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Ceremonial Smudging Stick  

AC: 3
This item is placeable in yards, guild yards, houses and guild halls.
WIS: +3 MANA: +30
WT: 2.0 Size: SMALL
Class: ALL
Race: ALL
Slot 1, Type 7 (General: Group)
Item Lore:This stick smells of strange herbs
Item Type:Misc
Merchant Value:0 pp 1 gp 0 sp 0 cp
Lucy Entry By:Tiana
Item Updated By:SwiftyMUSE
IC Last Updated:2021-02-28 06:46:41
Page Updated:Thu Oct 9th, 2008
Shadows of Luclin Item

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Rarity: Rare
Level to Attain: 33

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Hollowshade Moor

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25pp :)
# Apr 14 2004 at 10:35 AM Rating: Decent
Bought this in bazaar on Veeshan last week for 25 plat. Was kinda stunned to see it selling that cheap, but I wasn't gonna wait to ask questions.

Even on the blue-est of blue servers, this item is worth considerably more than 25 plat. I only wish I'd found it on Sullon Zek, where the resists would come in soooo very handy :)
Nice Bug
# Jul 09 2003 at 2:23 PM Rating: Default
5 Steps-Manual

1. Get yourself a Smudging Stick.
2. Find some water!
3. Jump in...
4. Take the Stick of and put it back on (Swimming)
5. Voilá, your staff got a new look!
Test it, it's a funny graphik bug =)
RE: Nice Bug
# Aug 24 2004 at 1:36 AM Rating: Default
Yeah, It's like that for any torch graphic item. The graphic you see as a staff was first used as the artifact given out by Al'Kabor to a random wizard in the Great Divide. The effect on it was Al'Kabor's Expansive Mind which was the same thing as Flowing Thought 10. Now the same graphic is used for the Plane of Time key so it's not all that rare but either way it's a cool graphic. Too bad they don't do more for hand held graphics and less for eyelash rendering on their latest and ugliest models...

Liveye (lvl 65 Wizard)

Edited, Tue Aug 24 02:36:33 2004
Grimling war?
# Nov 26 2002 at 10:31 PM Rating: Default
I have wanted to farm this since i realized my poison resist sux... But for the last 3 days everytime i go outta my way there are no peeps in zone and its filled wiht nothing but owlbears some one told me its part of a long quest where the grimlings go to war well how long does this owl bear crap last i want to get me one of these sticks and im not paying 4k when it drops of such a low lvl mob hehe...
RE: Grimling war?
# Mar 10 2003 at 12:33 PM Rating: Decent
Most the information on Hollowshade war is posted under Quests by Zone, Hollowshade Moor, and then Hollowshade War. Basicly though Hollowshade War is broken as the Prince does not always spawn in the outpost like he should when one of the three races takes over all three camps.

People farm the Sonics and Owlbears for shreiking and howling substances as well as pelts. Typically about 30 min after the war is resset someone will come along and cause the Sonics or the Owlbears to take over the Grimling camp (the largest camp) thus destroying the Grimlings, so only a reset will bring them back. Reset only occurs if 1) prince is killed. 2) Server is Reset. 3) Zone is Reset.

Best bet is if it is all one race and no prince spawns, petition a GM to reset the zone about 3+ hours before you need it to allow for time for them to respond and get a GM ( Guides cannot do zone reset) out to do it. I've had to do it more than once just to collect Sonic Wolf Bane components. Also please report the war being stuck as a bug to Verant and maybe they will fix it as it does foul up several quests.

