Vana'diel Bestiary: Sozu Sarberry  

Found in:Temple of Uggalepih
Found at Location:F - 8
  • Notorious Monster
  • Aggro
  • Linking
  • Detects by Sight
  • Based on Light
  • Weak against Ice
  • Strong against Light
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Updated: Sat May 31 17:42:14 2008

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Omg His Drop Rate is HORRIBLE!!!
# Feb 22 2009 at 12:25 AM Rating: Decent
I will just say this much I have been camping this nm off and for years I am currently 0/63 on him.....(Jesus SE a little break here)

Here is info I can give if it helps anyone.
I always go straight to the room he pops in kill the Cutter then run down the hallway kill the cutter in the hallway and go in first room behind door and kill the cutter in that room. Roughly 16 min repop on the cutter tons.

My average for him is roughly 1.5 to 3 hours to make him pop once I get there I have never waited more then 4.

He is quite honestly a Joke to fight. He "Maybe" gets 2 hits on my ninja if I not paying attention to shadows but other then that wont hit me period. His 2hour on the Other hand just like everyone says is ********** 1 day it will hit you for 10 damage and the next time 1 shot you. I have tried every tech to try and make damage less but nothing seems to be a perfect fix to the problem. You pretty much have a 50/50 shot that his 2hour wont wipe you I have died easily 20+ times to his 2 hour.

All and all easy fight if u wipe just have rr up. Get back up heal and go fight em again he wont do Mijin twice to you. And with his HORRIBLE drop rate you shouldnt have to worry about 3 or 4 people stalking to get claim after u die. I wish all of you Luck with him. He is my Bane (Conquest) of ff that i must do before I ever quit.

Dont even bother calling one of you 75 thf friends to help with him. Sozu sarberry seems to be anti- treasure hunter. But good luck all the same :)
And so it begins...
# Mar 21 2008 at 5:16 AM Rating: Decent
444 posts

Solo'd without issue as a SAM75 (/war) with my lvl 63 Soothing Healer NPC buddy out for support. NM hits decently hard for a NIN (~100damage, one crit of ~280) but has pretty poor accuracy. His 2-hour landed for 600 damage to both my buddy and I so, while annoying, there was no real trouble there. It may be worth noting that he will aggro 75s, so if you're waiting on a JA cooldown or whatnot you may want to move further away from the NM.

My reward for about one minute of fighting: 64xp, 3,000 gil, Manji Shuriken and a Tonberry Coat.
Solo as 75 MNK/THF
# Feb 03 2008 at 2:16 AM Rating: Decent
482 posts
Was farming Beehive Chips to level Alchemy, when I saw this NM up. I looked him up to see what it drops, saw the fancy Katana... wanted it, so decided to fight it :D

I called my lvl 40 NPC out, and decided I'll just 2-hour it, killed it pretty quickly even though I had links from other tonberries. Didn't drop the Katana though :P
Kuyo - Hume Male - Pandemonium server (Retired)
75 Monk, 75 Samurai
# Jun 13 2007 at 4:34 PM Rating: Decent
I was able to solo this as a 75 RDM/NIN. Popped after about 5 hours of camping. Standard buff (Haste, Utsusemi, En-spell, Phalanx, Barfire, Stoneskin) and attacked. I kept Slow II, Blind, and Silence on him at all times. He hits fairly hard when he connects, but once Blinded he had a pretty hard time even hitting my shadows. Pulled him back near the locked room so I didn't get links.

Mijin Gakure nearly wiped me. I was at full HP (1093, not bad for a Taru eh?) and had a moderatly used Stoneskin up, as well as my other buffs. It hit me for 1061 and wore all my shadows. Sozu used it at ~20%. If my Utsusemi: Ni recast hadn't been up, I would have died for sure, because right after that he came to Lateral Slash me. Popped a Vile Elixer+1 and slept him to heal myself and rebuff. Fight was easy after that. Took about 7 minutes total.

