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    Let's talk about Hunts - a detailed rundown of their assumed mechanics

    Stormblood is upon us, and we've been busy.

    We have far too little data to start talking about spawn timers just yet, but everything A-rank wise seems to have gone the way of 4-6 hour respawns again, just like in Heavensward. S ranks are a mystery for when you can begin spawning, but assume their timers to be the same a or equal to what we've got for Heavensward.

    Useful links
    Hunt spawn location maps maintained by Cable Monkey
    Hunt tracking on Ariyala's
    Timers for server-controlled spawns at Garland Bell

    The findings
    All hunt marks that are not B ranks have some basic rules to them. First, the basics. When a hunt mark dies, a timer begins ticking. All marks have a timer unique to themselves and they all tick with the server clock. The time since the hunt mark died will be your respawn time. They all have a minimum respawn time and a random variation of time in addition to that minimum spawn time. All of them have in addition to this a maximum respawn time, and S ranks have in addition to the maximum respawn time a condition that needs to be met once the respawn duration is up. A rank hunt marks have a fairly short respawn duration, going from 3 hours to 4 hours, with maximum respawns ranging from 4 to 6 hours. A rank hunt marks are special in how they will instantly spawn should they not have spawned within their maximum respawn timeframe yet. S rank hunt marks will not spawn until their spawn condition is triggered, even when their maximum respawn time has passed long ago. Note that not all S rank spawn triggers are performed by players, some are controlled by the server and you may stumble upon one in the wild.

    Previously we thought there was "amount of times a condition was met" or a "threshold that had to be met". Offhand comments made to Japanese community members by development team members in past Japanese events indicate that there is no such thing, and that there simply are timeframes and conditions that need to be met. We have since gathered the maximum and minimum timeframes that have been observed and compiled this information.

    The A ranks
    Let's reiterate on the findings. A rank hunt marks have a fixed minimum spawn time, a random variation of time in addition to that minimum spawn time and a maximum respawn time. At the maximum respawn time, they will instantly show up in the world. They can of course show up before that, but this is a randomly assigned timeframe, so once the minimum respawn time has passed there's a timeframe in which the A rank hunt mark can spawn again, which is 60 minutes for A Realm Reborn A rank hunt marks and 120 minutes for Heavensward and Stormblood A rank hunt marks. In A Realm Reborn, the individual A ranks hunt marks are believed to have varied spawn timers due to their respawn frequency, while in Heavensward and Stormblood they all seem to have a shared respawn minimum and maximum.

    Stormblood - Respawn time of 4-6 hours
    Orcus & Erle - The Fringes
    Vochstein & Aqrabuamelu - The Peaks
    Funa Yurei & Oni Yumemi - The Ruby Sea
    Gajasura & Angada - Yanxia
    Girimekhala & Sum - The Azim Steppe
    Mahisha & Luminare - The Lochs

    Heavensward - Respawn time of 4-6 hours
    Enkelados & Sisiutl - The Sea of Clouds
    Lyuba & Mirka - Coerthas Western Highlands
    Pylraster & Lord of the Wyverns - The Dravanian Forelands
    Agathos & Bune - The Churning Mists
    Slipkinx Steeljoints & Stolas - The Dravanian Hinterlands
    Stench Blossom & Campacti - Azys Lla