Edited, Mon Mar 10 12:00:29 2003
RE: Grimling war?
# Dec 18 2003 at 2:50 AM Rating: Decent
War is fixed now!! Yep ... HM, here I come ... (Sheesh, and I thought I spent enough time camping here b4 ...)
grimling cheif
# Sep 26 2002 at 8:11 PM Rating: Decent
i have killed this sob about 50 times over a month period everytime i walk by that way. The smudge stick dropped twice, the hammer dropped twice and the pestle has dropped like 10 times. Stick is probably the rarest as my friends tell me they havent had luck sitting on the camp. Cleaning out my bank inventory, i sold it in bazaar for 1200.
still dropping
# Sep 07 2002 at 11:47 PM Rating: Default
Got one today, it's still dropping. Was lucky, sent ooc in zone looking for oily rags, Enchanter sent tell that they dropped on chief, she let me loot, then said I could stay for other stuff. Chief popped a few more times, one time this dropped, I told her it was there, and offered to let her loot it, she said no go ahead. Woot. My level 34 bst was killing chief for xp but just cause she let me. That was one of the nicest things someone's done in-game lately. I mean, I killed the mob, but she was clearing the area, I couldn't have done it without her help.
RE: still dropping
# Dec 18 2003 at 2:53 AM Rating: Decent
Aye, That bugger and his summoning prowess have given by bst a run for his money more than a couple times now. And he's higher than 34 ...
# Aug 13 2002 at 4:57 PM Rating: Default
Has anyone looted one of these in the last week or so? Have killed him 60 times and nothing. Did this a few months ago and got one with in first few kills.

Does this drop still?
# Sep 02 2002 at 11:49 PM Rating: Good
128 posts
Yep, it dropped for me tonight... yer gonna hate me but this was the first time I ever stopped to kill him!
Vaal Halen
115 Bard
Council of Norrath
Xev>Druzzil Ro>Xegony Server
# Aug 27 2002 at 6:57 AM Rating: Default
Yes, stick still drops. Was here with a friend and camped him for probably 4 hours, no stick. Then he has to go and next kill i get my stick...then 2 kills later another and by the end of the night i had let 6 sticks rot and kept 2(had an alt camped near by)...Ok,bye
# Aug 19 2002 at 8:39 PM Rating: Excellent
Yes it still drops got one last night.
Must have killed that damn chief 80+ times (over a few months) in the search for this nice range slot resist item.
Tally was 3 staffs of living sand, 1 skull shaped sacrificial hammer, 3 pestles and finally the stick.
my story
# May 24 2002 at 6:06 PM Rating: Good
ok this is what happened to me:
a few weeks ago i had camped the chief with an SK partner (me being a druid) for about 2 hrs. nothing special dropped.
then i went back today and tried the camp. discovering that the shammys and bodyguards didnt attack me (at 42), i tried to take out the chief. the major thing that screwed me up was that HE DOESNT MOVE off his spawn point, no matter what you do to him, so i couldnt kite him away from the shammys that healed all the damage i was doing. i emptied out all my mana and didnt get anywhere. this was partly because the chief has high FR. so i medded up to 50m and took out one of the shammys, then medded back up to full. i used Ro`s Fiery Sundering to debuff the chief's FR, then proceeded to nuke the crap out of him. with the debuff on most of my Firestrikes landed for full or near there. with only one shammy healing him, the chief went down leaving me with 20m.
i went to loot him and almost got killed, because as soon as i kneeled down to loot the corpse the bodyguards and shaman jumped on me. i quickly looted my smudging stick (yes, on the FIRST KILL) and ran like he1l. but the problem was that the grimlings were SoWed and followed me, and hit pretty consistantly even at green/light blue cons. thats where having SoC (spirit of cheetah [30 sec super-sow]) was helpful. since it only takes .5 secs to cast, i was able to escape to Paludal.
well, it certainly took me long enough to make my point, but there you have it =)

Edited, Fri May 24 18:59:13 2002
About 1 time in 10 hours
# May 19 2002 at 11:15 AM Rating: Default
Yeah as the guy below me posted...once every 12 hours is about right sometimes you'll see 2 back to back but dont expect another for quite sometime...camped him with 2 friends for about 26 hours str8(boredom just pure boredom =P ) and he droped 2.
# May 07 2002 at 9:50 PM Rating: Decent
this item drops bout every 10hrs, no bs camp it and you will see that verant has slowed(basically stopped)the rare drops in sol

56 druid
54 palidan

RE: rare
# May 15 2002 at 6:57 AM Rating: Decent
As far as 10 hour drop im not to sure on that. I play on prexSUCKS and camped him last night and got this 3 times in a row glad i had a couple mules in the same zone. But must add camped him agian today for 6 hours and didn't see another drop got all of the othere stuff though.

