Inside the Belly  

Start Area: Selbina
Start NPC:Zaldon
Prerequisites:The Gift
The Real Gift
Under the Sea
Min Level:1
Max Level:75
(Average from 8 ratings)
Items Required:Ahtapot
Armored Pisces
Bhefhel Marlin
Cave Cherax
Dorado Gar
Emperor Fish
Gavial Fish
Giant Catfish
Giant Chirai
Giant Donko
Gigant Octopus
Gigant Squid
Gugru Tuna
Jungle Catfish
Mercurial Spear
Ogre Eel
Ryugu Titan
Sea Zombie
Silver Shark
Three-eyed Fish
Titanic Sawfish
Zafmlug Bass
Items Granted:Aizenkunitoshi
Ancient Sword
Black Ink
Black Pearl
Blue Pitcher
Blue Rock
Brigand's Chart
Broken Halcyon Fishing Rod
Broken Hume Fishing Rod
Broken Mithran Fishing Rod
Dark Bass
Decayed Ingot
Drill Calamary
Drone Earring
Dwarf Pugil
Earth Wand
Flame Shield
Flat Shield
Gold Ingot
Lapis Lazuli
Mercurial Sword
Mildewy Ingot
Mola Mola
Noddy Ring
Opal Silk
Paralysis Dust
Peiste Skin
Philosopher's Stone
Pirate's Chart
Poison Dust
Puffin Ring
Risky Patch
Robber Rig
Rusty Greatsword
Saber Shoot
Silver Ring
Solon Torque
Stolid Breastplate
Tiny Tathlum
Turquoise Ring
Venom Dust
Wyvern Skin
This Quest is Repeatable
Last Updated: Mon Jul 25 20:00:23 2011


Some fish in Vana'diel like to eat shiny objects. If you catch one, let Zaldon cut it open for you.


The prerequisites are the three quests that start with Oswald and Rank 4 (apprentice) in Fishing. After you finish all three of Oswald's quests and receive the final reward (glass fiber rod after finishing The Real Gift), Zaldon will offer to gut any fish you bring him.

He will ask for specific fish. When he guts them you have a chance of finding an item. If you don't find an item you will still receive a certain amount of gil based on the kind of fish you gave him. You will always receive fame, whether you get an item or only gil.

Skill CapFishPossible ItemsGilTitle
31 Giant Catfish Earth Wand 50 gil Cordon Bleu Fisher
35 Ogre Eel Turquoise Ring 16 gil Cordon Bleu Fisher
40 Istavrit Venom Dust 50 gil -
41 Gugru Tuna Tiny Tathlum 50 gil -
41 Lakerda Black Pearl, Pearl 51 gil -
48 Zafmlug Bass Blue Rock 15 gil -
49 Giant Donko Broken Halcyon Fishing Rod 96 gil -
51 Monke-onke Poison Dust 150 gil -
61 Bhefhel Marlin Brigand's Chart, Pirate's Chart 150 gil -
61 Kilicbaligi Rusty Greatsword 150 gil -
71 Bladefish Robber Rig 200 gil -
72 Rhinochimera Solon Torque 300 gil -
76 Silver Shark Trident 250 gil Ace Angler
80 Gigant Octopus Black Ink 119 gil -
80 Jungle Catfish Broken Hume Fishing Rod 300 gil -
81 Gavial Fish Drone Earring 250 gil
81 Three-eyed Fish Paralysis Dust 250 gil
82 Pelazoea Noddy Ring 360 gil
89 Pirarucu Wyvern Skin, Peiste Skin 516 gil
90 Ahtapot Decayed Ingot, Mildewed Ingot 350 gil -
90 Grimmonite Silver Ring 350 gil -
91 Gigant Squid Flame Shield (lvl 58) 300 gil -
93 Megalodon Broken Mithran Fishing Rod 532 gil -
94 Emperor Fish Cuir Highboots 300 gil -
99 Pterygotus Lapis Lazuli 390 gil -
100 Armored Pisces Stolid Breastplate 475 gil -
100 Cave Cherax Dwarf Pugil 800 gil -
100 Crocodilos Puffin Ring 1763 gil -
100 Gerrothorax Risky Patch 423 gil -
100 Giant Chirai Twinthread 550 gil -
100 Gugrusaurus Saber Shoot 880 gil -
100 Kalkanbaligi Flat Shield 390 gil -
100 Lik Opal Silk 880 gil -
100 Mola Mola Mercurial Spear 478 gil -
100 Ryugu Titan Mercurial Sword 800 gil -
100 Sea Zombie Drill Calamary 350 gil -
100 Takitaro Philosopher's Stone 350 gil -
100 Titanic Sawfish Aizenkunitoshi 810 gil -
?? Dorado Gar Gold Ingot - -

