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drop trends
# Jan 08 2009 at 10:47 PM Rating: Good
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In doing this quest a couple of times and talking to others who did it I think there is a trend in drop rates. Three of the items are dropped from mobs and the 4th is a nm. The two times I did it I was around 2/650 on Brooks for the head, others I talked to were a lot less (like inthe 40's-50's), but had problems on other drops (Creek mostly).

I am thinking the reason one of the drops is a nm and that drop is 100% is because you should get it LAST. As in the more mermaid items you have, the lower the drop rate on the others. Both times Brook (Head) was my last and in reading these posts and from experience its seems if your last item isn't the nm item you have a horrible time getting last item TH or no TH.

I am going to do this quest again getting the nm item last to see what my drops rates are. Since the nm is an easy pop I would highly suggest getting other three items first.

Good Luck!
# Sep 21 2007 at 9:16 AM Rating: Default
I dont know about anyone else here, but this has got to be one of the most frustrating quests in all of Vana'diel!!!! I have been farming brooks for almost 2 days now.. 3 stacks of myth coins, countless missives for garrison, shells, toads, newts.. But not ! friggin Mermaid Head. I swear the more I play this game themore it frustrates me. From the major synthing issues, to drops, etc.. SE really need to revamp this game...
Happy as hell!
# Aug 18 2007 at 5:59 PM Rating: Decent
Spent the day farming up the mermaid parts for this quest after an unsuccessful venture two days ago. I waited at H-6 for Paddlestox to appear at 0:00 on the turn of windsday. I had my map marked and immediately ran into Kazham for a choco and rushed down to find the ??? Treasure Marker.

I used the pick around 2:34 on Windsday with 2% New Moon, I recieved the following drops:

Coral Fragment
Blue Rock
Gold Beastcoin
Mermaids Ring!!

I don't think I want to try this quest again in a hurry and now my NIN has extra Emnity at level 43^^

Good luck to everyone else on this most frustrating quest.
Currently Stuck
# Jan 29 2007 at 8:33 PM Rating: Good
164 posts
Currently stuck on this quest unable to find the ???.

My map is marked at E-9 and I've visited the area on 4 different occasions never to find the ??? waiting for me.

However, I also noticed that there is a tunnel beneath the surface... I've checked the surface and the tunnel because I can be right on the marker on my map from either location...

So, does anyone have any experience with this particular location? Should I be looking on the surface or in the tunnel?

The fact that I have to search at all is pretty damn annoying anyway. Completed this stupid thing 4 times before, now I'm stuck on it for days.

??? location
# Nov 23 2006 at 3:02 AM Rating: Decent
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There's a brown patch of grass right where the green marker on your map is. If you stand on it, the ??? will appear and you can get the chest.

Doing the whole quest took me about 8 hours. I was lucky to get the Mermaid Ring, and I don't think I'll ever be bored enough to do it again.
??? found it!
# Sep 29 2006 at 8:20 PM Rating: Good
45 posts
My first attempt at completing the Beastmen Treasure (Elshimo Lowlands Region) quest.

NPC Peddlestox told me to go to Yuhtunga Jungle (K-7, bottom-center); went there twice but couldn't find the correct ???. (There is a static ??? nearby for another quest.)

Finally, decided to read the Allakhazam posts and saw that I needed to move around the spot and use the TAB KEY to till the ??? appeared. ><

Third try... after some trial and error (and running out of time quickly), found the ??? at the base of the big rock (located near the cliff-edge, Southeast of the ramp that comes up from Gemini Falls).

Iceday, between 03:00-04:00, Waning Crescent 38%

1 x Amber Stone
1 x Grain Seeds
1 x Mythril Beastcoin
1 x Mermaid's Ring!!!!

P.S. Haven't a clue if /THF37 helped with the items found in the chest I dug up with pickaxe.

