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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Persistence, a bit of luck, and a LOT of patience.
# Mar 05 2007 at 11:54 PM Rating: Decent
The subject pretty much says it. I camped this #&*( for hours and days. I once spent over 12 hours -- pretty much the whole day -- camping in VD waiting for this emperor to pop. When it does, it looks like a golden emperor, cause it's just so rare, it never pops, and it just won't drop. In that one day I camped it, I saw it pop 4 times only, tho I might've missed it once, but I'm pretty certain it just didn't pop for 4 hours once. Some days it didn't pop for 3 hours and there was a crowd of people camping it so no way did it pop.

I either got the claim and didn't get the drop or someone got the claim and it did drop. Very frustrating and I know some are with me on this one.

So this is a little tip on how to camp the VE (I write this keeping in mind that your next pop will not be guaranteed to be claimed by you and that the next claim will not drop the hairpin, thus I am explaining how to deal with the frustration as well)
It's very frustrating because you have to rely on many factors, although I figured there are two main methods of camping it (both requiring WideScan): 1. Keep track of the ToD and next pop time after the placeholder's death (as mentioned previously which is 5 minutes).
2. If you can't keep track of the placeholder because the other campers are killing every damselfly in sight, you have two options. The pop area is relatively big and you don't know where and when it'll pop, so you can either run back and forth hoping it'll be near when it pops so you can get the first claim OR you can pick a spot where it's known to pop and just stay there hoping that it'll pop there. Call it luck or a good decision on your part; you won't regret it when it does pop nearest from you and you get the first claim. (Personally, if I stay at one spot, it's more rewarding if it does pop right next to me and even if it doesn't, its less frustrating because I'd HATE to find out that the emperor popped on the opposite side if I decided to run back and forth, knowing that was the spot I could have been waiting at... patiently)

Of course, always spam your WideScan just in case it pops elsewhere because there's always a chance that someone else who is closer might miss it (although it rarely happened for me), but be also very aware of the pops within your peripheral vision as you do WideScan.

It took me about a week of camping it everyday and constantly going through every possible way of missing the claim and drop -- which equals, very stressful -- until I finally got it. At which time a person of bad "campership" who shook his head when he saw me, greeted me with a /check spam, and ran off. Let's be better campers and congratulate those who do get the claim and pop next time ^^ I do because it's good way to show respect and that you know you're not the only one camping it while in a very frustrating situation where competition can be tough.
The idiots 3!
# Mar 02 2007 at 10:55 PM Rating: Decent
238 posts
I had just gotten through soloing in Gustav Tunnel, came outside, and decided it was time to camp VE. A few LS buddies of mine were lingering so I asked them to join me. BST46(me), WHM62, and BLU53. The BLU was camping it too, but I put treasure on Quartermaster(ME) because I was feeling gutsy. Hell, if they didn't notice all the treasure was immediately going ALL to me... Shame on them. For the 3 hours we sat out there, they both acted like complete fools and fought everything from Snippers to Bogy's.. for the hell of it I'm assuming. The WHM pulled flies with Dia and mocked me and my BST ways; "Look, I have a pet too! Only.. it's attacking me! hahahaha." But I stayed vigilant.

I had my dull moments too.. I got bored and pulled mass gob trains to back to the center of VE's spawn locations and caused major lag. The n00b campers around us were flipping out and thought the apocolypse was coming. It was all in good fun.

Hour 3 rolls around, and I've been popping Wide Scan every other second. I'm about ready to fall out of my chair and DIE, when all of a sudden, VE pops on the NW corner of the perimeter. I run up, and quickly Charm-claim. It took all the other campers about 15 seconds to locate me. Some... sadly, never even knew I killed it, I get the drop, and it goes (obviously) straight to me. The BLU /bows and /congratulates me. I suppose he never really knew I quartermatered. So I'm 1/1 on VE. Good luck all!
# Feb 23 2007 at 2:16 AM Rating: Good
Camp this thing every night for a week. Keep track of placeholder through use of JA, kill him 2-3 times every night (that's 4-7 hours of camping), and then tonight - outcamping a cluster of gilsellers (Lv36/Lv1 Rank 1 Bastokan), running unchallenged towards him...

A 72RDM on a chocobo runs past me, hops off, and gets claim.

