Souls in Shadow - Scythe Weaponskill  

Submitted by:Brodrik from Caitsith
Realm:San d'Oria
Start Area: Bostaunieux Oubliette
Start NPC:Novalmauge
Related Areas:Den of Rancor
Related Mobs:Mokumokuren (I - 13)
Min Level:71
Max Level:75
Weapon Skill:Spiral Hell
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Items Required:Annals of Truth
Map to the Annals of Truth
Scythe of Trials
Last Updated: Fri Jun 1 03:17:31 2012

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Requirements: Scythe skill of 240+, level 71+

To start this quest, speak with Novalmauge in the top level of Bostaneaux Oubliette. He will give you a Scythe of Trials and some vague instructions. You must work off the latent effect on the scythe by earning 300 points.

Solo-WS or opening any level SC: 1 pt.

Close LVL1 SC: 2 pt.

Close LVL2 SC: 3 pt.

Close LVL3 SC: 5 pt.

- Total Needed: 300 pt.


These must be done against Easy Prey or higher mobs. Periodically unequip and reequip the scythe to see if the latent effect has disappeared. (The easiest way to check is to see if you have those 10 points of resistance to 2 elements that the scythe grants.) After the latent effect has disappeared, trade the scythe to Novalmauge.

You must now kill a hecteyes-type NM, Mokumokuren, who resides in the Den of Rancor. Enter the Rancor Den as you would for Zilart Mission 4 (by passing through the door guarded by Temple Guardian and the door that requires a Paintbrush of Souls). At the first room, take a left, then take a right at the T intersection, again as if you were heading to do ZM 4. At the large room you come across, take a left and follow the wall all the way south until you reach a corridor (this leads to an Altar). Right near the corridor entrance, along with a number of Mousse and Cutlass Scorpions, there will be a ???.

I suggest camping a bit north of the ??? and clearing out all the bats and tonberries. I did not clear out the slimes. I used Sneak, ran up to the ???, and investigated it, spawning Mokumokuren. I then ran away very quickly hoping not to aggro any slimes. He did cast Stun on me after I had gotten a safe distance away, even though I still had sneak. So, I cannot say for sure if this will be entirely safe, but it turned out to be in my case. We fought this with a fairly high-level party of about 8 people and the NM went down very easily. It used very little magic but frequently used the standard hecteyes TP attacks. After defeating it, sneak up (if necessary) and investigate the ??? again to get Annals of Truth. Return to Novalmauge once more and speak with him to get a very interesting story about the vampire of the Oubliette and shadows. You also receive the very fun weaponskill Spiral Hell. I recommend building up to 300% TP and doing a Sneak Attack + Spiral Hell on some poor monster outside Jeuno as a reward.


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Level Sync to Unlock Latent Effect
# Oct 29 2008 at 5:06 PM Rating: Decent
I wasn't sure if it was possible or not so I just tried it to see. You CAN unlock the latent effect even while you are in a level sync party. Whether you open or close skillchains or solo weapon skills doesn't matter because you will still get points for anything as long as the mob checks EP or higher. I unlocked the latent effect and now I just need to round up some people to go kill Mokumokuren.
Bad WS
# Sep 19 2008 at 8:08 AM Rating: Default
I just got this weapon skill. It looks cool and all but it is horrible damage. guilliotine and crossreaper are wayyyy better
Bad WS
# Aug 10 2009 at 2:05 AM Rating: Decent
Well Durr, but luckily other jobs have use in it for scythe, namely BST for the most part. Nothin wrong w/ a rose strap on a bahamut's zaghnal pumpin out some Spiral Hells now are there? :P
# Dec 28 2007 at 4:17 PM Rating: Decent
is any of the wsnm quest cancelable? nobody will help me get the WSNM for sword so im going to go for scythe on my DRK instead when i talk to curilla she just says go to quicksands

Edited, Dec 28th 2007 7:18pm by solairetoo
# Oct 08 2007 at 6:48 AM Rating: Decent
any one know the <pos> for Novalmauge?
# Jul 16 2008 at 7:29 AM Rating: Decent
Lol....He's in the Bostaunieux Oubliette. Just go straight...the first right..and there he is walking up and down that hall.
# Sep 03 2007 at 12:36 AM Rating: Decent
i wanna know if WS u doing during besieged arrre count or not? because mob don t give and can t give any xp by them self... but lvl far from ep^^
# Sep 05 2007 at 10:01 PM Rating: Decent
Just to clarify: you can only have one trial weapon at a time. Took me forever to figure out why he wasn't giving me the quest at 249 scythe skill and level 72. -_-
My fight.
# Jun 04 2007 at 12:55 AM Rating: Decent
Killed Mokumokuren today. Setup:

Ninja tanked with jelly ring, earth staff, and tavnazian taco with his back to the mob. He casted different Ninjitsu spells/voke/etc for hate while the Drk and War melee'd. Drk TA off Nin to help him with hate. Blm and WHm also kept their backs to the mob. Blm and Drk stunned big magic spells. Drk and War killed pops. Fight was pretty easy.

