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.

Appears on Floors:    21 - 40

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FInally got!
# Apr 07 2006 at 4:27 AM Rating: Decent
Omfg! I finally got! Lmao I had to drag my friend who came as a BST/THF, he got on his 1st kill, so yea, I draged him. He claimed this time too, and it frickin droped agian! I've killed it like 3-5 times as a THF w/ TH2, and no fkin drop >< I'm so sad lolz Well happy too, because i finally got it XD

Edited, Fri Apr 7 04:23:11 2006
Finally.... its mine...
# Apr 06 2006 at 10:41 PM Rating: Decent
after nearly two weeks of camping... and never leaving dunes, i finally get the drop, 1/15. It's odd how we spend the time there thinking we're in hell, but when we get it, can only smile at what we hold in our hands. :)

As for a tip, i noticed that when the flys start spawning in a more concentrated location, he is about to spawn, and in that spot. Doesn't always work that way, but ive seen it happen multiple times. As for claiming, if you /rng, even if it isnt leveled, IT HELPS!!! i wouldent even attempt this again without someone /rng or /bst, whichever. As rdm/rng i had no problem with claims. 15/18 for those i witnessed (and i only lost claims to, oddly enough, other rdm/rng's XD)

Anyway, i can now lvl ninja past 24. Today the god's smile apon me (or at least till i have to come back here and help some people get their own >.>). And to those wishing to try your hand at this, dont get overworked on this, if you keep your cool, its a breeze (but i must admit, my heart was racing when his name poped up) GL to all ^^.
oh baby
# Apr 06 2006 at 12:27 AM Rating: Default
i can't belive i am so lucky! i camped this thing for first time today as 60whm/10rng and i was only there for 30 mins, and it pops right in front of me.
i wasn't expecting it so i had wrong macro set up so i engaged and attacked. hairpin drop first time, freakin sweet!
the secret of the VE
# Apr 05 2006 at 5:43 PM Rating: Default
Im 3/3 with this little guy, maybe i am just lucky but somewhere i read that the right conditions make the drop rate higher, i always claim with my tarutaru thf45 it with ranged attack, kill it usign main dagger sub shield, no ws, no steal, without lucky items on(not sure), if it works to someone else plese PM me i wanna know if its a myth or it actually work.

Edited, Wed Apr 5 17:42:34 2006
Where are they...?
# Apr 03 2006 at 4:29 PM Rating: Decent
Where are the four placeholders? I'm 0/2 on this guy, I just want to make sure I know where they are so I can check them all out. I know where three are, to the left of the trees, at the trees, and to the right of the trees, but where is that fourth?
F*ck VE
# Mar 30 2006 at 11:07 PM Rating: Decent
I am officially 2/13 on this *******. I have helped two ppl get this pin(that is why i have two drops) I however can not get a drop for me to save my life. I have spent the last 4 days camping this NM. I hate VE so much but more than that i hate my fate. I can calim this thing like nothing i'm 13/16 on claims. I've only missed it three times and one of those times VE droped. Nect time i haev time to camp this *******(since spawn times can be 1-4 hours) i'll be a lvl 45 THF so mabey that will help. IMHO the best way to camp this is bring a friend, one to cover the east one to cover the west and make sure one of you has TH2. I hate VE so much, LL was cool i'm 1/1 on her. Oh well enough ranting. This is what happens when you camp VE for three days and all you get is incect wings and a bunch of LS amtes telling you to give it up.

Edited, Thu Mar 30 22:03:56 2006
F this NM
# Mar 27 2006 at 4:33 PM Rating: Decent
I hate this thing 0/7 with sub thf and leaf buds. One night me and my friend were bored 4 ******* hours 4 HOURS didnt spawn and tehn there he was killed him! insect wing............... if its rareex it should drop easily more. I just want it so i can level....... Ill try the lucky egg and wild rabbit tail method. Maybe even trump crown JUST GIVE ME THE DROP! same with lizzy
RE: F this NM
# Mar 28 2006 at 7:50 PM Rating: Decent
I agree with you entirely... 0/7 on him, and im still sitting in this damned sand pit. On a lighter note, i dont find it too hard to claim him as a rdm/rng, and since thf isnt lvled yet, i cant really use it that to help me... wonder if i could get away with selling the near stack of insect wings ive collected from him at a higher price... cause thats about all he wants to give me... T_T

(Edit) finally got it, 1/15

Edited, Thu Apr 6 22:49:34 2006
# Mar 26 2006 at 12:25 AM Rating: Decent
Where is the Place Holder for this guy? Cuz i spent 3 hours + camping him. A fellow LS member whent around killing The normal flies out there near the spawn point, while I stayed at the spaw point cuz we had othere 70+ poeple camping him too.Firts hour whent bye- I got some amusment form my friend getting covered bye the flies, Second hour- I start dozing off, Third hour- to many hight lvls to even try. so i loogged. So once again, where is the Place holder usualy?
I hate this NM
# Mar 23 2006 at 1:06 AM Rating: Decent
1,105 posts
It wasn't too hard for me, but I did have help. 1/2 on Empress. First claim I got I only had one competitor. Missed the next 2, had a 49thf come help me from ls. He got claim, and sure enough... Empress Hairpin! I was expecting to spend a week on this since all I had to use was whm/thf... I could have used ranger but I figured I'd rather have the increased drop rate. Looks like I didn't need it. :)

Best to just wait until not many people are there. Otherwise, you may just be wasting your time. That is, unless you're really confident with your widescanning skills. When I got the drop, there was only a couple others camping it.

