Getting Claire isn’t easy unless you have a lot of patience. The quest itself is pretty simple as long as you already have Claude Baudez and an elemental jewel (purchasable from the item dealer for 10 million Vis). The first few steps involve a lot of talking to different NPCs like Jose, who you have to give an avocado sandwich and later get the option of paying either 500,000 Vis and 50 Family Reputation points or killing 3 Escudo Pechers in an instanced quest; Vicente Rio, Emilia Gulliano, and the Reboldeux Investigating Team.
Now here comes the hard part, getting 2 unknown ores. Unknown ores are quest items that go directly to your quest inventory after killing Elite Storm Cockatrice in Bonavista River. Sounds easy? Although some people have been able to complete it in a short time, others take weeks to get it. So what’s so hard about killing the Elite Cockatrice? First, the spawn rate seems to be one every 10 minutes or so. Second, even if you do find it and kill it, it doesn’t guarantee you getting the quest item. The drop rate for it seems pretty low as some of the squad members reported killing 50+ without getting a single ore. Here’s my experience:
Day 1 – I finished the first few parts of the quest up until the unknown ore part. I immediately headed to Bonavista River to kill some birds. At this point, I wasn’t sure whether the Giant Cockatrice or the Elite Storm Cockatrice dropped it. I tried killing the Giant Cockatrice but my party was wiped out from it and the mob around the place. I went back for another try and encountered a squad positioned around F4 – H4 of the map. They invited me out of the blue so I accepted and stayed on the northeastern area. I managed to kill the Elite Storm Cockatrice a few times but by the end of the day I didn’t get a single ore.
Day 2 – I positioned myself in the middle of G4 so Calyce (who I just got) wouldn’t get attacked. Rinderfon joined the squad since he was hoping to get Claire as well. That was when I discovered how long the other squad members have been staying in the area. Two were on their 15th day while some of the others were hunting for only a few days. After killing an Elite Cockatrice who was outside the range of our riflemen, Saprious got an ore. This prompted me to take a few tests.
Day 3 – I took Andre’s white feather quest that also involves killing cockatrice. I moved around the area to test the maximum distance for getting quest items from squad members. Unlike previous claims made by other squad members, the test seems to show that you have to see both the monster and the squad member who killed it on screen to get a quest item. When I’m close but can only see the squad member on the map, I don’t seem to be getting anything. This prompted me to stay in the middle of the squad so I can see most of what they are killing. I got an ore while taking a nap. Three squad members were able to finish the quest while a few of us simply gave up.
Day 4 – Monday, I didn’t play much after I got back from work and instead bought 3 barracks slots and opened a lot of Bellem’s boxes. I spent the day selling junk, turning equipment with options into enchantment chips, and selling stuff.
Day 5 – It was a Tuesday, I had to leave early so I left GE running while I go off to work. As usual, I was positioned in the middle of G4. I sent Rinderfon a message to protect my family (Nobreza) and revive anyone who dies. When I got back home later that day, there was an emergency maintenance but GE was still running (although disconnected). I checked the ore count and it was 2 of 2. I’m done! I finished the quest as soon as the server got back up and created Claire’s character, replacing Idge in the barracks.