Edited, Wed May 15 07:50:54 2002
RE: rare
# May 14 2002 at 11:00 AM Rating: Decent
Me and my trusty bard sidekick, Wissper, were out messin around in Hollowshade this morning. Another warrior in zone shouted he just got this item off the Cheif, so we of course went to investigate. Anyway not 20 mins later he dropped this for us too. Soooo doesnt seem too uncommon, that or we are just lucky like that.

The hollowshade war is always lots of fun when i get bored or no one else is on. We killed the Prince too after the grimlings won and took over the Shar Vahl outpost, but his corpse poofed as we were checkin out his stuff...was like a 30 second corpse...go figure.

RE: rare
# Jul 08 2002 at 7:41 PM Rating: Decent
It's rare. I've camped that chief for 2 weeks before I gave up. In the 30+ hours I was there I got 2 bowls (+5 wis, +50 mana, primary slot. not a weapon), lots of rags, dust, ashes and enough runes to pave a path to Shar Vahl. Oh, and some spear about 5 times (junk weapon). Not one smudge stick. This is with me popping this bad boy off every half hour like clockwork as this guy spawns. Yes he dosn't move, but take out his guards before you do him in. I usualy kill off one shammy, then the two bodyguards. Dot the chief as I run in and lay the druid melee smackdown on the last shammy to keep him from healing the chief (hey, druids can melee greens. honest!). So, yeah this and the bowl are rare drops.
# Apr 21 2002 at 3:12 PM Rating: Decent
A guildie and I were roaming through and took chiefie down, junk, waited for respawn, got stick, waited around again, junk, 4th time dropped another stick, counted ourselves lucky and moved on. 2 sticks in 4 kills.

A druid of the 42nd season
What's Up
# Apr 08 2002 at 1:20 PM Rating: Decent
I read all the posts on the stick and the Grimling chief - no mention of the wars. My first time on Luclin, I saunter into HM wondering whether I can take the boredom of a long camp to get the stick, even assuming that I can reliably solo the camp. Strange, the Grimling village is entirely populated with owlbears. At this stage I am not even sure what a Grimling is supposed to look like, but I guess they shouldn't be called owlbears. No-one else in the zone knows what is going on (only 2 other players there).

In the end I gave up and went home to the Rathe Mountains to raise the money to buy the blasted thing, which I did for 2200pp.

Then I read the stuff about the wars on the zone strategy page. Bah!

Myriol Wyldewood 40 Druid of Tunare

Edited, Mon Apr 8 18:02:23 2002
RE: What's Up
# Apr 09 2002 at 6:48 AM Rating: Default
Yep. I was doing the Rallic pack quest and already had the pack. Since the owlbear pelts have been nerfed, I waited a week to come back to the owlbear cave...and NO OWL BEARS!

A whole cave of sonic wolves all the way to the back.
Im wondering if the rallic quest will be wortth more now...I mean I know the owlbears are in Pal caverns but there cant be as many.

Wish the owlbears had won on my server.
RE: What's Up
# Apr 09 2002 at 5:51 PM Rating: Decent
199 posts
Owls haven't been nerfed, its part of the war, in order to get the zone back to normal, one of the 3 tribes must take over all 3 camps. You do this by helping the invaders kill the defenders, basically meaning, kill all defenders before raiders show up, otherwise invaders will get slaughtered. Once invaders come up and see no defenders, that tribe takes over that cave and all named in that area pop with different named and different items. So back to the 3 tribe thing, once a tribe owns all 3 camps, a prince will spawn over by shar vah in the little village thing. You have to kill him in order to restore the zone to its normal way. Basically though everyone wants the new loots from different tribes so I doubt you'll see it normal unless you change it yourself. I'm a level 55 druid and I needed help to kill the defenders at sonic cave or I would have died. So this is no easy task. GL
RE: What's Up
# May 21 2002 at 10:27 PM Rating: Decent
119 posts
Thank you! =~)
Finally found someone who mentions the difficulty of killing these defenders solo. I have a 49 rogue and a 52 necro and wondered how difficult it was going to be to take out the defenders.
I must have read 150 posts, from ******** about the stats of items to bragging what they looted... no mention of the actual task of killing these guys.
Hiddo Von'Skittles
RE: What's Up
# Jun 05 2002 at 3:56 AM Rating: Decent
Should not have a major problem.

