A Potter's Preference  

Start Area: Mhaura
Start NPC:Nereus (I - 8)
Related Areas:Gusgen Mines
Min Level:1
Max Level:75
Grants Gil:2160
(Average from 10 ratings)
Items Required:Gusgen Clay
This Quest is Repeatable
Last Updated: Thu Aug 20 06:00:36 2009

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Nereus seeks a dish of Gusgen clay from the depths of the Gusgen Mines.


Nereus wants you to bring him the soil of Gusgen Mines. Go to (I-7) in Gusgen, near a pond, and look for the ???. Bring back the Gusgen Clay for your reward.

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# May 29 2008 at 5:35 PM Rating: Decent
873 posts
Level 50, Rank 5, won't give me quest. :\
# May 18 2010 at 4:40 PM Rating: Decent
Same here. Rank 5, lv 50, still nothing. Windy fame is 4.
Lvl requirement
# Jan 24 2007 at 12:22 AM Rating: Decent
21 posts
Although it is rare, I can add my bit to this little quest in regard to level. Rank remained the same, fame remained the same. Only difference was I talked to him once at 38 and again at 42. Got the quest. Only variable that changed, so really, there you go. You need who knows what else, but lvl 40 is needed as well.
The Only REASON to do this Quest
# Mar 20 2006 at 12:51 AM Rating: Decent
83 posts
Is to get the title "Total Loser"

Gotta love it!
RE: The Only REASON to do this Quest
# Apr 04 2006 at 4:13 PM Rating: Decent
83 posts
My bad your right! "Total Loser" is gained from the Warp II quest. I didn't even realize anything had taken place during my conversation with Shantotto!!
RE: The Only REASON to do this Quest
# Apr 01 2006 at 8:33 PM Rating: Decent
366 posts
You get the title "Total Loser" from accepting/declining (either one) the Warp II quest. I have a feeling this doesn't grant a title, and you didn't expect to get a title at that point.

However, definitely one of my favorite titles in the game.
Rank not fame.
# Jul 05 2005 at 11:16 AM Rating: Decent
All I can say is if its not fame dependant, it's rank dependant. Try goin there at rank 5, I believe that does the trick.
What the heck?
# Apr 30 2005 at 10:05 AM Rating: Default
274 posts
Is there something you need to do other than have max Windy fame? I'm level 9 Windy fame, and I can't get at all. It's so frustrating. ;)
Just got It
# Mar 24 2005 at 6:38 PM Rating: Decent
49 posts
>.> Finally. lol. I have lvl 9 fame sandoria, lvl 8 fame Windurst, and lvl 10 fame Bastok {woot go Bastok!!}

Lvl 43 drg and he gave me the quest today. 'Bout time too, is all I can say.
What does it take???
# Mar 14 2005 at 2:07 PM Rating: Decent
1,257 posts
I am Rank 6 in Windurst, have maxed fame in my home town, level 7 or 8 fame in Jeuno, assorted fame in Sandy and Bastok (at least level 4 since I've completed the Dem and Mea quests and all my RDM AF). He calls me a fledgling. A Potter's Preference is one of the few Mhaura quests I haven't completed. Even did the Mhaura subjob quest oh so long ago.

yet another theory on requirements to get this quest...
# Feb 16 2005 at 1:39 PM Rating: Decent
187 posts
i've been checking in with him every time i pass and have just got this. the last time he refused it i definitely already had lvl6 windy fame (and 4 in sandy/bastok, 7 in jeuno) - all that's changed now is i hit both rank4 and level40, i'm pretty certain my fame hasn't gone up anywhere since last time. hope this helps!

oh also i have done all the rycharde/valgeir quests, but they were also done last time when he refused...
How to get there
# Nov 30 2004 at 4:58 AM Rating: Good
OK, Run straight through the first set of doors, through the middle door. then you can go through the middle door again on the second set. head to I-7 which is the far right pond room. you're not looking for a "???" you're looking for "Clay" which can be found on a big mound in the middle of the room.

P.S. i have like rank 5 or so Sandy fame(enough to get the Holla quest), 6 or higher Windy, and maybe 3 in Bastok (if i'm lucky). i havn't done any Mhaura quests, and i've done every single Clay tablet in Selbina for the CN map.

Edited, Tue Nov 30 04:59:46 2004
How to get there
# Feb 28 2007 at 12:19 AM Rating: Decent
19 posts
Troubble's walk through is correct (thank you troubble!). It says "Clay" not "???". It's on the third map, not the first map like the quest posted on this page would imply.

