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#1 Aug 15 2010 at 7:59 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm slowly working my way through the Trials for Varuna's Staff (Damage Form), and I thought I would start this post so it might help other people, or other people to help me.


Trial 790: 50 Treants in Weather

Well documented trial, I went to Grauberg [S] and killed the treants there. See FFXIclopedia page for more locations and details.

If no syncee Caedarva Mire works at 80, weather is much rarer, but at least 2 5 minute repops. Reynark



Trial 841: 50 Slimes in Ice, Dark, Water or Earth weather

Again well documented, I synced to 15 in the entrance area of Ranguemont Pass. Takes a while, as repops take 8 minutes.

Den of Rancor, since the weather there shares with Yhoator + Yuhtunga. Clump 4-5 and -ga to death. Balbados

Sea Serpent Grotto, just inside the gold door. Easy to get to if you have a Norg earring. There are 4 slimes within a quick walk that I know of. Fished while weather was down. VxSote



Trial 842: 50 Monsters in Ice Weather or Iceday

I stayed in Ranguemont Pass, with the same sync, however this one is faster as you can kill the goblins as well. Some may not give exp, depending on your synced level. FFXIClopedia also lists Ulegurand range.

One-shotted gigas tigers in Xarc (S). VxSote




Trial 843: 50 Amorphs in Ice Weather or Iceday

I went to Uleguerand Range, killing the Glacier Eaters in the tunnels. Ice weather is very common, so isn't too much of an issue. I also kept a level 30 sync in quifim at the pond, and ran there on iceday for faster kills on Land Worms.

Worms are nice, because they can be aspired.



Trial 848: 150 Arcana, Ice killshot of 50+ damage

Basement of Garliage killing Vault and Over Weapons. They can be aspired, but takes a while. Nigh impossible to do if there are 2 or more SAMs doing their Amano upgrades there. Plus NINs or THFs doing arcana, that place gets crowded fast.

Snolls in Uleguarand Range are killable with T4>T4>T3. Buffalos can agro, but are easil avoided. Much faster and easier than weapons.

I did aura statues in sky for skillups/dio/exp killing several birds with one stone. Reynark

I did 99% of this trial in Abyssea - Uleguarand Range. Every mob around Conflux #7 is Arcana. If solo you might have to be a bit flexible to find a family of mobs that aren't spawning T-IT. HilltopBob

I did the whole Arcana trial for my ice staff on the detector mobs, which I think are called Specatators and are page #2 from the Dominion guy @ conflux 7. If you have 3 atma and decent skill you can easily two-shot them even at IT. If you don't have quite as many buffs then just make sure you have a decent enfeebling set so that you can sleep them. eldelphia

Started by teaming up with a random BLM and -ga nuking Despot placeholders. Then killed Despot.
Finished doing domion pages on Sand Sweepers in Abyssea Altepa at Flux 8 solo. Popular spot, so lots of mobs check IT to 90, giving good xp/hr there solo, with no downtime at all. {i]VxSote[/i]




Trial 849: 200 Lizards, Ice killshot of 150+ damage

Mamool Ja Strappers in Mamook have pet lizards which are one shottable with Freeze II or Blizz 4. Camp on ledges and nuke from relative safety.

To get to camp:
Take Runic Portal to Mamool Ja Staging Point.
Head North then East and zone into Mamook.
Run past the spiders, dropping down two ledges until you get to a large room.
Drop to the floor of the large room, and then go across to the ramp that is kind of to the right. Careful of NM here, TS and TH.
Follow the ledge round until you are overlooking the two Sappers.
Drop down and run across to the other ramp.
Camp next to the bridge, and you will be out of agro range.

Teamed with another BLM friend to kill Dusk Lizards east of flux 7 in Abyssea Misareaux. Skilled duo can -ja nuke groups of 15+ easily. VxSote



Trial 1708: 200 Bees, Ice killshot of 150+ damage

I did this outside whitegate. Took a while, but is relatively easy to gather a group of 3, then aga them. I found regular competition here.

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Trial 1709: 250 Crabs, Ice killshot of 250+ damage

I followed Secretkeepers advice, and did this in Pashhow Marshlands [S] at the Luremarsh, on the snippers. There are 7 or 8 pops there which I gathered up and sleepga'd, then used Blizzaga3 > Sleepga > Aspir > Aspir II, repeat.

