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Easy pickings
# Mar 08 2006 at 2:51 PM Rating: Decent
The key to this NM and LL is the placeholder. I was out in Valk for about 2 hours one day watching 3-4 people kill every fly in 2 grid squares. I got bored and logged near the palm trees in the SW corner. Logged back in about 6 hours later, WS, nothing. Ran off chasing another fly when I saw a fly in my peripheral, turned, targetted, claimed, killed and got drop.

I don't see what the fuss is about. I'm 1/1 on him as a 51THF/25RNG. He took me from 818/818 to 718/818 after using Venom and Cursed Sphere.

I did the PH trick with LL and it spawned within 5 minutes of killing it. So if you're hunting this, just kill the PH and wait for it to respawn. Stop killing every fly out there.
Very upset :(
# Feb 11 2006 at 7:14 PM Rating: Decent
I've been camping this thing on and off for months. Today I tried something different. I used my Lvl30 THF/RNG and brought someone from my LS to help me kill it. I've camp this thing for countless hours and have never got the drop. I spent about 2 hours spam widescan and it poped.

I laid claim and my partner helped kill it. DROP! My time with Emp is finally over. But next thing I know the dude helping me LOTS and takes it! I was supposed to pay him 300k if we magaged to get the drop but he took the pin instead and then asked how much they sell for!!!! It was his first time ever camping it. He said it was an accident that he loted and that he would help me get another one, but I'm not so sure. Either way, today was a sad day for me and my faith in others is just about destroyed.

Good luck everyone. I'll be seeing you all out there again and again and again.
RE: Very upset :(
# Mar 06 2006 at 11:43 AM Rating: Decent
lol yes, the joke was on him because he found out that it wasn't the Emp pin that could be sold and ended up looking like a jurk to the rest of the LS for even lotting on it. He had no ideal that there was a two different kinds of Emp pins.

I finally got another drop though and solo. 2/9.

Good luck everyone.
RE: Very upset :(
# Mar 03 2006 at 5:47 AM Rating: Decent
42 posts
well take comfort in the fact that THEY DON'T SELL.. EVER! lol
RE: Very upset :(
# Feb 28 2006 at 6:37 PM Rating: Decent
ya really.. that has happened to me so now I have bring help.. and solo them.. takes longer but aleast I don't have to worry about someone stealing from me again
# Feb 09 2006 at 7:53 PM Rating: Decent
what is the drop/rate of empress hairpin?
(| Hmm |)
# Feb 09 2006 at 3:09 AM Rating: Default
1/1 VE in under an hour of camping...
Real easy peoples, don't get so nervous when it pops thats when mistakes happen.
# Jan 25 2006 at 4:18 AM Rating: Decent
I've camped VE for a few days and I may have the worst luck on this NM ever... I've gotten one claim and no drop as 45thf/rng... I constantly get beat to the claim somehow, either they're on choco or just closer etc., I sit around killing the PH every five minutes for a few hrs then when i see VE on widscan i flee to him and he's claimed... Also 3-4 more people show up right before he spawns >.< it's getting rediculous now and i just want to keep leveling ninja. Am i doing something wrong? People say he's so easy to camp but I've only gotten one claim and no drop and I see him alot he's just always claimed. I just hate watching mages or palidins run around with /rng get claims and no drop... If anyone can give me some sort of help on Garuda Server that would be greatly aprecciated ^^ -71 Dragoon (Destructor)

Edited, Wed May 10 03:54:34 2006
RE: >.<
# Mar 08 2006 at 2:52 PM Rating: Decent
Use darts...that is the one of the fastest claimers in the game. After stun and charm.
Crap luck
# Jan 23 2006 at 8:26 PM Rating: Decent
I camped The Valkrum Emperor for 2 days as a lvl 42 WAR, only time i saw him was when a couple high lvl plds were killing him ><

a week or so later while lvling ninja (about lvl 14 at the time) for sub i goto pull a fly and get back to camp (somehow not noticing) and it was HIM. he killed my and my pty with about 2 hits each and ive never seen him since.

