The Pirates' Cove  

Submitted by:Chtulhu the Quick
Start Area: Metalworks
Start NPC:Any Gate Guard
Prerequisites:Return of the Talekeeper
Related Areas:Ifrit's Cauldron
Related Mobs:Magma
Salamander (H - 7)
Mission:6 - 2
Min Level:1
Max Level:75
Grants Gil:40000
Reward:Rank 7
(Average from 11 ratings)
Items Required:Adaman Ore
Frag Rock
This Mission is Not Skippable
Previous Mission: Return of the Talekeeper
Next Mission: The Final Image
Last Updated: Sun Nov 2 17:25:28 2008

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You are being sent to Norg as an emissary of Bastok. Meet Sir Naji in front of the President's Office for a full briefing.


For starters, from somewhere you will need to get an Adaman Ore. You only need one Adaman Ore for every 6 people.

Start by picking up the quest from any guard. You will be directed to Naji, the guard outside the President's Office, where you will be treated to a cut scene.

You will be sent to talk to Gilgamesh in Norg. If you have not entered Norg since defeating the Shadow Lord, you will be treated to a long cut scene, as well as another one when you talk to Gilgamesh. Make sure you talk to him until he tells you to retrieve a Frag Rock from Ifrit's Cauldron.

Take a chocobo to Yhoator Jungle, and take the I-5 entrance to Ifrit's Cauldron. The ??? is near to the entrance, but you still need to be careful. Bees do not agro, but bats and volcanic gasses both will. They both con DC at 63 generally, but the gasses can explode, doing over 1200 points of damage to everyone standing around. So have Barfira and Stoneskin up if these things agro, and have Stun ready. But generally try to avoid them.

From the entrance, head left at the first junction, then take the next right. At H-7, there will be a lava flow with a ??? in the middle of it. To trigger the NM, you'll need to trade an adaman ore to it. If there are any other mobs floating around (there weren't when we were there), you'll want to take care of them first. There is a volcanic gas on the other side of an impassable rock ridge, but it never linked while we were there.

There are actually two NM's: Magma (a bomb) and Salamander (a lizard). The bomb drops the Frag Rock whereas the Salamander does not. If you can figure out a way to kill the bomb without the lizard, that would be fine. As with all bombs, make sure you have Stoneskin and Barfira up and people ready with Stun. We killed it 4 times without having it explode once, so it's certainly doable. The Salamander will cast a Fireball, but it doesn't do huge amounts of damage.

Once the Magma is dead, it will drop 6 frag rocks. Each of these is Rare/Ex. Someone without a Frag Rock will have to trade the Adaman Ore, so if you are doing it multiple times, you may need to trade the 2nd or 3rd ore around some.

Once you've got your Frag Rock, return to Norg and trade your Frag Rock to Gilgamesh for a cut scene. Then return to Bastok and talk to Naji for a cut scene, Rank 7 and 40,000 gil.


To read the transcripts for this mission, see the The Pirates' Cove Spoilers page.

Mission Series

This mission is part of the Republic of Bastok Mission series. The entire mission series includes:

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Successfully Solo'd
# May 11 2010 at 8:06 PM Rating: Good
71 posts
I was able to solo both the Magma and Salamander as a 75PUP/WAR with the WHM Automaton, had to Role Reversal twice, and Deactivate/Activate once
BLM solo
# Oct 20 2009 at 11:43 AM Rating: Good
344 posts
I tried soloing this as BLM/RDM and failed. The major problem is it is immune to sleep (I was using Pluto and 310+ in dark skill and couldn't sleep it). Also, the attack speed is ridiculous even with shock spikes to keep it stunned; it was already getting 2 or 3 hits at me before it showed up on screen to target. Even with gravity, I can't imagine it's possible for a BLM to avoid its physical attacks enough. Definitely recommend having atleast 1 DD.
# Dec 24 2008 at 11:32 AM Rating: Decent
Just duo'ed this with a friend. He was 75RDM/37NIN, I was 75DRG/37SAM. He popped them and I immediately claimed the lizard while he kited the bomb and used DoT moves to get him down. Just atching what I was doing to avoid being pertifed by the lizard I easily got him down. My friend brought the bomb back to me and aparantly he's not to damaged by DoT my friend used every DoT he could and the thing was maybe 1% lower than full. I DD'ed him while friend just sat back and healed. We had him down in maybe 2-3 minutes. This is a very easy mission.
soloed it
# Nov 13 2008 at 7:41 PM Rating: Decent
At lv 68-70 cant remember exact lv i soloed this thing traded the Required: Adaman Ore spawned the 2 nm the lizard and bomb and agroed the two of them so i ran for the zone when i rezoned back in the 2 nm were walking slowly back up so i followed them and just before they got back to there spawn point i charmed a bee and sent it against the bomb and pull it back this time i had only the bomb then it was only a matter of charming bees and bats send and run back killed it np i got the 6 frag rocks took one left the rest so if your on lakshmi and you need this let me know i will solo it for you im now 73bst
# Aug 18 2007 at 6:25 PM Rating: Decent
just got finished doing both 6-1 and this today, did them both in about 2 hours.
me (75pld/37war) and Niverine (friend) (74drk/37thf) just duoed this the Sphynxs and the bomb. Both were wayyyy easy with just us 2. I healed us both during the fights he just kept SA Spiral helling as much as he could. i threw in a swiftblade here and there to make darkness. Sneak Pull works like a charm i pulled the bomb without pulling the salamander AT ALL. total fight took about 5 or so minutes. Didn't use self destruct either. Hope some of that helped.
beastmaster solo
# Aug 09 2007 at 11:36 AM Rating: Decent
383 posts
Did this last night as a 75 BST/WHM. Only used two courier carries and none of the surrounding pets. The last CC had about 10% HP left. On the first pet I used reward once. I didn't engage, but just sat back and watched.

As others have mentioned, i've sure it's just as easy as low as level 69 using the surrounding bees and bats.
MNK/NIN solo
# Jun 17 2007 at 2:06 AM Rating: Decent
20 posts
I soloed this quest a few days ago as a lvl 75 MNK/NIN. This was an incredibly easy fight. I used the sneak pull trick to get the bomb alone and used Hundred Fists (I wanted to kill it quickly to try and avoid the self destruct) spamming Asuran Fists everytime i hit 100% tp. I didn't have time to hit the third asuran fists since the bomb dropped after about 45 seconds.
Easy as BST69!
# Jun 02 2007 at 3:42 PM Rating: Decent
1,978 posts
Soloed as BST69/WHM34, Sneak on, while trading, Stoneskin, Blink, Barfira and reraise. Pop Courier Carrie, rest up mp, and get that Call Beast Timer down. Now, trade the Adaman Ore. Run away as fast as you can, immediately. If you do it quick enough the Magma wont hit you until you are far and the Salamander will never join the fight. I guess my Salamander stayed there and depopped, but I never went back to check. When you are out of the Salamander's area, send CC at the Magma and get away, to rest back mp and heal yourself.

Keep sending pet after pet at the Magma and it will die, eventually. use Bees and Bats and another CC, if needed. Took me 5 pets.

In the end, it's a pretty easy fight.
bst solo
# May 09 2007 at 10:43 PM Rating: Decent
73 posts
Just soloed this as 68 Bst/Rdm (also soloed 6-1 two weeks ago when 67)

I first killed the volcano gas on spot. And then called up CC, casted blink, stonskin, and rested up. Sneak poped magama and RAN, by the time I got first hit, I was out of lizard's aggro range. There were 3 bees on the way out and they are sufficient to finish magama. Stoneskin and blink help alot when pet swip.

It is easier to solo than 6-1 for a bst, since those bees are at lvl close to magama. Magama does seif-distruct tho, in my case, it blows itself at around 10%.

Edited, May 11th 2007 10:23am by Monkeybitme
It takes two to tango.
# Mar 30 2007 at 10:05 PM Rating: Decent
438 posts
75 Rdm/blm, 75 Blm/rdm, sneak popped the nms, and grav/bind nuked the bomb to death.

Easy as pie.

Edited, Mar 31st 2007 2:05am by Kelbar
# Jan 02 2007 at 12:46 PM Rating: Good
236 posts
12 people whose average level is at least 60 is recommended for this quest.