I hate this NM, and I'm starting to hate this game.
Until we meet again... stay gold. *bang*
long over-due Pin...
# Feb 20 2007 at 1:53 AM Rating: Decent
Well i've camped VE well over 2 years off and on... never got claim until more recently when i decided to be smart and sub RNG and spam WS. 1/3 on VE and finally got drop today. For all those eager hunters trying to get the drop, i agree with the PH method alot. from all the times i've seen VE spawn i was killing a few of the PH's in one area crossing my fingers that it would spawn near by rather than killing all FOUR. now i can't assure u this works, but it seemed to be my luck because i got the last 2 claims in a row before it dropped, and he seemed to spawn exactly where i was killing 2 of the PHs. so who knows... also, i know many people go out to Dunes with war/ or /war and provoke, YES it is fast (and please don't attack me here people) but i went out with my COR/RNG and quickdraw really seems to be slightly faster than provoke. not by much, but hey i got the claim before even shooting the dam thing. so if you have a 40 cor i suggest giving that a shot too if u have alot of competition. but it's only a suggestion. Well goodluck to all of you hunters. BTW.. why do people have to be so upset and whine when you get claim and they don't? i encountered this today and it made me more determined to get the pin. the kill before i got the pin, a PLD shouted "how dare you get VE claim" and i "lol" thinking he's just kiddin. "it's not funny i've been here a long time" and i reply "it's just a game" .... i think anyone who's camped VE has camped it along time, well atleast 95% of us, so to anyone who has to deal with soar losers like this, just brush it off..... i've estimated camping VE approximately 6 days if u add it all up. haha. ok, well goodluck all once again.
the PH
# May 18 2008 at 3:55 PM Rating: Decent
69 posts
the PH, does it only appear once, cos it seems like it keeps respawning, u have to keep killing it?
# Feb 17 2007 at 9:40 PM Rating: Decent
0/11 since friday morning ._.;

EDIT: 1/16 finally!

Edited, Feb 23rd 2007 10:26am by xiopandemonium
Empress Hairpin
# Feb 05 2007 at 4:50 AM Rating: Decent
I was camping Valkurm Emperor on my WHM62/BLM31 found it in two hours of killing all Damselflies in the surrounding area. (1/2)
# Feb 04 2007 at 11:22 AM Rating: Decent
0/29 on VE... even -with- 4leaf mandy bud..i camped this thing non stop every night for month..claim was easy, seeing s how not many people are out and about at 1-3AM, but like they say, someone is -always- camping VE, i think ill go back and try the Widescan trick, and go THF for that extra TH2, and bring along a 4 Leaf mandy bud, i'll get it eventually! keyword:eventually.

Edited, Feb 4th 2007 2:23pm by Kirarakat
1/1 on VE
# Feb 03 2007 at 3:26 PM Rating: Decent
camped for 1 hour and then a 75 pld came along, i asked him if he wanted pt to help camp it since i had 26 thf subbed, for treasure hunter, he said sure, bout an hour later he claimed it and pin drop and we rolled and i got it ^^

# Jan 24 2007 at 9:24 AM Rating: Decent
so... I hit 30 (finally), got my ranger job, got ranger to 15, then decided it was time to get my hairpen and bounding boots.

Went to valkrum last night, watched 4-5 other people killing the PHs, and sure enough VE pops next to me. So.. I casually attack, casually go about the fight, before I realise im DEAD> >.<

So I got a friend to come back out, 1.5 hrs later he spawns again, flee, claim, yayaya. We kill, get drop, friend lets me have ^^'

1/1 (kindve?)
# Jan 16 2007 at 12:25 AM Rating: Decent
45 posts
1/1 Using PH method, i kept killing the one at bottom of list, then relised, killed one at top of list, 5 min later it popped. Rdm/rng with War/thf friend. I got kill, still got drop.
My Experiences with the Valkrum Emporer
# Jan 09 2007 at 11:01 AM Rating: Decent
313 posts
Here are just a few of my observations with the VE. I camped as a 62WHM/31BST or 35BST/17WHM (though i did get the drop as bst/whm).It took me alot of camping before he decided to drop it, 1/16, but with patience comes one badass item. I was ridiculed alot by other campers for not have TH, but I got the drop, so f u.

Spawn points: The pop zone on allakhazams map does NOT, i repeat...NOT, encompass all of the VE's spawn locations. However, I feel this is why 75% of the campers just stand around the trees. The VE does pop inside allah's pop zone, but the VE can also spawn all the way to the west wall of E-8, the top of E-8, and the west wall of E-9.

