Vana'diel Bestiary: Bark Spider  

Found in:The Boyahda Tree
Level:60 - 63
  • Not Aggro
  • Linking
  • Detects by Sound
  • Based on Earth
  • Weak against Ice
Updated: Fri Dec 28 16:26:12 2007

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Decent from 53 on...
# Sep 12 2006 at 10:32 PM Rating: Decent
435 posts
My static and I attempted to start killing these as soon as level 51...that was a really bad idea. They are pretty evasive, as exp mobs go, and our melee couldn't hit them reliably. What's more, they were ripping up our PLD with Sickle Slash. We stuck with them, somehow, and now we're 53-54, which seems about right for these. I'm guessing exp will be decent until 55-56, but we'll likely move out to Aht Urghan before then.

As for the coffer key drop-rate, we didn't get any for the first two hours of our party ( this is with TH2, we have a THF in our static ) but we got three in a row towards the end.

My only advice would be this: try and keep your tank's HP above yellow. Anything lower than white and they could be killed by a lucky Sickle Slash.
# Jun 04 2006 at 11:25 AM Rating: Decent
40 posts
These guys are fun to solo as 59RDM/29BLM. This thing used Sickle Slash on me twice... first time did about 300+ damage because stoneskin just wore off, this is with phalanx. The second time it used it on me it did only 214 damage to me. but it got me down and kept interrupting my spells. I killed that sucker though, it was T to me got 160 exp, so i think it was about level 62. Had barely any MP left and about 300 hp left.
# Mar 19 2006 at 2:29 PM Rating: Good
good to lvl ur npc when it's 55-58 for max xp
# May 24 2005 at 12:17 PM Rating: Decent
224 posts
These things are evil against any PLD. Especially if you have a BLM in your party that casts Ancient Magic, instant 150+% TP, Sickle Slash. 800+ HP to eating dirt within 2 seconds. Thank the heavens I'm passed these.

I was level 52 PLD with +24 VIT with nearly 900 HP (Hume) and still dropped like a rock. Particularally horrifing when you see a Galka or Elvaan drop flat from full HP.
# Feb 16 2005 at 8:13 PM Rating: Decent
These are nice for stealing as THF main, 7 ouf of 12 steals were succeful. 35k in an hour WHILE getting xp. ^^
RE: Stealing
# Mar 17 2005 at 6:48 AM Rating: Decent
hahaha. first time lvling here yesterday and im about 1 outta 3 steal wise(w/ steal+2) and 1 outt 4 or 5 w/ dropping. im sure there are better things to farm and camp, but imagine 75thf/nin th4 and steal+10 farmin these chodes. webs go for 10k on my server
red spider
# Jan 31 2005 at 9:36 PM Rating: Decent
I was skilling up on these and my pt encountered a slightly red one, has one ever found one before? It wasnt just me, i asked my other 2 pts members and they both noticed, i tried taking a snapshot but just my luck i was out of space. it droped one spider web, maybe reddish spiders have a guaranteed web drop?
# Jan 01 2005 at 5:54 PM Rating: Decent
108 posts
these spiders dont agro
Love em
# Dec 06 2004 at 3:37 AM Rating: Decent
27 posts
We do a distortion with freeze mb on them, wow I love those lil fellas. :)
fighting now
# Oct 10 2004 at 8:29 AM Rating: Decent
xp ing off them now, nice party
Resistant to earth
# Aug 09 2004 at 10:09 AM Rating: Excellent
2,389 posts
I haven't tried earth nukes, but they resist gravity and slow with great regularity.

Even if I manage to stick one of them it usually doesn't last long.

Also, Shock rarely sticks.

I'd stay away from earth and thunder spells if I were you and lean towards air and ice.
Resistant to earth
# Jun 18 2007 at 9:31 AM Rating: Good
www.ffxi-atlas.com bestiary mentions these are weak to ice (see link below). My party xp'd off these yesterday. As a 52 Tarutaru PLD, I was surprised how well I was able to handle their Sickle Slash. Maybe it's luck, or maybe it's all my VIT gear (I was sitting ~53 +25 VIT), but I was taking 2-4 sickle slashes per fight no problem. One of them did manage to hit me for around 638, but one Cure III and I was back in my safe zone. All the others were hitting me for around 200-300. Personally, it's mobs like these that I enjoy fighting the most, since as a Taru PLD it offers me both a bigger challenge and a chance to prove to my pt that I can hang with the other races tanking-wise <(^.^)>.


*Edited the link.

Edited, Jun 18th 2007 12:34pm by Tdimhcs
# Aug 01 2004 at 8:47 AM Rating: Decent
51 posts
im xping off these right now.. drop coffer keys quite often
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