In Defiant Challenge (Limit Break 1)  

Start Area: Ru'Lude Gardens
Start NPC:Maat (H - 5)
Type:Limit Break
Related Mobs:Exoray
Min Level:50
Max Level:50
Reward:Raises Level Cap to 55
(Average from 52 ratings)
Items Required:Ancient Papyrus
Bomb Coal
Exoray Mold
Title Obtained:Horizon Breaker
Last Updated: Mon Jun 21 22:02:41 2010

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Apparently, your innate limits can be breached by acquiring the necessary items.


Talk to Maat in Ru'Lude Gardens and he will ask you to collect three items:

As these drops tend to be rare, it is recommended you start collecting these as early as possible.

As a reward for completing the quest, your level cap will increase from 50 to 55.

Quest Series

This quest is part of the Limit Break quest series. The complete series includes:

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not so easy
# Dec 30 2014 at 2:58 PM Rating: Decent
Soloed 50DRG/25WAR with 3 Trust.
CN was the easiest to get,Garlaige Citadel and Eldieme Necropolis were the hardest because of all the aggro. I didn't die but you aggro everything thats around you so be careful soloing this quest at lvl 50cap
Need Help With Limit Break 1.
# Apr 26 2013 at 2:24 PM Rating: Decent
I am in need of help getting the items required for limit break 1. Can anyone please assist me. In game name is Xanderxx

Edited, Apr 26th 2013 9:35pm by xanderxx
Looking for group on Fenrir
# Dec 29 2012 at 12:46 PM Rating: Decent
Looking for anyone on the Fenrir server that needs to do this quest so we can group up. I'll be on all weekend and then most weekdays after 6pm CST, just send me a tell. Name is Lucivia and i'm lvl 50smn/25whm.
Soloable? No.
# Dec 27 2012 at 7:31 PM Rating: Decent
Just wanna say this quest isn't even remotely soloable, even trying to gather the 3 items. Bring a friend. Really dumb to have something like this still in a game.
Soloable? No.
# Feb 04 2013 at 2:51 PM Rating: Good
312 posts
I hate to argue, but I just solo'd both this and Limit Break 2. It helps if you have access to Spectral Jig (JOB50/DNC25), but you can use any form of Sneak and Invisible to remain undetected. By the updated parameters of the quest (referenced here), you can gain each item without fighting anything.
# Jul 25 2012 at 7:49 PM Rating: Decent
Is it safe to say that you can Solo this quest at Level 50 (THF/DNC) just by clicking the ???'s at their respective locations?
# Nov 10 2009 at 2:27 AM Rating: Decent
If i have allready done this quest for my PLD, do i need to do it again for my other jobs?
# Jul 02 2009 at 3:58 PM Rating: Decent
just did this quest today with the help of Leviathon on the Sylph server...
I felt like I needed to post the results of today: 1/1 Exoray Mold, 1/1 Ancient Papyrus, and 1/1 Bomb Cole... got the drop on the first kill for every mob

neither one of us was thf, or had thf subbed... good luck to the rest ^^
Unable to speak with Maat
# May 06 2009 at 4:17 PM Rating: Decent
Whenever I try to go to the area where Maat is. It says I need an Archducal Audience Permit..Where, or how do i get one of these?
2 drops
# Mar 01 2009 at 1:08 PM Rating: Decent
We did Citadel and Crawlers today. I was PLD50/WAR25 and i had two nearly level 50 red mages with me. Second rdm was subbing thief. We killed only one Explosure in Citadel and it dropped TWO coals. First Exoray also dropped mold. We had good luck. Tomorrow doing Necropolis. Hopefully it will be fast. I'm so tired of being stuck at 50.
# Aug 07 2008 at 11:27 AM Rating: Decent
Does anyone on Asura server have some time to spend this weekend going through Genkai 1&2? I've just hit level 50 and everyone left on my LS is lvl 25 or lower. I'd try it solo but I am not now nor have I ever been suicidal. :)

-- Satomi, WHM50/BLM25, Asura

Edited, Aug 7th 2008 3:46pm by Satomitaru
@#%^ this quest
# Jul 09 2008 at 11:50 AM Rating: Good
569 posts
What server are you on? People will help. I know I would mainly cuz I need to skill up my Staff (cap it, already got the all the WS for it) on BLM >.>
Fuck this quest
# Jul 09 2008 at 3:27 AM Rating: Default
I forone don't have high leveled friends to assist me in this ridiculous ******* quest. I have managed to delevel back to 49, get to 50 and then delevel two more times while trying to attempt this quest.

