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Skill: 1H Piercing Atk Delay: 20
DMG: 13 Dmg Bonus: 31 AC: 9
Backstab DMG: 13
This item is placeable in yards, guild yards, houses and guild halls.
HP: +35
Effect: Energy Sap (Combat, Casting Time: Instant) at Level 50
WT: 1.9 Size: SMALL
Class: ALL except CLR DRU MNK BER
Race: ALL
Slot 1, Type 4 (Weapon: General)
Slot 2, Type 20 (Ornamentation)

Item Lore:Vaniki's Dagger
Item Type:1H Piercing
Submitted By:Alderon
Lucy Entry By:hob
Item Updated By:SwiftyMUSE
IC Last Updated:2022-01-14 02:00:08
Page Updated:Thu Oct 9th, 2008

Expansion: Scars of Velious Scars of Velious

Rarity: Very Rare
Level to Attain: 60

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This item is found on creatures.

Dragon Necropolis
NPC Name
The Fabled Vaniki

Zone(s) Found In:

Zone Name
Dragon Necropolis

Uploaded August 5th, 2020 by iventheassassin
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Just got
# Aug 03 2010 at 6:10 AM Rating: Decent
I got very lucky. Went to zone and he was up with weapon. Killed Aug. 2, 2010 8:00 PM central
Got it
# Mar 10 2010 at 8:22 PM Rating: Decent
Ya i just got it 3-10-10 about 8:10 pm CT. This was after a Game update. So thinking it is best to be there after a update to get the drop.
# Dec 15 2009 at 4:59 PM Rating: Decent
Hell yeah! I just got him on the Seventh Hammer 3pm PST December 15th, 2009.
Spawn Time
# Dec 14 2009 at 3:47 PM Rating: Decent
Does anyone have any info on his Spawn Timer?
Dropped a few days ago on Povar
# May 22 2009 at 6:17 AM Rating: Decent
73 posts
Got mine finally! Have checked on Vaniki spawn 100's of times, with no luck. Finally earlier this week she was up, and dropped it and her heart. Overkill with 82 rogue (me) and 82 druid. Thanks to Rondor, King of Willsappers, for running out and tracking her (I don't know how many times) and porting me to zone line, for an easy trip.

Great week. Anklesmasher dropped for me just now!

Wdor Multiface
83 Rogue

Edited, May 22nd 2009 8:18am by azdbaxx
About time
# Mar 08 2009 at 6:16 PM Rating: Decent
38 posts
Killed on Povar 9:05pm, after 3 weeks of 24/7 camping. buddy and I camped on shifts. NEVER AGAIN! I am now a proud owner if the Willsapper. This was done with solo with 71 SK no mercs. Did use HT maxed at level. Never fell below 70% with the 2 other mobs also on me.
Luckiest Day
# Mar 02 2009 at 3:22 PM Rating: Decent
20 posts
This is the sort of thing you only hear about from reading alla or the EQ forums, but today it happened to me. I was camping the Anklesmasher guy in Chardok and wasn't having much luck spawning the named. So I figured, what the hell, I'll head to DN to see if Vaniki is up. I head into the caves, kill some spiders on my way, and enter rat land. I couldn't believe my eyes. There he was, standing in the middle of the large middle cave, holding a Willsapper. I pretty much went nuts on guild say.

I'm now a proud owner of a Willsapper, folks, got the T-shirt too. I guess everyone gets lucky eventually, because I *never* do.
Finally got the SoB
# Feb 27 2008 at 6:40 AM Rating: Decent
27 posts
Ok So I camped him about 10 days straight since patch was done. I finally found him standing near where warmaster or warmarshal pops. Which was in the rat city up the big ladder to the left. Was standing in the middle over looking ledge. I had 1 rat add and a dragon construct on me. WARNING he is a under con . He is very soloable but . I am a 80 pally. .I Think i had like 19 to 20k hp and 3100ac atm with self buffs. Had to use 1 heal potion and burnt threw my 13.1k mana without c8 . Had 20 percent mana left when he died. didnt use lay hands. But he is abit tough. Zlandicar is easier then him . I only have like 280aa so maybe if your aa are high he will be easier for you. I did get a heart and a WillSapper . : )
Just posting if you think he gonna be easy and you a lower lvl.. Bring a alt or back up.

Here is a tip. I avoided having him run by keeping my hp at around 40 percent.
He stayed and fought and didn't run . Maybe cause I had the 2 adds on me not sure. But GOOD LUCK . Was slowing bloodmoonkeep mobs and SHIP mobs with the THING ....WOOOT
Filthy rat!
# May 08 2007 at 11:28 PM Rating: Decent
Came in, 11.7k HP 2.3k AC Unbuffed (Rogue!) was just scoutin around really and saw Vaniki up by Zlandicar's spawn point. Pulled him and his two cronies... Hit assassins disc, owned the adds then proceeded with Vaniki. His Lifetap is nasty, hit me 4 times in 2 rounds (450hp per shot unresisted) but i just used Frenzied Stabbing disc while he casted and he ate my backstabs. Wasnt too hard, used 3 healing poitons in all.