This puts me at 0/3. The other times I've fought him, I recall that Mijin Gakure didn't do so much to me. I don't remember specifics as its been some time since then. All in all fun fight but it can get nasty if you don't recover quickly from his 2 hour.

Edit: I fought him again just now, his Mijin Gakure did a whopping 0 damage, didn't even break my fresh Stoneskin. He used it at roughly the same time as before, so it appears its hugely random.

Edited, Jun 13th 2007 7:05pm by Bapidai

Edit 2: Updates. I've killed him several times, Mijin Gakure crapping out more times than not. He's only done over 1000 to me one other time.

I also killed him as a 75 BLM without much trouble using sleep-nuke strategy. I only have decent equipment (no sky pieces or what not) and Thunder 4 + Blizzard 4 did about 1/3 of his bar in damage. I got insanely lucky with Mijin, though. Barfire wore during my cast, and right as he woke up he 2 houred, but it only did 103. Manafont was not necessary.

I total 0/10 as of now. :X

Edited, Jul 8th 2007 8:49pm by Bapidai
# Sep 18 2007 at 4:49 AM Rating: Decent
75BST/NIN easy solo using familiared CC. Popped after 1 cutter used funguar to pull then whipped carrie out, CC tanked and i turned aroung when got hate. NPC died from mijin gakure, took 901 damage i took 400+.Sarberry used it at 20%. Dropped manji shurikan, tonberry coat and dried mugwort :(. time was 1:40 GMT today. Would be much longer fight /thf prob more dangerous too. Good luck all.
Bastard Mijin Galkured
# Jun 10 2007 at 12:00 AM Rating: Decent
was camping this NM with a friend 75pld/nin and i was 71drg/rdm we had it until it used the knife move (dont remember exactly what it was called) and got pld down to 99/1500ish HP i luckily got hate and he got cured up to full we stoped really trying and it used Mijin galkure and blew us outa the water. 2k to me and 900 to the pld so we died but luckily got raise from a rdm and nin that killed it no drop hope we are more lucky next time
# Jun 09 2007 at 8:56 AM Rating: Decent
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I just ran into him, was up after I left Granite Door area once and came back 5 minutes later. Must have popped in place of the Cutter I killed to try and get key. Anyways, I was RDM/DRK on the way to an ohat run.

This fight was a lot harder than I would have thought. I had no Utsu and he hits fairly hard, plus the ninjitsu is bothersome. I had to sleep and rest for MP, I started with only 200mp. Took about 20 minutes because of that; also, he resisted my Sleep a couple of times. At around 20% he 2hour'ed, went through a not-fresh SS and hit for around 250. No drop but shuriken and coat.

I might start camping this. It would be an easy fight RDM/NIN. He missed a good bit, and the first 50% he wouldn't chase me, just stand away throwing shuriken, so I was able to relax and debuff/buff at a distance.
THF Soloable
# Feb 13 2007 at 8:53 AM Rating: Decent
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First off, this mob is stingy, but no where near as bad as Thief's Knife. Currently, I'm sitting at 2/16 on this guy and I know its a lot better than Thief's Knife and that bast-age Sozu Rogberry. Next, this guy is soloable by a THF provided the THF has a reraise item, bloody bolts, sleep bolts, and some decent RACC gear. I say decent RACC because all I have myself is my Optical Hat and my Rapparree Harness for a whopping +12 RACC. I'm sure more RACC might make this a bit faster fight and a lot less costly.

Strategy for THF Solo:

Keep shadows up at all times because Jubaku: Ni will own your face as well as Hojo: Ni. If both Utsusemi timers are down, pop a sleep bolt in him, recast Utsusemi, then drain back any lost HP with Bloody Bolts.

Don't worry about saving TP. When you have TP use it. Remember, as long as you are solo, SATA+Hide+Dancing Edge/Shark Bite will do additional damage to him. Only time you should start saving TP at all is when his HP drops below 40%. I say 40% because frankly, Sarberry isn't at all shy about using Mijin Gakure at anything less than 40%. I've personally seen a THF75 take a 2600 Mijin Gakure along with her NPC who also ate 2600 and was wiped at around 38% HP.

