Vana'diel Bestiary: Proteus  

Family:Sea Monk
Found in:Silver Sea route to Nashmau
  • Notorious Monster
  • Based on Water
  • Weak against Ice
  • Weak against Lightning
  • Strong against Water
Updated: Fri Dec 28 16:26:12 2007

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General Information

  • Resistant to Sleep, though it is susceptible to Gravity and Bind.

Proteus Special Attacks

  • Maelstrom: AoE Water based magic damage with an additional Strength down effect.

  • Hard Membrane: Self target Evasion boost. (Effect can be dispelled).

  • Regeneration: Self target HP Regen effect. (Effect can be dispelled).

  • Cross Attack: Single target two hit physical attack.

  • Ink Jet: Frontal cone AoE Dark based magic damage with an additional Blind effect.

  • Whirlwind: AoE Wind based magic damage with an additional Vitality down effect.

  • Tentacle: Single target physical damage.

  • Hundred Fists: Drastically increases Proteus's attack speed. Denoted by the characteristic mob two-hour animation.

Historical Information

In Greek mythology, Proteus was a lesser sea god with the power of clairvoyance, and would truthfully reveal anything asked upon him if he were captured. If he were captured, he'd use his ability to transform his body to attempt to break free, being able to change into a lion, a serpent, a leopard, a pig, water, or a tree. If his assailant is capable of maintaining hold on him as he transforms through all his forms, he will relinquish the knowledge of the future. It is through this that the king Menelaus learned of his brother Agamemnon's murder, of the warrior Ajax the Lesser's death at sea, and of Odysseus being stranded on the isle of Calypso.

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Can be killed with 3
# Jan 02 2008 at 8:54 AM Rating: Decent
Yesterday I was camping Proteus with my brother and my Boyfriend... setup was:

Knightblazer, My B/F(75NIN/37WAR)
Phalanx, My Brother(75WHM/37BLM)
and Nagoshi, Me(74BRD/37WHM)

A long while ago my b/f and I almost duoed it to about 20% as just NIN and BRD and we were winning and things were going smooth until I ran out of MP to continue healing him... Earlier today I rode the boat alone and he popped and I was standing near the bottom of the stairs, not paying attention and he kicked my ***. We HPed in Whitegate and rode the boats from Whitegate > Nashmau only, warping back and hopping every boat departing in Nashmau to meet up with Proteus again in approx 2 hours from when he kicked my ***.

Honestly it was a very easy fight and I was even dual boxing my brother's char. I barely had to use him. I threw Double Mambos on my b/f as though we were fighting Charyb and I threw a haste on him with my bro with an occasional Regen 3. I would Elegy him and dispel his evasion bonus and regen effect. I had to keep making my bro Dia II him and eventually I helped meleeing after seeing he wasn't a threat to try and kill him before the boat docked.

Well... we succeeded in killing him, I think we still had a couple mins left... we obtained both items from him http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y143/Knightblazer86/ProteusDrops.jpg

Congrats to Phalanx on his new sword(even though he wasn't really there)!
Almost had him...
# Sep 11 2007 at 4:54 AM Rating: Decent
Me and some ls friends were otw to Nashmau to work on some ToAU missions. We knew about the NM Orobon (seems to spawn quite frequently while fishing). So we fished up Orobon, got it to ~15% hp when Proteus spawned... I've riden the ship several times, and never knew about Proteus. Our healer was just messing around so her MP was low, since we figured Orobon was the only NM. Then Proteus aggroed right as we killed Orobon. No biggie we thought... Till we realized it has PERMANENT HUNDRED FISTS!!!!!!!!! I found this out the hard way after I stole hate from the PLD. I held my own for the 6 utsusemi shadows and got a few counters in, but then I dropped like a rock. The RDM was next on the "To do" list from all the spam curing. Then down goes the PLD, then the high-lvl DRG. Now all we have left is another DRG.. He did a great job at kiting it around the stairs. But sadly, he died ~10 seconds before the ship docked. ; ;

Our Setup:
75 MNK/NIN <-- Me
69 PLD/RDM (I was tank since my evasion was way more than enough for the fights we were going for. Lv4 Evasion merits FTL on this one...)

