The Crystal Spring  

Realm:San d'Oria
Start Area: Northern San d'Oria
Start NPC:Any Gate Guard
Related Areas:Jugner Forest
Mission:3 - 2
Min Level:1
Max Level:75
Reward:Rank 3-3
(Average from 10 ratings)
Items Required:Crystal Bass
This Mission is Skippable
Previous Mission: Infiltrate Davoi
Next Mission: Appointment to Jeuno
Last Updated: Wed Jun 22 13:31:42 2005

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Mission Orders


You are asked to retrieve the crystal bass. You can get this by fishing in the Spring on the east end of Jugner Forest (J-9). Or you can usually purchase it at the bazaar. Bring him the fish and he sends you to San'Doria Castle to deliver it. This leads to a cut scene. Talk to one more NPC (Chalvatot (F-7)) and you are finished.


--Area Southern San d'Oria-- Endracion: Welcome back! I have an important mission for you this time. Recently, land is eroding due to crystal formation...and it's getting worse. Endracion: There's a small spring on the eastern edge of Jugner Forest, called Crystwater Spring. We must know what effect crystal formation has on the wildlife there. Endracion: I want you to get me a fish from the spring. And not just any fish! You need to get a crystal bass. Endracion: That is all. You'll take the mission then? Endracion: Ah, that reminds me--have you any fishing gear? You'll need some for this mission. Endracion: There are people about that know a thing or two about fishing, should you need help finding and choosing your gear.

After getting your crystal bass.

Endracion: Hello there. Now's not the time for missions; Chateau d'Oraguille has been visited by bandits! Endracion: You must make haste to Chateau d'Oraguille! Find Lady Curilla, general of the Temple Knights!

--Area: Chateau d'Oraguille-- Halver: So, you're saying nothing was actually taken? Curilla: That is right, Lord Halver. I can see ransacking our treasure vaults, but the chambers of Leaute I d'Oraguille? What could they have been after? Halver: The chambers are as they were when the queen passed away. Might she have left something of importance? Curilla: Her jewelry all went untouched. It is possible that the thieves mistook the queen's chambers for another room. Halver: Hmm. However, it has come to my attention that a copy of the castle floor plans has been circulating outside the castle. Halver: If the thieves possess these floor plans, then perhaps they have motives other than just stealing treasure. Curilla: That may be true. But even with a copy of the castle floor plans, it would take a skilled thief indeed to hide from all the guards in the chateau. Curilla: And according to the gardener, our visitors were a party of two Elvaan...

Shamonde: It has come to my attention that thieves have ransacked the queen's chambers. Inform me immediately of what was stolen! Halver: Please be at ease, Your Holiness. The Temple Knights have determined that the thieves stole nothing from the chateau. Shamonde: Preposterous! If so, why did the thieves ender in the first place? Maybe the queen had something hidden... Curilla: Pardon me, Your Holiness, but what do you mean by "something"? Shamonde: If I knew, I wouldn't be asking you! But thieves would not enter without a purpose! Halver: Of course, Your Holiness! I will order the Temple Knights to continue their investigation, and have them inform you if they find anything. Shamonde: I shall be waiting for your report. Hmph! Not even the Goddess Altana will forgive such a crime! Curilla: Hmm? It seems as if we have a visitor.

Curilla: You were sent to stop the thieves? Well, as you can see, they have already escaped. Curilla: Considering we know nothing of the thieves, it would be futile to send out a search party. Curilla: However, an adventurer such as yourself would have connections in many places than we. Curilla: Inquire with the gardener. He is the only one who saw the thieves. He many tell you something of importance.

Chalvatot: Ah, I know you. You're the adventurer ____. You want to know about the thieves that broke into the queen's chambers? Chalvatot: Well, I didn't see anything special. All I saw was two suspicious lookin' Elvaan. When I yelled at 'em, they ran off. That be all. Chalvatot: But I swear I seen me one before... The one with blue armor... Claidie: Chalvatot, what has happened in my mother's chambers? Claidie: When I went to give some water to the flowers, I pssed by some Temple Guards. Chalvatot: I am so sorry, Your Highness! Last night, some thieves broke into the late queen's chambers! Chalvatot: And to make matters worse, the scoundrels are still on the loose! Oh, what has become of the once mighty Chateau d'Oraguille? Claidie: I--I do not know what to say... Claidie: I knew something was wrong when I found mother's diary in a strange place... Chalvatot: Your Highness? You say you saw something out of the ordinary? Claidie: Chalvatot, something is amiss... Could you please come to my chambers later? Claidie: Farewell, Lady ____. May you find the thieves that disgraced our great kingdom.