    A Realm Reborn - Respawn time varies for each mark

    Code:
    Zone				Hunt mark		Respawn time			Maximum respawn time
    Middle La Noscea		Vogaal Ja		3 hours, 30 minutes		4 hours, 30 minutes
    Lower La Noscea			Unktehi			3 hours, 30 minutes		4 hours, 30 minutes
    Eastern La Noscea		Hellsclaw		3 hours, 30 minutes		4 hours, 30 minutes
    Western La Noscea		Nahn			3 hours, 30 minutes		4 hours, 30 minutes
    Upper La Noscea			Marberry		4 hours				5 hours
    Outer La Noscea			Cornu			3 hours, 30 minutes		4 hours, 30 minutes
    Central Shroud			Forneus			3 hours, 30 minutes		4 hours, 30 minutes
    East Shroud			Melt			3 hours				4 hours
    South Shroud			Ghede Ti Malice		3 hours, 30 minutes		4 hours, 30 minutes
    North Shroud			Girtab			3 hours, 30 minutes		4 hours, 30 minutes
    Western Thanalan		Alectryon		3 hours, 30 minutes		4 hours, 30 minutes
    Central Thanalan		Sabotender Bailarina	4 hours				5 hours
    Eastern Thanalan		Maahes			3 hours				4 hours
    Southern Thanalan		Zanig'oh		3 hours, 30 minutes		4 hours, 30 minutes
    Northern Thanalan		Dalvag's Final Flame	4 hours				5 hours
    Coerthas Central Highlands	Marraco			3 hours				4 hours
    Mor Dhona			Kurrea			3 hours, 30 minutes		4 hours, 30 minutes

    The S ranks
    The S rank hunt marks are a different kind of beast. They have a long minimum respawn, often for multiple days. They are similar to A ranks in how they have a minimum and maximum respawn time with a random time variation, but require in addition to that there to be a condition met for each of them before they will spawn. Some of them are completely out of players' hands and based around which day of the month, time of the day, or even how the weather has been recently. In addition, their respawn timers are different after server maintenance, with their respawn timer beginning the moment your server started up again. But that's OK; we've figured them all out, so let's have a look.

    Stormblood

    Zone: The Fringes
    Hunt target: Udumbara (this guy is gone until Omega Savage releases most likely.)

    Zone: The Peaks
    Hunt target: Bone Crawler (this guy is gone until Omega Savage releases most likely.)

    Zone: The Ruby Sea
    Hunt target: Okina
    Spawn condition: Spawns the moment the moon is full once the spawn timer is up. Because of spawn timers being random, will sometimes spend forever before it spawns.
    Respawn cooldown: Insufficient data
    Maximum respawn time: Insufficient data
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: Insufficient data
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: Insufficient data

    Zone: Yanxia
    Hunt target: Gamma
    Spawn condition: With the minion Toy Alexander summoned, run or fly close to or on spawn locations throughout Yanxia when it's dark out in the game, which is from 4pm to 4am Eorzean Time. The sky begins to darken at 4pm, and sunset begins at 6pm Eorzean Time. The game begins to light up again at 4am and sunrise is at 6am.
    Respawn cooldown: Insufficient data
    Maximum respawn time: Insufficient data
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: Insufficient data
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: Insufficient data

    Zone: The Azim Steppe
    Hunt target: Orghana
    Spawn condition: Spawned by successfully clearing the FATE "Not just a Tribute at around X:12 Y:14. Still unknown whether this has to be chain cleared or not.
    Respawn cooldown: Insufficient data
    Maximum respawn time: Insufficient data
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: Insufficient data
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: Insufficient data

    Zone: The Lochs
    Hunt target: Salt and Light
    Spawn condition: Toss items from your inventory. If you have a stack of items, split it and toss items one by one. Recommended to not toss away a fortune while doing this, keep your littering to a minimum and come back once someone has cleaned up after you or something.
    Respawn cooldown: Insufficient data
    Maximum respawn time: Insufficient data
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: Insufficient data
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: Insufficient data

    Heavensward

    Zone: Coerthas Western Highlands
    Hunt target: Kaiser Behemoth
    Spawn condition: With the minion Behemoth Heir summoned, run or fly close to or on spawn locations throughout Coerthas Western Highlands.
    Respawn cooldown: 80 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 132 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 50 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 80 hours

    Zone: The Sea of Clouds
    Hunt target: Bird of Paradise
    Spawn condition: Spawned by allowing the B rank hunt mark Squonk cast Chirp. Squonk only spawns in the southern part of the map, refer to the maps in the top of this post for where to look for it.
    Respawn cooldown: 80 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 132 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 50 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 80 hours

    Zone: The Dravanian Forelands
    Hunt target: Senmurv
    Spawn condition: Spawned by successfuly clearing the FATE "Cerf's Up" 5 times in a row.
    Respawn cooldown: 80 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 132 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 50 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 80 hours

