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Gnarled Staff  

Skill: 1H Blunt Atk Delay: 30
DMG: 10 Dmg Bonus: 31
This item is placeable in yards, guild yards, houses and guild halls.
INT: +15 HP: +15 MANA: +45
SV COLD: +20 SV MAGIC: +25
WT: 0.6 Size: MEDIUM
Class: WIZ
Slot 1, Type 4 (Weapon: General)
Slot 2, Type 20 (Ornamentation)

Item Lore:The power of Solusek Ro radiates from this item
Item Type:1H Blunt
Lucy Entry By:Kerasota
Item Updated By:SwiftyMUSE
IC Last Updated:2022-01-15 05:45:56
Page Updated:Thu Oct 9th, 2008

Expansion: Ruins of Kunark Ruins of Kunark

Rarity: Very Rare
Level to Attain: 50

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This item is found on creatures.

Karnor's Castle
NPC Name
The Fabled Venril Sathir
Venril Sathir


This item is used in quests.
Expansion List - Premium only.

Temple of Solusek Ro
Quest Name
Wizard Epic: Staff of the Four

Zone(s) Found In:

Zone Name
Karnor's Castle

Uploaded April 17th, 2019 by stickleback
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added pics
# Apr 17 2019 at 8:07 AM Rating: Excellent
125 posts
Killed the fabled VS (took about 20 minutes moloing as 86 BST, so many resists & stuns) and he dropped the gnarled staff so updated pics of stats and wielded
Looking for MQ
# Aug 31 2014 at 1:18 PM Rating: Default
208 posts
Looking to buy / receive an MQ of this item on Cazic (Fennin) please send in game e-mail to Fervidus
# Aug 01 2006 at 5:26 AM Rating: Decent
***wrong topic *blush* ***

Edited, Aug 1st 2006 at 6:31am EDT by Aluc
# Mar 23 2006 at 6:40 PM Rating: Decent
96 posts
Had this drop today off of The Fabled Venril Sathir
Build a man a fire and he's warm for an evening. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.

Darkreaper Tineldar Sombretide of the Truthbringer <Callidus>
VS or VSR or spirit VS
# Jun 27 2005 at 3:49 PM Rating: Decent
can anyone confirm with me How to get the version you need for the wiz epic staff piece to spawn? Spawn timers/Turn-ins/which version you need to kill/Etc.

I'm told to kill real VS and I did that the other day and only got 2 stones and a bones drop.. from reading all the other posts it looks like he dropped the same things for them too.
VS's Spawn Rate?
# May 11 2005 at 10:38 AM Rating: Decent
Can anyone tell me VS's REAL spawn rate? I must've asked 20 people, and everyone tells me something different. Some say 5 days, some say 4, some 3, some say only 12 hours after you kill VSR, some say 24 hours after VSR is killed. I've observed his spawn (though only for 5 days) and this is what I've seen.

Day 1: 1600 hours, VSR spawns
Day 2: 1600 hours, VSR still up
Day 3: 1600 hours, VSR still up
(note that I check every 5 hours to see if this is correct, but I'd rather not post a huge list of every time I checked.)
Day 3: 1900 hours, Venril Sathir (will the real VS please stand up?) is up and noone else in zone but my baby rogue spy.
Day 4: 0500 hours, VS is no longer there, suspect level 70 time geared plat seller who has his spawn timed
Day 5: 0800 hours, VSR is respawned

From this data I can conclude that VSR spawns 12-24 hours after VS is killed (this, I already knew and everyone agreed.) I can also conclude that VS will in fact spawn if VSR is up, he'll just despawn VSR when the real deal shows up. What I HAVEN'T been able to conclude is if there is a *set* spawn timer on VS for after VS is killed, and if killing VSR changes VS's spawn time at all.

