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
Stolen Items:
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.

Appears on Floors:    21 - 40

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#REDACTED, Posted: Jun 27 2004 at 11:54 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) whats funny is that people on serpah actually pay 400k for this thing. somone asked me when i was camping, whats so good about the emperor hairpin? +3 dex? +10 evasion? i replied,"no, because people actaully pay 400k for this thing." btw my score is...
What Level?
# Jun 27 2004 at 1:20 PM Rating: Decent
361 posts
What level do you have to be to kill this guy?
# Jun 27 2004 at 1:08 PM Rating: Good
972 posts
I've seen this mob twice...when it aggroed my party while I was lvling in the dunes and n00bish groups called for help on the mob.

Some advice: NEVER call for help on NMs!!!!
i dont try
# Jun 27 2004 at 1:43 AM Rating: Default
i got 2 today... within 2 hrs...

so i saw it i fleed. used eagle eye shot
igot 1
came back 2 hrs later
saw it again
eagel eye shot
got another.
have fun.
RE: i dont try
# Jul 03 2004 at 3:55 AM Rating: Default
269 posts
You can only hold one, evne if you put the first on AH and get the second. Nice try.
RE: i dont try
# Jul 08 2004 at 12:31 AM Rating: Decent
86 posts
He didnt say he had two at a time

He said he came back 2hours laters, probably sold it by that time
RE: i dont try
# Jul 05 2004 at 4:02 PM Rating: Good
in my experience you can have 2. i've had 2 fruit punches at one time, 1 in my inventory and 1 in my auction house. but that's just my own personal experience. believe it if you want, or try it for yourself.
RE: i dont try
# Jul 07 2004 at 11:40 PM Rating: Decent
I have also had two rare items (2 Mist Silk Capes) its just a matter of not having both in your inventory
2 times is a charm
# Jun 26 2004 at 11:51 PM Rating: Decent
Ok here it goes being tired of farming and tryin to garden i come up with the idea to hunt the Valkrum Emperor! 1st day out there a good 4-5 hours camping him, i see him but voke way to slow this pld got him, the whole time i camped the pld got him. Then i m so tired i log out, next morning when i log there he is right in front of me unclaimed i was too exacted to notice 1/4 of my hp was missin tp was down and its like an even match to me cuz ATM my SAM is 32 i use my 2 hour get a reneki off and got him down to one hit and i have 9 hp, he tries to hits me and misses then i swing my sword and miss then he uses that death ball thing lol i m dead crowd gets him! tired from lvlin my sam being lvl 36 now i decide what the hell another try aint gonna hurt i was feeling luck!i get to dunes he had already spawned a min before i saw someone killing him. i wait 2 exact Game nights and the next morn/afternoon game time there he is behind the trees me with a new macro i start running toward him and spam it but i have 300 tp this time i hit him with a reneki then 2 hour and hes dead and i got the drop!!!!!!
RE: 2 times is a charm
# Jul 08 2004 at 11:40 PM Rating: Decent
141 posts
*cough* Try to level your punctuation skill. ;)
# Jun 23 2004 at 1:58 PM Rating: Decent
I've camped it a few times, it seemed to have a spawn rate of an hour 10 mins but i could be wrong, i tried to take it on by myself at level 26 war but got like 1/4 of its health down
can i kill it
# Jun 22 2004 at 10:48 PM Rating: Default
im a taru DRK36/THF18 and was wondering if id be able to kill the emperor?
LvL 35
# Jun 22 2004 at 5:46 PM Rating: Default
I feel very bad for all of you who have camped this NM for over a weeks time. I was getting angry because i couldn't afford centurions armor and decided to camp this NM. After about 1 hour of camping at night with all the japanese around i saw a thf hit flee and off he went. Followed him to see he got it. Dang high lvl thfs!! Anyways got mad logged off. Logged on the next day and decided to try again. I dont have rng or thf subbed. I was talking to my LS and decided to look behind me and low and behold... THERE HE WAS! My hands were shaking and my brain like went idle. I managed to get my voke off in time to see a thf with flee blitzing to the emperor. The fight lasted like 4 minutes and i ended up haveing like 100 hps after using cure3 twice. But i killed it and got the hairpin. Im proud to say im 1/1 with the emperor. And camp it during the week around the lunch hours in RL. There are half as many ppl as there are during the night or morning. And to make it better the Pin sells for 400k On my server. IM RICH!

