Operation Desert Swarm  

Start Area: Waughroon Shrine
Start NPC:Shami (H - 8)
Max Party:6
Related Mobs:Platoon Scorpion
Min Level:1
Max Level:75
(Average from 6 ratings)
Items Required:Lachesis Orb
Items Granted:Adaman Ingot
Anubis's Knife
Black Beetle Blood
Claymore Grip
Coral Fragment
Damascene Cloth
Damascus Ingot
Ebony Log
Gold Ore
Gold Thread
Heart Snatcher
Hierarch Belt
High Quality Scorpion Shell
Mahogany Log
Mahogany Lumber
Malboro Fiber
Mythril Ore
Orichalcum Ingot
Palmerin's Shield
Philosopher's Stone
Phoenix Feather
Platinum Ore
Pole Grip
Serket Ring
Sword Strap
Trainer's Gloves
Venomous Claw
Warwolf Belt
Last Updated: Thu Aug 20 05:58:37 2009

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Take 30 Kindred Seals and trade them to Shami in Port Jeuno and choose a Lachesis Orb. To enter the battle field, trade the Lachesis Orb to the Burning Circle in Waughroon Shrine and choose the battle Operation Desert Swarm. You can take up to 6 people in and you have 30 minutes to defeat it.

You will fight 6 scorpions.


6x Solo jobs: 6 people, capable of soloing a scorpion pull individual scorpions to the corners of the arena, and to the opening cave area, far away enough to avoid AOE and beat the crap out of their own scorpions.

The remaining scorpions get stronger as the their brethren are killed off. The last one to die takes about half as much damage as they do in the beginning and will hit significantly harder as well. Due to this, it's a good idea to coordinate the kills so that they all time at roughly the same time.

BLMS: 2 to 6.


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# Jun 18 2005 at 10:15 PM Rating: Decent
I did this today and got drops worth 34k -_- and to make it even better I lost to Maat because R whent to 0 <_<
KS30 Lachesis BC
# Jun 18 2005 at 6:47 PM Rating: Default
My 1st successful BC in 1yr lol, and the drops i got are;
-a high quality scorpion shell
-a heart snatcher
-an orchalcum ignot (sold for 770k)
-a warwolf belt (sold for 150k)
-a mahogany log
-a philisopher's stone (sold for 75k)

guess i was lucky, the ignot dropped 1/4 runs, we did /random and i was the last and my orb dropped these items :)
# Jun 16 2005 at 12:55 PM Rating: Decent
it does drop off of genbu, my ls killed genbu 3 times and it drops the claw 2 times, dunno why a tutle drops a claw though, mabey i know why, gebu does poisonga3 so he has to have venom in him -.- DUH,
swarm KS bcnm
# Jun 14 2005 at 10:58 PM Rating: Decent
very ez fight we went 8/8 but man our drops sucked... no claw,ingot or cloth >< but anyway setup was


The blm,rdm kept the scorps asleep brd kept songs up for melee and the sleeping mages. drg/whm was the healer for the melee and with a nin tank it worked well.
Great drop
# May 22 2005 at 6:09 PM Rating: Decent
Just did this this morning. Great drops:
Venomous claw, Senjiunrikio, Anubis's Knife, Hierach belt, demon horn, and Damascene cloth...plus 4800 gil.
Best drop ever for me. Quadrupled my finances in one run....I need more kindred seals!
Wow easy
# May 16 2005 at 6:04 AM Rating: Decent
370 posts
Ok I did this 2night. Lots of reading about all blm ptys and what not.

Our setup was

70nin/war (me)

It seemed that the rdm es sleepga 1 at start was the best and stuck longer then the blms es sleepga 2 due 2 the higher enffebin skill.

We would go in with rdm sleeping the mobs. ranger would shoot one and i would voke it and run it back the the middle of the path leading up 2 the main circle. Blm rdm and brd all sayed 2 sleep the mobs. While me and the ranger killed the scorps. The one we did at nigh time with my af pants on was a joke it probably had 1 out of 10 hits that would take shadows (beside aoe etc). when there was 2 left I would tank one while all of the others would kill the other one. Once they got that one killed i had the one i was on down 2 about 3/4 life and the blm killed it really quickly.

I got my rdm friend last and was a little worried about damage output.
But man these things are weak they die really fast. one rng and ninja was super easy. 4 runs about about 6mill in drops. Not 2 bad no V claw though.

I did get my katana which was the reason I wanted to do this bcnm so i was stoked.