Edited, Sep 29th 2006 at 9:32pm PDT by Bluplanet
Clear out the mobs
# Jun 07 2006 at 6:13 PM Rating: Default
I did this quest last night. Talked to the gob and went straight to the spot. I walked around for about an hour and a half trying to get it to spawn. I zoomed in like people have posted about doing, went and got a chocobo in Norg and came back out to it, still nothing. So I decided to take out my frustration on every mob in sight. After I cleared most of the mobs around the spot I F8 again and there it is. So maybe the mobs near the spot throw off the targeting or something. I got an Onyx, Coral Fragment, Beastman's Seal, and a Silver Beastcoin Smiley: disappointed

Edited, Wed Jun 7 18:05:05 2006
start where
# Mar 06 2006 at 9:50 PM Rating: Decent
ppl talk about not adding anything to others info, where and how do you start this quest. who do i talk to
RE: start where
# Mar 17 2006 at 12:52 PM Rating: Excellent
267 posts
Quest: Beastmen Treasure (Elshimo Lowlands)

Peddlestox will only appear in Yuhtunga Jungle around (H-6), behind a rather large rock, during Windsday. He will ask you to bring him four parts of a Mermaid:

-Mermaid Head: dropped of Brook Sahagin in Sea Serpent Grotto.
-Mermaid Body: dropped of Spring Sahagin in Sea Serpent Grotto.
-Mermaid Hands: dropped of Creek Sahagin in Yuhtunga Jungle.
-Mermaid Tail*: dropped of Seww the Squidlimbed in Sea Serpent Grotto.
*This is a 100% drop from this NM, the place holder for Seww the Squidlimbed is the Riparian Sahagin.

When you bring the items back to Peddlestox, he will tell you the location of the treasure, which he marks on your map. Find the ??? and use a Pickaxe and you will receive a random a treasure, the drops can include: about 4,000 gil, Mermaid Ring, Amber, Gold Beastcoin, Beastmen's Seal, Blue Rock, Grain Seeds, Silver Beastcoin, Tourmaline, Mythril Beastcoin, Vegetable Seeds, Red Rock, Coral Fragment.

  • Mermaid Ring is not 100%.
  • After having your map marked, it does not have to be Windsday to find the ???
  • You can zone and still find the ???
  • The ??? will only pop when you are directly on top of it ( this is the cause of frustration for many).
  • From my experience doing this quest a few times the drop chances from easy to hard are: Mermaid Tail -> Mermaid Body -> Mermaid Hands -> Mermaid Head.

  • Edited, Fri Mar 17 11:52:46 2006
    Mermaid Ring
    # Feb 23 2006 at 6:40 PM Rating: Decent
    535 posts
    Just a bit of an observation, even though I've only done it three times.

    I'm at 2/3 on the ring, and I found that the first two times that I got the ring was when I waited until 0:00 to 4:00. However, the third time I rushed and digged it up at 22:00, and didn't get the ring.

    Maybe the time has association to the drop rate?

    Edited, Thu Feb 23 18:41:01 2006
    # Feb 13 2006 at 3:59 AM Rating: Decent
    I am 0/6 on this quest. Been able to get all parts at different rates each time, Ranging
    from anywhere between 7 hours to 4 days(stupid brooke sahagins were stingy ><), so I'm sure that
    the rate at which you get parts won't affect the chance of getting ring.

    Gotten treasure chest durning various moon phases too(except for new moon) and still have not recieved ring. Very sure on the part about just stepping over exact spot to cause the ???
    to spawn. Also had TH1 on 4/6 times I've found chest.

    Seriously think this quest is broken. ; ;

    Edited, Tue Feb 21 03:34:18 2006
    lucked out
    # Jan 26 2006 at 2:37 PM Rating: Decent
    49 posts
    In order of increasing difficulty, I'd say getting the items to drop is: tail<body<<arms<<<head

    I farmed for 6 hours for that head, got maybe 20 blackened frogs, 6 stacks of shells, one stack of gems, and too many newts to count.

