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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. Inzightlive's Avatar
    are you kidding me? once they use the word "mist" all the panda freaks come out claiming that its a hint for mists of pandaria.

    mist is a common word that has been used multiple times in wow before
  1. Malygos The Spellweaver's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Edriel View Post
    Idk i heard heroic rag wasn't exactly a cakewalk
    But wait, they are adding Darkmoon Faire alongside 3 new dungeons and a new raid! How dare they, while Cataclysm doesn't have as many raid bosses as the other expansions!

    Brb, cutting self.
  1. Farora's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by WNxHellRaver View Post
    What he said

    Come on Dreadnaught!!!
    No way. If the masses get tier3, it's oldschool value is gone completely. Hope Blizzard isn't that obsessed of pleasing the masses.
  1. irishrazr's Avatar
    I hope Blizzard removes "Insane in the membrain "achv.this would mean anyone now can get it.Blizzard already ruined it for us when the removed the Shen rep required for it. Death to the noobs that get handed everything.....
  1. K1LLLTH3N00B's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vasz View Post
    This is fluff, not content.
    Content = something to do, DMF = something to do, therefore DMF=Content
  1. jax's Avatar
    Recycled content? Seriously, stop with that fucking word.
    Yes stop with that word! The correct word is REVAMP... The vast majority of this entire expac has been a revamp. If the fan-boys love it fine I am not here to say you cant. On the other side of it you guys should really not be downing those of us that see this as another in the long line of: "look! cool things to distract the masses from the fact real content is almost nonexistent." If paying for revamped content is okay with you guys then that is fine... to many of us its not so chill out. If you feel that revamping the 0-60 levels is expanding content, who am I to argue with you... unfortunately a lot of us see it for what it really is: Its just smoke and mirrors to distract us all from the fact that the A and the B teams are working on Titan and WoW's team should not being making Atari 6400 games much less a MMO.
    He's a hardcore elitist douche, he only cares about loot and bragging rights. He will keep shitting on Cataclysm because it didn't cater to his kind, so save your breath. Or text, as the case may be.
    That really is indicative of what I am talking about, he is a hardcore elitist douche? Really? Really? Why? Because he doesn't like the fact there is barely any new content in this expac? Or is it because he is someone that can see past the fluff (smoke and mirrors) to the fact that yet again Bliz has just changed some wording in the quests, changed some skin colors, changed that you have to pick up widgets instead of raptor eggs and called it new content? You and the fan-boys don't like the fact that people see to the reality of what has been happening and you don't like it being pointed out so you call names, say we should quit, and tell us to stop QQ. That is your right, but do not think for a second that we will stop SEEING past the fluff and commenting on the lack of content... not revamped content... REAL new content. Thanks
  1. Bahska's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by wassam View Post
    Nobody notice all the hints to pandaria in this?
    Old Gods. It's ALWAYS Old Gods.

    Ever since the first Faire, there have been hints that the Faire isn't what it seems, and what's-his-face, the guy to whom you turn the decks in talks about his 'Master'.
  1. probert's Avatar
    Presuming the Deathwing raid is fairly interesting (on par with ICC at least; if we're lucky its Ulduar quality), then 4.3 will be 'the' patch of Cataclysm.Deathwing raid, new Darkmoon Faire content, 3 *new* dungeons, transmorgrification. That's not a bad content patch. Not enough to get me to resub, but if people are enjoying Cata to date then they have alot to be excited about.
  1. TheEaterofSouls's Avatar
    I for one am excited for the new fair!
  1. kreebs's Avatar
    More useless information, gief some proper post or don't post at all, imo.
  1. Divr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Farora View Post
    No way. If the masses get tier3, it's oldschool value is gone completely. Hope Blizzard isn't that obsessed of pleasing the masses.
    I suppose you missed the part about them being REPLICAS. Im guessing you wont be able to wear them peraay, but they can be used in the transmogrification process.
  1. BatheInFire's Avatar
    I just want to know if this will affect the Darkmoon Faire rep at all, it's the last one I need for the Insane
  1. Traknel's Avatar
    All I have to say is L70ETC better be headlining at the Faire...

    Seriously, though. This is awesome! More stuff like this and I may even renew my game time.
  1. bigfoot1291's Avatar
    The QQ'ing and raging of all these nublets is amazing.This sounds pretty interesting, I'm excited to check it out
  1. Melilithia's Avatar
    Finally they're doing something with the Faire.
  1. Pendragon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Inzightlive View Post
    are you kidding me? once they use the word "mist" all the panda freaks come out claiming that its a hint for mists of pandaria.

    mist is a common word that has been used multiple times in wow before
    I can't help but laugh at them all.

    I just hope the replica items don't cost too much.
  1. Dblbaconator's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Divr View Post
    I suppose you missed the part about them being REPLICAS. Im guessing you wont be able to wear them peraay, but they can be used in the transmogrification process.
    That's possible. Still, I don't see what the problem would necessarily be. Hell, the hardest of the classic hardcore could still link their T3 ring if they wanted to show off their epeen. Personally I don't care, I'd just like to see some of those back (echoing the general Dreadnaught consensus here).
  1. gkai's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Niko031 View Post
    An active new gurubashi arena, yes please.
    we'll need some actual world pvp first.
  1. azrielen's Avatar
    I've always loved the Faire, even when it was crappy! I can't WAIT to give this a try. It even sounds like a fun way to level an alt a bit.
  1. Thallidomaniac's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Malygos The Spellweaver View Post
    But wait, they are adding Darkmoon Faire alongside 3 new dungeons and a new raid! How dare they, while Cataclysm doesn't have as many raid bosses as the other expansions!

    Brb, cutting self.
    (Sarcasm on) If they didn't waste time with this Darkmoon Fail and Transmog bullshit, then we could have had 6 new dungeons and two new raids! And they could have even fixed the Vanish bug!

    (Sarcasm off)

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