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Vana'diel Bestiary: Valkurm Emperor  

Family:Fly
Found in:Valkurm Dunes
Found at Location:E - 8
Level:29 - 30
Flags:
  • Notorious Monster
  • Aggro
  • Linking
  • Detects by Sound
  • Based on Wind
  • Weak against Ice
  • Strong against Wind
Drops:
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.

Damselfly
Goblin Mugger
Goblin Leecher
Goblin Gambler
Sniper
Sniper
Sniper
Sniper
Damselfly<~~~~~PH!!!
Damselfly
Damselfly
Damselfly
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...

Sniper
Sniper
Sniper
Damselfly
Damselfly
Damselfly
Valkurm
Emperor
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

This page last modified 2009-10-11 16:39:35.

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1/1 sweet
# Jun 05 2006 at 9:50 PM Rating: Decent
ive just started with thf and thought to myself the empress hairpin would go nice, so i came and camped VE killed a few damselfly's for a hour or so then it popped right in front of me, claimed him with flash and got the drop, one of my hapiest moments in playing final fantasy 11 im now 1/1 on valkurm emperor :)
1/1 sweet
# Jun 05 2006 at 9:46 PM Rating: Decent
^^
# Jun 02 2006 at 9:29 AM Rating: Decent
was camping orctrap for Nin but decided i didnt really need that katana anyways so i came and camped VE... after half an hour he popped on the opposite wall that i was at, i ran for it got claim with jump and hit it with penta thrust which killed it ^^... all in all i killed VE and got the drop 1/1 ^^
possible?
# Jun 01 2006 at 2:03 PM Rating: Decent
can i kill it as a 30war/mnk?
RE: possible?
# Jun 21 2006 at 2:04 PM Rating: Decent
I killed him as a 30 WAR / 7 RNG
with my NPC (lvl 31 healer)
RE: possible?
# Jun 05 2006 at 10:09 PM Rating: Decent
No, he'll rape you pretty quickly at 30 as a 41thf rng he still hit me harder then i thought it would around 20-40 and cursed sphere did about 100~ dmg get a few more lvl 30's with a healer and you should be fine.
right now
# May 28 2006 at 11:41 AM Rating: Decent
currently testing the hole stand on the sand, PH is between leeches/clips and top fly on list is PH. hpe it works. im 45thf with a 32 warrior. god i want a pin... 0/9 so far pre-update, first camp since update tho

edit: well. after 9 hours of camping today, seen 4 pops. i claimed 1. not one drop...i hate this fly ????er so much. im up to 0/12 now. 65+hours and seen about 50 pops. im getting so sick of this garbage. people i see with 1/1, 3/5, 11/22 makes me feel like quitting the whole game. (no offense =/) its just sickening. everything i do in this game never seems to pay off...I hate this fly SO MUCH

Edited, Sun May 28 16:47:40 2006
Out of Hand
# May 27 2006 at 9:34 AM Rating: Good
After another kill I am 11/22 on VE.
Some feel my record is just gettin sick.
All the posts on the PH are 100% correct. I have read most of them and posted my own. Follow what all of us have said and you will get your chance.
And again I killed it with my 200 skill WS blast arrow. Shadowbind claim, then melee it to around 10-15%hp then hit it with blast and im 11/22.
Again this is Agony on fairy server. If you are from Bastok hit me up i am leader of an all Bastok LS. Ive gotten 2-3 members the pin so far and Im still at it, on my time of course. GL to those tryin to camp and read these posts carefully to get the PH method down.

Edited, Sat May 27 09:26:44 2006
Done 1/1 3RL days!
# May 26 2006 at 8:31 PM Rating: Decent
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Woot! \o/ I got the drop today on my first claim on VE. I started camping 3 days ago, as 43WAR/16THF. On my first day I saw a group of three lvl 22's claim and kill VE, no indication of a drop. I decided to go check out the Golden Bat whenever there was a break. Day 2: I had a friend come in with /RNG and I tried to explain the PH theory from this site to him. We didn't notice any pops, and there was a constant stream of 70+'s camping. Later that day I went and subbed /RNG. I missed another pop and /cheered a fellow WAR on, sadly no drop for him.

