Vana'diel Bestiary: Argus  

Found in:Maze of Shakhrami
Found at Location:K - 8
Spawntime:18 to 30 Hours
Job:Black Mage
Level:36 - 37
  • Notorious Monster
  • Aggro
  • Not Linking
  • Detects by Sound
  • Based on Dark
Updated: Fri Aug 27 02:57:23 2010

Argus Picture

Contents [hide]

General Information

Argus's Spawn Location
Argus's Spawn Location

  • Shares a spawn timer with the notorious monster Leech King between 18-30 hours from the last ToD for either Argus or Leech King.

    • Beginning eighteen hours after their ToD, sixty second windows with intervals of thirty minutes will open. If neither notorious monster spawns during a window, the next one will begin thirty minutes after the start of the previous window.

  • Immune to Sleep, though susceptible to Lullaby.

Argus Special Attacks

  • Black Magic - Capable of casting all Black Magic available to a level 38 Black Mage

    • For elemental magic, Argus tends to favor Fire based spells.

  • Hex Eye- Frontal cone AoE gaze Paralysis effect.

  • Death Ray - Single target Darkness based magic damage.

  • Catharsis - Self target HP recovery effect.

Historical Information

In Greek mythology, Argus was a one hundred eyed giant ordered to guard the nymph Io (in the guise of a white cow) by Hera from Zeus. In order to re-claim Io, Zeus sends the god Hermes to slay Argus. In order to bypass the giant's tendency to always keep at least one eye open, the messenger god posed as a shephard and recited boring stories to Argus until each eye fell asleep before killing him. In honor of his service, Hera emblazened Argus's eyes on the tail feathers of the peacock.

Final Fantasy XI

Category: Final Fantasy XI
This page last modified 2010-08-26 22:00:25.

Send a correction

« Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 23
Post Comment
2 hour respawn
# Jan 21 2014 at 3:30 PM Rating: Decent
I'm pretty sure this is a 2 hour re-spawn now. I was 1/4 on the drop. No one else was camping when I was atleast on Asura.
# Jun 07 2010 at 3:22 AM Rating: Decent
im 1/1 on the drop but as far as claiming him, im like 1/10.
So long, and thanks for all the colibris
# Jan 18 2010 at 8:32 PM Rating: Decent
705 posts
Argus 1/1

After 5 years, I've decided to call it quits on FFXI. There was only one final task for me to accomplish : Argus. NM hunting is something I enjoyed in FFXI, and I enjoy the adrenaline rush when you see a NM on widescan and run toward it. Argus however had always eluded me. After 3 LeechKing spawns (0/3) and 11 hours into the window, I have finally claimed Argus, killed it, got the drop, and gave it away to another camper. My adventure on FFXI is now complete.

The NM and the fabled Peacock Charm had been a source of dream and aspiration ever since I was a lowly level THF until the gil seller and bots took over. Fast forward a few years, the spawn condition has changed, the charm is Rare/EX, the gil seller and bots are gone, yet the dream to kill Argus remains. Argus is my 'final boss'.

If you're camping Argus just for the charm : don't bother. It is simply not worth it in terms of the time you spend : expect at least 100 hours. Obtaining the ToD is the first issue : Leech King can always spawned instead. If you're lucky and have the ToD, the spawn window is 12 hours, and there is always competition even now. Claiming boil down to your ability to focus for 12 hour straight without losing your sanity as you spam widescan every 20 seconds. After a few days, you'll become a nervous wreck.

Now a few tips to those who decide to camp this NM despite it all :

1) Do not bother unless you have THF to 45 at least. It's not worth it without Treasure Hunter 2.
2) Sub RNG or BST for widescan, else you'll go crazy.
3) Do not kill the surrounding mobs : it'll merely distract you.
4) Make friends with your fellow campers : they may be like me and simply give away the P.Charm afterward.
5) Look at the radar rather than the screen : the mob will show up on the radar first.