I would say this is a group NM. Take a ls member that already has it. 2 people can cover a LOT more ground and have the edge on the competition.

Good luck on this one, and find some friends. It's so much more comforting to know somebody has that other area covered.
Placeholder question
# Mar 22 2006 at 10:03 AM Rating: Decent
Where do NMs like this and Lizzy spawn in relation to their placeholders?
# Mar 18 2006 at 12:14 PM Rating: Good
26 posts
I've been camping with DTangels tactic for a while now and im 0/6(yea i know), anyways just wanted to say that VE doesn't always spawn 5 mins after the PH has been killed. I've had him spawn about 2-3 mins after PH died and i'm 100% sure that i was killing the PH and thanks to this ive lost claim a couple of times.
I learned it the hard way

And yea if anyone can prove me wrong please do, i dont feel like spamming widescan every 5 secs

Edit: Yep, just now i killed the PH and 3 mins later VE spawned(lost it)

Edit2: 1/10 WOOT and guess what, i was correct.
Right as i did the killing blow on the PH, VE spawned, in the second.
And here is proof of it using NPC.exe: http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g122/Takazami/68e66f38.jpg

P.S NPC.exe is nothing more of a "hack" than windower is, so dont even start flaming. It only shows the mobs ID that you already can see normally, luckily VE spawned right next to me in this case.

Edited, Mon Mar 20 10:07:13 2006
RE: update
# Apr 15 2006 at 10:55 AM Rating: Good
18 posts
Im sorry i dont know what to tell you, you and only 1 other person have not found the guide for VE to work perfectly. If you check my original post ull notice at least 10 positive responses, and there are more under the same post in the LL thread. I am thinking that somehow you are getting off on the wrong fly, or just killing the top fly in the group, when it might not actually be the true top fly if all 4 were up. Hopefully ull get it figured out, but as far as proving you wrong, there is more than enough positive feedback on this guide to vindicate it. good luck ^_^
# Mar 18 2006 at 3:57 AM Rating: Decent
873 posts
I really tried to use the "methods" for both this NM, and Lizzy... But they just fail to work for me. Guess I'm doing something wrong... >.>

But I do know I'm now 1/1 on this fellow solo, and 1/2 helping a friend.
Somehow, nobody but me was camping him for a good two hours. :) And all I went there for was to level Marksmanship.
owned.. lol
# Mar 08 2006 at 8:37 AM Rating: Decent
i was passin to selbina to meet my linkshell to lvl at whitebone/siren sands and saw it aggro sum galka the guy owned it!!! it was 5 hits and "Valkurm Emperor falls to the ground" i was like "WOAH DUDE!" lol anyways bit random jus thought ide mention it.
VE aint nothin
# Mar 07 2006 at 7:59 AM Rating: Decent
Well camped this sob for about 30 min with a galka pld. used the single placeholder mehtod with widescan flee and steel (worked without flaw). On the fist pop ran over to it and claimed it,killed it and got the drop. it spawned in the northwest corner of the spawn area.
~VE claim-1/1 drop-1/1
# Mar 04 2006 at 1:54 AM Rating: Decent
Wow, I'm lucky. I log on about 8 PST, ask if anyone is free, and sure enough, Bopibbles, the coolest Galka ever, is willing to lend a hand. We head out, and I arrive about 8:25 PST. Within 10 minutes, he pops with nobody else in the area, and I get the claim easy. No drop. We go camp Golden Bat for about an hour (no luck), and come back. We camp him for about an hour, and I'm starting to get discouraged. About 6 others (Seemingly all THF or /THF), and I have to log in about 30 minutes. I see a guy coming on his chocobo, and get even more discouraged. And then it pops 'bout 30 feet away from me, literally right behind the chocobo guy. I run up, seeing nobody, and get another easy Stun claim. One of the THFs saw me, and I was running low on MP. Couldn't cure (/RNG), so I was in trouble. But Bopi to the rescue. He arrives right after my last nuke, and SA-Raging Fists it. Empress Hairpin 1/2. Go Bopi.
# Mar 03 2006 at 9:32 AM Rating: Decent
42 posts
LS camped him for awhile last night. Got drop on first claim so 1/1 and 2nd claim with a random member got taken by someone that wasn't even there before, kinda sucks camping for 4+ hours and gettin it taken by someone that's been there for 4+ minutes, so 1/1 drops, 1/2 claims, seems the most popular spot is the northern tip of the spawn area, good luck!
My record on VE
# Mar 02 2006 at 7:09 PM Rating: Good
I camped VE for first time other day. I went 2/3 on claims. It dropped on second kill so im 1/2 now. After it dropped I decide to camp LL. Get there with 2 other campers so i got afk to eat. When i come back i pop widescan see 2 lizzys kill them and run back to my spot. It pops right next to me bout 2 min later. Kill and get drop, this makes me 1/5 on LL. I recently camped VE for a LS friend while i let him sit afk all night. Heavily camped but i claim first pop and get drop, now im 2/3. Another LS member wants it now so i do the same as last, he sits afk while i camp, 3/3 on claims that night and drop on 3rd claim, so im 3/6 on VE all-time, im soon to camp it again for another member. I wanna thank -G- for tips on campin, Piico for monster signa i got for gettin pin and tets for mary's horn i got for gettin pin.
Hairpin DROPS
# Feb 23 2006 at 2:46 AM Rating: Decent
I farmed this mob a few times but not for long because there were too many people farming it. Anyway i decided to give it a shot today and i went as 41drg/20thf. I got there and NO ONE WAS THERE. 20 minutes later it spawns, i kill it and get the drop. First time i see it i got the drop. Total farm time was about 2 hours max counting other times. I got lucky i know a lot of other people that deserve it more than i do.

