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

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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.

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# Apr 23 2006 at 12:38 AM Rating: Decent
leech king can pop after maintenance :(
# Apr 20 2006 at 1:40 AM Rating: Decent
Anyone know if Argus' window can be any longer than 12h? Because I just camped him 12h+ after maintenance and he didnt pop. And as far as i know Leech King cant pop after maintenance, Argus will always be first.

..I'm so pissed atm. wasted whole night camping him and he didnt even pop.. ><
RE: Sigh
# May 09 2006 at 4:58 PM Rating: Decent
Argus shares a spawn with LK... so of course LK can spawn after maintenance too...
#REDACTED, Posted: Apr 19 2006 at 5:01 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) I'm hoping I get rate-up's for this, as I've been Karma Bombed a lot by people from my server that are jealous of me or dislike me for stating my opinion.
Blast this Argus fellow
# Apr 10 2006 at 7:45 PM Rating: Default
I've been interested in this bad boy for quite a while.(after all who isn't?) Stopped by one day after camping mystic, missed him by 2mins... The person got drop too. So i decided i'd go camp him the next day. Missed the first 5hours of the window cause i was sleeping. After 2hours of camping him he popped, my heart fell out my back end and onto the floor. Used dart to claim him, there was some guy standing right infront of him, but thank god he was afk. I didn't have any shadows up, didn't think he would be a hard fight. Didn't get drop ; ;, and he got me down to like 50%hp as 66nin/10rng. I suggest taking some kinda potion with you just in case, he's alot harder then most lvl35 mobs...
#REDACTED, Posted: Apr 07 2006 at 10:59 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) its when the mob dies...not when its hit, my LS killed king behemoth for 50 minutes one day and it popped again after 24 hours exactly the next (well behemoth popped 24 hours after LB death)
# Apr 06 2006 at 7:34 PM Rating: Excellent
25 posts
bad drop rate meow ; ;
Bad drop rate for...
# Apr 02 2006 at 6:18 PM Rating: Decent
Would it be a bad drop rate for a 63War/31Nin? Or any estimated drop rates for that. Thanks
some data
# Mar 22 2006 at 8:58 AM Rating: Decent
277 posts
@ aeternumrox rofl, some ppl are camping this guy like 24/7 (no life or too lazy to come again for every spawn). Some of those have to do some irl stuff from time to time or just pass out waiting. Just cauz they dont respond at all doesnt mean they afk-camp or bot.

I'm not givin anymore data, Day 0 is the starting day and day 1 obviously the following one.

Time is local time irl. Time zone doesn't matter since it's just for repop timer, so don't bother asking. Also it's the ToD (Time of Death), mob spawned about 3-6mins prior to that time on avg.

Argus / Leech King <- indicates who spawned

[o] i got it
[x] i saw someone get it (/cry)
[O] got the drop
[X] didn't get drop (what else)

Day 0 and so i decided to start my luck. Started 8:00 am. Had to break 17:00 PM for scheduled Dynamis though.

Day 1 Came again 9:00 am. I found out that Argus popped meanwhile, though i couldn't get ToD or wether it dropped.
16:31 Leech King [o] [X]

Day 2 11:31 Leech King [o] [X]

Day 3 9:20 Leech King [o] [X]

Day 4 10:54 Argus [o] [X]

Day 5 13:19 Argus [o] [X]

Day 6 16:34 Leech King [x] [X]

Day 7 13:25 Argus [o] [X]

Day 8 10:46 Leech King [o] [X]

Day 9 16:33 Argus [o] [X]

Day 10 12:50 Argus [o] [O]

All fights done as THF63/NIN31.
Used Food : none
Used Bolts : Acid bolts (def down)
Used Spells: Utsusemi: Ichi (usually 2-4 per argus, 0 per Leech King)
Additional notes: used Garden bangles (Regen effect during day time)

Leech King has about 15ooHP. Linked Poison Leeches died in 1 Dancing Edge (~700dmg).He's target practise.

