The Crimson Trial - RDM AF1  

Realm:San d'Oria
Start Area: Southern San d'Oria
Start NPC:Sharzalion (K - 6)
Related Areas:Davoi
Related Mobs:Purpleflash Brukdok
Sharzalion (K - 6)
Mission:1 - 0
Min Level:40
Max Level:75
(Average from 37 ratings)
Items Required:Davoi Storage Key
Orcish Dried Food
Items Granted:Fencing Degen
Last Updated: Mon Aug 19 09:50:55 2013

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Retrieve some Orcish Dried Food from a storage hole in Davoi. Sharzalion will let you in on something in return.


Talk to Sharzalion, who is at the bar in the tavern in South San d'Oria. If you're a level 40+ Red Mage, he'll give you the quest and tell you he wants some Orcish Dried Food.

Go to Davoi and head to E-10. Make sure you use sneak and invisible, to avoid being attacked by orcs hiding on ledges. When you reach E-10, clear the area and then examine the ??? at F-9, beneath the small log bridge. A notorious monster named Purpleflash Brukdok will appear. Kill the NM orc, which is a black mage, and it drops a Davoi Storage Key.

Next you have to find a storage hole to trade your key to. There are multiple locations about Davoi where the storage hole might spawn. A few locations are near the zone toJugner Forest, some are in the deeper parts of the zone and a couple are on the center island, which requires passing through Monastic Cavern to reach. The best way to find a storage hole is to run around, scrolling your cursor across your surroundings. Once you find one, trade your key to the storage hole to acquire the Orcish Dried Food.

Return to Sharzalion and talk to him to receive your Fencing Degen.

Quest Series

This quest is part of the Red Mage artifact armor series. See the list below to find out which quest comes next.

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# Jul 06 2011 at 7:42 PM Rating: Decent
I take a break and i just came back on FF and to have some fun and get back in the game i choose to reset the af on my rdm but i got the quest up i'm in davoi everything clear but the NM wouldn't pop when i click ???
# Dec 11 2011 at 4:14 PM Rating: Decent
I didnt have to click the ??? myself. When I got near the spot in question, the NM had popped already, I just pulled it and easily killed him as a 60RDM/BLM. As previously mentionned, Stoneskin + Phalanx (and ice spikes) kept the fight easy.

Godd Luck

Edited, Dec 11th 2011 7:55pm by FrancoisX
at 50
# May 29 2011 at 6:06 AM Rating: Default
very challaneging at lvl 50 ( 50 rdm 25 blm)
had to use sleep nuke. only had 2 links , kept em slept untill i could deal with them.
use convert once, stonskin phalanx FWT!
i dint use DOT,s casue I wanted to have sleep nuke tactic for back up.
used choke and poison bio at less than half mark. second tp move with enthunder II.
can be done solo, but F keep focus and mind the links.
# Mar 18 2010 at 9:27 PM Rating: Decent
didnt even really want this cuz i had a Buzzard Tuck and a Crimson Blade already. just need as a prereq. Was in davoi for thyme moss fight and davoi crest for cap break. me and SAM (both 59~60 lvl) pwned the NM and the mobs around him. found storage hole later after looking for 2 minutes in a little walkway outcrop. easy
lvl 41 rdm
# Dec 11 2008 at 7:25 AM Rating: Default
i kicked the mortal **** out of purple i just used my lvl 61war/mnk and killed it with one ws lol u didnt even have to use rampage i use one inch punch that thing is to weak and i have yet to find a NM that can challenge me and make me actually have to use rampage on it
Too Weak
# Feb 05 2008 at 4:31 AM Rating: Decent
Bah just did this thing tonight as a 66PLD/NIN used tactics pearl just to be safe I reckon i wasted that charge there was no need for it its insanly easy to keep shadows up and my health only got down to the yellow once at the end of the fight only cure i used was a Cure III on my npc lol
RDM af1
# Sep 25 2007 at 10:38 AM Rating: Decent
This was my 4th week into playing FFXI, and I did this quest with a nin75 friend. It took all of 40 minutes for everything... killed 3 orcs, and ninja saw Purple pop and he killed it within 5 minutes. Then, the first storage hole we found gave me the food, and after that it was just a matter of getting out of Davoi. I'd recommend walking in the water to avoid lots of aggro.

Now I don't even use the sword itself, but for its benefits, and it was free except for the time spent. Being a first time player, the free part is really nice as rdm41 was my highest character and I wouldn't have been able to afford a L40 sword until way later.
A Very Rare Occurance
# Aug 25 2007 at 3:42 AM Rating: Decent
I just wanna post my story on this. I just did it, like, I am talking to the chick now to get my story. Basically went me going, Alright, 75Whm/37Nin!! Lets rock this! I went in, found Purple face, killed him and two of his fellow Orcs all the while laughing 'cause I don't melee very often and dealing 1k dmg to each was fun. Anyway, I get done, get the key, and I'm like, great, this will take forever to find. Oddly enough, I took the wooden bridge, took a right, and was like, Hmm, I think I'll go to the beginning of the zone. I kept checking everything making sure nothin was EP to me, and all of a sudden, "Storage". I win, Davoid loses, Winja4Ever!!!
There are LOTS of Storage Hole spots
# Apr 17 2007 at 12:44 PM Rating: Decent
I found a couple dozen different spots (at least) where the Storage Hole can spawn. You look for the star-shaped patterns on the ground, and the Storage Hole will be the one you can actually click on. It says "Storage Hole" in green.

