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Patch 4.3 Preview - The All New Darkmoon Faire
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Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Step right up and prepare to be amazed!

It’s incredible! It’s unbelievable! You’ll be dazzled. You’ll be amazed! You aren’t prepared for the Darkmoon Faire, ‘cause it’s like nothing you’ve seen before! Don’t be shy now, don’t be bashful, step right up for a tantalizing glimpse of what we’ve got in store for you when patch 4.3 arrives!

That old thing?

No, no, no, Clem. The Darkmoon Faire isn’t what it used to be and it isn’t where it used to be. The management hasn’t changed but the Faire certainly has. It’s a whole new animal. Tickets? You don’t need those old tickets, just rip ‘em right up, ‘cause we’ve got new tickets! Out with the old, in with the new -- new quests, that is! Things have changed ‘round here: we’ve got an island all to ourselves now, and what an island it is. Mist-shrouded Darkmoon Island is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma. It’s a place of mystery and wonder, and you wouldn’t believe the deals we made to get it… or who we made ‘em with. But never mind that, just follow me right through here and I’ll show you what the Darkmoon Faire is all about.


All new! All spectacular!

Catch a show at the marvelous main stage or witness a dazzling fireworks display. But don’t stare too long or you might miss the stunning spectacles that surround you. Gaze in awe of our magical menagerie, get your fortune told by the amazing Sayge, go on a pony ride, experience the healthful effects of carnival food, and more!

Of course, there’s more to the Darkmoon Faire than just fantastic shows and culinary delights. You can still turn in your Darkmoon Cards, but you wouldn’t just come here for measly ol’ cards when there’s so much more to see, experience, and win. Yes, win! You like dancing bears, right? Everybody likes dancing bears. Even bears like dancing bears. How about a dancing bear… you can ride!

That’s not all! We have adorable companion pets includin’ a fez-wearing monkey, a plethora of profession recipes, toys, balloons, souvenirs, delectable carnival snacks and beverages, heirlooms for the little ones, and even replicas of long-lost suits of armor that we’re offering for your Transmogrification needs. You can also make your mark with new achievements and titles. All it takes to earn these fabulous rewards is a few Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets and a good reputation with the carnies. How do ya get your grubby mitts on some tickets? I’m glad you asked!

Step right up! Try your luck! Everyone’s a winner!

Have we got games? You bet we’ve got games, and they’re so easy to play an orc could do it. Just head on over to the midway, buy some Darkmoon Game Tokens, and get ready to play. Easy to learn, difficult to master, anyone can play and everyone can win. Just lay your tokens down for a chance at winning Darkmoon Prize Tickets playing games like Whack-a-Gnoll, the Tonk Battle Royale, the Cannon, Ring Toss, the Shooting Gallery, and more! Five games are there to test your skills at any one time. The better you play, the easier it is to win a bucket of Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets! Once a month, you’ve got a shot at tickets, and the fun never stops ‘cause you can play as many times as you like. But that’s not the only way to win big!


The Darkmoon Faire Field Guide

It’s your passport to riches, my friend. Y’see, we need a few things -- just some junk, nothing valuable to a big hero like you. We call ‘em Darkmoon Artifacts, and there’s all different kinds to be found all over Azeroth. The Darkmoon Field Guide helps you discover artifacts while you’re explorin’ dungeons, slayin’ monsters, and fightin’ in Battlegrounds. Without a guide, you’d never notice ‘em, and it’ll help keep you focused on the stuff we want. Whether you just reached level 10, or you’ve crushed the biggest baddies in the land, we need somethin’ from nearly everybody. You won’t have to go too far out of your way to get ‘em and each month you’ll get a new opportunity to seek out an Artifact for us. What do you get out of the deal? Don’t you worry, you’ll get your cut. When you bring a Darkmoon Artifact back to us, you’ll get valuable experience (it builds character, you know!), earn a better reputation, and possibly earn precious Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets too!

Oh, did I mention that you can use the Field Guide to get to Darkmoon Island whenever the Darkmoon Faire’s monthly extravaganza is up and running?

So, you want to work in show business?