Argus has has aroud 3k HP. Nothing special to him besides he's a hecteyes BLM. Used Aeroga II but never Firaga II which would make him lvl52.Almost died on my 2nd fight to him because I underestimated him ( didn't use Utsusemi and took Hex eyes/paralyze).
some data
# Jul 24 2006 at 1:01 AM Rating: Decent
24 posts
I tried to pull some theories from this data but I couldn't. I was hoping that the 'random' spawns weren't so random and that perhaps we could find some pattern to this NM. On my 6th night of camping I found that one night ran a few minutes off a time that is listed above. I came back the next day hoping that it would pop in accordance to the data you gave but it didn't. For anyone camping this NM try to keep a list of ToDs and figure out the time between them.

The ones I actually wrote down were as follows:

4:14 Argus
22:50 Leech King
4:47 Argus

(I noted that the Protozoan was outside the Skeleton House for Argus, and inside for Leech King. See posts above for more information.)

Several people on these boards wrote that they had it down to a science on determining the pop time for this NM. Perhaps they were just bluffing, or perhaps they were right, but either way I suggest we pool our info together and see if we can get somewhere with this. Good luck to anyone camping this difficult NM. For me, I need a vacation from this hermit life.
# Mar 09 2006 at 6:50 PM Rating: Decent
1/1 on Argus but friend who was with me got it with promise of coming back until i got mine(dont laugh -_-)... of course he didnt... 100+ hours camping on and off usually in 20hour incruments '_'; i have seen leech king once(got drop) and thats it... how do i keep missing him(74thf/26rng)?? does anyone know the true pop time on this thing x.x somehow i must be unlucky enough to show up every time right after he pops or something its bs grrrrrrrrr i think his time is 18-30 hours which is a 12 hour window so it must be pretty hard to always miss him ._. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~P.S. to all you maintenance freeloaders , it only opens his window it doesnt mean hes ganna pop, i've been there every time after maintenance and not seen him for hours and then give up if his window is really 18-30hours and maintenance starts window then theoretically he can pop in 0.00001 second to 12hours ;_; aaaaanyway ppl usually give up after a few hours and go off to do other things, i usually get tired after 3-4hours and go AFK for ToD lolol along with every other guy and his brother and his mother...(this is just hopeing for a stupid person) most ppl who claim him knows 9/10 other campers are AFK and they kite him up towards the zone on the other map... this way if he doesnt drop you know ToD and 9/10 others dont so 9/10 others will probably be afk tomorrow to cuz they still have no ToD.....

Edited, Thu Mar 9 17:55:18 2006
RE: Argus
# Mar 14 2006 at 12:38 PM Rating: Decent
[most ppl who claim him knows 9/10 other campers are AFK and they kite him up towards the zone on the other map... this way if he doesnt drop you know ToD and 9/10 others dont so 9/10 others will probably be afk tomorrow to cuz they still have no ToD.....]

How retarded. Alright, so here a quick and simple way to make those "smart" campers who think they're ******** you out of a ToD look like the fools they are; set you chat filters so you see attacks on foes. One way or another, to kite that mob all the way out so they can't watch you pleasure yourself to its death, you have to hit him first. You don't need to see that he died. He has a bloody 12 hour pop window. Even if they held Argus for an hour after they hit it, you'd still be in the runnings come pop time. So when you see some smug little gamer htinking they've outsmarted you, just feel free to laugh to yourself as they run around like an idiot kiting a NM.
RE: Argus
# Mar 15 2006 at 5:53 AM Rating: Decent
27 posts
So that commet about the 9/10 campers isnt compelety true. I know this cuz I've camped him when I knew his window was up and talked to every other camper there. The only real people that are doing the afk camping are the people that have no idea on when Argus' window is going to open. Personaly I think that only 1 or 2 of the 10 people are realy doing the afk camping
can i handle it
# Mar 02 2006 at 1:06 AM Rating: Decent
can anyone let me know if i can take argus with 50rng/ any sub????
RE: can i handle it
# Mar 22 2006 at 9:04 AM Rating: Decent
277 posts
rng50/nin, ws->barrage->ws->eagle eye shot should make it possible. Avoid Hex eyes at all costs (turn around when he readies it).Wait for Sidewinder and he should be far from posing any kind of thread.