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For trial 1709 Crabs, I did the tree


Lucinus wrote:
Toraimarai Canal's an excellent spot. It's a pain in the **** to get to where the crabs live, but that's partly the reason why it's so excellent, because you'll get very little competition compared with Kuftal or the tree. I, personally, was fond of F/G-10 when I was breaking a polearm down that way, but I'd be surprised if that's the only Robber Crab camp in the canal.


tertoonetwothreefour wrote:
For 1709 crabs, consider joining groups in Vunkerl (S), sniping for kills. With all the aquan killer and crab trials, there are guranteed to be 4 people in a group, plus a couple ppl soloing. BLM/SCH, snipe for bliz3 killshots, ???, profit.


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Didnt see it here, so I figured Id chime in for Crabs, you can do the ones in Abyssea Mis. Coast. What I did having 1000s of bastion points, is I kept buying fana drinks, and using mana wall, pull x10 crab, use fana drink as soon as your SS get taken off(dont wait til you get all crabs do it when you can as soon as SS drops) pop 2hour and start using your -gas. Going from Thundaga line to blizzaga lines seemed to work for me. They should be dead before fana wears.

After that just rinse and repeat, bene chest should be able to drop from the crowd you kill, or just keep killing one by one til one drops for you. Can do w/o bene, youll just probably have to wait on mana wall timers(youll probably have bene by then though...) and use up more temp items. Should be done after 25-30 rounds of that.




Trial 2195: 250 Wyverns, Ice killshot of 250+ damage

I'm doing Ignidrakes at (I-9) Riverne Site B01. They are two shottable with T4, and take forever to eat through stoneskin so are pretty safe. Downside is the massive respawn time between pops. At 90 the Nitro clusters around the area don't agro, so there are no mobs to dodge.


[quote=Satington]Can be done in Grauberg at flux 3 or Altepa at flux 4. Both have Martello’s next to them.

I duo grauberg with a friend and it was very easy, but I don’t suggest doing it if you don’t have good atmas,
A minimum of 2 atmas is good requirement imo.

My atmas were Minikin + Ultimate + Apocalypse. (I have full Furtherance & Merits Abyssites)
My friend had Minikin + Baying moon.

We got plenty of time extensions and we were even able to cap pearl lights so that was a nice bonus.
Heroes zones tends to drop more red chest ( from my experience anyway.)



I will update this post as I continue. Has anyone else done the trials that could suggest better options for these trials, or ideas for the future trials?




Edited, Jan 8th 2011 8:08am by Pud

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#2 Aug 15 2010 at 9:12 AM Rating: Good
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Excellent guide, I'd like to share my experiences on those trials.

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Trial 841: 50 Slimes in Ice, Dark, Water or Earth weather

Again well documented, I synced to 15 in the entrance area of Ranguemont Pass. Takes a while, as repops take 8 minutes.


If no syncee Caedarva Mire works at 80, weather is much rarer, but at least 2 5 minute repops.

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Trial 848: 150 Arcana, Ice killshot of 50+ damage

My current trial, I'm in the basement of Garliage killing Vault and Over Weapons. They can be aspired, but its taking a while. I've also heard of people doing dolls in Sky or Ro'Maeve.


I did aura statues in sky for skillups/dio/exp killing several birds with one stone, I didn't think of doing weapons myself, could be faster.

For the remaining trials I did....

For trial 849 Lizards, there are several mamool Ja lizard pets one shottable in mamook(EP at 80).

For trial 1708 Bees, I did outside whitegate, but I'm sure you could sync for some pet kills.

For trial 1709 Crabs, I did the tree, again there might have been easier camps, but those are the places I went. GL with rest of trial Pud.

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For trial 1709 Crabs, I did the tree
Toraimarai Canal's an excellent spot. It's a pain in the **** to get to where the crabs live, but that's partly the reason why it's so excellent, because you'll get very little competition compared with Kuftal or the tree. I, personally, was fond of F/G-10 when I was breaking a polearm down that way, but I'd be surprised if that's the only Robber Crab camp in the canal.
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Lucinus wrote:
Reynark wrote:
For trial 1709 Crabs, I did the tree
Toraimarai Canal's an excellent spot. It's a pain in the **** to get to where the crabs live, but that's partly the reason why it's so excellent, because you'll get very little competition compared with Kuftal or the tree. I, personally, was fond of F/G-10 when I was breaking a polearm down that way, but I'd be surprised if that's the only Robber Crab camp in the canal.
When I did this trial, I went to Pashhow Marshlands (S) and I think I camped at the Luremarsh. There were 6-7 crabs there if I recall correctly, which I just gathered up and -ga'd to death. Easy and fast (as long as you don't get too overconfident) and I never had any competition. I imagine that a couple of the other marshes in the zone have crabs too, if someone happens to be there already.
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#5 Aug 16 2010 at 2:35 AM Rating: Decent
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Trial 841: 50 Slimes in Ice, Dark, Water or Earth weather


I did mine in Den of Rancor, since the weather there shares with Yhoator + Yuhtunga. You can ask the weather NPC in norg about the weather condition there so you'll know when the weather will happen. Yes it's a pain to get into Den of Rancor and a risky place to farm slimes, but it has the most slimes out of any dungeon I know, and i usually clump 4-5 and -ga to death.

