Vana'diel Bestiary: Overgrown Ivy  

Found in:Carpenters' Landing
Level:60 - 62
  • Notorious Monster
  • Based on Earth
  • Weak against Fire
  • Strong against Water
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Updated: Fri Dec 28 16:26:12 2007

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Not quite smooth
# Jul 02 2008 at 9:32 AM Rating: Decent
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Tried soloing this yesterday as 65SMN/WHM. I used the Carbuncle method (summon Carbuncle, run away until you can't see the mob's HP bar anymore, wait until Carby is dead, repeat.)

It worked beautifully until the NM was at about 15% HP. Then for some reason my newest Carbuncle could no longer keep hate. I guess all that summoning generated enough hate on me eventually. Luckily there was a 75BST nearby who came to my rescue.

I think I could've finished it off solo if I had used Astral Flow when the mob was at about 20-25%.
# Jun 15 2008 at 8:27 AM Rating: Decent
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Soloed as a 60 BLM/30 WHM

Pre-Fight Suggestions:
  • Stoneskin - For Defense/Interrupts
  • Blink - For Defense
  • Ice Spikes - For Defense (Paralyze)
  • Aquaveil - For Interrupts

Rest for MP
NOTE: Flytraps didn't seem to be aggressive while resting but I hear the Tigers will attack.

It spawns the instant you talk with the NPC so get ready to sleep it. After sleeping you may want to debuff, it's not necessary but may help if it happens to get in melee range.
  • Slow - [Important] For Defense/Interrupts
  • Blind - [Somewhat Important] For Defense/Interrupts
  • Paralyze - [Important] For Defense (Ice Spikes may replace this)

Once you get distance from the Overgrown Ivy I suggest using Flare since it does good damage (1077 with NQ Fire Staff) and takes about 15%-20% of it's HP. Then sleep/bind it and use a Yagudo drink.
- Sleep: If you sleep it you should be able to get a few ticks in (if you don't have Hi-Ethers) and when it starts moving bind it and follow up with another Flare.
- Bind: You can probably use a Hi-Ether before the Overgrown Ivy is freed, so I would suggest doing so. [Remember: Hi-Ether will take about 7 seconds to use and you will not be able to cast a spell for about 5-10 seconds afterwards, but you can kite if you need to.] If the Overgrown Ivy is still bound you can try getting a Flare or another AM off and follow up with a sleep, otherwise sleeping it may be the best bet.

Repeat the sleep/bind then nuke strategy until the Overgrown Ivy is around 20%. After this the only thing that changes is that when the it gets near it will spam Bad Breath which will give you among other things: Bind, Gravity, Paralyze, and Silence. The Silence seems to last about 10-15 seconds (WITHOUT Barsilence) so if you have Barsilence up you shouldn't have too much trouble with it, but if you want to be on the safe side bring Echo Drops with you. As soon as you can, try to get a sleep off to break the Bad Breath chain and give yourself some time to get a finishing spell off. Kill it as fast as you can if the Flare or whatever spell you used didn't, and you think you can take it down or sleep it and try again for the kill.

NOTE: It becomes increasingly resistant to Sleep, I'm not sure if it increases resistance to bind after a while.

Other Suggestions:
  • Hi-Ether - Bring a few to recover magic instead of resting or to help with it.
  • Yagudo Drinks - Bring at least 3 to cover the whole fight, more is ideal if you run into an lengthy fight with Overgrown Ivy.
  • Ghouls will attack if you have low HP, they are not dangerous but an interrupt at the wrong time may cut your time short.
  • Tigers (are suppose to) attack when you rest near them, if you are going to rest make sure you don't do it anywhere near them or take them out before the fight.

This was a hard fight for me without any previous experience attempting this NM. At one point I ended up sleeping the Overgrown Ivy with only 80/835 HP (Hume). I went /WHM for stoneskin, but /RDM should be able to solo it also with the spawning being the hardest part since they are more prone to interrupts without stoneskin. I also used Manafont during this fight since I didn't have any Hi-Ethers because I couldn't get my hands on the materials to make them.

At the end I had a Ghoul attacking me with the Overgrown Ivy spamming Bad Breath so I couldn't do anything. When silence wore I got lucky with Sleep II and managed to Firega II (385 damage), and finish it off with a quick Fire II (252 damage).