I hate this ******* quest and the fact you must have a high level friend to complete it. At this rate I'll be level fifty forever.
@#%^ this quest
# Jul 09 2008 at 7:46 AM Rating: Decent
95 posts
When I did this back in the day we had an alliance of 50's. It was tough, yes, but there was much fun and excitement. Like the other reply, I'm on Siren, characters name is Israel, Alora, or Assassinsbank. Send a message and we'll schedule a time to go. I work second shift EST and I work 6 days a week, so bare with me.
@#%^ this quest
# Jul 09 2008 at 6:45 AM Rating: Decent
If you are from Pheonix, i'd be willling to help u out when i get back online.

but i won't be online for about 1.5 weeks

U could try shouting in Jeuno/whitegate(if u have access)

if u still need it ill crush the mobs for u
Easy Peasy
# Jan 18 2008 at 10:09 AM Rating: Decent
Ran a buddy through this last night. I went as 75 rdm/nin and had absolutely no troubles. The mold and coal dropped on the first mob and the papyrus dropped on the 5th. If you want to make finding liches easy definately go through the glacier entrance to batallia downs and enter the necropolis there. Travel time forced us to take about an hour and a half on this quest but we only spent about 20min actually killing mobs.
# Sep 24 2007 at 11:19 AM Rating: Decent
I'm currently 0/10 on the papyrus. Whatever improvement was made to its drop rate wasn't by much. Lame.
SE, I hate you.
# Aug 02 2007 at 6:11 AM Rating: Decent
444 posts
Last night I decided to enlist some help for this mission and, while I won't bore you with the details and the ubiquitous "z0mg! teh drop rates SUCK" type of post... suffice it to say that I spent 3.5 hours hunting Exorays with a couple of 60-75 cycling in to lend much appreciated hands. I managed to get all three items in about 5 hours and when I'm doing my morning websurfing, what do I see on the official Playonline page?

With the current level of advancement of the majority of the player base, it has become increasingly difficult to find fellow adventurers who have yet to complete the limit break quests. In an effort to alleviate the woes of newer players, the limit break quests from level 50 to level 60 will have their difficulty reduced in the following manner:

Level 50 "In Defiant Challenge"
Drop rates for the quest items will be improved.

Level 55 "Atop the Highest Mountains"
The relative strength of the quest monsters will be reduced so that a party of six level 51 characters will be able to defeat them.

You owe me 4 hours of my life back, SE. >.<
SE, I hate you.
# Oct 05 2008 at 5:10 PM Rating: Decent
dude.... 0/15 on papyrus... wtf?
SE, I hate you.
# Sep 18 2007 at 3:40 PM Rating: Decent
Oh, no wonder it wasn't that hard. I'd heard that this was a real time waster. But when I went to go do it, well, Mold: 1/4 Bomb Coal: 1/1 Papyrus: 1/1 it definitly became easier. ( '')b
SE, I hate you.
# Sep 13 2007 at 4:44 PM Rating: Decent
yes indeed. i just did this with some ls members and got the mold on the first drop, the bombs took about 5 mobs to get it, and only 3 liches to get the papyrus. took less than 2 hours of playtime overall.
SE, I hate you.
# Aug 02 2007 at 7:16 AM Rating: Decent
444 posts
As a fellow 50 SAM, I assure you that I'm not kidding and wish you the best of luck! ^^ If nothing else, this update should make recruiting help for LB2 that much easier...
SE, I hate you.
# Aug 02 2007 at 6:51 AM Rating: Decent
You are freaking kidding me....
Ok, I am happy and annoyed at the same time.
Eh, oh well. It'll make getting the papyrus alot easier.
Working at it...
# Aug 02 2007 at 5:59 AM Rating: Decent
Ok, I am behind on the times and just found out about this quest when I hit 50 so I'm kinda scrambling to get the items so I can continue leveling.
Here's how last night went...
Myself SAM 50, Madtown RDM 50 and the wonderful Conecee RDM 75 set out to get the two of us our items.

1) Crawlers nest - 1st item dropped off the 5-6th mob we fought, woo hoo.....took and hour and a half more to get the second drop for Madtown. We we're starting to get a little frustrated and then there it was. Yay! On to.....

2) Gartlaige Citadale - Unbelievably the very 1st mob we fought actually dropped 2ea of the bomb core. Hot Damn! Things were looking great so we then headed on to ...

