Dropping Like Flies  

Start Area: Horlais Peak
Start NPC:Shami (H - 8)
Max Party:6
Related Mobs:Houndfly
Min Level:30
Max Level:30
(Average from 4 ratings)
Items Required:Sky Orb
Items Granted:Ashigaru Targe
Beater's Aspis
Emperor Hairpin
Mannequin Body
Mannequin Head
Mercenary Mantle
Scroll of Dispel
Scroll of Erase
Scroll: Magic Finale
Singer's Mantle
Varlet's Targe
Wizard's Mantle
Wrestler's Aspis
Wyvern Mantle
This Quest is Repeatable
Last Updated: Thu Aug 20 05:58:37 2009

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Battle Notes

In order to enter the battlefield you will need to bring a Sky Orb, which is obtained by trading 30 Beastmen's Seals to Shami at (H-8) in Port Jeuno. When you are ready, trade the Sky Orb to the Burning Circle inside Horlais Peak and choose to enter the battle Dropping Like Flies.

Up to 6 people may enter and you will all receive a level 30 restriction. You have 30 minutes to win. You will fight a total of 9 flies: one Huntfly and 8 Houndflies.


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summons 2 hour
# Aug 30 2005 at 6:50 AM Rating: Decent
In order to do a BCNM successfully this means finding a full proof stategy for winning ideally without using a 2 hour. Its all very well 6 summons using astral and thats nice and all you get 1 set of drops but then what about the other 5 summons who didn't get anything??? unless your gonna do this over 12 hours it doesn't seem a very good tactic to use!
RE: summons 2 hour
# Aug 31 2005 at 9:41 PM Rating: Decent
When we do bcnm runs, we usually just do one quick run before my friends and I log for the night, so we all 2hr and make the fight quick and easy. If anything good drops we sell it and split the loot and the next night someone else brings their orb for another run. Yes, it takes 2 hours before we could do another run, but its a 100% chance of winning.
No SMN's?
# Aug 30 2005 at 6:41 AM Rating: Decent
How about kiting some of the flies around? - This would be hard - but maybe if you came with 3 RDM(/NIN?), PLD/WAR, WHM/SMN, and BLM/WHM - It might just be possible. The RDM's would have to kite 3 flies each...Using gravity and bind...This would be very hard to do though - U Would need to bring some way of reducing the munber of flies - a BST/WHM, replacing the WHM? Then BST could take out 2 flies, leaving 2 each for the RDMs, which is just about possible if they equip for DEF and VIT. Then there would be one NM and one normal fly on the PLD - The BST could help out to begin with, on the normal fly, and the BLM would have to clear it as fast as possible, while curing the RDM's - who will be too busy running around to heal much themselves. Maybe this would work - it doesnt rely on large numbers of SMN's or BST's, on sleeping the flies(impossible?) - and maybe wouldnt need anyone to 2hr - which is important if you want to do this for gil. When the remaining normal fly is dead, the PLD and BLM move on to the NM - BST may need to re charm, or help his fly - whatever. The BST then uses his pet, which he has kept alive by helping it out(pet food, or just extra damage), to take one fly of the most hurt RDM. His pet will die - he can charm another fly, and, basically, try to kill all the flys, bcoz the BLM and PLD will be busy healing the RDM's. This does not seem to me to be a practical strategy - but if done well, with plenty of potions and juice, it might just work. I am sorry that I have not yet been able to test this myself - If someoen could try it, plz post here whether you think it could work. I have little doubt that 6(or less maybe) SMN's could win this very fast, and easily, but that is only realy worth it to get the record - its not a useable technique
# Aug 30 2005 at 1:28 AM Rating: Decent
All the crap below this post is all fine and good but has anyone done it? This BCNM seems very profitable, and unfortunely, not everyone has acces to 5 summoners and/or 5 beastmasters. But if anyone comes up with, i don't know, a reasonable way to do this without leaning on summoners, please post your strategy.
Astral Fow
# Aug 29 2005 at 10:17 PM Rating: Good
89 posts
6SMN There is no way you could loose. Astral flow and a few Hi-Ethers and a Yag drink for each person would allow you to get off 18 Diamond Dusts (Best for Flys) all within 3 min.
At a lvl cap of 30 that should be about 320 or so dmg per Diamond dust. Assuming you actually did all 18 the damage would be 5760ish each for a grand total of roughly 51800 points of damage. Honestly I think they would all be dead after the first volly.
Try this
# Aug 29 2005 at 2:44 PM Rating: Decent
I was thinking about the BCNM 20 runs I used to do at Horlais Peak and we always brought a summoner for the amazing amount of damage Ramuh would do to the entire group of mobs when he 2hr'd. So I was wondering if anyone would be willing to grab a team of SMNs and a Star Orb and let me know how it works out for this BCNM 30.
Horlais Peak
# Aug 29 2005 at 9:40 AM Rating: Decent
299 posts
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Horlais Peak in Ghelsba?
RE: Horlais Peak
# Aug 29 2005 at 12:25 PM Rating: Decent
39 posts
Basically in Fort Ghelsba, go through Yughott Grotto to get there.
Characters on Cerberus:
Bricotius: 64 THF, 34 NIN, 25 WAR, 23 WHM, 21 PLD, 20 DRG, 17 BLM, 17 BRD, 14 RNG, 13 MNK, 11 DRK, 10 RDM, 8 SMN, 7 SAM, 6 BLU, 4 SCH, 4 BST, 1 DNC
Ophellia: 7 WAR, 4 MNK, 3 RDM
Carmen: 7 WHM
Danien: 4 RDM, 3 THF, 2 WAR
Raltimus: 9 MNK, 5 BLM
Naltina: 17 RDM, 5 WAR, 2 MNK
Jerle: 20 WAR, 3 MNK
Kinson: 15 WAR
Dianora: 7 THF
RE: Horlais Peak
# Aug 29 2005 at 12:24 PM Rating: Default
Yes... (^^)
1nin 1whm 4bst
# Aug 28 2005 at 7:16 PM Rating: Decent
My suggestion would be 1 NIN, 1 WHM, 4BST. NIN solo tank the main fly with the support of WHM while the other BST charm and take on the smaller flies since they are not sleepable. After the first four flies die, help Nin with main fly, then slowly take out the smaller flies one at a time.
RE: 1nin 1whm 4bst
# Aug 28 2005 at 7:19 PM Rating: Decent
Sorry Pld would probably be better instead of nin. Thought this was a 40BCNM.
# Aug 28 2005 at 6:57 PM Rating: Decent
Can i do this BCNM with thief? /tell

