and fast thanks to all of you clothcrafters out there. as you may assume i've made a nice hunk of change from the spider webs alone 48 x 3 x 3k= 432k which is more than enough to buy the damned torque if there was one for sale!
I've camped this mob with TH2 about 20/48 times and had at least TH1 3 of the times and still no drop i even killed all of the Dune Widows in a 36 hour period and in every moon phase and on every day of the Vana'diel week and i am at my wits end. perhaps 50 is my lucky number i'll update that later but if anyone on Diabolos has a Spider Torque they wanna sell /tell Kuchiki
# Jan 17 2007 at 6:41 AM Rating: Decent
23 posts
Gah! Me and Sizzlechest (Asura) camped this little lady, she is a greedy one! She popped at 3:00am, TOD 3:03am. Popped again 6:30am, TOD 6:34am. 0/2. >< Oh well, got 6 spider webs out of it and we'll try again tomorrow I guess. *yawn*
# Dec 29 2006 at 9:33 PM Rating: Decent
Jus lettin every one know a 56RNG/thf can take this sorta. Sleep bolts don't work so i jus play my luck hoping barrage and slug shot all lands. i usally end up with about 100 hp near the end 0/2 but i claimed it 3 times. XD he won the first time XD
# Dec 09 2006 at 5:59 AM Rating: Decent
Just killed, 1/1. Was in caves killin Tungi NM, no drop there though, and thought id give dune widow a try. Head out a drk killin spiders but soon left. Widow popped almost dead center of pop area in about 15 min, killed as 75 thf/nin with thief's knife. I already have Enfeebling torque so 300k to me. GL to everyone camping.
Happy hunting
# Dec 05 2006 at 6:06 AM Rating: Decent
I too will have to say that the PH was totally correct. I was camping blindly for a friend killing everything. We ended up with massive competition. 5 hours of no spawn or perhaps a claim that we did not know about. My friend changed to RNG, i looked in here for help. Widescan can up just as posted. Competition started killing again but we grabed the PH. He was rdm/rng ( my friend ) and kept the PH asleep for 30 minutes each death. After death the PH popped again right next to us. We again held for 30 minutes. After that kill DW popped right where the PH spawned. Easy claim and kill. Duoed by 51 rdm/rng and 56 thief/nin. Never had any problems. We are however 0/1 lol will hunt more all tired out now.
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