With our setup. And if we would have known about the hundred fists. Had the mp ready. We would have won. Proteus's HP was about 35% when the last pt member went down.
Possible Weakness?
# Aug 27 2007 at 12:18 PM Rating: Decent
1,778 posts
This guy is a total and utter beast, feared by alot of people.
After the August update that see's COR getting buffed rolls, i think that Ninja Roll + Choral Roll that stacks with the BRD and NIN you'll have with you will make this fight alot easier.
COR/NIN (Everyone needs shadows here)
BRD/WHM (Blink etc)
Should be able to win this fight with that setup.
Buffed up Ninja Roll (COR answer to Mambo) + x2 Mambo from BRD + Choral Roll (Buffed up spell interupption down, can mean the difference in you getting shadows up or getting interuppted and getting owned).
As godly an NM he may seem he does have a weakness! Bind and Gravity will have no trouble sticking on him, i've heard of low resist rates from RDM/BLM w/o using Elemental Seal.
The sword he drops, the Phantom Fleuret is one of the best weapons a Corsair can use, comes down to a choice between this and the Joyeuse really, i'd prefer the Ranged Accuracy and the Ranged Attack +5 over the Double Attack personally, well that is just me.

Edited: Paralyze will also land on him, confirmed. So use Ice Shot to enhance the effect even more. Good plan is to get a PLD to tank him when he has Paralyze and Ice Shot on him, hit up Gallant's Roll and Choral Roll (Get a BRD with you) and watch as Proteus kills himself. Choral Roll will help the PLD with healing so much it's not funny, with Ballad on to recover MP, the boosted Paralyze will proc alot.

Edited, Aug 29th 2007 2:01pm by Tatham
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Invictus -- William Ernest Henley
# Jun 18 2007 at 4:15 AM Rating: Decent
Owned. ..Me that is. I saw Proteus and was like cool, a NM. Whatever. So I go hmm I subbed NIN should be no problem with Bind. I was Blm/Nin for skill up, btw. Trading in coins to Nashmau for my Turban for Samurai. Anyways, so log goes like this..he's a beast:
Zachfurlow uses Elemental Seal.
Zachfurlow starts Casting Sleepga II on Proteus.
Proteus hits Zachfurlow for 173 points of damage.
Zachfurlow starts casting Stun on Proteus.
Proteus hits Zachfurlow for 132 points of damage.
Zachfurlow's Dark Magic Skill raises .2 points.
Zachfurlow casts Sleep II.
Proteus resists the spell!
Proteus hits Zachfurlow for 191 points of damage.
Proteus hits Zachfurlow for 132 points of damage.
Proteus hits Zachfurlow for 140 points of damage.
Zachfurlow: Goodbye World.
Proteus hits Zachfurlow for 132 points of damage.
Zachfurlow was defeated by Proteus.
Zachfurlow falls to level 73.
SO as you can see, he hits godly fast AND hard mind you I was using earth staff while I took the hits. >_< He is way harder than Charybdis imo. Raped everyone on the boat after too. :/
shark necklace
# May 10 2007 at 4:51 PM Rating: Decent
165 posts
Proteus drops the Shark Necklace in addition to the Phantom Fleuret
# Apr 18 2007 at 4:13 PM Rating: Decent
I believe the placeholder is the Kulshedra...

this information is more than likely irrelevant since when the boat docs the PH is gone, and proteus has a chance to pop when the boat sets out again. However I have seen the Kulshedra killed as soon as the boat takes off, and proteus pop 10ish minutes later...