    Zone: The Churning Mists
    Hunt target: Gandarewa
    Spawn condition: Spawned by gathering Seventh Heaven or Aurum Regis Ore. Prior to Stormblood, these nodes were once every 12 Eorzean Hours each, but with Stormblood out, these are available from 2-4 am and pm (mining) and 4-6 am and pm (botany).
    Respawn cooldown: 80 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 132 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 50 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 80 hours

    Zone: The Dravanian Hinterlands
    Hunt target: The Pale Rider
    Spawn condition: Spawns when the treasure coffer of a Timeworn Wyvernskin Map is opened in The Dravanian Hinterlands.
    Respawn cooldown: 80 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 132 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 50 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 80 hours

    Zone: Azys Lla
    Hunt target: Leucrotta
    Spawn condition: Spawned by killing 50 Lesser Hydra, 50 Meracydian Vouivre and 50 Allagan Chimera.
    Respawn cooldown: 80 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 132 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 50 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 80 hours

    A Realm Reborn

    Zone: Middle La Noscea
    Hunt target: Croque-Mitaine
    Spawn condition: Mining Grade 3 La Noscean Topsoil from an unspoiled node near Zephyr gate at 7 PM till 10 PM Eorzea time. A Grade 3 La Noscean Topsoil has to hit your inventory, missed gathering attempts do not count.
    Respawn cooldown: 62 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 75 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 39 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 45 hours

    Zone: Lower La Noscea
    Hunt target: Croakadile
    Spawn condition: Linked to the current state of the moon. There are four days on the Eorzea calendar where the moon is in a full moon state, and Croakadile will spawn on the first day of full moon after 5 PM Eorzean time. Because of the 50 hour cooldown, Croakadile will skip every other month as long as he spawned in the previous month.
    Respawn cooldown: 50 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 50 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 30 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 30 hours

    Zone: Eastern La Noscea
    Hunt target: The Garlok
    Spawn condition: Linked to the weather. After the minimum respawn time is up, and once the zone's weather condition is Showers/Rain, the next 200 minutes have to NOT be Rain or Showers for The Garlok to spawn. The 200 minute timeframe resets if it Rains or Showers again within those 200 minutes. The previously mentioned random time variation counts for The Garlok, so even if the 200 minute timeframe matches, your server can be unlucky with its randomly assigned time variation and not get a spawn.
    Respawn cooldown: 42 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 48 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 21 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 29 hours

    Zone: Western La Noscea
    Hunt target: Bonnacon
    Spawn condition: Harvesting La Noscean Leeks from an unspoiled node near Swiftperch at 8 AM till 11 AM Eorzea time. A La Noscean Leek has to hit your inventory, missed gathering attempts do not count.
    Respawn cooldown: 62 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 75 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 39 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 45 hours

    Zone: Upper La Noscea
    Hunt target: Nandi
    Spawn condition: Run close to or on spawn locations throughout Upper La Noscea with a minion summoned. See this example. Note that it is possible to summon a minion and then get on a mount and run around mounted.
    Respawn cooldown: 47 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 53 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 28 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 32 hours

    Zone: Outer La Noscea
    Hunt target: Chernobog
    Spawn condition: Linked to players dying in the game world. Once the respawn time is up, someone dying will cause Chernobog to show up.
    Respawn cooldown: 65 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 71 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 39 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 43 hours

    Zone: Central Shroud
    Hunt target: Laideronnette
    Spawn condition: Linked to weather conditions. Will spawn once two weather cycles (8+8 Eorzea hours) stay marked as being Rain in Central Shroud once the respawn time met.
    Respawn cooldown: 43 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 48 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 25 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 29 hours

    Zone: East Shroud
    Hunt target: Wulgaru
    Spawn condition: Initiate a Battlecraft Levequest. This means accepting it and hitting the Initiate button in your Journal to start challenging the Levequest.
    Respawn cooldown: 66 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 78 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 40 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 47 hours

