Shovel of Ponz  

Quest Started By:Description:
Maximum Level:120
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Quest
Quest Goal:
  • Experience
  • Faction
  • Loot
Faction Required:
Temple of Solusek Ro (Min: Indifferent)
Factions Raised:
Factions Lowered:
Quest Items:
Related Zones:
Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
Appropriate Classes:
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Fri Jan 25 01:25:57 2002
Modified: Thu Feb 3 02:23:56 2022
Vira may be found at +410, +85.

You say, 'Hail, Vira'

Vira says 'I am Vira, elementalist of Solusek Ro. I guard the secrets of the tools of [elemental summoning]. If you are a magician, you might be interested.'

You say, 'What is elemental summoning?'

Vira says 'I hold the secrets to the construction of four tools which assist magicians with the summoning of elementals. I know about the [broom of Trilon], the [shovel of Ponz], the [torch of Alna] and the [stein of Ulissa].'

You say, 'What of the shovel of Ponz?'

Vira says 'The shovel of Ponz was crafted by the earthen master of the same name. Are you [interested] in the [shovel]?'

You say, 'I am interested in the shovel.'

Vira says 'I will create a replica of the shovel of Ponz for you, but I will need the following components to make it: a ruby, the eyes of a gargoyle, a shovel from a magician in Najena and the toes of a hill giant. Bring me these four components, and I will construct for you an object of elemental power.'

A Ruby may be bought from a jewelry merchant. Gargoyle Eyes drop from various gargoyles around the world. Hill Giant Toes drop from various hill giants around the world. A Shovel drops from magicians in Najena or alligators in the Feerrott or Lake Rathetear. Hand in the four items.

Vira says 'Each of the four items needed to construct the famed Shovel of Ponz! Very well. As you have displayed ingenuity, I grant you this shovel.'
Your faction standing with Temple Of Sol Ro got better.
Your faction standing with Shadowed Men got worse.
You gain experience!!

You receive the Shovel of Ponz.
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Shovel of Ponz
# Aug 21 2018 at 2:47 PM Rating: Excellent
4,580 posts
+5 Temple of Sol Ro
-1 Shadowed men

I did this quest on Agnarr today due to a guide somewhere saying any pet class can use the clicky on the mage focus/quest items from Sol Ro... NOT true. At least not for my necromancer.

The stein, torch, broom and shovel are all pretty high priced it seems on baz on Agnarr... and beware the other "shovel" that is also for a quest. Vira doesn't like that one --easy to tell as it is a 2hb with dmg/dly.

3 steins, 1 torch and 1 shovel dropped in less than 2 hours in Najena for me today. Mostly killed in the first darkbone skelly room (sort of near Bonecracker) and Trazdon room. Only did 1 kill of a magican past the stalag rooms before entering the main jail area (in other words I didn't clear half the skelly/mage spawns that could drop the items). Did this as a level 29 necro which was mostly safe, though lots of add potential thanks to the wandering guards.
# Aug 02 2013 at 7:11 AM Rating: Decent
56 posts
dropped today off of a Magician.
Where to get your shovel.
# Dec 30 2010 at 6:18 AM Rating: Decent
10 posts
Get your shovel from Tiplo The Gardener in Shadowhaven, loc +171 +532.
Shovel and Broom may be wrong,
# Dec 15 2007 at 12:07 PM Rating: Decent
I handed in the first set as it was listed , also i was handing one at a time

Ruby, cyclops toes,shovel ,gargoyle eye( no shovel)

star ruby, griffon feathers, ( all of a sudden shovel came into my hand) then handed in hill giant toes and broom and got broom.

judgeing on when i got shovel i came up with these lists, maybe they changed quest , maybe quest is bugged now not sure.

Shovel of Ponz

gargoyle eye
griffon feathers
cyclops toes

Broom of Trilon

star rubby
hill giant toes

# Dec 13 2007 at 3:45 AM Rating: Decent
was killing mages and shovel droped today. :)
Does it even still drop?
# Oct 28 2006 at 10:19 PM Rating: Decent
I spent a couple of hours killing Magicians in Najena but never saw any of the drops they are supposed to drop.. no "a shovel"

Anyone tried this quest recently?
Does it even still drop?
# Jan 29 2007 at 9:12 PM Rating: Good
387 posts
I completed all of the mage pet quests except for the torch today.

