Vana'diel Bestiary: Valkurm Emperor  

Found in:Valkurm Dunes
Found at Location:E - 8
Level:29 - 30
  • Notorious Monster
  • Aggro
  • Linking
  • Detects by Sound
  • Based on Wind
  • Weak against Ice
  • Strong against Wind
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Updated: Mon Mar 16 23:24:16 2009

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General Information

Lottery spawn of the Damselflies that spawn from (D-8) through (F-8) in Valkurm Dunes

PH Info from Smokesalot

The PH is the mob the prevents the NM from spawning until it is killed. In the case of the Valkurm Emperor, it is one of the Damselflies that roams about Whitesands beach in Valkurm Dunes.

What a kagillion people refuse to take into their minds is that VE has ONE placeholder, and that's it. Go to the beach with Widescan ability, and position yourself at the peak of the sandhill just northwest of the pack of trees in the middle of the beach. Pull up WS, and you'll see something like this.

Goblin Mugger
Goblin Leecher
Goblin Gambler
Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Goblin Mugger
Goblin Leecher
Goblin Gambler

  • Respawn time is roughly one to four hours after its last ToD.

This is a truncated list, but as you can see the PH is located in the set of four Damselflies between the leeches and the snipers, and is always the top one. These flies are always grouped in four, and are always located between the snipers and the thread leeches. When VE pops your list will look like this...

Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Thread Leech

VE always pops on the bottom of the list. If there aren't four flies in the list, that means someone else is killing them. Either nearby parties, or other campers. If this is happening, you have to figure out a way to nab yourself the PH, and be 100% sure that the fly you kill is the PH. After that, go ahead and let the other campers waste their time killing the other flies.

Valkurm Emperor Special Attacks

  • Venom - Frontal cone AoE Water based magic damage with an additional Poison effect.
  • Cursed Sphere - AoE Darkness based magic damage (Circle of effect originates from attack target)

Source: Allakhazam Post

Nyzul Isle NM Info

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 Empress Hairpin.

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# Apr 14 2011 at 9:59 AM Rating: Decent
42 posts
Thank you everyone, i looked at your posts and hunted the fly. 1/1 with my 36 THF ^^ First time camping it.

Edited, Apr 14th 2011 12:00pm by Synges
# May 20 2010 at 3:23 PM Rating: Decent
26 posts
So after recieving my new snug pair of Bounding Boots from LL I decided why not try to camp VE. I went there at about 2am and camped for bout an hour but got sleepy and went to bed. Next morning I woke up early and logged right back in at the campsite and began killing PHs. After about an hour of camping VE pops up on Widescan so i activate Flee and book it to him and there he is in all his unclaimed glory. One ranged attack and a slightly difficult fight later (he criticaled me alot for some reason) and I walked away 1/1 with my new Emp. Pin!

Pookalu/Shiva Server THF47 NIN25 DNC13
empress hairpin
# May 09 2010 at 5:58 AM Rating: Decent
found him killed him 1/1 sweet
So far, not good
# Dec 30 2009 at 2:09 PM Rating: Decent
0/9 so far. I'm hoping I can get this damned thing soon so I can finally continue leveling stuff.

EDIT: 1/11 with the help of a thf. Thank you TH!

Edited, Dec 30th 2009 7:43pm by Tzinn
100% drop??
# Oct 22 2009 at 12:35 PM Rating: Decent
i allway thought it was 100% drop i got told that it was ??
btw camped it 2 hours got dropp 1/1 but i thought it was 100% at the time so i dont really know XD
# Oct 13 2009 at 1:37 PM Rating: Decent
Follow Smokesalot's guide and you'll have your E.Pin in no time.

Starting at about 9a.m. EST on Garuda server I began to use the PH method and with no competition it proved very useful.
Got VE to pop @ 10:46a.m. near the tree cluster (E-8)(F-8)
Killed him with no drop. So i came back around 11:30 and continued to use PH method. Got VE to pop @ 1:03p.m around (F-8). Killed with no drop. So came back at @2:03 killed one PH and 5min later VE pops at (E-8)(F-8) tree cluster area and i get drop :)

I went in as 75mnk/rng and with no competition i had the place to myself all day :)
I also used Scavenge after i killed the PH so i know when the next one was about to pop. There is a 5min spawn time between kills.

