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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# Jan 26 2006 at 7:43 PM Rating: Decent
90 posts
Ok, I needed the hairpin for my DRK so i asked my friend to help me camp it.We went i went as my WAR30/BSt15 he went as his RDM60/THf15 we got there killed a few place holders after about 5-10mins VE poped (by the way NOWONE else was to be seen camping) and we took him down in 30 secs or so. We got the drop and i was happy EASIEST nm i ever camped. BTW DO NOT CAMP LL hell -_- unless u REALY need the boots

Edited, Thu Jan 26 19:45:15 2006
Crazy Luck
# Jan 23 2006 at 12:33 PM Rating: Decent
OK, I (52mnk/17rng) was camping VE from about 10:45est. just an hour and 15 minutes before maintenance starts. about an hour and 10 minutes go by, and Im about to call it quits before maintenance begins. So i check my wide scan one last time and there it is, I see it on the scan and get nervous so instead of tracking it I scroll down further, so I look around the general area Im in due to there being a couple others camping it also. I dont see it so I just start running and check the scan again. I see that Im running right towards it. Although it is in the complete opposite corner of the spawn area. I even think it was outside of it. I dont think I have a chance of getting the claim, but when I get there it was chilling all alone, I get the claim and the drop just 2 or 3 minutes before maintenance begins. I log the F out as soon as I get it. Dont wanna lose the drop due to improper log out. :P
funny story
# Jan 20 2006 at 7:00 PM Rating: Decent
29 posts
ok of all the dumb luck. i just chocobo'd to the dunes wearing my powder boots (never worn them before), and thought id test out flee to see how long they took to work, before i started to camp VE. I took off like a bullet and ran straight into it, to my shock. I feel sorry for the people that were camping it for hours...no drop though.
# Jan 18 2006 at 8:28 PM Rating: Decent
Finally got this pin with TH2. 1/19! I'm so happy. I was about to buy the pin for 5million.

After realizing that I've killed it with weapon skill Dancing Edge and haven't got the drop, I decided to just fight it without WS's, and luckily, got the drop.

Edited, Wed Jan 18 19:31:10 2006
Got the drop!!
# Jan 12 2006 at 4:08 AM Rating: Decent
Camped for about three hours. Finally popped and i choked on the throw. Thanks to Beowolve I still got it becuase he claimed and invited and let me lot on it ^^;. This is on Phoenix.

Edited, Thu Jan 12 04:10:34 2006
I miss VE
# Jan 12 2006 at 1:42 AM Rating: Decent
I miss owning every VE spawn, the memory of seeing it on my wide scan makes my heart beat just a little faster
Drop Rate?
# Jan 08 2006 at 4:36 AM Rating: Decent
sheesh, idk what's up with other servers drop rates... I recently purchased a Trump Crown b/c it was rumored to have Treasure Hunter. blah blah did loads of testing "i believe" so, I decide to give a NM a whirl. After camping this NM for myself and for others I am 4/6 on the hairpin... so #1 drop rate may be diff. on our server? or #2 :P i'm extremely lucky or #3 get a trump crown
Respawn times
# Dec 31 2005 at 11:35 PM Rating: Excellent
After hours upon hours of camping this guy (1/16 or so.. ?), I finally got my Empress Hairpin, /hurray :) Would just like to share my experience in the hopes it may help...

Below are the ToD's for VE that I witnessed in my last camping session.. I tried a few different strategies along the way, and near the end it got much, much easier. So, here's how it went:

Note: 61Rdm/Rng, claiming with Dia.

12/30/2005 5:00pm : Claimed. Crazy widescanning for an hour, killed all placeholders as they popped, lots of campers.
12/30/2005 7:35pm : Missed claim, no drop. Same strategy as above.
12/30/2005 10:28pm : Missed claim again, but again no drop. Same strategy.
12/31/2005 12:10am : Claim. Was alone this time so I collected all 4 at once, killed with aoe Cyclone, repeated.
12/31/2005 1:19am : Claim. Same strat as in beginning.

