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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# Oct 26 2007 at 1:57 AM Rating: Default
Forget a game where a few people can spend hours of time working to get VE to pop, then to have some ******* THF or anything/thf come and take it in an instant claiming it and having done NONE of the work. Thanks for wasting an hour or so of my life there buddy just so that YOU can get what you want without having to work for it. A lot of player etiquette there that you lack aswell as consideration of others. All you Whee i'm 1/1 on this and all that, sure you're happy, but don't give the rest of us who have to camp this thing 10 + times all that crap. We do NOT want to hear it, me personally, it makes me want to go and get some tears flowing from the poor ******* that happens to actually understand english that stole the NM in the first place.
# Oct 21 2007 at 10:42 PM Rating: Decent
ok so my gf and i were camping mary and i decided i wanted to go camp emp for my hairpin (32thf). so i ran there and she went to the jeuno AH to sell some stuff then was gonna come back and help me. so i ran there and waited around as some 75 mnk/15 thf was running around killing all the flies. so i decided to SA a gob and try to steal a silver beastcoin... failed my steal and was then just trying to kill it off when i saw the mnk running after a fly that was by me and BAM! right at 5:00 there was emp behind the mnk. so i disengage and shoot the emp... fighting fighting... almost dying i killed the emp with 60 HP and poison... DROP!!!!! kill off the gob with 3 HP left nice set of drops off him too... i died. gf raised me i lotted and now im the owner of a new emp pin ^^ 1/1!
Call for help on Valkurm Emperor?
# Aug 12 2007 at 7:22 PM Rating: Decent
I was out in the dunes leveling as NIN15/WAR7. Our puller went out to grab a mob when I seen in the party chat, "Pulling Valkurm Emperor". Oh (expletive)! We had a PL, so when our puller arrived with the Valkurm Emperor in tow I voked it and proceded to fight. I thought, "What the heck. If we manage to survive this, I will lot for the Hairpin if it drops". We were fighting, and the PL was trying her best to keep us alive when I get another supprize message in the chat window. Some one called for help! Some one called for help? I couldn't believe my eyes. I thought, and told them, "What a waist".

We managed to kill it. It managed to kill 3 of our party members, myself not included in the death count. Then I told them, I had a bad feeling about this, and was going to call it a night. I then disbanded, cast Tonko: Ichi, and went to Selbina to log out.

What really gets me about it was, I have camped it before. Every time I go by there as BST I scan for it. Never have clamed it though. So here I am in a party of level 14-16 and BAM, Valkurm Emperor. I must have the worst luck of anybody.

Edited, Aug 27th 2007 6:55pm by Pepurr
Valkurm Emperor!
# Aug 12 2007 at 5:49 PM Rating: Decent
18 posts
I just got the Empress Hairpin. I was 1/26 on it as a 50BST/25THF. I camped Valkurm Emperor for three stright weeks until today. With the final fight, VE seemed to be more aggressive than the others where he did not drop the Hairpin. Normally VE would take about 50HP from me, but the final fight he took 361HP from me.

On a side note, I have noticed that if somebody kills VE and doesn't get the drop the respawn time is an hour with 5-30 minute buffer after the window opens. And if a person does get the Hairpin, the next spawn usually takes about 4+hours for VE to respawn. This is just my speculation and this isn't fact, but if it does turn out to be true, I hope it helps people as to not waste time camping.

Thanks for any info I used and good luck guys!
Worst day ever!
# Jul 04 2007 at 9:20 PM Rating: Decent
OK... i decided i was gona camp VEim like 0/11 on LL..
i am in the zone i THINK it is. about 1Hour. then i log to check online lern to PH method. and go back to sandy and equip THF/RNG (THF=36)
THEN i go back. do the PH method, about 30 min latter it pops!! i grab it no outher campers..
then i realise its gona kill me -_-" luckaly tho a LS member is in the area.
he joins pt mid battle. and heals. i kill it. (Few) AND IT DROPS!!! i nearly soil myself with exitment! 1/1 !! so hapy. i lot. (cant remember the nomber)
i ask him to pass...