What game are you playing? Jesus Christ, can you say overkill?

And self destruct isn't 1000 needles, your going to take a lot more damage than 1200 from a bomb in Ifrits.

Who writes this crap?
Done easily with 4
# Dec 23 2006 at 4:48 PM Rating: Decent
435 posts
I was a little nervous to try this with only four people, but after soundly beating the NMs for San d'Oria 6-2, I figured this couldn't possibly be that bad. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that I had to sub NIN so my Sneak wouldn't fall when I popped the NMs. The party setup was like this:

75BLM/21NIN (yeah...gimped...that's me)

Sneak-pop worked extremely well, and the SAM proceeded to tank using a combination of Seigan/Third Eye, barely taking any hits. When he did take hits, he was taking pretty hefty damage (about 120-130) but he was able to hold hate just through sheer damage and the occasional Provoke.

The other BLM and I did a little bit of light nuking, but nothing impressive. At the end of the fight, we weren't really hurting...still had about 50% MP and the SAM only dropped into yellow HP once. All in all, very easy, and I get to see a shiny new "7" by my name now.

Things to note:

-You don't need a "real" tank for this. I'm of the opinion that any 75 DD could tank this thing easily. A 75RDM/NIN could probably solo it and make it look bad in the process.

-Although the bomb never tried to Self-Destruct, we did try to Stun it. Even at 75BLM with capped Dark Magic, the bomb resisted the spell. It's very hard to Stun, if it's even possible at all.

-Our BLM/RDM was able to Dispel the bomb's Berserk effect, but it was almost better to leave it on, since our SAM hit for nearly twice as much. Of course, the bomb hit for about 200, so it's a double-edged sword.

bastok 6-2
# Dec 06 2006 at 1:41 PM Rating: Decent
did this with 4x 69-75 it was a joke. sneak pull the bomb, it died np.
Another dicey fight
# Dec 02 2006 at 8:47 PM Rating: Default
Not sure if anyone is following my posts, but i'm soloing these missions as a 75 pld with no nin sub. I loaded up just like i did for my Maat fight (carbonara, 6 hi-potions, yag drink, au-lait). Extremely dicey fight. I sneak pop and proceed to fight the bomb. I end the fight with 0 mp and 50 hp. Hands still shaking as i type this.
# Sep 25 2006 at 2:27 PM Rating: Decent
261 posts
TOO EASY! Solod as a lvl 72 smn. carby kited the bomb easily, used flaming crush twice cuz i was starting to get impatient. I dcd right as i finished tho and couldnt get the items for some stupid f'n reason, so i gotta do it again. ;_;
# Aug 08 2006 at 12:25 PM Rating: Decent
109 posts
Just as a little note, this guy is a bomb, and it DOES self-destruct, dispite a 6 time run with no occurence.
My Buddy Choompo and I Duo'd this last night as RDM/BLM & SMN/WHM.
Had Ifrit tank. Had to recast Ifrit 3 times I think before the bomb blew him self up, I think the mob was at about 10% health b4 he exploded.

Glad I was far enough away! Rank 7 yay!
Pandemonium - RDM/BLM 75/37
Frostbite THF/NIN 75/37
PLD 52, WHM 37
RNG 28, WAR 37
Bastok Rank 10
RDM Maat (1/3)
RDM AF: 1(√) 2(√) 3(√) 4(√) 5(√) 6(√)
THF AF: 1(√) 2(√) 3(√) 4(√) 5(√) 6(√)
Goldsmithing 51
Ose(1/3), Lizzy(1/3), Golden Bat(5/6)
White Coney(1/2), Ge'Dha Evileye(1/4)
Geyser Lizard(3/7), Stray Mary(0/2)
Mysticmaker Profblix(1/3)

# Jul 09 2006 at 3:51 PM Rating: Good
1,713 posts
Duo'd this with BRD/NIN (me) and my wife, Chalumeau, WHM/SMN. Sneak popped and pulled the bomb to the other side of the pool of lava. This is a painfully easy fight. He went down very quickly and the lizard must've despawned. He never set up for Self-Destruct once though he Berserked over and over making him even easier to take down.
# Jul 03 2006 at 11:14 PM Rating: Default

Done this, easily... so easily.