Levels: 35PLD/29WAR/10MNK/8RNG/7DRK/5THF/3BLM
Server: Seraph
Race: Galka

Levels: 19WHM/10BLM
Server: Seraph
Race: Tarutaru
Valky Fly
# Jun 15 2004 at 9:41 AM Rating: Decent
Oh man.... I just gotta say that I have rotten luck hunting nms... My thf 33 had killed Lizzy 14 times and never gotten more than freaking lizard tails! But on sundya things turned around. Went camoing for Valkurum Emperorī... Again... and he popped up on my Wide Scan in east most F-8. I hit flee macro wit tremendous power and charged towards him, got him targeted and started bashing steal macro (the best thing ive found next to darts as thf/rng to claim with) and as he aggroes us low lvls (only lvl 33) he stops and therefore allows me to claim him. I got him... I hit Perfect dodge as fast as I could; I would die without it, kill him... and cover my eyes... Peeking between my fingers i could see "iarp" and i knew what that meant... I had finally gotten the head piece Ive wanted for 4 months! Yay! There is really nothing to learn from what I just wrote, if not that nm hunting is kinda like fishing (irl, that is :P); If you're not having any luck at one place, switch location. IT might do u a world of good!

Omni Elvaan Thf 33, war 20, mnk 20, rng 17, rdm 13
Unicorn server

Leaping Lizzy 0/14
Valkurum Emperor 1/2
Hoo Mjuu the Torrent 1/2
Spiny Sipi 3/12
Doppelganger Gog 2/4
Doppelganger Dio 1/3
Bomb King 1/4
Tom Tit Tat 0/1
Just asken..
# Jun 15 2004 at 5:30 AM Rating: Decent
What's the spawn rate.. 5 hours..?
# Jun 12 2004 at 11:30 PM Rating: Default
i am askin anybody on valefor to help me camp this i need it for my DRG plz i am begging.....

email me at [email protected] to set up a time
Mode of spawn
# Jun 12 2004 at 12:06 PM Rating: Excellent
He's a lottery, a goddammed lottery. >< Lottery spawns are the worst ever to camp (see Leaping Lizzy) as you never know when to come. Delayed NMs you can at least leave for a while =(

Months ago I got the ******* and drop within 10 minutes of arrival, and ended up selling it a month or two ago when I quit thief. Now i want the stupid thing again and was there for 5 hours with no spawn. This game hates me, I swear it.
Valk. Emp.
# Jun 12 2004 at 9:33 AM Rating: Decent
I just killed it...
me and my friend teamed up.. we got the pin 1/2... Does it spawn only in night cus both times it was in night?
Valkrum Emperor
# Jun 12 2004 at 8:02 AM Rating: Decent
My friend and I camped him today, I was a level 31whm/7rng(for widescan) and my friend was a level 30blm/15whm. We camped him in the middle of Whitebone Sands where there are a couple of Palm Trees. There were 4 players camping it from what I could see, all in their own unique Artifact Armor, so I was pretty sure I wasn't going to get him before anyone of them do, as there was a lv60thf/30rng, I was pretty sure he would be first but as a bored man I stuck around around anyways.

We waited about an hour and some minutes and my friend was going around killing other mob's to pass his time, and I kept yelling at him to stop wasting MP as we were both low level 30's and I knew that Emperor would be a challange to us, so maybe another 10 minutes pass and me and my friend are resting up MP and my friend gets up and what I thought was a Damselfly spawned right on top of my friend and knowing my friend he attacks it, seconds later to find that it is the Emperor, and I check it's name, it's in RED, so of course I was happy but the hard part is just beggining for us.