Camping: I think outa all the times I camped the VE, i had the claim to myself one time. There is always lotsa competition because the drop rate on this thing sucks. But with a decent ranged widescan, you can defiantly have an edge over the competition. When at the dunes, there is a few trees grouped together, where most people stand. These trees are somewhat in a pit of sorts. If you have widescan (unless you have a huge scan with a high lvl RNG, in which stand wherever the hell you want, you can see the whole beach anyways), I suggest standing in about the middle of E-8, just over the NW pit 'sand wall'. Just make sure your widescan can see all the mobs on the back wall, as well as the trees in the middle. This allows you to see all 5 of the VE's most popular 5spawn points, as well as put you in a good position to race to the spawn.

Widescan: So all the widescan posts on this site are dead on. There are 4 Damselflys that pop between the snippers and the leeches. Personally, I just kill all 4 of them, but some people think that only 1 of those 4 is the VE placeholder. I can't confirm that. However, whenver he does pop, he will be right above the leeches on the list, (at the bottom of the damselflys).

Non-Widescan: Good luck to you...i suggest running from the trees to the far west wall and back.

Placeholders: As mentioned abover, there are 4 PH's. If you have widescan, you can get a very good sense of the VE spawn points by paying attention to where the PH's spawn. The PH's are on a 2hour15minute GAME time respawn timer.

Spawn Time: I've read that the VE can take anywhere from 1-8 hours to spawn. However, in my experiences with the VE, his normal spawn is 1hr-2h. I've only seen him take longer than 2hrs twice. The first time he took more than 2hr's to spawn was after he dropped the pin to another group of campers. I waited for 4 1/2 hours after the VE dropped before he showed his face again. The second time he took 2h20m, and he dropped for me.

Good luck to you,


Edited, Apr 17th 2007 7:59am by crimsonclear
My Experiences with the Valkrum Emporer
# Jan 14 2007 at 11:09 AM Rating: Decent
this guys right spawns over a very wide area of the west beach
My Experiences with the Valkrum Emporer
# Jan 09 2007 at 11:00 AM Rating: Decent
313 posts
oops, double post.

Edited, Jan 9th 2007 1:56pm by crimsonclear
Party camp.
# Jan 05 2007 at 12:52 AM Rating: Decent
Just wondering if anyone else had a similar experience?

I recently hit 45 THF and thought it was about time I got my self an Empress Hairpin, so I head to the dunes /RNG and follow the WS trick (for me this worked spot on).

Anyway I start off going 0/16 on VE, kind of getting a bit fed up, I see plenty of other people camping it and one day decide to duo camp with a PLD, I see VE on WS flee and claim....... BAM it drops : )

We lot.....

..... I roll 36 >.<

The PLD logs and I solo camp some more. Solo camping gets me up to 0/22 and I'm thinking of quiting camping VE.

Anyway another friend logs on and is camping VE so we decide to duo, 5 mins later VE, flee, claim...... BAM it drops again. Friend passes so long as I help him get his, Which I do : )

So basically my drop rate was 0/22 solo but 2/2 in a party.

Hope this may help others with bad drop rates (anything is worth a try lol)
VE Pop time
# Jan 04 2007 at 11:05 PM Rating: Decent
313 posts
Anyone have any concrete spawn time on this thing? I was 0/7 on it until today, and each time it popped in the 1-2 hour window. However, tonight, after some ppl got the drop, i waited 4 1/2 hours without seeing the VE before logging. I highly doubt i just missed claim, as I had wide scan and a friend also helping. Does he have like a 1-6 hour pop window?
wouldn't he fall?
# Dec 29 2006 at 6:06 PM Rating: Decent
145 posts
If you stole his wing in the middle of battle, wouldn't he fall to the ground.

i hate nm camping
# Dec 29 2006 at 2:24 AM Rating: Decent
so im going for my 5th try on VE, ive seen him 4 times so far, and once i didnt get claim, so im 0-3. I log in and there are 2 people there, on my server at least there is ALWAYS someone camping VE so i figured id try my luck.

Im killing flies for about 2 hours, one other person os killing them, wearing thf af, another wearing whm af (both /anon). I was there as 55BLM/WHM because i dont have thf lvled. the whm wasnt killing anything, would run up to a fly, see that it wasnt VE and walk off, not even try to kill it. Which was ok, one person can easily take them out (the thf and i where killing them).