My gear wasn't uber: Wizard's petasos, Wizard's coat, Wizard's gloves, Wizard's tonban, Custom M boots (Hume), Shaman's belt, Black Cape +1, Black silk neckerchief, Moldavite earring, Cunning earring, Fortune egg, Lizard leather strap +1, Pluto's Staff + rest NQ staffs.

Good luck to anyone doing trying this NM solo.
too weak
# Mar 23 2008 at 3:21 PM Rating: Decent
I just soloed this as a 71 PLD/WAR and was a bit concerned as a lot of people I spoke to said they got owned soloing it at 75 WAR/NIN i took some echo drops and a vile elixer to play it safe i ended up getting tp built to 100 popped the mob and opened with flash and vorpal blade had to cure 3 times in total used sentinel and war cry 2 more vorpal blades and a holy with regular attacks thrown in was all i needed for this fight to finish elixer wasnt needed at all for this and only needed one echo drop (huge debate about WAR v PLD ensued on my linkshell after the fight due to me questioning why a WAR/NIN 4 levels higher than myself got owned without taking it past 50% health)
Smn: 1, Overgrown Ivy: 0
# Nov 07 2007 at 11:30 AM Rating: Decent
Just soloed this as a SMN70/WHM35. It was very easy. I rested, buffed, brought up Ifrit and popped the mob. This thing attacks like mad, so I slowed and paralyzed, but it probably wasn't necessary. Two Flaming Crushes opened and closed the fight for a combined 3385 damage. That was most of its hit points, and Ifrit and myself attacking inbetween dealt the balance. Having Flaming Crush was a big help, but a lower level SMN could probably still manage this one pretty well. Now to find that antlion...
Too weak
# Oct 26 2007 at 12:06 PM Rating: Decent
Soleado por un SMN69/WHM34 con Ifrit y un RDM75/NIN34 pero a decir verdad,el Mob no tocaba a Ifrit para nada y mi avatar le pegaba unas ostias cercanas a los 200 de Damage llevandose todo el Hate.
Un Fire IV y un Double Punch han sido suficientes para dar fin al bicho.
Too weak
# Nov 05 2007 at 9:01 AM Rating: Decent
Just solo'd as NIN58/WAR29 because my ls ldr (75THF) did it solo and when i asked if it was doable by a 58nin he just laughed. So i set out of a journey to prove nin's bamfness. I can say it was a pretty easy fight up till about 20% health he SPAMS breaths like crazy and puts every enfeeb on you known to mankind. poison, paralyzed, slowd, slienced, blinded, stuned, you name it my status icon bar was so full it was rediculous. so obviously lost the 1st round. luckily had rr up. got some meds and waited till night (10 eva from af legs) used a jackolantern, had some echo drops, antidotes, pear au lait, and a few hipots. almost got me again but i 2hrd to save my exp. rr'd and tried one last time with a blu friend of mine to step in for the kill if (and when i was thinking at this point) i died. but this time i was able to get echo drops off and shadows back up w/o bein stoped by paralyze, didn't even need my pots. 1/3. I'd STRONGLY recommend not lettin your pride get in the way and not wasting your exp. let someone help you.
# Aug 18 2007 at 12:43 PM Rating: Decent
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Just soloed this guy as level 60PLD/30WAR. Not gonna say it was easy, but perfectly doable. Signet was up, Got 300%TP before the fight, Rested to full and Popped this guy. He silenced me towards the end of the fight, so I was forced to use Invincible, but other than that, this was a pretty easy Fight.
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not so much easy~,~;
# Jul 11 2007 at 10:42 AM Rating: Default
I just solo'ed it as 75WAR/37NIN with the help of my NPC

I was going to die but my NPC cure'ed me so take care fighting this
not so much easy~,~;
# Aug 12 2007 at 2:05 PM Rating: Decent
lol solo means by yourself, meaning you since you used your NPC, you weren't solo
Solo w/ WHM75/NIN37
# Jun 15 2007 at 6:48 PM Rating: Decent
I BARELY managed to solo this thing, I was lucky though, it didn't use Hundred Fists on me. Had to use Benediction in the middle of the fight.

