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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. Varil's Avatar
    Dancing bears?? I'm sold
  1. Azgraal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by wassam View Post
    Nobody notice all the hints to pandaria in this?
    ofc we do "mist covered darkmoon faire isle", now meet our neighbours, the pandas.
  1. ~Valen~'s Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vasz View Post
    This is fluff, not content.
    "Fluff" on not.. I LOVE IT!
  1. Pr0ev0lution's Avatar
    i was pretty sold on dancing bear you can ride... then they mentioned fez wearing monkey.
  1. Bombkirby's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vasz View Post
    This is fluff, not content.
    If end game raiders all have your sour attitude I'd never give you guys any content. Clearly those people are never happy, never satisfied, always hungry for more stuff....and when they get it? They QQ and complain.
  1. Wessrow's Avatar
    So who else is going to run out in the forrest on patch day? xDSuper excited
  1. Exera's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vasz View Post
    Erm, really? How can you even say that without any word on actual content? The darkmoon faire is honestly a waste of resources, and I know this will just become another daily quest hub.

    DMF has ALLLLLWAYS been dead, for YEARS.
    A waste of resrouces? The only reason the DMF has been dead is because it's been crap and offers nothing fun to do, I know tons of people who will love the new DMF, I personally aint to fuzzed about it, but if they make loads of people happy with this then it's not a waste of resources.

    Not everyone has their main focus set on raiding, I have friends who just plays to have some fun with random things, things that doesn't even involve 5 mans, and they'll love this.
  1. Nak's Avatar
    I want that dancing bear mount lol. This new patch is going to be awesome!
  1. obscurede's Avatar
    in our fight with the deathwing, he ll prolly crash into seeing so many having fun and he not being able to be a part of it. Oh well, nice way to tempt back, but not work on most.
  1. Chronosspn's Avatar
    One screen show us Darkmoon Fair on Gilneas area... its mean the capital it's fully fonctional for 4.3, the 7th legion finaly take it ?
  1. quikbunny's Avatar
    inb4 quests that make it easier to gain rep after I've just finished my last deck turn-in :<

    Still, looks like it'a gonna be fun and glad to see something that took a shred of effort to make
  1. Zyriak's Avatar
    Sounds great! Always loved DMF!
  1. Kragragh's Avatar
    Fezes are cool.
  1. fylth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tusker View Post
    We don't need you policing the forums telling everyone what you think it is. We know you hate it, stop trying to 'convert' others into thinking like you.
    Shame on him for expressing an opinion. Here is mine while we are at it: FUCKING BORING. never bothered with the stupid DMF, never will. and seriously.. we need ANOTHER shitty arena place where everyone gets wasted by pallys and DKs? Only thing I hope is it isn't ridiculously expensive for void storage, because we all know its their cheap excuse to avoid the " we need more bag space " people
  1. Vasz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tusker View Post
    We don't need you policing the forums telling everyone what you think it is. We know you hate it, stop trying to 'convert' others into thinking like you.
    If it's not fluff, what is it? And why would they try and resurrect something that 1% of the playerbase cares about. I visit the DMF once per expansion, for my trinket, and that's it. I could walk past DMF at peak time and its empty every single time. It's like Brewfest, packed on day one; but empty after that ... and that's once a year.
  1. Lowsanity's Avatar
    I'm excited with the Deathmatch Pit, looks like there will be some hours of non-stop ganking.
  1. Desminn's Avatar
    WOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOO!

    everything about this sounds great. new mount/s, new pets, new achievs, easier rep with them, AND we can get unobtainable armor sets??? FUCK YES!!!

    im all over this when it comes.
  1. Divr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Exera View Post
    A waste of resrouces? The only reason the DMF has been dead is because it's been crap and offers nothing fun to do, I know tons of people who will love the new DMF, I personally aint to fuzzed about it, but if they make loads of people happy with this then it's not a waste of resources.

    Not everyone has their main focus set on raiding, I have friends who just plays to have some fun with random things, things that doesn't even involve 5 mans, and they'll love this.
    I am a hardcore raider in a 6/7H guild and I love this! I cant wait for 4.3, i think blizzard is about to put out one of the best, if not the best, patches they have ever done.
  1. Dblbaconator's Avatar
    Excited? Hell yes.

    I get the feeling that new rep rewards with DMF will be low to nonexistent. That way they can keep DMF in the Insane rep grind since it'd still be, y'know, insane. Granted, only having one shot at each activity per month would still keep your grind slow, so it's possible they could put in a nice chunk to help you along (just throwing a number out, but getting, say, 2k rep per month would still take almost 2 years, so you'd still have to supplement your grind with Darkmoon decks if you wanted to finish sooner).

    I was worried about the description (especially since they said you only got access to it once a month, and my initial reading made me think it was a new daily hub), but a bit more comprehension alleviated my concerns. Fun activities to do? New recipes, pets, and mounts? Ability to get unobtainable gear again? Color me excited.

    Also note the mages that will port you to and from capitals and DMF. It'll cost gold (most likely), but DMF becomes a portal hub for one week a month? Interesting.

    (On a side note, I like how a couple people are complaining you only get access to the place one week a month. You are aware that that's been DMF's schedule since its inception, no?)
  1. Chaosr66's Avatar
    I stopped reading at dancing bear mount. I stopped reading because I fainted from pure joy.

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