Darksaga unicorn server thief
stingin sophie 3/7
stray mary 0/0 lol only try 1 time and no pop
# Aug 28 2005 at 4:36 PM Rating: Decent
I saw this today and decided to get ls together and try it out, and well.... Party setup was
BRD/WHM << me
We came with 5 orbs and only did it once because thats all it took to realize we couldn't do this. Even with a ton of CHR, food, a Mary's Horn, and Enchanting Etude, I couldnt manage to sleep not one fly! So basically this is not like the mandy BCNM40, dont bring a BRD and try that aproach. My only suggestion is to try with 6 BST's. Hope this helps.

Edited, Sun Aug 28 17:47:34 2005
# Aug 29 2005 at 2:59 PM Rating: Decent
The main problem I see with that setup is way too many White Mages, they don't pack enough fire power nor support for DDs to take down 8 mobs. I would say the more muscle you bring to the Burning Circle, the more chance you have of survival. Also, you don't want to bring along anyone that will die easily if they are attacked, its pretty much a lost fight once the first person dies.
# Aug 30 2005 at 6:39 AM Rating: Good
200 posts
He's using the same basic setup that's popular for BCNM40 Steamed Sprouts. The Bard sleeps all the monsters that the DDs aren't fighting, one WHM heals the Bard exclusively, and the second WHM heals everyone else.
# Aug 29 2005 at 2:17 AM Rating: Decent
#REDACTED, Posted: Aug 29 2005 at 2:17 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) CHR food and Etude does not help you land songs, only the duration. Singing and Instrument skills are what effects whether or not you can land them.
# Nov 03 2005 at 7:46 PM Rating: Excellent
2,180 posts
Wrong... just wrong...
Louverance: You should spend your next life as a friar, my friend!
Meransarget: Oh, herro there.
# Aug 29 2005 at 2:22 PM Rating: Decent
ok, well with the horn and capped singing and wind instr. skills, it still didnt happen.
# Aug 28 2005 at 2:58 PM Rating: Decent
would pld and 5 smns work for this?

pld uses 2hr to get the hate then smn 2hrs to kill everything?

or smn uses 2 hrs first just incase some survive then pld uses 2hr?

any ideas?
# Aug 28 2005 at 1:27 PM Rating: Default
Horlais Peak in Giddues huh.....
RE: lol
# Sep 07 2005 at 6:08 AM Rating: Decent
399 posts
Horlais Peak is in Fort Ghelsba.
Team setup?
# Aug 28 2005 at 12:25 PM Rating: Default
Anyone know a good team setup for this BCNM? Hoping to try this as a WHM or as a SMN.
We have found it.
# Aug 28 2005 at 9:40 AM Rating: Decent
2,094 posts
The new Mandys!!!!
How could you do this?
# Aug 28 2005 at 5:27 AM Rating: Decent
Lol - Go Emp Hairpin

Do you think you should try to use a BRD or BLM to sleep the flies, or maybe 5 or 6 BST's to charm some of them?

Maybe 4 BST's could do it - each charm a fly, set it on another one, and clean up afterwards - either by killing the not-yet-dead other fly, or attacking the NM, leaving 2 spaces free to keep the NM and remaining fly slept?

Has anyone tried this?
# Aug 27 2005 at 11:52 PM Rating: Decent
238 posts
And i thought they'd never bring back the emp hairpin XD

This looks to me like BCNM 40 with the mandies.
RE: Interesting
# Sep 03 2005 at 8:04 PM Rating: Decent
Bring it back? They never took it away.
#REDACTED, Posted: Aug 27 2005 at 11:48 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Has anyone bothered to do this one yet?
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