RDM/NIN soloed the lizard while we beat up the bomb in less than a minute. Then we beat up the lizard. Over. We built TP on wasps first, though.
Doing things the easy way, w/o a bunch of 75's ^-^
# May 15 2006 at 2:02 PM Rating: Decent
Just confirming the easy way to do this.
Went with some friends from my LS

62PLD, 62MNK, 67RNG, 70SMN, 67WHM, 59BLM

We camped in the hall that leads to the lava flow where the ??? is.

RNG was /NIN. We all had Sneak up, RNG had Utsusemi up, then traded the Adaman. Both the bomb and lizard spawned, The lizard ignored the RNG, who ran back to us, and we killed the bomb.
# May 14 2006 at 6:13 PM Rating: Decent
I went 75RDM/DRK solo, had no problem!

Had to convert for MP.

When Stoneskin down I got hit for 110 damage, but my enhanced ice spikes took care of the good enough.

Not a full Rank bar
# Apr 18 2006 at 4:15 PM Rating: Decent
352 posts
Gained access to this mission when my Rank points bar was about 3/4 to 4/5 full.
Solo'd with bst
# Apr 05 2006 at 10:31 AM Rating: Decent
68 posts
Did this mission last nite. Bought the ore and went to the spot. I used my 67bst/nin, silent oil, and a reraise gorget. put up utsei, called CC, sneak, and traded. The lizard didnt aggro and i set my pet to fight bomb. after 3 bees i got the drop & 42 xp. Any bst that want to solo this, it is pretty simple. Be sure you sub nin b/c i dont trust blink and if you get hit you lose sneak. after CC died, the bees were plenty to tank the bomb, let them do their job and sit back and watch.
Warning: if there are other ppl in that area please warn them that you are going to pop the nm's and they should move.I didnt think the lizard would aggro anyone since i popped them, but sadly i was wrong. There was a thf (Tinuvuel sp?) that was afk and when i popped the nms the lizard aggro'd him. Tin, sorry bout that.

Anyhow, good luck.
Romy @ Seraph
Mission 6-2: Pirate's Cove
# Apr 04 2006 at 9:41 AM Rating: Good
After shouting for days for this, and being a level 72 SMN, I figured I could solo this bomb only if the Lizzard does not aggro. So to Ifrit's Cauldron I went. Got there and buffed up with the following : Garuda(Blink), then kneeled to get MP to 100%; Titan(Stoneskin),then kneeled to get MP to 100%.

Then I summoned Ifrit (since bombs are weak to fire) and traded my Adaman Ore to the "???".

Popped the mobs and sure enough, bomb agros right away but since shadow took the hit, my sneak did not drop and the lizzard did not come down off the cliff...and i ran out of Lizzard range and ordered avatar to retreat just around to the mouth of the entrance of the flame spout.

THen, i used BP Flaming Crush and bombs life drops one third and I run....when avatar died, I summoned Ifrit again and he immediately heads back to bomb and I do second BP Flaming Crush (does over 2031 damage). Did the same again and killed bomb on third Flaming Crush BP and got Frag Rock.

It never touched me for damage a single time.

Good Luck SMNs on this if you solo it. And if your on Ifrit Server and need this mission and cannot get help, send me a tell and I will solo it for you free of charge. Total time the fight took: less than 3 minutes.

Power of the bst
# Mar 22 2006 at 7:41 PM Rating: Decent
No one wanted to go fight this mission and i was antsy so i figured what the hell its only 110k for an ore -.- Got to ??? went to put up Utesemi and was /blm -.- So i said what the hell and tried it anyway. Called CC, 2 houred, used oil and popped NM;s. Got extremely lucky bomb missed me the first attack and got out of aggro range from Salamander. CC got down to 25% or so and a wasp and a bat mopped the rest of the bomb up. GO BST! /welcome Rank 7
# Dec 17 2005 at 9:02 AM Rating: Decent
75 RNG
75 BLM
75 BRD

Fight lasted about 45 seconds, I got hit perhaps twice the entire fight. Sneak pull worked very well, Slug Shot landed for about 1700.
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