As Smokesalot said if you kill VE with no drop than VE wont spawn again until an hour has passed. So when i killed VE i would just log off for an hour or solo on my DNC than come back. Also i made use to take notice that if for example i kill VE at 1pm and I come back at 2pm and start killing PHs and VE hasn't popped by around 6pm that means he wont pop till 10pm because he is on an 8 hour spawn time.
VE Pops from 1-4hours or 8hours.

Hope this helps, sorry if ive been rambling im just excited i got drop :)

TOD: 2:15pm October 13th 09 Garuda server.
0/1...for now
# Aug 17 2009 at 7:13 AM Rating: Decent
As a returning vet from about 7 years ago, I've had some rather fond (and not so fond) VE battles in my time. I don't remember how many times I had to kill it before I got my first drop, but I was UBER excited when I did.


So I'm about to log off for the night when I say to heck with it, ima run to the dunes and camp until I see him spawn at least once. I was playing my new toon, my 37THF/18WAR. I get there and there is around 4 other campers. Ah well, Ima stay and do it anyways, not like there is massive bots like there used to be right? I know the placeholder method but as I haven't unlocked ranger again I just start running around in circles like I do for Leaping Lizzy (my fav method and I'm DAMN good at pulling her). Sure enough, I'm not there for more than 5 minutes when I see a fly spawn. I hit tab and holy cow! It's the Emperor. I tried to hit flee but I was so excited I messed up. Next, I sent a few mt's to my LS while fumbling on the keyboard. Long story short, I wind up fumble running up to him and hit voke. MINE! Ironically ALL the other campers decided to show up just then lol.

It was a pretty tought fight and I'v got excellent gear. I wound up using my two hour and a 200% TP blast sealed the deal.

I am now 1 insect wing richer, but hey, 5 minutes for one of my favorite NM's was WELL spent lol. I shall return when I wake up. I want my hairpin back!!
# Aug 04 2009 at 4:43 AM Rating: Good
283 posts
no good dead goes unrewarded

so i'm semi seriously camping VE and I notice LOST in now in from netflix.. so i think i can keep track of the 5 min PH pop.. well.. Before i knew it i widescanned and saw VE, but he was claimed.. BAH.. after maybe 15 minutes of camping

some noob asked for a raise, saw he was lvl20 WHM, no sub job.. i figured what the hell.. i'll help him get the magicked skull.. in gusgen mines.. he didn't have a dem crystal /sigh, so we went and got that (told him it would have been soo much easier if i could have just ported him) took him there, 5 ghouls later.. a skull. i port us out, (was BRD75/WHM37, for mazurka of course) and escort him to selbina, job change back to THF/RNG and Flee to the camp.

I scanned and.. there he was.. i start my little taru legs over there.. no flee (has just used it) there he was.. unclaimed.. got the drop

thanks SE! i hope some GM was watching over me and thought i deserved it ^.^

# Jul 15 2009 at 8:18 AM Rating: Good
126 posts
1/2 on drop.

Hunting Valkurm Emperor is not as bad as one might expect.

Both times he popped right on the line of E8/F8. And both times he popped right in front of me.

I only killed the first PH between the snippers and leeches. I generally stayed on the E8/F8 line because WidescanI can for the most part take in those two squares on the map. I also always timed five minutes or a little over two Vana'diel hours so I could keep track of the PH. The NM should spawn on the first couple kills if his timer is up. On my second try, waited a full hour. On my first try, only 10 minutes.