This page last modified 2011-07-25 14:59:13.
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# Feb 02 2009 at 8:46 PM Rating: Decent
53 posts
This information is listed below, but I want to write it again up here to help any interested in doing this quest. I was able access this quest with lower-than-28 fishing skill, 26.3 skill to be precise. This quest can be flagged with lower than Novice fishing rank. I had all four pieces of fishing-plus gear on, advance fishing support from the guild in Windy, and all four prerequisite quests completed. It may even be able to be flagged sooner, but I didn't think to check :/ Have Fun!
To Be Or Not To Be Lvl 30
# Apr 21 2008 at 11:47 AM Rating: Good
229 posts
Ok, to clear up the confusion real quick, you do NOT have to be lvl 30 to get this quest. You do however have to turn in your guild test item for 28-30 which is a Giant Catfish to become a Novice before Zaldon will give you this quest. Hence why some were able to get this quest at lvl 28. I'm 2/32 on the Kris but haven't gone back out there in quite some time! Its a fun quick fight though!

Edited, Apr 21st 2008 3:52pm by lestatishido
skill lvl
# Apr 16 2008 at 10:43 PM Rating: Decent
You do
need level 30 fising to get the quest, I recived the quest today with 26.9 fising, all pre-quest done for 1+ week, caped fame. Had been fishing marlin and geting friend to get for charts for me, when actidently clicked the npc and gave me new message ( i had previsouly talked to him and had not recived the quest one time i was 26 and didn not recive...)
# Oct 25 2007 at 7:43 AM Rating: Decent
# Aug 23 2007 at 6:23 PM Rating: Decent
Not getting quest
# Jul 19 2007 at 3:39 PM Rating: Decent
So I've just hit 28 fishing skill and ranked up to novice. I'm rank 10, Hero Bastok Fame and close to hero in other nations. I can not get the quest. Anyone know why?
Not getting quest
# Sep 09 2007 at 2:17 AM Rating: Decent
You must have 30 fishing skill before Zaldon will gut any of your fish.
I as well tried this as 28 fishing skill and could not get the quest, once I got 30 and tried it again, he started gutting fish.
Not getting quest
# Aug 20 2007 at 6:56 AM Rating: Decent
did you do the Prerequisates: 1)The Gift
2)The Real Gift
3)Under the Sea ?
Safe to hand over?
# Apr 27 2007 at 12:22 AM Rating: Decent
491 posts
I've started fishing Marlins for charts and handing them in. When I talk to him, the fish he lists doesn't include Marlins, but those I give to him he will gut. So far no yield, but I'm concerned that if Marlins aren't on the list will that mean he gives no item reward for them? This is level 50 fishing btw.
Safe to hand over?
# Jun 17 2007 at 6:18 AM Rating: Decent
60 posts
He doesnt list the marlins for me either, but i got a chart on the 5th fish or so. So my bet is that it doesn't matter what fish he names to you.
# Jun 22 2006 at 8:43 AM Rating: Decent
31 posts
Let's see..

1/1 - Marlin - Haven't fought yet
# Sep 14 2006 at 5:27 AM Rating: Decent
Is is just luck or the moon pahse has something to do with rate of getting items from Zaldon.
so far 0/66 on Gugrusaurus and 0/41 on Lik. Almost out of things to sell to have enought to get them.
# Jul 10 2006 at 6:36 AM Rating: Decent
170 posts
1st Marlin - 150g
2nd Marlin - Brigand's Chart
3rd Marlin - 150g
4th Marlin - Pirate's Chart
# Jun 16 2006 at 12:09 AM Rating: Default
So just so people have an idea how rare finds are when you have your fish gutted I will post my results.

1/45 - Marlin - Pirate Chart (no drop)
1/31 - Marlin - Pirate Chart (lost)
1/15 - Marlin - Pirate Chart (no drop)
1/6 - Marlin - Pirate Chart (lost)
1/3 - Marlin - Pirate Chart (no drop)
1/43 - Marlin - Pirate Chart (no drop)
1/7 - Marlin - Pirate Chart (no drop)
1/11 - Marlin - Pirate Chart (no drop)
1/4 - Marlin - Pirate Chart (no drop)
1/21 - Marlin - Pirate Chart (no drop)
1/33 - Marlin - Pirate Chart (no drop)
1/30 - Marlin - Pirate Chart (no drop)

TOTAL ODDS MARLIN = 11/249 = 4.6% chance I hate this quest.