To read the transcripts for this quest, see The Crystal Spring Spoilers page.

Mission Series

This mission is part of the San d'Oria nation mission series. The complete series includes:

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I'm not getting this mission well.
# Jun 22 2009 at 3:59 PM Rating: Decent
I tried AH and I guess no one is fishing these things anymore. I tried fishing and found out that the lures cost me more than what the blasted rank gave me. Not to mention I wasn't getting my fishing skill up either. On this website it states that you have to have a 38 fishing skill and then there are those who have caught it with no skills what so ever. I'm on Remora if any of you could help me I'd be helpfull. I've only got about 6k on me now and I'd willingly give it up for help. Thanks.
Finding the Bass
# Jan 21 2007 at 12:49 AM Rating: Decent
I just finished both the infiltrate davoi mission and Crystal Bass mission. To catch the crystal bass I used a carbon rod and little worms. It took awhile as I kept catching crayfish, but after about a dozen tries (and one caught monster) I finally landed a crystal bass. I didn't mind catching the crayfish as I am trying to raise my fishing skill, and you can cook the crayfish to increase your cooking skill.

After returning to Sandy, I talked to the gate guard and was told to go the chateau as it had been attacked by theives/bandits.

After arriving at the chateau I viewed a cutscene and was told about the missing chateau floor plans (but was NOT told to find them), and was told to talk to the only witness to the crime, which was the gardner. To find the gardner find the central courtyard. If I remember right it is easy to find, head toward the royal knight quarters, and continue down the corridor. From the central courtyard you can access the audience chamber, and the quarters of both princes (IF you have a mission or such for them otherwise the guards tell you to buzz off). There is also another guard guarding a flight of stairs down to the queens private (memorial) garden. There you will find the gardner. I only had to talk to him, watch another cutscene, and my mission was completed.

Incidently I tried to get the next mission (appointment to Jeuno) but when I talked to the gate guard I could only take the "infiltrate Davoi" or "crystal bass" missions. I traded a single stack of crystals to the T.K. guard and was able to choose the "appointment to Jeuno".

Hope that helps
i cant get rid of this one
# Aug 31 2006 at 5:33 AM Rating: Decent
how many times do i have to do this quest i have completed it and it shows as completed but when i talk to the npc it still shows up as a quest to accept.
its as easy as it says
# Aug 27 2006 at 9:05 AM Rating: Decent
im sorry but to get the gardeners cut scene i had to talk to him w/the fish in my possession
its as easy as it says
# Feb 11 2008 at 10:25 AM Rating: Good
534 posts
2003 this got me into fishing, and now capped out I thank SE for it.
I can't find one at all
# Aug 01 2006 at 1:16 AM Rating: Decent
Soo. .

I didn't know this was skippable, and now I can't find a crystal bass to save my life.

None of the the AH's on Ramuh have one. . and I tried fishing and all I did was break lines and lose lures over and over again.

Is there any other way to get this blasted thing?

Another easy mission
# Nov 23 2005 at 3:57 PM Rating: Good
379 posts
Step 1: Head to AH and buy Crystal Bass fish (Under Food -> Fish, 1-2K on Shiva)
Step 2: Accept mission
Step 3: Trade fish
Step 4: Zone into the Chateau for cutscene
Step 5: Talk to Chalvatot at F-7 IN THE CHATEAU

You're done
# Jun 10 2005 at 1:05 AM Rating: Decent
who to active 3-2.>?
# Jun 29 2005 at 1:01 PM Rating: Decent
i've got the crystal bass but 1 thing i can't active the mission.. =.= can some1 tell me.. pls..
RE: who to active 3-2.>?
# Dec 10 2005 at 7:19 AM Rating: Excellent
You just need to talk to a gate guard. If your select PROFILE, and your bar isnt filled up, you need to trade crystals or complete previous missions until it is, and that as they say is that.

