Start Area: Bastok Mines
Start NPC:Gerbaum (F - 8)
Related Areas:Zeruhn Mines
Related Mobs:Ding Bats
Mouse Bat
Tunnel Worm
Min Level:1
Max Level:75
Grants Gil:150
(Average from 9 ratings)
Items Required:Zeruhn Soot
Title Obtained:Zeruhn Sweeper
This Quest is Repeatable
Last Updated: Thu Aug 20 06:00:36 2009

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Rid the Zeruhn Mines of a few monsters to keep them off the miners' backs. Bring three pinches of Zeruhn soot to Gerbaum as proof of your success.


Speak with Gerbaum at (F-8) in the Bastok Mines area. He will speak of creatures in the Zeruhn Mines and needs help with slaying some. He will ask you to bring him proof of this which will be 3 Zeruhn Soot.

Head to Zeruhn Mines and slay the creatures within till you get 3 Zeruhn Soot. Tunnel Worm, Ding Bats and Mouse Bat drop the soot.

Return with the proof to Gerbaum and receive your reward of 150 gil.

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fame given?
# Oct 11 2009 at 8:22 PM Rating: Decent
30 posts
how many stacks does it take to make some headway? Only the Best is the most efficient, but I'm too low to go traipsing through valkurm just yet.
crappy fame maker
# Mar 06 2006 at 3:38 AM Rating: Decent
86 posts
I traded 10 stacks of soot to this guy (completed it 40 times) and did not even get two fame ranks for it. I always thought repeatable quests gave you .1 fame points but apparently not...
# Feb 14 2006 at 10:39 PM Rating: Decent
Edited by bsphil
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Wow, I'd rather sell these at 20k/stack. Nice prices for something that every mob in Zeruhn can drop.
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Fame Raiser
# Jan 27 2005 at 10:48 AM Rating: Decent
Pretty easy quest.
Just stay in Zeruh mines and kill bats for awhile. I did it hovewer with my lv30 war/nin, thats probabaly why it was so easy lol.
Went to get my dark knight quest and accidentally talked to this quest giver, figured i'm from Sandy, might as well raise my fame in Bastok as well.
# Oct 19 2004 at 6:51 PM Rating: Decent
wow no zoning!!!!! fame builder and no zoning is nice
Great money indeed...
# Jul 16 2004 at 2:32 AM Rating: Default
1,182 posts
Started levelling my WAR sub in the mines today. In probably about 5 combined hours I had Lv. 8 along with 3 stacks of soot (3k each in Bastok/Shiva), 4 stacks of crystals (between 300-1000 per stack) and 2 stacks of batwings (1500-2000 per stack). That'll be enough from AH for me to finish outfitting my 18MNK main quite nicely, plus I only need a couple more lv's for WAR and my main will be set for a while. Quite a productive session, I think.

Edited, Fri Jul 16 03:33:52 2004
other mobs
# May 01 2004 at 11:23 PM Rating: Excellent
73 posts
river crabs, giant ameobas, and leeches also drop the soot
Money Maker
# Apr 17 2004 at 1:54 AM Rating: Decent
I am playing on the ragnarok server and I can sell a stack for 2.5k on Bastok AH. Pretty sweet for a character who just started =D
# Mar 14 2004 at 2:32 PM Rating: Decent
why can i not turn in this quest? i have 4 soots but he doesnt recognize or even ask me if i got them yet? how do u get fame?
RE: quest
# Apr 14 2004 at 11:17 AM Rating: Decent
915 posts
Once you have completed this quest once, he will no longer ask about it. However, you can still trade him 3 soots, he will give you 150 gil, and you will still gain fame.
# Feb 06 2004 at 1:04 PM Rating: Decent
You should flag this as a repeatable quest, it might keep people from throwing out those Zeruhn Soots that they find. Might as well earn fame with it.
RE: Repeatable
# Feb 09 2004 at 2:45 PM Rating: Default
Yes, without question this is a repeatable quest, and should be marked as one.
# Dec 31 2003 at 1:12 AM Rating: Default
Easyest way to raise fame to the max in bastok probably

