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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# Nov 04 2005 at 3:11 AM Rating: Decent
just did this with a few friends. good and bad results.

we went as following:

only 4 of us had orbs because one person was controlling the WHM and a BLM(his wife's character I think) and so we decided best to split everything since we're friends. we got 2 O.ingots and one of my friends has like 200KS's so he asked if we could do it again for him for free, or like 5% so we agreed on 5% and he go the D.ingots >.> 3mil on Unicorn so he gave us all 150k for the help, meh overall I ended up with 550k so I can't complain really. no Vclaw but oh well we'll get it next time.
# Nov 01 2005 at 8:14 PM Rating: Default
69 posts
Confirmed that 6 drgs can beat this. Take that Blms..
RE: haha
# Nov 16 2005 at 11:35 AM Rating: Good
688 posts
Confirmed that 6 drgs can beat this. Take that Blms..


Real parties can do this too.
RE: haha
# Jan 10 2006 at 1:05 AM Rating: Decent
Im both a DRG and a BLM, so im not really taking sides when I say sure, 6 DRG could easily beat this, probably with like 5.

However, a BLM can solo this.
RE: haha
# Jan 16 2006 at 3:32 PM Rating: Decent
25 posts
Just like he said, BLM can solo this, plus I bet the DRG party took a heck of a lot longer than the BLM party :)
RE: haha
# Jul 06 2006 at 7:53 AM Rating: Decent
omg.. how in the world did you guys take that post to be an "attack the drg" argument? all he said was its possible for 6 drg to be successful in this ksnm and suddenly "nerf the drg!" and then "yeah but blm can do it faster." are we not past the "I'm a moron" phase yet children? congratulations on the drg pt's that have done this! and to those who dont believe drg is good enough for it, wake up and get over yourselves. ^^b
# Nov 01 2005 at 9:12 AM Rating: Decent
2,021 posts
Finally got to try this KSNM out. It was a TON of fun. We really shouldn't have won as people were underleveled but we went 5/5.

PT setup was: 74MNK/WAR (me), 75NIN, 70RDM/BLM, 71BLM/RDM, 70BRD/WHM (had carapace gear on because we pulled him from soloing ><), 75THF/NIN.

Ok the first issue is easy to see, the ones responsible for sleeping (the key to victory) were all barely 70. This definitely made for an interesting fight. LoL.

We started out with the simple ES + Sleepga II then pull one back to the hallway. We just kept sleeping and pulling one at a time. The fun began when they started to resist, or managed to un-group so the sleepga didn't hit all. LoL. A hint, Asuran Fists > Shark Bite took off about 75% of these scorps life. It was doing over 3k damage with no MB. :-b

The first two runs were iffy but we pulled them off. We got pretty bad drops but it was still fun. Some were ready to leave but I told them the V.Claw was dropping next run. LoL. We all stayed and fought again.

Man I think we pissed these scorps off. LoL. Everyone died at least once except the NIN on this round. The THF reraised and stayed back to bloody bolt. As soon as he went to SATA to finish the final scorp, The Platoon Scorpion readies Wild Rage. LMAO! Down goes the THF. That will teach him. So I reraised and started my boost cycle with MND gear.

I looked over and the scorp had a sliver of health left. I put my melee gear back on and head over. The Platoon Scorpion readies Wild Rage. YOU SOB!. LoL. But I didn't die. O.o {All right!}. One swipe from the baghnahks took him down. I run to the chest and pop it. You find a Venemous Claw on the Armoury Crate!. O.O w00t!

We went 1/5 on claws, no damascus or orich <tab> but man was it fun. We pulled it off with only one bad run, no full wipes, and around 1.2 mil per person in 5 runs.

I would say that if you go in to have fun, with the potential for good gil, this is a great KSNM. If you are one that shutters at the thought of EXP loss, and get pissed off if you don't get the top dollar items every time, {Run away!}. LoL. It really was fun though and to have at least one claw drop made it worth the 30KS. 86 more KS to go. :-b

Edited, Tue Nov 1 09:33:34 2005
Obliterated w/o blms
# Oct 15 2005 at 4:49 AM Rating: Default
Obliterated this BCNM tonight, Rdm/Whm, Rdm/Blm, Mnk/War, Bst/Nin, Nin/War and Rng/Nin(me). Broke the record made after maintenance the first run, then broke it both runs after. Final record for meleeing this was 4 minutes, 48 seconds. Drops: O. Ingot, 2x V. Claw, P. Stone and assorted other tidbits.
Never again
# Oct 12 2005 at 12:49 PM Rating: Default
My LS, Impact (of asura), planned this and we had over 25 orbs for this. We would take 4 blms 73+, a whm, and 1 person with the orb. Nuke at same time with thundaga3, then sleepga2, then nuke again and they would be dead. well.. me being one of the blms that had to do this 25+ times.. i did it for 4 hours.. we did this and we didnt get 1 Vclaw drop... not a 1... we couldnt figure out why.. someone said maybe bad moon phase and someone said that the Vclaw drop might have be nerfed in the update a few days ago, but all i got to say is that i will never ever do this again... we got a few O ignots and D cloths, but no Vclaw... needless to say... it was all for nothin... 4 hours of wasted time... /sigh

