ZM12 - The Mithra and the Crystal  

Start Area: Rabao
Start NPC:Maryoh Comyuja
Related Areas:Quicksand Caves
Related Mobs:Ancient Vessel
Min Level:1
Max Level:75
(Average from 4 ratings)
Items Granted:Cerulean Crystal
Scrap of Papyrus
This Quest requires Zilart
This Mission is Not Skippable
Previous Mission: ZM11 - The Hall of the Gods
Next Mission: ZM13 - The Gate of the Gods
Last Updated: Wed Feb 16 15:40:59 2005

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According to Gilgamesh, a Mithra carrying a mysterious crystal she found in Zi'Tah was recently in Norg. Her name was something like Mary or Maroo or Maree...


Head to D-12 in Western Altepa Desert and enter Quicksand Caves. Go to K-8. After going through the weighted door, open another door at G-8. Walk through and fall down the pit. Then look for a ??? around where you fell. It should be found at the pillar. Touch the ??? and select 'Yes.' This will trigger the notorious monster Ancient Vessel.

Kill the NM and inspect the ??? to dig out the key item. Return to Maryoh Comyujah, she will then give you the Cerulean Crystal key item.

To read the transcripts for this quest, see The Mithra and the Crystal Spoilers page.

Mission Series

This mission is part of the Rise of the Zilart mission series. The complete mission series includes:

Final Fantasy XI

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time consuming : )
# Jul 27 2008 at 6:32 AM Rating: Decent
we did this last night as 73 RDM/WHM, 75 BST/NIN, 61 WHM/BLM our beastmaster did his work till we ran out of mobs to use on him, he was at 30% was kinda tough, but we got it done the hard way,then meelee the rest of him. but yes this mob was and i repeat silenceable... i have just rdm af gear and enfeeble torque capped enf. skill goodluck to you all. and a major thankyou to my friends Peyote, and Darkeve.

Edited, Jul 27th 2008 10:45am by itswoodchipper

Edited, Jul 27th 2008 10:47am by itswoodchipper
# May 19 2008 at 10:05 PM Rating: Decent
Did this as a 75Pld/War, 75Whm/Blm, 75Sam/War, and 75Drg/Nin. Easy fight. No deaths and no 2 hrs. Lasted about 1-2 minutes.
pretty fun/easy
# Mar 28 2007 at 11:23 AM Rating: Decent
not bad at all, trio-ed with 70pld/nin(me) 75thf/nin 75nin/war. ninja was dropped quickly due to a little chaos. after that i would help thf with flash for shadows, backup cure, and save tp/shield bash for any -agas. thf used sneak attack to get hate back from me before shadows fell, offhanded garudas dagger (which proced 3 times and may well have won this for us more than anything) and generally did the stabby-dodgey thing thfs do so well.

bottom line, 2x70+ skilled players should be able to drop this with a lil luck, safest with a thf/nin and a rdm/nin, but not bad at all. possibly even solo-able, but i wouldnt want to try
WHM & NIN duo
# Mar 07 2007 at 2:34 PM Rating: Good
207 posts
This fight was a joke. After duoing zm-8 this fight hardly seems worth mentioning.

Anyway, like the rest of the posts on this thread say, this fight is easily duoable.

I (75whm) and my brother (75 nin) took him down with no problem. no interesting strategy required.
# Feb 26 2007 at 6:19 AM Rating: Decent
327 posts

All you have to know, that I didn't know, is that, that thing has a move that take away all shadows and then he hits you with "Additional Effect: Stun" then you can't put shadows back on, which was our demise the first run (helping a friend)

We had tried THF/NIN + DRG/WHM we got it down to 9% and the GA killed my wyvern and we went down quickly after. My recast on call wyvern wasn't met yet.

For those that say that its silencable, on 10 tries, it didn't work full Enfeeble gear for the RDM. Don't even try.

All I can say, it's that you need two tanks, with shadows preferably, its quite easy if you take it slow and steady, it doesn't GA that often, so just keep you life up.

The idea was I tanked with dual March (lower recast) and RDM would take hate away when I get hit, Joyeuse interrupted its casting often. Just transfer hate from one to the other and it's an easy fight, didn't even need convert.