I finished him off with WS. It was 60% Waxing Gibbous on Earth Day if that means anything.
# May 24 2009 at 2:00 AM Rating: Decent
Well, my friend offered to help me camp it (50 thief/rng), even though I thought it was pretty hopeless. I never tried to camp it before. We killed the placeholder, and VE was the next pop. Got claim against two other people and it dropped. Easy :)
worst luck ever
# May 17 2009 at 8:11 PM Rating: Decent
everyone tells of their tales of 1 or even 20 claims and a drop... well I'm 0/70+ (i lost count a long time ago) and those are just my claims...
# Apr 03 2009 at 6:35 PM Rating: Decent
Was bored yesterday, so i camped him about 40mins, killing all flies with my 34WAR/15THF. As i was about to ran back to Selbina he popped lol..
Got my regen from Field Manual on, zerked, but he aggored me..so no Crit with SA ...
I was very happy so i spammed my LS :D
Was a tough fight with that ******* coz i was only on 80% HP.. When i was on ~100HP he poisoned me and i killed him with 3HP left. Thank god i had regen on.. because regen <=> Posion.
Ran to selbina, changed job and...oh i forget 1/1 HAH!
Got it!
# Mar 14 2009 at 5:12 PM Rating: Decent
37 posts
I really don't have much of a story, I just used the PH method as a 37WAR/1RNG and logged out for 90mins between kills. I lost claim once to a COR (well, I let him have it. He saw it first and I think i coulda voked and claimed, but I was nice =P), and I actually died once when I tried to down it as a 37 thf.

Got it when nobody else was camping, 1/3
Emp pin FTW
# Feb 25 2009 at 9:13 AM Rating: Decent
Camped this with my 64 drg/rng. spent all day tuesday with no one else around killing PH and ended up 0/4 on the pin. woke up early wednesday and decided to give it a quick try. 6 or 7 different people were also camping this none of which had wide scan and only 1 had flee. i watched them run around killing everything in sight while i stood there and Wide scanned for PH. Their killing sprees made it hard to determine which was the PH but the second all 4 flies popped i made a dash for the PH and claimed with <jump>. waited 5 mins and saw VE (not on Wide scan either) pop right in front of this Blu/thf taru. he started running away from it like an idiot so i ran halfway across the beach and right as he pulled out his weapons i got in <jump> range and claimed FTW. If he would've just turned around and fought he could've had it. I recieved a few nasty /tells afterward and the taru already had a pin anyways. Im sure i was blisted as well. 1/5 on the pin and now i can retire camping VE. onward to Argus!!!

on a side note, if you REALLY want the pin, be willing to to fight for it, and remember this is only a game, don't get too pissed if YOU miss the claim.
# Dec 28 2008 at 11:38 PM Rating: Decent
Droprate seems pretty decent; I went 1/2 on him with no TH.
Glitch or small coincidence?
# Dec 13 2008 at 1:21 PM Rating: Decent
32 posts
Decided to camp VE for both of my mules this week and had something really strange happen to me during this time.

Started off Monday, with about 4 other campers there, who were killing all the flies instead of using the placeholder method. I was there as THF/RNG using WS and stayed for about 6 hours VE popped between the 1-2 hour mark and all over the map. I got a claim but no drop. I decided to try again the next day.

Now here's where my coincidence takes place. Tuesday night same setup (THF/RNG) but this time with zero competition. I use the placeholder method to get him to pop and I claim with no drop. I wait exactly one hour before killing any flies and kill the placeholder at the one hour mark and VE pops in the same location as last pop but no drop. I do this 2 more times with VE popping exactly in the same spot both times and giving me the drop on my fourth pop.

I found it weird that it went that way so I go to camp with my second mule on Wednesday. Same scenario as Monday, some competition and VE is popping at different times I get 2 claims but no drop. I decide to come back on Thursday.

Next day, alone at camp and can test to see if it was a coincidence or not. Exactly 4 pops later, with only killing the place holder on the hour mark and having VE pop in the same spot each time I get the drop on the fourth pop.

It's not the time issue that has me weirded out but the fact that both days on each of the four pops he spawned in the same place one after the other and dropped exactly on the fourth kill. On Tuesday he popped dead North each time using this method and on Thursday he popped at the West spot by the rock. I wish I could have been alone on Monday and Wednesday to test but too much comp and too much killing all of the flies.