Beyond that, persevere, and you'll be rewarded eventually.
# Dec 12 2009 at 10:11 PM Rating: Decent
0/10 on this guy now... and the 1min intervals are wrong completely so just keep your eyes open for 12hrs straight gl
# Jan 07 2011 at 3:59 PM Rating: Good
210 posts
Well here it is almost a year since I quit playing FFXI, and whilst waxing nostalgic, something reminded me of Argus and what a googly-eyed ******* he was. Final tally since 2005-ish was 0/17. Yes killed 17 times solo, and no drop. -_- What kills me is that SE programs the most overcomplicated damage formulas yet can't seem to make an algorithm that increases the likelihood of getting a drop the more times you kill an NM. Go figure...

rriegel wrote:
0/10 on this guy now... and the 1min intervals are wrong completely so just keep your eyes open for 12hrs straight gl

BTW this poster is correct. The 1min interval info is complete bs. The spawn time is totally random.
F@#$ this guy!
# Aug 22 2009 at 10:29 AM Rating: Good
210 posts
Just wanted to say f@#$ this NM. 0/10. Such BS. If you are someone who has gone 1/1 or 1/2 on this guy consider yourself fortunate not to have wasted literally days of your life.
double post
# Aug 22 2009 at 10:26 AM Rating: Good
210 posts
/sigh double post

Edited, Aug 22nd 2009 2:30pm by Shapelesschasm
# Jun 22 2009 at 9:41 PM Rating: Decent
This is a hard one to camp without ToD easiest way to get it is to turn chat filters off and park yourself between the big room and small room when you go to sleep. Hit current time and then count conquest updates between current time you put in last night and when you wake up that will get you close enough.May take a couple nights but youll get it. Just thought id share. GL 1/2 on this btw

Edited, Jun 23rd 2009 1:43am by tristenn
TH2 ftw lol
# Apr 12 2009 at 10:09 PM Rating: Decent
Camped this sucker for about a week with no luck on him poping guessing LK poped
Well a nother camper gave up and gave me tod first night LK pops kill him no drop.....Next night right at the last second he can pop bam there he is i freeze ohter camper is zzzzzzzzz lol so i go after him well lil did i know on 50thf he is not that easy O_o lol I 2 hour spam bloody bolt and there drop is......I bout fell out of my chair lol 1/1 ^^ sorta not sure if you count lk's pop

Argus 1/1
# Apr 02 2009 at 5:59 PM Rating: Decent
I know this will probably make those hunting him sick to your stomachs, but I figure I would share my story:

I was a level 40 dragoon hanging around where argus pops beating up on the EP goblins and scorpions. I came off and on for a few days and had leveled up to 42. Some one hunting him had told me he hadn't popped for 36 hours. I hunted for a couple hours, but still no pop so we had figured the Leech king must have popped in that time. After I get home from work I log on and gain enough xp to get to level 43. I log back on at night and kill a goblin and get ready to equip warp cudgel to warp back to Jeuno and there he is standing right in front of me. I hurry to try and switch to my obelisk and I am pounding my jump and high jump macro but they were both used. I settle down and land dia on him as he starts to pound me with a flurry of spells.

The fight took me about 10 minutes. He had me under 100 hp probably 15 times (Thank God for Healing Breath 3!). I ran out of mp he was at about 5 % life. I Spirit Surge and beat the hell out of him for the WIN! Got 105 xp hecteyes eye and PEACOCK AMULET! It was intense! Good luck to all those hunting him!
# Mar 14 2009 at 8:16 AM Rating: Decent
16 posts
Damn you !
0/9 up to 0/11 i dont really remember

I never just killed a slinge... when i got TOD i ever got 3-4 pops in a row.
LK something like 0/4.
TH2 most time only the last one with TH2+1.

i found out that the wohle 12h window moves forwoard.
in a period of 2 month id never have been earlyer if you look at 3 days to a week.
Single pops are b4 the 24 hour mark.
my last run was 3 times 28+ ( ; . ; )

Edit: 0/15... havent seen it under 28h the last 4 times
lost the claim once. first time @ Argus

Edited, Apr 1st 2009 2:21pm by Radiokopf
My Lucky and Unlucky Argus Story
# Feb 22 2009 at 12:36 AM Rating: Decent
I had wanted to camp Argus for a Peacock Amulet for about 2 years. I didn't start until a little over 2 months ago on the December update for Asura. I woke up early to camp for a few hours. I don't have a very flexible schedule so It's incredibly hard to camp NMs like Argus. Though I must say Argus is probably the WORST NM to camp. Along with others like Padfoot (which I got drop on also years ago). It's a 50% chance that either he or leech king pops. And on top of that its about a 17% drop rate which drops the PCA drop rate down to about 8% or so if you are even lucky enough to claim this. I have a friend that got his a few weeks before me. He waited Non-stop for him to pop in the maze. I would see him there and ask him how long he had camped.... it was always like 25-30+ hours. Plus he is horribly over camped. probably get 100 people pass through for him a day. So all that put together makes this NM insane to camp.