Avoiding or lessening Mijin Gakure as THF solo is simple yet a bit costly. At around 40%, switch to sleep bolts, pop him with sleep, run out of range so you don't accidentally wake him up too soon, and keep him slept and happy. Do NOT disengage because if you do, he goes unclaimed. I know that you'll have enmity still due to the fact you soloed off 60% of his HP but all it takes to lose claim is an RMT Paladin using Provoke, Flash, and Invincible and you will lose your hard-worked claim. Simply run out of range and spam sleep bolts. Once you get your TP capped at 300%, run up to him, dancing edge him, then PROMPTLY sleep him again, rinse and repeat. It is possible, however, its never happened to me, that he will Mijin Gakure when you Dancing Edge him. Usually, and I say usually, because he is a bit unpredictable at times, he'll immediately try debuffing you the moment you wake him.

With luck and patience, you can be out of range of Mijin Gakure when he DOES use it, and it should only do minor damage to you. After the big boom, run up and enjoy the rest of the fight. You've survived the hardest part of the fight, and dying now would only happen if you suddenly have a n00b moment and forget to dodge Throat Stab or if you forgot to reset hate prior to killing him and eat a hefty 1k+ Everyone's Grudge!^^; Hope this helps my fellow THFs and brings to an end the "this drop is as bad as Thief's Knife" claim.
THF Soloable
# Apr 09 2007 at 2:11 PM Rating: Decent
Just soloed as 75thf/37nin following that guide, it's very easy. If you are worried you'll get blown up, you could probably just start off right away with sleep bolts and just snipe it for the whole fight. I imagine that would take a long time though. I fought it normally to 50% then did the sleep bolt > DE method and it took approx 15 minutes total. No katana, but I'll try again later.
Not -too- bad
# Jan 20 2007 at 7:55 AM Rating: Decent
Solo as Mnk75/Thf37, 166/1651hp left...
Just a coat and shuriken
# Jan 20 2007 at 7:07 AM Rating: Decent
636 posts
1500 dmg to three thieves on that Mijin Gakure. Made some RMT verrry happy. ; ;

Lesson - One person in pt needs to stay the hell away from the fight.
# Dec 27 2006 at 8:26 AM Rating: Decent
Just killed with 75whm (me) and 75nin friend, wasnt too bad. Mijin Gakure at around 16% did about 1k on ninja, didnt break my SS though. 0/1 though :( fun kill sat aruond for about 4 cutters then he popped.
hocho sale price
# Nov 02 2006 at 4:57 PM Rating: Decent
735 posts
ntfc, i wound up selling mine for about 4m, i'm a very impatient person when i comes to selling items. If you've still got it, speak with law or cleen, both were interested in buying one.

Hocho.... Do you need it
# Oct 13 2006 at 7:02 PM Rating: Decent
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Went down to this lil fellas pop area about 3 weeks back with a linkshell mate (Havster) after about an hr of killing ph this lil guy popped as no competition we took our time buffed up pulled him to one side and killed.. he actually almost did us both, hit havster 75 nin for about 1.2k on mijin gakure and took me down to red health, i 2hrd and nuked him.... NO drop

At the time Hav was nin/whm so he decided to suck up my r1 :OP and take his weakened *** back to swap to /war... Durig this time i killed the phs 2-3 times max before hav arrived back, then after 1 ph death he spawned again, and no competition again!! id just been speaking to people at the time who were like 0/20 + on this thing, said the drop rate was a bad as TK?

Anyway 2nd time round we pulled to the side again, he mijin gakured again about 15-20 % did about 1.5k dmg to my npc but didnt touch me or hav, and yes we dropped the hocho 1/2!!!

Anyway the reason i am writing this i guess is to see if anyone would like to buy the katana lol, 15m was the last auction hse price about 1 yr ago and i got more chance of getting a maat cap than getting 15m for it....

