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This is the second Paladin Artifact Armor quest - otherwise known as AF2.

  Start NPC:   Ailbeche - Northern San d'Oria (J-8)
  Paladin 50+
  Items Needed:   Giant Shell Bug
  Title:   None
  Repeatable:   Yes, after AF is complete.
  Reward:   Gallant Leggings

  Previous Quest:   Sharpening the Sword
  Next Quest:   Under Oath and
  Borghertz's Stalwart Hands


  • Ailbeche (J-9 in Northern San d'Oria), talks about how he wants to fish up "the big one" but has never been able to, or even acquire the bait to do so.
  • Talk with Ailbeche's father Exoroche in the weapon shop in Southern San d'Oria (K-7), who dismisses his son's interests.
  • Talk to Ailbeche again and he'll request that you get him a Giant Shell Bug, the bait he needs to go with his friend to fish up the big one.
  • Head to the Crawlers' Nest. Go to the center section and then north at the top of I-9 on the first map. This will take you onto the second map, the one with the other exit to Rolanberry Fields. On this map, go to the west side of H-9 and you'll find a ??? click it to spawn the NM Dreadbug. The Dreadbug will drop a Giant Shell Bug. Alternatively, you can often find Giant Shell Bugs on the AH.
  • Trade the Giant Shell Bug to Ailbeche, who, rather than taking the Giant Shell Bug, asks you to go to Castle Oztroja and do the fishing for him.
  • Head to Castle Oztroja. To get to the pool with the fish, go on the first map to the map exit at J-8, through the door and on to the second map. On the second map, head northwest to the map exit at G-7. On the tiny third map, go due north through the map exit at I-7. This will take you to the forth map, which has the pool with the big one. Walk along the western side of the map and make your way into the center section at H-8. Here you will find a pool with a few ooze inside it, and various Yagudo wandering around. Clear the room.
  • When ready, get out your fishing pole, equip the Giant Shell Bug, and fish in the pool.
  • Some points of note about fishing:
  • It doesn't matter who does the fishing, you or someone else in the group.
  • You can fish it up with absolutely no skill in fishing, but it may take a while.
  • The Yagudo in the room respawn about every 8 minutes.
  • The fishing rod should be one that is "designed for catching big fish," which include Single Hook Fishing Rod, Mithran Fishing Rod, Composite Fishing Rod, etc. (needs verification on the need of "big fish" rods, but this safely works as is currently)
  • The number of times you have to fish before you land it can vary from 3 to over 20.
  • If you have never fished before please practice so that you get used to the system. It is very easy to fish but if you've never tried you might lose your Giant Shell Bug. Practice with Little Worm as your bait at any pond where you can fish, such as the moat in Northern San d'Oria.
  • Your line can break and you will lose your bait, so bring extra, just in case.

Game Description

Client: Ailbeche (Parade Grounds, Northern San d'Oria)

All fishermen dream of hooking the big one. Catch him and obtain the treasure in his belly.