So, this morning, I planned to give up, but I took another look at Smokes post and went at the PH as much as possible. Finally, with no one around, and me sitting there killin Snips for skill ups on my ranged boomer, the darn VE pops behind me. I quickly kill the Snip, turn around, misvoke.... then claim him on second voke. I have to change to my Com.Caster Scimitar (No GAXE, and I was skilling a low lvl Axe) I thought the fly was going to own me, but a couple dbl attacks doing crit damage, and one Seraph Blade, and the fly was down. There was no pause, just "You find... insect wing" and then "You find.... Empress Hairpin" "Davisp obtains Empress Hairpin"

Sorry for the long post/story, but this is my first 1/1 kill, and I spent almost 3 straight days in Valkrum. My eyes are killin me, and I'm itching to level my NIN to use the thing!

Thanks for the PH post Smokesalot! I NEVER would have got the claim w/o it!
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75WAR/37NIN
20MNK/28THF/36WHM/12PLD/31BLU/20BST/16RNG/17BLM
RE: Done 1/1 3RL days!
# May 29 2006 at 2:00 PM Rating: Decent
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1,603 posts
I'm glad my post has been so helpful. And congratulations on obtaining your hairpin. I never really had any problems getting the claim using these methods. So I posted the info to help those resourseful enough to look for it.

I finally got mine as well after 14 claims, and was pretty close to giving up. Perserverance always pays off. So to those still trying to get their pins, keep at it. And good luck!
____________________________
~Vendict of Alexander~

woot!
# May 24 2006 at 2:11 AM Rating: Decent
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1/1 on this guy. lvl 36 claimed. died dlevled i got claim afterwords. and got drop

sorry lizam :(

anywho.. spawned him after two ph's were killed.
PH technique's
# May 21 2006 at 5:00 PM Rating: Excellent
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1,603 posts
So, your off to camp VE with the strat in hand, and luck on your side eh? Did you arrive only to find 3-4 other campers relentlessly killing all the flies on the beach, preventing you from getting a firm lock on the PH? If you haven't already figured out how to lock down the PH, this info may be helpful to you.

What I do in these situations is wait for at least two flies to occupy the list (3 is better, but sometimes not possible). I'll pick the top one from my list and sleep it. Other things you could use would be sleep items of some sort, i.e. sleep bolts. Or just be able to put up with the flies punishment for a few minutes.

After sucessfully claiming the top fly, check the list again to see if the third fly has popped. If it hasen't, just keep checking until it does. If someone kills another fly during this time, don't worry. The fly that was killed was at the BOTTOM of the list remember? So there is no way that it can be the PH. When the third fly pops, ask yourself this question? Has your claimed fly remained at the top of the list? If the answer is "yes", then you have to wait for the fourth and final fly, then repeat the process. If the answer is "no", then let go of the fly you have claimed, and get the next one on the top of your list.

You must do this until you know that there has been a cycle of four flies to occupy your list. Once you have done this, and your claimed fly remains at the top of the list. Boom! you have your PH!

You can start this if there is only one fly up, but you'll have to have to wait for 3 fly pops. The more flies that are up, the less pops you'll have to wait for in order to lock down the PH.

Also, I remember someone mentioning to try and memorize the positions of the flies before the PH pops to help lock it down if all the flies are not up. I find this to be untrue, you only need to keep track of the position of the top fly.