Much faster then "gorumet", and cheaper/easer to find the soot then "buckets of gold"

Buy out the auction house of soot, and if you don't have enough rape the mines for a while

Then trade in like 80 soit's to pretty much have max fame
RE: d
# Dec 31 2003 at 8:05 PM Rating: Decent
64 posts
Depends on your server. On my server (Midgardsormr) a stack of soots will run you 1.8k+. Considering you only get 600gil back per stack, that's a pretty hefty price for fame.
RE: d
# Feb 17 2004 at 9:46 AM Rating: Decent
fame always comes at a hefty price...
RE: d
# Sep 05 2004 at 5:29 PM Rating: Decent
not always. the gourmet quest turned a profit for me and I bought everything from the AH. Somehow I was lucky to find the moss being sold less than 600 gil and although I bought them all per moss I turned about a 200 gil profit after renting the choco to get to selbina. I will agree that most of the time fame comes at a hefty price, whether its time or gil. Just look around for repeatable quests and the items needed and you might get lucky like me and get something cheap!
# Nov 21 2003 at 11:24 PM Rating: Default
Gerbaum is in the southeast corner of E8 next to the line for F8. He's standing on a platform, and is not easy to see unless youa re specifically looking for him. when you come out of the mines go right and follow the wall around to the south and east, you'll see him then.

This quest is repeatable, which means you can run around in the mines until you get a stack of soot and give it to him 3 at a time. It's good money, and I can't seem to find a recipe that uses it, so you may as well give it to him.
Different for me
# Nov 21 2003 at 6:39 PM Rating: Default
I did this with my Hume Red Mage around levels 5-8, and I got different instructions and a different reward. I was told to turn in FOUR Zeruhn Soot, and received a reward of 250 gil. Anyone else gotten this?
Different for me
# Jan 31 2008 at 5:02 PM Rating: Decent
With multi-item quests, you can turn in a whole stack of the item, but if he only needs 3, he'll take 3.
Quest name is Minesweeper
# Nov 09 2003 at 1:01 AM Rating: Default
and it's 3 (not 4) Zeruhn soot.
RE: Quest name is Minesweeper
# Nov 20 2003 at 6:37 PM Rating: Default
where is this guy? i just ran through the entire mines looking for Gerbaum and cant find him/
# Nov 08 2003 at 2:20 PM Rating: Decent
Gives title of Zeruhn Sweeper.
how to
# Nov 02 2003 at 2:14 AM Rating: Default
316 posts
To complete the items you have to open a trade dialog with him, and trade him 3 soots, don't "talk to him" select him, open options menu, select TRADE
trouble with this one
# Nov 01 2003 at 4:46 PM Rating: Default
maybe I'm not that smart but I talked to him to get the quest..few lvl's later went and killed the mobs for the soot-dirt(have 4 of them on me) and he just talks about mines doesnt want to take the items off me...any suggestions-the quest in im my current log not the completed one.
Gerbaum location
# Nov 01 2003 at 8:09 AM Rating: Default
where is Gerbaum located before starting the quest?
# Nov 01 2003 at 1:59 AM Rating: Default
Actually to your right, not your left, sorry...
Great way to make money early on!
# Nov 01 2003 at 1:58 AM Rating: Default
Early on, I think this is probably one of the best ways for a newbie to make money. Hunt in the mines and save the soil. It actually only requires 3 soil per turn in though and nets you 150 gil. After you exit the mines, Gerbaum is located on a platform to your left.
RE: Great way to make money early on!
# Jun 12 2004 at 4:05 PM Rating: Decent
I think personally that this quest is a godsend, because if you start in bastok, you can take all of your jobs to around 6and still get some XP, as well as complete this questr, as well as mine for Iron Ore (500ea. AH on Siren), and if you arent poor, just want money, the mining armor is as good as any untill lv 7, which gives you even better stuff. im guessing you can make 10K an hour, and get something done at the same time! I have used this quest over and over, amassing some major ca$h on the way. i have made 6 chars, each of them i lvld War, Mnk, and Rdm to 6, and made a killin goffa it! =D money is no longer a prob 4 me...
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