Goodluck all
no one?
# May 15 2005 at 4:13 PM Rating: Decent
no blms on titan are willin to do this? i havent gotten any response and ive even asked a few blm, but they just laugh or are rude to me about it. i dont understand why cause u are making possibly a lot of gil and helping someone...
this BCNM on Seraph
# May 15 2005 at 4:00 PM Rating: Decent
Me, being a level 73 BLM on seraph, I have 4 BLM friends, who will do this for gil on Seraph. Thank's to the idea of other people on other servers. We do the same deal, you get claw, we get everything else. We average a time of about less than 2min, and we've gotton 1:47 or so, but we figure, we might as well not chance messing up if trying to rush. We havnt lost a fight yet, or gotton close to. If anyone is interested in this deal on Seraph, /tell Squirman and we'll talk.
RE: this BCNM on Seraph
# Jul 10 2005 at 12:30 PM Rating: Decent
Ahh yes, I remember the *fun* I had trying to get blms to do this my first time, there needs to be more organizations like yours on each of the other servers, thanks again to the Lakshimi server for thinking of this completely wonderful balance in the first place ^^.
this BCNM on Seraph
# May 15 2005 at 3:59 PM Rating: Decent
Me, being a level 73 BLM on seraph, I have 4 BLM friends, who will do this for gil on Seraph. Thank's to the idea of other people on other servers. We do the same deal, you get claw, we get everything else. We average a time of about less than 2min, and we've gotton 1:47 or so, but we figure, we might as well not chance messing up if trying to rush. We havnt lost a fight yet, or gotton close to. If anyone is interested in this deal on Seraph, /tell Squirman and we'll talk.
Titan server help plz
# May 13 2005 at 2:33 PM Rating: Decent
one guy posted that this can be done with 4 lev 75 blms, strategy mentioned above. if any blm on the titan server would be willing to do this plz get into contact with me. if the claw drops i get it, blms get everything else. if the claw doesnt drop, blms still get everything. i know its not a ton of money in the other drops, but it could still very well be a few hundred k. i have 10k on me now lol, ill never be able to afford a scorp harness any other way, i got 30 kindred seals as of right now. plz post a response or message castortroy on titan if ud be interested to help. thanks
# May 13 2005 at 10:31 AM Rating: Good
Operation Desert Swarm

After doing 7 runs of this last night without a single death, I decided to write down our strategy just in case someone decides to attempt this without 5 BLM.

The Set-up

And on our first attempt we replaced the RNG/NIN with a PLD/WAR 73

The Strategy

I believe the key to doing this was having 2 NIN tanks, although the first time I did this I had only one, but I’ll talk about that later.

You can buff outside of the BCNM, do this to save some time.

When you enter the BCNM, there will be a long path leading up to a large opening. After fully buffed, have the BLM Elemental Seal Sleepga II either of the two middle scorpions.

I was the MNK/NIN and I brought a full set of Chi-Blast gear. As soon as I hit my 6th boost, the BLM would cast his spell.

MNK/NIN runs in and Chi-Blasts the front right scorpion and pulls it as far to the right as possible.

NIN/WAR provokes the front left mob and pulls it as far left as possible.
RNG/NIN goes with the NIN/WAR.

Having done this before without the luxury of two players with Utsusemi: Ni, I can tell you this makes it much much easier. Scorpions in general have horrible accuracy and can be blink tanked quite easily. While it is beatable without NIN tanks, this will drastically increase chances of success

The WHM had a pretty simple role, run around and cure anyone who took some damage. Surprisingly enough, this is usually the BLM and RDM since they will be holding agro from 4 scorpions.

The BLM will recast Stoneskin and Blink and prepare for the scorpions to wake. A good way to think about the scorpions is, every time one dies, the others all level up. So as there are less scorpions, their resistance to sleep will increase. From memory, only the first two Sleepga actually slept all the scorpions.

The RDM had to be the busiest job in this set up. He was frantically running around refreshing the mages, hasting the NIN and sleeping any mobs the BLM couldn’t take care of. I also remember him having time to cast some Slow and Paralyze on the scorpions, which from my perspective was amazing with all the stuff going on.

By the time I finished my first mob, so had the RNG and NIN. At this point, all the scorpions have been slept a couple times, and the BLM, RDM, and WHM have built considerable hate. For this reason I would save TP so that I can pull the mob with Asuran Fists. And on the occasion that Asuran Fists wasn’t enough, I’d pop counterstance.

A MNK/NIN 74+ has some awesome tools a NIN doesn’t get. Dodge is a huge bonus when trying to recast Utsusemi, and Counterstance believe it or not is amazingly helpful. When shadows are down, usually you hope to evade a hit, but you can cast Utsusemi and counter at the same time, and this happened quite often.

In the case of the PLD tank, the RNG/NIN can really be replaced by nearly any job as long as you keep the 2 NIN tanks. In this scenario the PLD is very handy. He was able to melee with the NIN, and provoke + Flash sleeping mobs so well, the BLM almost took zero damage.