As a admitedly well equipped 51 monk (fungi and Sibelsian Berserker cloak) I can tank any three of the wolves at once no problem.

For a KITING class the defenders will be hard, since even though level 30ish, they SUMMON....

I have heard rumors that they can not be feared, I never had Instill Doubt land on them, though my intimidate sadly needs ALOT of work.

But Rogue and/or NEcro pet working to keep on top of aggro, and Necro careful not to burn to high and get summoned to much, should be able to drop them.

Highest hit I have seen on my 51 monk is 81 hit points (while looting).

For the record if soloing, I can drop 3-4 of them (fighting 3 constantly, I.E as one drops the next aggros in), before getting to the two bubble health limit, where I will feign.

Also if you want to make it 'easier' to start the war mode.

I suggest keeping the entrance of cave clear of the normal spawns. then when it goes into war mode you only have 3 or so wolves (2 defenders).

You do NOT need to have the wolves wiped out before the invaders show up, but heavily weakened is a good idea, and work at keeping the remaining ones on you rather than invaders.

But I have often used the invaders to help finish off the last defender

Peace and good luck
Just got one
# Apr 07 2002 at 6:33 PM Rating: Decent
Just been camping him on Seventh Hammer and Got one. Lovely. Cheers Kaz )
# Mar 15 2002 at 4:10 AM Rating: Decent
Lucky ikky I am today, walked by him and smacked his **** down, got a Ceremonial smudging stick, its a keeper, and we have camped him two days in a row both times for more than 4 hours and only seen a junky hammer drop, many fishoil rags, and way to many runes. This camp is mad insane, and I never seem to find anything when we camp him, but when I am running thru the zone and he is up, I'll smack him down and find something.. ROFL

Didnt know this item was worth so much, but i kinda figured it would go very good on me during a raid, being a monk, and having sucky resists anyway. Might sell it soon, but I dont think....
2 drops in a row
# Mar 06 2002 at 9:42 AM Rating: Decent
That post down below is true. I was camping the cheiftan last night and camped him for 3 hours, nada. Right when I was about to call it quits, boom, looted the stick. Then I thought, heck why not, I'll kill him a couple times more. Well, then very next kill, I looted the stick again. (luckily I have two accounts and was able to distribute the sticks between both chars :o) I walked away after that one because I couldn't imagine having another drop and not being able to loot it, being lore and all.
#REDACTED, Posted: Feb 27 2002 at 2:33 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) I have one for sell on Xev for 5k. Send me a tell in game if interested.
RE: selling
# Feb 28 2002 at 1:57 AM Rating: Default
Anyone who pay 5k for this item is getting screwed. Not worth more than 3k on Xev.
# Feb 11 2002 at 7:44 AM Rating: Decent
I have camped this guy for over 7 hours before. I have seen everything drop. Went there with another wisdom using friend it drops, and then I lose the roll (. But, next spawn it dropped again. I couldn't believe it, two consecutive drops!
Why am I soo Unlucky?
# Jan 31 2002 at 9:14 PM Rating: Decent
I camped him last nite for 5 hours. Killed him 15 times and got a stupid hammer. He wont evade me though, I will get my smudging stick soon. BTW i did get a perfrct owlbear pelt on the way out at 6:30 am :( So not a total loss , already have the Runners Pouch.
The Trick?
# Jan 27 2002 at 3:11 PM Rating: Good
After a number of hours of camping this guy for the smudging stick, I determined the following:

Killing Chieftan while the rest of his tent was spawned resulted in 'something' dropping about 70% of the time.

Killing Chieftan while the rest of his tent was dead when he SPAWNED = 0%.

