Curses, Foiled...Again!?  

Start Area: Windurst Walls
Start NPC:Shantotto (K - 7)
Prerequisites:Curses, Foiled Again!
Related Mobs:Hiwon-Biwon (K - 8)
Min Level:1
Max Level:75
(Average from 10 ratings)
Items Required:Bomb Arm
Hiwon's Hair
Revival Tree Root
Title Obtained:Hexer Vexer
Items Granted:Misery Staff
Last Updated: Mon Jul 7 04:30:26 2014

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After you give Shantotto the two bone chips and pinch of bomb ash for the first quest, she casts the curse on Hiwon-Biwon, the poor guy outside.

You have to leave the zone and come back and talk with Hiwon-Biwon. He's now sick. Talk to Shantotto and she said he'll be ok in a few days.

Leave the zone again. Come back in 2+ game days. (We went to dinner for one real hour.) Talk to Hiwon-Biwon, he throws up. Eww. Talk to Shantotto and she starts talking about jail. Choose "cry in dispair" and "no, not on your life".

She tells you to bring her two bomb arms, a revival tree root, and the hair of the victim - Hiwon-Biwon. (You can get it from him while he's throwing up on you, again. You can't get it from him until she asks for it.)

    • Hiwon's Hair: Lock of Hiwon's Hair Rare/Exceptional 'A lock of Hiwon-Biwon's golden hair.' **

Give the items to Shantotto and she de-curses him and gives you the "Misery Staff".

During the quest, your title is Tarutaru Murder Suspect, when you complete it, it becomes Hexer Vexer.


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Wrong response....
# Jul 31 2011 at 2:18 PM Rating: Decent
ok...WTH?!?! so i didnt realize the questions asked were the quest before and so i answered wrong ones, i am now getting the ...Erck! response from hibo-wibo or w/e and i can not continue the quest, its been a full IRL day since i did the last one and nothing has changed in shantotto's response nor hiwons response. Is there anyway to fix this??? ive looked all over google and other sites with this quest and there is nothing about this problem.
# Dec 28 2008 at 8:21 AM Rating: Decent
19 posts
She just keeps on saying that someone should be doing the skeleton dance....I have done everything above and it still isn't working...well, I will try again today!
# Apr 23 2007 at 8:32 PM Rating: Decent
meh. Easy peasy.
about zoning
# Sep 23 2006 at 11:40 PM Rating: Decent
at first i ran to the mog house then ran back, it didn't count.
make sure you change zones (the windy woods zone is the closet)
# Sep 21 2006 at 11:14 PM Rating: Decent
Also note, it's "Rare/Exclusive". (ie.. cannot be traded, how the hell does 'zomfg exceptional piece of n00bery' mean you can't trade it?)
# Sep 03 2006 at 9:17 AM Rating: Decent
who ever wrote the guide shoud note that the NPC is a woman, not a man, lol
# Nov 30 2006 at 5:24 PM Rating: Decent
515 posts
The NPC, Hiwon-Biwon is a guy. Shantotto is a woman. You can tell by their names. Names seperated by a hyphen is a male Taru, and one-worded names are female Taru.

No exceptions!

wait 2 game days??
# Mar 29 2006 at 4:07 PM Rating: Decent
62 posts
I never had to wait 2 game days for this quest...I did it all each step at a time, never had to wait...she still asked for the hair and everything right after i zoned and came back.
Arms & Ash
# Dec 25 2005 at 4:25 AM Rating: Decent
Get Bombs and Ash from Bastok Metal... Gun Powder room. Olaf and a woman.. forgot her name. Way cheaper than AH.
Just a lil edit
# Aug 30 2005 at 11:15 AM Rating: Good
107 posts
"After you give Shantotto the two bone chips and pinch of bomb ash for the first quest, she casts the curse on Hiwon-Biwon, the poor guy outside.

You have to leave the zone and come back and talk with Hiwon-Biwon. He's now sick."

