The Jester Who'd Be King  

Start Area: Windurst Walls
Start NPC:Any Gate Guard
Related Areas:Davoi
Inner Horutoto Ruins
Outer Horutoto Ruins
Windurst Waters
Related Mobs:Apururu (H - 9)
Queen of Coins
Queen of Swords
Rukususu (F - 6)
Tosuka-Porika (G - 8)
Mission:8 - 2
Min Level:65
Max Level:75
Grants Gil:80000
Reward:Rank 9
(Average from 5 ratings)
Items Required:Aurastery Ring
Glove of Perpetual Twilight
Manustery Ring
Optistery Ring
Rhinostery Ring
Items Granted:Orastery Ring
This Mission is Not Skippable
Previous Mission: Vain
Next Mission: Doll of the Dead
Last Updated: Mon Jun 4 23:50:25 2012

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Mission Orders

The time for the Dark Dungeon jailbreak is at hand! At the request of the Manustery, you are to collect the ministry rings from all the five ministers.


The preparation can be done solo. Get the mission from a gate guard and trot over to the Manustery to speak with Apururu. She explains that her brother is locked in the Dark Dungeon and only you can save him. You must collect the five minister rings to open the dungeon door. These rings are mostly from past missions - you have to go speak with the Minister NPCs to collect them. Collect four rings from:

Once the four rings have been collected, speak with Apururu again. She will then send you to Kupipi (receptionist in Heavens Tower). She will tell you that to collect the last ring, you must go to the Amaryllis Tower of the Outer Horutoto Ruins.

A party of at least 14 adventurers of level 65 or higher is recommended for the fight. Go to the West Sarutabaruta tower at (F-4). Once inside, go through the Cracked Wall at (I-6), then to the Cracked Wall at (G-7). Med to full and buff up before examining the wall as doing so will trigger the fight.

You'll be fighting two level 72 Cardian NMs:

Once the mobs are dead, examine the Cracked Wall for a cutscene, then return to Windurst and talk to Apururu again. She will direct you to Shantotto. After another cutscene, Shantotto will give you the key item: Glove of Perpetual Twilight and direct you back to Apururu.

During this next cutscene with Apururu, she'll ask you to meet her at the Dark Dungeon. Head to the Inner Horutoto Ruins entrance at (J-7) in East Sarutabaruta. Go past the Three Mage Gate and at (I-7), you will find the Gate of Darkness. Examine it for a cutscene.

Return to Apururu in Windurst for a final cutscene, Rank 9, and 80,000 gil. If you'd like to see more of the storyline, speak to Shantotto.

To read the spoilers for this mission, please refer to the The Jester Who'd Be King Spoilers page.

Mission Series

This mission is part of the Windurst rank series. The complete mission series includes:

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I just did this solo
# Jan 22 2009 at 6:29 AM Rating: Decent
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I just did this 5 mins ago. Pld/dnc I built up 300 tp ate some carbonara and Sneak popped I fought the queen of swords. The other queen despawned. Longish fight but fun.
solo'd as sam/war
# Jul 06 2008 at 7:13 AM Rating: Good
444 posts
Sam75, with my lvl 68 Soothing Healer NPC to help keep me alive.

Gear used listed in the sig.

I was skeptical of my chances at first, with most all of my friends/LS mates telling me I would need to go /nin but decided to give it a whirl. One of the rare advantages of Third Eye over Utsusemi is attacks like Bludgeon (or Goblin Rush, but that's neither here nor there) that are absorbed by a single "anticipation" rather than eating multiple shadows... unfortunately, it did nothing to avoid Deal Out which would hit for a consistent ~150-200 damage.

The fight was remarkably simple, and relatively easy. I didn't do anything fancy with preparations (Meditate/melee ghouls to 300tp, buff, let my NPC buddy recover her MP, and popped a silent oil), clicked the wall, and pulled with /ra. The PLD card has a ton of HP (around 7,000) and it's already high def buffed with Protect IV made the fight a bit longer than it needed to be. The Queen of Swords used her two-hour at about 70% and so to counter I threw Defender on, disengaged, disbanded my npc buddy and resummoned from a tactics pearl (for a fresh MP pool) and I finished up the fight at 1144/1429 HP never dipping below 1000HP. Tachi: Yukikaze and Kasha were huge benefits during this fight as the paralyze from Kasha proc'd fairly often. As others have noted, the NMs can't be slienced so I only used Tachi: Gekko for SCing.