So right after the December update i went and camped until i had to get ready.
I logged back on 30min later and I thought to myself. "What if Argus spawned right in front of me 10 seconds after logging in." I read on here that a PLD logged on and he popped right in front of him and claimed not knowing what he was. So I was thinking that and 10 seconds later after I logged in again ARGUS SPAWNED RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. A random COR that i know just showed up was running and ran right into him and claimed before I could. Just about the second he spawned. I was on my THF and asked if you wanted to use my TH. I helped kill him and he got the drop and didn't even give me a reward... barely even a thanks. So I was in shock, I know this is just a game. And I always say that. Real Life matters, a game doesn't. But for some reason I couldn't get this out of my head. there were even a few nights where I couldn't sleep and my heart started pounding because I would dream that he just spawned in front of me. Sounds horrible i know... I have never done that before. so a few more weeks go by and I am Still stressed because of it. I wanted the RARE/EX Peacock Amulet so bad. It's a sign of success to me. I find out there is going to be a maintenance, so I wait around trying to log on every 15 sec before the update is suppose to end. I finaly get through 10 min early and throw up a widescan. I SEE ARGUS!!! i flee and run to him. Someone had already claimed him about 30 sec before I got there. within a minute there were about 15 people standing around him.

So after this I said to myself no more Argus for a while. It was driving me crazy. I was camping in between updates as well. So It was taking a lot of time for nothing. Then on 2/19/2009 I had another Dream about Argus spawning. I could really feel it again this time like I did before when he spawned in front of me.
So I went there and camped for a couple of hours along with about 5 others. It was getting late so I had to go to sleep. I woke up a couple of hours later and ARGUS WAS SITTING RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME! I had no idea how long he had been there. I claimed super fast, killed, and got my new Peacock Amulet FINALLY!

I'm so glad I got that out of the way. I accomplished what I set out to do. And that's what mattered to me the most.
# Jan 10 2009 at 12:36 PM Rating: Decent
In my opinion, having the rare/ex version of an NM shows dedication. I believe it is more prestigious to have a rare/ex version of a hard to get item than one that can be bought. Anyone can buy an item, not everyone can have the rare/ex version.

Not to mention, it saves you a ton of gil you can spend somewhere else. Definitely worth it in my opinion.
# Dec 13 2008 at 1:01 AM Rating: Decent
64 posts
This may be stupid...But will he pop if Protozoan is up? or does he have to be killed?
# Dec 13 2008 at 11:12 AM Rating: Decent
The Protozoan is neither linked to Argus nor to Leech King, it's completely random if Argus or Leech King will pop. That's a fact everybody has to face with, there is no mini-window, no hidden placeholder or things like that. Either Argus or the other guy will spawn 18-30h+ after last t.o.d....that's all you have to know^^ Good luck! ;)

# Nov 05 2008 at 5:09 AM Rating: Decent
Although I've got the PCA, I think this Nm sucks. If you're after +10 Acc., you should go farming like I did or do some BCNM for PCC. A 12h+ window, 50% Pop-chance, the droprate...like a bad joke. I know it's really hard to supress the hunting instinct in everyone of us but don't waste your time too much on this! ;)

Edited, Nov 5th 2008 8:29am by Xiga

Edited, Nov 6th 2008 6:16pm by Xiga
# Nov 01 2008 at 12:20 AM Rating: Default
I have been camping this dude for a week. This is definitely by far the hardest NM to camp I dont care what anyone says. So there is once in a while someone that gets lucky, congragulations. But to us who camp this guy for 100 Plus hours a week and by I mean camp it I mean sit and stare at the screen for the whole entire time. Its brutal. Not to mention his drop rate is low close to 15% - 25%.You definitely need widescan it is impossible to do this without. Why #1 reason if Leech King pops you dont have widescan or say you camping middle Room and Argus pops in small. Unless you are running around like a mad man you will miss the TOD. Then your waiting there for another 18-30 hours to get TOD again. This is hard as hell there is no NM that compares to this guy he pops when you least expect it. haha I mean cmon 12 hours that is wicked. thats a day and half of work you could be getting done but nope got to get this Sick Neck Piece. I will keep you posted on my future excitement on this NM haha. I dont know if it annoyed you guys that camped him hard as I did when people randomly ask you TOD , people who you've never even see in the Maze haha how about you people come sit here for hours upon hours then have me ask you the TOD.