    But it seems I lucked out on the treasure. Got a red rock, gold beastcoin, coral fragment, and the ring. Moon was 75% on windsday. Maybe TH2 helped too.
    FU Squenix
    # Jan 25 2006 at 2:16 AM Rating: Decent
    0/2 on this am very pissed now considering i'd like to use with my ninja. giving up for now i think. this is rediculous if you do this quest you deserve the ring. Its not that uber but nice to have shouldn't be this friggin hard.

    Edited, Wed Jan 25 01:18:51 2006
    Mermaid Ring quest tips
    # Jan 18 2006 at 4:45 PM Rating: Excellent
    I recently completed this quest and can offer a little input:

    The ??? is spawned by walking directly over the Treasure marker placed on the map by the NPC.

    - First adjust your map view so you are zoomed all the way in, as it will make an enormous difference.
    - You will need to position your character DIRECTLY over the marker in order for the ??? to appear.
    - If you find yourself unable to target the ???, try to position yourself on the marker while riding a chocobo. (You do NOT have to dig)
    - It does NOT need to be Windsday to find the ???.
    - You CAN zone and still complete this quest. The Treasure marker resides locally on the PC, meaning if you log on using a different computer, the marker will not appear.

    Edited, Wed Jan 18 15:50:09 2006
    # Jan 09 2006 at 4:27 PM Rating: Decent
    21 posts
    ok, I got the treasure marked on the map, warped to windy to get a pickaxe & outpost warped back to the spot on the map, zoomed in as far as it would go (it makes a huge difference) and walked right on top of it over and over, it didn't spawn. My friend says you have to go straight to the spot after speaking to the gobbie, so I'm going to wait for next windsday, talk to him, and run right over w/out zoning to check it out. I'll update after, but if anyone else has heard the same thing, please reply.^^

    *Edit* ok, I went back and spoke to the gobbie again, and ran straight to the spot on the map, walked on it, and it popped immediately. I'm sure you don't HAVE to do it this way, but it might create extra waiting if you don't. Something to keep in mind anyway.^^ Btw, I got the ring \(^.^)/ Good luck everyone!

    Edited, Sat Feb 4 18:35:58 2006
    Definately worth the effort
    # Jan 04 2006 at 8:35 PM Rating: Good
    91 posts
    Just finished this quest talked to Peddlestox at 0:01 am, traded items and found ??? all before 3:00am Windsday morning. I got the Mermaid's Ring, Tourmaline, Silver Beastcoin and a bag of vegetable seeds. /cheer

    Also noticed the ring is now selling for 2,000,000 gil + on Hades. /stagger

    Descision time *gulp*

    Edited, Wed Jan 4 19:38:43 2006
    Not much luck for me
    # Dec 14 2005 at 3:38 AM Rating: Decent
    456 posts
    I'm 0/4 on the ring with this quest, hopefully the 5th time will be the charm. As of this writing, I have the hands and head. I'll be killing spring sahagins for the body and the NM for the tail in the coming days.
    More food for thought
    # Dec 02 2005 at 1:37 PM Rating: Decent
    459 posts
    Anyone looking for a gauge on how hard this quest can be... I've been straight killing Creek Sahagin in search of mermaid hands and have been keeping track of how many I've killed. I'm about 0/130 on obtaining the hands at this point.

    Good luck! lol <.<
    mermaid ring
    # Nov 22 2005 at 3:15 PM Rating: Decent
    I just completed this quest for the 1st time and i can verify that for me at least the ??? did spawn as soon as i ran over the marked spot on map. I traded the goblin and found chest by 4:00 windsday morning. My drops were:
    coral fragment
    gold beastcoin
    mermaid's ring
    I thought this was a fun quest actually and i plan on doing it again for sure. Good luck to anyone else that wants to do this quest.
    # Nov 13 2005 at 12:16 AM Rating: Decent
    459 posts
    I have done this quests many times, and I am 10/22 on getting the ring, so I believe it is a 50% shot even though I have gone 3/3 at times and 0/5 at times.