Maybe it was just coincidental or finally getting lucky since having a really bad streak on my Main or maybe this is something to look into. Has anyone else had something weird like this happen?
Glitch or small coincidence?
# Dec 28 2008 at 7:53 PM Rating: Decent
First I'll say that I've camped VE many many times. I used to camp him a lot back when he dropped the real pin. Well, I used to camp him back then but rarely got claim with all the RMT >< Anyway, right now I'm playing on my third character on FFXI and now I've got the pin all three of my characters. I don't remember much about getting the pin for my first two. They both started out as mages and I was pretty high level by the time I bothered to get pin for either of them. However, the character that I'm leveling now started out as THF. I decided once I hit THF30 that I wanted this pin. So, I went and opened RNG and went to the Dunes as THF30/RNG1. One thing that I can say about /RNG1 is that WS seems to be the perfect size for this camp!

Anyway, getting on with the story... I started camping VE really early in the morning. Lucky for me the place holders were easy prey, so I was getting experience points while I was camping. I started out by killing all 4 flies that pop between the leeches and crabs on WS. Right when the first fly died I'd use Sharpshot and right before I finished off the last fly I'd use Steal. Each of these abilities has a 5 minute recast time, so I could time out exactly when next set of spawns were going to be just by watching timer. Well I was going about it in this way for about 30 minutes until I got aggro'd by a gob. Wouldn't you know it, while I was fighting the gob VE pops up in front of me!!! I'm only level 30 and the gobs are EP for me so I knew I couldn't kill VE with the low health that I'd have after finishing the gob. So, I flee'd to lose the gob so that I could come back around and kill VE. Well, as my bad luck would have it, while I was fleeing I ran right into a Bogy>< So death. I had to HP back to Jeuno, Chocobo to Meriphataud Mountains, OP to San d'Oria, OP to Dunes and reclaim VE. Claimed, killed, no drop ><

So I waited an hour and started killing the four flies again using the same method as earlier. After about 30 minutes of this a WAR75/NIN37 showed up and started killing all of the flies in the place. So, I stood still and let him do all of the work while I spammed WS. I stood in the same place and didn't get bothered by anything for almost 1.5 hours. Then at about 3 hours and 15 minutes after VE's first death I get aggro'd by a gob. This time I'm spamming bloody bolts to keep my HP up. Wouldn't you know it, while I'm fighting gob VE spawns on my WS. I flee and claim with gob rightd me. I use Perfect Dodge and SharpShot and spammed bloody bolts at VE just ignoring the gob. Too bad for me, a bogy pops right beside me about half way through the fight and I'm dead. I /tell the other guy that was camping what my position was so that he could take a stab at it. He didn't get drop.

So, I'm a sucker for punishment. I waited an hour and came back... this time there were 3 people camping VE. So, I stood there and spammed WS. Wouldn't you know, about 1.5 hours later I get aggro'd by a gob and VE pops! This time I was ready. I flee'd and claimed VE. None of the others that were camping had WS and they weren't around me. So I finished off the gob and then took VE out easily by spamming bloody bolts. No drop >< By this point I had been camping most of the day and was getting a bit exhausted. However, I decided one more camp. Sure enough wouldn't you know it about 3.5 hours after time of death I got aggro'd by a gob and VE popped. This time I had a buddy of mine with me. He took gob off of me and let me finish VE off with no trouble. DROP! Fourth time's a charm!

Edited, Dec 28th 2008 11:12pm by Lluiovse
# Dec 06 2008 at 2:51 PM Rating: Decent
Only two times ive seen VE I wasnt camping and nor was anyone else. First time I was pulling in a party and got aggroed by an unclaimed uncamped VE. The second time, just today I was helping a friend get Mercurial Kris and low and behold VE pops in front of me, this time I was a 75 warrior and voked it. I said in pty chat that I had VE claim and my friend ran to selbina and changed subs to thief for TH1. So I hit it 2-3 times and held it for about 5 minutes until my friend came back and hit it, killed it and went 1/1 on the drop. I feel Awesome right now.
Empress Hairpin
# Nov 26 2008 at 8:49 PM Rating: Decent
Camped for about 1hr 45min, Had the help of my NM hunting partner who has TH2, and I am 1/1 ^^, very woth it, and the above info is perfect for the hunt. Props to the author.
Beginner's Luck
# Oct 27 2008 at 5:32 PM Rating: Good
447 posts
33MNK/16WAR killing all flies from E-8 to F-8. Took about 30-40 minutes to pop, followed by an easy fight.