3) Eldieme Necropolis - This was a bum rush....We got aggroed like crazy, at some really bad times sneak would drop, at one point Mad and I were dead and Conecee along with a high lvl bard took on 4 total Fallen Mages and Soldiers and wiped the floor with them. We had fun laying there whilst dead and watching the whole thing. I can't wait to reach 75....Anyway, we didn't get the drop after several kills so I think we're going back tonight and will try again.

That's it for now, I'll try to update and let you know how long it took to get the last item.
Again? and Again?
# Jul 25 2007 at 9:32 AM Rating: Decent
Ok I can't really figure this out.

*Lets say i have a level 50RDM.And i finish this misson.And i get the reward of going to level 55.yay.And lets say I get my WHM to 50.Do i have to beat the mission "AGAIN"? with my WHM to get to 55?OR can I go to 55 if I already did this with another job?

Some one please reply to this.
Again? and Again?
# Jul 27 2007 at 12:13 PM Rating: Decent
28 posts
You need only break the limit with one job. After that any other job can go past the limit without redoing the quest.
SE Inuendo??
# Jul 08 2007 at 10:12 AM Rating: Decent
ok i just hit lvl 50 and was reading this board about the items when it dawned on me...... papers, mold, coals...... THIS MF'ER IS TRYING TO GET BLITZED. maybe thats why he spells his name with two A's instead of two T's. he's smoked so much "mold" he forgot how to spell his own name.
SE Inuendo??
# Jul 11 2007 at 8:58 AM Rating: Decent
Ha ha ha, good observation!
Strange Occurrences while farming Papyrus
# May 25 2007 at 1:25 PM Rating: Decent
2,722 posts
When farming an ancient papyrus for this quest, my LS decided we just wanted it done. The highest level in our LS is 51 (just finished the quest three weeks before this run, actually), and so we went out with four level 50s to try and take the liches. A PLD/WAR, SAM/NIN, RDM/NIN, and WHM/BLA. Smart idea, right? Anyway, we're out at the Beaucedine Glacier entrance camp in the lower levels, surrounded by liches and mummies. And the occasional Ka.

Well, we start by killing the mummies in the immediate area first - they aren't as tough one on one, but they sure can be mean when they aggro. The mummy manages to kill one of us (not a big surprise), and it happened to be the WHM. She reraises, and we begin to wait for weakness to wear. Once weakness wore, we started fighting the nearby lich. First lich, papyrus drops. But, because of our excellent planning, we get blood aggro from not just a mummy, but a lich as well. We realize that we have the papyrus (lotted and everything, safely in inventory), so it dawns on us that we can just teleport out of the camp. The WHM starts casting Teleport. Somehow, she gets blood aggro from the lich (which was currently fighting the PLD... I'm embarrassed to say I lost hate somehow). As the lich attacks the WHM, the teleport spell is completed, and everyone but the WHM teleports. The WHM? Lieing face down in the ground, dead.

Has anyone else seen this happen while casting a teleport-spell? Sure seemed funny to us at the time.
genki breaker 1
# Feb 20 2007 at 1:21 PM Rating: Decent
went to help someone do a gate breech in gar.citidel.(why i was just bored sitting in juneo looking for xp party at 48. party was 1 beast master, 1 red mage,white mage, and myself as blackmage/whitemage.
we step on the platforms and open the gates and he gets his old gloves from a chest and the red mage is so happy to get his artifact gloves. he said he wanted to help me out for helping him with the platforms. and they took me down to crawler's nest and started killing exorays. about 8-9 exorays later the mold drops. 1/3.

2cd gar.citidel gate breech. a ninja and red mage send a shout out in gar.citidel. my xp party has just left and i warped them home when i hear the shout. so i go help them open the gate. so they can kill guardian doll monster.
2 skeletons jump me while they are fighting doll monster. i take off running down the hall. by kiting the skeletons away the ninja finishes off the guardian and the red mage raises me later. they asked if i needed help getting the gloves and i told them i needed a bomb coal. we go to a room full of bomb explosures they tell me to wait and go to straight melee against it. got drop of 2 bomb coals on first one in gar.citidel .2/3