So all of the shovel, stein, and broom items are confirmed still dropping.
Does it even still drop?
# Nov 12 2006 at 3:02 PM Rating: Decent
36 posts
was in mistmoore with my pally and got jumped by several gargoyles and the eye dropped off one of them.
Gargoyle Eye
# Aug 18 2005 at 2:12 AM Rating: Decent
They changed Mistmoore to level 65+ so now you can get the Gargoyle Eyes from Lower Guk or Ocean of Tears. If you take the translocator to OOT then swim to the island with the dead trees you will see skeletons and spectres. Someone said to kill the skeletons because they were PH's for the Gargoyles. None spawned. So I started killing spectres and walah! There be Gargoyles!! I had to kill all the spectres 3 times before a gargoyle dropped Gargoyle Eyes :)
Help please
# May 24 2005 at 6:40 AM Rating: Decent
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I am trying go finish my epic, I have done the rest od the turn ins for these focus items but got some reason I can't seem to get her to accept my turn in for the Shovel of Ponz. Is there a special kind of ruby? Cause I am just using a store bought one. Is it gargoyle eye? or eyes? cause I have ounly found the one gargoly eye. Hill giant toes are pretty common, and the shovel I got in nanjena, my faction is excelent. any ideas? I asked a GM if it bugged and he said no it is working fine.

Please help this squishy mage,
Cazic Thule
Magician lv 57
# Apr 19 2005 at 10:32 AM Rating: Decent
Since the Mistmoore Revamp did they move these Gargoyles out into LFay like the gnolls in Karana? Or are they just gone and if so where are the gargoyles in OOT? The only time I've been there is to buy my pet spells and for my druid's epic.
Pretty simple, only got for epic
# Dec 28 2004 at 4:45 AM Rating: Decent
Ruby: Like it said, storebought for 131 pp
Hill Giant Toes: Mine dropped off of Gornit, while I was camping him for a total of 300+ hours for my drog. Pretty easy post 44
Shovel: If you're working on your epic, this will most definately drop while you're trying to find the torn pages of mastery.
Gargoyle Eye: Dropped in my third (and final) trip to LGuk for the Torn Page of Magi'kot pg. 3.

Pretty simple, fairly expensive.
Ice Giant Toes
# Nov 24 2004 at 1:07 PM Rating: Decent
Ice Giants Toes can usually be purchased from Magnus at Wayfarer Camp in Everfrost - about 19pp

Hill Giant Toes can often be purchased in Bazaar (merchants) and in Gypsy Camp in Western Karana

Found Gargoyle Eyes on vendors as well (Baking Vendor in POK for instance - over 10pp each)

Edited, Mon Jan 3 09:35:07 2005
RE: Ice Giant Toes
# Nov 24 2004 at 2:56 PM Rating: Good
3,705 posts
This requires HILL giant toes, not ICE giant toes.
Req Level 20
# Apr 25 2004 at 5:07 PM Rating: Decent
I did the quest today with my level 2 Mage (with a little help from my main). Well, unfortunately the shovel appears to now have a level requirement of 20.

