Anyone have any nice success stories? BCNMs? KSNMs? ISNMs? ENMs? KCNMs?
I've found my funds running a little low this past week, and as a BST tends to hoard seals like a Dragon hoards treasure, I figured why not go on a XXNM spree.
Not much has changed on the BCNM front, these battles are still capped to their respective levels, so all the new JA's, gear and jug pets are a little redundant. However the recent addition of Dawn Mulsum, means we can now keep our pets HP topped up between our Reward timer cooldowns. So long as you have enough inventory space, you pretty much have an invincible pet.
BCNM60 - Up in Arms:
Notable drops: Kraken Club.
I've pretty much been spending all my Seals on this one, so I havent really tried any of the other BCNMs any time recently. Now with the exception of the very very rare K.Club this BCNMs not really a great money earner, if you want gil then you are probabally better off trying your luck on another BC, unless you feel very lucky or specifically want the club.
All the fights vary, but generally I use 1 Funguar Familiar (Native Dark and Water resistance make him the ideal pet for this), around 10 Dawn Mulsum and 4-5 Pet Food Gamma, and depending on what SJ I go with, I sometimes take a few Hi-pots and a Regen drink to offset any damage from Maelstrom.
The strategy is simple, send in your pet and let him secure hate. Now to begin with your pets HP will drop pretty quickly, but dont worry, pop off your pet food or Mulsum as required and engage when you feel its safe. If you pull hate (Pretty easy with these old jug pets), snarl and hold back a little (You dont want to pull hate again before your snarl timer has reset). Generally after a couple of Rampage > Snarl's hate will be glued to your pet.
This fight gets easier as it goes on, as the kraken starts to lose legs you will require less and less Rewards and Mulsums. Eventually it will lose all its legs and go into TP spam mode, under normal circumstances, this is when the NM is it its most dangerous. But with your funguars native resistances he take minimal damage from these attacks, they are much less dangerous to him than the Krakens melee atatcks were.
On average I take around 7 mins (Give or take a minute), and my SJ varies between /nin and /dnc depending on whether I have a KSNM orb in my inventory to do afterwards. Also when I first started doing this bcnm Dawn Mulsum was very cheap, NPC'ing the 3 Oxblood fragments that always drop from this BCNM used to more than cover the price of the Mulsum I used, however over the past couple of weeks the price has doubled and I'm now making a loss on this bcnm, unless you can synth your own, its somthing you might want to take into account.
BCNM20 - Wings of Fury:
Notable drops: Thunder Spirit Pact
I know that it is old news now, I think most career Beastmasters have done this at somepoint or another, but I figured I would add it for the sake of completion.
Basically in this BCNM, you have an NM bat and 2 charmables. The trick is to load up on as much CHR are possible (Monster Signa, Chr food and Chr potion recommended) before the fight, and then attempt to charm one of the Bats. Once you have it under control 2HR it and set it on the NM, once you have the NM under control, send your pet at the remaining bat.
After this point you want your pet to be attacking the NM and ignoring the Second Bat (Do not engage with your pet!). After your pet dies, you need to get the second Bat charmed rather quickly, and set it back on the NM. Now you can engage with your pet.
Remember you dont have the Leave command at this level (And you only have 15 mins to complete the bcnm), so if it looks like your going to kill the NM before your second pet dies, it might be a good idea to heel your pet and let the NM finish it off, at which point you finish off the remaining sliver of health the NM has. Hi-Pots are recommended for this, especially if you are struggling to land charm.
BCNM30 - Birds of a Feather
Notable drops: Utsusemi: Ni
Again this is old news, and most Beastmasters will have attempted this BCNM at some point in their career. This BCNM is exactly like the one above, but instead bats you are fighting Birds. The strategy is the same as above, the only difference is because its 30cap, you can now call a jug pet to help you finish off the NM when both birds have died.
These have really opened up to us recently, with the level cap increase, and the new powerful jugs at our disposal.
KSNM30 - Operation Desert Storm
Notable drops: Serket Ring
Unfortunately the value of the drops isnt what it once was, even the once highly sought after Serket Ring will now barely break 100k. It is however a very easy KSNM to beat.
I tend to go Bst/Dnc, and use Nursery Nazuna. I throw my pet at a scorpion, and let them all aggro her, and then run down and engage with my pet. They go down very quickly, I generally use sheepsong once my pet has TP, and just take them down one at a time. Generally I dont have to use any pet food before the fight is over, so its a pretty cheap KSNM to undertake. But the Gil/seal ratio for this fight isnt too great nowadays.
