The Wisdom of Elders  

Start Area: Port Bastok
Start NPC:Benita (J - 6)
Related Mobs:Benita (J - 6)
Min Level:6
Max Level:75
(Average from 16 ratings)
Items Required:Bomb Ash
Items Granted:Traveler's Hat
Last Updated: Thu Aug 20 06:00:36 2009

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Benita is located in a house at J-6 on the map. She wants something to clean her stuffed chimney. Her mother in-law Tete apparantly knew something about it. Go talk to Tete at I-5 and she will tell you that Bomb Ash is just the thing. You can buy one on the second floor of the metal works from Olaf.

Take the Bomb Ash back to Benita and she will reward you with a Traveler's Hat.


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All bomb family
# Feb 03 2005 at 6:13 PM Rating: Decent
It also drops off of Shrapnels in North Gustaberg, I got mine on the left side of the mountains at E-8/9. Much easier than buying it (or going to ordelle's caves) in my opinion.
Bomb spawns
# Apr 14 2004 at 6:30 PM Rating: Decent
54 posts
I suppose Bombs could be considered rare spawns... But you can find them often in South Gustaberg, Konschat Highlands, and Valkurm Dunes. In South Gustaberg they spawn close to the Fumaroles and are called Grenades I think. In Konschat they are Shrapnel and they spawn west of the Crag. I rarely see them in Valkurm (Will-o-the-Wisp) but the one time I did it was by Selbina gate. Will-o-the-Wisp sometimes shows up in Pashhow as well, as long as it isn't raining.

And yes, these all drop Bomb Ash fairly frequently.
Bomb Ash
# Feb 20 2004 at 12:15 AM Rating: Default
I just did this quest to increase my fame, but bomb ash will drop off of every bomb type monster in the game. I've gotten it numerous times from Will-o-the-wisp in Ordelles Cave when I got lost there.
hat price
# Jan 26 2004 at 2:11 PM Rating: Decent
110 posts
I sold my hat for over 1k on lakshmi, so this quest is worth it if the item is selling highly.
Small nitpick
# Dec 16 2003 at 2:41 AM Rating: Excellent
67 posts
It's her mother in law, not grandma =P

and Olaf can be found in the Gunpowder room, floor 2 of metalworks

Edited, Tue Dec 16 02:49:38 2003
RE: can't get hat
# Dec 12 2003 at 1:58 AM Rating: Decent
Cheaper to just buy this hat from the AH 535 for the ashe at the npc and mor from the AH 90% of the time BUT 200 -400 from the AH
# Nov 06 2003 at 12:21 AM Rating: Default
This sucks Olaf is in the building were cids lab is once you are in the second floor look for the gun powder room and speak with Olaf he sells the Bom ash for like 535 gil way to much cash but at least i hope this helps good luck.
Every step!
# Nov 05 2003 at 3:01 PM Rating: Decent
104 posts
note... as is the case with many quests in FFxi, you need to actually do all the steps... You can't simply walk up to her and trade her the Bomb Ash... or start the quest and then hand her the Bomb Ash. You actually need to still go and find grandma Tete.

Only after talking with Tete, can you trade the Bomb Ash to her.

ps. you're looking for Bomb Ash, NOT bom ash :)
RE: Every step!
# May 02 2004 at 3:59 PM Rating: Decent
19 posts
Just an FYI:
I had a ton of trouble finding Grandma Tete. I finally found her at night (I don't know if that had anything to do with anything) on the street in the southern area of I-5 in Port Bastok. I was under some mistaken impression she would be in a house, she is not. She is standing next to a little girl out in the open.
RE: Every step!
# Aug 10 2004 at 1:33 PM Rating: Decent
1,487 posts
Tete is actually easy to find from the house. Once you exit, go down the stairs directly ahead of you, and turn right. Turn right again immediately, and she's standing with a kid named Rin over by the lamppost.
# Nov 04 2003 at 11:31 AM Rating: Default
I managed to kill a shrapnel in North Gustaberg the other day solo as a level 12 monk. It popped right outside the outpost there. It conned a 'decent challenge' and I survived with 5 hp left. It didn't drop anything. That's not to say it can't drop the bomb ash but if it's a rare spawn you're probably better off just buying it. It'll be faster.
# Feb 15 2007 at 3:23 AM Rating: Decent
101 posts
It doesn't seem to be a rare spawn, it just depends on the weather. If you follow the path in South Gustaberg when you can visibly see fog, you'll generally come across at least one.
# Nov 03 2003 at 2:46 PM Rating: Default
There's a rare spawn called a Shrapnel that I've seen a few times in both North and South Gustaberg that looks like a small Final Fantasy bomb. It might be the toughest monster in either area. I haven't been able to take one down yet (I only see them when I'm alone and running through the areas), but I would imagine that it drops the bomb ash.
RE: Shrapnel
# Nov 12 2003 at 5:05 PM Rating: Default
it does drop the bomb ash.. killed it twice got the ash once
# Nov 01 2003 at 2:02 AM Rating: Default
The Ash is a little over 500 Gil. As an alternative to the quest you might want to check out the auction house, since people are always selling their old Traveler's Hats. They usually sell for a bit cheaper, around 300 Gil.
The Ash
# Oct 30 2003 at 8:57 PM Rating: Good
The Bom's Ash is in the Powder Room, Olaf has it.
# Oct 30 2003 at 5:11 PM Rating: Default
I picked this up at level 1 (but couldn't afford the ash).
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