Well Good Luck To everyone, He is a Beast easy to kill though=)

Hades Sever: Character: Twist
# Nov 03 2008 at 6:08 AM Rating: Decent
was in maze doin the ahriman eye quest and i had a couple hours to spare before Japanese midnight.. so i thought,, what the hell go n camp Some NM's see if anyone else is around.. needless to say there was 1 person camping in each room.... and as a SAM/THF 71 i had no way of Claiming these NM's first...

Was afk playing facebook poker for a bit and nothing much was happening... killed all the leeches in the room and got carbuncles ruby.. which i needed lol... then went back to the Argus room...

Anyway got bored of sitting aroud... ive camped pleny of NM's but with 18-30 hours ToD and no idea when last one was.. kkinda annoying... so i decided to go bak to the rock pool and afk... but i ran the wrong way out of Argu's room to the Iron Door.... and BOom guess whos in my face.. Argus... just a few metres from the Iron Door!!!

Killed him fairly easily, got a Mercury Vial , a hecteyes Eye and a Dark Crystal.... boo!! everything BUT PCC :(((

oh, well, so far

0/1 PCC
1/13 Ochimusha Kote
1/5 Emporer Hairpin
0/6 Fuma Kyahan
1/1 Oilphant

Eika, 71Sam/Thf

# Oct 29 2008 at 3:21 PM Rating: Default
A few days ago I decided to camp Argus and went to the Maze with no ToD.
I permanently ran between the Argus-camp and the Leech-room. After about 4 hours I asked myself: WTF I am doing here and was about leaving the Maze. I went to the Leech-room for a last time and there he was: Leech King. Killed him with Warrior60/Thief17 (lol), no drop. 18 h later I went back to the Maze, checked the big room: nothing, checked the small room with bats: Argus (he was already up) LOL. I killed him and got drop. He spawned a few minutes into the window. I have to mention that I was alone at the Maze the whole time. Now I can sell my Peacock Charm. Wuzzaaa! ^^
3 Drops in a Row!!!!
# Oct 24 2008 at 7:41 PM Rating: Decent
3 Drops in a Row..... yup its true. Grab a seat and here my story which btw coincides with Maxximuss story. Yup i'm the friend he mentions ---->Azurian and the 3rd member is Starlie ftw^^
I decided to farm the Peacock Amulet in order to sell my Peacock Charm... going for 1.6-1.8mil in Asura now...not bad, but 1st i needed me the amulet ;; I figured this would be worst than the Ochimusha Okote 1/30+ or even Vali's Bow 1/11 on that but what the hell lets give it a shot^^
I decided to go down to Shakhrami Maze on Sat Oct.11th to get the ToD. It was me and Starlite at 1st on a mission >.> We were there since oh 8am...unfortunateley we had to step out around 1:50pm. when we came back later that day i back logged and saw that he had popped. We figured he popped b/w 1:50pm but definiteley before 2pm (since conquest update showed up right after Argus death) so finally got the ToD now the idea was not to lose it. We logged on that Sunday this time with Maxximuss on board^^ 3 of us now i was rdm75/thf Star was Whm43/rng and Max was Sam75/thf. I forget what popped but it didn't matter either way cause maintenance was up on Mon Oct 13th and yes a new start^^
Here go the notes:
After maintenance Oct 13th Argus popped in big room in front of Max but was claimed 1st by a rng/thf...no drop ;; Max decided to change to his Mnk75/rng for the next claim Chi-Blast ftw^^
Tues Oct 14th Leech King popped @ 7:50 pm- 25hrs 50min after last Tod (must mention that Solivanpr Drg 75 joined us for this one) drop Bloodbead earring. I one lot so 1/1 on LK^^
Weds Oct 15th LK agin @ 8:55pm- 25hrs 55min after last ToD this time no drop.
Thurs Oct 16th Argus @ 9:15pm- 24hrs 20min after last ToD....no drop.
Friday Oct 17th LK @ 11:10pm- 25hrs 55min after last ToD (yup same as on weds) and no drop.
Sunday Oct 19th Argus @ 3am- 27hrs 50min after last ToD(much respect to Max for staying up late for this one^^..i had to work;;)and yup u guessed it no drop ;;
Mon Oct 20th LK popped twice.....@5:15AM- 26hrs 15min after last ToD and that same night at 11:22pm-18hrs 7min after last ToD and yup no drops.
Tues Oct 21st Lk @ 10:07pm- 22hrs 42min after last ToD and yea yea no drop.
Now comes the 1st drop^^
Thurs Oct 23rd Argus @ 2:27am 22hrs- 20min after last Tod he popped in the big room right in front of me... it was still Star, Max and me here in ta party but Max went to bed at 12ish he had to work and Star was afk... 5 other people showed up (insert panic mode) i did go afk for bout a 30-40min... i came and started dozing off and thats when he popped as i opened my eyes, he popped right in front of me(adrelanine rush). There was a taru thf heading toward me and the blumage that was next to me was afk i'm sure. I throw up Dia- fast cast ftw^^ and got claim and yada yada yada Peacock amulet^^
