Vana'diel Bestiary: Fungus Beetle  

Found in:West Ronfaure
  • Notorious Monster
  • Not Aggro
  • Linking
  • Based on Earth
  • Weak against Ice
  • Weak against Light
Stolen Items:
Updated: Fri Dec 28 16:26:12 2007

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General Info

  • NM is a lottery spawn from the Scarab Beetle which spawns in I-8 or I-9.
  • Highly resistant or immune to sleep.
  • NM has roughly 350 HP.

Nyzul Isle NM Notes

  • Drops a crate containing a ??? item which may appraise into Clipeus.
  • Appears on Floors: 41 - 60

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F#$@us Beetle
# Jun 30 2009 at 12:11 AM Rating: Decent
After hours of killing every beetle in the middle-right area of W. Ronfaure I started to read more about other peoples' sightings. It seems that Fungus Beetle's spawn location is in the lower half of I-8, upper part of I-9, and the areas of H-8 and H-9 that are closest to these. So another hour or so killing the few beetles that happen to spawn in this section of the map I finally come across the legendary Fungus Beetle, and good thing! I was literally about 10 seconds away from giving up for the night...The battle wasn't too tough as 20whm/blm but the Lv.5 hammer I had on me didn't hit too hard and my divine magic is severly underskilled so it took a little while for him to fall. I suppose the only real information I have to add about this NM is that somepage's spawn location is wrong, so don't waste your time in that area like I originally did before looking at these comments.
Close fight...
# Jul 10 2008 at 11:33 PM Rating: Decent
166 posts
Getting my MNK up to 10, and saw this guy running around. Nobody was going after him, so I checked him as "could not be determined", which I'd never seen before, so I assumed NM. Got my MNK up to enough EXP to ensure not leveling down if he destroyed me, then went after him. With about 4 stacked boosts, and hundred fists, it was a close fight, but he still got the best of me.

Edited, Jul 14th 2008 2:07pm by Dustrose
# Jun 24 2008 at 1:12 PM Rating: Decent
379 posts
Solo'd as lvl 12 nin/dnc, he was hitting between 10-13. Got the shield, think its 100% drop. Fun fight.
# Jun 13 2008 at 9:30 PM Rating: Decent
873 posts
I tend to see this thing just wandering around at least a third of the time I pass by on chocobo. I usually give a shout to see if anyone wants the shield, otherwise I ignore it.

Edited, Jun 13th 2008 10:42pm by Aneirin
first NM ever killed!
# Apr 04 2008 at 12:38 PM Rating: Decent
wanding back from tele holla on my choco i came across this critter...half naked 25bml/whm killed him easily and got shield drop...awsome for lvlin pld n war! found him by j-8 or J-9?...in the little outcove type thingy along the right boundry of the map...it was my first NM ever killed (and only so far, ive only been playing for about 2 months) but seems like it would be easily taken by lower lvls! gl and happy hunting!
Never Heard of him
# Nov 16 2007 at 4:12 PM Rating: Decent
Was camping JEJ, JEJ popped and killed him, I was also farming some Sheepskins. walked 20 feet from JEJ's Corpse and seen this guy. Me and my brother never heard of him before so I killed him got the Clipeus.. assuming its 100% drop. 1/1 on Beetle 0/5 on JEJ
fungos beetle!!
# Sep 12 2007 at 1:44 AM Rating: Decent
hehe i found him yesterday while camping for jej...that sob(jej) didnt show up , i camped for him like 3hour's and he didnt show up,,,i said lemme kill some other mob's cuz i was getting bored killing 40+ rabbit's,,,so iwent a little north east of (h-9), then i saw him and i was ohhhh that is a nm!!!!
i said to my friend hurry i found another nm,,,killed him got the drop the sheild and gave it to my friend cuz i have a lantern sheild....so why do i need that 1....i killed him with my whm lvl 18....good gear...my weapon was hermit's wand didnt use any spell on it or my self...so u could solo him with lvl 16war or a whm18
# Jun 19 2007 at 9:24 AM Rating: Decent
I found him today, but I didn't know he was a NM lol. My friend got killed by him (he was a low level, so I wasn't surprised), so, in revenge, I tried to kill it. When he started hiting me for 26, I started to wonder... lol. Killed my 8 THF.
where he can be found
# May 30 2007 at 9:45 PM Rating: Default
try this page
this is wat i use for hunting i found him with in 10mins looking for him almost soloed him at lvl 9 drg he was left for 1 hit
i found him right in the conner J-8 Hope this helps
Happy hunting


Edited, May 31st 2007 7:10am by Babyspike
# Apr 17 2007 at 6:04 PM Rating: Decent
16 posts
Found him infront of southern sandy gates.