The RDM despawned during the fight which was over 3:12 after the initial engagement. Very fun fight, all in all.
# Jun 16 2007 at 4:18 PM Rating: Decent
2,258 posts
I Duo'd this on SMN, I tried to solo it, but the PLD kept spamming Cure IV around 30%, so I could never get the final blow.
# Jun 14 2007 at 10:21 PM Rating: Decent
Just soloed this as a 75Nin/37Whm, fairly easy fight, put silence up pop'd the two cards and pulled the Rdm card with ranged attack, the pld despawned while i was fighting the rdm, paralyze took care of chainspell, and slowly took it down.
I'm sure anyone can do the same............
Easy Prey
# Apr 17 2007 at 11:39 AM Rating: Good
35 posts
I just solo'd this as 75RDM/NIN but anyone can do it at even lower level if they wanted to.

All you need to do is fully buff and med your MP back then sneak yourself and pop the NMs.

Next you have some way of pulling the PLD cardian non-magically like a bow or a dart and do so.

The next step is to Bio2 + Poison2 it as you run towards the zone, reapply shadows whenever it is casting a spell which will only be Banish2 or Flash. Once you get close to zone cast Gravity and then proceed to zone. Heal yourself quickly on zone and reapply shadows/Refresh etc. and re-enter. Recast your Bio2 and perhaps cast a nuke then zone again. Repeat this process again but instead cast Poison2 and perhaps Gravity again if you notice that it has run a ways down the stairs and lure it back up to zone and zone.

Keep repeating this process and eventually it's HPs will drop to around 20% when it starts to spam Cure4 whenever you aggro it. At this point, hopefully your Convert is ready if not keep repeating the process until it is ready.

Once Convert is ready use it, heal up full and prepare to Chainspell your best nuke for the kill.

That's it! Run back to the Cracked Wall and get your CS.

Edited, Apr 17th 2007 3:43pm by alletaru
# Mar 12 2007 at 8:49 AM Rating: Decent
Trio'd as 72RDM/36NIN (me), 75WHM/15?NIN, and 60THF/30NIN. Fight went very well. I used a tav. taco for food and tanked the Queen of Swords. After we defeated her the RDM NM had depopped. The PLD NM has pretty high defense. Evisceration didn't do well on her. Best RDM choice for this NM is to use the Martial Anelace and Spirit's Within.
{Too Weak}
# Mar 11 2007 at 3:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Duo'd this with 75whm/37smn(me) and 75sam/37nin, was not hard at all. Sam cleared out all bones in the area while I medded from casting buffs. Carby pulled the Queen of Cups(rdm) as far south in that pathway, then killed like any normal mob. Silence was not sticking, but I dont have capped enfeeb anyways. Chainspell was completely useless because the Queen was paralyzed. Ended with 160/801 mp, didnt med through the whole fight, and used stoneskin+martyr. By the time we finished, other cardian had depopped, so we got the scene easially.
he he he
# Feb 01 2007 at 4:00 PM Rating: Decent
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okay did this fight two times...as the smn did not have all her footwork done so the set up was NIN (me) rdm thf whm first fight....I suggest thf pull with rng on pld and no link....well she is too close and the rdm agros her so we fight both at once.....no big deal though the RDM kites the RDM Queen around while I tank the PLD he does invincible and had no problem as posted bringing him down at 20% as others have posted....he did cure but those cure III's and Cure IV mean little when u get the tar beat out of you....soooo finally the SMN gets her footwork done...and the WHM is gone and a BLU is coming so its SMN NIN RDM THF BLU well the SMN gets their and she pops the NM while only me and RDM are near here so she gets a beat down but does not die RDM takes RDM queen away and i voke the pld off her....with 150 HP left...so both fights went pretty smooth....deal out and bludgeon the only scares which can take down shawdows.....got 27ish exp on each fight....so I would say these would not be 72 lv NM's but more like 65-70ish as far as EXP is concerned and from what I read waaaaaaaaay too much footwork involved....glad im not a windurstian he he he he good luck to all....bring a tank and RDM and this fight is an easy duo at 75 even if things go wrong lol....