Dropped Willsapper / Heart of Vaniki. Looked up heart and got the Skelly proc 1hb.

Finally got it today
# Feb 19 2007 at 10:55 AM Rating: Decent
With the help of 2 (75) Druids we invised through rat caves and Vaniki was up a tall ladder standing right next to Warmaster Utvara. They see inv. LOL. Really didn't start touching Vaniki's hp's until Druid's finished off the Warmaster then started stacking the Dot's. As others have said...he flurries alot and HT's (sub 1khp). No real danger, Ward of Tunare spell really helped with the flurries etc.

Thanks again to Freebirde and Edhelorn. /bow

Brickand Morter
73 Paladin
Grave Wisdom
The Rathe
Happy Dorf
# Oct 20 2006 at 12:56 PM Rating: Decent
Got it today .. was by the horders just in front of Zlandi's cave .. a chanter was killing zlandi.. so I offered to give a hand as he was fighting it right in front of the horders/vaniki ... smoked the dragon .. (butcuss for loot) and carried on to put the beat down on my mouse.. was dead in minutes .. Very very happy been after this mouse for quite some time ..
Just be patient...
# Jul 14 2006 at 9:19 PM Rating: Decent
Just got this today, decided a few weeks ago that it would be nice for my SK to have a slowing item so had her run to Dragon Nec and just log on every few days and check the spawns. He randomly spawns in the place of named PHs, so no need to kill things to get him to pop. Just check for him every so often.

The second day I logged on for a few minutes and to my surprise he was up, in the rat village with the ladder and the pools. He was near the middle, so I pulled his rat *** and himself and about 10 others came running at me. I died to all the added damage, so grabbed a quick port from a druid, ran thru SG and back to DN... I wasnt going to let this elusive spawn get away wihtout a fight.

I headed back in and parked my pet on the top side of the rat tunnels entrance and headed down. I noticed that Vaniki was in the same spot where i died at, so I pulled him back to the top and FD. After the enemies forgot me, all of the adds wandered off and it was just him. Pulled him and it was roughly a 7-8 minute fight, but an easy one. Dont think I got below 70% at any time and that was with a spider add. He runs at 15% or so but I didnt get any more adds. Killed him and looted the willsapper, heart, a pristine emerald, and monster summoning 3 spell. Great item to have for soloing, he only spawns in a few spots so just park a rogue or something in DN and check every few days and you'll eventually get him.
Got mine last night.
# Apr 04 2006 at 12:04 PM Rating: Decent
Got mine last night off the fabled vaniki.
He dropped a fabled / regular,snagged me a regular.=)
Vaniki down
# Jan 27 2006 at 1:59 PM Rating: Decent
After giving up and not looking for a month or 2, today I decided to have a peek. He was up in the big room with the 2 pools/waterfalls. I pulled him to the little cubby with the ladder and only got one add. I'm a 70 Paladin, had shammy and cleric buffs and was using clarity and haste potions. Took me less then 4 minutes to kill him.

Magelo is #945868

Gatth Grumbleguts <Sheep> of Luclin
Finally got mine!
# Feb 17 2005 at 8:15 PM Rating: Decent
48 posts
Well after about 3 years of wanting one I finally got mine today. Thats only about 4 things left on my wish list and I can quit EQ happy :)
I tracked DN with my druid at top of rat ramp. Vaniki was on track so I decided to try and 3 box him with a 69 Pal, 70 Sham, 65 Ench. After the 3rd wipe (all to adds) I was just thinking about packing it in when some guy zones in 6 boxing. He was after Zland of course but said he would help. He didnt even want to roll for the sapper so I got one of my dreams handed to me :)
I tagged along for the Zland kill for fun as I havent seen Zland for about 2 years :)
Thanks very much to Gainus of Avengers Federation for the help - really made my day.
Smacko, Cleric of <Ancient Dominion>
Feezles, Enchanter alt of <Ancient Dominion>
Venomtune, Bard - Semi retired
Antonius Bayle, Long live the Euro Server!
#REDACTED, Posted: Sep 09 2004 at 8:47 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) its easi to get BoC.FARM!!! took me about 1 week to get 300k on TZ server.all i did was run around and get a fungi link and a cloth shirt.guess what i did then? =)
# Nov 26 2003 at 9:01 PM Rating: Decent
Received one yesterday, November 25th. He spawned in Vaniki room on the ledge. I pulled him to the zone with 65 druid. Took him down with 65 druid, 65 warrior, 65 cleric, 65 enchanter, 63 shaman, and 61 wizard. Was a long fight because of our lack of dps. Took about an hour and half total with deaths from the puller and rezzing/buffing. Also with enchanter seiving the whole time he still had mana to gate, although stun and manaburn took care of that. Good luck to all trying to get this item
RE: Dropped
# Nov 24 2004 at 12:59 AM Rating: Decent
can you please tell me where vaniki ledge is?
Still drops?
# Nov 14 2003 at 4:49 AM Rating: Default
Can anyone confirm if this still drops since the revamp? Interested in getting this toy as it's the only Pally useable weapon that has any type of Slow on it /grin

Ty in advance =D
Sigoniax Eve
80 Paladin
Erollisi Marr

*The beginning of the end or the end of the beginning..Choose your path*
RE: Still drops?
# Feb 06 2004 at 9:46 PM Rating: Decent
Not true; there is a pally usabel slowing weapon from SG...;) 20% slow but any type of slow is better than none........

