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Here’s the complete collection which consists of two Darkmoon Mounts (180 tokens each) and six Pets (90 tokens each).
Today I managed to get the double achievement Darkmoon Dungeoneer and Darkmoon Despoiler which involves handing in all nine Darkmoon artifacts. As a result, I was able to buy my second Darkmoon mount. I admit that I caved in and bought ‘A Treatise on Strategy’ for 7K G but it was the last one I needed. Plus, I didn’t want to take any chances just in case the achievement was reset again.
Tickets Per Faire
Prioritizing mounts/pets: 1 mount + 1 pet, with 20 tickets to spare
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.
One of the things I was most looking forward to when Patch 4.3 hit was the new Darkmoon Fair. I always made a note of when the Fair would be up as it was a good way to stock up on herbs, leather and other goodies. Reputations are another thing I like to work on and I can’t help but get a sense of satisfaction when I see a band of 999/1000 running down my reputation bar. Unfortunately, I managed to get Exalted prior to the patch when it was a lot more monotonous with the old hand-ins and deck turn-ins.
With the promise of a whole new island to satisfy our love of fun and games, it was the first thing I did when I logged in this morning. In Orgrimmar, you can talk to the Darkmoon NPC who’s located very close to the Flight Master, just look for the Darkmoon banner right next to her. She offers a quest which leads you to the Island. Once there you will receive the Darkmoon Adventurer’s Guide which will allow you to get extra tickets. However, I quickly noticed that she had no quest for me when I logged in. Presumably because I had done the quest when it was offered a long time ago. After some research it was discovered that I could just head over to the island and obtain a Darkmoon Adventurer’s Guide just by speaking to the Information Officer in the left tent just as you enter the Fair.
I must say that the new quests and dailies were a nice change from the old hand-ins you used to do for rep. You can purchase some Darkmoon Game Tokens from Trixi Sharpworth who’s located in her own little tent towards the far end of the main row just before the Deathmatch Pavilion on the RHS. You have a choice of Pouch o’ Tokens (5) or Sack o’ Tokens (25). The new games on offer were the:
- Ring Toss – Land 3 rings on the Darkmoon Turtle. Spamming button 1 since the turtle seems to move in the last sec procs my 4-pc heal set :P
- Tonk Commander – Use your Darkmoon Tonk to destroy 30 Tonk Targets in the time allowed.
- Shooting Gallery – Score 25 points in 60 seconds. You can even earn the Quick Shot achievement.
- Whack-a-Gnoll – Score 30 points by whacking Gnolls. Hit Hogger for 3 pts.
- Human Cannonball * – Accumulate 5 Cannon Target Points by landing near the target. If you think you hit the Bullseye (which awards 5 points and another achievement) wait a few secs for the achievement/quest to register before moving.
* Note to self: When landing in the water and using levitate to get back on land, remember to cancel levitate before you get shot out of the cannon again as you’ll just keep going, and going, and going even after cancelling the wings =/ I ended up hitting fatigue but thankfully didn’t die.
Note: If you’re not seeing the little red arrow to dismount from the tiger, use /leavevehicle
In addition to this, one of the quests Test Your Strength offers you 10 tickets for collecting 250 Grisly Trophies. These were very easy to acquire as Coolidge and I ran the Well of Eternity and managed to get ~60 just from there. Especially the last encounter since the demons that spawn have a chance to give you the items as well. After the dungeon, we headed over to Deepholm to farm the rest of trophies since there are large groups and the mobs respawn fast. We managed to complete our quest in ~15mins or so.
What puzzled us at first was the fact that the number of trophies we each accumulated from killing things seemed to be sporadic and differed in number, even though we were killing the same mobs. After doing some research however, I found that you just have to tag the mob as you normally would for XP, not necessarily get the killing blow.
Also on offer were some quests relating to your professions. Do six of these and you get a nice little achievement. Speaking of achievements, you can get quite a few, from handing in all the artifacts to sampling all the food and drink on offer.
If you’re a fan of the pets, be sure to try to get your Sea Pony from fishing the coastal waters around the island. Not sure if I was just lucky but I managed to get the pet within an hour of fishing. From what I’ve heard in-game and on Twitter, it seems a hotfix may be coming soon.
There are also pools of wreckage along the coast, if you go looking around the island. They offer some nice goodies relevant for 85′s, inc food, potions, ore, cloth, herbs etc.
If you’d like to know some of the back story to the Darkmoon Faire, I suggest listening to The OverLores Podcast. You can also head over to The Daily Frostwolf – Druid Edition to find out more about the ghosts in the area.
After handing in all the quests today, I managed to get 55 tickets in total. This included two of the Artifacts needed for the achievements and extra tickets. I see it’s going to take a while to get all the pets and mounts.
So here’s to the next grind; at least for the next week anyway.