# Nov 30 2006 at 11:12 PM Rating: Decent
im going to try this mission with a 75 rdm/nin-a 75brd/37whm- a 75ng/nin- and MAYBE a 75 blm/wm. Think it can be done? Thanks!!!!
# Sep 23 2006 at 12:25 PM Rating: Default
Solable as 75THF/NIN
# Sep 27 2006 at 1:42 PM Rating: Decent
so they're susceptable to sleep bolts id assume.

sneak pop, pull w/ ranged
sleep bolt, sneak attack, repeat.

Yeah, pretty easy
# Jun 23 2006 at 9:42 PM Rating: Good
597 posts
The 14 65+ recommended gave me the wrong impression.

Just trioed it 75SAM/NIN(me), 72 WHM/BLM and 68RDM/BLM. It was cake, keeping shadows up wasn't a problem and I only went through 15 shihei. WHM hardly used any MP. RDM chainspelled it towards the end to speed things up but we'd have won anyway. We all meleed.

It took 10613(healed 2021) damage btw.

Edited, Fri Jun 23 21:39:20 2006
but see... that's what I'm talking about! Now Venture will send Sampson after the rest of us and he'll go totally sickhouse on our ********

...and I like my ***** gentlemen.
Yeah, pretty easy
# Aug 16 2006 at 2:24 PM Rating: Decent
208 posts
Just thought I would save ppl the trouble of backtracking in case the same thing that happened to us happenes to others. After obtaining all of the key items and speaking to all of the NPCs mentioned in the guide, we arrived at the second cracked door and could not pop the NMs. We consulted several sources online with no mention of this happening, so we retraced our steps and reviewed our chat logs...just in case we had somehow missed something. We had done everything correctly, and had gone to the correct location.

We waited until the game day changed and went back and they popped no problem. We knew another group had been doing Windy missions the same day, nd we assume that perhaps they had recently killed the NMS and there is X amount of cooldown time and we just happened to arrive within that cooldown window.

Mission completed: 75 MNK and 75 RDM, both subbed /nin
# Jan 02 2006 at 1:03 AM Rating: Excellent
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Solo'd this tonight as RDM75/NIN37.

It was pretty easy, actually, just took a while.

You can pop the NMs with Sneak up, then if you run out of their aggro range, you can use any non-magical ranged attack to just pull the PLD (Queen of Swords) and the RDM *will not* link.

The PLD NM is fairly easy to bring down. It has really high defense, can't be Silenced, but is otherwise susceptible to enfeebling magic. The one minor irritation is that when it gets below 20% HP it uses well over half its spells to cast Cure IV on itself, and it doesn't seem that you can easily interrupt its casting via melee damage.

The only 2 WSs it uses on you are Bludgeon and Deal Out. Both seem to be damage-only single target WSs that strip multiple shadows. Deal Out takes 2, Bludgeon takes 3.

A little patience and you'll wear it down in time. As a note, Garuda's Dagger didn't proc, so I used Martial Anelace + Joyeuse for most of the fight to get stronger WSs.

Sticking Bio II is also handy to keep nice steady DoT on the NM, since you can't sleep it anyway.
RE: Soloable
# Mar 07 2006 at 7:13 PM Rating: Decent
915 posts
I guess I'm not as uber as you xD

I tried twice, and had to (|Run away!|) both times. It seemed that when it got to about 20% that not only did it start curing itself (which it always seemed to do when I was recasting Stoneskin or Refresh, so I couldn't try to stun it wtih Flat Blade), but it also interrupted my spells more and used more TP moves. Maybe I just got unlucky.

I was using Guespiere (which didn't proc, either)+ Joyeuse. Took about 15-20 minutes to get him down to 20%.

My first attempt, I tried using Dia II (for lower defense). The result was nominal, though, and I opted for Bio II the second time (she sure hits hard for a PLD...). I casted Poison II for a while, but it really wasn't worth it (better use of time/MP elsewhere). Melee damage is plenty DoT anyway.

I think I'll try again. Third time's a charm!
RE: Soloable
# Sep 24 2006 at 4:19 PM Rating: Decent
This can be done solo as Rdm/Nin.
Sneak pop and pull the queen of swords(pld).
Straight up fight it, if you're worried you might die, bind/gravity to the zone so you have an escape route.
Once its at 20% life it will start casting cure4 like mad.
You won't be able to defeat it unless you have a great dd setup.
I didn't have a joyeuse, so I meleed it best I could.
The trick is, once it has around 5-10% life left, gravity, bind, convert, chainspell, bliz/thunder3 to finish it off.