KSNM30 - Eye of the Storm
Notable drops: Raise III, Ziska's Crossbow
This is potentially quite a profitable KSNM, it drops Raise III and Ziska's Crossbow (Both 800k each on my server), unfortunately the fight is held in the Chamber of Oracles, and to reach it you have to pass through the Pressure Gates in QuickSand Caves, meaning that depending on your race, you might need some help to pass them (I got lucky and passed them by following a Shantotto Ascension group).
Because of the pressure gates, I've only done this one once, and it is the hardest one I've done so far. This fight is against 4 Wyverns each with its own special ability. I started the fight by calling Nursery Nazuna, equipping my Glyph Axe and waiting for 100TP.
Once I had TP I threw my sheep at one of the wyverns and tried to sleep them, unfortunately they have a high sleep resistance, and I only managed to sleep 1/4 of the wyverns, which just happened to be the one NN was targetting so she promptly woke it back up before I could call her off. After this I ran in and engaged with my pet (Big mistake).
The wyverns have some pretty powerful attacks and my sheeps health was going down faster than I expected, but with Pet Food and Mulsum I was holding my own. Then disaster struck, I got hit by their AoE paralyze, which was way more potent than I had anticipated, I couldnt do anything at all. With my sheep on the verge of death, and me unable to do anything, I decided to retreat back to the entrance and die somewhere safe.
After this I reraised, called Yuly and sent her in, this time I stayed back and used the occasional Reward. This time things went more smoothly (Though she still took damage fast), and I slowly beat them down.
KSNM30 - The Scarlet King
Notable drops: Raise III
This is another profitable KSNM, which again drops Raise III, but unfortunately its in the same Burning Circle as the last one so you may need help bypassing the pressure gates. One perk is you can take both Orbs and do them at the same time.
This one is against a Manticore NM, who hits very hard, and also uses Blood Weapon every minute or so (Wiki says his Greater Sandstorm TP move also resets emnity, but my pet never lost hate once after he had used it). I used Yuly again for this, and there wasnt really any problems, I stood behind the NM and just went all out, I never took any damage.
One thing to point out, is he has quite high accuracy, he was hitting Yuly quite frequently, and because of his blood weapon effect this slowed the fight down quite a bit. I ended up using around 4-5 Zetas and a couple of Mulsum on him.
KSNM30 - E-vase-ive Action
Notable drops: Raise III
Credit goes to Chinaman for this one:
i used to do E-vase-ive Action to try to get raise 3 but gave up on it after a few tries. The ksnm is really easy. I generally enter and equip my gylph axe and just wait till 100tp with the sheep. Dipper would be the prefer pet but 9k vs 1-2 pet food is pretty much a cost thing to me. Go in and go after the wind type vase and just beat it down. Just try to watch out for its chainspell nukes.
EDIT: I just tried this one tonight, and Chinaman is right, it is easy. To expand on what he said, their are basically 6 NM pots in the arena, each with its own specified Element. And the pots will only use spells that correspond with their element. Once you attack one, the remaining 5 will despawn. So its possible to exploit their element by choosing a pet a native resistance.
I only had sheep on me, and decided to go with the Wind Pot that Chinaman recommended. I went as Bst/Dnc and saved up steps to stun any ~aga with violent flourish. I got hit by an Aeroga III during the NMs chainspell, but it only hit me for 400, at this point I backed of few a few mements, the sheep took the damage fine. Overall it was a quick fight (2 mins), and no pet food was used.
KSNM30 - Come in to my Parlour
Notable drops: Light Spirit Pact, Various RSE Belts
Another very easy KSNM. Here you fight an NM Spider who has the ability to cast slowga and paralyga, he also has a en-poison effect on his melee attacks. All in all he is a push over, I went Bst/Dnc and save dup steps to stun his Paralyga however he died before he ever used it.
Once he dies, 8 baby spiders will start spawning every few seconds. They are very weak, their acc is terrible and they die pretty fast, I had saved my sheeps TP up until this point, so when the last of the spiders had spawned, I hit sheep song, and then took them out one at a time.
I havent attempted any yet, but it is on my to do list, and I plan to update over the next few weeks. If anyone wants to contribute then I'm happy to add your testimonies.
I've not looked into these yet, I have no idea if any of them are possible to solo, but I intend to make a few attempts over the coming weeks. I'll update in the near future.
Same as above, I've not tried any as Solo Bst, but I'm reserving this spot until I get the chance. Again if you have any tesimonials, share them and I'll add them here.
Edited, May 26th 2011 1:19am by GenryuOfBahamut
Edited, May 26th 2011 3:16am by GenryuOfBahamut