As for crabs, kuftal tunnel seems like the best place hands down. You just need to come at certain day where u know ppl wont overrun the camp for their trial (like earth + water day). I can clump them together up to 8 crabs and -ga to death, warp back to MH, warp back to cape terrigan and into the tunnel (was having free NPC teleport kupower).
#6 Aug 16 2010 at 10:20 AM Rating: Decent
For 1709 crabs, consider joining groups in Vunkerl (S), sniping for kills. With all the aquan killer and crab trials, there are guranteed to be 4 people in a group, plus a couple ppl soloing. BLM/SCH, snipe for bliz3 killshots, ???, profit.
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#7 Aug 27 2010 at 10:28 AM Rating: Good
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Weather patterns in the Mire and Den of Rancor has been really depressing. I've never thought that a 2nd account would be worth the cost. Now, I'm starting to seriously consider picking up a cheap trial account just long enough to get an alt up to 15 so I can dual box and sync myself down for Ranguemont.
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#8 Aug 27 2010 at 11:21 AM Rating: Decent
Weather is influenced by game calendar in some areas (or all, idfk). Wind is almost constant in Blaflau during spring/early summer or something, but nonexistent outside of those months. You're probably looking at the same thing in the Den of Rancor.

Spam the weather dude for Yhoat/Yuhtunga Jungles, you can get your weather kills in Den of Rancor just fine. You can do an entire trial in one (rather long) day. Might want to skip any low priority schedule conflicts though, I have no idea how long the monsoon season is, and if you miss it you're SOL. Thinking back, I wish I had done another 841 while it was monsoon season.

At least magian specs will let you OP and check weather without running all the way to kazham...



Edit: 848 arcana is nigh impossible to do if there are 2 or more SAMs doing their Amano upgrades there. Plus NINs or THFs doing arcana, that place gets crowded fast.

Edited, Aug 27th 2010 10:25am by tertoonetwothreefour
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tertoonetwothreefour wrote:
Weather is influenced by game calendar in some areas (or all, idfk).

This still isn't terribly helpful on some trials. I decided to stop by Pashhow (S) and wait for rain. If the rainy season in Vana'diel is anything like the rainy season here in Florida, rain also means lots of thunder. So even though weather might be more common out here in Pashhow (S) during the right season, there's no guarantee I'll get water (which works for Trial 841) and not thunder (which doesn't).

In fact, I just saw the weather shift from rain to thunder to rain and then back to thunder. Very frustrating.
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#10 Aug 31 2010 at 9:47 PM Rating: Decent
Pashh-S rain cannot be relied upon. Did me and my GF's entire funguar killer for Indra's Staves there, totalled 50-70 slimes in the rain. Of course one 4-hour dry spell at the end could have skewed the numbers. Or the rain at the begining was an aberration.

That said, if you're doing Indra's Funguars, Pashh-S is a nice way to get out of camping rainy slimes later down the road. Undead aggro was a PITA tho lol.

Edited, Aug 31st 2010 8:49pm by tertoonetwothreefour
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Is there a specific spawn condition for the 2nd oil slick in Ranguemont Pass? It seems to me like it's a lottery spawn from one of the blade bats there, but I'm not sure if there's something I can do to force it to spawn instead.
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Is there a specific spawn condition for the 2nd oil slick in Ranguemont Pass? It seems to me like it's a lottery spawn from one of the blade bats there, but I'm not sure if there's something I can do to force it to spawn instead.


In the time I spent there, I never worked it out. It often seemed to be there when I first got there, but would stop spawning.
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My Thunder staff was long done but I was stuck on trial 841 for ice staff, for a long time.

Finally got a friend to sync to lvl 14, went to Ranguemont Pass, and, after first kill, i saw message: 45 left. I was wondering: I don't remember I ever killed any target with this staff. Or am I so forgetful?

After second kill, the moogle said, target left: 40.

Really, when, when did this happen? If you sync low enough you get 5 credit for 1 kill?

However, another weird thing, I was doing melee trial, same trial as a friend's (SAM GK). However, neither of us get credit from the other person's WS, as alleged by some posts.

