Last time on The Pie Blog™ I covered the journey to Indra's Staff enlightenment. This time, I'll be covering finishing your Varuna's Staff.
Start by finishing off your Trial 841 with Slimes in dark-aligned weather. I went over that last time, so moving along...
Trial 842 & De ja vu?
For Trial 842 you need to kill 50 mobs under Ice day/weather. Cake.
Next, you need to kill 75 Amorphs under Ice day/weather. You could technically go back to whereever you did 50 Slimes, but that would probably inspire suicidal throughts in most people. Instead, head to Ule. Range and kill Worms. The first tunnel you come to climbing the mountain is your best bet.
(Bio II helps a lot with the constantly going yellow of the worms.)
Yay, Arcana. Ugh.
Trial 848 is proof that Square-Enix hates us and wants us to be unhappy. You need to kill 150 Arcana with Ice damage killshots. You know...the things that nearly all take shitty damage from magic (or some magic elements). The easiest way to do this is join an alliance of people in Ro'Maeve.
Pet Slaughtering Time!
After the pain in the ass that was 150 Arcana, Trial 849 is a breeze! You need to killshot 200 Lizards with Ice damage.
Take the Mamool Ja Staging point Runic Portal and head into Mamook. There you'll find Mamool BSTs with Lizard pets. At (E-9) you'll find two BSTs and their pets. Believe me when I tell you I've tried every possible spot as a camp, and this is the best one.
The Short Path: NOT FOR YOU.
At this point you've got a higher DMG Ice nuke staff than ever before and are just two trials away from Varuna's. So close you can practically taste it. That is, if you can taste things many hours in advance.
Trial 1708 is to kill 200 Bees. This trial sucks. If you can Level Sync to whatever level people solo Bee pets on Black Mage, I'd do that. If not, head to Wajaom Woodlands and acquaint yourself with the Pephedro. You're going to be here a while.
(J-8) has a double hive with six bees. The (pos) where the ZNM Puk is popped also has a double hive. (So, if you run into retarded Ninjas slowly killing bees at (J-8)...you've got an alternative.)
Your "reward" is DMG+1 to the staff's DMG rating. It's so lame an improvement I didn't even take a picture of it.
At long last you've arrived at the last trial. Trial 1709 requires you to killshot 250 crabs with Ice. There's a greater selection of EXP giving crabs at 75 than bees, but I found Kuftal Tunnel to work best.
Hopefully I've inspired you to give your two most commonly used nuking elements damage an upgrade. After possibly years with the best weapon being something level 51 off the AH it's nice to have an upgrade.
I have a bunch of funny and/or interesting screenshots from doing Indra's and Varuna's trials that didn't fit with either post about them. I'll probably do a mostly pictures post tomorrow or later tonight. The hilarity of Domaru SAMs and Lucky Egg PLDs must be shared.