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A Final Fantasy XIV mini-game

King Elmer III

Gold Saucer (3, 7)

Cost Reward
30 117 (Win)
46 (Draw)
17 (Lose)
Rules Level
Potential reward
Conditions to challenge None


Cards marked with a green circle are always in this NPC's deck.


Guide written by Miette Leuvoix

Using this stategy you can beat King Elmer III with the standard deck given to every player when they start Triple Triad. Note that this strategy only works when you go first and even then won't work every time. In a large number of cases however, Elmer will place cards in such an order that when you place the bomb in the middle at the last turn, the Plus rule will win the game for you. The success rate of this strategy is slightly above 50% and though you will still lose frequently, you will still gain more GP than you are losing, making it a valuable farming strategy for both earning his two cards (Bahamut and Godbert Manderville) but also a steady stream of MGP.

Note: Even if something happens to break the strategy, such as him placing a card that would break the order (which will always happen when he goes first), you can still win with these cards with knowledge of the Plus rule, so keep your eyes open.

Anonymous Player 18th October, 2018 @ 08:19 pm

played for 1h now and this deck gives me 30 to 50 procent win rate. 1 and 2 is fine on your turn, afterwards it depends on the cards he played. The AI will almost always play the same depending on the deck he has, so after awile u will learn the win patterns.

Anonymous Player 9th September, 2018 @ 12:37 am

Both Plus strats don't work reliably for me. It's much better to leave this guy until you get a good deck then just win, mostly ignoring Plus. I use Squall and 4 cards with 2 8s - Lucia, Hilda, Qitian, Griffin. Try to take what you can defensively while setting the 8s up for a Plus using your own cards (and his Hildibrand) in case you need to bounce back.

Santoryu 15th August, 2018 @ 12:41 am

no bahamut in gold pack, took me 10 try today to finally won the card, i did play around 70 match total~

Anonymous Player 11th March, 2018 @ 02:27 pm

I won bahamut in my first gold pack

Anonymous Player 17th September, 2017 @ 02:41 pm

The strategy above doesn't work anymore. Use this guide instead: https://www.reddit.com/r/ffxiv/comments/4kdkoy/great_way_to_farm_king_elmer_to_get_your_bahamut/

Anonymous Player 23rd August, 2017 @ 04:02 am

285 Matches (Total) - 97 Wins / 26 Draws / 162 Losses 10+ Godbert Manderville 01 Bahamut

Cyen 31st July, 2017 @ 12:08 am

After winning 20+ Godberts and seeing no Bahamut for days I'm about to give up

Anonymous Player 8th June, 2017 @ 06:08 pm

12 Wins - 1 Bahamut - 0 Godbert

Anonymous Player 1st June, 2017 @ 03:57 pm

Win the first match and got Bahamut!

Anonymous Player 29th March, 2016 @ 11:12 pm

The above was a very good strat until Square put more randomization into Elmer's play style making it harder to win with just the basic cards.

Anonymous Player 6th March, 2016 @ 07:14 am

Who ever said the above strat is a 50% win rate is a liar. Out of the 50 games I've played I've won 3-4 times.

Anonymous Player 25th February, 2016 @ 07:45 pm

22 wins so far and I've only got 1 Godbert

Daerhys Hyurgoth 22nd January, 2016 @ 06:26 pm

14 wins and I got Bahamut (and 2 Godbert) !

Anonymous Player 29th November, 2015 @ 03:01 pm

When I had a small collection, I got the Godbert card in acceptable number of win times. I forgot the number of times. A week later I came back with 29 cards in my collection. I took about 10 wins to get bahamut. Surprisingly no Godbert at all.

Shyne Mask 20th August, 2015 @ 06:48 am

it took me 167 win to get it ..

Shyne Mask 18th August, 2015 @ 05:29 am

i have won 67 times the same day still didnt had any fucking bhaamu

Karandrass Nevermore 16th June, 2015 @ 03:01 pm

Essentially he has 3, maybe 4 or 5 variations. Once you start to play him repetitively you'll begin to work out your own strategy for dealing with those times when he doesn't 'play by the rules. Altogether he's not so bad once you get to know him.

Karandrass Nevermore 16th June, 2015 @ 03:00 pm

Hope it's ok to post this here, the above guide is really clear, simple and clean ^^ it's awesome! However as King Elmer has a couple of variations this link can also help: http://imgur.com/r/ffxiv/XA3WQVz
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