Edited, Thu Feb 23 01:45:59 2006
Lvl 30 job.
# Feb 16 2006 at 1:34 PM Rating: Decent
Something I didn't think was possible. I killed Emp with Lvl 30THF/01RNG by using my NPC set to Soothing healer.

I had been camping Emp with higher lvl help from my LS, but the last time it droped the dude lotted on it. It wasn't part of the agreement so I decided to see how well I would do by myself. My LS thought I was crazy for wasting my time and that I would be eatin alive.

I spamed widescaned for 5 hours. Longest pop I've ever seen. Emp poped, I flee, steal, attack, call NPC, kill, and got drop. My time with Emp is over. 2/9.

Good luck everyone and let it be known that a lvl 30 job can kill Emp but have your NPC ready.

Edited, Thu Feb 16 13:38:35 2006
# Feb 13 2006 at 3:44 PM Rating: Decent
lol the very first time i decided to camp this thing, i got the claim. Emporer is HEAVILY camped on my server. When i was out there there was at least 8 other ppl out there campin it too. I was out there with Ramses to camp it too. I had never seen this NM before so i was kinda excited. And when i seen it, i casted Flash and got the claim. I was even more excited when i claimed it. Got real bummed when it didn't drop, but i was kinda hopin it would seems how it was my first sighting of this NM. Anyway i had to put in my two cents worth on this **** NM :-/
# Feb 07 2006 at 10:52 PM Rating: Decent
I camped this for 4 hours with my DRK/THF and it popped 3 time, no drop, alotta insect wings too on the Seraph server wtf is up with the drop rate? BTW this was my first NM camp and my heart was racing with each fight ^^. I heard ya cant buy EH no more too....

Edited, Tue Feb 7 22:03:06 2006
RE: agreed
# Mar 14 2006 at 12:41 PM Rating: Decent
I got it, lol forgot to tell ya'll, went as 47DRK/1RNG at the time, that was about a month ago.Out claimed 6 ppl with /stun. Got the Rare/Ex baby yeah! 1/7 (took about a week) /sigh and im not takin it off till Optical hat lol
# Feb 06 2006 at 6:18 PM Rating: Decent
ive been camping this thing for over 34 hours now (I'm an insomniac), ive claimed it just over 15 times and lost 2 claims to a different camper. so far my drops are 15 insect wings. thats it!
wtf happened to the drop rate on this guy
# Feb 06 2006 at 5:31 PM Rating: Decent
can anyone who is on the phoenix server help me get the pin? hopefully a high lvl thf 50+ but if not, i'll accept any other job.
# Feb 04 2006 at 3:29 AM Rating: Decent
441 posts
So, I decided to camp this for my nin. Lots of people there. It spawns completely out of my range, and of course the pin drops. Whatever. I go afk for an hour and come back, and it's only me and one other person now. They have the western side and I have the middle and east. It pops near me and I easily get claim, kill it with a 300% tp rampage (55war/27rng). No drop. Afk for another hour and come back and start to camp again. Damn thing takes another 2 hours to spawn but pops right near me again. I start the fight with 30% tp, build up to 100 and finish it off with rampage. Guess what? The pin drops. Woot, enough of that NM. Glad to have gotten the drop in only about 5 hours seriously camping, especially seeing my sister camp it for 20+ hours before finally getting the drop.
Getting the claim
# Jan 27 2006 at 4:21 AM Rating: Decent
228 posts
Well, i came on to share my knowledge on VE, but it seems angel already did. Good job man, your correct on every angle. I am 21/36 on this fly, and it has made me hated by some because i camp it for others. so i am always out there.

One more thing i would like to add. There are 8 locations VE can pop, i have them all marked on map, i recomend if you are there long enough to see multiple pops, mark where he pops on your map, if your there long enough you know WHERE he will pop if you learn the system, but im keeping that one a secret, try it out ^^
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