Same day we dropped the katana i warped back to whitegate to see someone doing shouts for 7m (khellendros i think) so i kinda went for the same price .. 3 weeks+ on and its still sitting in my bazaar, so to anyone who would like to make me an offer on this katana please send a /tell to Ntfc.... (Fenrir)

# Oct 23 2006 at 6:57 AM Rating: Decent
387 posts
Killed last night with brother(75thf) and myself (75brd). Brother claimed and trained all of the links to zone where I slept the NM. It wasn't too hard hitting, probably 70-100 on myself each hit. It managed to throat stab my brother two times. I Soul Voice Paeon V and Mambod him and it wasn't too bad of a fight. When it got down to the point where it was getting close to Mijn Gokure, I promptly began to use my two Lullaby Songs when recast timers were up. At like 25% my brother just Sleep Bolted it down most of the way until he had pretty high TP. He thought one more full SATA Dancing Edge would kill it and tried. Turns out, I had most of the hate because I had been continuously sleeping it and it Mijn Gokure me, the brd, and not my brother!!! I ate it for 1k while he only took about 200 dmg. He finished the NM with no drop, but we had a blast killing it for sure.

Fun NM, fun to claim against RMT, and fun to play with my brother :D
# Oct 12 2006 at 4:27 PM Rating: Decent
Yea i wasnt prepared 1st round but suprisingly i won as BLM75... 700dmg with 2hr the first time 999Damage second go round -.- woot! im 74 again! 0/1 on him
Sozu fun!
# Aug 03 2006 at 9:35 PM Rating: Decent
I just was camping this guy today while camping the Habetrot NM. I was surprised to see it pop after 4 kills.. and it aggroed me as a 75 NIN/WAR, which I expceted it to do. A stalker came up and linked with Sozu, and ended up killing the Stalker first. I had enough time to kill the Stalker and then take on Sozu.. I was worried about his 2 hour, he did it at about 23%, and only hit me for 502, which wasn't too bad. No drop though =/.. makes me 0/2, but I will get him to drop for me one day!

Edit: Sozu Sarberry also drops Kurayami:Ni

Edited, Aug 4th 2006 at 2:46am EDT by KedynsCrow
# Jul 21 2006 at 4:07 PM Rating: Good
279 posts
Camped this guy last night against no competition (surprisingly, the RMT never left Rogberry) as 75 RDM/NIN. Killed cutters for about 90 mins before he popped. Buffed up and pulled him. As soon as a removed his shadows, I sleet him, and debuffed the hell outta him. When silenced, slowed, and paralyzed....not much he can do but swing away at you and throw things at you. As others mentiond, his accuracy is insane...he doesnt miss often. He Mijin'd at 50%, and with SS, Phalanx, Barfire, Shell IV...it did a walloping 17 dmg. Grudge was a non-issue, as I erased hate before I camped (the NPC is right down the hall...no reason not to), and the 6 Cutters I killed to pop him didn't amount to enough dmg to break through SS. Never throat-stabbed...but you can run away from that as it has an insanely long wind up. No drop. Gay.
Throat Stab
# Jun 28 2006 at 7:02 AM Rating: Good
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I fought this little ******* yesterday for the first time and I wasn't as prepared as I thought to say the least. Literally seconds after I showed up to the spawn area he popped. I pulled him out of the way and let Carrie go to work on him. I forgot Pet Food in MH, and he was doing decent damage on Carrie. Call Beast wasn't up so I knew I would have to tank him @~25%.