1/4 - Silver Shark - Trident

0/7 - Dark Bass

So this says, took me 45 to get my first chart, then 31 before my 2nd then 15 for my third, and only 6 for my fourth. Somehow this is getting better. Still no drop yet so still annoying.

EDIT: Updating numbers

Edited, Tue Jun 27 22:55:09 2006
# Dec 15 2007 at 8:34 PM Rating: Decent
No drop? what does that mean? if you win the pirate's chart bc, you always...always get an albatross ring, it's a 100% drop, unless you mean merc. kris....gl with that, you gonna need it
# May 01 2006 at 1:35 AM Rating: Decent
I had 29 fishing, Novice (already turned in my cap fish). Did all three pre-quests. Have max fame. Zoned out and back in. Zaldon still wouldn't give me the quest.

Went and skilled up to 30 fishing and then he gave me the quest.

Edited, Mon May 1 01:30:27 2006
# Apr 15 2006 at 11:01 AM Rating: Decent
I've done all prequisite quests, 28+ novice fisher, max fame (everywhere btw)..

He still won't let me gut fish!
# Feb 24 2006 at 2:59 AM Rating: Decent
1,197 posts
I just wanted to post that he listed off the fish I could bring him today after I hit lv 26 fishing (Initiate still, since I can't do the test til 28^^). I have hero fame in Selbina.

If you've done the three prerequisite quests and still aren't getting this at lv 28 fishing, I don't know what to tell you... check your fame?
RE: Requirements
# May 25 2006 at 7:59 AM Rating: Decent
1,197 posts
So I haven't fished in forever, and I come back to check the post with the list of what you get from which fish, and here's my post, and blammo, now it's bugging the crap outta me again. There's got to be some minor stupid thing we're missing for a requirement, because I JUST hit 28 fishing and haven't even made it to Windy to do the guild test yet.

Selbina quests I've done:
Under the Sea
Only the Best (who hasn't done this like a million times though lol)
The Gift
The Real Gift
The Rescue
Inside the Belly (yeah that's this one)
Elder Memories

And because lots of them make you go back and forth, Mhaura quests I've done:
Rycharde the Chef
Way of the Cook
Unending Chase
His Name Is Valgeir
The Clue
The Basics
The Sand Charm
Trial by Lightning (yeah totally not a prereq lol)

And finally, because the fishing guild's HQ'd there, quests I've done in Windy:
In a Pickle
A Pose by Any Other Name
Acting in Good Faith
Making Headlines
Glyph Hanger
Teacher's Pet
Reap What You Sow
The Postman Always K.O.'s Twice
Curses, Foiled Again!
Curses, Foiled...Again!?
Something Fish
To Catch a Falling Star
Truth, Justice, and the Onion Way!
Know One's Onions
Inspector's Gadget
Mihgo's Amigo
The Fanged One
Flower Child
The Tenshodo Showdown
As Thick as Thieves
Hitting the Marquisate
I Can Hear a Rainbow
A Discerning Eye (Windurst)

Last time I checked my fame was to do avatars, I quested until I could get Trial By Fire in Kazham, and that was it.

I'm from Bastok, when I flagged the quest I was running around as 43whm/blm, rank 5, hero fame in Bastok, hero fame in Selbina, hero fame in Mhaura, hero fame in Jeuno, at level 26 fishing.

Hope that helps...

EDIT: Apparently I am unable to type "foiled"

Edited, Thu May 25 07:51:45 2006
RE: Requirements
# Nov 30 2006 at 3:20 AM Rating: Decent
1,197 posts
And... I'm at 29 fishing now (I know, I know), and Zaldon's stopped asking me for fish. The quest moved from current to completed.

Glitch fixed? C'est la vie.
Which give what?
# Feb 01 2006 at 9:27 PM Rating: Excellent
Okay here's the drops I've gotten so far cuz no one else has put them up:
Dark Bass: 10g / Green Rock
Emperor Fish: 300g / Cuir Highboots
Giant Catfish: 50g / Earth Wand
Giant Chirai: 550g / Twinthread
Giant Donko: 96g / Broken Halcyon Rod
Jungle Catfish: 300g / Broken Hume Rod
Ogre Eel: 16g / Turquiose Ring
Ryugu Titan: 800g / Mercurial Sword
Silver Shark: 250g / Trident
Takitaro: 310g / Philosopher's Stone
Titanictus: 350g / Ancient Sword
Tricorn: 810g / Darksteel Ore
Zalmfug Bass: 15g / Blue Rock
Bhefhel Marlin: 350g / Pirate's Chart or Brigand's Chart
Sea Zombie: 350g / Drill Calamary
Cave Cherax: 800g / Dwarf Pugil
Lik: ??? / Opal silk or Saber Shoot
Gugrusaurus: ??? / Opal silk or Saber Shoot

Edited, Sat Feb 18 08:09:28 2006
RE: Which give what?
# Mar 29 2006 at 1:53 PM Rating: Decent
This is the epitome of what posts should be like here. Anyways for those who may not have noticed.

