A Thief in Norg!? - SAM AF3  

Start Area: Norg
Start NPC:Jaucribaix (K - 8)
Related Areas:Bastok Mines
Port Jeuno
Waughroon Shrine
Related Mobs:Ayakashi
Gilgamesh (L - 8)
Phoochuchu (H - 8)
Mission:6 - 0
Min Level:50
Max Level:75
(Average from 22 ratings)
Items Required:Banishing Charm
Charred Helm
Gold Thread
Title Obtained:Paragon of Samurai Excellence
Items Granted:Myochin Kabuto
This Quest is Repeatable
Last Updated: Thu Nov 18 21:17:56 2010

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At the close of the Great War, Gilgamesh's father trapped a terrible spirit within a helm. That helm has been stolen, and it is your job to hunt down the thief and get it back.


Note: You must have completed The Sacred Katana - SAM AF1 and Yomi Okuri - SAM AF2, and waited until after JP Midnight, to obtain this quest.

First, head to Norg and speak with Jaucribaix at K-8. He sends you to speak with Gilgamesh.

You'll then need to do some traveling. Head to Port Jeuno and speak to Sanosuke at the Duty Free Shop. Then, go to Mhaura and talk to Phoochuchu at LFKDS. Next, go to Bastok Mines and open the door at J-6 for a cutscene. Last, go to Waughroon Shrine in Palborough Mines for another cutscene.

Return to Norg and speak again with Jaucribaix. He will give you a rare/ex item called a Banishing Charm.

Go back to the Waughroon Shrine and trade the Banishing Charm to the burning circle. Inside the BCNM, you will have 30 minutes to kill three demon NMs: Gaki (blm); Onki (smn); and Rasetsu (drk). After killing the NMs, you get another cutscene involving a ninja named Ren. He gives you a key item called Charred Helm.

Grab a Gold Thread and head to Norg and talk again to Jaucribaix. After the next Japanese Midnight, talk again to Jaucribaix to finish the quest and receive your Myochin Kabuto.

Quest Series

This quest is part of the samurai artifact gear quest series. The complete quest series includes:

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# Oct 27 2009 at 3:18 PM Rating: Decent
Confirmed that you can solo this... Just soloed it as SAM/DNC by killing the mages as fast as possible. This would be way easier as a duo or trio.

Here's what I did:
I went in, used RR item, seigan, third eye, warding circle, meditate and used acc food. Ran up to blm and did yukikaze, then 2houred. Finished it off with 2 more WSes and a light SC(had 100 tp left) then ran away and let myself die.

Then I RRed up, healed and used meditate so I had 300 tp. Used sushi and third eye then ran in again and unleashed hell on the SMN. SMN used astral flow but barely damaged me, so I used another meditate and finished it off. then I ran to straight tank the DRK which was so ridiculous when I faced him one on one. Killed it, and won. Fight was 15 minutes.

Good luck to all the soloists out there!

very easy
# Apr 11 2009 at 3:48 PM Rating: Decent
Just completed with little trouble.
75 BST/WHM x2 w/CC on Onki
75 PLD/DNC,75 THF/NIN on Rasetsu
57 MNK/WAR, 66 SAM/WAR (me) on Gaki