On that same note, I've killed a Kulshedra at the begining of the ride, and seen another Kulshedra pop 10ish minutes later. It may follow the same rules as land based NMs, except when the boat docs, it doesn't just De-pop... it "Dies" to lottery again at the begining of the next ride.
# May 08 2007 at 9:25 PM Rating: Decent
101 posts
It can spawn at "any" time. First time on the boat today, and guess what was waiting on the dock right away. Proteus with an Apkalla or whatever its called. Ducked back in for a few minutes and proteus depopped and the other guy spawned in later.
# Sep 08 2007 at 10:35 PM Rating: Decent
I can also confirm it has no PH it was night time when it spawned just now. unsuspecting lvl 70bst ran upstairs and it tore him apart something fierce, poor guy. And this was just moments after launch. We get the CS for departure, he runs upstairs and about 15s later I see "Mescalito was defeated by Proteus" in the chat log. I wait maybe 30-40 seconds more and he despawns. go upstairs and raise him.
Tough bastard
# Apr 13 2007 at 9:56 PM Rating: Decent
206 posts
I was on the ship as 75NIN/37WHM (with lots of evasion gear on, WHM for teleporting aroudn), saw him, and thought how bad could he be - he stripped my shadows pretty damn quick, then hit me for 183 and crit for 305, so I quickly 2-houred.
too funny
# Jan 14 2007 at 11:16 AM Rating: Decent
I dont know how many times ive seen would be hero's get the beat down from this guy
too funny
# Feb 12 2007 at 1:18 PM Rating: Decent
When or under what situation does this thing spawn? I'm on my 5th or 6th ride now....well shiptaking off again.
too funny
# Feb 12 2007 at 6:23 PM Rating: Decent
Gave up after the 14th trip to Nashmau. I'm on Kujata so if you see it or wanna help me give me a tell...Gushazan
# Jan 09 2007 at 4:47 PM Rating: Decent
Who would kill this NM for such ****** drops? Oh wait, this is SE we're talking about. They love adding useless NMs in the game with aweful drops that no one cares about. My bad.

Seriously though, this guy is a beast. Why in the hell would you intentionally camp something this difficult (In terms of time and required people) and waste people's time for the drop? It'd be like camping LoO for a Kraken Club that doesn't hit 2-8 times (hypothetically): Pointless.
damn he sucks
# Jan 02 2007 at 3:27 PM Rating: Decent
Ya this guy sucks royally. He spawned right on top of me when we were about 30 seconds from docking with Nashmau.....as a 55 THF/NIN with uncapped evasion (157 base i believe) and I went down in 3 hits...way too damn fast for me to use perfect dodge unfortunately. However there was a 75 white mage on board that gave me a raise 3 after we docked at Nashmau. I would not recommend taking this guy on without plenty of high level help. Until then, I'm staying in the cargo hold for that ferry ride from now on.
what the pop time on this?
# Nov 22 2006 at 1:22 AM Rating: Decent
is this mob 24hr spawn? or do it alway pop when u in ship?
what the pop time on this?
# Nov 22 2006 at 1:23 AM Rating: Decent
is this guy a 24hr spawn or do he pop everytime on the ship?
nice to meet a new NM
# Oct 31 2006 at 7:10 AM Rating: Decent
im on the boat as we speak, he popped right on top of me and before i could move he hit me 6 times and im dead 65 sam/32 thf....and was only 600 from 66
# Oct 19 2006 at 5:35 AM Rating: Decent
28 posts
Just watched this guy wipe a 75 nin in 3 hits ; ; thats gotta hurt XD
Ehh.. =_=
# Sep 30 2006 at 1:45 AM Rating: Decent
132 posts
I just tried to kill this as a 60SMN..... Don't try it =_=....
# Sep 18 2006 at 4:12 AM Rating: Decent
2,285 posts

Took it down with this PT setup:


Myself being the THF (who is also leveling COR), tanked most of the fight. WAR's would not have lasted very long, but they did help to turn it, so that I could SA-WS to help hold hate.