Opal Silk + Saber Shoot get you the Ebisu Rod in rabao. The charts he mentions are used for new fishing quests(kinda like BCNM fishing very wierd). -Ptr
RE: Which give what?
# Mar 07 2006 at 9:12 AM Rating: Decent
This is exactly the information I was looking for. Rate ++
# Oct 24 2005 at 12:47 AM Rating: Decent
43 posts
i have done all of the prereqeus for this quest and he wont give me the quest. i think that you do need 30+ skill and not just novice rank. (lvl 28 fishing and novice rank)
nav charts
# Oct 16 2005 at 8:16 PM Rating: Excellent
Alright... I have traded at least 200 Titanictus, 100 emperor fish, 400 silver sharks, 5 ryugu titans, and some zalfmug bass...

I have gotten 4 tridents, 2 ancient swords, 2 blue rocks, and a drill calamary... THAT IS IT!

so... these nav charts... I cant say nothing about... I wasted over 1mill on this so far...
nav charts
# May 19 2008 at 11:03 PM Rating: Decent
901 posts
Oh the ownage.
Watusa of Lakshmi

svlyons wrote:
Same sorta thing with Watusa. I saw him fishing on the ferry one time. It felt like a hollywood celebrity sighting.
RE: nav charts
# Dec 09 2005 at 11:26 AM Rating: Excellent
The Nav Charts are obtained by turning in Bhefhel Marlins. Hope that helps.
RE: nav charts
# Jan 30 2006 at 8:30 PM Rating: Decent
42 posts
A bit more info on Charts
# Oct 11 2005 at 3:57 AM Rating: Decent
280 posts
a bit more info from the official site...

New navigational charts have been added. Trading the chart to the “???” found at the point described by the item will begin an event. These charts can be obtained by completing the “Inside the Belly” quest. These events will be fishing-related, so don’t forget to bring a rod and some bait!

I will go investigate to night and see what I can find... Is this going to be interesting or...? Lets hope so.

EDIT: Zaldon doesn't give me any new info. I haven't done this quest very much, just got it the other day, and he still asks me for a Giant Catfish, Dark Bass and the other two I can't remember ;-; Hope to hear from some of you who might offer some better information.

Edited, Wed Oct 12 04:00:14 2005
New possibilities (navigational maps)
# Sep 13 2005 at 8:42 AM Rating: Good
Chart the Unknown!
From the PlayOnline website...

FINAL FANTASY XI Development Team (9/13/2005)

Navigational charts will be added in the October version update. Each chart displays the location of a secret point where adventurers will find a surprise awaiting! Charts may be obtained by completing the quest "Inside the Belly."

More information will be reported on this page at the time of the version update.

All the more reason now to get your fishing skill up to 20 and finish this quest...
RE: New possibilities (navigational maps)
# Sep 16 2005 at 12:06 PM Rating: Decent
I was told you need Lv.30 fish and 3 quests to get this 1 ><
RE: New possibilities (navigational maps)
# Sep 15 2005 at 1:43 PM Rating: Decent
799 posts
BTW, just to be precise, I believe it's "all the more reason now to get your fishing skill up to 28 and finish this quest..."

I certainly hope the charts are worth more than the lousy nerfed gil he now pays for the fish you bring him. Dark Bass used to bring in 205g, now it's barely 10g.

RE: New possibilities (navigational maps)
# Sep 14 2005 at 3:51 PM Rating: Decent
88 posts
hmmmm i wonder hat they meen by "surprises" but that s just freakin Evil ! u now HAVE to have fising skill to get those charts =/ i think i ll b going fishing for a while ...
Reduced Reward
# May 05 2005 at 3:05 PM Rating: Decent
Turned in some dark bass to Zaldon the other day. He used to give 130 gil per, but I only got 10 gil each last time >.<

Wouldn't be terribly surprised if some of the others were reduced, too :\
RE: Reduced Reward
# May 05 2005 at 5:27 PM Rating: Decent
Well, Dark bass now give 10 gil, Zamfgul bass give 15 gil, and Giant Catfish give 50 gil.

Too bad, huh? Seems now you can sell the fish to NPC's for gil or trade this guy for 1/2 the gil, .5 fame and a chance to get an item.

With the gil from turning in a bunch of catfish and the few wands I got and NPC'd, the average gil per fish was about 130g anyways. Sell wands on the AH to get better gil.