All the "High Levels" gather around us hoping we would die so they can hog up our victory and luck, and so we started fightinhg it and boy it's not a easy challange for 2 low level 30's and of course the WHM with full AF wouldnt spare a cure on us, so I'm doing my share of Cure II's while my friend is Nuking it with Blizzard's and I'm almost out of MP so im yelling at my friend to use his 2HR but he just wouldn't listen to me, so I have about a good 2 Cure II's left and my friend starts dropping to RED on HP so I got no other choice but to use 2HR and then boom "Benedicition" and we are once again fully healed but now i have drawn all the Aggro but not to worry as the Emperor's HP wuz down to 1/4 and my friend does his share of Blizzard nukings and the Emperor is down..

-1st Drop-
Insect Wing
-2nd Drop-
Emperor Hairpin ^^
-3rd Drop-
2 Very Happy Mages

We do our shares of "OMG's" and "YES's" and "CHEERS" and etc....
so we head off to Jueno to sell our prized hairpin, and I'm the type of person who usually doesn't like players who hunt NM's for money but as you could see, we have no use for a Emperor Hairpin so it would help us alot more if we sell and it certainly wouldn't do the "Higher Levels" around us any good on account the lv60thief had one and he was wearing full AF which does mean he has a little pile of money somewhere..

So we head off the Jueno and sell out item aggrieng to split the gil in half. On the Alexander server it's selling for 330k-360k.
Well that's just my story on this NM.
Good Luck To All Who Hunt This Emperor.

~Xenocide On Alexander~
+ many others

Edited, Sat Jun 12 09:03:41 2004
RE: Valkrum Emperor
# Jun 25 2004 at 5:42 PM Rating: Decent
of course the WHM with full AF wouldnt spare a cure on us

that's so rude.. I would've cured you ;)
RE: Valkrum Emperor
# Jun 20 2004 at 8:40 PM Rating: Default
Artifact armor is free. I have full ninja af but I don't have a pile of money somewhere. Well not to my memory i don't. Anyways congradulations.
# Jun 11 2004 at 1:39 AM Rating: Decent
Time for me to add my wonderful story to this great list. Here goes:

Me and my friend decided we'd go NM camping. We started off with Leaping Lizzy. 20 minutes in, she spawns, I grab her, no drop. So, we decide to go camp Hoo Mjuu, we spent a good 4-5 hours there, killed 2/3 spawns, no drop. (One time it took him about 2 and a half hours to spawn). Then, it was getting late and I was getting tired, as was she. We decided to see what else we could camp, and we came to the conclusion of Valkurm Emperor. So, we get ready, head on out to Valkurm. On our chocobos riding around, spamming wide scan, I got bored hopped off my chocobo and ran around for a bit. I started feeling weird, like I wasn't really camping any Notorious Monster, because I knew I wasn't gonna get him. But, there he is on my wide scan, furiously mashing escape, I use 'charm' on him, and I got him! From about 6-7 high levels, pissed, they scream some obscenities at me. So, I tell my friend 'GET YOUR *** DOWN HERE.' As she was on her chocobo, anyway, I start batting away at it, and she comes down to help me. Keep in mind, we had not been there more than 3 - 5 minutes. Anyway, we kill it. I see:

You find insect wing on the Valkurm Emperor.
You find emperor hairpin on the Valkurm Emperor.

So happy, I start screaming, and some guy, so pissed starts yelling at us, and making fun of us. He'd prolly been camping him for some time. We head over to Jeuno, and it's in the Auction for 299,999G right now.