2nd Drop^^
Thurs Oct 23rd @ 8:57pm 18hrs 27min after last ToD. This was Maxx's moment to shine and if u read his story u'll see what happend...long story short yada yada yada Peacock Amulet^^ and yes if that darn thf asked u.... Thf II- Do you need it? he was just assisting. No way should he get a shot at lotting, unless u wanted him to do so and u being there already over a 1wk hmmm no way man u did the right thing man^^
3rd and final drop^^
One thing to note i set out to get my amulet at 1st and then Maxx joined us, so the plan was to only get 2 drops. When he got his drop he had disbanded from the party (no idea why) when i bk logged i saw that he had killed Argus but no idea if he got the drop....
I logged on early on today before i had to go to work knowing that the window opened at 2:57pm.... (btw while i was at work i called Maxx and he told me he had gotten drop so there was no need for me to stay in Shakhrami Maze let alone be logged on) i didn't arrive home until bout 6:45pm tonight. i did some things around the house then headed to the game room and as i look ay the screen i notice Starlite dead ;; sorry baby (more tears) i notice she had bout 25min to homepoint... and also noticed Argus standing there next to her yup unclaimed...he must have been there for at least 35minutes unclaimed in the small room btw (which is where Starlite stood as a 43whm/rng cause she didn't get agro there) there was a thf75/whm that must have been afk in the big room where i was.... i hit /flee (rdm/thf) and proceed toward her and once again i claim Argus. i said what the hell no way he'll drop another amulet (c'mon 3 straight drops no way) but at least i would avenge Star's death ;;)..... so fight starts and Yada yada yada bam Peacock amulet^^ wow unbeleivable 3 drops in 3 consecutive Argus pops. I of course passed on the PCA. i was on the phone with Maxx when i was fighting Argus and we decided to call Solivanpr so he could lot for it... he was in whitegate and by the time he got a tele-mea and was in Tahrongi Canyon on a choco.... it fell to Starlite.....gratz baby^^ though most ur assists were afk ur deserve it^^ Well that's my or rather i say our story, Max u Chi-blasting Mnk u^^ Starlite u playing dead Whm u^^ and me Fast casting Dia master ftw^^
Goodluck all farming the amulet. All and all after the maintenance:
We lost claim only once on Argus and once on LK....
We went 1/5 on Bloodbead earring and 3/5 on Peacock amulet^^ yup thats right 3/5. Jobs were Rdm75/thf, Mnk75/rng and Whm43/rng...
so i wonder does this change the drop rate to ummmm 60% drop rate????
Oh yea.... so what we farming next Maxx please /tell lol :)
3 Drops in a Row!!!!
# Oct 24 2008 at 11:31 PM Rating: Decent
holy **** @.@
This is my experiens
# Oct 24 2008 at 6:42 AM Rating: Decent
well just Wana share the hell me and my friend pass throw, I really didnt want to farm it but wen my friend got the TOD so I said what the hell.

Well to make this story short we we 3 people and 2 of us we had rng sub, is a gd idea to have rng sub to c if the Leech King, we were there for 2 weeck sins the last server update, we had that place on a lock down no one had TOD just us 3, and wen there were people there we just throw widescan and always got the Leech KIng, what we do was use our 2hour and distroy the Leech King so no one can c the KIng. And we will stay there on for a little to throw people off, we always had claim but no drop. On wensday 22 I had to go to sleep my friend got claim at 2:30am got the drop and there were 5 people there. So yesterday I got online but the window didn't open until 8:30 so I just stand there there were people de all log off and my friend was goin to help me but he was afk. So I disband pt and at 7:30 I was there waching the same tfh was there from yesterday, came 8:40 and what u know? Bam argus pop right in front of me the tfh was afk, then we he saw I had him he ask me TH2 do u need it? And sends me a inv? I'm like WTF I said k, so I inv him and I pot it on QM to me, I never said he could lot we killd him and Bam I got the drop, back to back drop. I thank the tfh and he left then I left, but this kid send his friend to send me tell and cursin me out cuz I did that, just a question if u were there for 2 strait weeks and some inv to "Help You" will u let him lot been ur claim? Had you would done the same thing? Just lieven that in the air. Well I hope this helps for you guys and remeber camping is a battle zone, so look out for urself.

