Vana'diel Bestiary: Ziphius  

Found in:Misareaux Coast
Spawned using:Slice of Carp
  • Notorious Monster
  • Not Aggro
  • Linking
  • Based on Water
  • Weak against Ice
  • Weak against Lightning
  • Strong against Water
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Updated: Fri Dec 28 16:26:12 2007

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General Information

  • NM is spawned by trading a Slice of Carp to the five ???s in the river at H-5, and the one ??? in the river at I-6. The trades must be made during the hours of 22:00 to 4:00. After 4:00, examining one of the ???s again may result in the NM spawning.
  • The ??? disappear at 7:00.
  • Melee attacks have enwater effect.
  • NM has roughly 9,000 HP.

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Got drop, easy fight
# May 01 2008 at 8:53 PM Rating: Good
255 posts
Just killed as 66Rdm/Blu. Very easy fight, my health never went below 1000HP. Used Phalanx, Stoneskin, Barwater, and Aquaviel to negate damage and kept it debuffed. Used headbutt for damage and stun. Sandspin+Blind cripples this thing's acc(2/10 Hits aprox connected). Not a dangerous fight, most the mob hit for was 46 Dmg when SS went down and screwdriver was absorbed by SS. Fight just takes a while because the NM has alot of HP(500dmg Vorpal blade took about 3% of its HP)

Note: Make note of who is around you, don't want some RMT thf running by for a quick buck ^^b

Edited, May 2nd 2008 12:54am by Slavek
# Apr 01 2008 at 7:14 AM Rating: Decent
This was selling for 25k Diabolos, after bidding 45k for it and not getting it >_<; I decided to give this fight a shot. synthed the carp slices and headed out. Traded the 6 slices to the ???s and waited til 4:00. after checking the 3rd ??? Ziphius spawned, was pleased to find that he does not link with the makara in the area. keeping shadows up on 75THF/NIN was NP, he only knocked down 5shadows (i did use blind bolts) and he never landed a hit, his TP moves did land ignoring shadows but they did minimal damage, i maybe took 40dmg over the entire fight, was real happy when i got the drop on my 1st try (nothing else dropped, but who cares =P) should be real ez fight for any1 70+ esp. if /nin. Happy hunting, dont overpay for this item like i was goin to, the fight is way to easy to waste your hard earned gil ~_^
think mob level is below 60
# Mar 31 2007 at 2:39 AM Rating: Decent
Just got finished killing this thing as 64thf/nin. It was cake. Had Scorp harness, and emp hairpin for eva, and standard dex/agi gear for rest of setup. Brought Bloody bolts, sleep bolts, and acid bolts for good measure. Barely got touched lol. The fight was super easy, only thing that was hard was being patient, it has a ton of hp for it's level. 1/1 on drop.

drop rate isn't bad
# Oct 27 2006 at 9:45 AM Rating: Decent
I'm 2/5 or 2/6 on this NM. I have solo'd him as a lvl 63-64 rdm/nin and he is easy. Just takes a while since he has a fair amount of hp
# Jun 09 2006 at 3:40 AM Rating: Decent
129 posts
Just took it out as a Nin60/War30 and a whm47/smn23, his evasion sucks, aqua ball did 14-15 dmg (went thru shadows), splash breath for 29ish and when it hit me, hit me for 40~70 dmg with 3 water added effect. got 30 xp.
Alchemy 100+3+3
Rng75 Sam75 Nin75 Pld75