Killed it with a minnute to spare, and it was up as soon as we were on the deck level.
Proteus vs. Ninja!
# Sep 16 2006 at 8:11 AM Rating: Good
654 posts
My friend (both 62 BLUs) and I were headed to Nashmau to learn Frenetic Rip, with only a 75 NIN on the boat with us, when this guy spawned. The NIN, in his infinite wisdom, attacked it right off the bat. I don't think I've ever seen a level 75 go down so fast.

It seems to have auto-Hundred Fists and hits monstrously hard. The NIN died in a matter of seconds, leveling down to 74. We asked the NIN if he wanted to eat a Raise I, and he responded that he would. The thing didn't disappear before we docked, so we Raised him at the foot of Nashmau. I don't think he'll go charging at a NM like that again.
# Sep 08 2006 at 1:16 AM Rating: Good
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He popped midride to Nashmau and I had bitter memories of Sea Horror float to the surface.

I thought "I'm a lot stronger than I was back then.... I think I'll test the waters out."

Now I'm 67 THF without capped evasion (think it's at 204 right now). That right there should tell you the outcome.

I waited until a little after the captain said we were nearing Nashmau so I could just see how hard he was and 2 hour if it went REALLY bad. I knew I'd die the second I saw he was a NM, I just wanted to see how badly I'd go down. I had no idea.

I pulled from a long distance, ran back, and before he was in front of me my shadows were gone, so I knew then I'd need PD. By the time I could hit my PD macro (I use /ja "Perfect Dodge" <stpc> so I don't accidentally use it) I was already dead.

So if you go on the boat ride NOT prepared to fight this {******* Sword} DO NOT try him out. You will end up on the deck at Nashmau getting a suntan. I just happened to get lucky and there was a 56 WHM on the boat that raised me. I figured eating a R1 and losing 1k+ exp was punishment enough for trying to take this beast on.
# Aug 22 2006 at 6:32 PM Rating: Decent
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just beat proteus, got both drops. http://images1.filecloud.com/236999/proteus.jpg


75 thf/nin tank
75 war/nin doin fullbreak
75 whm/blm flash & cure & whm things
70 whm/blm backup
70 cor/whm doing evokers roll and ninja roll

me as thf had 301 base evasion skill with another +44 from gear, and i needed every point of it. counting his WS he only hit me 21 times but there was lots of shadow casts and flashes going on. he attacks just like charby, but he has less hp. his regular hits were doing 100-160 when they got through. fight took maybe 10 minutes. he popped a few minutes into the ride and we killed him with about a minute to spare.

grats seran on an awesome corsair sword!

edit-- something my nin friend pointed out to me, we didnt have any debuffs on the mob. there was an elemental seal paralyze casted at the start but either it was resisted or it didn't proc much. if you've got a rdm or a nin to stick enfeebles on it, i'm sure it will be a much easier fight. just make sure you bring enough damage to drop it before the boat ride is over. :)

fun fight, i look forward to trying it again.