Maybe you’d like a little peek behind the scenes, eh? Want to see what it takes to run the greatest show on Azeroth? Well, it’s not all sunshine and cotton candy, my friend. There are beasts to heal, food to cook, and buildings to fix. If you’re willing help keep the show going and put your skills to work, you’ll not only impress us, but you can get experience, Darkmoon Prize Tickets, and even polish up your skills -- up to five skill points per profession, per Faire week, if you’re good at what you do!


Darkmoon Deathmatch!

Like any good carnival, the Darkmoon Faire has a shady side. You can leave the skilled labor to the suckers and go for a faster score instead. If you’ve got the minerals, the Darkmoon Deathmatch offers an experience unparalleled since the Gurubashi Arena. Pitmaster Pei has a big old treasure chest just brimming with goodies and Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets that he’ll drag out into the Darkmoon Deathmatch Pit every three hours or so. Everybody wants it, so if you want a piece of the action you’ll just have to jump in and prove that you’re the toughest one in the Pit.

Oh, the Faire is perfectly safe, Clem. Just don’t wander into the woods.

Now, now, don’t panic. Darkmoon Isle might be a bit spooky, but except for the Deathmatch Pit, the Faire itself is completely safe, I guarantee it. It’s a sanctuary even, and we won’t let anybody’s beef ruin the fun. The shadowy woods surroundin’ the fair are another thing entirely, though. I wouldn’t say that people have disappeared into those woods never to return, but, well… people disappear into those woods never to return. So watch your step , and your back, when you leave the Faire. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!


Mark your calendar

Now that you know how amazing the new Darkmoon Faire is, you won’t want to miss it. Just take a look at your in-game calendar, and the Darkmoon Faire dates will show up there on the first week of every month. Darkmoon Faire barkers and displays will also pop up in every capital city to herald the arrival of the Faire. Silas Darkmoon himself has even started up a mailer to make sure that no one misses out!

Hitch a ride

During the first week of each month, convenient Darkmoon Faire outposts with Darkmoon Portals will appear in Elwynn Forest and Mulgore, offering free rides to Darkmoon Island and the Faire!

Darkmoon Mages in capital cities and on Darkmoon Island will also be around to help you get between the Faire and various capital cities. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, so naturally you’re obliged to compensate them for their services.

The all new Darkmoon Faire is coming to Darkmoon Island in patch 4.3. Don’t miss it!
This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 4.3 Preview - The All New Darkmoon Faire started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 478 Comments
  1. Divr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Exera View Post
    I'm not saying hardcore raiders wont like this either, I'm sure you're not the only one. Just tried to point out that there is actually room for this kind of content because there are a lot of people who loves this kind of stuff, and loads of people who only play because of this kind of stuff.
    Oh I know and i completely agree, im definately going to enjoy this patch.
  1. nessla's Avatar
    What's this bullshit? I couldn't mine a single concrete thing from that whole text.

    It's all "oh come for patch 4.3, it's so cool, it's so vivid, it's so double rainbow, you don't wanna miss it, it's circus, happy, bunnies!! WHEE"

    Seriously? Who is this game for?
  1. fruust's Avatar
    great initiative, the dmf was dead and almost forgotten. i always got dissapointed by the lack of things going on with it. for a carnival it was pretty void of fun things to do. this will be awesome
  1. gravity00's Avatar
    Hell yeh!! Seems very nice indeed!
  1. Siberia's Avatar
    So instead of making any updates to PvP content (which there hasn't been since Cataclysm launch - and all it was, was two different maps of the same battleground we already HAD), there going to put there production time into the Darkmoon-minigame-island and allowing players to "wear" old armor sets when they've been able to do that since 2004? Am I seriously the only one who thinks that's a little ridiculous? Or am I just one of the few left that cares about PvP content in this game. Q_Q
  1. The Glitch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Papadragon View Post
    There's nothing epic in this. It's for kids and casuals players. It's a zone designed for them. They are like : "Dancing bears, games, cannon..." Cmon...it's a crap event
    Well Blizzard seem to think giving us fun stuffs to do is just as important as giving us a new raid, thank god. Come on smile, be happy, cheer up, you could be way worse off.
  1. ardipithecus11's Avatar
    Sounds like some delicious ass kickery will ensue in the death match pit. Me likey.
  1. Byniri's Avatar
    Oh....my....

    Someone listened to Wowcrendor.