Earlier however, I had done this KSNM with a tougher set up.
And I can speak from experience that NIN tanks are the way to go. We won 4/5 on this set up, but when the WHM has to cure a tank, and a MNK that keeps stealing hate from the tank, MP gets extremely low. On one occasion, we only won because 2 of the members had Reraise up. So it is doable, but takes a very talented group.

Not too much more to say. The scorpions have an AoE move that gets stronger the more you kill. I remember the 2nd and 3rd to last mobs AoE would take 2 shadows and do about 150 dmg to me. And the last Scorpion’s AoE did about 300+ and took all shadows. But at this point, the BLM was casting AM, the RDM was nuking, the WHM barely had to cure, and the melee WS like it was a contest to see who could score the kill.

I hope this helps! Good luck on your drops!
99RDM, 99BST, 99SAM, 99MNK,
99BLM, 99THF, 99NIN.
BCNM drop
# May 10 2005 at 9:20 AM Rating: Decent
1,034 posts
I've did this BCNM for more than 15 times, the best drop I've ever seen from one chest was: Vclaw, damascene cloth, (and some other useless junks). That 2 item alone is already 7Million on my server.

We did 7 runs last night, and got more than 20 Million in total. Only 2 runs that are under 1 Million in drop, and those two guys was pissed (and one of them didnt even lot the junks and dropped them all), coz we keep the drop from our own Orb.

I've already earn 10Million+ from this BCNM alone, so i'll say is worth doing.

PT set up was: nin/war, war/nin, rdm/blm, blm/rdm, whm/blm, thf/nin all Lv75

Edited, Tue May 10 10:32:58 2005
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# May 07 2005 at 6:10 AM Rating: Decent
we beat the record on seraph for this at 1min 50secs, then we broke our own record on the next run :P it was easily done, BLMx5 and 1BRD, I was lvl 72 BLM, everyone else was lvl 73. it was smoothly done and we made around 12,000,000 in total which was shared equally between us 6 poor blm's and brd :D
carby pulling?
# Apr 27 2005 at 10:13 PM Rating: Default
xCan we link pull them carby style. seemed possible using a kinte metod they all stopped

Blm lvl to do this...
# Apr 20 2005 at 10:54 PM Rating: Decent
Most blms wait until they are lvl 73+ with thundaga 3. i go along with the orb and a pt of 4 or 5, 74 and 75 blms kill the scrops. They all cast thundaga 3 then sleepaga 2 and blizzaga 3 and the fight is over. Right now my blm is lvl 56 and i'm hoping after this update i will make it to 73+ to fight in this kscm :)
sleep arrow?
# Apr 12 2005 at 5:19 PM Rating: Decent
can these bastards be slept by sleep arrows?
# Apr 10 2005 at 6:55 PM Rating: Decent
141 posts
What lvl could blm start doing these runs? Im not sure what lvl it is, but is it ok to do this BCNM at the level you learn blizzaga III? One extra round of nuking these things shouldnt be too much of a pain, right? Im not looking to break the time record or anything, I just wanna make money in the future.
Easiest BCNM ever
# Mar 10 2005 at 12:56 PM Rating: Decent
This is the easiest BCNM I have ever been in. It is both easy and fast with the right party setup. Not everyone has BLM past 70, but don't worry. All melee party can win this easy. RNG75 (me) can defeat 2 of these Scorpions alone. My parties are 12/12 with 6 claws dropping. Just take all melee/damage that are 70+. If you can move to safer areas, do so. If not, don't worry. You will kill them very fast (takes me around 45 seconds).
RE: Easiest BCNM ever
# Mar 16 2005 at 11:21 PM Rating: Decent
Could you elaborate please?
i hate this bc: too much crap
# Feb 22 2005 at 2:25 AM Rating: Default
736 posts
this damn bcnm is beginng to agravvate me. it has so many lousy drops it is hard to justify doing this bcnm for the gil (there are much better ones)
i have now done 9 runs of this damn bcnm and still have not had my katana drop.... /sigh sounds like more misery in the future
RE: i hate this bc: too much crap
# May 05 2005 at 1:58 PM Rating: Good
984 posts
We got you your katana whiner!

lol Grats on it Send, and yeah I agree with you. Too much crap. Prehistoric Pigeons was much better $$ wise.
BLM Ring
# Feb 22 2005 at 1:24 AM Rating: Decent
In Lakshmi, there's actually a ring of blm's that will do this BCNM for you. You provide the orb, and the deal is, if the claw drops, it's yours. And they get everything else. If it doesn't drop you're pretty much SOL. But hey worth the shot, 30 Kindred Seals for a chance at a venomous claw worth approx. 6mil on my server used in making an awesome harness worth 7mil and the +1 version is about 15mil. Thinking about probably having them do it for me when i start getting kindred seals. Not sure yet.
RE: BLM Ring
# May 10 2005 at 4:56 PM Rating: Decent
740 posts
Yeah, there's a similar group on Carbuncle, but with a much more fair (I think) rule on drops: Any item worth less than 1 million gil is yours to keep all the money. Any item over 1 million gil, you must send them 1/2 the gil when it sells.

