Patch 4.3 Preview - The All New Darkmoon Faire
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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 477 Comments
  1. dope_danny's Avatar
    all very neat BUT WHERE IS IT?
  1. Zaelsino's Avatar
    Darkmoon Deathmatch sounds like the most uttrerly brilliant thing ever.
  1. EpicMJ18's Avatar
    quote from the blue post

    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! this for me sells it that the next xpac is going to be "mists of pandaria"
  1. solari's Avatar
    if only they introduced something to make the playerbase less horrible at pve, i'm tired of getting bad dps and healers 9/10 times when i queue heroics on my tanks... oh and i heard that arena participation is at an all-time low? apparently everyone hates rbg's too. but hey at least all the bads will look cool while doing crap dps.
  1. Noomz's Avatar
    More grind for rep and items. More "fetch this" and "kill x of these". All in a 'new' package.Sigh.
  1. Archaos's Avatar
    Nobody notice all the hints to pandaria in this?
    No, I did not.

    Where do you see that, because you read the word "mist"?
  1. Ashaela's Avatar
    Personally, I think this is just what WoW needs. It was a loooooooooooooooooong time since we had anything "new" and fun to do aside from raiding, which in my honest opinion has been really, really boring in Cataclysm (Not because of the raids, but due to the fact that I've been doing it for 6 years). I've wanted an updated Gurubashi Arena thing for ages, I remember back in Vanilla when over 60 people would camp for the chest and killing each other. The fact that you'll be able to get old stuff back is also neat, I just hope none of this will end up being a disappointment.

    Edit: To all the people saying they should use resources/manpower to develop PvE and PvP things instead... You don't seriously believe that Blizzard only has one giant group of people doing everything? It's quite obvious that they have different teams for different things. It -is- possible for a company as large as Blizzard to do several things at the same time, y'know.
    ... Now look at what you've done, you made me defend Blizzard.
  1. Asmo's Avatar
    As interesting as all of this sounds, I'm hopping in the "this kinda blows" category because I'm not going to be all gung-ho-happy-camper over some mini games that I can amuse myself with for ONE WEEK out of every month. The only really fun thing I can see out of this is the deathmatch, and unless they ban groups in the pit, it's just going to turn into a clusterf**k, wherein the same few groups of PvP savants farm it, and the rest are left to die. This honestly sounds like a flashy Argent Tournament, but one for which you get to wait three weeks to get back to grinding for tickets. I'd much rather see them dedicate the man power from this to go for something new and original. Just my thoughts. I know they won't be popular.
  1. Yunru's Avatar
    So where is rollecoaster?
  1. Grithmir's Avatar
    Holy shit, please don't let this be yet another "daily quest isle with a rep faction". Can we have some content that doesn't involve daily quests for once? They were cool in TBC, but they've gone crazy on them since Call of the Crusader. I for one miss a goold oldfashioned "grindy" faction that doesn't involve questing.
  1. EpicMJ18's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Archaos View Post
    yes............ its so obvious.
  1. Snuffe's Avatar
    3hrs Arena pit?? eeeeh can you even imagine that will be like 100+ players jumping down there. [server explodes]
    or what?
  1. Bombkirby's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dope_danny View Post
    all very neat BUT WHERE IS IT?
    Exactly my thoughts. Seems like its in the Gilnean woods..... but who knows?
  1. shimargh's Avatar
    you know what's beyond the forest??..

    i'm just kidding here, btw. just contributing to the paranoia
  1. Bombkirby's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffe View Post
    3hrs Arena pit?? eeeeh can you even imagine that will be like 100+ players jumping down there. [server explodes]
    or what?
    That'll be hilarious. I'll be sure to be on during the late hours.
  1. Scyo's Avatar
    Monkeys with feces are classic. Hope they can throw them too, preferably at other pets and sparkly ponys. Your character should wear a sign while the pet is out though.
  1. Strafer's Avatar
    mother of god.jpg
  1. Archaos's Avatar
    Exactly my thoughts. Seems like its in the Gilnean woods..... but who knows?
    Or the 3rd Island of Tol Barad that's been there since Cata came out? The terrain does look the same as TB/Gilneas.
  1. Easo's Avatar
    I am going to be soooo happy. Plus, i just love all the QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ......
  1. Girouette's Avatar
    Ooh, sounds WELL neat! I'm gonna assume the mention of Heirlooms means those Heirloom legs & the rings are whats on offer in that respect? & I'm hoping the profession skillpoints means a way to level your professions without the need to grind for greens & such. maybe I'll be able to finish my mains smithing/mining... I still remember my first visit to the Darkmoon, ah memories...

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