I buffed up Blink and Stoneskin, and went at it. I Rampaged for not very much at all maybe 300 damage. Next thing I know, I had him down to ~5% and I am eating dirt. Throat Stab! WTF.... I knew he did Mijin Gakure. Some othe guys grab him immediately and he does his 2 hour. They won and didn't get the drop, but were nice enough to raise me. I fully intend to exact some revenge. Next time I will be prepared Sozu!
# Jun 09 2006 at 8:00 PM Rating: Decent
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Went hunting this guy with my social LS, and there were four gil sellers there. Two were botting and two were just killing stuff. He popped, botters got, and took him by Paintbrush door. Fight continued until he Mijin Gakured. At this time, the WHM had used Benediction, the MNK tanking was near dead. The Gil Selling MNK died and he became unclaimed. We all scrambled for claim, but in the end, it wasn't enough hate and he died with a yellow name. End results: Nobody got the drop. Square-Enix MPK, god bless.
Finally got the drop : )
# Jun 05 2006 at 6:15 AM Rating: Decent
188 posts
Hehe, finally got the drop after countless kills. Easy as pie to kill for a 75 blm, just remember to keep him silenced. When he's at about 25% health, I recast all my buffs ( SS+PH+Barfire) and manafont him, ni won't save his *** :p Should he 2HR, it won't do much dmg to you fully buffed :) GL to whoever wants to camp him, he has a very bad droprate (I estimate I'm about 1/15 to 1/20, didn't keep count lol)
NIN/DRK for Stun....feasible solo?
# May 21 2006 at 10:11 PM Rating: Decent
77 posts
Has anyone ever tried going as a 74+NIN/DRK for stunning NIN 2HR as he tries to blow himself up?
Mijin Gakure
# Apr 01 2006 at 6:32 PM Rating: Decent
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I was camping this today because it sells on AH for ridiculous prices, and I need it to take my cooking to the next level. I was there 2 minutes when 4 gilsellers showed up. Sarberry spawned after 2 rounds of killing place holders. I got claim, fought it down to literally 1% and it Mijin Gakured and killed me....gilsellers got it of course, nor would they raise me. 557 point Mijin Gakure when the mob doesn't have enough HP to register on the bar isn't fair at all.
# Mar 14 2006 at 12:20 PM Rating: Decent
im here camping it now

74PLD/37NIN.. hope i dont die =P
RE: Hmm
# Mar 23 2006 at 12:52 AM Rating: Default
was trying for hornetneedle item from wespes, saw him sitting there...

about 3 tries solo as war/nin until i ran out of ammo and had to warp.

came back and he was still there, key to success solo is SLEEP BOLTS!!!!

finally got him after draining his last 15% solely from bolts after a stab got me to 8 hp.

dropped just coat and shuriken;; 1 hr wastedXD
Not Fun
# Jan 03 2006 at 7:32 AM Rating: Decent
Myself (75WHM/37BLM) and two friends (71THF/35NIN, 57NIN/28WAR) camped him for 8 hours and he finally spawned on what seemed to be its last chance. It was an easy fight, although the NIN ate it when he got Throaght Stabbed then directly after came Mijin Gakure. We diddnt get the drop but im sure ill head back there. It was my first time killing it, i just wanted to size him up for the future. Another thing for those of you that diddnt know or wanted to know, he spawns at F-8 and his placeholder is the Tonberry Cutter that spawns in that same room. Good luck to the rest of you. Keep Barfira up.

Edited, Tue Jan 3 07:25:06 2006
# Dec 10 2005 at 12:56 AM Rating: Default
What is this guys <pos>, Is he near rogberry? I want to camp him but do not know where to go for him.
# Nov 12 2005 at 10:03 AM Rating: Decent
k well i killed this 2 days ago droped Hocho! :P
0/5 He can pop every 16mins like Rogberry, his placeholder is Tonberry Cutter, his pop time is 1-8hrs(i tink not sure). Hes pretty easy duo'd with 69 bst 75 smn but last time we had THF(75) there so thats how we got drop.. i think hes part of crew now :P we own Sarberry and Rogberry pretty much.But when i did get close to it ALWAYS majin'd so i was like "WTF!!!" doing 400-1K :o no biggy tho.

Edited, Sat Nov 12 10:17:32 2005
Spawn Rate
# Oct 10 2005 at 8:04 AM Rating: Decent
Just curious does anyone know how often this guy spawns ??
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