World: Azura
Sam,Mnk,Rng 75
Rdm,Pld 58
Nin 56
My story
# Oct 20 2008 at 11:49 AM Rating: Decent
Hi just thought i'd share my story my name is Katiie from Hades.

spent about a week down in the maze never lost a claim on LK or Argus things started of bad with 4 LK in a row and not even an earring next day Argus pops in small room got claim no drop, only 1 person (afk) got TOD so the next day me and Yubbie went down there again withing 2 hours Argus pop, Yubbie who recency dced reconnected and got claim :O (my hero) and 2 mins latter i got a sparkling new Peacock amulet so it took 6 days but i finally got my PCA going 1/2 on Argus and 0/4 on LK wasn't to bad thanks to Yubbie :)


Edited, Oct 20th 2008 3:52pm by MissAldershot
im so lucky
# Aug 14 2008 at 6:16 PM Rating: Decent
i just got this mob. i was only expecting to get tod but i ended up getting claim as well. and with all the rotten luck i have had with deggi, domi, LL, and VE, i thought i wasnt gonna get it. i kill it and it DROPPED! 1/1^^. looks like i dont have to do the whole 12hr camping thingy.
Camping Argus
# Aug 12 2008 at 8:14 PM Rating: Decent
Well Camping Argus was hell it took me a month to get the Peack Amulet i'm 1/7 Argus 2/7 LK. Theres been times i lost TOD theres been times were theres only 1-2 hours left into the window and some random thf comes by and gets the claim and drop><. Before i decided it was time to give up i went into the maze without TOD seen only 1 camper a DRG standing there killing all the mobs so i decided to start killing off the mobs awhile i'm fighting the mobs a RNG comes running by and BAM argus pops right infront of me and the DRG i'm WAR/thf i'm hitting the provoke macro fast as hell and BAM DRG gets claim i'm like WTF!? I had it. It turns out I was provokeing his dragon:( his dragon was in my way well he ended up getting drop now i'm pissed i had it i tell myself that its i'm done PCA was not ment for u. well 18 hours later I go back to the maze this time i'm seeking for a party I tell myself when i get a party invite i'm getting out so i'm killing mobs in the big room 40mins later still no party invite i decided to use flee to check the smallroom and LK room to see if NM pop while i'm fleeing to the smallroom i see Argus i'm like o sh*t "provoke" I got claim while i'm fighting him i talk to a LS friend with TH3 seeing i only have TH WAR/THF well i realised my hp is yellow seeing i never rested while I was killing all the mobs I said what the hell and just killed it and got the drop within a month never seen Argus poped droped 2 times in a row thank god i can finally get out of that maze ya it was hell GL anyone wanting Peacock Amulet^^

Edited, Aug 13th 2008 12:27am by Biegert
My Story...
# Aug 01 2008 at 9:14 PM Rating: Decent
Sharing my story...

I started camping him after the last server maintenance ended. I work from home and have been really busy lately, so I had less time to do events or xp parties. Staying parked in Maze of Shakrami and glancing at the screen every now and then was more possible than bcnm'ing or farming gil for the PCC because both would require me to be at the controller for longer periods of time.

On Argus:
1/3 on drop. First kill I was blu75/thf and last 2 kills I was Thf56/rng.

On LK:
1/1 on drop as Thf/Rng

I always stayed in the main room. On the day of maintenance I did not see Argus, so he either was killed in small room or LK was killed. No ToD. Next day I got tired and went to bed early. Next morning I woke at around 6 and checked the screen - Argus was sliding around the main room next to a TH4 Thf who was probably AFK or asleep. I killed him, no drop. During the next window I got tired and went to sleep. Next 2-3 days no Argus. I got frustrated at this point and decided to change things up. I switched to Thf and subbed Rng for widescan. Again it was getting late so I decided to go to bed. This time I woke at around 8:30am, and like before, Argus was up in the main room with someone standing next to him AFK. I engaged, killed him...no drop. The following window LK popped at the very last minute (hour 30). No one was in the Maze at the time, I pulled LK with only 3 links. Got the earring drop. Now it was time to wait for the next window (9:00am to 9:00pm). 1 1/2 hours into it Argus popped and this was the first time I saw him spawn. Killed him, got the drop. There was no one in the zone except for a Blue Mage learning Death Scissors in the main room.