he dispands. and .. well i dont get it. he dousent get it. i have NO IDEA what hapend, i think becouse he didnt pass, when he disp it went to him, but as he allready has it, it was lost. or somthing but still i didnt think that could hapern! so now im trying to get it back *cry*

If ther is anyone on Pandy, who wants to help lol. please do! /tell Teira,

((O! allso i think that 2 ppl partys are much more likley to get the drop. just seems that way ))
Worst (Best) day ever!
# Jul 24 2007 at 9:30 AM Rating: Decent
3,599 posts
Ok so while I'm reading this, i'm like "Oh god, i don't want to hear about what boring thing you did, i wanna know how to get it." Having just got the hairpin, I understand why. I just HAVE to tell someone.

1/2, the first time, i was level 36 RNG/THF. Casually strolling by, and see it, claim, and bring it to near dead, but I wasnt prepared, Barrage isnt up, 2hrs been used. 3 Mages (Red and White) just watch me slowly die. I auto-translate "Helpmeout!" with no cure thrown my way. Then I die, they claim, and after the fight, they raise me. A holes. I almost "Called for Help" just to spite them and cause no drop, but I'm not an ***.

Today, camped for 3 hours, didnt get first claim, but after that, everyone left. Camped for 2 more hours, this time 38 rng/nin with Barrage and 2hr ready. just before it spawns (im using PH method) some guy shows up and starts killing every fly around. Luckily, its about to pop, and he's engaged with a fly, I grab claim, and killed it easily, Hairpin!

Good luck guys.

PH = 1st Fly between Leeches and Snippers (just saying this cuz it took me forever to find that info in the thread.)

Also, it shouldve spanwed earlier, but it was night, which someone said effects its spawn or something? It spawned as soon as it was daytime, so there might be something to it...

too weak
# Jun 29 2007 at 8:00 AM Rating: Decent
this thing was so easy for me ... 1/4
and i dont even need the pin just did it for fun..
i kill the PH and do sharpshot...
and bang i did always claim it.. except once -.-
i was running, cast dia and he still white ******************
attack him and still ******* white !!!!!
started making fire2 and another rdm did stone2 and i saw it turned purple -.-
i dont care cause it didnt drop... /tarutaru panic

in the drop, almost happens to me again but i did stone2 right after i saw that dia didnt turn it red ... -.- and got drop!!!!! yessssss /tarutaru joy

Tarutaru - Dersek - RDM50 , BLM27 , WHM10 (yes...yes... gotta lv it up) THF11 , RNG5 , WAR2 (OMG!) MNK2 (WOOOW)

Diabolos, P.S. Give me a /tell

1/1 5 minute camp
# Jun 26 2007 at 8:32 AM Rating: Decent
16 posts
Killed PH 1st of the four between snipper and leeches.

Used sharpshot when PH died, 5 min later VE spawns I claim and drop.

5 minutes well spent.
# Jun 13 2007 at 12:45 AM Rating: Good
610 posts
Got the drop after 20+ kills. Camped him as 53 BST/THF. I highly recommend Widescan/Flee combo if you want to be competitive. Otherwise you're just wasting time and hoping on luck.
"At any given time, the best FFXI player is the one who is having,
and helping others have, the most fun" - Kiyokatsu
no luck
# May 23 2007 at 4:10 PM Rating: Decent
Just killed it... just didn'nt get it...
0/3, still counting... /cry
wtf is PH method mean ><!
# May 13 2007 at 4:52 PM Rating: Decent
man this is gunna sound so stupid and retarted...here it goes...XD ><....whats the PH method....ahhh i said there laugh at me!
Time to go back and level Thf and Nin without Emp pin
# May 12 2007 at 10:42 AM Rating: Decent
So I was camping VE today, and I was getting really lucky, I decided to go as a 40blu/20thf for the hell of it. First spawn was within 15 minutes of me getting there. Claimed it, killd it, no pin.