Edited, Sun May 21 22:38:55 2006
____________________________
~Vendict of Alexander~

RE: PH technique's
# May 22 2006 at 10:07 AM Rating: Default
Thanks a lot for the tips :)
I camped this guy from time to time but never got the claim, after reading this i claimed it 2 times and got the pin on the second one ^^.
By the way i was rdm/rng and i dunno if it helped but it was new moon 0% and had a fortune egg equipped when i got the drop.
got it by luck
# May 20 2006 at 12:36 PM Rating: Decent
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137 posts
man i got lucky last ight,me and a LS buddy was doingthe last part of bard but he forgot to talk to the guy so he went all the way back to jeuno. I stayed in the dunes waiting for him and was going t hunt gold bat but i already had the drop on my back so that was out of the plan. So I helped a noob out by killing some gobs that aggroed him. went to go heal by where VE spawns and a camper killed the PH and ran the opposite way. I look and there he is, I ran claimed it, ot the dropso now im 1/1 o nthis bad boy
PH?
# May 20 2006 at 12:38 AM Rating: Decent
Can somebody tell me what PH is? I see everyone mentioning it, but couldn't surmise as to what it was..
RE: PH?
# May 21 2006 at 4:36 PM Rating: Excellent
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1,603 posts
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.

Damselfly
Goblin Mugger
Goblin Leecher
Goblin Gambler
Sniper
Sniper
Sniper
Sniper
Damselfly<------ PH!
Damselfly
Damselfly
Damselfly
Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Thread Leech
Goblin Mugger
Goblin Leecher
Goblin Gambler
=========

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...

Sniper
Sniper
Sniper
Damselfly
Damselfly
Damselfly
Valkurm
Emperor
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.


Edited, Sun May 21 22:36:17 2006
____________________________
~Vendict of Alexander~

RE: PH?
# Sep 26 2006 at 1:38 PM Rating: Good
45 posts
I got bored yesterday and decided to try to get this for my dkn22 and nin20. So I changed to my rdm75/rng16 for obvious reason. I used SMOKESALOT's method. i waited until i saw the four flys above the leeches and killed it. 5 minutes later the VE to popped and i got the claim. I only killed one fly that i thought was the PH. I guess i am lucky i suppose. So in about 30 minutes time, i got the empress hairpin, 1/1 on that. On top of that. i did the bcnm40 in the yughotto (whatever) for the p.charm last week with my ls, we did it 5 times with me on the fifth time. guess what it drop only once, and it was the on the 5 fifth run, my orb. i guess i am lucky taru. we were going to split the 7.1m three way, but one of the poorer new member cried saying he should get a cut too even it didnt drop on his orb on his fight. so i cut it 4 ways just to get him to stop crying. hmmm maybe i should try the mimic one next.
WS drops
# May 14 2006 at 5:42 AM Rating: Good
I am currently 8/18 on this thing post-update.
I have been gettin it for LS members and friends for a nominal fee (1mil)
PH is top fly on widescan between leaches and snippers or clippers w/e they are here lol.
PH respawn is 5 RL min.VE pops usually in 1-2HRs.
I always kill VE as 65rng/thf.
and always with Blast arrow (skill 200 ws after sidewinder) and u see my record. 1/1 on a few nights. Worst rate was 1/5 one night.
Use the PH method and you will see him. No need to spam widescan every 10 sec ^^.
This is Agony on fairy server if you have questions or comments. GL on your pins. ~.^
RE: WS drops
# May 19 2006 at 2:26 PM Rating: Default
What kind of person charges friends and LS members 1 million gil for a Rare/Ex item, I hope you literally do all the work and they just get to sit there and lot when it drops.

Anyway, just logged out at VE for 2 hour maintance. I was the only one there so I hope I get it when I log back in. That's how I got my Moldavite Earring in about 2 minutes >.>
RE: WS drops
# May 20 2006 at 2:49 AM Rating: Good
Ok let me clear this up, 95% of the time the person in my pty is asleep and afk. Yes I do all the work and i just pass on the pin and let it fall to them. Most ppl i do this for have emperor pin and sell it prior to me camping. Average sales since ive started are around 4mil. So they get 3mil profit and the rare/ex pin. I get 1mil of the sale for my work. So far i have had no complaints on price or method. Any questions/comments ect... Hit me up,
Agony on fairy server
empy pin
# May 10 2006 at 8:07 PM Rating: Default
I'm currently 3/4 on this, the other 2 went to friends that wanted me to get them teh emp pin while they went afk XD
2/4
# May 10 2006 at 5:25 PM Rating: Decent
I started camping this guy on monday night, thats 4/8/06, met a RNG who was 0/8 on him. No claim that day.

