Listen up, Sherlock. There’s been a theft in the Gold Saucer, and you’ve got to put your crime-solving hat on to figure out whodunnit, or else the corrupt law enforcement of Ul’dah is going to scapegoat an innocent employee.
If that’s not enticing enough for you, then you should know this is a limited time, seasonal event. You’ll want to do this quest now for the reward of a shiny new emote so you won’t have to buy it on the Mog Station in a year’s time. Without further ado, here’s a walkthrough to solving The Great Horn Heist.
Unlocking the Quest
The quest giver is Ollier in the Steps of Nald in Ul’dah [9.4, 9.2]. He’s a blue-haired Ardbert with glasses and a white suit.
You’ll need access to the Gold Saucer so if you haven’t done so already go unlock that with the quest ‘It Could Happen to You’ from the Well-Heeled Youth, conveniently also located in the Steps of Nald in Ul’dah [9.6, 9.0].
You’ll need to be at least level 15 and have completed the level 15 MSQ ‘The Gridanian Envoy’, ‘The Ul’dahn Envoy’, or ‘The Lominsan Envoy’ depending on your starting city.
Let’s Get Sleuthing
Ollier’s friend and coworker, Hugue, has been accused of stealing a valuable item from the prize claim counter at the Gold Saucer.
Surprise, surprise, the Brass Blades are too lazy to conduct a thorough investigation so you’ve been asked to step in and get to the bottom of this.
Ollier [6.0, 6.9] will give you an Inspector’s Journal and direct your attention to the Anxious Attendant nearby as your first bystander to question.
The Gold Saucer is likely to be packed full of players because of the Make It Rain event, running until Aug. 11, 2021 7:59 AM (PDT).
If you need to, make use of the keybinds to ‘Target Nearest NPC or Object’ (default F12) and ‘Confirm’ (default NUM0).
Here is the order I recommend speaking to NPCs, both because the story makes sense and because some NPCs must be spoken to before others.
Anxious Attendant [5.9, 7.1]
Notes on the crime scene at the time of the theft.
You learn that any non-uniformed person coming behind the counter would have been spotted immediately.
Ollier [6.0, 6.9]
Must speak to him to unlock all other NPCs. He directs you to ask around the Gold Saucer looking for more information.
**At this point, if you don’t care about the story you can just speak to Ollier again, embarrass yourself with your poor investigative technique, and skip to the part where you get the rewards.
Cheery Customer [5.1, 6.0]
Testimony from a witness in the area at the time.
You learn that Hugue left his post to escort a guest across the floor, and the station was empty for a time.
Choice Location [5.1, 7.0]
On the appearance of the crime scene from a different angle.
Must speak with Cheery Customer first. You learn that Lalafells can be hidden below the height of the Prize Claim counter.
Astute Attendant [8.6, 4.8]
Notes from a conversation with an astute attendant.
You learn that a Gold Saucer worker at the Cactpot Board could not find his uniform.
Frantic Attendant [8.6, 5.4]
Notes from a conversation with a frantic attendant.
Must speak with Astute Attendant first. You learn that the Lalafellin attendant’s uniform is still missing.
Brass Blade Recruit [7.1, 6.0]
Notes from a conversation with two Brass Blades.
You learn that near the time of the robbery a Brass Blade spotted Pipimaya heading for the race track. He called out to him but was ignored.
Blabbering Brass Blade [5.6, 6.4]
Notes from a conversation with a blabbering Brass Blade.
Must speak with Brass Blade Recruit first. You learn that Pipimaya is an amiable senior member of the brass blades that would never ignore a friendly greeting.
Effusive Attendant [5.3, 4.6]
Notes from a conversation with two effusive attendants.
You learn that Pipimaya’s brother looks just like him and is a regular at the Gold Saucer, obsessed with obtaining a big ticket prize.
Brusque Brass Blade [7.2, 7.0]
Notes from a conversation with a brusque Brass Blade.
You learn that the stolen horn has still not been found in the Gold Saucer.
After collecting these nine pieces of information you’ll get a message saying you’ve found all the clues, and it’s up to you to put them together. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle with nine pieces, and about as difficult.
Head back to Ollier [6.0, 6.9] at Wonder Square West to present your solution to the case.
It’s all clear to me now!
Here are the choices you should pick to get the satisfying ‘Look ma, I did it’ story conclusion. If you did not gather information from the relevant NPC, that dialogue option will not appear for you.
“The true culprit is still out there!” Start off strong, display confidence!
“One of the attendant’s uniforms has gone missing!” An impostor is afoot! Trust no one!
“If you’re so sure he did it, then where is the horn?” I don’t have a good grasp on how big and difficult to hide this horn actually is but they seem to take this as an effective argument.
“The horn was stolen while Hugue was still on duty!” You can’t work AND steal at the same time, duh!
“It’s you…Pipimaya!” *Crowd gasps*
“The stolen uniform was Lalafell-sized!” Of course! Only a popoto could have done this evil deed.
“But not all have a brother with eyes only for MGP.” Gambling? In MY casino? What a scoop!
“My most sincere apologies, Master Mayapipi.” I know you better than you know yourself…big ‘Aha!’ moment.
Gib emote plz
Great work, Batman. Hopefully you cracked the case, but even if you didn’t, just turn in The Great Horn Heist quest to Ollier to obtain an MGP Bronze Card for…5,000 MGP. Wait, where’s my emote? He tells you to speak to the Stern Saucer Attendant nearby [6.2, 6.8] to accept a…reward quest.
Ok sure. Take the ‘A Token of Thanks’ quest, and go turn THIS in to Grege [5.0, 6.4] and he’ll give you your brand new Vexed emote, inside the Ballroom Etiquette – Displaying Displeasure manual. Enjoy!
The Great Horn Heist Redux
You can speak to Ollier again to play the quest from the start, skipping over the first NPC and giving you another opportunity to go find the clues around the Gold Saucer.
This lets you play the final cutscene again to see the full story if you messed up the first time. You’ll also get a single Gold Saucer ticket.
Make it Rain
Since the Make It Rain event gives so much extra MGP, be sure to keep an eye out for those timed events happening around you while you’re off fighting crime. You can check out my guide here for everything you need to know about the GATEs in the Gold Saucer.
If you need a more general overview of MGP-earning activities, check out this MGP Farming Guide over on Basically Average.
Overall, this was actually a pretty good story. I liked the mystery-solving format, and the new emote is fantastic as well. Hope you enjoyed it, and best of luck in the Gold Saucer!