Onki went down first. Gaki 10 seconds after that, we both 2hour. Rasetsu 10 seconds after Gaki. I was only one to go under 50% hp, cuz Gaki spammed Water3 (on watersday) after i self SC twice on him. completed in 5mins
# Aug 09 2008 at 8:03 PM Rating: Decent
So. I just did this with a friend that also needed the helm. When we entered we used his charm and not mine. We won and i got all the cutscenes but he never gave me the key item. I went back to norg to see if i could get my af. He told me to use the banishing charm to break the seal.... so even though i beat this and got all the cs, do i still need t obeat it again with my charm? i'm so confused.
# Nov 11 2008 at 12:06 PM Rating: Decent
It doesn't look like a quest you can share. You're going to have to do it again.
# Dec 23 2008 at 11:59 AM Rating: Decent
120 posts
Both people have to trade the item at the same time, you can't do it like a normal BC quest and have a starter and everyone enter and select the started quest. Anyone that needs the quest HAS to trade their item and they can all get it in one kill.
# Jun 02 2009 at 3:04 PM Rating: Decent
17 posts
I just completed the quest and threw my banishing charm out. Im wearing the head AF and did not trade to the bc but someone in my pty traded theirs. Thats really weird it should give u the key item as long as you have the item in ur inventory, just need one person to trade and enter.
# Jul 30 2008 at 7:41 AM Rating: Decent
Went with 75DRG/SAM (me) 75BLU/NIN and 69PLD/WAR. Plan was for pld to kite smn and drk around while blu and I kill blm and thats how it started. We got sleega'd and blu had hate so I spent whole fight with blm sleep'd. While kiting pld had to invincible, awake now we went after smn, pld dies from drk. I pentathrust the smn down enough to astral flow kill blu. I'm all alone... kill smn and take on drk. Kept seigan up and spam'd third eye macro and had to spirit surge but i solo'd drk and got win ^^
# May 07 2008 at 12:39 PM Rating: Decent
Has anyone done this fight without being sam?
# Nov 11 2008 at 12:08 PM Rating: Decent
You can do this fight without being samurai job upon entering.
# Nov 02 2007 at 8:59 PM Rating: Decent
6,543 posts
my friend made a video of us doing this fight when I helped him. Perhaps it will help.


Was fairly easy with the 3 of us.
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# Oct 19 2007 at 11:29 AM Rating: Decent
217 posts
Just did this as a trio, YOU CAN NOT SOLO this.

I soloed this as well as a 75 Bst/nin. Like others had said not terribly difficult. But you have to had a battle plan and prepare to die and reraise.
If you want to solo
# Oct 13 2007 at 6:34 PM Rating: Good
96 posts
I solod this today as MNK/NIN, it wasn't terribly difficult but needed a few items

Here's a quick rundown of how I fought it.

My gear was nothing too special only things I used different from exp party gear was evasion torque, boxers mantle, and genbu's kabuto.
Items I brought were a hi reraiser, icarus wing, persikos aulait, and a vile elixir+1

I entered BC, used reraiser, ate a couerl sub, drank persikos, then locked onto Gaki (the BLM)
I ran up and hit 100 fist, by the time 100 fist was over Gaki was dead and I was at about 50% HP.
I then ran back into the hallway and engaged Onki. I used vile elixir+1 and chakra to keep me alive until astral flow (he can only use it once)He called carby and searing light killed me.

I then reraised and rested to full, used icarus wing and went back at Onki.
He died quickly I lost about 250 HP before he died.
After that I just fought Ransetsu (the DRK) keeping shadows up until he died.

Not a terribly difficult solo if you're willing to lose 600 exp and a bit of gil.
Can't be solo'd they link.
# Oct 08 2007 at 11:52 PM Rating: Good
90 posts
Just did this as a trio, YOU CAN NOT SOLO this. The mobs link and solo doesnt work anyways it was a hard fight.

Preatius 75Pld/War
Eternus 75Blu/Nin
Frenzy 75Smn/Whm

Thanks for the help!
all mage fight fun!
# Sep 05 2007 at 8:37 AM Rating: Decent
pretty fun fight as smn i tried to solo it didnt work out that well and i didnt want to spend a fortune on mp meds. so i got a blm and a rdm friend and we went at it. with just mages it was fun. sent in garuda to take hate first. and we went at it took down blm then the smn then drk. even though we all were 75 it was a fun fight!
# Sep 02 2007 at 8:21 AM Rating: Decent
Calm Down Sparky. I never said I didn't know the times reset. Just sharing a lil bit-o-my sunshine. Know what I'm tired of Dumb *** people that like to flams **** because they got nothing better to do.
# Aug 31 2007 at 7:40 PM Rating: Decent
Party as follows:

SAM/NIN Started to solo the Dark while the rest of the melee's chewed into the BLM. several WS's in the thousands followed by a Flaming Crush for 1600 O.o blm droped like that was its job. and the drk was dead soon after. In all the confusion and whirlwind of finishing this in 1min 45 sec I dont even know what happend to the SMN demon. All I know is that this was cake. but what isn't with 3 75SAM's? Wooooo SAM FTW

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# Aug 31 2007 at 10:01 PM Rating: Decent
12,232 posts
So you set the record two days after a reset, only for it to be erqased at the next reset?

Im really sick of people not understanding maintenance RESETS all records. Smiley: oyvey
# Jun 14 2007 at 12:00 PM Rating: Decent
Couple of things people may find useful to know about this quest.

If u are like me and like to bang your AF out fast when u complete the af boots quest i believe it is a *** tick over before u can pick up the af3 quest for the helm. Its either *** tick over or 24 hours wait (sry was at work so couldnt test the theory)

Also on a side not Jaucribaix (K - 8) is the one that gives u the banishing charm not Gilgamesh.

I have soloed pld/mnk/whm/blm/rdm/thf/nin af on my rdm gonna see if i can add sam to that list also lol will let u know how it goes.

Easy easy easy
# May 25 2007 at 9:14 AM Rating: Decent
336 posts
Just owned this in 2 minutes 3 seconds:


No 2 hours were used. BLU took SMN. Demon slayer, disseverement > Onki....

Was MUCH easier than I thought. The SAM who took the DRK was the only one who lost over 50%HP, which BLU (me) fixed with a magic fruit.

Good luck!
# Apr 28 2007 at 1:18 PM Rating: Decent
stuck on gilgamesh just saying stuff related to zm15, anyone got a way to do the quest without finishing zm15?
# Jun 08 2007 at 7:10 AM Rating: Decent
you talk to Jaucribaux not the old pirate to get banishing charm!!

please update this !
-Not- required.
# Apr 19 2007 at 2:33 PM Rating: Decent
You're not required to complete all of the other AF quests, I didn't get the Myochin Domaru 'til I was 74 (loluselesspiece), and I finished the Kabuto quest when I was 60.

Not sure what was wrong with your progression, though.
getting quest.
# Apr 18 2007 at 8:36 PM Rating: Decent
88 posts
yeah, so i also couldnt get quest. had all done but body (temple of ugly-pie) so i got help, did it, came back, and NOW he gave quest. so you most likely have to clear the other AF quests before you can do this.
# Apr 07 2007 at 3:48 PM Rating: Decent
Oh yes fun indeed. Took 4 ppl in:

73 pld (me)
75 drk
70 smn
70 sam

Rasetsu hits pretty hard, was doin about 50-77 a hit. Gaki Liked to cast AM alot. We took him down fast. Rasetsu was just annoying, lots of hp and hit like a train. Onki was the mean one to deal with. I saw his 2hr go off and I thought we were done for. Luckily it only uses one ultimate attack. Me and the sam took Rasetsu down. Our drk was good enough to solo the Onki. Over all was fun. Now to finish this and ZM5. Thanks Asriel, Vaynard & Saeble.
3 Demons Solo! SAM AF 3
# Apr 04 2007 at 9:52 AM Rating: Decent
Went in today as PLD/RDM 75. 6 People stood outside, saying "You can´t solo it, it´s 3 mobs" well guess what! They were right... but only just, so keep reading...

I went in, flashed and ran back to the starting point (With RR up in case of wipe and RR) so i went to work on the Demon that i flashed and started pounding him. Keeping up stoneskin a fair deal, and Phalanx, and putting up the appropriate bar spell for each big Magic cast i saw.