So VE pops right next to the WHM, she doesnt notice it, so i run over and stun it getting claim. She didnt move until i had ran all the way over cast stun, and started casting stone3. The i see a /slap emote, which i can understand she had been there for at least 2 hours also.

Then i kill it, no drop ; ; and the thf ask if i got drop, i say no, and the whm starts going off (the thf said some stuff too, but it wasnt as childish). She says how i shouldnt have gotten claim because i didnt have a thf with me, and i didnt know how long she'd been trying for this and id just waisted it. I dont know what she expected, that id just let someone else have it without trying? I said to her, that i was sorry she didnt get it, but she didnt know how long i had been trying either. She then said, "I dont care, i should have gotten it. I needed it." Well? I needed it too...

I figured that no matter who got claim, that theyd understand it was a game and sometimes you lose, heck i lost i didnt get hairpin. I ask my ls if it was stupid to try VE w/o thf, they said it helps, but not impossible at all without it. then someone told me that it was probably a child, and there probably right.

Then i think to myself, why do i play this game? To get chewed out for playing? i didnt do anything wrong. Idk im really considering quitting this game, i thought the childish stuff would go away at higher lvls (bc people more serious about the game), but it never did.

The moral of todays story is... I always try to help everyone i can, and congragulate everyone when the get a hard to get item, or whatever, even if i wanted it. Game... its just a game. If you want something, work at it, itll come adventually, dont get po'ed and yell. Relax and have fun, anyways if your not having fun why are you playing? Which is why i wont be anymore. Good luck everyone.

ps: it spawn in and just south of the trees, remember that.
i hate nm camping
# Jan 25 2007 at 1:34 PM Rating: Decent
i hear ya.
what really pisses me off is when people sit there and do nothing to pop a lotto pop nm... and then they get all pissed when they dont get claim, and when they do get claim they think they're amazing.
it's like... " you're a lazy f*cktard. do some work to earn this drop. " ><
i wanna shoot about 4 rng's that are camping him against me right now.
YaY ^(^-^)^
# Dec 26 2006 at 7:23 PM Rating: Decent
After reading about VE for a couple of mins, I heard if u gather all four damselflys and kill them together instead of killing them separately as soon as they appear, the spawn time will be closer to 1 hour instead of something absurd like 3hrs. I tried this with widescan and killed all four of the flys at the same time. The other campers didnt mind cause of all of them were afk. VE popped next to the groups of tree in about an hour. Drop. 1/1 I couldn't really test that theory since I got it on my first try so you have to take other ppl words for it. The only thing you need to do is know where the ph is on the widescan and that he often pops next to the group of trees. It is way easier with widescan.
# Dec 26 2006 at 6:40 PM Rating: Decent
88 posts
OK as I posted before this morning I was trying that WS trick for about an hour and it wasn't working. So I just said fck it and started killing all flys, VE popped another hour later I claimed and got drop, 1/1. I think that whole WS is a bunch of BS just cuz it has worked for several ppl.
0/3 another story
# Dec 26 2006 at 12:13 AM Rating: Decent
I saw this guy, and killed him 3 times today. 0/3 ; ; I got the bounding boots a few days ago, so i figured that i needed my hair pin^^. Anyway I logged on, hoping since it was christmas morning no one would be on, i was wrong (apperintly theres more than one time zone, lol). I get to the dunes and I see one other camper. Then I see an emote <otherguysname> points at the Damsilfly<sp?>. So i go to kill it, then i see <otherguysname> points at the Valkurm Emperor. I freaked out (as i do with nm's, lol) and look around for it couldnt see it, turns out the guy typed the name in, lol, we laughed about it and started talking.

He had been there for a few hours and not seen it, i dropped a few cures on him and where just bs-ing. Then (roughly 30mins after i get there) I see it, i run over just about hit my stun macro... and i stop... i felt bad because he had been there much longer than me... i know im pathedic, lol. I send him a tell, >> damn... u take it. So he did, lol he was at about half health (VE was about 7/8), then he sent me a invite, a few nukes and VE was gone. No drop ; ; .