4/9/06 I team up with the RNG and we get drop, RNG wings lot and has to go. Another pop, no drop so 1/2.

Today 4/10/06 I get on with 4-5 campers there, RNG comes to help, we get one kill, no drop. about 1hr45 later it pops, we kill. Full Moon on Lightsday for those who keep track.. 2/4 on this guy. /RNG is your best friend.
i HATE you VE
# May 09 2006 at 5:38 PM Rating: Excellent
36 posts
Apparently VE loves me just as much as I love it -_-;;;
~a total of 12+ hours camping VE
~0/4 on the pin

camped it for 3 hours last night... finally gave up after an hour of telling myself "Just 5 more min."
He spawned 5 min AFTER I left. *curses like a pirate*
I knew I should have stayed just a lil longer...

and /rng is the shiz - its helped me claim 4/6 spawns. Once a rdm/rng was closer (damn j00!) and the other a 30Thf/Rng beat me to it with flee. (and got the drop too =,( )
*sigh*
I really don't wanna lvl Thf >.<
hmm..
# May 08 2006 at 2:00 AM Rating: Decent
ok well is it me or does it seem that the best possable drops are when you get your first kill with it? lol like today i got my clame and killed with drop(lost lot) got VE 4-5 more times after that no drop, so hmm..
No more VE hunting.
# May 02 2006 at 9:45 PM Rating: Decent
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510 posts
I was levelling WAR in the jungles earlier for sub with DRG. My levelling partner went AFK for a few hours, so I thought I'd kill some time by hunting the VE.
I went there as 39DRG/13RNG. When I got there, there was a PLD in AF and someone else who I didn't check.
I was chatting to the PLD as I always find it much more enjoyable to camp an NM with a bit of conversation.
I was checking Widescan every 15 seconds or something, and I saw him near Whitebone Sands' cave, so off I went, Jump claimed him and gave him a good fight.
He got me down to about 150/640ish health before my TP hit 100%+ and I Double Thrusted him.
"Tatsuki obtains an insect wing" - "Doh!"
"Tatsuki obtains an incect wing" - "DOH!"
"Tatsuki obtains an Empress Hairpin" - "**** Yeah!"

I apologised to the PLD as he'd been camping him for a while and got a Congratulations from him. Nice guy.
I also got a /slap from the other person camping him, so I gave her a wink and went off to find Lizzie.

1/1 VE. Made my day.

Edited, Tue May 2 21:40:39 2006
RE: No more VE hunting.
# May 03 2006 at 7:36 AM Rating: Decent
no more VE hunting for me either. am 1/2 now with no treasure hunter. i camped with 60% moon and at 7am PST. no one was there... popped in the trees closest to the wall on the selbina side. also popped right on the hour mark with me killing every fly i could find. /rng is important and i had it, but i visually saw vE pop so i didnt use it. i do reccomend /rng or /bst tho and bring a friend. friends help out alot. hope this helps
Lucky I guess
# May 02 2006 at 11:24 AM Rating: Decent
I think i hold somekind of record I needed this piece didnt want to spend 4M so i decided to go camp it for my first time I got there and as soon as I got off the bird he popped in front of me I voked, claimed, killed, and got drop all in like total of maybe 1min total camping valkrum emperor.
1/2
# Apr 30 2006 at 9:19 PM Rating: Decent
HAHAHA im so happy wappy..
was camping this thing and waited 1 hour, and i tpopped, killed it with a nin75 and whm50 (me as thf50) and didnt get drop... did a couple quests for 4 hours and came back 4 hours later lol, waited 30 minutes with a lvl 56rdm, same whm, and lvl50, got emp claim again (pretty sure this was consecutive pop) and finally got drop! SO HAPPY! and i was just about to buy it for 2.6 mil too!! save money!