Things are goin well, but i realised i was a little hasty in my coming here, i forgot yag drinks, i only had 2 Hi-Ethers, and no other Meds. I realise i am meleeing the SMN and not the BLM, but carry on as he is half dead. I have the SMN on 5% with TP ready to kill him, i switch to WS gear, and let loose, and he dies, followed by his pet. I look at my HP and MP: 656/1287 HP 125/456MP. Feeling confident, as i still had Sentinel about to repop, Rampart up, Invincible still up, and those two Hi-Ethers, so i pop a Hi ether and start to cast Stoneskin.

Suddenly i turn orangey-reddy-yellowy and flash colours appear about me, the cheeky BLM cast Flare and i didn´t see it. Previous AMs hity me for about 60-100 with the barspells up, but this i missed.

Gaki casts Flare
Tarquin takes 687 points of damage.

I died. I let them run back, i reraised and healed and rebuffed. I ran back and started plugging, this time i made sure i was on the BLM. He falls soon enough, no real problems, again about 50% MP / HP (God i love my Hercules Ring) so i fall to the last Demon, no problem, i can stick this punk out until i win.

Well... i would have i am on about 300HP 85 MP and he is at 20% life, then the game freezes! Oh no my computer crashed!! Oh wait, no it didn´t... i just ran out of time!!! Bastards...

Well i had no time to go get proper meds and come on back, so i warped and logged. Because [Time for work!]

I related the story to my LS, they all said "We´ll help" etc. Thanks, but no. Now this is personal, i have plenty of friends to help, but i´m taking this down alone, as yet another testimony to PLD/RDM. So, keep your Eyes Peeled for the next update of this post coming soon, how i beat the 3 Demons SOLO!

until then...


The continued story...

So i went in again last night, Buffed prepped, took on the BLM 1st this time, things don't start well, i get interrupted a lot, and the HP just seems to be falling away from me, so I Invincible to keep myself alive then "R0" -.-

Not a happy chappy, i turned off my laptop, and went to bed.

This morning, i log in, dead in the mud, so I HP, grab a choco and head straight back out. Get to the BCNM, take a deep breath and go in. This time, Onki gets it 1st (SMN). He falls quickly, i
m good for HP/MP so i go straight to Gaki (BLM) and start plugging, Sentinel, Rampart (he hits hard) Chivalry and a couple of Hi-Ethers later he falls, 12 Mins gone, i'm well on track. Just Retsatsu left. Easy Prey. The last 5 mins were only trying to hit through the constant Blind and Slow spam, but eventually I won out.

Tarquin PLD75/RDM37 Battlefield clear time 17Mins 52Secs. /bow

Edited, Apr 5th 2007 3:34am by TarquinOfPandy
can get the quest
# Mar 21 2007 at 2:51 PM Rating: Decent
im working on sam af helm but can get the quest. gilga only talks about ZM8 ive done all the other af except body.
got my helm woot
# Mar 08 2007 at 6:48 PM Rating: Decent
went for this quest lil while back during fight had a lil trouble party set up was 75pld,70thf,60sam<me, 61sam<friend cyph and a 60rdm we enter no buffs no battle plan and no chance. all we knew was sleep smn element and kill blm demon 1st anyways we go in rdm trys sleep smn pet but as rdm sleep. all3 demon jump on her and she dead before we started so i voke blm and me and cyph start hittin it he cast flare me and cyph lose bout 500hp so this fight is wasted so everybody saves 2hr slowly the 3 demons kill us off 1 by 1. thf is like "wth" im peed off now so he hp to whitegate switches to blm for stun. he comes back so we allenter this time we buff i hit warding circle and blm elemental seal+sleep and we begain pld vokes and starts to solo the smn me and cyph both 60+sam start dropin blm i 2hr blm demon and it goes down pretty quickso we turn our attentionto the smn demon who just hit his 2hr and had garuda out but our blm was watchin and quickly slept him a few sec later it seemed smn died leavin drk demon at this point my bro cyph hit his 2hr along with blm using 2hr dark knight demon went down very fast so me ad cyphboth got our af helms yay. "sorry for long post" Gooduck to everybody on this quest.
# Jan 15 2007 at 10:32 AM Rating: Decent
Did this yesterday with 3 people (first time ever for me and the paladin):
65 SAM/THF (me)