Wot a total *****!! >< lol
# Jan 18 2006 at 12:58 PM Rating: Decent
wooooot .. i was walking in the dunes and laughing at noobz ... suddenly i saw a fly .. target on it ------- IT IS damselfly LOL .... wasnt valkurm emperor hahahaha i wish it was empror...
anyways all that story was a lie :P but for a good cause so i cheer up those who didnt have the luck to get the pin
First Time
# Jan 16 2006 at 4:47 AM Rating: Decent
I camped this the other night for the first time and after 3 hours it popped i got the claim and it dropped. What great luck.
# Jan 09 2006 at 3:14 AM Rating: Default
"First off, there are ONLY 4 Placeholders."


You guys make this too hard on yourselves.

Send a /tell to Mirri if you are on midgardsormr and want some help on this guy. There are a few tricks that make camping this guy a joke.
my first real drop from any NM
# Jan 06 2006 at 6:50 PM Rating: Decent
19 posts
WooT was walking to la theim figured i would go by VE area just to see how many campers it had 6 65+ and 2 ??? so im point at them all laughing at them (im on 49bst/24whm on my bird) so i ofcours do the widescan as u always do 3-4 mins go by i walk over to a spot i have seen VE pop b4 for me andas im walking i check scan i see VE so i lock on him run over to him get off bird Chram him cuzz i think thats fast start to fight it put jug on (wasted fish oil) called him had him attack it cast dia to keep him red pulled back watched my crab beat on him then it said jazse found insect wing really like 5 secs later it says jazse foud empress hairpin i was sooooo happy thinking yes i can send to rng till i check it and see now that it is a rare/ex item so i kinda get down for like 1.2 sec till i said SWEET i got hairpin and now bst will have a good head to go with his fighting gear.

PS best part about it is that i beat 6 65+ and 2 ??? to gt my hairpin
# Dec 30 2005 at 10:43 PM Rating: Decent
Thank you, Thank you lord so much!!!

Empress Hairpin - 1/91!

So so so so so so so happy it finally dropped. Got 4 ppl from my LS to come help me after some ******* bard stole claim from me in hour 7 of my camping so i decided right, time for some big guns. Came as SMN75/THF26 and brought a WHM75/THF37 and a few other friends. We covered every spawn and within 5 mins of gettin there i saw <<<FLASH!-----> Valkurm Emperor>>> My heart jumped, i hit flee, hit wrong macro and put utsusemi up by mistake lol. Anyways our WHM held VE and just pointed and laughed at it ^^. This was it, my mind was racing, I went into panic and summoned Garuda. I was not loosing this one no way no how, anyways we beat on it for about 5 seconds, then Predator Claws had its wicked way and the VE hit the ground. 1 Insect Wing...... and after 5 second delay, 1x Empress Hairpin!!!! You know that feeling in the pit of ur stomach when you spot an unclaimed NM of high value, well multiply that by 10 and u get the feeling of the Empress drop. I was actually shaking for like an hour after. According to net, its Adrenaline overload that causes that ^^b Anyways I spent that night staring at it in my Inventory and havent taken it off yet ^^

I wish everyone here all the luck in the world campin this bugger, and hope to see less Emperors Hairpin and more Empress on Seraph :D

Oh little info on spawn times, 2 hours roughly and it can pop on far west or area, in the middle of the trees, on top of the dune to the north of the area and also to the far east by the wall, happy hunting :D