What the heck is going on? Can someone enlighten me?
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so excited after 10 oil slick kills, i went to do 842, 1 credit for 1 kill till 38. After 38, these are my numbers after each kill:

38
32
26
20
14
8
2
done

I am not complaining, trust me :)

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Den of Rancor is a great place for slimes if you're duo/trio. It's hard to describe, but there's 2 main groups of slimes down there; one by the lake where the NM pops, and another to the east; the two tunnels that connect to the Hakutaku lair are where you pull each side to. You'll end up pulling bats in the mix as well, so be prepared for those, but you can get 10+ slimes in one pull on each side. 2-3 BLMs can finish one trial in about 30min with travel time; personally, I waited for a full 3-day rainy forecast, then took a friend down and knocked out 4 staves easily.

Also, if weather isn't cooperating in the usual camps, you can always head to Pashhow Marshlands or [S]; it rains a ton, especially in [S], and you can kill Globster VNMs for credit (if you possess both Clear and Colorful Abyssite, you can pop t1s forever). Granted, it's slow as ****, but works out quite well if you have another trial to work on while you're there.
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Before I logged out, i finished Trial 843 too. 1 kill = 5 credits from start and consistent, so I killed 15 worms only.

Then I took trial 848, killed 1 cluster, only got 1 credit. It's too late so I logged.

I am totally confused by how SE count the credit because it's inconsistent for me. Other than sync to 14 for 841, rest was solo at lvl 85. If what I have experiences is some special glitch, I hope I catch it next time. finishing 3 trials in one night (a little over 4 hours), that's something.

Wonder if anyone had similar experience or I just missed some new info (I haven't played for 2 weeks) and this is how SE do the count now.
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Oh I see. Guess I am really out of the loop. Playing less than before and I missed the note. Thanks.


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Pud wrote:
Ahrana wrote:
Is there a specific spawn condition for the 2nd oil slick in Ranguemont Pass? It seems to me like it's a lottery spawn from one of the blade bats there, but I'm not sure if there's something I can do to force it to spawn instead.


In the time I spent there, I never worked it out. It often seemed to be there when I first got there, but would stop spawning.

The second Oil Slick does indeed appear to share a spawn with the Blade Bats, with the placeholder occasionally being one of the bats in the small room with the entrance door and the two NPCs. Killing all of the Blade Bats in the entrance area -- including those in the tunnel with the Oil Slicks and the two in the room with the NPCs -- should make the second Oil Slick respawn.
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Just got to Trial 848 (Arcana, ice damage 50+). This is my first elemental staff trial, and is the first time I've done a trial that doesn't have a day/weather requirement. Is there still any kind of weather bonus available or do you have to manually kill all 150 mobs? I was enjoying the weather shortcut.
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Just got to Trial 848 (Arcana, ice damage 50+). This is my first elemental staff trial, and is the first time I've done a trial that doesn't have a day/weather requirement. Is there still any kind of weather bonus available or do you have to manually kill all 150 mobs? I was enjoying the weather shortcut.

Nope, there is no weather bonus or day bonus for a trial like that one.
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While I will miss the weather bonus, at least I can do the trials in Abyssea at my leisure since they are not restricted to a specific day. Plus, I can take advantage of Minikin and Beyond, and get some nice Dominion exp/seals to go along with it. Not a bad tradeoff.
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Adding my Experience so far.

Trial 848: 150 Arcana, Ice killshot of 50+ damage

I did 99% of this trial in Abyssea - Uleguarand Range. Every mob around Conflux #7 is Arcana. If solo you might have to be a bit flexible to find a family of mobs that aren't spawning T-IT.
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I did the whole Arcana trial for my ice staff on the detector mobs, which I think are called Specatators and are page #2 from the Dominion guy @ conflux 7.

If you have 3 atma and decent skill you can easily two-shot them even at IT. If you don't have quite as many buffs then just make sure you have a decent enfeebling set so that you can sleep them.



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Trial 2195 – 250 wyverns can be done in Grauberg at flux 3 or Altepa at flux 4. Both have Martello’s next to them.

I duo grauberg with a friend and it was very easy, but I don’t suggest doing it if you don’t have good atmas,
A minimum of 2 atmas is good requirement imo.

My atmas were Minikin + Ultimate + Apocalypse. (I have full Furtherance & Merits Abyssites)
My friend had Minikin + Baying moon.

We got plenty of time extensions and we were even able to cap pearl lights so that was a nice bonus.
Heroes zones tends to drop more red chest ( from my experience anyway.)

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To be honest for the crab trials I did Kuftal tunnel. I did with another 2 BLMs, since the crabs aggro 2 BLMs would buff up and pull as many as we could normally could get 15-20 in one area, 3rd BLM would sleepga the mobs. Then -ga them to death, can aspir worms or the crabs. Alternate sides of the zones after each deathga and it took us a reasonable amount of time.
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