Some advice: DO NOT TALK to the NPC till you have ALL your buffs up and healed fully. Use Slow, Dia II, and Paralyze liberally. Don't bother using Flash, Holy, or Banish u'll just be wasting MP. Use Slow and Slow and Slow and Slow and Slow... Make sure you use Slow. It will Aspir you for roughly 50-60 MP and spam Bad Breath which causes Silence, Bind (pointless), Gravity (pointless), and Paralyze near the end of its life. Keep your wits about you and grab alot of luck and you will succeed.

Very Respectfully

Borzuk the Adventurer
Solo with 61 bst
# Jun 08 2007 at 1:39 PM Rating: Good
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I was able to successfully solo this as a 61 BST/WHM. Popped a funguar jug and used Familiar. After letting my Call Beast timer reset, I blink/stoneskin up and ate a taco and then called up my NPC for additional help.

My jug pet was able to tank most of the fight. I only stole hate a couple of times. Ivy hit hard and extremely fast but accuracy was horrible. I got a little concerned near the end when it started spamming breath attacks so I used Sic. Funguar did a frogkick for around 250 and I followed up with Rampage which finished him off.

Overall, much easier fight than I thought. NPC got a couple of shots in and hasted me but otherwise wasn't needed.
# May 31 2007 at 10:19 PM Rating: Decent
well i heard you could solo this easy, i underestimated it because of all the "i soloed it no problem".

so i walked there, poped the nm with no buffs or anything as a 75war/nin.
I almost won but i wasnt prepared at all so i died ;-;
75rdm/drk solo
# May 01 2007 at 11:40 AM Rating: Decent
Absolute pushover; the Ivy didn't even break stoneskin!. I used Ice Spikes instead of Blaze Spikes, and paralyze was going off a lot. Absorb-VIT and the usual buffs made this beyond easy. As it was spamming bad breath near the end, it only managed to get Bind to stick. I wanted the fight over at that point, so I used my near full MP and nuked it to death with 1 cast of Fire III.
solo as NIN
# Mar 06 2007 at 10:55 AM Rating: Good
64 posts
Did it solo as a 67NIN/WAR (with help from NPC soothing healer). Very easy fight. He attacks fast, but misses all the time. Only needed to do Ni>Ni twice or so. It was nighttime (NIN AF-pants on) and I ate a jack-o-latern for the extra evasion.

Just treat it as a normal mob (paralyze, blnd, slow) and you should be okay!
Oh and you'd want to bring some echo-drops just in case, but as a NIN you should have those on you always...

Now to try the other NM...
Soloed as BST 70 with Courier Carrie.
# Jan 22 2007 at 7:54 AM Rating: Decent
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Was easy fight Courier Carrie tanked it almost whole fight only time I got hate was when doing Rampage but it hit me for only 40ish and missed allot.
Forgot my nin subjob
# Jan 16 2007 at 2:01 AM Rating: Decent
Just solo'd this guy. as a 75 thf/whm (forgot to change my subjob but i was too lazy to go back an do it.)

Buffed up with protect/shell 2 and casted stoneskin and blink on myself, then waited for full mp. when i popped him, stoneskin and blink went away quickly and i was stuck getting hit occasionally for 30-60 dmg. I ended up spamming bloody bolts to gain health and to gain tp quickly for a Dancing Edge. i ended up with roughly 350 /1100 hp... somewhere round there. Used about 20 bloody bolts too and hardly broke a sweat.

Twas a fun lil fight. a lil warning though. near death, it spams Bad Breath like mad (like 10% hp) so take care when fighting him.
# Oct 30 2006 at 12:15 AM Rating: Decent
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Solo'd this as 75WHM/37NIN. He was much more of a pain than the other NM. Slow helped with his awesome speed. Half the time I didn't bother casting Utsusemi and just kept stoneskin up as he eaither missed me or I parried. He was down in 2 minutes. Make sure you talk to the NPC again for the cutscene, I didn't do this and had to run back and fight Ivy again. Thanks for any info I used!
# Jul 11 2006 at 9:36 PM Rating: Decent

oh well...whatever
# Jun 16 2006 at 4:00 PM Rating: Decent
This guy was cake. Talked to the guy as 71BLM/35WHM.

