Vana'diel Bestiary: Cancer  

Found in:Kuftal Tunnel
  • Notorious Monster
  • Not Aggro
  • Not 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

Cancer Picture

General Info

  • Spawned by trading a Quus to the ??? at H-7 near the entrance to Kuftal Tunnel.
  • The ??? respawns ever 15 minutes after killing the spawned mob or letting it despawn.
  • Has enwater effect.
  • Low drop rate on Arondight.

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rlly tough
# Oct 30 2008 at 6:05 AM Rating: Decent
got this sucker to pop on the 3rd quus. zoned him along with a few other crabs.
i went back in to fight him but then i realized this guy was much to strong for me solo. so i started shouting for help. lucky for a me a 75 blm/whm was watching me solo this guy and was willing to help. being a pld/rdm i was able to tank him no problem while the blm went crazy with nukes. he had to rest to full mp twice to get the job done. 1/1 on drop! W00T. i think i might go back and try to solo this guy but first i would need to cap enhancing and shield skill.

The mysterious crab....
# Jan 15 2008 at 11:06 AM Rating: Decent
79 posts
First time poping, went 1/4 for the pop. 75nin/war (me) and 75war/nin. Fight was long as hell and a smn in zone voluntered to help. Fight was about 20-25 mins. Drop 1/1. (Mine!) Next pop tries we went 0/8 for the war and gave up. Got about 30 throwing lvls though :)

Note: When added effect does go off, goes for about 50+ Ive noticed. Proc rate isnt very high either.

One thing to watch out for if you decide to duo him is the Haunts...They dont play very nice. Clear area for a safe run up the hill to the lizzies and to avoid low HP aggro need be. As a nin, his acc was extreamly low with Blind on him. I got hit once cause I was excited about poping him.

Sword looks pimp with Relic on!

Good luck!

Siren Bastok Rank 10
75drk, 75nin, 51cor
# Aug 29 2007 at 6:31 PM Rating: Decent
I must be one of the unluckiest guys ever...
10/97 on popping cancer, and 1/10 on the sword drop.
But it was quite worth it :)
# Jun 14 2007 at 10:29 PM Rating: Default
12 quus later, pop and drop.

thank you to mystel, myv, syph and enego for the help. I'mma level mah DRK, now!
# Apr 08 2007 at 1:56 PM Rating: Decent
50 posts
I just duo'ed him on my Hume RDM70/35NIN. Me and an ls buddy were just skilling up there when someone decided to drag him by, he aggro'ed the other member (75 BRD/20 NIN :P). We zoned, healed up, and came on in, pulled him to zone, and got to killing.

Was hitting me for around 120 with Phalanx up, not counting Enwater. Lullaby and Requiem would not stick, Elegy would, however. Slow, Gravity, Paralyze, Bio all stuck with no resists. Without Elegy his attack speed is pretty good, comparable to Aquarius from what I can recall. Anyways, we shared hate somewhat, my recast was down to pretty respectable levels with Haste and Marches, most of the damage came from Enspell. He wasn't hard to hit even with gimped sword skill (no Spirits, 165 skill-170 when he died) but damage done was pitiful. Used Stoneskin to give me safety for the times when Utsu wasn't ready.

Fight took about 20-25 minutes, no drop. Could have been faster if I'd have kited/nuked, I think, or if we'd have had Spirits Within instead of gimped sword for me and dagger for him. I'm looking forward to soloing this when I hit 75, DRK is my next job.

Edited, Apr 8th 2007 5:56pm by Nusayb
time is of an essence. . .
# Mar 18 2007 at 4:29 AM Rating: Decent
277 posts
Many Quus' and day slater. Took me 20 Quus' for the 1st pop, 30 for the 2nd, 23 for the 3rd.

1st Pop he dropped. . .but i had to zone, loosing it, 2nd time he refused to drop, 3 is the charm. . .

PT consisted of mithra THF75/nin and an elv RDM52/blm (plainly for haste and some cures while i whacked the lizardds/crabs there w/o utsu to kill time while waiting for the ??? to repop).

Meleeing him is futile, much as Sewer Syrup he takes very little dmg from any kind of physical attack. Using enspells, weapons with added dmg or ammo (bloody/holy bolts) are highly recommend, esp since he has ~10k HP and my THF (Stylet, 8dagger merits) hit for less then 10dmg. . . .bloody bolts going for ~10dmg +70+ drain though. He isnt too accurate, has no 2hr, only normal crab TP moves (Scissor Guard is evil) and attacks at normal speed. Only thing to remember is he has a quite decent enwater effect that seemingly canNOT be dispelled (poor PLD).

