Vana'diel Bestiary: Shen  

Found in:Bibiki Bay - Purgonorgo Isle
Found at Location:J - 9
Spawned using:Shrimp Lantern
Job:Black Mage
Secondary Job:Summoner
  • Notorious Monster
  • Aggro
  • Linking
  • Based on Water
Updated: Tue Dec 2 07:57:51 2008

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2 hour tour
# Mar 30 2007 at 3:14 AM Rating: Decent
477 posts
This guy is NOT to be taken lightly. I am not 100% sure, but at least 90% sure that you absolutely MUST have a crapload of BLM's that know how to cast in sync. Spent about 10 hours working on Reverend Mails. First 4 runs went allright, we had 2 party's of blm's. Then my run everything fell apart, people left.

Reformed in Whitegate, couldn't get many blm's, so we just stuck with other DD. Had 3 blm's and 2 rdm's (sleep duty's on ele's). First run (mine, again), total failure, it was quite nasty, but we gave a good fight. We re-strategized our Skillchains and Magic Bursts, and went again.

We then had a 2 HOUR EPIC BATTLE that might have been the most fun fight I have ever had in my 3 years of gaming. Just so ya know, after the first 20 mins or so (if you can't kill him in 45 seconds which you probably can't w/o 5+ blms) he only comes out of his shell for maaaaybe 15 seconds at a time, and regens at least 15% of his health each time he goes in his shell. Elementals CAN build up a resistance to sleep, but after 2 HOURS our rdm's were still sleeping them just fine. It was an EPIC battle with a Hurculean effort, we had him down to 15% once, but never that close again. We conceded defeat after much laughter and hurrahs.

Was so entertaining, that one of our Mele's told us he was planning on quitting, but the fun he had at this battle convinced him there is still fun to be had.
# Oct 24 2006 at 7:03 PM Rating: Decent
544 posts
Just make sure to have a few things
SMN in each pt, have them give Stoneskin
Everyone needs atleast 1 poison pot
about 4 rdm
rest is cake
Pop a poison pot right before the fight starts but make sure to have SS, the poison will slowly eat at the stoneskin not hurting you for one and it will prevent Shen from sticking his nasty *** poison on you, the rdm need to keep the eles slept and then just attack him to death and make sure to only use WS when he is out of his shell
Tonite we Fight
# Oct 23 2006 at 11:38 AM Rating: Decent
My 'LS' wiil try this fight tonite for are Whm's.. woot can wait sounds very cool! .... absynth.2fear.com
Go Guys Go ^.~
# Sep 26 2006 at 7:05 AM Rating: Decent
110 posts
Yay! As of last night I got my Reverand Mail!! Many thanks to the Obsolete members that came to help me out on LS Monday night event night. I love you all :D

Chasan: 75 Mnk
Tornrage: 75 Mnk
Freakbeacon: 75 Blm
Moongoddess: 75 Whm
Slasherbabe: 75 Pld
Studboy: 75 Sam
Jinoshi: 75 War
Yurtea: 75 Drk
Ozzman: 61 Thf
Zeppex: 75 Blm
Legault: 75 Mnk

Sorry for the death, Stud and Slash >_>
#REDACTED, Posted: Jul 23 2006 at 2:21 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) hello, just did this fight today on Phoenix, we had Whmx3, Rdmx2, Blmx5, Samx2, Pldx5, and a Brd. The fight was quite easy, what we did was built TP to 300, killed all the mobs around the ??? for safe Aga spell usage, poped the NM, have a pld provoke and then invincible. From here, what we did was have a sam and a Pld make a light sc, Blms MB with thundaga3, do a 2nd light sc, MB with ThunderIV. this brought shen down alot, roughly about 60% left give or take. Other Plds would use Spirits, Blms would nuke freely, and we basicly just worked him down to death from there. Took about 1 Min each time.
# Jun 20 2006 at 12:15 PM Rating: Excellent
Dangers of this fight are the Elementals and his Shell Gas, and his shell.

When elementals pop, make sure to SLEEP THEM. They are very powerful, and seem to have a Chainspell passive that lets them cast random water spells instantly. I've seen them insta-cast Waterga IV and Flood, so keep them in check.

The gas is simple. Have everybody buy a poison potion before they go, and use the potion right before spawn. The poison from Shen (45 damage a tick) will not overwrite the poison from the potion (1 damage per tick).

Shen will go inside his shell after about 45 seconds into the fight. When he does this, melee damage will do practically nothing, and spells will be reduced to about 10% of their normal damage. He will also regen 2%-4% of his total HP every tick while in his shell.

