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Job:
Family: Crab
Crystal: Water Crystal
Weak to: Ice, Lightning

Notorious Monster

File:Cancer.jpg

Zone

Level

Drops

Steal

Spawns

Notes

Kuftal Tunnel

65

1

H

  • See below
A = Aggressive; NA = Non-Aggresive; L = Links; S = Detects by Sight; H = Detects by Sound;
HP = Detects Low HP; M = Detects Magic; Sc = Follows by Scent; T(S) = True-sight; T(H) = True-hearing
JA = Detects job abilities; WS = Detects weaponskills; Z(D) = Asleep in Daytime; Z(N) = Asleep at Nighttime
File:Kuftal1.jpg

Notes:

  • Located around H-7 on the first map
  • Spawned randomly by trading a Quus to the ??? there. Mostly it seems to spawn a Robber Crab, and occasionally it will spawn Cancer.
  • The drop rate on the Arondight appears to be very low.
  • High resistance to physical damage, so magic damage is useful.
  • Killable by 6 level 65 players; solo by a 75RDM/37NIN
  • The ??? repops every 15 minutes after the spawned mob is either defeated or despawned (takes 3 minutes to despawn).
  • Cancer still has a chance to spawn the next time the ??? appears, regardless of whether the previous spawned mob was defeated/despawned.
  • Seems to have a high resistance to bind and sleep, suceptible to gravity.
  • Has an enwater effect that cannot be dispelled.
  • Drops 6,000 gil.

Historical Background

Cancer is traditionally the fourth constellation out of 12 in the Zodiac. It represents a crab most popularly, but has also been depicted as a lobster, crayfish, or water beetle in several Medieval astrological texts. In other cultures, it represented a Scarab (Egypt) or Turtle (Mesopotamia). It is a Water-element sign and a Cardinal sign (signs considered dynamic and able to initiate things). Cancer governs the 4th House (rules home, domestic affairs, heritage, roots) and it is ruled by the celestial body The Moon. Cancer is a dim constellation bounded by Gemini, Leo, Hydra, Lynx, and Canis Minor. Its only named stars are (from Alpha to Zeta): Acubens, Altarf, Asellus Borealis, Asellus Australis, Præsepe, Tegmen. Traditionally, people born from June 21 (or June 22, depending on when the Summer Solstice falls) to July 22 are considered Cancer. Cancer is Latin for "Crab".


In Greek mythology, Karkinos (Greek "crab") or simply an unnamed crab, was sent by Hera to attack Hercules while he was fighting the Hydra. There are varying accounts of its size in this story, some depicting it as a regular sized crab, others as a giant crab. Regardless, it ends up being crushed by Hercules. Hera memorializes the creature's efforts by placing it in the sky as the constellation Cancer.

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