Your biggest risks would be getting the nasty paralyze or getting caught by sleep+whatever does evil dmg when utsusemi is down.
drop rate
# Mar 01 2006 at 1:29 AM Rating: Decent
aparently i have the worst luck in the world on this nm and on sozu rogberry....... so far i have spent about 6 days in the maze and got 7 argus claims...... and guess what... no drop. i have had th2 twice and th1 every other time... anyone else have this problem

btw i am 0/46 on sozu rogberry
Called for help!
# Feb 25 2006 at 7:55 AM Rating: Decent
Wow.. I still can't believe this. Anyways, its getting late and I'm bored, so I decide to head to Shakrami and camp Argus for a while. I've been there for 4 hours and am getting kinda sleepy, when lo and behold, who shows up on my ws, but Argus himelf! I hit the Flee (came as thf main), and boot my mithra butt to Argus, only to find him claimed /cry.

So I send an auto-translate: {Treasure Hunter} {Team up?} and get no response.. ok that's cool, they wanna go at it alone. So this mnk is duelling it out, and its looking like they're gonna die, I'm thinking great! Just before the mnk is gonna biff, I get an invite, which I decline, because I'm not in the mood to share with the mnk that stood me up already. Just as I get really excited and ready to claim I see: "Cinnamonn calls for help!" OMGWTF?!! the *@&$@$* called for help on Argus! ARGUS!!

So yea, I'm pissed. Maybe I deserve it for declining the late and desparate invite, I dunno... but I'd never stoop so low as to call for help on any nm, let alone Argus... I'm on Bismarck and it was Cinnamonn that did it, in case anyone cares. I should go to bed (7 am now) but I'm still super pissed!
some info
# Feb 18 2006 at 12:42 PM Rating: Decent
277 posts
What i found out by reading a few jp sites is:

Argus and Leech King are both 21-24hrs pop BASICALLY.The problem is that their spawn is related to each other. As far as i remember: Argus spawning will start a respawn timer for Leech King and vice versa.

Note: i read that up ages ago when it was still Peacock CHARM and the item was worth like 6mil. . .
# Feb 16 2006 at 11:33 PM Rating: Decent
been in Maze for 5 RL days straight now...and I still dont have a ToD...when i'm not at the computer actually looking for this doucher, i'm afk trying to at least get a ToD after 5 days of straight camping still NOTHING...DAMNIT WHERE IS HE
RE: ghey
# Feb 17 2006 at 3:23 PM Rating: Decent
27 posts
Before I stoped camping Argus i noticed the same people there for the 5 days I was there too. It gives u the felling that SE removed or moved him frome the game... I really hope not. I'm just going to get him after Manntenice(speell?). <cheap punk NM hiding from everyone>

*Note* After I gave up on Argus I was looking up NMs i figerd would be less hunted cuz thats what i normaly go for and i found Intulo hes lvl 50-52 and i get 20 exp as a 62 drk and the magic slacks sell for 2 mil in garuda.

Edited, Fri Feb 17 14:25:37 2006
# Feb 14 2006 at 2:43 PM Rating: Decent
Ok I have 2 questions... 1. Does anyone know the ToD on Caitsith. (reward if your on server) and 2. What the hell is this guys spawn time?? I see ppl camping him non-stop, is that the only way? because I have a life, somewhat :P
RE: Help!
# Feb 15 2006 at 9:27 PM Rating: Decent
his spawn time is 18-30 hours! which sucks, if you have the time, go for it, lol i dont, im just waiting til maintenance logging out in there then hoping i get on fast enough to get claim if hes spawned =/
# Feb 12 2006 at 9:59 PM Rating: Decent
Does anyone think a lvl 50 DRK/ w/e sub can kill argus? i have marksmanship at about lvl 100 and heard he has really bad evasion so i dont think i will miss that much, if you dont think so can you give me a rough idea of what lvl CAN i kill argus. he is about a lvl 36-37 NM so like +6 or w/e he is 42-43 i am assuming, so i am thinking i cank ill him, but i dont want to camp him, somehow claim him, <waiting til after maintenance lol> and then get pwned by him lol,b/c that would just suck, ok thanks
RE: kill?
# Feb 12 2006 at 11:36 PM Rating: Decent
27 posts
Personly I'd say you can do it at 50 with whatever sub ud like. You may want to at lest get 100+ TP before it pops but that would be the only thing I'd say u would need.