Edited, Mon Jan 2 09:24:33 2006
When...When will you drop!!!
# Dec 19 2005 at 5:59 PM Rating: Decent
Ok, this is my first ever time trying to properly camp a nm (pulled an all nighter one time and ran around in circles waiting for LL) so far 0/3. /cry
JOB: 42drg/war.
Day 1: Log on to find VE dead just infront of me, and the guy got the drop too!! I'm never checking my e mails again!! Lol.
Managed to get VE on pop 3hrs later, 15xp and an insect wing, another 3hrs later, jp pld just beats me to it. About 1 and a half hrs, it pops again, got it! Same result, 15xp and insect wing. Gave up for the night (and got rank4 with ls help Thank you Shadowspell!!!!) Total: 10hrs camping
Day 2: Just one pop after about 3hrs waiting, beat 75rng & 75thf to it, 15 xp and....insect wing!! Total: 3hrs camping
Think I'll lvl thf to 15 & have a gimp sub for TH1.
If I don't get it soon I will go mad!! I did actually dream about VE...its getting that bad already!!
Ah well, maybe tomorrow will be better.
My Lucky Story
# Dec 14 2005 at 3:30 PM Rating: Decent
Well, here's my crazy story on how i got my Empress hairpin: I had been camping Emp for like 2 weeks (50 Thf/war), and in that time, only got 2 claims, no drop, even with TH2. Tired of camping Emp, i log off in Valkurm and decide to go hang with some friends. When i get home, its about 4AM, i was tired, but i thought i'd try to camp him for an hour or so, maybe i'll get lucky. I log on and right when i get the <<<Welcome to Diabolos>>> message in my message log, Emp pops right over my head. At this point i'm freakin' out and hit my Provoke macro and get the claim. Now as i'm killing Emp, i'm thinking, "I'm prolly getting another damn Insect Wing again" And sure enough... INSECT WING.......along with an EMPRESS HAIRPIN!!! I'm stoked that i finally got it. To whomever camps any NM, don't give up, you'll get what you want eventually, maybe even at 4 in the morning :D

Yeah, i'm a nerd, i took pictures of the blessed event with my camera phone :D, Crazy huh?!?!


Edited, Wed Dec 14 15:37:15 2005
RE: My Lucky Story
# Jan 06 2006 at 5:46 PM Rating: Decent
I was running through Valkrum to get to Selbina to raise jeuno fame when I came across it as a 22 DRG, I watched it from a distance for about an hour and a half until some tarutaru came up and whacked it and walked off...

I hate being low level..
RE: My Lucky Story
# Dec 24 2005 at 3:10 AM Rating: Decent
67 posts
Especially at 4 AM infact :) No one plays at that time I find, so I always camp NMs during holidays
# Dec 10 2005 at 1:44 AM Rating: Decent
So my LS is talking about how expensive Emperor Hairpin has become lately (about 3 mil on Kujata). A couple of peeps talk about goin' to camp VE for laughs; me and a few peeps are like "Hellz yeah!" So, I do an OP quest; OP back to Bastok; and then OP to Valkurm. I walk down into the camping area, which had about 4-5 campers in it. I then complained that no one came; I forgot to sub war; and that I should've subbed bst. I kill a fly, and then I walk to the West extreme of the visible map and see Valkurm Emperor. I start hittin' him, and I'm goin' hysterical because I had been in Valkurm for like 4 minutes total. I turn from VE and ask for a thf to come for TH, and no one wants to come. I then decided to just kill it, because I'd just be there longer. I kill it and an insect wing drops. Seriously, about 5 seconds later, I see, "You find an empress hairpin on the Valkurm Emperor"|"Cerebrokhan obtains an empress hairpin"
Let's just say I was about as happy as when I finally finished CoP battles xD
<10 minutes in Valkurm, and I get my empress hairpin.
BTW, I complained that my bro was way luckier than me just a few hours earlier, because he got his pin in less than an hour of camping, while I was 0/2.
I love everyone; I love everything; I'm so happy now xD
<3 VE
# Dec 03 2005 at 1:27 AM Rating: Excellent
79 posts
i have only camped this lil bugger twice since ive been playing- well u couldnt really call it camping one time but heres my tale of the pin

1st time... i am on chocobo heading to selbina and decide to see whos camping VE, hes just sitting there... i hop off choco and get drop =P while 4 campers onlook (no TH)

