20 In Pirate Years - NIN AF1  

Submitted by:Balth
Start Area: Norg
Start NPC:Ryoma (H - 8)
Related Areas:Eastern Altepa Desert
Port Bastok
Related Mobs:Ensetsu (I - 5)
Kagetora (F - 6)
Min Level:40
Max Level:75
(Average from 20 ratings)
Items Required:Trick Box
Items Granted:Anju
This Quest is Repeatable
This Quest requires Zilart
Last Updated: Wed Oct 27 02:07:01 2010


Norg has begun investigating an ancient scroll that was rediscovered as of late. Speak with Tenshodo member Kagetora in Bastok for more details.


Head to Norg and speak with Ryoma at H-8 for a cutscene.

Next, head to Port Bastok and find Kagetora at F-6 in Warehouse #2, just across from the airship dock. Speak with him and he will send you off to find Ensetsu, who is located at I-5, just northeast of the warehouse. Find him to see more of the story unfold.

Travel to Eastern Altepa Desert. Head to H-6, and clear the area of any beetles. Find the ???, and when your party is ready, examine it. Two spider NMs named Tsuchigumo appear. After you slay the NMs, you will receive a key item called a Trick Box.

Return to Norg and speak with Ryoma to receive your Zushio and Anju katanas!

Quest Series

This quest is part of the Ninja artifact armor quest series. The full quest series includes:

Final Fantasy XI

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# Apr 10 2009 at 1:04 PM Rating: Decent
Just figured I'd throw my two cents in even tho as I've read some level 50's nin's have soloed these guys.. But I went as a 55rdmg/blmg and it was easly soloed that way also.. so good luck....
Soled at 51!
# Jun 17 2008 at 3:26 PM Rating: Decent
I just soloed the spiders as a 51NIN/25WAR was quite simple.
-First got some tp by killing the spiders around the ??? (they do link to the NM's to just so ya know so be careful)

-Then put shadows up and used a sneak oil so i could get them 1 at a time.
- hit the ??? moved away and cast hojo on one of the spiders. ( Slow, and blind are very useful in this fight, saves many shadows) Then just fought it like a normal mob kept shadows up and used the paralyzing WS to help with shadows.

- First one didn't hit me once, then went and fought the second one same exact way. But at about 25% health another spider linked, but it missed about every attack so i still was able to finish them both off.

-Examined the ??? again and got the item :)!

Easily soled as a 51 NIN just remember to use the sneak trick! Otherwise shadows will go away to fast. GoodLuck!

# May 30 2007 at 3:02 PM Rating: Decent
Just tried this NIN51/WAR25, I got one down to 38% and the other was at 100%, I screwed up the beginning though because sneak wore off when I was preparing and they both were pounding me down, so I debuffed them and then tanked in full evasion. I'm pretty sure I could have won, oh well.
# Oct 07 2007 at 12:56 AM Rating: Decent
121 posts
I just did this as 75 Thf, it was ofcourse too easy.

I dont think i got hit once (but they did remove my shadows mid way thru), i didnt sneak pull i just clicked the ??? and engaged thus i was fighting 2 at the same time (but they didnt hit so i really wouldnt have noticed).

I did read this site first and the mob seemed like too low a level to bother me, and thats exactly how it proved.

I used dancing edge once for 1300+ and i dont know if i got TP again, the 2 spiders were just dead so fast.

My evasion as Thf is capped, i would say that any job 60+ could solo this with a little effort, any job 65+ could solo it with ease and 75's could quite easily let a 3 year old play the fight for them.

Easy Fight
# Dec 07 2006 at 2:52 PM Rating: Decent
I went as my 75 rdm/37blm and it was way easy. Got hit once for 22. Omw to pick up the katana's now. If you need help with this on Gilgamesh, just send me a tell.

Solo PLD/WAR75
# Oct 29 2006 at 6:47 AM Rating: Decent
408 posts
Vv easy, but if your going on a job with no native healing power take care for the poison, its very potent and is incurred by a additional effect on regular hits.

They were wiffing a fair bit even on PLDs low eva, hitting for 0 on shield blocks and approx 30 normal hits, take a DD build to kill em fast as you can no need for "tanking" them.
easy prey
# Jun 30 2006 at 4:06 AM Rating: Decent
88 posts
Just soloed NM last night as 56 THF/NIN. Used the tactic posted here of popping a sneak oil before spawning spiders then pulling one away with ranged attack, leaving the other sitting on ???. By the time I had defeated the first spider (around 5min) the other had despawned leaving me to collect Trick box :o)

The fight itself was quite easy - used Nin blind spell, acid bolts and kept utsusemi up. I only took a couple of hits during the fight (it missed alot), each for around 40hp, and ended up with over 650hp at the end of fight. One thing to note is acid spray. The poison seemed quite strong at my lvl, so i would recommend taking a couple of antidotes with you.