All in all, its worth it, at least until you get hero fame in sandy and bastok.

Edited, Sat May 7 18:10:52 2005
to be expanded!
# Apr 01 2005 at 4:58 AM Rating: Decent
545 posts
According to playonline.com, the number of different fish that Zaldon can gut will be increased during the update of April 2005(approx April 30th).

Apparantly SE has recognized the popularity of this quest, and decided to expand it. Be sure to try gutting lots of different fish after the April update!
Ryugu Titan
# Mar 31 2005 at 2:20 PM Rating: Decent
87 posts
Ryugu Titan gives a 1/200 chance of recieving Mercurial Sword
DMG 26 444 Delay WAR/PLD only and Occasionaly 2-3 hits (more like barely hits once D:<) only other way of recieving this GSD is from Vrrtra (have fun with that =D) hope this helps
RE: Ryugu Titan
# Jun 24 2005 at 12:07 PM Rating: Decent
58 posts
I've seen this sword in many occasion now, and i think it is more likely to hit 2-3 times rather than deal a single hit. the x3 attack isn't so rare also.

The only real problem with this sword is its damage that really sucks, sure you get TP faster, but it's not worth it cause a spinning slash will do crappy damage. You must also consider that with every hit you give TP to the monster so this is definitely not good for exp party.

Its only real use is in Skill Up party.
Great quest!
# Jun 21 2004 at 11:11 AM Rating: Excellent
This is an awesome quest-- I can see why it's rated 5!! I just handed in 84 Dark Bass, and got about 11k gil, 5 green rocks, and 1 level of Sandy/Bastok fame for my trouble. All told the quest earned me about 26k total on my server, not bad considering the sell-to-vendor price for the fish is <5k.

First a great link -- this is where I learned about the quest: Marissa's Zaldon page

You must complete four quests before getting Zaldon's quest, in this order:
Under the Sea
The Gift
The Sand Charm
The Real Gift

You must have level 28+ fishing, including taking the Novice (level 30) test.

At fishing skill 28+ you can turn in the following fish, recieve gil, fame, and occasionally (2-5% of the time) a prize:

Fish.................Zaldon (guild).........Prize
Giant Catfish.......130g (225g)..........Earth Wand
Dark Bass...........130g (50g)............Green Rock
Ogre Eel.............130g (73g or AH)..Turquoise Ring
Zafmlug Bass......200g (87g)............Blue Rock

Sometimes the fish is worth more at the guild (price in parenthesis above) than the gil + prizes Zaldon gives. In the level 28 list, you'll get a better return for both bass species by handing em to Zaldon. Not true for the catfish/eels, unless you really want the item.

I'll add the higher rank fishes as I experience them first hand.

This quest is definitely for the patient, which you probably are if you got to 28+ fishing. You have to hand in the fish one at a time, press enter for the first prompt, wait for a little fade-out cutscene, then enter again. It's slow.

I used a hotkey to make this bearable. Stand in front of Zaldon, press hotkey, enter, wait a few seconds, press enter again. Rinse/repeat. Here it is:

/item "Dark Bass"

Substitute the name of the fish you are handing in.

Edited, Mon Jun 21 16:16:03 2004
RE: Great quest!
# Oct 31 2004 at 11:30 AM Rating: Decent
18 posts
Just want to add that I was able to turn in fish as a novice fisherman after completeing the three Oswald quests.
# Apr 11 2004 at 6:40 PM Rating: Excellent
Some extra info :
He will gut ogre eels, zafmlug bass, giant catfish and dark bass for you when you first start at r4. He will pay you 130 for each ogre eel, dark bass and giant catfish; and 200 for each zafmlug bass. The ogre eels give turquoise rings, dark bass give green rocks. Giant catfish give earth wands, zafmlug bass give blue rocks, silver sharks give tridents, emperor fish gives cuir highboots, titanicus gives ancient swords and ryugu titan gives ?.
RE: Rewards
# Mar 31 2005 at 2:11 PM Rating: Decent
87 posts
Ryugu Titan gives you a 1/200 chance (estimate heh) chance of recieving Mercurial Sword 26 DMG 444 Delay and Occasionally hits 2-3 times (more like "low chance of hitting once" D:<) Lv 61-62 (forgot) PLD/WAR jobs only
RE: Rewards
# Mar 31 2005 at 2:09 PM Rating: Decent
87 posts
sorry triple post

Edited, Tue Apr 26 23:29:54 2005
RE: Rewards
# Nov 02 2005 at 8:55 PM Rating: Decent
sounds 2 me oswalds just a greedy *** and doesnt wanna give u a 3 mil sword >.>
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