2nd time... i arrive 2 mins just before he pops and someone kills, they dont get pin... i go camp golden bat for an hour and come back... he pops in roughly 1hr 10 mins (yay) right infront of me and i easily solo as 51thf/bst... pin drops

2/2 on this bad mama jamma yay
*NOTE* i used the info concerning the 4 placeholders and the 5 min repop time and it WAS accurate, props to whoever had enough time to check all that out

<3 VE
I got the drop ^^
# Nov 12 2005 at 6:09 AM Rating: Decent
Camped for 5 minutes
3 others camping
I see it claim it and got it^^

now to lvl a melee job ...
4 hours
# Nov 02 2005 at 2:01 PM Rating: Decent
4 hours and no pop this little ******* realy knows how to hide lol
4 hours
# Nov 02 2005 at 2:01 PM Rating: Decent
4 hours and no pop this little ******* realy knows how to hide lol
4 hours
# Nov 02 2005 at 2:01 PM Rating: Decent
4 hours and no pop this little ******* realy knows how to hide lol
4 hours and no pop
# Nov 02 2005 at 1:57 PM Rating: Decent
4 hours and no pop damn this fly likes to hide lol
Camping it
# Oct 15 2005 at 11:49 AM Rating: Good

I'm a NM hunter on Fenrir and Seraph servers. (NO! I'm not a gilseller or bot.) I've camped Valkurm Emperor for about 3 weeks straight once competing against the gay Kiss clan on Serpah server. (Anyone on Seraph knows these gilsellers. They are 4 people who went as THF/WAR, or ???/WAR. They would stand in one spot and camp them every hour of every day of every month til the update that made it rare/ex.) Anyways, I have a bit of information after camping that can help A LOAD of people out.

First off, there are ONLY 4 Placeholders. Where the trees are in the middle, go northwest to the pointy top of the sand and stand there. Use widescan and I will prove it to you. There names come between the Thread Leeches and Snippers (or Clippers not sure on the Crabs name atm). Also, the Valkurm Emperor's name appears between here too. So now you don't have to scroll all the way down on wide scan or anything.

Secondly, the Damselflies have a 5min (earth time) and 2:10 (game time) respawn time. For instance if they died at 14:05 game time, they would respawn at 16:15 game time. I would gather all 4 damselflies (or as many as I could if there were a lot of people killing them) and AoE kill them. I'd get their HP down and use Cyclone. Also, just to make sure I didn't miss a respawn, I would start scanning between 2:00 - 2:05 game time after the flies died.

If other people are camping, ask them to just let you kill the flies. Most of the time they will say yes so that they only need to worry about the Valkurm Emperor. Gather all 4 flies, AoE, go rest and do something for 5minutes, rescan. It's a lot less stressful than having to wide scan EVERY second until it spawns.

Lastly, the Valkurm Emperor takes AT LEAST 1 hour to respawn (maybe 55 minutes but definally no less than that). There is no maximum spawn time but I have seen a 8 hour and heard of a 10 hour.

Hope this helps a little for anyone who wants to camp it.
RE: Camping it
# Mar 05 2006 at 6:26 AM Rating: Decent
This is very true, however as someone posted on here before, you only have to kill the top damselfly on that list of 4. Only the top one is the placeholder, and if you single it out you only need to kill it every 5 mins.

Worked for all 4 of my kills, 1/4 as rdm/rng. Gl camping!
RE: Camping it
# Jan 12 2006 at 3:37 PM Rating: Decent
665 posts
My first post on these boards and I wanted this to be how I introduced myself...Special thanks to you stikyfingas for taking the time to describe the most effective way of obtaining this (imo) priceless item. To me this pin means more then Emporer, being rex it means you put in the time to get it, you earned it. Thanks for all the help and the great info, keep it up.