Current Total: 113/180: 62.78%
M.Silverpiece: 52/119
L.Jadeshell: 61/61
# Apr 07 2006 at 4:51 AM Rating: Decent
just solod this today as 75bst and got no exp. had a CC for pet so that wouldnt have cut anyexp. cant be 65. easy fight and got drop 1/1
# Jul 01 2007 at 8:47 AM Rating: Decent
He's 55-60 i Killed Him 3 Times So Far Twice He Gave Me No EXP 3RD Time He Gave Me 15Limit Points As 75SMN So No Way He's 65
4TH Times The Charm
# Jul 01 2007 at 9:21 AM Rating: Decent
Finally Got The Drop I'm Now 1/4 From My EXP Heres The POP Traps Numbers 1st Time 6th Trap Was Pop 2ND Time 1ST Trap Was Pop 3rd Time 6TH Trap Was Pop 4th Time 4th Trap Was Pop GL ALL >:P
# Dec 14 2005 at 3:24 AM Rating: Decent
47 posts
I just took him down as 75PLD/37WAR, no drop, he gave me 15 limit points. So yeah he's probably around 65ish.

I made him my *****, Kinkobo & Spirit Taker 4tw. My Spirit Taker's were leaving me @ full MP, and he wasn't doing that much damage. I think Screwdriver hit me for 120, his average hits were like 15-40 +4 from enwater, but he missed a lot, and I parried quite a bit, so it was a very easy fight. It took a few minutes for me to chip down his huge HP, but I was never in any danger.

Edited, Wed Dec 14 02:34:51 2005
# Nov 26 2005 at 8:36 PM Rating: Decent
506 posts
He's about level 65.
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# Oct 12 2005 at 8:55 PM Rating: Decent
91 posts
Can anyone confirm/dispel this?!?!

Can only the people who set the trap pop the NM? Because my husband PLD (shapelesschasm) & I have tried to camp this thing 3-4 times & 0 claims. When we show up, the traps say they are already set w/ the carp. When 4:00 hits, we start checking the traps like crazy running back & forth. Then some other person comes out of the blue, checks one & out it pops!

Any insight would be appreciated! ^^
um /nin?
# Oct 02 2005 at 1:48 AM Rating: Decent
46 posts
was i the only PLD to think ahead and sub ninja for shadows? i've killed him 3 times, normally he gets me to around 300-400 hp as a lvl 71 mithra PLD with about 1300 HP to start with for this fight (solo gear, not HP gear). just work the vorpal blade and he's toast. still no earring though, so i'm startin to get a little peeved. oh well i'll try again in the morning.
RE: um /nin?
# Oct 05 2005 at 12:18 PM Rating: Decent
175 posts
IMO WHM sub is more reliable than /NIN sub especially pre 74. Sometimes he goes on missing streaks and sometimes he won't miss at all. I've died once because he kept using the DEF UP move and I ran out of MP and couldn't get a good return with Spirit Taker. So if you're using sword the whole time, I'd hope you'd have some sort of MP Regen or else you're just taking a gamble. Especially if he decides he wants to Double Attack right when you recast.
RE: um /nin?
# Jan 28 2006 at 10:12 AM Rating: Decent
558 posts
sub rdm for dispel lol
me so sexy
# Sep 06 2005 at 10:30 PM Rating: Decent
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# Aug 21 2005 at 8:16 PM Rating: Decent
175 posts
Ok I'm a lvl 74 PLD (73 atm de-level ><) and I've solo'd this NM twice now. First time I didn't get the drop, second time I have.

Ziphius usually hit me between 50 and 10 and more often than not, he hit me at the low end of that scale. This fight is really basically an endurance fight. If you don't have any means to keep your health up, or not get hit at all, I wouldn't recommend trying to solo it.

Anyway what I did was, build Great Sword TP to 300 and start the fight off with Spinning Slash which did about close to 800. Then I'd switch to Sword and Shield to keep damage to a minimum and healed when my health got orange. When my MP falls below Cure IV range, I keep building TP til I can fire off a Vorpal Bladde then switch to staff immediatly and Spirit Taker my MP back for atleast 2 Cure IV's then switch back to Sword and Shield. Rinse and Repeat.

So if you're a PLD trying to solo this ring, I'd say bare minimum to have would be a leveled Staff skill and enough MP for atleast 2 Cure IV's.