Hope this helps.
Spider what?!
# May 21 2006 at 5:50 AM Rating: Decent
95 posts
Just soloed this as my 75WHM/37NIN. It was cake, I don't think I ever got hit. I just paralyzed and slowed one while I fought the other one. Got the box then back to Norg for my weapons!!
# May 14 2006 at 11:25 PM Rating: Decent
just soled them as a THF 64, they were hitting me a bit hard but nt very often, needed casing utsusemi about 3 times,:P. Very easy and fast fight though
yeap, easy easy
# Apr 01 2006 at 2:37 AM Rating: Decent
22 posts
Me (66rdm/nin) and gf (61thf/nin) just did this together. We both had the quest and went to fight, hadn't heard anything about weather you could do it for yourself on a diffrent job, but you can i know now, she poped them and we each killed 1 with our NPC's out(my attacker NPC did decent dmg with 3rd upgrade GS at lvl37). since we were both on quest only had to fight NM's once and we both got item. She only got hit a few time and for verry little dmg, but i did put Protect4 on her, but a 60+ /nin can do this very easy.
i did it
# Feb 28 2006 at 5:55 PM Rating: Decent
Easy quest...i soloed the 2 spiders as a 69 rng...just to be safe i used EES lol...but 2 sidewinders and EES makes it really simple...plus the fact that they miss alot...oh yeah..the smaller one is the hardest...
# Feb 10 2006 at 10:09 AM Rating: Default
Finally hit 40 last night in crawlers nest with ninja so i am all exicited this is my 2nd artfact 75/rdm. Start the quest go to altep and its earth weather and a bst is soloing by the ??? And a earth element is near so i 75rdm/nin kill the element so he dont get aggro and pop my spiders. Easy fight i get 1st spider to 50% and bst tries to charm my other spider O.o it aggros him and he start running. It chases after him while im still killin other spider. >.< Kill the 1st one off search the zone and he zoned into west altep examine the ??? no trick box -.- start heading south and my mob finally comes back to me killed it examined the ??/ and got my trick box dam BSt :./
# Feb 01 2006 at 12:57 PM Rating: Decent
470 posts
soloed as 75whm/37blm. easy as blah~ no need to clear any mobs lol. the spider is too far away anyway.
buffed > sneak > pop, pull one by one XD hexa striked for 1033... the mobs didn't last long ^-')b
just duoed
# Jan 18 2006 at 4:09 AM Rating: Default
70thf/war 73brd/nin built up 100tp berserk warcry sneak attack dancing edge first spider and it took 2456 damage and next dagger hit killed it had 589 att brd tryied to sleep second so i could do same for fun but 5 trys couldent sleep it so i just meleed it took like 40 secs hitting for 120-130 with a harpe so like about 1min total to kill both very easy
A Joke
# Dec 25 2005 at 7:20 PM Rating: Default
53 posts
Haha I love all these outdated guides.

I took my scythe (lvl 90 skill) and started meeleeing them with Stoneskin up. They do break stoneskin often and hit hard but it truly is a joke.

The first one I got my scythe to 91 through skill up. The second one I put 5 dots on it and watched it drop HP as I just stood there. And the funny thing is I wasn't even equiped well.

Fights a joke for any 60+. K thx bye <3
Easy Fight
# Nov 24 2005 at 10:33 PM Rating: Decent
Soloed as DRG/NIN 75. 3 min fight, just got TP to 300% b4 fight and killed the first spider with Penta Thrust + Jump + High Jump.

Second spider missed almost every hit.

Really easy fight. Send a /t if u need help in Craby server.
# Nov 04 2005 at 5:29 PM Rating: Decent
45 posts
Yeah agreed about the poison thing i soloed this as a lvl 71samurai/thf and had no trouble at all killing them.

The thing to watch out for is the poison which, i am not positive, but seemed to be inflicted by an additional effect of their regular attack (which didnt land very often) but i did not notice a WS that poisoned me and still, after the fight i found myself losing 25hp/tick! I was worried for a few seconds because, when i went to check the log it didnt seem that i had been hit by anything except one regular attack at the very end of the fight (it said additional effect: poison 25dmg) so i thouhgt it might last a while and, tho my galka sam has 1400hp, i was already down to 800-900 by the time they were dead (i didnt sneak pop, just went for it lol, only had one sneak oil) luckily the effect only lasted about 8 ticks, still i was already fleeing towards rabao, worried i might expire en route when it wore. Wasnt much of a problem for me but might be something to look out for if u are trying this at lower lvls.

