Picture Perfect  

Submitted by:Kyrial
Start Area: Selbina
Start NPC:Diederik (G - 10)
Type:Fellowship Quest
Prerequisites:A Pose by Any Other Name
Related Areas:Bastok Markets
Korroloka Tunnel
Related Mobs:Angelica (F - 10)
Diederik (G - 10)
Yagudo Muralist
Min Level:1
Max Level:75
Reward:Adventuring Fellow Level Limit Raised to 55
(Average from 4 ratings)
Items Required:Bal Shell
Title Obtained:Team Player
Last Updated: Thu Aug 20 05:58:37 2009

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Diederik has lost a painting ordered by a valued customer. He wants you to help him earn time in order to get a replacement painting before anyone notices.


In order to receive this quest your NPC fellow must be level 50 and you must have first completed A pose by Any Other Name.

Talk to Diederik in Selbina. You need to have your Signal Pearl in your inventory. He will give you the option to either go to Angelica in Windurst Waters or Umberto in Bastok Markets. Your NPC fellow will go to the one you don't.

If you go to Angelica

Speak with Angelica to get a cut scene with her, followed by another cut scene showing what's going on in Bastok. Umberto will mention a Bal Shell. Angelica will ask you to get one for her. You get the Bal Shell by excavating in Korroloka Tunnel. Once you have a shell, trade it to Angelica with your Signal Pearl equipped to trigger another cut scene. She will then ask you for an Opalescent Stone.

If you go to Umberto

Talk to Umberto in Bastok Markets to get a cut scene with him, followed by another cut scene showing what's going on in Windurst. He will then ask you for a Bal Shell. You get the Bal Shell by excavating in Korroloka Tunnel. Once you have a shell, trade it to Umberto with your Signal Pearl equipped to trigger another cut scene. Go back to Selbina and talk to Diederik for another cut scene. Make sure you have your Signal Pearl in your inventory.

Once you've completed one of the two above paths, go to Castle Oztroja and open the Brass Door at (I-8). Go up the stairs to (I-9) and into the courtyard. Proceed east until you get to a Brass Door at (I-8). Click it for a cut scene, then click it again to enter. Click on the ??? in the room to spawn a Yagudo Muralist and your fellowship NPC. After the fight, talk to your NPC and then check the ??? again to get an Opalescent Stone.

Go talk to Angelica in Windurst Waters she will give you an Old Woman's Portrait and ask you to deliver it to Umberto in Bastok Markets. Talk to Umberto to complete the quest.

Quest Series

Obtaining Signal Pearl

Fellowship Bond

Level Cap


Final Fantasy XI

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Yagudo Fight & No key item
# Aug 14 2007 at 7:56 AM Rating: Decent
I did the Yagudo NM fight but didn't realize I had to talk to my npc before he disappeared. Checking the ??? did not give me the key item. I tried exiting through the brass door and re-entering but I could not re-trigger the fight. I also tried logging off and on. Eventually I escaped out and re-entered Castle Oztroja and that did the trick. i.e. I did not get the cutscene on clicking the brass door a second time but I could enter and click on the ??? to get the fight again. This time I remembered to select my npc after the fight and selected talk from the menu. I got the short cutscene and then I could check the ??? and get the key item (Opalescent Stone).

Just posting this in case anyone else makes the same mistake.
pleae add this to walkthrough
# Feb 24 2007 at 4:40 PM Rating: Decent
equip signet pearl to pickup quest
Soloable at 60?
# Sep 07 2006 at 8:06 AM Rating: Decent
I just figured I'd post my conditions for fighting the Yagudo murialist for this quest. I saw on another site soloable at lv60 and so I figured it would be certain death but I like to do things myself at least once to see if it is possible. I went in as a 51war/25nin with my npc (obviously at 50) set to Soothing healer. Right off the bat he cast aeroga but it was interrupted. My npc cast paralyze which stuck nicely. After he got through my shadows he only hit me about 4-5 times the whole battle including a final poison II right before he died. I did use mighty strikes but I really didn't need it. I only used it because it was part of the battle plan after casting my 2nd utsusemi. Anyway just wanted to say it is easily done by 51.
Bal Shell - can't get it
# Aug 30 2006 at 2:41 PM Rating: Decent
28 posts
I have the quest started. My NPC recently turned 50. (A Pose by any other Name Windy quest is done) Went to old man in Bastok. Then to Korroloka Tunnel to a ??? and traded pickaxe. But it does not give me the Bal Shell. Instead it says .. Nothing Happened ...
What's missing? How do I get the Bal Shell?

NEVERMIND: Vana'diel Atlas maps incorrectly identifies ??? as an excavation point . They are not. Excavation points say
Excavation Point
. Found one using map http://www.hi-ho.ne.jp/gulif/ziq_topeng.html and got the Bal Shell.