So basically, the plan is to kill him in 30-40 seconds.
Clear the area and let melee get around 300%TP.
Pop poison potions, and then spawn Shen.
PLD should provoke as soon as it spawns, then use Invincible to hold hate.
As soon as the battle starts, Red Mages need to activate Chainspell and begin speed nuking Thunder III on him, Convert when low on MP, and then continue Thunder III more.
Melee should begin their first Light skillchain.
Black Mages should begin casting to Magic Burst on that skillchain. Thundaga III, Thunder IV, and Burst work well.
Melee begin second Light skillchain, BLMs begin bursting another power spell.
The Red Mages should have hit the Magic Burst as well, spamming Thunder III.
One Bard and one Black Mage need to be ready to Sleepga or Lullaby the Water Elementals that spawn if Shen is not dead in 30 seconds.
If he lives through the 2 Light skillchains and following magic bursts in the first 30 seconds, then White Mages focus on healing the Paladin while the Mages finish Shen off.
Tough dude
# May 06 2006 at 11:25 PM Rating: Default
A whm I dont even know needs help for Shen...the reason I join is becuz my homie Shadowraid was in and I was bored...we get there get full 300tp heal up and whm pulls it up out of water...pld vokes and starts tanking everyone wit 300tp uses SpiritsWithin and he gets his hp eatin up...after that pld goes down and people start droppin I voke and 2hr try to hold it off...I die and everyone begins to fall Shen depoped about 5mins after we all die and reraise starts going up so whms start raising I didnt wanna die again becuz I seem to dlvl on NM's and HNM's when I die to them so I get raised and bounce...that fool is tough...next time I would suggest a full party of blms
# Mar 16 2006 at 10:57 AM Rating: Decent
61 posts
One point no one stresses is that the summoned elementals are dangerous. Out of all the people who've done this, they all agree that the elemntals are summoned fast, and can "insta-cast" heavy magic like flood, waterga IV and so forth. Another reason to kill this one fast.

Edited, Thu Mar 16 09:54:33 2006
Drop rate
# Feb 07 2006 at 12:20 AM Rating: Decent
100% Drop Rate

Edited, Thu Mar 9 23:38:20 2006
# Feb 05 2006 at 8:14 PM Rating: Decent
I tried to solo this guy as whm75/nin 37 i got my *** kicked of course his defense was to much even with seawolf cludgel and darksteel maul +1 AND club skill capped
RE: Ouch
# Feb 25 2006 at 11:28 AM Rating: Default
always fun to try though ^.^
RE: Ouch
# Mar 15 2006 at 7:35 PM Rating: Good
83 posts
haha nice :)
# Jan 09 2006 at 1:52 PM Rating: Decent
72 posts
I was doing this with my Linkshell, CoV on Fairy. Everyone got full TP, spawned him, had pld use Invincible at start to hold hate. Blm's went over Thunder4 and Thundaga3, rdm's chainspelled Thunder3, melee used Spirits within. He was down in about 28 seconds. I think we had a bit of overkill here. He has very high defense (capped club hexa did 88 damage >.<), it could be done with melee and 2hrs, but I recommend the blms or rdm's.

Alliance setup - Whmx1 Rdmx2 brdx1 pldx2 blmx7 the rest were various melee jobs.

Fairy 75whm
# May 05 2007 at 1:07 PM Rating: Decent
Anyone have a surefire strategy that doesn't involve 2hrs since that makes you only be able to do 1 fight?
Decente Challenge in full Ally.
# Nov 16 2005 at 6:14 PM Rating: Good
21 posts
Did this night.

Full Ally 18.
5BLM, no RDM, 3PLD, 4WHM and DD.

- Pop, fight for 50 sec and then pop elementar.
- Sleep Elementar
- Fight only vs Shen

Killed 2 times and 2 drops (1 for me ^^).
1st time 3 died.
2st time 2 died.

P.S. I bought 10 Stack of Antidote for all ally members.
is it ture....
# Oct 10 2005 at 1:15 PM Rating: Decent
Do you need to skill him 45sec's? And what all job's Do i need for it..

LS:GodOfWar...HNM/Sky 9World
RE: is it ture....
# Feb 16 2006 at 12:41 AM Rating: Decent
Khud!!!! OMG!! xD If u read up about it most people had alliances :/
pop items?
# Sep 11 2005 at 7:06 PM Rating: Decent
what do you need to pop this?
RE: pop items?
# Sep 30 2005 at 3:31 PM Rating: Decent
you need a shrimp lantern. You can find one in someone's bazaar.
# Sep 07 2005 at 10:37 AM Rating: Decent
548 posts
going after him friday to try out for HNM ls
so i hope i do good with them ill have to bring lots of antidotes i heard is poison matches or surpasses Serkets X.x
RE: friday.
# Oct 05 2005 at 3:00 PM Rating: Decent
Nope, Serket's is 100 a tick from poison sting, this one's is 45 or so. Hard to tell with so many people with auto-regen. However, it's an AOE. (Called Gas Shell, not the one that goes off without TP being used.)
RE: friday.
# Jun 27 2006 at 4:34 PM Rating: Decent
602 posts
Serket's is 30-35, cant remember exactly, I think I'd remember my HP dropping down to 500 in a matter of 15 seconds tho.
kill him fast
# Aug 29 2005 at 2:11 AM Rating: Decent
143 posts
light SC + 5 BLMs = 45 sec or less kill.....easy
# Aug 22 2005 at 1:45 PM Rating: Decent
82 posts
Can be easily killed with just 2 blms.
Just sleep elementals and you're home free.