Duke Meldarth Sunphot
RE: Still drops?
# May 14 2004 at 1:41 AM Rating: Default
Um I see a snare from SG, is that what you are talking about?
RE: Still drops?
# May 18 2004 at 3:12 PM Rating: Decent
there is one, look here:

but basically not really usable since 1 min duration on the slow makes it kinda usless - not to mention the lower slowrate as well.
Still One of the Best for Taunt
# Nov 11 2003 at 4:25 AM Rating: Default
Even in this day of overpowered eye candy gear courtesy of SOE... this dagger is still one of the top aggro-producers in the game.

Weapons which proc a slow or other debuff generally will always generate more aggro than a dmg proc will. Mobs hate it when you reduce their ability to defend themselves... in fact, they hate that a lot more than they hate simply being damaged. A Wizard can nuke a mob for 2000+ and get away with it, but a chanter or shammy casting a tash or slow debuff will often get whacked by the mob.

Giving this to a rogue would be suicide for the rogue... but if your Warriors and other MT's ever get a chance to loot one of these, it makes an excellent addition to your ******** The high taunt of a Willsapper has *still* not been significantly surpassed by any other weapons dropped in any other zones (PoP included) in the game... highly recommended for you tanks out there. Particularly handy on mobs such as the Emp (who wipes his own hate list clean at regular intervals), and any time when holding yourself at the top of that all-important hate list is tricky.

~ Kj

Edited, Tue Nov 11 04:27:15 2003
RE: Still One of the Best for Taunt
# Feb 03 2004 at 6:45 PM Rating: Default
Emp does NOT self mem blur (an avatar of Plane of Air does, though)
he procs a debuff on MA, with like 3k DD + 90% agro reducer, this means MA's agro will suddenly greatly drop, and if some overnuking peeps are a bit too close to MA (agro wise) they'll get munched

And a BoWar is far better agro than a willsaper, + less ripostes (and you want less ripostes against 3k quadding mofos) and far higher dps
not even talking about a Darkblade of the Warlord here

But willsaper will still stay one of the best agro weapons until EBs
and the proc is niiice i want one for my necro :p
only warriors want this
# Oct 14 2003 at 6:46 PM Rating: Default
ok look whoever thinks that a rogue should have this is a dumbass warriors are the only ones that should have agro or a pally ( only if they have higher hp and ac wich they prob wont ). Warriors are the ones that need the agro so if a rogue gets it they will get smashed to a bloody pulp and then u have to waste mana rez'n it when if u warrior had it there is still a chance he could die but the agro is still on the warrior and there for when its done proc'n u can switch back to main weps that deal more dmg and have either hate procs or DD procs.
56 warrior tholux paells
What Lvl?
# Jul 07 2003 at 11:21 AM Rating: Default
-I got a willsapper at lvl 43. Im not sure what lvl it procs tho. Im 45 now and it hasnt proc'd yet. My cuzins helped me kill vaniki in DN. There was a 65druid, 65pally, 2 65 rogues, and a 65 ench. they took him down pretty easily, but i think he lifetaps alot, not sure. They failed the first time b/c someone ran over the bones and spawned a dragon and aggroed some other mobs. They brought him to the front and zone, who ever else was alive. Then they dragged and rezzed corpses. This mob Corpse Camps, so he was still at front. Once everyone got back, they all got on Vaniki and took him down in bout 10min. Great loot, but i just want it to proc soon!
MT damage mitigation
# Jan 09 2003 at 7:47 AM Rating: Default
Anyone know how fast he hits untill slowed, and how hard his max hits are for? obviously this is a higher-end tank's job to hold aggro on this mighty-mouse, but with all the new Planes of Power stuff, im sure any lvl55+ warrior could tank him. hell, even High Guardians of Justice hit for mid 400's~ funny how damage table and tank abilities have changed so much - this would make a strong weapon for my warrior twink (i bet thats gonna **** a lotta people off) =D
RE: MT damage mitigation
# Jan 19 2003 at 4:41 AM Rating: Default
maybe it would be better to stick a pally in front of him if reposte proc is a concern. I think a pally can chain stun (stun component prolly won't work but for aggro) and not swing weapon at all while keeping taunt. Nother suggestion if you going with warrior would be to use evasive.
I'm really excited about this, it would make a nice rogue solo/duel weapon.
Main Tank
# Jan 08 2003 at 10:45 PM Rating: Default
I want to know what is the best progress for a guild team to equip their MT with aggro producing weapons starting at about level 50 guild without twinking/buying.

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