So, let everyone in his tent live until he spawns, then kill the little guys, then kill him...Much better drop rate going this route.

In about 2 hours after trying this theory, I had three of the Skull Shaped Sacrificial Hammers, three Staves of Living Sand and one Ceremonial Smudging Stick.

I hope this helps!

Edited, Sun Jan 27 14:10:51 2002
RE: The Trick?
# Sep 27 2002 at 10:14 AM Rating: Decent
theres logic behide this trick. i have proof to back it up.

yesterday i was camping the stick, this wasent the first time for me the few weeks before i had been poping in killing for about 2 hours and leaving.

yesterday however i decided im gunna get that damned stick if it kills me. i camped the stick for about 5 hours and nothing, repeat NOTHING droped off the chief. the only stuff that droped was runes, rags, and smudged stone weapons. theres was no sticks, bowls, staves or hammer within my whole 5 hour camping period there. i concluded that my luck was crap until now. you see the day i camped for short periods of time i was lower level and killing the mobs took longer. and often another grim would spawn and starting bashing on me as well. this time that didnt happen at all. i effectively 1v1 all the grims. thats probably why i didnt get anything, because within those 2 hour periods i was being attacked by both the chief AND one of this guards or spirits the chief droped 4 hammers, 2 staves and 2 bowls.

so im going to do this theory tonight and report the results tomarrow, i will then tell you all if this trick works or if its bs.

i myself have faith in this because if you camped chief for 6 hours and got nothing but runes you would also be longing for a reason why.
RE: The Trick?
# Mar 16 2002 at 10:48 AM Rating: Excellent
That's absolutely absurd. Spawns in EQ don't work this way. Whether mobs are around him or not, he has the same chance to drop something. EQ doesn't "sense" that the bodyguards are up and change the loot tables.
Drop rate nerfed big time
# Jan 24 2002 at 4:56 PM Rating: Default
A guildie of mine has been camping the chief for nearly 24 hours total, and has killed him at least 50 times and no stick. Be prepared for a long, boring camp. If you're on a low population server, it should be easy to go kill him, then hit the other named mobs in the zone before he pops again.
RE: Drop rate nerfed big time
# Jan 25 2002 at 1:41 PM Rating: Decent
69 posts
I totally agree on the drop rate being nerfed. I constantly am there (not for the cash, but exp) and the torch dropped once in three days.
your going to hate me
# Jan 22 2002 at 10:45 PM Rating: Decent
well I got the stick on the first try. I am a 43 necro and this was to easy. First make and buff pet. tell it to guard past tents. (if you dont you cant fear or they will track into tents. I always fear kite if possible its less damage to pet and you can med..=P) first, pull spiritist that spawns half in building half out. second, one bodyguard then the other. leave the one spiritist in the hut. med for sec nuke chief. was lom when I was done but looted him and got this awesome item. gonna sell it and do it again..)

P.S. the chief was blue to me and was decent exp.

Stayaway Ok
Crusaders of Drunken Might
43rd season necromancer
Fennin Ro

Edited, Fri Jan 25 22:38:25 2002
nah, not hate, maybe just a bit jealous? :)
# Feb 08 2002 at 8:23 AM Rating: Decent
I got mine too on the first try, hadn't been in zone before, did a little tracking to see what was blue, good old chiefy was saying "kill me, kill me". What I found strange was, I firstly "dot"ed the chief, but none of his guards came and attacked me, until I went up close to him. Didn't think the stick was worth so much, glad I checked here before selling it, am gonna go back and see if I can get another with my alt. Good Hunting...
# Jan 21 2002 at 1:37 AM Rating: Decent
Ok, this is an easy camp as long as you are patient and dont mind being bored out of your mind.
The chieftan is perma rooted to the spot, even if you charm him and try to get him to move he wont budge.
At lvl 51 i was able to single pull the guards and spiritists, it can probably be done much earlier than that.
Make sure you kill the spiritists as they will heal the chieftan, very annoying.
He is very easy, how easy you ask? I was able to melee him to death as a 51 Bard :P No singing any damage songs, just buffs.
And if you really feel compelled to move him from his little spot he can be pushed around with Knockback spells.
# Dec 23 2001 at 9:50 PM Rating: Default
I spent ages with my ranger and shaman, tracking with my ranger invis and taking loc, then logging and coming back with my shaman all the names, thinking hey heres a quick chance to make money. Well, made 800pp on a gorehorn mask that was it lol. However never was aware of this great item dropper spawn. I was nearly going to buy a ceremonial smudging stick for 2.5k. I might go and camp this now, any tips for a lvl 51 shaman and pet?
My pet is around 37, so not sure how many he would be able to take on at a time.
# Dec 18 2001 at 6:37 PM Rating: Decent
Okay I spent 2 days in Hollowshade camping the chief, and finally got this awesome item.