On a side note I went with the Drk to see his 1st Spiral Hell and he did 1400+
Latent Not Breaking
# Oct 31 2006 at 3:54 PM Rating: Decent
1,970 posts
It's strange. I've kept a flawlessly accurate record of every weapon skill I've done (all soloed), I've fought DC to T only and I'm up to 304 and the latent hasn't worn off. HP amount hasn't changed, nothing.

Guess I'll just keep on going.
Latent Not Breaking
# Jul 07 2008 at 2:09 AM Rating: Decent
Skillchains... not weapon skills are what you have to do, if you have not found this out yet.. but hopefully after 2 years you would have... <.<
Latent Not Breaking
# Aug 13 2008 at 9:01 AM Rating: Decent
12,232 posts
Dalaros wrote:
Skillchains... not weapon skills are what you have to do, if you have not found this out yet.. but hopefully after 2 years you would have... <.<

Weaponskills, NOT skillchains, are what you have to do, if you have not found this out yet... but hopefully after 2 years you would have...<.<

Skillchains give you MORE points, but Solo WS's work.
# Jul 22 2006 at 9:48 PM Rating: Decent
does darkness worth 5pts? i should have more than 300pts by now..but still not cleared. Maybe it only worth 3 ptS? can someone tell me
# Jul 25 2006 at 3:03 AM Rating: Decent
NVm. I was just stupid. I have already cleared long time ago. FYI. Latent effect stat (lighing+10 and light +10) will NOT disappear on the item picture. The best way to check is to unequip and equip back to see whether you have +20 HP on character itself. ^_^ Hope this will help.

Edited, Jul 25th 2006 at 4:10am EDT by saintseiya
Quest script: can i have it?
# Jun 14 2006 at 3:19 PM Rating: Decent
does anyone know if we can look up the script for these quests? It was an awesome story he told at the end and i'd like to find it ;)
Lvl 71?
# May 27 2006 at 7:18 PM Rating: Decent
Cool, been looking for where to get this. And I don't think you have to be lvl 71 as posted above, a Dark Knight hits 240 skill at lvl 68!
Lvl 71?
# Aug 19 2006 at 12:38 AM Rating: Decent
Haha, My bad... (<p0> slaps himsef in the face)!
thanks ;)
Lvl 71?
# Jul 23 2006 at 2:10 PM Rating: Decent
Being that the Scythe of Trials is a lvl 71 weapon, i dont see how you could do it b4 then.
threads not about catastrophe
# Mar 05 2006 at 12:16 AM Rating: Default
80 posts
ummm i seriously thought this tread was about the ws spiral hell but i guess not
# Jun 20 2005 at 3:27 PM Rating: Decent
Does anybody have the Apocolypse. I've heard it's like 250 million gil to get all the upgrades. That seems like it's a bit farfetch but, I guess it is the most powerfull weapon in the game.
RE: Apocolypse
# Aug 18 2005 at 4:17 AM Rating: Decent
217 posts
Deathknight on the Phoenix server has it. Funny thing is, he spends all of his time in the Temple of Uggalepih, just killing stuff. Kinda curious why... but hey, if you enjoy it, why not. (Catastrophe looks kick-*** too! :D)
RE: Apocolypse
# Sep 09 2005 at 4:25 PM Rating: Decent
Yea Deathknight is the Sh*t. I have seen him a bunch of times and I have seen him use this weapon skill and it is so nasty. He doesnt mind showing it off and neither would I ^^!!
Spiral Hell
# Jun 18 2005 at 2:12 PM Rating: Decent
The WS itself looks rather plain, but when paired up with the martial scythe, it is the deadliest weapon a DRK has. O:
All WS Video Link
# Jun 18 2005 at 11:47 AM Rating: Decent
Gave Up The D
12,281 posts
WS Video Link

Use Quicktime to watch the video after you download it. The link for Codec needed to watch is here 3ivx Codec.

Spiral Hell is the second to last scythe ws shown, the last one is Catastrophe, the ws gained when you get the full Relic scythe (cant remember the name).

Edited, Sat Jun 18 12:50:48 2005
Shaowstrike (Retired - FFXI)
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"We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."
— James D. Nicoll
RE: All WS Video Link
# Jun 19 2005 at 6:33 PM Rating: Decent
actually Catastrophe, is the name of the last scythe i do believe
RE: All WS Video Link
# Jun 19 2005 at 6:56 PM Rating: Decent
Gave Up The D
12,281 posts
The Scythe's name is Apocolypse.

Here is the link for the scythe Apocolypse.
Shaowstrike (Retired - FFXI)
Cooking/Fishing 100

"We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."
— James D. Nicoll
# Jun 16 2005 at 2:46 PM Rating: Decent
1,141 posts
All the links in Exo's library are dead. anyone have a link to a clip of this WS?
RE: Video?
# Jun 17 2005 at 5:09 AM Rating: Decent

Edited, Fri Jun 17 07:07:13 2005
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