Edited, Sun Aug 21 21:17:00 2005
How To Spawn Ziphius,a Guide.
# Aug 20 2005 at 10:47 AM Rating: Excellent
Hello everyone ! Since there is no exact guide on how to pop Ziphius I thought I would post one. First of all you need 6 slices of carp which are about 3k a stack at the AH. You may have to beat this a few times before you get the earring so prepare accordingly. Now head out to Misareaux Coast and go to the river at H-5. At around 23:00 ??? will appear,there are 6 of them that are scattered between H-5 to I-6 in the river.

Trade one slice of carp to each ???,it will say trap is set. Once you have traded to all 6 of the ??? wait until 4:00 and start to check them all. If you try to check before 4:00 it will say try again in the morning so you must wait until this time. When you check the ??? it will say you did'nt catch anything,don't worry keep checking and eventually one of them will spawn Ziphius. The ??? that spawns him is completely random so you must set and check all of the points.

Now once you have spawned him it is a automatic claim so don't worry about someone stealing your pop. The other pugils in the area will not link with him so there is no need to clear the area unless you are a lower level,and if you are lower than 65 I would not recommend even attempting to get this.

I successfully killed ziphius as a 69 PLD with a 73 rdm friend. It was not that hard of a fight but I would not have been able to solo this so I suggest you bring a friend with you. Ziphius uses enwater which you cannot dispel,his special attacks are screwdriver and splash breath. Screwdriver did between 80-200 dmg and splash breath did about 2-400 dmg so be careful of that one.

Lastly we buffed up and I used a tavnazian taco which brought my defense to 387 to give you an idea of defense to damage ratio. We did not use any weapon skills because my friend heard a rumor that this will effect drops,I don't know about this but I thought I would mention it. After you defeat him you must wait til night again for the ??? to reappear.

If someone else is trying to pop this at the same time you are you can still set traps but once one of you pops ziphius the ??? will disappear. There was a 70 whm doing it when I arrived and she got the pop. In addition she had to 2 hr and almost died,we healed her for the win but she did not get the drop. I poped him 3 times in a row but did not get the earring and I plan on trying again today.

So it is very easy to pop him and the fight isn't to bad,just long. Be cautious and come prepared and you will be fine. This seems to be a great earring to macro in for heals and it goes for about 200k on bismarck. I hope this guide will help you and good luck on getting your earring !

Fun fight
# Aug 17 2005 at 4:52 AM Rating: Excellent
63 posts
A 72 PLD/WAR and myself (67 BLM/THF [for treasure hunter]) just duoed this. The PLD would've had a hard time alone... It hits hard and spirit taker just didn't give him enough MP to keep up (although he did forget to use food, too). A few details that may be helpful...

  • The surrounding makara will not link with it.
  • It doesn't seem to have any particularly large debuff immunity... I landed bind and sleep II on it without a problem, no ES needed.
  • It has an enwater-type effect, so all its attacks do water damage in addition to physical.

  • It dropped the earring first time for us (yay!).
    #REDACTED, Posted: Aug 16 2005 at 8:27 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Cbird holdin it down on Phoenix server! ^^;
    # Aug 16 2005 at 3:58 PM Rating: Decent
    # Aug 15 2005 at 1:04 PM Rating: Decent
    Hmmm... Does anyone what level you can solo this NM at?
    RE: Level?
    # Aug 16 2005 at 4:33 PM Rating: Decent
    384 posts
    A level 68 PLD/RDM(RDM for solo anyhow) friend of mine tried to solo it and said it was really close, but he would have lost so he bailed out. He's also a Glaka though so he has low mp. I've fought it a few times. He's not too bad, but he's got a lot of hp.

    # Aug 15 2005 at 1:03 PM Rating: Decent
    {Spawn} {How?}
    # Aug 15 2005 at 12:42 PM Rating: Decent

    Where ar the ???(s)to make this spawn and how many are there. Is there a certian time of day you have to do this?
    # Aug 15 2005 at 3:51 AM Rating: Default
    /cheer Cbird lol
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