Good luck with this oh and sabishii: Me tink hard monsters hard, and easy monsters.... not as hard... douche....

Additionally, I did all parts of this quest as samurai except get it from duder in norg initially, I was 40 nin for that.
Soloed at NIN42/RDM21
# Oct 27 2005 at 3:24 AM Rating: Decent
486 posts
Same as the other guy that soloed it at 44. Spam your elemental wheel and it goes by fast. If the other one despawns and you're still fighting the first one no problem. You'll still get your item when you check the ??? as long as you kill the one you're fighting. Bring antidotes if you want. I subbed RDM for fast cast.
# Oct 26 2005 at 3:05 PM Rating: Decent
466 posts
I soloed this yesterday [BRD Lv.74/WHM Lv.37] I did the Sneak-Click-Pull trick. fighting one on one was easy enough - spiders in that area will link so best to kill them first. There is no reason why you have to kill both, the other NM spider will Despawn in and around 2 minutes. Simple watch the spider and wait for it to despawn and then finish the one you have pulled.
Just a note - I had to zone out of Norg and back in to start the next AF.
BST 61
# Oct 24 2005 at 11:45 AM Rating: Decent
2,347 posts
Solo'd as 61 BST, used a random nearby Doom Scorpion (EP at this level) got it about 35 TP, fought, it soloed one, i soloed the other.

my scorpion had the effect of Attack boost on it.
took me (tarutaru) to yellow hp. didnt heal at all ._.
RDM solo?
# Sep 22 2005 at 11:28 PM Rating: Good
139 posts
anyone try to pull a solo off as a level 52 RDM/NIN? Just curious. >_>
easy as pie
# Sep 22 2005 at 1:46 PM Rating: Decent
Last night i decided to put in a little more progress on my AF1 for nin. so i decided what the heck, i was just gonna go out there alone and solo it with my 44 nin (yeah i'm a little arrogant about my nin but eh) so i tossed on a silent oil, hit the ???, 2 spiders popped i pulled back a bit, used Kurynami: Ni, pulled one and fought it. By the time the fight was over the other spider had disappeared. I came out like a champ 400/700 in hp after the fight, and thats cuz i got lazy and wanted to elemental nuke it instead of re-blink. the spider missed me alot so that helped a lot to... just remember to debuf it with ninjutsu and it should be cake!

Edited, Thu Sep 22 17:36:45 2005
Sleep Resistance
# Aug 30 2005 at 2:52 AM Rating: Decent
Like most others on the board, had absolutely no problem soloing this as a 62 RDM.

Haven't seen anyone mention success sleeping these... so I'll throw in my two gil. It should be noted, that I couldn't Sleep II the second NM, even with elemental seal... so either their resist is insane, or they're pretty much immune to it.
Spider NMs
# Aug 29 2005 at 3:58 AM Rating: Decent
31 posts
I solo'd those spiders yesterday as THF/NIN level 61.
I killed a nearby spider and a beetle to get 100% TP, then I used a Silent Oil and touched the ??? to spawn the NMs. I ran back a little and pulled one of the spiders with Kurayami and killed it really easily. I didn't get hit at all thanks to Utsusemi. I only took about 20 damage because of a special attack that ignores shadows (Acid Spray I think).
Then I attacked the second spider, and killed it as well. In the end, I didn't bother recasting Utsusemi so it hit me twice, for 71 damage each time.

Now I need to go to Norg again to get my Katanas. I think I'm gonna use the one with STR+2 (Zushio) and keep my Nikkariaoe for a few more levels (currently NIN 41).
not that bad
# Aug 24 2005 at 6:30 AM Rating: Excellent
46 posts
i'm a little confused by how everyone is saying that these katana aren't that good, when they're the best katana you can have for lvl 40, which is actually the lvl you're supposed to do the quest... sure they suck if you're lvl 50 but thats why they're lvl 40 katana eh?
# Aug 23 2005 at 2:28 AM Rating: Good
225 posts
I just solo'd this at NIN50/WHM25.

Sneak pull, enfeebled, elemental wheel, shadows up. Easy, easy fight. I didn't take one point of melee damage, and the only time it hurt my HP was when it used that poison TP move on me.

Video: http://killingifrit.com/forums.php?m=posts&q=74683

Edited, Tue Aug 23 05:27:30 2005
RE: solo
# Aug 29 2005 at 12:28 AM Rating: Default
In that video you only kill one of the spiders. Did you cut out the second spider fight or do you only have to kill one?
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