Edited, Aug 30th 2006 at 3:59pm EDT by allapibs

Edited, Aug 30th 2006 at 4:02pm EDT by allapibs
Old Woman's Portrait
# Jul 17 2006 at 12:27 AM Rating: Decent
I normally read every Key Item description, but due to rushing too much today I realized I hadn't checked the Old Woman's Portrait until after I already started talking to the old man in Bastok. Could someone post what it said please?
Old Woman's Portrait
# Jul 26 2006 at 11:54 PM Rating: Decent
160 posts
text reads
"Angelica created this portrait using paing made from an opalescent stone."
50 cap
# Jul 05 2006 at 1:33 AM Rating: Decent
I can say without any doubt that the quest "A question of taste" DOES interfere with the NPC 50 cap quest, "Picture Perfect". If this quest is started, you will not be able to start your npc 50 cap quest... No one wants to help me fight this thing, and soloing him sounds very risky (at least 16,000 hp, and if you melee, be prepared to eat a LOT of AoE that eats shadows), so my question is, is there an NPC or ANYTHING anywhere that can remove this quest so I can do my npc 50 cap? PLEASE, I am really stuck here, and leveling my npc is one of the few things left in the game that I really enjoy... Thank you
50 cap
# Jul 12 2006 at 3:20 AM Rating: Decent
Hey, this is the 1st time I ever posted on alla so bear with me here.

Since u have the choice of Angelica or Umberto route, for those of u that wish to complete the quest via Angelica instead of Umberto yourself, u must find the same item 'Bal Shell' and trade it to Angelica. This is investigated from a Japanese website and its proven correct since I just completed the quest.

I was unsure whether or not 'A question of taste' quest interferes since u can trade the 'bal shell' at any time, even tho I did completed that quest also in desperation since I was stuck for many hours. Also since trading the item triggers the vids, I m also unsure whether wearing the 'link pearl' has to do with the quest.

I would like to request an update to be done with the walkthrough because its not quite complete with 2 choice paths available to this quest.

Edited, Jul 12th 2006 at 4:26am EDT by kobutada
missing info
# Jun 01 2006 at 5:59 PM Rating: Decent
43 posts
As is common on allah, some info was missing from the walkthrough submitted.
First, the Brass Door you want in on the map that Quu Domi the Gallant pops on, up top in the middle of the eastern side.
Second, after beating this joke of an NM, don't disband your NPC, as you have to talk to them fisrt before clicking the ???.
I hope this helps someone else to not tour all the Brass Doors, as i did...
missing info
# Jun 29 2006 at 12:44 AM Rating: Good
722 posts
Actually, I wrote that walkthrough (which hasn't been changed at all since I submitted it), and if you actually read it, I *did* give directions to the correct Brass Door. Sorry if you didn't read it correctly. :P

Also, I said right in the walkthrough: Once the Yagudo Muralist is dead, talk to your NPC, then check the ??? again for a key item (Opalescent Stone).
Key Item Issue
# Apr 20 2006 at 10:33 PM Rating: Decent
16 posts
So I went to the castle and I killed the NM it was fairly easy but for some reason my NPC disbanded. I'm not sure if I had a lag spike or my KB screwed up, but I cant get the key item, if anyone has ever had a problem like this please post so I can get this quest done asap! my NPC has been very close to level for weeks thnx. ^^
Windurst Rout
# Mar 23 2006 at 7:18 AM Rating: Decent
I went the way of Windurst. But I can't figure out why I’m not getting the cut-scene at the brass door in Castle Oztroja (and I’ve e been to every brass door there I can find).. I’ve been back to talk to all 3 npc at windurst, bastok, and selbina. I’ve been told by angelica to get the Opalescent Stone. Can anyone tell me what I’m doing wrong? Oh and I have both the signet pearl and tactics pearl equipped when I do all this.
Windurst Rout
# May 18 2007 at 2:53 PM Rating: Decent
22 posts
Ok so a few things I've found out in trying to get this quest done for the past three days.

1. To open the brass door as you walk into the Castle, you need to stand in between the two levers and click on the right one. This will open the door.

2. Do not call your NPC out during your time in the Castle because it will not allow you to open the second brass door on the upper level.

I know these may sound noobish but its was worked for me.
Windurst Rout
# Aug 25 2006 at 3:14 AM Rating: Decent
30 posts
im having the same problem i cant think of what im doing wrong ive done all the prep work made it to the brass door and no CS even used the handles to go past the door still not CS what do i need to do?
Choosing to go to Angelica
# Mar 16 2006 at 4:52 PM Rating: Decent
If you choose to go to Angelica the quest is pretty much the same. I choose Angelica before researching this quest. In the end she asked me to bring her the Bal Shell that the NPC was also going after for the old man. I went to Korralaka tunnel and excavated the Bal shell and returned to Angelica to give it to her. She then asked me to retrieve the opalescent stone for her. After getting the stone and talking to Angelica she orders me to deliever the new painting to the old man. One you speak with the old man in Bastok the quest is complete. Sorry if this is old info but I wasnt having much luck finding it so hopefully it helps someone.
Here is how I got it
# Mar 09 2006 at 2:01 PM Rating: Decent
I went straight to Diederik to try to get this quest right away...he didnt give it to me. At the time I had L10 Fame in both Selbina and Windy and had killed 4 mobs into L50. I went to Windy to talk to Angelica anyway just to see if anything happened since Diederik mentioned her in the small dialogue he did give me with the hopes to clarify what just happened. When i got to Angelica she gave a quest called "A Pose By Any Other Name"...got me a leather vest that she asked me to get and finished the quest. She gave a Ancient Blood and a key item Angelica's Autograph. After that I went back to Rendezvous Point to check if I had enough Bond level for Chameleon Capers by checking to see if the headgear option would add another piece and it did. Did the Chameleon Capers quest and then I went back to Diederick and finally gave me the quest.