Arondight itself has enwater as well, doing 30-50dmg depending on what i hit.
Got my Arondight
# Jan 22 2007 at 12:36 AM Rating: Decent
It took 49 quus and 3 cancers to get mine but i finally own an Arondight. Had a thf67 (Seventhmagi) and a rng71 (Anklebiterer) help me out, thanks a ton guys.
how I pull
# Jan 16 2007 at 8:15 PM Rating: Decent
Avacus on Ramuh 75whm/blm. I can easily solo the place holders it's just very slow. I have now popped the ??? 30 times with no sign of cancer. But anyways how I did this was clear any crabs in the room first by sneaking up and binding in a safe spot, recast sneak, run to camp, don't worry he'll follow. I sneak popped the ??? all but one time doing the same pulling technique. I don't know if i can solo Cancer as whm but I can't wait to hexa his face. My 64drk/thf is craving this sword!
Went fairly well.
# Dec 12 2006 at 6:44 AM Rating: Decent
Friend and me got really bored one night and decided to try and pop Cancer. After a search for Quus, which ended in me fishing them myself we headed out. Me (74PLD/20NIN gimpage I know), my friend Yukisoma a 74SMN/37WHM, and a 75 BLM/37 WHM headed out to the tunnel with 9 Quus total.

We cleared the area, rested and got 2 Robbers before our first Cancer. He popped and we took him down with relative ease, but made the mistake of fighting him there, which resulted in pops aggroing. After escaping out and no drop on the first kill we just continued the process of cleaning the room. 3 pops later we get Cancer again. This time being smart I wore sneak, once he popped had the SMN pull it back through the tunnel a little near the lizzies to avoid aggro again. No drop. We go 1 more before our 3rd pop. In which this time he drops the Arondight. With 1 Quu left we decided why not and try again. We get Cancer a 4th time. Sadly no drop for my friend. So for the night we went 4/9 on pops and 1/4 on drops.

Also, I didn't know he dropped 2k gil each time.
Use bloody bolts
# Oct 17 2006 at 11:54 AM Rating: Decent

I just went to kuftal to try and pop this NM for a friend who was off doing something somewhere else. I popped him after 3 trades, then held him there for about 40 mins so that my friend could come for the drop. When i wanted to do dmg, i just used bloody bolts. They hit for 4-7 dmg with an additional effect of 40-60 hp drained. I didn't put up any shadows so that i could take some damage and do more dmg with the additional effects of the bloody bolts. I had the greatsword drop on my first kill (I was 74thf/nin). It's a really easy fight if you just spam bloody bolts. I even went afk for 3 minutes and came back and was fine ^^

Figures something rare drops on the first kill of the NM when it's not for me >.>
Good luck to everyone
# Jul 18 2006 at 8:15 PM Rating: Decent
43 posts
Is he duoable with me(73blm/whm) and a 74thf/nin?
Got one of my own
# Jun 08 2006 at 7:35 AM Rating: Decent
I didn't have a Gsword for my PLD and this looks like a cool rare/ex one to get so I camped it. 3/35 on popping this guy, and 1/2 on the drop. Had a thf with TH2 second time I fought this though. This mob can't be soloed by most jobs, he hits for only slightly less than most EXP mobs to a 71 pld. good luck to anyone trying to camp this... seems the spawn rate is about a 1/10 chance or so. maybe it's just superstition but he seemed to pop more often when you click on the ??? and get the text before trading.
help me out
# Apr 14 2006 at 10:24 PM Rating: Default
sup everyone atm 62 DRK here
what is drop rate on this great sword??
cuz i would like to add that to my collection and sell other sword

and if ur will or bored help me out
/t mirel on rahum
i would appricial any help
RE: help me out
# Apr 23 2006 at 3:17 PM Rating: Excellent
I heard the drop rate was around 5%.
Got it
# Mar 06 2006 at 6:36 AM Rating: Decent
25 posts
My LS was bored so we went on a random NM hunt. After trying to pop him with Quus for around an hour, it finally shows up. It was me(55DRG), 75WHM, 74PLD, 67WAR, 68SAM, 70WHM.
Yea it was pretty much overkill and we got the drop. And it was really boring, nothing to do in Kuftal *sigh*
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Wow, what a fight!
# Feb 21 2006 at 12:14 PM Rating: Decent
Solo'd this thing as 74THF/NIN (spawns down in the Haunt Pit near the entrance from Altep) but fought a Robber Crab with it the whole time! lol.

20-30minute fight surrounded by Haunts, hoping to God they didnt inch any closer or that i didnt run out of bolts (sleep, bloody or acid).

I get Cancer to 11%HP and it gets a lucky streak on me (criticals to boot for 225 damage) so that wasn't very good news for me considering i've got about 6 or 7 Haunts surrounding me.

I flee to zone, and exp party snatches him.