Solod him very easily as lvl 18 blm.

Shield dropped.
The Business...
# Mar 19 2007 at 10:33 AM Rating: Decent
7 posts
On chocobo headed back to Sandy I ran into this guy. Hopped off, gave'em the business, got the Clipeus, and kept on goin...

5 hits = easy kill

Just wish I could sell the shield ;;
0/24 Jeggedy Eared Jack and counting...

Easy as fungusy pie
# Mar 01 2007 at 6:30 PM Rating: Decent
444 posts
Encountered W. Ronfaure at H-9 with a Lvl 11 Elvaan Warrior (no sub; scale armor and Light Axe)

After camping for 45 minutes, and killing every Scarab Beetle I could find in the four-square area (H-8, I-8, H-9, I-9) I came into a gap in the ridge and saw my quarry: The Fungus Beetle. Wishing that it had a more intimidating name for purposes of retelling this story to my future grandchildren, I checked my stats: HP at 169, TP at 234. Situation was fairly excellent, and the area was congested with campers and PLers so I decided to jump the blasted NM with both barrels... of, uh, my light axe... blazing. I scarfed down a jerky strip, 'voked and waited. As soon as I was engaged (we were each trading about 12-14 pts of damage against each against each other) I 2-houred, unleashed my Rage Axe (140 damage and 90 damage) and was surprised at how well I was doing. I was also surprised by the fact that the bugger was still standing and that I was having Stone and Dia cast on me. Odd. Beetles, Fungus or otherwise, shouldn't be casting spells. If God wanted beetles to cast spells, he would have given them lips, cute beetle staffs, and linguistic capabilities which he didn't. This epic duel to the death suddenly became a manage e trois of wrong.

A lvl 24 Red Mage in the area was so kind as to nuke the Weaver that had aggro'd me from behind (nice players = teh awesome) leaving me at 50 HP and the Fungus Beetle at 10%. I popped a potion for good measure and held on as he unleashed his Power Strike which only knocked me down to 83 HP left (guess I didn't need to use the potion) and I responded by landing a critical hit ftw! I received an insect wing, the Clipeus, and an earth crystal as the drop.

I'm convinced that his spawn rate is somewhat close to what Somepage says, although it's important to remember that the Scarab Beetles are PHs for him so ridding the four square area of them is probably your best bet. I wouldn't try soloing him at less than Lvl 10 unless you're nicely outfitted with plenty of items/spells/Power Levelers to help you out in the fight.

Edited, Mar 5th 2007 5:31pm by Beltenebros
# Feb 13 2007 at 2:43 AM Rating: Decent
Somepage is misleading regarding this punk. I spent three hours camping; killing beetles at Jack's area and the area just north of the hill. Didn't pop after these three hours; frustration. Spammed widescan during all 3 hours. :\ May someone give a more difinitive description of the pop area? Somepage, FFXIwiki, and ffxiatlas seem to contradict.
# Feb 09 2007 at 2:16 PM Rating: Decent
6,580 posts
Tips for camping this NM:
1) Don't camp him in the wrong zone
2) Don't fight him as a 41Whm/20Rng with no gear and only enough MP for one banish spell ^.~

Oh, I won, but it took a while of super-strong, 0 skill whm punches :p
Suprise NM
# Jan 18 2007 at 2:54 PM Rating: Decent
1,158 posts
My kitty and I were duoing mobs as level 8 pld/whm and sam/whm and we started killing this by mistake. Once we realized what we were fighting I poped Invincible and we used some Pear au laits we had been using and managed to kill it and I got a nice shield for my pld.