Bind helps alot if he gets through your shadows/stoneskin. Pace yourself, pretty easy win, just takes patience and concentration.

RE: Soloable
# Feb 01 2006 at 4:47 AM Rating: Decent
1,074 posts
Pretty easy to solo the PLD as BLM/RDM too, did it for a friend. I just DoT and Bind and nuke and aspir, seemed to have about 6000HP. Very easy kill.
no big deal
# Dec 30 2005 at 4:25 AM Rating: Decent
79 posts
RDM/NIN 74 (me)

We sneak/pulled the PLD with pet, and killed him just with melee, i water 3 him at the end after a convert for the final blow

RE: no big deal
# Jan 19 2006 at 7:23 PM Rating: Decent
57 posts
We did the same thing, but pulled with Carbuncle. Duo'd by NIN67/WAR and WHM75/SMN.
Regarding the walkthrough...
# Nov 29 2005 at 9:46 PM Rating: Good
328 posts
Go first to Apururu for a cutscene. He will direct you to Shantoto...

Apururu is female, of course :)
# Nov 05 2005 at 8:59 AM Rating: Decent
I just did this with


We buffed up, whm sneaks and pulls the rdm cardian with carby. After a couple of minutes the PLD despawns. Thf tanked with ease and blm dropped to yellow once. We check door after fight and we win w/o having to fight the pld =/
RE: wow
# Dec 04 2005 at 8:14 PM Rating: Decent
I did this last night easily with 4 people. Set-up: all 73-75 nin/war, sam/war, brd/whm,<me> whm/blm. We popped the cards and the sam got hate and kited the rdm card running in a big circle around the whole area while we killed the pld. I just hit the sam with a cure or erase when he ran by if he needed it. Once the pld was done we worked on the rdm. It took some time by it went well. Plus we moved back to the hallway to fight away from the ghouls cuz they will aggro if you rest without sneak...and it was just annoying.
sleep bolts
# Oct 16 2005 at 1:25 AM Rating: Good
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just to let you know, sleep bolt proc rate was 0% on the queen of swords at 75 rng. Popped with sneak on, pulled with normal ranged attack. Only the one i shot at came at me. Got 12 shots off before my E rated evasion got the best of me and it started pounding me. So dont think you can sleep bolt this one to death.
Too easy of a fight
# Oct 07 2005 at 1:40 PM Rating: Decent
Just did this last night with a 75PLD (me), 74 RNG, 71 RDM, 70 BLM, and 70 SMN. I tanked the RDM mob while the SMN, RDM, BLM and RNG beat the hell out of the PLD. Wasn't too hard until the RDM mob used Chainspell and barraged me with spells, nearly killing me. After her defeat, I tanked the PLD with ease. No deaths occured. GL to whoever wins.
Defied the odds? I think so...
# Sep 27 2005 at 1:32 AM Rating: Good
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Just did this with what seemed like a very shorthanded setup at first:

70RDM/BLM (me)

Initial plan: We knew taking on both of the Queens at once was suicide, so we tried to do the same Sneak-pull method we had used for the Jacks in one of those previous missions. It still worked like a charm, yay ^^ Ended up pulling the Queen of Swords (PLD) and left Coins all alone to despawn. We fought this one because we weren't sure how devastating Coins's Chainspell would be; but we knew Invincible was no big deal.

Bear in mind that if you use this despawn trick for this mission, or any other mission with multiple NM pops, the NM(s) you leave behind MUST be allowed to despawn first before you kill your pulled NM. Otherwise, the game will think you gave up on the fight and you will not get credit.

Each of us played a vital role in the fight and all 3 of us were "useful", which I think is awesome, when you compare it to the kinds of missions where you bring in a big alliance of level 75s and just dominate the thing... made it a lot more fun doing it this way. I did the typical sit back and Refresh/Dispel/enfeeble/heal routine, PLD tanked with Earth Staff (Spirit Taker will not always be effective on this guy, but the 20% damage reduction helped a ton), and RNG was the primary DD, and probably did around 95% of the damage by throwing random Slug Shots.

Nearing the end of the fight, Queen tried to do Cure 4 a couple of times, but I think each time Paralyze managed to stop it, luckily for us. Ended up taking it pretty much down to the wire (MP was nearly dry and all were in orange HP) but managed to get the win. Only 2HR used was Invincible, and I don't think that was even necessary. Ended up getting somewhere around 70-80 EXP as a little bonus (unfortunately, I was still rank 5 and not flagged to do this mission, I was just there for support XD).