I discovered this because the latest patch added a display of level requirements on focus and spell effects. So it appears that the focus effect working on level 4 mobs was all in our heads.
# Mar 21 2004 at 12:16 PM Rating: Default
[Black]Tiplo does drop "a shovel" and it IS the same used inthe quest.. i know this because i killed tiplo a while ago and kept his shovel for fun. it was in my bank.. and i was camping the Fjboots while killing magicians.. i droped "a shovel" the ones used in this quest and it said i have this lore item already. so it must be identical. and tiplo does drop it. just kill him without the guards seeing[/Black]
gargoyle eye
# Nov 28 2003 at 4:09 PM Rating: Decent
is it eye of a gargoyle or gargoyle eye?
A Shovel
# Jul 10 2003 at 10:32 PM Rating: Decent
There are only 2 places I know for sure that the shovels can be picked up in. Never heard of the Shadow Haven guy, but they DO drop off of Alligators in Feerrott, and off of Magicians in Najena. The Magicians can be Goblin or DE, doesn't matter. Both drop the items. And the highest there level is is 25. Alligators in Feerrott can be up to lvl 33. Both of these mobs also drop the Pages of Elemental Mastery for the Mage Epic, so while you are there camping them for the Items for these focus quests, keep your eye out for them as well, since you probably are not going to enjoy going back there when you're in your 40s or 50s
All that is lost, is not Forsaken
Where to Get the Shovel
# Jul 04 2003 at 8:33 PM Rating: Default
I've heard that the shovel can be looted off Magicians in Najena. I did hunt them for several hours. I Looted the Broom, Torch and Stein for the other three pet items but not the shovel. I did get one though. In Shadowhaven. Tiplo the Gardener. Killed him a few times ( friends did the quest as well ) and he dropped the shovel each time. Warning though, you do take a faction hit to SOME of the houses in SH, but not enough to be KOS. Also, don't be tricked by SOE's stupid things, i ended up doing the quest twice because I bought "Shovel" in the bazaar. The quest didn't work because it required "A Shovel" so make sure you have the right one before turning them it or you might lose all your things.
RE: Where to Get the Shovel
# Oct 31 2003 at 2:13 PM Rating: Decent
I've killed Tiplo the Gardener a few times now. Although he shows a shovel equipped, he has no loot what so ever once you kill him. I then took my ranger to Feerott and tried tracking An Alligator. My ranger is 60 with max tracking and it kept point him to the zone in of the CT zone. So either the gators are bugged and are underneath the temple zone fascade or they are only found inside the level 55+ dungeon.
RE: Where to Get the Shovel
# Aug 26 2004 at 8:45 AM Rating: Default
Tracking sometimes gets bugged, but if they were inside the dungeon, they wouldn't show up on radar out in the Feerott.
# Jun 09 2003 at 2:17 AM Rating: Decent
Okay, this is supposed to be about a 33 lvl quest, yet the "A Shovel" its linked to is the one that drops of the dino's in chardok. They're all 42+. I'm assuming this is really the simple Shovel off the Magicians in Najena.

Think they could fix that link?

not so bad
# Jan 30 2003 at 1:08 AM Rating: Decent
I did these at level 15-17 solo, not twink. secres is to nab'm before they can get there Pets. Had to have help starting in. just Followed some Higher levels till I got where I wanted

# Jan 27 2003 at 6:12 AM Rating: Decent
Just a word of warning to anyone like me. You look up the area in EQAtlas, and the highest level magi listed is lvl 20. At lvl 31 thought I would go there and have a boaring time.....ended up dying.

There were very quickly 6 magicians with pets, killed my pet (lvl 29 fire, with burn out II, and a couple of good bazaar bought 1hs), then killed me, couldn't get a spell off, only red hits.

Be prepared when you go here for broom, stein, etc. the magicians are nasty!!

Zauber Loesung
Magician of the 31st season
Order of the Lotus
short & sweet
# Dec 15 2002 at 12:16 PM Rating: Excellent
702 posts
What to do:
Talk to Vira (Gnome p415,p90) in Temple of Solusek Ro. She will give info on 4 items she needs for the each quest you are doing for each of the 4 Mage pet focus items.

None of the items are no-drop, so the best thing to do is hit the vendors in the surrounding areas first or auction in the zone. Go to OOT and check vendors for toes, if none there try Everfrost, and then try Nejena (go to the floor where you get the 3rd key and kill those mages) then buy needed gem and go to back to Vira.