Notes: I had attacks by others and special actions by npc's unfiltered. However, I never saw Argus's name in the chat log other than the times I killed him. I learned that standing near the tunnel that leads to the small room is too far if Argus spawns to the right of the black structure in the main room. I spoke with another camper who informed me I was asleep when she killed Argus at that spot. The first 2 kills were in the center of the main room. The last kill was in the hallway leading to the small room. Argus popped right at the front of it so I was able to see him from the main room.
My experiences with Argus. Chapter 2
# Jul 22 2008 at 7:35 AM Rating: Decent
205 posts
This is probably one of the most frustrating NMs to camp simply because he shares a timer with LK. If it wasn't for that it wouldn't be that bad camping Argus.

The last time I camped Argus was for about a week straight with a friend named Vivix (he made a post on this page regarding our experiences so I won't go into that). Long story short, we finally got Argus to drop the amulet after several claims and he outlotted me on the Amulet. I claimed him again the very next night and again, no drop. ;;

After almost a year now I decided to camp this b*stard again. The first night I stayed logged in overnight to get a ToD. I checked the chatlog the next morning and nothing. I stayed logged in while I was at work, came home and STILL nothing. I decided to camp him anyway with hopes that I might actually get lucky. There were probably 10 other ppl there so I had a hunch maybe his window was open. After about 8 hours of absolutely nothing I see The Argus starts to cast blazed spikes. in the chatlog. He was right behind me! I quickly turn around and provoke and ..... no drop. /sigh

The next window I make sure to come /thf for TH and flee. I sacrifice widescan but oh well. This time there were a ton of campers throughout the night but they all ended up leaving after about 11 hours into the window. After 11 hrs and 45 mins into the window BAM! Argus pops in the small room with the bats in it. I quickly claim him, proceed to bash his face in ... and again NO DROP!

The next night I stayed up through the whole 12 hour window and never saw anything... I'm assuming LK popped that night and I missed it.

Back to square one... /sigh.

I leave my character logged in for the next 30+ hours to get ToD (checking the screen whenever I had a chance) NOTHING!!

At this poing I'm about to give up on Argus forever. The next day was maintainence, so I told myself that I'll log out in the maze and If Argus isn't up when I log back in, I would set aside my dreams of ever owning an Amulet.

I log in immediately after maintainence and no Argus, no LK, no nothing.
The next thing you know, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, about 30 ppl starting showing up on my screen. More ppl hoping to get lucky.

At this point I'm pissed, frustrated, discouraged, angry, sleepy, {Insert emotion here}. I had Kirin in 2 hours and if he didn't pop by then, then good riddance!

FAST FORWARD: 1 hr 45 minutes later. Everyone is still here, all 30 of us. I'm just about to warp out to get ready for Kirin and next thing you know.. The Argus starts to cast blazed spikes.!

Again, behind me. I quickly turn around and voke him. He's mine! Out of a mass of ppl he is MINE! I turn around and let him beat on me a little bit while I did a /sea area to check for any thiefs with TH3/4. I asked the 1st thf I saw {Treasure Hunter} {Can I have it} {Please assist}. I then notice that same thief is watching as Argus is beating me down. His response is delayed ... He finally agrees. I invite him, let him get some hate then I proceed to cleaving Argus's face in.....

You deafeat the Argus.
Argus drops a hecteyes.
Argus drops a Peacock Amulet.
You obtain a hecteyes.
You obtain a Peacock Amulet!!

This was by far the happiest, most exciting, overwhelming {Insert extremely happy emotion here} in my ffxi career.