Gurk on Gilgamesh
another hole
# Mar 22 2007 at 8:01 AM Rating: Decent
39 posts
G7 almost to f7 is a hole too, just incase anyone having trouble.

Did it
# Mar 10 2007 at 3:48 PM Rating: Decent
Did it with RDM 53 and another RDM 49. Killed it twice. Lots of HP, inevitable links (which we put to sleep).

Found the hole @ <<
J-9/J-10/..46+...In the crosshairs of all 4 POS between a set of tents.
K/9/K-10 >>
too weak
# Mar 08 2007 at 9:08 AM Rating: Decent
Owned nekid MNK/BLM (for free warp out)he must use hacks coz i have blm and i can't equip a sword >.>

overall an easy fight shame most peeps dont like lolmelee rdm
Not too bad.
# Mar 02 2007 at 11:21 PM Rating: Decent
69 posts
Just Solo this as 75blm/whm. Very fun fight. Killed all the Orcs and waited for him to pop. Pulled with Burst II, did about 1.5k or 20% of his HP. Kept Stoneskin up, Aspir and drain when they are up. HP never fell below 880 :). Melee him to death with a Dark Staff. But found out at the end my Jupiter's Staff did alot more damage lol. I think he landed about 10hits total, but I do have Eva max + Merits from my Thf. I think my Thf would've killed him faster...but where's the fun in that.

Thanks Chunsah for the pos of the storage holes. Found it in 5mins with ur help.

Edited, Mar 2nd 2007 11:23pm by Corinn
RDM AF1 Storage hole positions
# Feb 07 2007 at 2:47 PM Rating: Decent
Ok. What I'm posting are all the spawn points of the "Storage hole" POS.
As I just did this quest with a friend, and no AF1 should take 5-6 hours.
(Thank you Gaddes for all your help thru the months, you're truly wonderful!)

(POS).......LVL...Description of Area
....J-8.......36+...The 1st large area you come upon, from Jugner Forest. Near some tents. Center-Eastern most part of J-8.

K-7/L-7....36+...In the path, in between both POS coordinates.

....K-8......36+...In the path, closer to the outcropping of the large area at k-9.

J-9/J-10/..46+...In the crosshairs of all 4 POS between a set of tents.

....G-10....56+...In the path, towards the large area to the west.

E-9/F-9/...61+...In the crosshairs of all 4 POS

....F-7.......71+...Upper right corner of F-7, on the concave curve, going North to East.

....H-8......N/A....The middle island of Davoi. These mobs will aggro even if you're 75. This area can only
.........................be reached by going through the Monastic Cavern thru H-11 entrance. You will need Invis.


1. If you need info on the NM or how to complete the quest, please refer to the quest info above,
or the other various posts concerning this quest.
2. I have tried to give the lvl of (NON aggro) next to each POS-area. So If you do not meet the
level requirement, be sure to either sneak + Invis or bring some friends to help out.
3. All of these "Storage hole" will have a Star formation on the ground.
4. Do not be fooled by the "???" or "!" or "?" in various areas of Davoi.
It will say "Storage hole", if it's clickable.
5. If you spot the Star formation and can not target it, move down to the next POS on the list.
6. If you see slashes like K-7/L-7 this meeens it's on the line between 2 POS.
7. If you see 4 such POS like; E-9/F-9/E-10/F-10 this means its on the crosshair
8. Contrary to popular belief the "Storage hole" will NOT move randomly.
It will ONLY move, IF someone clicked on the "Storage hole"
9. Respawn on this "Storage hole" if someone happened to nab it before you,
is approximately 10 minutes. So be patient.
10.I hope by providing this much needed info on the RDM AF1 sword, it will
drastically cut down your search efforts, so as not to repeat my 6hr effort.


-Chunsah; Mithra - Fenrir - too many jobs to list.