Normally, I'd trust what someone told me about a mob's spawn rate, but this time I'm getting conflicting answers from EVERYONE, and I really need that gnarled staff for my epic >_< Beginning to think there's a conspiracy to hide his spawn rate so those who actually know it can loot the uber-l33t leggings which seem to fetch a nice price in the bazaar for a soloable mob ;)
RE: VS's Spawn Rate?
# May 29 2005 at 2:02 PM Rating: Decent
Caught him up a while ago. Simply leveled up a vah shir rogue to 5 (for sneak/hide+safe fall) and brought it to VS's room. Checked in every few hours, and about 34 hours after after the above post he was up. First tried to see if a level 70 time geared necro buddy of mine could solo it, but only got it to about 65% before pet was dead and he had to FD. Then decided to overkill it, by using 2 70 Necro, 1 70 Druid, 1 68 Cleric and me (53 Wiz at the time.) Druid tanked through the whole fight and never dropped below 80% health. Necro pets did some good DPS and the cleric barely had to cast anything at all ;) Once VS was at about 70% I unloaded my entire mana bar on him casting lures and he dropped extremely fast, though everyone else had some trouble getting their spells to stick on him. Walked away with my gnarled staff, the +15int gloves (because noone else wanted them) and one of the necros walked away with the pally greaves. Couple weeks later after killing Phinny 4 times, and then leading a full group of 65+ to PoFear I now wield my Staff of the Four :) Fun quest, and WELL worth the clicky effect of a free 800hp rune, and +3 mana regen :) And the stats aren't bad either ;)
Can this be MQ'd?
# Aug 30 2004 at 9:26 PM Rating: Decent
17 posts
I have the Golem Staff/Note and Phinny's staff. Could I MQ the last part with Arantir if a guildie has the Gnarled Staff, or will he eat it? I know the Phinny Staff can be MQ'd with the Golem Staff/Note and Gnarled Staff, but I dont know if it works any other way...
Can this be MQ'd?
# Feb 04 2015 at 9:41 PM Rating: Good
27 posts
can be Mqed i accidently turned in items wrong and now my druid has a wiz epic =)
RE: Can this be MQ'd?
# Mar 08 2005 at 2:44 PM Rating: Decent
No it can't be MQ'd I tried earlier this week and Sony decied to ***** us and not let people get mq's of epic stuff, so now I gottta wait forever for VS to be up. Do anybody know his spawn time?
RE: Can this be MQ'd?
# Mar 14 2005 at 6:50 PM Rating: Default
It can, I've done it before.
RE: Can this be MQ'd?
# Nov 23 2005 at 3:09 PM Rating: Good
38 posts
It CAN NOT be done, I just tried to do it today he the guy said he had no use for the item
RE: Can this be MQ'd?
# Jan 28 2006 at 4:50 AM Rating: Decent
As of summer '05 it could. I never saw VS up after 3 weeks and decided my time would be better spent ooc'ing in pok for an MQ. Make sure you invis after you open the trade window so you con indifferent.
RE: Can this be MQ'd?
# Mar 24 2006 at 4:25 PM Rating: Decent
This can be done, I did it around Feburary 20th, 06. Actually did a double mq, I handed in Phinnys staff, another person handed in VS staff, and then the wizzy turned in the final staff and got the reward for it.
Still dropping
# Aug 18 2004 at 3:17 AM Rating: Decent
Dropped on Tarew Marr 18th August 2004, along with the INT caster gaunts. Unfortunately rotted :/
# Jul 30 2004 at 6:37 PM Rating: Decent
How often does this drop?
blue crystal staff
# Jun 29 2004 at 4:03 PM Rating: Decent
I got the blue staff off phinny my frist try but Ive been killing phinny for a bard friend. 3 more kills no blue staff so far 1/4 so I probably just got lucky
# Sep 03 2003 at 1:04 AM Rating: Default
VS is not the hardest phinny definiteley is. a fellow wizzy of mine did him 27 times and when he ahd planned to go after phinny anotehr guild swept in earlier killed phinny and he dropped it and my friend got stuck with 13 more kills b4 he got it. luckily i got mine after only 2 kills.. VS took me 6 and i got BG on first fear raid.
RE: aye
# May 21 2004 at 11:03 PM Rating: Decent
54 posts
I am convinced that Verant has upped the drop rate on Phinny. I got my staff after killing him twice, and indeed, according to a recent post under Phinny by someone who killed him helping others a huge number of times, he drops the staff about half the time now.
RE: aye
# Jan 07 2005 at 9:48 AM Rating: Decent
55 posts
21 kills so far, will update :/
Luck w/ the Staff
# Jul 26 2003 at 3:50 AM Rating: Decent
Well I really lucked out today, iv already done the quest up to the staves so im leveling and working on guildraids alot. Well i was attempting to find a group in KC when a single group of Endorian guildies showed up to take down VS... which they did in short order. Took them about 10-15 min to work their way to VS and take him out. Luckily they didnt have any wizzies w/ them and offered to let me loot the staff. Thanks Endorian