Here's the strategy I used.

The chieftain is in the house in the far back of the grimling town, guarded by 2 level 30 guards and level 30 healers.

The guards outrun wolf form and sow, even when the grimling spiritists don't sow them, so they can be annoying.
1)Get in back of the chief's house.
You can nuke/root/snare the first spiritist. He is outside the house and spawns actually on the wall, you can see him falling up and down the wall. Kill him this way.
2) go sit under the house for a second. the second grimling spiritist aggros. Kill him.
3) the chief doesn't move for some reason when nuked or snared or anything. Just nuke him away till he dies.
4) invis past the guards and get behind his corpse, when you loot, if you are in the right position, the guards won't aggro.
5) loot and run through the back wall of the hut.

Ceremonial Smudging Stick
Ornate Shell Pestle
Staff of Living Sand
effect Smothering Sands
(not sure what the effect is)
Skull Shaped Scrificial Hammer
effect ritualistic bloodlust
(not sure what the effect is)

have fun
RE: strategy&drop
# Dec 20 2001 at 3:54 PM Rating: Default
82 posts
The drop rate on these has definitely been nerfed. In the first few days of Luclin, it seemed to drop about 1 in 10 kills. Now, from personal experience and stories I am hearing, I would guess it is more like 1 in 30. Another aspect that made it easier before is that the spawns were about 12 minutes apart and are now about 20 minutes apart. That's a looooong camp now. I had a little different strategy as a monk but still used the general idea of taking out the outer Spiritist first, then I took out the Bodyguards, then run in tent, FD to lose Chief aggro and take out inner Spiritist. Then finally, take out the Chieftain. The Spiritists will contantly heal the Chief so taking them out first is essential.
Also, I would have to disagree with the running speed. The Spiritists will SoW themselves AND the Bodyguards almost immediately and they will run fast. However, once I cleared the entire tent area, the next group was much easier. Here's why... as soon as the first Spiritist pops I attack before he gets the chance to SoW himself and he is no problem to chase down. All the subsequent fights are a breeze in that they cannot run away very fast. In other words, they aren't born with SoW, it is cast on them unless you stop the Spiritist before he can do it.
I got my first Smudge Stick after 3 hours (while the spawns were still 12 minutes apart) and lost it due to a subsequent zone crash. Obtained the second after another 5 hours (this was after spawn time was changed to 20 minutes). Tried to get one for my druid and 12 hours later I still have nothing... drop rate and spawn rate has definitely changed. I think my druid will just have to do without.

Good Luck!
RE: strategy&drop
# Dec 19 2001 at 12:55 AM Rating: Default
The staff of the living sand has a 150 DoT proc
# Dec 18 2001 at 6:26 PM Rating: Default
It drops!
# Dec 10 2001 at 6:35 PM Rating: Default
I have this item... It is a very rare drop but it is kickass... Yes it is the cheiftan in HM that drops it.. the most noteable items that dropped for me were that torch, the 5ac 5 wis 50mana bowl (no drop), the 24/42 4ac 4wis 4 sta 40 mana procs some sand attack, a 5/24 sword.. This is just what dropped for me and a guildie over about 3 hours of camping him... I had the torch from another day so I think it is uber rare.. We also killed the named beetle by the town (yellow to a 30) and he dropped a 6/23 25hp 25mp10sv vold dagger.. and I am glad my necro can use.
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