Edited, Aug 23rd 2006 at 2:25am EDT by timofh
# Sep 15 2006 at 6:38 AM Rating: Decent
53 posts
mst.cst. mitts don't work in ToaU areas :p especially if you don't have signet/sanction on :p
# Aug 20 2006 at 9:40 PM Rating: Decent
99 posts
excuse me did you drop this sir
# Aug 18 2006 at 1:26 PM Rating: Default
32 posts
i saw this dude at like 5 in the morning and was like wow my first nm on a boat i am a 75blm/whm. so i get all buffed up, you know stoneskin, protect, shell(no idea why i casted this since its a monk :P) ice spikes, aquaviel and blink. of course i did some pushups too! so i go into it, cast bind on him and did i mention this was 5 in the morning and i have been up all nite xping? anyhoo cast bind and he is stuck. i read that he hits like a mack truck so i stay away, but i accidently cast bio2 poison 2 and burn and shock(just got out of a xp party and was still stuck on enfeeble mob mode) he gets unbound and boom 3 hits on me 112 117 110.. OUCH! i am like ok this isn't working well. at least i feel better then these people getting one shotted. so i was like ok time to get out of dodge, ES+sleepgaII thank god i had aquaviel on. i was like yes i can warp out of here my HP was in aht blablabla(sp?) but then i notice wack wack wack wack 112 110 116 115 i was like WTF! and i was like /grin if was taru i would be dead now thank god i am elvaan blm with like 1k hp. then it happens wack wack wack wack and then i saw all my relatives and a long tunnel and a white light. pissed off cause i just lost all the xp i earned in my xp party(not really but thats how i felt) and i was trying to figure out what happened and came to the conclusion that they can't be slept..... then a couple sec later ... proteus is no longer biod and no longer poisoned and no longer under the effect of burn or shock and i was like >.> smack myself and say stupido or maybe i said it first then smacked me.. but then i read that the ferry was reaching nashblablabla(sp?) and the proteus comes up to me and says oh sir i think you dropped this.. *proteus hands huma of creamy goodnessâ„¢ his butt* well thats my no sleep and driving and fighting NMs that have a level in allakhazam of 0 story. hope you enjoyed.

Edited, Aug 18th 2006 at 2:32pm EDT by boomercantu
Need more time...
# Aug 11 2006 at 8:37 AM Rating: Decent
421 posts
I was able to solo this thing to about 85% when i saw him on the ship. I tried to attack him melee style, but got the living crap beat out of me. So after I got his suction cups off me, i bound and gravited him. Then i let my DoT spells and elemental spells do the trick. By time i had a good system down, the boat docked ; ;

I think this can be duoed with a smn and a rdm. It doesn't seem to have as much hp as Charby does.

He hits like someone forgot to tell him his hundred fist effect wore off ; ;
I died
# Aug 09 2006 at 5:50 AM Rating: Decent
95 posts
My brother Kraum and I were going to get his staging point and he runs on top and vokes this thing. He was 75WAR/NIN and I was 75WHM/NIN. He starts shouting for me to come help him. By the time I got up and cure 4 him, he was dead. Then I died. Took kraum down in 11 hits, me down in 10. Mother F**ker hit's hard and fast. A PLD/BLM just happened to be aboard and tractor and raise 1 us. I got my lvl back and now we have something to laugh at to our friends at work tonight. What fun.
# Aug 05 2006 at 3:03 PM Rating: Decent
361 posts
spawned on ship and ppl tried to take it... with some nasty results lol

this mob took out a 75 nin in god gear in 2 hits or 2 of its weird hits so i dont suggest trying to duo it
# Aug 04 2006 at 7:24 PM Rating: Decent
Whoop Whoop! That's my pic. I am le famous.
# Aug 09 2006 at 3:17 PM Rating: Decent
I was wondering did it **** or was that you under it. LOL
Yeah. Eww.
# Aug 04 2006 at 4:47 PM Rating: Decent
90 posts
This guys is NUTS. He has a kraken-club attack where each swing it checks for a random 2-6 swings. What this means is that you can cast spells in the middle of his bonus swings without getting interrupted. Managed to take him down with a peculiar 75 party of

We were on our way doing the new missions. One WHM used benediction, the WAR used Mighty Strikes, and I the PLD used Invincible during the fight. I was tanking most of the time; he's pretty accurate with the swings and our NIN liked to drop in HP rather quickly. The WAR died and got raised mid-fight. We came out with the grand-daddy of crappy drops:

The Shark Necklace!
Latent effect: 1 hp/t regen if it drains 3 mp/t from your MP pool. If anyone knows anything more about this thing, please inform me. Lei sold one to himself for 5 million gil on Midgardsormr, but i believe it's just a trophy thing.
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