My Setup was:

Main: Heart Snatcher / Terra's Staff
Sub: Joyeuse
Range: Hamelin Flute
Head: Walahra Turban / Optical Hat
Neck: Chivalrous Chain / Evasion Torque
Earring1: Melody Earring
Earring2: Suppanomimi / Minstrel's Earring
Body: Assault Jerkin / Scorpion Harness
Hand: Dusk Gloves
Ring1: Woodsman Ring / Jelly Ring
Ring2: Woodsman Ring / (Vit +4 Ring)
Back: Amemet Mantle +1 / Cheviot Cape
Waist: Gleeman's Belt / Warwolf Belt
Legs: Choral AF / Sha'ir
Feet: Charal AF

Left Side is full ATK and right is macro to change to DEF+PHY-

Took a min or two to get adjusted, where I had to change to DEF, after that I went full offence for the rest. Just be careful.

Hope the info helped.
# Mar 25 2007 at 7:56 AM Rating: Default
1,050 posts
dual march doesnt give you lower recast it just speed sup your att rate
Armant wrote:
No DRG for party, camp spot site with 30 dmg, but is it for 20 like 30 dmg when you no hit be it for dd, for 30 dmg instead? or half is 10 for 20 dmg?

Omegag wrote:
Cor should just be using dice rolls and helping with cures anyway

Dynamis Member while prepping for Dynamis Qufim wrote:
Is this where treasure hunter feet drop?

fun fight
# Jan 05 2007 at 8:37 PM Rating: Good
164 posts
Just trio'd this with a mnk/nin, brd, and whm (me)

The monk had both my haste and the bards march haste on him and used his 2hr. It was a fast fight.
Very easy
# Nov 11 2006 at 12:12 PM Rating: Decent
67 posts
We just did this as:

DRK 75
WAR 75
SAM 75 <--- Me
WHM 75

WHM macro'd ES+Silence, that stuck. DRK and I skillchained from the start, I ended with a Tachi: Gekko which I believe landed another silence which is why we went so long without any magic issues from the pot.

I 2hr'd it around 50% for fun, took a good chunk of life, then it started casting Tier IV single spells (I don't recall any aga's that we took). It ate about half my hp with an Aero IV just a warning (1300 down to 650ish) but the WHM was fast on that and we had so much hate after our 2hrs that the WHM wasn't even close to being at risk of hate by using some large cures.

We didn't HAVE to 2hr by far, it was just to speed things up.

No one person in this setup truly was tanking, the hate was bouncing around between the three of us.

The battle was very short.
# Oct 28 2006 at 12:40 AM Rating: Decent
2,750 posts
Just wanted to actually add something helpful, instead of all of the LOL THIS IS SO EASY POSTS

The hole you want to drop down is NOT the zm-6 hole. There is a weighted door at K-8 that goes east and will take you to another map. Now head to G-8, open that door, and drop down this hole. The ??? is right at the bottom.
bst owns
# Oct 07 2006 at 3:15 AM Rating: Decent
Bst can solo this little pos pot with abslutely no trouble. CC beats the **** out of it and there are plenty of scorps in the area to keep it busy till call beast is up. Just dont get aggroed by the ants. >.<
Attempted Duo
# Aug 02 2006 at 5:53 AM Rating: Decent
I just worked my way from ZM6 up to here with a pick-up party tonight. After a lot of disconnects and a lot of shouting to replenish members, everyone got sleepy & left before heading to Rabao to find the Mithra, except for me (73MNK) and Lyons (75WAR). Not yet ready to give up our musings of Shura Togi and Kirin's Osode for the night, we shouted a bit more for help but to no avail. So we decided for the sake of fun and a challenge we'd see if we can duo the pot with Utsusemi, since everyone is saying it's no big deal with a trio, and we both are able to stun it with weaponskills.

Lyons provokes it to start and I'm holding TP that I grabbed earlier to take 1st stun responsibility. Well nobody mentioned the sleep lol; true, I guess it's nothing really worth mentioning in a trio with a mage, no big deal. Things were looking good in the beginning and we were taking decent chips out of its HP bar until Lyons got a Sleep I shortly into the fight, and somehow the thing turned on me right after it slept him, and I never even threw a swing or otherwise provoked it in that time. So now I'm soloing the thing and I can't really get shadows up as I can't use Ni yet at 73, so I throw up 100 Fists early. Interestingly, the pot seems to have been blessed with some intelligence: Lyons was still sleeping and it turns from me for a second to Sleep II him, then turns right back on me. I knock it down to about 55% before getting put down, and then Lyons took it down to 48% before his humiliation was served.