Can't get quest
# Nov 10 2004 at 3:08 AM Rating: Decent
I am lev 36, rank 4, fame 9 in every city and place except for Norg and cannot get this quest. I have done nearly all the Mhaura quests also and have got the quest for Rumah, but can't get this one. Nereus keeps telling me I am a fledgling adventurer. Any suggestions?
RE: Can't get quest
# Nov 16 2004 at 10:52 AM Rating: Excellent
FAME Guide

Perhaps this link may help. This is where I look when I need to know more about the Fame Levels & Quests needed to raise my fame in certain areas. I hope this helps (^_~) Good Luck.
RE: Can't get quest
# Feb 09 2007 at 2:54 AM Rating: Decent
GREAT Fame guide... doesn't list Mhaura, new areas, Tav... looks like someone needs to update a little
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# Aug 29 2004 at 9:59 PM Rating: Default
I don't see anyone mentioning what the reward for this quest is beyond gil? Could someone post how much gil this lovely little bit of clay is worth?
RE: Reward?
# Sep 10 2004 at 1:18 PM Rating: Excellent
103 posts
The reward is 2160 gil each time you do it.
blinded old man
# Aug 15 2004 at 9:14 AM Rating: Excellent
78 posts
i have maxed fame in windy (fame checker say i'm a hero, may goddess bless me blah blah blah....), a citizen of Windrust. got to rank 3, lvl 38 rdm, but he still call me a fledging adventurer. i had to gusgen clay on me for a very loooong time now, wonder when will he wants to give me the quest......

felt sorry for him tho ( cause i slapped him don't know how many times already) but he still don't want to take the stupid clay. (T.T)
# Jul 27 2004 at 10:55 PM Rating: Excellent
2,306 posts
invis isn't needed

cast sneak and take center door in the first set of doors

second set of doors it doesn't matter

the clay mound is on the east lake = make sure you are sneaked = the NM ghost that likes to sit in the lake doesn't have sneak detect. if you don't get aggro in the place, put the clay mound between you and the lake and you should be fine.
not windy fame.
# Jul 15 2004 at 7:41 PM Rating: Decent
i have max windy fame and cannot get this quest
Fame requirement
# May 27 2004 at 8:38 PM Rating: Good
#1, you can do this quest once each vandiel day
#2, this quest requires lvl 6 windy fame
Fame requirement
# Mar 04 2007 at 10:38 AM Rating: Decent
Done the quest and have level 5 Windy fame, and its been four game days and I CANNOT get the quest again.
Money Making?
# May 25 2004 at 2:17 AM Rating: Decent
1,745 posts
Is this a good quest to make money off of?
Set your Homepoint in Mhaura. Teleport-Dem. Do a quick run to the clay. Warp to Mhaura. Give clay. Repeat. Sounds like easy money to me.

Edited, Tue May 25 03:15:59 2004
Nice Quest
# Mar 26 2004 at 5:18 AM Rating: Excellent
811 posts
This seems like a great quest to me for while your just mucking around in gusgen mines mining. So basically for all those that are into mining I suggest getting into doing this quest when you go by mhuara and gusgen cause this quest gives some ok gil while also being repeatable.

Edited, Fri Mar 26 05:18:05 2004
# Feb 23 2004 at 5:59 AM Rating: Default
do you have to go through the wendigos?
where is this I-7? ~_~
Enter the Gusgen Mines from Konschtat Highlands (L-7). Go down the middle path to the center of the map (H-7), where you will find 3 doors at the bottom of a wooden platform. Pull the lever near the middle door and go through, then keep going until you reach I-7 (the small room in the northeast corner of the map).

i pulled the lever for the middle door.. and i went through... ended up on another 3 doors with 3 levers... which one should i pull now?

thanks =x

RE: hmm-.-
# Feb 23 2004 at 7:26 PM Rating: Default
Any of them. East one will get you there quicker.
Requirement to get
# Feb 13 2004 at 10:02 PM Rating: Default
My guess is that there is a fame requirement for this quest. As a San d'Oraian I came to Windhurst to get some fame together and do a few quests and I found a large proportion of quests in Mhaura and Windhurst have various degrees of local fame requirement. (fame in these two towns is apparently linked)

Judging by the way he dismissed me as not being worth talking to when I have lowish fame I'd say that's the cause. A level requirement is also possible, but 90% of the restricted quests in the game are restricted by fame, not level.
# Jan 20 2004 at 8:50 PM Rating: Default
I got the quest and did it but when I talk to him again to restart it he says he doesnt need anymore right now... does anyone know the time between each quest?
RE: Time
# Jan 22 2004 at 3:51 PM Rating: Default
i read on another site that you have to wait a game week to restart the quest again. i have not confirmed this myself though.
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