Edited, Thu Jan 12 15:38:17 2006
RE: Camping it
# Dec 18 2005 at 12:33 AM Rating: Decent
Thanks a lot... this should be helpful camping for the pin for levelling NIN. Rate up if I could ^^
# Sep 22 2005 at 10:09 PM Rating: Decent
i hate this nm. seriously i hate it.i am 0/18 now.
fighting it for my drk, as 45war/drk. the most thing i hate about this nm is the campers, i have met many kinds:

1.) 5-minuet campers/claimers
2.) people who agree to pt with u and when it pops and drops.. he makes himself QM! and takes the item an leaves.
3.) some actully help.
4.) and finally the most wierdest thing i have ever saw in my life. Yesterday i was camping it for 2 god damn hours. and a lvl 15 shouts that thier pt got claim!
i couldn't beleve it, it made me so f***in pissed. i was the only camper at that time and new i was gonna get claim that day. and A LVL 15 PT GOT CLAIM! with like 2 pl's. and the baddest part is that they were all into like saying " we stole it from u" and other type of that ish. they felt sorry about it, because we dumped gobs and pugils in thier camp. Once they apoligized i let them be.

0/18 Valkurm emporer ><

Edited, Thu Sep 22 23:16:39 2005
# Oct 12 2005 at 11:01 PM Rating: Decent
155 posts
Pugils don't aggro or link in the dunes (unless I'm mistaken), and I'm kinda surprised the GMs didn't respond to the situation.
# Oct 25 2005 at 6:08 PM Rating: Decent
Yeah. . . also, they're sound, I believe, so rule that one out.
# Sep 15 2005 at 8:19 AM Rating: Decent
I am sooooo lucky...
I had just come back from Selbina trading moss to get fame... and figured i'd stand around a little while befoe work... surely enough... no pop.

I get back from work,(about an hour later,) and the same people were there camping it, plus others.
So I figure... its gotta pop soon. So I stand around killing damselflys.

About an hour later, I start to think about giving up and going home....
Then I see a damselfly off in the distance... run towards it, and its the Emporer! Unclaimed!

I smash my Dia macro and I get him, before the THFs even use Flee! Mwuhaha! (56RDM/BLM by the way)

I kill it and it drops ^^

1/1 Valkurm emporer =D

I'm off to level NIN, see ya! =P

RE: Woo!
# Sep 29 2005 at 2:45 PM Rating: Excellent
what kind of job do you have where you only have to work an hour!? and can I have it?
RE: Woo!
# Oct 10 2005 at 11:30 AM Rating: Decent
I only had to go in to pick somthing up =P
Poor Valkurm Emperor
# Sep 01 2005 at 11:38 AM Rating: Excellent
128 posts
I was bored at work the other day so I started thinking...man, the Valkurm Emperor must be one depressed guy. I mean, what if you were him and everytime you spawned someone beat you up and took your hairpin? Now he's even gone as far as to wear his wife's hairpin...I bet she's pissed too...Poor poor VE.
RE: Poor Valkurm Emperor
# Sep 11 2005 at 10:25 PM Rating: Decent
Probly just as happy as the Leaping Liz feels with the people who are waiting around for him to take his boots. ;)
RE: Poor Valkurm Emperor
# Sep 05 2005 at 11:17 AM Rating: Decent
18 posts
RE: Poor Valkurm Emperor
# Nov 10 2006 at 8:59 AM Rating: Decent
0/3 /sigh
# Aug 26 2005 at 6:31 PM Rating: Decent
I got mine! Yeesh! =)

I was just running around in Jeuno without any destination and decided to camp VE. My friend said no1 would camp it anymore. My next job's gonna be THF so I also needed it for NIN.

All right: went there, 3 ppl also camping it. ("No1 camps it anymore" my ***** ^^; )

Cilled some flies around there and after 15-20 mins VE popped right in front of me. Used my fastest spell, got claim and broke his wings. >:)

Ppl got mad @ me coz they were camping for hrs and I just went there and knocked them down. ^^


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