So basically, You're guaranteed to get at least some gil back, and if you only get 3 mil off a 6 mil claw, well, they DID do the work for you, after all, and I'll take 3 mil anyday.
Raine Storme on Adamantoise,
formerly Bayou on Carbuncle.
# Feb 12 2005 at 10:51 PM Rating: Decent
114 posts
I just did this BCNM, hoping to get a Claw for my Scorp. Harness.

I got there with a Lachesis Orb. Traded it with 5 BLMs over level 70 helping me out. We entered it. They buffed up. They all counted till 3 and casted Thundaga III. All of the Scorps' health bar reached half. They Sleepga II them all and re-buffed again. They re-casted Thundaga III again and we won! Unfortunately, the Claw didn't drop. I got an Orichalcum Ingot and Philosopher's Stone. Both of these combine to make about 600K, so it wasn't a total waste.

I think I might do this BCNM again. It's too easy and I still need that Claw!
Conventional PT Tactics
# Feb 07 2005 at 9:47 PM Rating: Good
461 posts
Mmmm... It was hard finding anything useful for this BCNM... BLM PTs can do it, so can BST, yay - useless for most people :P

There are a few things you -need- to know before you do this BCNM or you're going to die in a conventional PT setup:

- The AoE they use gets stronger as they die - by the time there is only 1 left it will hit for up to 300 damage.

- Whenever one does an AoE, it will wake up the others if it is even remotely close (If you are in range for a ranged weapon to hit a scorp where they are sleeping, you are too close).

- They cannot feasibly be slept after the 3rd or 4th sleep, it is not worth your time to try. At this point you need to be binding/gravitying them.

- If you bring a WHM this BCNM is nearly impossible to lose, just case Reraise and you can recover from a wipe and win. We did this twice until we had our strat figured out, we never lost the fight.

I will describe how our fights went, since thats the easiest way to do it:


Enter BCNM, THF goes to pull Scorps, line up against the wall right after the circular entrance in the tunnel. THF shoots the middle front scorpion (doesn't really matter which, but I always shot that one :P) with utsusemi up and runs all the way to the Circle - recast utsusemi:ichi - should be able to recast it and not take any dmg, these things have crappy accuracy (against a THF, anywho). NIN Vokes the red scorp Dynamis style when THF runs past and begins fighting the one scorp -very- far down the hall (Remember, you should be -well- out of range for a ranged attack). RDM ES/Sleepga the 5 scorps remaining when the THF gets to the BC. At some point BLM cast Sleepga 2 on the sleeping scorps, and from here it's just a normal fight. You must -always- pull the scorps way out of the tiny little circle to fight them or you risk them all waking up with recasts down. Mages keep stone/blink up par normal, and things should start getting hairy with 2-3 scorps left (When they're hard/impossible to sleep), but shouldn't be anything too hard as long as you've been fighting out of AoE range earlier. The scorps by the mages never AoEd for us, so it was a matter of ping pong, stun, sleep, bind, gravity while melee killed the scorps farther out.

The reason fighting here is so nice is that if you wipe, you can reraise and still win the BCNM. With this setup if we did things properly it took 10 mins to win the BCNM. When we wiped it took us 24 mins once, and 27 mins the other - and we waited on all members to lose sickness.

This is a very easy BCNM, I actually had to more or less solo the 6th scorpion once because everyone but me was dead or out of MP, and it wasn't horrifically difficult (yay for status bolts), though I did have to 2hr when it was around 30% (from full) when it's AoE dropped me to 200ish HP.

I might come back and edit this later, really tired but just wanted to post up here while it was fresh/before I forgot :3
Too Weak
# Feb 05 2005 at 4:37 PM Rating: Decent
Get enough BLMs together and anything is possible! Words to live by...
67 Party
# Jan 30 2005 at 2:46 PM Rating: Decent
DO you guys think the following party setup would win this BCNM?
LVL 67

Think we have a chance? Pretty solid party, almost beat ZM8 at lvl 64/65, except we had a BLM that healed the Baron for 2k hp -.-
But we need some money and this seemed like a good BCNM..
I got jipped
# Jan 28 2005 at 4:48 AM Rating: Decent
Man I went to this thing and everyone in my party got 1.2+ million gil in items a piece. One person evern got 8 million. Venomous claw and warwolf belt. I came out of the battle with about 70k in items. Philosphers stone= 50k, wyvern scales=4k, dinky Anubis knife= 2k, HQ scorp shell=10k and Trainers gloves=6k. SE just wronged me that night.
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