So much for our visions of glorious Alla posts claiming a duo win, ha! Well I think we may have done it if it weren't for Lyons sleeping on the job. If we could have avoided sleep, properly traded hate and always been able to stun its meanest magic with TP, the thing may have gone down. I'm not sure how bad its Blaze Spikes would've hurt us over time. I doubt we'll try again. We'll shoot for a sure win next time with more help.

[ Paco : Hades Server : Monk for life : LV73 (going into the fight, LV72 after it) ]
# Jun 17 2006 at 5:12 AM Rating: Decent
I just beat this with 3 people -- 75pld/37nin, 73rdm/36blm and 60whm/30smn... easy stuff
# May 29 2006 at 6:29 PM Rating: Good
88 posts
Well this was really easy. Wasn't sure how we'd fare, but totally pawned the Pot!

Party: 74Mnk/Nin, 75Smn/Whm, and me 70Brd/Whm

Smn used Titan, Monk tanked, along with Titan. It casts one -ga spell, and a couple IV's. It died fairly quickly, and we we're lucky that it didn't use more magic. All in all it was fun ^.^

And then I got my item, and went on my merry way.
# May 04 2006 at 12:24 PM Rating: Decent
81 posts
I finished this with a group of people but did not get the paper. I went back to get it with another party killed pot again and there is no ??? to click to get the item!!! Has anyone else had an issue like this? I called a GM but all I was answered with was a GM message that said check the FFXI help section of POL. Did that nothing in there to help me out. Any ideas would be welcome.
RE: Problems
# May 05 2006 at 12:11 AM Rating: Decent
81 posts
There is no ??? at the spawn point. I was the one that origionally spawned the mob, second time around there was no ??? for me to click on but another party member had it and spawned.

Edit: Had a bad night, I apologize.

Edited, Mon May 8 08:05:30 2006
RE: Problems
# May 04 2006 at 12:45 PM Rating: Decent
39 posts
It's the same ??? that you use to spawn the pot.
what a joke
# Mar 30 2006 at 12:44 AM Rating: Good
Duo'd this with my RDM63/WHM31 LS buddy. I'm a MNK75/NIN37 and wore as much evasion gear I could get (+35 eva onry), ate coeurl sub, built TP on the worm near ???, dodge/focus, pop the pot, 100 fists, and save TP for shoulder tackle on any high tier -ga he's casting. Simply... a joke. Do not sweat over this. ZM8 was much... MUCH.. harder as the previous ppl here stated.
Pwnd this tonight!
# Feb 27 2006 at 1:00 AM Rating: Default
Mad props, much love and my eternal gratitude to the Xstremeknights on Unicorn. Thier LS let me tag along from ZM5 through getting sky. I was the only non-LS member in the bunch lol. Here was our line-up for this fight.
Alistaire 72 Nin
Dreaubaut 75 Mnk
Vyaba 67 Whm
Icebalm 67 Blm/Rdm
Tuu 67 Blm
Mintile 75 Brd
Finnius 66 Rdm (me)
This fight was so easy it was ridiculous. We had more trouble with Kam'lanaut as our Nin took 2x <Death>. Just keep HP high and keep Tank/DD's hasted and this thing is a cinch. We only had the Mnk hit Orange HP 1 time ^^ Oh, I nearly forgot. Stun was also an invaluable tool as the pot never got it's main move off. I forget what it's called.

Edited, Mon Feb 27 00:00:25 2006
Tee Hee....
# Jan 27 2006 at 7:00 AM Rating: Decent
My linkshell boys got tired of my not having sky...so tonight we took this down. None of the DD's were up and online so we just thought "wth, we'll try". Setup was:

70 RDM/blm (me)
75 RDM/nin
73 RDM/nin
75 WHM/blm

Totally wiped this thing in about 4 minutes flat...it didn't give us much trouble..only casts Blizzaga 3 on us once or twice. Most irritating thing was the Magic Shield it cast but we had just paralyzed, slowed and did all the DoT's before it used it. WHM was bored from not having to cast cure on the rdm/nin boys thanks to shadows and spammed Banish and Holy on it at the end....was a very cool fight indeed and proves you don't have to have major DD's to do it.

Good Luck to those going and finishing it up...totally worth it for the cutscenes.