I equipped the Amulet and /cheered. I've never been so examined in my life. lol

Needles to say I gave the thief a nice little tip too ^.~

~All in all I was 2/8 on Argus and 0/1 on LK (actual claims).
~Both times the Amulet dropped there was some form of TH.
~The Protozoan was always in the hut. (even when LK popped)
~I always tried to keep the Goblin Shaman dead and the volume up. That way if I hear the blazed spikes, I KNOW who it's coming from.
~In my experience, widescan will slow you down if you are constanly focused and paying attention anyway, but that's just me.
~Never assume ppl are AFK, they most likely aren't!
~The chatlog is your friend!! Always make sure to have the correct filters on & pay attention for blazed spikes! (same with volume)
~Good luck and happy hunting!
NM Control
# Jun 22 2008 at 4:27 AM Rating: Decent
Ive been huntn Argus since way b4 the r/e. and, although i read alot on here bout ppl gettn 'lucky' enough to jus be walkn by and get claim and drop makin em 1/1 or some crap, my luck only goes as far as seein "XXX defeats Argus" in my log cuz i had to work or something. 1 thing i try to keep in mind about all the NMs on this game is they ALL have some controlling factor. whether it be time more than a place holder or vice versa, or more often then not, both, & SE lables that "Lottery spawn". anyhow, argus doesnt really have a "Placeholder" per se. and the time is so spread out it might as well not even b called a "window" imo. so i started thinkn maybe this NMs "tell" is wisescan and protozoan(which, incidentally, means wanderer or drifter in greek. Funny SE :/). Protozoan's the only mob ive run across to have 2 spots on widescan. then i started thinkn about how stupid SE can be with random ideas involving ALOT of the crap on this game. (i.e dont touch a mob for a REALLY long time and a NM will pop!?!?!?! not many on this game thatll pass the opportunity to OMGWTFPWN some weak mob jus cuz they can.) Maybe Proto is what ill call a "Spot holder" as to not get confuzzled with "placeholder". the 2 spots on widescan that proto pops at are only Argus's spot(top of 2 ancient bats) and Leech Kings spot (bottom of the long poison leech list). so, my thought process goes: if Proto randomly pops in LK's spot on Widescan, LK cant pop there. so ive left proto alone only when it spawns in LK's spot on widescan. twice so far Argus has popped using this method. so, obviously, im still tryin this out. sittn @ this camp from 18-30+ hrs wuldnt b so bad if u know that argus will pop and not that dumb leech. now to jus get the dumb n00bs to not kill proto which is pointless in itself. anyhow, ive never seen any one else notice or mention this. any thoughts on this theory of mine?
*******an after thought
i wonder if Proto can be charmed... then argus can pop all the time?? hmm....

Edited, Jun 22nd 2008 8:52am by Sohung
# May 29 2008 at 5:16 PM Rating: Decent
This NM is such a ***** to camp. A few months ago I spent 2 weeks straight in the maze trying to camp, didn't get one claim :(

One day while chilling, I tell my bf "Let's go camp Argus!" He goes ok, and we head there without TOD or TH He was a 70 RDM/WHM, and I was a 60 RDM/RNG. Sat there the first night, he fell asleep and I left our charcters logged in, in hopes of getting TOD. I go to school the next morning, come back, and go straight back to camping.(I have his account so I can use him on my second computer for camping) It seems like no one killed him yet so I had some high hopes. Only two people camping, a 75 THF and NIN that teamed up, I have 2 comps and used my bf's character to make sure I didn't miss a spawn. At the same time while camping, I'm looking at these stories, and all the people who just walked in and got claim and got drop lol. "Wish I was that lucky..." My bf logged on shortly after and helped me camp. After 4 hours, he said he had to get something to eat, so i logged on his account just in case it decided to pop then. The THF then went into LK room and the NIN was the only one with me. He occassionally looked in the other room I had my bf's character standing in. So I watch him walk away from me, look at Alla, then hear *Squish Squish* *Blaze Spikes spell* I freak out, go to FFXI screen and get claim. Just wow... camped for a little over 5 hours and he's here. But prolly no drop lol no TH, so yeah. I kill him with my two characters, and then see "Wuffles defeats Argus" "You find a Peacock Amulet on Argus" "Wuffles obtains the Peacock Amulet" since I had myself on Quartermaster. And I was amazed... 1/1 on Argus, I only dreamed of having that happen to me. Never claimed him before. I was ecstatic! The poor NIN /crys and says He should have not left to check the other room, I felt pretty bad :p I equipped the Peacock Amulet and warp out. Still in a state of shock. I'm waiting for all the higher lvl THFs in my LS to log in and see what I got ^^ I can't believe I got this lucky.

GL to you all!
I'm from Odin btw, but moving to Titan really soon :3

Edited, May 29th 2008 9:21pm by Wuffles
# Jun 04 2008 at 9:49 AM Rating: Decent
Congratulations on the Drop! ^^ I'm planning on camping this soon and from Odin as well. Do you have the TOD for this guy? I heard he's a pain to camp, so any tips would be appreciated. Character name is: Drkcrmsn :D
« Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 23
Post Comment

Free account required to post

You must log in or create an account to post messages.