At this point, I went to bed... too many campers, and a friend showed up that needed it also, so I left it to them.

Woke up the next morning, and continued:

12/31/2005 1:13pm Claim. Started camping at 11:10am, using same strategy from first camping session.
12/31/2005 3:25pm Claim. Same strategy.
12/31/2005 4:43pm Claim. Invited a thf with TH2 to help, no drop still.
12/31/2005 6:41pm Missed claim, and claimer got drop.
12/31/2005 8:25pm Claim. Same still... but at this point I decided I'd had enough, and switched to 40thf/rng.
12/31/2005 10:15pm Claim.... & DROP! :)

You may ask why I didnt start as thf.. I was just worried I wouldn't be able to take it :/ I am a taru after all.. turns out it was very easy.. ended up with full life at the end, finishing him off with a single Bloody Bolt. I did also break out my NPC as insurance, but I could have easily taken it without.

Also, when I got the drop, I switched up my strategy. People were still killing all 4 almost as soon as they popped, but occasionally 2-3 were left out at once. By watching carefully, I was able to determine which spawn was holding the top position in widescan. Once I had figured this out, all I needed to do was kill that one, set a timer for 5 minutes, and watch some TV. When the timer was almost up, I switched back and started widescanning, watching for either a new placeholder to spawn or VE to spawn. As soon as I saw either spawn, I'd hit flee and run to it. Though flee isnt really necessary on the placeholders, I found that people at first would follow you, but after a few rounds of this, they figure you're just nuts and stop following. This was by far the easiest method, as I only had to kill 1 placeholder, then could rest for a few minutes, get all macros ready, heal up, and build TP.

Anyway, hope some of this helps someone! :)

Edit: For widescan position, check djghost's post back on Nov. 9th. This is the info that I was using.

Edited, Sun Jan 1 00:01:38 2006
Correct Camping Details
# Dec 29 2005 at 3:14 PM Rating: Excellent
18 posts
Wow... I am very surprised to see after all this time, that the correct info on LL and VE has not been posted. If it has been, it is lost in one of the several pages on this site, and it is time to put the correct info on top.

#1 Neither LL or VE have multiple placeholders. They have 1, and 1 only, and it is very easy to determine which one.

First off, you need to be camping with widescan, to prove what I am about to tell you.

First we will talk about Leaping Lizzy.

As I mentioned above, there is only 1 PH for leaping lizzy. When you get to the spawn area, activate widescan. If no one is killing lizards, you will notice on the list, a top group of 5 lizards, some mobs in between, and a bottom group of 5 lizards. These are the 10 lizards that you have heard that are ph's. But, the ph for leaping lizzy, is always, always, always, the bottom lizard in the top group of 5, if all 5 are there. You may be asking urself, "well, what if all 5 lizards arent in the top group, what if there is only 3, or 1, or I don't even see a top group?" if this is case, then obviously people are killing lizards, it might take u a few rounds to determine lizard #5 in the top group of 5. What I do, if there is only 4 or so, I will hold the bottom lizard, and keep it held until ive seen all lizards in that group pop, eventually u will figure out which is lizard #5. Once you do, you have the ph, with 100% certainty. The pure and simple fact is, if you held this lizard all day, it doesnt matter what other lizards you kill, LL will never pop, unless this 1 lizard is killed. So this clearly gives you an advantage. How? Ok you found lizard #5 in top group, now what? Kill the lizard, wait 5 seconds and then use a 5 minute ability, like sharpshot. This serves as your timer. The 5 second wait serves to compensate for the widescan lag time. The ability timer is ur ph/nm timer. When the timer hits 0, look visually for LL spawn, if you dont see it, pop widescan and look for LL or lizard#5 in top group on widescan. If others are killing other lizards, the ph will be the bottom lizard in top group no matter what. Just make sure you give enough time for your PH to spawn before you run off and claim wrong lizard. Rinse and repeat. Eventually this 1 lizard will pop LL, it is an universal truth. If LL pops on another lizard, you did something wrong, you got off on a wrong lizard. Several of you will appreciate this, and some of you may never quite get it. If you don't trust this info, or want to test it out first, bring a friend and have him round up the other 9 lizards in the 2 groups, except for lizard #5 in top group. Have him kill the other 9 simulataneously and keep a 5 minute timer on them. however, wait to kill urs until about 2 minutes after the others are dead, and keep a different 5 minute timer on the ph. Widescan when all other 9 lizards in the 2 groups of 5 are at 5 minutes, and you will never find Leaping Lizzy. Eventually on the #5 lizard in top group, that you have been killing at a specifically different time than the others, will spawn LL. Test it out. Hope this helps.