Abendar 51 Wiz
<Legend of the Wind> Luclin Server
3 drops
# Sep 13 2002 at 3:35 PM Rating: Decent
My guild has done Phinny many times, but the difference is that we've had very good luck. We did it once, and it dropped for our highest wizzy. They killed him for other epics, and soon had another drop, but no wizzies with them so it will be multiquested when another wizzy is ready to finish their epic. Within a week, another dropped for us, but again no wizzies around. Luckily enough however, we have 3 51+ wizzies and 3 staffs. It is just getting the other 2 staffs for us that we need to work on, but I am in no rush for my own. We have done alot of epics lately and taking a break for a few weeks to exp more. Good luck on your epics!
RE: 3 drops
# Feb 11 2003 at 5:59 PM Rating: Default
I think the MQ'able Wiz epic is an "EQ Urban Legend."

Would you mind explaining how you're going to MQ the staffs? Arantor (in Halas) gives you a sealed box that you (the wiz) must place all 3 staffs to give to Solomon for your wiz epic.

The wizard needs the staffs, and you can't MQ them to another player. You have to have the 3 staffs in the box to give to Solomon, otherwise you get nada, and waste a lot of camping time.

Perhaps at one time this was MQ'able. It's not anymore to my knowledge.

All you have probably done is deprive a Wizard from getting the staff when you loot it. There may not be another wiz in Kedge if Phinny drops it. There will almost always be one in KC. If the wiz staffs drop, don't loot it. Find a Wiz to loot it instead.
RE: 3 drops
# Feb 14 2003 at 12:16 AM Rating: Good
Apparently you haven't done much research on this topic Callawayn, otherwise you would realize that you have no idea what you're talking about.

"Would you mind explaining how you're going to MQ the staffs? Arantor (in Halas) gives you a sealed box that you (the wiz) must place all 3 staffs to give to Solomon for your wiz epic.

The wizard needs the staffs, and you can't MQ them to another player."

This quest is absolutely MQ'able. Arantir Karondor does not give you a sealed box to combine the staves in. Here is what he says when you give him the note from Kandin:

"Arantir Karondor says 'Ah yes, you again. Do you have the items? Give me the three you possess and I'll combine them with my own."

Now since Ladanea previously posted that character X looted the Phinny staff, we'll assume wizard Y has the VS and Golem staves already. X turns in Phinny staff to Arantir. After that is done, Y turns in the remaining 2 staves into Arantir, and like ALL other MQs, the last person that turns in an item gets the reward, therefore wizard Y receives the sealed pack that you then turn into Solomen.

Issue resolved. Ladanea is right and we both know what we are talking about, you are wrong and do not. Maybe you were mixing up information from another quest such as the Staff of the Wheel with this one. Maybe you believed heresy misinformation and took it for truth. Maybe you're a druid. Regardless of what you believed it doesn't matter. Don't flame another person's post unless you damn well understand the subject matter inside-out, otherwise somebody comes along and proves you wrong and you wind up looking stupid.

Edited, Fri Feb 14 00:06:21 2003
# Aug 14 2002 at 1:03 PM Rating: Default
He is actually pretty easy once you get used to the method of how to kill him. Just got my Blue Crystal Staff last night after my 6th kill. Once I turn these staffs in, I have full intent on getting all three staffs over again for thier resists. Very nice items.
#REDACTED, Posted: Oct 30 2001 at 9:38 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Take a good look at all the staffs from the quest. They ALL have better resists than the epic. Personally, I am gonna get my epic, use it for my shield, then wear which ever staff fits my resist needs.
#Anonymous, Posted: Jun 16 2001 at 9:07 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) This staff is cool! One time me and my friend Freddy got lost, then he got hit by a bus. His body was almost as gnarled as this staff! But he is quiet now, and always sleeping. My mom says the bone sticking out of his leg is completely normal, but, i think she is trying to trick me! She also says that the fact thnat his ear is twice the size of his head is a good sign. What should i do?
Hardest Part?
# May 29 2001 at 6:54 PM Rating: Decent
No this is not the hardest part, the hardest part is phinny who drops his staff about once every 15 kills, as oposed to VS who drops it fairly regularly. Least thats been my expierence. My 2cp
RE: Hardest Part?
# Sep 27 2001 at 10:58 AM Rating: Decent
19 posts
aye, agreed. a fellow wizard killed phinny (probably a record) a total of 67 times before she got her staff....