# Oct 25 2008 at 9:57 AM Rating: Decent
Valkurm Emperor hates me... I'm 0/7 on this thing, 5 of those seven I had a friend with TH with me and 2 of those times with the friend it was full moon. I've been continuously camping this, and I refuse to level NIN further until I have the Pin. Is it 8th time the charm? ---...---
# Oct 16 2008 at 9:24 PM Rating: Decent
sometimes i swear Square hates me lol, i go to camp this guy all the time and either one of two things happen

1. overcamped, almost everytime i camp it theres about 4 other people there

2. the rare occasion that theres noone there, im sitting there killing the ph forever, then someone comes along and ten minutes later it pops and he gets the claim

Both result in me getting extremely mad lol
sometime i think it would be easier to farm the 240k to just buy it...
# Sep 24 2008 at 9:53 AM Rating: Good
41 posts
Some are going to hate me because of this, but I am 3/3 on this sucker now! First one I got for myself after about 45 mins, second I got for mule while running it across the area and decided to check in on it (60THF), third, was helping a friend get subjob items and it popped and killed it for her. Maybe VE likes me and thinks I deserve Hairpins o_O?
the pain
# Sep 23 2008 at 4:40 PM Rating: Decent
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew 1/8 ><

the ph is great subbed rng but had a hard time camped for 4 days straight then decided farm abit of gil and after obtaining ??.??? gil in a short while at ??? location decided to camp once more and if no drop farm ??.??? gil again only to find it did drop ^^

oh btw if you wanna farm and you sub thf i think its ok but th2 owns cyclone against 5 mobs owns gil owns and so does thf so if you want gils when you farm and want it not to last too long pls pls pls love your thf and he will love you
My luck so far...
# Dec 22 2009 at 10:23 AM Rating: Decent
0/7 using 44drg/1rng. I haven't lost a claim so far. I just hope it drops this next time so I can finally go do something else. Wish me luck.
My luck so far...
# Dec 22 2009 at 10:23 AM Rating: Decent
Oops, didn't mean to put this as a reply...Weird.
<3 Maintenance
# Sep 16 2008 at 11:20 AM Rating: Decent
I logged in as soon as maintenance ended today, and killed a PH using the PH method. Five minutes later no one else had shown up (which is odd after a maintenance) and VE popped. Killed him, got the hairpin, 1/3.

The ironic thing is, tomorrow I leave for 9 months so I won't have much of an opportunity to use it. I just hope my characters are still there when I get back.
# Aug 08 2008 at 1:28 PM Rating: Decent
I'm still amazed how well this worked, I'm helping a friend get the Hairpin and there's a Japanese BST75/25THF. I figured he knew how to camp it. At first he was killing the Fly on the bottom of the list but then later waited for me to leech PH time. Me being a 62SCH/31RNG, i couldnt out race him to reach VE. I only waited to do one stratagy, I found the PH but did not kill him, the BST came by and walked around in confusion, i knew he was waiting for me to kill a fly since he knew i knew which one was it really. I told my friend to start attacking the real PH but not kill it untill i said, since the bst was watching me my friend had no one around him to see the time. as my friend started killing the PH i went and killed a fake PH just as the bst killed another fake PH. Soon after i told my friend to kill the real PH. Next 5min around on WS showed 3 flies... the BST took the bait and ran towards the beach and 10seconds later VE pops behind us on the west side (comeplete other direction the bst ran). we got claim easy but.. no drop ; ; 0/3 for my friend, we'll get him next time though >:)
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