He wasnt sick when i immediately zoned and came back. She says to wait til tomorrow. Just thought i would point out that you have to wait an additional game day.
Conflicting Quest
# Jul 25 2005 at 10:00 AM Rating: Decent
3,653 posts
You cannot activate this quest while you are doing the quest "Making Headlines".
I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.
RE: Conflicting Quest
# May 09 2006 at 9:34 PM Rating: Decent
150 posts
i am in middle of making headlines quest and i just finished this quest so yes you can do both at once, just thought id clear that up ^^
RE: Conflicting Quest
# Aug 19 2005 at 4:45 PM Rating: Decent
Also, you cant get this quest if your doing BLM AF1...
RE: Conflicting Quest
# Mar 12 2006 at 7:27 PM Rating: Decent
ALSO I had to drop the Retribution WS quest to do the first one >< there goes 10 weapon skill points. Meh.
RE: Conflicting Quest
# Mar 25 2006 at 5:19 AM Rating: Good
92 posts
You can recieve quest if you have the Retribution WS quest active- When you first talk to her she'll mention giving up on the WS quest, just say you aren't giving up.. then talk to her again and she'll start the new quest.
About the dude's hair...
# Feb 22 2005 at 6:48 PM Rating: Decent
389 posts
I was doing zinc ores/yag necklaces quests and instead of sending the piece of hair I had to my delivery box, I chose to throw it away thinking I could get it again. I've got 15 mins to ago before I try getting it again (trying to wait a hour, maybe that would help.) but was wondering if anyone knew about whether getting the hair is a one time thing?
Title staying
# Feb 17 2005 at 12:57 AM Rating: Decent
Man, Dr. Shantotto is EASLY the coolest NPC in the game, i was on the ground crying when she was talking about bringing back conflict... oh, and for all of you that keep asking, talk to a bard wearing brown to get the title back! theres a guide on titles in the game guides section
Warp scroll 11
# Feb 16 2005 at 10:42 AM Rating: Decent
I have done the two quests .. and trying to get the quest for the warp scroll 11 but evry time I talk to her she just calls me a plebian ^^ how do I get the quest please??
RE: Warp scroll 11
# Apr 30 2006 at 7:59 AM Rating: Decent
35 posts
more fame.
Fame's a beeech.
# Dec 16 2004 at 11:13 AM Rating: Decent
At the lowest level of fame, I got the first quest right away. After giving Shantotto the bomb ash and bone chips, I got no intro to the next quest. And the guy outside just says he's sick. Tonight, I'll be getting to lvl 2 fame. I'm pretty sure I'll get the quest then. I'll post the outcome after I log. So, in short (too late!!) fame has something to do with this quest. I'll probably need more fame for the third quest, which is why everyone, especially BLM's, are doing the first two, right? RIGHT!?
RE: Fame's a beeech.
# Jan 07 2005 at 7:25 AM Rating: Decent
the first two lead up to the qest for warp 2 which is hwy blms especially are doing all three.
Keeping the temporary Title
# Sep 23 2004 at 9:24 PM Rating: Decent
I like having the titile "Tarutaru murder suspect" Is there any of getting that title back after i complete quest?
RE: Keeping the temporary Title
# Mar 11 2006 at 2:14 PM Rating: Decent
Yes... I am not sure if it is you talk to one of the bards that sing in the diffreent towns or is one in every zone not sure for excate they all seem to be a bunch of galkas, though I have seen one tarutaru out of them and there maybe other races too. If that does not work then it is the gobbline footprints you see that does it. Do not quote me on any of this as I have never really tried eather I know one is for cut sceans you have done the other I beleave alows you to change titles. I hope this helps out.
# Jun 15 2004 at 6:04 PM Rating: Default
what happens if you say you'll goto Jail?
RE: Jail?
# Jun 19 2005 at 6:27 PM Rating: Decent
371 posts
I chose the go to jail option, and I was just told "great - go to one of the gate guards and confess your crimes, they'll escort you to jail - thanks for taking the rap"....

Needless to say I didnt talk to the gate guard, and I just chose the different option next time =P
# Aug 17 2004 at 9:39 PM Rating: Good
Ok guys i just did this quset and i have some corrections.