Don't know if right after the Angelica quest he would of given me the quest or not but I know that only Chameleon Capers and Angelica's quest were the only 2 quests I did after I ding level 50. Hope this helps you all.

Getting around
# Feb 25 2006 at 3:03 PM Rating: Decent
64 posts
I use this method all the time, but it really helped out during this quest...

Set your HP near the OP warp guy in your home city (assuming you've done all the supply quests) and just use him to warp around. I did this quest start to finish in around an hour that way. You can OP to Kuzotz when you need to run to go to Korroloka (and if you're BLM, escape from Korroloka straight into Bastok when you're done), to Saruta or Gusta (if you're lucky enough to get them both) for windy and bastok, Zulkheim for Selbina, and either OP to Meriphtaud Mountains or Tele-Mea + chocobo to get to Castle Oztroja.

I know this is probably common knowledge to a lot of people, but for those who don't know, OP warping is one of the biggest time savers in the game... use it well.
i am stuck lol
# Dec 15 2005 at 10:58 PM Rating: Decent
111 posts
i found that shell and traded to him, but he just says something about his wife and my friend, and no CS, and dosnt even take the shell.

what do i do ;;
RE: i am stuck lol
# Feb 13 2006 at 1:49 PM Rating: Decent
Ugh.. I have the same problem ; ; I try trading him the shell but he wont take it. Senior citizens...ach! {Idea}{Do you have it?}, I want to level Sufhi!
RE: i am stuck lol
# Feb 14 2006 at 12:41 PM Rating: Decent
Oh..Um.. I may not have had the Signal Pearl with me. Now its working /blush. Young uhns... ack.
RE: i am stuck lol
# Sep 08 2006 at 3:06 PM Rating: Decent
wtf is wrong with this site ><
RE: i am stuck lol
# Sep 08 2006 at 3:05 PM Rating: Decent
Yeah, make sure Pearl is equiped when doing these NPC quests. This is lame but necessary.
RE: i am stuck lol
# Sep 08 2006 at 2:59 PM Rating: Decent
Same thing here kinda... I went to Diederik in Selbina right after i completed angelica's "A pose by any other name" quest. When i got there, he wouldn't give me the CS for the quest. So, i went back to my MH and equipped the Signal Pearl. Headed back to Selbina, and this time i got the CS. Yes, you also need to have the pearl equiped when you talk to Diederik, so don't forget it.
RE: i am stuck lol
# Nov 01 2007 at 5:13 PM Rating: Decent
316 posts
Annoying note to this.... tactics pearl doesn't count for this, even though it does for other quests..... took me a while to figure out that that was my prob, as signal pearl was in my mog house
RE: i am stuck lol
# Jan 18 2006 at 10:13 PM Rating: Decent

I went to fight the Yag NM in Oztraja. Got the CS's; clicked the ??? and my fellow and i started to fight the NM.

PROBLEM: The first thing he did was cast sleep2 and slept me throughout the whole ??????? fight! I had barsleepra on; it didnt do ****. And since i had stoneskin on; he's AOE didnt wake me; it should killed my fellow after the third nuke.

Now i donthave key item and i cant resummon him...


Escape out of Oztroja and go back in; u'll get cs again and get to refight NM.
Anyone come across this?

Edited, Wed Jan 18 22:24:12 2006
RE: i am stuck lol
# Dec 16 2005 at 10:39 AM Rating: Decent
Did you choose Angelica/Windurst?
Anyway, try to trade the Bal Shell to her, might work.
Angelica's Path
# Dec 14 2005 at 10:14 PM Rating: Decent
If you choose to go to Windurst, speak to Angelica for a Cutscene.
Get a Bal Shell from Korolloka Tunnel as stated above, - btw. 3 of 4 Exc. Points that i know are between the first 2 bridges in main tunnel on the way to e.altepa.
Trade the Bal Shell to Angelica, she mention Opalescent Stone and Castle Oztroja.
Go there and fight the Yagudo NM, return with the Key Item back to Angelica for a Cutscene and yet another Key Item: "Old woman's portrait".
Travel to Bastok Markets and speak to Umberto to finish the Quest.

Edited, Wed Dec 14 21:19:02 2005
Picture Perfect
# Dec 13 2005 at 2:09 PM Rating: Decent
40 posts
This quest was somewhat fun, lots of cutscenes which i love. It was a bit long though, and lots of traveling.
# Dec 05 2005 at 5:03 AM Rating: Good
722 posts
My first quest walkthrough submission. ^^ This was a fun quest. :)
# Sep 09 2006 at 9:59 AM Rating: Decent
This quest was a **** pain in the ***, walk here go there >.< Traveling is not fun
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