I zone back immediately , 335HP left from all the Haunt nukes (lucked out cuz one casted bio to save me from the other's Sleep). Anyways i flee back down the hill to see Cancer raping the party that tried to snag it so i launch in a bloody bolt and reclaim what's mine :) Finally me and Cancer can be alone (he's at 21% now).

Finish him off while following all the rumors that affect drop rate (take off shadows, debuffs, no WS killshot;pretty much anything i could think of ^^).

1/1 on the GS ^^ so now I have a reason to lvl PLD.

Btw, i got 45 exp for this fight so, i doubt it's lvl65, more likely it's 70 or higher (DC to a 74).

Edited, Tue Feb 21 11:23:56 2006
Wow, what a fight!
# Jul 08 2007 at 10:02 PM Rating: Decent
Wow, what a fight!
# Jul 08 2007 at 10:08 PM Rating: Decent
What A Nice Story LOL Can't Believe PPL Actually Believe It LOL
RE: Wow, what a fight!
# Mar 16 2006 at 3:45 PM Rating: Decent
Given the date of your post, you killed this mob after the patch that SE adjusted the exp awards for EP and DC mobs in. DC mobs start with exp awards around 55 now, EP can go up to 54 exp per kill. Concrete reason why I know these numbers:
on Remora for a long time it was difficult to get a pt as PLD. Much soloing was done in Garlaige Citadel on EP thru EM skellys.
Help Me Out!
# Feb 08 2006 at 10:42 PM Rating: Decent
I`d REALLY like to have the GSWD he drops. If there is anyone on the Pandy server that is willing to help me get this GSWD please /t me. I`m willing to pay a 75 RDM/NIN to kill it for me 500k (if it drops).
# Jan 29 2006 at 4:12 PM Rating: Default
can they make a monste with name cancer??? if i had cacer id be fin pissed and offended XD
RE: O.o
# Feb 06 2006 at 2:07 AM Rating: Default
823 posts
wow...noob...the nm would be referring to the birth signs (gemini, cancer, scorpio, capricorn, etc...) in astrology cancer is a crab.
RE: O.o
# May 14 2006 at 10:40 PM Rating: Good
30 posts
RE: O.o
# Feb 05 2007 at 2:36 AM Rating: Good
102 posts
LOL as well
<pos> plz
# Jan 29 2006 at 9:32 AM Rating: Decent
any one got a pos for this damn thing
Drop (Where?)
# Jan 12 2006 at 12:43 PM Rating: Decent
Pop cancer has been like 1/8 and 0/10 on arondight, huge waste of time ,,l,, []enix on this one.
Cancer Video
# Jul 13 2005 at 9:22 PM Rating: Decent
1,608 posts
Video removed due to Admin duchebag.

Edited, Dec 16th 2006 6:30pm by LyleVertigo

Tanked it today
# Jul 06 2005 at 10:16 PM Rating: Decent
1,872 posts
As 67PLD/WAR with full defense set up (defender, earth staff, war belt+1, jelly ring etc), it hit me for about 40-90 a hit. Not too hard at all. ^^
i killed cancer and only got a t-shirt
# Jul 05 2005 at 9:05 PM Rating: Decent
Solo'd this easily as 74 thf/nin.
# Jul 03 2005 at 12:54 PM Rating: Decent
I would really like it if someone posted exact <pos>
for where the spawn ??? is.

i am a 62 pld and i would love to have this Gsword looks very awsome and the +7 water and fire arent bad.

Edited, Sun Jul 3 13:59:22 2005
RE: where?
# Jul 05 2005 at 9:40 AM Rating: Default
I dunno its position, but I do know this. When entering Kuftal, you come to the area with sand lizards. Walk up to the fence, and down below you is an area with several crabs and haunts. You will see 3 ???'s. The one the farthest back on a little mound is the Cancer ???. Trade it a Quus and either a Robber Crab or Cancer will pop. Now those haunts supposedly aggro lvl 75's, so bring something smn or /smn so they can sneak carby pull the crabs. The ??? has about a 10-20 min respawn every time you trade it a Quus. 1/1 on Cancer. Arondight looks so hawt!
can i do this
# Jun 18 2005 at 8:11 PM Rating: Decent
Can i solo this as a 73blm/36rdm? Also i see that Aquarius is 70 and this NM is 65 so would this NM be easier.. let me know^_^ ty
10 years later.
# Jun 02 2005 at 7:21 AM Rating: Decent
1,192 posts
Ellion, you probably know this by now, but you could take him easy with a party that huge.

Good Luck!
RE: 10 years later.
# Jun 07 2005 at 9:08 PM Rating: Decent
510 posts
^^; doesn't hurt to ask, yeah?
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