Tamuril [me] | 38WHM/7BST
Aitsu [friend] | 30WAR/15THF

Good luck to everyone![b][/b]

Edited, Fri Jun 11 02:45:16 2004
Damn Fly
# Jun 10 2004 at 10:25 AM Rating: Decent
I camped him 12 hours... only saw him one time... and i killed all fly around, this emperor begin to **** me off!!
Soloed at lvl 33
# Jun 08 2004 at 1:57 PM Rating: Decent
106 posts
I camped this bad boy for all of fifteen minutes yesterday before he popped. I used "Steal" to grab him before any of the ten campers around could voke/dia/whatever him.

I soloed him as a level 33/15 Monk/Thief. I just used my 2-hour and whupped him.

And I got the drop.

I camped him for another 3 hours then so my LS mate could get a hairpin too, but he never spawned.
Which should i do?
# Jun 08 2004 at 6:19 AM Rating: Decent
i am a samurai now u see i have warrior as my subjob because voke is really fast so i need that but u cant forget, then i cant have rng as my sj for widescan. Which should i take? try luck with warrior but have a long range voke or stick with wide scan to know when he spawns.

Edited, Tue Jun 8 07:18:37 2004
RE: Which should i do?
# Jun 10 2004 at 3:11 PM Rating: Decent
40 posts
I'm a Samurai: as Sam lv40,I killed it about 12 times, and got 3 drops... I was using SAM/RNG with Speed Bow and Scorpion Arrows. (both have short delay)... you'll still need some luck, but it's the best way to do it with what you've got...
RE: Which should i do?
# Jun 08 2004 at 9:39 AM Rating: Decent
well the best ways to hunt this thing if you are lv 50+ rng sub thf or 40+ thf sub rng(becuase you can get your *** raped if any lower, i know) But if you do other jobs you should most likely party with a friend , but i beleive party kills lower the drop rate. I prefer solo. all the ones i have gotten are soloed.
RE: Which should i do?
# Jun 28 2004 at 3:30 PM Rating: Decent
I'm not so sure about party kills lowering drop rate, I've killed Lizzy 9 times and the only 2 times I got the boots I was partied with a RL friend, every time I killed her on my own I got nothing.
RE: Which should i do?
# Jun 08 2004 at 7:34 AM Rating: Decent
how about leveling up the warrior someone and subbing Ranger?
RE: Which should i do?
# Jun 24 2004 at 5:33 PM Rating: Decent
502 posts
Well it doesn't seem worth the attempt if you don't have thief for treasure hunter.
RE: Which should i do?
# Jun 08 2004 at 7:34 AM Rating: Decent
*some more
which should i do?
# Jun 08 2004 at 6:19 AM Rating: Decent
My time spent camping
# Jun 06 2004 at 11:39 PM Rating: Decent
79 posts
Well I camped this thing for about 7 hours today. I saw it spawn 4 times. I got it three of those times. The last time was when I got it and bow was I happy. The three times I got it, I beat out 50+ THF/RNG with my DRG/THF. I got lucky, it always spawned in my LOS while I was running around killing damselflies. I plan to wear it when I get my RNG to level 24(currently 20). Easy as cake with my 45 DRG/ 22 THF. It only did about 90 damage to me each time I killed it. Good luck to all who continue to camp it. I plan on camping lizzy tomorrow to complete the set ^^.

I only saw it spawn at daytime.
Spawns at seemingly random places(only on west beach though).
Seems to spawn around 55 minutes apart if you're killing damselflies.
Steal silverbeastcoins from gobs while your waiting.

Hope this info helps.
RE: My time spent camping
# Jun 08 2004 at 7:44 AM Rating: Decent
283 posts
hm... kind of strange... it use to be every 3 hours on my server. also i heard that after the last patch, SE change it from 3 to 4 hours which is true most of the time on my server.

Also, on an interveiw that SE said the hairpin was design for RNG, so if you sub RNG you will almost get 100% drop rate. Which is also true to me most of the time. I have camp this NM for months. i notice all the ppls with RNG sub or Main got it like 90%. But if you THF as main or sub, even you have treasure hunter 2, the drop still around 30-50%.