So the VE pops again just over an hour later, I barely beat a thf to the claim. Then I decide for the hell of it to use Sneak attack, BAD IDEA.

Pinecomb bomb > Disengage (so I don't wake him up) > sneak attack > upper cut

that was the plan atleast. What happens when I disengage? I lose claim IMMEDIATELY. Thf stole VE. I just had to ask, the thf did get the pin.

Since when has disengaging caused you to immediately lose claim on a mob?! And why! you can maintain claim if you ever engaged it in the first place!
Time to go back and level Thf and Nin without Emp pin
# Nov 28 2007 at 7:13 PM Rating: Decent
34 posts
Lol, ya you should have just took off lock-on, and besides the smart thing would be to ask the THF to not be a d i c k by stealing mobs then asking if he would invite you to his party. >.>
Time to go back and level Thf and Nin without Emp pin
# Nov 28 2007 at 7:11 PM Rating: Decent
34 posts
Lol, ya you should have just took off lock-on, and besides the smart thing would be to ask the THF to not be a **** by stealing mobs then asking if he would invite you to his party. >.>
Time to go back and level Thf and Nin without Emp pin
# May 16 2007 at 1:58 PM Rating: Decent
118 posts
Should've just locked off the mob.
PH Method is useless with other around
# May 09 2007 at 7:05 AM Rating: Decent
118 posts
PH method seems near impossible to do since the vast majority of the time that I camp there's always someone(subbing RNG) there that like to kill every Fly in sight. It's even worst when they can't speak English cause then I can't tell them how to use the PH method!

I think it would make the lives of all campers easy if everyone camping just went after one stinkin' fly.
PH Method is useless with other around
# Jul 16 2007 at 7:48 PM Rating: Decent
95 posts
I've never lost a claim while using PH with Widescan(WS), well when I don't have 4+ people camping along with me. When my wife (53thf/nin) and other friends camp I walk through pop area as to what to call each "pop zone". From there I stand on trees on beach and if VE shows up I target on WS and tell them the "pop zone" VE is in. This is how I figure PHers: I scroll down to snippers, then 4 flies, then leeches.


Fly (or one of the flies would be VE

The four flies are the PH. They pop every 5 minutes from ToD and once an hour VE pops. Not too hard.

p.s. The set above is the first set of crabs>flies>leeches. Ithink, from time to time, there may be another set with a goblin in it or something, always o with first set, usually the first or second click down on WS.
# May 08 2007 at 10:29 PM Rating: Decent
whats the point of having a rare/ex that doesnt drop all the time? its not like people are gonna be making a proffit off of it.
# May 08 2007 at 3:48 PM Rating: Decent
so far im 0/3 im not sure if the moon phases matter. and which one is the ph?
any help would b appreciated
# May 03 2007 at 10:50 PM Rating: Decent
im 0/4 on this. im getting annoyed
Empress hairpin, check!
# Apr 18 2007 at 8:53 PM Rating: Decent
So last Thursday I was off from work and decided to be a FFXI junkie. I logged in, went to go get my ration of tandjana wildgrass for the chocobo hot 'n cold game, and it finally gave me my Valkurm Dunes chocograph, so I celebrated a lil, went to northern sandy, and OP warped out...it said the treasure was somewhere around the oasis but I didn't find it so I hoped off my choco when it wouldn't dig anymore. I figured since I was already out there that I would see if VE was gonna be around anytime soon. I ran around and killed some flys (I was my 65 drg/whm at the time). It then dawned on me that the hairpin that I didn't want for myself, but for my husband's character was rare/ex so I'd better get him out there! Then while killing flys got him on the airship from windy to jeuno...changed his job to his 75pld naked but with a weapon, hopped the airship to sandy, grabbed a choco in south sandy...choco'd out to the dunes, and no sooner had he zoned to the dunes did VE pop. I claimed it, dismissed my wyvern and unequipped my weapon to delay the death of VE. I ran his character over to the fight as quickly as possible, and had him dismount and attack. He killed VE and...got the drop. So 1/1 on Empress hairpin and a very nice suprise for the hubby when he got home from work. Oh, and after I took his character to Giddeus to camp Huu Mjuu the Torrent so I could try to get him the signa for bard leveling, and uh...got the third claim on him, and the drop. Two NMs on a day, both dropped their "treasured" items...not a bad day off. <3 Azazyl
Empress hairpin, check!
# Apr 22 2007 at 11:21 PM Rating: Decent
oh yea i forgot,
i got it already 1/8 and get 1/1 for my friend.
But i have some questions still:
wich one is damn PH? 1rts one betweens Sniperss nad Leeches? or 4rth?