PS. we set the record on Asura at 1 minute and 22 seconds beating the old record by over a minute... if you have better, tell me i would like to know
# Oct 11 2005 at 12:12 AM Rating: Default
this KS is prolly the easiest smnx6 owns it so fast w/o breaking a sweat
unicorn help
# Oct 05 2005 at 6:32 PM Rating: Decent
495 posts
If any high level players could help me out with this, i'd really appreciate it and would give you a % of the total profit. Or would a 66 MNK be able to do much? I'm under the impression this BCNM is for lvl 75's.

edit: on unicorn

Edited, Wed Oct 5 20:08:48 2005
Need Help on Seraph Server
# Sep 29 2005 at 5:02 PM Rating: Decent
im a 74 Pld on Seraph who is in need of some gil so i can lvl up my nin. i cant seem to get a chance to do this KS30(i keep missing my chance). If there are any Blm's on Seraph who want to help me out i would very much appreciate it. by Either letting me tag along for a run, or actually taking me to do 1 run. either would be fine, all i ask is for alittle help. so if you can help me please send a /tell Laucian and let me know when you are doing one. or if you want to take me to do one. Thx Laucian
# Sep 04 2005 at 4:39 AM Rating: Decent
48 posts
Just finished 6 runs about 10 minutes ago. Went 2/6 on Venom Claws (Both Taru in the party got a claw *hint hunt*) and 3/6 on Orichalcum Ingots and a Adaman Ingot.
Each member solo one...
# Aug 18 2005 at 10:23 AM Rating: Decent
1,034 posts
I've done this BCNM many times (aprox. 30~ times, myself spent 6 orbs), we had:
whm/blm <-me
all 75
basically sleep all, and pull one-by-one to kill

Last night our LS went again with a new set up:
smn/whm <-me
all 75
Basically rdm ES+sleepga, each member pull their own scorp aside to kill, This is way faster.

This was my 1st time trying it as smn, I was amazed that one Garuda casting can kill the scorp easily (2 predator claws + Garuda melee). I guess 6 smn can beat this BCNM as easy as 6 BLM, but of course will take much longer time than the BLM PT.

I felt really luck on this BCNM, I got 4 claws out of 6 of my own orbs but the other members are not as lucky as me.

Had 9 runs again last night, no claw drop, only D.Ingot and O.Ingot dropped the rest are garbage. oh and there were gilsellers doing that bcnm as well on Fenrir server, seen a group last night.

Edited, Tue Nov 15 11:18:09 2005
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What is wrong with people?
# Aug 17 2005 at 8:48 AM Rating: Good
2,878 posts
Everyone expects to win the freaking lottery with this KSNM. Claw is about a 1/20 to 1/30 drop. You have great odds to get 2 other decent price items. Most still end up with under 100k in items and that's just how it is.

If you are dooing the BLM merc deal, I suggest working out a %(2% each is normal on Sylph) and never a flat fee unless you are dooing 1 run and recruiting the BLM yourself. If you do this, chances are you will be much poorer than when you started.
Did this today...
# Aug 13 2005 at 11:18 PM Rating: Good
692 posts
I've been saving up for a Noble's Tunic for awhile now (Currently have 9 mil). I realized I had 30 kindred seals. I decided to give it a shot. I convinced one of my friends to help me for free, then sent a /tell to a bunch of Black Mages level 73 or higher, offering 100k. I had a full party in about 15 minutes.
We trekked over to the Shrine and I traded my orb. One BLM was designated as the "leader" and gave the orders. He told everyone to cast when the timer read :55, and he would sleepga after they cast.
The time came, and everyone did what they were supposed to do. Except one BLM decided to cast an additional -aga spell, waking them all up and surprising everyone. This led to chaos and a confused panic. The scorpions rushed us and started spamming that AoE move. The errant BLM quickly bit the dust, and everyone else was in yellow. Fortunately, I'm a WHM, and I have Benediction macroed, so we were able to wrangle a win.
Drops were:

4k gil
Anubis Knife
Warwolf Belt
Gold Ore
Philosopher's Stone
H.Q. Scorpion Shell

On my server, thats a total of about 100k.
Total Profit: -300k

I even had to pay the idiot that almost cost me my exp and my 30 seals.