Anyway, long story short, this mission becomes a lot simpler to do if you fight only one; at that point even the simplest of setups and smallest of teams stands a good chance of winning. Have fun ^^
# Sep 23 2005 at 10:16 AM Rating: Decent
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just my lil story, i helped a vewy good friend for the 2 card nm so i went first with him to try to duo it.

My buddy was thf64/smn for carby pull the pld, i was nin75/war and the fight begin pretty well until the pld cast protect4 on him (damn pld high def :X) and spam his attack that remove 3 shadow at once :X i told my buddy to flee and i will Mijin Gakure but the pld finished me and i die.

I was pretty angry and decide to give it a second try, i hate lost lol so i came back as nin75/rdm37, i buy a rollanberry pie for food and 5 yagudo drink (i do same when i solo prime avatar)and go again for it, the fight was really lot time easyer, i was able to heal myuself keep stoneskin up in case my shadow was down and after like 15 min fightin we owned the NM ^.^

So a nin75/rdm37 can solo it, just need to be prepared dispel his protect4, all my debuf always stick (Kuryami Hojo jubaku) on it and keep stoneskin up at all time and this fight is really easy ^.^ sneak yourself pop the nm and pull them with range attack (they aggro to magic i think not sure tough).

Edited, Fri Sep 23 11:31:39 2005
# Sep 09 2005 at 6:39 AM Rating: Decent
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Well is is how I completed, But first the story Myself RDM75/SMN29 (gimmped I know for mp regen and carby) and a friend WAR71/NIN35 we went in and I Buffed and Sneak spawned and pulled her with Carby worked perfect. I used the Bind and Gravity method to nuke with Blizzard III and kite worked like a charm. Sleep very hard if possiable at all. Converts were easy to I'de Bind then the War watched him as I ran around other side and Converted in peace. The only spells he casted were Banish II, Flash, Cure IV Protect IV, and Shell III when I would Despel her. She only casted Cure when she was around 20-25%HP and around the time she used Invincibility to. So I kited her for a min or so and War was @300Tp and ready He provoked and mob Turned he started his WS macro then She cam after me! Tp & 2hr gone and im KO'ed and war wasnt to far behind. But She was @2% Hp so close.
We tried once more unsucessful so thats when I recruited a 75BRD/37WHM and a 71THF/35NIN and the War changed to 75PLD/37NIN. I use sam tactic to get him to his @2Hr point then malee unload SATA and WS and I became the meat shield due to all the hate from killing him solo. She casted one Cure IV and is finished.
So she can be soloed down to 20-25% with a RDM or BLM/RDM but no way will you get off enough damage and heal yourself to finishe her. So bring 2 good malee best would be War/Nin and Thf/Nin for Rampage and SATA Dancing Edge.
Over all it was not hard at all just a little RDM solo tactics and fast DD at the end for the kill. She is based on fire and very weak to gravity and bind from what I seen while fighting.
The WS she has is Very damageing to myself "Deal Out" 400damage advrage so Blink SS and Phalanx are a must.
GL I hope this helps a little.
# Sep 09 2005 at 6:39 AM Rating: Decent
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Double post.

Edited, Fri Sep 9 07:45:50 2005
easy win
# Sep 01 2005 at 1:09 PM Rating: Decent
this works!! have a thf pull and flee to zone making sure the cards follow while party is waiting at zone. when you zone wait a minute or so and go in and find the cards...one moves faster than other...pull that one and kill....real easy when they are seperated. when you go back to the wall instead of card poppin again fight should be done and only one card had to be defeated, i believe we killed the PLD
Umm, Apururu is a female
# Aug 29 2005 at 12:18 AM Rating: Excellent
1,261 posts
All taru's with no hyphen and the 2 last syllables the same are female. All taru's with a hyphen are male.
# Aug 28 2005 at 9:29 PM Rating: Decent
guide says after fight talk to apururu in manustery then go to the dungeon....wrong go to shantoto after apururu then back to him THEN to dungeon then back to apururu
Carby Pull
# Jul 29 2005 at 1:41 PM Rating: Good
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These NMs only aggro magic so you can pull with ranged attack from a distance. I just thought I'd throw that little tidbit out there.

As long as the person pops with sneak on, you'll be all set.

If you can't find a SMN or /SMN, don't sweat it.
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