Edited, Fri Jan 27 06:03:51 2006
My experience
# Nov 06 2005 at 5:40 PM Rating: Decent
185 posts
Did it with

68 NIN
65 DRK (me)
65 WHM
67 BRD
64 WAR

and had no problems at all. I stunned all AOE's but one at the end (was draining), and Guillotine can actually stick silence, if only for a second. You can use it as an alternative way of stunning a spell. Arcane circle also helps paralyze the mob occasionally.

Mob isn't tough, just make sure it hits the tank. It hit me for 300 dmg on a regular attack, granted I'm a DRK with lower defense than a WHM, but still.

I think a DRK can be super useful for this fight, for once they aren't just stun monkeys who hit hard.
Just did it last night
# Oct 06 2005 at 11:50 AM Rating: Good
305 posts
Did this battle as a 71 WHM/SMN with a 68 RDM/BLM and 75 BST/NIN.

The goal was to keep throwing mobs at it until it gave up, but eventually the RDM and BST had to melee.

It was fun watching the pot cast Flare on scorpions.

The BST hit red at least once when he pulled hate from his pet, and I had to Benediction after the RDM converted later on in the battle but fortunately enough hate was established such that the pot didn't turn towards me, and we didn't have any problems.

There really wasn't any strategy involved. The NM pretty much can't be silenced. It would have been easier with a stunner, but I can't complain.

Edited, Thu Oct 6 13:00:24 2005
trio can win
# Oct 03 2005 at 2:39 PM Rating: Decent
254 posts
Attempted this (after people warned us not to) with a trio of me(70rng/nin), a 70nin, and 73rdm/blm. The plan was to ES + silence it but it wouldn't stick so we had to deal with the spells.

Long fight, but very doable. We were most worried about -aga spells, but he only used them once or twice. Funny thing is it just kept casting drown, which was a total waste. Ninja and I would do slug shot >> blade: jin to try to keep a balanced hate level. Only time we were in any kind of danger is when the pot used blizaga 3 once (I think it was level 3, maybe it was 2, can't remember) and then a worm popped right next to use and hit us with stonega 2. Rdm slept it and we were fine.

I bet the ninja could have duo'd it with a healer, but it would have taken awhile.

this looks like the same ??? for the bastok
# Sep 30 2005 at 2:42 AM Rating: Decent
I can't remember which mission I think 8-1 the one that you fight 3 ants and you got to go a long way to get this CS. I think it's the same ??? for the CS. correct me if I'm wrong

Edit no wait you fall down the hole passed the ??? for that mission. I guess I should read more carefully

Edited, Fri Sep 30 03:51:13 2005
How many people?
# Sep 14 2005 at 6:12 PM Rating: Decent
How many people do I need to open the weighted door? Is it by race? 1 galka = 2 hume?
RE: How many people?
# Sep 24 2005 at 12:47 AM Rating: Decent
49 posts
I believe it's either 1 Galka, 2 Hume/Elvaan/Mithra, or three Taru, to open the gate. For anyone else wondering. ^^
my ??? isn't there!
# Aug 28 2005 at 4:08 AM Rating: Decent
113 posts
The ??? isn't there! I dunno why. But its not. Is it not the same hole you drop down for the ZM-8?
RE: my ??? isn't there!
# Sep 07 2005 at 8:31 PM Rating: Decent
602 posts
You dont drop down a hole for ZM8, but either way no... not the same hole as ZM6. You go past the first weighted door, then you take the left path to the next door. Then its straight from there on.
RE: my ??? isn't there!
# Jun 17 2006 at 4:43 AM Rating: Decent
So then that would be the same hole as ZM6, is what you're saying.. that's the same pit you drop down for zm6.
??? touching it
# Jul 13 2005 at 4:32 AM Rating: Default
i just did this fight
64 sam(me) 71 and 74 rdm 71 whm 73 pld and 59 drk 4 stun. when u touch the ??? make sure everyone is close 2 the ??? cause when i did it when ppl werent arount the ??? nothing happend. the pt was about 2 disband so i tryd it 1 more time and pop there he was. the fight was uber ez. ty pyoro, variant, colinx and brahmz
# Jul 09 2005 at 12:49 AM Rating: Default
Did this with 4 people


Long, but easy
Key item
# Jun 19 2005 at 10:44 AM Rating: Decent
Can someone tell me what's on the key item when you examine it?
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