    So many hints to Mists of Pandaria too.

    a plethora of profession recipes
    My tailoring tophat?!?! PLEASE BE MY TOPHAT!!!!!


    So. boss.
  1. Bender16's Avatar
    I just hope that they introduce a new Reputation for the Darkmoon Island.

    When they use the real Classic Darkmoon Faire Rep, they'll absolutely destroy the Insane in the Membrane FoS, which was the only hard part nowadays. You either had to a) spend TONS of money (about 500k-1million gold on some realms) or b) grind weeks of herbs with an really insane RNG factor.

    So I really hope that they introduce a new Reputation dedicated for this new stuff.
  1. Areden's Avatar
    Mist-shrouded Darkmoon Island is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma Why do i have a feeling that it has a connection to Mists of Pandaria?
  1. The Moonkin's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Siberia;12899634]So instead of making any updates to PvP content (which there hasn't been since Cataclysm launch - and all it was, was two different maps of the same battleground we already HAD), there going to put there production time into the Darkmoon-minigame-island and allowing players to "wear" old armor sets when they've been able to do that since 2004? Am I seriously the only one who thinks that's a little ridiculous? Or am I just one of the few left that cares about PvP content in this game. Q_Q[/QUOTE

    Besides the fact that, yanno, this team most likely doesn't work on pvp or pve content, and is just general gaming ideas. They needed something to do so Blizzard gave them something that is rarely used and they're transforming it to something awesome?
  1. I change my name a lot's Avatar
    Darkmoon Deathmatch!

    Like any good carnival, the Darkmoon Faire has a shady side. You can leave the skilled labor to the suckers and go for a faster score instead. If you’ve got the minerals, the Darkmoon Deathmatch offers an experience unparalleled since the Gurubashi Arena. Pitmaster Pei has a big old treasure chest just brimming with goodies and Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets that he’ll drag out into the Darkmoon Deathmatch Pit every three hours or so. Everybody wants it, so if you want a piece of the action you’ll just have to jump in and prove that you’re the toughest one in the Pit.
    Ah going to enjoy this so much, This makes it more exciting. This was actually needed for a long time seeing how the Faire has been pretty much outdated for awhile now
  1. The Glitch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bender16 View Post
    I just hope that they introduce a new Reputation for the Darkmoon Island.

    When they use the real Classic Darkmoon Faire Rep, they'll absolutely destroy the Insane in the Membrane FoS, which was the only hard part nowadays. You either had to a) spend TONS of money (about 500k-1million gold on some realms) or b) grind weeks of herbs with an really insane RNG factor.

    So I really hope that they introduce a new Reputation dedicated for this new stuff.
    Even if they keep it the same rep, we have no clue how much rep will be obtainable, I mean it looks like a monthly thing, so you will only beable to gain rep once per month, so it doesn't sound like it's going to be such a cake walk, and to be fair getting DMF isn't hard, it's just costly and time consuming, I would welcome this.

    And if it is a new rep , then that's fine too
  1. Kelln12's Avatar
    I cant wait for my new Fez wearing monkey. And new mini games. And since they are also having an Arena there maybe alittle more World PvP once a month.
  1. Machine's Avatar
    I generally dislike all kind of minigames in WoW, but the arena deathmatch is very welcome. If it's anything like it was back in Vanilla, the drama on forums will be juicy <3
  1. McFrotton's Avatar
    Lol anyone seems to see what blizzard doingis obvious........They are releasing maximum of of info before ptr release lol they knwo its goign to be datamined so they show us right now
  1. ardipithecus11's Avatar
    Sounds delicious to me really. That Death Match Pit got me excited already. My only problem is that I just don't want the next expansion to be about some damn pandas. Oh well, we can't always have it all, so let's make the best out of it.
  1. Runawaynow's Avatar
    If Darkmoon reputation becomes "easy to obtain" (read: "changes"), "the Insane" should become unavailable to obtain as a result. They did that with Naxx/Ulduar titles when they got too easy, might as well keep up the trend for posterity.
  1. Medivhe's Avatar
    Hope there will be some achievements attached :
  1. Runawaynow's Avatar
    Should make "the Insane" unobtainable if the reputation standards for Darkmoon Faire are changed. Only fair since they did that with Naxx/Ulduar titles when they became easy to obtain.

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