Now for Valk. Emperor

Another Widescan trick just like leaping lizzy.

When you get to spawn area, throw up widescan.

If no one is killing flies there will be 4 damselflies on the widescan list in between the group of snippers and the group of leeches. If there isn't 4 some are being killed. When all 4 are up between the snippers and thread leeches, the top fly, is always, always, always, always, the ph. This singular fly will spawn VE eventually. It is 100% truth. Just like LL it might take you a few rounds to find the top fly, if others are being killed. Once you do though, i would hold it and keep its death time seperate from the other 3. once you kill it, wait 5 seconds and do a 5 minute ability like sharpshot. when ability timer is up, look visually for VE, if u dont see him, activate widescan. If VE is up, he will always be bottom fly of the 4 between snippers and leeches, on widescan list. If you follow these guides, you will have a greater advantage of knowing the exact second ph will spawn, and eventually the NM.

Like I said, some of you will instantly benefit from this by camping it correctly, others will not believe and not even try this out, and others will try to camp them this way but will still camp them wrong, grabbing the wrong mob.

Which group you fit into above, is all up to you.
This is the correct info. If you find this information useful, please rate up.

Some tips:
Keep track of the mobs.
Don't kill ph at same time another in the group is being killed.
Pop widescan about 10 seconds before the 5 minute ability timer is up, so you know what is there before and after the 5 minute window hits 0.
Make sure you have the ph, remember widescan lags a good 3 or more seconds after the mob actually pops.
Correct Camping Details
# Oct 02 2007 at 1:20 AM Rating: Decent
Haha, forget it.. I posted that while I was camping and it worked by just selecting the bottom of the 1st group of lizards each time. 1/4 baby!!
Correct Camping Details
# Oct 02 2007 at 1:16 AM Rating: Decent
Now is this saying the bottom lizard at the bottom of the widescan listing for the 1st group or the bottom lizard on the map of the first group? You're just always sposed to target the bottom lizard and boom, LL will pop?? Sorry if it sounds dumb but it's just so easy that it's confusing, lol.
# Nov 08 2006 at 3:30 PM Rating: Decent
do you think a thf 30 can handle it solo?
or how much ppl/lvls do i need?
RE: Correct Camping Details
# Jun 16 2006 at 7:27 AM Rating: Good
So wonderful, thank you so so much ; ;
I just beat a group of JPs to VE and got my hairpin because of your post...my NIN loves you! :D
RE: Correct Camping Details
# May 21 2006 at 7:06 PM Rating: Decent
Just another person saying thanks for your post.

Camped the Emperor with this method 3 times, got the claim each time, got my hairpin.

I seriously love you. A lot.
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# Mar 13 2006 at 12:55 PM Rating: Decent
I'm yet another one that found the single PH to be true, but there is one small problem with the description. The spawn is not always exactly 5 minutes. Rather, it seemed to range from 5-5:30, well beyond any lag wide scan has.
RE: Correct Camping Details
# Feb 20 2006 at 8:44 AM Rating: Decent
277 posts
Is it just me or does anyone else wonder what kind of info about a NM suddenly unearthes after that NM became worthless money-wise ? <.<