i heard also it cant spawn at nighttime. enyone can confim this?

Empress hairpin, check!
# Nov 28 2008 at 2:59 PM Rating: Decent
Im camping this as we speak. fought the ol VE twice before but no drop :(

someones runnin round killing flies so cant nail the PH.

wish me luck :)
# Apr 18 2007 at 8:32 PM Rating: Decent
Most of them &$%&$% just want it to sell it, makin it hard for someone who really wants to us it....................
# Apr 11 2007 at 3:39 AM Rating: Decent
god dammit i hate this VE, and more i hate ppl who camp for it!

last time, i was camping like 3h, killing all PH, only for some THF/RNG shows up, doing ****, scanning area every 5 seconds, after 10 min he come, VE poped and he got it asilfagsdfiuasduhgauo NOT FAIR!!!!

0/7 -_-

Edited, Apr 12th 2007 8:54am by Danythf
# Apr 13 2007 at 12:28 PM Rating: Decent
I know what you mean, I've killed place holders for hours waiting to for him to pop by myself only for groups of 2 or 3 to show up and get claim on him... /cry. I'm currently 0/380ish, x2 or x3 on lost claims due to people showing up right b4 he spawned...
# Apr 11 2007 at 2:38 AM Rating: Decent
1/14 on LL >.>
for now 0/3 on VE ... >.>
VE/LL in 1 day
# Apr 03 2007 at 7:31 PM Rating: Decent
Y'all are going to hate me...

Logged on with plans of camping VE all day. Camped leisurely for a few hours, skipping the nights in false belief that VE can't spawn at night. Decided to do a little reasearch and figured out the placeholder strategy. At 1pm got serious and began camping heavily with this strategy. 5pm rolled around and VE popped, but I missed the claim. The person I had been discussing with got the claim so I was happy, he didn't get the drop and logged out. Then everyone else left. 1 hour later, VE spawned with no one there, I got the claim, crossed my fingers, and..... yay! Empress Hairpin, and time to sell my Emperor Hairpin.

Then, decided to camp LL since I needed to sell my Leaping Boots too. Arrived not knowing much about the spawn, but later found an experienced camper to talk to. Soon, LL spawned and that guy got the claim. I cheered him on, but he didn't get the drop. Not 10 minutes later it spawned again (also, again, on top of him) and he got the claim again, but no drop. Then, 1 hour and 45 minutes later, he has left to try VE and I'm again by myself. LL spawns next to me, I frantically go for the claim, realize my inventory is full so I can't steal and have to /a claim. lol. Manage to get it, kill it, and.... My new shiney pair of Bounding Boots.

Not bad for the course of one day.

VE: 1/1
LL: 1/1

Good luck y'all!! ^^

60THF/9RNG was what I used.