Fetz Melonukin
Bard of the 51st Symphony
from the House of Requiem
The Tribunal Server
RE: Hardest Part?
# May 05 2004 at 10:57 PM Rating: Decent
They changed the drop rate of Phinny. I have 66 kills and have not seen the staff drop. I gave up about 18 months ago though and went to a cleric lol.
RE: Hardest Part?
# Sep 29 2002 at 4:14 AM Rating: Decent
Got mine this morning. Second time killing him.... What an odd droppage
RE: Hardest Part?
# Mar 20 2003 at 5:57 AM Rating: Default
I am told and have found that the staff drops 1 in 4 kills now. I was keeping track of the kills about 5 months ago and many have said they upped the drop rate on a patch so I checked and it is indeed higher now. Now it's not even that uncommon for the staff to drop multiple times in a row but it would still be rare. All I can say is it's about time, for something as over camped as Phinny sometimes is by the damn insomniac uber guilds it's nice to give the common wizard a greater chance to get it on 1 kill.

Liveye (lvl 60 Wizard)

PS- Also it is more likey it will follow the 1 in 4 drop ratio though than twice in a row. :p
RE: Hardest Part?
# Sep 06 2004 at 10:31 AM Rating: Decent
Cant even get VS to spawn on my playtime so this gonna be a hard epic for me to do (

Edited, Mon Sep 6 11:38:29 2004
#Anonymous, Posted: Apr 27 2001 at 3:52 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) <^> Varent and this drop rate on this staff. Im so pissed im seeing red.
part of wizzie epic weapon
# Mar 09 2001 at 1:35 PM Rating: Decent
this is the second staff you must get to finish the wizzies epic weapon
No Dmg / Delay
# Feb 08 2001 at 6:18 PM Rating: Decent
Is there a damage / delay with this weapon?
Alondin Octagorn, The Rathe
#Anonymous, Posted: Feb 09 2001 at 5:59 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) No there is not. This item is needed for the Wizard Epic Quest, and is not meant to be held, since it is the hardest part of the quest, and after you obtain this item most likely you will turn in the others to get your epic.
RE: No Dmg / Delay
# Apr 01 2003 at 4:46 PM Rating: Decent
There is a good chance I will be getting this staff first. Due to its common drop rate, and the fact that VS is rather easy (I think he's easier than the golem, or rather all that's involved in dropping the golem), I may get this well before being done with my epic. In which case, I will definitely be weilding it... Int: +15 Magic Resist: +25 Cold Resist: +20 HP: +15 Mana: +45 Wow, thanks, I'll take that.
RE: No Dmg / Delay
# Nov 19 2001 at 4:28 PM Rating: Decent
What are you talking about?!

its 10/30 and this one is a much more common drop than the blue crystal staff of Phinny.
RE: No Dmg / Delay
# Jul 23 2005 at 2:01 PM Rating: Decent
Its odd how different people have such different opinions on this epic. I got the golem in fear the day after I decided to start my epic, I zoned in to find that a guild had cleared PoFear 90% of zone was dead. The BG happened to be up and not another single mob near him anywhere. I sat in Pofear bout an hour asking around for help to kill him, when a random group zones in that is going after the enchanter piece. they help me kill the golem. Then I run straight from Fear to kedge, no phinny, so I run my 70 sk over so I can 2 box him and be ready when he does spawn. I camped both characters there and went to run some errands, signed back on about 2 hours later and BAM, phinny is up. Pull him and kill him with the sk, and staff dropped on my first kill. My problem now is VS (that alot of people on here say is the easy part). Its really tough to catch him up, and even if I did, I could not duo him. I tried about 2 weeks ago before I even started my epic, and the sk went to a 20 minute stalemate with him. He could not kill the sk with infusion up, I resisted every lifetap, and his hits are gimp, but with his regen I could not get him below 90%. So I guess I am now looking to buy a MQ of the VS staff on Tunare server.
RE: No Dmg / Delay
# Mar 31 2001 at 2:42 AM Rating: Good
Yes, the damage/delay is 10/30.

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