PS: I dont think moon or day counts cuz i killed it on windsday with i think it was 5% moon

Edited, Sun Apr 30 21:13:07 2006
Some VE experiences
# Apr 30 2006 at 3:24 PM Rating: Decent
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Well as of 4/30/06, I am 0/8 on VE. I never camped this NM before the update that changed the dropped item to ra/ex (I don't think I need to explain why). I decided to post a little of my experiences so far.

First, yes the drop rate sucks. But if you're going to camp this guy solo, it should be mandatory that you bring a job or SJ capable of widescan. IMO, TH is worthless if you can't get the claim. If you can bring both abilites to the field plus Flee, then you're golden.

Second, I have got the claim on VE almost everytime using the placeholder strategy. The only time I haven't is when VE pops right in someones face, so there's not much you can do about that. One of the reasons for this is because other campers are so busy killing every fly on the beach.

Third, VE indeed has just ONE placeholder. It is the top fly in the list between the Snippers and the Thread leeches. When VE pops however, she shows up on the bottom of the list. I do appreciate the other three flies though, as they increase my chance of getting the claim since they keep the other campers busy. There have been some rare instances where I was alone camping VE, and it gave me the chance to put the single PH theory to the test.

Last, I have yet to see VE's window to be longer than four hours. I've heard of the 8 hour spawn, but I'm starting to think that those ppl just missed the pop. On the same token, VE has never popped in less than one hour, ruling out the 30 min spawn as well.

Well, best of luck to those trying to get their hairpin. Hopefully my next post will be about me obtaining this elusive drop.
____________________________
~Vendict of Alexander~

Pop info
# Apr 28 2006 at 3:47 AM Rating: Decent
okay as of 4/27/06 with it rare/ex im posting the clock info for reference. this is ToD but claim wasnt too far before it, and its anyones claim this is more for help rather than boasting if i got it.

DROP: INSECT WING~
Vana'diel: 8/14/995 Darksday, 8:57
Last Quarter Moon (50%)
Earth: Apr. 27, 2006 7:50:17pm
(next to top of mini-hill on west end between cliff n wall)

DROP: INSECT WING~
Vana'diel: 8/16.95, Earthsday 13:38
Last Quarter Moon (45%)
Earth: Apr. 27, 2006 9:56:45pm
(just west of the last spot, near the big rock)

NO CLAIM (passer friggin by)
Vana'diel: 8/18/995, Windsday, 15:32
Waning Crescent (40%)
Earth: Apr. 27, 2006 11:56:30pm
(east trees, dead when i arrived)


no one around
# Apr 14 2006 at 6:05 AM Rating: Decent
I camped this thing at 3 AM on MST. No one was camping it for the 2 hours before its spawn. 1/1 on it. /dance my advice would be to camp it at times that no one is around. It makes things twelve times easier.
RE: no one around
# Apr 30 2006 at 7:29 PM Rating: Default
no really no one would of thoght to try that
RE: no one around
# Apr 30 2006 at 7:28 PM Rating: Decent


Edited, Sun Apr 30 19:23:27 2006
Easy money...
# Apr 11 2006 at 9:04 PM Rating: Decent
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I used to camp this thing back when it dropped the Emperor's Hairpin. Back then I camped for a couple of weeks only saw it pop a few times never got the claim. Today a friend of mine was like lets go camp it just for fun cause we were bored. He's never fought it either. Camped for about 45 mins it came up on my widescan got the claim and now I'm 1/1 on the Empress Hairpin.
Horrible Drop Rate
# Apr 11 2006 at 2:45 PM Rating: Decent
I think it's insane that SE messed with the drop rate, because it's a rare/ex item now. Althought it used to be a 1/4 drop on average, I'm trying to get my alternate character one, and I'm already 0/14. I somehow believe that this drop doesn't exist anymore. Considering this is an essential piece of equipment for many jobs, why make the drop rate so atrocious? I'm appalled.
camped 15 min
# Apr 10 2006 at 9:24 PM Rating: Default
i ran thru valkurm today and camped this mob for 15 min. killed flys all around. had to wait for another round. second round came and there that beautiful ******* was. there was another camping but he was healing. poped behind him and he didnt see. got claim and drop. 1/1. haha.

Paradox
Hades
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