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November '09 update changed the drop rate.
# Nov 16 2009 at 6:58 AM Rating: Decent
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Since the November 2009 update, the Ghouls also drop Pumice Stones very often. The problem with this is that every stone that drops seem to prevent a skull from dropping, so the rate is much lower than it used to be. I'm not saying it's impossible for both a skull and a stone to drop at the same time, I'm just saying it hasn't happened to me.

A THF was trying to get two for a couple of newbies yesterday and had been at it for more than 2 hours when I got to Gusgen Mine. He asked me to replace him so I ended up having to get three (one more for the other newbie I brought).

Previously, as BST75/WHM37 it took me an average of 8 kills to get one. This time it was more in the range of one in 30 (1/30).

On another run I tried BST75/THF37 for Treasure Hunter and that made it worse. I gave up after about 80 kills, came back /WHM and one finally dropped at the 20 kills mark.

Edited, Nov 16th 2009 8:09am by Couriercarrie
My story.
# Jul 30 2009 at 11:39 AM Rating: Decent
For any who are interested I used my level 27 thf to get my buddy his. It took 7 kills to get one to drop. tough fights, I only killed the war type and the first ghoul spawn point in gusgen mines (take first left in mines, in the next room next to an old shack). Took about 2 hours total just waiting for 'em to respawn. No silence needed.
In the nick of time....
# Apr 09 2009 at 9:16 AM Rating: Decent
Got my skull - lvl 22 War (eek!!) with the help of Magicdavie, and a couple of his mates... Davie and i got to Gusgen mines then stupid me happens to aggro 4 skels, and down i go, he calls up re-inforcements, and they wait for me to get back from home point - Selbina, seemed to take forever to get back.... Got back to claim my skull with about 15 secs to spare before maintenance shut down...Thanx Davie, you guys rock......Cheers....
# Dec 14 2008 at 4:52 PM Rating: Decent
This damn skull makes me hate life. 0/20.

Yup. That's right. 20!!!!!
# Nov 26 2008 at 8:44 PM Rating: Decent
Been trying to get this skull for a few days now. I first tried searching the dunes. I looked all over the Dunes and couldn't find any no matter how hard I tried, at the suggested places and times. I even got to the point where I was searching for a few days riding all over the Dunes on a Choco to see where they spawned. Since I could't find these guys in the Dunes, I went off and checked the mines. That didn't work. I could take on the ghouls and skellies in the mines, but not a bunch at the same time. I died twice trying to get a skull. I ended up putting my "Road to Aht Urghan" quest on hold for a few days, and while on a LVL party in the Dunes (Map Location D-6), 2 of these grave disturbed skeletons popped right in the middle of our camp. We killed them, 1 dropped a skull, I cast lots, and won! Off for the bloodied robe now...!
Sub Job Solo
# Aug 14 2008 at 2:48 PM Rating: Decent
Solo'd the skull 4 the second time in the Dunes @level 21. Had it on 1/4, but it took hours to find these guys.
Sub Job Solo
# Apr 19 2009 at 1:39 AM Rating: Decent
Yeh, solo'd this thing 2 @20-ish with WAR in Valkurm Dunes.

They're not that bad, the one with scythes have a nasty drain spell tho.
I hate this skull....
# Aug 04 2008 at 10:41 AM Rating: Decent
Ok so I am a lvl 20 RDM with no sub of course... and its driving me crazy... I see some Ghouls from time to time in the dunes and i start to get the itch that maybe i could take him. If it wasnt for the BLM factor I probably would have hit him with a bind and push his stool in with a few cure II... any advice b4 i go Leroy Jenkins on this thing...

If someone could help i'm on Asura

Edited, Aug 6th 2008 8:23pm by Legacyn
# May 31 2008 at 7:54 PM Rating: Decent
145 posts
This drop is the worst thing I have ever experienced. I have 3 high levels helping me out of their own generosity and we are 0/35 right now. Talk about a STUPID idea.
# Mar 09 2008 at 11:29 AM Rating: Decent
i was helping a friend get this as 36drg. AS soon as i walked in i went straght and first ghoul that i saw i used jump(225damage) than high jump
(235damage) and he droped the skull

which really sucks because i remember trying to get this for my whitegate pass and took me a couple hours
On the rumour that only BLM Ghouls drop this.
# Nov 10 2006 at 5:52 AM Rating: Decent
104 posts
I can confirm that this item isn't only dropped by BLM Ghouls.
...and again
# Nov 04 2006 at 3:12 PM Rating: Decent
Got help a while back and the skull. Thanks

Okay I started looking for this stupid skull at level 18. Obviously this skull hates me, I am now level 21 and still no skull. I've killed about 22 ghouls in the dunes and no drop, asked for help in the mines got laughed at. So if anyone can assit me on this quest its much appericiated.

Character - Xuan
World - Ifrit

Please Help this shouldn't be so hard

Edited, Jan 9th 2007 4:33pm by grendelxii
What luck!!!
# Nov 02 2006 at 12:43 AM Rating: Decent
You know, the skull isn't all that hard to get... if you're lucky. Some people get it when they don't even know what it's for yet. Others, like myself, have to be patient. I was optimistic when the first 6 ghouls my pts faced dropped a total of 5 skulls, although the skulls always lotted to someone else. Then, for the past week, I've spent hours upon hours hunting the bastards... my kill total (including solo and pts) has reached 27. Count it, that's 26 straight kills without a single drop. But you know what, I figure I can afford to spend a lot of time looking for an item that will make me so much better stat-wise. Gimme another week, I'll have it. BTW, if anyone wants to help me, /tell Uira on Ifrit.
level 30 war?
# May 06 2006 at 12:27 AM Rating: Decent
51 posts
I hate these doggone ghouls, but should I be able to fight one solo as a level 30 war? I see that they are level 27 or so..and I don't want to die. lol.