Anyway, including the info about mob ID's in another post, it would seem that a mob has an internal ID, that gives away it's spawning place and type. Meaning all mobs in a zone are set, except for 1 PH for every lottery NM. For those who didnt follow me. . .it would seem EVERY lottery NM has only a single PH that will randomly spawn in 1 of a set of fixed spawn points. If someone finds out how to identify and track that one, then he can use this strategy for whatever lottery he wishes to camp. The idea came, while camping Poisonhand in Davoi, in the Firebelcher spawn place there pops 1 orc north and 1 south. . .but sometimes 2 orcs spawn at 1 of the locations.
RE: Correct Camping Details
# Feb 14 2006 at 12:39 AM Rating: Decent
31 posts
This was great info, rate up. I camped in the morning for 3 hours, used wide scan to find the first placeholder. Kept killing it and found they they mostly popped in one area. I hung out thier for 3 hours and finally got pop no one saw him or was moving but me. Claimed, killed, insect wing. I got mad and logged.

3 hours later logged back in he popped after I killed 1 st placeholder. Claimed again in the same spot up in the back where the dent is. And finally droppedmy pin man i was hated. The was great info next target LL. Great Job
RE: Correct Camping Details
# Feb 06 2006 at 8:37 PM Rating: Decent
24 posts
this is 95% accurate

everything about VE is accurate

but LL info isnt, almost is, but isnt

in case any of you have ever seen 2 LL pop within minutes of each other and wonder, wtf glitch?

ur wrong, its not a glitch, there are actually TWO leaping lizzy's. yes thats right, its true

their ID #s are 017b and 018f, your info on popping LL is 50% correct too, you said bottom lizard of 1st group is PH, thats half true...

the bottom lizard of the 2nd group is ALSO a PH, for the other LL, so actually killing both 5th lizards is good, because it doubles your chances of popping her...

other than that great stuff :D
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# Mar 06 2006 at 11:10 AM Rating: Good
26 posts

Edited, Mon Mar 6 11:16:58 2006
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# Feb 04 2006 at 8:17 PM Rating: Decent
This is the best thing i've seen online, i used it all day today, got 2/3 claims. Missed one because a THF/BSt fleeded to before i coudn't get there. No Drops today though :( Mabey tomorrow, i'm getting up at 6am MST to try again.
RE: Correct Camping Details
# Jan 28 2006 at 2:03 PM Rating: Decent
This information seems correct, I haven't missed a claim since trying it out. Rate up.
#REDACTED, Posted: Jan 25 2006 at 1:24 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Wow. This info worked like a charm. After 3 claims camping tonight, I got my boots. Not gonna bother with pin tonight though, as my THF is 30 and my RNG is 25. VE would pwn me and serve me up with crackers.
RE: Correct Camping Details
# Jan 21 2006 at 7:47 AM Rating: Decent
42 posts
Little DTAngel, you're an angel, you're a saint, you're Mother Teresa, you're Elvis. You're God.

I couldnt even nab this f***er, let alone get the hairpin. After a couple hours, I got him, and dropped on the first try! I couldnt be happier!

While doin this strategy I always activated flee and hide just before spawn, so anyone else watching me prolly thought i was just psyching em out, hee hee. I passed the knowledge foward to some poor guy who spent 9 hours that night. I hope it does miracles for him too ^^
RE: Correct Camping Details
# Jan 21 2006 at 12:34 AM Rating: Decent
You are brilliant.
I got my boots after 20 minutes of camping.
After 15 mins on VE, I am 0/1.

Edit: Still haven't gotten drop, but I've never missed a claim with this method.

Edited, Tue Jan 24 17:03:56 2006
RE: Correct Camping Details
# Jan 17 2006 at 11:17 AM Rating: Decent
wow!! you pwn in teh 1337est way!!
Followed strategy for LL and got every single claim for the 6 times he popped. Was 0/5 before using strategy. Now 1/11 on LL.
Too bad cant rate up any further.
RE: Correct Camping Details
# Jan 14 2006 at 7:54 PM Rating: Decent
83 posts
I can Verify this info with 100% certainty. Rate up.
RE: Correct Camping Details
# Jan 12 2006 at 6:04 PM Rating: Decent
as far as valk emp goes, this guide works perfect...just got my pin yesterday after about 10 hours total camping with this strategy...so thank you for the guide

as far as lizzy goes, there are just waaaay too many mobs that pop up on widescan and too many lizards out there being killed for this to be as easy as valk emp...still, i'll try this out and post results if/whenever i get boots to drop

thanks again for the helpful guide,
~feluu ^^
RE: Correct Camping Details
# Jan 01 2006 at 10:28 AM Rating: Decent
120 posts
I just wanted to thank you for your post! It works and I just got my hairpin ^^

Thanks alot :)
Got my Hairpin last night
# Dec 29 2005 at 1:11 AM Rating: Decent
705 posts
I got the Empress Hairpin yesterday. This is my story.