The main items broom, torch, stien & shovel drop from mobs called 'An Alligator' the Swamp Alligators do not drop them to my knowledge.
Shovel of Ponz (increases size and power of Earth Elementals above level 34) requires:

A Shovel-from a Magician (9-24) in Najena or "An Alligator" (18-34) in Cazic Thule or Feerrott.
Eye of Gargoyle-Mistmoore (level 22-36) or Gargoyles in OOT (level 18-20).
Toes of a Hill Giant--from EK, NK, or WK, Rathe Mountains, WC (level 33-37), or Gornit in OOT.
A Ruby-from vendors.
Torch of Alna (increases size and power of Fire Elementals above level 34) requires:

Fire Drake Scale-Fire drake (level 9-11) in Lavastorm Mountains.
Fire Giant Toes-Fire Giants are in SolB (level 47-51) or Gornit in OOT.
Torch-Magicians (level 9-24) in Najena and Alligators (level 18-34) in Feerrott.
Fire Emerald-from vendor.
Broom of Trilon (increases size and power of a summoned Air Elementals above level 34) requires:

Griffen Feather-most any griffens near Karanas or vendors in Rathe, NK, and probably Jaggedpine.
Cyclops Toes-SeaFuries in OOT (level 39-42) and Cyclops in SK, RM, WK (level 28 - 42) or Gornit in OOT.
Broom-Magicians (level 9-24) in Najena and Alligators (level 18-34) in Feerrott.
Star Ruby-from vendor.
Stien of Ulissa (increases size and power of a summoned Water Elementals above level 34) requires:

Mermaid scale-Sirens on the spires in OOT (Sirens at the spires the Boat passes when you go from FP to BB are excelent solo exp for level 16 - 20).
Ice Giant Toes-Ice Giants in Everfrost Peaks or from Gornit.
Stien-Magicians in Najena and Alligators in Feerrott, Magicians (level 9 -24) and Alligators (level 18-34).
Sapphire-from vendor.
Is the shovel a magic item?
# Oct 04 2002 at 3:59 PM Rating: Decent
Is the shovel that is needed for the Shovel of Ponz quest a magic item?
RE: Is the shovel a magic item?
# Oct 14 2002 at 10:52 AM Rating: Decent
Yes it is Magic and Lore.
# Aug 02 2002 at 12:06 PM Rating: Excellent
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I want to call attention back to a post I made waaaaay back when I first finished my set of Focus items. I have gone through it and altered it to fit the current changes in the game and I want to point out that if you are a 45+ Mage it is absolutely essential that you get the Torch (for the Rak'Ashiir raids in CoM), Broom (used to get Epic), and Shovel (used to get Epic).

-== Warning ==-
This is a total spoiler of the quest. If you dont like spoilers dont look.
-== Warning ==-

Note: Level ranges are approx from personal knowledge and from Illia's Bestiary.

Shovel of Ponz:

Gargoyle Eye - can be found in Mistmoore (level 22 - 36 depending on type) or in OOT (level 18 - 20) off the Gargoyles. I bought mine from a vender on sister island.

Hill Giant Toes: Hill giants the world over drop these... (level 33 - 37) Got mine from Gornit*

Shovel: Magicians in Najena and Alligators in Feerrott drop these. The Magicians are level 9 -24 and the Alligators are 18 - 34. *Note* the ones that drop the items are called 'An Alligator' the Swamp Alligators do not drop them to my knowledge.

Ruby: Bought mine from the vender in High Keep - any ruby will do

Torch of Alna:

Fire Drake Scale - got mine off Fire drake in Lavastorm Mountains. If I remember correctly they are a level 9 - 11 mob. Could probably buy them from the gypsies camped there.

Fire Giant Toes - Fire Giants are in SolB and are level 47 - 51. The are killed every time a Naggy raid happens however, so either auction at ZI or just get them from Gornit*

Torch - Magicians in Najena and Alligators in Feerrott drop these. The Magicians are level 9 -24 and the Alligators are 18 - 34. *Note* the ones that drop the items are called 'An Alligator' the Swamp Alligators do not drop them to my knowledge.

Fire Emerald - bought mine a merchant in North Freeport. Any Fire Emerald will do.

Broom of Trilon:

Griffen Feather - most griffens drop them. Bought mine in the commonlands but they will be more common on the venders in Rathe, NK, and probably Jaggedpine.