I normally us my 50PLD/THF to hunt, but the drop rate is extreme slow, sometime i killed it 3 times a day without drop. But with my DRG friend, it drops every time.???? Weird...

PS. We did kill almost all the flies around.
I also have a feeling that this hairpin is ment for DRG too.
RE: My time spent camping
# Jun 29 2004 at 4:33 AM Rating: Decent
Also, on an interveiw that SE said the hairpin was design for RNG, so if you sub RNG you will almost get 100% drop rate.

Not true at all. I sub ranger and I've killed it about 20~ times solo and haven't gotten drop once.

On the other hand, I've noticed that Treasure Hunter does help, I got the drop 3 times when camping with a friend, one of us subs rng and other subs thf.
# Jun 06 2004 at 10:06 PM Rating: Decent
It spawn at any moment or only at night plz...
RE: Night?
# Jun 07 2004 at 11:08 AM Rating: Excellent
986 posts
It spawns any time, I got mine at about 17:00 game time. I have fought it and seen it in the day time, as well as the night.
RE: Night?
# Jun 10 2004 at 10:22 AM Rating: Decent
Okay thankX
Lmao i dont even try anymore
# Jun 06 2004 at 9:08 PM Rating: Default
So i randomly went to camp this thing this weekend. and i just stand in my favorite spot. and what do you know. 2 mins later it spawns on me head. Drops. i go sell. then i came back later. same spot. wait 2 mins. spawns 10 ft away from me. i kill. i get drop. i sell again. this spot seems to be the luckiest spot ever. I used to camp the trees in the middle, but it was too far away from the spot i am now. you know you want the spot.

you say sidewinder, i say slug shot, you say sidewinder, your wrong.
Gun ranger owns all. I use bow too, but only to not waste too much gil on guns.

unlucky and lucky
# Jun 05 2004 at 9:44 PM Rating: Decent
i was walking back from camping golden bat(no lucky) and wallah! i found this thing! I attacked it with sneak and trick, but it pwned me hard.
i was level 30 thf. / 15 war. i had full hp too. i was angry. then i thought no oone else would steal it and so i decided to go back to homepoint, but when i was dead, someone else used flare on it and killed it >< <------ angry
# Jun 05 2004 at 11:56 AM Rating: Decent
The map shows one spawn of the Valkurm Emperor, but it also spawns all around the cliff nearby and near every palm tree around.

Edited, Sun Jun 6 00:09:06 2004
# Jun 05 2004 at 4:46 AM Rating: Decent
145 posts
So I finally decided i must suck it up and camp this beast...i knew i was in for a long haul...

So i go out and about 1 hour and 45 minutes later...as im about to give up, i see it...i fled like crazy (I was the only person with scan camping it!!) It hits pretty hard to a thief but i had healing help (incredible as well) and only got a wing. So i figured it was bed time but i noted the time just in case. I decided what the hey, ill go again....so i screwed around for an hour and went back.

Again i was the only camper with scan, actually the only camper period!! Got it about 20 minutes after i showed.

I suggest if there are few campers you force this spawn. All four times i have seen it, it has been along the canyon wall to the far west. I kill the flys that pop up in that little alcove there and it pops by me every time. Most people camp the copse of trees but i havent seen it there once...I think it pops mostly along the wall though ive only camped twice as i said.

I figured out if you know the right time, this is a dream money maker. I go about 10pm-12am between NA peak hours and the beginning of JP peak. I am the only camper when i do so, seems to me you just gotta know the system.

As to you people who complain about higher levels taking em all cause they are greedy...i used to be the same way. But then i found out there are items taht run in the millions. Then i also learned how to beat em out. I never lose spook anymore unless i voke the wrong thing and I have been told i play like a high level(which i took as a very nice complement from a JP player). You just gotta learn how things work out and youll be on an even playing field.
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