It spawned, and was hitting me godly fast, so I stunned it, and Sleep II'd it. Walked away, casted Firaga III, and Sleep II'd again. Rinse and repeat.

Edited, Fri Jun 16 19:28:46 2006
too weak
# May 20 2006 at 9:49 AM Rating: Decent
i think the lvl 60-62 on this mob is incorrect.
i just soloed it last night as a 63rdm/31smn. no problem at all. it hits hard and fast but ice and shock spikes take care of that. also i received no exp on killing it so it has to be alot lower than the posted 60-62.
close one, but did it
# Apr 22 2006 at 4:34 PM Rating: Decent
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I just soloed him as a 72 war/nin. I lived with 170/1341 hit points.

i used a haubek and thick mufflers, but used dodge earings over attack earings giving me a net negative 7 evasion for the fight. no O-Hat yet damn mages keep ******* out.

got 300tp and poped berserk only and then spawned. rampage 1,100 and then quickly cancel berserk before shadows go down. didn't bother to try and recast just poped warcry and hit him a few more times, then poped mighty stikes, rampaged again @100tp for 1,250 and hit him 2 more times for crits and he died.

its too weak
# Apr 15 2006 at 5:54 PM Rating: Default
i just bet it as a thf 57 and a whm 61 and we used our lvl 35 and 30 npcs

not as easy as people say
# Mar 31 2006 at 3:44 AM Rating: Excellent
if you all think this thing is that easy, try soloing it as a whm....I'm a 72whm/36blm and I just got seriously pwned.....full buffs before spawn and the bugger missed me only 1/3 of the time....each hit was 75+dmg with good gear, and I had no time to do anything but heal

my advice to all whm doing this is get a good melee to help you

Edited, Fri Mar 31 02:41:59 2006
RE: not as easy as people say
# Apr 09 2006 at 6:03 PM Rating: Good
just soloed as 74whm/nin. only actually hit me a few times. full buffs before spawn, paralyze + slow kept down a lot. stoneskin, utsusemi, flash, haste...maybe you should go practice a bit more =)
RE: not as easy as people say
# May 23 2006 at 12:23 PM Rating: Default
Maybe everyone doesnt have or use nin subs? Just a thought >.>
RE: not as easy as people say
# May 25 2006 at 9:32 AM Rating: Decent
50 posts
he never said you had to use nin sub <.<

just stated what he pwned it with :P
# Mar 16 2006 at 2:25 AM Rating: Decent
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This is possible for a lvl 65RDM/33BLM.
I solo'ed it today, and it took around 5 minutes to take this guy down. Buff up before you spawn in and make sure you have heal all your MP back. He hitted me for 10-50 with phalanx. Paralyze and Blind will help you greatly, and when you need it sleep and rebuff. This NM have Hundred fists effect, in other words you may get inrrupted. Blaze spikes will give him around 12 DMG per hit which hurts him alot. Around 10% of his health he'll spam Badbreath and what not. . . Bring Echo drops and Antidotes(I got poisoned and couldn't convert to finished the job.-2 WHM came at the right time and poisona me, so i was able to convert and finish the job. Also he was asleep...-). . .

So keep your cool. . .
# Mar 02 2006 at 12:04 PM Rating: Decent
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He is not that high I soloed this thing at 65 monk for a friend and i just redid it for myself and im 75 now i didnt even get to use tp before he died.
# Feb 19 2006 at 11:49 AM Rating: Decent
Can a 69war/nin solo this guy?
# Feb 01 2006 at 2:45 AM Rating: Decent
Solo'd this bugger as a 64RDM/NIN.
My strategy was this: Buff the hell outta myself, popped a Navarin, Shock Spikes (yes, for the chance to stun with the kraken swinger is worth it). Paralyze and Blind was my key tools. It wasn't too bad until about 50% when my buffs wore, Sleep2, rebuff, continued fighitng. At about 10%, he started spamming his breaths. Slept it, ran out of range, binded and nuked it to death. Bring at LEAST echo drops and a clear mind ^^ Good luck, and I hope this is fun for you too!
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