Cyclopse Toes - Any Cyclopse can drop them, SeaFuries in OOT (level 39 - 42) and Cyclopse in SK RM WK ect (level 28 - 42). Got mine from Gornit*

Broom - Magicians in Najena and Alligators in Feerrott drop these. The Magicians are level 9 -24 and the Alligators are 18 - 34. *Note* the ones that drop the items are called 'An Alligator' the Swamp Alligators do not drop them to my knowledge.

Star Ruby - Bought mine in North Freeport. Any Star Ruby will do

Stien of Ulissa:

Mermaid scale - Killed sirens on the spires in OOT to get these. Just a quick note, the Sirens at the spires the Boat passes when you go from EFP to BB are excelent solo exp for level 16 - 20 Mages. Can also buy them from Sister Island merchants.

Ice Giant Toes - Ice Giants in Everfrost Peaks drop them. They are very hard to kill. Get them from Gornit*.

Stien - Magicians in Najena and Alligators in Feerrott drop these. The Magicians are level 9 -24 and the Alligators are 18 - 34. *Note* the ones that drop the items are called 'An Alligator' the Swamp Alligators do not drop them to my knowledge.

Sapphire - Got mine in North Freeport in an auction... Any Sapphire will do.

When you goto the Temple of Solusek Ro you will need to talk to Vira, she is a short Gnome on the left side of the balcony in the main room. Hail her and follow the prompts till she tells you the four items she needs for the quest you are doing. Give her the four items all at once in the order she asks for them. YOU MUST BE AT LEAST INDIFFRENT TO HER. She will give you faction, Experience, and the item you were questing for. Good Luck !!!

* Gornit is a Giant on an island in OOT near Sister Island. Just go to sister island and do a shout asking if anyone is camping Gornit, if someone is, ask them if you can get one of each toe from them. Gornit is almost always camped and the people camping him will usually give you the toes for free.
What lvl does the shovel stop working?
# Jul 25 2002 at 6:27 AM Rating: Default
Anyone know what lvl the shovel stops working at? is it 44 or 49? or does it work till ur 60? :)
RE: What lvl does the shovel stop working?
# Aug 05 2002 at 11:00 AM Rating: Excellent
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The Torch, Broom, Stein, and Shovel work for all the pets up to level 49 after that you need the Staves of Elemental Mastery. After 50 as you get each pet start banking each the Focus item except the Torch. As I mentioned in another post the Torch will still be needed for a while because the 49 Fire pet is the best pet to use in fights with mobs like Rak'Ashiir.

Hope that helps = )
Shovel looted
# Jul 19 2002 at 10:09 AM Rating: Decent
I looted a shovel from a dark-boned skeleton in Najena and I was wondering if this shovel is the same shovel needed for this quest or is there a magician in Najena that drops this shovel?
RE: Shovel looted
# Jul 19 2002 at 12:19 PM Rating: Decent
Yes. The magicians, Rathyl, Rathyl Reincarnate, and dark-boned skellies drop the focus pieces.
Focus Items
# Jul 03 2002 at 1:25 PM Rating: Default
i for one am surely surprised that since all these are "focus" items that are supposedly usefull even at low levels ( which i gather they are from a few other mage.pages) that Verant did not add the focus effect text to the actual casting. anyone who has gotten ahold of any of the items that have new focus effects (i.e. PPB affliction efficiency 2) has witnessed the message that spams us when we cast a spell that said focus applies to. I for one am just a bit perturbed that these foci do not give me a message when i cast the appropriat pet. of course i have had these foci since before the recent focus items addition and therefore understand that these might be classified as a different type of focus; however if anyone important reads this post im sure there are a lot of us that would like to see these foci adjusted to actually list their effect (for example shovel : hightened summoning earth) and possibly a recommended level. this would certainly solve the long lasting debate over the actual effects of these foci pre-lvl34.

otherwise im temped to believe that these are merely a commodity at lower levels.

any imput would surely be appreciated!

Porteus 48th Cleric of Tunare
Cumlaude 16th Magician of Quellious
(and yes i do have these foci)
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