The other times I just got claim with stun, but i have some advise for everyone. It seems that he spawns south of those trees. All three times i saw it, it spawned there, so im assuming the PH's are there too. I was BLM/WHM so i didnt have wide scan, but if you know the exact location to look you can beat someone who does. I got claim over a BST who was closer to VE than i was. Good luck.
# Dec 22 2006 at 2:07 PM Rating: Decent
627 posts
having a few problems getting this guy >.>

also has anyone noticed that at the top of this page on the map, it says "Valkurum" instead of Valkurm :P
Just got the drop!
# Dec 16 2006 at 6:48 AM Rating: Decent
1/3 as of right now (Asura server).....sweet! I've been farming this thing for bout 2-3 days on and off for total bout 10hrs(2-3 hrs at a time).... as Rdm 55/Rng 1. Lemme start off by giving credit to Smokesalot(man stop smoking Cigss we need u man^^ if ya smokin the chocolate tie, smoke on^^) The PH method does work, it gives u a huge advantage, once u figure out the PH just keep trackin him 2/2 on claim on him.... i was up to bout 3am last night and claimed him my 1st 2 times prior to that i 1st saw him the day before (wasn't using the PH method.
I woke up bout 8:30am est and slowly got out of bed...decided to log on and maybe see if he pops... i logged on bout 8:50 am...after checking some items on mule i logged on with my character Azurian. Day was waning cescent (17%) Earthsday.... as i logged in valkurm dunes. i throw up widescan to start PH method again....i notice only one fly up and alot of people around(either it just popped or it will pop soon) either way i dont have a chance (Rdm/rng /cry with no flee)....i throw up widescan again and i see another fly, a few people head to kill this one....now i'm think hmmmm this must be the PH...so i'm waiting on them to kill it, then i throw up Widescan and there it is "Valkurm Emperor" it was in E-8 farthest point west of E-8 as u can go....i start run (no fleeeeee) i'm sayin someone has to have claimed it or better yet someone will use flee and run past me....at least i'lll have the TOD...i see a lil'taru runnin that way, but sudennly turns and runs past me....i get over what seems to be the endless amout of sand dunes and there it is unclaimed.....
I throw up Dia, within seconds everyone shows up, wow i got lucky, i'm a hume so mh HP are bout 800+, i decided to let the VE just hit me until my HP gets to orange bout 300+, people are telling me to kill it, i didn't use magic except Dia to claim it. i fanillay kill it....i see blah blah blah -insect wing then a thing of beauty. "You find an Empress Hairpin on the Valkurm Emeror" and then "Azurian obtains an Empress Hairpin" wow is that luck or what? i throw up a /cheer...forgot to use my fireworks..... i went to outpost then back to Bastok^^ Good Luck to you all^^ 1/1 on Ochuido's gloves, 1/3 on VE now i'll try Leaping Lizzy^^
# Dec 09 2006 at 9:30 AM Rating: Decent
1/35 as of last nite, He popped right behind me on widescan and i took off running the other way until i finally noticed...the ranger /poked it before me but i guess he already had it, so i claime, killed, dropped :D one of my happier FFXI days.
RMT suck!
# Dec 02 2006 at 11:12 AM Rating: Decent
i have been camping VE the past couple of days for my rng, 0/1 so far on it. Last night i'm the only person camping VE (that i know of) and there is a RMT (real money trader) prty lvling next to me. All lvl 35ish basic armor, no sub jobs, what else could they be right. Well, i use wide scan (61DRK/24RNG) and i See Valkrum Emperor, im like hell ya! i run over to it and i started to cry when i saw the RMT party claim it. I watched in disgust as they killed it and i swear they were mocking me, because right after fight it said "Eilosis throws away a Empress Hairpin" now thats enough to make a grown elvaan cry.
# Dec 02 2006 at 11:25 AM Rating: Decent
my bad, didnt know what i was doin XD

Edited, Dec 2nd 2006 2:34pm by Silvercutt
# Nov 28 2006 at 3:13 PM Rating: Decent
Camped this guy last night for bout 2 hours. There was 2 other campers. Me and my buddy camped him War/Nin Whm/War. Came around the corner to oasis and there he was got claim and drop..no THF guess i got lucky.
for luck
# Nov 25 2006 at 8:34 PM Rating: Decent
I am posting simply for the fact that ive decided its lucky. I see a bunch of first time claimers and 0/10 that get edited 24 hours later just to say 1/11. So here is my sap story just like everyone else. I had the rare luck to go 1/1 on LL and VE before update with no TH. Camped them both as blm 50 because it was the only job i had that high at the time. Fast foward 5 or 6 months. Thf is at 52 camped LL for 2 weeks 1/9 and setting my sights on VE again. 0/3 so far but hopefully that all changes now that ive posted lol. Have no fear if I get the drop ill be back to edit this joint!
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