Photo Op
# Mar 19 2005 at 6:28 PM Rating: Decent
83 posts
If your into taking pictures in FFXI this is prime real estate!!!
Don't buy the expensive pole.
# Feb 09 2005 at 7:40 PM Rating: Decent
To save everyone a lot of money just buy the Sinking Minnow Lure. Don’t spend a fortune on a Glass Fiber Fishing Rod, I caught one first cast with the Minnow and a Carbon rod—runs you about 4K. I didn’t know Bass were bottom fish…
RE: Don't buy the expensive pole.
# Jul 26 2005 at 11:17 PM Rating: Decent
32 posts
To save even more money you dont even need the lure. I went to get the bass and used a clothspole and insect paste. Was told the fish was to small for the tackle used. So I switched to a bamboo rod and used insect paste for bait. I caught the crystal bass first try. Oh and I had only fished a couple of times before. So you dont need to lvl your fishing skills before completing this mission. It was one of the easiest missions and profitable too.
no luck getting the bass
# Jan 13 2005 at 12:56 AM Rating: Decent
Ive got this mission,but i had zero fishing skill..i bought the sinking minnow lure and the rod mentioned here...all i caught were monsters,and eventualy a ferocious pug killed me >.<

I was expecting to run into a Boggart or tiger,as yo do in Jugner,but i was not expecting that too happen.

I should have read this thread BEFORE acceting this mission and gave the guard a wad of cysyals too skip it.

Edited, Thu Jan 13 01:09:34 2005
Cystal Spring Mission
# Nov 18 2004 at 2:28 AM Rating: Decent
Please help if you know!
1. Get the mission and trade fish
2. Cut screen tell me go into Chau
4. Get out tak to the guy give mission again
5. Tell me to Make Hast and see the Currila Lady General
6. Yes, talk to her nothing happen
7. Talk to the guy said "Bandit infiitraitn Chau unpreceding in history, make hast and see currila lady"
8. I am stuck now cannot complet mission 3-2
Thank you
RE: Cystal Spring Mission
# Apr 25 2006 at 2:13 AM Rating: Decent
135 posts
I'm having the same problem, I did everything you did and no cutscene. I got the quest for horais peak, did that still no completion of this stupid mission
Crstal fish
# Oct 31 2004 at 11:45 AM Rating: Decent
I can not get the mission and TX won't take cristals from me what next?????
# Sep 28 2004 at 6:56 PM Rating: Decent
171 posts
i cant activete this mission
i went to do 3-2 again and i cant do that now /fume!!!
what is with this chick hunt
# Jul 23 2004 at 12:54 AM Rating: Decent
ok i did this now its tellin me somthin about i gatta get a chick for the lonly prince and i cant fined that any where well i need a elvaan female blond hair tied back in 2 braids my server is kujata send me a message i am ketrel there pleas help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RE: what is with this chick hunt
# Sep 26 2004 at 4:09 AM Rating: Decent
You've received an unrelated quest, "Fit for a Prince".
Best Equip for this
# Jul 22 2004 at 1:11 AM Rating: Decent
167 posts
Heres my confirmation of the glass fiber rod and sinking minnow lure.

I went to this pond with a clothespole and insect pastes and spent about an hour or more fishing with nothing but rusty boots. i gave up, went back to sandy and bought the glass rod and the minnow lure, i went back to jugner, and on my first cast out, boom, crystal bass. that easy. I continued fishing and got a second one a few minutes later, cuz my friend needed one.

the glass rod and minnow lure are a very good combo for this mission.
# Jul 21 2004 at 9:09 PM Rating: Good
Gardner is Chalvatot at F-7
where's the gardner!
# Jul 10 2004 at 2:20 PM Rating: Good
1,851 posts
where can I find the gardner!!!
Where in AH
# Jun 15 2004 at 6:18 PM Rating: Default
Does any one know where in the AH you can buy this Crystal Bass

Edited, Tue Jun 15 19:23:14 2004
RE: Where in AH
# Jun 15 2004 at 6:25 PM Rating: Default
LOL Never mind I found it under fish Dooaaahhhh
skippable missons
# Feb 02 2004 at 6:18 AM Rating: Decent
what does it mean when a mission is skippable? How do u skip a skippable quest giving crystals to t.k knights are what. someone please inform me
RE: skippable missons
# Feb 06 2004 at 1:06 PM Rating: Decent
You are right. Skippable missions can be 'skipped' by acquiring enouth rank-xp to do the next higher non-skippable mission by either repeating other missions or donating crystals.