    Zone: South Shroud
    Hunt target: Mindflayer
    Spawn condition: Linked to the current state of the moon. There are four days on the Eorzea calendar where the moon is in a new moon state. Mindflayer will spawn after midnight on the second day of new moon.
    Respawn cooldown: 50 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 50 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 30 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 30 hours

    Zone: North Shroud
    Hunt target: Thousand-Cast Theda
    Spawn condition: Catch a Judgeray. Requires at least 330 Gathering, can be caught in the period of 5PM to 9 PM Eorzea time.
    Respawn cooldown: 58 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 68 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 35 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 41 hours

    Zone: Western Thanalan
    Hunt target: Zona Seeker
    Spawn condition: Catch a Glimmerscale. Requires at least 300 Gathering, can be caught at any time of the day as long as the weather condition is Clear Skies or Sunshine.
    Respawn cooldown: 58 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 68 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 35 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 41 hours

    Zone: Central Thanalan
    Hunt target: Brontes
    Spawn condition: Eat a piece of consumable food near a spawn location in the zone. Any place you have seen any of the S, A or B rank hunt marks spawn count.
    Respawn cooldown: 64 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 78 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 40 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 46 hours

    Zone: Eastern Thanalan
    Hunt target: Lampalagua
    Spawn condition: Initiate a Battlecraft Levequest. This means accepting it and hitting the Initiate button in your Journal to start challenging the Levequest.
    Respawn cooldown: 66 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 78 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 40 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 46 hours

    Zone: Southern Thanalan
    Hunt target: Nunyunuwi
    Spawn condition: Linked to the repeated completion of FATEs over a period of time. Do not let a single FATE fail or expire for 60 minutes.
    Respawn cooldown: 44 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 54 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 26 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 34 hours

    Zone: Northern Thanalan
    Hunt target: Minhocao
    Spawn condition: Linked to the acquisition of Earth Crystals by people in the zone. Drops from Earth Sprites, both existing naturally in the world and from the ones that massively spawn during the FATE 'Core Blimey'.
    Respawn cooldown: 57 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 63 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 34 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 41 hours

    Zone: Coerthas Central Highlands
    Hunt target: Safat
    Spawn condition: Hit critical HP (below 5% health remaining), either by fighting monsters till they almost kill you, or simply by jumping from heights to hit 1 HP.
    Respawn cooldown: 60 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 84 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 36 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 50 hours

    Zone: Mor Dhona
    Hunt target: Agrippa the Mighty
    Spawn condition: Open the treasure coffer of a Peisteskin treasure map somewhere in Mor Dhona. Does not count for Deciphering maps, you have to open the treasure coffer after beating the monsters summoned by the map.
    Respawn cooldown: 60 hours
    Maximum respawn time: 84 hours
    Respawn cooldown after maintenance: 36 hours
    Maximum respawn time after maintenance: 50 hours
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    Last edited by Vandesaan; 07-17-2017 at 07:38 PM. Reason: Stormblood updates

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    I just run around till I see one :-/
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    GOOD NIGHT, SWEET PRINCE.
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    Not sure if I can trust this information. Could be just a scam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneyra View Post
    Not sure if I can trust this information. Could be just a scam.
    I've been joining these guys on Teamspeak for hunts.. this guy KNOWS what he's talking about. his data is on point.
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    I fully endorse this message.
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    This guy can tell you at the exact time when an S rank will pop, Yeah he's that good
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    These theories are very similar to the ones we've formed on gilgamesh. In upper la noscea we have a minion walk where tens to hundreds of people walk the paths in front of bronze lake with their minions. Not sure if the walking part helps or if it's just the minion. Naysayers.. I'm close to my s rank achievement and fully sand of timed out solely from hunts and haven't even put an ungodly amount of time into it. Some servers just cracked the hunts while others, apparently, got left behind.
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    Can confirm Mindflayer spawns on the second night (or has a chance each night) of a new moon. I've always suicided past 12am to a fate and he spawns within minutes afterwards, although this could be purely circumstantial. New Moon is DEFINITELY the major part of it. Most often S rank spawned on Midgard.
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