    There is nothing more I can really add because Gana's guide is perfect, hits every thing on the dot. The only thing I've noticed is if the ??? pops fairly quickly I don't get the ring.

    Some food for thought.
    Ring of Hell.
    # Oct 16 2005 at 12:27 PM Rating: Good
    803 posts
    I'm 0/2 on Mermaid Ring now. The quest wouldn't be so bad, but Brook Sahagins refuse to drop. This time it took me atleast 200 kills before the Mermaid Head dropped.

    I have some good news though. Since the NPC has been updated, taking your NPC to Sea Serpent Grotto to help with hunting is extremely helpful. I use mine to level and hunt at the same time and I only get good results. I hope this helps.

    I'm going to try again for the ring. It would be a huge asset... Wish me luck.

    EDIT: /angry
    As of a week after the initial post, I'm now 0/4 on the ring. I'm getting very agitated.

    Edited, Sun Oct 23 22:53:53 2005
    "???" info
    # Sep 05 2005 at 9:10 PM Rating: Decent
    man i feel sorry for you guys lol. the "???" is spawned when you step directly over it. Keep checking your map marker and run around in the center of the marked spot, the "???" will pop.

    theres no need to do this for hours.

    I'm 3/3 on the ring, each time i go to get the ???, i have it pop within a few seconds, you just have to run directly ontop of it.
    # Aug 31 2005 at 9:12 PM Rating: Default
    133 posts
    did this quest today, getting the head took more time than everything else put together, killed (seriously) about 700-800 Brooke Sahagins as 75pld/15thf, took likt 3 min to talk to gob
    reward: 1 beastman seal
    1 red rock
    1 bag of vegetable seeds
    1 silver beastcoin

    i would have liked the ring, but oh well

    Okay, did this quest AGAIN, got drops a lot easier this time, killed then while farming eyes^^. the treasure was marked at the exact same spot (and yes, all u have to do is run over the exact spot, seems easiserto find if u zoom in to the max on your map) However, i got crap again ; ;
    Drops: beastmans seal
    veg seeds
    silver coin
    no ring

    Edited, Tue Sep 6 11:04:44 2005
    # Aug 17 2005 at 1:28 AM Rating: Default
    lol are you serious

    if you have to ask the question then i shouldnt answer it for you but i will

    they make the quests take so long so they can make more money

    its all about the money
    Dumb ass quest!!!
    # Aug 13 2005 at 11:10 PM Rating: Default
    This is the dumbest God Damn ************* quest EVER!! But I must be just as dumb cause I keep doing it. So far I've done it 3x, and I'm 1/2 on rings. I havent dug up the ??? yet for the third time yet because I sat around tabbing around for the ??? for 3hrs and got pissed and quit. Everytime I've done this quest I've had to wait at least 2hrs for the damn ??? to pop. The second time it took a total of 7hrs over two RL days for me to finally see the ??? My question is, why the hell would SE make a stupid *** ??? spot spawn and de-spawn, and not just have it there waiting for you once you finish the quest? Do they not think anybody has a REAL LIFE?! And once you finish the quest...the ring is isnt even 100%, how gay.

    I suggest ONLY doing this quest is you have ALOT of patience and ALOT of free time on your hands for farming parts, and waiting for the ??? spawn. The only reason I've done this more than once is because this ring has sold for up to 900k on my server since the NIN "nerf". But pppllleeassee save yourself the frustration of doing this if you have better ways of making gil. After I finish it this time, ring or no ring, I'll never do or even help somebody else do this God forsaken quest!!
    # Aug 07 2005 at 2:35 AM Rating: Decent
    have a question about this..
    I traded 4 items to the gob..
    and reach the treasure place by the next day..
    because I went through IC then back to the jungle.
    and found the ??? on the edge at the top..
    and I went up.. trade the pikeaxe. nothing happened..
    just wanna know if I am still within the quest..
    or I need to farm the items again?
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