Edited- Sorry posted level as 60 ment to say 50, i changed it so its now right.

Edited, Sat Feb 18 21:38:20 2006
# Feb 12 2006 at 4:20 PM Rating: Decent
154 posts
Argus has always hated me. 0/14
# Feb 10 2006 at 4:08 PM Rating: Decent
anyone know the TOD of the bugger on the garuda server?
# Feb 10 2006 at 2:31 PM Rating: Decent
27 posts
Sorry about posting again but this NM is starting to **** me off. ive been camping him on and off for about 2 monthes, and now im camping him nonstop for 3 days but i havent even seen a death on my chat log. I know the Leech King can spwan in the same window making the Argus not pop but come on. I dont think the Leech King will pop that many times in a row would it... *stagger* Looks like i get to keep waiting for him.
Updates suck
# Feb 09 2006 at 12:51 PM Rating: Decent
Took me two weeks of camping about had 3 argus pops that i missed. 1. 15 mins after i went to bed it popped, so i was told but i could read it in the log. 2. Went to eat dinner. 3. I was in the room with the bats and it popped in scorpion room.All in all i would say argus popped about 3 times in the scorpion room and twice in the bat room. The second time i was running around and found him in there the 4 other campers were afk as best i could tell. 1/1 thankfully after 2 weeks of camping and losing tod 3 times due to server maintenece, i was about done.
# Feb 08 2006 at 8:31 PM Rating: Decent
27 posts
I've camped this thing a few times and seen him pop in the little room most of the time. the last time i cmped him he poped in the other room. my question is how offten does he pop in the other room?
Pretty damn unlucky...
# Feb 01 2006 at 8:50 PM Rating: Excellent
So about a month ago I just randomly run to Shakhrami Maze to check on Argus. And within 10 minutes of camping there, Argus pops in my face, and I get claim. Fight ends fast...but it doesn't drop Peacock Amulet -_-;;

Then yesterday I camped for about 4 hours, when Argus pops in the scorp/gob room. I win claim, just barely, and of course my heart's thumping like mad. Surely, I thought, I wouldn't be 0/2. But I was wrong; he dropped nothing again, and then I was 0/2.

And earlier today, I thought I would give it another shot. Camped about 8 hours, and then pops in my face. I get claim, with only one other person coming close to claiming it. And... yet a-freaking-gain I get crap. Now my rate is 0/3.

All this was with TH2, as I'm a level 68 THF. I came back about three months ago, after having quit for a year (and I gave away all my stuff then too...). Rare/Ex gear is basically all I can hope for at the moment with all the crazy prices for things...and that doesn't seem to be going too well. I'll probably never get a Peacock Amulet, but I'm going to keep trying :/.

*Edit: Also 0/2 on Leech King...*

*Edit Again: 1/4 on Argus now ^_^*

Edited, Mon Feb 6 13:51:13 2006
# Jan 29 2006 at 12:56 PM Rating: Decent
156 posts
I've heard people say they leave their character on to get time of death, but hows that work? when someone kills something it doesnt tell u the times, just "some dude killed something." So how do u get ToD this way?
# Feb 18 2006 at 12:29 PM Rating: Decent
277 posts
log parser
FFXI has a temp log file that saves every single entry in ur chat log for a set of time. There are programs that read those logs and create statistics (like dmg/healing done/receivedby ur pt/alli) or make a permament copy of the log (if needed w/ a time stamp). So using such a log parser you would have a .txt or .doc or similar file that would list which mob spawned and/or died at which time (using ur PC's local time).

Note: the parser cannot record what is not in your log, so you will have to wait at or close to the spawn area so you do get the "*** killed 'mob' " message for the parser to log the ToD.

