These small parasitic insects are the cause of an endemic disease in the Near East known as Chigoe Fever. Chigoes, or sand fleas, remain concealed beneath the sand until some unfortunate animal wanders past. The chigoe leaps an incredible distance to attach itself to the victim’s body, and then burrows under the skin to feed. The welts raised by these insidious pests are so painful, even a large animal can suffer a slow, wasting death when infested by enough parasites. According to the latest research by the Alchemists’ Guild, a virulent illness that once swept through Bastok is thought to have been the result of an invisible toxin transmitted through these deadly parasites.

General Information

  • System: Vermin
  • Weaknesses: Any critical hit, weapon skill, or damage inducing job ability will instantly kill a chigoe.
  • Immune: unknown
  • Detects by sound and sight.
  • May pop as a result of a weaponskill from a nearby mob. If a pet had hate on that weaponskill, that chigoe will always go for the owner.
  • Their names do not appear on screen or widescan, and they are not targetable until they are aggroed. Once they have been aggroed, they will screen on widescan.
  • They tend to attack much faster than average monsters.

Special Attacks

Special Abilities
This monster family does not have any special abilities.
Note: Notorious Monsters in this family may use all of the above and/or additional unique special abilities.

Notorious Monsters in Family

Name Spawn Information Level Zone Notable Drop(s)
No standard notorious monsters

Quest NMs: Berried Chigoe, Chigoe's Nit, Plague Chigoe

Mission NMs: None

Battlefield NMs: None

Other NMs: None

Monsters in Family

Name Level Zone
Fossorial Flea 64-80 Aydeewa Subterrane
Chigoe Information Needed Bhaflau Thickets
Wajaom Woodlands
Aydeewa Subterrane
Caedarva Mire
Bhaflau Remnants

Historical Background

The chigoe flea (Tunga penetrans; also known as Sarcopsylla penetrans or Pulex penetrans) is a parasitic arthropod found in tropical climates, especially South America and the West Indies. It is the smallest known flea, at 1mm long. The breeding females of this insect burrow into exposed skin and lay eggs, causing strong irritation and itching in a disease called tungiasis. If left inside the skin this may lead to infection or other dangerous complications.

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