Edited, Fri Feb 6 13:08:27 2004
RE: skippable missons
# Jan 18 2005 at 9:43 AM Rating: Decent
im afraid that u actually can skip missions with enough rank points. i was a lvl 15 rdm with my profile bar full and i spoke to the gaurd after finishing the misiion before 9cant remember name)
anyway it then gave me a choice of two new ones, including a lvl 20 min mission which of course i took. so this goes to shoe that u do not necessarily have to even apply for every mission...
skippable missons
# Feb 02 2004 at 6:17 AM Rating: Decent
what does it mean when a mission is skippable? How do u skip a skippable quest giving crystals to t.k knights are what. someone please inform me
RE: skippable missons
# Jul 16 2004 at 6:16 AM Rating: Default
if your on this mission you made it far enough and should be smart enough to know to skip the mission you just dont pick it now can people plz stop posting idiotic **** plz
What happened to me!?!?!!??
# Jan 01 2004 at 4:22 PM Rating: Default
When I "tried" to complete the quest.....the guard told me about some thieves that hit the Queen's bedroom <inside the castle>. I was ordered to investigate. Some guy, a Temple Knight, and that Bishop guy were arguing....I showed up....and then they told me to get some "castle floor plans" from somewhere. However, I have no clue where to go....and....was this even supposed to happen?
RE: What happened to me!?!?!!??
# Mar 03 2004 at 4:37 PM Rating: Decent
actually, this is part of the mission. when you turn in the fish, you are sent to the castle because thieves have stolen something. you, however, don't have to do anything more but start the next mission.

there actually is a quest called Blackmail that involves floor plans, but this is completely different, and is initiated from a shady character outside the castle.
RE: What happened to me!?!?!!??
# Jan 23 2004 at 6:26 PM Rating: Default
I didn't have to find them the castle floor plans

after talking to the gardener...i was given my rank points for the crystal bass mission
RE: What happened to me!?!?!!??
# Jan 06 2004 at 7:27 PM Rating: Default
accidental my ***, I got the same thing too, a cutscene to get the castle floor plans.
RE: What happened to me!?!?!!??
# Jan 14 2004 at 5:49 PM Rating: Decent
722 posts
The "Blackmail" quest involves a guy who stole the castle floorplans; he asks you to get a copy back from Orcish Seargents for him.
Apparently, if you complete this, you can get another quest - where someone has raided the castle. I think that's what you're on. It is separate from the mission.
RE: What happened to me!?!?!!??
# Feb 08 2004 at 7:10 PM Rating: Default
You did not accidently start any quest

The crystal bass quest goes as follows:

1. talk to gate guard. get told to get Crystal Bass

2. Return and trade bass to Guard. Get told "This is no time for simple missions! The castle has been robbed. Go there immedeatly"

3. Go to castle. (cut scene) Get told of robbery, get told of stolen plans (Which is a story hook to other quests). Get told to find who robbed place - get told to talk to gardner

4. Talk to gardner (cut scene). Some back story filled in here - END OF MISSION
RE: What happened to me!?!?!!??
# Jan 03 2004 at 6:18 AM Rating: Default
I think you accidentally started a quest here. The castle floor plans are for the Blackmail quest. I hope this helps.
RE: What happened to me!?!?!!??
# Nov 17 2004 at 4:18 PM Rating: Decent
I would like to point out that the quest blackmail does LOWER YOUR FAME so be careful with it because it is(R).
Getting this mission
# Dec 27 2003 at 6:42 PM Rating: Default
I can't get this mission. Is there some requirement for it? I completed "Infiltrate Davoi" but when I talk to the gate guard, I only can select from previous missions
RE: Getting this mission
# Jan 11 2004 at 9:38 PM Rating: Default
I had the same problem. Couldn't get the guard to give me the mission. I donated crystals to the T.K. at the gate to raise my rank points, and after 10 or so, I was able to get the crystal bass mission! Hope that helps!

White Mage/Summoner
n00b i am
# Dec 21 2003 at 9:47 PM Rating: Decent
just a little FYI for the people who have no fishing skill whatsoever: this is possible to fish.

I have no fishing skill at all. i used the lure and rob listed below, and after about a half hour of fishing i caught it. (i did lost my catch about 5 times first, so try to be a bit patient.)
#Anonymous, Posted: Dec 19 2003 at 8:45 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) me no know
How do you get this quest?
# Dec 12 2003 at 6:51 PM Rating: Default
I went straight from the davoi report past this mission...

Have about 31 quests in Sandy

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