level 30 war?
# Aug 20 2006 at 1:20 AM Rating: Excellent
289 posts
i would not try :(
# Apr 24 2006 at 12:37 PM Rating: Decent
Have fun in Gusgen
# Apr 21 2006 at 1:41 PM Rating: Decent
737 posts
22 people killing Ghouls in Gusgen for ToAU pass. It was hella fun. Got my skull in about 45 minutes of which I almost left earlier. There were people there for 4 hours who still didn't get the drop. Poor bastards. Good luck remember Ghouls drop this not skellies.
# Apr 06 2006 at 4:44 PM Rating: Decent
I just got the skull today. I went to the gusgen mines with my friend shoutoku and he got one for me. They are easy to find before the first flight of stairs when you enter the mines. The first ghoul we fought dropped one.
Magick Skull
# Mar 02 2006 at 12:52 PM Rating: Decent
Go to Valkurn Dunes at J-8 from 0 to 4. Two ghouls spawn every night.
Magicked Skull
# Mar 02 2006 at 12:49 PM Rating: Decent
I have just recentlty acquired the magicked skull i can tell you a good place to get it with a party. Two ghouls spawn at J-8 every night from 0 to 4. Make sure you have a party with a thief that has treasure hunt at a high level and you will acquire the skull within two hours.
hour 1/2
# Feb 27 2006 at 2:01 PM Rating: Decent
got mine @ maze of shakarami for my mule
Just one more before I go
# Feb 14 2006 at 4:22 AM Rating: Excellent
149 posts
At level 19 WAR I was desperate to get this. I wanted to have the subjob-quest done before we set up an account for my son so I could be a better mage helping him. After 2 weeks in the dunes I had only fought one ghoul and that fight was a disaster (we all got killed) at like level 16. I had the apron, got that easy, and the worm I got thanks to a helpful RDM level 25 that I was talking to outside Selbina. Then someone suggested I could go to Gusgen so I did. Shouted at the entrance and got a highlevel THF that helped me. It took like 5 minutes. I offered gil for the help but he said: Just help someone else one day...
The other day I was farming bone-chips at the first part of the mines as a MNK 26. The Skeletons were easy and I could take on several at once (gave me some guarding skill too) but after 3 ghouls I had to rest if they were the WAR-kind. There were several others (players) running around but what I saw they were not killing anything, just running around.
Then came a BLM 19 taru and asked for help getting the skull. I was hoping some higher level would do it for him but after a while I saw him desperately trying to fight some skeletons himself. I offered to help but told him it would take a while since I would have to rest quite often if I was going to kill ghouls. And so it did, for almost an hour.I tried one BLM ghoul (the ones with scythes) but it threw some kind of Gravity-spell on me and took my hp down so low that a whole crowd of skeletons eagerly rushed in to smash me. And I died.
My hp was in Gustaberg so I ran back but had to tell the guy that I probably had to leave soon but I could keep trying till then if he had the patience. He said it was ok, disband whenever you want. (The poor guy was probably half asleep by now.)
Killed a few more, one more BLM, and said: just one more but it must be the last one, sorry and good luck, hope you get some THF or something to help instead. So I killed another club-wielding kind (WAR) and then... Drop!
Very happy he offered to pay me but I said the same thing that was said to me: No, keep your gil. Just help someone else one day...

Edited, Sat Apr 1 11:46:01 2006
Just one more before I go
# Aug 25 2006 at 6:42 PM Rating: Decent
Very admirable act my friend. We must operate on the honor system and take care of each other. It is the greedy people in this game that kill the joy for the nice ones..As few and far between as we are...Be well my friend..
RE: Just one more before I go
# Apr 24 2006 at 6:04 AM Rating: Decent
149 posts
I returned to Gusgen as a 31MNK to get the stuff for the boatride to the "Aht Urghan"-areas. It took maybe 10 ghouls of the easier kind to get the skull. A lot more "real" players were running around down here, lol. If there is anyone trying to get sub-job right now I feel sorry for them, there is a little bit more competition. Soon it will pass but it was nice to see some "life" among all the ghouls.
Easy drop
# Feb 02 2006 at 12:47 AM Rating: Default
I got this in 20 mins upon entering Gusgen Mines, I'm a WHM62/BLM27(I'm gimped, sue me) and I got it for a friend of mine in my LS. If you think this is a hard drop, you're wrong.

Edited, Wed Feb 1 23:47:52 2006
re:ghoul skull
# Jan 25 2006 at 10:31 PM Rating: Decent
yer butt has ghouls?
THF my ass
# Jan 24 2006 at 3:04 PM Rating: Decent
4,400 posts
To sum all of these posts up,if you arnt/dont have a theif in your party, you will not get a skull for a VERY long time. WHM tries for three hours and gets nothing, (lvl 15)theif trys for 30 mins. and gets 1-3. moral of the story? stop whining and get a theif! or if you prefer to sit there killing the ever-rare ghouls for the rest of eternaty....

********* It's the luck of the draw. I've been in Gusgen for over 3 hours with a level 65 thf and a level 65 Sam. My partner and I need 2 skulls, and we got one.
# Dec 15 2005 at 1:51 PM Rating: Decent
52 posts
Ok well this sucks. Spent ages last night with a 31 WAR/15NIN and a 40+ WHM looking for skull in Gusgen, no luck. The most we found was bone chips. Anybody know the drop rate for these?
Thank you Triitan (Ramuh)!
# Oct 26 2005 at 10:27 PM Rating: Decent
42 posts
So, I was looking for a skull forever in Valkurm, Shakrami, and Gusgen (even fought a ghoul unsuccessfully here), but it was ultimately Triitan who invited me to his party and let me lot the skull. Thanks bro!
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