Just bare in mind when the dude is in his shell, magic and melee wont do any damage except spirits within.
With 2 blms you are almost sure to see him go inside his shell.
Just be patient, wait for him to come back out before nuking again. 2 Thfs should be able to pin enough hate onto tank to keep hate off blms.
Shen Fight
# Aug 22 2005 at 2:45 AM Rating: Decent
286 posts
Shen is not a hard fight. I just fought him with my linkshell (22ish people at the fight). Monks used chi blast, while melee used 300% spirits within at the start of the fight. Meanwhile, I (the rdm) stood back and waited for the two water elementals to spawn. I easily (never got resisted) slept the water elementals with Sleep 2. Silence and gravity also landed easily (though I didn't need it) on the elementals. Keep the two elementals asleep as everyone gathers more TP and finish shen off.

On one of the fights, we had almost wiped (before we realized sleep works on the elementals). If you are going to wipe: Start kiting. Shen is easily kitable (I had w. legs or Crimsom legs). He stops to regen his HP inside his shell. Wait for full alliance recovery and start over with him at 100% HP.

Note: Sleeping Shen's elementals was very easy for me, but I have good gear: enfeebling torque, +3 merit into enfeebling magic, RDM JSE hat, and Pluto staff, in addition to the typical +int gear. On the time that we had to kite Shen for a long time, Sleep 1 started to get resisted, but sleepga and sleep 2 landed with no problems. Duration lasted long enough for a single RDM to sleep both elementals with only "Sleep 2".

P.S. He has really strong poison AoE. Use Barpoison and Barwater. (I was able to evade his AoE poison attack when I had both spells up)

Edited, Mon Aug 22 03:55:43 2005
Shen Fight
# Aug 22 2005 at 2:44 AM Rating: Decent
286 posts
Double post... due to page not loading...

Edited, Mon Aug 22 03:44:42 2005
My Shen fight
# Aug 19 2005 at 4:20 PM Rating: Decent
I fought him 3 times with a full alliance of lvl 73-75 consisting of 2 PLD, 3 WHM, 4 BLM and other various DD. Strait up tanked him all 3 times with no problems. Didn't see him enter his shell any of the times and each fight lasted about a minute (I was wearing a stop watch set to 45 seconds and it went off a bit before we killed him). As a tank I only nearly died once to one of his water spells, but all in all, it was an easy fight, we had antidotes because he does poison for about 20HP per tick and all melee had 300 TP at start of fight. Reverand Mail seems to be 100% drop.
# Aug 18 2005 at 10:52 PM Rating: Default
killed it in about 20seconds after spawning him heh. Melee/thf + blm zerg ftw
Another pic of Shen
# Aug 12 2005 at 5:18 PM Rating: Decent
103 posts
Here is a bigger pic of shen, at a diff. angle 2.


congrats Russta
# Aug 12 2005 at 8:58 AM Rating: Decent
170 posts
Very easy fight if you have the right man power. Ive fought this 3 times now to get myself and friends the mail. The whole idea is to kill him before he goes into his shell where he becomes immune to all physical and magical attacks. At that time he also summons 2 pets which are extreme pains. IMO 6 BLMs, 6 RDMs and rest spirits are what make this easy. BLMS nuke like there is no tomorrow and RDMS chainspell nuke. need a pld to invincible at the start to grab hate. Longest fight ive had against him was 43 seconds shortest was 27 seconds. Ive seen a alliance not kill him before he went into his shell and they wiped about 10 seconds after his pets casted Wateraga 4,000 like 3 times. Shen also has extreme posion bring some antidotes but if it all goes well you should need more than 1.

Summary: He needs to die before he goes into his shell about 45 seconds after he is spawned. :) Mail is 100% drop.
# Mar 30 2008 at 5:56 PM Rating: Decent
995 posts
We took him down today with 4 BLMs, NO tank, 4 WHMs, ONE RDM outside alliance to sleep/silence the filtrates, and just melees that did SCs for uber dmg.

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