Note2: If SE finds out (and can prove) that someone uses such a parser, they MIGHT ban the account. (agreement forbids the use of 3rd party programs)
# Jan 30 2006 at 3:48 PM Rating: Decent
well um... just takes a little attention to detail i guess... you know the conquest updates that show up in bold letters on your screen? well those show up every hour on the dot. now say you go away shortly after an update; if you came back a few hrs later, looked at your log and it spawned, you could estimate roughly when it popped and around what time. thats how i do it anyway, if anyone else knows a better way though, let me know
worst luck in the world
# Jan 29 2006 at 3:30 AM Rating: Decent
sometimes i seriously think i have the worst luck in vanadiel when it comes to nm hunting and drops. here is my testimony about argus: ok, i camped this nm for THREE MONTHS NON-STOP before i got my one and only claim of this nm. i have a job IRL, so you know, i cant just play this 24/7. anyhow i still get in my play time and i poured alot of hours into camping argus. when SE made this drop rare/exp, thats when it sorta hit me that i could one day possibly own a neck piece this uber. i got really motivated with this, and decided i would camp argus nonstop until i got my drop. little did i know what sort of agony i was in for. my plan was; once i entered the maze of shakrami, that i would NOT leave until i had my amulet... /sigh... i didnt even get to see Argus until prob after my 1st month of camping. but that only added fuel to the fire and made me try harder. i started leaving my pc on all night and day in an effort to get his ToD. but that was hard to do sometimes because of stupid DC's (especially if i wasnt around to log back on). Argus became an obsession of mine. i even befriended a few other campers that spent alot of time camping argus with me. finally i started to work a little smarter. i noticed that most of the time it was always small groups of 2-3 that claimed him. they say that two heads are better than one right? so i begun teaming up with other campers agreeing if we got the drop that we could cast lots. but that never worked, mainly because of boredom, someone would always quit or have to log. camping argus is really difficult because his spawn area is so wide that its hard to cover or keep track of. he could spawn and you would never even know it, all while someone else kills it and youre still waiting. by around the 3rd month of nonstop argus camping, i was pretty burned out. i was so sick of the maze of shakrami, that i could prob run through there with my eyes closed. the night that i got my claim, i had just logged on and sort of had a feeling he would be spawning soon according to my calculations. i asked a buddy of mine if he wanted to come and help me camp him for the duration of the window in which i figured he'd spawn. my buddy had NEVER even been inside the maze of shakrami, but i asked him to come just to hopefully increase our chances of getting the claim. we camped for about 2hrs, and we were already like "oh well, he prob spawned without us knowing about it". i was just so sick of it, that i was like ***** it, im just gonna log. i kid you not, i was already typing the words /logout on my keyboard when it spawned directly in front of me. my friend who was there still didnt even see him. there was another camper who was there and he immediately tried to cast flash on it. fortunately his casting was interrupted, and i was lucky enough to get voke off. OMG!! i got the claim. i was jumping for joy at my pc that i even got a headrush from it. for me, getting the claim was already a victory, especially after months of camping. but when we defeated it; there it was.. the peacock amulet.. me and my friend both wished each other luck, and casted our lot. my lot was 101, and his 346.. i lost /cry.
i honored my part of the deal and i congratulated my friend. i was seriously devasted by that, and that was the last time i camped him. i have since quested the bcnm and am now a proud owner of the peacock charm. i developed so many theories about argus during my time camping him, but none where ever true. getting this nm is pure luck. as far as the spawn times, its hard to tell. some ppl say 18 hrs others say up to 35 or whatever. what i do know is that if leech king spawns, argus wont. then you have to wait 18+ hrs for another spawn. this drop is not 100% (and it really should be). the fact that the drop on this is now rare/exp and that its still a crappy drop ratio has actually had more of a negative effect than a positive one. even though SE may have gotten rid of a few gilsellers for this nm, the price for the actual peacock charm has doubled in price on my server (charm over 40mil now). it was prob easier to farm the gil to buy a charm before the patch than it is now. now ppl have to use/waste their beastman seal's to get this item and the drop ratio on isnt all that great either.
Valefor ToD
# Jan 28 2006 at 11:39 AM Rating: Decent
26 posts
Hey does anyone here have the ToD for Argus, cuz i would hate to show up and wait about 10 hours before he pops.... If any1 does have it please post a reply... ty for your time and your ToD.
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