Two days ago, one of my LS member (25 nin) asked for help camping VE (he has ToD). I went there as THF/RNG, another LS member went as THF/WAR, and we were the only one camping until a BST/WHM showed up. I spammed widescan every 10 seconds, see VE on scan at the north of the trees, hit flee, got in range, hit the 'mug' macro, and it turned purple - the bst claimed it with charm. It didn't drop for him though.

Discouraged, my LS members logged, but I didn't want to give up. I already have an Emperor's Hairpin from a long time ago, yet losing claim to the BST by half a second just got the THF blood in me boiling. 2 hours later, once again I was there spamming widescan every 10 seconds. Another LS friend (BLM/WHM, 73) came to camp with me against 4 other people. The VE spawn is late, 'camper fatigure' begin to kick in the other campers and myself, then suddenly I see VE on scan but far, far away. Fortunately, my BLM friend claimed it, and one Thundaga III later it's dead. No drop though.

The THF blood in me refuse to accept defeat. The next day I'm there spamming widescan again, along with 6 other camper there. A THF is using the strategy of 'kill all placeholder with AoE' to narrow down the spawn time, and I mucked that up by killing some flies 'out of time'. Finally, VE showed up on widescan at the eastern Tree - I fumbled with my flee macro for a second, ran within bow range, hit the ranged macro, and started praying. I can hear the RDM behind me starting his spell, but my bolt hit it first!! A few hits later, VE is dead and I got the Empress Hairpin ^_^. The THF that is training the placeholder is still killing his train :-P

One theory my friend has regarding VE and LL which I agree with - there are actually 2 placeholders each with a 4 hour spawn. This would explain both the 'got 2 VE within 30 minutes' and the '8 hour to spawn' scenario. The only way to test this theory would be to hold VE for about 4 hours, but I have a feeling that would make a lot of people very angry..