As you all know this is a 3 part quest.
1 is done i followed the info adn very simple.
2 below
3 havn't done yet

2) All u have to do is after u give her the bomb ash and bone chips wait one game day do this at night for less down time. Then go outside talk to dude right outside and to teh left if back is to the door. After u talk to him go back talk to her then back to talk to him then wait two days and give her the stuff i never zoned. At any point of this quest.
# May 01 2004 at 6:25 PM Rating: Decent
102 posts
Where is that NPC?

Someone told me to find him in Jugner Forest, but I died 32 times trying to get there.

There has to be an easier way to get back my title of "Crawler Culler."

I have level down 3 times!! HELP!!

That is so evil... O.O
oh nvm
# Dec 09 2003 at 3:21 AM Rating: Default
You just need to finish the quest, then you can pay the title changing npc 300 gil to get the murder suspect one again ^^. Im gonna get it changed back everytime I get a new title XD.
# Jan 06 2004 at 5:42 PM Rating: Default
Where is that NPC?

Someone told me to find him in Jugner Forest, but I died 32 times trying to get there.

There has to be an easier way to get back my title of "Crawler Culler."

I have level down 3 times!! HELP!!
# Jan 07 2004 at 6:19 PM Rating: Good
81 posts
there's a chap in windwalls who will do it for you. you know how there are bards in blue, who for a small fee, will replay cutscenes? instead, talk to the bards in brown. there's one right past the AH in walls. pay him gil, and he will grant you a new title.
# Dec 09 2003 at 3:09 AM Rating: Default
Is there any way to get the "Tarutaru Murder Suspect" title again, because I needed fame and did some other quests and now I have the title "Super Model" -_-. I talked to the taru that changes your title but the Murder Suspect one wasnt one of the choices.
Out of Curiosity
# Dec 08 2003 at 2:10 AM Rating: Decent
67 posts
Anyone just not complete this quest to keep the murder suspect title?
Finding the Items
# Dec 04 2003 at 9:43 PM Rating: Decent
I got the Bomb Arms and Bomb Ash from Balloons in Horotto, the Bone Chips from Magjiked(sp) Bones, also in Horotto [near the scoop quest door]...and a the Revival Root from Mad Foxes, at night, in W. Sara....but all are on AH from time to time.

Now all I gotta do is finish the quest!

Fame needed
# Dec 03 2003 at 7:31 PM Rating: Default
I traveled from San d'Oria to Windurst to do this quest (mainly because I like doing quests and the staff is good for beatin').

I was at the point in my missions that I had the ambassador quest started, so I had my "introduction letter." I'm not sure if that bears on fame or not.

I was able to do the precursor quest to this (Curses, Foiled Again) without doing any extra questing. I was not able, however, to get this quest without apparently notching my fame up a bit. I did many quests, but what put me over the top was doing the Something Fishy quest with Tokaka 24 times (2 stacks of sardines).

Other Quests I did to get my fame up were:
Hat in Hand
Making Headlines
Truth, Justice, and the Onion Way
Know Your Onions
Creepy Crawlies

The "Estimated Fame Needed" for this quest isn't "None." If I understand the fame system correctly, it'd be "Low."

20 Monk
Bomb arm question
# Dec 02 2003 at 6:26 PM Rating: Default
If bomb arms are ammo. Do you have to have more than one to keep using or are they like bomberangs?Where you just need one.
Bomb Arms
# Nov 30 2003 at 6:21 AM Rating: Decent
You can Buy Bomb Arms under Ranged Weapons on the Auction board. They're a throwing weapon. Or if you're lucky you can get them from killing Balloons
Jail anyone?
# Nov 23 2003 at 12:05 PM Rating: Default
Has anyone chosen to go to jail? what was that like?
RE: Jail anyone?
# Nov 27 2003 at 8:45 AM Rating: Default
What are bomb arms listed under in the AH?
RE: Jail anyone?
# Dec 01 2003 at 2:10 AM Rating: Decent
It is under Weapons --> Ammo
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