last one i called for help in lower jeuno. no response. i choco down to battilla downs. enter the wrong hole to elder necropolis. got killed. searched for whoever was in elder necropolis at the time there was 1 level 62 monk jerdog in the whole area. he's down there farming bone chips or something i dunno with his faithful npc casting cures on him. anyways he agrees to party me but i'm in the wrong hole searching for him and the lich.
finally i link up with him at j-9 battila downs and we get horrible links with the lich and fallen knight by shiva and leithian gate. both of us die. i home point come back and raise him and die again down there when my sneak wears off at wrong time. and he suggests we get more help and i'm tired of dying down there so i told him i'd come back tommorow and try again.
came back the next night and found a blue mage 63 down there soloing who agrees to help. first lich went kinda nasty left us both totally drained of mana and cursed. i was using fire 2, thunder 2, fireaga, throwing everything i had at it.he was using spirits within, magic fruit and some pretty heavy damage attacks. 2cd lich i got the idea to use silence as first move. this worked great. once the lich was silenced the blue mage had enough time to kick its butt before it could spell us. 3rd lich i unleash a freeze attack hoping to make this a easy fight. 790 damage and it did'nt kill it just made it mad at me. the lich unloaded a tornado doing 590 damage about killing me.(thanks for the magic fruit saved me again. after resting up. went over to the other side of gate. killed 2 more lichs and a fallen knight. got the drop on the 5th lich. 3/3.

so my rules for lich killing are always use silence, keep in mind that fire 2 and thunder 2 and fireaga are useful tools. you'll need at least 1 high level tank. probably would have been far easier if i could have made a full party.

a debuffer might have helped with getting rid of the ice spikes on lich.
i had white mage subbed for invis,sneak and throwing the cure 3's on the blue mage. did'nt use banish spells as fire 2 is more effective for me at current levels.

# Jan 22 2007 at 10:38 AM Rating: Decent
I struggled to find help with this but did in the end.
Got mould on the 3rd drop and coal on the 2nd.
The Papyrus was hardest mainly because there were no Lichs as people were farming and killing them.
Biggest tip - go to the entrance you can only get to by going through the glacier into batilla and then in to Eldieme we finally got my paper on drop 2 and all lichs are at the entrance easy!
/tell Vala on Odin if I can help :)
In my experience with these...
# Jan 22 2007 at 8:44 AM Rating: Decent
826 posts
Here's my personal suggestion for the mold and papyrus:

1. Don't try to take the easy route. For the paper, go to the entrance that's Glacier >> Batallia >> Necropolis. I have gone in that way 10 or 11 times now, and each time the first or second lich drops a paper. We're talking NO TH, NO 'luck' items, etc. etc. Only once going in through that way did I get it on like fifth or sixth. In addition to this, instead of worrying about everything aggroing you from all sides, there's one wolf that comes relatively close to the stair area where you would camp at. One. Easily avoided.

2. The same applies basically to the mold. Go into the deeper part of CN, the way to the back exit into Rolan. Fields, where you RDM AF2 is, etc. etc. Go to the one of the circular rooms in the W/NW area where the exorays spawn. Kill those, and only those. While it's never been the first or second 'shroom that i'll get a mold...it's within 10 mobs, and a hell of a lot faster than killing in the big basement area.

I can't explain it, but if I had to rationalize it...I would say that it has something to do with these mobs in these specific areas never being killed...although it doesn't follow the known facts about treasure drop rates. Give it a try next time you're out hunting for G1.
Jerri Blank (Strangers with Candy):
"I may still be doing all the wrong things, but now i'm doing them the right way!"
# Dec 16 2006 at 5:26 PM Rating: Default
f i buff up with many spells, smoke a joint, and down 19 beers...will these guys still be able to kill a little 50WHM/25BLM such as myself? i only ask because after the 15th beer or so i start thinking that maybe i just might be able to pull it off...kinda like superman.

o yea you can solo it in 1 hit just make sure you got atlest 3 of them linked and your filming it then send me the tape of what hapens
Each job
# Nov 28 2006 at 9:10 AM Rating: Decent
Do you have to do the quest for each of your job you wish to lvl above 50 or just once for that charter? Just not real sure about that
Each job... nope!
# Dec 02 2006 at 1:21 AM Rating: Decent
Just once. The same holds true for all of the genkai (level cap) quests.
I hate Liches
# Nov 02 2006 at 2:32 AM Rating: Decent
73 posts
if i buff up with many spells, smoke a joint, and down 19 beers...will these guys still be able to kill a little 50WHM/25BLM such as myself? i only ask because after the 15th beer or so i start thinking that maybe i just might be able to pull it off...kinda like superman.
I hate Liches
# Nov 15 2006 at 11:47 PM Rating: Decent
lol I would like to be present when you attemt this
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