# Dec 23 2005 at 10:53 PM Rating: Decent
1,709 posts
Got on and decided to go camp him today, went down there and there were 4 other ppl, I was sitting at bottom part of E-8 on the line, about an hour had past, and I was very bored about to give up ( I can't stand standing around for long periods of time on high focus looking for a pop) About ready to give up I see a thf (with flee) run all the way across the screen form my right and go down behind me to my left, well I figureing I won't make the claim not matter what I do walk up a bit, and near the top of e-8 I stop, the thf and some other ppl found a fly they're killing it, well out of the corner of my screen I happen to see another fly, too far away to target it, i use the mouse to highlight then click and woooot! it was the emperor, I started to haul *** hoping to get to it before anyone else <63whm/31blm>, ran close enough and cast flash wooot! I claimed it, did Dia 2, then Haste, and began killing it, Didn't think my chance was high since no TH, but wooot I got the drop XD, then I put it on and everyoen around examined me, chearing me on and i lit some fireworks, and 1 of the guys there asked for a tele dem >.>
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# Dec 20 2005 at 7:55 PM Rating: Decent
This is crap I've camped for the past 4 days to calim once and no drop. The other time a PLD that did nothing and a THF/RNG that just sat there and wide scanned got VE. That's some BS right there.
RE: /sigh
# Dec 25 2005 at 5:10 PM Rating: Decent
Well sounds like you need to learn Nm camping tactics, if you stop and think about it, it's not that hard to outclaim the people that don't move.
nobody is lucky like i am...
# Dec 14 2005 at 7:32 AM Rating: Decent
49 DRG/THF I went to camp the Golden, and half hour later, she pops, but no drop, ok I said, might as well do some laps for VE, my very first serious campout for VE. so there i am, lapping around, around, around, only 2 other campers there, then...... some time after, i wake up in my chair, lol I fell asleep, happens all the time, so I don't think much of it, but as i clear my eyes (had on contacts) I see VE right in front of me!!!! /Jump, got claim, and bam, got empress!!!! one very very lucky SOB
Another Pushover!
# Dec 12 2005 at 11:49 PM Rating: Decent
My story is funny to me but not so funny to those who had to wait for VE to spawn!Anyways do you all agree that when you least expect it; These damn NMs spawn right b4 you!?On Dec 10,2005
@ around 7pm i decide to go to Valkurm Dunes and farm lizzy skins for crafting...i just happened to go where VE spawns but on the hill above near the cliff...lots of lizzies around for me to feast on.so i subbed RNG on RDM...yeah yeah plz dont ask why..it's my "lucky combo"....I used widescan on a regular basis to track lizzies...and about 30 minutes later ,who do i see on my RADAR!?^^Mr.VE himself...well shiiiit
i got this Galka running on all fours to claim the *******,and wham....lol...he's friggin mine!0.o....so i do the usual buffs...killing time anyways and Use Sharpshot to throw a few arrows at him..nice touch...to **** off all those gilsellers camping the bugger for others...Its always the same PCs anways!to make a story short
i finished him off with a 300% WS that brought his *** to my feet...only to see him **** out everything possible including a wind crystal+15 exp...yeah i guess he was EP to me...what a joke!
The drops were:Wind Crystal+Insect Wing+Empress Hairpin!if a Galka could jump ,i'd end up in Selbina with so much joy...i'm still keeping my original EMP.PIN for now..see how much economy will differ in the coming months!Btw..he spawned near the lone palm tree towards the cliff,and its not the 1st time i seen him spawn there.GL to all those hunting VE...i just retired another NM off my list>>>>>>>RDM/RNG=lucky NM killin combo...must be luck!^^

Edited, Tue Dec 13 00:06:08 2005
RE: Another Pushover!
# Dec 13 2005 at 12:16 AM Rating: Default
i also forgot to say that i own 2 Millionaire's
Desks....sources say it improves drops and has hidden effects of TH....as for that i truly believe cuz since i had my friend do the desks for me,and all NMs have dropped big time!i dunno about owning 2 though; if TH effect is stackable
but if it is;it would explain the ridiculous increase in drops...no BS,just being honest
[maybe its the work of one]who knows!?if u got the gil to spare;buy one and notice the changes in drops...if nothing changes then hmmm....sell it back to AH for more than what u paid for...
may be it's luck!^^