I guess I'll have to find another way to get 5 million gil :/

Edited, Sun Aug 14 00:17:08 2005
Beat this...
# Aug 13 2005 at 2:15 AM Rating: Excellent
137 posts
Just did it, 49k grand total.
I'm now at a 50/50 quit or not to quit.
help me out..i need a v.claw(Ramuh)
# Aug 08 2005 at 10:59 PM Rating: Decent
any blm in Ramuh server willing to help me get my v.claw...i am only interested in the claw
# Aug 08 2005 at 1:55 PM Rating: Decent
18 posts
Are the scorpions Charmable like normal scorpions are? Am curious as to how a group of BST's would do in this fight.
RE: Charmable?
# Aug 16 2005 at 10:14 PM Rating: Good
690 posts
I think they are NMs so they caren't charmable.

I have heard of BSTs grouping up to do this one, they use jug pets and each take on a scorp.

Of course you have to be far enough away from the other bsts so that the scorps AE doesn't hit all of you. Then once your scorp is dead you go help out another bst.
RE: Charmable?
# Nov 10 2005 at 9:35 PM Rating: Decent
actually some NM's like the furies in the colo-colo BCNM 20 r charmable, i solo colo-colo w/my BST20/PLD10 a lot....so some r charmable just not sure about scorps.
Please Help me Out!! - DIABOLOS
# Jul 31 2005 at 12:28 AM Rating: Decent
please someone in the server diabolos help me get a venomous claw. i need it as soon as possible before i get my ninja to 57. i put my kindred's seals and i ONLY take the claw. you keep ALL OTHER ITEMS ALL its up to you what you do with them, if sell them, split money, etc... i just need a venomous claw so i can ask a friend to make me a harness.
some mean guy told me that nobody would like to go with this offer, but i think this is a GREAT offer, i have seen Lv.75 people camping Lv.10-35 NMs with nice drops for some money and that means;
1- spending a LOT of time (hours, days, weeks, MONTHS!!!!) camping a monster that may or may not drop anything and is maybe overcamped
2- get around 700,000 gil - 2,500,000 gil of hours of boredom of camping.

if people would accept offers like this would make A LOT of money and just in 1 fight of 1 min - 30 mins without needing to camp something. just letting the person that gives the orb get the claw and you keep other items. people knows that since the last Maintenance in Diabolos prices have been rising like mad in some items, but dropping in other, also i heard that this BCNM has a LOT of good drops, actually better than the claw that are enough or MORE THAN ENOUGH to buy a claw (more than 5,000,000gil)
all i ask for is for you to fight this BCNM for me and i get the claw and you keep all other items. please help me T_T
RE: Please Help me Out!! - DIABOLOS
# Dec 11 2005 at 2:05 AM Rating: Decent
490 posts
I know this is an old post and you have probably long since quit ffxi after learning this the hard way, but you have a very very low chance of actually getting the claw. Everyone thinks that once they have their 30 KS, its time to cash it in and get a Vclaw. The fact is almost nobody gets anything from this bcnm and then get pissed because they figured it was a guarantee. My advice, do something like Coming into Parlor where its a guaranteed mil or two and then get the rest another way.
# Jul 27 2005 at 11:31 PM Rating: Decent
27 posts
Just did this one with 5 BLMs on Titan. Drops were (I kid you not):

Venomous Claw
Orichalcum Ingot
Warwolf Belt
Ram Horn
Damascene Cloth

I am slightly happy right now! :)
# Jul 24 2005 at 11:54 PM Rating: Excellent
Just did this KSNM during the weekend with some freinds, our Pt setup was War/Nin,Drk/War,Drg/War,Whm/Smn,Rdm/Blm X2
Contrary to popular belief that this KSNM has to be done by Rdm ,Blm X5. We did 7 runs with only 1 member dying at the last run, Rdm would be responsible for sleeping the Scorpions and Melees engaging the Scorpions 1 by 1 , surprisigly the last Scorpion was no harder than a Decorative Weapon. Trick is to stay calm and you'll come out all right.
{Help Me Out!}
# Jul 24 2005 at 3:36 PM Rating: Default
I just got 30KS for first time and im having trouble saving for Haubergeon/Hauberk which is currently just over 2M on Sylph.
I need 5 70-75BLM who will get 2% drop reward once items sold (sorry for crappy deal of "after sold" but i only got 100k ><) i know it sucks but id be very apreciative of anyone who helps me out on this cos my acc sucks even with the over-ly expensive Acc gear lol
If you wana be kind enough to help send a /t to Darunia on Sylph server...
thanks to anyone who replies to this ^^
RE: {Help Me Out!}
# Aug 18 2005 at 10:39 AM Rating: Decent
1,034 posts
I need 5 70-75BLM

