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Sayge’s Fortune #22 – “An answer in blue is always true.”
So after three days of the Darkmoon Faire, there seems to be a lot of discussion about how fast you can acquire tickets in a Darkmoon week, given that the Faire is only up the first week of every month. I don’t think that it’s necessarily a bad thing as I wouldn’t want to get sick of the dailies and games at the Faire like I did with the Molten Front ones. Granted they took a lot longer to do, especially once you had opened all the dailies but I think the Darkmoon Faire keeps it’s carnival feel when it’s only accessible certain times of the month.
One of the main points lately has been about how many tickets you can actually get from the dailies. So let’s have a look at where they come from. Bashiok has stated that the maximum number of tickets you can receive is 145 each Darkmoon Faire week. Now if you were planning on getting a mount first then you’ll be doing a bit of waiting since they cost 180 tickets. From what I can tell this was Blizzard’s intention if you have a read of what the Blue had to say:
The design intent of the Darkmoon Faire is that it’s available for one week out of the month, and in that one week we expect you to be able to obtain a significant amount of tickets. …it would in fact only take 4 Darkmoon Faire weeks to complete an entire set. That’s of course still no quick task, and the intent is not for it to be. There are plenty of rewards that can be obtained in one or two weeks of the Darkmoon Faire, but we expect that an entire set will take a few events to obtain.
Here’s the breakdown:
Tickets Per Faire
Heroic Dungeon: 15
Tradeskill quests (primary): 8
Tradeskill quests (secondary): 12
Kill Quest: 10
Mini Games*: 35
Total Tickets per faire: 145
* 5 mini games, available daily: 7*5=35
As an example, here are some options that you can choose over the course of two Darkmoon Faires (2 weeks over 2 months):
Prioritizing mounts/pets: 1 mount + 1 pet, with 20 tickets to spare
Prioritizing pets: 3 pets, 20 tickets to spare
Prioritizing cosmetic armor: 4 pieces of cosmetic armor, with 30 tickets to spare
Prioritizing heirloom armor: 1 piece of heirloom armor + 1 heirloom weapon, with 20 tickets to spare.
…we’re looking forward to incorporating more goodies to be won, and more activities to the faire, in the future.
Note: If you time the dailies right you can actually get and extra day in since the Faire starts around Midnight and the dailies reset at 3am. You can technically do two set of dailies on the first day. However, the other quests which you can do once per fair will only become available after the quest resets.
It’s important to mention that the Darkmoon artifacts will drop even when there is no Faire. I was initially worried about this as I had picked up the Imbued Crystal twice over two days only to find that the second time I tried to accept the quest it said “You have already completed that quest”.
I’ve since found that as long as you’re carrying the Darkmoon Adventurer’s Guide in your bag, you’ll still be able to collect the artifacts and hand in one of each whenever the Faire is up. This is great news as you’ll be able to build up multiples of each artifact for that very purpose – also taking some of the grind out of thinking you need to farm them all in one week. Hurray!
Don’t forget that the artifacts are also tradeable so it will be easy to farm them on your alts and then trade them to your main, if you so desire. Be on the lookout for some being listed on the AH too although I suspect they won’t be cheap.
By the way, if you’re into Souvenirs, don’t forget the vendor above, as well as the balloon vendor who walks around the Faire.
After the first week of the Faire, I did indeed have 125 tickets so it is entirely possible to get 145 for the week. The only things I was missing was two of the artifacts for extra tickets.
So Good Luck with your ticket and artifact grind. May we all roll high in the dungeons, and loot fast in BGs :)
At the start of the second Faire, two of the artifact hand-ins seem to be bugged right now (Adventurer’s Journal and Captured Insignia) giving the error “You have completed that quest.” However, it appears the others are working as intended. There also seems to be an achievement bug as I only had one more artifact to hand-in for ‘Darkmoon Dungeoneer’. But as of this morning, I need to hand in three others again. Not Happy Jan! Blizzard has stated they are aware of the issues and are working on a fix.
07/01/2012 – Battle.net Support has stated that they won’t be able to offer assistance with the achievement bug BUT if you already hold the 2 buggy artifacts, you can contact them through their online Battle.net Customer Service system and get a somewhat good resolution. My in-game GM ticket gave me a 10.5hr wait, so I also put through an online web version (since I heard there was a much faster response). Needless to say, my web ticket was fixed up in a couple of hours. Just make sure you have the artifacts in your bag for the exchange.
05/02/2012 – All the artifacts are able to be handed in with no issue. The achievements to hand in all the artifacts have reset again due to the last patch we had. Blizzard have stated that they cannot make any adjustments in relation to achievements so don’t ask. Just make sure you hand them all before the DMF week ends or they reset again.