Edited, Mon Dec 12 23:21:44 2005
Lucky? I guess...
# Dec 06 2005 at 9:26 PM Rating: Good
291 posts
Well, I recently sold my Emperor's Hairpin so I could buy Spectacles for my thf (lvl 61). After doing so I decided I still wanted the hairpin but wouldn't pay 3 Million gil. (Yep, 3 million on Remora) So, the last day and a half has been spent camping VE on and off. When I first arrive in the dunes I size up the competition. A rdm, and a pld nothin to worry about. Then I see a rng show up...so I invite my only perceivable competition to team up and increase our odds of a claim. (Btw, I'm hunting as a 61 thf/rng) He agrees and we set about to killing the PH for the next two hours with no spawn. Finally it spawns and we get the claim and consequently the drop!! He casts a lot of 292...I cast 24 /cry
So off he goes with his brand new prize. I stick around and wait for next spawn, which I got no problem...no drop. I log out and cry myself to sleep...jk.
I log back in today, and after about an hour, VE spawns. I don't get the claim but the two guys fighting him invite me to their pt mid-kill. I happily accept and boom, the pin drops. I ask if we're castiong lots and the leader says no, and requests that I pass. I struggle for a few minutes with my hand over the button to cast my lot. He had casted a low lot and I would likely out lot him...but then in true holiday spirit I passed. Guess I figured if not for the invite I wouldn't have gained the claim anyway. So, I guess I'll be going back to it a little later. So I've managed to claim VE 4 times since update, and I'm 2/4...sorta...lol
Just thought I'd share my story with everyone.
Happy hunting
Petite ~ Remora
RE: Lucky? I guess...
# Dec 11 2005 at 1:06 AM Rating: Good
291 posts
Well, happy to update here. A day or two after posting I was in Valkurm killing placeholders. There were 8 other campers but I was feeling stubborn. I was kind of confined to the spot by the trees, hanging out over the small plant/flower.
Knowing the spawn time of the last PH, I ready myself for the pop of the next PH or of VE, and hit flee. I check my widescan and boom there he is, I track him and cancel out of map to find him right next to me lol. Quickly I hit my range attack macro (I use darts for low delay) and I get the message "You cannot see the Valkurm Emperor". /panic
So I turn and hit the macro again.
"You move and interrupt your aim"
Double /panic!!!!
At this point the competition is moving into place. I can actually see 3 other players surrounding VE. I hit my range macro one last time and finally I **** back ready to throw a dart. I know at this point if a person casts charm dia or chi blast I missed my chance and the VE will be lost to me yet again, god I suck.
But fortunately no quick claimers in the bunch and I see the VE name turn to red...haha a claim.
After making quick work of the NM, I see...
Petite receives a insect wing.
Lag musta been somethin aweful as a full second later I see:
Petite finds a Empress Hairpin on the Valkurm Emperor.
Oh the relief and the sheer excitement I felt.
Happy to finally be done with this and to never have to camp this thing again.
3/5 since update. Need help getting it? <no thanks> <I'm busy> <Fighting right now>

XD Petite-Remora
RE: Lucky? I guess...
# Dec 07 2005 at 11:45 AM Rating: Decent
177 posts
VE is a pretty easy NM to camp and claim, since the update anyway. I'm 4/4 now on VE -I go as THF/NIN or as BLM/THF for Treasure Hunter - I may be biased but TH does work on this drop.

Last week, I ran into the Dunes with a friend; I decided to give it a try. Within 5 minutes VE popped. He popped exactly where I expected him to (no, I don't look for placeholders anymore). I got the claim and the drop. My friend got the pin he's wanted for a long time!

Happy Hunting!