Somepage says soloable by a level 13 job so I was kind of impressed.
Place holders?
# Jan 15 2007 at 1:27 PM Rating: Decent
Is it just the beetles, or are there other placeholders for this guy?
Easy pop
# Nov 26 2006 at 1:42 AM Rating: Decent
Just got this for the second time, this time for my hunny. :3

First time I tried fighting this as a lv 7 BLM. Got killed. HP to Sandy, changed to PLD and promptly kiled it. This was (I-9), didn't try to pop it, it was just there with a whole group of lv 7s staring at it.

Second time was a pop spawn. I concentrated search to (I-8) (I-9) (H-8) (H-9). Took about an hour and 15 mins to pop. Popped in (I-8) this time, just on the ridge.

100% drop rate. Very easy to find, very easy to kill. :)
# Nov 12 2006 at 12:38 PM Rating: Decent
42 posts
so im guessing a lvl 16 war could take this beetle?
# Oct 20 2006 at 3:20 PM Rating: Decent
its no big deal people its 100% drop i have it on all my mules...
Got Him
# Oct 11 2006 at 8:32 AM Rating: Decent
18 posts
me and a friend was hunting this NM and Jagged Ear Jack. well JeJ popped with no drop, so we just continued looking. my friend was a 15thf/7war, and i was with my 30rdm/15rng. lol i was also PL another friend too, so i had my hands full. well about 5 mins after we killed JeJ there a shout from a Mnk that hes eing chased and need help. i look and sure enough, its Fungus Beetle chasing him lol. so me and my friend the thief kill and get the drop. we thanked the mnk and continued looking for JeJ lol
#REDACTED, Posted: Sep 05 2006 at 5:38 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) God somepage is full of it, 15-30 mins timer is total balls. Camped this guy for 2hrs, 10 mins for my gf. 2hrs of spaming widescan, 2 hrs of slaughtering every beetle in the area, 2 hrs of PAIN. Word of advice, if ur camping this guy, Widescan is a must, and be prepared for a wait.... unless ur lucky.
Ah, The Fungus Beetle
# Aug 17 2006 at 2:27 AM Rating: Decent
22 posts
This was the first NM I ever got a drop from. In fact, the first time I fought it I got the drop. The second time I saw it I was running back from La Thiene as a 16 THF and decided to engage it for fun. I got him down to about 10% health and then began SEARCHing for a WAR/PLD/or DRK so they could get the drop as well, but for the love of the heavens there were none on that spoke english!

Since I already had the Clipeus shield I wasn't expecting it to drop again. That's what I get for trying to be kind to people though ^^, Nobody that can understand me.

I honestly don't see how this NM is so tough - I can see a Lvl 10 or 11 easily take it on if they have decent gear and use their 2HR ability.

Hehehe, it's always amusing seeing it pop about 5 times per pop for Jaggedy Eared Jack. Fought that little son of a gun twice now and still haven't gotten his drop.
# Jul 28 2006 at 1:41 PM Rating: Decent
I killed this NM when I was a lvl 9 mnk with no sub so I dont see how it is that hard I got drop the "Clipeus" and I thought it was just an easy NM i only got 120 for xp probably it was a long time ago wel at lesast to me probably 6 weeks after I started playing
kill the Fungus beetle yourself! ^^
# Jul 21 2006 at 6:38 PM Rating: Decent
if you ara lv 13 dont even try to get him cause, he's like a lv 15 beetle with 300 TP start out. Also the fungus beetle has about 300 Hp as well. If you want to kill him be a lv 20 i would suggest and if you a whm or rdm save your mp for healing yourself. If your a BLACK MAGE use all the spells you got to weaken him and hit him. If your a tank kind of job like WAR, THF, MNK get the most def you can get (would help if you got someone to PL you). If your a or PUP se your pupet to get him first and come in after. If BST get pets to weaken the beetle first then attack yourself. PLD should save your mp for healing at the risk of getting half way down of HP and DRK use all your MP to hit the Fungus Beetle and weaken him also while do that hit him in-between spells.

Turboscience lv 30 rdm, 19 mnk, 11 Pld, 8 WAR, 8 THF, 4 BlM, 7 BST.
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kill the Fungus beetle yourself! ^^
# Feb 12 2007 at 4:39 PM Rating: Decent
Be a lvl 20... dude... hes not that hard, i can solo him at lvl 14.
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