Thief tanked the DRK and SMN and kept the elemental slept while I engaged the BLM demon. First ancient magic I managed to interrupt with Hobaku, but to next one I didn't manage to get enough TP and ended up with 100 HP or so.. but the awesome paladin cured me fast and we got the BLM down. However at this point he was at low MP and we didn't survive the Astral Flow :(

Now we had about 20 minutes and two demons left, paladin reraised and raised us and after weakened state wore of we quickly attacked again (without resting to full). Took out summoner real fast with the TP I meditated while weakened and unleashed Sneak Attack Darkness chain on him (yay for two thiefs). Not much time left at all on this point.. paladin joins in to melee and delivers the killing blow with 29mins, 52 seconds on the clock :)

Is this realy a fight?
# Nov 24 2006 at 11:48 PM Rating: Default
Just finished this fight:


One NIN voked BLM, one NIN voked SMN, one NIN voked DRK. We all killed BLM while tanking the others as adds. Turned on the drk. As we feared what astral flow would do to us, we saved TP for the SMN. Finished the DRK and unleashed hell on the SMN, it went down without a fight. The avatar despawned. In all less than 5 minutes. I wouldn't even call this a fight. I'm amazed people almost wipe to this.
Is this realy a fight?
# Nov 11 2008 at 11:24 AM Rating: Decent
lol. You'll see things like this alot. People always take the easy road. I myself do also, to avoid complications and experience points lost due to deaths. Can't really blame them though. I'll be bringing LS members to do this fight with me later on my 75 Summoner. I doubt I can solo this, reading from what is posted (I'm not going to bring a bunch of meds when I can do it for free w/ help.) Good job on the post, RayneShaddow.

Edited, Nov 11th 2008 2:25pm by SummonerFenrir
Is this realy a fight?
# Jan 15 2007 at 8:26 PM Rating: Decent
it may have been cake for u but not everyone has 3 73+ nin on hand all the time
# Oct 27 2006 at 5:41 PM Rating: Decent
Just did this with

WHM/NIN 75 (yarly)
SAM/THF 60(me)

Unfortunately the war had little time, and the pld thought for some reason it was gusgen mines we were going to, so he was delayed. Me, the WAR and NIN all needed it, and my friend, the whm, told me to hurry up and that we would need to leave the PLD out.
So it was just the sam, whm, war, and mnk.
I never got to tell the battle plan in time, and when i used warding circle the war missed out. For some reason, the whm decided to run in there first, and got all the agro, it was a very scary battle, we were down to 5% HP most times.
First of all we all killed gaki first, he took the medium lenght of time to kill, but was pretty straight forward. Next was onki, we were unable to sleep his ele, and it brought us all down to red hp, then the WHM benedicted. Onki went down the quickest.
Lucklily the last one, the drk, we all had white hp for, and took the longest, and was taken down easily. I suggest you dont do this BCNM with this setup unless your PLD is there in the BCNM, and he runs in there first, instead of the WHM.

Also, if more than 1 of you need to do the BCNM, and both of you have gotten to the BCNM stage. You only need to do the BCNM once

Currently waiting those 24 hours, and my body AF is the last i need, typically the hardest coffer in the game.
# Oct 13 2006 at 7:47 PM Rating: Decent
58 posts
From reading this list of other posts, i have a question, that hopefully someone can answer. Since the Banishing charm is an actual item, thou it be rare/ex, i was wondering if i can go as a different job instead of sam to do this fight for my sam.....ATM, my sam is 59, but i have a 75 drg and 75 drk....So my question is can i go inot the fight as either my drg or drk as long as i have the charm with me?
# Oct 26 2006 at 12:25 AM Rating: Decent
56 posts
Yes you can go as any job.
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