Edited, Feb 7th 2007 6:39pm by Chunsah

Edited, Feb 9th 2007 4:41pm by Chunsah
RDM AF1 Storage hole positions
# May 05 2007 at 6:11 PM Rating: Decent
Also eastern edge of G-9, just east of Village Well.
RDM AF1 Storage hole positions
# May 05 2007 at 6:06 PM Rating: Decent
Also K-10, just east of J-10.
RDM AF1 Storage hole positions
# May 05 2007 at 5:14 PM Rating: Decent
Another spot is the middle of K-9 between a tree stump and a tent, just west of the Hide Flap.
75 solo
# Jan 13 2007 at 10:23 AM Rating: Decent
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Just did this as 75 WHM/NIN. Even with three other orc links it was easy. Found the storage hole pretty easily too, over on the east side of the map around K-9. 75 does not have to worry about aggro except from the coffer mobs on the center island (and that area can only be accessed through Monastic Cavern so there's really no need to worry about it.)
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# Jan 08 2007 at 3:50 AM Rating: Decent
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Did this quest the other day with help from a mate (a level 71 BLM). Purpleflash spawned within a few minutes and we eventually took him down - Refresh was actually needed, he has a fair amount of HP. Nothing too difficult, but the fight took longer than I ever expected. No chance of me bringing him down alone.

Escaped to Jugner Forest then, and went back inside to hope that the Food Storage was just inside. Found it after a few minutes of running around bashing the tab button repeatedly, in one of the areas that was never going to aggro me. God the dried food, returned to Sandy, and got this rather fine sword :-)
not so bad
# Jan 07 2007 at 9:37 PM Rating: Decent
Solo'd him as 61pld/30rdm with minimal buffs, just keep chunking life out of him. His enfeebling sucks and he can't do ele damage worth crap. His 2 hr was more annoying than anything else. He does have alot of HP though
# Jan 02 2007 at 1:11 AM Rating: Decent
Just did this to help an Ls member out. Party was
Lethewaters (me) 46THF/23WAR
Dene 47WHM/23BLM
Pyrobug 50PLD/25WAR
Midnightninja 57RDM/28BLM

Had to kill all the Orcs and lizzies for NM to pop. Easy fight even withhim resisting the Elemental Seal-->Silence. SATA+FastBlade went twice for about 300+dmg each. Watch the Blizzard 2's though. I got hit for 179 on one towards the end. Usual BLM spells though he didn't do too many -ga spells (thankfully). We started looking for the hole and looked near the fence. Word to the wise, don't go up the plank. %&RDM had EPs also. After WHM and myself were raised NM popped 5min later. Still looking for the Storage point
# Dec 11 2006 at 6:28 PM Rating: Decent
I been searching all day and I still cant find the Storage spot.Can someone please help me?
# Dec 10 2006 at 7:19 AM Rating: Decent
I attempted to solo this as blm75. Everything was going dandy until I linked about 4 orcs + 2 lizards. :D

So I killed purpleflash, but by enfeebles. I had 4 mp, and about 300 hp XD I couldn't cast anything or rest and I had used all my yag drinks and 2hr was down.

Needless to say, I died and had to hp, haha! but I got the key. I'll go back later and find the food.
# Dec 09 2006 at 9:46 PM Rating: Decent
211 posts
I went with a LVL 75 NIN/WHM and I came as a 59 RDM/BLM. The NM was easy enough with my friend helping. The Storage Hole was probably the most frustrating part of the whole thing. Ran around Davoi as a 59 RDM and in some areas the Orcs con Decent and Easy Prey still for about 2hrs or so. I log and decided to try my luck later.

Took me about 5 minutes to find it after logging off for about a good 5 hrs or so. I found the Storage hole @ K-7/L-7. It's a little hard to explain, but it was right in between these two cordinates. If you look at the ground there is a star formation on the ground. Also just to make it clear when you are running around Davoi looking for the Storage hole, it literally does say "Storage Hole." Don't be fooled by "???" or "!" that are around Davoi.

Also you don't need to examine the "???" under the board/bridge @ F-9. We just killed like two Orcs near there and the NM appeared.

Hope this helps anyone who is trying to get this done.

NM/Storage Hole
# Dec 05 2006 at 10:19 AM Rating: Decent
Soloed the NM alone wif my sam 66/33thf

Meditate once and engaged, got a link from a orc (rng) beside which i ignored.
Tachi Gekko, whack whack whack tachi Gekko Pretty much repeat.
got another ORC ( Mnk ) aggroed which i ignored too.
Used 2hr when it drop to ard 40% and did 5 weapon skills on him with some skillchains killed it with about 400 HP starting from 1223. killed the other two aggro with little effort.. found hole near junger forest zone
at last
# Dec 05 2006 at 6:07 AM Rating: Decent
woot finaly found the storage hole at (F-6) droped invis got aggro strait away lol traded key got food then chain spell warp FTW with 185 /901 HP

thanks to all who posted locations before me it did help
Storage Hole
# Nov 26 2006 at 10:33 AM Rating: Decent
Storage Hole (Found it!) (J-8). One of many locations... Hopes this helps.
# Nov 19 2006 at 8:07 PM Rating: Decent
Just got mine last night. Brought along a 75 BLM, owned the NM, walked like 30 feet, found the storage hole, BAM. Yay.
MNK killed
# Nov 19 2006 at 1:51 AM Rating: Decent
I did this with me at 41rdm and my friend at 73mnk easy as hell the nm dropped quick, but right after aggroed like 8+ gobs and they owned the 73mnk it sucked hardcore... had to go back later and find the storage hole.
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