I think you'll need at least 73 BLM for Thundaga III
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# Jul 23 2005 at 10:03 PM Rating: Decent
19 posts
did this bc tonight.... really bad drop...and a ram horn >.< /sigh
# Jul 23 2005 at 3:14 AM Rating: Decent
I just did this today, I asked a high level BLM that was in Waughroon Shrine if they were doing KS30 runs and if I could join in, they said yes. So I got my orb and ran over there, waited like an hour, but finally got in and the BLMs went to work. Only one of the BLMs died...twice...but it was all okay. My drops were: Darksteel Ore, Adaman Ingot, Damascus Ingot, H.Q. Scorpion Shell, Hierarch Belt, and Senjuinrikio. I was happy because that totalled to about 2.37mil. Thanks Dooddles!
# Jul 18 2005 at 12:29 AM Rating: Decent
899 posts
Wow I lucked out big when I did this last night with 5 Black mages. Fight lasted all of 2 minutes and my drops were:

Heart Snatcher
Ebony Log
Warwolf Belt
Anubis's Knife
Damascus Ingot
Venomous Claw

Made my THF self very very happy! The kickass knife, and the big money drops so that I can buy the scorpion harness and other things after I paid off the black mages.

On Sylph, my whole orb was worth 6,126,000 gil.
Solo Possibility
# Jul 08 2005 at 2:01 PM Rating: Decent
22 posts
People may not believe me when I say this but you can solo this BCMN as a BLM. And to prove it I have the following video as evidence.

BLM Solo

Edited, Fri Jul 8 15:05:37 2005
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RE: Solo Possibility
# Oct 18 2005 at 5:57 PM Rating: Decent
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BLM in my LS, Renegade solod this one. Have seen a vid somewhere of a jp rdm/nin doing this.
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RE: Solo Possibility
# Sep 08 2005 at 9:53 AM Rating: Decent
198 posts
noo I've been looking for this vid and I thought I finally found it but 404 not found ; ; /cry lol
RE: Solo Possibility
# Jul 15 2005 at 2:44 PM Rating: Default
Excellent Job I just wanted to say. Pawned two thumbs up d('o')b
# Jul 06 2005 at 6:38 AM Rating: Default
What lvl are the scorps around? Could a RDM/NIN kill one of them? Maybe even evade like 50% or so? thx
Merc Blm's
# Jun 21 2005 at 6:53 PM Rating: Decent
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I have posted something similar in another thread...

This can easily be done with 4 Blm's. Blm's over level 73 makes for a simple strategy. I have now beat this BC over 60 times. I have done this with other Blm's who have done this over 300 times.

The way it usually works is this: 4 Blm's get together and find everyone who has 30 KS and is willing to abide by the rules. How you set up the split is between the Blm's and the Orb bringer.

Common split rule is: Items 200k or less, the Orb bringer keeps. Items 200k or more, is sold and split 5 ways. Items that are over 200k are: O-Ingots, V-Claw and D-Cloth

The setup:

1. Cast Protect, Shell, Stoneskin, Blink (and Reraise)
2. Orb trader enters the BC (Blm's follow) - Orb trader should not attempt to fight or engage any of the scorps
3. All the Blm run up to the edge of the circle
4. 1 Blm gives a time from the game clock
5. All Blm's cast Thundaga 3
6. All Blm's cast Sleepga 2
7. Cure or recast Stoneskin as needed
8. 1 Blm gives a time from the game clock
9. All Blm's cast Blizzaga 3
10. Finish off any remaining scorps - they should all be dead.
11. All Blm's run back out of the BC using the Run Away option
12. Orb trader opens the chest
13. Go to step 1

Things that can go wrong:

1. Blm's can't synch their casting on a game time

2. 1 Blm gets interrupted after the first 3 Blm's casts their spell. This leave the 6 scorps with more life than they should have then they are put to sleep. So, after the 2nd round of nuking, they still may be alive. Be aware of this and be ready to Sleepga them after the 2nd round.

3. If the Blm's are out of synch a bit, the Scorp that you have targeted your 2nd nuke gets killed before your spell goes off. This also leaves Scorps alive after the 2nd round of nuking. If you have mp for a 3rd round, you can plan for it.

The drop rate for a v-claw is about 1 in 8 or so. Sometimes I've seen 12-14 run without one dropping. The D-cloth drop rate is worse, I think. In my 60 runs, I may have seen 2 drop. O-ingot's drop rate is about 1 in 10-12. Keep in mind that I did not keep careful track of the drop rates.

Each fight can be done this way in about 2 minutes. If you really want to push it, it can be done in about 1.5 minutes (but you have to run around to the entrance again).

Edited, Tue Jun 21 19:55:19 2005
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