Edited, Apr 3rd 2007 11:33pm by AikuTheMithranThief
VE/LL in 1 day
# Apr 21 2007 at 3:15 AM Rating: Decent
2,626 posts
Well, It seems like you might have been telling us a porky there. As my gf rightly pointed out - you said this at the bottem:

'Manage to get it, kill it, and.... My new shiney pair of Bounding Boots. '

If you killed LL & got drop, you wouldnt be talking about Bounding Boots, you would be happy because you have a new pair of Leaping Boots. Leaping Boots are what drop from LL, not Bounding Boots. So nice try with your, yall all hate me story, the simple fact is, ppl just wont believe your story. If your the type of person that likes to make story's up, or exagerate stories gratly, then try to get your facts straight first :)
Taking a break.
VE/LL in 1 day
# Sep 22 2007 at 10:41 PM Rating: Decent
Correction for this guy Bounding Boots drop off LL. Leaping boots drop from BCNM FYI so that gilsellers don't over camp LL
VE/LL in 1 day
# Jul 15 2007 at 6:02 AM Rating: Decent
wow....check your info before you post again ~_~
VE/LL in 1 day
# Jul 15 2007 at 6:00 AM Rating: Decent
wow....check your info before you post again ~_~
VE/LL in 1 day
# Jun 22 2007 at 11:29 PM Rating: Decent
yeah your a dumbass do some research HE DROPS BOUNDING NOW DURRRRRRRRRRRRR
seriously though check YOUR info bfore you correct somebody
VE/LL in 1 day
# Jun 04 2007 at 7:55 AM Rating: Decent
Rofl! Almost fell off my chair laughing at this one, a dude playing Mr.iKnowItAll.. and .. xD Hahahahahahahaha I only got 2 words

******* Pwn'd
VE/LL in 1 day
# Apr 22 2007 at 1:16 PM Rating: Decent
pretty sure your retarded. They changed it, Bounding Boots now drop from LL and Leaping boots from a BCNM. The same with VE; they didn't get rid of the item, just changed what dropped from the mob. Most likely in an effort to stop RMT over camping NMs. Either way though "try to get your facts straight first"
emppin{can I have it?}
# Mar 28 2007 at 8:45 PM Rating: Decent
0/10ish on this badboy. . . 3/7 on LL (got 2 for friends) i dont really have trouble getting claims on emp as thf/rng but y wont he drop? T-T im just posting cause sometimes it seems to have a magic effect for people, if it works for me imma edit this post XD
Level of VE?
# Mar 23 2007 at 12:33 PM Rating: Decent
139 posts
0/3 on it now. I got 15 exp from it at level 43 THF, I think the listed level may be wrong. Maybe not? Can someone confirm this?
Oh Thank you merciful heavens
# Mar 19 2007 at 5:01 AM Rating: Decent
Finally, 1/31; 1/4 for this last evening of trying to get drop. It figures the one time i get a thief to help me out he logs on me after missing the first claim of the evening for me. So, just like the last 27 claims had to go it alone, got ugly for a while, swarming with people and what not, but knowing the little ws tricks and all made it pretty easy to get claim still.

Finally after staying up whole night at about 8:30 AM get the pop from a MNK and a DRK who I'm sure were subbing rng but apparently had no clue how to use it right ^^, and finally, done with this unholy creature. Good bye VE, may you be far more merciful to others than you have to me. Good luck to everyone out there still trying, hope you have good stories to share too in the coming days :).

Obviously time and time again it's been stressed here to sub rng and it truly works, just follow the procedure kill 1st fly of the 4 between snips and leeches use 5 min. timer hang out while others run around like fools then come back and set up for next spawn. Works wonders.

Also, i know a lot of people have advocated hanging out by the oasis in the middle but I find leaning more towards the Northwest area on the top of one of the dunes is a better approach, worked well for me anyways. Let's you see those spawns that happen in that far corner and what not. Hope that helps a little bit. Best of luck! Oh yeah, and did it as COR/RNG Quick Draw ftw!

Edited, Mar 19th 2007 9:03am by Blackhawkhal
Hehe karma prevails
# Mar 17 2007 at 6:28 AM Rating: Decent
I suck at nms..always have... Its just my luck..but when i saw 2.5mil for ninja i said no way... and thru 6 tries i got it ^^ widescan pwns, and charm pull is great (so i'd sub bst over rng) anyways gl to all..trying to get the kote now..which is harder considering some ppl bot O_o of course i pulled it away from a afk botter hehe ^^;
<3 bizcuits
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