BLM 71/THF 59/RNG 41/WHM 38/NIN 34/RDM 26/WAR 20/BST 13

# Dec 05 2005 at 4:02 PM Rating: Decent
yea i did this right after update 1/3 on it... no matter what at some point emperor WILL spawn in those three trees near beach and hell spawn twice in row there. sometimes he wont spawn there for like 10 hours then pop twice in those trees, NO MATTER WHAT HE WILL SPAWN IN THOSE TREES ON THAT FLOWER AT SOME POINT.
The reason rng/thf are best for V
# Dec 05 2005 at 11:00 AM Rating: Decent
83 posts
I have camped VE a lot in my time playing this game. I was one of those let's camp VE and LL for gil before the patch people. There is only one Place Holder for VE and you can only know which one it is if you have wide scan. There are four flies on this scan when they are all up right above the leeches. The top fly is the real PH it's also the only one that can spawn anywhere. Most RNG, THF/RNG, BST/THF have figured this out already. As a 60THF/RNG you can pre-flee if you have your AF boots everytime the PH is about to spawn. I have helped a lot of people get thier pin this way. I hope this helps you all get your rare/ex pin.
The reason THF/RNG is best for VE Camping
# Dec 05 2005 at 11:04 AM Rating: Excellent
83 posts
Sorry about that I got in a hurry and messed up the subject line >.>
#REDACTED, Posted: Dec 04 2005 at 8:56 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Just shows you dont know **** about VE.
# Dec 03 2005 at 11:58 AM Rating: Excellent
90 posts
Camped this guy for 1~3 days on and off when i wasnt helping friends with other various tasks. went 2/3 on claim and 1/2 on drop no TH at all. at 69 of course he is less then a joke not even enough time to yell to the other campers you have him and actually prove it(usually dead when they find me) but at any rate seemed to me atleast on pheonix he likes the western most spawnpoint lately. all 3 times i saw him he was over there maybe just a coincidence but i thought id throw it out there anywho cashing in my old pin now GL on camping^^
Dropped on 1st fight
# Dec 01 2005 at 7:43 PM Rating: Decent
I showed up to take this one and found that I had come to join a camp of about 7 people. For a bit I was confused, I mean the drop is rare/ex so I figured, how could so many people be here for this dumb thing? So I start asking and people start saying that the drop rate is real low. So I log off for the night, not wanting to fight 7 people (RDMs actually) for the stupid thing. Next day I log in, more people there camping. So, I get a book out and start reading, occasionally glancing at the screen. 2 hours go by, I haven't really been looking for the pop, then I decide to start taking Flys since they're the place-holders. I use Drain to regain my HP, as I'm fighting as a 38 DRK/THF, so when the fight is over, I figure I'll go find a Clip to drain some MP from. I head West and pull a Clip, but in the background I see a Fly. As I start killing the Clip I notice that the Fly has a longer name than usual and it hits me, it's VE! So I disengage and run to VE and take him. No one is in sight, no campers, nothing. I claim him just by attacking, just by targetting and pressing attack. He dies, he drops, and some Galka shows up and cheers me on. Patience, my friends, patience always pays.
# Nov 30 2005 at 9:36 AM Rating: Decent
951 posts
Been camping for a week, waiting for 1 spawn a day. Claimed it 5 days in a row, nothing to show for it. 6th day I missed claim (stupid RNG/THFs... I have no chance >.>;) and on the seventh day, there are like 5 people there. One of them is a friend so we decide to team up and take out chances with the lotting.

So we're killing for about 3 hours (already been waiting for 2) and we're both THF/RNG. He says he has to go AFK, so I'm like "Okay" and VE spawns
I run over, claim it, and it drops... he comes back and beats my lot by like 30....

Not mad, just ranting, GRRR... But he offered to help me get my own so we'll see how it goes :)

Edited, Wed Nov 30 09:49:06 2005
Treasure Hunter [No thanks.]
# Nov 27 2005 at 3:30 PM Rating: Decent
I can now vouch for the fact Treasure Hunter 2 doesn't help w/ Rare/Ex items.I camped VE for a week straight,so I have some pretty good knowledge on it.I ended up goin 1/15;0/11 with 1x TH2,0/3 with 2x TH2,and 1/1 with no TH
Money ; ;
# Nov 25 2005 at 8:48 PM Rating: Decent
23 posts
It's funny reading posts about "4 placeholers" lmao...but nevermind that >.> lol. Anyways, i'm on the Caitsith server adn emperor hairpin is going for like 2mil. I'll get anyone the empress hairpin for 400k. I don't mean to like be an *** or anything, but yah..I need some money and emp camping is fun. Anyways, if you're on the Caitsith server and need on give a /tell to Loughry. Just think..you could sell your emp pin for 2mil...and have an empress pin for 400k.
# Nov 18 2005 at 9:43 PM Rating: Decent
I'm a 32rdm/16blm (or whm) should I even bother? enfeeb/elem skills are capped.. just curious if I should bother, or sub rng (lev 5 ; ;) for widescan.. or thf (15) for TH... or just wait till I hit 41... lol
# Nov 17 2005 at 12:37 PM Rating: Decent
I have camped the emperor twice, and twice I've had no drop.
A friend and I waited 5 hours for a pop once, we were killing the place holders and had the spawns covered, when it finally pops we get no drop, all the other campers had given up after about hour 4 so at least claiming it was easy.
RE: Camping
# Nov 22 2005 at 4:00 PM Rating: Decent
20 posts
The longest it can take to pop is 4 hours. If you don't see it after then, then chances are you missed it.
RE: Camping
# Dec 17 2005 at 8:55 AM Rating: Default
346 posts
no, it didnt pop for 8 hours today, and i didnt just miss it, because everyone else who was there also didnt see it.

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